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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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Bill Clinton’s Portrait Has Secret Lewinsky Reference

By on 3.2.15 | 1:03PM

Monica Lewinsky seems to be enjoying the rise of Clinton nostalgia. Just last week, she was photographed wearing a bright orange gown, attending the annual Vanity Fair post-Oscar party, as though she were a real celebrity, and Friday, it was announced that her post-Clinton life in New York will become the subject of a six-"webisode" mini-series. The series, which is loosely based on an HBO documentary that followed her around after she vacated her internship, will chronicle Monica's life and struggle to "rebuild her life in the wake of the scandal that left her a reluctant single-name celebrity."

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Barbara Mikulski to Retire, Yell At Someone Else Now

By on 3.2.15 | 12:33PM

I am finally returned, rested and recovered from CPAC. Fortunately, unlike other years, this CPAC only forced me to confront my claustrophobia in the main hallways, and not in a dark and dank ballroom, which should cut down on the post traumatic stress quite a bit.

Plus, this Monday is greeted with an intriguing Congressional retirement: Sen. Barbara Mikulski, firebrand of Maryland's Senate delegation, will retire while still in her prime (at least, as far as Congressional median age is concerned), at a spry 78 and after a mere 5 terms in the Senate.

The longest serving woman in Congress in U.S. history is ready to retire. Maryland Democrat Barbara Mikulski will not seek a sixth term in the Senate in 2016.

Mikulski made the announcement at a news conference in the Fells Point neighborhood in Baltimore Monday morning.

"I am here today ... to announce I will not be seeking a sixth term in the United States Senate," Mikulski said. "This is a hard decision to make."

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The Single Best GOP Argument to Stop Obama’s Executive Amnesty

By on 3.2.15 | 12:10PM

There are lots of good reasons to oppose President Obama's move to grant a form of amnesty to millions of illegal aliens -- reasons that transcend anybody's position on broader issues of immigration reform.

But as we head into this battle over tying that amnesty to DHS funding and the beating Republicans are taking in the media (as always) for standing up for exceptionally important principles, I think that one particular argument could be the most effective in terms of public opinion and putting Democrats on the defensive for blocking a bill which would fund DHS but block amnesty:

Amnesty will allow illegal aliens to collect money retroactively from US taxpayers. Admittedly there are probably not very many illegals who filed tax returns, but those who did - even if they didn't pay any tax - could apply for the Earned Income Tax Credit and receive a check from the federal government.

This is insane and offensive to any American of common sense, again regardless of their view on immigration reform overall.

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We Shouldn’t Laud Nor Trust Samantha Power

By on 3.2.15 | 11:49AM

A short time ago, Ross praised UN Ambassador Samantha Power's speech to AIPAC.

He began with the caveat, "Frankly, I don't trust anyone who works for Barack Obama because I don't trust Obama himself."

Ross should have stopped right then and there.

First of all, I don't buy it for a minute when she claims the Obama Administration is combating anti-Semitism around the world and has Israel's back at the UN every day. For the past six years, the Obama Administration has given Israel the back of its hand.

Let us never, never forget that this is the same Samantha Power who in 2002 called upon the U.S. to invade Israel to impose peace with the Palestinians.

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Kerry Making Nice with Israel….Sort Of

By on 3.2.15 | 11:16AM

Well, I guess the Obama Administration's campaign against Benjamin Netanyahu and Israel isn't working out so well.

Over the past couple of days, Secretary of State John Kerry has been playing nice with Israel.

Yesterday, during an appearance on ABC's This Week, Kerry indicated that Netanyahu is "welcome to speak in the United States" and didn't want Bibi's visit to become "a political football."

Today, Kerry took aim at the UN Human Rights Council in its presence stating, "It must be said that the HRC’s obsession with Israel actually risks undermining the credibility of the entire organization."

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Samantha Power’s Laudable Speech at AIPAC

By on 3.2.15 | 11:12AM

Frankly, I don't trust anyone who works for Barack Obama because I don't trust Obama himself.

UN Ambassador Samantha Power's speech at AIPAC this morning was remarkable for its moral and policy clarity.

I just wish I believed that President Obama truly shared her views - and I suppose I wish I believed that she even means what she said.

Despite my doubts, the words are worth hearing. Then you can decide what you think of her sincerity or whether her sincerity has any impact on this administration's behavior.


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Minnie Minoso, R.I.P.

By on 3.1.15 | 12:40PM

Former big league outfielder and third baseman Minnie Minoso was found dead this morning in his car. His family believes it was due to a heart condition. Minoso is officially listed as 89 but might have been 92.

Born in Cuba, Minoso would attract the attention of Cleveland Indians owner Bill Veeck while playing in the Negro Leagues and signed him in 1948. The following year Minoso made his big league debut becoming the first black Cuban to play in MLB.

However, early in the 1951 season, Minoso was dealt to the Chicago White Sox in a seven player trade that also involved the Philadelphia A's. Minoso would finish runner up in the AL Rookie of the Year balloting behind Gil McDougald of the New York Yankees. Minoso led the AL in both stolen bases and triples that year and would do so two more times in his career. He was also named to the first of seven AL All-Star teams. Minoso would also earn three Gold Gloves for his outfield play.

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One Day the Bush Family Will Run Out of Adjectives

By on 2.28.15 | 12:57PM

We now know that Jeb Bush wishes to be known, at least for the purposes of 2016, as a “reform-minded” conservative. His brother was a compassionate conservative. His father a kinder-gentler conservative.

Plain old jive conservatives are entitled to wonder how many generations it will take for the Bush family to produce a conservative who doesn’t require an adjective to separate him from the common ruck. 

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