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This Indictment Of Rick Perry
Is Unbelievably Ridiculous

New York Magazine, by Jonathan Chait

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Posted By:StormCnter, 8/17/2014 4:59:58 AM

They say a prosecutor could get a grand jury to indict a ham sandwich, and this always seemed like hyperbole, until Friday night a Texas grand jury announced an indictment of governor Rick Perry. The “crime” for which Perry faces a sentence of 5 to 99 years in prison is vetoing funding for a state agency. The conventions of reporting — which treat the fact of an indictment as the primary news, and its merit as a secondary analytic question — make it difficult for people reading the news to grasp just how farfetched this indictment is. Travis County District Attorney

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Cat Ballou, 8/17/2014 5:25:59 AM     (No. 9968760)

I believe that is called throwing it against the wall to see what will stick. I hope the system will take into consideration this isn´t the 1st time Austin Dems have tried to crucify their opponents, and treat the accusers accordingly. I guess you can tell who they fear in 2016 by who they are going after.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: ruready?, 8/17/2014 7:00:32 AM     (No. 9968796)

Time for adults to push the race baiters and tort distorters to the curb and lead us to back to a more civilized society. The GOP is not leading, but hoping - for more power come November.

We need to harshly shun those who are attempting to lead us to chaos.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: bubby, 8/17/2014 7:07:21 AM     (No. 9968802)

Well if it goes to trial he will be convicted no matter the facts. Austin is a hotbed of obama koolaid drinkers. Gov Perry will be stuck with an all Democrat jury who would love to see him perp walked to jail. It´s the only place in Texas where you still see a lot of Obama/Biden stickers on cars and they are proud of it. Absolute wacky leftists live there worse than Berkeley, Calif.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: judy, 8/17/2014 7:27:05 AM     (No. 9968819)

Very interesting, Christie for a non bridge gate, McDonnell for a Rolex watch, now Perry for using his legal veto stamp .. next.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: DCGIRL, 8/17/2014 7:34:19 AM     (No. 9968826)

Governor Perry, You´ve got my vote.

Drunken driving is a serious crime. As a DA, Rosemary Lehmberg should have know better than get behind the wheel. She should be setting an example for others. I will tell you, she is the typical DEMOCRAT.



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Reply 6 - Posted by: M2, 8/17/2014 7:34:49 AM     (No. 9968827)

He is the Governor. Is he not charged with seeing to it that Agencies under his jurisdiction run properly and without scandal?

The blogger comments after the article are Democrat apologists who cannot imagine that an elected sitting Governor could actually defund one of his State Agencies.

Lehmberg is an elected official whom critics of Perry´s actions say cannot be legally fired. Any comments out there in L-dot-land from our legal beagles?

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Reply 7 - Posted by: OhMy, 8/17/2014 7:37:11 AM     (No. 9968831)

Perry should go to jail for not having a pen and a phone! If you have a pen and a phone you can exceed your constitutional power every day with no-one objecting.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: jinx, 8/17/2014 7:45:44 AM     (No. 9968841)

It is blatantly obvious that Gov. Perry is a serious threat to Hillary and the Democrat Party in the 2016. This is the same tactic they used against Palin, Christie, DeLay, and any other front runner in the GOP. The Democrats are being funded by none other than George Soros so that should say it all.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: snapper451, 8/17/2014 8:11:30 AM     (No. 9968867)

What are the odds that the "commode hugging D.A." has a "ready for Hillary" sticker on her K-car?

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Reply 10 - Posted by: cobieone, 8/17/2014 8:23:25 AM     (No. 9968876)

#4, Don´t forget Scott Walker in WI. This is outrageous and has to be stopped. Gov Perry and Scott Walker need our support! The Left is determined to make conservatism illegal. We conservatives had better unite and defeat the Left.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Rinktum, 8/17/2014 8:31:02 AM     (No. 9968886)

I hope that Gov. Perry will continue to fight this with every fiber of his being. The democrats have turned the judiciary into a weapon to be used by them to destroy Republicans. They also use it to nullify decisions made by the majority of voters. They use it to prosecute any perceived enemy. They have packed the courts with liberal judges who do their biding and ignore the Rule of Law. They make up rights where none exist to suit their political ideology. Lady Justice is no longer blind. She has her eyes firmly fixed on leftist political ideology.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: tonyp173, 8/17/2014 8:32:35 AM     (No. 9968890)

Full disclosure: I am a retired career federal prosecutor (25+ years in two different jurisdictions, including 16 as an assistant United States Attorney). I´m in my 40th year in active practice. I´ve tried to do some research on the Special Prosecutor, Michael McCrum. By all reports, he enjoys a good reputation across party lines with a background similar to mine, but with more criminal defense experience than I have. To the point: Until this week, despite the shameful actions of prosecutors like Nofinger in North Carolina and the cabal that indicted Tom Delay, I was proud to have been a prosecutor. Prosecution, by Constitutional design, is very difficult. It is supposed to be, since it is inherently coercive: charging criminal acts, arresting, trying, convincing a jury to convict, urging a court to incarcerate. But it´s vital work, necessary to protect our society. No grand jury will indict a ham sandwich. But they can be swayed to do injustice by a strong advocate, since the GJ is an accusatory body and the government has a monopoly on the presentation. Mr. McCrum, I understand your theory: Governor Perry criminally combined two legitimate rights (veto as governor and free speech) to coerce Lehmberg and violate Texas law. In the word of Barrack Obama these allegations are corrupt, politically motivated "horses&*@"! You ought to be ashamed. You will never succeed in convicting Perry of any crime. You may even have breathed new life in support of his run for President. You have, however, significantly undermined what little is left of public respect for the prosecutorial function.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: Evocatus, 8/17/2014 8:37:18 AM     (No. 9968896)

The theory used by the District Attorney to indict Governor Perry could be used by the Attorney General of Texas to indict the District Attorney for his indictment of Governor Perry, as the District Attorney´s actions are clearly a political attack. Turnabout is fair play.

This political attack on Governor Perry demonstrates just how much the demoncrats fear Governor Perry as a Presidential Candidate. The demoncrats, who can only function in lockstep to a master plan, have now tipped their hand and have demonstrated their fear of Governor Perry.

In my opinion, the demoncrats have moved too soon on too broad a reach, and will ultimately undo themselves as this ridiculous move garners additional support for Governor Perry.



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Reply 14 - Posted by: Joe vann, 8/17/2014 8:40:35 AM     (No. 9968900)

Of course Texas is a conservative state but Austin and Dade county is as liberal as any big university city and county.

When one knows the facts of this matter and has watched the falling down drunk episode, in broad open daylight, of the testing at the scene and the booking at police HQ´s...no one could possibly have sympathy for this arragant public servant. For Pete´s sake she was going the wrong way on the highway.

But we all know´s what happens now, the msm attacking in concert with the Democratic Party will once again attempt to turn chicken s..t into chicken salad. They usually succeed but they may have picked the wrong person this time. Let us hope and pray that the truth will become know and justice be served.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: congar, 8/17/2014 8:53:03 AM     (No. 9968911)

I view this indictment as an indicator of just how out of whack our judicial system is. This is a purely political action of vengeance, yet much of the MSM treats it as if based on facts. Those in the media against any conservative (about 99%) will use it as a club with which to beat him in headlines everywhere for weeks.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: Dodge Boy, 8/17/2014 8:55:58 AM     (No. 9968913)

Obie sure doesn´t horse around with payback to his political enemies, no? Perry´s stand regarding the illegal kids coming up from Guatemala and other places is obviously on Obie´s radar. If this is the real reason for Perry´s "problems" right now, "Houston, we have a problem".

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Reply 17 - Posted by: starboard, 8/17/2014 8:58:54 AM     (No. 9968916)

This is what happens when Democrats in power appoint activist judges to the bench. There are some who say there´s no difference between a Democrat and Republican on issues so why bother to vote. However, this is where the difference is clearly defined and should be the most important reason to absolutely vote for the GOP. The Judiciary has become the default governing tool of the Left and if we don´t reverse the existing damage and try to save it, we will lose this country. Law and order is the the most important issue facing Americans. It entails all other issues, and without it we have nothing. Right now, our voice is all we have.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: Bpl40, 8/17/2014 9:11:08 AM     (No. 9968931)

If there was any doubt that Democrats are unfit to be trusted with Executive authority, this outrage completely removes it. I agree that this has the potential to propel Perry´s prospects forward . All eyes will be on Perry to see how he handles this challenge.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: pineledger, 8/17/2014 9:12:01 AM     (No. 9968933)

Such a blatant political-hack maneuver. No doubt hatched during a lost weekend.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: BeatleJeff, 8/17/2014 9:14:58 AM     (No. 9968935)

Another case of liberals abusing the legal system to try to criminalize political opposition they can´t defeat at the ballot box. That tactic failed in Wisconsin, it will fail in Texas too.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: nightvision, 8/17/2014 9:24:04 AM     (No. 9968947)

#12, great post. Thank you.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: StormCnter, 8/17/2014 9:29:50 AM     (No. 9968956)

#14, Austin is in Travis County.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: jimkata, 8/17/2014 9:46:00 AM     (No. 9968977)

Where was the outcry from MADD to remove this drunk women? This shows me that it is also
a lefty group like NOW.

Where is their support for Perry?

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Reply 24 - Posted by: oh-heck, 8/17/2014 10:56:27 AM     (No. 9969053)

A couple of notes:

Texas was once a thoroughly blue state and is now thoroughly red. Exceptions are the counties in the big cities. Austin is in Travis County and the DA has historically been the ´watchdog´ for insurance and political crimes in the state. In the indictment process the DA manages the case before the grand jury. If he can convince them that a crime has likely been committed he can get an indictment. If he fails, he can try again with the next grand jury. The indictment of Tom Delay took 3 tries.

The last DA indicted Kay Bailey Hutchison, Tom Delay, Jim Mattox (State Attorney General), and Mike Martin (State Senator). The current DA has indicted the first black GOP County DA in Texas).

The Dems are desperate to hang on to this little pocket of power.




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Reply 25 - Posted by: Butch59, 8/17/2014 11:29:09 AM     (No. 9969081)

OK. If this so called reasoning is going to be the new standard for governors, then every governor in all 57 states are going to have to change the way they govern and what they say. If they attempt to disagree with a dim, they can be indicted for some criminal act./s

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Reply 26 - Posted by: planetgeo, 8/17/2014 11:52:18 AM     (No. 9969114)

Rick Perry may not be my top pick for President (Scott Walker is), but anyone who has the guts to veto/defund a corrupt politician and her ludicrously misnamed agency ("Public Integrity Unit"?!) would get my vote. Go Rick! And when you´re done with this absurdity, please set your sights on the EPA, the federal Dept of Ed, IRS, the (In)Justice Dept, etc. Go, Rick, go!

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Reply 27 - Posted by: steveW, 8/17/2014 11:56:16 AM     (No. 9969124)

In 2008 an uppity Negro from Chicago (or was it Kenya?) had the audacity to block her way back into the White House. No one, not even another Texas governor, will be allowed to do that again. No sir. No way, sir. Just you wait.

The entire MSM is, or very soon will be, a loaded gun aimed at anyone daring to deny the first Estrogen-American her entitled seat at the throne. All they´ll need is her command to pull the trigger.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: Daisymay, 8/17/2014 12:20:16 PM     (No. 9969153)

After reading the above posts, I´m thinking I will put my money on Rick Perry. This isn´t his first Rodeo! He´s been dealing with these crooked Democrats in Austin for a long time. I would bet he will come at them with both guns blazing and they will end up crawling away, licking their wounds. He will use the National Media to make them look like the nasty little fools they are. I don´t look for this to do anything but give more energy to Perry´s run for President. The American people are sick and tired of these petty little games by Democrats to stop our CANDIDATES for President. It´s true they have already gone after Cristie, Walker and Palin. There is a pattern here and it has to be stopped NOW!

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Reply 29 - Posted by: StormCnter, 8/17/2014 12:23:50 PM     (No. 9969162)

#24, it also took Earle three grand juries to get to Kay Hutchison.

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Reply 30 - Posted by: rochow, 8/17/2014 12:26:46 PM     (No. 9969170)

I see the first clown´s and Holder´s fingerprints all over this!

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Reply 31 - Posted by: MDConservative, 8/17/2014 12:33:36 PM     (No. 9969183)

Yawn... Tough to get outraged. Seems like these "indictments" are just part of the TX political scenery. Everyone will use this to raise money to stem the neverending corruption of the other. It ain´t beanbag.

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Reply 32 - Posted by: soliton, 8/17/2014 12:44:32 PM     (No. 9969202)

A salient fact is missing from coverage of this controversy. If Lehmberg steps down, Perry, according to the Austin Post, gets to appoint her replacement. It would put a Republican in as Travis County DA who, by default, becomes the head of the Public Integrity section.

This possibility explains why Austin Dems are resorting to such extreme measures to defend her rather than having her quietly resign.

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Reply 33 - Posted by: a man over thirty, 8/17/2014 2:14:25 PM     (No. 9969312)

Democrat politicians in Travis County, Texas are not only vermin, they are evil vermin.
And I agree, Holder and his boss have a hand in this - too convenient with Gov. Perry taking action on the border crisis (that Holder´s boss created.)

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Reply 34 - Posted by: msjena, 8/17/2014 5:55:22 PM     (No. 9969488)

If Perry can´t get the indictment dismissed, he should demand to go to trial immediately. The right to a speedy trial is in the Constitution. Then, if convicted, take it up on appeal and hope it gets reversed before the 2016 election season goes into full gear. This is a shameful abuse of process, much like what was done to Ted Stevens of Alaska and, of course, Tom DeLay.

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Reply 35 - Posted by: Hobbiest, 8/17/2014 5:56:21 PM     (No. 9969490)

Let us look at who the indictment is trying to make into a victim..

She was pulled over when her blood alcohol was almost three times the legal limit.

Not only does the tape show she was staggeringly drunk, she tried to intimidate the arresting officers to let her go because she knew the sheriff.

The effort at intimidation continued at the police station.

The excess use of alcohol and the resulting impaired judgement may be long standing. Credit card receipts show Ms. Lehmberg purchased 72 bottles of vodka over 15 months at a chain of area liquor stores. That works out to 23 gallons. Also, she seldom purchased vodka at the same store in the chain twice in a row.

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Reply 36 - Posted by: loveUSA, 8/17/2014 7:31:58 PM     (No. 9969610)

Lord, let what they are doing to Gov. Perry come back on their heads!!!

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Reply 37 - Posted by: O.G.´s Mom, 8/17/2014 7:58:39 PM     (No. 9969636)

I agree with Poster 23, where is MADD? I fear because they have not commented they have become part of the usual gaggle of leftist victims´ groups.

But the election for 2016 has begun and now the Dems and the state media need to totally destroy any possible good Republican opposition. Unfortunately, with every mention of Perry´s name the state media will mention the indictment and the low info and even some higher info voters will quickly dismiss him as a viable candidate because of this. The voter stupidity quotient just keeps on growing.

Would love to see Perry or Walker be our nominee.

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Reply 38 - Posted by: uno, 8/17/2014 9:43:05 PM     (No. 9969709)

What are the odds that the "commode hugging D.A." has a "ready for Hillary" sticker on her K-car?

#9 - Now that right thar´s a scary thought!
Makes me wonder how many times I´ve "driven the Buick" on a Saturday night that were mistakenly misinterpreted by someone as my being "ready for Hillary"!!

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Reply 39 - Posted by: lana720, 8/17/2014 10:34:32 PM     (No. 9969753)

Is it possible the dems are trying to get even for Perry protecting the Texas border and America, by sending National Guard troops to the border?
They will use any tactic to cut possible conservative candidates off at the knees.

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Reply 40 - Posted by: booneboy, 8/18/2014 1:12:17 AM     (No. 9969880)

Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg — is a Democrat Drunk or a Drunk Democrat

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First Lady Michelle Obama proudly defended her husband’s record at a Washington, D.C. fundraiser, reminding the attendants how far the country had come since the Obamas entered the White House. “Just think about how different our country looks to children growing up today,” she said. “Think about how our kids take for granted that a black person or a woman can be President of the United States.” She also praised President Obama for changing history on gay marriage and the Supreme Court. “They take it for granted that for the first time in history, there are three brilliant women serving

How gender mattered in the rise and
fall of Debbie Wasserman Schultz

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Washington Post, by Nia-Malika Henderson    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 9/19/2014 5:06:33 AM     Post Reply
Devastating. That´s really the only way to describe Politico´s piece on DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz. (I hereby nominate her for Worst Week in Washington.) (Editor´s note: Three words -- Joseph. Robinette. Biden.) Based on interviews with DNC staffers -- both former and current -- the piece described Wasserman Schultz as something of a modern-day Tracy Flick: over-eager, disloyal and not shy about promoting her ambitions. It would be fair to say that she sounds like, well, a lot like other politicians. And this would be accurate. But the wholesale bashing of Wasserman Schultz at every level of the party -- White House,

Rift widens between Obama,
U.S. military over strategy
to fight Islamic State

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Washington Post, by Craig Whitlock    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 9/18/2014 10:18:03 PM     Post Reply
Flashes of disagreement over how to fight the Islamic State are mounting between President Obama and U.S. military leaders, the latest sign of strain in what often has been an awkward and uneasy relationship. Even as the administration has received congressional backing for its strategy, with the Senate voting Thursday to approve a plan to arm and train Syrian rebels, a series of military leaders have criticized the president’s approach against the Islamic State militant group. Retired Marine Gen. James Mattis, who served under Obama until last year, became the latest high-profile skeptic on Thursday, telling the House Intelligence Committee

ISIS fighters terrified of being
killed by female troops

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New York Post, by Geoff Earle    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 9/20/2014 5:10:13 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — Kurdish fighters battling ISIS desperately want more guns and armor, but they already have a secret weapon: The fanatics they’re fighting fear that if they get killed in combat by a woman, they won’t go to heaven. “They have many female battalions, as you know who fought very bravely,” Rep. Ed Royce (R-Calif.), who chairs the House International Relations Committee, told The Post of the Kurds. Royce, who met this week with the foreign minister of Kurdistan, cited recent reports of young female Kurdish troops “laughing” at ISIS forces they had turned back. “These ISIL soldiers apparently believed that if

After Declaring War on Tea Party,
Karl Rove Frets GOP Estab Candidates
Not Getting Enough Donations

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Breitbart Big Government, by Tony Lee    Original Article
Posted By: SpeedMaster- 9/20/2014 10:02:02 AM     Post Reply
After declaring war on the Tea Party and often showing nothing but contempt for grassroots conservatives that powered Republicans to record gains in the 2010 midterm elections, Karl Rove whined that the GOP may not take back the Senate this year because of the lack of enthusiasm for his establishment-approved candidates. Writing in the Wall Street Journal, Rove notes that even though Obama´s "job approval numbers are lousy, no Democrat in a competitive Senate race polls regularly above 50%, GOP enthusiasm is high, and independents are trending Republican... each passing day provides evidence as to why a GOP Senate majority is

Obamacare Creator: Die At 75!
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Breitbart, Big Government, by Ben Shapiro    Original Article
Posted By: Vastrightwingconspirator- 9/18/2014 5:00:01 PM     Post Reply
Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, one of the masterminds behind Obamacare, has now explained that he wishes to die at age 75. In an article in The Atlantic, Emanuel writes, “Seventy-five. That’s how long I want to live: 75 years.” He explains that his daughters disagree; so do his brothers and his friends. But, he says, “I am sure of my position…here is a simple truth that many of us seem to resist: living too long is also a loss. It renders many of us, if not disabled, then faltering and declining, a state that may not be worse than death but

Hillary Clinton: Congress Out of
Touch on Women´s Issues

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NBC News, by Kasie Hunt    Original Article
Posted By: BaseballFan- 9/18/2014 5:15:18 PM     Post Reply
Congress is living in an "evidence-free zone" as it debates issues of equal pay and family-friendly work policies, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Thursday. "Unfortunately, reality is not always the context in which these decisions are made. The Congress increasingly -- despite the best efforts of my friends and others -- is living in an evidence-free zone," she said during a roundtable discussion at the Center for American Progress focused on women´s issues. "What the reality is, in the lives of Americans is so far from the minds of too many who don´t place the highest priority" on

Retired Head Of Marine Corps: Obama’s
ISIS Strategy Doesn’t Have ‘A Snowball’s
Chance In Hell Of Succeeding’

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Daily Caller, by Jamie Weinstein    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 9/20/2014 5:31:37 AM     Post Reply
The man who was the top Marine general from 2006 until his retirement in 2010 says President Barack Obama’s strategy to defeat the terrorist group the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria is doomed to fail. “I don’t think the president’s plan has a snowball’s chance in hell of succeeding,” retired Marine General James Conway, who served as the 34th Commandant of the Marine Corps during the end of the Bush administration and the beginning of the Obama administration, said at the Maverick PAC Conference in Washington, D.C. Friday, according to a source in attendance. Maverick PAC has described itself

Rare respiratory virus spreads to 22 states
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Washington Post, by Mark Berman    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 9/19/2014 6:10:55 PM     Post Reply
That rare respiratory illness sickening children around the country continues to crop up in new places. It has been confirmed in 22 states, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday, appearing in three states where it had not been previously: Georgia, Michigan and Washington state. These children are facing an uncommon enterovirus strain. While enteroviruses in general are quite common, this particular strain — enterovirus 68 — has not cropped up terribly often since it was first identified in 1962. It can cause severe breathing problems, a particular danger for children who may suffer from asthma or other

Obama Says Senate Vote To Arm
Syrian Rebels Was US Politics
´At Its Best´

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Business Insider, by Hunter Walker    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 9/19/2014 5:13:01 AM     Post Reply
The U.S Senate passed a bill Thursday evening that will give President Barack Obama the authority to arm moderate Syrian rebels, which is a key part of his plan to fight the jihadist group Islamic State (also known as ISIS and ISIL). Shortly after the Senate passed the bill, which was passed by the House on Wednesday, Obama spoke from the White House. "I´m pleased that Congress, a majority of Democrats and a majority of Republicans in both the House and Senate, have now voted to support a key element of our strategy," Obama said. Obama, who reiterated the fact

John Kerry: US At War With
The ´Enemy of Islam´

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Breitbart Big Peace, by Jordan Schachtel    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 9/19/2014 3:17:20 PM     Post Reply
On Thursday In a session with the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Secretary of State John Kerry was asked by Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC) whether America was at war in Iraq and Syria. (Video) Kerry responded: “If you’re more comfortable calling it a war against this enemy of Islam then please do so. We’re happy to call it that.” So its official: America is at war with the enemy of Islam. However, strange bedfellows arise if the Obama administration so chooses to uphold Kerry’s claim that we are at war with the enemy(s) of Islam. The following displays that Secretary

Security breached:
Intruder gets into White House

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Associated Press, by Josh Lederman    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 9/20/2014 7:41:42 AM     Post Reply
Washington - The Secret Service is coming under intense scrutiny after a man who hopped the White House fence made it all the way through the front door before being apprehended. President Barack Obama and his daughters had just departed the White House on Friday evening when an intruder scaled the north fence, darted across the lawn and into the presidential residence, where agents nabbed him. The security breach triggered a rare evacuation of much of the White House, with Secret Service officers drawing their guns as they rushed staffers and journalists out a side door.


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