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Hundreds of Career Prosecutors
Revolt Against Eric Holder

Power Line, by Paul Mirengoff

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Posted By:StormCnter, 1/31/2014 6:07:47 AM

Hundreds of career Justice Department lawyers have broken into open revolt against Attorney General Holder over his support of legislation that would drastically cut back on mandatory minimum sentences for drug pushers. The legislation Holder supports, known as the Durbin-Lee bill, would overturn the current mandatory minimum sentences not only for marijuana violations but for all drug offenses, including major and repeat trafficking in heroin, meth, PCP and other extremely dangerous, and often lethal, drugs. This was too much for hundreds of federal prosecutors. Today, Chuck Grassley, the Ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, read aloud from a letter the


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Reply 1 - Posted by: NancyD, 1/31/2014 6:31:17 AM     (No. 9712765)

Why is the Obama Administration so hellbent on destroying our Country?

They are getting away with it because the media is afraid to speak up and challenge them.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: bgarrett, 1/31/2014 7:08:16 AM     (No. 9712787)

wait a minute!
Making all drugs legal is about Freedom!
All drugs were legal until the United States Federal government began its absurd propaganda of 1937.
Legal or illegal has no bearing on the use of drugs

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Really?, 1/31/2014 7:27:34 AM     (No. 9712800)

I totally disagree. Making Drugs legal like the ones that just killed my nephew after wrecking his family´s lives for eleven years would be the stupidest thing I could imagine. Where do you people come from ?

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Reply 4 - Posted by: hoosierblue, 1/31/2014 7:34:47 AM     (No. 9712812)

Miley Cyrus twerking across the stage with her tongue out will probably be page 1 instead of this article.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Blue-Z-Anna, 1/31/2014 7:49:23 AM     (No. 9712830)

Taking someone who has addictive substance abuse problems and dumping legal problems on them is not helpful.

Prohibition is prohibition.

Read a little history.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: pineledger, 1/31/2014 7:49:45 AM     (No. 9712831)

Thought he would play catch-up by going for the death penalty with The Joker. Not.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Fromtheright2, 1/31/2014 7:54:48 AM     (No. 9712842)

This from a group that refuses to abide by any code of legal ethics. They just don´t want to lose the power to overcharge and intimidate, as they did with the computer hacker who suicided last year.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: The Architect, 1/31/2014 7:56:38 AM     (No. 9712843)

Eric Holder is a criminal. He aids and abets other criminals and inhibits and obfuscates the police. He refuses to enforce the laws he doesn´t like and over extends his reach in areas he has no business being in. He should be arrested and brought to trial.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: MDConservative, 1/31/2014 7:56:49 AM     (No. 9712844)

If I´m going to argue guns in the hands of law abiding citizens is a right, it´s hard for me to argue that marijuana is not. Both have the very real capability of killing and wrecking lives. I´ve had enough of government meddling in my life (BTW: Never used the stuff) and the lives of others. In this, conservatives are hardly better than liberals, only the rules are different.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: voxpopuli, 1/31/2014 8:02:26 AM     (No. 9712853)

We know he has received HUNDREDS of MILLIONS from the EU and Soros.. Now we see where the other money comes from.. ANYTHING to destroy America.. He´ll have more flexibility....

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Reply 11 - Posted by: skedaddle, 1/31/2014 8:07:16 AM     (No. 9712862)

Heck must have froze over - I think I agree with "My People" Holder about something. Ending drug prohibition tomorrow wouldn´t cause me to go out and shoot up heroin and I suspect I´m not alone. People ruin their lives all sorts of ways and the drug war hasn´t stopped that one little bit.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Buttercup82, 1/31/2014 8:12:51 AM     (No. 9712866)

Once we are all high on drugs, they can confiscate all of our guns (and the rest of our freedom). We won´t care as long as the buzz continues, man.

Meanwhile, tobacco is evil and Phillip Morris is Satan.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: dragonlearner, 1/31/2014 8:13:34 AM     (No. 9712867)

Cloward and Piven.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: Heil Liberals, 1/31/2014 8:22:39 AM     (No. 9712877)

#4- with all respect and sympathy, the fact that the drugs that resulted in the hell your family, and mine, has experienced are illegal didn´t change anything. Regardless of legal status, the result was the same - tragedy and destroyed lives.

What we have today is sick codependent relationship between law enforcement and the narco drug networks. Each generates billions of dollars for their respective networks. Entire government systems depend on the continued trafficking and consumption of prohibited drugs for their budgets and jobs.

The erosion of fourth, fifth, and eighth amendment rights have grown since the Nixon declared "drug war" began. Since then we have seen absurd applications of law that are equally destructive of lives. We see that a simple traffic stop turns into a full felony investigation where a refusal to allow a vehicle search results in detention until a K-9 unit shows up to sniff.

The net result is the high profits that attract high risk and highly violent people to the trade. It corrupts our government. It corrupts our citizens. Basically, once again prohibition does not work.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: fobo, 1/31/2014 8:28:19 AM     (No. 9712890)

it´s always refreshing to see thoughtful, reasoned comments here. #3 is a great example. Thanks!

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Reply 16 - Posted by: smak90, 1/31/2014 8:28:59 AM     (No. 9712891)

It is all about creating chaos and nothing else. He is just trying to overwhelm the system and cause breakdown in our systems. The president and his sidekicks want to create a collapse so they can take over for life.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: Newtsche, 1/31/2014 8:30:15 AM     (No. 9712895)

Who knew the opiate of the masses would be opium?

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Reply 18 - Posted by: Rumblehog, 1/31/2014 8:48:14 AM     (No. 9712922)

Holder should be so ´fortunate´ as to lose a son or daughter to ´recreational´ drugs.
What a slime ball he is. And those GOP Senate cretins who gave him the "thumbs up" are in the same league as he.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: yourblueroom, 1/31/2014 8:50:47 AM     (No. 9712928)

you guys need to think this thru. Street drugs become legal, and what happens then? USFDA happens (Like with alcohol!) and maybe heroine or crack is cleaned up and purified for public use. and who can afford the "good clean stuff"? the productive members of society that wont touch it. the folks that want it but can´t afford the good stuff are gonna do what? BUY THE ILLEGAL BLACK MARKET DRUGS. no taxes, no uplift for purification, etc. i get the "personal freedom bit", but the problem is not solved. know what the problem is? Adam and Eve´s sin in Eden ("the Fall")

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Reply 20 - Posted by: yourblueroom, 1/31/2014 8:51:18 AM     (No. 9712930)

sorry: heroin

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Reply 21 - Posted by: WAN2, 1/31/2014 9:09:26 AM     (No. 9712966)


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Reply 22 - Posted by: chicodon, 1/31/2014 9:11:01 AM     (No. 9712969)

One thing you can say is that Obama and Holder are an effective tag team.

If we watch "2016: Obama´s America" again we´ll see why. Holder also detests America and Britain as "Colonial Powers". He has an axe to grind over Barbados. Together they are dismantling our country piece by piece.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: Poliskeptic, 1/31/2014 9:14:31 AM     (No. 9712978)

"War on Standards" has a nice ring to it...and does a good job of describing one war the Dems, especially the Obama administration, wage.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: lifelonghuman, 1/31/2014 9:21:18 AM     (No. 9712990)

Alas, this comes too late for Walter White.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: lagniappe, 1/31/2014 9:29:32 AM     (No. 9713000)

Drug convictions are being used in similar ways that tax-evasion convictions were used to put crime bosses in jail in the past. Most long term drug users end up depending on crime to support their lifestyle and drug convictions are used to get their attention.
Many drug users spend a month or two in jail, then get paroled/probation and mandated into drug treatment programs. Jail can be motivating.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: whyyeseyec, 1/31/2014 9:30:57 AM     (No. 9713002)

@#3: You stated - "law enforcement officials and innocent bystanders died when criminals decided to shoot their way out of situations to try to avoid a third arrest". Where is your proof? That was the excuse used as 3rd strike laws were being debated. Crime actually went down in Calif after the 3rd strike law was passed.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: Doctor P, 1/31/2014 9:44:31 AM     (No. 9713019)

can you imagine the media uproar if this was about a GOP AG?

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Reply 28 - Posted by: ida Lou Pino, 1/31/2014 9:46:58 AM     (No. 9713023)

Well - - I´m with With-Hoilder on this one.

So go ahead - - shoot me.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: ida Lou Pino, 1/31/2014 9:51:57 AM     (No. 9713030)

#4 - - Drugs didn´t ruin your nephew´s life - - your nephew ruined his own life.

And - - all of that happened under Prohibition. So how exactly is Prohibition helping things?

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Reply 30 - Posted by: gramma b, 1/31/2014 10:15:17 AM     (No. 9713057)

The one and only reason that Holder is behind this is because so many of "his people" are drug pushers. With him, everything is about race and racial payback.

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Reply 31 - Posted by: Iraengneer, 1/31/2014 10:21:33 AM     (No. 9713064)

consider WHY they might not mind having the sheeple anesthetized.
anyone else remember a famous dystopian work that mentioned the used of "soma". Remember that one? Keep the peasants stoned, avoids insurrection.

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Reply 32 - Posted by: Maggie2u, 1/31/2014 10:42:21 AM     (No. 9713092)

Don´t know about the other 49 states but in Washington state the ´three strikes´ law is only for violent offenses, not shoplifting. I had jury duty several years ago and that´s what the prosecuting attorney told us when some asked about it. The man on trial was accused of stealing a 25yr old truck and if found guilty would NOT have been sentenced to life.

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Reply 33 - Posted by: mc squared, 1/31/2014 11:07:39 AM     (No. 9713132)

I don´t think everyone read the article. It isn´t just Maryjane here

FTA: .. for all drug offenses, including major and repeat trafficking in heroin, meth, PCP and other extremely dangerous, and often lethal, drugs.

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Reply 34 - Posted by: Spidey, 1/31/2014 11:22:29 AM     (No. 9713161)

Mandatory sentences started back when Tip Oneil was speaker in the wake of the Len Bias overdose.He was the Celtics #1 pick and overdosed on coke.Len Bias would mo t likely be alive today if not for the easy availability of drugs and they´re easier to get today,especially heroin.

As experienced adults we can speculate on individuality of personal responsibility. A 14 year old doesn´t realize the consequences of drugs and the least thing the government can do is at least say it´s risky.

It´s crazy to stand over a kid and tell him what they can or can´t eat but have a non staetment on drug use. Obama got slapped by at least 2 liberals over saying pot isn´t all that bad.

I wonder how much Scandinavians pay in taxes to support all their gutter bums,since drugs have been legal there for so long.Wait until the substance abuse bills start rolling in on medicare expansion people. I´l bet within 5 years people will be getting on disability for severe pot addictions.

Udall´s son will probably get some rehab but at his age he´ll go right back to it.People don´t quit addictions until they hit an absolute brick wall.I´ve seen what effect addictions have all my life. I lost my mom at 12 years old from alcohol.

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Reply 35 - Posted by: strike3, 1/31/2014 11:40:16 AM     (No. 9713185)

Out of all of these strong, emotional opinions, #31 has the right answer. These are HIS people and Holder wants to give them a pass. We The People do not.

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Reply 36 - Posted by: bmw50, 1/31/2014 11:42:34 AM     (No. 9713189)

Democrats don´t care if you are enslaved to a vice, they love it and they capitalize on it. You get yourself enslaved to your favorite sin or bad habit and a Democrat will help you support it... for your vote.

That´s all the matters to Democrats.

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Reply 37 - Posted by: Butch59, 1/31/2014 12:09:30 PM     (No. 9713227)

Give this a thought. Even though alcoholic beverages are legal, there is still a large market for moonshine. And, though you never hear about it in the news, a lot of moonshine can kill. And some of it can make a person blind and assorted other ills. And the federal government is very active in trying to find moonshiners and get in jail for long periods of time. All of this is something you don´t hear about because booze of all stripes is legal. If a substance is proven to be hugely dangerous to a persons very like, it SHOULD be banned from sale over the counter.

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Reply 38 - Posted by: gnosticsrus, 1/31/2014 1:29:10 PM     (No. 9713304)

The reason Obama "is hell bent upon destroying this country" is because in the socialist program, aggravating the social tensions is a tool that can be used to increase the level of government control. If you recognize that Obama is a socialist and then look at the socialist program for revolution, all of his actions become clear. Obama wants drugs to be once again the problem they were before Nancy Reagan´s very effective "Just Say No" program (does anyone remember when drugs were cool? In the 80s, Nancy nixed that whole mindset). Why? Because it will increase social tensions, which serves the socialist program. Just like his intention to use executive orders to have prisoners released. He WANTS bad guys out of prison so they will bring the crime level back up to what it was before the 80s and Reagan interrupted their "progress."

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Reply 39 - Posted by: bluefindad, 1/31/2014 1:44:24 PM     (No. 9713317)

The ´legalize´ crowd fails to consider the larger cultural effects. First, legaliization amounts to tacit approval by authority. More importantly, legalization will result in massively increased availability, albeit through ´clean, regulated sources´. Through these sources, many people will be induced to indulge.

There are a large number of people in this nation who do not partake in illegal drugs because their fear of wading into the drug culture to obtain the product outweighs their curiosity. Once the source is legal, and can be easily obtained through an ´authorized´ source, many of these people will partake. Most will not be ´hooked´. However, some percentage will become addicted. Addicts will lose their jobs and destroy their families. They will do whatever it takes to obtain money for their supply, including fraud and robbery. They will resort to the black market for cheaper product. These are people who, if not for legalization, would never have indulged. The result is a massive increase in social cost.

Have doubts? Consider the rise of legalized gambling. Michael Burke, a former attourney turned gambiling addict, says

"The key to addiction is proximity: The more access, the greater the problem. In states that have the lottery, casinos, keno in every bar, and charity poker rooms, the problem is greater,"

Many people who would never have spent the money to go to Las Vegas can now go down the street to the local indian casino. Result? Many lives ruined, and increased cost for all of us.

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Reply 40 - Posted by: peterfleming, 1/31/2014 1:44:41 PM     (No. 9713319)

BGsrret#2 is right, of course. Nobody talks about the inefectiveness of prohibition, how it only increases the costs of product, money laundering, corrupting judges, the entire, always expanding criminal drug underworld, the many death, the total chaos we have triggered in Mexico. Taking the criminality out of drug selling, dealing,
will stop endless deaths just for starters.

Each state, prncipaltiy and city can make its own local rules on public usage of drugs
Vegas, wandering drug craed all over town.
Small town USA very strict rules of behavior
But the good news, low prices, better
dispenaries, no dealers in alleys pitching little kids, corruption of judges, looting of the police almost stops, no more fancy drug lawyers, addicts have access to clinics
a whole new world of patients instead of criminals, and for small farmers, a whole new amazing line of cnabis prduced paper, clothing, rope, all kinds of superior products. Cannabis shirts, natural, never wear out ! A whole new quality paper making
usiness, SAVE THE TREES. Endless new health and wealth ending the most violent prohibition in our history.

The stonger the prohibition laws, the higher the unreal prices, the more violence and upside down murdeing violence in our own neighbor, Mexico. America can end the violence in Mexico, too. Stop prohibition.

On the other hand, anything to revolt against the crook Holder is entertaining.

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Reply 41 - Posted by: TakeBackAmerica, 1/31/2014 1:48:57 PM     (No. 9713325)

Hundreds of Loyal Americans Revolt Against Zippy Obama.

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Reply 42 - Posted by: shamus, 1/31/2014 2:04:48 PM     (No. 9713335)

These are lazy bureaucrats whining because their job will be harder. They have no regard for the public good or the administration of justice.

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Reply 43 - Posted by: Javelin, 1/31/2014 3:06:13 PM     (No. 9713414)

Murder is illegal and people still kill one another. Theft is illegal and, yet, people still steal.
Since these laws don´t work either, shall we just make murder and theft legal?
The fact that there are people who will use dope or delude themselves, and others, into a belief that their use is harmless; does not make the logical case for removing legal sanctions.

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Reply 44 - Posted by: shamus, 1/31/2014 4:02:54 PM     (No. 9713503)

The question of which policy alternatives work to solve social problems is an open one. The program that seemed best to me was supervised parole for nonviolent offenders. Jailing a person for a long period isn´t a particularly effective alternative if there´s any chance that the person can become a productive member of society.

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Reply 45 - Posted by: log cabin preacher, 1/31/2014 5:00:57 PM     (No. 9713590)

Ecstasy was once legal and used in marital counseling. The couple would get a touchy-feely high, be intimate with each other, and as they came down, a truth-serum effect took over and they were able to talk about their issues in a safe place. But since others abused it, the government banned them. I wonder how many marriages could have been saved if ecstasy was still legal.

I think it´s interesting that those who criticize the Dems on gun control "guns don´t kill people - people kill people" and "outlawing guns won´t stop murder" will turn around and blame drugs for death and want the government to ban them. I´ve lost loved ones to both drugs and guns and I mean no disrespect, but drugs did not ruin things but people who abused them and couldn´t find a way out.

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Reply 46 - Posted by: dodge boy, 1/31/2014 6:04:06 PM     (No. 9713696)

In re #1, the Rules for Radicals answers the question. In the 1970s and 80s, the radicals resorted to bombing buildings here and kidnapping and killing high-profile people. Today they operate by stealth - Obie´s intelligencia.

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Reply 47 - Posted by: 4Justice, 1/31/2014 6:43:17 PM     (No. 9713784)

#26, you are wrong. It does NOT get their attention. It only makes it harder for the person to get their lives back on track because now they have legal issues-- including 1000 hoops to jump through for the system, fines to pay, and now a record that makes it almost impossible to find a good job again. Add all that stress to an addict trying to stay clean and you create a relapse and a revolving door through the criminal injustice system. The only ones benefiting are the cops, lawyers, judges, certified rehab centers, prison systems, and politicians while the addict and his family ends up with a destroyed life, living on the fringe, and likely resorting to worse crime to survive. The whole war on drugs is a nightmare and does NOT lower the number of addicts. If anything, it perpetuates the problem.

But I don´t expect folks here to understand that because 90% of you have never lived through the nightmare that I have nor seen half of what I have. You just rely on what has been told to you. The only way to stop or slow drug use is to expand education and provide more services--including mental and emotional health services, affordable rehabilitation centers and counselors, and clean up our dysfunctional society to build stronger and healthier nuclear family units. Making criminals out of people who have problems is NOT the answer.

Now, if Holder is getting rid of the stupid "mandatory minimums", I am all in favor of it. They are as wrong as "zero tolerance" (zero brains) policies. Judges should have discretion and be able to look at each case individually. Anything different defeats the purpose and idea of "justice".

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Reply 48 - Posted by: walcb, 1/31/2014 7:57:16 PM     (No. 9713869)

It´s the law isn´t? What right does Obama and Holder have to say don´t enforce it? If they think it is not right then they need to petition Congress to correct what they see as a problem. In the mean time Holder is in the position to enforce the law, not rewrite it.

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Reply 49 - Posted by: Heil Liberals, 2/1/2014 9:37:54 AM     (No. 9714338)

Not defending Zero´s lawlessness, but it is the same discretion a police officer has on whether to ticket you or give you a warning for violating a traffic law.

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Posted By: StormCnter- 4/15/2014 5:18:07 AM     Post Reply
Over 80 members of the Brandeis University faculty sent a letter to the school’s president earlier this month, demanding the school withdraw its honorary degree invitation to women’s rights activist and critic of Islam Ayaan Hirsi Ali. Brandeis rescinded the invitation to Hirsi Ali last week, prompting a public backlash from Hirsi Ali’s supporters. In the April 6 letter, faculty members called on Brandeis President Fred Lawrence to drop Hirsi Ali from the ceremony because of comments she has made about her opposition to Islam. “We are writing to urge you to rescind immediately the invitation to Ms. Ayaan Hirsi

The World Cup Just Got Bidenified:
Here´s What We Can Expect
Atlantic Wire, by Sara Morrison    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 4/15/2014 5:13:13 AM     Post Reply
He may not have been able to attend the Sochi Olympics, but Vice President Joe Biden is set to return to the world sporting event stage this summer by hanging out at the World Cup, the White House announced today. Biden is very excited. "You know, we have our Super Bowl, we have our World Series, we have the NBA Finals, we have March Madness, but my Lord, it is nothing quite like the World Cup," he said today as he and Secretary of State John Kerry unveiled the World Cup trophy. Kerry, meanwhile, stuck with boring comments like "I can´t think

Obama´s Numbers Worse News For Democrats
American Spectator, by J.T. Young    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 4/15/2014 5:10:50 AM     Post Reply
Bad as Obama’s poll numbers are, they bode worse for Congressional Democrats. Obama is being buoyed by continued strong support from Democrat voters. The problem for Congressional Democrats is that November’s election outcome will not be determined in Democrat strongholds. Recent Quinnipiac polling data (released April 2, of 1,578 registered voters nationwide, with a MOE of +/-2.5%) showed the president with a deeply negative rating on his handling of the economy: 40% approval and 55% disapproval. In his sixth year in office, and the fifth year after the recession, 74% of respondents still rated the economy as “not so good” to

HHS nominee got $1.2M at
‘zero’ salary job at Wal-Mart
Washington Times, by Jim McElhatton    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 4/15/2014 5:05:34 AM     Post Reply
During her brief but lucrative stint as president of Wal-Mart’s charitable foundation in 2012, Sylvia Matthews Burwell received at least $750,000 in bonuses from an organization that doles out hundreds of millions of dollars in contributions but keeps a tight lid on its own compensation practices, records show. Ms. Burwell spent a little more than a year running Wal-Mart’s foundation before President Obama tapped her to be his budget chief last year — and then last week asked her to take over as health and human services secretary. Her White House biography touts her key private-sector experience as president of the massive

Can You Lie in Politics?
Supreme Court Will Decide
Roll Call, by David Hawkings    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 4/15/2014 4:45:45 AM     Post Reply
The Supreme Court has made pretty clear that putting your money where your mouth is deserves broad protection as a form of free political speech. The justices are about to consider whether outright lying in a campaign deserves a similar First Amendment shield. The court’s recent decisions easing the flow of generous campaign contributions already shifted the electoral landscape. If the court finds that even the most patently outrageous statements about candidates may not be barred by law, those two decisions combined could expand the rhetorical battlefield of the midterm elections and raise the attack ad volume as never before. With Congress

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Ben Carson: White House wanted
apology for ‘offending’ Obama

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Daily Caller, by Alex Pappas    Original Article
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Neurosurgeon Ben Carson says the White House wanted him to apologize for “offending” President Obama after he famously delivered a conservative message at the National Prayer Breakfast last year. Carson, the former director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital, recalls the events surrounding his 2013 speech in his new book, One Nation: What We Can All Do To Save America’s Future. The Daily Caller obtained an advance copy of the book, which is set for release May 20. “He did not appear to be hostile or angry,” Carson writes of Obama, “but within a matter of minutes after the conclusion of

Brit Hume: Obama, Holder
‘Benefited Enormously’ From
Being African American

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Mediaite, by Evan McMurry    Original Article
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On Fox News Sunday, political analyst Brit Hume said that Eric Holder’s claim that his treatment at the hands of Representative Louie Gohmert (R-TX) at a House hearing this week was unprecedented toward an Attorney General, made him a “crybaby,” and that he and President Barack Obama had in fact benefited “enormously” from being the first African Americans in their respective positions. “This strikes me as kinda crybaby stuff from Holder,” Hume said. “My sense about this is both Eric Holder and Barack Obama have benefited politically enormously from the fact that they are African American and the first to

Why Hillary v. Jeb Would
Be Great for America

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Daily Beast, by Mark McKinnon    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/13/2014 6:11:32 PM     Post Reply
They’re both qualified, respectful of each other (shocker!), and represent the vast majority of middle America. So what’s not to like about another Clinton/Bush race for 2016? When you mention the prospect of Clinton vs. Bush 2016 a funny thing happens. First, there is the reflexive response: "Oh no, not again. We don´t need more dynastic politics in this country." But upon further reflection, you realize Jeb Bush vs. Hillary Clinton would be a great race and actually good for the country. Let´s review. QUALIFICATIONS—THEY’VE BOTH GOT THEM. Barack Obama won the presidency because in an election where the premium was on change, it mattered little

The world must shift to solar and wind
power rapidly to avoid catastrophic global
warming, say UN scientists in major report

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Daily Mail (U.K.), by Ben Spencer    Original Article
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A rapid shift to wind and solar power is needed if the world is to avoid catastrophic global warming, the United Nations warns in a crucial report today. Emissions of greenhouse gases need to be cut by up to 70 per cent before 2050 to control climate change, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) says. ‘Large-scale changes in energy systems’ are required, with coal power stations to be switched off and replaced by wind and solar. And the transformation needs to be made in the next 15 years or controlling climate change will become increasingly harder and more expensive. The report was published

Chelsea Clinton no longer
ruling out politics

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The Hill (Washington DC), by Judy Katz    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/14/2014 11:57:36 AM     Post Reply
Chelsea Clinton says when people ask her these days whether she wants to go into politics, her answer isn’t an automatic “no.” The 34-year-old former first daughter told Fast Company in an interview published Monday, “for so long the answer was just a visceral no. Not because I had made any conscientious, deliberate decision, but since people had been asking for as long as literally I could remember, it was no." Now, the only child of former President Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton explains, "I live in a city and a state and a country where I

Obama Generation Losing
Interest in Obama

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Wall Street Journal, by James Freeman    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/14/2014 4:23:09 PM     Post Reply
President Obama inspired a generation of young people to support his historic election in 2008. And in 2012, despite the struggles of his first term, Mr. Obama still managed to win the support of a full 60% of voters age 18-29. But the man who once dreamed of being a transformative leader in the Reagan mold is inspiring few of those young people to follow his lead. "For all the talk about the movement that elected Mr. Obama, the more notable movement of Obama supporters has been away from politics. It appears that few of the young people who voted

Glaring limits of the Civil Rights
Act: We need to redistribute wealth

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Salon Magazine, by Matt Bruenig    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/14/2014 7:20:41 PM     Post Reply
Although the Civil Rights Act, the landmark legislation which just reached its 50th anniversary, made great strides in desegregating the economy, economic discrimination is still widespread, and anti-discrimination legislation alone can never rectify the economic damage inflicted upon blacks by slavery and our Jim Crow apartheid regime. The Civil Rights Act was a mild reform, all things considered, but one conservatives fought with vigor and one many conservatives are still bitter about to this day. When the Civil Rights Act passed in 1964, the primary purpose was to root out discrimination in public accommodations (like hotels and movie theaters)

Why You Should Be Sympathetic
Toward Cliven Bundy

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Powerline, by John Hinderaker    Original Article
Posted By: Toledo- 4/15/2014 8:40:58 AM     Post Reply
On Saturday, I wrote about the standoff at Bundy Ranch. That post drew a remarkable amount of traffic, even though, as I wrote then, I had not quite decided what to make of the story. Since then, I have continued to study the facts and have drawn some conclusions. Here they are. First, it must be admitted that legally, Bundy doesn’t have a leg to stand on. The Bureau of Land Management has been charging him grazing fees since the early 1990s, which he has refused to pay. Further, BLM has issued orders limiting the area on which Bundy’s cows can

Nevada GOP removes social issues from platform,
moves ahead with pre-primary endorsements

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Associated Press, by Sandra Chereb    Original Article
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LAS VEGAS — The Nevada Republican Party stripped opposition to abortion and gay marriage from its platform Saturday as state convention delegates instead focused on judging fellow Republicans on their worthiness to serve in office and adherence to GOP values. The platform, with few changes, was adopted overwhelmingly as the Las Vegas convention stretched late into the evening. The vote mirrors that of the Clark County GOP, which voted earlier to remove platform language defining marriage as between a man and a woman and statements opposing abortion. Many Republicans are re-evaluating their strong stances on conservative social issues as public

If a nuclear bomb exploded in downtown
Washington, what should you do?

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The Week, by Marc Ambinder    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 4/15/2014 4:51:46 AM     Post Reply
Funny question in the headline, yes? But since President Obama worries more about the threat of terrorists´ improvised nuclear device going off in a major American city than anything Russia can throw at us, I was wondering if the government had deigned to share with us citizens any tips for, you know, surviving something their own intelligence points to as the likeliest unlikely Black Swan event. Well, no. And yes. No — very few people in Washington, D.C., who work for the government have any idea what they would do if a 10-kiloton nuclear device exploded at the intersection of 16th and K

Obama Selects First Openly Gay
Episcopal Bishop to Lead Easter Prayer

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Mediaite, by Andrew Kirell    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/14/2014 12:46:05 PM     Post Reply
President Obama pulled a surprise move Monday at the White House’s Easter Prayer Breakfast when he selected Gene Robinson to lead the closing prayer. Robinson is famously known as the first openly gay Episcopal bishop. Talking Points Memo’s Tom Kludt spotted the following tweet from Robinson, who was in attendance: (Tweet) Robinson, 66, became diocesan bishop of New Hampshire in March 2004. He retired in January 2013 and is currently a senior fellow at the progressive

Developing: Russian fighter jet buzzes
U.S. Navy destroyer in Black Sea

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Associated Press, by Lolita C. Baldor    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/14/2014 12:49:12 PM     Post Reply
A Russian fighter jet made multiple, close-range passes near an American warship in the Black Sea for more than 90 minutes Saturday amid escalating tensions in the region, a U.S. military official said Monday. In the first public account of the incident, the official said the Russian Fencer flew within 1,000 yards of the USS Donald Cook, a Navy destroyer, at about 500 feet above sea level. Ship commanders considered the actions provocative and inconsistent with international agreements, prompting the ship to issue several radio queries and warnings. The fighter appeared to be unarmed and never was in danger of

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