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  • ISIS POSTS WARNING: “We Have 71 Trained Soldiers in 15 States” – NAMES 5 TARGETS

    05/05/2015 7:31:20 PM PDT · by crusty old prospector · 152 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | May 5, 2015 | Jim Hoft
    The terrorist group says they will murder Pamela Geller and kill anyone who shields her. The terrorists also say they have 71 fighters in 15 different states and they 23 have signed up already for missions like the failed Sunday attack in Garland, Texas. Via Sooper Mexican: Bismillah Ar Rahman Ar Raheem “The New Era” To our brothers and sisters fighting for the Sake of Allah, we make dua for you and ask Allah to guide your bullets, terrify your enemies, and establish you in the Land. As our noble brother in the Phillipines said in his bayah, “This is...
  • David Axelrod: Red Diaper Baby?

    05/04/2015 7:19:47 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 13 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | May 2, 2015 | Paul Kengor
    Several times I’ve written for The American Spectator on the person of David Axelrod, the figure most responsible for giving America two terms of Barack Obama. My first piece was a cover feature for the March 2012 print edition, titled, “David Axelrod, Lefty Lumberjack.” This lengthy profile was followed by an August 2012 piece titled, “All in the (Political) Family.” Then followed still more writings on Axelrod and friends, particularly the new material I reported in my book on Obama’s communist mentor, Frank Marshall Davis. David Axelrod These writings got a lot of attention. I discussed the topic a number...
  • Vanity question: Why don't "black lives matter" in Chicgo? (and elsewhere)

    05/02/2015 5:07:22 AM PDT · by From The Deer Stand · 26 replies
    Local | May 2, 2015 | From The Deer Stand
    The Black Lives Matter people protest the shooting of blacks by white cops. Yet, blacks are killing blacks weekly in cities like Chicago. Why aren't Blacks Lives Matter people protesting black-on-black crime? Do black lives only matter when police are involved? And only when white police are involved?
  • Here's Moody's latest sobering take on Chicago's pension crisis

    05/02/2015 8:00:06 AM PDT · by george76 · 15 replies
    Crain's Chicago Business ^ | May 01, 2015 | Thomas A. Corfman
    Chicago has a simple financial choice: Stay in frying pan or get in the fire. That in simple terms is what Moody's Investors Service said in a report today about the difficult options the Emanuel administration faces over the city's woefully underfunded pension funds. The city must cut spending and raise taxes now or the risks of becoming insolvent will grow, forcing even harsher decisions later. The credit rating agency offers a sobering reminder of what's at stake in the eight-page report, which focuses on the pensions problems. ... A CUT ABOVE JUNK. Moody's, typically the most conservative of the...
  • Obama library to be located in Chicago, reports say

    04/30/2015 5:45:16 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 46 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 30, 2015 | Jordan Fabian
    The Obama presidential library will be located in Chicago, according to media reports. The University of Chicago reportedly beat out three other finalists that submitted bids to build the library — the University of Illinois at Chicago, Columbia University in New York and the University of Hawaii in Honolulu — according to NBC News. An official announcement is expected in mid-May, CBS 2 Chicago reported. The foundation overseeing the creation of the library did not respond to a request for comment. The Windy City, where the president and first lady lived and worked before Obama was elected to the Senate...
  • Breitbart editor running for Aaron Schock's seat

    04/30/2015 4:07:53 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 9 replies
    thehill.com ^ | 4/30/15 | Mark Hensch
    An editor for the conservative website Breitbart News on Thursday announced he will run for the House seat vacated by former Rep. Aaron Schock (R-Ill.). Mike Flynn launched his campaign for the seat representing Illinois’s 18th District from his hometown of Quincy. “The political party bosses in Washington and Springfield, and the special interests they represent, wanted a coronation for their hand-picked candidate,” Flynn said in a statement. “Yet another go-along-to-get-along seat warmer who won’t challenge the status quo.” “Central Illinois deserves a choice and as a lifelong conservative reformer, I plan to give them one.” The conservative journalist will...
  • BALTIMORE IS A DEMOCRAT PROBLEM, NOT AMERICA’S PROBLEM

    04/29/2015 4:23:11 AM PDT · by NYer · 33 replies
    Breitbart ^ | April 29, 2015 | JOHN NOLTE
    Contrary to the emotional blackmail some leftists are attempting to peddle, Baltimore is not America’s problem or shame. That failed city is solely and completely a Democrat problem. Like many failed cities, Detroit comes to mind, and every city besieged recently by rioting, Democrats and their union pals have had carte blanche to inflict their ideas and policies on Baltimore since 1967, the last time there was a Republican Mayor.In 2012, after four years of his own failed policies, President Obama won a whopping 87.4% of the Baltimore City vote. Democrats run the city of Baltimore, the unions, the schools,...
  • Black lawmaker calls on mothers to 'take back our streets' [Bobby Rush, D-IL]

    04/29/2015 4:36:22 AM PDT · by markomalley · 36 replies
    The Hill ^ | 4/29/15 | Cristina Marcos
    Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Ill.) took to the House floor Tuesday night to urge African-American mothers follow the example of a Baltimore woman who forced her son to leave the city's riots. Video of Toya Graham slapping her son for participating in the Baltimore riots went viral. Rush, a member of the Congressional Black Caucus, said mothers of African-American children should use their "awesome powers" to push back against violence. "I would like to make a special appeal to African-American mothers across this country. That they begin to use their awesome powers to take back our streets from the daily violence...
  • Wednesday’s White Sox-Orioles Game Moved To Afternoon, Will Be Closed To Public

    04/28/2015 12:12:03 PM PDT · by bryan999 · 43 replies
    Amid civil unrest in Baltimore, Wednesday’s game between the White Sox and Orioles at Camden Yards has been moved to a 1:05 p.m. CT/2:05 p.m. ET start and will be closed to the public, the Orioles announced Tuesday. The game had been scheduled for Wednesday night. The change comes after Monday and Tuesday’s games between the teams were postponed due to safety concerns after rioting broke out near the stadium. The latest round of demonstrations follow the recent death of Freddie Gray, 25, an African-American suspect who had been taken into police custody.
  • The Orioles and White Sox will play in front of an empty stadium

    04/28/2015 1:21:43 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 65 replies
    SB Nation ^ | April 28k 2015 | Grant Brisbee
    n Monday and Tuesday, games between the Baltimore Orioles and Chicago White Sox at Camden Yards were cancelled due to safety concerns related to protests and civil unrest in Baltimore. Because of a lack of common off days among teams in the typical Major League Baseball schedule, additional cancellations would have been nearly impossible to make up, but the solution is still stunning: Wednesday's game will be played in front of an empty stadium. From an Orioles press release: After consultation with Major League Baseball and city and local officials, tomorrow's game between the Orioles and the Chicago White Sox...
  • Man accused of killing Chicago officer and ex-CHA officer to stand trial

    04/27/2015 7:19:44 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 3 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | 04/26/2015 | Rummana Hussain
    News Man accused of killing cop and ex-CHA officer to stand trial Posted: 04/26/2015, 12:25pm | Rummana Hussain Opening statements are expected Monday in the trial of a South Side man accused of killing a Chicago Police officer and a former Chicago Housing Authority cop. Timothy Herring, a 19-year-old parolee at the time of the double murder Nov. 26, 2010, allegedly told his friends that he killed “two polices” because he didn’t want to go back to jail. Authorities said Herring, fitted with an ankle bracelet, opened fire when he returned to the scene of a burglary he’d committed hours...
  • Rahm Emanuel lived rent free in BP flack's apartment(I can't wait until GOP Congress calls hearings)

    06/08/2010 10:39:50 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 17 replies · 66+ views
    american thinker ^ | 6/8/10 | Thomas Lifson
    If you or I lived rent free for five years in an apartment in pricey Washington, DC, we would have to pay income taxes on the value of the rent on the place. But apparently not Rahm Emanuel. The wonderful Andrew Malcolm of the LA Times writes: We already knew that BP and its folks were significant contributors to the record $750-million war chest of Barack Obama's 2007-08 campaign. Now, we learn the details of a connection of Rahm Emanuel, the Chicago mayoral wannabe, current Obama chief of staff, ex-representative, ex-Clinton money man and ex-Windy City political machine go-fer. Shortly...
  • CPS' financial straits cost taxpayers with sharply higher interest rates on bond sale (Chicago)

    04/23/2015 1:27:44 PM PDT · by george76 · 3 replies
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | 04/22/2015 | Chris Fusco
    The Chicago Public Schools — already facing a federal criminal investigation of its CEO and a projected $1.1 billion budget deficit next school year — now must pay a price for those problems through higher interest rates on a new $300 million bond deal. The rates lured investors to buy the bonds, which CPS says it will use to pay off recently completed construction projects. But they also mean Chicago taxpayers will pay more over the life of the borrowing deal, financial analysts said Wednesday. The main bond issue — for $280 million to be repaid over 25 years —...
  • GUTIÉRREZ: ‘PRESIDENT’ JEB BUSH OUR BEST GOP CHANCE TO PASS IMMIGRATION

    04/21/2015 1:57:01 PM PDT · by C19fan · 35 replies
    Breitbart ^ | April 21, 2015 | Pam Key
    This week at the The University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics, long-time immigration activist Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (D-IL) said the potential Republican president he could work best with to pass comprehensive immigration reform is Jeb Bush. Gutiérrez said, “We would have to stay with the Bush family,” explaining George W. Bush tried twice to pass comprehensive immigration reform.
  • Police Surround Home After Prank 911 Hostage Call (Swatting)

    04/22/2015 5:40:07 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 41 replies
    WIFR ^ | Apr 21, 2015 | Mike Buda
    A Machesney Park man is falsely accused of killing his girlfriend and holding a 7-year-old hostage. It's called "swatting" and police say it's a growing trend. It's when a person calls in a fake police report with hopes of having someone else's home raided by law enforcement. "I was sleeping, literally sleeping." It was supposed to be like any other day for Drew Terpstra, that is until he opened up his bedroom door. "I heard 'Police, police!' and I was like what's going on right now? I'm sleeping and all of a sudden, I get up, go out of my...
  • Cases where concealed handgun permit holders have stopped mass shootings

    04/21/2015 2:21:02 PM PDT · by richardb72 · 8 replies
    Crime Prevention Research Center ^ | April 21, 2015 | Crime Prevention Research Center
    This past Friday, an Uber driver with a permitted concealed handgun stopped what likely would have been a mass public shooting. Police arrived on the scene quickly, but the Uber driver had still already taken care of the situation before they arrived. From Mitch Dudek in the Chicago Sun-Times: . . . 20 other cases are also listed.
  • Bob Schieffer to Rubio: As president, would you sign immigration bill you helped pass in the Senate?

    04/20/2015 1:24:41 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/20/2015 | AllahPundit
    Rubio’s right that this is a hypothetical and that nothing like the Gang of Eight bill could pass the House right now. But Mickey Kaus is right that it’s a darned fine gotcha, a way to gauge how far Rubio’s willing to go in renouncing his signature “achievement” as a senator. What if Rubio defeated Hillary next year and the party’s leadership decided to capitalize by doing something splashy to show Latino voters that the new, Rubio-led GOP was ready to engage them like never before? A bill like the Gang of Eight bill getting past the House isn’t...
  • Delaying Common Core The Chicago Way

    04/21/2015 7:32:14 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 1 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | April 21, 2015 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Opposition to Common Core continues to spread well across party lines, no matter how much the educational establishment tires to minimize the blowback. “Illinois state officials have threatened to withhold funding from school districts that refuse to administer a new state exam aligned with Common Core State Standards,” the American School Board Journal reported in the current issue of the magazine. “The threat, issued in a letter earlier this year to school districts, followed a Chicago Public Schools announcement that it would not administer the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) exam.” “In explaining their decision,...
  • Video: Watch Rahm Emanuel’s SUV run red lights and drive on the wrong side of the street

    04/19/2015 1:56:58 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 23 replies
    Twitchy.com ^ | 2015-04-19 | Twitchy Staff
    Mayor Rahm Emanuel, under fire since last year when reporters caught his police-driven SUV running red lights, is still running red lights and putting the good people of Chicago in danger: ... How flagrant? Check out the videos. First up, running a red light and making a left turn: And here’s the mayor’s SUV reportedly running the light and driving into the wrong lane:
  • These Blue States Have Tried the Elizabeth Warren Model. Their Residents Are Fleeing.

    04/19/2015 7:09:31 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 36 replies
    dailysignal.com ^ | april 19, 2015 | stephen moore
    Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren recently appeared on one of the late night talk shows, beating the class warfare drum and arguing for billions of dollars in new social programs paid for with higher taxes on millionaires and billionaires. In recent years, though, blue states such as California, Illinois, Delaware, Connecticut, Hawaii, Maryland and Minnesota adopted this very strategy, and they raised taxes on their wealthy residents. How did it work out? Almost all of these states lag behind the national average in growth of jobs and incomes. So, if income redistribution policies are the solution to shrinking the gap between rich...
  • Note to NRA: We are not a nation under violent siege(barf alert)

    04/17/2015 6:01:08 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 28 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 17 apr 2015 | Francis Wilkinson
    Last weekend’s National Rifle Association annual meeting in Nashville, Tenn., had something for everyone. For mainstream NRA members, there were guns aplenty. For the gullible, there was a discussion of “no-go zones” U.S. neighborhoods living under the iron hijab of the Sharia, or Islamic law. For liberals and gun-regulation advocates, there was seemingly endless fodder for snark. There may even have been an answer to a crucial question: Why now? Why are gun-industry sales so robust, and the gun movement so militant, at this particular moment? Sure, the U.S. Supreme Court emboldened the movement with its 2008 decision in District...
  • Contractor pleads guilty to supplying defective parts for NC bridges

    04/17/2015 5:11:27 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 7 replies
    WRAL.com ^ | April 16, 2015 | Cullen Browder
    Raleigh, N.C. — A highway contractor pleaded guilty Thursday in a scheme to supply defective components to bridges in North Carolina, authorities said. Joel De La Torre, 33, of Chicago, pleaded guilty to federal charges of making false statements concerning highway projects and aggravated identity theft. He will be sentenced in July, when he faces up to seven years in prison and $500,000 in fines. Defects were found in October 2011 in elastomeric bridge bearings – slabs of rubber reinforced with multiple layers of steel and placed underneath bridges to absorb shock – that had been shipped to 25 highway...
  • Rahm Emanuel unhappy Spike Lee titled new film 'Chiraq'

    04/15/2015 7:32:12 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 25 replies
    ABC7Chicago.com ^ | 2015-04-15
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Mayor Rahm Emanuel says he told film director Spike Lee that he's not happy the working title of Lee's upcoming motion picture is "Chiraq." The word suggests the city is as dangerous as the war zone in Iraq. "We had an honest, frank conversation," Emanuel said. Emanuel said he suggested the name would be offensive to the many good people who live in the Englewood neighborhood where the film takes place. The mayor says he thinks that the subject Lee told him his film would deal with - black-on-black violence - is an important topic that...
  • Retiring suburban cop busted in federal drug sting (Chicago)

    04/11/2015 10:44:57 AM PDT · by aimhigh · 9 replies
    myFoxChicago.com ^ | 04/11/2015 | Fox32News
    With his retirement rapidly approaching, Melrose Park Detective Gregory Salvi was looking to feather his nest. He moonlighted as a security guard to make a few extra bucks. But he also plotted to steal drugs and guns from the police department's evidence room, according to the FBI. He also schemed to steal a crate of more than 30 guns from the Melrose Park Police Department evidence room and sell them to one of the informants, the FBI said. “The pistols, as soon as the chief gives us OK to destroy them, then I can get 'em,” Salvi allegedly told the...
  • TORNADO WATCH 41 IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 1100 PM CDT FOR (N IL, SE WI)

    04/09/2015 11:54:53 AM PDT · by UB355 · 11 replies
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  • Crews clearing path through Lake Superior ice; ships stuck

    04/08/2015 8:20:09 AM PDT · by rktman · 41 replies
    myfoxny.com ^ | 4/8/2015 | unknown
    SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. (AP) - Crews are working to clear a path through ice on eastern Lake Superior that's left freighters unable to move, including one that had a hole punched in its hull.......The cargo shipping season started last month on the upper Great Lakes.
  • Rahm Emanuel Re-Elected as Chicago Mayor in Runoff

    04/07/2015 9:08:29 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 36 replies
    Wall St. J ^ | April 07, 2015 | MARK PETERS and BEN KESLING
    Rahm Emanuel Re-Elected as Chicago Mayor in Runoff Incumbent defeats challenger Jesus ‘Chuy’ Garcia after failing to win a second term outright in February By MARK PETERS and BEN KESLING April 7, 2015 CHICAGO—Mayor Rahm Emanuel was re-elected Tuesday following a spirited runoff here that tested the policies and personality of the nationally known politician.
  • Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel wins 2nd term in runoff victory

    04/07/2015 8:41:51 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 7, 2015 10:53 PM EDT | Sophia Tareen and Sara Burnett
    Rahm Emanuel won re-election Tuesday as voters in Chicago’s first mayoral runoff decided that, despite his brusque management style, the former White House chief of staff was best equipped to deal with the many dire challenges facing the nation’s third-largest city. Emanuel was forced to campaign furiously across the city to beat Cook County Commissioner Jesús “Chuy” Garcia after failing to capture a majority against four other candidates in a February election. The mayoral runoff was the first since the city changed the way it conducts elections about 20 years ago. […] Emanuel raised far more money than Garcia, plastered...
  • Breaking: Rahm fishhead Emanual projected to be winner in CHI Mayoral election

    04/07/2015 7:00:14 PM PDT · by freedumb2003 · 63 replies
    CBS News and others | 4/7/2015 | CBS News
    They just broke in and announced Jesus "Chuy" Garca called rahm to congratulate him. This city deserves what they vpte for. Idiots.
  • Illinois weighs automatic enrollment under ObamaCare for inmates leaving prison

    04/07/2015 6:53:42 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 10 replies
    FOX News ^ | April 6, 2015 | By Benjamin Yount
    Illinois inmates who will soon get out of jail won't pass "Go" and get $200, but they may collect their Medicaid card. A new plan working its way through the Illinois statehouse would start the enrollment, or re-enrollment, process for inmates 30 days before their release through the state's ObamaCare office. State Rep. Camille Lilly, D-Chicago, is sponsoring the legislation that would have Illinois' Department of Health Care and Family Services enroll inmates automatically upon their release. Illinois' prison system released 30,083 people last year, more than 27,000 men and nearly 2,500 women.
  • Rahm Emanuel Has Not Been Good for Chicago (Runoff election today)

    04/07/2015 6:11:10 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 28 replies
    Slate ^ | April 7, 2015 | Edward McClelland
    If Rahm Emanuel defeats Cook County Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia to win re-election as mayor of Chicago on Tuesday, it won’t be because he’s made the city a better place to live. He hasn’t. [Snip] [Rhambo has made] Chicago feel more like a confederation of 50 wards than a single city. And in most of those places, life has become more of a hassle. The libraries are open only half a day on Mondays. (And that’s a compromise after the mayor initially closed them all day.) Speed cameras spit out $35 tickets for going 36 miles an hour in a...
  • Teen killed in police shooting in Zion shot twice in the back: coroner

    04/06/2015 3:04:26 PM PDT · by KeyLargo · 53 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | Apr 6, 2015 | Dan Hinkel and Frank S. Abderholden
    <p>A teenager shot by a Zion police officer Saturday died of two gunshot wounds to the back, Lake County Coroner Thomas Rudd announced Monday.</p> <p>Justus Howell, 17, was shot twice, with one bullet penetrating his heart, spleen and liver, and the other entering his right shoulder, according to a coroner's news release on the autopsy.</p>
  • Police: GPS may have told couple to drive off Cline Avenue bridge (East Chicago)

    04/05/2015 5:28:43 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 60 replies
    NWITimes.com ^ | 28MAR2015 | Joseph S. Pete
    A woman died and her husband was injured after they drove off the ramp to the demolished Cline Avenue bridge, which has been closed since 2009. Zohra Hussain, a 51-year-old woman from Chicago, died of burns at the closed Riley Road exit of Cline Avenue, according to the Lake County coroner's office. Her husband, Iftikhar Hussain, 64, survived the plunge of 37.5 feet off an elevated section of highway. He was able to get out of their 2014 Nissan Sentra after it smashed into the ground below, on property owned by BP. But the car erupted into flame while his...
  • ABC Refuses To Air Anti-Rahm Emanuel Commercial

    04/04/2015 12:27:17 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 21 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 04/04/2015 | Patrick Howley
    The ABC network refuses to air a commercial criticizing Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel even though other networks are running the spot, The Daily Caller has learned.As Emanuel seeks re-election in the Chicago mayoral run-off next week, the Republican-leaning Real Chicago PAC produced an ad highlighting reported instances of Emanuel’s corruption and crony capitalism, including his promotion of the transportation company Uber, in which his brother Ari is a major investor.“We sent the commercial to the local Fox affiliate. They vetted it, they checked every single quote and every single headline to make sure it was accurate and they ran...
  • Squatter living rent and mortgage free

    04/04/2015 6:16:10 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 39 replies
    Fox 32 Chicago ^ | Apr 2, 2015 | Craig Wal
    CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) - Tinley Park squatter living rent and mortgage free The problem with squatters is hitting home in an upscale Tinley Park Subdivision. On Mallow Street where homes sell for $350,000 or more, a woman has been living in a house rent and mortgage free for two years. “It's very frustrating, our property taxes are very high, I work nights to pay mine and to help support my family. And I just see her coming and going without a care in the world it's enormously frustrating,” said neighbor Patti Yara. And no one is more frustrated than...
  • Bernie Sanders endorses Rahm challenger

    04/02/2015 6:18:01 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 11 replies
    The Hill ^ | David McCabe
    Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) has become the latest high-profile progressive to endorse Cook County Commissioner Chuy García's challenge to Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel (D). “I am going to Chicago to support Chuy García and [City Council candidate] Susan Sadlowski Garza. I support them because we need a political revolution in this country and we need the kind of working-class coalitions that Chuy and Susan are pulling together,” Sanders said in a statement.
  • No Vices: Ill. Eyes Bans on Powdered Alcohol and Caffeine, E-cigs

    04/02/2015 8:33:01 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 8 replies
    Newsmax ^ | April 1, 2015 | Benjamin Yount, Watchdog.org
    Illinois lawmakers are close to banning — or partially banning — new versions of some of the most popular products on any convenience store shelf. The Illinois state Senate is poised to vote on two proposed laws outlawing powdered alcohol, often called Palcohol, and powdered caffeine. Chicago Democrat Ira Silverstein is pushing the powdered alcohol ban, and the proposal cleared a legislative committee last week. Illinois Watchdog reached out to Silverstein, but he did not immediately return our calls. Silverstein has said, however, that he's afraid for young people. "It's the type of item that can be sprinkled on food...
  • 51 votes: Republican Mark Kirk signals he’ll vote for Loretta Lynch as AG, ensuring confirmation

    04/02/2015 3:50:26 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 62 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/02/2015 | AllahPundit
    Did anyone think one of the Senate’s most reliable RINOs, who’s up for reelection next year not just in a very blue state but in Barack Obama’s home state, and who supported the Schumer/Rubio Gang of Eight amnesty bill, was going to go to the mat to block Obama’s pick for AG to protest executive amnesty?Conservative Republicans won’t stick up for religious liberty even in red states for fear of being called bigots. The odds of a moderate Republican opposing the first black woman Attorney General of the United States in a Democratic stronghold were precisely zero. “I am...
  • U.S. Sen. Kirk rips Obama's Iran framework ("total meltdown")

    04/02/2015 2:34:04 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 19 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | Rick Pearson | Rick Pearson
    Republican U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk on Thursday slammed President Barack Obama's announcement of a framework nuclear agreement with Iran, contending it will lead to a "total meltdown" in U.S. relations with Middle Eastern allies. Kirk, a former Navy Reserve intelligence officer, is among the strongest supporters of using economic sanctions against Iran in an effort to force the country to divest any efforts to gain access to nuclear weapons. Under the conditions of the framework reached between the U.S., five other world powers and Iran, United Nations sanctions that have threatened Iran's economy would be lifted. "It looks like they...
  • Great White Hope: Why Some Dems Are Moving Right: Democrats have been losing ground in Midwest

    04/01/2015 3:31:28 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/01/2015 | JOSH KRAUSHAAR
    Republicans are debating whether their path to the presidency in 2016 runs through the blue-collar Rust Belt states, or the demographically changing new South and Sunbelt states. For Democrats looking to retake the Senate, however, the formula is more clear-cut: Win back white working-class voters, or be consigned to a longer-term minority. Most of the Senate battlegrounds run through the Midwest—Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Ohio—along with New Hampshire, which carries demographic similarities with those older, whiter Great Lakes states. To defeat the vulnerable Republican incumbents, Democrats have a challenging task ahead: Making inroads with blue-collar voters, who have been stubbornly resistant...
  • White House: Obama Finds Religious Freedom Laws ‘Unthinkable’

    04/01/2015 2:45:19 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 105 replies
    theblaze.com ^ | Fred Lucas | April 1, 2015
    President Barack Obama finds Indiana’s religious freedom law and others like it “unthinkable,” the White House said Wednesday. “I do think in the mind of the president, the thought that we would have state legislatures in the 21st century in the United States of America passing laws that would use religion to try to justify discriminating against people for who they love is unthinkable,” White House press secretary Josh Earnest said. Critics say Indiana’s law now allows for businesses to discriminate against gays and lesbians.
  • Chicago Robbers Appear to Copy Mexican Cartel Roadblock Tactics

    04/01/2015 2:26:02 PM PDT · by CedarDave · 28 replies
    Breitbart Texas ^ | April 1, 2015 | Ildefonso Ortiz
    A group of robbers on the south side of Chicago appear to have taken a page out of the Gulf Cartel or Los Zetas manual for setting up roadblocks in order to carry out violent robberies. Just last week a group of three or four robbers have used a construction area in the city’s south side to set up roadblocks as a trap for motorists. Once the motorists stop, they were assaulted and robbed, UPI news reported. The practice bears a striking similarity to a practice already established by both the Gulf Cartel and Los Zetas who set up roadblocks...
  • Robbers set up fake road blocks, then attack drivers on Chicago’s South Side

    03/31/2015 5:51:49 PM PDT · by bornred · 37 replies
    WGN ^ | March 31, 2015 | TONYA FRANCISCO
    CHICAGO — Chicago police say a group of robbers have been using fake road blocks to attack drivers. This is happening in the Fuller Park neighborhood on the South Side. It’s happened twice in the last five days in the 300 and 400 blocks of west 51st Street, around 6 p.m. After drivers stop to move a construction barrel blocking the street, three or four suspects start attacking and robbing them. Police have only released vague descriptions of the suspects.
  • Movement to Increase McDonald’s Minimum Wage Broadens Its Tactics

    03/30/2015 4:25:40 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 44 replies
    New York Times ^ | March 30, 2015 | By STEVEN GREENHOUSE
    On a recent Friday, Kwanza Brooks, a $7.25-an-hour McDonald’s worker, climbed into a 14-person van to take a four-hour ride from Charlotte, N.C., to Atlanta. As she and other workers headed south, Ms. Brooks, a short, fiery woman, swapped stories with her companions about unsafe conditions and unfair managers. Upon arriving, they joined more than 400 other people — including home care aides, Walmart workers, child care workers and adjunct professors. The gathering was a strategy session to plan for the fast-food movement’s next big wave of protests, which is now scheduled for April 15. But the meeting was also...
  • How Chicago has used financial engineering to paper over its massive budget gap

    03/30/2015 6:15:58 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 27 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | March 30, 2015 | Kristi Culpepper
    This article explains that the City of Chicago has concealed how it has dealt with its budget gap over the past decade. The city failed to cut its recurring expenditures to match its recurring revenues after it blew through its reserve funds. Instead, two administrations have: Used long-term debt to finance everyday expenses and maintenance; Used long-term debt to finance judgments and settlements, including police brutality cases, and retroactive wage increases and pension contributions for its unionized employees; Restructured the city’s existing debt to extend the maturities on its bonds far out into the future in order to avoid having...
  • Outrageous public pensions could bankrupt these states

    03/30/2015 5:31:21 PM PDT · by george76 · 25 replies
    Yahoo -FT ^ | 3-30-2015 | Steven Malanga
    Some of the worst public-sector pension problems in America are playing out in states and cities where legislation or local court rulings have granted extraordinary protections to workers’ retirement benefits—far beyond those enjoyed by private-sector employees. ... One can see a glimpse of Illinois’s possible future in Arizona. Last year, the state’s Supreme Court overturned 2011 pension reforms that, among other things, sought to curb expensive annual cost-of-living increases for judges, legislators, and ... The predicament faced by Illinois and Arizona should be a warning, especially to other states where government pensions enjoy extraordinary legal protections. Raising benefits or shortchanging...
  • Rep. Tammy Duckworth announces Senate bid [Illinois]

    03/30/2015 9:05:21 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 35 replies
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | 03/30/2015 | Lynn Sweet
    Rep. Tammy Duckworth D-Ill., made it official on Monday and announced her 2016 Senate in a video, largely autobiographical, titled “Tammy Duckworth is running for the Senate.” As first reported in the Chicago Sun-Times, Duckworth, a wounded Iraq war vet, elected to her second term last November, is looking in 2016 to clinch the Democratic nomination and take on Sen. Mark Kirk R-Ill. Kirk is a top target for the Senate Democrats as he seeks a second term. Duckworth does not mention his name in her announcement video. Duckworth describers herself as a wife, a mom and a combat veteran...
  • Churchgoers urging higher minimum wage march into Logan Square McDonald's

    03/30/2015 6:04:28 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 39 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | May 29, 2015 | By Meredith Rodriguez
    In commemoration of Palm Sunday, dozens of churchgoers marched into a Logan Square McDonald's singing, chanting and demanding a $15 minimum wage for the workers behind the counter. About 80 congregants had gathered at the Logan Square Monument moments earlier to receive communion and to use the example of Jesus riding into Jerusalem a week before Easter to demand what they called a living wage for all low-wage workers. "Jesus was participating in street theater on Palm Sunday. On that day he was riding in on that donkey. He was saying business as usual will not continue here," said Marilyn...
  • Indiana Governor: This Is the Same Religious Freedom Law Obama Voted for in Illinois

    03/29/2015 5:59:50 PM PDT · by grundle · 21 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | March 29, 2015 | JOHN MCCORMACK
    White House doesn't dispute it. In an appearance on ABC's This Week, Indiana governor Mike Pence defended his state's Religious Freedom Restoration Act by noting that Barack Obama had voted for the same law as an Illinois state senator. "The Religious Freedom Restoration Act was signed into federal law by President Bill Clinton more than 20 years ago, and it lays out a framework for ensuring that a very high level of scrutiny is given any time government action impinges on the religious liberty of any American," Pence said. "After last year's Hobby Lobby case, Indiana properly brought the same...
  • Patty Murray Should Be the Next Senate Minority Leader

    03/29/2015 4:36:11 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 54 replies
    Slate Magazine ^ | March 29, 2015
    ... Warren is best where she is: a valuable and influential senator who pressures the party from the left. No, it doesn’t come with a title, but it isn’t a small thing. In his eight years in the Senate, South Carolina’s former Sen. Jim DeMint was hugely powerful as an ideological leader, using his base in the conservative movement—and later, the Tea Party—to pull Republicans to the right during the 2012 presidential election. He enforced ideological discipline, and it worked. Warren doesn’t have to lead the Democrats—or run for president—to make the party more liberal. She can build power from...