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Hillary Puts Diva-Like Demands In Her Speech Contracts

From the UK’s Daily Mail:

Hillary’s $2,777 PER MINUTE speaking contracts demand a ‘presidential’ teleprompter, let her cancel ‘for any reason whatsoever’ and she’s the only one allowed on stage

By David Martosko | 16 July 2014

Hillary Clinton, the former secretary of state who is preparing to run for president on a populist platform of fighting income inequality, demanded $2,777 per minute for two university speaking engagements and insisted on contracts that cut off reporters’ access to her and limited the number of photos she would take with well-wishers.

Besides, we’re pretty sure she still gets less money per speech than the ‘Big Creep.’

The Harry Walker Agency drew up legal agreements for Clinton’s speeches at the State University of New York at Buffalo in August 2013 and at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas next month.


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Woman Who Hoped BHO Would Buy Gas ‘Transformed’

First there is this from the Daily Caller:

Biden Admits 2008′s Hope And Change ‘Didn’t Happen’

By Brendan Bordelon | July 7, 2014

Vice President Joe Biden admitted to a group of young progressives on Wednesday that the “change” promised in his and President Obama’s 2008 “Hope and Change” campaign “didn’t happen,” but urged the left-wing youngsters not to throw in the towel.

“Look folks, this is within our power to change,” he told the kids gathered for the annual convention of Generation Progress, the youth branch of the left-wing Center for American Progress think-tank.

“Everybody says because we tried in ’08 and it didn’t happen, it’s not possible,” Biden admitted soberly. “Wrong. We’ve gone through these periods before. We’ve gone through these periods.” “Folks, this is totally within our power,” the vice president exhorted (not for the first time).


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DOJ Investigating IRS Emails, House Blocks IRS Bonuses

From the Associated Press:

Justice Dept. Investigating Missing IRS Emails

July 17, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department is investigating the circumstances behind the disappearance of emails from a former senior Internal Revenue Service official, part of a broader criminal inquiry into whether the agency had targeted conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status, according to congressional testimony released Wednesday.

In a statement to be delivered to a congressional committee on Thursday, Deputy Attorney General James Cole says investigators are looking into emails that went missing from the computer of Lois Lerner…

"The IRS investigation was launched by the department without hesitation and immediately after Ms. Lerner publicly acknowledged the potential misconduct," Justice Department spokeswoman Emily Pierce said in a statement. The probe remains a top priority for the department, she said…




Lawyer: Bergdahl Is Grateful To Obama, Case Is Complex

From Time magazine:

Lawyer: Bergdahl ‘Deeply Grateful’ to Obama

Army sergeant held by Taliban believes President’s decision “saved his life,” his attorney Eugene Fidell tells TIME

By Mark Thompson | July 16, 2014

No one’s heard anything yet from Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the former prisoner-of-war freed in a May 31 swap for five Taliban leaders after nearly five years as a Taliban prisoner. He hasn’t spoken to the press—by all accounts, he hasn’t even spoken to his parents. But, in typical American fashion, he has retained—and spoken to—an attorney.

An attorney with a long history of opposing the ‘war on terror’ and supporting Gitmo detainees. (A detail Time strangely omits.)

“Sergeant Bergdahl is deeply grateful to President Obama for having saved his life,” Eugene Fidell, retained a week ago by the soldier, told TIME on Wednesday.


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Shocker: Honduras Wants More Aid (‘Mini-Marshall Plan’)

From Reuters:

Honduras wants ‘mini-Marshall plan’ for U.S. aid on migrants

By Gustavo Palencia | July 16, 2014

TEGUCIGALPA (Reuters) – Honduran officials on Wednesday called for U.S. aid to Central America to reduce violence that has fueled a surge of child migration to the United States, with the foreign minister calling for a "mini-Marshall plan" to attack the broader underlying problems.

Honduran President Juan Hernandez said Washington should help Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras fight gangs with a plan similar to U.S. anti-drug programs in Colombia and Mexico, as well as funds to lift growth in the impoverished region.

Yes, just look at how Mexico has put an end to their drug cartels. But the begging never stops. Everyone always has their hand out to Uncle Sugar.



HSS: It Costs Up To $1,000 A Day To Care For Alien Kids

From the Agence France Presse:

Up to $1,000 a day to care for child migrants

July 16, 2014

Washington (AFP) – As US lawmakers grapple with ways to slash spending, many were shocked to learn authorities are spending $250 to $1,000 per day to care for each minor apprehended crossing the US border…

"One of the figures that sticks in everybody’s mind is we’re paying about $250 to $1,000 per child," Senator Jeff Flake told reporters, citing figures presented at a closed-door briefing by Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson.

Why did this only come out in a ‘closed door’ briefing? Doesn’t the American taxpayer have the right to know how much they are paying for these ‘gifts of love’?

Besides, if they are admitting to $1,000 a day, you can bet the real costs are many times higher.


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Dems Now Demand $4B Without Changes To ’2008 Law’

From an unquestioning Associated Press:

Obama on a high wire on immigration law changes

By JIM KUHNHENN and ERICA WERNER | July 16, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic opposition increased Wednesday to legal changes that would speed removals of young Central American migrants, jeopardizing President Barack Obama’s call for $3.7 billion in emergency border spending to deal with the remarkable surge of unaccompanied youths at the South Texas border…

Democratic resistance to such changes hardened, with House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi changing her stance Wednesday and announcing her opposition to altering the law in a way that would create shortcuts around the immigration court system for Central American youths.

Wow, we’re really blindsided by this. We were so sure Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi and other top Democrats were serious when they said they were willing to change the 2008 law in exchange for the $4 billion dollars Obama is requesting.



Texas Pipeline Creates An Illegal Alien Super-Highway

Some more fodder to whip up the xenophobic paranoia of the bigoted opponents of illegal aliens.

First, once again from Breitbart:

Texas Pipeline Creates Illegal Immigrant Super-Highway

By Bob Price | July 16, 2014

FALFURRIAS, Texas—A natural gas pipeline being constructed in the western portions of Brooks County is rapidly becoming a super-highway for illegal immigrants struggling to sneak around the U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint located in the county. Workers report regularly seeing illegals making their way along the pathway of the pipeline.

The irony. On our northern border Obama has managed to completely block the Keystone Pipeline. Meanwhile, on our southern border, he has opened the future Democrat voter pipeline, which is a gusher. And which do you think is a greater threat to the health and well-being of our country?


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Released Illegal Alien Arrested For Murder, Kidnapping

Here is some more fodder to whip up more xenophobic racist paranoid fears out of nothing.

First from Breitbart:

EXCLUSIVE: Released Alien from Border Crisis Arrested for Alleged Murder, Kidnapping in Texas

By Brandon Darby | July 16, 2014

LUBBOCK, Texas—An illegal immigrant who was released by U.S. authorities with a Notice to Appear has been arrested for the alleged murder of a woman and kidnapping of children on U.S. soil. The alleged crimes occurred after the man was released.

The man, Pedro Alberto Monterroso-Navas, entered the U.S. illegally with children and turned himself in to U.S. Border Patrol agents. He was processed and released, as are all illegal immigrants who come as unaccompanied minors or incomplete family units from Central America. The alien is from Honduras.



Yahoo!: Protests Against Illegals Fueled By Paranoid Lies

A truly hilarious example of media propaganda, courtesy of Yahoo News:

Rumors swirl around migrant kids, fueling local backlash

From Ebola to MS-13, some stoke fears about unaccompanied minors

By Liz Goodwin | July 17, 2014

LAWTON, Okla — … Towns in Texas, Virginia, California, Illinois and other states have put up obstacles in the federal government’s way, saying they don’t want shelters for the children built there. Some of the locals are raising reasonable concerns about their town or city’s capability to care for the kids and whether allowing them to stay and face trial in the country will encourage more illegal immigration. But other concerns are merely dressed-up conspiracy theories and old-fashioned xenophobia.

Paranoia—especially when it comes to outsiders and foreigners—has a storied history in American politics on both the right and left, and elected officials have been exploiting that to get votes or further their own policy agendas for hundreds of years…

These rumors—that the kids carry dangerous diseases, or are secret agents for drug cartels, or will quickly be given citizenship en masse by Obama—have contributed to hostility against a vulnerable group of young people fleeing violence in their home countries.



Patrick Leahy Compare Illegal Alien Crisis To Holocaust

From The Hill:

Sen. Leahy cites the Holocaust in opposing changes to border law

By Ramsey Cox | July 16, 2014

Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) on Wednesday cited the Holocaust as he argued against a Republican push to deal with the influx of illegal immigrants crossing the southern border by amending a 2008 human trafficking law.

Remember, it’s considered to be in the absolute worst taste to ever bring up Hitler or the Holocaust. Unless you are a liberal. Then you can compare anything you want to the holocaust at the drop of a hat.

“Think of all those Jews that went to the ovens because we forgot our principles,” Leahy said. “Let’s not turn our backs now.”

Huh? Exactly what principles did we forget?



Gallup Poll: Illegal Immigration America’s Top Problem

From Gallup:

One in Six Say Immigration Most Important U.S. Problem

By Lydia Saad | July 16, 2014

PRINCETON, NJ — With thousands of undocumented immigrant minors crossing the nation’s southern border in recent months, the percentage of Americans citing immigration as the top problem has surged to 17% this month, up from 5% in June, and the highest seen since 2006. As a result, immigration now virtually ties "dissatisfaction with government," at 16%, as the primary issue Americans think of when asked to name the country’s top problem…

‘Dissatisfaction with government’ is a positive sign, too.

This is not the first time that immigration has spiked in the public’s consciousness. Most recently, Gallup found the issue increasing to 10% in 2010, at a time when a new immigration law in Arizona was making news…

Or, rather, when Obama was suing Arizona for trying to secure the border and enforce our immigration laws.


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Republican PACs Suffering Out Of Fear Of Being ‘Koch-ed’

From the Washington Examiner:

Is a fear of ‘getting Koch’ed’ hurting Republican super PACs?

By David M. Drucker | July 16, 2014

Democratic super PACs have outraised their Republican counterparts by millions, a factor attributed in part to GOP donors’ fear of being targeted by the Internal Revenue Service — or “getting Koch’ed.” …

Let’s hope this headline is a rhetorical question. Because that was the whole idea behind demonizing the Koch Brothers. And that is exactly why Obama and the IRS have been so relentless in trying to find out the name of the donors to conservative PACS, in order to demonize them as well.

[The] concern has arisen in the wake of revelations that the IRS has targeted conservative groups for extra scrutiny and leaked confidential information about their contributors.


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USDA: Give Free Movie Tickets To People On Food Stamps

From the Washington Free Beacon:

USDA Suggests Changes to Grocery Stores to ‘Nudge’ Consumers to Eat Healthy

By Elizabeth Harrington | July 15, 2014

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is suggesting major changes to grocery stores to “nudge” Americans to purchase healthier foods when they shop.  The agency commissioned an “expert panel” to make recommendations on how to guide the more than 47 million Americans on food stamps into spending their benefits on fruits and vegetables.

The group released an 80-page report this month presenting their ideas, which include talking shopping carts and a marketing strategy for grocery chains that would feature better store lighting for healthier items…

Initial suggestions from the USDA on how to alter the grocery environment include stores offering “SNAP-Ed cooking classes” and consultations with dieticians…

Another idea included a point-based system where food stamp recipients could receive movie tickets in exchange for healthy food purchases.


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