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Obama NSA Reform Speech (Video)

Posted by  ▪  January 17, 2014

“we have real enemies and threats, and that intelligence serves a vital role in confronting them”

Obama NSA Reform Speech (Video)

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1/17/2014 at 12:05pm
Obama just completed his speech on NSA reforms. Below the key video portion of the speech (full text here). I found this part to be a key dose of reality often lacking from the debate: First, everyone who has looked at these problems, including skeptics of existing programs, recognizes that we have real enemies…
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134 House Members sign letter against academic boycott of Israel

Posted by  ▪  January 17, 2014

“blatant disregard for academic freedom” and “thinly-veiled bigotry and bias against the Jewish State.”

134 House Members sign letter against academic boycott of Israel

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1/17/2014 at 10:55am
A total of 134 Members of the House of Representatives have signed a letter, organized by the offices of Reps. Peter Roksam (R) and Ted Deutch (D) condeming the academic boycott of Israel passed by the American Studies Assoction. The effort was truly bipartisan, with 65 Republicans and 69 Democrarts signing. …
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Ariel Sharon and media myths

Posted by  ▪  January 17, 2014

Mideast Media Sampler 01/17/2014 – Ariel Sharon Misconstrued

Ariel Sharon and media myths

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1/17/2014 at 8:54am
I never expected Ariel Sharon to be treated fairly by the mainstream media. I’d like to reiterate one point made by Prof. Jacobson in his post memorializing Sharon: Sharon’s visit to the Temple Mount was not the cause of the so-called Second Intifada. The New York Times obituary of Ariel Sharon gets…
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Propagandists with Ph.D’s: Month One of the anti-Israel academic boycott

Posted by  ▪  January 16, 2014

The broad spectrum of mainstream Americans — from liberal to conservative — have nothing in common with this radical fringe.

Propagandists with Ph.D’s: Month One of the anti-Israel academic boycott

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1/16/2014 at 9:00pm
It has been one month since the American Studies Association announced that its membership — or at least the small percentage who bothered to vote — approved an academic boycott of Israel. We have had great success rallying opposition, but even this first month teaches us some important lessons. The ASA has peddled…
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Experts warn healthcare.gov still has security issues

Posted by  ▪  January 16, 2014

Experts warn healthcare.gov still has security issues

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1/16/2014 at 7:21pm
Several cybersecurity experts warned that security issues still persist on healthcare.gov, according to statements made to news outlets and in testimony provided to a Congressional panel on Thursday. From NBC News: Cybersecurity researchers slammed HealthCare.gov’s security during a House hearing on Thursday, saying the site is still riddled with problems that could put…
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Obama CMS Premium Payments Unknown

Just like Amazon.com, Obamacare has no idea who has paid for stuff already shipped … oh, wait

Posted by  ▪  January 16, 2014

Just like Amazon.com, Obamacare has no idea who has paid for stuff already shipped … oh, wait

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1/16/2014 at 3:24pm
It’s bad enough that the Obama administration counts as “enrolled” people who merely have done the equivalent of the Amazon.com shopping cart — expressed the desire to have some stuff, in this case Obamacare. Amazon.com doesn’t count stuff put in the shopping cart in the sales figures it reports — that would be…
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Branco Cartoon – The Pen to Serfdom

Posted by  ▪  January 16, 2014

Branco Cartoon – The Pen to Serfdom

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1/16/2014 at 1:56pm
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Bill Owens (D NY-21), who never should have been elected, retires

Posted by  ▪  January 16, 2014

Bill Owens (D NY-21), who never should have been elected, retires

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1/16/2014 at 11:33am
For those of you who have been reading Legal Insurrection since the early days, the name Bill Owens may be familiar. Owens won the 2009 special election in what then was the NY-23 District (since reconfigured and now NY-21) against the insurgent conservative candidate Doug Hoffman.  In a precursor to the Tea…
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County Opposition to SAFE Act ao January 2014

Local opposition stymies NY SAFE Act gun law

Posted by  ▪  January 16, 2014

Local opposition stymies NY SAFE Act gun law

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1/16/2014 at 9:26am
There has been a mostly quiet refusal of county and local officials to implement and enforce the onerous provisions of the NY State gun law rushed through the state legislature in almost comical fashion after the Newtown, CT, school shooting. In the rush to legislate, the text of the law failed to…
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Senate report: Benghazi attacks preventable

Posted by  ▪  January 15, 2014

Does Hillary still wonder what difference it makes?

Senate report: Benghazi attacks preventable

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1/15/2014 at 7:59pm
A report released by the Senate Intelligence Committee has concluded that the attacks on U.S. outposts in Benghazi, Libya in September, 2012 could have been prevented. I’m still reading through the full report myself, but some of the primary highlights so far are included below. From the Washington Post: A long-delayed Senate intelligence committee…
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Forget deer birth control, State opens special hunting season in Ithaca area

Posted by  ▪  January 15, 2014

Cayuga Heights remains a sanctuary city for deer, for now.

Forget deer birth control, State opens special hunting season in Ithaca area

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1/15/2014 at 4:27pm
On Monday I wrote how the Village of Cayuga Heights, bordering the Cornell University campus and the City of Ithaca, has spent $2,984 per deer in  a sterilization program which had no hope of reducing the deer population to an environmentally safe level. A reader just emailed me with a press release…
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Israeli Defense Minister apologizes for private comments about futility of peace process and Kerry’s quest

Posted by  ▪  January 15, 2014

Any worse than Obama’s hot mic comments about Netanyahu?

Israeli Defense Minister apologizes for private comments about futility of peace process and Kerry’s quest

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1/15/2014 at 3:35pm
The columnist Michael Kinsley is reputed to have said that “a gaffe is when a politician tells the truth.” Earlier this week  an Israeli newspaper leaked private comments that Israel’s Defense Minister, Moshe (Bogie) Ya’alon made critical of Secretary of State John Kerry and expressing skepticism towards security guarantees proposed by Kerry: “The American…
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Walker addresses crowd

Wisconsin “John Doe” target goes on offense, threatens federal suit

Posted by  ▪  January 15, 2014

Demands “prosecutors close the investigation immediately, publicly exonerate Mr. O’Keefe … and dissolve the gag order”

Wisconsin “John Doe” target goes on offense, threatens federal suit

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1/15/2014 at 1:38pm
We previously wrote in detail about the “John Doe” investigation in Wisconsin targeting a wide range of conservative groups and Scott Walker supporters relating to the failed Democratic attempt to recall Walker.  See Secret probe of conservatives makes Wisconsin ground zero in First Amendment war for the details. We also noted the…
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100 House Reps already have signed onto letter denouncing anti-Israel academic boycott

Posted by  ▪  January 15, 2014

Is your Rep on this list? If not, contact his or her office TODAY.

100 House Reps already have signed onto letter denouncing anti-Israel academic boycott

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1/15/2014 at 11:15am
For background, see my prior posts: Bipartisan Congressional letter to denounce academic boycott of Israel Has your Rep signed Congressional letter against Israel academic boycott? The letter will be finalized tomorrow morning as the House goes into recess Friday and many members leave tomorrow afternoon.  The letter is being coordinated through the offices of…
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David Gregory NBC 30 round magazine

One year ago, David Gregory was let off the D.C. gun law hook

Posted by  ▪  January 15, 2014

A testament to the double standard for justice in the District of Columbia, one for the rich and powerful, another for the rest of us.

One year ago, David Gregory was let off the D.C. gun law hook

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1/15/2014 at 9:35am
On December 23, 2012, David Gregory waved the now infamous 30-round ammunition magazine on air during a Meet the Press interview with Wayne LaPierre of the NRA following the Sandy Hook school shooting. In D.C., mere possession of a 30-round magazine is a crime, regardless of whether the magazine is loaded.  D.C. is…
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Obama meets Insurance Industry Executives, March 4, 2010

Obamacare and insurance companies in a death grip

Posted by  ▪  January 15, 2014

Obamacare giveth to the insurance companies and then it taketh away. And then it giveth back again.

Obamacare and insurance companies in a death grip

Obama meets Insurance Industry Executives, March 4, 2010
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1/15/2014 at 8:30am
We’ve finally gotten some data on who has actually signed up for Obamacare on the exchanges. At first glance, it would look bad for the insurance companies. There are way fewer young people (only 24% are between the ages of 18 and 34) than the original stated goal. But it doesn’t matter for…
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Chris Christie State of the State 1-14-2014

Chris Christie: “what has occurred does not define us or our state”

Posted by  ▪  January 15, 2014

Turning the corner on scandal? Or still stuck in traffic?

Chris Christie: “what has occurred does not define us or our state”

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1/15/2014 at 7:00am
NJ Governor Chris Christie addressed the recent Bridgegate controversy on Tuesday afternoon in the very opening of his State of the State speech. The last week has certainly tested this Administration. Mistakes were clearly made. And as a result, we let down the people we are entrusted to serve. I know our…
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