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  • Carr: From Fauxcahontas to the coal miner’s granddaughter [the Hildabeast]

    04/17/2015 1:46:28 PM PDT · by markomalley · 13 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | 4/17/15 | Howie Carr
    It’s one thing for Hillary Clinton to lift Granny Warren’s applause lines, but now she’s speaking with a forked tongue about her grandparents, just like the fake Indian does.You know how Fauxcahontas says she’s an Indian because her grandma told her she had “high cheekbones”? And how her parents had to elope because her paternal grandparents were angry that their son was marrying a “breed”? (Funny, the newlyweds had a big wedding party in their hometown right after they got married in the biggest church in the next town over.)Now Hillary is out in Iowa making it up about her...
  • Democrats’ civil war over free trade

    04/17/2015 10:41:30 AM PDT · by Theoria · 20 replies
    Politico ^ | 16 April 2015 | Adam Behsudi
    The open in-fighting ramped up after a breakthrough on the historic bill was announced. The most important trade bill in a decade has pitted Harry Reid against President Barack Obama. Liberal Democrat Rosa DeLauro against moderate Democrat Ron Kind. Labor unions against pro-business Democrats. And Elizabeth Warren against virtually everyone who supports a landmark piece of legislation that would allow the president to close what could be the biggest free-trade deal in history. The open warring among Democrats over fast-track trade legislation, and the party’s broader existential crisis on free trade, grew more pronounced Thursday as senior lawmakers announced a...
  • States’ rights on marriage have limits, Healey says

    04/17/2015 12:15:20 PM PDT · by massmike · 12 replies
    bostonglobe.com ^ | 04/17/2015 | Lisa Keen
    As attorney general of Massachusetts, Maura Healey has written her first friend-of-the-court brief to the Supreme Court, arguing states should not have the authority to ban marriage for same-sex couples. The issue of states’ rights is near and dear to the Supreme Court’s swing vote, Justice Anthony Kennedy. He wrote the majority opinion in a June 2013 ruling that struck down the federal Defense of Marriage Act because it denied benefits to gay couples married in states, including Massachusetts, that define marriage to include gay couples. In doing so, Kennedy repeatedly characterized such states as simply exercising their “sovereign power.”...
  • Rand Splits With Rubio, Cruz To Vote For Deficit-Exploding Healthcare Bill

    04/15/2015 9:12:48 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 34 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | RACHEL STOLTZFOOS
    Republican Sen. Rand Paul split with senators Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio to vote for a healthcare bill Tuesday night that will add about half a trillion dollars to the national debt over the next several decades.Paul sided with the overwhelming majority of senators and representatives who voted for the bill, in a decision almost certain to come up in the primary race, where he is currently joined by Cruz and Rubio.The “doc-fix” bill solves a recurring problem in the way Medicare payments are made to doctors, extends a children’s health insurance program, and requires higher-income seniors to pay higher...
  • Our View: Shame on Lizzie Borden Grave Vandals

    04/16/2015 10:36:12 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    The Herald News ^ | Apr. 12, 2015
    THUMBS DOWN to the vandals who defaced the Borden gravesite in historic Oak Grove Cemetery. The plot, which contains the graves of Lizzie Borden, her slain father A.J., and stepmother, Abigail, as well as Lizzie’s sister, Emma, was marked with graffiti police belief to have been “tagged” by skateboarders. The crime took place on Sunday, the same day “The Lizzie Borden Chronicles” miniseries premiered on Lifetime. “It just irks me … not just when it’s Lizzie Borden, but anyone,” said Oak Grover Cemetery Director Tony Eaton. We share the sentiment and hope the perpetrators are brought to justice and make...
  • It's Official: Supermodel Gisele Bündchen Retiring From the Runway (Tom Brady's wife)

    04/14/2015 11:08:01 AM PDT · by drewh · 42 replies
    People Magazine ^ | 4/13/2015 AT 08:01 PM ET
    First she was. Then she wasn’t. Now she’s officially hanging up her heels. According to a report in a Brazilian newspaper, Gisele Büdnchen is stepping down from her catwalk duties to focus on her editorial work. “Automatically, my body tells me if what I do is worth it, and it asked to stop. I respect my body, it’s a privilege to be able to stop,” she says, according to a report picked up by Yahoo!. And it doesn’t surprise us that the woman who once said she didn’t want to treat her body like a “garbage disposal” during her pregnancy...
  • Deval Patrick joins Bain Capital to lead new social impact fund

    04/14/2015 9:35:35 AM PDT · by posterchild · 11 replies
    fortune.com ^ | Apr 13, 2015 | Dan Primack
    Former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick has joined Bain Capital as a managing director and head of a new investment platform focused on “social impact,” Fortune has learned. Yes, the same Bain Capital that was founded by previous Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, whose handpicked GOP successor was beaten handily by Democrat Patrick in 2006. The same Bain Capital that was treated like a dirty word by President Obama’s reelection campaign, for which Patrick played an important surrogate role. The same Bain Capital which, despite its many philanthropic endeavors, isn’t known for taking “social impact” into account when making investments.
  • Obama Signs Disaster Declaration for January Blizzard

    04/13/2015 4:32:18 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 18 replies
    ABC News ^ | April 13, 2015
    President Obama signed a disaster declaration on Monday for Massachusetts and ordered federal aid to help the state recover from the blizzard that hit the region from Jan. 26-28. The state's costs total about $400 million. The aid is available to state, tribal and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations. It also covers state and local government snow-removal costs for a continuous 48-hour period during or after the storm and the costs of related hazard mitigation.
  • How blue was my charter

    04/13/2015 9:16:54 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 9 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | April 12, 2015 | Malcolm A. Kline
    More evidence indicates that school choice works, even in so-called blue states. The Boston-based Pioneer Institute undertook a study of charter schools in the bay state and found that “Case studies of five high-performing charters schools from around the state reveal that these schools create highly effective teaching workforces in specific ways. First, they take great advantage of the autonomy that they have to assemble their own teaching workforces, in most cases without having to consider teacher tenure or other common constraints that teachers unions impose on traditional public schools. When assembling their workforces, high performing charter schools tend to...
  • Gary Hart: The Billion-dollar Clinton campaign should 'frighten' Americans

    04/06/2015 7:21:23 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Politico ^ | 04/06/2015 | By JONATHAN TOPAZ
    Gary Hart has serious reservations about a Hillary Clinton candidacy. The prospect of a billion-dollar Clinton campaign “ought to frighten every American,” he said in an interview with POLITICO, and Democrats would be better served by a competitive primary that forced her to speak in more depth about the issues. Hart, a two-time Democratic presidential candidate, offered his opinions in a phone interview Wednesday where he also expressed admiration of Elizabeth Warren and gave advice to prospective challenger Martin O’Malley, a former Hart campaign staffer. “I like Hillary Clinton. I really appreciate what she and her husband have done …...
  • Boston bombers’ mom: US ‘will pay for my sons’

    04/10/2015 4:06:10 PM PDT · by jonascord · 115 replies
    New York Post ^ | April 9, 2015 | Chris Perez
    She’s just as twisted as he is. The mother of Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has furiously bashed Americans and promised that the US “will pay” for convicting her “innocent” son and killing his older brother. Just moments after learning that her 21-year-old was found guilty of all 30 counts in the Boston Marathon bombing trial Wednesday, Zubeidat Tsarnaeva sent an angry tirade to the technology website Vocativ through the WhatsApp messenger app.
  • Blacks Lose Ground under Obama - And Republicans should remind them

    04/10/2015 1:27:32 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 51 replies
    National Review ^ | April 10, 2015 | Deroy Murdock Read more at: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/416735/blacks-lose-ground-under-o
    As a declared presidential candidate, Senator Rand Paul (R., Ky.) should generate even bigger headlines when he addresses black audiences, as he has at Howard University and other venues. When he was executive of mainly Democratic Milwaukee County, Governor Scott Walker (R., Wis.) appealed to black voters; his reelection majorities consistently increased. These and other Republicans should ask black Americans for their votes from now through November 2016. They should do so by challenging blacks to ask themselves an honest question: “What, exactly, have you gained by handing Obama 95 percent of your votes in 2008 and 93 percent in...
  • Tsarnaev Conviction Puts Death Penalty Opponents in an Awkward Spot

    04/10/2015 7:32:43 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 43 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 10, 2015 | Jonah Goldberg
    How about now? Are you in favor of the death penalty now? I ask because the preferred argument from opponents of the death penalty is doubt: We can never be sure; look at all of the people released from death row; we can't afford to risk ending a single innocent life. None of those arguments apply to Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. He admitted, through his lawyers, that he and his brother murdered three people and maimed 260 others at the Boston Marathon. (A few days later, they murdered a police officer.) Tsarnaev knowingly left a bomb next to a family on...
  • Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's Mother: ‘My Sons Are Innocent’

    ‘The terrorists are the Americans and everyone knows it,’ Zubeidat Tsarnaeva writes. The mother of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev condemned the guilty verdict delivered by the jury in his federal death penalty trial on Wednesday, calling Americans “terrorists” and proclaiming her sons’ innocence. In an interview with the website Vocativ conducted over the WhatsApp messaging application, Zubeidat Tsarnaeva insisted on the innocence of her Chechen sons, Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who planted the twin bombs that killed 3 people and wounded nearly 300 others near the finish line of the 2013 marathon. She went on to say that the...
  • 'He should die in prison': Senator Elizabeth Warren speaks out against the death penalty

    04/09/2015 3:41:52 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 63 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 4-9-15 | Ashley Collman
    Tsarnaev, 21, was found guilty Wednesday on all 30 charges related to the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing His case will now proceed to the penalty stage, in which the jury will decide whether to sentence him to life in prison or execution Reflecting her state's liberal politics, Warren is against capital punishment Warren also spoke about current party issues - but refused to compare her politics to those of likely presidential candidate Hillary Clinton Warren has repeatedly said she will not be running for president in 2016 Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren says she's relieved Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been found guilty...
  • Slow-Motion Justice

    04/09/2015 12:02:08 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 9, 2015 | Michael Reagan
    Justice has been done in Boston, but it's not finished. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been found guilty in the Boston Marathon terrorism bombing. The verdict Wednesday was no surprise. Everyone in the country already knew that Tsarnaev and his dead brother planted two bombs in the crowd at the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013. Even Tsarnaev's defense team acknowledged that he took part in the act of domestic terrorism that killed three and wounded 260 others. After 16 days and 95 witnesses, it took the jury just 11 hours to render their verdict on the 30 federal counts against the...
  • The Sure-Fire Way To Undermine Prosperity -- Passing Laws That Erode Property Rights

    04/09/2015 9:50:09 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 9 replies
    Forbes ^ | April 9, 2015 | George Leef
    Why are some American cities thriving, growing in population, investment, and incomes, while others are in decline with shrinking populations, crumbling buildings, and businesses fleeing? For the answers, read Boom Towns: Restoring the American Dream by Stephen Walters, professor of economics at Loyola of Maryland. Based on years of study of cities, he concludes that the key to a successful city is to protect property rights and otherwise leave the people alone. “The record is clear,” he writes, “cities grow and prosper when they encourage the formation of capital in its many forms by securing the returns that flow from...
  • 'America is the real terrorist and my boys are the best': [...bombers' mother] [barf]

    04/08/2015 6:54:36 PM PDT · by markomalley · 27 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 4/8/15 | SNEJANA FARBEROV
    Boston Marathon bombers' mother stood defiant in the wake of Dhozkhar Tsarnaev's guilty verdict Wednesday, declaring in a message to a supporter that her convicted mass-murderer son is 'the best of the best.' The 21-year-old Tsarnaev was found guilty by a Boston jury this morning of all 30 counts - 17 of them carrying the death penalty - in connection to the deadly 2013 attacks. But the bomber's mother, Zubeidat Tsarnaev, continued asserting Dzhokhar and his late brother Tamerlan's innocence.
  • Two Democrats Blame Rep. Pelosi For Past Electoral Losses; Want Her Out Of Party’s Leadership

    04/08/2015 4:05:38 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 24 replies
    CBS SF Bay Area ^ | 04/08/2015 | CBS SF
    WASHINGTON D.C. (CBS SF)– Two Democratic stalwarts from Massachusetts are suggesting that Rep. Nancy Pelosi should leave the party’s leadership team in Congress after big electoral loses last year and in 2010. Reps. Michael Capuano and Stephen Lynch made the statements on WGBH’s “Greater Boston,” with Lynch predicting outright that “Nancy Pelosi will not lead us back into the majority.” Asked by host Jim Braude if the answer to the question whether Pelosi “should go?” is “yes,” Lynch said, “Right.” Capuano was also asked if the 75-year-old Pelosi should quit leadership ranks. He said: “That, or she should change, one...
  • Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Is Guilty in Boston Marathon Bombing Trial

    04/08/2015 11:18:09 AM PDT · by C19fan · 38 replies
    NY Times ^ | April 8, 2015 | Katharine Q. Seeyle
    After 11 hours of deliberations over two days, a federal jury on Wednesday found Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, a failing college student and the youngest child in a dispersed Russian immigrant family, guilty of the 2013 bombings at the Boston Marathon, the worst act of terrorism on American soil since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. The bombings almost two years ago transformed one of the world’s most prestigious road races on a glorious spring afternoon into a scene of carnage with bodies strewn across Boylston Street, giving the nation a horrifying glimpse into the consequences of homegrown, self-taught terrorism. The bombs,...
  • Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Found Guilty. Faces Death Penalty Trial.

    04/08/2015 11:16:24 AM PDT · by C19fan · 23 replies
    NBC News Live Feed ^ | April 8, 2015 | Staff
    Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Found Guilty. Faces Death Penalty Trial.
  • 9K Off Of Food Stamps After Maine Begins Work Requirements

    04/08/2015 9:15:37 AM PDT · by george76 · 33 replies
    CNS News ^ | April 8, 2015 | Eric Scheiner
    12,000 non-disabled adults were in Maine’s SNAP program before Jan. 1 - a number that dropped to 2,680 by the end of March. More than 9,000 Maine residents have been removed from the state's food stamp program since Republican Gov. Paul LePage's administration began enforcing work and volunteer requirements. The new rules prevent adults who are not disabled and do not have dependents from receiving food stamps for more than three months - unless they work at least 20 hours a week, participate in a work-training program or meet volunteering requirements. DHHS Commissioner Mary Mayhew said the goal of the...
  • Russia Repeatedly Warned US About Muslim Boston Bomber [A reminder as we await a verdict]

    04/07/2015 4:10:12 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 10 replies
    Frontpage Magazine ^ | 4/24/13 | Daniel Greenfield
    It is becoming clear that there was ample warning that there was ample warning that Tamerlan Tsarnaev was a threat and that he needed to be deported.Russian authorities alerted the US government not once but “multiple’’ times over their concerns about Tamerlan Tsarnaev — including a second time nearly a year after he was first interviewed by FBI agents in Boston — raising new questions about whether the FBI should have focused more attention on the suspected Boston Marathon bomber, according to US senators briefed on the probe Tuesday. The FBI has previously said it interviewed Tsarnaev in early 2011...
  • Tufts will recruit, provide aid to undocumented students

    04/07/2015 3:48:11 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 30 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | April 7, 2015 | By Peter Schworm
    Tufts University announced Tuesday it will “proactively and openly” recruit undocumented students and offer financial aid to eligible students, a clear declaration that immigration advocates hailed as a significant victory. Under the new policy, the private university will consider all students in the country illegally as regular domestic applicants, eligible for the same university aid as US citizens. Because undocumented students are ineligible for federal financial aid, the university will make up the difference out of its own funds for students who cannot afford to pay their own way. The Tufts policy applies to all undocumented students, not just those...
  • Police created 'dangerous crossfire' in pursuing Boston bombers: report

    04/06/2015 7:56:26 PM PDT · by bornred · 34 replies
    Yahoooooo ^ | Fri, 3 Apr, 2015 | Elizabeth Barber
    BOSTON (Reuters) - Law enforcement created "dangerous crossfire situations" while trying to apprehend the two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings, according to a state report on the emergency response that was released on Friday. Police officers lacked "weapons discipline" during a gun battle with Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and his older brother, Tamerlan, who was killed a short time later, in the early hours of April 19, 2013, the report found. [snip] While the first officers in the Watertown gun-battle used their weapons appropriately, others later improperly self-deployed to the scene without assignments, the report said. "Additional officers arriving on scene...
  • TROOPER TESTIFIES Boston bomber Tsarnaev had abandoned three additional bombs

    04/06/2015 4:40:03 AM PDT · by Liz · 16 replies
    www.people.com ^ | 3/13 15 | STAFF
    Trooper Robert McCarthy of the state bomb squad revealed at trial that Tsarnaev abandoned three bombs. Two at the site of a police shootout; a third in the driver's seat of the stolen 2013 Mercedes SUV Tsarnaev drove while fleeing...in a Tupperware container packed with "2-3 pounds" of blast powder and "multiple fuse lengths taped together." One of two undetonated bombs was a length of metal pipe, and the other a pipe's elbow joint.....an improvised grenade...very heavy so as to stop in the spot where the bombers intended. The Chechnyan bomber brothers, in the US on expired student visas, engaged...
  • Self-Esteem Self Destructs

    04/06/2015 10:34:13 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 13 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | April 4, 2015 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Something that should give would-be education reformers pause but probably won’t: when ephemeral education fads finally come in for much-needed criticism, they have already done their damage. Case in point: the self-esteem courses popular 15-20 years ago. “Raising it in isolation was counter-productive,” Martin West, an associate professor of education at Harvard said at the Brookings Institution on March 31, 2015. West is also a nonresident senior fellow with the Brown Center on Education Policy at Brookings. He was chairing a panel on “Incorporating noncognitive skills into education policy.” “Education is very faddish and there’s a danger that the fads...
  • Martin O'Malley races off the reservation in opposing Hillary nomination

    03/30/2015 7:03:43 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 03/29/2015 | Thomas Lifson
    Martin O’Malley may have been such a lousy Governor of Maryland that his chosen heir was defeated by a Republican (in a deep blue state), but he is turning out to be good for something. Hell may have no fury like Hillary scorned, but as Elizabeth Warren demurely bides her time despite many calls for her to run, O’Malley leaps into the breach. Nick Carasaniti reports in the New York Times: Former Gov. Martin O’Malley of Maryland, who has been promoting himself to Democrats as a potential alternative to Hillary Rodham Clinton in the 2016 race for the White...
  • ('national hero') De Blasio Dips Toe Into Presidential Politics With Meeting of Liberals

    04/05/2015 11:02:52 AM PDT · by Libloather · 15 replies
    DNA info ^ | 4/03/15 | Jeff Mays
    Pic - Mayor Bill de Blasio, at Gracie Mansion with First Lady Chirlane McCray, activist Van Jones, and Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy, plans to dip his toe into presidential politics with the launch of a push for income inequality to become a central issue of the 2016 national elections. "All of this is focused on the notion that we are not having a discussion on income inequality in this country and we are not having that discussion at our peril." GRACIE MANSION — Mayor Bill de Blasio, who supporters describe as a "national hero" among progressives, has dipped his his...
  • Iran Talks Could Win John Kerry the Nobel Peace Prize

    04/04/2015 10:16:51 AM PDT · by PROCON · 53 replies
    nationaljournal.com ^ | April, 2, 2015 | George E. Condon Jr.
    Or, "he could go down as Neville Chamberlain at Munich." Experts say we won't know true impact of any deal for years.April 2, 2015 John Kerry did not start the negotiations with Iran over its nuclear program. But nobody has thrown himself more into the talks and nobody's reputation has more riding on their outcome than the American secretary of State currently trying to hammer out a deal in Switzerland. The former Democratic senator from Massachusetts hoped when he took the helm at the State Department in 2013 that he would make his mark in history by finding the...
  • Rand Paul's excuse for avoiding the 'religious freedom' law controversy doesn't add up

    04/03/2015 12:10:36 PM PDT · by C19fan · 34 replies
    Business Insider ^ | April 2, 2015 | Hunter Walker and Colin Campbell
    Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) is the only major Republican likely 2016 presidential candidate who hasn't weighed in on the controversy over Indiana's "religious freedom" law that erupted this week — and his explanation for avoiding the issue is questionable.
  • Elites Push Physician-Assisted Suicide

    04/03/2015 7:15:13 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 14 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | April 3, 2015 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Overlooked in the media coverage of and academic debate about physician-assisted suicide: it’s not the people most likely to receive it who are promoting it. “It’s the well off and healthy who are calling for it,” Farr A. Curlin, M.D., the Josiah C. Trent Professor of Medical Humanities at Duke University School of Medicine said at the Heritage Foundation on March 30, 2015. On the same panel on which Dr. Curlin spoke, Ryan Anderson of the Heritage Foundation noted that disability rights groups are actively opposing such measures. Moreover, Anderson pointed out, in Oregon, which has physician-assisted suicide, “95 percent...
  • Gun-loving bullies win again in Kansas and even Massachusetts

    04/02/2015 7:47:45 PM PDT · by JohnKinAK · 41 replies
    Kansas City Star ^ | 4/2/15 | YAEL T. ABOUHALKAH
    The push by gun-loving bullies to put weapons in the hands of almost anyone, almost everywhere and almost anyhow they can continued Thursday in ultra-conservative Kansas and even in liberal Massachusetts. â–Ş Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback on Thursday signed a bill that will allow residents to stroll around with concealed guns without any permit or any training in how to use the weapons. This is pretty much the definition of madness but, hey, that Second Amendment is twisted and warped by gun backers to support all kinds of questionable actions. The law puts Kansas among only a handful of states...
  • Hillary's poll numbers tanking as e-mail scandal takes a toll: Trails Paul in PA, Bush in Florida

    04/02/2015 1:51:07 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 04/02/2015 | Rick Moran
    Andrew Malcolm at Investor's Business Daily points out that some key state polls show that Hillary Clinton is losing support fast and that the e-mail scandal is playing a bigger role than first thought. According to the newest numbers, Hillary Clinton is now running three points behind Jeb Bush in the key swing state of Florida. And her lead over Marco Rubio there has collapsed from ten points to but two points. Of course, none of those people have yet to announce their candidacy. Everyone is pretending they don't know that she'll announce later this month, Rubio likely in...
  • Children’s Book about Abortion: My ‘Sister Is a Happy Ghost!’

    04/01/2015 11:22:28 AM PDT · by Baynative · 38 replies
    News Busters ^ | 3/25/15 | Katie Yoder
    A three-year-old named Lee defends the abortion of his sister in a new children’s book – by an author with her own “ghost sister.” “Sister Apple, Sister Pig” by Mary Walling Blackburn focuses on an adult topic: abortion. The story follows Lee as he (or “she,” as the author stressed) searches for his sister – who might be an apple, a pig, or somewhere in a tree. Lee later decides “Sister is a happy ghost!” and explicitly says he’s glad Sister isn’t around to inconvenience his parents.
  • Kerry exposes Iranian family tie — and subjects family to blackmail

    04/01/2015 9:43:46 AM PDT · by Baynative · 47 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 3/25 | Kenneth Timmerman
    In a greeting to the Iranian people on the occasion of the traditional New Year (Nowruz) holiday last week, Secretary of State John Kerry exposed a secret that journalists and academics have been agonizing over for the past six weeks: the fact that his daughter has married an Iranian-American who has extensive family ties to Iran. “I am proud of the Iranian-Americans in my own family, and grateful for how they have enriched my life,” Kerry said in the official statement. Kerry also said he was “strongly committed to resolving” the differences between the United States and the Islamic Republic...
  • REMINDER: The Ted Kennedy Shrine Cost Taxpayers $38 Million

    03/31/2015 5:38:26 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 30 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | March 30, 2015 | Chuck Ross
    The stated mission of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute is to teach the general public about how the U.S. Senate works, so it’s fitting that the shrine to the late Massachusetts Democrat is funded, in part, by $38 million in taxpayers’ money. The $78 million combination museum and interactive civics exhibit was formally dedicated by President Obama on Monday. Besides a section honoring Kennedy’s 46-year political career, which ended with his Aug. 25, 2009 death, the Institute will offer a “Senate Immersion Module” which aims to teach visitors how the upper chamber works. (snip) On top of an $18.9 million...
  • Meet the Men Behind Hillary Clinton's Private 'Spy Network'

    03/30/2015 1:31:37 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 21 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | March 30, 2015 | By Mark Hemingway
    Two big Clinton stories landed last week. The first is that Hillary Clinton destroyed the electronic copies of her State Department emails on her private server after the State Department subpoenaed her emails. The second is that Hillary Clinton had an aide running a "secret spy network" that was, among other things, feeding her information on Benghazi, according to a report by Pro Publica and Gawker. Earlier this month, I noted the myriad ways that Clinton running her own private email server breathes new life into the Benghazi investigation, but this last revelation takes things to a whole new level....
  • Hillary Supporter Threatens O’Malley: ‘He Better Watch It’ [VIDEO]

    03/30/2015 12:22:27 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 48 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | March 29, 2015 | Alex Griswold
    A former governor on ABC’s “This Week” made a not-so-veiled threat Sunday to former Democratic Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley that he could lose a cabinet position in Hillary Clinton’s administration by running against her. Former Democratic Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm, who also serves as a Senior Advisor to Ready for Hillary PAC said, “She is comfortable enough to be able to withstand a primary.” Granholm added, “And Martin O’Malley, he’s a very nice guy, and I was thinking he might make a nice member of a President Clinton administration, so he better watch it.” “I think he and anybody else,...
  • Martin O'Malley challenges Hillary Clinton

    03/29/2015 9:21:51 PM PDT · by doug from upland · 24 replies
    cnn aka Clinton News Network ^ | 3-29-15 | Bradner
    Washington (CNN)Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley took a major shot at Hillary Clinton on Sunday, saying the country needs a "new perspective" and "new leadership" in the 2016 election. "Let's be honest here," O'Malley said. "The presidency of the United States is not some crown to be passed between two families." The Democrat's comments, in an appearance on ABC's "This Week," are another signal that he's likely to challenge Clinton in the 2016 Democratic presidential primary. He's focusing in recent weeks on issues like income inequality and wage stagnation -- which liberal darling Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren has made her...
  • Elizabeth Warren, in Edward Kennedy’s seat, displaces Obama as liberals’ champion

    03/29/2015 8:10:23 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 30 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 29, 2015 | By Ben Wolfgang
    In early 2008 liberal icon Edward M. Kennedy blessed Barack Obama’s long shot presidential campaign, declaring the freshman Illinois senator the next great progressive leader in a symbolic passing of the torch. On Monday, Mr. Obama heads to Massachusetts to honor Kennedy, who died in 2009 — but liberals’ enthusiasm for the president has waned from those days, and the left has moved on to other champions, most notably Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who now sits in the seat Kennedy used to hold.
  • REMINDER: The Ted Kennedy Shrine Cost Taxpayers $38 Million

    03/30/2015 2:00:50 PM PDT · by george76 · 34 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 03/30/2015 | Chuck Ross
    On top of an $18.9 million Defense Department grant doled out in Sept. 2010, the Institute received $13.6 million from the Department of Education, according to USASpending.gov. In the 2009 federal budget, another $5.8 million was appropriated through the Department of Labor and the Department of Health and Human Services. The state of Massachusetts gave the University of Massachusetts $5 million, earmarked for the Institute. As a senator in 2010, current Sec. of State John Kerry waged an unsuccessful attempt to earmark another $28.9 million for the museum ... the $18.9 million Defense Department earmark was “funneled through the Defense...
  • WaPo: Even the backstory on Kerry’s climate-change brag was a lie

    03/30/2015 8:22:43 AM PDT · by rktman · 18 replies
    hotair.com ^ | 3/30/2015 | Ed Morrissey
    Washington Post fact-checker Glenn Kessler uses a “Pinocchio” scale to assign a level of egregiousness to lies he uncovers, with four Pinocchios as the maximum … until now. Secretary of State John Kerry earned himself the full complement two weeks ago from Kessler for bragging about his management of the first global-warming hearing in the Senate, a hearing that he not only didn’t arrange but didn’t even attend. Kessler dug deeper on the tall tales emanating from the event, and found that one of the real organizers has been lying about what took place in the hearing in order to...
  • U.S. Honors Sen. Who Met With Communists, Rented Brothel, Let Mistress Drown

    03/25/2015 3:25:15 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 34 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | March 25, 2015
    A veteran senator who let his mistress drown in a car he recklessly drove into a pond, rented a brothel for an entire night in Chile and sought meetings with communists is being honored by the Obama administration this month. Ted Kennedy received his posthumous accolades from the Department of Labor (DOL) with an induction into the agency’s “Hall of Honor.” The recognition is meant to showcase the life-changing contributions that a unique group of people have made on the American way of work, according to the agency. A special panel comprised of the Solicitor of Labor, the Assistant Secretary...
  • Yes, Barney Frank Admits, I Want to Blame Only Bush

    03/29/2015 9:42:28 AM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 34 replies
    News Busters ^ | 3/28/15 | Jack Coleman
    As a long-term strategy for defeating jihadists, Americans blaming George W. Bush ad infinitum is sure to be a winner -- for jihadists. It's right up there with American retreat from leadership in the world as high on their list of goals. And sure enough, former congressman Barney Frank heartily endorses both. Frank was among the guests on last night's Real Time with Bill Maher, brimming with his usual persnickety bluster. At one point he tangled with conservative columnist S.E. Cupp on the subject of the abrupt US military withdrawal from Yemen. This led to a pair of candid admissions...
  • Widow: [Ted] Kennedy wanted to inspire future generations

    03/29/2015 10:23:36 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 67 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 29, 2015 | Timmothy Cama
    The widow of Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.) is preparing for the upcoming opening of the institute named after her late husband. Vicki Kennedy invited “Fox News Sunday” to the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate in Boston days before President Obama visits to formally open it to the public. “He loved public service,” Vicki Kennedy said. “He believed in making a difference. And he wanted to inspire new generations to feel the same way.”
  • Wall Street welcomes expected Chuck Schumer promotion

    03/29/2015 6:28:06 AM PDT · by amnestynone · 13 replies
    CNN ^ | March 27, 2015 | MJ Lee
    Chuck Schumer is set to get a big promotion -- and that's welcome news to Wall Street. The veteran Democratic senator from New York is widely expected to take Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid's job when he retires at the end of 2016. Reid, who announced he would not be running for reelection Friday morning, quickly endorsed his New York colleague for the role. Schumer's ascension to the top Democratic position in the Senate -- and even possibly to Senate majority leader if his party regains control of the chamber -- is a boon for the finance and business communities,...
  • Kerry cancels trip in honour of Ted Kennedy as Iran talks intensify

    03/29/2015 8:29:38 AM PDT · by Libloather · 26 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo ^ | 3/29/15 | Louis Charbonneau, John Irish, Parisa Hafezi
    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry cancelled plans to fly to Boston for a ceremony in honour of his late friend Edward Kennedy as talks on Iran's nuclear programme intensified in Switzerland, with two days left to a deadline. Kerry's spokeswoman said on Sunday he regretted missing the dedication ceremony for an institute named after the U.S. senator, who was a mentor to him. Officials close to the talks said the French and German foreign ministers, Laurent Fabius and Frank-Walter Steinmeier, were considering delaying a planned joint trip to Kazakhstan in order to focus on clearing...
  • Barney's Blithering Misunderstanding of Business: 'Your Being There Means Somebody Else' Won't Be

    03/29/2015 7:53:12 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 19 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Two days ago I ordered online a used copy of Milton & Rose Friedman's classic "Free to Choose," hoping a liberal loved one would be willing to read it. That doesn't look like it's going to happen, so now I'm tempted to send the book to Barney Frank—since it's apparent that, like many liberals, he doesn't understand the most basic notions of how free markets work. On Steve Kornacki's MSNBC show today, Frank described business creators as being "given privileges." Barney then added this mind-boggler: "there's only a limited amount of space, there's only a limited amount of businesses. Your...
  • [Howie] Carr: Editing Ted Kennedy World: Some facts didn’t make ‘Institute’ cut

    03/29/2015 4:42:50 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 30 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | March 29, 2015 | Howie Carr
    When Ted Kennedy wrote his initial account of Chappaquiddick for the Edgartown police in 1969, after he scrawled the words “Mary Jo” in the first sentence he left a blank space — because he had no idea what his victim’s last name was. That’s one of the many facts about Ted Kennedy that you won’t learn by visiting the new Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate. In case you haven’t been eagerly anticipating this magic moment, the “Institute” opens tomorrow amid yet another orgy of shameless bum-kissing of what was once called “America’s First Family” by the...