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Justice Department likely to expand
its definition of racial profiling
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/16/2014 2:46:09 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON –The Justice Department is likely to expand the definition of racial profiling to bar federal agents from considering religion, national origin, gender and sexual orientation in their investigations, a person familiar with the issue said Thursday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity about the matter because a Justice Department review of the issue is ongoing. The likely expansion was first reported by The New York Times. Justice Department spokesman Brian Fallon declined to comment. Civil rights groups have long complained that law enforcement agencies have singled out Muslims in counterterrorism investigations and Latinos in immigration investigations. Expanding the

New York to pay $17.9 million to
2004 Republican Convention protesters
CNN, by Haley Draznin    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 1/16/2014 2:41:48 PM     Post Reply
New York City agreed on Wednesday to pay nearly $18 million to settle the civil rights claims of thousands of people arrested during the 2004 Republican National Convention that nominated George W. Bush for a second presidential term. New York police engaged in mass arrests of more than 1,800 protesters, bystanders, legal observers and journalists during the event. Michael Schiller, a documentary maker working for HBO, said he was caught in police netting and arrested while attempting to film protesters from a sidewalk in Lower Manhattan.

President Obama´s proclamation for
´Religious Freedom Day´ recognizes
atheists and agnostics
Washington Times, by Jennifer Harper    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/16/2014 2:38:07 PM     Post Reply
"The Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom, penned by Thomas Jefferson, declared religious liberty a natural right and any attempt to subvert it ‘a departure from the plan of the Holy Author of our religion, who being Lord both of body and mind, yet chose not to propagate it by coercions on either.’ The statute inspired religious liberty protections in the First Amendment, which has stood for almost two and a quarter centuries.” “Today, America embraces people of all faiths and of no faith. We are Christians and Jews, Muslims and Hindus, Buddhists and Sikhs, atheists and agnostics. Our religious diversity

  


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Question of the Day: How Does
One Oppose Abortion and
Support Executions?
Breitbart InstaBlog, by John Sexton    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/16/2014 2:27:02 PM     Post Reply
This morning National Journal writer Ron Fournier opened a big can of worms when he asked this question: (Tweet -How does one oppose abortion and support executions? Discuss.) It always surprises me that otherwise intelligent people seem to struggle with the difference between abortion and capital punishment. Fortunately there were a swarm of people willing to take Fournier up on his offer to discuss the difference. Here are a few examples: (Tweets) A couple of folks pointed out that the question is rarely turned around in the other direction:

Treasury´s Jack Lew: U.S.
boosted by ´economic tailwinds´
Washington Examiner, by Joseph Lawler    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/16/2014 2:26:23 PM     Post Reply
Treasury Secretary Jack Lew sounded positive notes about the U.S. economy Thursday morning, saying the nation is starting off 2014 "strong" and facing "economic tailwinds, not headwinds," thanks to falling unemployment and what appears to be progress on fiscal affairs in Congress. Lew said at an event hosted by the Council on Foreign Relations that over "the arc of the last half year, the trend of economic statistics — job statistics, confidence — it’s been strong, strong across sectors.” The budget deal reached by congressional negotiators in December "takes away some of the fiscal drag from the economy," Lew said,

Disgusting: Katty Kay Blames
´Fallible´ Ambassador Stevens For
Own Death, Lets Hillary Off Hook
NewsBusters, by Mark Finkelstein    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/16/2014 2:21:18 PM     Post Reply
In a disgusting display of just how far the liberal media will go to preserve Hillary Clinton´s presidential prospects, Katty Kay has blamed Ambassador Chris Stevens for his own death, while letting Hillary off the hook. On today´s Morning Joe, the BBC´s Kay called the newly-released Senate report on the Benghazi attack "sad" because it showed that Stevens was "fallible." Kay claimed that "he didn´t ask for and even rejected some of the security he might have had." This flies in the face of the report´s findings that "State, then under Hillary Clinton, refused requests to boost security despite warnings

Interior border guard
checks spur ACLU complaint
Arizona Republic [Phoenix, AZ], by Bob Ortega    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/16/2014 2:14:55 PM     Post Reply
PHOENIX — Border Patrol agents routinely violate the constitutional rights of southern Arizona residents when they stop drivers at interior checkpoints on major highways and state routes near the border, according to an official complaint filed Wednesday. The complaint sent to Homeland Security´s Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties alleges that checkpoint agents conduct searches and detain people without justification and use immigration enforcement as a pretext for "fishing expeditions" for potential criminal activity. The American Civil Liberties Union complaint details alleged violations against 15 U.S. citizens. It is the latest in a series of complaints about the checkpoints,

  


  

Devastating Benghazi Timeline
Reveals Obama MIA
Breitbart Big Peace, by Wynton Hall    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/16/2014 2:13:46 PM     Post Reply
The government watchdog group that revealed that President Barack Obama failed to attend over half of his daily intelligence briefings (known officially as the Presidential Daily Brief, or PDB) released a devastating Benghazi timeline Wednesday. It reveals Obama’s schedule in the week leading up to the terrorist attacks that claimed the lives of four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens. Release of the Government Accountability Institute (GAI) Benghazi timeline comes as a new Senate report published Wednesday concluded that “the attacks were preventable.” As the GAI timeline reveals, Obama failed to attend his daily intelligence briefing for the five consecutive

Gun owners to storm all 50 state
capitals to stop ´gun grabbers´
Washington Examiner, by Paul Bedard    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/16/2014 2:08:08 PM     Post Reply
In a preemptive move to put state political leaders on notice, gun advocates are planning protests Sunday at all 50 state capitals to warn elected officials that they won´t sit idly by and watch their Second Amendment rights be destroyed. “We´re trying to be very proactive right now,” said Eric Reed, president of Gun Rights Across America, which is organizing the rallies. “I don´t want to see the gun grabbers get a jump on our constitutionally protected rights,” he told Secrets. The protest is called “Stand Your Ground” and takes place at “high noon.” The phrase “stand your ground” is also the

Dianne Feinstein derides GOP
attacks on Hillary Clinton
over Benghazi report
Washington Examiner, by Tim Mak    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/16/2014 2:04:54 PM     Post Reply
The top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday blasted Republicans for using a committee report on the Benghazi attacks for “political purposes” and in particular for what she termed unfair criticism of presumed 2016 Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., noted that the bipartisan report released this week on the Sept. 11, 2012, attacks in Libya did not mention Clinton even once. “I regret that the ‘Additional Views’ of the report adopted solely by six members of the Republican minority unfairly criticizes Secretary Clinton,” Feinstein said in a statement. “I want the record to be clear: I

Chambliss: ´Didn´t Seem Like
the WH Really Wanted to Get to
the Bottom´ of Benghazi Attack
Cybercast News Service, by Susan Jones    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/16/2014 1:47:45 PM     Post Reply
Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.), the vice chairman of the Senate intelligence committee, says if he knew that Benghazi was a terror attack shortly after it happened, the Obama administration also had to know. But it "didn´t seem like the White House really wanted to get to the bottom of it," he told Fox News´s Greta Van Susteren on Wednesday night. "I can tell you that within hours, Saxby Chambliss, as the vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, knew that it was a terrorist attack. And within 24 hours knew that there was a suspected al Qaeda leader involved and

  


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Colby Fire above Glendora, Azusa
burns several homes; 3 in custody
KABC-TV [Los Angeles, CA], by Hanna Chu    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 1/16/2014 1:44:46 PM     Post Reply
Glendora, Calif. - The Colby Fire, burning in the foothills above Glendora and Azusa, has scorched 1,709 acres and burned several homes. Three people are in custody in connection to the fire. The blaze erupted around 5:50 a.m. Thursday in the area of Glendora Mountain Road and Colby Way. Flames spread rapidly and moved down the hill toward homes. At least five structures were seen engulfed in flames. Resident Steve Whittenberg of Glendora said he also saw a structure catch fire. "We saw embers start underneath the eaves ... and it was fully involved," Whittenberg said. Glendora police have taken

Use of public assistance
cards OK at pot shops
Associated Press, by Kristen Wyatt    Original Article
Posted By: Zarin- 1/16/2014 1:29:16 PM     Post Reply
Saying some neighborhoods have more pot shops than banks, Colorado Democrats on Wednesday rejected a proposal to ban the use of public assistance cards to obtain cash at marijuana-shop ATMs. The Senate State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee voted 3-2 along party lines against a GOP proposal to add marijuana shops to the list of places where recipients of public assistance can’t use their government-issued EBT cards to access cash. The list already includes casinos, liquor stores and gun shops. Sen. Vicki Marble, R-Fort Collins, said Colorado’s new legal pot industry needs to make sure not to invite federal scrutiny through improper cash

The most bigoted anti-Catholic
column you´ll read this year
The Week, by Edward Morrissey    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 1/16/2014 1:25:10 PM     Post Reply
Let´s try a thought experiment to test the bounds of fair commentary and editorial responsibility. A film reviewer detests a film that pushes values he sees as un-American in some fashion or other, and notes that the director is Jewish. The reviewer deduces from that one fact that the director´s religion is what produced the the film´s disagreeable values, and then deduces that Jewish control of the media is what allowed the movie to reach theaters in the first place. The reviewer then implies to his readers that Jews should not be allowed in positions of power in the entertainment

Harvey’s Hypocrisy: King of Gun
Violence’s Anti-NRA Flick Will Only
Increase Gun Sales, Membership
Mediaite, by Joe Concha    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/16/2014 1:00:21 PM     Post Reply
Pulp Fiction. Reservoir Dogs. Django Unchained. Kill Bill. Rambo. The movies listed above are among the most violent in the history of cinema. For me, the reviews are a mixed bag, but Pulp is a Top-5 movie of mine of all time, with Shawshank, Wall Street I (the second one was never made…got it? GOT IT?!?), Caddyshack and A Beautiful Mind making the not-so-prestigious cut. All of the films at the top of the page were produced by Harvey Weinstein. That success has made him one of the most powerful—and easily the most intimidating—force to be reckoned with in Hollywood (net worth estimated at $150 million).

  


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Can Obama Shake the
Media’s 2016 Obsession?
Mediaite, by Noah Rothman    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/16/2014 12:56:37 PM     Post Reply
2014 is an election year, but you would never know it judging from the media’s focus in the early days of the new year. The scandal surrounding New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has enthralled the political press like no story in recent memory. Since the Bergen Record exposed Christie’s aides taking crass delight in the headaches the closure of portions of the George Washington Bridge had caused a political adversary, the press can focus on little else than the scandal and it’s far-reaching implications. But Christie is not the only potential 2016 presidential candidate being scrutinized in the press. “Can anyone stop

House passes measure requiring
O-Care updates, 33 Dems defect
The Hill, by Pete Kasperowicz    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 1/16/2014 12:54:49 PM     Post Reply
The House voted Thursday to require weekly updates from the Obama administration about the implementation and operation of ObamaCare and its website, HealthCare.gov. Members passed the Exchange Information Disclosure Act in a 259-154 vote. And while many Democrats criticized the bill as another GOP attack on ObamaCare, it won the support of 33 Democrats in the final vote. It´s the second House vote in as many weeks showing some level of Democratic support for more oversight of the healthcare law. Last week, 67 Democrats voted for another GOP bill that would require officials to tell people if their personal information

Obama May Have the Most Anti-Christian,
Anti-Israel Administration in History
Cybercast News Service, by Ken Blackwell    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/16/2014 12:50:46 PM     Post Reply
"Nuns hopeful of stay," read the headlines. No, they weren´t going to be executed. Only their consciences were to be violated. The HHS Mandate was going to force them to cover abortifacient drugs that can end the lives of unborn children. Now, and only temporarily, the Supreme Court has stayed the execution of the HHS Mandate under ObamaCare. Never in America´s long history has such a headline even been imaginable. The gravest threat to religious freedom has been part of what President Obama meant when he said he would "fundamentally transform this country." Nuns have faced anti-Catholicism, Bible riots, and various

Wrong Chart? Dead Patient?: HHS Issues
Safety Tips for Using E-Health Records
Cybercast News Service, by Susan Jones    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/16/2014 12:46:19 PM     Post Reply
Electronic health records (EHRs) are supposed to improve patient care, but only if the doctor is treating the right patient. "Wrong-patient charting is one of the more common safety problems in EHRs and can result in both data integrity and data confidentiality issues when protected health information is disclosed in the wrong chart and is missing from the right chart," says a new set of safety guidelines issued by the Department of Health and Human Services on Wednesday. "Steps should be taken to ensure that the person using an EHR to care for a patient is addressing the intended patient," the safety

Chilling Call from Adam Lanza to
Radio Show Year Before Sandy Hook
Breitbart´s Big Government, by AWR Hawkins    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/16/2014 12:26:45 PM     Post Reply
The perpetrator of the heinous crime that took place at Sandy Hook Elementary on December 14, 2012, called an Oregon radio show on December 11, 2011 and talked about about mass murder. The show was Anarchy Radio, and Lanza called it using the pseudonym "Greg." In audio provided by the NY Daily News, Lanza can be heard talking about Travis, the chimpanzee who attacked and ripped Charla Nash´s face off in 2009. Lanza explained that the chimp was 20-years old in human years--Lanza was 20 when he committed his heinous crime--and he said Travis brought up questions we must deal

  



GOP senator wants to require
photo IDs for food stamp purchases
Daily Caller (Washington DC), by Caroline May    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/16/2014 12:16:03 PM     Post Reply
The federal government could prevent food stamp fraud by requiring Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program beneficiaries to show a photo ID when purchasing items with their benefits, according to Louisiana Republican Sen. David Vitter. Moved by the October outage of the Electronic Benefits Transfer system in over a dozen states (including Louisiana) — which resulted in many EBT cards showing no credit limits and some beneficiaries reacting by purchasing well beyond their limits — Vitter introduced a bill Wednesday to require food stamp recipients to show a photo ID when making SNAP purchases. “Food Stamps have more than doubled in cost

Harvey Weinstein has secret
film project to destroy NRA
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/16/2014 12:14:53 PM     Post Reply
Harvey Weinstein has set his sights squarely on the National Rifle Association. The “Shakespeare in Love” producer told Howard Stern on his radio show Wednesday that the NRA is a “disaster area” before revealing a secret project. “I shouldn’t say this, but I’ll tell it to you, Howard,” he said. “I’m going to make a movie with Meryl Streep, and we’re going to take this head-on. And they’re going to wish they weren’t alive after I’m done with them.” Weinstein said the movie was a feature length motion picture “like a ‘Mr. Smith Goes to Washington’” and that when people

In Jahi´s case, past
time for a reality check
Los Angeles Times, by Meghan Daum    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 1/16/2014 12:11:41 PM     Post Reply
The case of Jahi McMath, the 13-year-old Oakland girl who was declared brain dead Dec. 12 following complications from tonsil and sinus surgery, hasn´t ended yet. Insisting Jahi was still alive and should remain on the ventilator that was keeping her heart beating, the girl´s family fought Children´s Hospital Oakland and was finally allowed by a judge to take her body into their custody. On Jan. 5, the body was moved to an undisclosed facility where, according to the family´s attorney, Christopher Dolan, "her health is improving." Jahi´s saga gives rise to several conflicting strains of accusation. The family and

Tom Hanks and Oprah Winfrey lead
the list of shocking Oscar snubs
Yahoo! Movies, by Guy Lodge    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/16/2014 12:03:48 PM     Post Reply
Oscar nomination morning may bring joy to the chosen few, but "few" is the operative words -- the list of who´s out is always going to be longer than the list of who´s in. A few shock omissions are par for the course, but it seems this morning´s announcement brought even more than usual, and in a multitude of categories -- from Tom Hanks to Emma Thompson to Sarah Polley to Lana del Rey. After the jump, we list a few of the no-shows that surprised us most. - Remember when Tom Hanks was touted as a likely double nominee? His

Benghazi murders were preventable,
the White House coverup shameful
Washington Times (D.C), by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/16/2014 12:00:45 PM     Post Reply
The incompetence and irresponsibility at Benghazi turns out to be even worse than everyone in Washington thought it was. A bipartisan Senate intelligence committee finds the murder of the American ambassador and three other Americans was preventable, and the explanations the White House first gave for the debacle were lies. This is what the Republicans and other conservatives have been saying for months, derided and disputed by defenders of President Obama, and now these are the on-the-record conclusions of the bipartisan Senate Intelligence Committee, made up of equal numbers of Democratic and Republican senators. The committee said the State Department was

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