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  • Mugabe celebrates 91st birthday with million-dollar bash

    02/28/2015 2:42:04 PM PST · by PROCON · 16 replies
    AFP ^ | Feb. 28, 2015 | Farai Munganp
    Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe) (AFP) - Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe on Saturday celebrated his 91st birthday with a lavish million dollar bash that was slammed by the opposition as "obscene" in a country wracked by poverty.Thousands of supporters of the ruling ZANU-PF, many wearing party regalia emblazoned with the president's image, sang and danced as he arrived for the jamboree at a luxury hotel in the famed Victoria Falls resort.
  • ISIS Is Now Threatening To Murder A COLLEGE PROFESSOR IN TENNESSEE

    02/28/2015 2:17:07 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 37 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 02/28/2015 | Eric Owens
    Leaders of ISIS are now calling on followers to assassinate an American college professor in the group’s propaganda magazine.The professor is Yasir Qadhi, reports Memphis NBC affiliate WMC-TV. Qadhi, born in Houston, Texas, is a professor of religious studies at Rhodes College, a private bastion of the liberal arts in Memphis. He is also a Muslim cleric and the resident scholar at the Memphis Islamic Center.ISIS — also called the Islamic State — and its adherents don’t like Qadhi because he stands athwart the radical Muslim entity, yelling stop.“Contrary to popular opinion, ISIS does not have support in the American Muslim...
  • Home is where the POTUS is: Al Sharpton returns to White House 'for his 73RD visit' with Obama...

    02/28/2015 1:31:27 PM PST · by Libloather · 20 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 2/27/15 | Snejana Farberov
    Home is where the POTUS is: Al Sharpton returns to White House 'for his 73RD visit' with Obama to discuss problems facing minorities Reverend Al Sharpton apparently cannot get enough of the White House. The prominent civil rights leader and MSNBC talk show host was invited Thursday to a meeting with President Obama and other African-American activists, making it his 73rd visit to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue since 2009, according to some estimates. In a press release sent out ahead of the summit, White House officials described the occasion as an 'opportunity to have a dialogue with the leaders about the...
  • Former Gov. John Kitzhaber's and Cylvia Hayes' trip to dump brings police sweeping in

    02/28/2015 12:44:51 PM PST · by QT3.14 · 5 replies
    The Oregonian/Oregon Live ^ | February 27, 2015 | Ted Sickenger
    Sightings of former Gov. John Kitzhaber and fiancee Cylvia Hayes have been few and far between since Kitzhaber resigned last Wednesday and the two departed Salem. But there was such a sighting one week ago. And it raised quite a stink. The former governor and Hayes showed up at the Knott Landfill southeast of Bend in a pickup and an SUV about 2 p.m. last Friday and spent a few minutes dumping trash, according to Timm Schimke, the director of the Deschutes County Solid Waste Department.
  • Putin's 'Hybrid' Great Terror (Nemtsov assassination)

    02/28/2015 10:11:07 AM PST · by kristinn · 22 replies
    Radio Free Europe-Radio Liberty ^ | Saturday, February 28, 2015 | Brian Whitmore
    When reporters asked former world chess champion and Kremlin critic Garry Kasparov who was behind the assassination of opposition figure Boris Nemtsov, he dismissed the question as irrelevant. Whoever did the dirty work, he implied, would have done so only with President Vladimir Putin's blessing. "Who gave the order to kill Nemtsov? Who knows,” Kasparov said. ”But this was done not far from the Kremlin and it would have been done by Putin's cronies. Who ordered it? I don't care. Putin must be held responsible for the murder of Boris." Kasparov’s remark gets to the heart of the larger significance...
  • Boris Nemtsov: Final interview given by Putin critic just hours before his murder - in full

    02/28/2015 12:24:16 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 5 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 02/28/2015
    Boris Nemtsov: The political demands [for our march] are key: a quick end to the war with Ukraine. You know that Putin began aggression a year ago against Ukraine? Why do I say a year ago? Because on Feb 27 last year you know that armed men seized the parliament building of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea. Then 47 deputies without a quorum under the gaze of automatic weapons, voted for the referendum.
  • Gates and Pearson Partner to Reap Tens of Millions from Common Core (a re-post)

    02/28/2015 11:07:18 AM PST · by yoe · 5 replies
    The Heartland Institute ^ | November 25, 2014 | Nancy Thorner November 25, 2014
    Follow the money. It all ends up in the hands of a very few. Pearson Foundation is getting the contracts because of its partnership with the Bill Gates Foundation. Greed, secrecy, deceptions, and lies …. and to think Democrats accuse Republicans of the very things, while Democrats are the ones using government to get richer. The deceptions run very deep. It’s time for exposure.(The saga begins...) on one summer day in 2008, when Gene Wilhoit, director of a national group of state school chiefs, and David Coleman (known as the architect of Common Core), knowing they needed tens of millions...
  • (Exempt) Dems call GOP Homeland Security strategy a political blunder

    02/28/2015 11:01:20 AM PST · by Libloather · 16 replies
    AP via MSN ^ | 2/28/15 | CHARLES BABINGTON
    WASHINGTON — Democrats are losing some skirmishes over the Department of Homeland Security, but many feel they are winning a political war that will haunt Republicans in 2016 and beyond. Democrats lacked the votes Friday to force Republicans to fund the department for a year with no strings. Still, even some Republicans say party leaders are on a perilous path with a very public ideological struggle only highlighting the GOP's inability to pass contested legislation and possibly worsening its weak relationship with Hispanic voters. Worst of all, numerous lawmakers said, Republican leaders have offered no plausible scenario for a successful...
  • Yolo County Sheriff: Dead Baby floating in Slough: no evidence the infant was a victim of homicide

    02/28/2015 8:55:15 AM PST · by CharlesOConnell · 37 replies
    McClatchy / Sacramento Bee ^ | 2/26/2015 | Peter Hecht and Darrell Smith
    Preliminary autopsy results say 20-day-old Justice Rees, whose tiny body was found Wednesday at a remote slough near Knights Landing, may have drowned or died of hypothermia. In an interview Thursday, Yolo County Sheriff Ed Prieto said authorities have no evidence the infant was a victim of homicide.
  • France prepares for war against online hate speech

    02/28/2015 8:39:18 AM PST · by Altura Ct. · 12 replies
    France 24 ^ | 2/27/2015
    France’s government is looking to adopt a tough new stance on online racism, anti-Semitism and other hate speech that would allow authorities to shut down offending websites amid a recent rise in hate crimes in the country. Justice Minister Christiane Taubira has said she will push for legal reforms that would help French authorities crack down on racism and anti-Semitism online in much the same way they do with paedophilia. The proposals include empowering French authorities to shut down websites hosting content that is deemed illicit without prior court approval. “Crimes recognised in public spaces must also be recognised as...
  • The ‘imperial presidency’ is here and we aren’t doing much to reverse it

    02/28/2015 8:24:12 AM PST · by SleeperCatcher · 50 replies
    Absolute Rights ^ | 02/28/2015 | Jon E. Dougherty
    “Catch me if you can.” That’s what President Obama seems to be saying to the Republican-led Congress, to the Judicial Branch, and to every single American, regardless of political affiliation. He is daring all of us to try and stop him from implementing, on his own, the final act of his “fundamental transformation” of the country in the two years he has left in office. What’s worse is that we are letting him get away with it.
  • Sharon Stone sued over events in Chevron Shakedown

    02/28/2015 8:17:49 AM PST · by rktman · 36 replies
    hotair.com ^ | 2/27/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    ....Hollywood star Sharon Stone was scheduled to make a (paid) appearance in Ecuador last year to talk about the environment and generally say how bad Chevron was, etc. She was paid a significant sum of money for this “activism” but two small problems cropped up. First, she didn’t show up to do the appearance. And second, according the hosts of the event, she kept the money anyway.
  • Jihadist snouts still in public trough ( Australia )

    02/28/2015 7:58:55 AM PST · by george76 · 6 replies
    News au ^ | February 23, 2015
    NOT a single welfare payment has been cancelled for terrorist recruits leaving Australia for the Middle East, or those merely deemed a national security threat, since new laws were enacted last October to crack down on the so-called welfare warriors. The Daily Telegraph revealed at the weekend that 96 per cent of the junior ­jihadis who snuck out of the country before last September had been on some form of welfare payment, prompting the introduction of new laws to stop it. ... Subsequent inquiries, however, have revealed that the new laws have yet to be used, despite some 40 more...
  • Oregon's signature solar energy (scam) project built on foundation of false hopes and falsehoods

    02/28/2015 6:41:13 AM PST · by hiho hiho · 26 replies
    The Oregonian ^ | February 27, 2015 | Ted Sickinger & Jeff Manning
    Dignitaries gathered on a dry Klamath Falls hillside in August 2011 to celebrate the launch of the largest solar power project ever attempted in Oregon. As then-Gov. John Kitzhaber and others dug their golden shovels into the hard ground, they were adamant that this was not another state-sponsored green energy boondoggle. This $27 million collection of solar arrays would be a boon for the economy as well as the environment. For nearly $12 million in tax credits, state officials said, taxpayers could expect the project developer to buy local and hire local, creating a virtuous circle of energy savings, reduced...
  • Upcoming Chicago literary events (Hussein's best friend - Bill Ayers)

    02/28/2015 6:02:36 AM PST · by Libloather · 6 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 2/26/15 | Jeremy Mikula
    **SNIP** March 22: Jeanne Bishop will discuss her new book, "Change of Heart: Justice, Mercy, and Making Peace With My Sister's Killer," with Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn. 4 p.m., Seminary Co-op Bookstore, 5751 S. Woodlawn Ave., semcoop.com, 773-752-4381
  • Dozens dead as Qaeda militants in Syria seize rebel base (US Taxpayer Funded Moderate Beheaders )

    02/28/2015 5:33:48 AM PST · by csvset · 11 replies
    France24 ^ | 28 February 2015 | AFP
    <p>Al-Qaeda's Syria affiliate on Saturday drove US-backed rebels out of a strategic northern military base in fierce fighting that left dozens dead, a monitor said.</p> <p>At least 29 fighters from the Western-armed Hazm movement were killed along with six Al-Nusra Front jihadists, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.</p>
  • GUEST COLUMN: Obama the radical

    02/28/2015 5:16:10 AM PST · by Libloather · 11 replies
    Northwest Georgia News ^ | 2/27/15 | James Cook
    **SNIP** He wants to transform America and create a new society fundamentally different from the old one. Obama has little regard for the Founding Fathers because they allowed slavery to exist, making America the most racist nation, and he views the Constitution as an outdated document that limits his freedom of action. He rejects capitalism as an exploitive, oppressive system that produces inequalities in wealth. To Obama, America is not a force for good in the world, but rather a militaristic, imperialistic menace that has exploited weaker nations and done irreparable damage. Thus, his goals are to reduce America’s military...
  • Hillary Clinton, coin-operated policymaker

    02/28/2015 5:12:44 AM PST · by HomerBohn · 12 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 2/26/2015 | Timothy P. Carner
    The latest tales of State Department ethics violations, foreign money, and special access would be surprising if they were about anyone but Hillary Clinton. Throughout her political career Clinton has always blended cash and policy. She’s not merely corporatist by disposition, like, say Tim Geithner or Lindsey Graham. She’s not simply sloppy on ethics, like Bob McDonnell or John Kitzhaber. Hillary is blatantly transactional in her fundraising and policymaking. And she wants to be president. Here’s the background on the latest Clinton story: During her tenure as Secretary of State, Clinton openly had an unsavory relationship with foreign money. Her...
  • Trey Gowdy Fights Back Against Obama’s Amnesty With New Immigration Plan

    02/28/2015 4:57:07 AM PST · by Libloather · 20 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 2/27/15 | Chuck Ross
    South Carolina Republican Rep. Trey Gowdy has introduced an immigration bill to defund President Obama’s executive amnesty and expedite the removal of criminal aliens from U.S. soil. Named after Michael Davis, Jr., a sheriff’s deputy in California who was killed in the line of duty last year by an illegal immigrant, Gowdy’s bill would also provide a work-around for state and local governments to reinforce federal immigration laws while also implementing an annual review of the executive branch’s use of prosecutorial discretion in immigration cases. “If we are serious about finding a long term solution to our immigration system, we...
  • Middle-class taxpayers on Obamacare learn that it’s payback time (Pelosi knew)

    02/28/2015 4:18:28 AM PST · by Libloather · 58 replies
    Hays Post ^ | 2/28/15 | Anna Gorman
    Roberta and Curtis Campbell typically look forward to tax time. Most years, they receive a refund – a little extra cash to pay off credit card bills. But this year the California couple got a shock: According to their tax preparer, they owe the IRS more than $6,000. That’s the money the Campbells received from the federal government last year to make their Obamacare health coverage more affordable. Roberta, unemployed when she signed up for the plan, got a job halfway through the year and Curtis found full-time work. The couple’s total yearly income became too high to qualify for...
  • Harry Reid swaps shades for frosted lenses as Nancy Pelosi dons dark sunglasses... (CAPTION!)

    02/28/2015 4:02:17 AM PST · by Libloather · 23 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 2/26/15
    Harry Reid swaps shades for frosted lenses as Nancy Pelosi dons dark sunglasses in solidarity with her bruised colleague Comedy on Capitol Hill - the intentional kind, anyway - is pretty rare. But House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi got chuckles Thursday when she started a news conference by donning dark glasses, a teasingly sympathetic gesture to the man standing next to her, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid. 'I brought my glasses to be like Harry, but he switched on me,' Pelosi said, removing her shades.
  • IRS Employee Looking for Lois Lerner Emails Was Blind, Literally!

    02/28/2015 3:44:30 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 30 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 2-27-15 | J. Christian Adams
    An IRS employee tasked with trying to restore and obtain emails on Lois Lerner’s IRS computer’s hard drive was legally blind. Stephen Manning, the deputy chief information officer for strategy and modernization at the IRS, submitted an affidavit in the True the Vote vs. IRS litigation regarding the persons and procedures used to attempt to recover Lois Lerner’s hard drive containing emails pertaining to Tea Party targeting. The affidavit can be read here. Paragraph 14 describes the educational background of the person searching for data on Lois Lerner’s hard drive: “According to the Specialist, prior to joining the Internal Revenue...
  • Obama’s Failure [consistent, misrepresentation of terror threat; Iran]

    02/28/2015 2:21:52 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 9 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | March 9, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 25 | Stephen F. Hayes
    Barack Obama wants us all to simmer down about Iran. He wants Senator Bob Menendez, a fellow Democrat, and the donors he represents to butt out of the sanctions debate. He wants Republicans to quit crying wolf about IranÂ’s nuclear weapons program. He wants the media to stop hyping terror threats. He wants the American people in the dark about the secret correspondence heÂ’s had for years with IranÂ’s supreme leader. He wants John Boehner to be mindful of protocol. And most of all, he wants Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu to stop questioning his accommodationist approach to Tehran. With...
  • Milwaukee County says nearly all Walker emails released [Taxpayer funded witch-hunt in Wisconsin]

    02/27/2015 11:41:59 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 11 replies
    WXOW - La Crosse, WI ^ | February 27, 2015
    MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Milwaukee County officials say they don't plan another mass release of emails collected in the John Doe investigation into Gov. Scott Walker's aides and associates when he was county executive. County attorney Paul Bargren says in a letter Wednesday to The Associated Press that more than 29 gigabytes of documents were released as ordered by a judge between August and December. The AP and other news organizations reviewed hundreds of thousands of documents during that time.....
  • Boris Nemtsov, leading Putin critic, shot and killed in Moscow

    02/27/2015 11:19:35 PM PST · by elhombrelibre · 123 replies
    FOX NEWS ^ | 28 Feb 15 | Unknown
    A top political nemesis of President Vladimir Putin was shot and killed early Saturday in central Moscow, Russian police said, one day before an opposition rally was scheduled to take place. Boris Nemtsov, 55, a former deputy prime minister, was shot four times from a passing car as he was walking on a bridge just outside the Kremlin. Interior Ministry spokeswoman Yelena Alexeyeva told reporters on the scene that Nemtsov was walking with a female acquaintance, a Ukrainian citizen, when a vehicle drove up and unidentified assailants shot him dead. The woman wasn't hurt.
  • Black Privilege: Students Get SAT Bonus Points for Being Black or Hispanic – Asians Are Penalized

    02/27/2015 9:46:04 PM PST · by QT3.14 · 85 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | February 25, 2015 | Jim Hoff
    A report in the LA Times revealed that blacks and Hispanics get bonus SAT points at elite universities based on their race. Asian students however are penalized 50 points due to their race.
  • President Obama Breaks Into Tears as He Says Goodbye to Holder

    02/27/2015 9:03:13 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 50 replies
    Breitbart TV ^ | February 27, 2015 | Pam Key
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Friday, President Barack Obama spoke at the portrait unveiling ceremony for outgoing U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, which led to the commander-in-chief breaking into tears that he wiped away as he finished his remarks. The president said, “Having good men in a position of power and authority, who are willing to fight for what is right, that is a rare thing, a powerful thing....
  • Sheriff Joe warns amnesty judge on 'defiant' Obama

    02/27/2015 9:01:59 PM PST · by aquila48 · 4 replies
    wnd ^ | 2/27/15 | BOB UNRUH
    An attorney for Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Arizona’s Maricopa County is asking the judge who ordered federal bureaucrats not to implement President Obama’s amnesty-by-memo plan to order a hearing over the administration’s apparent refusal to abide by the order. A notice and recommendation was filed Friday in the Texas case, which was brought by 26 states, by attorney Larry Klayman of Freedom Watch on behalf of Arpaio, who has his own lawsuit against Obama over amnesty but joined the Texas case in a friend-of-the-court filing. “Several reports indicate that the executive branch under the Obama administration has not complied with...
  • Obama Taking His Family to Selma; Remembers Trayvon Martin at WH Event

    02/27/2015 8:25:32 PM PST · by PROCON · 50 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | Feb. 27, 2015 | Susan Jones
    (CNSNews.com) - "Next week, Michelle and I and the girls will be traveling to Selma to pay tribute, not just as a president or a first lady or as African Americans, but as Americans -- to those who changed the course of history at the Edmund Pettus Bridge," President Obama told a gathering at the White House on Thursday. Obama mentioned the "legends and giants of the civil rights movement" as well as "the countless American heroes" who aren't named in the history books, all of whom marched and sang and organized "to change this country for the better." He...
  • Jeb Bush to CPAC: Yes, I support a path to legalization for illegal immigrants

    02/27/2015 8:03:35 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 94 replies
    Hot Air ^ | February 27, 2015 | Allahpundit
    Seeing some oohing and aahing online this afternoon among political media that Jeb didn’t pander to CPAC’s very conservative crowd on Common Core or immigration (“he stuck to his guns!”), but what would he have gained by doing that? Remember, for all the hype in 2012 that Romney was shifting to the center to run as a technocrat instead of as the culture warrior he ran as in 2008, he was still a fairly doctrinaire righty on most issues, the notable exception of RomneyCare aside. That’s what the “severely conservative” nonsense was all about in his CPAC speech three years...
  • In an exit interview, the attorney general says his critics may be partly driven by race.

    02/27/2015 5:22:22 PM PST · by Altura Ct. · 22 replies
    Politico ^ | 2/27/2015
    In an exit interview, the attorney general says his critics may be partly driven by race. Attorney General Eric Holder plans to push, during his final weeks in office, a new standard of proof for civil-rights offenses, saying in an exit interview with POLITICO that such a change would make the federal government “a better backstop” against discrimination in cases like Ferguson and Trayvon Martin. In a lengthy discussion ranging from his own exposure to the civil rights movement of the ’60s to today’s controversies surrounding the shootings of Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown, Holder also acknowledged that he felt...
  • Moody's downgrades Chicago's debt rating (Baa2)

    02/27/2015 5:09:07 PM PST · by Libloather · 16 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 2/27/15 | Heather Gillers, Hal Dardick
    The debt-plagued city of Chicago took another financial blow late Thursday when Moody's Investors Service downgraded the city's debt rating, citing its overwhelming pension burden. Even if recent state pension changes survive a court challenge, the ratings statement said, "we expect Chicago's unfunded pension liabilities — and the costs of servicing those liabilities — to continue to grow, placing significant strain on the city's financial operations." The drop, to a rating of Baa2, could drive up borrowing costs for the city and cause problems with some of Chicago's current interest-rate swap contracts.
  • White House reveals DHS shutdown plan

    02/27/2015 4:42:15 PM PST · by maggief · 42 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 27, 2015 | Ben Kamisar
    The Obama administration released a plan on Friday for how the Department of Homeland Security will deal with a shutdown, as Congressional leaders remain at an impasse over how to fund the agency. The Associated Press reports that airport security checkpoints, Secret Service, and border patrols are among the operations exempted from a shutdown. But those deemed “non-essential” workers would be furloughed. “Essential” workers must continue to work, but they won’t be paid until Congress finds an agreement to fund the agency. The House failed to approve a stop-gap measure on Friday night that would have extended the agency’s funding...
  • Murderer says he killed Saginaw prison cellmate 'because he was a child molester'

    02/27/2015 4:40:06 PM PST · by lowbridge · 59 replies
    http://www.mlive.com ^ | february 23, 2015 | andy hoag
     When given the chance, a convicted murderer had straightforward explanation for killing his cellmate in October at the Saginaw Correctional Facility. "The reason I killed him was because he was a child molester," Steven D. Sandison said Monday, Feb. 23, in Saginaw County Circuit Court. Speaking during his plea hearing before Chief Circuit Judge Fred L. Borchard, the 51-year-old Sandison was polite, addressing the judge as "sir," in explaining why he killed Theodore Dyer on Oct. 29 at the prison in Freeland. At Borchard's request, Sandison first answered questions from his attorney, James Gust, to establish a "factual basis" for why he...
  • Eric Holder’s Parting Advice to America: ‘Read Malcolm X’

    02/27/2015 4:13:24 PM PST · by PROCON · 58 replies
    breitbart ^ | Feb. 27, 2015 | Wynton Hall
    President Obama’s outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder made an eyebrow-raising book recommendation in his exit interview with Politico on Friday. Asked by Politico’s Mike Allen to name the one book Holder would recommend for a young man coming to Washington to read, Holder recommended the work of controversial civil rights figure Malcolm X. “I would hope that I say this not to every African-American of his age but for every American, that you read The Autobiography of Malcolm X to see the transition that that man went through, from petty criminal to a person who was severely and negatively afflicted...
  • Boris Nemtsov, Critic of Putin, Is Shot Dead in Moscow

    02/27/2015 3:32:35 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 48 replies
    New York Times ^ | February 27, 2015 | By Andrew Roth
    MOSCOW — A prominent Russian opposition leader, Boris Y. Nemtsov, was shot dead in central Moscow late Friday night within sight of the Kremlin walls. The murder of Mr. Nemtsov, 55, a first deputy prime minister under Boris N. Yeltsin who later helped organize opposition demonstrations against President Vladimir V. Putin, was confirmed by Russia’s Interior Ministry shortly after 1 a.m. Saturday. A smooth-talking and worldly man who spoke accented but near-perfect English, Mr. Nemtsov rose to prominence as the governor of Nizhny Novgorod Oblast and became a vice premier in the late 1990s, during the last years of Mr....
  • Dem: Believe science or ‘senator with the snowball’

    02/27/2015 4:03:27 PM PST · by Libloather · 58 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/26/15 | Jordain Carney
    Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) on Thursday panned Sen. James Inhofe’s (R-Okla.) use of a snowball during a speech on climate change. Whitehouse used his iPad to argue that a polar vortex was bringing cold air down to Washington in part because of warmer ocean temperatures. He said that you could either believe “every major American scientific society,” the Navy, NASA, and Pope Francis that climate change is real or “you can believe the senator with the snowball.” “You can believe NASA and you can believe what their satellites measure on the planet or you can believe the senator with the...
  • Senate Dems blast Boehner over vote

    02/27/2015 3:39:26 PM PST · by maggief · 77 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 27, 2015 | Jordain Carney
    Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) slammed House Republicans Friday after lawmakers failed to pass a short-term bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), which runs out of money at midnight. "The Republican Congress has shown that it simply cannot govern. Two months into the Republican Congress, we are already staring a Homeland Security shutdown square in the face, even as terrorists around the world threaten to strike America," the Nevada Democrat said in a statement after the House vote. The bill failed 203-224. More than 50 Republicans voted against the legislation, which would have funded the department...
  • Chaos in House as lawmakers reject DHS bill; shutdown nears

    02/27/2015 3:30:43 PM PST · by maggief · 36 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 27, 2015 | Rebecca Shabad
    A short-term funding measure to keep the Department of Homeland Security open (DHS) was defeated in the House on Friday in a stunning vote that could result in a partial government shutdown at midnight. The bill failed 203-224, with 51 Republicans voting against legislation that was set to fund the DHS and its associated agencies through March 19. Twelve Democrats voted for it. The vote is a humiliating defeat for Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and his leadership team, who had scrambled to bring the three-week funding bill to the floor ahead of the looming deadline. The next steps on the...
  • Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov shot dead in Moscow

    02/27/2015 3:19:54 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 02/27/2015
    Boris Nemtsov, a Russian opposition politician and former deputy prime minister, has been shot dead in central Moscow, the Interior Ministry said early on Saturday. Nemtsov, 55, an outspoken critic of President Vladimir Putin, had been due to take part on Sunday in the first big opposition protest in months in the Russian capital. He was shot four times late on Friday night, not far from the Kremlin in the centre of Moscow. Police cars blocked the street where he was shot. An ambulance was also nearby. "Nemtsov B.E. died at 2340 hours as a result of four shots in...
  • Walker Would End Campus Rape Reports (Another Liberal's head explodes!)

    02/27/2015 2:37:47 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 12 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | February 27, 2015
    Neatly hidden in his new budget that slashes hundreds of millions of dollars from the public university system, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has proposed that universities no longer be required to report the number of sexual assaults on campus to the Department of Justice. It also includes language to, “Delete the requirement that any person employed at an institution who witnesses a sexual assault on campus or receives a report from a student enrolled in the institution that the student has been sexually assaulted report the assault to the dean of students.” No explanation for the deletions is given.
  • Russian politician Nemtsov shot dead

    02/27/2015 1:56:52 PM PST · by struggle · 87 replies
    Russian opposition politician and former deputy PM Boris Nemtsov shot dead on Moscow street - Russian media
  • Obama: Immigration Will Be Solved When There's A 'President Rodriguez'

    02/27/2015 1:34:11 PM PST · by QT3.14 · 58 replies
    Truth Revolt ^ | February 26, 2015 | Bradford Thomas
    During a town hall on immigration Monday on MSNBC, President Obama told the audience that immigration would eventually be solved because there will be a "President Rodriguez." Obama led into his response by saying that one thing he's definitely learned during his time in office is that the president must be "the president of all the people, not just some." He then said that "over the long term" immigration would be solved "because at some point there's going to be a President Rodriguez or there's going to be a President Chen." His remarks were met with hearty applause.
  • Obama to sign short-term funding to keep Homeland Security open: White House

    02/27/2015 1:08:44 PM PST · by jazusamo · 20 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | February 27, 2015 | S.A. Miller
    The White House said Friday that President Obama will sign into law a short-term funding bill to avoid a midnight shutdown of the Homeland Security Department, a pledge that all but assures the funding fight over his deportation amnesty will last at least three more weeks. “The truth is, if the president is faced with the choice between the short-term extension and shutting down the Department of Homeland Security, he will sign the short-term extension,” White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said at the daily press briefing. The president’s willingness to accept the temporary funding being pushed by House Republicans...
  • Report: 9 found dead at multiple sites in Missouri

    02/27/2015 6:24:23 AM PST · by WhistlingPastTheGraveyard · 91 replies
    CNN ^ | 2/27/2015 | Jason Hanna, CNN
    (CNN)Nine people are dead after shootings in south-central Missouri, the Houston Herald newspaper in Missouri reported Friday morning, citing a sheriff there. There are multiple crime scenes, including four in the Texas County community of Tyrone, county Sheriff James Sigman told the Herald. The Missouri State Highway Patrol is expected to hold a news conference about the deaths at about 9 a.m. CT (10 a.m. ET) Friday, CNN affiliate KYTV reported. Tyrone is about 135 miles (84 kilometers) southwest of St. Louis.
  • Anatomy of a climate witch-hunt letter from U.S. Representative Raúl M. Grijalva

    02/27/2015 10:53:16 AM PST · by rktman · 6 replies
    wattsupwiththat.com ^ | 2/26/2015 | Anthony Watts
    The letter below from Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva of Arizona speaks to the worst sort of witch hunt tactics that we’ve seen yet. I suspect that pulling on these threads will backfire on Grijalva, as this will motivate a lot of people to join the fight against this sort of “climate McCarthyism” The letter is reproduced in full below, with the original PDF also available. It’s like he’s got Mann’s #kochmachine delusions ideas.
  • The Republican Party Is Divided On Net Neutrality

    02/27/2015 10:52:11 AM PST · by W. · 26 replies
    nationaljournal.com ^ | 26 Feb 2015 | Dustin Volz
    Some conservatives want to pursue a legislative compromise. Others are urging more extreme means—and holding the FCC’s funding hostage is not out of the question. As Internet activists celebrated their net-neutrality win Thursday, Republicans were already plotting their revenge. GOP lawmakers were virtually unanimous in expressing their outrage about the Federal Communications Commission's vote to reclassify the Internet as a utility. But there is widening disagreement within the ranks about just what flavor of revenge the party should ultimately pursue, such as compromise legislation, a congressional resolution of disapproval, or a fight over FCC funding. "There's going to be a...
  • Nevada assemblyman arrested on DUI charge

    CARSON CITY — A Nevada assemblyman was arrested early Friday on suspicion of drunken driving after a Carson City deputy found him asleep in a car outside a bar with a gun in his pocket, authorities said.
  • Congress close in on short-term Homeland Security bill

    02/27/2015 10:40:20 AM PST · by Reno89519 · 10 replies
    MyWay (AP) ^ | Feb. 27, 2015 | Erica Werner, David Espo
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress closed in Friday on approving a short-term spending bill for the Homeland Security Department that would avert a partial agency shutdown hours before it was to begin. The legislation also leaves intact Obama administration executive actions on immigration that Republicans have vowed to overturn. But Republicans insisted that passing a short-term bill preserved their ability to keep fighting them. An early vote in the House clearing the way for final passage of the bill was approved easily, 240-183. [snip] "I am not going to vote under any circumstances to fund illegal conduct," said Rep. Mo Brooks,...
  • First Photo Of 'Jihadi John' As Adult Revealed

    02/27/2015 10:37:41 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 46 replies
    Sky News ^ | 2/27/15
    Showing him with a goatee beard and wearing a Pittsburgh Pirates baseball cap, the image is revealed in student records from his time at the University of Westminster. It comes after the 26-year-old who became the masked face of the notorious terror organisation was identified as the figure seen in several videos of hostages being beheaded. Sky News can also exclusively reveal details of Emwazi's academic achievements during his stint at the university in London's Cavendish campus, between 2006 and 2009. According to the document, he passed all but two of the modules in his Information Systems with Business Management...