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  • John Kasich's different kind of evangelism

    03/26/2015 1:25:55 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 23 replies
    Union Leader ^ | March 25, 2015 | Drew Cline
    “I am a servant of the Lord. I am a servant of the Lord. He has opened doors all of my life. The Lord has. He has pushed me over the mountain this time. I don’t know why, but I have no doubt that he has.” Ted Cruz could not have said it better during the official launch of his presidential campaign on Monday. He could not have said it at all, in fact, because uttering those words would have made him guilty of plagiarism. They were spoken by Ohio Gov. John Kasich during his first inaugural address in 2011....
  • Boehner 'shocked' and 'baffled' by report Israel spied on US talks with Iran

    03/24/2015 9:50:14 AM PDT · by Star Traveler · 62 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | Tuesday, March 24, 2015 | Michael Wilner
    Speaker of the House says he received no information from Israel on nuclear talks as was suggested in 'Wall Street Journal' report. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said Tuesday that he was "shocked" and "baffled" by a Wall Street Journal report published Tuesday morning that claimed Israel had spied on US nuclear talks with Iran, collecting information that was used to lobby him and his colleagues in Congress to drum up opposition to an emerging nuclear deal. "I'm not sure what the information was, but I'm baffled by it," Boehner told reporters on Capitol Hill on Tuesday. "No information [was]...
  • Congress Seeks to Cut Off Taxpayer Funding For Iran Deal

    03/21/2015 6:50:20 AM PDT · by Cheerio · 9 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | March 20, 2015 | Adam Kredo
    Move to eliminate all U.S. funding for diplomacy with Iran Congressional leaders have begun pressuring their colleagues to cut off all U.S. funding for the ongoing talks with Iran over its contested nuclear program as the Obama administration rushes to hash out the details of a deal in the coming months, according to multiple sources and a letter that will be sent next week to appropriators in the House of Representatives. With the deadline approaching, congressional Republicans have been exasperated by the Obama administration’s efforts to prevent them from having any oversight over the deal.
  • Conservatives seethe after attacks from allies of Boehner

    03/21/2015 1:47:50 PM PDT · by iowamark · 22 replies
    The Hill ^ | 03/21/15 | Scott Wong and Cristina Marcos
    Conservatives are seething after an outside group aligned with Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) spent hundreds of thousands of dollars targeting a trio of Republican lawmakers over threats to shut down the Department of Homeland Security. Tea Party Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) equated the attack ads to GOP “cannibalism,” while his conservative colleague Rep. Matt Salmon (R-Ariz.) called them a “stupid” tactic that would backfire. American Action Network, a nonprofit whose board includes former Boehner chief of staff Barry Jackson, launched the $300,000 ad campaign earlier this month with TV spots depicting terrorists and accusing GOP Reps. Jim Jordan (Ohio), Tim...
  • Boehner to Visit Israel As Iran Nuclear Deadline Looms (no comment from WH)

    03/20/2015 9:40:59 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 13 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | March 20, 2015 - 11:29 am | David Francis
    House Speaker John Boehner showed up President Barack Obama earlier this month by inviting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to urge Congress against a nuclear deal with Iran. Now, with negotiations stalling over the timing of sanctions relief and centrifuge development, the GOP leader is setting the stage to do it again. Boehner (R-Ohio) is expected lead a group of lawmakers to Israel at the end of March, a trip that could coincide with the March 31 deadline to get a framework agreement in place, according to reports. Boehner spokesman Kevin Smith confirmed the visit and said it was planned...
  • WABC-TV's Lisa Colagrossi dies; former Cleveland anchor suffered aneurysm (49yr old Mother of 2)

    03/21/2015 4:04:36 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 23 replies
    Cleveland Plains Dealer ^ | March 21, 2015
    New York City television anchor and Strongsville native Lisa Colagrossi died Friday after suffering a brain aneurysm a day earlier. Colagrossi, 49, who anchored weekend morning news for NBC station WKYC-TV (Channel 3) in Cleveland in the early 1990s, became ill while on a reporting assignment for WABC-TV. She was also a morning anchor for the station. The station confirmed her death early Saturday in a lengthy tribute. Earlier, a Twitter post by anchor Sade Baderinwa said "hearts are broken" at the station over Colagrossi's death.
  • Hours after budget rollouts, Politico declares GOP impasse, “cataclysmic” consequences

    03/20/2015 7:39:13 AM PDT · by george76 · 4 replies
    hot air ^ | March 19, 2015 | Ed Morrissey
    The Republican-led House passed budget resolutions every year since taking control in the 2010 midterms, while Senate Democrats under Harry Reid refused to pass any at all for four years. After less than 24 hours, though, a Republican “failure” to come up with an agreement between the House and the Senate is not just “cataclysmic” already, but proof that the GOP can’t handle the “basic functions of governing.” Republicans handled it for four years while Democrats failed to perform the basic function of legislating, but somehow that didn’t get seen as “cataclysmic” for them at Politico. Maybe Politico’s analysts could...
  • Boehner plans to sideline House conservatives in budget battle

    03/20/2015 7:07:18 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 19 replies
    am thinker ^ | 3/20/15 | r moran
    Speaker John Boehner has made plans to bypass House conservatives and ram through two items opposed by the right. He will try and pass a budget deal, using a parliamentary manuever to speed passage. He is also planning a vote on the so-called Medicare "doc fix" he negotiated with Nancy Pelosi last week. Politico: If they’re able to clear the two measures, a battered leadership will go into the Easter recess with some pep in its step, as it tries to extend highway funding, begin work on annual appropriations bills and raise the debt ceiling. Not to mention, passing a...
  • Fiscal Conservatives Buck Leadership, Send Tighter Budget to Floor

    03/19/2015 9:42:36 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 3 replies
    rollcall.com ^ | 3/19/15 | Emma Dumain
    House fiscal conservatives took the upper hand — for the moment — Thursday in their struggle with Republican defense hawks for control of the GOP’s 2016 budget proposal. After 24 hours of uncertainty and stops and starts, the House Budget Committee voted along party lines, 22-13, to send a leaner spending plan to the House floor for a vote. GOP leadership had pressured Budget Chairman Tom Price, R-Ga., all week to find enough votes on his panel to boost the plan’s funding for the Overseas Contingency Operations account. Without that additional defense spending, many House Republicans said they wouldn’t support...
  • Republican U.S. Speaker John Boehner to visit Israel 10 days after Netanyahu’s victory (March 31)

    03/19/2015 7:38:01 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 18 replies
    Haaretz ^ | Mar. 20, 2015 | 3:00 AM | Barak Ravid
    Trip was arranged before election but is likely to be a 'victory celebration' for Netanyahu and Obama's arch rival. Speaker of the United States House of Representatives John Boehner is expected to visit Israel in about a week. Boehner, a member of the Republican Party, is U.S. President Barack Obama’s arch rival and the man who invited Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to make his controversial speech in Congress. Senior Israeli officials who asked to remain anonymous said Boehner will begin his visit, which has not yet been announced publicly, on March 31, heading a delegation of Republican Congress members. The...
  • Ohio same-sex couple accuses videographer of discrimination

    03/17/2015 6:45:47 AM PDT · by C19fan · 54 replies
    CNN ^ | March 16, 2015 | Jareen Imam
    A community is rallying around an Ohio couple who says they were denied wedding services because of their sexual orientation. Jenn Moffitt and her partner Jerra Kincely were on the hunt in February for a wedding videographer. She sent an email asking video production business "Next Door Stories" in Bexley, Ohio, if it would cater to a same-sex couple. She was shocked by the response. "Unfortunately at this time I do not offer services for same-sex weddings," the owner of business wrote in an email Moffitt shared with CNN.
  • Euclid teen used toy gun in attempted robbery of Wickliffe mail carrier, police say

    03/11/2015 3:40:38 AM PDT · by Las Vegas Dave · 15 replies
    cleveland.com ^ | March 10, 2015 | Patrick Cooley
    WICKLIFFE, Ohio -- A 17-year-old Euclid boy used a toy gun to try to rob a woman delivering the mail Tuesday morning, police said. The boy approached the mail carrier near the corner of Bryn Mawr Avenue and Parkwood Drive about 10:20 a.m., pulled out what appeared to be a revolver and demanded money, according to a police report. A passerby who didn't realize the teen was trying to rob the mail carrier approached the woman to give her a letter, according to the report. The passerby scared the teen, and the boy fled. The mail carrier told a 911...
  • Speaker Boehner’s Violations of ‘Hastert Rule’ Mount in the House

    03/10/2015 8:51:25 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 11 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | 03/10/2015 | Rudy Takala
    House Speaker John Boehner at his Jan. 8, 2015 press briefing. (AP Photo) (CNSNews.com) – House Speaker John Boehner has passed legislation opposed by a majority of his own party nine times since becoming speaker in January 2011.That places him ahead of his predecessor, Nancy Pelosi, and four votes shy of the record for violations of the “Hastert Rule.”The Hastert Rule, described by former House Speaker Dennis Hastert in 2004, refers to the idea that the House speaker will only bring legislation to the floor for a vote if it has the support of “the majority of the majority.”...
  • Ohio's Chance of A Lifetime

    03/10/2015 7:02:24 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Forbes ^ | 03/10/2015 | Rex Sinquefield
    Forty-three years ago, in 1972, the Ohio state government imposed a progressive personal income tax. This move was an ill-conceived plan that intended to pay for capital projects and education and shifted income tax burden away from business and onto individuals. The reasoning was that reducing the income tax burden on the business community would forestall the migration of businesses out of the state. However, reality proved otherwise, with billions of dollars and thousands of residents leaving the Buckeye State for more promising environments. Governor John Kasich will attempt to stem this outbound tide, and his tax plan makes clear...
  • GOP senators send warning on Iran deal

    03/09/2015 5:46:46 AM PDT · by McGruff · 19 replies
    The Hill ^ | 3/9/2015 | David McCabe
    Forty-seven Senate Republicans are signaling in an open letter to Iran and the White House that a deal over Tehran’s nuclear program will be at risk once President Obama leaves office. “It has come to our attention while observing your nuclear negotiations with our government that you may not fully understand our constitutional system,” the senators wrote in the letter, which was first reported by Bloomberg. “Thus, we are writing to bring to your attention two features of our Constitution — the power to make binding international agreements and the different character of federal offices — which you should seriously...
  • Bobbie New Guilty of Murder in 1976 Killing

    03/08/2015 6:34:58 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 3 replies
    The Chronicle Telegram ^ | 2/27 | Brad Dicken
    Perry Strader said he has long lived in the shadow cast by his family helping Bobbie New cover up killing Dorothy Spencer in 1976, and he promised his mother on her death bed nearly five years ago he would bring closure to Spencer’s family. “I told her before she died,” he said. “I told her I was going to make this SOB pay for what he did and she smiled and said, ‘Good.’ ” On Friday, New, Strader’s uncle, was found guilty of murder and sentenced to 15-years-to-life in prison. New, now 73, lowered his head as the verdict was...
  • Ohio terrorism suspect says he would’ve shot President Obama

    03/06/2015 8:42:39 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 32 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 6, 2015 10:25 PM EST | Lisa Cornwell and Mitch Stacy
    A man accused of plotting to attack the U.S. Capitol called a television station from jail and said if he hadn’t been arrested, he would have gone to Washington and shot President Barack Obama in the head. WXIX-TV in Cincinnati said Christopher Lee Cornell called it from the Kentucky jail where he’s being held, confessed to being a supporter of the Islamic State group and said he planned to kill government officials in retaliation for U.S. strikes on the militant organization. […] Cornell, asked by the interviewer what he would have done had he not been arrested in January, said...
  • REPORT: BOEHNER CUT DEAL WITH NANCY PELOSI TO USE NETANYAHU SPEECH AS COVER

    03/06/2015 5:04:11 AM PST · by dontreadthis · 37 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 5 Mar 2015 | MATTHEW BOYLE
    A new bombshell report from Politico found that House Speaker John Boehner had several days of secret negotiations with Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, the recently emboldened former Speaker, leading up to his decision to flip-flop and fund President Obama’s executive amnesty—including a pre-hashed out deal to use the hoopla around Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Tuesday address to Congress over Iran’s nuclear ambitions as political cover to sneak in the extraordinarily controversial vote. Even with the bombshell report, however, Boehner’s office continues to deny any deal took place. “It was Monday at 5:30 p.m. when Pelosi and Boehner agreed that...
  • Insurgent bloc of House conservatives proving to be a thorn in Boehner’s side

    03/05/2015 6:15:08 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 33 replies
    washingtonpost.com ^ | 3/4/15 | Sean Sullivan
    The House Freedom Caucus doesn’t have a Web site. It’s not completely clear exactly who belongs to the group. But in the just-completed fight over Homeland Security funding, it was hard to miss the influence of the insurgent conservative bloc as it clashed with GOP leadership. The small group of far-right renegades has emerged as the latest embodiment of the internal GOP resistance to House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio); as a general rule, they are unpredictable, opaque and completely unwilling to back down from any fight against President Obama and his agenda. As the unified Republican majority looks to...
  • Ohio teacher sentenced to 90 days in jail for playing ‘ABCs of Death’ during class

    03/05/2015 6:16:25 PM PST · by redreno · 16 replies
    http://www.washingtontimes.com ^ | 03/05/2015 | unknown
    A former substitute teacher in Ohio has been sentenced to 90 days in jail after she was found guilty of showing students a graphic horror movie during class. Sheila Kearns, 58, was convicted in January of four counts of disseminating matter harmful to juveniles, The Columbus Dispatch reported. The judge reportedly placed her on probation for three years but made the jail time a condition of her probation. Ms. Kearns apologized in court, saying she was aware of “The ABCs of Death’s” content but hadn’t actually watched it prior to showing it during five separate Spanish classes at Columbus’ East...
  • GOP introduces bill to block Internet rules

    03/05/2015 8:06:42 AM PST · by GIdget2004 · 43 replies
    The Hill ^ | 03/04/2015 | Mario Trujillo
    Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) and 19 other Republicans are backing legislation to block the Federal Communications Commission’s new rules on net neutrality. Blackburn's two-page bill, introduced Tuesday, would make sure that the FCC's regulations approved last week would have "no force of effect." It would also restrict the commission from approving any new regulations that are substantially similar, unless Congress first authorized it. The bill's 19 co-sponsors include most of the Republicans on the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, which has jurisdiction over the agency. That includes Rep. Bob Latta (R-Ohio), vice chairman of the subcommittee. "My...
  • Boehner escapes jam on DHS vote, but more GOP battles loom

    03/04/2015 5:13:02 PM PST · by george76 · 38 replies
    ap ^ | Mar 4, 2015 | CHARLES BABINGTON
    GOP Rep. Tom Cole of Oklahoma .. said he doesn't think relying heavily on Democratic votes is a "new normal." But he conceded the Republican-led Congress faces even tougher choices ahead, including another debt limit showdown this year, in which scores of conservatives are unlikely to help. ... Tuesday's vote was perhaps the final coffin nail in the "Hastert Rule," promulgated by former House Speaker Dennis Hastert. He said a speaker should not allow votes on major bills opposed by most of his caucus. More than two-thirds of House Republicans voted against the DHS bill Boehner offered Tuesday.
  • Neo-Nazis plan return to Toledo for demonstration: Black leaders urge avoiding April 18 rally

    03/04/2015 4:41:48 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The Toledo Blade ^ | March 4, 2015 | Ryan Dunn and Lauren Lindstrom
    The National Socialist Movement has scheduled an April 18 return to Toledo, nearly a decade after a planned rally ignited rioting in the city. The neo-Nazi group’s Oct. 15, 2005, demonstration preceded a riot and the arrest of more than 100 people. Angry crowds attacked emergency workers, burned down a bar, and looted two convenience stores. Next month’s rally is planned for 3:30 p.m. outside One Government Center, said Dan Donaldson, 36, of the Toledo area. Mr. Donaldson is the movement’s regional director representing Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, and West Virginia. “There is somebody out there for white people’s interests and...
  • YOUTUBE VIDEO: Gay rights activist's kidnapping claim false, police say (Deja vu all over again)

    03/03/2015 5:42:49 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 17 replies
    WLWT-TV ^ | 03/03/2015 | https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PEbJ4tF_hEs
    Adam Hoover is facing a misdemeanor charge of making false alarms.
  • Jon Stewart Rips John Boehner For Making Kissy Face Noises Over Funding DHS

    03/03/2015 5:54:27 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 13 replies
    FreakOutNation.com ^ | 03/03/2015 | Anomaly
    Daily Show host Jon Stewart took issue with House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) on Monday after he failed to pass funding the Department of Homeland Security.“So to stop the President from being too lenient on illegal immigration, you want to defund the department that secures the border?” Stewart asked.“It’s as though the caucus that you, John Boehner, purport to control has told you to [kiss] their ass,” Stewart said, referring to Boehner recently making kissy face noises at a reporter.Republicans touted their leadership skills just before the midterm elections, but so far, that hasn’t worked out well.“This finally answers the question,...
  • (61) Members of Congress Skipping Netanyahu’s Speech (Iran Lobby says 61 will boycott!)

    03/02/2015 7:01:25 PM PST · by Dave346 · 51 replies
    NIAC ^ | March 2, 2015 at 9:24 PM
    Currently, 61 members of Congress have confirmed they will not attend the speech. Arizona Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ) California Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA) Rep. Lois Capps (D-CA) Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) — “I am disappointed Speaker Boehner chose to irresponsibly interject politics into what has long been a strong and bipartisan relationship between the United States and Israel. As President Obama has noted, it is inappropriate for a Head of State to address Congress just two weeks ahead of their election. I agree that Congress should not be used as a prop in Israeli election campaigns,...
  • John Boehner’s big week

    03/02/2015 5:32:42 AM PST · by GIdget2004 · 5 replies
    Politico ^ | 03/02/2015 | SEUNG MIN KIM
    Let’s try this again. Congress returns Monday staring at another deadline to finance the Department of Homeland Security. But instead of stalling again, lawmakers look more likely this time to steer the anti-terrorism agency away from the funding cliff through September. With the clock ticking until the new Friday deadline to avert a DHS funding lapse, the GOP-controlled Senate will take the first step with a vote Monday on whether to head into formal negotiations with the House on financing the security agency. Senate Democrats are expected to block that move. That will put the onus squarely back on Speaker...
  • Netanyahu Arrives in U.S. Ahead of Controversial Address to Joint Session of Congress

    03/02/2015 5:07:43 AM PST · by Servant of the Cross · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 3/2/2015 | Katie Pavlich
    As negotiations over a deal with Iran continue, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has arrived in the United States ahead of his address to a joint session of Congress Tuesday night. A senior Israeli official told reporters on Netanyahu's flight that Congress could be "the last brake" for stopping a nuclear deal with Iran. Saying it was Israel's impression that members of Congress "do not necessarily know the details of the deal coming together, which we do not see as a good deal," the official said Netanyahu in his speech would give a detailed explanation of his objections to an...
  • Kerry: It Was 'Odd' Boehner Invited Netanyahu to Address Congress

    03/01/2015 6:55:59 PM PST · by Kaslin · 43 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 1, 2015 | Cortney O'Brien
    Secretary of State John Kerry is awfully frustrated with House Speaker John Boehner’s decision to invite Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address Congress this Tuesday. Here’s what Kerry had to say about Boehner’s daring invitation Sunday morning on ABC’s "This Week: “It was odd, if not unique, that we learned of it from the speaker of the House and that an administration was not included in this process," he said. "But the administration is not seeking to politicize this.” While insisting the White House has no political desires in regards to the foreign leaders' appearance (Kerry said they don't want it to...
  • Netanyahu invite is a symptom of Boehner’s grudge match against the U.S. Constitution (Irony Alert!)

    03/02/2015 5:28:10 AM PST · by mac_truck · 47 replies
    Reuters ^ | March 2 2015 | Elizabeth Cobbs Hoffman
    House Speaker John Boehner’s annoyance with President Barack Obama is turning into a grudge match against the Constitution. His decision to invite a foreign head of government to address Congress without first consulting the sitting president has no precedent in American history. And for a simple reason. It’s unconstitutional. Boehner (R-Ohio) fully admits that his failure to communicate with the White House was not an oversight. Like a schoolboy passing notes when the teacher turns to the blackboard, he sneaked behind Obama’s back to set the date for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech with his country’s ambassador to the...
  • Massive "demand for tickets" to Netanyahu speech, Boehner says (video interview at link)

    03/01/2015 10:15:33 AM PST · by Dave346 · 23 replies
    CBS News ^ | March 1, 2015, 12:37 PM | By Rebecca Kaplan / Face The Nation
    House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said the White House has "attacked" him and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over the Netanyahu's planned address to Congress Tuesday in which he is expected to criticize international negotiations over Iran's nuclear program. "The demand for seats in the House, the demand for tickets, I've never seen anything like it. Everybody wants to be there," Boehner said. "What I do wonder is why the White House feels threatened because the Congress wants to support Israel and wants to hear what a trusted ally has to say. It has been, frankly, remarkable to me, the...
  • Intruder breaks into a 71-year-old man’s home…BIG MISTAKE

    03/01/2015 9:59:30 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 31 replies
    YoungCons.com ^ | 03/01/2015 | Michael Cantrell
    When our founders drafted the Bill of Rights and made sure to include the Second Amendment–you know, that little bit that talks about how Americans have the right to bear arms–they had scenarios like the one that unfolded in Columbus, Ohio in mind. A 71-year-old man had an unwelcome visitor bust down his door, but what the intruder caught a glimpse of on the other side was the last thing he ever saw.You can guess what happened.From 10 TV:The shooting happened just after noon Friday on Faymeadow Avenue in North Columbus.  The homeowner says a stranger kicked in his door,...
  • 14,600 blighted properties demolished in Ohio under program

    02/28/2015 9:13:27 PM PST · by Lorianne · 14 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 27 February 2015 | ANN SANNER
    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - More than 14,600 blighted properties around Ohio have been demolished in the past two years under a program aimed at benefiting areas affected by foreclosures, the state’s attorney general said Friday. Ohio used $75 million from a national settlement with major mortgage servicers to create a grant program in 2012 to revitalize neighborhoods and eliminate abandoned structures. A portion of the settlement money also was designated for consumer relief in the form of cash payments, loan modifications and refinancing. Attorney General Mike DeWine released a report on the results of the demolition program at a news...
  • John Boehner Blows Kisses to the Press, Won't Budge on DHS

    02/26/2015 11:02:59 AM PST · by george76 · 34 replies
    NATIONAL JOURNAL ^ | February 26, 2015 | Marina Koren
    Funding for the department expires at midnight on Friday. ... Boehner doesn't appear to be going along with his Republican counterparts in the Senate, where Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is looking to avert a shutdown by offering Democrats a clean funding bill for DHS. The speaker would not say whether he would back a Senate funding bill without provisions that would defund President Obama's executive actions on immigration. At one point, Boehner blew kisses at reporters after they asked whether he would. ... McConnell had attempted to push through a House-passed funding bill four times, but Senate Democrats blocked it...
  • U.S. conservatives urge Boehner to hold firm on immigration

    02/24/2015 10:50:02 AM PST · by 11th_VA · 25 replies
    Reuters ^ | 24 Feb 2015 | Susan Cornwell
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Conservative Republicans urged House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner not to capitulate in a fight with Democrats over President Barack Obama's immigration policy that threatens a partial Homeland Security shutdown later this week. The conservative lawmakers, led by Representative Jeff Duncan, circulated a letter to Boehner and other House leaders telling them to hold the line in opposing Obama's executive actions shielding millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation, a Duncan aide said on Tuesday. "Now is the time to stand firm against these unlawful executive actions," said the letter, signed by about 20 conservative Republicans so far.
  • McConnell ready to move ‘clean’ bill to avert Homeland Security shutdown

    02/24/2015 11:58:59 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 25 replies
    The Hill ^ | 02/24/2015 | Alexander Bolton
    By Alexander Bolton - 02/24/15 02:34 PM EST Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Tuesday said the Senate may vote “very quickly” on a clean Department of Homeland Security funding bill.Days before a shutdown of the critical agency, McConnell said he would “be happy" to pass a clean DHS funding bill before the Senate considers a narrow measure overturning President Obama’s most recent executive actions on immigration. ADVERTISEMENT His plan, if accepted by Senate Democrats and House Republicans, would prevent Homeland Security from shutting down on Saturday.McConnell noted the Senate is scheduled to vote Friday on legislation he introduced this...
  • Widow shoots, kills intruder a week after getting a gun for self-defense

    02/23/2015 5:03:41 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 12 replies
    guns.com ^ | 2-23-15 | Jennifer Cruz
    One man is dead after he broke into two homes in Columbus, Ohio, early Thursday morning. Just before 5 a.m., the suspect, who was later identified as 28-year-old Christopher Lee Willis, broke into a home before being chased away by the homeowner. In an effort to escape, Willis broke a second-story window and jumped from the roof. Willis then ran across the street to the home of Sharon Jessee, where he broke another window and attempted to get inside. Jessee, who was asleep on the couch and was awakened by sound of glass shattering, grabbed a gun and fired several...
  • John C. Willke, Doctor Who Led Fight Against Abortion, Dies at 89

    02/22/2015 9:32:31 PM PST · by NRx · 9 replies
    NY Times ^ | 22 Feb 2015 | KENNETH ROSEN
    Dr. John C. Willke, an obstetrician who helped establish the modern anti-abortion movement — and whose idea that rape victims could resist conception was widely challenged — died on Friday at his home in Cincinnati. He was 89. His daughter Marie Meyers confirmed the death. Dr. Willke was a former president of the National Right to Life Committee, the nation’s oldest and largest anti-abortion organization. He and his wife, Barbara, a nurse, founded Right to Life of Greater Cincinnati in the early 1970s and lobbied against Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court ruling that legalized abortion. They supported peaceful...
  • Unwelcome Mat: White House Tries to Counter Netanyahu Visit

    02/20/2015 10:45:18 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    ABC News / The Associated Press ^ | February 20, 2015 | Matthew Lee and Julie Pace
    In what is becoming an increasingly nasty grudge match, the White House is mulling ways to undercut Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's upcoming trip to Washington and blunt his message that a potential nuclear deal with Iran is bad for Israel and the world. There are limits. Administration officials have discarded the idea of President Barack Obama himself giving an Iran-related address to rebut the two speeches Netanyahu is to deliver during his early March visit. But other options remain on the table. Among them: a presidential interview with a prominent journalist known for coverage of the rift between Obama...
  • White House Looks For Ways To 'Undercut' Netanyahu's Visit

    02/21/2015 6:20:09 AM PST · by Kaslin · 84 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 21, 2015 | Matt Vespa
    The Obama administration is taking measures to undercut Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s visit to the United States. Top officials, including Vice President Biden, are being sent away when the Israeli head of government delivers his address in March. The friction between the Israel and the United States is looking more like a feud between the Soprano and Lupertazzi families (via Associated Press): In what is becoming an increasingly nasty grudge match, the White House is mulling ways to undercut Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's upcoming trip to Washington and blunt his message that a potential nuclear deal with Iran is bad...
  • Cantor Cozies Up To Christie

    02/20/2015 9:30:03 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 8 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 2/20/15 | Rachel Stoltzfoos
    Former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor is hosting a fundraiser for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie next week. Cantor lost his seat last year in a huge upset to former economics professor Dave Brat, who successfully marked Cantor as an out-of-touch member of the “GOP establishment.” He’ll host a meet-and-greet for Christie with big Virginia donors next Thursday at the Jefferson Hotel in Richmond, Va., reports the Associated Press. Christie is considering a 2016 run, but is not currently considered a top contender following weeks of low approval ratings in his home state and in key states, such as Iowa...
  • Democrats Complain Netanyahu Speech Could 'Undermine' Iran Deal

    02/19/2015 1:57:55 PM PST · by Nachum · 65 replies
    inn ^ | 2/19/15 | Arutz Sheva Staff
    Nearly two dozen US House Democrats on Thursday urged the postponement of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's planned speech to Congress, claiming the controversially-timed address could "undermine" nuclear negotiations with Iran, reports AFP. Republican House Speaker John Boehner invited Netanyahu to address a joint meeting of Congress on March 3 two weeks before his country's elections, and the speech, in which the prime minister will discuss the threat of Iran's nuclear program, has led to an outcry from the left in the US and Israel. Twenty-three lawmakers wrote Boehner urging him to postpone the invitation, which the Republican leader extended without...
  • Exonerated man files $40 million lawsuit against Northwestern University (Innocence Project)

    02/19/2015 10:58:39 AM PST · by jalisco555 · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | 2/17/15 | Suzannah Gonzales
    A wrongfully convicted man filed a $40 million lawsuit on Tuesday against Northwestern University, a former journalism professor, a private investigator and an attorney, accusing them of framing him for a double murder to get another man released. Alstory Simon, 64, of Ohio, claims in the lawsuit that he was the victim of unethical tactics by a team focused on freeing another man in what became a celebrated Illinois wrongful conviction case. Simon was imprisoned in 1999 after confessing to the 1982 murder of two people in a park, and spent more than 15 years behind bars before he was...
  • White House: Israel 'cherry-picking' intel that distorts Iran talks

    02/18/2015 12:26:29 PM PST · by Dave346 · 42 replies
    The Hill ^ | 02/18/15 02:34 PM EST | Martin Matishak
    The White House is accusing Israel of "cherry-picking" information that distorts the U.S. position in nuclear talks with Iran. “There's no question that some of the things that the Israelis have said in characterizing our negotiating position have not been accurate. There's no question about that,” White House press secretary Josh Earnest said during a press briefing on Wednesday. "We've also been very clear about the fact that the United States is not going to be in a position of negotiating this agreement in public, particularly when we see that there is a continued practice of cherry-picking specific pieces of...
  • Black lives should also matter when the killer is black: Phillip Morris

    02/18/2015 5:16:38 AM PST · by csvset · 16 replies
    Cleveland.com ^ | February 18, 2015 | Phillip Morris
    Who can – or will - teach young boys before they become criminals that all lives matter? I'm still waiting on the rallies. I'm still waiting on fed-up people who are down with the cause. I'm still waiting on social justice activists to lie in the streets, disrupt commerce and protest ad nauseam the killings of black men. I'm still waiting for a community willing to rise up and act as if it really gives a damn about six people shot - three fatally - in a barbershop massacre on the evening of Feb. 3rd. Where's the rage, folks? I'm...
  • Homeless Ohio woman walked miles to face rapist in court

    02/17/2015 9:33:17 AM PST · by Kartographer · 8 replies
    A homeless woman who was raped while sleeping under a bridge last year sometimes begged for bus money or walked up to 8 miles over the past year so she could face her attacker in court. Her determination to be in court helped win a conviction against the man, said a police officer who investigated the case.
  • Give Boehner Credit for Holding Firm

    02/16/2015 3:28:41 PM PST · by Kaslin · 39 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | February 16, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: I need to step back a couple of steps, maybe a step and a half, on John Boehner, 'cause he was good yesterday on Fox about the upcoming Department of Homeland Security shutdown. And I kind of raked -- I didn't rake Boehner. I raked the Senate Republicans over the coals last week about this, and it was somewhat justified. I have to walk it back a little bit, because it's actually, as I said last week, and I doubt anybody's gonna remember, but it really is the Senate Democrats who are willing to shut down DHS over this....
  • A perfect storm brews in the Middle East (Ignatius lays out Zero's grievances toward Bibi)

    02/16/2015 9:28:09 AM PST · by Dave346 · 14 replies
    Washington Post ^ | February 16 at 8:43 AM | David Ignatius
    TEL AVIV — This latest breach in the U.S.-Israeli relationship began around Jan. 12 with a phone call from Netanyahu. Obama asked the Israeli leader to hold fire diplomatically for several more months while U.S. negotiators explored whether Iran might agree to a deal that, through its technical limits on centrifuges and stockpiles, extended the breakout period that Iran would need to build a bomb to more than a year. But Netanyahu is said to have responded that a year wasn’t enough and to have reverted to Israel’s hard-line insistence that Iran shouldn’t be allowed any centrifuges or enrichment. Relations...
  • Israeli election chief puts curbs on Netanyahu's speech to U.S. Congress

    02/16/2015 7:53:35 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 19 replies
    Reuters ^ | 2/16/15
    The head of Israel's election commission acted on Monday to limit any pre-election boost Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu may get from a March 3 speech to the U.S. Congress in which he will warn of the threat from Iran's nuclear program. The speech has caused controversy in Israel and the United States, where the Democrats and the White House are angry that the Republican speaker, John Boehner, invited Netanyahu to speak at a sensitive time in the nuclear negotiations between Iran and six big powers including Washington, and only two weeks before Israel's closely fought March 17 election.
  • U.S. Cuts Israel from Iran Nuclear Talks

    02/16/2015 5:44:52 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 24 replies
    Yitzhak Benhorin ^ | 2/16/15 | Ap via Ynet News
    White House denies Channel 2 report claiming US has stopped updating Israel about developments in nuclear negotiations with Iran in response to Netanyahu's planned Congress speech, after Boehner admits he failed to tell administration he had invited PM. According to the report by Israel's Channel 2, US Undersecretary of State, Wendy Sherman, who is involved in the talks has announced she will no longer be updating Israelis about the talks. Susan Rice, US President Obama's National Security Advisor, has also reportedly announced she is cutting ties with her Israeli counterpart, Yossi Cohen, who serves as Netanyahu's National Security Adviso