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  • What Hath Michelle Rhee Wrought?

    03/04/2015 12:13:02 PM PST · by Academiadotorg · 6 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | March 2, 2015 | Malcolm A. Kline
    When she served as chancellor of Washington, D. C.’s public schools, Michelle Rhee’s policies provoked scorn from Capital City teachers, to put it mildly. Long gone from the D. C. scene, Rhee’s approach is still benefiting D. C. students. “Ninety-one percent of the students on opportunity scholarships graduate from high school compared to 77 percent of the students in D. C. public schools,” Patrick Wolf of the University of Arkansas said at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) last Thursday. Currently, there are 22 states with private school funding programs, according to Dr. Wolf. Additionally, some states have Educational Savings...
  • Top Senate Republican tells states: ignore EPA carbon rules

    03/04/2015 10:16:52 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 4, 2015 11:55 AM EST | Dina Cappiello
    The Senate’s top Republican is telling states to ignore a central part of President Barack Obama’s plans to curb the pollution blamed for global warming. In an op-ed published Tuesday in the Lexington Herald-Leader, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky says states should reject Obama’s proposed requirements for power plants to reduce carbon dioxide, the chief greenhouse gas. The rule, expected to be final this summer, would require states to submit plans as soon as 2016, or risk being forced to comply with a federal substitute. …
  • A Child of Gay Parents Writes to Justice Kennedy

    03/03/2015 8:50:19 PM PST · by WilliamIII · 16 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | February 27 2015 | Katy Faust
    Dear Justice Kennedy, June is nigh, and with it will comes your ruling on the most contentious political issue of our time: marriage. I write because I am one of many children with gay parents who believe we should protect marriage. I believe you were right when, during the Proposition 8 deliberations, you said “the voice of those children [of same-sex parents] is important.” I’d like to explain why I think redefining marriage would actually serve to strip these children of their most fundamental rights. It’s very difficult to speak about this subject, because I love my mom. Most of...
  • Obama needs real answers to Netanyahu’s arguments

    03/03/2015 3:18:36 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 30 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Washington Post Editorial Board
    Netanyahu’s arguments deserve a serious response from the Obama administration — one it has yet to provide. The White House has sought to dismiss the Israeli leader as a politician seeking reelection; has said that he was wrong in his support for the Iraq war and in his opposition to an interim agreement with Iran; and has claimed that he offers no alternative to President Obama’s policy. Such rhetoric will not satisfy those in and out of Congress who share Mr. Netanyahu’s legitimate questions. His speech singled out “two major concessions” he said would be part of any deal the...
  • (61) Members of Congress Skipping Netanyahu’s Speech (Iran Lobby says 61 will boycott!)

    03/02/2015 7:01:25 PM PST · by Dave346 · 49 replies
    NIAC ^ | March 2, 2015 at 9:24 PM
    Currently, 61 members of Congress have confirmed they will not attend the speech. Arizona Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ) California Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA) Rep. Lois Capps (D-CA) Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) — “I am disappointed Speaker Boehner chose to irresponsibly interject politics into what has long been a strong and bipartisan relationship between the United States and Israel. As President Obama has noted, it is inappropriate for a Head of State to address Congress just two weeks ahead of their election. I agree that Congress should not be used as a prop in Israeli election campaigns,...
  • Two Arrested After Two Separate White House Security Breaches

    03/02/2015 3:23:59 PM PST · by VanShuyten · 14 replies
    NBC 4 DC ^ | 3/2/2015 | Unknown
    Updated 6 hours ago Two people were arrested in two separate White House security breaches in less than 24 hours, NBC News reported. Around 6:45 a.m. Monday, a man tried to get in through a gate that was open for construction workers who were leaving from a north side entrance of the White House.
  • Obama's blind hostility toward Israel

    03/02/2015 10:12:29 AM PST · by keat · 11 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | March 2, 2015 | 5:00 am | OpEd
    In June 2008, candidate Barack Obama spoke before thousands of delegates to the pro-Israel lobbying group, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, to assuage concerns that he harbored animosity toward the Jewish state. In a paragraph of his speech that began with the phrase "Let me be clear," Obama declared that under his vision for peace, "Jerusalem will remain the capital of Israel, and it must remain undivided." The next day, after the statement triggered fierce criticism from Palestinian leaders, Obama backtracked. The reversal was an early signal of what has become a pattern during his presidency — professing profound...
  • Covering Washington

    03/02/2015 7:38:56 AM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 2, 2015 | Rich Galen
    I love Twitter. With the advent of Twitter I can follow the major (and even some minor) national reporters and get 127 versions of what all of them have just seen, heard, and thought. For someone like me, that is a significant time-saver and amajormoney saver. The recent CPAC convention is a case in point. First of all kudos to Matt Schlapp, chairman of the American Conservative Union which organized the convention. By all accounts it went off without a major hitch, and just about all of the major (and even some minor) unannounced, but "seriously considering" candidates for the...
  • Feds raid Texas political meeting

    03/02/2015 7:27:57 AM PST · by Cheerio · 26 replies
    WND ^ | Published: 21 hours ago | WND
    Fingerprint, photograph all attendees, seize phones In a deliberate “show of force,” federal and local police forces raided a political meeting in Texas, fingerprinting and photographing all attendees as well as confiscating all cell phones and personal recording devices. Members of the Republic of Texas, a secession movement dedicated to restoring Texas as an independent constitutional republic, had gathered Feb. 14 in a Bryan, Texas, meeting hall along with public onlookers. They were debating issues of currency, international relations and celebrating the birthday of one of their oldest members. The group, which describes itself as “congenial and unimposing,” maintains a...
  • Barbara Mikulski won’t seek reelection in 2016

    03/02/2015 6:56:25 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 37 replies
    Politico ^ | 03/02/2015 | Kyle Cheney and Burgess Everett
    Maryland Democratic Sen. Barbara Mikulski will announce later Monday that she won’t seek reelection in 2016, two sources familiar with her plans confirmed to POLITICO, opening up a seat long coveted by Free State Democrats looking to move up. The 78-year-old Mikulski is the longest-serving woman in congressional history. She was first elected to the Senate in 1986, after serving five terms in the House. Mikulski’s campaign called an 11 a.m. press conference in Baltimore on only a few hours’ notice, saying only that she’d make an “important announcement about her future plans.” Her retirement will create an open seat...
  • House Speaker John Boehner: I like my job ‘most days’

    03/01/2015 1:30:50 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 1, 2015 1:58 PM EST
    We all have bad days at work. John Boehner, too. For the House speaker, “Friday wasn’t all that fun,” he says, though “most days” he likes his job. The Ohio Republican and his leadership team in the GOP-controlled House had a stunning defeat when a three-week spending bill for the Homeland Security Department went down, thanks to a group of angry conservatives. …
  • Common Core: Against Gifted Students

    02/27/2015 12:17:24 PM PST · by Academiadotorg · 15 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | February 26, 2015 | Spencer Irvine
    Now, after lauding Common Core’s benefits, Common Core supporters are scrambling to justify the oft-maligned education standards. At the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, UConn education professor Jonathan Plucker criticized school districts for using the standards in order to cut funding for gifted and advanced student education. In his research, he noted, “We found plenty of evidence that many districts are using the implementation of the Common Core to cut services for advanced students,” and cited “four to five press releases” and articles to support this claim. But, instead of blaming Common Core, Plucker blamed its supporters. He said, “The justification...
  • The Dem Congressmen Boycotting Netanyahu are the Same Old Hamas Supporters

    02/27/2015 4:49:06 AM PST · by SJackson · 11 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | February 26, 2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    The Dem Congressmen Boycotting Netanyahu are the Same Old Hamas SupportersPosted By Daniel Greenfield On February 26, 2015 @ 6:02 pm In The Point | 12 Comments There are a lot of stories about the Dem members of Congress boycotting Netanyahu’s speech. But most of the names on the list are longtime opponents of the Jewish State.The boycott lists consists of two groups. Congressional Black Caucus members who are offended on Obama’s behalf and can smell racism anywhere.The other consists of opponents of Israel.It’s instructive to compare the list of boycotters to the 54 members of Congress who signed...
  • 30 Democrats skipping Netanyahu's speech (4 days away)

    02/27/2015 5:40:21 AM PST · by Dave346 · 33 replies
    CNN ^ | 9:55 PM ET, Thu February 26, 2015 | Alexandra Jaffe
    A full list of the Democrats who have confirmed they're missing the speech follows: SENATE - 4 members Sen. Tim Kaine (Va.) Sen. Patrick Leahy (Vt.) Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) Sen. Brian Schatz (Hawaii) HOUSE - 26 members Rep. Earl Blumenauer (Ore.) Rep. G.K. Butterfield (N.C.) Rep. Andre Carson (Ind.) Rep. James Clyburn (S.C.) Rep. Steve Cohen (Tenn.) Rep. Peter DeFazio (Ore.) Rep. Diana DeGette (Colo.) Rep. Donna Edwards (Md.) Rep. Keith Ellison (Minn.) Rep. Raúl Grijalva (Ariz.) Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (Ill.) Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D.C.) Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (Texas) Rep. Barbara Lee (Calif.) Rep. John Lewis (Ga.)...
  • Eric Holder's parting shot: It's too hard to bring civil rights cases

    02/27/2015 5:24:52 AM PST · by Biggirl · 14 replies
    Politico ^ | February 27, 2015 | Mike Allen
    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.
  • Government Takeover of the Internet Begins

    02/27/2015 4:21:03 AM PST · by Biggirl · 43 replies
    Frontpagemag.com ^ | February 27, 2015 | Arnold Ahlert
    In a vote along party lines, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approved what amounts to a government takeover of the Internet. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler and his fellow Democrats, Mignon Clyburn and Jessica Rosenworcel, approved placing the Internet under Title II regulations.
  • Tougher Internet rules to hit cable, telecoms companies

    02/26/2015 6:46:30 AM PST · by shove_it · 79 replies
    Rooters ^ | 26 Feb 2015 | ALINA SELYUKH
    (Reuters) - U.S. regulators are poised to impose the toughest rules yet on Internet service providers, aiming to ensure fair treatment of all web traffic through their networks. The Federal Communications Commission is expected Thursday to approve Chairman Tom Wheeler's proposed "net neutrality" rules, regulating broadband providers more heavily than in the past and restricting their power to control download speeds on the web, for instance by potentially giving preference to companies that can afford to pay more. The vote, expected along party lines with Democrats in favor, comes after a year of jostling between cable and telecom companies and...
  • Sen. Ted Cruz at CPAC 2015: Stand With the People, Not Washington

    02/27/2015 1:06:33 AM PST · by iowamark · 6 replies
    Ted Cruz Youtube ^ | 2/26/2015 | Ted Cruz
    Includes both his speech and questions from Sean Hannity. 24 minutes.
  • Investigators find 32,000 emails in IRS probe

    02/26/2015 10:06:41 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 33 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 26, 2015 11:10 PM EST | Stephen Ohlemacher
    Investigators said Thursday they have recovered 32,000 emails related to a former IRS official at the heart of the agency’s tea party scandal. But they don’t know how many of them are new. The emails were to and from Lois Lerner, who used to head the IRS division that processes applications for tax-exempt status. Last June, the IRS told Congress it had lost an unknown number of Lerner’s emails when her computer hard drive crashed in 2011. At the time, IRS officials said the emails could not be recovered. But at a congressional hearing Thursday evening, investigators said they recovered...
  • Gallup: Only 23% of D.C. Residents Go to Church Weekly

    02/26/2015 9:53:11 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | February 25, 2015 - 4:53 PM | Terence P. Jeffrey
    In Washington, D.C., the nation’s capital city, 75 percent of adults do not go to church at least once a week, according to the Gallup poll, while only 23 percent do. Another 2 percent told the polling firm they “don’t know” when asked how often they go to church. When ranked with the 50 states, D.C. was fifth from last in the percentage of its residents who attend church services at least once a week. …
  • Speaker Boehner: I haven’t spoken to McConnell in two weeks

    02/25/2015 10:02:35 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 21 replies
    The Hill ^ | 02/25/2015 | Rebecca Shabad
    Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) haven’t spoken to each other in two weeks despite the shutdown fight gripping the Capitol, House Republicans said Wednesday.During a closed-door House GOP conference meeting Wednesday morning, Boehner told Republicans that he hadn’t spoken to McConnell recently despite the looming Feb. 28 deadline to fund the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).“He said he hadn’t spoken to Mitch McConnell in a few weeks. We gave them a good bill. It funds the stuff we’re supposed to do, secure the borders,” Rep. Ted Poe (R-Texas) said after a morning conference meeting.Another...
  • [Flashback] McConnell accidentally calls Reid majority leader

    02/25/2015 9:21:51 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 9 replies
    thehill.com ^ | 2/2/15 | Cristina Marcos
    A month into the new Congress, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) may still be getting used to life in the majority. Upon welcoming Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) back on the Senate floor after a January exercising accident, McConnell reverted to an old habit of referring to his Democratic counterpart as the "majority leader." "Let me say first, I want to welcome back our colleague, the majority leader. He's had a challenging month, and we're happy to see him back here in the Senate and wish him well in his recovery, which looks as if it's coming along...
  • Washington Post: House Republicans warn D.C. mayor not to legalize pot (NANNY STATE ALERT)

    02/25/2015 7:36:18 AM PST · by MadIsh32 · 76 replies
    Washington Post ^ | February 25th 2015 | Aaron C. Davis
    Two powerful House Republicans late Tuesday warned D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser not to move forward with legalizing marijuana in the nation’s capital and they warned of stiff federal retribution if the city’s chief executive did not yield. The letter came on the same day that Bowser declared that a voter-approved measure to legalize pot would become law in the city at 12:01 a.m. on Thursday and the letter set the stage for a dramatic final 24 hours before that deadline. “If you decide to move forward tomorrow with the legalization of marijuana in the District, you will be doing...
  • Marijuana Becomes Legal in D.C. Thursday at Midnight -- Unless Congress Steps In

    02/24/2015 10:02:25 PM PST · by Ken H · 46 replies
    NBC Washington DC ^ | Feb 24, 2015 | Carissa DiMargo and Tom Sherwood
    A law to legalize marijuana in the District will go into effect at 12:01 a.m. Thursday, unless Congress steps in at the last minute. As a result, D.C. police officers will begin carrying business card-sized summaries of the new rules, which were publicly explained Tuesday and will be part of a public education campaign. The law -- which was approved by voters last fall -- will permit possession of small amounts of marijuana by those ages 21 or older, with consumption allowed only in private homes and space.
  • Senior State Dept. official arrested for allegedly soliciting sex from a minor

    02/24/2015 7:30:04 PM PST · by WhiskeyX · 38 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | February 24, 2015 | James Rosen
    EXCLUSIVE: A senior State Department official in charge of federal counterterrorism programs was arrested Tuesday afternoon for allegedly soliciting sex from a minor, Fox News has learned. Fairfax County Police officials say Daniel Rosen was arrested by a county detective about noon at his Washington, D.C. home after he allegedly sought to arrange sex with a minor. The detective, a female officer working in the county's Child Exploitation Unit, had been posing as the minor in online exchanges with Rosen, police said. ·
  • Report: Gruber Billed Vermont for ‘Impossible’ Hours

    02/24/2015 5:56:46 AM PST · by george76 · 32 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | 23 Feb 2015 | Ian Hanchett
    Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber billed the State of Vermont for hours that “were impossible for him to accomplish ... for one of the invoices, which is September, and this is just an example, he billed out 500 hours a month for his research assistants. Well, the auditor found that he only had one research assistant. So, if you do that math ... the auditor even criticized the Democrat administration up here for this. The people who were supposed to be overseeing this contract did not demand any details at all from Professor Gruber. They just said — they just asked...
  • Your retirement savings: Obama proposal

    02/23/2015 9:43:22 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 43 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 23, 2015 11:09 AM EST | Jim Kuhnhenn
    The Obama administration is proposing tougher restrictions on brokers who manage Americans’ retirement accounts, reigniting a confrontation with the financial services industry over rules affecting trillions of dollars in 401K and other savings accounts. The change would put brokers—who sell stocks, bonds, annuities and other investments—under the stricter requirements for registered financial advisers when they handle clients’ retirement accounts. In a long-anticipated move, the Labor Department is making the proposal Monday to the White House Budget Office. After an internal review, it likely will be put out for public comment for several months. Obama was scheduled to address the AARP...
  • WaPo: Europe Proves Expanded Background Checks Useless

    02/22/2015 2:07:03 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 8 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 02/22/2015 | AWR Hawkins
    While Democrats, Gabby Giffords, and groups like Moms Demand Action claim that expanding background checks would end mass shootings, The Washington Post looks across the pond and demonstrates that Europe’s expanded background checks prove useless in the face of a booming black market for guns and radicalized Muslims looking to commit terrorist acts.
  • Washington Post Shocker: Background Checks Don’t Work

    02/22/2015 1:29:08 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 13 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 02/22/2015 | NRA ILA
    Before anyone gets the wrong idea, the editors of the Washington Post still support background checks on private firearm transactions, along with bans on detachable-magazine-fed semi-automatic rifles, semi-automatic shotguns, and magazines that hold more than 10 rounds. And they’ll call you a “coward” if you disagree.However, at least two of the newspaper’s reporters who live in the real world have figured out that none of these restrictions stop criminals from committing crimes. From London, Griff Witte and Karla Adam report that “[g]etting a gun legally in Europe may be hard, but terrorists have little trouble.” While gun control advocates in the...
  • Cantor Cozies Up To Christie

    02/20/2015 9:30:03 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 8 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 2/20/15 | Rachel Stoltzfoos
    Former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor is hosting a fundraiser for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie next week. Cantor lost his seat last year in a huge upset to former economics professor Dave Brat, who successfully marked Cantor as an out-of-touch member of the “GOP establishment.” He’ll host a meet-and-greet for Christie with big Virginia donors next Thursday at the Jefferson Hotel in Richmond, Va., reports the Associated Press. Christie is considering a 2016 run, but is not currently considered a top contender following weeks of low approval ratings in his home state and in key states, such as Iowa...
  • 800,000 Using HealthCare.gov Were Sent Incorrect Tax Data

    02/20/2015 8:44:45 AM PST · by edwinland · 11 replies
    New York Times ^ | FEB. 20, 2015 | ROBERT PEAR
    WASHINGTON — About 800,000 taxpayers who enrolled in insurance policies through HealthCare.gov received erroneous tax information from the government, and were urged on Friday to hold off on filing tax returns until the error could be corrected. ... Democratic lawmakers pressed hard for the Obama administration to open a “special enrollment period” around tax filing season for Americans who only then realize they face penalties for failing to purchase health insurance last year. Andrew M. Slavitt, the No. 2 official at the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, said the period would last from March 15 to April 30.
  • Levin: You Don't Love Something You Want To "Fundamentally Transform"

    02/20/2015 4:23:17 AM PST · by Biggirl · 17 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | February 20, 2015 | Ian Hanchett
    Talk radio host and author of “The Liberty Amendments,” Mark Levin defended Rudy Giuliani’s comments regarding President Obama’s love of America on Thursday’s “Hannity” on the Fox News Channel.
  • Communists Thank SEIU for Help in Releasing Cuban Mass Murderer

    02/19/2015 1:52:11 PM PST · by george76 · 6 replies
    Breitbart News Network ^ | 19 Feb 2015 | Spyridon Mitsotakis
    Gerardo Hernandez, a spy for Communist Cuba and the man responsible for the murder of four humanitarian workers (three of whom were American citizens) over international waters, was freed from prison last year by the Obama administration, due in part to the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). This was revealed at a February 6, 2015, celebration of Hernandez’s release, along with two of his fellow Cuban agents (collectively known as the “Cuban 5.. At the beginning of the event, an IPS official thanked all who who took part in the 17-year campaign and singled out a number of organizations that...
  • Why Can't the Public See Obama's Proposed Internet Regulations?

    02/19/2015 9:35:23 AM PST · by george76 · 33 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | Feb 18, 2015 | MARK HEMINGWAY
    Republican senators Mike Lee, Ben Sasse, and Rand Paul have all been high profile opponents of the Obama administrations current plan to regulate the internet -- in particular, Lee has called the regulation a government "takeover" of the internet and says it amounts to a "a massive tax increase on the middle class, being passed in the dead of night without the American public really being made aware of what is going on.” And when Lee says that the American public isn't aware of what's going on, that is in no way hyperbole. FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai has emerged as...
  • RUBIO RETREATS: ‘WE CAN’T LET HOMELAND SECURITY SHUT DOWN’ OVER EXEC AMNESTY (RINO ALERT!)

    02/18/2015 4:11:05 PM PST · by tobyhill · 84 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 2/18/2015 | TONY LEE
    Days after a federal judge issued an injunction against President Barack Obama’s executive amnesty, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) urged Senate Republicans to abandon their defunding efforts and pass a clean Homeland Security funding bill. “We have to fund Homeland Security,” Rubio reportedly said on Wednesday, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “We can’t let Homeland Security shut down.” He reportedly “noted that Obama has threatened to veto any bill that would reverse his executive actions on immigration, including the measure to pay for Homeland Security” and “the Senate doesn’t have enough votes to pass the bill that ties the two...
  • Hey Alcee, Give it Back!

    02/17/2015 8:49:04 AM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 17. 2015 | D.W. Wilber
    If one visits the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. and stops by the office of Congressman Alcee Hastings they will see hanging on the wall a framed document proclaiming Hastings to be an “Honorary Texan”. An honor that Hastings must be proud of otherwise why display such a document in his congressional office ? But during a recent congressional meeting Congressman Hastings commented that he thought all Texans were “crazy”. One would think that if Hastings thought that Texans were “crazy” then he certainly wouldn’t want to advertise the fact that he was an “Honorary Texan”, would one. In fact...
  • Michael Bloomberg blocks footage of Aspen Institute appearance

    02/15/2015 9:50:52 PM PST · by Ray76 · 15 replies
    Aspen Times ^ | Feb 13, 2015 | Karl Herchenroeder
    Michael Bloomberg representatives have asked the Aspen Institute not to distribute footage of his recent appearance in Aspen, where the three-term New York City mayor made pointed comments concerning minorities and gun control. Appearing before nearly 400 people in Aspen on Feb. 5, the billionaire founder of Bloomberg L.P. argued that in order to save lives, police should seize guns from male minorities between ages 15 and 25.
  • Obama White House Partners with ISIS-Linked Group

    02/16/2015 4:19:15 AM PST · by Biggirl · 36 replies
    Frontpagemag.com ^ | February 16, 2015 | Mathew Vadum
    A Boston-based hub of terrorism associated with a top Islamic State propagandist and producer of hostage-beheading videos will receive the red carpet treatment at an anti-terrorism conference at the Obama White House this Wednesday.
  • Breaking: U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan Bracing for “Imminent Complex Attack”

    02/15/2015 8:01:18 PM PST · by george76 · 95 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | February 15, 2015 | Kristinn Taylor
    The State Department issued a little noticed statement on Saturday warning of an “imminent complex attack” on the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, telling Americans to avoid the area around the embassy. “As of February 2015, militants are preparing an imminent complex attack against the U.S. Embassy compound in Kabul City, Afghanistan, from a location near Massoud Circle. The U.S. Embassy is taking this threat seriously and advises American citizens to avoid the area.” Massoud Circle was the location of a deadly suicide bomb attack last September claimed by the Taliban. ... As the Kabul Embassy staff prepares for an...
  • Bush role in end-of-life dispute as governor now 2016 issue

    02/15/2015 7:25:31 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb. 15, 2015 9:08 AM ET | Michael J. Mischak
    Jeb Bush was preparing to release the emails he sent and received as Florida governor when he was excoriated by a letter-writer to The Miami Herald. The headline: “Don’t trust Jeb Bush with the power of the presidency.” The subject of many of the emails was Terri Schiavo. The letter-writer was her husband, Michael. Bush’s effort to stop Michael Schiavo from removing his brain-damaged wife’s feeding tube was a defining moment of Bush’s time in office. Bush, a devout Catholic, sided with Terri Schiavo’s parents in the end-of-life dispute and reached for unprecedented authority to intervene. Michael Schiavo said his...
  • Rand Paul’s claim — twice in one day — that he has a biology degree

    02/14/2015 3:35:59 PM PST · by rickyrikardo · 62 replies
    Wasington Post ^ | February 13, 2015 | Glenn Kessler
    Paul studied biology (and English) at Baylor, but he didn’t earn a degree. There’s no excuse for resume-inflation, even when it’s jocular. We can’t quite say this is worthy of Four Pinocchios, but the senator should be more careful in the future.
  • Appeals court: Marshals can’t be sued for excessive force

    02/13/2015 9:00:08 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 13, 2015 5:00 PM EST | Sam Hananel
    A federal appeals court ruled Friday that three deputy U.S. marshals who shot and wounded a fleeing teenage driver eight years ago cannot be sued for excessive use of force. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit said it was not “clearly established” at the time of the shooting that the deputies violated Michael Fenwick’s constitutional rights when they used deadly force to subdue him. The case in Washington, D.C., unfolded amid a national debate over racially charged incidents of police force in Ferguson, Missouri, and New York City. …
  • Obama goofed around with a selfie stick on the same day Kayla Mueller confirmed dead

    02/13/2015 9:46:51 AM PST · by george76 · 43 replies
    Hot Air ^ | February 13, 2015 | Noah Rothman
    we might soon come to regret enabling the world’s most powerful narcissist by handing him a selfie stick. Those who are concerned that Obama’s antics – mugging into a smudgy mirror, failing to successfully dunk a cookie into a glass of milk, and pantomiming free throw shots for no particular reason, all in the hopes of increasing the number of young Obamacare enrollees (with BuzzFeed’s complicity) .. ... this video was shot mere hours after the United States government confirmed that another of its citizens, Kayla Mueller, died in ISIS custody. The day that this video was shot, February 10,...
  • TIA talks highway funding, tire registration at event

    02/12/2015 10:10:29 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 13 replies
    RubberNews.com ^ | February 11, 2015 | Miles Moore
    WASHINGTON—Highway funding, tax reform and tire registration were the big issues tire dealers, repair shop owners and association officials discussed with Capitol Hill staffers during the Tire Industry Association’s Federal Lobby Day on Feb. 5. Approximately 55 representatives of the tire retailing and auto repair industries participated in the event, which began with speeches from current and former members of Congress and progressed to one-on-one meetings with key staff persons in the offices of several top Washington lawmakers. With the Highway Trust Fund set to run out of money in May, passage of a multi-year transportation funding bill was the...
  • Why Did This Republican Vote Against The Keystone Pipeline?

    02/12/2015 9:43:31 AM PST · by ConservingFreedom · 29 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 02/12/2015 | PG Veer
    Michigan Rep. Justin Amash was the sole Republican in the House to vote against the latest version of the bill advancing the Keystone XL Pipeline. Amash says he supports the construction of the pipeline, but he opposes legislation singling out one company. He has previously voted present on Keystone, but the addition of “new, unrelated sections empowering the EPA and the federal government with respect to local energy efficiency” pushed him to a no. In a statement published on his Facebook page, the tea party favorite said that the bill includes a lot of cronyism. Since 2013 he has argued...
  • As Scott Walker mulls White House bid, questions linger over college exit

    02/11/2015 7:55:35 AM PST · by SMCC1 · 146 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 02/11/15 | david-a-fahrenthold
    MILWAUKEE — Scott Walker was gone. Dropped out. And in the spring of his senior year. In 1990, that news stunned his friends at Marquette University. Walker, the campus’s suit-wearing, Reagan-loving politico — who enjoyed the place so much that he had run for student body president — had left without graduating.
  • Ferguson mayor says he tried in vain to get Guard to town

    02/11/2015 11:27:02 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb. 11, 2015 11:33 PM EST | David A. Lieb
    The mayor of Ferguson said Wednesday that he had tried in vain to urge Gov. Jay Nixon to deploy the National Guard in his town as people burned and looted buildings in protest of a grand jury’s decision in the Michael Brown case. […] Nixon declared a state of emergency a week before the grand jury decision and had said the National Guard would be available to help local authorities “protect life and property” in case protests turned violent, as they did after Brown was shot Aug. 9 (Mayor James) Knowles (III) said he originally was told by St. Louis...
  • NTSB Urges Immediate Action on Metro Tunnel Ventilation [Washington, DC]

    02/11/2015 12:31:21 PM PST · by Timber Rattler · 8 replies
    NBC 4 Washington ^ | February 11, 2015 | Matthew Stabley
    The National Transportation Safety Board sent Metro three urgent recommendations Wednesday regarding the ventilation of tunnels in response to the fatal smoke incident Jan. 12 in Washington, D.C. In a letter to interim General Manager Jack Requa, NTSB said Metro should assess its ventilation system, write a procedure for tunnel ventilation and establish ongoing ventilation training for control center staff and emergency responders. "Procedures for ventilation of smoke in emergencies can be critical, but they vary across systems, and in some systems are inadequate — as we have found in the present WMATA investigation,” acting NTSB Chairman Christopher Hart said...
  • Biden: I Actually Think Congress Is An Equal Branch Of Government

    02/11/2015 8:14:52 AM PST · by Biggirl · 44 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | February 11, 2015 | Pam Key
    Tuesday, during an event Vice President Joe Biden hosted for lawmakers and disability advocates who helped pass the ABLE Act, he said, “I actually think it’s [Congress] an equal branch of government.”
  • ‘ISIS Is Here’: Islamic State Graffiti in America-Marking territory

    02/10/2015 5:27:30 AM PST · by SJackson · 12 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | February 10, 2015 | Dawn Perlmutter
    ‘ISIS Is Here’: Islamic State Graffiti in AmericaPosted By Dawn Perlmutter On February 10, 2015 @ 12:45 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 6 Comments On February 4, 2015 the head of the FBI’s counterterrorism division, Michael Steinbach said that the FBI has seen children as young as 15 recruited by the Islamic State aka ISIS, ISIL. Two days later FBI Director James Comey said there are open cases looking into individuals who may be connected to ISIS in every state in the Union except Alaska. Evidence of the Islamic State’s successful recruiting efforts in America is literally written on...