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  • New book alleges troubling ties between media and Obama administration
    Posted October 28, 2014 at 9:39 am by Tom Orr

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    In the TheBlaze TV documentary “Beltway Nation,” the producers of For the Record exposed the deep and troubling ties between the White House and the national media.

    For example, two of the three evening network newscasts are overseen by news division presidents who have siblings working as high-ranking officials in the Obama administration.

    Now, early glimpses of a new book by former CBS News investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson say the White House was willing to use those connections to fight against stories they want to keep quiet.

    From the New York Post‘s writeup of Attkisson’s book, “Stonewalled”:

    When the White House didn’t like her reporting, it would make clear where the real power lay. A flack would send a blistering e-mail to her boss, David Rhodes, CBS News’ president — and Rhodes’s brother Ben, a top national security advisor to President Obama.

    The administration, with the full cooperation of the media, has successfully turned “Benghazi” into a word associated with nutters, like “Roswell” or “grassy knoll,” but Attkisson notes that “the truth is that most of the damaging information came from Obama administration insiders. From government documents. From sources who were outraged by their own government’s behavior and what they viewed as a coverup.”

    CBS News executives, including David Rhodes, all declined to comment on the allegations to the Post on Monday.

    “Beltway Nation” examined other instances of the media seemingly working to hide news that could have been harmful to the Obama administration.

    For example, the evening network newscasts dedicated 124 stories to President George W. Bush’s falling approval ratings and unpopular policies from January to August 2006. During the same period in 2014, with President Barack Obama’s approval ratings and policies receiving similarly dismal numbers, the networks aired just nine stories.

    Read more about what we uncovered in “Beltway Nation” and watch it on demand.

  • Government immigration workers’ union says Obama’s amnesty plans would harm national security
    Posted October 28, 2014 at 9:25 am by Pete Kasperowicz

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    The head of a union representing 12,000 federal immigration workers is warning that President Barack Obama’s plan to expand legal status for millions of illegal immigrants would do serious damage to the national security of the United States.

    Ken Palinkas, president of the National Citizenship and Immigration Services Council, said the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service workers he represents are already being asked to speed up the process of letting people in the country, which poses real risks to security today.

    This image provided by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services shows the new version of the Permanent Resident Card, more commonly known as a green card. The Homeland Security Department appears to be preparing for an increase in the number of immigrants living illegally in the country to apply for work permits after President Barack Obama announces his long-promised plans for executive actions on immigration reform later this year. (AP Photo/U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services)

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  • See how 70 Roman Emperors died, in one chart
    Posted October 28, 2014 at 7:37 am by Zach Noble

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    “Et tu, Augustus, Caligula, Domitian, Galba…”

    No, those emperors didn’t help assassinate Julius Caesar — they were assassinated just like him.

    Restored Antonine Period statue of Julius Caesar in Naples, Italy. (Image via Mary Harrsch/flickr)

    Restored Antonine Period statue of Julius Caesar in Naples, Italy. (Image via Mary Harrsch/flickr)

    It’s common knowledge that Julius Caesar, the man who paved the way for Rome’s imperial transformation, was assassinated, thanks in no small part to William Shakespeare’s immortal rendition of Caesar’s dying words to a friend: “Et tu, Brute?”

    But Caesar was far from the only Roman ruler to be assassinated by those close to him.

    Reddit user Flibidi set out to graphically depict the death spread for every Roman emperor from Augustus Caesar to Theodosius I, posting the chart below on Monday and showing in one place just how many emperors got murdered.

    Image via imgur

    Image via imgur

    “Not gonna lie, natural causes was actually much higher than I expected,” one Reddit user remarked.

    As other users were quick to point out, “natural causes” does not mean the emperor died a peaceful death, as many Roman rulers succumbed to plague and other debilitating diseases.

    Flibidi’s chart contains some ambiguity — the Wikipedia list from which Flibidi pulled data lists eight imperial suicides between 14 and 395, but several of those cases were suspected to be murders, and it seems Flibidi lumped the suspicious suicides into the “possibly assassinated” category.

    Overall, Flibidi visually confirmed what historians already knew to be true: Leading the Roman Empire was, more often than not, a deadly job.

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  • Senate Dems call on Senate Dems to set up vote on Obama’s Surgeon General pick
    Posted October 27, 2014 at 5:02 pm by Pete Kasperowicz

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    Two Senate Democrats over the weekend called on Senate Democratic leaders to schedule a vote to confirm President Barack Obama’s controversial nominee to be the next Surgeon General of the United States.

    “As the government assembles a team led by Ron Klain to respond to Ebola, now is the time to confirm Dr. Vivek Murthy as the next U.S. Surgeon General,” Sens. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) said.

    President Barack Obama delivers doughnuts and pastries to Democratic campaign volunteers on Monday in Chicago. But he has not been able to deliver an acceptable Surgeon General candidate that all Democrats can support. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

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  • FTR update: IRS says it will ‘curtail’ seizures of cash from small businesses
    Posted October 27, 2014 at 4:57 pm by Tom Orr

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    On Oct. 1, TheBlaze TV’s For the Record aired “Seized,” an investigation into a little-known federal power known as civil asset forfeiture. It allows the government to seize cash and property from people and businesses suspected of ties to criminal activity without ever filing charges or obtaining a conviction.

    These seizures result from businesses appearing to “structure deposits” or repeatedly depositing amounts of money just under the $10,000 threshold where documentation must be sent to the Internal Revenue Service. Intentionally setting up your deposits to keep them under $10,000 and avoid alerting the IRS is a crime, but many business owners say they had no idea their deposit patterns were putting them on the radar of federal authorities.

    In “Seized” For the Record interviewed small-business owners from Michigan and New Mexico who had their cash taken and held for more than six months — all without ever being charged with a crime. Then, those small-business owners must prove their innocence before getting some or all of the cash back.

    Larry Salzman, an attorney at the Institute for Justice, a nonprofit civil liberties law firm that specializes in forfeiture cases, explained to For The Record that it can be a huge blow to many small business owners.

    “The process of civil forfeiture, this having to prove your own innocence, means that to get your property back you might have to go through a year-long case in federal court, fighting against the full might of the Department of Justice,” Salzman said. “More than 95 percent of civil forfeiture cases never go to court, because people walk away from their property, or they’re forced into settlements.”

    On Saturday, the New York Times reported that the IRS is now promising to reduce the frequency of those types of seizures:

    The I.R.S. announced that it would curtail the practice, focusing instead on cases where the money is believed to have been acquired illegally or seizure is deemed justified by “exceptional circumstances.

    Civil asset forfeiture was originally designed to take money from suspected terrorists and drug dealers, but has quickly grown quickly to encompass other types of suspected crimes as well.

    Part of the reason may be that some of that seized cash gets passed along to local law enforcement to spend on whatever they want. It’s a practice known as “equitable sharing.” According to the Justice Department, those equitable sharing payments skyrocketed nearly 250% between 2002 and 2013.

    Some members of Congress have tried to reel in the practice. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) introduced the Fifth Amendment Integrity Restoration Act in July.

    Learn more about civil asset forfeiture by watching “Seized” on demand on TheBlaze TV.

  • Meet the former NFL player working to repeal Obamacare and withdraw the U.S. from the U.N.
    Posted October 27, 2014 at 4:19 pm by Erica Ritz

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    Clint Didier, a former tight end for the Washington Redskins, is running for Congress in Washington state’s 4th congressional district on a limited government platform.

    Among his other ambitions, Didier wants to eliminate the Department of Education and withdraw the United States from the United Nations. He also wants to fully repeal Obamacare and abolish the Federal Reserve.

    Glenn Beck interviewed the former NFL player on his radio program Monday, and asked the man how he became so passionate about current events.

    “I’ve got four children. I got five grandchildren. And I’ve lived the American dream,” Didier said. “I got to play in the NFL. Three Super Bowls. And it was all when Ronald Reagan was the president and this country was united. We had our first black quarterback by the name of Doug Williams, and I caught a pass from him in Super Bowl XXII. And since then we’ve been on a slippery slope going downhill.”

    Didier said America has lost its direction, and that nobody looks at the Constitution for guidance anymore. He said he wants to be part of the equation to get the country “back on track” so America’s children and grandchildren can live their dreams, too.

    In this file photo taken Aug. 20, 2010, Clint Didier speaks with media members in Seattle. (AP Photo/The Seattle Times, Greg Gilbert, File)

    In this file photo taken Aug. 20, 2010, Clint Didier speaks with media members in Seattle. (AP Photo/The Seattle Times, Greg Gilbert, File)

    “How would you expect to get the Department of Education and Energy eliminated?” Beck asked.

    “Everybody thinks [the Department of Education] has been around a long time,” Didier responded. “It was brought into play when Jimmy Carter was president. And when it was brought into play, we ranked third in the world. Today we rank 36th in the world. We’re losing ground because we’re not teaching the core principles of education anymore. We are now in this Common Core that I’m absolutely set against. I want to give this back to the states.”

    Didier said one of his main priorities is to “unshackle our industries and let them run again.”

    “This is one of the reasons I’m running for this position,” he said. “My wife and I, we farm a thousand acres with two of my sons and daughter, and we are under attack. They have determined a White Bluffs bladderpod is an endangered species, and they are using that as a means to take away our water, as they’re doing all across America. The EPA was created December 2nd, 1970, by Richard Nixon, with an ‘R’ by his name. This agency doesn’t even have the authority over the American people because it … was supposed to be created through the legislature.”

    Didier said lawmakers need to cut the funds of federal agencies doing harm to America, or we will be a nation that “will not pass down freedom to our children.”

    Watch the complete interview, below.

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  • Charles Barkley’s unfiltered message about black culture
    Posted October 27, 2014 at 3:51 pm by Stu Burguiere

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    Today on Pat & Stu we played some interesting audio of Charles Barkley who had some very unflattering things to say about black culture and the black race in must-hear audio. Listen to the former NBA superstar’s words at the 1:21:20-mark:

  • Guess which conservative film just hit no. 1 on Amazon’s documentary list
    Posted October 27, 2014 at 3:47 pm by Benjamin Weingarten

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    Dinesh D’Souza’s “America: Imagine the World without Her“ had a highly successful run in theaters, grossing $14.4 million while rising to become the no. 6 political documentary of all time.

    Now, a day before the film’s release on DVD and Blu-Ray, the conservative stalwart’s movie is already the no. 1 bestselling DVD on Amazon in the Documentary category, and no. 5 among all DVD’s sold by the online retailer.

    Author and filmmaker Dinesh D'Souza appears on Glenn Beck's television program July 24, 2014. (Photo: TheBlaze TV)

    Author and filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza appears on Glenn Beck’s television program July 24, 2014. (Photo: TheBlaze TV)

    The film — based on the book by the same name (covered extensively on TheBlaze Books) – which goes on sale October 28, includes over 40 minutes of additional footage including interviews with Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and liberal activist Ward Churchill.

    D’Souza, who was sentenced in September to eight months in a community confinement center, five years probation, one day of community service per week during that probation, and ordered to pay $30,000 for breaking campaign finance law during the 2012 election, in a decision that he contends was politically motivated, stated: (more…)

  • Does Sen. Al Franken want to see an Ebola travel ban? Don’t ask Sen. Al Franken…
    Posted October 27, 2014 at 1:37 pm by Pete Kasperowicz

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    Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) was grilled Sunday on a local Minnesota television station for failing to say whether he supports a ban on people coming to the United States from Ebola-ravaged countries.

    Franken started answering the question from panelists on WCCO-TV by saying it’s “insufficient” to have a travel ban from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, because a “vast majority” of people traveling from those countries come through third countries.

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  • U.N. says pregnant mothers face higher health risks in West Africa due to Ebola
    Posted October 27, 2014 at 12:14 pm by Pete Kasperowicz

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    The United Nations is warning that Ebola-ravaged nations in West Africa are facing severe health risks not just due to the virus that has killed thousands, but because of a shortage in health staffers that could put women at risk during childbirth.

    Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, director of the U.N. Population Fund, said women in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone are usually the primary caregivers to the thousands of people with Ebola, and even for burying Ebola victims. That puts them at high risk of contracting the virus, and many of them have perished.

    An ambulance team prepares to disrobe their protective equipment after picking up people suspected of being infected with Ebola on October 14, 2014 in Monrovia, Liberia. The United Nations says Ebola has depleted health care staffers, which could lead to new health risks for pregnant mothers. The Washington Post/The Washington Post/Getty Images

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  • ‘Honeypot’ on ‘Homeland’? The foreign policy ethics of using sex as a spy tactic
    Posted October 27, 2014 at 11:16 am by Steve Krakauer

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    “Honeypots” (or “honey traps”) refer to using sex and seduction as a spy technique. It’s a practice that is both prevalent in real life, as well as popularized through spy books and movies. In fact, Edward Snowden’s documents recently revealed some of those similar tactics.

    On TheBlaze’s Homeland Recap Podcast, we explored the ethics of “honeypots” in relation to Carrie Mathison. Spoiler alert: Don’t keep reading unless you’ve seen the fifth episode of season four:

    So it started last week, with Ayaan. But it continued – sometimes unbearably – this week: sex and seduction, lie upon lie, and how it all relates to religion as well. What are the ethics here? And what does her spying choices say about Carrie Mathison as a female hero? Listen here:

    Also in the podcast: Our predictions for Saul and Fara’s (potentially ominous) fate, and our hopes that Quinn, played by Rupert Friend, will come on our podcast.

    Listen to all episodes of TheBlaze’s Homeland Recap Podcast on TheBlaze Radio On Demand here.

  • The 50th anniversary of Ronald Reagan’s defining speech (video)
    Posted October 27, 2014 at 9:41 am by Benjamin Weingarten

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    Crippling taxes. Crushing debt. Endless deficits. Abrogation of private property rights. A soul-crushing welfare state. War.

    While this may sound like the America of today, these were the conditions in which the country was mired some 50 years ago.

    Ronald Reagan delivers his "A Time for Choosing Speech," on October 27, 1964. (Image Source: Reagan Foundation/YouTube screengrab)

    Ronald Reagan delivers his “A Time for Choosing Speech,” on October 27, 1964. (Image Source: Reagan Foundation/YouTube screengrab)

    On October 27, 1964, 50 years ago to the day, an actor and former General Electric spokesman named Ronald Reagan took to the microphone to deliver a speech in support of the 1964 GOP presidential nominee Barry Goldwater in which he grappled with just these issues, arguing that conservative principles would serve as their antidote.

    Reagan would outline the bedrock beliefs that would guide the movement for decades, defending individual liberty, private property rights and peace through strength.

    This speech, “A Time for Choosing,” would launch the political career of Reagan, marking a crucial point in the conservative revolution that would endure a short-term loss in the form of Goldwater’s campaign, only to achieve a victory in the form of Reagan himself in 1980.

    Video of Reagan’s speech, as well as its text, all of which remain germane to America today, can be found below.

    We also humbly recommend “Reagan, In His Own Hand” as a great source of Reagan speeches that elucidate his overarching philosophy.

    A Time for Choosing (October 27, 1964)

    Thank you. Thank you very much. Thank you and good evening. The sponsor has been identified, but unlike most television programs, the performer hasn’t been provided with a script. As a matter of fact, I have been permitted to choose my own words and discuss my own ideas regarding the choice that we face in the next few weeks.

    I have spent most of my life as a Democrat. I recently have seen fit to follow another course. I believe that the issues confronting us cross party lines. Now, one side in this campaign has been telling us that the issues of this election are the maintenance of peace and prosperity. The line has been used, “We’ve never had it so good.”

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  • GOP lawmaker: Impeachment should be an option if Obama moves on immigration
    Posted October 27, 2014 at 9:31 am by Pete Kasperowicz

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    Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) says Republicans should keep open the option of impeaching President Barack Obama if he moves aggressively to create a legal status for millions of illegal immigrants after the election.

    “We know there is the ‘I’ word in the Constitution that none of us want to say or act on,” King told NewsMax last week.

    Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, says Congress should hold out the idea of impeaching President Barack Obama if Obama moves unilaterally on immigration. (AP Photo/Justin Hayworth, File)

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  • If the new ‘Avengers’ movie was a ’90s romance flick, this is what the trailer might look like
    Posted October 26, 2014 at 8:00 am by Zach Noble

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    Celine Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On” has been pounded into the eardrums of a generation since being featured in the 1997 mega-hit “Titanic.”

    Does it work as the theme song for a modern superhero movie?

    Yes and no.

    Watch the fake trailer below and see how weirdly and perfectly “My Heart Will Go On” syncs up with the official trailer for “The Avengers: Age of Ultron.”

    Avengers: My Ultron Will Go On from Martin Revelation Films on Vimeo.

    (H/T: Reddit)

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  • Here’s a German guy doing crazy wheelbarrow tricks. Is it actually cool?
    Posted October 25, 2014 at 2:12 pm by Zach Noble

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    Who needs a skateboard, bicycle or rollerblades when you can run through an urban sprawl with one of mankind’s most basic wheeled vehicles: a wheelbarrow.

    A video posted to YouTube Friday was drawing viral attention as people reacted to a German-speaking man and his dedication to “extreme wheelbarrowing.”

    “This is so stupid and bad*** at the same time!” wrote one commenter on YouTube, who probably accurately summed up the feelings of most people watching the video. “I want a pimped out wheelbarrow.”

    As of Saturday afternoon, the video had been viewed nearly 50,000 times and was shooting to the top of such social sites as Reddit.

    But is it cool? Take the poll below and let us know what you think.

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  • Why is a Blaze Radio host giving away a shower curtain?
    Posted October 25, 2014 at 10:10 am by Mike Opelka

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    Why? Because I can.

    The shower curtain is the first in a series of “rejected promotional items” I made and pitched to the bosses. I will be offering one a week for the next several weeks.

    On this week’s episode of “Pure Opelka,” I also interviewed Sun News Network’s Brian Lilley about the recent terror attacks in Canada, spoke with one of the inventors of the Musical Targets company and TheBlaze’s Faith Editor, Billy Hallowell shared the reason he appears to be obsessed with watching Sadie Robertson on “Dancing With The Stars.”

    At the end of the show, we announced details of the strange giveaway — a very limited edition promotional item — a “Pure Opelka” shower curtain.

    Image: TheBlaze

    Image: TheBlaze

    How does one qualify to win this rare item?

    You can listen to the entire show (pay close attention to the last segment and what happens after the normal ending of the program) here.

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  • FTR update: Will the U.S. follow Britain’s lead and investigate the Muslim Brotherhood?
    Posted October 24, 2014 at 6:14 pm by Tom Orr

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    For the Record’s 2013 episode “Civilization Jihad” reported on the Muslim Brotherhood sympathizers who have achieved positions of influence in the U.S. government. Now, U.S. ally Great Britain may soon crack down on the Muslim Brotherhood, based on findings from a review of the organization ordered by Prime Minister David Cameron. Will the U.S. follow suit?

    “The prime minister commissioned an internal government review into the philosophy, activities and impact on our national interests, at home and abroad, of the Muslim Brotherhood, and of the government’s policy towards the organization,” a British Embassy representative told TheBlaze. “It will draw on views from our posts in the Middle East; our security agencies; independent experts; and views from governments in the Middle East.”

    The full review “looked at the organization’s philosophy and values, its policies, its track record both in and out of government, and its connections and alleged connections with extremism,” the representative said. “It also looked at the organization and activities of the [Muslim Brotherhood] in the U.K., and consider how they impact on our national security and foreign policy, including our important relationships with states in the Middle East.”

    The results of the review will “be available sometime in the autumn,” the representative said, and that “work is underway across government to consider the implications of its findings.”

    The U.K. Telegraph reported the British crackdown “will stop short of outlawing the Muslim Brotherhood” but will likely include “investigations into charities that are effectively ‘fronts’ for the Brotherhood; inquiries into funding of the organization and links to jihadi groups abroad; [and] banning clerics linked to the group from countries such as Qatar and Turkey from coming to Britain for rallies and conferences.”

    A State Department representative did not comment on the forthcoming report from Britain, telling TheBlaze, “I don’t have a comment on the [British] report or anything new on the Muslim Brotherhood … I’m sure you’re aware, the United States has not designated the Muslim Brotherhood as a foreign terrorist organization.”

    In fact, the Obama administration has openly supported Muslim Brotherhood leadership. In 2012, then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton went so far as to give kudos to the face of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, then-President Mohammed Morsi.

    “I want to thank President Morsi for his personal leadership to de-escalate the situation in Gaza and end the violence,” Clinton said in a speech in Cairo.

    While official U.S. relations with the Muslim Brotherhood have cooled since Morsi was removed from office in July 2013, the Obama administration continues to label the group as one of many political parties in the region.

    The State Department gave no indication that the U.S. will follow the U.K.’s lead and conduct a formal review. But the British Embassy emphasized that the report could change national policy with regard to the Muslim Brotherhood, and that move could put pressure on Obama to follow suit.

    “We have been clear from the start that the purpose of this review is to produce an internal report to the Prime Minister to inform government policy towards the Muslim Brotherhood,” the British Embassy spokesperson said.

    Elizabeth Kreft contributed to this report.

  • Ebola czar’s first few days on the job involve…phone calls and meetings
    Posted October 24, 2014 at 2:03 pm by Pete Kasperowicz

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    White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Friday that the first few days on the job for Ebola czar Ron Klain has involved lots and lots of meetings.

    “He is somebody who has been convening meetings and regularly working closely with officials at the CDC and HHS as they have put in place some of the protocols that have been announced over the course of this week,” Earnest said, referring to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Department of Health and Human Services.

    Ebola coordinator Ron Klain has been on the job three days, and is involved in many meetings and phone calls, according to the White House. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

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  • VA fires Alabama official who lied to member of Congress, but appeal is still possible
    Posted October 24, 2014 at 1:02 pm by Pete Kasperowicz

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    More than two months after a member of Congress said a Department of Veterans Affairs lied to her, the VA says it has fired that official.

    The VA announced Friday that it “formally removed” the director of the Alabama Veterans Healthcare System. While the VA didn’t name the official, it’s James Talton, who was recently put on leave with pay.

    The Department of Veterans Affairs, run by Secretary Robert McDonald, says it fired a VA official on Friday. (AP Photo/The Tampa Bay Times, James Borchuck)

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  • Darrell Issa warns absent Ebola czar he needs to show up to the next hearing
    Posted October 24, 2014 at 10:22 am by Pete Kasperowicz

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    House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) said he was “disappointed” that President Barack Obama’s new Ebola czar, Ron Klain, did not appear before his hearing on Ebola Friday morning, and warned that Klain shouldn’t skip the next hearing.

    “We did invite the president’s new czar, Mr. Klain, to testify, and we’re very disappointed that he was not able to,” Issa said as he opened the hearing. “But we understand he has just started, and we do not expect that that would be repeated if there’s a followup hearing.”

    Ebola coordinator Ron Klain wasn’t at a House hearing on Ebola on Friday, which prompted Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) to warn that Klain will need to be at any followup hearings that might be held. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

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  • Nurses demand federal standards to keep them safe from Ebola
    Posted October 24, 2014 at 9:08 am by Pete Kasperowicz

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    The nation’s largest association of registered nurses on Friday blasted the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for providing substandard guidelines for protecting nurses against Ebola, and called on the federal government to set national standards to keep nurses safe.

    Deborah Burger, co-president of National Nurses United, was one of several witnesses scheduled to appear at Friday’s House Oversight Committee hearing on the nation’s response to Ebola.

    Pedestrians pass the Bedford Avenue L Subway station in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn that was visited by Craig Spencer, a Doctors Without Borders physician who tested positive for the Ebola virus on Thursday. Spencer recently returned to the city after treating Ebola patients in West Africa. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

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  • House members prep bill to stop U.S. government payouts to Nazis
    Posted October 23, 2014 at 5:02 pm by Pete Kasperowicz

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    Reps. Sam Johnson (R-Texas) and Xavier Becerra (D-Calif.) said Thursday that they’ve teamed up to write legislation that would prevent the U.S. from paying out any Social Security benefits to Nazi war criminals.

    The bill is a response to an Associated Press report that found $1.5 million in benefits had been paid out to 28 Nazi war criminals by 1999. Some payments had continued as part of a deal under which the war criminals agreed to leave the United States and return to countries where they might be tried.

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  • Hilarious: Al Sharpton vs. teleprompter AGAIN
    Posted October 23, 2014 at 4:45 pm by Stu Burguiere

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    You may find this hard to believe but Al Sharpton is connected to this story…sort of.

    See, in a world of incredible uncertainty, one thing can be relied on: Al Sharpton will always fail in his daily battle with the teleprompter on MSNBC. In his latest run in with the English language, geography became quite the impediment.

    So, we have another hilarious example of his bumbling ways, providing plenty of humor on Pat & Stu. Enjoy Reverend Al’s latest uber-fail (enhanced by Pat’s megaphone) at the mark 8:15 mark:

  • FTR update: North Carolina asks NAACP for clarification about alleged remarks misleading voters
    Posted October 23, 2014 at 4:28 pm by Tom Orr

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    For the Record’s Oct. 15 episode, “General Holder’s War,” addressed the agenda of Attorney General Eric Holder’s Justice Department to obstruct state efforts to ensure the integrity of their elections. The DOJ argues against these efforts, saying concern for “voter fraud” is a myth used only as a pretense to suppress the voting rights of minorities.

    North Carolina is one state that has been at the center of this battle with the Department of Justice. Government watchdog Judicial Watch has released a letter suggesting North Carolina’s concern over voting shenanigans may be well-founded.

    The letter regards a speaker at a recent NAACP conference in North Carolina. Judicial Watch describes that the conference speaker “urged audience members to mislead the NAACP’s own members” in order “to create confusion and animosity during the upcoming mid-term elections in North Carolina, and to use the evidence of that confusion in the ongoing litigation between Eric Holder’s Justice Department and North Carolina and to show that North Carolina’s election integrity laws are discriminatory.”

    An excerpt from the letter reads:

    Rev. Barber urged those in attendance to take unregistered voters to vote during the Early Voting period and to engage in get-out-the vote activities that included transporting registered voters to vote in precincts in which they are not assigned to vote on Election Day, or words to that effect. The stated purpose for these activities, as I understand it, was to gather evidence for and thereby enhance plaintiff’s prospects of success in the litigation involving [North Carolina’s Election Integrity Laws].

    Attorneys for the state of North Carolina have asked the NAACP in the letter for clarification of the alleged remarks.

    J. Christian Adams, a former Justice Department official and counsel at the Election Law Center, said he expects both administration officials and leftist organizations will claim this wasn’t an example of attempted fraud and will likely continue to deny voter fraud exists at all, despite such obvious examples.

    “They don’t have a choice, they have to downplay the behavior … they view elections as a way to gain power, power to them is everything,” Adams told TheBlaze. “Both the legal rules and the rules of civility are unimportant.”

    Adams said the alleged NAACP voter manipulation is “another example of this culture of lawlessness,” and the scale is much bigger than most people care to admit.

    “It’s so pervasive in our elections, this culture of disruption, deception, win by any means necessary, it’s brazen … and it’s very unfortunate that it occurred,” he said. “The scale is more complicated than you realize, and bigger. On one side of the scale are law abiding citizens who built this country and on the other side are gangsters who are lusting over control of government … it’s a question of what’s the most important thing in life? Is it having power, or something else?”

    Adams said while there will always be people who choose power over civility, the American society has found ways to keep those folks at bay.

    “For the first 230 years of [America’s] existence, we’ve kept those people encaged,” he said. “We’ve kept the base instincts under control through a variety of means; the law, shame, the stocks, there’s different ways to contain that gangster instinct, but unfortunately something has uncorked it in the last few years.”

  • VA secretary blows off John McCain after promising to work with Congress
    Posted October 23, 2014 at 3:25 pm by Pete Kasperowicz

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    Over the summer, incoming Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald promised to discipline officials involved in the scandal that denied thousands of veterans health care services, and promised to work closely with Congress to fix the broken VA.

    Three months later, those two pledges have gone unfulfilled — McDonald has threatened to fire just a handful of people, and has let some of them escape into early retirement.

    Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert McDonald, center, is ignoring questions from Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) about why VA officials involved in the health care scandal have not been fired, and why many are still on unpaid leave. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)

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