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  • NRA seeks universal gun law at national meeting

    04/24/2014 6:56:00 PM PDT · by dontreadthis · 1 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 4/24/14 | CHARLES D. WILSON
    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — With concealed weapons now legal in all 50 states, the National Rifle Association's focus at this week's annual meeting is less about enacting additional state protections than on making sure the permits already issued still apply when the gun owners travel across the country. "Right now it takes some legal research to find out where you are or are not legal depending on where you are," said Guy Relford, an attorney who has sued communities for violating an Indiana law that bars local gun regulation. "I don't think that's right."
  • Cuomo on Moreland tampering: It’s my commission (NY)

    04/24/2014 6:42:13 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Crain’s Business ^ | April 24, 2014 12:02 P.M. | Chris Bragg
    Gov. Andrew Cuomo says that any possible interference by his administration into the operations of the recently disbanded Moreland Commission would not be subject to investigation. In an interview Wednesday with the Crain’s editorial board, Mr. Cuomo responded to recent comments by Southern District U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara that he would take “very, very seriously any suggestion” that Mr. Cuomo’s office interfered with the Moreland Commission, which Mr. Cuomo empaneled in 2013 to investigate corruption in the state Legislature. Mr. Bharara declined to rule out investigating whether Mr. Cuomo’s office had sought to influence the commission. But Mr. Cuomo told...
  • Russia to call up UNSC meeting if Kiev continues military crackdown

    04/24/2014 6:41:18 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 4 replies
    RT ^ | 4-25-2014 | RT
    If Kiev does not immediately stop military operations against popular protest, Russia will call for an urgent UNSC meeting and in the worst case scenario reserves the right to deploy armed forces to stop bloodshed, UN envoy Vitaly Churkin said. If the violence in the southeast of Ukraine doesn't stop, Russia will call a special session of the UN Security Council, Churkin said in an interview to Rossiya 1 channel. “If we will continue to see what we witnessed today, if the use of force against the protest movement in the east and south-east of Ukraine will continue, we will...
  • Elizabeth Warren Offers Latest Version of Debunked 'Elopement' Story In New Book

    04/24/2014 6:06:39 PM PDT · by george76 · 15 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 23 Apr 2014 | Michael Patrick Leahy
    In her new autobiography, Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) reiterates claims that her parents "eloped" despite the existence of a marriage certificate and contemporaneous press accounts of their wedding. Although the subject caused her a major headache during her 2012 campaign for Senate, Warren devotes less than 1,500 words in the book to her claims of Native American heritage. ... Regarding the broader claim of Native American heritage, Warren's standard of proof in the book is simply "family folklore," unsubstantiated assertions made to her by family members about Cherokee and Delaware ancestors. Despite a protacted public debate on the subject and...
  • Michelle Obama Bows Out of Topeka Graduation Speech

    04/24/2014 6:22:33 PM PDT · by Hoodat · 22 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 24 Apr 2014, 2:57 PM PDT | Debra Heine
    It wasn't personal, they say - the students just didn't want to share their big day with the First Lady and deal with the security headaches that hosting a big name speaker would entail. More than 1,750 of them had signed a petition protesting Obama's appearance at the graduation ceremony because security concerns would have limited the number of friends and family they could invite. Via The Hill: Instead of delivering a graduation speech, Obama will speak before the school district the day before graduation, and will deliver remarks at a "Senior Recognition Day." *** In a statement to The...
  • Fighters strike the right note on national security

    04/24/2014 6:20:13 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 2 replies
    The Australian ^ | 24th April 2014 | Greg Sheridan
    .....The Abbott government has made the right decision in announcing the purchase of 58 more JSFs. This will provide ultimately a fleet of 72 of the most formidable fighter jets the world has seen. Bill Shorten deserves credit for backing this decision. His instincts on geostrategic issues are all sound, which is good for the Labor Party, and for Australia. The JSF acquisition speaks to the character of the Abbott government and settles several theological questions about its approach to defence. The Abbott government is clearly serious about security. It wants the Australian Defence Force to have a high-end war-...
  • McCain: Illegal Aliens Are 'Not Going Home,' So Why Not Give Them Citizenship?

    04/24/2014 6:04:53 PM PDT · by montag813 · 48 replies
    Top Right News ^ | 04-24-2014 | Brian Hayes
    by Brian Hayes | Top Right News What further indignities can John McCain inflict on the voters of Arizona? First he lied to them that he would "complete the dang fence" if re-elected -- and then killed any effort to do so while pushing through a huge amnesty bill. Then he attacked Senators in his own party who tried to stop ObamaCare. Then he fought to arm Al Queda-backed terrorists in Syria; and was even photographed smiling with one of his terrorist buddies. Then McCain was seen hanging out with his ultra left-wing billionaire buddy (and one-time benefactor) George Soros. As a result of his disastrous mistakes and disgraceful betrayals,...
  • ‘Ooooh, This Is Too Hard…’ Boehner Lays It on Thick Mocking GOP Colleagues

    04/24/2014 6:01:52 PM PDT · by maggief · 11 replies
    Mediate ^ | April 24, 2014 | Josh Feldman
    John Boehner is most likely not well-known for his impressions. His name? Yes. Well, he showed a different side of himself altogether at the Middletown Rotary Club Thursday when he adapted a very whiny impression of his Republican colleagues in Congress. Boehner was talking about how he wants to get immigration reform done in Congress soon, but it’s not happening because of some Republican obstinance. This is how Boehner described the situation: “But here’s the attitude. ‘Ooooh, don’t make me do this! Ooooh, this is too hard!”"
  • Fitzgerald, Jenkins entering primary political clash

    04/24/2014 5:54:04 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 1 replies
    Topeka Capital-Journal ^ | Feb 1, 2014 | Tim Carpenter
    Congressional candidate newcomer Steve Fitzgerald characterized the handling by Republican leaders of federal policy fights as a frustrating series of defeat and surrender maneuvers. He expressed contempt for GOP lawmakers moving toward legislation that could deliver amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants. But the piece of the puzzle motivating him to enter the 2nd Congressional District Republican primary against U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins was a decision by GOP brethren in Washington, D.C., to go along with a reduction in future cost-of-living adjustments for military retirees.
  • Reid Calls For Leaders To Unite In Condemnation Of Cliven Bundy’s Dangerous Extremism

    04/24/2014 5:52:46 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 44 replies
    U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid ^ | April 24, 2014 | U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid
    "This is not a game.” Las Vegas, NV  – Nevada Senator Harry Reid released the following statement today on racist comments by Cliven Bundy reported by the New York Times.“I used to live in North Las Vegas and it is home to some of the hardest-working people I have ever met – men and women who embody the American dream by working hard every day to build a better life for themselves and their families. By contrast, Cliven Bundy has spent decades profiting off government land while refusing to pay the same fair use fees as his fellow ranchers. Today,...
  • Memos: Clinton White House used immigration issue to defeat Republicans

    04/24/2014 5:42:06 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal
    Notes and memos just released by former President Bill Clinton's library reveal that the administration's political team schemed to use the immigration issue to defeat Republicans. Just months into the new administration, memos were swapped inside White House offices discussing how to use immigration to knock out Republicans in California, Texas, New York and other states. In one memo to former Clinton deputy Rahm Emanuel, now mayor of Chicago, a top aide wrote, “Immigration will be one of the top two or three issues in the California governor's race in 1994, and I suspect the issue will be significant in...
  • A Driver's Bloody Run-in With an Angry Detroit

    04/24/2014 5:31:52 PM PDT · by Bon of Babble · 22 replies
    NY Times ^ | April 21, 2014 | Monica Davey
    As Mr. Utash drove his pickup truck on the city’s East Side, a 10-year-old boy suddenly stepped into the street, the authorities said, and Mr. Utash’s truck hit him. Mr. Utash pulled over to check on the boy, whose leg was broken and whose mouth was bleeding. Soon after, a crowd descended on Mr. Utash, 54, beating and kicking him until he lost consciousness and was left in critical condition.
  • Peter Jackson retitles The Hobbit part three The Battle of the Five Armies

    04/24/2014 5:27:11 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 12 replies
    theguardian.com ^ | Thursday 24 April 2014 13.03 EDT | Ben Child
    The New Zealand film-maker made the announcement following weeks of speculation surrounding the movie, which was previously titled There and Back Again. The third installment of Jackson's adaptation of JRR Tolkien's book is due in cinemas this December. The Oscar-winning director said the change had been made because the old title no longer felt right for a trilogy, having been conceived back when the film-makers planned a two-part adaptation of the 1937 fantasy fable. "There and Back Again felt like the right name for the second of a two films telling of the quest to reclaim Erebor, when Bilbo's arrival...
  • Russia starts war games after Ukraine strikes rebels

    04/24/2014 5:13:55 PM PDT · by Up Yours Marxists · 8 replies
    Irish Times ^ | April 25, 2014 01:00 GMT | Daniel McLaughlin
    Russia has begun war games near Ukraine after denouncing as a “grave crime” Kiev’s security-service strike against pro-Moscow rebels. Ukrainian officials said five militants were killed yesterday when special forces stormed rebel roadblocks near the eastern city of Slovyansk, a stronghold for activists who want the industrial Donetsk region to split with Kiev’s new pro-EU government. The militants said two of their men had been killed and vowed to resist any attempt to storm Slovyansk, which is one of about 10 eastern towns and cities where official buildings have been occupied by activists, allegedly with help from Russian agents.
  • Low-level federal judges balking at law enforcement requests for electronic evidence

    04/24/2014 5:12:21 PM PDT · by Second Amendment First · 9 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 24, 2014 | Ann E. Marimow and Craig Timberg
    Judges at the lowest levels of the federal judiciary are balking at sweeping requests by law enforcement officials for cellphone and other sensitive personal data, declaring the demands overly broad and at odds with basic constitutional rights. This rising assertiveness by magistrate judges — the worker bees of the federal court system — has produced rulings that elate civil libertarians and frustrate investigators, forcing them to meet or challenge tighter rules for collecting electronic evidence. * The seeds of what legal observers have dubbed “the Magistrates’ Revolt” date back several years, but it has gained power amid mounting public anger...
  • Japanese MP [claims] Obama CHEATS...looming divorce is 'an open secret'

    04/24/2014 5:12:18 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 22 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 4/24/14 | David Martosko, U.s. Political Editor
    A prominent Japanese politician has raised hackles as Barack Obama visits Tokyo by claiming it's an 'open secret' that he and the first lady are headed for divorce, and that the president has been using Secret Service agents to cover for him as he pursues extramarital affairs. Kazuyuki Hamada, who sits in the upper house of Japan's parliament, earned his PhD a half-mile from the White House at George Washington University, and emerged as a shrill commentator on America's economy and foreign policy.
  • Obama administration may unveil new deportation policy in two stages

    04/24/2014 5:11:20 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | April 24, 2014 | By Julia Edwards
    The White House is considering small steps in the near term to ease the threat of deportation for some undocumented immigrants, but advocates in communication with the administration expect President Barack Obama to make bigger changes later in the year. Those steps could include shortening the time period an immigrant is considered "new" and therefore under increased scrutiny for deportation, deeper background checks of detainees in considering whether they should be deported, and protecting immigrants serving in the U.S. military from deportation. That would fall short of demands from immigration advocates who have asked Obama, among other things, to expand...
  • Kerry warns Russia of expensive new sanctions [No more discounts at Hallmark cards....]

    04/24/2014 5:03:53 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 12 replies
    Kerry warns Russia of expensive new sanctions Associated Press By MATTHEW LEE 1 hour ago WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry is accusing Russia of failing to live up to commitments it made to ease the crisis in Ukraine. In unusually blunt language, Kerry said Thursday that unless Moscow takes immediate steps to de-escalate the situation, Washington will have no choice but to impose additional sanctions. He said It would be a "grave" and "expensive mistake." His comments come amid an increasingly bitter war of words over who is to blame for the crisis in Ukraine that is...
  • Cliven Bundy: "Now Let Me Talk About The Spanish People"

    04/24/2014 4:57:51 PM PDT · by Third Person · 42 replies
    RCP ^ | April 24th, 2014 | Staff
    CLIVEN BUNDY: Now let me talk about the Spanish people. You know, I understand that they come over here against our Constitution and cross our borders. But they're here and they're people. I worked side-by-side with a lot of them. Don't tell me they don't work, and don't tell me they don't pay taxes. Don't tell me they don't have better family structures than most of us white people. When you see those Mexican families, they're together. They picnic together. They're spending their time together. And I'll tell you, in my way of thinking, they're awful nice people. We need...
  • Bill would allow illegal immigrants brought to U.S. as children to practice law

    04/24/2014 4:57:03 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 10 replies
    Tampa Tribune (FL) ^ | April 24, 2014 | BY JAMES L. ROSICA
    People in the country illegally could become licensed to practice law under bill language approved Thursday by the Florida Senate. The change, if eventually passed by both chambers and signed into law by Gov. Rick Scott, could immediately benefit a Tampa Bay man who entered the country as a child and stayed long beyond his family’s tourist visa. Senators passed the language on close voice votes as amendments to a family law bill. The vote came after more than an hour of debate, including supporters quoting from the Bible and reading aloud the “Give me your tired, your poor” poem...
  • Complex rules make EU vulnerable to corruption, says report

    04/24/2014 4:54:44 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 24.04.14 @ 10:56 | Benjamin Fox
    Complacency and complex rules makes the EU’s own institutions vulnerable to corruption and conflicts of interest, a report by a leading transparency NGO has found. The 250-page “European Union Integrity System”, published by Transparency International on Thursday (24 April), is the first assessment looking at how ten EU institutions are dealing with internal corruption risks. “The EU institutions have done a lot to put their house in order; but strong foundations are being undermined by complex rules, complacency and a lack of follow up,” said Carl Dolan, director of Transparency International in Brussels. …
  • Ukraine crisis: Kerry accuses Russia of 'destabilisation'

    04/24/2014 4:50:55 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 6 replies
    BBC News ^ | April 24, 2014
    US Secretary of State John Kerry has accused Russia of "distraction, deception and destabilisation" in eastern Ukraine. In a strongly worded statement, he called on Moscow to help defuse the crisis there or face further sanctions.
  • Arkansas voter ID law struck down by state judge

    04/24/2014 4:46:15 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 18 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 24, 2014 | By Andrew DeMillo
    An Arkansas judge struck down the state’s new voter ID law on Thursday, saying it violates the state constitution by adding a requirement that voters must meet before casting a ballot. Pulaski County Circuit Judge Tim Fox voided the measure in a lawsuit over the way absentee ballots are handled under the law. A separate lawsuit had been filed last week directly challenging the law, which requires voters to show photo identification before casting a ballot. The law “is declared void and unenforceable,” Fox wrote in the ruling.
  • Nevada rancher and former Shoshone chief's range war with BLM predates Bundy standoff

    04/24/2014 4:37:53 PM PDT · by kingattax · 18 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 22, 2014 | Joshua Rhett Miller
    Long before Cliven Bundy faced down federal agents in his dispute with the Bureau of Land Management over grazing rights, fellow Nevada rancher Raymond Yowell, an 84-year-old former Shoshone chief, watched as the BLM seized his herd. Adding to that, since 2008 they've taken his money as well -- in the form of a piece of his Social Security checks. Yowell's 132 head of cattle had grazed for decades on the South Fork Western Shoshone Indian Reservation in northeastern Nevada until 2002, when the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) -- the same agency at odds with Bundy -- seized them....
  • Connecticut lawmakers consider banning day care from serving whole, 2% milk

    04/24/2014 4:34:36 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 24, 2014
    Milk—it does a body bad? Some Connecticut lawmakers seem to think so. The state legislature is considering a bill that would ban day care centers from serving whole milk or 2 percent milk to children. The move, according to the bill’s sponsors, is aimed at curbing childhood obesity—but opponents say the information is outdated. While the American Academy of Pediatrics put out a 2008 recommendation that children switch to low-fat milk after the age of 2 because they don’t need the fat content, others argue that the fat isn’t the dietary demon some claim. …
  • Low-carb ketogenic diet takes on low-fat diet for diabetes: Undisputed winner

    04/24/2014 4:28:55 PM PDT · by neverdem · 15 replies
    Examiner ^ | April 23, 2014 | Samantha Chang
    Low-carb, high-fat diets outperformed low-fat diets for managing and even reversing type 2 diabetes, Diabetes.co.uk reported. According to an eight-year study conducted by the Second University of Naples, men and women who followed the low-carb, higher-fat Mediterranean diet were able to come off their diabetes drugs and reverse their diabetes symptoms more readily than people who followed a low-fat diet.In the study, two groups of diabetic men and women were instructed to either follow a low-fat diet or a low-carb, high-fat Mediterranean diet that was comprised of at least 30% fat.The results showed that the higher-fat, low-carb dieters were able...
  • Seattle Mayor set to announce $15 minimum wage plan (socialist Sawant demands even more)

    04/24/2014 4:22:30 PM PDT · by Libloather · 19 replies
    KIRO TV ^ | 4/24/14 | Essex Porter
    SEATTLE — Seattle Mayor Ed Murray has scheduled a news conference for Thursday to announce a plan to raise the city’s minimum wage to $15 an hour. **SNIP** Committee members representing business and labor could not agree on issues like crediting tips and benefits against the $15 minimum. And council member Kshama Sawant revealed another hurdle -- she said there has been little talk of automatically increasing the minimum wage with inflation. “If going forward the new minimum wage does not have a cost of living increase attached to it every year of the phase in it's not going to...
  • A Conversation with Martha McSally

    04/24/2014 4:06:33 PM PDT · by dontreadthis · 5 replies
    American Thinker ^ | April 23, 2014 | Elise Cooper
    Retired Air Force Colonel Martha McSally (R-AZ) is running against Ron Barber for the seat formerly held by Gabby Giffords. Colonel McSally was part of the team that helped plan and execute the U.S. air operations over Afghanistan shortly after 9/11. She also, in January 1995, became the first woman in U.S. history to fly a combat aircraft into enemy territory, in order to help enforce the United Nations' "no-fly zone." In July 2004, McSally took command of the 354th Fighter Squadron, becoming the first woman in U.S. history to command a combat aviation unit. She stood up for American...
  • After Court Drama, Oklahoma to Have 2 Executions

    04/24/2014 4:05:19 PM PDT · by Second Amendment First · 14 replies
    ABC News ^ | April 23, 2014 | Sean Murphy
    Oklahoma plans to hold its first double execution in nearly 80 years, Gov. Mary Fallin said Thursday. The move comes a day after the state Supreme Court removed one of the final obstacles, ruling late Wednesday that Clayton Lockett and Charles Warner are not entitled to know the source of the drugs that will be used to kill them. The inmates had sought that information through a civil lawsuit. "The defendants had their day in court. The court has made a decision," Gov. Mary Fallin said in a statement. "Two men that do not contest their guilt in heinous murders...
  • John Kerry Just Gave Russia A Final Warning

    04/24/2014 4:01:20 PM PDT · by BarnacleCenturion · 49 replies
    businessinsider.com ^ | 4 24 14 | BRETT LOGIURATO
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry provided Russia with a stern warning Thursday evening — start complying with the de-escalation agreement brokered last week in Geneva, or face the wrath of new U.S. sanctions. Kerry delivered a terse statement from the State Department's briefing room late Thursday, during which he blasted Russia for not taking a "single step in the right direction" toward de-escalation. He criticized Russian President Vladimir Putin for what he called outlandish claims that the Internet is a "CIA plot."
  • Parent to Obama: Let me tell you about the Common Core test Malia and Sasha don’t have to take

    04/24/2014 3:55:52 PM PDT · by Nachum · 35 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 23 | Valerie Strauss
    I get a lot of e-mail from parents and teachers who wonder if President Obama, whose children go to the private Sidwell Friends School, knows what is actually going on with all of the standardized testing in public schools. Here’s an open letter to Obama explaining what he is missing, written by Rebecca Steinitz, a literacy consultant in urban high schools, a writer and an editor. She was previously director of the High School Program at Lesley University’s School of Education and an English professor at Ohio Wesleyan University, where she ran the Freshman Writing Program. Steinitz is also a...
  • HOAX EXPOSED: NYT Edited Version Of Bundy Comments

    04/24/2014 3:37:15 PM PDT · by stirrinthepuddin · 148 replies
    Watch Bundy explain how we need to keep things from going backwards for blacks, and how the Federal government has created a neo-slave class via entitlement dependency that is so bad it is arguably worse than plantation slavery was. It is 100% clear that Cliven Bundy is not saying that blacks should be slaves picking cotton, but that the Federal government has created conditions for them so terrible, that their current situation may actually be worse. (If you are person of low intelligence, the fact that that is his point might be too hard for you to understand.) And he’s...
  • "Allah Saved Him": Santa Clara Teen Stowaway's Father

    04/24/2014 3:35:07 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 24 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Thursday, Apr 24, 2014 | Riya Bhattacharjee
    The father of a Santa Clara teen stowaway who survived a 5 1/2-hour flight from San Jose to Hawaii Sunday despite high altitudes, low oxygen and freezing temperatures tells the Voice of America that Allah protected his son. “When I watched the analysis about the extraordinary and dangerous trip of my son on local TVs and that Allah had saved him, I thanked God and I was very happy,” Abdilahi Yusuf Abdi, who lives in Santa Clara, told VOA's Somali service in an interview Wednesday. Abdi said he received the news about his son's trip in a phone call from...
  • Serial killings suspects were friends for years

    04/24/2014 3:34:26 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 4 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | April 24, 2014 | Tony Saavedra, Vik Jolly and Salvador Hernandez
    They were best friends, police say, with the worst intentions. Steven Gordon and Franc Cano did nearly everything together... Cano and Gordon are charged in the death of [Jarrae] Estepp as well as three women who vanished from the streets of Santa Ana: Kianna Rae Jackson, a baby-faced 20-year-old from Las Vegas; Martha Anaya, 28, who was raising a young daughter; and Josephine Monique Vargas, 34, known to her friends as “Giggles.” ...
  • Russian Troops Testing Ukraine Border: Officials

    04/24/2014 3:15:55 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 6 replies
    NBC News ^ | 4-24-2014 | Jim Miklaszewski and Courtney Kube
    Russian military forces are “pulsing the border” and making a “run toward Ukraine” — but pulling up well short — in their “training exercise," U.S. officials told NBC News on Thursday. But it’s not clear whether the Russian forces are actually preparing to cross the border into Ukraine or simply putting on a “show of force,” the officials said. They added that there is no strong indication that the Russians are preparing to invade but still stick by their earlier estimate that from their current positions, these troops could launch a complex invasion and be inside Ukraine in less than...
  • Major Oil & Gas Firm to List Drilling Chemicals

    04/24/2014 3:14:18 PM PDT · by Up Yours Marxists · 1 replies
    WWL TV ^ | April 25, 2014 at 00:36 GMT | Associated Press
    PITTSBURGH (AP) — A major supplier to the oil and gas industry says it will begin disclosing 100 percent of the chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing fluid, with no exemptions for trade secrets. The move by Baker Hughes of Houston is a shift for a major firm; it's unclear if others will follow suit. The oil and gas industry has said the chemicals used are disclosed at tens of thousands of wells, but environmental and health groups and government regulators say a loophole that allows companies to hide chemical "trade secrets" has been a major problem. A statement on the...
  • Chicago to name school after Obama

    04/24/2014 3:07:34 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 49 replies
    thehill.com ^ | april 24, 2014 | justin sink
    The city of Chicago on Thursday announced plans for construction of a $60-million selective-enrollment high school that would be named for President Obama. The 1,200-student Barack Obama College Preparatory High School would be built in Stanton Park, blocks away from the former site of the notorious Cabrini-Green housing project, according to the Chicago Tribune.  The project was announced by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who served as the president's first chief of staff. The White House has placed an emphasis on redesigning high school curriculum to focus more on math and science, and better preparing students for expanding career fields.
  • Israel halts peace talks with Palestinians

    04/24/2014 2:34:25 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 24, 2014 3:48 PM EDT | Josef Federman
    Israel broke off Mideast peace talks and brought the U.S.-brokered process to the brink of collapse Thursday, protesting a reconciliation agreement between the Western-backed Palestinian Authority and the militant group Hamas, the Jewish state’s sworn enemy. […] In a statement issued by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office, the government said it would not hold negotiations with a government “backed by Hamas.” “Instead of choosing peace, Abu Mazen formed an alliance with a murderous terrorist organization that calls for the destruction of Israel,” the statement said, referring to a name Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is also known by. …
  • Why Does Nation Tolerate A Habitual Liar As President?

    04/24/2014 2:32:46 PM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 58 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 04/21/2014 | IBD Staff
    Public Trust: Sixty-one percent polled say President Obama lies "some of the time" or "most of the time" on matters of national importance. Americans have to ask: Why do we let him get away with it? It's no surprise that a Fox News poll of 1,012 registered voters last week found immense distrust of a president whose main domestic initiative was based on a lie. The shock is that the same poll found his disapproval level down to its lowest since last fall. Asked, "How often do you think Barack Obama lies to the country on important matters?" 37% replied...
  • Sweden wants cruise missiles 'for defence'

    04/24/2014 2:32:19 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 18 replies
    The Local, Sweden ^ | 24 Apr 2014 | Oliver Gee
    The Swedish government has announced plans to beef up its defence forces by fitting its fleet of Gripen fighter jets with long-range cruise missiles. Defence Minister Karin Enström said the high-precision missiles would chiefly act as a deterrent to other countries that might be considering an attack on Sweden. “They would give new capabilities by offering a longer reach, but also the ability to fight targets that are further away,” she told Sveriges Radio (SR) on Thursday. She said the move would “increase the effectiveness” of Sweden’s defence. The cruise missiles would be added to the next generation of Gripen...
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    04/24/2014 2:25:48 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 22 replies
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  • Chris Christie to ‘Bridgegate’ critics: Prove it

    04/24/2014 1:52:25 PM PDT · by rickyrikardo · 19 replies
    MSNBC ^ | 04/24/14 04:04 PM | Aliyah Frumin
    Chris Christie offered a challenge to critics who allege the New Jersey governor created a culture of intimidation that led to so-called “Bridgegate”: Prove it. The Republican defiantly made his case Thursday at a town hall meeting in Ocean County after an attendee told the governor that his friends and family believe that Christie must have cultivated a toxic environment that allowed such an abuse to take place. Point Pleasant Beach, N.J. resident Len Ludovico, 71, said he wanted to know what argument he could make to such critics, insisting he knows Christie would not risk his “political career and...
  • DOJ Pardon Atty. Quits as Obama Plans to Free Thousands of Drug Convicts

    04/24/2014 1:42:57 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 55 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | Aprilt 24, 2014
    As President Obama prepares to use his executive power to release thousands of felons (serving time under “racist” drug sentences) the Justice Department’s top official in charge of pardons quits rather than let criminals out of jail. At least someone at the agency charged with enforcing the law and providing federal leadership in controlling crime, has some scruples. Of course, the official statement on the abrupt resignation of the Department of Justice (DOJ) Pardon Attorney, Ron Rodgers, is that he suddenly requested reassignment after heading the division for six years. One newswire story quotes a DOJ Deputy Attorney General saying...
  • The Administration Has Missed 25 Statutory Deadlines Under Obamacare

    04/24/2014 1:33:57 PM PDT · by yoe · 7 replies
    Minutemen News ^ | April 24, 2014 | The Weekly Standard
    It is becoming increasingly hard to tell whether Obamacare is the law of the land, or just the law of the parts of the land that don’t reside in (or aren’t in the good graces of) the executive branch. One wonders: Is it really too much to expect an administration that championed the passage of a 2,700-page overhaul of American medicine to live by the same law it was so eager to impose on others? The Congressional Research Service (CRS)(has just released a memo (posted here at the 2017 Project) listing deadlines that Obamacare imposed on the Obama administration—or, if...
  • California rep sued over DUI death, questions raised about ties to driver [suspended license]

    04/24/2014 1:24:15 PM PDT · by topher · 14 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 24-April-2014 | FoxNewws.com
    California Rep. Lois Capps is being sued by the family of a young woman who was killed in a drunk-driving accident by one of her staffers, amid allegations her office initially tried to help the aide -- before abruptly cutting him off when the victim was taken off life support. Raymond Victor Morua III, an Iraq war veteran, was employed as a district representative for the Democratic congresswoman when he struck 27-year-old Mallory Rae Dies in a crosswalk on Dec. 6. Morua pleaded guilty on April 15 to hitting Dies with his Dodge Caliber and fleeing the scene after attending...
  • Palestinian university students’ trip to Auschwitz causes uproar

    04/24/2014 1:18:08 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 11 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 12, 2014 | William Booth
    JERUSALEM — Professor Mohammed S. Dajani took 27 Palestinian college students to visit the former Auschwitz Nazi concentration camp in Poland a few weeks ago as part of a project designed to teach empathy and tolerance. Upon his return, his university disowned the trip, his fellow Palestinians branded him a traitor and friends advised a quick vacation abroad. Dajani said he expected criticism. “I believe a trip like this, for an organized group of Palestinian youth going to visit Auschwitz, is not only rare, but a first,” he said. “I thought there would be some complaints, then it would be...
  • Girl surprises Michelle Obama with unemployed dad’s resume

    04/24/2014 1:16:20 PM PDT · by Nachum · 31 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 4/24/14 | Jessica Chasmar
    When 10-year-old Charlotte Bell was invited to the White House’s annual “Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day,” she made sure not to let an opportunity to help her dad pass her by. During a question-and-answer session with Michelle Obama, Charlotte wasn’t interested in asking about the first lady’s favorite book or favorite sport — she was there to get her daddy a job. “My dad’s been out of a job for three years and I wanted to give you his resume,” said Charlotte, handing Mrs. Obama a copy. “Oh my goodness,” the first lady said, hugging the little...
  • PETA Asks Iowa DOT For Permission to Build Memorial...

    04/24/2014 1:13:22 PM PDT · by Up Yours Marxists · 30 replies
    The Daily Journal ^ | April 24, 2014 12:41 GMT | Associated Press
    SIOUX CITY, Iowa — People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has asked Iowa transportation officials for permission to build a temporary memorial tombstone that they say will honor hundreds of turkeys killed in a recent truck crash. Ankeny resident and PETA member Alex Moore says in a letter dated Tuesday that he wants to erect the 10-foot structure in remembrance of more than 500 turkeys killed in a crash April 12 in Sioux City. The truck transporting the animals overturned.
  • China splurging on military as US pulls back

    04/24/2014 12:48:56 PM PDT · by TangledUpInBlue · 12 replies
    AP ^ | 4/24/14 | Chris Bodeen
    China's navy commissioned 17 new warships last year, the most of any nation. In a little more than a decade, it's expected to have three aircraft carriers, giving it more clout than ever in a region of contested seas and festering territorial disputes. Those numbers testify to huge increases in defense spending that have endowed China with the largest military budget behind the United States and fueled an increasingly large and sophisticated defense industry. While Beijing still lags far behind the U.S. in both funding and technology, its spending boom is attracting new scrutiny at a time of severe cuts...
  • So Much For 'It Can't Happen Here'; Fetal Waste Turned Into Energy in Oregon

    04/24/2014 12:48:44 PM PDT · by kingattax · 17 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | April 23, 2014 | By Tom Blumer
    A month ago, the UK Telegraph reported that "The remains of more than 15,000 babies were incinerated as 'clinical waste' by hospitals in Britain with some used in 'waste to energy' plants." Prolife news sites and blogs as well as many other center-right outlets covered the story. The establishment press almost completely ignored it. Matt Balan of NewsBusters noted on March 26 that the story "got picked up by newspapers across much of the Anglosphere – including The Vancouver Sun and The Ottawa Citizen in Canada," but that it did not "receive wide coverage in the United States." More like...