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After Hobby Lobby ruling,
Democrats move to amend RFRA
Washington Examiner, by Kevin Daley    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/2/2014 6:40:01 PM     Post Reply
Liberal groups and congressional Democrats are moving forward with plans to reform the Religious Freedom Restoration Act in the wake of the Supreme Court´s ruling Monday in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby. Originally passed in 1993 with overwhelming bipartisan support, the law — on which the case was decided — forbids government from imposing significant burdens on a person’s religious convictions, unless that burden is in furtherance of a compelling government interest and pursued by the least restrictive means possible. Some Democratic lawmakers who supported the bill in 1993 issued statements Monday condemning the Supreme Court´s interpretation. Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.,

Texan breaks records with
humongous catch in Gulf
Houston Chronicle, by Kolten Parker    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/2/2014 6:33:21 PM     Post Reply
SAN ANTONIO - A South Texas man reeled in the largest red snapper ever recorded off the Texas coast. Joey Beaver, of Victoria, bagged a 40-inch, 38.75 pound red snapper about five miles off the coast of Port O´Connor, a small fishing community between Corpus Christi and Galveston, in the Gulf of Mexico on June 1. "I thought it was a shark or something the way it was pulling," said Beaver, 28. "When I got it on the boat after about 20 minutes, it was crazy, everybody on the boat was going nuts." Beaver´s catch beat two state records for red

We Can No Longer Ignore
Facebook´s Vast Power
Popular Mechanics, by Stephen Marche    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/2/2014 6:26:13 PM     Post Reply
Written on the wall at Facebook is its motto: "Move fast and break things." But how much are they going to break? And how fast? A study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences revealed on the weekend that in January of 2012, Facebook manipulated the feeds of 689,003 English language users, making slight alterations to see if they could change the large scale mood of the populace. The answer was a resounding yes, a terrifying and appalling yes. The most obvious scandal here is that Facebook is willing, just to see how strong it really is, to

  


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On America´s birthday, do
we still believe in America?
CNN, by Newt Gingrich    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/2/2014 6:13:27 PM     Post Reply
Americans are in a period of amazingly negative thinking about the state of our country. A recent Gallup analysis drove home how deep and how threatening the current mood is. Gallup asked Americans in early June how much confidence they had in our nation´s institutions. The answer: not much. Only 30% had "a great deal" or "quite a lot of confidence" in the Supreme Court. Just 29% felt that way about the presidency. And an abysmal 7% had faith in the Congress. Think about what this means. Our most trusted national institution, the unelected Supreme Court, has the confidence of

Soldiers who served with Bowe Bergdahl
not yet contacted by military investigators
Fox News, by Joshua Rhett Miller    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/2/2014 5:54:29 PM     Post Reply
U.S. Army soldiers who were serving with Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl when he left his post and wound up in the hands of the Taliban say no one has contacted them, even though military brass are currently conducting a new investigation into the case. Several soldiers who immediately came forward after Bergdahl was released on May 31, in a swap for five Guantanamo Bay detainees, have accused the 28-year-old Idaho native of deserting. But even though the Army is probing that very charge, investigators have not reached out to at least two former Army sergeants — including the platoon’s leader — who

Whistleblower: VA Neglected Care
to Focus on ObamaCare Promotion
Breitbart TV, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 7/2/2014 5:46:24 PM     Post Reply
On Wednesday’s “Your World with Neil Cavuto,” Scott Davis, a whistleblower who works as a Program Specialist at the VA’s Health Eligibility Center stated that “focus our attention to applications based on specific campaigns,” including ObamaCare. Davis said “there´s so much pressure on the employees to get stuff done so that management can meet goals, it´s easy to make mistakes, it’s easy to have mishaps,” and employees often “rush through the application process to hit goals for members of management.” According to Davis, employees “put incoming applications aside so we could focus on the [Affordable Care Act] related applications that

FEC Probes Pro-Cochran
Barbour-Run Super PAC
Bretbart´s Big Government, by Matthew Boyle    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 7/2/2014 5:46:00 PM     Post Reply
The Federal Election Commission (FEC) has asked a pro-Thad Cochran Super PAC, called Mississippi Conservatives, to provide additional information about what the newspaper Roll Call said “appears to be campaign finance violations.” At issue are last-minute expenditures made by the PAC in the days before the initial June 3 primary. The FEC “Request for Additional Information” says the PAC does not appear to have disclosed some of its spending in a timely manner. The FEC notes in the letter sent to treasurer Brian Perry that failure to “adequately respond” by Aug. 1 “could result in an audit or enforcement action.”

  


  

Tighter security ordered for
some U.S.-bound flights
CNN, by Jim Sciutto and Evan Perez    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 7/2/2014 5:22:49 PM     Post Reply
The Obama administration is stepping up security for some flights headed to the United States from Europe and the Middle East, reflecting heightened concern that terrorists are developing more sophisticated explosives designed to avoid airport screening. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said in a statement that he has directed the Transportation Security Administration to "implement enhanced security measures in the coming days" at selected overseas airports. "We will work to ensure these necessary steps pose as few disruptions to travelers as possible," Johnson said in a statement. "We are sharing recent and relevant information with our foreign allies and are consulting the

Hillary Takes Six-Figure Speaking
Fees From Universities Raising Student Tuition
Breitbart Big Government, by John Nolte    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 7/2/2014 4:45:36 PM     Post Reply
The Washington Post reports that likely 2016 presidential contender Hillary Clinton made somewhere around $1.8 million from eight universities in just nine months. While paying the former Secretary of State anywhere from $200,000 to $300,000 per speech, some of these schools were raising tuition prices on students already burdened by the growing student loan bubble. Clinton was paid $251,250 from the University of Connecticut not long after the school hit its students with 6.5% tuition increase. At UNLV, where tuition will jump 17% within the next four years, Clinton accepted a $225,000 speaking fee. The student government has since sent

Hillary Syndrome Strikes ‘Abortion
Barbie’ Wendy Davis: Supporters
Can’t Name Single Accomplishment
Independent Journal Review, by Soopermexican    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/2/2014 4:21:21 PM     Post Reply
The Wendy Davis campaign is having a tough time convincing Texas voters that she would make a good governor, and the video above might be a good reason why – they couldn’t name a single legislative accomplishment of hers. They sound just like Hillary Clinton supporters! Liberals were infuriated when a conservative labeled Davis the “Abortion Barbie” for the way she was glamorously glorified after filibustering a Texas bill that would have raised medical standards at abortion clinics. Ironically, that’s the only thing a supporter mentions in the interviews, made outside the 2014 Texas Democrat Convention. Recent polls have Davis

Hobby Lobby Is Already Creating
New Religious Demands on Obama
Atlantic Magazine, by Molly Ball    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/2/2014 4:16:03 PM     Post Reply
This week, in the Hobby Lobby case, the Supreme Court ruled that a religious employer could not be required to provide employees with certain types of contraception. That decision is beginning to reverberate: A group of faith leaders is urging the Obama administration to include a religious exemption in a forthcoming LGBT anti-discrimination action. Their call, in a letter sent to the White House Tuesday, attempts to capitalize on the Supreme Court case by arguing that it shows the administration must show more deference to the prerogatives of religion. "We are asking that an extension of protection for one group not come at the expense

  


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Nazis’ ‘perfect Aryan’ baby was Jewish
New York Post, by Chris Perez    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/2/2014 4:13:12 PM     Post Reply
The joke’s on you! A baby in a photo chosen by Nazis as the perfect Aryan baby has been revealed to in fact be Jewish, not German. Hessy Taft, who was 6 months old when the picture was taken, found out about the photograph after an aunt recognized her on a postcard, the Telegraph reports. But apparently the Nazis had no idea that the precious baby they deemed the “perfect Aryan” was actually a descendant of the House of David. Taft lived with her parents, Jacob and Pauline Levinsons, in Berlin during the height of the Nazis’ takeover in 1935. While anti-Semitic attacks were taking

Japan allows its military to
help defend U.S., other allies
Los Angeles Times, by Yuriko Nagano    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/2/2014 4:05:10 PM     Post Reply
Japan on Tuesday announced a reinterpretation of its pacifist post-World War II Constitution that allows the country´s military to help defend the United States and other allies. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said the decision by the Cabinet to adjust the interpretation from one that limited the armed forces to defending Japan was necessary because of regional changes. The decision allows Japan´s forces to help protect U.S. ships that may come under attack in nearby waters, Abe said. "This will be a deterrent," he said during a news conference. "The basic thinking on how the constitution is presently interpreted will not change

At time of austerity, eight
universities spent top dollar
on Hillary Clinton speeches
Washington Post, by Philip Rucker & Rosalind S. Helderman    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/2/2014 3:55:30 PM     Post Reply
At least eight universities, including four public institutions, have paid hundreds of thousands of dollars for Hillary Rodham Clinton to speak on their campuses over the past year, sparking a backlash from some student groups and teachers at a time of austerity in higher education. In one previously undisclosed transaction, the University of Connecticut — which just raised tuition by 6.5 percent — paid $251,250 for Clinton to speak on campus in April. Other examples include $300,000 to address UCLA in March and $225,000 for a speech scheduled to occur in October at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas.

Buyer’s Remorse: Obama Now
Rated Worst Modern President
Power Line, by John Hinderaker    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/2/2014 2:15:27 PM     Post Reply
This Quinnipiac poll, released today, is getting a lot of press. Understandably so: Quinnipiac polled 1,446 registered voters nationwide, and a plurality of 33% tagged Barack Obama as the worst president since World War II. Such historical ratings are always biased toward the recent past, of course; 28% said George W. Bush was the worst. In a head-to-head comparison with Bush, 40% say Obama is worse, while 39% think Obama is better than his immediate predecessor. In a re-run of the 2012 election, 45% now say the country would be better off if Mitt Romney were president, while 38% think

  


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Obama’s Obeisance to Cult of Vain Valerie
Canada Free Press, by Judi McLeod    Original Article
Posted By: snowcloud- 7/2/2014 2:08:48 PM     Post Reply
You don’t need to see an image of black-suited male figurines bowing to Valerie Jarrett’s White House picture to know that Valerie Jarrett is a cult in her own mind. The real life cult is that Jarrett, the power behind the current White House president, cultishly bows down to Barack Hussein Obama—and that Obama cultishly bows down to Valerie Jarrett. “An NBC package over the weekend shows an odd display. (BuzzFeed, July 1, 2014) “On NBC on Sunday, Meet the Press had a segment on Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett. “Our Cynthia McFadden was granted unique access and spent a day behind the scenes

How Tone-Deaf is Hillary Clinton?
Check Out What She’s Doing
On the Fourth of July.
PJ Media, by Bryan Preston    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/2/2014 2:05:37 PM     Post Reply
In a couple of days, Americans will fire off fireworks, drink beer, grill meats and celebrate the Fourth of July — America’s birthday. What is the Fourth of July all about? It’s not the date on which the United States actually won its freedom. It’s Independence Day, right? But independence from whom? Fourth of July is the date of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, the document in which the United States of America declared itself independent from King George III and the Britain that he ruled. Prior to that, we were British colonies. The Declaration of Independence declares America’s

Media Silent on Allegations that
Cochran Campaign Engaged
in Cash-For-Votes Scheme
Breitbart Big Journalism, by Warner Todd Huston    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 7/2/2014 1:58:20 PM     Post Reply
Reverend Steve Fielder, a pastor at the First Union Missionary Baptist Church in Meridian, Mississippi, is accusing Senator Thad Cochran´s campaign of violating election laws by giving black Democratic voters cash in exchange for votes in the recent GOP runoff. But mainstream media seem uninterested in the story. The only outlet outside of conservative media covering the story is Forbes magazine. On July 1, the magazine explained what the penalties might be if Fielder´s allegations prove true. "If true," Forbes wrote, "such an action would be clearly illegal under both federal law and Mississippi statutes, specifically MS Code 97-13-1;

18,709 VA Employees Make
$180,000 or More
Cybercast News Service, by Ali Meyer    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/2/2014 1:53:45 PM     Post Reply
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has 59,297 employees – 17.3 percent out of 342,089 workers total -- that make $100,000 or more in yearly salary, according to data from the Office of Personnel Management (OPM). Among those employees, 18,709 of them earn a salary of $180,000 or more. An OPM database, FedScope, contains historical data on the federal civilian workforce going back to 1998. The database holds information about civilian federal workers employed by most Executive Branch agencies (excluding intelligence agencies, the White House, and the Office of the Vice President) and some Legislative Branch agencies. It does not

For the Fourth, 5 Songs You
May Not Know are Un-Patriotic
Newsbusters, by Lillian Bozzone    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/2/2014 1:46:58 PM     Post Reply
What music comes to mind when you think of America and Independence Day? “The Battle Hymn of the Republic?” A John Phillip Souza march? Glenn Miller or the Andrews Sisters? Outside of country, there isn’t much music being made about America anymore. Oh, pop music is still filled with references. America’s favorite problem child, Miley Cyrus, turns up in nearly every 4th of July playlist with “Party In The U.S.A.” and Katy Perry’s “Firework” has also become an Independence Day party anthem. But Cyrus’ song mentions nothing American, except the “fame excess” of Hollywood. “Firework” just uses the 4th of

  



State begins producing
photo ID EBT cards
WGME CBS 13 [Portland, Maine], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: BaseballFan- 7/2/2014 1:46:41 PM     Post Reply
STATEWIDE- The state is now issuing EBT cards with a photo ID on them. Governor Paul LePage says this will help stop fraud and abuse, but democrats say it´s a waste of time and money. South Portland resident Shelby Macvane relies on her benefits to help pay the bills and take care of her daughter Ella. “I’m in college right now, not working,” she said. “It’s not much, but it helps.” Macvane says she is glad to hear the state is cracking down on fraud by forcing recipients to put their photo on their card. “I have heard a lot of

Federal Headquarters Costing
More To Renovate Than Trump
Tower Cost To Build
Daily Caller, by Chuck Ross    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/2/2014 1:41:04 PM     Post Reply
A federal consumer protection agency is spending more money per square foot to renovate its Washington D.C. headquarters than it cost to build the Trump World Tower or Las Vegas’s Bellagio Hotel — and the project’s budget continues to grow. That’s the House Financial Services Committee interpretation of a Federal Reserve’s Office of the Inspector General report that found that the cost to renovate the headquarters for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is now estimated to be $215.8 million. That is a significant increase from 2010´s initial cost estimate of $55 million and double last year’s upwardly revised estimate

Obama sells Hellfire:
White House hopes to send
4K missiles to Iraq for ISIL fight
Washington Times, by Douglas Ernst    Original Article
Posted By: EagleEye- 7/2/2014 1:35:54 PM     Post Reply
The Obama administration is hoping that 4,000 Hellfire missiles might turn the tide in Iraq as the Middle Eastern nation takes on the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). Officials were told by the State Department last week that the Obama administration is trying to complete the sale with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s Shiite-led government. Members of the Senate and House foreign relations committees will conduct a review of the planned sale. The process can take up to 40 days, Bloomberg News reported Wednesday. “As a matter of policy, we decline to comment on cases that have not been formally notified to Congress,”

U.S. Congressman Blocked From
Entering Child Immigrant Facility
Daily Caller, by Chuck Ross    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/2/2014 1:33:26 PM     Post Reply
An Oklahoma Congressman who visited an Army base being used to house illegal immigrant children now wonders what the federal government is hiding after he was denied access to the facility. “There is no excuse for denying a Federal Representative from Oklahoma access to a federal facility in Oklahoma where unaccompanied children are being held,” Rep. Jim Bridenstine said in a statement following his visit Tuesday to Ft. Sill Army base near Lawton. The Department of Health and Human Services has set up housing at Ft. Sill and two other military bases – Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio

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