Obama: Climate Change Is Greatest Threat To Planet

From the Agence France Presse:

Obama says ‘no greater threat to planet than climate change’

April 18, 2015

Washington (AFP) – US President Barack Obama said Saturday that climate change poses the world’s biggest single threat. "Today, there’s no greater threat to our planet than climate change," Obama said in his weekly address, which had an environmental theme to mark Earth Day on April 22.

Not Iran getting the bomb? Not ISIS taking over the Middle East? No, ‘climate change’ is the greatest threat facing our planet. Even though there has not been any increase in the world’s temperature for 18 years. And even though it’s something that, even if it were true (and it isn’t), will not make any appreciable difference for decades.

"Climate change can no longer be denied, or ignored," he added, noting that 2014 was the hottest year on record…

And never mind that NASA, which first made this claim, has since retracted it.

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Rubio To Spanish TV: I Won’t Cancel Obama Amnesty

From the Daily Caller:

In Spanish Interview, Marco Rubio Says It’s ‘Important Not To Cancel’ Obama’s Executive Amnesty

By Chuck Ross | April 18, 2015 

Florida U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio offered a measure of support for President Obama’s first executive amnesty program, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, during a recent interview he conducted in Spanish this week with Univision’s Jorge Ramos. Rubio’s comments mark a reversal of sorts from criticism he offered of DACA last year…

In English.

“But DACA, I think it’s important not to cancel it from one moment to the next because you already have people benefiting from it.” Rubio told Ramos in the interview, which was posted online and translated by Grabien.

Drug dealers also benefit from not enforcing drug laws.

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NV Hookers Offer Extra ‘Free Time’ To Hillary Donors

First there is this via Campus Reform:

Students are ‘Ready for Hillary’ just because she’s a woman

By Caleb Bonham | April 17, 2015

… It seems many students at the University of Washington can’t think of any reason why they should vote for Hillary Clinton in 2016 — other than her gender.

Campus Reform headed to Seattle, Wash., and asked several college students if they were “ready for Hillary” and why they would vote for her.

“She’s a woman, and that’s literally all,” one female student told Campus Reform. “Because it’s time we have a female president,” another woman said…

How true. After all, both India and Pakistan have had female Presidents. And look how great women have it in those countries. Still, we can see the bumper stickers now: ‘Vote for Hillary, she has ovaries!’

Meanwhile, another important voting bloc has weighed in, via Breitbart:

‘Hookers for Hillary': Bunny Ranch Employees Endorse Hillary Clinton

By Kelli Serio | April 18, 2015

Prostitutes from Dennis Hof’s Moonlite Bunny Ranch in Mound, Nevada have officially endorsed Hillary Clinton for president.

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Hillary Made More Per Hour Than The Top 10 US CEOs

From the Washington Examiner:

By one measure, Hillary earned more than America’s top 10 CEOs

By Mark Tapscott | April 19, 2015

… "I think it’s fair to say that if you look across the country, the deck is stacked in favor of those already at the top. There’s something wrong when CEOs make 300 times more than the American worker…" Clinton said during her first campaign swing last week at an Iowa community college…

[But] Clinton’s reported premium speaking fee of $300,000 per speech pales by comparison to the $131.2 million [salary] paid to McKesson CEO John Hammergren… [B]ut… a fairer comparison is to look at Clinton and the top 10 CEOs by calculating their total compensation divided by the Department of Labor standard of 2,080 work-hours in a year…

On that basis, the CEOs are pikers compared to an hour of Clinton speaking for $300,000.

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New Book Questions Donations To Clinton Foundation

From the New York Times:

New Book, ‘Clinton Cash,’ Questions Foreign Donations to Foundation

By AMY CHOZICK | April 19, 2015

The book does not hit shelves until May 5, but already the Republican Rand Paul has called its findings “big news” that will “shock people” and make voters “question” the candidacy of Hillary Rodham Clinton.

this is another job our news media has taken on. They always feel obligated to get ahead of any story that might reflect badly on one of their Democrat masters. They always try to discredit any such book or article even before it comes out.

“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.

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Top Clinton Foundation Donor Violated Iran Sanctions

From Newsweek:

Hillary Clinton’s Big Benefactor Has Trade Links with Iran

By Rory Ross | April 18, 2015

Enemies of Hillary Clinton waiting to discredit her bid for the White House are likely to seize on news that one of the biggest benefactors to the Clinton Foundation has been trading with Iran and may be in breach of US sanctions imposed on the country.

Note that lead. Also note that Newsweek put out this article on a Saturday morning. Probably in the hope that no one would notice. After all, lest we forget, Newsweek is the publication that spiked Michael Isikoff’s scoop on Clinton’s ‘affair’ with Monica Lewinsky.

Ukrainian oligarch Victor Pinchuk, 54, has courted the Clintons for at least nine years… Earlier this year, he was confirmed as the largest individual contributor to the Clinton Foundation…

The fourth richest man in Ukraine, Pinchuk owns Interpipe Group, a Cyprus-incorporated manufacturer of seamless pipes used in oil and gas sectors…

You can bet Hillary’s State Department would have never sat on the Keystone Pipeline decision if a major donor to her slush fund were behind it.

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Iran Prez Rouhani: ‘US Needs Deal More Than We Do’

From Breitbart:

Iranian President Rouhani: US Needs Deal More than We Do

By John Sexton | April 19, 2015

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani said Thursday he wants to press forward for a final nuclear deal with the P5+1 nations but added that the West needs the deal more than Iran does. “We do not want to speak about not reaching an agreement; agreement is what everyone needs; of course the 5+1 group needs this agreement more than us,” Rouhani told reporters in Iran on Thursday.

Rouhani went on to offer a possible explanation for his assessment of the deal saying, “if we do not reach an agreement, the sanctions regime will not continue like before.” He added, “They know that the sanctions regime has been disrupted and they know that this regime will not last.”

He’s right, of course.

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Iran Sends Convoy To Supply Its Terrorists In Yemen

From The Hill:

Iranian ship convoy moves toward Yemen, alarming US officials

By Kristina Wong | April 17, 2015

U.S. military officials are concerned that Iran’s support for Houthi rebels in Yemen could spark a confrontation with Saudi Arabia and plunge the region into sectarian war. Iran is sending an armada of seven to nine ships — some with weapons [sic] — toward Yemen in a potential attempt to resupply the Shia Houthi rebels, according to two U.S. defense officials.

Officials fear the move could lead to a showdown with the U.S. or other members of a Saudi-led coalition, which is enforcing a naval blockade of Yemen and is conducting its fourth week of airstrikes against the Houthis…

More accurately, the US is afraid that the Saudis will disobey Obama and confront the Iranians.

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Obama: Sanctions Must Be Lifted To Save Iran’s Face

From the Politico:

Obama: Iranians need to save face

Deal written to allow Iranians to claim sanctions will be lifted immediately.

By Sarah Wheaton | April 17, 2015

Provisions of a final deal to curb Iran’s nuclear program are likely to be written in a way that allows Iran to sell the plan back home while, in practice, achieving the goals of the United States and its allies, President Barack Obama told reporters.

This is one of the most jaw-dropping headlines and leads we have ever read. Or perhaps we should say, ‘mask slipping.’ These provisions are going to be written to give Iran everything it wants. And any pretense to the contrary will be for our ‘domestic consumption’ to help the US ‘save face.’

Speaking during a White House news conference with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, Obama stressed that the U.S.

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WH Statement Notes Christians Victims, But Not Islam

From the White House website:

Statement by National Security Council Spokesperson Bernadette Meehan on Murders in Libya

The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release
April 19, 2015

The United States condemns in the strongest terms the brutal mass murder purportedly of Ethiopian Christians by ISIL-affiliated terrorists in Libya. 

"Purportedly"? Still, at least they managed to note that the victims were Christians. Unlike their previous statements on various slaughtered Christians. Including the Christians slaughtered at the Christian University in Kenya, and the Egyptian Copts.

We express our condolences to the families of the victims and our support to the Ethiopian government and people as they grieve for their fellow citizens. That these terrorists killed these men solely because of their faith lays bare the terrorists’ vicious, senseless brutality.

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ISIS Videos Mass Beheading Of Christian Ethiopians

From an unfazed Associated Press:

Islamic State kills Ethiopian Christians in Libya

By JON GAMBRELL and ELIAS MESERET | April 19, 2015

CAIRO (AP) — Islamic State militants in Libya shot and beheaded groups of captive Ethiopian Christians, a video purportedly [sic] from the extremists showed Sunday. The attack widens the circle of nations affected by the group’s atrocities while showing its growth beyond a self-declared caliphate in Syria and Iraq.

The release of the 29-minute video comes a day after Afghanistan’s president blamed the extremists for a suicide attack in his country that killed at least 35 people — and underscores the chaos gripping Libya after its 2011 civil war and the killing of dictator Moammar Gadhafi…

‘Chaos’ courtesy of Mr. Obama and Mrs.

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Reader Selected News For The Week Apr 18 To Apr 24

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

Posting Guidelines

Only post news from established news media outlets.
Avoid editorials or opinion pieces unless they are truly newsworthy.
Avoid items that most people most likely have seen elsewhere.
Post articles that fit under the topic of a recent thread as a comment there. Always spell out the name of the source and post a link to it.
And always post less than one quarter of the original article.

Posts of articles that do not follow these guidelines may be edited or deleted.

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Business Can Fine Workers Who Opt Out Of ‘Wellness’

From an unfazed Reuters:

Obama administration to remove hurdle to ‘wellness’ penalties

By Sharon Begley | April 17, 2015

NEW YORK (Reuters) – In what would be a significant and hard-fought victory for U.S. businesses, the Obama administration said on Thursday it will propose new rules for workplace wellness programs that would treat as voluntary even plans that penalize workers thousands of dollars for not participating. That decision, which will be published in the Federal Register on Monday…

This article is practically gibberish. But it’s a textbook example of the kind of government encroachment on our lives we said would happen under Obama-Care. In a nutshell, Obama’s Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has decided that businesses can basically fine employees who do not go into wellness programs.

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O’Malley Rips Hillary: Late On Gay Marriage, Amnesty

From the Washington Post:

O’Malley knocks Clinton on same-sex marriage, immigration

By John Wagner | April 16, 2015

Former Maryland governor Martin O’Malley, who is gearing up for his own 2016 presidential bid, appears increasingly comfortable taking shots at Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Where is the outrage at a powerful man beating up on a poor defenseless woman? (Or, that’s right. Mr. O’Malley is not a Republican.) Besides, everyone knows it just for show. Now that Hillary has the nomination sewn up, the Democrats need to make her seem like a moderate.

Hence this outburst from O’Malley and Elizabeth Warren’s recent comments. In fact, Hillary is probably already at working trying to come up with her own ‘Sister Souljah moment.’

On Thursday, O’Malley knocked the Democratic front-runner for two positions she’s taken in recent days that he has held for some time regarding same-sex marriage and immigration — suggesting she’s been motivated by polling…

Er, what did O’Malley say when Obama ‘evolved’ on same-sex marriage?

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Pelosi: Hillary’s Iraq Vote’s Irrelevant, She’s A Woman

From the Daily Caller:

Pelosi: Hillary’s Votes Don’t Matter, What’s Important Is She’s A Woman

By Alex Griswold | April 16, 2015 

When asked during her weekly press conference about whether then-New York Senator Hillary Clinton’s vote for the Iraq War should be “disqualifying,” Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said what was actually “important” was to elect a woman president.

And yet nobody calls such thinking ‘sexist.’ Go figure. Anyway, we wonder if Ms. Pelosi would say the same thing about Condoleezza Rice?

QUESTION: [Former Rhode Island Governor] Lincoln Chaffee said earlier this week that any Democrat who voted for the Iraq war should be disqualified as being your party’s nominee. You called the Iraq war among other things ‘a grotesque mistake.’ He was obviously implying that Hillary Clinton should not be the nominee.

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