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  • Menendez: Obama Admin Statements on Iran 'Sound like Talking Points Straight out of Tehran'VIDEO

    01/21/2015 10:45:38 AM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 25 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | JAN 21,2015 | Washington Free Beacon
    Menendez: Obama Admin Statements on Iran 'Sound like Talking Points Straight out of Tehran'
  • Obama-Menendez dispute shows Dem Iran rift

    01/18/2015 5:32:33 PM PST · by Libloather · 16 replies
    KETK NBC ^ | 1/17/15
    WASHINGTON (CNN) -- A heated exchanged between President Barack Obama and Sen. Robert Menendez (D-New Jersey) broke out Thursday over whether the U.S. should reimpose sanctions on Iran amid ongoing negotiations over the country's nuclear program, according to two senators who were in the room. Menendez, the leading Democrat pushing for additional sanctions against Iran, forcefully pressed Obama on the need for additional sanctions during a meeting in which Obama urged Menendez and other senators to drop their efforts to pass sanctions legislation. Additional sanctions, Obama argued, could torpedo ongoing negotiations over Iran's nuclear program. The unusually sharp exchange, between...
  • OBAMA, BOB MENENDEZ FIGHT OVER IRAN SANCTIONS GETS PERSONAL

    01/24/2015 7:25:57 AM PST · by LSUfan · 61 replies
    BreitBart ^ | 16 Jan 15 | Dan Reihl
    Everyone involved seems to be trying to put the best face on it, but Barack Obama went so far as to suggest senior Democrats like Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), who take a hard line on Iran, are doing so purely to appease their donors. Obama said that as a former senator himself, he understood how outside forces — like special interests and donors — can influence senators to act, one of the senators recounted.
  • Senate Democrats bow to Obama, pull support for immediate new Iran sanctions

    01/27/2015 6:05:46 PM PST · by jazusamo · 19 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 27, 2015 | Guy Taylor
    U.N. gives mixed signals on Tehran cooperation as nuclear talks intensifySenate Democrats on Tuesday backed away from a bipartisan push for immediate new sanctions on Iran, bowing to President Obama’s call not to undercut international talks to get Tehran to curb its nuclear programs in the coming weeks. The shift, announced Tuesday by Sen. Robert Menendez, the New Jersey Democrat and one of the party’s outspoken hawks on Iran, came amid a series of mixed signals from the U.N.’s nuclear watchdog agency over the question of whether Tehran was honoring promises to put its suspect nuclear programs on hold as...
  • Senate Democrats give Obama an Iran deadline (Menendez still ticked)

    01/27/2015 3:12:52 PM PST · by Libloather · 1 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1/27/15 | Kristina Wong
    Ten Senate Democrats warned the White House in a letter Tuesday that they will support legislation imposing new sanctions on Iran if a framework to roll back the country’s nuclear program isn’t reached within two months. "In acknowledgement of your concern regarding congressional action on legislation at this moment, we will not vote for this legislation on the Senate floor before March 24," said the letter, led by Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), who is the co-author of Iran sanctions legislation. "After March 24, we will only vote for this legislation on the Senate floor if Iran fails to reach agreement...
  • Nevada and Tennessee Make It 26 States Suing To Stop Obama's Amnesty

    01/27/2015 6:48:36 PM PST · by george76 · 15 replies
    Townhall. ^ | Jan 27, 2015 | Conn Carroll
    Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced Monday that both Nevada and Tennessee have joined the Lone Star state's challenge of President Obama's executive amnesty, bringing the total number of states fighting Obama's unilateral immigration policies to 26. “Texas is proud to lead a coalition that now includes a majority of the United States standing up against the President’s rogue actions,” Attorney General Ken Paxton said in a statement. “The momentum against the President's lawlessness continues to build with Tennessee and Nevada joining the effort to protect our states from the economic and public safety implications of illegal amnesty. As President...
  • Pravda on the Plains: Indiana's New Propaganda Machine(Comrade Pence)

    01/27/2015 11:59:12 AM PST · by Gipper08 · 14 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 1/27/2015 | David A. Graham
    Sometimes you can't believe what you read in the press. Can you imagine, for example, that a Republican governor with a reputation as a small-government conservative would try to launch a government-run news service to disseminate information under the guise of journalism? Oh ... wait: Gov. Mike Pence is starting a state-run taxpayer-funded news outlet that will make pre-written news stories available to Indiana media, as well as sometimes break news about his administration,
  • Democrats fold, of course, on Iran sanctions

    01/27/2015 12:01:39 PM PST · by Dave346 · 18 replies
    Washington Post ^ | January 27 at 1:22 PM | Jennifer Rubin
    Unless there is any doubt, the vast majority of Democrats value partisan support for a failed president over support for our own national security and for that of Israel. Hence, they want to delay once again a vote on the Menendez-Kirk bill imposing sanctions on Iran unless it agrees to an acceptable final deal. The bill was introduced more than a year ago. The timing just isn’t right, you see. Will it ever be? A letter by Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) signed onto by Sens. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Gary Peters (D-Mich.), Bob Casey (D-Pa.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.),...
  • Indiana Governor to Expand Medicaid Coverage

    01/27/2015 8:28:17 AM PST · by GIdget2004 · 12 replies
    WSJ ^ | 01/27/2015 | LOUISE RADNOFSKY
    Indiana Republican Gov. Mike Pence is moving ahead to extend Medicaid coverage to hundreds of thousands of Hoosiers under the federal health law after securing a key concession from the Obama administration. The deal, to be announced Tuesday, could pave the way for half a dozen more states to seek similar deals, boosting Medicaid expansion proposals in Republican-led states including Florida, North Carolina and Wyoming. Indiana and Washington officials had been locked for months in negotiations over an issue that could shape the future of Medicaid, the 50-year-old federal-state health program that covers more than 60 million low-income Americans. Mr....
  • US Steel to lay off more than 350 at Indiana tin mill

    01/22/2015 1:46:47 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 43 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 22, 2015 2:02 PM EST
    U.S. Steel says it will lay off more than 350 workers in East Chicago, Indiana, as it plans to temporarily close its tin mill. Company spokeswoman Sarah Cassella tells The Times in Munster that layoffs will begin in mid-March. She declined to comment on how long the plant will be closed for. Cassella says low-priced tin product imports have hurt domestic business. …
  • “Pro-Life” Lawmakers Sabotage Vote on Bill to Ban Abortions After 20 Weeks

    01/22/2015 6:38:19 AM PST · by Morgana · 10 replies
    lifenews.com ^ | 1/22/15 | Steven Ertelt
    A handful of “pro-life” lawmakers have sabotaged a vote House Republican leaders planned for today to ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy based on scientific evidence showing unborn babies feel pain in abortions. As LifeNews reported yesterday, Rep. Renee Ellmers of North Carolina along with Reps. Charlie Dent of Pennsylvania and Jackie Walorski of Indiana — each of whom have pro-life voting records — objected to a vote on the bill on the grounds that the language in the bill did not do enough to allow women who have been victimized by rape to have abortions. Together, they reportedly...
  • IMPD: Pre-teen kid robs CVS near 38th Street

    01/21/2015 7:05:37 PM PST · by digger48 · 34 replies
    The Indy Channel ^ | Jan. 21, 2015 | Derrick Thomas
    INDIANAPOLIS - A kid, possibly as young as 10, threatened and robbed a west-side pharmacy Monday, Indianapolis Metro Police said. Just after 11 a.m., a boy approached the pharmacy counter at the CVS Pharmacy located at 5502 W. 38th St. (See our map below.) The pharmacist told investigators that the boy, estimated to be between 10 and 13 years old, handed a note to the employee that said this was a robbery, and included a list of drugs. The note, according to police, also implied he would kill everyone if the alarm button was pushed. After getting the drugs, he...
  • NFL finds Patriots used underinflated footballs

    01/21/2015 6:57:45 AM PST · by Colehill1999 · 280 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | 1-21-15 | Ben Volin
    The Patriots used underinflated footballs on Sunday night. The next question is how did it happen? According to a National Football League letter about the investigation into the controversy that was shared with the Globe, the Patriots were informed that the league’s initial findings indicated that the game balls did not meet specifications. The league inspected each of the Patriots’ 12 game balls twice at halftime, using different pressure gauges, and found footballs that were not properly inflated. According to ESPN, 11 of the 12 game balls were found to be underinflated by about 2 pounds each. The NFL specifications...
  • 13-year-old shot and killed on city's east side (Indy)

    01/19/2015 10:31:35 AM PST · by digger48 · 16 replies
    wthr ^ | 1:13 PM | Channel 13
    INDIANAPOLIS - IMPD officers confirmed that a 13-year-old boy was shot and killed around 2 a.m. Monday near 38th and Post on the city's east side. Officers responded to a shots fired call in the 3700 block of Decamp Drive. When they arrived, neighbors told them teens knocked on the door and told them someone had been shot. Police found a 13 year old with an apparent gunshot wound on the sidewalk. EMS personnel pronounced the victim dead at the scene. "It's pathetic," said neighbor Monte Powell. "My son's 13. It just makes no sense. No sense. It's just...it's too...
  • Indiana Bill Would Ban Sex-Selection Abortions, Abortions on Babies With Down Syndrome

    01/16/2015 9:44:17 PM PST · by Morgana · 7 replies
    lifenews.com ^ | 1/16/15 | Sarah Zagorski
    In Indiana, pro-life state Senator Travis Holdman (R-Markle) has proposed a bill that would prohibit abortions if the abortionist knows it’s being pursued because of the unborn baby’s gender or due to a disability. The bill has been assigned to the Senate’s Health and Provider Services committee; and Chairwoman Pat Miller (R-Indianapolis) said she wanted to discuss the bill with Sen. Holdman before commenting on whether the bill will receive a hearing. According to the Indy Star, the president of Indiana Right to Life, Mike Fichter said, “We support the bill, because we don’t believe an unborn child should be...
  • Colts ask NFL to place McNary on exemption list, following rape charges

    01/15/2015 9:00:24 AM PST · by digger48 · 21 replies
    wthr | Jan 15, 2015 | WTHR Channel 13
    The Indianapolis Colts asked NFL Commissioner Goodell to place Colts Linebacker Josh McNary on the commissioner's exemption list Thursday, after he was charged Wednesday with felony counts of rape and criminal confinement and a misdemeanor count of battery resulting in bodily injury. Police say he turned himself in and was processed at the Marion County Jail Wednesday evening. (snip) The woman told police she told him "no" several times. At first, the woman said he refused to allow her to leave. She left the apartment after he got up to go to the bathroom. As she left, she took his...
  • Homeless man accused in good Samaritan's stabbing death

    01/13/2015 9:38:10 PM PST · by digger48 · 29 replies
    The Indy Channel ^ | Jan 13, 2015 | TheIndyChannel.com Staff
    INDIANAPOLIS - A homeless man was accused in the stabbing death of a good Samaritan who took him into his home for the night. On Jan. 7, police were called to a home in the 3700 block of North Meridian Street on reports of a homicide. When police arrived they found the body of Gale Haltrom, 58, of Indianapolis, with multiple stab wounds. Detectives said Haltrom had invited a homeless couple from a nearby bus stop into his home. While the female was away, Haltrom got into an argument with the homeless man, who became violent, police said.
  • First Muslim tapped to serve on House Intel Committee

    01/13/2015 9:34:19 AM PST · by GIdget2004 · 50 replies
    CNN ^ | 01/13/2015 | Dierdre Walsh
    Indiana Rep Andre carson will be the first Muslim to serve on House intelligence committee. House Democratic leader Pelosi announced she would name Carson to panel at weekly caucus meeting on Tuesday, according to two senior House Democratic leadership aides. Indiana Democratic Rep. Andre Carson would be "formally announced" soon as part of the roster Democrats on the intelligence panel, according to these aides. Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison was the first Muslim member elected to Congress in 2006. Carson became the second Muslim to serve in the House when was elected in a special election in 2008 to replace his...
  • Bill would repeal law requiring license to carry handgun (IN)

    01/13/2015 9:16:21 AM PST · by digger48 · 22 replies
    The Indy Channel ^ | Jan 12, 2015 | Katie Heinz
    INDIANAPOLIS - A state representative wants to get rid of the existing law that requires a license to carry a handgun. State Rep. Jim Lucas, R-Seymour, said there is a large increase in the number of people who are applying for a license to carry a handgun – both in Indiana and across the nation. He said the application process is “burdensome” and something gun owners shouldn’t have to do. State law currently requires a person to have a license in order to carry a handgun in their car or on themselves. That would change under Lucas’ bill. As a...
  • Clerk fatally shoots suspect in Indianapolis armed robbery

    01/13/2015 8:33:36 AM PST · by digger48 · 32 replies
    wthr ^ | Jan 13, 2015 | Channel 13
    Police say a man robbed the "Hang Time" clothing store near 38th and Meridian streets around 8:45 p.m., wearing a mask and carrying a gun. After he robbed the store, the suspect saw a clerk was trying to call 911. The suspect re-engaged the clerk, trying to stop the phone call. While that happened, a second clerk approached the man from behind and shot him.
  • First Senate Race Ratings Revealed

    01/12/2015 1:30:36 PM PST · by george76 · 36 replies
    Roll Call ^ | Jan. 9, 2015 | Nathan L. Gonzales
    Democratic vulnerabilities appear to be limited to just two states. Former Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee Chairman Michael Bennet’s re-election in Colorado is rated as Leans Democratic. His home-state colleague, Democrat Mark Udall, was defeated in November. And Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid can expect a tough race in Nevada if he seeks re-election. His race is also rated Leans Democratic, as Republicans search for a challenger. ... Four of the nine seats Democrats lost in 2014 were listed as Tossups nearly two years before the election. In January 2013, Alaska, Montana and North Carolina were rated as Leans Democratic, and...
  • Ice storm warning in Indiana

    01/11/2015 12:30:17 PM PST · by rdl6989 · 79 replies
    National Weather Service ^ | January 11, 2015
    ..ICE STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 4 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO 7 AM EST MONDAY... ...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 7 AM TO 1 PM EST MONDAY... * TIMING...LIGHT FREEZING RAIN AND SLEET WILL BE POSSIBLE FROM THE MIDDAY HOURS INTO THE EARLY AFTERNOON. MORE WIDESPREAD FREEZING RAIN AND SLEET WILL OVERSPREAD CENTRAL INDIANA FROM SOUTHWEST TO NORTHEAST AFTER 500 PM. FREEZING RAIN WILL END BY 700 AM MONDAY MORNING...CHANGING OVER TO SNOW. LIGHT SNOW ON TOP OF ANY ICE ACCUMULATIONS WILL RESULT IN SLIPPERY CONDITIONS ON TONIGHT AND MONDAY MORNING.ICE ACCUMULATIONS...NEAR ONE QUARTER OF AN INCH.
  • Romney Floats Trial Balloon to Slow Jeb Bush’s Early ‘Rise’ in Quest for White House

    01/10/2015 10:13:12 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 51 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | January 10, 2015 | Ken McIntyre
    Jeb Bush’s moves to attract supporters and donors this week put the 2016 race for the White House into sharper focus earlier in the new year than other presidential hopefuls probably anticipated. One apparent result: Mitt Romney, the Republican standard-bearer in 2012, told a group of donors Friday that he is “seriously considering” a third try for the White House after all. Romney continues to lead in polls that include him in the GOP field. With casual but succinct Instagram videos shot on a New York street and posted Tuesday on his Facebook page — one in English, one in...
  • Police: Video shows 12-month-old playing with handgun

    01/10/2015 5:26:47 AM PST · by digger48 · 13 replies
    The Indy Channel ^ | Jan 9, 2015 | Staff report
    EVANSVILLE, Ind. - An Evansville couple was charged with child neglect on Friday after police discovered cellphone video that allegedly showed a 12-month-old putting a .40-caliber handgun in his mouth. Michael L. Barnes, 19, was initially arrested Thursday after police said he tried to sell an undercover officer a handgun through Facebook. Barnes did not have a permit for a handgun, officers wrote in Thursday’s arrest affidavit. He also had an active warrant for his arrest, Evansville Courier & Press reports. During the follow up investigation on Friday, detectives with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives/Evansville Police Department...
  • Indiana Planned Parenthood Abortion Business Can Stay Open Thanks to Obama-Appointed Judge

    01/08/2015 9:26:30 PM PST · by Morgana · 2 replies
    life news ^ | 1/8/15 | Sarah Zagorski
    On January 7th, Judge Jane Magnus-Stinson stood by her December ruling that a 2013 Indiana law including chemical abortion facilities in the definition of abortion facilities is unconstitutional. Her ruling claimed that the law violates the Equal Protection Clause of the Constitution. According to WLFI news, in a lawsuit between the ACLU and the Indiana Attorney’s Office, the ACLU challenged the statute the Legislature passed — which required certain physical facilities and fixtures in nonsurgical abortion clinics to be consistent with requirements in surgical abortion clinics, but which expressly exempted physicians’ offices. Ken Falk, the ACLU Indiana Legal Director said,...
  • Judge makes final ruling on abortion clinic law (Indiana)

    01/07/2015 5:58:47 PM PST · by Morgana · 11 replies
    wane ^ | January 7, 2015 | Associated Press
    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A federal judge has entered a final ruling barring an Indiana law that changed the classification of abortion clinics in a way that opponents say targeted a Planned Parenthood center in Lafayette that provided only drug-induced abortions. U.S. District Judge Jane Magnus-Stinson entered a permanent injunction and final judgment Wednesday siding with Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky and barring the 2013 law because it violated the constitutional Equal Protection Clause. She ruled preliminarily last month.
  • Unescorted teens barred from Franklin Park Mall - Must be with adult after 4 p.m. on weekends

    01/06/2015 9:56:01 AM PST · by 11th_VA · 58 replies
    The Blade ^ | Jan 6, 2015 | BY NOLAN ROSENKRANS AND JON CHAVEZ
    Hanging out at the mall instantly became less cool for teenagers on Monday, when Franklin Park Mall officials said that anyone 17 or younger must be accompanied by an adult on mall property after 4 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Mall officials said the new policy is not a response to any specific event and is a proactive move taken after conducting research among shoppers, retailers, and the Toledo community. But the change follows a weekend incident where police tried to remove a large group of people from the mall when a fight broke out, leading to several arrests and...
  • The Boehner for speaker whip count [14 against so far]

    01/05/2015 11:10:43 AM PST · by Jim Robinson · 486 replies
    Washington Post ^ | January 5, 2015 | By Aaron Blake
    ~~snip~~ Voting against Boehner (10) Gohmert* Yoho* Rep. Steve King (Iowa) Rep. Jim Bridenstine (Okla.)* Rep. Dave Brat (Va.) (freshman) Rep. Walter Jones (N.C.)* Rep. Gary Palmer (Ala.) (freshman) Rep. Thomas Massie (Ky.)* Rep. Paul Gosar (Ariz.) Rep. Marlin Stutzman (Ind.) Said prior to 2014 election that they would vote against Boehner (2) Rep. Jody Hice (Ga.) (freshman) Rep. John Ratfliffe (Tex.) (freshman) Voted against Boehner in 2013/haven't weighed in (2) Rep. Steve Pearce (N.M.) (spokesman says he's "undecided") Rep. Justin Amash (Mich.) Voted against Boehner in 2013/will support him (3) Rep. Mick Mulvaney (S.C.) Rep. Raul Labrador (Idaho) Rep....
  • Former House Majority Whip Candidate Marlin Stutzman Joins Rebellion Against Boehner

    01/05/2015 6:11:37 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 21 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 1/5/15 | Matthew Boyle
    Rep. Marlin Stutzman (R-IN) will officially join the rebellion against John Boehner’s re-election as Speaker of the House on Monday morning, Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-OK) announced in a statement late Sunday evening. Stutzman, Bridenstine said, will issue a statement early Monday announcing his public opposition to Boehner’s re-election. That brings the total number of members who are public in their opposition to nine, as Bridenstine and Reps. Steve King (R-IA), Dave Brat (R-VA), Paul Gosar (R-AZ), Walter Jones (R-NC), and Thomas Massie (R-KY) issued public statements saying they are opposing Boehner. Reps. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) and Ted Yoho (R-FL) both...
  • Marlin Stutzman is issuing a public statement TOMORROW saying he voting against Boehner

    01/05/2015 4:12:46 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 45 replies
    twitter.com ^ | 1/4/15
    via Matthew Boyle on Twitter: Jim Bridenstine just announced Marlin Stutzman is issuing a public statement TOMORROW saying he voting against Boehner Stutzman coming out against Boehner is MASSIVE. Takes this BIG TIME. Stutzman ran for House Majority Whip last summer
  • Curry disagrees with Mayor that murder rate is “cyclical”

    01/04/2015 10:34:50 PM PST · by digger48 · 7 replies
    FOX59 ^ | Jan. 4, 2014 | Rebecca Bennett
    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (January 4, 2015) — Mayor Greg Ballard told viewers last month that the city’s murder rate, which was on its way to an eight percent increase over 2013 and finished with 135 cases, was due to the ebb-and-flow of crime. “It’s cyclical. Frankly I didn’t get a lot of these questions when it was below 100 for four years in a row, right?” The man whose job it is to send convicted killers to prison told us that Mayor Ballard is wrong for several reasons. “There is a certain starting point of poverty, lack of education and then...
  • [Indianapolis] Shots fired outside AMC at Castleton Square Mall

    01/03/2015 6:05:52 PM PST · by Azeem · 57 replies
    WTHR ^ | : January 3, 2015 | WTHR Channel 13
    INDIANAPOLIS - Castleton Square Mall closed early Saturday after a fight broke out inside, reportedly involving hundreds of people. Some witnesses reported hearing someone had a gun, but no one has been able to tell police they actually saw one, according to Ofc. Chris Wilburn. Shots were later fired in front of the AMC movie theater, but no one was hit. Large crowds began gathering outside the mall after the fight and shooting. Police quickly started dispersing those gathered. Police initially told WTHR.com that the mall had closed down for the night as a precaution after the brawl, and Eyewitness...
  • The ABSOLUTE Most Incredible Way to go Through a Police Checkpoint

    01/03/2015 10:39:13 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 105 replies
    Sure News ^ | December 29, 2014
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  • Mother lost two sons in a month, in separate shootings

    01/03/2015 5:21:14 PM PST · by digger48 · 46 replies
    nwi.com ^ | Jan. 2, 2015 | Joseph S. Pete
    HAMMOND | A mother grieved as her second son was gunned down in less than a month, this time an engineering student at Vincennes University who was home on winter break. Hammond authorities are investigating the shooting death of 19-year-old Donnovan Williams, a Highland resident who had been the first in his family to go to college but ended up the first victim of homicide in Northwest Indiana this year. Early on New Year's Day, Williams was shot at 1235 Wilson Place in Hammond, and later died at Community Hospital in Munster. The recent graduate of Morton High School in...
  • Pump price plunge hits 99 straight days

    01/02/2015 10:59:50 AM PST · by DaveMSmith · 38 replies
    The average price for a gallon of gas has dropped for 99 days in a row, with six states – Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Ohio, Oklahoma and Missouri – having average prices under $2 for the first time since 2009, according to price surveys Friday. Prices have plummeted about 40 percent since the start of June. Put another way, the Auto Club estimates that Americans are saving $500 million -- per day, each day – compared to the high prices paid last spring, allowing that money to be spent with businesses other than oil companies or just kept in the savings...
  • GOP's Medicaid Expansion Plans Encounter Growing Skepticism

    12/30/2014 11:40:57 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 10 replies
    Newsmax.com ^ | December 29, 2014 | Joe Himelfarb
    While states debate expanding their Medicaid programs under Obamacare, they're wrestling with a looming 2017 deadline — when their taxpayers begin paying for the cost of the expansion. Beginning in 2014, states that agree to expand Medicaid to persons with incomes of up to 138 percent of the poverty line will have the federal government pay 100 percent of the cost. But beginning in 2017, the federal share will fall to 95 percent, and it drops to 90 percent in 2020. This has officials — many of them in Republican-dominated states across the country — worried that they will not...
  • Indiana Governor in Israel, Refuses Abbas Invitation to Dinner

    12/27/2014 5:35:14 PM PST · by Ooh-Ah · 50 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 27 Dec 2014 | Paul Miller
    Republican Indiana Governor Mike Pence spent Christmas with his family in Israel, part of a nine-day trip that includes a three-day jobs mission to meet with government and business leaders to discuss expanding economic ties between Indiana and the Jewish State. According to a Facebook post by Caroline Glick, senior contributing editor of The Jerusalem Post:As a visiting dignitary, Pence and his family were invited to PLO chief Mahmoud Abbas’s annual Christmas dinner, where he was notified that a car would be sent to fetch him to Abbas’s office for an unscheduled and unsolicited meeting at 10:45pm.Governor Pence in his inimitable...
  • Policies of GOP governors could find national play

    12/27/2014 10:44:20 AM PST · by iowamark · 8 replies
    AP ^ | 12/27/2014 | THOMAS BEAUMONT
    One group of potential candidates for president probably won't be shuffling off to Iowa, New Hampshire or other early campaign spots in the new year. They'll be hunkered down in statehouses across the Midwest, pushing bills through their legislatures. Few outside their home states will notice, but these governors and their policies could wind up in the national campaign picture. Scott Walker of Wisconsin, Mike Pence of Indiana, Rick Snyder of Michigan and John Kasich of Ohio were all elected after Republicans began taking political control of the middle of the country back in 2010. Since then, they have offered...
  • ACLU sues to allow gay club in Indiana school

    12/26/2014 9:36:14 PM PST · by rey · 27 replies
    South Bend Tribune ^ | 26 Dec, 2014
    TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit against a western Indiana school district seeking to force it to recognize a club for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender students and those who support them. The lawsuit filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Terre Haute contends the North Putnam Community School Corp. in Bainbridge, 35 miles west of Indianapolis, is violating the First Amendment rights of the Gay-Straight Alliance and the three students who are now members. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of those students at North Putnam High School — a senior,...
  • Durbin, Lugar Ask Secretary Napolitano to Stop Deportations of Dream Act Students

    12/22/2014 3:26:07 PM PST · by ObamahatesPACoal · 9 replies
    Senator Dick Durbin ^ | April 21, 2010
    Assistant Senate Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Senator Richard Lugar (R-IN) sent a letter to Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano today, asking her to halt deportations of immigrant students who could earn legal status under legislation they have introduced called the DREAM Act (S.729). The DREAM Act is a narrowly tailored, bipartisan measure which would permit undocumented students to become permanent legal residents if they came here as children, are long-term U.S. residents, have good moral character, and attend college or enlist in the military for at least two years. The DREAM Act would allow a generation of...
  • IMPD: Homeowner shot and killed attempted robber

    12/20/2014 9:04:23 PM PST · by FunkyZero · 24 replies
    www.theindychannel.com ^ | 10:48 PM, Dec 19, 2014 | http://www.theindychannel.com
    INDIANAPOLIS - An Indianapolis man was shot and killed by a homeowner Friday during an apparent robbery attempt, police said. IMPD said the call came in at 9:17 p.m., when a homeowner said he'd fire shots at two intruders in his home on the 4500 block of Devon Court on Indianapolis' northeast side. The caller told police he thought some of the shots hit an intruder, but wasn't sure.
  • NLRB hits McDonald’s as joint employer

    12/19/2014 12:05:51 PM PST · by jazusamo · 36 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 19, 2014 | Tim Devaney
    McDonald’s and its franchisees illegally retaliated against employees for participating in union-related activities, the National Labor Relations Board’s top lawyer alleged Friday in a case with sweeping industry implications. NLRB general counsel Richard Griffin announced Friday he will issue 13 complaints involving 78 charges against franchises and McDonald’s USA, LLC. Though many of these alleged labor violations were committed by independent franchise owners, Griffin ruled earlier this year that McDonald’s can be held liable for those actions as a so-called joint employer, leaving the corporatrion — and potentially other franchisors — exposed to such claims. McDonald’s said the decision will...
  • Indiana cop told to stop selling 'divisive' shirts

    12/19/2014 11:30:05 AM PST · by shove_it · 33 replies
    APee ^ | 19 Dec 2014
    SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) -- Some officials in the Indiana city of South Bend have called on a police officer to stop selling T-shirts that make light of the "I can't breathe" refrain used in recent protests of the police killing of a New York City man. Mishawaka police officer Jason Barthel this week began selling T-shirts with the message "Breathe easy, don't break the law" at a South Bend store he owns in response to a weekend protest at the University of Notre Dame. [...] South Bend City Council members Oliver Davis, Henry Davis Jr. and Valerie Schey...
  • Indiana officer asked to stop selling ‘divisive’ shirts (anti-‘I Can’t Breathe’ shirts)

    12/17/2014 7:38:40 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 29 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 17, 2014 5:58 PM EST
    Some officials in the Indiana city of South Bend have called on a police officer to stop selling T-shirts that make light of the “I can’t breathe” refrain used in recent protests of the police killing of a New York City man. Mishawaka police officer Jason Barthel this week began selling T-shirts with the message “Breathe easy, don't break the law” at a South Bend store he owns in response to a weekend protest at the University of Notre Dame. …
  • Stutzman’s Star Role in the Cromnibus

    12/17/2014 8:11:55 AM PST · by shove_it · 8 replies
    NationalReview ^ | 15 Dec 2014 | Joel Gehrke
    For a member of Congress to accuse his party leaders of lying to him, and for their aides to return the favor, is about as rare as the drama that surrounded last week’s procedural vote — a vote that led to the passage of the $1.1 trillion spending bill. That’s the situation Representative Marlin Stutzman (R., Ind.) found himself in last week after he lent his support to the spending package at a moment when it seemed unlikely to ever receive a final vote. Stutzman initially voted no on what is known as “the rule” — the procedural step that...
  • Gov. Mike Pence: National Government is Not the Nation

    12/16/2014 6:45:59 AM PST · by Kaslin · 28 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 16, 2014 | Cal Thomas
    INDIANAPOLIS -- If success at the state level were enough to recommend someone for president of the United States, Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana would be among the frontrunners for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination. According to the governor's office, Pence has "signed into law $643 million in annual tax relief: That includes: $313 million for hardworking Hoosiers, thanks to last year's 5 percent income tax reduction, the largest state tax cut in Indiana history." In addition, the state corporate tax rate was reduced from 6.5 percent to 4.9 percent, making it the third lowest in the country and contributing...
  • List of Republican Senators Voting For Obama's Executive Amnesty Order (RINOs)

    12/15/2014 3:21:16 AM PST · by sr4402 · 43 replies
    vanity ^ | 12/15/2014 | self
    Alexander (R-TN) Ayotte (R-NH) Barrasso (R-WY) Coats (R-IN) Cochran (R-MS) Collins (R-ME) Corker (R-TN) Cornyn (R-TX) Enzi (R-WY) Flake (R-AZ) Graham (R-SC) Hatch (R-UT) Heller (R-NV) Johnson (R-WI) Kirk (R-IL) McCain (R-AZ) McConnell (R-KY) Murkowski (R-AK) Toomey (R-PA) Wicker (R-MS) Not Voting Chambliss (R-GA) Coburn (R-OK)
  • Notre Dame women's basketball team wear "I Can't Breathe" shirts

    12/13/2014 12:31:18 PM PST · by John W · 90 replies
    wsbt.com ^ | December 13, 2014 | wsbt.com
    NOTRE DAME - After hundreds of protests broke out across the country over the case of Eric Garner, the Notre Dame women's basketball team joined in the effort. At Saturday's game against Michigan the team wore shirts that read "I Can't Breathe". The phrase comes from the last thing Garner said before he died. According to our partners at the South Bend Tribune: A Notre Dame spokesperson said the decision to wear the shirts was driven by the players, but that the coaches and administration supported the move.
  • Reindeer farmer saves 'cromnibus' with yes vote (Kerry Bentivolio, R-Mich.)

    12/11/2014 10:58:19 AM PST · by maggief · 38 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 11, 2014 | Cristina Marcos
    The cromnibus had an unlikely savior Thursday afternoon in the form of a lame-duck lawmaker who used to raise reindeer. Rep. Kerry Bentivolio (R-Mich.), who lost his primary earlier this year, was originally among the conservative Republicans who voted against the rule. Without the help of Democrats, Republicans could only lose 17 of their own to pass the rule, which sets up floor debate for the underlying "cromnibus" spending bill. Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) intervened once there were 18 Republican defectors — and not a single Democrat voting "yes." Many Democrats will vote against the government spending measure because they...
  • GOP Rep: House Leaders Made False Promise to Get My Crucial Vote

    12/12/2014 5:05:31 AM PST · by madprof98 · 45 replies
    Naitonal Review Online (Corner) ^ | 12/12/14 | NRO Editors
    Representative Marlin Stutzman (R., Ind.) accused House Republican leadership of reneging on a deal made with him to get his support on a crucial procedural vote that almost killed the $1.1 trillion cromnibus. “I was very surprised and even more disappointed to see the cromnibus back on the floor,” Stutzman said in a Thursday evening statement. “The American people deserve better.” Stutzman was one of the last Republicans to cast his ballot in favor of a rule allowing the House to vote on the cromnibus. National Review Online reported that Stutzman backed the rule at the last minute after leadership...