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  • Michelle Obama overtakes Hillary Clinton in list of the world's most powerful women

    05/22/2013 1:39:01 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 30 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 22 May 2013
    First Lady Michelle Obama has overtaken Hillary Clinton in Forbes list of the world's most powerful women unveiled today. The former First Lady and Secretary of State dropped three places from last year's no 2 ranking before taking a seat directly behind Mrs Obama who came in fourth. On Mrs Clinton's selected ranking, Forbes declares: 'All bets on that she will be the 2016 Democratic presidential candidate and the free world’s presumptive next leader.' Topping the list is German chancellor Angela Merkel who
  • Issa Lets Lerner Off the Hook (Rush)

    05/22/2013 1:03:11 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 38 replies ^ | 5-22-2013 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: The IRS hearings today, the Issa committee. Folks, yesterday, after the Apple tax hearings at the Senate, I said, "This is all just a game," and I think this thing that happened this morning with Lois Lerner showing up... Issa basically let her get away with it. She's gone. He looked clueless, like didn't know what was going on, didn't know how to deal with this. BREAK TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Okay, let me tell you what happened today at the IRS hearings. Lois Lerner, who ran the whole kit and caboodle and was... By the way, this was...
  • Darrell Issa: Lois Lerner lost her rights

    05/22/2013 12:34:42 PM PDT · by Second Amendment First · 428 replies
    Politico ^ | May 22, 2013 | Rachael Bade
    House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa said embattled IRS official Lois Lerner waived her Fifth Amendment rights and will be hauled back to appear before his panel again. The California Republican said Lerner’s Fifth Amendment right to avoid self-incrimination was voided when she gave an opening statement this morning denying any wrongdoing and professing pride in her government service. “When I asked her her questions from the very beginning, I did so so she could assert her rights prior to any statement,” Issa told POLITICO. “She chose not to do so — so she waived.” Lerner triggered...
  • Jay Carney: Some press criticism of White House 'legitimate'

    05/22/2013 12:25:47 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 6 replies
    Jay Carney: Some press criticism of White House 'legitimate' By: Jennifer Epstein May 22, 2013 01:43 PM EDT The White House has tried to provide to the press as much information as quickly as possible in its account of the IRS’s targeting of conservative political groups — but some criticism is “legitimate,” press secretary Jay Carney said Wednesday. “There have been some legitimate criticisms about how we’re handling this,” Carney said during his daily press briefing. “And I say ‘legitimate’ because I mean it.” “We are endeavoring to pursue those two objectives in an environment that really never has existed...
  • Anthony Weiner launches bid to become NYC mayor

    05/22/2013 11:47:22 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 43 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 22, 2013 10:45 AM EDT | Jennifer Peltz
    Anthony Weiner’s run for redemption is officially on. The ex-congressman whose career imploded in a rash of raunchy tweets two years ago said in a YouTube video announcement late Tuesday that he’s in the New York City mayoral race. He’d said last month he was considering it. … The Democrat is jumping into a crowded field for September’s primary. He’s arriving with some significant advantages, including a $4.8 million campaign war chest, the possibility of more than $1 million more in public matching money, polls showing him ahead of all but one other Democrat—and no end of name recognition. …
  • Ninth Circuit Rules Abortion More Important than Women’s Lives

    05/22/2013 11:31:50 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 19 replies
    National Review ^ | 5/22/13 | Mailee R. Smith
    This week the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals this week struck down Arizona’s law prohibiting abortion at or after 20 weeks of pregnancy – a law that was based on uncontroverted medical evidence that abortion’s risks to maternal health increase dramatically at 20 weeks gestation. It is universally accepted that risks to maternal health from abortion increase as pregnancy progresses. There is no debate on that fact, and peer-reviewed evidence utilized by the Arizona Legislature demonstrated that abortion imposes significant risks of harm beginning at 20 weeks gestation. In fact, in his concurring opinion in this case, Isaacson v. Horne,...
  • GOP Shouldn’t Use “The ‘I’ Word”

    05/22/2013 11:06:50 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 40 replies ^ | May 22, 2013 | Michael Medved
    As new revelations underscore the administration's epic incompetence in its handling of the Benghazi disaster and IRS abuses, some Republican voices in the House and Senate, along with pundits of every persuasion, have begun to speculate about "the I word" — impeachment. Even MSNBC, the most unapologetically progressive of all television news networks, has suggested that the president could face a serious effort to remove him from office. As much as this prospect might excite the right and inspire the faithful with a renewed sense of purpose and unity, conservatives should steer clear of any push for impeachment as a...
  • AL:Armed teachers bill passes without Governor's signature

    05/22/2013 10:53:33 AM PDT · by marktwain · 15 replies ^ | 21 May, 2013 | Christine Pae
    MONTGOMERY, AL (WAFF) - Alabama lawmakers stayed up late into the night to consider last-minute bills before the last day of the 2013 legislative session on Monday. Both chambers in the state house voted to override Gov.. Robert Bentley's veto on a local bill that would allow armed teachers in Franklin County schools. The bill will now become law without the governor's signature. It will allow teachers and other school employees to carry a gun at school – so long as they are properly trained as police officers or sheriff's deputies. Rep. Johnny Mack Morrow (D-Colbert, Franklin) has been a...
  • Watchdog group accused of showing Democratic bias with fundraiser

    05/22/2013 10:45:51 AM PDT · by Sopater · 1 replies
    Journal Sentinel ^ | May 21, 2013 | Daniel Bice
    The Wisconsin Democracy Campaign is emphatic that it doesn't play political favorites when monitoring election spending and political donations. On its website, the Democracy Campaign describes itself as "a nonprofit, nonpartisan political watchdog group dedicated to clean government."But at noon Saturday, the Vilas County Democratic Partyhosted a luncheon fundraiser at the Arbor Vitae Town Hall to raise cash for the nonpartisan political watchdog. The minimum donation was $12.Why jeopardize your credibility over pocket change?Mike McCabe, head of the Democracy Campaign, said he had no idea that the local Democrats were organizing and putting on the event. "It was done at...
  • Are we distracted by scandals while Democrats walk away with the immigration amnesty prize?

    05/22/2013 9:40:10 AM PDT · by Lakeshark · 34 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | 5/22/13 | William Jacobson
    I received an insightful email from reader Karen Sacandy: Dear Professor Jacobson: I’m among your many grateful readers, but at this time, the Democrats are like Thomas Crown in the flick, “The Thomas Crown Affair,” who created a distraction over here, while over there, he was stealing a multimillion dollar painting. But in this case, it’s a total transformation of the American people, by immigration law changes to aid and abet the non-enforcement we’ve had for decades. All these abuses of power converging at this time are almost COMPLETELY distracting everyone who could bring pressure to bear to prevent the...
  • Video: Anthony Weiner polls second in NYC mayoral race as campaign expands

    05/22/2013 8:22:11 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/22/2013 | Ed Morrissey
    Hey, if Mark Sanford can find redemption at the polls after having an affair, why can’t Anthony Weiner after, er, exposing himself? Let the campaign of a thousand double entendres begin! Weiner inexplicably provides the first in his video, talking about the plight of the middle class and the lack of traditional upward mobility — saying that “it’s getting harder and harder every day.” No, I’m not kidding:!Difficult, Anthony, difficult. Someone get this man a thesaurus, please.Nonetheless, Weiner is finding some sympathy for his big comeback. According to a new poll in the Big Apple from Quinnipiac, Weiner enters the...
  • Most comprehensive crime study ever conducted--devastating to gun control advocates

    05/22/2013 8:20:59 AM PDT · by marktwain · 8 replies ^ | 12 May, 2013 | Candid Reviewer
    First, some background about me: I am a Ph.D.-holder and tenured professor whose immersion in the insular politics of academia had led me to harbor many negative perceptions about firearms. Though I was never staunchly "anti-gun," I was not a gun owner, did not understand the appeal of firearms, and generally believed that gun control legislation was only common sense. That changed four years ago when I (finally) decided to look into the data on guns, crime, and public safety for myself. I am a trained researcher, but I conducted my research for personal not professional reasons. My wife was...
  • IRS Official Lois Lerner: 'I Have Not Done Anything Wrong' ('I Am Not A Crook')

    05/22/2013 7:50:33 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 61 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 05/22/2013 | Daniel Halper
    IRS official Lois Lerner said at hearing today, "I have not done anything wrong." "I have not done anything wrong," she said. "I have not broken any laws. I have not violated any IRS rules or regulations. And I have not provided false information to this or any other congressional committee."Lerner adds that she invoke her 5th Amendment right and "will not answer any of the questions or testify today":
  • 5 scandals that could undo Obama's re-election bid (Flashback April 19, 2012)

    05/22/2013 7:41:11 AM PDT · by haffast · 2 replies
    This Week ^ | April 19, 2012 | The Week Staff
    "For the most part, the Obama administration has successfully avoided bad publicity, but it's now being faced with a string of scandals at the worst possible time" The Obama administration has largely been heralded as the most scandal-free in modern history. But now, right in the middle of an election year, President Obama is being saddled with a string of embarrassing — and potentially damaging — incidents. Most recently, The Los Angeles Times released photos of U.S. soldiers posing with the corpses of Afghan insurgents. While the revelation was deeply troubling, that scandal has mostly reflected poorly on the military....
  • IRS Fails to Comply With Congressional Demand for All Communications With WH Targeting Conservatives

    05/22/2013 7:22:18 AM PDT · by george76 · 8 replies
    CNS News ^ | May 22, 2013 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    What did the White House know about the IRS targeting conservative groups and when did it know it? Crucial evidence needed to develop an accurate answer to that question would include the records of any communications that went back and forth between the IRS and the White House on the topic. ... The IRS--which requires working Americans to file their tax returns by an April 15 deadline each year or else face penalties--did not comply with this deadline imposed by the congressional committee that has oversight over its activities.
  • California Tea Party Files Class Action Lawsuit Against IRS

    05/22/2013 7:04:17 AM PDT · by Lakeshark · 14 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | 5/22/13 | Leslie Eastman
    As Tea Party groups stage successful rallies at Internal Revenue Service offices nationwide, one California organization is staging a frontal assault on this government behemoth. One of the largest and most active Tea Party groups in the nation is filing the first of what is expected to be many lawsuits against the government for allegedly singling out conservative organizations. The NorCal Tea Party Patriots, based in northern California, claim the IRS violated its rights when it either held up or rejected its applications for tax-exempt status…. The NorCal lawsuit was filed Monday in the U.S. District Court of Cincinnati. The...
  • Justice Seized White House, Fox Phone Records

    05/22/2013 6:33:54 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 21 replies
    News Max ^ | May 21, 2013 | Todd Beamon
    Justice Seized White House, Fox Phone Records Tuesday, May 21, 2013 08:01 PM By: Todd Beamon The Justice Department seized the telephone records of at least five Fox News reporters and several White House staffers in connection with the 2009 probe into a former State Department contractor who is accused of leaking classified information to Fox journalist James Rosen. The disclosure came in a document filed in the case of the former contractor, Stephen Jin-Woo Kim, on October 13, 2011, The New Yorker reported today.
  • Al Hunt On Rosen Outrage: Obama 'No Better Than Nixon'; Holder Should Take Hike

    05/22/2013 6:30:19 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 25 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Let's break out the old standard: if Barack Obama has lost Al Hunt, he's lost America—or at least the liberal-media part. On today's Morning Joe, discussing the James Rosen outrage, Hunt called President Obama "no better than Richard Nixon" when it comes to the press. He then strongly suggested that Attorney General Eric Holder should go. View the video here.
  • Trayvon Martin's Final Hour (Long, in-depth analysis of his actions.)

    05/22/2013 6:06:42 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 18 replies ^ | 5-22-2013 | Jack Cashill
    On the rainy night of February 26, 2012, neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman shot and killed an unarmed seventeen-year-old named Trayvon Martin. Three months later, a regular at the Conservative Treehouse blog known as Diwataman discovered the raw video of Martin's visit to the 7-11 that fateful night and initiated arguably the best bit of blogging detective work since the busting of Dan Rather's Air National Guard scam eight years earlier. "I think Trayvon may know these three guys," Diwataman commented in reference to a trio of hooded young men who entered the store almost immediately after Martin left. For...
  • Senator Creates Site For Targeted Conservative Groups

    05/22/2013 3:51:40 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 13 replies
    Natiional Review Online ^ | May 22,2013 | Andrew Johnson
    Senator John Cornyn’s office has launched an online “hotline” for Texans who believe they were unfairly targeted by the IRS to share their stories.