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  • David Letterman counts down the top 10 guys Indiana Gov. Mike Pence looks like

    The Fix
    Hunter Schwarz
    1 Apr 2015 | 4:42 am
    David Letterman is not a fan of Indiana's state version of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act signed by Gov. Mike Pence (R). On the "Late Show" Tuesday, he said: "This is not the Indiana I remember as a kid. I lived there for 27 years, and folks were folks, and that's all there was to […]
  • Democratic Rep: Sure, Hillary probably sent classified info over her unsecured email

    Hot Air » Top Picks
    Noah Rothman
    1 Apr 2015 | 9:41 am
    Unravelling. “I did not email any classified material to anyone on my email,” former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton asserted definitively at her United Nations press conference last month. “I’m certainly well aware of the classification requirements and did not send any classified material.” “There is no classified material,” she added ominously. That bizarre sentence construction […] Read this post »
  • A Culture of Possibilities

    Patrick Ruffini
    30 Mar 2015 | 2:02 pm
    “What is it like to work at Engage?” That’s a question I receive on an almost daily basis. It is not easy to condense what it means to be a part of the Engage team into a few short conversational sentences (or into one blog post for that matter). However, I believe Engage is a company that encourages new ideas, and the people behind that talent, to make those ideas a reality. In a nutshell: Engage is fueled by the concept of solving problems and aspiring to make things better. This is at the core of everything we do. In my time as Project Manager, I’ve seen ideas born into reality in…
  • GOP Budget Includes Provision To Slash Government Spending And Repeal Dozens Of Costly Mandates

    Ace of Spades HQ
    1 Apr 2015 | 11:39 am
    April Fools! A bunch of Republicans joined with Democrats to move forward on a major liberal agenda item. It's old, from last week, but I just came across an interesting tidbit about the Senate GOP's budget...it includes a provision that...
  • John Kerry: The Nuance of Betrayal

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    Mike McDaniel
    30 Mar 2015 | 3:04 pm
    This is not only amazing, but horrifying. From reporter Laura Rozen: At a time when Americans believe Barack Obama, John Kerry and the American Government may well be committing treason in the pursuit of nuclear weapons for Iran, an apocalyptic Islamist death cult at war with America since 1979, he actually says “If Allah wills it”? Diplomats are supposed to be masters of using precisely the right language and not giving offense, and our Secretary of State offends all that America is and every sacrifice Americans have made in the war on terror. Is he that oblivious to reality, or do he…
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    Hot Air » Top Picks

  • Democratic Rep: Sure, Hillary probably sent classified info over her unsecured email

    Noah Rothman
    1 Apr 2015 | 9:41 am
    Unravelling. “I did not email any classified material to anyone on my email,” former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton asserted definitively at her United Nations press conference last month. “I’m certainly well aware of the classification requirements and did not send any classified material.” “There is no classified material,” she added ominously. That bizarre sentence construction […] Read this post »
  • Scott Walker disqualified for presidency due to dog allergy

    Jazz Shaw
    1 Apr 2015 | 9:01 am
    It's a dog's life When the rest of the press begins paying too much attention to other candidates such as Ted Cruz or Marco Rubio, leave it to the New York Times to steer the conversation back what’s truly important. In this case, that would be finding something else to throw against the wall regarding the Republicans who are […] Read this post »
  • Howard Dean: The U.S. should walk away from Iran negotiations

    Allahpundit
    1 Apr 2015 | 8:31 am
    Yeah. Howard Dean. Via the Corner. If you’ve lost Howard Dean, you’ve lost … Howard Dean, I guess. The rest of the left (which is not the same in this case as the rest of the Democratic Party) is lockstep behind Obama in striking a deal at virtually any cost. They have two goals — secure a “win” […] Read this post »
  • MSNBC ratings crater as NBC looks for new direction

    Ed Morrissey
    1 Apr 2015 | 8:01 am
    "I can see both MSNBC viewers in the audience today ..." Yes, yes, it’s easy to laugh at the travails of MSNBC, but there are some important lessons from its audience collapse. Deadline Hollywood detailed the destruction yesterday, using a Dickensian motif in comparing MSNBC to Fox. FNC not only crushes its competition overall, but it demolished both CNN and MSNBC in the target demo – 25-54 […] Read this post »
  • Among New Hampshire Democrats, the ‘anyone but Hillary’ camp is growing

    Noah Rothman
    1 Apr 2015 | 7:31 am
    Without an alternative. If Hillary Clinton were going to face a serious challenge in the coming 2016 Democratic primary, it would have become clear by now who that challenger would be. A Clinton machine that cannot tolerate any internal opposition whatsoever has successfully intimidated all of the former secretary of state’s most effective potential competitors. Those who have […] Read this post »
 
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    Patrick Ruffini

  • A Culture of Possibilities

    30 Mar 2015 | 2:02 pm
    “What is it like to work at Engage?” That’s a question I receive on an almost daily basis. It is not easy to condense what it means to be a part of the Engage team into a few short conversational sentences (or into one blog post for that matter). However, I believe Engage is a company that encourages new ideas, and the people behind that talent, to make those ideas a reality. In a nutshell: Engage is fueled by the concept of solving problems and aspiring to make things better. This is at the core of everything we do. In my time as Project Manager, I’ve seen ideas born into reality in…
  • 8 Tips For Every New Intern

    20 Mar 2015 | 6:40 am
    Looking for the perfect internship to gain experience and new skills? Although you’ll learn on the job, you can also prepare beforehand and kick off your internship with the right impression and mindset. Here is our advice: the secrets for success that we (Alex, Colleen, Franny and Lindsay) wish we knew when we started at Engage. These tips will give you a headstart on making the most of your internship from day one. 1. KNOW THE COMPANY’S VIBE Observe how the other employees interact, read the mission statement of the business, know how the upper management interacts with the staff, and…
  • Engage Client Wins Big at PR News’ Nonprofit PR Awards Program

    18 Mar 2015 | 6:31 am
    Engage is proud to announce the Illinois Policy Institute, a longtime Engage partner, won PR News’ “Nonprofit PR Award” in the “advocacy campaign and lobbying efforts” category last week. Illinois Policy won this competitive category based on their success in stopping the so-called “fair tax”, that was anything but. Engage proudly designed and managed the digital home for the effort, UnfairforIL.com, which allowed Illinois citizens to see exactly how much this proposed tax hike would affect them and their families. After using the custom tax calculator, users could sign the…
  • Introducing OverView for Basecamp

    4 Mar 2015 | 11:09 am
    Here at Engage we take pride in our project management process. We are constantly looking at how to improve and make our processes both more efficient and effective. Because of this forward thinking culture at Engage, we have developed an internal tool to give our project manager a clearer overview of each team member’s progress and workload. Basecamp is an effective project management tool, one that our teams use every day. With different team members involved on multiple projects it can be challenging to get an overview of all the moving parts. The problem we set out to solve was to…
  • Old Town, New Office

    9 Feb 2015 | 12:51 pm
    When Engage moved into our offices on 725 8th St. SE at the end of 2010, it was a perfect fit for the budding company. Located in Eastern Market on historic Barracks Row, our office was right down the street from Capitol Hill and offered easy access to downtown DC. We enjoyed watching the neighborhood grow and change, and tried the new restaurants and bars that opened over the years. But four years later, after new staff additions (including me!) and several different furniture configurations, it became apparent: we had outgrown our home in Eastern Market. It was time to start looking for a…
 
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    Stately McDaniel Manor

  • John Kerry: The Nuance of Betrayal

    Mike McDaniel
    30 Mar 2015 | 3:04 pm
    This is not only amazing, but horrifying. From reporter Laura Rozen: At a time when Americans believe Barack Obama, John Kerry and the American Government may well be committing treason in the pursuit of nuclear weapons for Iran, an apocalyptic Islamist death cult at war with America since 1979, he actually says “If Allah wills it”? Diplomats are supposed to be masters of using precisely the right language and not giving offense, and our Secretary of State offends all that America is and every sacrifice Americans have made in the war on terror. Is he that oblivious to reality, or do he…
  • A Hairy Tale

    Mike McDaniel
    29 Mar 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Mohawkcredit: zimbio.com Usually it’s easy for me to come up with things to write about. They just sort of spring unbidden from my brain to the keyboard. But occasionally, I get a bit of writer’s block. Not the traditional writer’s block where I can’t think of anything at all to write, but the kind where nothing I think of seems interesting to me, or worse, I can’t think of anything I think you, gentle readers, might find interesting. That’s when I often resort to the outrageous, a category of stories of which, tragically, there is always an ample supply. I must admit to a bit of…
  • Return To Grading Students, Not Buildings

    Mike McDaniel
    29 Mar 2015 | 4:09 pm
    credit: corpgov.net For the last six weeks, I have relentlessly drilled my tenth grade students on one topic. But that’s not all. We have also, at the demand of my school district, wiped out at least another week doing testing in the same pursuit, and since the beginning of the year, I’d estimate I’ve spent at least two more weeks, here and there, a Monday here, a Thursday there, doing the same thing. I have seven more days of preparation remaining. And what, gentle readers, you ask, have I spend some 28% of my available school year doing? Why, preparing kids for the single most…
  • And When Both Sides Are Liars…?

    Mike McDaniel
    29 Mar 2015 | 4:04 pm
    Who do we trust when everyone involved is a liar? Only yesterday Obama Administration spokesliar Josh Earnest actually claimed that Yemen remains a brilliant Obama success:  The measure of the US policy should not be graded against the success or the stability of the Yemeni government. That’s a separate enterprise. And the goal of US policy toward Yemen has never been to try to build a Jeffersonian democracy there. The goal of US policy in Yemen is to make sure that Yemen cannot be a safe haven that extremists can use to attack the West and to attack the United States, and that involves…
  • Rape Investigation: Reality v. Narrative

    Mike McDaniel
    29 Mar 2015 | 3:59 pm
    Watching the slow-motion train wreck of the University of Virginia/Rolling Stone fraternity gang rape narrative has been both satisfying in a distinctly ironic sense and intensely frustrating. It has been many years since I carried a badge and the responsibility that goes with it, but this kind of case still makes me grind my teeth in frustration. Why? False accusations of rape make life difficult for everyone, including the police. First, however, consider this report from Ashe Schow:  Charlottesville police refused to close the case on an alleged gang rape at the University of Virginia,…
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    RedState

  • Border Patrol ignores illegals and begins harassing citizens

    <a href="/users/streiff/">streiff</a> (<a href="/diary/streiff/">Diary</a>)
    1 Apr 2015 | 9:00 am
    I’ll used this opening graf from the Houston Chronicle because it says it all: No drugs or would-be immigrants were hidden in the sedan that rolled up to a Border Patrol checkpoint on a Southern California highway last week, but within 90 seconds the driver was handcuffed. His 4-year-old boy was crying. And a video camera mounted on the car’s dashboard captured the moment. The motorist had said he was an American but told the agent he did not have to say where he was going, would not consent to a search of his trunk and would not move his car. “You brought this on yourself,…
  • I Congratulate Trevor Noah For Being The Perfect Daily Show Host

    <a href="/users/repair_man_jack/">Repair_Man_Jack</a> (<a href="/diary/repair_man_jack/">Diary</a>)
    1 Apr 2015 | 7:19 am
    One Man Lies and Says “Just Kidding.” The Daily Show plays an important religious role in Post-modern America. It is the temple in which American Progressives echo the prayers of the Iranian Mullahs calling out “Death to America.” When Jon Stewart stepped down to enjoy the luxuries of the country that has spent over a decade insulting and belittling over at Comedy Central, they had to get a new host that would properly Zeit the Geist over in Leftyland. Jew-Bashing America-Hater Trevor Noah is perfect for the job. Here is a sampling of how accurately he represents who liberals…
  • Deadly Decades: Roe at 42

    kimberly_ross (<a href="/diary/kimberly_ross/">Diary</a>)
    1 Apr 2015 | 7:16 am
    In January of 1973, the Supreme Court decided that women have the right to an abortion, and the legality of such a procedure was granted. To “celebrate” this decision’s 42nd birthday, NARAL Pro-Choice America recognized it with an event called “Realizing the Promise: Roe at 42″ on Monday, March 30. Throughout the day, the hashtag #RoeAt42 appeared, as women celebrated, congratulated, encouraged, honored and cheered each other on in regards to abortion. This type of behavior towards a life-ending procedure that is deemed a choice isn’t a a new thing,…
  • The Great Liberal-Conservative Divide

    <a href="/users/tex_whitley/">Brad Jackson</a> (<a href="/diary/tex_whitley/">Diary</a>)
    1 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    http://www.coffeeandmarkets.com/CoffeeandMarkets040115.mp3 Download Podcast | iTunes | Podcast Feed On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson and Allysen Efferson are joined by William Gairdner to discuss his new book The Great Divide: Why Liberals and Conservatives Will Never, Ever Agree, the issues that divide us and if we can ever get along. If you’d like to email us, you can do so at bjackson[at]coffeeandmarkets.com. We hope you enjoy the show. Related Links: Buy The Great Divide: Why Liberals and Conservatives Will Never, Ever Agreeon Amazon The Cave and the…
  • Arkansas passes a state RFRA

    <a href="/users/streiff/">streiff</a> (<a href="/diary/streiff/">Diary</a>)
    1 Apr 2015 | 5:32 am
    Mike Pence is a happy man this morning. He can stop backing and filling in the hopes of placating the militant homosexual lobby and their pathetic fanbois in the media and let Arkansas governor Asa Hutchinson take some heat. Arkansas passed a religious freedom bill on Tuesday that is similar to an Indiana law that has faced national backlash for legalizing discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. The bill cleared the Arkansas Legislature and now heads to the governor’s desk, where it is expected to be signed. Like the Indiana law, the Arkansas legislation…
 
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    ChurchCrunch

  • New Bible App Reads Itself

    Chris Wilson
    1 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    There are so many different Bible apps out there and many have a key feature or two to help set them apart from the competition. Well this new Bible app from Insanely Cool Apps promises that you’ll never face the guilt of falling behind in your Bible plan again, as it will READ the Bible for you, saving hours of time over the course of a year. What is Nabal Bible On the face of it, the Nabal Bible is just like every other Bible app out there. It has a stylish interface with a few common version of the Bible (KJV, ESV, ESV, AFE) However, a quick swipe into the settings bring up the…
  • Michael Hyatt Builds Actual Platform

    KC Procter
    1 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    It was inevitable. After the meteoric success of his best-selling book, Platform, and the insane annual release of Best Year Ever, speaker and entrepreneur, Michael Hyatt, has brought the marketing world to a whole new level. In fact, this level is so new, he had to build it himself. You might know Michael from his time as the CEO of Thomas Nelson, or his popular blog, podcast, courses, books, cooking show, cat memes, and purchase of Evernote. Many of his friends know that behind this manic content creator lies a simple man who likes to work with his hands. And a few power tools. Home Depot…
  • RaptureTracker: End Times Preparedness for the 21st Century

    Larry B. Hayes
    1 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    Left Behind, 2014’s Movie of the Year, reminded the average Christian, once again, of the inevitability of Jesus’ return. For those watching the skies, however, this served not as a reminder, but as a call to preparedness, a call answered most ingeniously by Darby Nelson. Nelson is founder and CEO of Rapturous Enterprises, a company that is dedicated to outfitting the modern Christian family with everything needed for end times preparedness. The first product to reach launch phase is a GPS-enabled family tracking solution, the RaptureTracker 700. The RaptureTracker 700 The…
  • BeaconAds.com Has Become BaconAds.com

    Eric Dye
    1 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    For several years, now, we have been using Beacon Ads for some of our advertising management. Not only does it include some cool analytic tools, but using Beacon gives your website more exposure to potential advertisers. Today they are announcing a small name change that is sure to boast ads sales and interest. Beacon Becomes Bacon It’s amazing to see how much can change with removing one letter. While having a shorter URL is certainly an advantage, they have made several other changes as well. Including a tastier looking dashboard to track how well your ads are doing: I don’t…
  • NueBible: A Design Centric iOS Bible App [GIVEAWAY]

    Chris Wilson
    31 Mar 2015 | 11:00 am
    We’ve covered a lot of Bible apps here at ChurchMag and too often we focus heavily on the functionality built into these tools. Features like Bible reading plans, the ability to add notes, export notes, commentaries, sharing verses and so on. These are all great and we’ve seen some huge steps forward there, but sometimes I wonder if this has lead to a neglect of the design of these tools. Well NeuBible is a new (pun not intended) Bible app from a small indie development team that takes a radically different approach to many others and focuses on design first. What is NeuBible NeuBible is…
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    Outside the Beltway

  • Everyone Hates The Cable Company, But This One Isn’t Their Fault

    Doug Mataconis
    1 Apr 2015 | 7:20 am
    Over the past week or so, I’ve seen several people online commenting about a story that appeared in Consumerist that tells the story of Seth, a guy who was allegedly screwed over by a cable company: Only months after moving into his new home in Washington state, Consumerist reader Seth is already looking to sell his house. He didn’t lose his job or discover that the property is haunted. No, Seth can’t stay much longer because no one can provide broadband service to his address; even though Comcast and CenturyLink both misled him into thinking he’d be connected to…
  • The Bright Sight of RFRA

    James Joyner
    1 Apr 2015 | 6:40 am
    Both because I’ve been in a particularly busy teaching cycle and because I tend not to pay a lot of intention to state-level politics, I’ve only been following the controversy over Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act peripherally. I had the vague sense that it was aimed at legitimating discrimination against gays under the cloak of the Free Exercise Clause and thus was rather disappointed with a headline yesterday morning that Jeb Bush was supporting the law. Until I actually read what he told Hugh Hewitt: HH: Earlier today, I watched Peter Hamby on CNN,…
  • RFRA Battle Moves Beyond Indiana

    Doug Mataconis
    1 Apr 2015 | 6:21 am
    As Governor Mike Pence and Republican legislators in Indiana lick their wounds over the battle over the Hoosier State’s version of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act and the national uproar that has accompanied it, Republicans in Arkansas are moving forward with their own version of the law even as national attention shifts south: WASHINGTON — Arkansas passed a religious freedom bill on Tuesday that is similar to an Indiana law that has faced national backlash for legalizing discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. The bill cleared the Arkansas…
  • Kentucky’s Defense Of Its Ban On Same-Sex Marriage Is Absurd

    Doug Mataconis
    31 Mar 2015 | 1:22 pm
    With the arguments in the same-sex marriage cases before the Supreme Court set for less than a month from now, the briefs on behalf of the four states defending the law as well as outside parties filing amicus briefs in support of the state’s position have started to make their way into the Court. Each of these briefs make essentially the same arguments in defense of their laws that we’ve seen before, arguments that have only been accepted by one Federal Circuit Court of Appeals and two Federal Judges in Louisiana and Puetro Rico. The Louisville Courier-Journal, though, found…
  • Harry Reid Doesn’t Regret Spreading False Charges About Mitt Romney’s Taxes

    Doug Mataconis
    31 Mar 2015 | 12:30 pm
    During the height of the 2012 Presidential campaign, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, who announced last week that he was retiring at the end of his current term, made several outlandish claims regarding Republican nominee Mitt Romney that became the focus of a media firestorm. It all began in late July of that year, when Reid claimed in an interview that a source he would not name had contacted him out of the blue and claimed that Mitt Romney had not paid any Federal income taxes at all over the previous ten years. As I noted at the time, even though Romney had not yet released his 2011…
 
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    Wizbang

  • Again Bloggers Break A Story Before Mainstream Media Do

    David Robertson
    1 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    Just as they did with the Rathergate scandal, bloggers have once again uncovered a breaking story ahead of the mainstream media. It isn’t as if liberals are in a hurry to let the world know that …
  • Apple CEO Who Hates Indiana Christians Happily Does Business With Countries That Execute Gays, Stone Women

    Warner Todd Huston
    31 Mar 2015 | 4:22 pm
    Apple CEO Tim Cook is making a particular point this week to attack Christians in Indiana calling them “dangerous,” but it seems he has no problem at all selling his products in Muslim-led countries that kill gays for being gay and stone women when they are raped. Nor does he have a problem making his product in China, the world’s leading violator of human rights. Clearly Tim Cook is a huge hypocrite… like all liberals are. If you tool over Cook’s Twitter feed, you’ll see several Tweets of him whining about Indiana’s Religious Restoration of Freedom…
  • Bloggers Accomplish What Mainstream Media Wouldn’t

    David Robertson
    31 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    Usually, the mainstream media will talk about wrongful discrimination in an industry until something is done about it. Now, bloggers have done what the MSM wouldn’t do. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
  • Are Tech Writers Full of Crap?

    Warner Todd Huston
    30 Mar 2015 | 1:11 pm
    I have been seeing more and more reports that writers, reviewers and bloggers are by and large useless where it comes to real news about the tech industry and this failed reporting on the iPhone ap Meerkat is a perfect example. Tero Kuittinen has a great synopsis on how the tech media reported on the Meerkat streaming media iPhone ap touting it as the next big thing in social media despite that the ap never once got into the top 100 for sales of iPhone aps. Kuittinen points out that the reportage on Meerkat was a feeding frenzy with one
  • Does Cruz have a likability problem?

    David Robertson
    30 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    “Part of his problem is not being likable to voters, but another part of it is not being likable enough to the people whose help you need to get a campaign off the ground.” – GOP consultant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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    Drudge Retort

  • Jeb Bush Faces Tough Test Among Conservatives

    Corky
    1 Apr 2015 | 9:32 am
    Joe Battenfield, Boston Herald: The winner of the all-important GOP primary in New Hampshire has to cross ideological lines and tap into a deep well of dissatisfaction with the Obama administration, a challenging test that former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is failing, a Franklin Pierce University/Boston Herald poll shows. Nearly half of self-described conservatives have a negative view of Bush, helping push his overall unfavorable rating to an uncomfortably high 37 percent, according to the poll. Bush gets favorable marks from just over half of GOP primary voters and is doing much better among…
  • Lufthansa Knew Lubitz Had Suffered 'Severe Depression'

    rcade
    1 Apr 2015 | 9:07 am
    Lufthansa knew that the co-pilot of the passenger plane that crashed in the French Alps last week had suffered from an episode of "severe depression" before he finished his flight training with the German airline. The airline said Tuesday that it has found emails that Andreas Lubitz sent to the Lufthansa flight school in 2009 when he resumed his training in Bremen after an interruption of several months. German prosecutors say Lubitz received psychotherapy before obtaining his pilot's license and that medical records from that time referred to "suicidal tendencies."
  • Inventor of the Pet Rock Dies

    rcade
    1 Apr 2015 | 8:05 am
    Gary Dahl, the creator of one of the most inexplicable consumer fads in U.S. history, has died at age 78 of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Dahl sold 1.5 million Pet Rocks for $3.95 in 1975. The fad made Dahl, a broke freelance advertising copywriter when he hit on the idea, a millionaire practically overnight. Each Pet Rock came in a cardboard carrying case, complete with air holes, tenderly nestled on a bed of excelsior. A droll manual explained the care, feeding and house training of Pet Rocks. An excerpt: "If, when you remove the rock from its box it appears to be excited, place it…
  • DARPA Wants Drones That Launch from Sea Floor

    HeliumRat
    1 Apr 2015 | 6:33 am
    The U.S. defense research agency DARPA is seeking the development of drones that can be staged underwater and launch from the sea floor. The Upward Falling Payloads program, detailed in a biennial report released last week by DARPA, envisions planting a number of drones on the ocean floor in locations where geopolitical hostility is possible so they are readily available for launch when needed. The drones, housing sensors and non-lethal weapons, would lie dormant until remotely triggered by the Navy and sent to the surface for use.
  • How Indiana's 'Religious Freedom' Law is Different

    rcade
    1 Apr 2015 | 5:55 am
    Garrett Epps, The Atlantic: [T]he Indiana statute has two features the federal RFRA -- and most state RFRAs -- do not. First, the Indiana law explicitly allows any for-profit business to assert a right to "the free exercise of religion." The federal RFRA doesn't contain such language, and neither does any of the state RFRAs except South Carolina's; in fact, Louisiana and Pennsylvania, explicitly exclude for-profit businesses from the protection of their RFRAs.
 
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    Truthdig: Drilling Beneath the Headlines

  • ‘Each Breath Despite the Air’: A Poet’s View of Gaza From America

    editor@truthdig.com
    1 Apr 2015 | 7:23 am
    Kenji Liu’s poem about the 2014 conflict in Gaza is an especially poignant piece to listen to as news of the Palestinian Authority joining the International Criminal Court spreads. Related Entries April 1, 2015 Band 47SOUL Defies Contentious Middle Eastern Borders With Its Political Music and Lyrics April 1, 2015 Palestinian Authority Becomes Member of International Criminal Court
  • Band 47SOUL Defies Contentious Middle Eastern Borders With Its Political Music and Lyrics

    editor@truthdig.com
    1 Apr 2015 | 7:18 am
    The members of 47SOUL came together to play traditional Arabic street music with an electronic twist and a warm message to their audience that they “don’t care where you’re from,” so long as you listen. Related Entries April 1, 2015 Band 47SOUL Defies Contentious Middle Eastern Borders With Its Political Music and Lyrics April 1, 2015 Palestinian Authority Becomes Member of International Criminal Court
  • Terrorism, Violence, and the Culture of Madness

    editor@truthdig.com
    1 Apr 2015 | 6:25 am
    By Henry A. Giroux, Counterpunch So-called free market policies, values, and practices with their emphasis on the privatization of public wealth, the elimination of social protections, and the deregulation of economic activity now shape practically every commanding political and economic institution in the United States. Related Entries April 1, 2015 Band 47SOUL Defies Contentious Middle Eastern Borders With Its Political Music and Lyrics April 1, 2015 Palestinian Authority Becomes Member of International Criminal Court
  • Palestinian Authority Becomes Member of International Criminal Court

    editor@truthdig.com
    1 Apr 2015 | 5:29 am
        An exterior of the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands. (romanboed / CC BY 2.0) The Palestinian Authority became a formal member of the International Criminal Court on Wednesday in a move that could open the way for Israelis and Palestinian militants—including those from Hamas—to be prosecuted for war crimes. The Guardian reports: International justice activists hailed the occasion as an opportunity to bring accountability after years of conflict between the Palestinians and Israel, but Palestinians backed away from earlier threats to introduce a raft of…
  • The Great Game in Afghanistan (21st Century Update)

    editor@truthdig.com
    1 Apr 2015 | 4:55 am
    By Dilip Hiro, TomDispatch As the chances for peace talks between the government of Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and the unbeaten Taliban brighten, the Obama administration finds itself gradually but unmistakably reduced to the status of bystander. Related Entries April 1, 2015 Band 47SOUL Defies Contentious Middle Eastern Borders With Its Political Music and Lyrics April 1, 2015 Palestinian Authority Becomes Member of International Criminal Court
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    Power Line

  • How Republicans can give Obama leverage against Iran, whether he wants it or not

    Paul Mirengoff
    1 Apr 2015 | 8:35 am
    (Paul Mirengoff) Negotiations between Team Obama and the mullahs of Iran failed to result in an agreement before the supposed deadline. However, to no one’s surprise (except the Washington Post’s) the parties will continue to negotiate. White House spokesman Josh Earnest intoned that “it’s time for Iran to make the serious commitments that they know the international community is expecting them to make to reach an agreement.” Actually, it’s past that time. Literally. The administration’s stated deadline was yesterday. The way to extract concessions is…
  • “Economics Is a Form of Brain Damage”

    Steven Hayward
    1 Apr 2015 | 7:56 am
    (Steven Hayward) Click to embiggen That slogan, which you can see on display in this 1993 full-page New York Times ad nearby, is making a comeback of sorts on the left. A generation ago it was the slogan of the environmental left, which hates the fact that we live in a world of tradeoffs, and which thinks we live in a world where the only unlimited resource is other people’s money. The late David Brower was quoting environmental activist Hazel Henderson in that expensive ad; Henderson said at the Rio Earth Summit in 1992 that when the green revolution finally comes, economists would be…
  • A blast of truth

    Scott Johnson
    1 Apr 2015 | 6:31 am
    (Scott Johnson) Prime Minister Netanyahu has made a statement on the ongoing negotiations with Iran. The statement is a clarion call with the blast of truth. In it, Netanyahu refers to the statement by the Iran militia chief stating that Israel’s destruction is “non-negotiable.” The statement is reported here by the Times of Israel. The video of Netanyahu’s statement is below. The Washington Free Beacon has posted this transcript: Yesterday an Iranian general brazenly declared and I quote: ‘Israel’s destruction is non-negotiable’, but evidently giving Iran’s…
  • Madam Hillary gets her wires crossed

    Scott Johnson
    1 Apr 2015 | 4:53 am
    (Scott Johnson) The AP published an important story by Jack Gillum yesterday on the State Department’s response to a Freedom of Information Act request it submitted in 2013. Paul wrote about the AP story here. The AP’s FOIA request sought correspondence between Madam Hillary and her advisers over a four-year period that contained keywords such as “drone,” “metadata” and “prism.” Gillum explained: “The latter ['prism'] was among several code words for controversial U.S. surveillance programs revealed by former National Security Agency…
  • The capitulationist

    Scott Johnson
    1 Apr 2015 | 4:52 am
    (Scott Johnson) In his weekly Wall Street Journal column yesterday (accessible via Google here), Bret Stephens compiled quotes from President Obama setting forth his previously stated demands of Iran in connection with its nuclear program. Here is how Stephens’s column opens: For a sense of the magnitude of the capitulation represented by Barack Obama’s Iran diplomacy, it’s worth recalling what the president said when he was trying to sell his interim nuclear agreement to a Washington, D.C., audience in December 2013. “We know they don’t need to have an underground, fortified…
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  • We made the list!

    Karen Kwiatkowski
    1 Apr 2015 | 9:37 am
    Spirit Airlines April Fool’s message is hilarious — Secessionists board 7th!  Sadly, we board after the Illuminati, and squirrels, and of all the listed categories, we are definitely the most likely to miss our plane due to TSA goonery.  What fun!
  • Conservative Inconsistency

    Laurence M. Vance
    1 Apr 2015 | 9:02 am
    I get e-mails all the time from conservative groups, some of them Christian groups, with dire warnings about the evils that Obama, liberals, or the Democrats are up to. Many times they are exactly right. Although when Bush was the president, I never got e-mails from these groups about the evils that Bush, conservatives, or the Republicans were up to. The latest thing I received is about Obama’s dictatorial takeover of the Internet because of the Net Neutrality FCC decision. Does this mean that conservatives, and especially conservative Christians, are in favor of no government…
  • “Meet the new group that wants to disarm and displace the NYPD”

    Becky Akers
    1 Apr 2015 | 7:47 am
    I think this headline from a website called “Waging Nonviolence” says it all. What a shot, so to speak, of good news! Perhaps the American people aren’t as supine as we feared! A newly-formed group of activists are teaming up with Copwatch, an anti-police brutality group that records video of police conduct in their communities, to create “no-cop zones,” and maybe even disarm the police, through the use of direct action. …  The group seeks to monitor and pressure police, with the help of local communities and Copwatch groups, until they retreat from…
  • An Ex-Marine on The God of War

    Laurence M. Vance
    1 Apr 2015 | 7:40 am
    An ex-Marine comments on Joseph Judson Taylor‘s book The God of War: Received my copy of God of War earlier this week and I’ve spent the last two days studying it, making notes and adding some of J.J. Taylor’s quotes to the margins of my Bible. The book is magnificent in its scope and historical range. It should be in every church library, and the subject of, or referenced to, Bible studies that address our engagement with society and government. It should be taught in every Sunday School class to our children long before they come of age to enlist. It will not be popular.
  • Hassan Nasrallah’s Important Speech on Saudi Arabia

    Michael S. Rozeff
    1 Apr 2015 | 6:11 am
    The U.S. is helping Saudi Arabia attack Yemen. Multiple reports have appeared of the killing and wounding of Yemenis, which under the circumstances are war crimes. The U.S. not only supports this aggression, illegitimate under international law, but is participating in it. The U.S. has been operating in Yemen for some time with drones. This latest open attack takes a new direction. It is yet another facet of a war that is part of America’s Great War that began with Operation Desert Shield against Iraq in 1990 and continues to this day. The Secretary General of Hezbollah, Hassan…
 
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  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    1 Apr 2015 | 4:09 am
    Mollie Hemingway refutes the idea that state RFRA laws are all aimed at discriminating against gays by looking at cases in which RFRA laws have protected people's religious practices.Apple CEO Tim Cook has come out against RFRAs in the Washington Post. “This isn’t a political issue. It isn’t a religious issue. This is about how we treat each other as human beings,” he says. Tell that to the religious minorities listed above who won their state RFRA cases.Does Apple CEO Tim Cook really think that the kindergartener punished by his elementary school for his religious practice…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    31 Mar 2015 | 3:57 am
    An Iranian defector speaks the truth that the Obama White House wishes would stay hidden.An Iranian journalist writing about the nuclear negotiations between the United States and Iran has defected. In an interview Amir Hossein Motaghi, has some harsh words for his native Iran. He also has a damning indictment of America's role in the nuclear negotiations.“The U.S. negotiating team are mainly there to speak on Iran’s behalf with other members of the 5+1 countries and convince them of a deal," Motaghi told a TV station after just defecting from the Iranian delegation while abroad for the…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    30 Mar 2015 | 4:36 am
    George Will reminds us of the Clinton record of both Hillary and Bill.The party, adrift in identity politics, clings, as shipwrecked sailors do to floating debris, to this odd feminist heroine. Wafted into the upper reaches of American politics by stolid participation in her eventful marriage to a serial philanderer, her performance in governance has been defined by three failures.Her husband, having assured the 1992 electorate that voting for him meant getting “two for the price of one,” entrusted to her the project that he, in a harbinger of the next Democratic president’s mistake,…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    27 Mar 2015 | 12:10 pm
    Sorry for the delay in posting, but it's Spring Break and I get to sleep extra late instead of my usual 5:30 AM wake-up call. And one must have priorities and with three Triangle teams in the Sweet Sixteen, I am spending a lot of my free time reading NCAA analysis and watching videos. And I'm keeping my fingers crossed for NC State and Duke tonight well enjoying UNC's loss last night as well as a somewhat forlorn hope that the Irish can down Kentucky tomorrow night. Well, good riddance. Harry Reid will not run for reelection next year. He was probably going to have a lot of trouble winning…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:46 am
    So just about everything that Obama administration tried to tell us about his trade of Gitmo prisoners for Bowe Bergdahl was false. Tom Bevan writes,So, far from the fairy tale of a hero’s homecoming that President Obama tried to spin for the American people that Saturday morning 10 months ago, this story doesn’t have a happy ending for America. In his effort to empty the Gitmo detainee facility, the president traded five hard-core terrorists for a man who now stands officially accused of abandoning his fellow soldiers. He very may well be court-martialed and spend a good deal of his life…
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  • Arkansas governor cites his son while rejecting religious freedom bill. That says it all.

    Philip Bump
    1 Apr 2015 | 9:19 am
    In his announcement Wednesday that he wouldn't sign a "religious freedom" bill that had reached his desk, Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R) offered a personal example of the contentiousness of the issue. "My son Seth signed the petition asking me to veto the bill," he said. Given Hutchinson's son's politics, that's not a big surprise. […]
  • 8 examples that prove politicians are the worst at April Fools’ Day

    Hunter Schwarz
    1 Apr 2015 | 7:47 am
    The only thing worse than April Fools' Day -- a.k.a. the worst "holiday" of the year -- is politicians trying to be funny on April Fools' Day. But that didn't stop them from making jokes. Here are the corniest: Newt Gingrich said he liked Obama's foreign policy before tweeting that it was a joke. (And […]
  • West Virginia and Rhode Island use the most drugs. They have very little else in common.

    Philip Bump
    1 Apr 2015 | 6:53 am
    No state's residents are as likely to use drugs or medication to alter their mood as frequently as residents of West Virginia, according to new research from Gallup. That fits a certain stereotype -- a stereotype which itself doesn't really match the state. Then an unexpected twist: The state that's second-most likely to report that […]
  • David Letterman counts down the top 10 guys Indiana Gov. Mike Pence looks like

    Hunter Schwarz
    1 Apr 2015 | 4:42 am
    David Letterman is not a fan of Indiana's state version of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act signed by Gov. Mike Pence (R). On the "Late Show" Tuesday, he said: "This is not the Indiana I remember as a kid. I lived there for 27 years, and folks were folks, and that's all there was to […]
  • The lead singer of the Killers says Romney wasn’t a good ambassador for Mormons. Here’s why.

    Hunter Schwarz
    1 Apr 2015 | 3:30 am
    Killers lead singer Brandon Flowers doesn't think fellow Mormon Mitt Romney did a good job explaining and answering questions about their religion during the 2012 presidential campaign, and he has a point. "I think Romney would even admit that he wasn't a great ambassador for [the Mormon Church]," Flowers said in an interview with the Daily […]
 
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  • One Georgia Judge Takes on Mandatory Minimums by Informing Jury Before Conviction

    Scott Shackford
    1 Apr 2015 | 9:35 am
    We all know that juries don't really decide criminal cases on all the facts. They decide cases on all the facts the state allows them to consider. Sometimes the potential sentences of certain convictions are among the facts the government (prosecutors especially) want to conceal. A Fulton County Superior Court judge in Georgia has apparently had enough of keeping her juries in the dark about mandatory minimum sentences. Wendy Shoob decided to fill them in before they went into deliberations. From the Fully Informed Jury Association: Fulton County Superior Court Judge Wendy Shoob recently took…
  • When British Students Play Video Games, Teachers Will Sic the Cops on Their Parents

    Lenore Skenazy
    1 Apr 2015 | 9:23 am
    British parents are on notice: If you let your kids play a mature video game, it will not go unnoticed by the state. This new level of micromanagement comes to us from school officials in Cheshire, England. ITV reports: Parents have been told by headteachers [the British word for “principals’] that they will be reported to police and social services for neglect if they allow their children to play over-18 computer games, according to the Sunday Times. The newspaper reported that a warning was issued by primary and secondary schools who found children had been watching or playing games…
  • Russia Pledges Essentially Zero To Global Greenhouse Gas Goals

    Ronald Bailey
    1 Apr 2015 | 9:19 am
    Yesterday, the Obama administration issued its proposals for the country's intended nationally determined contributions (INDC) to the global effort to prevent dangerous anthropogenic interference with the world's climate under the 1992 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Obama pledged that the U.S. would cut its greenhouse gas emissions by up to 28 percent by 2025 with the goal of reducing them by 80 percent by 2050. Every country is supposed to issue their INDC pledges before the next big U.N. climate change meeting in Paris this coming December. The Russians have…
  • Green Seized

    Robby Soave
    1 Apr 2015 | 9:00 am
    When state police raided Wally Kowalski's southwest Michigan farm in September, they took a bunch of Kowalski's stuff. But they didn't take Kowalski, putting him in the odd position of wishing he had been arrested. Kowalski, a licensed grower of medicinal marijuana, first drew police attention when cops spotted his plants during a flyover. They contended that he had broken the rules by growing out in the open, even though his garden is enclosed by a fence. During the raid on Kowalski's property, cops destroyed his marijuana plants and seized his power generator. They left his shovels behind,…
  • 1844: The Year That Remade America

    Jesse Walker
    1 Apr 2015 | 9:00 am
    Few American elections were as pivotal as the one in 1844. When James K. Polk beat Martin Van Buren for the Democratic nomination, the party's libertarian-leaning anti-slavery wing had to take a back seat to the slaveholders and expansionists. (Four years later, Van Buren's faction would walk out altogether, forming the nucleus of the new Free Soil Party.) And when Polk defeated Henry Clay in November, the country was set on the road to seizing the Southwest—and to some key disputes in the lead-up to the Civil War. John Bicknell's America 1844 (Chicago Review) is the riveting story of an…
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  • What is to Happen?

    Randy Toman
    13 Mar 2015 | 2:07 pm
    What is to happen if unjust or tyrannical laws are put in place?  The question with its answer has history to look to. Thomas Aquinas said, “An unjust law is no law at all.”  The Nurenburg Trials answer that question with condemnation in following a tyrannical magistrate and America’s founders were known to say—-“Disobedience to tyrants is obedience to God”. Christianity has had a salvific effect on the culture and the forming and protecting of Western Civilization—in John Murray book “Principles of Conduct” 1957 we have this—“…biblical ethics has a…
  • Is Reason Enough?

    Randy Toman
    10 Mar 2015 | 5:46 am
    I have attempted to look at this thing called “Reason” and the reasoning process.  Why do conservatives not come together with a sound force in that “Right-ness”?  Herman Dooyeweerd  in his book  “In The Twilight of Western Thought”  gives us this insight with this quote. “If all philosophical currents that pretend to choose their starting points in theoretical reason alone, had indeed , no deeper presuppositions, it should be possible to settle every philosophical argument between them in a purely theoretical way.  But the factual situation is quite different.  A debate…
  • Ignorance Plus

    Randy Toman
    18 Feb 2015 | 6:31 am
    Thought you would like to see this article (Here is the link) http://www.empowerpa.org/news/ Pennsylvania Still Doesn’t Need an Extraction Tax February 18, 2015: Most know that the oil war and the glut of oil in the market is or has driven down price ——even as I think there is more to it than a simple glut in the market.  This lowering of oil price is putting a strain on the industry here in the USA and especially here in PA—and with that reduction in the price—–a strain in cash flow for that industry here in Pa. Governor Wolf (Pennsylvania) must know this…
  • Progressives Don’t Care

    Randy Toman
    29 Jan 2015 | 6:46 am
    Not much for statistics any more—-not because they don’t matter but they will not make a hill of beans difference in the making of one’s point or argument against the progressive ——the argument is set and the hard core “Progressive” will not concede their error or change their twisted logic—-to them it is a belief system as is—– what the terrorist believe—to both—-it is “Religion”.   Look at this you gun nuts: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pELwCqz2JfE Now go argue with the folks that want to take your…
  • Amateur or Enemy

    The Outsider
    27 Jan 2015 | 11:09 am
    If I were a manager of a professional baseball team, would I put in an amateur pitcher with the game on the line? Suppose that pitcher had a chip on his shoulder against his team and the manager? Isn’t that what the voters did when they elected Obama as our leader? He dislikes America and the American way of life and has no experience in managing anything. In fact, he never held a real job. He has always lived off the taxpayers. The people are the manager and Obama despises almost half of them and also despises our ally, Israel. He is soft on our enemies and then cuts our military…
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  • A Palestinian State: Why Not?

    Daniel Doron
    1 Apr 2015 | 10:29 am
    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu recently noted that with the Middle East in chaos, it may not be a good time to establish another rogue state, Palestine, which would likely be taken over by Iran’s proxy, Hamas, which would then launch a bloody war against Israel. The Prime Minister’s declaration was greeted with alarm among the commentariat, because the belief that establishing a Palestinian state will lead to peace has become an article of faith immune to fact or reason. The Palestinian Authority is utterly dysfunctional. It’s a clan-based coalition made up of murderous…
  • Gleanings and Observations

    Irwin M. Stelzer
    1 Apr 2015 | 9:14 am
    Brevity Is The Soul Of Wit Unless you are a lawyer -- or the windiest of all Shakespeare characters who delivered this bit of wisdom. Lawyers file what they call “briefs,” supposedly concise statements of the issues, facts, laws and arguments as they would have a judge see them, avoiding what Lord Polonius did not, “tediousness” and “flourishes.” Judges have had enough of the unbriefs put before them and want the word-count limit on briefs changed from 14,000 to what The Wall Street Journal calls “a svelte 12,500.” Judge Laurence Silberman of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals…
  • Yehudah Avner's The Prime Ministers

    William Kristol
    1 Apr 2015 | 8:34 am
    In my latest newsletter (you can subscribe here—it's free!), I noted the death last week of Yehuda Avner, an adviser and English speechwriter to four Israeli prime ministers. I wrote,  "[Avner] was a legendary figure—an Israeli foreign service professional who was in the room with Israeli prime ministers for so many colorful meetings and crucial moments in Israeli history. There were a couple of engaging tributes to Avner in the Jerusalem Post, which you can read here and  here. The tributes reminded me of Avner's book, The Prime Ministers, which appeared a few years…
  • Indiana House Speaker Intends to Unveil 'Surgical Fix' to RFRA Thursday Morning

    John McCormack
    1 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    Indiana House speaker Brian Bosma tells THE WEEKLY STANDARD that he hopes to unveil text of an amendment clarifying the state's Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) on Thursday. But it's still not clear what precisely the amendment will say.  "Senate president David Long and I pledged last Friday privately and Monday of this week publicly that we would find a legislative fix to the current concerns that, especially gay and lesbian couples or others might not receive service in the customary Hoosier hospitality that's open to all Hoosiers regardless of whatever class…
  • The Charm of Minister Zarif

    Elliott Abrams
    1 Apr 2015 | 6:35 am
    In an interesting story in Bloomberg entitled "Iran's Charmer in Chief Wins Again," Eli Lake discusses the "charm" of Iran's top nuclear negotiator and foreign minister, Mohammed Javad Zarif. It's peculiar, the way charming spokesmen for the worst regimes can win fans in the West. As Lake's story explains, Zarif is not a decision maker and often cannot deliver on promises he makes. But he knows Americans well—having studied here, and lived in New York for five years serving as Iran's UN ambassador. The one time I saw him in action, he was…
 
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  • Rubio Isn’t a “Transformational” Candidate

    Daniel Larison
    1 Apr 2015 | 7:14 am
    Rubio’s presidential campaign seems to be based on a fantasy: Rubio is preparing to launch his presidential campaign on April 13 in his home base of Miami. Ayres, one of Rubio’s top advisers, cast the son of Cuban immigrants as the kind of “transformational” candidate who could expand the Republican Party’s demographic appeal to the diversifying U.S. electorate and take back the White House [bold mine-DL]. Rubio boosters have often claimed that the senator has the ability to expand the Republican coalition, but there are no examples that they can cite as proof.
  • NATO and “Arab NATO”

    Daniel Larison
    31 Mar 2015 | 2:30 pm
    The Bloomberg editors warn against supporting a so-called “Arab NATO”: It’s worth noting that wealthy little Oman, often the canniest of Arab states, has shown no inclination to join the Saudi cause, either in next-door Yemen or the broader Arab military force. The U.S. and Western powers should be equally cautious of an Arab NATO — especially if it’s not very much like NATO. Most of the editorial’s points are well taken. A Saudi-led military organization would be designed to facilitate interventions in neighboring countries wherever the Saudi government…
  • The U.S. Backs a War in Yemen It Doesn’t Understand

    Daniel Larison
    31 Mar 2015 | 5:54 am
    Micah Zenko notes that no one in the U.S. government has any idea of what the Saudi-led intervention in Yemen is supposed to accomplish: At least the Pentagon wasn’t trying to make things up. Gen. Lloyd Austin, commander of Central Command, was frank when asked what the purpose of the campaign was, stating, “I don’t currently know the specific goals and objectives of the Saudi campaign, and I would have to know that to be able to assess the likelihood of success.” Despite the astonishing acknowledgment that he did not know why the intervention was occurring and was only given a few…
  • Report: U.S. Increasing Support for Saudi War on Yemen

    Daniel Larison
    30 Mar 2015 | 12:55 pm
    The U.S. plans to increase its support for Saudi Arabia’s attack on Yemen: The U.S. military is preparing to expand its aid to Saudi Arabia in its air campaign against rebel forces in Yemen by providing more intelligence, bombs and aerial refueling missions for planes carrying out airstrikes there, American officials said Friday. It can’t be stressed enough that no U.S. interests are served by aiding a Saudi attack on its neighbor. The fact that Hadi needs foreign military intervention to restore his rule should tell us how little support there is in the country for his return. If…
  • The U.S. Shouldn’t Support Saudi Arabia’s War on Yemen

    Daniel Larison
    30 Mar 2015 | 11:19 am
    Sarah Phillips draws attention to the humanitarian crisis that the Saudi air attacks on Yemen are creating: Civilian casualties from the bombings are already mounting, but the consequences will spread beyond this sad tally. Yemen imports around 90% of its wheat and all of its rice. With its runways bombed and airports closed, Yemen’s already food-insecure population is in a dire humanitarian predicament. This makes it even more important that the U.S. stop aiding the Saudis with their intervention and try to get Riyadh halt this operation before it inflicts any more damage on the…
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  • More Than 90 Controversial Files Disappear Overnight

    admin
    31 Mar 2015 | 3:07 am
    As an investigative reporter and author of two nonfiction books critical of people at the highest levels of our government’s military and intelligence communities, I’ve been told to be careful on more occasions than I can remember. Yesterday, for the umpteenth time, I began to wonder if I should be concerned. Why? Let me explain. Sunday afternoon, I uploaded more than 140 files — mostly PDF documents — to a large internet company’s free drive service so I could share them with a nationally-known investigative reporter and best-selling author who’s…
  • The Obama Eligibility Question Revisited Again

    admin
    27 Mar 2015 | 4:55 am
    EDITOR’S NOTE: Below is a guest post by Paul R. Hollrah, a resident of Oklahoma who writes from the perspective of a veteran conservative politico who served two terms as a member of the Electoral College. Originally published May 5, 2010, it comes several months after another piece raised hackles among conservatives, in part, because of it’s headline, Ted, Bobby, Marco and Rick Share Something in Common. Even if you disagree with Paul, this piece will make you think long and hard. President Barack Obama delivers a health care address to a joint session of Congress at the U.S. Capitol in…
  • The Founders’ Worst Fears Coming True

    admin
    27 Mar 2015 | 3:55 am
    EDITOR’S NOTE: Below is a guest post by Paul R. Hollrah, a resident of Oklahoma who writes from the perspective of a veteran conservative politico who served two terms as a member of the Electoral College. It comes several months after another piece raised hackles among conservatives, in part, because of it’s headline, Ted, Bobby, Marco and Rick Share Something in Common. Even if you disagree with Paul, this piece will make you think long and hard. Click on image above to read Paul R. Hollrah’s previous piece on four prominent GOP hopefuls who are ineligible to serve as…
  • Saint Louis Police Admit to Using Illegal Surveillance Tech

    admin
    24 Mar 2015 | 12:31 pm
    A St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department official confirmed today that its officers are using cell phone simulator technology many believe is illegal and violates citizens’ privacy. This screenshot shows the text of an email I received today from Schron Jackson of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department. As a follow-up to a piece I wrote and published Nov. 17 and as a result of reading several articles (see examples here and here) about the technology, I fired off two questions to SLMPD spokesperson Schron Jackson Feb. 23: 1) Has the department purchased, or obtained via any…
  • Barack Obama Following in Brother-in-Law’s Footsteps

    admin
    19 Mar 2015 | 7:25 am
    EDITOR’S NOTE: Thanks to a Washington Free Beacon piece published today under the headline, Michelle Obama’s Brother Left Oregon State’s NCAA Basketball Program in Shambles, I was reminded of a piece I published about the first lady’s brother’s coaching adventure five years ago in advance of the “Big Dance.” I share it again below. Click on image above to read article. Craig Robinson, the 47-year-old Chicago native and brother of First Lady Michelle Obama, just completed his second season as head coach of the Oregon State University Beavers men’s…
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  • Innovating Within an Overregulated Alcohol Landscape: A #CatoDigital Discussion

    Kat Murti
    1 Apr 2015 | 7:08 am
    Kat Murti April is Alcohol Awareness Month. What better time to take a close look at one of our nation’s most heavily regulated industries and the inventive ways entrepreneurs are innovating within this realm? The ratification of the 21st Amendment may have officially ended this nation’s failed experiment with alcohol Prohibition, but the policy hangover has had lingering effects. From dry counties to bans on Sunday sales, the sale of alcohol is severely restricted in a confusing patchwork of local, state, and federal regulations. Homebrewing was not legal in all 50 states until 2013 (and…
  • Indiana's Religious Freedom Law Is Deja Vu All Over Again

    Ilya Shapiro
    1 Apr 2015 | 5:56 am
    Ilya Shapiro This debate is so banal. Progressives shout “discrimination,” conservatives cry “liberty,” and it really all boils down to the difference between government and private action, which both sides misunderstand. Progressives aren’t satisfied with state recognition of same-sex couples and want to bend the will of those private citizens who have religious objections to the only belief system that’s now allowed by MSNBC polite society. Conservatives are wrong to oppose the extension of state marriage licenses to same-sex couples – I’m against such licensing schemes, but…
  • Eric Holder Issues New Asset Forfeiture Restrictions for Structuring Offenses

    Adam Bates
    31 Mar 2015 | 1:40 pm
    Adam Bates Today Attorney General Eric Holder issued new guidelines to federal prosecutors tightening the rules for seizing assets for so-called “structuring” offenses. Under the Bank Secrecy Act, structuring occurs when someone is suspected of arranging their financial transactions as to avoid triggering a report to the federal government by the financial institution.  Some of civil asset forfeiture’s most egregious abuses are the result of federal prosecutors utilizing this nebulous statute to empty the bank accounts of unwitting citizens and small businesses who are never charged…
  • Over-Budget Hospitals

    Nicole Kaeding
    31 Mar 2015 | 12:24 pm
    Nicole Kaeding The Veterans Health Administration (VHA) is plagued with problems. Veterans wait months for medical care and have few options for accessing non-VHA providers. In addition to all of the issues relating to providing health care, construction of VA medical facilities is mismanaged, which burdens taxpayers with billions of dollars in extra costs. However, the VHA might be trying to change direction. Glenn Haggstrom, the individual who oversees VHA construction, “stepped down” last week after being put under internal investigation. Hopefully, he will be replaced by a…
  • How Will the TPP Impact Vietnam's "Nonmarket Economy" Designation?

    K. William Watson
    31 Mar 2015 | 10:43 am
    K. William Watson When deciding whether to impose antidumping duties on imports from Vietnam, the United States uses what’s known as nonmarket economy (NME) methodology.  That is, instead of comparing a product’s U.S. price with the price for the same or similar product in Vietnam, U.S. authorities compare it with a fictitious price constructed using surrogate values from third countries. The use of NME methodology is prohibited under the rules of the World Trade Organization.  But when Vietnam and China joined the WTO, they each agreed that the use of NME methodology would be permitted…
 
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  • One Out of Three SEIU Dollars Goes to Overhead, Politics

    Bill McMorris
    1 Apr 2015 | 9:35 am
    Labor giant SEIU spent more than $100 million on union overhead and political activities in 2014, according to federal labor filings released Tuesday evening. The union collected about $320 million from its 1.8 million members, who are primarily government employees and health care workers. For every $3 that a union member contributed to its coffers, $1 went to functions outside of membership services. The union spent about $55 million paying union administrators and covering overhead costs, including more than $276,000 to president Mary Kay Henry. Michael Saltsman, research director at the…
  • Prominent Green Group Likens Fracking to Rape

    Lachlan Markay
    1 Apr 2015 | 7:45 am
    An innovative oil and gas extraction technique is analogous to rape, according to a leading environmentalist group opposed to the practice. The group, Earthworks, retweeted a message from Texas anti-oil activist Sharon Wilson that decried “Texas fracking RAPE.” Earthworks subsequently said that the retweet “was done advisedly.” “The Texas legislature is trying to pass bill to force city to be fracked against its will,” Earthworks added in an effort to justify the comparison of legislation affecting state governments’ authority over the practice with forcible sexual intercourse,…
  • Howard Dean: We Should Walk Away from Iran Deal, ‘I’m Worried About How Negotiations Have Gone’

    Washington Free Beacon Staff
    1 Apr 2015 | 7:25 am
  • Saudi Defense Minister to Congress: ‘Iran Can’t Be Trusted’

    Adam Kredo
    1 Apr 2015 | 7:10 am
    LAUSANNE, Switzerland—Saudi Arabia’s newly installed defense minister told members of Congress on a recent trip to the oil-rich nation that “Iran can’t be trusted,” according to a readout of the meeting provided by Rep. Vern Buchanan (R., Fla.). Buchanan, a member of the House Ways and Means Committee, participated in a meeting with Saudi Arabia’s defense minister, Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who is the son of the newly crowned King Salman, to discuss regional issues and Iranian aggression. When asked by Buchanan and other lawmakers present at the sit-down about the current talks…
  • Bibi Blasts Iran Talks After Iranian General Says ‘Israel’s Destruction Is Non-Negotiable’

    Washington Free Beacon Staff
    1 Apr 2015 | 5:28 am
    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s statement on negotiations with Iran: Yesterday an Iranian general brazenly declared and I quote: ‘Israel’s destruction is non-negotiable’, but evidently giving Iran’s murderous regime a clear path to the bomb is negotiable. This is unconscionable. I agree with those who have said that Iran’s claim that its nuclear program is only for peaceful purposes doesn’t square with Iran’s insistence on keeping underground nuclear facilities, advanced centrifuges and a heavy water reactor. Nor does it square with…
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