Rep. Issa Claims That More Than 20 Obama Officials ‘Lost Or Destroyed’ E-Mails After House Launched Probes

Issa: More Than 20 Obama Officials ‘Lost Or Destroyed’ E-Mails After House Launched Probes – National Review

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The revelation that Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services administrator Marilynn Tavenner did not retain her e-mails means that more than 20 witness in the Obama administration to lose or delete e-mails without notifying Congress, according to the top House investigator.

“The Obama administration has lost or destroyed e-mails for more than 20 witnesses, and in each case, the loss wasn’t disclosed to the National Archives or Congress for months or years, in violation of federal law,” House Oversight and Government Reform Committee chairman Darrell Issa (R., Calif.) said of Tavenner’s lost e-mails.

“It defies logic that so many senior Administration officials were found to have ignored federal recordkeeping requirements only after Congress asked to see their e-mails,” he continued. “Just this week, my staff followed up with HHS, who has failed to comply with a subpoena from ten months ago. Even at that point, the administration did not inform us that there was a problem with Ms. Tavenner’s e-mail history. Yet again, we discover that this administration will not be forthright with the American people unless cornered.”

From February of 2010 to November of 2013 – one month after the launch of the HealthCare.gov website, as the Daily Caller’s Patrick Howley noted – Tavenner didn’t maintain copies of her e-mails as required.

“During her entire tenure at CMS, Ms. Tavenner’s CMS e-mail address, which is accessible to both colleagues and the public, has been subject to write-in campaigns involving thousands of e-mails from the public,” CMS wrote to the National Archives and Records Administration, per Howley.

“Therefore, she receives an extremely high volume of e-mails that she manages daily. To keep an orderly e-mail box and to stay within the agency’s e-mail system capacity limits, the administrator generally copied or forwarded e-mails to immediate staff for retention and retrieval, and did not maintain her own copies,” CMS said.

Issa subpoenaed the missing e-mails ten months ago. “The evidence is mounting that the website did not go through proper testing, including critical security testing, and that the Administration ignored repeated warnings from contractors about ongoing problems,” he said at the time. “The American people deserve to know why the administration spent significant taxpayer money on a product that is entirely dysfunctional and puts their personal information at risk.”

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Senate Candidate Chris McDaniel Claims He Beat Thad Cochran By 25,000 Votes

Chris McDaniel: I Beat Thad Cochran By 25,000 Votes – Big Government

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Six weeks after the primary runoff election, Mississippi State Sen. Chris McDaniel is launching his formal legal challenge of the election results, saying the evidence is so conclusive that he will be calling for courts to recognize him as the true victor of the race rather than calling for a new election.

“Chris McDaniel clearly, clearly won the Republican vote in the runoff,” McDaniel attorney Mitch Tyner said at a Monday press conference. “I say that very assuredly because that’s what the mathematics show. It’s not what I’m arguing. After the election, we did some post-election polling. We determined that of the Democrats that did cross over, 71 percent of them admitted they will not support the Republican in the general election. When you take those polling numbers and you go in and do the mathematical regressions, you can see that Chris McDaniel clearly won the runoff by 25,000 votes.”

“The short answer is we’re not asking for a new election,” Tyner continued. “We’re simply asking that the Republican Party recognize the person who won the runoff election.”

The campaign of incumbent Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS), who was certified by the Mississippi Republican Party as having won the runoff by 7,667 votes on July 7, fired back, saying McDaniel had “made repeated and baseless allegations of fraud and misconduct” since the election.

“We look forward to holding the McDaniel campaign to the burden of proof that the law requires – and, we are dedicated to the defense of the votes of those Mississippians who voted on June 24 for Thad Cochran as their United States Senator, an election which has been as thoroughly reviewed and examined as any in modern Mississippi history,” said Mark Garriga, an attorney for Cochran.

The evidence, presented to the public in the form of affidavits that will be used in McDaniel’s forthcoming official challenge of election results, is hundreds of pages long and encompasses nearly every one of Mississippi’s 82 counties.

At the press conference, McDaniel announced he will be using such evidence to file a formal challenge of the runoff results with the state GOP executive committee. Ten days after he files the challenge with that body – which, given its extensive ties to the GOP establishment in the state, is expected to rule against the Tea Party-backed McDaniel or just simply ignore the challenge – McDaniel can take the challenge into state court.

“It’s been an interesting six weeks since the 24th. We’ve been very, very busy. We’ve covered the state as well as we could with hundreds of volunteers, but justice has no time table, and yet here we stand. They asked us to put up or shut up – well, here we are. Here we are with the evidence,” McDaniel said.

“We know that the conservative movement is passionate about this issue,” McDaniel said. “We know right now that the conservative movement is very angry about what’s occurred. We all witnessed what a segment of our party did leading up to the 24th. We saw despicable acts of race-baiting. We saw despicable allegations from those who are supposed to be leaders in our party. There is no place in the Republican Party for those that would race bait. There is no place in the Republican Party for racism of any kind, and that’s exactly what we saw on those evenings and mornings leading up to the 24th. That has to end. We watched it. We witnessed it. We saw the dirty money coming in from D.C., whether it was from Bloomberg or other Republican United States senators. We saw what they did here in Mississippi.”

McDaniel noted that the actions the GOP establishment took “moved more than 40,000 Democrats into the Republican primary, and in so doing mistakes were made.”

“Some of those weren’t even mistakes – some of it was very intentional,” McDaniel said. “What we’re going to show is a pattern of conduct on the part of a number of people that demonstrates a problem with this election. The evidence is clear.”

McDaniel said activists need to review the evidence dispassionately, looking at just the facts. “We feel that anger, and we feel that frustration, but that’s not what this challenge is about,” McDaniel said. “The reason I hire good lawyers is so I can walk away from it and ask their opinion objectively: What does the evidence show? We have to be dispassionate about the facts. But the facts – they’re on our side. The law is on our side. And these lawyers after several weeks of research will tell you just that.”

McDaniel’s team is specifically pressuring the Republican executive committee in the state to give the evidence a fair shake. “We look forward to our venue in front of the Republican executive committee – they’re colleagues of mine, some of which I’ve known for years,” McDaniel said. “This is an opportunity for our party to take the lead on honest, good and transparent government.”

Tyner, McDaniel’s attorney, said that McDaniel is not seeking a new election, that the evidence is so overwhelming that anyone reviewing it will come to the same conclusion: McDaniel won on June 24.

“Once the state executive committee has had an opportunity to go through the evidence that we have included in this challenge, then they will see that they have no choice but to recognize Chris McDaniel as the nominee of the Republican Party of the state of Mississippi for the United States Senate,” Tyner said, to a loud round of applause from the audience.

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Governor Perry Claims Record Number Of Illegals From Syria, Pakistan And Afghanistan Being Caught At Border

Rick Perry: Record Number Of Illegals From Syria, Pakistan, Afghanistan Being Caught At Border – Big Government

Texas Governor Rick Perry said a record number of illegal immigrants from Syria, Pakistan and Afghanistan have been apprehended at the U.S.-Mexico border.

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On Sunday’s State of the Union on CNN, Perry said the “historic record highs” of individuals from “countries that have substantial terrorist ties” threaten America’s national security.

Later on the program, Rep. Mike McCaul (R-TX), the House Homeland Security Committee Chair, said Iranian terrorists have had plans to sneak across the border. He also said that others who want to do harm are seeking to exploit America’s porous border.

Perry also said that since 2008, 203,000 illegal immigrants have been put in Texas’ jails, and those illegal immigrants “have been responsible for 3,000 homicides and almost 8,000 sexual assaults.”

“I wish the President would respect that desire of Texans and the citizens of this country to secure the border,” Perry said. “That’s the real issue here—and one that all too often gets deflected by the conversation about unaccompanied minor children.”

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Issa Subpoenas Obama Lackey Over Claims Staffers Are Doing Campaign Work With Taxpayer Money

GOP House Committee Chairman Subpoenas White House Political Chief Over Claims Obama Staffers Are Doing Campaign Work With Taxpayer Funds – Daily Mail

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee chair Rep. Darrell Issa sent his latest subpoena to the Obama administration on Friday, demanding testimony from the director of a controversial White House office reportedly tasked with political work on taxpayers’ dime.

David Simas, the director of the White House Office of Political Strategy and Outreach, has refused to testify voluntarily but will be required to answer questions in a July 16 hearing on Capitol Hill.

President Barack Obama closed the White House Office of Political Affairs in 2011, just days before an Office of Special Counsel report warned that it risked ‘transforming from an official government office into a partisan political operation.’

But the president reopened the office six months ago under a new name as Democrats began to gear up for a contentious midterm election fight.

The New York Times reported then that the White House was ‘serious about defending Democratic control of the Senate and taking back the House from Republicans.’

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‘White House officials,’ according to the Times, ‘said it makes more sense to have a political office during a congressional election year to focus attention on candidate needs, including fund-raising.’

Issa, a hard-charging California Republican who has pressed the administration on alleged IRS abuses, said Friday that the White House’s reboot of its Office of Political Affairs was an ‘effort to appease its political allies’ by ‘assist[ing] in partisan election efforts and fundraising.’

Former Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis and former Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius Issa said, ‘were faulted by the Office of Special Counsel for inappropriately using their offices in violation of the Hatch Act.

That federal law prohibits most executive branch employees from engaging in political activity while on duty, or at any time in their workplaces. It also prohibits them from soliciting or receiving political contributions, according to the U.S. Office of Government Ethics.

In 2012 Sebelius slipped a political message into a speech to the Human Rights Campaign, a gay advocacy group. The Office of Special Counsel later accused her of violating the Hatch Act.

She later said she had made a ‘technical’ error, and pledged not to repeat it.

The initial move to shutter the White House’s political office was spearheaded by California Rep. Henry Waxman in 2007, when Democrats controlled the House of Representatives and Waxman chaired the committee now run by Issa.

At the time it was seen as a partisan move to prohibit the George W. Bush White House from using the president’s bully pulpit to affect the 2008 presidential election.

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Waxman’s staffers interviewed 20 political appointees and pored over nearly 70,000 documents. They issued a report one month before Obama defeated Republican Mitt Romney, declaring that ‘American taxpayers should not pay the salaries of White House officials when they are engaged in helping members of the president’s political party.’

The Obama White House did not respond to a request for comment.

But newly minted White House Counsel W. Neil Eggleston wrote to Issa in June to insist that the new incarnation of the political office operates without violating the Hatch Act.

Special Counsel Carolyn Lerner, however, wrote in March that the Obama administration reopened the office without consulting ith her to determine if it was legal.

Lerner will testify in the June 16 hearing, along with Simas and Scott Coffina, a former Associate Counsel to the President during the Bush Administration.

In March, Issa asked the White House to provide copies of all its documents related to the 2014 reopening. To date, it has provided none.

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Ukrainian Army Claims Significant Victory Against Pro-Russian Forces

Ukraine Claims Victory Against Rebels – Durango Herald

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Ukrainian troops forced pro-Russian insurgents out of a key stronghold in the country’s embattled east on Saturday, a significant success that suggests the government may finally be making gains in a months-long battle against a spreading separatist insurgency.

As rebels fled from Slovyansk, vowing to regroup elsewhere and fight on, President Petro Poroshenko hailed the recapture of the city as “the start of a turning point” in a battle that has killed more than 400 people since April.

After a night of heavy fighting that saw heavy artillery fire from Ukraine’s troops, government soldiers were in full control of rebel headquarters in Slovyansk, a city of about 100,000 that has been a center of the fighting between Kiev’s troops and the pro-Russian insurgents.

Soldiers raised the Ukrainian flag over the city council building, while troops carried stockpiles of weapons out of the city’s administrative and police buildings, which have been under rebel control since early April.

“It’s not a total victory. But the purging of Slovyansk of these bands, made up of people armed to the teeth, has incredible symbolic importance,” Poroshenko said in a statement posted on his official website.

Artillery fire on rebel forces began late on Friday and lasted into the night. On Saturday, fighting could still be heard on the northern outskirts of the city.

Ukraine’s newly appointed Minister of Defense, Valery Heletey, was milling around with troops in the city center. He said three planes with food and other supplies will soon arrive in Slovyansk.

A spokesman for the National Security and Defense Council said earlier that mopping-up operations were continuing.

“Slovyansk is under siege. Now an operation is going on to neutralize small groups hiding in buildings where peaceful citizens are living,” Andriy Lysenko told journalists in Kiev.

Andrei Purgin of the separatist Donetsk People’s Republic told The Associated Press that rebels were evacuating, but claimed the army’s campaign had left the city “in ruins.”

The capture of Slovyansk represented the government’s biggest victory since it abandoned a shaky cease-fire this week and launched an offensive against the separatists. Until now, the Ukrainian army had often appeared feckless in the months-long campaign against the rebels. On Thursday, Poroshenko shook up his defense team, appointing Ukraine’s third defense minister since the former president was ousted in February.

It was not yet clear whether the latest advance has permanently crippled the rebels, many of whom are relocating to other cities.

In the city of Donetsk, streets were deserted on Saturday as local officials urged people to stay at home. They said a battle was ongoing near the Donetsk city airport, but did not provide details.

“Militants from Slovyansk and Kramatorsk have arrived in Donetsk,” said Maxim Rovinsky, spokesman for the city council.

Purgin claimed 150 fighters injured in Slovyansk were in Donetsk for treatment.

“More than a hundred militiamen have been killed in the last three days,” said Viktor, a 35-year-old Slovyansk native who had a shrapnel wound in his leg. “The mood is very bad. It seems that we’ve lost this war. And Russia isn’t in a hurry to help.”

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Statist Disaster Update: Hundreds Of Thousands Of VA Electronic Disability Claims Go Unprocessed

Hundreds Of Thousands Of VA Electronic Disability Claims Not Processed – Nextgov

Hundreds of thousands of disability claims filed with the Department of Veterans Affairs’ eBenefits portal launched in February 2013 are incomplete and could start to expire this month, Nextgov has learned.

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VA Undersecretary for Benefits Allison Hickey touted the new portal in June 2013 as simple as filing taxes online and a way to whittle down the claims backlog.

“Veterans can now file their claims online through eBenefits like they might do their taxes online,” she said, including the documentation needed for a fully developed claim in cooperation with Veterans Service Organizations, or VSOs, such as the American Legion or Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Gerald Manar, deputy director of the National Veterans Service at VFW, told Nextgov the Veterans Benefits Administration on June 26 briefed VSOs on problems with the eBenefits portal, including the fact that only 72,000 claims filed through eBenefits have been completed and approved since last June, with another 228,000 incomplete.

VA spokeswoman Meagan Lutz said since February 2013, just over 445,000 online applications have been initiated. Of those, approximately 70,000 compensation claims have been submitted and another 70,000 nonrating (add a dependent, etc.) have been submitted, leaving a total of 300,000 incomplete claims. Because a number of claims started are more than 365 days old, they have now expired, totaling an estimated 230,000 unprocessed claims.

Manar said he still is trying to understand why so many vets did not complete their online claims and whether they opted to file a paper claim. Lutz said an important element of the electronic claim submission process is the ability for veterans to start a claim online with limited information to hold a date of claim, while simultaneously providing 365 days to collect data, treatment records and other related information.

Lutz said a veteran simply hits “save” and any information provided is saved in temporary tables. During that 365-day period, a veteran may add additional data or upload documents associated with that specific claim. At any point during that timeframe, a veteran can hit the “submit” button and a claim will be automatically established within the Veterans Benefits Management System, designed to entirely automate claims processing by next year, and documents will be uploaded to the veteran’s e-folder.

Claims submitted in eBenefits may be incomplete because “many users can potentially start a claim as part of their exploration of the system… The VA eBenefits team has no way of actually knowing which claims that might be started within eBenefits are valid and or have been abandoned for any number of reasons

After 365 days, Lutz said, the data is made inaccessible and the initiated claim date is removed from the system. The system was designed to provide the veteran as much flexibility as possible in preserving that start date as well as support the Fully Developed Claim initiative, which gives the veteran the opportunity to accrue additional benefits for providing all the data needed to rate the claim.

Lutz said if vets try to submit electronically hundreds of documents, such as PDFs of medical records, “that volume of documents makes electronic submission very difficult, and we always recommend that they work with a Veterans Service Organization, as the VSOs have the expertise to ensure that the right information is gathered and submitted.”

VSOs have little visibility into the claims filed to date through the eBenefits portal because of design problems with the information technology system set up, the Stakeholder Enterprise Portal, Manar said. That portal only allows for broad searches for claims at the state and the VBA regional office level, and limits any search to 1,000 claims. If the search results in more than 1,000 records, SEP returns a message that the system is not available, rather than the search went over the 1,000 file limit, Manar said.

SEP is also not set up to notify VSOs when a claim is filed through eBenefits, nor does it provide alerts when claims are due to expire, Manar said and urged VA to fix SEP to provide such notifications.

SEP, Manar said, was not “well thought-out” when fielded and “the whole system was not ready for prime time.”

Lutz said VA SEP design team is working as quickly as possible to help VSOs to review more than 1,000 files in SEP without getting an incorrect error message.

She said VA plans a new release of SEP this month to VSOs, which will allow VSOs to submit claims directly to VBMS for veterans who hold power of attorney. This update would eliminate the need for the veteran to submit from the eBenefits portal.

“This, we believe, will be a major milestone in the VSO community that will accelerate acceptance of the electronic process,” Lutz said.

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Rep. Frank Lucas Is A Robot Body Double Claims ‘Human’ Primary Challenger Timothy Ray Murray

Oklahoma Congressman Is A Robot Body Double, Claims ‘Human’ Challenger – Washington Post

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The robot takeover has begun, at least according to Timothy Ray Murray, who lost the election for Oklahoma’s 3rd district (obtaining just 5.2 percent of the vote) to incumbent Frank Lucas (R). Murray is now planning to challenge the election results, on the grounds that his opponent has been replaced by a robot body double.

Murray’s Web site notes that “The election for U.S. House for Oklahoma’s 3rd District will be contested by the Candidate, Timothy Ray Murray. I will be stating that his votes are switched with Rep. Lucas votes, because it is widely known Rep. Frank D. Lucas is no longer alive and has been displayed by a look alike. Rep. Lucas’ look alike was depicted as sentenced on a white stage in southern Ukraine on or about Jan. 11, 2011.”

(Lucas told news channel KFOR that he had never in fact been to Ukraine. He also observed: “Many things have been said about me, said to me during course of my campaigns. This is the first time I’ve ever been accused of being a body double or a robot.”)

Murray’s Web site goes on to reassure us that: “I, Timothy Ray Murray, am a human, born in Oklahoma, and obtained and continue to fully meet the requirements to serve as U.S. Representative when honored to so. I will never use a look alike…” This makes me wonder. “I’m definitely a human,” like “I am very suave and good at talking to people,” is the sort of statement that seems untrue the instant you say it.

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Obama-Loving Union Claims Obamacare Will Slash Worker Wages By Up To $5 An Hour, Reduce Hours

300,000-Member Union Drops Bombshell Obamacare Report – Big Government

The 300,000-member union that was the first to endorse then-Senator Barack Obama has released a devastating Obamacare report that says Obama’s controversial healthcare program will slash worker wages by up to $5 an hour, reduce worker hours, and exacerbate income inequality.

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The report by Unite Here – a North American labor union that represents workers in the hotel, gaming, food service, manufacturing, textile, distribution, laundry, and airport industries – is titled: “The Irony of ObamaCare: Making Inequality Worse.”

“Ironically, the Administration’s own signature healthcare victory poses one of the most immediate challenges to redressing inequality,” states the 12-page report. “We take seriously the promise that ‘if you like your health plan, you can keep it. Period.’ UNITE HERE members like their health plans.”

The report features first-person testimonials and photos of union members describing how Obamacare is personally hurting them and their families – the same kinds of stories that Majority Senator Harry Reid said are “all untrue” and that progressive New York Times columnist Paul Krugman mocked as”nonexistent” in his piece “Health Care Horror Hooey.”

Arturo Marquez, a single father with two children who works as a cook, explains how Obamacare is hurting him:

“I’m a single dad and need every penny for my kids. The best deal Obamacare could offer me would take $1,908 more than our union plan. That’s like a dollar an hour pay cut. If I get really sick and wind up in the hospital, they can charge me $3,700 more out of pocket. I can’t imagine taking care of my son and daughter while taking a $2.70 an hour pay cut,” says Marquez.

Another union member, housekeeper Angela Portillo explained how Obamacare is hurting she and her husband:

“Housekeeping is a tough job – many of us suffer serious injuries doing this work. And Obamacare would cause my husband and I even more pain. The Obamacare website says we would have to pay $8,057.04 a year more to keep the great insurance we have now. That’s a $3.87 per hour pay cut. We work hard for our insurance. Why should we have to take a cut in pay for it?” says Portillo.

Food service worker Earl Baskerville feels the same way, according to the report:

“The health care crisis hit our workplace hard. We tried three different plans in a three year contract. When the for-profit insurance companies were going through the roof, we switched our union’s plan to keep good benefits. But Obamacare will give government money to those plans and not ours. Obamacare would cost me $4,855.20 a year more, or a $2.33 an hour pay cut. That’s not right. We just want to be treated like everyone else,” says Baskerville.

Last week, Unite Here Donald Taylor discussed the possibility of a union worker strike over Obamacare and said, “Even though the president and Congress promised we could keep our health plan, the reality is, unless the law is fixed, that won’t be true.”

The Unite Here report further exacerbates Democrats’ already daunting electoral hurdles heading into the midterm elections, now less than eight months away.

Union members are not alone in opposing Obamacare. According to the latest RealClearPolitics average of polls, just 38% of Americans now support Obamacare.

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*VIDEO* Racist Democrat Claims 99% Of Pro-Life Whites Would Make Daughter Have Abortion If Father Was Black


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Psycho Bitch From Hell: ‘Craigslist Killer’ Claims She’s Murdered Dozens Of People As Satanic Cultist

Pennsylvania ‘Craigslist Killer’ Says She Slayed Dozens More Across U.S. As Part Of Satanic Cult: Report – New York Daily News

Miranda Barbour, who along with her husband is facing the death penalty for killing a 42-year-old man she met on Craigslist, claimed in a jailhouse interview that she has killed at least 22 other people as a part of her involvement with a satanic cult.

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A Pennsylvania newlywed accused of meeting a man on Craigslist and then stabbing him to death with her husband’s help said she killed more than 20 more people as part of her involvement in a bloodthirsty satanic cult.

“When I hit 22, I stopped counting,” 19-year-old Miranda Barbour told the Sunbury, Pa., Daily Item newspaper in a chilling jailhouse interview Friday.

“I can pinpoint on a map where you can find them,” she boasted. “I remember everything. It is like watching a movie.”

Barbour’s claims of serial killer infamy came as she and her husband, Elytte, 22, are facing the death penalty for stabbing Troy LaFerrara to death on Nov. 11 in what investigators called a “thrill kill” to mark the couple’s three-week wedding anniversary.

Miranda lured the lonely 42-year-old with a Craigslist ad offering “companionship,” and the two met in the parking lot of a shopping mall before driving to a spot in Sunbury, authorities said.
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Elytte Barbour hid beneath a blanket in the Honda CRV’s backseat and, after receiving a signal from his wife, jumped up and wrapped a cord around the LaFerrara’s neck, prosecutors said.

Miranda then stabbed him 20 times. LeFerrara’s body was found in an alley the next day.

Initially, Barbour told police she stabbed the passenger because he groped her and tried to choke her.

But on Friday, she admitted to the killing, claiming that LaFerrara “said the wrong things and then things got out of control.”

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“I can tell you he was not supposed to be stabbed,” Barbour told the Daily Item. “My husband was just supposed to strangle him.”

Speaking through a jailhouse phone, Barbour told the newspaper LaFerrara was just the latest victim in a multistate killing spree that began at 13 when she joined a satanic cult in Alaska.

The cult’s leader let her tag along on a hit on someone who owed him money, she said.

The unnamed leader shot the man and then handed her the gun to finish him off, she claimed.

“I couldn’t do it, so he came behind me and he took his hands and put them on top of mine and we pulled the trigger,” Barbour said.

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“And then from there I just continued to kill.”

The deranged young mom, who has a daughter from a past lover, claimed to have bodies stashed in California, North Carolina and Texas, as well as Alaska, where most of the murders took place.

Her victims, she told the Daily Item, “did bad things and didn’t deserve to be here anymore.”

“I would lure these people in. I studied them. I learned them and even became their friend,” she said.

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On Saturday, Sunbury police said they were aware of Barbour’s claims and were looking into them with help from investigators in other states and the FBI.

So far, there were no reports of any evidence linking Barbour or her husband to any other killings.

Barbour said she had no regrets about killing LaFerrara – or any of the other alleged victims.

“If I were to be released, I would do this again,” she told the newspaper.

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Drunk Dude Claims He Stole Delivery Truck To Escape Zombies

Garrett Hurlbut Charged With Stealing Newspaper Truck To Escape Zombie Apocalypse – Weekly Vice

Garrett Hurlbut, a 23-year-old Minnesota man, has been charged after he allegedly stole a newspaper delivery truck while attempting to flee from zombies.

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According to police, officers were instructed to be on the lookout for a Star Tribune newspaper truck after receiving a report that a man had stolen the vehicle while the driver was attempting to stock newspapers at a local gas station.

Investigators say the truck was located several blocks away from the gas station a short time later. An injured man, later identified as Hurlbut, was also found laying near the truck.

During a police interview, Hurlbut claimed that he fled in the truck because he was “running from zombies” and eventually “fell or jumped” from the truck during his alleged escape. Officers noted Hurlbut’s bloodshot eyes and strong odor of alcohol during the interview.

Hurlbut was then taken to a local hospital where he was treated for the injuries he received while fleeing the truck. A blood test later revealed his blood alcohol level to be more than twice the legal limit for operating a motor vehicle.

At the hospital, Hurlbut reportedly continued to talk about the zombies who chased him and his fear of being caught by them.

He was later charged by summons with stealing a motor vehicle.

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Obama Regime Closing Embassy At Vatican; Claims It’s Unsafe

Obama Administration To Close Embassy At Vatican; Says It’s Unsafe – Gateway Pundit

The Obama administration is going to close the US Embassy at The Holy See and move the offices over to the US Italian Embassy.

The administration says the Vatican office is unsafe.

Of course, this hasn’t stopped them before. The administration received several warnings that the Benghazi consulate was unsafe.

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But they kept that consulate open – until it was destroyed by Al-Qaeda-linked terrorists.

But for some reason, the Obama administration wants to close the embassy doors at The Vatican.

Catholic Vote reported:

The Obama administration has decided that the free-standing American embassy to the Holy See will soon be closed, and the offices for the Ambassador to the Vatican will be moved inside of our Italian Embassy.

As a part of the security reviews that followed the attacks on our embassy in Benghazi last year, State Department officials are now claiming that the current U.S. Embassy to the Holy See is no longer safe.

If their assessement is correct, then why not bolster security or simply move the Embassy to a new location instead of shutting it down? Are all ‘unsafe’ embassies being shut down too?

Moving our Ambassador to the Vatican inside of our Italian Embassy sends a clear message: the diplomatic post doesn’t matter much to the United States.

This afternoon I spoke with former Vatican Ambassador James Nicholson. He wanted me to tell CV readers:

“It’s another manifestation of the antipathy of this administration both to Catholics and to the Vatican – and to Christians in the Middle East. This is a key post for intermediation in so many sovereignties but particularly in the Middle East. This is anything but a good time to diminish the stature of this post. To diminish the stature of this post is to diminish its influence.

“The State Department has for a long time wanted to do this. It came up when I was an ambassador. I explained the folly of this and it went away. But now they seem determined to do this. The perception is [with this action] that the United States is showing a lack of appreciation for the relevance of its diplomatic partner in the Vatican.”

Diplomatic relations between the United States and the Holy See suffered for generations because of rampant anti-Catholicism in our country. It took until 1984, twenty-four years after the election of a Catholic president, for President Ronald Reagan to officially create the first United States Ambassador to the Holy See.

President Reagan would quickly see the importance of the Holy See in international affairs. Reagan and Blessed Pope John Paul II formed a partnership that would lead to the downfall of Communism in Eastern Europe.

It is not immediately clear how many other embassies will close their doors due to safety concerns.

The NC Online has more.

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Contrary To Obama’s Claims, U.S. Deported Lowest Number Of Illegal Aliens Since 1973

Report: U.S. Deported Lowest Number Of Illegal Aliens Since 1973 – Washington Free Beacon

Total deportations of illegal aliens are at their lowest level since 1973, according to a new report released by the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), debunking a claim by the Obama administration that deportations have hit an all-time high.

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Jessica Vaughn, director of policy studies at CIS, obtained internal Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) data, for her report, “Deportation Numbers Unwrapped,” which was unveiled at the National Press Club on Wednesday.

“In 2011, the most recent year for which all ICE and CBP totals have been reported, deportations numbered 715,495,” the report states. “This was the lowest year since 1973, when 585,351 deportations were effected.”

Furthermore, total removals, a category of deportation that bars an illegal alien from returning to the United States, will reach 364,700 in 2013, the lowest level since at least 2008.

“This decline has to be of great concern to policymakers, and especially to the public,” Vaughn said. “It’s not as if there is a shortage of illegal aliens living in our country.”

“[The decline] is occurring at a time when ICE has better tools and more resources and more personnel than ever before,” she said. “So the number of removals really should be rising, but instead it’s falling.”

Enforcement activity has also declined in every ICE field office over the last year, with the largest drops occurring in Atlanta (62 percent), Salt Lake City (49 percent), Washington, D.C. (46 percent), and Houston (43 percent).

Interior enforcement is also down by nearly 40 percent since 2010.

The two agencies within ICE primarily responsible for deporting illegal aliens within the country are Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).

ERO is responsible for screening aliens who are incarcerated, arrested for local offenses such as drunk driving, or have fled immigration proceedings. HSI accounts for work site enforcement, overstays, and transnational gangs.

Vaughn says HSI now “contributes very little to immigration enforcement.” For example, HSI is projected to only deport 5,441 illegal immigrants in 2013.

As a whole, both divisions accounted for 224,097 removals in 2010. In 2013, that number will decline to 137,987, a 38.4 percent drop.

Vaughn’s report contradicts the White House’s claim that “border security is stronger than it has ever been,” and reports that deportations have hit a “record high.” She said the administration is using stops of illegal immigrants on the border to boost its numbers.

“To support the claim of ‘record’ deportations in 2012, the Obama administration and its supporters cite the 409,000 removals attributed to ICE that year,” the report said. “This is the highest number of removals credited to ICE in a single year; however, the number is higher because it includes the largest number of Border Patrol cases that ever have been transferred to ICE for processing in a single year.”

“It does not reflect an increase in enforcement activity,” the report continues. “In past years, these cases would have been handled by the Border Patrol, and counted in total deportations, but not as removals.”

“Removals are at best half the number of total deportations, and do not represent the entire scope of enforcement actions taken by DHS enforcement agencies,” it said.

The report also found that 872,149 illegal aliens who have received deportation orders are still living in the country.

“If there is one single statistic that illustrates the utter dysfunction of our immigration system, it’s that number,” Vaughn said.

Dan Cadman, a former official for ICE and Immigration and Naturalization Services (INS), called the immigration court a “theater of the absurd.”

“There are now substantially more than 800,000 alien fugitives in this country who have fled from their proceedings rather than face deportation,” he said. “Such a huge number staggers the mind, close to a million aliens who have made a mockery of our system because they were not detained, and obviously had no significant restraints upon them to mitigate the chance that they would flee.”

If immigration enforcement is at such a decline, Mark Krikorian, executive director for CIS, asked, “What is ICE doing?”

“ICE has all these extra resources, they’re deporting radically fewer people,” he said. “So, what are they doing? What is ICE doing? I mean you see press releases sometimes on counterfeit contact lens dealers.”

“Returning stolen antiquities, tracking down child porn purveyors, enforcing the LACY Act, which prevents the importation of plants and other things that have been illegally obtained,” Vaughn said.

“They put out their top 10 list last week of laws you didn’t know ICE enforced,” she said. “I expected to see the Immigration and Nationality Act as number one.”

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National Organization For Marriage Sues IRS For Leaking Tax Info, Claims To Have ‘Irrefutable Proof’

IRS Sued By The National Organization For Marriage For Leaking Tax Information – Washington Free Beacon

The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) filed suit against the federal government and the Internal Revenue Service Thursday, claiming it had “irrefutable proof” someone within the agency illegally leaked the conservative organization’s confidential tax returns to its ideological opponents last year.

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NOM is seeking damages from the disclosure, as well as to overturn a statute shielding the IRS from disclosing any information about the incident, according to a complaint filed by the Act Right Legal Foundation on behalf of NOM in the Eastern District of Virginia Thursday.

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) obtained the NOM’s 2008 tax returns in February 2012, which contained an unredacted list of donors, including presidential nominee Mitt Romney.

The president of the HRC became a national co-chair for the Obama reelection campaign in 2012 a day later.

NOM Chairman John Eastman said the group was able to remove redaction layers from the PDF documents that were leaked, showing that they came from within the IRS. The unauthorized disclosure of tax information is a felony punishable by up to five years in prison.

No criminal charges have been filed after 18 months. An internal investigation by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) was conducted, but the results were never released.

“So far the IRS and Obama Administration officials have stonewalled our every attempt to get information or answer basic questions about who knew what inside the IRS and who in the Obama administration had any information or involvement in this crime,” NOM chairman John Eastman said in a statement. “Our lawsuit will be a powerful tool in ending the stonewalling and getting the truth to the American people.”

Testifying before a congressional committee in May, acting IRS Commissioner Miller testified that he believed that TIGTA “found that those disclosures were inadvertent and there’s been discipline in one of those cases for somebody not following procedures.”

NOM’s donor list, including home addresses and phone numbers, were also posted on The Huffington Post, which has refused to take them down. NOM claims in court filings that it lost contributions in excess of $50,000 as a result of the leak.

NOM said it filed several Freedom of Information requests to determine if someone within the organization sought the documents. The results came back negative.

The IRS came under fire this year for singling out conservative and tea party organizations for additional scrutiny, such as audits and long waits for tax-exempt status.

Several other conservative organizations have had confidential tax documents leaked over the past year, including donor lists being posted without redactions on GuideStar.

American For Prosperity, a conservative group tied to the billionaire philanthropist Koch Brothers, had its donor lists from 2003 leaked to GuideStar, where it was picked up by National Journal.

In another instance, investigative news outlet ProPublica received applications from 31 nonprofits from the IRS in November 2012, including nine that had not yet been approved and thus were not supposed to be made public.

All of the confidential applications belonged to conservative groups. One application leaked by the IRS was that of Crossroads GPS, the biggest spender among 501(c)(4) groups in the 2012 election cycle.

As reported by the Washington Free Beacon, ProPublica extensively covered so-called “dark money” conservative groups and donors during the 2012 election cycle, such as casino mogul Sheldon Adelson, while similar spending on the left.

Although the Cincinnati IRS office – the same office at the heart of the IRS “targeting” scandal – leaked the applications to ProPublica, an official IRS spokeswoman told the news outlet it would be a felony to publish them.

“As far as we know, the Crossroads application is still pending, in which case it seems that either you obtained whatever document you have illegally, or that it has been approved,” Jonathan Collegio, the group’s spokesman, wrote to ProPublica in December.

Other groups had documents leaked in the midst of a bitter election year as well.

The IRS “inadvertently” published the donor list of the Texas Public Policy Foundation (TPPF) – a conservative think tank – on GuideStar in 2012.

The list quickly became fodder for left-wing opponents of the think-tank.

Senior Obama administration official Austan Goolsbee singled out Koch Industries, run by the Koch brothers, during a 2012 press conference and said it paid no income taxes.

Such tax information is supposed to be private, leading to accusations from Republicans and Koch Industries that the Obama administration illicitly looked at its tax filings.

Although TIGTA reportedly closed an investigation into Goolsbee’s comments, it refused to confirm or deny its existence in response to a FOIA request filed by the Free Beacon, citing a privacy exemption.

TIGTA and the IRS gave the same response to NOM after it filed FOIA requests seeking information on the illegal disclosure of its tax records.

According to TIGTA, a Watergate-era statute prohibits it from disclosing any taxpayer information, even to the target of unauthorized disclosures.

“The IRS is involved in a massive cover-up, and it’s time to say, ‘no, this statute protects the taxpayers, not the IRS,’” Eastman said.

The Human Rights Campaign and the IRS did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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President Asshat Tries To Scare Wall Street With Phony And Reckless Government Default Claims

Obama To Wall Street: Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid – Washington Times

Not surprisingly, Wall Street looks a little wobbly at the opening bell this morning. This follows a previous negative session buoyed only partially by the Federal Reserve’s latest helicopter drop of printing press cash. The reason for the continued negativity should be fairly obvious by now. Stock futures are falling as the partial shutdown of the U.S. government drags on for a third day.

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The government shutdown, originally estimated to last a day or two by most analysts and pundits, looks to be more lengthy now, perhaps considerably so, as the main aim of President Obama and the Senate Democrats seems to be the destruction of the Republican party, regardless of the economic and social consequences. While the shutdown itself is estimated to trim only about 0.2 percent from the gross domestic product each week, that could grow worse if the impasse begins to erode consumer and business confidence.

That was essentially the message from the National Retail Federation, which releases its sales forecast for the next two months on Thursday. Matthew Shay, the group’s president and CEO, said the calculations were made before the shutdown.

The President himself, as has been his custom over the past five years, won’t condescend to dirty his political hands over the budget mess that both he and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid have kept at a boil by refusing to pass a real budget as Congress is required to. Budgets – and of course, budget ceilings – exist for them only as theoretical limits on the U.S. Treasury’s printing presses as well as convenient opportunities to unite with the lapdog media in attacking Republicans for the problems the Democrats themselves have caused and refuse to remedy.

Obama kept the pot at a boil yesterday, making deliberately provocative comments to the press based on lies, evasions, and half-truths, as is his custom.

In a CNBC interview, Obama said, “When you have a situation in which a faction is willing to default on U.S. obligations, then we are in trouble.” That “faction,” of course, is the Tea Party whose position has never included a “willingness” to default. They simply want to slow the increase in the debt ceiling by trading current increases for further tax cuts.

“I am exasperated with the idea that unless I say that 20 million people, ‘you can’t have health insurance, they will not reopen the government,’” Obama continued. “That is irresponsible.” This, of course, is another astonishingly transparent lie. No one on Capitol Hill in either party as ever said that Americans “can’t have health insurance.” The Republican opposition is simply stating the obvious, namely that the reckless, out-of-control Affordable Care Act, more un-popularly known as Obamacare, is not the way to go about it.

No matter. Obama continued to bore in on this phony scenario on CNBC and elsewhere Wednesday. “If we get into the habit where one party is allowed to extort, …then any president who comes after me we be unable to govern effectively,” Obama said. Seriously?

Commenting on the entire current impasse, he recklessly observed, “this time I think Wall Street should be concerned.” Surely even this president must be aware that responsible high government officials must never shout “Fire!” in a crowded theater. Or in a life-and-death market of stocks and bonds on Wall Street which, while wobbling lately, is still the financial capital of the world.

But none of this matters to the first American president who longs for the dictatorial powers possessed by his counterpart in the once and future Soviet Union. The prime obstacle to the happiness of this obstinate, childish president is the existence of an opposition party in this country. All other hopes and goals are in the end irrelevant.

The complete and utter destruction of the Republican Party is the only game in town as it has been for nearly five years, despite this president’s constant claim “I have tried to work with the Republicans.” That, in fact, is the biggest lie of all.

All of which leaves the stock market trading on political rumors and news, not on facts, figures, and values. Aside from nimble trading here and there, investing in the old-fashioned sense is just too dangerous right now.

Compounding the problem is the fact that even that old standby, that old “store of value” known as gold has been trading strangely for well over a year now, clearly the subject of some kind of massive, coordinated, and likely illegal maneuvering that regulatory institutions seem uninterested in resolving.

This leaves almost nowhere for concerned investors to go, save for the generous 0.01 percent interest they’re earning on their money market accounts, even as regulators quietly plan to destroy this hiding place as well by forcing the traditional $1 peg to float, thus terminating the usefulness of this vehicle as a holding mechanism.

No trading hints or recommendations this morning. It’s just too iffy, and it’s likely to remain that way as the Democrats and their President refuse to negotiate with the Republicans while blaming the Republicans for refusing to negotiate.

Politics hasn’t been this disgusting in Washington since the waning days of the Buchanan Administration. As the President dithered and failed to lead, Congress disintegrated, and half its members trotted off to found another country. Times are different now, but perhaps we’re watching a very different kind of instant replay.

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Russia Claims To Have Compiled 100-Page Report Showing Syrian “Rebels” Responsible For Gas Attack

Russia Says It’s Compiled 100-Page Report Blaming Syrian Rebels For A Chemical Weapons Attack – McClatchy

Russia says it has compiled a 100-page report detailing what it says is evidence that Syrian rebels, not forces loyal to President Bashar Assad, were behind a deadly sarin gas attack in an Aleppo suburb earlier this year.

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In a statement posted on the Russian Foreign Ministry’s website late Wednesday. Russia said the report had been delivered to the United Nations in July and includes detailed scientific analysis of samples that Russian technicians collected at the site of the alleged attack, Khan al Asal.

Russia said its investigation of the March 19 incident was conducted under strict protocols established by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, the international agency that governs adherence to treaties prohibiting the use of chemical weapons. It said samples that Russian technicians had collected had been sent to OPCW-certified laboratories in Russia.

The report itself was not released. But the statement drew a pointed comparison between what it said was the scientific detail of the report and the far shorter intelligence summaries that the United States, Britain and France have released to justify their assertion that the Syrian government launched chemical weapons against Damascus suburbs on Aug. 21. The longest of those summaries, by the French, ran nine pages. Each relies primarily on circumstantial evidence to make its case, and they disagree with one another on some details, including the number of people who died in the attack.

The Russian statement warned the United States and its allies not to conduct a military strike against Syria until the United Nations had completed a similarly detailed scientific study into the Aug. 21 attack. It warned that what it called the current “hysteria” about a possible military strike in the West was similar to the false claims and poor intelligence that preceded the United States invasion of Iraq.

“The Russian report is specific,” the ministry statement said. “It is a scientific and technical document.”

The statement also noted that the attention paid to the Aug. 21 attack had diverted attention from the investigation into the March 19 incident, which was the reason U.N. investigators were in Syria when the more recent attack took place.

“Unfortunately, that investigation still essentially has not begun,” the statement said.

There was no immediate comment from the United States. Independent chemical weapons experts contacted by McClatchy said they had not had time to read the Russian document, which was released as Secretary of State John Kerry was appearing before the House Foreign Affairs Committee to make the Obama administration’s case for a retaliatory strike on Syria as punishment for the attack.

A U.N. team spent four days late last month investigating the Aug. 21 incident. The samples it collected from the site and alleged victims of the attack are currently being examined at OPCW labs in Europe. U.N. Secretary General Ban ki-Moon has urged the United States to delay any strike until after the results of that investigation are known.

Richard Guthrie, formerly project leader of the Chemical and Biological Warfare Project of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, who said he had not seen the original report, said the Russian statement on the makeup of the sarin found outside Aleppo, which the Russians said indicated it was not military grade, might reflect only that “there are a lot of different ways to make sarin.”

He added: “The messy mix described by the Russians might also be the result of an old sarin stock being used. Sarin degrades (the molecules break up) over time and this would explain a dirty mix.”

But he also said that there could be doubts about the Russian conclusion that the rockets that delivered the sarin in the March 19 incident were not likely to have come from Syrian military stocks because of the use of RDX, an explosive that is also known as hexogen and T4.

“Militaries don’t tend to use it because it’s too expensive,” Guthrie said. He added in a later email, however, that it’s not inconceivable that the Syrian military would use RDX “iff the government side was developing a semi-improvised short-range rocket” and “if there happened to be a stock available.”

“While I would agree that it would be unlikely for a traditional, well-planned short-range rocket development programme to use RDX in that role, it is not beyond the realms of possibility that, as the Syrian government did not seem to have an earlier short-range rocket programme, it may have been developing rockets with some haste and so using materials that are at hand,” he said.

Another expert, Jean Pascal Zanders, raised a note of caution, questioning a Russian assertion that the sarin mix appeared to be a western World War II vintage.

“The Western Allies were not aware of the nerve agents until after the occupation of Germany,” he wrote in an email. “The USA, for example, struggled with the sarin (despite having some of the German scientists) until the 1950s, when the CW program expanded considerably.”

The Russian Foreign Ministry posted the statement shortly after Russian President Vladimir Putin had asked a Russian interviewer what the American reaction would be if evidence showed that Syrian rebels, not the Assad regime, had been behind a chemical weapons attack.

The report dealt with an incident that occurred March 19 in Khan al Asal, a town outside the city of Aleppo, in which 26 people died and 86 were injured. It was that incident that the U.N. team was originally in Syria to investigate when the Aug. 21 attack took place.

The statement’s summary of the report said that neither the munitions nor the poison gas in the Khan al Asal attack appeared to fit what is possessed by the Syrian government. The statement said Russian investigators studied the site, sent the materials they found to study to OPCW sanctioned laboratories in Europe, and followed agreed upon United Nations investigation standards.

According to the statement, the report said the shell “was not regular Syrian army ammunition but was an artisan-type similar to unguided rocket projectiles produced in the north of Syria by the so-called gang ‘Bashair An-Nasr.’ ”

In addition, Russian investigators determined that the burst charge was RDX, which is “not used in military chemical munitions.”

The Russian analysis found soil and shell samples contained a sarin gas “not synthesized in an industrial environment,” the statement said. The report said the chemical mix did not appear to be a modern version of the deadly agent but was closer to those “used by Western states for producing chemical weapons during World War II.”

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ICE Union Head Claims Obama Acts “Like A Dictator”, Calls For Congressional Investigation Into ICE Policies

ICE Union Head Wants Congressional Investigations Into Obama’s ICE Policies… Obama Acts “Like A Dictator”, “Overstepping His Authority” – Gateway Pundit

Representative Louie Gohmert substituted for Hannity on last Friday’s radio show (Aug. 30, 2013). In the second hour, there was a discussion with ICE Council President Chris Crane on Obama’s inability to do the job that is constitutionally authorized to the Executive branch – securing the sovereignty of this nation by securing U.S. borders.

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Chris Crane has been troubled by Obama’s actions that resemble a dictator – ignoring constitutional law while making his own laws through policy. Chris Crane is not alone – many Americans share the same concerns and wonder what it will take for Congress to act.

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DailyCaller reports the following:

In an appearance on Sean Hannity’s radio show Friday, hosted by fill-in host Texas Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert, the head of the union representing the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents called on Congress to investigate the administration’s immigration policies.

“With regard to our government in general, I mean right now, that’s our problem with our immigration system,” National ICE Council President Chris Crane said. “[The problem] is not our immigration system, it’s our government, and it’s the ability of a president of the United States to ignore the laws enacted by Congress.”

“And it doesn’t matter what type of legislation we pass, until we address that problem, we will never have an immigration system that works,” he added. “As long as one person can act like a dictator and ignore the law and make his own laws through policy, we will never have a system that works.”

Crane and his union have been vocal opponents of the Obama administration’s immigration policies – notably its Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program – and the Senate-passed immigration bill.

“There is no more of a clear cut case in our country of the president overstepping his authority, ignoring the law, ignoring the Constitution, than the president’s ordering of ICE agents not to enforce U.S. immigration law,” he said. “Yet we have no investigations from Congress into this whatsoever.” [...]

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“We Are Going To Have To Kill A Lot Of Whites”: DHS Employee Who Buys Guns For ICE Runs Racist Website

“We Are Going To Have To Kill A Lot Of Whites”… DHS Employee Preparing For A Race War; Also Buys Guns For ICE – Right Scoop

So does the Obama administration not do background checks anymore? Or is this the kind of person they hire? Either way, the answer is bad for America:

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BREITBART NEWS – Ayo Kimathi, a Department of Homeland Security employee tasked with buying guns and ammo for the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, runs a racist, homophobic website called “War is on the Horizon.” He calls himself the “Irritated Genie.” The site required approval from DHS, but Kimathi did not. His former supervisor told the Southern Poverty Law Center that she was “stunned” by the site. “To see the hate, to know that he is a federal employee, it bothered me,” she said. DHS signed off on the site based on Kimathi’s description, but apparently did not bother to check the site.

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Kimathi’s site calls President Obama a “treasonous mulatto scum dweller,” and an enemy of the black supremacist movement, along with Oprah, Whoopi Goldberg, and Condoleezza Rice. The site says, “warfare is eminent, and in order for Black people to survive the 21st century, we are going to have to kill a lot of whites – more than our christian hearts can possibly count.” Kimathi also says that whites are attempting to “homosexualize” black men to somehow make them weaker, and therefore easier pickings for racism. He also offers helpful hints on how “Black women in the world [can] understand what she needs to do to keep a strong Black man happy.”

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Fact-Checkers Give President Asshat Failing Grade On Keystone Claims

Fact-Checkers Give President Failing Grade On Keystone Claims – Shopfloor

President Obama made waves this week as he defied his own State Department by claiming the Keystone Pipeline would only create 2,000 jobs, while chuckling at the thought of such a low number.

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Manufacturers and millions of unemployed Americans aren’t amused by his dismissal of the jobs-creating potential of this project. In addition to the 20,000 construction jobs that the pipeline would create, tens of thousands of jobs would be created in the supply chain.

These are the manufacturers that make the steel, valves, compressor stations and heavy equipment necessary to make the pipeline become a reality. Numerous economic opportunities associated with the pipeline would benefit other manufacturers, laborers, small businesses and communities throughout and around Keystone’s supply chain. The President’s comments conveniently ignore these facts.

Now, two national fact-checking organizations have rated the President’s claims as false.

According to the Washington Post Fact-Checker, by ignoring State Department Estimates that the Keystone Pipeline could support over 42,000 jobs a year the President “seems to be signaling that even his own government does not produce the most realistic estimate that should be used by reporters.”

The Pulitzer Prize-winning fact-check site PolitiFact notes that the President “went out of his way to downplay” the jobs impact of this project, and when asked provided “no supporting evidence.” PolitiFact also points out that the “the construction process itself would create nearly twice as many jobs as the President said.”

Americans are frustrated with Washington’s inaction, and the debate surrounding the Keystone XL is a prime example of inexcusable bureaucracy and Washington misdirection. It’s time for the Administration to complete its review and approve the pipeline to put Americans back to work.

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USDA Claims It Will Cost $3.2 Billion To Comply With Michelle Obama’s School Lunch Overhaul

Cost Of Complying With Michelle Obama’s School Lunch Overhaul? $3.2 BILLION! – The Blaze

As schools continue to grapple with the school lunch menu overhaul pushed by First Lady Michelle Obama, some are realizing their headache isn’t just from a lack of food.

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The program involves way too much green – and we’re not talking lettuce and brussel sprouts.

We mean the estimated $3.2 billion schools will have to find to implement the new federal regulations. Many schools are also losing money due the unpopular Obama menu.

“New school lunch regulations mean financial losses for Pittsfield Public Schools,” reported The Berkshire Eagle in Massachusetts.

The school district expects a program operating loss of more than $100,000 due to a required equipment upgrade, as well as fewer lunches and snacks being sold.

Congressman Todd Rokita, a member of the House Education and Workforce Committee, noted at a recent hearing, “Because the law requires students to take fruits and vegetables for lunch, even if they have no intention of eating them, schools are struggling with increased waste. After implementing the new standards a year early, one Florida school district estimated students threw out $75,000 worth of food.”

“At Dedham High School in Massachusetts, providing the required vegetables in 1500 meals each week costs the district about $111 a day – but administrators report many students just throw the fresh vegetables right into the trash,” his statement read.

A New York district experienced a 50 percent decline in the number of student purchasing hot lunch.

“This decline in participation made it more difficult for the school to afford to serve lunches and breakfasts that met the federal meal requirements. As a result, the district’s food operation went $59,000 in the red and local leaders ultimately decided to opt-out of the National School Lunch Program,” Rokita said.

The USDA estimates implementation of the new guidelines will cost $3.2 billion over five years. Given that it’s a government estimate – and if Obamacare is any guide – the cost for schools will likely be much higher.

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Indiana School District Loses $300,000 When Students Stop Buying School Meals After They Switched To Mooch’s Food Regulations – Weasel Zippers

But it makes Mooch feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

INDIANAPOLIS – The carnage shifted from the students’ lunch plates to school budgets after Michelle Obama’s lunch regulations were voluntarily implemented last year.

Officials in the Carmel Clay, Indiana school district told JConline.com they lost $300,000 last school year when many students rejected the menu changes and stopped purchasing school meals.

Amy Anderson, the food service director for the school district, told the newspaper, “I’m a registered dietitian. I used to feel that I was an educator and part of the education system. I currently feel like I’m a food cop.

“I don’t get credit for the 98 percent of our kids who are within normal weight range. I only get slammed for the 2 to 3 percent who aren’t.”

She said the changes may “drive her into retirement,” according to the paper.

Students in another central Indiana district were equally displeased.

“Kids eat with their eyes. When they saw that smaller portion, that freaked them out,” said Jennifer Rice, food service director of Lebanon Community School Corp., where the popular Salisbury steak shrunk, the paper reported.

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