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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
    RushLimbaugh.com ^ | 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
    Townhall.com ^ | 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
    myfoxal.com ^ | 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:http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=x92OWufIWcU#!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
    Amazon.com ^ | 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
    americanthinker.com ^ | 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.
  • Exclusive -- PALIN: Going Rogue in the Wrong Direction

    05/22/2013 3:29:53 AM PDT · by Bratch · 82 replies
    Big Government ^ | May 22, 2013 | Sarah Palin
    As more information about the IRS scandal trickles out daily, the White House’s involvement is becoming clearer. Those of us who’ve been warning about the demise of freedom with Barack Obama’s efforts to “fundamentally transform” our great nation are about to witness some sad vindication. Will awakened Americans finally join us in saying “enough is enough”? The president would like us to believe that he only learned about the IRS corruption from watching the news. But we recently learned that the White House was actively working with the IRS on how to roll out the story of this scandal. So,...
  • Quinn & Rose - America’s Morning Show - May 22, 2013

    05/22/2013 2:56:49 AM PDT · by sneakers · 17 replies
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  • Poll gives Franken a big lead over all potential GOP opponents

    05/22/2013 2:55:49 AM PDT · by LiveFreeOrDie2001 · 108 replies
    Star Tribune ^ | 5/21/2013 | Kevin Diaz
    Minnesota U.S. Sen. Al Franken leads all potential GOP opponents by comfortable double-digit margins, according to a Public Policy Polling survey released Tuesday. Among those tested by the Democratic polling firm was U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann, who he leads 55-38, a 17 point margin. Franken leads conservative talk show host Jason Lewis by the same 17 point margin (54-37), as well as state Sen. Julianne Ortman (52-35). Narrowing the gap slightly against the first-term senator were businessman Mike McFadden and Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek, who came within 15 points apiece (both at 51-36). Sen. Julie Rosen trailed by 16...
  • Anthony Weiner declares he's running for NYC mayor

    05/22/2013 1:21:23 AM PDT · by neverdem · 55 replies
    USA TODAY | May 22, 2013 | Catalina Camia
    Here's the link.
  • Why Were DHS Agents Seemingly Monitoring Multiple Tea Party IRS Protests?

    05/21/2013 11:13:06 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 46 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 5-21-2013 | Jason Howerton
    There were multiple reported sightings of agents with the Department of Homeland Security at several Tea Party-led IRS protests in states like Missouri, Florida, Illinois and Indiana. The rallies that occurred across the country on Tuesday were sparked by the IRS’ unfair targeting of conservative groups — one of the several scandals the Obama administration is dealing with. What is unclear though is why federal officials felt the Tea Party presence required more than the attention of local law enforcement. These photos, one showing “armed” DHS guards, were reportedly taken at the St. Louis IRS protest:
  • Portland, Ore., rejecting water fluoridation

    05/21/2013 10:17:28 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 39 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 22, 12:42 AM EDT | Steven Dubois
    Early returns showed Portland residents voting to keep their city the largest in the U.S. without fluoride in the water. With more than half the expected ballots counted Tuesday night, the Multnomah County election website showed the fluoride proposal failing, 60 percent to 40 percent. Voters in Portland twice rejected fluoridation before approving it in 1978. That plan was overturned two years later, before any fluoride was ever added to the water. The City Council voted last year to add fluoride to the water supply that serves about 900,000 people. But opponents quickly gathered enough signatures to force a vote...
  • In AP, Rosen investigations, government makes criminals of reporters

    05/21/2013 10:14:04 PM PDT · by Seizethecarp · 11 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 22, 2013 | Dana Milbank
    But here’s why you should care — and why this case, along with the administration’s broad snooping into Associated Press phone records, is more serious than the other supposed Obama administration scandals regarding Benghazi and the Internal Revenue Service. The Rosen affair is as flagrant an assault on civil liberties as anything done by George W. Bush’s administration, and it uses technology to silence critics in a way Richard Nixon could only have dreamed of. To treat a reporter as a criminal for doing his job — seeking out information the government doesn’t want made public — deprives Americans of...
  • Obama's Former Chief of Staff: Questions Had Been Raised About IRS

    05/21/2013 10:07:43 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 11 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 1:43 AM, May 21, 2013 • | 1 By DANIEL HALPER
    President Barack Obama's former chief of staff, Jack Lew, the current treasury secretary, said today at a Capitol Hill hearing that he was aware "questions had been raised" about the IRS when he was at the White House:
  • Why are we importing jihad invaders? (Geller calls for immediate halt of immigration by Muslims)

    05/21/2013 9:46:00 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 16 replies
    WND ^ | May 21, 2013 | Pamela Geller
    Snip: We have been importing jihadists for years now with Muslim immigration programs under the Refugee Resettlement program, diversity visas and religious visas. The Refugee Council USA says: “The U.S. has historically maintained a policy of admitting refugees of special humanitarian concern into the country.” Yet what that means in practice is very different from what most Americans would expect. It’s always a shock to people when they first find out how Refugee Resettlement works. Instead of giving refuge to the religious minorities that are persecuted, oppressed and subjugated under the Shariah, we are opening the floodgates to Islamic supremacists...
  • DOJ seized logs for five Fox News phones, possibly James Rosens’ parents’ house

    05/21/2013 9:45:27 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 4 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 9:21 pm on May 21, 2013 | by Mary Katharine Ham
    Well, you know how it is. When a reporter misbehaves, an administration sometimes has to call his parents…or, just seize their phone logs. Bret Baier revealed Tuesday that, according to Department of Justice documents, one of the numbers listed in DOJ’s demands “also relate to James’ parents’ home in Staten Island.” I can’t yet find a Fox follow-up story on the revelation, but the Staten Island area code, 718, shows up twice in DOJ’s filing in the Stephen Jin-Woo Kim case. The documents are posted here by the New Yorker.Here is the “Special Report” panel discussion that ends with Baier’s...
  • Senate Immigration Bill Passes Out Of Judiciary Committee (Crowd yells "Si Se Puede")

    05/21/2013 9:22:13 PM PDT · by fifedom · 59 replies
    All Democrats on the committee, along with Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and gang of eight Republican Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), voted in favor of the bill, which will now go to the Senate floor. The crowd in the room erupted into applause when the final vote tally was read, rising to their feet and chanting "Yes we can!" then "Si se puede!"
  • New campaign compares gun control to anti-LGBT discrimination

    05/21/2013 8:24:29 PM PDT · by neverdem · 19 replies
    Salon ^ | May 21, 2013 | KATIE MCDONOUGH
    "Some people dislike gays. Others dislike guns. We should not base our laws on personal dislikes," reads one adA new campaign cropping up around Washington state is intended to strike a chord with gay and lesbian gun owners by comparing gun control to anti-LGBT discrimination.The illustrated posters feature slogans like, “We won our right to marry, now it’s time to defend our right! And we sure as hell aren’t going to take shit from homophobes in the process!” and, “Some people dislike gays. Others dislike guns. We should not base our laws on personal dislikes.”A QR code on the ads...
  • Carney invokes birtherism in response to scandal questions

    05/21/2013 6:48:29 PM PDT · by Seizethecarp · 67 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 21, 2013 | Rachel Weiner
    Struggling with a reporter about which Republican concerns are and are not legitimate, White House spokesman Jay Carney said that if reporters are going to ask about every issue, they should include President Obama’s birth certificate. Carney was defending senior White House adviser Dan Pfeiffer, who on Sunday described the scandals Obama is dealing with as “partisan fishing expeditions.”
  • Liberal Pundits Gather in West Wing

    05/21/2013 6:37:28 PM PDT · by Paine in the Neck · 9 replies
    TWS ^ | 5/21/13 | Daniel Halper
    National Public Radio reporter Ari Shapiro reports that liberal pundits were seen entering the West Wing:
  • What is "Obama" saying when he claims he SPOKE to No One about Benghazi, IRS Tea Party, Fox news

    05/21/2013 6:36:53 PM PDT · by Understand the stimulus · 35 replies
    Intelligence | 4 21 2013 | self
    For weeks Obama has made the "claim" that no one 'Told' him or spoke with him about the three major scandals surrounding Obama's Team the past few weeks in 2013, Electronic communication including blackberry, IMs, Emails etc have accounted for 90% of when someone might be TOLD the MSM editors allow OBAMA to fade the word spoke or told without explaining what these words mean...its similar to Clintons "what is is " ? Obama is using words to skirt awareness and he needs to held to questions about IMs and Blackberry...how does valarie jarret communicate with him, how does white...
  • Real-time Harrisburg mayoral primary results (Very Interesting Map)

    05/21/2013 6:28:28 PM PDT · by ConservativeInPA · 8 replies
    The Patriot News (Harrisburg, PA ^ | May 21, 2013 | Nick Malawskey
    Welcome to PennLive's real time ward-by-ward, precinct-by-precinct coverage of Harrisburg's Democratic Mayoral primary. As the votes are counted, we will update the color-coded map indicating which candidate received the most votes where: incumbent Mayor Linda Thompson, in green; City Controller Dan Miller, in blue; businessman Eric Papenfuse, in yellow; and resident Lewis Butts, in red. The bar chart will keep track of the total vote count. You can join the fun on Twitter.
  • Here we go: IRS official Lois Lerner to plead the Fifth at congressional hearing tomorrow - Hot Air

    05/21/2013 6:06:33 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 66 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 4:41 pm on May 21, 2013 | Allahpundit
    Can’t do better than Popehat’s wry take:*********************************TWEET***********************Popehat @Popehat ******************************Top IRS official will invoke 5th Amendment WASHINGTON — A top IRS official in the division that reviews nonprofit groups will invoke the 5th Amendment and refuse to answer questions before a House committee investigating the agency’s improper... Los Angeles Times @latimes IRS Official to Reaffirm Importance of Constitutional Rights In Response To Congressional Inquiry http://www.latimes.com/news/politics/la-pn-top-irs-official-fifth-amendment-20130521,0,6645565.story … 3:38 PM - 21 May 2013 Hey, remember when Steve Miller insisted there’s nothing illegal about the IRS targeting a particular political faction for extra scrutiny? He was wrong, potentially: There are civil-rights laws in play as...
  • THE SAVAGE NATION!!!!!! 5-21-13

    05/21/2013 6:00:02 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 14 replies
    www.michaelsavage.wnd.com ^ | 5-21-13 | Dr. Michael Savage
  • Howard Dean: ‘Benghazi is a Laughable Joke’

    05/21/2013 5:46:45 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 82 replies
    http://www.nationalreview.com/ ^ | may 21, 2013 | andrew johnson
    “Benghazi is a laughable joke,” Dean proclaimed twice in a discussion with Republican National Committee communications chairman Sean Spicer last week. “With all due respect, governor, when four Americans die serving this country, that’s not a joke, sir,” Spicer responded. “Oh, stop it,” said Dean.
  • Virginia GOP nominee compared Planned Parenthood to KKK

    05/21/2013 5:44:34 PM PDT · by yongin · 45 replies
    CNN political ticker ^ | May 19, 2013 | Peter Hamby and Ashley Killough
    An outspoken and provocative conservative who emerged from Saturday's Republican Party of Virginia Convention as the party's nominee for lieutenant governor once compared Planned Parenthood to the Ku Klux Klan and blasted African-Americans for their "slavish devotion" to the Democratic Party. E.W. Jackson, an African-American pastor and attorney from Chesapeake, made the comments in a self-produced "message to black Christians" posted on YouTube last year. "The Democrat Party has created an unholy alliance between certain so-called civil rights leaders and Planned Parenthood, which has killed unborn black babies by the tens of millions. Planned Parenthood has been far more lethal...
  • Leahy withdraws LGBT measure from Senate immigration bill

    05/21/2013 5:28:03 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 6 replies
    Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) withdrew a controversial amendment to the immigration bill on Tuesday that would allow American citizens in same-sex marriages to sponsor green cards for their foreign partners.
  • Senate panel approves immigration bill

    05/21/2013 5:25:59 PM PDT · by blueyon · 43 replies
    WFAA.com ^ | 5/21/2013 | DAVID ESPO and ERICA WERNER
    <p>WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate Judiciary Committee has approved far-reaching immigration legislation that gives a chance at citizenship to millions living in the country illegally.</p> <p>The 13-5 vote clears the bill for a Senate debate expected to begin early next month.</p>
  • James Kaleda ejected from hearing by NJ State Troopers

    05/21/2013 4:58:53 PM PDT · by FightforFreedomCA · 3 replies
    YouTube ^ | May 8, 2013 | The Baer/Haggerty Offensive
    James Kaleda explains that the proposed NJ Gun Bills will not save any lives but will endanger them. He is ejected by Committee Chair Senator Norcross. This took place at the NJ Senate gun control hearings in Trenton on April 30, 2013.
  • IRS Official Who Targeted Tea Party, Also Targeted Conservative Groups in the 90s

    05/21/2013 4:39:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    Front Page Magazine ^ | May 21, 2013 | Daniel Greenfield
    Twice they say is a pattern. Or a charm. And there isn’t much charm in using government agencies to conduct an illegal war against the opposition. Perhaps no other IRS official is more intimately associated with the tax agency’s growing scandal than Lois Lerner, director of the IRS’s Exempt Organizations Division. Since admitting the IRS harassed hundreds of conservative and Tea Party groups for over two years, Lerner has been criticized for a number of untruths—including the revelation that she apparently lied about planting a question at an American Bar Association conference where she first publicly acknowledged IRS misconduct. Prior...
  • Why You Can't Trust the White House (Even If Nobody's Lying)

    05/21/2013 4:18:35 PM PDT · by neverdem · 21 replies
    National Journal ^ | May 21, 2013 | Ron Fournier
    Shifting stories cast doubts on answer to core question: Did Team Obama know about IRS abuse in real time?“You and others have said that no one in the White House knew about IRS actions before getting the heads up on the inspector general's report last month,” George Stephanopoulos told senior White House adviser Dan Pfeiffer on Sunday. “Are you absolutely sure of that?”“Yes,” Pfeiffer replied.Do you believe him?Knowing the consequences that would befall the Obama administration if the White House or Obama’s reelection campaign knew in real time that the IRS was targeting conservatives, I desperately want to believe Pfeiffer....
  • Abolish the IRS (and the Income Tax With It)

    05/21/2013 3:53:35 PM PDT · by neverdem · 18 replies
    Reason ^ | May 19, 2013 | Sheldon Richman
    No dissenter can ever rest assured he is safe from the arbitrary power of the IRS.The Internal Revenue Service has been caught engaging in political profiling while processing applications for tax-exempt status. In this case it was against organizations with “tea-party” or “patriot ” in their names and other right-wing groups. Next time it could be libertarian or left-wing antiwar and pro-civil-liberties groups. No dissenter can ever rest assured he is safe from the arbitrary power of the IRS.Nothing will have been learned from this scandal if all that happens is the firing of some IRS administrators and the issuance of new guidelines...
  • The IRS and the Drive to Stop Free Speech

    05/21/2013 3:27:44 PM PDT · by T.Bourne · 21 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 5/20/2013 | David Rivkin and Lee Casey
    The unfolding IRS scandal is a symptom, not the disease.For decades, campaign-finance reform zealots have sought to limit core political speech through spending limits and disclosure requirements. More recently, they have claimed that it is wrong and dangerous for tax-exempt entities to engage in political speech. The Obama administration shares these views, especially when conservative, small-government organizations are involved, and the IRS clearly got the message. While the agency must be investigated and reformed, the ultimate cure for these abuses is to unshackle political speech by all groups, including tax-exempt ones, from arbitrary and unconstitutional government regulation. Beginning in March...
  • Carney: White House, Treasury strategized how to tell public

    05/21/2013 3:05:22 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 28 replies
    Carney: White House, Treasury strategized how to tell public By Justin Sink - 05/21/13 02:47 PM ET Officials in the White House discussed how and when the Internal Revenue Service would tell the public that the agency had targeted political groups, White House press secretary Jay Carney said Tuesday. Carney said that Mark Childress, the White House deputy chief of staff, twice spoke with officials at the Treasury Department about the strategy for revealing conservative targeting. Childress and the Treasury officials discussed the possibility that Lois Lerner, the IRS official who oversaw the agency's tax-exempt organization, would reveal that an...
  • Carney: Obama Didn’t Ask Why He Didn’t Know about IRS Before News Reports

    05/21/2013 2:24:13 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 37 replies
    Carney: Obama Didn’t Ask Why He Didn’t Know about IRS Before News Reports By Andrew Johnson May 21, 2013 4:12 PM Comments 21 Jay Carney told reporters that President Obama did not ask his senior staff why he was learning about the IRS’s targeting of conservative groups for the first time through news reports two weeks ago, rather than from his staff. The administration has admitted that White House counsel Kathryn Ruemmler was informed in late April of the inspector general report detailing the targeting and that she shared the information with members of the the president’s senior staff. The...
  • Who is Ed Mezvinsky? [Can Anyone Verify This?]

    05/21/2013 2:10:15 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 41 replies
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    Edward "Ed" Mezvinsky born January 17, 1937, is a former Democrat congressman. As a Democrat, he represented Iowa 's 1st congressional district in the United States House of Representatives for two terms, from 1973 to 1977. He sat on the House Judiciary Committee that decided the fate of Richard Nixon. He and the Clinton's were very politically intertwined for years. In March 2001, Mezvinsky was indicted and later pleaded guilty to 31 of 69 charges of bank fraud, mail fraud, and wire fraud. He was sentenced to 80 months in (Federal) prison. Ed Mezvinsky embezzled more than $10 million...