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This Indictment Of Rick Perry
Is Unbelievably Ridiculous

New York Magazine, by Jonathan Chait

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Posted By:StormCnter, 8/17/2014 4:59:58 AM

They say a prosecutor could get a grand jury to indict a ham sandwich, and this always seemed like hyperbole, until Friday night a Texas grand jury announced an indictment of governor Rick Perry. The “crime” for which Perry faces a sentence of 5 to 99 years in prison is vetoing funding for a state agency. The conventions of reporting — which treat the fact of an indictment as the primary news, and its merit as a secondary analytic question — make it difficult for people reading the news to grasp just how farfetched this indictment is. Travis County District Attorney


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Cat Ballou, 8/17/2014 5:25:59 AM     (No. 9968760)

I believe that is called throwing it against the wall to see what will stick. I hope the system will take into consideration this isn´t the 1st time Austin Dems have tried to crucify their opponents, and treat the accusers accordingly. I guess you can tell who they fear in 2016 by who they are going after.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: ruready?, 8/17/2014 7:00:32 AM     (No. 9968796)

Time for adults to push the race baiters and tort distorters to the curb and lead us to back to a more civilized society. The GOP is not leading, but hoping - for more power come November.

We need to harshly shun those who are attempting to lead us to chaos.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: bubby, 8/17/2014 7:07:21 AM     (No. 9968802)

Well if it goes to trial he will be convicted no matter the facts. Austin is a hotbed of obama koolaid drinkers. Gov Perry will be stuck with an all Democrat jury who would love to see him perp walked to jail. It´s the only place in Texas where you still see a lot of Obama/Biden stickers on cars and they are proud of it. Absolute wacky leftists live there worse than Berkeley, Calif.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: judy, 8/17/2014 7:27:05 AM     (No. 9968819)

Very interesting, Christie for a non bridge gate, McDonnell for a Rolex watch, now Perry for using his legal veto stamp .. next.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: DCGIRL, 8/17/2014 7:34:19 AM     (No. 9968826)

Governor Perry, You´ve got my vote.

Drunken driving is a serious crime. As a DA, Rosemary Lehmberg should have know better than get behind the wheel. She should be setting an example for others. I will tell you, she is the typical DEMOCRAT.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: M2, 8/17/2014 7:34:49 AM     (No. 9968827)

He is the Governor. Is he not charged with seeing to it that Agencies under his jurisdiction run properly and without scandal?

The blogger comments after the article are Democrat apologists who cannot imagine that an elected sitting Governor could actually defund one of his State Agencies.

Lehmberg is an elected official whom critics of Perry´s actions say cannot be legally fired. Any comments out there in L-dot-land from our legal beagles?

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Reply 7 - Posted by: OhMy, 8/17/2014 7:37:11 AM     (No. 9968831)

Perry should go to jail for not having a pen and a phone! If you have a pen and a phone you can exceed your constitutional power every day with no-one objecting.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: jinx, 8/17/2014 7:45:44 AM     (No. 9968841)

It is blatantly obvious that Gov. Perry is a serious threat to Hillary and the Democrat Party in the 2016. This is the same tactic they used against Palin, Christie, DeLay, and any other front runner in the GOP. The Democrats are being funded by none other than George Soros so that should say it all.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: snapper451, 8/17/2014 8:11:30 AM     (No. 9968867)

What are the odds that the "commode hugging D.A." has a "ready for Hillary" sticker on her K-car?

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Reply 10 - Posted by: cobieone, 8/17/2014 8:23:25 AM     (No. 9968876)

#4, Don´t forget Scott Walker in WI. This is outrageous and has to be stopped. Gov Perry and Scott Walker need our support! The Left is determined to make conservatism illegal. We conservatives had better unite and defeat the Left.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Rinktum, 8/17/2014 8:31:02 AM     (No. 9968886)

I hope that Gov. Perry will continue to fight this with every fiber of his being. The democrats have turned the judiciary into a weapon to be used by them to destroy Republicans. They also use it to nullify decisions made by the majority of voters. They use it to prosecute any perceived enemy. They have packed the courts with liberal judges who do their biding and ignore the Rule of Law. They make up rights where none exist to suit their political ideology. Lady Justice is no longer blind. She has her eyes firmly fixed on leftist political ideology.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: tonyp173, 8/17/2014 8:32:35 AM     (No. 9968890)

Full disclosure: I am a retired career federal prosecutor (25+ years in two different jurisdictions, including 16 as an assistant United States Attorney). I´m in my 40th year in active practice. I´ve tried to do some research on the Special Prosecutor, Michael McCrum. By all reports, he enjoys a good reputation across party lines with a background similar to mine, but with more criminal defense experience than I have. To the point: Until this week, despite the shameful actions of prosecutors like Nofinger in North Carolina and the cabal that indicted Tom Delay, I was proud to have been a prosecutor. Prosecution, by Constitutional design, is very difficult. It is supposed to be, since it is inherently coercive: charging criminal acts, arresting, trying, convincing a jury to convict, urging a court to incarcerate. But it´s vital work, necessary to protect our society. No grand jury will indict a ham sandwich. But they can be swayed to do injustice by a strong advocate, since the GJ is an accusatory body and the government has a monopoly on the presentation. Mr. McCrum, I understand your theory: Governor Perry criminally combined two legitimate rights (veto as governor and free speech) to coerce Lehmberg and violate Texas law. In the word of Barrack Obama these allegations are corrupt, politically motivated "horses&*@"! You ought to be ashamed. You will never succeed in convicting Perry of any crime. You may even have breathed new life in support of his run for President. You have, however, significantly undermined what little is left of public respect for the prosecutorial function.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: Evocatus, 8/17/2014 8:37:18 AM     (No. 9968896)

The theory used by the District Attorney to indict Governor Perry could be used by the Attorney General of Texas to indict the District Attorney for his indictment of Governor Perry, as the District Attorney´s actions are clearly a political attack. Turnabout is fair play.

This political attack on Governor Perry demonstrates just how much the demoncrats fear Governor Perry as a Presidential Candidate. The demoncrats, who can only function in lockstep to a master plan, have now tipped their hand and have demonstrated their fear of Governor Perry.

In my opinion, the demoncrats have moved too soon on too broad a reach, and will ultimately undo themselves as this ridiculous move garners additional support for Governor Perry.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: Joe vann, 8/17/2014 8:40:35 AM     (No. 9968900)

Of course Texas is a conservative state but Austin and Dade county is as liberal as any big university city and county.

When one knows the facts of this matter and has watched the falling down drunk episode, in broad open daylight, of the testing at the scene and the booking at police HQ´s...no one could possibly have sympathy for this arragant public servant. For Pete´s sake she was going the wrong way on the highway.

But we all know´s what happens now, the msm attacking in concert with the Democratic Party will once again attempt to turn chicken s..t into chicken salad. They usually succeed but they may have picked the wrong person this time. Let us hope and pray that the truth will become know and justice be served.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: congar, 8/17/2014 8:53:03 AM     (No. 9968911)

I view this indictment as an indicator of just how out of whack our judicial system is. This is a purely political action of vengeance, yet much of the MSM treats it as if based on facts. Those in the media against any conservative (about 99%) will use it as a club with which to beat him in headlines everywhere for weeks.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: Dodge Boy, 8/17/2014 8:55:58 AM     (No. 9968913)

Obie sure doesn´t horse around with payback to his political enemies, no? Perry´s stand regarding the illegal kids coming up from Guatemala and other places is obviously on Obie´s radar. If this is the real reason for Perry´s "problems" right now, "Houston, we have a problem".

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Reply 17 - Posted by: starboard, 8/17/2014 8:58:54 AM     (No. 9968916)

This is what happens when Democrats in power appoint activist judges to the bench. There are some who say there´s no difference between a Democrat and Republican on issues so why bother to vote. However, this is where the difference is clearly defined and should be the most important reason to absolutely vote for the GOP. The Judiciary has become the default governing tool of the Left and if we don´t reverse the existing damage and try to save it, we will lose this country. Law and order is the the most important issue facing Americans. It entails all other issues, and without it we have nothing. Right now, our voice is all we have.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: Bpl40, 8/17/2014 9:11:08 AM     (No. 9968931)

If there was any doubt that Democrats are unfit to be trusted with Executive authority, this outrage completely removes it. I agree that this has the potential to propel Perry´s prospects forward . All eyes will be on Perry to see how he handles this challenge.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: pineledger, 8/17/2014 9:12:01 AM     (No. 9968933)

Such a blatant political-hack maneuver. No doubt hatched during a lost weekend.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: BeatleJeff, 8/17/2014 9:14:58 AM     (No. 9968935)

Another case of liberals abusing the legal system to try to criminalize political opposition they can´t defeat at the ballot box. That tactic failed in Wisconsin, it will fail in Texas too.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: nightvision, 8/17/2014 9:24:04 AM     (No. 9968947)

#12, great post. Thank you.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: StormCnter, 8/17/2014 9:29:50 AM     (No. 9968956)

#14, Austin is in Travis County.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: jimkata, 8/17/2014 9:46:00 AM     (No. 9968977)

Where was the outcry from MADD to remove this drunk women? This shows me that it is also
a lefty group like NOW.

Where is their support for Perry?

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Reply 24 - Posted by: oh-heck, 8/17/2014 10:56:27 AM     (No. 9969053)

A couple of notes:

Texas was once a thoroughly blue state and is now thoroughly red. Exceptions are the counties in the big cities. Austin is in Travis County and the DA has historically been the ´watchdog´ for insurance and political crimes in the state. In the indictment process the DA manages the case before the grand jury. If he can convince them that a crime has likely been committed he can get an indictment. If he fails, he can try again with the next grand jury. The indictment of Tom Delay took 3 tries.

The last DA indicted Kay Bailey Hutchison, Tom Delay, Jim Mattox (State Attorney General), and Mike Martin (State Senator). The current DA has indicted the first black GOP County DA in Texas).

The Dems are desperate to hang on to this little pocket of power.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: Butch59, 8/17/2014 11:29:09 AM     (No. 9969081)

OK. If this so called reasoning is going to be the new standard for governors, then every governor in all 57 states are going to have to change the way they govern and what they say. If they attempt to disagree with a dim, they can be indicted for some criminal act./s

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Reply 26 - Posted by: planetgeo, 8/17/2014 11:52:18 AM     (No. 9969114)

Rick Perry may not be my top pick for President (Scott Walker is), but anyone who has the guts to veto/defund a corrupt politician and her ludicrously misnamed agency ("Public Integrity Unit"?!) would get my vote. Go Rick! And when you´re done with this absurdity, please set your sights on the EPA, the federal Dept of Ed, IRS, the (In)Justice Dept, etc. Go, Rick, go!

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Reply 27 - Posted by: steveW, 8/17/2014 11:56:16 AM     (No. 9969124)

In 2008 an uppity Negro from Chicago (or was it Kenya?) had the audacity to block her way back into the White House. No one, not even another Texas governor, will be allowed to do that again. No sir. No way, sir. Just you wait.

The entire MSM is, or very soon will be, a loaded gun aimed at anyone daring to deny the first Estrogen-American her entitled seat at the throne. All they´ll need is her command to pull the trigger.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: Daisymay, 8/17/2014 12:20:16 PM     (No. 9969153)

After reading the above posts, I´m thinking I will put my money on Rick Perry. This isn´t his first Rodeo! He´s been dealing with these crooked Democrats in Austin for a long time. I would bet he will come at them with both guns blazing and they will end up crawling away, licking their wounds. He will use the National Media to make them look like the nasty little fools they are. I don´t look for this to do anything but give more energy to Perry´s run for President. The American people are sick and tired of these petty little games by Democrats to stop our CANDIDATES for President. It´s true they have already gone after Cristie, Walker and Palin. There is a pattern here and it has to be stopped NOW!

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Reply 29 - Posted by: StormCnter, 8/17/2014 12:23:50 PM     (No. 9969162)

#24, it also took Earle three grand juries to get to Kay Hutchison.

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Reply 30 - Posted by: rochow, 8/17/2014 12:26:46 PM     (No. 9969170)

I see the first clown´s and Holder´s fingerprints all over this!

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Reply 31 - Posted by: MDConservative, 8/17/2014 12:33:36 PM     (No. 9969183)

Yawn... Tough to get outraged. Seems like these "indictments" are just part of the TX political scenery. Everyone will use this to raise money to stem the neverending corruption of the other. It ain´t beanbag.

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Reply 32 - Posted by: soliton, 8/17/2014 12:44:32 PM     (No. 9969202)

A salient fact is missing from coverage of this controversy. If Lehmberg steps down, Perry, according to the Austin Post, gets to appoint her replacement. It would put a Republican in as Travis County DA who, by default, becomes the head of the Public Integrity section.

This possibility explains why Austin Dems are resorting to such extreme measures to defend her rather than having her quietly resign.

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Reply 33 - Posted by: a man over thirty, 8/17/2014 2:14:25 PM     (No. 9969312)

Democrat politicians in Travis County, Texas are not only vermin, they are evil vermin.
And I agree, Holder and his boss have a hand in this - too convenient with Gov. Perry taking action on the border crisis (that Holder´s boss created.)

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Reply 34 - Posted by: msjena, 8/17/2014 5:55:22 PM     (No. 9969488)

If Perry can´t get the indictment dismissed, he should demand to go to trial immediately. The right to a speedy trial is in the Constitution. Then, if convicted, take it up on appeal and hope it gets reversed before the 2016 election season goes into full gear. This is a shameful abuse of process, much like what was done to Ted Stevens of Alaska and, of course, Tom DeLay.

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Reply 35 - Posted by: Hobbiest, 8/17/2014 5:56:21 PM     (No. 9969490)

Let us look at who the indictment is trying to make into a victim..

She was pulled over when her blood alcohol was almost three times the legal limit.

Not only does the tape show she was staggeringly drunk, she tried to intimidate the arresting officers to let her go because she knew the sheriff.

The effort at intimidation continued at the police station.

The excess use of alcohol and the resulting impaired judgement may be long standing. Credit card receipts show Ms. Lehmberg purchased 72 bottles of vodka over 15 months at a chain of area liquor stores. That works out to 23 gallons. Also, she seldom purchased vodka at the same store in the chain twice in a row.

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Reply 36 - Posted by: loveUSA, 8/17/2014 7:31:58 PM     (No. 9969610)

Lord, let what they are doing to Gov. Perry come back on their heads!!!

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Reply 37 - Posted by: O.G.´s Mom, 8/17/2014 7:58:39 PM     (No. 9969636)

I agree with Poster 23, where is MADD? I fear because they have not commented they have become part of the usual gaggle of leftist victims´ groups.

But the election for 2016 has begun and now the Dems and the state media need to totally destroy any possible good Republican opposition. Unfortunately, with every mention of Perry´s name the state media will mention the indictment and the low info and even some higher info voters will quickly dismiss him as a viable candidate because of this. The voter stupidity quotient just keeps on growing.

Would love to see Perry or Walker be our nominee.

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Reply 38 - Posted by: uno, 8/17/2014 9:43:05 PM     (No. 9969709)

What are the odds that the "commode hugging D.A." has a "ready for Hillary" sticker on her K-car?

#9 - Now that right thar´s a scary thought!
Makes me wonder how many times I´ve "driven the Buick" on a Saturday night that were mistakenly misinterpreted by someone as my being "ready for Hillary"!!

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Reply 39 - Posted by: lana720, 8/17/2014 10:34:32 PM     (No. 9969753)

Is it possible the dems are trying to get even for Perry protecting the Texas border and America, by sending National Guard troops to the border?
They will use any tactic to cut possible conservative candidates off at the knees.

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Reply 40 - Posted by: booneboy, 8/18/2014 1:12:17 AM     (No. 9969880)

Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg — is a Democrat Drunk or a Drunk Democrat

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As the House Select Committee on Benghazi prepares for its first hearing this week, a former State Department diplomat is coming forward with a startling allegation: Hillary Clinton confidants were part of an operation to “separate” damaging documents before they were turned over to the Accountability Review Board investigating security lapses surrounding the Sept. 11, 2012, terrorist attacks on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya.New Benghazi allegation puts spotlight on Hillary Clinton confidants, alleged after-hours document review.According to former Deputy Assistant Secretary Raymond Maxwell, the after-hours session took place over a weekend in a basement operations-type center at State Department

Sen. Gillibrand: If NFL Doesn´t
Police Itself, Congress Will Be
Looking More Into It

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Cybercast News Service, by Melanie Hunter    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 9/15/2014 12:22:29 PM     Post Reply
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) signaled on Sunday that Congress may hold hearings on the NFL’s handling of domestic abuse in light of the Ray Rice case, if the league does not “police” itself. “If the NFL doesn´t police themselves, then we will be looking more into it. We will -- I wouldn´t be surprised if we have hearings,” she said in an interview with CBS’s “Face the Nation.” Baltimore Ravens star Ray Rice was fired from the team and suspended indefinitely by the league after a video surfaced showing Rice punching his then-fiancee Janay Palmer in the face in an

Sweaty and barefaced Sarah Palin
steps out without her wedding ring
for first time since family fight

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Daily Mail [UK], by Ashley Collman    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 9/16/2014 5:08:52 PM     Post Reply
Sarah Palin was photographed sweaty and make-up free as she ran errands around Anchorage, Alaska on Monday - marking the first time she´s been seen in public since a violent family fight this weekend. A fight allegedly broke out at a house party most of the Palin family was attending on Saturday night in south Anchorage, when daughter Willow´s ex-boyfriend Connor Cleary tried to get in a Hummer limousine after engaging in some unspecified ´questionable behavior´. Sarah´s eldest son Track left the fight with four broken ribs and husband Todd suffered a bloody nose. RealClearPolitics spoke with a source close to the

John Kerry Says 40 Countries Have
Joined Obama’s Coalition Against
ISIS – But Nobody Knows Who They Are

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Gateway Pundit, by Jim Hoft    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 9/15/2014 5:32:01 AM     Post Reply
Former President George W. Bush put together a 48 member coalition for the Iraq War in 2003. 40 of those members supported military operations and 37 provided some number troops. In April 2003, the list was updated to include 49 countries, though it was reduced to 48 after Costa Rica objected to its inclusion. Of the 48 states on the list, three contributed troops to the invasion force (the United Kingdom, Australia and Poland). An additional 37 countries provided some number of troops to support military operations after the invasion was complete. Despite these numbers the liberal media continues to push the lie

Pelosi is furious: ‘We never treated
President Bush the way they treat
President Obama’

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Washington Times (D.C), by David Sherfinski    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 9/15/2014 7:07:48 PM     Post Reply
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said comparing Republican treatment of President Obama to how Democrats handled President George W. Bush is a false equivalence and that Democrats don’t bear culpability for the comparatively fewer number of bills being passed by Congress and signed into law. “Let me just say that any of this equivalence, both sides, this or that, no — we never treated President Bush the way they treat President Obama,” she said Monday on MSNBC. “It’s no use whining about it; we just have to get people out to vote” and make people aware there’s an election this

Obama: Ebola ´Is Spiraling Out Of Control´
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Business Insider, by Colin Campbell    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 9/16/2014 4:59:44 PM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama unveiled his plan to tackle the Ebola crisis in West Africa on Tuesday, promising to do far more to tackle the deadly virus he said could result in "hundreds of thousands of people infected" without US intervention. "More than 2,400 men, women, and children are known to have died and we strongly suspect that the actual death toll is higher than that," Obama said in a speech at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia. "Hospitals, clinics, and the few treatment centers that do exist have been completely overwhelmed." The president was particularly dire

Democrats now have a 51 percent
chance of holding the Senate

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Washington Post, by Chris Cillizza    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 9/16/2014 4:53:01 PM     Post Reply
Democrats are now (very slightly) favored to hold the Senate majority on Nov. 4, according to Election Lab, the Post´s statistical model of the 2014 midterm elections. Election Lab puts Democrats´ chances of retaining their majority at 51 percent -- a huge change from even a few months ago when the model predicted that Republicans had a better than 80 percent chance of winning the six seats they need to take control. (Worth noting: When the model showed Republicans as overwhelming favorites, our model builders -- led by George Washington University´s John Sides -- warned that the model could and

Cat Stevens to tour US for
the first time since 1976

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British Broadcasting Corporation, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 9/16/2014 5:58:55 PM     Post Reply
Cat Stevens - also known as Yusuf Islam - is to perform a series of dates in the US for the first time since 1976. The musician, who converted to Islam in 1977 and put his career on hold, will play six concerts in December. The 66-year-old, who was inducted into the US Rock and Roll Hall of Fame earlier this year, is now known by his original stage name and Yusuf. He is best known for his 1971 recording of Christian hymn Morning Has Broken, a top 10 hit in both the UK and US. Stevens had a number of other hits during

The DOJ to train community
leaders to spot ´radicals´

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The Week Magazine, by Bonnie Kristian    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 9/15/2014 5:58:54 PM     Post Reply
Department of Justice is launching a new program today in partnership with the White House, the Department of Homeland Security, and the National Counterterrorism Center that will train "community leaders" like teachers and social workers to monitor their communities for signs of radicalization. (snip) In his announcement of the initiative, Attorney General Eric Holder described the program as a way to "be both innovative and aggressive in countering violent extremism and combating those who would sow intolerance, division, and hate" in the homeland. He labeled it an expansion of existent efforts to "to identify threats before they emerge, to disrupt

Obama seeks faster phaseout
of popular coolant in effort
to curb greenhouse gases

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Washington Post, by Joby Warrick    Original Article
Posted By: varkdriver- 9/16/2014 10:36:02 AM     Post Reply
The Obama administration is preparing to introduce major steps to phase out production of a popular chemical coolant used in refrigerators and air conditioners, citing growing evidence that the substance is contributing to the warming of the planet. The White House will announce on Tuesday a series of voluntary commitments by some of the country’s largest chemical firms and retailers to move rapidly away from R-134a and similar compounds used in nearly every office, home and automobile in the country, according to current and former U.S. officials familiar with the effort. The administration is simultaneously stepping up diplomatic efforts to

Bombshell Emails: White House Coordinated
With Department of Labor To Hide Illegal
Obama Fundraiser Hilda Solis’ Schedule

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Daily Caller, by Patrick Howley    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 9/15/2014 5:24:06 AM     Post Reply
The Department of Labor coordinated with the White House on whether or not to release hidden portions of former Labor Secretary Hilda Solis’ schedule as Solis battled an FBI investigation into her illegal fundraising for President Obama. New emails provided to The Daily Caller from the nonprofit legal research firm Cause of Action show the White House thanking the Department of Labor for “flagging” a public information request for “withheld” portions of Solis’ schedule. The White House then asked for the name of the conservative group making the request — information that Labor officials were eager to give up. As TheDC previously

Study Finds Michelle O’s Healthy Food Program
Elitist, Sexist, and Shames Working Mothers

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Gateway Pundit, by Jim Hoft    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 9/16/2014 5:38:47 AM     Post Reply
First Lady Michelle Obama has made healthy eating and exercise her signature issue. But, a recent study published by the Sage Journal found that her “elitist” advice actually “shames poor and middle class mothers.” The College Fix added that the study found that Michelle Obama’s healthy eating program is also sexist. It’s also sexist, the study’s authors suggest, noting that “intentionally or not, it places the burden of a healthy home-cooked meal on women.” Sage Journals published the study by North Carolina researchers Sarah Bowen, Sinikka Elliott and Joslyn Brenton. Here are a few of the findings: Magazines such as Good Housekeeping and

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