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  • Be a part of Glenn Beck’s new (Face)BOOK club
    Posted November 18, 2014 at 4:14 pm by Benjamin Weingarten

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    For those who have been following, Glenn Beck has taken Facebook by storm of late with everything from late-night rants to videos about some of the transformative things coming to TheBlaze, not to mention direct interaction with you, the audience.

    Glenn recently took to his page to discuss a new concept that has been percolating: a “FaceBOOK club” in connection with his new book, “Dreamers and Deceivers.”

    Be sure to check out details on the club in Glenn’s post below, and for a taste of “Dreamers and Deceivers,” including chapter six on Upton Sinclair and Sacco and Vanzetti, check out the “Dreamers and Deceivers” website here.

  • ‘Rescissions’ plan shot down by conservatives as way to fight Obama on immigration
    Posted November 18, 2014 at 3:19 pm by Pete Kasperowicz

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    Conservative Republicans indicated Tuesday they would not support a plan that would have Congress approve funding for the federal government first, and then worry later about whether to pass a separate bill to stop President Barack Obama from implementing his executive action on immigration.

    Earlier in the day, House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers (R-Ky.) proposed that Congress should do just that, in order to ensure the spending bill is not held up by possible legislation aimed at countering Obama’s planned immigration plan.

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    House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers (R-Ky.) proposed a plan to stop Obama’s immigration action with a bill stopping federal spending in some departments. But other Republicans warned that would give away GOP leverage in the fight.
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  • State Department opposes Israel’s plan to demolish terrorist homes, even after synagogue attack
    Posted November 18, 2014 at 2:08 pm by Pete Kasperowicz

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    The State Department said Tuesday that it continues to oppose Israel’s efforts to demolish the homes of Palestinians involved in attacks against Israeli citizens, including the homes of those involved in the Tuesday morning attack in a synagogue in Jerusalem.

    At least four people were killed — including three U.S. citizens — when two Palestinians attacked a synagogue with knives, guns and a meat cleaver. Israel of late has responded to terrorist attacks by razing the homes of the attackers, a practice the U.S. has opposed.

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    A spokesman for Secretary of State John Kerry said the U.S. still doesn’t want Israel to destroy the homes of Palestinian terrorists, something Israel has vowed to do again after a brutal attack at a synagogue Tuesday.
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  • Gun dealer shuts down, lawmaker vows more oversight of Operation Choke Point
    Posted November 18, 2014 at 1:15 pm by Pete Kasperowicz

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    Rep. Sean Duffy (R-Wis.) told TheBlaze Tuesday that Republicans next year will step up pressure to expose and rein Operation Choke Point, a secretive Obama administration program that’s been used to shut down companies in the gun industry and others opposed by the administration.

    Duffy spoke just days after he blamed Operation Choke Point for closing down a gun dealer in Wisconsin.

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    Rep. Sean Duffy (R-Wis.) says House lawmakers will be more aggressive in their oversight of Operation Choke Point next year.
    Image: Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call,Inc.

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  • ‘Most transparent administration’ ever threatens to veto EPA transparency bills
    Posted November 18, 2014 at 11:42 am by Pete Kasperowicz

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    The Obama administration argued Monday that the Environmental Protection Agency should, in some case, be able to write regulations based on science and data that is not made available to the public.

    That position goes against the view of House Republicans, who are planning to pass legislation this week that would prohibit the EPA from issuing rules based on science that isn’t made available to the public. It also seems to go against the spirit of President Barack Obama’s boast that his is the “most transparent administration” ever.

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    President Barack Obama once said his is the most transparent administration ever, but the White House on Monday said he would veto three bills to bring transparency to the EPA.
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  • House Republicans: Sue Obama if he acts on immigration
    Posted November 18, 2014 at 10:01 am by Pete Kasperowicz

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    A handful of House Republicans want to authorize the House of Representatives to file a lawsuit against President Barack Obama if he acts on his own to ease U.S. immigration rules.

    Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) proposed a resolution Monday that would allow the House to file a civil suit against the Obama administration if it fails to follow the law, “with respect to immigration laws or laws pertaining or relating to illegal aliens, undocumented immigrants, or non-American citizens.”

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    President Barack Obama has said he wants to move on his own on immigration, and some House Republicans say the House should respond with a lawsuit.
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  • Mary Landrieu says the votes are there for Senate passage of Keystone pipeline bill
    Posted November 18, 2014 at 8:44 am by Pete Kasperowicz

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    Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) says the Senate will pass legislation Tuesday to approve the Keystone XL pipeline, as there are now at least 15 Democratic or Independent senators who will support the bill.

    After years of being blocked by Democratic leaders, the Keystone bill came up suddenly in the Senate last week in a last-ditch effort to save Landrieu’s Senate seat.

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    Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) says the Senate will pass a bill approving the Keystone pipeline, as at least 15 Democrats or Independents will support it.
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  • Senate Dems tell Obama to ‘improve as much of the immigration system as you can’
    Posted November 17, 2014 at 5:02 pm by Pete Kasperowicz

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    Senate Democratic leaders told President Barack Obama Monday that he should do as much as he can on his own to “improve” the broken U.S. immigration system.

    “Like you, we are greatly disappointed and frustrated that House Republicans failed to take up immigration reform legislation,” Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and other Senate leaders wrote.

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    President Barack Obama was told by Senate Democrats he should do all he can to make changes to U.S. immigration policy on his own.
    Photo: AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais

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  • Obama: ‘Pull the clips’ to prove I’m lying. Ummm, ok….
    Posted November 17, 2014 at 2:50 pm by Stu Burguiere

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    In the past week, the president has been forced to address new revelations about his signature accomplishment, Obamacare.

    It’s obvious to anybody that he lied and continues to lie about it.

    In fact, he dared reporters to “pull the clips” to show he’s actually telling the truth. So we did. We pulled the clips and the verdict is in: Mr. President, you’re a liar and we discussed the proof on today’s Pat & Stu show.

    Listen at the 46:10-mark:

  • Barbara Boxer to Obama: ‘Ignore’ Republicans, move unilaterally on immigration
    Posted November 17, 2014 at 1:26 pm by Pete Kasperowicz

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    Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) on Monday became the latest Democrat to urge President Barack Obama to act alone on immigration, and said he should “ignore” Republicans who have held up legislation in the House.

    “I don’t remember hearing one Republican in Congress complain when Republican presidents took executive action on immigration,” she wrote to Obama. “I urge you to ignore the angry voices of the do-nothing crowd in Congress who have repeatedly blocked progress on immigration reform.”

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    Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) said Monday that President Barack Obama should ignore Republicans and move ahead with an executive action on immigration.
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  • Labor officials advise retailers on keeping workers safe during Black Friday
    Posted November 17, 2014 at 12:03 pm by Pete Kasperowicz

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    The Obama administration’s Occupational Safety & Health Administration this week offered several tips for retailers looking to keep their workers safe on Black Friday, that day of frenzied shopping that happens immediately after Thanksgiving.

    OSHA has released a set of guidelines that remind retailers to plan ahead for large crowds, prepare for emergencies, and train their workers in crowd management procedures. Click the image below to read the letter:

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  • Could this small detail in today’s White House schedule foretell an immigration announcement?
    Posted November 17, 2014 at 11:21 am by Fred Lucas

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    President Barack Obama has a very light schedule today, one day after returning from a weeklong overseas trip to China, Myanmar and Australia. He could just be taking it easy — or there could be a surprise in store.

    News organizations reported last week that Obama could announce the executive action he’s taking on immigration reform as soon as this week. Could it be today? (more…)

  • Why a German lingerie ad leads Mark Steyn to question whether Western civilization can survive
    Posted November 17, 2014 at 11:14 am by Benjamin Weingarten

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    In a wide-ranging interview with bestselling author and political commentator Mark Steyn in connection with his new book “The Undocumented Mark Steyn,” we had the chance to ask Mark how given America’s political correctness and intellectual dishonesty, the country is going to survive in light of the threats posed by enemies such as Islamic supremacists.

    Steyn’s response?

    America may not survive, and it is examples like that of a German lingerie ad that in his view most augur our potential destruction.

    Steyn explained, in a portion of our interview that you can hear below (full interview at end of the post):

    I’m not sure that we will survive…It’s interesting to me how even the most obvious provocations…for example a woman being beheaded in Moore, Oklahoma, a policeman having a hatchet stuck in his skull on the streets of New York, a guy being shot at the War Memorial in Ottawa, somebody being beheaded — hacked to pieces on the streets of London in broad daylight…even the most obvious provocations, we…duck into the multicultural cringe.

    And Obama, and David Cameron and Justin Trudeau (who G-d help us may well be the next Prime Minister of Canada) — all these people…keep saying “No Islam to see here.”

    And I write in the book a lot about some of the smaller things, which I think are even more worrying in a way than the beheadings, because you can’t ignore a beheading. Even if you talk rubbish about it, as Obama and Cameron do, you have to address it.

    When they’re chopping the heads off of your citizens on YouTube, Obama and Cameron have to say something about it.

    The stuff they don’t have to say anything about is in some ways more disturbing.

    Steyn then delved into why a German lingerie ad in particular is one of these disturbing unmentionables for political leaders, telling us:

    “The delusion runs deep in our society”
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    I talk about a German lingerie ad [link ours] where you see this sexy woman…she’s got no clothes on, she’s getting ready to go on a date, and she’s putting on all this sexy german lingerie and she’s sliding up the panties up her legs and hooking up the bra, and then just at the final moment, you see her pull a burqa over her head and step out into the street…

    And the message is that…these Islamo-babes are just as hot under the burqa as German women, and you can be sexy wearing a burqa and…Muslim woman like hot sexy lingerie [just as much as everyone else]…

    The reality is, if a Muslim woman — a Muslim actress — had played that role, she’d have been dead! (more…)

  • Do you agree with Juan Williams on this hugely important topic? You might be surprised
    Posted November 17, 2014 at 10:52 am by Chris Salcedo

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    In an era where “Resident Obama“ and his extremist Democrats have and continue to poison the political well, two guys on different sides of the political spectrum show that common ground can in fact be found.

    I invited Juan Williams on my program to talk about his views on reform designed to fix our failing public education system. I’ve already received feedback on Twitter about the interview, in which many of my listeners couldn’t believe they found themselves nodding in agreement with Juan’s prescription for cleaning up an education system that is rife with corruption and a focus on preserving the institution rather than educating our kids.

    It’s amazing how much agreement can be found when both sides are committed to solving problems, rather than scoring political points.

    Cue to 1:34:55 and see if you agree with me and Juan.

  • House Dem: Obama has waited long enough for Congress to act on immigration
    Posted November 17, 2014 at 10:38 am by Pete Kasperowicz

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    Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) said Sunday that President Barack Obama has already tried working with Republicans in Congress on an immigration bill, and that he should therefore use his executive authority to give millions of illegal immigrants legal status in the United States.

    “We said to the Republican Party, we want to work with you, and the president has attempted to work with them,” Gutierrez said on ABC Sunday.

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  • Obama administration extends Ebola screening to passengers traveling from Mali
    Posted November 17, 2014 at 8:59 am by Pete Kasperowicz

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    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Department of Homeland Security announced Sunday that all passengers traveling from Mali to the United States will be subject to screening and monitoring for Ebola.

    Several cases of Ebola were reported in the West African nation of Mali last week. The CDC said those cases seem to be related to a man who became sick in Guinea.

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    A health worker sprays disinfectant near a mosque, after the body of a man suspected of dying from the Ebola virus was washed inside before being buried in Bamako, Mali. The CDC said Sunday that all travelers from Mali would undergo Ebola screening and monitoring.
    Photo: AP Photo/Baba Ahmed

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  • White House going local on minimum wage, Obamacare with new official
    Posted November 16, 2014 at 7:35 pm by Fred Lucas

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    With Congress under Republican control, the Obama administration will target state and local governments as one avenue to push its agenda with the new White House Director of Intergovernmental Affairs Jerry Abramson starting Monday.

    Kentucky's Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson, left, answers questions during a press conference at the Capitol Building Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014, in Frankfort, Ky., announcing his resignation to accept a position as Deputy Assistant to President Barack Obama. Looking on at right is Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

    Kentucky’s Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson, left, answers questions during a press conference at the Capitol Building Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014, in Frankfort, Ky., announcing his resignation to accept a position as Deputy Assistant to President Barack Obama. Looking on at right is Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

    Abramson stepped down from his post as Kentucky’s Democratic lieutenant governor last Thursday and previously served as mayor of Louisville for 21 years.

    “Lieutenant Governor Abramson’s expertise will be a significant asset to the administration’s ongoing work with state and local officials around the country to expand opportunity for all Americans, including our efforts to increase the minimum wage in states and cities, to help Americans sign up for health insurance during the upcoming open enrollment period, and to ensure more working families feel the impacts of our growing economy,” a White House official told TheBlaze.

    The White House focus on Obamacare and the minimum wage are significant.

    Why tap a politician from a state President Obama lost in 2008 and 2012 by more than 20 percent to be White House liaison to state governments? Kentucky Democrats have been able to boast about Obamacare’s implementation. Recall Gov. Steve Beshear was praised during Obama’s State of the Union this year. Abramson was chairman of Kentucky Health Now, key in enrolling more people in Obamacare.

    The other issue the White House official raised — the minimum wage — may have been one area of solace for Obama this year, as voters in four states supported a wage hike, albeit less than the president’s desired $10.10 per hour.

    Abramson will report to White House Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett, the White House official told TheBlaze.

    The White House focus on Obamacare and the minimum wage are significant.
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    While the state government liaison position is not new, Abramson’s experience as both a number-two state official and longtime mayor brings more to the job’s focus than his predecessor David Agnew, a former Clinton Labor Department official.

    He does enter the White House job with a few spotty points on his watch as Louisville mayor concerning scandals in the city’s Metropolitan Sewer District, the Department of Neighborhoods and the Department of Housing.

    But as mayor Abramson worked closely with incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to get earmarks for the city’s infrastructure, and the two also rallied bipartisan support in 2000 to merge Louisville’s city and Jefferson County’s governments. Still Abramson denied to the Daily Beast he would be a White House point man to cut deals with McConnell.

    “I’m extremely excited because I feel my 35 years of public service in local and state government give me a leg up in efforts to implement the administration’s agenda at the grassroots,” Abramson said. “Our state and local governments are the laboratories of our democracy, and I can’t wait to bring my energies to bring change to our nation’s communities.”

    For his part, McConnell was happy for the appointment.

    “This is a great honor for Jerry, who I have known for many years,” the Republican Senate leader told the Louisville Courier-Journal. “We have worked together on important issues impacting the Commonwealth, and it is always good to have a Kentuckian in the White House. I wish Jerry well in his new role.”

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  • Glenn Beck explains the ‘I Choose Hope’ event happening on Nov. 19
    Posted November 15, 2014 at 12:09 pm by Mike Opelka

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    Next week will be all about a four-letter word — “hope.”

    On Nov. 19, all three outlets — TheBlaze.com, TheBlaze Radio Network and GlennBeck.com — will be spotlighting stories of hope. The social media accounts of the various outlets are encouraging everyone to use the hashtag #IChooseHope when sharing inspirational stories.

    All of TheBlaze Radio shows will be putting hard news and politics on the sidelines for the day … unless they are, of course, stories of hope.

    Ahead of the big day, Beck stopped by “Pure Opelka” (my radio show on TheBlaze Radio Network) to talk about the event.

    During the course of our conversation, we explored the roots of our friendship (now in the middle of its third decade), the ups and downs we shared, and the curious outfit he was wearing the first time that I met him.

    Mike Opelka (left) and Glenn Beck (right) talked about the upcoming "I Choose Hope" event on PureOpelka. (Photo credit: TheBlaze.com)

    Long-time friends Mike Opelka (left) and Glenn Beck (right) talked about the upcoming “I Choose Hope” event on PureOpelka. (Photo credit: TheBlaze.com)

    When Beck first announced his plan for “I Choose Hope,” I wondered why: Why choose a word that was so instrumental in getting Barack Obama elected?

    Beck explained that Obama’s hope “wasn’t based in truth, it was based in image … based in smoke and mirrors.” He continued, “Real hope comes from truth. Let’s look for things that are authentic.”

    Beck shared his belief that real hope and fulfillment comes from “service to others.” He referenced Charlie Chaplin’s 1952 film “Limelight.” The Internet Movie Data Base summarizes the story (Chaplin wrote, directed and starred in) as, “A fading comedian and a suicidally despondent ballet dancer must look to each other to find meaning and hope in their lives.”

    About the movie, Beck said, “It’s Charlie Chaplin’s story, I think … and he’s wondering if anything he did means anything at all.” He continued, “And he ends up serving somebody else. He falls in love with somebody else and serves them and gives them hope.”

    We talked at length about giving hope to others through service and the power that such service can create.

    Beck wrapped up our discussion saying, “In the end, it’s not about the collective, it’s about the individual.”

    “If we as individuals change, it sets off a ripple that becomes Niagara Falls,” Beck said.

    Listen to my interview with Glenn Beck (Note: the Beck portion starts at the 7:45 mark of the recording):


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  • Number of unaccompanied children at the border drops in first month of FY 2015
    Posted November 14, 2014 at 3:53 pm by Pete Kasperowicz

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    The Department of Homeland Security reported Friday that border officials apprehended 2,529 unaccompanied immigration children in October, the first month of fiscal year 2015.

    That’s a 40 pct drop from October 2013, and a possible sign that the flood of child immigrants may be slowing down.

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  • 10 actual statements from Mary Landrieu on the Senate floor as she continues to lag in Louisiana polls
    Posted November 14, 2014 at 2:36 pm by Pete Kasperowicz

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    Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) is facing a runoff election in December in which she might lose her Senate seat to Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-La.).

    To avoid that outcome, Landrieu spent the week pushing for Senate approval of the Keystone pipeline. Democrats had opposed a clean vote on the project for years, but reversed course and agreed to give it a try in the hopes it might help Landrieu keep her seat.

    FILE - In this Oct. 3, 2013, file photo Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chair Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La. speaks at a news conference and Capitol Hill in Washington. Lithuania's energy minister pleaded with U.S. officials Tuesday to release natural gas resources into the world market to counter Russian influence in his country across Europe. Lithuania is completely dependent on Russia for natural gas and pays 30 percent more than other European countries, the energy minister told senators at a hearing Tuesday. "This is not just unfair. This is abuse.'' Landrieu held the hearing Tuesday _ her first hearing as chair of the Senate energy panel _ to focus on economic and foreign policy benefits of exporting natural gas. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci, File) AP Photo/ Evan Vucci, File

    Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) would like you to know she is behind the Senate push to pass the Keystone pipeline. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci, File)

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  • Golf’s trick shot experts execute another ‘epic’ shot
    Posted November 14, 2014 at 1:17 pm by Mike Opelka

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    Brothers George and Wesley Bryan are well known to golf fanatics. The South Carolina-based Bryans have made a name for themselves by creating and executing some of the wildest golf trick shots the world has seen.

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    Image: YouTube

    For their latest trick, the guys wanted to see if Wesley could hit a golf ball in midair after George tossed it from inside a classic 1969 Ford Mustang Mach I that was circling — “doing donuts.”

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    Image: YouTube

    A stunt driver was enlisted to circle Wesley at a high rate of speed in the Mustang.

    George would lean out of the passenger window and lob a golf ball towards his brother.

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    Image: YouTube

    After three failed attempts, the car’s engine began smoking and the driver and his crew decided they could handle one more try.

    On the fourth and final effort, George not only made contact with the golf ball, he hit a drive that most golfers would be elated with.

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    Image: YouTube

    Unfortunately, the car did not fare as well. Revving the engine at high speeds for a prolonged time, so the tires would spin in the dirt, destroyed the Mustang’s engine. One of the people attending to the classic car announced, “We’ve blown a head gasket guys.” Adding, “The engine’s toast.”

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    Image: YouTube

     Watch the full video.

    To see more trick shot videos from the Bryan Brothers, visit their YouTube channel.
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  • More video shows Jonathan Gruber dismissing voter concerns about government-run health care
    Posted November 14, 2014 at 12:12 pm by Pete Kasperowicz

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    Additional video evidence surfaced on Friday showing that Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber has little regard for voters who are worried about the destructive effects of government-run health care systems.

    Gruber has been in trouble all week for saying the “stupidity of the American voter” helped Obamacare pass in Congress. That has led to more scrutiny of his past comments, such as those he made in Vermont in 2011 that can be heard in a video posted by Watchdog.org.

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  • Defense Secretary Hagel sustains wound in cabinet meeting, but not with Obama
    Posted November 14, 2014 at 10:50 am by Pete Kasperowicz

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    Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel admitted Friday that he received an open wound on his left cheek when one of his kitchen cabinets struck him in the face.

    “I had an incident with a cabinet door in the kitchen, he told reporters. “I know that’s not an exciting story.”

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  • Reports of veteran’s death by the VA are greatly exaggerated
    Posted November 14, 2014 at 10:10 am by Pete Kasperowicz

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    An 81-year-old Army veteran in Wisconsin was told incorrectly that he was dead last week, in a letter that was just one of several that continue to pour out of the Department of Veterans Affairs insisting that people have died before their time.

    “It said I was dead and not to cash any more checks,” Kenneth Brunner told the Wisconsin State Journal last week. “I read that and I said holy…”

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    Kenneth Brunner holds up the letter he received from the VA saying he had passed away.
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  • Lawmaker calls for full review of Secret Service after security blunders, abuse of authority
    Posted November 14, 2014 at 8:52 am by Pete Kasperowicz

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    The chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee has proposed the creation of an independent panel to conduct a full review of the U.S. Secret Service, after a series of events showed the organization is failing to adequately protect the president, and is abusing its authorities.

    Chairman Michael McCaul (R-Texas) introduced legislation that would establish the panel and require it to investigate several key incidents that have taken place over the last few years, and report back to Congress with recommendations after 18 months.

    A U.S. Secret Service Uniformed Division officer stands between the temporary barricade and the fence line of the White House in Washington, DC, October 23, 2014. (JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)

    A U.S. Secret Service Uniformed Division officer stands between the temporary barricade and the fence line of the White House in Washington, DC. The barricade was put in place after a fence-jumper made it into the White House before being taken down by an off-duty employee. (JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)

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