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  • Obama Wants 5-Year Plan: ‘I Guarantee You This Is Not How China’ Handles Its Infrastructure

    08/01/2015 4:53:39 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 44 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | August 1, 2015 | 3:07 PM EDT | (CNSNews.com Staff)
    When President Obama signed a law yesterday funding federal transportation projects for the next three months, he lamented that the United States did not have a five-year federal plan for transportation—and warned Congress that “big, powerful countries” like the Peoples Republic of China did not do it the way the U.S. is doing it now. “I guarantee you this is not how China, Germany, other countries around the world—other big, powerful countries around the world—handle their infrastructure,” Obama said. …
  • Donald Trump wants to deport all unauthorized immigrants and let the “really good” ones back in

    08/01/2015 3:51:21 PM PDT · by Mariner · 45 replies
    Vox ^ | August 1st, 2015 | by Dara Lind and Javier Zarracina
    On Monday, I pointed out that a majority of Republican voters were to Donald Trump's right on immigration: Fully 63 percent of them wanted a plan to deport all unauthorized immigrants. On Thursday, Trump pretty much closed the gap, proposing to deport all 11 million unauthorized immigrants currently in the US and then let some select few return. From CNN (via Greg Sargent at the Washington Post): Trump said Wednesday in an interview with CNN’s Dana Bash that as president he would deport all undocumented immigrants and then allow the "good ones" to reenter the country through an "expedited process"...
  • What’s happening to this heroic Navy officer from the Chattanooga shooting will make your blood BOIL

    08/01/2015 6:38:10 AM PDT · by wtd · 41 replies
    Allen West ^ | August 1, 2015 | Allen B. West
    There are things which make you just upset, like the liberal progressive left and media accomplices’ rage over the shooting of a lion in Africa but abject disregard and disdain reference Planned Parenthood dismembering babies and selling their body parts. But this story has me dog fighting mad and seriously pissed off. As reported ten days ago by Western Journalism, “A Navy officer and Marine reportedly returned fire at the shooter who killed five service members in Chattanooga, Tenn., even though current policy does not permit military members to carry firearms on facilities such as those where the attack occurred....
  • Federal Judge dismisses Shirley Abrahamson’s civil rights case [WI State Supreme Court Ruling]

    08/01/2015 2:33:21 PM PDT · by Fhios · 11 replies
    Townhall ^ | 7/31/2014 | M.D. Kittle
    "....“This court has been asked whether the immediate implementation of an amendment to the Wisconsin Constitution concerning the structure of its court system offends the United States Constitution.Federal review of the action of a state—acting in its capacity as a sovereign government—is sharply limited, and the court does not require perfection of expression or purity of motive,” Peterson writes in his conclusion. “The amendment passes constitutional muster, even if implemented immediately to remove Abrahamson from the position of chief justice.”"
  • Judicial Watch: Federal Judge Orders State Department to Ask Hillary Clinton to Account

    08/01/2015 2:08:22 PM PDT · by marktwain · 10 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | 31 July, 2015 | Judicial Watch
     (Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch announced today that U.S. District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan ordered the U.S. State Department to request that Hillary Clinton and her top aides confirm, under penalty of perjury, that they have produced all government records in their possession, return any other government records immediately, and describe their use of Hillary Clinton’s email server to conduct government business.  The court issued the ruling late today after holding a status hearing in a Judicial Watch Freedom of Information lawsuit that sought records about Huma Abedin, the former Deputy Chief of Staff to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton...
  • DNC Chair Can’t Explain Difference Between Democrats and Socialists

    08/01/2015 1:51:04 PM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 36 replies
    Legal Insurrection, All Rights Reserved. ^ | Saturday, August 1, 2015 at 10:30am
    DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz appeared on Hardball with Chris Matthews this week..the two were discussing Bernie Sanders and the role he should play in the next Democratic National Convention. Then Matthews asked Schultz to explain the difference between a Democrat and a Socialist and things got very interesting.... Wasserman-Schultz talked up his “progressive populist message” that people like, when Matthews asked her point-blank, “What’s the difference between a Democrat and a socialist? I used to think there was a big difference. What do you think it is?” Wasserman-Schultz ducked the question, but Matthews pressed her and said, “You’re the...
  • Cry Baby Dana Milbank: ‘Ted Cruz Bullied Republicans for Years’

    08/01/2015 1:09:34 PM PDT · by Michael van der Galien · 28 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 08-01-2015 | Michael van der Galien
    Is Dana Milbank – one of the Washington Compost’s many leftist columnists – really a girly man or do you think he’s just pretending? "Finally, Senate Republicans are standing up to the bully who terrorized them the past two and a half years — and they’re finding out he isn’t so tough, after all. After Cruz on the Senate floor Friday called his fellow Republican, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.), a liar, his GOP colleagues have moved swiftly to shut down his antics. They voted in large numbers to renew the Export-Import Bank (McConnell’s scheduling of the vote, opposed...
  • Republicans slam brakes on voting rights bill

    08/01/2015 1:09:29 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 19 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 1, 2015 | Mike Lillis
    Video at link. Reps John Lewis and Linda Sanchez deserve the littlest fiddle award. House Republican leaders are slamming the brakes on voting rights legislation, insisting that any movement on the issue go through a key Republican committee chairman who opposes the proposal. House Democrats are pressing hard on GOP leaders to bring the new voter protections directly to the floor. That would sidestep consideration in the House Judiciary Committee, where Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) has rejected a bipartisan proposal to update the 1965 Voting Rights Act (VRA) in the wake of a 2013 Supreme Court decision that gutted a...
  • Grassroots Arizonan ‘Crazies’ Are ‘Interested in Issues’ over Politics

    08/01/2015 11:31:19 AM PDT · by T Ruth · 14 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 30 Jul 2015 | Michelle Moons
    Entrenched U.S. Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) 43% may be in for the fight of his life in his 2016 re-election bid, as he uses the term “crazies” to describe the approximately 15,000 border security-advocating Arizonans who showed up for Donald Trump’s July appearance in Phoenix. Breitbart News spoke exclusively with Maricopa County Republican Party (MCRP) Chair Tyler Bowyer regarding McCain’s comments and the makeup of the crowd for the Phoenix event. McCain’s “crazies” comment came in an interview with a New Yorker reporter in which the Senator said, “This performance with our friend (Trump) out in Phoenix is very hurtful...
  • Father who shot down drone hovering over his house as his daughters sunbathed is arrested

    08/01/2015 11:31:04 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 71 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 08/01/15
    A father has been arrested after shooting down an $1,800 drone that was reportedly hovering over his two sunbathing daughters. William H. Merideth, 47, from Kentucky was charged with first-degree criminal mischief and first-degree wanton endangerment. The owner of the drone claims he was only trying to take pictures of a friend's house when Merideth shot at the device, sending it crashing into a field near his yard last weekend. Sunday afternoon, the kids – my girls – were out on the back deck, and the neighbors were out in their yard," Merideth told WDRD. 'And they come in and...
  • More parents turn to homeschooling: 62% increase [Proverbs 22:6]

    08/01/2015 10:16:29 AM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 15 replies
    EAG News ^ | 7/31/2015 | Victor Skinner
    WASHINGTON, D.C. – More parents than ever before are choosing to homeschool their children, driving a movement that’s grown by 62 percent in the last decade. The National Catholic Register reports that recent data from the U.S. Department of Education shows explosive growth in homeschooling among American families, particularly in the last 10 years, when the number of students between the ages of 5 and 17 went from 1.09 million in 2003 to 1.77 million in 2012. Homeschooled students now represent about 3.4 percent of the school-age population, a percentage that’s increased significantly for a variety of reasons. “The first...
  • EMAILS REVEAL HILLARY CLINTON FED ‘MEET THE PRESS’ QUESTIONS IN ADVANCE

    08/01/2015 9:51:27 AM PDT · by gwgn02 · 39 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 8/1/2015 | John Nolte
    The latest dump of Hillary Clinton’s emails reveals that as Secretary of State, a source within “Meet the Press” was feeding her questions in advance. A July 2009 email to Clinton reads, “I just heard from a friend who is wired at Meet the Press that David Gregory is going to ask you about…” — Heads up -> pic.twitter.com/AOiJw6c5Sz — Charlie Spiering (@charliespiering) July 31, 2015 — The mainstream media is notorious when it comes to hitting Republicans with tough questions. It is almost always about dropping them in a rhetorical, no-win box, “How is gay marriage different from segregation?”,...
  • Donald Trump Is Not as Aggressive on Immigration As He Sounds

    08/01/2015 9:21:51 AM PDT · by gwgn02 · 119 replies
    Time ^ | 7/27/2015 | Tessa Berenson
    Onn MSNBC the next day, Trump endorsed a “merit system” for the millions of undocumented immigrants already in the country—something that sounds a lot like a path to some sort of legal status, if not citizenship. “I have to tell you, some of these people have been here; they’ve done a good job; in some cases sadly they’ve been living under the shadows,” he said. “We have to do something. … Somebody’s been outstanding, we (ought to) try to work something out.” That puts Trump to the left of, say, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, whose campaign told TIME in...
  • Trump: I Would Give Non-Criminal Illegal Aliens Legal Status

    08/01/2015 9:02:13 AM PDT · by gwgn02 · 135 replies
    NewsMax ^ | 7/29/2015 | Greg Richter
    Donald Trump says as president he would ultimately give some illegal immigrants legal status and isn't ruling out a pathway to citizenship, CNN reports. That sounds different than what he said during his June 16 announcement speech when critics say he insulted Mexicans. "When Mexico sends its people, they're not sending their best. … They're sending people that have lots of problems," he said then. "They're bringing drugs. They're bringing crime. They're rapists. And some, I assume, are good people." Those who are not committing crimes could find legal status under a Trump administration, he told CNN's Dana Bash in...
  • Planned Parenthood and the barbarity of America

    08/01/2015 7:52:36 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 16 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Auust 1, 2015 | George Will
    Executives of Planned Parenthood’s federally subsidized meat markets — your tax dollars at work — lack the courage of their convictions. They should drop the pretense of conducting a complex moral calculus about the organs they harvest from the babies they kill. First came the video showing a salad-nibbling, wine-sipping Planned Parenthood official explaining how “I’m going to basically crush below, I’m going to crush above” whatever organ (“heart, lung, liver”) is being harvested. Then the president of a Planned Parenthood chapter explained the happy side of harvesting: “For a lot of the women participating in the fetal tissue donation...
  • Mark Levin Issues a Call to Action the Country Can’t Afford to Ignore

    08/01/2015 6:54:58 AM PDT · by markomalley · 9 replies
    National Review ^ | 8/1/15 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    The Audacity of Facts: that is what Mark Levin believes can save America. Facts can animate the rising generation that has the most to lose by the impending collapse of our constitutional republic. Levin concedes that the odds are against him. But Plunder and Deceit, his arresting new book, takes its shot. It is a clarion call to young people: “an appeal to reason and audacity”; an appeal that they “find the personal strength and will to break through the cycle of statist propaganda and manipulation, unrelenting emotional overtures, and the pressure of groupthink” that has atrophied their generation’s capacity...
  • Bill launched to halt refugee resettlement (Syrian Muslims)

    08/01/2015 6:43:45 AM PDT · by Whenifhow · 15 replies
    WND ^ | July 31 2015 | LEO HOHMANN
    A Texas congressman has introduced legislation that would halt the resettlement of United Nations-certified refugees in the U.S. pending a full study on the program’s impact on the nation’s economy and national security. Rep. Brian Babin, R-Texas, introduced the Resettlement Accountability National Security Act, or HR 3314, which places an “immediate suspension on allowing immigrants into the United States under the refugee resettlement program, until the Government Accountability Office (GAO) completes a thorough examination of its costs on federal, state and local governments.” According to US government data, nearly 500,000 new immigrants have come to the U.S. under the resettlement...
  • Rand Paul: Pro-Life Democrats Crucial to Defunding Planned Parenthood [Six Needed]

    08/01/2015 6:24:58 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Daily Signal ^ | 08/01/2015
    Sen. Rand Paul says pro-life Democrats hold the key to passing legislation in the Senate that would completely defund Planned Parenthood. “There are several Democrats who say they are pro-life,” Paul tells The Daily Signal. “It’s not a guarantee that we get all the Republicans on this,” he adds. “The vast majority of Republicans will support this but we need a few Democrats. If we can get six Democrats and all the Republicans we can actually put this on the president’s desk.” Paul, along with Sens. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa; James Lankford, R-Okla.; and others are leading the charge after undercover...
  • California Dem: Obama can just ignore Congress if they kill the Iran deal

    08/01/2015 6:13:45 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/01/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    At least according to one California congressman, all of this debate in Congress over the Iran nuclear deal is much ado about nothing. If Congress wants to approve it (or if they fail to override the President’s expected veto) that’s fine. But if they shoot it down there’s really no need to worry. Barack Obama can just ignore them. Kerry Picket reports at the Daily Caller. California Rep. Brad Sherman warns that even if Congress were to override Barack Obama’s veto of the Iran deal, the president could still get the deal he wants.Sherman, a Democrat who serves on...
  • Ministers fail to cinch major trade pact (TPP)

    08/01/2015 5:30:46 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 4 replies
    politico.com ^ | 7/31/15 | Doug Palmer
    Top trade officials from the United States, Canada and 10 other Pacific rim nations fell short of concluding the biggest trade pact in history on Friday because of differences over agricultural, autos and pharmaceuticals, but said significant progress had been made. “We’re confident that TPP [Trans-Pacific Partnership] is within reach,” U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman said Friday. ”We’ve agreed that we are going to continue to engage intensively…with the goal of resolving the outstanding issues.” But the inability to reach an agreement in Maui complicates President Barack Obama’s effort to rope together nations that produce 40 percent of the world’s...
  • Why Jeb Bush played nice with Hillary Clinton in Florida (because she's his "sister-in-law"!!!)

    08/01/2015 5:23:45 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 9 replies
    politico.com ^ | 7/31/15 | Annie Karni and Eli Stokols
    Appearing Friday at the National Urban League Conference here in the country’s most important swing state, Hillary Clinton didn’t mention Jeb Bush by name, but tore apart the entire premise of his “right to rise” mission statement. Striding onto that same stage less than an hour later, Bush acknowledged Clinton’s presence at the conference in order to thank her for appearing there, then proceeded to ignore her attacks and campaign altogether. In the first instance of the two top-tier legacy candidates appearing back to back at the same event, Clinton and Bush demonstrated the starkly different ways the two candidates...
  • Ted Cruz drops the hammer on Mitt Romney

    08/01/2015 5:18:50 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 18 replies
    examiner.com ^ | 7/31/15 | Mark Wittington
    When Mitt Romney, the failed presidential candidate in the 2012 presidential election, pointed a scolding finger at Ted Cruz, the journal senator from Texas and current presidential candidate thought he must have died and gone to heaven. Romney is respected as a good man who might have made a pretty decent president had he not be such a bad politician. The main rap against Romney from the conservative base was that he was too gentlemanly and too timid, especially in the third debate, to have prevailed in an election that was very winnable. The National Journal reported on Friday that...
  • Ted Cruz Ridicules Mitt Romney in Private and Now in Public, Too

    08/01/2015 5:15:22 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 35 replies
    nationaljournal.com ^ | 7/21/15 | Tim Alberta
    In conversations with his campaign staffers and allies, Cruz often points to Romney as the embodiment of a timid, weak Republican Party. And in a private speech in May to the Council for National Policy, a secretive group of top conservative donors and activists, Cruz colorfully described Romney as the worst possible candidate Republicans could have nominated in 2012. "We have had three elections since President Obama was elected. Two of them—2010 and 2014—were national referenda on Obamacare. It was the No. 1 issue, twice. Both elections were tsunami, tidal-waves for Republicans—historic victories," Cruz said, according to an audio recording...
  • MA Town Determines That an Educational WWII History Museum Isn’t Educational (WWII Aircraft)

    08/01/2015 4:42:23 AM PDT · by taildragger · 61 replies
    Best Ride Blog ^ | 7/31/2015 | Craig Fitzgerald
    Over the last four decades, if you’ve seen a World War II aircraft actually in flight, chances are pretty good that the Collings Foundation in Stow, Massachusetts had something to do with it. Wednesday, the town Planning board voted 3-to-2 that the Foundation’s living history events, tours, exhibitions and veteran roundtable discussions are not educational, and thereby denied it a permit to expand. The Building Department also issued a cease and desist order against the Foundation on March 26, 2015 prohibiting take-offs and landings from the airstrip it has maintained and flown from for 37 years.
  • Clinton email release falls well short of judge’s order

    07/31/2015 10:16:44 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 22 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 7-31-15 | Stephan Dinan
    State Dept. fails to release 1,000 messages The State Department admitted it was violating a judge’s order Friday in releasing only 1,356 new emails from former Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton’s time in the administration, with officials saying they’re falling behind because they are having to run all of the documents by intelligence agencies to make sure classified documents aren’t being released. It’s the latest stumble for a department put on the spot by Mrs. Clinton’s unique email set-up, which saw her reject a State Department account and instead issue herself a private account, kept on a server she maintained at...
  • Gun control advocates launch campaign to drop gun emoji from iPhones (VIDEO)

    07/31/2015 10:13:01 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 21 replies
    Guns.com ^ | July 31, 2015 | by Chris Eger
    An anti-gun organization in New York on Thursday debuted a social media campaign to convince Apple to remove the ideogram depicting a gun from their iPhones.Watch the YouTube Video. New Yorkers Against Gun Violence kicked off their “Disarm the iPhone” drive this week with a website, video and press release targeting the popular mobile devices. The group cautions that the emoji, one of hundreds on the product that come preloaded from the factory, reflects the ready access to guns in the country.“We realized that many Americans unknowingly carry a gun with them every day. The one that was given to...
  • Judge Orders Hillary Clinton to Answer for ‘Home-Brew’ Server

    07/31/2015 9:56:40 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 33 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 7-31-15 | Kristinn Taylor
    U.S. District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan issued an order late Friday afternoon ordering former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and two of her most intimate State Department aides, Huma Abedin and Cheryl Mills, to account for, under penalty of perjury, their use of Clinton’s ‘home-brew’ server kept at her Chappaqua, New York home during Clinton’s four-year tenure as secretary, as well as any official documents in their possession. The order came in a FOIA lawsuit by Judicial Watch that was re-opened by Judge Sullivan in June after Clinton’s circumvention of the FOIA laws was revealed when news broke of her...
  • Obama Administration War Against Apple and Google Just Got Uglier

    07/31/2015 9:30:30 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 22 replies
    the Intercept Unofficial Sources — FirstLook.org ^ | July 30, 2015 | by Jenna McLaughlin
    p>The Obama administration’s central strategy against strong encryption seems to be waging war on the companies that are providing and popularizing it: most notably Apple and Google. The intimidation campaign got a boost Thursday when a blog that frequently promotes the interests of the national security establishment raised the prospect of Apple being found liable for providing material support to a terrorist.Benjamin Wittes, editor-in-chief of the LawFare blog, suggested that Apple could in fact face that liability if it continued to provide encryption services to a suspected terrorist. He noted that the post was in response to an idea raised by Sen....
  • STUPID: DC Comics is making Superman a ‘Black Lives Matter’ protester

    07/31/2015 7:56:01 PM PDT · by Altura Ct. · 15 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | 7/31/20115
    Some losers at DC Comics would rather indoctrinate their readers with politically correct social justice crap than actually write a decent story, because let’s face it – it’s a lot harder to write something worth reading: Yes, Action Comics #42 offer a new and idiotic vision of Superman as an anti-police officer protester. The new issue comes from the minds of Greg Pak and Aaron Kuder, who have imagined a much darker story for arguably the world’s most iconic superhero. The comic has been making waves for its controversial theme as the parallels to the riots in Ferguson and St....
  • Rubio: US has 'long' and 'painful' history of discrimination

    07/31/2015 7:37:08 PM PDT · by WilliamIII · 65 replies
    AP ^ | July 27 2015 | Bill Barrow
    GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — The United States must acknowledge a "painful, complicated" history of racial discrimination that still affects many minorities, Republican presidential hopeful Marco Rubio said Monday between campaign speeches in South Carolina. Rubio told reporters that "decades and decades of discriminatory practices" have yielded a lack of economic opportunity for many minorities and sour relationships between law enforcement and minority communities, particularly African-Americans. "It's important for us to confront these issues because we can't fulfill our promise as a nation if we have a significant percentage of the population feeling as if the American dream is out of...
  • Trump campaign looking into staffer over Facebook posts

    07/31/2015 6:43:53 PM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 14 replies
    The Hill ^ | 07/31/2015 | Elliot Smilowitz
    Businessman Donald Trump’s presidential campaign is investigating reports that a campaign staffer wrote racially charged Facebook posts, CNN reported Friday evening. Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski told the network that if confirmed to be true, advisor Sam Nunberg will be fired.  "They were offensive and they do not reflect Mr. Trump's position and we take them very seriously," Lewandowski said. "If it determined that Mr. Nunberg made these statements, then he will no longer be part of the campaign." Posts unearthed by Business Insider reportedly show Nunberg calling Rev. Al Sharpton’s daughter the n-word, calling President Obama a “Socialist...
  • The Hair, the Boots, and the Great Communicator (Jeffrey Lord piece)

    07/31/2015 5:33:12 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 12 replies
    conservativereview.com ^ | 7/31/15 | Jeffrey Lord
    Amid all the sound and fury of the Trump surge, there are conservatives who have not taken to Donald Trump. Yet simultaneously, new polls show that the Trump surge continues, unabated. Shocking the Bush camp, a poll out of St. Petersburg, Florida – the St. Pete’s poll shows Trump defeating Florida’s own Jeb Bush (in Florida!) 26-20, carrying a full 22% of the Hispanic vote. A new Reuters poll has him leading the GOP pack with 25% to Bush’s 12%. Yet over at The Wall Street Journal, our friends who run the editorial page have bashed The Trump Apologists. Sir...
  • BREAKING: Federal Judge dismisses Shirley Abrahamson’s civil rights case

    07/31/2015 4:14:39 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 35 replies
    Wisconsin Watchdog ^ | 7-31-15 | M. D. Kittle
    MADISON, Wis. – A federal judge on Friday tossed out former Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson’s civil rights lawsuit and declared Wisconsin’s constitutional amendment that forced Abrahamson out of her long-standing seat of power does indeed pass “constitutional muster.” U.S. District Court Judge James Peterson said he wasn’t persuaded by Abrahamson’s case. His ruling puts to rest the liberal justice’s claims that the amendment approved by Wisconsin voters in April unfairly led to her ouster as chief justice. “This court has been asked whether the immediate implementation of an amendment to the Wisconsin Constitution concerning the structure of its court system...
  • A CEO raised his company's minimum wage to $70,000 a year, and some employees quit because of it

    07/31/2015 3:44:29 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 80 replies
    Business Insider ^ | July 31, 2015 | by RACHEL SUGAR
    When Dan Price, CEO of the Seattle-based credit card payment processing firm Gravity Payments, announced he was raising the company's minimum salary to $70,000 a year, he was met with overwhelming enthusiasm. But in the weeks since then, it's become clear that not everyone is equally pleased. Among the critics? Some of Price's own employees. Two of the company's "most valued" members have left the company, "spurred in part by their view that it was unfair to double the pay of some new hires while the longest-serving staff members got small or no raises." Maisey McMaster — once a big...
  • GOP Insiders: Trump Will Be Out Before Iowa

    07/31/2015 3:35:08 PM PDT · by Mariner · 47 replies
    Breitbart ^ | July 31st, 2015 | by Mike Flynn
    A new National Journal survey of “Republican insiders” finds that 57 percent of these political professionals think Donald Trump will bow out of the Presidential race before the Iowa Caucuses. This survey probably says more about the state of the Republican political class than anything about the 2016 race or Republican voters. Interestingly, 65 percent of “Democrat insiders” believe Trump will compete in the Iowa Caucuses in February next year. The survey results could easily be dismissed as both groups answering what they hope will happen. Some Republican campaign professionals offered comments beyond the question:
  • Cruz to Obama: Let’s Settle This Like Men

    07/31/2015 2:40:51 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 35 replies
    PJ Tattler ^ | July 31, 2015 - 4:43 am | Michael Walsh
    One of the reasons for Donald Trump’s continuing high standing in the early polls is his perceived willingness to stand up to PC bullies and speak his mind. Now along comes Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, standing up to the man who put the “bully” back into the bully pulpit: According to Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, President Barack Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran is essentially financing terrorism. And he’s not backing down after the president called his comments “outrageous.”“If this deal is consummated, it will make the Obama administration the world’s leading financier of radical Islamic terrorism,” Cruz said during...
  • Does Global Warming Actually Increase Antarctic Sea Ice?

    07/31/2015 2:28:06 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 90 replies
    Discovery News ^ | July 31, 2015 | BY PATRICK J. KIGER
    People who insist that climate change isn’t happening often try to disprove it by pointing to what they see as contradictory phenomena. One of their most visually compelling arguments has centered upon Antarctic sea ice, which expanded to reach record levels in 2014. If the planet really is warming, they ask, then shouldn’t the ice in the southern ocean be melting? But now, in a new, not-yet-published paper, James Hansen, former director of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, and colleagues push back even harder. They argue that the increase in Antarctic sea ice not only doesn’t refute climate...
  • Climate models are even more accurate than you thought

    07/31/2015 2:06:09 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 38 replies
    Guardian UK ^ | July 31, 2015 | by Dana Nuccitelli
    Global climate models aren’t given nearly enough credit for their accurate global temperature change projections. As the 2014 IPCC report showed, observed global surface temperature changes have been within the range of climate model simulations. Now a new study shows that the models were even more accurate than previously thought. In previous evaluations like the one done by the IPCC, climate model simulations of global surface air temperature were compared to global surface temperature observational records like HadCRUT4. However, over the oceans, HadCRUT4 uses sea surface temperatures rather than air temperatures. There’s a common myth that models are unreliable, often...
  • How an obscure motion to 'vacate the chair' spoils House GOP's August vacation (WAHHHHHHH!!)

    07/31/2015 1:30:08 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 12 replies
    csmonitor.com ^ | 7/31/15 | John Feheery
    The House is hitting the highways after passing a three-month extension of the Highway bill. In the game of chicken between the chambers of Congress, both sides blinked and the only real victim seems to be the small businesses that care deeply about the Export Import Bank. Republican leaders had a plan to talk about the Iran deal and some of their legislative accomplishments over the August recess. Unfortunately, Mark Meadows threw a monkey wrench into that plan. At the behest of somebody, the North Carolina second-term congressman and subcommittee chairman made a non-privileged motion to vacate the chair. Recommended:...
  • Rep. Diane Black Pushes to Defund Planned Parenthood [STATES, it's Your Turn]

    07/31/2015 1:11:53 PM PDT · by Jim 0216 · 6 replies
    TheDailySignal ^ | 7/30/15 | Diana Stancy
    Rep. Diane Black, R-Tenn., criticized the House of Representatives for not passing legislation prior to the annual August district work period to defund Planned Parenthood. “Over the past two weeks, we’ve all seen the gruesome videos showing the heartless depravity of this organization,” Black said in a speech Wednesday. “We issued statements, we made passionate floor speeches, and we pledged action. Now, our constituents would like to know when we’re going to follow through on that promise.”
  • Hillary Clinton Emails: 1,300 Messages From Private Account Released

    07/31/2015 12:41:52 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 19 replies
    ABC News ^ | July 31, 2015 | By JUSTIN FISHEL
    The State Department released a third batch of highly sought after emails from former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's controversial private email account today. Posted on the State Department's Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) website, the collection includes just over 1,300 emails all dated in 2009. One email sent to Secretary Clinton in November of 2009 shows how then-Ambassador to Iraq Christopher Hill described Iraqis as "a collective pain in the neck." The State Department has established a full-time staff, with one project manager, two case analysts, nine FOIA reviewers and a slew of additional information analysts who have been...
  • Ted Cruz to Hold Iowa Rally for Religious Liberty

    07/31/2015 12:24:32 PM PDT · by Isara · 5 replies
    TedCruz.org ^ | 07/31/15
    Persecuted American Christians from around the Country to Tell their StoriesHOUSTON, Texas – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, will hold a Rally for Religious Liberty on August 21 in Des Moines, IA, calling attention to the religious persecution of Christian business owners and employees who have been sanctioned by their government because of their religious beliefs.Sen. Cruz will bring together eight people who represent six disturbing cases from around the country of government-sponsored religious persecution of those who refused to violate their convictions of faith.Hosting the Rally for Religious Liberty are Dick and Betty Odgaard from Grimes, Iowa. The Odgaards...
  • Sen. Ted Cruz, Republican presidential candidate, coming to Savannah

    07/31/2015 10:52:19 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 1 replies
    Savannah Now ^ | July 31, 2015 - 12:56pm
    Sen. Ted Cruz's 2016 Republican presidential nomination campaigned has announced that the Texas senator will be in Savannah next week.Cruz is scheduled to be at the Coastal Georgia Center, 305 Fahm St., at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 7.Complete list of 2016 presidential candidatesHe's the first candidate to visit Savannah. Donald Trump and Rick Perry both visited Sun City, S.C., in July.This will be the day after the first GOP presidential debate on Fox News.
  • Trump's presidential bid draws scorn and bemusement in Europe

    07/31/2015 10:47:02 AM PDT · by Mariner · 78 replies
    Reuters ^ | July 31st, 2015 | By Angus MacSwan
    LONDON (Reuters) - With his distressed hairstyle, voluptuous female companions and love of the media spotlight, U.S. tycoon Donald Trump is no stranger to people on this side of the Atlantic. But his bid to become president of the United States has got people scratching their heads. Seen by many as a kind of cartoon character despite his business successes, "The Donald" has baffled and angered in equal measure with a series of controversial comments. His remarks that many Mexican immigrants were rapists were widely reported in Europe and generally considered beyond the pale.
  • Occupational Licensing Hurts Just About Everyone, Says White House

    07/31/2015 10:39:13 AM PDT · by Forgotten Amendments · 37 replies
    reason.com ^ | 7/31/2015 | Elizabeth Nolan Brown
    Libertarians have been objecting to occupational licensing on these grounds for decades, of course; the free-market friendly Institute for Justice has even been systematically suing to bring about their demise. But it's rare to see federal agencies recommend against more economic regulation, so let's all just savor this small victory a moment. The scathing report paints occupational licensing as a regulatory scheme that serves almost no one any good—raising consumer costs while failing to deliver improved quality; reducing employment opportunities, especially among the most economically vulnerable; and hampering state-to-state mobility and market innovation. "By one estimate, licensing restrictions cost millions...
  • Is the Supreme Court the ‘sick man’ of the Constitution? [So Says Senator Ted Cruz]

    07/31/2015 10:36:04 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Constitution Daily ^ | 07/30/2015 | Louis Gentilucci
    “A remedy is needed that will restore health to the sick man in our constitutional system,” said Senator Ted Cruz, shortly after the Supreme Court’s rulings on Obamacare and marriage equality in June. “With all due deference to separation of powers, last week the Supreme Court reversed a century of law that, I believe, will open the floodgates for special interests, including foreign corporations, to spend without limit in our elections,” President Barack Obama warned after Citizens United in 2010. “Many of our politicians have surrendered to the false god of judicial supremacy, which would allow black-robed and unelected judges...
  • Ted Cruz’s Blunt Response to Mitt Romney Saying It Was ‘Way Over the Line’ to Say Iran Deal Would...

    07/31/2015 10:21:21 AM PDT · by Isara · 17 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Jul. 31, 2015 | Jon Street
    Ted Cruz’s Blunt Response to Mitt Romney Saying It Was ‘Way Over the Line’ to Say Iran Deal Would Make Obama ‘Financier’ of Terror Republican presidential candidate and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz fought back Thursday after Mitt Romney criticized him for saying the Obama administration would become the “leading financier of radical Islamic terrorism” if Congress approves the Iran nuclear deal. Romney had taken to Twitter to say that Cruz’s comment was “over the line.” I am opposed to the Iran deal, but @SenTedCruz is way over the line on the Obama terrorism charge. Hurts the cause.— Mitt Romney (@MittRomney)...
  • Sen. Cruz Introduces Legislation Clarifying Congressional Review Period for Iran Nuclear Deal

    07/31/2015 10:09:50 AM PDT · by Isara · 4 replies
    Cruz.Senate.gov ^ | July 31, 2015
    Gathered bipartisan grassroots leaders to combat devastating agreementWASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) yesterday introduced a resolution, S. Res. 238, defining the start of Congress’ 60-day review period and detailing flaws within the submittal of the agreement. The Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015 mandates that the 60-day congressional review period cannot begin until the nuclear agreement with Iran, and all related materials outlined in the Act, are transmitted to Congress. President Obama has failed to provide separate side agreements and federal guidance materials to Congress, so the review period cannot have begun without the majority leader’s consent. On Tuesday, Sen....
  • Conservatives Successfully Defeat Egregious Corporate Welfare: Export-Import Bank Remains Expired

    07/31/2015 9:59:10 AM PDT · by Isara · 80 replies
    Cruz.Senate.gov ^ | July 30, 2015
    Congress must preserve today’s win for American taxpayersWASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today issued the following statement regarding the Senate's final passage of a long-term highway reauthorization bill. Immediately following its passage, the Senate approved a three-month highway extension, which the House passed earlier in the week. This short-term extension did not include a provision to resurrect the Export-Import Bank and has been sent to the president for his signature."Today was a major win. Just one week ago, the Washington Cartel was certain that the Export-Import Bank -- a quintessential example of cronyism and corporate welfare -- would be...
  • Cecil The Lion Stirs More Outrage Than Abortion Mogul Cecile The Lyin' [Romans 1]

    07/31/2015 9:54:24 AM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 27 replies
    Town Hall ^ | 7/31/2015 | Ryan Bomberger
    Society has a funny way of deciding when to express outrage. Millions of innocent humans (aka pregnancy tissue) are slaughtered, and their fully intact body parts are sold. Crickets. A single lion, which was unknown to most of us, gets hunted for sport. International drama. I despise the thought of big game hunting, but it never ceases to amaze me how rhetorically violent animal rights activists become when these creatures are harmed or killed. PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) has called for the hunter involved, Dr. Walter Palmer, to be hanged. The puppy-killing, celebrity-studded, publicity-stunt-centered organization epitomizes...