CIA Stands Down On Spying In Europe

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Shifting resources to domestic spying.

Via WTOP

The CIA has curbed spying on friendly governments in Western Europe in response to the furor over a German caught selling secrets to the United States and the Edward Snowden revelations of classified information held by the National Security Agency, according to current and former U.S. officials.

The pause in decades of espionage, which remains partially in effect, was designed to give CIA officers time to examine whether they were being careful enough and to evaluate whether spying on allies is worth running the risk of discovery, said a U.S. official who has been briefed on the situation.

Under the stand-down order, case officers in Europe largely have been forbidden from undertaking “unilateral operations” such as meeting with sources they have recruited within allied governments. Such clandestine meetings are the bedrock of spying.

CIA officers are still allowed to meet with their counterparts in the host country’s intelligence service, conduct joint operations with host country services and conduct operations with the approval of the host government. Recently, unilateral operations targeting third country nationals_Russians in France, for example_were restarted. But most meetings with sources who are host nationals remain on hold, as do new recruitments.

The CIA declined to comment.

James Clapper, the U.S. director of national intelligence, said during a public event Thursday that the U.S. is assuming more risk because it has stopped spying on “specific targets,” though he didn’t spell out details.

Spying stand-downs are common after an operation is compromised, but “never this long or this deep,” said a former CIA official, who, like others interviewed for this story, spoke on condition of anonymity because it’s illegal to discuss classified material or activities. The pause, which has been in effect for about two months, was ordered by senior CIA officials through secret cables.

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Ferguson Demonstrators Threaten To Shut Down St. Louis Rams Game Unless Darren Wilson Is Arrested

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Update to this story. Due Process, a thing of the past, in Obama’s America…

Via Daily Mail:

The search for justice in Ferguson has spilled onto the football field as protestors say they plan to get into Edward Jones Dome and stop this weekend’s St. Louis Rams game.

The threat was first revealed at a St. Louis County Council meeting Tuesday night.

‘It’s not going to be a fun day Sunday at your beautiful Rams game,’ one protestor reportedly shouted.

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9 Polls From This Week That Have Republicans Excited

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I await the royal hissy fit that Harry Reid will throw when the denoument comes…

Via Washington Examiner:

The 2014 November midterm elections are nearly here, and Democratic and Republican candidates across the country are bracing for the inevitable conclusion to months of campaigning.

But even as certain forecast models downgrade the GOP’s chances for taking Congress’ upper chamber, several recent polls signal that Republicans will indeed walk away from November with many victories and perhaps a Senate majority.

Here are the top nine polls from this week that hint at good news for the GOP:

Colorado:

In a Quinnipiac survey released Thursday, Rep. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., holds a 48 percent to 40 percent lead over Democratic Sen. Mark Udall, a figure that likely has Democratic strategists scrambling.

“It’s a tight race, was always going to be that way. Internals have been steady, no wild swings like you see in the news,” Udall’s campaign manager, Adam Dunstone, tweeted. “Lots of noise this week, but all internals since March have Udall leading, with last two 47/42 & 48/42. Onward!”

The same poll showed former Rep. Bob Beauprez, R-Colo., on pace to defeat Colorado’s Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper, up by a full 10 points.

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ISIS Creates “Islamic State Police Force” In Iraq…

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Again, nothing our “ally” Saudi Arabia doesn’t have.

BAGHDAD, Sept 19 (Reuters) – Islamic State (IS) militants in Iraq’s northwest Nineveh province have created a police force to “implement the orders of the religious judiciary,” according to a well-known militant Islamist website.

Photos on the website showed armed men in black clothing with “Islamic Police Nineveh State” printed on the arm. The police forces were in freshly painted police cars and one photo showed militiamen on a river boat.

It was not clear when the photos were posted or when the police force was established.

The text on the website said the force would “maintain order and arrest culprits and the corrupt.” The text said it would be different from police forces in other states, which it described as “a tool to suppress dissent.”

Michelle Obama: Americans ‘Take For Granted’ How Much Barack Has Improved U.S.

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She speaks about for the “first time in history”, “three brilliant women serving on our Supreme Court”, as though there had been no women before Barack Obama, seemingly forgetting it was Ronald Reagan who appointed the first woman, not Barack Obama. Moreover, Justice Ginsburg was appointed by Clinton, not Obama. But let not facts interfere with fantasy-weaving…

Via Breitbart:

First Lady Michelle Obama proudly defended her husband’s record at a Washington, D.C. fundraiser, reminding the attendants how far the country had come since the Obamas entered the White House.

“Just think about how different our country looks to children growing up today,” she said. “Think about how our kids take for granted that a black person or a woman can be President of the United States.”

She also praised President Obama for changing history on gay marriage and the Supreme Court.

“They take it for granted that for the first time in history, there are three brilliant women serving on our Supreme Court,” she said. “They take for granted that their president will end hurtful policies like ‘don’t ask, don’t tell,’ they’ll speak out for gay marriage.

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Delusional Biden: Wendy Davis Is “Going To Win That Race”…

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The race where she’s down 12 points to Greg Abbott?

Via National Journal:

In the bowels of the Marriott Marquis in downtown Washington, Joe Biden was yelling.

The vice president was there to speak at the Democratic National Committee’s annual Women’s Leadership Conference, and he was fired up. Hillary Clinton and President Obama will address the crowd Friday afternoon. [...]

But no speech would be complete without a bit of campaign puffery, especially now that  lawmakers in Congress have mutually decided to skip out on work to campaign for the next two months. Biden ended his speech by mentioning female senators facing tough reelection bids—Jeanne Shaheen, Mary Landrieu, and Kay Hagan—and reassuring the crowd, “They’re gonna win, by the way.”

He also praised two female gubernatorial candidates who face uphill battles against Republicans—Wisconsin’s Mary Burke, and Texas’s Wendy Davis, who is polling around 12 points behind her Republican opponent, Greg Abbott.

“If you have an extra dollar, give it to Wendy Davis,” Biden said. “She’s going to win that race.”

Dumb: Biden Praises Former Senator With Long History Of Sexual Harassment – Dumber: Biden Was Speaking At A Women’s Conference…

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War on Women!

Via WaPo:

Vice President Biden just capped off one heck of a week with this doozy at a Democratic women’s conference on Friday. While talking about how the Republican Party has changed, Biden brought up a couple of former colleagues who often worked across the aisle.

If you missed it, you can be forgiven. “Packwood” is former senator Bob Packwood. And for those who didn’t follow politics in the 1990s, he isn’t really the kind of person you should be speaking well of at a women’s conference.

The Oregon Republican resigned from the Senate in 1995 while facing a threat of expulsion due to allegations of sexual harassment and assaulting women. Again, Biden made this comment at a women’s conference.

The Washington Post first flagged allegations of Packwood’s wrongdoing in 1992:

The other is a side of Packwood, 60, that few who have experienced it or heard about it want to talk about. Since Packwood’s earliest days on Capitol Hill, he has made uninvited sexual advances to women who have worked for him or with him, according to former staff members and lobbyists, including 10 women who, independently of each other, have given specific accounts of Packwood’s behavior toward them.

The women, including six whose names and detailed allegations were given to Packwood by The Washington Post, said his approaches were unwelcome and unreciprocated. In some cases, they said, the behavior took place when he had been drinking. Several said he was abrupt, grabbing them without warning, kissing them forcefully and persisting until they made clear that they were not interested or had pushed him away. No one said Packwood punished her for rejecting him, but several decided to leave their jobs within months. Several pointed out that Packwood was married when he approached them; he and his wife divorced last year after 27 years of marriage.

Yes, Packwood was seen as a bipartisan operator who lots of fellow senators probably liked on a personal and professional level. That’s fine to think that in private.

But for a Democratic Party who has made such a big deal of the GOP’s supposed “war on women,” praising someone with Packwood’s history is a really bad idea.

AP: 8 Ways The Obama Admin Is Blocking Information, “Day To Day Intimidation Is Chilling”

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According to Buzbee, “the (Obama) administration is significantly worse than previous administrations.” Control the flow of information, control the people…

Via AP:

The fight for access to public information has never been harder, Associated Press Washington Bureau Chief Sally Buzbee said recently at a joint meeting of the American Society of News Editors, the Associated Press Media Editors and the Associated Press Photo Managers. The problem extends across the entire federal government and is now trickling down to state and local governments.

Here is Buzbee’s list of eight ways the Obama administration is making it hard for journalists to find information and cover the news:

1) As the United States ramps up its fight against Islamic militants, the public can’t see any of it. News organizations can’t shoot photos or video of bombers as they take off — there are no embeds. In fact, the administration won’t even say what country the S. bombers fly from.

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Imam Kerry Tells UN Security Council ISIS Is Using A “Gross Distortion Of Islam”…

Kerry spent basically the entire week making excuses for the Religion of Peace™

Your Chuckle Of The Day: Al Jazeera Sues Al Gore

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Ah so much fun when the silly hoxer get, well, “Gored”, by the equally ridiculous Islamist-promoting network…

NEW YORK (AP) — Al Jazeera America is suing former Vice President Al Gore and Joel Hyatt, the former owners of the TV network that became Al Jazeera America.

The parties are fighting over money that is being held in escrow. The former vice president and Hyatt, the founder of Hyatt Legal Services, sued the network last month saying that it was improperly withholding tens of millions of dollars placed in escrow when Al Jazeera bought Current TV for $500 million.

Al Jazeera America says it is entitled to the money because Gore and Hyatt agreed to indemnify the network for claims made against Current TV, but didn’t live up to their promise. It accuses the pair of “misrepresentations” and says they received hundreds of millions of dollars from the sale.

Gore and Hyatt filed a lawsuit against the network in the Delaware Court of Chancery. The two men each owned 20 percent of Current TV.

The Qatar-owned news channel took over Current TV’s signal last August and hired U.S. TV news veterans including Soledad O’Brien and John Seigenthaler. It is available in almost 60 million U.S. homes.

Geniuses In DC Find A Way To Punish Healthy Decisions And Hurt Small Businesses…

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1. Leave it to DC to find a way to screw something positive up.

2. Someone get Michelle Obama on the line…

Via Opportunity Lives:

Washington, D.C. recently placed a new tax on fitness studios, yoga instructors, and gyms. The tax, referred to by many as a “yoga tax”, effectively makes all kinds of exercise-based services 5.75% more expensive.

The tax has motivated many of those who own small fitness businesses in the city to organize against it. Graham King, who owns the Urban Athletic Club, played a key role in driving the opposition to the tax. He began reaching out to other fitness club owners and created a Facebook page urging people to “make calls to the mayor and city council to have our voices heard.”

It was the straw that broke the camel’s back … I thought it would be imprudent for me to increase my expansion without knowing the effects of this tax.”

He told Opportunity Lives that taxing fitness in what the American College of Sports Medicine recently labeled America’s fittest city “constitutes a slap in the face to Washingtonians.”

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Military Leaders Increasingly At Odds With Obama Over ISIS Strategy…

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Since when did Obama listen to military leaders anyway?

Via Townhall:

Obama’s strategy on how to combat ISIS is confusing at best, but one thing is clear: the battle brewing between Obama and America’s top generals about how to move forward against the terror army.

Earlier this week during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Dempsey said there is potential he will recommend ground troops should the coalition with Arab countries against ISIS fail.

“My view at this point is that this coalition is the appropriate way forward. I believe that will prove true but if it fails to be true and if there are threats to the United States then I of course would go back to the President and make a recommendation that we include the use of U.S. military ground forces. To be clear, if we reach the point where I believe our advisers should accompany Iraqi troops on attacks against specific ISIL targets, I will recommend that to the president,” Dempsey said.

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MTV Set To Air Documentary About Transgender Youths…

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This is exactly what people want to see. Anything to push an agenda…

Via CNS News / AP:

Laverne Cox will host a documentary on MTV and Logo next month that profiles seven young transgender people.

The special, “Laverne Cox Presents: The T Word,” will air simultaneously on the two channels on Oct. 17. Cox, a transgender actress, was nominated for an Emmy Award for her role in Netflix’s “Orange is the New Black.”

After the documentary, Logo and MTV’s web site will air a forum where Cox and the documentary’s cast members answer questions from viewers about their lives. MTV personality SuChin Pak will help lead the “Trans Forum” discussion.

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Egyptian Jihadist Group Beheads Beduin Man Alleged To Have Spied For Israel…

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Savages.

Via Jerusalem Post:

An Egyptian jihadist organization affiliated with al-Qaida beheaded a Beduin resident of the Sinai Peninsula for allegedly collaborating with Israel, it was announced on Friday.

According to Egyptian defense sources, the group, Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis executed the man, 35, whose headless body was found on Friday by residents of the Sinai village of Al-Qaria, just south of the city of Sheikh Zayed.

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Kansas Supreme Court Removes Democrat From Senate Ballot…

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Trying to push all the liberal votes to one person.

Via The Hill:

The Kansas Supreme Court ruled Thursday to grant Democrat Chad Taylor’s request to be removed from the Kansas Senate ballot, dealing a blow to Sen. Pat Roberts’s (R-Kan.) chances for reelection this fall as he faces a surging independent candidate.

The court’s decision now removes an obstacle from self-funding independent Greg Orman’s path, making Roberts’s reelection race far more complicated and potentially upending the battle for the Senate.

Brusied from a bitter GOP primary, polling has shown Roberts was vulnerable in a matchup, but still competitive. But with Taylor out of the race, polling has shown Orman surging ahead of Roberts.

Concerned about Taylor’s personal baggage and the potential to split the anti-Roberts vote, both state and national Democrats successfully pressured Taylor to drop out earlier this month. But Republican Secretary of State Kris Kobach said Taylor’s letter was insufficient because he didn’t specify why he wasn’t able to serve if elected, pursuant to state law.

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Illegal Alien Minors To Cost One Louisiana School District $4 Million…

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Forced to hire teachers to teach English to the 500 plus illegal alien children in the district.

Via Washington Free Beacon:

The influx of unaccompanied alien children will cost one school district in Louisiana $4.6 million alone this year, as local school budgets across the country are bearing the brunt of the thousands of illegal immigrant minors who crossed the border this summer.

According to the Louisiana department of education’s response to an inquiry by Sen. David Vitter (R., La.), the Jefferson Parish School System will be forced to hire dozens more teachers to teach English to the more than 500 illegal alien children who have been relocated there.

“It’s a very significant cost to the Louisiana taxpayer, and that’s just education,” Vitter told the Washington Free Beacon on Thursday. “We have plenty of other categories that are impacted, like health care, emergency room and other health care, and other benefits. That’s just public education.”

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Angry With Washington, 1 in 4 Americans Open To Secession…

Via Reuters:

(Reuters) – The failed Scottish vote to pull out from the United Kingdom stirred secessionist hopes for some in the United States, where almost a quarter of people are open to their states leaving the union, a new Reuters/Ipsos poll found.

Some 23.9 percent of Americans polled from Aug. 23 through Sept. 16 said they strongly supported or tended to support the idea of their state breaking away, while 53.3 percent of the 8,952 respondents strongly opposed or tended to oppose the notion.

The urge to sever ties with Washington cuts across party lines and regions, though Republicans and residents of rural Western states are generally warmer to the idea than Democrats and Northeasterners, according to the poll.

Anger with President Barack Obama’s handling of issues ranging from healthcare reform to the rise of Islamic State militants drives some of the feeling, with Republican respondents citing dissatisfaction with his administration as coloring their thinking.

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Pompous Elitist Hacks In DC Still Doing Better Financially Than Real America…

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This is our shocked face.

Via Capitol City Project:

Once again, to no one’s surprise, Washington, D.C. sits at the top of the the highest median household income list in the United States– dwarfing the top 25 most populous cities in the nation.

According to newly released data from the Census Bureau, which was conducted using data on median household income at the national and state levels based on the 2012 and 2013 American Community Surveys (ACS), DC had a median household income of $90,149 in 2013. This figure is $10,000 more than San Francisco, which comes in at second in metropolitan areas with a median household income of just below $80,000.

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New Report Finds No Evidence Of Christie Involvement In Bridgegate…

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Christie walks away intact.

Via Daily Caller:

Federal investigators have found no evidence linking New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to the closing of the George Washington Bridge lanes, according to a report from NBC.

NBC 4 New York cited sources Thursday saying, “The U.S. Justice Department investigation into Gov. Chris Christie’s role in the George Washington Bridge lane closure scandal has thus far uncovered no evidence indicating that he either knew in advance or directed the closure of traffic lanes on the span.”

Christie, asked about the report while on his monthly “Ask the Governor” show on NJ 101.5 FM, said the report “comes as no shock to me.”

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UK’s Law Society Endorses Sharia Wills…

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Multiculturalism trumps women’s rights.

LONDON (Reuters) – Women’s rights activists have accused the professional body representing lawyers in England and Wales of endorsing discrimination against women by refusing to withdraw its guidance on sharia wills.

The Law Society issued its guidance on ensuring that wills drawn up for Muslims comply with sharia in March, drawing criticism in the local press that it was effectively enshrining Islamic law in the British legal system for the first time.

In an open letter published on Thursday campaigners said the guidance, “a source of immense concern,” encourages legal services “to accommodate highly gender discriminatory religious laws that are being increasingly defined by religious fundamentalists in our society”.

The guidance informs lawyers that in general, under sharia, male heirs inherit twice the amount a female heir will receive and that illegitimate children are not heirs.

The letter said the Law Society’s failure to withdraw the guidance amounted to a “a gross derogation of duty”.

“Are we to assume that when the Law Society refers to equality, it does not include minority women’s right to equality?” the letter said.