Don’t dare take Ted Cruz lightly San Francisco Gate, by Ruben Navarrette, Jr. JoElla Bee- 3/31/2015 9:44:26 PM Does the world of commentary really need another column bashing Ted Cruz for having the audacity to hope that he could be president? I’ll pass. As you may have noticed, the mainstream media are like birds on a wire. Reporters, pundits and producers — especially those in Washington and New York — tend to cover the same stories, interview the same folks and advance the same views.[snip] And when it comes to Cruz, the safe and conventional position for journalists, commentators and political experts is to argue that the firebrand is too extreme, too volatile and too unelectable to be a viable presidential candidate. President Obama Must Not Completea Disastrous Deal With Iran New York Observer, by Editorial KarenJ1- 3/31/2015 8:40:49 PM With the US on the brink of signing an agreement that will lift the crippling economic sanctions on Iran in exchange for alleged guarantees that Iran will limit its nuclear ambitions to peaceful means, the Observer urges President Obama not to place his personal hunger for a legacy issue ahead of his most solemn duty – protecting America’s national security. Barack Obama has been compared to British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain , who concluded the ill-fated Munich Pact with Hitler in 1938. (Snip) In sharp contrast, Mr. Obama is acting out of personal aggrandizement. He believes he is replicating President George Will To Apple CEO On‘Horrible’ Indiana: But YouDo Business In HomophobicSaudi Arabia? [VIDEO] Daily Caller (DC), by Al Weaver - 3/31/2015 8:38:05 PM George Will blasted Apple CEO Tim Cook Tuesday on “Special Report” for his continued critique of the Indiana religious freedom law while he does business with Saudi Arabia. The syndicated columnist told host Bret Baier that while Cook believes Indiana is a “horrible” place, he opened up Apple operations in the Middle Eastern nation which continues to persecute individuals for being gay. Will sarcastically added that “the selective indignation” on Cook’s part is “wonderful.” GEORGE WILL: There’s nothing more tiresome in modern American life than the indignation sweepstakes we get in all the time to see who can be most
Chaffetz subpoenas two Secret Service agents CNN, by Eric Bradner - 3/31/2015 8:27:36 PM (Video) Washington -The chairman of the House panel investigating Secret Service lapses has issued subpoenas to two agents who were on the scene for an early-March incident in which agents allegedly drove through an active bomb threat investigation. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, issued the subpoenas Tuesday after Secret Service Director Joe Clancy refused to make the agents available to testify before the committee. Chaffetz said in a statement that the agents "can shed light not only on the March 4 incident involving a potential bomb just outside the White House when the President was Plan to Keep 1,700 RadioShackStores Open Is Approved New York Times, by Hiroko Tabuchi - 3/31/2015 7:56:33 PM A bankruptcy judge gave his blessing on Tuesday to a plan that would keep about 1,700 RadioShack stores open, saying he would approve the plan over a higher cash bid that would probably have liquidated the retailer but raised more money for its creditors. The ruling by Judge Brendan L. Shannon of United States Bankruptcy Court at a hearing in Wilmington, Del., clears the way for RadioShack to sell 1,740 of its locations to a New York hedge fund. That fund, Standard General, intends to co-brand those RadioShack stores as Sprint stores in a bid valued at about $160 million. Salus Capital Partners, RadioShack’s largest creditor, Nets Devote 3x More Time toIndiana Law Than Hillary E-MailServer Wipe Newsbusters, by Geoffrey Dickens - 3/31/2015 7:48:52 PM The stunning revelation that Hillary Clinton wiped her personal e-mail server clean is the kind of political cover-up that should have sent the networks into overdrive, except they had an even more important agenda to advance: smearing an entire state and its Republican governor as anti-gay bigots. From the morning of March 27 through March 30 evening the Big Three (ABC, CBS, NBC) networks spent only 10 minutes and 15 seconds to the admission by Clinton’s own attorney that her State Department e-mails were wiped from the server that had been subpoenaed by Congress, but they devoted a whopping 35 US Steel to idle part of Minntac;680 layoffs expected Associated Press, by Steve Karnowski JoniTx- 3/31/2015 7:42:09 PM MINNEAPOLIS— U.S. Steel Corp. said Tuesday it plans to idle part of its Minntac plant at Minnesota´s biggest iron mine, resulting in about 680 layoffs. It´s the latest symptom of a downturn in the American steel industry that has taken a heavy toll on the Iron Range of northeastern Minnesota. U.S. Steel cited high steel imports, dumping of foreign steel and low steel prices in its announcement. U.S. Steel spokeswoman Courtney Boone said the layoffs are temporary at the Mountain Iron facility, which employs about 1,500 workers, but that the company can´t speculate how long they´ll last. She said that
National Review goes nonprofit Politico, by Dylan Byers LittleHoodedMonk- 3/31/2015 7:37:26 PM National Review, the conservative magazine founded by William F. Buckley Jr. in 1955, is becoming a nonprofit, the On Media blog has learned. Since its launch, the magazine has operated as a not-for-profit business, even as it came to rely on more and more donations in recent years. Starting next month, it will become a nonprofit organization, which will make it exempt from federal taxes. National Review also plans to merge with the nonprofit National Review Institute, its sister organization, according to a source with knowledge of the plans. Reached for comment, editor Rich Lowry said the move to nonprofit status officially Iran militia chief:Destroying Israel is ‘nonnegotiable’ Times of Israel [Jerusalem], by Lazar Berman LittleHoodedMonk- 3/31/2015 7:31:02 PM The commander of the Basij militia of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards said that “erasing Israel off the map” is “nonnegotiable,” according to an Israel Radio report Tuesday. Militia chief Mohammad Reza Naqdi also threatened Saudi Arabia, saying that the offensive it is leading in Yemen “will have a fate like the fate of Saddam Hussein.” Naqdi’s comments were made public as Iran and six world powers prepared Tuesday to issue a general statement agreeing to continue nuclear negotiations in a new phase aimed at reaching a comprehensive accord by the end of June. In 2014, Naqdi said Iran was stepping up efforts to arm West Bank The MSNBC ratings keep getting worse Politico, by Dylan Byers LittleHoodedMonk- 3/31/2015 7:22:31 PM Just when you thought things couldn´t get any worse for MSNBC, along came the quarterly ratings reports. In both daytime and prime time, MSNBC endured its lowest quarterly demo numbers in a decade, and its total viewership since the final quarter of 2007. Prime-time viewership was down 45 percent in the demo from the first quarter of 2014, while daytime viewership was down 39 percent in the demo. On Tuesday, while Fox News and CNN were boasting their own quarterly numbers -- Fox News remained dominant, CNN made major strides in the demo -- MSNBC chose to focus on the month of March instead, Cambodian dictator not happywith Michelle Obama American Thinker, by M Catharine Evans JoniTx- 3/31/2015 6:55:42 PM Soon after she returned from her Asian trip, Cambodia´s Prime Minister Hun Sen criticized the first lady´s international "Let Girls Learn" initiative as a public relations ploy. Sen has been in power for 30 years and, according to several human rights groups, "stifles those who pose a threat to his rule." In a previous post I suggested that Mrs. Obama be careful not to rile the prickly dictator while she was visiting his country. Now Sen has accused Michelle of "playing around" and giving false hopes to Cambodian girls who want to go to school. Sen also implied that the
White House: Hillary ClintonActing As ‘Private Citizen’ InBenghazi Investigation Breitbart Big Government, by Charlie Spiering JoniTx- 3/31/2015 6:02:07 PM The White House reacted to the news today that Chairman Trey Gowdy of the House Select Committee On Benghazi requested an interview with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton regarding the use of her private email address and her home server. During the White House press briefing today, Earnest said that the issue was now in the hands of Clinton and her lawyers as well as the leaders of the congressional committee. “I don’t have an opinion on it,” Earnest said, when asked about the request by reporters, reminding them that the former Secretary of State was acting as a “private citizen”
Iran nuclear talks to extend past deadlineThe State Department says enough progress has been made in the Iran nuclear talks to extend them to Wednesday. (Fox News)
Why Harry Reid’s Home ExerciseAccident Story Does Not Add Up Breitbart Big Government, by Michael Patrick Leahy LittleHoodedMonk- 3/31/2015 5:57:34 PM A Breitbart News investigation of the home exercise accident story told by Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) and “sources familiar with the incident” has uncovered facts which appear to discredit his version of events surrounding a New Year’s Day incident that left him with gruesome injuries to his eye, face and ribs. On January 22, three weeks after the incident, Reid told reporters on Capitol Hill this version of how he obtained those injuries: I know there are a lot of rumors as to what happened, but that’s very simple. My wife and I were in our new home. I was doing exercises that I’ve been doing for many years with those large Rep. Duckworth, Top Dem Recruit,Demands Hillary Testify Breitbart Big Government, by Mike Flynn LittleHoodedMonk- 3/31/2015 5:51:21 PM Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) says Hillary Clinton should testify before the special select committee examining the tragedy in Benghazi. Duckworth added she would hold former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton “accountable” for erasing emails from her personal server. Duckworth’s strong stand may be a matter of political expediency. She’s running for U.S. Senate, for a seat Democrats would probably need to take if they hope to reclaim the majority in the elections in 2016. She is challenging first-term Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL), a former military intelligence officer. Duckworth herself is a veteran of the Iraq War. Religious Liberty and Equality New York Times, by David Brooks MissMolly- 3/31/2015 5:47:18 PM Over the past few decades the United States has engaged in a great struggle to balance civil rights and religious liberty. On the one hand, there is a growing consensus that straight, gay and lesbian people deserve full equality with each other. We are to be judged by how we love, not by whom we love. (Snip)As a matter of principle, it is simply the case that religious liberty is a value deserving our deepest respect, even in cases where it leads to disagreements as fundamental as the definition of marriage.
Meet Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker,the conservative threat to Jeb Bush Tampa Bay Times [FL], by Adam C. Smith MissMolly- 3/31/2015 5:43:44 PM CONCORD, N.H. — Once dubbed America´s most divisive governor, Wisconsin´s Scott Walker may be the biggest threat to the presidential ambitions of Jeb Bush and Hillary Clinton. The understated everyman can fill a high school auditorium with guffaws and appreciative smiles merely by explaining how he buys shirts. "I go to that Kohl´s rack that says it was $29.99 and now it´s $19.99. And then I get the Sunday insert out with that little scratch-off, and I take it up to the cash register with my Kohl´s credit card. And then I take the mailer that we get because we shop Medieval garlic and bilepotion kills MRSA superbug CBS News, by Amanda Schupak Emerson- 3/31/2015 5:19:43 PM Could a 1,000-year-old concoction be the answer to stopping superbugs? Christina Lee, an Anglo-Saxon expert at the University of Nottingham, found the recipe for a remedy for eye infections in a 10th Century medical volume called Bald´s Leechbook, one of the earliest known medical textbooks. The instructions were clear -- clear enough to follow today -- so she brought it to a microbiology lab at the university to see if it really works against bacteria. In its original Old English, the recipe -- which may date back even further, to the 9th Century -- called for two species of Allium Swing-state poll shows´red flag´ for Hillary Clinton Politico, by Kendall Brightman Pluperfect- 3/31/2015 4:15:55 PM Hillary Clinton appears to have been damaged by revelations about her email use and is not seen as honest or trustworthy by about half of voters in three key states, according to a new poll. A Quinnipiac University poll released Tuesday compares the former secretary of state with potential Republican candidates in swing states Florida, Pennsylvania and Ohio. In Florida, former Gov. Jeb Bush leads Clinton 45 percent to 42 percent. On Feb. 3, Clinton led Bush in Florida 44 percent to 43 percent. In Ohio, Clinton leads all Republicans, but some, like Chris Christie, are gaining ground. Christie trails Clinton 45 percent An amusing struggle as the presstries to explain why RFRA isdifferent from all those other laws Hot Air, by Jazz Shaw Pluperfect- 3/31/2015 4:13:16 PM While it’s certainly a serious topic which merits the debate going on around the country, there has been one exceptionally funny aspect to the entire RFRA discussion this week. It took some prodding from conservative outlets, but the media has at long last begun to grudgingly admit that virtually identical laws are on the books in nearly two dozen other states and on the federal level, many bearing the signatures of Democrats. This has left liberal opponents sputtering and side stepping in their attempts to say, well yeah, but this is way worse because… Republicans! Given a bit of time,
‘Dreamers’ despair as Obama, Democratsabandon immigration activists Washington Times, by Stephen Dinan Pluperfect- 3/31/2015 4:09:59 PM The heady sense of victory immigrant rights activists had last year after President Obama announced his deportation amnesty has faded in recent weeks as the advocates sense they’ve lost ground among the very Democratic leaders they were counting on to deliver at the national and state levels. The latest blow came over the weekend in New York, where Gov. Andrew Cuomo has scrapped plans for a state-level Dream Act granting in-state tuition to illegal immigrants as part of the budget — spawning a hunger strike from young illegal immigrants who expected him to come through. Nationally, meanwhile, Mr. Obama is Iranian aircraft buzzes Navyhelicopter in Persian Gulf CNN, by Barbara Starr - 3/31/2015 3:46:53 PM Washington -An Iranian military observation aircraft flew within 50 yards of an armed U.S. Navy helicopter over the Persian Gulf this month, sparking concern that top Iranian commanders might not be in full control of local forces, CNN has learned. The incident, which has not been publicly disclosed, troubled U.S. military officials because the unsafe maneuver could have triggered a serious incident. It also surprised U.S. commanders because in recent months Iranian forces have conducted exercises and operations in the region in a professional manner, one U.S. military official told CNN. "We think this might have been Obama releases military aid to Egyptthat was frozen after 2013 coup,cites national security LittleHoodedMonk- 3/31/2015 3:46:16 PM Washington - President Barack Obama is releasing military aid to Egypt that was suspended after the 2013 coup in that country. The White House says Obama is lifting the hold on sending F-16 fighter jets, tanks and other material to Egypt. The U.S. has been weighing whether to lift the hold to help combat the extremist threat spilling over from Libya and in the Sinai Peninsula. But the White House says it is not issuing a certification that Egypt has made progress toward democracy. Instead, the U.S. is maintaining that the aid is in the interest of U.S. national security. The U.S. had to do one or the other to unblock the aid. Obama commutes sentences of 22people serving time in federalprison, mostly for drug crimes Associated Press, by Staff LittleHoodedMonk- 3/31/2015 3:36:25 PM Washington - President Barack Obama has commuted the sentences of 22 people serving time in federal prison. The White House says that many of these individuals — all of them convicted of various federal drug crimes — would have already served their time and paid their debt to society had they been sentenced under current laws and policies. But because many were convicted under now-outdated sentencing guidelines, the White House says they served years longer than individuals convicted of the same crimes today. The White House says the commutations are in keeping with Obama´s commitment to make the justice system
Benghazi Select CommitteeFormally Calls on HillaryClinton to Testify Gateway Pundit, by Jim Hoft - 3/31/2015 3:34:27 PM Hillary Clinton says that she is the most transparent woman in American politics. There’s just one problem – Hillary Clinton lies… a lot. (Video) The House Select Committee on Benghazi on Tuesday formally requested Hillary Clinton to testify about her private server. The Washington Examiner reported: A House panel Tuesday formally requested Hillary Clinton to testify about the private server and email account she used while serving as secretary of state. Rep. Trey Gowdy, chairman of the Select Committee on Benghazi, sent a request to Clinton’s personal attorney, David E. Kendall, requesting that Clinton appear before the committee no later than Hillary Clinton replied to drone crashemail with furniture inquiry: ‘Sorry!’ Washington Times, by Douglas Ernst LittleHoodedMonk- 3/31/2015 3:18:12 PM Hillary Rodham Clinton’s mixture of personal and work email once resulted in a reply to a crashed drone story with inquiries about home decorations. Files obtained by The Associated Press show that Mrs. Clinton accidentally sent adviser Huma Abedin questions about the attractiveness of shelving units in response to a drone crash in Pakistan. “I like the idea of these. How high are they? What would the bench be made of? And I’d prefer two shelves or attractive boxes/baskets/ conmtainers (sic) on one. What do you think?” Mrs. Clinton wrote, AP reported Tuesday. When Mrs. Abedin then asked if she meant to send Hil on the grill: Gowdy demands Clintonface questions on emails by May 1 Washington Times, by Stephen Dinan LittleHoodedMonk- 3/31/2015 3:10:55 PM The Benghazi investigative committee on Tuesday formally requested former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton give a transcribed interview detailing her decision-making in determining which emails she turned over to the government and why she wiped her email server clean. Chairman Trey Gowdy said Mrs. Clinton’s “unique arrangement with herself” — in which she claimed complete control of government business emails — needs to be explained, and nobody other than Mrs. Clinton can do that. The interview would be behind closed doors, but would be part of the committee investigation’s record. U.N. Warns of ‘Total Collapse’ inYemen as Houthis Continue Offensive New York Times, by Nick Cumming-Bruce LittleHoodedMonk- 3/31/2015 3:03:31 PM Geneva - The United Nations’ human rights chief, Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, warned on Tuesday that Yemen was on the brink of collapse, as his office said heavy fighting in the southern port city of Aden had left scores dead and its hospitals overflowing with bodies. Fierce clashes continued there on Monday between Shiite Houthi rebels, who are allied with Iran, and fighters loyal to President Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi, the exiled Yemeni leader, who is backed by Saudi Arabia and a coalition of Arab states. “The situation in Yemen is extremely alarming, with dozens of civilians killed over the past four days,” Mr. al-Hussein,
IRS ignoring 60 percentof taxpayers’ calls Washington Times, by Stephen Dinan PageTurner- 3/31/2015 1:59:05 PM IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said Tuesday that service at his agency has gotten so bad that they are ignoring more than 60 percent of taxpayers’ phone calls during this tax season. Speaking at the National Press Club, Mr. Koskinen pleaded with more money, saying a budget boost would help them staff their overwhelmed customer service lines. He also said it would help reverse staffing cuts in their compliance division, where he said the government will lose $2 billion this year in money it would otherwise have been able to collect if it had better staffing. Congress has cut or held the agency’s
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Late Breaking News!Nigerian president reportedly concedes defeat in electionNigerian opposition candidate Muhammadu Buhari's campaign announces that Goodluck Jonathan called to concede defeat in the country's presidential election. (FoxNews)
US-Cuba Relations: Stage Setfor Historic Meeting BetweenObama and Castro ABC News, by Jim Avila and Jordyn Phelps PageTurner- 3/31/2015 1:23:59 PM The United States and Cuba are set to mark an historic milestone next week with President Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro poised to share the stage at the upcoming Summit of the Americas in Panama. It will be the first scheduled meeting between leaders of the two countries in nearly 60 years. In advance of the historic meeting, “Power Players” sat down with Josefina Vidal, the head diplomat representing Cuba in negotiations with the United States in the months following President Obama’s announcement in December that the U.S. would normalize relations with the Communist island. In what she described Exclusive: Dr. Ben Carson:‘Absolutely Vital’ Americans StandUp For Indiana’s Religious Freedom Law Breitbart Big Government, by Alex Swoyer - 3/31/2015 12:32:27 PM Dr. Ben Carson, a likely 2016 presidential contender, tells Breitbart News that it is “absolutely vital” Americans stand up for Indiana Gov. Mike Pence’s new religious freedom law. Speaking about the Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act—which has drawn fire from the left—Carson said the First Amendment is one of the basic pillars and a founding principle of the nation. “It is absolutely vital that we do all we can to allow Americans to practice their religious ways, while simultaneously ensuring that no one’s beliefs infringe upon those of others. We should also serve as champions of freedom of religion throughout Iran ‘Deal-or-No-Deal´: Talksto Continue Through June Breitbart National Security, by Joel B. Pollack - 3/31/2015 12:25:51 PM Negotiations toward a nuclear deal between Iran and the P+5 nations (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council, plus Germany) will continue through June, according to reports from Lausanne, Switzerland on Tuesday. The announcement was made to satisfy the self-imposed deadline of March 31 for a provisional agreement, with “technical” details to be agreed by July 1. However, major differences appear to have been redefined as “technical” to keep talks going. The chief sticking point remains the question of what will happen to Iran’s stockpile of enriched uranium. Iran had initially agreed to export the stockpile abroad, but
Men in shooting at NSA hadgone to hotel to ‘party’ Associated Press, by Meredith Somers - 3/31/2015 12:12:19 PM Fort Meade, Md. — Police say two cross-dressing men who crashed into a guarded entrance to the National Security Agency in a stolen car met the vehicle’s owner in Baltimore before heading to a hotel to “party.” Howard County police spokeswoman Mary Phelan says the SUV’s owner picked up the two men, dressed as women, in Baltimore and then headed to the Terrace Motel in Elkridge. Phelan says the vehicle owner told investigators they arrived at the hotel around 7:30 a.m. to “party.” Phelan says that after about an hour, while the SUV’s owner was in the bathroom, the men stole his Violence wanes in Chicago, butfear looms over mayor´s race Associated Press, by Don Babwin JoniTx- 3/31/2015 12:11:54 PM CHICAGO— A few years ago, violence on Chicago streets thrust a recently elected mayor into the national spotlight as shootouts in some of the city´s most troubled neighborhoods fueled nearly constant bloodshed. Rahm Emanuel spent nearly $200 million over two years to flood those streets with police working overtime. His police department also collected a trove of information about individual gang members and set up meetings between gang members and the parents of homicide victims to illustrate the high human cost of gunfire. Since then, the city´s overall violence has declined, but the number of slayings in some minority neighborhoods Marco Rubio is a much betterfundraiser than you think he is Washington Post, by Chris Cillizza - 3/31/2015 11:42:07 AM The knock on the soon-to-be announced presidential candidacy of Florida Sen. Marco Rubio boils down to one word: Money. "But Mr. Rubio may struggle to raise money in the shadow of a onetime mentor, Mr. Bush," according to a story in today´s Wall Street Journal. "Jeb Bush’s success in rounding up GOP donors as he pursues a likely presidential run has created a big question for his fellow Floridian Marco Rubio: Will there be any money left for him?" asked WaPo´s Ed O´Keefe and Matea Gold earlier this month. "But the threat of Bush winning over donors who might otherwise gravitate to Rubio Rick Perry, American Caudillo Atlantic, by Richard Parker StormCnter- 3/31/2015 10:17:23 AM AUSTIN, TEXAS—Right now, at least, Rick Perry seems to be getting nowhere. In fact, both of the ambitious Texan Republicans with designs on the White House—Perry, the former governor and Senator Ted Cruz, the conservative firebrand—are footnotes in the early jostling for the Republican nomination for president. But we are a full year from the early caucuses and primaries. In 2012, it did not matter that Rick Santorum won Iowa. In 2015, who even remembers? It would be a mistake to write Perry´s political epitaph just yet, despite his withdrawal from the 2012 race. He’s been lampooned of late as the cowboy
Harry Reid Justifies Lying About Romney’s Taxesfrom Senate Floor: ‘He Didn’t Win, Did He?’ Washington Free Beacon, by Staff StormCnter- 3/31/2015 10:10:45 AM Harry Reid said he has no regrets for polarizing the Senate, attacking the Koch brothers, and falsely accusing Mitt Romney of not paying taxes. Republicans have criticized Reid, who recently announced that he would not seek re-election in 2016, for hostile tactics that soured the environment on Capitol Hill. The Senate minority leader dismissed claims that he is the problem with Washington and said he his proud of taking on the Koch brothers when no one else would. Reid appeared to take some joy of being a part of the Democrat machine that took down Romney in 2012. “Let him prove that he has Cruz MIA at Armed Services hearings Politico, by Austin Wright StormCnter- 3/31/2015 10:08:29 AM Ted Cruz thunders about what he calls a “fundamentally unserious” U.S. defense policy, but when he had a chance to weigh in during Senate Armed Services Committee hearings, he rarely showed up. Cruz, who announced last week he’s running for president, has the committee’s worst attendance record — by far. The Texas Republican attended just three of the panel’s 16 public hearings so far this year, according to a POLITICO review of transcripts from full committee hearings. The average committee member attended 13 of the 16 hearings, and Cruz is the only one of the panel’s 26 members with an
Breitbart National Security, by John Hayward The picture of Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz’ troubled state of mind grows more complex with the revelation, reported by International Business Times, that investigators have discovered that Lubitz “trawled the dark side of the web visiting, among other things, sites containing gay porn, suicide themes and sexual perversions.” This sheds new light on a seemingly minor detail from early reports: other pilots teased Lubitz by calling him “Tomato Andy” because he worked as a flight attendant before becoming a pilot. According to IBT, this was not merely an insulting reference to the food and beverage duties of a flight
Pakistan combat troopsto join Saudi coalition Arab News [Jeddah, Saudi Arabia], by Staff Jeddah/Islamabad - Pakistan will send troops to Saudi Arabia to give military support to a coalition of mainly Gulf states fighting Yemeni Houthi rebels, a senior government official said. Pakistan would join a Saudi-led military coalition conducting airstrikes against Houthis, the official said. The air strikes are targeting the rebels’ southward advance on the port city of Aden, the last bastion of President Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi. “We have already pledged full support to Saudi Arabia in its operation against rebels and will join the coalition,” the Pakistani official said. Pakistan’s Defense Minister Khawaj Asif said a delegation led by him
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As U.S. and Iran Seek Nuclear DealIt's coming down to every man for himself.
Saudi Arabia Makes its Own Moves
The Latest Bombshell from Mrs. Clinton's LawyerHow far from willful concealment is downright theft?
The bill for 6 years of slobbering fawn has come due.
Report accuses Hillary adviser who ran intelIt's Sidney again and he's been busy.Talk about bills coming due.
service of illegally lobbying
Harry Reid's mobster fist fight and cover-upDon't know if it's true but we like it. PummelingHarry Reid with a pillowcase full of oranges sounds like fun.
Harvey Weinstein accused of groping Italian model, 22,Mega-Producer says it's a blackmail
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NYC Blast Probe Highlights
Problem Of Stealing Gas
Drive- 3/31/2015 9:17:36 AM NEW YORK — It was a run-of-the-mill complaint — a smell of gas — with a troubling explanation: Someone had improperly tapped into a Manhattan building’s gas line, and it was leaking. The issue was quickly resolved. But seven months later, authorities suspect another round of gas-pipe tampering caused a fiery explosion at the same building, killing two people, injuring nearly two dozen and leveling three buildings in all. While officials caution that they aren’t certain of the cause of last week’s blast in New York’s East Village, it is highlighting a long-known problem with potentially deadly consequences: untrained schemers rigging up New Book Explores Role of Race
for First Lady Michelle Obama
Time Magazine, by Maya Rhodan NorthernDog- 3/31/2015 9:15:42 AM During her senior year at Princeton University, First Lady Michelle Obama couldn’t imagine she would live to see the election of the nation’s first African American, let alone be married to him. “To say that during her Princeton years she could not envision an African American president is like saying that the sun rises and sets every day,” writes Northwestern University Professor Peter Slevin in his upcoming biography, Michelle Obama: A Life. At the time, the future First Lady was a girl from the South Side of Chicago, navigating the Ivy League world and its social intricacies while questioning the Obama’s Chicago Presidency National Review Online, by Victor Davis Hanson Drive- 3/31/2015 9:14:45 AM Senator Robert Menendez (D., N.J.) was a vocal critic both of President Obama’s executive-action opening to Cuba and his nuclear non-proliferation talks with Iran. In the midst of his loud opposition, he found himself suddenly indicted by a federal attorney on charges that had aired much earlier without consequence. I think the message was not that the administration was worried over appearances, but rather that it wished to remind all of Washington that it actually welcomed the appearance of not being worried over the idea of federal prosecutorial power being used for
Tea Party References Scrubbed From
‘Battlefield Hardline’ After Breitbart Report
Breitbart Big Hollywood, by Noah Dulis Drive- 3/31/2015 9:07:14 AM Last year, Breitbart News reported that preview footage of EA’s then-unreleased first-person shooter Battlefield Hardline contained content that conflated the Tea Party movement with a group of racist survivalist enemies. However, with the release of Battlefield Hardline this month, it appears that all imagery and dialogue referencing the Tea Party has been removed from the final version of the game following our initial report. In the alpha footage of the game’s single-player campaign shown at the Gamescom trade show in August of 2014, a playthrough of a level which pitted the player character against a number of racist, extremist militia members contained Jihadi e-book advises sleeper cells Tampa Tribune, by Howard Altman Hazymac- 3/31/2015 9:05:13 AM Offering suggestions that terrorism experts say range from troubling to goofy, a new jihadi e-book obtained over the weekend by The Tampa Tribune tells how Islamic sleeper cells can remain under the radar and attack when necessary. “How To Survive In The West: A Mujahid Guide (2015),” describes itself as “a guide for the Muslims who are living in a majority non Muslim land” that “will teach you how to be a secret Agent who lives a double life, something Muslims will have to do to survive in the coming years.” Written in English by an unnamed author, the e-book The 2 states Obama hasn´t visited CNN, by Kevin Liptak NorthernDog- 3/31/2015 9:04:49 AM He´s visited steel mills in Indiana and movie studios in California; an oil spill in in Louisiana and a landslide in Washington State; military bases from New Jersey to Texas; even Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming. When President Barack Obama speaks at the Hill Air Force Base in Utah on Friday, he´ll have traveled to 49 states as president, nearly reaching his goal of stopping in every single one during his eight years in office. After this week, South Dakota will remain the only state unvisited by the commander-in-chief — though Obama´s aides say he´s gunning to reach all 50 Report: Germanwings Co-Pilot Surfed Gay
Porn and Suicide Websites Before Crash
Breitbart News, by John Hayward NorthernDog- 3/31/2015 8:57:17 AM The picture of Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz’ troubled state of mind grows more complex with the revelation, reported by International Business Times, that investigators have discovered that Lubitz “trawled the dark side of the web visiting, among other things, sites containing gay porn, suicide themes and sexual perversions.” This sheds new light on a seemingly minor detail from early reports: other pilots teased Lubitz by calling him “Tomato Andy” because he worked as a flight attendant before becoming a pilot. According to IBT, this was not merely an insulting reference to the food and beverage duties of a flight attendant;
Mike Pence slams liberals as
he stands by ‘religious freedom’ law
Politico, by Nick Gass Drive- 3/31/2015 8:54:36 AM Indiana Gov. Mike Pence continued to defend the state’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act on Tuesday, slamming the way liberals and some in the national media have characterized the law. “I stand by this law, but I understand that they way that some on the left and frankly, some in the national media have mischaracterized this law over the last week might make it necessary for us to clarify the law through legislation,” the Republican governor said in an interview on “Fox and Friends” from Indianapolis. One of last three remaining
World War II Doolittle Raiders
who flew daring mission over
Japan just four months after
Pearl Harbor dies, aged 95
Daily Mail (UK), by Kelly McLaughlin - 3/31/2015 8:51:59 AM One of the last surviving Doolittle Raiders who attacked Japan during a daring World War II mission has died, age 95. Lt. Col. Robert Hite died on Sunday at a nursing home in Nashville after a battle with Alzheimer´s disease. He was one of three remaining Doolittle Raiders. Hite was a co-pilot of a crew that flew one of the 16 B-25 bombers that raided Tokyo in April 1942. Led by Lieutenant Colonel James ´Jimmy´ Doolittle, the mission saw 80 airmen sent in bombers from a carrier at sea to attack military targets in Japan. Without enough fuel to reach AP: Hillary used more than
one device for e-mail while SecState
Hot Air, by Ed Morrissey - 3/31/2015 8:41:29 AM Under any other circumstances, this headline would be the equivalent to Breaking: Water Is Wet. For a decade or more, anyone who used e-mail for work usually had more than one mobile device with which to retrieve it, especially for those whose jobs required them to have constant access to their communications. Three weeks ago, though, Hillary Clinton claimed not to have done so, preferring “convenience” rather than carrying two devices to handle two different accounts as she would have had to do had she used an official State Department e-mail account: First, when I got to work as secretary NBC’s Ann Curry Compares
Conservatives in U.S. to Skeptical
Iranian Leaders Ahead of Deadline
Newsbusters, by Curtis Houck - 3/31/2015 8:38:20 AM While reporting on Monday’s NBC Nightly News with the latest from the Iranian side of the international talks in Switzerland over their nuclear program, Ann Curry became yet another member of the liberal media in smearing U.S. conservatives by likening them to radical hardliners in Iran’s Islamic regime. After a report from chief foreign affairs correspondent Andrea Mitchell on the overall state of the talks as the Tuesday deadline approaches, interim anchor Lester Holt turned to Curry for “the latest on a tough situation facing Iranian negotiators having to convince hardliners in that country to go along with any deal.”
Limbaugh: Indiana Outrage Is
the New ‘Hands Up, Don’t Shoot’
Mediaite, by Josh Feldman JoniTx- 3/31/2015 8:34:59 AM Rush Limbaugh took on the backlash to the controversial Indiana religious freedom law today and compared it to the liberal reaction to Ferguson and how people ran with “hands up, don’t shoot.” Limbaugh said that just like with the lie of “hands up, don’t shoot,” the liberal media is going wild about discrimination when really, he said, the law is just about saying “the freedom of religion clause in the First Amendment has been affirmed.” He argued, “It’s purely emotional. It is driving people’s emotions and is creating almost a replica of the lie that ‘hands up, don’t shoot’ was.” Source: Girlfriend of Germanwings
co-pilot Andreas Lubitz knew
he had psychological issues
CNN, by Pamela Brown, Frederik Pleitgen * Toledo- 3/31/2015 8:30:12 AM Dusseldorf, Germany The girlfriend of Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz knew he had psychological issues but "did not know the extent of the problems," a European government official briefed on the investigation into the crash told CNN on Tuesday. The source said the girlfriend told investigators the couple were working through the issues together and "were optimistic" they could solve the problems. She was just as surprised as everyone else by what he did, the source says. According to the source, the girlfriend told investigators she knew Lubitz had been to see two doctors. The source says those doctors -- an eye doctor and Hillary’s emails: Deleted but not gone Politico, by Joseph Marks and Rachael Bade Toledo- 3/31/2015 8:21:24 AM As House Republican leaders weigh whether to try to force former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to hand over her personal email server, experts say the messages she deleted from it — or at least portions of them — can almost certainly be recovered. Half a dozen computer forensics experts interviewed by POLITICO said remnants of Clinton’s emails likely still exist on the server, although retrieving them could be time intensive and expensive. Clinton’s attorney David Kendall on Friday wrote Benghazi Committee Chairman Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), declining the committee’s request for the server to be turned over to an independent A fatal wrong turn
suspected at NSA
Washington Post, by Peter Hermann, Sari Horwitz * Toledo- 3/31/2015 8:19:06 AM The overnight tryst began in Baltimore, with three men, two dressed as women. It continued at a motel on U.S. 1, and when one of the men woke up Monday morning, his two cross-dressing companions, and his Ford Escape, were gone. The dark-colored Escape was headed south on the Baltimore-Washington Parkway. Its driver, in what authorities believe could have been a mistake, took a restricted exit leading to a security post at the sprawling campus of the National Security Agency at Fort Meade, Md. An NSA statement said the driver ignored police commands to stop and instead accelerated toward a police vehicle
NYT´s Martin Embraces Sunny
Jeb Bush Telling GOP It ´Must
Accept a Changing Country
...Voters Who May Not Look Like Them´
Newsbusters, by Clay Waters jackson- 3/31/2015 8:05:10 AM New York Times reporter Jonathan Martin hit the New Hampshire hustings for his Page 1 slot in Monday´s paper, "Bush and Walker Point G.O.P. to Contrary Paths." Martin made it clear where those paths lead: Either up to the sunny moderate climes of colorful diversity with Jeb Bush, or down a dispiritingly white conservative lockstep path with Wisconsin GovIn Martin´s condescending take, Jeb Bush is on a mission to tell hard truths to his party: That Republicans " must accept a changing country: that the path to the presidency will be found through appealing to voters who may not look Pakistan combat troops to join Saudi coalition JEDDAH/ISLAMABAD: ARAB NEWS, by Staff Hicksvillekid59- 3/31/2015 7:38:16 AM Pakistan will send troops to Saudi Arabia to give military support to a coalition of mainly Gulf states fighting Yemeni Houthi rebels, a senior government official said. Pakistan would join a Saudi-led military coalition conducting airstrikes against Houthis, the official said. The air strikes are targeting the rebels’ southward advance on the port city of Aden, the last bastion of President Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi. Hillary Agonistes American Thinker, by J.R. Dunn magnante- 3/31/2015 7:00:19 AM Hillary is not going to run for president. Oh, she may put her name up. But run, as in the sense of actually campaigning, that’s another story altogether. (snip)Consider her response to the e-mail scandal. Compare it to that of her previous efforts to emulate the Borgias. There has been no outrage on her part. No Medusa on the rampage. No counterattacks, no legal maneuvering, no horde of media sock puppets leaping into the breach. No. She and her entourage have been petulant and ineffectual -- a truth underlined by her dog-ate-my-homework excuse to Gowdy’s committee late last week. Explanations have Hey John, Why the Long Face ? Townhall, by D. W. Wilber JoniTx- 3/31/2015 6:58:12 AM As Secretary of State John Kerry frantically tries to reach an appeasement agreement with the Islamic Republic of Iran over Iran’s nuclear weapons program, yes it indeed is a nuclear weapons program, the security of Israel and the United States continue to hang in the balance. With tomorrow’s deadline rapidly approaching, ‘agreement at all costs’ appears to be the negotiating tactic employed by the United States negotiating team, led by Secretary Kerry. The Iranians certainly recognize the Obama Administration’s desperation and will exploit to their advantage as much as possible the negotiating weakness on display in Switzerland. Weakness they have Indianapolis Star Front Page
Scolds Religious Freedom Law:
‘FIX THIS NOW’
Breitbart News, by Staff JoniTx- 3/31/2015 6:55:20 AM The Tuesday print edition of the Indianapolis Star will devote its entire front page to Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA)–not a news article but an editorial attacking the measure. Karen Ferguson, president and publisher of the paper, tweeted a preview of the front page layout. (Tweet/photo) “We are at a critical moment in Indiana’s history,” the article begins. The RFRA, it states, “no matter its original intent already has done enormous harm to our state and potentially our economic future.” The solution, according to the op-ed, is the passage of a second law “to prohibit discrimination in employment, education,
Indiana Becomes Apoplectic
Moonbat Magnet – Governor
Mike Pence Fights Back…
Conservative Treehouse, by Sundance earlybird- 3/31/2015 6:37:58 AM It appears Indiana has become the epicenter of all things dangerous and scary for the progressive left. “BIGOTS” they shout !! The polar ice-caps are melting, planets have fallen askew, random rainbow monkeys are rushing toward the alarm. Everyone from Miley Cyrus to heads of other states are shocked, shocked, that a religious freedom law would pass. Oh the humanity. Cher and Hillary Clinton are marching arm in arm (Huma is jealous) my god this is slavery again!. CNN’s John Avalon says Mike Pence is George Wallace. Aiiieeeeee ! Charge of the cashmere coming next. The mayor of Seattle has Opportunistic Erdogan Makes A
Move – Report Claims Turkey Aiding
Al Nusra in Syria….
Conservative Treehouse, by Sundance earlybird- 3/31/2015 6:30:50 AM Al Nusra is a front for, and has openly aligned with, al-Qaeda in Syria – which is essentially ISIS. It is not a secret that Turkish Prime Minister Recep Erdogan has tried to deliver the maximum benefit to ISIS (in Northern Syria) in direct opposition to the Kurds who are trying to formulate their own independent nation of Kurdistan. Erdogan views Kurdistan as a proxy for Irans’ growing sphere of influence. Erdogan opposes Iran for many ideological reasons, but arguably most of all because he sees Iran’s growing influence as a threat to his own political ambitions to lead a Apple´s Rotten Reaction To
Indiana´s Religious Freedom Law
Investor´s Business Daily, by Staff RockyTCB- 3/31/2015 6:24:02 AM Propaganda: The overreaction by politicians and advocacy groups to Indiana´s religious freedom law is distressing enough. Worse is the fact that big companies are now amplifying the disinformation campaign. Apple CEO Tim Cook wasn´t the only business executive to condemn Indiana´s law, but he was the most prominent. And, like others, he merely added to the confusion while exposing his hypocrisy. In his Sunday Washington Post op-ed, Cook complained that Indiana is part of a "new wave of legislation" designed to discriminate against gays. New wave? Nineteen states already have laws substantially like Indiana´s — most of them enacted over a decade ago.
Nevada´s Caesar Politico, by Jon Ralston Pluperfect- 3/31/2015 5:38:57 AM In the summer of 2007, Nevada Power, the state’s utility monopoly, was ramping up plans to build a $5 billion coal plant in the rural community of Ely. Then-Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, coming down with the green fever that would animate him for the rest of his career, was not pleased. The Ely Energy Center, Reid asserted to me during an August television interview, “will never be built.” A month later, Nevada Power CEO Michael Yackira came on the program and pushed back against Reid’s anti-coal crusade. “I don’t think he’s right,” Yackira said of Reid. “I don’t think he’s right A Scouting Report of EmergingGOP Presidential Field Wall Street Journal, by Dan Schnur Pluperfect- 3/31/2015 5:30:46 AM Two weeks ago, college basketball’s annual tournament began in its usual frenzy of chaos and unpredictability. Last week, the fight for the Republican presidential nomination began in much the same way. The NCAA has learned that the best way to bring order to a sprawling and unwieldy field of contenders is to divide the teams into regional quadrants, where the teams face off against less challenging foes before moving on to more difficult matchups. As the largest field of potential candidates in modern political history begins to emerge, this could work just as well for handicapping the GOP primary season. Good The Age-Old Sunni-ShiaWar Is Sucking America In Daily Beast, by Jamie Dettmer StormCnter- 3/31/2015 5:26:26 AM Naiveté led Bush to invade Iraq, and Obama to portray a nuke deal with Iran as a panacea. But all Washington is doing is making things worse. In blunt language back in 2004 Jordan’s King Abdullah raised the alarm about what he called a “Shia crescent” taking shape from Iran through Iraq and Syria to Lebanon. The king was warning about the consequences of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq the year before — an invasion he had advised against, fearing it would end up boosting the regional clout and stir the imperial ambitions of Tehran, as it did, and that it would
Downsize the Federal Government American Thinker, by David Coughlin - 3/31/2015 5:22:29 AM The size of the federal government has exploded over the last century. The legislative and judicial branches of government have grown to serve the increased number of states and its growing population. The size and scope of the executive branch has grown to reflect an expanded role of the federal government over the last 100 years. Apparently the staffing of fourteen separate cabinet departments were not enough to manage the current executive branch, so Barack Obama felt the need to appoint a number of “czars” to focus on special emphasis areas. Recent studies have found that economic growth rates decline Safety first Washington Examiner [DC], by Noemie Emery MissMolly- 3/31/2015 5:19:28 AM Academia has given us so much for which not to be grateful — identity politics, race/gender studies and sundry unpleasantries. But it has topped itself now with one even better — the right to be treated as something quite fragile, always endangered and almost too precious to live. Last December, the Boston Globe informed us that "students at Harvard Law School, joining their counterparts at a pair of other leading universities, have asked that final exams be postponed for students who have been ´traumatized´ by recent grand jury decisions" in New York and Missouri, explaining "we cannot walk away from The Latest Bombshell fromMrs. Clinton’s Lawyer National Review Online, by Shannon W. Coffin StormCnter- 3/31/2015 5:08:57 AM Hillary Clinton’s lawyers confirmed what many have suspected since her remarks at a U.N. press conference earlier this month: She has wiped her server clean of any e-mails that she didn’t turn over to the State Department. In so doing, Mrs. Clinton has given her critics more reason to suspect that she is up to no good and yet further reason that Mrs. Clinton should keep those lawyers on speed dial. In the ongoing saga of Hillary Clinton’s exclusive use of a private server at her Chappaqua, N.Y., home, the latest bomb was thrown by her lawyer, David Kendall (of Hillary Clinton withheld informationfrom Congress. Now what does Congress do? Washington Examiner (DC), by Byron York - 3/31/2015 5:07:40 AM On September 20, 2012, just nine days after the terrorist attacks on the U.S. diplomatic facility in Benghazi, Libya, the House Government Oversight Committee sent a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton requesting that she turn over "all information … related to the attack on the consulate." About two weeks later, on October 2, 2012, Clinton responded, saying she would cooperate fully with the investigation into what went wrong in Benghazi. "We look forward to working with Congress and your committee as you proceed with your own review," Clinton told committee chairman Rep. Darrell Issa. "We are committed to
Ted Cruz: ´I urge Americans´ tostand with Mike Pence Washington Examiner (DC), by Kelly Cohen - 3/31/2015 5:04:18 AM Sen. Ted Cruz has thrown his support behind Gov. Mike Pence. As Indiana Republican Gov. Mike Pence continues to be under fire for a new bill signed last week, Cruz let him know he is not without support from his fellow Republican lawmakers. Cruz, the first official 2016 Republican presidential candidate, released a statement Monday night backing Pence. "I want to commend Governor Mike Pence for his support of religious freedom, especially in the face of fierce opposition. There was a time, not too long ago, when defending religious liberty enjoyed strong bipartisan support. Alas, today we are facing a The Awful Mystery of TwoSuicides in Missouri Politics Atlantic Wire, by David A. Graham StormCnter- 3/31/2015 5:03:28 AM “Words do hurt. Words can kill.” So said John Danforth, a former U.S. senator and Episcopal priest, during a eulogy for Tom Schweich on March 3. Whether Danforth´s diagnosis is right, there are two men dead by apparent suicide in Missouri, and the state and its Republican Party are struggling to come to grips with what has happened. The first death came on February 26 in St. Louis, where Schweich, the state auditor, shot himself. He was 54 and had been reelected to his post just four months earlier. Then, this Monday, police said that Robert "Spence" Jackson, Schweich´s spokesman, had died Access denied: Reporters say federalofficials, data increasingly off limits Washington Post, by Paul Farhi StormCnter- 3/31/2015 5:01:28 AM Stacey Singer, a health reporter for the Palm Beach Post in Florida, was perusing a medical journal in 2012 when she came across something startling: a federal epidemiologist’s report about a tuberculosis outbreak in the Jacksonville area. Singer promptly began pursuing the story. But when she started seeking official comment about the little-reported outbreak, the doors began closing. County health officials referred her to the state health department. State officials referred her to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Even though the CDC’s own expert had written the investigative report, the agency’s press office declined to let Singer speak Etiquette Versus Annihilation Creators Syndicate, by Thomas Sowell StormCnter- 3/31/2015 4:53:14 AM Recent statements from United Nations officials, that Iran is already blocking their existing efforts to keep track of what is going on in their nuclear program, should tell anyone who does not already know it that any agreement with Iran will be utterly worthless in practice. It doesn’t matter what the terms of the agreement are, if Iran can cheat. It is amazing — indeed, staggering — that so few Americans are talking about what it would mean for the world’s biggest sponsor of international terrorism, Iran, to have nuclear bombs, and to be developing intercontinental missiles that can deliver them
HBO´s Going Clear should be thefinal nail in Scientology´s coffin The Week, by Scott Meslow MissMolly- 3/31/2015 4:50:05 AM There´s a moment early in the HBO documentary Going Clear — a rigorous, damning takedown of the Church of Scientology — when Lawrence Wright, on whose book the documentary is based, explains why he spent so much time and energy on his investigation. "My goal wasn´t to write an expose," he says. "It was simply to try to understand Scientology." Anyone who watches Going Clear will indeed walk away with a greater understanding of Scientology — but that doesn´t mean they won´t be enraged and horrified by it. This documentary, whose convincing allegations have been vetted by 160 HBO lawyers, City probing whether East Village buildingowner illegally tapped into gas mainas family mourns Nicholas Figueroa New York Daily News, by Edgar Sandoval & Greg B. Smith MissMolly- 3/31/2015 4:46:49 AM Investigators are gathering up gas main and building records in an escalating criminal probe of what caused the fatal building explosion last week in the East Village. The Manhattan district attorney’s office and the city Department of Investigation have begun collecting records from the city buildings department and Con Edison, according to sources familiar with the probe. “Today it’s a full-fledged criminal investigation and we are complying with all requests for information,” said Philip O’Brien, a Con Edison spokesman. A key focus is whether the building owner Maria Hrynenko illegally tapped into a gas main meant to serve only a first-floor restaurant to Obama Promotes Policy With ´ConservativeFolks´ Reading Bible, Saying ´That Ain´t RIght´ Weekly Standard, by Jeryl Bier StormCnter- 3/31/2015 4:43:32 AM During President Obama´s tenure, religious Americans have been increasingly marginalized by an administration that can be intolerant or at least unaccomodating of beliefs that conflict with its policies, regulations, or legislative goals. Perhaps most notably, President Obama campaigned by expressing support for traditional marriage, more than once citing his Christianity as the basis for his position, a position he later "evolved" away from. This has not stopped the president, however, from invoking scripture in support of other items on his agenda. The most recent example came last week during a trip to Alabama to draw attention to a relatively obscure item Eroding Freedom in the Name of Freedom New York Times, by Erik Eckholm StormCnter- 3/31/2015 4:36:28 AM When the federal government adopted a religious protection act in 1993, same-sex marriage was not on the horizon. An informal coalition of liberals and conservatives endorsed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act because it seemed to protect members of vulnerable religious minorities from punishment for the exercise of their beliefs. The federal legislation was set off by a case involving Native Americans who were fired and denied unemployment benefits because they took part in ceremonies with peyote, an illegal drug. Twenty states, including Indiana last week, have since passed their own versions of religious freedom laws. But over time, court decisions
The new Nixon New York Post, by Editorial StormCnter- 3/31/2015 4:29:53 AM At least Richard Nixon never burned the White House tapes. Hillary Clinton, on the other hand, wiped clean the private e-mail server at the heart of her current scandal. So says Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC), who heads the House Select Committee on Benghazi. And she did it after Congress and the State Department issued subpoenas for her e-mails. Seems she learned from her time as a lawyer for the Watergate committee: The only safe way to keep potential evidence from investigators is to destroy it. Now the nation can never get to the bottom of Clinton’s use of a private e-mail server for Obama and the Democrats PJ Media, by Ron Radosh StormCnter- 3/31/2015 4:25:32 AM The Obama offensive to garner support ahead of a possible deal with Iran has run into some headwinds. The administration’s intensive lobbying campaign directed towards Democrats in Congress is, according to the Wall Street Journal, based on the argument “that opposing President Barack Obama would empower the new Republican majority.” Apparently there are reports that the administration has come to the realization that Congress will have to have a say, no matter how minimal, and is trying to come up with something to assuage a lot of congressional ruffled feathers. The administration is also relying on liberal and progressive groups to Mr. President: Will you bring homeAmerican pastor imprisoned in Iran? Fox News, by Jay Sekulow Pluperfect- 3/31/2015 4:16:44 AM There is much at stake as efforts intensify to reach an agreement with Iran over its nuclear capabilities. Discussions about nuclear enrichment and centrifuges may be central to these negotiations, but there’s another topic that should be addressed. March 26 marked two and a half years since American Pastor Saeed Abedini was imprisoned in Iran, jailed simply because of his Christian faith. His health is worsening. In a prison where torture and executions are commonplace, Pastor Saeed continues to face grave threats and an uncertain future. The Obama administration has been vocal in calling for Pastor Saeed’s release. In a face-to-face meeting 2 former federal agents charged withstealing Bitcoin during Silk Road probe CNN, by Evan Perez Pluperfect- 3/31/2015 4:12:24 AM Washington- The federal government became owners of one of the biggest troves of Bitcoin, thanks to seizing millions of dollars in the digital currency from criminals associated with the online black market Silk Road. Two federal agents who helped lead one of several investigations in the case allegedly decided they wanted some of the money for themselves, according to a new federal court documents. The two now-former agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration and the U.S. Secret Service are charged with wire fraud, money laundering and other offenses for allegedly stealing Bitcoin during the federal investigation of Silk Road, an Clinton Also Used iPad for Email;Mixed Personal, Work Chats Associated Press, by Jack Gillum Pluperfect- 3/31/2015 4:06:33 AM WASHINGTON -- Hillary Rodham Clinton emailed her staff on an iPad as well as a BlackBerry while secretary of state, despite her explanation she exclusively used a personal email address on a homebrew server so that she could carry a single device, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press. The State Department released a total of four emails between Clinton and her top advisers as part of a Freedom of Information Act request filed in 2013 by the AP, which sought Clinton´s correspondence with senior advisers over a four-year period relating to drone strikes overseas and U.S. surveillance programs. While limited,
Student Loan Recipients Go onRepayment Strike, Face Default Associated Press, by Kimberly Hefling Pluperfect- 3/31/2015 4:03:11 AM WASHINGTON -- Sarah Dieffenbacher is on a debt strike. She´s refusing to make payments on the more than $100,000 in federal and private loans she says she owes for studies at a for-profit college that she now considers so worthless she doesn´t include it on her resume. The "debt strike" sentiment is catching on. Calling themselves the "Corinthian 100" - named for the troubled Corinthian Colleges, Inc., which operated Everest College, Heald College and WyoTech before agreeing last summer to sell or close its 100-plus campuses - about 100 current and former students are refusing to pay back their loans, according to The Price of Damming Tibet’s Rivers New York Times, by Michael Buckley Lalo- 3/31/2015 1:56:35 AM NEW DELHI — CHINA has more than 26,000 large dams, more than the rest of the world combined. They feed its insatiable demand for energy and supply water for mining, manufacturing and agriculture. In 2011, when China was already generating more than a fifth of the total hydropower in the world, the leadership announced that it would aim to double the country’s hydropower capacity within a decade, so as to reduce its heavy dependency on coal-fired power plants. Since the waterways of mainland China are already packed with dams, this new hydropower output could come from only one place: the
Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Radical cleric’s co-conspirator pleadsguilty in plot to set up terror camp Associated Press, by Staff - 3/31/2015 1:10:33 AM The right-hand man of the terrorist known as “Hook” ?pleaded guilty in Manhattan federal court on Monday. Haroon Aswat, of Yorkshire, England, copped to providing material support to al Qaeda and conspiring with prosthetic-hand-wearing criminal Abu Hamza al-Masri in 1999 and early 2000. He faces a maximum of 20 years. Aswat, 40, said at his plea agreement that he conspired with Hamza and others to create a training camp in the rural area of Bly, Ore., in the fall of 1999. “I traveled to Bly, Oregon, to assist Oussama Kassir in the creation of a training camp, and the training of others, who wanted to participate in jihad on GPS monitoring of sex offenders forlife? Supreme Court reverses N.C. case. Christian Science Monitor, by Warren Richey - 3/31/2015 12:57:12 AM Washington - The United States Supreme Court on Monday summarily reversed a North Carolina judicial decision upholding a program that allows state officials to use a GPS device to monitor the movements of repeat sex offenders 24 hours a day, seven days a week – for the rest of their lives. A state appeals court and the North Carolina Supreme Court had upheld the constitutionality of the lifetime surveillance program. They ruled that since the program was created under civil law, rather than criminal law, the GPS monitoring did not amount to a search under the Fourth Amendment. Justice Department appeals federal judge´shold on Obama´s immigration action Associated Press, by Staff - 3/31/2015 12:32:31 AM Washington - The Justice Department urged a federal appeals court Monday to reverse a hold a judge placed on President Barack Obama´s immigration executive action. The 69-page brief was filed with the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ahead of arguments scheduled for next month. Lawyers for the federal government are challenging a preliminary injunction issued in February by a federal judge in Brownsville, Texas. That decision placed on hold an executive action that could spare from deportation as many as 5 million people who are in the U.S. illegally. Justice Department lawyers say in the new court filing that the federal
Exclusive: Cablevision to make $1offer for New York Daily News - source Reuters, by Liana B. Baker - 3/31/2015 12:13:42 AM U.S. cable T.V. operator Cablevision Systems Corp is planning to make an offer for the New York Daily News as early as this week, valuing the troubled tabloid at just $1, according to a person familiar with the matter. The offer would come one month after New York media and real estate magnate Mortimer Zuckerman said he was considering selling the newspaper and had hired Lazard Ltd to assist with the process. It underscores the declining readership and plunging advertising revenue that have plagued the tabloid for years. Cablevision´s $1 bid takes into account the New York Daily News´ reported $30 million annual loss Payday Loan PJ Media, by Richard Fernandez Hazymac- 3/30/2015 11:15:26 PM One of the signs of bankruptcy is the willingness to sell valuable items cheaply for immediate cash or borrow small sums of money at high rates of interest. The most familiar example is the payday loan, meant to tide a cash-strapped person over until the next salary day. “Since payday lending operations charge higher interest-rates than traditional banks, they have the effect of depleting the assets of low-income communities. John Hudson and Colum Lynch argue in Foreign Policy that the Obama administration is down at the Iranian pawnshop trying to get something — at almost any rate of interest — A classic Jersey diner comes to an end Star-Ledger [Newark, NJ], by Mark Di Ionno Ribicon- 3/30/2015 10:42:09 PM Bill Nicholas locked up, expecting to open after a few hours of sleep just like always. Always, as in almost 60 years. That´s how long he´s been working at the Harris Diner in East Orange, the last 56 as owner. So on March 9 at 8.p.m., when he bolted the door on the stainless-steel landmark, he fully expected to be back at 5 a.m., frying bacon and potatoes, making soup, preparing for another day in the kitchen as he had roughly 22,000 days before. But a few minutes after he got home to Livingston, word came from his security company Report Accuses Hillary Adviser Who RanIntel Service of Illegally Lobbyingfor Vladimir Putin Ally Breitbart Big Government, by Staff LittleHoodedMonk- 3/30/2015 10:15:55 PM The Hillary Clinton confidant who was caught running a clandestine intelligence service for her may have also illegally lobbied for Russian President Vladimir Putin’s ally in the nation of Georgia. According to a Gawker report, Sidney Blumenthal, the top Clinton confidant, and “another former official from Bill Clinton’s administration were secretly lobbying the secretary of state on behalf of a billionaire in the former Soviet state of Georgia who was seeking closer ties with Putin’s Russia—seemingly in violation of a federal law designed to prevent foreign powers from covertly wielding influence within the United States.”
Americans Support Nuclear Deal With Iran? Power Line, by John Hinderaker Dreadnought- 3/30/2015 10:04:47 PM The Washington Post reports that a “clear majority” of Americans support President Obama’s proposed nuclear deal with Iran: By a nearly 2 to 1 margin, Americans support the notion of striking a deal with Iran that restricts the nation’s nuclear program in exchange for loosening sanctions, a new Washington Post-ABC News poll finds. As always, we need to know what question was asked. Here it is: Q: Thinking now about the situation with Iran – would you support or oppose an agreement in which the United States and other countries would lift major economic sanctions against Iran, in exchange for Canadian Parliament backs airstrikes on Islamic State in Syria Reuters, by David Ljunggren & Jeffrey Hodgson LittleHoodedMonk- 3/30/2015 10:02:37 PM Toronto - Canadian legislators on Monday voted to back the government´s plans to bomb Islamic State positions in Syria, a move that opposition parties say threatens to drag Canada into a long war. The House of Commons approved the plan 142-129. The result was never in doubt, since the ruling Conservatives have a majority in the chamber. The vote also approved the extension of Canada´s six-month mission by a year to the end of March 2016. Canada has around 70 special forces troops in northern Iraq and six Canadian jets are taking part in U.S.-led bombing attacks attacks against Islamic State in Iraq. As U.S. and Iran Seek Nuclear Deal,Saudi Arabia Makes Its Own Moves New York Times, by David D. Kirkpatrick LittleHoodedMonk- 3/30/2015 9:55:50 PM Cairo - As America talks to Iran, Saudi Arabia is lashing out against it. The kingdom, Iran’s chief regional rival, is leading airstrikes against an Iranian-backed faction in Yemen; backing a blitz in Idlib, Syria, by jihadists fighting the Iranian-backed Assad regime; and warning Washington not to allow the Iranian-backed militia to capture too much of Iraq during the fight to roll back the Islamic State, according to Arab diplomats familiar with the talks. Through Egypt, a major beneficiary of Saudi aid, the kingdom is backing plans for a combined Arab military force to combat Iranian influence around the region. Justice Department Sues University OverAlleged Anti-Transgender Discrimination BuzzFeed News, by Chris Geidner LittleHoodedMonk- 3/30/2015 9:46:09 PM Washington - The Justice Department on Monday filed a lawsuit against Southeastern Oklahoma State University, alleging that the school discriminated against a transgender professor in violation of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The case is the first time the Justice Department sued an entity alleging that the sex discrimination ban in Title VII of the historic civil rights legislation protects transgender people from discrimination. In December 2014, Attorney General Eric Holder announced that the department would use that interpretation — advocated for since 2012 by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission,
Arizona Governor Vetoes Bill To DelayIdentifying Police Officers Who Shoot People BuzzFeed News, by Alison Vingiano LittleHoodedMonk- 3/30/2015 9:41:30 PM A controversial bill that aimed to prohibit law enforcement in Arizona from releasing the names of officers involved in shootings until 60 days after the incident was vetoed Monday by Gov. Doug Ducey. Ducey said his No. 1 goal was to protect officers and their families, and the “arbitrary” 60-day timeframe didn’t help police. In a letter explaining his decision, the governor also noted that Arizona law already allows local police departments to weigh officer safety as they decide when to release names. In one recent case, the Phoenix Police Department waited seven days after a shooting to release the officer’s name. Americans Favor Deal With Iran by 2-1;Relations With Israel Are Highly Politicized ABC News, by Gary Langer LittleHoodedMonk- 3/30/2015 9:33:49 PM Americans by a 2-1 margin favor an agreement with Iran over its nuclear development program, even while broadly questioning whether a deal would, in fact, prevent Tehran from producing nuclear weapons. A new national ABC News/Washington Post poll also finds sharply politicized views of U.S.-Israel relations, which have been strained by the two allies’ dispute over the advisability of an agreement with Iran. In a result that supports the Obama administration’s position in the face of Republican and Israeli criticisms alike, Americans by 59-31 percent back a plan to lift major economic sanctions against Iran in exchange
Astronaut´s awesome Vineshows storms from space CBS News, by Amanda Schupak - 3/30/2015 7:20:19 PM (Video) While flying more than 200 miles above Earth Sunday, NASA astronaut Terry Virts tweeted this striking video of thunderstorms across central Africa. From his view aboard the International Space Station, the storms look like the flashes of fireworks. But they hold an "amazing amount of power," he pointed out in his tweet. It´s been a big week at the ISS. NASA astronaut Scott Kelly and two Russian cosmonauts, Mikhail Kornienko and Gennady Padalka, launched from from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan Friday and docked later that night with the space station. Virts captured this fantastic photo of the Soyuz Samper calls for review ofU.S., LatAm relations at summit Agencia EFE [Madrid, Spain], by Staff PageTurner- 3/30/2015 6:55:41 PM Quito - The secretary general of the Union of South American Nations, or Unasur, considers it opportune to "make use of the (April 10-11) Summit of the Americas to reassess relations between the United States and South America." In an interview with Efe, former Colombian President Ernesto Samper said it would be a worthwhile item on the agenda of the summit, whose expectations now largely center on an eventual meeting between U.S. President Barack Obama and Cuba´s Raul Castro. Aside from media interest in the presence of Obama and Castro, Samper said, analyzing the state of Cuban-U.S. interests cannot dodge subjects like The loud last gasp that shouldbe heard around the world Canada Free Press, by Judi McLeod snowcloud- 3/30/2015 6:48:36 PM If only the “loud last gasp” of the 7-month-old unborn baby ripped out of her mother’s womb in Colorado last week would end for once and for all the fallacious argument that a human baby is only a fetus while still in her mother’s womb. Then her moment’s-long life would have saved millions of innocent children slaughtered by abortions that have become commonplace since the law birthed by Roe vs.Wade. The baby girl was murdered in the most heinous and shocking of crimes and the law of the land that so callously identified her as a fetus can never justify
Mumia Abu-Jamal ailing,supporters say Philadelphia Inquirer, by Staff PageTurner- 3/30/2015 6:38:18 PM A nonprofit advocacy group that supports former death-row inmate Mumia Abu-Jamal reported that he had been hospitalized Monday afternoon. Prison Radio, which distributes recordings made by Abu-Jamal in prison, said the 60-year-old had been transported from the State Correctional Institution at Mahanoy in Schuylkill County at 1 p.m. to the intensive care unit at Schuylkill Medical Center. A spokeswoman for the state Department of Corrections declined to comment on the report. "We never discuss an inmate´s medical condition," said deputy press secretary Susan Bensinger in an e-mail. Federal Government EconomistCalls Indiana Christians ‘Nazis’ Breitbart Big Government, by John Nolte - 3/30/2015 6:35:53 PM Since 1998, Elizabeth Ashack has worked as an economist for the US Department of Labor. Sunday, using her Twitter account, this government employee wrote “people in the red states vote for nazis to govern, and then call themselves Christian.” She quickly deleted the Tweet, which was directed at the new religious freed law passed in Indiana. SooperMexican grabbed a screencap before it was deleted. (Tweet) Along with the “Nazi” tweet, Ashack removed the fact that she is a government employee from her Twitter bio. Numerous sources on Twitter claim Ashack claimed this morning that she was the victim of the Obama: Politicians should carrythemselves more like Kennedy Associated Press, by David Espo & Nedra Pickler - 3/30/2015 6:30:04 PM BOSTON— President Barack Obama summoned today´s quarrelsome political leaders to emulate the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy in the pursuit of compromise on Monday, and said a new institute that bears the longtime Massachusetts senator´s name can be as much an antidote to political cynicism as the man once was. "What if we carried ourselves more like Ted Kennedy? What if we were to follow his example a little bit harder?" the president asked a crowd of family, former aides and political dignitaries of both parties under a tent in raw weather just outside the doors of the Edward M. Kennedy Report: It looks like TigerWoods will play the Masters CBS Sports, by Kyle Porter SoCalGal- 3/30/2015 5:55:27 PM Few folks in golf are better connected than Golf World´s Tim Rosaforte. When he says Tiger Woods will play in the 2015 Masters, it holds some weight. Here´s what Rosaforte said in Golf World on Monday: "I think Tiger Woods is going to play the Masters. I also think you´ll see him take a trip to Augusta National this week where he can practice in solitude without a camera on him. "I base this not only on Notah Begay´s 50-50 prediction that got so much traction, but by some of the scores he´s been posting and the improvement he´s shown over the past
Harry Reid´s MobsterFistfight and Cover-Up Bloomberg, by David Weigel earlybird- 3/30/2015 5:40:18 PM On Friday afternoon, in a segment about the retirement of Nevada Senator Harry Reid, Rush Limbaugh cast doubt on the official story of the Democratic leader´s gruesome facial injuries. Reid kept saying that he had wounded himself and damaged his right eye when a piece of exercise equipment broke. Not so, said Limbaugh. "I don´t believe for a minute that whatever happened to Harry Reid has anything to do with an exercise machine unless somebody repeatedly threw him into it," said Limbaugh. "Harry Reid looks like and is acting like—and now with this announcement, behaving like—somebody who may have been beaten Car that tried to crash NSA gate wasstolen from Maryland hotel, police say Los Angeles Times, by Christine Mai-Duc earlybird- 3/30/2015 5:35:51 PM One person was killed and two others, including a police officer, were injured Monday after police confronted a car that tried to crash through a gate outside National Security Agency headquarters at Fort Meade, Md., the agency confirmed. NSA police opened fire when the car rammed into a police car. FBI officials say they don’t believe the incident is related to terrorism. According to Howard County police spokeswoman Mary Phelan, the black SUV was stolen from a hotel in Jessup, Md., on Monday morning. Phelan would not say which hotel, citing the FBI´s ongoing investigation, and no other information was Obama Lackey, Anti-IsraelPropagandist Harvey WeinsteinHonored For Fighting Anti-Semitism Breitbart Big Hollywood, by Ben Shapiro earlybird- 3/30/2015 5:26:51 PM On Tuesday night, Hollywood bully Harvey Weinstein received the Humanitarian Award at the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s National Tribute Dinner at the Beverly Hilton. There, he spoke forcefully about the need to fight anti-Semitism. “We’re gonna have to get as organized as the mafia,” he said, after being introduced by Jeffrey Katzenberg. “We better stand up and kick these guys in the ass… We just can’t take it anymore [from] these crazy bastards.” He continued: I think it’s time that we, as Jews, get together with the Muslims who are honorable and peaceful – but we [also] have to go and protect Maternity Tourism: The ProfitableBusiness of Having a Child in the U.S. Latin American Herald Tribune [Miami], by Staff
Latin American Herald Tribune [Miami], by Staff Latin American Herald Tribune [Miami], by Staff New spa-like abortion clinic is part ofa trend to ‘destigmatize’ the procedure the proof that he can run for USpresident despite his Canadian roots
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Late Breaking News!Obama supports reduction in military retirement payPresident Obama said Monday he supports the recommendations of a military commission that would reduce the size of traditional military retirement pay by about 20 percent and offer a new defined-contribution benefit for troops who leave before 20 years of service. (Washington Times)
Maternity Tourism: TheProfitable Business of Havinga Child in the U.S. Latin American Herald Tribune [Miami FL], by Staff PageTurner- 3/30/2015 5:09:03 PM SEATTLE – The United States grants citizenship to any person born in its territory, a constitutional provision that in recent years has promoted the creation and expansion of a new business: maternity tourism. With a neatly organized network of agencies and hotels, maternity tourism targets pregnant women, most of them Chinese, who want to give birth in the United States so their child will be a natural-born U.S. citizen. “Many benefits come from being a U.S. citizen,” the Shanghai-based Star Baby Care firm, which specializes in maternity tourism in Southern California, advertises on its Web site. “You will have free access to an Brazilian Priest Suspended forPosting Nude Photos on Social Media Latin American Herald Tribune [Miami FL], by Staff PageTurner- 3/30/2015 5:04:55 PM SAO PAULO – A 40-year-old priest was suspended by the Catholic Church for appearing nude in photographs posted on social networks, Brazilian media reported Sunday. The unidentified priest was assigned to a church in Miracema, a small city in the northern state of Rio de Janeiro, and told the Diocese of Campos dos Goytacazes that he was the victim of blackmail. Selfies of the naked priest were posted on the Internet and church officials became aware of the images, deciding to suspend the man on Saturday, the Globo network reported. The priest said the photographs were posted on the Internet by a woman Mexican Immigration AgentsStop Woman Posing as Motherof 3 Guatemalan Kids Latin American Herald Tribune [Miami FL], by Staff PageTurner- 3/30/2015 5:01:48 PM MEXICO CITY – Mexican immigration agents stopped a woman in the northern state of Chihuahua who was posing as the mother of the three Guatemalan children traveling with her, the National Migration Institute, or INM, said. The Mexican woman was stopped at a checkpoint in Ojinaga, Chihuahua, along with two 16-year-old boys and a 4-year-old girl for whom she presented birth certificates to INM agents. The agents determined that the documents belonged to the woman’s real children and not to the three kids traveling with her. The woman is not related to the three children, who are from Guatemala, the INM said in
New spa-like abortion clinicis part of a trend to‘destigmatize’ the procedure Washington Post, by Sandhya Somashekhar PageTurner- 3/30/2015 4:57:51 PM With its natural wood floors and plush upholstery, Carafem aims to feel more like a spa than a medical clinic. But the slick ads set to go up in Metro stations across the Washington region leave nothing to doubt: “Abortion. Yeah, we do that.” The clinic, opening this week in tony Friendship Heights, specializes in the abortion pill and will be unique for its advertising. Its unabashed approach also reflects a new push to destigmatize the nation’s most controversial medical procedure by talking about it openly and unapologetically. Plagued by political setbacks in recent years, abortion-rights activists are now seeking to normalize Ted Cruz´s team says this isthe proof that he can run forUS president despite his Canadian roots Business Insider, by Hunter Walker - 3/30/2015 4:36:03 PM According to his campaign team, two top lawyers definitively settled the question of whether Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is eligible to run for US president with an article published in the Harvard Law Review earlier this month. In an email to Business Insider last week, Cruz´s senior adviser Catherine Frazier said the campaign is pointing any reporters who ask about Cruz´s eligibility to the March 11 article by Neal Katyal and Paul Clement. "Any coverage on this issue should include the Harvard Law Review article by Katyal and Clement," Frazier wrote. Questions have been raised about Cruz´s eligibility as he In Venezuela Elections,Too Many Dead Vote Latin American Herald Tribune [Miami FL], by Andres Oppenheimer PageTurner- 3/30/2015 4:35:17 PM MIAMI -- While U.S. and Latin American officials say that Venezuela’s political crisis should be solved through upcoming legislative elections, recent testimony before the U.S. Senate raised many questions: It said Venezuela’s voting registry includes the names of so many dead, many states have more registered voters than people. In March 17 testimony to the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, Russ Dallen, editor in chief of the Caracas-based Latin American Herald Tribune, said Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s government is overseeing a voting process that almost guarantees electoral fraud in the legislative elections tentatively scheduled for September. Before we get into whether Obama to visit Kenya Agence France-Presse, by Staff - 3/30/2015 4:22:54 PM Washington - Barack Obama will make a long-awaited trip to Kenya later this year, visiting his father´s homeland for the first time since becoming US president six years ago, the White House said on Monday. During the long-promised visit this July, Obama will attend a Global Entrepreneurship Summit in the east African nation, a statement said. Obama has visited Africa four times since becoming president, but has not visited the country where he still has relatives. For much of Obama´s presidency, Kenya´s leaders have been under a cloud of prosecution by the International Criminal Court. Uhuru Kenyatta was indicted over the country´s 2007-08 post-election
Spokesman found dead weeks afterMissouri auditor Tom Schweich’s suicide Washington Post, by Abby Phillip - 3/30/2015 4:17:39 PM The tragedy in the office of late Missouri state auditor Tom Schweich has deepened. A month after Schweich died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound amid an alleged political smear campaign focused on his faith, a top aide appears to have committed suicide by the same means, police said. Robert “Spence” Jackson, who served as Schweich’s media director, was found dead in his bedroom Sunday, Jefferson City police said in a statement. Police have not released any details about the timing of Jackson’s death, but they did say that there were no signs of a struggle or forced entry into the Obama supports reduction inmilitary retirement pay Washington Times (DC), by Dave Boyer JoniTx- 3/30/2015 4:13:46 PM President Obama said Monday he supports the recommendations of a military commission that would reduce the size of traditional military retirement pay by about 20 percent and offer a new defined-contribution benefit for troops who leave before 20 years of service. In a letter to congressional leaders, Mr. Obama said the proposals are “an important step forward in protecting the long-term viability of the all-volunteer force, improving quality-of-life for service members and their families, and ensuring the fiscal sustainability of the military compensation and retirement systems.” Mr. Obama said he has directed his advisers to refine some recommendations, and that the The Army puts on a heavy metaltour of Eastern Europe for MrPutin: US armor rolls across thecontinent and is met by delighted* Daily Mail (UK), by Kieran Corcoran JoniTx- 3/30/2015 4:10:38 PM Flag-waving supporters of the United States flooded the streets of Prague today to cheer on a highly visible display of U.S. military might rolling through Europe. Dozens of Stars and Stripes flags, as well as symbols of the Nato military alliance, thronged the capital of the Czech Republic as American soldiers were given a warm welcome by the locals. Armored carriers, including Stryker multi-purpose fighting vehicles, rolled down the highways before coming to a temporary stop in the city´s historic streets as part of an overt show of strength to Russian president Vladimir Putin. Obama returns to his father´sKenya homeland for first timesince becoming president Daily Mail (UK)/Associated Press, by Francesca Chambers & Staff JoniTx- 3/30/2015 3:55:16 PM President Barack Obama will make his first trip as president to Kenya, the country of his father´s birth. The White House says Obama will visit Kenya in July for the Global Entrepreneurship Summit, which brings together business leaders, international organizations and governments. Obama has visited Kenya three times in the past, including once as a U.S. senator, but never as president. (Photos) During a trip to other African countries last year, he said he was likely to visit Kenya before leaving the White House. The president´s father came to the United States from Kenya for school, where he met Obama´s mother
In Boston Olympic Bid Vote,More at Stake Than Games New York Times, by Katharine Q. Seelye & Jeré Longman - 3/30/2015 3:22:35 PM Boston - In the glassy offices of Boston’s headquarters for bidding on the 2024 Olympics, signs remind officials: “Keep Calm and Bid On.” “It’s taking the long view,” said Richard A. Davey, (Snip) Recent polling showed that only a third of Boston residents want the Olympics in their backyard. The majority are worried they will be stuck with the tab for cost overruns, and they have been annoyed by Boston 2024’s lack of transparency. With public support cratering, Boston 2024 officials reversed themselves last week and said that they would support a statewide voter referendum on the Games on the November 2016 ballot. White House denies reportsof Iran balking on nuclear shipments - 3/30/2015 3:04:57 PM The White House denied reports Monday that Iran has backed out of an agreement to ship nuclear material out of its country as part of a broader agreement with the U.S. and other countries. “The idea that there had been an agreement that Iran had backed away from in the last 24 hours is not true,” White House deputy press secretary Eric Schultz told reporters. (Snip) But on Sunday, Iran’s deputy foreign minister, Abbas Araqchi, said Tehran does not intend to send stockpiles of enriched uranium abroad. “There is no question of sending the stocks abroad,” he said. As talks go down to the wire this week, Mr. Schultz said Harvey Weinstein questioned
by NYPD after 22-year-old Italian
woman says he groped her in his office
at Tribeca Film Center: police sources
New York Daily News, by Rocco Parascandola , Tina Moore - 3/30/2015 2:52:55 PM A 22-year-old Italian model told cops that high-profile Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein sexually abused her in his Manhattan office, police sources said Monday. The woman, who wasn’t identified, told cops that Weinstein, 63, touched her private area and her breasts around 6 p.m. Friday it his office at the Tribeca Film Center, the sources said. Weinstein has been questioned by police, and Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance will determine whether to file charges, a police source said. “He initiated the contact,” the source said of Weinstein. “He saw her and spoke to her. She didn’t know who he was until Tammy Duckworth running
against Mark Kirk for US Senate
WLS-TV [Chicago, IL], by Staff - 3/30/2015 1:38:40 PM Chicago - Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth will run for U.S. Senate in 2016, setting up a high-profile challenge to Republican Mark Kirk´s re-election bid. The Democrat announced her candidacy with a video posted on her website in which she says it´s time for "Washington to be held accountable." Duckworth v. Kirk could be one of the most hotly contested races in 2016. Duckworth, an Iraq war veteran and double amputee, was elected to the House in 2012. She´s in her second term in Illinois 8th District, which covers the west and northwest suburbs. Kirk is in his first term and intends to focus his campaign in part on his recovery
Pentagon peril: Private sector jobs, unfit
civilians threaten U.S. military recruiting
Washington Times, by Jacqueline Klimas - 3/30/2015 1:25:11 PM Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter announced Monday that the military will have to do more to recruit the best of the next generation, including helping to pay off student loans, improving transition assistance and expanding programs that offer a mid-career break. Mr. Carter, speaking at his old high school outside Philadelphia, said the Defense Department had a huge influx in the all-volunteer force as Americans joined up in the wake of the 9/11 attacks. As those people leave the military, he said the department will have to adjust to remain attractive to younger generations. “In the coming years as the so called 9/11 Fix the GOP, Don’t Abandon It
A message to Glenn Beck
The Weekly Standard, by Jay Cost Aspenhuskerette- 3/30/2015 1:17:48 PM Last week, to much fanfare, Glenn Beck declared that he was leaving the Republican party and becoming an independent. During a Tuesday night appearance on the O’Reilly Factor, Beck explained his decision thusly: They surrendered on the abortion bill, surrendered on executive orders on illegal immigration, common core. They helped push through $3.5 trillion in deficits this last year. They won´t fight Obamacare. They voted to confirm Katz Unstein (ph). They thwarted the bill on the NSA data collection. They´re still not doing anything on Benghazi. They haven´t done anything on the targeting of conservatives with the IRS. They haven´t Nobody can resist petting a litter of
wriggly puppies... not even this MONKEY
Daily Mail [UK], by Staff Original Article Posted By: JoElla Bee- 3/30/2015 1:14:51 PM Post Reply The only thing cuter than a litter of puppies may be a little monkey going gaga over a bunch of newborn pups. A video of a capuchin monkey after its introduced to a gaggle of black and white puppies that have yet to even open their eyes proves it. Like any human pet lover, the monkey immediately goes in for a big hug. He then pets the pups just like a kid who´s just gotten his first dog.(skip)The monkey even makes kissing sounds when while he caresses them. It´s all enough to make you wonder: what could be cuter than Harry Reid says whistleblowers
lobbing accusations at him
are ‘a bunch of whiners’
Washington Times (DC), by David Sherfinski & Stephen Dinan Original Article Posted By: JoniTx- 3/30/2015 1:14:07 PM Post Reply An inspector general called them courageous, but Sen. Harry Reid said Friday that the government whistleblowers who accused him of using political pressure to try to win special treatment for a Las Vegas casino were “a bunch of whiners.” Mr. Reid, a Nevada Democrat who announced he will retire at the end of this Congress after 30 years in the Senate, said it’s his job to press the federal government to speed up decisions on his constituents’ needs, and said that’s what he was doing when he made the appeal to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to act on the Broken city: Rahm Emanuel
and the unraveling of Chicago
National Journal, by John B. Judis Original Article Posted By: JoniTx- 3/30/2015 1:09:39 PM Post Reply Rahm Emanuel is probably going to be reelected mayor of Chicago, but it won´t have been a pretty road to get there. He failed to garner a majority in the first round of voting, back in February—a rebuke, of sorts, from voters, who had four years ago given him 55 percent of the first-round vote. As a result, he now faces an April 7 runoff against county official Jesus "Chuy" Garcia. When political junkies in the rest of the country think about Emanuel, they tend to focus on his legendary haughtiness. To take one example: A constituent who met with
The personal details of world leaders at the last G20 summit were accidentally disclosed by the Australian immigration department, which did not consider it necessary to inform those world leaders of the privacy breach. The Guardian can reveal an employee of the agency inadvertently sent the passport numbers, visa details and other personal identifiers of all world leaders attending the summit to the organisers of the Asian Cup football tournament. The United States president, Barack Obama, the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, the Chinese president, Xi Jinping,
Obama's Mental Health: A ChecklistHow seriously wacko is he? Let us count the ways.
Personal details of world leadersaccidentally revealed by G20 organisers Guardian [UK], by Paul Farrell LittleHoodedMonk- 3/30/2015 1:03:21 PM The personal details of world leaders at the last G20 summit were accidentally disclosed by the Australian immigration department, which did not consider it necessary to inform those world leaders of the privacy breach. The Guardian can reveal an employee of the agency inadvertently sent the passport numbers, visa details and other personal identifiers of all world leaders attending the summit to the organisers of the Asian Cup football tournament. The United States president, Barack Obama, the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, the Chinese president, Xi Jinping, the Indian prime minister, Narendra Modi, Andrew Sullivan: Blogging nearly killed me CNN, by Tim Kludt - 3/30/2015 1:02:36 PM His prodigious output was supplemented by dispatches from readers, public debates with fellow bloggers and ruminations on everything from the Geneva Conventions to "South Park." Blogging was a medium -- and a lifestyle -- that he helped pioneer. It also nearly proved to be his undoing. "The truth is, I had to stop primarily because it was killing me," Sullivan said Sunday night at the 92nd Street Y in Manhattan. "I used to joke that if blogging does kill someone, I would be the first to find out." He described the grueling pace that he maintained along with a small editorial staff. "This Meet the Men Behind HillaryClinton´s Private ´Spy Network´ Weekly Standard, by Mark Hemingway - 3/30/2015 12:59:25 PM Two big Clinton stories landed last week. The first is that Hillary Clinton destroyed the electronic copies of her State Department emails on her private server after the State Department subpoenaed her emails. The second is that Hillary Clinton had an aide running a "secret spy network" that was, among other things, feeding her information on Benghazi, according to a report by Pro Publica and Gawker. Earlier this month, I noted the myriad ways that Clinton running her own private email server breathes new life into the Benghazi investigation, but this last revelation takes things to a whole new level.
Catch Me if You Can: FakeCop Investigates VA Deaths Daily Beast, by Michael Daly - 3/30/2015 12:57:26 PM Steve Pancoast carried a gun and sought justice for dead vets as ‘chief investigator’ for the Oklahoma VA. But it turns out that wasn’t his job—and now he’s facing charges. With his badge and gun and take-charge bearing, Steve Pancoast seemed like justice personified as he investigated the death of a World War II vet who had been parboiled in a whirlpool bath at an Oklahoma state veterans center back in 2012. Pancoast had been widely described in the press as the chief investigator for the Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs (ODVA), and he acted as well as looked the part. His investigation Sucker Bet City Journal [NY City, NY], by Stephen Eide - 3/30/2015 12:54:20 PM Last week, Atlantic City, New Jersey’s state-appointed emergency manager Kevin Lavin and expert consultant Kevyn Orr released a report about the local fiscal outlook. In its central discussion of how to reestablish solvency, the report contained an ominous line: “Debt deferrals—TBD.” Only if creditors agree to take less in the near term does Atlantic City’s budget get balanced. The pregnant uncertainty of that “TBD” undermines the suggestion, found in much news coverage, that bankruptcy now looks less likely than before the report’s release. On the contrary, as more details emerge about Atlantic City’s balance sheet and budget, it becomes increasingly Republicans see Obama as moreimminent threat than Putin:Reuters/Ipsos poll Reuters, by Roberta Rampton - 3/30/2015 12:52:22 PM A third of Republicans believe President Barack Obama poses an imminent threat to the United States, outranking concerns about Russian President Vladimir Putin and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. A Reuters/Ipsos online poll this month asked 2,809 Americans to rate how much of a threat a list of countries, organizations and individuals posed to the United States on a scale of 1 to 5, with one being no threat and 5 being an imminent threat. The poll showed 34 percent of Republicans ranked Obama as an imminent threat, ahead of Putin (25 percent), who has been accused of aggression in the Meet the man who will replace Jon Stewart New York Post, by Michael Starr & Andrea Morabito LittleHoodedMonk- 3/30/2015 12:51:17 PM Comedy Central newbie Trevor Noah will replace Jon Stewart as host of “The Daily Show” when Stewart leaves later this year?, The Post has confirmed?. “Trevor Noah is an enormous talent. He has an insightful and unique point of view, and most importantly, is wickedly funny,” said Comedy Central president Michele Ganeless in a statement. “For the next host of ‘The Daily Show,’ we set out to find a fresh voice who can speak to our audience with a keen take on the events of the day, and we found that in Trevor. He has a huge international following and is poised to explode here in America, and we are thrilled to have him join
Media Matters Prepares to PushHillary’s Campaign Narrative Breitbart Big Government, by Warner Todd Huston - 3/30/2015 12:40:57 PM Media Matters for America is now fully geared up to push Hillary Clinton on the media and the nation ahead of her likely run for president in 2016, a new report reveals. A recent piece in National Journal reveals that Media Matters and two other far-left groups — American Bridge and Correct The Record — have all turned their organizations into Hillary advocates well before her announcement. Media Matters has been the main purveyor of the leftist, Democratic message. Even National Journal, a left-leaning publication, notes that Media Matters easily programs the national media narrative: It is “often easy to VA inspector general investigatingPhiladelphia official’s relocation bonus Washington Times, by Dave Boyer LittleHoodedMonk- 3/30/2015 12:32:16 PM The Department of Veterans Affairs’ Office of Inspector General is investigating the nearly $300,000 relocation bonus paid to a senior VA official when she was transferred from Washington to lead the Philadelphia regional office last year. In a letter to House Veterans Affairs Chairman Jeff Miller, Deputy Inspector General Richard Griffin said his office is “reviewing the documentation” of the $288,206 in payments to Philadelphia VA Director Diana Rubens. She received about $250,000 more than than the average relocation expense normally paid to VA officials. Mr. Miller, Florida Republican, asked for an investigation Democrat Communications ExpertSnaps Selfie Near Site ofNYC Explosion Breitbart Big Government, by Rich Tucker - 3/30/2015 12:29:48 PM Christina Freundlich is a Democrat communications expert, but she’s created a PR mess for herself. During a visit to New York City, she snapped a selfie outside the building that was destroyed by a deadly explosion last week. Two people were killed and 25 hurt in the blast. “I am deeply sorry for my careless and distasteful post,” Freundlich told the Des Moines Register. “It was inconsiderate to those hurt in the crash and to the city of New York. What happened last week in the East Village is not to be taken lightly and I regret my course of You are probably breakingthe law right now USA Today, by Glenn Harlan Reynolds - 3/30/2015 12:17:25 PM Ignorance of the law, we are often told, is no excuse. "Every man is presumed to know the law," says a long-established legal aphorism. And if you are charged with a crime, you would be well advised to rely on some other defense than "I had no idea that was illegal." But not everybody favors this state of affairs. While a century or two ago nearly all crime was traditional common-law crime — rape, murder, theft and other things that pretty much everyone should know are bad — nowadays we face all sorts of "regulatory crimes" in which intuitions of right
U.S. Supreme Court rejectsObamacare ´death panel´ challenge Reuters, by Lawrence Hurley LittleHoodedMonk- 3/30/2015 12:06:38 PM Washington - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear a new challenge to President Barack Obama´s healthcare law that took aim at a bureaucratic board labeled by some Republicans as a "death panel" because it was designed to cut Medicare costs. The high court left intact a ruling by the San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that threw out the lawsuit. The court’s action in an unsigned order was a victory for Obama administration, which has faced a barrage of legal challenges to the 2010 Affordable Care Act, often called Obamacare. The court is currently weighing a separate case challenging Heavy fighting in Aden asYemen´s Houthis make gains Reuters, by Mohammad Mukhashaf & Sami Aboudi LittleHoodedMonk- 3/30/2015 11:54:47 AM Aden - Iran-allied Houthi militiamen pushed into the northeastern outskirts of the Yemeni port city of Aden on Monday amid heavy clashes with loyalists of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi apparently backed by Saudi-led air strikes. Witnesses heard loud explosions and saw a thick column of black smoke and a jet flying overhead. Hadi´s supporters earlier said artillery and rocket fire hit the approaches to the city after the Houthis made a fresh advance from the east along an Arabian Sea coast road. As the two sides fought over Hadi´s last bastion, humanitarian workers said an air strike in the northern Yemen district of Haradh Does wearing American flagincite violence? SupremeCourt lets stand ruling. Christian Science Monitor, by Warren Richey earlybird- 3/30/2015 11:45:07 AM WASHINGTON — The US Supreme Court announced on Monday that it would not take up a major First Amendment case testing whether school officials in California violated the free speech rights of three high school students who were told they could not wear American flag T-shirts at school because it might upset students of Mexican heritage. The court took the action in a one-line order. The justices offered no further comment on the case. A school principal and vice principal at Live Oak High School near San Jose told the three T-shirt wearers that they must either take the shirts 2 shot trying to ram gatesat NSA headquarters Fox News, by Staff earlybird- 3/30/2015 11:35:17 AM Two men dressed as women tried to ram the gate of the National Security Agency headquarters in Fort Meade with an SUV Monday morning, resulting in a shooting that left one person dead, according to an official and sources familiar with the investigation. After the gate was rammed, a guard reportedly got into an argument with the men and gunfire erupted. It is believed that the guard shot one or both of the men, who were taken to local hospitals to be treated, sources told Fox News. A senior U.S. official told The Associated Press that preliminary reports indicate one
Just how good is Eric Clapton? Daily Telegraph (U.K.), by Neil McCormick Ripper1- 3/30/2015 11:11:38 AM Eric Clapton turns 70 today. He has been acclaimed as a guitar hero since he first surfaced on the burgeoning London blues rock scene in the early Sixties with the Yardbirds and the Bluesbreakers. By 1967, an anonymous graffiti artist coined the phrase Clapton Is God. He has been a global guitar legend for over fifty years. But just how good is he really? Not being a virtuoso myself, I thought I’d ask a few professionals. Unsurprisingly, the consensus is that Clapton is very good indeed. "His repertoire of licks and variations on the blues scale extends towards the infinite and Is a stressed out Obamaturning to drink? American Thinker, by Thomas Lifson magnante- 3/30/2015 11:01:16 AM When the news broke Saturday from the White House press pool report accompanying President Obama on his golf outing in the midst of world crisis, I filed it away (snip) someone forward of the press cabin ordered 3 beers at 9:26 am. Hmm, that’s pretty early to be hitting the sauce. Of course, we don’t know who ordered the beers. I suppose it is faintly possible that some underling didn’t mind drinking in front of the president as the day began. But then yesterday: The Commander-in-Chief, returning from a Florida trip where he played golf with wealthy donors, nearly took a tumble when Exclusive: Health Industry Paid Acting CMSChief Millions When He Joined Gov’t Daily Caller, by Richard Pollock Drive- 3/30/2015 9:48:00 AM When Andy Slavitt reported for work as deputy administrator of the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services last June 10, he pocketed at least $4.8 million in tax-free income from major health-care companies. That’s according to financial disclosure forms obtained by The Daily Caller, now published for the first time. On June 27, he sold additional stock he personally held, raising his total windfall from the health industry to $7.2 million. United Health Group was Slavitt’s most recent private sector employer. The financial disclosure documents permit the public to examine for the first time Slavitt’s financial relationship with United Health Group, which is Obama Creates Chaosand Calls it ´Peace´ American Thinker, by James Lewis magnante- 3/30/2015 9:44:04 AM Obama has surrendered to Iran’s fanatical thirst for nukes, and now all of Iran’s Muslim enemies are going to war, because they understand the mullahs a lot better than Obama does. A huge regional war is breaking out between the two biggest enemies in Islam, the Sunnis and Shi’ites. This war has its roots in Ayatollah Khomeini, Jimmy Carter’s favorite Islamofascist “spiritual leader,” who was allowed to take over the 70 million people of Iran by the terminally delusional Carter regime. But our guy Obama has made everything worse, by siding with the two most extreme and murderous forces in the region, Writer Garry Wills: Right-Wing,Anti-Francis Catholics ‘Are NotUsed to Having a PopeWho Is a Christian’ Newsbusters, by Tom Johnson jackson- 3/30/2015 9:41:40 AM In a Sunday blog post on the New York Review of Books site, historian Garry Wills, who’s written extensively about both the United States and Catholicism, rebuked conservative Catholics who’ve “suggested that [Pope Francis] is not truly Catholic,” asserting that such critics of the pope “are right to be in a panic. They are not used to having a pope who is a Christian. They call Francis a radical because he deplores the sequestration of great wealth for a rich few and deprivation of the many poor. But Francis is a moderate. Jesus was the radical.” Wills, who is Catholic,
A Little Respect for Dr. Foster New York Times, by Nicholas Kristof Judy W.- 3/30/2015 9:25:51 AM One sign of a landmark shift in public attitudes: A poll last year found that Americans approved more of gays and lesbians (53 percent) than of evangelical Christians (42 percent). (Snip) Yet the liberal caricature of evangelicals is incomplete and unfair. I have little in common, politically or theologically, with evangelicals or, while I’m at it, conservative Roman Catholics. But I’ve been truly awed by those I’ve seen in so many remote places, combating illiteracy and warlords, famine and disease, humbly struggling to do the Lord’s work as they see it, and it is offensive to see good people derided. Hogan signing bill making March 30Vietnam Veterans Day Associated Press, by Staff Judy W.- 3/30/2015 9:09:04 AM ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Vietnam veterans are getting some long-delayed appreciation in Maryland. Republican Gov. Larry Hogan is signing a bill Monday making March 30 "Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day." The bill was introduced by Democratic senator and Vietnam veteran John Astle of Anne Arundel County. It passed both houses of the General Assembly as an emergency bill this session. Supporters call it long-overdue recognition for those who served in the war in Southeast Asia in the 1960s and ´70s. The war was unpopular at home, and many returning veterans felt shunned by their countrymen.
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What else is Iran hiding? Washington Post, by Ali Alfoneh and Reuel Marc Gerecht Toledo- 3/30/2015 8:47:35 AM We don’t know all that has transpired in the talks on Iran’s nuclear program being conducted in Switzerland, but we do know that the White House has shied away from a potentially paralyzing issue: the “possible military dimensions” — the PMDs — of the regime’s program. As Olli Heinonen, a former No. 2 at the International Atomic Energy Agency, has warned, outsiders really can have no idea where and how fast the mullahs could build a nuclear weapon unless they know what Iranian engineers have done in the past. Without “go anywhere, anytime” access for IAEA inspectors and a thorough Experts: Pilots ReluctantTo Disclose Mental Illness CBS News, by Suzanne Le Mignot Toledo- 3/30/2015 8:23:06 AM The German co-pilot accused of deliberately steering a commercial plane into the French Alps hid medical problems from his employers. CBS 2’s Suzanne Le Mignot takes a look at the stigma surrounding mental health and pilots. Robert Mark is a former commercial airline pilot and current business jet pilot. The publisher of the aviation insider blog, Jetwhine.com, says pilots would be reluctant to reveal if they had mental health issues. What’s more, Mark says: “There’s no plan for that. No airline wants to touch that.” Airlines referred CBS 2 to the FAA for comment about mental health evaluations for pilots and co-pilots. The FAA says Obama´s Mental Health:A Checklist American Thinker, by Patricia McCarthy anselm33- 3/30/2015 8:21:35 AM If anyone had doubts about the mental health of the president and some of the other more visible people within the Obama administration, there can be doubts no longer. In the past few days Yemen has further erupted into explosive chaos and the long-known but finally admitted facts of Bowe Bergdahl´s desertion were announced. But his spokespersons, Josh Earnest, Marie Harf, and Jen Psaki, with blank, straight faces, still doggedly maintain that that Yemen is a "counterterrorism success" and that turning over five Taliban terrorists of the Taliban´s choosing in exchange for Bergdahl was a wise and wonderful plan.
Mind the step, Mr President:Obama ends weekend golfgetaway in Florida by nearlygoing head first down planesteps Associated Press/Daily Mail, by Associated Press pineledger- 3/30/2015 8:17:14 AM President Barack Obama may have become used to wearing golf shoes after spending the weekend hitting the links in the Sunshine State. The Commander-in-Chief, returning from a Florida trip where he played golf with wealthy donors, nearly took a tumble when exiting Air Force One on Sunday. He gave a wave to media before stumbling for a second and resuming his trot down to the tarmac at Andrews Air Force Base outside Washington. Obama kicked off the spring season at the resort where he once caused a stir by playing with Tiger Woods and had no official events scheduled. First Criticizing Hamas: the NewestCampus Hate Crime Frontpage, by Daniel Greenfield Judy W.- 3/30/2015 7:22:48 AM It was the summer of 2014. Hamas rockets had pounded Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. The rockets were stored in schools. They were launched from mosques and churches. The dead included Daniel Tregerman, a 4-year-old Israeli boy killed by shrapnel. Another Hamas massacre of Jewish children was narrowly averted when a father managed to get kindergarteners inside before a rocket hit. At the beginning of August, even the White House spokesman had called Hamas’ actions “barbaric”. Later that month, Professor Andrew Pessin, a Yale and Columbia educated teacher of religion and philosophy at Connecticut College, wrote, “One image which essentializes the current situation Boko Haram kills, ‘beheadswith chainsaws’ 40 people toderail Nigeria elections RT News [Moscow, Russia], by Staff - 3/30/2015 6:40:14 AM Militants from extremist group Boko Haram attacked several Nigerian towns, torching houses and fatally shooting those who fled before reportedly beheading some of the bodies with chainsaws. The string of terror attacks comes amid the presidential vote. At least 25 people were killed and more than 30 injured in the village of Buratai in Borno state, local officials confirmed. Surviving witnesses described gruesome scenes of murder, saying that not only did the extremists set homes on fire and shoot those trying to escape, but also decapitated the bodies. Local politician Ibrahim Adamu, who fled the scene, told CNN that Boko U.S. signed agreement with Mexicoto teach immigrants to unionize Washington Examiner (DC), by Sean Higgins - 3/30/2015 6:39:36 AM The federal government has signed agreements with three foreign countries — Mexico, Ecuador and the Philippines — to establish outreach programs to teach immigrants their rights to engage in labor organizing in the U.S. The agreements do not distinguish between those who entered legally or illegally. They are part of a broader effort by the National Labor Relations Board to get immigrants involved in union activism. The five-member board is the agency that enforces the National Labor Relations Act, the main federal law covering unions. In 2013, Lafe Solomon, the board´s then-acting general counsel, signed a "memorandum of understanding" with
Mayweather-Pacquiao BoxingMatch Sets Off Fight Over Fees Wall Street Journal, by Joe Flint - 3/30/2015 6:24:02 AM Boxers Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao don’t square off until May 2, but the media companies behind the highly anticipated welterweight title bout are already coming to blows over how to split up the money. At issue are the terms that Time Warner Inc.’s HBO and CBS Corp.’s Showtime want from pay-television distributors to offer the fight on pay-per-view. A price to watch hasn’t been set, but it is expected to be about $90, which would be a new high. Typically, the split for a pay-per-view fight between distributors and programmers is around 50-50. In this case, HBO, which has rights to The Medicare Doc Fiction American Spectator, by David Catron garnet- 3/30/2015 6:20:26 AM When will John Boehner learn that a bill is bad news if Nancy Pelosi supports it, President Obama wants to sign it, and the press sings its praises? That’s precisely what he had on his hands with H.R. 2, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act, a.k.a. the “Doc Fix.” Yet today we find him basking in the approbation of the Beltway establishment for getting this bill passed. This “fix” will add billions to the federal deficit, replace an unworkable price control system with a worse scheme that will dictate how doctors practice medicine and place financial burdens on seniors. Birth tourism raids spark debateabout citizenship, the 14th Amendment Orange County Register (CA), by Roxana Kopetman - 3/30/2015 5:55:37 AM It didn’t take long. News of a federal raid in Irvine and other Southern California cities ignited stinging complaints against Chinese companies bringing expectant mothers to give birth on American soil. There oughta be a law, Orange County readers said in calls and letters to the Register. There is. It’s the 14th Amendment. “All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the state wherein they reside.” That’s pretty clear to many. If you’re born in the United States, you’re a citizen of the United States. But In Lausanne, Mr. Motthagi sums it up Power Line, by Scott Johnson - 3/30/2015 5:36:45 AM The latest from the negotiations with Iran over a deal blessing its nuclear program indicates that the catastrophe should arrive on schedule, before the March 31 deadline. In the New York Times Michael Gordon reports that “Iran’s top negotiator says accord can be drafted.” Gordon’s report should be read in the light of Adam Kredo’s March 26 Free Beacon story “US caves to key Iranian demands as nuke deal comes together.” None of this comes as any surprise. So far as we can tell, the Obama administration has capitulated to every significant demand made by the Islamic Republic of Iran. Negotiations
Harry Reid, partisan brawler, getspattycake treatment from the press Fox News, by Howard Kurtz - 3/30/2015 5:35:05 AM Harry Reid has just pulled off a triple coup. He got to make his own retirement announcement without having it leak in advance. He essentially got to anoint his successor. And despite years as a bare-knuckled partisan warrior who makes incendiary comments about the other side, he’s gotten a pretty nice media sendoff. Usually when a 75-year-old lawmaker gets knocked out of the majority and then suffers a terrible accident, there’s all kinds of media speculation about whether he’ll hang it up. But who ever thought the Nevada Democrat would relinquish power voluntarily? I remember once hearing Reid say that Elizabeth Warren Meetsthe Ted Kennedy Myth Politico, by Tom Keane - 3/30/2015 5:34:29 AM Ted Kennedy gets a grand celebration Monday. That’s when crowds of political boldfacers, including Barack and Michelle Obama, will gather in the Dorchester section of Boston for the formal dedication of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate. Memories of Teddy will be many, gauzy, heartwarming and moving, but the real buzz will be all about his successor, Elizabeth Warren: hero to progressives, nemesis of Wall Street, and a source of consternation to more mainstream pols of both the left and right—not the least of which is Hillary Clinton. “Can Elizabeth Warren be the new Ted Kennedy?” States Are Divided by the LinesThey Draw on Immigration New York Times, by Julia Preston StormCnter- 3/30/2015 5:31:31 AM Washington has long allowed immigrants without legal status to get driver’s licenses. So Ofelia Rosas Ramos, a Mexican living illegally in Seattle, has had her license since 2008. “That is one of the big advantages of this state,” said Ms. Rosas, 31, whose 4-year-old daughter, an American citizen, has severe allergies. “If I have to rush her to the hospital,” Ms. Rosas said, “having a license, I don’t have to worry that I will be stopped by police and reported.” Life is very different for Camila Trujillo, a Colombian immigrant living in Katy, Tex. Since Texas requires a Social Security number for Where have all Her emails Gone? American Thinker, by Silvio Canto, Jr. - 3/30/2015 5:28:15 AM We learned this weekend that Hillary Clinton´s emails were deleted from the server. We also heard this week that the Chinese or Iranians may have them, or so said Bob Woodward. Frankly, we don´t know whether they are "blowing in the wind", "lost in space" or sitting in Peking for a convenient leak to a Western journalist. All three are rather frightening! Here is my bottom line: I am not a lawyer but this whole thing smells "muy feo" as we say in Spanish. First, she used a private server for her emails. She irresponsibly exposed her own schedule, even
Guano War II National Review Online, by Kevin D. Williamson StormCnter- 3/30/2015 5:27:59 AM The Goose Poop War has begun. Canada geese have settled on the National Mall, and Canada geese, in the proud Canadian tradition of Tom Green and Celine Dion, spew excrement everywhere they go — up to three pounds per day per goose. (Celine Dion presented the scientific world with an interesting technical challenge: How to measure excrement in decibels.) Apparently, Canada is either still miffed about that unpleasantness in 1812 or — and this seems more likely — enraged about the acquisition of Tim Horton’s by Burger King. Ergo, biologically engineered avian crap-bombs from Canada descend upon Washington. Go ahead Harry Reid Saved Obamacare—but at a Price That Could Still Kill It National Journal, by Dylan Scott StormCnter- 3/30/2015 5:24:07 AM Harry Reid summoned all of his parliamentary acumen and political savvy to pass Obamacare in 2010, but the sacrifices he made to do so still threaten both the law and the Democratic Party leader´s legislative legacy. Shortly after President Obama signed the bill into law in 2010, Reid called it "the most important thing we´ve done for the country and the world." And on Friday, Jim Manley, a longtime former Reid aide, told National Journal that the senator would place Obamacare "at the top" of his list of accomplishments after more than 30 years in Congress and a decade as Senate Obama, son of anarchy inthe scrambled Middle East New York Daily News, by Editorial StormCnter- 3/30/2015 5:12:18 AM As the Arab Spring has been followed by a long, hot summer of Middle Eastern warfare, President Obama’s vision of stable, reasonably democratic states is increasingly preposterous. His boast that “the tide of war is receding” under his watch is laughable. And his desperation to strike a nuclear deal with the Israel- and Western-hating mullahs of Iran increasingly seems a desperate push to claim any accomplishment in the region by ignoring the facts on the ground. Look at Yemen, which Obama cited four months ago as one reason why “America is safer” from terrorism. There, Saudi Arabia and Gulf allies Thursday launched G-20 Leak Revealed WorldLeaders’ Personal Details Wall Street Journal, by Rob Taylor StormCnter- 3/30/2015 5:07:53 AM CANBERRA, Australia—Australian authorities inadvertently revealed personal details of world leaders, including their passport numbers, by accidentally emailing the information to organizers of a soccer tournament. Australia’s immigration department said Monday it had tightened email security, after the Guardian newspaper reported an official accidentally divulged the personal details of U.S. President Barack Obama, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, China’s Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin, among others, days before the Group of 20 summit in Brisbane in November. Most of the information contained in the email would have been freely available in any Internet search, including the names, nationalities and dates of birth Things to Know About Muscle
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American Spectator, by Eric Peters - 3/30/2015 5:02:52 AM Owning an old muscle car can be a lot of fun. But it’s not all fun — and you ought to know what you’re getting yourself into before you get yourself into it. First, some definitions. Muscle cars are old. Nothing new — nothing modern — qualifies as a muscle car. The defining attribute of a muscle car is not horsepower or performance. Nor that it has a V8 engine feeding power to the rear wheels. There are many new (and modern) cars that do that. And they are not muscle cars, even if some of them look like they might be (and
The long, complicated story of Hillary
Clinton´s Benghazi subpoena
Washington Examiner [DC], by Byron York StormCnter- 3/30/2015 4:58:40 AM Now that the public knows Hillary Clinton destroyed all the emails on her secret server -- her lawyer told the House Benghazi Committee that there´s nothing left to search -- a question remains: Did Clinton destroy documents that were under subpoena from Congress? The answer is more complex than it might seem. There´s no doubt Clinton withheld information that Congress demanded she turn over, and some Republicans believe the documents she destroyed were covered under a subpoena as well. But a look at the story behind the subpoena and other document requests from congressional Benghazi investigators is a tale of obstruction, Hillary Clinton’s unpardonable scandal trail Boston Herald, by Adriana Cohen StormCnter- 3/30/2015 4:49:13 AM Who knew Hillary Clinton could make Richard Nixon look good? Like Nixon, the president who resigned in disgrace rather than be impeached over the Watergate scandal and 18 1/2 minutes of blank audiotape — Clinton has been embroiled in her own “missing” work scandal. It was bad enough that while secretary of state — under President Obama’s watch — Clinton violated the rules, and possibly the Federal Records Act, by operating her own private email server system in her home rather than using the government email system. Now we learn that not only has Clinton deleted more than 30,000 emails, Obama-Netanyahu feud a
problem for Hillary and Dems
New York Post, by Frederic U. Dicker StormCnter- 3/30/2015 4:43:42 AM A top GOP strategist and pollster for newly re-elected Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is warning that New York Democrats, including Hillary Rodham Clinton, “will pay a heavy price” at the polls next year if they don’t break with President Obama’s policies on Israel and reject any deal he makes with Iran. “Hillary Clinton, [Sen.] Chuck Schumer, [Reps.] Nita Lowey, Steve Israel, Jerry Nadler, Eliot Engel and others are about to get a whole new wave of pressure from Republicans on whether they agree or not with Obama on Israel,’’ New York-based national GOP pollster and strategist John McLaughlin told The