Stories We’re Watching: Monday News Links 7-29-2014

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

  • Something very strange is happening on Capitol Hill. Democrats can’t talk enough about impeaching a president of their own party. And Republicans keep saying that there isn’t a chance they’ll give it a try. The tactic has brought big dollars into Democrats’ coffers, and it has kept Republican aides and lawmakers busy as they keep swatting down the idea whenever it sprouts up. Source: POLITICO…
  • Talk of impeachment was cooked up by a White House desperate for something to rally Democrats ahead of November’s elections, House Speaker John A. Boehner said Tuesday, flatly ruling out any action on the controversial suggestion. “We have no plans to impeach the President. We have no future plans,” Mr. Boehner said. “Listen, it’s all a scam started by Democrats at the White House.” Source: The Washington Times…
  • Saying America faces a “perilous hour,” and members of Congress are entering a “momentous week” when it comes to the future of the separation of powers, Senator Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) urged his colleagues on Monday to “be counted” and “stand up” to Obama’s “lawless actions, and sponsor legislation that will block him” from granting amnesty to millions more illegal immigrants. Sessions said Obama is taking America into a Constitutional crisis by “preparing to assume for himself the absolute power to set immigration law in America” with the mentality of, “I’ll just enforce what I wish to enforce” and “determine who may enter and who may work, no matter what the law says, by the millions.” Source: Breitbart…
  • D.C. police issued bulletins to officers and residents Monday explaining that they no longer would arrest people for carrying legally registered handguns outside their homes, even as city attorneys sought to temporarily block a Federal judge’s ruling that declared the District’s ban on firearms possession in public unConstitutional. Source: The Washington Times…
  • In a campaign swing resembling that of a presidential candidate, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul plans to make a three-day trip across Iowa next week, another indication that the libertarian-leaning Republican is gearing up for a 2016 presidential run. Source: The Daily Caller…
  • A new estimate by the Russell Sage Foundation found that the median American household experienced a loss of more than one-third of its wealth over the last decade, plummeting from $87,992 in 2003 to $56,335 in 2013. Source: Truth Revolt…
  • Illegal immigrant demonstrators were protesting outside the White House on Monday – but don’t expect America’s immigration officers to intervene. An Immigration and Customs Enforcement official indicated that even if the protesters end up getting arrested by D.C. police, they’d have to be serious criminals for ICE to get involved. Source: Fox News…
  • Scathing street art highlighting scandals that have plagued the Obama Administration popped up in Silicon Valley during the President’s fundraising tour to California. Source: The Week…
  • A minister in Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s conservative government has outraged Turkey’s secular community by claiming that honest women should not laugh in public. Source: International Business Times…

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Personal Liberty Digest™ P.M Edition 7-28-2014: Tax Delinquents Among Top Security Pentagon Workers; Activists Decry Obama Transparency Crackdown; TSA Wants Public Help In Speeding Up Screening; Ron Paul Straight Talk; Video Of Unbelievable Police Abuses Release

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Thousands Of Pentagon Workers With High Security Clearances Owe $730 Million In Back Taxes

A Government Accountability Office (GAO) audit has discovered a city’s worth of Pentagon employees who have two things in common: they’re all eligible for high-level security clearances, and, during the period for which the report was conducted, they all owed the government a combined $730 million in back taxes. Read More… 

Obama’s Crackdown On Leakers Damages Constitutional Protections, Activists Say

Recent revelations of the U.S. government’s pervasive surveillance program and its crackdown on leaks are making it increasingly difficult for American journalists and lawyers to do their jobs, the advocacy group Human Rights Watch and the American Civil Liberties Union said in a report released Monday. Read More… 

TSA Offering Cash For Ideas To Speed Up Screening Lines

If you have a better idea for moving people through airport queues, the Transportation Security Administration wants to hear it. Read More… 

Update: Police Footage From The Night New Mexico Cops Failed To Find Drugs In A Man’s Rectum – Even After A Forced Digital Probing

Late last year, we told you about the ordeal of David Eckert, the New Mexico man who endured a hellish night of anal probing and forced anesthesia because the Deming, N.M. police officers who stopped him really, really wanted to believe he was concealing drugs (he wasn’t). His story was similar to that of another New Mexico man, Timothy Young, who had needlessly endured the same treatment. Video… 

Ron Paul: End Torture, Shut Down the CIA!

Revelations of U.S. secret torture sites overseas and a new Senate investigation revealing widespread horrific CIA torture practices should finally lead to the abolishment of this agency. Straight Talk… 

Personal Liberty Digest™ P.M. Edition 7-25-2014: White House Taking Impeachment Threats More Seriously; Congress Has No Right To Know What Administration Is Up To, Says Liberal; USDA Contractors Have Access To Sensitive Personal Data; U.S. Ambassador To Ukraine Rebukes Russia; Friday Funnies

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The White House Is Starting To Take Obama Impeachment Threats Seriously

The White House on Friday said that it is taking Republican threats to impeach President Barack Obama seriously. White House Senior Advisor Dan Pfeiffer said that the threat of Obama impeachment would increase if the President takes executive actions to keep illegal aliens in the country. Read More… 

Russia’s Actions In Ukraine ‘Gasoline On The Fire,’ US Diplomat Says

The U.S. ambassador to Ukraine had stern words for Russia on Friday, continuing a week in which Washington has toughened its rhetoric against Russian President Vladimir Putin over his nation’s alleged involvement in clashes in eastern Ukraine. Read More…

Audit Reveals Huge Security Gaps In USDA Data Network

An audit of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Universal Telecommunications Network released Thursday by the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) reveals that almost half of the independent contractors sourced through an agreement with AT&T to manage the USDA’s data network do not have security clearances. Read More…

DC Non-Lawmaker: Congress Doesn’t Have Right To Know What’s Going On At The White House

According to Washington DC non-voting Congressional representative Eleanor Holmes Norton, Congress shouldn’t scrutinize the White House because lawmakers don’t have a right to know what’s going on within the Administration. Video… 

A Roundup Of This Week’s Political Cartoons

Dueling appellate court rulings handed down this week left President Barack Obama’s signature legislation in limbo. Obamacare’s crashing and burning is just one of many fires that it would seem the President would be interested in putting out. But apparently, Obama is far more interested in putting on the golf course than he is in putting out fires. Funnies… 

DC Non-Lawmaker: Congress Doesn’t Have Right To Know What’s Going On At The White House

According to Washington DC non-voting Congressional representative Eleanor Holmes Norton, Congress shouldn’t scrutinize the White House because lawmakers don’t have a right to know what’s going on within the Administration.

“You don’t have a right to know everything in a separation-of-powers government, my friend. That is the difference between a parliamentary government and a separation-of-powers government,” Norton told House Oversight and Government Reform Committee members Friday.

The comment came in response to a GOP decision to ignore the Administration’s assertions that director of the White House Office of Political Strategy and Outreach David Simas shouldn’t have to testify before lawmakers who allege the office is being used for political purposes in violation of election laws.

Maybe this is why President Barack Obama is so keen on DC becoming the Nation’s 58th… er 51st… State.

A Roundup Of This Week’s Political Cartoons

Dueling appellate court rulings handed down this week left President Barack Obama’s signature legislation in limbo. Obamacare’s crashing and burning is just one of many fires that it would seem the President would be interested in putting out. But apparently, Obama is far more interested in putting on the golf course than he is in putting out fires.

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Stories We’re Watching: Friday News Links 7-25-2014

  • President Barack Obama insisted for years that he had absolutely no legal authority — none whatsoever, zero, zilch — to slow deportations on a broad scale. Forget everything he’s said. Obama’s pledge to use his executive powers by the end of the summer marked both a dramatic reversal in rhetoric and a major strategic shift on immigration. Source: POLITICO…
  • High-ranking U.S. officials said Wednesday that not only are Sunni radicals with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant “worse than al-Qaida,” but that the group has a message for the president: “We’re coming for you, Barack Obama.” Source: The Washington Times…
  • Top White House political adviser David Simas refused again Friday to honor a congressional subpoena. Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa plans to vote shortly in committee to reject the White House’s claim that Simas has absolute immunity from a subpoena from Congress. Source: Roll Call…
  • Earlier this week, a three-judge panel in the D.C. Circuit Court ruled that Obamacare’s subsidies for private health insurance were limited to state-run health exchanges. One of the law’s architects — at the same time that he was a paid consultant to states deciding whether or not to build their own exchanges — was espousing exactly this interpretation as far back in early 2012, and long before the Halbig suit — the one that was decided this week against the administration — was filed. Source: Reason…
  • First lady Michelle Obama on Thursday night urged Democrats to “dig deep” into their pockets and “write a big fat check” before the midterm elections, but minutes later complained of too much money in politics. Speaking at a party fundraiser in Chicago, Mrs. Obama blasted special interest groups that funnel money to Republicans. “So, yeah, there’s too much money in politics. There’s special interests that have too much influence. But they had all that money and all that influence back in 2008 and 2012 and we still won those elections,” she said. Source: The Washington Times…
  • A bulletin released in March 2014 by the FBI, Department of Homeland Security and the National Counterterrorism Center, obtained this week by Public Intelligence, contains details of a program entitled “Emergency Medical Treatment Presents Opportunity for Discovery of Violent Extremist Activities.” Source: Infowars…
  • Kremlin officials are suggesting that the United States has created fake evidence to implicate pro-Russian separatists in the shooting of Malaysia Airline Flight 17. Source: The Wire…
  • A doctor wounded by a patient in a deadly shooting Thursday afternoon at a suburban hospital campus in Darby, Pa. returned fire and wounded the patient, authorities said. Investigators believe the doctor had his own gun and acted in self-defense, Delaware County District Attorney Jack Whelan said. Source: CBS News…
  • Officers from the University of Arkansas Police Department are searching for clues they hope will lead them to the man who they believe committed a hate crime on campus over the weekend. Authorities said someone made racist comments through an open window to two people inside the Garland House. “This is considered a hate crime,” Capt. Gary Crain said. Source: 40/29 News Arkansas…

Personal Liberty Digest™ P.M. Edition 7-24-2014: Obama Fundraiser Ticket Prices Plummet; Ivory Ban Threatens Antique Guns; Gun Free Campus Robbed At Gunpoint; Healthcare Ruling Q&A; Loans From The Post Office

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Obama Dinner Fire Sale: Price Of Seats Slashed At President’s California Fundraisers

President Barack Obama’s fund-raising junket on the west coast has reportedly hit a wall, with per-plate prices for the Democratic fundraising dinners which he headlines tanking from a previous high of $32,400 to as little as $5,000. Read More… 

Lawmaker: Ivory Ban Could Lead To Confiscation Of Antique Guns, Instruments

A Tennessee Senator is worried that a new Obama Administration Fish and Wildlife Service mandate aimed at stopping the trade of ivory could lead to the confiscation of antique firearms and other goods. Read More… 

Robbers Use Gun On Gun-Free Campus To – What Else? – Rob Four Ohio Students

Over the weekend, three guys concealed their faces with hoodies and bandannas came into a common area for on-campus housing, pulled out a handgun, and robbed four unlucky (and obviously unarmed) students. Read More… 

Could Plan To Offer Financial Services Save Postal Service?

Lawmakers and government officials looking for a way to save the cash-strapped U.S. Postal Service are considering a proposal that would make check cashing, small loans, prepaid cards and other financial services available at your local post office. Read More… 

The Healthcare Law Rulings: A Q&A

Contrary rulings Tuesday on a key element of the Affordable Care Act by two separate Federal appeals courts raise a variety of questions. Answers… 

Stories We’re Watching: Thursday News Links 7-24-2014

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

  • The chairman of the Federal Election Commission on Wednesday blasted Democratic colleagues opposed to his effort to protect conservative media after they imposed rules on the publisher of Congressman Paul Ryan’s (R-Wis.) new book, opening the door to future book regulations – or even a ban. Source: Washington Examiner…
  • John E. Walsh, Montana’s newly appointed Democratic Senator, who’s also the party’s candidate in this year’s midterm election, plagiarized at least one third of the final thesis that earned him a master’s degree at the United States Army War College, according to multiple news reports Wednesday. An examination of the 14-page paper, titled “The Case for Democracy as a Long Term National Strategy” and posted online by The New York Times, revealed that about a third of Mr. Walsh’s 2007 paper consisted of verbatim language and extremely similar passages to other sources, without any kind of attribution. Source: The Washington Times…
  • Some ICE officials think the Obama Administration has intentionally neglected to give them orders to support efforts to resolve the crisis on America’s southwestern border, says Ronald Colburn, former national deputy chief of the U.S. Border Patrol. As a result, the wave of unaccompanied children from Central America is unfolding while ICE officials cool their heels. Source: National Review…
  • Marcos and Crisly, Ana and Blanca, Fabiola and Maria Antonia. The youths were among 20 from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala who were set to appear in Federal immigration court Tuesday for initial deportation hearings. But they weren’t there — 18 of the children whose cases were set to be heard didn’t show up Tuesday for court. It was an absentee rate that Federal Immigration Judge Michael Baird said was “highly unusual,” so high that he reset the hearings for Aug. 11 rather than possibly issuing a deportation order. Source: The Dallas Morning News…
  • An apology from a senior VA official earlier this month failed to prevent a spate of employment-related Federal lawsuits from former employees who claim they faced retaliation after lodging workplace complaints, a review of court records shows. The complaints include the case of a former staff psychologist in South Dakota who says she was punished for calling attention to building problems that were making people physically ill. In another case, a patient safety manager in Texas says he was suspended after raising concerns about a staffing shortage in his department, all while being the target of racial slurs. Source: The Washington Times…
  • Kentucky Senator Rand Paul’s resistance to military intervention abroad is likely to be viewed as his biggest break from Republican tradition if he seeks his party’s nomination in 2016. But Mr. Paul is also challenging his own party by increasingly embracing issues dear to the African-American voters who have overwhelmingly rejected the GOP for decades. Source: The Wall Street Journal…
  • Could a good strong dose of economic populism be the prescription for the lagging turnout ailment that plagues the Democratic party? Some of the Democrats’ most seasoned strategists believe so, and they’ve been vocal on the subject as the midterm election moves toward its final phase. “Populism decides who wins elections in America,” Michael Podhorzer, the political director of the AFL-CIO, told a group of reporters Wednesday. Source: The Los Angeles Times…
  • Here’s one big difference between a hotel and Airbnb, the hotel-alternative web service that allows you to rent your place to a guest. If someone rents a hotel room and refuses to leave, the desk calls security and has him thrown out. If someone rents out a place using Airbnb and the “guest” refuses to leave, there’s no desk, no security and sometimes not much recourse. That’s what Cory Tschogl is finding out. Source: The Washington Post…
  • Republican Maine Governor Paul LePage is taking another step toward pushing welfare recipients to find jobs. The Department of Health and Human Services announced on Wednesday that, starting October first, “able bodied” adults with no dependents who get SNAP benefits – often called food stamps – will have to work 20 hours per week or do volunteer work. There are an estimated 12,000 recipients in Maine who meet that standard. Source: WCSH-TV…
  • The al-Qaida-Inspired Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has ordered all girls and women between the ages of 11 and 46 in and around Iraq’s northern city of Mosul to undergo female genital mutilation, the United Nations said on Thursday. The “fatwa” would potentially affect 4 million women and girls, a U.N. official told reporters in Geneva by videolink from Arbil. “This is not the will of Iraqi people, or the women of Iraq in these vulnerable areas covered by the terrorists,” she said. Source: Al Arabiya…

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Personal Liberty Digest™ P.M. Edition 7-23-2014: Obama’s Expansion Of The Terror Watchlist; Lerner’s Emails May Still Exist, IRS Official Says; Americans Feeling Very Divided; Rand Paul’s Hybrid Political Persona; A Plan To Reform The Fed In Steps

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No Facts Or Evidence Needed For Obama To Deem You A Terrorist

An expansion of the Federal government’s terrorist watchlist system under the Obama Administration allows for American citizens and foreigners to be blacklisted as possible terrorists with “neither ‘concrete facts’ nor ‘irrefutable evidence.’” Read More… 

Another Day, Another IRS Revelation: Backups From The Lois Lerner Era Do Exist, Commissioner Admits

IRS Commissioner John Koskinen, in front of Congressional investigators for the third time in the last month, admitted today that the agency does possess backup drives that may contain the elusive data that allegedly went missing when former Exempt Organizations administrator Lois Lerner’s computer hard drive crashed. Read More… 

Americans Feel Increasingly Divided, Fault Obama And Congressional GOP

American voters strongly believe that the Nation is more divided than it was just four years ago, according to the results of a recent poll. The Numbers… 

Rand Paul Makes Appeal To Fiscally Conservative, Socially Liberal Voters: ‘A Plurality Of People Are No Longer Republican Or Democrat’

Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.), looking very much like a man testing liberals’ tolerance for a Republican presidential candidate with hybrid social and fiscal values, made the case for a more “live and let live” Republican platform last week in Silicon Valley, where he spoke at the tech-centric LincolnLabs Reboot Conference. Video… 

Mises Scholar Explains How To Start Reforming The Federal Reserve

Republicans are not in a position to legislate radical monetary reform. But this Mises scholar believes that conservative lawmakers could begin setting the wheels of reform in motion. Here’s How… 

Rand Paul Makes Appeal To Fiscally Conservative, Socially Liberal Voters: ‘A Plurality Of People Are No Longer Republican Or Democrat’

Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.), looking very much like a man testing liberals’ tolerance for a Republican presidential candidate with hybrid social and fiscal values, made the case for a more “live and let live” Republican platform last week in Silicon Valley, where he spoke at the tech-centric LincolnLabs Reboot Conference.

Illustrating his message by focusing on the shifting political values of a young, technically proficient Silicon Valley workforce, Paul told Reason TV he believes “a plurality” of Americans aren’t aligning with the competing platforms extended by the Nation’s two dominant political parties.

“I think they’re not completely comfortable in either party…and I truly believe the conclusion that a plurality of people are no longer Republican or Democrat,” he told Reason’s Nick Gillespie.

“If you ask people out here, ‘are you more fiscally conservative? – less taxes than the President [wants]; less regulation,’ they’ll say, ‘yeah, I’m more conservative than the President.’”

But, when the topic shifts to civil liberties and personal freedoms:

“’Are you more moderate or liberal on social issues than the Republicans?’ – ‘Yes.’ So they don’t fit neatly in either category, but I think they’re also primed for someone who will come to them with a message that is not entirely Republican and not entirely Democrat.”

No Facts Or Evidence Needed For Obama To Deem You A Terrorist

An expansion of the Federal government’s terrorist watchlist system under the Obama Administration allows for American citizens and foreigners to be blacklisted as possible terrorists with “neither ‘concrete facts’ nor ‘irrefutable evidence.’”

That’s according National Security Agency story-breaker Glenn Greenwald’s The Intercept, which released the governments “March 2013 Watchlisting Guidelines” to the public Wednesday.

The Intercept reports:

The new guidelines allow individuals to be designated as representatives of terror organizations without any evidence they are actually connected to such organizations, and it gives a single White House official the unilateral authority to place “entire categories” of people the government is tracking onto the no fly and selectee lists. It broadens the authority of government officials to “nominate” people to the watchlists based on what is vaguely described as “fragmentary information.” It also allows for dead people to be watchlisted.

The implications of labeling people as terrorists based on lacking information are great, ranging from causing individuals problems with law enforcement to making it virtually impossible to travel freely or find employment. And while getting put on the watchlist can result from something as simple as having an unfortunate encounter with law enforcement on government property, the secrecy surrounding Nation’s intelligence apparatus makes it very difficult to be removed.

Again from The Intercept:

The government has been widely criticized for making it impossible for people to know why they have been placed on a watchlist, and for making it nearly impossible to get off. The guidelines bluntly state that “the general policy of the U.S. Government is to neither confirm nor deny an individual’s watchlist status.” But the courts have taken exception to the official silence and footdragging: In June, a federal judge described the government’s secretive removal process as unconstitutional and “wholly ineffective.”

The difficulty of getting off the list is highlighted by a passage in the guidelines stating that an individual can be kept on the watchlist, or even placed onto the watchlist, despite being acquitted of a terrorism-related crime. The rulebook justifies this by noting that conviction in U.S. courts requires evidence beyond a reasonable doubt, whereas watchlisting requires only a reasonable suspicion. Once suspicion is raised, even a jury’s verdict cannot erase it.

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Stories We’re Watching: Wednesday News Links 7-23-2014

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

  • Ex-IRS official Lois Lerner’s computer hard drive was “scratched” and the data on it was still recoverable. But the IRS did not try to recover the data from Lerner’s hard drive, despite recommendations from in-house IRS IT experts to outsource the recovery project. The hard drive was then “shredded,” according to a court filing the IRS made to House Ways and Means Committee investigators. Source: The Daily Caller…
  • The Obama Administration is fighting to keep secret hundreds of pages of emails detailing White House involvement in the 2010 firing and attempted rehiring of Agriculture Department employee Shirley Sherrod after the late conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart published a blog post and video clips suggesting Sherrod was a racist. Source: POLITICO…
  • The White House Correspondents’ Association is filing a formal complaint against the White House for excluding press from a celebration of the the 45th anniversary of the moon landing held at the White House Tuesday. Source: The Daily Caller…
  • Former Dollar General CEO David Perdue won the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in Georgia on Tuesday, defeating Rep. Jack Kingston in a close race that went down to the wire. The outcome is a blow to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which made a sizable investment on behalf of Kingston. Source: The Washington Post…
  • By leaving strategic areas along the southern U.S. border unprotected, and by using children as the face of the illegal immigrant surge to elicit public sympathy, the Federal government is engaging in a sophisticated military tactic known as “asymmetrical warfare” against the American people, a former U.S. Border Patrol agent is warning. Source: Infowars…
  • Texas Republican Lt. Governor David Dewhurst reported that the vast majority of illegal immigrants coming over the southern border are not unaccompanied minors in an appearance on Tuesday’s broadcast of MSNBC’s “The Daily Rundown.” Source: Breitbart…
  • Voters strongly believe the United States is a more divided nation these days, and they think both sides are to blame. Most are also ready to do something about it at the ballot box in November. Sixty-seven percent (67%) of Likely U.S. Voters say America is a more divided nation than it was four years ago. Source: Rasmussen…
  • A DNAinfo New York review of decisions by the city’s Taxi and Limousine Tribunal judges shows that in the past year and a half, hundreds of people going about their daily routines had their cars seized because inspectors suspected they were unlicensed cabbies. Source: DNAinfo…

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Personal Liberty Digest™ P.M. Edition 7-22-2014: Obama’s Taxpayer Funded Fundraising; Beretta Moves To A Gun-Friendly State; New Problems For Obamacare; Unlockable Tracking Device On Thousands Of Websites

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Obama’s Fundraising Trip Will Spend Public Funds; Features Only One Job-Related Stop

The last President did it; this President does it, and the next President will likely do it, too: flying around on Air Force One for political cheerleading and fundraising, with a nominal job-related stop along the way to justify using public funds to pay the expense of the entire trip. Read More… 

Beretta Moving From Gun-Strict Maryland To Gun-Friendly Tennessee

Beretta USA Corp. announced today it will move its current firearms manufacturing operation in Maryland to Tennessee, citing the threat of more gun control laws in Maryland that, if passed, would make it illegal for the company to sell its product in the very State where it’s produced. Read More… 

D.C. Court Ruling Deals New Blow To Affordable Care Act

President Barack Obama’s healthcare law was dealt a new blow Tuesday as a Federal appeals court ruled that due to a wording glitch in the Affordable Care Act, some low- and middle-income residents are not entitled to receive government assistance to subsidize their insurance. Read More… 

ProPublica: Meet the Online Tracking Device That is Virtually Impossible to Block

A new, extremely persistent type of online tracking is shadowing visitors to thousands of top websites, from WhiteHouse.gov to YouPorn.com. Read More… 

Stories We’re Watching: Tuesday News Links 7-22-2014

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

  • In the second significant legal blow to the law this summer, a three-judge panel of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the Affordable Care Act barred the government from giving subsidies to people in states that decided not to set up their own health insurance marketplaces and are relying on the federal exchange instead. The ruling affects 27 states, most with Republican leaders who oppose the law,and another nine states that partially opted out. Source: The Washington Post…
  • Russian President Vladimir Putin came out fighting Tuesday, delivering his most detailed comments since the downing of a Malaysian airliner last week, dismissing criticism of Russia’s role in events in rebel-held east Ukraine and describing the West’s position as “strange and unacceptable”. Source: Reuters…
  • Jarred by the defect-riddled rollout of the Obamacare website, Administration officials signed up a technology company to rid Healthcare.gov of its bugs. Now, though, congressional Republicans are scrutinizing that outfit for a potential conflict of interest because its sister company, UnitedHealthcare, is among insurance companies selling plans to Americans through online marketplaces, or “exchanges.” Source: The Daily Signal…
  • Days after IRS officials said in a sworn statement that former top agency employee Lois G. Lerner’s computer memory had been wiped clean, the agency put out word to contractors Monday that it needs help to destroy at least another 3,200 hard drives. Source: The Washington Times…
  • For the past six months, welfare beneficiaries in Colorado have repeatedly withdrawn their cash benefits at marijuana retailers and dispensaries, according to a new analysis by National Review Online. Such apparent abuses have caught the eye of Colorado’s executive and legislative powers alike, and the state has launched an effort to curb them. Source: National Review…
  • There’s a new app in Silicon Valley — conservatarianism. It’s the app that conservative Senator Rand Paul is pushing. Senator Paul was welcomed in this traditionally liberal region during a visit last week. But his whether his message will infiltrate all of Silicon Valley and beyond, is anyone’s guess. Source: CBS San Francisco…
  • A slew of prominent Democrats will spend the next week on a minimum wage budget as part of the Live the Wage campaign that is being orchestrated by cash-heavy astroturf groups. Live the Wage is sponsored by more than 60 liberal organizations, labor unions, and other Democratic interest groups. Participants are asked to live on $77 for one week, claiming that is the average budget for someone earning the current minimum wage of $7.25 per hour. Source: The Washington Free Beacon…

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Personal Liberty Digest P.M. Edition 7-21-2014: More Computers With Lerner Ties Turn Up Dead; Tired Of New Wars; Ray Stevens The Psychic; A Libertarian Long Shot In N.C. Senate Race; Ron Paul On The Downed Malaysian Flight MH17

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IRS Reveals More Crashed Computers With At Least One Thing In Common: Lois Lerner

That fatal computer flu that did in Lois Lerner’s hard drive must have been nasty contagious. The IRS told a Congressional panel last week that several more previously-undisclosed instances of “computer problems” had afflicted the devices of IRS employees who had regular interoffice communications with Lerner. What Are The Chances?…

New American Wars Would Be Very Unpopular

Despite rising tensions in the Middle East and Eastern Europe, a new poll shows that a broad margin of war-weary Americans want the U.S. to mind its own business. Read More…

The Perfect Song If The Immigration Crisis Has You Angry

Back in 2010, legendary satirical musician Ray Stevens released a song criticizing the Obama Administration’s immigration policies. The 3-minute, 19 second “Come to the USA” has since garnered more than 8 million views on YouTube. And today, Steven’s criticisms are more prescient than ever. Watch…

This NC Candidate Wants Votes, Taco Trucks And Beer Money

As a Libertarian pizza deliverer looking to upset the U.S. Senate race in North Carolina, long-shot candidate Sean Haugh was bound to attract some attention. In each of his YouTube missives, he cracks open two or three craft beers that are lined up on the counter and sips from a glass bearing the image of Murray Rothbard, an economist of the Austrian School and hero of some in the libertarian movement. Read More…

Ron Paul Explains What Media Won’t Report About Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17

Just days after the tragic crash of a Malaysian Airlines flight over eastern Ukraine, Western politicians and media joined together to gain the maximum propaganda value from the disaster. While western media outlets rush to repeat government propaganda on the event, there are a few things they will not report. Texas Straight Talk…

New American Wars Would Be Very Unpopular

Despite rising tensions in the Middle East and Eastern Europe, a new poll shows that a broad margin of war-weary Americans want the U.S. to mind its own business.

The poll, out Monday from POLITICO, found that only 17 percent of Americans believe that the U.S. should intensify its response to Russian aggression in Ukraine compared to 34 percent who want the U.S. to be less involved. Thirty-one percent of those polled said that America’s current foreign policy toward Russia is sufficient.

As the situation in Iraq continues to deteriorate, respondents to the poll were largely against getting more involved in the country to stem the tide of violence. While 51 percent said that the current Iraq conflict affects U.S. national security, just 19 percent want the U.S. more involved. Twenty-three percent of people polled said that the current strategy in Iraq is enough.

Getting involved in the ongoing Syrian crisis is even less appealing to American voters, according to the polling data. Forty-two percent of respondents said that America should stay out of the conflict, compared to just 15 percent supporting military interventions.

Likewise, more than 75 percent of voters said that the plan to remove all U.S. troops from Afghanistan by the end of 2016 should move forward as planned.

“The picture that emerges from the survey is consistent across issues of foreign policy and national security: Americans are profoundly wary of getting entangled overseas and seem to be skeptical of the value of projecting U.S. power on foreign conflicts,” POLITICO noted. “Republicans are modestly more hawkish than Democratic and independent voters, but a majority of self-identified GOP voters support pulling out of Afghanistan and maintaining or reducing involvement in Iraq, Syria and Ukraine.”

The Perfect Song If The Immigration Crisis Has You Angry

Back in 2010, legendary satirical musician Ray Stevens released a song criticizing the Obama Administration’s immigration policies. The 3-minute, 19 second “Come to the USA” has since garnered more than 8 million views on YouTube— and Steven’s criticisms are more prescient than ever.

At one point, Stevens sings:

Come to the USA.

It will be your lucky day

‘Cause when you get in there’s lots of goodies waitin’

Like health care, welfare, free education,

Help with your voter registration

And driver’s license and credit card.

And license plates for your old car.

Other than irritating a few liberals, the song got little fanfare following its release. It’s now making a resurgence in the conservative blogosphere— and for good reason.

H/T: Weasel Zippers

Stories We’re Watching: Monday News Links 7-21-2014

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

  • Texas media outlets are reporting Texas Governor Rick Perry is preparing to deploy the Texas National Guard to portions of the Texas/Mexico border. Source: Breitbart…
  • New data shows the White House has painted a false picture of the Central American migration by hiding a huge spike in “family units” who are illegally crossing the Texas border. Source: The Daily Caller…
  • Thousands of criminal immigrants have been sent back to the streets of this country in recent years because their homelands refused to take them back. Sometimes, the consequences have proved deadly. In the Upper Midwest, more than 85 percent of the more than 800 who have been released are what the government considers their most dangerous offenders. Many have committed additional crimes after being released from an immigration system that appears hamstrung and intensely secretive. Source: Star Tribune (Minnesota)…
  • Most attention to the crisis on the Southwest border has focused on the Rio Grande Valley, where many of the 57,000 unaccompanied children and a large number of families have crossed from Mexico since October. Many surrender to immigration agents willingly at the Rio Grande, aware that they will be allowed to stay pending immigration court hearings. But an unknown number end up 70 miles north of the border, in the meadows and scrubland that have become the region’s deadliest killing fields for migrants. Source: The Los Angeles Times…
  • A former detainee in Guantanamo Bay is pleading not guilty to terrorist charges stemming from the civil war in Syria. Moazzam Begg, 45, is the latest former U.S. prisoner who has since been connected to terrorism. He was released in 2005 after appeals were made on his behalf by the United Kingdom. Source: The Washington Times…
  • When U.S. troops invaded Iraq in 2003, there were at least 1.5 million Christians in Iraq. Over the last ten years, significantly in the last few months with the emergence of ISIS, that figure has dropped to about 400,000. Source: Breitbart…
  • Google is coming under fire from the conservative shopping app “2nd Vote” for co-sponsoring the left-leaning Netroots Nation conference this week. 2nd Vote, a conservative app that rates companies based on their political activities to help guide users’ purchases, blasted the search engine giant for “funding unabashed liberal activities” and failing to show “ideological balance” in its political activities. Source: The Washington Free Beacon…

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Personal Liberty Digest™ P.M. Edition 7-18-2014: Cleveland Law Would Ration Guns; Members Of Congress Criticizes Putin Ukraine Intervention; Millennials Likely To Live With Parents; Political Cartoons

Brush up on the day’s headlines with Personal Liberty’s P.M. Edition news links.

Gun Rationing In Cleveland? Yes, If The Mayor Gets His Way

The headline says it: Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson is proposing an “emergency” ordinance to limit gun purchases to one every 90 days and report all person-to-person transfers or sales of firearms to the police. Criminals rejoice! Read More… 

Members Of Congress Call For Putin To Halt Intervention In Ukraine

Temporarily setting aside the usual partisan sniping, lawmakers in Congress turned their sights Friday on Russian President Vladimir Putin, calling on Moscow to end the separatist conflict in the aftermath of the Malaysian jetliner disaster. Read More… 

More Millennials Are Living With Their Parents

More Americans than ever live in multigenerational households, and the number of millennials who live with their parents is rising sharply, according to the Pew Research Center. Read More… 

A Roundup Of This Week’s Political Cartoons

The week got off to a heated start, since Attorney General Eric Holder fanned the flames of racial discord in an interview on a Sunday news show. But tempers seemed to cool by today — perhaps because a “polar vortex” brought cooler temperatures nationwide, thus leaving us all a little less hot under the collar. Read More…

A Roundup Of This Week’s Political Cartoons

The week got off to a heated start, since Attorney General Eric Holder fanned the flames of racial discord in an interview on a Sunday news show. But tempers seemed to cool by today — perhaps because a “polar vortex” brought cooler temperatures nationwide, thus leaving us all a little less hot under the collar.

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Nate Beeler, The Columbus Dispatch
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Gary McCoy, Cagle Cartoons
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Mike Keefe, Cagle Cartoons
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Rick McKee, The Augusta Chronicle
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Adam Zyglis, The Buffalo News

Stories We’re Watching: Friday News Links 7-18-2014

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

  • Hillary Clinton’s poor-mouthing of her wealth is starting to take its toll, with a substantial majority now calling her among the nation’s richest, and more Americans than not believing she’s out of touch on understanding the plight of the middle class. But even worse, according to a new Economist/YouGov.com poll, just 39 percent of Americans want her to run for president in 2016. Source: Washington Examiner…
  • U.S. stocks are now about 80% overvalued on certain key long-term measures, according to research by financial consultant Andrew Smithers, the chairman of Smithers & Co. and one of the few to warn about the bubble of the late 1990s at the time. According to Smithers’s data, we are now in the third biggest bubble in U.S. history. Source: Marketwatch…
  • On Thursday, a week after former Microsoft CEO Bill Gates argued for amnesty and for an unlimited number of high-tech guest-worker visas, Microsoft announced it would slash 18,000 jobs. Bill Gates, along with Sheldon Adelson and Warren Buffett, advocated removing “the worldwide cap on the number of visas that could be awarded to legal immigrants who had earned a graduate degree in science, technology, engineering or mathematics from an accredited institution of higher education in the United States.” Source: Breitbart…
  • The Obama Administration issued yet another waiver to get out of Obamacare — for all the U.S. territories. The exemption, posted Thursday on a Department of Health and Human Services website, frees U.S. territories from a host of Obamacare regulations on health insurance markets. Source: The Daily Caller…
  • Time’s Joe Klein attacks President Obama from the left in this piece on Obama’s lack of “courage” in taking a position of leadership on the border crisis. “He said he didn’t want to go to the border because it would only be a ‘photo op,’” writes Klein, “on the same day his office published a photo of the President and Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper shooting pool. Who choreographed that?” Source: TIME…
  • FedEx Corp. was indicted for delivering prescription pain pills, sedatives, anti-anxiety drugs and other controlled substances for illegal Internet pharmacies. A conviction could be “material,” the company said today in a regulatory filing. Source: Bloomberg…
  • More temperature records are likely to fall on Friday from the southern Plains to the Southeast with daytime temperatures not rising out of the 70s. Source: Accuweather…
  • Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s government won final approval from Parliament yesterday to scrap a levy about 300 companies paid for their carbon dioxide emissions. Repeal of the carbon price is a welcome first step toward a more workable emissions policy, according to joint statement from the Australian Industry Group, the Business Council of Australia and the Minerals Council of Australia. The next step should be approval of the $2.6 billion Emissions Reduction Fund proposed as part of Abbott’s Direct Action, they said. Source: Bloomberg…
  • A Southern California couple who scaled back watering their lawn amid the state’s drought received a warning from the suburb where they live that they might be fined for creating an eyesore – despite emergency statewide orders to conserve. Source: Reuters…
  • Last April, Miami-Dade School Board member Raquel Regalado proposed hiring retired police officers to protect area schools. It was a practical solution that would save taxpayers a bundle when compared to hiring active-duty officers. Miami’s police unions responded swiftly, saying they “vehemently oppose the idea of placement of retired Miami police officers in Miami Dade schools.” Source: Watchdog…

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