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  • Update: Dave Mahoney backed Scott Walker's marijuana story in radio interview [caught in lie]

    03/31/2015 5:09:04 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife
    LaCrosse Tribune ^ | March 30, 2015 | Matthew DeFour
    Dane County Sheriff Dave Mahoney told the State Journal on Monday he had never discussed marijuana legalization with Gov. Scott Walker, but in a radio interview last year he discussed such a conversation. Mahoney initially disputed a story Gov. Scott Walker told last week in response to a question about marijuana legalization at a luncheon in Phoenix emceed by conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt. Mahoney later acknowledged the conversation after listening to a recording of the radio interview, but emphasized that it was "in passing" and that he has no recollection of it. At the Phoenix event Walker said he...
  • ‘Disarm NYPD’ seeks to strip police of firearms, create ‘no cop zones’

    03/31/2015 4:40:12 AM PDT · by lifeofgrace · 19 replies
    Bizpac Review ^ | 3/31/15 | Steve Berman
    An anti-cop group wants to take its beef with law enforcement to a new level: disarm the New York City Police Department.
  • Will deserter Bergdahl get a Rose Garden pardon?

    03/31/2015 4:38:24 AM PDT · by luke1825 · 18 replies
    lowell sun ^ | 3/31 | peter lucas
    It's a good day," President Barack Obama said, as he hugged Jani Bergdahl, mother of U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, upon his announcement last May that Bergdahl had just been released from five years of Taliban captivity.
  • VA Employee Who Received Relocation Pay of $288,000 Under Investigation…Just the Tip of the Iceberg

    03/31/2015 4:34:03 AM PDT · by HomerBohn · 7 replies
    Red Statements ^ | 3/30/2015 | Steven Ahle
    The inspector general of the VA is looking into why Diana Rubens received $288,000 in relocation reimbursement for a 140 mile move. The average relocation check over the past three years is just a tad over $12,000. Relocation pay is supposed to help cover the costs of moving including househunting, moving, terminated leases and temporary housing. Housing doesn’t seem to be the problem as Rubens sold her house in Alexandria last July for $770,000 to Stone Financing, who sold the property for a loss of over $80,000. Hmmm. She then bought a house in Pennsylvania for $589,000. Her relocation check...
  • ObamaCare Pushes Colleges to Dump Student Health Plans

    03/31/2015 4:27:00 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 8 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 03/30/2015 | John Merline
    College professors and students keep suffering unexpected costly ObamaCare side effects. First, colleges started rolling back faculty hours to avoid the employer mandate, a development the American Association of Association of University Professors called "reprehensible." Then Harvard professors complained when the college hiked their insurance costs because of "health care reform." Now colleges are starting to dump their student insurance plans because of ObamaCare.
  • Apple´s Rotten Reaction To Indiana´s Religious Freedom Law

    03/31/2015 4:26:00 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 10 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 03/30/2015 | Staff
    Propaganda: The overreaction by politicians and advocacy groups to Indiana´s religious freedom law is distressing enough. Worse is the fact that big companies are now amplifying the disinformation campaign.
  • Indiana Backlash Show's Left's Hatred For First Amendment

    03/31/2015 4:17:47 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 4 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | March 31, 2015 | Ben Shapiro
    In the wake of the Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act, the media have been stacking myth upon myth in order to drive the narrative that right-wingers desperately want to harm gays and lesbians.
  • What's Next For Same-Sex Marriage Advocates

    03/31/2015 4:08:46 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 11 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | March 31, 2015 | Ben Shapiro
    Gay activists and their leftist allies told us decades ago that same-sex marriage wasn’t on the agenda. All homosexuals wanted was the benefits of marriage, but not the title. That, of course, was a lie.
  • What the Constitution says about Ted Cruz

    03/31/2015 2:34:35 AM PDT · by aquapub · 9 replies
    Conservative Examiner ^ | 3/31/15 | Robert Moon
    The debate over Senator Ted Cruz's eligibility to run for president revolves around conflicting information from several key authorities on the Natural Born Citizen clause. The question is whether a person is a "natural born citizen" (as intended by Section 1 Article 2 of the Constitution) by merely being born inside the U.S. (the rule of jus soli, or 'rule of the soil'), or by being born in the U.S. with one or both parents also being American citizens...or by being born anywhere in the world to one or more parents who are U.S. citizens (the rule of jus sanguinis,...
  • VICIOUS CYCLE: Bennet Angers Wingnut Base, Panders to Win Them Back, Alienates Moderates ( CO )

    03/30/2015 10:27:10 PM PDT · by george76 · 2 replies
    ColoradoPeakPolitics ^ | March 30, 2015
    Already pegged by The Hill as one of the most vulnerable U.S. Senators facing re-election in 2016, and the only Democrat on that list now that Sen. Harry Reid has decided to retire, Michael Bennet is still scrambling to consolidate his base. With his polling numbers hovering just above the 50% mark among Democrats and Democrat activists actively protesting his fundraisers, we cannot blame him one bit. Bennet’s latest pander was an amendment he introduced last week that effectively declared climate change to be a national security issue. While this might mollify the environmental extremists who comprise a meaningful spot...
  • TED CRUZ: I’m PROUD to stand with Gov. Mike Pence!

    03/30/2015 9:27:33 PM PDT · by gwgn02 · 57 replies
    TheRightScoop ^ | 3/30/2015 | Right Scoop
    Unlike Scott Walker and more emphatic than Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz enthusiastically supports Gov. Mike Pence and urges all Americans to do the same: HOUSTON, Texas — U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, issued the following statement today in support of Governor Mike Pence’s effort to defend religious liberty and protect against the government forcing individuals to violate their deeply held beliefs: “I want to commend Governor Mike Pence for his support of religious freedom, especially in the face of fierce opposition. There was a time, not too long ago, when defending religious liberty enjoyed strong bipartisan support. Alas, today we...
  • Amazon.com moves drone testing to secret Canadian location after U.S. too slow granting permits

    03/30/2015 9:23:41 PM PDT · by Squawk 8888 · 15 replies
    National Post ^ | March 30, 2015 | Tristin Hopper
    VANCOUVER – Spurned by U.S. regulators, Amazon.com has turned to the one country where flying delivery robots are still welcome: Canada. On Monday, the U.K.’s Guardian newspaper revealed that the online retail giant is testing its latest prototypes for package-carrying drones at a top-secret site in British Columbia. “We are rapidly experimenting and iterating on Amazon Prime Air … including outdoors at a rural test site in Canada,” wrote Amazon spokesperson Kristen Kish in an email to the National Post. --- Located a mere 600 metres from the U.S. border, the Canadian testing grounds fulfill a lingering threat by Amazon...
  • Boehner makes stop in Baghdad (on way to Israel)

    03/30/2015 9:01:02 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 10 replies
    The Hill ^ | 03/30/15 12:12 PM EDT | Jesse Byrnes
    Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) traveled to Baghdad on Monday, where he met Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to discuss the political and security situation there, according to the prime minister's office. In another meeting with Speaker Salim al-Jabouri, Boehner affirmed support for Iraq's democratic system and discussed the shared U.S. determination to defeat the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), according to a parliamentary statement provided to The Hill by a local journalist. The Speaker's visit with a congressional delegation comes as local forces, including Iranian-backed Shiite militias, work to retake the city of Tikrit, about 100 miles northwest...
  • GOP Presidential Hopefuls Back Indiana 'Religious Freedom' Law [Cruz:"I want to commend Governor"]

    03/30/2015 8:06:08 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 14 replies
    ABCNews ^ | March 30, 2015 | BILL McGUIRE and ALANA ABRAMSON
    GOP Presidential Hopefuls Back Indiana 'Religious Freedom' Law Mar 30, 2015 By BILL McGUIRE and ALANA ABRAMSON Key Republican presidential hopefuls are backing Indiana's new Religious Freedom Restoration Act amid growing concern over possible discrimation against gays and lesbians when the law takes effect. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, in an interview on conservative talk radio host Hugh Hewitt's show today, expressed support for Indiana Gov. Mike Pence and the legislation. "I think Governor Pence has done the right thing," Bush said, according to the New York Times. "I think once the facts are established, people aren't going to see...
  • Justice Department Sues University Over Alleged Anti-Transgender Discrimination

    03/30/2015 7:42:19 PM PDT · by PROCON · 28 replies
    buzzfeed.com ^ | March 30, 2015 | Chris Geidner
    The action against Southeastern Oklahoma State University is the first lawsuit claiming that anti-transgender discrimination violates the Civil Rights Act of 1964 from the Justice Department.WASHINGTON — The Justice Department on Monday filed a lawsuit against Southeastern Oklahoma State University, alleging that the school discriminated against a transgender professor in violation of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The case is the first time the Justice Department sued an entity alleging that the sex discrimination ban in Title VII of the historic civil rights legislation protects transgender people from discrimination. In December 2014, Attorney General Eric Holder announced that the...
  • A staggering 40% of Millennials believe that homosexual relationships are 'immoral'

    03/30/2015 7:35:14 PM PDT · by BunnySlippers · 34 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 03/30/15 | DAILY MAIL REPORTER
    A further 33 per cent believe abortion should be legal in most cases Two-thirds said they believe schools need to offer more sexual education classes 71 per cent of millennials, people aged between 18 and 35, still believe in marriage
  • I Will Never Forget the Look of Horror on My Sister Terri Schiavo’s Face the Day She Died

    03/30/2015 7:32:01 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 46 replies
    http://www.lifenews.com ^ | March 30, 2015 | Bobby Schindler
    On March 18, 2005, my sister, Terri Schiavo, began her thirteen day agonizing death after the feeding tube – supplying her food and water – was removed. Terri was cognitively disabled and had difficulty swallowing and therefore needed a feeding tube. Terri was not on any “life support”, nor was she sick or dying. Nonetheless, she received her death sentence ordered by Circuit Court Judge, George W. Greer of Pinellas County Florida. Greer’s order to remove Terri’s feeding tube was in response to her estranged husband and guardian, Michael Schiavo, requesting permission from the court to kill his disabled wife....
  • Teen Faces Charges After Mocking Singapore’s Founding Father on YouTube

    03/30/2015 7:13:29 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 27 replies
    The Singaporean police confirmed on Monday that a teenage video blogger was arrested[1] a day earlier for an obscenity-laced tirade posted on YouTube that celebrated the death of Lee Kuan Yew, the country’s founding father, and disparaged Christians.The blogger, Amos Yee, 17, is due in court on Tuesday and could face more than three years in prison on charges of violating laws against offending the feelings of a religious group, harassment and sharing obscene material
  • Poll: Clear majority supports nuclear deal with Iran (Washington Post Lies)

    03/30/2015 6:28:29 PM PDT · by SkyPilot · 53 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 30 March 15 | Scott Clement and Peyton M. Craighill
    By a nearly 2 to 1 margin, Americans support the notion of striking a deal with Iran that restricts the nation’s nuclear program in exchange for loosening sanctions, a new Washington Post-ABC News poll finds. But the survey — released hours before Tuesday’s negotiating deadline — also finds few Americans are hopeful that such an agreement will be effective. Nearly six in 10 say they are not confident that a deal will prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons, unchanged from 15 months ago, when the United States, France, Britain, Germany, China and Russia reached an interim agreement with Iran aimed...
  • How Chicago has used financial engineering to paper over its massive budget gap

    03/30/2015 6:15:58 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 20 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | March 30, 2015 | Kristi Culpepper
    This article explains that the City of Chicago has concealed how it has dealt with its budget gap over the past decade. The city failed to cut its recurring expenditures to match its recurring revenues after it blew through its reserve funds. Instead, two administrations have: Used long-term debt to finance everyday expenses and maintenance; Used long-term debt to finance judgments and settlements, including police brutality cases, and retroactive wage increases and pension contributions for its unionized employees; Restructured the city’s existing debt to extend the maturities on its bonds far out into the future in order to avoid having...
  • IRS won't penalize people for failing to say they have health insurance on tax form

    03/30/2015 5:54:01 PM PDT · by Libloather · 15 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 3/30/15 | Robert King
    For the first time, a majority of taxpayers will have to check a box on their tax return attesting they have health insurance either through their job or Medicare or Medicaid. But what happens if they miss it, which can easily happen on the complex form? The Internal Revenue Service told the Washington Examiner it will not penalize anyone who has insurance but neglected to check the box. However, a taxpayer may be asked by the agency if they have health insurance if their return is flagged during a routine check. "The IRS routinely follows-up on the accuracy and completeness...
  • U.S. signed agreement with Mexico to teach immigrants to unionize

    03/30/2015 5:43:27 PM PDT · by Libloather · 41 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 3/30/15 | Sean Higgins
    The federal government has signed agreements with three foreign countries — Mexico, Ecuador and the Philippines — to establish outreach programs to teach immigrants their rights to engage in labor organizing in the U.S. The agreements do not distinguish between those who entered legally or illegally. They are part of a broader effort by the National Labor Relations Board to get immigrants involved in union activism. The five-member board is the agency that enforces the National Labor Relations Act, the main federal law covering unions. In 2013, Lafe Solomon, the board's then-acting general counsel, signed a "memorandum of understanding" with...
  • Why Obamacare Will Survive Even a Republican President

    03/30/2015 5:36:54 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    Newsweek ^ | 03/29/2015 | BY HENRY J. AARON
    Anniversaries are times for taking stock. And so it is with the Affordable Care Act—a.k.a., the ACA or Obamacare. Now, at the time of the fifth anniversary of the law’s passage, the law remains in existential jeopardy. The Supreme Court is considering whether the law, as drafted, permits payment of tax credits in the 34 states that use HealthCare.Gov as their administrative agent. These credits make insurance affordable and the law sustainable. Should the court rule that these credits cannot be paid, millions will find insurance unaffordable. Insurance markets in most of those states will be thrown into chaos. Congress...
  • Outrageous public pensions could bankrupt these states

    03/30/2015 5:31:21 PM PDT · by george76 · 19 replies
    Yahoo -FT ^ | 3-30-2015 | Steven Malanga
    Some of the worst public-sector pension problems in America are playing out in states and cities where legislation or local court rulings have granted extraordinary protections to workers’ retirement benefits—far beyond those enjoyed by private-sector employees. ... One can see a glimpse of Illinois’s possible future in Arizona. Last year, the state’s Supreme Court overturned 2011 pension reforms that, among other things, sought to curb expensive annual cost-of-living increases for judges, legislators, and ... The predicament faced by Illinois and Arizona should be a warning, especially to other states where government pensions enjoy extraordinary legal protections. Raising benefits or shortchanging...
  • US Dept. of Labor economist tries to hide after comparing Christians to Nazis

    03/30/2015 5:21:13 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 46 replies
    Biz Pac Review ^ | 3/30/15 | Carmine Sabia
    An economist at the U.S. Department of Labor quickly put her gears in reverse after sending out a tweet comparing Christians to Nazis. Elizabeth Ashack deleted her tweet that read “people in the red states vote for nazis to govern, and then call themselves Christian, it will not end well for them. #BoycottIndiana,” but not before screenshots were taken by several astute Twitter users. Ashack, an employee of the department since 1998, according to the Daily Caller, also removed “Economist at US Department of Labor BLS” from her Twitter profile after people began calling her out for the remark. That...
  • Personal details of world leaders accidentally revealed by G20 organisers

    03/30/2015 5:19:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The Guardian & Observer ^ | March 30, 2015 | Paul Farrell
    The personal details of world leaders at the last G20 summit were accidentally disclosed by the Australian immigration department, which did not consider it necessary to inform those world leaders of the privacy breach. The Guardian can reveal an employee of the agency inadvertently sent the passport numbers, visa details and other personal identifiers of all world leaders attending the summit to the organisers of the Asian Cup football tournament. The United States president, Barack Obama, the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, the Chinese president, Xi Jinping, the Indian prime minister, Narendra Modi, the Japanese prime...
  • STATE RELIGIOUS FREEDOM RESTORATION ACTS

    03/30/2015 5:03:46 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 12 replies
    The National Conference of State Legislatures ^ | March 30, 2015 | by Jonathan Griffin
    In 1997, in the City of Boerne v. Flores decision, the U.S. Supreme Court decided that the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) did not apply to the states. Since 1993, 20 states have enacted state RFRAs. These laws are intended to echo the federal RFRA, but are not necessarily identical to the federal law. Indiana is the most recent state to enact a RFRA, doing so this year. Sixteen states have introduced legislation this year regarding the creation of, or alteration to, a state religious freedom law. Oklahoma, South Carolina and Texas currently have a RFRA, but have introduced...
  • Pew poll: Heavy majority thinks Congress,

    03/30/2015 4:56:58 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | March 30, 2015 | ALLAHPUNDIT
    A heavy majority, but maybe not heavy enough. If McConnell can’t muster more than 62 votes in the Senate to override an Obama veto of whatever Congress chooses passes. we’ll be stuck with this Iran sh*tburger until January 2017 at the earliest. And probably much longer than that, if we’re being honest. Nice to see President Overreach get a rebuke in the polls, though. Which is different from expecting any sort of meaningful public backlash if he makes a deal over Congress’s objections.At first glance that looks like a neatly consistent result. Americans favor giving their representatives the final say...
  • Too many Asians? NY Dem lawmaker explores segregating public housing by race

    03/30/2015 4:53:38 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 28 replies
    Apparently upset that “blocs” of Asians are taking over blocks of public housing in her district, a New York City councilwoman last week suggested “culture” be included when assigning people to public housing. “There could be some benefit to housing people by culture,” Councilwoman Laurie Cumbo told the New York Post. “I think it needs to be discussed.” lauriecumbo0330 Photo: New York Post If Cumbo weren’t a black woman Democrat from New York City in 2015 – if she were, say, a white male Democrat from Alabama in 1965 – everyone would know exactly what she was talking about when...
  • USDA bans viral Arizona llamas from appearing in public (Feds prevent photos)

    03/30/2015 4:44:44 PM PDT · by CedarDave · 26 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | March 28, 2015 | Nicole Hensley
    The trail-blazing escape artists known as Kahkneeta and Laney are prohibited from making public appearances after their owners were contacted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture with bad news. USDA officials revealed Bub Bullis and Karen Freund lacked the proper permits to show the animals off at public events, like the senior home show-and-tell they escaped on Feb. 26 in Sun City, Ariz. "They just totally destroyed everything I had planned for my retirement," Freund told the Associated Press. "We've taken them to schools before. Now they're telling me I can't do anything, even like a photo shoot."
  • Movement to Increase McDonald’s Minimum Wage Broadens Its Tactics

    03/30/2015 4:25:40 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 42 replies
    New York Times ^ | March 30, 2015 | By STEVEN GREENHOUSE
    On a recent Friday, Kwanza Brooks, a $7.25-an-hour McDonald’s worker, climbed into a 14-person van to take a four-hour ride from Charlotte, N.C., to Atlanta. As she and other workers headed south, Ms. Brooks, a short, fiery woman, swapped stories with her companions about unsafe conditions and unfair managers. Upon arriving, they joined more than 400 other people — including home care aides, Walmart workers, child care workers and adjunct professors. The gathering was a strategy session to plan for the fast-food movement’s next big wave of protests, which is now scheduled for April 15. But the meeting was also...
  • Obamacare Enrollment Split: Subsidies vs. No Subsidies

    03/30/2015 3:48:38 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 12 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | March 30, 2015 | By CHRIS JACOBS
    Two reports released in the past week demonstrate a potential bifurcation in state insurance exchanges: The insurance marketplaces appear to be attracting a disproportionate share of low-income individuals who qualify for generous federal subsidies, while middle- and higher-income filers have generally eschewed the exchanges. The overall picture presented is one of a bifurcated, or even trifurcated, system of health insurance. Individuals who qualify for very rich insurance subsidies or Medicaid have signed up for coverage, while those who qualify for small or no subsidies have not. It raises two obvious questions: Whether and how the exchanges can succeed long-term with...
  • Obama Praises Ted Kennedy For 'Bridging' Partisan Divide

    03/30/2015 3:38:28 PM PDT · by absentee · 50 replies
    Truth Revolt ^ | 3/30/15 | Caleb Howe
    In a speech this morning at the dedication of the new Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate, President Obama praised the late Senator effusively, citing his bipartisan creds and pondering what the world would be like if we all "carried ourselves more like Kennedy. (Oops, did we say "pond"?) The folks at Digitas Daily think Obama might have been well-advised to choose different words, though, when talking up Kennedy's reach across party lines. "[Republicans] know who Ted Kennedy was. It's not because they shared Ted's ideology or his positions, but because they knew Ted as somebody who...
  • Homeland Security's Mayorkas should be ousted for Clinton favoritism, 'disgusted' retired cops say

    03/30/2015 3:34:00 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 2 replies
    FOX News Latino ^ | March 30, 2015 | By Bryan Llenas
    Two former lead narcotics investigators said they are "disgusted," but not surprised, with the government report finding that Deputy Secretary for Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas inappropriately helped secure visas for foreign investors that benefited his Democrat friends – including Hillary Clinton's youngest brother, Anthony Rodham. Back in 2002, Mayorkas, then a Bill Clinton-appointed Los Angeles U.S. Attorney, was found by a congressional committee to have inappropriately pushed for clemency for convicted drug dealer Carlos Vignali, who happened to be the son of big-time Democratic Party donor Horatio Vignali. Horatio Vignali, an Argentinian immigrant who built a fortune in Los Angeles,...
  • The NO Mark Levin Show, M-F, 6pm-9pm EDT, WABC-AM, Monday, March 30th, 2015.

    03/30/2015 3:00:19 PM PDT · by carriage_hill · 23 replies
    The Mark Levin Show ^ | Monday, March 30th, 2015 | Mark R. Levin
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  • The Gestapo is alive and well in Obama’s America

    03/30/2015 2:57:57 PM PDT · by dvan · 23 replies
    American Action News ^ | March 30, 2015 | Watne Allyn Root
    Press ? for keyboard shortcuts. The Gestapo is alive and well in Obama’s America People me Today at 2:53 PM . Mar 30, 2015 Source: Personal Liberty by: Wayne Allyn Root Hi. I’m Wayne Allyn Root for Personal Liberty. Barack Obama is going rogue. By every metric, the Obama economy is melting down. We are seeing the beginning stages of another recession, at best, or a total economic meltdown, at worst. At the moment, there are no decent-paying jobs in America. Obama has opened the border and given amnesty to at least 5 million illegal aliens already in the country,...
  • Dem bill establishes kids' weekend meals program

    03/30/2015 2:57:03 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 29 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 30, 2015 | By Cristina Marcos
    Rep. Dina Titus (D-Nev.) has unveiled legislation to establish a program, so schools and food banks can offer meals to low-income students on weekends and holidays. Titus's bill would create a five-year pilot program for providing food to students eligible for free or reduced lunch during the week, when school is out. The Nevada Democrat noted the measure comes at the same time as many schools are out for spring break. Students who rely on meals provided during the school day for sustenance consequently might not have enough to eat. "Vacation from school should never mean hunger for children. This...
  • ( WV ) Congressman’s STREAM Act Seeks to Reign in Anti-Coal Mining Agency

    03/30/2015 2:55:19 PM PDT · by george76 · 2 replies
    Townhall ^ | Mar 30, 2015 | Cortney O'Brien
    Coal is pretty important to West Virginia. Coal-fired electric power plants accounted for 95 percent of West Virginia's net electricity generation in 2013 and the state produces about 15 percent of all fossil fuel energy in the US. What’s more, the Mountain State leads the nation in underground coal mine production. One government agency seems poised to slow these miners down, but not if Rep. Alex Mooney (R-WV) can help it. “West Virginia is blessed to be abundant in natural resources," Mooney said. "Unfortunately, the President is intent on destroying coal as a domestic energy source.” Rep. Mooney introduced the...
  • American flag case: U.S. Supreme Court ends Morgan Hill flap over shirts

    03/30/2015 2:46:30 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 26 replies
    San Jose Mercury ^ | 03/30/2015 | Howard Mintz
    Turning away a legal plea literally wrapped in the American flag, the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to intervene in a controversial case involving a South Bay high school's discipline of students who chose to wear flag-adorned shirts during a 2010 Cinco de Mayo celebration. The high court's action left intact a federal appeals court ruling last year that found Live Oak High School officials had the legal right to order students wearing the American flag shirts to turn them inside out or go home.
  • Of Course: Iran Makes Another Last-Minute Demand, West Looking to Achieve 'Narrative'

    03/30/2015 2:48:10 PM PDT · by george76 · 8 replies
    Townhall ^ | Mar 30, 2015 | Guy Benson
    The 'P5+1' nuclear negotiations with Iran are coming down to the wire, with the Obama administration hellbent on attaining a deal before tomorrow's deadline (which Iran doesn't acknowledge, by the way). As Conn has reported, if an agreement is reached, it likely won't be formalized or written down for a period of months. What Western diplomats are scrambling to "achieve," therefore, is an informal consensus on the principles and outlines of a deal -- struck with an evil, untrustworthy regime. The British Foreign Minister told reporters last week that they're hoping to secure a "narrative," whatever that means: We envisage...
  • Roby on CODEL: ‘I want the people of Israel to know we stand with them’

    03/30/2015 2:44:15 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 1 replies
    Yellowhammer ^ | March 29, 2015 at 1:54 pm CDT
    MANCHESTER, UK — Alabama congresswoman Martha Roby is currently with eight of her colleagues, including House Speaker John Boehner, on a CODEL (congressional delegation trip) reinforcing the need for strong American leadership in the world, including in the fight to defeat ISIS. The CODEL began with British allies in Manchester, U.K., where more than 70 years ago General George S. Patton and the Third Army were stationed prior to the Normandy invasion. The delegation then traveled to Israel, where Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu recently won re-election at a time of heightened tensions between Netanyahu’s government and the Obama administration over...
  • [Australia]set to introduce tax on bank deposits

    03/30/2015 9:40:27 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 25 replies
    ABC ^ | 28 March 2015
    The idea of a bank deposit tax was raised by Labor in 2013 and was criticised by Tony Abbott at the time. Assistant Treasurer Josh Frydenberg has indicated an announcement on the new tax could be made before the budget. The Government is heading for a fight with the banking industry, which has warned it will have to pass the cost back onto customers. Mr Frydenberg is a member of the Government's Expenditure Review Committee but has refused to provide any details
  • 4 Journalists Arrested During Ferguson Protests Sue Police

    03/30/2015 2:42:51 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 6 replies
    ABC News ^ | March 30, 2015 | By JIM SUHR
    Four journalists arrested during last summer's Ferguson protests over the shooting death of Michael Brown filed a federal lawsuit Monday against St. Louis County police and 20 of its officers, accusing them of violating the reporters' civil rights and unjustifiably detaining them. The lawsuit, filed Monday in St. Louis, alleges the arrests for the journalists' failure to disperse as demanded by police on Aug. 18 and Aug. 19 were "undertaken with the intention of obstructing, chilling, deterring, and retaliating against (the) plaintiffs for engaging in constitutionally protected speech, newsgathering and recording of police activities." The plaintiffs include Ryan Devereaux of...
  • Hillary: I’d like to offer a reset button on Israel, or something

    03/30/2015 2:38:35 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/30/2015 | Ed Morrissey
    The first time Hillary Clinton offered someone a reset button, it was to a geopolitical opponent that the Obama-Clinton State Department thought was a friend. The next time, Hillary promises, the offer will go to a friend that the Obama administration has treated like a foe. Hillary told a group of Jewish leaders yesterday that she wants to put the US-Israeli relationship back on “constructive footing,” the New York Times’ Maggie Haberman reports: Mrs. Clinton’s comments, made in a phone call to Malcolm Hoenlein, executive vice chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, contrasted in...
  • Ex-Feds Accused Of Pocketing Bitcoins During Investigation

    03/30/2015 2:32:11 PM PDT · by Theoria · 9 replies
    NPR ^ | 30 March 2015 | Krishnadev Calamur
    Two former federal agents accused of stealing bitcoins have been charged with wire fraud, money laundering and related offenses, the U.S. Justice Department said in a statement. Carl Force, a former special agent with the Drug Enforcement Administration, and Shaun Bridges, a former Secret Service special agent, were both part of a Baltimore task force investigating Silk Road, the online marketplace often labeled the eBay of the drug trade. Force was given the task of establishing communications with Ross Ulbricht, aka "Dread Pirate Roberts," the San Francisco man who has been linked to Silk Road. Ulbricht was convicted last month...
  • Stressed Out President Obama Turning to drink? (orders 3 beers before 9:30am)

    03/30/2015 2:24:46 PM PDT · by drewh · 57 replies
    American Thinker Magazine ^ | March 30, 2015 | By Thomas Lifson
    When the news broke Saturday from the White House press pool report accompanying President Obama on his golf outing in the midst of world crisis, I filed it away for possible future developments: On a sunny and beautiful, if chilly morning, the president left the White House residence at 9:30am, wearing a light blue button-up shirt with no tie, a navy blazer and khaki slacks. He waved to the pool but didn’t respond to your pooler’s shouted question about the new Indiana religious freedom law. The president got into Marine One . . . The helicopter was wheels-up to Joint...
  • REMINDER: The Ted Kennedy Shrine Cost Taxpayers $38 Million

    03/30/2015 2:00:50 PM PDT · by george76 · 33 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 03/30/2015 | Chuck Ross
    On top of an $18.9 million Defense Department grant doled out in Sept. 2010, the Institute received $13.6 million from the Department of Education, according to USASpending.gov. In the 2009 federal budget, another $5.8 million was appropriated through the Department of Labor and the Department of Health and Human Services. The state of Massachusetts gave the University of Massachusetts $5 million, earmarked for the Institute. As a senator in 2010, current Sec. of State John Kerry waged an unsuccessful attempt to earmark another $28.9 million for the museum ... the $18.9 million Defense Department earmark was “funneled through the Defense...
  • Obama’s 2010 Economic Estimate For 2014 Off By $1 Trillion

    03/30/2015 1:52:35 PM PDT · by george76 · 4 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 03/30/2015 | Neil Munro
    It highlights the huge gap between Obama’s promise that his progressive, big-government economic policies would jump-start the economy, and the hard reality of America’s complex society and economy. The failure of Obama-economics was highlighted March 28, when the federal government admitted that the economy grew only 2.2 percent in 2014. ... Since 2009, the U.S. population has grown from 305 million to 321 million, including 11 million illegals. ... Even as he doubles down on his high-regulation, high-immigration policies, Obama insists that his top priority is increasing wages. ... But he’s continuing to rapidly add immigrants to the nation’s flooded...
  • Sales tax shocker: Rate will hit 10% in some Bay Area cities April 1

    03/30/2015 1:49:21 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 19 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | March 30, 2015 | By Kathleen Pender
    Sales tax rates are going up in parts of California on Wednesday and will, for the first time, hit double digits in some Northern California cities. Shoppers in Albany, Hayward and Union City and San Leandro in Alameda County and El Cerrito in Contra Costa County will pay 10 percent starting next month. If a bill in the state Legislature passes, more areas could be paying that much. The statewide sales tax rate is 7.5 percent. State law allows cities and counties to add up to 2 additional percentage points in local sales and use taxes. The Legislature passed bills...
  • Want Evidence of Hysterical Anti-Christian Bigotry? Look No Further than #BoycottIndiana

    03/30/2015 1:43:41 PM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 19 replies
    National Review ^ | 03/30/2015 | David French
    After litigating religious liberty issues for more than 20 years, I’m used to utter hysteria erupting on the Left when Christians try to assert conventional and traditional religious liberty rights. Perhaps my favorite example was the claim — by a Tufts University student panel — that a Christian group had to be thrown off campus without due process, in part because the Christian group’s insistence on selecting only Christians as leaders placed Tufts students at greater risk of suicide. Yes, suicide. But for national freakouts, it’s tough to beat either the sky-is-falling rhetoric around the idea that a few Hobby...