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House hearing: Hagel defends Taliban-Bergdahl swap

Posted by  ▪  June 11, 2014

Lawmakers grill Hagel on release of Taliban Five and failure to notify Congress of the deal.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, along with Defense Department General Counsel Stephen Preston, appeared Wednesday before the House Armed Services Committee for a hearing to address The May 31, 2014 Transfer of Five Senior Taliban Detainees. The agreement to release those five detainees when the U.S. arranged to recover Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl from captivity…
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http://www.kshb.com/news/political/kansas-tea-party-candidate-reacts-to-eric-cantors-loss

I can see the Kansas Senate primary from Virginia (#KSsen #VA07)

Posted by  ▪  June 11, 2014

“Something BIG happening in Kansas. We see it everyday in our crowds, our volunteers and our contributions.

Last night’s upset of Eric Cantor shocked everyone. I said it after the Missouri Senate Primary, and it holds even more true now, The Lesson of Iowa and Mississippi primaries: Don’t give up on Kansas: Joni Ernst and Chris McDaniel had no chance of winning, until she won outright and he won but is…
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http://wtvr.com/2014/06/10/demonstrators-cause-fracas-after-eric-cantor-concession-speech/

“I’m against lawlessness, and I voted in #VA07″

Posted by  ▪  June 11, 2014

Pro-Amnesty protesters invaded Eric Cantor’s election night headquarters, creating chaos in a perfect metaphor for the immigration debate.

Should be a bumper sticker for those who oppose immigration amnesty and voted last night to defeat Eric Cantor. Alternative national headline: “I’m against lawlessness, and I vote” That lawlessness is reflected at the border where tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors are crossing over in anticipation of amnesty, or at least being…
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Pro-Israel Muslim Vassar student’s lonely fight to defend Israel

Posted by  ▪  June 11, 2014

Julian Hassan stood up for Israel against faculty, Students for Justice in Palestine and J Street U

I graduated from Vassar College in May 2014.  I was the President of the Vassar Conservative Libertarian Union, and the anti-Israel fervor found me. Before we go into this sordid story, it gives us perspective on the times to remember that Vassar College was once a great friend of Israel. In 1975, “Students…
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“Bad cop” Eric Cantor would have won, “good cop” Eric Cantor lost

Posted by  ▪  June 11, 2014

To the extent amnesty was part of the reason Cantor lost, it was a symptom, not the disease.

No, I didn’t see it coming. We didn’t even plan on live coverage of VA-07, instead focusing on whether Lindsey Graham would avoid a runoff (he did). At some point I started seeing tweets of early VA-07 numbers and thought someone was trolling.  Then I checked and it was no joke. The night of,…
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8 votes, 3.75 avg. rating (76% score)
 
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Marissa Alexander’s Desperate Efforts for Self-Defense Immunity Hearing Delayed Again

Posted by  ▪  June 11, 2014

Whether to allow immunity hearing now delayed until August. Trial moved from July to December.

Marissa Alexander was back in court today for a pre-trial hearing on whether she will be granted yet another shot at self-defense immunity under Florida statute FL 776.032: Immunity from criminal prosecution and civil action for justifiable use of force.   In what has become an all too familiar pattern in this case,…
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http://www.cnn.com/video/data/2.0/video/us/2014/06/09/wolf-griffin-va-national-audit.cnn.html

House passes VA bill allowing vets to seek outside care

Posted by  ▪  June 11, 2014

Bill also would temporarily ban bonuses for VA employees

House lawmakers passed a bill Tuesday aimed at addressing some of the now high profile problems at Veterans Affairs facilities. From the Associated Press: United and eager to respond to a national uproar, the House overwhelmingly approved legislation Tuesday to make it easier for patients enduring long waits for care at Veterans Affairs facilities…
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Upset in Virginia District 7 (#VA07) — Eric Cantor loses to Dave Brat

Posted by  ▪  June 10, 2014

Incredible and unexpected victory by Tea Party challenger who made amnesty an issue.

In a stunning “historic” upset, Professor David Brat upset Republican Majority Leader Eric Cantor. Tweets about “#VA07″ !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0],p=/^http:/.test(d.location)?’http’:’https’;if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src=p+”://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js”;fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,”script”,”twitter-wjs”); Cantor: “It’s disappointing, sure. But I believe in this country…”— Sarah Boxer (@Sarah_Boxer) June 11, 2014 meet Dave Brat – the guy who beat Eric Cantor. @jparkABC caught up with him in DC a few weeks…
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11 votes, 3.82 avg. rating (77% score)
 
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South Carolina Primary Results (#SCSEN); Graham Wins, No Runoff

Posted by  ▪  June 10, 2014
UPDATE – At about 9:15 PM, the Associated Press called the SC Senate race for Lindsey Graham and projects he will not face a runoff election. With 71% of precincts reporting at 9:45PM, Graham is close to garnering 60% of the vote. Notably, Graham won nearly all of the counties…
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2 votes, 5.00 avg. rating (97% score)
 
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Obama’s abandonment of Iraq and the fall of Mosul

Posted by  ▪  June 10, 2014

And so it has all come to pass.

As soon as Obama was elected it became a foregone conclusion that this would be the result in Iraq—that the country would be taken over by the worst forces in the area. Since then, it’s been a slow denouement: Insurgents seized control early Tuesday of most of the northern Iraqi city of…
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4 votes, 5.00 avg. rating (98% score)
 
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California Judge: Public school tenure creates unconstitutional unequal schools

Posted by  ▪  June 10, 2014

Finds Equal Protection violation since “grossly ineffective” teachers disproportionately in minority schools.

Well this is an interesting development, Calif. court rules teacher tenure creates unequal conditions: A Los Angeles Superior Court judge ruled Tuesday that tenure, seniority and other job protections for teachers have created unequal conditions in public schools and deprive poor children of the best teachers. In a case that could have national…
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Delawyering traditional marriage supporters

Posted by  ▪  June 10, 2014

The tradition of lawyers representing politically unpopular clients and positions has been lost in the process.

Joan Biskupic writing for Reuters reports on the fear in the legal community that has caused large law firms to refuse to take on clients who support keeping the “one man, one woman” definition of marriage, U.S. law firms flock to gay-marriage proponents, shun other side (h/t @AdamLiptak): As U.S. lawsuits seeking…
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http://www.cbsnews.com/videos/bergdahl-prisoner-swap-cbs-news-poll-shows-majority-say-u-s-gave-up-too-much/

Taliban-Bergdahl swap unpopular, so … blame Hagel

Posted by  ▪  June 10, 2014

Chuck Hagel has bus tire tracks on his back.

The polling is pretty consistent that the public is not buying Obama’s spin on the trade of 5 senior Taliban Gitmo detainees for alleged deserter Bowe Bergdahl. CBS News reports: Just over a week after U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was freed by the Taliban, a CBS News Poll shows 45 percent of…
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8 votes, 4.75 avg. rating (94% score)
 
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South Carolina primary day — Will voters runoff Lindsey Graham?

Posted by  ▪  June 10, 2014

Will Lindsey Graham avoid a runoff? That’s the key question.

After a lot of speculation and angst by conservative voters in South Carolina, today is Judgment Day for Lindsey Graham. Over the past year, SC grassroots activists have attempted to organize with the goal of defeating Graham in his re-election bid.  The problem always came back to the lack of a serious…
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4 votes, 4.25 avg. rating (86% score)