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  • Why Did the State Department Announce a Travel Warning for Israel?

    07/22/2014 10:48:39 AM PDT · by Nachum · 31 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 7/22/14 | NOAH POLLAK
    Yesterday, moments after Secretary of State John Kerry departed for the Middle East to attempt to broker a ceasefire in the Israel-Gaza war, the State Department issued a warning recommending that “U.S. citizens consider the deferral of non-essential travel to Israel” due to the threat from “long-range rockets launched from Gaza.” Interesting timing. Long-range rocket fire from Gaza has been dramatically curtailed in recent days by the IDF’s ground operation, and was heaviest at the beginning of the war – some two weeks ago. Despite Hamas and Islamic Jihad barrages of M75 and M302 rockets fired at Tel Aviv and...
  • Benghazi: State Dept. Criticizes Issa for Subpoenaing Kerry Rather Than ‘Reaching Out’

    05/05/2014 7:01:05 AM PDT · by Nachum · 35 replies
    CNS News ^ | 5/5/14 | Patrick Goodenough
    (CNSNews.com) – A State Department spokeswoman criticized a congressional panel for issuing a subpoena Friday for Secretary of State John Kerry to testify on the Benghazi affair on May 21, saying if the committee had “reached out” instead it would have known that Kerry would be out of the country on that day. “It’s highly unusual for a subpoena to be issued before there’s even an official invitation for testimony. I think everyone can make their own judgments about that,” Marie Harf said of the move by House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.). Harf said...
  • State Department Insures Artwork for $200M

    02/24/2014 12:23:44 PM PST · by Nachum · 10 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 2/24/14 | JERYL BIER
    The Art in Embassies program of the U.S. State Department just turned 50 last year, but its growth in the last decade has been particularly dramatic if the insured value of the artwork is any indication. Although Art in Embassies purchases original works, such as the $1 million sculpture for the new U.S. Embassy in London, much of the artwork on display at various State Department installations throughout the world is in fact borrowed. In 2002, the State Department maintained a $20 million policy for artwork. By 2010, it had grown to $65 million. This year, the agency is looking...
  • State Department: Attacks on Kerry Are Unacceptable

    02/05/2014 2:20:13 PM PST · by Nachum · 61 replies
    inn ^ | 2/5/14 | Elad Benari
    The State Department once again took Israel to task on Wednesday for criticizing Secretary of State John Kerry’s efforts to achieve peace. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters that criticism of Kerry over his threats of a boycott of Israel if peace talks fail were meant to distract attention from progress in the peace process. “Any rhetoric that is inaccurate and critical as this is unhelpful. These kind of attacks are unacceptable. They not only distort his record but they distract from the key issues at hand,” she said. Psaki added, however, that Kerry was planning to ignore the...
  • John Kerry Working with the U.N. to Stop Execution of Illegal Alien Cop Killer in Texas

    12/17/2013 7:26:38 PM PST · by montag813 · 77 replies
    Top Right Wordpress News ^ | 12-17-2013 | John Urban
    Above: Perennial traitor John Kerry's new mission: save the life of ghoulish illegal alien cop-killer Edgar Arias Tamayo.- by John UrbanTop Right NewsWhen John Kerry isn't busy trying to help Iran obtain nuclear weapons or stabbing Israel in the back, he is doing the bidding of the United Nations -- and Mexico -- trying to save the life of an illegal alien cop-killer.You heard that right. Edgar Arias Tamayo, a 46-year old Mexican man, was in the country illegally when he killed Houston police officer Guy Gaddis. Tamayo was arrested by Gaddis outside a nightclub in 1994 for robbery. While...
  • State Department dismisses Kerry letter on Code Pink's behalf as 'form letter'

    11/15/2013 8:15:24 AM PST · by Nachum · 4 replies
    Israel Matzav ^ | 11/15/13 | Carl in Jerusalem
    The State Department is dismissing a three-year old letter written by then-Senator John FN Kerry on behalf of Code Pink members seeking access to Gaza as a 'form letter' after the letter came to prominence again this week. A State Department official reportedly told The Blaze, “The letter from then-Senator Kerry regarding the humanitarian mission in Israel and the Palestinian territories was a form letter that was auto-penned — standard constituent mail that congressional members send out as a common practice,” the official said. “Senator Kerry never saw it, nor did his senior staff see it. It was put together by...
  • Report: Department of Energy Discriminated Against Veterans

    10/08/2013 7:27:59 PM PDT · by Nachum · 6 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 10/8/13 | Lachlan Markay
    A new report from federal watchdogs reveals that discrimination against military veterans at the Energy Department and retaliation against whistleblowers who spoke out about the practice were more widespread than previously believed and could cost taxpayers millions. The report, released Tuesday by DOE’s inspector general, revealed that a top legal official explicitly advised human resources officials at the department’s Bonneville Power Administration on how to disadvantage veterans in its hiring practices. BPA then attempted to completely remove two employees from the federal service after they questioned the hiring practices. Problems at BPA are more widespread than just those two instances,...
  • State Department: US government shutdown could threaten military aid to Israel

    10/03/2013 8:49:22 AM PDT · by Nachum · 31 replies
    Reuters ^ | 9/3/13 | Michael Wilner
    The US federal government shutdown could have direct repercussions on the transfer of US aid to Israel, US State Department deputy spokeswoman Marie Harf told The Jerusalem Post Wednesday. "The impact of the shutdown could threaten our ability to provide foreign military financing to Israel and other important allies," Harf said. (Snip) In 2007, the two countries agreed on a 10-year, $30-billion military aid package covering the 2009-18 fiscal years. Total US foreign military funding was about $5.5 billion for more than 80 countries in 2011, according to State Department data. Harf said the State Department had not had to
  • Justice Department asks court to fix "disparate" civil service exams for minority applicants

    09/04/2013 4:52:54 PM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 83 replies
    SYRACUSE, NY - The U.S. Department of Justice wants to reopen a 33-year-old court case to ensure that minority applicants get a fair shot at jobs as Syracuse firefighters and police officers. Lawyers with the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division filed papers in federal court Friday challenging the state civil service tests that prospective firefighters and police officers must take. A review by the Justice Department of entry-level exams for those jobs in Syracuse showed the exams "continue to have a statistically significant, disparate impact on African-American test-takers," the Justice Department's lawyers wrote in court papers. The Justice Department asked...
  • State Department Begins Work on New $178M Embassy Complex in Benin

    08/21/2013 12:44:18 PM PDT · by Nachum · 35 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 8/21/13 | JERYL BIER
    This week, the State Department announced that, in "an important symbol of our enduring friendship with Benin," construction has begun on a new $178 million embassy complex in the small West African nation, a neighbor of Togo and Nigeria. As is often the case in the construction of new U.S. diplomatic facilities, the plans include a number of "sustainable" features including solar panels, rainwater harvesting, wastewater reuse, and LED lighting. The complex will cover 8.8 acres, and will include: a chancery/office building, a support annex, a residence for the U.S. Marine detachment, a warehouse, a utility building, a recreational facility,...
  • State Department closes Cairo embassy, urges Americans to leave Egypt

    08/15/2013 4:58:42 PM PDT · by Nachum · 18 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 8/15/13 | Susan Crabtree
    The State Department issued a new travel warning Thursday afternoon calling on U.S. citizens to leave Egypt as soon as possible because of the military’s bloody crackdown in the country that has taken the lives of 638 people. Americans who choose to stay should avoid all demonstrations in Egypt, the State Department said, “as even peaceful ones can quickly become violent, and a foreigner could become a target of harassment or worse.” The U.S. embassy near Tahrir Square in Cairo was closed to the public Thursday after the Egyptian government Wednesday declared a nationwide state of emergency and imposed night-time...
  • State Department: Freedom Fighters? Terrorists? Whatevs…

    08/13/2013 2:28:55 PM PDT · by Nachum · 5 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 8/13/13 | staff
    The State Department could not say Tuesday whether the Obama administration considers the prisoners it has pressured Israel to release are guilty of any wrongdoing. Israel is set to release 26 Palestinians Tuesday who have been serving jail sentences for murder and terrorism. Asked whether the administration considers the prisoners to be terrorists, State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said, “I do not have a position on that.” Asked whether the administration objects to the Palestinian Authority officially designating the murderers and terrorists as “freedom fighters” and “political prisoners,” the State Department spokeswoman answered repeatedly, “I don’t have a position on...
  • State Department Denounces 'Enemies of Islam'

    08/11/2013 8:06:58 PM PDT · by Nachum · 33 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 8/11/13 | AWR Hawkins
    State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki issued a press release denouncing the "enemies of Islam " following car bombings in Baghdad that appear to have been timed to target Shi'ite "festivities marking the end of Ramadan." Reuters reported that the bombings consisted of "twelve separate blasts targeting markets, busy shopping streets, and parks." The explosions killed almost 80 people. The August 10 press release on the State Department website reads: The United States condemns in the strongest possible terms the cowardly attacks... in Baghdad. These attacks were aimed at families celebrating the Eid al-Fitr holiday that marks the end of the...
  • State Dept. urges US citizens to leave Yemen

    08/06/2013 3:20:05 AM PDT · by markomalley · 16 replies
    AP ^ | 8/6/2013
    The State Department on Tuesday ordered non-essential personnel at the U.S. Embassy in Yemen to leave the country following the threat by al-Qaida that has triggered temporary shutdowns of 19 American diplomatic posts across the Middle East and Africa. The department said in a travel warning that it had ordered the departure of non-emergency U.S. government personnel from Yemen "due to the continued potential for terrorist attacks" and said U.S. citizens in Yemen should leave immediately because of an "extremely high" security threat level. "As staff levels at the Embassy are restricted, our ability to assist U.S. citizens in an...
  • State Department Sits Down with Muslim Brotherhood

    08/05/2013 8:32:09 PM PDT · by Nachum · 10 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 8/5/13 | Bridget Johnson
    The Muslim Brotherhood announced that it held a meeting with an American delegation on Saturday, including the U.S. ambassador reviled among the Tamarod movement for cozying up with the Islamists. “At the invitation of the Assistant Secretary of State William Burns, and in the presence of the U.S. Ambassador in Egypt and the European Union special representative Bernardino León, a meeting with the Anti-Coup, Pro-Democracy National Alliance was held in the Four Seasons Hotel, Cairo, at 11AM on Saturday, August 3, 2013,” Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood said on its official website. “We strongly reject foreign interference in Egypt’s internal affairs, and
  • State Department to Spend $95,000 Teaching Haitian

    07/16/2013 6:13:25 PM PDT · by Nachum · 7 replies
    CNS News ^ | 7/16/13 | Melanie Hunter
    (CNSNews.com) – The State Department through its Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs is planning to spend $95,000 to provide vocational training to Haitian inmates in textile production and assembly. “The applicant should demonstrate an ability to conduct job training on clothing production (including skills such as sewing, tailoring, and/or clothing assembly) within individual prisons in Haiti’s Ouest Department. This training should be hands-on and allow prisoners to get real practice working with textile materials,” the grant said. The International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL) specifically targeted the textile industry, “which is projected to grow in Haiti as...
  • Department of Justice slaps Gallup with $10.5M fine

    07/16/2013 2:33:23 PM PDT · by Nachum · 12 replies
    Politico ^ | 7/16/13 | Tal Kopan
    Gallup Organization has agreed to pay the government $10.5 million to settle a false claims case against the company for allegedly inflating cost estimates in government contracts. The Justice Department announced the settlement Monday, resolving a complaint originally brought under the Whistleblower Protection Act by a former Gallup director of client services. Gallup, a research and analytics company known especially for its political polling, admitted no wrongdoing in the settlement. According to the original complaint filed in 2009, Gallup allegedly inflated estimates of labor hours required for market research contracts with the U.S. Mint and U.S. Passport Agency
  • Justice Department revises rules for investigations involving journalists

    07/12/2013 12:58:26 PM PDT · by Nachum · 12 replies
    L.A. Times ^ | 7/12/13 | David ASavage
    WASHINGTON — For the first time in more than 30 years, the Justice Department will revise its rules for investigations involving journalists to sharply limit the use of subpoenas or search warrants to obtain the phone records and e-mails of reporters. According to a Justice Department official, the new guidelines will say that in nearly all instances, news organizations will be notified in advance when federal agents are seeking their phone records as part of a broader investigation. Two months ago, editors at the Associated Press were surprised to learn that the FBI had secretly seized the dialing records
  • State Department bureau spent $630,000 on Facebook 'likes'

    07/02/2013 4:40:06 PM PDT · by Nachum · 15 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 7/2/13 | Michal Conger
    State Department officials spent $630,000 to get more Facebook "likes," prompting employees to complain to a government watchdog that the bureau was "buying fans" in social media, the agency´s inspector general says. The department´s Bureau of International Information Programs spent the money to increase its "likes" count between 2011 and March 2013. "Many in the bureau criticize the advertising campaigns as ´buying fans´ who may have once clicked on an ad or ´liked´ a photo but have no real interest in the topic and have never engaged further," the inspector general reported. The spending increased the bureau´s
  • Education Department Releases Pamphlet Regarding Pregnant Students

    06/27/2013 8:33:53 AM PDT · by Freemarkets101 · 3 replies
    Brian Koenig ^ | 6/26/13 | Brian Koenig
    The U.S. Department of Education, under the guidance of ED Secretary Arne Duncan, has released a “Dear Colleague” letter with a pamphlet to support academic achievement for pregnant and parenting students under Title IX. The document was submitted to school districts across the nation to offer information on “school retention” issues relating to problems with young parents and pregnant mothers. While the directive focuses primarily on secondary schools, it also applies to post-secondary institutions that receive federal financial assistance. “We need to do more to help the hundreds of thousands of students who become mothers and fathers each year graduate...
  • U.S. State Department Cover-Ups Range From Prostitution Charges to Drug Rings

    06/10/2013 4:49:42 PM PDT · by Nachum · 13 replies
    CBS News ^ | 6/10/13 | staff
    Uncovered documents show the U.S. State Department may have covered up allegations of illegal behavior ranging from sexual assaults to an underground drug ring. CBS News reports that is has unearthed documents from the Diplomatic Security Service (DSS), an internal watchdog agency, that implicate the State Department in a series of misconducts worldwide. The memo, reported by CBS News’ John Miller, cited eight specific examples, including allegations that a State Department security official in Beirut “engaged in sexual assaults” with foreign nationals hired as embassy guards ...
  • Justice Department tries to force Google to hand over user data

    05/31/2013 3:37:30 PM PDT · by Nachum · 18 replies
    Declan McCullagh ^ | 5/31/31 | CNet
    A new lawsuit in Manhattan pitting the U.S. Department of Justice against Google offers a rare glimpse of how determined prosecutors are to defend a process that allows federal agents to gain warrantless access to user records, and how committed the Mountain View, Calif., company is to defending its customers' privacy rights against what it views as illegal requests. The Justice Department's lawsuit, filed April 22 and not disclosed until this article, was sparked by Google's decision to rebuff the FBI's legal demands for confidential user data. It centers on the bureau's controversial use of so-called National Security Letters (NSL),...
  • State Department Calls for Hezbollah to Leave Syria

    05/29/2013 7:04:28 PM PDT · by Nachum · 27 replies
    Youtube ^ | 5/29/13 | Free Beacon
    A firm talking to.
  • Justice Department affidavit labels Fox News journalist as possible ‘co-conspirator’

    05/20/2013 1:46:47 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 12 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 5-20-2013 | FoxNews.com
    A Fox News correspondent was accused in a Justice Department affidavit of being a possible criminal "co-conspirator" for his alleged role in publishing sensitive security information -- in a leak case that takes the highly unusual step of claiming a journalist broke the law. According to court documents, the Justice Department obtained a portfolio of information about Fox News' James Rosen's conversations and visits to the State Department. This included a search warrant for his personal emails. The effort follows that by the department to secretly obtain two months of phone records from Associated Press journalists as part of a...
  • State Department shuts down Benghazi questions: 'You'll have to take my word for it'

    05/14/2013 6:56:05 PM PDT · by Nachum · 34 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 5/14/13 | Joel Gehrke
    “You’ll have to take my word for it,” said a spokesperson for the most transparent administration in history when reporters asked her to substantiate her claim that the CIA removed references to terrorists from the Benghazi talking points before the State Department ever saw them. “If you look at the talking points and the train of that, the reference to al Qaeda was taken out even before the State Department saw the talking points,” Jen Psaki, former traveling campaign press secretary for the Obama team in 2012, told reporters during the State Department press briefing Monday.
  • The FIRE: “The government has mandated speech codes on all campuses”

    05/10/2013 5:02:41 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 20 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | 5-10-2013 | William A. Jacobson
    The Foundation for Individual Rights In Higher Education (FIRE) is the premier non-partisan organization fighting to protect free speech and other constitutional rights on campus.  The FIRE defends everyone’s rights, regardless of political affiliation.We have cited The FIRE numerous times here and at College Insurrection, and they have submitted a few guests posts on campus issues.The FIRE is not an organization prone to hyperbole.So when I received this email late this afternoon from FIRE Senior Vice President Robert Shibley, it got my attention: THIS. IS. OUTRAGEOUS. The government has mandated speech codes on all campuses. I hoped I would never see this day, but...
  • Victoria Toensing responds…says State Department mischaracterized her statement, did so with intent

    05/02/2013 6:33:06 PM PDT · by Nachum · 23 replies
    Fox ^ | 5/2/13 | Greta Van Susteren
    See note Victoria sent me: Greta, I really do not appreciate a headline saying I was accused of lying. Here is my response for you to add to your piece: I said Ventrell was “incompetent or lying’” because he said on 4/30 he knew of no “attorney” requests when he knew very well that Issa had written two letters asking for a process to clear lawyers and DOS had not responded. He purposefully mischaracterized it as an “attorney” request so he could shoot it down. I have never said I requested my clearance; I always said the Department had not...
  • Shades of Benghazi: State Department changes story on Afghanistan blast that killed diplomat

    04/11/2013 12:33:22 PM PDT · by Nachum · 28 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 4/11/13 | Shaun Waterman
    The State Department has acknowledged that five U.S. personnel killed in Afghanistan, including 25-year-old diplomat Anne Smedinghoff, were on foot when they were attacked by a suicide bomber, and not in an armored vehicle, as officials had told bereaved relatives earlier this week. The violent deaths of U.S. diplomatic personnel — and the State Department’s changing account of how they died — harken back to the debacle in Benghazi, Libya, where Islamist extremists killed four Americans in assaults on the U.S. diplomatic compound on Sept. 11. “We are able to clarify at this point that they were
  • Department of Education "Kids Zone" Features Communist Quote from Mao

    03/22/2013 4:20:46 PM PDT · by Nachum · 16 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | 3/22/13 | Daniel Greenfield
    I’m still waiting for the Hitler quote. Or is there a minimum number of people that a dictator has to murder before he gets placement on a part of the Department of Education website devoted to kids. This isn’t a generic quote about education being a good thing. It’s actually a quote about the need for Communist indoctrination among Communist Party members. The full quote that the Department of Education cut down comes at the end of an essay on “The Role of the Chinese Communist Party in the National War” “Whoever refuses to study these problems seriously and carefully...
  • Obama Labor Department official told employees to vote in online religion contest

    03/10/2013 9:54:08 AM PDT · by Nachum · 3 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 3/10/13 | Patrick Howley
    A top Obama administration Department of Labor (DOL) official sent an email to Department employees March 1, as workers were fearing furloughs as a result of sequestration, urging them to vote in an Episcopal Church-themed online game called “Lent Madness,” prompting outrage from Department workers who perceived the email as being in poor taste and a possible violation of separation of church and state. Carl Fillichio, senior adviser for communications and public affairs at DOL, sent an email from his government computer and official email account system to instruct DOL Office of Public Affairs employees to vote in an online...
  • State Department to Spend $250,000 on Afghan YouTube Channel, Had No $$$ for Benghazi Security

    02/24/2013 11:06:23 AM PST · by Nachum · 22 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 2/24/13 | Daniel Greenfield
    Remember the State Department had no money for Benghazi security because of the mean GOP. But it can always seem to find huge chunks of cash for really stupid things like this. This “Hope” nonsense smacks of an extension of Obama’s permanent campaign and it’s largely meant to fool Americans into thinking that matters in Afghanistan have improved so much that the departure is not a defeat. That makes this expensive propaganda boondoggle of dubious legality and obvious uselessness. The U.S. Embassy in Kabul plans to spend up to $250,000 in taxpayer money on the creation of a website that...
  • Treasury Department approves A123 sale to Chinese firm despite security concerns

    01/29/2013 12:11:06 PM PST · by Nachum · 11 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 1/29/13 | FoxNews
    The U.S. government has approved the sale of U.S. taxpayer-backed A123 Systems to a Chinese company, despite security and economic concerns about sensitive technology changing hands. A representative with A123 Systems confirmed Tuesday to FoxNews.com that Wanxiang America Corp. has gotten approval from a Treasury Department agency to take over "substantially all" of the non-government business assets of the lithium ion battery manufacturer. "We're pleased the government has completed its review and provided us with the go-ahead to finalize this transaction," Pin Ni, president of Wanxiang America, said in a written statement. A representative with the Treasury Department's Committee on...
  • State Department delays Keystone pipeline decision

    01/22/2013 4:58:29 PM PST · by Nachum · 25 replies
    Reuters ^ | 1/22/13 | Timothy Gardner & Andrew Quinn*
    Washington-The Obama administration has delayed a decision on TransCanada Corp´s rerouted Keystone XL oil pipeline until after March, even though Nebraska´s governor on Tuesday approved a plan for part of the line running through his state. "We don´t anticipate being able to conclude our own review before the end of the first quarter of this year," said Victoria Nuland, a spokeswoman at the State Department, which had previously said it would make a decision by that deadline. She said the department would take into consideration approval of the line by Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman.
  • New York Judge Slaps Down Obama Justice Department

    12/05/2012 9:02:33 PM PST · by Nachum · 29 replies
    National Review ^ | 12/5/12 | Kathryn Jean Lopez
    The Obama administration has been consistently arguing since announcing a year’s grace period for some religious organizations to figure out how to violate their consciences and obey the Department and Health and Human Services abortion-drug, contraception, sterilization mandate, that the controversy over religious freedom and the mandate is over and the Catholics are happy. That, as has been pointed out here before, ignores all the lawsuits pending. And that they are not just from Catholics. Today in New York, a judge dismissed Justice Department claims that the Archdiocese of New York’s lawsuit in response to the coercive mandate is unnecessary....
  • Department of Education Blog Search for "Republican"

    08/16/2012 9:23:01 PM PDT · by ExxonPatrolUs
    The Federal Department of Education ^ | After Bush | Big Brother
    -Take Politics Out of Student Loan Process (Debate is divided along party lines) -Working Together Is the Only Way (Republicans opposed to modernizing schools) -American Jobs Act Will Create Jobs Today and in the Future (Nothing controversial & everything paid for) -Fix No Child Left Behind (If congress does not act, Obama will) -DREAM Act Gives Young People a Shot (Only 8 reasonable Republicans)
  • State Department Introduces Arab Visitors to Convicted Bomber Brett Kimberlin

    05/25/2012 2:36:46 PM PDT · by Nachum · 7 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 5/25/12 | staff
    United Liberty points out that convicted "Speedway bomber" Brett Kimberlin and his Justice Through Music Project are partners with the U.S. Department of State in the "International Visitor Leadership Program," a taxpayer-funded professional exchange program. The Justice Through Music Project reported yesterday on its participation in the State Department's program, and on the visitors the government brought to meet Kimberlin (see photo above--note the anti-Bush poster on the wall): JTMP has been a participant in the State Department's International Visitor Leadership Program for 3 years now, where citizens from around the world involved in the arts get to come to...
  • Justice Department Preclears Florida Congressional Map

    05/01/2012 9:08:00 AM PDT · by Nachum · 9 replies
    Roll Call ^ | 4/30/12 | Joshua Miller
    The Justice Department today precleared Florida’s Congressional map, making the GOP-friendly lines enforceable law. The new lines, passed by the Republican-controlled Legislature and signed into law by GOP Gov. Rick Scott, are likely to lead to Democrats picking up two to four seats in November. But the Florida delegation is almost certain to remain overwhelmingly Republican. The current House delegation includes 19 Republicans and six Democrats. Reapportionment granted Florida two new seats because of increases in population. The 1965 Voting Rights Act requires the Justice Department or the federal court in Washington, D.C., to certify new Congressional maps before they...
  • Justice Department changes inquiry response procedures to Congress after Fast and Furious

    01/29/2012 10:18:17 AM PST · by Nachum · 14 replies
    Fox ^ | 1/29/12 | ap
    The Justice Department is tightening procedures for responding to information requests from Congress in the aftermath of a troubled arms trafficking investigation. In Operation Fast and Furious, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives allowed hundreds of weapons to flow across the border into Mexico. The Justice Department told three congressional committees in a letter Friday night that it has improved coordination between agents and their managers in carrying out arms trafficking investigations. Attorney General Eric Holder probably will face questions about the changes when he testifies Thursday before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. That committee has...
  • State Department: U.S. Not ‘Overly Concerned’ About Iraq Detaining ‘A Handful of U.S. Contractors’

    01/18/2012 8:40:26 AM PST · by Nachum · 12 replies
    CNS News ^ | 1/18/12 | Edwin Mora
    (CNSNews.com) -- The United States is not “overly concerned” about the Iraqi government detaining a “handful of U.S. contractors” over visas and paperwork, State Department spokesman Mark Toner told reporters on Tuesday. Back on Jan. 11, the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad issued an “emergency warning” for U.S. citizens in Iraq, informing them “not [to] attempt movements about the country in the absence of valid, current permits and paperwork.” On Sunday, Jan. 15, the International Stability Operations Association (ISOA), an organization that represents contractors in Iraq, sent a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton asking her to intervene regarding...
  • Holder assistant leaves Justice Department

    01/03/2012 7:29:13 PM PST · by Nachum · 28 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 1/3/12 | Joel Gehrke
    Laurie Robinson, Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Justice Programs (OJP) under Attorney General Eric Holder, is leaving the Department of Justice (DOJ), according to an announcement released just before the start of the Iowa caucuses. "Laurie Robinson has helped transform OJP’s role in the criminal and juvenile justice field, bringing scientific rigor, a true sense of partnership, transparency, and accountability to the agency," Attorney General Eric Holder said in a statement on her departure at the end of February. "I am proud of her service to OJP’s constituents, the Department of Justice and the Obama Administration and personally...
  • U.S. Justice Department blocks S.C. voter ID law

    12/28/2011 2:16:27 PM PST · by ExxonPatrolUs · 25 replies
    Myrtlebeach Injury Board ^ | December 28, 2011 10:38 AM | ADAM BEAM
    The U.S. Justice Department has blocked South Carolina’s controversial voter ID law, saying it would prevent black people from voting. It was the first voter ID law to be refused by the federal agency in nearly 20 years. The decision means voters will not have to show a Department of Motor Vehicles-issued driver’s license or photo ID card, a U.S. military ID or a U.S. passport. And it means the state, which says it plans to appeal the decision in court, will spend time and taxpayer dollars on the second such lawsuit during Gov. Nikki Haley’s term.
  • Sheriff Joe responds: I'm no 'whipping boy' for Justice Department

    12/15/2011 9:15:49 PM PST · by Nachum · 56 replies · 1+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 12/15/11 | Staff
    Phoenix - Sheriff Joe Arpaio said a scathing U.S. Justice Department report about his office's law enforcement tactics against Latinos marks "a sad day for America as a whole." Billed as America's toughest sheriff, Arpaio struck a defiant tone at a Thursday afternoon news conference in response to the report, which he called a politically motivated attack by the Obama administration that will make Arizona unsafe. (Snip) Homeland Security also will restrict the sheriff's office use of the Secure Communities program, which uses fingerprints collected in local jails to identify illegal immigrants.
  • A Shameful State Department Initiative

    12/12/2011 10:02:44 AM PST · by Nachum · 8 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/12/11 | Pamela Geller
    Today the Islamized State Department will be meeting with the Islamic supremacist Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to discuss strategies and develop action plans in which to impose the restriction of free speech (or blasphemy, as truthful speech about Islam is considered in Islamic law) under the Sharia here in America. Photos accompanying news reports about the upcoming meeting shows Secretary of State Hillary Clinton with OIC Secretary General Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu at a meeting last summer in Istanbul. Such prominence is given to this totalitarian organization. That photo reminds me of Neville and Adolf.
  • Why are our ``conservative`` talk show hosts so gentle with Mr. Newt Gingrich?

    12/02/2011 12:56:15 PM PST · by JOHN W K · 31 replies
    12-2-11 | JOHN W K
    Wouldn`t it be music to the ears of all freedom loving Americans to hear one of our so called ``conservative`` talk show hosts ask Mr. Gingrich some tough questions, e.g., why he sided with the progressive Jimmy Carter in creating the un-constitutional federal department of education? And likewise ask Mr. Gingrich if he was wrong in helping to create this vehicle for a subversive federal takeover of public school systems established under state Constitutions? How about one of our ``conservative`` talk show hosts asking Mr. Gingrich, in reference to his vote to create the federal department of education, what part...
  • Fed agent from mainland arrested for killing man in Waikiki

    11/05/2011 8:51:44 PM PDT · by red flanker · 55 replies
    Star Advertiser ^ | November 5, 2011 | Star Advertiser
    A  U.S. State Department law enforcement agent from the mainland was arrested for fatally shooting a man in his 20s early this morning on Kuhio Avenue in Waikiki, sources said. Honolulu police identified the alleged shooter as Christopher W. Deedy, 27, and sources who asked to remain anonymous confirmed that he is a federal agent who was off-duty at the time of the shooting. A State Department spokeswoman in Washington, D.C., said only, "We are aware of the incident and we cannot comment on an ongoing investigation." She would not confirm whether he was here for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation conference...
  • State Department defends bulk buys of Obama’s books

    10/26/2011 7:12:26 PM PDT · by Nachum · 14 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 10/26/11 | Jim McElhatton
    The State Department on Wednesday defended spending tens of thousands of taxpayer dollars on books authored by President Obama, while White House spokesman Jay Carney called the book-buying an “embassy-based decision.” The comments followed a report Wednesday by The Washington Times that found the State Department had spent more than $70,000 on books by Mr. Obama. Most of the purchases came in the months after Mr. Obama won the White House, though the embassy in Paris spent more than $8,000 for copies of “Dreams From My Father” as recently as March.
  • Department of Education (Let's Get Rid Of It)

    10/25/2011 3:49:58 PM PDT · by bthockey · 19 replies
    The Band Of Patriots ^ | 10/24/11 | Bryan Thomas
    Of all the departments of our federal government, the most pointless and unconstitutional is the Department of Education. Since it was created back in 1976, test scores have shown no substantial improvements compared to all the money we are spending. If we are looking for ways to cut back our budget and the debt itself, one of the first places we should look is the Department of Education. The Department of Education's budget has increased over 300% from when it was first established. With this significant increase, one would logically think that test scores of American students would be increasing...
  • Justice Department Accuses Issa of 'Mischaracterizing' Evidence in Probe of Operation Fast

    10/17/2011 9:39:11 PM PDT · by Nachum · 8 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10/17/11 | Mike Levine & William LaJeunesse
    The Justice Department is accusing the Republican congressman who is leading an investigation into "Operation Fast and Furious" of "mischaracterizing evidence" and "maligning" federal law enforcement officials by questioning Sunday whether the FBI was trying to cover up the existence of a third gun at the scene of Border Patrol agent Brian Terry's murder last year. "The FBI has made clear that reports of a third gun recovered from the perpetrators at the scene of Agent Terry's murder are false," the department said in a statement Monday. This comes one day after Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif,
  • Department of Justice Cuts, Reassigns 81 Immigration Prosecutors

    10/02/2011 8:25:41 PM PDT · by Nachum · 13 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10/2/11 | ap
    WICHITA, Kan. -- As the first and only federal prosecutor in Kansas dedicated solely to handling criminal immigration cases, Barry Disney took a pragmatic approach to filing charges in an interior state that has become a mecca for immigrant labor drawn to its massive meatpacking plants and other food processing industries. Limited resources were spent on the worst criminals who had been deported and then come back to the United States. Disney's first trial in federal court dealt with two illegal immigrants found speeding through Kansas with an assault rifle wedged in the back seat of a truck and loaded...
  • Labor Department probing big US homebuilders

    09/08/2011 3:15:36 PM PDT · by Nachum · 47 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 9/8/11 | Associated Press, by Staff