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  • Cruz the bruiser: The junior senator from Texas is dangerous

    03/27/2015 6:15:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet
    The Economist ^ | March 28, 2015 | The Editors
    WITH 596 days to go before America’s next presidential election, the first serious candidate has announced that he will run (see article). Ted Cruz is an intelligent man with an inspiring life story. His father fled from Cuba with a few dollars sewn into his underwear and settled in the United States. The young Ted made a name for himself in Texas while still a teenager, giving lectures to Rotary clubs about the constitution. By his early 30s he was arguing cases before the Supreme Court—and winning. At 41, he was elected to the Senate, overcoming long odds in a...
  • John Kerry Orders Email Preservation Review at State Department

    03/27/2015 5:49:29 PM PDT · by PROCON · 17 replies
    abcnews.go.com ^ | March 27, 2015 | JUSTIN FISHEL
    Secretary of State John Kerry sent a letter to the State Department’s Inspector General requesting a review of email and records management, the State Department said today. The timing of Kerry’s request has many asking if this push for reform is connected to former Secretary Hillary Clinton’s recent scandal involving her use of a private email server, rather than a State Department account. State Department Spokesman Jeff Rathke denied this had anything to do with Clinton, citing instead the State Department’s need to better manage the overwhelming number of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests and requests for information from...
  • Ted Cruz: The Bush Years-What his time at the FTC suggests about how he’d run the White House

    03/27/2015 5:32:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The National Review ^ | March 27, 2015 | Jim Geraghty
    Long before Ted Cruz was a big-name senator and conservative rock star, wowing the crowd at Liberty University in the early days of his presidential bid, he was just another lawyer toiling away in virtual anonymity under George W. Bush. While Cruz’s time in the Senate is best known for fiery speeches and high-profile gestures like his 21-hour filibuster, in his earlier time in Washington he demonstrated a wonkish eye for detail and an eagerness to take on powerful industry groups that he saw as stifling competition. Though his efforts ultimately succeeded on a much smaller scale than he’d initially...
  • Military Drill Identifying “Hostile” U.S. States Sparks Alarm

    03/27/2015 5:10:14 PM PDT · by detective · 32 replies
    The New American ^ | March 27, 2015 | Alex Newman
    A massive U.S. military drill dubbed “Jade Helm 15” lists Texas, Utah, and part of California as “hostile” or “insurgent pocket” territory. The unclassified information about this drill is causing widespread alarm nationwide, with more than a few analysts suggesting it may be some sort of exercise practicing to impose martial law on Americans fed up with an out-of-control federal government. During the exercises, which will take place over the summer, Special Forces from various branches of the military will work with local law-enforcement in scenarios that, to critics at least, sound suspiciously like they are aimed at subduing rebellious...
  • Venezuela to Present Anti-US Petition at Summit With Obama

    03/27/2015 4:53:40 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 12 replies
    ABC News ^ | March 27, 2015
    CARACAS, Venezuela - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is readying a gift for President Barack Obama when the two leaders cross paths at a regional summit next month: a petition containing millions of signatures denouncing U.S. aggression. For the past week, Venezuelans have been lining up in plazas, government offices and even prisons to add their signatures to a manifesto against the Obama administration's recent decision to sanction seven Venezuelan officials over human rights abuses during anti-government protests.
  • Column One: Managing Obama’s war against Israel

    03/27/2015 4:49:17 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 9 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | Thursday, March 26, 2015 | Caroline B. Glick
    On Wednesday, the Jerusalem Municipality announced it is shelving plans to build 1,500 apartments in the Har Homa neighborhood. Officials gave no explanation for its sudden move. But none was needed. Obviously the construction of apartments for Jews in Jerusalem was blocked in the hopes of appeasing US President Barack Obama. But is there any reason to believe he can be appeased? Today the White House is issuing condemnations of Israel faster than the UN. To determine how to handle what is happening, we need to understand the nature of what is happening. Max Boot explained Wednesday in The Wall...
  • Critics? Or Traitors?

    03/27/2015 4:38:55 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 27, 2015 | Ed Feulner
    “Traitors.” That’s a strong term, obviously. It should never be used lightly. Yet there it was, flying around like confetti in Times Square on New Year’s Eve. And why? Because 47 GOP senators who are understandably concerned about the prospects of a nuclear-armed Iran sent a letter to that country’s leaders about the deal now being struck with the United States and other countries. Their message: The next U.S. president can overturn “with the stroke of a pen” any deal Congress doesn’t approve. “Judas got thirty pieces of silver. What did you get?” one New Jersey resident tweeted. Others, sparked...
  • Kerry Warns US Ambassadors They Will Be Dealing With ‘Climate Refugees’ In Not-Too-Distant Future

    03/27/2015 4:35:09 PM PDT · by CedarDave · 46 replies
    CBS DC ^ | March 26, 2015 | CBSDC
    WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — Secretary of State John Kerry warns U.S. ambassadors that they will be dealing with “climate refugees” in the not-too-distant future. Kerry told U.S. ambassadors at the Global Chiefs of Mission Conference in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday about the threat climate change poses around the world. “There’ll be climate refugees that all of you will be coping with at some point, if not now, in the not-too-distant future,” Kerry said. “Ninety-seven percent of all the scientists for 20 years tell us unequivocally that this is happening and happening now, and humans are causing it, and we have a...
  • Congresswoman Claims Climate Change Will Turn Women Into Prostitutes

    03/27/2015 4:28:01 PM PDT · by CedarDave · 65 replies
    Breitbart Big Government ^ | March 26, 2015 | Warner Todd Huston
    On Wednesday, California Democrat Barbara Lee proposed a resolution in the House of Representatives that claims women will eventually be forced into prostitution in order to obtain life-sustaining food and water for their families. Lee introduced House Concurrent Resolution 29, warning that women will be forced into “transactional sex” to get enough food and clean water — all because global warming will create “conflict and instability” in the world. “Women will disproportionately face harmful impacts from climate change,” Lee’s resolution reads. It continues claiming, “Food insecure women with limited socioeconomic resources may be vulnerable to situations such as sex work,...
  • Islamic State In Illinois Planned Another Ft. Hood

    03/27/2015 4:24:26 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 5 replies
    Investor's Business ^ | March 27, 2015 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Terrorism: An Illinois National Guardsman sought to fight with Islamic State as his cousin plotted to kill scores at an Illinois National Guard facility. If they had succeeded, would President Obama call it workplace violence? President Obama's "JV" terrorist team has metastasized to the point where its franchisees have spread across continents and oceans, with the FBI investigating ISIS-related activities and plots in all 50 states, including a very dangerous one in the commander in chief's home state of Illinois. One of those FBI investigations involved the arrest Wednesday of Hasan Edmonds — a supply specialist with the Illinois National...
  • Barack Obama is not a unicorn [Email from a nobama minion]

    03/27/2015 4:19:39 PM PDT · by upchuck · 18 replies
    email | March 27, 2015 | Ashley Pindo
    For many progressives and organizers across the country, President Obama is an inspiration. But he's not a unicorn. (I believe the fact-checkers out there can confirm that.) Our president got his start as a community organizer on the South Side of Chicago. Right now, the next Barack Obamas are already out there in communities all across the country, looking to get their start. OFA's mission is to find those great organizers and provide the training needed to be great. It can't be overstated -- of all the things we do at OFA, our training programs are the biggest legacy we'll...
  • Trey Gowdy: Hillary Clinton wiped her server clean

    03/27/2015 3:52:58 PM PDT · by detective · 115 replies
    Politico ^ | 3/26/2015 | Lauren French
    Hillary Clinton did not hand over new documents to the House panel investigating Benghazi and wiped her server clean of past emails, the committee’s chairman said in a statement Friday. Clinton did not provide correspondence or emails to the Select Committee on Benghazi, Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), said, even though the former secretary of state was under a subpoena, issued early this month, for all correspondence from Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state that focused on Libya and Benghazi.
  • You Can 3D Print A Heavy-Caliber Gun — And It’s Totally Legal

    03/27/2015 3:34:04 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 31 replies
    CBS San Francisco ^ | March 27, 2015
    With a 3D printer and enough thermoplastic, you can mass produce deadly plastic guns from the convenience of your own home without going through a rigorous background check. Advanced 3D-printing technology now allows for people to make durable guns. And as far as current federal laws are concerned, it’s totally legal. Medium writer Keith Mizokami documented his experience building not just any regular firearm, but a full-on assault rifle. All it took was three hours and some light tools. “I was an AR-15 grease monkey,” Mizokami wrote. “During the course of several projects, I’d built an entire rifle from scratch....
  • Amodei defends voting record at GOP fundraiser (All NV Rep's united to continue Reid amnesty)

    03/27/2015 3:02:58 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 5 replies
    Elko Daily Free Press ^ | February 09, 2015 | DYLAN WOOLF HARRIS
    Facing a room of Republicans, Rep. Mark Amodei, R-Nev., defended his decision to vote against an amendment put forth by a fellow GOP colleague aimed to reverse President Barack Obama’s deferred deportation plan. Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., proposed a funding amendment to block dollars for the president’s 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, which was expanded via executive action last year. (SNIP) Amodei was one of 26 Republicans – which included two other Nevada Republicans, Joe Heck and Crescent Hardy – to vote against Blackburn’s measure at the beginning of the year. (SNIP) “I don’t know if we can pass...
  • The Mark Levin Show, M-F, 6pm-9pm EDT, WABC-AM, Friday, March 27th, 2015.

    03/27/2015 3:00:16 PM PDT · by carriage_hill · 25 replies
    The Mark Levin Show ^ | Friday, March 27th, 2015 | Mark R. Levin
    The Mark Levin Show, "Ray Charles Fridays", M-F, 6pm-9pm EST, WABC-AM, Friday, March 27th, 2015. The Mark Levin Show is on-the-air: “Conservatism is the antidote to tyranny precisely because its principles are the founding principles.” -- Mark Levin in "Liberty and Tyranny". Welcome to “The Levin Lounge"... Step in and have a virtual FRink.Taking the country by storm, one radio station at a time – and kicking the BUTTS of the competition! Welcome all, to the most FUN LIVE THREAD on FreeRepublic.com! You can call Mark’s show: 1-877-381-3811.
  • The John Birch Society & Article V - Standing for Hypocrisy and Deception

    03/27/2015 2:21:16 PM PDT · by Strawberry AZ · 34 replies
    Vanity ^ | 03-27-2015 | MJ Alexander (Vanity)
    Someone recently asked, “Why is it that the John Birch Society is so opposed to an Article V amendment convention today despite the fact that they have been supporters of amending the Constitution since back in the 70s?” That’s a darned good question. It a matter of history that Robert Welch, the first president of the John Birch Society, welcomed those who would repeal the 16th Amendment (the progressive income tax) into the society and made their cause a part of JBS lore. In 1975, Larry McDonald, then a Democrat U.S. Representative from Georgia, who went on to become the...
  • Iranian Negotiator Stresses Withdrawal of Powers from Past Stances in N. Talks

    03/27/2015 2:02:23 PM PDT · by rdb3 · 1 replies
    Foreign Policy Wed Mar 25, 2015 4:28 Iranian Negotiator Stresses Withdrawal of Powers from Past Stances in N. Talks TEHRAN (FNA)- Director General for Political Affairs at the Iranian Foreign Ministry and nuclear negotiator Hamid Baeidinejad said on Wednesday that the western powers have withdrawn from their previous positions in nuclear talks with Tehran. "The other side has withdrawn from its positions compared with the past, otherwise we wouldn’t have stood at this point and stage in the talks at all," Baeidinejad told reporters in Tehran on Wednesday. Yet, the Iranian negotiator stressed that certain issues have still remained unresolved...
  • Israeli TV: Iran deal, leaving 6,100 centrifuges spinning, to be signed by Tuesday

    03/27/2015 2:02:15 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 22 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | Friday, March 27, 2015 | Staff
    Iran hails ‘massive progress’ as Kerry-Zarif continue talks; Israeli official calls looming agreement ‘incomprehensibly’ bad. The deal taking shape between Iran and world powers will leave Iran with 6,100 centrifuges spinning, will involve a phased lifting of economic sanctions, and will be reached as scheduled early this coming week, Israeli television reported Friday night. Negotiators have yet to resolve several key issues, including the fate of some 13,000 centrifuges that Iran will be barred from using under the deal, whether Iran will be allowed to continue its R&D work on advanced centrifuges, and what will become of Iran’s already enriched...
  • ‘Senior Defense Officials’ Are Undermining Army’s Prosecution of Bergdahl

    03/27/2015 1:39:37 PM PDT · by drewh · 49 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | March 27, 2015 12:29 pm | BY: Aaron MacLean
    It could be possible to read the final tweet, from CNN's Barbara Starr, as implying that the two defense officials are only confirming for her why Bergdahl “says” he left base. But the three tweets from CNN’s National Security desk reference two defense officials who say Bergdahl walked off his post to “report what he believed to be problems with ‘order and discipline’ in his unit.” The direct quote from the “second official” reinforces the impression that he and his colleague are speaking to Starr on background, and that rather than merely reporting what Bergdahl “says,” they are endorsing a...
  • Engel: Many In Military View Obama's Middle East Policy As "Incoherent"

    03/27/2015 1:27:53 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 36 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | March 27, 2015 | Pamela Key
    Friday on MSNBC’s “NewsNation,” NBC News’ chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel said many in the military and policy analysts have told him the Obama administration’s Middle East policies are “incoherent.”
  • Purge: California GOP Kicks out Conservative Policy Staff

    03/27/2015 1:17:48 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 27 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 03/27/2015 | Assemblyman Tim Donnelly
    In a little-noticed move this week, California State Assembly Minority Leader Kristin Olsen, completed a purge of “conservative” policy staffers.  The dramatic reversal—in both function and ideology of the Assembly Republican Caucus—mirrors the California GOP’s leftward shift, which has eschewed social conservatives as a “fringe” element. By softening the party’s stances on issues like illegal immigration, traditional marriage, Common Core, and ObamaCare, the GOP establishment both nationally and here in California believes the party will attract more voters from the center than the party loses from the right.
  • Large Law Enforcement Convoy At and Around the Humboldt/Trinity (California) Border Today

    03/27/2015 1:09:03 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 23 replies
    LostCoastOutpost.com ^ | 03/27/2015 | Hank Sims
    A reader called us early this morning to report a mass gathering police vehicles at the bottom of Friday Ridge Road, just east of Willow Creek and right near the Humboldt County/Trinity County border. The caller estimated that there were approximately 25 police units in all, representing the California Highway Patrol, the Trinity County Sheriff's Office and others. Calls to the Trinity County Sheriff's office and the Weaverville office of the CHP this morning were fruitless. The people who answered the phones said they knew nothing of any big raids underway. The Humboldt County Sheriff's Office assured us that...
  • 'Netanyahu has burned his bridges with Black Democrats' [Netanyahu Congress Speech]

    03/27/2015 12:36:34 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 78 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | Friday, March 27, 2015 | Staff
    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech before Congress challenging President Barack Obama's Iran policy as well as the premier's controversial "Arabs are voting in droves" comments during the Israeli election campaign have so infuriated African-American Democrats that "it will be very difficult" for them to lend a sympathetic ear to Israel's concerns in Congress, Newsweek is reporting on Friday. “The Congressional Black Caucus is gone,” a Democratic congressional aide told Newsweek. The reported alienation felt by Black Democrats has practical significance for Netanyahu since it effectively kills any chance that lawmakers could submit legislation mandating new Iran sanctions that would have...
  • Mitch McConnell praises Harry Reid as 'son of Searchlight'

    03/27/2015 12:36:11 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 47 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | March 27, 2015 | Kelly Cohen
    Mitch McConnell reacted to Harry Reid's impending retirement. The Senate majority leader had kind words for his Democratic counterpart, who announced Friday he would be retiring in 2016. "Nothing has ever come easily to this son of Searchlight. Underestimated often, his distinctive grit and determined focus nevertheless saw him through many challenges," McConnell said in a statement. "They continue to make him a formidable opponent today."
  • Jeb and Walker’s Immigration Double-Talk

    03/27/2015 12:25:52 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 54 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | March 27. 2015 | Ruben Navarrette Jr.
    Scott Walker and Jeb Bush were bound to collide sooner or later. It turned out to be sooner. As the son of a Baptist minister, and the son of the 41st president of the United States, these two were destined to be the odd couple of the 2016 election. Walker is running against the establishment and the Washington elites. Bush embodies both. Walker will need at least $100 million to compete in the GOP primary, and more if he makes it to the general. Most of the Republican donors who write those kinds of checks are on Bush’s speed dial....
  • ObamaCare under fire in ‘vote-a-rama’

    03/27/2015 12:23:09 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 5 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 26, 2015 | By Sarah Ferris
    Senate Republicans are targeting ObamaCare in the chamber’s marathon session on budget amendments known as a “vote-a-rama” on Thursday. Senators have proposed 85 healthcare-related amendments, including a full repeal of ObamaCare, a ban on any ObamaCare marketing and a shift of Medicaid into states' control. The symbolic proposals are among more than 600 amendments that the Senate will consider during the “vote-a-rama,” which is expected to last through late Thursday. Senate Democrats used their budget amendments to try to ward off attacks against the Affordable Care Act, which just passed its five-year anniversary.
  • Washington welcomes Israeli release of PA tax revenue [Netanyahu & Palestinians]

    03/27/2015 12:20:01 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 2 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | Friday, March 27, 2015 | Staff
    State Department, Quartet envoy Blair call move a step in right direction; Palestinians say they are still waiting for official word. The US on Friday welcomed Israel’s decision to release Palestinian tax funds which were frozen in January, calling Jerusalem’s move “an important step” to reduce tensions between Israel and the Palestinian Authority. “We certainly hope both sides would be able to build on this,” State Department spokesman Jeff Rathke said, according to Reuters. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office said revenues accumulated over three months, frozen by Israel since January in retaliation for a Palestinian move to join the International...
  • FORMER US ATTORNEY: DOJ SHOULD OPEN A CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION INTO HARRY REID PUSHING EB-5 VISA EXP

    03/27/2015 12:08:07 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 27 replies
    Breitbart ^ | March 27, 2015 | by MICHAEL PATRICK LEAHY
    EXCLUSIVE–FORMER U.S. ATTORNEY: DOJ SHOULD OPEN A CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION INTO HARRY REID PUSHING EB-5 VISA EXPANSION Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) says he intends to retire at the end of his term in 2017. But he may still face legal pressure before he leaves. Former U.S. Attorney Joseph diGenova, a leading legal expert on the prosecution and defense of white collar criminals, tells Breitbart News there is enough public evidence to launch a criminal investigation of Reid. “Here’s the issue,” diGenova tells Breitbart News in an exclusive interview. “Because his son was involved representing the SLS Casino and Hotel...
  • Sources Say Talks Are Stuck After Bennett-Netanyahu Meeting [Israel]

    03/27/2015 12:09:06 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 7 replies
    israelnationalnews.com ^ | Friday, March 27, 2015 | Hezki Ezra and Elad Benari
    Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Jewish Home chairman Naftali Bennett met on Thursday evening as part of the coalition negotiations. A source involved in the meeting told Arutz Sheva, however, that there has been no progress in the negotiations between the parties and that, unlike Netanyahu's meetings with leaders of other parties, he did not speak with Bennett regarding the details of the make-up of the next government. The meeting comes amid ongoing tensions between the Likud and the Jewish Home over the coalition talks. On Wednesday, a source told Arutz Sheva that Netanyahu is planning to form a unity...
  • Yinon Magal: Likud Purposely Stalling Coalition Talks [Netanyahu & Israel]

    03/27/2015 11:59:25 AM PDT · by Star Traveler · 2 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | Friday, March 27, 2015 | Ido Ben-Porat, Tova Dvorin
    Incoming Jewish Home MK says that Netanyahu keeps raising the bar for the coalition - in hopes of forming a unity government instead. Incoming MK Yinon Magal (Jewish Home) heavily criticized the Likud on Friday, saying that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu prefers to form a government with Labor-Hatnua, despite multiple promises both before and after elections. "I think that there has been a spin here from the first day of [coalition] negotiations," Magal stated in an interview Friday morning to Army Radio. ''The Prime Minister did call [Jewish Home chairman] Naftali Bennett first [after the elections - ed.], but since...
  • Harry Reid endorses Chuck Schumer to lead Senate Democrats

    03/27/2015 11:55:18 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 31 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | March 27, 2015 | Kelly Cohen
    Harry Reid endorsed Chuck Schumer to succeed him as Senate minority leader after he retires in 2016. [Snip] Reid predicted Schumer, the third-ranking Democrat in Senate leadership, would win the post without opposition. He also suggested any competition — specifically Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin of Illinois, with whom he spoke on the phone with Friday morning — should stand down. Reid called Schumer "extremely smart" in the interview, adding that he would bring a "different style" to Senate leadership compared with Reid's soft-spoken nature.
  • The Democratic Party has (almost) lost Wall Street [Thanks, Elizabeth Warren]

    03/27/2015 11:24:11 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/27/2015 | Noah Rothman
    One of the worst kept secrets of President Barack ObamaÂ’ first term in office is how closely aligned that administration and the members of the Democratic Party were with the interests of the financial sector, despite party membersÂ’ repeated insistence that they wanted nothing more than to curb Wall StreetÂ’s excesses. The well-heeled bankers at Goldman Sachs had little to fear from Democrats who professed their appreciation for the promise of the Occupy Wall Street movement while the institutionÂ’s members were filling Democratic pockets with campaign contributions. The financial community could rest easy knowing that Democrats were aware of...
  • Officials: Bergdahl never intended to desert (BARF)

    03/27/2015 11:17:59 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 73 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 27, 2015 | Kristina Wong
    Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was not intending to desert his post in Afghanistan but instead wanted to walk to the nearest U.S. military post to report concerns about his unit, according to an Army report seen by U.S. officials. Bergdahl was planning to report problems with "order and discipline" in his unit and believed he could not trust his own commanders to deal with them, an unnamed senior defense official told CNN. The report was part of a fact-finding investigation conducted by Army investigators that was presented to Army Gen. Mark Milley before he charged Bergdahl with desertion and misbehavior...
  • Special forces to swarm Southwest, operate undetected among civilians in military exercise.

    03/27/2015 11:06:44 AM PDT · by Falcon4.0 · 79 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | 26 March 2015 | Dailymail.com Reporter
    Seven Southwestern states will soon be infiltrated by 1,200 military special ops personnel as part of a controversial domestic military training in which some of the elite soldiers will operate undetected among civilians.
  • New indictment against Elgin Islamic leader accused of sex abuse

    03/27/2015 11:01:03 AM PDT · by esoxmagnum · 4 replies
    The Courier News ^ | 3/25/2015 | George Houde
    A prominent Islamic leader who was previously arrested in the alleged sexual abuse of an employee now faces additional charges after he was formally indicted. Mohammed Abdullah Saleem, an imam who founded the Institute of Islamic Education in Elgin, appeared in court Wednesday, where an indictment was read charging him with aggravated criminal sexual abuse, criminal sexual abuse, attempted aggravated criminal sexual abuse, unlawful restraint and aggravated battery. Saleem, 75, had previously been charged with criminal sexual abuse and aggravated battery. more at link: http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/elgin-courier-news/crime/ct-elgin-imam-new-charges-met-20150325-story.html
  • TEXT: Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act: SENATE ENROLLED ACT No. 101

    03/27/2015 10:33:26 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 6 replies
    Senate of the State of Indiana ^ | March 27, 2015 | Government of the State of Indiana
    SENATE ENROLLED ACT No. 101 AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning civil procedure. Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Indiana: SECTION1.IC34-13-9 IS ADDED TO THE INDIANA CODE AS A NEW CHAPTER TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2015]: Chapter 9. Religious Freedom Restoration Sec. 1. This chapter applies to all governmental entity statutes, ordinances, resolutions, executive or administrative orders, regulations, customs, and usages, including the implementation or application thereof, regardless of whether they were enacted, adopted, or initiated before, on, or after July 1, 2015. Sec. 2. A governmental entity statute, ordinance,...
  • U.S. Caves to Key Iranian Demands as Nuke Deal Comes Together

    03/27/2015 10:23:26 AM PDT · by illiac · 55 replies
    Washngton Beacon ^ | 3/27/15 | Adam Kredo
    LAUSSANE, Switzerland—The Obama administration is giving in to Iranian demands about the scope of its nuclear program as negotiators work to finalize a framework agreement in the coming days, according to sources familiar with the administration’s position in the negotiations. U.S. negotiators are said to have given up ground on demands that Iran be forced to disclose the full range of its nuclear activities at the outset of a nuclear deal, a concession experts say would gut the verification the Obama administration has vowed would stand as the crux of a deal with Iran. Until recently, the Obama administration had...
  • State senator won’t back down, apologize for saying he’d shoot a cop

    03/27/2015 10:14:36 AM PDT · by US Navy Vet · 42 replies
    Fox News dot com ^ | March 27, 2015 | By Deena Winter
    LINCOLN, Neb. — State Sen. Sen. Ernie Chambers isn’t backing down. The state lawmaker from Omaha defiantly stood Thursday on the floor of the Nebraska Legislature and rejected many of his colleagues’ calls for him to apologize — or even resign — for comparing cops to ISIS terrorists and suggesting he’d shoot a cop if he weren’t nonviolent and had a gun. “I meant what I said and I said what I meant,” Chambers said. He said the irony is that lawmakers were discussing freedom of expression on Wednesday, and said it was ignorant and “idle talk” to suggest taking...
  • The Enemy of My Enemy

    03/27/2015 10:11:53 AM PDT · by QT3.14 · 3 replies
    Taki ^ | March 27, 2015 | Patrick J. Buchanan
    The forces that do not want a U.S. nuclear deal with Iran, nor any U.S. detente with Iran, are impressive. Among them are the Israelis and their powerful lobby AIPAC, the Saudis and their Sunni allies on the Persian Gulf, a near unanimity of Republicans and a plurality of Democrats in Congress. Is there a case to be made for a truce in the venomous conflict that has gone on between us since the taking of U.S. hostages in 1979? Is there any common ground? To both questions, President Obama and John Kerry believe the answer is yes. And they...
  • Republican Senator Introduces Ban on Federal Gun Control

    03/27/2015 8:57:39 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 48 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 03/27/2015 | AWR Hawkins
    With the Senate focused on the 2016 budget, Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah) has proposed an amendment that would ban federally mandated gun control. Lee’s amendment would ban any future gun control from lawmakers that fails to garner “two-thirds of senators” in support. It would also ban regulations issued by agencies like the ATF.According to The Hill, Senators David Ritter (R-La) and James Inhofe (R-Okla) have also introduced their own amendment. More narrowly drawn, theirs focuses on the ATF by prohibiting that agency from “attempting to ban bullets that are primarily used by hunters and sportsmen.”
  • Snake Oil Sociology

    03/27/2015 9:42:03 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 27, 2015 | Ken Blackwell
    The American Psychological Association (APA) and the American Sociological Association (ASA) submitted friend of the Court briefs in the Windsor case. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled portions of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) unconstitutional. If the Windsor Court majority relied on those briefs, it was reliant on snake oil, not science. The APA and the ASA should be the guardians of good science. Instead, they have joined the ranks of the pink panzers of political correctness. Most studies we have seen that claim that children raised by same-sex parents suffer no disadvantages are so seriously flawed that in...
  • New White House receptionist is a West Wing pioneer: 'Deaf people can do anything'

    03/27/2015 9:35:39 AM PDT · by bigtoona · 65 replies
    NBC News ^ | 3/27/15 | Eun Kyung Kim
    Anyone wanting to speak to the president must stop by her desk first. Leah Katz-Hernandez, 27, is the new White House receptionist. She is also deaf. “It’s a fantastic opportunity and also to show that deaf people can do anything,” she said through an interpreter, who is provided for her at work. With a desk just steps away from the Oval Office, Katz-Hernandez is usually the first to greet anyone — from world leaders to White House staff members — who has an appointment with the president or his top-level aides. She also oversees the White House guest book and...
  • Energy Department says it’s time to start drilling in the Arctic

    03/27/2015 9:08:54 AM PDT · by rktman · 2 replies
    hotair.com ^ | 3/27/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    Get ready for the White House to ignore their own science experts again. The Department of Energy commissioned a study by the National Petroleum Council which was meant to help determine our long range energy strategy. Their conclusion? We need to head on up to the Arctic basin and drill baby drill.
  • J-Street Speaker Calls for Destruction of Israel – to Applause

    03/27/2015 9:03:58 AM PDT · by Star Traveler · 25 replies
    The Algemeiner ^ | Friday, March 27, 2016 | Elder of Ziyon
    Here is Marcia Freedman, in a J-Street panel discussion on Liberal Zionism and sitting next to Peter Beinart, describing how she believes that the Jewish people should not have a state, and that instead they should live as a minority in an Arab Palestine as a “protected minority” – in other words, as dhimmis. I kept all the context (although I accidentally cut out the applause at the end:) Isn’t it interesting that at a conference that claims to be “pro-Israel, pro-peace” and that hammers away at how it wants a two state solution, there is no objection to this...
  • Bergdahl's Defense Is He Was Planning to Come Back

    03/27/2015 9:00:10 AM PDT · by PROCON · 53 replies
    bloomberg.com | March 27, 2015 | Josh Rogin
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  • Class Action Lawsuits: Millions for Lawyers, Nothing for Consumers, Ruin for Businesses

    03/27/2015 8:53:05 AM PDT · by detective · 22 replies
    The New American ^ | March 26, 2015 | Gregory A. Hession, J.D.
    Manufacturers of consumer goods in the United States have a lot to fear from the government, and becoming the target of a class action lawsuit is right up there in the first tier of those concerns. An astounding 52 percent of major corporations are engaged in class action litigation right now. Federal judges have complete discretion about whether to certify a class action lawsuit, and then whether to approve large attorney fee requests. Once certified as a federal class action, an otherwise small lawsuit turns into a massive cash drain for the target company and a money machine for the...
  • GOV. WALKER SPEAKS TO PHOENIX CHAMBER, NO CAMERAS ALLOWED

    03/27/2015 8:44:52 AM PDT · by gwgn02 · 33 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 3/27/2015 | Rich Tucker
    Politicians frequently claim they’ve been misquoted or misunderstood by reporters. See Scott Walker’s spokeswoman’s response to a Wall Street Journal report about his position on amnesty. But there’s a sure way to avoid that: Keep reporters out of the room. The Phoenix Business Journal reports that’s what Gov. Walker did when he spoke this week to the Arizona Chamber of Commerce. It was part of a series featuring presidential contenders. “I’d love to tell you what he had to say that was important enough for him to travel thousands of miles from home, but I can’t,” Travis Arbon writes. “The...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Eleanor Holmes Norton explains botched parking job

    03/27/2015 8:18:16 AM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 59 replies
    WASHINGTON - D.C.'s delegate to Congress is making news for her parking skills. Video published by Roll Call shows Eleanor Holmes Norton awkwardly trying to wedge her car between two cars parked in angled spaces near the Capitol earlier this week. You could say that didn't go well. The video was shot Wednesday along New Jersey Avenue Southeast, between the Longworth and Cannon House Office buildings, according to Roll Call. Norton, 77, is seen trying to squeeze her silver, four-door sedan in between two other cars that are parked in angled spots. The only problem? Norton is trying to park...
  • Israel Releases Frozen Palestinian Authority Tax Funds

    03/27/2015 8:18:45 AM PDT · by Star Traveler · 6 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | Friday, March 27, 2015 | Ari Soffer
    Prime Minister's Office confirms millions of dollars in tax revenue will go to PA; Netanyahu says important to act 'responsibly'. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has accepted the recommendation of Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon, as well as the IDF and Shin Bet security service, and unfrozen millions of dollars in tax revenue for the Palestinian Authority. The Prime Minister's Office confirmed that following the decision the funds would be transferred to the PA immediately, to cover amenities including water, electricity and hospitals. The PMO stated that the decision had been taken "based on humanitarian considerations and from a wider perspective the...
  • France: Talks to start within days on UN draft on Israel

    03/27/2015 8:03:43 AM PDT · by Star Traveler · 12 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | Friday, March 27, 2015 | Staff
    Foreign minister says Paris to advance Security Council resolution on peace negotiations; EU weighing new action to pressure Israel on talks. UNITED NATIONS (AP) — France’s foreign minister said Friday his country will move forward on discussions with its partners on a possible UN Security Council resolution that could present a framework for negotiations toward resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Laurent Fabius said “there is no other solution.” He spoke to reporters Friday at UN headquarters before planning to leave for the Iran nuclear talks in Switzerland. France put off a previous council resolution to wait for the results of Israel’s...