Friday Morning News Links: 7-11-14

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

  • President Barack Obama’s approval rating is higher among Muslims than any other religious group, a new poll says. According to a Gallup poll released Friday that tracked responses for the first six months of 2014, 72 percent of Muslims said they approve of the president, compared with just 20 percent who disapprove. More from Politico… 
  • Two new University of Colorado studies paint an ominous picture of the direction of the state since marijuana commercialization, but neither provides conclusive evidence that legal pot is causing harm. Daily Camera has more…
  • Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu emerged from a marathon security cabinet meeting on Thursday at the end of Operation Protective Edge’s third day, saying the campaign would continue and expand. Full story at The Jerusalem Post… 
  • President Barack Obama has been busy hobnobbing and entertaining big ticket donors across the country while “Rome burns,” ignoring serious issues the administration should be focused on tackling, Sarah Palin said. Read more at Newsmax… 
  • Outlines of a possible compromise that would more quickly deport minors arriving from Central America emerged Thursday as part of President Barack Obama’s $3.7 billion emergency request to address the immigration crisis on the nation’s southern border. Story continues at Newsmax… 

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Personal Liberty Digest P.M. Edition 7-10-2014: Obama Swears Off Lying; Judge Orders IRS To Swear To Its Email Story; American Soldier Still Imprisoned In Mexico; Germany Boots CIA Chief Over Fresh Spy Allegations; Are You On The NSA’s Watch List?

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Obama Clip: ‘I’m Just Telling The Truth Now’ Because I Don’t Have To Worry About Lying To Get Elected

Noted funnyman and U.S. President Barack Obama reverted to “telling the truth” in Austin, Texas today, informing a crowd of easily-amused young people (judging from the backdrop in this video) that he could finally relax on all the lying because he doesn’t have to worry about campaigning – or all the lying that accompanies it – anymore. Oh Really? …

Judge Orders IRS To Swear To An Explanation Of How Lerner’s Emails Disappeared

Only a day before a U.S. District judge will weigh arguments to decide whether to use independent IT experts to track down Lois Lerner’s missing emails, another judge in a separate lawsuit has ordered the IRS to describe, under oath, exactly how those emails turned up missing. Read More…

Mexican Judge Declines To Throw Out Weapons Charges Against Marine

After a lengthy hearing in Tijuana for a Marine reservist jailed since April 1 on weapons charges, a judge Wednesday declined to throw out the case as urged by U.S. politicians and instead scheduled another evidentiary hearing. Read More…

Germany Demands Top U.S. Official Leave Country Over NSA Spying Allegations

In a move that sounds as if it was ripped from a Cold War thriller, American ally and NATO member Germany on Thursday demanded that the top U.S. intelligence official stationed here leave the country over new allegations of U.S. spying. Read More… 

Here’s One Way To Land On The NSA’s Watch List

Last week, German journalists revealed that the National Security Agency has a program to collect information about people who use privacy-protecting services, including popular anonymizing software called Tor. If you downloaded Tor during 2011, the NSA may have scooped up your computer’s IP address and flagged you for further monitoring. Read More…

Personal Liberty Digest P.M. Edition 7-9-2014: Kansas Sued Over Gun Control Nullification; New Document Shows Lerner Knew The Importance Of Emails; Media Slams Obama On Transparency; IRS Nurses Bunker Mentality As The Walls Close In; Lawsuit Alleges Anthem Blue Cross Knew Obamacare’s Lies

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Gun Control Group Sues Kansas Over Federal Nullification Law

Last April, the State of Kansas passed a law negating Federal gun control regulations. So far, the Department of Justice hasn’t mounted an official challenge. But the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence has just filed a lawsuit to have the nullification law overturned, arguing that the Supremacy Clause trumps a State’s power to criminalize Federal law. Read More…

New Info Suggests Lois Lerner Knew Of; Feared Congress’ Subpoena Power Over IRS Communications

Judging by the contents of a newly-released email written in 2013 by Lois Lerner, the former IRS exempt organizations director understood – and feared – the possibility that Congress might one day exercise its power to peruse the agency’s electronic communications. Read More…

Dozens Of Media Outlets Call On Obama To Stop Stifling Free Expression

A consortium of 38 media agencies and transparency advocates sent a searing letter to President Barack Obama on Tuesday, urging the Most Transparent Administration in history to “stop the spin and let the sunshine in.” Censorship…

IRS In ‘Bunker Mentality’ As Interest Groups, Media Join Congress In Seeking Information

Congress isn’t alone in trying to wrest answers out of the embattled Internal Revenue Service. The courts, public interest groups and the media are all struggling with uneven transparency and cooperation from the agency. ‘Message Control’…

Anthem Blue Cross Misled Obamacare Enrollees, Lawsuit Claims

California insurance giant Anthem Blue Cross misled “millions of enrollees” about whether their doctors and hospitals were participating in its new “Obamacare” plans and failed to disclose that many policies wouldn’t cover care outside its approved network, according to a class-action lawsuit filed Tuesday. If You Like Your Doctor…

Wednesday Morning News Links 7-9-2014

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

  • At least five rockets were shot down over Tel Aviv early Wednesday, the Israeli Army said, after a barrage of longer-range rockets late Tuesday night hit near major cities like Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, most of them falling harmlessly. One Syrian-made M-302 rocket hit near Hadera, about 70 miles from Gaza, according to an Israeli Army spokesman, Lt. Col. Peter Lerner, who said that Palestinians in Gaza had “tens” more like it. More from The New York Times… 
  • Israel ramped up its offensive on the Hamas-run Gaza Strip on Wednesday, bombing more than 100 targets overnight as Palestinian militants fired rockets deep into Israeli territory, striking beyond Tel Aviv in the country’s coastal high-tech corridor. The Washington Post has more…
  • An elite unit of the Honduran national police, trained and funded by the United States, is making its presence felt along the border in a mission to slow down the migrant flow at its source. The team, which usually focuses on drug and arms interdiction, was deployed just as Americans awoke to a dramatic increase in the number of unaccompanied minors streaming into the United States from Central America. Full story at The Los Angeles Times… 
  • Senate Democrats on Tuesday moved to quickly pass a $3.7 billion package that provides funding to care for but also more quickly deport the thousands of children illegally flooding into the country at the southwest border. Read more at The Hill… 
  • An internal Border Patrol executive summary obtained by Townhall confirms that at least 16 unaccompanied illegal minors (those under the age of 18, according to U.S. government policy), are members of the brutal El Salvadorian street gang Mara Salvatrucha—or MS-13. Gang members left graffiti on the walls of the Nogales Border Patrol processing center, which suggested they had ties to the organization. Story continues at Townhall… 
  • After calling for President Barack Obama’s impeachment, Sarah Palin is slamming House Speaker John Boehner’s plan to sue the president and is demanding tougher action against the imperial president. “You don’t bring a lawsuit to a gunfight, and there’s no room for lawyers on our front lines,” Palin said Tuesday on Fox News’ “Hannity.” Continue reading at POLITICO… 
  • Senate Democrats will offer legislation Wednesday morning to reverse last week’s Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Supreme Court ruling on contraception coverage, though the measure has no chance of passing the House. Via The Hill… 

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Personal Liberty Digest P.M. Edition 7-8-2014: Romney In The Running; Going Up Against The NRA; A Rude Greeting At Gun-Free IKEA; Obama’s ‘Moral Obligation’ At The Border Gets Expensive; Secrecy Surrounds Global Internet Deal

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Romney 2016 Looking Increasingly Possible

As wild speculation about who will run for President in 2016 continues, a handful of recent events indicate that the GOP could be considering giving failed Republican candidate Mitt Romney yet another shot at the White House in the next election. Read More…

Bloomberg Group Plans To Question Every Federal Candidate On Gun Views

Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s gun control group – currently operating under the new name Everytown for Gun Safety – has announced it intends to survey every candidate running for a Federal seat in this year’s midterm elections to suss out their stance on – what else? – gun control. Read More…

Uniformed Cop Told He Can’t Carry In Gun-Free Zone

Anti-gun fanaticism reached the height of absurdity on July 4 when a uniformed Tacoma Park, Md., police officer was informed that he couldn’t carry his service weapon as he shopped for furniture in a local IKEA store because of the establishment’s “weapons free environment” policy. Read More…

Obama Seeks $3.7 Billion To Meet ‘Moral Obligation’ At Border

President Barack Obama will seek $3.7 billion in emergency funds from Congress to meet the country’s “moral obligation” to care for unaccompanied minors who have flooded in recent months to the southwestern border, White House officials said today. Read More… 

International Treaty Negotiations Go Further Underground with Unprecedented Secrecy Around Meetings in Canada

The Electronic Frontier Foundation is in Ottawa this week for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations, to influence the course of discussions over regressive digital policy provisions in this trade agreement. But this round is different from the others — the secrecy around the talks is wholly unprecedented. Read More…

Tuesday Morning News Roundup 7-8-2014

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

  • Texas Governor Rick Perry declined an official White House offer to greet President Barack Obama when he lands at Austin’s airport Wednesday. The Republican governor, who has repeatedly criticized Obama for his handling of the crisis along the U.S.-Mexico border, wrote the President and asked for a more “substantive meeting.” Source: POLITICO…
  • A Federal appeals court ruled Monday that young adult illegal immigrants whom President Obama has given tentative permission to be in the country — so-called “dreamers” — are also entitled to driver’s licenses and ordered Arizona to issue them. The ruling comes while the government is debating policy about a new wave of illegal immigrant children who are surging across the border in Texas, overwhelming Federal authorities’ ability to handle them. Source: The Washington Times…
  • Breitbart Texas has learned that Federal agents plan to arrive in Murrieta, Calif. on Monday with riot gear to ensure that the next busload of illegal immigrants makes it to its destination, a housing facility that protesters so far have blocked the buses from reaching. Jeremy Oliver, a resident of Temecula – a town that neighbors Murrieta – told Breitbart Texas that local police officers warned the protesters that “it’s going to get ugly.” Source: Breitbart…
  • Health and Human Services officials will allow reporters to visit a military facility housing some of the immigrant children who have arrived at the southern border in recent weeks, but only if the media promises not to record anything, not to ask any questions during the tour, and not to talk to any of the staff members or children. Source: National Review…
  • Harry Reid is one of 100 senators, but so far in 2014, he’s been responsible for one-third of all the amendments proposed on the Senate floor — a number that underscores just how much one man has come to dominate the legislative process. More so than House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) or even President Obama, it is Mr. Reid, a Nevada Democrat in his eighth year as majority leader, who has the most single-handed power to shape what gets done and what falls to the wayside in Washington. Source: The Washington Times…
  • The bad news first. The People’s Republic of China now believes it can successfully prevent the United States from intervening in the event of a Chinese invasion of Taiwan or some other military assault by Beijing. Source: The Week…
  • The retail giant Costco Wholesale has issued an order to remove all copies of Dinesh D’Souza’s bestselling book, America: Imagine the World Without Her from the shelves of its stores nationwide, WND has confirmed. Source: WND…

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Personal Liberty Digest™ P.M. Edition 7-7-2014: Dems Want Gun Control In Hunting/Fishing Bill; School Nutritionists Decry First Lady Lunches; KISS Front Man Defends The One Percent; Feds, Local LEO Conflicting Reports On Bundy Ranch Case; Reid Vows To Undo Hobby Lobby Ruling; Ron Paul Talks SCOTUS’s Hobby Lobby Ruling

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Democratic Senators Whine That Pro-Hunting/Fishing Bill Isn’t Full Of Gun Control Language

A handful of Senate Democrats on Monday voted against a sportsmen’s bill that is intended to preserve Federal lands for hunting and fishing because the legislation didn’t include gun control language. Despite the objections, the bill moved forward on a vote of 82-12. Read More… 

Former Ally In The School Nutrition Campaign Flips On Michelle Obama

Whatever goodwill first lady Michelle Obama had fostered back when her school nutrition plan was just a feel-good idea has eroded as the law it spawned – the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 – has been enacted, often to a scornful reception, across the country. Read More…

KISS’ Gene Simmons: ‘I Don’t Remember The Last Poor Person Who Gave Me A Job’

Shout it out loud: Kiss frontman Gene Simmons isn’t burdened with the phony altruism of rich-guy guilt. Read More…

Federal Agency, Local Lawman Dispute Actions In Cliven Bundy Case

The tense face-off over a Nevada rancher’s right to graze his cattle on Federal land has spilled over into a public squabble after the Bureau of Land Management and Clark County Sheriff Doug Gillespie issued conflicting statements over their lack of cooperation in an armed Federal raid in April at Bundy’s high-desert ranch. Read More… 

Reid: Undoing Hobby Lobby Ruling A Top Democrat Priority

Speaking from the Senate floor Monday, Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) included undoing the Supreme Court’s recent ruling allowing some employers with religious objections to opt out of Obamacare’s contraception mandate on a list of Democratic legislative priorities. Read More… 

Hobby Lobby Decision Creates Small Island Of Freedom In Ocean Of Statism

Supporters of religious freedom cheered the Supreme Court’s ruling in the Hobby Lobby case. The Court was correct to protect business owners from being forced to violate their religious beliefs by paying for contraceptives. However, the decision was very limited in scope and application. Ron Paul Explains… 

Reid: Undoing Hobby Lobby Ruling A Top Democrat Priority

Speaking from the Senate floor Monday, Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) included undoing the Supreme Court’s recent ruling allowing some employers with religious objections to opt out of Obamacare’s contraception mandate on a list of Democratic legislative priorities.

“We have so much to address over the coming weeks,” Reid said, before running through a list of upcoming legislation that will pass through the Senate in coming weeks.

Among the Democrats’ legislative priorities, according to Reid, are securing emergency funding to deal with the unaccompanied minors flowing across the southern border, renewing the charter for the Export-Import Bank and allocating monies for the highway trust fund.

“We’re going to do something about the Hobby Lobby legislation we need to correct,” Reid continued.

Shortly after the SCOTUS ruling in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, Congressional Democrats began working on a plan to undermine the Judicial Branch’s input.

Washington Democratic Senator Patty Murray, the fourth-ranking Democrat in the Senate, is heading up the left’s efforts to undo the ruling.

“Since the Supreme Court decided it will not protect women’s access to health care, I will,” she said last week.

Video: Must-See Reporting On The Immigration Crisis

For his “The Americans” segment on Fox Detroit, reporter Charlie LeDuff headed down to the banks of the Rio Grande in McCallen, Texas, to get a firsthand look at the immigration crisis that’s gripping the Nation.

LeDuff and his film crew interviewed a number of officials and immigrants, concluding that the immigration crisis is the direct of dysfunction in Washington, D.C.

The reporter’s best comment: “We’ve spent about $800 billion on homeland security since 9/11 and 7-year-olds are cossing the border.”

Personal Liberty Digest™ Happy Independence Day!; Protestors Vow To Block Illegals; Rand Paul Discusses Border Crisis; American Attempts To Join ISIS; Political Cartoons

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Have A Happy Fourth Of July!

Personal Liberty Digest ™ will not publish a P.M. Edition for July 4, 2014. Independence Day… 

Protesters Of Undocumented Immigrants Vow To Block New Arrivals

Protesters who successfully blocked immigrant detainees from reaching a Border Patrol processing facility in Murrieta earlier this week say they’re ready to do it again should federal immigration officials attempt a similar drop-off. Read More… 

Rand Paul Says ‘Lawless’ Obama Has Turned Border Crisis Into ‘Debacle’

In an email to supporters today, Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) accused President Barack Obama of turning the “crisis” on the U.S.-Mexican border into a “debacle” and urged those opposed to the government’s lawless open-door messaging to sign his Political Action Committee’s “Secure the Border” petition. Read More…

Colorado Woman Faces Federal Charges Of Trying To Aid Islamic State Terror Group

A Colorado woman faces Federal charges of trying to provide support to the international terrorist organization Islamic State, according to court documents unsealed this week. Read More… 

A Roundup Of This Week’s Political Cartoons

Traditionally, Americans celebrate the birth of our Nation with summertime fun in the sun, barbecues and fireworks. It’s typically a day that tugs at the heartstrings, eliciting emotions such as happiness and pride. This year, however, it’s likely that celebrations across the country will be tempered by different emotions. Funnies… 

Rand Paul Says ‘Lawless’ Obama Has Turned Border Crisis Into ‘Debacle’

In an email to supporters today, Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) accused President Barack Obama of turning the “crisis” on the U.S.-Mexican border into a “debacle” and urged those opposed to the government’s lawless open-door messaging to sign his Political Action Committee’s “Secure the Border” petition.

“President Obama turned an already bad situation into a debacle,” wrote Paul:

Due to his lawless executive orders, a crisis on our southern border exploded as tens of thousands of immigrant men, women, teenagers and even children streamed across our border and illegally entered our country.

This is why I voted against the Senate’s comprehensive immigration reform bill and continue to oppose the House of Representatives bringing that bill up.

That so-called “reform” failed to secure our border and left the door open for President Obama to refuse to enforce immigration laws.

Paul also wrote about the border crisis in an opinion piece published Wednesday at Breitbart in which he blasted Obama for behaving like a king. “If he takes his royal pen in hand and beckons the world to come across our borders without adequate border security, it will be a disaster for the country, and it will be the death knell for any meaningful bipartisan immigration reform,” Paul wrote.

Read the rest of Paul’s op-ed at Breitbart.

A Roundup Of This Week’s Political Cartoons

Traditionally, Americans celebrate the birth of our Nation with summertime fun in the sun, barbecues and fireworks. It’s typically a day that tugs at the heartstrings, eliciting emotions such as happiness and pride. This year, however, it’s likely that celebrations across the country will be tempered by different emotions. Sadness, anger, frustration and fear grip our Nation, largely due to the actions and policies of the Administration of President Barack Obama. On a day set aside to remember our Nation’s birth, can we forget that it seems to be in its death throes?

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Personal Liberty Digest P.M. Edition 7-2-2014: Dems All In For Executive Action On Immigration; Colorado Gun Case Far From Finished; Weighing The Will To Impeach; White House Stumbles On Pay Gap (Again); Government Watchdog Gives NSA The Thumbs Up

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Democrats Urge Obama To Forget Balance Of Power On Immigration

Immigration advocates are urging President Barack Obama to go all out in using the power of the executive to change the Nation’s immigration policy.Shocker…

Pro-2nd Amendment Plaintiffs Who Lost Colorado Gun Control Case To Appeal Judge’s Decision

Last Friday, we reported on Judge Marcia Krieger’s upholding of Colorado’s controversial gun control laws. But one of the sheriffs committed to the case says an appeal of that decision is in the offing. Read More…

Time To Impeach Obama?

For political reasons in this election season, probably not. But for conservatives who need more than two hands to keep count of the President’s Constitutional infringements, it’s not for lack of cause. Read More…

Obama White House Can’t Even Make Its Own Policy Initiatives Work In House

Trying to explain why the Obama Administration talks endlessly about gender pay gaps when it pays its female employees only 88 cents per dollar that males make, White House spokesman Josh Earnest informed a reporter that it’s tough to build a liberal utopia. Video…

Spy Watchdog Sees Little Wrong With NSA’s Surveillance Of Noncitizens Abroad

A national security watchdog panel on Wednesday approved a soft-hitting report on one of the National Security Agency’s data collection programs, saying it is legal and provoking critics who say the program actually sweeps up Americans’ data through a “backdoor loophole.” Watching The Watchers…

Obama White House Can’t Even Make Its Own Policy Initiatives Work In House

Trying to explain why the Obama Administration talks endlessly about gender pay gaps when it pays its female employees only 88 cents per dollar that males make, White House spokesman Josh Earnest informed a reporter that it’s tough to build a liberal utopia.

“If this has been a signature issue for the president for six years,” the reporter asked, “and he can’t even bring his own staff into closer alignment, is 100 percent pay equity simply impossible?”

It’s a “difficult policy challenge,” Earnest explained, with a “variety of reasons” and “influences” contributing to the problem. The spokesman went on to mention the Lilly Ledbetter Act which the President signed and Obama’s plan to push Congress to pass a paycheck fairness act.

‘But the staff that he hires and pays,” the reporter prodded, “for six years he couldn’t do it.”

By the end of the exchange, Earnest conceded, “I wouldn’t hold up the White House as the perfect example here. But we are an example of an organization that is making an effort and enjoying some success in making sure that there are women who get equal pay for equal work.”

H/T: Washington Free Beacon 

Tuesday Morning News Roundup 7-2-2014

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

  • IRS attorneys will be even busier than normal next week, because another Federal judge has told them to show up in court July 11 to defend the Federal tax agency. They will have to explain to U.S. District Court Judge Reggie Walton why the IRS shouldn’t be required to let an outside expert evaluate whether emails on the computer hard drives of former IRS official Lois Lerner and six colleagues really are lost forever, as the agency recently told Congress. Source: Washington Examiner…
  • Texas Gov. Rick Perry said Wednesday that President Barack Obama must visit the Texas southern border to see the immigration crisis for himself. “If he doesn’t come to the border, I think it’s a real reflection of his lack of concern of what’s really going on there,” Perry said on FOX News’ “FOX and Friends,” noting that Obama is planning to be in Texas next week for fundraisers. Source: POLITICO…
  • A government-contracted security force threatened to arrest doctors and nurses if they divulged any information about the contagion threat at a refugee camp housing illegal alien children at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas, sources say. Source: Fox News…
  • Poll after poll shows President Obama’s approval rating dipping recently, and one new Quinnipiac University Poll finds that voters say Mitt Romney would have been a better choice in 2012. Voters also rate him the worst president since World War II, topping even his predecessor, President George W. Bush, who had left office with terrible ratings. Source: The Washington Times…
  • A second source has confirmed that JP Morgan Chase has asked each of its employees whether they are “an ally of the LGBT community,” which employees have taken as a veiled threat. Source: Breitbart…

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Personal Liberty Digest™ P.M. Edition 7-1-2014: The Imminent Death Of Private Health Insurance; Federal Government Sues Private Company For English Only Policy; Bill Would Halt Aid To Countries Illegals Are Fleeing; Government Looking For Highway Money; Nation’s Spies Sued

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Obamacare Advisor Predicts The Imminent Death Of Private Health Insurance

Would you be surprised to learn that Rahm Emanuel’s brother Ezekiel – one of the key architects of Obamacare – is again boasting that current government-influenced market forces will soon kill (literally) the health care industry as we know it? Read More… 

Federal Government Sues Private Company For Requiring Employees To Speak English On The Job

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has filed suit against a Wisconsin-based manufacturer for firing employees of Hmong and Hispanic employees because they don’t speak English on the job. Read More… 

Bill Would Halt Aid To Countries Where Most Illegal Immigrants Are Coming From

As President Barack Obama vows to take unilateral action on immigration reform, Congressional Republicans are working on a plan to encourage the governments of countries from which the surge of illegal immigrants are coming to deter people from heading to the southern U.S. border. Read More… 

With Highway Fund Running Dry, DOT And Congress Look For Revenue

The U.S. Department of Transportation said Tuesday that it would start limiting payments to States for road and transit projects next month in an attempt to conserve the Federal Highway Trust Fund’s rapidly diminishing cash balance. Read More…

NSA, Director Of National Intelligence Sued For Zero Day Disclosure Process

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) today filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the NSA and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) to gain access to documents showing how intelligence agencies choose whether to disclose software security flaws known as “zero days.” Read More… 

Tuesday Morning News Roundup 7-1-2014

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

  • President Obama suffered two final defeats in the Supreme Court on Monday, capping a 2013-2014 term in which the justices delivered several judicial hits to the White House while taking a firm stand against the unchecked power of the state. Source: The Washington Times…
  • Virtually no foreign government is off-limits for the National Security Agency, which has been authorized to intercept information “concerning” all but four countries, according to top-secret documents. Source: The Washington Post…
  • The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has quietly reinstated July of 1936 – instead of July of 2012 – as the hottest month since researchers began collecting temperature data. Source: The Daily Caller…
  • The U.S. Supreme Court rejected an appeal by Google Inc., leaving the company to face lawsuits accusing it of violating a federal wiretapping law by secretly collecting personal data while developing its Street View maps. Source: Bloomberg…
  • House Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) said Tuesday that President Barack Obama has the power to “heal” undocumented immigrants. “If [Republicans] want to come back and discuss [reform], fine,” the Illinois Democrat said on MSNBC. “But in the interim period, I believe the president of the United States has already in statute, in the law, the ability to heal and put in a safe harbor millions of undocumented immigrants while the Congress of the United States finally decides it’s going to take action.” Source: POLITICO…
  • Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s fumbles and bumbles in the rollout of her latest memoir, Hard Choices, has knocked the wind out of her easy sail to the White House and put her support in key 2016 presidential election matchups below 50 percent for the first time. Source: Washington Examiner…

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Personal Liberty Digest P.M. Edition 6-30-2014: Obama Vows To Handle Immigration Reform On His Own; Why There Aren’t More Female Scientists; Will Obama Sweetheart Valerie Jarrett Run For Office?; Celebrate Independence Day By Opposing Government Tyranny; SCOTUS Rulings

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Obama Vows To Handle Immigration Reform On His Own

President Barack Obama, reportedly giving up on the prospect of Congressional immigration reform, announced Monday that he plans he plans to use executive actions to deal with the tide of illegal immigrants flowing over the U.S.’s southern border. His Plan… 

Watch: The Factual Feminist Explains Why There Aren’t More Female Scientists

Author, philosophy professor and feminist critic Christina Hoff Sommers offers a rebuttal to people who claim that a dearth of women in certain career fields is the direct result of male sexism. Could it be that men and women simply have different interests? Find Out…

Will Obama Sweetheart Valerie Jarrett Run For Office?

In an interview with NBC over the weekend, President Barack Obama’s advisor Valerie Jarrett said it was “highly unlikely” that she would run for office, but wouldn’t rule out the possibility. Ick…

Ron Paul: Celebrate Independence Day By Opposing Government Tyranny

On Independence Day we should remember the spirit of rebellion against tyranny that inspired our Founding Fathers to set out our experiment in liberty. We should ourselves celebrate and continue that struggle if we are to keep our republic. Straight Talk…

Supreme Court Says Some Businesses Can Ignore Birth Control Mandate

A divided Supreme Court on Monday extended religious-freedom protections to certain for-profit corporations, exempting them from providing birth-control services that are required under the 2010 healthcare law. Read More…

Supreme Court Rejects Challenge To Law Banning Gay-Conversion Therapy

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday turned down a request to hear a challenge to a California law prohibiting mental health counseling aimed at converting minors from being gay to straight. Read More…

Supreme Court Says Home Health Workers Cannot Be Force To Pay Union Dues

The Supreme Court dealt a setback to the union movement Monday, ruling personal home care employees cannot be forced to pay dues to a union. Read More…

Watch: The Factual Feminist Explains Why There Aren’t More Female Scientists

Author, philosophy professor and feminist critic Christina Hoff Sommers offers a rebuttal to people who claim that a dearth of women in certain career fields is the direct result of male sexism. Could it be that men and women simply have different interests?

The American Enterprise Institute offers the following bio for Sommers:

The Factual Feminist is a weekly vlog from Christina Hoff Sommers on topics relating to feminism and gender scholarship. In each episode, Ms. Sommers not only tackles issues affecting the nation’s women, but she also debunks false claims and erroneous statistics used to promote a misleading agenda.

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Will Obama Sweetheart Valerie Jarrett Run For Office?

In an interview with NBC over the weekend, President Barack Obama’s advisor Valerie Jarrett said it was “highly unlikely” that she would run for office, but wouldn’t rule out the possibility.

“I want to talk to you about the future,” said the NBC’s Cynthia McFadden asked Jarrett. “Is Michelle Obama going to run for office?”

“No,” Jarrett responded.

“You said that very definitively,” McFadden noted.

“Well, I’m absolutely, 100 percent positive that that will never happen,” Jarrett said.

The reporter continued, “How about Valerie Jarrett? Will you ever run for office?”

“Unlikely,” Obama’s adviser said.

“But maybe?”

“Not as definitive as the first lady, but highly unlikely,” said Jarrett.

The rest of the interview was little more than straight up propaganda designed to portray the Obama White House in a favorable light.