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January 27, 2015

Keystone votes fail in Senate

Republicans’ Keystone XL pipeline push was stopped short by the first Senate filibuster of 2015 as Democrats blocked Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s bid to end debate on the bill.

The new Senate majority will now extend its debate on approving Keystone — a measure that was seen as an easy GOP win just weeks ago — as Democrats pressed McConnell to hold more amendment votes as proof of his commitment to a more open process in the chamber than their own party used while it was in power.

A pair of 53-39 votes against ending debate on Keystone might have reached the 60-vote threshold they needed, however, had two absent pro-pipeline Democrats voted with the GOP Monday night, and winter storms not prevented some Republicans from reaching Washington. More

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January 25, 2015

Cruz Files Bill to Ban American Islamic State Fighters from Returning to U.S.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R., Texas) will file legislation on Friday to ban American citizens who fight alongside the Islamic State (IS) and other terror groups from returning to the United States, where they pose a significant terror threat, according to sources in the senator’s office.

Cruz, who first proposed the legislation last year, seeks to strip those Americans who travel abroad to fight with IS (also known as ISIL or ISIS) of their U.S. citizenship rights and stop them from coming back stateside.

The bill, known as the Expatriate Terrorist Act (E.T.A.), tightens and updates existing regulations by which a U.S. citizen effectively renounces his or her citizenship.

Cruz said that he is filing the bill partly in response to President Obama’s Tuesday State of the Union address, which he described as “detached from reality” on the foreign policy front.

“President Obama’s approach to foreign policy refuses to acknowledge the threats our enemies pose to our national security—it is detached from reality and making the world a more dangerous place,” said Cruz, who also is releasing a new video that takes aim at Obama for misleading the nation about these threats in his annual address. More

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January 22, 2015

65 Secret Service Agents on Hand for Hillary Clinton's Paid Speech … in Canada

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gave a couple paid speeches in Canada yesterday. She was reportedly accompanied by 65 agents of the United States Secret Service to at least one of the events.

The agents were presumably on hand to help keep the former first lady safe.

The news of Clinton's large Secret Service contigent was reported by CJME News Talk 980, a co-sponsor of the event.

"One of the most influential women in U.S. politics will be speaking in Saskatoon Wednesday night," the outlet reported in advance of one of Clinton's address. "Hillary Rodham Clinton will be speaking at TCU Place ... Her speech will be part of the Global Perspectives series, which is sponsored by CIBC." More

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Joni Ernst Received Government Assistance? GOP Senator’s Family Took $460,000 In Taxpayer Handouts

Joni Ernst, the new Republican senator from Iowa who delivered the GOP response to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union speech Tuesday night, called in her address for cuts in government spending and described how her views grew out of her own “simple” upbringing, one in which her family diligently watched ever scarce penny, to the point where she owned only one pair of shoes.

But an investigation of public records by the Washington D.C.-based District Sentinel online news site showed that between 1995 and 2009, Ernst’s family received nearly a half-million dollars in government handouts, payments targeted toward subsidizing farms with taxpayer funds.

“I had only one good pair of shoes. So on rainy school days, my mom would slip plastic bread bags over them to keep them dry,” Ernst described in her State of the Union rebuttal Tuesday. More

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Feds Spent $432,000 Studying Gay Hookup Apps

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has spent nearly a half a million dollars studying gay hookup apps such as Grindr.

The government awarded $432,000 to Columbia University to interview gay men who use GPS dating apps and determine whether it increases their likelihood of engaging in risky sexual behavior.

“Smartphone technologies have provided a new venue for sexual partnering among men who have sex with men (MSM),” the grant for the project states. “Indeed, there are a rapidly growing number of smartphone applications designed to facilitate sexual partnering among MSM.”

The project argues that dating apps that use the Global Positioning System, or GPS, has “accelerated” the rate that gay men can find sexual partners, compared to online. More

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Woman showcased by Obama in State of the Union is a former Democratic campaign staffer

The woman whose story of economic recovery was showcased by President Barack Obama in his State of the Union address Tuesday is a former Democratic campaign staffer and has been used by Obama for political events in the past.

Rebekah Erler has been presented by the White House as a woman who was discovered by the president after she wrote to him last March about her economic hardships. She was showcased in the speech as proof that middle-class Americans are coming forward to say that Obama’s policies are working.

Unmentioned in the White House bio of Erler is that she is a former Democratic campaign operative, working as a field organizer for Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash.

This also wasn’t the first time the White House used the former Democratic campaign staffer as a political prop. Obama spent a “day in the life” of Erler in June so that he could have “an opportunity to communicate directly with the people he’s working for every day.” More

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House Republicans drop controversial abortion bill ahead of Roe v. Wade anniversary

House Republicans on Wednesday dropped a bill that would have banned abortions after 20 weeks, abandoning legislation that at one time seemed certain to pass the chamber but fell victim to intra-party disputes over concerns that the law would alienate women voters.

The failure of the bill, which was intended to be Congress' first anti-abortion legislation of the new session, reflects divides in the GOP just weeks after it assumed control of both houses for the first time in eight years.

Instead, the House will vote Thursday -- the 42nd anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision -- on a bill that would ban the use of tax dollars for abortions, the same law that was passed by the House nearly one year ago but died in the Senate, which was then controlled by Democrats.  More

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January 20, 2015

Blamed: White House chief of staff takes blame for Paris rally absence

White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough on Tuesday took the blame for the administration’s failure to send a high-level official to the rally against terrorism in Paris earlier this month.

“That rests on me. That’s my job,” McDonough said on NBC’s “Today.”

He reiterated that the administration regretted not sending a high-level representative, and lamented that the firestorm overshadowed progress they made in their intelligence partnerships with allies.

Until now, no single White House official had taken the blame for the absence.

The administration absorbed heavy bipartisan criticism after more than 40 world leaders attended the Paris rally, and the highest-level U.S. representative was the ambassador to France. More

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January 17, 2015

Controversy builds at U.S. consumer protection bureau

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Costly building renovations at the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureauare raising more congressional concerns that the agency is out of control.

A government report pegs the price of the work at $210 million — $120 million more than initial estimates, with off-site leasing costs included.

“That’s more per square foot than the Bellagio hotel-casino in Las Vegas,” said John Berlau, a senior fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute.

And, critics add, CFPB doesn’t even own the building. More

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Sen. Feinstein's husband stands to profit big from govt deal

Ever wonder how lowly paid lawmakers leave office filthy rich?

Sen. Dianne Feinstein is showing how it’s done.

The US Postal Service plans to sell 56 buildings — so it can lease space more expensively — and the real estate company of the California senator’s husband, Richard Blum, is set to pocket about $1 billion in commissions.

Blum’s company, CBRE, was selected in March 2011 as the sole real estate agent on sales expected to fetch $19 billion. Most voters didn’t notice that Blum is a member of CBRE’s board and served as chairman from 2001 to 2014. More

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January 15, 2015

Yemeni terror suspects held at Gitmo released to live in nearby Oman

The Department of Defense announced Wednesday that five Yemeni terror suspects held at Guantanamo Bay have been released. But despite concerns from lawmakers about the risks of sending anybody back to Yemen, four were released to Oman -- which is right next door.

Yemen is back in the spotlight in the wake of the Paris terror attacks. One of the suspects traveled there in 2011 and met with the radical American cleric Anwar al-Awlaki. Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, based in the region, claimed responsibility for the attacks.

Though the administration technically has lifted a ban on sending Guantanamo detainees to Yemen, the U.S. traditionally has balked at repatriating prisoners back to the country, where the government is battling the Al Qaeda insurgency.

Still, four of the five prisoners -- Al Khadr Abdallah Muhammad Al Yafi, Fadel Hussein Saleh Hentif, Abd Al-Rahman Abdullah Au Shabati, and Mohammed Ahmed Salam -- are being sent to neighboring Oman. More

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IRS Watchdog: Elderly and Disabled Taxpayers Not Allowed to Leave Messages

In its annual Report to Congress today, the office of the National Taxpayer Advocate outlined a series of Internal Revenue Service failures. In the “Access to the IRS” section, the report details the trouble taxpayers face reaching the right person in order to meet their tax obligations:

"The IRS does not answer the phone at local offices and has even removed the option it once provided for taxpayers, including the elderly and disabled, to leave a message.”

Until 2013, taxpayers — including the elderly and disabled — were allowed to leave a voicemail requesting an in-person appointment. But now, elderly and disabled taxpayers attempting to navigate the automated helpline maze are asked to email the IRS to set up an appointment. The automated message instructs as follows:

“If you are disabled or elderly and require special accommodations for service, please email us at…"  More

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IRS chief warns of refund delays, poor customer service this tax year

Taxpayers could see delays in getting their refunds this year -- as well as "unacceptable" customer service -- as the IRS commissioner warns budget cuts are forcing the agency to cut back.

IRS Commissioner John Koskinen, in an email sent to workers and obtained by Fox News, predicted a messy tax season on several fronts.

"The effect of these cuts will hurt taxpayers and our tax system," he wrote.

He said the cuts could force the IRS to shut down operations for two days later this year, resulting in unpaid furloughs for employees and service cuts for taxpayers. More

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January 14, 2015

TROOPS TURN ON COMMANDER IN CHIEF - DEEPLY UNPOPULAR

In his first term, President Obama oversaw repeal of the controversial "don't ask, don't tell" policy.

Then he broke with one of the military's most deeply rooted traditions and vowed to lift the ban on women serving in combat.

And the commander in chief has aggressively sought to change military culture by cracking down on sexual assault and sexual harassment, problems that for years were underreported or overlooked.

Obama is an unpopular president in the eyes of the men and women in uniform. Yet his two-term administration is etching a deep imprint on the culture inside the armed forces. As commander in chief, he will leave behind a legacy that will shape the Pentagon's personnel policies and the social customs of rank-and-file troops for decades to come. More

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Ohio bartender threatened to kill House Speaker John Boehner

A former Ohio country club bartender — who told authorities that he was Jesus Christ — allegedly threatened to murder House Speaker John Boehner last fall because he believed the Ohio congressman was responsible for Ebola, according to records made available Tuesday.

A grand jury indictment filed in U.S. District Court in Ohio on Jan. 7 identified the accused man as Michael R. Hoyt, a resident of Cincinnati.

A separate criminal complaint said Hoyt was fired last fall from his job at a country club in West Chester, Ohio, where he served drinks to Boehner, who is a member.

In a subsequent conversation with a police officer, Hoyt said that before leaving, he “did not have time to put something in John Boehner’s drink,” according to the complaint. More

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January 12, 2015

White House: ‘We Should Have Sent Someone With Higher Profile To Be’ At Paris Rally

Washington DC - The White House is going on the defensive for not sending any high-level administration officials to a unity rally in Paris on Sunday that was attended by several world leaders.

White House officials tell CBS News that the reason President Barack Obama didn’t go is because the president’s security would have significantly interfered with the crowd that was estimated at nearly 3.7 million people.

Attorney General Eric Holder, who was already in France for an anti-terrorism summit, did not attend.

Secretary of State John Kerry was in India ahead of Obama’s upcoming trip. The only U.S. official to attend was the U.S. Ambassador to France Jane Hartley.

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest told reporters Monday that they made an error not sending a higher profile official to the rally. More

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Twitter account for US Central Command hacked, filled with pro-ISIS messages

An ISIS hacker group has infiltrated the U.S. Central Command Twitter account and threatened American soldiers.

The so-called Cyber Caliphate seized the account around 12:30 p.m. Monday and sent a message reading, “AMERICAN SOLDIERS, WE ARE COMING, WATCH YOUR BACK. ISIS.”

A pastebin link contains files, supposedly of sensitive Pentagon documents.

The group claimed to have taken over the account as part of its “CyberJihad,” and had changed it’s cover photo to that of a hooded man. More

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Criticism mounts over thin US presence at Paris rally

Criticism mounted Monday over President Obama's muted response to Sunday's massive rally in Paris against Islamic terror, a historic show of unity that drew more than a million people, including more than 40 world leaders -- but none higher representing the U.S. than its ambassador to France -- as the White House continued to avoid calling last week's attacks an act of Islamic terror.

Secretary of State John Kerry dismissed the criticism as "quibbling," and announced a trip to the French capital later this week.

While the administration dispatched Attorney General Eric Holder and a top homeland security official to Paris for meetings over the weekend, the only U.S. official of note to attend Sunday's rally was Ambassador Jane Hartley.

A spokesman for the U.S. Embassy in Paris told Fox News that Holder did not attend Sunday's march because he was "not available at the time." More

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January 9, 2015

Texas declares amnesty for school cupcakes

AUSTIN, Texas – Incoming Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller is sending a message about cupcakes.

As Miller’s first act as the state’s head of agriculture, he’s granting amnesty for cupcakes in the state’s schools, according to BigCountryHomepage.com.

“We want families, teachers and school districts in Texas to know the Texas Department of Agriculture has abolished all rules and guidelines that would stop a parent from bringing cupcakes to school,” miller said in a press release.

“This act is about providing local control to our communities.” More

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January 8, 2015

GOP hopes to force Obama's hand on Keystone

It took just a few hours for the new Republican-controlled Congress to elicit its first veto threat from President Obama, dashing initial hopes for bipartisanship and cementing the status of the Keystone XL pipeline as Washington's reigning political football.

To be sure, the president's opposition to a bill approving the project is hardly surprising given his past statements. But the decision to issue a formal veto threat this week underscores the raw politics that surround Keystone after six years of regulatory limbo.

The White House would only hint at a veto back in November, when the measure fell just one vote short of approval in the Democratic-led Senate as former Sen. Mary Landrieu eyed it as a possible political lifeline. Months later, the same Democratic leadership that allowed a vote on the Landrieu bill derailed a planned Senate Energy Committee hearing on the subject. More

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January 7, 2015

Boehner takes revenge - Foes find themselves losing plum committee posts.

John Boehner is getting revenge.

After he secured his third term as speaker Tuesday afternoon, losing 25 votes on the House floor to some relatively unknown members of the Republican Conference, Boehner moved swiftly to boot two of the insurgents from the influential Rules Committee.

That could be just the start of payback for the speaker’s betrayers, who might see subcommittee chairmanships and other perks fall away in the coming months.

Boehner’s allies have thirsted for this kind of action from the speaker, saying he’s let people walk all over him for too long and is too nice to people who are eager to stab him in the back. 

The removal of Florida Reps. Daniel Webster and Richard Nugent from Rules was meant as a clear demonstration that what Boehner and other party leaders accepted during the previous Congress is no longer acceptable, not with the House’s biggest GOP majority in decades.  More

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January 6, 2015

Harvard Ideas on Health Care Hit Home, Hard

WASHINGTON — For years, Harvard’s experts on health economics and policy have advised presidents and Congress on how to provide health benefits to the nation at a reasonable cost.

But those remedies will now be applied to the Harvard faculty, and the professors are in an uproar.

Members of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, the heart of the 378-year-old university, voted overwhelmingly in November to oppose changes that would require them and thousands of other Harvard employees to pay more for health care.

The university says the increases are in part a result of the Obama administration’s Affordable Care Act, which many Harvard professors championed. More

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January 4, 2015

Texas Republican announces challenge to Boehner for Speaker in new Congress

Rep. Louis Gohmert (R-Texas) said Sunday that he will challenge John Boehner (R-Ohio) as Speaker in the new Congress.

“I’m putting my name out there today to be another candidate for Speaker,” Gohmert said on "Fox and Friends."

Gohmert said that after “years of broken promises, it’s time for a change.”

Rep. Ted Yoho (R-Fla.) on Saturday announced that he would not support Boehner for Speaker.

"This is not a personal attack against Mr. Boehner, however, the people desire and deserve a choice," Yoho said in a Facebook post. "In November, they resoundingly rejected the status quo."  More

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