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  • Graham, Leahy push for $1B in emergency Syrian refugee funds

    10/08/2015 8:31:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The Hill's Floor Action ^ | October 8, 2015 | Jordain Carney
    A bipartisan pair of senators — including one presidential candidate — is pushing forward with an emergency spending bill to help strengthen the administration's ability to combat the Syrian refugee crisis. Sens. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) have rolled out legislation that would provide an extra $1 billion in emergency funding, mandating that the White House tell Congress within 45 days how it will use the money....
  • Amateurs in the Oval Office: Why Americans tend more & more to want inexperienced candidates

    10/08/2015 8:23:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | The November 2015 Issue | Jonathan Rauch
    The presidency, it’s often said, is a job for which everyone arrives unprepared. But just how unprepared is unprepared enough? Political handicappers weigh presidential candidates’ partisanship, ideology, money, endorsements, consultants, and, of course, experience. Yet they too rarely consider an element of growing importance to voters: freshness. Increasingly, American voters view being qualified for the presidency as a disqualification. In 2003, I announced in National Journal the 14-Year Rule. The rule was actually discovered by a presidential speechwriter named John McConnell, but because his job required him to keep his name out of print, I graciously stepped up to take...
  • Obama administration linked to House-speakership blowup?

    10/08/2015 8:16:35 PM PDT · by amorphous · 13 replies
    WND ^ | 8 Oct 2015
    The reason Rep. Kevin McCarthy abruptly pulled his name from the running for the job as House speaker Thursday may be exactly as he explained – his untoward comments attributing a political purpose to a House committee investigating Benghazi. Or it may have been something else – as speculation swirled on Thursday about an alleged affair with another member of Congress. And if that was the case, one report is suggesting people look to the Obama administration for a level of involvement. Because the trail could link back to the administration’s Department of Homeland Security.
  • Million-Dollar Donors in the 2016 Presidential Race

    10/08/2015 8:02:55 PM PDT · by Nacho Bidnith · 3 replies
    The New York Times ^ | UPDATED Aug. 25, 2015 | By Wilson Andrews, Jeremy Bowers, Sarah Cohen, Chase Davis, Matt Ericson, Josh Keller, K.K. Rebecca
    With nearly $400 million raised during the first half of 2015, this has been the fastest start to a presidential contest. In a stark departure from previous elections, most of the money is flowing not into the campaigns, but into outside groups like “super PACs” and other political organizations that are allowed to raise unlimited amounts of money from wealthy individuals, labor unions and corporations.
  • EXCLUSIVE – Crysis: Boehner Plots to Stick as Speaker Until December!

    10/08/2015 7:39:10 PM PDT · by Rockitz · 29 replies ^ | 8 Oct 2015 | Patrick Howley
    WASHINGTON – Some on Capitol Hill believe that House Speaker Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) is going to attempt to remain in his position through mid-December. The election to replace outgoing Boehner was unexpectedly and indefinitely postponed Thursday after front-runner and current Majority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) pulled out of the race. Boehner has said that he plans to stay on as Speaker until a new Speaker is elected. That is a reversal from his previous decision to resign from Congress and the Speakership on Oct. 30. If Boehner tries to stay in office past Oct. 30, his previously scheduled...
  • Notes from Senator Cruz’s Office: Thinking the Unthinkable

    10/08/2015 7:16:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    PJ Media ^ | October 8, 2015 | Roger L. Simon
    “Maybe World War III has started already,” said Paul Teller, Ted Cruz’s chief of staff. We were sitting in the senator’s office under the ten foot wide modernist portrait of Reagan at the Berlin Wall that dominates the room. ”We always thought it would be nuclear weapons but…” He shrugged, a quizzical look on his face, as if he himself were surprised at what he had just said. But I knew where he was coming from. Who wouldn’t? The Middle East was in flames, the whole complexion of Europe changing, and America had turned tail. And we didn’t even know...
  • Obama weighs expanding background checks through executive authority

    10/08/2015 7:08:53 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 42 replies
    Washington post ^ | Oct 8, 2015 | By Juliet Eilperin
    In response to the latest mass shooting during his presidency, President Obama is seriously considering circumventing Congress with his executive authority and imposing new background-check requirements for buyers who purchase weapons from high-volume gun dealers. Snip The proposed executive action aims to impose background checks on individuals who buy from dealers who sell a significant number of guns each year. The current federal statute dictates that those who are “engaged in the business” of dealing firearms need to obtain a federal license — and, therefore, conduct background checks — but exempts anyone “who makes occasional sales, exchanges, or purchases of...
  • McCarthy exit baffles conservatives who were ready to deal

    10/08/2015 6:52:42 PM PDT · by 100American · 24 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 10/8/15 9:35 PM | SUSAN FERRECHIO
    Conservatives were ready to negotiate a deal with Kevin McCarthy to perhaps deliver the votes that would make him the next House Speaker when he suddenly dropped out of the race Thursday. "I was surprised as anybody that he pulled out," said Rep Raul Labrador, R-Idaho. Rep. Mick Mulvaney, R-S.C., another conservative, said he spoke to McCarthy just minutes before the announcement, but McCarthy didn't breathe a word about dropping out. But instead of getting a conservative pitch from McCarthy, he announced he wasn't the right person for the job. "We are just as stunned as you are," Mulvaney said...
  • Press just can't wait for the end of Donald Trump

    10/08/2015 6:47:26 PM PDT · by 100American · 13 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 10/8/15 12:01 AM | EDDIE SCARRY
    Michael Barbaro, a political writer for The New York Times, wrote Wednesday that Trump "seems to be wearing out" among voters and the conservative media. But as evidence, he cited what he said was a "rare" comment from conservative commentator Glenn Beck trashing Donald Trump, even though Beck has been trashing Trump for months by calling him a pseudo-conservative and a "son of a b----."
  • Rock bottom? Things could get worse for House GOP

    10/08/2015 6:39:35 PM PDT · by 100American · 39 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 10/8/15 7:02 PM | BYRON YORK
    But Boehner's retirement announcement — like McCarthy, he sprung it on a surprised world — didn't resolve any of the conflicts inside the GOP conference. Many of that core 30-40 member group of the most assertive conservatives saw McCarthy as more of the same. And they realized, again, that if they voted as a bloc against leadership, McCarthy couldn't become speaker. And why should he asked the conservative rebels, who like everyone else watched as public approval of GOP leaders went down and down. "When 72 percent of Republican voters disapprove of the congressional leadership it's hard to simply promote...
  • Will China join Russia's intervention in Syria?

    10/08/2015 6:32:18 PM PDT · by robowombat · 5 replies
    Al Araby ^ | 2 October, 2015 | Al-Araby al-Jadeed staff
    Will China join Russia's intervention in Syria? By: Al-Araby al-Jadeed staff Date of publication: 2 October, 2015 Multiple reports and sources allege that Beijing will deploy military resources to bolster Moscow's efforts in Syria. Russian Senator Igor Morozov has appeared to confirm rumours that China was set to enter the Syrian conflict. "It is known that China has joined our military operation in Syria; the Chinese cruiser has already entered the Mediterranean, [and an] aircraft carrier follows it," he said. Lebanese political sources close to the Syrian regime and Hezbollah also told al-Araby al-Jadeed that Chinese fighters would "take part...
  • Breaking: John Boehner has agreed to stay on as Speaker

    10/08/2015 6:25:48 PM PDT · by VictoryGal · 70 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10/8/2015 | Bret Baier
    Having Talked to several senior aides on Capitol Hill (along with Chris Stirewalt and his sources on the Hill tied to the leadership) here is the picture that is beginning to form. Speaker John Boehner has agreed to stay on as Speaker--not just until the Caucus nominates someone --but, until that person can confirm 218 votes on the House floor (needed to take the Speaker’s gavel). Short of that – Boehner will stay on for the rest of this Congress and steer legislation that is pending.
  • Gingrich open to return to Speakership

    10/08/2015 6:21:36 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 45 replies ^ | 10/8/15 | Bradford Richardson
    Newt Gingrich said he would consider taking up the Speaker’s gavel again if called upon to by House Republicans. The former Speaker initially denied any interest in a return to Congress, but when pressed in an interview with radio show host Sean Hannity on Thursday, admitted he would consider it if he had the votes.
  • The Privileged Class is so Diverse

    10/08/2015 6:08:01 PM PDT · by huckfillary · 1 replies
    The Artful Dilettante ^ | October 7, 2015 | Robert J. Seyko
    Today, the findings of a recent Cato Institute study on government vs. private-sector compensation were summarized and reported by Elizabeth Harrington of the Washington Free Beacon. The headline summed it all up: Study: Government Workers Make 78 Percent More than Private Sector. I was shocked, aghast, nearly apoplectic. Who would have thought that government workers are better off than their private-sector counterparts? Could the government workforce, especially the federal workforce, be a privileged class? An elite? Indeed they are. And I’ve grown sick and tired of the latest, most fashionable liberal catch-phrase—White Privilege. It is the federal bureaucracy that is...
  • Obama: GOP telling 'tales' about flood of illegal immigration

    10/08/2015 6:06:27 PM PDT · by 100American · 35 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 10/8/15 8:49 PM | NICOLE DURAN
    "Think about how much better off our country would be if Republican politicians didn't try to scare voters with tales of immigrants flooding our borders," Obama said in a speech before the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute.
  • McCaskill defends Clinton's trade flip as evolution

    10/08/2015 6:02:50 PM PDT · by 100American · 2 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 10/8/15 | T. BECKET ADAMS
    vSen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., thinks the press' criticism of Hillary Clinton's flip-flop this week on the White House's trade deal with Pacific Rim countries is unfair, and argued in an interview Thursday morning that all candidates "evolve" on these sorts of issues. The senator and Clinton super delegate accused MSNBC specifically of being particularly uncharitable towards the former secretary of state. "I've been listening to you guys this morning," McCaskill said on MSNBC's Morning Joe. "I think some of it has been unfair."
  • Ted Cruz, evil genius: How he’s wreaking havoc & positioning himself as the GOP dark horse

    10/08/2015 5:43:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 48 replies
    Salon ^ | October 8, 2015 | Heather Digby Parton
    Cruz is jockeying to win Trump & Carson backers when they crash. Even if he fails, his influence will be inordinate.After several months of political shock and awe, the contours of the coming GOP primary race are starting to come a little bit into focus. We have a Florida smackdown between Jeb! and Marco! as the establishment choices and the two frontrunners, Carson and Trump, will continue to one-up each other daily with obnoxious, indecent and mind-bogglingly ignorant statements until, it is assumed, even their yahoo followers will decide that they’ve gone too far. Whether that’s going to actually happen...
  • McConnell Sets Up Vote On Bill Targeting Sanctuary Cities

    10/08/2015 5:24:04 PM PDT · by markomalley · 9 replies
    Big Government ^ | 10/8/15 | Caroline May
    The Senate will consider legislation targeting funding for sanctuary cities when it reconvenes the week after next, Senate Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced Thursday. The Stop Sanctuary Policies and Protect Americans Act, introduced by Sen. David Vitter (R-LA), will skip the committee process and go directly to the Senate floor. The bill restricts federal funding for sanctuary cities, or jurisdictions that do not comply with federal immigration authorities. It also provides legal protections for localities that do comply with federal immigration law and ups the penalties for illegal re-entry. Speaking on the Senate floor Thursday afternoon, McConnell encouraged...
  • Green Beret compares US military inaction in Afghan rapes to Penn State scandal

    10/08/2015 5:13:22 PM PDT · by markomalley · 9 replies
    Stars & Stripes ^ | 10/8/15 | Dan Lamothe
    A Green Beret who may be pushed out of the Army for beating up an alleged child rapist sees a parallel between the U.S. military's failure to stop child rape in Afghanistan and a scandal at home: The abuse of children in the Penn State University football program. Sgt. 1st Class Charles Martland, a former college football player, made the comparison in a letter sent to Rep. Duncan Hunter, R.-Calif., Tuesday night and released to The Washington Post. It comes as he faces the possibility of involuntary separation for his actions in September 2011, when he and his commanding officer,...
  • Ted Cruz demolishes Sierra Club president on global warming hoax

    10/08/2015 5:04:22 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 23 replies
    YouTube ^ | Oct 7, 2015 | Senate
    [VIDEO] Ted Cruz demolishes Sierra Club president on global warming hoax
  • Air Force Dental Technician Accused of Witchcraft

    10/08/2015 4:53:14 PM PDT · by markomalley · 14 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 10/8/15 | Morgan Chalfant
    A former technician at a dental clinic at Fort Meade, Maryland, claims that her coworkers discriminated against her for her Hindu faith and accused her of “witchcraft” and “bringing demons into the office.”The Air Force Times reported that former Air Force contractor Deborah Schoenfeld alleges she was fired from her position at the Epes Dental Clinic when she complained about the discrimination.The founder and president of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, which is representing Schoenfeld, penned a letter to military officials Monday during which he argued the discrimination violated Defense Department and Air Force directives as well as the U.S....
  • Pelosi: Illinois Wants Gitmo Prisoners In Their State

    10/08/2015 4:49:45 PM PDT · by markomalley · 17 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 10/8/15 | Kerry Picket
    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi says that the people of Illinois want to have Guantanamo prisoners transferred to their state.When asked by The Daily Caller about the president’s threat to veto the defense authorization bill over the provision that would keep the Guatanamo Bay prison facility open, Pelosi responded, “It would totally undermine our ability to lift the caps, to end sequestration and to have the investments that we need in our national security at the appropriations level and in the omnibus bill and at the domestic level dollar for dollar.”She later added, “Guantanamo is an issue. It isn’t actually...
  • Armed guards protect Senate Democrats as they demand new gun-control laws

    10/08/2015 4:40:24 PM PDT · by Libloather · 8 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 10/08/15 | S.A. Miller
    Senate Democrats gathered Thursday on the steps of the Capitol surrounded by about a dozen armed guards to announce a new push for tougher gun-control laws. The officers from the U.S. Capitol Police, who carried sidearms, were in addition to the regular detail paroling the Capitol ground due the large number of elected officials attending the event, according to a officer on the scene. About 27 Democratic senators attended the event.
  • $603,412 NIH-Funded Study Examines Patterns of Healthy Aging Among Gay Men

    10/08/2015 4:36:02 PM PDT · by markomalley · 8 replies
    CNS News ^ | 10/8/15 | Melanie Hunter
    The National Institutes of Health has awarded $603,412 to the University of Pittsburgh for a five-year study of patterns of healthy aging among gay men. “Although many older men who have sex with men (MSM) exhibit significant strengths that have helped them remain healthy well into later life, these strategies have not been well documented,” it stated. “In particular, the strengths, or resiliencies, of older MSM have not been carefully studied in terms of their ability to support health as men age.” The study will use a theory-based approach and will consist of “six waves” of an ongoing study to...
  • data-finds-participation-in-govt-programs-increased-participation-in-labor-market-declined/

    10/08/2015 4:28:15 PM PDT · by 100American · 9 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | October 8, 2015 2:30 pm | Ali Meyer
    “Throughout the past 10 years, in spite of massive and growing funding invested in America’s antipoverty agenda, the percentage of individuals able to support themselves free of government welfare has declined,” the report said. “The fundamental reason for the failure to effectively reduce dependency and promote self-sufficiency is a misdiagnosis of poverty in America.”
  • Study: Government Workers Make 78 Percent More Than Private Sector

    10/08/2015 3:57:33 PM PDT · by huckfillary · 15 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | October 7, 2015 | Elizabeth Harrington
    Employees for the federal government earn far more than their counterparts in the private sector, according to a new study by the Cato Institute. Federal workers’ pay and benefits were 78 percent higher than private employees, who earned an average of $52,688 less than public sector workers last year. The study found that federal government workers earned an average of $84,153 in 2014, compared to the private sector’s average of $56,350. Cato based its findings on figures from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA). But when adding in benefits pay for federal workers, the difference becomes more dramatic. Federal...
  • Shep Smith: Freedom Caucus "Demands" Washington Grind To Halt, Wants "Disarray"

    10/08/2015 3:32:34 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 49 replies ^ | October 8, 2015 | Ian Hanchett
    The Fox News Channel’s “Shepard Smith Reporting” host Shepard Smith argued the Freedom Caucus “demands” Washington grind to a halt and wants “disarray” while discussing House Majority Leader Representative Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) pulling out of the race to become House speaker on Wednesday.
  • Cruz Cosponsors Bill to Withhold Federal Funds from Sanctuary Cities

    10/08/2015 3:12:28 PM PDT · by Isara · 4 replies
    Townhall ^ | Oct 08, 2015 | Cortney O'Brien
    Presidential candidate Ted Cruz (R-TX), along with several other senators, helped introduce the Stop Sanctuary Policies and Protect Americans Act this week as a means to crack down on illegal immigration. “In light of the threat criminal aliens pose to the safety and security of our communities, we can no longer allow states and municipalities to take federal taxpayer money while turning a blind eye to the illegal aliens in their midst,” Cruz said in a statement.  Earlier this year, Cruz introduced Kate’s Law to bring attention to the tragic case of Kate Steinle. Steinle was shot and killed in July...
  • VANITY: So who should be the next Speaker?

    10/08/2015 2:17:26 PM PDT · by Eccl 10:2 · 135 replies
    Wikipedia ^ | October 8, 2015 | self
    So now that we have another trophy on the wall (and a fine addition it is!), who are you supporting for the next Speaker? You get one real choice, and one dream choice. Vote!
  • The Second Amendment Is One Supreme Court Justice from Repeal

    10/08/2015 2:15:49 PM PDT · by rktman · 80 replies ^ | 10/6/2015 | David French
    In August, my colleague Charlie Cooke wrote an epic rant daring the Left to stop talking about repealing the Second Amendment and start doing it. Introduce the repeal to Congress, work it through the states, and tell the American people what you want to do — take from them a fundamental, enumerated right from the Bill of Rights. As Charlie eloquently outlines, repealing the Second Amendment is an impossible task. Even worse for the Left, it’s political suicide. But if the Supreme Court’s decision in Obergefell v. Hodges teaches us anything, it’s that the age of judicial supremacy means that...
  • Josh Earnest: Next Speaker Needs To "Tame The Forces" Of "Extreme Ideologues"

    10/08/2015 1:53:24 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 53 replies ^ | October 8, 2015 | Pam Key
    Thursday, commenting on the news that House Majority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) has dropped out of the race to become speaker, press secretary Josh Earnest said the next speaker will have to, “tame the forces” of the “extreme ideologues” in the Republican Party.
  • Republican Rep. Charlie Dent Calls For "Bipartisan Coalition" To Select New Speaker

    10/08/2015 1:52:05 PM PDT · by Chgogal · 34 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | October, 8, 2015 | Staff
    REP. CHARLIE DENT: The next Speaker should not appease those who make unreasonable demands. There are a number of members of our conference. You cannot get the yes on anything. For them the end will be the good. In my view it's come time to marginalize those members who doesn't want to be part of the governing majority. I've said for some time that in order to pass anything out of the House we need to assemble a bipartisan coalition whether it's on the continuing resolution, the debt ceiling, we will have to assemble a bipartisan coalition. That's the reality...
  • How many bills has Ted Cruz passed in the Senate? 1

    10/08/2015 1:50:17 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies
    Politifact ^ | 03/29/2015 | By Lauren Carroll
    Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, is known for sticking to his principles, but that might trip him up if he were to become president, a position that requires compromise, said CNN host Dana Bash. "Give me an example where you have successfully compromised in the United States Senate with Democrats," Bash asked Cruz on CNN’s State of the Union March 29. Cruz mentioned his sponsorship of a bill that denied admission to the United States any United Nations representative who poses a national security threat (a response to Iran’s chosen U.N. representative). The bill passed unanimously in both the Senate...
  • Florida HB169 Strengthens Protection for Self Defense

    10/08/2015 1:42:03 PM PDT · by marktwain · 2 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 7 October, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Florida HB169, a bill that would limit prosecutors ability to use the legal process to punish people who have legitimately acted in self defense, has been introduced in the Florida Senate.HB169 was introduced on the 15th of September by Senator Baxley, co-introduced by Combee, Drake, Gaetz and Stone.  From the Use or Threatened Use of Defensive Force; Provides legislative findings & intent; provides for retroactive application; specifies that once prima facie claim of self-defense immunity has been raised, burden of proof shall be on party seeking to overcome immunity from criminal prosecution; entitles criminal defendants who successfully claim such...
  • GOP Rep Dent:Conservatives "Fragged McCarthy","May Have To Assemble (Shortened)

    10/08/2015 1:40:26 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 30 replies ^ | October 8, 2015 | Pam Key
    Thursday on MSNBC, in commenting on House Majority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) dropping out of the race for the Speaker of the House seat soon to be vacated by Rep. John Boehner (R-OH), Rep. Charlie Dent (R-PA) said conservatives in the House “fragged,’ Kevin McCarthy.
  • John Boehner says he will stay as House speaker until successor elected

    10/08/2015 1:30:10 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    U.S. House Speaker John Boehner said on Thursday he will stay in the top post in the House of Representatives until his successor is elected, adding that he would announce the date of that vote later. "We will announce the date for this election at a later date, and I’m confident we will elect a new speaker in the coming weeks," the Ohio Republican said in a statement released after the surprise withdrawal of House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy from the race.
  • Megyn Kelly Analyzes ‘Disturbing New Twist’ Involving ‘Clock Kid’ Ahmed Mohamed’s Father

    10/08/2015 1:16:21 PM PDT · by detective · 43 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Oct. 8, 2015 | Jason Howerton
    On Wednesday night, Fox News host Megyn Kelly reported on a “disturbing new twist” in the story of Ahmed Mohamed, the Texas teenager who became an overnight celebrity after officials at his high school took precautions and treated his homemade clock as a possible hoax bomb.
  • Study: Government Workers Make 78 Percent More Than Private Sector

    10/08/2015 12:41:44 PM PDT · by TigerClaws · 24 replies
    Employees for the federal government earn far more than their counterparts in the private sector, according to a new study by the Cato Institute. Federal workers’ pay and benefits were 78 percent higher than private employees, who earned an average of $52,688 less than public sector workers last year. The study found that federal government workers earned an average of $84,153 in 2014, compared to the private sector’s average of $56,350. Cato based its findings on figures from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA).
  • It is Time to Question Ben Carson’s Personal Diligence (VIDEO)

    10/08/2015 12:08:13 PM PDT · by TigerClaws · 31 replies
    It is time to become concerned with the personal diligence of Ben Carson, with respect to the preparation he has put into running for President. In what is becoming a sadly familiar refrain, Carson was once again today unable to answer a very basic question about United States policy, or to even be prepared to discuss the subject knowledgeably (or even conversantly).
  • Gov. Scott Walker to appoint new Supreme Court justice within days

    10/08/2015 12:07:00 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 21 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | 10-8-15 | Jason Stein
    Stoughton -- Gov. Scott Walker said he could appoint a new justice to the Wisconsin Supreme Court by the end of this week. "I interviewed all three of the applicants yesterday," Walker told reporters at a high school here Thursday. The Republican governor said he would make his decisions "probably in the next couple days because you’ve got oral arguments coming. I think it’s important for the people of the state. They want the court to be filled. They don’t want a long-term vacancy on the Supreme Court." Three people have asked Walker to put them on the state's highest...
  • Patriotism, si. Nationalism, no.

    10/08/2015 11:50:26 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 6 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | October 8, 2015 | Malcolm A. Kline
    A well-informed scholar recently made an important distinction between patriotism and nationalism. “Nationalism is an ideology that implies that there should be no political differences between inhabitants of a nation,” Dr. Steven Grosby of Clemson University said last weekend at the regional meeting of the Philadelphia Society in Indianapolis. “The founding fathers had different views and visions,” he reminded the audience. “To be patriotic is not to be equated with an intolerant nationalism,” he argued. “An individual’s patriotism does not preclude other attachments, to one’s religion, for example.” “Nationalism seeks to suppress these.” Perhaps this is why liberals love the...
  • Walker says Zoo Interchange savings could keep other projects on track (WI)

    10/08/2015 11:47:18 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 7 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | 10-8-15 | Jason Stein
    Stoughton — Gov. Scott Walker Thursday promised savings on the massive Zoo Interchange project in Milwaukee and urged lawmakers to release $150 million in borrowing for road projects, saying together those two steps would be enough to keep at least five major highway projects from facing delays. In other remarks Thursday, Walker said that he could appoint a new justice to the Wisconsin Supreme Court by the end of this week and that he also favored clearer rules on which bathrooms can be used by transgender students in public schools. Walker's administration announced last week it was delaying the five...
  • A closer look at Sen. Ron Johnson's re-election challenges(WI)

    10/08/2015 11:39:34 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 19 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | 10-8-15 | Craig Gilbert
    To win a tough re-election race next year, Republican Sen. Ron Johnson needs one of two things to happen. He needs his party to carry Wisconsin for president, which hasn’t happened in 31 years. Or he needs to out-perform his party’s presidential nominee by a margin big enough to overcome a Republican loss at the top of the ticket. Either could happen, but past history and recent polling show why each scenario poses a challenge for the first-term GOP incumbent. Johnson trails Democratic challenger Russ Feingold by an average of 9 points in the last two statewide polls by the...
  • Paul Ryan says 'I will not be a candidate' after Kevin McCarthy pulls out of Speaker race

    10/08/2015 11:36:04 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 55 replies ^ | 10/08/2015 | Bill Novak
    Powerful Republican Congressman Paul Ryan (R-Janesville) stood firm on Thursday in his desire not to become the next Speaker of the House. Ryan, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, issued a statement after House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy shocked the GOP when he abruptly ended his candidacy to replace Speaker John Boehner. "While I am grateful for the encouragement I've received, I will not be a candidate," Ryan said. "I continue to believe I can best serve the country and this (Republican) conference as chairman of the Ways and Means Committee." CNN reported McCarthy was with his wife...
  • Ex-Chicago Public Schools leader charged with corruption

    10/08/2015 11:29:48 AM PDT · by detective · 19 replies
    yahoo News ^ | Oct 08, 2015 | MICHAEL TARM
    The former CEO of Chicago Public Schools was indicted on corruption charges Thursday in an alleged bribery and kickback scheme to steer $20 million worth of no-bid contracts to education companies. Barbara Byrd-Bennett was indicted about four months after she resigned amid the investigation into the contract was between the district and SUPES Academy, a training academy where she once worked as a consultant. She was appointed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel to lead the nation' third-largest school district in 2012
  • Boehner to Stay On as Speaker Until Election

    10/08/2015 11:27:43 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 102 replies
    weekly standard ^ | october 8, 2015 | michael warren
    After Leader McCarthy’s announcement, members of the House Republican Conference will not vote today for a new Speaker. As I have said previously, I will serve as Speaker until the House votes to elect a new Speaker. We will announce the date for this election at a later date, and I’m confident we will elect a new Speaker in the coming weeks. Our conference will work together to ensure we have the strongest team possible as we continue to focus on the American people’s priorities.
  • Air Force Security Force Kills Threat

    10/08/2015 11:18:33 AM PDT · by Paul46360 · 20 replies
    At approximately 9:15 a.m., after the peak of inbound morning traffic passed, the Defenders closed the entry control point on Vandenberg Drive to a single lane. In an instant, a calm situation turned chaotic when a person drove his car upwards of 80 miles an hour into the gate. Before ramming the gate, he hit a light post. At this moment, the Defenders reacted as if the person was seriously injured and immediately went to render first aid. That was until the person got out of the vehicle brandishing a rifle. The Defenders then went from first responders rendering aid...
  • 7 Gun Control Myths That Just Won’t Die

    10/08/2015 11:10:29 AM PDT · by Torcert · 17 replies
    The Federalist ^ | October 7, 2015 | Sean Davis
    After every shooting, politicians and activists rush to the cameras or their keyboards to tell people exactly what should be done to stop mass shootings in the future. Unfortunately, the debate between the two sides is rarely illuminating, as it usually devolves into tired recitations of worn-out talking points about the issue. These talking points are invariably littered with myths and factual inaccuracies. Here are 7 myths about gun control that just won’t die.1) The ‘Gun Show Loophole’ Allows Anyone, Even Criminals, To Get Guns In reality, the so-called “gun show loophole” is a myth. It does not exist. There...
  • U.S. Spent Nearly $100 Billion On Foreigners To Fight Terrorists

    10/08/2015 10:35:18 AM PDT · by amorphous · 4 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 8 Oct 2015 | Authored by Shane Dixon Kavanaugh, originally posted at,
    To combat Islamic militants the White House says threaten national interests, the U.S. has spent nearly $100 billion to arm and train foreign militaries across the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia, an analysis by Vocativ shows. And nearly all of them are reeling from setbacks that threaten to undermine what’s become a core component of American foreign policy in these regions. U.S. programs funding foreign fighters began flourishing in the years after 9/11 and were later bolstered by President Obama, who prefers doing this instead of deploying American troops into troubled areas. Now central to how the White...
  • Underground fire 300 meters from nuclear waste causes St. Louis to hatch contingency plan

    10/08/2015 10:34:34 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 13 replies
    Japan Times ^ | 08 October 2015
    ST. LOUIS – Beneath the surface of a St. Louis-area landfill lurk two things that should never meet: a slow-burning fire and a cache of Cold War-era nuclear waste, separated by just 300 meters. Government officials have quietly adopted an emergency plan in case the smoldering embers ever reach the waste, a potentially “catastrophic event” that could send up a plume of radioactive smoke over a densely populated area near the city’s main airport. Although the fire at Bridgeton Landfill has been burning since at least 2010, the plan for a worst-case scenario was developed only a year ago and...