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  • G.M. Inquiry Said to Find Criminal Wrongdoing

    05/22/2015 8:54:41 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 11 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 · 106 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 · 43 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 · 66 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 · 93 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 · 18 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 · 51 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 · 268 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 · 152 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 · 337 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 · 38 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 · 34 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...
  • Are Waco's white bikers treated differently than Baltimore's black protestors?

    05/20/2015 8:25:55 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 118 replies
    CS Monitor/AP ^ | 05/20/2015 | Jesse J. Holland
    The firefight in Waco between rival outlaw motorcycle gangs is raising questions about perceptions and portrayals of crime in America. Washington — The prevailing images of protests in Baltimore and Ferguson, Missouri, over police killings of black men were of police in riot gear, handcuffed protesters, tear gas and mass arrests. The main images of a fatal gun battle between armed bikers and police in Waco, Texas, also showed mass arrests — carried out by nonchalant-looking officers sitting around calm bikers on cell phones. The firefight in Waco is raising questions about perceptions and portrayals of crime in America, considering...
  • Sen. Sessions: More Skepticism Of Trade Pacts Needed, Should Not Lose One Job To Trade Deal

    05/20/2015 7:56:33 AM PDT · by Mariner · 38 replies
    Breitbart ^ | May 19th, 2015 | by Caroline May
    There needs to be a real analysis about the results of global trade agreements, but for some the sanctity of trade relationships have become tantamount to a religion, Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL)says. Speaking on the Senate floor Monday, the Alabama Republican highlighted the decline in American’s real hourly wages, median incomes, and shrinking middle class — arguing that while big government policies have had a big impact, so too have trade deals. “It is time to begin a vigorous analysis of our conduct of trade,” Sessions said. “Do our policies and TPP concede too much to our mercantilist competitor allies?”...
  • Watch SpaceX cargo ship depart from ISS Thursday morning

    05/20/2015 6:17:37 AM PDT · by Elderberry · 1 replies
    EarthSky ^ | May20,2015
    The SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft is set to leave the International Space Station tomorrow. Live coverage starts at 6:45 a.m. EDT (1045 UTC) on May 21. After delivering more than two tons of supplies and research to the International Space Station that will help prepare NASA astronauts and robotic explorers for future missions to Mars, the SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft is set to leave the orbital laboratory on Thursday, May 21. NASA Television will provide live coverage of Dragon’s departure beginning at 6:45 a.m. EDT. Watch here. The Dragon capsule, which arrived at the station April 17, will be detached...
  • Republican Lawmakers: Scott Walker Dazzles on Capitol Hill

    05/20/2015 5:57:43 AM PDT · by Rockitz · 15 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 19 May 2015 | Matthew Boyle
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker—the clear Republican presidential frontrunner according to almost all GOP primary polls, even though he hasn’t announced a 2016 campaign officially yet—dazzled Republicans across Capitol Hill ... told Breitbart News’s Alex Swoyer in an interview on Tuesday afternoon. Jordan met Walker to say hello on Tuesday but didn’t have time to stay for the full meeting Walker held with nearly a hundred Republicans. “Look, whoever emerges as the finalist—I think is going to show up, and will contrast with Secretary Clinton. But Governor Walker is impressive, and he has an impressive record in Wisconsin.” Walker’s staff told...
  • Obama Administration Knew that al Qaeda Terrorists Had Planned Benghazi Attack 10 Days in Advance

    05/20/2015 12:56:25 AM PDT · by grundle · 48 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | May 18, 2015
    Full title: Judicial Watch: Defense, State Department Documents Reveal Obama Administration Knew that al Qaeda Terrorists Had Planned Benghazi Attack 10 Days in Advance Administration knew three months before the November 2012 presidential election of ISIS plans to establish a caliphate in Iraq Administration knew of arms being shipped from Benghazi to Syria (Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch announced today that it obtained more than 100 pages of previously classified “Secret” documents from the Department of Defense (DOD)and the Department of State revealing that DOD almost immediately reported that the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi was committed by...
  • After boosting trade pacts, Hillary Clinton gets millions from speeches to traders

    05/19/2015 6:28:10 PM PDT · by Mariner · 18 replies
    McClatchy ^ | May 19th, 2015 | By Greg Gordon
    WASHINGTON — Traveling the world as secretary of state, Hillary Clinton was a vocal booster of legislation to fast-track congressional action on global trade agreements. She also spoke in favor of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which would lift barriers to trade with 11 Asian and Pacific Rim countries. Now, with the release last week of her latest financial disclosure statement, Clinton has revealed the flow of a different kind of trade dollars. Companies and coalitions aligned with her past positions on the trade legislation ponied up more than $2 million of the nearly $12 million in speaking fees Clinton hauled in...
  • Russia Bans NATO Military Transit To Afghanistan

    05/19/2015 4:00:59 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 9 replies
    Eurasia Review ^ | 5-19-2015 | MINA
    Russian PM Dmitry Medvedev has revoked a decree that allowed delivery of NATO military equipment to Afghanistan through Russian territory. According to the official document, signed by Medvedev and published on Monday, all previous decisions on NATO cargo transit to Afghanistan have now been revoked. This includes an act allowing delivery of military hardware and equipment via rail, motor vehicles, or through Russian airspace. The Russian Foreign Ministry has been ordered to inform all the countries involved.
  • Cruise ship originating out of Boston runs aground in Bermuda (Norwegian Dawn)

    05/19/2015 3:17:00 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 82 replies
    WCVB ^ | 5-19-2015 | WCVB
    A cruise ship that originated in Boston has run aground in Bermuda, according to the United States Coast Guard. Coast Guard officials said the Norwegian Dawn ran aground after leaving Bermuda on Tuesday evening. There are 2,675 passengers and 1,062 crew members on board. Coast Guard officials said the situation is being assessed and the ship was stable.
  • Fall of Ramadi ......major setback for Baghdad, Washington.

    05/19/2015 3:01:33 PM PDT · by robowombat · 18 replies
    World Affairs Journal ^ | First Published: 2015-05-19
    First Published: 2015-05-19 Fresh doubts about US-led war strategy on IS group Fall of Ramadi deals a blow to US-led war against jihadists, is major setback for Baghdad, Washington Iraq's military strength questioned WASHINGTON - The Islamic State group's seizure of Ramadi represents a painful blow to the US-led war against the jihadists, raising fresh doubts about Washington's war strategy and the military strength of its partners in Iraq. The defeat of Iraqi security forces in the capital of Anbar province came despite more than 160 air strikes by US and coalition warplanes over the past month, and after an...
  • I’ve Read Obama’s Secret Trade Deal. Elizabeth Warren Is Right to Be Concerned.

    05/19/2015 1:59:22 PM PDT · by Mariner · 16 replies
    Politico ^ | May 19th, 2015 | By MICHAEL WESSEL
    “You need to tell me what’s wrong with this trade agreement, not one that was passed 25 years ago,” a frustrated President Barack Obama recently complained about criticisms of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP). He’s right. The public criticisms of the TPP have been vague. That’s by design—anyone who has read the text of the agreement could be jailed for disclosing its contents. I’ve actually read the TPP text provided to the government’s own advisors, and I’ve given the president an earful about how this trade deal will damage this nation. But I can’t share my criticisms with you. I...
  • BIKER TRUTHERS EMERGE CALLING WACO SHOOTOUT A ‘POLICE MASSACREÂ’

    05/19/2015 11:59:21 AM PDT · by onyx · 333 replies
    BREITBART BIG GOVERNMENT ^ | MAY 19, 2015 | LEE STRANAHAN
    A website widely read by bikers called “The Aging Rebel” has published an alternative account of what happened during Sunday’s bloody shootout in Waco, Texas. The article titled The Waco Police Massacre brings out a number of details not previously published and also presents the controversial theory that event was essentially a police ambush.
  • U.S. indicts 6 Chinese citizens on charges of stealing trade secrets

    05/19/2015 11:55:17 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 20 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 19, 2015 | By Ellen Nakashima
    A federal grand jury has indicted six Chinese citizens for what authorities say was a long-running conspiracy to steal valuable technology from two U.S. firms for the benefit of the Chinese government. The indictment, unsealed Monday, highlights the threat posed by insiders who use their position to steal sensitive information on behalf of a foreign government or for financial gain and is part of a larger trend by the U.S. government to step up efforts to deter Chinese theft of trade secrets. It is also a manifestation of the ongoing innovation war between China and the United States and could...
  • Japan Would Attack North Korea To Defend US After Missile Attack, Defense Minister Says

    05/19/2015 11:06:32 AM PDT · by Zhang Fei · 48 replies
    IBT ^ | May 18 2015 11:19 AM EDT | Cristina Silva
    Japan would retaliate against North Korea if Pyongyang launched a missile attack on the United States, Japanese Defense Minister Gen Nakatani said. Nakatani said Sunday Japan would defend the U.S. because a North Korea missile attack would likely result in serious damage.
  • Here’s How Hillary Clinton Responded to Fox Reporter’s Request for Her to Take Questions

    05/19/2015 9:54:42 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 43 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 19 May 2015 | Andrew Kirell
    »» Columnists Here’s How Hillary Clinton Responded to Fox Reporter’s Request for Her to Take Questions by Andrew Kirell | 12:31 pm, May 19th, 2015 video 20 Since announcing her presidential run a month ago, Hillary Clinton has rarely taken questions from the media. It’s gotten so bad that the New York Times has taken to asking hypothetical questions for when she does start answering; and the Washington Post has begun counting the minutes since her last media conversation. Her reluctance to answer questions has been underscored by ongoing controversies surrounding foreign donations to the Clinton Foundation and her use...
  • Republican Governor Mary Fallin defends religious liberty against gay marriage

    05/19/2015 9:30:33 AM PDT · by xzins · 15 replies
    Great news about one of my favorite Republican governors, Mary Fallin.Excerpt: If the U.S. Supreme Court decides to overturn the millennia-long definition of marriage, Oklahoma clergy will not have to be concerned that they will be forced to perform such ceremonies.On May 1, Governor Mary Fallin signed a law that would allow ministers to exercise their religious beliefs on marriage and decline to “wed” same-sex couples.Governor Fallin’s office said in a press release that H.B. 1007 is “a bill protecting religious leaders from being compelled to perform marriages that are in direct contradiction to their religious beliefs.”The law says that...
  • Amtrak liable for no more than $200 million in crash

    05/19/2015 9:15:04 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 13 replies
    MSN/Assoc. Press ^ | 05/18/2015 | EILEEN SULLIVAN
    WASHINGTON — For the first time, Amtrak could face a $200 million payout to train crash victims — the limit set by Congress. But that may be too low to cover the costs of the eight lives lost and more than 200 people injured in last week's derailment in Philadelphia. That payout cap for a single passenger rail incident was part of a late effort in 1997 to pass a law that would rescue Amtrak from financial ruin and help it one day become independent. ~snip~ Using past passenger rail accidents as a guide, some lawyers expect damages from the...
  • Clinton Friend’s Memos on Libya Draw Scrutiny to Politics and Business

    05/19/2015 12:50:06 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 8 replies
    New York Times ^ | May 18, 2015 | By NICHOLAS CONFESSORE and MICHAEL S. SCHMIDT
    When the Clintons last occupied the White House, Sidney Blumenthal cast himself in varied roles: speechwriter, in-house intellectual and press corps whisperer. Republicans added another, accusing Mr. Blumenthal of spreading gossip to discredit Republican investigators, and forced him to testify during President Bill Clinton’s impeachment trial. Now, as Hillary Rodham Clinton embarks on her second presidential bid, Mr. Blumenthal’s service to the Clintons is again under the spotlight. Representative Trey Gowdy of South Carolina, a Republican who is leading the congressional committee investigating the 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya, plans to subpoena Mr. Blumenthal, 66, for a private transcribed interview....
  • DHS caught busing in illegal Somalis from Mexican border

    05/18/2015 9:24:40 PM PDT · by keats5 · 68 replies
    WND.com ^ | WND | LEO HOHMANN
    The U.S. is bringing in 100,000 Muslims every year through legal channels such as the United Nations refugee program and various visa programs, but new reports indicate a pipeline has been established through the southern border with the help of the federal agency whose job it is to protect the homeland. They are coming from Somalia and other African nations, according to a Homeland Security official who was caught recently transporting a busload of Africans to a detention center near Victorville, California. Somalia is the home base of al-Shabab, a designated foreign terrorist organization that slaughtered 147 Christians at a...
  • Immigrants applying to enter US legally facing longer waits

    05/18/2015 6:59:41 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    Fox News.com ^ | May 18, 2015 | William La Jeunesse
    As illegal immigrants continue to seek legal status under President Obama's executive actions, the waiting list to enter the United States legally grows longer, as does the waiting time for those in the pipeline. American born Jimmy Gugliotta, who currently lives in Santiago, Chile, with his Argentinian wife and their children, has been waiting more than a year and a half for visas to bring his family to the U.S. He doesn't understand why going through the process legally puts him behind people who sneak into the U.S. illegally. "It's really sad to see that we've been put in the...
  • New docs reveal administration knew about Benghazi 10 days before attack

    05/18/2015 6:52:16 PM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 31 replies
    After filing a FOIA suit, thanks to a court order Judicial Watch obtained documents from the Department of Defense and Department of State which indicate the Obama administration knew al Qaeda was planning the attack in Benghazi ten days before it happened.
  • Experts: U.S. claims Ramadi a mere setback are ‘delusional

    05/18/2015 6:27:56 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 37 replies
    McClatchey DC ^ | 5-18-2015 | Jonathan S. Landay and Hannah Allam
    The Obama administration Monday called the fall of the capital of Iraq’s Anbar province to the Islamic State a temporary setback that Iraqi forces would reverse with U.S. support. Experts dismissed that assessment as ludicrous. “Delusional, really, is the better word,” Ali Khedery, a former U.S. official who served as an adviser to five U.S. ambassadors to Iraq and three heads of U.S. Central Command, said of the administration’s statement. “It’s unbelievable, frankly. I now know what it’s like to have lived through Vietnam, I guess.” Experts called the loss a stunning blow to the Iraqi government and U.S. strategy....
  • Court Rules That YouTube Cannot Be Forced to Remove Innocence of Muslims

    05/18/2015 5:52:30 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 19 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 18 May 2015 | Tina Nguyen
    An appeals court today reversed a lower court’s decision compelling YouTube to remove the controversial film Innocence of Muslims, saying that such an act was a violation of the First Amendment. The film, a 13-minute “trailer” created by Nakoula Basseley Nakoula in 2012, sparked outrage among the Muslim community for its depiction of the prophet Muhammad as a pedophile and a murderer, and for a time was thought to be the cause of the attacks against the American embassy in Benghazi, Libya. The initial lawsuit had been filed by Cindy Lee Garcia, one of the actresses in the film, who...
  • Newly Released Documents Indicate Key Hillary Clinton Claim on Emails Was Not True

    05/18/2015 5:51:10 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 35 replies
    The Blaze ^ | May 18, 2015 | Oliver Darcy
    Emails published by the New York Times Monday indicate that Hillary Clinton used more than one private email address during her time as secretary of state, contradicting previous claims from the Democratic presidential contender’s office. Multiple emails show Clinton used account “hrod17@clintonemail.com” while serving in the Obama administration as secretary of state. SNIP Clinton’s attorney, David Kendall, had previously told Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) that that particular address had not “existed during Secretary Clinton’s tenure as Secretary of State.” Another statement from Clinton’s office said she only used one address during her time as secretary of state. “Secretary Clinton used...