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  • Trampling on Coal Country Families

    08/16/2014 11:50:09 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 16, 2014 | Paul Driessen
    Between 1989 and 2010, Congress rejected nearly 700 cap-tax-and-trade and similar bills that their proponents claimed would control Earthís perpetually fickle climate and weather. So even as real world crises erupt, President Obama is using executive fiats and regulations to impose his anti-hydrocarbon agenda, slash Americaís fossil fuel use, bankrupt coal and utility companies, make electricity prices skyrocket, and ďfundamentally transformĒ our economic, social, legal and constitutional system. Citing climate concerns, he has refused to permit construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, and blocked or delayed Alaskan, western state and offshore oil and gas leasing and drilling. Heís proud that...
  • U of Minnesota to Vikings: Donít let visiting Redskins display their name or logo

    08/09/2014 1:43:14 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 69 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 08/09/14 | Dan Calabrese
    You know, being a fan of the Minnesota Vikings is difficult enough just based on what happens on the field. Weíre 0-4 in Super Bowls. Weíve got to deal with the stomach-curdling memories of the 1999 NFC Championship Game, not to mention 41-doughnut in the same game two years later, and the bounty-hunting Saints putting out a contract on Brett Favre in 2010. But on a cultural level . . . hey, what the heck did we do? We were just sitting here minding our own business. First we got stuck with a petulant, attention-mongering punter who couldnít and canít...
  • BREAKING: Israel Supporters Evacuated From Front of White House Under Police Protection

    08/02/2014 12:23:52 PM PDT · by kristinn · 93 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | Saturday, August 2, 2014 | Kristinn Taylor
    Dan Merica, associate producer for CNN Politics has sent out a series of photos and reports on social media about Israel supporters being evacuated in police vans from in front of the White House after being surrounded by menacing Hamas supporters. Merica was there covering a pro-Hamas rally by the communist terrorist support group ANSWER being held at Lafayette Park.Merica reported Cornell West spoke at the rally.Far left professor Cornel West gives an impassioned speech at a pro-Hamas rally outside the White House. A small group of pro-Israel demonstrators carrying Israeli flags stood on Pennsylvania Avenue across from the rally....
  • Federal judge declares D.C. ban on carrying handguns in public unconstitutional

    07/27/2014 6:26:58 AM PDT · by RKBA Democrat · 24 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 7-27-14 | Martin Well and Clarence Williams
    A federal judge has declared that one of the Districtís principal gun control laws is unconstitutional and ordered that its enforcement be halted. The ruling by Judge Frederick J. Scullin Jr., made public Saturday, orders the city to end its prohibition against carrying a pistol in public. It was not clear Saturday night what immediate effect the order would have. The order was addressed to the District of Columbia and Police Chief Cathy Lanier, as well as their employees and officers and others ďwho receive actual noticeĒ of the ruling. But it could not be determined Saturday night who had...
  • Reporter stopped by TSA agent who didnít know District of Columbia is in US

    07/15/2014 5:22:34 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 63 replies
    KIROTV ^ | July 15, 2014 | WFTV - Orlando
    WFTV - Orlando ORLANDO, Fla. ó It's something most students learn in elementary school -- the United States is made up of 50 states and the District of Columbia. But Cox Media Group reporter Justin Gray found out it's a lesson that an Orlando agent with the Transportation Safety Administration seems to have missed. Gray, who lives in Washington, D.C., was flying out of Orlando International Airport when a TSA agent said Gray's District of Columbia driver's license wasn't a valid form of identification. Gray said his license is legal and up-to-date, but the TSA agent didn't seem to know...
  • Ex-drug kingpin swindled D.C. for $300,000, jury finds; job center funds used for strip club

    06/25/2014 6:39:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | June 25, 2014 | Mike Debonis
    A former drug kingpin who received more than $300,000 from 2006 to 2008 to build a job-training center for people with HIV/AIDS instead used the funds to build a luxury strip club, a D.C. Superior Court jury found Monday. Cornell Jones and Miracle Hands, the nonprofit group Jones founded after serving nine years in prison on narcotics charges, falsified nine documents or statements to support grants worth $329,654, the jury decided after a four-day trial and seven hours of deliberation. Jones, once the king of the notorious Hanover Place NW open-air drug market, used much of those city funds for...
  • Trademark Office and Sen. Reid Pressure Football Team Owner Again

    06/22/2014 3:03:29 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 26 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 22, 2014 | Paul Dykewicz
    The U.S. Trademark Trial and Appeal Boardís cancelation of federal trademark registration for the name Washington ďRedskins,Ē after ruling it disparages Native Americans, puts pressure on team owner Daniel Snyder and the National Football League (NFL) to change the name but falls far short of settling the issue. The split, 2-1, decision by unelected trademark board members shows the increasingly heavy hand that politics is playing in the activities of the private sector, since the ruling followed recent public calls for a name change from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev. The team counters that the long-standing ďRedskinsĒ name...
  • Welcome to the Future: Feasting on Scorpions, Grasshoppers

    06/06/2014 11:54:51 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    Arab News ^ | Friday 6 June 2014
    Does it Ďbugí you?: Worm and cricket lollipops are displayed during a global ĎPestaurantí event sponsored by Ehrlich Pest Control at the Occidental Restaurant in Washington, DC.Though slightly uncertain, Erin Kolski pronounced the unusual fare on her plate ó a burger made from ground-up grasshoppers ó to be surprisingly tasty. ďItís a little crunchy. It tastes fine,Ē Kolski said, sounding somewhat surprised as she favorably appraised the dish at Washingtonís Occidental Restaurant, a popular establishment a stoneís throw from the White House. Hers was one of many such plates served up Wednesday by chef Rodney Scruggs, who helped organize an...
  • (Obama Throws Like a Girl) Batter Up! Obama Pops in on Little League Game

    05/20/2014 7:09:07 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 40 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | May 19, 2014 | JOSH LEDERMAN
    Batter up! Obama pops in on Little League game WASHINGTON (AP) ó Put down the juice box and lace up your sneakers. President Barack Obama is pinch-hitting for Little League. The president paid a surprise visit Monday to Washington's Friendship Park, where a handful of teams were warming up for the big game. Stepping onto the field in a tie but no jacket, Obama shook hands with the players and posed for photos with each team. "What's going on people? How's it going?" the president said, before sidling up to a young girl whose arm was in a sling. "Hey,...
  • Science Standards Divide a State Built on Coal and Oil

    05/19/2014 9:52:27 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 12 replies
    New York Times ^ | MOTOKO RICH
    CHEYENNE, Wyo. ó Sitting in the headquarters of the Wyoming Liberty Group, Susan Gore, founder of the conservative think tank, said new national science standards for schools were a form of ďcoercion,Ē adding, ďI donít think government should have anything to do with education.Ē Ms. Gore, a daughter of the founder of the company that makes Gore-Tex waterproof fabric, was speaking here weeks after the Republican-controlled Legislature made Wyoming, where coal and oil are king, the first state to reject the standards, which include lessons on human impact on global warming. The pushback came despite a unanimous vote by a...
  • Op-Ed: An Open Letter to Martin Indyk

    05/11/2014 3:15:58 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 1 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 11/5/14 | MK Yaakov Katz
    To the Honorable Mr. Indyk Sir: Several days ago, you appeared on the Israeli media and blamed all the current ills, including the breakup of talks between our negotiators and the Arabs among us, on the "settlement" movement and the resumption of Jewish life in Judea and Samaria. We would have you know, that from the first days of the "Return to Zion" movement", over 130 years ago, and followed by the forming of Theodore Herzl's Zionist movement, there was always Ė and still is Ė disagreement ... Some felt that it was necessary to convince the world, and perhaps...
  • Shaked: Netanyahu never supported Indyk's involvement in

    05/18/2014 7:14:44 AM PDT · by SJackson · 2 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 05/18/2014
    Bayit Yehudi MK says that the PM agreed to Indyk's appointment as special envoy to the talks only because Kerry asked. Bayit Yehudi MK Ayelet Shaked had harsh words for US special envoy to the Middle East Martin Indyk on Sunday for putting blame on Israel for the breakdown in the negotiations. In an interview with Army Radio, Shaked also said that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu did not support Indyk having a role in the talks that came to a halt on April 24. The MK said that Netanyahu's opinion of Indyk was based on the prime minister's previous experience...
  • Indyk: A Disastrous Choice for Mediator

    07/30/2013 3:25:21 PM PDT · by Nachum · 4 replies
    The Algemeiner ^ | 7/29/13 | Isi Leibler
    The US State Department has floated a trial balloon to test the idea of former US Ambassador to Israel, Martin Indyk, serving as mediator in the forthcoming peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority. (Editorís note: at the time of publication the State Department had in fact confirmed that Indyk would serve in the said capacity.) It is not surprising that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has signaled his approval. What is incomprehensible is that Prime Minister Netanyahu has done likewise. Unfortunately the prospect of genuine progress in the negotiations is extraordinarily slim. There is no evidence that the Palestinian...
  • Indyk Caught Bashing Israel at Hotel Bar

    05/16/2014 12:20:15 PM PDT · by Nachum · 20 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 5/16/14 | Adam Kred0
    Middle East envoy Martin Indyk was overheard at an upscale Washington, D.C., bar bashing Israel and fully blaming it for the recent failure of peace talks with the Palestinians, according to an individual who overheard the conversation and described it as a surprising and ďnastyĒ 30-minute-long tirade against the Jewish state. Indykówho has been identified by the Washington Free Beacon as the source of a recent series of anonymous quotes in the press condemning Israelówas caught openly lashing out at Israel over drinks with several members of his staff and wife, Gahl Burt. The conversation took place in the hotel...
  • Inebriated Indyk Reveals Anti-Israel Bias in DC Bar

    05/17/2014 12:26:46 PM PDT · by Tzvi INN.com · 11 replies
    Middle East envoy Martin Indyk was overheard on Thursday night, at the bar of the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Washington, D.C., bashing Israel and fully blaming it for the recent failure of peace talks with the Palestinians, the Washington Free Beacon reports, citing an individual who overheard the conversation and described it as a surprising and ďnastyĒ 30-minute-long tirade.
  • Honest Broker? Indyk Reveals ĎNastyí Anti-Israel Bias (US Ďnegotiatorí)

    05/17/2014 1:24:10 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    INN ^ | 5/17/2014, 10:09 PM | Ari Yashar
    Martin Indyk, the American negotiator in the peace talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA), reportedly went on a ďnastyĒ rant blaming the Jewish state for the talksĒ failure in a conversation in an upscale Washington DC bar last Thursday. A person who overheard the conversation told Washington Free Beacon that the 30-minute-long tirade included Indyk, his wife Gahl Burt, and several members of his staff. It took place right after he spoke at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy (WINEP), where he openly blamed Israeli construction in Judea and Samaria for the failure of the talks, despite...
  • Second Amendment under siege: Judge upholds restrictive D.C. gun ban

    05/16/2014 1:48:23 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | May 15, 2014 | Andrea Noble
    A federal judge on Thursday ruled that a D.C. law requiring guns to be registered, mandating safety training and limiting the number of pistol purchases per month do not violate Second Amendment protections of the right to bear arms. U.S. District Court Judge James E. Boasberg dismissed with prejudice a sweeping challenge to the Districtís handgun laws brought by a group of plaintiffs led by Dick Anthony Heller in a ruling that opens with a recounting of some of the cityís most notorious recent shootings. ďThe District of Columbia knows gun violence. Notorious for a time as the Ďmurder capitalí...
  • Operation American Spring to hit D.C. to oust Obama, Biden, Boehner, Holder

    05/14/2014 3:55:47 PM PDT · by Art in Idaho · 47 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | May 14, 2014 | Cheryl K. Chumley
    A group of self-described revolutionary-style patriots with a million mobilized militia members are heading to downtown Washington, D.C., this week to bring a simple message to political leadership, from President Obama to House Speaker John Boehner: Get out. Theyíre called the Operation American Spring ó and theyíre vowing to oust the likes of Mr. Obama, Mr. Boehner, Attorney General Eric Holder, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Sen. Mitch McConnell, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Vice President Joseph R. Biden, Raw Story reported.
  • D.C. Dem Eleanor Holmes Norton: Iraq was Ďthe most catastrophic war of the 20th centuryí

    05/02/2014 9:16:57 AM PDT · by Cheerio · 38 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | May 1, 2014 | Robert Laurie
    Eleanor Holmes Norton is the Democratsí non-voting congressional observer from the District of Columbia. You may remember her as the genius who claimed that people didnít know they had to sign up for ObamaCare because evil Republicans had convinced everyone it had been repealed. Well, Democrats, congratulations. Your brain trust is at it again. This is a woman you actually elected and sheís dropped another nugget of wisdom in your laps. An incensed Ms. Eleanor Norton wants everyone to know that the Iraq war was ďperhaps the most catastrophic war of the 20th century.Ē Hereís the clip:
  • Reid: NFL Should Punish Redskins Owner Like NBA Did Sterling

    04/30/2014 3:01:58 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 53 replies
    April 30, 2014 5:08 PM Reid: NFL Should Punish Redskins Owner Like NBA Did Sterling By Andrew Johnson The NBAís lifetime ban of Donald Sterling for his offensive comments should put the NFL on notice about Washington Redskinsí racist name, Harry Reid says. On the Senate floor Wednesday afternoon, Reid commended NBA commissioner Adam Silver for his response to the Sterling situation, and urged his NFL counterpart Roger Goodell to take similar action to ďstamp out bigotry in its ranks.Ē The Senate majority leader also dismissed the tradition-based defense Redskins owner Dan Snyder has made of the teamís name when...
  • Getting Past Name-Calling to Talk About Poverty

    04/30/2014 9:18:25 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 16 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 4-30-14 | Juan Williams
    Rep. Paul Ryan is meeting with the Congressional Black Caucus. Let's hope they give his ideas a fair hearing. Rep. Paul Ryan (R., Wis.) is scheduled to meet with the Congressional Black Caucus on Wednesday to discuss his plans to address poverty and his March 12 comments in a radio interview about a "tailspin of culture" in our inner cities where "generations of men [are] not even thinking about working or learning the value and the culture of work." Mr. Ryan's statement sparked liberal accusations of racism. Rep. Barbara Lee (D., Calif.) called it "a thinly veiled racial attack" that...
  • Will popular vote elect president in 2020?

    04/27/2014 12:20:23 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 38 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 27, 2014
    The movement to change how presidents are elected is gaining steam and proponents of the long-stalled popular vote initiative are predicting victory by 2020. Eleven states/jurisdictions have enacted the National Popular Vote (NPV) bill, giving the proposal 165 electoral votes ó 61 percent of the 270 electoral votes needed to trigger the new voting system. Legislatures that passed the law include California, Illinois, New Jersey. Massachusetts, Maryland, Washington, Washington, D.C., Hawaii, Rhode Island and Vermont. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) signed a popular vote bill into law last week. All of these states, as well as the nationís capital...
  • HHS, Planned Parenthood Promote Obamacare For Teens at Church of Scientology

    04/25/2014 7:51:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    CNS News ^ | April 24, 2014 | Penny Starr
    Getting teens to sign up for the Affordable Care Act and learn how to obtain contraceptives through Obamacare, was the focus of an event hosted by the D.C. Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy at the Church of Scientologyís National Affairs Office in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, a gathering that featured officials from the Health and Human Services Department and the Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) . Wilma Robinson, deputy director of the HHS Office of Adolescent Health, said she was attending to explain ďthe impact of the Affordable Care Act on adolescents,Ē which she defined as girls and boys...
  • Capitol Dome damage is so bad, 'We're going to lose it,' warns senator

    04/25/2014 8:09:29 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 132 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | April 16, 2014 | Paul Bedard
    Lawmakers are rallying around the 150-year-old U.S. Capitol Dome, weather-whipped and torn open by acid rain, worried that if an 11th-hour restoration isnít fully funded, its most important traits could be lost forever. ďIf this work isn't done,Ē warned Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., ďwe're going to lose the dome, we're going to lose it as it truly, historically is.Ē A big fix, added Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., is needed, ďso that we don't lose these treasures forever.Ē The two Senate appropriators are joining to help Architect of the Capitol Stephen T. Ayers secure the money needed to complete the $60...
  • Parent to Obama: Let me tell you about the Common Core test Malia and Sasha donít have to take

    04/24/2014 3:55:52 PM PDT · by Nachum · 54 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 23 | Valerie Strauss
    I get a lot of e-mail from parents and teachers who wonder if President Obama, whose children go to the private Sidwell Friends School, knows what is actually going on with all of the standardized testing in public schools. Hereís an open letter to Obama explaining what he is missing, written by Rebecca Steinitz, a literacy consultant in urban high schools, a writer and an editor. She was previously director of the High School Program at Lesley Universityís School of Education and an English professor at Ohio Wesleyan University, where she ran the Freshman Writing Program. Steinitz is also a...
  • Obama Calls for Highest Sustained Taxation in U.S. History

    04/21/2014 7:43:54 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 20 replies
    CNS News ^ | April 21, 2014 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    In the budget proposal he presented to Congress last month, President Barack Obama called for what would be the highest level of sustained taxation ever imposed on the American people, according to the analysis published last week by the Congressional Budget Office. Under Obamaís proposal, taxes would rise from 17.6 percent of Gross Domestic Product in 2014 to 19.2 percent in 2024. During the ten years from 2015 to 2024, federal taxation would average 18.7 percent GDP.America has never been subjected to a ten-year stretch of taxation at that level. In the twelve fiscal years preceding the Japanese attack on...
  • Census estimate a concern for state (Taxachussetts losing a House seat)

    12/23/2005 10:09:58 PM PST · by LdSentinal · 32 replies · 1,003+ views
    The Boston Globe ^ | 12/23/05 | Scott Helman
    Massachusetts lost residents for the second year in a row, new federal Census estimates show, underscoring an accelerating population shift from the Northeast to the South and West that threatens to erode the state's political and economic clout. Only two other states, along with the District of Columbia, lost population from July 1, 2004, to July 1 of this year, according to US Census estimates released yesterday. The Bay State lost about 8,600 residents, or .1 percent of its population, according to the estimates. If the trend continues, specialists say, the state will face serious consequences: fewer seats in Congress,...
  • New York the latest state to sign compact to end electoral college

    04/18/2014 6:32:49 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 55 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 04/18/2014 | Rick Moran
    Governor Cuomo has signed off on the National Popular Vote Compact, giving New York's 29 electoral votes to the winner of the national popular vote. SILive: Count New York in. The Empire State has joined the National Popular Vote compact with legislation signed Tuesday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. States that have signed on to the interstate agreement will award electoral votes for president to the candidate who receives the majority of the national popular vote. "With the passage of this legislation, New York is taking a bold step to fundamentally increase the strength and fairness of our nation's presidential elections,"...
  • Dick Morris: Democrats Conspiring to Rig Electoral College, Law Passed in 9 States So Far

    04/15/2014 11:40:27 AM PDT · by Lucky9teen · 85 replies
    A plan, now stealthily making its way through state legislatures with astonishing speed, would junk the Electoral College and award the presidency to the winner of the popular vote. The plan involves an Interstate Compact where states would commit to select electors pledged to vote for the national popular vote winner regardless of how their own state voted. When enough states pass this law, sufficient to cast 270 votes which is the majority of the Electoral College, it will take effect. So far, nine states and the District of Columbia, casting 136 electoral votes, have joined. This is halfway to...
  • Obama's press secretary decorates home with Soviet propaganda

    04/11/2014 3:10:09 PM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 62 replies
    theweek.com ^ | April 11, 2014 | Michael Brendan Dougherty
    White House Press Secretary Jay Carney and his family are featured in a worshipful profile in this month's Washingtonian magazine. It's the sort of adoring journalistic exercise reserved for only the most handsome of the power elite. In it you can find out details about the Carney dog (a cousin to presidential pooch Sonny!), and how much the press secretary's tie costs ($135). But keen observers may notice the kitchen decor in the photo: Soviet propaganda posters. They really are the perfect pop of color whether you are the dour and sincere Nikita Khrushchev or the cheeky press-wrangler for a...
  • How TV Censorship Works for Democrats

    04/09/2014 4:15:04 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 13 replies
    Townhall ^ | Wednesday, April 9, 2014 | Brent Bozell
    On April 1, Washington Mayor Vincent Gray was denied a second term, defeated in the primary by upstart city councilwoman Muriel Bowser. The beginning of the end came on March 10, when U.S. Attorney Ronald Machen struck a plea bargain with a wealthy businessman who confessed he'd spent $668,000 on an illegal "shadow campaign" to fund get-out-the-vote efforts that helped Gray win the mayoral office in 2010. So the corrupt mayor of America's most important city is thrown out. A political scandal? The same networks that were utterly breathless over the local story of Gov. Chris Christie's aides slowing traffic...
  • Study: No connection between spending, student outcomes

    04/07/2014 6:59:57 AM PDT · by Hoodat · 24 replies
    Watchdog.org ^ | April 7, 2014 | Rob Nikolewski
    SANTA FE, N.M. Ė For decades, itís probably the most troublesome question facing education: Why are results for U.S. public school students so mediocre, despite the billions of taxpayer dollars spent? Andrew Coulson thinks heís got the answer: Because there is no discernible correlation between spending and outcomes. ďThe takeaway from this study is that what weíve done over the past 40 years hasnít worked,Ē said Coulson, director of the Center For Educational Freedom at the CATO Institute. ďThe average performance change nationwide has declined 3 percent in mathematical and verbal skills. Moreover, thereís been no relationship, effectively, between spending...
  • WaPo's Kathleen Parker Suggests People with Southern Accents Not 'Smart' or 'Sophisticated'

    04/06/2014 3:23:19 PM PDT · by Hoodat · 83 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 6 Apr 2014, 9:11 AM PDT | Pamela Key
    After NBC's "Meet The Press" host David Gregory ran an anti-ObamaCare ad targeting Sen. Mark Pryor from Arkansas featuring a couple with a southern accents questioning the confusing nature of the Affordable Care Act, Washington Post columnist Kathleen Parker objected to Americans for Prosperity using people with southern accents in political ads running in Arkansas: "I think you could find someone who doesn't have a southern accent who is confused by this act," Parker said. "We always seem to find the character who seems a little countrified, who can't just fathom this. You know there there are plenty of smart...
  • Moran: Members Canít Afford to Live Decently in D.C. (Audio) (exempt RAT wants a raise)

    04/04/2014 2:52:17 AM PDT · by Libloather · 55 replies
    Roll Call ^ | 4/03/14 | Hannah Hess
    Despite what constituents outside of Washington might think, members of Congress are underpaid, a House Legislative Branch appropriator suggested Thursday. Virginia Democrat James P. Moran said he plans to highlight the injustice by introducing an amendment to the Legislative Branch bill during its full committee markup, and at floor consideration of the bill. Moran made the comments while the bill that funds memberís $174,000 salaries was being marked up in the Legislative Branch subcommittee. ďI think the American people should know that the members of Congress are underpaid,Ē Moran told CQ Roll Call. ďI understand that itís widely felt that...
  • Harry Reid to Redskinsí owner: Heís throwing a few blankets to the Indians

    03/29/2014 3:34:57 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 57 replies
    Red Alert Politics ^ | March 28, 2014 | Melissa Quinn
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) weighed in on Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder‚Äôs new foundation to help Native Americans on Thursday and slammed the controversial owner for ‚Äėthrowing a few blankets at the Indians‚Äô to get a nice tax break.Reid made the comments about Snyder‚Äôs decision to create the Washington Redskins Original Americans Foundation in an interview with¬†The Washington Post.‚ÄúDan Snyder, he‚Äôs got a great new deal,‚ÄĚ the Senate Majority Leader said. ‚ÄúHe‚Äôs going to throw a few blankets to the Indians and get a tax deduction for it.‚ÄĚIn the late 1700s, Europeans fighting in the French and Indian...
  • Stephen Colbert accused of racist joke, spawns #CancelColbert

    03/28/2014 2:20:04 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 27 replies
    EW ^ | March 27, 2014
    Stephen Colbert outraged online followers Thursday with an offensive-sounding and out-of-context tweet made on his Colbert Report account.
  • Bombshell In WaPo/Keystone Scandal: Did the Post Coordinate With Congressional Democrats?

    03/26/2014 9:56:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    Power Line ^ | March 26, 2014 | John Hinderaker
    A major development occurred today in the scandal surrounding the Washington Postís attempt to advance Democratic Party talking points by falsely linking Koch Industries to the Keystone Pipeline. In the unlikely event that you are not already familiar with the story, you should begin by reading this post and this one, as well as the one from last October where I dismantled the International Forum on Globalization report that was the basis for the Washington Postís story of March 20. The facts, very briefly, are these: Koch Industries has no interest in the Keystone Pipeline; it has not lobbied in...
  • Rand Paul: The most intriguing man in todayís Republican Party

    03/26/2014 5:37:47 PM PDT · by BarnacleCenturion · 35 replies
    Rand Paul is the most intriguing ó and for Democrats, perhaps the most frightening ó figure in todayís Republican Party. The Kentucky senator, who is more than flirting with a 2016 presidential run, is making a smart play for the millennial generation that was key to President Obamaís twin victories and that his own party has convincingly repelled. Paulís unlikely pilgrimage to the progressive precincts of the University of California at Berkeley offered the most convincing evidence so far that he is serious about carving out this (sorry, President Clinton) third way space ó and a demonstration of his potential...
  • MILLER: Exclusive ó Shock verdict ó Mark Witaschek guilty of possessing muzzleloader bullets

    03/26/2014 3:21:02 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 41 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 26, 2014 | Emily Miller
    Full title: MILLER: Exclusive ó Shock verdict ó Mark Witaschek guilty of possessing muzzleloader bullets in D.C.Ö while NBCís David Gregory got off scot freeIn a surprising twist at the end of a long trial, a District of Columbia judge found Mark Witaschek guilty of ďattempted possession of unlawful ammunitionĒ for antique replica muzzleloader bullets. Judge Robert Morin sentenced Mr. Witaschek to time served, a $50 fine and required him to enroll with the Metropolitan Police Departmentís firearm offendersí registry within 48 hours. Outside the courtroom, I asked Mr. Witaschek how he felt about the verdict. ďIím completely outraged by...
  • Dan Quayle moment? Obama flubs spelling of 'respect'

    03/07/2014 2:51:03 PM PST · by mandaladon · 52 replies
    Fox News ^ | 7 Mar 2014
    Could a White House spell-off be in the works between President Obama and former Vice President Dan Quayle? In a throwback to the latter's infamous misspelling of the word "potato," Obama accidentally misspelled "respect" while introducing singer Aretha Franklin during a tribute to "Women of Soul" at the White House Thursday. ďWhen Aretha first told us what Ö R-S-P-E-C-T meant to her,Ē Obama said, pausing briefly before the audience began laughing, apparently realizing his mistake. ďShe had no idea it would become a rallying cry for African Americans and women and anyone else who felt marginalized because of what they...
  • Fox News Photog Snaps Amusing Shot of Obama Lecturing Putin from Grade School Classroom

    03/04/2014 2:38:34 PM PST · by Kaslin · 49 replies
    Newsbusters.org ^ | March 4, 2014 | Ken Shepherd
    You can imagine the field day the media would have with this photograph were it President Bush delivering a lecture to Russian president Vladimir Putin over the Ukrainian crisis. Earlier today, Fox News reporter Bryan Cole, snapped an photo of the president delivering remarks from a podium in a Washington, D.C., elementary classroom. The podium was resting atop a blue oval rug with the letters of the alphabet around the edge [see below page break for image]. After Mark Knoller of CBS radio tweeted about it, our friends at Twitchy had fun lampooning the president, among other folks in the...
  • D.C. Council votes to eliminate jail time for marijuana possession

    03/04/2014 3:10:58 PM PST · by LonelyCon · 6 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 03/04/2014 | Aaron Davis
    Consuming marijuana in a private home will no longer be a criminal offense in the nationís capital under a measure that passed the D.C. Council on Tuesday and that instantly escalated a simmering national debate over loosening marijuana laws. Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D) intends to sign the measure, a spokesman said, putting District drug law in conflict with federal law. The signed measure will go to Congress, which has veto authority over D.C. laws but has organized to override only three times since 1979. National advocates for marijuana legalization celebrated the 10 to 1 vote by the D.C. Council,...
  • 18 Bookstores Every Book Lover Must Visit At Least Once

    02/16/2014 9:56:37 PM PST · by expat1000 · 36 replies
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  • Meet Lady Bird, a massive machine digging out a solution to D.C. wastewater woes

    02/16/2014 8:39:28 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 12 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 2/16/14 | Ashley Halsey III
    A massive machine ó longer than a football field ó is munching away beneath Washington like a giant earthworm. Before itís done, it will devour about 2 million cubic yards of soil that has been sitting under the city since the days of the dinosaurs. It is the most amazing and expensive construction project that no one ever will see. It will come within a center fielderís throw of Nationals Park, within a corner kick of RFK Stadium, nibble at the deepest roots from the National Arboretum, pass below the Love Nightclub and the United House of Prayer for All,...
  • Oklahoma Congressman(R): Washington Redskins On 'Wrong Side Of History'

    02/11/2014 3:07:37 PM PST · by DallasBiff · 18 replies
    AP ^ | 2/11/14
    ASHBURN, Virginia - The latest back-and-forth over the Washington Redskins name includes a stern letter from two lawmakers and a new "community voices" campaign from the team. A letter sent Monday from Congressman Tom Cole [R-Oklahoma] and Senator Maria Cantwell [D-Washington], tells NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell that the league is on "the wrong side of history" and mentions the league's tax-exempt status. Cantwell chairs the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs. Cole is a member of the Chickasaw Nation. The lawmakers specifically objected to Goodell's Super Bowl week news conference, when he said the Redskins name has been "presented in a...
  • Washington Redskins write scathing response to lawmakers who want team name changed

    02/11/2014 9:06:08 PM PST · by Impala64ssa · 82 replies
    Fox News ^ | 2/11/14
    <p>The Washington Redskins issued a scathing response to two lawmakers Monday after they called for the team to change its controversial name.</p> <p>Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., and Rep. Tom Cole, R-Okla., told NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in a letter that the league is on the ďwrong side of historyĒ in allowing the Redskins to keep their name, which some see as a slur.</p>
  • Parents revolt against public schools leave buildings empty

    01/31/2014 1:28:43 PM PST · by usalady · 52 replies
    Examiner ^ | Jan. 31, 2014 | Martha
    As those in power continues to hang onto the 19th century model of education or accept Common Core indoctrination for their students, parents are moving toward becoming the ďdecidersĒ as they chose charter and private schools, homeschooling, and online programs, it is leaving thousands of empty school buildings all across America. According to a recent study among the cities with vacant school buildings are
  • Homeland Security Secretary: Illegals Have ĎEarned the Right to be Citizensí

    01/24/2014 2:33:05 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 131 replies
    CNS News ^ | January 24, 2014 - 4:17 PM | Penny Starr
    (CNSNews.com) Ė Speaking at the United States Conference of Mayors on Friday, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said the approximately 11 million people who are in the country illegally have ďearned the right to be citizens.Ē
  • Abolish the Electoral College

    08/28/2004 11:34:36 PM PDT · by Former Military Chick · 296 replies · 4,869+ views
    NY Times ^ | August 29, 2004
    When Republican delegates nominate their presidential candidate this week, they will be doing it in a city where residents who support George Bush have, for all practical purposes, already been disenfranchised. Barring a tsunami of a sweep, heavily Democratic New York will send its electoral votes to John Kerry and both parties have already written New York off as a surefire blue state. The Electoral College makes Republicans in New York, and Democrats in Utah, superfluous. It also makes members of the majority party in those states feel less than crucial. It's hard to tell New York City children that...
  • Jackie Kennedy 'had an affair with ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev & so did Bobby Kennedy', new book...

    01/15/2014 9:39:12 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 99 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | January 15, 2014 | David Gardner in Los Angeles
    Driven to distraction by the amorous betrayals of her husband, Jackie Kennedy embarked on a wild fling with ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev while she was still in the White House, according to a new tell-all book. Nureyev, who was nine years younger than the First Lady, was also once spotted with Jackieís brother-in-law Robert F. Kennedy Ďkissing each other passionately in a phone boxí, the book claims. Much has been written through the years about President Kennedyís dalliances while in office. His mistresses were famously said to include actresses Marilyn Monroe and Angie Dickinson, mafia moll Judith Exner and a...