NCAA Outraged At Indiana RRFA, Ignores KY’s, CT’s

From Campus Reform:

Despite 19 states with similar laws, universities, NCAA outraged over Indiana’s ‘Religious Freedom’ bill

By Kaitlyn Schallhorn | March 30, 2015

… With the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship set to be held in Indianapolis on April 6, the NCAA President Mark Emmert has vocalized his own concern over Indiana’s legislation that says the government cannot “ substantially burden” a person because of their religious beliefs.

Emmert has said that the NCAA is “surprised and disappointed” in the law and that the organization is waiting to see if it is repealed or changed before it’s implemented.

"I’m anxiously awaiting whatever clarification that the legislature can bring forward to this bill so we can really know what it means and what it doesn’t mean," Emmert told ESPN.

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Sharpton: Indiana’s RRFA Is Like Slavery, Jim Crow

From the Daily Caller:

Al Sharpton Compares Indiana Religious Freedom Law To Slavery, Jim Crow

By Alex Griswold | March 30, 2015

In the opening segment of MSNBC’s “PoliticsNation,” host and notorious tax-evader Al Sharpton compared the newly-enacted Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act to Jim Crow and slavery. “This is a key moment for the country,” he said.

“Too often in our history, we’ve seen religion used to justify attacks on other people’s rights, from slavery, to Jim Crow, to women’s right to vote.”

That’s funny. We seem to recall religion being used to end slavery (the abolitionists were highly religious Christians) and to over turn Jim Crow (Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.). Exactly what history is Al Sharpton talking about?

“That same fight is with us today,” Sharpton concluded, “And we can’t let it stand.”

Not as long as there is a buck to be made.

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Politico Realizes Hillary Emails Might Be Retrievable

From the Politico:

Hillary’s emails: Deleted but not gone

By Joseph Marks and Rachael Bade | March 30, 2015

As House Republican leaders weigh whether to try to force former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to hand over her personal email server, experts say the messages she deleted from it — or at least portions of them — can almost certainly be recovered.

Which is true, unless her minions degaussed the hard drives or broke them into pieces. But, of course, this is precisely why Hillary is refusing to hand over the server.

Half a dozen computer forensics experts interviewed by POLITICO said remnants of Clinton’s emails likely still exist on the server, although retrieving them could be time intensive and expensive…

[P]ermanent deletion is extremely difficult to achieve, the experts said.

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2 ‘Cross Dressers’ Tried To Crash NSA Security Gate

From the Washington Post:

Shooting at NSA headquarters leaves one dead

By Peter Hermann, Sari Horwitz and Ellen Nakashima | March 30, 2015

The overnight tryst began in Baltimore, with three men, two dressed as women. It continued at a motel on U.S. 1, and when one of the men woke up Monday morning, his two cross-dressing companions, and his Ford Escape, were gone. The dark-colored Escape was headed south on the Baltimore-Washington Parkway.

Its driver, in what authorities believe could have been a mistake, took a restricted exit leading to a security post at the sprawling campus of the National Security Agency at Fort Meade, Md.

An NSA statement said the driver ignored police commands to stop and instead accelerated toward a police vehicle as at least one officer opened fire.

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Anonymous Threatens Israel With Cyber Holocaust

From an unfazed Newsweek:

Hacker Group Anonymous Threatens Israel With ‘Electronic Holocaust’

By Jack Moore | March 30, 2015

Cyber activist group Anonymous has released an internet video which threatens Israel with an “electronic Holocaust” on April 7, in a massive cyber attack planned to fall just over a week before Holocaust Remembrance Day on April 16, known in Israel as Yom HaShoah.

Anonymous? Those loveable scamps who did all they could to disrupt Ferguson’s internet services, including the police and fire departments? Those crazy kids who posted the names and addresses and family members of Ferguson police officers as targets?

The video shows a masked figure in a suit and tie delivering a prepared statement, warning that the group will eradicate Israel from cyberspace “for… crimes in the Palestinian territories”.

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Obama Suffers Blow To Legacy With Iran Deal Delay

From The Hill:

Obama faces enormous stakes as Iran talks go down to wire

By Jordan Fabian | March 30, 2015

The centerpiece of President Obama’s second-term foreign policy agenda is hanging in the balance Tuesday as negotiators struggle to reach a deal to limit Iran’s nuclear program.

Here we thought it was Israel that was facing enormous stakes. But naturally, it’s all about Obama, at least as far as the MSM are concerned.

Obama has raised the stakes on the negotiations, and if a deal fails to materialize before the March 31 deadline, it will be a blow to his legacy and criticism of the White House will be intense…

So given that there is no deal and the deadline has been pushed back to the end of June — then Obama must have suffered a blow to his legacy and the criticism of him must be intense.

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WP: ‘Clear Majority’ Supports Nuke Deal With Iran

From the Washington Post:

Poll: Clear majority supports nuclear deal with Iran

By Scott Clement and Peyton M. Craighill | March 30, 2015

By a nearly 2 to 1 margin, Americans support the notion of striking a deal with Iran that restricts the nation’s nuclear program in exchange for loosening sanctions, a new Washington Post-ABC News poll finds. But the survey — released hours before Tuesday’s negotiating deadline — also finds few Americans are hopeful that such an agreement will be effective. Nearly six in 10 say they are not confident that a deal will prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons, unchanged from 15 months ago

Talk about a bipolar poll. We are supposed to believe that by a 2 to 1 margin Americans want a deal with Iran that they don’t believe will be effective?

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France Is Pushing For A Real Deal On Iran’s Nukes

From Foreign Policy magazine:

How France Became an Iran Hawk

The French don’t trust Iran’s nuclear promises, but they don’t trust Washington much, either.

By Joseph Bahout, Benjamin Haddad | March 30, 2015

As a March 31 deadline looms in the negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program, the United States and France, two strong allies, have found themselves increasingly at odds, at times quite publicly.

Why not? After all, France is actually our oldest ally. Having helped us get independence from the British. So it’s only natural for Obama to turn on them.

While the White House has been pushing hard for consensus on the framework for a deal ahead of the deadline, Paris has been pushing back. “Repeating that an agreement has to be reached by the end of March is a bad tactic.

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Yippee! Iran Nuke Talks To Continue In New Phase

From an unfazed Associated Press:

Officials: Iran nuke talks to continue in new phase

By GEORGE JAHN and MATTHEW LEE | March 31, 2015

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Wrapping up six days of marathon nuclear talks with mixed results, Iran and six world powers prepared Tuesday to issue a general statement agreeing to continue negotiations in a new phase aimed at reaching a comprehensive accord by the end of June, officials told The Associated Press on Tuesday.

So what was all the media hoopla about the March 31 deadline? It turns out that this was just another round of talks before the comprehensive agreement deadline of July 1 2015.

So far there have been at least been 13 rounds of negotiations between the 5+1 (UN permanent Security Council members) and Iran since February 2014.

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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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