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Who earns what at the White House:
Salaries published of every employee
from $172,200 senior staff members
to the lowliest $42,000 staff assistants
Daily Mail (UK), by Francesca Chambers    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/2/2014 7:43:30 AM     Post Reply
The White House published its annual list of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue staff their salaries today. This year´s list reveals that 456 aides serve at the pleasure of the president and make anywhere from $42,000 a year to $172,200 a year. Among the highest paid White House staffers are: National Security Adviser Susan Rice, Senior Adviser to the president Valerie Jarrett, White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest and Counselor to the president John Podesta. The White House has been required by law to disclose the names, titles and salaries of every one of its

Fresh Wind of Liberty Blows
Across the Land
American Thinker, by Janice Shaw Crouse    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/2/2014 7:34:39 AM     Post Reply
Is anyone surprised that the left is hyperventilating and bouncing off the walls over the SCOTUS decision in the Hobby Lobby case? Planned Parenthood and others are decrying the “health risks” women face and the loss of “reproductive rights.” You’d think the decision reversed Griswold v Connecticut and banned the sale of contraceptives completely. The Guttmacher Institute e-mailed out a propaganda piece titled “After Supreme Court Ruling, Focus shifts to how Obama Administration and Congress will ensure Contraceptive Coverage for Affected Employees.” All that the Hobby Lobby decision does is to merely allow “closely-held corporations” to not have to pay

Obama worst president since
WWII, new poll shows
Washington Times, by Stephan Dinan    Original Article
Posted By: FlyRight- 7/2/2014 7:31:43 AM     Post Reply
Poll after poll shows President Obama’s approval rating dipping recently, and one new Quinnipiac University Poll finds that voters say Mitt Romney would have been a better choice in 2012.With Mr. Obama deploying military troops to Iraq, failing to find compromise with Congress and seeing major defeats in the Supreme Court, voters continue to sour on him.Quinnipiac found 45 percent of voters say the country would have been better off if Mr. Romney, the 2012 GOP nominee, had been election, while just 38 percent say Mr. Obama remains a better choice. Even Democrats aren’t so sure — just 74 percent

  


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Krauthammer: "If Fences Don´t Work,
Why Is There One Around The White House?"
Real Clear Politics, by Ian Schwartz    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/2/2014 7:30:32 AM     Post Reply
BILL O´REILLY: How do you secure the border, Charles? CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER: Alright, here´s what I´ve been on for years. You start with a fence. It´s very simple. People say, ´Oh, fences don´t work. You make a ladder.´ Well, then you build two fences, triple strand fences. San Diego did that in the mid 90´s and within a decade, the illegal immigration rate at that point was reduced by 90% and people ended up going through other places like Arizona. If fences don´t work, why is there one around the White House? If they don´t work, why is it that the Israeli

Government Audits Reveal
Vast ObamaCare Failures
Investor´s Business Daily, by IBD Staff    Original Article
Posted By: RustMB- 7/2/2014 6:56:56 AM     Post Reply
Accountability: Two new audits reveal failures in ObamaCare on a scale even we didn´t think possible, with unresolved discrepancies, rules violations and technology problems that expose taxpayers to massive overpayments. In the first of a series of ObamaCare audits, the Health and Human Services inspector general found 2.9 million "inconsistencies" in applications submitted to the federal HealthCare.gov exchange in the first five months of open enrollment. In other words, the Social Security numbers, income, family size, citizenship or other information applicants provided didn´t match existing government data. Some 1.3 million of the problems involved citizenship, and an additional million involved income, the

Rome will be conquered next,
says leader of ´Islamic State´
Telegraph [UK], by Damien McElroy    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 7/2/2014 6:47:18 AM     Post Reply
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the self-proclaimed leader of the ´Islamic State´ stretching across Iraq and Syria, has vowed to lead the conquest of Rome as he called on Muslims to immigrate to his new land to fight under its banner around the globe. Baghdadi, who holds a PhD in Islamic studies, said Muslims were being targetted and killed from China to Indonesia. Speaking as the first Caliph, or commander of the Islamic faithful since the dissolution of the Ottoman empire, he called on Muslims to rally to his pan-Islamic state. "Those who can immigrate to the Islamic State should immigrate, as immigration to

VIDEO: The EU´s Militaristic ´Nationalism´
on Display in Strasbourg
Breitbart London [UK], by M. E. Synon    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 7/2/2014 6:41:26 AM     Post Reply
In a grotesque parody of a ceremony of a nation state, yesterday the European Parliament opened the new session of the assembly with a flag-raising carried out by soldiers of the Eurocorps – sometimes known as the Eurokorps--a 1,000-strong embryo EU army. Eight soldiers marched carrying a giant EU flag, which was raised to a military salute. A military band played what the EU elite want people to believe is “Europe’s national anthem,” but which in fact has no legal standing as an anthem and is merely a theme tune borrowed from Beethoven’s 9th symphony. Once it was raised, the EU

  


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Video: Farage Slams EU Leaders:
You´re Like a Bunch of Old Communists
Breitbart London [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 7/2/2014 6:34:49 AM     Post Reply
Triumphant UKIP leader Nigel Farage has given EU leaders yet another scolding in the European Parliament today as MEPs took their seats for the first time since the European Elections last month that saw a wave of anti-EU candidates elected. Speaking directly to the unaccountable Euro-elite, Farage lambasted them over Britain´s place in the union, likening them to old Communists, and noting that no one had responded in the slightest to the anti-establishment sentiment coursing through Europe.

´Return to sender!´ Hundreds of furious
protestors block road for buses carrying
140 women and children illegal immigrants
and force them back to the border
Daily Mail [UK], by James Nye    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 7/2/2014 6:10:36 AM     Post Reply
A crowd of 300 angry protestors forced three buses carrying 140 undocumented migrant children and their parents to turn around in Murrieta, California, on Tuesday after they blocked the road. The dramatic confrontation between the flag waving protestors and the Homeland Security buses came one day after Mayor Alan Long urged residents to resist the federal government´s plan to transfer the Central American migrants to California to ease overcrowding of facilities along the Texas-Mexico border. Holding up banners that said ´Return to Sender´ and suggesting the children should be sent to the White House instead, the irate protestors succeeded when the buses

New VA secretary not
a health care expert
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 7/2/2014 6:02:32 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON—Robert McDonald is a onetime Army Ranger and former CEO of consumer products giant Procter & Gamble. [Snip] The longtime corporate executive was nominated by President Barack Obama to lead the VA and overhaul an agency reeling from revelations of widespread treatment delays and falsified records to cover up months-long waits for appointments. Veterans groups worry that McDonald may have trouble adjusting to a far-flung bureaucracy of more than 300,000 employees, where hundreds of hospital directors and other career executives wield great power far from Washington. The White House said in a scathing report last week that the VA is

The City That Offers Sharia-Compliant
Loans to Muslim Business Owners
National Journal, by Alexia Campbell    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/2/2014 5:49:00 AM     Post Reply
Inside the Karmel Square shopping mall in southwest Minneapolis, women wearing headscarves paint customers´ feet with henna. Others sell beaded caftans in narrow stalls. On the first floor, shopkeepers kneel toward Mecca to pray. Somali entrepreneurs in the neighborhood have transformed an abandoned machinery warehouse into this bustling indoor bazaar. Karmel Square is one of several commercial districts they´ve revived in recent years with support from an unexpected ally: the city. Since 2006, Minneapolis has loaned more than $1 million to Muslim business owners through a program that complies with sharia law, which prohibits Muslims from paying or earning interest in a

  


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A Heroine for Our Times
National Review Online, by F.H. Buckley    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/2/2014 5:40:18 AM     Post Reply
The narrative of decline is one of a slow and silent accumulation of ills. Looking backwards, we don’t remember a special moment when the evil days came, or the years drew nigh when all would be changed, but only the painful contrast between the days of our youth and the decrepitude of age. So it is with countries. (Snip)I am no historian, but I have one such moment in mind. It was when The New Republic’s senior editor Jonathan Chait wrote in 2003, “I hate President George W. Bush.”

There´s nothing undemocratic
about strategic voting
Washington Examiner [DC], by Noemie Emery    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 7/2/2014 5:35:24 AM     Post Reply
Mississippi sore loser Chris McDaniel and his supporters wouldn´t like me too much. For many years in the state where I was born, I voted in primaries for people I didn´t like, didn´t agree with and had no intention of voting for later -- secure in the thought I was doing my best in a bad situation I had no part in bringing about. Yes, years before Operation Chaos occurred to Rush Limbaugh, I had been voting strategically in New York. Here´s how it all came about. Back in the Stone Age when I began voting, I was a genuine

Lois Lerner Targeted Chuck Grassley After
He Blocked Obama’s DOJ Tax Nominee
Daily Caller, by Patrick Howley    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 7/2/2014 5:29:15 AM     Post Reply
Ex-Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner tried to audit Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley after Grassley blocked President Obama’s nominee to head the Department of Justice (DOJ) tax division, an executive branch insider told The Daily Caller. Grassley made it more difficult for the IRS and DOJ to work together to target conservative groups by blocking Obama’s political appointee Mary L. Smith from taking over the DOJ Tax Division, which prosecutes criminal cases for the IRS. Grassley held up the nomination in early 2010, just as Lerner and fellow IRS officials were mapping out their targeting strategy. The White House later withdrew

Recently released Bergdahl venturing
off-base, rubbing elbows with public
CNN, by Martin Savidge    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 7/2/2014 5:26:33 AM     Post Reply
Bowe Bergdahl, the U.S. soldier held captive for five years by militants before his release a month ago, has ventured several times off an Army base in Texas as part of the effort to get him used to everyday life in America, a military spokeswoman said. His release on May 31 in exchange for five Taliban being held by the U.S. military has rankled some, including former members of his unit, who said he was a deserter who endangered colleagues searching for him. Yet while investigating circumstances surrounding his departure, the military has also said it´s focused on making sure Bergdahl

  


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How Tourette’s-afflicted Tim
Howard went from international
ridicule to World Cup history
Washington Post, by Terrence McCoy    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/2/2014 5:22:32 AM     Post Reply
Goalkeepers are a notoriously odd bunch. In their dress, they adopt the colors of a snow cone, all neons and hot greens. They wear gloves that are better suited for space than sport. Their hairdos range from Mohawks to dreadlocks to blond Afros. But even by such lofty standards of quirk, the tale of American goalkeeper Tim Howard is richer than most. Howard has Tourette’s syndrome. And he’s also the greatest goalkeeper in national history — a designation solidified on Tuesday. Though the United States lost its game against Belgium 2-1, the ending tally would have been much, much worse

85 percent of ObamaCare
‘inconsistencies’ can’t be fixed
New York Post, by Geoff Earle    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/2/2014 5:16:35 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — Federal officials can’t resolve 85 percent of 2.9 million “inconsistencies” on applications for ObamaCare even after nine months of trying, according to new data provided by the administration. Most of the problems involve certifying citizenship and income, key components of the national health plan. But some of the problems are downright nutty. One unidentified state-run marketplace cited situations in which infants and young children were “erroneously identified as incarcerated, according to federal data,” the inspector general for the Health and Human Services Department revealed Tuesday. Just 425,000 problematic applications have been resolved out of 2.9 million that states and the federal exchange

Internet Feminists Wage War
On Women´s Intelligence
American Spectator, by Emily Zanotti    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 7/2/2014 5:12:41 AM     Post Reply
If you’re still on social media after yesterday, you’re profoundly masochistic, in need of a stiff drink, or both. Take this moment to examine your Twitter timeline for evidence of the following words: “slippery slope,” “minefield,” “ban,” and “birth control.” Use them as a drinking game and get yourself most of the way into a bottle of Smirnoff. If there were ever an excuse for day-drinking, it’s the amateur constitutional lawyering happening across the Internet. Let’s not mention the Oval Office, where the “constitutional lawyer” in residence stridently disagrees with the professional justices on the Supreme Court. What has happened

Clueless or Craven? The White House
Gets the VA Story Exactly Backwards
Washington Monthly, by Phillip Longman    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 7/2/2014 5:03:42 AM     Post Reply
Sad to say, the Obama administration seems clueless about what might be broken at the VA and how to fix it. Either that, or it is just cravenly saying and doing whatever it thinks is necessary to make the story go away. Evidence for the clueless hypothesis came on Friday, when White House Deputy Chief of Staff Rob Nabors weighed in with his diagnosis (pdf) of what ails the VA. The document is extraordinary in its contradictions, sloppy formulations, and non-evidence-based conclusions. It starts off well enough by reporting “a strong sentiment among many Veterans and stakeholders that in general VA provides

The Deadly Diplomatic Cult of ‘Restraint’
PJ Media, by Claudia Rosett    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/2/2014 4:55:30 AM     Post Reply
Three Israeli teenagers are kidnapped and murdered. Their bodies are found in a rock pile near the West Bank city of Hebron. It is horrible. Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says “Hamas is responsible and Hamas will pay.” And from the wood-paneled office suites and limousine back seats of the diplomatic sphere — from Washington, the European Union and the United Nations — comes the usual chorus, urging that all parties show “restraint.” That call for restraint is prefaced, of course, by expressions of sympathy and condemnations of the murders. But there is always that culminating line — the call for restraint

  



The Culture War’s Sore Winners
New York Times, by Ross Douthat    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/2/2014 4:51:49 AM     Post Reply
After following some of the more intemperate liberal reactions to the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision yesterday, I thought of this post from Mother Jones’s Kevin Drum from earlier this year, making the case for a liberalism that owns up to its own culture-war aggressions and success: Over the last half century, various branches of government have … taken plenty of proactive steps to marginalize religion. Prayer in public school has been banned. Creches can no longer be set up in front of city hall. Parochial schools are forbidden from receiving public funds. The Ten Commandments can’t be displayed in courtrooms.

Why Boehner is right to sue Obama
The Week, by Matt K. Lewis    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/2/2014 4:46:18 AM     Post Reply
Immigration reform is effectively dead in Congress. And now that Speaker John Boehner has officially decided not to bring up the Senate´s comprehensive immigration bill for a vote in the House, President Obama is suggesting he may take executive action to shape America´s immigration policy. "I take executive action only when we have a serious problem, a serious issue, and Congress chooses to do nothing," Obama said Monday. "And in this situation, the failure of the House Republicans to pass a darn bill is bad for our security, it´s bad for our economy, and it´s bad for our future." Obama´s promise of

Did computers stolen in Benghazi
attack expose sensitive information?
Fox News, by Catherine Herridge    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/2/2014 4:44:12 AM     Post Reply
Computers were stolen from the U.S. compound in Benghazi during the 2012 terrorist attack, potentially exposing sensitive information and putting those who worked with American officials at risk, according to sources in Washington and on the ground in Libya. "They took computers, computer devices. And I saw M-16 rifles, American rifles. I know they are American --we don´t have them, we just have AK-47s -- and a suitcase," said a Libyan who reported he had witnessed the attack. He described what he saw on condition his identity was concealed. His account of computers being stolen was confirmed by two sources in Washington familiar

Did Hillary Clinton betray a criminal client?
CNN, by Paul Callan    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 7/2/2014 4:40:53 AM     Post Reply
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is on a national tour to promote her new memoir, "Hard Choices." But her journey has been unusually bumpy. Her recent gaffes about being "dead broke" or supposedly unlike the "truly well off" have made people wonder if she´s really in touch with ordinary Americans. And then there´s a legal case from her past cited in her book that makes one question whether she violated the attorney´s sacred oath to never betray a client´s secrets. The attorney-client privilege and its corollary duty to zealously advance the interests of even guilty clients form the very

‘Duck Dynasty’ Kin Readies for
‘Kissing Congressman’ in House Race
ABC News, by Benjamin Siegel    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 7/2/2014 4:37:09 AM     Post Reply
Call it a primary season plot twist for the “Duck Dynasty“ clan. Although he’s now running against the “kissing Congressman” for Louisiana’s 5th Congressional District seat, “Duck Dynasty” relative Zach Dasher wants to keep his GOP primary campaign about “ideas, and not people.” “This race is not about personality,” Dasher said. “We need to be discussing ideas, and not people.” Rep. Vance McAllister, who became known as the “kissing Congressman” after leaked video footage from his district office showed his kissing a married staffer, said in April that he would not seek re-election. But the incumbent reversed that decision Monday, setting up a showdown

George Zimmerman,
Media Malpractice, and NBC
American Thinker, by Jack Cashill    Original Article
Posted By: DW626- 7/2/2014 3:28:08 AM     Post Reply
Life in modern America does not get more cruelly perverse than this: one major reason Judge Debra Nelson threw out George Zimmerman’s libel suit against NBC on Monday was because of Zimmerman’s public pursuit of racial justice. Yes, that George Zimmerman, the same “child killer” who shot black teen Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida, in February 2012. In the way of background, Zimmerman had sued NBC for manipulating the substance of his famous call to a police dispatcher to make him sound like a racist. In firing two employees and apologizing publicly, NBC all but admitted its guilt. What saved

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