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  • Loretta Lynch supporters stage hunger strike to urge confirmation

    04/18/2015 12:31:22 PM PDT · by Q-ManRN · 24 replies
    Politico ^ | 4/15/15 | Seung Min Kim and Burgess Everett
    Loretta Lynch’s allies are launching a hunger strike until she’s confirmed as attorney general, but they could be waiting weeks if Republicans follow through on their threat to delay Lynch even longer. “As long as the Senate refuses to take fifteen minutes to confirm someone for Attorney General that they have already confirmed twice for U.S. Attorney,” National Action Network and its allies “will do everything in our power to draw attention to this completely unfair and unnecessary delay to vote to confirm Loretta Lynch,” Sharpton, who founded NAN, said in a statement Wednesday. The group’s executive director, Janaye Ingram,...
  • Key issues report and Giuliani endorsement add to gun owner concerns with Lynch

    04/18/2015 12:03:45 PM PDT · by Q-ManRN · 3 replies
    Examiner.com ^ | David Codrea | David Codrea
    Loretta Lynch, the intentional enigma that is Barack Obama’s pick for attorney general, became a little less mysterious, due to a recent report by ABC News that brings into focus issues that should be of paramount importance and interest to gun owners. Also of concern is an approving testimonial for the nominee by “America’s Mayor,” anti-gun "Republican" Rudy Giuliani. While all “four hot button issues” in the ABC report are of general interest, two, amnesty for illegal aliens and ascertaining that everyone voting is, in fact, legally eligible to do so, have grave impacts on the future of the right...
  • If MinnesotaCare goes, here's what's at stake

    04/18/2015 11:33:06 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 3 replies
    Pioneer Press | 4-16-15 | David Montgomery
    In 49 states, there are basically two options for public health insurance programs: Medicaid for the very poor, and subsidized private health insurance on the Affordable Care Act's exchanges for everyone else. Minnesota is the exception. Unlike every other state, it has a third option in the middle: MinnesotaCare. Created in the 1990s, MinnesotaCare covers people who earn too much money for Medical Assistance (Minnesota's Medicaid program) but not enough to qualify for MNsure, the state's health insurance exchange.
  • To all that light-rail waste, add fare-skipping

    04/18/2015 11:31:21 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 14 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 4-14-15 | Joe Soucheray
    It took an agreeable 15 minutes Monday to get from the Westgate Station to the Warehouse/Hennepin Avenue station on the Green Line. There was merriment in the air all right, but not enough actual humidity to smell the green grass of Target Field. We are unseasonably dry, and a bit of moisture in the air is essential to bring about the full flowering of the baseball home opener. I watched passengers get on and off; there are seven stops between Westgate and Warehouse, or probably two too many. I don't know who paid and who didn't. Impossible to tell, really,...
  • EU states renew call to label Israeli settler goods

    04/18/2015 11:11:40 AM PDT · by Dallas59 · 14 replies
    euobserver.com ^ | 17. Apr, 2015 | euobserver.com
    Sixteen EU states have said products made by Israeli settlers should be marked in shops so that European consumers can decide whether to boycott them. The group - which includes France, Italy, Spain, and the UK - made the appeal in a letter to EU foreign relations chief Federica Mogherini on Monday (13 April). They said “EU-wide guideline on the labelling of settlement produce/products … is an important step in the full implementation of EU longstanding policy in relation to the preservation of the two-state solution”.
  • Joe Scarborough Opens GOP Leadership Summit Day 2 with Series of Awkward Jokes

    04/18/2015 10:41:29 AM PDT · by PROCON · 20 replies
    mediaite ^ | April 18, 2015 | Andrew Kirell
    The second day of the New Hampshire Republican Party’s “First in the Nation” leadership summit kicked off Saturday morning with a speech from MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough, a former GOP congressman. As you might expect, the reception was lukewarm at first — especially when he tried to land a series of fratboy-ish jokes — but became much warmer when he talked actual policy and tried to stir the crowd into rallying around conservative principles for the 2016 election. But let’s run through his awkward jokes: Scarborough approached the stage to noticeably tepid applause (though, to be fair, this was the first...
  • There are some intense procedures for having coffee with Hillary Clinton

    04/18/2015 10:15:44 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/18/2015 | Hunter Walker
    In the first week of her presidential campaign, Hillary Clinton and her team sought to have a "grassroots" effort with a road trip to Iowa, where she focused on small, intimate roundtables with voters. But it takes extensive planning and cloak-and-dagger maneuvering to stage simple events for a former first lady and Democratic front-runner, who has a Secret Service detail and media circus following her every move. Clinton started the final day of her first campaign trail trip on Thursday by having coffee with a group of five local leaders in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Business Insider spoke with most of...
  • Hillary’s hypocrisy on the death tax: I support this tax. I just don’t feel like paying it.

    04/18/2015 10:10:15 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/18/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    Earlier this week we took a look at the GOP efforts to repeal the death tax, including some of the political pitfalls involved as well as reasons why it’s still a hill worth fighting on. In a rare moment of taking a position on a policy issue, Hillary Clinton has chimed in on the so called estate tax several times over the years. She has referred to it as a “wealth tax”, which works out quite well for her this year if she’s trying to angle her way into a more Elizabeth Warren style position on the subject. So...
  • The Looming Minimum Wage Hike: Stuck on Stupid

    04/18/2015 9:53:04 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 04/18/2015 | William Sullivan
    We might be inclined to laugh off the national demonstrations calling for a $15/hr minimum wage for burger-flippers, as the suggestion should be received as utterly ridiculous in any intelligent economic debate. But the left isn’t laughing. They’re undoubtedly ecstatic at the media legs such demonstrations have maintained against all odds, and they can’t wait to roll out these downtrodden fast-food workers as a reason to increase the federal minimum wage, victims as they are of an evil system of economic organization that dares assign a value to labor performed in the context of supply and demand. That evil is,...
  • Obama: Nuke Deal With Ayatollah is ‘Political Agreement’ Not ‘Formal Treaty'

    04/18/2015 9:52:29 AM PDT · by markomalley · 14 replies
    CNS News ^ | 4/18/15
    President Barack Obama said on Friday that the deal he and the leaders of five other major powers are trying to cut with the Iranian regime headed by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei is a “political agreement” and “not a formal treaty.”As such, he said, Congress should not ordinarily have authority to sign off on this kind of deal.Obama made the statement when discussing legislation sponsored by Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee and approved unanimously by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that would give Congress 60 days to review an Iran nuclear deal made by the administration. During that 60 days,...
  • Where your tax dollars go

    04/18/2015 9:31:14 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 5 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 4-14-15 | John Gray
    It's a question that naturally springs to mind when tax season rolls around: Where are all those tax dollars being spent? In total, Washington will spend $12,304 per citizen. Unfortunately, the government will collect only $10,878 in tax revenue per person. That means that, you, the American citizen, will be left with an additional tab of $1,426, on average. The $1,426-per-person represents this year's deficit of $455 billion. Perspective: Adjusting for inflation, the government spent $894 per person in 1940, $7,319 per person during the peak of World War II (1945), $6,026 per person in 1980 and slightly more than...
  • Sen. Shaheen says it's time to put a woman on the $20 bill

    04/18/2015 9:20:30 AM PDT · by shove_it · 80 replies
    AP via GOPUSA ^ | 18 Apr 2015
    CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The first woman to serve as both governor and U.S. senator is backing a campaign to put a female face on the $20 bill. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen filed legislation this week that would create a citizens panel to recommend an appropriate choice to the treasury secretary. She is hoping to build on the work of Women on 20s, a national campaign pushing for new $20 bills by 2020, the 100th anniversary of the constitutional amendment guaranteeing women the right to vote. "I think there are a lot of opportunities that we sometimes don't think about to...
  • Minnesota Senate keeps rule forbidding eye contact

    04/18/2015 8:50:37 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 18 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 4-15-15 | Rachel Stassen-Berger
    The Minnesota Senate will keep its rule forbidding members from looking at one another during floor debate and will continue to ban everyone from having drinks on the Senate floor. The issues arose Monday during the passage of the rules to govern the Senate. On a 15-44 vote, the Senate decided to keep its current requirement that all speakers must gaze at the Senate president. "I find this particular rule of the Senate, dare I say, antiquated," said Sen. Warren Limmer, R-Maple Grove. But Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk, DFL-Cook, disagreed. When you can look at the senator speaking, he...
  • Marco Rubio-Jeb Bush alliance sours in GOP primary faceoff

    04/18/2015 8:38:34 AM PDT · by South40 · 18 replies
    APNews ^ | 18 APR 15 | Steve Peeples
    NASHUA, N.H. (AP) — Ties between Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, political allies for more than a decade, are fraying as the Republican presidential campaign picks up. In public, mentor Bush and protege Rubio have avoided criticizing each other since Rubio announced his candidacy. But Bush allies have started quietly spreading negative information about Rubio's record. Also, supporters of the two Miami politicians are drawing contrasts between Rubio, a 43-year-old son of Cuban immigrants, and 62-year-old Bush, a member of one of the nation's most powerful political dynasties. "Sparks are going to fly," said Al...
  • The Living Law, by Louis Brandeis

    04/18/2015 8:26:31 AM PDT · by ProgressingAmerica · 12 replies
    Archive.org ^ | January 3rd, 1916 | Louis D. Brandeis
    THE LIVING LAW (1) (Alt. Link) By Louis D. Brandeis (2) The history of the United States, since the adoption of the constitution, covers less than 128 years. Yet in that short period the American ideal of government has been greatly modified. At first our ideal was expressed as “A government of laws and not of men.” Then it became “A government of the people, by the people and for the people.” Now it is “Democracy and social justice.” In the last half century our democracy has deepened. Coincidentally there has been a shifting of our longing from legal justice...
  • Marco Rubio in Spanish: Obama’s First Executive Amnesty ‘Important,’ People ‘Benefiting from It’

    04/18/2015 8:20:54 AM PDT · by gwgn02 · 36 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 4/18/15 | Mathew Boyle
    Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), a 2016 GOP presidential candidate, said he believes that President Barack Obama’s first executive amnesty for so-called DREAMers—the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)—is “important” and he won’t reverse it himself if elected president. He delivered these remarks in a Spanish-language interview he gave to Univision’s Jorge Ramos. “I believe DACA is important. It can’t be terminated from one moment to the next, because there are already people benefiting from it,” Rubio said in Spanish on Ramos’s television program, according to an English translation provided by the media service Grabien. “But yes, it is going to...
  • Preventing a Coming Ice Age(celebrate erf day 4/22/2015!!)

    04/18/2015 7:59:22 AM PDT · by rktman · 15 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 4/18/2015 | Fred Singer
    Geo-engineering has become a buzzword again, thanks to a recent two-volume report of the US National Academy of Sciences/National Research Council [NAS-NRC 2015; http://bit.ly/EOSNRC]. Driven by exaggerated concerns about greenhouse (GH) warming catastrophes, the reports pursued mainly two project ideas:
  • The Real Hillary: Palin's First Shot Over the Bow (Contains Nothing New)

    04/18/2015 7:54:09 AM PDT · by PapaNew · 39 replies
    westernjournalism.com ^ | 4/16/15 | Tom Hinchey
    America - you ready for the real Hillary? Some of us are; join us and begin here... http://www.westernjournalism.com/america-rising-releases-new-hillary-video-trustworthy/
  • Victory for Ukip: BBC backs down and gives Farage his own TV show after debate fix row

    04/18/2015 7:46:50 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 13 replies
    express.co.uk ^ | 4/18/15 | Scott Campbell
    THE BBC has backed down and given Ukip leader Nigel Farage his own TV slot to answer audience questions after an Express.co.uk investigation discovered Thursday's debate was a political fix. He will take audience questions in a 30-minute programme called Election 2015: Ask Nigel Farage. The discussion, held in Birmingham, will air after the News at 10 and will be chaired by journalist Jo Coburn. It will be held at the same time as a Question Time special featuring the Tory, Labour and Liberal Democrat leaders who will take turns answering questions from the same audience in Leeds. A Ukip...
  • The Betrayal Papers: Who is Barack Hussein Obama?

    04/18/2015 7:11:09 AM PDT · by HomerBohn · 10 replies
    Sons Of Liberty Media ^ | 4/15/2015 | Coalkition Of Concerned Citizens
    The Betrayal Papers have thus far investigated and explained the Obama administration and its alliance with the international terrorist organization, the Muslim Brotherhood. The articles analyzed several aspects of White House policy, foreign and domestic, and compared them to the objectives of the Muslim Brotherhood. Parts V and VI will explore the personal ties that bind Obama, as well as the progressive American left, to the Muslim Brotherhood. This is a portrait of a conspiracy that has reached unprecedented heights of global control. “A riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma” Pick up Bradlee Dean's powerful testimony, illustrated by...
  • Warren’s brilliant idea: If kids had no student loans, they would ‘have a lot more money’

    04/18/2015 7:03:39 AM PDT · by HomerBohn · 46 replies
    Red Alert Politics ^ | 4/10/2015 | Editorial Staff
    Elizabeth Warren took one of her characteristically earth-shattering ideas to the Daily Show Thursday night: “If we would reduce the interest rate on student loans, young people would have a lot more money to spend.” “Right–and then they could buy more weed and then they’d be quieter!” Stewart interjected. That wasn’t quite the point Warren wanted to make—but it does a good job of highlighting how ridiculous her economic thinking–or lack thereof–is. Warren has tried—and failed—in the past to lower student loan interest rates by raising taxes on the wealthy. On Stewart’s show, she continued her never-ending quest to convince...
  • Time for an American Taxpayers Revolt

    04/18/2015 6:46:08 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 27 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 18, 2015 | Jeff Crouere
    This was the horrible week in which millions of Americans paid their taxes to the ever increasing and intrusive federal government. This year, the tax burden has grown with Tax Freedom Day appearing on April 24, meaning that Americans will spend approximately one third of the year working for government before they can provide for their families. Taxes are certainly oppressive in this country. Compared to last year, tax revenue increased 4.3% to $1.478 trillion in the first 6˝ months of the 2015 fiscal year. Even worse, the insatiable federal government continues to spend money with reckless abandon. Through April...
  • The Nationwide Network Working to Bring Mobile Biometrics to Your Community (FirstNet)

    04/18/2015 6:33:58 AM PDT · by NewHampshireDuo · 7 replies
    Public Intelligence ^ | December 18, 2013 | Public Intelligence
    A federal law passed in February 2012 to help middle class families by creating jobs and cutting payroll taxes included a section mandating the creation of a nationwide interoperable broadband communications system for law enforcement and first responders. The system, which is being created under the direction of the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet), seeks to create a nationwide broadband network capable of being used for a variety of law enforcement purposes including remote surveillance, mobile biometric applications like field fingerprint scanning and facial recognition, as well as automated license plate reading. The system is currently in a pilot phase...
  • Don't be Deceived: The Corker Bill Isn’t a Victory — It’s a Constitutional Perversion

    04/18/2015 6:22:39 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/18/2015 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    As the Framers knew, we are unlikely to outgrow human nature. So what happens when we decide we’ve outgrown a Constitution designed to protect us from human nature’s foibles? The question arises, yet again, thanks to Senator Bob Corker. The Tennessee Republican, chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, is author — along with Robert Menendez (D., N.J.) and Lindsey Graham (R., S.C.) — of a ballyhooed bipartisan bill that is being touted as the derailment of President Obama’s plan to trample congressional prerogatives en route to a calamitous “deal” that will facilitate jihadist Iran’s nuclear-weapons ambitions. (I use scare-quotes because...
  • Marco Rubio: the 2016 presidential campaign's $40 million man

    04/18/2015 6:19:07 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    Reuters ^ | 04/18/2015 | MICHELLE CONLIN
    Less than a week after announcing his 2016 campaign for president, Republican Senator Marco Rubio of Florida doesn't need to worry about money. It's as good as in the bank. "Marco Rubio will have the resources necessary to run a first-class campaign, that’s already been determined," said billionaire Florida auto dealer Norman Braman, a former Jeb Bush supporter who is now one of Rubio's highest-silhouette donors. Annandale Capital founder George Seay, who is hosting a Rubio fundraiser with the moneyed Dallas elite at his 7,000-square-foot, seven-bath home on Tuesday, said: "Marco has had zero trouble raising money." At least seven...
  • Government snooping through your emails without a warrant: Not just the NSA

    04/18/2015 6:13:25 AM PDT · by markomalley · 10 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 4/18/15 | Mark J. Fitzgibbons
    The SEC and IRS, among other government agencies, love, love, love administrative subpoenas to snoop through emails without probable cause. Techdirt writes: The story that we keep hearing is that two government agencies in particular really like ECPA's outdated system: the IRS and the SEC. Since both only have administrative subpoena power, and not the ability to issue warrants like law enforcement, the lower standards of ECPA make it much easier for them to snoop through your emails without having to show probable cause. Last year, in a Congressional hearing, the SEC's boss, Mary Jo White, was questioned about this...
  • Ohio: Muslims cry “racism and bigotry” over cancellation of public school hijab promotion

    04/18/2015 5:19:45 AM PDT · by markomalley · 18 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | 4/18/15 | Robert Spencer
    This Cincinnati Enquirer report about this controversy is not as bad as it could have been, given the mainstream media’s policy of obfuscating the reality of the global jihad. It is full of the usual nonsense: those who oppose the promotion of Islam in a public school are guilty of “racism” and “bigotry” — charges that would never be leveled at anyone who opposed the promotion of Christianity or Judaism in a public school. Muslims quoted in the story eagerly play the victim as usual, pretending to be the victims of discrimination, with no hint that anyone has any reason...
  • Dear Farmers: U.S. is Now Importing Organic Corn to Satisfy Consumer Demand

    04/18/2015 5:14:36 AM PDT · by HomerBohn · 41 replies
    Daily Sheeple ^ | 4/17/2015 | Heather Callaghan
    There are three things driving a surge in organic imports: 1.U.S. farmers have been systematically pushed into growing mostly GMO crops; grown primarily for fuel, animal feed and cheap processed foods. Russia even used our food supply as an example for the EU to dump us and join them instead. 2.U.S. consumers are not only demanding fresh, organic produce as well as non-GMO convenience foods – but also want meat, dairy and eggs from animals that were fed non-GMO or organic feed. 3.Other countries primarily grow non-GE crops, and plenty of organic. They’ve got the goods and they reap the...
  • Establishment GOP Plots to Empower Obama on “Progressive” Trade

    04/18/2015 4:51:01 AM PDT · by HomerBohn · 7 replies
    The New American ^ | 4/17/2015 | Alex Newmann
    In a controversial move that came as a shock even to many of the American people’s elected representatives, a coalition of establishment lawmakers in both parties — primarily Big Government Republicans — unveiled a secretly negotiated globalist plan to empower Obama with “fast-track authority” for “trade.” Under the bill, backed by top establishment GOP figures, the administration will have an even freer hand to negotiate pseudo-free trade deals with foreign governments — deals that critics say will harm U.S. sovereignty, the U.S. economy, and more. Despite GOP talking points about “free” trade and “markets,” Obama’s own AstroTurf group, Organizing for...
  • My Concern With The Iran Nuclear Negotiations

    04/18/2015 4:21:57 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 18, 2015 | James Lankford
    Amidst the various twists and turns of our nation’s negotiation with Iran on a nuclear deal, one thing is clear: the American people are skeptical. Americans know that a nuclear Iran is a threat to every nation. Our concern is not just Iran in possession of a nuclear bomb; we all know that the leadership of Iran continues to threaten its neighbors and the World. Iran is the world’s largest state-sponsor of terrorism and there is little doubt that if they had nuclear weapons, they could transfer those weapons or nuclear material to their global terror proxies. This week, the...
  • Obama loses BIG as Corker-Menendez bill passes committee unanimously

    04/18/2015 2:28:32 AM PDT · by Libloather · 18 replies
    The Jewish Star ^ | 4/17/15 | Jeff Dunetz
    The Senate Foreign Relations committee approved Tuesday afternoon the Corker-Menendez bill requiring that any deal the Obama Administration makes with Iran has to be approved by congress unanimously. Technically Congress won’t be voting on the deal, they will be voting on whether or not to remove the sanctions. However if the sanctions are not removed there will be no deal from Iran's point of view. But that's not the big story. After Sen. Corker announced a compromise everyone knew the bill would pass with bipartisan support, although no one could have foreseen unanimity. The big news is that Obama folded....
  • Republicans Are Enthusiastic About Scott Walker, Divided On Jeb Bush

    04/18/2015 1:51:00 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 39 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | April 17, 2015 | Ariel Edwards-Levy
    Republicans are most enthusiastic about the prospects of nominating Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker for president, a new HuffPost/YouGov poll finds, but they're open to rallying around a number of potential candidates--with the possible exception of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.Members of the party are generally optimistic that whoever emerges from the crowded field of prospects will succeed. Three-quarters of Republicans predict their party will win back the presidency next year, and most look favorably on several of the politicians fighting for the nomination.Walker generated the most excitement of the six candidates tested, with 45 percent saying they'd be enthusiastic to...
  • Iranian ship convoy moves toward Yemen, alarming US officials (administration has 3 theories)

    04/18/2015 12:47:07 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 32 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 17, 2015 | Kristina Wong
    U.S. military officials are concerned that Iran's support for Houthi rebels in Yemen could spark a confrontation with Saudi Arabia and plunge the region into sectarian war. Iran is sending an armada of seven to nine ships — some with weapons — toward Yemen in a potential attempt to resupply the Shia Houthi rebels, according to two U.S. defense officials. Officials fear the move could lead to a showdown with the U.S. or other members of a Saudi-led coalition, which is enforcing a naval blockade of Yemen and is conducting its fourth week of airstrikes against the Houthis. Iran sent...
  • Winthrop Poll: S.C. Tea Party “can be a force” in 2016

    04/18/2015 12:40:16 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 3 replies
    WRHI AM 1340 ^ | April 17, 2015 | Andrew Kiel
    With just two of a dozen or more presidential candidates having declared their intention to run for office, South Carolina’s tea partyers are already lining up behind Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker. In the latest Winthrop Poll released Wednesday, Walker and Texas Senator Tex Cruz were in a statistical tie among the 1,000 or so likekly GOP voters polled. But poll director Scott Huffmon says support between mainstream republicans and Tea Party backers may be split — at least for now “The Tea Party Likes Scott Walker to the tune of people who approve of the Tea Party picked Scott Walker...
  • Why Hillary Can't Be in the Moment

    04/18/2015 12:24:30 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 34 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | Doris O'Brien
    Watching Hillary Clinton reach out and touch ordinary Americans is excruciating. In working a crowd of regular folks, Hillary is fingernails on the blackboard in a pantsuit. It is difficult to imagine anyone more out of touch with their own affect, movement, and connection to the people around them. She is unable to talk, touch, listen or smile in a natural manner. She doesn't seem to know what to do with her hands, where to direct her eyes, her scope of awareness is restricted. A blind person with a stick would be better than Hillary Clinton at reading people around...
  • Protesters' Chants Filter Into Court's Immigration Action Hearing [Illegals Intimidating Judges]

    04/17/2015 11:35:24 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 5 replies
    NBCNews ^ | April 17, 2015 | SUZANNE GAMBOA
    Protesters' Chants Filter Into Court's Immigration Action Hearing BY SUZANNE GAMBOA A panel of federal appeals court justices peppered lawyers with questions Friday in a closely watched case that is holding up President Barack Obama's move to shield millions of immigrants from deportation. Throughout the hearing, chants and drumming by supporters of Obama's action who were protesting outside the courtroom filtered into the packed courtroom. A coalition of 26 states, led by Texas, sued to block Obama's action which also provides work permits to many of the immigrants who would get the deportation deferrals. The hearing was on an appeal...
  • Undocumented Immigrant Not A Criminal,’ California Attorney General Says [Next CA Senator?]

    04/17/2015 11:22:15 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 28 replies
    CBS(Local) ^ | April 17, 2015
    Undocumented Immigrant Not A Criminal,’ California Attorney General Says April 17, 2015 LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — California Attorney General Kamala Harris made waves this week after telling the San Francisco Chronicle that “an undocumented immigrant is not a criminal.” On Friday, in an exclusive interview with CBSLA, Harris echoed that comment. “An undocumented immigrant is not a criminal,” she reiterated. “I’m a career prosecutor. I’ve personally prosecuted everything from low-level offenses to homicides. Unfortunately, I know what crime looks like. I know what a criminal looks like who’s committing a crime. An undocumented immigrant is not a criminal.” Those comments,...
  • Obama demands 'welcoming' for illegals 'Centralized' plan needed to 'take care of their needs'

    04/17/2015 10:52:45 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 38 replies
    WND ^ | April 17, 2015 | Leo Hohmann
    Illegals being processed at the McAllen Border Patrol Station in Texas last year. President Obama’s White House Task Force on Creating Welcoming Communities unveiled its recommendations Friday for a national strategy to “integrate” millions of immigrants and refugees into cities and towns across the U.S. The chair of the task force, Obama’s domestic policy adviser Cecilia Muńoz, said her focus is on making sure Obama’s historic immigration policies get “institutionalized” so they will live on long after she and her boss are gone from the White House. Obama created the task force Nov. 21 when he announced his plan...
  • Blinded by laser-armed cops – scared yet? (Demilitarizing? Not so fast! Police on buying binge...)

    04/17/2015 9:44:39 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 47 replies
    WND ^ | April 17, 2015 | Leo Hohmann
    The Z-Ro Retinal Obfuscation weapon mounted to a handgun. Last summer’s riots in Ferguson, Missouri, prompted much talk by President Obama and certain members of Congress about the need to demilitarize local police forces. Nearly a year later, the opposite is happening. New and more powerful weapons are flowing into local police departments daily, and still others are new to the marketplace. One weapon about to make its debut is the “Z-Ro Retinal Obfuscation” gun. When fired, the gun allows an officer to temporarily blind his targeted subject for up to 15 minutes. The new “compliance weapon” made a...
  • Comcast and Time Warner Cable merger in doubt, report claims (DOJ)

    04/17/2015 9:05:49 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 27 replies
    CNN Money ^ | 4/17/2015 | CNN Money
    A Bloomberg report on Friday cast new doubts on Comcast's long-gestating bid to buy Time Warner Cable. The news wire, citing anonymous sources, reported that "staff attorneys at the Justice Department's antitrust division are nearing a recommendation to block" the bid. The attorneys "could submit their review as soon as next week," Bloomberg said. Then the department's leadership will decide whether to act on the recommendation. The Justice Department declined to comment, and so did the other government agency that is reviewing the proposed merger, the Federal Communications Commission.
  • FBN’s Charles Payne: Obama Will Make a Push for Slave Reparations

    04/17/2015 7:41:57 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 112 replies
    http://www.breitbart.com ^ | April 17, 2015 | Jeff Poor
    On Thursday’s broadcast of Fox Business Network’s “Making Money,” host Charles Payne made a bold prediction when he suggested that President Barack Obama would make a push for slavery reparations. “The news is a glimpse of much bigger news that is going to come from the White House, next year, I’m leaning towards,” Payne said during his “Payne’s Passion” segment. “I think that there’s going to be an official apology from the White House to slavery in America and then a major push to get cash, and I’m talking lots of cash.” “Many including those closest to President Obama will...
  • Grassley to Holder: Why Is The VA Putting So Many Veterans on Your Federal Gun Ban List?

    04/17/2015 5:43:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    Townhall ^ | April 17, 2015 | Katie Pavlich, editor
    Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) has sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder expressing deep concerns over Veterans Affairs evaluations classifying veterans as "mentally defective" and banning them in the federal background check system from purchasing or owning a firearm. According to Grassley's office, the VA "reports individuals to the gun ban list if an individual merely needs financial assistance managing VA benefits," keeping them from exercising their Second Amendment rights. (Bolding is mine) "The National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) is effectively a national gun ban list and placement on the list precludes...
  • William Shatner’s $30 Billion Kickstarter Campaign to Save California [Water Pipeline Seattle to LA]

    04/17/2015 5:19:47 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 84 replies
    YahooNews ^ | April 17, 2015 | David Pogue
    William Shatner’s $30 Billion Kickstarter Campaign to Save California David Pogue April 17, 2015 William Shatner. Wow. He’s 84 years old, looks 65, and juggles a schedule that would exhaust a team of 10. Book projects, TV projects, tech projects, horse-riding projects, charity projects. And his willingness to embrace the tech world is impressive; he’s got YouTube channels, he’s conducted Kickstarter projects, and he has a huge Twitter presence: more than 2 million followers. (He’s tweeted 30,000 times so far — and yes, it’s really him.) The hour he spent with me in a Yahoo Tech Mix interview wasn’t even...
  • The New York Times's Dumb Second Amendment Argument

    04/17/2015 4:49:13 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | April 17, 2015 | Mark Hemingway
    I understand that to many people who work at the New York Times, guns are frightening animistic objects. But Andrew Rosenthal, the editorial page editor of the Times, just took the following swipe at Ted Cruz, under the headline "Ted Cruz’s Strange Gun Argument," and it is his argument, not Ted Cruz's, that is strange to say the least: Americans who believe the Second Amendment gives them an individual right to own guns (as opposed to a more general right to bear arms, as our editorial board argues) often make cogent arguments for their position. I believe that allowing people...
  • State Rep. advocates arming domestic abuse victims (IN)

    04/17/2015 4:32:45 PM PDT · by digger48 · 8 replies
    wishtv ^ | April 17, 2015 | Jim Shella
    INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — State Rep. Jim Lucas is known for his defense of gun ownership and gun rights. Nevertheless, the Seymour Republican raised some eyebrows with comments made on the House floor Thursday. Every week this session, someone in the House presents a domestic violence fact in the effort to increase awareness regarding domestic abuse. Thursday, Lucas felt the need to react. Watch his statement in the video player above by clicking the play button. “There are options out there for women,” he said. “Applications for a license to carry a handgun are up significantly in the state of Indiana...
  • Supreme Summoning: Chief Justice John Roberts Called For Jury Duty [OJ Jury, It Is Not!]

    04/17/2015 4:18:43 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 11 replies
    CNN ^ | April 17, 2015 | John Verhovek and Ariane de Vogue
    Supreme Summoning: Chief Justice John Roberts Called For Jury Duty By John Verhovek and Ariane de Vogue, CNN April 16, 2015 Washington (CNN)Most Americans often seek ways to avoid jury duty. But one potential juror in Maryland on Wednesday morning had quite the excuse. Chief Justice John Roberts was seen at a Montgomery County courthouse performing his civic duty as a prospective juror for a car crash case, according to a report first published by The Washington Post. Although Roberts ultimately was not chosen to serve on a jury, that's probably just as well, because oral arguments before the Supreme...
  • AFGE Activists in Texas Join the Nationwide Fight for 15 Movement

    04/17/2015 4:17:25 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 9 replies
    The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) ^ | April 17, 2015 | The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE)
    Activists from AFGE Local 1920, AFGE Local 2109, and AFGE District 10 rallied in solidarity at Fort Hood Army Base Wednesday in support of a $15/hour minimum wage and a union for all workers. They joined labor activists all across the country who protested on April 15 to demand higher wages for low-wage workers, including those employed by the federal government.“We’re standing up for our colleagues,” said Cheryl Eliano, AFGE District 10 National Vice President. “These dedicated workers support our troops every day, but can’t afford to support their own families.”AFGE stands in solidarity with the Fight for 15 campaign....
  • Five Points on the Iran Deal

    04/17/2015 3:21:25 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 6 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 4-17-15 | William Kristol
    I've received several inquiries asking me to spell out some implications of this week's editorial. Here goes: 1) No deal is better than a bad Iran deal. And a bad Iran deal is not just a foreign policy setback. It's a foreign policy disaster. 2) The administration is heading toward a bad deal (see Kissinger-Schultz, and now even James Baker). 3) The Corker bill only helps, if it does, after a deal has been signed—and then 67 votes in the Senate and 290 in the House are needed to overturn a deal. That's unlikely. And a lot of damage in...
  • 10th Annual Iowa Governors Conference on LGBTQ Youth: Words Matter [Luke 17]

    04/17/2015 3:19:25 PM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 2 replies
    IowaSafeSchools.org ^ | 4/2015 | Nate Monson, Executive Director, Iowa Safe Schools
    On April 3rd, Iowa Safe Schools held our 10th Annual Iowa Governors Conference on LGBTQ Youth. The event hosted over 1,000 attendees including students, college-aged youth, educators, parents, faith leaders, mental health providers, and more who care about the well-being of LGBTQ students in our state. This year’s speakers included the former Prime Minister of Iceland and first out head of government in the modern era - Jóhanna Sigurđardóttir; the first out WWE Superstar Darren Young; and Abbe Land the CEO of The Trevor Project which is a national LGBTQ youth suicide prevention hotline. Our conference provides the only opportunity...
  • U.S. appeals court judges skeptical over lifting hold on Obama immigration order

    04/17/2015 2:57:56 PM PDT · by 11th_VA · 43 replies
    Reuters ^ | Apr 17, 2015 4:07pm EDT | By Jonathan Kaminsky
    NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - Two conservative U.S. appeals court judges expressed skepticism on Friday over arguments to lift an injunction blocking President Barack Obama's efforts to overhaul immigration law without congressional action. Administration lawyers were in court to ask a 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel to lift the injunction, issued in February by a federal judge in Texas, halting the president's executive action intended to shield 4.7 million undocumented immigrants from deportation.