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  • What’s Really in the New Trade Promotion Authority Bill?

    05/27/2015 9:35:11 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 7 replies
    CATO.org ^ | APRIL 20, 2015 | K. WILLIAM WATSON
    After months of internal wrangling, a trade promotion authority bill has finally been introduced in the Senate.  If passed, TPA could prompt conclusion of the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations and facilitate the deal’s eventual ratification by Congress.  The basic function of TPA is to affirm that future trade agreements will receive a timely up-or-down vote in Congress while setting negotiating objectives and procedures for congressional oversight.Politically, the debate over TPA (and the TPP) has pitted the Obama administration and Republicans against congressional Democrats.  The reason the current bill took so long to devise is that proponents needed the support of...
  • Why Ted Cruz is Right on TPA

    05/27/2015 8:26:59 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 166 replies
    Reclaim DC ^ | May 22, 2015 | David Serenda
    It has been said that politics makes strange bedfellows. Well, there is no finer example of that statement than the recent votes on the Trade Promotion Authority. Free trade has long been advanced by conservatives who understand the need to expand our markets beyond our borders. On the other side stands the democrats and the radical left who fear competition and doubt AmericaÂ’s exceptionalism. Yesterday, the Senate cleared the 60 vote hurdle to bring the Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) up for a vote. I for one, welcome President Obama to the side of common sense solutions, to help solve the...
  • Is TPA Constitutional?

    05/27/2015 8:22:18 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 27 replies
    Reclaim DC ^ | May 24,2015 | David Serenda
    Since there is so much confusion about the recent trade bills and the similar titles of the proposed legislation, I am going to do my best to explain the difference between TPA (Trade Promotion Authority, which is a Congressional Act) and TPP (Trans-pacific Partnership, which is a multi-national agreement). I will also provide a brief explanation between U.S. Treaties, and Congressional-Executive Acts which is the basis of confusion over the recent vote on TPA. Before explaining TPA, it is helpful to understand the difference between a U.S.Treaty and a Congressional-Executive Act. Throughout our history America has entered into many...
  • Biker attorney seeks to replace judges, demands immediate release of clients

    05/26/2015 7:09:58 PM PDT · by mac_truck · 392 replies
    Waco Tribune ^ | 5/26/15 | TOMMY WITHERSPOON
    An attorney for two men arrested in the May 17 Twin Peaks shootout between rival bikers says his clients are being held illegally and is seeking to replace all McLennan County judges connected to the case. Austin attorney Adam Reposa alleges in motions filed Tuesday that the charging documents filed against his clients, and the 168 others jailed in the chaotic melee, are legally insufficient. He also claims that the $1 million bonds are unreasonably oppressive and that the judge who set them and the judges who, so far, have not reduced them have shown bias and should be recused....
  • APNewsBreak: IRS Says Thieves Stole Tax Info From 100,000

    05/26/2015 1:20:06 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 44 replies
    ABCnews.go.com ^ | 5-26-2015 | AP
    Thieves used an online service provided by the IRS to gain access to information from more than 100,000 taxpayers, the agency said Tuesday. The information included tax returns and other tax information on file with the IRS. The IRS said the thieves accessed a system called "Get Transcript." In order to access the information, the thieves cleared a security screen that required knowledge about the taxpayer, including Social Security number, date of birth, tax filing status and street address. "The IRS notes this issue does not involve its main computer system that handles tax filing submission; that system remains secure,"...
  • Federal appeals court deals blow to President Obama’s amnesty

    05/26/2015 11:22:15 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 71 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | May 26, 2015 | Stephen Dinan
    A federal appeals court upheld an injunction against President Obama’s new deportation in a rulingTuesday that marks the second major legal setback for an administration that had insisted its actions were legal. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled in favor of Texas, which had sued to stop the amnesty, on all key points, finding that Mr. Obama’s amnesty likely broke the law governing how big policies are to be written. “The public interest favors maintenance of the injunction,” the judges wrote in the majority opinion. Mr. Obama had acted in November to try to grant tentative...
  • Behind the scenes: A secret Navy flight over China's military buildup

    05/26/2015 11:01:06 AM PDT · by Zhang Fei · 17 replies
    CNN ^ | Updated 8:09 AM ET, Tue May 26, 2015 | Jim Sciutto, Chief National Security Correspondent
    Above the South China Sea (CNN)Take-off is swift on the U.S. Navy's P8-A Poseidon -- there's no slow roll down the runway on military flights -- and within minutes, the turquoise blue of the South China Sea comes into view from the window of America's most advanced surveillance and sub-hunting aircraft. The P8 crew, composed of more than a dozen naval aviators, invited me into the cockpit to watch and to listen. CNN last week first reported on this secret surveillance mission, which eight times received warnings from the Chinese navy to leave the contested area. This is a behind-the-scenes...
  • Mansions of the Lord -- West Point Glee Club

    05/25/2015 9:23:56 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 35 replies
    You Tube ^ | John Langslov and others
    In honor of Memorial Day and the fallen. This is a moving tribute by the West Point Glee Club with pictures collected by John Langslov. Solos by Ronan Tynan and Sgt. McKenzie. If this does not bring a tear to your eye, you have no heart.
  • Iran Declares 'Successful' End Of Negotiations With Russia On S-300 System

    05/26/2015 1:43:04 AM PDT · by edpc · 17 replies
    AFP via Ynetnews ^ | 25 May 2015 | AFP
    Moscow and Tehran have concluded negotiations on the delivery of the Russia's long-range S-300 surface-to-air missile system to Iran, which should take place "within a short period," said Iranian Deputy Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian, on a visit in Moscow on Monday. "The negotiations were completed successfully. I believe that the delivery of the S-300 will take place in a relatively short time", the Iranian deputy minister was quoted as saying by the Russian news agency RIA Novosti.
  • Eurosceptic Andrzej Duda Will Become New Polish President, Signaling Conservative, Populist Shift

    05/25/2015 12:30:17 PM PDT · by annalex · 65 replies
    International Business Times ^ | May 24 2015 | Angelo Young
    <p>Poland is getting a new and more conservative president. Andrzej Duda, 43, won the European Union member’s presidential runoff election Sunday by an unofficial 6 percentage-point margin, Agence France-Presse reported.</p> <p>"I congratulate my competitor Andrzej Duda and wish him a successful presidency," President Bronisław Komorowski was quoted by the Associated Press as saying in a concession speech late Sunday in Warsaw. A TVP public broadcaster exit poll indicated Duda was comfortably ahead at 53 percent to Komorowski’s 47 percent.</p>
  • Fighter Jets Scramble to Escort Air France Plane to JFK Airport Following Threat

    05/25/2015 8:21:51 AM PDT · by kristinn · 272 replies
    ABC News ^ | Monday, May 25,2015 | Meghan Keneally and Josh Margolin
    An Air France plane was being escorted to JFK airport in New York City this morning after an anonymous threat was made against the flight, a senior U.S. official told ABC News. The Maryland State Police Fusion Center received an anonymous call of a “chemical weapons threat” aboard Air France Flight 22, which is en route from Paris and is expected to land at the New York City airport later this morning. The threat is not considered to be credible at the moment, but when officials tried to reach Air France representatives they were unsuccessful because it is also a...
  • Americans gave their lives to defeat the Nazis. The Dutch have never forgotten.

    05/24/2015 6:09:17 PM PDT · by NRx · 62 replies
    WaPo ^ | 05-24-2015 | Ian Shapira
    MARGRATEN, Netherlands — They haven’t forgotten. For 70 years, the Dutch have come to a verdant U.S. cemetery outside this small village to care for the graves of Americans killed in World War II. On Sunday, they came again, bearing Memorial Day bouquets for men and women they never knew, but whose 8,300 headstones the people of the Netherlands have adopted as their own. For the American relatives of the fallen, it was an outpouring of gratitude almost as stunning as the rows of white marble crosses and Jewish Stars of David at the Netherlands American Cemetery. Each grave has...
  • Polish president concedes election defeat to conservative challenger

    05/24/2015 5:45:07 PM PDT · by mac_truck · 46 replies
    Reuters ^ | 5/24/2015 | Pawel Sobczak and Agnieszka Barteczko
    Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski conceded defeat to conservative challenger Andrzej Duda in Sunday's presidential election, a result that will set alarm bells ringing for the government, which faces its own election race later this year. Komorowski had originally been seen as a shoo-in for another term in office, and his defeat reflected a desire among voters for new faces, and a sense that Poland's new-found prosperity was not being shared out equally. The outgoing president, an ally of Prime Minister Ewa Kopacz, announced he was conceding defeat after an exit poll showed he had won 47 percent to 53 percent...
  • Clinton Email Dump: Hillary Fixer Cheryl Mills Got Colleagues ‘On Board’ Before Benghazi Hearings

    05/24/2015 11:14:48 AM PDT · by maggief · 61 replies
    PJ Media ^ | May 22, 2015 | Debra Heine
    Cheryl Mills, who was the State Department’s counselor and chief of staff during the entirety of Hillary Clinton’s tenure, said in an email on November 13, 2012, that her colleagues were “on board” after a “come to” (Jesus?) meeting, in reference to classified congressional hearings that would be taking place later that week. Her correspondent was Philippe Reines, a longtime aide to Hillary Clinton who had asked how the “hearings”were going (perhaps meaning “briefings”?) The classified hearings were on the 15th and 16th. Of the newly released batch of Hillary Clinton emails, this one seems to be the most significant.
  • Privatization Fail: Scott Walker's WEDC in Full Meltdown (Is this Free Market economics?

    05/24/2015 11:46:40 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 86 replies
    PR Watch ^ | 5/18/2015 | Mary Bottari
    During the 2010 campaign for governor, Scott Walker promised to create 250,000 jobs in his first term. Toward this end, one of his first acts as governor was to privatize the state's economic development agency. Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) opened its doors in July 2011. After a series of damning audits, which highlighted mismanagement and incompetence, and news reports of special treatment for Walker donors, on Monday Democratic state lawmakers called for a federal investigation of the scandal-plagued entity. Walker is the Chairman of the Board When walker created WEDC in 2011, he named himself Chairman of the Board....
  • Trump donations to Clinton Foundation add to gun owner concerns

    05/24/2015 9:47:37 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 33 replies
    Examiner ^ | May 15, 2015
    Potential GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump and his daughter have donated “at least $105,000 to the Clinton Foundation,” The Hill reported Thursday. Contributions, per the Foundation website, “advance the work of any part of the Clinton Foundation, including the Clinton Global Initiative.”That would be the same group behind the Clinton Global Citizen Award, presented to anti-gun billionaire Michael Bloomberg by Vice President Joe Biden for being the “most fierce and most effective advocate that we have on the matter of gun sanity.” And it’s hardly the first time Trump has come across as effectively bipolar on guns.“I love the NRA,...
  • Trump Again Suggests Execution for Snowden [July 2013]

    05/24/2015 9:31:52 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 55 replies
    NewsMax ^ | Monday, 01 Jul 2013 12:47 PM | Dan Weil
    Donald Trump broached the idea of execution for National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden for the second time in a week Monday. "I think Snowden is a terrible threat, I think he's a terrible traitor, and you know what we used to do in the good old days when we were a strong country? You know what we used to do to traitors, right?" Trump said on the "Fox & Friends" program. "Well, you killed them, Donald," host Eric Bolling replied. Trump appears highly distressed with the whole affair. Snowden is in a Moscow airport, and the U.S. government wants...
  • Donald Trump says his views on same-sex marriage are 'evolving'

    05/24/2015 9:17:37 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 45 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 10 November 2013 | James Nye
    Donald Trump has admitted his views on gay marriage are 'evolving', however, the property mogul claimed that he is still a strong supporter of traditional marriage between a man and woman. Speaking to openly gay MSNBC anchor Thomas Roberts, the billionaire said that his views on the subject are different to what they were 10 years ago and pointed to President Obama coming out in support of same-sex marriage. In Moscow as the co-owner of the Miss Universe Organization, Trump attended Saturday night's pageant along with Roberts, who openly criticized Russia's anti-gay laws. Evolving: Donald Trump has claimed that he...
  • Ireland `changed utterly` by gay marriage vote [Traditional Catholic teaching rejected]

    05/24/2015 6:32:31 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 49 replies
    Zee News ^ | 05/24/2015
    Ireland`s newspapers said Sunday that the country had dramatically changed and confirmed its emergence from the shadow of the traditionally powerful Catholic Church by voting in favour of gay marriage. Tabloids and broadsheets alike carried colourful pictures of partying "Yes" supporters cheering the landslide referendum result Saturday as they reflected on what the decision meant for Ireland. The Sunday Independent, Ireland`s biggest-selling newspaper, said the vote was truly "historic". "A new beginning" said its front page, which carried a picture of a lesbian couple who plan to marry as others in the background jumped in the air waving the rainbow...
  • MATT DRUDGE SLAMS BOEHNER FOR PROMISING TO PASS OBAMATRADE: ‘CLEARLY TREASON’

    05/23/2015 10:44:48 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 78 replies
    Breitbart ^ | may 23, 2015 | by KATIE MCHUGH
    Matt Drudge took to Twitter to deliver an ongoing tirade against Republicans’ eagerness to deliver a fast-track trade bill to President Obama’s desk. The bill’s details have not been made public — which hasn’t stopped Republicans from surrendering Congress’s power to make amendments to a president’s future trade deals. Should a Republican presidential candidate lose the 2016 general election, the Trade Promotion Authority bill could be to blame. Keeping the bill’s details from voters was “clearly treason,” Drudge tweeted...
  • BOLTON: RELEASED EMAILS PROVE HILLARY RESPONSIBLE FOR MURDER OF AMERICANS IN BENGHAZI

    05/23/2015 1:38:25 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 71 replies
    Breitbart ^ | May 23, 2015 | By Pam Key
    Friday at the 2015 Southern Republican Leadership Conference in Oklahoma, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations under President George W. Bush, John Bolton, said former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is “responsible for the tragedy of the murder of U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans,” in the 2012 terror attack in Benghazi Libya. Bolton said, “I think the most telling information that we have seen in this limited number of emails is that there are repeated examples of Secretary of State Clinton being told in 2011 and 2012 that the security situation of our personnel in Tripoli...
  • Special Forces Frustrated with Obama 'Hamstringing' Their Ops

    05/23/2015 12:12:26 PM PDT · by drewh · 45 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | May 22, 2015 | 11:59 AM EDT | By Ken Shepherd
    Kimberly Dozier of Daily Beast has an excellent piece today you might not see picked up by many in the Obama-puffing national media: "Special Ops to Obama: Let Us Fight ISIS, Already." Dozier noted that the official line from top brass in the special forces is that destroying ISIS is a long, inter-generational slog. But while they may well be true, she noted, rank-and-file special forces operators express frustration with President Obama hamstringing their operations here and now: TAMPA, Florida — Fighting simmering frustration in their ranks over ISIS advances in Iraq and Syria, top U.S. special operations commanders say...
  • Irish voters back gay marriage in 'social revolution'

    05/23/2015 7:42:35 AM PDT · by NRx · 59 replies
    Rueters ^ | 05-23-2015 | Padraic Halpin and Conor Humphries
    Irish voters backed same-sex marriage by a landslide in a referendum marking a dramatic social shift in the traditionally Catholic country, government ministers and opponents of the bill said on Saturday. Final results were not expected until later in the day, but ministers predicted Ireland had become the first country to adopt same-sex marriage via a popular vote by a margin of around two-to-one, just two decades after it decriminalized homosexuality.
  • G.M. Inquiry Said to Find Criminal Wrongdoing

    05/22/2015 8:54:41 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 31 replies
    New York Times ^ | May 22, 2015 | By DANIELLE IVORY, BEN PROTESS and BILL VLASIC
    Justice Department investigators have identified criminal wrongdoing in General Motors’ failure to disclose a defect tied to at least 104 deaths, and are negotiating what is expected to be a record penalty, according to people briefed on the inquiry. A settlement could be reached as soon as this summer. The final number is still being negotiated, but it is expected to eclipse the $1.2 billion paid last year by Toyota for concealing unintended acceleration problems in its vehicles, said the people, who did not want to be identified because the negotiations weren’t complete. G.M.’s eagerness to resolve the investigation —...
  • Obama wins trade victory in the Senate

    05/22/2015 6:53:25 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 178 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 5/22/2015 | Paul Kane
    President Obama won a big victory for his trade agenda Friday with the Senate’s approval of fast-track legislation that could make it easier for him to complete a wide-ranging trade deal that would include 11 Pacific Rim nations. A coalition of nearly 50 Senate Republicans and more than 10 Democrats voted for Trade Promotion Authority late Friday, sending the legislation to the House for a difficult fight as Obama faces more entrenched opposition from Democrats. The Senate coalition fought off several attempts by opponents to undermine the legislation, defeating amendments that were politically popular but potentially poisonous to Obama’s bid...
  • Internal emails show Clinton got detailed intel on 'planned' Benghazi hit

    05/22/2015 3:35:54 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 50 replies
    Fox News.com ^ | May 22, 2015
    WASHINGTON – Internal State Department emails in the aftermath of the Benghazi terror attack show then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton received detailed information indicating the strike was planned by well-trained fighters, yet her office continued to push the narrative days later that it began "spontaneously." The messages were among 296 emails released Friday by the State Department, in the first batch of emails to be made public from Clinton's tenure as secretary of state. Totaling 896 pages, the emails show a series of Libya dispatches Clinton received from a confidant, as well as the barrage of messages among her and...
  • Fox News To Limit First Republican Presidential Debate To Top Contenders

    05/22/2015 2:36:19 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 84 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 05/22/2015 | Alex Griswold
    In a new press release, Fox News announced that the first Republican presidential debate will feature only candidates who average in the top 10 in the most recent polls, in a field where well over a dozen candidates are expected to run. (RELATED: Who Gets In The Primary Debates? A Serious Question For Republicans)Fox News will host the first Republican presidential debate in Cleveland, Ohio on August 6, in conjunction with the Ohio Republican Party and Facebook. One of the requirements for debate participants is that they “must place in the top 10 of an average of the five most...
  • Little Girl’s Temper Tantrum at the White House Leaves President Obama Speechless

    05/22/2015 1:01:11 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 118 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | May 22, 2015 | Esther Crain
    It’s awkward enough when your toddler goes into meltdown mode in a crowded store or on an airplane; the dirty looks and side eye from strangers can be pretty unnerving. But what do you do when the crying fit happens in the White House in front of the President and First Lady of the United States?
  • Obama Set to Strengthen Federal Role in Clean Water Regulation

    05/22/2015 11:01:06 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 21 replies
    New York Times ^ | May 22, 2015 | By CORAL DAVENPORT
    The Obama administration is expected in the coming days to announce a major clean water regulation that would restore the federal government’s authority to limit pollution in the nation’s rivers, lakes, streams and wetlands. Environmentalists have praised the new rule, calling it an important step that would lead to significantly cleaner natural bodies of water and healthier drinking water. But it has attracted fierce opposition from several business interests, including farmers, property developers, fertilizer and pesticide makers, oil and gas producers and a national association of golf course owners. Opponents contend that the rule would stifle economic growth and intrude...
  • Could Conservatives Push TPA Over the Finish Line?

    05/22/2015 9:50:40 AM PDT · by Mariner · 63 replies
    Roll Call ^ | May 22nd, 2015 | By Matt Fuller
    As the House inches closer to a vote on the long-awaited Trade Promotion Authority bill, conservatives who have traditionally been hard-liners in their opposition to deals with the White House are taking a softer approach. While many on the right are still hedging their position on the TPA, there appears to be some conservative support for the trade process legislation. And with congressional Democrats increasingly taking a firmer line against the TPA, which would give expedited consideration to the Trans-Pacific Partnership under negotiation with 11 other countries, conservatives could be the key to getting the TPA over the finish line....
  • CRIMINAL MEETING’ OF BIKERS IN WACO WAS ACTUALLY ORGANIZED POLITICAL GATHERING (On Breitbart )

    05/22/2015 9:25:57 AM PDT · by wardaddy · 340 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 5-21-15 | Stranahan
    Despite the characterization by police that the afternoon gathering at a Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco, Texas that led to Sunday’s bloody shooting incident was a gathering of criminal biker gangs with violent intent, the meeting appears to have been a legitimate, organized gathering of motorcycle riders meeting to discuss political issues. The group that met was the Texas Confederation of Clubs and Independents (CoC&I) and a look at that group’s website and history gives a very different impression of the group’s purpose and goals than what has been said repeatedly by Waco police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton.
  • China cautions U.S. Navy on patrols in South China Sea

    05/21/2015 8:27:27 PM PDT · by iowamark · 12 replies
    CNN ^ | May 14, 2015 | Brad Lendon and Jim Sciutto
    The U.S. is considering deploying aircraft and ships to contest Chinese claims to disputed islands in the South China Sea, U.S. officials said Wednesday. Options are on the table to fly surveillance aircraft and sail Navy ships nearby in a move that puts the U.S. directly into a contentious territorial contest in East Asia, in which, until now, the U.S. has avoided overtly taking sides. The South China Sea is the subject of numerous rival -- often messy -- territorial claims, with China, Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam disputing sovereignty of several island chains and nearby waters. China...
  • Feds claim accused ISIL recruit from Minneapolis threatened to kill FBI agents

    05/21/2015 6:56:53 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 7 replies
    StarTribune.com ^ | 5/21/15 | Paul McEnroe
    One of the Twin Cities men charged with supporting terrorism planned to kill FBI agents who were investigating their activities over the last 10-months, according to federal authorities who’ve reviewed a confidential informant’s secret recordings of conversations in early April that detailed the threats. “If there’s no way out, I’m saying. If our backs are against the wall, I’m gonna go kill the one who punks me,” said Mohamed Farah, one of seven men from the Twin Cities who is charged with supporting terrorists in the Middle East. “You know the one. Everybody has that one Fed that you know....
  • Public outcry forces FEC Democrats to junk bid to regulate Internet, Drudge

    05/21/2015 2:35:46 PM PDT · by PROCON · 29 replies
    washingtonexaminer.com ^ | May 21, 2015 | Paul Bedard
    The Federal Election Commission, facing punishing criticism for suggesting that political activity on the Internet should be regulated, rejected talk of new rules Thursday, a victory for GOP commissioners who feared Democrats were targeting conservative sites, even the Drudge Report. During a public meeting, Democrats on the FEC said they were responding to the public outcry in saying that no new rules are required.Democratic Commissioner Ellen Weintraub said the FEC received 5,000 comments demanding the agency keep their hands off the Internet. In response, she proposed a resolution that directly barred Internet regulation."I wanted to make clear that I was...
  • Does Rubio have a spending problem?

    05/21/2015 2:25:23 PM PDT · by Second Amendment First · 25 replies
    Washimgton Post ^ | May 20, 2015 | Sean Sullivan
    Marco Rubio made $174,000 as a U.S. senator last year. He earned $52,000 from book royalties and a university teaching position, and at least $5,000 more from rental property. And yet, the 43-year-old Florida Republican also made what is typically viewed as a desperate financial maneuver — cashing out nearly $70,000 in retirement funds. As Rubio runs for president, newly disclosed personal finance details have drawn fresh attention to a long-running problem during his political career: his struggles with money. Rubio is one of the least wealthy senators or presidential candidates, offering a potential contrast with rivals such as Hillary...
  • US Pressing Israel to Lose Its Nukes

    05/21/2015 12:42:00 PM PDT · by SJackson · 72 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 5/21/2015 | Nitsan Keidar
    Assistant Secretary of State Thomas Countryman visited Israel, spoke to diplomats about making Middle East nuke-free. Assistant US Secretary of State for International Security and Nonproliferation, Thomas Countryman, recently visited Israel and held talks with senior Foreign Ministry officials, about the possibility of making the Middle East nuclear-free. Washington seeks to advance the idea after reaching agreement with Russia about the matter. The State Department confirmed Countryman's visit and sources in the US Administration said that Israeli agreement to the idea would be a catalyst for bringing additional countries into discussions on the matter. The Americans have been attempting to...
  • Boy Scouts’ President Calls for End to Ban on Gay Leaders

    05/21/2015 10:42:22 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 167 replies
    New York Times ^ | May 21, 2015 | ERIK ECKHOLM
    The president of the Boy Scouts of America on Thursday called for an end to the group’s blanket ban on gay adult leaders, warning Scout executives that “we must deal with the world as it is, not as we might wish it to be,” and that “any other alternative will be the end of us as a national movement.” At the same time, religious organizations that sponsor a majority of local Scout troops, including the Mormons and Roman Catholics, should remain free to set their own policies for leaders, said the president, Robert M. Gates, the former director of the...
  • Sen. Sessions Myth-Busts Obama Trade Effort

    05/21/2015 10:25:07 AM PDT · by Mariner · 27 replies
    Breitbart ^ | May 20, 2015 | by Caroline May
    ith the Senate poised to vote to end debate on Obama’s fast-track trade legislation, Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) is continuing his assault on the effort. Wednesday, Sessions took on arguments for the trade deal with a series of what he office says are “myths” versus “truths” about the trade deal under consideration in Congress. In the myth buster account, Sessions’ office says not only will fast-track erode congressional power over the trade process but the trade agreements implemented under that authority will trump U.S. law. Myth: Trade agreements implemented under fast-track will not supersede existing U.S. law. Truth: Every trade...
  • Emails reportedly show confidant told Clinton Benghazi attack planned by AQ-tied fighters

    05/21/2015 7:38:35 AM PDT · by McGruff · 19 replies
    FOX NEWS ^ | May 21, 2015
    A longtime Clinton confidant reportedly advised then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton two days after the 2012 Benghazi terror attack that an Al Qaeda-tied group had planned the deadly assault and used a protest as cover -- but despite this warning, Clinton's U.N. ambassador went on to publicly claim the attack was simply "spontaneous." The guidance from ex-Clinton aide Sidney Blumenthal was contained in a memo sent Sept. 13, according to The New York Times. It is the latest documentation effectively contradicting the administration's early narrative that the attack was driven by protests over an anti-Islam Internet video -- and raising...
  • Vatican appointee says gay sex can express Christ’s ‘self-gift’

    05/20/2015 9:26:41 PM PDT · by FR_addict · 343 replies
    lifesitenews.com ^ | May 19, 2015 | Lisa Bourne
    ROME, May 19, 2015 (LifeSiteNews.com) -- Pope Francis has appointed radically liberal, pro-homosexual Dominican Father Timothy Radcliffe as a consultor for the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace. The Holy Father made the appointment on Saturday, according to Vatican Radio. Father Radcliffe, an Englishman, author and speaker, was Master of the Dominican order from 1992 to 2001, and is an outspoken proponent of homosexuality. "We must accompany [gay people] as they discern what this means, letting our images be stretched open,” he said in a 2006 religious education lecture in Los Angeles. “This means watching 'Brokeback Mountain,' reading gay novels,...
  • Video spotlights Freddie Gray at Baker and Mount streets

    05/20/2015 2:41:10 PM PDT · by onyx · 5 replies
    The Baltimore Sun ^ | MAY 20, 2015, 3:51 PM | Catherine Rentz
    ON the morning of April 12, Michelle Gross woke up to screaming. Gross, known as "mom," in West Baltimore's Gilmore Homes area, left her home to find Freddie Gray — someone she called "son" — being dragged into a police van. As police drove away with Gray, she gave her phone to a neighbor who wanted to call 911 and report the incident. But soon, Gross and the neighbor were headed to the corner of Mount and Baker streets, where the van had stopped. There, the neighbor shot cell phone video that provides a close look at Gray and...
  • North Korea 'photoshopped Kim Jong-un submarine missile pictures'

    05/20/2015 2:23:10 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 42 replies
    Reuters ^ | 20 May 2015 | Andrew Marszal
    Photographs showing Kim Jong-un proudly watching as a North Korean missile was launched from an underwater submarine were manipulated by state propagandists, experts claimed on Tuesday. German aerospace experts said photos of the launch were "strongly modified", including reflections of the missile exhaust flame in the water which did not line up with the missile itself. “Considering the track record of North Korean deceptions, it seems sensible to assume that any North Korean SLBM [submarine-launched ballistic missile] capability is still a very long time in the future, if it will ever surface,” Markus Schiller and Robert Schmucker, of Schmucker Technologie,...
  • Barack Obama's War On Police

    05/20/2015 2:12:03 PM PDT · by PoliticallyShort · 18 replies
    PoliticallyShort ^ | 05/20/2015 | PoliticallyShort.com
    On December 18, 2014, Barack Obama officially began the war on police as he signed an Executive Order establishing the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing. Since the signing of this Executive Order, 55 Officers have been killed in the line of duty. Yet, this mattered little to Obama who justified his Executive Order as he spoke about “the distrust that exists between too many police departments and too many communities – the sense that in a country where our basic principle is equality under the law, too many individuals, particularly young people of color, do not feel they...
  • Bobby Jindal signs 'religious freedom' order protecting same-sex marriage opponents

    05/20/2015 2:06:01 PM PDT · by mojito · 25 replies
    CNN ^ | 5/20/2015 | Eric Bradner
    Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal issued new protections for businesses that refuse to serve same-sex marriages, embracing the "religious freedom" cause dear to conservative Christians even though it's stung other Republican politicians. Jindal, a prospect for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, issued an executive order on Tuesday after saying he was disappointed that a Statehouse committee had earlier in the day voted down a bill that would have accomplished the same goal. That panel's concern: that Louisiana would look much like Indiana, where concerns that a new "religious freedom" law would lead to discrimination against gays and lesbians triggered such a...
  • ISIS seizes large weapons arsenal abandoned by Iraqi Army in Ramadi says US Department of Defense

    05/20/2015 1:28:26 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 80 replies
    IraqiNews ^ | 5-20-2015 | Abdelhak Mamoun
    The US Department of Defense “Pentagon” accused the Iraqi army of leaving behind large quantities of weapons and ammunition when it pulled out of the city of Ramadi on Sunday. The weapons, which have been seized by ISIS, include tanks, armored vehicles and heavy guns. After the fall of the city of Mosul at the hands of ISIS last June, the latter have seized massive amounts of American weapons and sophisticated gear left by the Iraqi army. After this date ISIS became stronger; it doubled its strength and its fighters became roaming by “Humvee” vehicles and American tanks and they...
  • Governor Walker Breaks Silence On Patriot Act, NSA Stance

    05/20/2015 11:35:51 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 49 replies
    TruthInMedia ^ | May 19, 2015
    Appearing on Fox News’ Special Report with Bret Baier, presumptive Republican presidential candidate Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker gave Americans their first preview on where a President Walker would stand on civil liberties issues such as NSA spying authorized by the highly controversial Patriot Act.Baier pushed Walker to give a “yes” or “no” on whether or not he would reauthorize the controversial NSA spying program by asking him whether or not he would vote for it if he were currently a sitting Senator. Walker, responding with typical political rhetoric, never actually answering Baier’s question, but instead said, that the meta-data collected...
  • Liberal Billionaire Steyer, Univision Network Also In Bed With The Clinton Foundation

    05/20/2015 11:15:42 AM PDT · by drewh · 10 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | May 19, 2015 | 8:26 PM EDT | By Alatheia Larsen
    The Clinton Foundation scandal continues to spread ever since the news broke that it did not disclose millions of dollars of donations from foreign governments and businessmen. It’s already infected ABC, as anchor George Stephanopoulos was forced to apologize for personal undisclosed donations to the foundation. He has yet to acknowledge or apologize for some of the other connections that have surfaced. But the connections don’t stop there, they extend to other prominent lefties and to a Spanish-language media outlet. Through its Too Small to Fail initiative, The Clinton Foundation is tied to Tom Steyer and the American Spanish language...
  • UKRAINE: Russian citizen GRU Sergeant Alexander Alexandrov VIDEO [English subtitles]

    05/20/2015 11:09:22 AM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 2 replies
    INFORMNAPALM.ORG ^ | May 19, 2015 | Roman Burko
    https: //informnapalm.org/9118-hronolo ... As reported in InformNapalm, two wounded Russian commandos were captured in a battle near the city of Happiness. This information is entered around 19:00 May 16 edition of our site. Also: Russian citizen Yevgeny Yerofeyev captain GRU https://youtu.be/bunrIh3DS20 VIDEO [English subtitles]
  • New Hampshire Conservatives Coalesce Behind Cruz for President

    05/20/2015 9:54:31 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 35 replies
    TedCruz.org ^ | 05/13/15
    U.S. Sen. Bob Smith, Rep. Bill O’Brien, Councilor David Wheeler to Chair Cruz NH Leadership Team of more than 40 conservative leaders across the stateHOUSTON, Texas — U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, today announced more than 40 New Hampshire conservatives to his state leadership team, to be led by former U.S. Senator Bob Smith, New Hampshire Representative and former Speaker William O’Brien, and Executive Councilor David K. Wheeler.“I am thrilled to have all of these courageous conservatives join our campaign in New Hampshire and honored to have Bob Smith, Bill O’Brien and David Wheeler leading this team,” said Sen. Cruz....
  • Narcotics cops ordered to stop arresting suspects over 40

    05/20/2015 8:37:22 AM PDT · by bob_denard · 27 replies
    New York Post ^ | May 20, 2015 | By Daniel Prendergast, Shawn Cohen and Jamie Schram
    The city’s narcotics cops are being told to stop arresting suspects over the age of 40 — a major strategy shift designed to target younger dealers, who are more likely to carry guns and use them, The Post has learned. Top brass issued a directive that makes it all but impossible for cops to bust older drug suspects, in order to combat a spike in shootings — which are up 7 percent in 2015 compared with the same period last year and 12 percent over the last four weeks, police sources said. The new policy was laid out in a...