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  • In their universe, a costly train is success

    06/03/2015 6:39:35 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 1 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 6-3-15 | Joe Soucheray
    The political class -- they build themselves new office buildings and such -- live in a different universe from the rest of us, and the rest of us are getting routinely pickpocketed. No greater proof of this truth exists than the remarks of St. Paul's own City Council Member Dave Thune last week after Metro Transit released the financial figures for the first six months of the Green Line. Passengers boarding the Green Line from its debut in June, 2014 through the end of the year paid $6.21 million into the farebox, or about 35.8 percent of what it costs...
  • Crime Wave: Murders Skyrocket Across The Country in St. Louis, Milwaukee, Chicago, Atlanta, NYC

    06/03/2015 6:36:38 AM PDT · by HammerT · 18 replies
    townhall ^ | Jun 03, 2015 | Katie Pavlich
    Anti-police sentiment in big cities across the country comes at a cost and we're seeing it now with skyrocketing crime statistics from St. Louis to New York City. Baltimore - Murders have doubled with 43 homicides last month alone Chicago - 900+ shootings this year St. Louis - 55 murders this year Dallas - Violent crime up 10 percent Atlanta - Homicides up 32 percent Milwaukee - Homicides up by 180 percent New York City - Murders up 20 percent Heather Mac Donald at the Wall Street Journal has a detailed piece about the increase in crime that's worth a...
  • The Warrior Class: 9/11 turned National Guard into repeat combat troops

    06/03/2015 6:35:01 AM PDT · by pabianice · 1 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | 6/3/15 | Cloud
    It was July 4, 2013, and a dozen soldiers — members of a Michigan National Guard unit called Charlie Troop recently back from a nine-month combat tour — had driven in from around the state for the annual Independence Day parade. At first, all went well. Eric Lund, a 32-year-old former Army sergeant who had lost both arms to a roadside bomb, was the honorary grand marshal, riding in a yellow Mustang convertible. His Charlie Troop buddies marched behind, as hundreds of flag-waving citizens cheered those who went to war while they stayed home. At an outdoor bar afterward, “all...
  • FIFA Scandal: Interpol Issues 'Red Notices' For Six Mentioned in Indictment

    06/03/2015 6:17:02 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 5 replies
    www.nbcnews.com ^ | 06-03-2015 | by Alexander Smith
    Interpol issued wanted-person notices Wednesday for six people accused by the Department of Justice of being involved in a vast corruption network surrounding soccer's FIFA governing body. The so-called "red notices" — which do not have the power of an international arrest warrant — were issued at the request of U.S. authorities, Interpol said in a statement. Former FIFA vice president Jack Warner and former FIFA executive committee member Nicolás Leoz were the top names on Interpol's list, followed by Alejandro Burzaco, Hugo Jinkis and Mariano Jinkis, all heads of marketing businesses based in Argentina, and José Margulies, who runs...
  • This Market Looks as Serene as a Duck, but There's Turmoil Underneath

    06/03/2015 6:00:44 AM PDT · by expat_panama · 10 replies
    Real Money Preview ^ | Jun 02, 2015 | Doug Kass
    In my decades in the investment business, I've never seen a market with no inclination to decline in the face of numerous potential adverse outcomes and strong secular headwinds. (I recently highlighted 13 big-picture factors that could weigh on markets and the economy and markets in "Short in May and Go Away.") As Jim "El Capitan" Cramer wrote in "Gulf Widens Between Haves and Have Nots": "The dichotomy between what is working and what isn't working has grown gigantically." The rotation within groups and sectors is fast and furious -- maybe the most vicious I've seen in my investment career....
  • Senator: Use RICO Laws to Prosecute Global Warming Skeptics

    06/03/2015 5:39:13 AM PDT · by ManHunter · 51 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | June 2, 2015 | Mark Hemingway
    Writing in the Washington Post, Sheldon Whitehouse, a Democratic Senator from Rhode Island, offered a curious suggestion for dealing with global warming skeptics - apply RICO laws and prosecute them.
  • Negligence: IRS Warned About Potential Hacking of Sensitive Taxpayer Info.. Did Practically Nothing

    06/03/2015 5:34:48 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 6/3/2015 | Katie Pavlich
    IRS Commissioner John Koskinen was in the hot seat on Capitol Hill yesterday over a massive data breach and hacking of highly sensitive taxpayer information, including social security numbers. A number of taxpayers whose information was stolen have also lost their identities. Information and testimony given by Inspector General Russell George revealed the IRS was given multiple warnings and recommendations about how to prevent an attack or breach. The IRS failed to implement all of the recommendations given. More from Americans For Tax Reform (bolding is mine): Over the last decade the IRS has failed to implement numerous recommendations that...
  • WikiLeaks offers $100K bounty for trade text

    06/03/2015 5:13:21 AM PDT · by HomerBohn · 12 replies
    The Hill/MSN ^ | 6/3/2015 | Kevil Cirilli
    WikiLeaks is offering $100,000 for the text of President Obama's trans-Pacific trade deal. The transparency organization released a video on Tuesday asking for donations to crowdsource the funds. Labor unions and progressives like Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) have heavily criticized the administration for not being transparent as it seeks to negotiate the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). The administration has said that the TPP negotiations are confidential for national security reasons. Unions oppose TPP — a 12-state economic agreement — arguing that it would put U.S. employees in competition with low-wage workers. Supporters argue that it would create better workplace and environmental...
  • Huge ObamaCare Rate Hikes Are Sign Of Worse Things To Come

    06/03/2015 4:45:58 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 20 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 06/03/2015 | IBD Staff
    Health Reform: A year ago, we were told with great certainty that ObamaCare critics had it all wrong when they warned about coming premium rate shocks. Then came the eye-popping rate requests for next year.
  • Obama and Lynch Sponsor Study of Far Right Groups Like Christians and Patriots

    06/03/2015 4:29:44 AM PDT · by HomerBohn · 41 replies
    Red Statements ^ | Steven Ahle
    Obama and Lynch have combined to pay for a study by Michigan State University to study right wing groups and their use of the social media and how it evolves into violence. Many of you may remember that back in April of 2013, it was revealed that the DHS was sponsoring state lessons on the danger of violence that would be perpetrated by Christians and “sovereign citizens”. (Patriots) I remember it well because I am the investigative journalist that broke the story as many of my longtime readers can attest to. The story went national when Glenn Beck read my...
  • Did government conspire with homosexual group to punish Christian bakers?

    06/03/2015 4:11:54 AM PDT · by HomerBohn · 9 replies
    GOP USA ^ | 6/2/2015 | Charlie Butts
    Allegations of collusion have surfaced in Oregon, where a husband and wife are being punished for their views on natural marriage and homosexuality. The Daily Signal broke the story June 1 that a state government agency that punished Melissa and Aaron Klein is working closely with a homosexual rights group. The Kleins refused a lesbian couple's cake order in 2013, based on their religious beliefs, and the lesbians filed a complaint against Sweet Cakes by Melissa with the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries. A judge with the Bureau recommended a $135,000 fine in April, and the Kleins are awaiting...
  • Self-defense in the UK Is Illegal

    06/03/2015 4:03:28 AM PDT · by HomerBohn · 13 replies
    The New American ^ | 6/2/2015 | Bob Adelmann
    British citizens seeking advice on what’s legal to use for self-defense found some answers at www.askthe.police.uk, a website sponsored and operated by the government’s Police National Legal Database. Question 589: Are there any legal self-defence products that I can buy? Answer: The only fully legal self-defence product … is a rape alarm. There may be other products, according to the website, but they haven’t been fully tested and “if you purchase one you must be aware … there is always the possibility that you will arrested and detained until the product, its contents and legality, can be verified.” In an...
  • Explosions rock Michigan neighborhood as US Army urban military training exercise begins

    06/03/2015 3:48:06 AM PDT · by HomerBohn · 65 replies
    Intellihub ^ | 6/3/2015 | Alex Thomas
    (INTELLIHUB) — A ten-day US Army urban military training exercise has begun in Flint, Michigan with explosions rocking neighborhoods and scaring residents who had no idea what was actually happening. With less than three hours between a city press release and the beginning of the exercise, residents were left in the dark about the urban military training until the last possible moment. Most had no idea what was happening as their homes shook from the force of the simulated explosions. “It was like a big huge explosion, it shook my whole house, it shook the ground.” (Watch video at link)...
  • UK Gives Muslim Just 7 Years for Day-Long Rape of Vulnerable Woman

    06/03/2015 3:39:06 AM PDT · by markomalley · 6 replies
    Atlas Shrugs ^ | 6/3/15 | Pamela Geller
    “I am pleased with the sentence given out at court and I am hopeful that it will encourage other victims of sexual assault to find the strength to come forward and report offences – justice will be done.”It’s more likely that this weak sentence will only encourage the Muslim rape gangs to brutalize more kaffir girls, knowing that they will get a light sentence at worst and be out and raping again in a few years.Dhimmi Britain is finished. Any nation that would allow this and this to happen to its girls doesn’t even deserve to be saved. “Jailed: Violent...
  • Christian Bakers Respond to Government Agency’s Ties to LGBT Group

    06/03/2015 3:35:04 AM PDT · by markomalley · 11 replies
    Daily Signal ^ | 6/3/15 | Kelsey Harkness
    The Oregon couple who refused to bake a cake for a same-sex wedding says the case against them should be “pulled out” of the state’s administrative court system due to concerns that the government agency responsible for overseeing the trial is biased.The Daily Signal obtained communications between Basic Rights Oregon, a prominent gay rights group, and the Bureau of Labor and Industries, which is the state agency pursuing the case against Aaron and Melissa Klein.Based on that information, the couple’s lawyers suggested potential bias against the Kleins and requested the judge re-open the case for further investigation.Now the Kleins, who...
  • Australian ‘Sex Party’ Claims Tobacco Should Only be Sold in ‘Adult’ Premises

    06/03/2015 3:31:27 AM PDT · by markomalley · 2 replies
    Breitbart London ^ | 6/3/15 | Oliver Lane
    Australians are facing the prospect of having to visit sex shops to buy cigarettes, in a bid by lobbying groups who say ‘adult only’ premises should get a monopoly on selling tobacco products.The Australian Sex Party, which has one member of parliament in Victoria, has made the claim with the Eros Association, which represents the interests of sex shops and adult venues, reports ABC.The Eros Association is encouraging all of its members to get tobacco licences, and is campaigning for laws to force all tobacco retailers to sell the products in ‘adult only’ areas where minors cannot enter.
  • The New Randroids [Slate works to push Millennials into Rand's camp]

    06/03/2015 2:59:46 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 6 replies
    Slate ^ | June 3, 2015 | David Auerbach
    ".......Annie [composite techie-must read full article to grasp how "she's" defined]has voted for the Democrats in the last few elections, both because everyone she knows does and because they stand against the less tolerant elements of the Republican Party, which seem frighteningly antediluvian to her. The war on terror struck her as about the dumbest thing she’s seen any government do, a massive overreaction with no planning or strategy to it.(She feels roughly the same about the war on drugs.)Yet she saw that Democrats were just as slow as Republicans to sour on the United States’ involvement in the Middle...
  • Four arrested for beating pregnant Dallas teen

    06/03/2015 1:42:46 AM PDT · by Dallas59 · 38 replies
    WFAA ^ | 6/3/2015 | WFAA
  • Marijuana-Worshipping ‘Church’ Gets Tax-Exempt Status From IRS (IN)

    06/03/2015 12:46:59 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Fox News Insider ^ | June 2, 2015 12:28 pm
    An Indiana-based church that worships marijuana has been granted tax-exempt status. First Church of Cannabis founder Bill Levin said it took 30 days for the IRS to grant his group tax-exempt status. “Somebody at the IRS loves us,” he added. […] Marijuana is still illegal in Indiana. …
  • LA could become latest US city to pass $15 minimum wage

    06/02/2015 11:50:14 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 3, 2015 2:38 AM EDT
    Los Angeles on Tuesday is set to take a final vote on becoming the latest big U.S. city to endorse a hike in the minimum wage. The City Council is extremely likely to make the move, which has the endorsement of Mayor Eric Garcetti and comes two weeks after a 14-1 preliminary vote on the wage. The vote would bring a $15-an-hour wage by 2020—more than double the current federal minimum. …
  • Ted Cruz (100%) vs. Rand Paul (82%) - Heritage Action For America Conservative Ratings (2015-2016)

    06/02/2015 9:46:22 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 32 replies
    Heritage Action ^ | 06/02/2015
  • Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Government Surveillance (HBO)

    06/02/2015 9:31:44 PM PDT · by null and void · 7 replies
    You tube/HBO ^ | Apr 5, 2015
    Interview with Snowden. Gets right to the meat of the problem.
  • Why America needs Lindsey Graham

    06/02/2015 8:04:52 PM PDT · by WilliamIII · 91 replies
    National Review ^ | June 2 2015 | Ira Straus
    Obama has dug America deep into a hole. We need a solid foreign-policy president to pull ourselves out. Graham is that man. Here’s why. First of all, the basics: Graham has gravitas. He would fight to win. Lindsay Graham has consistently spoken out on the troubles we are facing around the world, and he has put forward sound solutions. He has spoken out forcefully, on the right side, on the civil wars in the Middle East. He has described accurately the dangers facing us. He has identified our enemies truthfully.
  • Senator: Use RICO Laws to Prosecute Global Warming Skeptics

    06/02/2015 7:37:12 PM PDT · by DeweyCA · 62 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 6-2-15 | Mark Hemingway
    Writing in the Washington Post, Sheldon Whitehouse, a Democratic Senator from Rhode Island, offered a curious suggestion for dealing with global warming skeptics: (Snip) That's right -- a sitting U.S. Senator is suggesting RICO laws should be applied to global warming skeptics. Courts have been defining RICO down for some time and in ways that aren't particularly helpful. In 1994, the Supreme Court ruled RICO statutes could be applied to pro-life activists on the grounds that interstate commerce can be affected even when the organization being targeted doesn't have economic motives. (Snip) In February, Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Ariz., attempted a...
  • Parents sue school district over prayers at school events

    06/02/2015 6:50:44 PM PDT · by digger48 · 20 replies
    wishtv ^ | June 2, 2015 | ap
    <p>HAMMOND, Ind. (AP) — A Hobart school district faces a lawsuit over prayers that are said before athletic events, graduations and school board meetings from parents who say the prayers violate the First Amendment.</p> <p>Jim and Nichole Bellar filed the lawsuit over the prayers at events in the River Forest Community School Corp. after they say their son was ostracized after raising objections.</p>
  • Drought Watch: Record Number of Water Waste Reported Submitted to Santa Clara Valley Water District

    06/02/2015 6:39:45 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | 6/2 | Marianne Favro
    In the battle to save a precious resource a record number of people in the Bay Area are reporting their water-wasting neighbors. The Santa Clara Valley Water District has a program where residents can anonymously report water waste. In April, 900 people reported water wasters. It was the highest number since the district's program to conserve water by reporting water waste started last summer. Residents are able to report water waste through e-mail, phone or using the district's water app. "It's extremely helpful," said Jerry De La Piedra of the Santa Clara Valley Water District. "Often people don't realize they...
  • Reporter says Pentagon agreed to give up docs if he never submits another FOIA request

    06/02/2015 6:31:33 PM PDT · by blueyon · 3 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 6/2/15 | Erik Wemple
    Everyone has a FOIA horror story, though the one told by Vice News investigative reporter Jason Leopold in today’s FOIA hearing before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee deserves its very own headline. When asked about why some agencies just refuse to cough up material, Leopold offered this example: Leopold: The Office of Net Assessment (ONA) is the Pentagon’s in-house think tank. They spend millions and millions of dollars putting together reports — reports that they contract out about perhaps some futuristic warfare, or what the situation in the Middle East is going to look like with regards to...
  • What’s Behind Baltimore’s Record-Setting Rise in Homicides

    06/02/2015 6:21:23 PM PDT · by Steely Tom · 20 replies
    Time.com ^ | 2 June 2015 | Josh Sanburn
    Clueless article. Not worth summarizing or excerpting. Click the link if you want a grim chuckle. Most obnoxious line: "Protests following Gray’s death, which at first experienced little police pushback, have led to elevated levels of violence around the city by criminals who some experts say appear emboldened."
  • Supreme Court had defeat to struggling homeowners

    06/02/2015 6:15:32 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 12 replies
    Market Watch ^ | 01 June 2015 | Ruth Mantell
    Underwater homeowners who file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection are still on the hook for secondary loans tied to their properties, the Supreme Court said Monday. In a nine-to-zero decision, the court said in Bank of America, N.A. v. Caulkett that borrowers whose homes are completely underwater — debtors owe more on a mortgage than the home is worth — cannot void or “strip off” a junior lien when they file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy. A junior lien, such as a home-equity loan, is taken after a first mortgage, and uses a home as collateral. In the case, two borrowers...
  • HRC EMAILS: Federal officials voiced growing alarm over Clinton’s compliance with records laws...

    06/02/2015 5:54:27 PM PDT · by maggief · 18 replies
    FOXNews ^ | June 2, 2015 | James Rosen
    Over a five-year span, senior officials at the National Archives and Records Administrations (NARA) voiced growing alarm about Hillary Clinton’s record-keeping practices as secretary of state, according to internal documents obtained by Fox News. During Clinton’s final days in office, Paul Wester, the director of Modern Records Programs at NARA – essentially the agency’s chief records custodian – privately emailed five NARA colleagues to confide his fear that Clinton would take her official records with her when she left office, in violation of federal statutes. Referring to a colleague whose full name is unknown, Wester wrote on December 11, 2012:...
  • Obama’s DOJ tells Police Officers to STOP CHASING SUSPECTS to Prevent Police Shootings

    06/02/2015 5:18:24 PM PDT · by blueyon · 36 replies
    RightWingNews.com ^ | 6/01/15 | Katie McGuire
    How interesting. Obama’s DOJ would apparently like America to just be overrun with criminals who think they can do whatever the heck they want, because, hey, Obama told the cops not to bother chasing them, because we have to reduce police shootings? Hell no: The Washington Post decided to investigate and come up with a tally of all the police involved shootings for 2015, apparently to not only answer the burning demands of the public, but to pick apart the data and draw some conclusions. I was expecting a deafening volume of hyperbole out of this report – and there...
  • Alabama’s ObamaCare health insurance exchange prices set to skyrocket

    06/02/2015 4:25:28 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 10 replies
    Yellowhammer News ^ | June 2, 2015 | BY ELIZABETH BESHEARS
    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Alabama health insurance providers who offer plans on the ObamaCare exchange are seeking significant price increases this year, after healthcare costs took a sharp upward turn. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama is reportedly requesting an average of a 28 percent increase for its individual plans, as well as a 73 percent increase for its platinum plan. Small group plans could also increase by nearly 14 percent. UnitedHealthcare is seeking a 24.5 percent increase for its 2016 rates.
  • Pa. House says no, 193-0, to Gov. Wolf's tax plan

    06/02/2015 4:19:17 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 10 replies
    TribLive.com ^ | June 1, 2015 | Brad Bumsted
    House Republicans called up Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf's tax-shifting plan on Monday, and the House shot it down by a unanimous vote. Minority Leader Frank Dermody, D-Oakmont, called the vote on an amendment that contained Wolf's tax plan “a political stunt.” “It does nothing to move this process forward,” Dermody said. “I would never ask (Democrats) to vote for a stunt.” Wolf denounced the vote as “gamesmanship” and said it was an effort to “‘see if we can embarrass the administration.'”
  • Obamacare sticker shock: Big rate hikes proposed for 2016

    06/02/2015 4:18:37 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 17 replies
    CNN ^ | June 2, 2015 | By Tami Luhby
    Hold onto your wallets ... many insurers want to substantially hike rates on Obamacare policies for 2016. Many are proposing double-digit premium increases for individual policies, with some companies looking to boost rates more than 60%, according to a list posted Monday by the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Insurers say they want to hike rates because enrollees are going to the doctor, getting lab work and filling prescriptions more than they had originally anticipated. "We've seen a great pent-up demand for services," said Aaron Billger, spokesman for Highmark, a Blue Cross Blue Shield licensee offering plans in...
  • Bomb Threats Made Against 5 Planes on Tuesday, Part of Memorial Day Hoax Wave

    06/02/2015 3:41:58 PM PDT · by Erik Latranyi · 10 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 2 June 2015 | John Hayward
    Bomb threats were made against five different aircraft, from five different airlines, on flights either originating or landing in the United States on Tuesday. Officials say all five of the threats were “non-credible,” part of a surge in hoax bomb threats in progress since Memorial Day. NBC News says all the “threats of chemical explosives” were “phoned” in. UPI clarifies that at least one of the threats, against U.S. Airways Flight 648 from San Diego, California to Philadelphia International Airport, was received by telephone at the Transportation Security Agency headquarters in Washington, D.C. Flight 648 was evacuated after landing, moved...
  • Honduran man charged with sexually assaulting child

    06/02/2015 3:41:29 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 16 replies
    BALTIMORE - Baltimore Police arrested and charged a Honduran man with attempting to sexually assault a child in a home where he was a renter, according to a department spokesman. Jose Ricardo Garcia, 34, was charged with various sexual offenses for the May 28 incident. Police said the 5-year-old boy’s aunt caught Garcia in the act at their home in the 3400 block of East Baltimore St. “Please don’t call the police. I have six children back home,” Garcia said after he was caught, according to the boy’s aunt. Garcia then left the home and went to a nearby bar,...
  • Baltimore chosen to participate in city park initiative

    06/02/2015 3:11:50 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 26 replies
    WBAL Baltimore ^ | June 2, 2015
    Baltimore has been chosen by the Obama administration as one of 50 cities to participate in a program to connect young people with the outdoors. The nationwide program is intended to inspire young people to use the city's public parks and help keep them clean. "If your summers are spent on a hot sidewalk and you don't recognize that there is a broader world around you because there aren't trees covering your sidewalks and there aren't parks in your neighborhood and you don't feel welcomed or safe in the outdoors, then those parks are not enjoyed by the people for...
  • ACLU: Squalid Conditions at Troubled Baltimore Jail

    06/02/2015 3:04:55 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 37 replies
    ABC News ^ | June 2, 2015 | By JULIET LINDERMAN and BRIAN WITTE
    Moldy showers and cells are infested with mice and cockroaches, toilets are broken for days and medical care is poor or nonexistent at a notoriously troubled Baltimore city jail, the ACLU and Public Justice Center said in court documents filed Tuesday. The groups want a federal judge to reopen a lawsuit against the state of Maryland over what they say are conditions so substandard it brings "shame to this city." Inmates suffering from serious illnesses such as HIV and diabetes are being denied life-sustaining prescription medication and the state has failed to cure well-documented systemic problems within the jail after...
  • Why Would A Devout Muslim Want To Work At Abercrombie And Fitch

    06/02/2015 1:43:48 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 54 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | June 2, 2015 | Pamela Geller
    The Supreme Court ruled Monday in favor of Samantha Elauf, a Muslim woman who sued for discrimination after not being hired by Abercrombie & Fitch, because her insistence on wearing the Muslim hijab conflicted with their dress code.
  • Breaking: Legislation to resume, overhaul NSA surveillance clears key Senate hurdle

    06/02/2015 1:38:25 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 14 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | June 2, 2015 | FoxNews.Com
    A bill that would allow key government surveillance programs to resume for now – after they were temporarily suspended Sunday – cleared another hurdle in the Senate on Tuesday.
  • Senate Approves Bill to Rein In N.S.A. Surveillance

    06/02/2015 1:32:28 PM PDT · by NRx · 25 replies
    WASHINGTON — In a remarkable reversal of national security policy formed after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, the Senate voted on Tuesday to curtail the federal government’s sweeping surveillance of American phone records, sending the legislation to President Obama’s desk for his signature. The passage of the measure, achieved after a vigorous debate on the Senate floor, will lead to the reinstatement of government surveillance efforts that were blacked out on Monday after Senator Rand Paul, Republican of Kentucky, blocked their extension. The vote was a rebuke to Senator Mitch McConnell, Republican of Kentucky and the majority leader, as...

    06/02/2015 1:31:33 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 40 replies
    Breitbart Sports ^ | June 2,2015
    Billionaire hedge fund titan Leon Cooperman says the Clinton Cash revelations about the Clinton Foundation and Hillary Clinton’s constant bashing of hedge funds have cost her his support in 2016. “Just read about the stuff with the Clinton initiative. To me this is an unbelievable shakedown,” Cooperman told CNN Money’s Cristina Alesci. Cooperman says Hillary Clinton’s trashing of those who make their living from hedge funds is hypocritical—and he’s had it. “I don’t need anybody crapping all over what I do for a living,” said Cooperman. “[She] hangs out with all these people in Martha’s Vineyard and in the Hamptons...
  • Dennis Hastert And Federal Power: Why is structuring withdrawal of your own money even a crime?

    06/02/2015 1:24:34 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 43 replies
    Popehat ^ | 06/02/2015 | Ken White
    This week, federal prosecutors indicted former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert.Hastert is charged with two federal crimes: structuring financial transactions to evade IRS reporting requirements in violation of 31 U.S.C. section 5324(a)(3) and lying to the FBI in violation of the notorious 18 U.S.C. section 1001. Both charges reflect the breadth of federal prosecutorial power.The indictment has mostly inspired chatter about what it doesn't say. Hastert is charged with structuring withdrawals of less than $10,000 (so that they would not be reported to the IRS) so that he could pay off an unidentified person for Hastert's unidentified past...
  • Poll: More now blame Obama’s policies for the current problems in Iraq than blame Bush’s

    06/02/2015 1:13:36 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/02/2015 | AllahPundit
    This may seem like a no-brainer — of course the guy who’s been in charge for six years bears more responsibility for the current state of affairs than his predecessor — but for much of the public, Iraq is “Bush’s war” unto eternity. That’s part of the media fascination with asking Republican contenders whether they’d order the invasion in 2003 knowing then what we know now. Implicit in that question is the idea that the last six years of Iraqi history were fated to happen once Bush gave the order to go 12 years ago. Republicans own this issue...
  • Obama Bypassing Congress To Deliver A Major Blow To The Constitution (Anti-Gun Legislation)

    06/02/2015 12:09:51 PM PDT · by lbryce · 36 replies
    Western Civilization ^ | June 2, 2015 | Randy Desoto
    Original title: Exposed: Obama Is Bypassing Congress To Deliver A Major Blow To The Constitution The Obama administration is once again planning to do by executive action what it could not accomplish legislatively through Congress. The Hill reports that the Justice Department will move forward with more than a dozen gun-related regulations. The first round is expected to be finalized by November, with the rest implemented by the end of Obama’s term in office. “It’s clear President Obama is beginning his final assault on our Second Amendment rights by forcing his anti-gun agenda on honest law-abiding citizens through executive force,”...
  • Sex education teacher takes students to adult store

    06/02/2015 11:53:42 AM PDT · by dware · 81 replies
    Fox News ^ | 06.02.2015 | AP via Fox News
    MINNEAPOLIS – A sex education teacher has drawn the ire of parents after taking students on a field trip to an adult novelty store in Minneapolis. Gaia Democratic School director Starri Hedges took about a dozen middle- and high-school-aged students to the Smitten Kitten last week. Hedges told the Star Tribune that she wanted to provide a safe and welcoming environment for students to learn about human sexual behavior.
  • Democrats Admit Failure on Obamacare? Not On Your Life or Your Health!

    06/02/2015 11:49:04 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 2, 2015 | Brian Birdnow
    Last week, in unusually breathless tones, the Associated Press reported on the new crisis in the interminable national health care debate, the so-called “underinsurance” phenomenon. As the AP reported, “A different health care issue has emerged for Democrats…It’s not the uninsured, but the problem of high out-of-pocket costs for people already covered. Democrats call it underinsurance”. The article goes on to argue that the Democrats will use the issue to spearhead their pitch to working class voters in the 2016 elections. We can expect that this issue will be used rally the Democrats base, to bash George W. Bush, and,...
  • After TSA Fails 96 Percent of Tests, Obama Continues to Have Confidence in "Security" Agency

    06/02/2015 11:38:02 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 28 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 6/2/2015 | Katie Pavlich
    Speaking from the White House Tuesday, Press Secretary Josh Earnest told reporters Americans can be confident airports around the country are secure and that President Obama still has confidence in the TSA. "The President does believe the American people should feel confident in traveling airports all across the country because there are security measures in place to protect the traveling public," Earnest said. "The President does continue to have confidence that the officers of the TSA do very important work that continues to protect the American people and continue to protect the American aviation system." "Now, what's also true is...
  • NSA Debate Weighs Privacy vs. Security

    06/02/2015 11:32:09 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 2, 2015 | Debra J. Saunders
    Do I trust the federal government? Hell no. President Barack Obama's Department of Justice is happy to spend years investigating a foreign soccer organization for corruption and former Republican House Speaker Dennis Hastert for allegedly paying off a blackmailer -- but not the alleged blackmailer -- yet ignores big concerns. The feds have done next to nothing about the IRS targeting of conservative political groups, other than to defend IRS official Lois Lerner's creative use of the Fifth Amendment when she refused to answer questions from House investigators. And when Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., asked in 2013 whether the government...
  • Taxpayer Subsidies Keep Elon Musk's Companies Afloat

    06/02/2015 11:24:42 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 16 replies
    NLPC ^ | June 2, 2015 | Paul Chesser
    Well, somebody did it, and it was the mainstream media. Congratulations to the Los Angeles Times for taking the time to research and estimate the total amount of U.S. public (local, state, and federal) subsidies for companies owned or run by South African-born Canadian-American Elon Musk. The total amount calculated by reporter Jerry Hirsch for taxpayer-backed incentives – of many different forms, including tax credits and rebates provided to customers – was $4.9 billion. The corporate beneficiaries have been Tesla Motors and SpaceX, where Musk is CEO, and SolarCity Corp., where he is chairman. The sum does not include SpaceX’s...