LAT: LAPD Shoot Unarmed Homeless Black Man To Death

From a very hopeful Los Angeles Times:

LAPD fatal shooting of man caught on tape

By Gale Holland, Jack Dolan and Kate Mather | March 1, 2015

Authorities said Sunday night that Los Angeles police fatally shot a man on skid row during a struggle over an officer’s weapons. Police officials offered a detailed account of what they say prompted the Sunday morning shooting, which was captured on video by a bystander.

Cmdr. Andrew Smith said officers assigned to the LAPD’s Central Division and Safer Cities Initiative — a task force focused on skid row — responded to the location about noon Sunday after receiving a 911 call reporting a possible robbery.

As we now know, being a robbery suspect is no cause for the police to shoot you, under any circumstances.



NYT: DOJ Will Find Racial Bias In Ferguson PD Traffic Stops

From a cheering New York Times:

Justice Department to Fault Ferguson Police, Seeing Racial Bias in Traffic Stops

By MATT APUZZO | March 1, 2015

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department has nearly completed a highly critical report accusing the police in Ferguson, Mo., of making discriminatory traffic stops of African-Americans that created years of racial animosity leading up to an officer’s shooting of a black teenager last summer, law enforcement officials said.

Gee, who could have predicted such a thing? And never mind that the Obama/Holder Department of (Social) Justice has already used this same tactic against more than a dozen police departments. Including those in Newark, Las Vegas and Oakland. Cities that are run by liberal Democrats. (Despite Las Vegas’ Mayor Goodman claiming to be an ‘Independent.’)

According to several officials who have been briefed on the report’s conclusions, the report criticizes the city for disproportionately ticketing and arresting African-Americans and relying on the fines to balance the city’s budget.


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GOP Senators Pledge Help If Court Bars O-Care Subsidies

From the Associated Press:

GOP senators pledge help if court bars health law subsidies

By ALAN FRAM | March 1, 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) — Three leading Republican senators are promising to help millions of people who may lose federal health insurance subsidies if the Supreme Court invalidates a pillar of President Barack Obama’s health care law.

But in a Washington Post opinion article posted online late Sunday, GOP Sens. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, John Barrasso of Wyoming and Orrin Hatch of Utah provide no detail on how much assistance they would propose, its duration or how they would pay for it. Nor do they address how they would overcome GOP divisions or Democratic opposition to weakening the law.

Sens. Alexander, Barrasso and Hatch. Sheesh. 

The article appeared days before Wednesday’s oral arguments in a case brought by conservatives and Republicans that could upend the functioning of the 2010 health care law by invalidating the subsidies that help millions afford required health coverage.



McCarthy: Use Nuclear Option On Senate DHS Funding Bill

From The Hill:

House GOP leader: Senate should change its rules to pass DHS funding

By Jesse Byrnes | March 1, 2015

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said on Sunday that the Senate should change its rules in order to pass a bill funding the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

"I think they should change the rule," McCarthy said on NBC’s "Meet the Press," suggesting the Senate invoke the so-called "nuclear option" to allow spending bills to only require a simple majority to advance instead of 60 votes…

The Senate could do that. (As we have been suggesting for months.) Or, the House could amend the Senate’s DHS funding bill to remove funding for Obama’s illegal actions (work permits, Social Security numbers). And then the Republicans in the Senate could pass the House bill via ‘budget reconciliation,’ which only requires a simple majority.



After Injunction, ICE Is Letting Illegal Aliens Free On Bond

From a quietly rejoicing Associated Press:

Lawyers: Detained immigrant families in Texas offered bonds

By JAMIE STENGLE | February 27, 2015

DALLAS (AP) — Attorneys say the federal government is loosening its crackdown on offering bonds for Central American immigrant mothers and children seeking asylum in the U.S., a shift that comes after a federal judge ordered a halt to a detention strategy aimed at deterring other illegal crossings. Immigrant advocates say the effect so far has been minimal: Most families can’t afford to post bond anyway.

Lawyers say immigrants at the more than 500-bed facility in Karnes City say that the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has this week been offering bonds, but many are as high as $7,500.

Gosh that’s terrible. But could it have something to do with the fact that none of these illegal aliens ever show up for their hearings?


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Reid Refuses To Go To Conference With House On DHS Bill

From the Associated Press:

Homeland Security funding deal elusive

By KIMBERLY HEFLING | March 2, 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) — With a partial shutdown of the Homeland Security Department possible at week’s end, Speaker John Boehner says the House wants to enter talks with the Senate on a final bill funding the agency. Senate Democrats are not interested in joining those talks.

The Senate is holding a vote Monday on whether to proceed on the question of talks between the two chambers… House Republican leaders on Sunday demanded that Democrats begin negotiations on funding for the Homeland Security Department and President Barack Obama’s unilateral actions on immigration. But even some Republicans said the party should simply surrender and give the agency money without conditions…

The AP fails to report what is actually going on here.



Congress Gives DHS Funding 1 Week Extension, WH Gloats

From the Washington Post:

Congress averts Homeland Security shutdown with one-week extension

By Sean Sullivan and Mike DeBonis | February 28, 2015

Congress managed at the last minute on Friday night to avert a partial shuttering of the Department of Homeland Security, passing a one-week funding measure for the agency. President Obama signed it shortly before the midnight deadline…

Whew. That was close. Too close. We came that close to not having our borders sealed and being completely protected from violent extremists acting in the name of Islam.

(Just kidding. If DHS had shut down nobody but the news media would have noticed. In fact, a shutdown would have far less effect on DHS than a snow day or even a federal holiday.)

The deal came together after a whirlwind day of negotiations in which the House Republican leadership suffered a humiliating defeat when its 20-day funding bill was rejected…



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Obama Freed Cuban Spy, Murderer Ready For New Orders

From Michael Isikoff, via Yahoo News:

Top Cuban spy released by Obama says he’s ready for his ‘next order’ from Castro regime

In an exclusive interview with Yahoo News, Gerardo Hernandez is defiant about his role as ringleader of the Cuban Five spy network

By Michael Isikoff | March 2, 2015

HAVANA — Today… [Gerardo ] Hernandez… is now a free man in his native Cuba, reunited with his wife, Adriana, and his former spy comrades. Last Tuesday, Hernandez and his fellow spies — the Cuban Five, they are called here — were officially decorated by President Raúl Castro as national heroes in a grand celebration at Cuba’s National Assembly.

Two of whom are convicted murderers. And all of them engaged in terrorism against the anti-Castro exiles in South Florida, including sending them pipe bombs.



ISIS Threatens Twitter Employees Over Blocked Accounts

From BuzzFeed:

ISIS Threatens Twitter Founder And Employees Over Blocked Accounts

By David Mack | March 1, 2015

ISIS supporters on Sunday called on jihadis around the world to kill Twitter employees because of the company’s frequent blocking of their social media accounts.

“Your virtual war on us will cause a real war on you,” reads an online post addressed to Twitter founder Jack Dorsey and shared by ISIS supporters.

We have always thought ‘social media’ should be more accurately called ‘anti-social media.’ But this might be taking things too far.

The post, whose authorship is unclear, was accompanied by a digitally altered image of Dorsey in the cross sights of a gun.

Twitter, like YouTube, often moves quickly to delete posts and suspend accounts that disseminate ISIS videos showing the gruesome executions of hostages.


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Attack On Mosul Postponed For ‘At Least Several Months’

From Friday evening, via the Daily Beast:

Pentagon Scrubs Major Attack on ISIS

By Nancy A. Youssef | 02.27.15
Just days ago, the generals were trumpeting plans to knock ISIS out of its most important stronghold in Iraq. Now, those plans are on indefinite hold.

The U.S. military’s goal to retake Iraq’s second largest city from the self-proclaimed Islamic State has been pushed back several months at least, defense officials told The Daily Beast.

That’s a major shift for the Pentagon, which recently announced that the first major ground offensive in the war against ISIS could come in the next few weeks.

Defense officials once hoped that Iraqi troops could move into Mosul by the Spring and reclaim the city from ISIS. Now, those officials say, Fall is more realistic.


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Kerry Repeats ‘Safer Than Ever’ Claim, Israel Is Safer, Too

First from the Washington Times:

John Kerry stands pat on Americans ‘safer than ever’ remarks

By S.A. Miller | March 1, 2015

Secretary of State John F. Kerry on Sunday stood firm on his assessment that Americans are “safer than ever,” despite a spike in deaths from terrorism across the world. Mr. Kerry, who has been ridiculed for making the comment last week to a House committee, said he understands how Americans could feel more unsafe but insisted they are wrong.

“I understand. Of course I understand it,” Mr. Kerry said on ABC’s “This Week.” “People are thinking about the day-to-day vision of what is happening on the ground in Syria, in Libya where 21 Coptic Christians have their heads cut off, where a [pilot] is burned in a cage, where American journalists have been beheaded publicly.



Report: Obama Threatened To Shoot Down Israeli Planes

From the Washington Times:

Report: Obama threatened to shoot down Israeli warplanes

Administration official calls Middle Eastern reports ‘totally false’

By Jeffrey Scott Shapiro | March 1, 2015

President Obama threatened last year, according to Middle Eastern news outlets Sunday, to use the U.S. military to shoot down Israeli fighter jets if they attempted to destroy Iranian nuclear facilities — reports the administration denounced later Sunday as flatly untrue. Mr. Obama’s threat reportedly deterred Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu from dispatching warplanes into Iran after Israel discovered that the U.S. had entered into secret talks with Tehran and that the two countries had signed an agreement, according to Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Jarida.

Note that this report is originally from a Kuwaiti newspaper.

In a statement to The Washington Times early Sunday evening, a senior administration [sic] said “that report is totally false.”

Was this "senior administration" (sic) John Kerry or Susan Rice or Jen Psaki or Marie Harf?



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‘Booming Economy’ Had 2.4% GDP In 2014 (2.3% In 2012)

From the Wall Street Journal:

U.S. fourth-quarter GDP trimmed to 2.2% from 2.6%

By Jeffry Bartash | February 27, 2015

WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) — … Gross domestic product expanded by a 2.2% annual clip in the final three months of 2014, down from an initial read of 2.6%, the Commerce Department said Friday. That’s a sharp deceleration from a torrid 5% pace in the third quarter that marked the fastest U.S. growth in 11 years.

Yes, let’s all savor that artificially high GDP that was almost entirely driven by government spending — mostly due to Obama-Care.

For all of 2014, the U.S. grew at a 2.4% clip. That’s a small improvement from 2.2% in 2013 and 2.3% in 2012, but still well below the nation’s historic growth rate of 3.3%…

But we have been told for months now that the economy is roaring.



Holder: Civil Rights Prosecutions Shouldn’t Need Evidence

From the Politico:

Eric Holder’s parting shot: It’s too hard to bring civil rights cases

By Mike Allen | February 27, 2015

Attorney General Eric Holder plans to push, during his final weeks in office, a new standard of proof for civil-rights offenses, saying in an exit interview with POLITICO that such a change would make the federal government “a better backstop” against discrimination in cases like Ferguson and Trayvon Martin…

All that nonsense about having to have proof of a crime has to go.

Holder also acknowledged that he felt some of his own struggles with Republicans in Congress during his six years in office were driven partly by race…

Only "partly"? Is he mellowing with age?

Holder told POLITICO that between now and his departure… he will call for a lower standard of proof for civil-rights crimes.



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