Thursday, April 17, 2014

Regulator Without Peer - WSJ.com

Regulator Without Peer - WSJ.com: Anyone wondering why the U.S. economy can't seem to grow at its usual pace should examine one product category where production is booming: federal regulation.

Washington set a new record in 2013 by issuing final rules consuming 26,417 pages in the Federal Register. While plenty of government employees deserve credit for this milestone, leadership matters. And by this measure President Obama has never been surpassed in the Oval Office.

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Snowden Asks Putin Question on Russian Surveillance on Live TV

Snowden Asks Putin Question on Russian Surveillance on Live TV: Former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden joined a public question-and-answer session with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow via video.

Snowden asked Putin if Russia had similar surveillance programs as the United States--referring to the mass collection and storage of data from individuals around the world.

“Mr. Snowden, you are a former agent, a spy, I used to be working for an intelligence service, we are going to talk one professional language,” Putin began, via a translator.

Putin explained that any intelligence operations were strictly regulated by Russian law, and required court permission to spy on an individual.

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Proposed Common Core standards omit ‘liberty’ from list of America’s founding principles - EAGnews.org powered by Education Action Group Foundation, Inc.

Proposed Common Core standards omit ‘liberty’ from list of America’s founding principles - EAGnews.org powered by Education Action Group Foundation, Inc.: ALBANY, N.Y. – Common Core is only related to English and math, as some “conservative” proponents say.

New York Common Core social studies standardsYeah, riiiiight.

The state of New York is currently proposing a set of Common Core social studies standards for kindergarten through 8th grade students.

Among the standards is how students will learn about the history of America. On page 32, the draft document deals with “civic ideals and practices.”

“The United States is founded on the principles of democracy, and these principles are reflected in all types of communities,” it reads.

That’s fair enough, we suppose. The early United States had a very limited democratic process, with most states limiting voting rights to male property owners. Only later was the ability to vote and participate in government extended to average men and eventually women.

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Chicago Murder Rate Drops when Concealed Carry becomes Legal » Eagle Rising

Chicago Murder Rate Drops when Concealed Carry becomes Legal » Eagle Rising: The violent and tumultuous recent history of the Second City is pretty well known, as is Chicago’s Draconian anti-gun laws.

All of that anti-gun fervor did a lot for Chicago, earning it one of the most important distinctions in all of America: murder capital of the nation. Yes, the most extreme anti-gun city in the United States is also the violent crime leader of the entire country.

If you’ve paid any attention to the many studies on gun control and gun violence this outcome is not at all surprising.

But something happened in September of 2013… the courts struck down Chicago’s concealed carry laws as unconstitutional, and the Illinois State Police began issuing concealed carry licenses.

Since then crime in Chicago has been plummeting.

Coincidence? I think not.

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Harry Reid and His Chinese Sugar Daddy vs. America - Girls Just Wanna Have Guns

Harry Reid and His Chinese Sugar Daddy vs. America - Girls Just Wanna Have Guns: Everyone has been following the tribulations of Nevada Rancher, Cliven Bundy, with horror, disbelief and heightened disgust (if that’s possible) with the Left’s hijacking of the government. Hundreds of protestors willing to brave BLM threats such as take “one more step and you’re dead,” steadfastly marched on government positions and took back Mr. Bundy’s cattle unharmed. But why was a government agency suddenly so quick to back down? A highly publicized, dramatic stand-off against an American citizen hadn’t fazed them before. It appears that Harry Reid and his Chinese connections might hold the key.

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Shocking News: EPA Has No Scientific Basis for Regulations - The Last Resistance | The Last Resistance

Shocking News: EPA Has No Scientific Basis for Regulations - The Last Resistance | The Last Resistance: I’m sure this will come as quite a shock to our faithful readers, but the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) admitted that it can’t actually reproduce the “science” it has been using for years as the justification for its Clean Air Act.

I remember very distinctly the attitude on the Georgia Tech campus toward the environmental “science” department. I’m sure that much of what was studied by environmental science majors was legitimate, especially as it concerned local phenomena and processes. But when it comes to the global aspects of environmental science (weather systems, causation, the long-term effects of pollution, etc.), it becomes obvious that environmental scientists are less reliable than weathermen and relying heavily on extremely speculative models of explanation.

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Activist Post: Even The US Government Will Abandon The Dollar

Activist Post: Even The US Government Will Abandon The Dollar: For millions it is already too late.

They won't realize the geopolitical winds which are now blowing. Off in their own lala land, the average American will be focused on sports, celebrities, what the right amount of stealing (taxes) in society is, gay rights, which foreign countries "we" should bomb next, the first woman president, and so on and so forth, while their livelihoods are sacrificed in the name of the US government.

They will wake up one morning, and their prospects will be gloomier than they are now. Don't think such a thing happens? This exact thing just happened in the Ukraine. Devastation. People wake up one morning and suddenly everything they had worked so hard for is gone. "Oh, but that's Ukraine!" you might say. "Not here in the US."

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'Kill switch' will come to U.S. phones in 2015 - CNN.com

'Kill switch' will come to U.S. phones in 2015 - CNN.com: The "kill switch," a system for remotely disabling smartphones and wiping their data, will become standard in 2015, according to a pledge backed by most of the mobile world's major players.

Apple, Google, Samsung and Microsoft, along with the five biggest cellular carriers in the United States, are among those that have signed on to a voluntary program announced Tuesday by the industry's largest trade group.

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Oversight: IRS 'scared' to give up Lois Lerner emails | The Daily Caller

Oversight: IRS 'scared' to give up Lois Lerner emails | The Daily Caller:



Key members of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform expressed outrage at revelations made in newly released emails showing ex-IRS official Lois Lerner coordinating with the Department of Justice on prosecuting nonprofit groups.

One committee member said the emails prove why the IRS is “scared to give up the rest of Lois Lerner’s emails.”



IRS commissioner John Koskinen was recently threatened with contempt for stonewalling the committee’s investigation. Koskinen claimed in a hearing that it could take years to provide the documents requested by Oversight.





Lerner was in contact with DOJ about prosecuting tax-exempt groups

Former head of the IRS tax-exempt division Lois Lerner communicated
with the Justice Department about the possibility of criminally
prosecuting certain tax-exempt groups, new documents reveal.


According to the conservative government accountability group
Judicial Watch, email exchanges between Lerner and Nikole C. Flax, the
Chief of Staff to then-Acting IRS Commissioner Steven T. Miller, reveal
there were discussions about possible prosecution of tax-exempt groups
that were believed to have “lied” about political activities.

Lois Lerner, former director of the Tax Exempt and Government Entities Division at the Internal Revenue Service, is re-sworn-in for a continuation of a hearing of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Capitol Hill March 5, 2014 in Washington, D.C. (BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)


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Democrats Really Don’t Want You To See Who Is Winning This ‘Money in Politics’ Race

Democrats Really Don’t Want You To See Who Is Winning This ‘Money in Politics’ Race: A rallying cry you’ll often hear among the political left is, “get money out of politics.” You can see this in the strategy of the month for Democrats, which involves Harry Reid doing little more than breathlessly smearing the GOP with absurd exaggerations like “the GOP is bought and paid for by the Koch Brothers.”

Since 2014 is a Congressional election year, let’s take a look at the current races and see just exactly who is raising more money and pandering to the the “evil rich.”

Check out this WSJ graphic:



 



 As you can see, in March Senate Democrats out-raised Republicans by 1.78 million.

How’s overall fundraising going for the Democrat Congressional Campaign Committee? Just look at this tweet from one of their employees:

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Human barricade in works to stop ‘Obamabot’

Human barricade in works to stop ‘Obamabot’: President Obama is asking the U.S. Senate to confirm Sylvia Mathews Burwell as the next leader of the Department of Health and Human Services, but at least one veterans organization is vowing to do everything it can to block her path to the president’s Cabinet – including blocking the Senate with a “human barricade.”

Burwell is currently director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, or OMB.

During October’s partial government shutdown, Burwell sent the memo for the National Park Service to shutter its public attractions, including open-air memorials in Washington such as the World War II Memorial, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and the Korean War Veterans Memorial.

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Common Core Lesson Teaches that America is a Racist Nation

Common Core Lesson Teaches that America is a Racist Nation: The United States Constitution gives no authority to the federal government over education. In fact, since education is not listed as an enumerated power within the authority of the federal government, by law, the authority of education is left in the hands of state and local governments. But, that has not stopped the federal government from attempting to get their grubby hands all over the education of youth.

Ever since the establishment of the Department of Education by then President Jimmy Carter, we have witnessed states scrambling to meet the requirements as set forth by the feds. Republican presidents have even infringed on the state’s authority over education. A prime example is George W. Bush’s ‘No Child Left Behind’ law.

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Putin: Russia’s great propagandist - FT.com

Putin: Russia’s great propagandist - FT.com: Igor Dolutsky finds nothing unusual in disagreeing with everyone around him. In the 35 years he has been teaching history in Moscow schools, his habit of questioning official narratives and challenging political taboos has cost him his job more than once.

But when the mild-mannered 60-year-old tried to discuss Russia’s annexation of Crimea in class, things almost got out of hand. “My students swore at me and said I wasn’t telling the truth,” he says. “Then they said I didn’t love Russia or the Russian people, and told me to leave the country.”

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Obama warns of "consequences" for Russian actions destabilizing Ukraine - CBS News

Obama warns of "consequences" for Russian actions destabilizing Ukraine - CBS News: President Obama put Russian President Vladimir Putin on notice Wednesday evening, warning that further actions to destabilize the interim Ukrainian government will result in consequences from both the United States and Europe.

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Ukraine crisis could be start of World War III, says Edward Lucas | Mail Online

Ukraine crisis could be start of World War III, says Edward Lucas | Mail Online: EDWARD LUCAS: I hope I'm wrong but historians may look back and say this was the start of World War III

'Vladimir Putin is striking at the heart of the West'
'We can chose to surrender any responsibility we have to protect Ukraine and the Baltic states'
'Or we can mount a last-ditch attempt to deter Russia from furthering its imperial ambitions'
'If we choose to resist Putin, we will risk a terrifying miltary escalation'
'I do not think it an exaggeration to say this could bring us to the brink of nuclear war'

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'Culture of intimidation' seen in Nevada ranch standoff - Washington Times

'Culture of intimidation' seen in Nevada ranch standoff - Washington Times: Sending scores of armed agents along with helicopters and dogs to confront an elderly Nevada rancher over grazing fees may seem like overkill, but critics say it’s not inconsistent with the federal government’s recent approach to environmental enforcement.

The simmering truce between the Bundys and the Bureau of Land Management comes after high-profile raids last year by armed federal agents on small-time gold miners in tiny Chicken, Alaska, and guitar makers at the Gibson Guitar facilities in Tennessee.

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BLM: We are Worried Cliven Bundy Might Have Prescriptive Rights & He Might Use that Defense in Court : Freedom Outpost

BLM: We are Worried Cliven Bundy Might Have Prescriptive Rights & He Might Use that Defense in Court : Freedom Outpost: In this ongoing story surrounding cattle rancher Cliven Bundy, there are a series of questions media has ignored. For instance, in the 20 years Bundy hasn't been paying his fees, why hasn't he been taken to court? Why this year, spend nearly $1,000,000 of taxpayer money to round up 400 cattle that ultimately have to be returned? Why didn't the BLM just place a lien on the cattle rather than attempting to take them by force and then auction them off? The Bureau of Land Management has suffered a huge black eye this week because of their response to the Bundy situation. Perhaps though, there is a reason the BLM chose force over the courts.

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Congressman Introduces 'Contempt Act' to Withhold Eric Holder's Salary | CNS News

Congressman Introduces 'Contempt Act' to Withhold Eric Holder's Salary | CNS News: Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-Texas) has introduced a bill called the "Contempt Act," which would prevent current and future federal employees from collecting their taxpayer-funded salaries as long as they're being held in contempt of Congress.

The bill, which has no chance of becoming law in a divided Congress, currently would apply to one man -- Attorney General Eric Holder, with whom Farenthold tangled at a congressional hearing last week:

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» Bloomberg to Spend $50M to Make 2nd Amendment Supporters 'Afraid' » News -- GOPUSA

» Bloomberg to Spend $50M to Make 2nd Amendment Supporters 'Afraid' » News -- GOPUSA: Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said gun control advocates need to make opponents "afraid" as he announced funding for a new group.

Bloomberg said Tuesday he will donate $50 million to Every Town for Gun Safety. He described the group as a counter to the National Rifle Association.

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BREAKING: New Emails Show Lois Lerner Was in Contact With DOJ About Prosecuting Tax Exempt Groups - Katie Pavlich

BREAKING: New Emails Show Lois Lerner Was in Contact With DOJ About Prosecuting Tax Exempt Groups - Katie Pavlich: According to new IRS emails obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request from Judicial Watch, former head of tax exempt groups at the IRS Lois Lerner was in contact with the Department of Justice in May 2013 about whether tax exempt groups could be criminally prosecuted for "lying" about political activity.

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President Obama’s Bogus Voting Rights Claims

President Obama’s Bogus Voting Rights Claims: Last Friday, in a speech at Al Sharpton’s National Action Network conference, President Obama proudly announced that the Justice Department had taken on more than 100 voting rights cases since 2009. The problem with that claim is that, since 2009, the Justice Department has taken on only 39 voting rights cases—and as former Voting Section lawyer Christian Adams points out, only 13 were related to protecting minority voting rights. And, with respect to some of the cases in which the department has been involved, it lost spectacularly—such as its false claim that South Carolina’s voter ID law was discriminatory.

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What Does Marijuana Do to a User’s Brain? New Study Reveals Potentially Troubling Results | TheBlaze.com

What Does Marijuana Do to a User’s Brain? New Study Reveals Potentially Troubling Results | TheBlaze.com: A small study of marijuana users yielded some potentially troubling results, with researchers claiming that marijuana consumption might have a profound impact on the parts of the brain that process decision-making, emotional assessment, addiction and the processing of rewards.

This means — at least based on this particular study’s findings — that weed holds the potential to alter the volume, shape and density of essential structures in the brain.

“Just casual use appears to create changes in the brain in areas you don’t want to change,” said study co-author Dr. Hans Breiter, a psychiatrist mathematician at Northwestern University.

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Protesters Arrested at Bundy Ranch, Charged with Domestic Terrorism | National Report

Protesters Arrested at Bundy Ranch, Charged with Domestic Terrorism | National Report: The standoff in Nevada reached new heights this afternoon as armed federal agents began arresting militia members gathered to protest in support of Cliven Bundy.

In total, 16 protesters taking part in the rally are reportedly in custody and being held without bail on domestic terrorism charges, resisting arrest, creating a public nuisance, and trespassing. County and city officials in the area have not yet released a statement on the arrests or the names of those arrested. Early reports indicate that protesters were verbally and physically abused prior to being arrested. Communications have been difficult and local media outlets are scrambling for more details.

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FIRST ARREST? Connecticut Man Faces Charges For Unregistered “Assault Rifle,” Standard Capacity Magazines

FIRST ARREST? Connecticut Man Faces Charges For Unregistered “Assault Rifle,” Standard Capacity Magazines: A 65-year-old man faces an array of charges after he allegedly shot a squirrel in his yard Monday morning.

James Toigo, 258 Housatonic Dr., was charged with unlawful discharge of a firearm, cruelty to an animal, first-degree reckless endangerment, second-degree breach of peace, failure to register an assault rifle and three counts of possessing large-capacity magazines, according to a police press release.

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Bundy Ranch - What You're Not Being Told | SCG News

Bundy Ranch - What You're Not Being Told | SCG News: In this we're going to present you with evidence of blatant corruption and criminal activities that anyone, including law enforcement, can easily verify.

But before we go into the details, it's important to acknowledge here, that the political left and the political right are watching this crisis through very different eyes. You on the left saw this old rancher defying the Federal government over cattle grazing fees, with right wing pundits pleading his case, and armed militia moving in to intervene... it probably gave you the impression of Tea Party temper tantrum... with guns. Given some of the personalities who were involved in the media circus surrounding this, that impression is perfectly understandable, but underneath the appearances there is something here that all Americans need to see, whether they consider themselves conservative, liberal or none of the above.

All I ask is that you suspend your preconceived notions of what this crisis was about, for five minutes.

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Soaring Food Inflation Full Frontal: Beef, Pork And Shrimp Prices Soar To Record Highs | Zero Hedge

Soaring Food Inflation Full Frontal: Beef, Pork And Shrimp Prices Soar To Record Highs | Zero Hedge



We previously noted that both beef and pork (courtesy of the affectionately named Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus)
prices have been reaching new all time highs on an almost daily basis.
It is time to update the chart. Below we show what a world in which the
Fed is constantly lamenting the lack of inflation looks like for beef
prices...






 

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Feds accused of leaving trail of wreckage after Nevada ranch standoff | Fox News

Feds accused of leaving trail of wreckage after Nevada ranch standoff | Fox News: The federal agency that backed down over the weekend in a tense standoff with a Nevada rancher is being accused of leaving a trail of wreckage behind.

Fox News toured the damage -- allegedly caused by the Bureau of Land Management -- which included holes in water tanks and destroyed water lines and fences. According to family friends, the bureau's hired "cowboys" also killed two prize bulls.

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Nevada Rancher’s Son: Harry Reid ‘Needs To Be Kicked Out Of Office’ « CBS Las Vegas

Nevada Rancher’s Son: Harry Reid ‘Needs To Be Kicked Out Of Office’ « CBS Las Vegas: The son of a Nevada rancher who battled the federal government over the roundup of his cattle believes it’s time for Sen. Harry Reid to be kicked out of office.

“If he doesn’t have enough moral fiber in his bones at all to see what happened, that we the people got together and made something right, then I don’t think there’s any hope for him and he needs to be kicked out of office, even if he is the Senate majority leader. It doesn’t matter,” Ammon Bundy, son of Cliven Bundy, told Fox News, responding to Reid’s comments that “it’s not over.”

Ammon Bundy says federal authorities used a stun gun on him.

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Arctic Resources: The fight for the coldest place on Earth heats up — RT News

Arctic Resources: The fight for the coldest place on Earth heats up — RT News: The discovery of large hydrocarbon deposits in the Arctic has sparked international competition over resources in frozen waters. Regional powers are quickly filing claims for the sea shelf, with Russia preparing to bring in the biggest bid to the UN.

Ahead of Moscow preparing to file a 1.2 million square kilometer Arctic waters bid to the UN later this year, President Vladimir Putin commissioned Russian ministries to get ready to take the new territories in the Sea of Okhotsk under full control and protection.

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Russia tests Obama's ability to stop its advances

News from The Associated Press: WASHINGTON (AP) -- With the White House asserting that Russia is stoking instability in eastern Ukraine, President Barack Obama is once again faced with the complicated reality of following through on his tough warnings against overseas provocations.

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Security holes in power grid have federal officials scrambling - latimes.com

Security holes in power grid have federal officials scrambling - latimes.com: Adam Crain assumed that tapping into the computer networks used by power companies to keep electricity zipping through transmission lines would be nearly impossible in these days of heightened vigilance over cybersecurity.

When he discovered how wrong he was, his work sent Homeland Security Department officials into a scramble.

Crain, the owner of a small tech firm in Raleigh, N.C., along with a research partner, found penetrating transmission systems used by dozens of utilities to be startlingly easy. After they shared their discovery with beleaguered utility security officials, the Homeland Security Department began sending alerts to power grid operators, advising them to upgrade their software.

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Sebelius Said to Weigh Run for Kansas Senate Seat - NYTimes.com

Sebelius Said to Weigh Run for Kansas Senate Seat - NYTimes.com: WASHINGTON — In her darkest hour last fall, Kathleen Sebelius suffered one of the deepest cuts from an old family friend who accused her of “gross incompetence” over the rollout of the Affordable Care Act and demanded that she resign as secretary of health and human services. Now she is weighing revenge.

Ms. Sebelius is considering entreaties from Democrats who want her to run against that old friend, Senator Pat Roberts, Republican of Kansas.

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Video shows large al Qaeda meeting in Yemen - CNN.com

Video shows large al Qaeda meeting in Yemen - CNN.com: A new video shows what looks like the largest and most dangerous gathering of al Qaeda in years. And the CIA and the Pentagon either didn't know about it or couldn't get a drone there in time to strike.

U.S. officials won't comment on that, but every frame of the video is now being analyzed by the United States.

In the middle of the clip, the man known as al Qaeda's crown prince, Nasir al-Wuhayshi, appears brazenly out in the open, greeting followers in Yemen. Al-Wuhayshi, the No. 2 leader of al Qaeda globally and the head of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, has said he wants to attack the United States. But in the video, he looks unconcerned that he could be hit by an American drone.

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Sheriff Richard Mack: Sources Inside BLM and Vegas Metro Say "No Question" Feds are Preparing to Raid Cliven Bundy |

Sheriff Richard Mack: Sources Inside BLM and Vegas Metro Say "No Question" Feds are Preparing to Raid Cliven Bundy |: Bunkerville, NEVADA, April 14, 2014– As reported yesterday, hundreds of federal agents are still at the Bundy Ranch and the area continues its status as a no-fly zone. Despite major media reports that the Nevada Bureau of Land Management is retreating, the remaining activity that still surrounds the ranch illustrates a different scenario.

Not only is the BLM not actually backing off of Cliven Bundy, Sheriff Richard Mack of the Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association has revealed stunning information: on Ben Swann’s radio program, Mack said that he has received intelligence from multiple, credible sources inside the BLM and the Las Vegas Metro that there is “no question” that the federal government is planning a raid on the Bundy home and the homes of their children who live on the property.

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Detroit snow breaks records, topples power lines, creates flooding risk - CSMonitor.com

Detroit snow breaks records, topples power lines, creates flooding risk - CSMonitor.com: A spring storm shattered seasonal snowfall records in Detroit and Flint, as melting snow and rising rivers from heavy rain threatened homes Tuesday.

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Ron Paul group to defy IRS | WashingtonExaminer.com

Ron Paul group to defy IRS | WashingtonExaminer.com: Ron Paul's nonprofit Campaign for Liberty will fight the Internal Revenue Service's demand that it reveal its donor list to the agency, despite having already been fined for refusing to do so.

"There is no legitimate reason for the IRS to know who donates to Campaign for Liberty," Megan Stiles, the communications director at Campaign for Liberty, told the Washington Examiner in an email on Tuesday. "We believe the First Amendment is on our side as evidenced by cases such as NAACP v. Alabama and International Union UAW v. National Right to Work. Many 501(c)(4) organizations protect the privacy of their donors in the very same way as Campaign for Liberty. For some reason the IRS has now chosen to single

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Michael Isikoff Exits NBC News

Michael Isikoff Exits NBC News: Michael Isikoff, the left-wing journalist most famous for getting scooped on The Story of the Decade by Matt Drudge, is exiting NBC News. The Washington Post's Erik Wemple confirmed the report Friday. Isikoff told The New York Times: “[I]t was increasingly clear [NBC News was] moving in directions in which there were going to be fewer opportunities for my work."

Isikoff had been with the left-wing network since 2010. Prior to that he had spent more than a decade with Newsweek.

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Man, Upset at Pop Tax, Threatens Employees with Submachine Gun: Police - West Garfield Park - DNAinfo.com Chicago

Man, Upset at Pop Tax, Threatens Employees with Submachine Gun: Police - West Garfield Park - DNAinfo.com Chicago: A man armed with a submachine gun was arrested after he threatened employees at a West Side beauty store claiming “tax exempt” status Saturday, prosecutors and police said.

Nahshon Shelton, 36, of West Garfield Park, appeared in court Saturday sporting a look of disbelief as a judge read off comments from the police report in which he allegedly threatened employees and customers at Madison Grocery and Beauty Supply, 4017 W. Madison St.

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Bomb Squad Detonates Bags Left Near Boston Marathon Finish Line « CBS Boston

Bomb Squad Detonates Bags Left Near Boston Marathon Finish Line « CBS Boston: BOSTON (CBS) – The area near the finish line of the Boston Marathon was evacuated Tuesday night after two bags were left at the finish line.

The two suspicious bags were left near the photo bridge on Boylston Street. The street was shut down between Fairfield and Dartmouth streets while police investigated.

WBZ-TV photographers on scene say they saw a person with the backpack screaming “Boston Strong” before police cleared everyone from the area.

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NYPD Disbands Muslim Surveillance Program

NYPD Disbands Muslim Surveillance Program: On April 15th the New York Police Department (NYPD) announced that its Muslim surveillance unit had been disbanded.

The surveillance unit came "under fire by community activists who accused the department of abusing civil rights."

According to the Associated Press, the surveillance unit "relied on plainclothes officers to eavesdrop on people in bookstores, restaurants, and mosques."

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China's President Xi urges greater military use of space - Yahoo News

China's President Xi urges greater military use of space - Yahoo News: Chinese President Xi Jinping urged the air force to adopt an integrated air and space defence capability, in what state media on Tuesday called a response to the increasing military use of space by the United States and others.

While Beijing insists its space program is for peaceful purposes, a Pentagon report last year highlighted China's increasing space capabilities and said Beijing was pursuing a variety of activities aimed at preventing its adversaries from using space-based assets during a crisis.

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Fuel-filled wings, ability to swarm: Pentagon offers glimpse at future of drone fleet - Washington Times

Fuel-filled wings, ability to swarm: Pentagon offers glimpse at future of drone fleet - Washington Times: The Pentagon is laying out a road map for the future of its drone fleet, which includes unmanned planes with fuel-filled wings that can fly more sophisticated weapons systems to more isolated hot spots and smaller drones capable of operating in unison to swarm an enemy.

A strategic document known as the Remotely Piloted Aircraft Vector takes a 25-year look from 2013 to 2038. The 101-page wish list of sorts, not bound by budget restrictions, offers insight into where the Air Force wants to expand technologies.

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FBI Plans to Have 52 Million Photos in its NGI Face Recognition Database by Next Year | Electronic Frontier Foundation

FBI Plans to Have 52 Million Photos in its NGI Face Recognition Database by Next Year | Electronic Frontier Foundation: New documents released by the FBI show that the Bureau is well on its way toward its goal of a fully operational face recognition database by this summer.

EFF received these records in response to our Freedom of Information Act lawsuit for information on Next Generation Identification (NGI)—the FBI’s massive biometric database that may hold records on as much as one third of the U.S. population. The facial recognition component of this database poses real threats to privacy for all Americans.

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Sars Research Lab Loses 2,000 Tubes of Killer Virus

Sars Research Lab Loses 2,000 Tubes of Killer Virus: A prestigious research institute in France said it had lost thousands of tubes of samples of the deadly Sars coronavirus.

A routine inventory check at Paris' Pasteur Institute revealed that 2,349 tubes containing fragments of the virus responsible for the deaths of 774 people in 2002 were missing, the centre named after French chemist Louis Pasteur said.

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Census Survey Revisions Mask Health Law Effects - NYTimes.com

Census Survey Revisions Mask Health Law Effects - NYTimes.com: The Census Bureau, the authoritative source of health insurance data for more than three decades, is changing its annual survey so thoroughly that it will be difficult to measure the effects of President Obama’s health care law in the next report, due this fall, census officials said.

The changes are intended to improve the accuracy of the survey, being conducted this month in interviews with tens of thousands of households around the country. But the new questions are so different that the findings will not be comparable, the officials said.

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Feds play waiting game at Nevada ranch | TheHill

Feds play waiting game at Nevada ranch | TheHill: Federal officials appear to be waiting out Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and his supporters.

Two days after a dispute over grazing rights, cattle and $1 million in fees and fines threatened to spin into a Wild West shootout, officials with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) promised they weren’t finished with Bundy.

“The BLM will continue to work to resolve the matter administratively and judicially,” BLM Director Neil Kornze said in a statement that followed the bureau’s decision to release nearly 400 head of Bundy’s cattle that had been seized as part of a fight over grazing fees.

Spokesman Craig Leff declined to be more specific.

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Deputy Sheriff Mike Severson Polk County Sheriff’s Office, Wisconsin End of Watch: Monday, April 14, 2014 | The Munz ~~ Remembering the fallen

Deputy Sheriff Mike Severson Polk County Sheriff’s Office, Wisconsin End of Watch: Monday, April 14, 2014 | The Munz ~~ Remembering the fallen





Deputy Sheriff Mike Severson | Polk County Sheriff's Office, WisconsinPolk County Sheriff's Office, Wisconsin


Deputy Sheriff Mike Severson

Polk County Sheriff’s Office, Wisconsin
End of Watch: Monday, April 14, 2014



 

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Behind the scenes look at Nevada ranch showdown (Megyn Kelly)

Family Security Matters: Behind the scenes look at Nevada ranch showdown (Megyn Kelly)

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McCaughey: 'A Million or More' Obamacare Subscribers Will Default | CNS News

McCaughey: 'A Million or More' Obamacare Subscribers Will Default | CNS News: A leading Obamacare critic sees trouble ahead for people who signed up for health insurance on the new government exchanges.

First, even the insurance companies that issue the plans are worried about "public pushback" from rising insurance premiums, Betsey McCaughey, the former lieutenant governor of New York and author of the book "Beating Obamacare," told Fox News's Neil Cavuto on Monday.

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Zogby Report Card: Obama hate on the rise. Voters prefer cockroaches, surgery and Nancy Pelosi's face |

Zogby Report Card: Obama hate on the rise. Voters prefer cockroaches, surgery and Nancy Pelosi's face |: Pollster John Zogby reports in our weekly White House report card that President Obama’s signature health care reform is dragging Democrats down.

“President Obama got some chilling news from a USA Today/Pew poll this week. Americans who oppose his health carehealth care law say they are significantly more likely to vote in November than those who support it. Democrats can lose the Senate if those numbers hold.

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One Year Anniversary of Boston Bombing: A Lesson in FBI Failure | FrontPage Magazine

One Year Anniversary of Boston Bombing: A Lesson in FBI Failure | FrontPage Magazine: With the first anniversary of the Boston Marathon jihad bombings now here (April 15), the New York Times made yet another attempt to exonerate the Obama Administration of responsibility for one of its manifest failures, claiming that an inspector general’s report on the bombings was an “exoneration of the F.B.I.,” as it showed that “the Russian government declined to provide the F.B.I. with information about one of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects that would most likely have led to more extensive scrutiny of him at least two years before the attack.”

See? The bombing was all the fault of that scoundrel Putin. It had nothing to do with the FBI, because of fecklessness and political correctness, failing to act properly on information the Russians gave them.

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Al-Qaeda: “Spreading Like Wildfire”

Al-Qaeda: “Spreading Like Wildfire”:


Last week, a House Foreign Affairs subcommittee held a hearing provocatively titled “Is Al-Qaeda Winning?” The answers that the Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation and Trade received were profoundly unsettling.
http://foreignaffairs.house.gov/hearing/subcommittee-hearing-al-qaeda-winning-grading-administrations-counterterrorism-policy
Former Senator Joseph Lieberman (I–Conn.) testified that Syria had become a key focal point of al-Qaeda’s efforts. He noted that there are more foreign militants fighting in Syria today than in Iraq and Afghanistan combined over the past 10 years:  “Put very bluntly, Syria has become the most dangerous terrorist sanctuary in the world today—and the United States has not coherent or credible policy for dealing with it.”
http://docs.house.gov/meetings/FA/FA18/20140408/102109/HHRG-113-FA18-Wstate-LiebermanJ-20140408.pdf


Obama Has Touted Al Qaeda’s Demise 32 Times since Benghazi Attack


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Monday, April 14, 2014

Nevada Bundy ranch standoff could leave dirt on Harry Reid reputation - Washington Times

Nevada Bundy ranch standoff could leave dirt on Harry Reid reputation - Washington Times: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said little as federal agents seized and then released cattle last week from the Bundy ranch, but there is little doubt that the highly charged episode was threatening to become a political headache for the Nevada Democrat.

The Bureau of Land Management is headed by former longtime Reid aide Neil Kornze, who was confirmed by the Senate as BLM director on Tuesday, just as federal authorities descended on the cattle ranch outside Mesquite, Nev.

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Gabby Giffords: Hold Hearings on 'Preventing Gun Violence Against Women' | CNS News

Gabby Giffords: Hold Hearings on 'Preventing Gun Violence Against Women' | CNS News: Former Rep. Gabby Giffords (D-Ariz.) wants members of the Senate Judiciary Committee to hold a hearing on "preventing gun violence against women," the first step to passing (gun control) legislation, she says.

"[M]any of those who perpetrate violence against women are still allowed easy access to firearms," Giffords wrote this month in an open letter to the Judiciary Committee.

Giffords writes that women are more likely than men to be killed or stalked by an intimate partner; and she says having a gun in a household with a history of domestic violence makes it much more likely that a women will be killed there.

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Top Democrat: Yes, "Elements" of the GOP Base are "Animated by Racism" - Guy Benson

Top Democrat: Yes, "Elements" of the GOP Base are "Animated by Racism" - Guy Benson

 Okay, fine. Point granted. Some small "element" of the GOP base absolutely is motivated by racism. Racist people exist. But fascinating data
from the early 2000's revealed that the Democratic Party is home to
approximately the same number of people who hold racist attitudes. One
pertinent data point:





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» Flashback: Sen. Reid Breaks Ground for Nevada Solar Farm Near Bundy Ranch Alex Jones' Infowars: There's a war on for your mind!

» Flashback: Sen. Reid Breaks Ground for Nevada Solar Farm Near Bundy Ranch Alex Jones' Infowars: There's a war on for your mind!: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), who was exposed last Friday as the mastermind behind the Bureau of Land Management’s persecution of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, can be seen in this March 2014 photo breaking ground for a new solar farm near the Bundy Ranch, emphasizing that the senator’s plan for solar projects in Nevada wasn’t just limited to the shelved solar farm near Laughlin.

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Obama has Proposed 442 Tax Hikes Since Taking Office | Americans for Tax Reform

Obama has Proposed 442 Tax Hikes Since Taking Office | Americans for Tax Reform: Since taking office in 2009, President Barack Obama has formally proposed a total of 442 tax increases, according to an Americans for Tax Reform analysis of Obama administration budgets for fiscal years 2010 through 2015.

The 442 total proposed tax increases does not include the 20 tax increases Obama signed into law as part of Obamacare.

“History tells us what Obama was able to do. This list reminds us of what Obama wanted to do,” said Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform.

The number of proposed tax increases per year is as follows:

-79 tax increases for FY 2010

-52 tax increases for FY 2011

-47 tax increases for FY 2012

-34 tax increases for FY 2013

-137 tax increases for FY 2014

-93 tax increases for FY 2015

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Google patents smart contact lens system with a CAMERA built in | Mail Online

Google patents smart contact lens system with a CAMERA built in | Mail Online: Glass without the glasses: Google patents smart contact lens system with a CAMERA built in

Lens has camera built in
could be developed to help the blind see and give them guidance
Could shrink Glass to fit on a pair on lenses
Firm already developing lenses with screen and medical sensors built in
Project developed in secretive Google X lab

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DCCC Chair: We Care More about Amnesty Than Midterm Elections

DCCC Chair: We Care More about Amnesty Than Midterm Elections: The top Democrat who is leading the effort to help the party elect more members to Congress said he cares more about amnesty than the midterm elections.

Appearing on CNN's State of the Union with Candy Crowley on Sunday, Rep. Steve Israel (D-NY), the head of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, said the midterm elections are taking a backseat to the amnesty legislation Democrats and establishment Republicans desperately want.

"We'd rather pass an immigration bill than worry about the election.

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Attkisson: The Obama Administration Aggressively Intimidated and Intentionally Misled Journalists

Attkisson: The Obama Administration Aggressively Intimidated and Intentionally Misled Journalists: Sunday on Fox News Channel's "Media Buzz," former CBS investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson laid out the way the Obama administration harassed reporters and successfully stopped her network CBS from covering controversial stories...

"Now there’ve always been tensions, there have always been calls from the White House under any administration I assume, when they don’t like a particular story," she said. "But it is particularly aggressive under the Obama administration and I think it’s a campaign that’s very well organized, that’s designed to have sort of a chilling effect and to some degree has been somewhat successful in getting broadcast producers who don’t really want to deal with the headache of it — why put on these controversial stories that we’re going to have to fight people on, when we can fill the broadcast with other perfectly decent stories that don’t ruffle the same feathers?"

"It borders on inappropriate if it is part of a campaign to stop, influence and manipulate the reporting."

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Beef Prices Reach Highest Level Since 1987

Beef Prices Reach Highest Level Since 1987: LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — The highest beef prices in almost three decades have arrived just before the start of grilling season, causing sticker shock for both consumers and restaurant owners — and relief isn't likely anytime soon.

A dwindling number of cattle and growing export demand from countries such as China and Japan have caused the average retail cost of fresh beef to climb to $5.28 a pound in February, up almost a quarter from January and the highest price since 1987.

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61% of Public School Parents Know 'Little' or 'Nothing' About Common Core Education Standards

61% of Public School Parents Know 'Little' or 'Nothing' About Common Core Education Standards: A new Gallup poll concerning public school parents’ views of the Common Core standards finds that even in states that have implemented the centralized standards, 27% of parents surveyed said they know “only a little” about the standards, while 29% know “nothing” about them at all, leaving 56% of public school parents with little to no knowledge of how and what their children are being taught right now.

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Obama Admin Bans Junk Food in Schools

Obama Admin Bans Junk Food in Schools: In another from-the-top decree, President Obama and his USDA have used regulatory powers to officially ban all junk foods from the nation's schools.

The USDA has banned all food it deems unsuitable for kids and bases its power to demand such things on the fact that schools receive federal money for education. With federal money come federal strings.

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Jeb Bush's Amnesty Comments Booed at Freedom Summit

Jeb Bush's Amnesty Comments Booed at Freedom Summit: The mention of former Florida Governor Jeb Bush was resoundingly booed when Donald Trump brought up Bush's comments about illegal immigration being "an act of love."

Speaking at the inaugural Freedom Summit in New Hampshire on Saturday, which was organized by Americans for Prosperity and Citizens United, Trump said he has heard a lot of crazy things but that Bush's comment was “out there.”

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Give up meat, coal, oil, economic growth and national sovereignty - orders new IPCC climate report

Give up meat, coal, oil, economic growth and national sovereignty - orders new IPCC climate report: The United Nations (UN) has delivered its latest verdict on the measures necessary to save the world from global warming and the news is as grim as it is predictable and wearisomely familiar:

More regulation from "experts", technocrats and bureaucrats at supranational organisations, such as the one whose initials begin with U and end with N.

More taxpayer subsidies for expensive, inefficient renewable energy.

More nuclear power (with shale gas used as a transitional fuel to replace coal).

The abandonment of fossil fuels.

Less meat consumption.

A single, globally-regulated price for carbon dioxide.

More local-government-enforced walking, cycling and public transportation.

More back-door wealth redistribution from the West to the developing world in the name of "sustainability"

All at a cost to the global economy of up to 3.7 per cent of GDP by 2030, provided we act now.

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Muslim Brotherhood Flees London After British PM Launches Investigation

Muslim Brotherhood Flees London After British PM Launches Investigation: The Muslim Brotherhood is reported to be fleeing its recently established headquarters in London following the announcement of an investigation into their activities by Prime Minister David Cameron.

A report in the Daily Mail makes mention of the fact in addition to former Prime Minister Tony Blair's foundation being linked to the Islamist group, the newly established London HQ of the group it set to be abandoned in favour of a base in Graz, Austria.

The Muslim Brotherhood's new international office in London, which was also reported to be serving as their new global headquarters after a brutal crackdown on the group in Egypt, was said to be above an old, disused kebab shop in the north-west London area of Cricklewood.

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Brit Hume: Both Eric Holder and President Obama "Have Benefited Enormously From The Fact" They Are Black

Family Security Matters: Brit Hume: Both Eric Holder and President Obama "Have Benefited Enormously From The Fact" They Are Black

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7 Blockbuster Obamacare Charts That the White House Doesn’t Want America to See

7 Blockbuster Obamacare Charts That the White House Doesn’t Want America to See: Remember all those promises that were made to sell Obamacare? Like lowering premiums for a family of 4 by $2,500 a year, allowing people to keep their plans and their doctors, not adding a dime to the deficit, and all of that?

Well, let’s just see how much of a striking success “Obamacare” is based on the numbers so far. The Heritage Foundation created these charts based on the HHS’ own numbers, the CBO’s, and the Kaiser Family Foundation’s.

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APNewsBreak: Russian Jet Passes Near US Warship - ABC News

APNewsBreak: Russian Jet Passes Near US Warship - ABC News: 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, U.S. military officials said Monday.

In the first public account of the incident, the officials said the Russian Fencer made 12 passes, and flew within 1,000 yards of the USS Donald Cook, a Navy destroyer, at about 500 feet above sea level.

The U.S. warship issued several radio queries and warnings using international emergency circuits, but the Russian aircraft did not respond.

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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Record-High 60% of Californians Say They Pay Too Much Tax

Record-High 60% of Californians Say They Pay Too Much Tax: Ahead of the April 15 tax deadline, a record-high 60% of Californians say that they pay "much more" or "somewhat more" in taxes than they should, according to a recent survey by the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) (and noted by John Seiler of Calwatchdog.org and Stephen Frank of CApoliticalnews.com).

However, as PPIC Mark Baldassare notes at Fox&Hounds, Californians still believe that the answer is to tax wealthy earners or corporations more--not to reform and broaden the current tax system.

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Nevada Militia To Feds: ‘Control Our Borders, Not Our Ranchers’ « CBS Las Vegas

Nevada Militia To Feds: ‘Control Our Borders, Not Our Ranchers’ « CBS Las Vegas: The rural Nevada showdown between federal government officials and militia members protecting rancher Cliven Bundy has evolved into a battle of government “tyranny,” with many newly arriving militiamen rolling in to draw a line in the dirt about 70 miles northeast of Las Vegas.

Many with camouflage clothing and burly beards, the militiamen coming from as far as Montana are being welcomed by Bundy’s local family and friends who have already set up camp on the sun-scorched plot of land to protest the Bureau of Land Management’s controlling of the 150 miles of desert where Bundy says his family has ranched for decades – long before the BLM was created.

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Spending on Internet Ads Tops Big Three TV Networks for First Time

Spending on Internet Ads Tops Big Three TV Networks for First Time: Advertising revenue from Internet and digital ads beat that of broadcast TV for the first time ever in 2013, a new report shows.

Numbers compiled by PricewaterhouseCoopers found that digital sales hit an all time high of $42.8 billion in 2013. That is up 17 percent over 2012.

The big three networks brought in a lower $40.1 billion in revenue. Still, with cable revenue and broadcast added together--amounting to $74.5 billion--TV is still the advertising money leader.

Meanwhile, revenue for newspapers fell to $18 billion with radio close behind at $16.7 billion.

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Palin: Obama Doesn't Understand or 'Chooses to Disrespect our Constitution'

Palin: Obama Doesn't Understand or 'Chooses to Disrespect our Constitution': Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin blasted President Barack Obama on Saturday for either not understanding or deliberately disrespecting the Constitution.

"We have a president who doesn't understand or just chooses to disrespect our Constitution," Palin said on Fox News' Cashin In with host Eric Bolling.

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Democrat Congressmen Ask Obama to Ban Import of 'Military-Style, Semiautomatic Firearms'

Democrat Congressmen Ask Obama to Ban Import of 'Military-Style, Semiautomatic Firearms': On April 9th, a large group of Democrat representatives sent a letter asking President Obama to prohibit the importation of "military style, semiautomatic firearms."

Led by Reps. John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI) and Eliot Engel (D-NY), the letter was signed by "about 80" Democrats.

According to The Washington Times, Conyers and Engel are basing their request on the 1968 Gun Control Act, which they claim gives Obama "broad authority to prohibit guns and ammunition from being imported into the country." The exception would be if the products are "generally recognized as particularly suitable for or readily adaptable to sporting purposes."

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Ted Cruz Blasts Notion Sebelius Resigned Because Obamacare Succeeded

Ted Cruz Blasts Notion Sebelius Resigned Because Obamacare Succeeded: Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) said that, if the mainstream media and Democrats are correct that Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius resigned because Obamacare succeeded, then every other Democrat should follow her out of the Obama administration.

Speaking at the New Hampshire Freedom Summit, which was organized by Americans for Prosperity and Citizens United, Cruz joined other potential 2016 GOP presidential contenders at the event the day after Sebelius left the administration after the disastrous Obamacare rollout.

Cruz said that if people listen to Democrats or the mainstream press (Cruz apologized for repeating himself – to much laughter), "they will tell you that you cannot stop Obamacare."

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Confirmed: the NSA doesn't have to tell us when it finds security flaws like Heartbleed

Confirmed: the NSA doesn't have to tell us when it finds security flaws like Heartbleed: The most controversial aspect of the rapidly developing story of Heartbleed - possibly the greatest security vulnerability in the history of the Internet - is the assertion made in a Bloomberg News report that the National Security Agency learned about the problem soon after it was introduced... but kept the knowledge to itself, leaving the American people exposed to a glitch that could compromise passwords and personal information on hundreds of thousands of websites, because the NSA wanted to exploit Heartbleed for its own cyber-warfare purposes.

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Popular televangelist claims four blood moons are sign of ‘world-shaking event’  - NY Daily News

Popular televangelist claims four blood moons are sign of ‘world-shaking event’  - NY Daily News: The heavens are putting on a celestial show next week — and one Christian pastor is convinced it’s a sign from God.

Bestselling author and televangelist Pastor John Hagee claims the four blood moons that will soon appear in the skies over America are evidence of a future “world-shaking event.”

The blood moons are part of a tetrad, a set of complete and consecutive lunar eclipses that will begin on April 15 and continue in roughly six-month intervals until October 2015.

According to NASA, seeing four complete lunar eclipses in a row is very rare. The skies were tetrad-free from 1600 to 1900. But in the 21st century, there will be many.

What’s even stranger is that Americans have a front row seat.

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Palin on Sebelius Replacement Sylvia Burwell: 'You Can't Make This Stuff Up'

Palin on Sebelius Replacement Sylvia Burwell: 'You Can't Make This Stuff Up': Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin blasted President Barack Obama for nominating as his new Health and Human Services Secretary the same woman who ordered the shutdown of the war memorials during the so-called government shutdown last year.

After accepting Kathleen Sebelius' resignation Friday, Obama nominated Sylvia Burwell, the former Office of Management and Budget director. This is the same person who sent the email initiating the barricading of the memorials, even as veterans were arriving in D.C. on their "honor flights" to see the memorials that they built. Palin, along with Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Mike Lee (R-UT), joined veterans as they protested the barricades.

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Special-Ed Student Records Bully, Gets Charged With Disorderly Conduct

Special-Ed Student Records Bully, Gets Charged With Disorderly Conduct: In Pennsylvania, a high school sophomore with developmental disabilities was convicted of a crime after recording classmates threatening to "pull down his pants"

 After being regularly shoved and tripped, and nearly burned with a
cigarette lighter, a tormented special-needs student in
Pennsylvania decided to take matters into his own hands. He secretly
recorded the abuse on his school-issued iPad, and his mother eventually
submitted the evidence to the school’s principal. But instead of
punishing the teenage tyrants caught on tape, administrators decided to
call the police, who threatened the 15-year-old boy with felony
wiretapping, but later reduced the charge to disorderly conduct. He was
found guilty on March 19.





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[Watch] Trey Gowdy on Holder, Biden and Obama - The Three Illegals' Amigos |

[Watch] Trey Gowdy on Holder, Biden and Obama - The Three Illegals' Amigos |: In a discussion with Megyn Kelly over recent remarks made by Senator Jeff Sessions, Rep Trey Gowdy of South Carolina offers his opinions.

Sessions asserted that America’s law enforcement system is in a state of collapse, and labeled it as a deliberate plan by the president of the United States. Sessions also expressed his hope that the American people are beginning to stand up to it.

They then move on to comments from both Joe Biden and Eric Holder which press the administration position that illegals have rights and should be afforded the same status as Americans. Biden actually went as far as to state that in his opinion, they already are.

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GOP lawmaker suggests Eric Holder should 'be in jail' | The Daily Caller

GOP lawmaker suggests Eric Holder should 'be in jail' | The Daily Caller: Texas Republican congressman Blake Farenthold refused to ask Eric Holder questions during a Judiciary Committee hearing Tuesday, saying the attorney general should “be in jail” for ignoring congressional subpoenas instead of testifying before Congress.

Farenthold’s turn for questions came towards the end of a contentious hearing. The lawmaker explained that he would not exercise his right to question the witness as a protest against Holder’s refusal to comply with congressional subpoenas for documents related to the IRS’ Tea Party targeting investigation.

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Wait, What? Democrats And Republicans Unite Unanimously Behind…Ted Cruz

Wait, What? Democrats And Republicans Unite Unanimously Behind…Ted Cruz: By voice vote, the Senate voted unanimously Monday to back Texas Senator Ted Cruz’s bill to bar a former hostage-taker tapped to be Iran’s ambassador to the United Nations from entering the United States.

Iran announced last week that Hamid Aboutalebi, a member of a Muslim student group that held 52 Americans hostage for 444 days in the 1979 seizure of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, was its choice to become its next UN ambassador.

Cruz vowed not to allow Aboutalebi to set foot on American soil. In a rare display of bipartisanship, the entire Senate agreed.

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Sheriffs: Violent Mexican Drug Cartels Have Infiltrated More Than 3,000 U.S. Cities - Leah Barkoukis

Sheriffs: Violent Mexican Drug Cartels Have Infiltrated More Than 3,000 U.S. Cities - Leah Barkoukis: Near the U.S.-Mexico border, the federal government has posted signs warning passersby that the area they are in is not safe, as they’re entering an “active drug and human smuggling area.” Sheriffs in Arizona even admit that parts of the state are in fact controlled by Mexican drug cartels.

But the dangerous problems associated with the cartels—drug and human trafficking, kidnapping, prostitution, violence, money laundering—are now reaching places in the United States far beyond the Border States.

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Sheriffs: Violent Mexican Drug Cartels Have Infiltrated More Than 3,000 U.S. Cities - Leah Barkoukis

Sheriffs: Violent Mexican Drug Cartels Have Infiltrated More Than 3,000 U.S. Cities - Leah Barkoukis: Near the U.S.-Mexico border, the federal government has posted signs warning passersby that the area they are in is not safe, as they’re entering an “active drug and human smuggling area.” Sheriffs in Arizona even admit that parts of the state are in fact controlled by Mexican drug cartels.

But the dangerous problems associated with the cartels—drug and human trafficking, kidnapping, prostitution, violence, money laundering—are now reaching places in the United States far beyond the Border States.

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The “Assault Weapon” Rebellion - Townhall Magazine

The “Assault Weapon” Rebellion - Townhall Magazine: In the April issue of Townhall Magazine, Bearing Arms editor Bob Owens asks what would happen if a liberal government passed a new gun law but nobody obeyed it?

Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy (D) signed what the Hartford Courant called “the toughest assault weapons legislation in the nation” last year. It required owners of semi-automatic firearms to register all firearms designated as “assault weapons” with the state government, along with any “high capacity” magazines they may own, by December 31, 2013.

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Saturday, April 12, 2014

FLASHBACK 2009: Obama Jokes About IRS Auditing Political Enemies

FLASHBACK 2009: Obama Jokes About IRS Auditing Political Enemies: Back in May 2009, Professor Glenn Reynolds, better known to his followers as Instapundit, penned an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal in which he discussed some odd rhetoric from President Obama. Obama had been refused an honorary doctorate by Arizona State University, and Obama remarked, “President [Michael] Crowe and the Board of Regents will soon learn all about being audited by the IRS.” Reynolds pointed out:

Just a joke about the power of the presidency. Made by Jay Leno it might have been funny. But as told by Mr. Obama, the actual president of the United States, it's hard to see the humor. Surely he's aware that other presidents, most notably Richard Nixon, have abused the power of the Internal Revenue Service to harass their political opponents. But that abuse generated a powerful backlash and with good reason. Should the IRS come to be seen as just a bunch of enforcers for whoever is in political power, the result would be an enormous loss of legitimacy for the tax system.

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Army, National Guard Fight Over Apache Helicopters - Defense One

Army, National Guard Fight Over Apache Helicopters - Defense One: The Army National Guard is pushing back against a plan to send all of its 192 Apache attack helicopters to the active duty Army. In exchange, the Guard and Reserve components would receive 111 UH-60 Blackhawk transport and utility helicopters from the Army in a broader aviation restructuring after more than a decade of combat and steep budget cuts.

The restructuring would also eliminate three of 13 combat aviation brigades from the Army, while the Guard would phase out its entire fleet of OH-58 Kiowa Warrior scout helicopters, which have been in use for nearly five decades.

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TSA bars mute stroke victim from flight, forces 8-hour bus ride | New York Post

TSA bars mute stroke victim from flight, forces 8-hour bus ride | New York Post: A woman claims an airport security agent refused to let her disabled sister on board a plane because she couldn’t say her own name.

Sherry Wright says she was shocked at the treatment they received at Los Angeles International Airport, where her sister Heidi was due to fly to Phoenix.

The problems began when Heidi, who was left wheelchair-bound and unable to speak or write after a stroke a decade ago, was stopped by the Transportation Security Administration due to an expired driver’s license, CNN reported.

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Obama Lets N.S.A. Exploit Some Internet Flaws, Officials Say - NYTimes.com

Obama Lets N.S.A. Exploit Some Internet Flaws, Officials Say - NYTimes.com: Stepping into a heated debate within the nation’s intelligence agencies, President Obama has decided that when the National Security Agency discovers major flaws in Internet security, it should — in most circumstances — reveal them to assure that they will be fixed, rather than keep mum so that the flaws can be used in espionage or cyberattacks, senior administration officials said Saturday.

But Mr. Obama carved a broad exception for “a clear national security or law enforcement need,” the officials said, a loophole that is likely to allow the N.S.A. to continue to exploit security flaws both to crack encryption on the Internet and to design cyberweapons.

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The Saga of Bundy Ranch--Federal Power, Rule of Law and Averting Potential Bloodshed

The Saga of Bundy Ranch--Federal Power, Rule of Law and Averting Potential Bloodshed: BUNKERVILLE, NEVADA—The Bundy Ranch roundup has understandably stirred thin-stretched emotions as the federal government seizes cattle belonging to the Bundy family. The family settled in the late 1800’s and has ranched in the area since. The federal government allowed Nevada ranchers to graze their cattle on federal tracts of land adjacent to their private properties for generations. The federal government later created the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to administer and “protect” the vast swaths of federal land—including the land the Bundy family’s livelihood was—and still is—dependent upon.

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Barbara Boxer Says Keystone Pipeline a Cancer Risk

Barbara Boxer Says Keystone Pipeline a Cancer Risk: Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) is now accusing the Keystone pipeline of being a cancer risk.

Her first point was that the pipeline “will bring 830,000 barrels of dirty tar sands oil into our nation every day.”

She then segued to point #2 by asserting that the heavy tar sands oil will put people who live near refineries at risk for cancer:

Significantly higher levels of dangerous air pollutants and carcinogens have been documented downwind from tar sands refineries, and in these areas people are suffering higher rates of the types of cancers linked to these toxic chemicals, including leukemia and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

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States rebel against powerful new painkiller - Yahoo News

States rebel against powerful new painkiller - Yahoo News: State officials around the country are rebelling over a powerful new painkiller that law enforcement and public health authorities fear could worsen the nation's deadly scourge of heroin and prescription drug abuse.

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WASHINGTON: Senate Intelligence Committee investigating leak to McClatchy, Feinstein says | National Security & Defense | McClatchy DC

WASHINGTON: Senate Intelligence Committee investigating leak to McClatchy, Feinstein says | National Security & Defense | McClatchy DC: The Senate Intelligence Committee has opened an investigation into how McClatchy obtained the classified conclusions of a report into the CIA’s use of waterboarding and other harsh interrogation tactics, the panel’s chairwoman said Friday.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., said she was also referring the case to the Justice Department for investigation.

“If someone distributed any part of this classified report, they broke the law and should be prosecuted,” Feinstein said in a prepared statement. “The committee is investigating this unauthorized disclosure and I intend to refer the matter to the Department of Justice.”

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Nevada Cattle Rancher Wins 'Range War' With Federal Government - ABC News

Nevada Cattle Rancher Wins 'Range War' With Federal Government - ABC News: A Nevada cattle rancher appears to have won his week-long battle with the federal government over a controversial cattle roundup that had led to the arrest of several protesters.

Cliven Bundy went head to head with the Bureau of Land Management over the removal of hundreds of his cattle from federal land, where the government said they were grazing illegally.

Bundy claims his herd of roughly 900 cattle have grazed on the land along the riverbed near Bunkerville, 80 miles northeast of Las Vegas, since 1870 and threatened a "range war" against the BLM on the Bundy Ranch website after one of his sons was arrested while protesting the removal of the cattle.

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Trespass Cattle

Trespass Cattle



Impound Operation Concluded

Statement from Director of the Bureau of Land Management Neil Kornze on the Cattle Gather in Nevada:

As
we have said from the beginning of the gather to remove illegal cattle
from federal land consistent with court orders, a safe and peaceful
operation is our number one priority. After one week, we have made
progress in enforcing two recent court orders to remove the trespass
cattle from public lands that belong to all Americans.

Based on
information about conditions on the ground, and in consultation with law
enforcement, we have made a decision to conclude the cattle gather
because of our serious concern about the safety of employees and members
of the public.

We ask that all parties in the area remain
peaceful and law-abiding as the Bureau of Land Management and National
Park Service work to end the operation in an orderly manner.

Ranching
has always been an important part of our nation’s heritage and
continues throughout the West on public lands that belong to all
Americans. This is a matter of fairness and equity, and we remain
disappointed that Cliven Bundy continues to not comply with the same
laws that 16,000 public lands ranchers do every year. After 20 years and
multiple court orders to remove the trespass cattle, Mr. Bundy owes the
American taxpayers in excess of $1 million. The BLM will continue to
work to resolve the matter administratively and judicially.
National Park Service Closure Maps and Updates





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3 Things You Should Know about the Paycheck Fairness Act

3 Things You Should Know about the Paycheck Fairness Act: The Senate is set to vote on the so-called Paycheck Fairness Act today. Here are three things you should know about the bill:

1. It Could Hurt Women’s Employment Prospects. What those who support the act don’t tell you is how it would burden employers with additional liability and regulations. Such increased regulation, in turn, could reduce the number of jobs available for women. Indeed, as a result of the legislation, working women, who are the supposed beneficiaries of the Paycheck Fairness Act, could face more barriers to employment. Moreover, the bill would likely reduce the kind of workplace flexibility that allows employees to work from home or keep irregular hours—a highly valued aspect of employment for many working moms.

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The Charts Obama Doesn't Want You to See

The Charts Obama Doesn't Want You to See





Talking about Obamacare’s effects is one thing; seeing hard data is another.


Heritage’s newly updated Obamacare in Pictures has 15 charts
that show the law’s effects on Americans—from canceled insurance
policies to new taxes, Medicare cuts, reduced choice for plans, and
more.


Here’s a quick look at just three of these charts and how Obamacare is hitting three groups.


YOUNG PEOPLE


Obamacare in Pictures 2014: Premiums Age 27



 

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WATCH: Foundry’s Genevieve Wood Demolishes White House’s Wage Gap Argument | The Foundry: Conservative Policy News from The Heritage Foundation

WATCH: Foundry’s Genevieve Wood Demolishes White House’s Wage Gap Argument | The Foundry: Conservative Policy News from The Heritage Foundation: In a CNN appearance today, Genevieve Wood, senior contributor to The Foundry, blasted the White House for promoting the myth that women are paid significantly less than men because of their sex, rather than their career or life choices.

“Instead of celebrating” that men and women with similar jobs and levels of education make around the same, “the White House wants to portray this ‘war on women,’” Wood said on The Lead.

“Young women today in metropolitan areas, for example, who are childless, single, young women are actually outperforming males in that same category all over the country,” Wood said in her appearance with former White House communications director Anita Dunn. “But the problem with that is, they hear this kind of rhetoric that discourages young women.”

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More Political Street Art At Masters

More Political Street Art At Masters: More political street art has surfaced and this time it is in Georgia. A familiar poster with an image of President Obama taking a putt above the words “SUB PAR” appeared in Augusta on Friday morning around the Masters Golf Tournament.
The image can be seen in several places including at the main entrance of Augusta Country Club, on electrical boxes, on resident lawns, and near the local mall. Another similar poster around town shows the president in golf gear next with the words : “If you like your handicap you can keep your handicap.”



 





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Sharpton was ‘eager to get slice of 1980s coke deal’: pal | New York Post

Sharpton was ‘eager to get slice of 1980s coke deal’: pal | New York Post: DURHAM, NC — A drug trafficker who worked for Al Sharpton’s nonprofit in the 1980s said that despite the preacher’s denials, he was eager to get a slice of the lucrative drug deal captured on FBI surveillance video.

“It was greed. He just wanted money,” Robert Curington, 72, told The Post during a two-day interview at his North Carolina home, detailing for the first time how Sharpton stepped into the FBI’s trap — and was then forced to become a federal informant.

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Report claims cell towers in Bundy ranch area shut down - National Policy & Issues | Examiner.com

Report claims cell towers in Bundy ranch area shut down - National Policy & Issues | Examiner.com: On Friday, Static Media Hub posted a tweet that said cell towers in the Bundy ranch area were shut down. According to the message, only radio communications were possible.

"Alert: On the ground reports ~ cell towers shut down, comms thru radio only," the tweet said.

Earlier in the day, a Facebook page supporting the Bundy family said some people were having difficulty using their cell phones. The tweet asked supporters to bring satellite phones if possible.

"Folks, there is a possibility the cell towers have been shut down. People are having trouble calling out, and I cannot get a hold of my people on the ground. I will update as soon as I know more," the tweet said.

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Smart Guns Are Dumb | National Review Online

Smart Guns Are Dumb | National Review Online: Addressing the assembled congressmen in his inimitable style last Friday, Attorney General Holder told a House appropriations subcommittee that he wished to “explore” the opportunities that might arise were he to be given millions of dollars of taxpayers’ money and a copy of the movie Skyfall:

I think that one of the things that we learned when we were trying to get passed those common sense reforms last year, Vice President Biden and I had a meeting with a group of technology people and we talked about how guns can be made more safe.

By making them either through fingerprint identification, the gun talks to a bracelet or something that you might wear, how guns can be used only by the person who is lawfully in possession of the weapon.

It’s those kinds of things that I think we want to try to explore so that we can make sure that people have the ability to enjoy their Second Amendment rights, but at the same time decreasing the misuse of weapons that lead to the kinds of things that we see on a daily basis.

There is much that is remarkable about this rather ugly little disquisition, not least of which is Holder’s apparent inability to construct coherent, intelligible, and appropriate trains of thought.

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Adrianne Haslet-Davis storms off 'Meet the Press'; marathon victim felt 'disrespected' - Washington Times

Adrianne Haslet-Davis storms off 'Meet the Press'; marathon victim felt 'disrespected' - Washington Times: A survivor of the Boston Marathon bombing stormed out of a scheduled interview with NBC’s “Meet the Press” in tears on Friday.

Adrianne Haslet-Davis, a dancer who lost part of one leg during the attack, said NBC promised not to name alleged bombers Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev in her presence but did not follow through on the request.

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