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  • Kansas Students and Parents Not Thrilled About Michelle Obama

    04/19/2014 1:23:59 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 19, 2014 | Christine Rousselle
    An invitation to Michelle Obama to speak at the Topeka Unified School District 501 graduation ceremony by the district has some parents and students crying foul. The First Lady's appearance caused the district to combine all five schools' graduation ceremonies into one mega-ceremony, and may force limitations on the number of tickets that can be distributed to friends and families. A petition drive has been started to request that the district reconsider their plans about the combined ceremony, or have Michelle Obama speak at a separate event from the graduation. The First Lady was invited to speak on the anniversary...
  • Sibelius not running for Senate, HHS confirms: Report

    04/18/2014 4:02:49 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 19 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 18, 2014 | By Tom Howell Jr.
    Despite rumors in Democratic circles, departing Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is not considering a Senate run out of Kansas, an agency spokesman told the Associated Press.
  • Kansas Speech by Michelle Obama Draws Complaints

    04/18/2014 2:51:26 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 33 replies
    ABC News ^ | April 18, 2014 | By JOHN MILBURN
    Given their druthers, some Kansas high school students and their parents said they would rather keep their graduation day just a family affair instead of expanding the guest list to include first lady Michelle Obama. The district announced that Obama was speaking to coincide with the 60th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's Brown v. Board of Education decision that made school segregation unconstitutional.
  • KANSAS CITY HIGHWAY SHOOTER ARRESTED

    04/18/2014 9:15:15 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 36 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | April 17,2014 | Jim Hoft
    Twenty cars were shot at in the past month. Three people were injured. Local 10 reported: For more than a month, motorists around Kansas City, Missouri, have worried about something besides traffic jams and potholes. Someone had fired a gun at as many as 20 motorists on major roads and highways. Three people were shot, none with life-threatening injuries. A news conference expecting to reveal details of the case was scheduled Friday, a day after Police Chief Darryl Forte announced a man was taken into custody in connection with the shootings. The suspect’s name won’t be released until charges have...
  • 60 Plus Launches Major Ad Campaign Against Senators Supporting Obamacare for Mortgages

    04/17/2014 5:55:01 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | March 31, 2014 | PR Newswire
    The 60 Plus Association today released TV and radio advertisements in seven states targeting Senate Banking Committee Members who are sponsoring recently introduced legislation that will allow the government to take over the mortgage industry in an action 'disturbingly similar' to Obamacare. 60 Plus targeted three Democrat and four Republican U.S. Senators supporting this government take-over, including Joe Manchin (D-WV), Mark Warner (D-VA), Kay Hagan (D-NC), Mike Crapo (R-ID), Dean Heller (R-NV), Mark Kirk (R-IL), and Jerry Moran (R-KS).
  • No Mere Hate Crime

    04/17/2014 7:24:04 AM PDT · by SJackson · 23 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | April 17, 2014 | Matthew Vadum
    - FrontPage Magazine - http://www.frontpagemag.com - No Mere Hate CrimePosted By Matthew Vadum On April 17, 2014 @ 12:49 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | No Comments Former KKK leader Frazier Glenn Cross’s Sunday shooting spree that left three dead outside a Jewish retirement home and a Jewish community center in the Kansas City, Mo., suburbs was a heinous atrocity, and the reflexive “hate crime” label being applied to it diminishes the true scope of the evil at its core. Calling Miller’s acts hate crimes trivializes anti-Semitism, the evil that was Nazism and the monstrosity that was the Holocaust. The “hate crime”...
  • Milton Wolf Receives Massive Gift From Washington DC

    04/17/2014 5:37:36 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 10 replies
    What a Godsend. Senator Pat Roberts of Kansas is being challenged by Dr. Milton Wolf, and today, Wolf received a huge gift from Washington DC. Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius Campaigns For Obama In MichiganThe Drudge Report linked to an article in the New York Times that Kathleen Sebelius might consider running for Senate from Kansas after resigning from the Obama administration. “Ms. Sebelius is considering entreaties from Democrats who want her to run against that old friend, Senator Pat Roberts, Republican of Kansas. Several Democrats said this week that Ms. Sebelius had been mentioned with growing frequency as someone who...
  • Radio ad's ran in 2010 by Fraizer Glenn Miller in Missouri

    04/16/2014 2:32:10 PM PDT · by ncfool · 9 replies
    Youtube clip of KCTV, Kansas City news cast 2010 ^ | March 30, 2010 | kctv - youtube
    Back in 2010 The KC Shooter ran racist hate radio ad's that Radio Station KMBZ ran as they were concerned about violating his freedom of Speech rights. KCTV Brad Porter did this news broadcast about the radio ad's. Later KMBZ pulled the Radio ad's once they found out legally they could.
  • Kansas Shooting Suspect Had Been In Witness Protection, Records Suggest

    04/16/2014 12:11:11 PM PDT · by zeestephen · 22 replies
    MSN.com ^ | 16 April 2014 | Dave Helling, Judy Thomas, Mark Morris
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The federal government appears to have shielded murder suspect F. Glenn Miller Jr. in the early 1990s as part of its witness protection program, potentially providing money for his family — and causing lingering confusion over his name.
  • Kansas Dems reportedly trying to recruit … Kathleen Sebelius for Senate

    04/16/2014 10:32:46 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/16/2014 | AllahPundit
    Really? With every Republican in the country set to run ObamaCare attack ads this fall, the Democratic Party’s going to double down in a perennially red state on the captain of the Healthcare.gov Titanic?There’s got to be a hidden motive in pushing a story this bananas to the media. But what? In her darkest hour last fall, Kathleen Sebelius suffered one of the deepest cuts from an old family friend who accused her of “gross incompetence” over the rollout of the Affordable Care Act and demanded that she resign as secretary of health and human services. Now she is weighing...
  • Sebelius Said to Weigh Run for Kansas Senate Seat

    04/16/2014 6:03:26 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 60 replies
    New York Times ^ | April 16, 2014 | Jeremy W. Peters
    WASHINGTON — In her darkest hour last fall, Kathleen Sebelius suffered one of the deepest cuts from an old family friend who accused her of “gross incompetence” over the rollout of the Affordable Care Act and demanded that she resign as secretary of health and human services. Now she is weighing revenge.
  • The KKK Tries to Make A Comeback

    04/15/2014 3:39:30 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 41 replies
    Time ^ | 4/15
    As a former Klan leader is charged with killing three in Kansas, the frayed white supremacy group is trying to attract new members. The Southern Poverty Law Center estimates the number of hate groups in the U.S. has risen from 602 in 2000 to 939 in 2013 The Ku Klux Klan was once a major force in America, with a membership of nearly 4 million that regularly included mayors, chiefs of police and other grandees of segregated regions, especially in the South and Midwest. It’s been decades since the Klan held that sort of mainstream sway, but Sunday’s deadly rampage...
  • Kansas City Shooter Inspired by Leftist Anti-Israel Demagogue Max Blumenthal-Cited by Killer

    04/15/2014 6:06:31 AM PDT · by SJackson · 15 replies
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | 4-15-14 | http://www.frontpagemag.com/2014/dgreenfield/anti-israel-leftist-cited-by-anti-semitic-killer-mocked
    Anti-Israel Leftist Cited by Anti-Semitic Killer Mocked Idea that American Jews are At Risk - FrontPage Magazine - http://www.frontpagemag.com - Anti-Israel Leftist Cited by Anti-Semitic Killer Mocked Idea that American Jews are At RiskPosted By Daniel Greenfield On April 14, 2014 @ 12:27 pm In The Point | 4 Comments Leftist Anti-Israel journalist Max Blumenthal, who is affiliated with The Nation, ridiculed the idea that American Jews are an at risk population.Blumenthal, whose attacks on Israel and Jews were described as anti-Semitic even by many on the left, and whose work was allegedly cited by the Kansas City killer and...
  • Kathleen Sebelius: Scapegoat

    04/15/2014 6:14:27 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 15, 2014 | Cal Thomas
    Dictionary.com offers two definitions for scapegoat: "1. A person or group made to bear the blame for others or to suffer in their place; 2. Chiefly biblical. A goat let loose in the wilderness on Yom Kippur after the high priest symbolically laid the sins of the people on its head. Lev. 16:8,10,26." Both definitions seem to fit last week's announcement of the "resignation" of Kathleen Sebelius, secretary of Health and Human Services, who presided over the disastrous rollout of the government's website, healthcare.gov, which was supposed to provide easy access for people who wished to sign up for Obamacare....
  • Chilling 2010 Interview With Right-Wing Jewish Center Shooter

    04/14/2014 6:28:09 PM PDT · by Borges · 37 replies
    AATP ^ | 4/14/2014
    In a 2010 interview, Alan Colmes talked with a KKK Grand Dragon, who would later become the Jewish Center shooter, as he was running for Senate in Missouri as a Republican–and the glimpse into the mind of this madman that the interview offers is simply horrifying. On Sunday, Frazier Glenn Miller, or Frazier Glenn Cross, murdered three people at two different Jewish centers in Overland Park, Kansas–including a man, woman, and child. He shot at two others, but they were uninjured. As he was arrested, the founder of the White Patriot Party screamed “Heil Hitler!” Frazier/Cross told Colmes, a Jewish...
  • Attorney Gen. Eric Holder on the Kansas City Area Shooting: “I Was Horrified” [BS Alert]

    04/14/2014 9:08:54 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 23 replies
    ticklethewire.com ^ | 4/14/14 | Allan Lengel
    The shooting in the Kansas City area on Sunday at Jewish facilities that killed three was a horrifying reminder of the dangers some hate groups pose. Attorney Gen. Eric Holder on Monday morning issued a statement on the matter. “I was horrified to learn of this weekend’s tragic shootings outside Kansas City. These senseless acts of violence are all the more heartbreaking as they were perpetrated on the eve of the solemn occasion of Passover. “Justice Department prosecutors will work with their state and local counterparts to provide all available support and to determine whether the federal hate crimes statute...
  • Obama Remembers Kansas Shooting Victims [Politicization of Murder]

    04/14/2014 10:03:19 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 9 replies
    ABC ^ | 4/14/14 | STACY A. ANDERSON
    Obama on Monday honored those killed in a weekend attack at two Jewish facilities in Kansas, saying no one should have to worry about their security while gathering with their fellow believers.... ....attended by faith leaders including Al Sharpton, African Methodist Episcopal Church Bishop Vashti Murphy Mckenzie and Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference. They were treated to a performance by Washington Performing Arts Society's Children of the Gospel Choir and dined on mini bagels with lox and cream cheese and fruit parfait.
  • Hate group to picket Kansas City funerals

    04/14/2014 2:53:52 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 20 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | 14 Apr 14 | Rebecca Shimoni Stoil
    WASHINGTON – The Westboro Baptist Church, an extremist organization known for its anti-gay activism, announced that it will picket the funerals of the three people killed in Sunday afternoon’s shooting attacks at two Kansas City Jewish sites. The church, which has famously picketed funerals of US military personnel and has protested against the American Jewish community, sent out a tweet shortly after the shooting saying, “Thank God for shootings at Overland Park KS jewish centers! Westboro to picket funerals. God did not passover.”
  • 'A raging anti-Semite' - Who is Frazier Glenn Cross?

    04/14/2014 4:24:55 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 27 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 4/14/14 | ARIEL ZILBER
    ....a former Green Beret, did two tours of duty in Vietnam, served time in prison, and launched unsuccessful bids to win public office....
  • Kansas Jewish Center Shooting Suspect Identified as Former KKK Leader

    04/13/2014 8:55:20 PM PDT · by PaulCruz2016 · 92 replies
    ABC News ^ | 04-13-2014 | Gillian Mohney
    The 73-year-old man charged with murder in the shooting at a Jewish community center and retirement community in Overland Park, Kansas, that left three people dead is reportedly the former Grand Dragon of the Carolina Knights of the Ku Klux Klan. Fraiser Glenn Cross Jr., of Aurora, Mo., was taken into custody in the parking lot of an elementary school near the scene of the shootings, and was booked on a charge of first degree murder, according to the Johnson County, Kansas, Sheriff's Office. Cross is an alias for Frasier Glenn Miller, the former KKK leader, according to the Southern...
  • Did 'Nazi' Gunman Single Out Jews for Death in Suburban Kansas City Rampage?

    04/13/2014 4:37:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 62 replies
    The Jewish Daily Forward ^ | April 13, 2014 | Staff
    A smirking gunman who reportedly shouted Nazi slogans opened fire at a Jewish community center and an old-age home in a suburb of Kansas City, killing three people. The gunman, said to be an older man, singled out Jewish victims for death, Rabbi Herbert Mandl, a chaplain with the Overland Park Police Department, told CNN. “Asking someone if you are Jewish before shooting sounds very much like a hate crime,” Mandl said. Police said two people were killed at the JCC of Greater Kansas City, where children were auditioning for a musical. Despite Mandl’s assertion, the JCC victims were identified...
  • 3 dead in shootings at Jewish centers in Kansas, authorities say

    04/13/2014 12:44:32 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 366 replies
    FOX NEWS ^ | 4-13-2014
    <p>Just breaking... FOX says Dispatchers have said at least ONE Dead. Shooting at a Jewish Community Center, where children were auditioning for a play, and at a Jewish Assisted Living Center several blocks away.</p>
  • Goodbye tea party, hello big tent

    04/11/2014 3:01:13 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 46 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 11, 2014 | By Jennifer Rubin
    Say what you will about Sens. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Ted Cruz (R-Tex.), but they know a train wreck when they see it. They also know when to separate themselves from the cranks and the losers on the right. Although both supported the shutdown and were heartily supported by tea party groups in their own Senate races, neither one has endorsed Matt Bevin in Kentucky, Milton Wolf in Kansas or Chris McDaniel in Mississippi. In fact, Cruz’s office confirms he hasn’t endorsed anyone in the primaries. There are a few important lessons here. First, neither one of these guys wants...
  • Bill would have FDA decide on labeling genetically modified food

    04/10/2014 12:52:25 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 25 replies
    McClatchyDC.com ^ | April 9, 2014 | Chris Adams
    <p>WASHINGTON — Kansas Rep. Mike Pompeo is pushing a bill in Congress that would shift responsibility for any labeling of genetically modified foods to the hands of the federal government, potentially stopping the efforts underway in many states to mandate labels on such foods.</p>
  • Kansas Abortion Clinic Celebrates: We've Killed 1,200 Babies in Only One Year

    04/08/2014 2:54:14 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 8, 2014 | Sarah Jean Seman
    Congratulations South Wind Women’s Center, you succeeded in killing more than three people every day for an entire year. Be proud. The clinic opened one year ago in the same building late-tem abortionist George Tiller operated prior to being murdered in 2009. It is the first and only operating abortion clinic in Wichita, Kansas. South Wind said it has seen a total of about 1,500 patients for reproductive care, including abortions up to 14 weeks. Patients have come from across the state and from a few other states, such as Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas. Patient numbers are “right in line...
  • Lawmakers send school finance bill to Brownback

    04/07/2014 4:36:33 PM PDT · by jonefab
    Topeka Capital Journal ^ | April 6, 2014 - 1:09pm | Tim Carpenter
    The Senate and House sent to Gov. Sam Brownback a bill Sunday linking a $129 million increase in K-12 education spending by the state with policy reforms delivering tax breaks to private school champions and nullifying employment rights held by public school teachers.
  • Kansas lawmakers OK bill to void local gun rules

    04/05/2014 4:17:36 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 5, 2014 | AP
    TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas legislators gave final approval Saturday to a bill that would nullify city and county gun restrictions and ensure that it's legal across the state to openly carry firearms, a measure the National Rifle Association sees as a model for stripping local officials of their gun-regulating power. The House approved the legislation, 102-19, a day after the Senate passed it, 37-2. The measure goes next to Republican Gov. Sam Brownback. He hasn't said whether he'll sign it, but he's a strong supporter of gun rights and has signed other measures backed by the NRA and the...
  • REPORT: KANSAS HOSPITAL LAYS OFF EMPLOYEES DUE TO OBAMACARE

    04/02/2014 9:29:47 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 19 replies
    Breitbart ^ | April 2,2014 | Breitbart TV
    In a report that aired on Topeka, KS ABC affiliate KTKA on Tuesday, Newman Regional Hospital in Emporia, KS is scaling back some services as a means of countering the "negative financial impacts of the Affordable Care Act."
  • Can States Require Proof of Citizenship for Voting?

    04/01/2014 6:18:00 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 33 replies
    PJ Media ^ | April 1, 2014 | Bryan Preston
    In 2011, Kansas passed the SAFE Act — Safe and Fair Elections — which requires voter ID, proof of citizenship and signature verification. In other words, it’s designed to make sure that all votes cast in Kansas are cast legally by the person identified as the voter. The law was to go into effect January 1, 2013. But the Obama administration stood in the way. At issue are the forms states use to register voters for federal elections. Kansas and Arizona require proof of citizenship, while the federal government’s form — incredibly — does not. The federal government attempted to...
  • Chicken conservation plan likened to mafia extortion ( Kansas )

    03/31/2014 6:16:24 AM PDT · by george76 · 7 replies
    Kansas Watchdog ^ | January 24, 2014 | Travis Perry
    A decision pending with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service could have huge ramifications for rural Kansans living in the western third of the state. In limbo is the question of whether the lesser prairie-chicken should be listed as a “threatened” species under provisions of the 1973 Endangered Species Act. The species inhabits land spanning Kansas, Colorado, Oklahoma, Texas and New Mexico. ... Kansas, in cooperation with the four other states affected by the issue — a coalition known as the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies — has attempted to stave-off such a decision with the development of...
  • SWAT Targets Family for Drinking Tea

    03/30/2014 5:30:13 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 52 replies
    The American Interest ^ | March 27, 2014 | Russell Mead & Staff
    In 21st-century America, the most innocent of activities could have a SWAT team busting down your door. Reason profiles the Harte family, who were the victims of a SWAT home invasion after police raided their garbage cans (h/t Ben Domench). An unreliable field test falsely identified Addie Harte’s trashed teabags as marijuana, and SWAT leapt into action. The Hartes didn’t just suffer the trauma of the raid—they had to spend $25,000 just to find out why they were targeted.
  • Faces of the uninsured: five years later

    03/30/2014 5:47:11 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 7 replies
    Lawrence Journal-World (KS) ^ | March 29, 2014 | By Giles Bruce
    In 2009, the Journal-World profiled four Douglas County residents who lacked health insurance. Since then, a lot has changed: The Affordable Care Act passed at the federal level, with the aim of expanding insurance to most of those who previously went without it. What has that meant for the four people the Journal-World wrote about five years ago? We revisit their stories today. Five years after her story was told in the Journal-World, Linda Wilson, formerly Linda Gleasure, still isn't insured. But it's perhaps less of a worry for her than others. She will turn 65 in September and become...
  • Olathe district apologizes after only black students invited on trip

    03/29/2014 5:29:19 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 60 replies
    http://www.kctv5.com ^ | march 28, 2014 | DeAnn Smith, Nathan Vickers
    Officials with the Olathe School District issued an apology Friday after only black students were invited on a school outing. On Wednesday, a letter was sent to Olathe South High School students by Assistant Principal Candy Birch. In the letter, Birch said in her role as activities director that she wanted to give students an additional opportunity to connect with each other. "So we are planning an outing open to our African-American sophomores and juniors," she wrote. The event on April 5 would include a visit to the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, the American Jazz Museum, lunch at Arthur Bryant's...
  • Voting rights activists appeal proof-of-citizenship ruling

    03/28/2014 3:38:50 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 10 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 28, 2014 | Stephen Dinan
    Civil rights groups on Friday appealed last week’s federal court decision that said states can require proof of citizenship on their voter registration forms — a ruling the activist groups said runs counter to Supreme Court precedent. The judge had ruled that the federal Election Assistance Commission couldn’t refuse requests by Kansas and Arizona that registration cards distributed in their states include proof of citizenship requirements. But the activists said that imposes an illegal burden on would-be voters. “The EAC has the authority to reject the states’ unproven claims and unreasonable request to require more paperwork from eligible Americans who...
  • Kansas can pull Planned Parenthood funding - appeals court

    03/26/2014 6:04:47 PM PDT · by kingattax · 10 replies
    Yahoo/Reuters ^ | 3-26-14
    A federal appeals court panel on Tuesday upheld a 2011 Kansas law that would stop federal family planning money the state receives from flowing to two Planned Parenthood clinics. The ruling overturned a Kansas federal judge's preliminary injunction that stopped the state from eliminating the federal funding to family planning clinics Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri operates in Wichita and Hays. No abortion services are provided at the health centers and Planned Parenthood has said they would lose more than $330,000 in funding, their eligibility for a low-cost drug-purchasing program and it likely would lead to the Hays clinic...
  • Ruling: Kansas Can Strip Planned Parenthood Funds

    03/25/2014 6:51:27 PM PDT · by DaveMSmith · 8 replies
    ABC News/AP ^ | Mar. 25, 2014 | ROXANA HEGEMAN
    A federal appeals court on Tuesday ruled that Kansas can strip two Planned Parenthood clinics of federal family planning money while the organization moves forward with its legal challenge of a state law it says is retaliation for its advocacy of abortion rights. Kansas is among several conservative states that have sought in recent years to strip Planned Parenthood of funding. At issue in Tuesday's ruling is money distributed to states under Title X, a federally financed family planning program. The Title X money targets low-income individuals seeking reproductive services such as birth control, pregnancy testing, cancer screenings and treatment...
  • Boehner Spokesman Calls Reid’s GOP/Crimea Comments ‘Unhinged’(PJ tops that!)

    03/24/2014 10:13:32 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 11 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 3-24-2014 | STEPHEN KRUISER
    March 24, 2014 Boehner Spokesman Calls Reid’s GOP/Crimea Comments ‘Unhinged’ STEPHEN KRUISER Somebody had to say it. “The Senate Majority Leader sounds completely unhinged,” Boehner spokesman Michael Steel told Business Insider in an email. “The House has acted, and is continuing to act, in a reasonable and responsible way to give the White House the tools it needs to hold President Putin accountable.”Every time Reid opens his mouth something remarkably ignorant comes out of it. Nancy Pelosi may be devious and an awful person, but she’s not stupid (she does dumb it down for the cameras, I believe). Reid, however,...
  • Republicans Declare Harry Reid 'Unhinged,' After He Says They May Have Helped Russia Annex Crimea

    03/24/2014 7:42:23 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 39 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 3-24-14 | Brett Logiuratu
    A spokesman for Republican House Speaker John Boehner called Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid "unhinged" on Monday, after Reid charged Republicans may have had a helping hand in emboldening Russia to annex Crimea. "Since a few Republicans blocked these important sanctions last work period, Russian lawmakers voted to annex Crimea and Russian forces have taken over Ukrainian military bases," Reid said on the Senate floor Monday. "It's impossible to know whether events would have unfolded differently if the United States had responded to Russian aggression with a strong, unified voice." Reid was referring to the stalling of a Ukraine aid...
  • Reid says GOP may have helped Russia annex Crimea

    03/24/2014 2:23:37 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 82 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar. 24, 2014 4:31 PM EDT | Bradley Klapper
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Monday that Republicans may have helped Russia annex Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula in a surprisingly sharp attack ahead of a test vote on a bill authorizing more U.S. sanctions on Russia and $1 billion in loan guarantees to Ukraine. […] Reid’s charge comes despite widespread support among Republicans and Democrats in Congress for providing Ukraine with much-needed economic assistance and hitting Russian President Vladimir Putin’s government with sanctions. …
  • Reid Remarks On Ukraine Aid Bill And The Anniversary Of The Affordable Care Act

    03/24/2014 5:30:35 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 10 replies
    U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid ^ | March 24, 2014 | | U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid
    As we begin debate on this aid and sanctions package, I also hope that Republicans who stopped action on this legislation prior to the break have considered how their obstruction affects United States’ national security.” “In light of such clear-cut Russian aggression against Ukraine, it’s difficult to believe Republicans blocked this package at all. But it’s almost unimaginable why they blocked it – to protect the anonymity of their own big-money donors. ““Democrats fought hard four years ago to pass this landmark expansion of quality, affordable health care. And we will fight just as hard to make this law work...
  • Ted Cruz Leads GOP's Fight Against IMF Expansion in Ukraine Aid Package

    03/24/2014 1:43:33 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 5 replies
    Heritage "The Foundry" ^ | March 22, 2014 at 3:51 pm | Rob Bluey
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D–Nev.) is facing a revolt among Republicans for adding controversial language to an aid package for Ukraine.The Senate is expected to vote on the Ukraine measure next week. The controversial provisions, which have support of the Obama administration and liberals from both parties, would increase U.S. financial support to the International Monetary Fund.A growing number of Republicans warn that attaching the IMF language would reduce U.S. power while expanding Russia’s influence on the global stage in the wake of its annexation of Crimea.>>> Q&A: Why Do Conservatives Oppose the IMF Reform Package?Yesterday, Sen. Ted Cruz...
  • Tea Party Express endorses Roberts's primary challenger

    02/27/2014 12:53:44 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 9 replies
    thehill.com ^ | 2/27/14 | Alexandra Jaffe
    Sen. Pat Roberts's (R-Kan.) primary challenger, radiologist Milton Wolf, picked up a national Tea Party endorsement on Thursday, an indication recent controversies haven’t sunk his campaign. The Tea Party Express became the latest national conservative group to throw its weight behind the candidate. He also has the support of the Senate Conservatives Fund and the Madison Project. Wolf faced questions this week about graphic X-ray images he posted to Facebook with off-color comments, which have been deleted but were reported in local newspapers in Kansas. Critics and medical experts alike have called the posts inappropriate, and they became fodder for...
  • Fred Phelps, former head of Westboro Baptist Church, died, family member says

    03/20/2014 9:01:36 AM PDT · by Second Amendment First · 158 replies
    WIBW ^ | Mar 20, 2014
    Fred Phelps Sr., the former head of the Westboro Baptist Church, died late Wednesday night, according to a family member. Phelps' son, Timothy told 13 News that his father died just before midnight. Timothy Pheps works at the Shawnee Co. Jail. Ironically, another son who is a member of the church, attorney Jonathan Phelps told us Thursday morning, "Pastor Phelps is doing just fine." That, of course, could have been a spiritual reference. Over the weekend, we learned that Phelps was reportedly "on the edge of death." In a statement on his Facebook page, Nathan Phelps, who has been estranged...
  • In The United States District Court For The District Of Kansas

    03/20/2014 7:18:25 AM PDT · by Twotone · 6 replies
    Scribd.com ^ | March 19, 2014 | Eric F. Melgren, US District Judge
    Does the United States Election Assistance Commission (“EAC”) have the statutory and constitutional authority to deny a state’s request to include its proof-of-citizenship requirement in the state-specific instructions on the federal mail voter registration form? The Plaintiffs— Arizona and Kansas and their secretaries of state—say it does not, and have asked this Court to order the EAC to add the requested language immediately.
  • Federal judge: Yes, Arizona and Kansas can require voters to prove their citizenship

    03/19/2014 7:20:52 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/19/2014 | Erika Johnsen
    Under the oh so august leadership of Attorney General Eric Holder, the Obama administration has been doing their very best to thwart various states in their individual endeavors to implement voter ID laws. In this latest iteration of that ongoing battle, the Federal Election Assistance Commission has so far refused to help state officials in Kansas and Arizona change federal election registration forms to include proof of citizenship. Both states have new voter-ID measures measures that require new voters to provide a birth certificate, passport, or other documentation to prove their citizenship, while the federal registration form only requires that...
  • Federal Judge Hands Republicans In Kansas, Arizona A Big Win In Voting Rights Fight

    03/19/2014 5:45:48 PM PDT · by Nachum · 13 replies
    TPM ^ | 3/18/14 | Eric Lach
    A federal judge in Kansas on Wednesday ruled that the federal agency which oversees the federal voter registration form must include the state-specific proof-of-citizenship requirements requested by both Kansas and Arizona. The ruling was hailed by Republican officials in both states. And it also does away with the need for the "two-tier" voting systems that were proposed while the case was pending. “This is a huge victory for the states of Kansas and Arizona," Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach (R) said in a statement. "They have successfully protected our sovereign right to set and enforce the qualifications for registering...
  • Judge Rules States Can Demand Proof of Citizenship from Voters

    03/19/2014 5:20:55 PM PDT · by kristinn · 30 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Wednesday, March 19, 2014 | Stephen Dinan
    Arizona and Kansas can require that those registering to vote must prove their citizenship, and the federal Election Assistance Commission cannot stop them, even on the commission’s own national voter registration forms, a judge ruled Wednesday. The ruling is a significant victory for states that have pushed to tighten voting against potential fraud. It marks a setback, however, for President Obama and other advocates who have argued that stiffer voting checks tamp down on voter turnout. Judge Eric F. Melgren ruled that the EAC, which Congress created in the wake of the 2000 Florida voting fiasco, cannot refuse to include...
  • Sen. Jerry Moran on Pat Roberts, the Tea Party and the NRSC's role in protecting incumbents

    03/19/2014 5:40:57 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 6 replies
    washingtonexaminer.com ^ | 3/12/14 | David Drucker
    Sen. Jerry Moran is in a unique position. The Kansas Republican won his Senate seat in 2010, perhaps benefiting from the National Republican Senatorial Committee’s decision to stay out of what was a vigorously contested GOP primary against a fellow incumbent congressman. But as the current NRSC chairman, Moran is throwing his weight around on behalf of Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts, who is facing a primary challenge from Milton Wolf, a radiologist and distant cousin of President Obama. The NRSC took a hands-off approach to GOP primaries in 2012, even where incumbents were running for re-election. But since Moran became...
  • Sprint closing Overland Park call center; 200 employees will lose jobs

    03/19/2014 6:15:34 AM PDT · by mykroar · 7 replies
    Fox4 KC.com ^ | 3/19/2014 | Fox4 Newsroom
    <p>KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Sprint announced that it is closing its Overland Park call center and laying off about 200 local employees who work there.</p>
  • Westboro Baptist Church To Protest Fred Phelps' Funeral, Says Daughter

    03/17/2014 2:21:19 PM PDT · by markomalley · 182 replies
    International Business Times ^ | 3/17/2014 | Maria Vultaggio
    After finding out Rev. Fred Phelps Sr. was on the verge of death many quipped the Westboro Baptist Church, the very organization he founded, would picket his funeral like they have so many others in the past. It might sound like a joke but apparently it’s the real deal: the WBC will hold a demonstration at the funeral of their former pastor.Rev. Fred Phelps Sr., the founder of the Westboro Baptist Church, was reportedly excommunicated from the group.Phelps Sr., 84, began to make headlines over the weekend after his estranged son Nathan posted a note to Facebook where he said...