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  • Iranian-backed Shiite militias lead Iraq’s fight to retake Tikrit

    03/04/2015 6:25:32 PM PST · by BeauBo · 31 replies
    Long War Journal ^ | 4 March 2015 | Caleb Weiss and Bill Roggio
    The Iraqi Security Forces, supported by several Iranian-backed Shiite militias and Sunni tribal fighters, have launched an offensive to retake Tikrit from the Islamic State... Massive columns of Shiite militas, including some groups that are listed by the US as Foreign Terrorist Organizations, have been leading the fight in Tikrit. The operation, which involves more than thirty thousand Iraqi security personnel and militia forces, started on the morning of March 2. According to Al Jazeera, Iraqi forces and allied militias attacked the city from three sides while Iraqi aviation launched an aerial bombardment.
  • Associated Press Threatens Legal Action Over Request for Hillary Clinton Information

    03/04/2015 3:58:16 PM PST · by Second Amendment First · 110 replies
    NY Times ^ | MARCH 4, 2015 | RAVI SOMAIYA
    The Associated Press said Wednesday that it was considering legal action over unfulfilled Freedom of Information Act requests for government documents covering Hillary Rodham Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state. In its requests, the AP asked for her full schedules and calendars and for details on the State Department’s decision to grant a special position to a longtime Clinton aide, Huma Abedin, among other documents. The oldest request, the news organization said, was made in March 2010. “We believe it’s critically important that government officials and agencies be held accountable to the voters,” said AP’s general counsel, Karen Kaiser. “In...
  • Senate fails to override Keystone XL veto [Five Votes Short]

    03/04/2015 2:07:06 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 60 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 03/04/2015 | BY JOHN SICILIANO
    The U.S. Senate voted down a key vote to override a White House veto on a bill to approve the contentious Keystone XL pipeline, which the GOP sees a key to job creation and maintaining a strong U.S. infrastructure. The vote on override a presidential veto failed 62-37. The Senate had passed the bill 62-36 in January.But last month President Obama vetoed the measure. Republicans have said that if they couldn't override Obama's veto, they plan to wrap legislation green-lighting the 1,700-mile pipeline into a spending measure or broader bill, such as the federal highway bill. But Democrats who oppose...
  • AP INTERVIEW: Reid Wants Congress to Delay Iran Legislation (Here we go again!)

    03/04/2015 12:53:47 PM PST · by Dave346 · 40 replies
    ABC News ^ | Mar 4, 2015, 2:43 PM ET | ERICA WERNER
    Key Senate Democrats led by Minority Leader Harry Reid announced their opposition Wednesday to fast action on a bill giving Congress final say on any nuclear deal with Iran. The development appeared likely to upend GOP plans to move swiftly on the bill following Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Tuesday speech to Congress in which he railed against the emerging agreement. "I think we are better off on things relating to the Iran deal to wait until we see if there can be something negotiated," Reid said in an interview with The Associated Press. "And if there is something negotiated...
  • If it’s ambiguous, does government win? Roberts finally speaks.

    03/04/2015 11:15:53 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 61 replies
    Washington Post ^ | March 4, 2015 | Sandhya Somashekhar and Robert Barnes
    11:26: When a law is ambiguous, the court often defers to the agency in charge of administering it. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit said just that, and that the IRS’ interpretation that subsidies were available to all was a reasonable one. Verrilli resisted questions about ambiguity, saying it was clear. But if not, he said, the agency does deserve deference. But Justice Anthony M. Kennedy said he was concerned about giving the power to allocate billions of dollars in subsidies to an agency. It was then that Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. asked his only...
  • Supreme Court ‘Bitterly Divided’ Over Obamacare

    03/04/2015 10:30:33 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 66 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 03/04/2015 | Rachel Stoltzfoos
    The Supreme Court appeared sharply divided Wednesday as it began hearing arguments on the fate of Obamacare.Justices seemed “bitterly divided” during “heated” arguments over the law, reported The New York Times. If they rule that the federal subsidies the Internal Revenue Service has doled out for Obamacare plans are illegal, millions of people would no longer be able to afford their plans, and the entire law would be crippled. The four liberal justices indicated strong support for the Obama administration’s position, in opposition to the most conservative members of the court. Those four will likely have to win over either...
  • Kerry says demanding Iran's 'capitulation' is no way to secure nuclear deal (stands with Iran)

    03/04/2015 11:11:20 AM PST · by Dave346 · 40 replies
    Reuters ^ | Wed Mar 4, 2015 1:05pm EST | Arshad Mohammed
    MONTREUX, Switzerland - Simply demanding Iran's capitulation is no way to get a nuclear deal with the Islamic Republic, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Wednesday as he wrapped up three days of talks with a veiled dig at Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Kerry said he and Iranian counterpart Mohammad Jawad Zarif made some progress in their negotiations in the Swiss lakeside town of Montreux and would resume them on March 15. Kerry aides said many obstacles remained before a late March deadline for an outline accord between Iran and six world powers. "There are still significant...
  • Betrayal Papers Part 3: Obama’s Scandals and Assaults on Freedoms Explained

    03/04/2015 9:01:26 AM PST · by RightSideNews · 10 replies
    Right Side News ^ | March 4, 1015 | Betrayal Papers
    Last week was part 2, this weekThe Betrayal Papers Part I – Under Obama: U.S. Captured by the Muslim Brotherhood, presented a picture of a conspiracy that is manipulating the American government. Part II – In Plain Sight: A National Security “Smoking Gun” named several people in the Obama administration who have documented associations to Muslim Brotherhood front groups and the State of Qatar. This article will explore the deliberate strategy of the Muslim Brotherhood and the Obama administration to cripple the middle class and to steer the American economy, as well as identify, to the extent possible, their role...
  • UKRAINE: The Bolsheviks from St Petersburg preparing to attack at Mariupol spring (photo)

    03/04/2015 7:05:21 AM PST · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 2 replies
    podrobnosti ^ | March 4,2015
    Many already have experience of the war in the Donbas In St. Petersburg, Russia National Bolsheviks openly preparing for a spring offensive to Mariupol. Assault on the city planned for spring. In the meantime, a special training base, the terrorists are trained shooting, tactics, topography and other basics of combat. Total, according to the coordinator of the movement "Other Russia" in St. Petersburg Andrei Dmitriev, but according to him from Russia to fight in the Donbas went 1.5 thousand people. This he said in an interview to the Russian edition of " real time ". Offensive in Mariupol Sturm...
  • The End of the Charade

    03/04/2015 6:53:57 AM PST · by JayAr36 · 50 replies
    3/4/2015 | Jayar36
    Well Mr. Speaker the charade is over. Obama has received just what he wanted and you and Mitch helped him. You can both now get back in line, knee pads in hand, ready to kiss the bony rear of your leader and ask, "What do you want next, Sire?" A real man once called some of our foes the, "Axis of Evil." Well I see another axis right here in what is left of America. Between you and McConnell and Obama you are destroying the America you grew up in and it apparently isn't going to stop. A more ineffective...
  • Netanyahu responds to Obama: We did indeed present practical alternative to Iran deal

    03/04/2015 2:28:09 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 26 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 3/4/15 | Herb Kenion
    ....pushing back against those saying that there was no tactical alternative in his speech, Netanyahu said that he did indeed present a practical alternative that would extend Iran's break out time by adding new restrictions. He also said that he presented a case for not lifting sanctions until the Iranians stop its hostile actions against neighboring countries and stop threatening to annihilate Israel. Netanyahu said that the responses he heard from both Republicans and Democrats were encouraging and that his impression was that they both understand why this is a bad deal. On Tuesday, US President Barack Obama on Tuesday...
  • Alabama Supreme Court orders halt to same sex marriage

    03/03/2015 5:47:51 PM PST · by GIdget2004 · 73 replies
    al.com ^ | 03/03/2015 | Kyle Whitmire
    Weeks after a United States District Court Judge in Mobile ordered a probate judge there to issue same-sex marriage licenses, the Alabama Supreme Court has ordered a halt to same-sex marriages in the state. The order, called a writ of mandamus, had been requested by the Alabama Policy Institute and the Alabama Citizens Action Program last month. "As it has done for approximately two centuries, Alabama law allows for 'marriage' between only one man and one woman," the order said. "Alabama probate judges have a ministerial duty not to issue any marriage license contrary to this law. Nothing in the...
  • Ted Cruz leads latest GOP alternative to Obamacare

    03/03/2015 9:40:40 PM PST · by SoConPubbie · 15 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | March 3, 2015 | 8:19 pm | Robert King
    Conservative firebrand Sen. Ted Cruz is spearheading an alternative to Obamacare in the GOP's latest bid to show the Supreme Court it has a Plan B if the court eliminates subsidies for millions of Obamacare customers.The bill filed by the Texas senator Tuesday would remove the healthcare law's insurance mandate and allow residents in one state the option to purchase a health plan of their choice in any other state. It is co-sponsored by Sens. John Barrasso of Wyoming, Mike Crapo of Idaho and Marco Rubio of Florida, all Republicans.Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., introduced companion legislation in the House, according...
  • Justice Dept. review finds pattern of racial bias among Ferguson police

    03/03/2015 3:46:55 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 28 replies
    Washington Post ^ | March 3, 2015 | By Sari Horowitz
    The Justice Department will issue findings Wednesday that accuse the police department in Ferguson, Mo., of racial bias and routinely violating the constitutional rights of black citizens by stopping drivers without reasonable suspicion, making arrests without probable cause and using excessive force, officials said. Federal officials opened their civil rights investigation into the Ferguson police department after the uproar in the St. Louis suburb and across the country over the fatal shooting in August of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, by Darren Wilson, a white Ferguson police officer. A grand jury in St. Louis declined to indict Wilson in...
  • Petraeus Reaches Plea Deal Over Giving Classified Data to Lover

    03/03/2015 2:55:42 PM PST · by mojito · 74 replies
    NYT ^ | 3/3/2015 | MICHAEL S. SCHMIDT and MATT APUZZO
    David H. Petraeus, the best-known military commander of his generation, has reached a plea deal with the Justice Department and admitted providing his highly classified journals to a mistress when he was the director of the C.I.A. Mr. Petraeus has agreed to plead guilty to one count of unauthorized removal and retention of classified material, a misdemeanor. He is eligible for up to one year in prison but prosecutors will recommend a sentence of probation for two years and a $40,000 fine. The plea deal completes a spectacular fall for Mr. Petraeus, a retired four-star general who was once discussed...
  • Gun rights bill would block ammunition regs

    03/03/2015 1:19:25 PM PST · by Q-ManRN · 49 replies
    The Hill ^ | 03/02/15 | Tim Devaney
    The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) proposed last week to prohibit gun companies from manufacturing and selling 5.56mm projectiles for M855 cartridges that provide ammunition for AR-15 rifles. The Protecting Second Amendment Rights Act, introduced Friday by Rep. Tom Rooney (R-Fla.), would roll back the ATF’s power to regulate ammunition. “The Obama administration’s proposal would unilaterally strip law-abiding hunters and sportsmen of their Second Amendment rights,” Rooney said in a statement. “Congress has made its intentions clear that this ammunition is for sporting purposes and should not be restricted. We cannot and we will not stand by...
  • PM Netanyahu's Speech in Congress

    03/03/2015 12:20:45 PM PST · by LeoWindhorse · 19 replies
    Prime Minister's Office ^ | March 3 , 2015 | Benjamin Netanyahu
    03/03/2015 - Complete Transcription
  • NETANYAHU: ‘EVEN IF ISRAEL HAS TO STAND ALONE, ISRAEL WILL STAND’

    03/03/2015 10:34:45 AM PST · by Jim Robinson · 80 replies
    Breitbart ^ | March 3, 2015 | By Ben Shapiro
    On Tuesday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of the State of Israel reset the agenda for the Western world in a speech before a joint session of Congress. For weeks, the Obama administration has attempted to direct attention away from Netanyahu’s actual agenda – stopping the Iranian nuclear deal – and toward petty political maneuvering over permissions to speak and Democratic boycotts. All of that fell away in the wake of a clear, powerful, and emotional call by Netanyahu for the United States and Israel to stand united against the evil terror of Iran. Netanyahu opened by expressing his humility for...
  • Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Address to Joint Meeting of Congress [Live Thread]

    03/03/2015 5:56:35 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 1,235 replies
    C-SPAN ^ | March 3, 2015 | C-SPAN
    Our coverage of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s address to a joint meeting of Congress gets underway at 10:45 a.m. ET. Mr. Netanyahu is expected to use the speech to lay out the case against a deal with Iran over its nuclear program.
  • Benjamin Netanyahu's resolve on Iranian nuclear threat has been decades in the making

    03/03/2015 7:26:00 AM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 7 replies
    National Post ^ | 3/3/2015 | Joseph Brean
    On the threat of a nuclear Iran, Israel's long-serving hawkish Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has frequently cited the wisdom of Israel Zangwill, an early 20th-century British Zionist who tried to establish a Jewish homeland in places as diverse as Canada, Australia and Uganda. Mr. Zangwill's motto, as the former commando and diplomat has often been recalled favourably, was "obsta principiis," Latin for "resist beginnings," or as he described it, "oppose bad things when they are small." For Mr. Netanyahu, the first Israeli prime minister born in Israel proper, that meant railing against the Iranian threat back in the early 1990s...
  • Boris Nemtsov funeral: Russia restricts foreign mourners

    03/03/2015 4:28:30 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 20 replies
    BBC ^ | 3 March 2015 Last updated at 06:34 ET | Sarah Rainsford
    Several EU politicians and Russia's opposition leader have been barred from attending the funeral of murdered Russian politician Boris Nemtsov. A Polish politician was denied a visa and a Latvian MEP turned back at a Moscow airport, while Alexei Navalny was denied permission to leave jail.
  • Hillary Clinton's use of private email address while Secretary of State draws scrutiny

    03/03/2015 3:50:55 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 34 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 03, 2015 | Fox News
    Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton used a personal e-mail account to exclusively conduct official business during her time at the State Department, a move that raises questions about access to the full archive of her correspondence, as well as the possibility that she violated federal law requiring official messages to be retained for the record. The existence of the account was discovered by the House select committee investigating the deadly 2012 attacks on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, and was first reported by The New York Times.
  • Obama’s Police Task Force Recommends Scrapping FBI’s ‘Immigration Violator’ Database

    03/02/2015 9:40:01 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 17 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 3-2-2015 | Daily Caller
    A task force appointed by President Barack Obama to reform policing in the U.S. is recommending that the Department of Justice scrap an FBI database that gathers and maintains information on certain “immigration violators.” The recommendation, handed down by the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing in an interim report on Monday, pertains to FBI’s National Crime Information Center (NCIC) database. NCIC is used by local law enforcement officers during traffic stops and other encounters with the public. The database, developed in 1967, allows officers to find out if the individuals are wanted for crimes in other jurisdictions. An...
  • Obama "Very Interested" In Raising Taxes Through Executive Action

    03/02/2015 5:16:42 PM PST · by amnestynone · 74 replies
    townhall ^ | March 2, 2015 | Conn Carroll
    White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest confirmed Monday that President Obama is "very interested" in the idea of raising taxes through unitlateral executive action. "The president certainly has not indicated any reticence in using his executive authority to try and advance an agenda that benefits middle class Americans," Earnest said in response to a question about Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) calling on Obama to raise more than $100 billion in taxes through IRS executive action. "Now I don't want to leave you with the impression that there is some imminent announcement, there is not, at least that I know of,"...
  • Ahead of Netanyahu speech, Kerry warns against revealing details of Iran nuke talks

    03/02/2015 12:39:41 PM PST · by Dave346 · 31 replies
    Ynetnews ^ | 03.02.15, 15:03
    US Secretary of State 'concerned' by reports of an information leak; Iranian foreign minister says agreement dependent on removal of sanctions. US Secretary of State John Kerry is warning that public discussion of details of the ongoing nuclear negotiations with Iran will make it more difficult to reach a deal that prevents the country from developing atomic weapons. In comments to reporters in Geneva on Monday, Kerry said he was concerned by reports that some details of the talks would be revealed in coming days. He did not elaborate, but Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will speak in opposition to...
  • Scott Walker; Sure, Obama loves his country

    03/02/2015 7:59:21 AM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 137 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 3/2/2015 | Staff
    Gov. Scott Walker still hasn't spoken with President Barack Obama about the president's love for America, but the possible contender for the Republican nomination now has an opinion on the subject. Wisconsin's governor tells "Fox News Sunday" that Obama or "anybody else who is willing to put their name on the ballot certainly has to have the love for country to do that." ...
  • House GOP leader: Senate should change its rules to pass DHS funding

    03/01/2015 1:07:07 PM PST · by Mariner · 60 replies
    The Hill ^ | 3/1/2015 | By Jesse Byrnes
    House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said on Sunday that the Senate should change its rules in order to pass a bill funding the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). "I think they should change the rule," McCarthy said on NBC's "Meet the Press," suggesting the Senate invoke the so-called "nuclear option" to allow spending bills to only require a simple majority to advance instead of 60 votes.
  • Publicly funded Iron Range board is deep into DFL politics, policy (MN)

    03/01/2015 6:57:30 AM PST · by Colonel_Flagg · 13 replies
    Minneapolis Star-Tribune ^ | March 1, 2015 | Jennifer Bjorhus
    EVELETH, Minn. – Workers in a call center on Minnesota’s Iron Range don headsets each day knowing their employer’s core business: Get Democrats elected. For years, prominent Democratic candidates and political groups have used the obscure center tucked among hills and pines to canvass and raise money from small donors. DFL organizations, state and national, have paid the phone bank’s current and former owners about $80 million over the last decade, campaign records show. The call center relocated to Eveleth in 2006 thanks in part to a $625,000 loan from a unique state agency called the Iron Range Resources and...
  • Netanyahu Takes Off on 'Historic' US Mission

    03/01/2015 2:00:45 AM PST · by Dave346 · 49 replies
    Arab News ^ | Sunday 1 March 2015
    BEN GURION AIRPORT, Israel: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu headed to Washington on Sunday on what he said was a “historic” mission to try and stop a nuclear deal with Iran, an AFP correspondent said. The controversial 48-hour visit will see the Israeli leader addressing a joint session of the US Congress in a bid to garner last-minute support to halt an emerging world deal with Iran over its nuclear program, in a move which has infuriated the White House. But Netanyahu, who will also address the annual policy conference of the pro-Israel AIPAC lobby, has refused to back down....
  • U.S. Intelligence-Sharing Leaves Ukraine in the Dark

    02/28/2015 12:21:40 PM PST · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 19 replies
    Wallstreet Journal ^ | 2/27/2015 | ADAM ENTOUS and JULIAN E. BARNES
    WASHINGTON—The U.S. is providing spy-satellite imagery to Ukraine to help in its fight against Russia-backed rebels, but with a catch: the images are significantly degraded to avoid provoking Russia or compromising U.S. secrets. The White House agreed last year to Ukraine’s request to provide the photos and other intelligence. But before delivering them, U.S. officials black out military staging areas on Russian territory and reduce the resolution so that enemy formations can’t be clearly made out, making them less useful to Ukrainian military commanders. Those steps, which delay the delivery of the images by at least 24 hours, are designed...
  • Comrades for Net Neutrality

    02/28/2015 6:46:47 AM PST · by GreyFriar · 69 replies
    National Reivew Online ^ | Feb 26, 2015 | John Fund
    The powers behind the FCC’s muscling of the Internet Today’s vote by a bitterly divided Federal Communications Commission that the Internet should be regulated as a public utility is the culmination of a decade-long battle by the Left. Using money from George Soros and liberal foundations that totaled at least $196 million, radical activists finally succeeded in ramming through “net neutrality,” or the idea that all data should be transmitted equally over the Internet. The final push involved unprecedented political pressure exerted by the Obama White House on FCC chairman Tom Wheeler, head of an ostensibly independent regulatory body. “Net...
  • Senate Unanimously Welcomes Netanyahu to America

    02/27/2015 4:15:10 PM PST · by Kaslin · 45 replies
    The Washingon Free Beacon ^ | February 27, 2015 | Adam Kredo
    No Senate Democrats block measure backing Bibi’s speechThe Senate on Thursday unanimously passed a resolution welcoming Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to America and endorsing his speech before a joint session of Congress. Critics of the Obama administration view the unanimous approval as a rebuke to the White House and Democrats, who have vowed to boycott Netanyahu’s address and work to counter his warnings about the dangers of a nuclear Iran. No Senate Democrats sponsored the measure, which attracted 50 Republican cosponsors. However, none attempted to block its passage, signaling that support for Israel and Netanyahu’s message has outweighed a pressure...
  • SESSIONS VS. JEB: BATTLE FOR THE SOUL OF THE GOP

    02/27/2015 3:22:38 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 75 replies
    Breitbart ^ | February 27, 2015 | by MATTHEW BOYLE
    NATIONAL HARBOR, Maryland — In a surprise speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) unloaded on former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush—systematically dismantling Bush’s push for amnesty and a massive increase in guest workers from around the world. “Right now, there are two conferences—one of them in public where candidates are out there having to speak and defend and answer questions on their views and on their positions on important issues facing America,” Sessions said to open up his remarks to the Breitbart News-sponsored meet-and-greet with CPAC activists. “Many people at this conference here and watching...
  • DHS funding shutdown looms as key House vote fails

    02/27/2015 2:28:49 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 52 replies
    CNN ^ | 02/27/2015 | By Deirdre Walsh, Dana Bash and Ted Barrett
    Washington (CNN)The Department of Homeland Security moved closer to running out of money Friday after the House rejected a bill that would have kept the agency open for three more weeks. Unless another deal is reached by midnight, DHS will fall into a partial shutdown, leaving thousands of workers furloughed while forcing others to show up on the job without being paid. The House vote was a shocking twist to a dramatic day on Capitol Hill. For most of the day, lawmakers seemed poised to avoid a partial shutdown. The House cleared a procedural hurdle earlier in the day, indicating...
  • New Docs Reveal Osama bin Laden's Secret Ties With Iran

    02/27/2015 12:12:40 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 29 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | February 27, 2015 | By Thomas Jocelyn
    This week, prosecutors in New York introduced eight documents recovered in Osama bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan as evidence in the trial of a terrorism suspect. The U.S. government accuses Abid Naseer of taking part in al Qaeda’s scheme to attack targets in Europe and New York City. And prosecutors say the documents are essential for understanding the scope of al Qaeda’s plotting. More than 1 million documents and files were captured by the Navy Seals who raided bin Laden’s safe house in Abbottabad, Pakistan in May 2011. One year later, in May 2012, the Obama administration released just 17...
  • Leonard Nimoy, Spock of ‘Star Trek,’ Dies at 83

    02/27/2015 9:16:14 AM PST · by C19fan · 229 replies
    NY Times ^ | February 27, 2015 | Virginia Heffernan
    Leonard Nimoy, the sonorous, gaunt-faced actor who won a worshipful global following as Mr. Spock, the resolutely logical human-alien first officer of the Starship Enterprise in the television and movie juggernaut “Star Trek,” died on Friday morning at his home in the Bel Air section of Los Angeles. He was 83. His wife, Susan Bay Nimoy, confirmed his death, saying the cause was end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
  • More Lois Lerner Emails Recovered: ‘No One Will Ever Believe That Both ... Within a Week’

    02/27/2015 8:06:22 AM PST · by Rockitz · 100 replies
    TheBlaze.com ^ | 26 February 2015 | Jason Howerton
    The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee announced on Thursday night that hundreds of former IRS official Lois Lerner’s previously “lost” backup tapes have been recovered, which could result in the recovery of a new trove of her emails. IRS Deputy Inspector General Timothy P. Camus told Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) on Thursday that it took investigators just two weeks to recover 424 backup tapes that were previously said to be unretrievable. “To date, we have found 32,744 unique emails that were backed up from Lois Lerner’s email box. We are in the process of comparing these emails to what...
  • ATF pushes bullet ban, threatens top-selling AR-15 rifle

    02/27/2015 7:13:20 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 84 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 27, 2015 | Paul Bedard / ·Washington Examiner
    It’s starting. As promised, President Obama is using executive actions to impose gun control on the nation, targeting the top-selling rifle in the country, the AR-15 style semi-automatic, with a ban on one of the most-used AR bullets by sportsmen and target shooters. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives this month revealed that it is proposing to put the ban on 5.56mm ammo on a fast track, immediately driving up the price of the bullets and prompting retailers, including the huge outdoors company Cabela’s, to urge sportsmen to urge Congress to stop the president.
  • 'Gestapo' tactics at US police 'black site' ring alarm from Chicago to Washington

    02/27/2015 6:16:15 AM PST · by 2nd amendment mama · 70 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 2/26/2015 | Multiple Authors
    The US Department of Justice and embattled mayor Rahm Emanuel are under mounting pressure to investigate allegations of what one politician called “CIA or Gestapo tactics” at a secretive Chicago police facility exposed by the Guardian.Politicians and civil-rights groups across the US expressed shock upon hearing descriptions of off-the-books interrogation at Homan Square, the Chicago warehouse that multiple lawyers and one shackled-up protester likened to a US counter-terrorist black site in a Guardian investigation published this week. As three more people came forward detailing their stories of being “held hostage” and “strapped” inside Homan Square without access to an attorney...
  • Tougher Internet rules to hit cable, telecoms companies

    02/26/2015 6:46:30 AM PST · by shove_it · 79 replies
    Rooters ^ | 26 Feb 2015 | ALINA SELYUKH
    (Reuters) - U.S. regulators are poised to impose the toughest rules yet on Internet service providers, aiming to ensure fair treatment of all web traffic through their networks. The Federal Communications Commission is expected Thursday to approve Chairman Tom Wheeler's proposed "net neutrality" rules, regulating broadband providers more heavily than in the past and restricting their power to control download speeds on the web, for instance by potentially giving preference to companies that can afford to pay more. The vote, expected along party lines with Democrats in favor, comes after a year of jostling between cable and telecom companies and...
  • Investigators find 32,000 emails in IRS probe

    02/26/2015 10:06:41 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 33 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 26, 2015 11:10 PM EST | Stephen Ohlemacher
    Investigators said Thursday they have recovered 32,000 emails related to a former IRS official at the heart of the agency’s tea party scandal. But they don’t know how many of them are new. The emails were to and from Lois Lerner, who used to head the IRS division that processes applications for tax-exempt status. Last June, the IRS told Congress it had lost an unknown number of Lerner’s emails when her computer hard drive crashed in 2011. At the time, IRS officials said the emails could not be recovered. But at a congressional hearing Thursday evening, investigators said they recovered...
  • Scott Walker Is Trying to Woo CPAC. And It's Working.

    02/26/2015 6:34:49 PM PST · by Mariner · 89 replies
    National Journal ^ | Feb 26th, 2015 | By Lauren Fox
    February 26, 2015 Scott Walker found his stride in a rowdy Conservative Polical Action Conference crowd Thursday during a speech aggressively touting his record as Wisconsin governor to offer evidence for why he's ready to take on the White House in 2016. "If we can do it in Wisconsin, we can do it across America," Walker said. After refusing to answer questions about whether President Obama was Christian and declining to clearly outline his position on evolution in recent weeks, Walker did not shy away from some contentious social issues, such as abortion, that have become stumbling blocks for him....
  • Senate Judiciary Committee votes to confirm Loretta Lynch as AG — thanks to three Republicans

    02/26/2015 10:53:51 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 40 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/26/2015 | AllahPundit
    Because the GOP has a majority in the Senate, it also has a majority on all Senate committees — 12 to 9 in the case of the Judiciary Committee. But since Lynch’s confirmation has become a referendum on executive amnesty and the GOP is riddled with amnesty shills, there was no doubt that a few would cross over and vote with Democrats today to send her through to a floor vote of the entire Senate.The three defectors: Jeff Flake and Lindsey Graham, both members of the Senate’s Gang of Eight on immigration, and Orrin Hatch, who sold himself as...
  • Obama to ban bullets by executive action, threatens top-selling AR-15 rifle

    02/26/2015 9:14:31 AM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 400 replies
    Washington Examiner2-26-2015 ^ | 2-26-2015 | Paul Bedard
    It’s started. As promised, President Obama is using executive actions to impose gun control on the nation, targeting the top-selling rifle in the country, the AR-15 style semi-automatic, with a ban on one of the most-used AR bullets by sportsmen and target shooters. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives this month revealed that it is putting the ban on 5.56mm ammo on a fast track, immediately driving up the price of the bullets and prompting retailers, including the huge outdoors company Cabela’s, to urge sportsmen to urge Congress to stop the president.
  • Kansas is poised to ditch requirement for a concealed-carry permit for guns

    02/26/2015 7:22:15 AM PST · by Second Amendment First · 26 replies
    KC Star ^ | Feb, 25, 2015
    Kansas appears on the verge of becoming among the most welcoming states to people who want to pack heat. A bill promising Kansans the ability to carry concealed firearms — without taking safety training or weathering the background checks required in most of the country — won initial approval in the state Senate on Wednesday. The change, expected to pass Thursday to a likely receptive House, would make Kansas a “constitutional carry” state. That would mean citizens would not need a permit to carry a hidden gun. The bill would maintain the current permit process for people who want to...
  • Ukraine begins artillery withdrawal, recognizing truce is holding

    02/26/2015 6:12:12 AM PST · by mac_truck · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | 2/26/2015 | Peter Graff
    (Reuters) - Ukraine announced on Thursday that it would begin withdrawing artillery from the front line with separatist rebels in the east, a move that amounts to recognition that a ceasefire meant to take effect on Feb. 15 is holding at last. The pro-Russian rebels have already been pulling back heavy weapons for two days, but Kiev had held back, arguing that fighting had not yet ceased. However, the army reported no combat fatalities at the front for a second straight day on Thursday, the first time no troops have been killed since long before the French- and German-brokered truce...
  • Millions spent illegally on Obama amnesty plan; so who is going to prison?

    02/26/2015 3:49:21 AM PST · by 11th_VA · 24 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Tuesday, February 24, 2015 | By Ernest Istook
    Some bureaucrats could end up in prison for implementing President Obama’s amnesty plan for illegal aliens. Even if they don’t violate the brand-new court injunction, they are accountable under a special federal statute. It’s illegal to spend federal money on purposes never approved by Congress. Yet Mr. Obama has bureaucrats going full-speed ahead to create the mechanism that would process amnesty for millions, even while a court injunction requires that actual processing cannot yet begin. Preparations are proceeding “full-throttle,” according to Judicial Watch, which works to make government accountable. The group has uncovered details about some of the tens of...
  • Wisconsin Senate approves right-to-work bill, sends to state Assembly

    02/26/2015 2:09:27 AM PST · by servo1969 · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | Feb 26, 2015 | Brendan O'Brien
    The Wisconsin Senate narrowly approved a "right-to-work" bill on Wednesday that would bar private-sector employees who work under union-negotiated contracts from being required to join their unions or pay them dues. The bill, which would make Wisconsin the 25th U.S. state with a right-to-work law on the books, cleared the Republican-led Senate on a 17-15 vote following hours of debate marked by periodic angry shouts from opponents in the Senate gallery. Supporters of organized labor chanted "Shame!" as the legislation was passed and sent for further consideration to the state Assembly, where Republicans also hold a majority. One Republican senator,...
  • Obama says he won’t be deterred by ‘one federal judge’ on immigration

    02/25/2015 11:57:25 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 97 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | February 25, 2015 | Ben Wolfgang
    A confident President Obama said Wednesday he won’t be stopped by “one federal judge,” telling a Miami crowd he’ll move ahead with his controversial executive action on immigration and vowing his administration will become even more aggressive in the weeks and months to come. At a town hall meeting hosted by Telemundo and MSNBC, the president also threatened to veto GOP-backed legislation that would undo his immigration action. That measure is expected to come up for a vote later this week. Mr. Obama took executive steps last year to halt deportations for millions of illegal immigrants, but a federal judge...
  • Supreme Court Rules Against Prosecuting Fisherman Under Post-Enron Anti-Shredding Law

    02/25/2015 9:53:08 PM PST · by Behind Liberal Lines · 22 replies
    Washington, DC (February 25, 2015) – This morning, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its opinion in Yates v. United States. This case highlights the problem of overcriminalization and specifically the dangerous consequences stemming from prosecutorial expansion of the laws passed by Congress. In Yates v. United States, the Court today rejected the government's use of an overly broad interpretation of a post-Enron anti-shredding statute (18 U.S.C. §1519), a statute that provides for up to a 20-year prison sentence, to prosecute a fisherman for the disappearance of some undersized fish from his shipping vessel. While the dissent differed in its interpretation...