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  • Putin Blasts Clinton & Tells US To Stop Criticising Russia Or 'There Will Be Consequences'

    10/25/2016 4:54:29 AM PDT · by Strategy · 36 replies
    Daily Express ^ | October 25, 2016 | By Zoe Efstathiou
    IN A SHOCKING video, Vladimir Putin has warned the US to stop stoking tensions with Russia or "there will be consequences". The Russian president delivered the ominous threat as tensions between the West and Russia hit all-time highs over Russian airstrikes in Syria. In the clip, which was filmed at a Russian press conference, Mr. Putin claimed the US is focusing on Russia and Iran "to distract voters from the country's problems" by creating "an enemy and uniting the nation against them". He said: "Jeopardising Russian-American relations in order to gain brownie points internally - I consider this to be...

    04/17/2014 2:11:18 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 13 replies
    Breitbart ^ | April 17, 2014 | AP
    WASHINGTON (AP) — A report released Thursday by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office says President Barack Obama's budget request would mean significantly larger budget deficits than the White House claims. CBO says the budget plan proposed last month by Obama would produce deficits of $6.6 trillion over the next 10 years — $1.6 trillion more than the White House estimates. The main reason is that the White House has a rosier estimate of the economy's performance over the decade than CBO. That means the administration predicts higher tax revenues. The president's budget is just a proposal; it has gained little...
  • Dukakis and the Tank. . .The inside story of the worst campaign photo op ever.

    11/19/2013 12:35:32 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 66 replies
    Politico ^ | November 17, 2013 | By Josh King
    Matt Bennett can still hear the reporters laughing, all 90 of them. He can still picture Sam Donaldson doubled over, guffawing, on a riser that looked out over a dusty field in suburban Detroit. Bennett was a 23-year-old political rookie in 1988 when he was sent to a General Dynamics facility in Sterling Heights, Mich., to organize a campaign stop for Democratic presidential nominee Michael Dukakis: a ride in a 68-ton M1A1 Abrams Main Battle Tank. The visit, meant to bolster the candidate’s credibility as a future commander-in-chief, would go down as one of the worst campaign backfires in history....

    03/29/2013 5:38:53 AM PDT · by Lucky9teen · 111 replies
    Festival of Smoke and Mirrors Day When : Always March 29th Smoke and Mirrors Day is a day of illusions. The term "smoke and mirrors" means something is not really as it appears to be. People often put up smoke and mirrors to hide something. This day is also referred to as the Festival of Smoke and Mirrors. We did not discover an actual festival of this nature. But, who needs historical facts to have fun an a special day? Let's get out and enjoy Smoke and Mirrors Day to the fullest. A large jet plane crashed on a...
  • ‘Best weather of the entire week’: Local meteorologist puzzled by Obama speech move

    09/05/2012 8:34:10 AM PDT · by KansasGirl · 116 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 9/5/12 | Alex Pappas
    CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The chief meteorologist at a Charlotte television station is questioning the decision by Democrats to move President Obama’s acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention to a smaller venue because of the weather. “Thursday night will likely be the best weather of the entire week,” Brad Panovich of WCNC-NBC TV wrote on Twitter in reference to when Obama’s speech was planned to take place at the outside Bank of America stadium, which can accommodate 70,000 people. The Democratic National Committee on Wednesday announced that the weather is forcing them to relocate Obama’s speech to the Time Warner...
  • California's general fund spending has dropped -- but that doesn't tell the whole story

    08/18/2012 10:57:28 PM PDT · by SmithL · 6 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 8/18/12 | Kevin Yamamura
    Democrats say voters need look no further than California's $91 billion general fund budget to see how dramatically they have cut. That spending total is 11 percent below the state's pre-recession peak. But the number can be misleading. While California has cut education and services for the poor, budget writers also have relied on creative revenue streams and accounting maneuvers to move programs off the general fund books rather than cut them. That has made comparisons difficult and, experts say, contributed to state bookkeeping disparities that have emerged in recent weeks. "We've been through a period of extreme financial difficulty...
  • Obama team: Romney committed a felony or lied to voters

    07/12/2012 1:41:07 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 61 replies
    politico ^ | 7/12/12 | JENNIFER EPSTEIN
    Mitt Romney either lied in federal filings that show he worked at Bain Capital through 2002 and could be guilty of a felony, or has lied to the American people in saying he left the company in 1999, the Obama campaign is arguing in light of news reports on the firm’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
  • How did Victoria Rodrigues get on plane to DC WITHOUT a photo ID?

    07/12/2012 11:06:54 AM PDT · by Bulwinkle · 16 replies
    she is Holder's witness in the Texas case
  • Justice unseals indictment charging five in Brian Terry's death

    07/09/2012 11:05:11 AM PDT · by Hotlanta Mike · 22 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 09, 2012 | William La Jeunesse
    For the first time, federal officials revealed Monday that murdered Border Patrol agent Brian Terry and an elite squad of federal agents first fired bean bags -- not bullets -- at a heavily armed drug cartel crew in the mountains south of Tucson in December 2011. The announcement came as the Department of Justice unsealed an indictment charging five individuals allegedly involved in Terry's death. A sixth suspect has also been charged in a related incident. The U.S. is also offering a reward of up to $1 million for information leading to the arrest of four outstanding suspects believed to...
  • DOJ charges five with Brian Terry’s murder, FBI offers $1M reward for arrests

    07/09/2012 11:06:37 AM PDT · by Nachum · 28 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 7/9/12 | Joel Gehrke
    Justice Department (DOJ) officials indicted five individuals for the death of U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry — who was murdered by drug traffickers armed through Operation Fast and Furious – and a $1 million reward for information leading to their arrest. “Agent Terry served his country honorably and made the ultimate sacrifice in trying to protect it from harm, and we will stop at nothing to bring those responsible for his murder to justice,” Attorney General Eric Holder said today. “This investigation has previously resulted in one defendant being charged with Agent Terry’s murder and taken into custody, and...
  • Brown tax plan looks very shaky

    06/12/2012 11:13:26 PM PDT · by SmithL · 13 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 6/12/12 | Dan Walters
    The state budget that the Legislature will enact this week will assume that half of its deficit will be covered by voter approval of new income and sales taxes next November. However, it's looking steadily less like a reasonable assumption and increasingly like just another in a long string of budget gimmicks, not unlike last year's bogus assumption that the tax system would generate an extra $4 billion. Indeed, one could say that Gov. Jerry Brown and fellow Democrats are doubling down on miracle money, from last year's $4 billion to this year's $8.5 billion. History does not favor new...
  • Gov. Jerry Brown, Democratic leaders seek common ground on budget cuts

    06/11/2012 9:40:35 AM PDT · by SmithL · 5 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 6/11/12 | Kevin Yamamura
    Democratic lawmakers have vowed all spring to fight spending cuts to programs that serve the poorest Californians, including welfare-to-work and Cal Grant scholarships. In a Capitol where fiscal maneuvers have flourished in recent years, Gov. Jerry Brown says he wants real cuts to health and welfare programs because the state cannot afford what it provides. Facing a Friday deadline to pass a balanced budget, Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez and Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg are meeting with Brown behind closed doors to find middle ground. Deal or no deal, it is nearly certain that lawmakers will send the...
  • What kind of California budget will emerge?

    06/08/2012 5:50:31 PM PDT · by SmithL · 13 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 6/8/12 | Dan Walters
    There was no chance that Democratic legislators would fashion a new state budget before last Tuesday's primary election, since budget votes could have become campaign ammunition. However, that leaves just a week before the June 15 constitutional budget deadline – with legislators' salaries at risk if they don't make it. And with at least a $16 billion deficit to close, they can't skate by merely assuming voters will pass new taxes in November. They will plug in that assumption, certainly, but that still leaves about $7 billion in income/outgo shortfall to be covered. Democrats are balking at Gov. Jerry Brown's...
  • California Democrats balk at deeper cuts for state's poorest residents

    05/20/2012 12:35:06 PM PDT · by SmithL · 24 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 5/20/12 | Kevin Yamamura
    Legislative Democrats aren't organizing a bake sale just yet, but they say they will desperately search for cash in the coming weeks to avoid the most severe cuts proposed by Gov. Jerry Brown. Saying the state's budget deficit has risen from $9.2 billion to $15.7 billion, the Democratic governor has proposed more cuts to programs that serve the state's poorest residents. Brown has described it as a "day of reckoning" and wants his fellow Democrats to slash as much as possible before he asks voters to hike taxes on sales and high-income earners in November. But Democrats signaled immediately that...
  • California's budget problems linger while many other states shape up

    05/19/2012 11:20:36 AM PDT · by SmithL · 19 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 5/19/12 | David Siders
    The pile-on was in full effect within hours of Gov. Jerry Brown's announcement this week that California's budget deficit had grown to $15.7 billion, with The Week giving its national audience a summary of the Golden State's financial affairs. "California's financial apocalypse," the magazine offered. "A concise guide." Fox News played the Red Hot Chili Peppers' "Californication," and host Greg Gutfeld proclaimed Brown captain of "the Titanic that is California, a state so broke it may ask Greece for a loan." On Friday, the Democratic governor slapped back on national TV. "This is not Europe," Brown told Charlie Rose on...
  • California politicians bet big

    05/16/2012 9:26:47 AM PDT · by SmithL · 4 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 5/16/12 | Dan Walters
    Poker players often use the phrase "betting on the come" to describe a willingness, if instincts and odds indicate, to wager big on the hope that they will draw winning cards. That's a perfectly valid tactic when one is playing with one's own money and therefore bearing the risk. But is it appropriate for California politicians to bet on the come by approving many billions of dollars in spending on very shaky assumptions that the money will be there when it's needed to pay the bills? Risk was the underlying theme of two hearings in the Capitol on Tuesday. One...
  • Jerry Brown aims new budget at tax vote

    05/15/2012 8:29:04 AM PDT · by SmithL · 8 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 5/15/12 | Dan Walters
    Just a few months ago, Gov. Jerry Brown chastised "declinists" and "dystopian journalists" for their pessimism about California, particularly about emerging from a deep recession. "Contrary to those critics who fantasize that California is a failed state, I see unspent potential and incredible opportunity," Brown told the Legislature in January, citing supposed signs of economic recovery. On Monday, however, Brown blamed a sluggish economy for revenues falling billions of dollars short of the rosy estimates in the budget he signed last June. "You can never get it quite right," Brown told reporters as he released a revised budget aimed at...
  • Optimistic projections led to dramatic surge in California budget deficit

    05/15/2012 8:25:08 AM PDT · by SmithL · 12 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 5/15/12 | Kevin Yamamura
    Gov. Jerry Brown announced Monday that the state budget deficit had grown by a remarkable 70 percent since January, but fiscal experts said the economy had little to do with it. They instead blamed a bad marriage of volatile capital gains and political intransigence that led state leaders last year to count on a huge upswing in revenues that never materialized. At the same time, corporate tax changes from 2009 appear to have cost California more than state officials ever realized. The Democratic governor says the general fund deficit has mushroomed from $9.2 billion to $15.7 billion. Most of the...
  • California's fiscal mess put in focus by recent events {Rats lied to protect their pay}

    04/27/2012 9:01:57 AM PDT · by SmithL · 4 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 4/27/12 | Dan Walters
    California's fiscal mess – which is more political than financial – was brought into razor-sharp focus Wednesday by three events. First was Sacramento Superior Court Judge David I. Brown's ruling that Controller John Chiang violated the state constitution last year when he cut off legislators' salaries by invoking a newly passed constitutional dictum that they would lose pay if they failed to pass a budget by June 15. Democratic lawmakers had passed a 2011-12 budget before then, but Gov. Jerry Brown immediately vetoed it as being hopelessly unbalanced. Chiang then cut off their paychecks. Brown quickly tossed legislators a lifeline...
  • Jerry Brown warns of more cuts to state budget

    04/25/2012 7:42:01 AM PDT · by SmithL · 10 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 4/25/12 | Andrew S. Ross
    The topic was "States and competitiveness in a global economy," but first off, the panel's moderator wanted Gov. Jerry Brown to give us a "sneak peek" at his 2012-13 budget revision, scheduled for next month. Brown demurred, but said, "It will be very interesting." In fact, "You'll hear howls of execration over the next 30 days," he told a gathering of Silicon Valley CEOs on Tuesday. That is, when he lays out additional cuts - watch out health and social services - beyond the $4 billion he's already asked for. Basically, some cuts that Brown wanted have been delayed by...