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  • Pope to say D.C. Mass in Spanish in bow to 'Hispanic population'

    09/02/2015 3:50:40 PM PDT · by SkyPilot · 81 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 2 Sep 15 | Paul Bedard
    In a bow to the huge U.S. Hispanic population and the Catholic Church's advocacy of immigration, Pope Francis plans to give his Washington Mass Sept. 23 in Spanish, according to Cardinal Donald William Wuerl. "The Mass is going to be in Spanish," Wuerl said Wednesday while previewing the pope's trip to reporters. "It's a recognition of how large the Hispanic population in the United States is," said Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington. "And he's coming as the first pope from the New World and the predominant language in this hemisphere is Spanish," added Wuerl of the Argentine-born pope. Francis, meanwhile, will...
  • Rally to Stop the Iran Nuclear Deal (September 9th at US Capitol)

    09/02/2015 7:34:07 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 19 replies
    Eventbrite ^ | 9/9/15
    Cruz for President Wednesday, September 9, 2015 at 1:00 PM (EDT) Washington, DC Join us on the West Lawn of the United States Capitol in Washington, DC, for a rally to stop a catastrophic nuclear deal with Iran. Featuring: U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz Donald Trump Glenn Beck Mark Levin Jenny Beth Martin
  • Feds to treat pope's visit like a snow day

    09/02/2015 2:49:25 AM PDT · by markomalley · 20 replies
    The Hill ^ | 9/1/15 | Tim Devaney
    The federal government is bracing for Pope Francis’s long-awaited visit later this month to the nation’s capital.Over the course of three days, the pope will travel around Washington, meeting with President Obama at the White House and addressing a joint session of Congress before he heads to New York and then Philadelphia.The pope's visit will attract thousands of Catholics hoping for a glimpse of their religion’s leader. As many as 50,000 people are expected to flood the Capitol area during his speech, and many more will crowd the National Mall.This could create logistics headaches for the government, which has been...
  • Mark Levin To Speak At Stop Iran Rally In D.C. On September 9

    09/01/2015 6:20:49 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 10 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | September 1, 2015 | Jordan Schachtel
    Mark Levin, a nationally-syndicated conservative talk show host and former Reagan administration official, announced on Tuesday that he will be attending and speaking at the “Stop The Iran Deal Rally” at the Capitol on September 9.
  • Mitch McConnell: This Congress won’t be able to defund Planned Parenthood

    09/01/2015 4:55:10 PM PDT · by markomalley · 59 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 9/1/15 | Mike DeBonis
    Attempts by Congress to strip Planned Parenthood of federal funding are destined to fail as long as President Obama is in office, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said. "We just don't have the votes to get the outcome that we'd like," McConnell said in an interview taped Monday with WYMT-TV, which serves eastern Kentucky. "I would remind all of your viewers, the way you make a law in this country, the Congress has to pass it, and the president has to sign it. The president's made it very clear he's not going to sign any bill that includes defunding...
  • McConnell: Defunding Planned Parenthood must wait for new president

    09/01/2015 11:48:19 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 93 replies
    The Hill ^ | September 1, 2015 | Peter Sullivan
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) says that defunding Planned Parenthood will have to wait for a new commander in chief in 2017. “The president’s made it very clear he’s not going to sign any bill that includes defunding of Planned Parenthood, so that’s another issue that awaits a new president, hopefully with a different point of view about Planned Parenthood,” McConnell said Monday on the Kentucky station WYMT’s “Issues and Answers.” Defunding Planned Parenthood has become a leading cause among some Republicans in the wake of controversial undercover videos showing Planned Parenthood officials discussing the price of fetal tissue...
  • Chilling Trump video attacks Bush for calling illegal immigration ‘act of love’

    08/31/2015 1:17:32 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 43 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 8/31/15 | Philip Rucker
    Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump released a chilling video Monday attacking opponent Jeb Bush for once suggesting that undocumented immigrants entered the United States as "an act of love." The 15-second video, which Trump posted to Instagram and Twitter, begins with the text: "Jeb Bush's Thoughts on Illegal Immigration." It plays sound of Bush, a former Florida governor, saying of undocumented immigrants, "Yes, they broke the law, but it's not a felony. It's an act of love." Over the sound of Bush talking, with harrowing music playing, the Trump video flashes mug shots of Francisco Sanchez, who was charged in...
  • Ohio lawmakers slam Obama plans to rename Mt. McKinley 'Denali' during Alaska trip

    08/31/2015 12:25:31 PM PDT · by Jim 0216 · 64 replies
    FOX News Network ^ | August 31, 2015 | FoxNews.com
    Ohio lawmakers reacted angrily Sunday to the White House's announcement that President Obama would formally rename Alaska's Mt. McKinley — North America's highest peak — "Denali" during his trip to The Last Frontier this week. "Mount McKinley ... has held the name of our nation's 25th President for over 100 years," Rep. Bob Gibbs, R-Ohio, said in a statement. "This landmark is a testament to his countless years of service to our country." Gibbs also described Obama's action as "constitutional overreach," saying that an act of Congress was required to rename the mountain, because a law formally naming it after...
  • Poll: 73 Percent GOP Voters Prefer "DC Outsider" Experience

    08/31/2015 12:58:19 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 7 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | August 31, 2015 | Caroline May
    A Quinnipiac University National poll reveals the current extent of voter frustration with the direction of the country and federal government. According to the survey, 71 percent of American voters said they are “dissatisfied” with the way things are going in the U.S. today, 41 percent of who said they are “very dissatisfied.”
  • The Union That Rules New York ( SEIU )

    08/31/2015 6:38:28 AM PDT · by george76 · 3 replies
    City Journal ^ | Summer 2015 | DANIEL DISALVO AND STEPHEN EIDE
    Powerful and well funded, 1199 SEIU has unprecedented reach into city and state government. ... Medicaid is one of the primary sources of funding for the hospitals employing workers from 1199 SEIU, the powerful hospital and nursing-home employees’ union. ... The union’s clout can be assessed by several measures: the sheer size of its membership, its spending on campaigns and lobbying, and the depth and breadth of its connections with New York’s ruling elite. With well over 300,000 members in Massachusetts, Maryland, Florida, Washington, D.C., and New York (where over half of that total resides), 1199SEIU is the largest union...
  • Big Price Hikes Coming For Medicare Premiums In 2016

    08/16/2015 8:52:26 AM PDT · by zeestephen · 25 replies
    MSN.com ^ | 14 August 2015 | Martha Lynn Craver
    The actual rates for Part B (which covers the costs of doctor visits and outpatient care) will be announced in October and take effect Jan. 1. The boost may be 15% for all participants [$105/month to $121] or a whopping 52% for some [$105/month to $159], depending on whether Social Security recipients see a cost-of-living raise for 2016.
  • WaPo editorial writer about to become very unpopular with #BlackLivesMatter

    08/30/2015 10:28:56 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 25 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | August 30, 2015 | JAZZ SHAW
    When we talk about growing violence in America’s larger cities we frequently focus on New York and Baltimore. (And for good reason, to be honest.) But the nation’s capital has been experiencing its own problems along those lines lately. A rather chilling recounting of some of these “local stories” provides the backdrop for a recent op-ed column in the WaPo by Colbert I. King. I’ll confess that some of the stories of violence and mayhem King is talking about were completely unknown to me, leading the author to compare Washington to “the wild west.” One example is the case where...
  • Black Lives Matter Boos D.C. Mayor for Saying She'll Put More Police on Street

    08/30/2015 7:54:58 AM PDT · by rktman · 21 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | 8/30/2015 | BEN NUCKOLS
    The boos began as soon as Washington's mayor said she was putting more police officers on the streets in neighborhoods affected by violent crime. They didn't let up for the next 18 minutes as Democrat Muriel Bowser laid out her plans to address an increase in homicides in the nation's capital. Bowser was repeatedly heckled and interrupted by a few dozen protesters affiliated with the Black Lives Matter movement during her address Thursday inside the sweltering gymnasium of a long-shuttered school in southeast Washington. Shouting "Jobs, not jails!" and "More police is not the answer!," the protesters accused the mayor...
  • With two killed in D.C. Friday night, homicide tally matches all of 2014’s

    08/30/2015 3:16:15 AM PDT · by markomalley · 45 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 8/29/15 | John Woodrow Cox and Michael Smith
    Despite a show of police force designed to curb a surge in violence, the nation’s capital reached a disturbing milestone Friday night when a rash of gunfire pushed this year’s homicide count to 105 — already equaling 2014’s total.Two men died and eight people were wounded overnight, even as hundreds of police officers flooded Washington’s streets in an “all hands on deck” strategy meant to make this rattled city feel safer. Amid Twitter alerts about the spate of seven shootings, D.C. police were also posting photos of illegal guns they had seized. On Saturday, they announced that they had recovered...
  • Man Claims THIS Drawing Is of a 'Real Yeti he Saw and Sketched Before Reading its Mind

    08/30/2015 2:02:16 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 70 replies
    Sunday Express ^ | Tue, Aug 25, 2015
    AN ARTIST is claiming to have seen a mythical yeti for long enough to sketch the "giant primate".Russian Andrey Lyubchenko says people will think he is "insane", but insists he saw the legendary beast which was happy for him to draw its portrait. He claims the brief encounter was in the mountains of the Kemerovo area of Siberia, in Russia, and he telepathically communicated with the hairy mythological mammal. He said: "It happened so unexpectedly and fast that I had no time to get scared. "There was a clear feeling that this was a thinking creature, I felt he was...
  • How Huma Abedin Operated At The Center Of The Clinton Universe [Future Chief of Staff?]

    08/28/2015 10:55:43 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 22 replies
    Washington Post ^ | August 27, 2015 | Rosalind S. Helderman and Tom Hamburger
    How Huma Abedin Operated At The Center Of The Clinton Universe By Rosalind S. Helderman and Tom Hamburger August 27 As Hillary Rodham Clinton was preparing for her farewell international trip as secretary of state, her close aide and confidante Huma Abedin e-mailed a small number of longtime political allies to help arrange an intimate get-together at a private club in Dublin. “Maybe we can all gather for drinks/dinner and HRC can come join for as long as she can?” Abedin wrote. The December 2012 event showcased the unique position that Abedin occupied at the apex of the Clintons’ public...
  • WaPo Fails to Identify ‘Close’ Clinton Adviser Used in Ignatius Column to Clear Hillary

    08/28/2015 6:17:31 PM PDT · by RightGeek · 13 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 8/28/2015 | Kristinn Taylor
    The Washington Post published a column Thursday night by David Ignatius that purports to clear leading Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton of wrongdoing in exclusively using a home brew server kept in her home that held top secret classified information during her four year tenure as secretary of state. The column is entitled The Hillary Clinton e-mail ‘scandal’ that isn’t. Ignatius’ lead defense witness for Clinton is one Jeffrey Smith who is given four paragraphs of quotes defending Clinton. Ignatius identifies Smith as “a former CIA general counsel who’s now a partner at Arnold & Porter, where he often represents...
  • Presidential Nominating Process Highlights Gap Between D.C. and America

    08/28/2015 10:03:36 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 28, 2015 | Scott Rasmussen
    To many in Washington, there's little question that the 2016 presidential election should feature a dynasty rematch between the Clinton and Bush families. To most outside of Washington, that's the last match-up they want to see. The difference could perhaps be described as a tale of two Americas. The past 15 years have been a great time for political insiders, as the city of Washington, D.C., has become a boomtown. In fact, our nation's capital is now the nation's wealthiest metro market. Fueling the economic growth in our nation's capital has been an explosion of federal spending during the Barack...
  • D.C. crowd jeers Mayor Bowser’s plan to deploy more cops to stop spike in slayings

    08/27/2015 1:53:28 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 14 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 27, 2015 | Andrea Noble
    D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser stood before a crowd in a stuffy Southeast D.C. school gymnasium on Thursday to outline her plan to stem a rising number of homicides. But it wasn’t the plan hoped for by some residents, who erupted in jeers when the mayor said she will put more police on city streets. An increase in killings has pushed the total of homicides in the city to 103 so far this year — one shy of the year-end total of 104 homicides recorded last year. And the uptick in slayings this summer has led officials to try to develop...
  • Ted Cruz invites Donald Trump to speak at anti-Iran deal rally at Capitol

    08/27/2015 11:51:05 AM PDT · by Mozilla · 55 replies
    Dallas News ^ | August 27, 2015 | Sylvan Lane
    Sen. Ted Cruz has invited fellow Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump to speak at a rally against the Iran nuclear agreement in Washington, according to the senator’s campaign. The rally will be held at the Capitol and sponsored by Tea Party Patriots, Center for Security Policy, and the Zionist Organization of America, according to the campaign. The date, time and exact location haven’t been finalized. Trump told reporters in South Carolina on Thursday afternoon that he and Cruz were planning an event protesting the deal in Washington. The Daily Beast previously reported that the two campaigns were mulling joint events,...
  • Obama targets lawyer helping persecuted Christians [Matthew 24]

    08/24/2015 5:50:17 AM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 14 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 8/23/2015 | Leo Hohmann
    Living as a Christian in many parts of Iraq or Syria has become impossible – a one-way ticket to martyrdom at the hands of ISIS – yet it remains a near-impossible feat for these persecuted religious minorities to find refuge in America. But if you can get to America and get your case in the hands of Robert DeKelaita, your chances are greatly improved. As it turns out, this high-powered Chicago attorney may have been a little too successful. He’s gained asylum for thousands of persecuted Christian from Iraq, Syria and Egypt, and that caught the attention of the Obama...
  • Wine train apologizes to black women’s book club after allegations of racism

    08/26/2015 6:17:11 PM PDT · by matt04 · 21 replies
    Members of the book group, sporting matching gray T-shirts and broad grins, boarded the Napa Valley Wine Train in high spirits Saturday. “The train is leaving the station! Choo choo!” member Lisa Johnson posted on her Facebook page, captioning a picture of five glasses of burgundy liquid clinking together. But not long into the trip train staff began asking them to quiet down. Before the journey was half over, they were escorted off the train, where police officers were waiting for them, according to the Associated Press. “We didn’t do anything wrong and we still feel this is about race....
  • We’ve ignored a reason for homicides of blacks: Look at the enemy within.

    08/25/2015 6:52:24 PM PDT · by markomalley · 30 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 8/25/15 | Courtland Milloy
    When it comes to the causes of homicide among black people, thereÂ’s something a lot of black people are saying among themselves: ItÂ’s not all due to institutional racism. Few dare say it publicly, lest some animus-filled, right-wing conservatives hail you as their kind of black.But the subject must be broached, especially now that homicides are spiking like mad in urban areas throughout the nation. If racist cops are part of an institutional threat to black people, there are also black men and women dying at the hands of people who look like them. It is the enemy within. Call...
  • Inspector general cites Caroline Kennedy for using private email ( Japan )

    08/25/2015 3:53:00 PM PDT · by george76 · 31 replies
    Examiner ^ | 8/25/15 | Sarah Westwood
    Ambassador Caroline Kennedy was singled out by the State Department's watchdog for using a personal email account to conduct official business. Kennedy, who has served as the U.S. ambassador to Japan since 2013, "used personal email accounts to send and receive messages containing official business," according to a State Department inspector general report made public Tuesday. Other senior embassy staff also used personal email accounts to handle government communications, occasionally transmitting information marked "sensitive but unclassified" on commercial accounts ... The embassy in Tokyo has no records management policy, nor does it enforce federal regulations that dictate how federal records...
  • Despite Donald Trump’s immigration comments, GOP is actually gaining among non-whites

    08/25/2015 12:00:42 PM PDT · by 11th_VA · 68 replies
    Washinton Post ^ | August 23, 2015
    ... the worst fears of the Republican establishment, that Trump's unapologetic condemnations of immigrants will scuttle their shot at retaking the White House, so far aren't revealing themselves in polling. If Trump's comments were hurting him and/or Republicans with voters, we'd expect to see them faring worse after the June/July period in which the comments became public -- and Trump rose in the polls. The opposite happened. Trump's position among non-white voters improved, substantially, when you look at how he fared in a head-to-head match-up with Hillary Clinton. In a CNN/ORC poll conducted in late June, Clinton led Trump by...
  • Donald Trump: Spokesman for birthers, truthers, and Internet trolls

    08/25/2015 11:41:48 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 33 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | August 21, 2015 | Anne Applebaum
    ... Watching Donald Trump bluster and bluff his way through a presidential campaign, I wonder if we underestimate the ways in which Internet vitriol has broadened the parameters of political debate. We are "shocked, shocked" by Trump's language, but all of it is exactly the sort of thing anyone can encounter in the normal course of reading about politics online. John McCain isn't a war hero? I'll bet he finds worse insults than that on his Facebook page, and so does everybody who writes about him. All Mexicans are rapists? I open my Twitter account every morning to find similar...
  • How Tom Steyer, the White House, and a Scandal-Plagued Operative Paved the Way for EPA Regulations

    08/24/2015 8:08:52 AM PDT · by Cheerio · 6 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | August 24, 2015 | Lachlan Markay
    The White House, statehouses, and nonprofits backed by the billionaire Democrat Tom Steyer worked behind the scenes to create a state-level advocacy network to support controversial new Environmental Protection Agency regulations, newly released emails reveal. Involved in the strategy was a top aide to John Kitzhaber, the former Democratic governor of Oregon, according to emails obtained by the Energy and Environment Legal Institute. Kitzhaber resigned this year in the midst of a scandal involving his fiancée. E&E released its findings in a Monday report that shows extensive behind-the-scenes coordination between White House staff, aides to as many as 12 governors,...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Suspect in DC carjacking is illegal immigrant who was deported, but returned to U.S.

    08/24/2015 8:03:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    WTTG-TV ^ | August 21, 2015 | Emily Miller
    A man caught by D.C. police after carjacking a woman in the Sibley Hospital parking lot on Wednesday is an illegal immigrant who had already been deported once. He also carjacked another woman earlier in the week in Potomac, Maryland minutes after getting out of jail. On Monday, Guaymar Cabrera-Hernandez was released from the Montgomery County Detention Center where he has been since June. The charges against him for that arrest are unclear. He then showed up at an Islamic education center in Potomac and violently carjacked a 38-year-old woman. “He was standing at the driver side door -- her...
  • Post-Holiday Blues? The Obamas Look Glum As They Return Home From Martha's Vineyard

    08/23/2015 10:40:16 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 58 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | August 23, 2015
    Post-Holiday Blues? The Obamas Look Glum As They Return Home From Martha's Vineyard 23 August 2015 President Barack and the first family looked glum as they stepped off Marine One outside of the White House as they returned from their summer vacation. [Pic in URL] They have been in Martha's Vineyard for the past two weeks enjoying their annual summer break, and looked far from happy to be home. Obama and wife Michelle put on similar grimaces as they landed at Cape Cod en route to the capital, but managed to temporarily overcome their disappointment and put on a smile...
  • Conservatives provide a reality check on Donald Trump's mass deportation plan

    08/23/2015 12:07:09 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 174 replies
    Examiner ^ | August 22, 2015 | Mark Whittington
    Ever since Donald Trump, the mercurial businessman, media personality, and presidential candidate, proposed his immigration policy, centering on the mass deportation of up to 11 million human beings, reaction among conservatives has been decidedly mixed. Ann Coulter, for whom illegal immigration is the alpha and the omega of public policy, exalted that Trump could perform abortions in the White House, and she would not care. But Charles Krauthammer, writing in the National Review on Thursday, and George Will, in his latest column published Saturday, provided reality checks. Krauthammer wondered what the practical political effects would be of reenacting the Trail...
  • Conservatives Turn on New 'Wash Post' Blogger, Urge Him to Step Down

    03/24/2006 10:01:52 AM PST · by summer · 31 replies · 1,465+ views
    editorandpublisher.com ^ | March 24, 2006 | E&P Staff
    NEW YORK A two-day effort by liberal bloggers to find, and publicize, numerous examples of plagiarism committed by new Washington Post blogger Ben Domenech culminated today in calls that he give up his new position--from some of his conservative supporters. One of them, most dramatically, is columnist and blogger Michelle Malkin. As an editor at Regnery, Domenech handled her most recent book. Conservatives had hailed Domenech's appointment to write the Red America blog. "I cheered for Ben, the editor of my last book at Regnery, when he announced his new position," Malkin wrote on her Web site today. "I criticized...
  • House Dem probes group behind Planned Parenthood videos

    08/22/2015 6:19:33 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 48 replies
    The Hill.com ^ | 8/21/15 | Sarah Ferris
    The ranking Democrat on the House Oversight Committee is launching an investigation into the anti-abortion-rights group that has targeted Planned Parenthood with a series of undercover videos. Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) sent a letter to the Center for Medical Progress on Thursday, demanding details to show whether the group broke state or federal laws when it secretly recorded videos of Planned Parenthood staff without consent. The Center, led by the anti-abortion activist David Daleiden, established a fake company to gain entry into clinics and meetings with Planned Parenthood officials — a move that Democrats, including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi...
  • Trump Making Biased Experts Look Foolish (George Will's wife works for Rove, too...)

    08/22/2015 1:54:34 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 58 replies
    Townhall ^ | 8/21/15 | Jeff Crouere
    When Donald Trump first burst on the political scene two months ago as a presidential candidate, many of the analysts, commentators and pollsters who populate cable news programs, the so called “experts,” claimed it was all a publicity stunt. Then, they said he would never release his financial statements. Then, they said his controversial comments about Mexican illegal immigration, Senator John McCain and Fox News Host Megyn Kelly would doom his campaign. Now, they are saying his lead cannot continue for his support has a “ceiling” and his campaign is a flash in the pan. Unfortunately for the “experts,” they...
  • Boehner Aide, Sister of CEO Aborted Baby Parts, Resigns to Join Lobbying Firm

    08/22/2015 1:23:56 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 15 replies
    CNS News.com ^ | August 22, 2015 | Michael W. Chapman
    Charlotte Ivancic -- the older sister of Cate Dyer who runs the biotech company StemExpress, and who discussed and laughed about shipping “intact” aborted baby parts in an undercover video released on Friday – is leaving her position as the health policy adviser to House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) to go to work for the lobbying firm Tarplin, Downs & Young. The resignation of Ivancic--who worked for Boehner and as legal counsel to the House Budget Committee–was announced on August 5, as reported in The Hill. In late July, StemExpress and its founder and CEO, Cate Dyer, were mentioned in...
  • Top Boehner health aide leaving for lobbying firm (sister of StemExpress CEO—PP baby parts merchant)

    08/22/2015 1:26:03 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    The Hill ^ | 08/05/15 11:57 AM EDT | Peter Sullivan
    Charlotte Ivancic, Speaker John Boehner’s (R-Ohio) top health policy aide, is leaving his office to join the lobbying firm Tarplin, Downs & Young, the firm announced Wednesday. Ivancic led the negotiations for Boehner on the repeal of Medicare’s Sustainable Growth Rate this year. The elimination of the annual Washington headache of automatic cuts to doctors under Medicare, after negotiations with Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), was a significant achievement. […] Tarplin, Downs & Young was founded in 2006 by former Republican healthcare staffers in the Bush administration and on Capitol Hill. It also has former Democratic staffers. …
  • Biden holds meeting with Elizabeth Warren in DC

    08/22/2015 11:02:23 AM PDT · by PROCON · 92 replies
    thehill.com ^ | Aug. 22, 2015 | Mark Hensch
    Vice President Joe Biden made a surprise visit to Washington, D.C.’s Naval Observatory on Saturday for a confidential talk with Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), CNN reported. Biden’s return to the District comes amid buzz he is seriously weighing a 2016 Oval Office bid. CNN said that two sources confirmed the pair’s face-to-face, the biggest indicator yet that Biden is seriously tempted by an Oval Office bid next year.“The vice president traveled last minute to Washington, D.C. for a private meeting and will be returning to Delaware,” an aide told CNN. Biden spokeswoman Kendra Barkoff declined further comment on the alleged...
  • The Jared Fogle case - Why we understand so little about child sex abuse [ WaPo Poor pedos article]

    08/20/2015 7:12:28 PM PDT · by Yaelle · 37 replies
    Vanity ^ | 08/20/2015
    The article is the typical "these poor people are sick, they need help, we need funding to study pedos" BS. Skim it. But check out the (closed) comments section. Very interesting. Some of the commenters admit to being pedophiles. Also, commenters debate the differences between sexual interest in a mature LOOKING teen versus the prepubescent children. The article has one good point. Maybe we should allow pedophiles to get help from shrinks without them being forced to report directly, as long as the pedophile doesn't admit to actually touching a child. That is a good subject for debate - maybe...
  • DEVELOPING: NFL Team Makes HUGE Stand … Says It Will Relocate Before Surrendering To Liberals

    08/20/2015 6:01:53 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 86 replies
    “Redskins President Bruce Allen says the team will not change their name even if it prevents them from getting a new stadium,” CBS Sports reported. “If changing the name ‘Redskins’ would get them a new stadium, should the team change their name?” one radio host asked another. The flustered commentator responded, “Wait … again?” The host then rephrased the question: “Their team president says they will not change their name … should they do it?” “No … they’re not changing their name,” the commentator said with certainty. This came as no surprise as the team has been asked several times...
  • Washington, D.C. and Gun Violence Among Black Youth: A Bellwether City at a Crossroads

    08/20/2015 10:08:17 AM PDT · by rktman · 14 replies
    huffingtonpost.com ^ | 8/19/2015 | Dr. Lisa Fitzpatrick
    I don't imagine children in Georgetown or Chevy Chase would have similar reactions to the same sound. The episode is evidence of glaring disparities in safety and gun violence in Washington, D.C. This city the seat of international power and influence, yet parts of it, particularly the poorest parts, are being terrorized by gun violence. We desperately need solutions to this crisis. As the world watches, what will we do about it? Gun violence is on the rise in Washington, D.C. and the perpetrators are emboldened with violence spreading across the city. Those who pull the triggers are largely young...
  • Dems petition Obama to remove Trump's name from DC hotel

    08/19/2015 2:51:03 AM PDT · by markomalley · 23 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 8/18/15 | Gabby Morrongiello
    Two Democratic congressmen are demanding that Obama Administration officials bar Donald Trump from displaying his last name on the exterior his new Washington, D.C. hotel, citing concerns that the billionaire's surname represents "exclusion" and "intolerance." Reps. Ruben Gallego, Ariz., and Tony Cárdenas, Calif., have submitted a formal petition to the Department of the Interior with the goal of blocking Trump from having his name "prominently displayed" on the Old Post Office building currently under renovation to become the latest Trump International Hotel. According to the lawmakers' petition, Trump's name violates the "federal government's responsibility to ensure that public lands are...
  • Dems: Keep Trump's name off new DC hotel

    08/18/2015 8:44:51 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 56 replies
    The Hill.com ^ | 8/18/15 | Jesse Burns
    A pair of Democratic lawmakers are petitioning the Obama administration to block GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump from showcasing his name on the businessman's new hotel in Washington, D.C. In a letter to the Department of Interior and General Services Administration (GSA), Reps. Ruben Gallego (D-Ariz.) and Tony Cárdenas (D-Calif.) requested that Trump be prevented from having his name "prominently displayed" on the newly refurbished Old Post Office building on Pennsylvania Avenue, blocks from the White House. "Trump's recent and repeated remarks disparaging women, Mexican-Americans, and other Latinos are hateful, divisive and completely inaccurate," the pair wrote to Interior Secretary...
  • VA under fire for tossing claims in trash

    08/18/2015 6:45:42 PM PDT · by george76 · 13 replies
    WND ^ | 8-18-5015 | Cheryl Chumley
    The Office of Inspector General for Veterans Affairs just found staffers with the Los Angeles VA Regional Office improperly shredded numerous disability claims, tossing them in the trash rather than giving them proper review. ... The IG report also stated: “The shredding of these documents would have prevented the documents from becoming part of the veterans’ permanent record and potentially affect veterans’ benefits.” Examples of the documents that were shredded included disability-compensation claims submitted by two homeless veterans, and a letter from a medical provider confirming a veteran was unemployable due to “service-connected post-traumatic stress disorder,”
  • Sen. Ted Cruz Speaks On Iran Nuclear Deal

    08/17/2015 8:15:54 AM PDT · by Isara · 16 replies
    News 9 ^ | Aug 17, 2015 | Justin Dougherty
    News 9’s Justin Dougherty had a chance to ask presidential hopeful Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) his thoughts on the letter when the senator came to Oklahoma City last week. Video at the link. OKLAHOMA CITY - The Nuclear Deal with Iran has topped conversations across the political landscape. President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry have been outspoken saying this deal is “not based on trust” and  “building a nuclear bomb requires either uranium or plutonium. But thanks to this deal, Iran’s four possible ways to leverage those fissile materials are blocked.” However Republican lawmakers and even some...
  • IMMIGRATION LAWYER: BLACK AMERICANS SHOULD ‘QUALIFY AS REFUGEES’ UNDER US LAW

    08/16/2015 9:45:23 PM PDT · by lbryce · 13 replies
    Breitbart ^ | August 16, 2015 | Jerome Hudson
    There exists among far too many Americans an almost soul-deep determination to treat black people as perpetual victims. A rather absurd example of this sad song was recently written by Washington Post guest writer Raha Jorjani. Jorjani, an immigration defense lawyer in California, asks if black Americans might “qualify as refugees” possessing a “strong claim for asylum protection under U.S. law”: Suppose a client walked into my office and told me that police officers in his country had choked a man to death over a petty crime. Suppose he said police fatally shot another man in the back as he...
  • Exclusive — ‘The Year America Strikes Back’ At DC: Ben Carson To Tour Border After Thousands...

    08/16/2015 6:05:55 PM PDT · by markomalley · 18 replies
    Big Government ^ | 8/16/15 | Matthew Boyle
    GOP presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson—a non-politician who’s polling in second place right behind billionaire businessman Donald Trump—will tour the U.S. border with Mexico after speaking at a rally with thousands of concerned citizens in Phoenix, Arizona. The border tour will be in part by helicopter, led by a local border sheriff, and the only news outlet with exclusive access on the chopper for a firsthand report on Carson’s tour will be Breitbart News.“It’s literally growing by the hour,” Carson spokesman Doug Watts told Breitbart News exclusively on Saturday evening of the planned Tuesday evening rally with Carson in Phoenix....
  • Farrakhan shouts 'Allah Akbar,' says white people know they 'deserve to die'

    08/16/2015 5:47:24 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 70 replies
    Christian Examiner ^ | August 14, 2015 | Gregory Tomlin
    REUTERS/Carlos Barria Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan addresses the audience at the Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church in in Washington, D.C., June 24, 2015. Farrakhan met with local leaders to discuss the upcoming "Million Man March" on October 10, 2015. In his most recent promotion of the event in Milwaukee, Wisc., on Aug. 13, Farrakhan told an audience to prepare for God to rescue the black community in the event of a race war through the use of a UFO. MILWAUKEE, Wisc. (Christian Examiner) – After two weeks of news reports that Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan...
  • A Clarifying Moment for Conservatism (Purge Trump & Trumpism)

    08/16/2015 12:44:47 PM PDT · by nhwingut · 93 replies
    Commentary ^ | 08/14/2015 | Peter Wehner
    In a compelling column, George Will – who knows a thing or two about conservatism – makes the conservative case against Donald Trump. Mr. Will refers to Trump as an “unprecedentedly and incorrigibly vulgar presidential candidate” who is coarsening our civic life. He labels Trump “a counterfeit Republican and no conservative.” And he argues that Trump is an affront to anyone devoted to the legacy of William F. Buckley, Jr., the founder of National Review and a giant in American conservatism. Just as Buckley excommunicated the John Birch Society from the conservative movement in the 1960s, so should conservatives today...
  • George Will: Purge Trump and His Supporters from GOP

    08/16/2015 1:02:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 121 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | August 16, 2015 | Fuzzy Slippers
    “Trumpites” are only “lightly attached to the political process”George Will has written a thought-provoking piece over at WaPo in which he argues that the GOP should purge itself of Trump and Trump’s supporters. Will explains: "When, however, Trump decided that his next acquisition would be not another casino but the Republican presidential nomination, he tactically and quickly underwent many conversions of convenience (concerning abortion, health care, funding Democrats, etc.). His makeover demonstrates that he is a counterfeit Republican and no conservative. He is an affront to anyone devoted to the project William F. Buckley began six decades ago with the...
  • It’s too late for Democrats to start rethinking Clinton’s 2016 viability [shill alert]

    08/16/2015 10:57:37 AM PDT · by markomalley · 24 replies
    Dear Democrats: It’s too late to start over. As in, there’s no replacing Hillary Rodham Clinton as your party’s front-runner for the presidential nomination. Not with Vice President Biden — even if he runs. Not with former vice president Al Gore. (I mean, come on.) Not with your ideal rich-person-with-no-record-and-a-fresh-faced-appeal. This may come as a shock to some of you. After all, you argue, it’s only August! The Iowa caucuses won’t be until February! That’s, like, four political lifetimes. Sure. But modern presidential politics isn’t as simple as announcing that you’ve decided to run and watching yourself soar to the...
  • Obamacare Could be Heading to the Supreme Court (Again)

    08/15/2015 10:26:12 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 47 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | August 13, 2015 | 4:52 PM EDT | Andrew Kloster
    This past week, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, over the vigorous dissent of four judges on that court, denied rehearing en banc (legalese for an entire court rather than just a panel of three judges) in the case of Sissel v. United States Department of Health and Human Services. Sissel is a case against Obamacare led by the Pacific Legal Foundation, arguing that Obamacare is invalid because it violated the Origination Clause. Now, the challengers have ninety days to file a writ of certiorari (an appeal) before the U.S. Supreme Court. …