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  • What 'small country' did Hillary Clinton lead?

    07/28/2014 2:11:02 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 21 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | 7-28-14 | Asche Schow
    Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Sunday that she knows how difficult it is "to be the leader of a relatively small country." Come again? I know I’m relatively young, but I think I would have remembered President or Prime Minister or Queen Hillary. Clinton made the comments on CNN's "Fareed Zakaria GPS" while discussing the conflict between Israel and Hamas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin "Bibi" Netanyahu. “I’ve known Bibi a long time and I have a very good relationship with him, in part because we can yell at each other – and we do,” Clinton said. “And...
  • Iraqi Christians rally at White House: ‘Obama, Obama, where are you?’

    07/28/2014 1:56:46 PM PDT · by markomalley · 16 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 7/28/2014 | Cheryl K. Chumley
    Hundreds of outraged Iraqi Christians staged a rally outside the White House, demanding to know why President Obama wasn’t providing any aid to the scores of faithful being persecuted by radical Muslims around the world. The rallies were replicated at cities around the world, including in Paris, The Hague, Cologne and London, Breitbart reported. Among their chants, Breitbart reported: “Obama, Obama, where are you? Iraqi Christians call for you.” It was just a week ago that terrorists with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant ordered Christians out of Mosul and demanded they convert to Islam or die. “Iraq’s...
  • Rancher: Gov’t ‘Bullying People’ Who Have Been on Western Lands ‘for Generations’ (NM)

    07/28/2014 1:30:51 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 14 replies
    CNSNews ^ | July 28, 2014 | Penny Starr
    (CNSNews.com) – At a House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation on Thursday, ranchers from Western states testified that they are routinely threatened and bullied by federal land management officials, including the Bureau of Land Management, the Forest Service and Fish and Wildlife. “I sit before you today to let you know what’s going on up there, and I hope that we can come to some kind of agreement on what needs to be done and move forward on it, because enough is enough when it comes to bullying people that have been on this land for...
  • SARAH ALERT! SARAH ALERT!

    07/28/2014 1:22:52 PM PDT · by Baynative · 82 replies
    Radio ^ | 7/28/14 | Baynative
    Sarah Palin called in to Michael Medved to confront him about saying her impeachment idea is stupid. She was in her car and he is putting her back on at the half hour.
  • Inspector General Report:

    07/28/2014 1:09:37 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 28, 2014 | Katie Pavlich
    In more good news coming out of the Middle East today, hundreds of thousands of weapons given to Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) by the United States, including machine guns, are missing. According to a report issued earlier this month from the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) titled Afghan National Security Forces: Actions Needed to Improve Weapons Accountability, nearly half of weapons issued are unaccounted for. "Controls over the accountability of small arms provided to the ANSF are insufficient both before and after the weapons are transferred. Accountability over these weapons within DOD prior to their transfer to...
  • Keystone Critic Decried Conflict of Interest as Wife Backed Competitor

    07/28/2014 12:53:43 PM PDT · by lilyramone · 5 replies
    Wash FreeBeacon ^ | July 28, 2014 | Lachlan Markay
    The wife of a leading House Democrat owned stock in a top competitor to the company behind the Keystone XL pipeline while he raised red flags about potential conflicts of interest in the government’s review of the project, documents show. Rep. Raul Grijalva (D., Ariz.) was very concerned about the potential financial benefits of approving the pipeline for the federal contractor that conducted an environmental review of the project last year. The review found that Keystone would have minimal environmental and climate impacts. Grijalva suggested that the contractor’s vague financial ties to TransCanada, the company building the pipeline, compromised the...
  • COMMENTARY: Driving the future of warfare, at Ft Huachuca.

    07/28/2014 12:49:39 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies
    I am writing to urge continued support for our Fort Huachuca base. Southern Arizona, with its particular climate and geography, is uniquely fit to house certain critical military operations. And the thousands of highly qualified, talented personnel, both civilian and military, who have made Cochise County their home, stand at the ready to drive our modern warfare capabilities. As a long-time leader in electronic warfare technology and the home of the U.S. Army Intelligence Center of Excellence, and numerous other Commands, Fort Huachuca should continue to define the cutting edge of cyber-security warfare. There is no question that this segment...
  • Bill to Improve VA Has $17B Price Tag

    07/28/2014 12:38:46 PM PDT · by lilyramone · 22 replies
    Newsmax / Ap ^ | July 28, 2014
    A bipartisan deal to improve veterans' health care would authorize at least $17 billion to fix the health program scandalized by long patient wait times and falsified records covering up delays, the bill's chief supporters said Monday. The agreement includes $10 billion in emergency spending to make it easier for veterans who can't get prompt appointments with Veterans Affairs doctors to obtain outside care; $5 billion to hire doctors, nurses and other medical staff; and about $1.5 billion to lease 27 new clinics across the country, the chairmen of the House and Senate Veterans Affairs committees said. The bill also...
  • US fuming over Israeli criticism of Kerry

    07/28/2014 12:02:46 PM PDT · by John W · 86 replies
    AP ^ | July 28, 2014 | MATTHEW LEE and JULIE PACE
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration pushed back strongly Monday at a torrent of Israeli criticism over Secretary of State John Kerry's latest bid to secure a cease-fire with Hamas, accusing some in Israel of launching a "misinformation campaign" against the top American diplomat. "It's simply not the way partners and allies treat each other," State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said. Her comments were echoed by the White House, where officials said they were disappointed by Israeli reports that cast Kerry's efforts to negotiate a cease-fire as more favorable to Hamas. "Israel has no better friend, no stronger defender than...
  • Scalise: No Funding Cutoff Even If Obama Defers More Deportations

    07/28/2014 12:07:45 PM PDT · by lilyramone · 39 replies
    CNS News ^ | July 28, 2014 | Susan Jones
    What will congressional Republicans do if President Obama takes executive action to defer deportation for millions more illegal aliens? "Fox News Sunday" host Chris Wallace asked Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) that question on Sunday. "[W]ill you do nothing, will you...cut off funding for the administration, will you consider impeaching the president?" Scalise said Republicans intend to be a "check and a balance against this administration," but he also indicated that Republicans will not use their power of the purse to stop the president: "We're going to keep the government running at current levels," Scalise said, referring to a continuing resolution...
  • Obama Administration Turns to “Hand-Packed” Court

    07/28/2014 11:49:07 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 28, 2014 | Hans A. von Spakovsky
    Editor's note: Elizabeth Slattery coauthored this piece. When it comes to defending Obamacare subsidies, the Justice Department appears none too eager to take its case to the Supreme Court. Instead, the administration announced it would appeal Tuesday’s adverse ruling by a three-judge panel of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals to… the full D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. President Obama, it seems, likes his chances with the full court. And why not? He “hand-packed” it himself. The legal issue at hand is whether the IRS has the authority to subsidize health coverage bought through insurance exchanges run by the feds....
  • [Hillary] Clinton: US needs orderly process for border kids

    07/28/2014 11:36:59 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 32 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 28, 2014 1:19 PM EDT | Ken Thomas
    Hillary Rodham Clinton says she supports creating a refugee screening process for Central American children in their home countries to discourage dangerous trips to the U.S. and opposes changing a 2008 immigration law under review by Congress. The potential 2016 Democratic presidential candidate says in an interview with Fusion’s Jorge Ramos that Congress should provide more money to help immigration officials determine whether children should be considered migrants or refugees. Some of the children should be sent back, Clinton says, but the U.S. needs a “sensible, orderly process” to care for the tens of thousands of children crossing the border,...
  • Great Moments in Government, from Banning Bake Sales to Limiting Mistresses

    07/28/2014 11:35:23 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 28, 2014 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    Michelle Obama wants the federal government to tell us what kind of food to eat. I actually wouldn’t object if she merely used a bully pulpit to encourage healthier eating. But the busy-body crowd in Washington has a hard time distinguishing between giving advice and engaging in coercion. So we now have legislation that gives Washington the power to interfere with food in local schools. But not everybody is rolling over, particularly when federal rules are coercing states into banning bake sales. The National Journal reports on growing resistance to this absurd example of nanny statism from Washington. Here are...
  • Obama: Female oppression crippling parts of Africa

    07/28/2014 11:33:58 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 28, 2014 2:09 PM EDT | Nedra Pickler
    President Barack Obama spoke out Monday against gender oppression in Africa that he said is “crippling” parts of the continent, urging young leaders there to empower women and eliminate traditions like female genital mutilation and violence against women. Obama held up an inaugural class of young African fellows who are getting six weeks of leadership training in the United States as inspiring examples of what the continent can achieve. He drew cheers as he announced their program is being expanded and renamed after former South African President Nelson Mandela.Obama said the world’s security and prosperity depends on “a strong, prosperous...
  • Federal Appeals Court Strikes Down Virginia Same-Sex Marriage Ban

    07/28/2014 11:21:44 AM PDT · by Alter Kaker · 43 replies
    BuzzFeed ^ | 7/28/2014 | Chris Geidner
    WASHINGTON — The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals held Monday that Virginia’s ban on same-sex couples’ marriages is unconstitutional. On a 2-1 vote, the appeals court joined the wave of court decisions declaring such bans unconstitutional. The decision, by Judge Henry Floyd acknowledged both the debate over such laws and, in the court’s view, the clear constitutional impediment to laws banning same-sex couples from marrying. “We recognize that same-sex marriage makes some people deeply uncomfortable,” he wrote. “However, inertia and apprehension are not legitimate bases for denying same-sex couples due process and equal protection of the laws.” The court’s opinion...
  • Judge rules largely in favor of Utah on rural roads dispute ( RS 2477 )

    07/28/2014 11:12:06 AM PDT · by george76 · 14 replies
    The Salt Lake Tribune ^ | March 22, 2013 | Brooke Adams
    A federal judge handed a landmark victory to Kane County and the state of Utah on Wednesday in a years-long dispute with the federal government over whether some rural routes should remain in use as roads, or if they should be closed to the public. In two decisions, U.S. District Judge Clark Waddoups found he had jurisdiction to hear Kane County's claim, gave parameters for "reasonable" right-of-way widths on some routes and determined that 12 of 15 routes in dispute were roads and therefore accessible by the public. The distinction hinged on an 1866 law through which Congress sought to...
  • Six-year-old girl watches in horror as police 'shoot dead her dog Apollo in her front yard

    07/28/2014 11:08:42 AM PDT · by Ken H · 68 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | July 28, 2014 | Lydia Warren
    A six-year-old girl watched in horror as police gunned down her one-year-old dog as it stood in their front yard, her family has said. The girl's mother, Nicole Echlin, said their shepherd-mix Apollo, whom they have had since he was a puppy, got out of their yard in Hometown near Chicago, Illinois on Friday afternoon. After they chased him around the neighborhood, he returned to the yard and was standing on the lawn when police arrived and pulled out their guns, Echlin told the Chicago Tribune. 'He started showing his teeth - that's when the officer shot him,' Echlin, 27,...
  • Ouray County Adopts a Road Map for the 21st Century ( Colorado - RS 2477 )

    07/28/2014 10:54:48 AM PDT · by george76 · 14 replies
    The Watch ^ | 07/24/14 | Samantha Wright
    Despite an eleventh hour interjection from the U.S. Forest Service, the Ouray County Commissioners made history this week, unanimously voting to adopt a new county road map that brings it into the 21st century. The last time an official county road map was prepared in Ouray County was in 1961. Proposed revisions to this 1961 iteration of the map took place over the past five years, first through the work of the collaborative, multi-jurisdictional Public Access Group and later through two years of intensive work by Ouray County IT/GIS Manager Jeff Bockes, who integrated modern computerized mapping techniques (including GoogleEarth)...
  • Barack Hussein Obama and the Day of Jewish Calamity

    07/28/2014 10:53:10 AM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 3 replies
    Freerepublic ^ | 07/21/2010 | Bill Randles
    Barak Hussein Obama's introduction to the world in 2004 occurred on July 27 July. The date on the Jewish Calendar was Tisha b'Av. The 9th of Av. The same date of virtually all major Jewish Calamities occurred: (see them below) The First Temple built by King Solomon and the Kingdom of Judah was destroyed The Second Temple built by Ezra and Nehemiah was destroyed by the Romans The Romans crushed Bar Kokhba's revolt and destroyed the city of Betar, killing over 100,000 Jews Following the Bar Kokhba revolt, Roman commander Turnus Rufus plowed the site of the Temple and the...
  • Udall, Dems Want Us to Work for Food, and Food Only

    07/28/2014 10:49:21 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 28, 2014 | Mark Baisley
    There is good and there is evil. Good is the healthy state, functioning optimally according to its design. Evil can be defined as a conscious state of disorder, a parasite that thrives on conquering the good. Humans are creatures of a magnificent design. They start out innocent enough, generally attracted to good. But all people seem to be subject to the attentions of evil, sometimes as a victim and sometimes as a participant. The vast majority of humans are kind and interesting, regardless of their culture, religion, race, or party affiliation. And right about the age of six, they are...
  • Court Rules In Favor Of Father Who Spanked Son For Cursing

    07/28/2014 10:49:00 AM PDT · by Dallas59 · 21 replies
    Fox News ^ | 7/28/2014 | Fox News
    NEW YORK, NY- When is spanking a crime? A New York court just ruled in favor of a Long Island Dad who hit his 8-year-old son for cursing. The court found that spanking was a reasonable use of force. And other states are okaying it too. Spanking is at the center of the New York state court case. The state appellate court dismissed neglect charges against a Long Island father who spanked his 8-year old son for cursing at an adult, saying spanking did not constitute excessive punishment. Criminal defense lawyer Arthur Aidala says the judge says as long as...
  • Barack Obama: Maliciousness. Not Incompetence.

    07/28/2014 10:48:34 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 48 replies
    Red State ^ | 07/28/2014 | Erick Erickson
    For the longest time I have chosen to chalk our President’s stumbles, bumbles, and disasters up to incompetence. He is in over his head. He is inexperienced. He is out of his league. It is hard to accept otherwise. But it is clearer and clearer that is not true. It is clear that President Obama’s disastrous policies are premised not in incompetence, but in maliciousness. Our President — and he is our President — is not a stumbler and a bumbler, but a Nero who when not persecuting Christians, plays golf while the world burns. President Obama has surrounded himself...
  • Leading Liberal Website Falls For Fake Story About Michele Bachmann

    07/28/2014 10:10:55 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 4:54 PM 07/27/2014 | Chuck Ross
    Think Progress, a website operated by the liberal Center for American Progress, failed to vet a phony story which claimed that Minnesota U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann proposed “Americanization” labor camps for Central American unaccompanied children. “I’m calling on all of us, Obama and Congress and everyone, to chip in and build special new facilities…‘Americanization facilities,’ if you will,” Bachmann said, according to Think Progress, which has since corrected its embarrassing flub. […] Think Progress published the erroneous story on Sunday but corrected it and issued an apology after another liberal website, the Raw Story, pointed out the massive hoax. […]...
  • Free Republic Eyes On The Border: After Action Report

    07/28/2014 9:59:55 AM PDT · by humblegunner · 50 replies
    First Hand Observation | 7/28/2014 | humblegunner
    This past weekend, 7/26 and 7/27, Jim & Chris Robinson, Syncro & I met up near McAllen, Texas to observe first-hand the situation at the border along the Rio Grande. My report is as follows: Border Patrol Station Operations: Friday and Saturday we set about observation of the McAllen Border Patrol Station at 3000 West Military Hwy. Buses were indeed seen leaving at intervals throughout the day. It was mentioned on this thread that a warehouse was being used to stage illegals for transport elsewhere. Its location had been reported as 3700 W. Ursula Ave (Thanks to Buckeye Texan here)....
  • How Military Guns Make the Civilian Market

    07/28/2014 9:57:54 AM PDT · by SLB · 22 replies
    Government Executive ^ | 28 July 2014 | By Matt Valentine
    This week, the U.S. Army will brief arms manufacturers on the design requirements for a new standard-issue handgun. Several gun makers will compete for the lucrative contract, developing weapons that are more reliable and more powerful than those currently in service. Officials say the upgrade is overdue—it’s been nearly 30 years since the Army adopted the Beretta M9. But the last time the military challenged the industry to make a better handgun, all the innovations intended for the battlefield also ended up in the consumer market, and the severity of civilian shootings soared. Studying gunshot injuries in the D.C. area...
  • Has Obama 'checked out' early? Critics point to 81 rounds of golf, mansion hunting in 2nd term

    07/28/2014 8:37:54 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 49 replies
    Post Standard, Syracuse, New York ^ | on July 28, 2014 at 11:11 AM | By Ben Axelson | baxelson@syracuse.com
    Days spent on the links, fundraisers with celebrities and house hunting have raised questions about whether President Barack Obama has "checked out" before his term is up.... Obama has already played 81 rounds of golf in the 628 days since his 2012 re-election—as many as he played in his entire first term, according to an analysis of his schedule.... By comparison, Obama's predecessor George W. Bush only played 24 rounds of golf in the first 34 months of his presidency....Bush stopped playing golf in 2003 because he didn't want to be seen as taking the war lightly. Obama has also...
  • Judge rules Boulder County lacked legal authority to create subdivision paving district

    07/28/2014 8:27:33 AM PDT · by george76 · 8 replies
    Times-Call ^ | 07/27/2014 | John Fryar
    Formation of district and imposition of assessments 'invalidated' by ruling . Boulder County commissioners didn't have the legal authority to establish a Local Improvement District created to charge rural residential subdivision property owners the bulk of the costs of rehabilitating those subdivisions' paved county roads, according to a Friday Boulder County District Court ruling. The Board of County Commissioners "exceeded its jurisdiction and abused its discretion in authorizing and forming the Subdivision Paving Local Improvement District and imposing assessments on properties within the District," Senior District Court Judge J. Robert Lowenbach wrote. ... The judge further ordered Boulder County to...
  • The Democrats' impeachment fundraising extravaganza

    07/28/2014 8:12:34 AM PDT · by smoothsailing · 17 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | 7-26-2014 | Byron York - Commentary
    July 26, 2014 The Democrats' impeachment fundraising extravaganza Byron York In an almost farcical twist on the recent political debate, the Obama White House has joined the Democratic fundraising apparatus in what appears to be a campaign to encourage Republicans to impeach the president. In the past 48 hours, first lady Michelle Obama, White House senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer, White House spokesman Josh Earnest, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, and others have raised the specter of an Obama impeachment. The first lady was first to broach the subject, in a Thursday evening fundraising speech in...
  • Obama's own unbelievably shocking words...WOW!!!! (Bad Fake Alert)

    07/28/2014 8:12:31 AM PDT · by dgkb · 31 replies
    u-tube video (now pulled in US) ^ | May 23, 2014 | Obama - speech
    Sent by a German friend after the YouTube version from the US was pulled. If you haven’t heard this you should . It takes only 19 seconds. It’s unbelievable that Obama actually says this out loud! This Obama speech was given at the Bilderberg Group conference in Brussels, Belgium, on May 23, 2014. Obama’s comments are chilling - THIS IS THE NEW WORLD ORDER that has been percolating through a number of American presidencies and other world leaders, and now seems to be coming into fruition. PLEASE pass it on to everyone. http://www.youtube.com/watch?YfRtbIQ1kTw&feature=youtu.be "America will never be destroyed from the...
  • The Steady Stain of Oama's Incmpetence

    07/28/2014 7:31:40 AM PDT · by lbryce · 19 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | Mona Charen
    Email Print 0Comments An estimated 93,000 people have died in Syria's metastasizing civil war. Hundreds of thousands of that conflict's refugees strain resources and stability in neighboring countries. Iran continues its steady march toward nuclear weapons development. North Korea menaces its neighbors and episodically threatens to launch nuclear missiles at Los Angeles. Turkey, long lauded by Obama as a model for the region, is violently cracking down on peaceful demonstrators. Slow growth and high unemployment hobble the world's most advanced economies as growing bureaucracy and crippling debt take their toll. Islamist movements are making gains in Mali, Indonesia, Pakistan and...
  • The establishment’s fear of the truth empowers Obama

    07/28/2014 7:27:42 AM PDT · by Security Mom 08 · 8 replies
    http://www.familysecuritymatters.org/ ^ | July 28, 2014 | Colonel LAWRENCE SELLIN, PHD (ret)
    What would happen if Americans learned that Barack Obama is not just an individual with a history of radical, anti-American associations, but an illegal President and an unindicted felon? http://www.familysecuritymatters.org/publications/detail/the-establishments-fear-of-the-truth-empowers-obama?f=must_reads
  • Buyer's Remorse: If voters had it to do over, Romney in a landslide

    07/28/2014 7:17:22 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 76 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/28/2014 | Noah Rothman
    Polls which ask voters for their thoughts on how the last election should have shaped up a year or two years after the fact are pretty much meaningless. The latest CNN/ORC survey which asks voters that question is no exception to that rule. Nevertheless, with just 100 days remaining before the midterm elections, this question is an instructive measurement of voter satisfaction with the president. If voters had it to do all over again, 53 percent would support Mitt Romney over the 44 percent who would continue to back Barack Obama. The president’s remaining coalition is what you would...
  • Republicans’ Senate Chances Rise Slightly to 60 Percent

    07/28/2014 7:14:49 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    THE UPSHOT: New York Times ^ | 07/28/2014 | Amanda Cox and Josh Katz
    For the last month, we’ve been adding one or two polls a day to The Upshot’s Senate forecasting model. Today, we update all 36 races, based on estimates from a YouGov online panel that covers every congressional and governor’s race across the country.The panel, asked for its preferences in collaboration with CBS and The New York Times, is unusual in its scope: It comprises more than 66,000 people living in states with a Senate race this year. YouGov, a polling firm, also conducted online interviews with roughly half of the panelists in previous years, allowing it to know how they...
  • Ignorance of Elite, Liberal Feminists

    07/28/2014 7:05:32 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 7 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | July 27, 2014 | Gabrielle Okun
    It is one thing to be ignorant of a law. There are so many out there that none of us can keep track of them all, including the lawyers. It is quite another matter to be behind the curve on a statute you are debating. feminist majority foundation While the outcome of the Hobby Lobby Stores v. Burwell case is still heavily debated, it remains important to consider why the Supreme Court ruled the way it did in this controversial case. This issue received considerable attention at a recent Feminist Majority conference in which the importance of creating a women’s...
  • Poor families use 'supervouchers' to rent in city's priciest buildings

    07/28/2014 7:04:53 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 32 replies
    Crain's Chicago Busness ^ | 7-28-14 | Alby Gallun
    The high-rise at 500 N. Lake Shore Drive is the second-most expensive in the city, with rents for a one-bedroom apartment approaching $3,000 a month, well beyond the reach of most Chicago residents. But that's not too much for the Chicago Housing Authority, which has used federal tax dollars to pick up most of the tab for four lucky residents in the year-old building, with its sweeping views of Lake Michigan, a concierge and a dog-grooming center. The tenants moved in over the past two years as part of a push by the CHA to expand its housing voucher program...
  • What you need to know about the new White House Budget Director [What you don't know might hurt you]

    07/28/2014 7:02:34 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/28/2014 | Dustin Siggins
    Who is Shaun Donovan? Recently confirmed by the Senate to head the White House’s budget office, Donovan at first appears to be a typical bureaucrat. He has held the position of Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) since 2009, and has now been promoted to one of the highest offices in the U.S. bureaucracy. However, a look at Donovan’s tenure at HUD and his lack of knowledge about America’s fiscal circumstances shows that the Senate should have opposed his nomination. Instead, a majority of Republicans and every voting Democrat ignored Donovan’s ignorance about the federal budget...
  • Todd: Americans Are ‘Fatigued’ from Obama, Have Lost Confidence in Him

    07/28/2014 6:45:17 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 53 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | July 28, 2014 | Staff
    MSNBC host Chuck Todd said the American people are “fatigued” from President Barack Obama Monday on Morning Joe, in the wake of a poll showing Republican Mitt Romney would trounce him in a rematch of the 2012 election. Co-host Thomas Roberts called the poll evidence of “voter’s remorse” for sending Obama back to the White House. Todd pointed out Obama’s average job rating in states with competitive 2014 Senate races was 38 percent.
  • Obamacare Architect Admists Taxpayers in Non-Exchange States Won't Get the Subsidy

    07/28/2014 6:37:59 AM PDT · by CharlesOConnell · 2 replies
    Competitive Enterprise Institute ^ | July 24, 2014 | Ryan Radia
    UNKNOWN QUESTIONER:“Um, you mentioned the Health Insurance Exchanges for the States. And it’s my understanding that if the States don’t provide them, that the Federal Government will provide them.”M.I.T. economics Prof. Jonathan Gruber:“Yeah, so these Health Insurance Exchanges —once you go on MA-HealthConnect.org and CRS [is] in Massachusetts—will be these new shopping places. And they’ll be the place that people go to get their subsidies for health insurance. “In the law it says [that] if States don’t provide them, the federal backstop will. The Federal Government has been sort-of slow in putting in this backstop, I think partially, because they...
  • Give Low Income Americans Exit Option From Social Security

    07/28/2014 6:09:25 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 28, 2014 | Star Parker
    America is supposed to be the land of the free and the home of the brave. But as we become bogged down in our many problems, I see, unfortunately, a mentality in which we are becoming increasingly a nation of the unfree – the victim – and the timid, in how we’re approaching these challenges. Ohio Republican Senator Rob Portman wrote a column this week drawing attention to the latest dire projections from the Congressional Budget Office. CBO projects the nation sinking deeper and deeper into an ocean of red ink. Under a business-as-usual scenario, the Senator notes, we’ll pile...
  • Kayakers breach secure area at JFK airport

    07/28/2014 5:59:03 AM PDT · by Foundahardheadedwoman · 16 replies
    New York Post ^ | July 26, 2014 | Phillip Messing and Bill Sanderson
    Two kayakers adrift in Jamaica Bay with just one paddle unwittingly breached Kennedy Airport’s $300 million perimeter detection system. They could have been spotted by a boat patrol — except there wasn’t one. Port Authority boats don’t patrol the bay at night, police sources said.
  • TN has received 760 unaccompanied illegal immigrant children

    07/28/2014 5:42:34 AM PDT · by GailA · 38 replies
    Then Knox News ^ | 7/25/14 | NA
    New federal data published Thursday by the Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families showed Tennessee received 760 of the more than 30,000 children who have been released to sponsors this year through July 7.
  • Bismarck on the Potomac: Obama calls for, ahem, “economic patriotism.”

    07/28/2014 5:38:21 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    National Review ^ | 07/28/2014 | The Editors
    President Barack Obama, who in his political dotage is enthusiastically getting in touch with his inner Otto von Bismarck to such an extent that we half expect him to start sporting a walrus mustache and a pickelhaube, on Saturday treated the ailing republic to another lecture on the theme of “economic patriotism,” by which he means an arrangement under which companies adopt tax strategies that maximize the amount of money they send to President Obama and his colleagues to dispose of as they see fit. He demanded that companies “embrace an economic patriotism,” presumably one defined by Barack Obama, rather...
  • Another View -- Mike Biundo: Where is Shaheen's gas price outrage now?

    07/28/2014 4:33:56 AM PDT · by sopwith · 13 replies
    the union leader ^ | July 27. 2014 7:36PM | MIKE BIUNDO
    SIX YEARS AGO, Jeanne Shaheen was quick to attack then-Sen. John Sununu on the cost of gasoline. This was a time when New Hampshire consumers were paying around $4 a gallon. In television ads and on the stump, Shaheen argued that the senator deserved blame for not doing more to bring prices down. Her supporters even held protests at his offices to highlight her position. One of her supporters went so far as to dress up as a gas pump to follow Sen. Sununu around at events claiming he wasn’t doing enough to “help the middle-class” deal with fuel prices....
  • Obamacare Fraud: A How-To Guide [Dems wronly claim the GAO report doesn’t mean an opening for abuse]

    07/28/2014 3:38:10 AM PDT · by markomalley · 3 replies
    National Review ^ | 7/28/2014 | Jillian Kay Melchior
    When the Government Accountability Office reported last week that several of its investigators had successfully used fake identities and incorrect information to sign up for subsidized Obamacare coverage, Democrats reacted with skepticism. They claimed that the report didn’t necessarily signal big potential for fraud or abuse. Representative Sander Levin (D., Mich.) said: “There would be no financial windfall, as any government subsidy goes directly to insurance companies and not to the consumer seeking that insurance. In fact, people committing these frauds would be risking severe fines and possibly jail time.” And Representative Joseph Crawley, (D., N.Y.) called the report “much...
  • Bracing for Amnesty

    07/28/2014 2:45:19 AM PDT · by markomalley · 33 replies
    Frontpage ^ | 7/28/2014 | Matthew Vadum
    Amnesty is coming — big time.Americans need to brace themselves for a huge new wave of Obama-led lawlessness because the president is planning what a top schemer in the White House calls a “very significant” executive action on immigration after the summer. Undoubtedly this means some kind of amnesty for illegal aliens is in the works over and above what Obama has already done, the Constitution and public fury notwithstanding.Obama’s “planned executive orders” would give legal status “to another 5–6 million illegal immigrants,” said Sen. Jeff Sessions, (R-Alabama). “This would effectively end immigration enforcement in America.”Leftist congressman Luis Gutiérrez (D-Ill.) boasted...
  • I Played by the Rules on Immigration. Why Is the U.S. Making It So Hard for Me to Become a Doctor?

    07/28/2014 2:34:33 AM PDT · by markomalley · 35 replies
    Daily Signal ^ | 7/28/2014 | Brandon Macknofsky
    Fifteen years ago, when I was 6, my parents and I moved to the United States from Canada, where I was born. Since moving to this great country, I have attended elementary, middle and high school in Coral Springs, Fla., and I’m currently pursuing a bachelor degree in biological sciences and pre-med at Florida Atlantic University.I’m also a “non-resident alien,” meaning I was able to stay in the United States first under a visa because of my father’s job and now thanks to a student visa. But because of my status as a non-resident alien, I have paid out-of-state tuition...
  • Texas Guard troops don't get arrest powers at border -- yet

    07/28/2014 12:55:37 AM PDT · by South40 · 9 replies
    LATimes ^ | 7/27/2014 | MOLLY HENNESSY-FISKE
    When Texas Gov. Rick Perry called on President Obama last month to deploy federal troops to help quell the surge of immigrants crossing the border illegally, he urged the president to give the troops “arrest powers to support Border Patrol operations.” Last week, Perry announced that he was activating 1,000 National Guard troops in response to the border crisis in the Rio Grande Valley. Because the troops were deployed by Perry and not federal officials, experts said Perry can allow them to make arrests and apprehensions. But will he?
  • Iran General: We Will Hunt Down Israelis House To House

    07/27/2014 9:00:16 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 46 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 9:50 PM 07/27/2014 | Reza Kahlili
    The deputy commander of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards vowed revenge against Israel for its ongoing military incursion into Gaza, which has already killed hundreds of Palestinians and dozens of Israelis. “You [people of Israel] are trees without any roots which were planted in the Islamic lands by the British,” Brig. Gen. Hossein Salami said at this week’s Friday prayer sermon in Tehran, Fars News Agency reported. That statement referred to the Balfour Declaration, which led to the dismantling of the Ottoman Empire after World War I and the eventual creation of the state Israel in 1948. “We will chase you house...
  • The Absence of America

    07/27/2014 8:35:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    Steyn Online ^ | July 26, 2014 | Mark Steyn
    Dinesh D'Souza has a new movie out called America: Imagine A World Without Her - but we don't really have to "imagine", it's happening before our eyes. Nothing difficult and complicated about it: in this decline and fall, the Emperor simply went fundraising. At any rate, Jamie Weinstein sat in for Hugh Hewitt this week, and took me on a brisk trot round current topics: MARK STEYN: Well, what's going on in the world is of very little interest to President Fundraiser. He's got other priorities, and the rest of the planet, as I believe it's marked on the State...
  • Buck McKeon calls White House request to repeal Iraq use of force 'a joke'

    07/27/2014 8:26:42 PM PDT · by roses of sharon · 7 replies
    House Armed Services Committee Chairman Buck McKeon didn't pull any punches Friday in his response to the Obama administration's request that Congress repeal the 2002 law authorizing the use of military force in Iraq. In a statement, McKeon, R-Calif., who's retiring at the end of this year, said he thought the letter sent earlier in the day to House Speaker John Boehner from national security adviser Susan Rice was a joke. He said: Obama Administration officials are warning us daily that the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria is ‘worse than al-Qaeda' and an extreme threat to the American people....