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  • Clinton Leads Republican Field By Double Digits in Washington [Walker leads w/ conservatives]

    05/22/2015 12:12:39 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 18 replies
    Public Policy Polling ^ | May 21, 2015 | Tom Jensen
    "...6 Republican candidates hit double digits when it comes to who voters within their party want to be their nominee. Scott Walker leads with 18% to 15% for Marco Rubio, 13% for Mike Huckabee, 11% for Ted Cruz, and 10% each for Jeb Bush and Ben Carson. Chris Christie (6%), Rand Paul (5%), and Rick Perry (3%) round out the field. Walker has the slight overall edge on the Republican field due to his strength with voters who identify themselves as 'very conservative.' He gets 28% to 18% for Cruz, 16% for Huckabee, and 10% for Rubio. Rubio's greatest strength...
  • Obama and Hillary Blame Youtube Video for Benghazi Terrorist Attack as Coffins Arrive

    05/21/2015 10:03:51 PM PDT · by doug from upland · 16 replies
    youtube ^ | may 2013
    Video at the link as a reminder. She knew and lied about it anyway as the bodies were returned home.
  • Obama trade bill clears big Senate hurdle, Republicans keep Obama trade agenda alive

    05/21/2015 9:10:37 PM PDT · by concernedcitizen76 · 28 replies
    Politico ^ | May 21, 2015 | Burgess Everett and Manu Raju
    On life support as of early Thursday morning, President Barack Obama’s trade agenda has found new life. In a dramatic vote critical to the future of the president’s goal of securing new trade deals with Pacific Rim and European countries, the Senate on Thursday broke a bipartisan filibuster of legislation to give the president “fast-track” authority to negotiate new trade deals. The 62-38 vote preserves the possibility that the Senate can finish the trade bill before the Memorial Day recess, which would be a major boon to Obama and Republican leaders in the House and Senate. It came after a...
  • Hillary's Benghazi E-mails Reveal Conflicting Narratives

    05/21/2015 8:54:05 PM PDT · by lbryce · 14 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 21, 2015 | Fox
    EXPLOSIVE NEW DETAILS EMERGED TODAY FROM EMAIL SENT AND RECEIVED ON HILLARY'S PERSONAL ACCOUNT.
  • ICYMI: The USDA Published a Guide to Roasting Marshmallows

    05/21/2015 8:44:01 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 19, 2015 | Christine Rousselle
    Pearls Before Swine is one of my favorite comic strips. While I normally read it for the daily laugh, today's strip did the immense public service of reminding me how silly our government can be:
  • Senator [Mike Crapo] Again Calls for Ending Justice Department’s Operation Choke Point

    05/21/2015 7:54:18 PM PDT · by upchuck · 2 replies
    daily signal ^ | May 21, 2015 | Kelsey Harkness
    Comparing Operation Choke Point to Tom Cruise’s “Minority Report,” a film where police use “psychic technology” to arrest alleged murderers before they actually commit a crime, Sen. Mike Crapo today made another attempt to end the Justice Department’s controversial program. “To explain [Operation Choke Point], I want to remind everybody of a movie that came out in 2002. It’s called ‘Minority Report,’” Crapo, R-Idaho, said during a Senate Banking Committee hearing this morning. “[T]he Department of Justice has engaged in a program where it has actually designated not companies, not individuals, but business types or industries that are entirely legal...
  • How the Money Primary Is Undermining Voting Rights

    05/21/2015 7:44:30 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    The Nation ^ | The June 8, 2015 Issue | Ari Berman
    Fifty years ago, African-Americans were denied the right to vote. Now the vast majority of Americans are being denied the rightful value of their vote.In November 1963, Evelyn Butts, a seamstress and mother of three from Norfolk, Virginia,
filed the first lawsuit in federal court challenging her state’s $1.50 poll tax. Annie Harper, a retired domestic worker from Fairfax County, filed a companion suit five months later. In March 1966, the Supreme Court overruled two previous decisions and overturned Virginia’s poll tax, stating that economic status could not be an obstacle to casting a ballot. “Fee payments or wealth, like race,...
  • Dependence on Government

    05/21/2015 6:33:29 PM PDT · by MosesKnows · 28 replies
    May 21, 2015 | MosesKnows
    Why Do Some People Accept Dependence? I had a thought I wanted to share regarding why some people accept dependence on government handouts as a way of life. My idea of success is for a person to go through life without becoming a burden on their fellow citizens. This is not always possible but once you do become a burden, your every sense should be to unburden your fellow citizens. Explaining the benefits to mind and body rooted in independence isn’t enough to cause some people to risk the comfort of a handout for the difficult path to independence. The...
  • Minneapolis Group Wants Officers to Pay for Own Liability Insurance

    05/21/2015 6:16:53 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 21 replies
    KSTP ^ | 5-21-15 | Joe Augustine
    Before Officer Michael Griffin was indicted on federal charges for using excessive force and lying under oath, he cost the city of Minneapolis $411,864.78. The city paid $140,000 in 2014 to settle a lawsuit filed by Ibrahim Regai, who Griffin allegedly knocked unconscious at a Minneapolis night club in 2010, while he was off duty. That same year, a federal jury in a civil trial ruled the city must pay Jeremy Axel, Michael Mitchell and their attorneys $271,864.78. Griffin allegedly kicked Mitchell in the chest and punched Axel in the back of the head, knocking him unconscious outside a club...
  • Hillary Clinton’s Scripted Campaign is Starting to Make New Hampshire Mad

    05/21/2015 5:36:56 PM PDT · by lbryce · 32 replies
    Boston.com ^ | May 21, 2015 | Nik DeCosta-Klipa
    At some point in the 1970s, a man in Manchester, New Hampshire asks his friend, “What do you think about Mo Udall for president?” The other man replies, “I don’t know, I only met him twice.” Or so goes John McCain’s oft-repeated joke about the Granite State’s brand of personal politics. Now it appears that Hillary Clinton’s campaign is starting to get on New Hampshire’s nerves for being impersonal. The Nashua Telegraph published an editorial Thursday that said a conference call by Clinton’s campaign with local media was “the antithesis of what NH is about.” According to the Telegraph, the...
  • CIA Shuts Down Climate Research Program (hoax has nothing to do with national security)

    05/21/2015 4:44:00 PM PDT · by Libloather · 16 replies
    National Journal ^ | 5/21/15 | Jason Plautz
    May 21, 2015 The Central Intelligence Agency is shutting down a research program that offered classified data to scientists to examine the link between climate change and global security threats. A CIA spokesman confirmed that the agency had ended its MEDEA program, a 1990s-era intelligence program restarted in 2010 under President Obama. The collaboration gave scientists access to intelligence assets like satellite data to study climate change and inform on how its impacts could inflame conflicts. CIA spokesman Ryan Whaylen said "these projects have been completed and CIA will employ these research results and engage external experts as it continues...
  • Milligan: Unfair to Expect Hillary Supporters to Name Her Accomplishments As Secretary of State

    05/21/2015 4:41:00 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 28 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | May 20, 2015 | By Ken Shepherd
    U.S. News & World Report's Susan Milligan wildly spun for Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton on the May 20 edition of Hardball when she insisted that the fact that her supporters in a recent focus-group survey by Bloomberg TV cannot name a single accomplishment of hers as Secretary of State is, well, "unfair." Indeed, Milligan insisted, the job of Secretary of State is essentially to make sure nothing major goes wrong on his or her watch. Clearly Susan has never heard of the fiasco that is post-Qadhafi Libya or the ongoing civil war in Syria or the abject failure of...
  • Gallup Poll: Obama Favorable Rating Up, Best Since September 2013

    05/21/2015 4:25:41 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    Gallup ^ | 05/21/2015 | Justin McCarthy
    WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Americans' favorable ratings of President Barack Obama now stand at 53%, up four points from March. This comes after a year in which these ratings were mostly below 50% and marks the president's highest score since September 2013. A president's favorable ratings are distinct from approval of his performance; job approval ratings generally tend to be lower. For the Obama presidency, Gallup trends show the two measures have changed largely in tandem. As Obama's approval rating has rebounded nine percentage points from a low of 37% last fall, his favorable rating has increased 11 points from 42%....
  • Archives officials worried about preserving Hillary’s records

    05/21/2015 4:18:55 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 10 replies
    Politico ^ | May 21, 2015 | By JOSH GERSTEIN
    Before Hillary Clinton stepped down as secretary of state in early 2013, National Archives officials were warned that her official records might wind up outside the control of the State Department and pledged to take steps to address the issue, newly released records reveal. “We need to discuss what we know, and how we should delicately go about learning more about, regarding the transition plans for Secretary Clinton’s departure from State,” Paul Wester, chief records officer for the U.S. Government wrote to National Archives colleagues in a Dec. 11, 2012, email message obtained by POLITICO. Wester said an individual —...
  • Waco shooting: Purple Heart recipient among nine bikers killed

    05/21/2015 4:16:12 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 155 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Thursday 21 May 2015 17.24 EDT | Associated Press in Waco
    One of nine bikers killed at a shootout outside a Texas restaurant was a Vietnam veteran and Purple Heart recipient whose family members dispute police claims he was in a criminal group. An Associated Press review of Texas court records and a database maintained by the state department of public safety turned up no criminal history in Texas for Jesus Delgado Rodriguez, 65, of New Braunfels. And his son Vincent Ramirez told the San Antonio Express-News that he was not violent.
  • Atheist Activist Plans to Remove 'In God We Trust' from US Currency

    05/21/2015 4:10:12 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 49 replies
    Christian Headlines ^ | 5/20/15 | Amanda Casanova |
    An atheist activist is planning to file lawsuits claiming the phrase “In God We Trust” on American money is “offensive” and “unlawful.” “It violates the first ten words of the Bill of Rights (‘Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion’) and it violates the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA),” said Michael Newdow, who is also a lawyer and doctor. “Unfortunately, because Constitutional principles can be twisted and perverted, the challenges to this practice under the Establishment Clause have, so far, failed.” Newdow wrote a guest post on the Friendly Atheist blog last week, arguing that the Religious...
  • Illegal Alien Charged With Child Molestation and Pornography Able To Work With Kids Thanks to Obama

    05/21/2015 3:52:45 PM PDT · by detective · 13 replies
    Townhall ^ | May 21, 2015 | Katie Pavlich
    Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee Chuck Grassley has sent a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson demanding to know why an illegal alien who was working as a camp counselor, charged with child molestation and with distributing nearly 1000 images of child pornography, may have avoided deportation under President Obama's deferred action program (DACA).
  • Conservative nonprofit plans to expand statewide presence (New York)

    05/21/2015 3:51:58 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet
    Capital New York ^ | May 21, 2015 | Bill Mahoney
    ALBANY—A nonprofit group tied to hedge funder Robert Mercer is planning to expand next month, Capital has learned. Reclaim New York, a 501(c)(3) with connections to several prominent Republicans, was established in 2013 and has developed a sizable presence on social media websites like Twitter. Last month, it was featured prominently in a Newsday editorial. According to its website, the group is a "non-partisan, non-profit organization dedicated to advancing a statewide, grassroots conversation about the future of New York, its economy and its people." Reclaim New York will likely be more visible in the near future. It is in the...
  • Ferguson Suffers Budget Fallout From Michael Brown Shooting

    05/21/2015 3:23:15 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 17 replies
    ABC News ^ | May 21, 2015 | By JIM SALTER
    Ferguson city leaders project a $2.5 million budget shortfall during the current fiscal year and a similar shortage in fiscal 2016, largely due to the unrest and fallout after the fatal police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown, the town's mayor said Thursday. Mayor James Knowles III said several businesses damaged or destroyed in the riots have not returned, so sales tax revenue is about $400,000 less than budgeted. The city voluntarily agreed to reduce the amount of money collected through the municipal court. Beyond that, police were issuing few tickets in the months after the shooting because they were too...
  • Democratic leaders tell Obama to stop ‘jailing’ migrant children, moms

    05/21/2015 3:01:46 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 1 replies
    Kansas City Star ^ | May 21, 2015 | BY FRANCO ORDOŃEZ
    A pack of Democratic congressional leaders lined up on Capital Hill on Thursday to condemn the Obama administration for “jailing” migrant mothers and children in family detention centers across the country. Reps. Zoe Lofgren and Lucille Roybal-Allard of California and Luis Gutiérrez of Illinois led a group of nearly a dozen Democrats, who warned the Obama administration that it was fighting a losing battle after a California court concluded in a draft ruling that the president’s policies violated a decades-old agreement on migration. It’s time, they said, to stop the “violent” and “unconscionable” practice that is also an embarrassment to...
  • 51 Percent Of Democrats Pretty Much Want To Destroy The First Amendment

    05/21/2015 3:01:42 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 21, 2015 | Matt Vespa
    So, National Review’s Charlie Cooke found an interesting poll showing that a majority of Democrats–and a substantial proportion of Republicans–want to upend the foundation of First Amendment law in the United States. They want to criminalize so-called hate speech. Nevertheless, 60 percent of Americans say that it’s “okay” publish Muhammad cartoons, and over 70 percent approve of our right to offend. So, what’s going on here? Party affiliation is the only place where we see a majority for making hate speech a crime. That honor is awarded to the Democrats, where 51 percent agree with that sentiment, according to a YouGov poll. Yet, 37...
  • 6 Baltimore Police Officers Indicted in Death of Freddie Gray

    05/21/2015 3:01:39 PM PDT · by KeyLargo · 23 replies
    KTLA ^ | May 21, 2015
    <p>Six police officers have been indicted in the death of Freddie Gray, Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby said Thursday.</p> <p>The officers are scheduled to be arraigned on July 2, she said.</p> <p>Gray’s death last month after allegedly suffering a devastating injury while in police custody sparked protests and riots in Baltimore.</p>
  • Our Crazy Treatment of the Mentally Ill

    05/21/2015 2:47:17 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 37 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 21, 2015 | Steve Chapman
    A Bronx man died in police custody last week after police responded to a 911 call. An Iraq combat veteran in El Paso, Texas, serving a two-day DWI sentence died after being subdued by guards. A woman died after being Tasered by sheriff's deputies in a Fairfax, Va., cell. What they had in common, besides expiring abruptly while in the hands of law enforcement officers, is mental illness. Denis Reyes was afflicted by bipolar disorder. James Brown reported being diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder. Natasha McKenna had a history of schizophrenia. We used to warehouse the mentally ill in overcrowded,...
  • Public outcry forces FEC Democrats to junk bid to regulate Internet, Drudge

    05/21/2015 2:35:46 PM PDT · by PROCON · 28 replies
    washingtonexaminer.com ^ | May 21, 2015 | Paul Bedard
    The Federal Election Commission, facing punishing criticism for suggesting that political activity on the Internet should be regulated, rejected talk of new rules Thursday, a victory for GOP commissioners who feared Democrats were targeting conservative sites, even the Drudge Report. During a public meeting, Democrats on the FEC said they were responding to the public outcry in saying that no new rules are required.Democratic Commissioner Ellen Weintraub said the FEC received 5,000 comments demanding the agency keep their hands off the Internet. In response, she proposed a resolution that directly barred Internet regulation."I wanted to make clear that I was...
  • Common Core teaches kids to 'divide Jerusalem' [Joel 3]

    05/21/2015 2:24:20 PM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 6 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 5/20/2015 | LEO HOHMANN
    A Boston University professor has defended to WND his creation of a Common Core-compliant lesson plan that uses role-playing workshops to teach students to sympathize with Hamas, create a Palestinian state and divide the city of Jerusalem. Professor Carl Hobert’s “Whose Jerusalem?” project has been lauded by those at the pinnacle of the education establishment as an important work that will, in the words of Boston University School of Education Dean Hardin Coleman, “help students acquire the skills they need” in conflict resolution “to be successful in the 21st century.” But the role-playing exercises have also come under fire recently...
  • Clinton campaigning in a bubble, largely isolated from real people

    05/21/2015 2:06:36 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 22 replies
    Kansas City Star ^ | May 21, 2015 | BY ANITA KUMAR
    Here’s how Hillary Clinton campaigned for president this week: She took a private 15-minute tour of a bike shop that had closed for her visit. She spoke to four small-business owners chosen by her staff in front of an audience of 20, also chosen by her staff. She answered a few questions from the media following weeks of silence. And after a little more than an hour, Clinton was off, whisked away by aides and Secret Service agents, into a minivan and on to the next event. Members of the public who wanted to go inside the building to support...
  • Hillary Clinton Super PAC Struggles to Raise Money

    05/21/2015 1:50:31 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 19 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | May 21, 2015 | By PETER NICHOLAS and LAURA MECKLER
    The super PAC supporting Hillary Clinton’s presidential bid is struggling to raise money and now expects to collect only about $15 million through the end of June, people familiar with the matter said Wednesday. The group, Priorities USA Action, is shaking up its senior staff in hopes of jump-starting a fundraising operation that, five weeks after Mrs. Clinton entered the presidential race, has garnered only about $5 million in “hard commitments,” two people familiar with events say.
  • Justice who loves gay marriage may force it on those who don't

    05/21/2015 1:39:45 PM PDT · by PROCON · 15 replies
    onenewsnow.com ^ | May 20, 2015 | Charlie Butts
    A conservative legal organization is calling for Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to recuse herself from deciding the marriage case now before the court. "A judge should avoid the appearance of impropriety as much as possible," says Roger Gannam, senior counsel with Liberty Counsel. Ginsburg, a far-left justice, had conducted five same-sex marriage ceremonies before the high court heard the landmark Obergefell v. Hodges in April. A ruling is coming in June.More recently, Ginsburg presided over the so-called marriage of two men in Washington, D.C., reportedly emphasizing the word "Constitution" in the ceremony to the delight of (a)ttendees.
  • Obama, Clinton Want To Enforce 'Correct' Thinking In America

    05/21/2015 1:29:49 PM PDT · by yoe · 22 replies
    IBD ^ | May 20, 2015 | VICTOR DAVIS HANSON
    What happens when the public does not wish to live out the utopian dreams of its elite leaders?[snip] How, then, do politically correct planners force the people to think and act properly when they push back? Extra-legal executive orders can help a president bypass supposed troglodytes in Congress and among the public. Obama granted blanket amnesties, proposed rules that would lead to the closure of many coal plants and arbitrarily chose which health or labor statutes should be enforced and at what times. A filmmaker was even jailed on a trumped-up probation charge after making a video about Islam.....[snip] As...
  • Jeb Bush: Let’s face it, Republicans spent too much when my brother was president

    05/21/2015 1:05:37 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/21/2015 | AllahPundit
    Back when he first announced, I figured upwards of 65 percent of the Jeb Bush presidential campaign would consist of him cautiously criticizing the obvious weak points of Bush 43 policy, one of which assuredly is spending. If you’re linked by blood to a president who left office under dismal circumstances, job one is explaining how you’ll be different. Then Megyn Kelly asked him about Iraq, Dubya’s biggest liability, and we watched Jeb spend a full week grasping for ways not to squarely disagree with his brother.Which is to say, this shouldn’t be newsworthy but I guess now it is....
  • Trouble in the Skies

    05/21/2015 12:44:39 PM PDT · by ComputerGuy · 20 replies
    Fox Business ^ | 5/21/2015 | Adam Shapiro
    Trouble in the Skies Adam Shapiro FOX Business' "Trouble in the Skies," a six month investigation of the FAA’s new hiring practices, uncovered changes that may put the nation’s flying public at risk as well as allegations that the newest air traffic control recruits had access to answers on a key test that helped them gain jobs with the FAA. snip... Also uncovered was an FAA effort to promote diversity that discarded 3000 qualified college graduates with degrees in air traffic control despite their following FAA procedure and obtaining FAA accredited degrees.
  • Scott Walker Will Keynote Philly GOP Conference

    05/21/2015 12:32:37 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 11 replies
    Politics PA ^ | May 21, 2015 | Nick Field
    Scott Walker is coming to Philadelphia. The Wisconsin Governor and probable 2016 presidential candidate will keynote the 2015 Northeast Republican Leadership Conference.“Governor Scott Walker is one of the leading voices of conservative values in the Republican Party,” PA GOP Chair Rob Gleason said. “Governor Walker has a proven track record of putting Republican principles into practice in government. Scott Walker has always put the needs of the taxpayer ahead of the wishes of special interests, and I look forward to hearing him discuss his vision for the future of our Party and our country.” “As the cradle of liberty, Philadelphia...
  • Last chance in Kansas! (Article V)

    05/21/2015 11:49:00 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 7 replies
    Convention of States ^ | May 20th 2015 | David Schneider
    Kansas’s Convention of States application is hanging in the wind as the session is wrapping up. We have identified individuals that are actively trying to stop HCR5010 from coming to a vote prior to the legislature convening. These individuals have bought into the fear of somehow our Founding Fathers put a device in our Constitution that is never to be used. They believe the fear mongers that somehow despite the words in the Constitution that gives an Article V Convention only one power (to propose amendments), that somehow this state run body will rewrite the entire constitution and we will...
  • Brian Williams pulls out of hosting awards show for military veterans and will be replaced...

    05/21/2015 11:46:49 AM PDT · by PROCON · 25 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | May 21, 2015 | Michael Zennie
    Full Title: Brian Williams pulls out of hosting awards show for military veterans and will be replaced by MICHELLE OBAMA NBC anchor, who was suspended after being called out by veterans for lying about his experience in Iraq, said he didn't want to be a 'distraction' First-ever Lincoln Awards features a concert by Nick Jonas, Gavin DeGraw and Jerry Lewis, which was filmed in January Ceremony, to air on PBS Friday, honors people who have helped veterans and military familiesDisgraced NBC news anchor Brian Williams, who was brought down when it was revealed he lied about his experience in a...
  • The Joint Commission Continues to Poison the Medical Spider Web

    05/21/2015 11:46:26 AM PDT · by Rona_Badger · 1 replies
    The American Medical Money Machine ^ | May 21, 2015 | James R. Goldberg
    Why Do We Blindly Dance to the Same Old Music? Continuing our examination of the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JC), you’ll find the story is very complex. But, in the end, if one follows the money, the real WHY behind the JC is quite simply GREED. The JC is one of the main spiders, unseen by most, who continue to spin this deadly web at our expense. They have powerful partners with executives who enjoy virtual immunity from one of the greatest protection rackets of all time. It turns out that my suspicion of the JC is...
  • Udder Lunacy: cow shot dead by dozens of terrified police officers in England [tr]

    05/21/2015 11:31:54 AM PDT · by pabianice · 54 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 5/21/15 | Ledwith
    Cornered by dozens of police officers, a helicopter, 20 squad vehicles and six snipers, the villain had nowhere left to run. And with a single shot to the head the dramatic cross-country chase came to a deadly conclusion. But the target in the police riflemen’s sights was not an escaped killer – it was Bessie the cow. 'Cruel and utterly pointless': Bessie the cow (pictured) was shot dead after being cornered by dozens of policemen, a helicopter, 20 squad vehicles and six snipers. She had escaped from a country park on Sunday Locals are so upset at her unhappy end...
  • Price worries persist for Obamacare market plans

    05/21/2015 11:25:16 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 12 replies
    CNBC ^ | May 21, 2015 | by Dan Mangan
    The price is still wrong for too many health insurance customers. Nearly half of all people with individual health insurance plans this year said it's "very" or "somewhat" difficult for them to afford their monthly premiums. The vast majority of Obamacare exchange customers receive a discount on their monthly premiums as a result of subsidies they are issued. Despite that, among individuals with both subsidized and nonsubsidized coverage, "You've got a substantial share saying it's not a great value for the money," said Liz Hamel, director of Kaiser's Public Opinion and Survey Research team. About four in 10 people surveyed...
  • After Court-Martial, this Marine Cites Religious Freedom in Her Continued Legal Fight

    05/21/2015 11:20:11 AM PDT · by kristinn · 17 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | Thursday, May 21, 2015 | Dan Lamothe
    A court case working its way through the military justice system raises a basic question: Should a member of the military be allowed to post a religious passage in her place of work? The case involves Monifa J. Sterling, a Marine veteran who was convicted in a court-martial at Camp Lejeune, N.C., of failing to go to an appointed place of duty, disrespecting a superior commissioned officer and four specifications of disobeying a lawful order. She was sentenced last year to a reduction in rank from lance corporal to private and given a bad-conduct discharge, a status that will stay...
  • Senate Democrats Demand More Money for Amtrak Repair Backlog

    05/21/2015 11:15:54 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 20 replies
    ABC News ^ | May 21, 2015 | By JOAN LOWY
    Senate Democrats on Thursday demanded that Republicans provide more money for Amtrak so the railroad can tackle a $21 billion maintenance and repair backlog, including replacing tunnels more than a century old. Democrats at a news conference cited last week's deadly crash in Philadelphia and said the backlog is compromising safety and service. Democrats want to Congress to give Amtrak the entire $2 billion in subsidies the railroad requested for the budget year that starts Oct. 1. They say GOP lawmakers have starved the railroad financially for years. A Republican-controlled House panel approved a spending bill the day after the...
  • What If We Didn't Have a Constitution?

    05/21/2015 11:03:10 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 30 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 21, 2015 | Judge Andrew Napolitano
    What if we didn't have a Constitution? What if the government were elected by custom and tradition, but not by law? What if election procedures and official titles and government responsibilities merely followed those that preceded them, and not because any of this was compelled by law, but because that's what folks came to expect? What if those elected to office, and those appointed to it, as well, took oaths to uphold the Constitution? What if those who took the oaths promised fidelity to the Constitution? What if the Constitution declares itself to be the supreme law of the land?...
  • Adopted 'Father' and 'Son' to Marry

    05/21/2015 9:57:08 AM PDT · by mbarker12474 · 30 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 20 May 2015 | not given
    Adopted 'Father' and 'Son' to Marry Pennsylvania couple Bill Novak and Norman MacArthur are legally adopted father and son, but soon they will marry. The couple of more than 50 years registered as domestic partners in 1994, but were told after moving from New York City to Pennsylvania that “hell would freeze over before Pennsylvania approves same sex marriage.” Since they needed to do estate planning, a lawyer advised them that the only way to become legally related was through adoption. This year, however, a federal district court declared the state’s same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional, so the couple petitioned to...
  • Fast-track Trans-Pacific Trade legislation passes U.S. Senate hurdle in win for Obama

    05/21/2015 9:34:11 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    Yahoo Finance | 05/21/2015 | Richard Cowan
    President Barack Obama's signature Asian trade push cleared another hurdle in the U.S. Senate on Thursday after a knife-edge vote moved the White House closer to gaining the power to speed trade deals through Congress. Senators voted 62-38 to give Obama a major victory and set up a speedy decision on the "fast-track" trade negotiating authority the president needs to complete the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal. TPP is seen as central to U.S. efforts to counter China's increasing economic muscle. Thirteen of 44 Democrats supported the legislation through the second Senate vote. Some supported moving ahead with fast track...
  • The ‘Old and Relentless’: The Clinton soap opera continues

    05/21/2015 9:32:11 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 5 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 5-19-15 | Charles Hurt
    ANALYSIS/OPINION: Welcome, ladies and gentlemen, to the longest-running Southern Gothic soap opera in American history! It is a mix of "Days of Our Lives," "Dr. Phil," "The Sopranos," "Oprah" and "Judge Judy" all rolled into one, long, endless saga called "The Clintons — a Tale of Naked Ambition, Unquenchable Libido, Towering Greed and Their Desperation to be a Part of Every American's Life as Long as We Live." It is about 20 years on from being "The Young and the Restless." It has become "The Old and Relentless." Washed Up. Won't stop talking. Won't stop spinning. Won't stop lying. Won't...
  • Denmark Preparing to be the First to Eliminate Cash

    05/21/2015 9:25:35 AM PDT · by Mad Dawgg · 31 replies
    Armstrong Economics.com ^ | May 19, 201 | Martin Armstrong
    Denmark is not part of the euro; they have their own currency, the krone. So far, they appear likely to become the first country to abolish cash. The Danish government is currently pushing to free some stores, restaurants, and petrol stations from accepting cash payments as Britain was testing last year in Manchester. The Danish government is currently are proposing to scrap cash transactions entirely as part of a package of cost-saving measures introduced ahead of the Danish election in September.
  • Denmark moves closer to a cashless society

    05/21/2015 9:10:36 AM PDT · by HammerT · 17 replies
    The independent | 07 May 2015 | Doug Bolton
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  • Obama says the DUMBEST THING EVER to protect ‘peaceful’ Islam

    05/21/2015 8:49:31 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 33 replies
    Obama has been on a mission trying to protect his ‘peaceful’ Islam since he’s been in office, but he’s ramped it up with the advent of ISIS. Today in a speech somewhere, he actually suggested Climate Change led to the creation of ISIS and Boko Haram: Obama knows the people who listen to him are uneducated idiots who will believe anything he says, no matter how stupid. And this is about as dumb as it gets.
  • Policing Strategies

    05/21/2015 8:48:45 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 3 replies
    C-SPAN ^ | 5-19-2015 | C-SPAN
    Witnesses testified at a hearing on the development of policing strategies to promote better relations between law enforcement and communities. Areas discussed included the use of police body cameras, appointing independent prosecutors for investigations involving allegations of police misconduct, impediments that discourage witnesses from coming forward during investigations, law enforcement agency training and accreditation, and the rules and regulations that affect local law enforcement.
  • Militarization Is More Than Tanks and Rifles: It’s a Cultural Disease

    05/21/2015 8:41:58 AM PDT · by all the best · 22 replies
    The Rutherford Institute ^ | May 19, 2015 | John W. Whitehead
    “If we’re training cops as soldiers, giving them equipment like soldiers, dressing them up as soldiers, when are they going to pick up the mentality of soldiers? If you look at the police department, their creed is to protect and to serve. A soldier’s mission is to engage his enemy in close combat and kill him. Do we want police officers to have that mentality? Of course not.”— Arthur Rizer, former civilian police officer and member of the military Only now—after the Departments of Justice, Homeland Security (DHS) and Defense have passed off billions of dollars worth of military equipment...
  • Pandas and politics, &c.

    05/21/2015 8:40:45 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 1 replies
    National Review ^ | 5/21/2015 | Jay Nordlinger
    For years, the Left in Britain had a taunt: “There are more pandas in Scotland than there are Tory MPs.” Ha ha ha! Yes, there were two pandas in the Edinburgh Zoo and only one Conservative representing a Scottish constituency in parliament. Activists used to dress as pandas to remind David Cameron and the Conservatives of this fact. Well, guess what? There are now more pandas in Scotland than there are Labour MPs. Yup: After its wipeout at the hands of the Scottish National Party, Labour has a single MP representing a Scottish constituency. Just as the Tories (still) have...
  • The 7 Reasons Marco Rubio Should Get the Republican Nomination for President

    05/21/2015 8:19:52 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 05/21/2015 | Scott Ott
    [Note from Scott Ott: The presidential primary process doesn't help us to decide who's qualified to bear the party standard, and to serve as chief executive. It's just our way of crushing the hopes and dreams of anyone who dares poke head from hole. Because you already know all of the reasons why every candidate, and potential candidate, has no right to expect the nomination, I'm going to write an utterly one-sided series on why each one should get it.]TodayÂ’s nominee: Senator Marco Rubio. (If youÂ’re concerned that IÂ’m not providing fair and balanced analysis, IÂ’m sure the folks...