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  • Illegal immigration up, deportations down in 2014: DHS

    12/19/2014 2:19:56 PM PST · by jazusamo · 8 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 19, 2014 | Stephen Dinan
    The number of illegal immigrants crossing the border rose in 2014, while deportations dropped, according to new statistics Homeland Security released Friday in a pre-holiday data dump that signaled potential problems on both sides of the immigration enforcement equation. Apprehensions on the border, which Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson says is a yardstick for overall illegal immigration, rose 16 percent in fiscal year 2014, while deportations from within the interior of the U.S. — the measure of how much the administration is going after long-time illegal immigrants — fell 24 percent. Those numbers, which cover from Oct. 1, 2013, through...
  • Obama: Keystone benefits for U.S. consumers, workers nominal (More crap sandwich advice)

    12/19/2014 1:34:17 PM PST · by AngelesCrestHighway · 17 replies
    Reuters ^ | 12/19/14 | Staff
    U.S. President Barack Obama said on Friday that construction of the Keystone XL pipeline to transport crude oil from Canada to the U.S. Gulf Coast would only nominally benefit American consumers and workers. "There is very little impact - nominal impact - on U.S. gas prices, what the average American consumer cares about," Obama told reporters during an end-of-year press conference. In his strongest comments on the Canada-to-U.S. pipeline to date, Obama picked apart some of the most common arguments proponents have used to urge the president to approve it: that it would create jobs, lower domestic gasoline prices and...
  • North Carolina abortion rule-makers urged to put science first

    12/19/2014 1:24:42 PM PST · by Morgana · 6 replies
    ABC 11 ^ | 12/19/2014 | AP
    RALEIGH -- Abortion-rights advocates urged North Carolina health officials on Friday to focus on science and not politics as they update rules for abortion clinics. The updates have been submitted for public comment, including Friday's meeting in Raleigh. About 60 people, many of them wearing shirts promoting abortion rights, crowded into a Department of Health and Human Services and about a dozen had to stand. About 15 people spoke, including several doctors who stressed the importance of access to abortion services. Only a few speakers favored stricter regulations. The department will consider public comments until the end of January before...
  • Feds release anti-rape rules for illegal immigrant children housing

    12/19/2014 1:13:55 PM PST · by Zakeet · 10 replies
    Washington Times ^ | December 19, 2014 | Stephan Dinan
    Say transgender kids should choose which sex to live with Health and Human Services released long overdue guidelines Friday ordering facilities that house illegal immigrant children to set up sexual abuse prevention programs, and to be prepared to deal with tricky cases such as transgender or intersex children. The rules, which congressional Democrats had demanded earlier this week, govern everything from pat-downs to evaluating each child for their likely risk of being targeted for sexual abuse or harassment, and govern how the children should be housed while at the private facilities, which operate under a government contract.
  • CNN: Reporters who asked questions today during Obama's final press conference of 2014

    12/19/2014 12:43:21 PM PST · by maggief · 25 replies
    CNN-Twitter ^ | December 19, 2014 | Chris Moody
    Chris Moody @moody · 45m 45 minutes ago Reporters who asked questions today during Obama's final press conference of 2014.
  • Fed and Congress Signal Trouble, Putin Defends Russia, ISIS War

    12/19/2014 12:38:05 PM PST · by GilGil · 7 replies
    USAWatchdog ^ | 12/19/2014 | Greg Hunter
    My top story is the economy, and I think the Fed and Congress just signaled that something is seriously wrong, and it’s going to get worse. First off, the Federal Reserve just came out and said that it was going to be “patient” when normalizing the monetary policy. I know Wall Street is jubilant and the stock market spiked on the news, but I think this is really ominous, and it is nothing to be celebrated. To me, that means don’t expect the Fed to raise interest rates anytime soon because the economy is much worse than what they are...
  • Gannett Reporter Simultaneously Promotes Obama Policy While Covering it “Objectively”

    12/19/2014 12:33:33 PM PST · by george76 · 5 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | DECEMBER 19, 2014
    In a scandalous example of corrupt media supporting the Obama agenda, a mainstream newspaper reporter simultaneously wrote “objective news” about the First Lady’s contentious public school lunch program while secretly promoting it for a district, a Judicial Watch probe has found. It involves a small public school district in Weston Wisconsin. Last month a student at the high school, D.C. Everest High, organized a boycott of the new and despised school lunch, which is part of Michelle Obama’s $4.5 billion law (Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act) to combat childhood obesity and end childhood hunger in low-income neighborhoods. The student, a senior...
  • Move to Medicaid: Nearly 10M enrolled since Obamacare launch

    12/19/2014 12:26:32 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    CNBC ^ | December 19, 2014 | Dan Mangan
    While enrollment on government-run Obamacare exchanges gets the bulk of media attention, sign-ups for Medicaid have been even greater, in no small part due to another part of the Affordable Care Act. Since October 2013, enrollment in Medicaid and the related Children's Health Insurance Program had grown by about 9.7 million people as of this past October, according to data released Thursday by the federal government. That's 17 percent higher than what was the average monthly enrollment level seen from July through September 2013. That bump brings total enrollment in the programs that provide coverage without a premium charge to...
  • Federal Reserve delays parts of Volcker rule until 2017

    12/19/2014 12:20:11 PM PST · by Lorianne
    BBC ^ | 18 December 2014
    The US Federal Reserve has given Wall Street banks even more time to comply with parts of the Volcker Rule, a key provision of the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial reform bill. The rule prevents federally-insured banks from using their own money when investing in certain risky assets. It will now grant an extension to other types of funds. Initially, the Fed had said banks would have until 21 July 2017 to stop trading in collateralised loan obligations, which essentially move the risk of investments in loans off their balance sheets.
  • Obama Apologizes to Castro

    12/19/2014 12:14:00 PM PST · by PROCON · 45 replies
    weeklystandard.com ^ | Dec. 19, 2014 | MICHAEL WARREN
    Barack Obama apologized to Cuban president Raul Castro during their phone conversation after the American commander in chief's opening remarks. Speaking to reporters at his final White House press briefing of 2014 Friday afternoon, Obama gave more details about his phone call with the communist leader of Cuba earlier this week before the announcement of a change in U.S. policy on the Caribbean island nation. Obama began the phone call with Castro with what he described as 15 minutes of opening comments. It was the first conversation between the heads of state in both countries since 1961.
  • NLRB hits McDonald’s as joint employer

    12/19/2014 12:05:51 PM PST · by jazusamo · 31 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 19, 2014 | Tim Devaney
    McDonald’s and its franchisees illegally retaliated against employees for participating in union-related activities, the National Labor Relations Board’s top lawyer alleged Friday in a case with sweeping industry implications. NLRB general counsel Richard Griffin announced Friday he will issue 13 complaints involving 78 charges against franchises and McDonald’s USA, LLC. Though many of these alleged labor violations were committed by independent franchise owners, Griffin ruled earlier this year that McDonald’s can be held liable for those actions as a so-called joint employer, leaving the corporatrion — and potentially other franchisors — exposed to such claims. McDonald’s said the decision will...
  • Feds set standards to regulate coal ash

    12/19/2014 11:53:50 AM PST · by aimhigh · 9 replies
    Knoxville News Sentinel ^ | 12/19/2014 | Michael Collins
    Six years after a devastating coal ash spill in Roane County, the federal government is putting in place standards to regulate ash from coal-fired power plants as a nonhazardous material, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today. The new rules, the first-ever federal regulations for the storage and disposal of coal ash, would require industries to install liners and put in place other safeguards for new and existing storage ponds. Groundwater monitoring systems would have to be installed to detect pollutants, any existing contamination would have to be cleaned up immediately, and impoundments that are already polluting groundwater above health-safety...
  • Pols celebrate new airfield facility on fort. Congressional delegation told of fort's importance

    12/19/2014 11:26:40 AM PST · by SandRat · 5 replies
    FORT HUACHUCA — Libby Army Airfield saw its flying missions officially increase with the ribbon cutting opening a new facility Thursday. And, the flight missions will not involve Army or Air Force aircraft, but rather those of the Arizona Air National Guard. The 214th Reconnaissance Group has been operating MQ-1 Predators since 2006. Construction of a facility on the local Army post provides the group with a home for its launch and recovery training missions, said Air Guard Brig. Gen. Ted Maxwell, the commander of the Arizona Air National Guard.
  • Castro to Pocket 92% of Worker Salaries from Foreign Companies

    12/19/2014 10:48:42 AM PST · by TigerClaws · 39 replies
    Just one day before President Obama announced sweeping changes that would allow potential American investment in Cuba, the Cuban government apparently had begun preparing itself by announcing new measures that would allow Cubans who work for foreign companies to keep only 8% of their salaries. In an official announcement in state newspaper Granma, government officials announced a system in which employees who work for corporations with foreign capital will be paid two Cuban Pesos for every Convertible Cuban Peso (CUC) the corporation actually pays them. The Convertible Peso (CUP) is almost exclusively for the use of tourists and is of...
  • NIH Had No $$$ for Ebola Vaccine, Spent $100 Million on Meditation

    12/19/2014 10:41:24 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 12/19/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    Isn’t there supposed to be a separation of cult and state? Mindfulness is a New Age kind of meditation that focuses on the present moment “non-judgmentally,” tracing its origins to Buddhism. The growing phenomenon was the subject of a 60 Minutes segment on Sunday, for which May and other fans of the practice were interviewed.The segment featured Rep. Tim Ryan (D., Ohio), a so-called “rock star among mindfulness evangelists” who earmarked nearly $1 million to teach mindfulness to preschool students in his district. The $982,000 project provided deep breathing exercises, and “Peace Corners” for kids in Youngstown, Ohio. I’m sure...
  • Obama Year-End News Conference Live Thread (Begins Shortly)

    12/19/2014 10:35:03 AM PST · by tcrlaf · 147 replies
    CNN Live | 12-19-2014 | tcrlaf
    Time to listen to Obama blame everyone else for his failures.
  • More Bad News for Rolling Stone: Jackie Used Dummy Texting Service...

    12/19/2014 10:19:14 AM PST · by TigerClaws · 24 replies
    While at this point nothing could redeem Rolling Stone's tall tale about a gang rape at the University of Virginia, it's remarkable that new details further undermining Sabrina Rubin Erdely's shoddy reporting are still emerging on a daily basis—and each is more revealing than the last.
  • The most powerful woman in the world without an army

    12/19/2014 10:15:08 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/19/2014 | James Longstreet
    The most powerful woman in the world, without an army, just propelled the Dow Jones to a two-day 700-point spike by saying “patience.”  Janet Yellen said the Federal Reserve, the quasi-agency that neither is “federal” nor has any “reserves," can be “patient” in their rate hikes in 2015. She was quick, and clumsy by other accounts, to confuse the rate hike issue, with language suggesting that it might not happen at all.  In the vein of the famous watering hole sign, “free beer tomorrow,” Yellen essentially gave the message that rates would go up in 2015, but they might...
  • Respecting Trigger Warnings at Law School (Millennials are [feline nickname]'s?)

    12/19/2014 10:12:45 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | December 19, 2014 | Conor Friedersdorf
    Future attorneys have an obligation to face violence and sexual assault in a different way than most. Attorneys belong to a profession that requires many to look squarely at the world's horrors. They prosecute serial killers. They defend accused rapists and child molesters. A lawyer leading a class-action suit might pore over depositions describing harrowing deaths from cancer or children burned up in cars during crashes. Sometimes that will happen even as the attorney's father is dying of cancer, or her kids are the same age as the ones killed in the rear seats above the faulty fuel tanks. Even...
  • Arizona senators disagree on Cuba. McCain against, Flake for

    12/19/2014 10:01:20 AM PST · by SandRat · 7 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Carol Broder
    FORT HUACHUCA — They may be both Republicans and represent Arizona in the upper chamber of Congress but they don’t agree on the recent decision of the Obama Administration of the reestablishing diplomatic relations with Cuba after six decades. After about 90 minutes on Fort Huachuca Thursday, Sen. John McCain and Sen. Jeff Flake discussed the announcement with the Herald/Review during a quick walking interview to a plane waiting to take them to Yuma.
  • Nonpartisan, apolitical IRS prepares to blame the GOP for delayed tax refunds

    12/19/2014 9:53:05 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/19/2014 | NOAH ROTHMAN
    The IRS has been bled white, complained Commissioner John Koskinen. Budget cuts to the agency, he adds, have forced the IRS to eliminate almost all overtime, implement hiring freezes, and furlough nonessential operatives. It will also likely mean a reduction in taxpayer services like audits and, yes, even the processing of refund checks. And Koskinen wants the public to know that it’s all the GOP’s fault. “Everybody’s return will get processed,” the IRS commissioner told reporters on Thursday. “But people have gotten very used to being able to file their return and quickly get a refund. This year we...
  • Lawmaker wants investigation of McCulloch (Ferguson incident)

    12/19/2014 9:43:07 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    ST. LOUIS (AP) -- A state lawmaker from St. Louis is asking a legislative committee to investigate whether St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch "manipulated" the grand jury in the Michael Brown case. A joint House and Senate committee is investigating why Gov. Jay Nixon did not use National Guard troops to prevent burning and looting in Ferguson on Nov. 24, the night McCulloch announced that the grand jury would not indict Ferguson officer Darren Wilson in the August shooting death of Brown....
  • Judicial Watch Files Two Lawsuits against Obama Administration for Information on Terrorist...

    12/19/2014 9:41:59 AM PST · by jazusamo · 5 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | December 19, 2014
    Full title: Judicial Watch Files Two Lawsuits against Obama Administration for Information on Terrorist Swap for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl GAO found that Obama broke a “clear and unambiguous” law when he swapped Bowe Bergdahl for the high-level terrorists (Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch announced today that on November 18, 2014, it filed Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuits against the U.S. Departments of Defense and State to obtain records concerning arrangements made between the U.S. government with third parties or another state regarding agreements and monetary payments to secure the release of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl from captivity in Afghanistan....
  • Homer Simpson Could School Obama On Castro

    President Obama's deal to normalize relations with Castro reminds us of a fantastic 1998 episode of the long-running animated series The Simpsons, "The Trouble With Trillions." In that episode, we learn that Montgomery Burns had made off with the $1 trillion bill that President Truman printed in 1945 to pay for Europe's postwar reconstruction. When the FBI finally uncovers Burns' deception, he flees the country, looking for an island to buy, and, flying over Cuba, decides that it "has 'freedom' written all over it." Burns, with Homer accompanying him, goes to see Castro, who just moments before was about to...
  • Funeral Directors Refuse Body Of Sydney Terrorist: ‘Throw Him In The [bleep]house’

    12/19/2014 9:31:49 AM PST · by ImJustAnotherOkie · 37 replies
    Breibart ^ | 12/19/2014 | Andre Walker
    <p>The body of the lone terrorist behind the attack on the Sydney, Man Haron Monis, is unlikely be receive a proper burial after Muslim funderal directors said his body should either be thrown in the sea or “chucked in the bloody sh*thouse”.</p>
  • Military Analysts: Bergdahl Report to Show He Deserted

    12/19/2014 9:21:31 AM PST · by PROCON · 43 replies
    newsmax.com ^ | Dec. 18, 2014 | Greg Richter
    The U.S. Army's report on Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl will show he deserted, but not that he is a traitor, two military analysts familiar with the case told Fox News Channel's "The O'Reilly Factor." The report was completed in October, but has yet to be released to the public. Bergdahl walked away from his base in Afghanistan and was captured and held by the Taliban for five years.He was released earlier this year in a controversial trade for five Taliban leaders being held at the U.S. military detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Lt. Col. Tony Shaffer, who said he played...
  • President Obama 2014 Year-End News Conference (Live Thread 1:30 p.m. EST)

    12/19/2014 9:20:45 AM PST · by kristinn · 84 replies
    C-SPAN ^ | Friday, December 19, 2014
    President Obama holds a year-end news conference for reporters ahead of his annual holiday vacation with family in Hawaii. Join the conversation and share your comments on Facebook and Twitter using #cspanchat.
  • FBI formally blames North Korea in Sony hack

    The FBI said Friday that North Korea is responsible for the cyberattack on Sony Pictures that led the studio to cancel the release of a movie. Confirming what government officials were saying privately for days, the FBI announced that is months-long investigation concluded that North Korea was behind the attack, based on technical similarities to previous attacks. A statement from the FBI said investigators found “significant overlap in the infrastructure” used in the Sony hacking and in previous attacks. The agency said there were also similarities in technological tools used in this attack and an a cyberattack in March 2013...
  • New Cosby Accuser Says She Blacked Out for 2 Days After Comedian Drugged Her (Video)

    12/19/2014 8:58:38 AM PST · by Libloather · 42 replies
    MSN ^ | 12/18/14 | Jethro Nededog
    Yet another woman has come forward to accuse Bill Cosby of drugging and possibly taking advantage of her. On an episode of "Dr. Phil" airing on Friday, the talk show had seven of Cosby's accusers for guests, including a woman who was identified only as Lisa who said that she was drugged by the famous comedian more than two decades ago. Lisa had built a friendship with Cosby after being called to audition for him when she was a model in the 1980s. "I was very excited to go and see him," Lisa told Dr. Phil. "I was starstruck. I...
  • Exclusive: Sony Emails Say State Department Blessed Kim Jong-Un Assassination in ‘The Interview’

    12/19/2014 8:43:21 AM PST · by Dave346 · 23 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 12.17.14 | William Boot
    The Daily Beast has unearthed several emails that reveal at least two U.S. government officials screened a rough cut of the Kim Jong-Un assassination comedy The Interview in late June and gave the film—including a final scene that sees the dictator’s head explode—their blessing. The claim that the State Department played an active role in the decision to include the film’s gruesome death scene is likely to cause fury in Pyongyang. Emails between the Sony Entertainment CEO and a security consultant even appear to suggest the U.S. government may support the notion that The Interview would be useful propaganda against...
  • The rise of the populists: Could Warren, Cruz and Sessions change Washington?: opinion

    12/19/2014 7:58:42 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The Birmingham News ^ | December 19, 2014 | Cameron Smith
    For many conservatives, agreeing with Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) is a rare occurrence. Warren is a pure collectivist who views strong government control as a critical mechanism for politicians to "improve" the lives of Americans as they see fit. Her liberal voting record and view that individual financial success creates a social obligation to pay heavy taxes reinforce those perspectives. Yet, in her recent opposition to federal spending legislation, Warren correctly noted that reinstituting federal insurance for riskier financial products like credit default swaps was a concession to the largest banks in America contrary to the interests of most taxpayers....
  • Eric Holder Announces Expanded Protections for Transgender Employees

    12/19/2014 7:52:17 AM PST · by HomerBohn · 34 replies
    GOP USA ^ | 12/19/2014 | UPI Staff
    Attorney General Eric Holder announced expanded protection for transgender government employees Thursday, allowing the Justice Department to file claims against employers accused of discriminating based on gender identity. The expanded protections come from Holder's clarified interpretation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits workplace discrimination due to racial, gender or religious bias. Holder will no longer maintain the previously established position that "Title VII's prohibition against discrimination based on sex does not encompass gender identity per se." "This important shift will ensure that the protections of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 are extended to...
  • Likely US presidential candidate: Egyptian option should be examined to solve Israeli-Arab conflict

    12/19/2014 7:47:12 AM PST · by Freeport · 24 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 12.19.2014 | N/A
    Ben Carson, on his first visit here, tells ‘Post’ he is not sure that a Palestinian state in Judea and Samaria ‘makes sense,’ and that Israeli settlement construction is ‘blown out of proportion.’ Retired neurosurgeon and aspiring US politician Ben Carson could walk down the streets of Jerusalem, shout at the top of his lungs “I am Ben Carson,” and almost no one would know who he is. At least not yet. But that could change very quickly as the 2016 US presidential campaign picks up speed, and Carson gains traction. And if recent polls are any indication, the 63-yearold...
  • Eric Holder called-out over Ferguson investigation in open letter by [MO LT Gov] Peter Kinder

    12/19/2014 7:41:51 AM PST · by Da Bilge Troll · 12 replies
    FOX2 (KTVI) St. Louis ^ | December 18, 2014 | Staff Writer
    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – Missouri Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder wrote an open letter to Attorney General Eric Holder. He is calling him out for not releasing his findings yet in the federal investigation into the Michael Brown shooting. In Kinder’s letter, he notes the investigation has gone on, “For more than four months.” He adds: “I respectfully request that you release to the public the findings of fact from your federal investigation into whether a civil rights violation occurred. I ask this not knowing what those findings are. However, I believe that all Missourians, indeed all Americans, have a...
  • Obama The 'First Latino President'? No, But Here's 6 Hispanics Who Might Be One Day

    12/19/2014 7:37:05 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    International Business Times ^ | December 19, 2014 | Howard Koplowitz &#61954;
    President Barack Obama has broken two barriers: Being the first black president -- and becoming the first Latino president, according to Tom Perez, Obama’s labor secretary. Perez made the comment a day after Obama’s shocking shift to take steps to normalize relations with Cuba and a month after the president’s executive actions on immigration that had widespread appeal among Latinos. “When I reflect on the breadth and depth of what he has done for Latinos, it really makes him in my mind, and in the minds of so many others, the first Latino president,” Perez said Thursday, according to Politico....
  • State Dept: U.S. Nukes Down 85%, From 31,255 to 4,804

    12/19/2014 7:16:35 AM PST · by Not a 60s Hippy · 33 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 9:01 AM, Dec 19, 2014 • By JERYL BIER | By JERYL BIER
    The State Department's Rose Gottemoeller, under secretary for arms control and international security, spoke at the Brookings Institution Thursday where she reaffirmed the United States' "unassailable" commitment to putting the nuclear weapons genie back in the bottle. Gottemoeller told the attendees at the Arms Control and Non-Proliferation Initiative-sponsored event that "the U.S. commitment to achieving the peace and security of a world without nuclear weapons is unassailable." She went on to note that the nation's stockpile of active weapons is down 85 percent from maximum cold war levels, falling to 4,804 in 2013 from a high of 31,255. But, she...
  • Holder Decrees Crossdressing Protected Under Federal Law

    12/19/2014 7:01:20 AM PST · by don-o · 39 replies
    PJ Media ^ | December 19, 2014 | J Christian Adama
    Attorney General Eric Holder has issued an edict, through a memorandum, that cross dressing and transsexualism is now protected under federal civil rights laws which were designed to protect women from sex discrimination. Existing federal law provides no statutory support for treating cross-dressers and transsexuals as the law treats female victims of discrimination. This means that the Justice Department could now, for example, consider the decision by a school or church to not hire a transvestite as a violation of federal law. Holder ordered that the Department of Justice will stop making arguments in litigation suggesting that transgender people are...
  • Ted Cruz: ‘Iran will either stop, or we will stop them’

    12/19/2014 6:19:06 AM PST · by SoConPubbie · 13 replies
    Washington Times ^ | November 24, 2014 | <table style="width:100%">
    Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas ripped the Obama administration’s policies on Israel and Iran at a dinner Sunday evening in New York hosted by a major Jewish group.“What would real presidential leadership look like?” the Texas Republican said, the Dallas Morning News reported. “A real president … would stand up and say on the world stage: Under no circumstances will Iran be allowed to acquire nuclear weapons. Iran will either stop, or we will stop them.”, one of the most outspoken defenders of Israel’s interests, spoke at the annual dinner of the Zionist Organization of America.The potential 2016 presidential contender condemned...
  • War over Obama’s Amnesty Moves to the Courts: DOJ Defeat in Federal Court is just the First Battle

    12/19/2014 5:46:39 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    National Review ^ | 12/19/2014 | Hans Von Spakovsky
    The U.S. Justice Department and the Obama administration have lost their first battle in the war over the president’s plan to provide “deferred action,” or amnesty, to almost 5 million illegal aliens. When the judge for a Pennsylvania federal district court held on December 16 that President Obama’s “Executive Action is unconstitutional because it violates the separation of powers and the Take Care Clause of the Constitution,” it must have felt like it came from left field, since the case didn’t involve a general attack on the immigration amnesty plan. No, U.S. v. Elionardo Juarez-Escobar is a criminal prosecution...
  • Nonstop Appeasement

    12/19/2014 5:46:26 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 13 replies
    The Weekly Standard TWS ^ | December 29, 2014 | Stephen F. Hayes
    "..........This systematic pusillanimity is not a new phenomenon. Other examples: the refusal by the Obama administration to criticize the Iranian regime when it put down the “Green Revolution” in 2009; the administration’s eagerness to “reset” relations with an increasingly hostile Russia; its secret negotiations with the Taliban even as the group continued its attacks on U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan; the refusal to meet with any Egyptian opposition groups other than the Muslim Brotherhood. Obama is hardly the first president to seek rapprochement with our adversaries and reconciliation with our enemies, of course. But his determination to make nice—even in the...
  • The illegal immigration story Obama doesn’t want you to hear

    12/19/2014 5:45:38 AM PST · by HomerBohn · 15 replies
    Personal Liberty ^ | 12/18/2014 | William Allyn Root
    Hello. I’m Wayne Allyn Root for Personal Liberty. And I’ve got good news! A federal judge has just ruled that Barack Obama’s executive action on amnesty for illegal immigrants violates the separation of powers and is, therefore, unconstitutional. Glory hallelujah! We’ve finally found one judge in all of America who actually recognizes the law and is brave enough to enforce it. But in our country and our republic it’s not just the legal court that matters; it’s the court of public opinion that finally determines winners and losers. Unfortunately, the court of public opinion is Obama’s “home court” because he...
  • CBS poll showing health-care cost pressures increasing on Americans

    12/19/2014 5:38:57 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/19/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    It’s been almost five years since the passage of the Affordable Care Act and its promise to “bend the cost curve downward” for Americans and their health care. More than five years have passed since the technical start of the recovery and the Obama administration’s bragging about jobs and economic expansion. The two combined should produce noticeable improvement in the lives of Americans, yes? According to the latest CBS News poll, no (via Jeff Dunetz): Fifty-two percent of Americans say they find basic medical care affordable, but that’s down from 61 percent last December. Today, for 46 percent of...
  • Wyoming lawmakers back bill to promote coal exports

    12/19/2014 5:27:35 AM PST · by thackney
    Casper Star-Tribune ^ | 12/18/2014 | BENJAMIN STORROW
    Wyoming could help finance the construction of a coal export dock in the Pacific Northwest, according to the executive director of the Wyoming Infrastructure Authority. Loyd Drain said he had a "serious" conversation with an unidentified party in the past six months about the possibility of financing a coal port. His comments come as state lawmakers ready a bill that would boost the WIA's borrowing authority to $3 billion and allow the agency to work on projects outside Wyoming. "If our ability to provide the financing for a facility is the catalyst to get the dang thing built, then we’ll...
  • EPA: Time to Abolish, Not Merely Restrict

    12/19/2014 5:11:51 AM PST · by HomerBohn · 17 replies
    The New American ^ | 12/18/2014 | William F. Jasper
    (EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy) The federal SWAT team of nearly two dozen heavily armed agents from the EPA, FBI, and other agencies descended on the Canal Refining Co. in Church Point, Louisiana. Their target: Hubert P. Vidrine, Jr., the plant manager. His crime? Allegedly storing hazardous materials. His employees were herded up and treated like criminals. They were prevented from using the restrooms for several hours, as well as being denied the right to call their homes and daycare centers to make plans to have their children picked up. That was in September 1996. It took the federal government...
  • US appeals court deems gun law unconstitutional

    12/19/2014 4:50:53 AM PST · by Zakeet · 8 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 19, 2014
    A federal appeals court in Cincinnati deemed a law unconstitutional that kept a Michigan man who was committed to a mental institution from owning a gun. The three-judge panel of the Sixth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously ruled that a federal ban on gun ownership for those who have been committed to a mental institution violated the Second Amendment rights of 73-year-old Clifford Charles Tyler. Tyler attempted to buy a gun and was denied on the grounds that he had been committed to a mental institution in 1986 after suffering emotional problems stemming from a divorce. He was only...
  • Egypt jails 40 Morsi backers for church fires

    12/19/2014 4:37:41 AM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 9 replies
    An Egyptian court sentenced 40 backers of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi to up to 15 years in jail Thursday for violence including torching churches, a judicial source said. Followers of Morsi have been the target of a relentless crackdown by the authorities since he was deposed in July 2013 by ex-army chief and now President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. The criminal court in Assiut in southern Egypt sentenced two defendants to 15 years each, while the others were given jail terms ranging from one year to 10, the source said. They were accused of taking part in acts of violence...
  • June Trial Set in Yee Corruption Case (shoulder fired missiles)

    12/19/2014 3:53:34 AM PST · by Libloather · 3 replies
    Courthouse News ^ | 12/18/14 | MARIA DINZEO
    SAN FRANCISCO (CN) - Suspended California state Sen. Leland Yee could face a jury as early as June for charges of political corruption and conspiracy to import guns. At a scheduling conference on Thursday, U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer said Yee will be tried along with his political consultant Keith Jackson, who also faces drug and murder-for-hire charges. Breyer said those charges will be tried separately, but lawyers for the defendants, including Yee's lawyer James Lassart, were not satisfied. "The firearms charges are going to be extremely prejudicial. The government has acquired 50 to 70 different firearms that, undoubtedly to...
  • Pelosi laments end of 'Colbert Report' ("The Nation mourns")

    12/19/2014 3:28:28 AM PST · by Libloather · 11 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/18/14 | Judy Kurtz
    Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is lamenting the end of “The Colbert Report,” saying it’s a “loss for ‘truthiness’ advocates across America.” The Comedy Central series ends its run Thursday night. Host Stephen Colbert is poised to take the reins at CBS’s “The Late Show,” when David Letterman retires next year. The House minority leader appeared in a sketch earlier this month with Colbert, who plays a faux cable news host on the show. Pelosi stretched her acting muscles as a wheelie-popping bike cop who preached safety to Colbert and Rep. Jack Kingston (R-Ga.).
  • Family of Toddler Injured by SWAT 'Grenade' Faces $1M in Medical Bills

    12/18/2014 11:03:27 PM PST · by Slings and Arrows · 62 replies
    ABC News Via Yahoo! ^ | 12/18/14 | ALISON LYNN and MATT GUTMAN
    Alecia and Bounkham Phonesavanh never imagined their family would be at the center of a controversy over the militarization of police. But that’s exactly where they found themselves when their toddler was seriously injured by a SWAT team, also leaving them with a $1 million medical bill they have no hope of paying. “They messed up,” Alecia Phonesavanh told ABC News' "20/20." “They had a faulty search warrant. They raided the wrong house.” In the spring of 2014, the Phonesavanh’s home in Janesville, Wisconsin, was destroyed by fire. Homeless with four young children, they packed one of their last remaining...
  • Rape and Sexual Assault Victimization Among College-Age Females, 1995–2013

    12/18/2014 8:56:07 PM PST · by fkabuckeyesrule · 13 replies
    US Dept Justice ^ | December 2014 | Sofi Sinozich & Lynn Langton
    For the period 1995–2013, females ages 18 to 24 had the highest rate of rape and sexual assault victimizations compared to females in all other age groups. Within the 18 to 24 age group, victims could be identified as students enrolled in a college, university, trade school or vocational school or as nonstudents. Among student victims, 20% of rape and sexual assault victimizations were reported to police, compared to 32% reported among nonstudent victims ages 18 to 24.