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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 […]

‘LoveWins’: Iraq War Vet Amputee Mocked on Twitter, Catholic Priest Spat Upon…

Monday, June 29th, 2015 - by Debra Heine

Lefties are notorious for being sore losers and even sorer winners. Their behavior in the wake of the Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage — even as they ironically proclaim “love wins” — is no exception to this rule. Case in point: J.R. Salzman is a disabled Iraq war veteran who lost his right arm below the elbow. […]

What Fireworks Does ISIS Plan for the 4th of July?

Monday, June 29th, 2015 - by James Jay Carafano

What to make of reports that ISIS may try to pull off a terrorist attack on Independence Day? Let’s look at the facts. It is not the first time after 9/11 that U.S. authorities have expressed concerns about possible terrorist attacks timed to coincide with significant dates like the 4th of July.  In 2011, a senior […]

‘A Magic Trick with the Elections Clause’: Supreme Court Rules on Redistricting

Monday, June 29th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 today, with Justice Anthony Kennedy siding with liberal members of the court, that using independent commissions to redraw electoral districts is constitutional. The case stemmed from a challenge of such a commission in Arizona created by a ballot proposition. In his dissent, Chief Justice John Roberts called the decision “a […]

Supreme Court Slaps EPA in 5-4 Ruling Against Power Plant Regulations

Monday, June 29th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

The Supreme Court dealt a blow to the Obama administration’s costly regulations levied on coal-fired power plants, saying in a 5-4 decision that the Environmental Protection Agency should have taken into account the rule’s pricey impacts. Writing for the majority in a conservative-liberal split, Justice Antonin Scalia said the EPA “strayed well beyond the bounds […]

Should New York Town Take Down Its Indian-Wrestling Seal?

Monday, June 29th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

Dissent is gaining traction on social media against the longtime seal of a village on the road between Syracuse and Albany. Whitesboro, N.Y., with a population under 4,000, was founded by Hugh White — who is immortalized on the village’s seal fighting with an Oneida chief. According to the history page of Whitesboro’s website: Most […]

Kasich to Jump in Presidential Race July 21, Stress Need for More Empathetic Nation

Monday, June 29th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

Ohio Gov. John Kasich is planning to jump into the presidential ring in an announcement with a July 21 announcement at his alma mater, Ohio State. Kasich, 63, has been governor since 2011, and served in Congress for 18 years including as chairman of the House Budget Committee. He took at stab at a White […]

Huckabee: People Should ‘Go the Path’ of MLK-Style Civil Disobedience After Marriage Ruling

Monday, June 29th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

GOP presidential candidate and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee said conservatives need to pattern civil disobedience after the nation’s great civil-rights hero in the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision legalizing same-sex marriage. Huckabee told ABC on Sunday that he was “moved” by the words of plaintiff Jim Obergefell, who wanted to be listed as […]

ISIS Is Using These Talking Points to Lure Taliban to Their Side

Monday, June 29th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

The ISIS creep into Afghanistan now has an official PR strategy for luring Taliban fighters over to the side of the Islamic State. Black ISIS flags are being raised in Afghan villages and casualties from firefights have included foreign fighters from places such as Turkey, Chechnya, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan, the Kunduz governor said recently. […]

Police Want Exemptions from New Los Angeles Gun Restrictions

Monday, June 29th, 2015 - by Liz Sheld

Before you start reading this story, it’s important to remember that the purpose of the Second Amendment is to protect citizens from the tyranny of the state. Thus, when state agents want extra special protection not afforded to the citizen, we have a problem. Here we go. Los Angeles is looking to impose even more […]

Be All That You Can Be: Transgenders Coming to Military

Sunday, June 28th, 2015 - by Rick Moran

Recent moves by the Pentagon to expand the rights of gays and lesbians in the military has built momentum for lifting the ban on transgendered persons serving in the ranks. The Hill: “In politics, I think it’s always appropriate to take advantage of timing. Whether it’s taking down the Confederate flag or creating equality in […]

Bill Nye Thinks People Breathing Contributes to Climate Change

Sunday, June 28th, 2015 - by Rick Moran

Bill Nye, formerly known as “The Science Guy,” has made some jaw dropping gaffes over the years when he’s talked publicly about climate change. The most notable occurred on Meet the Press last year: Bill Nye, the actor/comedian/educator who gained fame in the 1990s for his Bill Nye the Science Guy program on PBS, apparently […]

Iran Nuke Talks to Miss June 30 Deadline

Sunday, June 28th, 2015 - by Rick Moran

As expected, talks between the western powers and Iran over its nuclear program will miss the June 30 deadline for the conclusion of negotiations. There are many issues still outstanding that need to be settled, with Iran recently drawing several red lines that have complicated the process enormously. Associated Press: Iranian media said Mohammed Javad […]

Europe to Resettle 40,000 ‘Migrants’ as Hundreds of Thousands More Keep Coming

Sunday, June 28th, 2015 - by Michael Walsh

The only way to stop them is to close the door. Otherwise, they will eventually swamp and kill their hosts: The European Union decided Friday to share 40,000 of the refugees landing in Italy and Greece but foot-dragging and verbal sniping over the move exposed deep divisions about how to deal with Europe’s massive migrant […]

Dear Malik Abongo Obama…

Sunday, June 28th, 2015 - by Michael Walsh

A letter from president Obama to his half-brother has just fetched an undisclosed sum after it was sold to a collector: President Obama’s half-brother, Malik Abongo “Roy” Obama, has sold a handwritten letter from the president, penned 20 years ago, that reveals Obama’s reasoning for getting into politics — including “to deal with some serious […]

U.S. Authorities Worry of Terror Attack over 4th of July

Saturday, June 27th, 2015 - by Rick Moran

Even before the terrorist attacks in France, Tunisia, and Kuwait on Friday, U.S. counterterrorism officials were warning that increased activity by Islamic State sympathizers in the U.S. may foreshadow an attack over the 4th of July weekend. While it is common for Homeland Security to issue terror advisories in advance of a holiday, two foiled […]

Paper: Anti-SSM Opeds and Letters Will Be Strictly Limited, Eventually Banned

Saturday, June 27th, 2015 - by Debra Heine

After first announcing that it would not accept opposing views at all, a Pennsylvania newspaper says it will strictly limit opeds and letters that oppose same sex marriage — but only for a limited amount of time. Because “it’s the law of the land” and such ideas are now considered to be on the same […]

Is This the World’s Ugliest Dog?

Saturday, June 27th, 2015 - by Rick Moran

A deformed, mixed breed dog named Quasi Modo has won the World’s Ugliest Dog contest, at a pageant held every year in Petaluma, CA. Quasi was born with a short spine and other defects, but her owner says she’s a healthy, happy pooch. Huffpo: This wasn’t Quasi’s first rodeo. Last year, the spunky Florida pup […]

Greek PM Calls for Referendum on Bailout While EU Denies Extension

Saturday, June 27th, 2015 - by Rick Moran

How far has Greek Prime Minister Alex Tsipras wandered from reality? Tsipras has called for a referendum on the “take it or leave it” offer from Greece’s creditors, targeting July 5th for election day. But Greece will default on a $1.6 billion payment to the IMF on July 1. And the EU, fed up with […]

It’s Not a Supreme Court, It’s a Voting Bloc Plus a Couple of Justices

Saturday, June 27th, 2015 - by Michael Walsh

When you go in to every weighty decision with four of the five minds needed already already made up, you have a winning advantage every time: The Supreme Court term that is nearing its end shows how silence can signal success. With a notable paucity of dissents and not a single word to say about same-sex […]

Media Bias? What Media Bias, Gay-Marriage Division

Saturday, June 27th, 2015 - by Michael Walsh

The Washington Post has a vivid photo roundup of how the front pages of the nation’s newpapers played yesterday’s utterly foregone Supreme Court decision. Click on the link.

Is There a Real Solution to the Lawlessness of the Supreme Court?

Saturday, June 27th, 2015 - by Rick Moran

Senator Ted Cruz has penned a powerful article appearing in NRO that states the case for dealing with the lawlessness of the Supreme Court. The time has come, therefore, to recognize that the problem lies not with the lawless rulings of individual lawless justices, but with the lawlessness of the Court itself. The decisions that […]

Barack Obama Takes the Charleston Funeral from the Sacred to the Profane

Friday, June 26th, 2015 - by David Forsmark

  All week, the relatives of the slain in Charleston insisted “this is not about politics,” when asked about topics like the Confederate flag or gun control. They turned the topic to the faith of the fallen and the forgiveness to be found in Christ. That ended Friday when Barack Obama showed up, fresh from his […]