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Carly Fiorina Runs Circles Around
Andrea Mitchell, Blasts Hillary

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NewsBusters, by Kyle Drennen    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 5/28/2015 9:28:30     Post Reply
During a live interview with Carly Fiorina on Wednesday, MSNBC host Andrea Mitchell fretted over the Republican presidential candidate’s attacks on Hillary Clinton: “You were really the breakout star according to all reports from Iowa last weekend, the biggest crowds, especially when you went after Hillary Clinton. Is that because you’re the only woman in the Republican field, that you feel enabled to go after her?” Fiorina explained: “I think when 82% of the American people now believe that there is a professional political class more interested in preserving its own power and privilege than it is in serving the American

   

 

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Former Speaker of U.S. House of
Representatives Dennis Hastert Indicted

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NBC News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 5/28/2015 6:33:00     Post Reply
Former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Dennis Hastert was indicted on federal charges Thursday for allegedly structuring a withdrawal of over $950,000 in cash in a way to avoid reporting requirements, and then lying to the FBI. Hastert, 73, of Plano, Illinois, is charged with one count each of structuring currency transactions to evade currency transaction reports and making a false statement to the FBI, the U.S. Attorney´s Office for the Northern District of Illinois said. Hastert, a Republican, served as speaker of the House of Representatives from 1999 to 2007. The indictment alleges that Hastert withdrew $1.7 million from 2010

Hastert made payments to conceal sexual
misconduct from high school coaching
years, officials say

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Los Angeles Times, by Richard A. Serrano & Timothy M. Phelps    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 5/29/2015 5:34:01     Post Reply
Indicted former House Speaker Dennis Hastert was paying an individual from his past to conceal sexual misconduct, two federal law enforcement officials said Friday. One of the officials, who would not speak publicly about the federal charges in Chicago, said “Individual A,” as the person is described in Thursday’s federal indictment, was a man and that the alleged misconduct was unrelated to Hastert’s tenure in Congress. The actions date to Hastert’s time as a Yorkville, Ill., high school wrestling coach and teacher, the official said. “It goes back a long way, back to then,” the source said. “It has nothing to do with public

House bill would require gun owners
to have liability insurance

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The Hill [Washington, DC], by Lydia Wheeler    Original Article
Posted By: BaseballFAn- 5/29/2015 3:20:48     Post Reply
House Democrat Rep. Carolyn Maloney (N.Y.) has introduced a bill that would require gun owners to carry liability insurance. The Firearm Risk Protection Act, unveiled Friday, would require gun buyers to have liability insurance coverage before being allowed to purchase a weapon, and would impose a fine of $10,000 if an owner is found not to have it. Service members and law enforcement officers, however, would be exempt from the requirement. “We require insurance to own a car, but no such requirement exists for guns," Maloney said in a statement. "The results are clear: car fatalities have declined by 25

The 4 Worst Things About
Dennis Hastert’s Indictment

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The Federalist, by Mollie Hemingway    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 5/30/2015 8:48:24     Post Reply
Justice Department officials charged former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert with making “materially false, fictitious and fraudulent statements and representations” during an investigation into $1.7 million in cash withdrawals he’d made over the last four and a half years. He is also charged with breaking the law in how he withdrew the funds. You can read the brief indictment here. The first rule of discussing indictments is to remember that authorities get things wrong all the time, but here’s what we know from the indictment: Prior Bad Acts In 2010, Dennis Hastert agreed to pay an individual $3.5 million “to compensate

Feds indict ex-House Speaker
Hastert for allegedly hiding
payments to apparent blackmailer

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Fox News, by Chad Pergram    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 5/29/2015 2:19:39     Post Reply
Federal prosecutors indicted former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert Thursday on charges he allegedly hid payments he made to an apparent blackmailer in order to compensate for and conceal “prior misconduct.” The 73-year-old Illinois Republican is accused of structuring the withdrawal of $925,000 in cash in order to evade the requirement that banks report cash transactions over $10,000. He is also accused of lying to the FBI about the withdrawals. Hastert was indicted on two counts, both carrying a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Hastert, who served as speaker of the House for eight

   

 

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No Time for Hillary Scandals —
Because Every Reporter Everywhere Is
Covering the Dennis Hastert Indictment

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National Review, by Ian Smith    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 5/29/2015 9:16:42     Post Reply
Following a Chicago grand jury’s decision to indict former House speaker Dennis Hastert on charges that he violated federal banking laws by paying $3.5 million to an unnamed person to cover up “past misconduct,” rumors have abounded about what exactly that misconduct might be. The Washington Post reports now that Hastert “was trying to cover up decades-old allegations that he sexually molested a male victim to whom he recently paid hush money in violation of federal banking laws, according to a federal law enforcement official briefed on the case.” The misconduct, according to the unnamed source, dates from Hastert’s days

Colorado school blocks coming
out speech from valedictorian

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Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 5/29/2015 4:00:57     Post Reply
LONGMONT, Colo. - A Longmont charter school is being criticized for blocking a class valedictorian from delivering a graduation speech in which he planned to come out as gay. Evan Young, 18, told the Daily Camera that he agreed to make some suggested changes to his speech but wouldn´t remove the disclosure about his sexuality. Young says he wasn´t notified until just a few minutes before the May 16 ceremony that he wouldn´t be allowed to speak or be recognized as valedictorian. Twin Peaks Charter Academy High School says Young didn´t submit a revised version of the speech and that

Obama admin asserts dominion over creeks,
streams, wetlands, ditches — even big puddles

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Washington Times, by Joseph Curl    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 5/28/2015 8:57:51     Post Reply
President Obama’s administration on Wednesday claimed dominion over all of America’s streams, creeks, rills, ditches, brooks, rivulets, burns, tributaries, criks, wetlands — perhaps even puddles — in a sweeping move to assert unilateral federal authority. The Environmental Protection Agency, along with the Army Corps of Engineers, says it has the authority to control all waterways within the United States — and will exercise that authority. “We’re finalizing a clean water rule to protect the streams and the wetlands that one in three Americans rely on for drinking water. And we’re doing that without creating any new permitting requirements and maintaining all previous

Carly Fiorina belongs on
the primary debate stage

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Union Leader [Manchester, NH], by Drew Cline    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 5/28/2015 9:06:23     Post Reply
Carly Fiorina, the former CEO of Hewlett Packard who has an 0-1 record running for elective office, is running for President of the United States as a non-politician. (Snip) In a sit-down interview on Tuesday, Fiorina was impressive even by the standards of Union Leader editorial interviews. Most candidates, seasoned or not, struggle to stay on message. The temptation to stray, to elaborate, to explain is too great. To overcome the impulse, they memorize talking points, after which they sound robotic... then they stray. Not Fiorina. Her ability to stay on message without repeating the same worn talking point four times is

Islamists Promise ‘Kuffar Blood’
Will Spill at Phoenix ‘Draw
Muhammad’ Contest

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Breitbart Big Government, by AWR Hawkins    Original Article
Posted By: chicodon- 5/29/2015 3:06:34     Post Reply
Breitbart News previously reported that former Marine Jon Ritzheimer and fellow bikers will be holding a “Draw Muhammad” contest Friday night at 6 p.m. Islamists now warn participants not to bring their children with them if they love them, promising blood spill if Muhammad is drawn. According to Gateway Pundit, “Islamists have promised to murder the attendees [at the contest] tonight in Phoenix.” GP shows screenshots of various tweets from @DAWLATNAH–some with an ISIS flag avatar and others with an Islamic cleric avatar. One tweet, sent May 28 at 10:14 pm from an account that has since

   

 

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Obama Is Suspending the Law
Designed to Deter Illegal Immigration

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National Review, by Ian Smith    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 5/29/2015 4:50:44     Post Reply
A key part of the Fifth Circuit’s decision to keep the freeze on President Obama’s amnesty programs was the 25-page dissenting opinion written by the panel’s lone Obama appointee. Not only does it point to how the bloc-voting liberal justices of the Supreme Court will ultimately treat the case, it almost wholly focuses on the threshold issue of “prosecutorial discretion”: an executive-branch power that, if expanded to include mass grants of amnesty, would remove the last vestige of authority that Congress and the courts have in preventing immigration anarchy at our nation’s southern border. The “essential point of disagreement”

   

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