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  • When You Mix Coca-Cola With Milk, a ‘Disgusting’ Yet ‘Incredible’ Reaction Occurs All At Once
    Posted February 27, 2015 at 6:57 pm by Oliver Darcy

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    You’ve already seen what happens when Coca-Cola is boiled.

    Now, a widely-circulated video on the Internet Friday, shows a new reaction: this time, what takes place when the popular soft drink is mixed with milk.

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    Viewers responded in a variety of ways, mostly fascinated by what happened.

    “Incredible,” one wrote.

    “This looks disgusting,” said another.

    The producer of the video offered a scientific explanation for the chemical reaction:

    It is a reaction of the Phosphoric Acid contained in the coca cola to the milk. Phosphoric Acid molecules attach to the milk giving them more density and separate out while the remaining liquid that makes up the milk and cocoa cola now being lighter floats on top. The solid matter is basically milk that has been curdled by the addition of the more acidic soda.

    Both items are acidic but coca-cola more so. In general, coca-cola has a pH of anywhere from 2.5-4.5 because of the Phosphoric Acid content where milk has a normal pH around 6.7 (almost neutral, milk that is in the base range is usually mastitic).

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  • Republicans are told ending Obama’s immigration plan will cost billions
    Posted February 27, 2015 at 3:35 pm by Pete Kasperowicz

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    The Congressional Budget Office this week told the Senate that passing legislation to permanently defund President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration would increase annual budget deficits, by about $6.3 billion over the next decade.

    That’s about $630 million per year, a price the GOP seems willing to pay to end a policy they say is illegal and would let millions of illegal immigrants stay and work in the United States.

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    CBO Director Doug Elmendorf told Republicans this week that ending Obama’s immigration action would cost money, not save money. Image: Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call,Inc.

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  • Family members ruining your relationship on ‘The Bachelor’
    Posted February 27, 2015 at 2:55 pm by Steve Krakauer

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    Is it a dealbreaker if your sister, who you’re very close with, won’t give approval for your potential spouse to marry you? How about if your mom reveals you’ve never held hands with a past partner? Or if your brother reveals you’re a “wild mustang”?

    On the “Married Guys Talk Bachelor” podcast — where two married Blaze employees recap the show — we look at how the hometown dates with Prince Farming led to Chris’ ultimate decision that brought us the final two.

    Also, as we revealed thanks to extensive research in episode one of our podcast, the big “Playboy” Jade reveal took place during the show. How did that go? (Spoiler: awkwardly.) Listen here:

    Also discussed: the non-tropical locales “The Bachelor” contestants visited, the big fall from the top slot by Britt and a look back at how our predictions performed.

    Listen to all episodes of “Married Guys Talk Bachelor” on TheBlaze Radio On Demand.

  • Conservative rebellion forces House to cancel vote on education bill
    Posted February 27, 2015 at 2:06 pm by Pete Kasperowicz

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    House Republicans on Friday pulled legislation from the floor that Republicans were hoping could be an improvement to the federal No Child Left Behind law, but instead has faced criticism from conservative Republicans.

    The Student Success Act was aimed at giving states more control over education, and giving the federal government less of a say over educational choices.

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    House Education Committee Chairman John Kline (R-Minn.), right, pushed for his bill to revamp federal education policy, but the bill was pulled when too many conservatives said it didn’t go far enough in getting rid of the federal government’s influence. Image: Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call,Inc.

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  • The Senate finally passed a DHS spending bill, but the House is already ignoring it
    Posted February 27, 2015 at 11:28 am by Pete Kasperowicz

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    The Senate passed a full-year Department of Homeland Security funding bill Friday morning, but it was already being ignored by House Republicans who were moving ahead with a three-week funding bill.

    In a 68-31 vote, the Senate passed a DHS funding bill for the rest of fiscal year 2015, one that doesn’t block President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration. Removing the immigration language was the only way the bill could move ahead, as Democrats opposed that language and blocked the bill several times over the last few weeks.

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    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) managed to pass a clean DHS bill Friday, but it was already being ignored by House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio). Image: AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite

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  • You can’t have any more of a ‘close call’ than this
    Posted February 27, 2015 at 11:07 am by Jonathon M. Seidl

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    The next time someone throws out the phrase “close call,” you need to show them this video to keep them honest. This is just ridiculous:

    It’s unclear where or when the video was taken. And it’s always a possibility it’s been doctored. But if everything pans out, it’s seriously one of the scariest things you can imagine happening while walking across the street.

  • Dems propose giving the Justice Dept. authority to investigate ‘police killings’
    Posted February 27, 2015 at 10:09 am by Pete Kasperowicz

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    More than a dozen House Democrats have proposed legislation that would give the Justice Department the authority to investigate deaths at the hands of police officers, and to punish those officers as if they were any other citizen involved in murder or manslaughter.

    The Police Accountability Act, from Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.), is a response to recent deaths that have prompted civil rights investigations at the Justice Department, but failed to result in any federal charges. Just this week, it was reported that the department would not find any violations against Officer Darren Wilson in the death of Michael Brown in Missouri.

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    Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.) has a new bill that would let the Department of Justice investigate ‘police killings.’ Image: Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call,Inc.

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  • Six eye-opening things you might not have known about Islam from a top Shariah lawyer
    Posted February 27, 2015 at 9:15 am by Benjamin Weingarten

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    Recently we conducted an extensive interview with a former top Iranian Shariah lawyer and author of “Honor Killing: A Professional’s Guide to Sexual Relations and Ghayra Violence from the Islamic Sources,” Daniel Akbari, on the nature of Islam and Shariah law generally, and in particular its dictates regarding violence against women.

    While reading Akbari’s book, we came across a passage describing six principles in Islam that we thought might be particularly eye-opening for readers. These include:

    An Afghan refugee reads verses of the Quran  during the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan, in a mosque on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan, Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012. Muslims throughout the world are marking the month of Ramadan, the holiest month in Islamic calendar. Credit: AP

    An Afghan refugee reads verses of the Quran during the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan, in a mosque on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan, Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012. Muslims throughout the world are marking the month of Ramadan, the holiest month in Islamic calendar. (Credit: AP)

    1. Koffar (unbelievers) do not have a right to know what Islam teaches.
    2. It is sinful for Muslims to take non-Muslims as friends or protectors unless it is for the purpose of using the non-Muslims to accomplish the goals of Islam. It is not a sin if Muslims “make taqiyya” – use deception – to protect themselves or Islam.
    3. Muslims must lie if it is the only way to achieve an obligatory goal of Islam, especially the maqasid al-sharia, the ultimate goal.
    4. The most important goal Muslims must achieve is to spread deen, the worship of Allah through Islam.
    5. It is sinful for Muslims to allow non-Muslims to look down on Muslims or Islam in any way.
    6. Finally, the purpose of ghayra violence [up to and including honor killing] is to al-amr bi al-ma’ruf wa al-nahy ‘an al-munkar – to enjoin good and forbid evil as defined by the moral rules of sharia.

    Akbari provides some further critical context:

    “[T]he ultimate goal of Islam is to contain, subjugate and eliminate all other religions”
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    Muslims know that non-Muslims do not follow the moral rules of sharia, they follow the moral provisions of their religion or their law. Muslims also know non-Muslims do not understand the moral provisions of sharia, because understanding sharia moral provisions requires understanding the maqasid al-sharia, the goals of Islam. It does not benefit Muslims to inform non-Muslims of the maqasid so they could understand sharia because the ultimate goal of Islam is to contain, subjugate and eliminate all other religions so that all people everywhere follow Islam. Revealing this goal would only increase opposition among the most wicked of all creatures, those who resist Islam. It follows it is not in the interest of Muslims to reveal Islam’s connection to ghayra violence. To reveal this connection would alert non-Muslims to disparage Islam or Muslims and, at worst, might stimulate non-Muslims to resist Islam. The Muslims’ best course of action – the way that minimizes opposition to the spread of deen – is to deceive non-Muslims into believing Muslims follow the same moral ideas they follow. Only in that way will Islam not appear to threaten the moral and political order of koffar society.

    Our conclusion is that deceiving non-Muslims about Islam’s connection to ghayra violence is obligatory, so non-Muslims will not perceive the difference between their morality and sharia and threaten the spread of deen. Good news again for our Muslim spokespeople! But of course, they knew this all the time. Now you do, too.

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  • DHS will provide counseling to its employees if there’s a shutdown
    Posted February 27, 2015 at 8:54 am by Pete Kasperowicz

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    The Department of Homeland Security is telling its employees that if a shutdown occurs this weekend, counseling will be made available to anyone who might be furloughed.

    “[W]e will provide you with the timely and relevant information you need to address every stage of this process, up to and including – only if necessary – a DHS furlough,” DHS Chief Information Office Luke McCormack told his state in a memo obtained by Government Executive.

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    DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson may see his department partially shut down on Saturday, but DHS is offering counseling to its employees who might have to be furloughed. Image: Bloomberg/Bloomberg via Getty Images

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  • Senate sets up early Friday vote on DHS spending bill
    Posted February 26, 2015 at 7:34 pm by Pete Kasperowicz

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    The Senate will vote Friday morning a clean Department of Homeland Security spending bill, sending the bill to the House just half a day before DHS funding is scheduled to run out.

    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) agreed to quickly move the DHS bill to the Senate floor, and they acted on that agreement early Thursday evening.

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    Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) successfully pushed for a clean DHS spending bill, and the Senate will vote on that Friday morning. Image: AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite

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  • ‘FTR Field Report’: Judicial Watch president talks ‘smoking gun’ emails on Benghazi
    Posted February 26, 2015 at 4:30 pm by Tom Orr

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    Conservative government watchdog group Judicial Watch has uncovered new documents that show that members of then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s staff knew immediately that the 2012 attack on the U.S. facility in Benghazi was a terror attack and not a result of a protest over a YouTube video.

    Judicial Watch obtained emails sent by Clinton’s senior staff through a Freedom of Information Act request.

    US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton testifies before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on the September 11, 2012 attack on the US mission in Benghazi, Libya, during a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on January 23, 2013. Secy. Clinton warned of the challenges posed by rising militancy after the Arab Spring as she appeared before US lawmakers Wednesday to be grilled about a deadly attack.'Benghazi didn't happen in a vacuum,' Clinton said at the start of a Senate hearing into the September 11 assault on a US mission in eastern Libya. Credit: AFP/Getty Images

    US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton testifies before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on the September 11, 2012 attack on the US mission in Benghazi, Libya, during a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on January 23, 2013.Credit: AFP/Getty Images

     

    At 4:07 p.m. ET on the day of the attack, Clinton’s special assistant sent an email saying, “Tripoli reports approximately 20 armed people fired shots; explosions have been heard as well.”

    At 4:38 p.m., another email forwarded to Clinton’s staff cited a phone call from someone in Benghazi saying that “15 armed individuals were attacking the compound and trying to gain entrance.”

    At 6:06 p.m., an email said that Ansar al-Sharia, a group affiliated with Al Qaeda, had claimed credit for the attack.

    At 11:57 p.m., another email said that Diplomatic Security was reporting that the Benghazi facility was under mortar fire.

    However, even though her staff had been notified about the details of the attack and Ansar al-Sharia’s claim of responsibility, Clinton issued a statement saying the incident may have been “a response to inflammatory material posted on the Internet.”

    For the Record senior investigative correspondent Sara Carter sat down with Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton to discuss the emails and what they could mean in a new podcast. Listen to the podcast on the For the Record page on Soundcloud or below.

  • Steve King rallies the troops before House GOP meeting on immigration
    Posted February 26, 2015 at 4:18 pm by Pete Kasperowicz

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    Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) on Thursday warned his Republican colleagues that House leaders appeared to be preparing to accept the Senate’s plan for funding the Department of Homeland Security, one that doesn’t stop President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration.

    Republicans were expected to meet at 5 p.m. Thursday to discuss how to react to the Senate’s pending decision to pass the “clean” DHS bill.

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    Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) was scrambling on Thursday to ensure Republicans block an apparent attempt to give up fighting Obama’s immigration action. Image: AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall

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  • GOP vows steps to thwart FCC’s new Internet regulation
    Posted February 26, 2015 at 3:42 pm by Pete Kasperowicz

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    Republicans in the House and Senate vowed Thursday to find some way to moderate or stop the Federal Communications Commission’s now-approved plan to regulate the Internet.

    In the past, Republicans have passed legislation to stop what they see as regulatory overreach, and that’s an option the GOP could consider in the coming weeks. But for now, they said only that they’d be looking at some way to blunt the impact of the FCC’s new rule.

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    Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler gestures near the end of a hearing for a vote on ‘net neutrality’ on Thursday. Image: AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais

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  • Loretta Lynch just cleared a key Senate hurdle to becoming Obama’s next attorney general
    Posted February 26, 2015 at 11:46 am by Pete Kasperowicz

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    President Barack Obama’s nomination to be the next attorney general was advanced Thursday by the Senate Judiciary Committee, setting up Loretta Lynch for a confirmation vote by the full Senate in the coming days.

    The committee approved Lynch in a 12-8 vote, after several weeks in which Republican opponents of the nomination said she should be opposed because she supports Obama’s executive action on immigration. Three GOP members voted for her, allowing her to be approved out of the committee — Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Orrin Hatch (R-Utah).

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    U.S. Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch was approved for that post by the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday. Image: AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite

    During her nomination hearing in January, Lynch told the committee that she believes the legal analysis backing that action is “reasonable.”

    “It seems to be a reasonable discussion of legal precedent, the relevant statute, congressional actions, along with the enforcement discretion of the agency,” she said. “And I don’t see any reason to doubt the reasonableness of those views.”

    Many senators also noted that Lynch evaded questions about whether the president’s powers are limited in any way. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said Lynch dodged those questions, and that Republicans should not be surprised if Lynch backs even more radical actions from Obama.

    “I came into the hearing with high hopes,” Cruz said. “I must say, however, that the answers Ms. Lynch gave in this hearing room in my judgment render her unsuitable for the position of the chief law enforcement officer for this nation.”

    Other Republicans cited her defense of Obama’s immigration move as a reason to oppose her.

    “I would vote no on this nomination and ask colleagues on both sides of the aisle to do the same,” said Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.). “Every day we allow the president to erode and destroy the powers of Congress, we are allowing the president to erode and destroy the voice and the rights of the people we represent.”

    But other Republicans defended her by saying Lynch is qualified for the job and that any president deserves to choose his Cabinet officials, within reason. Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) was one of those who said he’d vote for her, and noted that he received a letter from lynch on Wednesday in which she pledged to live by any final court decision related to Obama’s immigration action.

    A federal court has blocked the administration from implementing key parts of that decision, and when asked two questions about whether she would follow the court’s ruling, she said, “The answer to both of your questions is yes.”

    Read Lynch’s letter to GOP senators below:

  • Harry Reid tells House GOP: Pass the clean DHS bill, or be blamed for a shutdown
    Posted February 26, 2015 at 11:04 am by Pete Kasperowicz

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    Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) warned again on Thursday that the House has no choice but to pass a clean Department of Homeland Security spending bill that will soon be approved by the Senate, and said doing anything else would make House Republicans responsible for shutting down DHS.

    The Senate is expected to approve a plain-vanilla DHS spending bill on Thursday, one that doesn’t include language to defund President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration. Senate GOP leaders agreed to take out that language after Democrats demanded it for weeks.

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    Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) warned House Republicans Thursday that they must accept a Senate deal on DHS spending, or be blamed for a shutdown. Image: Bloomberg/Bloomberg via Getty Images

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  • A top Shariah lawyer’s stunning response to the question: ‘Is there such a thing as moderate Islam?’
    Posted February 26, 2015 at 9:17 am by Benjamin Weingarten

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    We sat down with a leading Shariah lawyer from Iran, Daniel Akbari, to discuss his illuminating new book ”Honor Killing: A Professional’s Guide to Sexual Relations and Ghayra Violence from the Islamic Sources, in which he seeks to awaken Americans to the generally antithetical nature of Islam to Judeo-Christian society, and specifically Shariah-dictated domestic violence towards women — up to and including so-called honor killings — and how we in the West can prevent such atrocities.

    During the extensive interview, which you can skip to here, we had a chance to ask him a series of questions on the nature of Islam, its goals, tactics, how Western Muslims become jihadists, and all manner of other topics.

    But it was in response to a question on whether there is such a thing as moderate Islam that Mr. Akbari, a man who studied at the seat of Shia religious learning at the Tehran University School of Law, and specialized in criminal and family law before leaving Iran, gave perhaps his most stunning response of all, stating:

    “[T]hese people…deceive Americans not to resist the process of Islam”
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    What Erdogan, the Prime Minister of Turkey says is actually perfect and totally Islamic because Islam is Islam. We don’t have such a thing like — “radical Islam extremism” — many things that are said in Islam like beheading, like stoning, like flogging — they are not extremism acts, those are pure Islam.

    …The second thing is, this is not “extremism,” this is “fundamentalism.” People who believe in [the] Koran understand it and practice it and take it serious.

    About moderate Muslims, we have to…make a distinction between those people who come from Islamic backgrounds, come from [the] Middle East, their names are ‘Mohammed’…they might not believe in [the] Koran at all. They might just be atheists. They just come from that region.

    Who are moderate Muslims in reality according to Akbari?

    …Moderate Muslims actually are kind of like CAIR [Council on American-Islamic Relations] people — people who are Muslim Brotherhood types…and these people fight for Islam, love it, but they give a peaceful feature, and good-looking [nature] to Islam, to…deceive Americans not to resist the process of Islam.

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    Sometimes they deceive Americans this way that “We are the same as your neighbor who is from the Middle East.” That neighbor might be an atheist, might be a Buddhist at heart. Just by nature and feature, people might assume [him or her] Islamic.

    …Moderate Muslims, as we might know as Muslim Brotherhood, they are the backbone of jihad.

    Without them, there…[are] not gonna be any jihadis. They support jihad financially. They recruit here for jihadists — they recruit in this country. They have their own Islamic centers. They go to jail and recruit for ISIS.

    So without these moderate Muslims — I’m not talking about just people coming from [the] Middle East — I’m talking about those who fight for Islam, or those who love Islam and pay for jihadists and also support to…try to recruit people, or sympathizers. My point about moderates is kind of different than what Americans might say.

    Moderates are not anybody from [the] Middle East with an Islamic name.

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  • Here’s how Republicans and Democrats just fought back against Obama’s effort to tax 529 college savings plans
    Posted February 25, 2015 at 4:20 pm by Pete Kasperowicz

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    Less than a month after President Barack Obama proposed new taxes on college savings plans, the Republican-led House struck back by passing a bipartisan bill to further enhance these savings plans for millions of Americans.

    So-called “529″ college savings plans were highlighted by Obama in his State of the Union speech, in which he proposed that these plans should be taxed more to make sure “the wealthy pay their fair share.”

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    President Barack Obama has found himself alone in the wilderness on the issue of whether to strengthen or weaken 529 college savings plans. Image: AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite

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  • SNL’s motivational speaker ‘Matt Foley’ resurrected to recruit for the University of Wisconsin Badgers
    Posted February 25, 2015 at 3:51 pm by Mike Opelka

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    A short video from the late Chris Farley in the role of his popular character Matt Foley popped up on the University of Wisconsin football program’s Twitter account yesterday afternoon.
     


     
    Why was Chris Farley promoting the Badgers’ football program? He attended Marquette University in Milwaukee, but was born in Madison, Wisconsin — the home of the University of Wisconsin.

    The video is undated. However, because Farley died in December of 1997, we can estimate it to be at least 18 years old.

    Watch the clip, from BTN.com.

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  • Just two Senate Republicans opposed the Senate’s new plan to pass a DHS bill
    Posted February 25, 2015 at 3:42 pm by Pete Kasperowicz

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    The Senate overwhelmingly agreed Wednesday to move ahead with a plan to pass a Department of Homeland Security spending bill that leaves President Barack Obama’s immigration plan intact.

    Senate Republicans on Tuesday gave up their fight to tie the two issues together, and said they’d proceed with a bill that Democrats have been demanding for the last several weeks.

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    The Senate easily voted to move ahead with a clean DHS bill, one that Senate Democrats have been seeking for weeks. Image: AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite

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  • GOP forced to postpone hearing after FCC chief refuses to testify on plan to regulate the Internet
    Posted February 25, 2015 at 1:05 pm by Pete Kasperowicz

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    House Republicans on Wednesday had to postpone a hearing on the Federal Communications Commission’s plans to approve sweeping new Internet regulations, after FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler refused to show up.

    The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee had a hearing scheduled for 2 p.m. Wednesday to discuss the FCC’s controversial new rule. Wheeler said last week that he wouldn’t show up to answer questions about what’s in the proposed rule, which so far hasn’t been made public, and that he’d prefer to after the rule is approved.

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    FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler refused on Wednesday to explain a pending Internet regulation at a House hearing. Image: AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana

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  • Boehner silent on the Senate immigration plan, and whether he’d get punished for passing it in the House
    Posted February 25, 2015 at 11:01 am by Pete Kasperowicz

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    House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Wednesday declined to say what he thinks about a Senate plan to concede to Democrats on immigration and funding for the Department of Homeland Security, and dodged questions about whether his position as House Speaker is in jeopardy if he calls for a House vote on that plan.

    Senate Republicans on Tuesday caved to Democratic demands to hold a vote on a DHS funding bill, and a separate vote to defund Obama’s action. Republicans had linked the two issues in an effort to force Democrats to accept the defunding language.

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    House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) gave no clues as to whether the House will consider a Senate plan to end a fight over DHS funding. Image: AP Photo/Susan Walsh

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  • EPA wants a 6 percent budget increase to create ‘sustainable economic growth’
    Posted February 25, 2015 at 10:09 am by Pete Kasperowicz

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    The administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday asked Congress for a 6 percent increase to the EPA’s budget, in order to help build a “solid path for sustainable economic growth.”

    Republicans have spent the last several years arguing that various EPA rules are cutting into U.S. economic growth, and preventing a full recovery from the Great Recession. But in prepared remarks before a House committee Wednesday, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy argued that the EPA’s clean air and clean water rules are actually helping the U.S. economy.

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    Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy is asking for a 6 percent budget increase in her agency next year. Image: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

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  • Is the government violating a court order to stop working on Obama’s immigration plans? Ted Cruz demands answers.
    Posted February 25, 2015 at 8:47 am by Pete Kasperowicz

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    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is demanding to know if the Department of Homeland Security is following a court injunction by delaying the implementation of President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration, after DHS and President Barack Obama hinted that officials might still be working on the program behind the scenes.

    “Your comments and the president’s comments raise serious questions about the administration’s intent to comply with the law and abide by the most basic rules of our American system of government,” Cruz wrote in a letter to DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson.

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    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) wants to know if DHS is violating a court order that stopped it from implementing President Barack Obama’s immigration plan. Image: SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images

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  • Ted Cruz calls out GOP leadership after Senate gives in to Democrats’ demands on DHS funding bill
    Posted February 24, 2015 at 7:53 pm by Pete Kasperowicz

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    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said Tuesday that Senate GOP leaders were making a major error by agreeing to pass a “clean” Department of Homeland Security bill that doesn’t defund President Barack Obama’s immigration plans.

    “Leadership’s current plan – to pass clean DHS funding and separate legislation barring executive amnesty – is a mistake,” Cruz said. “Congress is obliged to use every constitutional check and balance we have to rein in President Obama’s lawlessness, and that includes both our confirmation authority over nominees and the power of the purse.”

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    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said GOP leadership’s plan to allow a vote on a clean DHS bill is a “mistake.” Image: AP Photo/Susan Walsh

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  • The Obama decision John Boehner is calling a ‘national embarrassment’
    Posted February 24, 2015 at 4:37 pm by Pete Kasperowicz

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    House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) slammed President Barack Obama’s decision on Tuesday to veto legislation approving the Keystone XL pipeline, and said Obama’s move will make it harder for the U.S. to create jobs.

    “The president’s veto of the Keystone jobs bill is a national embarrassment,” Boehner said. “It’s embarrassing when Russia and China are plowing ahead on two massive pipelines and we can’t get this one no-brainer of a project off the ground.”

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    House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said President Obama’s decision to veto the Keystone bill ignores bipartisan support in the Congress, and hurts job creation. Image: Alex Wong/Getty Images

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