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Now We Know

By on 3.3.15 | 1:26PM

Now we know why Barry didn’t want Bibi to address the Congress. Netanyahu’s analysis of the Middle East, Israel, and Iran featured both coherence and purpose, two things missing from this administration’s foreign policy. The stark difference in approach might be what one would expect as between a commando and a community organizer.

 

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The DHS Fight is Over and The GOP Lost

By on 3.3.15 | 12:33PM

House Republicans have until Friday to decide how best to recover from the Senate's capituation to Democratic demands over funding the Department of Homeland Security, but it seems they'd prefer to simply get the inevitable over with.

While you were applauding Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu's powerful speech to both houses of Congress, Rep. John Boehner was negotiating a deal that would move a clean DHS spending bill forward with nary a mention of the Amnesty Executive Order that began this fight in the first place

After months of indecision and strife, Boehner told GOP lawmakers he plans to allow a vote as early as Tuesday on a clean bill to fund the Homeland Security Department through the rest of the fiscal year, dashing the hopes of conservatives who want to tie the money to language clocking President Obama’s executive actions on immigration…

“So he just caved in there,” Rep. Tim Huelskamp said of Boehner, adding: “Guess he forgot that a number of us had recommended that this was a poor strategy back in December."...

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Hillary Clinton Is Too Good For Work Email

By on 3.3.15 | 11:50AM

Back when Rep. Trey Gowdy seemed to be prolonging an investigation into Hillary Clinton's communications with regards to the Benghazi incident, many thought it was merely to justify the new haircut he'd gotten for the occasion. Now, it turns out, Gowdy was not only doggedly pursuing a very obviously missing link in command, but that he'd stumbled on a fluke of Clinton's government employment strategy.

According to the New York Times, Hillary Clinton conducted not most but all official State Department communications on her personal email

Hillary Rodham Clinton exclusively used a personal email account to conduct government business as secretary of state, State Department officials said, and may have violated federal requirements that officials’ correspondence be retained as part of the agency’s record.

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The 50 Democrats Who Won’t Attend Netanyahu’s Speech

By on 3.2.15 | 11:09PM

This morning my newest article focused on the cowardice of Democrats unwilling to attend Benjamin Netanyahu's speech tomorrow, twelve more Democrats have declared they are not amenable to reason including Minnesota Senator Al Franken. In all there are 50 Democrats who will not be in attendance including Vice-President Biden in his capacity as President of the Senate. Here are the cowards in all their glory:

Sen. Al Franken (Minn.)

Sen. Martin Heinrich (N.M.)

Sen. Tim Kaine (Va.)

Sen. Patrick Leahy (Vt.)

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.)

Sen. Brian Schatz (Hawaii)

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (R.I.)

Rep. Earl Blumenauer (Ore.)

Rep. Corrine Brown (Fla.)

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Ann Coulter Will Be The VP Pick - In Sharknado 3

By on 3.2.15 | 5:41PM

I'm not sure what's left to destroy with shark-laden killer tornados that hasn't already been soundly demolished, but SyFy is girding its loins for Sharknado 3, the latest installment in their campy, celebrity cameo-laden C-movie series that features Ian Ziering and Tara Reid, among others, battling the murderous sea-faring creatures as they lay waste to the nation's metropolises. 

This time, though, the sharks will be taking on Washington DC, and there they'll face an awfully formidable foe: Vice President Ann Coulter.

Mark Cuban and Ann Coulter have joined the growing list of guest stars for the third TV movie in the phenomenon, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

Launching in July, Sharknado 3 will be set in Washington, D.C., this time and, per Syfy, will "cause mass destruction in the nation's capital" before it roars down the Eastern Seaboard.

Entrepreneur/Dallas Mavericks owner Cuban of Shark Tank will play the president, while conservative commentator/author Coulter will play the veep.

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Buffett: Warren Too Mean, Hillary Possibly Too Sick

By on 3.2.15 | 5:32PM

Warren Buffett is really looking forward to 2016. Sure, the Buffett rule didn't work out - partly because it turns out his secretary only pays more in taxes than he does because his wealth is packed into capital gains - but he's already hedging his bets that Hillary Clinton's administration will have a more favorable bent towards his ideas. In fact, he just loves Hillary Clinton, and thinks that, without a doubt, she'll be the next President of the United States. 

That is, if she's doesn't fall prey to a devastating illness. 

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Two Reasons Why I Don’t Believe a Word of Samantha Power’s AIPAC Speech

By on 3.2.15 | 4:29PM

Earlier today I threw cold water on UN Ambassador Samantha Power's speech to AIPAC after Ross had praised it.

Let me give you two reasons why.

First, Power stated, "The United States of America will not allow Iran to obtain a nuclear weapon. Period."

Does anyone believe that for a minute?

This sounds like another one of the Obama Administraton's red lines.

If the Obama Administration is so keen on not allowing Iran to obtain a nuclear weapon then why is it no longer demanding that Iran stop enriching uranium and dismantle its centrifuges?

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DEA Warns Utah of Stoned Rabbits

By on 3.2.15 | 2:06PM

I would certainly not have predicted Utah to be the next state to take up the mantle of marijuana legalization, but thankfully, they are. I say this not because I'm a supporter of legalization (though I am), but because Utah's legislative hearings on their medical marijuana bill - which would allow certain persons with "debilitating illnesses" access to "edible forms" of the drug - are absolutely magnificent.

Last week, Utah welcomed DEA agent Matt Fairbanks to testify, and among his rationale for bringing Utah back from the abyss: that Utah's entire rabbit population is, from here on out, going to be stoned out of its ever-loving rabbit mind

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Some DOE Staff Found New Way to Take Advantage of Students

By on 3.2.15 | 1:45PM

Student loans are a billion dollar industry for the government, which basically insures that the system, despite Elizabeth Warren's eternal pleadings, is unlikely to be reformed. But it seems, on at least a couple of occasions, the student loan process was very lucrative for a couple of individuals at the Department of Education as well (until they got caught at least).

According to a Freedom of Information Act request obtained by the Daily Mail, breach of conduct reports at the agency reveal identity theft, unlawful access to student loan records and a basic understanding of civics.

According to the documents - obtained by the Daily Mail Online through a Freedom of Information Act request - a number of government employees set up an illicit scheme to steal students' information.  

One woman created a bogus Department of Education account to access the National Student Loan Data System to aid her criminal plot.

While accessing the records, she would extract information from individual accounts.  

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Curt Schilling Brushes Back Internet Trolls Who Cyberbullied His Daughter

By on 3.2.15 | 1:20PM

Internet trolls be warned.

Do not mess with former Boston Red Sox pitcher and current ESPN analyst Curt Schilling.

To be precise, don't mess with his daughter.

Last week, Schilling took to Twitter to congratulate his 17-year old daughter Gabby who has been accepted to Salve Regina University where she will pitch for the university's softball team.

Unfortunately, the response was ugly. Many a "man" took to social media to make vile sexual comments about Gabby Schilling.

These trolls, however, got much more for which they bargained. Papa Schilling sprung into action and began taking names. He tracked down the trolls and let their schools or employers know of their shenanigans and they are now facing the consequences.

Schilling wrote at length about the whole sordid mess on his blog 38 Pitches. Here is a portion of it:

Now understand this.

I’m a Republican

I’m a former Red Sox

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