Rector: The War on Poverty Has Been a Colossal Failure

An opinion piece from Robert Rector via the Heritage Foundation’s Daily Signal:

The War on Poverty Has Been a Colossal Flop

By Robert Rector | September 16, 2014

(Robert Rector is a leading national authority on poverty, the U.S.welfare system and immigration and is a Heritage Foundation Senior Research Fellow.)

Today, the U.S. Census Bureau will release its annual report on poverty. This report is noteworthy because this year marks the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon Johnson’s launch of the War on Poverty. Liberals claim that the War on Poverty has failed because we didn’t spend enough money. Their answer is just to spend more. But the facts show otherwise.

Since its beginning, U.S. taxpayers have spent $22 trillion on Johnson’s War on Poverty (in constant 2012 dollars).

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NRLB Orders CNN To Rehire Union Workers Fired In 2003

From the Associated Press (which has its own union problems):

US labor board orders CNN to rehire fired workers

By TOM RAUM | September 15, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Labor Relations Board ruled against the CNN cable television network on Monday in an 11-year-old labor dispute, ordering the network to rehire or compensate about 300 former workers.

We love swift justice.

The NLRB agreed with a November 2008 ruling by one of its administrative judges that CNN improperly replaced a unionized subcontractor, Team Video Services (TVS), with in-house non-union staffers, claiming "anti-union" bias. "We agree with the judge, essentially for the reasons he states, that CNN committed each of these violations," the board wrote.

Gee, the Obama-stacked NLRB sided with the unions? What a shock.

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Michelle’s Menu Push Puts ‘Moralistic Burden’ On Moms

From The College Fix:

Study: First Lady’s Health-Food Push ‘Moralistic, Elitist Burden’ on Moms

By Michael Cipriano, American University | September 15, 2014

A recently published study claims that the push for healthy, home-cooked family meals – pressure coming from famous “foodies,” public health officials and First Lady Michelle Obama – is actually a “moralistic … elitist … burden” on poor and working-class mothers…

The study says [Mrs. Obama] has been “influential in popularizing public health messages that emphasize the role that mothers play when it comes to helping children make healthy choices,” but that advice shames mothers into “unrealistic standards of ‘good’ mothering.”

And ‘shaming’ is almost as bad as bullying.

The North Carolina State University study contends the notion of healthy, home-cooked meals is an “alluring” but “tasty illusion, one that is moralistic, and rather elitist, instead of a realistic vision of cooking today.”

The study further contends home cooking represents an “elite foodie standpoint,” as many of the working-class families the authors spoke to lacked necessary kitchen space, reliable transportation to the grocery store and functional appliances.

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Shocker: GAO Finds Obama-Care Funds Abortion After All

From an unfazed Associated Press:

Concerns raised over ‘Obamacare’ abortion coverage

By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR | September 16, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — … The Government Accountability Office said in a report released late Monday that only 1 of 18 insurers it reviewed was separately itemizing a charge for coverage of elective abortions on enrollees’ bills.

That detail is important because the original compromise that President Barack Obama sealed with anti-abortion Democrats stipulated that no federal funds would be used to pay for elective abortions. Instead, private health plans covering the procedure would collect a separate premium, which would be segregated from federal subsidies for other medical services.

All of this is just as we predicted. And what everyone with any sense knew would happen. Including Bart Stupak.

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Reuters: 115,000 (Illegal Aliens) Could Lose Obama-Care

From a selectively outraged Reuters:

U.S. says 115,000 could lose Obamacare insurance over immigration

By David Morgan | September 15, 2014

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration on Monday said 115,000 people in 36 states could lose their private health insurance under Obamacare after Sept. 30, because of unresolved data problems involving their citizenship or immigration status.

Look at how Reuters reports this news. They aren’t upset at the fact that 115,000 illegal aliens got Obama-Care and untold billions in Obama-Care subsidies, courtesy of the US taxpayers. No, they are only upset that illegal aliens might lose their ill-gotten gains.

Another 363,000 people could see their insurance costs change, due to problems involving income data that is used to determine whether enrollees qualify for federal subsidies to help pay premiums on health plans obtained through the federal insurance marketplace, according to the administration.

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2013 Peterson Allegation Surfaces (And Other NFL News)

From Breitbart:

Previous Abuse Allegation against Adrian Peterson Involving Another 4-Year-Old

September 16, 2014

An additional allegation that Adrian Peterson cut a four-year-old boy — separate from the one he faces a charge for beating with a switch — while disciplining him has surfaced in Houston. The allegation stems from a visit the child made to Peterson’s home in The Woodlands, Texas, in June 2013.

KHOU-TV in Houston obtained text messages and pictures of one of Peterson’s children that purport to show evidence that the Minnesota Vikings running back caused harm to this four-year-old boy. A text exchange publicized by the station reads:

Mother: "What happened to his head?"
Peterson: "Hit his head on the Carseat."
Mother: "How does that happen, he got a whoopin in the car."
Peterson: "Yep."
Mother: "Why?"
Peterson: "I felt so bad.

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WH, NYT ‘Push Back’ Against Fears Of ISIS Entering US

From the New York Times:

U.S. Pushes Back Against Warnings That ISIS Plans to Enter From Mexico

By MICHAEL S. SCHMIDT | September 15, 2014

WASHINGTON — Militants for the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria have traveled to Mexico and are just miles from the United States. They plan to cross over the porous border and will “imminently” launch car bomb attacks. And the threat is so real that federal law enforcement officers have been placed at a heightened state of alert, and an American military base near the border has increased its security.

As the Obama administration and the American public have focused their attention on ISIS in recent weeks, conservative groups and leading Republicans have issued stark warnings like those that ISIS and other extremists from Syria are planning to enter the country illegally from Mexico.

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ISIS Imposes Strict New Curriculum In Iraq City Schools

From an irony-proof Associated Press:

Islamic State group issues new curriculum in Iraq

By SINAN SALAHEDDIN and VIVIAN SALAMA | September 15, 2014

BAGHDAD (AP) — The extremist-held Iraqi city of Mosul is set to usher in a new school year. But unlike years past, there will be no art or music. Classes about history, literature and Christianity have been "permanently annulled." The Islamic State group has declared patriotic songs blasphemous and ordered that certain pictures be torn out of textbooks.

So ISIS is adopting ‘Common Core,’ too?

But instead of compliance, Iraq’s second largest city has — at least so far — responded to the Sunni militants’ demands with silence.

That will show them! (But again, note the similarities to the US.)

Although the extremists stipulated that the school year would begin Sept.

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Kerry Asks For Help With ISIS From Iran, Gets Rejected

From the Associated Press:

Kerry: US open to talks with Iran on Islamic State

By ELAINE GANLEY and LARA JAKES | September 15, 2014

PARIS (AP) — As more than two dozen nations pledged Monday to help Iraq fight the Islamic State militants, the United States said it was open to talking to Iran about a role in resolving the crisis, despite Washington’s earlier opposition to Tehran even attending the conference. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry ruled out any military coordination with Iran, which in the end was not invited to Paris.

"That doesn’t mean that we are opposed to the idea of communicating to find out if they will come on board, or under what circumstances, or whether there is the possibility of a change," Kerry told a small group of reporters…

How many times have Obama and Kerry reached out to Iran, only to be slapped down?

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Obama To Put 3K Boots On The Ground – In West Africa

From the Agence France Presse:

Obama to announce major Ebola effort

By Stephen Collinson | September 15, 2014

Washington (AFP) – US President Barack Obama will on Tuesday seek to "turn the tide" in the Ebola epidemic by ordering 3,000 US military personnel to West Africa and launching a major health care training and hygiene program.

So Obama is sending in the military — putting boots on the ground – in West Africa, where they will fight Ebola, not terrorists. We didn’t realize that you could shoot a virus.

By the way, won’t this put those 3,000 soldiers at risk? And isn’t there the risk they may bring Ebola back to the states when they return home?

The White House said Obama will travel to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta to meet US health chiefs and make the announcement, meant to spur a global effort to fight an outbreak that has already killed 2,400 people…

Where is the rest of the world?

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Banners Demanding Goodell Ouster To Fly Over Stadiums

From Reuters:

Women’s group to fly banners over NFL stadiums calling for Goodell ouster

By Curtis Skinner | September 13, 2014

(Reuters) – A women’s rights group will fly banners over pro football stadiums on Sunday calling on NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to resign over his handling of former Baltimore Ravens star Ray Rice’s domestic violence case, the group said.

The organization, UltraViolet, said it will fly banners reading, "#GoodellMustGo," over stadiums in Cleveland, New Jersey and San Francisco ahead of Sunday games. The group says it also will fly the message before a Monday night game to be played in Indianapolis…

"It is time for Roger Goodell to resign, and for the NFL to get serious about its commitment to ending violence against women within the league," UltraViolet co-founder Nita Chaudhary said in a written statement…

Over the span of a generation, women have gone from being casual fans to meaningful customers of the league and now account for 45 percent of the NFL audience, between television and stadiums.

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Obama Was Shocked By Ray Rice Video (FBI Investigates)

From Reuters:

Obama ‘shocked’ by Ray Rice video, supports NFL suspension, aide says

By Timothy Gardner | September 14, 2014

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama was shocked by the video showing Ray Rice knocking out his then-fiancée and the White House believes the NFL’s indefinite suspension of the former Baltimore Ravens star is appropriate, his chief of staff said.

"The president was shocked by what he saw, let’s put it that way," Denis McDonough said on Sunday on the NBC program "Meet the Press." …

If Obama had a son… Or maybe, if Obama had a daughter…

The White House said in a statement on Monday that "hitting a woman is not something a real man does," and "like any American, (Obama) believes that domestic violence is contemptible and unacceptable in a civilized society." …

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has said the league had not seen the tape of Rice punching Palmer until it was released by TMZ.

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Politico Poll: Race Relations Are Worse Under Obama

From the Politico:

POLITICO poll: Race relations same or worse under Obama

By KATIE GLUECK | September 15, 2014

Only 6 percent of voters in battleground elections this fall say race relations have improved under the first African-American president — and nearly half say they’ve gotten worse, according to a new POLITICO poll.

Yet another thing that was never supposed to be. (And this is not even an outlier. We have gotten the same results from several other polls over the last couple of years.)

A survey of voters in the most competitive midterm states and districts of the cycle found that 46 percent say race relations have worsened since Barack Obama took office in 2009, while 48 percent say they have remained the same and 6 percent say the dynamic has improved.

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Politico Poll: GOP Has Edge On ‘Amnesty’ In Midterms

From a gobsmacked Politico:

POLITICO poll: GOP has edge on immigration in midterms

By SEUNG MIN KIM | September 15, 2014

Nearly two-thirds of likely voters in battleground races this fall disapprove of President Barack Obama’s handling of immigration, according to a new POLITICO poll — a public rebuke that comes after the White House grappled with the border crisis and reversed on a pledge to take executive action on deportations by the end of the summer.

Oh, now we understand. The public is furious at Obama’s decision to put off doing amnesty by executive order until after the elections. Sure, that must be it.

The poll found that 35 percent of voters in the most competitive House and Senate races this fall said they approved of how Obama has dealt with immigration, compared with 64 percent who said they disapproved of the president’s handling of the issue.

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Hillary Confidents Withheld Damaging Benghazi Docs

From Sharyl Attkisson over at Heritage’s Daily Signal:

Benghazi Bombshell: Clinton State Department Official Reveals Details of Alleged Document Review

By Sharyl Attkisson | September 15, 2014

As the House Select Committee on Benghazi prepares for its first hearing this week, a former State Department diplomat is coming forward with a startling allegation: Hillary Clinton confidants were part of an operation to “separate” damaging documents before they were turned over to the Accountability Review Board investigating security lapses surrounding the Sept. 11, 2012, terrorist attacks on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya.

It’s Sandy Berger’s pants (and socks) all over again.

According to former Deputy Assistant Secretary Raymond Maxwell, the after-hours session took place over a weekend in a basement operations-type center at State Department headquarters in Washington, D.C…  At the time, Maxwell was a leader in the State Department’s Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs (NEA), which was charged with collecting emails and documents relevant to the Benghazi probe…

When he arrived, Maxwell says he observed boxes and stacks of documents.

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