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  • Border Sheriffs Perplexed by Rick Perry's Plan to Send 1,000 Troops to Stare at Mexico

    07/22/2014 10:36:13 PM PDT · by South40 · 10 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 7/22/2014 | Arit John
    Why would you spend millions of dollars sending troops to the border who can't actually detain anyone? That's what some Texas sheriffs of border towns are asking in the wake of Gov. Rick Perry's plan to send 1,000 National Guards members to the Texas/Mexico border in the next month, according to the Dallas Morning News. For them, it would be more useful to spend the money on hiring more deputies and police, aka people who are allowed to detain migrants. “I don’t know what good they can do,” Cameron County Sheriff Omar Lucio told the Dallas Morning News. “You just...
  • BERETTA: GUN LAW FORCING MOVE OUT OF MARYLAND

    07/22/2014 8:55:22 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 15 replies
    AP ^ | July 22, 2014 | N/A
    Beretta U.S.A. announced Tuesday that company concerns over a strict gun-control law enacted in Maryland last year have made it necessary to move its weapons making out of the state to Tennessee. The well-known gun maker said it will move to a new production facility it is building in the Nashville suburb of Gallatin that is set to open in mid-2015. Beretta general manager Jeff Cooper said that a sweeping gun-control measure that was passed last year initially contained provisions that would have prohibited the Italian gun maker from being able to produce, store or even import into Maryland the...
  • Snowden: Private Explicit Photos Often Shared By NSA Agents

    07/22/2014 8:38:22 PM PDT · by lbryce · 14 replies
    BSWANN ^ | Jul 22 ,2014 | Joshua Cook
    In an interview published by The Guardian on Sunday, NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden explained that sometimes racy images intercepted by the NSA were shared by analysts. During the interview, which was conducted in Russia, Snowden said that some of the American military personnel working on the NSA’s programs were between 18 and 22 and did not always respect the privacy of those whose communications were intercepted. “In the course of their daily work they stumble across something that is completely unrelated to their work, for example an intimate nude photo of someone in a sexually compromising situation but they’re extremely...
  • Conservatives get a big 2014 boost from ‘fatal blow’ to Obamacare

    07/22/2014 8:06:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    Hot Air ^ | July 22, 2014 | Noah Rothman
    At first blush, a federal appeals court’s decision on Tuesday that dealt what many considered to be a near” fatal blow” to the Affordable Care Act could also appear to be a blow to Republicans’ hopes for retaking the Senate in November. Obamacare supporters are enraged. The decision in Halbig v. Burwell, which invalidated the federal government’s ability to provide subsidies for those Americans who purchased insurance through a federal health insurance exchange, could mean a major increase in premium rates for more than half of the 8 million who enrolled in ACA plans. The appeals court ruled that, as...
  • Breaking down ‘illegal immigration’ terminology

    07/22/2014 7:51:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    KXAN-TV ^ | July 21, 2014 | Jay Wiles
    The issue of illegal immigration continues to cover national headlines. After reading articles and talking with friends and coworkers, it’s easy to hear a lot of terms trying to personify an international issue. You have probably heard the words “immigrant,” “migrant,” “alien” or maybe even “refugee” to describe people who come into the U.S. illegally. We wanted to look at what these terms specifically mean. Merriam-Webster dictionary describes the word ‘immigrant‘ as “a person who comes to a country to take up permanent residence.” The word ‘migrant‘ means “a person who goes from one place to another especially to find...
  • Fed study: Shorter jobless benefits lead to higher employment

    07/22/2014 6:18:16 PM PDT · by Libloather · 19 replies
    Biz Journals ^ | 7/21/14 | Greg Edwards
    If unemployment benefits were cut off earlier in 2013, the long-term unemployed would have been more likely to be re-employed, according to a study by the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. If the benefits, called the Emergency Unemployment Compensation program, expired earlier in 2013, “workers with 46 or more weeks of continuous unemployment would have been 1.2 to 2.1 percentage points more likely to become re-employed,” the St. Louis Fed reported. “Similarly, the long-term unemployed would have been 0.4 to 0.5 percentage points more likely to exit the labor force entirely.”
  • SARAH PALIN: OBAMA GOLFS, FUNDRAISES DURING CRISES BECAUSE HE'S 'IN OVER HIS HEAD'

    07/22/2014 5:56:12 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 63 replies
    Breitbart Big Government ^ | July21.2014 | TONY LEE
    Noting that Obama golfs, vacations, passes the buck and points fingers during domestic and international crises if he is not distancing himself even more from them, Palin said on Monday's Hannity on Fox News that Obama is "so far... in over his head" because he was merely a community organizer with "no executive experience" and "no resume at all" before becoming president. Speaking about the border crisis, Palin said Obama is "very disconnected to what people are going through in real life." Palin has said that Obama's lawlessness on illegal immigrant was the tipping point for her to call for...
  • KFI - reporter Sarah Carter on admitted murderers being allowed in from S. border

    07/22/2014 5:33:22 PM PDT · by doug from upland · 12 replies
    kfi ^ | 7-22-14
    COMING UP ON KFI IN LOS ANGELES JOHN AND KEN SHOW ON KFI -- reporter Sarah Carter on illegal alien admitted murderers being allowed into the U.S.
  • Federal undercover investigation signs up fake applicants for ACA coverage, subsidies

    07/22/2014 4:52:24 PM PDT · by Second Amendment First · 15 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 22, 2014 | Amy Goldstein
    In undercover tests of the new federal health insurance marketplace, government investigators have been able to procure health plans and federal subsidies for fake applicants with fictitious documents, according to findings that will be disclosed to lawmakers on Wednesday. The results of the inquiry by the Government Accountability Office are evidence of still-imperfect work by specialists intended to assist new insurance customers and government contractors hired to verify that coverage and subsidies are legitimate. The GAO also pointed to flaws that linger in the marketplace’s Web site, HealthCare.gov. According to testimony to be delivered before a House Ways and Means...
  • Court Rulings Confirm That ObamaCare Is A Tangled Mess

    07/22/2014 4:31:16 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 12 replies
    Investors.com ^ | July 22, 2014 | IBD Editorial
    ObamaCare: A federal court has appropriately endangered the health of the Affordable Care Act — a "reform" that's turning out to be every bit the mess we feared. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit issued a ruling Tuesday morning that said the federal government cannot provide health insurance subsidies for residents in the 36 states that have not set up their own ObamaCare exchanges. In Halbig v. Burwell, a three-judge panel declared 2-1, as it should have, that the law meant what it said when it plainly stated that subsidies were only available to those buying ObamaCare...
  • Dems to chop Obama’s border request

    07/22/2014 3:23:42 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 19 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 22, 2014 | Alexander Bolton & Peter Schroeder
    Senate Democrats will chop $1 billion from President Obama’s emergency spending request to secure the Texas border but have rejected Republican demands to change legal protections for child immigrants from Central America. Senate Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) told colleagues Tuesday that she will move a bill with $2.7 billion in emergency spending for the border, substantially less than the $3.7 billion requested by Obama, according to Democratic sources. The legislation will not include language demanded by Republicans and some centrist Democrats giving the administration more flexibility to swiftly deport children from Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador and other noncontiguous...
  • General: Guard to Take Observation Role at Border

    07/22/2014 3:12:54 PM PDT · by South40 · 51 replies
    ABC ^ | 7/22/2014 | Christopher Sherman (AP)
    A top National Guard general says most of the 1,000 troops heading to South Texas will take up observation positions along the border and detain people only if they interfere with their mission. Texas Adjutant General John Nichols told The Associated Press on Tuesday that the troops will help deter illicit traffic amid a record spike of unaccompanied minors crossing the border. Republican Gov. Rick Perry announced the Guard's involvement Monday.
  • Lerner Hard Drive Was "Scratched"

    07/22/2014 3:10:50 PM PDT · by kristinn · 158 replies
    The House Ways and Means Committee ^ | Tuesday, July 22, 2014
    Washington, DC – Despite early refusals to make available IT professionals who worked on Lois Lerner’s computer, Ways and Means Committee investigators have now learned from interviews that the hard drive of former IRS Exempt Organizations Director Lois Lerner was “scratched,” but data was recoverable. In fact, in-house professionals at the IRS recommended the Agency seek outside assistance in recovering the data. That information conflicts with a July 18, 2014 court filing by the Agency, which stated the data on the hard drive was unrecoverable – including multiple years’ worth of missing emails. “It is unbelievable that we cannot get...
  • Cockpit of MH17 found 'sawn in half at spot cordoned off by pro-Russian separatists ...

    07/22/2014 2:52:40 PM PDT · by Uncle Chip · 74 replies
    The Daily Mail Online ^ | July 22, 2014 | Tara Brady
    International monitors, who only recently gained access to the site, discovered the cockpit of the plane apparently cut in half with diesel-powered saws. Michael Bociurkiw, spokesman for the group of international monitors from the Organize for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), told USA Today: 'The rear part of the aircraft, one of the biggest intact pieces, has definitely been hacked into'. The cockpit was found on land which was immediately cordoned off by Russian-backed separatists during the two days after the plane was blown out of the sky. However, both the separatists and Russia have denied any involvement in...
  • Cockpit of MH17 found sawed in half at crash site

    07/22/2014 2:41:24 PM PDT · by 1rudeboy · 12 replies
    USA Today | July 22, 2014 | Filip Warwick and Doug Stanglin
    usatoday.com cannot be posted due to copyright complaint http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2014/07/22/ukraine-mh17-bodies-russia/12981325/
  • Arguments set in US lawsuit over Miss. voter rolls (McDaniel-Cochran Runoff)

    07/22/2014 1:36:09 PM PDT · by Hostage · 13 replies
    JACKSON, Miss. —A federal judge is scheduled to hear arguments Thursday in a lawsuit filed by a group seeking Mississippi voter records. U.S. District Judge Nancy F. Atlas of Texas will be in Jackson to hear arguments by True the Vote organization. The lawsuit seeks access to nine counties' voter rolls as Chris McDaniel gathers information to challenge his Republican primary runoff loss to Sen. Thad Cochran. Plaintiffs say federal law requires authorities to release of voting rolls and poll books without erasing voters' personal information.
  • Police Deaths Up 31% In First Six Months Of 2014

    07/22/2014 12:31:08 PM PDT · by beaversmom · 42 replies
    WDOV 1410 News Radio ^ | July 22, 2014
    The number of cops killed nationwide in the line of duty was up 31 percent during the first six months of this year. A new report by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund shows California leading all states with eight police officer deaths, followed by New York, Florida, Texas and Virginia with four each. Fund Chairman Craig Floyd says there's been a 37-percent increase in traffic-related incidents and a 56-percent increase in officers killed by gunfire, five of them in ambush-style attacks. Craig blames those attacks, including the one earlier this month on Jersey City police officer Melvin Santiago...
  • Ellison urges Minnesota to aid immigrant children

    07/22/2014 12:17:59 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 17 replies
    SFgate ^ | 7-22-14 | ap
    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota Democratic congressman is leading efforts to bring to the state more unaccompanied children who've fled Central America for the U.S. However, immigration advocates and nonprofit groups that serve refugees are concerned Minnesota might not be able to handle a crush of children who need care and have complex legal issues. Rep. Keith Ellison says Minnesota is as well-equipped as any other state to handle the children. The Democratic congressman has been a leader in the national push for immigration reform. "We have capacity to help here and we should," Ellison said Monday at...
  • Texas Attorney General: Immigrants Crossing Border Illegally Are Raping, Killing In Texas

    07/22/2014 11:25:31 AM PDT · by Enterprise · 53 replies
    CBS RADIO, HOUSTON ^ | July 22, 2014 | Unknown
    “The purpose of adding more resources on the ground is not to address the women and children, it’s to address the growing reality that a lot of people coming across the border are here for criminal purposes,” Abbott, the GOP gubernatorial hopeful, told Fox News on Monday. “They’re killing, they’re raping, they’re robbing, they’re doing all kinds of harsh criminal activity.” Abbott said that women and children have been sexually assaulted by people who have come across the border.
  • Suspected Illegal Immigrant Arrested For Taking Lewd Pictures Of Women

    07/22/2014 11:20:47 AM PDT · by Enterprise · 24 replies
    1080 KRLD ^ | July 21, 2014 | L.P. Phillips
    Plano Police say a male shopper happened to see 44-year old Fermin Morales-Gonzalez taking pictures up the skirts and dresses of unsuspecting women. Reports say the man told the store management and then flagged down a Plano Police officer who was driving by. (snip) He says Gonzalez admitted none of the women had his permission. He’s been indicted on five felony counts.
  • Shock Report: 44-Year-Old Man Gets 13-Year-Old Daughter Pregnant, Uses Abortion to Hide His Crime

    07/22/2014 10:27:13 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 24 replies
    Life News ^ | 7/22/14 | Carole Novielli
    Today, Life Dynamics Inc., a national pro-life organization, has released their second report exposing how the abortion industry covers for child sexual predators.This new report, entitled, “The Cover-Up of Child Sexual Abuse”, shows clearly that the failure of abortion clinics to comply with mandatory reporting laws is having profound, real-world consequences for the victims of child sexual abuse.Mark Crutcher, president of Life Dynamics Inc. explains: “In almost every case of adult men having sex with minor girls, the perpetrators are aware that the relationship is illegal and could land them in prison. They also know that one of the most...
  • Border official points gun at Boy Scout

    07/22/2014 10:21:55 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 39 replies
    KCCI ^ | 07/21/2014 | Marcus McIntosh
    DES MOINES, Iowa —A central Iowa Boy Scout troop just returned from a three-week trip they will likely never forget About 10 days into the trip, an innocent action by one of the nearly two dozen Scouts at the Canadian border into Alaska set off a chain of events that lead to a U.S. border official pointing a gun at a scout’s head. Boy Scout Troop 111 Leader Jim Fox spelled out what happened to him and the Mid-Iowa Boy Scout Troop 111 as four van-loads of Scouts and adult volunteers tried to drive from Canada into Alaska. Fox said...
  • Obama heads off to raise money on the West Coast (hi HO Hi ho It's off to funnndraaiise I GO!!)

    07/22/2014 10:11:46 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 21 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 7/22/2014 | AP
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Amid a swirl of foreign and border challenges, President Barack Obama is embarking on the one mission that has regularly proved a winner for him — raising money for his fellow Democrats. Obama on Tuesday was starting a three-day West Coast trip, scheduled to attend at least five fundraising events in Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles less than four months ahead of midterm elections that could change Washington's balance of power. The trip comes as Obama is dealing with a series of high-profile tests of his presidency, from Eastern Europe to the Middle East to the...
  • The price tag tops out at $25,000 in Obama’s rush hour Tuesday visit (Seattle)

    07/22/2014 9:35:13 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 11 replies
    Seattle PI ^ | July 22, 2014 | Joel Connelly
    President Obama makes a rush hour foray into Seattle and the Eastside on Tuesday, once more holding no public events and raising money from donors who will pay up to $25,000 to see the 44th president and ask Obama a question. The President’s political ATM machine will operate at two destinations, the Madrona home of Bruce and Anne Blume alongside Lake Washington and the Medina mansion of Costco co-founder Jim Sinegal. One event is for the Democratic National Committee, the other will benefit the Senate Majority PAC. Air Force One is due to land at Boeing Field around 3 p.m.,...
  • White flags flying from Brooklyn Bridge, cops probe breach ( NYC )

    07/22/2014 7:51:21 AM PDT · by george76 · 30 replies
    NY Post ^ | July 22, 2014 | Natasha Velez and Larry Celona
    In a stunning security breach, the giant American flags at the top of both sides of the Brooklyn Bridge were replaced by white flags overnight, cops said. The two new flags appear to be American flags that were painted over white — the traditional symbol for “surrender” — and were flying Tuesday morning from both towers. ... The NYPD’s Emergency Service Unit will is replacing the white flags with American flags as they set up a crime scene
  • Trojan Horse Report Finds 'Determined Effort' To Implement Radical Islam In School ( UK )

    07/22/2014 7:43:56 AM PDT · by george76 · 5 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 22 Jul 2014 | Andre Walker
    A report into the so-called Trojan Horse plot to takeover schools in Birmingham has found a "determined effort" to implement radical Islam. The comments came from the newly appointed Education Secretary Nicky Morgan, who made a statement on the subject in the House of Commons today. The review was ordered by the Morgan's predecessor Michael Gove, following reports that as many as twenty-five Birmingham schools had been the subject of takeovers. In each case, the governing bodies were infiltrated by radicals who then set about pushing out moderate teachers and implementing radical Islam. Today's report makes clear that the allegations...
  • Welfare Cash for Weed in Colorado

    07/22/2014 7:31:53 AM PDT · by TigerClaws · 15 replies
    For the past six months, welfare beneficiaries in Colorado have repeatedly withdrawn their cash benefits at marijuana retailers and dispensaries, according to a new analysis by National Review Online. Such apparent abuses have caught the eye of Colorado’s executive and legislative powers alike, and the state has launched an effort to curb them.
  • High-profile domestic terrorism plots were actually FBI sting operations

    07/22/2014 7:14:37 AM PDT · by DarkSavant · 19 replies
    Reason ^ | Jul. 22, 2014 | Jesse Walker
    Some remarkable statistics in a new report from Human Rights Watch and Columbia Law School's Human Rights Institute: And then there's 'The Sting 2,' starring Jackie Gleason. All I remember about it is that it included a scene on a roller coaster. All of the high-profile domestic terrorism plots of the last decade, with four exceptions, were actually FBI sting operations—plots conducted with the direct involvement of law enforcement informants or agents, including plots that were proposed or led by informants. According to multiple studies, nearly 50 percent of the more than 500 federal counterterrorism convictions resulted from informant-based cases;...
  • Sue And Settle Another Way For Greens To Halt Progress

    07/22/2014 6:21:37 AM PDT · by rktman · 6 replies
    investors.com ^ | 7/22/2014 | Stephen Moore
    If you've never heard of the litigation technique "sue and settle," it's the hottest new strategy for extreme environmentalists to make millions of acres of prime land for ranching, farming, oil and gas drilling, and mining of natural resources off limits for development. Sue and settle involves a stealth partnership between anti-development Obama administration regulators at the Environmental Protection Agency or the Interior Department and litigious green groups — including Greenpeace, Defenders of Wildlife, WildEarth Guardians and the Sierra Club — who want to halt fossil fuel development and other projects on federal and even private lands.
  • MH17 ... Tony Abbott says MH17 aftermath is evidence tampering on industrial scale

    07/22/2014 6:13:09 AM PDT · by Uncle Chip · 37 replies
    The Daily Mail Online ^ | July 22, 2014 | news.com.au
    THE bodies of the MH17 victims has arrived by train in Kharkiv – the first step in their long journey home. But Mark Rutte, the Prime Minister of the Netherlands, has warned that the identification of some of the bodies could take months.... Earlier, Mr Abbott described the aftermath of the MH17 air disaster as “evidence tampering on an industrial scale”. The PM said the last few days have been a difficult and trying time for our country and that the MH17 crash site in eastern Ukraine had been “trampled from the beginning”. “After the crime, comes the cover-up,” Mr...
  • Deadly home invasion in Carrick reported near set of Hollywood film (2nd. Amendment triumphs again)

    07/22/2014 6:05:48 AM PDT · by Buckeye McFrog · 26 replies
    WPXI ^ | 07/22/2014 | uncredited
    CARRICK, Pa. — A deadly home invasion was reported in Carrick early Tuesday morning near the set of a Hollywood movie being filmed in the area. Police said the invasion happened around 2:20 a.m. on Merritt Avenue. Channel 11’s Brandon Hudson reported that the victim opened fire on the two men accused of breaking into his home, killing one and critically injuring the other. Detectives said the men demanded the victim’s belongings, but instead he pulled out a shotgun and opened fire. Investigators said one of the men tried to run away after he was shot, but fell as he...
  • Founder of Anti-Gun Group Names Virginia Democrat as 'Next Target'

    07/22/2014 6:00:19 AM PDT · by rktman · 20 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 7/21/2014 | AWR Hawkins
    On July 21 Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America founder Shannon Watts tweeted that Virginia's congressional candidate Mike Dickinson is her group's "next target." This was in response to a July 20 tweet in which Dickinson, a self-described "left wing liberal," wrote: "People generally don't want to die. I own a gun and if I'm touched I'm shooting."
  • IRS: Hey, maybe we do have our e-mail backups

    07/22/2014 5:32:34 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/22/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    Does the IRS actually have their backups for e-mail from the period when Lois Lerner and her group targeted conservative groups for extra scrutiny on tax-exempt applications? The agency claimed a month ago that it overwrote the tapes every six months, in one of the most notorious (and unsuccessful) Friday afternoon document dumps ever. New testimony from one of the IRS’ top lawyers released last night by the House Oversight Committee casts doubt on that story (via Instapundit): The IRS might not have lost the backups of former agency administrator Lois Lerner’s emails after all, according to top IRS...
  • Anderson Cooper: 'TWA Flight 800 Was Shot Down'

    07/22/2014 5:16:41 AM PDT · by libstripper · 71 replies
    American Thinker ^ | Jul. 22, 2014 | Jack Cashill
    Some truths CNN reveals only accidentally. One such truth Anderson Cooper shared on the night of July 17. In speaking about the shoot down of Malaysian airliner MH 17 earlier that day, Cooper referred back to “July 17, 1996, when TWA Flight 800 was shot down off the coast of Long Island in New York.”
  • Be very afraid, especially for your kids

    07/22/2014 5:07:41 AM PDT · by rktman · 8 replies
    wnd.com ^ | 7/22/2014 | Mychal Massie
    On June 30, 2014, I wrote a syndicated column titled, “Terrorist attack via infectious disease?” I postulated that America is being placed in mortal danger as illegal aliens, to which I specifically add the tens of thousands of illegal alien children, are flooding our borders. I wrote: “It is a fact that no one, not government nor anyone else, can begin to quantify the danger we face from disease borne by illegal aliens. Illegals coming from Third World countries are not the rich and well-educated who were able to seek health care in their country of origin. They are the...
  • Texas State Senator: 100,000 Illegal Immigrant Gang Members in State

    07/22/2014 4:08:03 AM PDT · by Innovative · 30 replies
    Breitbart ^ | July 21, 2014 | Tony Lee
    Hours before Texas Gov. Rick Perry announced he would send National Guard troops to the border, Texas state Senator Dan Patrick said there are at least 100,000 illegal immigrant gang members in the state. On Monday's The Laura Ingraham Show, Patrick, who is also the Republican candidate for lieutenant governor, said from 2008 to 2012, 143,000 illegal immigrant criminals were arrested and jailed in Texas. He said these were "hardened criminals, gang members, and other criminals that we identified as being in Texas illegally." "We charged them with 447,000 crimes, a half-million crimes in four years, just in Texas, including...
  • At Last — Someone Did Something - Gov. Perry sends in the guard

    07/22/2014 3:56:35 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 18 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | July 22, 2014 | William Murchison –
    So, then, what are we supposed to think when the governor of Texas dispatches National Guardsmen to the state border with Mexico in order to deflect the onrush of illegal border-crossers? What are we supposed to do? Do? A strange concept these days. Do something about the Russians and their depraved allies for shooting down a passenger plane? Do something about the depraved crowd of terrorists who provoked Israel into assaulting the tunnels in which they skulk? Do something about those equally depraved Iraqi terrorists now rounding up and expelling Christians from their midst? Do something about the kidnappers of...
  • Defending the IRS [A man who once worked for Lois Lerner is representing the agency in court]

    07/22/2014 3:49:25 AM PDT · by markomalley
    National Review ^ | 7/22/2014 | Eliana Johnson
    Investigations of the IRS are taking place not only in Congress but also in court. One case, which has developed slowly since it was filed in 2010, reveals much about both the long reach of the agency and the interwoven nature of the broader federal bureaucracy. Defending IRS commissioner John Koskinen against the claims of the pro-Israel group Z Street is Andrew Strelka — and before joining the Department of Justice’s civil-trial section, Strelka worked at the IRS for Lois Lerner, who was then the agency’s head of exempt organizations. As it happens, this is the very IRS division at which...
  • Mechanicsburg [Pennsylvania] children's home asked to prepare to take in immigrant children

    07/22/2014 3:14:59 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 16 replies
    Penn Live ^ | July 21, 2014 | Anna Orso
    A local home for children has been asked by the federal government to prepare itself to take in unaccompanied immigrant children from Central America who continue to cross over into the United States. The United Methodist Home for Children in Mechanicsburg has not taken in any children from Central America yet, and it continues to assist children sent to it from the local county courts systems, the group's Board of Trustees Chairwoman Karen Best said Monday. But the agency has been contacted to prepare itself to provide shelter and care for unaccompanied minors, she said. The home has been approved...
  • Federal Judge: Forget Lethal Injections, Use Firing Squads

    07/22/2014 3:00:08 AM PDT · by Enterprise · 59 replies
    Newser ^ | July 22, 2014 | Rob Quinn
    Killing people is a brutal and messy business and if Americans can't deal with that, they shouldn't be condemning people to death, a top federal judge says. In a strongly worded dissent in an Arizona lethal-injection case, Alex Kozinski, chief judge of the Ninth US Circuit Court of Appeals, calls the current system "inherently flawed" and says states that want to execute inmates should return to more "primitive—and foolproof—methods" of execution, NBC reports. "The guillotine is probably best but seems inconsistent with our national ethos. And the electric chair, hanging and the gas chamber are each subject to occasional mishaps,"...
  • THEY’RE ALLOWED TO SHOOT CHILDREN ON THE STREET

    07/22/2014 12:37:34 AM PDT · by Rabin · 19 replies
    Andy, walking down a street in Santa Rosa. (the patrol car chirped, an officer came out shouting then shooting). Erick Gelhaus— fired 8 large hollow point slugs at 13-year-old Andy Lopez. One missed. DA Ravitch, released her exoneration explaining in appalling detail Andy's (how to buy a child drugg smear)... Jill's picked “drug & drink " expert review concerning (Eric)the shooter and his partner's BDA content have been omitted from Dr. Jones. The DA (office) paid Jones to review the (after action) lab results and (to) compare them to what was "known" about Eric and Andy's drug and alcohol use....
  • Russian Air Massacre: What Would Reagan Do?

    07/22/2014 12:22:21 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 28 replies
    Leadership: President Obama's response to Russia's downing of an unarmed passenger jet is tepid compared with President Reagan's response to a similar horror in 1983. Obama called Russian-backed rebels' downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 a "terrible tragedy." Reagan called the Soviets' downing of Korean Airlines Flight 007 a "crime against humanity." Despite overwhelming evidence Moscow had a hand in the civilian massacre over Ukrainian airspace, Obama refuses to rebuke Russia. Instead, he's called for an "international investigation into the incident." A defiant Vladimir Putin, meanwhile, has warned the West against using the tragedy for "selfish political ends," and is...
  • Russians fed conspiracy theories on Ukraine crash

    07/22/2014 12:08:29 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 9 replies
    AP ^ | 22 Jul 14 | By LAURA MILLS
    MOSCOW (AP) — An assassination attempt against Russian President Vladimir Putin. A desperate ploy to draw the West into the battle for Ukraine's east. A botched mission to commit mass murder against Russian citizens. Russian news consumers are getting plenty of explanations for the downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17, which killed 298 people. While they vary wildly in content, all point the finger at Ukraine. None admits the possibility that Russia may bear responsibility. The story of the airline tragedy that is unfolding for Russians differs starkly from the one that people are following in the West. As U.S....
  • IRS seeks help destroying another 3,200 hard drives

    07/21/2014 7:08:44 PM PDT · by Nachum · 20 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 7/23/14 | Jim McElhatton
    Days after IRS officials said in a sworn statement that former top agency employee Lois G. Lerner’s computer memory had been wiped clean, the agency put out word to contractors Monday that it needs help to destroy at least another 3,200 hard drives. The Internal Revenue Service solicitation for “media destruction” services reflects an otherwise routine job to protect sensitive taxpayer information, but it was made while the agency’s record destruction practices remain under a sharp congressional spotlight. Congressional investigators of the IRS targeting of conservative groups have been hampered by the unexplained destruction of emails and other records of...
  • FBI: Allentown gang members put out hit on NJ cops

    07/21/2014 9:54:58 PM PDT · by TigerClaws · 10 replies
    Lehigh Valley street gang members may be targeting New Jersey cops for revenge killings, according to an FBI memo obtained exclusively by 69 News. The threat comes less than a week after police killed a suspect who murdered a Jersey City police officer in an ambush attack. Read more from WFMZ.com at: http://www.wfmz.com/news/news-regional-lehighvalley/fbi-allentown-gang-members-put-out-hit-on-nj-cops/27015064 Connect with us! Facebook/69WFMZ or @69News
  • Gay domestic violence: the hatred that dare not speak its name

    07/21/2014 9:50:21 PM PDT · by AustralianConservative · 12 replies
    On Line Opinion ^ | 22 July, 2014 | B. Terpstra
    To be clear, in America's polite upper-middleclass circles, gay domestic violence is the hatred that dare not speak its name. Ditto "progressive" Australia. For the media class, at least, would prefer to talk about white picket fences, rainbow flags and same-sex wedding cakes. The message: Think pretty things. Still, even MSNBC can't wish away ugliness. As one underreported UCLA study found: Although reported incidences of intimate partner violence, or IPV, are widespread, especially among women and certain ethnic groups, reported IPV was surprisingly high among lesbians, gays and bisexuals in California, who are almost twice as likely to experience violence...
  • Jerry Brown signs gun control bill

    07/21/2014 9:20:03 PM PDT · by blueplum · 31 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | July 18, 2014 1:20pm PST | David Siders
    Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a gun control measure eliminating an exemption for certain semiautomatic pistols from California’s unsafe handgun law, Brown’s office announced Friday. Assembly Bill 1964, by Assemblyman Roger Dickinson, D-Sacramento, is designed to limit the exemption for single-shot pistols from the state’s unsafe handgun roster, excluding semiautomatic pistols altered to not fire in semiautomatic mode. :snip: The measure was one of 15 bills Brown announced signing Friday. In another gun measure, Brown signed legislation requiring local courts to notify the Department of Justice more quickly when actions are taken that would result in a person being prohibited...
  • La Bestia will no longer transport Central American Migrants -

    07/21/2014 9:01:06 PM PDT · by blueplum · 29 replies
    SanDiegoRed ^ | July 14, 2014 | Cal Trimble
    Mexico’s Secretariat of the Interior is set to implement restrictions. MEXICO.- La Bestia, the train that hundreds of Central Americans travel on top of and in between its wagons on their journey through Mexico to the U.S. border, may no longer be used for this purpose. According to Mexico’s Secretariat of the Interior, Miguel Angel Osorio Chong, measures are being taken to restrict non-permitted use of the train. La Bestia has already claimed the lives of many migrants riding on it, and has also resulted in hundreds of injuries (including dismemberment) to those who have fallen off it. In an...
  • Clinton: US, Europe should get tough on Russia (Is it Re-Reset Button time already?)

    07/21/2014 8:06:11 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 25 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 7/21/14 | Ken Thomas - ap
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton said Monday that the U.S. and Europe should work together to develop tougher sanctions on Russia while she backed President Barack Obama's calls for a thorough investigation into the passenger jet that was shot down last week over Ukraine. Clinton said in a Facebook chat from the company's headquarters in Menlo Park, California, that tougher sanctions would make clear to Russian President Vladimir Putin "that there is a price to pay for this kind of behavior." The former secretary of state said she agreed with Obama's comments earlier Monday urging "immediate and full access"...
  • White House Reports Drop in Minors Crossing Border

    07/21/2014 8:05:53 PM PDT · by bd476 · 37 replies
    AP and ABC News ^ | July 21, 2014
    White House Reports Drop in Minors Crossing Border Associated Press and ABC News WASHINGTON — Jul 21, 2014, 9:02 PM ET The White House says the number of unaccompanied minors crossing the border is dropping significantly. White House press secretary Josh Earnest says about 150 children daily — on average — were apprehended along the Rio Grande border in the first two weeks of July. He says that's down from an average of 355 per day in June ...