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  • GOP probes $600,000 for posters, $100,000 book club, other wasteful spending at Department of Labor
    Posted August 26, 2014 at 12:16 pm by Pete Kasperowicz

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    House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) is asking the Department of Labor for all information about a series of wasteful spending, including spending $600,000 on posters for the department’s elevators, and $100,000 to promote a book club.

    “[D]ocuments obtained by the committee appear to show a pattern of wasteful spending and mismanagement at DOL,” Issa wrote to Labor Secretary Tom Perez on Monday.

    House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., is asking the Department of Labor for more information about wasteful department spending that has been reported in the press. (AP Photo)

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  • One Democrat’s solution for stopping Burger King-style corporate inversions: Cut the corporate tax rate
    Posted August 26, 2014 at 9:30 am by Pete Kasperowicz

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    A Senate Democrat this week put forward a surprisingly simple idea for stopping U.S.-based companies from moving their headquarters overseas in order to escape high U.S. corporate taxes — lower those taxes.

    Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) on Monday mocked Burger King for considering the purchase of Canada-based Tim Hortons, which would allow Burger King to move its headquarters to Canada. He said he would support other U.S.-based burger chains who “haven’t abandoned their country or customers,” and said companies shouldn’t pursue these corporate inversions just for the sake of a lower tax burden.

    Burger King is the latest company to seek lower taxes overseas. One Democrat says the way to stop corporate inversions is to lower U.S. corporate taxes. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

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  • Emmy highlight: Billy Crystal’s touching tribute to Robin Williams
    Posted August 26, 2014 at 8:45 am by Mike Opelka

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    This writer generally avoids awards shows like most sensible people would avoid traveling to a country with an Ebola outbreak. However, there was talk of a special tribute to the late Robin Williams at Monday night’s Emmys. So, I set the DVR and went to bed.

    Scanning the show and the various online wrap-up coverage, it seems like my awards show avoidance reflex was again proved right. By most accounts, nothing special happened.

    Even the outrage surrounding Sophia Vergara’s appearance on a rotating platform seems like a manufactured controversy. The “Modern Family” star was invited to stand on the platform by Bruce Rosenbaum, chairman of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

    Image source: NBC

    Image source: NBC

    Rosenbaum delivered the typical boring statement about what “the academy” does and viewers watched as Vergara’s curves were on display from every angle. To her credit, the actress played it for comedy — as she often does on the award-winning show that regularly features her character in situations where her beauty is either a distraction, a punchline or both.

    But the highlight of the night (for me) was the super-sized tribute to Robin Williams from his friend, Billy Crystal.

    Crystal’s monologue and video montage was a welcomed five minutes tacked onto the end of the annual “in memoriam” segment that has become a staple in every awards show.

    Williams’ longtime friend and Comic Relief partner shared some of his favorite personal stories before tossing it to a montage of clips that opened with Robin’s first appearance on “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.”

    Watch the one moment from the marathon broadcast that seemed like it was worth sharing:

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  • World turned upside-down: Former progressive British author explains how ‘Obama is aiding the enemies of the West’
    Posted August 26, 2014 at 7:18 am by Benjamin Weingarten

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    Recently, in the wake of journalist James Foley’s beheading at the hands of a British member of ISIS, we noted that Times of London columnist, journalist, broadcaster, author and progressive turned staunch progressive critic Melanie Phillips foretold of such radical European Islamization in her 2006 title, “Londonistan.”

    We caught up with Ms. Phillips, who is currently in Israel, to discuss the spread of Islamic supremacism throughout Europe, and several other pertinent geo-political issues, the thrust of which echo themes contained in Phillips’ 2011 title, “The World Turned Upside Down: The Global Battle over God, Truth, and Power.”

    But we started in Israel where we asked Phillips for some on-the-ground insight into U.S.-Israeli relations in light of a bombshell Wall Street Journal report detailing tensions between the Obama administration and its Israeli counterparts, including over delayed weapons transfers from the U.S. to Israel during the throes of Operation Protective Edge. What Phillips said was staggering:

    FILE -- In this Monday, May 18, 2009 file photo, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, right, looks towards President Barack Obama as he speaks to reporters in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. President Barack Obama s vow to take his message straight to the public during his first presidential visit to Israel next week will be a tough sell with many Israelis who consider him naive, too soft on the nation s enemies and even hostile to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Credit: AP

    Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu and President Barack Obama. (Image Source: AP)

    People were very shocked to find that in this row that had apparently blown up…over the Israeli government allegedly going behind the White House’s back to Congress to get authorization for more equipment [which had been perceived as a routine military-to-military transfer in Israel]…people were very shocked that as a result of that row, it would appear that Obama was basically holding up supplies at a time when Israel was under such terrible pressure and under such terrible attack.

    And people here regarded that as an act of outright malice…outright malice…To withdraw aid from your supposed ally at a time of such need is in effect to be aiding the enemy — is in effect to be aiding Hamas.

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    And then at the very same time Obama signed this mega…arms deal with Qatar. Qatar is on the wrong side of the battle for civilization. Qatar is behind Hamas…is behind Islamists. And people are astonished and horrified that the country that they’ve taken for granted…as an ally of Israel, not only can’t be relied on…but also is suspected of acting for Israel’s enemies.

    And behind all of that, people are extremely concerned about the role that America is taking in pushing what people here…see to be coming, which is a cave-in to Iran, which basically will enable Iran to progress — maybe a little more slowly than otherwise they might have liked — but enabling Iran to progress to get the bomb. [Link ours]

    Following up on this question, we asked Phillips for her comment on the recent realignment of power overall in the Middle East, and the notion that America has stepped back from its traditional role as a supporter of secular but authoritarian regimes that kept relative peace in the region. Phillips asserted:

    [The U.S. has] stepped back from the world. It’s stepped back from America’s historic role in keeping peace in the interests of democracy and freedom. But you see he [Obama] hasn’t really stepped back because it’s worse.

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    Obama is aiding the enemies of the West. I mean he’s aiding Iran. He’s enabled Iran to become this really strong force in the region. He’s aiding people like Qatar and Turkey. He is aiding the Muslim Brotherhood. He’s trying to punish General Sisi…General Sisi is intent on stopping the Muslim Brotherhood, and he probably alone in the region can stop the Brotherhood; he can stop them in Egypt, and he should be given every assistance by us [the West] because the Brotherhood are a mortal threat to us. Egypt is not a mortal threat to us. Instead Obama is taking the side of the [Muslim] Brothers.

    …Time and again, President Obama seems not to be simply withdrawing from the global fray. That would be bad enough…to leave a vacuum. But he’s actually aiding and abetting the enemies of the West.

    This portion of our interview, which you can find below, begins at around 6:21. (more…)

  • Conflict of interest? Justice official defending IRS worked at IRS, was involved in targeting scandal
    Posted August 25, 2014 at 4:20 pm by Pete Kasperowicz

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    House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) on Monday called on Attorney General Eric Holder to set up a special counsel for the IRS targeting scandal, in light of new evidence that one Justice Department official defending the IRS was himself part of the targeting scandal when he was an IRS employee.

    According to Issa, Andrew Strelka worked at the IRS Exempt Organizations Division from 2008 to 2010. That division is the group that slow walked and delayed applications from conservative entities seeking tax-exempt organizations.

    House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., says the Justice Department can’t objectively defend the IRS in the targeting scandal case, and should appoint a special counsel to do so. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

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  • Unbelievable: White leftist comedian Russell Brand tells black conservative author Jason Riley how black people should think
    Posted August 25, 2014 at 2:49 pm by Benjamin Weingarten

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    The Gateway Pundit reports on a video recorded by leftist British comedian Russell Brand in connection with Fox News’ coverage of the ongoing chaos in Ferguson that must be seen to be believed.

    Kristinn Taylor, guest posting at Gateway Pundit set the stage for the breathtaking video thusly:

    Russell Brand. (Image Source: Youtube screengrab)

    Russell Brand. (Image Source: Youtube screengrab)

    Imagine the sense of superiority it takes for a liberal white man to lecture a black man on how to think black.

    Now imagine the sense of superiority it takes a British liberal white man to lecture an American black man on how to think black.

    Then, imagine the supremacist sense of superiority it takes a wealthy British liberal white man to lecture a successful American black man on how to think black while said wealthy British white liberal man is being filmed lecturing the successful American black man on how to think black while the aforementioned wealthy British liberal white man sits in the back seat of a chauffeur-driven limousine while being driven around London and then putting the video of the lecture on You Tube for all the world to see.

    And then imagine the racist attack by the wealthy British liberal white man being filmed while he sits next to a seven year old child in the back of the chauffeur driven limousine.

    This is what Brand does in a video published several days ago in which he savages recent Blaze Books interviewee, frequent Fox News contributor and Wall Street Journal Editorial Board member Jason Riley, who recently published “Please Stop Helping Us: How Liberals Make It Harder for Blacks to Succeed,” a book we have covered in some depth.

    Here are just a smattering of quotes from Brand on Jason Riley:

    • Mimicking an introduction given by Fox News’ Bret Baier to Riley, Brand mockingly states “Author of the book: “I am a convenient African-American who will betray my racial roots for Fox News.” (more…)
  • Race in America in the wake of Ferguson: Conservative Latino vs. liberal black
    Posted August 25, 2014 at 1:30 pm by Chris Salcedo

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    This weekend, we devoted some time to addressing the chaos the nation has seen in America’s heartland over the last few weeks.  The violence, looting and mayhem has been inflicted on America in the absence of concrete details in the case of Michael Brown, an 18-year old black man fatally shot by a white police officer. We invited Dr. Marc Lamont Hill to give us his perspective on the happenings in Missouri.

    Some in the journalism world, CNN in particular, appear to be caught flat-footed when confronted with the fact that today’s America in no way resembles America pre-1965.  It seems there are those in our nation — who for ratings or profit— are content to keep up the notion that it’s open season on blacks in America, and whites are the ones pulling the trigger.

    One of the contributors to the Chris Salcedo Show, Mary Ramirez, outlined the sobering facts in one of her recent articles, blacks are under attack from other blacks.  We wanted to talk with someone with a liberal point of view to address my contention that Ferguson is more a reflection of politics than race.

    Cue to 8:20 to hear the start of the conversation:

    Also on the show: Solutions to Obamacare, America’s failing public education system and Rep. Paul Ryan!

  • Should the U.S. change its policy and negotiate with some terrorists? Two conservatives strongly disagree
    Posted August 25, 2014 at 12:42 pm by Steve Krakauer

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    The United States has a clear policy: It doesn’t negotiate with terrorists. That’s come up again after the Islamic State beheaded American journalist James Foley last week, raising questions about what will happen next between the terrorist group and the U.S.

    The policy was a major topic of debate on Cain and Cupp on TheBlaze Radio this weekend, one on which co-hosts Will Cain and SE Cupp disagreed strongly. “It’s just a slogan,” Cain said. “The fact that other Western countries do negotiate with ISIS and Al Qaeda undercuts the very principle the United States pretends to uphold … it’s not a principle if no one upholds it.”

    Cupp stood strong on the policy: “If you’re violent, if you’re an extremist, if you’re a terrorist, if you kidnap people, if you hold people for ransom, there will be no negotiations — 100 percent.”

    What do you think? Listen here (the conversation starts up at approximately the 00:06:00 mark):

    Other topics on the show include the ALS ice bucket challenge, swimming with sharks, presidential golfing and football fans.

    You can listen to all the Cain and Cupp TheBlaze Radio shows here.

  • Steve King: Obama’s immigration move would trigger constitutional crisis
    Posted August 25, 2014 at 12:07 pm by Pete Kasperowicz

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    Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) warned Monday that President Barack Obama would trigger a “constitutional crisis” if he used his executive authority to give millions of illegal immigrants legal status, a move Obama is reportedly considering before the end of the summer.

    In a phone interview with TheBlaze, King predicted that while Obama’s executive action would make things even worse for the millions of Americans still looking for work, it would also serve to wake people up.

    President Barack Obama returns from his vacation this week. Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) said Monday that if he follows through with his executive action on immigration, it could prompt a constitutional crisis. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

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  • Blaze Mag: Blackout
    Posted August 25, 2014 at 11:45 am by Chris Field

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    FINAL - Blackout EMP Threat - Blaze Magazine Cover - September 2014 - no boxToo many Americans prefer to live in denial about the threat we face from an electromagnetic pulse weapon. The truth is that an EMP attack is much more than some theory by right-wing fearmongers, as is often claimed by members of the Left.

    Our most lethal enemies—a new Axis of Evil—have the means to knock us out and have even conducted test runs. Throw in a new caliphate that’s willing to play along, and the existential threat to the United States grows exponentially. What are we doing to prevent it?

    Plus, get to know Trey Gowdy, the man tapped to get to the truth about what really happened in Benghazi. He may just be the most qualified congressman to ever lead such an investigation.

    Get the Magazine today and get this issue FREE.

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  • Are drug smugglers getting more creative? Latest bust finds coke in tamales
    Posted August 25, 2014 at 10:51 am by Pete Kasperowicz

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    U.S. border agents over the last few weeks have thwarted some very creative attempts to sneak drugs into the country, including by hiding drugs in food and children’s toys.

    On Friday, U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced it found seven ounces of cocaine hiding inside tamales. (more…)

  • New September cover: The EMP threat grows
    Posted August 25, 2014 at 10:02 am by Chris Field

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    A new Axis of Evil has eyes on a knock-out punch–and has been practicing.

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  • Daily government emails teach people how to eat
    Posted August 25, 2014 at 9:20 am by Pete Kasperowicz

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    Anyone who isn’t being nagged enough about how to eat right can sign up for a daily email from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which is offering daily tips on how to eat better.

    USDA’s “MyPlate” website is where the government’s nutrition guide is housed. It was launched in 2011, with the help of First Lady Michelle Obama, and notably replaced USDA’s traditional food pyramid with something closer to a pie chart (although there is no room for pie on the chart).

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    USDA’s MyPlate logo represents the new way the federal government wants you to think about food.

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  • Paul Ryan on the Ex-Im Bank, bailouts: Tactics trump purity
    Posted August 25, 2014 at 6:00 am by Benjamin Weingarten

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    In a wide-ranging interview in connection with the release of his new book, “The Way Forward,” presumptive 2016 presidential contender, 2012 GOP vice presidential nominee and Chairman of the House Budget Committee, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) spoke with TheBlaze Books via phone this weekend, touting a populist, market-oriented domestic agenda and robust foreign policy vision.

    During the interview, Ryan addressed several issues on which conservatives have been critical of the Republican Party, from perpetuating crony capitalism to immigration.

    Republican vice presidential candidate, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., gestures as he speaks during a campaign event, Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012, in Mansfield, Ohio. Credit: AP

    Republican vice presidential candidate, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., gestures as he speaks during a campaign event, Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012, in Mansfield, Ohio. (Image Source: AP)

    Perhaps most interesting was the congressman’s defense of votes he and fellow Republicans took in favor of TARP and the 2009 auto bailout, and his belief in the efficacy of a short-term reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank.

    When asked how his votes for TARP and the auto bailout comport with the populist, free market philosophy Rep. Ryan espouses in his new book, noting that he “did not enjoy” such votes, Ryan justified them on grounds of “defensive voting.” The congressman argued that in the throes of the financial crisis, based on the feedback he received from Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson and Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, the congressman worried, “We would have had a deflationary spiral and then progressives would have swept the election even more, and done even more damage.” Further:

    The takeaway lesson from that is, the leadership matters because they frame the choices that you make in Congress…between…lesser evils. That is something that I think is a very important lesson that I learned…that we all need to learn…and we – myself included – as Republicans have got to make amends with the fact that we have not been perfect on minding our principles and policies like crony capitalism.

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    Ryan noted that his aversion to crony capitalism was why he was fighting together with colleague Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) against the Export-Import Bank, bane of many free market proponents, who view it, like Ryan himself, as “Big government and big business joining in a common cause to hand out preferences.”

    Following up on this assertion, we asked the congressman if he foresaw the House voting for a short-term reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank, as has been reported elsewhere. Ryan stated that he does believe Congress will reauthorize the bank:

    [B]ecause we want to win this fight [to shut down the Export-Import Bank] and we worry that if we don’t do a short-term [reauthorization] we might not. Just know that that is a tactical…move that we think is in our best interest for those of us who are not in favor of the bank.

    You can listen to this portion of our interview in full on bailouts, the Export-Import Bank and crony capitalism beginning at 5:07 below. (more…)

  • Blaze editor pledges $1,000 charity donation if CNN’s Don Lemon visits a gun range, shoots automatic weapons with him
    Posted August 23, 2014 at 10:26 am by Mike Opelka

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    Earlier this week, CNN’s Don Lemon was caught up in a little bit of a controversy when he fumbled the definition of semi-automatic and automatic firearms.

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    CNN

    The story went viral and inspired TheBlaze Radio’s Mike Opelka to challenge Lemon to join him at a private gun range to learn the differences between the two kinds of weapons.

    Opelka even offered to donate $1000 of his own money to Lemon’s favorite charity.

     

    Fans of the radio show also picked up the challenge and started re-tweeting the offer.

     

    Will the CNN host step up and accept the offer? Lemon’s producer has been contacted. The offer is out there.

    Stay tuned.

    Listen to the segment from TheBlaze Radio’s Pure Opelka. (The $1K #GunRangeChallenge segment starts at the 32 minute mark of the show.)

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  • Assemblyman and bikers set to protest Mexican president’s luncheon with California Gov. Brown
    Posted August 23, 2014 at 9:59 am by Mike Opelka

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    Tuesday will be day 148 of Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi’s imprisonment in Mexico. Tuesday is also the day that Mexico’s president, Enrique Nieto, addresses the California legislature and meets with Governor Jerry Brown.

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    Enrique Pena Nieto

    According to one elected official who will not be attending the event and the luncheon honoring Nieto, the two leaders and the legislature are reportedly not going to be talking about Tahmooressi. Instead, they will discuss trade, immigration and climate change.

    Assemblyman Tim Donnelly talked about the upcoming event and told TheBlaze Radio’s Mike Opelka why he won’t be attending.

    Donnelly’s anger started a month ago when Governor Brown and a contingent of elected state officials visited Mexico and did not bring up Tahmooressi.

    Fast forward to this week and the assemblyman became even more incensed when he received this invitation from Governor Brown.

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    Image: Assemblyman Tim Donnelly

    After reading the invitation, the assemblyman penned a letter to the governor, protesting this luncheon and letting Brown know that he will not be attending.

    Instead of sitting inside the historic Leland Stanford Mansion, Donnelly told TheBlaze, he will be outside, holding a rally on behalf of Sgt. Tahmooressi.

    Donnelly’s letter closes by letting the governor know exactly how he feels about the snub of Tahmooressi.

    “I know that my absence may distress you, but it may comfort you to know that I’ll be standing outside leading a protest, doing the job you should have done as the highest elected official in California: demanding the release of one of our own, our Marine, Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi.”

    Image: Assemblyman Tim Donnelly

    Image: Assemblyman Tim Donnelly

    The group, “2Million Bikers To D.C.” has reportedly agreed to join the event.

    To learn more about the protest/rally, visit Assemblyman Donnelly’s website or the Facebook page supporting Sgt. Tahmooressi.

    Listen to Tim Donnelly explain the protest. His interview starts at the 20:00 mark of the radio show.

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  • Boehner blasts Obama’s ‘lapse in judgment’ by releasing the Taliban Five
    Posted August 22, 2014 at 2:00 pm by Pete Kasperowicz

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    House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said Friday that President Barack Obama made a critical tactical error earlier this year by releasing five Taliban detainees from Guantanamo Bay, especially as the threat of the Islamic State continues to grow.

    “At a time when we are grappling with the evil terror of the self-proclaimed ‘Islamic State’ in Syria and Iraq – a group whose leader was once an American detainee, before being released – it is difficult to imagine a more potentially serious lapse in judgment by the Obama administration,” Boehner said.

    House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio blasted President Barack Obama on Thursday for ignoring Congress and releasing dangerous terrorists. (AP Photo/Will Kincaid)

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  • Greenland might not be the most popular vacation destination, but flying over it in a fighter jet looks awesome
    Posted August 22, 2014 at 1:22 pm by Liz Klimas

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    Though some might not consider its icy and austere landscape the most hospitable, flying over Greenland’s glaciers and fjords makes for stunning footage from a fighter jet’s point-of-view.

    John Kristensen with the Danish Air Force took a GoPro camera on this recent mission over the ice rim east of Kangerlussuaq, a fjord near Illuissat and the town where explorer Knud Rasmussen was born.

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    So while, you might choose more bathing suit-friendly locations for your next vacation, at least enjoy the beauty of Greenland’s landscape in Kristensen’s video of the low-level flight. You might even see some greenery on the country that was notoriously named to fool people about its most typical climate:

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  • Lawmaker: Best way to let VA officials know reform is needed is to ‘fire a few people’
    Posted August 22, 2014 at 12:26 pm by Pete Kasperowicz

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    House Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Jeff Miller (R-Fla.) said Thursday that the best way to get Department of Veterans Affairs employees to improve their performance on the job is to fire the bad ones.

    In an interview with NewsRadio 1620 in Pensacola, Miller said that most VA employees understand that it’s time to respond to the VA health care scandal by focusing on getting heatlh care to the nation’s veterans. But even after the national scandal, Miller said some in the VA are still part of the problem, and should be fired. (more…)

  • States struggling to control fraud in federal food stamp program
    Posted August 22, 2014 at 10:40 am by Pete Kasperowicz

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    States around the country are finding it more difficult to monitor and prosecute fraudulent efforts to obtain federal food stamp benefits in large part because state enforcement budgets have fallen even as the number of food stamp beneficiaries has increased dramatically.

    Another problem cited in a new Government Accountability Office report Thursday is that even when fraud is detected, state prosecutors often decide not to prosecute because of scarce resources. And in some cases where fraud is prosecuted, states are finding that juries are often sympathetic to the food stamp scammer.

    Millions of Americans use food stamps, but a new report says states are having trouble finding and prosecuting fraud in that program. (AP Photo)

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  • VA official accused of lying to Congress placed on administrative leave
    Posted August 22, 2014 at 9:21 am by Pete Kasperowicz

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    A senior Veterans Affairs official accused of lying to a member of Congress has been placed on administrative, along with another top official at the Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System.

    CAVHCS Director James Talton was placed on leave, along with Chief of Staff Dr. Cliff Robinson.

    Robert McDonald, Secretary of Veterans Affairs, has been slow to fire VA employees, but two top officials in Alabama have been placed on administrative leave. (AP Photo/The Commercial Appeal, Jim Weber)

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  • A black conservative on the conversation ‘a lot of people, black or white,’ don’t ‘want to have’
    Posted August 22, 2014 at 8:06 am by Benjamin Weingarten

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    Jason Riley of the Wall Street Journal Editorial Board has been one of the most prominent and outspoken contrarian voices in the media in the wake of the Michael Brown shooting and ongoing chaos in Ferguson, Missouri.

    Echoing the themes of his new book, covered extensively by TheBlaze Books, “Please Stop Helping Us,” in a recent viral appearance on Meet The Press (captured below), Riley seemed to make the show’s panel very uncomfortable by contending that the real issue represented in Ferguson is black criminality itself.

    Since the Meet The Press panel promptly cut Riley off in the middle of his response to anchor Andrea Mitchell’s question, we reached out to Riley and asked him what he would have said had he been allowed to speak freely. Here is what he told us [emphasis Riley's]:

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    I don’t see how you reduce these tensions going forward between these inner city communities and the police…in an environment where the black crime rate is what it is. I mean that is what is driving this.

    Blacks are only thirteen percent of the population, but they are responsible for something like half of all murders in America. Half. I mean all manner of violent crime, all manner of property crime, you see black arrests at two or three times their numbers in the population. And until you…address that black crime problem — that black criminality — I don’t know how you’re going to address these other issues that people want to talk about, involving tensions between the black community and law enforcement, or involving racial profiling and so forth.

    What is driving those tensions is black crimes. What is driving those perceptions of young black men are these crime statistics.

    And if you want to change those perceptions, you need to change the behavior driving those perceptions. And that is not a conversation a lot of people, black or white, want to have. They want to talk about incarceration rates, but not crime rates. They want to talk about tensions in the black community, but they don’t want to talk about the behavior driving those tensions.

    And I think we need to have an honest conversation about black criminality if we want to move forward in addressing a lot of bad black outcomes we see in these ghettos.

    You can listen to this portion of our interview below beginning at 2:55.

    Among other issues covered in the interview, Riley also took on what he calls the “civil rights industry,” arguing that:

    So many in the civil rights industry as I refer to it and in the black political leadership have a vested interest in…this idea that the black man is so put-upon by white society, and that that is what is driving these outcomes. And so you get your sort of professional agitators like [Al] Sharpton and Jesse Jackson getting to work…it serves their interest.

    Riley continued:

    If you go around talking about how white racism is responsible for all these bad black outcomes, you get a tv show…If you go around talking about personal responsibility and black behavior…you don’t get a tv show.

    Riley also had a chance to riff on the political impetus that he sees behind the words and actions of President Obama and Eric Holder, telling us:

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    [W]hen it comes to black political leaders, they also have a vested interest here. And that is in the case of Holder and Obama, driving black turnout; continuing their black support, political support. And so in Holder and Obama you have people who think nothing of dividing us along racial lines when it suits their political interest.

    Holder’s been running around the country claiming that white Republicans are trying to disenfranchise blacks with voter ID laws. He’s been claiming that criticism of the administration is racially driven. And I think he has political goals in mind with that. And the fact that he’s stoking racial resentment does not concern him. That is trumped by his political goals, and that is to address his black constituents and tell them what they want to hear, or what he thinks will get them out to the polls to support President Obama.

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  • ‘Putin is ‘Writing a children’s book called The Happy Octopus’: The ‘Tonight Show’ gives the news a makeover
    Posted August 22, 2014 at 7:54 am by Mike Opelka

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    Did you see the “breaking news” recently?

    • President Obama and Speaker Boehner take a balloon ride to talk about their favorite colors.
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    • Valdimir Putin decides to stop being evil and takes up writing children’s books.
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    • And, ghosts have never killed anyone.
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    Alright, those were not news stories on a real news report. However, they were the headlines delivered by real New York City news anchors participating a new sketch from “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon” called “I’ve Got Good News and Good News.”

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    Give yourself a break from tsunami of bad news and enjoy this little bit of comedy.

    Watch the segment courtesy of NBC:


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  • A student plans to shoot WHAT?
    Posted August 21, 2014 at 3:17 pm by Stu Burguiere

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    Today on Pat & Stu, we had the story of a student who was suspended for threatening to shoot an animal…that doesn’t exist. (Note: He was completing quite possibly the stupidest assignment ever) Listen at the 57:25 mark:

  • State says Foley execution won’t change government’s mind on paying ransom
    Posted August 21, 2014 at 3:16 pm by Pete Kasperowicz

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    A State Department spokeswoman said Thursday that the execution of James Foley by a member of the Islamic State is not leading to new discussions within the government about whether it should pay ransoms to terrorist groups who kidnap Americans.

    “We do not make concessions to terrorists.,” said Spokeswoman Marie Harf. “That includes, we do not pay ransoms.”

    State Department Deputy Spokeswoman Marie Harf said the execution of James Foley by the Islamic State has not started a discussion about paying ransom to terrorist groups. AFP PHOTO/Brendan SMIALOWSKI

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