AP: Cruz Launches Campaign At A Christian College!

From an outraged Associated Press:

Cruz launches campaign at world’s largest Christian college

By PHILIP ELLIOTT | March 23, 2015

LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) — Sen. Ted Cruz showed he was a candidate in a hurry early Monday morning, announcing his presidential candidacy on Twitter just after midnight, several hours before the official launch at the college founded by the late Rev. Jerry Falwell Monday morning.

The Texas Republican’s choice of Liberty University for Monday’s speech indicates he plans an aggressive courtship of cultural conservatives and young voters.

How outrageous, to announce at a Christian college. Mr. Cruz should have announced at a more modest place. Like when Obama announced his candidacy from where Abraham Lincoln ran for the Presidency.

Cruz became the first high-profile Republican to officially enter the 2016 contest even though, like others, he has been campaigning in all but name for many months.


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Obama Role In Israel Election Bigger Than Reported

From The Hill:

Netanyahu pollster: Obama role in election larger than reported

By Jesse Byrnes | March 22, 2015

President Obama’s role during the Israeli elections was larger than reported, according to a pollster for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party.

Especially since Obama’s role in the Israeli elections wasn’t reported by the mainstream media at all.

"What was not well reported in the American media is that President Obama and his allies were playing in the election to defeat Prime Minister Netanyahu," John McLaughlin, a Republican strategist, said in an interview on John Catsimatidis’s "The Cats Roundtable" radio show broadcast Sunday on AM 970 in New York.

Of course, The Hill is only reporting this now that the elections are over. After all, what harm can it do now?


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Obama Won’t Accept Bibi’s Walkback Of No 2 States

From the Washington Post:

Obama: Netanyahu statements leave little room for serious peace talks

By Juliet Eilperin | March 21, 2015

President Obama said that he takes Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “at his word” that he cannot support a separate Palestinian state alongside Israel, dismissing the idea that Netanyahu has softened his stance since winning reelection Tuesday… On Thursday the prime minister walked back those comments, telling American broadcasters he would still be open to the creation of a Palestinian state but that “circumstances have to change” before that would be possible.

But in an interview with the Huffington Post released Saturday, Obama made it clear the United States was still reassessing its relationship with its longtime ally based on Netanyahu’s preelection vow.

“We take him at his word when he said that it wouldn’t happen during his prime ministership, and so that’s why we’ve got to evaluate what other options are available to make sure that we don’t see a chaotic situation in the region,” Obama said, adding that he made his position clear during a congratulatory phone call to Netanyahu on Thursday.


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Khamenei: ‘Death to America!,’ Kerry Hails Progress

From the Times of Israel:

Khamenei calls ‘Death to America’ as Kerry hails progress on nuke deal

March 21, 2015

Iran’s Supreme leader Ali Khamenei called for “Death to America” on Saturday, a day after President Barack Obama appealed to Iran to seize a “historic opportunity” for a nuclear deal and a better future, and as US Secretary of State John Kerry claimed substantial progress toward an accord.

Khamenei told a crowd in Tehran that Iran would not capitulate to Western demands. When the crowd started shouting, “Death to America,” the ayatollah responded: “Of course yes, death to America, because America is the original source of this pressure.

“They insist on putting pressure on our dear people’s economy,” he said, referring to economic sanctions aimed at halting Iran’s nuclear program.


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ISIS Posts The Names, Addresses Of 100 US Military

From Reuters:

Islamic State calls on backers to kill 100 U.S. military personnel

By Will Dunham and Eric Beech | March 21, 2015

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Islamic State has posted online what it says are the names, U.S. addresses and photos of 100 American military service members, and called upon its "brothers residing in America" to kill them… In the posting, a group referring to itself as the "Islamic State Hacking Division" wrote in English that it had hacked several military servers, databases and emails and made public the information on 100 members of the U.S. military so that "lone wolf" attackers can kill them…

And here is more via the Agence France Presse:

US Marine Corps urges ‘vigilance’ after online Islamist threat

By Jenny Vaughan | March 22, 2015

Washington (AFP) – The US Marine Corps on Sunday urged "vigilance" after a group claiming to be Islamic State hackers published what they said were the names and addresses of 100 military personnel and urged supporters to kill them… The US Marine Corps said it was visiting all affected staff, and urged caution online.



US Pulls Its Last Troops (Special Forces) From Yemen

From CBS News:

U.S. pulling troops from Yemen after mosque attacks

March 21, 2015

A day after suicide bombers attacked a pair of mosques in the Yemeni capital, the U.S. military decided to pull the remainder of its troops out of the rapidly fragmenting nation, CBS News confirmed Saturday…

CBS News national security correspondent David Martin reports that the withdrawal of about 100 special operations troops would be completed within hours. Martin reports that no direct threat prompted the decision. Instead, it was the overall deterioration of the country.

Did we use helicopters to pull them off the roof of the American embassy? But don’t worry. This is really a success for Obama. We have left behind over $500,000 worth of military supplies. (And, in reality, that number if probably many times higher.)

So once again Obama has managed to arm our country’s enemies without having to go through Congress.



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Rep Pleads: Protect Coal Plants – For The Manatees

From McClatchy News:

Lawmaker: Protect coal plants to help the manatees

By Sean Cockerham | March 19, 2015

From November to April, hundreds of manatees huddle in the warm discharge canal of one of Florida’s biggest coal-fired plants, the Big Bend Power Station near Tampa, as camera-toting families point and laugh from a viewing deck at the gentle creatures lolling near the smokestacks.

Some two-thirds of Florida’s endangered manatees rely on discharge waters from power plants for winter warmth, according to federal biologists. It’s a fact that congressional Republicans are seizing on to challenge the centerpiece of President Barack Obama’s agenda to fight climate change, a plan to slash carbon emissions that could force large-scale closures of coal plants.

The cynical opportunistic bastards. We all know they really hate Manatees.



Fast Food Limits Didn’t Cut Obesity Rate In South LA

From the Associated Press:

Study: Fast-food limits didn’t cut obesity rate in South LA

By ALICIA CHANG | March 19, 2015

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A much-hailed law that restricted the opening of new stand-alone fast-food restaurants in one of the poorest sections of Los Angeles did not curb obesity or improve diets, a new study found.

You could knock us down with a French fry. We thought this would work for sure.

City lawmakers passed the zoning ordinance in 2008 that limited the opening or expansion of fast-food outlets in a 32-square-mile area south of Interstate 10 that struggles with high obesity rates and other health problems.

The law, believed to be the first effort of its kind by a major city to improve public health, did not ban new eateries in strip malls.



Obama To Unveil (Even More) Fracking Restrictions

From the Politico:

Obama to unveil fracking rules

By Elana Schor | March 19, 2015

The Obama administration is set to unveil the first major nationwide safety restrictions on fracking, touching off a fresh political confrontation between the president and his critics in Congress and the energy industry.

Obama’s ‘War On The Middle Class’ continues. After all, it is the middle class that is benefiting from lower energy costs when they buy their gas, their groceries, their clothes and heat or cool their houses.

The Interior Department’s rules — expected to be released as soon as Friday — are the federal government’s most comprehensive foray to date toward regulating the technology at the heart of the U.S. oil and gas boom, addressing worries such as potential dangers to drinking water…

And bigger worries such as America becoming energy independent.



Judge Hanen Threatens Penalties For DOJ Deception

From Breitbart:

Federal Judge Admonished DOJ Over Apparent Deception: ‘I Was Made to Look like an Idiot’

By Ildefonso Ortiz | March 19, 2015

BROWNSVILLE, Texas — The U.S. Government lied to a federal judge, misrepresented facts and illegally gave 100,081 illegal aliens immigration status despite a pending lawsuit and an injunction. That is the argument that attorneys representing Texas and more than two dozen other states made.

During the heated court hearing Andrew Hanen, a U.S. District Court Judge, said that the apparent violation had made him look like an idiot since he initially believed the U.S. Government.

Which is always a mistake.

During the hearings leading to an injunction handed down by Judge Hanen, attorney’s with the Department of Justice claimed that if an injunction was filed nothing would be done.



Half Of Americans Unaware Of Obama-Care Penalty

From the Washington Examiner:

Half of Americans unaware of Obamacare penalty

By Paige Winfield Cunningham | March 19, 2015

… A Kaiser Family Foundation poll released Thursday found that while slightly more than half of respondents were aware the penalty kicks in this year, one in five think it goes into effect next year, roughly one in six say they don’t know when it goes into effect, and one in 10 believe it was rolled out last year.

What does this tell you about how Obama-Care was sold to the public by the administration and their news media minions? The Obama-Care penalty (which is just one of the several Obama-Care taxes) was downplayed so much, even five years almost half the country doesn’t know they will be penalized for not buying health insurance.


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GOP: At Least $5.7B Wasted On Obama-Care So Far

From The Hill:

GOP Senate Finance: At least $5.7B wasted on ObamaCare so far

By Sarah Ferris | 03/19/15

Republicans on the Senate Finance Committee say they have found at least $5.7 billion in wasted ObamaCare spending from the last five years. Panel Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) said his staff have tallied the costs of five programs that have failed or "added no value," from the dysfunctional HealthCare.gov website to the national sign-up navigator program. "That is $5.7 billion down the drain," Hatch said during a hearing Thursday to mark the fifth anniversary of ObamaCare’s passage.

To paraphrase the former Republican Senator from Illinois, Everett Dirksen, ‘$5.7 billion here and  $5.7 billion there, and soon you are talking about real money.’

The federal government’s HealthCare.gov, which broke down in the fall of 2013, has been one of the most criticized components of ObamaCare’s rollout.


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WHO Delayed Ebola Emergency For Muslim Pilgrims

From the Associated Press:

Emails reveal WHO delayed declaring Ebola emergency due to political considerations

March 20, 2015

GENEVA –  By early June of last year, the Ebola epidemic centered on Guinea was the deadliest ever recorded. Foreign workers were being evacuated. Top disease-fighters warned that the virus could soon spread across West Africa.

But the World Health Organization resisted sounding the alarm until August, partly for political reasons, despite the fact that senior staff in Africa proposed doing so in June, The Associated Press has found. The two-month delay, some argue, may have cost lives. More than 10,000 are believed to have been killed by the virus since WHO first announced the outbreak a year ago.

WHO has acknowledged acting too slowly to control the Ebola epidemic… Internal documents obtained by AP… show that WHO’s top leaders were informed of how dire the situation was.


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Hillary’s Charity Didn’t Disclose Donors As Promised

From Reuters, of all places:

Exclusive: Despite Hillary Clinton promise, charity did not disclose donors

By Jonathan Allen | March 19, 2015

NEW YORK (Reuters) – In 2008, Hillary Clinton promised Barack Obama, the president-elect, there would be no mystery about who was giving money to her family’s globe-circling charities. She made a pledge to publish all the donors on an annual basis to ease concerns that as secretary of state she could be vulnerable to accusations of foreign influence.

At the outset, the Clinton Foundation did indeed publish what they said was a complete list of the names of more than 200,000 donors and has continued to update it. But in a breach of the pledge, the charity’s flagship health program, which spends more than all of the other foundation initiatives put together, stopped making the annual disclosure in 2010, Reuters has found.


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