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  • New solution to border crisis: Send U.S. officials to Honduras to give kids refugee status?

    07/24/2014 8:36:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    Hot Air ^ | July 24, 2014 | Allahpundit
    A foolproof plan to ease pressure on the border that’s currently being considered by the White House. Why force kids to make a dangerous trip through Mexico only to end up as illegal immigrants in the United States when we could go to them, grant them legal status, and send them north to America ourselves? It’s so crazy it just. might. work. Minor footnote: Federal law doesn’t allow refugee status to be granted for fear of street gangs, only for fear of racial/religious/political persecution, but oh well. Legal details never stopped Obama before. If approved, the plan would direct the...
  • “Modern Family” Star Says he Refused to Pose for a Picture With Rick Santorum

    07/24/2014 7:49:18 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 28 replies
    Salon ^ | THURSDAY, JUL 24, 2014 | DANIEL D'ADDARIO
    Eric Stonestreet told the antigay former senator: "I can't do it"“Modern Family” is a show whose depiction of a gay married couple is so uncontroversial that Democrats and Republicans alike can enjoy it (as evidenced by the show’s getting praised by both Barack Obama and Mitt Romney in 2012). But one of the show’s stars was uncomfortable when approached by one GOP fan. Eric Stonestreet, the Emmy-winner who plays gay former football player Cameron, told HuffPost Live that he had been approached by Rick Santorum at a recent White House Correspondents’ Dinner. The former Pennsylvania senator and once (and future?)...
  • John Walsh: From the Military to Politics

    07/24/2014 7:09:43 PM PDT · by Second Amendment First · 2 replies
    New York Times ^ | July 23, 2014 | DAVID S. JOACHIM
    Senator John Walsh, Democrat of Montana, was appointed by Gov. Steve Bullock in February to fill the seat vacated by Max Baucus, a six-term senator who stepped down to become the United States ambassador to China. Relatively new to politics, Mr. Walsh, 53, was elected lieutenant governor in 2012 after more than three decades in the National Guard, which included a combat tour in Iraq in 2004 and 2005. He had already declared his candidacy for Mr. Baucus’s seat in November’s midterm elections when Mr. Bullock selected him in the hopes that raising his profile would enable the Democrats to...
  • Obama urges Congress to tackle tax loopholes

    07/24/2014 7:07:31 PM PDT · by Innovative · 17 replies
    CBS News ^ | July 24, 2014 | Rebecca Kaplan/
    Most of President Obama's West Coast fundraising trip has been spent raising money behind closed doors, but appeared publicly to the Los Angeles Technical College Thursday to push Congress to close loopholes for U.S. businesses that shift their residences abroad to avoid a higher tax bill. The president framed his remarks around the idea of "economic patriotism," a recurring theme he has used recently to encourage the idea of closing tax loopholes to help fund investments in education and job training.
  • Tennessee Tea Party Leaders: Lamar Alexander a 'Mushy Moderate'

    07/24/2014 6:29:11 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 5 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 7/24/14 | Charlie Spiering
    In Nashville on Thursday, about a half-dozen Tennessee Tea Party leaders gathered with the Tea Party Patriots Citizens Fund to denounce current Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander and promote his Republican challenger Joe Carr. “Lamar Alexander is not a conservative, Lamar Alexander has never been a conservative, Lamar Alexander will never be a conservative,” asserted Nashville Tea Party president Ben Cunningham. Cunningham explained that every six years, Alexander campaigns as a conservative but fails to fight for conservative values. “If he is re-elected, God forbid, he will go back to the Senate, he will serve for six years, he will warm...
  • IRS: Uninsured face fine of nearly $2,500

    07/24/2014 6:10:35 PM PDT · by TigerClaws · 44 replies
    The Internal Revenue Service said Thursday individuals who fail to get health insurance this year will be fined a maximum of $2,448 and families with five or more members can be fined up to $12,240. Under the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate, people are either required to obtain health insurance or risk a tax penalty from the IRS Read more: http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/213308-uninsured-could-be-fined-almost-2500#ixzz38REt1dEt Follow us: @thehill on Twitter | TheHill on Facebook
  • Progressives learn the hard way that the Constitution is obstructionist

    07/24/2014 5:54:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | July 23, 2014 | Charles Lane
    President Obama’s plan to transform the U.S. health-care market is once again in trouble. This time, two Republican-appointed judges on a federal appeals court have invalidated a key portion of the program. In other words, the U.S. constitutional system is functioning normally. That’s not to say that the majority of a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit correctly struck down the issuance of tax credits through the federal health insurance exchanges in 36 states — though it is true, as the judges said, that the law only speaks of “Exchanges established by the State.”...
  • Hillary Claimed Bill Was Addicted To Sex Because Of Childhood Abuse From His Mom

    07/24/2014 5:31:52 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 63 replies
    The Saily Caller ^ | 24 Jul 2014 | Emma Colton
    In a book slated for release next month, a journalist recounts a 1999 interview with Hillary Clinton when the former first lady blamed Bill’s mother for his addiction to sex and womanizing because of the abuse he received as a young boy. According to a Daily Mail report, Hillary made the claims that her mother-in-law, Virginia Kelley, abused Bill during his childhood in an interview with Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Lucinda Franks. Franks, however, refused to use the quotes for her article in Talk magazine — instead, she waited 15 years to release the interview in her latest memoir, “Timeless:...
  • Deputy Prime Minister Groysman Picked as Acting Ukrainian PM - Minister Avakov

    07/24/2014 5:00:05 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 2 replies
    RIANovosti ^ | 7-24-2014 | RIA
    Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman was appointed Thursday as acting prime minister following the resignation of Arseniy Yatsenyuk, Ukraine's Interior Minister Arsen Avakov said in his Facebook blog. “Volodymyr Groysman was appointed acting prime minister at a government meeting,” Avakov said. Yatsenyuk announced his resignation earlier on Thursday following the collapse of the ruling European Choice coalition in the Ukrainian parliament. According to Ukrainian constitution, the resignation of Prime Minister must be approved by the parliament. Earlier Thursday, Ukraine’s Svoboda and UDAR parties announced their factions were quitting the majority coalition, paving the way for the dissolution of parliament....
  • Cruz, Sessions sound alarm on Obama’s plan to expand amnesty program

    07/24/2014 4:15:57 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 8 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Jul. 24, 2014 4:36pm | Pete Kasperowicz
    Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) vowed Thursday afternoon to fight President Barack Obama’s reported plans to expand amnesty for up to six million more illegal residents by the end of the summer.The two senators have been among the most vocal Republican opponents of Obama’s deferred deportation policy, which they say has prompted a flood of unaccompanied minors to try crossing into the United States.GOP senators on Thursday again warned about plans by President Barack Obama to expand an amnesty program for illegal immigrants. (AP Photo)Cruz said he was back at the Texas border last weekend, when he...
  • Immigration solution?

    07/24/2014 4:14:47 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 7 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Jennifer Rubin
    Immigration reform won’t happen this year, but ironically the border debacle may make immigration reform more likely in the near to mid-future. Even if the House wanted to, there is little time (a couple weeks now and a few in September) to get any major legislation done. Moreover, with the monkey off their back and the Democrats under fire for the border mess, Republicans will see less urgency to move forward. (SNIP) It’s no longer politically untenable to argue we should first do border security, then evaluate and then address legalization issues. In fact that seems to be the default...
  • 'True Blood' Actor Nelsan Ellis: Former Star Quit Because he Didn't 'Want to Play a Gay Part'

    07/24/2014 4:04:40 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 65 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 24, 2014 | Hollie McKay
    <p>When Luke Grimes started on HBO’s “True Blood” last season his character James Kent was wooing a female vampire. But Grimes reportedly quit in December when he found out Kent was bisexual and starting a romantic relationship with a gay character in the seventh and final season.</p>
  • Boehner indicates no room for Ted Cruz border plan in House bill

    07/24/2014 3:54:00 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 29 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Jul. 24, 2014 1:20pm | Pete Kasperowicz
    House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) indicated Thursday that the House will not be considering legislative language to defund President Barack Obama’s deferred deportation policy, which some Republicans want to see as a condition of approving new funding to ease the crisis at the southern U.S. border.Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) has said he wants to see Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy defunded, and says that policy is precisely why about 60,000 illegal immigrant children have tried to cross into the U.S. this year.Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, is pushing to end President Barack Obama’s deferred deportation policy, but House GOP...
  • GOP lawmaker returns award to protest Chamber of Commerce’s immigration policy

    07/24/2014 3:47:06 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 23 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Pete Kasperowicz
    Rep. Kerry Bentivolio (R-Mich.) said Thursday that he refused to accept an award from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce because of that group’s position on immigration, and called the Chamber the “biggest pro-amnesty group” in the country. “The Chamber of Commerce is beholden to special interests and has long since forgotten the main street businesses that struggle everyday to make payroll and keep their company afloat,” Bentivolio said. “It is with great pride that I reject their award, and call on them to stand on the side of America, instead of on the side of China and corporate interests seeking...
  • Kansas Livestock Association backs Kobach challenger in primary

    07/24/2014 3:11:29 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 8 replies
    Kansas City Star ^ | BRAD COOPER
    Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s push to get tough on illegal immigration has apparently cost him the support of ranchers. The Kansas Livestock Association has come out in support of Kobach’s Republican challenger Scott Morgan in the Aug. 5 primary. The group says Kobach strays beyond the traditional roles of secretary of state by taking up issues such as immigration and blocking federal environmental protections of the lesser prairie chicken.
  • Smoke Detector

    07/24/2014 3:03:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    PJ Media's Belmont Club ^ | July 23, 2014 | Richard Fernandez
    The New York Times notices the smoke collecting on the ceiling of the auditorium of the world and wonders whether there might be something to worry about. Peter Baker in an article titled “Crises Cascade and Converge, Testing Obama” notices that things are falling apart. “Not long after a passenger jet exploded in midair and plummeted to the ground in Ukraine last week, escalating a volatile crisis pitting the United States and Europe against Russia, President Obama’s thoughts turned to Syria.” Baker has a thought. These problems may be linked. Rarely has a president been confronted with so many seemingly...
  • ‘The Evidence Is Still Coming in’: Chris McDaniel Seeking Poll Book Access in Mississippi

    07/24/2014 2:47:56 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 07/24/2014 | BEN LEDBETTER
    While incumbent Thad Cochran will be the likely candidate to face Democrat and former Rep. Travis Childers this fall, state senator and Mississippi Republican U.S. Senate primary candidate Chris McDaniel is not throwing in the towel – and checking for voting irregularities across the state. McDaniel’s ultimate goal is to get a new election by showing that people who voted in the June 3 Democratic primary also voted in the June 24 Republican runoff. “This affects every voter in Mississippi,” said Mitchell Tyner, a member of McDaniel’s legal team, at a July 16 press conference from his Jackson office. “The...
  • New Cold War or same one that never ended

    07/24/2014 2:17:07 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 30 replies
    washingtontimes.com ^ | July 24, 2014 | Christine O’Donnell
    The term “Cold War” is traced back to George Orwell’s 1945 essay “You and the Atomic Bomb.” Like Orwell’s other works, this essay can be called prophetic. In it, he describes what the world would look like if the atomic bomb, although costly and complicated, was accessible to all regimes. He describes countries as living in a perpetual state of “cold war” with their neighbors in a time of “peace with no peace.” The Cold War started immediately after World War II, when former allies began to clash in ideology. In one corner, you had the WWII Western allies, represented...
  • Shirley Sherrod v. Breitbart Update: Big Law Fuels the Left

    07/24/2014 2:13:18 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 9 replies
    PJ Media ^ | July 24, 2014 | J. Christian Adams
    Liberal groups already enjoy a tremendous structural advantage over conservative groups in terms of foundation support, bricks and mortars institutions and a steady pipeline of youngsters eager to shape mankind to their own image. There’s another often overlooked advantage enjoyed by the left: big law firms donating thousands and thousands of hours to help leftist causes far outside of the American mainstream. There is no counterpart donation of time and money for conservative causes. Big Law’s ideological “lawfare” completes the architecture for attacks on election integrity laws, springing free Al-Qaeda terrorists and even suing conservative new media pioneers like Andrew...
  • Moderates balking at Senate border bill

    07/24/2014 1:28:47 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 21 replies
    politico.com ^ | 7/24/14 | Burgess Everett
    Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu will oppose her leadership’s border aid package, complicating Senate Democrats’ plan to pass the legislation before August recess. The Democratic senator said in an interview that she has two main problems with the bill: Lack of coordinating language for the multiple government agencies that will receive funding from the bill and “little faith” in the State Department’s ability to use its share of the money to combat the violent atmosphere back in home countries of undocumented migrants. “Those are the two reasons that I am a no. And it’s unlikely those will be fixed,” said Landrieu,...
  • Just how insane, racist, and corrupt do you have to be before Obama returns your campaign donations?

    07/24/2014 1:02:31 PM PDT · by seekthetruth · 12 replies
    WesternFreePress.com ^ | July 24, 2014 | SeekTheTruth
    Answer: MORE insane, racist, and corrupt than JZ Knight, apparently. For those of you who don’t know, JZ Knight is the cult leader best-known for channeling “Ramtha,” an enlightened soul who lived 35,000 years ago on the now-sunken continent of Lemuria. She has run a number of scams over the decades (above and beyond the ongoing scam of her Ramtha School of Enlightenment, which has been bilking gullible, desperate hipsters and Hollywood hacks of their hard-earned Hollywood-hipster-hack money for decades). In addition to her other snake-oil endeavors, she is also a big political contributor, and was recently described as “one...
  • Quirky Ex-Senator Stomps on Democrats’ S.D. Hopes

    07/24/2014 12:36:55 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 9 replies
    rollcall.com ^ | 7/24/14 | Colin Diersing
    South Dakota Democrats are playing a tough hand in the Senate race, but they thought they could count on a wild card — former Sen. Larry Pressler — to help the contest break their way. Pressler seems to have other plans. Democrats already faced long odds to hold retiring Democratic Sen. Tim Johnson’s seat. Obama lost South Dakota by 18 points last cycle, and the state marks the GOP’s best pick-up opportunity in its 6-seat quest to win the majority. The front-runner, popular former GOP Gov. Mike Rounds, faces several foes: Democrat Rick Weiland; state Sen. Gordon Howie, a conservative...
  • Israel swears in new president amid Gaza war

    07/24/2014 12:27:54 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 24, 2014 3:07 PM EDT | Tia Goldenberg
    Nobel Peace Prize laureate Shimon Peres ended his term as president of Israel on Thursday—a man who symbolizes hopes for peace capping a seven-decade public career amid the brutal reality of war. Peres handed the ceremonial but high-profile presidency over to Reuven Rivlin, a legislator from the hawkish Likud Party. Although the globe-trotting elder statesman has made clear he has no intention to retire, few expect him to hold public office again, after a career that dates back to the 1940s and has seen him occupy almost every major government position in the land. […] … In sharp contrast to...
  • Obama motorcade reportedly prevents woman in labor from crossing street (Los Angeles)

    07/24/2014 12:13:40 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 24, 2014
    A woman in labor reportedly was blocked from crossing the street to get to a Los Angeles hospital Wednesday because of President Obama’s motorcade. According to the Los Angeles Times, the woman was trying to get to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and was stopped by authorities because Obama’s motorcade was going to come through the area. Cedars-Sinai medical staff reportedly came to help the woman while she sat on a bus bench waiting to get to the hospital, witnesses told the Times. …
  • Right-Wing Groups Just Scored Their First Victory Over Kevin McCarthy

    07/24/2014 12:00:02 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 2 replies
    slate.com ^ | David Weigel
    When conservative outside groups fail to defeat a bill in Congress, the cheers come from all over D.C. Business groups mock the incompetence of the groups; Republican leaders declare that they've been taught a hard lesson by the shutdown; Democrats just like to see 'em lose. The House's passage last week of the highway trust fund bill overcame opposition from the Club for Growth and Heritage Action, which made the passage look like a big win. There's been less coverage of this week's narrow conservative win. The Securing Energy Critical Elements and American Jobs Act, or SECEAJA was the brainchild...
  • Senate: 2014 a Year All Its Own

    07/24/2014 11:24:35 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 12 replies
    rasmussenreports.com ^ | 7/24/14 | Larry J. Sabato, Kyle Kondik and Geoffrey Skelley
    Analysts always strain to generalize about elections. We want to “model” them, find the common elements, and project them as early as possible based on the commonalities. That’s a legitimate approach, but we need always remember that every election is different. Every single one. It isn’t just the candidates that change up, or the specific events that end up defining an election season, or the particulars about presidential and congressional job approval. In midterm elections, especially, the combination of competitive districts and states varies greatly, expanding or contracting the potential for change. Last year, and even in the beginning of...
  • Amid Wave Of Child Immigrants, Reports Of Abuse By Border Patrol

    07/24/2014 11:20:54 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 49 replies
    Nebraska PBS & NPR Stations ^ | July 24, 2014 | by John Burnett, NPR
    Some of the immigrant children crossing the border say they are being subjected to abusive and inhumane treatment in U.S. Border Patrol stations in South Texas. This includes frigid holding rooms, sleep deprivation, verbal and psychological abuse, inadequate food and water, denial of medical care, and worse. Dozens of children have come forward to make complaints against Customs and Border Protection officers. The agency responds that any complaints are the result not of mistreatment, but of its stations being overwhelmed by the surge of minors.Inside 'Las Hieleras' The complaints center on what happens inside the group holding cells that immigrants...
  • Kerry humiliated in Egypt (actually, he was just subjected to normal life)

    07/24/2014 11:09:55 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 29 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 7/24/14 | Rick Moran
    You don't think the Egyptian government was trying to send a message, do you? Kerry flew to Tel Aviv from Cairo, where he met Tuesday with Egypt’s president and other high-level officials. An unusual screening process occurred involving Kerry and his State Department team as they were subjected to a metal detector before meeting with President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi at the Egyptian presidential palace. Reuters reports that Kerry and his aides were checked with a metal detector. Security personnel reportedly raised a handheld metal-detector wand to Kerry’s suit jacket before waving him through. Kerry’s aides were also subjected to the handheld...
  • Honduran Diplomat: Rick Perry’s National Guard Deployment Is Political Theater

    07/24/2014 11:09:44 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 17 replies
    PanAm Post ^ | July 24, 2014 | Source: El Universal
    Mexico, Northern Triangle Governments Condemn Militaristic Approach. The governments of Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras have voiced their concern over Texas Governor Rick Perry’s decision to send roughly 1,000 members of the National Guard to the southern border. Governor Perry said he is going to mobilize the National Guard in order to secure the border. The Mexican government sent diplomatic notes to both the US State Department and the Texas governor to express their disapproval of the measure. Sergio Alcocer, Mexican undersecretary for North America, stated that sending the National Guard to the border does not contribute toward a...
  • The Vindication of Barry Goldwater

    07/24/2014 11:05:46 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 41 replies
    spectator.org ^ | 7/24/14 | Jeffrey Lord
    July, 1964. Fifty years ago this month. The Republican Party nominates Arizona Senator Barry Goldwater for president. The resulting uproar was somewhere north of hysteria. And that was just from the GOP establishment of the day. Followed famously by a November landslide Goldwater “defeat” in which the Arizonan carried a mere five states in his race against Democratic President Lyndon Johnson. Goldwater was the first conservative Republican to win nomination since the 1924 selection of Calvin Coolidge (the vice president who had succeeded Warren Harding after his death). From 1928 all the way through 1960, every GOP nominee from Hoover...
  • Airline Branch Manager Says FAA Cancellation ‘Smacks of Politics’

    The manager of the Israeli branch of a foreign airline said on Wednesday morning that the FAA’s decision on Tuesday to cancel flights to the Jewish state “smacks of politics.” According to Israeli daily Israel Hayom, the manager said, “The information we received from the Civil Aviation Authority takes into account all safety measures for Ben Gurion Airport and in this case there is no security justification for stopping flights. This is probably just another way to pressure Israel to reach a ceasefire.” Later on Wednesday, U.S. Senator Ted Cruz outright accused the White House of launching an economic boycott...
  • Border Patrol Says Arizona Border Is More Secure Than Texas Border, Sees Fewer Crossings

    07/24/2014 10:54:21 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 14 replies
    Latin Post ^ | July 23, 2014 | By Scharon Harding
    According to the Border Patrol, the Arizona-Mexico border is the United States' most secure border. Last year marked the first time in 22 years that more undocumented immigrants were detained at the Texas border than the Arizona border despite the influx of unaccompanied Central American children attempting to cross. "Crossing in this area has diminished quite a lot in the past 10 years," Alejandro Martinez, Border Patrol chief in Douglas, Arizona, said.
  • On the Front Lines With Border Patrol in South Texas

    07/24/2014 10:48:46 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 6 replies
    NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth ^ | July 24, 2014 | By Ray Villeda
    The stretch of land between Texas and Mexico is a long, bumpy ride for Border Patrol agents. The Rio Grande Valley Sector covers land as big as the state of South Carolina and is monitored by more than 3,000 agents, along with Texas Game Wardens and Parks and Wildlife officials. Together, they're working to prevent the flow of illegal migrants coming from Central America. The Rio Grande serves as a natural divider, and from the American side you can see clear paths to the water. On the other side, beaten down brush shows where the illegal trek picks up again....
  • Obama weighs sending National Guard to border

    07/24/2014 10:43:37 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 23 replies
    CNN ^ | July 24, 2014 | By Halimah Abdullah, CNN
    The Obama administration, after initially resisting the idea, is weighing whether to deploy National Guard troops to the southern border to help address a surge of migrant youth from Central America, many of them unaccompanied, a White House official told CNN. The Pentagon and the Department of Health and Human Services sent a team earlier this week to assess Border Patrol efforts in the Rio Grande Valley, the official said, where tens of thousands of children have poured into the United States this year. The administration's latest efforts in what most agree is a humanitarian crisis come as Washington struggles...
  • In Texas, a Surge of Migrants Also Means a Surge of Dead Bodies

    07/24/2014 10:34:29 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 13 replies
    Newsweek ^ | July 24, 2014 | By Karla Zabludovsky
    It had become a routine call. On June 21, Brooks County Deputy Elias Pompa was called to the Wagenschein Ranch in southern Texas. A U.S. Border Patrol supervisor escorted Pompa and a justice of the peace onto the property. The three walked a fifth of a mile and arrived at GPS coordinates N.27.05702-W.98.14811. There, the remains of a migrant lay on the dry, grassy ground. “The skeletal remains appeared to be from a small frame female. She was wearing a black shirt, blue bra, black pants and some black Puma shoes with some pink and purple lines on the side....
  • Ukraine prime minister resigns over coalition break up

    07/24/2014 9:09:10 AM PDT · by Freelance Warrior · 7 replies
    Yahoo news ^ | 07/24/2014
    Kiev (AFP) - Ukraine's Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk on Thursday resigned in a shock move in protest at the disbanding of the ruling parliamentary coalition, plunging the strife-torn nation into political uncertainty. Yatsenyuk said the "government and the prime minister must resign" after the withdrawal of several parties triggered the break up of the European Choice parliamentary majority in a move that paved the way for long-awaited early legislative elections. The formal dissolution of the majority coalition in Ukraine's Verkhovna Rada gives President Petro Poroshenko the right over the next month to announce a fresh parliamentary poll. Poroshenko had pledged...
  • A Truly American Future

    07/24/2014 8:10:48 AM PDT · by WhatsItAllAbout · 9 replies
    Our country’s future, the future of the American people – and indeed the future of the world’s people as they emulate the American example – could well be so spectacularly wonderful that the phrases “shining city on a hill” and “American exceptionalism” are one day looked back upon as historical understatements. There is no greater gift – no greater secular value – than the opportunity to live a human life upon the Earth, no matter how disadvantageous our circumstances. (As for spiritual values, we “see through a glass darkly” now and look forward to experiences beyond our comprehension.) Read more...
  • Unions put teachers on streets — for votes

    07/24/2014 7:11:10 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 13 replies
    politico.com ^ | 7/24/14 | Stephanie Simon
    Teachers unions are struggling to protect their political clout, but as the midterm elections approach, they’re fighting back with their most popular asset: the teachers themselves. Backed by tens of millions in cash and new data mining tools that let them personalize pitches to voters, the unions are sending armies of educators to run a huge get-out-the-vote effort aimed at reversing the red tide that swept Republicans into power across the country in 2010. The unions have plenty of money: They spent $69 million on state races in 2010 and are likely to top that this year. But as they...
  • 'We’re coming for you, Barack Obama’: Top U.S. official discloses threat from ISIL

    07/24/2014 7:10:30 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 64 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 7/23/14 | Douglas Ernst
    ....U.S. officials said Wednesday that not only are Sunni radicals with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant “worse than al Qaeda,” but that the group has a message for the president: “We’re coming for you, Barack Obama.” Brett McGurk, the deputy assistant secretary of state, told lawmakers at a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing that ISIL may have “changed its name,” but that it’s still al Qaeda.
  • They're Not Refugees under Asylum Law

    07/24/2014 7:07:20 AM PDT · by Moseley · 3 replies
    American Thinker ^ | July 24, 2014 | Jonathon Moseley
    The unaccompanied children flooding our southern border are not refugees and do not qualify for asylum under U.S. law or international law. ... In any event, under federal regulations, in 8 CFR § 208.13 (b) (1), “An applicant shall be found to be a refugee on the basis of past persecution if the applicant can establish that he or she has suffered persecution in the past in the applicant's country of nationality or, if stateless, in his or her country of last habitual residence, on account of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion[.]” (Emphasis...
  • Walking Republican Moonbat – Ann Coulter Pontificates The Most Ridiculous Argument

    07/24/2014 7:03:03 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 19 replies
    theconservativetreehouse.com ^ | 7/24/14 | Sundance
    In the fall of 2011 we quit thinking of Ann Coulter in any terms other than a sporadically useful, but generally inconsistent, establishment GOP talking head. In short, a “Romneybot”. A recent article reminds us not only why it was so easy to come to that conclusion, but also why this ex-girlfriend of Bill Maher is actually a raving Moonbat. muggedBefore reading what she actually wrote in a recent article entitled “Eyes On The Prize – Chris McDaniel Supporters Should Work To Take Back The Senate“, it should be absolutely necessary to remind ourselves of her book topic: “Mugged -...
  • Group putting $20,000 into GOP get-out-the-vote effort for Joe Carr

    07/24/2014 6:47:25 AM PDT · by cotton1706
    timesfreepress.com ^ | 7/23/14 | Andy Sher
    NASHVILLE — A national conservative group said today it is putting $20,000 into get-out-the-vote efforts in hopes of boosting turnout for Republican state Rep. Joe Carr in his GOP primary bid to beat incumbent U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn. Jenny Beth Martin, chairman of the Tea Party Patriots Citizens Fund said the money is going to the Real Conservatives National Committee. The goal is beefing up the "ground game" run by the Real Conservatives' "Beat Lamar" campaign, she said. Martin didn't rule out putting more money into the race, saying there "may be more in a week or so." Both...
  • Ingraham: Retire Alexander like an 'old sweater'

    07/24/2014 6:45:56 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 7 replies
    thehill.com ^ | 7/23/14 | Alexandra Jaffe
    Conservative talk-radio host Laura Ingraham urged a ballroom full of Tennessee conservatives on Tuesday night to retire Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) like an “old sweater” that’s gone out of style. "He was really comfortable and sharp looking at one point, but now it just takes up room in your drawer," she said, according to the Chattanooga Times Free Press. Ingraham spoke Tuesday at a 500-strong rally in Nashville for Alexander’s main primary challenger, state Rep. Joe Carr, who’s gained traction in recent weeks in his underdog bid to unseat Alexander. According to reports, she shied away from personal attacks —...
  • LOTFI: Sen. Lamar Alexander must apologize for lying about opposing federal education

    07/24/2014 6:44:07 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 2 replies
    benswann.com ^ | 7/24/14 | Michael Lofti
    NASHVILLE, July 23, 2014– U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R) is facing a tough primary challenge from State Rep. Joe Carr (R). Carr’s momentum has built over the months and Lamar is sweating bullets underneath his red flannel shirt. More than 20 state legislators have endorsed Carr over Alexander. They join more than 60 conservative Tennessee organizations, vice presidential candidate Governor Sarah Palin, the National Association for Gun Rights and more. In natural form, Alexander is placing his bets on misleading the Volunteer state on just where his record stands on the issues. Most insulting of all is Alexander’s attempt to...
  • Lynn protesters denounce mayor’s immigration comments

    07/24/2014 6:42:31 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 18 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | July 22, 2014 | By Oliver Ortega
    LYNN — The passion and polarization of the immigration debate was on full display here Tuesday afternoon, when more than a hundred protesters stood on the steps of City Hall to denounce Mayor Judith Flanagan Kennedy for saying that an influx of child immigrants from Central America is draining the city’s resources. Holding signs and chanting at times, the demonstrators stood behind a round of speakers from local community groups who criticized the mayor and the superintendent of the Lynn public schools, Catherine Latham, for comments they made to about the costs incurred by immigrant children. “The mayor’s comments provoke...
  • Ted Cruz hits back at State Department

    07/24/2014 6:40:40 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 12 replies
    politico.com ^ | 7/24/14 | Kendall Breitman
    Sen. Ted Cruz is slamming the State Department after a spokeswoman called his claim that the Federal Aviation Administration made a politically motivated decision to halt U.S. airlines’ flights to Israel “ridiculous and offensive.” “What is ridiculous is the Obama administration refusing to answer simple questions about whether this was dictated by politics and why the FAA is singling out Israel while not focusing on other areas around the world,” the Texas Republican said Wednesday night on Fox News’ “Hannity.” “Was this politics from the White House? Or was this an airline safety decision? And I think the facts strongly...
  • U.S. Jobless Claims Drop to Lowest Level Since 2006

    07/24/2014 6:40:00 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 13 replies
    WSJ ^ | 7/24/14 | SARAH PORTLOCK and ERIC MORATH
    New applications for unemployment benefits plunged last week, reaching an eight-and-a-half-year low and suggesting increasing strength in the labor market. Initial claims for jobless aid, a proxy for layoffs, fell by 19,000 to a seasonally adjusted 284,000 in the week ended July 19...
  • With Friends Like Democrats, Black Americans Don't Need Any Enemies

    07/24/2014 6:33:22 AM PDT · by rktman · 14 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 7/24/2014 | Patricia L. Dickson
    Union president, Lee Saunders, of the American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees sent a letter to the United Negro College Fund President Michael Lomax announcing that the union was severing ties with UNCF because he accepted a donation of $25 million dollars from Koch Industries and the Charles Koch Foundation and spoke at a Koch-funded summit. In a letter, Lee Saunders wrote that he was “deeply troubled” by Michael Lomax’s decision to accept $25 million from David and Charles Koch. He assumed that by accepting those funds Mr. Lomax was “in no way supporting or lending the name...
  • Puerto Rico GOP Supports July 27 Pro-Statehood March

    07/24/2014 6:19:39 AM PDT · by rrstar96 · 9 replies
    (English-language translation) The Puerto Rico Republican Party (PRPR) announced on Wednesday that it supports the "Puerto Rico Chose Statehood" march and urged all statehood supporters to participate this Sunday, July 27. "I urge all Republican supporters of statehood and all of those who believe in equality to march and send a forceful message of support for Puerto Rico statehood," PRPR National Committeewoman Zoraida Fonalledas said in a press release. "We firmly demand that the democratic will expressed at the polls in November 2012 in favor of statehood be fulfilled. We proudly honor the legacy of our patriots [José Celso] Barbosa,...
  • Christie refuses to campaign for NY GOP’s gubernatorial candidate

    07/24/2014 6:17:21 AM PDT · by topher · 14 replies
    LifeSiteNews.com ^ | Wed Jul 23, 2014 - 5:08 pm EST | Dustin Siggins
    The chairman of the Republican Governors Association (RGA) is refusing to campaign for the GOP's nominee for New York governor. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who is heading the GOP's gubernatorial efforts across the nation, was campaigning in Connecticut when reporters asked him whether he would campaign on behalf of Rob Astorino in his race against sitting New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. According to Christie, the answer is a nearly-unqualified no.