According to a new report from USA Today, GOP mega donor Paul Singer is helping fund the National Immigration Forum (NIF) for its Evangelical Immigration Table (EIT) initiative. Singer is the founder and CEO of Wall Street hedge fund Elliott Management Corporation and the man who made Mitt Romney´s 2012 campaign for president happen. “Ali Noorani, the forum´s [NIF’s] executive director, said financial resources for the Evangelical Immigration Table´s efforts are coming from a range of supporters, including new conservative donors such as Paul Singer -- a hedge fund manager and major donor to Mitt Romney´s 2012 presidential campaign,” USA Today’s
Turning back the clock to 2012, President Barack Obama took a shot at defeated rival Mitt Romney. Speaking about how funding education ought to be a bipartisan idea during remarks in Scranton, Pa., Obama suggested the same should be the case with his signature health care law. “These are ideas that should have bipartisan support,” Obama said of his education priorities. “Of course, so should Obamacare, it’s actually a really good idea. It’s going to work. It used to be a Republican idea. There’s a governor of Massachusetts who set it up. It’s working well.” The shot at Romney wasn’t the only flavor
Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson announced that the Veteran Land Board, which provides loans and retirement home services to veterans and their families, will treat the spouses of those killed in the Nov. 5, 2009, Fort Hood shooting “as if they were killed in combat.” Over 150 victims and family members are suing the federal government seeking to have the attack classified as an act of war, which would lead to increased retirement, medical and disability benefits. The federal government has not called Maj. Nidal Hasan, convicted in the shootings on Friday, an enemy combatant, which would open the door
Three hospitals in Syria have received around 3,600 patients displaying "neurotoxic symptoms", 355 of whom have died, according to the humanitarian group Médecins Sans Frontières. A report by the group said patients had arrived in three facilities it supports in the Damascus governorate on August 21, when opposition activists claim chemical attacks were launched against rebels. The report appears to be the most concrete information yet that chemical weapons were used. “Medical staff working in these facilities provided detailed information to MSF doctors regarding large numbers of patients arriving with symptoms including convulsions, excess saliva, pinpoint pupils, blurred vision and
This has been a week of graphic images, but beyond the horrific footage of Syria´s writhing, dying children, the scene that sticks in my own mind was the one outside the White House last Wednesday evening, the day America woke up to the news of the chemical weapons attacks in Damascus. [Snip] The tourists--like the bicycle commuters and the suited White House staffers with their ID cards dangling from their necks--paid no attention to the small knot of flag-waving Syrian opposition demonstrators. "Bashar Assad crossed your line!" they yelled through a microphone, straining to be heard in the Oval Office
MACON, Ga. — A central Georgia sheriff is seeking state assistance as he investigates claims that a Georgia legislator choked a teenager during a public event. The Macon Telegraph (http://bit.ly/1dAgCoO ) reported that Bibb County Sheriff David Davis asked the Georgia Bureau of Investigation for help with allegations concerning state Sen. David Lucas of Macon. Davis said Friday he had "the utmost confidence in the unbiased skills of the Bibb Sheriff´s Criminal Investigations Division," but an outside agency should be involved given the political nature of the incident.
Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, has arguably the worst job in Washington. When the House of Representatives returns from August recess on Sept. 9, Boehner will have just 21 days (only nine of them working days) to find a way to pass a fiscal year 2014 government funding resolution. Shortly after that, Boehner will also have to raise the Treasury Department’s borrowing limit, and the wealthy Republican donor class are also pressuring Boehner to pass immigration reform that grants amnesty to current illegal immigrants and expands guest worker programs to create new ones. First and long The vast majority of Boehner’s caucus don’t
WASHINGTON- U.S. naval forces are moving closer to Syria as President Obama considers military options for responding to the alleged use of chemical weapons by the Assad government. The president emphasized that a quick intervention in the Syrian civil war was problematic, given the international considerations that should precede a military strike. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel declined to discuss any specific force movements while saying that Mr. Obama had asked the Pentagon to prepare military options for Syria. The Pentagon has dispatched into the eastern Mediterranean a fourth warship armed with ballistic missiles capable of striking Syrian targets.
Paula Deen was the type of employer who allowed racially and sexually charged language to fly -- and even occasionally took part in it herself, according to earlier legal allegations made against the Queen of Southern Cooking. But now, the woman who made those allegations against Paula Deen is singing a different tune. In fact, the plaintiff is now singing Deen´s praises, calling her a "woman of compassion and kindness" who would "never tolerate discrimination or racism." Shortly after it was announced that the case would be dropped following a mutual agreement, both sides released statements through the Rosen Group,
Glenn Longstorff finds it painful to recall the last moments of his close friend and roommate, Delbert "Shorty" Belton. Belton was outside Spokane’s Eagles Lodge Wednesday night, sitting in his green ´94 Ford Contour and waiting for his girlfriend to arrive. Belton and his girlfriend were going to play pool together, Longstorff said. At some point after 8 p.m., Belton was assaulted. Police say two teenagers robbed and beat the 88-year-old, then fled. His girlfriend found Belton – bloodied but still responsive – and ran for help, screaming as she went. Belton was taken to Sacred Heart Medical Center Wednesday night,
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Worried they could be sued by gay couples, some churches are changing their bylaws to reflect their view that the Bible allows only marriage between one man and one woman. Although there have been suits against wedding industry businesses that refuse to serve gay couples, attorneys promoting the bylaw changes say they don´t know of any lawsuits against churches. Critics say the changes are unnecessary, but some churches fear that it´s only a matter of time before one of them is sued. "I thought marriage was always between one man and one woman, but the Supreme Court
Sen. Mike Lee is rejecting the argument that Republicans intend to shut down the federal government over efforts to defund Obamacare. The Utah Republican told a town hall meeting on Thursday night that talk of such a shutdown is a “false narrative based on an absolute lie,” Politico reported. “I need you to help communicate a message, a message to defeat a false narrative based on an absolute lie that has been perpetuated by the political ruling class elite in Washington, D.C., that’s been dutifully reported by an all-too-willing-to-comply media, and that lie that the effort to avoid funding Obamacare
In light of new reports that the Syrian government used nerve gas against it´s own citizens, killing at least 213 and as many as 1,300, President Obama is considering military options to respond to an action he previously warned the Assad government was crossing a ´red line´. U.S. naval forces are moving closer as the president emphasized that a quick intervention in the Syrian civil war was problematic, given the international considerations that should precede a military strike. The White House said the president would meet Saturday with his national security team to consider possible next steps by the United
Eric Holder, perhaps the worst, most corrupt attorney general in history, famously demanded Americans stop being cowardly and have a conversation about race. Well, in the aftermath of the deaths of Trayvon Martin, Christopher Lane, and now World War II hero Delbert Belton, I don´t think he likes the frankness he is starting to get (snip) taboos are crumbling surrounding discussion of the actual behaviors that lead to problems commonly ascribed to racism.
As the U.S. military prepares over the next few years to open all jobs to women, including combat roles, the Army recently debuted a newly designed, female-friendly uniform. Originally conceived as a women’s uniform, it’s now being referred to as a unisex option. The new style is designed to better fit a woman’s body, featuring narrower shoulders, a fitted waist, adjusted sleeve length and a rank insignia that sits above—rather than right on—the breast. What’s most striking about the new uniform is how similar it looks to the current masculine-geared version. The new design incorporates small tweaks for fit rather
Now that Nidal Malik Hasan has been convicted for killing 12 soldiers and one civilian at Fort Hood in November 2009 (and is likely to be executed for it) pressure should be brought to bear on President Obama to a) declare the shootings an act of terrorism and b) to bestow Purple Hearts on the military personnel who survived the attack. I harbor no illusions that Obama will do either of these things. As I wrote last month, “Unlike Trayvon Martin, no one who died at Fort Hood reminds Obama of himself.” As such this is something that must be
Washington Post staffers cowered in the main lobby of their Washington, D.C. headquarters on Thursday as hundreds of Egyptian-American protesters chanted outside, in response to a protest leader with a bullhorn, that “The Washington Post is lying” and “The Washington Post [is] Supporting Terrorists.” “A large group of Egyptian protesters rallied in front of The Washington Post offices on Thursday afternoon, registering their support for military leader Gen. Abdel Fatah el-Sissi and their opposition to the Muslim Brotherhood,” reported the Post. In fact, these were Egyptian-Americans, and the reason they were at the Post could be ascertained in their chants.
SAN DIEGO — After six weeks of civic turmoil over his treatment of women, Mayor Bob Filner submitted his resignation Friday, and the City Council approved a deal to pay for some of his expenses from a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by a former aide. In an emotional and defiant address to the council after the vote was announced, Filner apologized to his victims and supporters but also said he had been victimized by "the hysteria of the lynch mob" caused by politicians and the media once the allegations by some 18 women became public. "I faced lynch mobs many
In a 2013 fund-raising letter, Allen West wrote that "Obama´s completely incoherent foreign policy is putting our strongest allies in grave danger. His extreme ambivalence is simply unacceptable." But is it really incoherent? Obama´s mentors have long taught him to despise America. In fact, these "mentors and allies were marked by hatred of the United States," and Obama was "marinated" in a "visceral hostility to the West" via the influence of Frank Marshall Davis, who had a long history of anti-American, anti-white beliefs.
LENOX, Pa. — No Obama bus tour would be complete without a stop for the president’s favorite treat: pie. On the road to Scranton this afternoon, the president made a surprise visit to Bingham’s Restaurant in Lenox, Pa. “Hello, everybody,” Obama exclaimed as he walked into the sunny restaurant with Sen. Bob Casey by his side. “I hear you’ve got the best pie… That’s the word on the street.” The president walked straight up to the counter, where more than a dozen pies and sweet treats were on display under a sign that read “Try The Pie.” A tempting coconut cream
Hello, I’m Indiana Governor Mike Pence. These are difficult days for too many Americans. Our economy isn’t growing as fast as we would like, and businesses aren’t creating as many jobs as we need. In states like Indiana, we’re working every day to give people more freedom to grow their businesses, but the over-regulation, higher taxes and new mandates coming from Washington, D.C. are stifling our economy and hurting efforts being made in states across the country.
MARIETTA, Ga. — An 18-year-old man accused of fatally shooting a baby in a stroller during a robbery attempt in coastal Georgia twice counted down from five and threatened the baby before the deadly shot, his teenage co-defendant testified Thursday. Dominique Lang took the stand at the murder trial of De’Marquise Elkins, who is accused of shooting 13-month-old Antonio Santiago on March 21. Police say the 15-year-old Lang was an accomplice, and he is also charged with murder and will be tried at a later date. Source corrected by Staff.
Organizers say as many as 100,000 people will descend on the National Mall Saturday as a week of commemorations begin for the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. Rally organizers have warned that a long list of recent events threaten to undo the progress made over the last half-century and return the country to the very climate of open discrimination that the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. railed against 50 years ago. At the top of the list are the Trayvon Martin verdict and the Supreme Court´s Voting Rights Act ruling. Speakers on Saturday are expected to use the
Hi, everybody. Over the past month, I’ve been visiting towns across America, talking about what our country needs to do to secure a better bargain for the middle class. This week, I met with high school and college students in New York and Pennsylvania to discuss the surest path to the middle class — some form of higher education. But at a moment when a higher education has never been more important, it’s also never been more expensive.
President Barack Obama has promised Americans he will keep fighting on the domestic front, as he attempts to kick-start his flagging second term in the White House. Facing the US public in his first "town hall" meeting since winning re-election last November, Mr Obama pledged on Friday to work on "pocketbook bread-and-butter issues that affect all of you". [Snip] "There are still a lot of families out there that are having a tough time in the competitive global economy we´re living in," Mr Obama admitted, as new figures showed average American wages had barely risen since 2000. Thousands of local
Staff working at America´s National Security Agency--the eavesdropping unit that was revealed to have spied on millions of people--have used the technology to spy on their lovers. The employees even had a code name for the practice--"Love-int"--meaning the gathering of intelligence on their partners. Dianne Feinstein, a senator who chairs the Senate intelligence committee, said the NSA told her committee about a set of "isolated cases" that have occurred about once a year for the last 10 years. [Snip] Last week it was disclosed that the NSA had broken privacy rules on nearly 3,000 occasions over a one-year period.