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  • McCarthy predicts no gov't shutdown over Planned Parenthood

    11/30/2015 10:04:52 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 30, 2015 2:50 PM EST | Andrew Taylor
    A top House leader predicted Monday that Washington will avoid stumbling into a government shutdown next week over a tea party-backed drive to take away Planned Parenthood's funding. Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy added, however, that Congress may need additional time to work through a massive, $1.1 trillion catchall spending bill that tops the agenda as lawmakers return to Capitol Hill for a two- or three-week sprint to finish this year's session. McCarthy, R-Calif., told reporters that "I do not hear people shutting the government down over it right now," referring to demands by some conservatives to attach language to "defund"...
  • EPA boosts amount of ethanol in gasoline supply

    11/30/2015 9:57:05 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 30, 2015 3:10 PM EST | Mary Clare Jalonick
    The Obama administration is boosting the amount of corn-based ethanol and other renewable fuels in the U.S. gasoline supply despite sustained opposition by an unusual alliance of oil companies, environmentalists and some GOP presidential candidates. The Environmental Protection Agency on Monday issued a final rule designed to increase production of ethanol to be blended with gasoline through 2016, a decision that could reverberate in Iowa's crucial presidential caucuses. The agency said it will require more than 18 billion gallons of renewable fuels in 2016, most of it ethanol. The amount is less than was set in a 2007 renewable fuels...
  • Hillary Clinton's aide approached NFL chief for concussion advice, according to emails

    Emails show Hillary Clinton's aide approached NFL chief for concussion advice By Our foreign staff 3:19AM GMT 01 Dec 2015 The latest release of Hillary Clinton's private emails reveals how an aide approached American football officials for help deflecting criticism after she suffered a concussion in 2012 and how she needed help to navigate her cable TV box. Most of the emails show her as secretary of state dealing with the complicated politics of the Arab Spring, fending off questions about her role in the deadly 2012 Benghazi attacks and attempting to navigate an intensifying conflict between Israel and Palestine....
  • Citing Urgency, World Leaders Converge on France for Climate Talks

    11/30/2015 8:17:48 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The New York Times ^ | November 30, 2015 | Coral Davenport and Gardiner Harris
    LE BOURGET, France — One of the largest gatherings of world leaders in history began a multinational effort Monday toward forging what many called the planet’s last, best hope to stave off the worst consequences of climate change. “Never have the stakes of an international meeting been so high, since what is at stake is the future of the planet, the future of life,” President François Hollande of France told a packed United Nations plenary session at a convention center in this suburb north of Paris. Over the next two weeks, 30,000 diplomats and delegates will labor to hammer out...
  • Waynesboro Police Arrest Trio of Illegal Mexican Immigrants Found with Firearm (Virginia)

    11/30/2015 7:37:51 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    WHSV-TV ^ | November 23, 2015 | Staff
    WAYNESBORO, Va. (WHSV) -- Waynesboro police arrested three illegal immigrants from Mexico Friday afternoon when they were stopped on a traffic stop with a semi-automatic handgun among them. Fidel Moreno Pina, 35, Israel Arista Vega, 34, and Javier Lopez Gomez, 35, all face a single felony count of possession of a firearm by a non-U.S. citizen in the county illegally. On November 20, at about 1:15 p.m., an officer with the department’s Special Operations Division, who was acting on a tip, stopped a 2007 Hummer in the 1000 block of Albemarle Avenue. During the traffic stop, officers searched the vehicle...
  • Weekly "Talking Points" on Middle East, Iranian Deal, Refugees

    11/30/2015 6:44:55 PM PST · by Randall_S · 2 replies
    USA Transnational Report ^ | November 30, 2015 | USA Transnational Report
    Following the Turkish downing of a Russian SU-24 warplane in the border zone between Turkey and Syria, a new order is beginning to emerge in the Middle East. While America's influence in the region is dramatically reduced, Russia is rapidly gaining the trust of our former allies. This is the result of the Obama administration's undeniable cooperation and coordination with the Muslim Brotherhood, Turkey included, on the Arab Spring. - Turkey should be kicked out of NATO, and their attack on the Russian plane should be viewed as intentional incitement. Israel has admitted that Russian planes have crossed into Israeli...
  • Going "Concern": UCS is a corruption of science

    11/30/2015 6:06:47 PM PST · by Daniel Clark · 4 replies
    The Shinbone: The Frontier of the Free Press ^ | November 30, 2015 | Daniel Clark
    Going "Concern": UCS is a corruption of science by Daniel Clark If you often read news articles about "climate change," then you've surely seen a group called the Union of Concerned Scientists cited as an expert source. When you encounter such a reference, you might as well stop reading, because what follows will have no scientific validity whatsoever. We know this from the fact that the very title of UCS is a contradiction in terms. There's a reason why there isn't an organization called the Union of Objective Scientists. A scientist is supposed to follow the evidence wherever it leads...
  • Obama’s anti-Islamic State coalition crumbles as Arab allies abandon effort

    11/30/2015 6:06:21 PM PST · by jazusamo · 21 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | November 30, 2015 | Guy Taylor
    The major Arab powers once deemed essential to the fight against the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq have largely pulled back from the U.S.-led military campaign, undercutting the Obama administration's claims about the depth and reach of the coalition it has built with allies in the region. The Obama administration consistently touts the "65-nation coalition" it has assembled to fight the group also known as ISIS, ISIL and Daesh -- but critics say the fewer than a dozen nations today are contributing anything significant to the campaign. And behind closed doors, administration and military officials admit that air support...
  • White House holiday television special Christmas in Washington has been cancelled after 33 years

    11/30/2015 5:46:10 PM PST · by Libloather · 35 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 11/30/15 | Ashley Collman
    White House holiday television special Christmas in Washington has been cancelled after 33 years After more than three decades, the annual television special Christmas in Washington has come to an end. TNT severed its ties with the special's producer last year, and a new network was never found, therefore the White House tradition is coming to an end. The special, which first started in 1982, was attended by the first family and attended by a variety of musical acts. At the end of the performance, the president and his family would come onstage and join in a singalong with all...
  • Is Russia breaking the Geneva Convention by using deadly white phosphorus in Syria?

    11/30/2015 5:24:44 PM PST · by Libloather · 50 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 11/30/15 | Imogen Calderwood
    Is Russia breaking the Geneva Convention by using deadly white phosphorus in Syria? Claims that images and footage show incendiary being dropped on civilians Numerous reports claim that Russia has dropped deadly white phosphorus on civilians in northwest Syria, as its intensive bombing campaign against ISIS continues. The chemical weapon is banned under the Geneva Convention, because it is highly toxic and can burn through flesh and bone. White phosphorus, an incendiary also known as WP, is used by armies to illuminate targets during the night or as a smokescreen during the day. Shocking images posted to Twitter show the...
  • San Francisco's 'Hot Cop of Castro' was on medical leave during hit-and-run crash

    11/30/2015 5:21:40 PM PST · by Navy Patriot · 26 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | November 30, 2015 | Veronica Rocha and Matt Hamilton
    San Francisco police officer whose good looks earned him the nickname "Hot Cop of Castro" was on medical leave when he allegedly hit two pedestrians with his Dodge Charger, then abandoned his vehicle and ran away, police said. Officer Christopher Kohrs turned himself in to fellow officers at police headquarters Sunday, according to the San Francisco Police Department. He was arrested and later booked on suspicion of two felony counts of hit-and-run. Kohrs, a 7-year San Francisco police veteran, was off-duty at the time of the crash and on medical leave for an unrelated medical condition, police said. If Kohrs...
  • Texas Dem Says Syrian Refugees Already at Southern Border

    11/30/2015 5:15:18 PM PST · by markomalley · 7 replies
    Truth Revolt ^ | 11/30/15 | Brian Lilley
    Texas Democrat HenryCuellar, who represents the area around Laredo, says Syrian refugees are already hitting America's territory via the southern border and something needs to be done. Speaking withNews Radio 1200WOAI,Cuellarsaid it is time to stop debating refugees who could come in well over a year from now and figure out what to do with the ones arriving much sooner: "They are going to try to short circuit that wait of 18 to 24 months,"Cuellarsaid in theexclusive interview. "They will come in here, make their claim, and if there is nothing to hold them, they will be released." Two groups...
  • Secret memo shows Hillary Clinton urged Obama to bring al-Qaeda terrorists from Guantanamo to US

    11/30/2015 5:01:05 PM PST · by Libloather · 11 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 11/30/15 | David Martosko
    Secret memo shows Hillary Clinton urged Obama to bring al-Qaeda terrorists from Guantanamo to the US for criminal trials A bombshell memo declassified by the State Department shows Hillary Clinton urged President Barack Obama to begin transferring accused terrorist jihadis from the Guantanamo Bay military prison to the U.S. mainland for criminal trials. Clinton, now the Democratic Party's presidential front-runner, wrote down her recommendations to the White House for closing 'Gitmo,' a few weeks before stepping down from her position as secretary of state. She suggested that shuttering the facility, a 2008 Obama campaign pledge that never came to fruition,...
  • Illegal youths crossing border jumps 269%, HHS warns of running out of beds

    11/30/2015 5:00:38 PM PST · by markomalley · 10 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 11/30/15 | Paul Bedard
    The Department of Health and Human Services has notified Congress that November has seen a huge number of undocumented youths crossing into the United States, up 269 percent over last November. And it is warning that it is getting close to running out of beds to house the immigrants. Some 5,200 arrived in November, more than twice the 2014 surge. That year, 1,927 crossed over, and that was down from 3,320 in 2013. HHS' Office of Refugee Resettlement houses the youths with the Administration for Children and Families. An email from HHS provided to Secrets said, "Based on twenty-four days...
  • Clean Power Plan Allows Government to Control Our Lives

    11/30/2015 4:57:43 PM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 30, 2015 | Bud Brigham
    I've been blessed to contribute and participate in our country's oil and gas renaissance, which has helped to lower energy prices. It is rewarding to know this benefits the poor and middle class the most, facilitating job creation while creating more discretionary income. At my roots I'm a geoscientist, having studied geology and geophysics at the University of Texas. Part of my job is modeling what's under the surface in an attempt to predict where the oil and gas deposits are. In my profession I'm continually frustrated by the lack of knowledge and flagrant misinformation being perpetuated about the...
  • Diversity Visa lottery raises concerns over Social Security fraud

    11/30/2015 4:52:53 PM PST · by markomalley · 1 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 11/30/15 | Stephen Dinan
    The Diversity Visa lottery, one of America’s weirder immigration programs, appears to be a gateway for Social Security fraud, according to the findings of an inspector general’s report released last month.Inspector General Patrick P. O’Carroll Jr. didn’t specifically blame illegal immigrants in the new study, but signaled the numbers issued legally to visa lottery winners could end up in the hands of unauthorized migrants based on previous work.The findings are fueling calls on Capitol Hill to do away with the Diversity Lottery altogether, and to step up controls on the use of Social Security numbers so the government can lock...
  • Obama Predicts: ‘Submerged Countries. Abandoned Cities. Fields That No Longer Grow’

    11/30/2015 4:49:47 PM PST · by jazusamo · 75 replies
    CNSNews ^ | November 30, 2015 | CNSNews Staff
    (CNSNews.com) - Speaking today at the 2015 Paris Climate Conference, President Barack Obama predicted that, unless the nations of the world acted now to combat climate change, countries would be submerged, cities would be abandoned, fields would no longer grown, and there would be new conflicts and floods of refugees. Here is a key excerpt from the president's speech, which is available in full at the White House website : This summer, I saw the effects of climate change firsthand in our northernmost state, Alaska, where the sea is already swallowing villages and eroding shorelines; where permafrost thaws and the...
  • New Fed rule limits its crisis bailout powers

    11/30/2015 4:14:40 PM PST · by Lorianne · 1 replies
    Reuters ^ | 01 September 2015 | Kevin Lamarque
    The Federal Reserve Board on Monday adopted a rule that stops it from bailing out individual companies, a change that Congress demanded after the central bank's controversial decision to help rescue American International Group (AIG.N) and others during the financial crisis. The rule is designed to help end the notion of individual financial companies being "too big to fail," by allowing the Fed to rescue only the broader financial system instead of individual companies. Under the rule, the Fed can make emergency loans that can potentially be used by at least five companies, but it cannot make more ad hoc...
  • Illegal immigrants ('disfavored minority group') sue Oregon over ballot measure denying licenses

    11/30/2015 4:05:56 PM PST · by Libloather · 17 replies
    Fox News ^ | 11/30/15 | Robert Shaffer
    A group of illegal immigrants is suing the state of Oregon to overturn a voter-approved initiative that denied them driver's licenses. The lawsuit, brought by five illegal immigrants, comes after Oregonians passed Measure 88 last year with a strong two-thirds majority. Thirty-five of Oregon's 36 counties voted against licenses for undocumented residents, as did every congressional district in the state, most of which are represented by Democrats. But the lawsuit alleges Measure 88 is unconstitutional because it "arbitrarily" denies driving privileges based on membership in a "disfavored minority group." It alleges Oregon voters were motivated by "animus toward persons from...
  • Trump in Macon, Georgia for rally (starts in about 30 minutes)

    11/30/2015 3:59:08 PM PST · by GilGil · 111 replies
    DonalTrump2016Online.com ^ | 11/31/2015 | staff
    Should be interesting in that Herman Cain will be speaking as well.
  • Was A Woman In The Marine Corps In the Mid-70s. Hillary Clinton’s Story Doesn’t Add Up

    11/30/2015 3:54:28 PM PST · by detective · 27 replies
    Townhall ^ | Nov 30, 2015 | Susan Hutchison
    Military service is in my blood. My father was a 3-Star General in the U.S. Air Force, my uncle a 3-Star General in the Army. Both are highly decorated Vietnam veterans. My father-in-law, a decorated Korean and Vietnam War veteran, retired as a Colonel in the Marine Corps. My husband is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and a retired Colonel from the Marine Corps Reserves who served in Operation Iraqi Freedom. From a young age, the high calling of wearing the uniform surrounded me.
  • Tests showcase missile vs. missile technology

    11/30/2015 3:25:28 PM PST · by Mariner · 7 replies
    Fox News Technology ^ | November 30th, 2015 | By Allison Barrie
    In a battle of missile versus missile, the PAC-3 continues to blast threats out of the sky. In two separate tests at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico earlier this month, the PAC-3 performed well. As part of U.S. Army upgrade testing on the Patriot Air Defense System - essentially a military and civilian missile shield - Lockheed Martin’s missile successfully detected, tracked and intercepted a Patriot missile on Nov. 19. The missile was modified to be consistent with the sorts of tactical ballistic missiles forces face. On Nov. 12, a PAC-3 also intercepted an airborne target as part...
  • Iraqi PM: We don't need more US troops to fight ISIS

    11/30/2015 3:08:53 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 16 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 30/11/15
    Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said Monday that Iraq has sufficient forces to fight the Islamic State group (ISIS), after American senators called for more US troops to be deployed to the country. "The Iraqi government welcomes an increase in support in weapons and training and (air) support from international partners in our war against Daesh," Abadi said in a statement, using an Arabic acronym for ISIS. But "we confirm that Iraq has enough men and resolve to defeat Daesh and other similar criminal groups," he said. Abadi's remarks came a day after American senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham advocated...
  • Former DIA Director: Manipulated ISIS Intel Probe 'Ought to Start at the Top'

    11/30/2015 3:07:30 PM PST · by Kaslin · 28 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 30, 2015 | Guy Benson
    Last week, Fox News and the Daily Beast followed-up on a September report in which dozens of US intelligence professionals accused their superiors of "cooking" intelligence assessments related to the threat posed by ISIS. There was a "persistent effort... to downplay or even change reports that that questioned how much progress a U.S.-led coalition is making in the Obama administration's stated goal to degrade, destroy, and defeat ISIS. Draft reports that contained a more pessimistic view, or that questioned the efficacy of hitting certain targets, were sent back to the analysts for more extensive rewriting," the Daily Beast reported.  Who gave these orders...
  • NARAL President to Pro-Lifers: Face ‘Judgment of the Consequences of Your Hate-Filled Rhetoric’

    11/30/2015 2:55:07 PM PST · by markomalley · 33 replies
    CNS News ^ | 11/30/15 | Lauretta Brown
    Ilyse Hogue, president of the abortion advocacy group NARAL Pro-Choice America, derided pro-life activists David Daleiden of the Center for Medical Progress and Troy Newman of Operation Rescue after they condemned the Friday shootings at a Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood.Hogue implied that the shooting was a consequence of their pro-life work, saying that while they had freedom of speech, they “are not free from the judgment of the consequences of your hate-filled rhetoric.” “Sorry, David Daleiden. You don't get to create fake videos and accuse abortion providers of ‘barbaric atrocities against humanity’ one day and act shocked when someone shoots to kill...
  • Trump Holds Presser with Black Pastors After Meeting: ‘I Saw Love in That Room’

    11/30/2015 2:51:20 PM PST · by GilGil · 55 replies
    Youtube ^ | 11/30/2015 | Youtube
    If you look at the CNN videos of this 100 pastor meeting they are portraying it as a disaster. If you view the attached youtube video you get a very different impression a very favorable impression. This is uncensored. You really understand the lying media is trying to trash Trump.
  • FYROM [Macedonia] border tension peaks as fence erected

    11/30/2015 2:15:24 PM PST · by Lorianne · 10 replies
    Ekathimerini ^ | 28 November 2015
    Tensions peaked at Greece’s border with the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia over the weekend after the FYROM army started building a border fence to keep out would-be migrants. FYROM border guards were photographed by foreign news agencies as they erected a 2.5-meter-high fence along the Greek border on Saturday. A FYROM army source quoted by Agence France-Presse said the crossing from Greece to FYROM would remain open and that the fence was aimed at ensuring migrants did not try to slip across at other spots. FYROM authorities had indicated in recent weeks that they might build a fence to...
  • Crystal Ball Communism: "Toward Soviet America"

    11/30/2015 1:58:14 PM PST · by No One Special · 6 replies
    Toward Soviet America by William Z. Foster, CPUSA chairman, was first published in 1932. Later, copies of the book would be purged and almost eliminated entirely from American bookstores and libraries in what was presumably the CP response to the latest Moscow line; but surely it was also to try to put this spitting Soviet-American cat back in the bag. Interestingly, the book would be reprinted in 1961 with a foreword and commentary by the chairman of the House Committee on Un-American Activities, Rep. Francis E. Walter, who recommended that every American read it as a blueprint of Soviet intentions...
  • NY’s proposal to embarassing 63% pass rate in Algebra: make the test easier

    11/30/2015 1:51:01 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 40 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/30/2015 | Ed Morrissey
    Call it the Common Core Curve. The New York Times reports that the higher performance expectations cited frequently by Common Core curriculum advocates turned out to be a little embarrassing to Empire State educators when it came to proficiency in algebra. Under the new curriculum, performance on the statewide aptitude tests dropped from a pre-CC 72% to 63%. The answer? In New York, one proposal is to lower the bar: In 2013, concerned that high school graduates were not prepared for college, the State Board of Regents revamped the exams students must pass to graduate, starting with the English...
  • How Green Energy Really Works

    11/30/2015 1:42:42 PM PST · by Lorianne · 11 replies
    Zero Hedge | 28 November 2015 | Tyler Durden
    After this week's vaporization of $29 billion of liabilities ($230 million of which was owed to the US Taxpayer) amid Abengoa's bankruptcy (Spain's 'Solyndra'), we thought it worth reminding the world's greater fools just how "green" energy works... As Pater Tenebrarum noted, oh so eloquently, Businesses that cannot possibly survive without subsidies are ipso facto not economically viable. In spite of all the high-minded pronouncements about the “need to save the planet” and how this valiant effort can allegedly be “combined with economic growth”, their existence serves primarily one function: to distribute money looted from taxpayers and consumers to assorted...
  • US Taxpayer Faces $230 Million Loss As Spain's 'Solyndra' Files For Creditor Protection

    11/30/2015 1:38:41 PM PST · by Lorianne · 9 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 25 November 2015 | Taylor Tyler
    "The future of the company seems very black," notes on trader as the bonds and stocks of Spanish renewbles form Abengoa lives up to its name and files for creditor protection, just as we warned was likely. With the stock crashing 70% to 28c and 4-month bonds trading at just 22c on the dollar, market participants face an almost total loss.. but, as we detailed previously, it is the American taxpayer - who thanks to Ex-Im Bank loans to keep this zombie alive - face losses of $230 million as Spain's Solyndra exposes another symptom of the Oligrachic ignorance of...
  • Former NYS Speaker Sheldon Silver guilty of all 7 corruption charges in twin kickback schemes

    11/30/2015 1:37:07 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 41 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | 11/30/2015 | Stephen Rex Brown
    Sheldon Silver has gone from one of Albany's famed "three men in a room" to one of 198,000 people in federal lockup. A jury found the 71-year-old former Assembly Speaker guilty on all seven corruption charges Tuesday, sending a powerful message to politicians in New York's capital. Judge Valerie Caproni will set the date of his surrender. He faces a maximum of 130 years behind bars, though he is expected to face a sentence more in the range of 20 years. The verdict is a major victory for Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, who slammed Albany as "a cauldron of...
  • Trump on meeting with black pastors: 'I saw love in that room'

    11/30/2015 1:28:25 PM PST · by dynoman · 71 replies
    CNN ^ | CNN
    "This meeting was amazing," Trump said in an impromptu press conference following the meeting. "Amazing people. We must have had more than 100 people in the room. We all thought it was such a good meeting ... and we have many, many endorsements that came out of the meeting."
  • Homeland Security Chair: Increase Funding to FBI, DHS to Combat Threat Inside U.S.

    11/30/2015 12:54:06 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 35 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | November 30, 2015 | 4:41 AM EST | Susan Jones
    Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas), the chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, says "an increase in funding" is needed to protect the United States in the aftermath of the Paris terror attacks. Appearing on ABC's "This Week," McCaul was asked by host Martha Raddatz, "What about here in the homeland...what do we really have to do?" [...] Appearing with McCaul, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, agreed that "we certainly have resource challenges, but we are fortunate that we don't have anywhere near the number of foreign fighters to track that Europe does." ...
  • Prosecutors ban Soros Foundation as ‘threat to Russian national security’

    11/30/2015 12:52:49 PM PST · by yoe · 42 replies
    RT ^ | November 30, 2015
    The Russian Prosecutor General’s Office has recognized George Soros’s Open Society Institute and another affiliated organization as undesirable groups, banning Russian citizens and organizations from participation in any of their projects. In a statement released on Monday, prosecutors said the activities of the Open Society Institute and the Open Society Institute Assistance Foundation were a threat to the foundations of Russia’s Constitutional order and national security. They added that the Justice Ministry would be duly informed about these conclusions and would add the two groups to Russia’s list of undesirable foreign organizations.[snip] "...In late July, the Russian Justice Ministry recognized...
  • Skeptical Climate Documentary Set to Rock UN Climate Summit – ‘Climate Hustle’

    11/30/2015 12:35:28 PM PST · by yoe · 4 replies
    Climate Depot ^ | November 29, 2015 | : Marc Morano
    Skeptical Climate Documentary Set to Rock Climate Debate President Obama & World Leaders to Be Greeted By New Film Debuting in Paris Gala Paris red carpet premiere for new “Climate Hustle” skeptical documentary Cinéma du Panthéon, December 7, 7:30 PM CFACT will hold the world premiere of its long-awaited Climate Hustle skeptical documentary film at an invitation-only red carpet event in Paris during the UN’s COP 21 international summit on climate change. Featuring interviews and comments from more than 30 renowned scientists and climate experts, Climate Hustle lays out compelling evidence that devastates the global warming scare. Film host Marc...
  • Navy's New Destroyer's Seaworthiness, Stability Questioned

    11/30/2015 12:34:13 PM PST · by Mariner · 46 replies
    Associated Press ^ | November 30, 2015 | by David Sharp
    BATH, Maine -- The largest destroyer built for the U.S. Navy cuts an imposing figure: massive, with an angular shape, hidden weapons and antennas, and electric-drive propulsion. But underneath the stealthy exterior resides a style of hull that fell out of favor a century ago in part because it can be unstable. The Navy will soon learn how this modern take on the "tumblehome" hull holds up when the first-in-class Zumwalt heads out to sea in December for builder trials in the rough-and-tumble North Atlantic. Amy Lent, of the Maine Maritime Museum, which works closely with the shipyard, said taxpayers...
  • Judicial Watch Statement on Supreme Court Order Temporarily Halting Hawaii from Conducting...

    11/30/2015 11:45:39 AM PST · by jazusamo · 17 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | November 30, 2015
    Full title: Judicial Watch Statement on Supreme Court Order Temporarily Halting Hawaii from Conducting Race-based Election (Washington, DC) - Judicial Watch today responded to a Supreme Court order temporarily preventing the State of Hawaii "from counting the ballots cast in, and certifying the winners of" a race-based election restricted to those with Native Hawaiian blood. The order was issued on Friday, November 27 by Associate Justice Anthony M. Kennedy. The election, which is being conducted by mail-in ballots, ends today, and ballots were initially scheduled to be counted and winners certified by tomorrow, December 1, 2015. The election was conducted...
  • Clinton to Obama in 2013: Close Gitmo

    11/30/2015 11:04:53 AM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | November 30, 2015 | ED MORRISEY
    Give Hillary this much credit — in this case, she acted more like a leader than Barack Obama. That’s not a high bar to clear, especially in Obama’s second term. At the beginning of that second term, Hillary urged Obama to get serious about his oft-stated and unpopular goal of closing down the detention center at Guantanamo Bay, stressing that “we need a White House lead” on the issue. The Huffington Post’s Ryan J. Reilly got the memo in a FOIA request: Weeks before she stepped down as secretary of state, Hillary Clinton wrote a memo urging President Barack Obama...
  • VA In Midst of ‘Leadership Crisis’

    11/30/2015 10:45:16 AM PST · by huldah1776 · 21 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | September 18, 2015 | Morgan Chalfant
    The Department of Veterans Affairs network of health systems faces "crises in leadership and culture" in addition to other systematic problems, according to an independent assessment released Friday. The flaws rampant in VA hospitals demand a "system-wide reworking" of the Veterans Health Administration (VHA). The independent review was mandated by the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act signed into law by President Obama in 2014 following revelations about secret waitlists at VA hospitals that led to dozens of veteran deaths. The report sheds light on the "systemic, critical problems" currently facing the VA's integrated health care system. "The assessments...provided evidence...
  • State Dept. set to release 7,800 new Clinton emails

    11/30/2015 10:37:55 AM PST · by Red Badger · 8 replies
    www.washingtonexaminer.com ^ | 11/30/15 11:37 AM | By Sarah Westwood
    State Department officials are set to release roughly 7,800 pages of Hillary Clinton's private emails Monday amid new speculation about the former secretary of state's official meeting schedule. The email production Monday afternoon will kick off a countdown to the final two Clinton email releases, which will take place at the end of December and January respectively. Hundreds of the official emails Clinton hosted on a private server in her home have been published in batches since May of this year. The State Department released more than 7,000 pages of emails last month, surpassing its goal of having 51 percent...
  • Healthy People Needed to Make Obamacare Ponzi Scheme a Success

    11/30/2015 10:07:25 AM PST · by Kaslin · 31 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 30, 2015 | Devon Herrick
    The U.S. health care system is unsustainable but it could be dramatically improved with more efficient care of our sickest patients. Medical spending is rising at twice the rate of income growth. Medical prices are rising at three times the rate of consumer inflation. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) was sold to the American people as a means to fix those problems and make health care affordable. The vehicle to achieve this is, implausibly, a requirement that we all purchase overpriced health insurance. In addition to stipulating the benefit package Americans are allowed to have, ACA regulations also force insurers...
  • Republican Kevin McCarthy: Government Shutdown Over Planned Parenthood Unlikely

    11/30/2015 10:00:59 AM PST · by markomalley · 24 replies
    Reuters ^ | 11-30-15
    U.S. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy on Monday said he expects lawmakers to debate federal funding for Planned Parenthood as they consider spending legislation this month but he did not expect a government shutdown over the women’s health group.
  • Turkey Arrests Generals Who Stopped Syria-Bound, Weapons-Laden, Spook Trucks

    11/30/2015 9:58:35 AM PST · by amorphous · 11 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 30 Nov 2015 | Tyler Durden
    If there's a silver lining to last Tuesdays downing of a Russian Su-24 warplane by two Turkish F-16s it's that the world is now starting to scrutinize President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Even to the uninitiated it seemed strange that a NATO member would shoot down a Russian fighter jet over an alleged 17 second violation of Turkish airspace. Why, one wonders, would the democratically elected leader of one of the world's foremost up and coming emerging markets decide, out of the blue, to become the first member of the alliance to engage a Russian or Soviet aircraft in more than...
  • Iran Nuclear Deal Isn't A Bad Deal After All; It's No Deal

    11/30/2015 9:54:57 AM PST · by maddog55 · 11 replies
    Investors.Com ^ | 11/25/2015 06:40 PM ET | IBD Editorial
    Nuclear Charade: The Obama administration admits to Congress that its nuclear pact with Iran has not been signed by the Iranian regime and has no legal force. Obama's "tough diplomacy" is puff diplomacy. The White House's latest updated "Strategy for American Innovation" left one innovation out: diplomatic pacts with other countries that don't have to be signed. Maybe President Obama will say that it saves the taxpayers money, since it eliminates signing ceremonies in lavish locales. Going back to when, as a candidate, he expressed a willingness to talk directly with Iran, then through months of negotiations on its nuclear...
  • Climate Change Will Not Be Dangerous for a Long Time

    11/30/2015 9:41:16 AM PST · by EveningStar · 21 replies
    Scientific American ^ | November 27, 2015 | Matt Ridley
    Slower warming than predicted gives the world time to develop better energy technologies The climate change debate has been polarized into a simple dichotomy. Either global warming is "real, man-made and dangerous," as Pres. Barack Obama thinks, or it's a "hoax," as Oklahoma Sen. James Inhofe thinks. But there is a third possibility: that it is real, man-made and not dangerous, at least not for a long time. This "lukewarm" option has been boosted by recent climate research, and if it is right, current policies may do more harm than good. For example, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the...
  • Obama Ignores 'Wrap-It-Up' Beeps, Talks and Talks at Climate Summit (given 3 minutes, speaks for 14)

    11/30/2015 9:45:53 AM PST · by Dave346 · 71 replies
    NBC News ^ | Nov 30 2015, 11:08 am ET | Alexander Smith
    President Barack Obama was met with what appeared to be the U.N.'s version of the Oscars' "wrap-it-up" music Monday after he significantly overran his allotted time to speak at a global climate change summit. Obama was one of 147 world leaders given a three-minute slot at the COP21 conference to outline their vision for the future of the planet. The president of the free world, however, had other ideas. More than eight and a half minutes into Obama's address — and with no sign he was stopping soon — three beeps sounded across the auditorium, clearly audible to everyone present...
  • AP: Hillary Clinton made State Department awfully cozy for Foundation - and political - donors

    11/30/2015 9:37:12 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/30/2015 | Ed Morrissey
    Cozy, yes … but illegally so? Not exactly, says the Associated Press, but the confluence of Hillary Clinton’s power and a number of donors to her family foundation and political campaigns, as well as potential conflicts of interest over business opportunities, gives the impression of corruption. And it might be just that no one has yet uncovered a quid pro quo yet … or more than one: The woman who would become a 2016 presidential candidate met or spoke by phone with nearly 100 corporate executives and long-time Clinton political and charity donors during her four years at the...
  • Education Department's Regulatory Gimmicks Can't Change Reality: Many Students Aren't Interested

    11/30/2015 9:36:54 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 8 replies
    Forbes ^ | November 30, 2015 | George Leef
    America's national obsession with raising our "educational attainment" level leads politicians and bureaucrats to focus on the silliest of things. Lately, that has been college accreditation. On November 6, the U.S. Department of Education put out a press release declaring "a sense of urgency about the need for significant improvement in both the rigor and flexibility of accreditation." "Accreditation" and "urgency" are words that may have never before appeared in the same sentence. Aside from a few federal bureaucrats and the people who work in the accrediting agencies themselves, almost no one gives any thought to college accreditation. Oh yes-college...
  • State Department: Iran Never Signed Nuclear Deal, Which Isn't 'Legally Binding'

    11/30/2015 9:32:10 AM PST · by Kaslin · 29 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 30, 2015 | Guy Benson
    This story broke last week, just as millions of Americans were tuning out of the news cycle for Thanksgiving. Given the seriousness of the subject matter, it deserves a re-up. National Review reports: President Obama didn't require Iranian leaders to sign the nuclear deal that his team negotiated with the regime, and the deal is not "legally binding," his administration acknowledged in a letter to Representative Mike Pompeo (R., Kan.) obtained by National Review. "The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) is not a treaty or an executive agreement, and is not a signed document," wrote Julia Frifield, the State Department assistant...