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THE HILL – Left blasts Clinton in secret emails – 09/18
Emails sent by liberal activists and obtained by The Hill reveal significant dissatisfaction with Hillary Clinton, the front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016. The critical messages about the former first lady show that she has a long way to go to assuage skepticism from influential voices on the left. The Hill reviewed hundreds of emails from a progressive members only Google group called the “Gamechanger Salon,” a forum where nearly 1,500 activists, strategists and journalists debate issues and craft messaging campaigns.
FOXNEWS – White House: No ‘combat role,’ but US troops could ‘forward deploy’ with Iraqis - 09/17
The White House acknowledged Wednesday that President Obama would consider putting U.S. troops in “forward-deployed positions” to advise Iraqi forces in the fight against the Islamic State — even while insisting U.S. troops would not be sent back into a “combat role” in Iraq. Obama and his top advisers appeared to be threading a needle as they carefully clarified how exactly U.S. troops might be used, a day after Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey opened the door to approving “U.S. military ground forces.”
THE HILL – House approves $1T spending bill -09/17
The House on Wednesday approved a $1 trillion stopgap-spending bill to keep the government funded through December 11. The 319-108 vote sends the bill to the Senate, which is also expected to approve the measure on Thursday. It comes one year after a fight between Republican lawmakers and the White House triggered a 16-day government shutdown. The total yes vote included 143 Democrats and 176 Republicans; opposition was just as bipartisan, with 55 Democrats and 53 Republicans voting no.
- THE HILL – Jindal: Climate change a ‘Trojan horse’ for the left - 09/16
Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal on Tuesday bashed liberals who he says are using climate change to further their own agenda. “For some on the left, climate change is simply a Trojan horse. It’s a way for them to come in and make changes to our economy that they would otherwise want to make,” he said during a speech hosted by the Heritage Foundation.”It’s an excuse for the government to come in and try to tell us what kind of homes we live in, what kind of cars we drive, what kind of lifestyles we can enjoy. It’s an excuse for some who never liked free-market economies and never liked rapid economic growth.”
NEWSMAX – ISIS, in Magazine, Warns of ‘Armageddon’ Against US, West – 09/16
An Islamic State (ISIS) magazine called Dabiq has warned that the United States and other Western “crusaders” are facing Armageddon at the hands of the terror group’s fighters. The publication is packed with disturbing pictures of bloody corpses, bombed-out buildings and knife-wielding jihadists, while one issue even has a section devoted to the beheading of American journalist James Foley, The Washington Post reports. Filled with snazzy graphics and printed in English and other languages, the magazine is being used as a recruitment tool by the terror insurgents to enlist and radicalize foreigners around the world.
NEWSMAX – Ex-State Dept. Official: Damaging Benghazi Documents Removed CRITICAL INFORMATION – 09/16
A former State Department official says he witnessed departmental employees separating out damaging documents on the Benghazi investigation before handing them over to the Accountability Review Board, The Daily Signal reports. Investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson says the man, former Deputy Assistant Secretary Raymond Maxwell, told her he saw the actions take place in a basement room at the State Department over a weekend.
NEWSMAX – Kerry Slams Ayatollah: We’re Not Coordinating With Iran on ISIS – 09/15
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry refused be drawn into a “back and forth” with Iran on Monday following Tehran’s assertion that it had rebuffed a U.S. request to coordinate a response to the Islamic State jihadist group. “I’m not going to get into a back and forth. I don’t want to do that. I don’t think that is constructive, frankly,” Kerry told reporters at the U.S. ambassador’s residence in Paris after an international conference on Iraq attended by 26 countries. Earlier, Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said Tehran had vetoed a U.S. invitation to cooperate in fighting Islamic State.
THE HILL – ENERGY & ENVIRONMENT 09/15
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PATRIOT UPDATE – OBAMA SENDING AID TO ISLAMIC SCHOOLS -09/15
Northern Nigeria is home to the Islamic jihadist group Boko Haram, whose name is loosely translated “Western education is sin” or “Western education is forbidden.” A portion of the $120 million the Obama administration is infusing into Nigerian education programs fund Islamic schools that exclusively teach students “the recitation and memorization” of the Quran, government documents reveal. The Northern Education Initiative Plus, or NEI+, project seeks to broaden access to education while strengthening literacy skills of the predominantly Muslim population of northern Nigeria, according to procurement documents WND located through routine database research. Obama wants to increase the number of schools that offers an expanded “core” of subjects, including Islamic schools that currently offer little or no academic options.
MIAMI HEARLD – http://www.miamiherald.com/2014/09/14/4348017/florida-activists-let-undocumented.htm -09/15
María Bilbao and Amrry González are undocumented immigrants from Latin America who need a driver’s license, not just to drive but also to travel, rent or buy a house and clear a host of many other hurdles legal residents don’t even think about. “It’s truly stressful not having a driver license,” said Bilbao, from Argentina. “It’s a constant fear about being stopped and in jail and then deported.” González, a Nicaraguan, said he has lost jobs because he does not have a driver’s license. “Without a license, I have lost income,” said González. “When I had a driver license I had better jobs. When it expired in 2007 I lost work. My life changed.” It is to help people like Bilbao and González, two of more than 900,000 undocumented immigrants estimated to be living in Florida, that immigration activists have launched a new campaign aimed at convincing the state legislature to pass a law allowing foreign nationals without immigration status to apply for driver licenses.
THE HILL – Administration threatens to cut off ObamaCare subsidies to 360,000 – 09/15
The Obama administration announced Monday that it will cut off tax subsidies to about 360,000 people if they do not offer proof of their income in the next two weeks. Officials will send final notices this week to individuals who signed up for ObamaCare with income levels that didn’t match government records. The announcement marks the Obama administration’s first move to tackle the politically charged issue of income verification, which has remained a key GOP argument against the healthcare law. Those who don’t confirm their income levels could lose their tax credit and face higher premiums and higher deductibles.
STAR & TRIBUNE – Accountability is the key to real VA reform -09/14
Minnesota has always been known for its top-rated health care — even for veterans. During the nationwide Department of Veterans Affairs scandal this summer, the Minnesota VA touted some of the lowest wait times in the country and was essentially left out of the conversation. Until now. A recent investigative report by KARE-TV, Ch. 11, found two former employees from the Minneapolis VA who exposed malpractices that have plagued other such facilities around the country.
REAL CLEAR POLITICS – Pelosi: “Civilization As We Know It Would Be In Jeopardy If Republicans Win The Senate” – s this women really that Demented? – 09/13
NANCY PELOSI: It would be very important for the Democrats to retain control of the Senate. Civilization as we know it today would be in jeopardy if Republicans win the Senate.
NEWSMAX – Obama’s War Plan Rattles Nervous Democrats as Midterms Approach - 09/13
In a nation weary of war, yet alarmed by the prospect of an emerging threat, President Barack Obama’s plan to strike Islamic State militants is ruffling the usual left-right politics in several races that will decide control of the Senate. Republicans who have hammered the president on a variety of issues for months have tamped down their rhetoric and, frequently, are avoiding taking a clear stand on his proposal. Some of the nation’s most endangered incumbent Senate Democrats, meanwhile, have expressed skepticism to portions of Obama’s plan, saying they fear a new plunge into a new Middle East war where supposed allies can become enemies.
NEWSMAX – Gov. Scott’s Lead Expands Over Crist in Florida – 09/13
Florida Gov. Rick Scott has widened his lead over Democratic challenger Charlie Crist, according to new survey results released on Friday. In a poll of 1,000 Sunshine State voters conducted by Associated Industries of Florida (AIF), Scott beats Crist by 47 percent to 41 percent, according to Political Fix Florida.The lead, however, falls to 44-41 percent when Libertarian Adrian Wyllie is included — along with candidates with no party affiliation, and undecided voters, Political Fix Florida reports.