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Pataki Calls on Other GOP Candidates to Denounce Trump’s Mexican ‘Rapists’ Comments

Thursday, July 2nd, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

Former New York Gov. George Pataki has called on fellow Republican presidential candidates to condemn Donald Trump’s comments about Mexican immigrants during his campaign announcement. Trump’s quote: “When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you. They’re not sending you. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re […]

Admin Calls Venezuela Outreach ‘Hallmark of Diplomatic Efforts’

Thursday, July 2nd, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

After cozying up to Cuba, is “normalizing” relations with the Venezuelan regime next up for the Obama administration? Reuters reported yesterday that the administration has embarked on “quiet diplomacy” with Caracas in “an attempt to improve their acrimonious relations,” with President Nicolas Maduro reaching out three months after President Obama announced his Cuba plans. “Look, […]

Confederate Flag Flop: Public Opinion Remains Unchanged From Where It Was 15 Years Ago

Thursday, July 2nd, 2015 - by Debra Heine

The latest polling shows that most Americans still view the Confederate flag as a symbol of Southern pride as opposed to racism — an opinion that has not significantly changed in 15 years. After the last couple of weeks of anti-Confederate hysteria, you don’t have to be a fan of the rebel battle flag to […]

Vibrant Diversity for Thee, But Not for Me

Thursday, July 2nd, 2015 - by Michael Walsh

Not really much of a surprise, given the racial makeup of the tech industry in general, but embarrassing: Twitter only has 49 black employees – out of 2,910 staff members in America. The 35 men and 14 women account for just 1.7 per cent of the firm’s US operation, which is 93.8 per cent white or […]

Cell Phone Case that Looks like a Gun: Good Idea or Bad Idea?

Thursday, July 2nd, 2015 - by Liz Sheld

I’m going to say this is a bad idea. Police are warning people via social media of a “faux gun cell phone case.” On Facebook, the New Jersey State Police wrote: “Officers do not have the luxury of time when making split-second decisions, while interacting with the public. We strongly recommend that you do not […]

A ‘Norwegian’ Named Ishaq Ahmed

Thursday, July 2nd, 2015 - by Michael Walsh

Looky here: a “Norwegian” who fought for the Islamic State is now facing eight years in a cushy Lilyhammer-type prison: Norwegian prosecutors are seeking an eight-year jail sentence for a jihadist who they say fought for the Islamic State group and an affiliate of Al-Qaeda in Syria, media reported on Tuesday. The 24-year-old Norwegian, named as […]

Hillary Gets Berned: Sanders Rally Nearly Double the Size of Her Announcement Crowd

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) upstaged ‘em all at a rally in Madison, Wis., on Wednesday night. In fact, he put the number of people who showed up for Hillary Clinton’s official campaign announcement to shame. Sanders nearly filled the Veterans Memorial Coliseum at the Alliant Energy Center, which seats 10,231 people; the Associated Press put […]

‘No Bombshells’: Stephanopoulos and Co. Dismiss Latest Batch of Hillary Emails (Video)

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015 - by Debra Heine

The Good Morning America news crew on Wednesday dismissed the latest batch of Clinton emails to be released, asserting that there are no bombshells among them. Anchor George Stephanopoulos said the nearly two thousand emails from her time as secretary of State reveal ”new details about the daily life of a top diplomat, some flashes of […]

This Is the Best Email in the New Trove of Hillary Correspondence

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

Be sure to catch the last two words of the subject line in this email from Huma Abedin to Hillary Clinton, released last night by the State Department: And she is referring to Al Gore, as Huma separately sends his phone number — redacted by the FOIA screeners. Hillary replied, “Who did he call and […]

Hillary Emails: Blumenthal Edited Her CFR Speech for ‘Vague and Gauzy Liberal Universalism’

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

The batch of Hillary Clinton emails released last night by the State Department covers just a few months in 2009, yet shows a secretary of State leaning heavily on the advice of confidante Sidney Blumenthal. Like on May 20, 2009, when Clinton fired off an email saying “Can you talk? What # should I call?” […]

Dempsey: ISIS ‘Will Eventually Collapse Under the Weight of Their Own Contradictions’

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey vowed today that ISIS “will eventually collapse under the weight of their own contradictions” — with “a little help from coalition partners.” Dempsey and Defense Secretary Ashton Carter were asked at a Pentagon press conference today about the Department of Homeland Security alert about the […]

Declaring ‘This Is What Change Looks Like,’ Obama Re-opening Cuba Embassy

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

Fast-tracking his effort to hold hands with Havana, President Obama today announced the re-establishment of diplomatic relations with Cuba. In the Rose Garden this morning, Obama called it “a historic step forward in our efforts to normalize relations with the Cuban government and people, and begin a new chapter with our neighbors in the Americas.” […]

Pelosi: Elizabeth Warren Doesn’t Speak for Party

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015 - by Stephen Kruiser

Family feud. Nancy Pelosi is firing back at criticism from Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and other liberals in the Democratic Party that President Barack Obama’s administration has been too soft on Wall Street. “There may have been a couple of people who say that, but that is not the consensus in our party,” the House […]

Senate Dems Ask Judiciary Chairman for Hearings on ‘Reality of Domestic Terrorism Spurred by Racial Hatred’

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

Senate Democrats are calling on Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley to call hearings on “the reality of domestic terrorism spurred by racial hatred” in the wake of the South Carolina church massacre. The attack by white supremacist Dylann Roof, who killed nine people in a Bible study at the historic Emanuel AME Church, “undermined Americans’ […]

Hillary’s Emails: Clinton Asked Iran Man to Dig Into Who’d Been Sent to Face AIPAC

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

A curious email among the batch of Hillary Clinton’s correspondence released by the State Department late last night reveals the former secretary of State wanting to know the history of who has been assigned to speak at Washington’s biggest pro-Israel conference. The White House traditionally sends at least one administration representative to the American Israel […]

Ready for Uncle Joe’s White House Run?

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015 - by Michael Walsh

As the Dowager Empress fades, panicked Democrats are casting around for a substitute not named Bernie Sanders. Some think they’ve found one: With Democrats suddenly realizing their nominee is going to be a socialist or a baggage-laden throwback with honesty issues, the often-dismissed vice president is looking pretty, pretty good. What seemed laughable just a few […]

Oh, Those Private-Server Government Emails!

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015 - by Michael Walsh

Sure, the Obama administration is hopping mad about Hillary!’s blatant attempt to skirt FOIA and just about everything else during her tenure as secretary of state. But,naturally, it knew all about them long in advance: Senior Obama administration officials, including the White House chief of staff, knew as early as 2009 that Hillary Rodham Clinton […]

CNN Poll: 59% of Americans Glad That Federalism Is Dead

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015 - by Michael van der Galien

According to a new CNN poll, majorities support both SCOTUS’ ObamaCare and its gay marriage decision: According to a new CNN/ORC poll, 63% support the Court’s ruling upholding government assistance for lower-income Americans buying health insurance through both state-operated and federally-run health insurance exchanges. Slightly fewer, 59%, say they back the ruling which made same-sex […]

TSA to Citizens: Your Money Belongs to Us

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015 - by Michael Walsh

Another thing to thank George W. Bush for: Earlier today, Transportation Security Administration spokesperson Lisa Farbstein sent the following tweet from her verified account: The photo, from the Richmond airport, shows a passenger’s luggage containing $75,000 in cash. Farbstein asks, “Is this how you’d transport it?” Most people would not, but there is nothing illegal […]

Who Needs Greece When You’ve Got Chicago?

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015 - by Michael Walsh

The “internal contradictions” of socialism are now becoming distressingly external. Surprise! The Chicago Board of Education made its pension payment on schedule Tuesday, but at a cost — massive layoffs. The meet the $634 million obligation, the board used a combination of borrowed money, $200 million dollars in cuts and layoffs it promised before talks with […]

Dem Warns He’ll ‘Make Certain’ That Iran Deal Is Blocked If Ayatollah’s Demands Met

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

As the Obama administration extended the deadline for nuclear talks to July 7, some in the president’s own party are more nervous about what the ayatollah is saying than they are reassured by the White House. Rep. Alcee Hastings (Fla.), the top Democrat on the Commission on Security & Cooperation in Europe, said today that […]

A.B. Stoddard: ‘Hillary Clinton’s Entire Strategy Was to Circumvent the FOIA’ (Video)

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015 - by Debra Heine

State Department officials released new emails Tuesday from the 55,000 pages Hillary Clinton provided to the agency in November of last year. According to Fox News, the court ordered State to publish emails once a month on a rolling basis in order to meet its  deadline of January 29, 2016. The State Department was forced to begin […]

Tsipras Begs for Third Greek Bailout at the 11th Hour

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015 - by Rick Moran

The histrionics haven’t worked. The arrogant strutting and bombast haven’t worked either. Neither has the name calling and claims that Greek “pride” was being wounded by creditors asking that the money they loaned to Greece be paid back. All the tricks and gambits tried by the Greek government of Prime Minister Alex Tsipras that the […]

O’Malley: Save Puerto Rico!

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

Democratic presidential candidate and former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley wants the U.S. to step in and bail out Puerto Rico. On Sunday, Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla announced that the U.S. territory can’t pay its $72 billion in debt, drawing comparisons to Greece and warnings from economists that U.S. investors have much more to lose from […]

‘You’re Going to Get What I Think, Like It Or Not’: Christie Running for President

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

In a speech that was part sentimental reflection and part classic Christie zingers, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie today became the 14th hopeful officially seeking the Republican presidential nomination. Speaking to an audience in his hometown of Livingston, Christie had his wife Mary Pat, who’s a managing director at the Wall Street investment firm Angelo, […]

Congressman Asks St. Louis Mayor to Remove 32-Foot Granite Civil War Monument

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

A Missouri congressman is asking the mayor of St. Louis to bring down a 32-foot-high stone Civil War memorial in the city’s Forest Park. The Confederate Memorial was erected in 1914 by the Ladies’ Confederate Monument Association. “To avoid provoking further antagonism to the project, the Association declared that the design they would choose could […]

Iran Preparing for Failure of Nuke Talks After Washington’s ‘Buyer’s Remorse’

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

Iran announced today –  the deadline that had been set for a nuclear deal with the P5+1 but was extended indefinitely, according to the White House — that it doesn’t see a deal to its liking coming through. Thus, reported the semi-official Fars News Agency, the Islamic Republic is formulating plans to weather tougher expected […]

After Recent SCOTUS Rulings, Should We Re-Write the Constitution?

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015 - by Walter Hudson

Last week was certainly historic. In what sense depends upon your worldview. For those of us who believe in federalism, dual-sovereignty, and the rule of law, last week was a disaster that irreparably damaged our republic. Forget about the issues. These rulings weren’t about Obamacare or gay marriage so much as whether a majority of […]

TREND ALERT: Adding Bugs into Your Milkshakes

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015 - by Liz Sheld

I watch for these trends so you don’t have to and my latest find is … delicious? Apparently the HOT NEW TREND is adding bugs into your food, at least according to ABC News. “The trend of bug-infused bites continues to swarm restaurant menus across the country, with the latest entrant appearing at a fast […]

De Blasio Doesn’t Want You Smoking in Your Own Home

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015 - by Liz Sheld

The New York Post has learned that NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio is going to “ramp” up the city’s war against smoking…at home. If you live in New York, here is where you city tax dollars are going: The administration is planning to select and pay four health-advocacy groups $9,000 apiece to pressure landlords and […]

White House Downplays Extension of Iran Nuke Deadline: ‘Not Surprising or Uncommon’

Monday, June 29th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

Calling it “not surprising or uncommon,” White House press secretary Josh Earnest confirmed today that Iran nuclear negotiations will extend past the June 30 deadline. “What our negotiators are currently engaged in is an effort to try to complete negotiations consistent with the political framework that was agreed to in the first week in April. […]

Despite SCOTUS EPA Ruling, Obama’s Damage to Coal Industry Permanent

Monday, June 29th, 2015 - by Stephen Kruiser

Fundamentally transforming stuff… President Barack Obama’s opponents won a Supreme Court skirmish in the “war on coal” Monday, but the ruling blocking his mercury pollution rule won’t do anything to reverse coal’s waning role in the nation’s power supply. And on top of that, legal experts don’t expect the decision to hamper the administration’s plans […]

GOP Field Catching Up To Jeb In Fundraising

Monday, June 29th, 2015 - by Stephen Kruiser

Every little bit helps. As the first big fundraising deadline of the 2016 White House contest approaches, the major Republican contenders are scrambling to secure the money needed to keep their political ambitions alive in a crowded and still growing field. No one is likely to top former Florida governor Jeb Bush’s fundraising even if […]

NBC, Employer of Brian Williams and Al Sharpton, Finds Trump Offensive and Cuts Ties

Monday, June 29th, 2015 - by Stephen Kruiser

Sure, he’s the problem. NBC is cutting ties with Donald Trump. The network is “ending its business relationship” with Trump over his “recent derogatory statements” regarding immigrants, the company said in a statement Monday. “To that end, the annual Miss USA and Miss Universe Pageants, which are part of a joint venture between NBC and […]

Prosecutor Who Went After Morsi, Muslim Brotherhood Assassinated in Cairo

Monday, June 29th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

The Egyptian prosecutor who led the prosecution of former President Mohamed Morsi and many of his Muslims Brotherhood compatriots was assassinate in a Cairo bombing today. Terrorist groups have had their eyes on Egypt since the ouster of Morsi, but calls to attack Egypt have stepped up since Morsi and Muslim Brotherhood Supreme Guide Mohamed […]