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Barack Obama locks out
the press — again
Politico, by Edward-Isaac Dovere and Josh Gersten    Original Article
Posted By: pineledger- 7/24/2014 4:50:08 AM     Post Reply
San Francisco--President Barack Obama went to the West Coast to meet donors from two top Democratic super PACs, but the press wasn’t invited. Tuesday, the reporters and photographers traveling with the president on Air Force One and in his motorcade were left on the gravel path not even within sight of former Costco CEO Jim Sinegal’s house in the Seattle suburbs where Obama sat for a Senate Majority PAC fundraiser with a $25,000 entrance fee.(Snip)“We think these fundraisers ought to be open to at least some scrutiny, because the president’s participation in them is fundamentally public in nature,” said Christi Parsons,

What progressives fundamentally
don´t get about traditional Christians
The Week, by Kyle Cupp    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/24/2014 4:47:11 AM     Post Reply
From Christian colleges challenging ObamaCare´s contraception mandate to the Catholic bishops protesting gay marriage, Christians are among the most unyielding opponents of sexual liberation. Progressives working towards greater public acceptance and support of LGBT rights would no doubt like to see Christians with traditionalist views abandon their old-fashioned doctrines on these matters. Or just go away. Neither will happen. These Christians are bound to their idea of human sexuality because it is fundamentally inseparable from their understanding of God. Put another way: if they´re wrong about sex and gender, then they´re wrong at a very basic level about God, the bible, and

Obama Admin Trying to Find a New
Way to Impose Contraception Mandate
on Little Sisters of the Poor
Weekly Standard, by John McCormack    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/24/2014 4:41:49 AM     Post Reply
The Obama administration announced Tuesday in a court filing that it would change the way it imposes its contraception and abortifacient mandate on religious non-profits, such as Christian schools like Wheaton College and charities like the Little Sisters of the Poor. The administration claims it has already accommodated these non-profits, but religious leaders and scholars have argued the "accommodation" is nothing more than an accounting gimmick that still requires conscientious objectors to violate their religious and moral beliefs. The Supreme Court´s Hobby Lobby decision did not resolve whether or not the so-called accommodation was legal, and most observers expect that question to

  


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Terror watchlist can include
dead, acquitted suspects
The Hill [DC], by Julian Hatten    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 7/24/2014 4:35:21 AM     Post Reply
Federal rules for adding someone to the government’s terrorist watchlist are broad enough to include people who are dead or have been acquitted in court of terrorism charges, according to a government document that emerged on Wednesday. A 166-page guidance for the government database that includes the “no-fly list” and other lists declared that agents do not require “concrete facts” or “irrefutable evidence” that someone is a terrorist. Instead, the system requires officials have a “reasonable suspicion” that someone could be connected to terrorist activity, which can include “violent acts” that could harm people or property and “intimidation or coercion” that affects

A tale of a boy, a Bible and a gun
Washington Times (D.C), by Suzanne Fields    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/24/2014 4:32:33 AM     Post Reply
Social conservatives feel betrayed by the popular culture, and why not? If Hollywood depicts someone with a gun or a Bible, he’s a figure of ridicule, entitled to say with Rodney Dangerfield: “I don’t get no respect.” (But Rodney’s was an act, and he got paid for it.) The coastal “sophisticates” mock the rubes, as in an episode on “True Blood,” the HBO series with werewolves, vampires and theocratic bloodsuckers, which depicts two rich Republican stereotypes at a Ted Cruz fundraiser at the George W. Bush Presidential Library in Dallas, where a massacre follows. What fun. Relief is at hand.

“Gas the Jews”: Supporters of Hamas run
riot in French city, smash Jewish shops
Hot Air, by Allahpundit    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/24/2014 4:29:14 AM     Post Reply
Guy mentioned the attacks in Sarcelles in his post about Hamas supporters intimidating Jews in Boston, but not until I read this did I grasp the full scope of it. Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose: It is the third time in a week where pro-Palestinian activists have clashed with the city’s Jewish residents. On Sunday, locals reported chats of “Gas the Jews” and “Kill the Jews”, as rioters attacked businesses in the Sarcelles district, known as “little Jerusalem”… Francois Pupponi, the mayor of Sarcelles, told BFMTV that the violent attacks were carried out by a “horde of savages.”… Eighteen people were

Five Things You Need to
Know About Chelsea Clinton
Washington Free Beacon, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/24/2014 4:24:00 AM     Post Reply
Chelsea Clinton is the best known public figure that everybody seems to know nothing about. This is set to change as Chelsea emerges into a much larger role at the helm of the Clinton political machine, according to Daniel Halper’s newly released book Clinton, Inc. Halper writes that Chelsea’s determination to fully join the Clinton family business has wildly changed the dynamic of ClintonWorld, and that this change may become an “Achilles’ heel” for Hillary in 2016. Here are five things you need to know about Chelsea from Halper’s new book: 1. Chelsea has been a wedge in ClintonWorld, breaking up long-lasting relationships

  


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Why the Halbig Decision
Should Be Taken Seriously
Real Clear Politics, by Sean Trende    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 7/24/2014 4:21:48 AM     Post Reply
On Tuesday, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia struck down the subsidy provisions of the Affordable Care Act for states that have not implemented their own exchanges. The court found that the plain wording of the statute made clear that Congress authorized subsidies only in exchanges established by a state, and that the federal government is not a state. Thus, subsidies are not authorized in exchanges established by the federal government. You can find a fuller description of the arguments in the case in this article that I wrote last year. Rather than recap that, I

Tale of the Tapes: IRS head
confirms investigators have found
backup tapes in Lerner probe
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 7/24/2014 4:19:15 AM     Post Reply
The head of the IRS confirmed Wednesday that investigators looking into missing emails from ex-agency official Lois Lerner have found and are reviewing "backup tapes" -- despite earlier IRS claims that the tapes had been recycled. IRS Commissioner John Koskinen, testifying before a House oversight subcommittee, stressed that he does not know "how they found them" or "whether there´s anything on them or not." But he said the inspector general´s office advised him the investigators are reviewing tapes to see if they contain any "recoverable" material. The revelation is significant because the IRS claimed, when the agency first told Congress about the

They´re Not Refugees
American Thinker, by Jonathon Moseley    Original Article
Posted By: geo11- 7/24/2014 4:16:18 AM     Post Reply
The unaccompanied children flooding our southern border are not refugees and do not qualify for asylum under U.S. law or international law. It is worth noting that border patrol agents are telling reporters that these “children” often look 24 years old and that some have gray hair. With no documentation, they have been coached to say they are 17. We don’t have any documentation as to what countries they are actually from. Many of these “unaccompanied minors” are accompanied by one or two parents. That’s politics.

Chief Ebola doctor overseeing cases
in Sierre Leone contracts the virus
CNN, by Caleb Kellerman & Millicent Smith    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 7/24/2014 4:11:57 AM     Post Reply
A doctor who has played a key role in fighting the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone is infected with the disease, according to that country´s Ministry of Health. Dr. Sheik Humarr Khan is being treated by the French aid group Medicins Sans Frontieres -- also known as Doctors Without Borders -- at a hospital in the capital city of Freetown, Tim Shenk, an agency spokesman, told CNN on Wednesday. Until falling ill, Khan had been overseeing Ebola treatment and isolation units at Kenema Government Hospital, about 185 miles east of Freetown. Citing patient confidentiality, Shenk declined to provide additional details about Khan´s condition.

  


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Social Security´s 300M
IT Project Doesn´t Work
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 7/24/2014 4:09:20 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON - After spending nearly $300 million on a new computer system to handle disability claims, the Social Security Administration still can´t get it to work. And officials can´t say when it will. Six years ago, Social Security embarked on an aggressive plan to replace outdated computer systems overwhelmed by a growing flood of disability claims. But the project has been racked by delays and mismanagement, according to an internal report commissioned by the agency. Today, the project is still in the testing phase, and the agency can´t say when it will be operational or how much it will cost.

FEC chair warns of chilling regulations,
book ban on conservative publishers
Washington Examiner, by Paul Bedard    Original Article
Posted By: Flyball dogs- 7/24/2014 1:04:46 AM     Post Reply
The chairman of the Federal Election Commission today blasted Democratic colleagues opposed to his effort to protect conservative media after they imposed rules on the publisher of Rep. Paul Ryan´s new book, opening the door to future book regulations -- or even a ban. "By failing to affirm this publisher’s constitutional right, statutory right, to disseminate a political book free from FEC conditions and regulations, we have effectively asserted regulatory jurisdiction over a book publisher,” warned Chairman Lee E. Goodman, one of three Republicans on the six-person FEC.

Breaking: FAA Lifts
Ban on Flights to Israel
Arutz Sheva [Israel] *, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/24/2014 12:42:55 AM     Post Reply
The US national aviation authority has lifted a ban on American flights to Israel, but warned of a "very fluid situation" amid intense fighting with Palestinians in nearby Gaza, AFP reports Thursday. "The FAA has lifted its restrictions on US airline flights into and out of Israel´s Ben Gurion Airport by canceling a Notice to Airmen it renewed earlier today," (Snip) The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued its ban on Tuesday after a rocket fell on a neighborhood to the north of Ben Gurion, raising fears that a commercial flight could be struck. But US Secretary State John Kerry did land in Israel, and the State Department said that his team

FAA lifts flight ban on US flights to Israel
Jerusalem Post [Israel], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Flyball dogs- 7/24/2014 12:38:50 AM     Post Reply
The FAA lifted its ban on US airline flights to and from Israel Thursday morning just hours after extending its initial 24-hour ban that went into effect on Tuesday evening. The decision to cancel the flight restrictions came after "working with its US government counterparts to assess the security situation in Israel and carefully reviewing both significant new information and measures the Government of Israel is taking to mitigate potential risks to civil aviation," the FAA said in a statement released Thursday morning. With the exception of British Airways, which continued flying to and from Israel, most major European carriers,

  


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White flags baffle NYPD:
‘We’re lucky it wasn’t a bomb’
Washington Times, by Jessica Chasmar    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/24/2014 12:30:47 AM     Post Reply
The New York Police Department still can’t explain how a group of five individuals were able to hoist two white flags atop the Brooklyn Bridge, which is supposed to be heavily monitored. Police haven’t identified any of the suspects responsible or any motive behind the mysterious white flags — which would typically signal a surrender or truce — flying high atop the New York City landmark. “We’re lucky they just put a flag up there — and not a bomb,” a law enforcement source told the New York Post. “It’s an embarrassment.” Surveillance footage showed five individuals crossing the bridge about 3 a.m. Tuesday. They climbed a locked gate

GOP outraged Obamacare investigators
able to get coverage with fake IDs
Washington Times, by Tom Howell Jr.    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/24/2014 12:24:20 AM     Post Reply
Republican lawmakers said Wednesday their suspicions about Obamacare’s anti-fraud measures have been validated and it is “egregious” that 11 out of 12 government investigators were able to get subsidized Obamacare over the phone. Seth J. Bagdoyan, an acting director for forensic audits at the Government Accountability Office, told the House Ways and Means Committee the government is shelling out $2,500 a month, or $30,000 per year, for the false applicants. (Snip) Mr. Bagdoyan said the 12th applicant could not get covered because the investigator declined to provide a Social Security number. He said the investigation is ongoing

‘We’re coming for you, Barack Obama’:
Top U.S. official discloses threat from ISIL
Washington Times, by Douglas Ernst    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/24/2014 12:11:56 AM     Post Reply
High-ranking U.S. officials said Wednesday that not only are Sunni radicals with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant “worse than al Qaeda,” but that the group has a message for the president: “We’re coming for you, Barack Obama.” Brett McGurk, the deputy assistant secretary of state, told lawmakers at a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing that ISIL may have “changed its name,” but that it’s still al Qaeda. (Snip) Elissa Slotkin, the acting principal deputy undersecretary of Defense for policy, added that ISIL also has its eye on the president, threatening “We’re coming for you, Barack Obama,” The Hill reported.

Obama: Americans don’t have time
to think about Benghazi, Obamacare
Washington Times, by Ben Wolfgang    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 7/24/2014 12:03:43 AM     Post Reply
President Obama told Democratic donors Wednesday night that most Americans don’t have time to think about the details of the Benghazi terrorist attack or the problems with Obamacare. Speaking at a fundraiser at the Los Angeles home of “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Scandal” creator Shonda Rhimes, the president took his usual shots at the Republican Party, suggesting its members are focused on the wrong issues and frequently “obfuscate and they bamboozle and sometimes don’t say what’s true." Furthermore, the president said, Americans cannot be bothered with the GOP’s focus on the Benghazi attack and the administration’s

Europe Sleeps as Putin Waits
Bloomberg News, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 7/23/2014 11:31:10 PM     Post Reply
In the aftermath of the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over Ukraine, there has been no shortage of shameful behavior: the appalling disrespect shown to the remains of victims; the games played to delay an independent inspection of the crash; the crude mendacity of the Kremlin’s efforts to divert responsibility. And then there has been the response -- more accurately, the lack thereof -- of European leaders. After meeting this week to discuss further sanctions on Russia for President Vladimir Putin´s aggression in Ukraine, European Union foreign ministers returned to one of their favorite pastimes: squabbling over which country

  



Another California City Says ‘No’
to Housing Illegal Immigrants
Breitbart California, by Robert Wilde    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/23/2014 11:16:40 PM     Post Reply
The Planning Commission for Escondido, a city just outside of San Diego, voted unanimously, by a 6-0 vote, to reject sheltering Central Americans caught illegally crossing the U.S. southern border. A proposal to convert a vacant retirement home and create a 96-bed shelter for the illegal border crossers was opposed by many of the neighborhood residents, according to Reuters. Escondido now falls in lock step with Murrieta, California, about 30 miles north of Escondido, where protesters forced busses to make a U-turn and reroute back to the San Ysidro, California Border Patrol station, near the U.S.-Mexico border. Breitbart News has

Obama says public not
familiar enough with issues
Washington Times, by Ben Wolfgang    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 7/23/2014 10:59:23 PM     Post Reply
President Obama told Democratic donors Wednesday night that most Americans don’t have time to think about the details of the Benghazi terrorist attack or the problems with Obamacare. Speaking at a fundraiser at the Los Angeles home of “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Scandal” creator Shonda Rhimes, the president took his usual shots at the Republican Party, suggesting its members are focused on the wrong issues and frequently “obfuscate and they bamboozle and sometimes don’t say what’s true.” And because people are not familiar with the intricacies of many public-policy issues, Republicans can get away with such obfuscation, he said. “The Republican

The left´s dark money
New York Post, by Michelle Malkin    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 7/23/2014 10:43:16 PM     Post Reply
Philip Gara LaMarche is a secretive political operative who funnels billions of dollars from undisclosed donors to nonprofits and astroturf groups. But you won’t hear unhinged Harry Reid railing Queegishly about him on the Senate floor. Why? Here’s why: LaMarche is a militant leftist philanthropist. He’s a protected elite — Columbia University grad, former ACLU leader and Human Rights Watch official — with ready access to the White House. He and the left’s other dark money managers preach transparency and openness, while plotting behind closed doors to secure power at every level of government. LaMarche currently heads the shadowy Democracy

Texas Police Look for Cartel
Connection in Massive
La Joya Shootout
Breitbart Texas, by Ildefonso Ortiz    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 7/23/2014 10:43:16 PM     Post Reply
LA JOYA, Texas—Yellow police tape still hung from fences as Texas rangers walked through the scene where just a day earlier a gang member had gone down in a hail of gunfire in an hours-long shootout with authorities that left two cops wounded. Some police officers spent more than three hours pinned down by the close to 500 shots that were exchanged between authorities and 29-year-old Joaquin Cibrian, a member of the Texas Syndicate gang. Edinburg police had been looking for Cibrian for his alleged role in the execution of a 19-year-old man from Mexico. On Wednesday, a black police

The Democrats Try to Shut
Their Opponents Up (Cont.)
Power Line, by John Hinderaker    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 7/23/2014 10:37:59 PM     Post Reply
We wrote here about the Democrats’ effort to clamp down on 501(c)(4) organizations–the only entities where Republicans raise more money than Democrats–by requiring such groups to disclose their donors. They have proposed the DISCLOSE Act, which would require such disclosure of 501(c)(4)s, but not of 501(c)(3)s–where the Left is strong–or unions. In the linked post, I wrote about the fact that a hearing on the DISCLOSE Act was scheduled today before the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration. The scheduled witnesses included Heather Gerken and Dan Tokaji, both of whom are members of 501(c)(3) organizations that do not disclose their

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