Donald Trump honored atMarine Corps charity gala New York Post, by Ian Mohr - 4/24/2015 11:28:05 PM Donald Trump pledged at the Marine Corps-Law Enforcement Foundation gala he’d give $100,000 to the charity. Trump unveiled the donation during his speech at the Waldorf Astoria, where he was honored with Col. G.F. Robert Hanke. More than 700 attended the 20th annual gala, including Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., Bill Bratton, Ray Kelly, Roger Ailes, Roger Staubach, Rush Limbaugh, John Mack, Matthew Zames and Bruce Mosler. Trump said of the honor, “It was very special to me.” He’s also hinted at another potential presidential run, telling “Extra,” “The country is going to hell, and The Hill´s party kicks off WHCD weekend The Hill (Washington DC), by Judy Kurtz - 4/24/2015 11:22:51 PM The Hill got the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner weekend off to a glamorous start, kicking off the countdown to the annual soiree Friday with a star-studded bash at the Embassy of Canada in downtown Washington. (Snip) "This party has fast become the must-attend event of the White House Correspondents´ weekend, said Bob Cusack, editor in chief of The Hill. "We salute all of the great reporters at the White House but more importantly, we celebrate the First Amendment and the freedom of the press." The high-profile crowd of hundreds sipped the Canadian beers Molson and Labatt, along with Photos: Obama’s Granny SaraOmar Attends Hajj in Mecca Gateway Pundit, by Jim Hoft JoniTx- 4/24/2015 11:16:33 PM Obama’s grandmother Sara Omar recently attended the Hajj in Mecca. (Photos) FirstPost.com reported: US President Barack Obama’s paternal grandmother Sara Omar went to Makkah to perform the Muslim pilgrimage of Umrah, according to a report by ArabianBusiness.com. Umrah involves visiting Makkah, which is considered to be the holiest city in Islam , and can be undertaken at any time of the year, unlike the Hajj. Omar, who is in her 90s, arrived in Makkah, Saudi Arabia, with her son Saeed Obama, uncle to the US president, and grandson Mousa. After finishing Umrah, she visited an exhibition about
Steny Hoyer: Same-Sex CouplesAre Endowed ‘By God’ With Right to Marry Cybercast News Service, by Staff JoniTx- 4/24/2015 11:09:16 PM Citing the Declaration of Independence, House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (Md.) argued on the House floor yesterday that same-sex couples are endowed by “their Creator—by God” with a right to marry. “Our Declaration of Independence, as all of us quote so often, says: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men’—of course, if Jefferson were writing today, it would be either all people or all humankind—‘are created equal, that they are endowed by’—not a Congress, not by a Constitution, not by a will of the majority—‘their Creator’—by God—‘with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and ´I´m a woman´: Bruce Jenner reveals he istransitioning to his ´true self´ in Diane Sawyerinterview which will be his last as a man Daily Mail [UK], by Sophie Jane Evans & Rachel Mcgrath - 4/24/2015 10:22:21 PM Bruce Jenner has revealed that he identifies as a woman - his ´true self´ and a childhood dream - in an explosive ABC interview with Diane Sawyer. The 65-year-old Olympic gold medalist and reality TV star sparked rumors about his gender identity last year after visibly altering his appearance. And tonight, he confirmed that he is reinventing himself physically in a bid to transition from male to female in the highly-anticipated, intimate sit-down. Speaking in front of millions of viewers, including Kim Kardashian and her family, Bruce tearfully revealed: ´To all extents and purposes, I am a woman. ´My brain is much more Brian Williams Inquiry Is Said to Expand New York Times, by Ravi Somaiya JoniTx- 4/24/2015 9:49:37 PM An NBC News internal investigation into Brian Williams has examined a half-dozen instances in which he is thought to have fabricated, misrepresented or embellished his accounts, two people with knowledge of the investigation said. The investigation includes at least one episode that was previously unreported, these people said, involving statements by Mr. Williams about events from Tahrir Square in Cairo during the Arab Spring. The investigation, conducted by at least five NBC journalists, was commissioned early this year after Mr. Williams was forced to apologize for embellishing an account of a helicopter Georgia university cancels classesamid uproar over American flag protest CBS News & Associated Press, by Staff JoniTx- 4/24/2015 9:46:25 PM VALDOSTA, Ga.- Student demonstrators who walked on an American flag to protest racism have sparked a counter movement, prompting a south Georgia university to cancel classes Friday ahead of a rally expected to draw large crowds of flag supporters to Valdosta. Valdosta State University found itself in the center of a controversy after a video shared on social media showed an Air Force veteran, Michelle Manhart, taking an American flag away from demonstrators who had walked on it to protest racism. At the protest, held a week ago, Manhart was detained by police when she refused to return the flag. Manhart
Oregon panel proposes $135K hit againstbakers in gay-wedding cake dispute Washington Times, by Valerie Richardson - 4/24/2015 9:38:53 PM An Oregon commission proposed Friday levying a $135,000 hit against Aaron and Melissa Klein for refusing to provide a wedding cake for a same-sex marriage ceremony based on their Christian beliefs. Aaron and Melissa Klein, who are struggling to make ends meet after closing Sweet Cakes by Melissa in September 2013, received the 110-page proposed order Friday from the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries, which ruled against the couple in February. Mr. Klein said Friday the figure was “shocking” but not entirely unexpected. The commission has the authority to mete out awards for damages of up to $150,000.Link repaired by Staff. Holder: Historians Will View My TenureAs ‘Golden Age’ Of Justice Dept [Video] Daily Caller, by Al Weaver KarenJ1- 4/24/2015 8:40:17 PM During his farewell address to the Justice Department Friday, Attorney General Eric Holder referred to his tenure at the Department of Justice as its “golden age” and in the same mold as Robert Kennedy’s storied tenure.. Loretta Lynch will take over the department following the Senate’s 56-43 confirmation vote Thursday. HOLDER: I said earlier that when we celebrated Robert Kennedy’s 50th anniversary of his swearing in 2011, people said that was the golden age for the United States Department of Justice. Well, I think 50 years from now, maybe even sooner than that, people will look at the work you all did Obama May Free Top Aide To9/11 Mastermind From Gitmo Investor´s Business Daily, by Editorial KarenJ1- 4/24/2015 8:19:15 PM Betrayal: Another Obama amnesty program is well underway — at Guantanamo, where three dangerous al-Qaida operatives have quietly been OK´d for release in three months. And now a close aide to the 9/11 mastermind is also on tap for release. After already freeing an al-Qaida bomb maker last month — over the objections of U.S. intelligence, which warned, "He would be capable of re-engaging as an explosives expert or trainer" — the parole board that Obama set up to clear out Gitmo is now poised to rubber-stamp for release a close associate of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. Gitmo´s so-called Periodic Review Did The GOP JustSurrender On ObamaCare? Investor´s Business Daily, by Editorial KarenJ1- 4/24/2015 7:58:12 PM Health Reform: Voters who handed Republicans control of the Senate, largely on the promise of killing ObamaCare, must be wondering why they bothered. Senate leaders now want to protect the law for the next two years. In June, the Supreme Court is expected to rule in a case that could eliminate ObamaCare subsidies for anyone signing up through Healthcare.gov. (Snip) Instead, the Senate leadership appears to be listening to warnings from the liberal camp that they will suffer politically if the court strikes down federal subsidies. Democrats, the argument goes, will pound the GOP mercilessly for forcing
Dodd-Frank Takes BankingBack To Horse-And-Buggy Days Investor´s Business Daily, by Editorial Original Article Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/24/2015 7:54:25 PM Post Reply Regulation: To understand how far Dodd-Frank set back the financial industry, look at the first bank to open in the country since that legislation became law in 2010. It is literally a horse-and-buggy operation. Dodd-Frank was sold as the salvation of America´s wayward financial system. President Obama hailed the "reform" as a measure that would prevent another crisis like the 2008 meltdown. Despite the promises, Dodd-Frank fixed nothing. As we predicted in 2010, it was simply "2,319 pages of unintended consequences for the economy." Of the many negative effects of Dodd-Frank, one is its disincentives for After a grueling confirmation hearing that highlighted five likely uncomfortable months as a lightning rod for some nasty partisan fights – and as a litmus test for race and politics – Loretta Lynch’s interminable wait is over: The Senate has confirmed her as President Barack Obama’s next attorney general, releasing Eric Holder from an ugly shotgun marriage that turned toxic almost as soon as it began. Now comes the hard part – for Lynch, the first African-American woman to hold the job, and congressional Republicans who, just barely, voted her in. As Holder, Obama’s self-described “wingman,” heads into the sunset
A longtime personal aide to Senate Appropriations Chairman Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) was charged Thursday in Washington with possessing methamphetamine with intent to distribute. Fred W. Pagan, who is 49 and earned $160,000 last year as Cochran’s personal assistant and office administrator, was charged by criminal complaint in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. U.S. Magistrate Deborah Robinson released Pagan on his own recognizance after an initial court appearance Friday afternoon, at which Pagan said he would retain his own lawyer. Pagan could not be immediately reached for comment.
Joe Biden Is No Joke U.S News & World Report, by Mark W. Davis - 4/24/2015 7:35:47 PM Hillary Clinton’s presidential candidacy is beginning to look like an aging bomber hit one time too many by flak. Her campaign is making that ungraceful roll that precedes the fatal, disintegrating tumble. For decades, the Clintons have been the Houdinis of American politics, able to wiggle out of heavy chains to escape one death trap after another, always emerging with taunting smiles. But this time feels different. (Snip) So if not Hillary, then who? Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley is a happy warrior. But O’Malley’s inability to help elect his lieutenant governor as his successor has reduced him from a middle-weight Will Lynch, the Anti-Holder,Make Peace With the GOP? U.S News & World Report, by Joseph P. Williams - 4/24/2015 7:29:06 PM After a grueling confirmation hearing that highlighted five likely uncomfortable months as a lightning rod for some nasty partisan fights – and as a litmus test for race and politics – Loretta Lynch’s interminable wait is over: The Senate has confirmed her as President Barack Obama’s next attorney general, releasing Eric Holder from an ugly shotgun marriage that turned toxic almost as soon as it began. Now comes the hard part – for Lynch, the first African-American woman to hold the job, and congressional Republicans who, just barely, voted her in. As Holder, Obama’s self-described “wingman,” heads into the sunset (and, presumably, Dog the Bounty Hunter ShocksFox Hosts by Defending Hillary Mediaite, by Matt Wilstein - 4/24/2015 7:15:19 PM Whatever Fox News thought they were getting when they invited Dog the Bounty Hunter (a.k.a., Duane Chapman) to serve as the #OneLuckyGuy on Friday’s Outnumbered, he managed to surprise the show’s co-hosts by unexpectedly backing Hillary Clinton during a discussion about the current 2016 presidential field. In Dog’s words, he doesn’t think anyone on the Republican side right now could “beat the dynamic duo,” by which he means the Clintons. “Oh no!” the women on the panel said in response. “I want someone in there with experience. We’re at war,” he explained. “I am a Republican, but I have faith
Longtime aide to Sen. Thad Cochrancharged with drug possession Washington Post, by Spencer S. Hsu & Mike DeBonis - 4/24/2015 6:53:08 PM A longtime personal aide to Senate Appropriations Chairman Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) was charged Thursday in Washington with possessing methamphetamine with intent to distribute. Fred W. Pagan, who is 49 and earned $160,000 last year as Cochran’s personal assistant and office administrator, was charged by criminal complaint in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. U.S. Magistrate Deborah Robinson released Pagan on his own recognizance after an initial court appearance Friday afternoon, at which Pagan said he would retain his own lawyer. Pagan could not be immediately reached for comment. Later Friday, a grand jury indicted Pagan on one McConnell whipped for Lynch,avoiding nuclear fallout The Hill [Washington, DC], by Alexander Bolton - 4/24/2015 6:44:10 PM Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) worked quietly to round up more than 60 votes to end a filibuster of attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch, Republican senators say. After holding up Lynch’s confirmation vote for weeks, McConnell worked to ensure she would overcome a filibuster with a strong bipartisan vote, pitting him against Tea Party firebrand Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and other conservatives. Some GOP senators say McConnell wanted to avoid a battle over the “nuclear option,” the controversial tactic then-Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (Nev.) employed in 2013 to reduce the threshold for The White House And Soros-Backed OpenBorders Group Strategize About BribingImmigrants To Naturalize Before 2016 Daily Caller, by Ian Smith - 4/24/2015 6:38:08 PM Last week, the White House Task Force on New Americans held a briefing at the Soros-funded, pro-open borders Migration Policy Institute to push its new “Strategic Action Plan on Immigrant & Refugee Integration.” The Task Force, which seeks to ramp up naturalization rates among non-citizens, grew out of one of the dozen bombshell memos dropped on the American public after the midterms last year. Although barely discussed, it may be the most important memo released that day, even more so than Obama’s twin amnesty programs and the ‘New Priorities on Deportations’ memo which rewrote the Hillary´s ´Clinton Cash´dismissal is dead in the water Politico, by Dylan Byers - 4/24/2015 5:44:26 PM Right about the time Drudge Report splashed a link to Jonathan Chait´s latest column across its homepage, I got a g-chat from a Democratic strategist: "This is a big deal," he wrote. "My gut tells me it elevates this story to something bigger and more needing of her response. I think this might take away the chance of this ordeal being seen as a partisan witch hunt." The story in question is, of course, the revelation that Clinton Foundation donations and Clinton family speaking fees may have influenced Hillary Clinton´s actions as Secretary of State -- which, if true, would be an extraordinary conflict of interest.
Psychiatrist of John HinckleyJr testifies that Reagan shooterwants to start a band on his release Associated Press, by Staff - 4/24/2015 4:49:01 PM A psychiatrist treating the man who shot Ronald Reagan said the patient wants to start a band and should be allowed to publish his music anonymously. Dr Giorgi-Guarnieri testified on Friday during court hearings in Washington, D.C., that will ultimately determine whether and under which conditions John Hinckley Jr. will be allowed to live full time outside a mental hospital. Giorgi-Guarnieri said Hinckley should be allowed to start the band but not perform publicly. Hinckley´s lawyer and treatment team say he´s ready to live full time at his 89-year-old mother´s home in Virginia under certain conditions. Hinckley has been allowed Boomer Esiason Slams Marylandfor American Sniper Decision Washington Free Beacon, by Brent Scher JoniTx- 4/24/2015 4:41:51 PM Former NFL quarterback and current radio host Boomer Esiason said he is cutting off the University of Maryland, where he played during his college career, after its decision to cancel a screening of American Sniper. Esiason, who is the host of the popular Boomer & Carton show in New York, said on Friday that he is “never donating another dime” to Maryland after it caved to pressure from Muslim student groups and canceled a planned screening of American Sniper. Esiason said he was “deeply saddened and insulted” by the decision. (Tweet) The University of Michigan earlier this month also cancelled a Team Hillary: Critics Can´t ProveCorruption With a ´Shred´ of Direct Evidence Hot Air, by Guy Benson JoniTx- 4/24/2015 4:29:33 PM Perhaps not the the most effective messaging in the history of politics, but this is the corner in which Team Hillary finds itself, in the wake of two major bombshells that detonated this morning: (Tweet) The New York Times (building on reporting in the forthcoming book ´Clinton Cash´) revealed the sordid web of cash and coziness wherein the Clintons and their foundation found themselves much richer, and the Russian government found itself in possession of a very large percentage of American uranium capacity. Reuters blew the whistle on Clinton organizations´ -- shall we say -- incomplete tax filings dating back Meet the Budweiser Clydesdale babies KSDK-TV, St. Louis Mo., by Kay Quinn JoniTx- 4/24/2015 4:08:53 PM (Video) BOONVILLE, Mo. – They´re known as gentle giants – a breed of horses plucked out of the pastures of Scotland are now world-famous for their beer roots in St. Louis. The very first Budweiser Clydesdales were a gift from two sons to their beer baron father. August Busch Sr. was given a handful of the mighty draught horses to mark the repeal of prohibition in the 1930s. The stable now includes about 200 of these beautiful animals; Clydesdales that owe their heritage to a man who knows nothing about beer, but a whole lot about horses. When you visit
Oprah auction of householditems starts Saturday Associated Press, by Staff JoniTx- 4/24/2015 3:54:40 PM CHICAGO — Oprah Winfrey is selling the furniture, artwork, household items and clothing that once filled her Chicago home. In the market for size 10 yellow patent leather designer shoes? How about a hand-painted porcelain soup tureen valued at $6,000 to $8,000? More than 500 items with price points from $50 to $120,000 are going on the auction block Saturday. The low estimate for everything in the sale is about $800,000. Colleen Gleason, director of estates and appraisals at Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, says there’s no upper limit on the bidding. Proceeds will benefit the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy Foundation. Nerd Prom Is a Mess Politico, by Patrick Gavin JoniTx- 4/24/2015 3:47:34 PM Everyone knows the White House Correspondents Association dinner is broken. What started off decades ago as a stately formal celebration of the best of presidential reporting has morphed into a four-day orgy of everything people outside the Beltway hate about life inside the Beltway—now it´s not just one night of clubby backslapping, carousing and drinking between the press and the powerful, it´s four full days of signature cocktails and inside jokes that just underscore how out of step the Washington elite is with the rest of the country. It´s not us (journalists) versus them (government officials); it´s us (Washington) versus Diet Pepsi dropping aspartameon customer concerns Associated Press, by Candace Choi Drive- 4/24/2015 3:27:25 PM NEW YORK — PepsiCo says it´s dropping aspartame from Diet Pepsi in response to customer feedback and replacing it with sucralose, another artificial sweetener commonly known as Splenda. The decision to swap sweeteners comes as Americans keep turning away from popular diet sodas. Competitor Coca-Cola said this week that sales volume for Diet Coke, which also uses aspartame, fell 5 percent in North America in the first three months of the year. Executives at Coke and Pepsi blame the declines on perceptions that aspartame isn´t safe. That´s even though the Food and Drug Administration says aspartame, best known by
End the moaning about the ‘morality' of US drone strikesAn excellent article showing that those complaining the loudestare not the ones doing the fighting, ever.
Father pens candid obituary fordrug-addict daughter, 24, who diedof a heroin overdose in a restaurantbathroom as he warns other familiesto help their loved ones Daily Mail (UK), by Lydia Warren - 4/24/2015 3:11:59 PM The family of a 24-year-old woman who died of a heroin overdose has penned a candid obituary openly discussing her struggle with drugs in a bid to prevent others from losing their lives. On April 16, Molly Parks was found in the bathroom of the pizza restaurant where she worked in Manchester, New Hampshire with a needle still in her arm. When police turned up on her father´s door in Saco, Maine, he immediately knew they were there about Molly. Days later, he wrote an obituary announcing her death. ´She made a lot of bad decisions including experimenting with drugs,´ Now Ben Affleck´s MOMreveals mistakes in documentary thatcensored star´s family´s slave-owningpast as she says she did NOT take partin Freedom Summer or Freedom Rides Daily Mail [UK], by Shekhar Bhatia Ribicon- 4/24/2015 3:08:02 PM Cambridge, MA — The documentary that censored Ben Affleck´s slave-owning ancestors is now facing questions over its accuracy as his mother denied to Daily Mail Online that she was involved in Freedom Summer. The episode of Finding Your Roots is already being investigated by its broadcaster, PBS, over whether its editorial code was breached by having the truth about Affleck´s relatives censored. Now another key element of the exploration of the Oscar-winner´s past is under question over the assertion by PBS that Chris Affleck had been a ´Freedom Rider´ in 1964 and taken part in Freedom Summer. On PBS´s Finding Attorney general to bid farewellas successor prepares to besworn in next week Associated Press, by Eric Tucker - 4/24/2015 3:07:30 PM WASHINGTON — Attorney General Eric Holder was bidding farewell to the Justice Department on Friday after six years as the nation´s top law enforcement official. Holder was addressing employees at an afternoon ceremony one day after his chosen successor, Loretta Lynch, was confirmed by the Senate following a months-long delay. In a tribute video prepared for the occasion, Holder describes an "emotional attachment" to the department and recounts efforts to protect civil rights, prosecute terror suspects in federal court and change the criminal justice system. "We could not be more grateful for everything that you´ve done not just for me
Chavistas See Population Explosion,Just in Time for Pivotal Elections PanAm Post [New York, NY], by Sabrina Martin PageTurner- 4/24/2015 2:57:20 PM Artificial changes to electoral data are underway in Venezuela which will massively benefit the ruling United Socialist Party (PSUV) in this year’s legislative elections, according to NGOs and opposition politicians. On Tuesday, April 21, the National Assembly, in which the PSUV holds an overwhelming majority, passed a bill to recognize revised population data estimates, which will result in a reform of constituencies and boost the number of overall congressmen from 165 to 167, as well as reallocating the number of representatives in various districts. The move follows a new population estimate issued by the National Institute of Statistics (INE), on the request EPA Administrator to Appear at BroccoliFestival with Willow and Jaden Smith Washington Free Beacon, by Elizabeth Harrington - 4/24/2015 2:56:49 PM Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administrator Gina McCarthy will attend an “environmental justice” Broccoli festival that features performances by Willow and Jaden Smith, who do not believe in school or the concept of time. “On Saturday, April 25, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy will give remarks at the Third Annual Broccoli City Festival’s Earth Day celebration,” an EPA press release stated. “Administrator McCarthy will speak about EPA’s efforts to implement President Obama’s Climate Action Plan by building more resilient communities and curbing the carbon pollution fueling climate change through its proposed Clean Power Plan.” The EPA said the third annual festival, which will take Basic Food Items out of Reachfor Four in Five Venezuelans PanAm Post [New York, NY], by Sabrina Martin PageTurner- 4/24/2015 2:54:09 PM Spiraling inflation means that basic food items are now beyond the reach of ordinary Venezuelans, with the cost of the staple monthly shopping basket reaching over 35,124 Bs. (US$$127.41) — equivalent to six times the monthly wage. Some 80 percent of the population meanwhile report not having enough money to buy the food they need, while at least 11.3 percent of Venezuelans eat fewer than three meals a day. These data form part of the results of the Venezuela Survey of Living Conditions 2014, drawing on responses from 1,479 Venezuelan households. The study was carried out by the Central University of Venezuela MSNBC’s Future In DoubtAfter Failed Comcast Merger Washington Free Beacon, by Andrew Stiles MissMolly- 4/24/2015 2:52:44 PM Comcast made a valiant effort to purchase Democratic support for its proposed $45 billion merger with Time Warner. Alas, the cable giant failed, but not before the firm dropped millions upon millions of dollars on fees to lawyers, lobbyists, and investment bankers. The biggest winners of the failed deal, obviously, are cable customers, who will merely have to continue suffering under their current Comcast or Time Warner plans, as opposed to a hybrid behemoth that would have been even more monopolistic, if that’s possible. The biggest loser, obviously, is Comcast affiliate network MSNBC—because of the failed merger and in general. Ratings are
Ecuadorian Activists WantNothing Less than Universal Marijuana PanAm Post [New York, NY], by Rebeca Morla PageTurner- 4/24/2015 2:52:18 PM Ecuador may be on the verge of a landmark shift in drug policy, as legislators debate the newly proposed Organic Law on Comprehensive Drug Prevention. The initiative, promoted by the ruling party PAIS Alliance, opens the door for legalization, and could spell the beginning of the end for the War on Drugs in Ecuador. The PanAm Post spoke with Gabriel Buitrón, spokesman for Cannabis Ecuador (Ecuador Cannábico), an organization founded in 2008 for the purpose of studying marijuana and providing information on its various uses to Ecuadorian society. For the last six years, they have organized the Global Marijuana March in Democrats Misspell ‘Democrattic’--Video Highlighting Education Cybercast News Service, by Eric Scheiner - 4/24/2015 2:51:50 PM The latest video from the House Democratic Caucus aims to spell out why it’s important for Americans to become engaged with politics - but has some problems spelling “Democratic Caucus.” (Video) Education and outreach, particularly to students, is the focus of a press conference video on dems.gov. A video that features Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-Calif.) with the misspelled title, “Chairman, House Democrattic Caucus.” The video also includes Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) referring to Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.) as a “Congresswoman.” The video was published April 22 and is featured on dems.gov as of the time of this post. It´s Student Accused Of Raping Three ColumbiaStudents Is Now Suing Columbia Gothamist [NY], by Jen Chung MissMolly- 4/24/2015 2:48:44 PM A Columbia University student´s highly-publicized senior art thesis, which entailed dragging a mattress around campus until the student who raped her is expelled, has now drawn a lawsuit—from the alleged rapist. Paul Nungesser, who has been accused of raping three female students but was never charged, is suing Columbia University, accusing the school of bias. From the NY Times: ...Nungesser, who was cleared of responsibility in the rape claim by the university, alleges in the lawsuit that he had been the victim of a harassment campaign by the other student, Emma Sulkowicz. “By refusing to protect Paul Nungesser,” the lawsuit says, “Columbia University White House: You know, Hillary istotally with us on this trade deal Hot Air, by Noah Rothman MissMolly- 4/24/2015 2:44:47 PM On the issue of trade, Hillary Clinton is walking a tightrope. The prohibitive Democratic nominee for the presidency in 2016 is facing substantial pressure from her left to denounce the Trans-Pacific Partnership as have progressives like Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley. If she does, however, Clinton will open herself up to the charge that she is flip-flopping on the issue. As a member of President Barack Obama’s Cabinet, Clinton called the TPP “the gold standard in trade agreements.” As recently as last year, Clinton wrote in her autobiography that the TPP sets “high standards” and “if
Union cancels Boeing vote, claiminggun-toting workers told it to take off - 4/24/2015 2:41:04 PM The union looking to organize workers at Boeing´s South Carolina plant has put its plans in a holding pattern, claiming workers are so opposed to signing up that they chased labor leaders off their porches at gunpoint. The North Charleston plant, which opened in the right-to-work state four years ago and builds fuselages for 747s and 787s, employs about 7,500 workers. The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers had been trying to build support for a vote this week on unionizing 3,175 production and maintenance workers, but called off the vote days before it was to happen. “After speaking with Cornyn human trafficking bill passesSenate 99-0, Cruz only senator to miss vote Dallas Morning News, by Sylvan Lane MissMolly- 4/24/2015 2:40:45 PM WASHINGTON–The Senate unanimously passed a beleaguered human trafficking bill Wednesday afternoon, ending a contentious showdown over federal abortion funding restrictions and opening the door to a confirmation vote on attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch. The bill passed 99-0 with Sen. Ted Cruz the only senator to miss the vote. Cruz wasn’t in Washington, according to campaign spokeswoman Catherine Frazier. Neither she nor aides at his Senate office would say where Cruz was or what he was doing on Wednesday. Cruz is expected in Dallas on Thursday for a fund-raiser hosted by investor Tom Hicks. A bipartisan team worked for weeks to fix the Kasich: ´I´m the most experienced´of presidential contenders Washington Examiner, by Jason Russell - 4/24/2015 2:35:02 PM Ohio Gov. John Kasich said Thursday he´s the most experienced potential presidential candidate. "Of all the people thinking about [running for president], I´m the most experienced," Kasich said during an interview with ABC´s Jon Karl at the Atlantic´s Summit on the Economy. He listed off his long career in the Ohio Senate, an 18-year career in the U.S. House of Representatives — where he chaired the House Budget Committee the last time the federal budget was balanced — spending time in the private sector and serving as Governor of Ohio since 2011. "It´s experience and a record. It´s not what Report: Companies With Tiesto Clintons Profited After Haiti Quake Breitbart News, by Ian Hanchett PageTurner- 4/24/2015 2:29:30 PM Fox News Channel anchor Bret Baier reported on the money made by companies with ties to the Clintons after Haiti earthquake in a preview of an upcoming special based on Peter Schweizer’s “Clinton Cash” on Friday’s “America’s Newsroom” on the Fox News Channel. Baier reported that after the 2010 Haiti earthquake, “Hillary’s State Department, working with USAID, the United States Agency for International Development, would oversee America’s relief effort. The government of Haiti set up the IHRC, Interim Haiti Recovery Commission, to coordinate, two men were named co-chairs of the IHRC Executive Committee, Haitian Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive, and Bill
White House blames Clintoncontroversy on ´conservative´ author Washington Examiner, by Brian Hughes - 4/24/2015 2:29:22 PM The White House´s defense of Hillary Clinton and donations made to her family charities during the former secretary of state´s tenure is beginning to sound similar to what was put forward by the Democratic presidential candidate´s campaign. White House press secretary Josh Earnest Friday attributed allegations that Clinton misused her State post — for the benefit the Clinton Foundation — to a "conservative" author. "I´ve been in a position where there have been other, to put it mildly, conservative authors that have launched, written books based on what they report to be serious allegations against the president of the United States," Earnest Urgent Action Needed for IndianaHIV Outbreak, CDC Says NBC News, by Maggie Fox - 4/24/2015 2:28:45 PM Indiana has spread to at least 135 people, and federal officials are warning communities around the country to look out for similar outbreaks. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday that "urgent action" was needed to control the outbreak in Indiana´s Scott County and said it´s possible other cities or towns are vulnerable. A combination of easily available prescription painkillers, a poor economy and a lack of education are fueling the Indiana outbreak. And because there´s an epidemic of painkiller abuse across the country, people could be spreading both HIV and hepatitis anywhere, CDC said. "HIV can gain ground at any Hillary Clinton Makes FirstAttacks on GOP Time, by Sam Frizell PageTurner- 4/24/2015 2:26:01 PM Hillary Clinton aimed the first substantial attacks of her new candidacy at Republican policies during a speech in New York City on Thursday, criticizing the GOP on immigration, health care and the delayed nomination of Loretta Lynch to Attorney General. “There are those who offer themselves as leaders who would deport mothers working to give their children a better life rather than risk ire of talk radio,” Clinton said at the annual Women in the World conference in Manhattan. “There are those who offer themselves as leaders who even play politics with the nomination of our nation’s chief law-enforcement officer Liberty Island Evacuated AfterDiscovery Of Suspicious Package Breitbart National Security, by John Hayward - 4/24/2015 2:24:56 PM NBC News reports “the Statue of Liberty and Liberty Island were both being evacuated Friday afternoon after parks police received a report of a suspicious package.” The package was discovered near a visitors’ locker area by police dogs. The NYPD bomb squad was called in, and a security sweep of the island performed, while tourists were taken off the island by ferry as a precaution. Gothamist collected Twitter traffic from tourists on the island, one of whom reported seeing a SWAT team. Another uploaded video of the evacuation: (Video/Tweet) There are reports on social media that Ellis Island has been John Boehner: ‘If I’m 70 years old stillwalking around here, just shoot me’ Washington Times, by David Sherfinski - 4/24/2015 2:14:06 PM House Speaker John A. Boehner hinted this week that there could be a new sheriff in town in relatively short order. In an interview on Bloomberg Television, he was asked how much longer he would like to be speaker. His reply? “I don’t know. We’ll see. I take this one day at a time,” Mr. Boehner. “I take it one day at a time. I enjoy what I’m doing. Some days are more fun than others, I will say that. But I came here to fight a fight for a smaller, less costly and more accountable government,” Mr. Boehner said. “So I’m
After American’s death, Obama weighs newpanel to oversee U.S. hostage situations Washington Times, by Ben Wolfgang - 4/24/2015 2:09:43 PM A day after President Obama apologized for the death of an American citizen during a Pakistan drone strike in January, the administration says it may form a so-called “fusion cell” that would oversee all communication with the families of hostages being held overseas. The fusion cell would consist of officials from the FBI, Defense Department, State Department, intelligence community and elsewhere across the federal government, White House press secretary Josh Earnest told reporters Friday. Mr. Obama on Thursday took the rare step of speaking publicly about January’s drone strike, which mistakenly killed American Warren Weinstein, an aid worker from Rockville, John Boehner may hold House vote tosubpoena Hillary Clinton’s email server Washington Times, by David Sherfinski - 4/24/2015 2:05:16 PM House Speaker John A. Boehner said Thursday that the full House may have to vote to subpoena former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s email server, as the chairman of the Benghazi investigative committee officially called on her to testify twice to his panel. The invitation by Rep. Trey Gowdy, South Carolina Republican and chairman of the House Select Committee on Benghazi, sets up a test for Mrs. Clinton, the former first lady and newly announced Democratic presidential candidate, whose attorney has said she wants to appear before the committee only once, in public. “With her cooperation and that of the State John Kasich should bepunished for expanding Obamacare Washington Examiner [DC], by Philip Klein StormCnter- 4/24/2015 1:14:04 PM Ohio Gov. John Kasich has made clear that he´s seriously considering running for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. If he formally announces, it will be important for conservative voters to punish him for his expansion of President Obama´s healthcare law in his state. Kasich is currently polling in the low single-digits, has no clear path to the nomination, and the grassroots aren´t exactly clamoring for him to run. Yet he is being egged on by a group of Republicans who want to see the party move in a direction that´s more comfortable with a larger role for government. Though on the campaign What exactly are our rules comprised of? The Economist, by R.L.G. StormCnter- 4/24/2015 1:09:58 PM BERLIN--MIXED reactions greeted the news in February that a man had edited thousands of Wikipedia articles with a single, special passion. His mission? To remove every instance he could of the phrase “comprised of”. Bryan Henderson is convinced by a traditional rule about how “comprise” can be used: “The parts compose the whole, and the whole comprises the parts.” Mr Henderson has made more than 47,000 such changes. Medium.com calls him “the ultimate WikiGnome”. The nickname might imply condescension, but Medium’s profile makes clear that many people applaud him. Mr Henderson is not alone in an all-consuming linguistic passion. Bradvines, a Candidate Clinton and the Foundation New York Times, by Editorial StormCnter- 4/24/2015 1:05:21 PM Hillary Rodham Clinton’s determination to reconnect with voters in localized, informative settings is commendable, but is in danger of being overshadowed by questions about the interplay of politics and wealthy foreign donors who support the Clinton Foundation. Nothing illegal has been alleged about the foundation, the global philanthropic initiative founded by former President Bill Clinton. But no one knows better than Mrs. Clinton that this is the tooth-and-claw political season where accusations are going to fly for the next 19 months. And no one should know better than the former senator and first lady that they will fester if straightforward answers
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We interrupt this death march Power Line, by Scott Johnson - 4/24/2015 11:22:07 AM The Hillary Clinton for President campaign of 2016 launched with all the joy of a death march. With the rollout of Clinton Cash and its associated collaborative projects, Peter Schweizer has interrupted this death march for a reminder of the Clinton essence. Essence of Clinton gives us first and foremost the voracious and insatiable appetites of William Jefferson Clinton. Neither taste nor shame can limit them. Madam Hillary serves as his co-dependent enabler. It is not a pretty sight. They give us naked prevarication as they they follow their old scandal playbook and test new frontiers in scandal management. They give What did Hillary know andwhen did she know it? Washington Times, by Judson Phillips KarenJ1- 4/24/2015 11:20:55 AM In 1973, then-Tennessee Sen. Howard Baker asked the question that was heard around the world. “What did the President know and when did he know it?” That question now needs to be asked of Hillary Rodham Clinton. “What did she know and when did she know it?” For Mrs. Clinton, this is supposed to be the run up to her coronation as the Democrat nominee to be president. But for Mrs. Clinton, the wheels are coming off of the campaign before it really starts rolling. For Mrs. Clinton, the albatross around her neck is her greed and the Clinton Foundation. Michelle Obama comes to Manassas,urges companies to hire vets Manassas Local (VA), by Stephanie Tipple - 4/24/2015 11:13:49 AM There’s a little piece of Manassas in electronic devices around the globe. Buddy Nicoson, a site director at Micron Technology, said that parts created on-site in their Manassas plant are used for devices and cars around the world. (Snip) Micron hosted First Lady Michelle Obama yesterday to speak about the administration’s Joining Forces initiative for hiring veterans. Micron is one of the companies that have taken part in the initiative, which just celebrated its 4-year anniversary. Following the drawdown in the Middle East, the Obama administration saw a huge uptick in unemployment for United States veterans.
NBC’s Chuck Todd on Clinton Donations:‘Politically, Just Dumb and Inept’ Mediaite, by Andrew Kirell KarenJ1- 4/24/2015 11:09:01 AM NBC’s Meet the Press moderator Chuck Todd is baffled by the Clinton family’s seeming lack of concern about their foundation’s foreign donations before Hillary Clinton accepted a position in the Obama administration years ago. On Friday, the Wall Street Journal editorial board launched an incisive attack on Clinton, who is now running for president her second time, after documents revealed that the Clinton Foundation received large donations from a Russian group at the same time they were attempting to gain majority stake in Uranium One, a deal on which Clinton’s State Department had to sign off. While Todd, who appeared today on NBC Champions Children’sGender Confusion Breitbart Big Journalism, by William Bigelow KarenJ1- 4/24/2015 11:05:23 AM NBC used to stand for National Broadcasting Company, but given its proclivity for attacking traditional gender roles in youngsters, it may be more accurately described as the network for Neutered or Befuddled Children. On April 21 and 22, NBC ran a two-part series revolving around “transgender” children that featured its correspondent Kate Snow interviewing Pediatrician Michelle Forcier, associate professor of pediatrics at Brown University Alpert. Forcier was honored by “The Center for Sexual Pleasure and Health” as its “Hump Day Hero,” and who advocates early puberty interventions of kids who think they should be the opposite sex. Interviewed by Snow, Italian police round up terror suspects infailed Vatican plot, deadly Pakistan attack Fox News, by Staff Drive- 4/24/2015 10:51:25 AM Italian security forces were rounding up 18 Islamic extremists Friday who prosecutors said were behind a failed 2010 plot to attack the Vatican as well as a bombing at a Pakistan market that killed more than 100 a year earlier. Prosecutor Mauro Mura told reporters in Cagliari, Sardinia, on Friday that wiretaps indicated the suspected terrorists, including two former bodyguards for Usama bin Laden, planned a bomb attack at the Vatican and went as far as to send a suicide bomber to Rome. Mura said the attack plans never went further and that the suicide bomber left Italy, though it Analysis shows Bill Clinton´s speakingfees skyrocketed after Hillarybecame SecState American Thinker, by Thomas Lifson - 4/24/2015 10:45:55 AM One more indication of the corruption at the heart of Hillary Clinton’s term as secretary of state: while the speaking fees of ex-presidents typically fall over time after they leave office, Bill Clinton’s jumped when his wife became America’s top diplomat. ABC News has analyzed the data: After his wife became Secretary of State, former President Bill Clinton began to collect speaking fees that often doubled or tripled what he had been charging earlier in his post White House years, bringing in millions of dollars from groups that included several with interests pending before the State Department, an ABC News
U.S. Attorney General Loretta LynchConfirmed – The New Boss, SameAs The Old Boss…. Conservative Treehouse, by Sundance earlybird- 4/24/2015 10:44:05 AM The cultural Marxists within the Senate voted 56-43 to confirm Loretta Lynch as the country’s first black female attorney general. Ignoring mountains of evidence showing her corrupt involvement in, and selective prosecution of, Wall Street Banking schemes. To wit the usual usurpers and their ideological co-dependents joined forces. Voting along with the Democrats you will note 10 DECEPTICONS. Those familiar with our research will immediately identify the ideology displayed. They are: (Snip) Not coincidentally these are the same ideological cohorts as the Amnesty group. We have tried for several years to get people to understand how dangerous this group of Decepticons Florida´s Ros-Lehtinen says Republicans won´tchallenge removing Cuba from terror sponsors list Fox News Latino, by Staff KarenJ1- 4/24/2015 10:42:24 AM Republican congressional leaders have admitted defeat in their effort to thwart President Barack Obama´s plan to remove Cuba from the list of state sponsors of terrorism. Florida Republican Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen met with a number of her fellow lawmakers last week to strategize way to prevent the de-listing of Cuba in a bill she planned to introduce this week, but the lawmaker was told that Congress legally can´t prevent the White House from removing Cuba from the list. "We can´t undo it. We just got the word from the parliamentarian: It´s a no-go," Ros-Lehtinen said, according to the Miami Herald. First Evidence of a Blunder inDrone Strike: 2 Extra Bodies New York Times, by Mark Mazzetti* KarenJ1- 4/24/2015 10:37:14 AM WASHINGTON — The first sign that something had gone terribly wrong was when officers from the C.I.A. saw that six bodies had been pulled from the rubble instead of four. For weeks, drones had watched the movements of four men around a compound in the Shawal Valley. After the drones struck on Jan. 15, the agency thought that only those four had died. But when six bodies were taken from the wreckage and hastily buried, it was a clear signal that the spy agency had made a deadly mistake. It took weeks for the extent of the disaster to be revealed: The The “Donohue Plan” Begins Successfully –Marco Rubio Paving Way for Jeb Bush…. Conservative Treehouse, by Sundance earlybird- 4/24/2015 10:33:10 AM Marco Rubio is the strategic plow for a Jeb Bush GOP primary win. The Decepticon machine in general, and Tom Donohue specifically, is using the EXACT SAME strategy successfully used in Virginia against Ken Cuccinelli to give the VA Governor’s race to Democrats. In Kentucky it was used to push McConnell back into office. In Mississippi it was used to push Thad Cochran back into office (despite his dementia). In 2015/16 primary it is being used to push Jeb Bush to victory in the GOP primary. Alas, just like 2012 through 2014, few can see it and even fewer accept
‘American Sniper’ derailed by Muslimcomplaints at University of Maryland Washington Times, by Douglas Ernst KarenJ1- 4/24/2015 10:30:32 AM The University of Maryland joins the University of Michigan in the ranks of educational institutions with an “American Sniper” controversy. Muslim student protests prompted the University of Maryland at College Park to announce the cancellation of the movie about deceased Navy SEAL Chris Kyle. “American Sniper only perpetuates the spread of Islamophobia and is offensive to many Muslims around the world for good reason. This movie dehumanizes Muslim individuals, promotes the idea of senseless mass murder, and portrays negative and inaccurate stereotypes,” the university’s Muslim Students Association said in its petition, Fox News reported Thursday. Three Reasons Scott Walkeris Still the Likely Nominee Daily Caller, by Christian Whiton lmruth- 4/24/2015 10:13:18 AM Jeb Bush announced his exploratory PAC in mid-December, and led most Republican polls for the next month. In late January, Scott Walker wowed the audience at the Iowa Freedom Summit, and rivaled or surpassed Bush in polls for the two months that followed. This month, Marco Rubio declared his candidacy; two brand new polls now show him on top. Is this a high-speed version of the 2012 primary season, in which nearly every dog had his day, but then got unceremoniously packed off to the pound? Are Bush and Walker toast? CRS Report: Wages DeclinedAs Immigration Surged Daily Caller, by Rachel Stoltzfoos chicodon- 4/24/2015 10:08:48 AM Wages and share of income for the bottom 90 percent of American wage-earners declined over the past 40 years, as the foreign-born population increased dramatically, data requested by the Senate Judiciary Committee shows. Since 1970, the foreign-born population of the U.S. increased 325 percent, the Congressional Research Service found, while wages for the bottom 90 percent of earners decreased by 8 percent and their share of income by 16 percent. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker weathered sharp criticism from Democrats and some conservatives this week after saying immigration policy should put American workers first. “In terms of legal immigration … it A human tragedy, &c National Review Online, by Jay Nordlinger Drive- 4/24/2015 9:35:28 AM This is a shocking headline: “Ex-CIA chief will be sentenced for leaking military secrets.” You almost have to read it a second time, to grasp it. The article begins, “Former CIA Director David Petraeus, whose career was destroyed by an extramarital affair with his biographer, was expected to be sentenced Thursday in federal court in Charlotte for giving her classified material while she was working on the book.” The word “tragedy” is probably overused (like many words). But the Petraeus story is a tragedy almost Greek in its scope. I believe he is, on balance, a good or great man
Hillary Clinton has a baggage problem Washington Post, by Chris Cillizza garnet- 4/24/2015 9:27:44 AM The single biggest threat to Hillary Clinton´s chances of being elected president next November -- more so than any one running against her in the Democratic primary or even her future Republican general election opponent -- is a sense among the electorate that the bad of putting another Clinton in office outweighs the good. What Clinton cannot have -- if she wants to win -- is lots of voters saying some variant of this: "I like her and I think she´d probably be a good president. But, I just don´t want to go through all of that stuff again." Rand Paul Is Right to Demand ReportersAsk Democrats About Late-Term Abortions Washington Examiner, by Michael Barone garnet- 4/24/2015 9:22:14 AM It was sort of inevitable that on his first day of campaigning as an announced candidate for president earlier this month, Rand Paul would be asked whether he supported a ban on abortions in cases of rape or incest. Reporters have been asking Republican candidates that question ever since 2012, when the Missouri Republican Senate candidate said he supported such a ban and added that pregnancies were unlikely in cases of "legitimate rape." But Paul´s reply wasn´t what the reporter expected. "Why don´t we ask the (Democratic National Committee) is it OK to kill a seven-pound baby in the uterus? Frat boys spit on wounded vet,urinate on American flag Fox News, by Todd Starnes KarenJ1- 4/24/2015 9:19:49 AM Investigations have been launched at two universities over accusations that fraternity members taunted wounded war heroes, urinated on an American flag, and spit on a wounded veteran and his service dog in Panama City Beach, Florida. The April 17 incident, involving Zeta Beta Tau fraternity members from the University of Florida and Emory University, has infuriated residents of Panama City. “They were being treated like the Vietnam veterans were treated,” said Linda Cope, the founder of the Warrior Beach Retreat. The local charity provides an annual all-expense-paid vacation for more than a 100 combat-wounded warriors and their spouses or caregivers. All of End the moaning about the‘morality' of US drone strikes New York Post, by Ralph Peters garnet- 4/24/2015 9:18:42 AM Hundreds of drone strikes so far this year, from Syria to Pakistan. Hundreds of dead terrorists, many of high rank. Thousands of lives saved. And what makes headlines? Two Western hostages killed in an otherwise successful drone attack. Sorry, folks. That’s war. And warfare will never be dainty or fully precise. We should be awed by the accuracy of our weaponry and the unprecedented reduction in the loss of innocent lives. Instead, we b---h because military operations — humanity’s most complex and fraught endeavor — aren’t perfect. We may regret the loss of an American and an Italian aid worker, but they’d voluntarily placed America´s Soft Police State American Thinker, by Mark J. Fitzgibbons ScarletPimpernel- 4/24/2015 9:13:26 AM Today Americans live in a soft police state. We may not sense its severity and doom like runaway slaves or Anne Frank, but the freedoms of the greatest number of Americans have never been more threatened and violated institutionally -- both openly and secretively -- by our own government. The Fourth Amendment, which is the law limiting government power to search and seize our persons and most private property, has been gutted by executive and administrative actions, Congress, and the courts -- the very bodies that were supposed to enforce it on government.
Comcast Confirms End of DealWith Time Warner Cable New York Times, by Emily Steel Drive- 4/24/2015 9:08:01 AM Comcast confirmed Friday that it had called off its $45 billion takeover of Time Warner Cable, aborting its plans to create a truly national cable company with unprecedented control over the future of the country’s television and broadband markets. The deal would have brought together the country’s two largest cable operators at a time when the Internet acts as the ultimate gateway for information and entertainment, and when vast technology changes revolutionize how people watch and pay for television. Combined, the companies would have controlled as much as 57 percent of the nation’s broadband market and just under 30 percent of pay Gov. Walker Supporters Claim PoliceRaided Their Homes Over Politics Fox News, by Staff KarenJ1- 4/24/2015 9:07:29 AM Megyn Kelly shared new information tonight about a series of terrifying raids which were reportedly a form of political retribution against supporters of Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI). She explained that a few of the people who were raided came forward and spoke to the National Review about what they experienced. Kelly reported that Cindy Archer had a raid conducted on her home when she was sound asleep one night. Archer claims that more than a dozen police officers were yelling and pounding on her door. She said that police would not tell her why they were there as they ransacked Obama faces up to the grimreality of drone strikes Washington Post, by Greg Jaffe Drive- 4/24/2015 9:01:46 AM When presidents talk about military operations — even failed ones — they typically rely on soaring rhetoric to explain losses or justify battlefield setbacks. Sacrifices are said to have advanced freedom or forestalled suffering in a distant land. President Obama’s spare appearance at the White House on Thursday to announce the accidental killing of two hostages in a CIA drone strike in Pakistan included no talk of a higher cause or larger struggle. Has Apple botched thelaunch of the Watch? Washington Post, by Hayley Tsukayama Drive- 4/24/2015 9:00:11 AM Friday is the official launch date of the Apple Watch, marking the first day that the devices should show up on doorsteps and non-celebrity wrists -- though not in any Apple Store. Apple´s entire stock of watches sold out in less than six hours, and all the company´s models now carry shipping estimates of June or beyond. But even if you were among the Apple faithful who woke up (or stayed awake) in the wee hours of the morning to pre-order the watch within its first 10 or 15 minutes of sale, there´s no guarantee that you´ll be sporting a new Smitten with Cuba? Better call the lovedetective before you commit. Washington Post, by Nick Miroff Drive- 4/24/2015 8:58:19 AM HAVANA — As they begin to visit this long-forbidden island in greater and greater numbers, it is only natural that some American travelers will fall in love with Cuba. Others, with Cubans. And when they do, a few may return home anguished by doubts about their budding Cuban romances. Are they real? Or just scams to get off the island? They need a love detective. Fernando Alvarez does not advertise his services quite that way. He is a licensed private eye, with offices in Beverly Hills, Calif., and Coral Gables, Fla. His firm, Drakonx Investigations, claims to be the only one in the GM, Ford, And Others Want toMake Working on Your Own Car Illegal Yahoo Autos, by Jeff Perez Original Article Posted By: GO3- 4/24/2015 8:52:01 AM Post Reply General Motors — the same company responsible for 87 deaths related to faulty ignition switches, FYI — wants to take that right away from you citing safety and security issues. Along with a few other big names. It’s called the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). It’s been around since 2000 and started as anti-Internet piracy legislation. But automakers want to use it to try and make working on your own car illegal. Yes, illegal.
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NPR Cut Dana Perino’s HeartwarmingStory About George W. Bush Daily Signal, by Robert Bluey - 4/24/2015 6:28:33 AM Dana Perino’s new book features a touching encounter between President George W. Bush and an injured—and incubated—Marine receiving the Purple Heart. She follows it with another story involving a dying soldier’s mother yelling at the president about the war. Both stories were recounted by Perino in an excerpt from “And the Good News Is…” that was published by The Daily Signal this week. But if you listened to NPR’s interview with the former White House press secretary on “Morning Edition” today, you would’ve only heard one. NPR’s edited version of the interview that aired included the story about the mother Rutgers Students Earn Credit forCourse on Hillary, Field Trip toClinton Global Initiative Breitbart Big Government, by Dr. Susan Berry - 4/24/2015 5:37:58 AM First-year students at taxpayer-funded Rutgers University have been studying Democrat candidate for president Hillary Rodham Clinton during a one-credit course titled “A Woman for President?” The course features guest lectures from former Clinton campaign staffers and a field trip to the Clinton Global Initiative. According to Gabriella Morrongiello, writing at Campus Reform, the class on Clinton offered at the New Jersey university is part of the discussion-based Byrne seminars, intended to help first-year students become acquainted with the college curriculum. Rutgers Today states that the course discusses “how gender affects campaigns, media coverage and voting behaviors.” Candidates do improve with time Washington Post, by Jennifer Rubin MissMolly- 4/24/2015 5:37:36 AM With minute-by-minute coverage of the campaigns and tons of polls, it is sometimes hard to remember that campaigns and candidates are works in progress. This does not mean that candidates are hopeless flip-floppers — although some are. Rather, it means that candidates can learn and improve — in some cases, dramatically. Jeb Bush was less than forceful on foreign policy a few weeks back. He got tangled up with James Baker and was less clear and convincing than other candidates, including a couple governors. Perhaps competition works, or maybe he simply needed to get into a groove. Now he declares: “There’s
Obama Literally Edits Out the Genocide,Marks ‘Armenian Remembrance Day’ PJ Media, by Bridget Johnson MissMolly- 4/24/2015 5:28:30 AM The White House moments ago issued President Obama’s annual statement to mark Friday’s Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day, and as promised there is no genocide to be found. In fact, the White House press release just called it “Armenian Remembrance Day.” “This year we mark the centennial of the Meds Yeghern, the first mass atrocity of the 20th Century. Beginning in 1915, the Armenian people of the Ottoman Empire were deported, massacred, and marched to their deaths. Their culture and heritage in their ancient homeland were erased. Amid horrific violence that saw suffering on all sides, one and a half million Armenians perished,” An odd place for a Ted Cruz stopover Washington Examiner [DC], by Byron York MissMolly- 4/24/2015 5:24:30 AM Presidential politics can put candidates in some pretty odd situations. Just ask Ted Cruz. The Texas senator and 2016 Republican candidate was in New York this week. One of his stops was a reception Monday night at a grand apartment owned by Ian Reisner and Mati Weiderpass, two gay hotel tycoons. The purpose of the gathering was to discuss Cruz´s position on Israel, according to Cruz national campaign spokesman Rick Tyler. "It was all things Israel," says Tyler. "They were in a discussion about something they all agreed about" — meaning their strong support of Israel. Tyler says that at one point in Eric Holder’s legacy Washington Times, by Hans von Spakovsky & John Fund StormCnter- 4/24/2015 5:12:53 AM As Attorney General Eric Holder finally departs, he leaves behind a demoralized Justice Department that has been politicized to an unprecedented degree. Attorneys general are obligated to enforce the law in an objective, unbiased and nonpolitical manner. They must demonstrate the highest regard for the best interests of the public and their sworn duty to uphold the Constitution and the laws of the United States. Prior attorneys general of both political parties, such as Benjamin Civiletti, Griffin Bell, Ed Meese and Michael Mukasey, have fulfilled that duty to the highest ethical and professional standards. But not Eric Holder. He put the interests Saudi Arabia Rents U.S.Military, Courtesy Barack Obama American Spectator, by Doug Bandow StormCnter- 4/24/2015 5:08:48 AM After killing hundreds of Yemenis, including many civilians, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) announced that it was halting its bombing campaign. Now Operation “Restoring Hope” is to begin. A cynic might wonder if that is the hope of the Saudi king for more subjects to rule and plunder. No doubt the KSA will kill more Yemenis for no cause before the war truly ends. Apparently incapable of resisting the temptation to meddle in the Middle East, the Obama administration is part of Saudi Arabia’s ten-member “coalition” against Houthi rebels in Yemen. Said Secretary of State John Kerry: “we’re not going
Clinton Case Scandal DoomHillary's White House Bid? National Review Online, by Jonah Goldberg StormCnter- 4/24/2015 5:03:52 AM How should one think about the unfolding allegations rocking the Clinton-Industrial Complex (which includes both her campaign and her foundation)? By now, you may have heard about Peter Schweizer’s book, Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich. The book isn’t even out yet, and Clinton’s team is already sheltering in place like Churchill’s cabinet during the Blitz. That’s in part because Schweizer, a conservative author and dogged investigative journalist, has teamed up with the notorious right-wing rags the New York Times and the Washington Post to essentially re-report I, Carly Weekly Standard, by Michael Warren StormCnter- 4/24/2015 5:00:16 AM Ashland, N.H.- The Pemi-Baker Valley Republican Committee’s monthly all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner isn’t the kind of place you expect to see a crowd. Especially one that includes college students, and on a Friday night, no less. But the American Legion on Main Street is hopping. Greeting guests at the door is Omer Ahern Jr., the committee’s round-faced, mutton-chopped executive vice president. And he’s ecstatic. “Everybody’s excited,” Ahern says. “We’ve never had this many people here.” The spaghetti is delicious, but the 100 or so people have really come for the evening’s guest speaker, Carly Fiorina. The former chief executive of technology giant Hewlett-Packard Bill’s free Latin American jet ridesput heat on Hillary’s trade deals New York Post, by Geoff Earle Pluperfect- 4/24/2015 4:56:59 AM WASHINGTON — Former President Bill Clinton accepted private jet trips to South America from a wealthy Canadian mining magnate to give four speeches for $800,000, it was revealed on Thursday. Mogul Frank Giustra earned the “Friend of Bill” tag with hefty foundation donations and free rides on his private MD-87 jet. Bubba’s jet-setting, revealed in a new book, has put more pressure on former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton to explain whether Giustra influenced State Department decisions like a Colombia free-trade deal and its role in a Russian energy outfit’s purchase of an American uranium company. Giustra had a financial interest in World War O Politico, by Michael Crowley StormCnter- 4/24/2015 4:51:35 AM President Barack Obama’s expression of remorse on Thursday for the death of two hostages in a U.S. drone strike underscored one of the great frustrations of his presidency: His dream of extricating the U.S. from messy foreign conflicts remains just that. Obama pledged in his 2013 inaugural address that “a decade of war is now ending,” but the numbers suggest otherwise. The U.S. takes regular lethal action in at least five countries. U.S. troops are deployed in three conflict zones. And America is directly involved in a pair of Arab civil wars. Some administration officials fear that things will get worse before
Bill Clinton Cashed In WhenHillary Became Secretary of State ABC News, by Matthew Mosk & Brian Ross StormCnter- 4/24/2015 4:49:01 AM After his wife became Secretary of State, former President Bill Clinton began to collect speaking fees that often doubled or tripled what he had been charging earlier in his post White House years, bringing in millions of dollars from groups that included several with interests pending before the State Department, an ABC News review of financial disclosure records shows. Where he once had drawn $150,000 for a typical address in the years following his presidency, Clinton saw a succession of staggering paydays for speeches in 2010 and 2011, including $500,000 paid by a Russian investment bank and $750,000 to address a Scientists find missing link in Yellowstoneplumbing: This giant volcano is very much alive Washington Post, by Joel Achenback StormCnter- 4/24/2015 4:46:36 AM Yellowstone National Park is the home of one of the world´s largest volcanoes, one that is quiescent for the moment but is capable of erupting with catastrophic violence at a scale never before witnessed by human beings. In a big eruption, Yellowstone would eject 1,000 times as much material as the 1980 Mount St. Helens eruption. This would be a disaster felt on a global scale, which is why scientists are looking at this thing closely. On Thursday, a team from the University of Utah published a study, in the journal Science that for the first time offers a complete Homeland Security Working Overtime toAdd ‘New Americans’ by 2016 Election PJ Media, by J. Christian Adams StormCnter- 4/24/2015 4:41:44 AM President Obama’s amnesty by edict has always been about adding new Democrats to the voter rolls, and recent action by the Department of Homeland Security provides further proof. Sources at the Department of Homeland Security report to PJ Media that the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services is reallocating significant resources away from a computer system — the “Electronic Immigration System” — to sending letters to all 9,000,000 green card holders urging them to naturalize prior to the 2016 election. This effort is part of the DHS “Task Force on New Americans.” PJ Media has obtained an internal “Dear Colleague” letter written What happens when a mantakes over the job of first lady? Washington Post, by Krissah Thompson - 4/24/2015 4:35:27 AM It’s 2015, and we’re back in uncharted territory, testing historic gender boundaries by pondering what it would mean to have a woman in the Oval Office — and her husband in the East Wing. With Hillary Rodham Clinton officially running for president and Carly Fiorina intimating that she may enter the Republican presidential race, there is the distinct possibility that the nation could soon have a first gentleman in the White House. What would the first man to take over the job historically held by first ladies do with it? The issues that Bill Clinton or Fiorina’s husband, Frank, would
Few People Lost JobsWith V.A. in Scandal New York Times, by Dave Phillips Pluperfect- 4/24/2015 4:34:38 AM The nationwide scandal last spring over manipulated wait times at Department of Veterans Affairs hospitals led to the ouster of the secretary of veterans affairs and vows from the new leadership that people would be held accountable. Then in February, the new secretary, Robert A. McDonald, asserted in a nationally televised interview that the department had fired 60 people involved in manipulating wait times to make it appear that veterans were receiving care faster than they were. In fact, the department quickly clarified after that interview, only 14 people had been removed from their jobs, while about 60 others had received Could Warren Weinstein have been saved? CNN, by Peter Bergen Pluperfect- 4/24/2015 4:30:57 AM Warren Weinstein, who appears to have been the only American citizen held hostage by al Qaeda, was accidentally killed in a U.S. drone strike in January. But it didn´t have to be that way. A senior U.S. official familiar with the handling of the issue told CNN that the U.S. government made no serious effort to negotiate for the 73-year-old development expert´s release, either directly to al Qaeda or through proxies in Pakistan. Another senior U.S. official told CNN that Weinstein´s capture by al Qaeda made it hard for the United States to negotiate, even though proxies such as the Pakistani government NYT reporter: Misdirecting on Clinton
stories is what Media Matters “exists to do”
Hot Air, by Mary Katharine Ham JoniTx- 4/24/2015 4:28:44 AM A rare and enjoyable moment of open dissent on Alex Wagner’s MSNBC show today as both New York Times reporter Jeremy Peters and Bloomberg reporter Josh Green refuse to recognize the House of David Brock’s Hair as the legitimate news source is very definitely is. (Video) JEREMY PETERS, NEW YORK TIMES: The Clinton campaign is certainly already taken some steps to try to get ahead of public relations problems like that, for example, Hillary resigned from the board. I think they’re going to have to be more transparent about the speaking fees because those questions are just going to keep Fox News Poll: Rubio jumps to head of
2016 GOP pack, Clinton honesty questioned
Fox News, by Dana Blanton Pluperfect- 4/24/2015 4:25:57 AM The Bush dynasty is a negative for voters and Marco Rubio is seen as a leader of the future, as the Florida senator jumps to the head of the GOP pack. The Clinton dynasty is a plus -- and even though Hillary could have an honesty problem, she dominates the Democratic side. And both the Republican faithful (with their crowded field) and the Democratic faithful (with their sole favorite) are happy with their range of 2016 choices. These are some of the findings from the latest Fox News poll on the 2016 presidential election. Here are some more: Announcing your candidacy helps Republican Senate Confirms AG
Who Says Illegals Have Right to
Work But Partially Born Babies
Have No Right to Life
Cybercast News Service, by Terence P. Jeffrey JoniTx- 4/24/2015 4:24:34 AM A Republican-controlled U.S. Senate voted to confirm an attorney general today who says that illegal aliens have a right to work in the United States but that partially born babies do not have a right to life. The Senate took two votes on the nomination of Loretta Lynch: first, a "cloture" vote to end debate and allow a final vote on confirmation, and, then, the final vote itself. Neither of these votes would have taken place had not Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell brought her nomination to the floor for consideration. (Video) Thanks to a change in the interpretation of
U.S. charges Quicken
Loans with mortgage fraud
Associated Press, by Staff Pluperfect- 4/24/2015 4:20:34 AM NEW YORK - The Justice Department is suing Quicken Loans, saying the lender approved hundreds of mortgage loans that didn´t meet federal standards, leaving the government stuck with the bill when borrowers defaulted. The U.S. Department of Justice said Thursday that between September 2007 and December 2011, Quicken approved, underwrote and certified the insurance of hundreds of mortgages that didn´t meet federal guidelines. It said Quicken encouraged its employees to disregard Federal Housing Administration rules and say mortgages met the guidelines when they did not. Quicken sometimes asked appraisers to inflate the value of homes so it could approve the loans, and About two dozen injured, one critically,
in stage collapse at Westfield High School
Indianapolis Star (IN), by Michael Anthony Adams,* JoniTx- 4/24/2015 4:19:58 AM (Video) Around two dozen students were injured, one critically, late Thursday night when a stage collapsed at Westfield High School. In the final moments of a student concert, while the performers gathered toward the front of the stage, the platform they were standing on gave way and sent the singers tumbling into the orchestra pit. "I was honestly just shocked," said Andrew Baier, a senior at Westfield who was in the auditorium during the incident. "I didn´t think that anything like that could happen, especially here at Westfield." Screams suddenly replaced the sound of singing voices as the students lay 30-Year Alabama Death Row Inmate
Uses Computer, ATMs for First Time
ABC News, by Byron Pitts* Pluperfect- 4/24/2015 4:18:08 AM Anthony Ray Hinton spent more than half his life on death row in southern Alabama. Now, at 58, after spending decades behind bars, Hinton is free. "Thirty years ago, the prosecution seemed deemed to take my life from me,” Hinton told ABC News´ “Nightline.” Hinton was convicted in the brutal killings of two men and sentenced to live out the rest of his days at the Holman Correctional Facility. Now, all these years later, he is no longer a “dead man walking.” “They took my 30s, my 40s, my 50s, but what they couldn’t take was my joy,” Hinton said. Arizona sheriff acknowledges
judge´s wife was investigated
Associated Press, by Staff Pluperfect- 4/24/2015 4:13:00 AM PHOENIX — A hearing to decide whether to hold Sheriff Joe Arpaio in contempt of court for violating court orders in a racial-profiling case took a surprising turn when the lawman acknowledged that his office was behind a secret investigation into the judge´s wife. Judge Murray Snow leveled a series of questions at Arpaio after his testimony wrapped up, focusing primarily on whether he or his family was being investigated by the sheriff. "Are you aware that I´ve been investigated by anyone?" the judge asked. Arpaio said he believed his former lawyer, Tim Casey, had hired a private investigator to Hillary Clinton conveniently evolving American Thinker, by Silvio Canto, Jr. JoniTx- 4/24/2015 4:12:50 AM We are all familiar with then-Senator Obama defending traditional marriage in 2008. Mr. Obama used Christianity and God to justify his position. We learned later from Mr. Axelrod that the whole thing may have been just a little "lie" to appeal to black Americans. In other words, he was always for same-sex marriage but did not have the courage to share that with voters in 2008. The latest discovery is Hillary Clinton in 2004, or back in the days when she was a hawk on Iraq and defending traditional marriage. This is what Mrs Clinton said in 2004: …the fundamental bedrock
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What "Clinton Cash" Tells UsAbout Hillary´s Relationship With Bill Power Line, by Paul Mirengoff - 4/24/2015 1:27:13 AM Liberal pundit Jonathan Chait concludes from the emerging “Clinton cash” scandal that, at a minimum, the Clintons have been “disorganized and greedy.” Of the greed, there can be no doubt. But whether the Clintons have been disorganized depends on what they were trying, primarily, to accomplish through their Foundation. From Bill Clinton’s perspective, I gather, the Foundation was intended to raise huge amounts of money and to serve as a vehicle through which he would remain an important international player. Clinton plainly wanted an enormously lucrative and conspicuously consequential post-presidency. The Clinton Foundation would enable him to meet these aspirations. And so Democrats Went All In OnHillary Clinton. It´s LookingLike a Terrible Bet. National Journal, by Josh Kraushaar ketchuplover- 4/24/2015 12:57:16 AM Democrats didn´t fully appreciate the size of the gamble they´re taking on Hillary Clinton by assuming she´s their strongest 2016 candidate, but they´re sure finding out now. Forget the email server. The latest revelation—that a Canadian mining company with close ties to the Clinton Foundation sold its uranium business to the Russians with approval from Clinton´s State Department—is more damaging than any of the previous controversies that have buffeted the campaign. The story goes to the heart of several serious, growing vulnerabilities that Clinton will be facing, sooner or later. First, the perception of foreign entities paying the Clinton Foundation Are the Clintons too cozywith the people who givethem money? Washington Post, by Karen Tumulty ketchuplover- 4/24/2015 12:32:35 AM The massive fundraising and wealth-generating operation that Bill and Hillary Rodham Clinton have built over the past decade and a half has revived one of the most enduring criticisms of the couple: that they have a blind spot when it comes to setting ethical boundaries with the people who give them money. Two factors could make the current questions even more problematic. First, the Clintons now bring in contributions on a scale that would have been unimaginable during the controversies that beset Bill Clinton’s presidency in the 1990s. Second, many of those who have funded their charity and their campaigns have also
Warren Weinstein and the Long Drone War The New Yorker, by Steve Coll earlybird- 4/23/2015 11:09:13 PM “As President and Commander-in-Chief, I take full responsibility for all our counterterrorism operations,” President Obama said in a press conference at the White House on Thursday.(Snip) There is circumstantial evidence that the Administration has been preparing for this announcement for some weeks. On March 25th, news organizations reported that the powerful longtime leader of the C.I.A.’s Counterterrorism Center, a dyspeptic Muslim convert whose code name is Roger, was being replaced. The Center carries out the great majority of covert drone strikes; the Pentagon carries out a smaller number. Roger, who took full charge of drone operations about nine years ago, had N.J. man on state´s ´Top 100Tax Debtors´ list gets 5 yearsprobation, must pay $150K Times of Trenton [NJ], by James McEvoy Ribicon- 4/23/2015 11:00:59 PM Trenton — A Morristown man who is among the state´s "Top 100 Tax Debtors" has been sentenced to five years probation contingent on his paying $500 a month for 25 years, authorities said Thursday. Gregory Cobbs, 51, who pleaded guilty in March to failure to pay taxes before Superior Court Judge Timothy Lydon, could be subject to a 364-day sentence in the Mercer County jail if he falls behind in paying the $150,000 restitution to the Division of Taxation, the Mercer County Prosecutor´s Office said. Cobbs initially owed $220,000 in personal income taxes, but that number ballooned to $386,000 with
Revealed: The THREE slave-owningancestors Ben Affleck didn´t want you toknow about - including one who bought a´negro boy´ called Tobe for 80 pounds Daily Mail [UK], by Daniel Bates Ribicon- 4/23/2015 10:51:20 PM Ben Affleck has at least three ancestors who owned slaves including a wealthy landowner who bought a young boy who he appears to have set to work in his tanning business. The Batman star´s distant family can be traced to Connecticut and in 1728 they paid 80 pounds for a slave called Tobe who they kept until he was grown up. The bill of sale refers to Tobe as a ´negro boy´ which the previous owner ´sold as my proper estate´. (Snip) Affleck´s other slave owning ancestors were a man in Georgia and an Irish farmer from New Jersey who owned eight slaves. Student targeted by ‘Mattress Girl’sues Columbia University overharassment on campus Washington Times, by Valerie Richardson Dreadnought- 4/23/2015 10:39:43 PM The Columbia University student targeted by a mattress-carrying protester filed a lawsuit Thursday against the school, arguing that it failed to shield him from harassment even though police and campus authorities refused to pursue rape charges against him. In a lawsuit filed in Manhattan federal court, Jean-Paul Nungesser alleges that the university failed to counter the hostile and intimidating learning environment created by the ongoing anti-rape protest of fellow student Emma Sulkowicz, also known as the “mattress girl.” “Columbia University’s effective sponsorship of the gender-based harassment and defamation of Paul resulted in an intimidating, hostile, demeaning … learning and living Obama’s Nixon doctrine: anointing Iran Washington Post, by Charles Krauthammer Dreadnought- 4/23/2015 10:35:51 PM In December, President Obama said that he wished to see Iran ultimately become a “very successful regional power.” His wish — a nightmare for the Western-oriented Arab states — is becoming a reality. Consider: ? Gulf of Aden: Iran sends a flotilla of warships and weapons-carrying freighters to reinforce the rebels in Yemen — a noncontiguous, non-Persian, nonthreatening (to Iran) Arabian state — asserting its new status as regional bully and arbiter. The Obama administration sends an aircraft carrier group, apparently to prevent this gross breach of the U.N. weapons embargo on Yemen. Instead, the administration announces that it has
DC preps its best forCorrespondents´ dinner The Hill (Washington DC), by Judy Kurtz - 4/23/2015 10:10:28 PM Naomi Campbell, Connie Britton, Jane Fonda, and Lucy Liu will be among the high-wattage stars lending a touch of Hollywood to the White House Correspondents´ Association dinner on Saturday. The annual soiree — which not long ago attracted tabloid sensations such as Kim Kardashian and Lindsay Lohan — has in recent years been a bit more understated. But the lineup for events surrounding the correspondents’ dinner at the Washington Hilton Hotel is anything but low-key; more than two dozen happenings are being held across the city throughout the weekend. Included among the high-profile gatherings is a star-studded bash Friday hosted Josh Earnest Dodges 10 ConsecutiveQuestions About Clinton Foundation [VIDEO] Daily Caller (DC), by Alex Griswold - 4/23/2015 9:57:18 PM This has to be a new record: White House press secretary Josh Earnest dodged no less than ten consecutive questions in a span of five minutes, all about the damning allegations that then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton traded political favors in return for donations to the Clinton Foundation. Let’s break it down, shall we? DODGE ONE: ABC NEWS CORRESPONDENT JONATHAN KARL: Revelations regarding donations to the Clinton Foundation and actions taken by the United States government, I want to take the second part first. In hindsight, given what’s happened with Russia over the last year or two, was it a Hillary On Abortion: ‘Deep-SeatedCultural Codes, Religious BeliefsAnd Structural Biases HaveTo Be Changed’ Daily Caller (DC), by Kerry Picket - 4/23/2015 9:51:07 PM NEW YORK, N.Y. — Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton took a feminist tone on Thursday. She told attendees at the sixth annual Women in The World Summit that “deep seated cultural codes, religious beliefs and structural biases have to be changed” for the sake of giving “access” to women for “reproductive healthcare and safe childbirth.” “Far too many women are denied access to reproductive healthcare and safe childbirth an laws don’t count for much if they’re not enforced. Rights have to exist in practice—not just on paper,” Clinton said. She explained, “Laws have to be backed up with resources and Gronk: Maybe Obama Was Wasted WhenHe Made Deflate Joke About Patriots Breitbart Big Government, by Charlie Spiering KarenJ1- 4/23/2015 9:41:26 PM New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowsi questioned President Obama’s decision to crack a joke about deflated footballs at a White House event honoring the Super Bowl champions. Gronkowski indicated that the team was serious as the Patriots spent time with Obama in the White House before the ceremony on the South Lawn. “If they would have put some tunes on, I would have done some dance moves,” he joked. When asked if there was any drinking with the president, Gronkoswi said no, but wondered if Obama had a few before he made his joke about deflated footballs. “There was no drinking,” he said
CBP Wants $134.5M for Anticipated´Future Influx´ of Illegal Alien Children Cybercast News Service, by Brittany M. Hughes KarenJ1- 4/23/2015 9:32:05 PM U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) included $134.5 million in “contingency” funding in its budget request for Fiscal Year 2016 to care for a “future influx” of up to 104,000 unaccompanied alien children, or “UCs,” who may cross the border into the United States illegally next year. CBP Commissioner Richard Gil Kerlikowske defended the request during a hearing before the House Appropriations’ Homeland Security Subcommittee on Thursday as providing “additional resources” for CBP in the event of another flood of illegal aliens, which he warned could be coming. “The budget request provides baseline funding for the care and custody of 58,000 Duke University Sides With IslamistsAgainst Feminist Speaker The Federalist, by Mitchell Blatt KarenJ1- 4/23/2015 9:25:40 PM Duke University’s mission statement says it is dedicated to “promot[ing] an intellectual environment built on a commitment to free and open inquiry.” Yet when Asra Nomani, a journalist and author of two books, came to speak on “The Paradox of Women in Islam,” the university almost rescinded her invitation. The Muslim Students Association sent an email smearing her as a friend of “Islamophobes” and discouraged students from attending. Nomani wrote in January about the campaign to label critics of radical Islam as “Islamophobes.” This kind of “bullying” “often works to silence critics of Islamic extremism,” she wrote. Nomani isn’t remaining silent. Johns Hopkins University’s StudentGovernment Opposes Chick-Fil-ADue To ‘Microaggressions’ Daily Caller, by Ashley Rae Goldenberg KarenJ1- 4/23/2015 9:18:47 PM The student government at Johns Hopkins University decided Chick-fil-A is not welcome on campus, as its existence would cause “microaggressions” against the gay community. The College Fix obtained a copy of the Johns Hopkins University Student Government Association’s resolution, “A Resolution Regarding the SGA’s Opinion on Current and Future Chick-Fil-A Development Plans.” The resolution attempts to prevent Chick-fil-A from operating on campus “in a current or future sense.” The student government stated it “vehemently opposes” Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy’s opposition to gay marriage. Because of Cathy’s views, the student government argues, “visiting prospective and current students, staff, faculty, and other visitors who are The Disastrous Clinton Post-Presidency New York Magazine, by Jonathan Chait KarenJ1- 4/23/2015 9:11:35 PM The qualities of an effective presidency do not seem to transfer onto a post-presidency. Jimmy Carter was an ineffective president who became an exemplary post-president. Bill Clinton appears to be the reverse. All sorts of unproven worst-case-scenario questions float around the web of connections between Bill’s private work, Hillary Clinton’s public role as secretary of State, the Clintons’ quasi-public charity, and Hillary’s noncompliant email system. But the best-case scenario is bad enough: The Clintons have been disorganized and greedy. The news today about the Clintons all fleshes out, in one way or another, their lack of interest in policing serious conflict-of-interest
Exclusive — Empirical Vote Data ShowsDemocrats Still Control US Senate,Harry Reid’s Office Rejoices Breitbart Big Government, by Matthew Boyle KarenJ1- 4/23/2015 9:05:34 PM Senate Democrats still control the U.S. Senate, election results last November aside, an analysis of all the votes taken since Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) took over as Majority Leader shows. In fact, with two minor exceptions, every single vote that has passed the U.S. Senate since the beginning of this Congress in January has passed with at least—usually more than—93 percent of support from Democrats. “While Republicans have done nothing to create jobs and help the middle class, on other topics like passing clean funding for Homeland Security and confirming Loretta Lynch, Senator McConnell has done the right thing by Blunders Fighting TerroristsDue To Non-Interrogation Investor´s Business Daily, by Editorial KarenJ1- 4/23/2015 8:48:12 PM War On Terror: The administration reveals that a flawed U.S. drone strike left a 72-year-old American hostage of al-Qaida dead. Meanwhile, al-Qaida makes gains in destabilized Yemen. Enhanced interrogation, anyone? The global war on terror is not a video game. But the Obama administration is waging it like one — that is, when it´s waging the war at all. Drones are a very useful military tool and will become even more so in the years ahead. Their "pilots" sit safely at consoles half a world away from the kill. Their computerization and robotics permit a level of accuracy and patience Book blowback hits Clinton’sNYC donor kickoff Politico, by Annie Karni* KarenJ1- 4/23/2015 8:35:18 PM Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman, John Podesta, had hoped to spend Thursday morning rallying fundraisers in a midtown office building in Manhattan — but he also found himself fielding concerns about a spate of unsettling investigations into the Clinton family’s personal fundraising. Podesta sought to energize and activate hundreds of longtime Hillary Clinton donors and bundlers for what could be the country’s first $2 billion presidential campaign. But during a question-and-answer period, the most pointed query from donors to Podesta was, how do we respond to questions raised by a new book linking millions in Bill Clinton speaking fees to wealthy Obama not ´unsettled´ byClinton´s conduct at State Washington Examiner, by Brian Hughes KarenJ1- 4/23/2015 8:17:43 PM The White House Thursday said President Obama had no reason to be "unsettled" by allegations that Hillary Clinton used her former post as the nation´s top diplomat to benefit her family´s charitable organization. "There has not been any evidence presented that would prompt the president or anybody at the White House to be unsettled" with Clinton´s conduct as secretary of state, White House press secretary Josh Earnest said. The New York Times reported Thursday that then-Secretary of State Clinton signed off on a deal allowing Clinton Foundation donors to sell a uranium mining company to a Russian nuclear agency. For weeks, Republicans have
Boehner Says Hillary Clinton BrokeLaw in Handling of Her E-Mail Bloomberg, by Mark Halperin KarenJ1- 4/23/2015 8:13:16 PM U.S. House Speaker John Boehner said Hillary Clinton and former President Bill Clinton are good public servants but have explaining to do about their charitable foundation and said her handling of official e-mails as secretary of state broke the law. “They’re good people, but there’s questions that have to be answered,” said Boehner. He was asked during an interview Thursday with Bloomberg Television’s “With All Due Respect” whether the Democratic presidential candidate and the former president are ethically and morally fit. Boehner was referring to issues concerning the Clintons’ foundation and its acceptance of donations from foreign governments, as well Michelle O Can´t RememberHow Long She´s Been Married Truth Revolt, by Trey Sanchez Akcamper- 4/23/2015 7:57:39 PM At the Take Your Daughters and Sons to Work Day event at the White House Wednesday, first lady Michelle Obama had a hard time remembering how long she and the president of the United States have been married. She also made sure she curried favor with the children by pandering to them, saying, "We are grateful to you all, for what you do to support your parents ... " and added a pitch for the nanny state, saying of the children´s parents, "We´re taking care of ´em, at least we´re trying to ..." The First Lady began by siting down and addressing her fidgety audience, telling the kids to obey their parents,Staff has split headline. Poster should do the same. New White House climate plan standsin stark contrast to stiff EPA regs Washington Examiner, by John Siciliano KarenJ1- 4/23/2015 7:39:33 PM The White House is trying a "voluntary" approach on for size in launching a major new climate change initiative Thursday that aims to double emission reductions from the farming and agriculture industry. The voluntary strategy comes amid the backdrop of the administration´s pursuit of aggressive regulations to force states to pare back emissions under the Environmental Protection Agency´s contentious Clean Power Plan. "This announcement is a very big deal," White House adviser Brian Deese told reporters on a conference call Thursday afternoon, rounding out a week of administration events meant to highlight the Six persons produced incourt for allegedly consuming drugs Borneo Post [Malaysia], by Staff - 4/23/2015 7:36:56 PM KUCHING: Six persons including two women were produced in separate magistrates’ courts here yesterday for allegedly consuming dangerous drugs. No plea was taken from the accused: Yasir Mohamad Yusuf,23, from Belawai, Hadi Ashley Hasbu, 21, from Kota Kinabalu, Ray Hassler Peta, 21, from Jalan Song here, Nurul Ezzah Fathin Mustapa,24, from Jalan Batu Kawa here, Gagandeep Singh Sandhu,19, from Miri and Salome Elona Thomas, 21, from Kota Kinabalu. All of them are students except for Nurul Ezzah who is unemployed. Their urine tested positive after they were accosted at a shop house at Chong Lin Park, Jalan Tabuan here around 1.55pm on April Comcast to Drop Time Warner Cable Deal Reuters, by Peter Henderson & Alina Selyuk KarenJ1- 4/23/2015 7:33:37 PM Comcast Corp plans to drop its $45 billion offer to buy Time Warner Cable Inc in the face of opposition from U.S. regulators, Bloomberg reported on Thursday, citing people with knowledge of the matter. The cable operator could announce its decision as soon as Friday, Bloomberg said. The news comes after Comcast and Time Warner Cable officials’ meetings on Wednesday with Federal Communications Commission and the Justice Department reviewers, whose approval is required for the merger to go through. The companies faced critical regulators concerned about the deal’s impact on consumers, sources familiar with the meetings told Reuters. The FCC
The Emerging Clinton Foundation Scandal National Review Online, by Andrew C. McCarthy KarenJ1- 4/23/2015 7:27:50 PM Is this the beginning … of RICO? Okay, so that’s not quite as catchy as Edward G. Robinson’s immortal line. But it is what a good prosecutor would be asking while pondering the growing cloud around the Clinton Foundation. Among Little Ceasar’s imprints on popular culture is that Robinson’s mobster character, Cesare Enrico Bandello, inspired Congress to name its seminal anti-organized crime legislation “RICO” — the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act of 1971. The mafia was its most infamous target, but far from its only target. RICO makes it a crime to run an organization through what’s called a “pattern of racketeering Native chief gets 20 years,14 strokes for sexual offences Borneo Post [Malaysia], by Amy Dangin - 4/23/2015 7:24:49 PM KOTA KINABALU: A 37-year-old native chief was sentenced to 20 years’ jail and ordered to be given 14 strokes of the cane for attempting to rape his sister and forcing two of his nephews to perform oral sex on him. Sessions Court judge Azreena Aziz passed the sentence here yesterday after the accused changed his plea from not guilty when he was first faced with the five charges of sexual offences, to that of guilty after the fifth witness was called to testify on the second day of the trial. Facts of the case revealed that a police report was made on Hillary summoned to May 18 public hearing Washington Examiner, by Susan Ferrechio KarenJ1- 4/23/2015 7:18:27 PM A House investigatory panel has summoned Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton to testify at a May 18 public hearing about her use of a private email server during her tenure as secretary of state. The panel, which is probing the September 2012 terrorist attacks on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, has scheduled a second public hearing one month later, on June 18, to grill Clinton about Benghazi. Both hearings are contingent upon Clinton providing "a complete record" about her role before, during and after the attacks, which killed U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans. That may be Creflo Dollar compares jetfundraiser critics to devil WXIA-TV [Atlanta, GA], by Staff NorthernDog- 4/23/2015 7:08:12 PM FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Creflo Dollar recently slammed critics of his mission to raise money for a new Gulfstream G650 jet. "The enemy is trying to discredit me," Dollar told the congregation of World Changers Church International in south Fulton County on Apr. 19. "(But) I can dream as long as I want to. I can believe God as long as I want to. If I want to believe God for a $65 million plane, you cannot stop me from dreaming." "Don´t dream about what you can have. Dream about what the devil says you can´t have," Dollar added. Earlier
Immigration agency: Single Hispanicfemales deserve asylum in U.S. Washington Times, by Stephen Dinan - 4/23/2015 6:24:48 PM Being a single mother or witnessing a gang crime could be enough for Central American illegal immigrants to get on the path to asylum under guidance the Homeland Security Department issued last week, opening up new ways for the current surge of illegal immigrants to gain a legal foothold in the U.S. The guidance, a 27-page training document from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, says women who flee Central America because they fear being a single woman at the head of a household can be deemed to be part of a targeted social group, and can make a claim that they It’s come to this: Someone inLeague City is selling pre-recallBlue Bell on eBay Houston Chronicle, by Craig Hlavaty - 4/23/2015 5:25:05 PM Ice cream fans around the country are missing that sweet taste from the little creamery in Brenham right about now. When Blue Bell’s recent recall woes called for the total recall of all of their products, some people saw an opportunity to sell their uneaten ice cream from their freezers to lusty fans of the iconic brand. An eBay user in League City is selling their “pre-recall” Blue Bell Ice Cream for the low, low price of $50, plus shipping charges. They will also ship the ice cream in dry ice to keep it from becoming a goopy mess during Jeb Bush Takes Shot at Romney:‘He Didn’t Signal He CaredAbout People’ Washington Free Beacon, by Alana Goodman PageTurner- 4/23/2015 5:24:10 PM Jeb Bush said he would not make the same mistakes as Mitt Romney during a private event in New York on Thursday, saying the 2012 Republican nominee was unable to connect with voters in a genuine way. “[Romney] made it about a referendum on the president’s policies rather than about himself. He didn’t show his heart,” said the former governor of Florida. “He didn’t send a signal that he cared about people, when he did.” The potential 2016 candidate made the remarks during a private question-and-answer session with high school students at the Ramaz School, where he was marking the
Rick Perry: ‘Outrageous’ Lack ofAccountability After Veterans Scandal Washington Free Beacon, by Brent Scher - 4/23/2015 5:20:27 PM Rick Perry, the former governor of Texas, says it is “outrageous” that so few people have been held accountable at the Department of Veterans Affairs after the Obama administration promised action would be taken against those found responsible for manipulating wait times at VA hospitals. Internal documents obtained by the New York Times show that despite claims by the department that at least 14 people had been fired, only three actually have lost their jobs. “It is outrageous that the Obama administration has not held people accountable for manipulating wait times in VA hospitals after promising to take action against NYT Reporter: Clinton OfficialsLied About a Meeting Taking Place,Unaware of Photo Evidence Washington Free Beacon, by Daniel Bassali - 4/23/2015 4:51:53 PM In a Fox News preview of “The Tangled Clinton Web,” a New York Times reporter accused the Clinton Foundation of lying to her about a meeting Bill Clinton had with Kazatomprom officials regarding the sale of uranium to Russia. “Frank Giustra arranged for officials to go to Bill Clinton’s house in Chappaqua,” reporter Jo Becker said. “When I first contacted the Clinton Foundation, they denied any such meeting ever took place. And when we told them we have already talked to the head, who not only told us all about the meeting but actually has a picture of him and Michael Brown´s family files civillawsuit, seeks $75,000 in Ferguson case CNN, by Eliott C. McLaughlin and Ed Payne SoCalGal- 4/23/2015 4:38:35 PM The family of Michael Brown has filed a civil lawsuit against the city of Ferguson under Missouri´s "wrongful death statute," family attorney Benjamin Crump said in a statement Thursday. The suit seeks $75,000 in damages, in addition to attorney fees. Brown´s parents attended a news conference in front of the St. Louis County Courthouse after the suit was filed. His mother, Lesley McSpadden, who wore a red hoodie bearing her son´s likeness, and his father, Mike Brown Sr., wearing a St. Louis Cardinals snapback and a hoodie that said, "Mike Brown chosen for change," did not speak, allowing attorneys Anthony Gray and David Petraeus pleads guilty,apologizes for ‘pain’ he caused News & Observer [Raleigh, NC], by Michael Gordon* SoCalGal- 4/23/2015 4:34:53 PM In a humbling chapter of an exemplary career, David Petraeus – a West Point grad who succeeded in leading U.S. forces in Iraq and Afghanistan before becoming the nation’s top spy – pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court to sharing classified information. U.S. Magistrate Judge David Keesler sentenced Petraeus to two years’ probation and a $100,000 fine, throwing out a recommended $40,000 fine because of the seriousness of the charges and to deter others. He called Petraeus’ actions a “serious lapse of judgment” that stood “in stark contrast to 37 years of achievement.” (Snip) Although none of the sensitive material got
Cristina Fernandez invitesRussian investors to Argentina;Thursday she meets Putin MercoPress [Montevideo, Uruguay], by Staff PageTurner- 4/23/2015 3:30:38 PM “Argentina is a country where it is worth investing in and producing, not only because of its natural resources, also because of the human resources we have” said president Cristina Fernández in Moscow on an official visit to Russia. She praised the “recovery of Argentina´s flag carrier that allows connectivity among all the zones in the country, not only the richest ones.” The Argentine leader was the main speaker on Wednesday at a forum attended by Argentine and Russian business leaders where she also explained why the ´strategic´ links with Russia and called for a “redefinition of the role of The ‘Clinton Cash’ Allegations Area Test of the Democratic Party’s Health Commentary Magazine, by John Podhoretz Pluperfect- 4/23/2015 3:18:37 PM The blockbuster New York Times story detailing the enrichment of Bill Clinton and the Clinton Foundation at the hands of Canadians, Ukrainians, and Russians with specific business before Hillary Clinton’s State Department is a political wake-up call for Democrats—but not the one you might think. The issue isn’t how they will respond to this one story, which may or may not have legs, or the next batch of stories due to emerge from Peter Schweizer’s soon-to-be-released Clinton Cash. The issue is whether they are going to accede, as a party, to Mrs. Clinton walking into the nomination not only because there New York Governor Lands inCuba for the “Start of the Adventure” PageTurner- 4/23/2015 3:11:55 PM HAVANA – New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo landed in Cuba on Monday, heading a high-powered trade mission as part of the process of renewing relations between the island and the U.S., and told Efe he wants to be present in Havana “from the start of the adventure.” “We’re witnessing the start of a transition in relations between the two countries, which is going to have significant economic benefits for both parties,” he said in a statement to Efe upon his arrival at the Havana airport, where he was received by Josefina Vidal, director for the U.S. of the Cuban Foreign Ministry. Absentee ballot: Ted Cruz a no-show atmost committee meetings, floor votes Fox News Latino, by Staff Pluperfect- 4/23/2015 3:06:23 PM On one side of the spectrum in the Senate there is Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, who has not missed a vote since taking office in 1997. At the opposite end are Ted Cruz of Texas and Marco Rubio of Florida. The two Republican presidential candidates´ attendance records when it comes to Senate votes and attending hearings are some of lowest in the chamber, with Cruz being especially negligent as a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee. Cruz has missed the majority of committee hearings and now ranks 97th in the first three months of this year in showing
Many Clinton charity donors alsogot State Department awards under Hillary Washington Examiner (DC), by Sarah Westwood - 4/23/2015 2:56:15 PM Twenty-two of the 37 corporations nominated for a prestigious State Department award — and six of the eight ultimate winners — while Hillary Clinton was Secretary of State were also donors to the Clinton family foundation. The published donor records of the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation don´t give exact dates or amounts of its contributors, but it is possible to create a general timeline for when many of the corporations donated and when they were either nominated or selected for the award. Silicon Valley giant Cisco was the biggest foundation contributor nominated in 2009, giving the Clinton charity Karl to Earnest on al Qaeda Strike:"Would It Have Been Illegal ForYou To Intentionally TargetThose Two Men" JoniTx- 4/23/2015 2:53:23 PM ABC News reporter Jon Karl asks White House press secretary Josh Earnest about the killing of an American citizen said to be a member of al-Qaeda. JONATHAN KARL, ABC NEWS: Josh, you will not tell us if they were drone strikes. JOSH EARNEST, WHITE HOUSE: Jon, despite the information I am able to provide about this previously classified operation, I cannot discuss precisely how it was carried out. You can tell us Adam Gadan and Achmed Farouk were not targets. Does the president regret it. No. The two individuals you mentioned were leaders of al-Qaeda. They had prominent positions in Ted Cruz Missed Loretta Lynch Vote HoursAfter Speaking Against Her Confirmation BuzzFeed News, by Kate Nocera LittleHoodedMonk- 4/23/2015 2:46:38 PM Washington - Texas Sen. Ted Cruz took to the Senate floor on Thursday to urge his Republican colleagues to vote against attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch. When the final confirmation vote came a few hours later, Cruz — a candidate for the 2016 presidential nomination— skipped the vote. Cruz’s communications direction Amanda Carpenter did not provide a reason for the senator’s absence but said in an emailed statement that his “opposition to the nomination has been clear,” noting that earlier in the day he had voted to filibuster her nomination. That key procedural vote ended up passing, clearing the way to her Loretta Lynch confirmed as AttorneyGeneral to replace Eric Holder Washington Times (DC), by Stephen Dinan JoniTx- 4/23/2015 2:45:49 PM Loretta Lynch won confirmation at the new attorney general Thursday, surviving a deeply partisan vote that reflected Republicans’ anger at President Obama more than worry over Ms. Lynch, who will be the first black woman to hold the top law enforcement post. She will replace Eric H. Holder Jr., who had an historic but rocky six years as Mr. Obama’s first attorney general, and will be charged with continuing the defense of the White House’s executive actions that have sparked repeated legal battles with Congress and the states. (Snip) Black female House members packed the back of the Senate chamber to
Adam Gadahn, Americanmouthpiece for al Qaeda, killed CNN, by Greg Botelho & Ralph Ellis PageTurner- 4/23/2015 2:45:42 PM He was known as the American mouthpiece of al Qaeda, speaking against his native country on behalf of a terrorist organization that´s devoted blood and resources to attacking it. But not anymore. The White House announced Thursday that Adam Gadahn, 36, was killed in January in a U.S. government counterterrorism operation. Neither he nor Ahmed Farouq -- another U.S. citizen and al Qaeda operative who died in what the White House said was "likely a separate" operation -- was specifically targeted, according to the statement. Warren Weinstein, a U.S. citizen who was abducted by al Qaeda in Pakistan in 2011, died along with Latin American Herald Tribune [Miami FL], by Staff
Lynch confirmed as attorney generalThe Senate votes to confirm Loretta Lynch as attorney general by a margin of 56-43. (Fox News)
Pentagon denies Moscow claim ofU.S. troops in Ukraine combat zone Reuters, by Gabriela Baczynska & David Alexander LittleHoodedMonk- 4/23/2015 2:36:12 PM Moscow - The Russian Defense Ministry said on Thursday that U.S. troops were training Ukrainian forces in the conflict zone in eastern Ukraine, but the Pentagon flatly denied it, accusing Moscow of a "ridiculous attempt" to obscure its own activity in the region. Interfax quoted Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Major General Igor Konashenkov as saying U.S. troops were training Ukrainian forces not only in western Ukraine "as Ukrainian TV channels show, but directly in the combat zone (Snip) The initial training involved 300 guardsmen. The U.S. troops are expected to train a total of 900 guardsmen over the course of Mexico to Mount Campaignagainst Executions ofMexicans in Malaysia Latin American Herald Tribune [Miami FL], by Staff PageTurner- 4/23/2015 2:22:59 PM MEXICO CITY – The government of Mexico said Thursday it will seek to rally support from death penalty opponents around the world to dissuade Malaysia from executing three Mexican brothers convicted on drug charges. Mexico “will turn to various local and international groups opposed to the death penalty,” the foreign ministry said in a statement. Malaysia’s Supreme Federal Court on Thursday upheld the death sentences imposed on Luis Alfonso, Simon and Jose Regino Gonzalez Villarreal. The three men heard the court’s decision accompanied by relatives and by Mexico’s ambassador to Malaysia, Carlos Felix. “We are in the final part of Belle Gibson, wellness author, admitsshe faked cancer: ‘None of it’s true’ Washington Times, by Jessica Chasmar LittleHoodedMonk- 4/23/2015 2:21:28 PM Australian wellness writer Belle Gibson, who built an online empire and sold a cookbook based on claims that a healthy diet cured her of cancer, has admitted for the first time that she never had the life-threatening disease. “None of it’s true,” the 23-year-old confessed to Australian Women’s Weekly in an interview published Thursday. “I don’t want forgiveness,” she said. “I just think [speaking out] was the responsible thing to do. Above anything, I would like people to say, ‘OK, she’s human.’” (Snip) Her lie began to unravel in March after it was revealed she never donated to charity what she promised she would following her
Russia: S-300 Delivery toIran Won´t Happen Soon Arutz Sheva [Israel], by Gil Ronen LittleHoodedMonk- 4/23/2015 2:02:45 PM The delivery of S-300 air defense systems to Iran is not a matter of near future, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov told the media on Thursday, according to official Russian news agency Tass. "I do not think that it is a matter of near future. It is far more important that a political and legal decision has been taken to open up such an opportunity," Ryabkov said, adding that “the situation had changed drastically” after Russian President Vladimir Putin´s April 13 decision to lift the freeze on the sale of S-300 systems to Iran, and signed a decree allowing such deliveries. The statement by Rybakov does not necessarily mean that Tracking Hillary Clinton’s Useof Every American Accent Eastof the Mississippi Bloomberg News, by Ali Elkin - 4/23/2015 1:56:15 PM During her tenure in politics, Hillary Clinton has shifted between several distinct versions of American English. This is not terribly unusual. President Barack Obama has been known to change his pronunciation according to region and audience. But the thing about Clinton is that she’s been in the game for so long, and has had so many different jobs and lived in so many different places, that her various accents wind up mapping her career. Remember that time Clinton spoke with a Southern drawl? It was 1983, Clinton’s husband was the newly elected governor of Arkansas, and she sounded like this: US to compensate familiesof hostages killed in strike Agence France-Presse, by Staff LittleHoodedMonk- 4/23/2015 1:52:14 PM Washington - The White House on Thursday said the United States would compensate the families´ of an American and Italian hostage killed in a counter terrorism operation near the Afghan-Pakistan border. "Compensation will be provided to both families," White House spokesman Josh Earnest said, adding that the final details had yet to be agreed. Pro-Life Banners Removed fromUSC; ‘Approved in Error’ Breitbart California, by Adelle Nazarian - 4/23/2015 1:51:41 PM A series of pro-life banners of images of 11-week-old fetuses in the womb saw mere hours of daylight at the University of Southern California on Tuesday prior to being removed by the same university organization that had initially approved them. The light poles instead featured hand-written signs posted on them reading, “Women deserve the right to choose.” “It is unbelievable that USC removed all the posters that were put up around the school,” USC College Republicans member Jacob Ellenhorn told The College Fix. He noted that the banners went through the proper channels to obtain approval. “It seems as though
Dr. Ben Carson: Clinton FoundationShould ‘Give Back the Money’From Foreign Donors Breitbart Big Government, by Alex Swoyer - 4/23/2015 1:47:04 PM Dr. Ben Carson, a retired neurosurgeon and political analyst, is often critical of the political corruption inside Washington. He’s taking on Hillary Clinton, likely the Democratic presidential nominee, for the new revelations coming out of the book Clinton Cash, which exposes information about her foundations foreign donors. “As I have traveled around the country, one of the things that has become clear is that the American people are sick of corruption and dishonesty within the government,” said Carson, a likely GOP presidential candidate. “Doublespeak and redefining terms to fit a narrative is truly unacceptable and misleading.” “The Clinton Foundation and The drug war marches on Washington Post, by Radley Balko zoidberg- 4/23/2015 1:31:18 PM We may have legal pot in two (and counting) states, as well as a majority of Americans in favor of nationwide legalization, but the drug war still marches on, in all of its punitive glory. First, an update to a story posted here last week. Unfortunately, Shona Banda has lost custody of her son, at least for the short term: A medical marijuana advocate has lost custody of her 11-year-old son at least temporarily and could face possible charges following comments the boy made during a drug education program at school. The case of Shona Banda, 37, was forwarded Monday The student with a ´Twin´ growing insideher head: Surgeons extracting 26-year-old´s´brain tumour´ discover embryonic growthwith bone, hair and teeth Daily Mail [UK], by Lizzie Parry LittleHoodedMonk- 4/23/2015 1:20:51 PM Plagued by a feeling something wasn´t right, student Yamini Karanam sought medical help. She was struggling to understand things she had read, and felt lost in conversations. But the Indiana University PhD student could never have comprehended the source of the problem - an ´evil twin sister growing´ in her brain. Surgeons operating to extract what they believed to be a tumour in her brain, were shocked to discover the growth was in fact an embryonic twin, complete with bone, hair and teeth. Known by its medical name, a brain teratoma, the growth is very rare. Indeed, Dr Hrayr Shahinian, State Department DocumentsReveal Concern about Bill Clinton’sActivities with ‘Saudi Entities’ Judicial Watch, by Staff - 4/23/2015 1:19:35 PM (Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch announced that it has received 126 pages of documents from the State Department related to Hillary Clinton’s possible conflicts of interest regarding her position as secretary of state. The initial Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request was placed on May 2, 2011. These documents are being released as a result of a federal court order in a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit filed against the State Department on May 28, 2013 (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of State (No. 1:13-cv-00772)). Judicial Watch also disclosed that the State Department turned over nearly 1,000 records to
Will senators vote to shred the Constitution? Washington Times, by Frank J. Gaffney Jr. - 4/23/2015 12:58:28 PM Today, senators will be voting on whether to uphold the U.S. Constitution and faithfully execute their sworn duty to do so. Of course, those legislators want you to believe they are just voting on the confirmation of Loretta Lynch to be our next Attorney General. But – as former federal prosecutor Andrew McCarthy notes, since Ms. Lynch told the Senate that she would, as the nation’s top law enforcement officer, support President Obama’s executive amnesty that violates the law and shreds the Constitution – confirming her would make them complicit in this illegality. In an important column at National Review Online, Mr. Clinton vs. Clinton Townhall, by Victor Davis Hanson earlybird- 4/23/2015 12:52:54 PM Hillary Clinton apparently plans to base her presidential campaign on the noble goals of greater fairness and shared sacrifice. She has already lambasted vast differences in compensation. "The average CEO makes about 300 times what the average worker makes," Clinton warned. She is right -- but can best appreciate that fact from her own career and family. Recently, Clinton has demanded up to $300,000 for brief 30-minute speeches. She apparently believes in the free-market theory that on the lecture circuit, speakers -- like CEOs -- should be paid as much as the market can bear. At UCLA recently, Clinton´s fee worked out to about Defense Secretary: 10,400 MaleTroops Subjected to ´UnwantedSexual Contact´ Last Year Cybercast News Service, by Susan Jones KarenJ1- 4/23/2015 12:51:06 PM Defense Secretary Ashton Carter told a group of ROTC cadets on Wednesday that sexual assault is a "particular challenge and a particular disgrace" to the U.S. military. He noted that last year, far more men (10,400) than women (8,500) "experienced unwanted sexual contact." "We´ve made some progress," Carter said. "We seem to have seen some decrease in the estimated number of assaults, and we seem to have seen some increase in those reporting an assault. "But, last year, we estimated that at least 18,900 servicemembers -- 10,400 men and 8,500 women -- experienced unwanted sexual contact." Carter added that "too few" Chelsea Clinton Defends Family’sFoundation Against ´Clinton Cash’Book Allegations ABC News, by Liz Kruetz earlybird- 4/23/2015 12:48:51 PM Chelsea Clinton defended her family’s charity today against allegations that foreign governments received favors in return for donations -- saying that despite all the questions, the Clinton Foundation does “important” work and is “among the most transparent” of foundations. “What the Clinton Foundation has said is that we will be even more transparent, even though Transparency International and others have said we’re among the most transparent of foundations,” the former First Daughter and Vice Chair of the Clinton Foundation said when asked during a panel on women in girls in New York City this morning about claims made in a new
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Daily Mail (UK), by Jake Polden JoniTx- 4/23/2015 12:37:29 PM Four Seasons set out to recreate their famed hotel experience in the sky in a bid to cater to the growing demand among modern luxury travellers. And with the recent unveiling of their brand new private jet, they appear to be on the right track to achieve exactly that. Revealed in a minute-long video, the aeroplane is displayed sitting on a runway and is featured alongside many of the in-flight perks that accompany the experience. Scroll down for video -Inside the aircraft, the clip shows off the all-white interior and leather flat-bed seats – the work off Italian design Iacobucci Former CIA Director David Petraeus
finds out if he faces jail for
leaking military secrets to his
mistress as he is sentenced in
federal court today
Associated Press & Daily Mail (UK), by Staff JoniTx- 4/23/2015 12:27:47 PM Disgraced former CIA Director David Petraeus will be sentenced in federal court today for giving his mistress classified material while she was working on a book about him. The former U.S. Army General, whose career was destroyed when the affair with Paula Broadwell emerged in November 2012, will appear at the sentencing in Charlotte, North Carolina. It comes two months after Petraeus agreed to plead guilty to a misdemeanor count of unauthorized removal and retention of classified material. The agreement, which allowed him to avoid an embarrassing trial that would detail the relationship, carries up to a year in prison Cash Flowed to Clinton Foundation
as Russians Pressed for Control
of Uranium Company
New York Times, by Jo Becker and Mike McIntire earlybird- 4/23/2015 12:23:52 PM The headline in Pravda trumpeted President Vladimir V. Putin’s latest coup, its nationalistic fervor recalling an era when the newspaper served as the official mouthpiece of the Kremlin: “Russian Nuclear Energy Conquers the World.” The article, in January 2013, detailed how the Russian atomic energy agency, Rosatom, had taken over a Canadian company with uranium-mining stakes stretching from Central Asia to the American West. The deal made Rosatom one of the world’s largest uranium producers and brought Mr. Putin closer to his goal of controlling much of the global uranium supply chain. But the untold story behind that story is Loretta Lynch Clears Key Senate Vote Roll Call, by Steven Dennis JoniTx- 4/23/2015 12:22:48 PM Get ready to start calling her “Attorney General Loretta Lynch.” The Senate voted to set up her confirmation later today, but the scars from the long, tortured confirmation process of the first African-American woman nominated to that post will linger far longer. The Senate voted Thursday to cut off a filibuster of Lynch’s nomination on a 66-34 vote, with a final vote scheduled for 2 p.m. Her confirmation has been months in the making, with Lynch enduring months as a political punching bag for the GOP, first as collateral damage from President Barack Obama’s announcement of his immigration executive actions Memo: 353,000 Refugees on
Food Stamps, 55,000 Receiving
Supplemental Security Income
Breitbart Big Government, by Caroline May KarenJ1- 4/23/2015 12:17:48 PM More than 350,000 refugees in the United States are on food stamps, according the Congressional Research Service (CRS). In a memo to the Senate Judiciary Committee released Thursday but dated April 14, CRS offers data on Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) — or food stamps — and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) use among refugees. It also provided refugee benefit usage statistics for medical assistance, cash assistance and public housing. In Fiscal Year 2013, there were about 353,000 refugees on SNAP. As of December 2014, 55,000 refugees, asylees, and other similar populations receiving payments from SSI, the memo reveals. CRS provided
Pope Francis to promote climate
action as moral imperative
USA Today, by Gregg Zoroya KarenJ1- 4/23/2015 12:07:18 PM As the world celebrates Earth Day on Wednesday, Pope Francis is planning to use one of the highest forms of papal expression — an encyclical — to promote climate action to save the planet as a moral and religious imperative. In recent weeks, Vatican officials have outlined what the document will say and are choreographing its release — perhaps as early as June — for maximum global impact beyond the Roman Catholic Church´s 1.2 billion members. Archbishop Thomas Wenski of Miami, who chairs a panel dealing with environmental issues for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, said the encyclical has Howard Dean Crashes And Burns Defending
Hillary on "Morning Joe"; Accuses NYT Of
"Substituting Judgement For News"
Real Clear Politics, by Tim Hains KarenJ1- 4/23/2015 11:48:25 AM Former DNC head Howard Dean defends Hillary Clinton from corruption reports published in the New York Times by saying "the author is getting money from donors." The MSNBC panelists are shocked at the transparency of his hypocrisy. HOWARD DEAN: This is the problem here. I´m not going to accuse the New York Times of having bias here -- they do, everyone has bias, but the author is getting money from donors -- big donors who support Ted Cruz. That has a problem. JOE SCARBOROUGH: You´re going after the author? HOWARD DEAN: That´s a fact. JOE SCARBOROUGH: That has nothing to Clinton Cash Author Is
Targeting Jeb Bush Next
Bloomberg, by Joshua Green KarenJ1- 4/23/2015 11:44:56 AM The past week can’t have been very pleasant for Peter Schweizer. On Sunday, the New York Times revealed that his forthcoming book, Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich, was roiling the political world—“the most anticipated and feared book of a presidential cycle still in its infancy,” as the Times put it. That landed Schweizer squarely in the crosshairs of the Clinton team and allied liberal groups, which have launched a campaign to discredit Schweizer as “disreputable” and blinded by partisan animosity. Anyone familiar with Schweizer’s work knows better: Are Jews Finally Finding
a New Home with the GOP?
American Thinker, by Lauri B. Regan EnsignOToole- 4/23/2015 11:36:43 AM Political analysts have been talking quite a bit about a new Gallup poll reflecting declining support of Obama among American Jews. While 54% of American Jews still support Obama, that number has decreased from 77% in 2009 and 65% in 2013, falling to an all-time low of 50% in March. Gallup views the implications of this as follows: While it appears that Obama’s anti-Israel policies may finally be taking their toll as American Jews slowly shake off the effects of the Kool-Aid, the real question is whether that toll will lead to this demographic voting for Republican candidates who understand Obama: ‘I Take Full Responsibility’
For US Operation That Killed
Innocent Hostages Held By Al Qaeda
ABC News, by Erin Dooley JoniTx- 4/23/2015 11:32:50 AM President Obama said today that he takes "full responsibility" for a U.S. government counterterrorism operation that killed two innocent hostages held by al Qaeda. Dr. Warren Weinstein, an American held by the terror group since 2011, and Giovanni Lo Porto, an Italian national who had been an al Qaeda hostage since 2012, were "accidentally" killed in a U.S. operation in January, the president acknowledged. "I want to express our grief and condolences for the families of two hostages," Obama said from the White House briefing room, noting that at the time, the U.S. believed no civilians were present at the Warren Weinstein Begged Obama to Save Him
Four Years Before U.S. Drone Killed Him
Daily Beast, by Matthew DeLuca & Justin Miller Original Article Posted By: - 4/23/2015 11:32:06 AM Post Reply Editor’s Note: The U.S. announced on April 23, 2015 that Weinstein was killed in a drone strike on Al Qaeda in Pakistan. It was before dawn the morning of Aug. 13, 2011, when a group of men armed with assault rifles knocked on Warren Weinstein´s front gate in the Lahore suburb of Model Town, an upscale neighborhood where Benazir Bhutto is said to have had a house. Weinstein was working as country director for J.E. Austin Associates, a consulting firm based in Arlington, Va., that contracts with the Pakistani government. The 70-year-old was helping to create small businesses in tumultuous regions
Late Breaking News!American hostage held by Al Qaeda, 2 other Americans killed in counter-terror ops, US officials say U.S. officials say American hostage Warren Weinstein was killed in January in counter-terrorism operations against Al Qaeda near the Afghanistan-Pakistani border in which two other American jihadists, including Adam Gadahn, were also killed
Hillary dusts off old ‘right-wing conspiracy’nugget to counter bookClinton threadbare defenses hitting bottomas upcoming book scares them to death.
Clinton charities will refile tax returns, audit for other errorsWhy worry? The IRS doesn't even answer the phone.
as Russians Pressed for Control of Uranium CompanyThe story that even the Times has found too big to ignore.
VA Sends Veterans’ Medical Info ToFBI To Get Their Guns Taken AwayThis all starts when vets go to the VA for medical help.
Obama Overruled: Little RockVictims Awarded Purple Hearts American Thinker, by Ilya Feoktistov and Charles Jacobs - 4/23/2015 10:08:32 AM Last week, the victims of the Fort Hood jihadist massacre finally got their Purple Hearts. And now, thanks to the tireless efforts of Arkansas Senators Tom Cotton and John Boozman, as well as Congressman French Hill, the victims of the first Al Qaeda attack on U.S. soil since 9/11 will soon get theirs too. Earned through the ultimate sacrifice in the Global War on Terror, it is an award that they deserved from the very beginning. Yet for the past six years, the Obama administration had, for political reasons, shamelessly blocked the Army from honoring these soldiers. At 10 AM VA Official Grilled In HouseHearing Over $300K Relocation Incentive Daily Caller (DC), by Chuck Ross - 4/23/2015 10:03:00 AM A House Veterans’ Affairs Committee hearing was the scene of a tense exchange Wednesday as a top-ranking VA official was forced to answer questions about a $300,000 relocation package the agency gave her to take a job in Philadelphia last year. Committee chairman Jeff Miller, a Florida Republican, grilled Diana Rubens, the current director of the Philadelphia VA Regional Benefits Office, about whether such a large payment was needed to incentivize her to move the 140 miles from Washington D.C. to Philadelphia. “I don’t know that, sir,” Rubens said when Miller asked her during the hearing if she would have China suggests U.S. should worry moreabout North Korea´s nuclear weapons Investor´s Business Daily, by Andrew Malcolm SurferLad- 4/23/2015 10:00:28 AM In an unusual move, Chinese nuclear scientists have warned their U.S. counterparts that they have significantly increased their intelligence estimates of North Korea´s nuclear weapons capabilities far past American figures. The ominous disclosure, first reported by the Wall Street Journal, is alarming because since North Korea´s first weapons test in 2006 China´s scientists have consistently produced weapons estimates far under those of the United States. Now, however, the Chinese believe the poor hermit kingdom atop the Korean Peninsula may already have as many as 20 nuclear warheads. [Snip] and the capability to double that number within the next year.
US government admits killing twohostages in al-Qaida strike MSNBC, by David Taintor - 4/23/2015 9:55:14 AM Two hostages of al-Qaida – one American and one Italian – were accidentally killed in a U.S. counterterrorism strike in January near the Afghanistan-Pakistan border, the White House said Thursday. “Our hearts go out to the families of Dr. Warren Weinstein, an American held by al-Qa’ida since 2011, and Giovanni Lo Porto, an Italian national who had been an al-Qa’ida hostage since 2012. Analysis of all available information has led the Intelligence Community to judge with high confidence that the operation accidentally killed both hostages,” White House press secretary Josh Earnest said in a statement. “The operation targeted an al-Qa’ida-associated compound, 2 Qaeda Hostages Were AccidentallyKilled in U.S. Raid, White House Says New York Times, by Peter Baker KarenJ1- 4/23/2015 9:53:02 AM WASHINGTON — The White House acknowledged on Thursday that two hostages held by al Qaeda were accidentally killed by an American government counterterrorism operation in January and said President Obama “takes full responsibility.” In an extraordinary statement, the White House said intelligence agencies had confirmed that Warren Weinstein, an American held by al Qaeda since 2011, and Giovanni Lo Porto, an Italian held since 2012, died during the operation. “The operation targeted an al-Qaeda-associated compound, where we had no reason to believe either hostage was present, located in the border region of Afghanistan and Pakistan,” the statement said. “No words can fully ACLU sues feds in bid to make Catholicgroups provide abortion to illegal immigrants Fox News, by Aalia Shaheed KarenJ1- 4/23/2015 9:49:43 AM Providing food and shelter to illegal immigrants isn´t enough for federally-funded Catholic organizations, according to the American Civil Liberties Union, which is suing the federal government to help ensure the religious organizations provide abortion and contraception to them as well. Almost 60,000 unaccompanied minors illegally crossed over from Mexico border last year. Nearly a third were young girls, and Amiri claims up to 80 percent were victims of sexual assault. The government contracts with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) to care for those children until they can either reunite with a relative or face an immigration hearing. Scott Walker vs. the World New York Times, by Ross Douthat garnet- 4/23/2015 9:04:35 AM On the same day that my colleague Nick Confessore reported that he might be the Koch brothers’ first choice for president, Scott Walker went on Glenn Beck’s radio show and delivered some definitely not-Koch-approved remarks on immigration. Given the reaction, they’re worth quoting in full: “In terms of legal immigration, how we need to approach that going forward is saying, we will make adjustments,” Walker said. “The next president and the next Congress need to make decisions about a legal immigration system that’s based on, first and foremost, on protecting American workers and American wages.
Attack of the Leftist Snowflakes Real Clear Politics, by Heather Wilhelm garnet- 4/23/2015 8:59:02 AM “History assures us that civilizations decay quite leisurely,” Will and Ariel Durant wrote in 1968’s “The Lessons of History.” Even as ancient Greece and Rome faced serious “moral weakening” and societal decay, for instance, both continued to produce “masterpieces of literature and art” and a steady flow of “great statesmen, philosophers, poets, and artists” for hundreds of years. “May we take as long to fall,” the Durants exhort in their book, “as Imperial Rome!” If the couple were alive today, one wonders if they could have retained their trademark pluck. On college campuses across America, an army of leftist snowflakes — a Marco Rubio leads GOP fieldin new national poll CNN, by Theodore Schleifer jackson- 4/23/2015 8:50:02 AM Washington (CNN)Sen. Marco Rubio leads all Republican presidential hopefuls in a new poll released Thursday morning, capturing some momentum in the weeks after he became the third major Republican to announce his presidential campaign. The Florida senator garnered support from 15% of the registered Republicans polled by Quinnipiac University, giving him a slight edge over his mentor Jeb Bush, the former Florida governor who won 13% of the vote in the poll. Rubio also performed the best of all the potential Republican candidates in hypothetical head-to-head matchups against likely Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, trailing her by only two percentage points. Martin O´Malley´s modern-dayknow-nothingness Union Leader [Manchester, NH[, by Jonah Goldberg Drive- 4/23/2015 8:17:17 AM Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley is thinking about running for President on the Democratic ticket by appealing to Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s populist fans. Warren is a very bright former Harvard law professor. So it is interesting that O’Malley thinks the best way to reach out to her fans is to say remarkably stupid things. Steve Inskeep, host of NPR’s “Morning Edition,” recently interviewed O’Malley, asking him to respond to something GOP presidential contender Sen. Marco Rubio had said. Inskeep: “[Rubio] argues that an active government actually keeps people frozen at their economic status because if Can Chris Christie come back? Washington Examiner, by Byron York Drive- 4/23/2015 8:14:50 AM In December 2013, Chris Christie dominated the field in the just-forming race for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. With a rating of 20 percent in the RealClearPolitics average of polls, the New Jersey governor was well ahead of Jeb Bush, Scott Walker, Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, Ted Cruz — everybody. Now, Christie sits at 4.8 percent in the average, a bit better than Rick Perry, Rick Santorum and Bobby Jindal, but behind all the other candidates he once led. After months of sliding down the polls — a descent hastened by fallout from the George Washington Bridge scandal, lackluster economic progress in
Secret Service took a year to fix brokenalarm at George H.W. Bush home Washington Post, by Carol D. Leonnig Drive- 4/23/2015 8:13:29 AM The Secret Service took more than a year to replace a broken alarm system at former president George H.W. Bush’s home, raising concerns within the agency about the safety of the Houston residence and the Bush family, according to a government report scheduled to be released Thursday. An agency expert had warned in 2010 that the alarm system, which monitors the property and the house, was aging and likely to fail. But Secret Service officials rejected his request to replace it, according to the report, which was written by the Department of Homeland Security’s inspector general and reviewed by The Italy struggles to cope with tidal wave ofdesperate and sick migrants Washington Post, by Daniela Deane Drive- 4/23/2015 8:10:29 AM CATANIA, Sicily — Italy struggled to cope with a tidal wave of desperate and sick migrants arriving on its shores Thursday, expressing deep concern that the numbers will only continue to soar as the summer approaches. Another 220 migrants were rescued at sea and arrived in this Sicilian port city early Thursday in a country already straining under the weight of asylum seekers from across poverty-stricken countries in Africa and strife-torn nations in the Middle East. Nearly 1,000 migrants came ashore on Wednesday alone, many of them suffering from scabies, which prompted health officials to put them in isolation under a tent Why Scott Walker IsRight on Immigration Frontpagemag, by Daniel Greenfield Judy W.- 4/23/2015 7:49:53 AM Immigration has become the third rail of American politics. At a time when the labor force participation rate has fallen to 62 percent and the employment growth for the last 15 years has gone to immigrants, opposing the Super-Amnesty of 12 million illegal aliens is still considered an extreme position… in the Republican Party. So when Scott Walker merely suggested that Congress should make immigration decisions based on “protecting American workers and American wages,” he was denounced for it by… Republicans. Blockbuster NYT story onClinton Foundation money anddeals giving Russia controlof American uranium mines American Thinker, by Thomas Lifson magnante- 4/23/2015 7:31:52 AM The New York Times published a story just before the morning television news shows went on air today at 6 AM EDT that appears to contain bombshell information about the nexus of many millions of dollars of donations to the Clinton Foundation and US State Department approval and assistance for transactions that bolstered Russian control of a substantial share of the world uranium supply, including mines in the United States. Through a complex series of transactions requiring US government approval or assistance over a period of 8 years, a Russian atomic energy agency named Rosatom ended up controlling a large
Donations to Ted Cruz come in chunksbig and small, but much is murky Dallas Morning News, by Todd J. Gillman - 4/23/2015 6:46:20 AM WASHINGTON — The money fueling Sen. Ted Cruz’s campaign for president comes in both trickles and torrents. And the sources of much of it are murky. A hedge fund billionaire is reported to have poured $30 million into the cause isn’t talking. So it’s unclear why he picked Cruz and how much he’s willing to spend to keep the Texas Republican’s hopes alive as the race plays out. Nor will Cruz identify supporters who’ve agreed to raise up to $500,000 from their networks of friends and associates — bundlers who’ll be rewarded with special access to the candidate in coming months. “Some people