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  • Hillary Rode More Coattails Than She Broke Glass Ceilings

    03/26/2015 12:09:23 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 3 replies
    IBD ^ | March 24, 2015 | Betsy McCaughey
    Hillary Clinton's expected presidential run is being hailed as a chance to shatter the glass ceiling. That, of course, is nonsense. Hillary rose to power solely on her husband's sleazy coattails. She's not self-made. And it shows. The recent email scandal is the latest in a lifelong pattern of entitlement and hubris ó traits successful women know can torpedo a career. Strangely, feminists ignore the damning facts about how Hillary got where she is. Recently, she addressed 5,000 Silicon Valley business women ó real career women. Vowing to "crack every last glass ceiling," a hint at her White House ambitions,...
  • Another voice: When Republicans flip-flop and embrace government mandates [EveryBody but Cruz]

    03/26/2015 12:06:43 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 1 replies
    Chron ^ | March 25, 2015
    If the presidential election process didnít begin in Iowa, ethanol would likely be a memory. For example, the Wall Street Journal reports that former Governor Rick Perry once unsuccessfully sought a federal waiver from the mandate to include ethanol in gasoline, claiming it had a negative economic impact.But because the election process begins in Iowa, where nearly half of the corn grown is converted to ethanol, most Republican candidates, who make a career of denouncing government mandates and crony capitalism, have come to embrace the ethanol mandateóeven as they decry the Obamacare mandate forcing Americans to have health insurance and...
  • Clinton Camp Warns Us Not to Use Certain "Sexist" Words

    03/26/2015 11:55:57 AM PDT · by yoe · 41 replies
    Rush Limbaugh ^ | March 26, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    he Clinton campaign has issued a list of words and terms to the Drive-By Media in the form of a threatening e-mail to a New York Times infobabe telling them, "These are the words you cannot use to describe Mrs. Clinton." One word that's not on the list is "cankles." I guess everybody in the media is free to use the word "cankles." ... [snip]Here are the words that the Hillary Clinton campaign sent out to the New York Times reporter Amy Chozick is telling her she can't use. "Polarizing." You may not use the word "polarizing" to describe Mrs....
  • Senate Democrat Trolls Tom Cotton So Hard [Barf Alert!]

    03/26/2015 11:52:07 AM PDT · by Carl Vehse · 3 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | March 26, 2015 | Zach Carter
    Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) delivered a pitch-perfect trolling lesson to the Senate on Wednesday, filing an amendment calling to defund "the purchase of stationary [sic] or electronic devices for the purpose of members of Congress or congressional staff communicating with foreign governments and undermining the role of the President as Head of State in international nuclear negotiations on behalf of the United States." In other words, Stabenow wants to defund Tom Cotton letters.
  • Wilmore: Creationists like Cruz Donít Deserve Respect or to be POTUS

    03/26/2015 11:45:48 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 25 replies
    MRC.org ^ | 3/26/2015 11:21 AM ET | Kristine Marsh
    p>Those tolerant liberals have been at it again. Ted Cruz and evangelicals were public enemy no. 1 and 2 on Comedy Centralís The Nightly Show March 24. Host Larry Wilmore brought on liberal comedian Lewis Black, Actor and former member of the Obama Administration Kal Penn, pollster Kristen Soltis Anderson, and only one conservative, Amy Holmes, anchor for The Blaze TV, to discuss Ted Cruzís run for President. The discussion began with Lewis Black blasting Cruz as a relic of the segregated past. BLACK: ďWeíve lived through this before. This is 1956. If he had appeared at Liberty University and...
  • Richard Viguerie: Cruz Candidacy Has Conservatives 'On Fire With Excitement'

    03/26/2015 11:20:07 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 26 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 26 Mar 2015 | Courtney Coren
    Conservative activist Richard Viguerie tells Newsmax TV that Texas Sen. Ted Cruz stands out as a conservative candidate for president in 2016 because he's "the whole package." "He's running as the first top tier principled constitutional conservative since Ronald Reagan," Viguerie, the chairman of ConservativeHQ, told J.D. Hayworth and Miranda Khan on "America's Forum" on Thursday.Compared to other potential Republican candidates for president in 2016, such as former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, Viguerie contends that "Ted Cruz is more of the whole package." "Mike Huckabee has never, to the best of my knowledge, gone...
  • Walkerís ďThink Locally, Act GloballyĒ Standard of Foreign Policy Experience [Kilgore Slams Palin]

    03/26/2015 11:15:00 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 15 replies
    Washington Monthly ^ | March 26, 2015 | Ed Kilgore
    Conservative gabber Hugh Hewitt interviewed Scott Walker on foreign policy issues yesterday, and the ensuing headlines involved Walkerís commitment to nullify any U.S.-Iran nuclear deal ďon day oneĒ if he is elected. But a different item caught my attention: the Wisconsin governor seems to be side-swiping his Republican rivals in his rather unorthodox claim that only someone with executive experience can be trusted to know his ass from page eight on foreign policy and national security issues. Speaking of Obama, he said: [T]he unfortunate reality is this is what happens when you put someone in office whoís never led before....
  • Army Special Operations Command pushes back against alarmist claims about upcoming exercise

    03/26/2015 11:05:22 AM PDT · by CedarDave · 35 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | March 21, 2015 | Jon Harper
    WASHINGTON ó U.S. Army Special Operations Command is pushing back against alarmist claims that an upcoming U.S. military exercise is a preparation for imposing martial law or subduing right-leaning groups and individuals. Conspiracy theories about the exercise, known as JADE HELM 15, appeared online this week. Some commentators railing against the event referred to an online slide show allegedly created by USASOC, which outlined a special operations exercise slated to take place across multiple states, outside the confines of U.S. military bases. In the slide show, a map of the southwest region of the United States labels Texas and other...
  • State Run Media: Feds Paying Politico Big Bucks

    03/26/2015 11:00:19 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 14 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | March 26, 2015 | P.J. Gladnick
    State run media. When you first heard Rush Limbaugh coin that term, many probably believed he was at the very least guilty of a bit of hyperbole. Well, according to Jeryl Bier of the Weekly Standard, in the case of Politico it really does look like state run media due to payoffs by various federal agencies in the form of subscription fees.† Bier†lays out in detail the payoffs, uh, I mean "subscription fees," the feds have paid to Politico over the years. Since 2011 nearly a million bucks paid by federal departments and agencies to Politico with nearly $432, 000...
  • French Govt Formally Asks FBI To Assist In Investigation of Germanwings Flight 9525 Co-Pilot

    03/26/2015 10:49:11 AM PDT · by drewh · 17 replies
    WPTZ.com ^ | 10:28 AM EDT Mar 26, 2015
    The French government has formally asked the FBI to assist in an investigation of the co-pilot of Germanwings Flight 9525 and of the plane's crash in France on Tuesday, a law enforcement official said Thursday.
  • Jim Talent to Scott Walker's team

    03/26/2015 10:45:07 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 18 replies
    KWCH 12 ^ | March 26, 2015 | Erin McPike
    Former Sen. Jim Talent, R-Missouri, is joining Scott Walker's nascent presidential campaign as a leading adviser on foreign policy and defense, sources familiar with the move and Talent told CNN.... It's a big get for the Wisconsin governor as he draws up a campaign plan and team: In the coming election cycle, foreign policy figures are expected to loom especially large given the increased frequency of threats brought by ISIS and other terrorist groups. Talent was a foreign policy adviser to both of Mitt Romney's presidential bids, and nearly every major potential GOP hopeful this cycle has courted him. Talent...
  • Deal may let Iran keep centrifuges at fortified site [Israel & Iran]

    03/26/2015 10:32:18 AM PDT · by Star Traveler · 17 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | Thursday, March 26, 2015 | George Jahn, Matthew Lee
    Tehran would be allowed to maintain Fordo facility, as long as it allows inspection and doesnít pursue an atomic bomb. LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) ó The United States is considering letting Tehran run hundreds of centrifuges at a once-secret, fortified underground bunker in exchange for limits on centrifuge work and research and development at other sites, officials have told The Associated Press. The trade-off would allow Iran to run several hundred of the devices at its Fordo facility, although the Iranians would not be allowed to do work that could lead to an atomic bomb and the site would be subject...
  • Glenn Beck Exposes Grover Norquist

    03/26/2015 10:23:22 AM PDT · by gwgn02 · 39 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 3/26/2015 | Glenn Beck
    Some interesting background about Grover many people should take the time to at least learn about this man and his influence and connections in the GOP. On Glenn Beck's TV Show TheBlaze.com, Beck gave a one hour overview of Grover Norquist's Terrorists & Muslim Brotherhood connections. Video in link.
  • CNN's Brooke Baldwin on Bowe Bergdahl's Desertion: Isn't Captivity 'Punishment Enough'?

    03/26/2015 10:17:21 AM PDT · by drewh · 55 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | March 25, 2015 | 5:42 PM EDT | Matthew Balan
    CNN's Brooke Baldwin slanted towards the sympathizers of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl on Wednesday's CNN Newsroom, just minutes after the U.S. Army announced that the former captive would be charged with desertion. Baldwin asked special forces veteran Scott Mann, "You have those who...on the opposite end, [are] vilifying him. Again, this is someone who was held...for five years by terrorists. Is that not Ė this is what some say Ė is that not punishment enough?" [video below] Moments earlier, the anchor turned to Reuters correspondent David Rohde, who was held by the same Taliban-affiliated terrorist group that had captured Sgt. Bergdahl....
  • Jeh Johnsonís malfeasance

    03/26/2015 10:15:44 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 12 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 3-26-15 | Frank Gaffney, Jr.
    Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson declared Monday that ďreading the QuranĒ reminds him of ďquintessential American values.Ē The Muslim Brotherhood-aligned influence operation he addressed was pleased. The rest of us should be alarmed. There are, of course, passages of the Koran that are peaceable and encourage tolerance. Presumably, those are the ones to which Mr. Johnson was referring. Unfortunately, according to the authorities of Islam and their supremacist doctrine of shariah, such passages have been explicitly replaced by others that are virulently hateful and intolerant. They demand adherents engage in holy war, not practice true American values. Mr. Johnson is...
  • This Year's Hottest Destination for GOP Candidates Is the Mexican Border

    03/26/2015 10:11:10 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 11 replies
    Mother Jones ^ | March 26, 2015 | Tim Murphy
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker will visit the US-Mexico border on Friday with Texas Gov. Greg Abbott. Walker, who is considering a run for president, is aiming to bolster his credentials as a critic of President Obama's immigration policies. A photo wouldn't hurt either. The Mexican border is now an almost mandatory pit stop for Republican politicians (especially presidential aspirants) looking for the aura of on-the-ground experience on immigration. Sure, talking to a rancher, staring across a river, and visiting a detention facility in McAllen for 30 minutes might not offer much of a big-picture perspective. But that hasn't stopped lawmakers...
  • UN Envoy Says Security Council can Force 'Peace Framework' [Israel]

    03/26/2015 10:05:45 AM PDT · by Star Traveler · 8 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | Thursday, March 26, 2015 | Ari Yashar
    The outgoing UN Middle East envoy said in his last report Thursday that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's new coalition government must freeze Jewish construction in eastern Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria for "peace." The Jewish building threatens to "kill the very possibility of reaching peace," Middle East coordinator for the UN Security Council Robert Serry said. "Illegal settlement activity cannot be reconciled with the objective of a negotiated two-state solution and may kill the very possibility of reaching peace on the paradigm of two states for two peoples," Serry said. The envoy said he was "frankly concerned" by Netanyahu's pre-election remarks...
  • Good news: IRS has less identity theft security than your average Etsy shop

    03/26/2015 10:00:33 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 2 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 3-26-15 | Mary Katherine Ham
    They rehire people fired for snooping, they allow pretty much anyone into facilities and restricted areas where all our sensitive information is kept, and thereís no telling how many unauthorized current and former employees are able to steal identities as a result. And, you thought they just ruined peopleís lives with audits. Thatís novice stuff. This is the IRS. I have personal experience with this. I had a fraudulent tax return filed under my Social Security number in 2012. As a result, both my refunds from 2012 and 2013 were put under administrative hold or some such nonsense with no...
  • House passes Boehner-Pelosi Medicare deal in resounding vote

    03/26/2015 9:58:14 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 10 replies
    The Hill ^ | 03/26/2015 | Peter Sullivan and Cristina Marcos
    The House on Thursday overwhelmingly voted to repeal automatic cuts to doctors under Medicare, endorsing a rare bipartisan deal that Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) negotiated with Democrats. The bill, which passed by a vote of 392-37, puts Congress on the precipice of ending a nearly two-decade-long fight over a formula known as the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR). Since 2003, lawmakers have put off cuts under the Medicare formula 17 times, perennially punting the solution through short-term ďfixesĒ that, over time, ran up the cost of abolishing the formula to nearly $200 billion dollars.
  • Taxpayers foot bill for union work, lawmakers seek changes

    03/26/2015 9:44:40 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 6 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 26, 2015 | John Roberts
    When he arrived on Capitol Hill in January, freshman Rep. Jody Hice, R-Ga., discovered something he had no clue was going on. Hundreds of federal employees spend their entire workday -- not doing the business of the government, but working for their unions. Hice told Fox News he was shocked by what he found. "Waste on an egregious level by federal employees who are taking taxpayer monies and using it for purposes other than the reason they were hired," Hice said. It's called "official time," and it was sanctioned into law by Congress in 1978. Lawmakers voted to allow federal...
  • Happy Holidaze, from New York City

    03/26/2015 9:23:58 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 11 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | March 24, 2015 | Tony Perkins
    In New York City schools, kids are learning Rs: reading, writing, and Ramadan. Thanks to the far-Left priorities of Mayor Bill de Blasio (D), city schools have added two Muslim holidays to the school calendar ó a concession that took even Big Apple parents by surprise. While the largest religion in the country fights to even be recognized, ďNYC schools will now close for Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha ó making (it) the largest school district in the nation to recognize the two holidays on the official school calendar.Ē Although families already had the option of taking excused absences for...
  • Watch: 'Obama is Out of Control'

    03/26/2015 9:20:13 AM PDT · by Star Traveler · 24 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | Thursday, March 26, 2015 | Eliran Aharon, Eli Yashar
    Democratic assemblyman slams Obama who is 'desperate' for a foreign policy accomplishment at Israel's expense. Arutz Sheva got the chance to speak with Assemblyman Dov Hikind (D-NY) about the fallout between US President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, which historians have assessed as being "unprecedented." Hinting at the Senate probe investigating whether Obama funded the V15 campaign against Netanyahu, Hikind remarked that Obama "worked very very hard" to try and prevent Netanyahu from succeeding - which in the end he did, outpacing Labor by 30 seats to 24. The Democratic assemblyman admitted "I don't understand Obama, you know...
  • Hysteria over Cruz illustrates what we're up against

    03/26/2015 9:03:12 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 49 replies
    American Thinker ^ | Lloyd Marcus
    For crying out loud, Cruz simply trumpeted traditional principles and values that Americans have celebrated since the Republic's founding: American exceptionalism, liberty, freedom, hard work, God, and country.  The problem is that without even realizing it, many have succumbed to the left successfully tainting their thinking, lowering the nation's behavioral bar, and forcing political correctness down our throats.  So when a Ted Cruz comes along, his message sounds edgy to those hearing it for the first time.  And yet I believe that many will be drawn instinctively to it. Why?  Because conservatism connects with our higher self/spirit.  It inspires people...
  • Bergdahl describes maltreatment at the hands of the Taliban

    03/26/2015 9:02:54 AM PDT · by PROCON · 58 replies
    apnews.myway.com ^ | March 26, 2015 | MICHAEL BIESECKER
    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) ó Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl says he was tortured in the five years he was held captive by the Taliban, beaten with a copper cable as he spent months blindfolded and chained spread-eagle to a bed. The 28-year-old soldier described his harsh treatment in Afghanistan in a letter released Thursday by his defense lawyer.
  • REID PRESSURED DHS TO EXPEDITE $115 MILLION FOREIGN INVESTORS EB-5 VISA DEAL CRITICAL TO SONíS

    03/26/2015 8:54:20 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 24 replies
    Breitbart ^ | March 26, 2015 | by MICHAEL PATRICK LEAHY
    HARRY REID PRESSURED DHS TO EXPEDITE $115 MILLION FOREIGN INVESTORS EB-5 VISA DEAL CRITICAL TO SONíS CASINO CLIENT Details in this weekís Department of Homeland Securityís Inspector Generalís report reveal only part of the story behind Senate Minority Leader Harry Reidís (D-NV) abuse of his political office in 2012 and 2013. Through a brazen intervention, Reid ultimately forced the Department of Homeland Security to bend to his will in a way that benefited his political allies and family. The report concluded that Reid pressured a compliant DHS official to override normal departmental procedures and rush through 230 EB-5 foreign visa...
  • Federal judge blasts DOJ lawyers in case of ATF whistle-blower

    03/26/2015 8:53:15 AM PDT · by thirst4truth · 10 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 29, 2015 | William La Jeunesse, Maxim Lott
    Jay Dobyns is suing the Department of Justice, claiming it retaliated against him and damaged his reputation after he blew the whistle on the ATF's treatment of agents. (Fox Business News) A federal judge angrily accused Justice Department attorneys in newly unsealed documents of "fraud upon the court" by intimidating a witness in a case involving a former Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agent who alleges the agency trashed his reputation. Judge Francis Allegra, who was appointed to the U.S. Court of Federal Claims in 1998 by President Bill Clinton, is presiding over a suit brought by former...
  • Parents Must Sign Permission Slip Before Kids Can Eat Oreos

    03/26/2015 8:48:34 AM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 79 replies
    Reason ^ | March. 26, 2015 | Lenore Skenazy
    There are 18-wheelers with brake problems, hungry bears just stumbling out of hibernation, and lawnmowers that suddenly shift into reverse. And then there's the unparalleled danger of Double Stuff Oreos. Thank goodness this teacher requires parents to sign off on cookie consumptionóif they dare.
  • As US lets Yemen fall, Israeli ire pales next to Arab fury [Against USA/Obama]

    03/26/2015 8:35:21 AM PDT · by Star Traveler · 24 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | Thursday, March 26, 2015 | Avi Issacharoff
    Jerusalem is worried by the Iran-backed Houthi takeover of Aden, but Saudi Arabia is burning with anger, and not at Tehran Itís little surprise the group got Jerusalemís attention. In almost every demonstration held by Houthis in recent months, the slogans heard may as well have been taken straight out of the 1979 Islamic Revolution in Iran: ďDeath to America, death to Israel, curse the Jews, victory to Islam.Ē The Houthi Zaidiyyahs belong to a Shia school of Islamic thought which is distinct from the beliefs held by Shiites in Iran, but they act in accordance with the regime in...
  • Ted Cruz Says Global Warming Alarmists Are Like ĎFlat-Earthers’

    03/26/2015 8:22:55 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 54 replies
    Inquisitr.com ^ | March 26, 2015
    Ted Cruz, who earlier this week announced his plans to run for president, spoke about climate change in a recent interview with the Texas Tribune, and Cruz‚Äôs comparison of what he calls ‚Äúglobal warming alarmists‚ÄĚ to the ‚Äúflat-Earthers‚ÄĚ of centuries past have the web buzzing today. Cruz says that those who believe in climate change refuse to accept a thoughtful argument to the contrary, and instead, throw out the label of ‚Äúdenier.‚ÄĚ‚ÄúOn the global warming alarmists, anyone who actually points to the evidence that disproves their apocalyptical claims, they don‚Äôt engage in reasoned debate. What do they do? They scream,...
  • [from June 5, 2014] Obama: "Absolutely no apologies"

    03/26/2015 8:03:29 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 41 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 5, 2014 10:33 AM EDT | Justin Sink
    President Obama said Thursday he would make ďabsolutely no apologiesĒ for ordering the controversial prisoner swap to rescue Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the last American prisoner of war in Afghanistan.
  • 'Moral Bankruptcy': No Death Penalty for Lemkos's Murderer [Israel & Terrorists]

    03/26/2015 7:55:17 AM PDT · by Star Traveler · 1 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | Thursday, March 25, 2015 | Yedidya Ben-Or, Ari Yashar
    Arab terrorist who murdered 25-year-old from Tekoa gets 2 life sentences, not death as demanded by family; 'this policy must change.' The military court in Ofer Prison north of Jerusalem on Thursday sentenced the Arab terrorist who murdered 25-year-old Dalia Lemkos of Tekoa last November to two life sentences, rejecting the family's request for the death penalty. The terrorist, Maher Al-Hashalmoun of Hevron, ran over Lemkos at a bus stop outside Alon Shvut in the Gush Etzion region of Judea before getting out of his car and stabbing her to death. He then attacked two other Israelis with the same...
  • Ted Cruz: ĎZero intention of taking any government subsidy or Obama subsidyí

    03/26/2015 7:54:53 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 14 replies
    Washington Times ^ | March 26, 2015 | David Sherfinski
    Sen. Ted Cruz, Texas Republican, says he‚Äôs simply following the law in likely getting health insurance through an Obamacare exchange, accusing the media of playing ‚Äúgotcha games‚ÄĚ with the development.‚ÄúYou know, the mainstream media loves to play gotcha games,‚ÄĚ Mr. Cruz said in an interview with CBN News‚Äô David Brody.. . . .‚ÄúAnd so suddenly, all the media says, ‚ÄėAhahaha, gotcha, because Cruz is now signing up for Obamacare,‚Äô ‚ÄĚ he said in the interview, which was posted on The Daily Signal‚Äôs website. ‚ÄúListen, I have zero intention of taking any government subsidy or Obama subsidy. Rather, what I‚Äôm going...
  • Electric Cars Leave Behind A Cloud Of Carbon Dioxide

    03/26/2015 7:39:12 AM PDT · by rktman · 50 replies
    investors.com ^ | 3/25/2015 | KERRY JACKSON
    Another name for electric cars is "coal-powered cars." That doesn't sit well with those who want to demonstrate their green bona fides by driving a plug-in vehicle. But it is in many cases accurate. Anyone who begs to differ can take up the argument with Chris Kennedy, a professor of civil engineering at the University of Toronto. He told the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. that, depending on the province, an electric car can produce more carbon dioxide than a gasoline-powered car.
  • Chairman Preibus Gave Me Your Name

    03/26/2015 7:37:35 AM PDT · by Vendome · 17 replies
    Vanity, Sort of... (Email from Newt and RNC)(I respond ) | 3/26/2015 | Vendome
    Friend, RNC Chairman Reince Priebus just authorized the formation of RNC Victory 2016. This is a special group of our Party's top supporters who will provide the resources our Party needs to win back the White House and elect more Republicans in 2016. I am honored the Chairman has tasked me to lead and assemble this important team of Republican grassroots leaders from across our great country.
  • To Stop Iranís Bomb, Bomb Iran

    03/26/2015 7:35:54 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 12 replies
    New York Times ^ | Today | John Bolton
    In theory, comprehensive international sanctions, rigorously enforced and universally adhered to, might have broken the back of Iranís nuclear program. But the sanctions imposed have not met those criteria. Naturally, Tehran wants to be free of them, but the presidentís own director of National Intelligence testified in 2014 that they had not stopped Iranís progressing its nuclear program. There is now widespread acknowledgment that the rosy 2007 National Intelligence Estimate, which judged that Iranís weapons program was halted in 2003, was an embarrassment, little more than wishful thinking. The inescapable conclusion is that Iran will not negotiate away its nuclear...
  • Is Netanyahu backing off key demand for Iran nuclear deal? [Israel]

    03/26/2015 7:27:06 AM PDT · by Star Traveler · 4 replies
    YNetNews ^ | Thursday, March 26, 2015 | Staff
    Realizing deal could leave Iran with some enrichment capability, Israel appears to be focusing on placing most restrictions possible on Iran R&D. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu may have begun to signal that Israel could resign itself to an Iranian nuclear deal that would leave its enemy with some uranium enrichment capability, a compromise he has long opposed. The shift seems surprising given Netanyahu's contentious speech to the US Congress earlier this month in which he argued against world powers letting Tehran keep thousands of uranium centrifuges and remain on possible course to a bomb. But faced with Western impatience and...
  • Welcome to Roseland, on Chicago's south side, where Obama first promised hope and change

    03/26/2015 7:23:32 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 15 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | John Breslin
    EXCLUSIVE: Welcome to Roseland, on Chicago's south side, where Obama first promised hope and change - and where just days ago a gun battle left a 77-year-old great grandfather dead and his two-year-old neighbor in critical condition Welcome to Roseland, on Chicago's south side, the poverty plagued neighborhood where Barack Obama became politicized and starting forming his ideas of hope and change as a community organizer. And this is where just days ago a gun battle between two rival street gangs erupted that left a 77-year-old great grandfather dead, his kindergartner great-grandchild nursing a bullet would to his left arm...
  • Netanyahu Not Replacing Dermer (government responds to "rumors" he'd be canned)

    03/26/2015 7:15:32 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 7 replies
    Jewish Press ^ | 4 hours ago
    A source in the Prime Ministerís office said that PM Netanyahu is not planning to replace Israelís Ambassador to the US Ron Dermer, according to Galey Tzahal. The Obama administration, besides their open dislike for Netanyahu, apparently arenít enamored by Ambassador Ron Dermer either, and the administration has purportedly demanded that Netanyahu replace him. The source was responding to the rumors that Dermer would instead be made Ambassador to the UN, and either Yuval Steinitz or Ron Prosor would replace him.
  • Israel fears for safety of Yemen's remaining few Jews

    03/26/2015 7:14:27 AM PDT · by Star Traveler · 6 replies
    YNetNews ^ | Thursday, March 26, 2015 | Danny Adino Ababa, Itamar Eichner, Benjamin Tobias
    With Saudi and allies striking Iranian-backed fighters, Israel and Jewish Agency increasingly frustrated by refusal of handful of Jews left in the country to leave. Israel is closely following developments in Yemen, where Gulf states are bombing Iranian-backed fighters, and has expressed deep concern over the fate of the last few Jews in the country. Saudi Arabia and its allies launched a series of air strikes overnight Wednesday, battling Iranian-backed Houthi fighters who have captured swathes of the country. Israel believes that there are less than 100 Jews remaining in Yemen. Most of that number is concentrated in Sanaa, which...
  • Zionist Union MK calls on Netanyahu to fire envoy to US (losing side thinks they can order Bibi!)

    03/26/2015 7:08:30 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 3 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | March 25, 2015, 8:37 pm | Daniel Bernstein
    As US pressure to dismiss Ron Dermer reportedly mounts, Erel Margalit says ambassadorís ouster needed to help rebuild ties A Zionist Union MK called on Prime Minister Netanyahu to fire ambassador to the US Ron Dermer as a ďnecessary first stepĒ in efforts to rehabilitate fractured Israel-US relations. Dermer is a close confidant of Netanyahu, but has raised hackles in Washington for helping engineer the prime ministerís controversial address to Congress earlier this month, which was not coordinated with the White House. In a letter sent to Netanyahu Wednesday, MK Erel Margalit said the Obama administration has been giving Israel...
  • With Yemen in turmoil, Egypt sends warships to secure Gulf of Aden

    03/26/2015 7:06:14 AM PDT · by Star Traveler · 9 replies
    YNetNews ^ | Thursday, March 26, 2015 | Staff
    Sudan pledges air and ground troops to Saudi-led strikes on Yemen; Kerry offers logistics, intelligence support in Yemen as Iran-backed Houthi rebels advance on the Strait of Bab-el-Mandeb. Egypt and Sudan on Thursday pledged support for the Saudi-led strikes on Iran's Yemen allies the Houthis, even as four Egyptian naval vessels crossed the Suez Canal en route to Yemen to secure the Gulf of Aden. Maritime sources at the Suez Canal confirmed the vessels' route, saying they expected them to reach the Red Sea by Thursday evening. Sudan's Defense Minister Abdel Raheem Mohammed Hussein told reporters on Thursday that his...
  • The US dropped the ball on Yemen

    03/26/2015 7:02:04 AM PDT · by Star Traveler · 10 replies
    YNetNews ^ | Thursday, March 25, 2015 | Ron Ben-Yishai
    Analysis: The Americans were so focused on fighting al-Qaeda that they failed to see the bigger danger brewing in Yemen; and now they are taking a back seat while Saudi Arabia fights the Houthi so as to not upset Iran. The United States has once again messed up big time - this time in Yemen, where it underestimated the military might of the Houthis, who are backed by Iran and Sunni tribes loyal to the old regime. It's not that the US lacked intelligence - the Americans had, and still have, more intelligence in Yemen than anyone else, including the...
  • Software Glitch Causes F-35 to Incorrectly Detect Targets in Formation

    03/26/2015 6:50:26 AM PDT · by Doogle · 32 replies
    Military.com ^ | 03/24/15 | Kris Osborn
    Engineers are trying to fix the F-35ís software package after it was discovered the sensors for the Joint Strike Fighter malfunction when detecting targets when the aircraft flies in formation. Air Force Lt. Gen. Christopher Bogdan, Program Executive Officer, F-35, said he didnít have a date when the correction would be made. However, he said the problem would not delay the declaration of the Marine variant of the aircraft, the F-35B, ready for combat. ďWhen you have two, three or four F-35s looking at the same threat, they donít all see it exactly the same because of the angles that...
  • Chuck Norris Writes to Save the A-10 Warthog from Retirement

    03/26/2015 6:46:40 AM PDT · by Doogle · 17 replies
    Military.com ^ | 03/24/15 | Bryant Jordan
    Air Force leaders wanting to send the A-10 Thunderbolt to the bone yard already have any number of lawmakers criticizing them from Capitol Hill. Now they¬íve got ¬ďLone Wolf McQuade¬Ē coming after them. Action star Chuck Norris ¬Ė an Air Force veteran ¬Ė on Monday delivered an editorial roundhouse kick to the Air Force, arguing on the World Net Daily website that the ¬ďWarthog¬Ē ¬Ė as it is known ¬Ė still has plenty of fight left in it. In the ongoing campaign against ISIS, Norris writes, ¬ďthe A-10‚Ä≤s utility is warranted even more now than ever.¬Ē ¬ďIts firepower capability, speed...
  • Ernie Chambers faces criticism for comparing police to ISIS

    03/26/2015 6:22:47 AM PDT · by US Navy Vet · 4 replies
    Omaha World-Herald(Buffet's RAG) ^ | March 25, 2015 | By Paul Hammel
    LINCOLN ó State Sen. Ernie Chambers touched off a firestorm of criticism Wednesday after comments surfaced in which he compared police officers to the terrorist group that has beheaded American journalists and other captives during its violent takeover of parts of Syria and Iraq. During a public hearing Friday about a bill involving concealed handguns, Chambers said residents of his north Omaha district were more in fear of police than of extremist groups such as the Islamic State. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ďMy ISIS is the police. Nobody...
  • Dayton calls for $10 hour minimum wage at MSP airport

    03/26/2015 6:12:37 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 10 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 3-26-15 | Rachel Stassen Burger
    Just a year after increasing Minnesota's statewide minimum wage from one of the nation's lowest to one of the highest, DFL Gov. Mark Dayton is pushing for another hike. Dayton told a group visiting St. Paul for a Muslim American Society in Minnesota event that he believes the minimum wage for Twin Cities airport workers should become $10 an hour immediately. "I'm going to urge the Metropolitan Airports Commission myself to raise the minimum wage at the airport to $10 an hour, starting immediately, because they earned it, they deserve it, the airline industry can afford it," Dayton said. The...
  • Freshman Senator: Pay for Obamacare Replacement With Ö Obamacare [R-Louisiana]

    03/26/2015 5:33:03 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 4 replies
    Roll Call ^ | 03/26/2015 | Steven Dennis
    Bill Cassidy, the freshman senator from Louisiana and a doctor, has been pushing fellow Republicans in his first few months in the Senate to embrace an alternative to Obamacare ó one he predicts will insure more people without mandates. And he even says he has a way to pay for it: Obamacare. At an event attended Monday by fellow GOP freshmen to mark the fifth anniversary of the Affordable Care Act, Cassidy took an unusual tack for a Republican by bemoaning the fact that 30 million people remain uninsured, despite the ACA. He also took aim at the law for...
  • Hey, Hillary, It's No Laughing Matter

    03/26/2015 5:18:13 AM PDT · by HomerBohn · 10 replies
    GOP USA ^ | 3/25/2015 | Frank Salvato
    During Hillary Clintonís speech to reporters and analysts attending the Toner Prize journalism awards ceremony in Washington, DC, Mrs. Clinton employed variants of two classic Alinsky narrative manipulation tactics in targeting herself for ridicule over her use of a private email server and address during her time as Secretary of State. The use of her private server and email address allowed her to reverse the hierarchy of authority where the designation of government information is concerned. The use of the Alinsky tactics is meant to move the media on from this very damaging reality. The UKís Daily Mail quotes Mrs....
  • Texas 'Cop Watcher' bill under fire from legal experts, law enforcement groups

    03/26/2015 5:07:37 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 21 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | March 25, 2015 | Fox News
    A Texas lawmaker's proposal to establish a 25-foot "buffer zone" around police engaged in keeping the peace is drawing fire from both legal experts and law enforcement groups, but for different reasons. Dallas-area House representative Jason Villalba introduced HB 2918, which would make it a misdemeanor to photograph police within 25 feet -- raising serious concerns that the bill, if passed, would violate the First Amendment and prevent individuals from holding police accountable. For Texans legally carrying a firearm, the buffer zone required would be 100 feet under Villalba's proposal. Villalba reportedly said police approached him about creating the legislation,...
  • Scott Walker on Bowe Bergdahl: They knew about this when they put lives at risk to rescue him

    03/26/2015 4:48:52 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 62 replies
    Washington Times ^ | March 26, 2015 | David Sherfinski
    ....ďWhen I think about this desertion charge, the thing that gets me the most frustrated is this administration gave up five Taliban, five Taliban for this guy, and I canít, I mean, logic tells you all this information that theyíre bringing against the sergeant now isnít something that just happened since then,Ē Mr. Walker told radio host Hugh Hewitt. ďThis is stuff they knew about when they put American soldiersí lives at risk to try and rescue him. And they gave up five Taliban leaders in return for a guy who now is going to be charged.Ē Sgt. Bergdahl was...