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  • Senior Sen. Inouye told Kirsten Gillibrand he liked his girls 'chubby,' report says

    09/22/2014 10:59:06 AM PDT · by Menehune56 · 27 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 9/22/2014 | Dylan Stableford
    The senior senator who once told New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand not to lose "too much weight" because he liked his girls "chubby" was the late Hawaii Sen. Daniel K. Inouye, the New York Times reports. In a memoir published earlier this month, Gillibrand revealed that some of her male colleagues in Congress felt free to comment about her weight. “Don’t lose too much weight now," one "of my favorite older members of the Senate" told her, squeezing her waist. "I like my girls chubby!”
  • Politico Found Lois Lerner. So Why Can’t the U.S. Attorney in Washington?

    09/22/2014 6:16:17 PM PDT · by george76 · 12 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | September 22, 2014 | Hans von Spakovsky
    Politico obviously had no problem finding Lois Lerner for an exclusive interview that it published on Monday. So why can’t the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, Ronald C. Machen, Jr., find Lois Lerner so that a federal grand jury can interview her? Perhaps the Obama administration doesn’t want Lerner answering any real questions about what happened at the IRS when it was targeting conservative organizations. While Lois Lerner gave a lengthy interview to Politico in the presence of her legal defense team, including her husband, who is also a lawyer and a partner at a major law firm,...
  • White House May Check Tourists Blocks Away

    09/22/2014 9:41:35 AM PDT · by C19fan · 24 replies
    New York Times ^ | Sept 21, 2014 | Michael S. Schmidt
    The Secret Service is considering screening tourists and other visitors at checkpoints before they enter the public areas in front of the White House in response to the episode Friday in which a man with a knife managed to get through the front door of the president’s home after jumping over the fence on Pennsylvania Avenue, according to law enforcement officials. As part of the screening, the Secret Service would establish several checkpoints a few blocks from the White House, the officials said. The screening would likely be limited to bag checks and not include measures taken at airports by...
  • US Reportedly Giving Hezbollah Indirect Military Aid

    09/22/2014 2:44:02 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    INN ^ | 9/22/2014, 12:35 PM | Ari Yashar
    Mohammed Afif, the new head of public relations for the Lebanese-based Iran-proxy terror organization Hezbollah, gave a rare New York Times interview as Lebanese experts reveal his group is indirectly receiving American intelligence aid in its fight against Islamic State (ISIS). Following ISIS’s temporary conquest of Arsal last month on the Lebanese side of the Syrian border, the US sent new weapons to the Lebanese army, which coordinates with Hezbollah. Likewise, US intelligence has found its way to Hezbollah according to Lebanese experts. …
  • Man Arrested After Another Security Breach at White House

    09/20/2014 4:02:56 PM PDT · by aimhigh · 23 replies
    NBC News ^ | 09/20/2014 | NBC
    The Secret Service on Saturday arrested another man trying to illegally enter the White House, less than 24 hours after another man jumped a fence, raced across the lawn and made it all the way inside the building.
  • In Lincoln, chief justice says law, not politics, drives Supreme Court’s rulings (John Roberts: NE)

    09/20/2014 11:52:06 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 63 replies
    Omaha World-Herald ^ | Friday, September 19, 2014 2:30 PM | Joe Duggan
    While political partisanship flourishes in the halls of Congress, it has no place in the chambers of the U.S. Supreme Court, the chief justice said Friday in remarks to Nebraska law students. Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. said he worries that the partisan rancor of the age has skewed the public understanding of the court’s role in government. During a 55-­minute talk at the University of Nebraska College of Law, he stressed that the rule of law, rather than politics, drives the court’s decisions. “We are not Democrats and Republicans in how we go about it,” he told an audience...
  • Anti-Coal Policies Causing Florida Electricity Rate Hikes

    09/20/2014 6:04:10 AM PDT · by george76 · 11 replies
    Media Trackers ^ | August 26, 2014 | James Taylor
    Duke Energy seeks nearly $2 million in Florida electricity rate hikes to pay for a new power plant made necessary by environmental restrictions. The electricity rate hikes became necessary as environmental restrictions force the closing of two coal power plants providing Floridians with inexpensive electricity. ... Aided by $10 million in campaign spending by billionaire liberal activist Tom Steyer, the Charlie Crist campaign is hammering Gov. Rick Scott for not imposing still more stringent power plant restrictions, above and beyond those imposed by the federal government. Steyer and Crist say Florida should impose state-specific power plant restrictions that would close...
  • Fence-Jumper Makes It Into the White House

    09/19/2014 9:06:25 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 37 replies
    abc ^ | september 20, 2014
    A man jumped over the fence of the White House on Friday and made it through the front door before officers managed to apprehend him, just minutes after President Barack Obama had departed, the Secret Service said. The intruder sprinted toward the White House after leaping over the fence and ignored commands from officers to stop, Secret Service spokesman Ed Donovan said. He was ultimately apprehended just inside the North Portico doors, the grand, columned entrance that looks out over Pennsylvania Ave. Donovan said the man appeared to be unarmed to officers who spotted him jumping the fence, and a...
  • Washington DC Maintains Its Prohibition on the Second Amendment

    09/19/2014 1:19:08 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 19, 2014 | Michael Schaus
    Washington DC has been ordered to allow concealed handguns… But, c’mon, let’s not get carried away. I mean, why on Earth would we rush to allow such American freedoms in America’s capitol, right? Following in the footsteps of liberal enclaves like Boston, New York, and the People’s Republic of California, Washington DC is paying lip service to the Second Amendment by crafting a “May Issue” concealed carry rule.Essentially, the rule amounts to an arbitrary case-by-case determination of concealed carry applications, where applicants will be asked to provide a “legitimate” reason for carrying a gun. According to WJLA:The District is seeking to...
  • Memorial to Waste

    09/19/2014 8:56:09 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 19, 2014 | Mona Charen
    The long-running debacle over the Eisenhower Memorial in Washington, D.C., is a textbook case of corruption. A great deal of money sloshes around without any accountability, pocketed by those with connections and without scruples, in the name of doing good. It's a sucker's game, at which taxpayers always lose. The Eisenhower Memorial travesty is more offensive than the usual palm greasing, because the greatness of an American hero is being lost. "You like Ike. I like Ike. Everybody likes Ike for president." So ran the campaign ditty from 1952. It was pretty well true. The former 5-star general won 39...
  • Four Senate Democratic candidates rake in climate-change cash ( Udall:Co, Shaheen: NH & )

    09/18/2014 1:56:49 PM PDT · by george76 · 3 replies
    Washington Times ^ | September 17, 2014 | Valerie Richardson
    The one-day GreenStorm campaign blitz raised more than $250,000 for Democratic Sens. Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire and Sen. Mark Udall of Colorado, along with Senate hopefuls Bruce Braley of Iowa and Rep. Gary Peters of Michigan. ... The GreenStorm fundraiser was also supported by ProgressivesUnited PAC, the Voices for Progress PAC, the National Resources Defense Fund PAC, and the Population Connection Action Fund..
  • ‘Interceptor’ cellphone towers found near White House, Senate

    09/18/2014 12:18:10 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 37 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 9-18-2014 | Douglas Ernst
    Mysterious “interceptor” cellphone towers that can listen in someone’s phone call despite not being part of any phone networks have turned up near the White House and Senate. A company that specializes in selling secure mobile phones discovered the existence of several of the towers in and around the nation’s capitol. “It’s highly unlikely that federal law enforcement would be using mobile interceptors near the Senate,” ESD America CEO Les Goldsmith told the technology website Venture Beat on Thursday.
  • Obama Calls For Gun Reforms That "Respect Our Traditions"

    09/17/2014 6:03:25 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 44 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | September 17, 2014 | Charlie Spiering
    President Obama recalled the one-year anniversary of the Washington Navy Yard shootings, calling it an "an unspeakable act of violence."
  • DC leaders preparing to rewrite gun laws

    09/17/2014 2:31:29 AM PDT · by markomalley · 7 replies
    AP ^ | 9/17/2014 | BEN NUCKOLS
    District of Columbia leaders are preparing to rewrite the city’s gun laws to address a judge’s ruling that struck down a ban on carrying handguns outside the home in the nation’s capital. Mayor Vincent Gray and D.C. Council members plan to announce emergency legislation to address the ruling on Wednesday. The council would vote on the bill next week.
  • House passes ‘no welfare for weed’ bill

    09/16/2014 8:00:45 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 16, 2014 9:43 PM EDT | Stephen Ohlemacher
    The House passed a bill Tuesday that could make it a little harder for people to use government welfare payments to buy marijuana in states where the drug is legal. Supporters call it the “no welfare for weed” bill. The bill would prevent people from using government-issued welfare debit cards to make purchases at stores that sell marijuana. It would also prohibit people from using the cards to withdraw cash from ATMs in those stores. …
  • AP Interview: Feds launch policing bias study (Holder’s bias prevails)

    09/16/2014 7:57:12 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 16, 2014 10:54 PM EDT | Eric Tucker
    Broadening its push to improve police relations with minorities, the Justice Department has enlisted a team of criminal justice researchers to study racial bias in law enforcement in five American cities and recommend strategies to address the problem nationally, Attorney General Eric Holder said Tuesday. The police shooting last month of an unarmed black 18-year-old in Ferguson, Missouri underscored the need for the long-planned initiative, Holder said in an interview with The Associated Press. He said the three-year project could be a “silver lining” if it helps ease racial tensions and “pockets of distrust that show up between law enforcement...
  • Race for the Future: Book event at Heritage Foundation TOMORROW night!

    09/15/2014 9:21:41 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | September 15, 2014 | Spencer Irvine
    If you’re in the D.C. area, come check out our free book event with author Mike Gonzalez on his new book, “Race for the Future: How Conservatives Can Break the Liberal Monopoly on Hispanic Americans.” It will be a fun and informative event with a Q&A session toward the end. We hope you can make it! It will be held at the Heritage Foundation, located at: 214 Massachusetts Ave NE, Washington, District of Columbia 20002 Please RSVP with Mal Kline at mal.kline@academia.org. To read our director’s review of the book, click HERE. The Facebook event page is located HERE and...
  • Monkeying Around? Gov’t Reportedly Spending $3.9M to Study Drunken Primates

    09/13/2014 6:17:56 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    Fox News Insider ^ | Sep. 12, 2014 5:12PM
    Is the government monkeying around on your dime? The National Institutes of Health is reportedly spending $3.9 million over five years to study the effects of excessive drinking on monkeys. …
  • D.C. Public Schools homework assignment asks 6th graders to compare Bush to Hitler

    09/11/2014 9:54:54 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 55 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 09/10/14 | Andrea Noble
    A D.C. public school gave a sixth grade class a homework assignment that required students to draw comparisons between former President George W. Bush and Adolf Hitler.
  • D.C. Gun control funding restored to Congressional spending bill

    09/11/2014 7:47:01 AM PDT · by rktman · 8 replies
    guns.com ^ | 9/11/2014 | Chris Eger
    The U.S. House this week removed a provision approved earlier this year that would have blocked funding for Washington, D.C.’s strict gun laws.
  • D.C. Sixth-Grade Teacher Has Students Compare Hitler, Bush

    09/11/2014 3:35:25 AM PDT · by SilvieWaldorfMD · 52 replies
    NBC4 Washington ^ | 9/11/14 | Derrick Ward
    A D.C. sixth-grade teacher will apologize for an assignment that asked students to draw comparisons between former President George W. Bush and Adolf Hitler. The McKinley Middle School teacher sent students home with a Venn diagram and asked them to compare and contrast Bush and Hitler. At least one parent found it troubling on a number of levels. He told News4 he sees a certain lack of respect for the office of the president. And the instructions read "both men who abused their powers," which the parent said presents opinion as fact. D.C. Public Schools released a statement late Wednesday...
  • After Blasting McConnell For Retuning To DC, Grimes Heads To Fundraiser...In DC

    09/09/2014 3:35:57 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 9, 2014 | Matt Vespa
    Yesterday, Sen. Mitch McConnell’s Democratic challenger, Alison Lundergan Grimes, blasted him for returning to work in Washington D.C. Grimes is starting to fall behind in the polls, with the New York Times basically saying that McConnell’s re-election is the most probable outcome come Election Day. Nevertheless, it’s beyond desperate that Grimes is attacking McConnell, who is part of the GOP leadership (he sort of has to come back), for returning to D.C. to work, while she also heads off to raise money…in D.C. The new web ad blasting McConnell for doing his job labeled the Senate Minority Leader as scandal-ridden, which alludes to...
  • A Stillness in the City

    09/09/2014 7:08:34 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 8, 2014 | Paul Greenberg
    Just a few blocks away from Little Rock's snaggle-toothed skyline, its intersecting interstates and rush-hour traffic, an island of respite opens in the middle of downtown. It's an exhibit of photographs taken between 1995 and 2012 in and around sleepy little Wilmot (Pop. 550) down in Ashley County. That's in L.A., or Lower Arkansas, the southernmost part of the state, which is about as Southern as it gets. The exhibit, now showing at the Arkansas Arts Center, brings a welcome peace to the state's capital as this year's political campaigns heat up. And you know the political frenzy is bound...
  • Rep. Kucinich: President George W. Bush and Vice President Cheney Should “Absolutely” Be In Jail

    09/09/2014 3:12:32 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 34 replies
    Fox News Radio ^ | September 08, 2014 | (Alan Colmes Show)
    Monday on “The Alan Colmes Show,” Alan spoke with former Congressman and Presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich about what President Obama should do about ISIS, and had some harsh criticism for President Barack Obama and the Bush Administration regarding policy in Iraq. Rep. Kucinich, who is also a Fox News contributor, said the US should not be a policeman for the world and let Syria handle ISIS, and said that President Barack Obama was not as anti-war as he is portrayed. He also said President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney should “absolutely” be in jail for their role...
  • Former Israeli Ambassador Urges Withdrawal from Judea-Samaria (Michael Oren)

    09/08/2014 7:22:38 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    INN ^ | 9/8/2014, 5:53 PM | Tova Dvorin
    The efficacy and threat level of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel has heightened after Operation Protective Edge in Gaza, Former Israeli Ambassador to the US Dr. Michael Oren stated Monday—and allegedly justifies a withdrawal from Judea and Samaria. Israel’s economic, political, and cultural status has already been damaged existentially across the globe, Oren warned, due to the constant campaigns for “Israel Apartheid Week” on college campuses and European divestment from the Jewish state. […] Hamas consciously declared victory in its PR campaign against Israel several weeks ago, after it encouraged ordinary Gazans to become human shields,...
  • Senate Dems in doomed push to limit campaign funds

    09/08/2014 4:29:09 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 8, 2014 6:52 PM EDT | Alan Fram
    Senate Democrats started their campaign-season drive Monday for a constitutional amendment aimed at curbing special interests’ financial clout in elections, a doomed effort the party hopes will help them make a populist appeal to voters. The measure would allow Congress and the states to limit the money raised and spent in election campaigns by outside groups, candidates and others, curbs that the Supreme Court has weakened in recent years. It has no chance of winning the two-thirds majority needed to clear the Senate, let alone even being considered by the Republican-run House. Democrats brought the measure to the Senate floor...
  • WATCH: Whose Race Legacy Will Reign Supreme: Obama’s or Holder’s?

    09/08/2014 1:01:53 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 4 replies
    The Root ^ | Sept. 7 2014 | DIANA OZEMEBHOYA EROMOSELE
    One guy seems to be playing chess, the other checkers, and The Root staff is torn over whose strategy will fare better in the long run. Going into the final stretch of President Barack Obama’s presidency, as Americans—and particularly African Americans—begin to form opinions about his legacy on issues of race (that is, what he’s done for black people), they’ll look back to a couple of great rhetorical moments and key policy successes, but they’ll also remember that he was perhaps too cautious when responding to national conversations about race. At the same time, Attorney General Eric Holder’s approach on...
  • Should Mitch McConnell Be Next Senate Majority Leader? Cruz Won’t Say

    09/07/2014 1:35:56 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 179 replies
    ABCNews.com ^ | Sep 7, 2014 2:43pm | Benjamin Bell
    In an interview with ABC News, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, predicted his party would reclaim the Democratic-controlled Senate in November, but he declined to endorse current Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., as the party leader should there be a transfer of power in the upper chamber of Congress.. . . . .But when asked if he would endorse McConnell — currently embroiled in a tight race for his Kentucky Senate seat — as Senate majority leader, the Texas Republican said that is a decision that would be made “when the time is right.”“Well, that will be a decision for...
  • Housing bias dispute could return to Supreme Court

    09/06/2014 6:49:50 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 6, 2014 8:48 AM EDT | Sam Hananel
    It’s not easy to prevent the Supreme Court from deciding an issue once the justices have agreed to hear a case. But over the past two years, civil rights advocates have managed to do just that by coaxing settlements in a pair of high-profile housing discrimination cases weeks before the court was set to hear oral arguments. The advocates’ goal was to remove any chance that court conservatives might undermine a powerful legal doctrine the Obama administration and others have used increasingly to enforce the Fair Housing Act. […] In disparate impact cases, plaintiffs rely on statistics to show that...
  • Mississippi High Court May Be Site of Senate Runoff Fight (McDaniel vs. Cochran)

    09/06/2014 2:22:00 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Bloomberg | Sep 6, 2014 12:01 AM ET | Erik Larson and Annie Linskey
    Source: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-09-05/mississippi-high-court-may-be-next-stop-in-senate-runoff-fight.html
  • Someone’s Suggestion to Obama: Skirt Obstructive GOP, Announce a ‘State of Emergency’

    09/05/2014 7:51:54 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 38 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | September 2, 2014 - 2:56 PM | Michael Morris
    Last Friday, President Obama made his way through Rhode Island and New York in an effort to raise money for Democrats who will be running in the coming midterm elections. Obama spoke at two events benefiting the Democratic National Committee. The first event was a closed-door round table with about 25 supporters paying as much as $32,400 apiece, and the second, was an event comprised of about 250 supporters who paid $15,000 or more per couple. The New York Times said the following about the events that transpired:Evidently, during the event, Mr. Obama […] said someone had just suggested that...
  • Black Alliance Network organizes march in Washington this weekend (FReep?)

    09/05/2014 4:46:43 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The University of Maryland's Independent The Diamondback ^ | September 5, 2014 | Erin Serpico and Sarah Dean
    In wake of Ferguson shooting, leaders of black student organizations hope to raise awareness on unwarranted gun use, police brutality. Racial tensions reached a boiling point last month when police officer Darren Wilson shot and killed unarmed black teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. Among the protests, rallies, police activity and arrests, students at this university — more than 800 miles from Ferguson — have been touched by the issue and are heading to the nation’s capital to work toward change. The Black Alliance Network, a group of presidents and vice presidents from every black student organization on the campus,...
  • States urge Supreme Court to take up gay marriage

    09/04/2014 11:25:38 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 5, 2014 2:08 AM EDT | Scott Bauer and Michael Tarm
    A stinging rejection of same-sex marriage bans in Wisconsin and Indiana, issued by a unanimous and unequivocal U.S. appeals court, has brought hope to those fighting the laws that the Supreme Court will feel pressure to rule soon in their favor. The ruling from the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago came Thursday, the same day 32 states asked the Supreme Court to settle the issue once and for all. Fifteen states that allow gay marriage, led by Massachusetts, filed a brief asking the justices to take up three cases from Virginia, Utah and Oklahoma and overturn bans....
  • U.S. Chamber of Commerce Endorses Dems in Key House Races

    09/04/2014 2:38:40 PM PDT · by george76 · 22 replies
    Breitbart News Network ^ | 4 Sep 2014, | Caroline May
    The business group that has been pushing for amnesty but that has often backed Republican candidates is throwing its support behind Democrats in several key House races this cycle... the U.S. Chamber of Commerce will have endorsed four Democratic candidates in the House races by the end of the week. Wednesday the Chamber endorsed California Democratic Rep. Scott Peters, a vulnerable freshman facing reelection against Republican challenger Carl DeMaio. ... Georgia Democratic Rep. John Barrow is also slated to receive the Chamber’s official endorsement at an event on Friday... Other Democratic House members receiving the Chamber’s endorsement this year to...
  • Leaders: US, UK will ‘not be cowed’ by militants

    09/04/2014 1:50:57 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 4, 2014 2:37 AM EDT | Julie Pace
    President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron say they will “not be cowed” by the Islamic militants who have killed two American journalists. […] Obama and Cameron appear to suggest that NATO should play a role in containing the militants, but were not specific in what action they would seek from the alliance. …
  • For some cartels, human smuggling has taken priority over drugs ( Mexico )

    09/02/2014 5:36:53 PM PDT · by george76 · 7 replies
    Dallas Morning News ^ | 29 August 2014 | ALFREDO CORCHADO
    With recent waves of Central Americans seeking to reach the U.S., human smuggling along the Texas border has, at least for the moment, become more lucrative than smuggling illicit drugs for criminal organizations such as the Gulf and Zetas cartels, according to two U.S. intelligence officials. U.S. agents tracking the money flow as part of the anti-smuggling Operation Coyote say that in just over six months, human smuggling has generated nearly $50 million, mostly in the area around the Mexican border city of Reynosa. The revenue has helped sustain the Gulf cartel during a bloody internal split, the officials said....
  • Maps Reveal EPA Water Grab in Maryland

    09/01/2014 6:22:21 AM PDT · by george76 · 26 replies
    Watchdog Wire ^ | August 28, 2014 | Mark Newgent
    EPA would regulate most Md waters . A new rule proposal by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ... The proposed Waters of the United States rule, which would give the EPA jurisdiction over millions of miles of streams across the United States under the Clean Water Act, has generated bipartisan backlash in both chambers of Congress. A letter to the EPA from Democratic and Republican House members stated, “Although your agencies have maintained that the rule is narrow and clarifies CWA jurisdiction, it in face aggressively expands federal authority under the CWA while bypassing Congress and creating unnecessary ambiguity.” The...
  • Uh Oh: Mary Landrieu Doesn't Own a Home in Louisiana

    08/29/2014 9:30:48 AM PDT · by rrstar96 · 77 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 29, 2014 | Guy Benson
    This is…not what embattled "Louisiana" Democrat Sen. Mary Landrieu wanted to read in the Washington Post -- which, as it turns out, is her hometown paper: In Washington, Sen. Mary Landrieu lives in a stately, $2.5 million brick manse she and her husband built on Capitol Hill. Here in Louisiana, however, the Democrat does not have a home of her own. She is registered to vote at a large bungalow in New Orleans that her parents have lived in for many decades, according to a Washington Post review of Landrieu’s federal financial disclosures and local property and voting records. On...
  • The 1814 burning of Washington, D.C.

    08/31/2014 12:25:10 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 46 replies
    CBS News ^ | 8-31-14
    Moving from the Capitol, British Navy Rear Admiral George Cockburn, Army Major General Robert Ross, and 150 redcoats marched to the White House. Rocca asked Allman what the Britons' impression of the White House would have been as they walked in the door: "I think that it was a pretty good-sized house, but not a palatial one. No Buckingham Palace. No Versailles. That it was, you know, reasonably well decorated." The biggest surprise? A dinner set for 40. So the British feasted in the White House dining room before burning the mansion down. Here, too, the walls survived. But little...
  • EPA staff says agency needs to be tough on smog

    08/30/2014 1:34:30 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 29, 2014 7:32 PM EDT | Seth Borenstein
    The Environmental Protection Agency’s staff has concluded that the government needs to tighten smog rules by somewhere between 7 and 20 percent. In its final recommendation in a 597-page report, the agency staff agrees with EPA’s outside scientific advisers that the 6-year-old standard for how much smog is allowed needs to be stricter, saying it will save a significant number of lives and cut hospital visits. An earlier version of the report came to a similar conclusion. Industry representatives criticized the recommendation as way too costly, while environmental activists hailed it as a public health measure. …
  • Pro-Amnesty Groups Sue U.S. Gov’t for Pushing Illegals through ‘Deportation Mill’

    08/29/2014 7:46:25 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | August 25, 2014 - 4:50 PM | Katherine Rodriguez
    The ACLU, the American Immigration Council and other pro-amnesty groups filed a lawsuit Friday against the federal government because they claim the Obama administration’s policies are unconstitutional. The groups filed on behalf of mothers and children deported from a detention facility in Artesia, New Mexico for policies that would ensure “rapid deportations” and create “countless hurdles” according to the ACLU for people who illegally crossed the border. …
  • James Carville: Romney Will Run Again in 2016

    08/29/2014 1:50:24 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 58 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Thursday, 28 Aug 2014 09:20 PM | Greg Richter
    Democratic strategist James Carville believes two-time presidential candidate Mitt Romney will go for a third try in 2016, even though the 2012 GOP nominee has said he won’t seek the nation’s top office again. “He’s run for president twice. I once noted that running for president was like having sex: No one did it once and forgot about it,” Carville said Thursday on Fox News Channel’s “The O’Reilly Factor.” …
  • FEMA denies Hawaii’s post-storm disaster request

    08/28/2014 11:33:34 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 29, 2014 12:02 AM EDT | Jennifer Sinco Kelleher
    The Federal Emergency Management Agency on Thursday denied Hawaii’s request for a major disaster declaration after Tropical Storm Iselle. Iselle made landfall over the Big Island’s isolated and rural Puna region nearly three weeks ago, knocking down trees and power lines. FEMA denied the request because “it has been determined that the damage from this event was not of such severity and magnitude to go beyond the capabilities of the state, affected local governments and voluntary agencies,” the agency wrote to the state Thursday. …
  • ‘1984’ in 2014? Fed Gov’t Funds ‘Truthy’ Database to Monitor Hate Speech, Suspicious Memes

    08/28/2014 7:04:19 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 33 replies
    Fox News Insider ^ | Aug. 28, 2014 9:46 AM
    The federal government is spending close to $1 million of your money on an online tracking program that will supposedly search for so-called “hate speech” or “misinformation” on Twitter. On Fox and Friends, Fox News legal analyst Peter Johnson Jr. brought us more details on the “Truthy” database, which intends to monitor suspicious Internet memes as well as false or misleading ideas spreading around social media. […] The Indiana professor who is leading the project, Filippo Menczer, had previously identified a list of hashtags that he believed fell under the categories of “far right” and “polarizing.” Among those that he...
  • Sister of Boston Marathon bombing suspect charged with making bomb threat

    08/28/2014 1:27:30 AM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 9 replies
    CNN ^ | Thu August 28, 2014 | Rande Laboni
    The sister of the Boston marathon bombing suspect was arrested in New York City Wednesday for allegedly making a bomb threat, police said. Ailina Tsarnaev, 24, sister of Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, was charged with aggravated harassment after a bomb threat was made by phone to another woman on Monday. The recipient -- whose name was not released -- notified police of the threat, according to NYPD Lt. John Grimpel. Ailina Tsarnaev, a resident of North Bergen, New Jersey, turned herself in to authorities on Wednesday.
  • Chinese-made U.S. military coins should be outlawed, Stilp says

    08/27/2014 3:18:52 PM PDT · by george76 · 17 replies
    PennLive ^ | August 26, 2014 | Jan Murphy
    Learning that U.S. Navy commissioning coins were made in China is more than Middle Paxton Twp. resident Gene Stilp can tolerate. The citizen activist doesn't like seeing the "Made in China" label on any product, knowing it signals the continued erosion of America's manufacturing base. But having the United States military buying Chinese-made commemorative coins is an insult to those who wear its uniforms, he said. On Monday, Stilp asked U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., to push for a federal law barring any branch of the military from buying collectible coins minted outside the nation's borders. The Democratic state House...
  • Bill Gates, wife donate $1 million to gun control group

    08/26/2014 6:37:26 PM PDT · by george76 · 56 replies
    ap ^ | August 25, 2014
    Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and his wife, Melinda, have donated $1 million to a Washington state campaign seeking to expand background checks on gun sales, bringing the total amount the campaign has brought in up to nearly $6 million. ... The large donation comes on the heels of fellow Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen’s $500,000 donation earlier this month. Also last week, venture capitalist Nick Hanauer donated an additional $1 million, bring his total donation to the campaign to nearly $1.4 million.
  • Driverless vehicles? Even in D.C. streets? An autonomous car takes a capital test run.

    08/26/2014 9:20:27 AM PDT · by shove_it · 19 replies
    WaPo ^ | 25 Aug 2014 | Ashley Halsey III
    Driverless cars are coming. And those of us who drive in Washington know that the city offers its own particular version of driver hell. What we don’t know is what will happen when the autocar finds itself in that hell. So we set out on a summer afternoon to see how a driverless car could do on the streets of the nation’s capital. The little car is tootling around Washington — pretty much on its own — when a police officer bolts into the road ahead of it, almost within spitting distance of the Capitol dome. What is the cop...
  • British Embassy holds a party to commemorate anniversary of the burning of the White House

    08/25/2014 4:03:59 PM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 53 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 25 August 2014 | Tom Mctague, Mailonline Deputy Political Editor
    British diplomats in the US have been forced to apologise after revealing they were hosting a party to celebrate the anniversary of the burning of the White House. The British Embassy in Washington held a ‘White House barbeque’ yesterday to mark the two hundredth anniversary of Britain capturing the US capital and setting fire to the President’s iconic address. The Embassy even sent a message on Twitter from its official account with a photograph of a White House cake, flanked by British and American flags and surrounded by sparkler fireworks.
  • Robert Ross: The NI man who started the White House fire 200 years ago

    08/25/2014 2:05:27 PM PDT · by the scotsman · 22 replies
    BBC News ^ | 24th August 2014 | Claire Graham
    'Sunday marks the 200th anniversary of the Burning of Washington, and the instrumental role played by a County Down man. British Army Maj Gen Robert Ross, from Rostrevor, will forever be remembered as the man who burned down the White House. The Burning of Washington took place in 1814, during the War of 1812 between British forces and the United States of America. The major general led the troops who set alight public buildings including the Capitol, Washington Navy Yard and, most infamously, the President's Mansion. One eyewitness testified to Ross personally being involved in the piling up of furniture...