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  • Feeding the STEM Myth

    12/22/2014 8:25:08 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 63 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | December 18, 2014 | Spencer Irvine
    As we have reported, contrary to current wisdom, studies consistently show that there are more science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) majors than there are STEM jobs. Nevertheless, those with a vested interest in perpetuating the legend not only still claim that there is a STEM major shortage but declare that women are uniquely qualified to fill it. Recently, here in Washington, D.C., at George Washington University, Linda Rosen, CEO of Change the Equation (an organization geared toward more STEM education at the pre-K12 level and above), said, “Employers…are having difficulty finding the STEM talent they need.” For example, she...
  • Obama: I’m Jewish ‘in my soul’

    12/18/2014 4:26:22 PM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 106 replies
    Jewish Journal ^ | 12/18/2014 | David Suissa
    "What will you tell the President when you see him?" was my daughter Eva's first reaction when I told her I'd been invited to the White House Channukah party (Actually, it was her second reaction. Her first was, "Take me!"). Kids are innocent that way. They don't realize that when you have over a hundred people crowding the leader of the free world, it's not so easy to get in a word edgewise. But I got lucky. It's not what I told the President that mattered, it's what I heard him say when few people were paying attention. After the...
  • A Documented American Stands Up Against Fences

    12/20/2014 4:37:41 AM PST · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 19, 2014 | John Ransom
    To make the White House more secure from undocumented visitors who are just seeking the same kind of freedom to be harassed by a government agency with guns that all Americans enjoy, a blue ribbon panel is suggesting that a better fence be built around the White House. “An executive summary of the review released Thursday by the Homeland Security Department,” reports the Associated Press, “also concluded that the Secret Service needs more uniformed officers and plain clothes agents, better fencing at the White House and more training for officers.” The report comes on the heels of several undocumented visits...
  • Obama willing to work with GOP on tax overhaul

    12/19/2014 6:20:32 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 19, 2014 2:27 PM EST
    President Barack Obama says he will try to undertake an overhaul of the tax system with the new Republican majorities in Congress. He says the “devil is in the details.” He says the tax system needs to be simpler and fairer. He says some corporations engage in tax avoidance while others pay full freight. He also says he would like to combine tax changes with money for capital works projects. …
  • D.C. Mayor, Attorney General: New Abortion Mandate Likely Unconstitutional

    12/19/2014 5:23:49 PM PST · by Morgana · 1 replies
    Cardinal Newman Society ^ | December 18, 2014, | cns staff
    Yesterday’s vote by the Council of the District of Columbia to approve a bill banning even religious organizations from discriminating against employees for their “reproductive health” practices—including abortion—likely violates the Constitution and federal law, warned the D.C. mayor and attorney general weeks before the final vote. The Council’s disregard for Mayor Vincent Gray’s “significant legal concerns” increases the possibility that he may veto the legislation, which also may be halted by Congress if it can get President Obama’s signature on the repeal. “Today’s approval of this draconian bill confirms the D.C. Council’s intentional persecution of religious educators and other employers...
  • Oklahoma, Nebraska suing Colorado over legalization of marijuana

    12/18/2014 2:20:21 PM PST · by balch3 · 205 replies
    KFOR ^ | December 18, 2014 | KFOR
    OKLAHOMA CITY – After legalizing the recreational use of marijuana, Colorado is at the heart of a lawsuit. The Denver Post is reporting that Nebraska and Oklahoma have filed a lawsuit with the U.S. Supreme Court, asking the justices to strike down Colorado’s legalization laws. The Colorado attorney general’s office says the lawsuit alleges “that Colorado’s Amendment 64 and its implementing legislation regarding marijuana is unconstitutional under the Supremacy Clause of the U.S. Constitution.” “Because neighboring states have expressed concern about Colorado-grown marijuana coming into their states, we are not entirely surprised by this action,” said Colorado Attorney General John...
  • Washington D.C. Passes Bill to Force Pro-Life Groups to Hire Abortion Activists

    12/18/2014 9:10:31 AM PST · by Morgana · 6 replies
    LIFE NEWS ^ | 12/18/14 | Sarah Torre
    Yesterday, the Council of the District of Columbia passed a bill that could force employers in the nation’s capital to cover elective abortions in their health plans and require even pro-life organizations to hire individuals who oppose their views on abortion. The bill will now go to Mayor Vincent Gray for approval. This latest attempt to violate the freedom of individuals in the District should spur Congress to better protect the conscience rights for all Americans. The “Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Act,” specifically prohibits employers from discriminating in “compensation, terms, conditions or privileges of employment” on the basis of an individual’s...
  • Colbert & Prez @ GWU

    12/18/2014 8:47:20 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 6 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | December 17, 2014 | Spencer Irvine
    His poll ratings may be in the basement and his policies might have mostly blown up in his face but there is one place where the president can still boost his self-esteem. This past Monday, Stephen Colbert, the faux television news host for Comedy Central, hosted President Barack Obama on the campus of George Washington University. As their school newsletter, GWToday, noted: “Our students started lining up for the show outside Lisner Auditorium by 9 a.m. George Washington Today was there to capture what was Trending Today – the first in an ongoing video series on current events and issues.”...
  • D.C. Considers Bill That Could Force Pro-Life Organizations to Pay for Abortion Coverage

    12/17/2014 11:37:39 AM PST · by Morgana · 8 replies
    daily signal ^ | December 17, 2014 | Sarah Torre
    oday, the Council of the District of Columbia will consider a bill that could force employers in the nation’s capital to cover elective abortions in their health plans and require even pro-life organizations to hire individuals who oppose their views on abortion. This latest attempt to violate the freedom of individuals in the District should spur Congress to better protect the conscience rights for all Americans. The “Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Act,” would specifically prohibit employers from discriminating in “compensation, terms, conditions or privileges of employment” on the basis of an individual’s “reproductive health decision making” – including the “termination of...
  • Hillary novel: Bows out of 2016 race, Rachel Maddow wins presidency

    12/16/2014 1:31:58 PM PST · by God'sgrrl · 34 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | DECEMBER 15, 2014 | BY PAUL BEDARD
    It was just a matter of time. After living in the spotlight for 22 years and inching toward another presidential bid, Hillary Clinton is finally the subject of a full-length novel.
  • D.C. council eliminates religious schools’ protection from gay discrimination suits

    12/16/2014 12:42:15 PM PST · by wagglebee · 16 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 12/15/14 | Lisa Bourne
    A vote December 2 by the Washington, D.C., City Council could compel private religious schools and universities in the nation’s capital to allow groups that oppose the schools’ moral values access to their campuses, programs, and funds. The council voted to eliminate faith-based schools’ 25-year-old legal protections from discrimination lawsuits as part of a “human rights amendment.” Barring an act of Congress, D.C.’s religious schools will likely have to go against their religious values when it comes to permitting use to their campuses or programs. The city’s rules hold that it’s “unlawful discriminatory practice” to limit any use of facilities,...
  • President Obama DELETED His Website Telling American People They Could Keep Their Plans

    12/15/2014 9:23:49 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 8:21 PM 12/15/2014 | Patrick Howley
    The Obama administration’s original government website promoting Obamacare has been deleted. […] (A)fter Healthcare.gov went live, HealthReform.gov went dark. Thankfully, the Internet’s “WayBack Machine” gives us a shot of HealthReform.gov’s final big screaming homepage: “Keeping the Health Plan You Have…The rule announced today preserves the ability of the American people to keep their current plan if they like it.” …
  • Real Life: Sharpton Rally Attendees Summon the “Black Jesus” It’s “Black Solidarity Sunday” today

    12/14/2014 12:28:53 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | December 14, 2014 | Amy Miller
    Yesterday, as they often do, thousands of protesters descended on Washington, DC to protest police brutality against black men. The rally, led by Al Sharpton and attended by high-profile activists in the black community, focused on promoting a “black agenda,” and railed against the typical enemies of the progressive community: the Koch brothers, establishment politicians, and the Republican party. To close the rally, Reverend Jamal Bryant of Empowerment Temple in Maryland offered one of the angriest, most divisive prayers ever uttered in public. Via the Daily Caller: Dispatch angels right now of protection around our sons from psychopathic, sociopathic police...
  • Ex-CIA interrogation chief warns of betrayal

    12/14/2014 9:35:50 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 14, 2014 12:28 PM EST | Stephen Braun
    The Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on coercive tactics betrays intelligence officials and will erode their trust in future presidential administrations, a former CIA official who oversaw the agency’s enhanced interrogation program said Sunday. Jose Rodriguez, who headed the agency’s counterterrorism section and its clandestine service, said that the Senate report “throws the CIA under this bus.” He predicted that intelligence officials would be undercut by “second-guessing” from the White House and Congress and warned that allied nations that have cooperated with U.S. intelligence in the past might reassess their aid. …
  • Thousands March in Washington to Protest Deaths by Police

    12/13/2014 3:54:06 PM PST · by Citizen Zed · 47 replies
    ny times ^ | 12-13-2014 | JENNIFER STEINHAUER and ELENA SCHNEIDER
    They came to the nation’s capital on buses and planes and minivans and trains, from Florida, Detroit and Staten Island, led as much by the families, friends and supporters of African-American men and boys killed at the hands of the police as by civil rights leaders. Thousands of people marched along the National Mall on Saturday to protest the deaths, mirroring protests planned around the nation Saturday, ranging from hikes in canyons in the West to marches down the streets of the nation’s urban centers. The demonstrators here — many of them wearing T-shirts that read “Black Lives Matter” and...
  • Muslims Capture Christians, Take Them To Slaughterhouses, Dissect Them While They Are Still Alive

    12/13/2014 12:30:39 PM PST · by george76 · 53 replies
    Shoebat ^ | November 3, 2014 | Theodore Shoebat
    Muslim Albanians in Kosovo are capturing Christians, dissecting them alive, tearing out their organs, killing the victims, and then selling the organs to Saudi Arabia and Turkey, the two major nations of the Antichrist. We learned this from a local Serbian Christian and veteran Special Forces officer in Serbia’s military, named Lazar. We interviewed him and this is the information he conveyed to us. He said “They also kill people and sell their organs in Turkey and Saudi Arabia.” He then said, They abduct people in Kosovo, Serbian people — in some cases Albanian people — and they take their...
  • Gruber model errs in Colorado as Vermont prepares to rely on data

    12/13/2014 7:30:05 AM PST · by george76 · 28 replies
    Vermont Watchdog ^ | December 12, 2014 | Bruce Parker
    Jonathan Gruber’s health care forecasting is failing in Colorado as Vermont’s Gov. Peter Shumlin prepares to use the economist’s math for single-payer health care. As Vermonters anxiously await a Gruber-modeled financing plan for Green Mountain Care, modeling done for Colorado’s health exchange by Jonathan Gruber Associates has proven wildly erroneous. In 2011, following Colorado’s decision to set up a state health exchange for Obamacare, the state hired Gruber to forecast enrollment trends from which the state and federal government could estimate costs. According to a presentation delivered to the Colorado Health Benefit Exchange Board on Sept. 16, 2011, and provided...
  • Thousands of protesters expected in Washington, NYC over police killings

    12/13/2014 6:32:23 AM PST · by rktman · 23 replies
    ca.news.yahoo.com ^ | 12/13/2014 | Ian Simpson
    Thousands of demonstrators were expected in Washington and New York on Saturday to protest the killings of unarmed black men by U.S. police and to urge Congress to protect citizens. Organizers said the protests would be among the largest over police tactics and the killings of black males by officers in New York, Cleveland and Ferguson, Missouri. The lack of criminal charges from grand juries in the New York and Ferguson cases have galvanized protests around the United States. "We need more than just talk; we need legislative action that will shift things both on the books and in the...
  • Obama urges Senate to pass $1.1 T spending bill

    12/12/2014 8:29:13 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 12, 2014 11:25 PM EST | David Espo and Andrew Taylor
    President Barack Obama on Friday urged the Senate to ratify a $1.1 trillion, House-passed spending bill that has roiled his Democratic Party, judging it an imperfect measure that stems from “the divided government that the American people voted for.” One day after House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi publicly chastised him for supporting the bill, the president said there were provisions “I really do not like.” At the same time, he said there were other portions that “fund health insurance, early childhood education, the fight against climate change and expand manufacturing hubs to grow jobs.” …
  • Congress Quietly Bolsters NSA Spying in Intelligence Bill

    12/12/2014 6:38:24 AM PST · by C19fan · 43 replies
    National Journal ^ | December 11, 2014 | Dustin Volz
    Congress this week quietly passed a bill that may give unprecedented legal authority to the government's warrantless surveillance powers, despite a last-minute effort by Rep. Justin Amash to kill the bill. Amash staged an aggressive eleventh-hour rally Wednesday night to block passage of the Intelligence Authorization Act, which will fund intelligence agencies for the next fiscal year. The Michigan Republican sounded alarms over recently amended language in the package that he said will for the first time give congressional backing to a controversial Reagan-era decree granting broad surveillance authority to the president.
  • Obama's Daughters Enjoy Gourmet Lunches at Posh School

    12/12/2014 12:32:41 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 26 replies
    Newsmax.com ^ | December 11, 2014 | James Morrisson
    While many public school students complain about lunchtime mush that meets White House calorie guidelines, President Barack Obama's daughters are dining on gourmet meals at a posh private school in Washington. School kids have been moaning about tasteless fare local governments adopt to comply with first lady Michelle Obama’s war on the waistline and posting photos of the mystery meals online. The Sidwell Friends School, the $36,000-a-year private academy attended by Malia and Sasha Obama, also posts its menus on the Internet. The Daily Caller discovered that Sidwell students eat well. Thursday’s lunch included: potato sausage soup, firecracker slaw, California...
  • Stinky revenge: Couple tricks holiday package thief into stealing box of dog poop

    12/12/2014 6:13:22 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 29 replies
    WJLA.com (ABC 7) ^ | December 9, 2014 | Jennifer Donelan
    WASHINGTON (WJLA) – After falling victim to thieves who swiped packages off of their front porch several times, a Northeast D.C. couple decided to teach them a lesson. Tis the season for package thieves; many D.C.-area residents have recently caught robbers taking packages on surveillance. But for one couple, caught on camera wasn’t enough—they boxed up a stinky surprise from their two dogs. About 3 p.m. Friday, surveillance footage shows a man walking up and down the sidewalk in front of their home, before stealing their package and taking off. The caught-on-camera incident marked the third package taken from their...
  • US won't stop Native Americans from growing, selling pot on their lands

    12/11/2014 11:56:00 AM PST · by CorporateStepsister · 55 replies
    MSN News ^ | December 11, 2014 | Timothy Phelps
    WASHINGTON — Opening the door for what could be a lucrative and controversial new industry on some Native American reservations, the Justice Department on Thursday will tell U.S. attorneys to not prevent tribes from growing or selling marijuana on the sovereign lands, even in states that ban the practice. The new guidance, released in a memorandum, will be implemented on a case-by-case basis and tribes must still follow federal guidelines, said Timothy Purdon, the U.S. attorney for North Dakota and the chairman of the Attorney General's Subcommittee on Native American Issues. It remains to be seen how many reservations will...
  • Religious Liberty Under Assault in Our Nation’s Capital

    12/11/2014 9:45:53 AM PST · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 11, 2014 | Jonathan Abbamonte
    When it comes to abortion leave your faith at the door. At least that seems to be the likely message to all employers in the District of Columbia if a proposed measure is enacted by the D.C. City Council. The “Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Amendment Act of 2014,” a bill being considered by the Council, would mandate all employers, religious or otherwise, protect the “reproductive health rights” of their employees, even when the employer may have a religious or moral objection to services like abortion. The “Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Amendment Act” (RHNDA), introduced by Councilmember David Grosso (a former board member...
  • Defeat the Omnibus

    12/11/2014 7:28:30 AM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 19 replies
    National Review Online ^ | 12/11/2014 | The Editors
    The federal government's funding authorization expires tonight at midnight, and the Republican plan to renew it bodes poorly for the GOP's leadership of Congress next year. ... Congress shouldn't let the government shut down, but Republicans should neither acquiesce to president Obama's unprecedented executive power grab, nor give up control over the budget for well into the 114th Congress. ... Republicans take control of both chambers in January, so they have no good reason to make a deal with the Senate Democratic leadership that sets spending levels until next October. ... There are, as speaker Boehner has pointed out, some...
  • GOP Members Release New Anti-Amnesty Amendment

    12/10/2014 6:13:04 PM PST · by Red Steel · 33 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 10:08 PM 12/09/2014 | Neil Munro
    GOP members have released their draft amendment to defund President Barack Obama’s national amnesty. “None of the funds appropriated or otherwise made available, including any funds or fees collected or otherwise made available for expenditure, by this division or any other Act, or otherwise available to the Secretary of Homeland Security, for any fiscal year may be used to implement, administer, carry out, or enforce the [amnesty] policies,” says the short amendment. The new anti-amnesty language is being pushed by Arizona Rep. Matt Salmon, South Carolina’s Rep. Mick Mulvaney and Virginia Rep. Dave Brat, who unseated the GOP’s pro-amnesty majority...
  • Obama Revives Ozone Regulation He Once Opposed for Being 'Too Severe a Burden' on Economy

    12/10/2014 4:18:59 PM PST · by george76 · 19 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | 8 Dec 2014 | Marita Noon
    Late on Thanksgiving eve, with no one paying attention, the Obama administration released its regulatory road map of thousands of regulations for 2015. Within the bundle of more than 3,000 regulations lies a rule on ozone that President Obama himself in 2011 “put on ice” in effort to reduce “regulatory burdens and regulatory uncertainty, particularly as our economy continues to recover.” Regarding the 2011 decision that shocked environmental groups, the New York Times recently stated: “At the time, Mr. Obama said the regulation would impose too severe a burden on industry and local governments at a time of economic distress.”...
  • Congress Plans to Partially Defund DC Pot Initiative

    12/10/2014 12:43:59 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 31 replies
    Newsmax.com ^ | December 9, 2014 | Sean Piccoli
    A congressional deal to avert another government shutdown contains a provision to stop the District of Columbia from allowing the sale of marijuana, angering supporters of a pro-pot initiative that D.C. voters approved overwhelmingly in November, The Washington Post reports. The anti-pot measure — a budget "rider" slipped into a $1.1 trillion catchall spending bill that would keep the government running past Thursday — could prevent the nation's capital from joining Colorado and Washington as legal weed havens. The measure does not overturn the results of Initiative 71, the legalization referendum that passed on Nov. 4 with more than 60...
  • Bombshell revelation blows lid off IRS scandal

    12/10/2014 6:57:24 AM PST · by rktman · 24 replies
    wnd.com ^ | 12/10/2014 | Garth Kant
    WASHINGTON – The government watchdog group Judicial Watch has struck again, discovering Lois Lerner, former IRS tax-exempt division chief, had discussed possible criminal prosecution of conservative groups with Justice Department officials two years before what the agency had conceded. Lerner met with Department of Justice officials in October 2010, just before the November midterm elections. Amid the rise of the tea-party groups targeted by Lerner, Republicans in the 2010 elections gained the most seats in the House since 1948.
  • Obama: Ferguson,Garner Protests "Necessary" To Trigger "Country's Conscience" (Shorten Title)

    12/10/2014 4:07:50 AM PST · by Biggirl · 54 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | December 10, 2014 | Tony Lee
    President Barack Obama believes that the nationwide demonstrations over Ferguson and Eric Garner's death are "necessary" to trigger America's "conscience" so long as they are "peaceful."
  • TREY GOWDY: OBAMA IS WRONG ON IMMIGRATION BUT CONGRESS SHOULDN’T TAKE THE BAIT

    12/03/2014 8:46:58 AM PST · by gwgn02 · 123 replies
    FOX NEWS VIDEO ON THE RIGHT SCOOP ^ | POSTED ON DECEMBER 3, 2014 | FOX NEWS
    Trey Gowdy argues that Obama is completely wrong on immigration and that he is definitely abusing the idea of prosecutorial discretion. But when it comes to doing something about it, he says that the president wants the ratings of Congress to be as low as his and that they shouldn’t take the bait and shut the government down.
  • Poverty Pimp On Display: Sharpton to Lead New Civil Rights Movement March on DC

    12/09/2014 11:27:12 AM PST · by Kaslin · 36 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 9, 2014 | Wayne Dupree
    Let me see here. According to the history books, Civil Rights were won in the 60s with the signing of the Civil Rights Act pushed by Republicans and signed into law by Lyndon Baines Johnson. Al Sharpton now wants to secure his place in history as the Supreme Black Leader of our generation by going back to the past and creating a “New Civil Rights Movement?” On December 13, 2014, Sharpton looks to lead yet another March on DC to correct police across the nation. “We are not advocating violence, we are asking that police violence stop.” – Al Sharpton...
  • The Jon Gruber controversy and what it means for Obamacare, explained

    12/09/2014 8:16:41 AM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 36 replies
    Vox Via Yahoo News ^ | 12/9/2014 | Sarah Kliff
    In mid-November, conservative news outlets posted multiple videos of Jonathan Gruber, an MIT health economist who worked on Romneycare and Obamacare, crediting the "stupidity" of American voters as one reason that the health law passed. The videos were not flattering for Gruber; Democrats have moved quickly to distance themselves. And, perhaps more consequentially, they have breathed new life into the Obamacare opposition effort. Today, the House Oversight Committee is holding a hearing with Gruber titled "Examining Obamacare Transparency Failures." ... Here'a a quick guide to who Jonathan Gruber is, why he's at the center of this controversy, and what it...
  • Congress Includes Land Grab Provisions in National Defense Authorization

    12/08/2014 6:07:54 PM PST · by george76 · 23 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | 3 Dec 2014 | Edwin Mora
    Some lawmakers negotiated the inclusion of land grab provisions in the 2015 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which will expand the already massive federal real state holdings. Critics consider those provisions pork because they have nothing to do with defense or national security. The NDAA provides guidance for U.S. defense spending and policy. It is considered a “must-pass” legislation. ... When asked to comment on the potential land grab, Catherine Frazier, a spokeswoman for Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), told Breitbart News, "Controversial legislation that has not been debated and is completely irrelevant to our national defense should have no part...
  • Religious Nonprofits Challenge Obamacare ( Little Sisters of the Poor )

    12/08/2014 12:13:09 PM PST · by george76 · 1 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 08 Dec 2014
    Faith-based nonprofit organizations that object to covering birth control in their employee health plans are in federal court Monday to challenge a birth-control compromise they say still compels them to violate their religious beliefs. The plaintiffs include a group of Colorado nuns and four Christian colleges in Oklahoma ... The groups are appealing to the 10th Circuit in Denver, the court that ruled last year that for-profit companies can join the exempted religious organizations and not provide the contraceptives. The U.S. Supreme Court later agreed with the 10th Circuit in the case brought by the Hobby Lobby arts-and-crafts chain. The...
  • Ann Compton on Obama: He Launches 'Profanity-Laced' Tirades Against Press

    12/08/2014 10:09:23 AM PST · by Red Badger · 68 replies
    newsbusters.org ^ | December 8, 2014 | 12:42 PM EST | By Scott Whitlock
    According to retired ABC News journalist Ann Compton, Barack Obama has launched into "profanity-laced" tirades against the press in off-the-record meetings with reporters. In a C-SPAN interview, Compton also derided the President for leading "the most opaque" administration of "any I have covered." The journalist, who retired in August after a 40-year career, revealed to C-SPAN's Brian Lamb: "I have seen in the last year Barack Obama really angry twice. Both were off the record times. One, profanity-laced where he thought the press was making too much of scandals that he did not think were scandals." She explained, "And I...
  • Obama meets with newly elected governors

    12/05/2014 4:21:19 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 5, 2014 6:32 PM EST
    President Barack Obama met Friday with a handful of newly elected governors from across the country, including the Texas Republican who has led efforts to sue the president over his immigration executive orders. Texas Gov.-elect Greg Abbott said the lawsuit did not come up in his conversations with the president. […] Obama said much of the agenda for Friday’s meeting focused on the economy and ways states and the federal government can work together to promote growth. “The good news about governors is they usually don’t have time to be ideological because people expect them to deliver,” Obama said. …
  • GOP may keep weaker Senate filibuster rule

    12/05/2014 4:00:36 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 30 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 5, 2014 3:10 PM EST | Alan Fram
    Poised to take over the Senate next month, Republicans may well keep weaker filibuster rules that they angrily denounced Democrats for muscling through the chamber a year ago. GOP senators remain divided on the issue, and it is uncertain what will happen when they discuss it Tuesday behind closed doors. But several Republicans said they think they will stick with the Democratic-imposed old threshold that a simple majority of votes can end filibusters against most nominations, instead of reviving the tougher 60-vote standard that lasted four decades before it was scuttled last November. […] Retaining the weaker standard would likely...
  • DC Government Delays Vote on Bill Mandating Abortion Coverage

    12/03/2014 8:18:57 PM PST · by Morgana
    Christian Post ^ | December 3, 2014| | Michael Gryboski
    A Plan B One-Step emergency contraceptive box is seen in New York, April 5, 2013. A federal judge on Friday ordered the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to make "morning-after" emergency contraception pills available without a prescription to all girls of reproductive age. The District of Columbia has delayed a vote on a bill mandating all businesses cover abortion in their insurance programs regardless of the business owner's moral objections. In a decision made on Tuesday afternoon, the Council of the District of Columbia pulled the Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Amendment Act of 2014 off the agenda. Months after the D.C.-based...
  • Will the US give the Dutch their gold back?

    12/02/2014 3:09:07 PM PST · by george76 · 23 replies
    CNBC ^ | 28 Nov 2014 | Matt Clinch
    As the Dutch central bank looks to repatriate some of its gold reserves back from the New York Federal Reserve, Dennis Gartman, the editor and publisher of The Gartman Letter, has questioned what reputational damage this could cause for the U.S. The Dutch central bank last week confirmed that it was shipping gold from the U.S. to the Netherlands to "spread its gold stock in a more balanced way", adding that it would have a "positive effect on public confidence". It comes after the Germans made a similar move in 2013, indicating that it would transfer 300 tons from New...
  • Article claims 'proof' Ofc. Wilson had to shoot (MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell vs. Washington Post

    12/03/2014 8:44:52 AM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 21 replies
    MSNBC ^ | 12/2/2014 | Lawrence O'Donnell
    In the Rewrite Lawrence O'Donnell questions several claims made in a Washington Post story written by a law professor about the shooting death of Michael Brown by Officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson. ...
  • Election over, but not the fundraising for Obama

    12/02/2014 7:56:04 PM PST · by george76 · 6 replies
    ap ^ | 12/2/2014 | JOSH LEDERMAN
    The midterm elections may be over, but for resident Barack Obama, the fundraising hasn't stopped. Obama is headlining a fundraiser at a ritzy hotel near the White House to benefit the Democratic National Committee. The DNC says roughly 30 donors paid up to $32,400 each to attend.
  • Wilson used ‘reasonable fear’ to hide his ‘issues with people of color’: Analyst

    11/25/2014 11:24:50 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 52 replies
    Iranian Press TV ^ | November 25, 2014 | Staff
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK) An analyst says Darren Wilson used ‘reasonable fear’ legal loophole to get even with an African American teenager. An American political commentator who is also a trained paralegal says white police officer Darren Wilson, who was not indicted for killing an African American teenager in Ferguson, had “issues with people of color”, but he hid them under the legal loophole of “reasonable fear”. Speaking with Press TV in a phone interview on Tuesday, Susanne Posel, chief editor at OccupyCorporatism and the US Independent.com, said, “The legal definition of reasonable fear is what’s keeping us from indicting him.” Posel’s comments...
  • Get Out the Vote: So the Illusion of Democracy Will Live On-Part I (Screed of the Day)

    11/28/2014 4:52:48 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The Political Junkies for Progressive Democracy ^ | November 9, 2014 | Mickey Walker
    By the time this piece goes to press, America, for better or worse, will have a newly elected majority of Republicans sitting in the US Senate. Or at least that’s what the smart money, the boys in the back room say about how this 2014 off-year election will go down. So how do they know? Well there are several touchstones to tell us. Litmus paper tests to tell which way the wind will blow, you know? Polls they’re called. The public will. The voters’ choice. And why not? Ain’t that what democracy’s all about? Before the election, pollsters gather information...
  • Sessions: House GOP Is On the Verge Of Breaking 2014 Campaign Promises

    12/02/2014 3:19:45 PM PST · by george76 · 17 replies
    National Review Online ^ | December 2, 2014 | Joel Gehrke
    Senator Jeff Sessions (R., Ala.) suggested that House Republicans are on the verge of breaking their campaign promise to fight President Obama’s administrative amnesty, as evidenced by the legislative text currently being circulated. Sessions said that the proposed language “fails to meet [the] test” established by Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus, who promised earlier this year that the GOP would do everything possible to thwart Obama’s executive orders. “The executive amnesty language is substantially weaker than the language the House adopted this summer, and does not reject the central tenets of the President’s plan: work permits, Social Security and...
  • Congress Is Not a Drive-Thru Window

    12/02/2014 11:47:22 AM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 2, 2014 | Debra J. Saunders
    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell won't become majority leader until next month, and already he is cracking the whip. He's making senators work on Fridays -- or at least they're supposed to work on Fridays, as the Senate will be in session. Roll Call first billed the Fridays-included-week as part of an "aggressive schedule." A five-day workweek may not seem all that rigorous, but The Washington Times reports that the Senate hasn't worked a full week yet this year. In their defense, I feel compelled to note that elected officials work all the time. When they're home on weekends, they're...
  • House may vote to undo Obama immigration order

    12/02/2014 11:41:13 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 27 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 2, 2014 2:16 PM EST | Erica Werner
    The Republican-led House may vote this week to undo President Barack Obama’s executive actions on immigration, House Speaker John Boehner told lawmakers Tuesday as he sought to give outraged conservatives an outlet to vent over Obama’s move without shutting down the government. The move would be mostly symbolic, since Obama would certainly veto such legislation and the Democratic-led Senate likely wouldn’t go along with it. But GOP leaders hope it will assuage Republicans furious about Obama’s two-week-old actions to shield some 4 million immigrants in this country illegally from deportation, and grant them work permits. “We’re looking at a number...
  • Congressional Black Caucus Brings "Hands Up! Don't Shoot" To The House Floor

    12/02/2014 10:02:20 AM PST · by Biggirl · 60 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | December 2, 2014 | Charlie Spiering
    Speaking on the House floor, members of the Congressional Black Caucus used the “Hands up! Don’t Shoot” gesture popular with Ferguson protesters reacting to the shooting of Michael Brown. “Hands up, don't shoot,” said Rep. Hakeem Jeffries. “It's a rallying cry of people all across America who are fed up with police violence.”
  • Clean Power Plan carbon emission comments due Monday ( Colorado )

    12/01/2014 6:59:15 AM PST · by george76 · 2 replies
    Craig Daily Press ^ | November 30, 2014 | Noelle Leavitt Riley
    Craig — Monday is the deadline to submit comments to the Environmental Protection Agency concerning the proposed Clean Energy Plan that aims to reduce carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants. The next step is for the federal government to review submitted statements made during the past several months in order to make a final ruling on the plan by June. Originally, the deadline was Oct. 15, but it was extended to Monday after the EPA received nearly 750,000 comments before the first deadline, according to the EPA. Northwest Colorado houses two coal-fired power plants, Craig Station in Moffat County and...
  • Protesters snarl D.C. traffic Live

    12/01/2014 6:05:15 AM PST · by C19fan · 31 replies
    WTOP ^ | December 1, 2014 | Staff
    Protesters took to the streets Monday morning, causing traffic delays in Northwest D.C. Traffic is stopped in the area of 14th and D streets in Northwest D.C. because of a protest.