US Will Teach Legal/Illegal Immigrants To Unionize

From the Washington Examiner:

U.S. signed agreement with Mexico to teach immigrants to unionize

By Sean Higgins | March 30, 2015

The federal government has signed agreements with three foreign countries — Mexico, Ecuador and the Philippines — to establish outreach programs to teach immigrants their rights to engage in labor organizing in the U.S.

The agreements do not distinguish between those who entered legally or illegally. They are part of a broader effort by the National Labor Relations Board to get immigrants involved in union activism…

‘Yes, we can!’ 

In 2013, Lafe Solomon, the board’s then-acting general counsel, signed a "memorandum of understanding" with Mexico’s U.S. ambassador. The current general counsel, Richard Griffin, signed additional agreements with the ambassadors of Ecuador and the Philippines last year….

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MD’s Exchange Wrongly Billed US Taxpayers $28M

From the United Press International:

Audit shows Maryland health exchange improperly billed $28.4 million

March 27, 2015

WASHINGTON (UPI) — Maryland’s health insurance exchange improperly billed the federal government $28.4 million, a Department of Health and Human Services audit reported Friday.

In another patented Friday evening news dump.

An inspector general’s probe found a lack of oversight and internal controls, not criminal wrongdoing, was the cause of the exchange’s problems since the marketplace opened in 2013.

Their incompetence seems to border on criminality.

The Maryland Health Connection was among the first state exchanges approved by the federal government, but its website crashed on its first day of operation and it experienced numerous software problems and feuds between contractors.

The entire technological infrastructure of the exchange was scrapped in 2014 and replaced by a platform used by Connecticut’s exchange.

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What Is The ‘Religious Freedom Restoration Act’?

From the December 2013 archives of the Volokh Conspiracy:

What Is the Religious Freedom Restoration Act?

By Eugene Volokh | December 2, 2013

… In 1993, Congress enacted the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which gave religious objectors a statutory presumptive entitlement to exemption from generally applicable laws (subject to strict scrutiny).

“Government may substantially burden a person’s exercise of religion only if it demonstrates that application of the burden to the person . . . is the least restrictive means of furthering [a] compelling governmental interest.”

The vote in the House was unanimous, and in the Senate was 97-3. RFRA was meant to apply to all branches of government, and both to federal and state law. In City of Boerne v. Flores (1997), the Supreme Court held that RFRA exceeded federal power when applied to state laws, but didn’t touch it as to federal law.

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Networks Attack Indiana’s ‘Religious Freedom’ Law

From NewsBusters:

Networks Pile on to Attack ‘Controversial’ Indiana Religious Freedom Law

By Jeffrey Meyer | March 29, 2015

On Saturday and Sunday, the “big three” (ABC, CBS, and NBC) networks vigorously condemned a new Indiana law that would protect private businesses from government infringement on their religious freedom. Rather than provide balanced coverage of the Indiana bill, the networks eagerly trashed the legislation as opening “the door to discrimination against gays and lesbians.”

Here we go again. It’s almost as if the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby ruling never happened. Or that the Restoration Act of 1993 which the Supreme Court upheld last year in the Hobby Lobby case isn’t the law of the land.

By the way, lest we forget, The Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 was introduced by Congressman Chuck Schumer (D-NY) on March 11, 1993 and passed by a unanimous House and a near unanimous Senate (with only three dissenting votes).

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Ted Cruz Says: I Wasn’t Just A Community Organizer

From Breitbart:

Cruz Pushes Back on Inexperience: I Wasn’t Just a ‘Community Organizer’

By Pam Key | March 29, 2015

Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union,” host Dana Bash grilled Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on his lack of experience being similar to then-Sen. Barack Obama’s when he ran for president.

Cruz defended his qualifications saying, “In his time in the Senate he had basically been a backbencher; he had not been leading on any issues of any significance. In my time in the Senate you can accuse me of being a lot of things but a backbencher is not one of them.”

“Unlike Barack Obama, I was not a community organizer before I was elected to the Senate,” he said. “I spent five-and-a-half years as the solicitor general of Texas …"

"I supervised and led every appeal for the state of Texas in a 4,000-person agency with over 700 lawyers.

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Hillary Wiped Server Clean, Refuses To Turn It Over

From an unfazed Associated Press:

Clinton Wiped Email Server Clean, Deleted All Emails, Congressman Says

By MATTHEW DALY | March 28, 2015

WASHINGTON — Hillary Rodham Clinton wiped her email server "clean," permanently deleting all emails from it, the Republican chairman of a House committee investigating the 2012 Benghazi attacks said Friday.

Why are we only hearing about this now? And why was this information released by Hillary’s attorney late on a Friday evening?

Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., said the former secretary of state has failed to produce a single new document in recent weeks and has refused to relinquish her server to a third party for an independent review, as Gowdy has requested.

Other than that she has cooperated completely.

Clinton’s attorney, David Kendall, said..

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WH Pool Reporters Sent To Shed While Obama Golfs

From the Washington Examiner:

Reporters refuse Obama’s dismissal from golf course, are sent to the ‘shed’

By Paul Bedard | March 28, 2015

In its latest attempt to shut down media coverage, the White House Saturday dismissed reporters to their Florida hotel by declaring a news "lid" even though President Obama was just beginning his golf game — but the press pool voted to stay.

After a two hour flight, Obama motorcaded to the posh Floridian National Golf Club in Palm City to play a round and also stay.

Notice that once again the supposedly deeply devout Christian, Mr. Obama, did not attend church even though Sunday was Palm Sunday. But maybe playing golf in Palm City was close enough.

At that point, the pool reporter, Byron Tau of the Wall Street Journal, wrote in his report to other correspondents, "The White House has called a lid.

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Obama Beats Up Opponents On Saturday Night Live

From the UK’s Daily Mail:

Obama throws John Boehner out a window in Saturday Night Live cold open

By Chris Spargo | 29 March 2015

President Obama got angry during the Saturday Night Live cold open this week, and it seems that when President Obama gets angry he turns into someone very different – The Rock Obama.

President Obama (Jay Pharoah) sat down to have a talk with John Boehner (Taran Killam), Tom Cotton (Kyle Mooney) and Ted Cruz (Bobby Moynihan) to talk about how he believed the three men had  undermined his authority…

‘Now, the reason I asked you all here is because we only have until the end of March to get something done,’ President Obama tells the three men. ‘And that’s hard to do when you, Senator Cotton, are sending letters to the Iranian government behind my back.’ …

And never mind that it was an open letter that wasn’t sent to anybody.

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NYT Editor Says GOP Puts Loyalty To Israel Before US

From the Washington Free Beacon:

New York Times Ed Board Member Questions Whether GOP More Loyal to Israel than United States

March 27, 2015

A member of the New York Times editorial board suggested that pro-Israel Republicans were more loyal to Israel than to the United States on Friday. “Should loyalty b 2 US or Israel? [U.S. and Israel’s] interests not always same: GOP, in Shift, Demand Lockstep Support for Israel,” tweeted Carol Giacomo, who covers foreign affairs issues for the editorial board.

This from the same newspaper that studiously ignored the Nazis mass murdering of Jews during the holocaust in order to not appear to be ‘too Jewish.’ (The Times is owned by a Jewish family, the Sulzbergers.)

Giacomo linked to an article originally headlined “Republicans, in Shift, Demand Lockstep Support for Israel” that was published in the Times on Friday.

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Defector: The US Negotiators Speak On Iran’s Behalf

From the UK’s Telegraph:

Pro-Hassan Rouhani Iranian editor defects while covering nuclear talks in Lausanne

By Ahmed Vahdat and Richard Spencer | 27 March 2015

A close media aide to Hassan Rouhani, the Iranian president, has sought political asylum in Switzerland after travelling to Lausanne to cover the nuclear talks between Tehran and the West.

Amir Hossein Motaghi, who managed public relations for Mr Rouhani during his 2013 election campaign, was said by Iranian news agencies to have quit his job at the Iran Student Correspondents Association (ISCA). He then appeared on an opposition television channel based in London to say he no longer saw any “sense” in his profession as a journalist as he could only write what he was told.

Just like in our country.

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Netanyahu: Iran Nuclear Deal Is Worse Than Feared

From Reuters:

Expected Iranian nuclear deal worse than Israel feared – Netanyahu

By Dan Williams | March 29, 2015

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu condemned on Sunday the framework Iranian nuclear agreement being sought by international negotiators, saying it was even worse than his country had feared.

And, bear in mind, since Israel is (rightly) ‘spying’ on these talks, they actually know what is going on. Unlike our Congress and the American news media — and of course, the American public.

Israel has mounted what it terms an "uphill battle" against an agreement that might ease sanctions on the Iranians while leaving them with a nuclear infrastructure with bomb-making potential. Tehran says its nuclear programme is peaceful.

"Might"? That is clearly the upshot of the deal.

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Surprise! Iran Wants To Keep Its Enriched Uranium

From an unfazed New York Times:

Iran Backs Away From Key Detail in Nuclear Deal

By DAVID E. SANGER and MICHAEL R. GORDON | March 29, 2015

LAUSANNE, Switzerland — With a negotiating deadline just two days away, Iranian officials on Sunday backed away from a critical element of a proposed nuclear agreement, saying they are no longer willing to ship their atomic fuel out of the country.

For months, Iran tentatively agreed that it would send a large portion of its stockpile of uranium to Russia, where it would not be accessible for use in any future weapons program. But on Sunday Iran’s deputy foreign minister made a surprise comment to Iranian reporters, ruling out an agreement that involved giving up a stockpile that Iran has spent years and billions of dollars to amass.

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Reader Selected News For Week Mar 28 To Apr 3

This thread is for the busy bees of S&L to post news articles that might not warrant their own thread.

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Rep: Global Warming Turns Women Into Prostitutes

From Breitbart:

Congresswoman Claims Climate Change Will Turn Women Into Prostitutes

By Warner Todd Huston | March 26, 2015

Washington D.C. – On Wednesday, California Democrat Barbara Lee proposed a resolution in the House of Representatives that claims women will eventually be forced into prostitution in order to obtain life-sustaining food and water for their families.

Lee introduced House Concurrent Resolution 29, warning that women will be forced into “transactional sex” to get enough food and clean water — all because global warming will create “conflict and instability” in the world.

Is there anything that global warming can’t do? What makes us puny humans think we could ever defeat anything so all powerful?

“Women will disproportionately face harmful impacts from climate change,” Lee’s resolution reads.

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Ithaca Creates Snitch System For ‘Micro-Aggressions’

From FIRE, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education:

Ithaca College’s Microaggressions Bill Labels Students ‘Oppressors’ for ‘Belittling’ Speech

By Will Creeley | March 26, 2015

Early last week, the Ithaca College Student Government Association passed a resolution to create an anonymous, online system for students to report “microaggressions” on campus…

First, the measure resolves to create a “school-wide online system to report microaggressions”—but does not define the term “microaggressions.” This glaring lack of clarity is deeply troubling. Without a stable understanding of what a microaggression is or is not, students run the risk of being reported for speech that crosses an invisible line, drawn by and known only to the offended listener…

That’s the idea. Now the powers that be can make anyone a criminal.

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