Foreign Gov’ts Gave Hillary Millions While She Was At State

From the Washington Post:

Foreign governments gave millions to foundation while Clinton was at State Dept.

By Rosalind S. Helderman and Tom Hamburger | February 25, 2015

The Clinton Foundation accepted millions of dollars from seven foreign governments during Hillary Rodham Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state, including one donation that violated its ethics agreement with the Obama administration, foundation officials disclosed Wednesday.

Most of the contributions were possible because of exceptions written into the foundation’s 2008 agreement, which included limits on foreign-government donations. The agreement, reached before Clinton’s nomination amid concerns that countries could use foundation donations to gain favor with a Clinton-led State Department, allowed governments that had previously donated money to continue making contributions at similar levels.

How handy. And, of course, that agreement could never be changed.

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Oregon Wants To Force Oracle To Keep Hosting Medicaid

From an unquestioning Associated Press:

Oregon seeks to force Oracle to keep hosting Medicaid system

By Gosia Wozniacka | February 24, 2015

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Four days before a contract to host Oregon’s health insurance system for low-income Oregonians is due to expire, state officials asked a judge on Tuesday to force technology contractor Oracle Inc. to continue running the system.

Lawyers representing Oregon told Marion County Circuit Judge Courtland Geyer during the first of a two-day hearing that Oracle’s plans to pull hosting services would result in Medicaid enrollment grinding to a halt. That, in turn, would cause "irreparable harm" to thousands of people who would not be able to enroll in Medicaid and access health services, said attorney Lisa Kaner, who represents the state.

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IRS Lets People To Keep Money From Obama-Care Error

First, there is this from The Hill, from two days ago:

IRS will allow people to keep extra money from ObamaCare tax error

By Peter Sullivan | 02/24/15

People who received incorrect tax information from ObamaCare will be allowed to keep the extra money in their refunds and will not have to refile their taxes, the Treasury Department said Tuesday. The Obama administration announced last week that 800,000 people signed up for ObamaCare had received incorrect tax information….

Treasury said people who did not pay enough in taxes because of the glitch will be allowed to keep the money. If they paid too much, then they have the option of filing an amended return to get their money back.

How generous the Obama administration is with the taxpayers’ money.

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Dems Fear McConnell Will Stab Them In The Back (If Only)

From the National Journal:

Democrats Fear an Ambush on the Senate Floor

By Sarah Mimms | February 25, 2015

Democrats are worried about an ambush. With less than three days left before the Homeland Security Department shutdown, Senate Democrats have accepted Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s offer. But they’re exceedingly wary of how vulnerable such a move will make them…

[Tuesday] McConnell agreed to remove provisions defunding President Obama’s executive action on immigration from the DHS bill and vote on them separately. McConnell had said he would schedule a vote on the immigration measure, sponsored by Sen. Susan Collins…

[But] Democratic leaders said Tuesday that the majority of their members would not agree to move forward with the Collins bill until the DHS funding had passed the House as well… The real concern among Democrats is that Sen.

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Only 2 GOP Sens Vote Against Advance Of ‘Clean’ DHS Bill

From a cheering Washington Post:

‘Clean’ DHS funding bill clears key hurdle in Senate

By Sean Sullivan | February 25, 2015

The Senate voted Wednesday to move ahead with a bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security after Democratic leaders  dropped an earlier pledge to block it unless they get assurances from House Republican leaders that it would pass their chamber.

The bill advanced on a procedural vote by a 98-2 margin. The only dissenters were Republican Sens. James Inhofe (Okla.) and Jeff Sessions (Ala.)

Sigh.

Final passage could come before Friday when current funding will run out at DHS.

"We’re going to do everything we can to make sure it passes by an overwhelming vote," Senate Minority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) told reporters.

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CRS: Amnestied Illegal Families Could Get $35K From IRS

From Breitbart:

Amnesty Beneficiaries Could Claim More Than $35K In Tax Benefits In First Year

By Caroline May | February 25, 2015

Illegal immigrants who are able to obtain Social Security Numbers and work permits as a result of President Obama’s executive amnesty could claim tens of thousands of dollars in back tax benefits, a new Congressional Research Service memo obtained first by Breitbart News reveals.

The report comes following the Internal Revenue Service’s confirmation that once illegal immigrants are granted Social Security Numbers — as a result of Obama’s executive actions — they will be able to file back tax returns and obtain up to four years of tax benefits, including the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the Child Tax Credit (CTC).

And these illegal aliens will get these ‘tax benefits’ even if they paid in nothing in taxes.

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Obama Threatens ICE Who Don’t Obey His Illegal Amnesty

First via Weasel Zippers:

Obama Threatens ICE Agents Who Don’t Enforce Executive Amnesty: “If They Do Not Fellow The Policy, There’s Consequences”…

[During a ‘townhall meeting’ with Mr. Obama yesterday, the Telemundo host José Díaz-Balart asked Obama the following question:]

BALART: “How do you ensure that I.C.E. And border patrol won’t be deporting people like this. What are the consequences?”

OBAMA: “The bottom line is that if somebody’s working for I.C.E., and there’s a policy, and they don’t follow the policy, there are going to be consequences to it. So I can’t speak to a specific problem. What I can talk about is what’s true in the government generally. In the U.S. Military when you get an order, you’re expected to follow it. It doesn’t mean that everybody follows the order.

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1,400 Security Badges Lost, Stolen From 1 Airport In 2 Yrs

From the NBC Dallas/Ft.Worth affiliate, KXAS:

NBC 5 Investigation Finds Hundreds of Airport Security Badges Missing

TSA blocks access to missing badge records after NBC 5 Investigates’ request

By Scott Friedman | February 24, 2015

An exclusive NBC 5 investigation found hundreds and perhaps even thousands of airport security badges, known as Secure Identification Display Area (SIDA) badges, are unaccounted for across the country.

Has DHS been shutdown already?

NBC 5 Investigates requested records from some of the nation’s largest airports asking how many SIDA badges are unaccounted for. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport sent a response saying more than 1,400 badges were lost or stolen over approximately two years…

Mind you, that’s the number from just one airport in just two years.

Before NBC 5 Investigates could get missing ID badge information from other airports, like Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, the Transportation Security Administration stepped in and said we couldn’t have those numbers.

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Kerry Questions Netanyahu’s Judgment About Iran Deal

From the Associated Press:

Secretary of State John Kerry called into question the Israeli prime minister’s policy judgement citing Netanyahu’s support for the Bush led invasion of Iraq.

February 26, 2015

WASHINGTON AP – Secretary of State John Kerry says Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu might be wrong about his opposition to negotiating a deal with Iran to curb its nuclear program. Kerry told the House Foreign Affairs Committee Wednesday he didn’t want to comment on Netanyahu’s upcoming speech to Congress next week…

And yet he did.

Kerry answered Rep. Gerald Connelly’s line of questioning asking for Kerry to comment on Netanyahu’s criticism of a potential deal with Iran by questioning Netanyahu’s judgement on past issues.  "Let me say this. The prime minister, as you recall, was profoundly forward leaning and outspoken about the importance of invading Iraq under George W.

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Kerry: The US And World Are Safer From Threats Than Ever

Via The Right Scoop:

KERRY: What are you guys worried about? The world is safer than ever! Go back to watching Netflix

February 25, 2015

John Kerry made this unbelievable comment in a hearing today on Capitol Hill:

"Our citizens, our world today is actually, despite ISIL, despite the visible killings that you see and how horrific they are, we are actually living in a period of less daily threat to Americans and to people in the world than normally, less deaths, less violent deaths today than through the last century."

Has there ever been an administration filled with so much willful ignorance and incompetence?

Meanwhile, from The Hill:

FBI investigating ISIS suspects in all 50 states

By Jesse Byrnes | February 25, 2015

FBI Director James Comey revealed Wednesday that his agency is investigating suspected supporters of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in every state across the U.S.

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NYT: Three ‘Brooklyn Men’ Accused Of Plotting To Help ISIS

From the New York Times:

3 Brooklyn Men Accused of Plot to Aid ISIS’ Fight

By MARC SANTORA and STEPHANIE CLIFFORD | February 25, 2015

Two young men living in Brooklyn were arrested on Wednesday and charged with plotting to travel thousands of miles to fight under the banner of the Islamic State, the terrorist organization that has seized a wide expanse of Syria and Iraq. A third Brooklyn man was charged with helping organize and fund their activities…

And by "Brooklyn men" the NYT means Muslims from foreign counties who happen to be living in Brooklyn. Including one who is here illegally. (And you have to wonder why the other two were given legal residence.)

One of the men who allegedly sought to fight for the Islamic State, Abdurasul Hasanovich Juraboev, 24, worked in a gyro shop.

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‘Jihadi John’ Not Poor, Uneducated Or Lacking Opportunity

From an unfazed Washington Post:

‘Jihadi John’: The Islamic State killer behind the mask is a young Londoner

By Souad Mekhennet and Adam Goldman | February 26, 2015

LONDON — The world knows him as “Jihadi John,” the masked man with a British accent who has beheaded several hostages held by the Islamic State and who taunts audiences in videos circulated widely online.

But his real name, according to friends and others familiar with his case, is Mohammed Emwazi, a Briton from a well-to-do family who grew up in West London and graduated from college with a degree in computer programming…

“I have no doubt that Mohammed is Jihadi John,” said one of Emwazi’s close friends who identified him in an interview with The Washington Post.

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ISIS Destroy Museum Artifacts In Mosul And Burn Library

From the International Business Times:

Iraq: Isis take sledgehammers to priceless Assyrian artefacts at Mosul museum

By Gianluca Mezzofiore, Arij Limam, Sabine Schwab | February 26, 2015

The Islamic State (Isis) has published a video showing militants destroying ancient artefacts in a Mosul museum with sledgehammer and pickaxes. IS fighters are seen unveiling old statues in the Ninawa museum dating back to the Assyrian empire and then dragging them down to the ground, where they fall into pieces.

Then, they are depicted pounding 3,000-year-old sculptures with hammers until they are completely shattered. Tens of militants are seen using ladders, hammers and drills to destroy every statue in the museum, including a winged-bull Assyrian protective deity dating back to the 9th century BC.

"These ruins that are behind me, they are idols and statues that people in the past used to worship instead of Allah," an IS militant says at some point, with an immense horse-like figure in the background.

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FCC Chair Refuses To Testify Before Congress Before Vote

From National Review:

FCC Chair Refuses to Testify before Congress ahead of Net Neutrality Vote

By Andrew Johnson | February 25, 2015

Two prominent House committee chairs are “deeply disappointed” in Federal Communications Commission chairman Tom Wheeler for refusing to testify before Congress as “the future of the Internet is at stake.”

Is their disappointment deep enough for them to send the House Sergeant of Arms and the Capitol Police over to his offices to bring him in?

Wheeler’s refusal to go before the House Oversight Committee on Wednesday comes on the eve of the FCC’s vote on new Internet regulations pertaining to net neutrality.

One of the most Orwellian terms since the ‘Affordable Care Act.’

The committee’s chairman, Representative Jason Chaffetz (R., Utah), and Energy and Commerce Committee chairman Fred Upton (R., Mich.) criticized Wheeler and the administration for lacking transparency on the issue.

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43% Of Portland’s ‘Chronic Homeless’ Have $20K In Bank

From Oregon’s Portland Press-Herald:

Some long-term users of Portland shelters had at least $20,000 in bank, audit finds

By Randy Billings | February 23, 2015

More than one-third of the 30 people who stayed the longest at two city-run homeless shelters each had at least $20,000 in bank accounts, according to a state audit of Portland’s General Assistance program.

And how many of them were receiving numerous government benefits?

Among those 13 people, the person who had stayed at city shelters the longest had nearly $92,500 in his accounts, while another was reported to have as much as $161,000 in liquid assets, the state says…

Meanwhile, what does the average working stiff have in the savings and liquid assets?

The audit done by Department of Health and Human Services examiners concluded that the city “is in violation of a number of statutory and regulatory requirements, including but not limited to improper eligibility determination and reimbursement practices…"

Since 1989, the city has been providing GA [General Assistance] to people who stay at a homeless shelter without having them fill out a form to determine financial eligibility…

Gee, that’s sort of like the way Obama-Care has been giving out subsidies based on the ‘honor system.’

In any case, it’s in the Portland city father’s interests to let as many people stay in the shelters as possible.

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