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  • IRS Hires $1,000-An-Hour Lawyers And It Might Have Violated Federal Law

    05/28/2015 10:39:16 PM PDT · by Nachum · 2 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 5/29/15 | Patrick Howley
    The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is paying a Washington law firm $1,000 an hour in taxpayer money to perform a corporate audit, despite its claim of being severely underfunded.The IRS’ $2.2 million contract with big-money firm Quinn Emanuel has sparked a Senate Finance Committee investigation, with the committee’s chairman saying that the IRS “appears to violate federal law.”Senate Finance Committee chairman Sen. Orrin Hatch wrote a letter this month to IRS commissioner John Koskinen stating his concerns relating to the contact, which pays Quinn Emanuel $1,000 an hour to perform an audit of Microsoft.Hatch said that the contract appears to...
  • Breaking: Oologah, OK Police Officer Shot in Head While Driving – Airlifted to Hospital

    05/28/2015 10:13:09 PM PDT · by Nachum · 7 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 5/28/15 | Jim Hoft
    An Oologah police officer was shot while driving his car on Highway 169 in Nowata County.The officer was driving this car when he was shot.The officer was shot in the head during a pursuit.
  • Russian opposition leader hospitalized after sudden illness

    05/28/2015 10:10:20 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 28, 2015 3:23 PM EDT
    A Russian opposition leader is in intensive care in a Moscow hospital, and a lack of clarity about the cause of his sudden illness has raised fears of foul play. The First City Hospital said 33-year-old Vladimir Kara-Murza remained in grave condition Thursday, two days after he was admitted. The Interfax news agency, citing the hospital’s chief doctor, said he appeared to be suffering from pancreatitis and double pneumonia. …
  • House GOP demands criminal investigation into Lois Lerner

    05/28/2015 9:43:08 PM PDT · by PROCON · 12 replies
    washingtontimes.com ^ | May 28, 2015 | Stephen Dinan
    Insisting Lois G. Lerner is still a target, congressional Republicans sent a letter to new Attorney General Loretta Lynch Thursday asking her to follow through on their official request last year for a criminal investigation into Ms. Lerner’s behavior at the IRS. Led by Rep. Paul Ryan, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, the Republicans said it’s been more than a year and the Justice Department has yet to respond to the referral the committee approved on April 9, 2014, listing three areas where lawmakers believe Ms. Lerner may have broken the law. “The committee continues to...
  • FCC head unveils proposal to narrow ‘digital divide’ (subsidize internet for ‘poor’)

    05/28/2015 9:34:31 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 28, 2015 3:29 PM EDT | Tali Arbel
    The head of the Federal Communications Commission is proposing that the government agency expand a phone subsidy program for the poor to include Internet access. The FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, has emphasized that Internet access is a critical component of modern life, key education, communication and finding a keeping a job. With the net neutrality rules released earlier this year, the agency redefined broadband as a public utility, like the telephone, giving it stricter oversight on how online content gets to consumers. That triggered lawsuits from Internet service providers. The proposal Thursday to expand the Lifeline phone program to Internet...
  • Bernie Sanders Essay: Women Fantasize on 'Being Raped by 3 Men Simultaneously'

    05/28/2015 9:19:40 PM PDT · by Nachum · 18 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | 5/28/15 | Tim Graham
    Dan Joseph at our MRCTV website reports that Mother Jones dropped a little bomb on the Bernie Sanders campaign: an essay that Sanders wrote in February 1972 about the “typical” rape fantasies of men and women. In an article entitled "Man -- And Woman," published in an alternative newspaper called the Vermont Freeman, Sanders spun his theories: "A man goes home and masturbates his typical fantasy," wrote Sanders. "A woman on her knees. A woman tied up. A woman abused." Sanders didn't specify as to how he had gained such a deep understanding of the male psyche. In terms of...
  • ‘Let Me Finish’: Things Get Tense As CNN’s Anderson Cooper Grills ‘Draw Muhammad’ Contest Organizer

    05/28/2015 9:06:04 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 13 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 5/28/15 | Oliver Darcy
    CNN’s Anderson Cooper repeatedly pressed on Thursday the organizer of another controversial “draw Muhammad” cartoon contest set to take place in Phoenix Friday. “You yourself have said this is a provocation … so what are you really trying to achieve?” Cooper asked former U.S. Marine Jon Ritzheimer, who is seen on Facebook wearing a “F*** Islam” t-shirt. “Well, I’m really trying to achieve exposing Islam and the truth about what’s written in the Koran. … Some would even probably argue that the signers that signed the Declaration of Independence was a bad idea, back in their day,” Ritzheimer replied. “So...
  • Obama to Force Faith- Based Grant Recipients to Hire LGBTs

    05/28/2015 8:58:35 PM PDT · by Nachum · 28 replies
    Breitbart Big Government, | 5/28/15 | Austin Ruse
    The Obama Administration is poised to require faith-based recipients of federal grants to accept applications from LGBT individuals, according to a report published today by the Center for Family and Human Rights (C-Fam). By executive order last summer, President Obama amended the Johnson-era federal order on non-discrimination in hiring by federal contractors to include non-discrimination based on “sexual orientation and gender identity.” That order has roiled faith-based groups. A confidential source tells C-Fam that the White House has directed federal agencies to include “sexual orientation and gender identity” as
  • The Scripps National Spelling Bee Has Co-Champions, Again

    05/28/2015 8:48:21 PM PDT · by cold start · 10 replies
    Time ^ | 28/05/2015
    The winning words in the nail-biter final were 'scherenschnitte' and 'nunatak' In a dramatic, flawless final round, two eighth-graders proved to be joint winners at the 2015 Scripps National Spelling Bee. One a girl and one a boy, one from Kansas and one from Missouri, one a five-time finalist and one a six-timer, 13-year-old Vanya Shivashankar and 14-year-old Gokul Venkatachalam put both their hands on the trophy and thrust it into the air on Thursday evening—after spelling word after word that few people could even hope to pronounce correctly. Shivashankar’s winning word was scherenschnitte, meaning the art of cutting paper...
  • BREAKING: Japanese Volcano Erupts, Causes Evacuations on Kuchinoerabu Island

    05/28/2015 8:37:06 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 14 replies
    Accuweather ^ | 5-28-2015 | Mark Leberfinger
    Evacuations were ordered Friday after a volcano erupted on a small island in the Japanese island chain. Mount Shindake erupted at 9:57 a.m. Friday, local time, and caused a 4.0-magnitude earthquake, according to the United States Geological Survey. About 140 people living on the island were ordered to evacuate, the Japanese government said. The Japanese Meteorological Agency raised its volcano level to 5, its highest level, as a result of the eruption. Pyroclastic flows from the volcano reached the shore, Japanese broadcaster NHK reported.
  • When it Counts: Huck, Cruz, Walker in the Lead

    05/28/2015 8:34:45 PM PDT · by VinL · 10 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | 5/29/2015 | Morris/McGann
    The conventional wisdom shows Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio and Rand Paul strongly competing for the Republican presidential nomination. But a close analysis of the latest Quinnipiac University National Poll indicates that with strong elements of the Party's right wing, they perform poorly in comparison to Mike Huckabee, Ted Cruz, Scott Walker and, for now, Ben Carson. Among all Republican voters, the poll shows Bush, Walker, Rubio, Huckabee and Carson are all tied at 10 percent each while Paul lags at 7 percent and Cruz at 6 percent. But an analysis of the three key conservative groups that drive the nominating...
  • Access to disabled holds up debut of $4 million Santa Rosa fire station

    05/28/2015 8:31:23 PM PDT · by rey · 23 replies
    Press Democrat ^ | 29 July 2015 | KEVIN MCCALLUM
    Santa Rosa’s use of its $4 million Fountaingrove fire station has been delayed by questions about whether the new building is sufficiently accessible to people with disabilities. The 5,300-square-foot Newgate Court station was supposed to be ready for occupancy in April, but last minute inspections by city staff trained in the requirements of the Americans with Disability Act highlighted numerous potential violations. The discovery has perplexed many at City Hall, especially given that the city has spent about $6 million over the past 5 years improving the accessibility of existing buildings, parks and sidewalks under the watchful eye of the...
  • Get ready for some depressing news about the US economy (UNEXPECTED!)

    05/28/2015 8:30:56 PM PDT · by SaveFerris · 15 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Thu, May 28, 2015, 11:30pm EDT - US Ma | By Myles Udland
    We're about to get some terrible news about the US economy. Sort of. On Friday morning at 8:30 a.m. ET, the Bureau of Economic Analysis will release its second estimate of first quarter GDP, which is expected to show the economy contracted 0.8% in the first quarter. The initial reading on first quarter GDP, released on April 29, showed the economy grew just 0.2%. Ahead of that report, Wall Street expected the economy grew 1% to start 2015. Subsequent data, however, showed that the economy was likely even weaker than first estimated to start the year. Some economists, however, either...
  • Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert indicted by federal grand jury

    05/28/2015 7:49:25 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 24 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 28 at 7:07 PM | By Mark Berman and Paul Kane
    Former House Speaker Hastert indicted on federal charges(1:13) Former House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert was indicted on federal charges Thursday, including lying to the FBI in an alleged effort to hide $3.5 million in payments to a person to conceal past misconduct. (Reuters) J. Dennis Hastert, the longest serving Republican speaker in the U.S. House, was indicted Thursday by a federal grand jury on charges that he violated banking laws in a bid to pay $3.5 million because of “past misconduct” against an unnamed individual from their hometown west of Chicago. Hastert, 73, who has been a high-paid lobbyist in...
  • China Stock Markets Witness Biggest 1-Day Point Crash Since 2008

    05/28/2015 7:46:31 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 9 replies
    NDTV ^ | 5-28-2015 | NDTV
    China's stock markets plunged on Thursday, with indexes dropping over 6 per cent in record high turnover as investors rushed to sell after more brokers tightened margin trading requirements for clients and the central bank drained money market liquidity. The CSI300 index and the Shanghai Composite Index both slumped in late afternoon trade, ending down and 6.5 per cent, respectively, their worst day since January 19 when markets fell over 7 per cent on an earlier crackdown on margin trading. In terms of points shed, the two indexes suffered their heaviest single-day loss since 2008. The Shanghai Stock Exchange saw...
  • Baltimore Wants American TaxPayers To Pay for the $20 Million in Riot Damages

    05/28/2015 7:35:30 PM PDT · by South40 · 44 replies
    Conservative Post ^ | 28 MAY 2015
    The City of Baltimore has reported that rioters have cause $20 Million in damages. The city wants to send the bill to FEMA and have all the rest of us pay their bill. The city has come up with its estimate and is planning on using discretionary funds for some of the costs. But tucked into the Baltimore Sun story is this… ((snip)) Both Gov. Larry Hogan and Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake have requested federal aid.
  • Israel’s IsraAID Launches Roof for All Shelter Program in Nepal

    05/28/2015 7:07:20 PM PDT · by IsraelBeach · 3 replies
    Israel News Agency ^ | May 28, 2015 | Joel Leyden
    By Joel Leyden Israel News AgencyKathmandu, Nepal --- May 28, 2015 … IsraAID, Israel’s largest, private, global humanitarian organization, has launched its “A Roof for All” program to provide safe and sturdy transitional shelter for thousands of displaced families who have lost their homes as a result of the last two devastating earthquakes in Nepal. Hundreds of thousands of people are displaced, living on the streets and in open areas in make-shift tents and shelters unprepared for the heavy storms and flooding of the imminent monsoon season. There is critical cause for concern that a secondary disaster could quickly unfold...
  • Walter E. Williams on the Economic Effects of Illegal Immigration

    05/28/2015 7:04:28 PM PDT · by impetrio1 · 4 replies
    Black & Blonde Media ^ | 5/28/15 | Bob Parks and Laura Erickson
    In the final part of our exclusive interview with Professor Walter E. Williams (Economics Department, George Mason University), the economic and cultural effects of illegal immigration on the United States are explained... plus a bonus!
  • Video: Carly Fiorina on how she would fight ISIS

    05/28/2015 6:34:55 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 84 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/28/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    As the various candidates made the media rounds this week, there was one interview which jumped out at me. It was Carly Fiorina sitting down with Andrea Mitchell on MSNBC and taking one of the tougher questions facing every White House aspirant… if elected, what do you plan to do about ISIS? The answers we frequently get are disappointing at best – if there’s an answer given at all – but this time the reporter almost seemed shocked to have somebody lay out numerous elements of a plan in plain, clear language.Before we get to the specifics, check out...
  • Scott Walker Timeline of False Ultrasound Narrative

    05/28/2015 6:34:22 PM PDT · by Nachum · 6 replies
    YouTube ^ | 5/28/15 | TheBlaze
    Every false narrative has to start somewhere. Dana takes us back to the source of the first misquote of Scott Walker regarding ultrasounds.
  • Chris Cuomo to Pam Geller: We don’t show Mohammed cartoons for same reason we don’t use the N-word

    05/28/2015 6:30:41 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/28/2015 | AllahPundit
    Via the Blaze, the key bit starts at 3:50. This is transparently false, of course, but it’s telling that he’d reach for this analogy for the cartoons instead of another obvious example of blasphemy like “Piss Christ.” The word “nigger” became taboo because Americans became more conscious of the injustices of racism. It’s been expunged from polite society due to a cultural consensus that blacks were treated shamefully and that equality requires eschewing words that had been used as tools of intimidation. The power dynamics behind the Mohammed cartoons are the opposite of that. The fear isn’t so much...
  • Rose unplugged Morning Show May 29 2015.

    05/28/2015 6:28:17 PM PDT · by GregB · 10 replies
    Rose is back. She is on from 8AM to 10AM Monday through Friday . You can go to www.am1250theanswer.com to hear her live or go to www.roseunplugged.com/bio-encore to hear archives. Streaming at saleminteractivemedia.com/ListenLive/player/WPGPAM
  • Our identities matter in Core classrooms [great literature traumatizes you, wait till adult life]

    05/28/2015 5:41:08 PM PDT · by SJackson · 15 replies
    Columbia Spectator ^ | April 30, 2015, | Kai Johnson,Tanika Lynch, Elizabeth Monroe, and Tracey Wang
    During a forum hosted by the Multicultural Affairs Advisory Board on Literature Humanities last semester, a student shared an experience with an audience of instructors and fellow students. This experience, she said, came to define her relationship to her Lit Hum class and to Core material in general. During the week spent on Ovid’s “Metamorphoses,” the class was instructed to read the myths of Persephone and Daphne, both of which include vivid depictions of rape and sexual assault. As a survivor of sexual assault, the student described being triggered while reading such detailed accounts of rape throughout the work. However,...
  • Walker: I Disagree With Rand On NSA,ISIS

    05/28/2015 5:31:35 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 10 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | May 28, 2015 | Ian Hanchett
    Wisconsin Governor and prospective GOP presidential candidate Scott Walker expressed his disagreement with Kentucky Senator and Republican presidential candidate Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) on ISIS and the NSA on Thursday’s “Your World with Neil Cavuto” on the Fox News Channel.
  • Sephardic Jews Leave Turkey for Spain Fleeing ‘Unnerving’ Wave of Anti-Semitism

    05/28/2015 5:13:13 PM PDT · by SJackson · 6 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 5-27-15
    Frances Martel27 May 201545 The increasingly difficult-to-ignore presence of anti-Semitic attitudes in Turkey is forcing Sephardic Jews, whose ancestors were welcomed in the Ottoman Empire after being expelled from their homes due to the Inquisition, to consider returning to Spain and rebuilding their lives there, now that the nation’s legislature is poised to grant them passports. The New York Times reports that Spain’s Sephardic Ancestry Bill, which is expected to pass this month and would grant dual Spanish citizenship to the Jewish descendants of those expelled from the nation in 1492, is posing an increasingly tempting option to Jews in...
  • Barak: Israel should seriously consider unilateral disengagement from Palestinians

    05/28/2015 5:09:45 PM PDT · by SJackson · 7 replies
    Barak: Israel should seriously consider unilateral disengagement from Palestinians Former prime minister Ehud Barak said Thursday that Israel should consider unilateral moves to disengage from the Palestinians in the event that efforts to relaunch negotiations with PA President Mahmoud Abbas should fail. Speaking in an interview with Army Radio on the occasion of the 15th anniversary of Israel's withdrawal from Lebanon in 2000, Barak said that such an effort to speak with Abbas must be made. "I know Abu Mazen (Abbas) and his successors, and I say that we need to try to solve this with them, and if not...
  • Luxurious Life As First Lady Takes Toll On Michelle Obama Because She Is Black, She Complains

    05/28/2015 5:00:50 PM PDT · by SJackson · 77 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 05/10/2015 | Eric Owens
    Globetrotting, Ivy League-educated, Marchesa gown-wearing first lady Michelle Obama’s commencement address at Tuskegee University on Saturday described the trials and tribulations she believes she has faced as the first black first lady in American history. The intense media scrutiny, occasional critical and disparaging remarks — it’s all too much and she said it has led to sleepless nights either in the White House or in posh, five-star hotels where she and her retinue stay, according to The Hill. “You might remember the on-stage celebratory fist bump between me and my husband after a primary win that was referred to as...
  • Former House Speaker Hastert Indicted In Probe Into $3.5M In Withdrawals

    05/28/2015 4:40:52 PM PDT · by navysealdad · 117 replies
    Former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert was indicted Thursday by a federal grand jury in Chicago. The Illinois Republican, 73, is charged with trying to evade cash withdrawal requirements, and with lying to the FBI about it.
  • Bill to extend Medi-Cal to undocumented immigrants advances, is narrowed

    05/28/2015 4:25:04 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 11 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | May 28, 2015 | By Melody Gutierrez
    SACRAMENTO - A lawmaker's proposal to offer Medi-Cal coverage to immigrants living in the country without documentation made it through a key legislative committee Thursday, although the bill was significantly scaled back to benefit primarily those aged 19 and under. SB4 by state Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens (LA County) was narrowed to reduce the cost by allowing older immigrants to enroll in the medical system for low-income people each year only as state funds are available to cover them. The bill would also authorize the state to seek a federal waiver so it could extend health insurance under its...
  • Al Sharpton asks if deadly Texas flooding is ‘God’s rebuke’

    05/28/2015 4:03:44 PM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 59 replies
    Washington Times ^ | May 28, 2015 | No Attribution
    The Reverend Al Sharpton used this week’s deadly flooding in Texas to ask his radio show listeners if the rains were due to “climate control or is it God’s rebuke?” At least 17 people died and 40 people are missing after rains that swept through Texas and Oklahoma. Flash flooding damaged over 2,000 vehicles and at least 500 water rescues were needed in the Houston area. Roughly 4,000 structures were damaged in Houston. One of Mr. Sharpton’s “Keeping it Real with Al Sharpton” listeners said Wednesday that God will “come like a thief in the night” to teach humanity a...
  • Episode 5: Former CIA Director James Woolsey on American energy independence

    05/28/2015 3:53:06 PM PDT · by shove_it · 3 replies
    AudioBoom ^ | six days ago | T.Boone Pickens
    Former CIA Director James Woolsey and T. Boone Pickens discuss global politics, oil prices, and the path America can take to achieve energy independence.
  • Hastert, Illinois Republicans to Call for Immigration Overhaul

    05/28/2015 3:49:22 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 16 replies
    Roll Call ^ | April 21, 2014 | Matt Fuller
    An immigration overhaul may not have enough GOP support to pass the House, but the idea has found some Republican support in Illinois. Former Speaker J. Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., is slated to join a number of prominent Illinois Republicans and CEOs on Tuesday to call on GOP leaders to pass a national immigration overhaul. Republican Reps. Aaron Schock and Adam Kinzinger are also scheduled to give video testimonials on the subject.
  • This Is How Much Hillary Clinton’s Pantsuit Costs

    05/28/2015 3:47:05 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 49 replies
    TIME ^ | May 28, 2015 | by Claire Zillman
    Dressing like a presidential hopeful is not cheap As Hillary Clinton graces stage after stage during her 2016 presidential campaign, she’s sure to be wearing her signature look: the pantsuit. Her campaign has even made light of her penchant for pantsuits by selling a t-shirt version of the trademark style. You can buy the “Everyday Pantsuit Tee” for $30. The real thing will cost you a tad more, up to $1,400. Jackets by designer Nina McLemore—who has sold Clinton many a pantsuit, according to Politico—will set buyers back between $500 and $1,000. Pants cost about $400.
  • Former speaker Dennis Hastert indicted for hush money cover-up

    05/28/2015 3:45:18 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    CNN ^ | 05/28/2015 | Tom LoBianco
    Federal officials have indicted former House Speaker Dennis Hastert for lying to the FBI about $3.5 million he agreed to pay to an undisclosed subject to "cover up past misconduct." The indictment was unsealed in the District Court of Northern Illinois on Thursday. The Justice Department alleges that Hastert made large withdrawals after agreeing to pay the money. The indictment does not explain precisely what the "past misconduct" is, but instead details at length various withdrawals and financial transactions he made with the unidentified subject. The payments totaling about $1.7 million occurred over a period of years beginning in 2010...
  • Fort Benning police searching for possible armed intruders, shots fired

    05/28/2015 3:43:53 PM PDT · by boycott · 23 replies
    AL.com ^ | 5-28-15 | Paul Gattis
    Shots are believed to have been fired after as many as six people entered the Fort Benning Army base without authorization on Thursday afternoon. The base is located in Columbus, Georgia, near the Alabama line. Fort Benning police are searching for three to five males who may be armed and are believed to be hiding in the woods on the base, according to a Facebook post from Fort Benning. One person who discharged a firearm has been taken into custody, the Facebook post said. The men entered the base in two vehicles, police said. Weapons were recovered from both vehicles....
  • Civilians get new authority in Cleveland police settlement

    05/28/2015 3:31:05 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 4 replies
    Columbus Dispatch ^ | May 28, 2015
    Cleveland's settlement agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice on reforming the city's troubled police department calls for civilians to play influential roles in investigating police misconduct and establishing policies and procedures. The 105-page agreement details new rules for how officers employ, report and investigate uses of deadly and nonlethal force, to include prohibitions against shooting at moving vehicles, striking suspects in the head with their firearms and using stun guns to inflict pain, examples of which were cited in the DOJ investigative findings. The agreement also requires Cleveland police to make community policing, which requires officers to work with...
  • Climate change compounding natural disasters - Obama (Yeah, Political Climate Change.)

    05/28/2015 3:30:21 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 5/28/15 | AFP
    Miami (AFP) - US President Barack Obama warned Thursday that climate change was making natural disasters worse, as he toured the National Hurricane Center ahead of the annual storm season. "The best climate scientists in the world are telling us that extreme weather events like hurricanes are likely to become more powerful," Obama said on a visit to the facility in Florida, restating his case for action to tackle manmade changes to the environment. "When you combine stronger storms with rising seas, that's a recipe for more devastating floods." "Climate change didn’t cause Hurricane Sandy, but it might have made...
  • How the militantly pro-gay Golden State Warriors evaded the wrath of God

    05/28/2015 3:26:41 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 5 replies
    mofopolitics.com ^ | May. 28, 2015
    Last May, the Golden State Warriors’ militantly pro-gay front office fired head coach Mark Jackson for refusing to celebrate news that Jason Collins had come out of the closet, and preaching Christian values. The Warriors evade the wrath of God. Incompetent Warriors owners Joe Lacob and Rick Welts’ top choice to replace Jackson was the twice-fired Stan Van Gundy… But God intervened. Van Gundy turned down the Warriors’ offer… (SNIP) Despite ownership’s best-laid plans, divine providence resulted in Steve Kerr– who had agreed in principle to coach the New York Knicks– coaching the Golden State Warriors. This unintentional hire spared...
  • 'Ten killed' by Baghdad car bombs

    05/28/2015 3:21:52 PM PDT · by McGruff · 10 replies
    BBC ^ | 5/28/2015
    Ten dead in twin bomb attacks outside central Baghdad hotels, say Iraqi police This breaking news story is being updated and more details will be published shortly
  • F.C.C. Chief Seeks Broadband Plan to Aid the Poor

    05/28/2015 3:15:39 PM PDT · by PROCON · 13 replies
    NYTimes ^ | May 28, 2015 | REBECCA R. RUIZ
    For 30 years, the federal government has helped millions of low-income Americans pay their phone bills, saying that telephone service is critical to summoning medical help, seeking work and, ultimately, climbing out of poverty. Now, the nation’s top communications regulator will propose offering those same people subsidized access to broadband Internet. On Thursday, that regulator, Tom Wheeler, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, will circulate a plan to his fellow commissioners suggesting sweeping changes to a $1.7 billion subsidy program charged with ensuring that all Americans have affordable access to advanced telecommunications services, according to senior agency officials. The effort...
  • Oink, oink, oink: Cuomo's scheme to spend $100 million on NYCHA smells like pork

    05/28/2015 3:08:54 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 4 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 05/28/2015
    --snip-- Sitting on a whopping $5 billion windfall from legal settlements with financial firms, Cuomo and the Legislature earmarked $100 million for NYCHA as the merest downpayment on a $16 billion backlog of maintenance projects. De Blasio and NYCHA Chairwoman Shola Olatoye developed a program for adding the cash to a $300 million pot of city money to fix roofs, prioritizing the 126 in worst condition and most vulnerable to mold-propagating leaks. But instead of putting the money where de Blasio and Olatoye rationally believe it is most needed, the governor invited members of the Assembly to submit wish lists...
  • 1 in 5 Americans receive government assistance: food stamps, welfare, Medicaid details

    05/28/2015 3:00:24 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 8 replies
    Cleveland Plain Dealer ^ | May 28, 2015 | By Rich Exner
    One in five Americans received monthly assistance from at least one of a variety of government programs throughout 2012, a report issued Thursday by the Census Bureau says. The report estimated that 52.2 million Americans -- or 21.3 percent of the people in the United States -- received assistance each month during 2012. Also from the report: - 39.2% of children received some type of means-tested benefit. - 41.6% of black Americans received assistance in an average month, versus 36.4% of the Hispanics, 17.8% of the Asians or Pacific Islanders, and 13.2% of whites. - 50% of the female-led households...
  • Ted Cruz requests a correction from the liberal media:(TR)

    05/28/2015 2:52:13 PM PDT · by VinL · 25 replies
    WashPo ^ | 5/27/2015 | Hunter Schwarz
    Ted Cruz is not only a U.S. senator and presidential candidate; he's also a gamer. He tweeted a screenshot of his Candy Crush screen Thursday. He's on level 357, contrary to a Daily Beast report that he had hit level 217, which he told MSNBC in 2014). "The fruits of time between stops in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina," he said in a Facebook post. Cruz told the Daily Beast he also plays "Plants vs. Zombies," "The Creeps!" and grew up playing "Galaga," "Space Invaders" and "Centipede." "I play with my daughters," he said. "One of the fun things...
  • Venezuela to Double Oil Output with Russian Support

    05/28/2015 2:49:31 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 21 replies
    teleSUR English ^ | May 28, 2015
    Venezuela's oil output may double in the coming years, after the government secured US$14 billion in new Russian investment Wednesday. Most of the Russian investment will go towards improving output in the Orinoco Belt: a strip of Venezuela's north east that is believed to hold the world's largest proven oil reserve. The deal is the latest in over 250 bilateral agreements between Russia and Venezuela, mostly in areas including technology, construction and oil. Earlier Wednesday, Russia's foreign minister Sergey Lavrov expressed “solidarity” with Venezuela in the face of opposition destabilization. “We have confirmed solidarity with the people of Venezuela and...
  • Quoting PJM, Mark Levin Slams Obama For Ignoring Shocking Rise In U.S. Terror Arrests

    05/28/2015 2:49:00 PM PDT · by Michael van der Galien · 5 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 05-28-2015 | Michael van der Galien
    On Wednesday, PJ Media’s Patrick Poole wrote a breakthrough report about the shocking rise in domestic terror arrests this year. As he explained, 40 (wannabe) terrorists have been arrested in the first five months of 2015 alone. Later in the day, Poole had to update that to 41 as news broke of the arrest of Asher Abid Khan. How steep has the rise in terror activity been this year? Writes Poole: ”At the current pace, by the end of June — halfway through 2015 — the number of cases will exceed the number from the past two years combined (48).”...
  • Baltimore Residents Who Decried Police in Their Neighborhoods Now Want Them Back

    05/28/2015 2:34:25 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 30 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 28, 2015 | Leah Barkoukis
    In the wake of Freddie Gray’s death in police custody, arrests in Baltimore have dropped significantly. Police are no longer “arresting everybody for every little thing,” according to Baltimore City Councilman Brandon Scott, which he says “led to the underlying issues that we have been dealing with in the city.” In other words: distrust of police. But more than that, officers are “fearful at doing their jobs,” according to Wicomico County Sheriff Mike Lewis. And that has meant they are no longer being proactive. And now, of course, we’re seeing a big spike in violence, which has some residents wishing the police...
  • Feds charge former House Speaker Dennis Hastert with lying to FBI, illegal cash structuring

    05/28/2015 2:36:45 PM PDT · by PghBaldy · 39 replies
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | May 28 | Jon Seidel
    Federal prosecutors on Thursday charged former Republican House Speaker Dennis Hastert with illegally structuring cash withdrawals from bank accounts to make payments to someone he committed “prior misconduct” against and lying to the FBI about it
  • Mark Levin Show,M-F,6PM-9PM,EDT,WABC AM,May 28,2015

    05/28/2015 2:35:29 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 22 replies
    Mark Levin Show ^ | May 28, 2015 | Mark Levin
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  • Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert Indicted On Federal Charges (indictment linked)

    05/28/2015 2:34:08 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 38 replies
    BuzzFeed ^ | May 28, 2015 | John Stanton
    WASHINGTON — The Justice Department has indicted former House Speaker Dennis Hastert on reporting evasion charges and lying to the FBI as part of an effort to pay off victims of “prior bad acts.” In an indictment handed down in the District Court of Northern Illinois, the Department of Justice and IRS charged Hastert, 73, with illegally transferring funds in an effort to avoid detection by the IRS, a scheme known as “structuring.” In the indictment, Hastert is accused of agreeing to pay one individual $3.5 million. Although the indictment specifies neither the “bad acts” nor the victims, sources said...
  • Death Penalty Repealed | State Senators Override Gov. Pete Ricketts' Veto

    05/28/2015 2:19:32 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 47 replies
    NBC Nebraska ^ | May 28, 2015
    Nebraska has abolished the death penalty in a landmark veto-override vote backed by a coalition of conservatives who oppose capital punishment. North Platte Senator Mike Groene stood with 18 others as an advocate to keep the death penalty. But that just wasn't enough as 30 other senators decided to over ride Governor Pete Ricketts' veto and abolish the death penalty. He voted to keep the death penalty and uphold the governor's veto. "I believe in the death penalty in a civil society, we do not tolerate evil," Senator Groene said. State Senators voted 30-19 on Wednesday to override Gov. Pete...