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  • Senator Ted Cruz's Contradictory Position on Illegal

    03/28/2015 1:04:56 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 37 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 · 7 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 · 17 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 · 33 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 · 4 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 · 33 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 · 16 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 · 42 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 · 33 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 · 7 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...
  • NSA should have a copy of Clinton's emails

    03/27/2015 6:24:27 PM PDT · by ChiefJayStrongbow · 37 replies
    The mind of the chief | March 27, 2015 | ChiefJayStrongbow
    Clinton claims she wiped her server. I would think the NSA has unwittingly provided a backup service for her. Would certainly like to know what's in the emails.
  • Cruz the bruiser: The junior senator from Texas is dangerous

    03/27/2015 6:15:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 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 · 23 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 · 40 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 · 52 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 · 56 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 · 6 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 · 163 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 · 33 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 · 35 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 · 58 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 · 36 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.”
  • Purge: California GOP Kicks out Conservative Policy Staff

    03/27/2015 1:17:48 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 29 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 03/27/2015 | Assemblyman Tim Donnelly
    In a little-noticed move this week, California State Assembly Minority Leader Kristin Olsen, completed a purge of “conservative” policy staffers.  The dramatic reversal—in both function and ideology of the Assembly Republican Caucus—mirrors the California GOP’s leftward shift, which has eschewed social conservatives as a “fringe” element. By softening the party’s stances on issues like illegal immigration, traditional marriage, Common Core, and ObamaCare, the GOP establishment both nationally and here in California believes the party will attract more voters from the center than the party loses from the right.
  • Large Law Enforcement Convoy At and Around the Humboldt/Trinity (California) Border Today

    03/27/2015 1:09:03 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 25 replies
    LostCoastOutpost.com ^ | 03/27/2015 | Hank Sims
    A reader called us early this morning to report a mass gathering police vehicles at the bottom of Friday Ridge Road, just east of Willow Creek and right near the Humboldt County/Trinity County border. The caller estimated that there were approximately 25 police units in all, representing the California Highway Patrol, the Trinity County Sheriff's Office and others. Calls to the Trinity County Sheriff's office and the Weaverville office of the CHP this morning were fruitless. The people who answered the phones said they knew nothing of any big raids underway. The Humboldt County Sheriff's Office assured us that...
  • 'Netanyahu has burned his bridges with Black Democrats' [Netanyahu Congress Speech]

    03/27/2015 12:36:34 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 81 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | Friday, March 27, 2015 | Staff
    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech before Congress challenging President Barack Obama's Iran policy as well as the premier's controversial "Arabs are voting in droves" comments during the Israeli election campaign have so infuriated African-American Democrats that "it will be very difficult" for them to lend a sympathetic ear to Israel's concerns in Congress, Newsweek is reporting on Friday. “The Congressional Black Caucus is gone,” a Democratic congressional aide told Newsweek. The reported alienation felt by Black Democrats has practical significance for Netanyahu since it effectively kills any chance that lawmakers could submit legislation mandating new Iran sanctions that would have...
  • Mitch McConnell praises Harry Reid as 'son of Searchlight'

    03/27/2015 12:36:11 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 47 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | March 27, 2015 | Kelly Cohen
    Mitch McConnell reacted to Harry Reid's impending retirement. The Senate majority leader had kind words for his Democratic counterpart, who announced Friday he would be retiring in 2016. "Nothing has ever come easily to this son of Searchlight. Underestimated often, his distinctive grit and determined focus nevertheless saw him through many challenges," McConnell said in a statement. "They continue to make him a formidable opponent today."
  • Jeb and Walker’s Immigration Double-Talk

    03/27/2015 12:25:52 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 59 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | March 27. 2015 | Ruben Navarrette Jr.
    Scott Walker and Jeb Bush were bound to collide sooner or later. It turned out to be sooner. As the son of a Baptist minister, and the son of the 41st president of the United States, these two were destined to be the odd couple of the 2016 election. Walker is running against the establishment and the Washington elites. Bush embodies both. Walker will need at least $100 million to compete in the GOP primary, and more if he makes it to the general. Most of the Republican donors who write those kinds of checks are on Bush’s speed dial....
  • ObamaCare under fire in ‘vote-a-rama’

    03/27/2015 12:23:09 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 5 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 26, 2015 | By Sarah Ferris
    Senate Republicans are targeting ObamaCare in the chamber’s marathon session on budget amendments known as a “vote-a-rama” on Thursday. Senators have proposed 85 healthcare-related amendments, including a full repeal of ObamaCare, a ban on any ObamaCare marketing and a shift of Medicaid into states' control. The symbolic proposals are among more than 600 amendments that the Senate will consider during the “vote-a-rama,” which is expected to last through late Thursday. Senate Democrats used their budget amendments to try to ward off attacks against the Affordable Care Act, which just passed its five-year anniversary.
  • Washington welcomes Israeli release of PA tax revenue [Netanyahu & Palestinians]

    03/27/2015 12:20:01 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 2 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | Friday, March 27, 2015 | Staff
    State Department, Quartet envoy Blair call move a step in right direction; Palestinians say they are still waiting for official word. The US on Friday welcomed Israel’s decision to release Palestinian tax funds which were frozen in January, calling Jerusalem’s move “an important step” to reduce tensions between Israel and the Palestinian Authority. “We certainly hope both sides would be able to build on this,” State Department spokesman Jeff Rathke said, according to Reuters. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office said revenues accumulated over three months, frozen by Israel since January in retaliation for a Palestinian move to join the International...
  • FORMER US ATTORNEY: DOJ SHOULD OPEN A CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION INTO HARRY REID PUSHING EB-5 VISA EXP

    03/27/2015 12:08:07 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 29 replies
    Breitbart ^ | March 27, 2015 | by MICHAEL PATRICK LEAHY
    EXCLUSIVE–FORMER U.S. ATTORNEY: DOJ SHOULD OPEN A CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION INTO HARRY REID PUSHING EB-5 VISA EXPANSION Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) says he intends to retire at the end of his term in 2017. But he may still face legal pressure before he leaves. Former U.S. Attorney Joseph diGenova, a leading legal expert on the prosecution and defense of white collar criminals, tells Breitbart News there is enough public evidence to launch a criminal investigation of Reid. “Here’s the issue,” diGenova tells Breitbart News in an exclusive interview. “Because his son was involved representing the SLS Casino and Hotel...
  • Sources Say Talks Are Stuck After Bennett-Netanyahu Meeting [Israel]

    03/27/2015 12:09:06 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 7 replies
    israelnationalnews.com ^ | Friday, March 27, 2015 | Hezki Ezra and Elad Benari
    Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Jewish Home chairman Naftali Bennett met on Thursday evening as part of the coalition negotiations. A source involved in the meeting told Arutz Sheva, however, that there has been no progress in the negotiations between the parties and that, unlike Netanyahu's meetings with leaders of other parties, he did not speak with Bennett regarding the details of the make-up of the next government. The meeting comes amid ongoing tensions between the Likud and the Jewish Home over the coalition talks. On Wednesday, a source told Arutz Sheva that Netanyahu is planning to form a unity...
  • Yinon Magal: Likud Purposely Stalling Coalition Talks [Netanyahu & Israel]

    03/27/2015 11:59:25 AM PDT · by Star Traveler · 2 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | Friday, March 27, 2015 | Ido Ben-Porat, Tova Dvorin
    Incoming Jewish Home MK says that Netanyahu keeps raising the bar for the coalition - in hopes of forming a unity government instead. Incoming MK Yinon Magal (Jewish Home) heavily criticized the Likud on Friday, saying that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu prefers to form a government with Labor-Hatnua, despite multiple promises both before and after elections. "I think that there has been a spin here from the first day of [coalition] negotiations," Magal stated in an interview Friday morning to Army Radio. ''The Prime Minister did call [Jewish Home chairman] Naftali Bennett first [after the elections - ed.], but since...
  • Harry Reid endorses Chuck Schumer to lead Senate Democrats

    03/27/2015 11:55:18 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 33 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | March 27, 2015 | Kelly Cohen
    Harry Reid endorsed Chuck Schumer to succeed him as Senate minority leader after he retires in 2016. [Snip] Reid predicted Schumer, the third-ranking Democrat in Senate leadership, would win the post without opposition. He also suggested any competition — specifically Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin of Illinois, with whom he spoke on the phone with Friday morning — should stand down. Reid called Schumer "extremely smart" in the interview, adding that he would bring a "different style" to Senate leadership compared with Reid's soft-spoken nature.
  • The Democratic Party has (almost) lost Wall Street [Thanks, Elizabeth Warren]

    03/27/2015 11:24:11 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/27/2015 | Noah Rothman
    One of the worst kept secrets of President Barack ObamaÂ’ first term in office is how closely aligned that administration and the members of the Democratic Party were with the interests of the financial sector, despite party membersÂ’ repeated insistence that they wanted nothing more than to curb Wall StreetÂ’s excesses. The well-heeled bankers at Goldman Sachs had little to fear from Democrats who professed their appreciation for the promise of the Occupy Wall Street movement while the institutionÂ’s members were filling Democratic pockets with campaign contributions. The financial community could rest easy knowing that Democrats were aware of...
  • Officials: Bergdahl never intended to desert (BARF)

    03/27/2015 11:17:59 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 74 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 27, 2015 | Kristina Wong
    Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was not intending to desert his post in Afghanistan but instead wanted to walk to the nearest U.S. military post to report concerns about his unit, according to an Army report seen by U.S. officials. Bergdahl was planning to report problems with "order and discipline" in his unit and believed he could not trust his own commanders to deal with them, an unnamed senior defense official told CNN. The report was part of a fact-finding investigation conducted by Army investigators that was presented to Army Gen. Mark Milley before he charged Bergdahl with desertion and misbehavior...
  • Special forces to swarm Southwest, operate undetected among civilians in military exercise.

    03/27/2015 11:06:44 AM PDT · by Falcon4.0 · 89 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | 26 March 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.
  • New indictment against Elgin Islamic leader accused of sex abuse

    03/27/2015 11:01:03 AM PDT · by esoxmagnum · 4 replies
    The Courier News ^ | 3/25/2015 | George Houde
    A prominent Islamic leader who was previously arrested in the alleged sexual abuse of an employee now faces additional charges after he was formally indicted. Mohammed Abdullah Saleem, an imam who founded the Institute of Islamic Education in Elgin, appeared in court Wednesday, where an indictment was read charging him with aggravated criminal sexual abuse, criminal sexual abuse, attempted aggravated criminal sexual abuse, unlawful restraint and aggravated battery. Saleem, 75, had previously been charged with criminal sexual abuse and aggravated battery. more at link: http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/elgin-courier-news/crime/ct-elgin-imam-new-charges-met-20150325-story.html
  • TEXT: Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act: SENATE ENROLLED ACT No. 101

    03/27/2015 10:33:26 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 6 replies
    Senate of the State of Indiana ^ | March 27, 2015 | Government of the State of Indiana
    SENATE ENROLLED ACT No. 101 AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning civil procedure. Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Indiana: SECTION1.IC34-13-9 IS ADDED TO THE INDIANA CODE AS A NEW CHAPTER TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2015]: Chapter 9. Religious Freedom Restoration Sec. 1. This chapter applies to all governmental entity statutes, ordinances, resolutions, executive or administrative orders, regulations, customs, and usages, including the implementation or application thereof, regardless of whether they were enacted, adopted, or initiated before, on, or after July 1, 2015. Sec. 2. A governmental entity statute, ordinance,...
  • U.S. Caves to Key Iranian Demands as Nuke Deal Comes Together

    03/27/2015 10:23:26 AM PDT · by illiac · 56 replies
    Washngton Beacon ^ | 3/27/15 | Adam Kredo
    LAUSSANE, Switzerland—The Obama administration is giving in to Iranian demands about the scope of its nuclear program as negotiators work to finalize a framework agreement in the coming days, according to sources familiar with the administration’s position in the negotiations. U.S. negotiators are said to have given up ground on demands that Iran be forced to disclose the full range of its nuclear activities at the outset of a nuclear deal, a concession experts say would gut the verification the Obama administration has vowed would stand as the crux of a deal with Iran. Until recently, the Obama administration had...
  • State senator won’t back down, apologize for saying he’d shoot a cop

    03/27/2015 10:14:36 AM PDT · by US Navy Vet · 43 replies
    Fox News dot com ^ | March 27, 2015 | By Deena Winter
    LINCOLN, Neb. — State Sen. Sen. Ernie Chambers isn’t backing down. The state lawmaker from Omaha defiantly stood Thursday on the floor of the Nebraska Legislature and rejected many of his colleagues’ calls for him to apologize — or even resign — for comparing cops to ISIS terrorists and suggesting he’d shoot a cop if he weren’t nonviolent and had a gun. “I meant what I said and I said what I meant,” Chambers said. He said the irony is that lawmakers were discussing freedom of expression on Wednesday, and said it was ignorant and “idle talk” to suggest taking...