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Is Team Obama Working Against Netanyahu?

By on 1.26.15 | 3:49PM

It's clear how the White House feels about Benjamin Netanyahu on their home turf - the feather ruffling can be heard across the Mississippi - but it seems that some people very close to the Obama White House are making their feelings about Bibi known on Bibi's home turf as well.

According to IMRA, a news source whose veracity I am, admittedly, unfamiliar with (via PJM, whose veracity is stellar), Jeremy Bird, the Obama campaign's former national field director (and the one who sent about 50% of the endless campaign emails) is in Tel Aviv working for the "V-2015" campaign, which aims to elect anyone but Bibi in the Israel's next national election.

Haaretz reporter Roi Arad revealed in an article in the Hebrew edition today [January 26] that the foreign funded organization, “One Voice”, is bankrolling the V-2015 campaign to defeat Binyamin Netanyahu’s national camp in the March 2015 Knesset Elections.

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Tuesday Will Be a Snow Day in Massachusetts Thanks to Dunkin’ Donuts

By on 1.26.15 | 2:36PM

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker has declared a state of emergency in anticipation of a major snowstorm which is expected to hit at 7 p.m. although I can tell you that I was just outside and it has already started to snow.

The storm is expected to last until early Wednesday morning and result in 2 to 3 feet of snow.

I knew this was going to happen when the woman who took my order at Dunkin' Donuts told me they would be closed tomorrow.

You've heard their slogan, "America runs on Dunkin'". This is especially true in Massachusetts where Dunkin' Donuts was founded in Quincy just south of Boston. Its headquarters are located in Canton.

If Dunkin' Donuts doesn't run then neither does Massachusetts. Charlie Baker was left with no other choice.


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Simma Holt, R.I.P.

By on 1.26.15 | 1:29PM

Canadian journalist, activist and former MP Simma Holt passed away on Friday at the age of 92.

Holt began her journalism career with The Vancouver Sun in 1944 where she developed a reputation as a tough investigative reporterand would remain there for 30 years until she was elected to Canada's House of Commons as a Liberal in the 1974 federal election becoming the first Jewish woman ever elected to Parliament. However, she would lose her seat in the 1979 election to Ian Waddell of the NDP and would lose to Waddell again in a rematch during the 1980 election.

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Obama Takes On Oil Drilling From Giant Jet

By on 1.26.15 | 12:33PM

I don't remember the last time I heard the term "ANWR" - the Alaskan National Wildlife Refuge - before this weekend. I think I recall some controversy over it during the Bush Administration, around the same time Jennifer Lopez divorced her second husband, and then there was the time Sarah Palin declared that the caribou would be just as happy toddling around oil rigs as they are currently. But before Barack Obama declared that America's highest priority this week is to preseve the pristine Alaskan wildnerness from the mere prospect of economic stimulation, the issue had lain dormant for approximately my entire adult life.

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Lost a Drone? The Secret Service Might Have It

By on 1.26.15 | 11:38AM

If you were the lucky amateur pilot who landed a "Quadcopter" drone on the White House lawn late last night, the Secret Service has your unmanned robot aircraft and would probably like a word with you.

Apparently, a small, commercially-available drone flew over the White House fence on onto the hallowed grounds around 3:08 am, and like most commercially-available drones operated by people whose entire history of flight experience involves an XBox or a copy of SkyMall (RIP), immediately crashed. White House security responded somewhat immediately, cleared the object, and are now waiting for a hapless tourist or area resident who wanted an arial view of the landmark to please come collect both their toy and their criminal charges.

The Secret Service has identified the device that was found overnight on the White House grounds as a "quad copter."

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Link Byfield, R.I.P.

By on 1.26.15 | 10:47AM

Canadian conservative journalist and co-founder of Alberta's Wildrose Party Link Byfield died of cancer on Saturday. He was 63.

Byfield's father, Ted, founded a magazine in the early 1970's called Alberta Report which Link would take over in the early '80s.

Alberta Report was socially conservative, but also emphasized a concept known as Western alienation. Simply put, the four Canadian western provinces - British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba provided a majority of Canada's natural resources, but their influence in Ottawa was negligble. The most notable example of this was Pierre Trudeau's National Energy Program which, among other things, established price controls on oil. Opposition to the National Energy Program in Alberta was crucial in bringing Brian Mulroney's Progressive Conservatives to power in 1984.

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FNC’s Chris Wallace: Netanyahu ‘Wicked,’ ‘Malicious’ for ‘Sneaking Up’ on Obama’s Back

By on 1.25.15 | 11:52AM

In an appearance with Shepherd Smith on Friday, his FNC colleague Chris Wallace blasted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for his impending speech to Congress in early March:

To give you an idea of how malicious this is, I’ll tell you that US Secretary of State John Kerry met with the Israeli Ambassador to the United States for two hours on Wednesday and Ron Dermer did not announce the fact that Netanyahu was coming to Washington, DC. This is not in order to meet with the US President.  It is to speak to the US Congress and to criticize the president’s policies.

For good measure, Wallace also accused Netanyahu of being "wicked" and "sneaking up behind the president's back".

So does Wallace believe Obama wasn't being malicious when he told Netanyahu to show himself out the door out of the White House a few years back? Does Wallace believe a senior White House official describing Netanyahu as "chicken sh#t" isn't wicked?

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Scott Walker Sensational at Iowa Freedom Summit

By on 1.25.15 | 3:51AM

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker was a sensation at the Iowa Freedom Summit on Saturday drawing an enthusiastic standing ovation.

His message of "going big and going bold" resonated with the crowd.

Here is a guy who has governed as a conservative in a Blue State and despite the anger and death threats he's received, the man has got the job done.

Following the specch, The Dropkick Murphys demanded that he stop playing their music and made a point of saying they hated him. It won't be the last time left-wingers speak with such vitriol against Walker.

While I think the GOP should just nominate Walker right here right now, I realize that the presidential race is a marathon and not a sprint. But he's shot out of the gate and now has Republicans wanting him to run in 2016. The same cannot be said for Jeb Bush or Mitt Romney. 

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ISIS Beheads Japanese Hostage Haruna Yukawa

By on 1.24.15 | 11:09PM

On Tuesday, President Obama said in his SOTU address, "In Iraq and Syria, American leadership -- including our military power -- is stopping ISIL’s advance."

Well, now ISIS has beheaded Japanese hostage Haruna Yukawa. A picture of Yukawa's body was held by fellow Japanese hostage Kenji Goto. 

ISIS claims that it will release Goto if Jordan releases Sajida Mubarak Atrous al-Rishawi, a female terrorist who was arrested and sentenced to death for her participation in the November 2005 suicide bombing in Amman.

So much for stopping ISIS' advance.

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Senior Obama WH Official: Netanyahu “Spat In Our Face”, “Will Pay Price” for Speech to Congress

By on 1.24.15 | 7:06PM

If you thought the Obama Administration hated Benjamin Netanyahu, you ain't seen nothing yet.

In the wake of the Israeli Prime Minister accepting House Speaker John Boehner's invitation to speak before a joint session of Congress in March, a senior White House official has made it clear where Bibi stands with the Obama Administration:

There are things you simply don’t do. He spat in our face publicly and that’s no way to behave. Netanyahu ought to remember that President Obama has a year and a half left to his presidency, and that there will be a price.

So accepting an invitation from the Speaker of the House to speak before Congress constitutes a "thing you simply don't do"?

Accepting an invitation from the Speaker of the House to speak before Congress is no way to behave?

Accepting an invitation from the Speaker of the House to speak before Congress is spitting in the face of the White House?

Accepting an invitation from the Speaker of the House to speak before Congress will result in a price being paid?

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