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Justice Department memo reveals legal
case drone strikes on Americans

NBC News, by Michael Isikoff

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Posted By:JoniTx, 2/5/2013 2:34:30 AM

A confidential Justice Department memo concludes that the U.S. government can order the killing of American citizens if they are believed to be “senior operational leaders” of al-Qaida or “an associated force” -- even if there is no intelligence indicating they are engaged in an active plot to attack the U.S. The 16-page memo, a copy of which was obtained by NBC News, provides new details about the legal reasoning behind one of the Obama administration’s most secretive and controversial polices: its dramatically increased use of drone strikes against al-Qaida suspects, including those aimed at American citizens,

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: 4Justice, 2/5/2013 2:58:33 AM     (No. 9159001)

Key words: "...if they are BELIEVED to be..." -- Not "if they are proven to be". That should frighten everyone. I know of so many instances where the U.S. Government has framed people they considered dangerous to their agenda. That isn´t just about the well-known cases like Ruby Ridge or Waco. It includes many instances that most people don´t know about. People who have challenged the legality of income tax, people who happened to own more guns than the government wants to allow, peoplw who have challenged the authority or validity of office holders, whistle-blowers, etc. Yes, they will frame you, saturate the media with false information about you, falsify records, and do whatever ot takes to make you an "enemy of the state" if they feel threatened in any way.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Spidey, 2/5/2013 3:14:28 AM     (No. 9159006)

If this was restricted to Americans actively participating in a plot on America,it would be one thing(I still don´t agree with this policy) but Obama and his anti-right wing zealots could easily evolve this policy towards non alqueda detractors on American soil.

People who cling to the bible and Constitution are every bit as evil to the left as radical islamists.

What gets me is the liberal hypocrisy which gives Gitmo detainees the best legal counsel,while killing others without a formal complaint or trial.

I don´t think Saddam got a fair trial,he was railroaded from the beginning but he was out of our jurisdiction.

Obama,who promised to close Gitmo,doesn´t want to take any more prisoners there because that´s too much like Bush,so he kills them instead. Why didn´t they shoot BinLaden with a knock out dart and bring him to trial?

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Reply 3 - Posted by: PChristopher, 2/5/2013 3:26:03 AM     (No. 9159008)

So much for due process. Do we have an official time of death on the United States yet?

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Reply 4 - Posted by: lil dotty, 2/5/2013 3:26:38 AM     (No. 9159009)

Well, many of WTP know who Al Quida operatives are on US soil. The majority would be found in DC....even in the oval office. Would suggest the drone strikes begin there. And this fool wishes to take our guns as he and his goons prepare to kill us with drone strikes. Let us not forget that US forces are being asked if they would fire upon US CITIZENS. Does anyone feel safer yet?


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Reply 5 - Posted by: tappin52, 2/5/2013 3:40:28 AM     (No. 9159013)

It seems to me that Rush Limbaugh would fit into this administration´s category of potential targets. And Sarah Palin. And ex military sharpshooters.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: steveW, 2/5/2013 5:46:54 AM     (No. 9159053)

Remember, this is the administration now selling arms to al-Qaeda´s little Muslim Brotherhood helpers in Egypt.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Trigger2, 2/5/2013 5:50:16 AM     (No. 9159057)

Is this why Barry has drones flying over the US? To take out any citizen who doesn´t agree with him? Maybe by a a tiny riacin pellet?

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Reply 8 - Posted by: lancelink1, 2/5/2013 6:44:05 AM     (No. 9159098)

So it starts with "American citizens if they are believed to be “senior operational leaders” of al-Qaida or “an associated force” -- even if there is no intelligence indicating they are engaged in an active plot to attack the U.S.".

How long until this rule is relaxed to American citizens believed to be senior operational leaders "of the opposition".

Eventually this degrades to American citizens less equal than other citizens.

Remember the good ´ol days of due process? Before someone could just affirm you acted stupidly and were then and forever automatically guilty? Before straw men attacks were dismissed as such and no one took them seriously? When "always question authority" was one of the standard practices of the mainstream press?

Had enough yet America?

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Crosscut, 2/5/2013 7:07:06 AM     (No. 9159135)

Obama and Holder have got their boots on our necks and now they are going to finish us off if given the provocation. When the DHS becomes fully gunned up, look out. Perhaps the delivery of those 7000 assault weapons is the only thing holding them up. The DHS has certainly purchased enough ammo in preparation for something.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: planetgeo, 2/5/2013 7:10:18 AM     (No. 9159139)

Imagine for a moment that this policy had been posed by Bush-Rumsfeld-Alberto Gonzalez. The Democrats and MSM would be going crazy, and would be demanding impeachment. But as has been proven conclusively with Obama´s regime, the leftists really aren´t anti-war or pro civil liberties and due process. They just used those poses as weapons against their real enemies...Republicans.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: FunOne, 2/5/2013 7:15:30 AM     (No. 9159154)

The fact that such a memo suggests that it is legal for our government to engage in first degree murder of its citizens clearly indicated that we are no longer the "land of the free".

Say what you will about the French, but there was a time that they knew how to deal with bad leadership.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Bad Dog, 2/5/2013 7:45:04 AM     (No. 9159197)

Much wisdom here.

The pro-regressives are in the active and expedited process of redefining everything we know. ´´...an associated force....´´ is part of that redefinition.

WE ***assume*** an associated force would be a taliban- or other group with known or discovered ties to AQ - AQ in the Magreb, for instance.

And they´ve already determined, a few years ago, that returning veterans are potential domestic terrorists.

There´s not much of a line to be drawn from point A to point B, and conclude that any American with a verboten gun or soldier in their family is ´´associated´´ with the world´s most known ´´terrorist´´ group.

Eh?

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Reply 13 - Posted by: Bad Dog, 2/5/2013 7:48:33 AM     (No. 9159202)

P.S. to #12:

The fact that it was NBC that released this article, via Michael Isikoff of all people (hello? blue dress?).... should be a big clue for all of us, for something..... NBC just does not report news any more.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: Red Jeep, 2/5/2013 7:52:48 AM     (No. 9159212)

So can they wack suspected U.S. citizens on American soil?

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Reply 15 - Posted by: 4freedom, 2/5/2013 7:54:12 AM     (No. 9159215)

Throw in the fact the congress voted in the constitution busting NDAA, all the hollow point ammo being bought, skippy´s exec. order allowing him to call martial law even during peace time, the speech skippy gave about having a "civilian national security force as big and well funded as the military", to meet his objectives, whatever hell those might be, the current gun grab going on, I would have to say we are living in some extremely dangerous times.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: Judith, 2/5/2013 7:59:22 AM     (No. 9159221)

So, king obama and his minions truly do rule the usa. As for the left in this country? A huge guffaw to any outrage they express in the future. They do not have a leg to stand on.
Cost saving device.....fire congress and the supreme court, they are gutless and useless.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: cartcart, 2/5/2013 7:59:37 AM     (No. 9159222)

He knows my address. If he directs it to my front door he will have murdered a God-fearing taxpayer and patriot. I would glady be a martyr to get him as quickly to hell as possible. He may take a few of us out, but he will pay an eternal price for doing it.

How did we elect this guy again?

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Reply 18 - Posted by: mindyourbubble, 2/5/2013 8:09:42 AM     (No. 9159234)

This article now makes me very afraid for my self and family. Will a comment that is not in line with officialdom lead to ones death?
Will certain people just fade away?
Scarey.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: catfur27, 2/5/2013 8:47:06 AM     (No. 9159313)


...so, we see that zippy and his thugs are now engaged in...confiscating guns ( but only from bad people)....and assassinating Americans ( but only bad people) ....nothing to see here....keep walking


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Reply 20 - Posted by: Fiesta del sol, 2/5/2013 8:52:05 AM     (No. 9159322)

The New York Times has this on page A6. How many frontage articles did they have on Valerie Plame and Joe Wilson? How many times did Brian Williams open his show with Abu Ghraib?

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Reply 21 - Posted by: US Veteran, 2/5/2013 8:53:53 AM     (No. 9159327)

I wonder if the kidnapper in Arkansas was snuffed out for the same reason.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: Udanja99, 2/5/2013 8:55:08 AM     (No. 9159333)

FTA... even if there is no intelligence indicating they are engaged in an active plot to attack the U.S.".

This from the same gang who still refer to the Fort Hood massacre as "work place violence".

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Reply 23 - Posted by: privateer, 2/5/2013 8:59:44 AM     (No. 9159344)

14 asks if they can be killed on American soil. Why not? That´s holder´s jurisdiction. I ask: what if an American believed to be “senior operational leader(s)” happens to be in London at the time? Or how about Tel Aviv? What if they are conveniently near, say, Bibi? All kinds of alleys for the Half-blood Prince to explore.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: athina, 2/5/2013 9:06:22 AM     (No. 9159355)

Nowhere in this article does it state that this is just for Americans overseas.



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Reply 25 - Posted by: john56, 2/5/2013 9:48:52 AM     (No. 9159434)

Obama´s list of targets:

1. Fox News studios
2. Rush Limbaugh´s house
3. Sarah Palin´s house
4. Most of Texas
5. NRA Headquarters
6. Gun manufacturers
7. Rich people who didn´t contribute to Obama´s campaign ...

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Reply 26 - Posted by: harleynyc, 2/5/2013 10:00:29 AM     (No. 9159456)

I feel like a Jew living in Nazi Germany.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: safesword, 2/5/2013 10:34:58 AM     (No. 9159553)

and the powers that be wonder why we hold nothing but contempt for them...go figure,Einstein!

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Reply 28 - Posted by: starboard, 2/5/2013 10:37:46 AM     (No. 9159560)

Incrementalism is alive and doing well in the USA. This is how they advance their dictates.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: Crashnburn, 2/5/2013 11:08:21 AM     (No. 9159653)

Whatever happened to Posse Commitatus (SP)

That´s the prohibition of using military force against the American people.

Oh, that´s right, Obama makes up laws he wants, and ignores the ones he doesn´t.

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Reply 30 - Posted by: nevernaught, 2/5/2013 11:26:54 AM     (No. 9159716)

A free and innocent person would have to consider the ramifications of an unconfirmed legal opinion of this sort. Was the same type of logic used to illegally transport 2000 guns to Mexico that resulted in the deaths of 300 people south of the border and people in the USA. Considering that neither Holder or Obama are in jail, I guess that murder is now legal in DC, something the Constitution frowns upon.

There was no due process for those people nor is there for this decision by people who consider themselves above the law. This is Waco taken to a new level and it is provocative to the extreme and every citizen should feel threatened by these people.

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Reply 31 - Posted by: bmw50, 2/5/2013 11:44:47 AM     (No. 9159765)

8. Bible thumpers & Churches
9. Pro-lifers
10. Assumed homophobes
11. Polling places


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Reply 32 - Posted by: capt scurvey, 2/5/2013 11:46:15 AM     (No. 9159771)

I don´t think there´s any question about what´s coming.

It´s about Second Amendment time...

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Reply 33 - Posted by: bmw50, 2/5/2013 11:46:36 AM     (No. 9159773)

"believed to be" is all the due process Americans will get.

Call it whatever you want, this administration is EVIL!

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Reply 34 - Posted by: Shucky, 2/5/2013 11:47:08 AM     (No. 9159775)

The leftist media is mainly concerned with not appearing hypocritical, and secondly in the image of obama, insofar as it reflects on them. They don´t give a rat about due process or collateral deaths from strikes.

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Reply 35 - Posted by: gwmcclintok, 2/5/2013 12:06:03 PM     (No. 9159846)

Chris Kyle killed 168 muslims....I think his death was arranged. As was Breitbarts!

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Reply 36 - Posted by: Butch59, 2/5/2013 12:37:36 PM     (No. 9159929)

It´s information like this that makes me to continuously state that it´s time for another revolution. And the sooner the better. I still believe that there is a majority of Americans that want to live in a land of freedom.

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Reply 37 - Posted by: Philipsonh, 2/5/2013 12:45:29 PM     (No. 9159953)

An absolutely insane, out of control, lawless
Administration with no concept of justice or due legal process. And as we are all aware, the collateral damage, that is, innocents injured or killed, means nothing to them. The end justifies the means, even if the end is unjustified or erroneous. All in my opinion.
What a mess this Country has voted into office. And WHY is the video creator that was
used as a subterfuge in the Benghazy incident
still in jail. Has he no legal representation. What goes ??

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Reply 38 - Posted by: Timber Queen, 2/5/2013 1:29:30 PM     (No. 9160058)

I´m with #36. The overflow crowds at the gun shows have renewed my confidence that the American Spirit is still widespread across the land. Obama does not recognize our Constitution, we don´t have to recognize his laws.

Who is John Galt?

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Reply 39 - Posted by: Adam, 2/5/2013 1:39:14 PM     (No. 9160075)

As Rush just pointed out, this means that Nixon could have legally ordered the assassination of Bill Ayers and I would add, Bernandine Dohrn, Eldridge Cleaver, Bobby Seale...hell maybe even Jane Fonda. Wow. Aint no more liberty kids. It´s over. I´m kind of with Hillary. What difference, at this point, does it make?

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Reply 40 - Posted by: patpgmr, 2/5/2013 1:52:27 PM     (No. 9160107)

Read the paper. The introductory paragraph clearly says, "in a foreign country".

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Reply 41 - Posted by: lana720, 2/5/2013 1:53:29 PM     (No. 9160112)

FTA "... believed to be “senior operational leaders” of al-Qaida or “an associated force” -- even if there is no intelligence indicating they are engaged in an active plot to attack the U.S."

Talk about who is engaged in a plot to attack the U.S., it´s this regime - dare not call it and administration. This from someone touted to be a constitutional lawyer (really a fill-in for the prof) who is secretly on the take from the Mo Bro.

Even if they eventually take out a terrorist, think of the collateral damage. Hmmm - place and "operative" longing to die for allah who is near some American citizen they hate and boom!

So many posters here have great input - I am scared for what is going to happen. Waco and Ruby Ridge are not that long ago.

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Reply 42 - Posted by: john56, 2/5/2013 2:08:53 PM     (No. 9160153)

#40 ... since the Constitution seems to be a document up for discussion by the current Regime, I wouldn´t put a lot of faith in a memo they issue with their "legal case." Because tomorrow, we might fit the definition of terrorist and therefore, the original memo which says it´s for foreign sites can be revised to include domestic terrorists.

You know, those pesky right-to-life folks who clog up the sidewalks outside the abortionist (ie, Democrat donor/recipient of government largess under grants and Obamacare) clinic might be a good problem to solve with a drone or two.

In fact, this morning, at our Christian school where I work (in a rural area), we had the loud noise of government helicopters overhead ... real close overhead. (There is a USAF auxiliary landing field nearby, so it´s not uncommon but this one was so close, the building shook.)

Like they say, even if you´re paranoid, it doesn´t mean nobody´s following you...

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Reply 43 - Posted by: Rafter, 2/5/2013 2:58:37 PM     (No. 9160248)

Reconsider any overseas travel plans. The situation seems potentially quite dire.

Gallows humor for ya...

LoFo MoFo´s vo-fo a Pro-MoBro A-ho.

GOP too many No-Sho´s.
Read it and weep.

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Reply 44 - Posted by: antiquegolf, 2/5/2013 3:23:56 PM     (No. 9160295)

These drones are frightening. Who is to say big brother isn´t already spying on residences to determine who has firearms? Please reassure me that I´m not a little nut.

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Reply 45 - Posted by: paulfromTexas, 2/5/2013 3:48:58 PM     (No. 9160335)

Drones are a tyranny.
We get to shoot back.
Elevation and windage.
Squeeze, don´t pull, the trigger.

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Reply 46 - Posted by: Grambo, 2/5/2013 6:00:26 PM     (No. 9160500)

Yes indeedy, you can smush him with a drone strike if the mood strikes, but sure as hell better not be waterboarding him —that there’s agin the law.

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Reply 47 - Posted by: RussVet, 2/5/2013 6:17:31 PM     (No. 9160523)

"Justice Department memo reveals legal
case drone strikes on Americans " ...

This is not the America I luv... Justice only says that because clearly Obozo is not an American citizen ??

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Reply 48 - Posted by: LAW428, 2/5/2013 6:58:12 PM     (No. 9160572)

#35...It sure makes one think, doesn´t it? I wouldn´t put anything past this gaggle of Communist dictators!

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Reply 49 - Posted by: Eliza M, 2/5/2013 7:54:11 PM     (No. 9160620)

I would like to thank all the lemmings who put him in office....Useful idiots.

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Reply 50 - Posted by: larryp, 2/5/2013 7:54:25 PM     (No. 9160622)

Do Drones make airplane noises? Do they fly at night? are they able to fly at different speeds?
Where I live there is a curfew on the area airports. I am pretty sure it is 11pm. It is not the local big city P.D. helicopter
patrol.
But late, after 1 a.m, I hear some planes overhead. Are these the drones?

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Reply 51 - Posted by: Ida Lil, 2/5/2013 8:02:44 PM     (No. 9160629)

This thread is one heck of a panic button push. One Obe and Justice wants floating fast and furious because sacred peasants lose the ability to fight. Are we to become those scared peasants?
Obe not so intelligent should learn that assassination by drone is stupid as he did not build those drones someone else did. Someone who can control them without his permission.
He should also learn that he who assassinates by any means faces the same finish.
That is why the USA banned assassination --especially after John F. kennedy.



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Reply 52 - Posted by: Freeloader, 2/5/2013 8:43:52 PM     (No. 9160661)

Not mentioned by Mr. Isikoff of NBC NEWS, but also contained in the sixteen-page Confidential Justice Department Memo were the areas strictly "off limits" to any drone attacks...South Philly, West Miami, South Chicago, Congresswoman Waters´s Watts District, ACLU Offices, Camden, Georgetown Suburbs, East St. Louis, Congressman Rangel´s District, Union Halls, Mosques............

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Reply 53 - Posted by: CentralFLMom, 2/6/2013 2:32:23 PM     (No. 9162127)

We have drones flying over our cattle ranch for months. My husband has been unsuccessful in shooting them down. What useful purpose does spying on our farm have?
Adolf Obamawannajihad flaunts his disregard for the constitution with impunity.
The ship of the traditional American way of life has sailed folks, aided by those so-called conservative leaders. It´s time to stock up on weapons, ammo and food and prepare for war.
It´s only a matter of time before they come for white, Christian Americans to place us in camps in Western Arizona.

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Reply 54 - Posted by: Pinons, 2/6/2013 9:32:37 PM     (No. 9162693)

I wake up every morning and, shaking my head in disbelief, wonder how did America elect such a stupid and arrogant foreigner for a President.

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FORT WORTH, TEXAS—Last week conservative candidate Konni Burton kicked off her run-off campaign to clinch the Republican nomination for Senate District 10. It was standing-room-only at Stockyard Station´s Stampede Room, with friends, family, the grassroots, and Senator Ted Cruz by her side. Breitbart Texas previously reported that Burton is the favored conservative in the Senate District that includes Fort Worth, Arlington, Mansfield, Colleyville and other areas of south and northeast Tarrant County. Tarrant County is one of the few urban conservative strongholds in the nation and it is the district currently represented by liberal state senator Wendy Davis (D-Fort Worth).

Russia shrugs off G8 snub as US,
allies raise alarm over troop buildup
Fox News*, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 3/24/2014 4:59:44 PM     Post Reply
The U.S. and its allies announced Monday that they would, for now, exclude Russia from the G8 and boycott a planned summit in Sochi in retaliation over its Crimea takeover -- though Russia´s government shrugged off the latest efforts to isolate the country. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, on the sidelines of a nuclear security summit at The Hague, reportedly said it would not be a "big problem" if the G8 does not convene. "If our western partners believe the format has exhausted itself, we don´t cling to this format," he said, according to Reuters. He spoke as all members

Karzai snubs West, backs Russian
annexation of Crimea
Fox News*, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 3/24/2014 4:56:58 PM     Post Reply
Afghan President Hamid Karzai, already at odds with the U.S. over a vital security pact, snubbed western leaders once again by joining the likes of Syria and Venezuela in backing Russia´s annexation of Crimea. Karzai´s office released a statement over the weekend saying Afghanistan "respects the free will of the people of Crimea to decide about their own future." The statement said "we respect the decision the people of Crimea took through a recent referendum that considers Crimea as part of the Russian Federation." Karzai weighed in on the Ukraine crisis shortly before President Obama flew overseas for meetings with European

You´ve got mail: Clinton-to-space
laptop up for auction
Agence France Presse, by Robert MacPherson    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 3/24/2014 4:53:47 PM     Post Reply
Washington — A more than 15-year old laptop doesn´t go for much on eBay -- unless it´s the one Bill Clinton used to send the first ever US presidential email. The still-functional laptop -- with Clinton´s cheerful exchange with Space Shuttle astronaut John Glenn in November 1998 still on the hard drive -- is the featured item in an online sale by Massachusetts-based RR Auction. "I wouldn´t be surprised if it goes for $100,000 or more. Just the content of it is awesome," Bobby Livingston, a spokesman for the auction house that specializes in rare and unusual collectibles, told AFP on

Washington landslide: 8 dead, 108 missing
CNN, by Ashley Fantz, Dana Ford*    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 3/24/2014 3:01:08 PM     Post Reply
A list of those reported missing following a landslide in rural Washington state includes 108 names, emergency officials said Monday. But that doesn´t mean all of them were killed in Saturday´s disaster north of Seattle, Snohomish County Emergency Management Director John Pennington said. The official death toll remains at eight with seven others hurt, he said. Until Monday, the number of people unaccounted for was reported to be 18. The landslide covered about a square mile and was caused by groundwater saturation tied to heavy rain in the area over the past month. It affected the towns of Oso, a remote

White House turns to cat pictures
to sell Obamacare
Washington Times (D.C.), by Stephen Dinan    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 3/24/2014 2:54:24 PM     Post Reply
With the deadline for enrolling in the Obamacare exchanges just days away, the White House is scraping the bottom of the barrel for ideas — including turning to cat GIFs, or animated videos made of multiple still photos. The cats are just some of the goofy GIFs the White House has posted, according to the Florida Times-Union, which said the White House is trying to catch the latest retro Internet craze. Some of the GIFs don’t seem terribly related to the points the White House is trying to make. Indeed, they seem to be near-desperate grabs for attention as the



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The climate change deniers have won
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Observer (U.K.), by Nick Cohen    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 3/23/2014 8:27:15 PM     Post Reply
The American Association for the Advancement of Science came as close as such a respectable institution can to screaming an alarm last week. "As scientists, it is not our role to tell people what they should do," it said as it began one of those sentences that you know will build to a "but". "But human-caused climate risks abrupt, unpredictable and potentially irreversible changes." In other words, the most distinguished scientists from the country with the world´s pre-eminent educational institutions were trying to shake humanity out of its complacency. Why weren´t their warnings leading the news? In one sense, the association´s appeal

No Justice Department Charges
Against Ohio Woman Who Voted
Six Times for Obama

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Breitbart´s Big Government, by J. Christian Adams    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 3/23/2014 8:20:09 PM     Post Reply
Last week Al Sharpton embraced convicted vote fraudster Melowese Richardson at a “voting rights” rally in Cincinnati. The United States Department of Justice under Eric Holder has done nothing to Melowese Richardson 410 days after she admitted on camera that she committed multiple federal felonies by voting six times for President Obama’s reelection. Federal law makes it a felony to vote more than once for President. In fact, 42 U.S.C. Section 1973i(e) subjects Richardson to twenty-five years in federal prison for her six votes for Obama. The lack of DOJ action against an unrepentant federal vote fraudster combined with Richardson’s lionization by

Obama Flies to a Europe
Shaken by Putin´s Bold Strategy

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NBC News, by Tom Curry    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 3/23/2014 8:09:45 PM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama flies Sunday to a Europe shaken by Vladimir Putin’s seizure of Crimea and his threats against eastern parts of Ukraine. At a summit conference at The Hague on preventing nuclear terrorism – scheduled long before the Ukraine crisis – Obama will confer with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and other leaders. On Monday afternoon Obama will meet with President Xi Jinping of China, Russia’s neighbor and sometime rival. Putin has forced the United States and Europe to refocus on the origins of the modern transatlantic alliance -- the 1949 NATO defense partnership designed to prevent a

´They´ve blown off the subpoenas´:
Republicans prepare brickbats for Obama
administration with new IRS corruption hearing

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Daily Mail [UK], by David Marttosko    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 3/24/2014 9:22:53 PM     Post Reply
Congressional Republicans, led by House Oversight Committee chair Darrell Issa,are planning another IRS coal-raking exercise for Wednesday, hauling the tax agency´s commissioner in for a hearing about the nearly year-old tea party targeting scandal. [Snip] An aide to one Republican committee member said Monday that the White House and the Treasury Department were already dangerously close to causing a constitutional crisis. ´They´ve blown off the subpoenas,´ the aide said, referring to legal demands the committee issued to the IRS on August 2 and February 14. ´If the DOJ keeps dragging its heels too, and can just get away with it,

Media Matters inexplicably attacks Fox
News for using the term ‘homosexual’

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Daily Caller, by Brendan Bordelon    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 3/25/2014 5:18:35 AM     Post Reply
Media Matters, the website of choice for Fox News haters everywhere, attacked the cable news network on Monday for using the term “homosexual” in its programming — advancing the peculiar argument that the scientific term has a “pejorative connotation.” The online “media watchdog” contends that calling gay people “homosexual” is “a practice that’s quickly falling out of favor with major news outlets due the term’s often pejorative connotation and frequent use by opponents of LGBT equality.” Fox News, they chide, “has yet to update its language when referring to gay and lesbian people.” Buttressing their argument? A weekend piece in the Fashion

Romney slams Obama for
´faulty judgment´ on Russia

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Associated Press, by Kevin Freking    Original Article
Posted By: toledo- 3/23/2014 10:17:36 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — Mitt Romney said Sunday that President Barack Obama is naive when it comes to Russia, has shown "faulty judgment" about Moscow´s intentions and could have done more to try to deter its annexation of Crimea. The 2012 Republican presidential nominee said Obama didn´t have the foresight to anticipate Russia´s moves and should have been working earlier with allies to make clear the penalties that Russia would face if it moved into Ukraine. Romney did acknowledge that such steps may not have been enough though to hold back Russia President Vladimir Putin. "Had we communicated those things, there´s always

Remarkable detective work provides final
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Xinhua News Agency [China], by Staff    Original Article
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London - A remarkable piece of high-tech data detective work has provided what looks to be the missing clue to the tragic fate of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, an expert said Monday. Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak earlier on Monday said that information provided by British satellite company Inmarsat and the British government´s Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) confirmed that MH370 had flown to a remote part of the Indian Ocean where the flight ended. (Snip) Inmarsat had come up with a theory to apply to the data it had collected from MH370 during the flight, and had then tested the results on aircraft in

Why churches should brace for
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The Week, by Damon Linker    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 3/24/2014 9:30:28 AM     Post Reply
A few weeks ago, I wrote about how the sweeping acceptance of gay marriage in recent years is owed in large part to Christianity. Rejecting the rigidly hierarchical and stratified societies of the ancient world, Jesus Christ taught the equal dignity of all persons, proclaimed that the meek shall inherit the earth, and declared that the last shall be first and the first shall be last. The Western world has been working out the logic of these subversive teachings ever since, with the institutional transformation of marriage being the latest, though surely not the last, example of its social, moral,

Stay cool, Sasha! First daughter cuts a
stylish figure in shades as the Obamas
visit Great Wall of China and country
becomes fascinated with Michelle´s ´elegance´

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Daily Mail [UK], by Associated Press & Daily Mail Reporter    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 3/23/2014 12:46:59 PM     Post Reply
First daughter Sasha Obama cut a stylish figure in jeans and shades as the Obama girls visited the Great Wall of China today. Michelle Obama, Malia, 15, and Sasha, 12, were left alone to explore the Mutianyu section of the historical landmark in the northern Beijing suburbs though Chinese police officers looked on protectively. The three walked a stretch of the wall that looks out to a massive rock inscription on a hillside that reads in Chinese: ´Loyal to Chairman Mao.´ The country has been fascinated by Mrs Obama´s ´elegance´ during the weeklong visit to the country to promote educational

Sasha Obama is not impressed
with trip to China

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New York Post, by Geoff Earle    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 3/25/2014 4:44:05 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — Spring break was never this dull. First Lady Michelle Obama’s kids finally hit the wall on their whirlwind visit to China, showing signs they’ve nearly reached their limit tagging along with mom as she visits site after site on what’s billed as a “person-to-person” tour. Accompanied by Malia, 15, and Sasha, 12, the first lady on Monday toured Xi’an, an ancient city in the ancestral province of Chinese President Xi Jinping. They inspected the city’s 600-year-old wall, a day after touring the Great Wall near Beijing. Photos show Sasha looking like she’d rather be back home with her pals than hitting the

Carter Blames Jews for Obama’s Snubs
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Commentary Magazine, by Jonathan S. Tobin    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 3/25/2014 5:15:26 AM     Post Reply
Former President Jimmy Carter is back in the news this week publicizing a new book about women’s rights. But, as is often the case with Carter, he drew more interest for comments he made about Israel and its supporters. When asked on NBC’s Meet the Press yesterday by Andrea Mitchell why it was that Barack Obama never called upon him for advice, he made it clear that the Jewish state was the reason he has been treated like a pariah: I—that’s a hard question– for me to answer—you know, with complete candor. I think the problem was that– that in dealing

Can Liberals Trust John Roberts
to Rescue Obamacare Again?

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New Republic, by Tom Donnelly    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 3/24/2014 3:28:38 PM     Post Reply
Most Supreme Court watchers are fixated these days on Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby—the important challenge to the Affordable Care Act’s contraception mandate scheduled for argument Tuesday. And why wouldn’t they be? With its potent mix of religion, sex, Obamacare, and prayerful corporations, it’s the blockbuster case of the term. It is also a crucial test of Chief Justice John Roberts’s leadership on the Supreme Court. Just two years ago, Roberts cast the deciding vote to largely uphold the Affordable Care Act. While the country remains divided over whether he acted like a traitor or a statesman, all would have to agree


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