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  • Lawsuit: Newspaper Fires Editor for Criticizing Gay Bible

    07/24/2014 1:57:16 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 23, 2014 | Todd Starnes
    Bob Eschliman is a Christian. He’s also a veteran news editor. And when he decided to write a column on his personal blog objecting to a gay-friendly version of the Bible, Bob was unceremoniously marched out of the Newton Daily News and shoved out the front door. After a brief investigation, the Iowa newspaper fired Bob and then publicly castigated him in an editorial. They accused him of compromising the reputation of the newspaper. They said what he wrote resulted in the loss of public trust. Bob ran afoul of the newspaper’s bosses by daring to criticize the “Queen James...
  • Moderates balking at Senate border bill (posting just for the picture!)

    07/24/2014 1:28:47 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 16 replies
    politico.com ^ | 7/24/14 | Burgess Everett
    Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu will oppose her leadership’s border aid package, complicating Senate Democrats’ plan to pass the legislation before August recess. The Democratic senator said in an interview that she has two main problems with the bill: Lack of coordinating language for the multiple government agencies that will receive funding from the bill and “little faith” in the State Department’s ability to use its share of the money to combat the violent atmosphere back in home countries of undocumented migrants. “Those are the two reasons that I am a no. And it’s unlikely those will be fixed,” said Landrieu,...
  • Quirky Ex-Senator Stomps on Democrats’ S.D. Hopes

    07/24/2014 12:36:55 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 7 replies
    rollcall.com ^ | 7/24/14 | Colin Diersing
    South Dakota Democrats are playing a tough hand in the Senate race, but they thought they could count on a wild card — former Sen. Larry Pressler — to help the contest break their way. Pressler seems to have other plans. Democrats already faced long odds to hold retiring Democratic Sen. Tim Johnson’s seat. Obama lost South Dakota by 18 points last cycle, and the state marks the GOP’s best pick-up opportunity in its 6-seat quest to win the majority. The front-runner, popular former GOP Gov. Mike Rounds, faces several foes: Democrat Rick Weiland; state Sen. Gordon Howie, a conservative...
  • ObamaCare getaway: 5 US territories released from health care law

    07/24/2014 12:18:56 PM PDT · by cll · 16 replies
    Fox News ^ | 7/24/2014 | Barnini Chakraborty
    The Obama administration is coming under fire for once again making a unilateral change to ObamaCare -- this time, quietly exempting the five U.S. territories and their more than 4 million residents from virtually all major provisions of the health care law. The decision was made a week ago, and was a long time coming. For months, the territories have been complaining that the law was implemented so poorly in their regions that it destabilized their insurance markets. Until now, the Department of Health and Human Services claimed its hands were tied. But last Wednesday, the department reversed course. The...
  • FEC Chairman Sounds Alarm to Hot Air: There’s a ‘move afoot to constrict press freedoms’

    07/24/2014 12:04:20 PM PDT · by kristinn · 5 replies
    Hot Air ^ | Thursday, July 24, 2014 | Noah Rothman
    Federal Election Commission Chairman Lee Goodman issued a stark warning on Wednesday when he suggested that political speech and press freedoms were under assault by federal regulators. In August, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) will engage in a bus tour promoting his new book, The Way Forward: Renewing the American Idea. This was revealed in the release of a letter from the FEC following a request from Ryan’s attorneys to ensure that the House Budget Committee chairman remained in compliance with campaign regulations. Ryan’s team asked for and received permission to use campaign funds to purchase his own book in order...
  • Right-Wing Groups Just Scored Their First Victory Over Kevin McCarthy

    07/24/2014 12:00:02 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 2 replies
    slate.com ^ | David Weigel
    When conservative outside groups fail to defeat a bill in Congress, the cheers come from all over D.C. Business groups mock the incompetence of the groups; Republican leaders declare that they've been taught a hard lesson by the shutdown; Democrats just like to see 'em lose. The House's passage last week of the highway trust fund bill overcame opposition from the Club for Growth and Heritage Action, which made the passage look like a big win. There's been less coverage of this week's narrow conservative win. The Securing Energy Critical Elements and American Jobs Act, or SECEAJA was the brainchild...
  • Senate: 2014 a Year All Its Own

    07/24/2014 11:24:35 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 12 replies
    rasmussenreports.com ^ | 7/24/14 | Larry J. Sabato, Kyle Kondik and Geoffrey Skelley
    Analysts always strain to generalize about elections. We want to “model” them, find the common elements, and project them as early as possible based on the commonalities. That’s a legitimate approach, but we need always remember that every election is different. Every single one. It isn’t just the candidates that change up, or the specific events that end up defining an election season, or the particulars about presidential and congressional job approval. In midterm elections, especially, the combination of competitive districts and states varies greatly, expanding or contracting the potential for change. Last year, and even in the beginning of...
  • Kerry humiliated in Egypt (actually, he was just subjected to normal life)

    07/24/2014 11:09:55 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 28 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 7/24/14 | Rick Moran
    You don't think the Egyptian government was trying to send a message, do you? Kerry flew to Tel Aviv from Cairo, where he met Tuesday with Egypt’s president and other high-level officials. An unusual screening process occurred involving Kerry and his State Department team as they were subjected to a metal detector before meeting with President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi at the Egyptian presidential palace. Reuters reports that Kerry and his aides were checked with a metal detector. Security personnel reportedly raised a handheld metal-detector wand to Kerry’s suit jacket before waving him through. Kerry’s aides were also subjected to the handheld...
  • The Vindication of Barry Goldwater

    07/24/2014 11:05:46 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 23 replies
    spectator.org ^ | 7/24/14 | Jeffrey Lord
    July, 1964. Fifty years ago this month. The Republican Party nominates Arizona Senator Barry Goldwater for president. The resulting uproar was somewhere north of hysteria. And that was just from the GOP establishment of the day. Followed famously by a November landslide Goldwater “defeat” in which the Arizonan carried a mere five states in his race against Democratic President Lyndon Johnson. Goldwater was the first conservative Republican to win nomination since the 1924 selection of Calvin Coolidge (the vice president who had succeeded Warren Harding after his death). From 1928 all the way through 1960, every GOP nominee from Hoover...
  • READY: I fought the odds, and the odds almost won [Bureaucracy run AMOK]

    07/24/2014 10:15:12 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 12 replies
    Destin Log ^ | Published: Friday, June 27, 2014 at 17:05 PM. | Mary Ready
    I may regret writing this column. Retaliation by a state agency is an ugly thing. My best hope is that the bureaucrats who have made my life a living hell for these past few months don’t read insignificant little articles written by nobody columnists for a bi-weekly newspaper. It wasn’t bad enough that the cable, phone, credit card, garbage, power, and water companies, along with the Florida Retirement System and bank, gave me major grief after Frank died. Apparently it doesn’t matter that no payment was ever late or not paid in full. Since Frank was the primary, they reasoned...
  • ISIS reportedly orders women and girls of Mosul to undergo ‘genital mutilation’

    07/24/2014 9:49:08 AM PDT · by NYer · 23 replies
    Hot Air ^ | July 24, 2014 | Noah Rothman
    Following the purge of Christians in the Iraqi city of Mosul and the destruction of a nearly 2,000-year-old Christian house of worship, fighters with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) have continued to impose a grotesque and medieval form of Sharia Law on the cityÂ’s remaining Muslim residents. On Wednesday, a United Nations representative claimed that the Sunni Islamist militant group order all women and girls of ages ranging from 11 to 46 to undergo the despicable practice of female circumcision. While a departure from past Islamist practice, this move would represent yet another violation of international human...
  • Scalia And Company May Have Already Shown Their Hand On Obamacare Subsidies

    07/24/2014 9:44:26 AM PDT · by Resettozero · 30 replies
    TPM.com ^ | July 24, 2014 | Dylan Scott
    Conservatives on the U.S. Supreme Court might have already tipped their hand on the latest substantial legal threat to Obamacare, according to one Yale law professor. And if they did, it would be good news for the Obama administration. A federal appeals court in Washington, D.C., ruled Tuesday that Obamacare's language did not allow people shopping on HealthCare.gov to access tax credits if they purchase insurance through the federal website. If that decision were to become law, affecting the 36 states served by the federal exchange, it would strip subsidies from nearly 5 million people and send their premiums skyrocketing....
  • Beretta’s New Super Rifle

    07/24/2014 9:25:58 AM PDT · by rktman · 73 replies
    yahoo.com ^ | 7/23/2014 | Douglas A. McIntyre
    Gun company Beretta is tone deaf when it comes to calls for restrictions on powerful guns sold in the United States. It must be the chance to make money. Beretta's website carried an announcement that the ARX100 is "shipping now." Beretta markets the rifle as "Italian Design -- American Built." Regardless of its origins, the gun is unusually powerful.
  • Unions put teachers on streets — for votes

    07/24/2014 7:11:10 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 13 replies
    politico.com ^ | 7/24/14 | Stephanie Simon
    Teachers unions are struggling to protect their political clout, but as the midterm elections approach, they’re fighting back with their most popular asset: the teachers themselves. Backed by tens of millions in cash and new data mining tools that let them personalize pitches to voters, the unions are sending armies of educators to run a huge get-out-the-vote effort aimed at reversing the red tide that swept Republicans into power across the country in 2010. The unions have plenty of money: They spent $69 million on state races in 2010 and are likely to top that this year. But as they...
  • VIDEO: Rick Perry reveals that Obama threatened governors at recent meeting

    07/24/2014 7:09:57 AM PDT · by upbeat5 · 91 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | July 23, 2014 | Dan Calabrese
    Hardly a surprise: During a recent meeting with the nation’s governors, President Obama made clear his top priority, which is to make sure that the governors don’t go talking out of turn or criticizing his policies in any way. Texas Gov. Rick Perry saw no reason to keep this a secret, and as you can see here, he didn’t:
  • Walking Republican Moonbat – Ann Coulter Pontificates The Most Ridiculous Argument

    07/24/2014 7:03:03 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 19 replies
    theconservativetreehouse.com ^ | 7/24/14 | Sundance
    In the fall of 2011 we quit thinking of Ann Coulter in any terms other than a sporadically useful, but generally inconsistent, establishment GOP talking head. In short, a “Romneybot”. A recent article reminds us not only why it was so easy to come to that conclusion, but also why this ex-girlfriend of Bill Maher is actually a raving Moonbat. muggedBefore reading what she actually wrote in a recent article entitled “Eyes On The Prize – Chris McDaniel Supporters Should Work To Take Back The Senate“, it should be absolutely necessary to remind ourselves of her book topic: “Mugged -...
  • Group putting $20,000 into GOP get-out-the-vote effort for Joe Carr

    07/24/2014 6:47:25 AM PDT · by cotton1706
    timesfreepress.com ^ | 7/23/14 | Andy Sher
    NASHVILLE — A national conservative group said today it is putting $20,000 into get-out-the-vote efforts in hopes of boosting turnout for Republican state Rep. Joe Carr in his GOP primary bid to beat incumbent U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn. Jenny Beth Martin, chairman of the Tea Party Patriots Citizens Fund said the money is going to the Real Conservatives National Committee. The goal is beefing up the "ground game" run by the Real Conservatives' "Beat Lamar" campaign, she said. Martin didn't rule out putting more money into the race, saying there "may be more in a week or so." Both...
  • Ingraham: Retire Alexander like an 'old sweater'

    07/24/2014 6:45:56 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 7 replies
    thehill.com ^ | 7/23/14 | Alexandra Jaffe
    Conservative talk-radio host Laura Ingraham urged a ballroom full of Tennessee conservatives on Tuesday night to retire Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) like an “old sweater” that’s gone out of style. "He was really comfortable and sharp looking at one point, but now it just takes up room in your drawer," she said, according to the Chattanooga Times Free Press. Ingraham spoke Tuesday at a 500-strong rally in Nashville for Alexander’s main primary challenger, state Rep. Joe Carr, who’s gained traction in recent weeks in his underdog bid to unseat Alexander. According to reports, she shied away from personal attacks —...
  • National Hockey League Partners with Natural Resources Defense Council on Climate Hysteria

    07/24/2014 6:45:12 AM PDT · by rktman · 23 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 7/24/2014 | Sierra Rayne
    The National Hockey League (NHL) has announced a partnership with the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) to promote climate hysteria. The NHL “says it's confronting climate change to help ensure ice hockey’s long-term survival. 'We need winter weather,' NHL commissioner, Gary Bettman, said in a statement Monday. 'We have a vested interest in this cause.'”
  • LOTFI: Sen. Lamar Alexander must apologize for lying about opposing federal education

    07/24/2014 6:44:07 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 2 replies
    benswann.com ^ | 7/24/14 | Michael Lofti
    NASHVILLE, July 23, 2014– U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R) is facing a tough primary challenge from State Rep. Joe Carr (R). Carr’s momentum has built over the months and Lamar is sweating bullets underneath his red flannel shirt. More than 20 state legislators have endorsed Carr over Alexander. They join more than 60 conservative Tennessee organizations, vice presidential candidate Governor Sarah Palin, the National Association for Gun Rights and more. In natural form, Alexander is placing his bets on misleading the Volunteer state on just where his record stands on the issues. Most insulting of all is Alexander’s attempt to...
  • Ted Cruz hits back at State Department

    07/24/2014 6:40:40 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 12 replies
    politico.com ^ | 7/24/14 | Kendall Breitman
    Sen. Ted Cruz is slamming the State Department after a spokeswoman called his claim that the Federal Aviation Administration made a politically motivated decision to halt U.S. airlines’ flights to Israel “ridiculous and offensive.” “What is ridiculous is the Obama administration refusing to answer simple questions about whether this was dictated by politics and why the FAA is singling out Israel while not focusing on other areas around the world,” the Texas Republican said Wednesday night on Fox News’ “Hannity.” “Was this politics from the White House? Or was this an airline safety decision? And I think the facts strongly...
  • With Friends Like Democrats, Black Americans Don't Need Any Enemies

    07/24/2014 6:33:22 AM PDT · by rktman · 13 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 7/24/2014 | Patricia L. Dickson
    Union president, Lee Saunders, of the American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees sent a letter to the United Negro College Fund President Michael Lomax announcing that the union was severing ties with UNCF because he accepted a donation of $25 million dollars from Koch Industries and the Charles Koch Foundation and spoke at a Koch-funded summit. In a letter, Lee Saunders wrote that he was “deeply troubled” by Michael Lomax’s decision to accept $25 million from David and Charles Koch. He assumed that by accepting those funds Mr. Lomax was “in no way supporting or lending the name...
  • Montana Senator John Walsh used plagiarism to get promoted

    07/24/2014 6:06:33 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 17 replies
    redstate.com ^ | 7/24/14
    The Democrats knew retaining Max Baucus’s Senate seat was going to be a challenge. In an attempt to hold onto that seat, Max Baucus was convinced to retire from the Senate and was shipped off to China as Ambassador. A new Senator was appointed by the Democrat governor to fill out Baucus’s term and to set him up to defend the seat using the power of incumbency. On paper it looked like a good plan. The replacement was the serving lieutenant governor John Walsh. Walsh was superficially an attractive choice. He was a career National Guardsman, rising in rank from...
  • Sessions: ‘Colossal Error’ to Pass Immigration Spending Without Blocking ‘Administrative Amnesty’

    07/24/2014 5:48:00 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 12 replies
    rollcall.com ^ | 7/23/14 | Niels Lesnewski
    Sen. Jeff Sessions says it would be “institutional surrender” for the House to advance an immigration spending bill without preventing President Barack Obama from expanding “administrative amnesty” for millions of additional unauthorized immigrants. The Alabama Republican made that case in a lengthy statement circulated Wednesday afternoon, and he expanded on those views in a brief conversation with CQ Roll Call. “I think it would be a colossal error to pass any kind of legislation that does not prohibit the president from granting legal status to five or six million people, as he’s indicated he intends to do,” Sessions said. “I’m...
  • Cruz warns House colleagues: Don’t let Democrats fool you

    07/24/2014 5:46:08 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 5 replies
    thehill.com ^ | 7/23/14 | Alexander Bolton
    Sen. Ted Cruz is urging House Republicans to reject legislation addressing the border crisis, arguing that passing a bill through the lower chamber would play into the hands of Senate Democrats. The Texas Republican’s move to sway GOP lawmakers will hamper any House effort to pass a border bill before Congress adjourns for its summer break at the end of next week. ADVERTISEMENT In a Wednesday morning meeting, Cruz told a group of more than 20 House conservatives that they would regret passing legislation addressing the Texas border crisis because Senate Democrats were likely to gut it and use it...
  • Rubio: Immigration reform won’t happen for another 10 years unless border security comes first

    07/24/2014 5:34:31 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 14 replies
    hotair.com ^ | 7/23/14
    His staff and supporters will be quick to remind you that he’s always said he prefers the “security first” option. Okay, but his preference didn’t stop him from co-sponsoring a mammoth comprehensive bill championed by Democrats like Chuck Schumer. In fact, let’s compare Rubio’s rhetoric now versus then. Here he is in June 2013 describing the Gang of Eight bill: Rubio, responding to the concern that legalization might be delayed and therefore be subjected to the policies of future administrations: Let’s be clear. Nobody is talking about preventing the legalization. The legalization is going to happen. That means the following...
  • Jeb Bush weighs in on immigration influx and urges House Republicans to push comprehensive reform

    07/24/2014 5:31:51 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 52 replies
    politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com ^ | 7/24/14 | Kevin Bohn
    Washington (CNN) – After several weeks in which the influx of tens of thousands of undocumented children illegally crossing the border into the United States has dominated the headlines, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush wrote an op-ed about the issue, calling for a change in how the children are handled after they are arrested - and also urging his fellow Republicans not to use this as an "excuse" to abandon comprehensive immigration reform. His Wall Street Journal opinion piece that published Wednesday evening is similar to the statement he released to CNN last week and is just the second time...
  • In Los Angeles, Obama gives his die-hard supporters a tough-love talk

    07/24/2014 5:24:38 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 14 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | July 23, 2014 | By SEEMA MEHTA, KATHLEEN HENNESSEY
    President Obama delivered a tough-love talk to his biggest boosters Wednesday, telling Democratic donors gathered in Los Angeles that they need to step it up before November if he’s going to get much done in his last two years in office. "You thought, 'OK, we elect Barack and that's it,’” Obama told a crowd big-dollar donors gathered in the lush Hancock Park backyard of TV producer Shonda Rhimes. “I have got to have a Congress that has some sense and is willing to work and is willing to compromise and is focused on the American people. And we don’t have...
  • Chamber of Commerce seeks to dominate Republican politics

    07/24/2014 5:19:05 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 11 replies
    examiner.com ^ | 7/23/14
    The United States Chamber of Commerce has been traditionally viewed as the lobbyists in Washington for Big Business. Now they are increasing getting involved in politics, taking sides on behalf of establishment-supported Republican candidates, and using their extensive financial resources to win most of their battles. In the battle between Senator Thad Cochran and Chris McDaniel for the Republican nomination for senate in Mississippi, after Cochran has failed to get 50 percent to avoid a runoff, and the Karl Rove-backed American Crossroads had announced it was pulling out of the race after supporting Cochran, the Chambers of Commerce maintained it's...
  • Discord In Lindsey Graham Camp

    07/24/2014 5:15:41 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 2 replies
    fitsnews.com ^ | 7/23/14
    Advisors to U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham (RINO-S.C.) are fiercely divided over how to handle the entrance of Lowcountry businessman and reality television star Thomas Ravenel into the 2014 U.S. Senate race. One faction – led by Graham campaign manager Scott Farmer – believes Ravenel’s candidacy is all about attracting viewers to his reality television show, Southern Charm . “Ignore him,” Farmer reportedly counseled Graham during a recent strategy meeting. According to Farmer, a “ratings-driven” candidacy from Ravenel is not a threat to the two-term incumbent, because it means the former State Treasurer is unlikely to pump significant amounts of his...
  • Tea Party’s Joe Carr Looks to Ride Anti-Amnesty ‘Wave’ Past Lamar Alexander

    07/24/2014 5:10:11 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 4 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 7/23/14 | Charlie Spiering
    Joe Carr remembers exactly where he was when he found out that House Majority Leader Eric Cantor lost his race to the largely unknown political upstart David Brat. As he finished up a meeting with a group of about 75 Tea Party supporters in Obion County, someone waved a smartphone and announced the startling news. “The place went nuts… it exploded,” Carr said, pointing out that the event went long past 10:00 as supporters began discussing what was possible in his Republican primary challenge to Sen. Lamar Alexander. “All of a sudden now the attention the attention turns to us;...
  • Non-Border State Governors Demanding Answers From Obama on Illegal Immigrant Crisis

    07/24/2014 4:49:56 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 24, 2014 | Katie Pavlich
    The illegal immigration crisis on the border is showing no signs of stopping and the problem has spread well beyond states sitting side-by-side with Mexico. The Obama administration has been shipping unaccompanied minors to family members living illegally in the United States for months. Illegal aliens under the age of 18 have been shipped to states as far away as New York and Massachusetts, prompting non-border state governors to demand answers from the White House about what the President is planning to do to stop the crisis. In an interview with Fox News' Greta Van Susteren last night, Utah...
  • The Supreme Court’s Coming Paralysis

    07/24/2014 4:00:50 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | July 22, 2014 | Jeff Greenfield
    Why there’s really no chance President Obama will be able to appoint another Justice to the bench, regardless of what happens in November. It’s a question that’s roiled the liberal universe for years: Why won’t 81-year-old Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg resign from the Supreme Court and give President Obama the chance to pick her successor, in case the Senate turns Republican after the mid-terms? Harvard Law Professor Laurence Tribe, one of the left’s jurisprudential heroes, had a ready answer to that question when it was posed to him at the University of California Santa Barbara late last month....
  • Long Odds

    07/24/2014 2:00:34 AM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 2 replies
    Inlander ^ | Deanna Pan
    It's pronounced Pa-koh-tas, like "Dakotas." The "o" sound is long, like the "o" sound in "Joe." The moderator from the League of Women Voters of Pullman asks about half a dozen questions at the League's primary forum on Monday night before she finally gets it right. (SNIP) (McMorris Rodgers, who was campaigning in Spokane on Monday, never responded to the League's invitation. Horne missed the forum in order to crash a Republican shindig and confront McMorris Rodgers in person.) (SNIP) Tom Horne (R): The Obama administration should shut the hell up. This is an Israeli problem. Wars brought to a...
  • Gutfeld: Why President Obama doesn't watch Fox News

    07/24/2014 1:38:08 AM PDT · by Vendome · 8 replies
    "Why watch something has your number and lists your failures?" Typical Gutfield. Ascerbic, On Point, Cuts Like a Knife and He Larry Us! First minute is a laugh riot, with the remainder funny as comments given by cast.
  • Public Hearings: Clean Power Plan Proposed Rule

    07/23/2014 10:00:09 PM PDT · by beaversmom · 3 replies
    EPA will hold public hearings in four locations for the proposed Clean Power Plan the week of July 28, 2014. The hearings will provide interested parties the opportunity to present data, views or arguments concerning the proposed action. EPA is pleased by the tremendous public interest in the proposed Clean Power Plan. Already, we have received nearly 300,000 written comments on the proposal. We have found that there are some additional speaking slots still available in Pittsburgh on August 1st, and are reopening the registration for Pittsburgh ONLY. Register for the Pittsburgh hearing on August 1st. The other hearings in...
  • Despite rhetoric, gun prosecutions plummet under Obama

    07/23/2014 7:19:47 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 18 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | July 23, 2014 | Kelly Riddell
    While President Obama decries gun violence and presses for more laws to restrict ownership, his Justice Department has prosecuted 25 percent fewer cases referred by the main law enforcement agency charged with reducing firearms violence across the country, a computer analysis of U.S. prosecution data shows. Federal prosecutors brought a total of 5,082 gun violation cases in 2013 recommended by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, compared with 6,791 during the last year of George W. Bush’s presidency in 2008, according to data obtained from the Executive Office of U.S. Attorneys. The 2013 totals represent a 42 percent...
  • Marquette poll: Scott Walker in dead heat with Mary Burke for Wisconsin gubernatorial race

    07/23/2014 6:44:32 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 41 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | 07/23/2014 | Bill Glauber
    Dead heat. That's what Wisconsin is staring at in the race for governor, with Gov. Scott Walker and Democratic challenger Mary Burke neck-and-neck heading into the November election, according to the latest Marquette University Law School poll released Wednesday. Among registered voters, Walker led Burke, 46% to 45%. Among likely voters, Burke led Walker, 47% to 46%. "The bottom line is that nothing has statistically changed from May to July," said Charles Franklin, the poll director. "We're seeing a dead heat in the race, well within the margin of error." "As the race really heats up with advertising and back...
  • DOD to provide space for 5,000 more migrant children until next year

    07/23/2014 5:45:43 PM PDT · by llevrok · 20 replies
    WASHINGTON — The U.S. military will provide housing space for up to an additional 5,000 unaccompanied Central American children who have illegally come across the border, Pentagon spokesman Col. Steve Warren said Wednesday. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel signed the authorization last week at the request of the Department of Health and Human Services. Hagel’s order also extends the housing assistance mission to Jan. 31, 2015. In May, the Pentagon committed to providing space to up to 3,600 children for 120 days. There are 2,500 children being housed at Fort Sill, Okla., Naval Base Ventura County, Calif., and Lackland Air...
  • House task force to recommend National Guard on border, faster deportations

    07/23/2014 4:18:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | July 23, 2014 | S.A. Miller
    House Republicans will call Wednesday for decisive action to end the border crisis, proposing a deployment of National Guard troops and accelerated deportation hearings for unaccompanied children inundating the U.S., said a Capitol Hill aide familiar with the plan. The proposals from a task force will aim to fix the most urgent problems quickly, “stemming the flow of [unaccompanied alien children] and securing the border right now,” the Republican aide said. “This is about solutions right now.” Several of the recommendations focus on expediting the immigration hearing process for the unaccompanied alien children. Otherwise, most of them could stay in...
  • Senator Says He Had PTSD When He Wrote Thesis

    07/23/2014 4:12:18 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 64 replies
    ABC News ^ | July 23, 2014
    Montana Sen. John Walsh's thesis written to earn a master's degree from the U.S. Army War College contains unattributed passages taken word-for-word from previously published papers. The Democrat said Wednesday he was on medication and being treated for post-traumatic stress disorder from his service in Iraq when he wrote the paper. He said he also was dealing with the stress of a fellow veteran's recent suicide. Walsh said he made an unintentional mistake and did not intend to plagiarize. "I don't want to blame my mistake on PTSD, but I do want to say it may have been a factor,"...
  • What If They Were Refugees?

    07/23/2014 4:03:55 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 18 replies
    National Review ^ | 07/21/2014 | Mark Krikorian
    The party line of the anti-borders Left regarding the “unaccompanied” minors surging across the border into South Texas is that they’re “refugees” fleeing violence and persecution, ---SNIP--- that’s only the case for the first safe country the refugee enters. He shouldn’t even be allowed to apply for asylum if he passed through other countries. Asylum is for people willing to go anywhere to get out of where they are; just as a drowning man doesn’t pick and choose among life preservers he sees in the water, a genuine asylum-seeker doesn’t pick and choose among countries.
  • ‘Operation Normandy’ set to send 3,500 volunteers to border to ‘stop an invasion’

    07/23/2014 3:00:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | July 23, 2014 | Cheryl K. Chumley
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Jim Gilchrist — one of the founders of the Minutemen Project — said he’s reaching out across America to recruit at least 3,500 volunteers who will go to the border to patrol and cover the “porous areas” between San Diego and Brownsville, Texas. The campaign is called “Operation Normandy,” and it’s set for May 1, 2015, Raw Story reported. “If you are familiar with the Normandy invasion of France in 1944, then you have an idea how large and logistically complicated this event will be,” Mr. Gilchrist said, Raw Story reported. “However, there is one difference. We are not going...
  • Fox News Poll: 58 percent say Obama administration incompetent at managing gov't

    07/23/2014 3:00:28 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 23 replies
    FOX News ^ | July 23, 2014
    Has the Obama administration competently and effectively managed the government? A Fox News poll released Wednesday finds a majority of American voters says no -- including about a third of Democrats. A 58-percent majority says the White House has not been competent at managing the federal government. Some 32 percent of Democrats join 67 percent of independents and 84 percent of Republicans in holding that view.
  • Michele Bachmann Says She Might Seek Presidency in 2016

    07/23/2014 12:28:29 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 106 replies
    RCP ^ | 07/23/2014 | Scott Conroy
    Though set to retire from the U.S. House after her term expires at the end of this year, Michele Bachmann may not be done with electoral politics. The Minnesota congresswoman and 2012 Republican presidential candidate told RealClearPolitics on Tuesday that she is considering a second White House run. Bachmann made the revelation during an interview, in which she was asked for her view on whether any Republican women might seek the Oval Office in 2016. “The only thing that the media has speculated on is that it’s going to be various men that are running,” she replied. “They haven’t speculated,...
  • The Secret Government Rulebook For Labeling You a Terrorist

    07/23/2014 12:20:40 PM PDT · by redreno · 33 replies
    The Intercept ^ | 23 Jul 2014, 2:45 PM EDT | By Jeremy Scahill and Ryan Devereaux
    The Obama administration has quietly approved a substantial expansion of the terrorist watchlist system, authorizing a secret process that requires neither “concrete facts” nor “irrefutable evidence” to designate an American or foreigner as a terrorist, according to a key government document obtained by The Intercept. The “March 2013 Watchlisting Guidance,” a 166-page document issued last year by the National Counterterrorism Center, spells out the government’s secret rules for putting individuals on its main terrorist database, as well as the no fly list and the selectee list, which triggers enhanced screening at airports and border crossings. The new guidelines allow individuals...
  • Thomas Ravenel: Lindsey Graham’s “Double Jeopardy” On Obamacare

    07/23/2014 12:17:08 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 3 replies
    fitsnews.com ^ | 7/23/14
    Edisto, S.C. – In light of this week’s U.S. Court of Appeals ruling on Obamacare, Lowcountry businessman and independent U.S. Senate candidate Thomas Ravenel issued the following statement regarding incumbent “Republican” Lindsey Graham’s tortured stance regarding this legislation: “The U.S. Court of Appeals has correctly ruled that Obamacare cannot impose taxes or disburse subsidies in two-thirds of the states,” Ravenel said. “This frees more than eight million Americans from the law’s oppressive individual mandate – and blocks for the moment what would have been a $700 billion tax hike.” Ravenel said the only reason the court has to take up...
  • IRS Commissioner: We’re Not Investigating The Missing Emails Right Now (of course not!)

    07/23/2014 11:41:50 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 13 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 7/23/14 | Patrick Howley
    IRS Commissioner John Koskinen revealed Wednesday that he is not speaking to any potential witnesses in the missing-emails case while his agency’s inspector general conducts his own investigation. Koskinen claimed that IRS inspector general J. Russell George told him “not to do any further investigations or interviews” with employees pertaining to hard drive crashes, and that’s why he did not voluntarily provide a key witness to congressional investigators. But Koskinen later admitted that the inspector general never told him not to cooperate with Congress. The IRS has been nominally conducting its own internal investigation into the IRS conservative targeting scandal...
  • Restaurant owner says 'business exploded' since welcoming guns

    07/23/2014 11:16:38 AM PDT · by rktman · 16 replies
    www.foxnews.com ^ | 7/22/2014 | Unk
    MARYVILLE, Tenn. – A Tennessee restaurant owner has placed a sign in the window of her business welcoming gun owners -- a move she says has brought in more customers and saved her business from closing.
  • LePage: Maine will no longer waive food stamp work requirements

    07/23/2014 10:57:31 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 30 replies
    pressherald.com ^ | 7/23/14 | Eric Russell
    Maine’s Republican governor wants all able-bodied recipients of the federal food stamp benefit to complete work or volunteer activities. Gov. Paul LePage announced Wednesday that Maine will no longer seek a federal waiver that allows some able-bodied adults to receive food stamps without working or volunteering. “We must continue to do all that we can to eliminate generational poverty and get people back to work,” LePage said in a statement announcing the change. “We must protect our limited resources for those who are truly in need and who are doing all they can to be self-sufficient.” According to the Maine...