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  • Pelosi heads trade-oriented trip to Asia (while Boehner heads for Israel)

    03/28/2015 11:27:18 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 2 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 28, 2015, 10:57 am | Jesse Byrnes
    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is leading a congressional delegation to several Asian nations, including two that are part of a controversial trade agreement the Obama administration is negotiating. The trip includes stops in Cambodia, Myanmar, Korea, Vietnam and Japan, the latter two of which are among the dozen nations in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) talks. “We arrive at an important moment for the United States’ relationship with these countries, and find ourselves presented with fresh opportunities and familiar challenges in the region," Pelosi said in a statement Saturday. “Members are particularly interested in gaining further understanding of how...
  • Was Hillary running a secret intel network?

    03/28/2015 11:20:51 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/28/2015 | Ed Morrissey
    If the motives to wipe the hard drive on Hillary Clinton’s e-mail server weren’t already crystal clear, a new development last night put it in Ultra HD. Gawker’s Jeff Girth and Sam Biddle uncovered a secret, private intelligence network run by Sidney Blumenthal for Hillary’s benefit, apart from the State Department’s own Bureau of Intelligence and Research. Hackers got e-mails that went through Hillary’s private server between her and Blumenthal, e-mails that show her own private intel group was also warning her that Libya was collapsing in the weeks and months prior to the sacking of the consulate in...
  • Ted Cruz doesn’t have a prayer: Why the Texas senator will never sniff the White House

    03/28/2015 11:18:47 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    Salon ^ | March 28, 2015 | Matthew Rozsa, Ph.D. candidate, Lehigh University
    Despite what he wants you to think, Ted Cruz is not the great anti-politician of our time. In fact, he may be our most potent symbol of everything that is wrong with modern politics. This would be hard to believe if you’ve been listening to him, of course. He desperately wants to be thought of as the one principled man in Washington—at least if your values hew closely to those of the Tea Party—but that posturing has alienated much of the party establishment. Ted Cruz attributes that development to them being “squishes,” while the rest of the world suspects it’s...
  • ‘Death to America’: Obama doesn’t take the Iranian chant seriously. He should.

    03/28/2015 11:02:04 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    National Review ^ | 03/28/2015 | Mona Charen
    Maybe I’m too sensitive, but when a foreign autocrat leads his people in chants of “Death to America,” I take it personally. President Obama and Secretary Kerry apparently don’t. The chant, which became a staple of the Islamic Republic during the 1979 revolution, is not a relic of the past. Just last weekend, at a rally in Iran, Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei was interrupted by the chant as he was denouncing American “lies” and “arrogance.” He smiled and responded, “Of course yes, death to America, because America is the original source of this pressure.” Some in Iran have said that...
  • The Next Big Obamacare Case?

    03/28/2015 10:59:55 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 28, 2015 | Ilya Shapiro
    Medicaid, the entitlement program for low-income Americans jointly funded by the state and federal government, represents about 25 percent of state budgets. Federal funding represents more than half (57 percent) of that amount, and that funding is now being threatened by Obamacare. In what seems like déjŕ-vu all over again, Maine’s Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is pursuing a lawsuit to prevent this sort of federal coercion. Here’s the scoop: In 2009, the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act (ARRA) offered states stimulus funds if they agreed to a maintenance-of-effort (“MOE”) provision that required them to maintain Medicaid-eligibility standards...
  • Ted Cruz makes first campaign appearance as presidential candidate in New Hampshire

    03/28/2015 10:54:44 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 12 replies
    Washington Post ^ | March 28 at 9:23 AM | Katie Zezima
    MERRIMACK, N.H. — Sen. Ted Cruz hit the campaign trail as a presidential candidate for the first time Friday, proclaiming himself an optimistic, maverick outsider who will shake up Washington.Cruz (R-Tex.), speaking at a rally at a VFW hall here and later at a dinner of young conservatives in Nashua, reprised one of the themes of his speech announcing his run Monday -- "reigniting the promise of America" -- and said the way to do that is by bringing back jobs after six years of stagnation."I am amazingly, powerfully, profoundly optimistic," he said. "I'm optimistic because of each of you,...
  • Cruz: GOP leaders pressured PACs to cut off his funds after Obamacare fight

    03/28/2015 10:47:46 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 25 replies
    Dallas Morning News ^ | March 28, 2015 10:31 am | Todd J. Gillman
    GREENLAND, N.H. – Sen. Ted Cruz continued his two-day presidential campaign swing through New Hampshire on Saturday morning with a speech to the Seacoast Republican Women.. . .Before entering the room, Cruz expanded on an allegation he aired Friday, that GOP leaders had cut off his access to campaign donations as retribution for his role in the 16-day government shutdown in October 2013.“In 2013 we got quite a bit of money from DC PACs, and when the defund fight happened that dropped to almost zero,” Cruz said, asked to clarify the allegation he aired Friday.Who does he blame?“It was leadership,”...
  • Los Angeles' City Council Cannot Understand Why Its Nanny State Zoning Change Miserably Failed

    03/28/2015 10:47:01 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 28, 2015 | Michael Hausam
    Celebrate with me the recent lesson learned by the city council of Los Angeles after a 7-years-long experiment in nanny statism that ended in utter failure. A public health report released in early 2007 showed that South Los Angeles residents were significantly more obese than those in the remainder of the city, including adults and children, and the data showed a dramatic increase from a similar report from a decade earlier. Furthermore, occurrence of obesity-related illness, such as diabetes, was more present in the area and also showed an increase. The city council decided that something needed to be done....
  • Oregon Universal Background Check Bill Hearing Schedule for April Fools Day

    03/28/2015 10:34:24 AM PDT · by rktman · 4 replies
    thetruthaboutguns.com ^ | 3/27/2015 | Dan Zimmerman
    Well, Oregonians, are you ready to lose your ability to privately transfer guns? A senate bill under consideration would require you to appear before a gun dealer and go through a background check. How fun would that be? It probably won’t be cheap and it certainly won’t be private. Here’s an email blast we received from the Oregon Firearms Federation:
  • Restoring the Old-Fashioned Budget Virtue of…FDR and Truman?!?

    03/28/2015 10:00:36 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 28, 2015 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    This is a column I never expected to write. That’s because I’m going to applaud Presidents Franklin Roosevelt and Harry Truman. This won’t be unconstrained applause, to be sure. Roosevelt, after all, pursued awful policies that lengthened and deepened the economic misery of the 1930s. can see from this video, the “economic bill of rights” that he wanted after WWII was downright malicious. Truman, meanwhile, was a less consequential figure, but it’s worth noting that he wanted a restoration of the New Deal after WWII, which almost certainlywould have hindered and perhaps even sabotaged the recovery. But just as very...
  • BBC Presenter ‘Removed from Show’ After Getting Engaged to Conservative MP

    03/28/2015 9:40:39 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 15 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 03/28/2015 | A.B. Sanderson
    A BBC radio presenter vented his anger on air after losing his slot on a mid-Morning show because he is engaged to a Conservative MP standing for re-election. John Darvall proposed to Bristol North West MP Charlotte Leslie on Christmas Day, two months after the pair began dating having first met on his show four years ago, the Bath Chronicle reports.Having kept the decision quiet, the twice-divorced presenter revealed his anger during a phone in regarding the BBC’s decision to fire controversial presenter Jeremy Clarkson.
  • Special forces set to swarm Southwest

    03/28/2015 9:19:08 AM PDT · by Varmint Al · 38 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 3/28/2015 | Dailymail.com Reporter
    Seven Southwestern states will soon be infiltrated by 1,200 military special ops personnel as part of a controversial domestic military training in which some of the elite soldiers will operate undetected among civilians. Operation Jade Helm begins in July and will last for eight weeks. Soldiers will operate in and around towns in Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, California, Nevada, Utah and Colorado where some of them wil drop from planes while carrying weapons loaded with blanks in what military officials have dubbed Realistic Military Training. ....snip....
  • Some People Just Want to Be Ruled, and Some Just Don’t

    03/28/2015 8:50:15 AM PDT · by rktman · 17 replies
    townhall.com ^ | 3/28/2015 | Nick Sorrentino
    The truth is some (many) people just want someone to make decisions for them. I am unsure if it is a genetic disposition or whether it is socialization or whether it is both. All I know is some people do not want to control their own lives. They are more comfortable with someone at the helm. They are comforted by a horizon which is limited and defined by others. Strangely these same people also want to limit the lives of those who prefer to be free.
  • Do biofuel policies seek to cut emissions by cutting food?

    03/28/2015 8:38:22 AM PDT · by aimhigh · 15 replies
    ScienceDaily.com ^ | 03/27/2015 | Princeton University
    A new study found that government biofuel policies rely on reductions in food consumption to generate greenhouse gas savings. Shrinking the amount of food that people and livestock eat decreases the amount of carbon dioxide that they breathe out or excrete as waste. The reduction in food available for consumption, rather than any inherent fuel efficiency, drives the decline in carbon dioxide emissions in government models, the researchers found."Without reduced food consumption, each of the models would estimate that biofuels generate more emissions than gasoline,"
  • The Tip of the Climate Spending Iceberg

    03/28/2015 8:08:42 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 28, 2015 | Paul Driessen
    Lockheed Martin, a recent Washington Post article notes, is getting into renewable energy, nuclear fusion, “sustainability” and even fish farming projects, to augment its reduced defense profits. The company plans to forge new ties with Defense Department and other Obama initiatives, based on a shared belief in manmade climate change as a critical security and planetary threat. It is charging ahead where other defense contractors have failed, confident that its expertise, lobbying skills and “socially responsible” commitment to preventing climate chaos will land it plentiful contracts and subsidies. As with its polar counterparts, 90% of the titanic climate funding iceberg...
  • Senator Ted Cruz's Contradictory Position on Illegal Immigration

    03/28/2015 6:19:03 AM PDT · by AJFavish · 59 replies
    American Thinker ^ | March 28, 2015 | Allan J. Favish
    On March 23, 2015, United States Senator Ted Cruz of Texas gave a speech announcing that he is running for the Republican nomination for President. In his speech he said the following about illegal immigration: Instead of the lawlessness and the president’s unconstitutional executive amnesty, imagine a president that finally, finally, finally secures the borders. And imagine a legal immigration system that welcomes and celebrates those who come to achieve the American dream. Missing from Sen. Cruz’s speech was anything about how the nation should treat the illegal immigrants who are here. Sen. Cruz’s position on this point has been...
  • Nevada's Popular GOP Gov. Sandoval Leads List to Replace Reid in Senate

    03/28/2015 5:36:55 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    NewsMax ^ | 03/28/2015
    LAS VEGAS — Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid's decision to retire next year leaves no clear successor in his home state of Nevada, where a popular Republican governor appears reluctant to change jobs and the pending loss of Reid's clout in Washington is causing anxiety over who might replace him. As of Friday, the list of potential candidates came down to Gov. Brian Sandoval and everyone else. The political centrist who was easily re-elected last year is likely to face intense pressure from national Republicans and business interests to pick up where Reid leaves off on Capitol Hill. Sandoval didn't...
  • Stop Bashing! Because Here’s A List Of Obama’s Accomplishments Haters! *Barf Alert*

    03/28/2015 5:08:26 AM PDT · by LUV W · 46 replies
    Patriot Newswire ^ | February 28, 2015 | Timothy Tuttle
    Obama has actually accomplished quite a bit, and here’s a long list of his accomplishments, so stop bashing, haters! First President to be photographed smoking a joint. First President to apply for college aid as a foreign student, then deny he was a foreigner. First President to have a social security number from a state he has never lived in. First President to preside over a cut to the credit-rating of the United States. First President to violate the War Powers Act. First President to be held in contempt of court for illegally obstructing oil drilling in the Gulf of...
  • Hillary: My Emails Are Gone, Gone, Gone!

    03/28/2015 4:21:10 AM PDT · by The_Media_never_lie · 73 replies
    Powerline ^ | March 27, 2015 | Mike Hinderaker
    Posted on March 27, 2015 by John Hinderaker in Hillary Clinton Hillary: My Emails Are Gone, Gone, Gone! In another email-related bombshell, Hillary Clinton’s lawyer, David Kendall, has told the House Select Committee on Benghazi that all emails have been deleted from Hillary’s private email server:
  • Senator Ted Cruz's Contradictory Position on Illegal

    03/28/2015 1:04:56 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 55 replies
    American Thinker ^ | March 28, 2015 | Allan J. Favish
    [BIG SNIP] ".....Sen. Cruz is America’s last hope for a credible border. By that I mean a border that is controlled by the citizens of America, not the citizens of other countries. I mean a border that is controlled primarily for the benefit of citizens of America, not the citizens of other countries. I mean a border that is controlled by an American population that appreciates and welcomes immigrants, but only when they come here legally, and in numbers that are conducive to their assimilation into the American value system that is based on the principles expressed in our Declaration...
  • Germany to expand disability rights

    03/28/2015 1:03:15 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 27 Mar 2015 15:58 GMT+01:00 | (DPA/The Local)
    A representative of the German Labor Ministry went before a UN Committee on Friday to discuss the government’s plan for improved rights for disabled people. Parliamentary state secretary to the Labor Ministry, Gabriele Lösekrug-Möller, went before the committee to explain the government’s plan to put Germany in line with UN standards. […] The government is developing 200 measures aimed at bettering the lives of some 7.5 million Germans living with disabilities. …
  • Community Control Is Destroying America’s Cities

    03/27/2015 9:37:41 PM PDT · by FreeReign · 23 replies
    YIMBY ^ | MARCH 27TH 2015 | STEPHEN SMITH
    Much of urban America, and New York City in particular, is in crisis. Cities are becoming desirable again, but planning is still stuck in the post-war mentality of decline. Rents are skyrocketing as new housing supply pales against incoming demand, and while politicians and planners might see what’s going on, they are powerless to stand up to the NIMBY forces and stop it. From Palo Alto to Williamsburg back to Santa Monica, our wealthiest and most in-demand neighborhoods remain in their stunted states, walled off to growth, radiating everything from gentrification to global inequality. Our inner suburbs don’t densify, and...
  • Scott Walker suggests being an Eagle Scout has prepared him to be commander in chief

    03/27/2015 11:23:46 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 50 replies
    Capital Times - Your Progressive Voice ^ | March 27. 2015 | Jessie Opoien
    The Boy Scout Motto is "Be Prepared." Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who achieved the rank of Eagle Scout as a teen, has taken that motto seriously. His Eagle Scout status has him so prepared, he indicated this week, he's ready to serve as commander in chief of the U.S. military. The Republican governor and likely 2016 presidential candidate spoke on Wednesday at a Chamber of Commerce luncheon in Phoenix, Arizona. The event was closed to press, but video of Walker's conversation with conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt was recorded by the opposition research group American Bridge and released by the...
  • Quebec is not allowed to preserve gun registry data, will create its own

    03/27/2015 10:19:52 PM PDT · by Daffynition · 10 replies
    CTV Montreal ^ | March 27, 2015 | staff reporter
    The Supreme Court has ruled the federal government is allowed to destroy the long-gun registry data pertaining to Quebec, so the province is going to spend tens of millions of dollars to create its own from scratch. Quebec Public Security Minister Lise Theriault reacted with dismay on Friday to the Supreme Court's decision that the federal government can flush the data it has on long gun owners in the province. She says Quebec had no choice but to create its own database to keep track of weapons.
  • (Race Card) Indiana Black Democrat Representative Accuses Colleague’s 18-Month-Old of Being Racist

    03/27/2015 9:10:08 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 35 replies
    BizPacReview.com ^ | March 24, 2015 | BizPacReview.com
    Lawmakers gasp when black Dem Rep accuses colleague’s 18-month-old of being racist Proving that the race card has no bounds a Democrat Indiana lawmaker has accused an 18-month-old of being a racist. While debating the controversial “Religious Freedom Bill” recently signed into law by Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, Rep. Vanessa Summers said the toddler, who is the son of her colleague Republican Judson McMillin was afraid of her because she’s black. “He looked at me like I was a monster and turned around and cried,” she said. “And I told him you need to introduce your child to some people...
  • He's Done It Before: How Ted Cruz can repeat history — and win the GOP nomination

    03/27/2015 8:57:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    Fusion ^ | March 23, 2015 | Brett LoGiurato
    It’s early 2011, and an unheard-of candidate for Senate is deciding to enter a race 22 months down the line to replace one of Texas’ most revered senators. He has no money, no prospective sources of donors. He has no establishment credibility. He has chosen to battle perhaps the most establishment of the establishment — the state’s lieutenant governor. Now, it’s early 2015, and a still relatively unheard-of candidate for president is deciding to enter a race 20 months down the line. He faces questions about whether he can raise a consistent amount of money. He has no establishment credibility....
  • Is There a Realistic Ted Cruz Scenario?

    03/27/2015 8:35:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 52 replies
    Commentary Magazine ^ | March 23, 2015 | Jonathan S. Tobin
    A broad cross-section of Republican officeholders, major donors and conservative pundits are agreed on one thing: Ted Cruz has no chance to be elected president. The junior senator from Texas marked the fifth anniversary of the signing of ObamaCare by announcing his candidacy for the presidency today at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia and no one in the chattering classes thinks he has a prayer of being sworn into office as commander-in-chief in January 2017. Just about everyone thinks his positions on the issues are too extreme and that his advocacy of the 2013 government shutdown and the complete antipathy...
  • Nasrallah: Arabs should unite to attack Israel, not Yemen

    03/27/2015 8:18:01 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 8 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | Friday, March 27, 2015 | Itamar Sharon
    Hezbollah leader slams Saudi campaign: ‘You say the new situation threatens you… Do you not feel the threat posed by Israel?’ Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah on Friday bemoaned the Saudi-led Arab coalition engaged in a campaign against rebels forces in Yemen, saying Arabs should unite against Israel rather than the Houthi militias who have taken over the capital Sanaa and much of the country over the past months. The leader of Lebanon’s Shiite terror group slammed Saudi Arabia’s intervention in Yemen, dubbed Operation Decisive Storm, calling it “surprising and painful.” Hezbollah, like Yemen’s Houthi rebels, is supported by Iran, which...
  • Ted Cruz’s campaign: He hasn’t ruled out legal status for illegals

    03/27/2015 7:15:56 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 40 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/27/2015 | AllahPundit
    I’m tempted to accuse Team Walker of feeding this bit of oppo to MSNBC to take some heat off of their own rolling clusterfark on immigration. But I’m sure author Benjy Sarlin, a smart guy who follows this issue for the network, hit on it himself. (Wouldn’t Walker’s team have leaked it to Fox to maximize Cruz’s embarrassment among conservatives?) To a lefty, the tangle of GOP primary politics on amnesty must be irresistible: Why is Scott Walker taking a beating on the right for supporting legalization when Ted Cruz, Mr. Conservative, also supported legalization in the form of...
  • What are the chances Democrats keep Reid’s seat in 2016? Not great

    03/27/2015 7:13:40 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/27/2015 | NOAH ROTHMAN
    Well, theyÂ’re not horrible. But Democrats canÂ’t be too happy about their present chances of replacing outgoing Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid with another Democrat in the U.S. Senate could certainly be better than they are right now. Reid was no lock to win reelection even if he decided to run again in 2016. He polls as poorly today as he did in 2010, when the Nevada electorate appeared ready to jettison the Silver StateÂ’s longtime senator, but a majority of voters just couldnÂ’t bring themselves to pull the lever for Sharron Angle. At the yearÂ’s open, veteran Nevada...
  • The real costs of foolish plans to 'secure' the border

    03/27/2015 7:10:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The Week ^ | March 27, 2015 | Shikha Dalmia
    Sen. Ted Cruz launched his bid for the Republican presidential nomination this week by promising to "finally, finally, finally secure the borders" and put an end to unauthorized immigration. This will warm the hearts of restrictionists, no doubt. But it should scare Americans who love their pocketbooks and liberties more than they hate undocumented Latino immigrants. Restrictionists accuse many of these immigrants of being welfare queens who come to America illegally and live off taxpayers. Cruz has contributed to the hysteria by proposing bills barring undocumented workers from ever receiving any means-tested benefits, presumably even after they become legal. Accusations...
  • Cruz the bruiser: The junior senator from Texas is dangerous

    03/27/2015 6:15:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    The Economist ^ | March 28, 2015 | The Editors
    WITH 596 days to go before America’s next presidential election, the first serious candidate has announced that he will run (see article). Ted Cruz is an intelligent man with an inspiring life story. His father fled from Cuba with a few dollars sewn into his underwear and settled in the United States. The young Ted made a name for himself in Texas while still a teenager, giving lectures to Rotary clubs about the constitution. By his early 30s he was arguing cases before the Supreme Court—and winning. At 41, he was elected to the Senate, overcoming long odds in a...
  • John Kerry Orders Email Preservation Review at State Department

    03/27/2015 5:49:29 PM PDT · by PROCON · 24 replies
    abcnews.go.com ^ | March 27, 2015 | JUSTIN FISHEL
    Secretary of State John Kerry sent a letter to the State Department’s Inspector General requesting a review of email and records management, the State Department said today. The timing of Kerry’s request has many asking if this push for reform is connected to former Secretary Hillary Clinton’s recent scandal involving her use of a private email server, rather than a State Department account. State Department Spokesman Jeff Rathke denied this had anything to do with Clinton, citing instead the State Department’s need to better manage the overwhelming number of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests and requests for information from...
  • Ted Cruz: The Bush Years-What his time at the FTC suggests about how he’d run the White House

    03/27/2015 5:32:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    The National Review ^ | March 27, 2015 | Jim Geraghty
    Long before Ted Cruz was a big-name senator and conservative rock star, wowing the crowd at Liberty University in the early days of his presidential bid, he was just another lawyer toiling away in virtual anonymity under George W. Bush. While Cruz’s time in the Senate is best known for fiery speeches and high-profile gestures like his 21-hour filibuster, in his earlier time in Washington he demonstrated a wonkish eye for detail and an eagerness to take on powerful industry groups that he saw as stifling competition. Though his efforts ultimately succeeded on a much smaller scale than he’d initially...
  • Military Drill Identifying “Hostile” U.S. States Sparks Alarm

    03/27/2015 5:10:14 PM PDT · by detective · 56 replies
    The New American ^ | March 27, 2015 | Alex Newman
    A massive U.S. military drill dubbed “Jade Helm 15” lists Texas, Utah, and part of California as “hostile” or “insurgent pocket” territory. The unclassified information about this drill is causing widespread alarm nationwide, with more than a few analysts suggesting it may be some sort of exercise practicing to impose martial law on Americans fed up with an out-of-control federal government. During the exercises, which will take place over the summer, Special Forces from various branches of the military will work with local law-enforcement in scenarios that, to critics at least, sound suspiciously like they are aimed at subduing rebellious...
  • Venezuela to Present Anti-US Petition at Summit With Obama

    03/27/2015 4:53:40 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 13 replies
    ABC News ^ | March 27, 2015
    CARACAS, Venezuela - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is readying a gift for President Barack Obama when the two leaders cross paths at a regional summit next month: a petition containing millions of signatures denouncing U.S. aggression. For the past week, Venezuelans have been lining up in plazas, government offices and even prisons to add their signatures to a manifesto against the Obama administration's recent decision to sanction seven Venezuelan officials over human rights abuses during anti-government protests.
  • Column One: Managing Obama’s war against Israel

    03/27/2015 4:49:17 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 9 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | Thursday, March 26, 2015 | Caroline B. Glick
    On Wednesday, the Jerusalem Municipality announced it is shelving plans to build 1,500 apartments in the Har Homa neighborhood. Officials gave no explanation for its sudden move. But none was needed. Obviously the construction of apartments for Jews in Jerusalem was blocked in the hopes of appeasing US President Barack Obama. But is there any reason to believe he can be appeased? Today the White House is issuing condemnations of Israel faster than the UN. To determine how to handle what is happening, we need to understand the nature of what is happening. Max Boot explained Wednesday in The Wall...
  • Critics? Or Traitors?

    03/27/2015 4:38:55 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 27, 2015 | Ed Feulner
    “Traitors.” That’s a strong term, obviously. It should never be used lightly. Yet there it was, flying around like confetti in Times Square on New Year’s Eve. And why? Because 47 GOP senators who are understandably concerned about the prospects of a nuclear-armed Iran sent a letter to that country’s leaders about the deal now being struck with the United States and other countries. Their message: The next U.S. president can overturn “with the stroke of a pen” any deal Congress doesn’t approve. “Judas got thirty pieces of silver. What did you get?” one New Jersey resident tweeted. Others, sparked...
  • Kerry Warns US Ambassadors They Will Be Dealing With ‘Climate Refugees’ In Not-Too-Distant Future

    03/27/2015 4:35:09 PM PDT · by CedarDave · 59 replies
    CBS DC ^ | March 26, 2015 | CBSDC
    WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — Secretary of State John Kerry warns U.S. ambassadors that they will be dealing with “climate refugees” in the not-too-distant future. Kerry told U.S. ambassadors at the Global Chiefs of Mission Conference in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday about the threat climate change poses around the world. “There’ll be climate refugees that all of you will be coping with at some point, if not now, in the not-too-distant future,” Kerry said. “Ninety-seven percent of all the scientists for 20 years tell us unequivocally that this is happening and happening now, and humans are causing it, and we have a...
  • Islamic State In Illinois Planned Another Ft. Hood

    03/27/2015 4:24:26 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 7 replies
    Investor's Business ^ | March 27, 2015 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Terrorism: An Illinois National Guardsman sought to fight with Islamic State as his cousin plotted to kill scores at an Illinois National Guard facility. If they had succeeded, would President Obama call it workplace violence? President Obama's "JV" terrorist team has metastasized to the point where its franchisees have spread across continents and oceans, with the FBI investigating ISIS-related activities and plots in all 50 states, including a very dangerous one in the commander in chief's home state of Illinois. One of those FBI investigations involved the arrest Wednesday of Hasan Edmonds — a supply specialist with the Illinois National...
  • Barack Obama is not a unicorn [Email from a nobama minion]

    03/27/2015 4:19:39 PM PDT · by upchuck · 20 replies
    email | March 27, 2015 | Ashley Pindo
    For many progressives and organizers across the country, President Obama is an inspiration. But he's not a unicorn. (I believe the fact-checkers out there can confirm that.) Our president got his start as a community organizer on the South Side of Chicago. Right now, the next Barack Obamas are already out there in communities all across the country, looking to get their start. OFA's mission is to find those great organizers and provide the training needed to be great. It can't be overstated -- of all the things we do at OFA, our training programs are the biggest legacy we'll...
  • Trey Gowdy: Hillary Clinton wiped her server clean

    03/27/2015 3:52:58 PM PDT · by detective · 189 replies
    Politico ^ | 3/26/2015 | Lauren French
    Hillary Clinton did not hand over new documents to the House panel investigating Benghazi and wiped her server clean of past emails, the committee’s chairman said in a statement Friday. Clinton did not provide correspondence or emails to the Select Committee on Benghazi, Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), said, even though the former secretary of state was under a subpoena, issued early this month, for all correspondence from Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state that focused on Libya and Benghazi.
  • You Can 3D Print A Heavy-Caliber Gun — And It’s Totally Legal

    03/27/2015 3:34:04 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 35 replies
    CBS San Francisco ^ | March 27, 2015
    With a 3D printer and enough thermoplastic, you can mass produce deadly plastic guns from the convenience of your own home without going through a rigorous background check. Advanced 3D-printing technology now allows for people to make durable guns. And as far as current federal laws are concerned, it’s totally legal. Medium writer Keith Mizokami documented his experience building not just any regular firearm, but a full-on assault rifle. All it took was three hours and some light tools. “I was an AR-15 grease monkey,” Mizokami wrote. “During the course of several projects, I’d built an entire rifle from scratch....
  • Amodei defends voting record at GOP fundraiser (All NV Rep's united to continue Reid amnesty)

    03/27/2015 3:02:58 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 5 replies
    Elko Daily Free Press ^ | February 09, 2015 | DYLAN WOOLF HARRIS
    Facing a room of Republicans, Rep. Mark Amodei, R-Nev., defended his decision to vote against an amendment put forth by a fellow GOP colleague aimed to reverse President Barack Obama’s deferred deportation plan. Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., proposed a funding amendment to block dollars for the president’s 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, which was expanded via executive action last year. (SNIP) Amodei was one of 26 Republicans – which included two other Nevada Republicans, Joe Heck and Crescent Hardy – to vote against Blackburn’s measure at the beginning of the year. (SNIP) “I don’t know if we can pass...
  • The Mark Levin Show, M-F, 6pm-9pm EDT, WABC-AM, Friday, March 27th, 2015.

    03/27/2015 3:00:16 PM PDT · by carriage_hill · 29 replies
    The Mark Levin Show ^ | Friday, March 27th, 2015 | Mark R. Levin
    The Mark Levin Show, "Ray Charles Fridays", M-F, 6pm-9pm EST, WABC-AM, Friday, March 27th, 2015. The Mark Levin Show is on-the-air: “Conservatism is the antidote to tyranny precisely because its principles are the founding principles.” -- Mark Levin in "Liberty and Tyranny". Welcome to “The Levin Lounge"... Step in and have a virtual FRink.Taking the country by storm, one radio station at a time – and kicking the BUTTS of the competition! Welcome all, to the most FUN LIVE THREAD on FreeRepublic.com! You can call Mark’s show: 1-877-381-3811.
  • The John Birch Society & Article V - Standing for Hypocrisy and Deception

    03/27/2015 2:21:16 PM PDT · by Strawberry AZ · 47 replies
    Vanity ^ | 03-27-2015 | MJ Alexander (Vanity)
    Someone recently asked, “Why is it that the John Birch Society is so opposed to an Article V amendment convention today despite the fact that they have been supporters of amending the Constitution since back in the 70s?” That’s a darned good question. It a matter of history that Robert Welch, the first president of the John Birch Society, welcomed those who would repeal the 16th Amendment (the progressive income tax) into the society and made their cause a part of JBS lore. In 1975, Larry McDonald, then a Democrat U.S. Representative from Georgia, who went on to become the...
  • Iranian Negotiator Stresses Withdrawal of Powers from Past Stances in N. Talks

    03/27/2015 2:02:23 PM PDT · by rdb3 · 1 replies
    Foreign Policy Wed Mar 25, 2015 4:28 Iranian Negotiator Stresses Withdrawal of Powers from Past Stances in N. Talks TEHRAN (FNA)- Director General for Political Affairs at the Iranian Foreign Ministry and nuclear negotiator Hamid Baeidinejad said on Wednesday that the western powers have withdrawn from their previous positions in nuclear talks with Tehran. "The other side has withdrawn from its positions compared with the past, otherwise we wouldn’t have stood at this point and stage in the talks at all," Baeidinejad told reporters in Tehran on Wednesday. Yet, the Iranian negotiator stressed that certain issues have still remained unresolved...
  • Israeli TV: Iran deal, leaving 6,100 centrifuges spinning, to be signed by Tuesday

    03/27/2015 2:02:15 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 22 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | Friday, March 27, 2015 | Staff
    Iran hails ‘massive progress’ as Kerry-Zarif continue talks; Israeli official calls looming agreement ‘incomprehensibly’ bad. The deal taking shape between Iran and world powers will leave Iran with 6,100 centrifuges spinning, will involve a phased lifting of economic sanctions, and will be reached as scheduled early this coming week, Israeli television reported Friday night. Negotiators have yet to resolve several key issues, including the fate of some 13,000 centrifuges that Iran will be barred from using under the deal, whether Iran will be allowed to continue its R&D work on advanced centrifuges, and what will become of Iran’s already enriched...
  • ‘Senior Defense Officials’ Are Undermining Army’s Prosecution of Bergdahl

    03/27/2015 1:39:37 PM PDT · by drewh · 59 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | March 27, 2015 12:29 pm | BY: Aaron MacLean
    It could be possible to read the final tweet, from CNN's Barbara Starr, as implying that the two defense officials are only confirming for her why Bergdahl “says” he left base. But the three tweets from CNN’s National Security desk reference two defense officials who say Bergdahl walked off his post to “report what he believed to be problems with ‘order and discipline’ in his unit.” The direct quote from the “second official” reinforces the impression that he and his colleague are speaking to Starr on background, and that rather than merely reporting what Bergdahl “says,” they are endorsing a...
  • Engel: Many In Military View Obama's Middle East Policy As "Incoherent"

    03/27/2015 1:27:53 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 37 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | March 27, 2015 | Pamela Key
    Friday on MSNBC’s “NewsNation,” NBC News’ chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel said many in the military and policy analysts have told him the Obama administration’s Middle East policies are “incoherent.”