Report: Hillary To Announce Her Presidential Run Early…

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China’s pantsuit sweatshops operating at full speed.

Via WSJ:

Hillary Clinton and her close advisers are telling Democratic donors that she will enter the presidential race sooner than expected, likely in April, a move that would allay uncertainties within her party and allow her to rev up fundraising.

Clinton aides have spoken of the earlier timetable in private meetings, according to people engaged in recent discussions about the presumed Democratic front-runner’s emerging 2016 campaign. Many within her camp have advocated her staying out of the fray until the summer.

Jumping in sooner would help the Democratic field take shape, reassuring party leaders and donors that the former first lady, senator and secretary of state is running. A super PAC loyal to Mrs. Clinton has faced hesitation from donors who don’t want to make big pledges until she is a candidate. Such concerns would evaporate after she announces.

Sheila Jackson Lee: There Could Be Another 9/11 Because Of Republicans Objecting To DHS Bill…

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In related news, Sheila Jackson Lee is still dumb.

Via Grabien:

MSNBC: And let’s talk a little about that, congresswoman, because the fact is, as you said on this hearing you attended just last week there are very real threats, terrorist threats against Americans, and even right here in the homeland. How concerned are you about that reality in our future?

SJL: Jose, I have — I call it a privilege. It certainly was a tragic privilege of serving on the homeland security committee since the heinous acts of 9/11. Many of us were there on the first opening day gavel of this committee. I had the onerous responsibility of visiting ground zero in those early, early days. I would say to you that we are now at a stark moment in history, the convergence of the ISIS, the ISIL approach, to establishing a state, its commitment to franchise terrorism, its direction that says, if you cannot come to be a foreign fighter, then stay at home and create havoc. That means that all of the world is facing a new phenomena of terrorism. The United States has been very fortunate. But the homeland security department, I must say, in the new legislative initiatives and pressures, to ensure there is communication on intelligence, which did not occur in the way it should have pre-9/11 that there’s is communication now that all of the agencies are talking,

Netanyahu Speaks Before AIPAC: “No One Makes Alliances With The Weak”…

Looking at you, Barack.

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Samantha Power: Obama Fights “Every Day” To “Have Israel’s Back” And Fight Anti-Semitism…

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Wait, is she serious?

Via Grabien:

Now, let me turn to aspects of the U.S.-Israel partnership that get far less attention. What the United States is doing every day to combat anti-semitism around the world and to have Israel’s back at the United Nations. We are living in an era where anti-semitism is surging by every measure. Reported harassment, polling data, violent attacks, and we should all be extremely disturbed by it.

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Iran FM Blames West For Creating ISIS By Failing To Protect Rights Of Muslim Immigrants…

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The kicker: Iran’s foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif made this claim as he was meeting with John Kerry.

Geneva (AP) – Iran’s foreign minister has accused the West of fueling Islamic extremism by failing to protect the rights of Muslim immigrants.

Mohammad Javad Zarif told the Geneva-based U.N. Human Rights Council on Monday that “a sizeable number” of those joining the Islamic State group and others were second-generation immigrants in western democracies.

He noted that some of those “beheading innocent civilians speak European languages with native accents” — a veiled reference to “Jihadi John,” who appeared in several IS propaganda videos showing the execution of the group’s prisoners.

“Jihadi John” was revealed last week to be Mohammed Emwazi, a young man raised in London.

Zarif also repeated his country’s previous claim that western efforts to promote human rights in the Mideast have destabilized existing regimes and benefited extremist groups.

John Kerry Meeting With Iran Today: Any Nuke Deal Will Make “Israel Safer Than It Is Today”…

Kerry in Geneva today for a not-so-subtle snubbing of Netanyahu as he arrives in America.

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Anonymous, #BlackLivesMatter Swarm Chicago Police “Black Site” . . . Think Name Is Racist?

Protestors Rally Outside Purported Chicago Police "Black Site"

A crisis Rahms wants to go to waste during the runoff election.

Via Raw Story

The Chicago police facility Homan Square was becoming the focus of an organized protest movement this weekend, as the hacktivist collective Anonymous and organizers associated with the Black Lives Matter movement seized on allegations of unconstitutional abuse at the secretive warehouse.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel, the former top adviser to Barack Obama suddenly facing a runoff for re-election, remained at the political fulcrum of a mounting campaign both on social media and the streets of Chicago, where demonstrations were planned for Saturday outside what coordinated campaigners described as mirroring a CIA “black site”.

Organizer Travis McDermott said Saturday’s “Shut Down Homan Square” protest was one of several being planned as far away as Los Angeles.

“Hopefully with the presence we expect to have, that will put a little bit of pressure to say, ‘Hey, look – this isn’t going to go away,” he said.

On Friday night, campaigners associated with the Occupy and Anonymous collectives took to Twitter , Instagram and other social-media platforms with the hashtag #Gitmo2Chicago to decry allegations of what users alternatively labeled as a “secret prison” and “torture soon coming to a city near you” .[…]

Local and national organizers, meanwhile, have zeroed in on Emanuel, who on Thursday night – two days after being forced into an extended campaign in which policing has been a major issue – made his first statements about the Homan Square row.

“That’s not true,” Emanuel said of the Guardian’s reporting, on the local public television program Chicago Tonight. “We follow the rules.”

Emanuel has not responded to detailed questions from the Guardian, sent on Wednesday. Another set of questions sent on Friday, requesting comment on human-rights group requests for access to the site and an elaboration of Emanuel’s comments on Homan Square, did not receive a response despite repeated requests.

Emanuel’s press office has been directing queries on Homan Square to the mayor’s deputy director of communications, Adam Collins.

A representative for Jesus “Chuy” Garcia, Emanuel’s challenger in the runoff election, said his campaign was planning to address the Homan Square allegations soon.

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Saudi Arabia May Re-Try Liberal Blogger In Prison For “Insulting Islam” On Apostasy Charges, Carries Death Penalty…

The neanderthals who run Saudi Arabia’s sharia court don’t like the fact that the west is championing Raif Badawi’s case, and they want him dead to send us a message.

Via Channel 4 News:

Saudi blogger Raif Badawi, sentenced to 1,000 lashes over accusations he insulted Islam, could now be facing the death penalty, Channel 4 News learns.

Raif Badawi, 31, was expected to serve a 10-year jail sentence, and a fine of £175,000 for offences related to his setting up of an online forum for public debate, as well as accusations he insulted Islam.

On 9 January, the Saudi writer was lashed 50 times as the first part of his sentence to be flogged 1,000 lashes over a course of 20 weeks. However, subsequent floggings were postponed due to injuries that he sustained.

Mr Badawi’s wife, Ensaf Haider, has told Channel 4 News that judges in Saudi Arabia’s criminal courts are wanting him to undergo a re-trial for apostasy. If found guilty, he would face the death penalty.

In a statement on Facebook, the family said that they had received information that the case would be referred to the same judge who sentenced Mr Badawi with flogging and 10 years imprisonment. The said: “[The judge’s] has twice requested that Raif be charged with ‘apostasy’. His request was declined at the time on the ground that the criminal court has no jurisdiction on cases that lead to death penalty.

Historically Black Benedict College Struggles With A 24.7% Graduation Rate, Obama To Pay Them A Visit For A Job Well Done…

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He is avoiding the other HBCU, SC State that is pending closure due to financial mismanagement.

Via WISTV

The White House confirms President Barack Obama will visit Benedict College in Columbia on Friday.

“The President will travel to Columbia, South Carolina to hold an event at Benedict College with students and youth leaders,” a White House official confirmed to WIS.

Officials said further details regarding the President’s visit will be made available in the coming days.

This will be President Obama’s first visit to the Palmetto State as President.

UK: Gay Parliamentary Candidate Under Fire For Wishing “Jihadi John” Committed Suicide…

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+1 for his response: “I am gay and Islamic State are throwing gay people off roofs before stoning their bodies, so I am not going to apologize.”

Via BBC:

A UKIP parliamentary candidate who said “Jihadi John” should have killed himself has been referred to the party’s national executive committee.

Richard Hilton tweeted: “Jihadi John ‘contemplated suicide’. It’s a shame he didn’t. Don’t understand media attempts to blame MI5 for his evil”.

UKIP says neither the party nor Mr Hilton encourages suicide.

As soon as Mr Hilton realised his tweet might be misconstrued he took it down, a party spokesman added.

The party’s national executive committee could opt to take disciplinary action against Mr Hilton, who is a prospective parliamentary candidate for Mitcham and Morden, in South London.

In a statement, Mr Hilton said he was not advocating suicide but he said the “world would be a better place” without “Jihadi John”.

“I am gay and Islamic State are throwing gay people off roofs before stoning their bodies, so I am not going to apologise for wishing that Jihadi John and the murderous Islamic State were not around,” he said.

“Jihadi John” has been identified as Mohammed Emwazi, a Kuwaiti-born British man from west London.

Sunday Smile: World War II Vet (90 Yrs Old) Goes Snow Sledding With His Dog

MEIGS COUNTY – Many East Tennesseans took advantage of the recent snow and did some sledding with family members.

One of the most remarkable sledders, however, has to be “90-years-young” World War II veteran Claude Bratcher.

On Thursday, Bratcher’s great-grandkids were out playing on a snowy hill near the family’s Meigs County home in the Ten Mile area. They were taking turns riding in a sled pulled by an ATV.

“They were all out sledding,” Bratcher’s son John Bratcher recounted Friday evening. “I told Dad, ‘You want to ride over and watch them?’ and he said, ‘Yeah, let’s go.’ So I put him in the truck and we rode over, and he sat there awhile and said, ‘I believe I’ll try it, too.'”

The move shocked and delighted Bratcher’s great-grandkids, who range in age from five to 17.

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Claude Bratcher served in the 122nd U.S. Naval Construction Battalion during World War II:
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Boris Nemtsov’s Last Interview, Just Hours Before He Was Killed

Boris Nemtsov calls out Putin’s involvement in the Ukraine in this interview and called for people to come out to a protest that was planned for today to protest Putin.

ISIS Threatens To Kill Twitter Founder And Employees Over Blocking ISIS Accounts

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Twitter finally got around to whacking a huge number of ISIS accounts. It was not taken well…

Via Buzzfeed:

ISIS supporters on Sunday called on jihadists around the world to kill Twitter employees because of the company’s frequent blocking of their social media accounts.

“Your virtual war on us will cause a real war on you,” reads an online post addressed to Twitter founder Jack Dorsey and shared by ISIS supporters.
The post, whose authorship is unclear, was accompanied by a digitally altered image of Dorsey in the cross sights of a gun.

Twitter, as well as YouTube, often move quickly to delete posts and suspend accounts that disseminate ISIS videos showing the gruesome executions of hostages.

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DSCC Prostitutes Sen. Liz Warren Send Fake Fundraising Email That She Is ‘In’ …

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Liz Warren supporters on the war path over the false and misleading ‘announcement’.

Via Politico

Fundraisers at the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee decided to have a bit of fun Saturday with those who would like Warren to run for president in 2016, at a time when activists are reporting being flooded by fundraising pleas from declared — and even undeclared — candidates.

Teasingly, they used Warren as the sender and added a subject line of “I’m in.” But the senator for Massachusetts has repeatedly insisted that she’s not running.[…]

“Friend — In the first few weeks of the new Republican Congress, the GOP has attacked Social Security. They’ve attacked health care. They’ve attacked the rules on Wall Street. They even threatened a reckless shutdown of our national security funding,” the first paragraph reads.

The middle is filled with bright blue options for donating $3,$8,$17,$25, or $35 dollars to the committee.

The end of the emails asks whether Democrats will “stand up.”

“I’m in — what about you? Will you donate by midnight to take back the Senate?” the last sentence reads.

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‘Human Rights Activist’ Who Called “Jihadi John” “Beautiful, Gentle” Caught On Video Calling For Jihad

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As we reported previously, the purpose of the group he is research director for is to fight AGAINST the ‘war on terror’.

Via The Telegraph:

The human rights campaigner who described Mohammed Emwazi as ‘a beautiful young man’ previously supported waging jihad against British soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Asim Qureshi, research director at Cage, called on Muslims to back jihadists at an anti-US rally held in London in 2006.

In an emotive speech caught on video, Mr Qureshi told a crowd gathered at rally organised by Hizb-ut Tahrir, an Islamist group: “When we see the example of our brothers and sisters fighting in Chechnya, Iraq, Palestine, Kashmir, Afghanistan, then we know where the example lies. When we see Hezbollah defeating the armies of Israel, we know where the solution is and where the victory lies.

“We know that it is incumbent upon all of us, to support the jihad of our brothers and sisters in these countries when they are facing the oppression of the West.”

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Groundhog Killing NYC Mayor De Blasio Battles Global Warming – Marches In Gay Pre-St. Patrick’s Parade…

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His wife the former lesbian was missing.

Via Bradenton Herald

Mayor Bill de Blasio told hundreds of participants at a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender-friendly St. Patrick’s Day parade on Sunday that a society for all is one that embraces and respects everyone.

The St. Pat’s for All parade stepped off in Queens under a heavy snowfall. It was held as an alternative to the city’s centuries-old St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Manhattan, which for years has excluded gay groups and this year is scheduled for March 17.

De Blasio arrived about 15 minutes late sporting a lavender shirt and green tie. Despite the snow and cold he said, “It’s a sunny day in my world.”[…]

The two grand marshals at the 15th annual St. Pat’s for All parade were longtime human rights activist Kerry Kennedy and Tony Award-winning actor Brian O’Byrne.

Patti Lowenhaupt, a retired art teacher and Queens resident who showed up for the parade, said people “are all human beings underneath it all.”

“We here in Queens have the ability to accept all kinds of people,” Lowenhaupt said.

Several protesters, however, stood on the side holding signs that read “Sodom & Gomorrah.”

Other elected officials participating in the St. Pat’s for All parade included City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and city Comptroller Scott Stringer.

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Disgraceful: Colleges Giving Financial Aid Directly To Illegal Aliens

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Via Fox News:

Several U.S. colleges are giving financial aid directly to students who are young illegal immigrants, extending the debate about helping people in the United States illegally at the expense of Americans who are in need of similar opportunities.

Such opportunities have opened up since President Obama’s 2012 executive action that deferred deportation to millions of young people brought to the U.S. illegally by their parents. However, they still are largely ineligible for state or federal student aid.

New York University — which receives federal, state and city money — says the aid given to illegal immigrants is not at the expense of American students.

“This is not taking away from anybody,” MJ Knoll-Finn, an N.Y.U. admissions officer, told The New York Times, which first reported the story. “This is a formalized way of making sure these students know they’re welcome.”

However, others disagree.

“This policy not only encourages new illegal immigration, but comes at the expense of the college dreams of young Americans,” Stephen Miller, spokesman for Alabama GOP Sen. Jeff Sessions, chairman of the Senate subcommittee on immigration and the national interest, told FoxNews.com on Saturday.

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Jindal: RINO Leaders In Congress Fear Repealing Obamacare…

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The Congress Critters are benefiting from 0bamacare.

Via UT San Diego

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal on Saturday called congressional Republican leaders “fearful” of acting to fully repeal President Barack Obama’s health care law.

Jindal, a second-term Republican governor weighing a 2016 presidential candidacy, said the GOP had failed to act on their signature issue in the 2014 midterm elections. Republicans overtook Democrats in the Senate and broadened their majority in the House.

“It’s leadership and other members who, I think, are fearful of being criticized for putting anything out there that could be attacked. If not, why wouldn’t we have had a vote by now?” he told reporters at the anti-tax Club for Growth’s winter meeting. “I would hope, though, that we’re honest enough to say, we campaigned on getting rid of Obamacare.”

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Mullah In Norway: Those Who Do Not Respect 30% Of The World’s Population “Have No Right To Live”

Yet, he doesn’t respect the other 70%….

Via The Blaze:

The words offer chilling insight into the mind of a radical Islamist: “We will defend our religion with our blood.”

Najmuddin Faraj Ahmad, known commonly as Mullah Krekar, was arrested on Thursday because of what he said in an interview with Norwegian TV station NRK.

The words offer chilling insight into the mind of a radical Islamist: “We will defend our religion with our blood.”

Najmuddin Faraj Ahmad, known commonly as Mullah Krekar, was arrested on Thursday because of what he said in an interview with Norwegian TV station NRK.

Norwegian authorities have wanted to expel Krekar to his native Iraq since 2003, but have declined to do so because the Islamist would face the death penalty if he were to be extradited, Newsweek noted.

Krekar has long been in the sights of the international security community for his incendiary speech, and his latest arrest came just one month after he was released from a three-year prison stint — which he served because of death threats he’d made against a politician.

Senator Feinstein (Gun Grabber – CA) Slams Netanyahu: ‘He Doesn’t Speak For Me, I Don’t Intend To Jump Up And Down’ …

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The invitation to Bibi by Difi and Durbin was only a political stunt and photo op event.

Via JPost

Diane Feinstein, the Democratic senator from California, told CNN on Sunday that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s contention that he is speaking for all Jews in lobbying against an agreement between the US and Iran is “arrogant.”

Netanyahu, upon boarding a plane to Washington for what his office says will be a historic address to Congress, said Sunday that he is going as an “emissary of all the citizens of Israel, even those who don’t agree with me, and the entire Jewish people.”

Netanyahu, whose speech has triggered a great deal of friction with the White House said, “I am greatly concerned about the security of the citizens of Israel and I will do what is necessary in order to ensure our future.”

“He doesn’t speak for me on this,” Feinstein told CNN’s State of the Union. “I think it’s a rather arrogant statement. I think the Jewish community is like any other community. There are different points of view. I think that arrogance does not befit, Israel, candidly.”[…]

Two days before Netanyahu is due to address the US Congress to warn against an Iran deal, Kerry delivered a stout defense of talks that are entering a critical phase with a key March 31 deadline looming.

Kerry said he hoped Netanyahu’s speech does not turn into “some great political football” but said the Israeli leader is “welcome to speak in the United States, obviously.”[…]

In an interview with the ABC program “This Week,” Kerry said of the Iran negotiations: “It is better to do this by diplomacy than to have to do a strategy militarily which you would have to repeat over and over again and which everybody believes ought to be after you have exhausted all the diplomatic remedies.”

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