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  • U.S. Honors Sen. Who Met With Communists, Rented Brothel, Let Mistress Drown

    03/25/2015 3:25:15 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 28 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | March 25, 2015
    A veteran senator who let his mistress drown in a car he recklessly drove into a pond, rented a brothel for an entire night in Chile and sought meetings with communists is being honored by the Obama administration this month. Ted Kennedy received his posthumous accolades from the Department of Labor (DOL) with an induction into the agency’s “Hall of Honor.” The recognition is meant to showcase the life-changing contributions that a unique group of people have made on the American way of work, according to the agency. A special panel comprised of the Solicitor of Labor, the Assistant Secretary...
  • John Kerry Orders Email Preservation Review at State Department

    03/27/2015 5:49:29 PM PDT · by PROCON · 24 replies
    abcnews.go.com ^ | March 27, 2015 | JUSTIN FISHEL
    Secretary of State John Kerry sent a letter to the State Department’s Inspector General requesting a review of email and records management, the State Department said today. The timing of Kerry’s request has many asking if this push for reform is connected to former Secretary Hillary Clinton’s recent scandal involving her use of a private email server, rather than a State Department account. State Department Spokesman Jeff Rathke denied this had anything to do with Clinton, citing instead the State Department’s need to better manage the overwhelming number of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests and requests for information from...
  • Report: Obama/Kerry Agree To Allow Iran Operation of Underground Nuclear Enrichment Bunkers…

    03/27/2015 12:17:17 PM PDT · by drewh · 24 replies
    — The United States is considering letting Tehran run hundreds of centrifuges at a once-secret, fortified underground bunker in exchange for limits on centrifuge work and research and development at other sites, officials have told The Associated Press. The trade-off would allow Iran to run several hundred of the devices at its Fordo facility, although the Iranians would not be allowed to do work that could lead to an atomic bomb and the site would be subject to international inspections, according to Western officials familiar with details of negotiations now underway. In return, Iran would be required to scale back...
  • (Washington Post Wonkblog) Ted Cruz’s flat tax couldn’t even work in your imagination

    03/25/2015 8:02:56 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 52 replies
    Washington Post Wonkblog ^ | 03/25/2015 | Matt O' Brien
    Imagine there's no IRS. It isn't hard to do. No Obamacare to pay for. And no budget deficits too. Imagine all the people, living with a flat tax. You may say Ted Cruz is a dreamer, but he's not the only one. He hopes some day—especially if you live in Iowa—you'll join him, and, well, he'll be president. That, at least, was the message during his announcement, oddly redolent of John Lennon, that he's officially seeking the highest office in the land. It was a conservative wish list to not only repeal the 21st century, but the 20th, too. About...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Eleanor Holmes Norton explains botched parking job

    03/27/2015 8:18:16 AM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 60 replies
    WASHINGTON - D.C.'s delegate to Congress is making news for her parking skills. Video published by Roll Call shows Eleanor Holmes Norton awkwardly trying to wedge her car between two cars parked in angled spaces near the Capitol earlier this week. You could say that didn't go well. The video was shot Wednesday along New Jersey Avenue Southeast, between the Longworth and Cannon House Office buildings, according to Roll Call. Norton, 77, is seen trying to squeeze her silver, four-door sedan in between two other cars that are parked in angled spots. The only problem? Norton is trying to park...
  • House Dem Warns Climate Change Will Force Millions Of Poor Women To Engage In ‘Transactional Sex’

    03/26/2015 4:12:46 PM PDT · by Libloather · 44 replies
    CBS Local ^ | 3/26/15
    WASHINGTON (CBS DC) – Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif., proposed a resolution Wednesday that warns climate change and ensuing natural disasters will force millions of vulnerable and poverty-stricken women to engage in “transactional sex” in order to provide their families with adequate food and water. Lee’s House Concurrent Resolution 29 says that food and water scarcity will be exacerbated by the effects of climate change, forcing increased “conflict and instability” that will particularly affect the strain on women farmers “who are estimated to produce 60 to 80 percent of the food in most developing countries.” “[F]ood insecure women with limited socioeconomic...
  • Travel Schedules Suggest Iran ‘Deal’ To Be Staged Sunday

    03/26/2015 2:12:26 PM PDT · by drewh · 18 replies
    Breitbart National Security ^ | 3/26/15 | Joel Pollak
    <p>Travel schedules of Secretary of State John Kerry, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, and Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif suggest that the parties may gather for a “signing” ceremony on Sunday, March 29 in Lausanne, Switzerland.</p> <p>Omri Ceren, press director at The Israel Project, told reporters via email from Switzerland: “Rumors are swirling about a deal as early as Sunday the 29th: Lavrov is slated to fly in for the 27th-29th, Kerry is supposed to be in Boston on the 30th, and the Iranians are talking about where they want to move the talks for the signing ceremony.”</p>
  • French Govt Formally Asks FBI To Assist In Investigation of Germanwings Flight 9525 Co-Pilot

    03/26/2015 10:49:11 AM PDT · by drewh · 19 replies
    WPTZ.com ^ | 10:28 AM EDT Mar 26, 2015
    The French government has formally asked the FBI to assist in an investigation of the co-pilot of Germanwings Flight 9525 and of the plane's crash in France on Tuesday, a law enforcement official said Thursday.
  • President Signs Order Making Ted Cruz Ineligible for Obamacare

    03/25/2015 5:52:17 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    New Yorker | March 24, 2015 | Andy Borowitz
    President Signs Order Making Ted Cruz Ineligible for Obamacare (cAN'T BE POSTED
  • OPERATION CHOKE POINT: Tipton Questions FDIC Cutting Off Bank Accounts Gun Stores, Small Businesses

    03/25/2015 8:39:37 AM PDT · by george76 · 11 replies
    ColoradoPeakPolitics ^ | March 24, 2015
    The head of the FDIC faced tough grilling today from members of a House Financial Services subcommittee including U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton on a rogue policy that essentially directed banks not to deal with businesses the Obama administration found objectionable. Dubbed “Operation Choke Point,” the Justice Department essentially directed the nation’s top financial regulator to intimidate banks into cutting off accounts or doing any business at all with a list of 30 different types small business owners. The list included gun shops, ammunition dealers ... Tipton also got the old DC song and dance when he asked if the federal...
  • Report: Homeland Security Official Used Improper Influence

    03/24/2015 11:21:00 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 15 replies
    ABC News ^ | 03/24/2015 | ALICIA A. CALDWELL
    The No. 2 official at the Homeland Security Department improperly intervened on behalf of foreign investors in three cases involving the U.S. government soliciting investments in exchange for American visas, the agency's inspector general said Tuesday. Investigators said he helped secure the visas, and created the appearance of favoritism and special access. The investigation could not suggest a motive for the official's involvement.
  • Washington, D.C., Comics: Dr. Ignoro vs. Bibi

    03/25/2015 5:45:18 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 25, 2015 | Jonah Goldberg
    White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough recently spoke to J Street, a left-wing organization that fancies itself the headquarters of the tough-love-for-Israel crowd. J Street's critics would phrase it a bit differently. In a charitable mood, they'd say J Street is all about loving Israel to death. Regardless, J Street is the perfect think tank for the Obama administration to get its message out. Which is why McDonough was there to deliver harsh criticism of Israel and to signal that the U.S., under President Obama at least, will not be as reliable an ally to Israel as it once...
  • APNewsBreak: Massachusetts seeks fed disaster aid for snow

    03/24/2015 3:34:05 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 24, 2015 5:32 PM EDT | Bob Salsberg
    Gov. Charlie Baker’s administration plans to ask for federal disaster assistance for the record-setting snowstorms that wreaked havoc on Massachusetts and piled up about $400 million in snow removal costs. An administration official tells The Associated Press the governor will be sending a letter to President Barack Obama by the end of this week asking for a disaster declaration for 10 Massachusetts counties. …
  • Frank Marshall Davis: Obama’s ‘Communist mentor’? (3 Pinocchios to Giuliani)

    03/23/2015 3:15:02 PM PDT · by Seizethecarp · 47 replies
    Washington Post ^ | March 23, 2015 | Michelle Ye Hee Lee
    Giuliani: Well, his — his grandfather introduced him to Frank Marshall Davis, who was a Communist. Readers of The Fact Checker wanted to know if Giuliani’s comments were accurate. So we reached out to Cliff Kincaid, president of America’s Survival, a group that seeks to expose Communist and Marxist influences. The Pinocchio Test We carefully considered the facts underlying this assertion, and the evidence is slim. We may never definitively know one way or another, but it is time to put it to rest. Three Pinocchios
  • New Book by Washington Post Reporter To Probe Michelle Obama's Polarizing Collegiate Racial Views

    03/23/2015 1:14:26 PM PDT · by drewh · 17 replies
    On the front of Monday’s Style section, The Washington Post promoted a forthcoming biography of Michelle Obama by Peter Slevin, a Chicago-based Post correspondent covering Chicago and Obama’s career until 2012. Post reporter Krissah Thompson began with the Obamas living together before marriage until the story went inside the paper, and how Slevin is “looking closely at the role race played in shaping her worldview, particularly at Princeton and Harvard Law.” “To say that during her Princeton years she could not envision an African American president is like saying the sun rises and sets every day,” writes Slevin, who was...
  • Shaheen vs. women: Her loathsome sex trafficking vote

    03/23/2015 6:05:40 AM PDT · by george76 · 17 replies
    Union Leader ^ | March 21. 2015
    U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen shamed herself with a vote that no one in New Hampshire should ever forget. That day, to her eternal discredit, she voted against a bill to help sex trafficking victims - on the order of her biggest campaign donor. The bill was the Justice for Victims of Sex Trafficking Act. Among its bipartisan list of cosponsors are Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte and Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. The bill would create a sex trafficking victim assistance fund, financed by revenue from criminal fines. Just before the bill was to come up for a vote, the abortion...
  • Obama takes Netanyahu ‘at his word’ on Palestinian state

    03/21/2015 7:45:00 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 21, 2015 8:50 PM EDT | Darlene Superville
    President Barack Obama said he takes Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “at his word” for saying that an independent Palestinian state will never coexist with Israel as long as he is in office, yet another sign of the strained relations between longtime allies. […] Obama, who placed a congratulatory telephone call to Netanyahu on Thursday, said he indicated to the prime minister that the U.S. remains committed to a two-state solution as the only way to keep Israel secure. …
  • Gun Control Advocates Will Deliver Petition Calling For Emily Miller's Firing

    03/21/2015 7:20:46 AM PDT · by rktman · 21 replies
    dcist.com ^ | 3/20/2015 | Matt Cohen
    “By the standards of her profession, Emily Miller has no business calling herself a journalist," Ladd Everitt, communications director of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, said in a statement. "Miller’s crusade against popular gun laws has been a professional one since the beginning. At this point, area residents can have no reasonable expectation that she will provide objective, impartial coverage on matters of concern to them. If Miller wishes to behave like a pundit and activist, then WTTG should replace her with an actual reporter.”
  • Catholic Leaders Backing Cruz’s D.C. Resolution

    03/20/2015 6:21:37 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 1 replies
    Roll Call ^ | March 20, 2015a | Bridget Bowman
    Catholic Leaders Backing Cruz’s D.C. Resolution By Bridget Bowman March 20 Influential Catholic leaders sent a letter to senators Friday urging them to support Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas and James Lankford of Oklahoma’s effort to block two D.C. bills. This week Cruz introduced two joint resolutions of disapproval, with Lankford as a co-sponsor, aimed at striking down the Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Act and the Human Rights Amendment Act, which the D.C. government approved in January. The senators say the bills violate religious freedom, and the Catholic leaders agree. “In effect, both RHNDA and HRAA would compel religious institutions,...
  • WH Urges Republicans ‘To Not Lose Any Sleep’ Over Obama Closing Tax Loopholes

    03/20/2015 3:31:37 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | March 19, 2015 - 3:44 PM | Susan Jones
    There was more talk at the White House Thursday about whether President Obama really would “close tax loopholes” on his own. White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the president “is very interested” in working with Congress, but nothing’s “off the table” when it comes to Obama exploring the options for using his executive authority. There’s nothing to announce right now, he added. “So to the extent that there’s a lot of fretting and hand-wringing on Capitol Hill, I would urge them to not lose any sleep over this, but rather maybe it’s worth burning a little midnight oil to try...
  • Rental Cars for Michelle O’s Kyoto Visit Cost $78,741

    03/20/2015 3:12:58 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 33 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | March 20, 2015 5:00 am | Elizabeth Harrington
    First Lady Michelle Obama’s visit to a Buddhist Temple in Kyoto is costing taxpayers nearly $80,000 for rental cars, according to a government contract. Mrs. Obama, who is traveling to Japan and Cambodia for a girls’ education initiative, will arrive in Kyoto, Japan, on Friday. According to the White House press office, “The First Lady will travel to Kyoto on March 20 and visit the Kiyomizu-Dera Buddhist Temple and the Fushimi Inari Shinto Shrine. She will also greet staff from the U.S. Consulate in Osaka.” …
  • FBI Agent Charged With Falsifying Records, Selling Stolen Drugs

    03/20/2015 2:30:29 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 7 replies
    NBC - Washington DC ^ | March 20, 2015
    Fueled by an addiction to prescription painkillers, an FBI agent abused heroin from his own drug investigations and in the process botched dozens of cases involving suspected drug traffickers in multiple states, according to details that emerged Friday. Matthew Lowry, formerly a special agent with the agency's Washington field office, tampered with hundreds of grams of heroin seized during drug investigations in 2013 and 2014, keeping it in his car for weeks or months, and periodically using it, according to charging documents filed in federal court in Washington, D.C., on Friday.
  • Fracking: US tightens rules for chemical disclosure

    03/20/2015 10:41:22 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 20, 2015 12:51 PM EDT | Matthew Daly and Josh Lederman
    The Obama administration said Friday it is requiring companies that drill for oil and natural gas on federal lands to disclose chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing operations. A rule to take effect in June also updates requirements for well construction and disposal of water and other fluids used in fracking, a drilling method that has prompted an ongoing boom in natural gas production. The rule has been under consideration for more than three years, drawing criticism from the oil and gas industry and environmental groups. The industry fears the regulation could hinder the drilling boom, while some environmental groups worry...
  • DC Union Boss Pleads Guilty To Gun Charges In Parking Spot Dispute

    03/20/2015 9:54:38 AM PDT · by rktman · 11 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 3/20/2015 | Josh Fatzick
    The former leader of an American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council in Washington D.C. plead guilty Wednesday to brandishing a sawed-off shotgun in an argument over a parking space earlier this month. The incident took place in February when George T. Johnson, who no longer works with the union, became angry with two men who parked their car in a parking spot in front of the District’s wastewater treatment plant.
  • Obama to unveil fracking rules (Hurl)

    03/20/2015 8:36:02 AM PDT · by C19fan · 29 replies
    Politico ^ | March 19, 2015 | Elana Schor
    The Obama administration is set to unveil the first major nationwide safety restrictions on fracking, touching off a fresh political confrontation between the president and his critics in Congress and the energy industry. The Interior Department’s rules — expected to be released Friday morning — are the federal government’s most comprehensive foray to date toward regulating the technology at the heart of the U.S. oil and gas boom, addressing worries such as potential dangers to drinking water. They will also offer oil and gas supporters new room to accuse President Barack Obama of seeking to throttle fossil-fuel production, despite his...
  • Hours after budget rollouts, Politico declares GOP impasse, “cataclysmic” consequences

    03/20/2015 7:39:13 AM PDT · by george76 · 4 replies
    hot air ^ | March 19, 2015 | Ed Morrissey
    The Republican-led House passed budget resolutions every year since taking control in the 2010 midterms, while Senate Democrats under Harry Reid refused to pass any at all for four years. After less than 24 hours, though, a Republican “failure” to come up with an agreement between the House and the Senate is not just “cataclysmic” already, but proof that the GOP can’t handle the “basic functions of governing.” Republicans handled it for four years while Democrats failed to perform the basic function of legislating, but somehow that didn’t get seen as “cataclysmic” for them at Politico. Maybe Politico’s analysts could...
  • Boehner plans to sideline House conservatives in budget battle

    03/20/2015 7:07:18 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 19 replies
    am thinker ^ | 3/20/15 | r moran
    Speaker John Boehner has made plans to bypass House conservatives and ram through two items opposed by the right. He will try and pass a budget deal, using a parliamentary manuever to speed passage. He is also planning a vote on the so-called Medicare "doc fix" he negotiated with Nancy Pelosi last week. Politico: If they’re able to clear the two measures, a battered leadership will go into the Easter recess with some pep in its step, as it tries to extend highway funding, begin work on annual appropriations bills and raise the debt ceiling. Not to mention, passing a...
  • Fiscal Conservatives Buck Leadership, Send Tighter Budget to Floor

    03/19/2015 9:42:36 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 3 replies
    rollcall.com ^ | 3/19/15 | Emma Dumain
    House fiscal conservatives took the upper hand — for the moment — Thursday in their struggle with Republican defense hawks for control of the GOP’s 2016 budget proposal. After 24 hours of uncertainty and stops and starts, the House Budget Committee voted along party lines, 22-13, to send a leaner spending plan to the House floor for a vote. GOP leadership had pressured Budget Chairman Tom Price, R-Ga., all week to find enough votes on his panel to boost the plan’s funding for the Overseas Contingency Operations account. Without that additional defense spending, many House Republicans said they wouldn’t support...
  • American Lawmakers Write Another Letter on Iran

    03/19/2015 6:33:39 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 30 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | Thursday, March 19, 2015 | Elad Benari
    Bipartisan letter, signed by 360 lawmakers, will remind Obama that sanctions relief on Iran requires new legislation from Congress. A bipartisan letter on Iran signed by 360 members of Congress will be sent to President Barack Obama, one of its House signers said on Thursday, according to The Hill. The letter, similar to the one 47 Senate Republicans recently sent to Tehran's leaders, reminds the administration that permanent sanctions relief on Iran as part of a deal to rollback its nuclear program would require new legislation from Congress. It comes as international negotiators approach a March 24 deadline to reach...
  • Grassley questions agency's $10,000 conference table purchase [ asset forfeitures ]

    03/19/2015 5:05:33 PM PDT · by george76 · 6 replies
    wash examiner ^ | March 18, 2015 | Susan Ferrechio
    A federal whistleblower claims a division of the Department of Justice is using money from asset forfeitures to pay for custom wallpaper, artwork, crown moldings and chair rails in its offices. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, has asked U.S. Marshals Service Director Stacia A. Hylton to answer claims about how the Asset Forfeiture Division spent forfeited money, including a report that more than $10,000 was used to purchase a single conference room table. "If so, what was the cost and why was a less expensive table not considered?"
  • US ‘threatened’ Germany over Snowden asylum

    03/19/2015 10:58:29 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 19 Mar 2015 16:12 GMT+01:00
    Journalist Glenn Greenwald reported on Thursday that the USA told the German government it would cut off intelligence sharing if the country offered NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden asylum. Writing at The Intercept, Greenwald said he was told of the threats by Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel after an award ceremony in Homburg on Sunday, where the journalist received the Siebenpfeiffer journalism prize. “They told us they would stop notifying us of plots and other intelligence matters,” Gabriel said. “If the threat were carried out, the Americans would literally allow the German population to remain vulnerable to a brewing attack… by withholding...
  • 'Fresh Off the Boat' - Racist 'Hate Whitey' Comedy?

    03/18/2015 11:42:53 AM PDT · by 11th_VA · 89 replies
    18 March 2015 | 11Th_VA
    Just watched my first (and last) viewing of the new TV show, 'Fresh Off the Boat' last evening. After about 10 minutes, I couldn't believe what I was watching - had this show been about any other people group it never would have made it to the studio. The show is about a Taiwanese family that immigrates to America in the 1990's. It's main character retells his growing up in America. The father figure in the family works at a store for his brother in Washington D.C. but decides to open a restaurant in Orlando, FL. So he moves his...
  • New EPA Proposal Would Spy On Hotel Guests In The Shower

    03/18/2015 12:30:24 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 65 replies
    Western Journalism ^ | MaRCH 17, 2015 | Christopher Agee
    The initiative would also pressure guests to reuse dirty linens. Claims of bureaucratic overreach within the Environmental Protection Agency are nothing new; however, its latest initiative is ruffling a few more feathers than usual. With funding from a grant made to the University of Tulsa, the EPA hopes to develop a prototype for a device that would monitor and report the water use of hotel guests across America. “Most hotels do not monitor individual guest water usage,” the grant states, “and as a result, millions of gallons of potable water are wasted every year by hotel guests.” As per usual,...
  • Democrat: Republicans putting Lynch at 'back of the bus'

    03/18/2015 10:07:07 AM PDT · by AT7Saluki · 46 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 3/18/15 | ERICA WERNER
    The second-ranking Senate Democrat on Wednesday accused Republicans of putting the president's attorney general nominee "in the back of the bus" by delaying her confirmation. Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois made the comment on the Senate floor as he criticized the GOP over its handling of Loretta Lynch's nomination. She would become the nation's first black female attorney general, replacing Eric Holder, the first African-American in the job.
  • Obama’s Law School Professor: EPA Is ‘Burning The Constitution’

    03/17/2015 10:01:42 PM PDT · by george76 · 46 replies
    The Daily Caller News ^ | 03/17/2015 | Michael Bastasch
    resident Obama has found himself at odds with his old law school mentor over the Environmental Protection Agency. Laurence Tribe, a liberal constitutional scholar at Harvard University, told House lawmakers that EPA carbon dioxide regulations are tearing the Constitution apart. “EPA possesses only the authority granted to it by Congress,” Tribe told lawmakers in a hearing Tuesday. “Its gambit here raises serious questions under the separation of powers… because EPA is attempting to exercise lawmaking power that belongs to Congress and judicial power that belongs to the federal courts.” “Burning the Constitution should not become part of our national energy...
  • Flight Grounded At Dulles After Unruly Passenger Charges Toward Cockpit

    03/17/2015 9:03:36 AM PDT · by glorgau · 62 replies
    DCist ^ | Mar 17, 2015 9:40 am | Matt Cohen
    A Denver-bound United Airlines flight had to turn back and return to Dulles International Airport after an unruly passenger allegedly charged toward the cockpit. According to multiple reports, the passenger was subdued by several passengers near first class before he made it to the cockpit, the Post reports. A Reddit user whose father was on the plane posted pictures and a video of the incident and says that the passenger in question "was screaming and sprinting towards the cockpit" before he was tackled and subdued by "several large passengers." A government official with "direct knowledge of the incident" told CNN...
  • Federal agencies make $125B in improper payments last year

    03/16/2015 6:42:21 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 16, 2015 5:47 PM EDT | Stephen Ohlemacher
    Federal agencies made $125 billion in improper payments last year, including tax credits to people who didn’t qualify, Medicare payments for treatments that might not be necessary and unemployment benefits for people who were actually working, said a government report released Monday. The level of improper payments was a new high after several years of declines. In addition to fraud, the errors included overpayments and underpayments, as well payments made without proper documentation. While the errors were spread among 22 federal agencies, three programs stood out: Medicare, Medicaid and the Earned Income Tax Credit. Together, the three programs accounted for...
  • Obama says doesn't text, tweet, or have a smart phone that records

    03/14/2015 8:50:39 AM PDT · by bgill · 19 replies
    Yahoo via Reuters ^ | March 14, 2015 | Jeff Mason
    President Barack Obama doesn't send text messages, rarely composes his own tweets, and isn't allowed to have a smart phone that contains a recording device, he said on Thursday... "I do not physically tweet in general," the president said in an interview on the ABC program "Jimmy Kimmel Live."
  • An 11-year-old reported being raped twice, wound up with a conviction

    03/14/2015 3:35:31 AM PDT · by HomerBohn · 29 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 3/14/2015 | Joanna Walters
    Almost seven years ago, a troubled 11-year-old girl reported that she had been raped — twice — in her Northwest Washington neighborhood. Despite medical evidence of sexual assault, records show that no suspects were arrested and the cases were given only sporadic attention by the police . Instead, in the second case, the police had the girl, Danielle Hicks-Best, charged with filing a false report. After Danielle’s family agreed to what her parents say was a poorly understood plea, she was convicted and made a ward of the court. She spent the next few years in and out of detention...
  • GOP says Obama ignores Iranian expansion to get nuclear deal

    03/14/2015 12:50:23 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 14, 2015 3:40 AM EDT | Deb Riechmann
    Republicans critical of U.S.-Iran nuclear talks contend President Barack Obama is so keen for a deal that he is ignoring Tehran’s moves to expand its influence across the Middle East. GOP hawks maintain that Obama wants so much to burnish his legacy by negotiating an agreement to restrain Iran from becoming a nuclear-armed state that he is not pushing back against Iranian activities in Iraq, Yemen, Syria, Lebanon and Bahrain. Secretary of State John Kerry has push back against lawmakers, including some who insist that the nuclear negotiations have hamstrung U.S. policy decisions in the region. …
  • Dem: 'My fears have been realized' from Netanyahu speech (Steve Cohen)

    03/13/2015 8:30:23 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 13 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 12, 2015, 05:13 pm | Cristina Marcos
    Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.) said his suspicions that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu would use his address to Congress last week to bolster his own reelection campaign have come true. The Israeli Likud Party, which Netanyahu leads, released a campaign advertisement Thursday that includes footage from Netanyahu's speech to Congress last week. Members of Congress are shown applauding as Netanyahu speaks at the House dais. Cohen, who is Jewish, was among the more than 50 Democrats who skipped Netanyahu's speech. The Tennessee Democrat said he suspected Netanyahu would use the footage for campaign ads ahead of the Israeli elections next...
  • Man trespassing in Southeast D.C. Metro tunnel shot, killed by police officer

    03/12/2015 9:25:37 PM PDT · by VanShuyten · 12 replies
    ABC 7 DC ^ | March 12, 2015 - 11:29 pm | Jay Korf
    The fatal shooting of a man by police along Metrorail tracks in the District Thursday night disrupted service for the Orange, Blue and Silver lines. The Potomac Avenue station in Southeast D.C. was also shut down as firefighters removed the body from the tracks about 400 feet east of the station, inside the tunnel.
  • Sen. Bernie Sanders: ‘When People Tell You Social Security Is Going Broke,’ Tell Them They’re Lying

    03/12/2015 7:02:50 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 40 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | March 12, 2015 - 2:20 PM | Ali Meyer
    “When people tell you Social Security is going broke, you look them in the eye and tell them they’re not telling you the truth,” said Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) at an event on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on Thursday to petition Congress not to cut Social Security or Medicare. “Today, the Social Security Trust Fund has a $2.8 trillion surplus,” Sanders said. […] As CNSNews.com previously reported, however, the Social Security program ran a $47.8 billion deficit in fiscal 2012 as the program brought in $725.429 billion in cash and paid $773.247 billion for benefits and overhead expenses, according...
  • GOP wary of new immigration battle [GOP-e surrender monkeys cave again to Obama]

    03/12/2015 10:40:38 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 14 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 12, 2015 | By Bernie Becker
    Senate GOP leadership is staying away from a proposal to ensure illegal immigrants don’t get tax break payouts from the government, with the party still smarting from a battle over Department of Homeland Security funding. Senior Republicans generally say they support the goals of the bill from Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) that seeks to keep immigrants protected from deportation by President Obama’s executive actions from claiming several years’ worth of earned income tax credits. But with the most recent immigration fight having just finished, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) has said he’s still examining the...
  • Clinton: I ‘Opted For Convenience’ Only Having Private Email Account

    03/10/2015 12:37:42 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 110 replies
    CBS ^ | March 10, 2015 3:20 PM
    Hillary Clinton is finally breaking her silence about the email controversy surrounding her. Following a speech at the United Nations Tuesday afternoon, Clinton told reporters she “opted for convenience” for only using her private email address while at the State Department because she wanted to use one device for both her personal and work emails. “I thought it would be easier to carry one device for my work,” Clinton said during a news conference. The former secretary of state said it “would’ve been better” to use an official government email. “Looking back, it would have probably been smarter to use...
  • White House declines to discuss Obama email account

    03/10/2015 11:23:30 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 40 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 10, 2015 12:47 PM EDT
    White House is declining to say whether President Barack Obama has a private email account like one used by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton that has sparked a political furor. White House spokesman Eric Schultz said Tuesday aboard Air Force One en route with Obama to Atlanta that the White House doesn't discuss Obama’s email account publicly to guard the security of the president’s communications. He said, however, that anything Obama sends or receives is preserved, including his emails with Clinton. …
  • Speaker Boehner’s Violations of ‘Hastert Rule’ Mount in the House

    03/10/2015 8:51:25 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 11 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | 03/10/2015 | Rudy Takala
    House Speaker John Boehner at his Jan. 8, 2015 press briefing. (AP Photo) (CNSNews.com) – House Speaker John Boehner has passed legislation opposed by a majority of his own party nine times since becoming speaker in January 2011.That places him ahead of his predecessor, Nancy Pelosi, and four votes shy of the record for violations of the “Hastert Rule.”The Hastert Rule, described by former House Speaker Dennis Hastert in 2004, refers to the idea that the House speaker will only bring legislation to the floor for a vote if it has the support of “the majority of the majority.”...
  • Under new ownership, WJLA-TV takes a slight turn to the right [D.C. Television Station]

    03/10/2015 8:08:25 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 2 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 9/16/14 | Paul Fahri
    There’s a new owner and a new approach to the news at WJLA-TV, Washington’s ABC affiliate. Under the direction of its ambitious corporate parent, the station’s news operations have taken a subtle but noticeable turn to the right. Last week, for example, WJLA viewers woke up to a new face on the morning news: Mark Hyman, a veteran conservative pundit, who offered some criticism of President Obama. .... a regular feature on WJLA, just as they are on dozens of stations owned by the Sinclair Broadcast Group, the new owner of ABC 7. The Hunt Valley, Md.-based company in July...
  • Reid helped steer tax dollars to well-connected green energy operators

    03/09/2015 12:10:41 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 22 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 03/09/2015 | Sarah Westwood
    Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid helped steer billions of federal tax dollars to companies supporting a green energy group run by two of his former staff members and a current campaign operative.The Nevada Democrat pushed for millions of dollars in grants and billions more in federal loan guarantees for corporations that donated to the Clean Energy Project, a nonprofit founded by a pair of former staffers with close ties to both Reid and to a major Democratic PAC associated with the senator, Lachlan Markay of the Washington Free Beacon reported.One such company, California-based Fulcrum Bioenergy, received a hefty federal grant...
  • Here's What Scalia Said About Obamacare Last Week. It's Not What He Said 3 Years Ago.

    03/09/2015 9:59:11 AM PDT · by TangledUpInBlue · 36 replies
    Huff Post ^ | 3/9 | Jonathon Cohn
    It's going to be at least a few weeks, and probably a few months, before we know what the Supreme Court is going to do with Obamacare. But Wednesday's oral arguments in King v. Burwell have already made something very clear: Justice Antonin Scalia isn't too worried about intellectual consistency. Among the many issues that came up Wednesday were the likely consequences if the court rules in favor of the plaintiffs, thereby prohibiting the federal government from distributing Obamacare's tax credits in two-thirds of the states. Millions of people depend on those tax credits to purchase health insurance; without the...