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May 25, 2015

Budget cuts impact US ability to fight the enemy, Air Force general warns


In an exclusive interview with Fox News, Gen. Mark Welsh, the head of the U.S. Air Force, warns that severe defense budget cuts will impact U.S. air superiority against enemies that the nation may not be thinking about right now.

“China and Russia are two good examples of countries who will be fielding capability in the next three to five years; if they stay on track, that is better than what we currently have in many areas,” Welsh said during a three-day visit to Langley Air Force Base in Virginia.

“Fighter aircraft in the next three to five years that have more capability than what we currently have sitting on the ramp. 

The F-35 will stay a generation ahead of them. F-22 will, too. Everything else we have will not stay ahead. The gap has closed.”  More

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May 23, 2015

Ohio cop acquitted in 2 deaths – Now Vanita Gupta at DOJ to investigate him


Cleveland – A Cleveland cop cleared Saturday on state charges in the deaths of two unarmed people in a 137-shot barrage of police gunfire could face federal charges.

The Justice Department said after the acquittal of Officer Michael Brelo’s on voluntary manslaughter charges that it would “review all available legal options.”

“We will now review the testimony and evidence presented in the state trial” to determine if “additional steps are available and appropriate,” the department said.

Vanita Gupta, head of the department’s civil rights division said the review is separate from its efforts to resolve a pattern of civil rights violations at the Cleveland police department. More

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Michelle O’s ‘Healthy’ Lunches Now Catering To Muslim Kids ‘Going Hungry’ In School - Food must be dedicated to "Allah"


California - At the request of Muslim parents, a San Diego school district has added “halal” food to its weekly menu.

The change is part of a pilot program to better serve the minority students that make up most of the student body at Crawford High School, which is in the City Heights district of northeast San Diego. Among other minorities, the community has a large Muslim population, mostly from North Africa.

Parents complained to Crawford High School administrators that their children were coming home hungry,

Under the religion’s requirements, all pork products are forbidden; and in order to eat other types of meat, the animal must first be dedicated to “Allah” before it is slaughtered.  More

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May 22, 2015

Clinton Foundation reveals up to $26.4M in previously undisclosed payments


The Clinton Foundation acknowledged Thursday that it had received millions of dollars in payments that had not previously been disclosed under a 2008 ethics agreement with the Obama administration.

The Washington Post, citing foundation officials, reported that the payments were categorized internally as "revenue" instead of donations, which exempted the organization from including them in its public list of contributions.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the frontrunner for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination, has faced questions about whether the foundation fully complied with the agreement it made with the Obama administration when Clinton was nominated to be America's top diplomat. 

Questions have also been raised about whether the foundation's lengthy list of donors tied to foreign governments presented a conflict of interest for Clinton while she was Secretary of State or whether such conflicts might arise should she become president.  More

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May 21, 2015

The head of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division: slavery and Jim Crow are responsible for the violence and property damage in Baltimore and Ferguson


Colorado – The head of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, Vanita Gupta (picture), told a group of lawyers in Colorado slavery and Jim Crow are responsible for the violence and property damage in Baltimore and Ferguson, Missouri.

Gupta said police have historically played a role “in enforcing and perpetuating slavery, the Black Codes, lynchings and Jim Crow segregation” and said this legacy is partially responsible for the “negative interactions that individuals — or their family members, friends, or neighbors — have had with law enforcement.”

Instead of blaming lawlessness and criminal activity for the looting, arson and violence in Ferguson and Baltimore, Obama’s DOJ believes “criminal justice policies over the last few decades” and “economic exploitation of the poor” are responsible. More

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All for nothing? US vets who fought for Ramadi and those who lost love ones are angry over fall to ISIS


Iraqi War veteran Sgt. Ben Rangel remembers fighting to secure the city of Ramadi when he first arrived in Iraq for a tour of duty in 2004. He also recalls the bloodshed.

Now, like other veterans who fought Iraqi insurgents for the capital city of Iraq's Anbar province, as well as the loved ones who died in fierce battles there, Rangel bristles at the sight of the ISIS flag-waving above the government complex.

Many are wondering why their hard-fought gains were so easily surrendered when Iraqi forces, following the U.S. pullout, were unable to stand up to the black-clad terrorist army.

“We lost a lot of men,” Rangel, a former infantryman with the 2nd battalion/5thMarines Fox Company, told FoxNews.com. “The fighting in Fallujah got a lot of attention in the news, but Ramadi was a very important city because of the supply route that ran through it to Baghdad.

“We were fighting non-stop for three months," he said. "Our mission was always to make sure that the supply route was secure.”  More   Obama: We're not losing to ISIS

President Obama thinks climate change is the gravest threat to our national security


NEW LONDON, Conn. (Reuters) - Rising seas and thawing permafrost caused by warmer global temperatures threaten U.S. military bases and will change the way the U.S. armed services defend the country, President Barack Obama said on Wednesday.

In a commencement address at the United States Coast Guard Academy, Obama underscored the risks to national security posed by climate change, one of his top priorities for action in his remaining 19 months in office.

"The threat of a changing climate cuts to the very core of your service," Obama told the 224 graduating cadets, who studied the impacts of global warming as part of their curriculum.

"It will affect everything that you do in your careers," Obama added, noting that sea levels were expected to rise by 1 to 4 feet (30-120 cm) in the coming century.  More

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May 20, 2015

Ferguson Rent-A-Mobs Exposed – Have not been paid for protesting


Missouri – ACORN’s successor group in Missouri has been paying protesters $5,000 a month to generate civil unrest in Ferguson, the troubled St. Louis suburb where black youth Michael Brown was killed by a white police officer last August.

We know this because some of the protesters haven’t been paid and, now, they are demanding what they were promised.

They held a sit-in at the offices of Missourians Organizing for Reform and Empowerment (MORE) and posted a demand letter online.

MORE is the rebranded Missouri branch of the former Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) which filed for bankruptcy in late 2010. That ACORN state chapter reconstituted itself in December 2009 as MORE under orders from ACORN’s national headquarters. More

Hired Black Lives Matter protesters start #CutTheCheck after being stiffed by ACORN successor group

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Congressman Impeached for Bribery Demands Larger Salary


Rep. Alcee L. Hastings made the politically tone-deaf case for raising salaries for members of Congress Monday, pointing to the high cost of living in the District of Columbia.

“Members deserve to be paid, staff deserves to be paid and the cost of living here is causing serious problems for people who are not wealthy to serve in this institution,” the Florida Democrat said at a Rules Committee meeting, referring to the average member’s $174,000 annual salary. “We aren’t being paid properly,” he later added.

“It’s kind of a sad state of affairs that we are entering the seventh year of Congress not receiving a raise,” Hastings said.

“In order for us to get a raise, we have to go to the public and prove that we deserve it. Well, I think we do.”

Congress’ current approval rating is 19 percent.

This would be bad enough on its own, but Alcee Hastings is one of the few members of Congress to have been impeached and removed from office for bribery and perjury. That was back when he was a judge and made him one of only eight Federal officials to be impeached.  More

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Veterans Scandal: "Just one person has been fired. One," "What the hell happened to the rest of them? "


House Speaker John Boehner tore into Veterans Affairs leadership Wednesday, alleging that nearly a year after then-Secretary Eric Shinseki resigned amid the scandal over veterans care, his successors have done little to fix the agency -- or even discipline those involved in the wait-times crisis.

"Just one person has been fired. One," Boehner said in a scathing House floor speech. "What the hell happened to the rest of them? "

He appealed for the agency to take care of America's veterans as well as they take care "of the bureaucrats."  More

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May 19, 2015

Bill doubled speaking fees from foreign groups while Hillary was secretary of state


Former President Bill Clinton netted millions in speaking fees from appearances around the world while his wife served as secretary of state, but earned far less from abroad in the years since Hillary Clinton left the State Department.

Bill Clinton took in $2.2 million from just six international speeches in 2014, according to financial disclosure forms released Friday as required by Hillary Clinton's presidential candidacy.

By contrast, the former president reportedly earned more than twice as much for appearances made across borders while Hillary Clinton was in office. He reportedly made $4.8 million from 13 speeches in foreign countries in 2010, his wife's first year as secretary of state.  More

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May 14, 2015

U.S.Census Bureau paid controversial black entertainer to address workers


The Census Bureau paid comedian Dick Gregory between $15,000 and $20,000, plus expenses, to address workers at its headquarters in February — and now Census regrets it.

The performer and civil rights activist, who is known to use raw language and racial terms that many find objectionable, spoke during Black History Month. 

But apparently he offended enough of the workers that Census is revising its policy on outside speakers.

The Gregory situation, which I just found out about last week, is a good example of why there needs to be more oversight over how taxpayer money is spent.  More

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May 13, 2015

Americans are tired of writing a blank check to the NSF to pay for foreign vacations


The National Science Foundation is facing renewed scrutiny over how it awards grants, including one for $275,000 to study the “social impacts” of tourism in Norway’s northern tip, as the House takes up the agency’s request for more funding.

The full House is set to vote next week on science funding across the federal government, including the NSF's request to up its budget from $7.3 billion to $7.7 billion.

But the Republican-led House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology is scrutinizing that request and pointing to such grants as the Norway project. Congressional critics question why the NSF funded researchers to travel 4,000 miles to the Norwegian tourist community of Finnmark, particularly when Alaska is a similar destination and in the United States.

“Americans are tired of writing a blank check to the NSF to pay for foreign vacations,” committee Chairman and Texas GOP Rep. Lamar Smith told FoxNews.com. “Taxpayers’ dollars should focus on national priorities, not European excursions.”  More

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May 12, 2015

Federal judge agrees to reopen Hillary Clinton email lawsuit


A federal judge has agreed to reopen a lawsuit that seeks to gain access to emails from former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s private server.

Judge Reggie B. Walton’s decision Friday came after the State Department and Judicial Watch, which brought the lawsuit, agreed that the documents that Clinton kept on her own email server separate from the government should be turned over.

Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch, told Fox News on Tuesday that the decision is an "extraordinary development." He said it could ultimately lead to the department having to "explain itself under oath."

“This is the first case that’s been reopened,” Fitton told The Washington Times. “It’s a significant development. It points to the fraud by this administration and Mrs. Clinton.”  More

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May 6, 2015

IRS gave promotions to tax cheaters


The IRS refused to fire most of its own employees found to be cheating on their taxes — and in some cases even quickly turned around and promoted them within the year, according to a new audit released Wednesday.

In about 60 percent of cases of “willful violations” IRS managers found mitigating circumstances and refused to fire the employees, even though the law calls for that penalty. 

In some of those cases the managers didn’t even document why they’d overridden the penalty, said Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration J. Russell George.  More

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May 5, 2015

Michelle Obama: Museums are for white people


New York - First lady Michelle Obama used a speech Monday that was supposed to be celebrating the opening of a new museum to instead dig deeper the racial divide that’s been growing ever wider during her husband’s presidency.

“Museums and concert halls,” she said, just don’t welcome non-white visitors – especially children – the way they welcome whites.

Speaking at the new Whitney museum in New York City’s meat packing district last week, Obama said she grew up thinking that museums were not places “for someone who looks like me.”  More

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May 3, 2015

Experts question Clinton Foundation's true charitable spending - Only 10% goes to actual charity work


The charity run by the Clintons has raised $2 billion since it was founded in 2001 -- $144.3 million in 2013 alone -- but only a small fraction of the take went to its “life-saving work,” according to analysts who monitor non-profits.

The Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation claims 88 percent of the money it raises goes to actual charity work, but experts who have looked at the books put the number at about 10 percent. The rest, they say, goes mostly to salaries, benefits, travel and fund-raising.

“That claim is demonstrably false, and it is false not according to some partisan spin on the numbers, but because the organization’s own tax filings contradict the claim,” said Sean Davis, co-founder of The Federalist, a conservative online magazine. More

Half of ObamaCare exchanges face financial woes


Almost half of the 17 ObamaCare state insurance exchanges are reportedly suffering financial difficulties, posing a significant challenge to state officials just five years after the passage of President Obama’s signature health care law.

The Washington Post reports that many of the marketplaces set up by the states and the District of Columbia are being hit by high costs and tepid enrollment numbers. In response, officials at state level are mulling raising fees on insurers, sharing costs with nearby states, and are calling for more money to be infused into the system.

Some officials are even considering handing over their exchanges to the federal Healthcare.gov – an exchange that has had widely reported problems of its own.  More

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May 1, 2015

Clinton Charities Raked in Millions of Taxpayer Dollars


The Clinton Foundation and its major health charity have raked in more than $7 million from the U.S. government in recent years, according to an analysis of public records conducted by the Washington Free Beacon.

The Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI), chaired by Bill Clinton and run by the former president’s long-time associate Ira Magaziner, has received $6,010,898 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) since 2010. 

CHAI, the biggest arm of the Clinton family’s charitable efforts, accounting for 60 percent of all spending, received $3,193,500 in fiscal years 2010, 2011, and 2012, according to federal contracts, during Hillary Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state. 

The organization received an additional $2,817,398 from the CDC in FYs 2013, 2014, and 2015.  More

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Obama Says He Might Go Back to Community Organizing


One day when he’s done wrangling with the Iranians and congressional Republicans, President Barack Obama plans to get back to where he once belonged.

The most powerful man in the world wants to return to community organizing after he hands over the keys to the White House in 2017, he told middle-school students at a public library in Washington’s Anacostia neighborhood today.

“I’ll be done being president in a couple of years and I’ll still be a pretty young man,” he said. “And so I’ll go back to doing the kinds of work I was doing before, just trying to find ways to help people.”  More

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April 30, 2015

Clinton Foundation in campaign tailspin


A handful of deep-pocketed donors are reconsidering their gifts to the $2 billion Clinton Foundation amid mounting questions about how it’s spending their money and suggestions of influence peddling, according to donors and others familiar with the foundation’s fundraising.

One major donor who contributed at least $500,000 to the foundation last year said a 2015 donation is less likely because of revelations about sloppy record-keeping and huge payments for travel and administrative costs.  More

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April 25, 2015

Veteran defense lawyers see possible criminal inquiry for Clintons


With a sitting Democratic senator recently indicted on federal bribery and corruption charges, top criminal defense lawyers in the nation’s capital say Democratic presidential front runner Hillary Clinton could conceivably face similar scrutiny, amid mounting disclosures about the tangled finances of her family’s philanthropic foundation.

The new book “Clinton Cash” by Peter Schweizer, an investigative reporter affiliated with the right-leaning Hoover Institution, has unleashed a torrent of conflict-of-interest allegations relating to the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation and Hillary Clinton’s own conduct during her tenure, from 2009 to 2013, as secretary of state.

Particular scrutiny – by Fox News, the Washington Post, and the New York Times – has focused on why the State Department, under Clinton’s leadership, green-lighted a foreign transaction that enriched major donors to the foundation while placing an estimated 20 percent of America’s stockpile of uranium - the fissile material that can be used to make nuclear weapons -under the control of a Kremlin-backed Russian firm. More

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April 24, 2015

Clinton Foundation received millions from investors as Russia acquired part of US uranium reserves


The relationship between former President Bill Clinton and a group of wealthy Canadian mining investors who made significant contributions to the Clinton family's foundation has come under scrutiny after their uranium company ended up in the hands of the Russians.

That deal, which gave the Russians access to part of the U.S. uranium reserves, all started with Bill Clinton's dealings with friend Frank Giustra.

Peter Schweizer, author of the forthcoming book, "Clinton Cash," that details family foundation donations and alleged favors, told Fox News that Clinton traveled in 2005 to Kazakhstan, where Giustra, a Canadian investor, was trying to "get control to buy a couple of uranium mines." "And he became, really, partners, in a way, with Bill Clinton-- working on philanthropic activities," he said. More

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