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  • Hillary monetizes Mother’s Day with call-from-Clinton contest

    05/05/2015 6:09:58 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 9 replies
    NY POST ^ | May 4, 2015 | 1:01pm | By Geoff Earle
    WASHINGTON — Hillary Clinton has figured out a way to monetize Mother’s Day — inviting supporters to enter a contest where she’ll ring up Mom just in case you forget to send flowers. The Clinton camp tweeted out the contest Sunday, just when many Americans were scrambling for last-minute gifts and brunch reservations. Entering is free, but those who sign up get directed to a page where they get the chance to “increase your odds” by giving cash to Clinton’s presidential campaign. Contribution amounts are listed at amounts ranging from $5 to $2,700. There is no second prize listed —...
  • Hillary Rodham Clinton to call for path to citizenship for immigrants

    05/05/2015 5:57:52 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 14 replies
    LA Times ^ | May 5, 2015 | Evan Halper
    During a campaign visit to Nevada today, Hillary Rodham Clinton will call for a “full and equal path to citizenship” for immigrants living in the country illegally, drawing a clear distinction from Republican candidates on the issue, a campaign official said. [Snip] Like Obama, the candidate will characterize immigration reform as an economic issue, an effort that would bring millions of people out of the black market economy, enabling them to pay taxes.
  • Ann Arbor voters talk school and road tax choices (Vote NO on Proposal 1 Statewide!)

    05/05/2015 5:26:36 AM PDT · by Darren McCarty · 11 replies
    Mlive ^ | 5-5-2015 | Ben Freed
    Ann Arbor area voters went to the polls Tuesday morning facing questions about the future of their roads and schools. Ann Arbor Public Schools officials have asked voters to approve a 10-year extension for the district's millage rate, which would raise an additional $33 million for area schools. The millage rate is scheduled to gradually fall off from its current 2.45-mill rate starting next year. If voters pass the ballot proposal it will stay at that rate for an additional decade. The district has said it would use the funds to purchase new classroom furniture, buses and instruments as well...
  • How Much Trouble Is Richard Burr in?

    05/05/2015 4:58:01 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 5 replies
    rollcall.com ^ | 5/4/15 | Stuart Rothenburg
    North Carolina Republican Sen. Richard M. Burr apparently is easy to underestimate. The former Wake Forest football defensive back (he played at 6’1’’, 200 pounds as a sophomore in 1975, according to the university’s Athletic Media Relations Department) served five terms in the House and is now in his second term in the Senate. He is the Tar Heel State’s senior senator and, more importantly, chairs the Senate’s Select Committee on Intelligence, a particularly meaningful position given terrorist threats to the United States. But Burr, who lost or dropped a couple of bids to join his party’s Senate leadership, has...
  • State Department: No evidence Hillary Clinton influenced foundation donations while in office (BARF)

    05/05/2015 4:53:01 AM PDT · by markomalley · 21 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 5/4/2015 | Kelly Cohen
    The State Department has not found any evidence that, while serving as secretary of state, Hillary Clinton took any actions influenced by donations to the Clinton Foundation."We are not aware of any evidence that actions taken by Secretary Clinton were influenced by donation to the Clinton Foundation or speech on honoraria of former President Clinton," State Department spokesman Jeff Rathke said during a Monday press briefing.The State Department's comments come on the eve of the official release of "Clinton Cash," a book about Clinton's tenure as secretary of state that alleges she used her power in office to provide favors...
  • Mike Huckabee and the Continuing Influence of Evangelicals

    05/05/2015 4:19:15 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 18 replies
    New York Times ^ | May 5, 2015 | Nate Cohen
    The religious right remains the largest voting bloc in the Republican Party, and that gives Mike Huckabee, the former Arkansas governor, the potential to play a big role in the presidential nominating contest. But Mr. Huckabee, who was set to announce his presidential bid Tuesday morning, will have a harder time winning Iowa than he did in 2008, when religious conservatives had serious reservations about the two main candidates, John McCain and Mitt Romney. This year’s conservative favorites do not have Mr. Romney’s vulnerabilities among evangelicals, like Mormonism or past support for abortion rights. Some candidates might be outright good...
  • Trade pact foes: Deal could cause flood of immigrants

    05/05/2015 4:14:29 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 5 replies
    politico.com ^ | 5/5/15 | Seung Min Kim
    Opponents of giving the Obama administration broad authority to negotiate a trans-Pacific trade deal, including Republican senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama, are pushing a new argument: It could trigger a flood of immigrants into the country. Sessions’ argument – essentially, that the administration could use the authority to expand immigration – was dismissed as an “urban legend” by House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, whose panel oversees trade. But with extremely close votes expected in both the House and possibly the Senate on whether to grant President Barack Obama increased powers in trade talks, leading Republicans and members...
  • Little GOP appetite for immigration fight on homeland bill

    05/05/2015 4:11:49 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 19 replies
    politico.com ^ | 5/5/15 | Seung Min Kim
    Hill Republicans have all but surrendered the fight against President Barack ObamaÂ’s executive actions on immigration. A handful of GOP firebrands are still agitating to use CongressÂ’ power of the purse to reverse ObamaÂ’s move to shield millions of immigrants here illegally from deportations. But top Republicans say theyÂ’re not about to go there again: They tried that earlier this year with the Department of Homeland Security appropriations bill but were forced to capitulate on the eve of a department shutdown, having won no concessions on immigration. Better to let the issue play out in the courts, the GOP reasoning...
  • SHOCKER: Media takes Glenn’s comments about Ted Cruz completely out of context

    05/05/2015 3:31:26 AM PDT · by Josh Painter · 15 replies
    GlennBeck.com ^ | May 4, 2015 at 9:51 PM EDT Source: http://www.glennbeck.com/2015/05/04/shocker-media-takes-glenns-c | Glenn Beck
    There is still a long way to go until the 2016 election. On radio, we talked about the real possibility that twelve (and maybe as many as fifteen) different candidates could wind up running for the Republican nomination. We’re going to learn a lot about each of them through the process, but in the meantime, we can continue to endlessly speculate about how each one will handle certain hypothetical situations. Who is the best communicator? Who is the best on policy? Who can raise the money? What are the particular candidates strong points, and what are their weak points? If...
  • The Quinn in the Morning Show with Jim Quinn - May 5, 2015

    05/05/2015 2:38:28 AM PDT · by sneakers · 17 replies
    Jim Quinn is back! - and in better form than ever!! The Quinn in the Morning Show airs from 6:00am to 9:00 am, Monday thru Friday. To listen online, go to www.warroom.com and sign up (for a small fee). Or you can listen on the radio locally in the upstate NY area on 1040 WYSL Rochester, NY or 1480 WCNS in Latrobe, Pa. If you sign up online, be sure to choose the "auto-renew" option in order to have full access to archived shows and podcasts.
  • Bill Clinton: “we have never done anything knowingly inappropriate”

    05/05/2015 2:33:49 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 52 replies
    The Western Free Press ^ | May 4, 2015 | Jennifer Glen
    Bill Clinton was interviewed by NBC News, discussing Hillary’s run, their foundation, and the income he makes from speeches. The Clintons have certainly stuck with the narrative of being average people. He defends his half million dollar speaking fees with “I gotta pay our bills,” and “it’s the most independence I can get.” While there in nothing wrong with his right to earn a living by fetching great sums for his appearances, the Clintons really need to stop pretending they are one of the “little people.” And whenever they get caught being rich, they throw in a something about being...
  • Battenfeld: John Kerry could prove safe fallback for Democrats (if/when Hillary implodes)

    05/05/2015 2:30:38 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 25 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | May 5, 2015 | Joe Battenfeld
    It’s the question Democrats can no longer ignore: Who will replace Hillary Clinton? Martin O’Malley? Toast. Joe Biden? A punch line. Elizabeth Warren? Not ready. Bernie Sanders? Seriously? “We don’t have a backup,” one top Massachusetts Democrat lamented. John Kerry, report for duty. Again. This is not the scenario Democrats really want, but may have to accept if the Clinton campaign continues its death spiral over her family foundation’s shady ties to foreign nations. Even Bill Clinton’s been called in for cleanup, but saying you’ve done nothing “knowingly” wrong isn’t helping. [Snip] But unless Warren runs, there’s no one else...
  • Gov. Scott Walker walks away from the public on immigration

    05/05/2015 1:33:19 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 26 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | May 4, 2015 | Craig Kafura, research associate, coordinates public opinion work,Chicago Council on Global Affairs
    Republican presidential hopeful Gov. Scott Walker teased a new stance on immigration on Glenn Beck's radio show recently: Now, he wants to decrease legal immigration into the United States. Walker's shift brings up several questions about how Americans — in particular, Republicans — think about immigration. Given the more pro-immigration positions of Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio, Walker's move is a likely strategic play for the anti-immigration portion of the party. But public opinion polling data from The Chicago Council on Global Affairs shows that it is unlikely to benefit him politically in the long run. Overall, we find that...
  • Scott Walker blames Obama, Clinton for world violence - meets with family of Iranian hostage

    05/04/2015 11:59:18 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 8 replies
    CNN ^ | May 4, 2015 | Ashley Killough
    <p>Novi, Michigan(CNN)Gov. Scott Walker on Monday sought to use President Barack Obama's slipping popularity on foreign policy issues as a punching bag and sought to bolster his own credentials ahead of a likely presidential bid.</p> <p>Speaking in Novi, Michigan, the Wisconsin Republican rallied around the plight of a Michigan man who has been held hostage in Iran since 2011 and blasted Obama for failing to do enough on the missing man's behalf--as well as failing to ward off attacks by Islamic terrorists around the world.</p>
  • If Everybody Likes You, You're Doing Something Wrong

    05/04/2015 9:30:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    Townhall ^ | May 5, 2015 | John Hawkins
    Do you know how to get lots of people to hate you in America? In the age when people seem to bend over backwards to let you know that they’re offended, it’s actually pretty easy. You just need to be successful at anything or you can try to be successful at anything or you can even tell OTHER PEOPLE that they CAN BE successful. Having money will also definitely do it. So will being white, male, Christian, conservative or Republican. For that matter, all you really need to do is have an opinion of some sort and somebody who holds...
  • Ted Cruz, Washington outsider and proud

    05/04/2015 7:16:55 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 7 replies
    CBS News ^ | March 28, 2015, 4:17 PM | REENA FLORES
    Presidential hopeful Ted Cruz is glad he isn't a part of the nation's political elite."You may have heard I'm not exactly the most popular person with congressional leadership," the cheerful Texas senator said Friday to a group of conservative business leaders.Cruz, the first major Republican to officially declare his candidacy for the White House, said that because of his role in the 2013 government shutdown over Obamacare he wasn't well-liked among the party's heads. And as a result, campaign donations dried up. "Checks from Washington, D.C., went to zero because that's the way they impose discipline," he said. "I have...
  • Obama on protests: 'There are consequences to indifference' (He's on a mission.)

    05/04/2015 6:18:33 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 32 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 5/4/15 | NEDRA PICKLER and JIM KUHNHENN - AP
    NEW YORK (AP) — In a deeply personal response to outbreaks of racially motivated protests, President Barack Obama on Monday blamed a lack of opportunity in minority communities and harsher treatment of black and Hispanic men by police for fueling a sense of "unfairness and powerlessness." The country's first black president called for a nationwide mobilization to reverse inequalities and said the cause will remain a mission for the rest of his presidency and his life. "There are consequences to indifference," Obama said. Helping launch a foundation to assist young minorities, Obama said the catalysts of protests in Ferguson, Missouri,...
  • Weekly Standard Succumbs to Liberal Rhetoric on Governor Palin

    05/04/2015 5:55:32 PM PDT · by Bratch · 23 replies
    Conservatives4Palin ^ | May 04 2015 | Steve Flesher
    In what appears to be an attempt to defend Carly Fiorina, The Weekly Standard apparently believes that its smarter politics to eat their own (on the basis of outdated and definitely weakened narratives) instead of staying on offense against the left which could have been easily accomplished. As Carly Fiorina officially enters the GOP’s presidential lineup, the lamestream media is already comparing her to Governor Palin. As you may recall, they did the same thing with Michele Bachmann in 2012.  And sadly, we have Republican writers ready to fall for their trick in their efforts to get Republicans back into defense mode by bashing someone like Governor...
  • Paul Weighs in on Cruz Effort to Block D.C. Law

    05/04/2015 5:55:22 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 5 replies
    The Hill ^ | 4:34 p.m. on May 4 | Bridget Bowman
    Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., has weighed in on Sen. Ted Cruz’s effort to strike down a District of Columbia law aimed at combating workplace discrimination, seemingly supporting Cruz’s effort.Last week, the House voted to block the District’s Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Amendment Act and the Texas Republican urged the Senate to take similar action. Paul appears to support the effort to block the law, which conservatives said could violate religious freedom.“Sen. Paul has always been strongly opposed to the government usurping the constitutional rights of American citizens, and will continue to fight to preserve our nation’s religious freedom,” a Paul spokesperson...
  • 'No Room' For Gays in Kenya, Says Deputy President

    05/04/2015 5:16:17 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 27 replies
    Kenya's deputy president has said there is "no room" for homosexuality in Kenyan society, a widely-shared view in African countries that puts their leaders at odds with Western aid donors who back gay rights. William Ruto made the remarks at a church service on Sunday, the day U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived for talks. The United States has been at the forefront of calls for gay rights in Africa and criticizes anti-gay laws on the continent. "The Republic of Kenya is a republic that worships God. We have no room for gays and those others," Ruto told a...
  • Muhammad cartoon organizer called 'Islamophobic, hate-monger' (Supports Cruz, went after Norquist)

    05/04/2015 4:31:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 81 replies
    KPHO-TV ^ | May 4, 2015 | Tom Ensey
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)The founder of the organization that sponsored the Mohammad cartoon contest in Garland, TX, has long been in the news as an incendiary spokeswoman for anti-Islamic causes. Pamela Geller is the founder of the American Freedom Defense Initiative, an organization also known as Stop Islamization of America, which was formed in 2009 to oppose the building of a mosque and community center near the site of the Sept. 11 terror attacks. That controversy propelled Geller into the national spotlight. AFDI has been classified as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center. Geller, who is Jewish, has been denounced...
  • Do Americans trust Hillary Clinton? Not when she’s running for office.

    05/04/2015 4:30:23 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 3 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 4 | Philip Bump
    Carly Fiorina is spending a lot of time making a key argument against the likely Democratic nominee for the presidency in 2016. Hillary Clinton, Fiorina told George Stephanopoulos in making her official announcement Monday, "clearly is not trustworthy, about a whole set of things." Hillary Clinton is not trustworthy, she said on "Fox and Friends" in April. "In effect, @HillaryClinton told us to trust her," Fiorina tweeted in March. "Nothing in her track record suggests we should do so." Americans seem to agree. Our Chris Cillizza outlined recent poll numbers showing that people don't consider Clinton to be trustworthy. But...
  • Here’s Why Vigilant Policing Is Necessary

    05/04/2015 3:43:30 PM PDT · by robowombat · 6 replies
    Commentary ^ | 05.03.2015 - 12:14 PM | Abe Greenwald
    Here’s Why Vigilant Policing Is Necessary Abe Greenwald 05.03.2015 - 12:14 PM Brian Moore, a 25-year-old New York City police officer, is in a medically induced coma in Jamaica Hospital. He was allegedly shot in the head by Demetrius Blackwell in Queens on Saturday night. What spurred the shooting? Here’s the New York Post: “Blackwell had been fiddling with his waistband, a source said. The officers [Moore and his partner] pulled up behind him, and Blackwell realized they were cops.” In other words, the cops were so good at their job that their suspicions were raised by the sight of...
  • Climate drives 'new era' in Arctic Ocean

    05/04/2015 2:11:04 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 24 replies
    BBC News ^ | May 4, 2015 | by David Shukman
    Changes in the Arctic Ocean are so profound that the region is entering what amounts to "a new era", according to Norwegian scientists. A switch from a permanent cover of thick ice will have far-reaching implications, they say. The Norwegian Polar Institute has been mounting an expedition to the Arctic Ocean during the year's coldest months. The director of the institute, Jan-Gunnar Wanker, said that measuring what happens in the winter was vital to improving scenarios for future climate change. "A new era has entered, we are going from old ice to young ice, thinner ice and the climate models...
  • Baltimore Violence is Obama’s Failed Legacy on Race

    05/04/2015 1:36:00 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 26 replies
    NLPC ^ | May 4, 2015 | Peter Flaherty
    As our first African-American president, Barack Obama had the opportunity to personify the final triumph of civil rights, and in the process, become a celebrated and historic figure. Instead, his ironic legacy on race is one of abject failure, as the rioting and looting in Baltimore underscore. The tragic reality is that Obama passed on the opportunity to the “post-racial” president he promised to be when he first ran in 2008. Instead, he farmed out leadership on racial issues to Al Sharpton, for whom grievance is like oxygen. The prejudgment of George Zimmerman, and related fury, set the stage...
  • Abbott: Garland Shooting Strikes At Heart Of First Amendment

    05/04/2015 1:00:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    KERA-TV ^ | May 4, 2015 | Patrick Svitek Terri Langford and Alana Rocha, The Texas Tribune
    Texas' elected officials treaded carefully Monday as they reacted to a shooting on Sunday in Garland that left two gunmen dead outside a contest featuring cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad. Some called it an attack on free speech, while others simply thanked law enforcement and said they were monitoring the situation. Speaking with reporters Monday morning, Gov. Greg Abbott called the shooting a "heinous crime" that struck at the heart of the First Amendment. He added he would not feel differently if the shooting had happened in connection with an event mocking Christianity. "What Christians believe is we need to...
  • TRUMP: ‘PAMELA GELLER IS JUST TAUNTING THEM’

    05/04/2015 1:00:09 PM PDT · by gwgn02 · 86 replies
    TheRightScoop ^ | 5/4/2015 | Right Scoop
    This morning on Fox and Friends, Donald Trump asked if there isn’t some less provocative way for Pamela Geller to make her point without ‘taunting them’, saying that’s what she’s doing. Idiot.
  • Watchdog: Team Clinton broke ethics rules meeting with Senate Democrats

    05/04/2015 12:46:48 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 10 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | 5-4-15 | Paul Bedard
    A taxpayer watchdog group is calling for an ethics investigation into meetings between Hillary Clinton's team and key Senate Democrats inside official Senate offices where political activities are barred. The Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust has asked the Senate Select Committee on Ethics to probe the "apparent breach of ethics rules" stemming from an April 21 Clinton strategy session in a room just off the Senate floor. The group said that the rules need to be reinforced because it appears that "ongoing" strategy sessions are planned between the Democratic frontrunner and Senate supporters. "The taxpayers expect and deserve that...
  • Dems push for same-day voter registration

    05/04/2015 11:54:54 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 29 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 4, 2015 | Jordain Carney
    Sens. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Jon Tester (D-Mont.) want every state to offer same-day voter registration for federal elections. The Democratic senators have reintroduced the Same Day Registration Act, which would require states to allow voters to register on the day of an election. Ten states, plus the District of Columbia, currently allow eligible voters to do so, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. In addition, the group notes that Illinois is expected to implement statewide same-day voter registration later this year. Advocates argue it can help increase voter turnout, while opponents say it increases the chances for...
  • Ouch! CarlyFiorina.org shows her layoffs at HP

    05/04/2015 10:48:43 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 61 replies
    CNN Money ^ | 05/04/2015
    If you're going to run for president, buy every website domain with your name. On Monday morning, former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina announced she's running for U.S. president. But if you head to CarlyFiorina.org, you'll find a message that criticizes her for firing tens of thousands of workers at HP (HPCQ). It shows 30,000 sad faces -- one for every employee that was laid off while Fiorina was chief executive from 1999 to 2005. The accusation that she outsourced so many American jobs is a major thorn in Fiorina's side -- and one reason she lost her bid for U.S....
  • Barney Frank says he’s the reason Sam Nunn never became secretary of state

    05/04/2015 9:57:26 AM PDT · by madprof98 · 13 replies
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | 5/3/15 | Jim Galloway
    Former Massachusetts congressman Barney Frank, the first openly gay member of Congress, said ‘twas he who sank Sam Nunn’s chance of becoming secretary of state under President Bill Clinton. The 1996 move, Frank said, was a pivotal display of gay-and-lesbian clout on the presidential scene. Your daily jolt on politics from the AJC's Political insider blogFrank made the remarks during an interview with Bill Nigut on GPB’s “Two-Way Street,” broadcast over the weekend. The congressman is making the rounds, plugging his autobiography: “Frank: My Life in Politics from the Great Society to Same Sex Marriage.” ***** Frank reserved particular ire...
  • Sowell: Race, Politics and Lies

    05/04/2015 9:51:54 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 6 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | May 5, 2015 | Thomas Sowell
    Among the many painful ironies in the current racial turmoil is that communities scattered across the country were disrupted by riots and looting because of the demonstrable lie that Michael Brown was shot in the back by a white policeman in Missouri — but there was not nearly as much turmoil created by the demonstrable fact that a fleeing black man was shot dead by a white policeman in South Carolina. Totally ignored was the fact that a black policeman in Alabama fatally shot an unarmed white teenager, and was cleared of any charges, at about the same time that...
  • Rick Santorum on Bruce Jenner: “If he says he’s a woman, then he’s a woman”

    05/04/2015 9:45:37 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 60 replies
    Bloomberg; Chicago Sun-Times; Buzz-Feed Hotair ^ | 05/04/2015 | Bloomberg's David Weigel, AllahPundit
    As with the “would you attend a gay wedding? question, I can’t tell how much I should be surprised by Republican pols’ answers to LGBT-themed questions anymore. Policy responses are easy: If you’re running for president, you oppose legalizing gay marriage and strongly, strongly support exceptions to antidiscrimination laws for business owners who refuse to cater gay weddings on religious grounds. Beyond that, once you stray from policy to personal relations with gay/transgender people, things get more complicated and unpredictable. (Which, actually, is why gay-rights activists encourage people to come out. Polls show that people who know someone who’s...
  • Bill Clinton On Getting $500,000 For Speeches “I Got To Pay Our Bills” (box of tissues alert)

    05/04/2015 8:51:06 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 58 replies
    NBC News ^ | May 4, 2015
    Bubba threw a pity party on the Today Show. For those of you who didn't catch the MSM newser news, probably just about everyone these days, here is a link to the video. You might want to have a box of tissues handy ... cause this short clip is a real tear jerker!
  • No Longer Counting Who's Poor in School

    05/04/2015 8:43:37 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 13 replies
    US News & World Report ^ | May 4, 2015 | by Jill Barshay
    Social justice looms large for many, if not most, education journalists. We care about the often substandard education of low-income children and the gap between the haves and have-nots. Take a look at the winners of the Education Writers Association awards on April 20, 2015. Most were writers who told the stories of students in poverty. Beginning this school year and going forward, measuring and describing that poverty is about to get much muddier. That’s because the main statistic used to determine poverty in a school – the number of students who receive free or reduced-priced lunches – is starting...
  • Large Herbivores Will Be First To Go Extinct As Global Warming Increases

    05/04/2015 8:19:56 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 42 replies
    Pioneer News ^ | May 2, 2015 | by Sergey Katin
    It turns out that one of the most immediate impacts of global warming may be the loss of large herbivores. Renowned professor William Ripple, of the College of Forestry with the Oregon Sate University, led a team of global wildlife ecologists to conduct an inclusive study researching data on the largest herbivores to walk our planet today. In response to the study, he says, “I expected that habitat change would be the main factor causing the endangerment of large herbivores. But surprisingly, the results show that the two main factors in herbivore declines are hunting by humans and habitat change....
  • Dr. Ben arson tells TV station he'll seek Republican presidential nomination

    05/04/2015 7:35:32 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    MSN ^ | 05/3/2015
    Retired physician Ben Carson told a Florida television station on Sunday that he is running for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. "I'm willing to be part of the equation and, therefore, I'm announcing my candidacy for president of the United States of America," Carson said in an interview with CBS affiliate WPEC-TV in West Palm Beach, Florida.
  • Former HP CEO Carly Fiorina Announces Presidential Bid on 'GMA'

    05/04/2015 7:33:55 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 05/04/2015 | By Hilary Lewis
    Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina launched her Republican presidential bid on Monday's Good Morning America. The one-time California Senate candidate made her announcement in a sit-down interview with George Stephanopoulos shortly after the ABC morning show's 7 a.m. start time. She also posted an online video about her campaign at roughly the same time. Fiorina had teased on Twitter that she was stopping by GMA to "discuss some big news." When Stephanopoulos asked her if she is running for president she replied, "Yes, I am running" and listed her qualifications, saying she "understand[s]" the economy; "how the world works"; "bureaucracies,...
  • David Axelrod: Red Diaper Baby?

    05/04/2015 7:19:47 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 13 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | May 2, 2015 | Paul Kengor
    Several times I’ve written for The American Spectator on the person of David Axelrod, the figure most responsible for giving America two terms of Barack Obama. My first piece was a cover feature for the March 2012 print edition, titled, “David Axelrod, Lefty Lumberjack.” This lengthy profile was followed by an August 2012 piece titled, “All in the (Political) Family.” Then followed still more writings on Axelrod and friends, particularly the new material I reported in my book on Obama’s communist mentor, Frank Marshall Davis. David Axelrod These writings got a lot of attention. I discussed the topic a number...
  • ISIS Comes To Texas – This Is War

    05/04/2015 6:51:47 AM PDT · by Whenifhow · 24 replies
    Noisy Room ^ | May 4 2015 | Terresa Monroe-Hamilton
    Now this is personal… Pamela Geller (Atlas Shrugs) and Robert Spencer (Jihad Watch) are people I consider friends. I’ve known Pamela a long time. Geert Wilders has long been a man I have admired. And now ISIS has the gall to attack us on our own soil, in Texas no less! In the spirit of this attack and considering it is a declaration of war on American soil with ISIS, they can go pound sand. From my friends at IOTWReport.com: Last night in Garland, Texas at the “First Annual Muhammad Art Exhibit and Contest,” which this site promoted, two armed...
  • House Committee Approves Amendment that Affirms Pres. Obama's DACA Amnesty

    05/04/2015 5:50:41 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 4 replies
    Numbers USA ^ | 5-1-15 | melanie oubre
    The House Armed Services Committee approved an amendment, offered by Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-Ariz.), on Wednesday to the National Defense Authorization Act of 2016 that affirms Pres. Obama's unconstitutional 2012 DACA amnesty. The amendment was narrowly approved 33-to-30 by the Committee, mostly along party lines, but with enough GOP support to pass. The amendment expressed that it's the sense of Congress to encourage the Secretary of Defense to waive military enlistment requirements for illegal aliens who receive Pres. Obama's DACA amnesty. DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) grants amnesty and work permits to illegal aliens who would have qualified for...
  • Rick Santorum: 'Love and accept' Bruce Jenner (If he says he's a woman, then he's a woman)

    05/04/2015 5:49:44 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 74 replies
    CNN ^ | May 3, 2015 | Alexandra Jaffe
    Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum is clarifying — but not stepping back from — surprising comments this weekend in support of former Olympian Bruce Jenner's decision to come out as a transgender woman. "If he says he's a woman, then he's a woman," Santorum told BuzzFeed during a roundtable discussion in South Carolina on Saturday. Santorum continued: "My responsibility as a human being is to love and accept everybody. Not to criticize people for who they are."
  • Pamela Geller DESTROYS onslaught of ridiculous attacks from CNN’s Alisyn Camerota

    05/04/2015 5:49:23 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 86 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | 5/4/2015 | soopermexican
    I can’t say I didn’t see it coming. Instead of finding fault with the attackers that tried to KILL Pamela Geller for using her freedom of speech, CNN’s Alisyn Camerota calls her a bigot and attacks her on-air. Pamela handled it expertly and destroyed every criticism tossed her way. Here’s the first part:
  • Obama admin tells immigration judge: Amnesty Has Already Begun

    05/04/2015 5:28:56 AM PDT · by Whenifhow · 34 replies
    washingtontimes ^ | May 3 2015 | Stephen Dinan
    The Justice Department checked with the White House before informing a federal judge that it was already carrying out part of President Obama’s immigration amnesty, administration attorneys revealed in documents filed in court late last week as they tried to head off a judicial spanking. The attorneys turned over the communications with the White House to Judge Andrew S. Hanen, who is hearing the major case challenging Mr. Obama’s 2014 deportation amnesty, but the lawyers pleaded with the court not to look at the documents on grounds that it would intrude on the president’s powers. Still, the revelation that the...
  • Baltimore Received $1.8 Billion from Obama’s Stimulus Law City burned despite ‘massive investment’

    05/04/2015 5:20:00 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 17 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | May 4, 2015 | Elizabeth Harrington
    Baltimore Received $1.8 Billion from Obama’s Stimulus Law City burned despite ‘massive investment’ implemented by president BY: Elizabeth Harrington May 4, 2015 5:00 am The city of Baltimore received over $1.8 billion from President Barack Obama’s stimulus law, including $467.1 million to invest in education and $26.5 million for crime prevention. President Obama claimed last Tuesday that if the Republican-controlled Congress would implement his policies to make “massive investments in urban communities,” they could “make a difference right now” in the city, currently in upheaval following the death of Freddie Gray. However, a Washington Free Beacon analysis found that the...
  • The Clintons, a luxury jet and their $100 million donor from Canada

    05/04/2015 5:09:39 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 7 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 5/3/15 | Tom Hamburger, etc.
    Bill Clinton was planning a charity trip to Latin America and needed a big plane. For Frank Giustra, who had never met the former president, this was an opportunity. The Canadian mining magnate and onetime Hollywood studio owner stepped up to let the former president borrow his luxurious passenger jet. There was just one condition: Giustra would come along for the ride. That 2005 trip was the start of an intense, mutually beneficial friendship — one that has helped propel the Clinton Foundation into a global giant and established Giustra’s reputation as an international philanthropist while helping him build connections...
  • Extreme secrecy eroding support for Obama's trade pact (Classified briefings in basement)

    05/04/2015 5:02:27 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 15 replies
    politico.com ^ | 5/4/15 | Edward-Isaac Dovere
    If you want to hear the details of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal the Obama administration is hoping to pass, you’ve got to be a member of Congress, and you’ve got to go to classified briefings and leave your staff and cellphone at the door. If you’re a member who wants to read the text, you’ve got to go to a room in the basement of the Capitol Visitor Center and be handed it one section at a time, watched over as you read, and forced to hand over any notes you make before leaving. And no matter what, you...
  • Boehner tells Clinton don’t let Obama 'swing in the wind' over Asia-Pacific trade deal

    05/04/2015 4:57:24 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 19 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 5/3/15
    House Speaker John Boehner said Sunday that Hillary Clinton, the 2016 Democratic presidential frontrunner, needs to support the trade legislation that President Obama wants to help get enough Democratic votes for passage. The Ohio Republican, in a wide-ranging interview with NBC’s “Meet the Press,” said the GOP indeed controls the House and Senate but that he and Obama “needs her help” to give the president negotiating authority to complete an Asia-Pacific trade deal. “We can't do this by ourselves,” Boehner said. “Every president over the last 50 years has had this (authority.) There is no reason why President Obama shouldn't...
  • Right's new check on McConnell

    05/04/2015 4:48:12 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 21 replies
    thehill.com ^ | 5/4/15 | Alexander Bolton
    Thirty-seven-year-old freshman Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) has become a conservative foil to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Cotton surprised his colleagues last week by exploiting a procedural loophole that allowed him to circumvent negotiations on Iran between McConnell (R-Ky.) and Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid (Nev.). In this case, Cotton was able to file an amendment to legislation granting Congress power to review a nuclear deal with Iran that would require Iran to recognize Israel. If the amendment is added to the bill, it would kill it, according to members in both parties. The power play reflects Cotton’s emerging Senate...
  • The Clintons, a luxury jet and their $100 million donor from Canada (donor omits salient details)

    05/04/2015 4:29:19 AM PDT · by Liz · 14 replies
    washingtonpost.com ^ | 5/3/15 | Tom Hamburger, Rosalind Helderman w/ Alice Crites
    In a rare interview, wealthy Canadian magnate, Frank Giustra says his friendship with Bill Clinton has grown out of their shared interest in philanthropy — not business. “I admire what he does. But I’ve never asked him for a damn thing.” But Giustra’s donations, and others from his friends in the international mining business, are now a factor in Hillary Clinton’s campaign. Last week, the Clinton Foundation acknowledged that an affiliated Canadian charity founded in 2007 by Giustra kept its donors secret, despite a 2008 ethics agreement with the Obama administration promising to reveal its donors. Giustra has committed more...