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  • Schweizer: I’m Skeptical of Wealth Accumulation of All Elected Officials

    05/03/2015 12:44:53 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 21 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 3 May 2015 | Pam Key
    Sunday on Fox News Channel’s “MediaBuzz,” “Clinton Cash” author Peter Schweizer said he is motivated by making sure the “wealth accumulation by elected officials” is legitimate. When asked if he felt the mainstream media was giving him a harder time because he is going after the Clintons? Schweizer said, “I think there’s a certain element of that, yes. I think part of it is because there have been a lot of scandal books, so-called scandal books in the past. But I also think there’s this sense that they’re looking for political motivation in what I’m doing. And, you know, I...
  • ‘Clinton Cash’ a blistering indictment (how they got rich off liberal "tolerance and compassion")

    05/03/2015 5:33:42 AM PDT · by Liz · 26 replies
    nypost.com ^ | 5/3/15 | KYLE SMITH
    Schweizer’s book painstakingly follows the money to such characters as Canadian mining tycoon Frank Giustra, a $31.3M donor to the Clinton Foundation, who chauffeured Bill on his private jet. The details of the sordid Clinton operation vary, but the M.O. is fairly consistent: One: Dodgy rich businessman, often a foreigner with a mega-deal in some corrupt country, possibly run by a dictator, writes a check that buys him the status of friend of Bill Clinton (FOB). The check is payable to the Clinton Foundation, or to Bill himself, as an honorarium for a meaningless idealistic speech that is essentially Bill...
  • Musician Moby Attacks ‘Racist, Xenophobic, Ignorant, Armed’ Republicans

    05/03/2015 12:32:11 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 108 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 2015-05-03 | Daniel Nussbaum
    Electronic music pioneer Moby (real name Richard Melville Hall) went on quite the Twitter tirade on Saturday, railing against “racist, xenophobic, ignorant” Republicans who “support war” and “hate immigrants.” The musician, who has campaigned for and written open letters to President Obama, began his rant in standard fashion, calling Republicans “loathsome” and linking to a Los Angeles Times article about NASA funding:
  • Doubts About Hillary Clinton’s Honesty After Emails: Poll

    05/02/2015 3:28:42 PM PDT · by lbryce · 24 replies
    New York Post ^ | May 1, 2015 | AP
    Americans appear to be suspicious of Hillary Rodham Clinton’s honesty, and even many Democrats are only lukewarm about her presidential candidacy, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll. Is she strong and decisive? Yes, say a majority of people. But inspiring and likable? Only a minority think so. Clinton’s struggles to explain her email practices while in government, along with questions about the Clinton Foundation and Republican criticism of her openness, wealth and trustworthiness seem to have struck a nerve in the public’s perception of the dominant Democratic figure in the 2016 campaign. In the survey, 61 percent said “honest”...
  • Washington - On Hillary Clinton's Age, Republican Rivals Imply -- But Never Say -- She's Old

    05/03/2015 4:23:00 AM PDT · by lbryce · 38 replies
    REuters ^ | may 1, 2015 | Staff
    Her campaign barely three weeks old, Hillary Clinton already has been attacked by Republicans on everything from donations to her family’s charitable foundation, to her tenure as secretary of state and her ties to Wall Street. But her rivals, and the political action committees that support them, are treading more carefully on one incendiary subject: her age . If elected in November 2016, Clinton would be, at 69, the second-oldest person to take the presidential oath for the first time, behind only Ronald Reagan, who turned 70 weeks after being sworn into office in 1981. Questions of health and fitness...
  • Oops: Bill Clinton 'Mistakenly' Misreports Taxable Income as Tax-Free Donations

    05/02/2015 6:37:35 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 34 replies
    Townhall ^ | May 1, 2015 | Guy Benson
    Once again, mistakes -- passive voice -- were made: Clinton Foundation mistakenly listed payments to Bill from Chinese developer & US-Islamic Conference as donations. http://t.co/UNAP89ipu9 — Kenneth P. Vogel (@kenvogel) April 30, 2015 The foundation has also come under scrutiny for failing to clear all foreign government donations through an agreed-upon State Department vetting process when Hillary Clinton was secretary of state, and for failing to identify foreign government donations on tax returns. Fact-checkers this week challenged the foundation’s claims that it’s barred by Canadian privacy laws from revealing the names of more than 1,000 mostly foreign donors to a...
  • Flood of Bad News for Hillary Dampens Campaign

    05/02/2015 3:03:09 PM PDT · by lbryce · 44 replies
    WND ^ | May 1, 2015 | Staff
    It’s been a tough week for Hillary Clinton, with a flurry of bad news that is casting further doubt on her prospects for winning the Democratic Party nomination, let alone the White House. She did receive a celebrity endorsement, but, alas, it came from pornographer Larry Flynt, and as Bloomberg’s John Heilemann observes, it “beggars belief that she and her team will be issuing any press releases touting the latest bold-faced name to clamber aboard her bandwagon.” A new Associated Press-GfK poll finds Americans suspicious of Clinton’s honesty, and even many Democrats are only lukewarm about her presidential candidacy. Her...
  • Gay activists claim redefining marriage won’t hurt anyone, but that’s a lie. Just ask Canadians.

    05/01/2015 1:05:09 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 44 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 5/1/15 | Dawn Stefanowicz
    May 1, 2015 (ThePublicDiscourse.com) -- I am one of six adult children of gay parents who recently filed amicus briefs with the US Supreme Court, asking the Court to respect the authority of citizens to keep the original definition of marriage: a union between one man and one woman to the exclusion of all others, so that children may know and may be raised by their biological parents. I also live in Canada, where same-sex marriage was federally mandated in 2005.I am the daughter of a gay father who died of AIDS. I described my experiences in my book: Out From...
  • Canadian Homeland Security Adviser Suspended for Islamist Associations

    05/01/2015 5:18:50 PM PDT · by markomalley · 7 replies
    An adviser for Public Safety Canada was suspended following a French-language TVA report that outlines his controversial views and relationship with organizations associated with terrorist financing, Point de Bascule reports.According to the report, Hussein Hamdani encouraged student activists to "Islamize campus politics" in a 1996 document published by the Muslim Students Association. He called for Muslim students to influence decisions concerning issues such as same-sex marriage."It is the duty of the MSA to bring morality back into the campus. For example, the Student Union should not have to debate over endorsing legislation in favor of same-sex benefits, this issue should...
  • BRAZEN BILL and daughter inspect Foundation projects (elite entourage unmasks wretched excess)

    05/01/2015 10:54:24 AM PDT · by Liz · 20 replies
    dailymail.com/uk ^ | 4/29/15 | David Martosko, Us Political Editor For Dailymail.com
    The Clinton Family Foundation is in Africa, as candidate Hillary "champions" the working-class. The nine-day tour includes 20 wealthy individuals, foundation and campaign donors. After Tanzania, Kenya and Liberia, Moroccan King Mohammed VI hosts an opulent conference paid for by donors including a phosphate company – owned by the government – which donated $1 million, according to Politico. ....many of the high-flying multimillionaires and billionaires along for the ride are Clinton partisans who helped fund 2008 Hillary and will do so in 2016. GAZILLIONAIRE: British socialite Lynn De Rothschild is on trip; a longtime Hillary friend LOBBYIST: Liz Robbins climbed...
  • Nepal earthquake: Number of missing Canadians a mystery

    05/01/2015 12:34:34 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 8 replies
    The number of missing people after Nepal's deadly earthquake is likely in the thousands, with the tally for Canadians who have yet to make contact with home remaining a mystery. ... The Foreign Affairs Department said in an email Thursday that search and rescue efforts are continuing, and it's "too early to make a determination on how many Canadians are missing in Nepal." ... The confirmed death toll from last Saturday's disaster has risen to 6,260, with 14,357 injured, according to the Nepalese government. There is no number for the missing, but bodies are still being pulled from the debris...
  • Clinton Proposal Could Allow Feds to Ban Book Critical of Clinton Foundation

    04/30/2015 9:08:18 PM PDT · by lbryce · 33 replies
    Washington Beacon ^ | April 29, 2015 | Lachlan Markay
    Hillary Clinton’s proposal to get money out of politics could allow the federal government to restrict or ban the publication of a book that has embroiled her presidential campaign in controversy, experts say. Clinton called for a constitutional amendment to “get unaccountable money out of” politics in an op-ed for the Des Moines Register published Monday. Her campaign did not respond to requests for additional details, but legal experts say similar efforts over the past two years would have profound effects on Americans’ free speech rights.
  • Clinton health charity never provided foreign donor data(Jarrett refuses comment)

    05/01/2015 5:18:08 AM PDT · by Liz · 14 replies
    bostonglobe.com ^ | 4/30/15 | Annie Linskey Globe Staff
    An unprecedented ethics promise that played a pivotal role in confirming Hillary Clinton as secretary of state, amid senators’ concerns about conflicts of interests, was uniformly bypassed by the biggest of the Clinton Foundation philanthropy. The Clinton Health Access Initiative never submitted information on any foreign donations to State Department lawyers during Clinton’s tenure 2009-2013, Maura Daley, the organization’s spokeswoman deemed it unnecessary, except one case she described as an “oversight."....grants from foreign governments increased by tens of millions of dollars to the Boston-based organization. The Clinton health initiative has acknowledged failing only to disclose the identity of its contributors,...
  • Hillary Clinton campaign blasts GOP abortion bill

    05/01/2015 4:43:08 AM PDT · by lbryce · 19 replies
    CNN ^ | May 1, 2015 | Alexander Jaffee
    The House voted, as expected, to block a D.C. law banning discrimination by employers against employees who have had abortions. on Thursday night — but the measure is unlikely to have any effect before the law takes effect this weekend. All but 13 Republicans voted for the resolution of disapproval, which passed on a largely party-line, 228-192 vote, while just three Democrats voted in favor of it. The measure got a high-level Democratic opponent on Thursday with Hillary Clinton's campaign weighing in, calling it a move to "overrule the Democratic process" in a statement to CNN. The bill would roll...
  • Dem 2016 Hopeful Blasts Hillary Clinton for Foundation Scandals, No Accomplishments at State Dept

    05/01/2015 4:30:11 AM PDT · by lbryce · 12 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | April 30, 2015 | Staff
    Former Sen. Lincoln Chafee said he is not convinced Hillary Clinton will be the presidential nominee for the Democratic Party. Clinton faces a primary challenge from Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) and potentially Chafee himself. When asked about Clinton being pushed further to the left, Chafee brought up the scandals surrounding the Clinton Foundation and lack of accomplishments. “I would argue that between what’s happening internationally in her tenure as Secretary of State, no real accomplishments, and now these new allegations coming out about the Clinton foundation and the book coming out next week. These are real,” Chafee said.
  • Foreign Money Promotes Radical Islamist Agenda in Canada

    04/30/2015 7:06:19 PM PDT · by markomalley · 3 replies
    Millions of dollars are flooding into Canada from Gulf states to promote a radical Islamist agenda, according to testimony by the prime minister's national security adviser, the National Post reports."I think it's fair to say, without commenting on the particular country of origin, there are monies coming into this country which are advocating this kind of [Islamist extremist] approach to life," Richard Fadden said Monday during a national security hearing concerning a new counter-terrorism bill.Fadden, a former director of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, said that large sums of money are sent to religious-affiliated institutions in Canada to promote an...
  • Hillary Clinton: Congenital Rule-Breaker.

    04/30/2015 1:23:10 PM PDT · by lbryce · 25 replies
    National Journal ^ | April 30, 2015 | Ron Founier
    Hillary Clinton doesn't play by the rules. That's not a partisan attack. It's not a talking point. It's not a fantasy. It's a fact—an agonizing truth to people like me who admire Clinton and her husband, who remember how Bill Clinton rose from a backwater governorship to the presidency on a simple promise: He would fight for people who "work hard and play by the rules." The evidence is overwhelming and metastasizing: To co-opt a William Safire line, Hillary Clinton is a congenital rule-breaker. "More than 180 Clinton Foundation donors lobbied her State Department." "That's not illegal," writes Vox reporter...
  • Ted Cruz to Hillary Clinton: Give the foreign government donations back

    04/30/2015 1:01:25 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 23 replies
    Foxnews - Latino ^ | April 24, 2015/
    GOP presidential hopeful and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz has called on former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to return all donations made by foreign governments to the Clinton Foundation amid the growing scandal engulfing the Democratic candidate’s campaign following allegations made in a recent book. "The Clinton Foundation collected tens of millions of dollars from foreign governments including donors who had business interests with the State Department while Clinton was Secretary,” Cruz said in a statement released to the press on Friday. “She made decisions in that capacity that likely benefited the same people who were giving large donations to...
  • Hillary Clinton's Charity Empire Hid Way More Foreign Donations Than Anyone Realized

    04/30/2015 12:13:11 PM PDT · by lbryce · 14 replies
    Business Insider ^ | April 30, 2015 | Colin Campell
    The Clinton Foundation's finance controversies deepened on Thursday, when The Boston Globe reported that a huge affiliate of the charity failed to report its foreign-government contributions to the State Department. When Hillary Clinton, now the leading Democratic presidential candidate, became secretary of state in 2009, she agreed to have her family's foundation submit new donations from foreign countries for State Department review. This was designed to avoid potential conflicts of interest with her new government role.
  • Video: Alan Grayson: No to ‘Fast Track,’ No to Trade Treachery

    04/30/2015 11:46:11 AM PDT · by Wolfie · 5 replies
    Youtube ^ | Apri. 29, 2015
    I'm sure this will go over like a fart in church, but what the heck, video at link: No to Fast Track, No to Trade Treachery,
  • BREAKING: Freddy Gray Had Spine Surgery Just One Week Before Arrest

    04/28/2015 3:24:35 PM PDT · by JohnKinAK · 248 replies
    FourthEstate ^ | Apr28, 2015 | FourthEstate
    CONFIRMED: Court records show Freddie Gray was receiving a structured settlement from Allstate Insurance and attempted to convert it into one lump sum in early March ———————————————————————————————————————————– EXCLUSIVE: The Fourth Estate has learned that Freddy Gray’s life-ending injuries to his spine may have possibly been the result of spinal and neck surgery that he allegedly received a week before he was arrested, not from rough excessively rough treatment or abuse from police. The Fourth Estate has contacted sources who allege that Freddy Gray received spinal and neck surgery a week before we was arrested, and was allegedly receiving a large...
  • Stop The Presses! Hillary's Getting Battered By Her Liberal Friends In The News Media

    04/29/2015 11:10:40 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 28 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 29, 2015 | Donald Lambro
    WASHINGTON - There's an old, common sense saying about never putting your eggs in one basket. Yet that's what Democrats have done by overwhelmingly bowing to Hillary Clinton's vaunted ambition to be the next president of the United States. But the polls of the last few weeks suggest that Clinton's coronation campaign, with all of the trappings of pomp and power that preceded it, is coming apart at the seams. The former secretary of State's precipitous decline was first noticed in March in a national CNN poll that found her unfavorable numbers were rising, and perceptions of her as honest...
  • Is The Clinton Foundation Just An International Money Laundering Scheme?

    04/29/2015 10:28:02 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 04/29/2015 | Sean Davis
    BloombergPolitics reported this morning that the Clinton Foundation refused to disclose the identities of at least 1,100 donors, most of whom are not U.S. citizens, to a Clinton Foundation affiliate. The donations were routed through the Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership (Canada), or CGEPartnership, a Canadian charitable organization. That organization then effectively bundled the foreign donations and sent them along to the Clinton Foundation itself, and it did all of this without ever disclosing the individual foreign sources of the income.If that sounds to you like more of a laundering operation than a charitable organization, that’s because it certainly looks...
  • Parallel Universe: Hillary's Campaign, Media's Nonstop Scandal Coverage

    04/29/2015 10:15:01 AM PDT · by lbryce · 7 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 28, 2015 | Howard Kurz
    The sentence jumps out of Hillary Clinton’s op-ed piece on how she’s been listening to “everyday Iowans.” “We can fix our dysfunctional political system and get unaccountable money out of it once and for all, even if that takes a constitutional amendment,” she writes in the Des Moines Register. Um, is this the right time for Hillary to be talking about “unaccountable money”? The optics of her fledgling campaign are mighty strange, almost like it exists in one universe and the media coverage occupies a parallel universe.
  • Clinton Foundation Donor Boeing Won’t Turn Over Hillary Emails

    04/28/2015 3:23:30 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 19 replies
    freebeacon.com ^ | april 28, 2015 | lachlan markay
    Airline giant Boeing said this week that it will not release correspondence pertaining to the State Department’s work in securing a Russian contract for the company, a donor to the foundation of then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Boeing recently rejected a shareholder resolution proposed by David Almasi, a Boeing shareholder and the executive director of the conservative National Center for Public Policy Research, asking the company to disclose more information about its charitable giving. At the company’s Monday shareholder meeting, Almasi asked chief executive James McNerney “to set the record straight that every communication between Boeing and the State Department was...
  • Joe Scarborough Rips Liberal Media 'Bowing Down' on Clinton Cash

    04/28/2015 2:06:38 PM PDT · by yuffy · 7 replies
    Newsbusters.org ^ | April 28, 2015 | 10:30 AM EDT | By Scott Whitlock
    A fiery Joe Scarborough on Tuesday denounced the media's double standard when it comes to investigating the scandal engulfing the Clinton Foundation's financial dealings. An angry Scarborough erupted "The Clintons have made $150 million over the past decade because of contacts they made during public service!" He described the typical journalist reaction as "Let's bow down before Bill and Hillary, because if we ask the same questions of them that we ask of every other politician, then oh, my God! We have crossed a line!" Scarborough's outburst was a result of Morning Joe co-host Mika Brzezinski's skeptical questioning of Clinton...
  • About Those Smoking Guns

    04/28/2015 11:50:25 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 28, 2015 | Mona Charen
    In January, Robert F. McDonnell, 71st governor of Virginia, was sentenced to two years in prison followed by two years of supervised release after his conviction on 11 counts of public corruption. He, and especially his wife, behaved badly. But it's worth taking a closer look at what was considered criminal in McDonnell's case, because, at least so far, some in the press are suggesting that Hillary Clinton's conduct must meet a much higher threshold to be considered problematic. When ABC's George Stephanopoulos interviewed Peter Schweizer, author of "Clinton Cash" on Sunday, Stephanopoulos played the informal role of Clinton defense...
  • Report: Only 6% Clinton Foundation Expenditures Go To Charity

    04/28/2015 7:28:00 AM PDT · by Rockitz · 58 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 27 April 2015 | Pam Key
    Monday on Fox Business Network’s “The Willis Report,” host Gerri Willis broke down the charitable spending of the Clinton Foundation. Willis said, “What if you were to analyze the Clinton Foundation like any charitable organization? That is a question that we’re asking tonight. Does the Clinton Foundation wisely spend charitable dollars? Well the experts weighed in. The answer is a resounding no. One expert even called it a slush fund for the Clintons. These are not politicos. These are charity experts.” “Charity Navigator, who we have on the show all the time, placed the Clinton Foundation on a watch list,”...
  • STEPHANOPOULOS FLOORED AS GINGRICH, BLOOMBERG EDITORS DETAIL SERIOUSNESS OF ‘CLINTON CASH’

    04/26/2015 12:47:36 PM PDT · by Resettozero · 125 replies
    Breitbart Big Journalism ^ | 26 Apr 2015 | Written by Matthew Boyle
    The former public face of Bill Clinton’s White House—and current host of ABC News’ This Week—George Stephanopoulos was floored as two prominent journalists and the Republican Speaker of the House from his Clinton days, Newt Gingrich, laid out for him just how bad the “Clinton Cash” book is for his old bosses. During the show’s roundtable panel after Clinton Cash author Peter Schweizer appeared on the show for a lengthy interview, Stephanopoulos teamed with Democratic strategist Donna Brazile in an attempt to discredit Schweizer. But it started with Stephanopoulos making a shocking admission: Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign wouldn’t send out...
  • Media Issue Devastating Reactions to Hillary’s ’Clinton Cash’ Revelations

    04/26/2015 1:18:57 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 15 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 2015-04-26 | Breitbart News
    On Sunday, journalists and political analysts across the ideological spectrum blasted Hillary and Bill Clinton’s actions as revealed in the forthcoming bombshell book all of Washington is buzzing about, Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich.Fresh off the heels of the White House Correspondents’ dinner Saturday night, Sunday’s political shows were flooded with commentary on Clinton Cash.Here are some highlights (all emphases added):Bloomberg Politics’ Mark Halperin: The Clinton Cash revelations are “extraordinarily serious,” said Halperin. “Here’s why you know this is serious because any Democrat, almost any Democrat,...
  • Charity watchdog dubs Clinton Foundation a ‘slush fund’ (on watch list of problem n/p))

    04/26/2015 6:22:47 AM PDT · by Liz · 47 replies
    NYPOST.COM ^ | 4/26/15 | Isabel Vincent
    The Clintons took in more than $140M in 2013 but spent just $9M on direct aid.....the bulk spent on travel, salaries and bonuses, with fat payouts going to family and friends. On 2013 tax forms, most recent available, they claim $30 million on payroll/employee benefits; $8.7 million in rent/office expenses; $9.2 million on “conferences, conventions and meetings”; $8 million on fund-raising; and nearly $8.5 million on travel. Significantly, none of the Clintons are listed on the payroll, except for first-class flights paid for by the Foundation. The tax-exempt came under fire following reports that then-Secy of State Hillary Clinton allowed...
  • French may be enforced on all flights to Canada

    04/25/2015 9:35:13 AM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 75 replies
    What started as a row over lemonade could end up with international airlines being forced to employ French speakers on all flights that serve Canada, a country where French and English are classed as official languages. An MP in Canada, Stephane Dion, has lodged a bill with parliament that if passed would oblige all flights to and from Canada to have a French speaker on board and for all passenger announcements to be made in both English and French. The inspiration for his bill lies in an argument over a lemonade on an AirCanada flight between Toronto and North Carolina...
  • Looking Back: The Doomsayers Were Wrong about the BP Oil Spill; Mother Nature Heals Itself

    04/23/2015 7:08:29 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/23/2015 | by STEPHEN MOORE & JOEL GRIFFITH Read more at: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/417345/doomsay
    Five years ago this week, a blowout of BPÂ’s Deepwater Horizon oil rig 40 miles from the Gulf Coast tragically claimed eleven lives and spilled 3 million barrels of oil from the damaged wellhead into the Gulf. ItÂ’s hard to forget the video images of thick oil gushing, day after day, into the regionÂ’s waters. It was a horrific accident that caused substantial damage to the ecology and commerce of the region. Gulf-area wildlife, portions of the shoreline, tourism, fishers and shrimpers, and energy-sector workers suffered large losses in the aftermath of the spill. BP has paid close to $27...
  • Ex-BP Chief Sees Oil Bull Market Sooner than Many Expect

    04/22/2015 8:17:45 AM PDT · by thackney · 2 replies
    Reuters via Rig Zone ^ | April 22, 2015 | Dmitry Zhdannikov and Silvia Antonioli
    Low crude prices will trigger consolidation in the oil industry but a new bull market might arrive much sooner than expected given the huge scale of capital and workforce withdrawal in the sector, a former boss of oil major BP said. "The actions the industry is taking to withdraw capital are laying the seeds for the next bull market," Tony Hayward told the FT Commodities Summit. "The peak of U.S. shale supply has arrived – earlier than anticipated ... The supply chain in the U.S. has been decimated ... It will take several years to take activity back," Hayward said....
  • Big Hit For U.S. Oil Production In January

    04/24/2015 5:51:32 AM PDT · by thackney · 11 replies
    Oil Price ^ | 23 April 2015 | Arthur Berman
    U.S. crude oil production fell at least 135,000 barrels of oil per day in January 2015 compared to December 2014 according to the EIA (Figure 1). Bakken Shale production fell the most of any play or jurisdiction losing 37,000 barrels per day in North Dakota and 4,000 barrels per day in Montana for a total of 41,000 barrels of oil per day (Figure 2). Production in California, the offshore Gulf of Mexico, Alaska and Wyoming also declined significantly. Figure 3 shows Bakken production based on DrillingInfo data. The 42,000 barrels of oil per day drop in January production is completely...
  • Anti-local fracking control bill advances in Texas

    04/21/2015 5:05:57 AM PDT · by thackney · 44 replies
    Platts ^ | 20 Apr 2015 | Platts
    A bill being debated in the Texas Legislature that would severely limit local municipalities' power to regulate oil and natural gas drilling moved one step closer to becoming law Monday. In a 125-20 vote, the Republican-dominated Texas House of Representatives approved on third reading H.B. 40. The legislation would "expressly pre-empt local ordinances that ban or limit oil and gas operations," including hydraulic fracturing. The bill will now move to the state Senate, which, like the House, is Republican-controlled. If passed by both houses of the legislature it will move to the desk of Republican Governor Greg Abbott, who has...
  • Bill to Standardize Drillings Setbacks Passes Texas House

    04/20/2015 9:45:18 AM PDT · by thackney · 2 replies
    Rig Zone ^ | April 17, 2015 | Deon Daugherty|
    Legislation to set standards for cities that wish to regulate the oil and gas drilling within their city limits passed the Texas House Friday with more than two-thirds approval. House Bill 40 heads to the Texas Senate Monday, where, if it can sustain the momentum that’s carried it this far, could soon become law. And that’s got some special interests groups in a tizzy. “If some Austin lawmakers are successful, oil and gas drilling could be coming to a school, playground of daycare center near you,” wrote Luke Metzger, director of Environment Texas in an opinion piece published in the...
  • CERAWeek: Oil chiefs explain why U.S. shale boom hasn’t gone global

    04/22/2015 4:37:25 AM PDT · by thackney · 3 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | April 22, 2015 | Collin Eaton
    Has billionaire oil man Harold Hamm ever been tempted to take the U.S. shale revolution abroad and expand his oil empire from North Dakota to the rest of the world? “I have not,” Hamm told a gathering of energy executives Tuesday. The question had come from Daniel Yergin, vice chairman of IHS. Hamm, CEO of Continental Resources, one of the biggest oil producers in the Bakken Shale, was one of three oil-company chief executives speaking from the stage during a panel at the IHS CERAWeek energy conference at the Hilton Americas-Houston. So why haven’t U.S. shale producers tried to tap...
  • CERAWeek: U.S. and Wall Street take over OPEC’s role as global swing producer

    04/21/2015 4:54:13 AM PDT · by thackney · 2 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | April 20, 2015 | Collin Eaton
    Financial markets underpinning the U.S. shale boom have emerged as the world’s de facto regulator of global oil production, taking over from the Saudi Arabia-led cartel that effectively abdicated its decades-old role in November, a top IHS researcher said Monday. The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries “is not what it used to be; it’s no longer the balancer of the oil market,” said Jim Burkhard, chief researcher of global oil markets for IHS, during a panel on the first day of the week-long IHS Energy CERAWeek conference at the Hilton Americas-Houston. For a generation, Burkhard said, OPEC could influence...
  • NBC's Seth Meyers Defends Hillary From 'Clinton Cash' Allegations

    04/24/2015 1:38:24 PM PDT · by drewh · 28 replies
    Newsbusters.org ^ | April 24, 2015 | 3:54 PM EDT | By Curtis Houck
    On the Thursday edition of NBC’s Late Night, host Seth Meyers jumped aboard the Clinton campaign’s push to discredit the upcoming book Clinton Cash by Peter Schweizer by mocking Schweizer’s background, previous book titles, and chalking the book up to be nothing more than the latest work from “the cottage industry of anti-Clinton books that come out every year.” Dubbed the topic of the latest “A Closer Look” segment, Meyers introducted the book and that it’s been mentioned in the news before making a Game of Thrones reference to go after the GOP: “Now, when a new anti-Clinton book comes...
  • White House defends Hillary: ‘Conservative authors’ can’t be trusted

    04/24/2015 1:34:56 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 38 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/24/2015 | Noah Rothman
    You might think that the White House would have something of substance to say about the repeated violations of a memorandum of understanding between the administration and the Clinton Foundation that prohibited it from accepting donations from foreign governments while Hillary Clinton served as secretary of state. Wrong! When pressed by ABC News reporter Jonathan Karl on Friday about whether the White House was concerned by the Clinton FoundationÂ’s various indiscretions, or even its failure to disclose foreign donations including those from Uranium One, White House Press Sec. Josh Earnest seemed to suggest that they were not (h/t Washington...
  • Did Putin Snag US Uranium and Sell It to Iran?

    04/24/2015 1:10:18 PM PDT · by TangledUpInBlue · 16 replies
    The Fiscal Times ^ | 4/24 | Rob Garver
    Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY), a member of both the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources and the Foreign Relations Committee, appeared to allege that uranium mined in the United States has illegally been taken out of the country. Barrasso went on to say that he is specifically concerned that the uranium may have been transported to Iran. The claim has particular political salience at the moment because of an investigative piece published by The New York Times on Thursday that showed the Clinton Foundation, run by former President Bill Clinton and current presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, had accepted millions of...
  • 'CLINTON CASH’ GOES HOLLYWOOD: ‘AVENGERS’ STAR MARK RUFFALO (THE HULK) WANTS HILLARY 'PRIMARIED'

    04/24/2015 11:32:21 AM PDT · by drewh · 16 replies
    Big Hollywood ^ | 24 Apr 2015 | by DANIEL NUSSBAUM
    Ator Mark Ruffalo posted a link to an investigation based on Peter Schweizer’s new exposé Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich on his Twitter page Thursday, a possible signal that Schweizer’s book has penetrated the Hollywood establishment’s liberal entertainment elites. In his post, the Avengers star took a jab at presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, calling Clinton’s involvement in the newly revealed Uranium One scandal a “problem” and reiterating his desire to see Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren challenge Clinton for the Democratic nomination in 2016. “This’s the problem! #RunWarrenRun,” Ruffalo...
  • Ottawa’s red-tape cutting law gets Royal Assent

    04/24/2015 5:42:35 AM PDT · by markomalley · 11 replies
    Financial Post ^ | 4-23-15 | Laura Jones
    With this being budget week, the federal government’s taxing and spending decisions are under the microscope — as they should be in a healthy democracy. But what about government’s hidden tax: regulation? With no equivalent of a federal budget day, regulatory decisions and their implications get precious little scrutiny and we are all worse for it. Thankfully, regulatory transparency got a considerable boost Thursday when the Red Tape Reduction Act (C-21) received Royal Assent and became law. Minister Tony Clement, who has championed the bill, can be proud that Canada is now the first country in the world to require that for...
  • Broken Promise: Obama Won’t Describe Armenian Massacre as ‘Genocide’

    04/21/2015 10:24:30 PM PDT · by george76 · 15 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 21 Apr 2015 | John Sexton
    resident Obama will once again avoid using the word “genocide” at a ceremony to designed to memorialize more than a million Armenians murdered by the Ottaman Turks 100 years ago. During his 2008 campaign, then-Senator Obama repeatedly promised he would label the massacre a genocide as president. The LA Times reports the decision to avoid using the word genocide was revealed Tuesday after the White House held a meeting with Armenian groups. The ceremony marking the 100th anniversary of the deaths of as many as 1.5 million people will be held this Friday. ... Rep. Adam Schiff of California has...
  • Canada federal budget 2015: Tories slice out (small) budget surplus for pre-election books

    04/21/2015 4:27:57 PM PDT · by A Formerly Proud Canadian · 22 replies
    Post media News ^ | April 21, 2015 | Mark Kennedy
    With just six months before the next election, Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s governing Conservatives have introduced a budget that offers attractive tax breaks for targeted voters and puts the country’s finances back into a precariously small surplus.
  • Canada federal budget 2015: Tories slice out a (small) budget surplus

    04/21/2015 1:34:04 PM PDT · by Squawk 8888 · 7 replies
    National Post ^ | April 21, 2015
    With just six months before the next election, Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s governing Conservatives have introduced a budget that offers attractive tax breaks for targeted voters and puts the country’s finances back into a precariously small surplus. The economic blueprint introduced Tuesday by Finance Minister Joe Oliver also sets aside new money over the next few years for enhanced national security, including money for the Canadian Forces, and municipal infrastructure projects such as public transit. But with little money in the kitty — this year’s surplus will be just $1.4 billion and won’t grow rapidly in future years — much...
  • Shell exec: U.S. risks losing drilling dollars to Brazil, Canada and Mexico

    04/16/2015 5:14:34 AM PDT · by thackney · 1 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | April 15, 2015 | Jennifer A. Dlouhy
    The Obama administration is eyeing an auction of offshore oil drilling leases along the East Coast in 2021, but that’s not enough to keep the United States competitive with other Atlantic nations, a Shell executive told Congress on Wednesday. “The Gulf of Mexico has kept the United States globally competitive for decades,” Mark Shuster, Shell’s executive vice president of upstream Americas exploration, told a House Natural Resources subcommittee. “The U.S. stands to lose a lot if we don’t make new acreage available.” At issue is the Interior Department’s draft plan for selling oil and gas leases on the U.S. outer...
  • Thousands March Through Snow Protesting Global Warming

    The “Gore effect” has struck again, this time forcing thousands of Canadian eco-activists to march through the snow over the weekend, rallying against global warming on a cold Quebec City day. The Globe and Mail reports the “Act On Climate Change” march included “representatives from First Nations, environmental activists and political groups” who are trying to convince politicians to ban oil sands extraction and prevent pipelines from being built to bring that oil to market. Protesters dressed in red even marched in a formation that made a thermometer, meant to “send a message about climate change,” the Globe and Mail...
  • Canadian woman’s British visa hinges on level of affection in her 45-year marriage

    04/12/2015 8:57:24 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 30 replies
    Global News ^ | 4-12-15 | Michelle McQuigge
    A Canadian woman hoping to spend her retirement years with her husband in England is on the verge of being kicked out of the country because officials are questioning the affection level in her 45-year marriage. Maria Summers had her application for a visa formally declined in 2014 on the grounds that she and her husband David had not provided enough evidence to prove that their relationship was both ongoing and emotionally supportive. The retired optician has appealed the unusual decision, but says the stakes are high if it’s declined. -- snip -- Summers’ troubles with British authorities began in...