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  • Economic and Religious Freedom: Mutually Reinforcing

    11/27/2014 2:49:24 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife
    American Thinker ^ | November 27, 2014 | Samuel Gregg
    If there is one thing we have learned over the past 6 years in the United States, it is the mutually reinforcing nature of different expressions of freedom. No form of freedom--religious, civil, political, or economic--is of course absolute. But unjust infringements (intentional or otherwise) on one freedom can easily result in damage being inflicted upon other spheres of freedom.This is indisputably true, for instance, of religious and political freedom. All totalitarian and most authoritarian regimes usually end up seeking to severely restrict religious liberty. Sometimes this is for ideological or religious reasons. Some religions, for instance, embody very weak...
  • Nat'l Bar Assoc., country's largest black attorneys group, calls for federal charges against Wilson

    11/27/2014 2:12:54 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The Birmingham News ^ | November 26, 2014 | Leada Gore
    The nation's largest group of African-American attorneys and judges is calling for federal charges to the filed against the police officer cleared in the shooting of an unarmed black teenager. The National Bar Association released a statement questioning the lack of an indictment against Ferguson, Missouri police officer Darren Wilson. A 12-member grand jury declined to indict Wilson, and some groups are pressing the White House to move forward with a Civil Rights investigation. Attorney General Eric Holder told NPR there is not a timeline for the federal investigation but said they "will be conducted rigorously and in a timely...
  • Nearly 1 in 5 Households Will Celebrate Thanksgiving on Food Stamps

    11/26/2014 11:37:49 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    CNS News ^ | November 26, 2014 | Staff
    Nearly one in five U.S. households will celebrate Thanksgiving on food stamps this year, according to the latest data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture on participation in the Supplemental Nutrition and Assistance Program. Back in fiscal 2000, there were 106,061,000 households in the United States and, according to a USDA report published in November 2012, there was a monthly average of 7,335,000 households—or 6.9 percent—getting food stamps that year. As of this August, according to the most recent data released by USDA, there were 22,729,389 households on food stamps. That equaled 19.75 percent of 115,048,000 households in the country...
  • Congress CAN pull financial rug from under Obama's immigration amnesty: Republicans given boost

    11/26/2014 10:59:27 PM PST · by jackal7163 · 11 replies
    Daily Mail MailOnline ^ | David Martosco
    Republican civil war broke out after Obama's Nov. 20 'amnesty' speech over whether the GOP can stop the White House from issuing green cards and work permits Congress's official fact-checkers now say the new Republican majority on Capitol Hill can legally pull the plug At issue is whether immigration authorities can do whatever they want with fees they collect from immigrants, both legal and illegal One congressional aide proposed a hypothetical situation where the Department of the Interior diverted National Parks entrance fees to give 'tap-dance lessons to grizzly bears' 'If we could stop that, we can stop this,' the...
  • FDA Finalizes Menu Labeling Rules

    11/26/2014 10:28:43 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 20 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 25, 2014 | Leah Barkoukis
    Thanks to the FDA’s calorie labeling regulations announced Tuesday, major changes will soon be coming to the food and restaurant industries. The regulation itself is nothing new; it became law in 2010 as a provision attached to the Affordable Care Act, but final rules were delayed for the past few years, thanks in large part to heavy opposition from grocery stores, pizza chains, vending machines, convenience stores, and movie theaters. Although some concessions were made, none of these industries were fully spared. By November 2015, these establishments will be forced to post calorie information on menus and menu boards, which...
  • AP: Surging Black Friday Sales Put Guns In Hands Of Wrong People

    11/26/2014 9:06:29 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    Breitbart's Big Journalism ^ | November 26, 2014 | AWR Hawkins
    Two days before Black Friday—a day that has come to be identified with record-breaking gun sales—the Associated Press is claiming that surging sales on November 28 will put guns in the hands of the wrong people. Even though the people who buy guns at retail stores go through a background check before doing so, the AP suggests the background check system we've had in place since the 1990s is too porous, allowing too many prohibited persons to buy a gun. According to the AP, "512 gun sales a day" take place to people who shouldn't be able to buy a...
  • Civilizing barbarians (Ferguson and the decline of schools as a civilizing influence)

    11/26/2014 7:15:49 PM PST · by Zhang Fei · 13 replies
    Chaos Manor ^ | November 26, 2014 - 12:44 am | Jerry Pournelle
    At least one black leader, a State Senator, has declared that we are now in a race war, blacks and their sympathizers vs. everyone else. She has no authority to declare any such thing, and she certainly does not speak for anything like a majority of African Americans, nor, I suspect, for anything like a majority of liberal intellectuals, but it is an astonishing thing to say. We are not in a race war, but there are similarities to a barbarian invasion. We have a barbarian culture within the United States. The most common cause of death of black males...
  • In Darren Wilson's Testimony, Familiar Themes About Black Men

    11/26/2014 7:09:18 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    National Public Radio's Code Switch ^ | November 26, 2014 | Frederica Boswell and Amruta Trivedi
    After Michael Brown was shot dead in August, his mother, Leslie McSpadden, said, "My son was sweet. He didn't mean any harm to anybody." He was, she said, "a gentle giant." But when police officer Darren Wilson fired the shot that ended Brown's life, he saw things differently. "I felt like a five-year-old holding onto Hulk Hogan," he said in his testimony to the grand jury. "That's just how big he felt and how small I felt." Wilson said "the only way" he could describe Brown's "intense aggressive face" was that it looked like "a demon." He feared for his...
  • Plans for UCLA visit give rare glimpse into Hillary Clinton’s paid speaking career

    11/26/2014 6:54:19 PM PST · by Baynative · 21 replies
    WaPo ^ | 11/26/14 | Rosalind S. Helderman and Philip Rucker
    <p>When officials at the University of California at Los Angeles began negotiating a $300,000 speech appearance by Hillary Rodham Clinton, the school had one request: Could we get a reduced rate for public universities?</p> <p>The answer from Clinton’s representatives: $300,000 is the “special university rate.”</p>
  • Near-collisions between drones, airliners surge, new FAA reports show

    11/26/2014 6:34:41 PM PST · by Seizethecarp · 6 replies
    Washington Post ^ | November 26, 2014 | Craig Whitlock
    Pilots around the United States have reported a surge in near-collisions and other dangerous encounters with small drones in the past six months at a time when the Federal Aviation Administration is gradually opening the nation’s skies to remotely controlled aircraft, according to FAA records. Since June 1, commercial airlines, private pilots and air-traffic controllers have alerted the FAA to 25 episodes in which small drones came within a few seconds or a few feet of crashing into much larger aircraft, the records show. Many of the close calls occurred during takeoffs and landings at the nation’s busiest airports, presenting...
  • Unorthodox police procedures emerge in grand jury documents

    11/26/2014 6:24:43 PM PST · by servo1969 · 40 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 11-26-2014 | Jerry Markon and Tom Hamburger
    When Ferguson, Mo., police officer Darren Wilson left the scene of the shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown, the officer returned to the police station unescorted, washed blood off his hands and placed his recently fired pistol into an evidence bag himself. Those actions, described in grand jury testimony, violated protocols for handling a crime scene and securing evidence, according to experts in policing procedures and Justice Department documents. Wilson’s movements after the shooting were among a number of police actions in the aftermath of Brown’s death that experts said were unusual. The grand jury transcripts revealed, for example, that...
  • Schadenfreude overload: Senate Democrats and Obama staffers at war over Obamacare

    11/26/2014 5:32:30 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 57 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/26/2014 | NOAH ROTHMAN
    There are certain laws of political physics that just cannot be ignored for long. All the bravado about minuscule midterm turnout or audacious executive actions out of the White House cannot forever mask the fact that two disastrous midterm election cycles have sapped the Democratic Party of authority. In 2015, the party will be in one of the weakest positions it has been in nearly a century. As Democrats begin to internalize that suboptimal reality, the effects are spectacular beyond RepublicansÂ’ wildest imaginings. On Tuesday, the third-ranking Democrat in the Senate, Chuck Schumer (D-NY), said aloud what many Democrats...
  • Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg undergoes surgery to address artery blockage

    11/26/2014 5:30:44 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/26/2014 | NOAH ROTHMAN
    Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was admitted to hospital on Wednesday where she underwent heart surgery to address a blockage in her right coronary artery. “The coronary blockage was discovered after Justice Ginsburg experienced discomfort during routine exercise last night and was taken to the hospital,” read a statement on her condition. “She is resting comfortably and is expected to be discharged in the next 48 hours.”Now, health scares like these are nothing to joke about, and all our readers surely wish “The Notorious R.B.G.” well. That having been said, it would be dishonest to not note the...
  • Case Suggests How Government May Get Around Phone Encryption

    11/26/2014 5:17:32 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 39 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | November 25, 2014 | By Danny Yadron
    The Justice Department is turning to a 225-year-old law to tackle a very modern problem: password-protected cellphones. Prosecutors last month persuaded a federal magistrate in Manhattan to order an unnamed phone maker to provide “reasonable technical assistance” to unlock a password-protected phone that could contain evidence in a credit-card-fraud case, according to court filings. The court had approved a search warrant for the phone three weeks earlier. The phone maker, its operating system and why the government has not been able to unlock it remain under seal. The little-noticed case could offer hints for the government’s strategy to counter new...
  • Court Steps in to Prevent Terrorist's House Demolition

    11/26/2014 5:06:40 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 17 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 26/11/14 | Moshe Cohen
    The High Court on Wednesday kiboshed government plans to demolish the homes of terrorists. One of the few methods security forces in Israel have to discourage Arabs from joining the ranks of terrorists – demolishing the homes of those involved in terrorism – was taken off the table as the result of a lawsuit by an Arab rights group. The government must now respond to the restraining order the Court issued on home demolitions if it wants to continue using the sanction. According to security officials, the prospect that their family's home will be demolished has discouraged potential terrorists from...
  • John Boehner Shares His Secret Turkey Recipe

    11/26/2014 4:00:44 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 31 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | November 26, 2014 | By Amanda Gutterman
    Just in time for Thanksgiving, House Speaker John Boehner has revealed his secret turkey recipe that he calls the "Boehner brine." "I decided a number of years ago that I would try to brine a turkey. I found a recipe somewhere online and tinkered with it over a period of about five years, until I settled in on my current brine," he said. Although Boehner's method doesn't quite meet USDA safety standards for internal temperature, those who know their way around a turkey confirm that Boehner has the right idea. "In terms of the cooking process, he basically nails every...
  • IRS Workers to Receive Bonuses of 1 Percent

    11/26/2014 3:46:34 PM PST · by SES1066 · 23 replies
    News Max ^ | 11/25/14
    Commissioner John Koskinen informed IRS employees in an email that they'll get a bonus next March of 1 percent of their base salary. The performance awards go to most employees. "I believe that rewarding our high-performing employees is a vital investment for our nation's tax system," Koskinen said in the Monday email that was obtained by The Associated Press.
  • Supreme Court to Hear Challenge to Rules on Mercury From Power Plants

    11/26/2014 2:53:29 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 10 replies
    NYTimes ^ | 11-25-2014 | ADAM LIPTAK and CORAL DAVENPORT
    The Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to hear a major challenge to the limits set by the Obama administration on emissions of mercury and other toxic pollutants from coal-fired power plants. It is the latest effort by industry groups to roll back regulations that would reduce emissions like mercury, soot, sulfur, smog and carbon dioxide. The case also threatens to undermine one of the administration’s most significant victories and chip away at President Obama’s legacy. John Walke, a lawyer with the Natural Resources Defense Council, called the regulation of mercury emissions that are at issue in the new case “the greatest...
  • White House Visitor Logs Show Dozens of Visits by Top Abortion Activists

    11/26/2014 2:20:07 PM PST · by wagglebee · 16 replies
    Life News ^ | 11/26/14 | Carole Novielli
    Last month the White House released their latest visitor log which reveals that the abortion industry has an open door to the Obama administration.The October 2014 update reveals that Planned Parenthood president, Cecile Richards visited the White House, officially , most recently June 26,2014. Among the visitees listed were POTUS an acronym for President of the United States, Valerie Jarrett and David Plouffe. A tweet posted by Cecile Richards in May 2011 indicates that she met with Michele Obama, Valerie Jarrett and Nancy Keenan another abortion leader at a Women’s Leadership Forum. In addition, Ilyse Hogue, president of NARAL, the...
  • Judge puts brakes on EPA’s action against Alaska’s Pebble Mine

    11/26/2014 2:06:16 PM PST · by PROCON · 19 replies
    mcclatchydc.com ^ | Nov. 25, 2014 | Sean Cockerham
    WASHINGTON — A federal judge has issued a preliminary injunction blocking the Environmental Protection Agency from taking action against a massive Alaska mining project that the agency says could be catastrophic for the best run of wild salmon remaining on the planet.
  • Obamacare, coming to a mall near you (going to try to sign you up on Black Friday)

    11/26/2014 12:46:11 PM PST · by Zakeet · 10 replies
    Politico ^ | November 26, 2014 | Rachana Pradhan
    HHS is hitting the malls this weekend to make sure that Obamacare is on the minds of consumers during the busiest shopping weekend of the year. The department on Wednesday will announce new partnerships it has made with retail stores, pharmacies and popular websites to spread the word about the current open enrollment season, which began on Nov. 15 and ends Feb. 15. On three key days after Thanksgiving — Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday — as well as dates beyond, Westfield Shopping Centers, the National Community Pharmacists Association and the XO Group will provide consumers with...
  • Footballer Sol Campbell tackles Labour MP over 'mansion tax'

    11/26/2014 11:31:37 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 8 replies
    BBC News ^ | November 26, 2014
    Former England footballer Sol Campbell has clashed with Labour MP Owen Smith over the party's proposed "mansion tax" on properties worth over Ł2m. Mr Campbell owned a Ł25m house in London and a "country pile" in Northumberland. But Owen Smith said his party was only asking people like Mr Campbell "to pay your fair share". He also told Daily Politics people who were "struggling" under this government would have "zero sympathy" for people who complained about having to pay the tax. Mr Owen said there was a "gross inequality between those who've got the most, like Sol", and those at...
  • The Next Amnesty

    11/26/2014 10:09:43 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 17 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | November 26, 2014 | David Frum
    President Obama’s executive action last week is only an interim step. More amnesty is coming, much more. It must. More amnesty is coming, first, because the president’s action creates an unsustainable status quo. Millions of people are about to obtain work permits and Social Security numbers—but not (or so the president says) any right to health coverage or other social benefits. What happens if they get sick? What if they lose their jobs? Suffer a debilitating injury at work? According to Obama, these people are “as American as Sasha and Malia” except for the small technical complication of lacking “the...
  • Defense Secretary pick will be a challenge for Obama

    11/26/2014 10:04:50 AM PST · by ImJustAnotherOkie · 49 replies
    Fox News ^ | Published November 26, 2014 | Fox News
    The Defense Secretary job opening is emerging as a thanks-but-no-thanks opportunity, as some of the top potential prospects have already said they’re not interested in the job. Within minutes of reports Monday that Secretary Chuck Hagel would resign, the names of Michele Flournoy and Rhode Island Sen. Jack Reed emerged as top prospects. But each made clear by the end of the day that they didn’t want the coveted but high-wire, Cabinet-level post. The new secretary would indeed step into a difficult and complicated world, with the emergence of the deadly and unpredictable militant group Islamic State, amid Defense Department...
  • The Ferguson Fraud

    11/26/2014 9:36:31 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    Politico Magazine ^ | November 25, 2014 | Rich Lowry
    The bitter irony of the Michael Brown case is that if he had actually put his hands up and said don't shoot, he would almost certainly be alive today. His family would have been spared an unspeakable loss, and Ferguson, Missouri wouldn't have experienced multiple bouts of rioting, including the torching of at least a dozen businesses the night it was announced that Officer Darren Wilson wouldn't be charged with a crime. Instead, the credible evidence (i.e., the testimony that doesn't contradict itself or the physical evidence) suggests that Michael Brown had no interest in surrendering. After committing an act...
  • 2,500 new documents ID'd in White House-IRS taxpayer harassment cases

    11/26/2014 9:35:53 AM PST · by unixfox · 27 replies
    Washington Examiner | 11/25/14 | Paul Bedard
    In a shocking revelation, the Treasury Inspector General has identified some 2,500 documents that “potentially” show taxpayer information held by the Internal Revenue Service being shared with President Obama’s White House.
  • Obama: Americans Have No Right To Favor Americans

    11/26/2014 9:32:04 AM PST · by Zakeet · 78 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | November 25, 2014 | Neil Munro
    The only Americans who can legitimately object to immigration are native Indian-Americans, President Barack Obama told his Chicago audience Nov. 24, as he made an impassioned ideological plea for endless immigration, cultural diversity and a big government to manage the resulting multicultural society. “There have been periods where the folks who were already here suddenly say, ‘Well, I don’t want those folks,’ even though the only people who have the right to say that are some Native Americans,” Obama said, rhetorically dismissing the right of 300 million actual Americans to decide who can live in their homeland. Americans should not...
  • Obama: ‘I Just Took An Action To Change The Law’

    11/26/2014 9:22:18 AM PST · by servo1969 · 26 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 11-26-2014 | JIM TREACHER
    The great thing about Obama’s teleprompter is that when he stops reading from it, he slips up and tells the truth.Daniel Halper: The White House has argued that President Obama’s executive amnesty order last week was made well within the existing law. But in remarks in Chicago tonight, President Obama went off script and admitted that in fact he unilaterally made changes to the law. President Obama made the admission after getting heckled for several minutes by immigration protesters. “Now, you’re absolutely right that there have been significant numbers of deportations. That’s true. But what you are not paying attention...
  • Defense Secretary pick will be a challenge for Obama

    11/26/2014 9:13:25 AM PST · by servo1969 · 21 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 11-26-2014 | FoxNews.com
    The Defense Secretary job opening is emerging as a thanks-but-no-thanks opportunity, as some of the top potential prospects have already said they’re not interested in the job. Within minutes of reports Monday that Secretary Chuck Hagel would resign, the names of Michele Flournoy and Rhode Island Sen. Jack Reed emerged as top prospects. But each made clear by the end of the day that they didn’t want the coveted but high-wire, Cabinet-level post. The new secretary would indeed step into a difficult and complicated world, with the emergence of the deadly and unpredictable militant group Islamic State, amid Defense Department...
  • This week’s OPEC meeting is the most important in years

    11/26/2014 9:00:12 AM PST · by Hojczyk · 3 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | November 25,2014 | Steven Mufson
    For most of the past four years, OPEC has had an easy time. The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries hasn’t had to do much to keep oil prices over $100 a barrel. Disruptions in supply — most notably the Libyan civil war — and rising demand have kept the cartel’s coffers full. It has been, say Barclays’ commodities analysts, the culmination of OPEC’s “golden age.” Saudi Arabia, which has played the role of swing producer balancing the market, has not trimmed its output as it often has in the past, instead cutting prices to hang onto market share while...
  • Backers of Alaska gold mine win court battle with EPA

    11/26/2014 8:54:14 AM PST · by jazusamo · 47 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 26, 2014
    On-again, off-again plans for the world's largest gold and copper mine could be back on again, after a federal judge in Alaska issued a preliminary injunction blocking the Environmental Protection Agency from its ongoing efforts to bury the project. Pebble Partnership, the Canadian company behind the project, which would take place near Anchorage, claims the regulatory agency has conspired illegally with opponents of the mine to devise scientific and environmental justifications for blocking it. Salmon fishermen in Washington state and Alaska, Native American groups and environmental organizations have opposed the massive project for several years, and had appeared to have...
  • How Governments Destroy Cities

    11/26/2014 8:19:31 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 12 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | November 25, 2014 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Academics have long vexed over urban studies, putting the flight out of major cities down to everything from technology to racism. Yet and still, in the last half century, “some cities were not declining despite these immutable forces and some cities turned around despite these forces,” Stephen J. K Walters pointed out in a seminar on November 20, 2014 at the Cato Institute. Walters is an economist at Loyola University in Baltimore. “If you want a healthy city, secure the property rights that go with capital,” Walters advised. One way of doing so is through tax cuts. When California voters...
  • Stent Placed in Heart of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

    11/26/2014 7:49:57 AM PST · by Zakeet · 70 replies
    NBC News ^ | November 26, 2014 | Pete Williams
    Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg underwent heart surgery Wednesday morning after experiencing discomfort during exercise, the court said. Ginsburg, 81, had a stent placed in her right coronary artery at MedStar Washington Hospital Center. She was resting comfortably and was expected to be discharged within 48 hours, the court said.
  • Thanksgiving Story: The Pilgrims, Collectivism, and Free Markets

    11/26/2014 7:08:25 AM PST · by dleeper47 · 12 replies
    Western Free Press ^ | Nov 23, 2014 | David Leeper
    The undertold story of how the Pilgrims tried hard to live under what we could call communism and nearly starved to death. In 1623 they abruptly switched to private property and free markets and never went hungry again.
  • What Obama’s Ferguson sermon left out

    11/26/2014 7:04:18 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 19 replies
    Michelle Malkin.com ^ | November 25, 2014 | Michelle Malkin
    In his 967-word statement to the nation about the Ferguson grand jury decision on Tuesday night, President Obama devoted precisely one sentence to the risks and sacrifices police officers make to keep the peace. One. Obama delivered a tepid, obligatory acknowledgement that “our police officers put their lives on the line for us every single day.” But he sandwiched it between a finger-wagging admonition that cops need to “show care and restraint” and a pandering discourse justifying the “deep distrust” that “communities of color” have toward law enforcement because of the “legacy of racial discrimination in this country.” Note: Multiple...
  • Obama to Introduce Sweeping New Controls on Ozone Emissions

    11/26/2014 6:55:54 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 18 replies
    New York Times ^ | November 25, 2014 | By CORAL DAVENPORT
    The Obama administration is expected to release on Wednesday a contentious and long-delayed environmental regulation to curb emissions of ozone, a smog-causing pollutant linked to asthma, heart disease and premature death. The sweeping regulation, which would aim at smog from power plants and factories across the country, particularly in the Midwest, would be the latest in a series of Environmental Protection Agency controls on air pollution that wafts from smokestacks and tailpipes. Such regulations, released under the authority of the Clean Air Act, have become a hallmark of President Obama’s administration. Environmentalists and public health advocates have praised the E.P.A....
  • EPA Proposes Stricter Ozone Air Pollution Standard

    11/26/2014 6:53:24 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 26 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | November 26, 2014 | AMY HARDER
    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday proposed lower limits for ground-level ozone, or smog, in the atmosphere, setting in motion the latest in a series of far reaching federal pollution restrictions. The EPA proposed limiting ozone between 65 and 70 parts per billion in the air and sought comment on a standard as strict as 60 parts per billion, all which is in line with what an independent scientific advisory panel had recommended earlier this year. The current level, established in 2008 by the George W. Bush administration, is set at 75 parts per billion. The agency also said...
  • House Republicans Seek Answers from Eric Holder About Bank Settlement Money for Liberal Groups

    11/26/2014 6:52:33 AM PST · by Whenifhow · 32 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Nov 26, 2014 | Fred Lucas
    The Justice Department’s massive mortgage settlements against two bank giants requires them to give millions to liberal advocacy groups, and House Republicans are trying to find out why. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) and House Financial Services Chairman Jeb Hensarling asked Attorney General Eric Holder seeking details about who was involved in steering the funds from the Bank of America and Citigroup settlements this way, which they said was an unprecedented departure from other settlements. “It seems that the alleged victims are not the primary beneficiaries of these multi-billion dollar settlements,” the House chairmen said in the letter....
  • Obamacare Architect Jonathan Gruber Argued Abortion is an Economic Benefit

    11/26/2014 6:42:11 AM PST · by wagglebee · 15 replies
    Life News ^ | 11/25/14 | Cortney O'Brien
    In case we needed another reason to be frustrated with Jonathan Gruber, America’s most infamous architect who insulted our intelligence, he also once argued that abortion has helped improve our nation’s economy and social environment.In a paper he helped write in May 1997 for the National Bureau of Economic Research, Gruber and two fellow writers suggested that abortion has helped save the nation money and social woes. Here is one of their must infuriating excerpts: We find evidence of sizeable positive selection: the average living circumstances of cohorts of children born immediately after abortion became legalized improved substantially relative to...
  • I Went Halfway Around the World with Chuck Hagel—and All I Learned Was That He Was Doomed

    11/26/2014 6:27:08 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    TNR ^ | 11/26/2014 | By Reid Cherlin
    Last August, I flew halfway around the world with Chuck Hagel to try to see what made him tick, and why he’d been chosen as Secretary of Defense at such an unsettled, seemingly crucial period for our national security. I watched Hagel in bilateral meetings with Southeast Asian ministers of defense, and I watched him take questions from American marines in Hawaii. I saw him in a bathing suit (he’s an avid morning lap-swimmer), and I saw him in a business suit, and I saw him in leisurewear on the interminable flights across the Pacific. I interviewed him twice, generating...
  • Europe feels sting in the tail of Russia sanctions

    11/26/2014 4:57:42 AM PST · by wetphoenix · 1 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo! ^ | Robin Emmott
    BRUSSELS (Reuters) - At a technology fair in Moscow last month, European executives faced the new reality of doing business in Russia since the West imposed sanctions: the number of companies at the international showcase had shrunk by half from a year ago. "The impact on business couldn't be clearer. Fewer stands, fewer companies," said Mark Bultinck, a sales executive for Belgian digital screen maker Barco, which had a booth at the annual expo for the audiovisual industry. The impact of the sanctions was already clear to Barco. The company lost Russia's biggest shipbuilder as a client when the United...
  • Elite Contempt for Ordinary Americans

    11/26/2014 4:06:44 AM PST · by Kaslin · 25 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 26, 2014 | Walter E. Williams
    Jonathan Gruber, MIT economist and paid architect of Obamacare, has shocked and disgusted many Americans. In 2013, he explained to a University of Pennsylvania audience: "This bill was written in a tortured way to make sure (the Congressional Budget Office) did not score the mandate as taxes. If CBO scored the mandate as taxes, the bill dies." He added that the "lack of transparency is a huge political advantage." Most insulting were his previous statements that "the American voter is too stupid to understand" and his boast of Obamacare's "exploitation of the lack of economic understanding of the American voter."...
  • Black Friday gun buys test background check system

    11/26/2014 4:04:14 AM PST · by rellimpank · 26 replies
    Milwaukee J-S ^ | 26 nov 2014 | Matt Stroud
    BRIDGEPORT, W.Va. (AP) - Black Friday isn't just when shoppers rush to stores for holiday sales. It's also one of the busiest days of the year for gun purchases. In the U.S., there are nine guns for every 10 people. Someone is killed with a firearm every 16 minutes. And every minute, gun shops make about 40 new requests for criminal background checks on people wanting weapons. On Black Friday, the rush accelerates to nearly two checks a second, testing the limits of the National Instant Criminal Background Check System. "We have a perfect storm coming," says Kimberly Del Greco,...
  • Illegal immigrants could receive Social Security, Medicare under Obama action

    11/26/2014 2:40:04 AM PST · by SkyPilot · 37 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 15 Nov 14 | Karen Tumulty
    Under President Obama’s new program to protect millions of illegal immigrants from deportation, many of those affected will be eligible to receive Social Security, Medicare and a wide array of other federal benefits, a White House official said Tuesday. In his speech Thursday night, the president touted his plan as a means of bringing accountability to a broken immigration system, under which 11 million or more people are estimated to be living in this country illegally. “We’re going to offer the following deal: If you’ve with been in America more than five years. If you have children who are American citizens...
  • Chuck Schumer: Passing Obamacare Was a Mistake

    11/26/2014 2:15:49 AM PST · by maddog55 · 59 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Tuesday, 25 Nov 2014 12:13 PM | Mike Theiler/UPI/Landov
    Democrats made a mistake by passing President Barack Obama’s health-care law in 2010 instead of focusing more directly on helping the middle class, third- ranking U.S. Senate Democrat Charles Schumer said today. “Unfortunately, Democrats blew the opportunity the American people gave them” in electing Obama and a Democratic Congress in 2008 amid a recession, Schumer of New York said in a speech in Washington. “We took their mandate and put all our focus on the wrong problem -- health care reform.” Schumer said Democrats should have addressed issues aiding the middle class to build confidence among voters before turning to...
  • A Black Politician with Gumption

    11/26/2014 2:04:04 AM PST · by NickFlooding · 1 replies
    FreeAtLast PAC ^ | 11/24/2014
    www.FreeAtLastPAC.com President Obama has chosen to take bold executive action - but not to help the Black community! He has decided to grant de-facto Amnesty to 5 Million immigrants. Our communities already have so little as it is...and now we're being asked to share!?!?
  • Inhofe: New Congress will examine ozone rule

    11/26/2014 1:46:00 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 9 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 26, 2014 | Lydia Wheeler
    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) standards for ozone, expected to be released Wednesday, are already being met with opposition from conservative lawmakers. In a statement released Tuesday night, Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) said the new National Ambient Air Quality Standards for ozone will face “rigorous oversight” in the Congress. “EPA's proposal to lower the Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) to between 65 parts per billion and 70 ppb will lower our nation's economic competitiveness and stifle job creation for decades," he said. "The EPA's previously proposed Ozone standard came with a price tag of up to $90 billion...
  • After Obama’s Immigration Action, a Blast of Energy for the Tea Party

    11/25/2014 11:57:50 PM PST · by iowamark · 13 replies
    NY Times ^ | NOV. 25, 2014 | JEREMY W. PETERS
    In all its fury and unanimity, the response from the right to President Obama’s decision to change immigration policy without the consent of Congress was the manifestation of a major transformation within the Tea Party. What started five years ago as a groundswell of conservatives committed to curtailing the reach of the federal government, cutting the deficit and countering the Wall Street wing of the Republican Party has become a movement largely against immigration overhaul. The politicians, intellectual leaders and activists who consider themselves part of the Tea Party have redirected their energy from advocating fiscal austerity and small government...
  • Judge Overturns Mississippi Same-Sex Marriage Ban

    11/25/2014 10:04:31 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    JACKSON, Miss. — A federal judge has overturned Mississippi's ban on same-sex marriage, but he is putting his order on hold for two weeks so the state can appeal. U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves issued a preliminary injunction Tuesday. State attorneys have already said they will ask the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to block Reeves' order....
  • In Year Two, Obamacare’s Off to Another Bad Start

    11/25/2014 9:37:10 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | November 25, 2014 | Robert Moffit and Kenneth Manyari-Magro
    The implementation of the Affordable Care Act seems like an unending nightmare. Desperate for some good news, the White House is justly relieved and celebrating the fact that the government website is not plagued with last year’s disasters. But other big challenges loom, including the administration of the law’s hideously complex insurance subsidy system, as well as coverage and cost problems. Of course, more people do have insurance coverage in 2014 than in 2013. But good grief, at what a cost! The federal taxpayers have shelled out almost $5 billion to help facilitate the process of building the government exchanges–there...