Personal Liberty Digest™ P.M. Edition 6-25-2014: GDP Down Sharply, Economists Ignore Peril; Black Caucus Wants Cochrane To Reward Black Voters; Investing In America Instead Of Illegals; EPA Says Its Computers Crashed Too; Police Need Warrants To Cell Phone Searches

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First Quarter GDP Revised Downward Even Further; Apologists Say Don’t Worry

You know that first-quarter Gross Domestic Product (GDP) report that shows the economy exhibited recession-like contraction over the first three months of this year? The one the Commerce department keeps revising as more data comes in, each time making the news a little worse? Read More… 

Congressional Black Caucus Member: Cochrane Should Reward Black Voters

Following Mississippi establishment Republican Senator Thad Cochrane’s successful bid to beat Tea Party challenger Chris McDaniel making black voters in the State believe his opponent is racist, Representative Bennie G. Thompson (D-Miss.) of the Congressional Black Caucus says that the Senator should reward black voters to keep their support. Read More…

Congresswoman: Stop Giving Illegals’ Host Nations Money And Spend It Here In The U.S.

One Michigan Congresswoman on Tuesday proposed the indefinite suspension of foreign assistance to Central American nations that thousands of illegal immigrants leave in the hope of relocating in the U.S. Read More… 

Computer Crash: EPA Follows IRS Lead In Covering Up Wrongdoing

Officials at the Environmental Protection Agency are following the Internal Revenue Service’s example and claiming that they are unable to provide copies of email communications to Congress because an employee’s hard drive crashed. Read More…

Police Need Warrants To Search Smartphones, Supreme Court Rules

A unanimous Supreme Court on Wednesday dialed up privacy protections for the 21st century, ruling that police need warrants before searching smartphones. Read More… 

Congresswoman: Stop Giving Illegals’ Host Nations Money And Spend It Here In The U.S.

One Michigan Congresswoman on Tuesday proposed the indefinite suspension of foreign assistance to Central American nations that thousands of illegal immigrants leave in the hope of relocating in the U.S.

The money the U.S would save, she argues, can instead be reinvested in those American cities that, through some combination of mismanagement and economic hardship, contain areas that have themselves come to resemble third-world countries.

According to The Detroit News, Congresswoman Candice Miller (R-Mich.) explained her idea at a hearing of the House Homeland Security Committee, calling for a reallocation of funds from Central American nations to this Nation until the illegal immigrants’ host countries show more interest in stemming their own emigration problems.

“Examples of what our USAID [money] is being used for in the Centrals include helping civil society programs, climate change and addressing the gender gap in education and the workforce. We’d be better off spending this money in the inner cities of America,” said Miller. “We can start with Detroit.

“No more money from America until they step up their own responsibilities and stop their citizens from illegally migrating to the U.S.”

USAID is the United States Agency for International Development, whose mission is to “partner to end extreme poverty and to promote resilient, democratic societies while advancing our security and prosperity.” The agency administers the disbursement of U.S. foreign aid.

Miller wrote to President Barack Obama Tuesday codifying her requests and criticizing the Mexican government for its languid attention to the immigration crisis. She also urged the Obama Administration to make it abundantly clear to the governments of the illegals’ host countries that their nationals cannot come illegally to the U.S. with an open hand.

“I also called on the administration to begin an aggressive public relations campaign in the Centrals to tell parents not to put their children in danger of paying Mexican drug cartels up to $8,000 a head to smuggle their children into the U.S.,” she explained.

“…We need to take some steps to protect America by getting our neighbor’s attention. Instead of increasing funding by hundreds of millions, as the president has called for, we need to stop foreign aid to the Centrals — immediately.”

Wednesday Morning Links 6-25-2014

Here is a collection of some of the stories making the Internet rounds this morning. Click the links for the full stories.

  • In a major statement on privacy rights in the digital age, the Supreme Court on Wednesday unanimously ruled that the police need warrants to search the cellphones of people they arrest. More from The New York Times… 

 

  • Embattled Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki on Wednesday sharply rejected calls to form a national unity government, striking a defiant tone in the face of U.S. pressure to share more political power as a rebellion by Sunni Muslim insurgents threatens his grip on the country. More from The Los Angeles Times… 

 

  • A leading Senate Democrat called on President Obama Wednesday to submit draft legislation authorizing the use of military force in Iraq, intensifying pressure on the White House to clarify whether it intends to seek a vote ahead of potential airstrikes against Sunni extremists. Full story at The Hill… 

 

  • Sen. Thad Cochran (R) narrowly survived the toughest election of his four-decade political career, holding off an insurgent tea party challenge from state Sen. Chris McDaniel in Tuesday night’s runoff after one of the most expensive and nasty primary campaigns of the year. From The Washington Post… 

 

  • Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, told Republicans Tuesday he could have an announcement within days on whether the House will file a lawsuit against President Barack Obama, challenging the executive actions that have become the keystone of the administration. From Roll Call…

Tuesday Morning News Roundup 6-24-2014

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  • House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) wasted no time in accusing the head of the IRS of lying to Congress, unloading a blistering barrage of accusations at a Monday night hearing. “At a minimum, you did not tell the whole truth,” during previous testimony, Issa told IRS Commissioner John Koskinen, scornfully adding, “We are wondering what your word is worth.” Source: WND…
  • Democratic U.S. lawmakers announced legislation on Monday that would provide lawyers for thousands of undocumented minors streaming across the border into the United States, saying forcing children to face deportation proceedings alone goes against fundamental American values. Source: Reuters…
  • Secretary of State John Kerry told CBS News on Tuesday that President Obama is fully prepared to use American military might to help the Iraqi government push back Sunni Islamic militants sweeping across the country’s west, but not “in a vacuum” of Iraqi political power. “It would be a complete and total act of irresponsibility” for the President to order airstrikes, said Kerry, when “there’s no government, there’s no backup, there’s no military, there’s nothing there that provides the capacity for success.” Source: CBS News…
  • The problems at Veterans Affairs extend well beyond long wait lists, with a report Tuesday showing the department is plagued with poor care that has cost up to 1,000 veterans their lives and left taxpayers on the hook for nearly $1 billion in malpractice settlements since the beginning of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Source: The Washington Times…
  • Today on MSNBC, Glenn Greenwald told host Ronan Farrow that a new document release from Edward Snowden is “very imminent,” and called it “one of the most important in the archive.” Source: Truth Revolt…
  • In April, President Obama told the nation that “marketplace” or “exchange” enrollment, at 8 million customers as of March 31, had exceeded expectations and costs were lower than expected. But a recent Kaiser Family Foundation survey found that 43 percent of those who purchased insurance through the marketplace already had insurance; 57 percent are newly insured. Source: The Daily Signal…

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Personal Liberty Digest™ P.M. Edition 6-23-2014: SCOTUS Does Little To Chill EPA Agenda; Lawmaker Offers ‘Dog Ate My Tax Receipts Act’; Libs Scalp Another Mascot; Obama’s Drone Killing Memo Released; Ron Paul Wants To Teach Your Children

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Mixed Reactions To Supreme Court’s Ruling On EPA Power Grab

Depending on which story you read today about the Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision on how far the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) can stretch its ambitious regulatory authority, you may have gotten the impression that the Court is the Obama Administration’s rubber stamp or the immovable object blocking the advance of the President’s global warming agenda. Read More… 

Lawmaker Mocks IRS With ‘The Dog Ate My Tax Receipts Act’

Representative Steve Stockman (R-Texas) has introduced legislation that would afford average Americans the ability to “offer a variety of dubious excuses” for not having tax documents for the Internal Revenue Service after “the IRS offered an incredibly dubious excuse for its failure to turn documents over to House investigators.” Zing… 

On Deck For Another Racist Mascot Lawsuit: The Cleveland Indians

The Cleveland Indians baseball organization is getting sued over its mascot. A group called People Not Mascots is preparing to file a Federal lawsuit against the team’s ownership in response to the team’s longstanding association with its logo and mascot, Chief Wahoo. Read More… 

Memo Justifying Drone Killing Of American Al-Qaida Leader Is Released

A previously secret Justice Department memo, released by a Federal appeals court Monday, justified the targeted killing of Anwar al-Awlaki, an American citizen who was killed by a drone strike in Yemen in 2011, on the grounds that as a leader of an al-Qaida affiliate, he was actively “engaged in hostilities against the United States.” Read More… 

Ron Paul: Opt-Out Of Common Core And Opt-In To Pro-Liberty Curriculum

Growing dissatisfaction with Common Core and other centralized education schemes is leading an increasing number of parents to pursue alternatives such as homeschooling. Here’s An Idea… 

On Deck For Another Racist Mascot Lawsuit: The Cleveland Indians

Hoo boy. The Cleveland Indians baseball organization is getting sued over its mascot.

According to multiple news sources this afternoon, a group called People Not Mascots is preparing to file a Federal lawsuit against the team’s ownership in response to the team’s longstanding association with its logo and mascot, Chief Wahoo.

The team has been fronted by an Indian-themed mascot of some kind or other since 1928, and has been dealing with sanctimonious protests of its alleged racist connotations for more than half that time. In 1972, the Cleveland American Indian Center sued the team for $9 million over the use of Chief Wahoo, a case that was settled (with no mascot change) in 1983. Intermittent objections have regularly cropped up ever since.

“It’s been offensive since day one,” Robert Roche, a Chiricahua Apache Indian and member of People Not Mascots, told NBC News. “We are not mascots. My children are not mascots. We are people.”

The plaintiffs have indicated they will file the suit in July.

Indians fan site Roll Tribe Nation braced itself for an unfolding political correctness storm today, pledging to acknowledge all points of view as Cleveland becomes the focus of the Nation’s next big celebration of self-righteousness. “While Roll Tribe Nation has not taken a stance on Chief Wahoo, we will be running articles on the issue, representing multiple viewpoints,” the site promised.

 

Monday Morning News Roundup 6-23-2014

Here is a collection of some of the stories making the Internet rounds this morning. Click the links for the full stories.

  • U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met Iraq’s prime minister in Baghdad on Monday to push for more inclusive leadership, as Nuri al-Maliki’s forces abandoned the border with Jordan, leaving the entire Western frontier beyond government control. Source: Reuters…
  • Its social media savvy has made ISIS a “terror brand” to rival al-Qaida, with supporters worldwide following the brutal exploits of the Islamist group through its Twitter updates or even downloading the group’s own app. Now supporters can show their loyalty to the group by sporting a T-shirt or hoodie emblazoned with the group’s black and white jihadist logo, after the items went on sale on Facebook. Source: International Business Times…
  • Another damning example of climate change agenda-driven data tinkering has been uncovered by Steven Goddard’s U.S. blog “Real Science,” showing how shamelessly manipulated has been one of the world’s most influential climate records: the graph of U.S. surface temperature records published by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Source: The Telegraph…
  • A remote section of the U.S.-Mexico border near the Anzalduas International Bridge is one of the few places where media can witness and record the mass crossings of minors coming from Central America. The U.S. Border Patrol is now restricting journalists’ access to the area citing safety concerns. Source: Breitbart…
  • A new poll from Gallup indicates former U.S. President George W. Bush is six points higher in favorability than U.S. President Barack Obama. Obama was the only President among the several listed that had a more unfavorable than favorable opinion. Source: UPI…
  • Several new Edward Snowden-leaked documents show how closely Germany’s intelligence agencies work with the NSA. But did the German government deliberately soften laws protecting privacy to make life easier for them? Source: The Telegraph…
  • Superman had X-ray vision. Now, so does the United States military, in the form of an X-ray gun that can see through fabric, rubber and aluminum to find drugs, money, explosive liquids and even people. The recently released X-ray gun is the first device of its kind that a soldier or would-be superhero can hold in her hands. Source: Defense One…

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Personal Liberty Digest™ P.M. Edition 6-20-2014: Ryan Blasts IRS Chief; NSA Spying Gets A Fresh 90 Days; Obama Celebrates World Refugee Day; Cover-Up At The Border Patrol; Friday Funnies

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Paul Ryan Hammers IRS Chief Koskinen On Missing Lerner Emails: ‘Nobody Believes You’

Congressman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) led the Republican chorus of bitter criticism today against Internal Revenue Service Commissioner John Koskinen, telling the IRS boss that it’s inconceivable the agency would hold itself to such a lax standard for recordkeeping while it expects American taxpayers to do better with their personal tax documents. Read More…

FISA Court Renews NSA Phone Snooping Authority

The secret court established by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) today reaffirmed the legality of the National Security Agency’s domestic phone metadata monitoring program, authorizing the continuation of the NSA’s collection activities for another 90 days. Read More…

Obama Marks World Refugee Day And Growing Numbers Of Displaced

As his Administration works to deal with the growing number of immigrants from Central America illegally crossing the U.S. border to seek safety, President Barack Obama on Friday commemorated World Refugee Day by praising those who flee persecution and the countries that help them. Read More… 

Border Agency’s Watchdog Under Investigation For Cover-Up

The internal affairs division of U.S. Customs and Border Protection is being investigated for falsifying documents, intentionally misplacing employee complaints and bungling misconduct reports as part of a cover-up to mask its failure to curb employee wrongdoing, a McClatchy investigation has found. Read More… 

Friday Fun: A Roundup Of This Week’s Political Cartoons

South American children are making a run for our border, and the Administration of President Barack Obama is essentially welcoming them to the United States with open arms. Obama must think Americans are too stupid to figure out that what the situation amounts to is an invasion of the country. He also thinks Americans are stupid enough to believe that the Internal Revenue Service just lost emails. Friday Funnies…

FISA Court Renews NSA Phone Snooping Authority

The secret court established by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) today reaffirmed the legality of the National Security Agency’s domestic phone metadata monitoring program, authorizing the continuation of the NSA’s collection activities for another 90 days.

Under the law, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) must renew the NSA metadata collection program at 90-day intervals, which it has routinely done. But the court has come under intense scrutiny from lawmakers over the past year following Edward Snowden’s public revelation of how broad in scope the NSA’s spying efforts have been – including the wholesale, secret surveillance of the electronic communications of U.S. citizens without their knowledge.

Section 215 of the Patriot Act provides for the controversial metadata program under the FISA court’s secret warrant process. Today’s decision handed down by the FISC indirectly acknowledged the criticism the program continues to receive from lawmakers, privacy watchdogs and a significant portion of the concerned public.

“Given that legislation has not yet been enacted, and given the importance of maintaining the capabilities of the Section 215 telephony metadata program, the government has sought a 90-day reauthorization of the existing program,” said the U.S. Department of Justice and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence in a prepared statement.

The reauthorization means that the FISC can continue to issue warrants for the NSA to collect, through requests emanating from a variety of government enforcement agencies, data revealing the location, timing, frequency and direction of private citizens’ electronic communications through early September, when the 90-day period expires.

Friday Fun: A Roundup Of This Week’s Political Cartoons

South American children are making a run for our border, and the Administration of President Barack Obama is essentially welcoming them to the United States with open arms. Obama must think Americans are too stupid to figure out that what the situation amounts to is an invasion of the country. He also thinks Americans are stupid enough to believe that the Internal Revenue Service just lost emails.

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Rick McKee, The Augusta Chronicle
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Bob Englehart, The Hartford Courant
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David Fitzsimmons, The Arizona Star
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Rick McKee, The Augusta Chronicle
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Nate Beeler, The Columbus Dispatch

Personal liberty Digest™ P.M. Edition 6-19-2014: First Lady Welcomes Newly Naturalized Citizens By Praising Illegals; Reid Claims Dems Don’t Have Many Billionaire Donors; McCarthy To Lead House Majority; Rangel Equates Tea Party To Hamas; Even The Feds Know Minimum Wages Don’t Work

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Michelle Obama Welcomes New U.S. Citizens By Promoting Immigration Agenda

First lady Michelle Obama spoke Wednesday at a swearing-in ceremony commemorating the efforts of 50 freshly-minted U.S. citizens at attaining their citizenship through legal means. Insulting… 

Harry Reid Declares That Democrats Don’t Have Billionaire Donors

Majority Leader Harry Reid embarked on yet another Senate floor tirade against the evil Koch brothers Thursday, declaring that the problem with the billionaire duo’s donations to conservative causes is that Democrats can’t match the influence because the party “doesn’t have many billionaires.” Really?.. 

McCarthy Elected House Majority Leader

As anticipated, House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy became House Majority Leader-elect Kevin McCarthy as members of the GOP caucus selected the California Republican to replace Eric Cantor Thursday afternoon. Read More… 

Charlie Rangel: Tea Party = Hamas

From his 22-term seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, Congressman Charlie Rangel’s (D-N.Y.) view of the Tea Party looks pretty bleak. In fact, Constitutional conservatives look a whole lot like terrorists to the 84 year-old. Outrageous… 

Even The Feds Admit Minimum Wages Cause Unemployment

Minimum wage doesn’t help the lower class. It prohibits employers from hiring anyone whose earning or productive capacity is below the enforced minimum hourly wage, creating permanent unemployment among the least productive people. Read More… 

Charlie Rangel: Tea Party = Hamas

From his 22-term seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, Congressman Charlie Rangel’s (D-N.Y.) view of the Tea Party looks pretty bleak. In fact, Constitutional conservatives look a whole lot like terrorists to the 84 year-old.

Rangel told an incredulous radio host this week that mainstream Republicans have the same trouble with the party’s conservative core that Palestinians have controlling their “people in the back room.”

“You can’t compare the Tea Party to Palestinian terrorists,” the host argues.

Well…you kinda can, Rangel argued back:

Well, I am just saying that is a cult type of thinking. Its’ a poor analogy when you talk about terrorism – but when you talk about not recognizing the United States as a nation, not recognizing the president, trying to repeal bills that are already law and sticking to the principles of the civil war, you know these are people that you cannot talk rationally to, and the president can’t. And at some point, if the Palestinians come to the table and say they can’t control the people in the back room, the same way Republicans say they can’t control the Tea Party — the Republican Party would no longer exist because they can’t control the Tea Party. And the Palestinian Authority…if they believe in this partnership with terrorists…then they cannot come to a table.

You cannot talk to a person who says their primary goal is to have you distinguished. There is no conversation there.

Yes, he really says “distinguished.”

Thursday Morning News Roundup 6-19-2014

Here is a collection of some of the stories making the Internet rounds this morning. Click the links for the full stories.

  • The top Republican on one of the House committees investigating the IRS targeting scandal reacted furiously late Wednesday to a report that ex-IRS official Lois Lerner’s hard drive had been recycled, making it likely that many emails sent to and from Lerner prior to the summer of 2011 will never be recovered. Source: Fox News…
  • The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) warned on Wednesday that the 145 Kurdish elementary students kidnapped on May 29 in northern Syria by jihadists were at risk of being brainwashed and used in suicide attacks. The NGO blamed the abduction on the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS), which controls vast swathes of northeastern Syria and which last week launched an offensive in northern Iraq with the declared intention of creating a transnational “Caliphate.” Source: ANSAmed…
  • Asia is on the brink of overtaking North America as the largest wealth management market in the world, as growth in the number of millionaires worldwide accelerated further last year. Source: Financial Times…
  • Texas’ top three lawmakers agreed Wednesday to spend tens of millions dollars to fund a surge operation along the border to deal with the influx of Central American children pouring into Texas. Source: San Antonio Express-News…
  • Hillary Clinton sat down for two heavily-promoted interviews on cable news Tuesday evening, but they did not deliver the blockbuster ratings CNN and Fox News were likely expecting — or at least hoping for. Source: Mediaite…
  • Outgoing White House press secretary Jay Carney says he felt “liberated” when he left Time magazine to work for the Obama Administration. At a breakfast with reporters a block from the White House Thursday morning, Carney was asked about his transition from journalist to political spokesman and the lessons he learned. He said after years of being a straight reporter, he was relieved to be able to speak on behalf of an Administration with which he agreed on issues. Source: The Weekly Standard…

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Personal Liberty Digest™ P.M. Edition 6-18-2014: Obama Says Congress Not Needed For Action In Iraq; School Filters Conservative Website, Doesn’t Bother Liberal Ones; Benghazi Terrorist Ducked Military While Chatting With Reporters; Libya Wants Benghazi Terrorist Back; Cruz Zings Obama Foreign Policy; EFF’s Anti-NSA Plan

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Obama Says Congress Not Needed For Action In Iraq

If the U.S. takes military action to shore up the Iraqi regime it left in place after leaving on icy terms in 2011, the executive branch won’t seek a permission slip from Congress to do it, President Barack Obama told several lawmakers today. Read More… 

Student Discovers School Filtering Out Conservative Web Results, Leaving Liberal Sites Untouched

After a Connecticut high school student was given an assignment to discuss the merits of gun control, he learned that it was going to be difficult to get both sides of the argument while on campus. That’s because his school restricted access to conservative information outlets, according to student Andrew Lampart. Censorship… 

Video: If Captured Benghazi Suspect Was Talking To Reporters, Why Not Capture Him Sooner By Posing As A Reporter?

State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki probably didn’t see the obvious question barreling her way when Fox News’ James Rosen got his turn to ask why it had taken so long to capture suspected Benghazi terrorist Ahmed abu Khattalah, who apparently conducted interviews with western media long before his apprehension by U.S. forces this week. Watch… 

Cruz: Obama Can’t Beat Radical Islamic Terrorism Until He’s Willing to Utter The Words ‘Radical Islamic Terrorism’

During an interview on CNN, Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) explained the most striking failure of the Obama Administration’s foreign policy approach: a complete unwillingness to acknowledge that radical Islamic terrorism exists. Bingo… 

Libya Demands Return Of Benghazi Suspect Seized By U.S. Forces

Libya’s weak interim government on Wednesday verbally assailed the U.S. capture of a suspected mastermind of the 2012 attack in Benghazi that killed four Americans and set off a political firestorm in the United States. Read More… 

EFF: Wants You To Help Defeat The NSA

The NSA may seem like an intimidating giant, but it has a serious Achilles’ heel— the enormous budget it claims from taxpayer dollars every year. While change to the actual words of the laws that govern NSA surveillance seems to be a difficult task, a group of Representatives have decided to take the battle to the bank. Read More… 

Cruz: Obama Can’t Beat Radical Islamic Terrorism Until He’s Willing to Utter The Words ‘Radical Islamic Terrorism’

During an interview on CNN, Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) explained the most striking failure of the Obama Administration’s foreign policy approach: a complete unwillingness to acknowledge that radical Islamic terrorism exists. Cruz was responding to a town hall style interview former Secretary of State and presumptive 2016 Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton gave on the same network Tuesday night.n

His best observation came at 5:45 seconds into the wide-ranging interview.

The most consistent error of the Obama-Clinton foreign policy is the failure to understand the nature of the people we’re dealing with. It is striking that neither President Obama nor Hillary Clinton are willing to utter the words radical Islamic terrorism. They do not understand the radical religious extremism of individuals committed to jihad, who have pledged to murder Americans, and that leads them to keep making mistakes over and over and over again.

http://youtu.be/69hf0EVuLa0 If you can stomach CNN’s Erin Burnett’s gratuitously confrontational interview style for 14 minutes, the whole interview is worth viewing.

Personal Liberty Digest 6-17-2014: Mexican Military, Police Breached U.S. Border; House Wants IRS Cut; Feinstein Wants Military In Iraq; Benghazi Suspect Caught; Iran’s Nuke Diplomacy

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Official: Armed Mexican Military, Police Breached U.S. Border 500 Times Over Decade

As Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi continues to be held captive by Mexican authorities for entering the Mexico with firearms, members of Congress learned Tuesday that armed Mexican troops and police have strayed across the border into the U.S. more than 500 times in the past decade. Read More…

House Budget Slashes IRS Funding (Good Luck With That In The Senate)

The GOP-controlled House of Representatives is taking aim at the Internal Revenue Service in a proposed spending bill that trims more than $300 million from the agency’s present allotment. Symbolic Gesture…

Feinstein Wants Full Military Response In Iraq

Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) called Tuesday for the U.S. to take “direct action” in Iraq and launch a military strike to prevent Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants from taking control of Bagdad. Dem Hawk? …

Suspect In Benghazi Attacks, Snatched By U.S. Military, To Be Tried In Civilian Court

The Pentagon confirmed Tuesday that U.S. Special Forces captured a top Libyan suspect in the September 2012 attack in Benghazi, Libya, that killed U.S. ambassador Chris Stevens along with three other Americans. Read More…

Iran Maneuvers To Win Blame Game If Nuclear Talks Collapse

Iran’s nuclear negotiating team has come to this city hoping to seal a deal on its disputed nuclear program that will finally remove the international sanctions crippling its economy. Timing…

Tuesday Morning News Roundup 6-17-2014

Here is a collection of some of the stories making the Internet rounds this morning. Click the links for the full stories.

  • President Obama announced on Monday evening that US ground troops ‘equipped for combat’ are being sent to Iraq – just days after claiming that no American soldiers would be deployed to the war-torn country. Obama said that their only purpose will be to protect U.S. personnel and the embassy in Baghdad – and not to join in the fierce fighting raging outside the Iraqi capital. The president did tell Congress, however, that American military personnel in Baghdad will be ‘equipped for combat.’ Source: Daily Mail…
  • House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) warned Tuesday that “thousands of people with Western passports” are joining ISIS, the al-Qaida offshoot gaining ground in Iraq and Syria. Source: The Hill…
  • A new poll shows strong opposition to sending any troops into Iraq. The survey released Tuesday by the left-leaning Public Policy Polling found 74 percent of the public are opposed to sending combat troops back into Iraq, with only 16 percent supporting that option. Source: The Hill…
  • House Republicans stepped up their investigation of the Internal Revenue Service on Monday after the tax agency said it lost copies of more than two years’ worth of e-mails at the center of a congressional probe. Source: USA Today…
  • A quarter of all public company deals may involve some kind of insider trading, according to the study by two professors at the Stern School of Business at New York University and one professor from McGill University. The study, perhaps the most detailed and exhaustive of its kind, examined hundreds of transactions from 1996 through the end of 2012. Source: CNBC…
  • The Obama Administration Monday abruptly halted plans to shelter some of the children surging across the border at a defunct college in rural Virginia, as the White House has continued to see its efforts to house the children throughout the country be thwarted by opposition from local officials. Source: The Washington Times…
  • Bill and Hillary Clinton have long supported an estate tax to prevent the U.S. from being dominated by inherited wealth. That doesn’t mean they want to pay it. Source: Bloomberg…

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Personal Liberty Digest™ P.M. Edition 6-16-2014: Not Even Liberals Believe Lerner Emails Are Lost; Poll Predicts Incumbent Ousters In Midterms; SCOTUS Upholds Federal Gun Provision; Army Names General For Bergdahl Investigation; Ron Paul On Iraq Crisis

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White House On Missing Lerner Emails: Haven’t You Ever Heard Of A Computer Crash?

After the Internal Revenue Service claimed last week that it conveniently “lost” two years of former employee Lois Lerner’s emails— some of which were likely directly related to the agency’s targeting of conservatives— everyone from conservative members of Congress to liberal political pundits cried foul. Now, the White House is labeling anyone who doesn’t buy its “computer crash” story as a conspiracy theorist. Read More…

Poll: Incumbents, Democrats Are Likely To Lose Big This Fall

If you were happy to see establishment Republican House Majority Leader Eric Cantor booted from his seat by underdog conservative David Brat, you’re going to love the predictions made in new polling data out from Gallup. Read More… 

Supreme Court Upholds Key Element In Federal Gun Laws

Speaking for the dissenters, Justice Antonin Scalia said it was not clear that the plain language of the gun laws prohibited a legal buyer from purchasing a weapon for another legal buyer. Read More… 

Army Names General To Investigate Bergdahl’s Disappearance

The Army said Monday it had named a two-star general to investigate the disappearance and capture of Sgt. Bowe R. Bergdahl in Afghanistan, a possible step toward a formal finding that he left his base without authorization. Read More… 

Straight Talk: Haven’t We Already Done Enough Damage in Iraq?

Because of the government’s foolish policy of foreign interventionism, the U.S. is faced with two equally stupid choices: either pour in resources to prop up an Iraqi government that is a close ally with Iran, or throw our support in with al-Qaida in Iraq. Ron Paul Explains… 

Monday Morning News Links 6-16-2014

Here is a collection of some of the stories making the Internet rounds this morning. Click the links for the full stories.

  • Conservative talk show hosts and Tea Party groups are vowing to do something they’ve never done before: Select the next Speaker of the House. More at The Hill
  • Iraqi extremists took over the small city of Tal Afar, in northwestern Iraq, on Monday, according to Iraqi security officials and residents, sending both Shiite and Sunni residents fleeing. More at The New York Times… 
  • Dozens of extremists attacked a Kenyan coastal town for hours, killing those who couldn’t answer questions about Islam and those who didn’t know the Somali language, officials and witnesses said Monday. At least 48 people were killed and two hotels were set on fire. More from The Associated Press… 
  • The Obama administration has quietly repatriated a dozen detainees from a small U.S. military prison in Afghanistan, moving a modest step closer toward winding down the United States’ controversial post-9/11 detainee system.More at Reuters…
  • The Rio Grande Valley has become ground zero for an unprecedented surge in families and unaccompanied children flooding across the Southwest border, creating what the Obama administration is calling a humanitarian crisis as border officials struggle to accommodate new detainees. More at The Los Angeles Times…
  • Hundreds of people crossed New York City’s Brooklyn Bridge on Saturday morning to call for an end to gun violence in the US, united by the rallying cry “Not one more”. More from The Guardian… 

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Personal Liberty Digest™ P.M. Edition 6-13-2014: Iraq is falling apart; IRS ‘lost’ emails related to conservative targeting; McCarthy gets Tea Party challenge in House leadership fight; Army Says Bergdahl in physical condition; Political cartoons

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Iraq Is Falling Apart

President Barack Obama said Friday that the United States is not planning to put boots on the ground in Iraq, where Islamic extremists backed by Sunni tribal leaders are violently seizing territory from the country’s fledgling government. Obama said the U.S. “will do our part” to help but won’t “allow ourselves to be dragged back into” war. Read More… 

Stonewalling IRS Says It’s Lost Two Years’ Worth Of Lois Lerner’s Emails

Those Lois Lerner emails must really contain things that somebody with access doesn’t want Congress to see. After famously stonewalling the House Oversight Committee’s request to review the former IRS official’s communications, the IRS is now saying that two years’ worth of Lerner’s on-the-job electronic data has been lost to a computer glitch. Read More… 

McCarthy Gets Tea Party Challenge For Majority Leader

The son of a Bakersfield, Calif., firefighter, Representative Kevin McCarthy has hauled plenty of political hose to get where he is now, seemingly perched on the edge of real power in the U.S. House of Representatives. Read More… 

Bergdahl In Good Physical Condition, Army Says

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is in stable condition and will work daily with medical and mental health professionals in a reintegration process to help him gain physical and emotional stability, Army medical officials said Friday. Read More… 

Friday Fun: A Roundup Of This Week’s Political Cartoons

Between Hillary Clinton’s whining about being broke, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s historic primary loss to Tea Party challenger David Brat, Iraq coming under siege and President Barack Obama’s ongoing trouble doing anything right, political cartoonists have had a lot to work with this week. And they didn’t disappoint. Cartoons…