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    06/02/2015 10:32:02 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 2 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 31 May 2015 | TRENT BAKER
    While accepting the “Defender of Israel” award from the World Values Network at the Champions of Jewish Values International Awards Gala last Thursday, Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) brought up relations with Iran in front of a very pro-Israel crowd.Cruz called the nuclear deal with Iran “catastrophic and disastrous,” declaring that the next president, no matter who it is, will need to “immediately reimpose sanctions on Iran” and Iran will either need to stop acquiring nuclear weapons or America will stop them.“The single greatest threat facing the national security of Israel and facing national security of America is...
  • Ted Cruz (100%) vs. Rand Paul (82%) - Heritage Action For America Conservative Ratings (2015-2016)

    06/02/2015 9:46:22 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 22 replies
    Heritage Action ^ | 06/02/2015
  • Pa. House says no, 193-0, to Gov. Wolf's tax plan

    06/02/2015 4:19:17 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 10 replies
    TribLive.com ^ | June 1, 2015 | Brad Bumsted
    House Republicans called up Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf's tax-shifting plan on Monday, and the House shot it down by a unanimous vote. Minority Leader Frank Dermody, D-Oakmont, called the vote on an amendment that contained Wolf's tax plan a political stunt. It does nothing to move this process forward, Dermody said. I would never ask (Democrats) to vote for a stunt. Wolf denounced the vote as gamesmanship and said it was an effort to see if we can embarrass the administration.'
  • Obamacare sticker shock: Big rate hikes proposed for 2016

    06/02/2015 4:18:37 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 16 replies
    CNN ^ | June 2, 2015 | By Tami Luhby
    Hold onto your wallets ... many insurers want to substantially hike rates on Obamacare policies for 2016. Many are proposing double-digit premium increases for individual policies, with some companies looking to boost rates more than 60%, according to a list posted Monday by the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Insurers say they want to hike rates because enrollees are going to the doctor, getting lab work and filling prescriptions more than they had originally anticipated. "We've seen a great pent-up demand for services," said Aaron Billger, spokesman for Highmark, a Blue Cross Blue Shield licensee offering plans in...
  • Feds: Threats Against Flights Do Not Appear to Be Credible

    06/02/2015 2:58:05 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 2 replies
    ABC News ^ | June 2, 2015
    PHILADELPHIA - Federal authorities say threats against several commercial airline flights do not appear to be credible. One of the threats Tuesday claimed multiple explosive devices were planted on US Airways Flight 648 from San Diego to Philadelphia. The Airbus A320 carrying 88 passengers and 5 crew members was held on a taxiway after landing safely around 6:15 a.m. at Philadelphia International Airport. Federal authorities would not identify the other flights involved.
  • Mark Levin Show,M-F,6PM-9PM,EDT,WABC AM,June 2,2015

    06/02/2015 2:46:21 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 12 replies
    Mark Levin Show ^ | June 2, 2015 | Mark Levin
    The Legacy Lives On! Marks Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation Conservatism is the antidote to tyranny precisely because its principles are the founding principles. --Mark Levin in Liberty and TyrannyWelcome to The Levin Lounge Step in and have a virtual FRink.Taking the country by storm, one radio station at a time and kicking the BUTTS of the competition its Americas Clean-Up Hitter! Welcome all, to the most FUN LIVE THREAD on FreeRepublic.com! You can call Marks show: 1-877-381-3811.
  • Supreme Court sides with Muslim job applicant turned down after wearing hijab (Sharia at SCOTUS)

    06/02/2015 2:22:22 PM PDT · by GodAndCountryFirst · 49 replies
    Alaska Dispatch ^ | June 2, 2015 | David G. Savage - Tribune Washington Bureau
    Finding a civil rights cause that increasingly brings together conservatives and liberals, the Supreme Court told employers Monday that they had an "affirmative" duty under federal anti-discrimination law to accommodate the religious practices of employees and job applicants. By an 8-1 vote, the justices sided with a 17-year-old Muslim girl who was rejected for a job at Abercrombie & Fitch because she wore a head scarf. The court's liberal justices have long championed religious minorities in discrimination cases. But as Christian conservatives have more frequently been put on the defensive over issues such as abortion and gay rights, the court's...
  • Senate Approves Bill to Rein In N.S.A. Surveillance

    06/02/2015 1:32:28 PM PDT · by NRx · 18 replies
    WASHINGTON In a remarkable reversal of national security policy formed after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, the Senate voted on Tuesday to curtail the federal governments sweeping surveillance of American phone records, sending the legislation to President Obamas desk for his signature. The passage of the measure, achieved after a vigorous debate on the Senate floor, will lead to the reinstatement of government surveillance efforts that were blacked out on Monday after Senator Rand Paul, Republican of Kentucky, blocked their extension. The vote was a rebuke to Senator Mitch McConnell, Republican of Kentucky and the majority leader, as...
  • Senate approves NSA reforms (McConnell forced to swallow un-amended House bill!)

    06/02/2015 1:28:35 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 2 replies
    thehill.com ^ | 6/2/15 | Julian Hattem
    The Senate on Tuesday sent legislation reforming the nations surveillance laws to President Obamas desk days after a stalemate caused the National Security Agencys powers to lapse. The vote for the USA Freedom Act came more than 36 hours after three parts of the Patriot Act expired, which caused the NSA to wind down its programs. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) suffered a political blow during the bruising fight over the USA Freedom Act, which he and other hawkish Republican senators opposed even after it was approved by the House in a broad, bipartisan vote. Senate Minority Leader...
  • Dennis Hastert And Federal Power: Why is structuring withdrawal of your own money even a crime?

    06/02/2015 1:24:34 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 43 replies
    Popehat ^ | 06/02/2015 | Ken White
    This week, federal prosecutors indicted former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert.Hastert is charged with two federal crimes: structuring financial transactions to evade IRS reporting requirements in violation of 31 U.S.C. section 5324(a)(3) and lying to the FBI in violation of the notorious 18 U.S.C. section 1001. Both charges reflect the breadth of federal prosecutorial power.The indictment has mostly inspired chatter about what it doesn't say. Hastert is charged with structuring withdrawals of less than $10,000 (so that they would not be reported to the IRS) so that he could pay off an unidentified person for Hastert's unidentified past...
  • Senate rejects NSA amendments (McConnell an utter failure!)

    06/02/2015 1:02:01 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 9 replies
    thehill.com ^ | 6/2/15 | Julian Hattem
    The Senate has rejected all three controversial amendments from Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to legislation reforming the National Security Agency (NSA), edging closer to sending the bill to President Obama's desk. The first amendment from McConnell, rejected in a 42-56 vote, would have changed the structure of a new expert panel created by the USA Freedom Act to weigh in one some matters before the secretive Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, which oversees spying matters. The second amendment, rejected in a 44-54 vote, would have delayed the transition time for the NSA to end its phone records program from six...
  • Many Insurers Propose Double-Digit Premium Rate Hikes for 2016

    06/02/2015 12:55:18 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 7 replies
    Many health insurers have proposed premium hikes greater than 10% for individual health plans sold in 2016, citing higher-than-expected care costs and other unexpected expenses. The proposed rates vary significantly across states and health plans. For example, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina proposed a 26% rate increase, and companies in Florida, Illinois and some other states proposed rate increases of at least 20%. Tennessee's largest health insurer proposed a rate hike of 36% for some plans, while New Mexico's largest insurer proposed an increase of 50%. In Maryland, the state's largest insurer proposed a 30% rate hike....
  • Obama Bypassing Congress To Deliver A Major Blow To The Constitution (Anti-Gun Legislation)

    06/02/2015 12:09:51 PM PDT · by lbryce · 36 replies
    Western Civilization ^ | June 2, 2015 | Randy Desoto
    Original title: Exposed: Obama Is Bypassing Congress To Deliver A Major Blow To The Constitution The Obama administration is once again planning to do by executive action what it could not accomplish legislatively through Congress. The Hill reports that the Justice Department will move forward with more than a dozen gun-related regulations. The first round is expected to be finalized by November, with the rest implemented by the end of Obamas term in office. Its clear President Obama is beginning his final assault on our Second Amendment rights by forcing his anti-gun agenda on honest law-abiding citizens through executive force,...
  • Rush Limbaugh Show,M-F,12NOONPM-3PM,EDT,WOR AM,June 2,2015

    06/02/2015 10:06:32 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 43 replies
    The EIB Network ^ | June 2, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    Call The Rush Limbaugh Show program line between 12 Noon & 3PM Eastern Time, at: 1-800-282-2882 E-mail Rush: ElRushbo@eibnet.com or Fax Rush at: 212-445-3963 Write a letter to Rush and mail it to: The Rush Limbaugh Show, 1270 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10020. Join This Ping List Now! E-mail Rush: ElRushbo@eibnet.com Fax Rush at: 212-445-3963, Write a letter to Rush and mail it to: The Rush Limbaugh Show, 1270 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10020.< Join This Ping List Now! Click Here To Join This Ping List! < AND NOW... amidst billowing clouds of...
  • Rick Santorum Says Supreme Court Not Final Word on Gay Marriage

    06/02/2015 8:40:58 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 06/02/2015 | BY RAY NOTHSTINE
    In a Meet the Press interview on Sunday, presidential candidate Rick Santorum says the upcoming Supreme Court decision on gay marriage has "validity" but is not "the final word." Santorum, who officially announced his candidacy last week, was asked by Meet the Press moderator Chuck Todd if he agreed with Mike Huckabee's assessment that states should take action to disregard a ruling many experts expect to be in favor of attempting to redefine marriage in the United States. "Well, I think the Supreme Court has, as an equal branch of government, the ability to overrule Congress and the president," declared...
  • Did Oregon Gov't Agency Collude With LGBT Group Against Christian Bakers?

    06/02/2015 8:35:43 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 06/02/2015 | BY RAY NOTHSTINE
    There may be evidence that the government agency in charge of enforcing Oregon anti-discrimination laws colluded against Aaron and Melissa Klein, former owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa bakery, with the pro-LGBT group Basic Rights Oregon. The Daily Signal, the news arm of The Heritage Foundation, exposed the communications contact between officials at the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries and Basic Rights Oregon, obtained through a public records request, in their story titled, "Emails Raise Questions of Bias in Case Against Bakers Who Denied Service for Same-Sex Wedding." The communications between the two groups raises questions of the impartiality...
  • 5 Points On The Juiciest Red-Meat Goodies In Scott Walker's State Budget

    06/02/2015 8:17:00 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 12 replies
    TPM - Talking Points Memo ^ | June 2, 2015 | Daniel Strauss
    Before he announces that he's jumping into the 2016 presidential race, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) wants to finish work on his latest state budget and in the process pack it with conservative goodies he can tout on the campaign trail. For Walker, this is key to his 2016 game plan. "The budget is important, because Walker has been delaying an announcement before he officially announces as President. It gives him a list of popular red-meat items to check off in the primaries," University of Wisconsin Public Policy Professor Donald Moynihan told TPM. Here is a list of five of...
  • Nevada GOP governor secures unlikely win with tax increase

    06/02/2015 7:39:38 AM PDT · by rktman · 10 replies
    hosted.ap.org ^ | 6/2/2015 | MICHELLE RINDELS
    Nevada's Republican governor, Brian Sandoval, secured an unlikely victory when the conservative state Legislature approved a huge tax increase at his urging as part of a plan to boost education spending. The $1.1 billion package raises taxes on businesses and cigarettes, and it makes permanent a $500 million bundle of temporary payroll and sales taxes.
  • What Were We Thinkin in 1967?

    06/02/2015 7:38:53 AM PDT · by impetrio1 · 28 replies
    Black & Right ^ | 6/2/15 | Bob Parks
    Can anyone imagine what Mike Wallace (given his politically incorrect tendencies) and CBS News would endure via social media had this special come out today, given how many of what are now deemed stereotypes have come to fruition?
  • FBI behind mysterious surveillance aircraft over US cities

    06/02/2015 7:24:58 AM PDT · by VerySadAmerican · 30 replies
    WASHINGTON (AP) The FBI is operating a small air force with scores of low-flying planes across the country carrying video and, at times, cellphone surveillance technology all hidden behind fictitious companies that are fronts for the government, The Associated Press has learned.
  • A Sense of Proportion: Does Nebraska remember Charlie Starkweather?

    06/02/2015 7:22:57 AM PDT · by HomerBohn · 10 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 6/2/15 | William Murchison
    Evidence of the countrys much-vetted shift to the political left is the strengthening and spread of the movement to abolish capital punishment, that relic of barbarous times when we struck off peoples heads for, you know, social revenge. Sort of like what ISIS does. As we dont want to be like ISIS, or the remaining repositories of organized revenge, such as Iran, we need to cool it on capital punishment. So, in part, goes the argument that Nebraska legislators adopted in overriding their governors veto of a bill to abolish the death penalty. Nebraska got a lot of publicity at...
  • Author Of Original Patriot Act: No, The Law Was Never Intended to Collect Data On All Americans

    06/02/2015 7:05:47 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 23 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 6/2/2015 | Katie Pavlich
    Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, the main author of the original Patriot Act, wrote an op-ed in 2013 explaining the NSA bulk collection of data belonging to Americans is an abuse of the legislation. In particular, Sensenbrenner slammed the Obama administration for abusing the Patriot Act in order to collect phone call information of all Americans, despite any ties to terrorism. Last week, the Guardian reported that the Obama administration is collecting records of every call made to, from or within the US, as well as records of many digital communications. President Obama has tried to deflect criticism by claiming "every member...
  • The myth of billionaires 'buying' elections(evil Koch Bros alert!)

    06/02/2015 6:49:26 AM PDT · by rktman · 13 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 6/2/2015 | Rick Moran
    Democrats are hypocrites when it comes to decrying big money in politics. They demonize the Koch brothers but remain silent when it comes to the massive spending by labor unions. And the biggest hypocrite of them all is President Obama, who railed against the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision while raising a billion dollars for his re-election in 2012. The majority of that money came from Democratic whales who apparently didn't hear the president when he was lecturing America about the evil influence of billionaires on politics.
  • Recent Rise in Vaccine Victims Court Decisions (scrubbed by Gov)

    06/02/2015 6:49:11 AM PDT · by Whenifhow · 6 replies
    sharylattkisson.com ^ | May 31 2015 | sharyl attkisson
    In March, the federal government removed the latest vaccine injury court statisticsmore than a years worth of datafrom one of its publicly reported charts. It was an abrupt departure from the normal practice of updating the figures monthly. Wiping the latest data means the adjudication chart on a government website no longer reflects the recent, sharp rise in court victories for plaintiffs who claimed their children were seriously injured or killed by one or more vaccines. Since January of 2014, twice as many victims have won court decisions than the previous eight years combined. In these court decisions, a judge...
  • The FBI is operating a small air force to spy on Americans

    06/02/2015 6:05:32 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 52 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Jun. 2, 2015 | Jack Gillum, Eileen Sullivan and Eric Tucker
    The FBI is operating a small air force to spy on Americans Associated Press Jack Gillum, Eileen Sullivan and Eric Tucker, Associated Press Jun. 2, 2015, WASHINGTON (AP) The FBI is operating a small air force with scores of low-flying planes across the country carrying video and, at times, cellphone surveillance technology all hidden behind fictitious companies that are fronts for the government, The Associated Press has learned. The planes' surveillance equipment is generally used without a judge's approval, and the FBI said the flights are used for specific, ongoing investigations. In a recent 30-day period, the agency...
  • SCOTUS rules Muslim headscarf must be accommodated at Abercrombie & Fitch

    06/02/2015 4:48:40 AM PDT · by markomalley · 48 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 6/2/15 | Rosslyn Smith
    Two takes on the ruling. Rosslyn Smith writes: In a ruling Monday, the Supreme Court held that the chain of Abercrombie & Fitch, which is known for some pretty scanty outfits, must accommodate a sales employee who wears a head scarf in accordance with her Muslim faith. In this the Court was being consist with rulings about Jewish men who wear yarmulkes and Sihks who wear turbans. What may be the twist here is that Abercrombie & Fitch is very vocal about its inclusive policies. Here are the qualifications for the three in-store positions listed on the Abercombie & Fitch...
  • [AZ] Draw Muhammad organizer goes into hiding as Americans debate free speech anew

    06/02/2015 4:45:38 AM PDT · by markomalley · 23 replies
    Absolute Rights ^ | 6/2/15 | Jon Dougherty
    The onetime U.S. Marine who organized the latest Draw Muhammad protest event outside a Phoenix mosque Friday has a message for America: Tyranny has already come to America. In comments to the media after the event, Jon Ritzheimer said he planned to go into hiding after the demonstration was over because of death threats he says have already been made against him. Im having to go into hiding after this because they are calling lone wolfs to come in and behead me, he said. Thats tyranny. Thats terrorism right here in America. Im going into hiding. I hope more patriots...
  • Obama vs. 70 Years of Postwar Global Order

    06/02/2015 4:38:38 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 4 replies
    National Review ^ | 6/2/2015 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Where previous presidents fostered American strength, Obama revels in weakness. Director Frank Capras Its a Wonderful Life, set during the Depression, was a divine counterfactual thought experiment designed to remind a suicidal George Bailey (Jimmy Stewart) that his hometown, Bedford Falls, would have turned out to be a pretty miserable place called Pottersville without his seemingly ordinary presence. Consider the Obama administrations first six years as a prolonged counterfactual take on what the world might have been like for the last 70 years without a traditionally engaged American president dedicating our country to preserving the postwar Western-inspired global order. The...
  • Partys History of Establishment Picks Could Be Over

    06/02/2015 4:23:22 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 13 replies
    rollcall.com ^ | 6/2/15 | Stuart Rothenburg
    Battles for the Republican presidential nomination almost always come down to two alternatives an establishment-backed candidate with pragmatic instincts and an insurgent (often significantly more conservative) who tries to appeal to constituencies that feel ignored. And except for 1964, when an insurgent Barry Goldwater defeated a slew of establishment opponents, and, possibly, 1980, the establishment has won these fights to select the partys presidential nominees. But have we entered a new era in Republican Party politics? Has the establishment candidate become the underdog in 2016 and for at least the near future? And if so, does that change the...
  • GOP Establishment Readying New Primary Challenge for Dovish Rep. Walter Jones

    06/02/2015 2:46:10 AM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 8 replies
    National Journal ^ | June 1, 2015 | Alex Roarty
    The Republican establishment is ready to take another crack at unseating Rep. Walter Jonesand it might have found a new candidate to lead the charge. Anthony Tata, the Republican secretary of transportation in North Carolina and a veteran with nearly three decades of military experience, is preparing to run in a primary against the longtime GOP House member, according to a half-dozen sources with knowledge of the planned campaign. One source close to Tata, granted anonymity to speak candidly, said the secretary is "seriously looking" at a campaign but cautioned there was not yet a timetable for his decision.
  • Rand Pauls Worst Enemy

    06/01/2015 11:15:27 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 13 replies
    Slate ^ | June 1, 2015 | John Dickerson
    "...As a constitutional conservative who has argued this ground before, it wasnt surprising [Sen. Rand Paul] made this case. In fact, it aligns with the central tenets of the conservative bloc of the Republican Party that believes that lawmakers should remain vigilant about ceding too much power to government. It was in keeping with William Buckleys line about conservatives being the ones who stand athwart history and yell stop.So far in the Republican primary process the national security debate has been thin:Obama is weak and the proper response is strength. Whether you agree with Pauls national security positions or not,...

    06/01/2015 8:31:09 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 74 replies
    American Prowler ^ | 6.1.15 | Emily Zanotti
    One of the primary contentions, yesterday evening, of Establishment Republicans and Democrats in defense of the NSA's massive data collection program, was that the program was not only free from abuse (something we know is not true), but that it's ultimately useful in targeting real threats to the American people; maybe not yesterday, maybe not today, but perhaps some day in the future it will ensnare an entire sleeper sell of Jihadists mid-phone call to Iran, giving an unsecured credit card number to their yellowcake suppliers. The data collection, you see, is done only on those whose backgrounds demand it....
  • CNN/ORC poll : Marco Rubio And Rand Paul Pose Greatest Threat To Hillary Clinton

    06/01/2015 7:37:32 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 06/01/2015 | Emily Ekins
    A recent CNN/ORC poll finds 75 percent of Republican partisans prefer that their party nominate a presidential candidate who can beat the Democratic candidate, while only 25 percent prefer a nominee who agrees with them on issues that matter most to them. This clashes with partisans reported preferred candidates for the Republican nomination. Numerous polls find disproportionate support among partisans for former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker; however, U.S. senators Rand Paul and Marco Rubio perform better in general election matchups against likely Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton. Despite this, 2016 election coverage has tended to...
  • YouGov poll of Republicans: Marco Rubio 56, Jeb Bush 24

    06/01/2015 7:34:07 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/01/2015 | AllahPundit
    The circle is now complete. When Rubio left Bush, he was but the learner. Now he is the master.This is the second YouGov poll in three weeks showing the younger guy from Florida with a big, big, big lead over the establishment favorite in a hypothetical head-to-head. If you wondered at the time whether the earlier result was a fluke, wonder no more.Three weeks ago, YouGov had it 52/25 in Rubio’s favor. But that came with a question mark: Was Rubio’s big lead more a product of his own strength or of Jeb’s weakness? There was no way to...
  • Maine House Overwhelmingly Passes Constitutional Carry

    06/01/2015 7:09:28 PM PDT · by Blood of Tyrants · 6 replies
    Townhall ^ | 6/1/15 | Christine Rousselle
    The Maine House of Representatives has overwhelmingly passed a bill to allow citizens to carry concealed weapons without a permit. L.D. 652, which would eliminate the permitting requirement to carry a concealed weapon (and also permit people to carry a weapon in a car), passed with bipartisan support in a 83-62 vote. The bill passed through the Senate on May 28. Gov. Paul LePage has indicated that he will sign the bill into law. Maine, a "shall-issue" state, has issued over 36,000 concealed weapons permits, including permits to out-of-state residents. Maine has exceptionally low crime rates, and a relatively high...
  • Bluff Called, Mitch McConnell Misplays His Hand in Phone Data Fight

    06/01/2015 7:00:58 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 6 replies
    nytimes.com ^ | 6/1/15 | Carl Hulse
    He failed to win even a brief extension of National Security Agency programs that lapsed Monday, interrupting an antiterror effort that he said he believed in strongly. Stymied on the extension front, he was then forced to put Congress on course to enact a House-passed N.S.A. overhaul that he opposes, saying he fears it will weaken national security. Topping it off, he provided the growing ranks of Senate Republican presidential candidates with evidence that the best way to get maximum attention is to break with the leadership and inject themselves into a big Senate fight at a crucial moment ...
  • Senate GOP feels heat for NSA fumble (McConnell's next gambit)

    06/01/2015 6:51:04 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 5 replies
    thehill.com ^ | 6/1/15 | Julian Hattem
    Senate Republicans came under growing pressure on Monday to restore just-expired parts of the Patriot Act as soon as possible. The White House and House Republicans both piled on, scolding the Senate GOP for not quickly passing the USA Freedom Act, a bill reforming the National Security Agencys spying programs that was overwhelmingly approved by the House. The NSAs phone data collection program went dark on Monday after the Senate approved neither the House bill nor a short-term extension of the NSAs existing authority. The White House argued the lapse is a danger to national security, something House Republicans echoed....
  • Challenger to Va. House speaker looking for Brat-like upset in GOP primary (June 9th!)

    06/01/2015 5:05:11 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 2 replies
    dailyjournal.net ^ | 5/31/15 | Alan Suderman
    FREDERICKSBURG, Virginia Susan Stimpson is hoping the anti-incumbent mood that helped a little-known economics professor unseat the second most powerful member of the U.S. House last year is still strong among Virginia's Republican voters. The tea party favorite Stimpson is trying to upset long-time Virginia House Speaker William J. Howell in the June 9 GOP primary, a victory that would be of similar magnitude on a state level to Dave Brat's stunning defeat of then-U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor last year. Stimpson said Republicans in Howell's Fredericksburg-area state House district, which is near Cantor's old Richmond-area congressional district,...
  • Clinton Lawyer Accuses Wisconsin of Trying to Suppress the Vote

    06/01/2015 3:33:55 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 15 replies
    New York Times ^ | June 1, 2015 | By Maggie Haberman
    Hillary Rodham Clintons top campaign lawyer has filed a second voter-access lawsuit accusing a Republican-led state of trying to suppress the vote this time in Wisconsin, home to Scott Walker, the governor and likely Republican 2016 presidential candidate. This lawsuit concerns the most fundamental of rights guaranteed citizens in our representative democracy the right to vote, the complaint states, then refers to a curtailing of early voting in the state, among other changes that affect minority voters and other groups. That right has been under attack in Wisconsin since Republicans gained control of the governors office and both...
  • Obama: Under My Presidency, U.S. The Most Respected Country In The World [VIDEO]

    06/01/2015 3:01:12 PM PDT · by Nachum · 74 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 6/1/15 | Al Weaver
    President Barack Obama said Monday that his administration has lifted the U.S. to become the most respected country in the world. Obama made the claim during a discussion with Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative Fellows at the White House. PRESIDENT OBAMA: People dont remember, but when I came into office, the United States in world opinion ranked below China and just barley above Russia, and today once again, the United States is the most respected country on earth, and part of that I think is because of the work we did to reengage the world and say that we want...
  • Mark Levin Show,M-F,6PM-9PM,EDT,WABC AM,June 1, 2015

    06/01/2015 2:52:37 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 17 replies
    Mark Levin Show ^ | June 1, 2015 | Mark Levin
    The Legacy Lives On! Marks Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation Conservatism is the antidote to tyranny precisely because its principles are the founding principles. --Mark Levin in Liberty and Tyranny Welcome to The Levin Lounge Step in and have a virtual FRink.Taking the country by storm, one radio station at a time and kicking the BUTTS of the competition! Welcome all, to the most FUN LIVE THREAD on FreeRepublic.com! You can call Marks show: 1-877-381-3811
  • Great news: Professor cleared of Title IX harassment charges for criticizing Title IX

    06/01/2015 2:25:13 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/01/2015 | Ed Morrissey
    CIRCULAR TYRANNY Can someone be penalized under a law merely for publicly criticizing it? Northwestern University adjudicated a sexual harassment case against Professor Laura Kipnis after activists filed two complaints over a Kipnis column in the Chronicle Review that criticized activists for exploiting Title IX to create “sexual paranoia” on campuses. They decided that criticism doesn’t constitute a Title IX violation … for now: In the Review essay, published in February, Ms. Kipnis decried a prevailing “sexual paranoia” on college campuses. She alluded to Peter Ludlow, a professor of philosophy at Northwestern who has been accused of sexual misconduct by...
  • Investigation: Undercover agents snuck fake explosives, banned weapons past TSA

    06/01/2015 1:21:51 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 8 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 1, 2015
    Undercover agents were able to sneak fake explosives and banned weapons through Transportation Security Administration checkpoints, in an investigation that revealed a massive, system-wide security failure at America's airports. The findings were part of a DHS inspector general probe. The report is still classified, but Fox News has confirmed the investigation found security failures at dozens of airports. Homeland Security officials confirmed to Fox News that TSA screeners failed 67 out of 70 tests -- or 96 percent -- carried out by special investigators known as "red teams." In one case, an undercover agent with a fake bomb strapped to...
  • Sowell: Paying the Price

    06/01/2015 1:14:55 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 28 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | June 2, 2015 | Thomas Sowell
    Baltimore is now paying the price for irresponsible words and actions, not only by young thugs in the streets, but also by its mayor and the state prosecutor, both of whom threw the police to the wolves, in order to curry favor with local voters. Now murders in Baltimore in May have been more than double what they were in May last year, and higher than in any May in the past 15 years. Meanwhile, the number of arrests is down by more than 50 percent. Various other communities across the country are experiencing very similar explosions of crime and...
  • The GOP should turn its attention to prosecutorial misconduct

    06/01/2015 12:27:12 PM PDT · by Forgotten Amendments · 6 replies
    National Review Online ^ | KEVIN D. WILLIAMSON
    ...Exhibit A: Orange County, California. The sunny Southern California county with a population surpassing that of nearly half the states has a Republican district attorney, Tony Rackauckas, and a big problem on its hands: Its entire prosecutorial apparatus all 250 lawyers in the district attorneys office have been disqualified from participation in a high-profile capital-murder case following revelations that the office colluded with the Orange County sheriffs department to systematically suppress potentially exculpatory evidence in at least three dozen cases, committing what legal scholars have characterized as perjury and obstruction of justice in the process.
  • Quinnipiac: 56% say theyll support Supreme Court decision granting gays right to marry

    06/01/2015 11:47:22 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 45 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/01/2015 | AllahPundit
    Interesting not only as a prediction of how the country will react to SCOTUS’s looming decision but as a gut-check on how little most people seem to care about procedural niceties, at least on a highly visible issue like SSM. It’s a core conservative belief that major policy changes are more legitimate when they’re passed democratically, signifying the consent of the people, than when they’re handed down by unelected judges. That’s especially true for changes to marriage, which, in the immortal purple prose of Hillary Clinton, can be traced to “the mists of history as one of the founding,...
  • Lindsey Graham formally launches White House bid [Watch Video]

    06/01/2015 11:44:32 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 40 replies
    KY3 ^ | 06/01/2015 | Alexandra Jaffe CNN
    South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham announced Monday that he is seeking the GOP nomination for president. Graham, who told CNN last month he's been "more right than wrong on foreign policy," announced his presidential bid in his hometown of Central, South Carolina, on Monday. He hopes that his track record on foreign affairs will give him the advantage in a wide-open primary fight. "I want to be President to defeat the enemies trying to kill us, not just penalize them or criticize them or contain them, but defeat them," he said at his kickoff event. The timing could not be...
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    06/01/2015 11:40:58 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 3 replies
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  • It's time for Republican Party leaders to embrace marriage equality [Mary Cheney]

    06/01/2015 11:28:22 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 73 replies
    FOX News ^ | 06/01/2015 | Mary Cheney
    Theres been a lot of discussion about same sex marriage over the last few months particularly from the candidates running for the GOP nomination. Sometimes it seems as if they are in a contest to see who can be the most stalwart defender of traditional marriage who can most effectively stoke the unfounded fears of the far right. When talking about same sex marriage, these candidates regularly throw around phrases like religious freedom and religious liberty, warn that marriage equality will lead to the criminalization of Christianity or the downfall of the American family, and fret that our...
  • Assembly OKs Sandovals big tax package (Nevada)

    06/01/2015 11:24:35 AM PDT · by redreno · 10 replies
    http://www.reviewjournal.com ^ | Updated May 31, 2015 - 9:49pm | By SANDRA CHEREB
    CARSON CITY The Nevada Assembly late Sunday approved Gov. Brian Sandovals $1.1 billion package of new and extended taxes, embracing the popular Republican governors ambitious education agenda and determination to position Nevadas workforce for a high-tech economy. On a 30-10 vote, the Assembly amended Senate Bill 483, the so-called sunset bill that also adds a $1-per-pack increase in cigarette taxes, with provisions of Assembly Bill 464, Sandovals latest tax compromise that includes a business gross receipts commerce tax imposed on revenue of $4 million or more. Sandoval, who lobbied hard for his tax plan, praised the Assemblys action. I...