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  • "The choice before us is plain: Christ or chaos." - U.S. Senate Chaplain Peter Marshall

    05/26/2016 6:21:41 PM PDT · by stars & stripes forever · 12 replies
    On January 13, 1947, U.S. Senate Chaplain Peter Marshall stated: "The choice before us is plain: Christ or chaos, conviction or compromise, discipline or disintegration. I am rather tired of hearing about our rights... The time is come to hear about responsibilities... America's future depends upon her accepting and demonstrating God's government."
  • Bill Would Require DNA Samples From Americans When Sponsoring Family Visas.

    05/26/2016 3:40:13 PM PDT · by sunrise_sunset · 20 replies
    The Intercept ^ | 5/25/2016 | Murtaza Hussain
    A new immigration bill under consideration by the House Judiciary Committee would impose unprecedented restrictions on U.S. citizens seeking to sponsor the immigration of their family members, requiring that all parties submit to mandatory DNA testing as part of their visa applications. H.R. 5203, the Visa Integrity and Security Act of 2016, would require that “a genetic test is conducted to confirm such biological relationship,” adding that “any such genetic test shall be conducted at the expense of the petitioner or applicant.”
  • In testimony, former confidant links Fattah to crimes ['Rat corruption trial in Philly][

    05/26/2016 1:16:32 PM PDT · by Enchante · 8 replies
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | May 25, 2016 | Jeremy Roebuck, Staff Writer
    For Fattah's failed bid in 2007 to become mayor of Philadelphia, Naylor said, he distributed $200,000 in cash on Election Day from a fund that now lies at the heart of the Justice Department's racketeering conspiracy case. Another top strategist on the campaign, Thomas Lindenfeld, already has testified that he took out a $1 million loan from then-Sallie Mae CEO Al Lord at Fattah's encouragement. Because the donation exceeded city campaign-contribution limits, the loan was made to Lindenfeld's Washington political consulting firm and did not appear on the congressman's campaign filings.
  • Ryan Says House Republicans Aim to End 'Executive Overreach'

    05/25/2016 5:28:02 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 49 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | May 25, 2016 | 4:51 PM EDT | Penny Starr
    House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) unveiled what he called the Republicans“ “policy agenda” for 2017 on Wednesday, including a plan to regain the legislative power granted to Congress in Article One of the U.S. Constitution. “Article One,” Ryan said at a pen and pad briefing with reporters at the Capitol, “this is something that our members are very animated about because this has gotten out of control. This is about the separation of powers, about the Constitution, and wresting control away from decades of executive overreach and giving it back to Congress,” he said. Ryan noted that President Barack Obama...
  • Jepsen, Other AGs Ask Congress To Fund Gun Violence Studies

    05/25/2016 4:42:19 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 28 replies
    Hartford Courant ^ | May 25,2016 | Russell Blair
    George Jepsen and 13 other state attorneys general sent a letter to congressional leaders Tuesday asking them to direct funding to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to study the causes and prevention of gun-related injuries and death. "There is no time to waste," they wrote. "As the chief civil or criminal law enforcement officers of our respective states, we are charged with keeping our communities safe, and we need evidence-based strategies to combat the epidemic of gun violence that is ravaging our families and communities."
  • New Fast and Furious emails show Obama administration obstructing Congress

    05/23/2016 12:17:34 PM PDT · by george76 · 19 replies
    American Thinker ^ | May 23, 2016 | Rick Moran
    The lid may finally blow off the Fast and Furious cover-up by the Obama administration, as a federal judge ordered the release of thousands of emails showing how then-attorney general Eric Holder obstructed, stonewalled, and misdirected congressional investigators looking into the program. People in the Nixon administration went to jail for less. ... The documents reveal how senior Justice Department officials — including Attorney General Holder — intensely followed and managed an effort to carefully limit and obstruct the information produced to Congress,” he asserted. They also indict Holder deputy Lanny Breuer, an old Clinton hand, who had to step...
  • Obama Raided $500M for Zika to Finance UN’s Green Climate Fund

    05/23/2016 9:46:28 AM PDT · by Nachum · 22 replies
    Daily Signal ^ | 5/23/16 | Sen. James Lankford
    Last week, the Senate passed legislation to address and prevent the spread of the Zika virus. However, the Senate failed to pay for it, and instead approved a $1.1 billion “emergency” spending supplemental bill that is not subject to the budgetary caps that were agreed to last year. (Snip) In March, President Obama gave the United Nations $500 million out of an account under bilateral economic assistance to fund the U.N.’s Green Climate Fund. Congress refused to allocate funding for the U.N. Climate Change Fund last year, so the president used this account designated for international infectious diseases to pay...
  • US House blocks aid to duplicitous Pakistan

    05/20/2016 12:08:54 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 5 replies
    The Pioneer ^ | Saturday, May 21, 2016 | Editorial
    US House blocks aid to duplicitous Pakistan The US House of Representatives' decision to incorporate stringent requirements for the release of American aid to Pakistan, even in the face of opposition from the White House, is indicative of a gradual change of heart in Washington, DC, towards what was once its frontline ally in the war on terror. It comes days after the US Congress objected to the sale of American F-16s, which have little value in fighting insurgents but help Pakistan build parity with India. This is not to suggest that the US is anywhere close to changing its...
  • Dems Yell 'Shame!' As GOP Votes Against Gay Rights Bill

    05/20/2016 7:19:46 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 40 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 20, 2016 | Cortney O'Brien
    Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY) was enraged after his Republican colleagues defeated his amendment to uphold President Obama’s executive order that prohibits workplace discrimination against the LGBT community. Because seven Republicans decided to change their minds, his measure, which was tagged on to a spending bill, was defeated by a vote of 213-212. Democrats let the GOP know how upset they were, chanting “Shame! Shame!” on the House floor after the vote. Politico said the scene was one of “chaos.”Maloney, who is the first openly gay New York congressman, used some lofty language to describe how he felt. "The members who...
  • H.R.2822 Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2016

    05/20/2016 5:04:47 AM PDT · by philman_36 · 9 replies
    http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d114:HR02822: ^ | 5-20-16 | U.S. House of Representatives
    A BILL Making appropriations for the Department of the Interior, environment, and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2016, and for other purposes. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the following sums are appropriated, out of any money in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated, for the Department of the Interior, environment, and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2016, and for other purposes, namely: Amendments... H.AMDT.592 (A062) Amends: H.R.2822 Sponsor: Rep Huffman, Jared [CA-2] (offered 7/7/2015) AMENDMENT DESCRIPTION: Amendment inserted...
  • Member Of Congress: “It’s Easy To Manipulate A Nation Of Naive Sheep”

    05/16/2016 3:38:08 PM PDT · by RetiredArmy · 23 replies
    Prophecy News Watch ^ | May 16, 2016 | Staff Writers
    Member Of Congress: “It’s Easy To Manipulate A Nation Of Naive Sheep” You may not believe the incredible things that one member of Congress is saying about the corruption of our political system and the gullibility of the American people. In a brand new book entitled "The Confessions of Congressman X", one anonymous member of the U.S. House of Representatives confesses that he hardly ever reads the bills that he votes on, that his main job is to get reelected, and that it is "far easier than you think to manipulate a nation of naive, self-absorbed sheep who crave instant...
  • Congress Should Put Workers’ Rights before Union Politics

    05/15/2016 6:33:50 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 15, 2016 | James Setterlund
    Their signs may have read “united for students” but little about the recent teachers’ strikes in Chicago and Detroit public schools actually benefited the city’s children. That’s because teachers in both cities have staged “sickouts,” forcing schools to close and sending roughly 450,000 students into the streets of two of America’s most dangerous cities. At the helm of these protests are unions that use collective bargaining disputes to call on teachers to leave the classroom and block traffic during rush hour. These strikes are just the latest example of how unions can manipulate workers and taxpayers to advance their own...
  • Trump Picks Up Endorsements Of Nine House Chairmen

    05/14/2016 6:45:51 AM PDT · by Helicondelta · 41 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | May 13, 2016
    Nine GOP committee chairmen lined up behind presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump Friday, just a day after the billionaire businessmen met with key party leaders on Capitol Hill. In a statement released announcing the endorsement, the chairmen said that it was important for Republicans to unite around Trump since America cannot deal with another Democrat in the White House nor can Republicans to lose their hold on Congress. “Any other outcome is a danger to economic growth, puts our national security in peril, enshrines ObamaCare as the law of the land, entraps Americans in a cycle of poverty and dependence,...
  • Combating the Opioid Epidemic

    05/14/2016 7:52:46 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 61 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 13, 2016 | Congressman Fred Upton
    Nearly every 12 minutes, someone in the U.S. dies of a drug overdose. People in communities across America are abusing both prescription pain killers and heroin. It is an epidemic. No one is immune; it is a sad reality that is playing out across the country, including in my own district in Southwest Michigan. There were 13 suspected overdoses in Kalamazoo, Michigan, in the first quarter of 2013, up from 9 in the first quarter of 2012. Behind these numbers are real folks, and their families, suffering. In 2008, we lost Amy Bousfield, an 18 year-old graduate of Portage Central...
  • House panel issues subpoenas in probe of late-term abortionist

    05/14/2016 4:34:12 AM PDT · by detective · 5 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 5/11/16 | Kelly Cohen
    The House Committee on Energy and Commerce will use its Select Investigative Panel to investigate late-term abortionist LeRoy Carhart. Public reports show at least almost half-a-dozen women have been hospitalized since December while seeking an abortion at his Germantown, Md., abortion clinic. The clinic is one of the few in the country that performs abortions during the third trimester. "Reports regarding the Germantown clinic are deeply troubling, both for the sake of babies whose lives are ended so close to — and possibly even after — birth and for the sake of the women who have been rushed from that...
  • Bill would block DC government from spending its own money

    05/13/2016 8:35:51 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 13, 2016 5:42 PM EDT
    A Republican congressman has introduced legislation that would block the District of Columbia government from spending its local tax dollars without approval by Congress. Rep. Mark Meadows, a North Carolina Republican who is chairman of the subcommittee on government operations, introduced the bill Thursday, according to a copy of the legislation. It seeks to clarify the requirement that the District submit its local budget to Congress, as it has during more than 40 years of self-rule. …
  • Hundreds of US-Bound Illegal AFRICANS At Panama Border

    05/13/2016 4:36:57 PM PDT · by blueyon · 48 replies
    DennisMichaelLynch.com ^ | 5/15/16 | Team DML
    See UNBELIEVABLE VIDEO below of Cubans and Africans in an uprising, because Costa Rica won’t let them through to come to the US. Panama and Costa Rican Officials have a MESS on their hands with illegal aliens from everywhere trying to get across their borders, all headed for the USA. A recent report from the Center For Immigration Studies states “the Costa Rican authorities have reported the presence of people of 14 different nationalities at that border.” The whole world has heard that America’s borders are open, and they are coming. In addition to the thousands of Cubans (who the...
  • Federal court to Obama: You can’t spend money on ObamaCare if Congress didn’t allocate

    05/13/2016 9:01:42 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 10 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/13/16 | Dan Calabrese
    Federal court to Obama: Sorry, champ, you can't spend money on ObamaCare if Congress didn't allocate it It seemed an astoundly obvious case. The power of the purse belongs to Congress, and the executive branch can’t just spend money if Congress never passed a bill allocating the money. But ths is the presidency of Barack Obama, where things like the Constitution and balances of power are mere puzzles to be solved by a power-crazed executive. Remember, this is the guy who regularly declares, “If Congress won’t act, I will!” No, champ. If Congress won’t act, you can’t. That’s how the...
  • Gnats and Irrelevant Nuts – The Economically Dissonant Opposition…

    05/13/2016 4:55:48 AM PDT · by Bratch · 18 replies
    Beyond the larger context of Globalists VS Nationalists, the internal opposition to Common Sense economic conservatism/nationalism can be fundamentally broken down into two categories: ♦  The first group are those who are fundamentally naive about large and historic economic issues; and how the economy was changed, forced to change, through the past forty years by financial interests who created a second, “false“, paper economy. This first group is generally young, pseudo-intellectual, and their only reference has been while formally educated within the last thirty years (they’re under 50).   Most of the oppositional (conservative) punditry falls into this category.  Important to note, this...
  • ‘We’re running a f—ing casino:’ Politician tells all in manifesto

    05/13/2016 3:10:53 AM PDT · by detective · 50 replies
    New York Post ^ | May 13, 2016 | Carl Campanile
    An anonymous congressman has dropped a bombshell election-year book that confirms why Americans hate their national government and have rallied to anti-establishment presidential candidates like Donald Trump. The veteran politician lays bare a rotten and corrupt Congress enslaved by lobbyists and interested only in re-election in an anonymous, 65-page manifesto called “The Confessions of Congressman X.” “Like most of my colleagues, I promise my constituents a lot of stuff I can never deliver,” he admits. “But what the hell? It makes them happy hearing it . . . My main job is to keep my job.” The House member —...
  • "What Could Have Possibly Raised Your Costs?" Hillary Can't Answer Why Obamacare Costs Are Soaring

    05/12/2016 6:13:43 PM PDT · by imanerd11 · 24 replies
    TheDailySheeple ^ | 5/12/2016 | Tyler Durden (Zerohedge)
    Hillary Clinton’s strategy to get in front of voters and answer one-on-one type questions is not working out very well. First, Clinton couldn’t explain to an unemployed West Virginian why she was promising to put a lot of coal miners out of work. Now, Hillary can’t explain why Obamacare fees are higher than promised, and are set to explode even higher next year. During a recent town hall event, a small business owner explained to the Democratic front-runner that her health insurance has gone up so significantly for her family that the thought of providing benefits to her employees is...
  • How Congress Mysteriously Became a ‘Small Business’ to Qualify for Obamacare Subsidies

    05/12/2016 11:08:25 AM PDT · by milton23 · 8 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | 5/11/16 | Robert Moffit
    It seems that federal officials have worked overtime to undermine public trust. Benghazi, the IRS abuses, the “fast and furious” gun-running fiasco, the solar power boondoggles, and the seemingly endless implementation problems of the Affordable Care Act—all these scandals have common themes: arrogant and abusive bureaucracy, double dealing, lame excuses, and legal hairsplitting. The outrages listed above can be placed squarely at the doorstep of the White House. But one scandal is truly bipartisan: How key administration and congressional officials connived to create, under cover of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, special health insurance subsidies for members...
  • House committee: Obama admin official lied to Congress about ObamaCare exchange grant funding

    05/10/2016 3:13:22 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | May 10, 2016 | ED MORRISEY
    Did a key official in the ObamaCare chain of command lie to Congress about funds recouped from state-based exchanges? Andy Slavitt, acting Administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) testified in a House Energy and Commerce hearing last December that CMS had recouped over $200 million from state-based exchanges (SBEs) that have failed. Further investigation, however, shows that Slavitt’s claim was false — that the actual grant dollars recovered was about a tenth of what he claimed, and that even those dollars were not “recouped,” but just never transmitted in the first place. The executive summary lays...
  • Paul Ryan sold shares on same day as private briefing of banking crisis

    05/09/2016 6:14:50 PM PDT · by Sybeck1 · 49 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 8/13/2012 | Dominic Rushe
    Paul Ryan, Mitt Romney's vice-presidential running mate, sold stock in US banks on the same day he attended a confidential meeting where top level officials disclosed the sector was heading for a deep crisis. The congressman on Monday denied profiting from information gleaned from the meeting on 18 September 2008 when Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke, then treasury secretary Hank Paulson and others outlined their fears for the banking sector.
  • Harry Reid Assails Donald Trump With Adjectives

    05/07/2016 7:47:41 PM PDT · by Innovative · 73 replies
    NY Times ^ | May 7, 2016 | Carl Hulse
    Never one to hold back, Senator Harry Reid of Nevada, the Democratic leader and bane of the Koch brothers and Mitt Romney, made clear on Thursday that he intended to spend much of the rest of the year savaging Donald J. Trump. In a conference call with reporters from his home in Las Vegas, Mr. Reid lit into Mr. Trump, calling him anti-woman, anti-Hispanic, anti-Muslim, anti-immigrant, anti-President Obama and anti-working people, to name a few. “It is a sad day for Republicans when they decide to bow to Trump,” said Mr. Reid, who is not running for re-election, potentially freeing...
  • Romanian Hacker Guccifer: "I Breached Clinton Server, It Was Easy"

    The infamous Romanian hacker known as “Guccifer,” speaking exclusively with Fox News, claimed he easily – and repeatedly – breached former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s personal email server in early 2013. "For me, it was easy ... easy for me, for everybody," Marcel Lehel Lazar, who goes by the moniker "Guccifer," told Fox News from a Virginia jail where he is being held.
  • U.S Cuts Aid, Pakistan To Pay For Own F-16 Fighter Jets

    05/04/2016 7:59:38 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 6 replies
    TOLO News ^ | May 4, 2016 | TOLOnews
    The United States has informed Pakistan it will have to pay for eight American F-16 fighter jets itself after members of Congress raised objections to the proposed deal that would have seen the U.S sponsoring part of the purchase. The deal, estimated to be worth about $699 million USD, was approved by the U.S in February whereby the U.S would assist Pakistan with $430 million USD in aid to help finance the purchase. The deal involved up to eight F-16 fighter jets, along with radar and other equipment. However, this week, members of Congress voiced their unhappiness over the deal...
  • Congress Can Remove Ginsberg and Kagan from the Supreme Court!

    05/04/2016 7:53:28 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 60 replies
    Constitution ^ | March 5, 2016 | Dave Jolly
    A few years back I asked a number of people how long does a Supreme Court Justice serve. Almost unanimously the response was until death or resignation. No one’s response was constitutional. There is nothing in the Constitution that says a Supreme Court Justice or any other federal judge serves for life or until they resign. Here is what the Constitution says about the term of office of a Supreme Court Justice or federal judge: “Article III. Section. 1. The judicial Power of the United States shall be vested in one supreme Court, and in such inferior Courts as the...
  • Social Security: Why Congress is messing with your benefits

    05/03/2016 7:55:49 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 69 replies
    CNBC ^ | 05/03/2016 | Lawrence Kotlikoff
    Politicians describe Social Security as "the third rail," meaning that enacting any benefit cuts will kill them politically. But this is precisely what they voted to do under the Bipartisan Budget Bill of 2015. The bill reduced the benefits of married couples and divorcees who were younger than 62 as of Jan. 2 by up to $60,000. Even $25,000 is a lot of money for most workers, given that the median household income is about $50,000. The new law prevents most people who reach age 66 from providing spousal benefits to their spouse or children while letting their own retirement...
  • Greenpeace: Leaked TTIP papers show 'threat' to EU

    05/03/2016 3:31:12 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 02 May 2016 13:27 GMT+02:00 | (AFP)
    Greenpeace charged on Monday that a massive US-EU trade deal would place corporate interests above the environment and consumer safety, as it released classified documents from the negotiations. […] Greenpeace said the papers show, for example, that the US wants to be able to scrap existing EU rules in areas such as food labeling or approval of dangerous chemicals if it they spell barriers to free trade. “TTIP is about a huge transfer of power from people to big business,” the group argued, having also projected an image of a classified text passage onto the façade of Berlin’s parliament building....
  • Commentary: Congress can solve Illinois' pension crisis

    05/03/2016 3:51:19 AM PDT · by Fhios · 28 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 5/3/2016 | Diana Furchtgott-Roth
    "... One new idea that has not yet been proposed is for Congress to empower states to have the ability to reform their insolvent pension plans. Such legislation would pre-empt state laws that prohibit states from making necessary reforms. It would allow pension reform laws passed by state assemblies to take effect. ..."
  • Long before John Boehner called Ted Cruz ‘Lucifer in the flesh,’ he called him his lawyer

    04/28/2016 12:43:33 PM PDT · by blueyon · 44 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 4/28/16 | Sean Sullivan
    We are re-upping this post from early 2014 in light of Boehner labeling Cruz "Lucifer in the flesh" and saying, "I've never worked with a more miserable son of a bitch in my life." Here's where their work together began, two decades ago. For what it's worth, Cruz downplayed their relationship Thursday in his comments responding to Boehner. "I've met John Boehner two or three times in my life," he assured. As we show below, that's not entirely accurate.
  • Congress to Air Force: You Can't Retire the A-10 Until the F-35 Proves It's Better

    04/28/2016 12:03:53 PM PDT · by Stand Watch Listen · 59 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | Apr 27, 2016 | Kyle Mizokami
    Congress to Air Force: You Can't Retire the A-10 Until the F-35 Proves It's Better Legislators want proof the F-35 can take over the aging tank-killer's job Congress threw down the gauntlet at the Air Force on Monday, introducing legislation to mandate keeping the A-10 Thunderbolt II—affectionately known as the Warthog—in service until the service can prove the new F-35 Joint Strike Fighter can take over its job. As reported by DefenseNews, Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee Mack Thornberry has introduced legislation to forbid the Air Force from retiring the plane. Thornberry's proposed law would prohibit the Air...
  • Jeffersonville High School Democrat candidates debate (IN09)

    04/27/2016 8:22:02 PM PDT · by James R. McClure Jr.
    McClure for Indiana ^ | 27 APR 2016 | James R. McClure Jr.
    Peace be with you all, I am one of four Democrats seeking the nomination to replace Todd Young in Indiana's 9th congressional district. To assist in educating and informing the voters of IN09, I am providing the full video of the debate hosted by Jeffersonville High School's Debate Team on 20 APR 16. Enjoy! I look forward to your comments. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8gYWbgmx72U James R. McClure Jr. Jeffersonian Anti-Federalist Democrat candidate for IN09
  • Congress, Not Obama’s Cronies, Can Save Puerto Rico

    04/27/2016 8:11:32 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 4 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 04/27/16 | Megan Barth
    Speaker Ryan has made it crystal clear that House Republicans' number one priority is to shield American taxpayers from a bailout of Puerto Rico My problem lies in reconciling my gross habits with my net income.—Errol Flynn Due to Puerto Rico’s gross habits, the commonwealth has amassed a total debt of over $72 billion and has already defaulted on $221 million of its’ debt. When unfunded liabilities (pensions) are included, these additional costs bring the total value of their debt closer to $165 billion, approximately $150% of its’ GDP.
  • State Department Hid Key Clinton Benghazi Email from Judicial Watch

    04/26/2016 1:17:27 PM PDT · by blueyon · 50 replies
    Judical Watch ^ | 4/26/2016 | Judical Watch
    (Washington, DC) – The Obama State Department last week admitted it withheld a key Benghazi email of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton from Judicial Watch since at least September 2014. If the State Department disclosed the email when first supposedly found, Clinton’s email server and her hidden emails would have been disclosed nearly two years ago, before Clinton authorized the alleged deletion of tens of thousands of emails. The developments come in a July 2014 Freedom of Information (FOIA) lawsuit seeking records related to the drafting and use of the Benghazi talking points (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of...
  • Terror ties of BDS backers revealed

    04/26/2016 3:44:53 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 5 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 26/4/16 | David Rosenberg
    While the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement has done little to hide its malicious anti-Israel hatred, the movement hitherto has succeeded in maintaining the appearance of legitimacy, presenting itself as the peaceful alternative to terrorism. Despite rhetoric which pro-Israel activists have noted signals a rejection of Jewish statehood per se and draws upon the kind of terrorist propaganda disseminated by Hamas and the PLO, no clear link tying BDS to supporters of terror organizations could be found. Last week, however, a former terrorism finance analyst for the US Treasury Department offered testimony to congress suggesting connections between the BDS movement...
  • Paul Ryan Kills Another Innocent American

    04/21/2016 6:03:24 AM PDT · by xzins · 24 replies
    Conservative HQ ^ | 4/21/2016 | George Rasley
    Last November, the day before the Muslim terrorist attack in Mali that killed 27 innocent civilians, including one American, former Peace Corps volunteer Anita Datar, Republican Speaker of the House Paul Ryan shot down the idea of a religious test for refugees coming to America at taxpayer expense. Ryan said, "We will not have a religious test, only a security test," before touting his bill, the SAFE ACT of 2015, that allegedly gave extra scrutiny to those “refugees” coming to the U.S. from Syria and Iraq. Paul RyanAs we pointed out at the time, the bill was nothing more than...
  • Rise of the Superpresident

    04/20/2016 4:50:28 PM PDT · by Aquamarine · 16 replies
    Thetrumpet.com ^ | May-June 2016 | Andrew Miller
    Bypassing the checks and balances imposed by America’s founders, the executive branch has come to new heights of power. Historians may look back on Jan. 14, 2014, as a tipping point in American history. On that day, President Barack Obama urged his cabinet to help him identify ways to advance economic recovery by circumventing the legislature. “We’re not just going to be waiting for legislation in order to make sure that we’re providing Americans the kind of help they need,” the president told reporters before his cabinet meeting. “I’ve got a pen, and I’ve got a phone. And I can use...
  • Congress asking Air Force to look at restarting F-22 production line

    04/20/2016 8:00:08 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 52 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | April 19, 2016 | Jacqueline Klimas
    Increasing threats from China and Russia are causing some lawmakers to look at restarting the F-22 fighter production line, a House Armed Services Committee staffer said Tuesday. The draft defense authorization bill from the Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces requires the Air Force to deliver a report to Congress by Jan. 1, 2017, detailing future aircraft shortfalls and what it would cost to buy more F-22s. ****snip***** The committee is asking the Air Force to provide cost estimates for another 194 F-22s. The committee staffer said the report was included in the bill at the request of a...
  • Poll: Getting facts right key to Americans' trust in media

    04/17/2016 7:01:55 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 4/17/2016 | CAROLE FELDMAN and EMILY SWANSON
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Trust in the news media is being eroded by perceptions of inaccuracy and bias, fueled in part by Americans' skepticism about what they read on social media. Just 6 percent of people say they have a lot of confidence in the media, putting the news industry about equal to Congress and well below the public's view of other institutions. In this presidential campaign year, Democrats were more likely to trust the news media than Republicans or independents. But trust today also goes beyond the traditional journalistic principles of accuracy, balance and fairness. Faced with ever-increasing sources of...
  • Judge rules Newtown families' lawsuit against gun maker can go forward

    04/15/2016 5:52:01 AM PDT · by blueyon · 33 replies
    FoxNews ^ | 4/15/16 | AP???
    BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – A lawsuit can go forward against the maker of the rifle used in the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings, a judge ruled Thursday. Superior Court Judge Barbara Bellis said that a 2005 federal law protecting gun-makers from lawsuits does not prevent lawyers for the victims' families from arguing that the semi-automatic rifle is a military weapon and should not have been sold to civilians.
  • Minimum-Wage Activists Should Look to Puerto Rico for Clues to the Future

    04/14/2016 5:21:15 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 4 replies
    National Review ^ | 4/13/2016 | PAUL KUPIEC & RYAN NABIL
    When signing the bill raising California’s minimum wage, Governor Jerry Brown called the new $15 minimum wage “good politics” but “questionable policy.” He may be more prescient than many realize. There was a time in recent American history when a minimum wage of nearly equal magnitude to California’s was imposed, and “good politics” turned out to be disastrous policy. It is worth remembering this previous minimum-wage experiment as voters assess whether the progressive push for substantially higher minimum wages will deliver prosperity for the working class. President Obama has long supported the so-called Raise the Wage Act, which, if passed,...
  • Go, Brian Mast, Go!

    04/14/2016 8:47:35 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 1 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 04/14/16 | Judi McLeod
    Florida's 18th Congressional District There will be thousands of candidates vying for congressional, and senate seats in the 2016 general election, but only one the Army Times says “first started thinking about running for Congress from his hospital bed at Walter Reed”. Explosive ordnance disposal expert Brian Mast was bedridden for two months after losing both his legs to a land mine in Afghanistan, during which time a double amputee wanted to be the candidate, who could more than double the chances of a strong voice for vets if elected to Congress.
  • Congress Still Wasting Taxpayers' Money

    04/14/2016 6:40:03 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 14, 2016 | Cal Thomas
    As the tax deadline approaches it's once again time to consider how the federal government wastes our money. Remember the spending caps that were supposed to keep Congress from overspending? Gone with the wind. How about the promise Republicans made about no more earmarks on spending bills? It disappeared almost as fast as a gold coin in a magician's hands. Of course, they are not calling these new and improved earmarks earmarks. They call them something else, so they can claim they are keeping their promise. Is it any wonder this political season is characterized by voter anger? Just in...
  • Behind the Scenes, This GOP Group Pushes Congress to the Right

    04/11/2016 10:02:29 AM PDT · by milton23 · 6 replies
    http://dailysign.al/1Vc6wlr ^ | 4/11/16 | Philiip Wegmann
    The Republican Study Committee isn’t the newest conservative caucus on the congressional block. But they’re the oldest, they’re still the biggest, and on occasion, they will throw their weight around on Capitol Hill.
  • Feinstein’s response to Apple-FBI dispute bad for privacy, security

    04/08/2016 3:11:33 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 6 replies
    SiliconBeat ^ | April 8, 2016 at 1:16 PM | By Troy Wolverton
    We knew that Sen. Dianne Feinstein was cooking up a bill with North Carolina Sen. Richard Burr in response to Apple’s dispute with the FBI over the San Bernarndino iPhone.We knew that the bill was going to target companies like Apple that refused to help the government unscramble encrypted data. And we suspected, given Feinstein’s past history of being unconcerned about anyone’s privacy other than her own, that the bill was going to be pretty bad for the privacy of everyday citizens and the security of tech products.How bad? Well we now know.The bill would require companies, in response...
  • H-1B visas quickly snatched up as critics decry lost American jobs, wages

    04/08/2016 3:13:04 AM PDT · by markomalley · 4 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 4/8/16 | Stephen Dinan
    All the country’s visas for high-skilled workers were snatched up in the first week yet again this year, the government reported Thursday, signaling that companies’ voracious appetites for cheap foreign workers remains unabated despite intense criticism on the presidential campaign trail. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services said it received more than enough applications to claim the 85,000 visas available under the H-1B program this year and will once again hold a lottery to award the coveted permits. Technology companies, desperate for the workers, said reaching the cap just days after the April 1 application period began should spur Congress to...
  • The “Congressional” Natural Born Citizen Part II: Shocked, Outraged or Ambivalent?

    04/07/2016 2:44:55 PM PDT · by patlin · 88 replies
    Constitutionally Speaking ^ | Oct. 26, 2009 | Linda Melin
    What would your reaction be if you heard that Congress was set in 2007 to bestow ‘natural born’ citizenship on ALL anchor babies through their Immigration Reform legislation. (110th Congress) S. 1348Shocked? Outraged? Ambivalent?What if you heard that Congress was moving to change Immigration & Naturalization laws so the every child born overseas to 1 citizen parent & 1 foreign parent would forever be deemed a ‘natural born’ citizen. (101st Congress) H.R. 1380, (99th Congress) H.R. 2535, Shocked? Outraged? Ambivalent?What if Congress had a bill waiting to come out of committee in February of 2008 that would change the citizenship...
  • Senate Dem: National debt is not 'a threat to our country'

    04/07/2016 3:49:49 AM PDT · by kevcol · 35 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | April 6, 2016 | Joel Gehrke
    Senate Democrats on Wednesday couldn't agree that federal debt is a national security problem, in a hearing aimed at assessing the long-term strategic implications of the government's $19 trillion debt. "A realistic discussion about it, and accepting expert opinion that this debt that we have is not actually right now a threat to our country, is I think a more realistic and honorable way of talking to the American people about it," Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., said during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on Wednesday. That surprised committee chairman Bob Corker, who concluded the hearing by describing such views...