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doesn't mean politics won't take an interest in you.”
—Pericles, Greek statesman, 495–429 BC

“I am certain that nothing has done so much to destroy the juridical safeguards of
individual freedom as the striving after this mirage of social justice.”
F. A. Hayek, Economic Freedom and Representative Government (1973)

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— Novelist and philosopher Ayn Rand

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Hillary On The Brink of Collapse
Michael Goodwin
A passage from Ernest Hemingway fits the moment. In The Sun Also Rises, one character asks, “How did you go bankrupt?” and another responds: “Two ways. Gradually, then suddenly.” The exchange captures Hillary Clinton’s red alert. She’s been going politically bankrupt for a long time, and now faces the prospect of sudden collapse.

Author Alleges Bill Clinton Just Quit
Education Company Because of Clinton Cash

Joshua Green & Jennifer Epstein
Former President Bill Clinton stepped down from his position at Laureate International Universities, part of Laureate Education Inc., on Friday. His five-year term as "honorary chancellor," the company and Clinton“s staff said, had expired. But Peter Schweizer, the conservative author of a forthcoming book examining the Clintons’ financial dealings, suggests a different explanation:


Why the United States is a republic and not a democracy
A Republic v. A Democracy
Why the U.S.A. is one and not the other.

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Week ending 26 April 2015

Obama“s Credibility Gap: The President Has Forfeited the People“s Trust In His Nuclear Negotiations with Iran
New York Daily News Editorial
In selling his nuclear deal with the Iranians, President Obama says that his “historic understanding” would “cut off every pathway that Iran could take to develop a nuclear weapon.” He asks the American people to trust his word and judgment. That trust must be denied, because Obama hasn’t been straight with the American people about Iran’s nuclear capabilities.
Russian Hackers Obtained Obama's Unclassified Emails
Citing officials briefed on the investigation, The New York Times reported Saturday that while the hackers did not appear to have breached more carefully guarded servers that contain Obama’s BlackBerry messages, they did manage to obtain access to email archives of people with whom Obama communicated.
Charity Watchdog: Clinton Foundation a ‘slush fund’
The Clinton Foundation’s finances are so messy that the nation’s most influential charity watchdog put it on its “watch list” of problematic nonprofits last month. The Clinton family’s mega-charity took in more than $140 million in grants and pledges in 2013 but spent just $9 million on direct aid. The group spent the bulk of its windfall on administration, travel, and salaries and bonuses, with the fattest payouts going to family friends.

Veteran Defense Lawyers See Possible Criminal Inquiry for Clintons
With a sitting Democratic senator recently indicted on federal bribery and corruption charges, top criminal defense lawyers in the nation’s capital say Democratic presidential front runner Hillary Clinton could conceivably face similar scrutiny, amid mounting disclosures about the tangled finances of her family’s philanthropic foundation.
Admission: Clinton Foundation Admits Making Mistakes
Will Refile 5 Years of Taxes

The non-profit foundation and its list of donors have been under intense scrutiny in recent weeks. Republican critics say the foundation makes Hillary Clinton, who is seeking the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016, vulnerable to undue influence. After a Reuters review found errors in how the foundation reported government donors on its taxes, the charity said last week it would refile at least five annual tax returns.
NYT: NBC's Brian Williams Inquiry is Said to Expand
The investigation, conducted by at least five NBC journalists, was commissioned early this year after Mr. Williams was forced to apologize for embellishing an account of a helicopter episode in Iraq in 2003. He was subsequently suspended for six months from his anchor position on the "NBC Nightly News."

NBC Finds at Least 10 Brian Williams Embellishments
NBCUniversal CEO Steve Burke was briefed on the current findings at a Thursday morning meeting in New York. The meeting suggests that the network is nearing a decision about Williams' future. Williams, the anchor of "NBC Nightly News" for the past 10 years, was suspended nearly three months ago when a scandal erupted about his recounting of an Iraq War mission in 2003.

Prospect of Brian Williams Returning to 'NBC Nightly News' is Fading
The chatter among members of the TV news industry – many of whom were in Washington this weekend for the annual dinner of the White House Correspondents' Assn. – is that they cannot see a path for Williams to return. "If there was, don't you think we'd be hearing about it by now?" said one NBC News veteran.
Obama Literally Edits Out the Genocide,
Marks ‘Armenian Remembrance Day’

Bridget Johnson
The White House moments ago issued President Obama’s annual statement to mark Friday’s Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day, and as promised there is no genocide to be found. In fact, the White House press release just called it “Armenian Remembrance Day.”
Eric Holder’s Legacy – Interests of Barack Obama Came Before the Administration of Justice
Hans von Spakovsky & John Fund
As Attorney General Eric Holder finally departs, he leaves behind a demoralized Justice Department that has been politicized to an unprecedented degree. Attorneys general are obligated to enforce the law in an objective, unbiased and nonpolitical manner. They must demonstrate the highest regard for the best interests of the public and their sworn duty to uphold the Constitution and the laws of the United States.
Our Climate Models are WRONG says
Duke Study of 1,000 Years of Temperature Records

Statistically, it's pretty unlikely that an 11-year hiatus in warming, like the one we saw at the start of this century, would occur if the underlying human-caused warming was progressing at a rate as fast as the most severe IPCC projections,' Duke's Patrick Brown said.
Top Scientists Start to Examine Fiddled Global Warming Figures
Christopher Booker
My cue for [previous articles] was the evidence multiplying from across the world that something very odd has been going on with those official surface temperature records...Careful analysts have come up with hundreds of examples of how the original data recorded by 3,000-odd weather stations has been “adjusted”, to exaggerate the degree to which the Earth has actually been warming.
Red Ink Could Kill California Obamacare
Orange County Register Editorial
After two previous extensions, the open enrollment period for Covered California ends April 30. That deadline just might prove to be the tipping point for the state's two-year-old health insurance exchange... there's no more money coming from Washington after the state exhausts the $1.1 billion [tax dollars] it received from the federal government to get the Obamacare exchange up and running.

Week ending 19 April 2015

Obama’s Christianity: A Political Tool to Silence Christians
Raymond Ibrahim
Here in the United States, where Americans are used to hearing their president always invoke Christianity in a manner that silences Christians, United Kingdom Prime Minister David Cameron’s recent Easter message was moderately refreshing. Among other things, Cameron made it a point to say that “we should feel proud to say, ‘This is a Christian country.’”
What the Unearthed 1995 Video Tells Us about Obama
Jack Cashill
A professionally shot video of Barack Obama from 1995 has recently surfaced. In this hour-long presentation, Obama openly talks about his relationship with his mentor, Frank Marshall Davis, a Communist and pornographer. Perhaps more importantly, Obama gives us a much clearer picture of who he was in 1995.
Boko Haram Adopts ISIS' Bloody Religious Cleansing Strategy
The Islamic militant group Boko Haram is adopting ISIS' bloody strategy of stamping out Christianity with a frightening fervor, putting Nigeria's 70 million followers of Jesus in danger for their lives, fearful human rights advocates say.
NY Times: Book Questions Clinton Donations
Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich, by Peter Schweizer – a 186-page investigation of donations made to the Clinton Foundation by foreign entities – is proving the most anticipated and feared book of a presidential cycle still in its infancy.
Hillary’s Next Scandal to Break Soon…
Passenger Lists of Her Flights Ordered Released by Judge

Steven Ahle
A judge on Friday ordered the State Department to turn over passenger manifests to Citizens United as a result of a FOIA request that State had ignored. The quick ruling appears to show that judges patience for stonewalling by the Obama administration has reached it’s limit and they no longer feel like giving them the benefit of a doubt.
Hillary Clinton's Big Benefactor, Interpipe's Victor Pinchuk,
Has Trade Links with Iran

Rory Ross  –  Newsweek
Newsweek has seen declarations and documents from Ukraine that show a series of shipments from Interpipe to Iran in 2011 and 2012, including railway parts and products commonly used in the oil and gas sectors. Both sectors are sanctioned by the U.S. The Sec. of State, Hillary Clinton, was in charge of the sanctioned list.
Will the MSM cover for Her Heinous again?
Newsweek: Largest Individual Donor to Clinton Foundation
Has Trade Ties to Iran

Ed Morrissey
Victor Pinchuk’s company, Interpipe, has a U.S. subsidiary, which means that US sanctions apply across the entire organization. The agency for imposing penalties for sanctions violations in these cases, Newsweek's Ross notes, is the State Department. Who was in charge at the State Department during this period? None other than Hillary Clinton. Pinchuk was among an elite few dumping tons of money into the Clinton Foundation.
Will the MSM cover for Her Heinous again?
Clinton Embroiled in Scandal Again,
Frets Over ‘Enemies’ Discrediting Her

Mark Hemingway – Weekly Standard
Why on earth would a story about Clinton cashing large checks from a shady Ukranian oligarch be framed not about the scandal itself, but whether or not Hillary Clinton's supposed "enemies" would use it to discredit her? If she has, in fact, done something wrong or inappropriate – she deserves to be discredited and/or judged by voters.
The Sham Candidacy of Hillary Clinton –
and What It Means for the Republic

Michael Walsh
Let us please stipulate that in a rational world, a woman like Hillary Rodham Clinton would have absolutely no chance of being nominated for, much less elected, president of the United States... The only reason an HRC candidacy is even plausible is the influence of the legacy media, which has simply declared, by fiat, her suitability and her inevitability.
Wait, Anthony Weiner’s a Political Media Analyst Now?
Evan McMurry
If you’re thinking, “Wait, Anthony Weiner’s a media critic now?” you’re not alone. You may also be thinking: isn’t Huma Abedin, Weiner’s long-suffering wife, also Hillary Clinton’s long-suffering aide, and wasn’t she actually in said Scooby van during the trip?
FBI Admits That ALL Its Forensic Experts Exaggerated Hair Evidence
At Every Criminal Trial for Nearly 20 Years

The FBI and Justice Department have admitted forensic examiners from a DNA unit gave flawed evidence at nearly all United States criminal trials spanning 20 years. It has been reported that 26 employees in the agency's microscopic hair comparison laboratory overstated forensic matches so they favored prosecutors in the 1980s and 1990s.
EIA’s Annual Energy Outlook 2015:
Fossil Fuels Remain Predominant Energy Providers

On April 14, 2015, the Energy Information Administration (EIA) released its Annual Energy Outlook 2015 with projections through 2040. Assuming that the Obama Administration’s plan to regulate carbon dioxide emissions for existing power plants is not in force, EIA finds that:
More Fallout in Boston from the Slow-Motion Collapse of Big Wind
The [Deval] Patrick [D, MA] administration’s $113 million New Bedford marine terminal, built as a Cape Wind construction staging area, has become a taxpayer-funded boondoggle now that the controversial offshore wind farm project is virtually dead in the water.
New York Times Op-Ed:
It Was a Mistake to Believe the Hockey Stick

“If we mistakenly took the hockey stick seriously – that is, if we believed that natural fluctuations in climate are small – then we might conclude (mistakenly) that the cooling could not be just a random fluctuation on top of a long-term warming trend, since according to the hockey stick, such fluctuations are negligible.”
Surprised Solar Customers Find Themselves with Liens
Jeff Leeds says installing SolarCity’s panels on the roof of his home in the Northern California city of El Granada was the sorriest day of his life. Agreeing to the company’s 20-year lease was like partnering with the devil, he claims.
$410,265 Taxpayer Dollars Spent Studying ‘Satisfaction’ Levels of
Young Gay Men’s First Time

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has spent over $400,000 studying the satisfaction levels of the first sexual experiences of young gay men. The four-year study, being conducted by Johns Hopkins University, is examining the “meaning and function” of first “penetrative same-sex sexual experiences.”
Now it's the Bible That's Sexist
Judi McLeod
The 24,000-employee U.S. Pentagon which, like many government agencies, can only lay claim to having roughly 20 percent of females on staff, is on a crash course to take down the Bible, the U.S. Constitution and the Declaration of Independence – because all three "contribute to modern sexism".
Images from Cameras on Texas-Mexico Border Capture Steady Stream of Illegals Sneaking Into the U.S. with Packages of Drugs and Guns
The network of more than 1,000 motion detectors, similar to those used to film wildlife, have been placed strategically in areas that have not been secured – where Mexican citizens can cross and evade capture with ease. The startling images have been revealed as President Obama continues to fight to push through an executive order to shield illegal immigrants from deportation.
Texas Set to Approve Open Carry of Handguns;
Currently Open Carry of Long Guns is Legal

In contrast to its reputation for being permissive on firearms, Texas is one of six states, including California, New York and Florida, that currently bars citizens from openly carrying handguns. People who want to carry handguns in public on their person must obtain concealed-weapons permits and keep the weapons hidden.
Shriveled Grapes, Shriveled Liberty
George F. Will
In oral arguments Wednesday, the Supreme Court will hear the government defend its kleptocratic behavior while administering an indefensible law. The Agricultural Marketing Agreement Act of 1937 is among the measures by which New Dealers tried and failed to regulate and mandate America back to prosperity. Seventy-eight years later, it is the government’s reason for stealing Marvin and Laura Horne’s raisins.
Ben Affleck Wanted His Slave Owner Ancestor 'censored' from PBS Documentary – and Show's Host Covered It Up, Leaked Emails Reveal
Ben Affleck persuaded the producers of Finding Your Roots to edit out details of how his ancestors were slave owners even though it was a breach of PBS editorial rules... Instead viewers were shown heartwarming stories of how his third grandfather was a mystic in the Civil War and how his sixth grandfather was a patriot who fought in the American Revolution.
Another NBC Reporter, Richard Engel, Revises Phony War Story,
This Time in re His Kidnapping

Engel altered details of the kidnapping to make the story more sensational, claiming that he and members of his crew were captured by forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad (in fact it was a Sunni militant group) and that, as they were being rescued, he saw “one of his captors lying dead.”

Week ending 12 April 2015

TRUTH: The Cure for Cognitive Dissonance
Jim Quinn
When the BLS reports their monthly unemployment BS showing a 5.5% unemployment rate and Obama holds a press conference to pat himself on the back for the 10 million jobs he has created since 2009, the critical thinking truth seekers focus on the big lies in the numbers. 
Right to Bear Arms? Gun Grabbing Sweeping the Nation
Malia Zimmerman
"This kind of below-the-radar bureaucratic gun confiscation is a growing Second Amendment and property rights violation problem, particularly in strict gun control states like California, New Jersey and Massachusetts," said Alan Gottlieb, founder of the Second Amendment Foundation.
NORAD Moving Comms Equipment Back to Cold War-Era Bunker Designed to Withstand Nuclear and EMP Attacks
The Pentagon has announced that NORAD (North American Aerospace Command) and the US Northern Command will be moving their communications equipment from Petersen Air Force base in Colorado Springs back to the Cheyenne Mountain bunker which was used during the Cold War era.
Russia’s Invasion of White House Computers:
The Story Still Has Not Been Told

John Hinderaker
CNN has made news with this headline: “How the U.S. thinks Russians hacked the White House.” Russian hackers behind the damaging cyber intrusion of the State Department in recent months used that perch to penetrate sensitive parts of the White House computer system, according to U.S. officials briefed on the investigation.
Hillary Clinton“s Private Server a Foreign Spy Magnet
J. Michael Waller
"In all, this is a counterintelligence disaster of truly epic proportions, not to mention that, since Clinton admitted she did not use higher-classification email systems at all" – systems like SIPR and JWICS, Schindler said – "we have to assume some bleed-over into her unsecured private email too, which makes this even worse."
Oh Hillary -- No!Oh Hill no!
Clinton’s Stale Presidential Plan Wrong for Nation

Michael Goodwin
 She’s been on the national stage for a quarter-century, though because of all the drama, it feels like we’ve lived through several lifetimes with her. Along the way, she’s reinvented herself more often than Madonna. While the spectacle of an aging hoofer trying to keep up with the kids is riveting, the kicks aren’t what they used to be and the odor of desperation is unavoidable.
Here’s a Breakdown of Every Scandal Swirling Around Hillary
Maureen Callahan
Expected to announce her presidential run Sunday, Hillary Clinton has been attempting to re-brand herself: She’s Hillary 2.0, campaigning out of Brooklyn, a more accessible, relatable candidate who learned the lessons of her bruising, failed 2008 bid: From now on, no equivocating, no entitlement, no dubious financial dealings. How much has changed?
Cuba’s Raśl Castro Absolves Obama of Blame for
U.S. Policies Toward Island

Cuban President Raśl Castro on Saturday called President Obama “an honest man... a humble man” who is not to blame for more than a century of U.S. oppression of Cuba and who is “courageously” trying to persuade Congress to lift the embargo against Cuba... “I apologize to Obama for expressing myself so emotionally,” Castro said. “President Obama has no responsibility for this.
Secret U.S. Memo for Congress says
Britain's 'special relationship' with America is Over

Washington believes that the ‘special relationship’ between Britain and the U.S. is over, according to a secret briefing document seen by The Mail [UK] on Sunday. The memo for members of Congress states damningly that ‘the UK may not be viewed as centrally relevant to the United States in all of the issues and relations considered a priority on the U.S. agenda’.
Obama Puts an End to the Monroe Doctrine
President Obama officially closed a chapter in U.S. history that has guided presidents since nearly beginning, indicating the United States will no longer act to resist overseas influence in the Hemisphere. Obama... disparaged past efforts by the United States to forestall the spread of Communism in Latin America and suggested similar missions would no longer be undertaken.
The Monroe Doctrine
LUDICROUS: Britain's Health System – Ranked 27th in the World – Slammed for Ridiculous, Wasteful Spending
The NHS is spending millions on prescriptions for suncream and toothpaste, a damning analysis has found. Some patients are even being given hangover tablets and Yakult yogurt drinks. Critics said it was 'ludicrous' that such items were being handed out when the NHS was rationing routine treatments.
Calif. Water Districts, Facing Catastrophe,
Defy Federal Order to Release Water for Fish

On Monday, two small rural water districts in Central California retained legal counsel and told the federal Bureau of Reclamation (USBR) that they wouldn’t release on schedule a 15,000 acre-foot “pulse” of water from their severely depleted reservoir. The “pulse” release, which raises the level and current of the Stanislaus River, is intended to assist a specific fish in its annual migration.
Court Case: Baltimore Police Used Secret Technology to
Track Cell Users Which FBI Has Tried to Conceal

The testimony shows for the first time how frequently city police are using a cell site simulator, more commonly known as a "stingray," a technology that authorities have gone to great lengths to avoid disclosing. The device mimics a cellphone tower to force phones within its range to connect. Police use it to track down stolen phones or find people.
Unions Battle for Survival In Key Strongholds as
Court Cases Challenge Forced Dues

The court cases in Illinois and California revolve around so-called "fair share" payments, or the dues unions extract from workers whose jobs stand to benefit from collective bargaining – whether or not the workers are technically union members.
Britain’s Version of Obamacare is About to Collapse
Sara Noble
Sir Bruce Keogh, medical director of NHS England recently said the health service needs a “complete transformation” to make it less reliant on hospitals. GP surgeries need more resources and are not meeting the demand. If changes aren’t made, England “may be forced to abandon free care for all.”
Muslim Barber Refuses to Cut Hair of Lesbian:
Whose Rights Trump Whose?

Howard Portnoy
This question is a real head scratcher in Canada, which passed a Multiculturalism Act in 1988, paving the way for an influx of immigrants with medieval attitudes toward second-class citizens (read: women and gays). Faith McGregor belongs to both groups.
I'm gay. And I want my kid to be gay, too.
Sally Kohn
More often than not, we define happiness as some variation on our own lives, or at least the lives of our expectations. If we went to college, we want our kids to go to college. If we like sports, we want our kids to like sports. If we vote Democrat, of course we want our kids to vote Democrat. I'm gay. And I want my kid to be gay, too.
Orthorexia Nervosa: Healthy Eating May Be the New Eating Disorder
Rebecca Reynolds
Orthorexia nervosa, the 'health food eating disorder', gets its name from the Greek word ortho, meaning straight, proper or correct. This exaggerated focus on food can be seen today in some people who follow lifestyle movements such as 'raw', 'clean' and 'paleo'.
Fitting Irony – Maya Angelou USPS Stamp Features
Stolen Quote Not Actually Hers

In an irony befitting only a rabid President Obama supporter, the USPS is releasing a stamp to honor Maya Angelou. The only problem is the quote accompanying the image of Mrs. Angelou is not actually hers – it's a fraud.

Week ending 5 April 2015

How Arab Spring Opened the Door to Terrorism's Ugly March
Sharyl Attkisson
It's not your imagination. Global terrorism, dominated by Muslim extremist groups, is by far the worst it's been in modern times. In the past six years, the United States has added 21 names to its list of foreign terrorist organizations: all but one of them radical Muslim groups. That's more than the previous 10 years combined.
Obama's Race to Chaos
Michael Goodwin
If you're confused about the Saudi Arabia-led air attacks against Islamist rebels in Yemen and can't tell one group of head-choppers in Iraq and Syria from another, don't despair. All you need is imagination... Imagine their barbarism going nuclear as they blow up cities, wipe out ethnic and religious groups and turn the region into cinders.
Iran’s Persian Statement on ‘deal’ Contradicts Obama’s Claims
Amir Taheri
The first thing to know about the highly hyped “historic achievement” that President Obama is trying to sell is that there has been no agreement on any of the fundamental issues that led to international concern about Iran’s secret nuclear activities and led to six mandatory resolutions by the United Nations Security Council and 13 years of diplomatic seesaw.
Senator Corker Works Overtime to Get Last Few Votes to
Ensure Congress Has Mandatory Review of Iran Nuke Deal

Tennessee Republican Sen. Bob Corker said Sunday that he’s moving ahead with his bill to give Congress a mandatory review of the recent Iran nuclear agreement but that the legislation is still several votes short of veto-proof passage... Corker said he talked over the weekend to Democratic holdouts to get their votes and reach the veto-proof majority.
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Why is Iran’s Version of “The Deal”
So Different from Obama/Kerry’s Version?

We’ve noted that almost every aspect of the Obama “talking points” (for lack of a better description) have focused on deflecting criticism by using a narrative claiming inspectors can verify non weapon-centered nuclear capability. The second thing noted is that the “deal” itself is a seemingly disingenuous squirrel distraction. The deal itself is “what they say it is”. There is, in actuality, no deal.
State Dept. Rejects Call for Iran Deal to Affirm Israel's 'right to exist'
"This is an agreement that doesn't deal with any other issues, nor should it," [Dept of State spokeswoman Harf] said. Obama administration officials have insisted all along that despite their public disagreement with Netanyahu over the Iran deal framework, the U.S. commitment to Israel's security is unwavering. Further, White House spokesman Eric Schultz told reporters on Air Force One on Friday that the U.S. would not agree to any deal that would threaten Israel.
Cracks Appear In Democratic-Jewish Alliance
In Wake of Iran Agreement

Worried that Iran might still develop a nuclear weapon despite the accord announced Thursday, the Jewish leaders say they feel torn between an Obama administration that has pressed hard for a deal and an Israeli government that has repeatedly warned that Iran is a grave threat to the Jewish state and can’t be trusted to abandon its nuclear ambitions.
Federal Reserve’s GDP Flat Lines with 0% Growth Forecast
The Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta’s economic meter is registered a flat line as it clocked a 0.0 percent for Gross Domestic Product growth for the first quarter of 2014. This reading will certainly take the wind out of the sails of Fed chief Janet Yellen and her setting the stage for a rate rise for later this year.
Pace of U.S. Hiring Weakens with Just 126,000 Jobs Added in March; Reveals Lower Numbers for January and February as well
The weakening U.S. economy spilled into the job market in March as employers added only 126,000 jobs, the fewest since December 2013, snapping a streak of 12 straight months of gains above 200,000... Past job growth, along with cheaper gasoline, has yet to significantly boost consumer spending. A continued deceleration in hiring could delay the Federal Reserve from raising interest rates in mid-year.
Why are revisions always downward?
Republicans to Government Official:
Why Has No One Been Fired Over Choke Point?

That was the central question in today's hearing held by the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee of the House Financial Services Committee about the FDIC's involvement in Operation Choke Point. "You've known for two years that this was going on," Rep. Sean Duffy, R-Wis., who chairs the subcommittee, said... "What have you done in the last two years to address Operation Choke Point or the targeting of these businesses?"
Judge Orders IRS to Release List of the 298 Tea Party Groups
Targeted for Scrutiny

A federal judge ordered the IRS this week to turn over the list of 298 groups it targeted for intrusive scrutiny as the agency defends against a potential class-action lawsuit by tea party groups who claim their constitutional rights were violated... Judge Dlott also ordered the IRS to say whether a partial list of targeted groups reported by USA Today is authentic as a number of tea party groups try to win certification for a class action lawsuit against the IRS.
Ex-IRS Ethics Office Lawyer Disbarred for … Ethics Violations;
Had Bragged She'd Never be Fired

A lawyer who worked in the IRS ethics office was disbarred Thursday by the District of Columbia Court of Appeals, which concluded she misappropriated a client’s funds from a case she handled in private practice, broke a number of ethics rules and showed “reckless disregard for the truth” in misleading a disbarment panel looking into the matter.
WH Statement on Kenya Terror Attack
Fails to Mention Christians Were Singled Out

Early Thursday morning an unspeakable tragedy struck Kenya when Somali terrorist group al-Shabab stormed Garissa University College, killing nearly 150 people. More specifically, however, militants from the al-Qaeda franchise went dorm to dorm separating Christian from Muslim students, killing the Christians.
Angry White House Press Corp Sending List of
Transparency Demands to President Obama

Although the Salt Lake City incident appears to be the immediate cause, Obama has long had a troubled relationship with the White House press corps. Reporters have openly complained about the White House’s lack of transparency, with some even claiming to have been on the receiving end of “profanity-laced tirades” from White House officials.
Timeline Puts Lie to Obama’s Story About Bergdahl
Investor’s Business Daily
The Obama regime still insists that releasing the top command of our enemy was all about saving Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. But several reports from 2012 reveal that it was secretly negotiating the Taliban Five’s release without Bergdahl... Truth is, Obama used Bergdahl as a pretext for doing what he always sought to do – empty out Gitmo, national security be damned.
High-Ranking Federal Officials' History of
Using Personal Email for Government Business

Sharyl Attkisson
High-level federal executives routinely use personal email for business, in likely violation of the Federal Records Act. That's according to a recent survey of federal employees. Personal email is "always" or "often" used for government business in their [State Dept.] agency, according to 16 percent of survey respondents. One-third, 33 percent, said personal email is used "sometimes" or more frequently.
Perverse Climate “Morality”
Paul Driessen
Last week, to pave the way for a new global warming treaty, President Obama promised to slash America's carbon dioxide emissions by up to 28% below 2005 emission levels by 2025 – and 80% below 2005 levels by 2050. That would take us back to Civil War era / pre-industrial revolution emission levels, while doing nothing for global CO2 levels or Earth's climate! [U]nbelievably, he and his agency directors are peddling these draconian, job-killing regulatory diktats as the only possible "moral" course on climate change.
Government Labor Union Spends $65 Million On Politics
AFSCME funneled more than $65 million to politicians, lobbyists and activist groups last year. Would you believe taxpayer money taken from government workers’ paychecks was sent to MSNBC host Al Sharpton? It was. AFSCME donated $126,500 to Sharpton’s National Action Network, one of many examples of AFSCME spending member dues on polarizing “progressive” causes.
Armed Good Samaritan Stops Car Wash Carjacking
A good Samaritan shot a would-be carjacker, stopping the theft and saving a woman who jumped on the hood of the car during the incident Friday, authorities said. A Smyrna city worker shot the man who was attempting to carjack the woman's vehicle at a car wash Friday afternoon, police said.
Kansas 5th State to Allow Residents to Carry Concealed Guns
Without Permit

Kansas still will issue permits for gun owners who want to carry concealed in other states that recognize Kansas permits. A person seeking a Kansas permit must undergo eight hours of firearms training. Brownback said gun owners have shown they are responsible.
Why Harry Reid’s Home Exercise Accident Story Does Not Add Up
Michael Patrick Leahy
A Breitbart News investigation of the home exercise accident story told by Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) and “sources familiar with the incident” has uncovered facts which appear to discredit his version of events surrounding a New Year’s Day incident that left him with gruesome injuries to his eye, face and ribs.
Software Glitch Causes F-35 to Incorrectly Detect
Targets in Formation

Engineers are trying to fix the F-35’s software package after it was discovered the sensors for the Joint Strike Fighter malfunction when detecting targets when the aircraft flies in formation.

Week ending 29 March 2015

The "Greatest Invisible Depression" and
What Happened to Rome?

Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh
We are experiencing the “Greatest Invisible Depression” in the history of the United States; the Depression Era soup kitchens and lines are unseen, coming to the mail box in the form of welfare checks, yet the government cash machine, the Fed, keeps printing bogus trillions that have no backing in goods and services.
Barack Obama’s Love Bomb Offensive
Wesley Pruden
Just as Secretary of State John Kerry is topping up a deal to satisfy the mullahs in Iran, comes the news that the United States has declassified a 386-page report that reveals in minute detail Israel’s super-discreet nuclear program. Everybody knows Israel has one, but until now Israel, with American support, has never acknowledged it... So why did Mr. Obama do it?
Iranian Defector:
'U.S. Negotiating Team Mainly There to Speak on Iran’s Behalf'

An Iranian journalist writing about the nuclear negotiations between the United States and Iran has defected. In an interview Amir Hossein Motaghi, has some harsh words for his native Iran. He also has a damning indictment of America's role in the nuclear negotiations.
To Stop Iran’s Bomb, Bomb Iran
John R. Bolton
For years, experts worried that the Middle East would face an uncontrollable nuclear-arms race if Iran ever acquired weapons capability. Given the region’s political, religious and ethnic conflicts, the logic is straightforward...
President Obama’s approach on Iran has brought a bad situation to the brink of catastrophe.
The inescapable conclusion is that Iran will not negotiate away its nuclear program.
Bolton 'Bomb Iran' Essay Among Most Emailed at NY Times
Former ambassador John Bolton's boldly blunt assessment that only bombing Iran first will stop it from building its own nuclear weapon is going viral. Bolton's op-ed commentary in Thursday's New York Times was among the most-emailed pieces in 24 hours, according to the newspaper's accounting.
Gen. Flynn: Obama's Middle East Policy One of 'Willful Ignorance'
President Barack Obama's Middle East policy is one of "willful ignorance," retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, the former head of the Defense Intelligence Agency said Sunday, and he is concerned the pending deal with Iran over its nuclear weapons capabilities will worsen the situation. "Right now, we have almost a complete breakdown of order in the Middle East," Flynn said.
Iranian Defector: 'U.S. Negotiating Team Mainly There to
Speak on Iran’s Behalf'

An Iranian journalist writing about the nuclear negotiations between the United States and Iran has defected. In an interview Amir Hossein Motaghi, has some harsh words for his native Iran. He also has a damning indictment of America's role in the nuclear negotiations.
Obama Installing Islamist Leaders
While Michelle and Susan Rice Provide Cover?

Judi McLeod
Obama's been on the trail of replacing Christian leaders with Islamic ones before he became president, starting with Kenya where he actively campaigned to elect Islamic defender Raila Odinga in 2007... Millions revolted in Egypt when Obama's so called Arab Spring led to the election of Muslim Brotherhood big gun Mohamed Morsi... No one paid Obama and his Marxist minions any attention when they backed Aassane Quattara against Christian challenger Laurent Gbagbo in the Ivory Coast election back in 2011.
Clearing Up the Middle East Situation
Jim ONeill
Recently my mom complained to me that she is confused by what is happening in the Middle East. I doubt she is alone in this, and for her benefit and those of you who share her confusion I have decided to clear things up. With that in mind, what follows is a brief summation of the situation in the Middle East – hopefully it will answer a number of questions you might have.
Operation Choke Point is Government Run Amuck
Matt Schuck
Operation Choke point is an Obama Administration Justice Department program created in 2013 to intimidate banks into not loaning money to businesses that they simply do not like. This means that gun shop owners, tobacco retailers, and other companies like this are going to be feeling the stranglehold of government.
Senate Panel Asking New Questions
About Emails for Clinton and Abedin

Senate Republicans are renewing efforts to learn why Huma Abedin, a top assistant to then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, was allowed to keep working at the agency under a special, part-time status while also being employed at a politically-connected consulting firm.
Subpoena Issued After Obama’s EPA Chief Caught in
Violation of Federal Law

Rep. Lamar Smith, chairman of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology, issued the subpoena after Ms. McCarthy claimed that of nearly 6,000 text messages, just one was agency business and that she deleted the rest. She did it just days after the committee had alerted the EPA that it may be breaking the record-keeping rules for text messages.
Obama Lawyers Afraid to Go to Court on Email Scandal
Judicial Watch
Crafty, corrupt politicians realize that transparency and accountability go hand-in-hand. So that is why Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama (with the federal bureaucracies at their beck and call) have a personal and political interest in keeping their records away from the American people – even if it means violating the federal transparency law: the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).
The Tip of the Climate Spending Iceberg
Paul Driessen
Lockheed Martin, a recent Washington Post article notes, is getting into renewable energy, nuclear fusion, “sustainability” and even fish farming projects, to augment its reduced defense profits... As with its polar counterparts, 90% of the titanic climate funding iceberg is invisible to most citizens, businessmen and politicians. The Lockheed action is the mere tip of the icy mountaintop.

New Climate Paper Gives Global Warming Alarmists
'One Helluva Beating'

Aerosols are the minute particles added to the atmosphere by burning fossil fuels. The reason they are important is that they are so often cited by alarmists to excuse the awkward fact that the world has stubbornly failed to warm at the disastrous rate they predicted it would. Apparently – or so the excuse goes – these aerosols are masking the true extent of runaway climate change by cancelling out the effects of man-made CO2.

Fed. Agency Goes Into Full Political Mode Over Climate Change as FEMA Plans to Deny Funds to Warming 'Deniers'
The Federal Emergency Management Agency is making it tougher for governors to deny man-made climate change. Starting next year, the agency will approve disaster-preparedness funds only for states whose governors approve hazard-mitigation plans that address climate change.

Noted Global Warming Skeptic Gets His Twitter Account Suspended
Steven Goddard earned notoriety among environmental activist circles for his criticism of man-made global warming. Most notably, Goddard, who has degrees in geology and electrical engineering, has been widely cited for showing evidence that government climate agencies' adjustments to temperature data have created an artificial warming trend.
Longtime IHOP Owner Sold His 16 Restaurants
Because of Obamacare

"Let me state this bluntly," Scott Womack told lawmakers, "this law will cost my company more money than we make." The cost of Obamacare's mandates – Womack estimated it would be $7,000 to provide health care coverage for each full-time employee – left him with few options: cut costs, eliminate staff, reduce hours or convert workers to part-time status.
Fact Checking Obamacare 5-yrs Later
Navy Bans Chaplain from Ministering to Family of Dead Sailor
It really takes a special kind of lowlife to stop a chaplain from ministering to the family and colleagues of a dead sailor. But that's exactly what happened last week at Naval Nuclear Power Training Command in Goose Creek, S.C., according to attorneys representing Chaplain Wes Modder.
Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), Explained
Stanford law professor Michael McConnell, a former appellate court judge, tells The Weekly Standard in an email: "In the decades that states have had RFRA statutes, no business has been given the right to discriminate against gay customers, or anyone else." So what is the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, and what does it say?
NYC Faux 'Gun Store' Attempts to Shame Customers
Some anti-gun zealots will go to great lengths to stop law-abiding citizens from buying firearms, including opening a fake gun store in New York City only to shame potential customers with the history behind the guns it stocked. "Collectors love this one," the bearded attendant tells one customer as he displays an AR-15. "Adam Lanza's mom had this in her collection too..."
NYC Councilwoman: Too Many Asians –
Assign Public Housing by Ethnic Group

Crown Heights Councilwoman Laurie Cumbo has an odd question – she wants to know why there are large numbers of Asians living in housing projects in Brooklyn. According to the NY Post, Ms. Cumbo made the bizarre comment while speaking at the New York City Housing Authority hearing:
UN says Israel, not Iran, North Korea or Syria
Worst Violator of Human Rights

Anne Bayefsky
What country deserves more condemnation for violating human rights than any other nation on earth? According to the U.N.’s top human rights body, that would be Israel. Last week, Israel was the U.N.’s number one women’s rights violator. This week it is the U.N.’s all-round human rights villain.
Democrat Resolution Warns Global Warming
Could Force Women Into Prostitution

Rep. Barbara Lee, (Dimwit-Calif.), has re-introduced legislation that forces the government to address all “policies and programs in the United States that are globally related to climate change” through the lens of gender.
Rep. Barbara Lee

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The Ferguson Hoax and Media Truth-telling
Cliff Kincaid
The praise for Capehart for eventually telling the truth may be one way the media can attempt to atone for their sins in this coverage. But it's not good enough. You know the standards of the media have hit rock bottom when a liberal commentator makes news for telling the truth.
Don't Miss Stephen A. Smith's Point,
Black Political Obscurity is Self-Inflicted

Michael Vass
Black folks in America are telling one party, "We don't give a damn about you." They're telling the other party, "You've got our vote." Therefore, you have labeled yourself "disenfranchised" because one party knows they've got you under their thumb. The other party knows they'll never get you and nobody comes to address your interest."
Israel: Beware of Obama
Michael Goodwin
First he comes for the banks and health care, uses the IRS to go after critics, politicizes the Justice Department, spies on journalists, tries to curb religious freedom, slashes the military, throws open the borders, doubles the debt and nationalizes the Internet... Now he’s coming for Israel.
Pentagon Loses Track of $500 Million in
Weapons, Aircraft and Equipment Given to Yemen

With Yemen in turmoil and its government splintering, the Defense Department has lost its ability to monitor the whereabouts of small arms, ammunition, night-vision goggles, patrol boats, vehicles and other supplies donated by the United States. The situation has grown worse since the United States closed its embassy in Sanaa, the capital, last month and withdrew many of its military advisers.
General Petraeus Splits with Obama;
Says Iran, not ISIS, is the Real Enemy

Larry Kudlow
Don’t just rely on Benjamin Netanyahu’s passionate advice to Congress on his way to reelection that Iran is our arch enemy. Now we have the counsel of retired general David Petraeus, who gave a remarkable interview this week to the Washington Post.
Reuters Exclusive: Hillary Clinton Broke Promise to Obama,
Charity Did Not Disclose Donors After 2010

In 2008, Hillary Clinton promised Barack Obama, the president-elect, there would be no mystery about who was giving money to her family's globe-circling charities. She made a pledge to publish all the donors on an annual basis to ease concerns that as secretary of state she could be vulnerable to accusations of foreign influence.

Senator Presses for Info on Huma's Special Gov't Status – and Her Emails
Senator Chuck Grassley has sent two letters to the State Department to ask about Huma Abedin's special government status when she was a government employee – and for information on Abedin's email use while working for the government. Abedin is a close aide to Hillary Clinton, and worked for the consulting firm Teneo (under a special government employee status) while working for Clinton.

Was Hillary Clinton Running Her Own Rogue Intel Operation?
Monica Crowley
We all know that the only reason you would deliberately and premeditatedly set up a private email address and server is to have total control over your communications – to keep people away from those communications and to retain the ability to edit and delete your content. In Hillary Clinton's case, given her long history of concealment and duplicity, total control was the system's purpose.
Now the U.S. Air Force Wants to Replace A-10s with F-16s
Joseph Trevithick
Save the WarthogEventually, the U.S. Air Force wants to replace the low and slow-flying A-10 Warthog with the fast-moving F-35 stealth fighter. But it'll take years before the troubled jet fighters are ready for duty. In the meantime, the Air Force still needs a plane for dedicated close air support missions – something the A-10 excels at. So what does the flying branch propose? Not keeping the Warthog.
Police Departments Hiring Non-citizen Immigrants as Officers
Most agencies in the country require officers or deputies to be U.S. citizens, but some are allowing immigrants who are legally in the country to wear the badge. From Hawaii to Vermont, agencies are allowing green-card holders and legal immigrants with work permits to join their ranks.

Undocumented Immigrants Failing to Appear at Hearings Up 153%
The federal government said the number of undocumented immigrants failing to appear at deportation hearings is on the rise. According to the Executive Office of Immigration Review, the number of people who did not show after being released on bond or on their own recognizance grew by 153 percent in the last four years.

For Small-Town America,
New Immigrants Pose Linguistic, Cultural Challenges

For two decades, rural communities across the Midwest have been finding ways to absorb Latino immigrants. Now, a new generation of immigrants arriving from far-flung places such as Myanmar, Somalia, Iraq, and West Africa has brought a bewildering variety of cultures and languages. Many towns are struggling to cope.
Radical Environmentalism's Death Campaigns
Paul Driessen
The terms racism, white supremacy, crimes against humanity are bandied about so often that they have become almost meaningless... But what radical environmentalists are doing to Third World countries. By denying people access to abundant, reliable, affordable electricity, modern fertilizers and biotech seeds, and especially DDT to prevent malaria and other insect-borne diseases, they are killing millions every year.
3 Billion and Counting
By Hook and By Crook, You Are Going to Pay for Climate Change
Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh
It’s the first day of spring and we are having snow again. Not much, a couple of inches, just enough to prove that March always goes out like a lion. Undeterred, global progressives, intent on sending us into the stone age of technology, are forcing their agenda of redistributive taxation of man-made global warming/climate change on everyone.
WaPo Columnist Jonathan Capehart:
People call me 'house negro' for debunking 'hands up, don't shoot'

"After my piece, 'Hands up don't shoot was built on a lie,' folks used Twitter and Facebook to dismember my personhood," [Capehart said]. "Fellow African-Americans called me a 'sellout' or a 'house negro.' Others said I did it because I wanted 'white people to like me' or that I 'did it for the money.'
Hands up, Don't shoot -- Lie
Liberal WaPo Columnist Admits That
'Hands Up, Don't Shoot' was a Lie

Jonathan Capehart was one of the early media pundits who took to the broadcast airwaves and penned numerous columns about how police officer Darren Wilson was guilty of murder. Today, he tries – and fails – to walk it back. Sort of... Capehart pens a column stating the obvious: "Hands Up, Don't Shoot" was built on a lie.
Hands up, Don't shoot -- Lie
WaPo Fact Checker:
‘Hands up, don’t shoot’ Did Not Happen in Ferguson

That narrative was called into question when a St. Louis County grand jury could not confirm those testimonies. And a recently released Department of Justice investigative report concluded the same. Yet the gesture continues to be used today. So we wanted to set the record straight on the DOJ’s findings, especially after The Washington Post’s opinion writer Jonathan Capehart wrote that it was “built on a lie.”
One America News Network – How One TV Channel Is
Positioning Itself to Be the Next Fox News

"What we've noticed in the marketplace is, it's very hard to turn on your TV and find news around the clock. You get a lot of talk shows, a lot of debates, but just finding credible news is really difficult," Herring told National Journal. "The fundamental difference between us, MSNBC, CNN and Fox is we are dedicated to [being] a credible source of news."
#DearMe! Michelle Obama in Japan Strikes Again
Jeannie DeAngelis
It’s official! Mrs. Obama has gone #hashtag crazy. Remember when she pleaded with Boko Haram to release the 276 kidnapped girls using the hashtag “#Bringbackourgirls?” Well, that didn’t work! The girls were either sold into slavery, murdered, or married off to terrorists, and despite Michelle Obama’s solemn effort haven’t been seen or heard from since... Moving right along... Mrs. Obama decided to take Asia by storm.
EPA to Farmers: It's Really, Really Really Sorry
EPA head Gina McCarthy said she has a number of regrets about the roll-out of proposed changes and re-definitions with the Clean Water Act, specifically the Waters of the U.S. proposal. "And I really, really, really wish we had talked to you before we put out the Interpretive Rule," she told the group.

Lawmaker Calls for a Rebellion Against EPA Pollution Emissions
for Backyard Barbecues

"The idea that the EPA wants to find their way into our back yards, where we're congregating with our neighbors, having a good time, on the 4th of July, barbecuing pork steak or hamburgers, is ridiculous and it's emblematic of agency that's sort of out of control," State Senator Eric Schmitt (R) from St. Louis said.

EPA Now Wants to Monitor Your Showering Habits
The Environmental Protection Agency wants hotels to monitor how much time its guests spend in the shower. The agency is spending $15,000 to create a wireless system that will track how much water a hotel guest uses to get them to "modify their behavior."
80,000 ObamaCare Tax Forms On Hold
The Obama administration announced Friday that 80,000 corrected tax forms for people on plans through ObamaCare have still not gone out. The issues stem from the announcement last month that 800,000 people on insurance plans through ObamaCare received incorrect tax information. At the time, the administration said forms with corrected information would be sent out in the first week of March.
Madison Teen Killed By Police Had Taken Hallucinogenic Drugs
Tony Terrell Robinson was experimenting with hallucinogenic drugs on the day he died, his uncle says. "He had made a bunch of changes. It was going to be the final step that would change his life around," Turin Carter said Thursday, adding that his nephew was "very inexperienced" with the drugs, believed to have been hallucinogenic mushrooms.
Where God Loves Abortion and Hates Israel
The Presbyterian Church's Long and Boring Shuffle Out of Christendom

David French
The Presbyterian Church (USA) is the Radio Shack of church denominations. It's been in free fall for so long that it's sometimes difficult to believe the church is still around. It makes news only when it makes bad news. This is a church that has long embraced a culture of death by accepting abortion on demand.
St. Paul School Board Approves Transgender Policy
The policy sets the expectation that students' preferred name and pronoun be used at school and that teachers not separate students by gender without a compelling reason. It also will give transgender students access to the restrooms and locker rooms that match their gender identity.
Native American Council Offers Amnesty to
220 Million Undocumented Whites

At a meeting of the Native Peoples Council (NPC) in Albuquerque, New Mexico yesterday, Native American leaders considered several proposals on the future of this continent's large, unauthorized European population. The elders ultimately decided to extend a pathway to citizenship for those without criminal backgrounds.

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