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  • Ezekiel Emanuel Further Explains His Prediction That Employers Will Drop Health Insurance

    04/08/2014 11:05:38 AM PDT · by grundle · 13 replies
    New York Times ^ | April 7, 2014 | ROBB MANDELBAUM
    Our recent interview with Dr. Ezekiel J. Emanuel about his provocative prediction that most employers will abandon health coverage by 2025 struck a nerve with You’re The Boss readers. It came as no surprise that Dr. Emanuel’s claim, first made in his new book, “Reinventing American Health Care,” would be swept up in the broader political and ideological debate about the Affordable Care Act. But in their many comments, readers raised interesting questions, and we took some of them back to Dr. Emanuel in another conversation that appears, edited and condensed, below. It’s worth noting that among those readers who...
  • State Sen. Leland Yee Launches Boycott of Rush Limbaugh Advertisers

    01/26/2011 6:53:44 AM PST · by kristinn · 102 replies · 1+ views
    Contra Costa Times ^ | Wednesday, January 26, 2011 | Mike Rosenberg
    State Sen. Leland Yee is going after another right-wing heavyweight, this time launching a boycott of any companies that advertise on Rush Limbaugh's radio show. Yee, a Democrat who represents northern San Mateo County and western San Francisco, began reaching out Tuesday to dozens of civil rights organizations to ask them to condemn Limbaugh. His staff has compiled a list of the show's sponsors and, with the help of the community groups, will begin putting pressure on them to pull their advertisements from the show. Yee also wants people to stop patronizing the show's advertisers and has launched an online...
  • Creationists go nuts over Cosmos, demand "equal time"

    03/23/2014 8:36:36 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 64 replies
    Examiner.com ^ | March 21, 2014 | William Hamby
    You've probably heard that Cosmos, the new version starring Neil deGrasse Tyson, is causing waves because it's on FOX, and it actually talks about (gasp!) evolution. But this week, Christians upped the ante on crazy by demanding "equal time" for creationists. You know, because they need things to be "balanced." In his typically incisive style, deGrasse explained one reason why that's a silly idea. “You don’t talk about the spherical Earth with NASA, and then say let’s give equal time to the flat Earthers..."
  • 'Most transparent' White House ever rewrote the FOIA to suppress politically sensitive docs

    03/19/2014 8:48:45 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 27 replies
    The Examiner ^ | MARCH 18, 2014 AT 8:45 AM | Mark Tapscott
    It's Sunshine Week, so perhaps some enterprising White House reporter will ask press secretary Jay Carney why President Obama rewrote the Freedom of Information Act without telling the rest of America. The rewrite came in an April 15, 2009, memo from then-White House Counsel Greg Craig instructing the executive branch to let White House officials review any documents sought by FOIA requestors that involved "White House equities." That phrase is nowhere to be found in the FOIA, yet the Obama White House effectively amended the law to create a new exception to justify keeping public documents locked away from the...
  • IRS: Worker took home personal info on 20K workers

    03/18/2014 6:49:18 PM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 37 replies
    AP ^ | March 18 2014 | STEPHEN OHLEMACHER
    WASHINGTON (AP) — An Internal Revenue Service employee took home personal information on about 20,000 IRS workers, former workers and contractors, putting the data at risk for public release, the agency said Tuesday. The employee took home a computer thumb drive containing names, Social Security numbers and addresses of the workers, and plugged the drive into an unsecure home network, IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said in an email to employees.
  • IRS doubles down on lawbreaking with regulation to kill free speech

    03/17/2014 3:49:49 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 24 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 3-17-2014 | MARK J. FITZGIBBONS
    OPINION IRS doubles down on lawbreaking with regulation to kill free speech MARK J. FITZGIBBONS • | MARCH 17, 2014 AT 6:08 PM Proposed regulations from the IRS for 501(c)(4) "social welfare organizations" would censor speech such as legislative scorecards, voter registrations and get-out-the-vote projects. They also would eliminate communications before elections that name candidates, even if done in a neutral fashion. The IRS claims its proposed regulations are designed to create “a more uniform set of rules” for social welfare organizations, notwithstanding the long precedent of these types of communications. Censorship is now deemed appropriate tax policy. Coming after...
  • IRS Scandal Timeline

    03/12/2014 2:34:27 PM PDT · by Ray76 · 5 replies
    The Center for Competitive Politics created this working timeline of events surrounding the IRS scandal. A PDF version of the working timeline is here.
  • A Surprising Critic of Presidential Vacations

    03/10/2014 4:50:06 PM PDT · by Hoodat · 12 replies
    Patterico's Pontifications ^ | 3/8/2014 | "Patter-EE-koh"
    White House spokesman Josh Earnest defended President Obama’s weekend vacation in Key Largo, despite the ongoing crisis in Ukraine, arguing Obama would be able to monitor events from Florida. “What the president will be doing this weekend in Florida is essentially what the president would be doing back at the White House. It’s just that the weather will be a little warmer,” Earnest told reporters aboard Air Force One. -snip- Hey, at least he’s being frugal about it. The rooms are only $2500 per night. There is at least one critic of the idea that a president should be taking...
  • Edward Snowden Says He Reported N.S.A. Surveillance Concerns To Officials Before Leaks

    03/08/2014 10:52:48 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    New York Times ^ | 03/08/2014 | By CHARLIE SAVAGE
    WASHINGTON — Edward J. Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor who leaked a trove of documents revealing the agency’s surveillance operations, said he raised his concerns to more than 10 officials, “none of whom took any action to address them,” before he decided to give the documents to journalists. Mr. Snowden’s comments, in written answers to questions by members of the European Parliament that were released on Friday, amplified previous assertions that he initially tried to raise concerns internally about surveillance collection he believed went too far. An N.S.A. spokeswoman declined to comment, but the agency has previously said...
  • Embattled IRS official Lois Lerner’s husband’s law firm has strong Obama connections

    03/08/2014 8:27:33 AM PST · by managusta · 38 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 05/16/2013 | Patrick Howley
    The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) official who apologized for targeting conservative nonprofit groups for extra scrutiny is married to an attorney whose firm hosted a voter registration organizing event for the Obama presidential campaign, praised President Obama’s policy work, and had one of its partners appointed by Obama to a key ambassadorship. IRS Exempt Organizations Division director Lois G. Lerner, who has been described as “apolitical” in mainstream press coverage of the IRS scandal, is married to tax attorney Michael R. Miles, a partner at the law firm Sutherland Asbill & Brennan. The firm is based in Atlanta but has...
  • For Netanyahu, a bombshell battering by Obama

    03/07/2014 10:22:45 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 40 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | March 3, 2014, 4:18 am | David Horovitz
    … Until he read the breaking news of President Obama’s earth-shattering interview with Bloomberg’s Jeffrey Goldberg on Sunday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu might have anticipated that Monday’s meeting was going to be one of his less confrontational and unpleasant sessions of frank, allied diplomacy with his good friend Barack. […] For one thing is certain, the president’s resort to a newspaper interview on the eve of their talks to issue near-apocalyptic warnings about the disaster Netanyahu risks bringing upon Israel is just about the last thing likely to bolster the prime minister’s confidence in their alliance, and just about the...
  • (EXCLUSIVE) IRS Currently Employing Convicted Terrorist Associate

    03/06/2014 12:00:54 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 03/06/2014 | Patrick Poole
    While IRS officials were targeting Tea Party groups for special scrutiny of their 501(c)3 tax exempt applications, the IRS also hired a policeman who had been prosecuted by the Justice Department — and convicted in federal court — of using his access to the FBI’s NCIC system to tip off a terror suspect about the bureau’s surveillance. The leak wrecked a major terror investigation.He is still at the IRS. Weiss Russell (he has changed his name from “Weiss Rasool,” the name under which he was convicted), is currently employed as a financial management analyst in the IRS Deputy Chief...
  • Darrell Issa seen plowing ahead with IRS probe amid new evidence (Elijah Cummings deeply saddened)

    03/07/2014 2:40:52 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 68 replies
    Politico ^ | 3-7-2014 | JOHN BRESNAHAN and LAUREN FRENCH
    Darrell Issa seen plowing ahead with IRS probe amid new evidence By JOHN BRESNAHAN and LAUREN FRENCH | 3/7/14 2:00 PM EST Updated: 3/7/14 3:53 PM EST Not even a trove of new evidence will stop Darrell Issa from going after Lois Lerner’s testimony. The House Oversight Committee Chairman is plowing forward with plans to hold the former IRS official in contempt of Congress - possibly as early as next week - despite word from the tax agency that it plans to hand over a broad set of documents spanning Lerner’s entire career at the IRS. Republicans have long sought...
  • EU-U.S. trade talks face growing hostility, ministers warn

    03/06/2014 11:31:08 AM PST · by Lorianne · 2 replies
    Chicato Tribune / Reuters ^ | 28 February 2014 | Robin Emmott
    Free-trade talks between the United States and the European Union are in danger of being derailed by populist groups opposing everything from globalization to multinationals, EU ministers and business leaders said on Friday. The rise of anti-EU parties, reports of U.S. spying in Europe and accusations that a trade pact would pander to big companies have combined to erode public support for a deal that proponents say would dramatically increase economic growth. "We have an uphill battle to make the argument that this EU-U.S. free-trade agreement is a good one," he said in remarks that were broadcast to reporters.
  • The only recourse for Obama's lawlessness

    03/06/2014 11:29:15 AM PST · by Starman417 · 36 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 03-06-14 | DrJohn
    Barack Obama reached his tipping point today. I don't see him recovering from this confluence of events. Today we know for a fact that there is only one avenue left to salvage the rule of law in this country. Impeachment. Today Barack Obama reached a new low in the polls: President Obama’s job approval rating hits a record low this week, as a majority of Americans say his administration has mostly failed at growing the economy, creating jobs, improving health care and the country’s image. That’s according to a Fox News poll released Wednesday. For the first time in a...
  • CBC asks that Issa be stripped of gavel

    03/06/2014 11:15:27 AM PST · by jazusamo · 91 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 6, 2014 | Bernie Becker
    VIDEO: 4 minutes - Rep. Marcia Fudge's oral presentation of the privileged resolution on House floor. The chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus is calling House Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) to be stripped of his gavel for his behavior at a contentious IRS hearing on Wednesday. Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio) told Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Thursday that Issa’s conduct in the hearing — which included cutting off the microphone of Rep. Elijah Cummings (Md.), the ranking Democrat — amounted to “an affront to the expectations of the American people.” Fudge also said Issa should apologize on the House...
  • Imagine What They've Been Taught in School: Salon Advocates for Communism

    02/28/2014 12:46:37 PM PST · by servo1969 · 30 replies
    RushLimbaugh.com ^ | 2-28-2014 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Salon.com. This is a huge piece here. This prints out to six pages. "Why You're Wrong About Communism: 7 Huge Misconceptions About It (and Capitalism) -- Most of what Americans think they know about capitalism and communism is total nonsense," and as I read through this... I'm not gonna read the whole thing to you, but we will link to it at RushLimbaugh.com. As you read through this, if you take the time to do it, this could very easily be the kind of gobbledygook that's being taught in college. "As the commentary around the recent deaths of Nelson...
  • Smidgen of Corruption in Christine O'Donnell IRS Case

    03/01/2014 6:09:13 PM PST · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 1, 2014 | Gayle Trotter
    Citizens who flout the Internal Revenue Service face the prospect of jail, but when the IRS flouts the law, it’s business as usual. The case of Christine O’Donnell, former Delaware candidate for U.S. senator, highlights the continuing abuses by the sprawling agency charged with collecting our taxes. Before running, O’Donnell had heard that if she chose to run in 2010 for the U.S. Senate against former Delaware governor Mike Castle, the IRS and others would “F— with her head,” in the words of a top Delaware political insider. In short order, someone accessed O’Donnell’s tax return information containing private financial...
  • Senate Democrats Reject Limits on IRS Intimidation of Political Speech

    02/28/2014 7:04:09 PM PST · by John Semmens · 17 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 28 Feb 2014 | John Semmens
    In the midst of the Obama Administration's efforts to “reform” IRS regulations, the Senate Democratic majority rejected language proposed by Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) that would have blocked the IRS from acting to penalize dissent against government policies and programs. The specific text of Senator Cruz's proposed language would have made it unlawful for the IRS to “willfully act with the intent to injure, oppress, threaten, intimidate, or single out and subject to undue scrutiny any person or organization in any state.” As Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev) explained, “whether intent is malicious or scrutiny is undue is a...
  • Holder's call to let ex-felons vote divides Senate Democrats

    03/01/2014 2:42:36 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 80 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 1, 2014 | Alexander Bolton
    Attorney General Eric Holder’s call to restore voting rights to felons after they’ve served their time in prison has split Senate Democrats. Liberal Democrats who are not facing tough re-elections this year say it’s the right thing to do, but vulnerable incumbents are steering clear of the proposal. ADVERTISEMENT Holder has become increasingly outspoken recently. This week he declared that state attorneys general are not obligated to defend laws that are discriminatory. Political experts say barring ex-felons from voting impacts African Americans disproportionately.
  • Who’s Trying to Impeach Attorney General Eric Holder?

    02/20/2014 12:22:12 PM PST · by Renfield · 23 replies
    Activist Post ^ | 2-20-2014 | Catherine J. Frompovich
    Has anyone noticed that there is a Resolution [1] in the U.S. House of Representatives (H.Res.411) to impeach Eric H. Holder, Jr., Attorney General of the United States, for high crimes and misdemeanors? November 14, 2013, Rep. Pete (R-22-TX) officially introduced Articles of Impeachment against Holder, which had nineteen co-sponsors who are: Rep. Lynn R Westmoreland (R-3-GA), Rep. Larry Bucshon (R-8-IN), Rep. Roger Williams (R-25-TX), Rep. Ted Yoho ((R-3-FL), Rep. Randy Weber (R-14-TX), Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-27-TX), Rep. Bill Flores (R-17-TX), Rep. Michelle Bachmann (R-6-MN), Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-1-TX), Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-50-CA), Rep. Mark Amodei (R-2-NV), Rep. Jeff Duncan...
  • The FCC Wades Into the Newsroom

    02/21/2014 3:25:31 AM PST · by Renfield · 16 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 2-10-2014 | Ajit Pai
    News organizations often disagree about what Americans need to know. MSNBC, for example, apparently believes that traffic in Fort Lee, N.J., is the crisis of our time. Fox News, on the other hand, chooses to cover the September 2012 attacks on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi more heavily than other networks. The American people, for their part, disagree about what they want to watch. But everyone should agree on this: The government has no place pressuring media organizations into covering certain stories. Unfortunately, the Federal Communications Commission, where I am a commissioner, does not agree. Last May the FCC...
  • Actor Steven Seagal Calls For Obama’s Impeachment

    02/26/2014 11:10:34 PM PST · by Impala64ssa · 42 replies
    Western Journalism ^ | Tom Hinchey
    Actor Steven Seagal appeared at the Western Conservative Conference in Phoenix on February 22, 2014, where he called for the impeachment of President Obama.
  • Supreme Court Rules Police May Search A Home Without Obtaining A Warrant

    02/27/2014 6:01:12 PM PST · by Nachum · 73 replies
    Russia Today via zerohedge ^ | 2/27/14 | Russia Today Tyler Durden
    If the most disturbing, if underreported, news from yesterday, was Obama's "modification" of NSA capabilities, which contrary to his earlier promises, was just granted even greater powers as phone recording will now be stored for even longer than previously, then this latest development from the Supreme Court - one which some could argue just voided the Fourth amendment - is even more shocking. RT reports that the US Supreme Court has ruled that police may search a home without obtaining a warrant despite the objection of one occupant if that occupant has been removed from the premises. With its 6...
  • Obama administration wants to hold onto NSA phone data for longer, citing lawsuits

    02/26/2014 5:18:32 PM PST · by gooblah · 1 replies
    yahoo ^ | FEB 26 2014 | Eric Pfeiffer
    The Obama administration has asked the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISA) to give it more time to hold onto phone data captured by the National Security Agency.
  • IRS Warns: Obamacare Tax Must Be Paid with Tax Return

    02/25/2014 6:08:31 PM PST · by MeshugeMikey · 80 replies
    Your 2014 tax return will ask if you had insurance coverage or qualified for an exemption. If not, you may owe a shared responsibility payment when you file in 2015.
  • Panel Seeks New Testimony by Former IRS Official Over Tea-Party Targeting

    02/25/2014 5:37:16 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 23 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | February 25, 2014 | By John D. McKinnon
    A House committee is planning a showdown next week with a former Internal Revenue Service official who declined to answer questions last year about agency targeting of tea-party groups. The former official, Lois Lerner, appeared at a contentious hearing House Oversight and Government Reform Committee last May, soon after news broke that the IRS had targeted grassroots conservative groups for special scrutiny as they sought tax-exempt status. At the hearing, Ms. Lerner made an opening statement asserting her innocence of any wrongdoing, then sought to invoke her Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination. She declined to answer questions from committee members...
  • Billionaire Steyer Puts Money Toward Climate, Energy Issues

    02/25/2014 5:38:21 PM PST · by La Lydia · 28 replies
    NPR ^ | February 24, 2014 | David Greene
    DAVID GREENE, HOST: … wealthy donors like Tom Steyer are putting a pistol to someone's head, forcing their pet issues on candidates. Steyer himself sees things very differently. He quit his hedge fund with $1.5 billion and now in his view he's fighting as hard as he can with money and passion to do something very noble - save the planet. .. With plans to pour $100 million into key elections this year, Steyer joins this elite group of wealthy individuals trying to influence politicians and voters. Steyer says he doesn't agree with the growing influence of money in politics...
  • Just Abolish The FCC

    02/24/2014 11:00:47 AM PST · by Jim Robinson · 56 replies
    IBD ^ | February 21, 2014 | IBD Editorial
    Bureaucracy: The FCC jumped the shark with its outrageous plan to police America's newsrooms. This grasp for a new mission signals an agency that has outlived its purpose. We have a better idea: Just scrap the FCC. There's nothing worse than a federal agency that has lost its original mission, has nothing productive to do and, as a result, is restlessly rustling around for something to justify its existence. That describes the Federal Communications Commission, an old-line agency founded in the 1930s to regulate a limited supply of television airwaves divided among three networks, which is now gone with the...
  • FCC Agency study could stifle freedom of the press, says FCC official

    02/20/2014 7:30:11 AM PST · by Innovative · 56 replies
    Fox 43 ^ | Feb 20, 2014 | FoxNews
    An Obama administration plan that would get researchers into newsrooms across the country is sparking concern among congressional Republicans and conservative groups. The purpose of the proposed Federal Communications Commission study is to “identify and understand the critical information needs of the American public, with special emphasis on vulnerable-disadvantaged populations,” according to the agency. However, one agency commissioner, Ajit Pai, said in a Wall Street Journal op-ed piece Wednesday that the May 2013 proposal would allow researchers to “grill reporters, editors and station owners about how they decide which stories to run.” He also said he feared the study might...
  • This Democratic Senate wannabe [Gary Peters] just picked a fight with a mother who has cancer

    02/23/2014 6:09:20 PM PST · by grundle · 15 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | February22, 2014 | Christopher Bedford
    Last week, The Washington Post began grumbling about an Americans for Prosperity (AFP) ad featuring Julie Boonstra, a woman with leukemia who was thrown into expensive uncertainty by Obamacare, with Greg Sargent lamenting the tragedy of its effectiveness and Glenn Kessler asking for more proof. (BEDFORD: The Post is pretty worried about the people Obamacare hurts) Then Rep. Gary Peters, who is the running for the U.S. Senate in Michigan, went all-in Friday, having his lawyers send a letter to a Michigan television station citing the Post in demanding that AFP provide more evidence that Obamacare is as terrible as...
  • Rice says Russian move on Ukraine would be mistake

    02/23/2014 10:04:03 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 43 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 23, 2014 12:33 PM EST
    President Barack Obama’s national security adviser said Sunday it would be a “grave mistake” for Russia to intervene militarily in Ukraine. Susan Rice said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” that in Obama’s phone conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday the two agreed that a political settlement in Kiev, the Ukrainian capital, should ensure the unity of the country and the right of Ukrainians to express their free will. She was asked whether the White House fears Putin will send Russian troops into Ukraine. “That would be a grave mistake,” she said. “It’s not in the interest of Ukraine...
  • Sarah Palin Blasts Press: You Only 'Cry Foul' When 'Obama's Boot is on Your Neck'

    02/23/2014 8:16:19 AM PST · by SoConPubbie · 23 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 22 Feb 2014 | Tony Lee
    Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin blasted the mainstream press for only holding President Barack Obama accountable when they are impacted by Obama's overreach and abuses, while not being watchdogs in nearly every other case. "Lamestream calls for empathy, even outrage, for a First Amendment violation that's on par with all the abuse we've brought to your attention as Obama stomps on our Constitution," Palin wrote on her Facebook page after the Obama administration's FCC aborted plans to monitor the country's newsrooms. "You've IGNORED us, you've marginalized us, you've left us for 'destroyed.' But when Obama's boot is on YOUR neck you finally...
  • Michigan Democrat Rep. Gary Peters threatens TV station licenses over Obamacare ad

    02/23/2014 4:29:56 PM PST · by GraceG · 31 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 02/22/2014 | Charles Hoskinson
    While Julie Boonstra of Dexter, Mich., struggles to survive leukemia, she now also has to cope with being called a liar by the Democrat who wants to be her next senator. And the campaign of Rep. Gary Peters is also going after television stations airing ads in which her story is featured, threatening their licenses. The ad by Americans for Prosperity features Boonstra talking about how her insurance was canceled under Obamacare and saying that Peters' decision to vote for the law "jeopardized my health." The ads are airing in Michigan as Peters seeks the Democratic nomination to replace Sen....
  • The Standing Armies of Yesterday and the Police State Today

    02/23/2014 3:32:15 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    The International Libertarian ^ | August 22, 2013 | Darren Wolfe
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Darren Wolfe gave this presentation at the Citizens for Liberty meeting on August 20, 2013 near Norristown, Pennsylvania. Below are links to source material so readers can do their own research and come to their own conclusions. Many of the quotes used in the presentation are parts of essays or speeches that are well worth reading start to finish. This first series of quotes is from John Trenchard's 1697 book “An Argument Shewing, that a Standing Army is inconsistent with a Free Government, and absolutely destructive to the Constitution of the English Monarchy” (http://www.reformation.org/john-trenchard.pdf): And if we enquire how these...
  • Reporters threatened their careers would end if they raised this subject...

    02/23/2014 7:00:26 AM PST · by westcoastwillieg
    amazon.com ^ | Jacques Evans
    This is the last day to get a free copy of Scammed the new action/adventure novel with a political twist. Scammed will be free on the Kindle Store this weekend (Feb. 22, 23) only. If you don't have a Kindle, there's a free Kindle Reading App available from Amazon. Scammed is a novel about a former air force pilot, a retired marine and a disabled ex-army doctor who team up to uncover a scam artist—the current occupant of the White House. When the miscreant behind the greatest Ponzi scheme in history was exposed his name was plastered on the front...
  • Scammed: Must read for Orly and Sheriff Joe supporters

    02/22/2014 3:24:08 PM PST · by westcoastwillieg · 19 replies
    amazon.com e-book ^ | Jacques Evans
    A new action/adventure novel with a political twist, Scammed, will be free on the Kindle Store this weekend (Feb. 22, 23) only. If you don't have a Kindle, there's a free Kindle Reading App available from Amazon. Scammed is a novel about a former air force pilot, a retired marine and a disabled ex-army doctor who team up to uncover a scam artist—the current occupant of the White House. When the miscreant behind the greatest Ponzi scheme in history was exposed his name was plastered on the front page of every newspaper in the country and heard on television ad...
  • Universities in FCC Newsroom Probe Have Close Ties to Soros, Got $1.8M in Funding

    02/23/2014 4:06:00 AM PST · by Islander7 · 11 replies
    CNSnews.com ^ | Feb 21, 2014 | By Mike Ciandella
    The FCC may have suspended its invasion into American newsrooms, but the controversial "Critical Information Needs" study also has George Soros' fingerprints all over it. While disturbing, this should come as no surprise since Soros' gave more than $52 million to media organizations from 2000-2010. Two schools were working with FCC on the project, according to Byron York of The Washington Examiner. The University of Southern California Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism and the University of Wisconsin-Madison Center for Communication and Democracy, were tasked by the FCC with coming up with criteria for what information is "critical" for Americans...
  • Michigan Democrat Rep. Gary Peters threatens TV station licenses over Obamacare ad

    02/23/2014 4:41:10 AM PST · by Libloather · 40 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 2/22/14 | Charles Hoskinson
    While Julie Boonstra of Dexter, Mich., struggles to survive leukemia, she now also has to cope with being called a liar by the Democrat who wants to be her next senator. And the campaign of Rep. Gary Peters is also going after television stations airing ads in which her story is featured, threatening their licenses. The ad by Americans for Prosperity features Boonstra talking about how her insurance was canceled under Obamacare and saying that Peters' decision to vote for the law "jeopardized my health." The ads are airing in Michigan as Peters seeks the Democratic nomination to replace Sen....
  • Universities in FCC Newsroom Probe Have Close Ties to Soros, Got $1.8M in Funding

    02/22/2014 7:11:30 AM PST · by MeshugeMikey · 18 replies
    CNS news ^ | February 21, 2014 | Mike Ciandella
    The FCC may have suspended its invasion into American newsrooms, but the controversial "Critical Information Needs" study also has George Soros' fingerprints all over it. While disturbing, this should come as no surprise since Soros' gave more than $52 million to media organizations from 2000-2010. Two schools were working with FCC on the project, according to Byron York of The Washington Examiner. The University of Southern California Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism and the University of Wisconsin-Madison Center for Communication and Democracy, were tasked by the FCC with coming up with criteria for what information is "critical" for Americans...
  • FCC Chairman Says Critics Are Overreacting to New Plan

    02/22/2014 9:15:36 AM PST · by John Semmens · 22 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 21 Feb 2014 | John Semmens
    The Federal Communications Commission plan to send “researchers” into newsrooms in order to observe how stories are selected and reported has sparked fears of government intimidation and censorship. Jay Sekulow, chief counsel of the American Center for Law and Justice, said “the mere presence of agents of the government may exert a subtle pressure to slant reporting in a way that deters critical coverage of Administration policies.” Ajit Pai, one of the FCC's Commissioners, voiced his concern that “this claimed 'information gathering effort' to ascertain the 'philosophy' behind how those in the news media do their jobs could stifle dissent....
  • Rep. Henry Waxman: The reason I’m leaving Congress

    02/01/2014 7:36:05 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 113 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 02/01/2014 | Rep. Henry A. Waxman
    I announced this past week that I will be retiring after having the honor of serving my Los Angeles constituents in Congress for 40 years. Immediately, speculation began that I am leaving because I am frustrated with a broken institution. But the exact opposite is true: I am leaving Congress with my conviction intact that the legislative branch can be a powerful force for good. Of course there are aspects of the current Congress that I abhor. This past week, every Republican on the Energy and Commerce Committee, where I have served most of my career, voted to limit the...
  • Why conservatives are in trouble

    02/22/2014 6:59:10 AM PST · by rktman · 63 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 2/21/2014 | Patrice Lewis
    In last weekend’s column about the built-in absurdity endemic in Obamacare, I stated my thesis that elements within the United States government are making a serious and concerted effort to bring about America’s downfall and that the only way to stop it is to stand in their path, united. But so far conservatives haven’t done this. That’s why we’re in trouble.
  • Why is the Obama Administration Putting Government Monitors in Newsrooms?

    02/20/2014 7:15:35 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 120 replies
    ACLJ.org ^ | Feb 19, 2014 | Matthew Clark
    Free Speech » Matthew Clark » Docket Blog Why is the Obama Administration Putting Government Monitors in Newsrooms? The Obama Administration’s Federal Communication Commission (FCC) is poised to place government monitors in newsrooms across the country in an absurdly draconian attempt to intimidate and control the media. Before you dismiss this assertion as utterly preposterous (we all know how that turned out when the Tea Party complained that it was being targeted by the IRS), this bombshell of an accusation comes from an actual FCC Commissioner. FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai reveals a brand new Obama Administration program that he fears...
  • Why is the Obama Administration Putting Government Monitors in Newsrooms?

    02/18/2014 3:32:28 PM PST · by ilovesarah2012 · 130 replies
    aclj.org ^ | February 18, 2014 | Matthew Clark
    The Obama Administration’s Federal Communication Commission (FCC) is poised to place government monitors in newsrooms across the country in an absurdly draconian attempt to intimidate and control the media. Before you dismiss this assertion as utterly preposterous (we all know how that turned out when the Tea Party complained that it was being targeted by the IRS), this bombshell of an accusation comes from an actual FCC Commissioner. FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai reveals a brand new Obama Administration program that he fears could be used in “pressuring media organizations into covering certain stories.” As Commissioner Pai explains in the Wall...
  • Obama Administration’s Plan to Study Newsrooms Is Drawing Plenty of Public Opposition

    02/19/2014 5:18:47 PM PST · by Beave Meister · 37 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 2/19/2014 | Fred Lucas
    A plan by the Federal Communications Commission to study how news organizations select stories has prompted about 10,000 people to sign a petition saying “no government monitors in newsrooms.” That’s according to the American Center for Law and Justice, which announced the petition Wednesday and said it reached that number within the first two hours. The agency announced a Multi-Market Study of Critical Information Needs last year, explaining that it wanted to understand the process of which stories are selected, station priorities, content production, populations served, perceived station bias, and perceived percent of news dedicated to each of the “critical...
  • Why Did the FCC’s Plan to Invade Newsrooms Only Inspire ‘Conservative Outcry’?

    02/21/2014 11:59:30 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies
    Mediaite ^ | February 21, 2014 | Noah Rothman
    “Proposed FCC study of news organizations sparks conservative outcry,” The Washington Post declared on Friday. The story revealed details of the backlash against a Federal Communications Commission plan to investigate the news-gathering and information dissemination practices of a variety of print and broadcast media outlets. The Post quickly amended that headline, as someone decided the study should have sparked a general “outcry,” even though it apparently did not –- at least, not in The Post’s newsroom. Still, some bright fellow at The Post noted that this latest encroachment by the federal government should be met with at least a perfunctory...
  • Obama Asks Press to Submit to "Voluntary" FCC Study

    02/21/2014 11:32:21 PM PST · by rightwingerpatriot · 20 replies
    Rightwingpatriot.com ^ | February 21, 2014 | Rightwingerpatriot
    In a scenario straight out of any banana republic or Soviet-style satellite state, the Obama administration is sending the FCC out to conduct "voluntary" surveys of the press. Apparently the goal of the FCC is to "identify and understand the critical information needs of the American public, with special emphasis on vulnerable-disadvantaged populations." Say what? What this boils down to is the fact that the federal government would allow the FCC, in the words of an agency commissioner, to "grill reporters, editors, and station owners about how they decide which stories to run." What this really amounts to is intimidation...
  • FCC backs off newsroom survey plan

    02/21/2014 1:49:14 PM PST · by Timber Rattler · 62 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 21, 2014 | FoxNews.com
    The Federal Communications Commission announced Friday that it was putting on hold a controversial study of American newsrooms, after complaints from Republican lawmakers and media groups that the project was too intrusive. FCC spokeswoman Shannon Gilson said Chairman Tom Wheeler agreed with critics that some of the study's proposed questions for reporters and news directors "overstepped the bounds of what is required."
  • Joe Goebbels, Move over - The Alarming FCC Incursion

    02/21/2014 11:15:41 AM PST · by harpu · 27 replies
    www.clashdaily.com ^ | 02/21/2014 | Marilyn Assenheim
    The Federal Communications Commission is an “independent government agency” and was born when Congress signed the Communications Act of 1934. Its purpose, as reported by AllGov.com, was to prevent a monopoly of the airwaves: “Concerned over the growing power of large corporations and conglomerates…President Franklin Roosevelt wanted the FCC to make sure the country’s budding mass communications systems did not fall into the hands of a select few.” Today’s interpretation would add the caveat “unless that monopoly is the government.” Thursday, news broke that the FCC plans to plant “researchers” (read “agents”) in every print newsroom, internet news outlet, television...