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Kabuki Theater Over, GOP Caves On Obama Attorney General Pick Loretta Lynch, Passes Judicial Committee…

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The usual RINO’s Orrin Hatch of Utah, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Jeff Flake of Arizona voted with the Dems.

Via National Journal

Loretta Lynch had a lot to prove before her nomination for attorney general could make it to the Senate floor—chiefly that she is not like Eric Holder, the man she’d be succeeding.

She withstood lengthy lines of questioning at a two-day Senate Judiciary Committee hearing at the end of January, and her nomination passed the committee Thursday in a 12-8 vote to send the confirmation to the Senate floor. Despite initial Republican opposition and a months-long battle to prove her commitment to fostering a renewed relationship with Congress, the Senate is expected to approve her nomination.

“I will be myself, Loretta Lynch,” the nominee said at a hearing last month.

Three Republicans senators—Orrin Hatch, Jeff Flake and Lindsey Graham—voted for the nomination.

Initial opposition stemmed from GOP criticisms of Holder and of the Obama administration’s policies, particularly the president’s unilateral actions on immigration. Obama nominated Lynch to succeed Holder in early November. But Republicans have since held up her confirmation as a consequence of President Obama’s immigration programs to provide temporary work permits and deportation deferrals to more than 4 million undocumented immigrants, actions the GOP say are lawless and unconstitutional.

“I’ve been here for 40 years, and no attorney general—no attorney general—has ever had to wait this long for a vote,” Sen. Patrick Leahy, the committee’s ranking member, said at Thursday’s Judiciary Committee executive session.[…]

Hatch fiercely defended Lynch’s prosecutorial record during Thursday’s executive session, saying the case against her has ignored her professional career. He blasted a Feb. 19 letter sent from at least 50 House Republicans to the Senate Judiciary Committee urging a vote against her nomination to “register your disapproval with this administration’s persistent, lawless conduct.”

“That is ridiculous on its face,” said Hatch, a former Judiciary Committee chairman.

But Lynch will serve as the top law-enforcement officer in America, Sen. Jeff Sessions said, and an attorney general is required to uphold the Constitution.

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HT LA Mom

Obama Threatens Top-Selling AR-15 Rifle With Executive Ban On Bullets…

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But… but… but… it’s so scary looking!

Via Washington Examiner:

It’s starting.

As promised, President Obama is using executive actions to impose gun control on the nation, targeting the top-selling rifle in the country, the AR-15 style semi-automatic, with a ban on one of the most-used AR bullets by sportsmen and target shooters.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives this month revealed that it is proposing to put the ban on 5.56 mm ammo on a fast track, immediately driving up the price of the bullets and prompting retailers, including the huge outdoors company Cabela’s, to urge sportsmen to urge Congress to stop the president.

Wednesday night, Rep. Bob Goodlatte, the Republican chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, stepped in with a critical letter to the bureau demanding it explain the surprise and abrupt bullet ban. The letter is shown below.

The National Rifle Association, which is working with Goodlatte to gather co-signers, told Secrets that 30 House members have already co-signed the letter and Goodlatte and the NRA are hoping to get a total of 100 fast.

“The Obama administration was unable to ban America’s most popular sporting rifle through the legislative process, so now it’s trying to ban commonly owned and used ammunition through regulation,” said Chris W. Cox, executive director of the NRA-ILA, the group’s policy and lobby shop. “The NRA and our tens of millions of supporters across the country will fight to stop President Obama’s latest attack on our Second Amendment freedoms.”

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Bin Laden Friend Found Guilty Of 98′ US Embassy Bombings

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Via NY Post:

A one-time al Qaeda chieftain and aide of Osama bin Laden was found guilty Thursday of conspiring to kill Americans in the 1998 bombings of two US embassies in Africa.

Khaled al-Fawwaz was convicted on four counts of conspiracy by an anonymous Manhattan federal court jury for his role in the attacks that killed 224 people, including a dozen Americans.

He led an al Qaeda training camp in Afghanistan in the early 1990s and later served as bin Laden’s spokesman in London.

Wearing a white cloak and skullcap, al-Fawwaz was expressionless as the forewoman announced the verdict.

Before being led out of the courtroom, he smiled at his lawyer.

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Former Disney Star Calls E! Host Racist For Cracking Hippy Jokes About Her Dreadlocks: “Outrageously Offensive,” “Ignorant Slurs”

Would it kill these people to have a sense of humor?

Via Salon:

You do not put down with a Disney star. You do not treat a young woman like a punchline. Because she will rightly call you out on it if you try – as Giuliana Rancic learned this week.

On a Monday “Fashion Police” Academy Awards night post mortem, E! co-host Rancic dismissed former “Shake It Up” costar Zendaya’s elegantly dreadlocked Oscar look by saying, “I feel like she smells like patchouli oil or weed. Maybe weed.” But while plenty of other celebrities would have simply ignored the snark, the young actress and singer instead chose to challenge it. In a statement on Instagram, she said, “There is a fine line between what us funny and disrespectful. Someone said something about my hair at the Oscars that left me in awe. Not because I was relishing in rave outfit reviews, but because I was hit with ignorant slurs and pure disrespect. To say that an 18 year-old young woman with locs must smell of patchouli oil or ‘weed” is not only a large stereotype but outrageously offensive.” Zendaya went on to cite dreadlocks wearers like “Selma” director Ava DuVarnay, Ledisi, Terry McMillan, Vincent Brown and Heather Andrea, noting, “None of them smell of marijuana.” And she added that her red carpet look was her statement “to remind people of color that our hair is good enough. To me locs are symbol of strength and beauty.”

Rancic swiftly tweeted in reply that “Dear @Zendaya, I’m sorry I offended you and others. I was referring to a bohemian chic look. Had NOTHING to do with race and NEVER would!!!” But she then apparently thought more of it, and then followed up Tuesday with a more elaborate on-air apology, saying, ” Something I said last night did cross the line…. “I just want everyone to know, I didn’t intend to hurt anyone,” Rancic said, “but I’ve learned it is not my intent that matters, it’s the result. And the result is that people are offended, including Zendaya, and that is not okay…. This really has been a learning experience for me. I’ve learned a lot today and this incident has taught me to be a lot more aware of clichés and stereotypes, how much damage they can do. And that I am responsible as we all are to not perpetuate them further.”

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Al Sharpton Meets With Obama At White House On 3 Year Anniversary Of Trayvon Martin Shooting…

I’ll take a wild guess and say they talked about racism.

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Obama Dares GOP: “Have a Vote on Whether What I’m Doing Is Legal…I Will Veto”

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Via MRC:

Pres. Obama is daring Republicans to vote on whether or not his executive actions are legal.

Discussing opposition to his executive amnesty orders at an immigration town hall Wednesday, Obama said he would veto the vote because his actions are “the right thing to do”:

“So in the short term, if Mr. McConnell, the leader of the Senate, and the Speaker of the House, John Boehner, want to have a vote on whether what I’m doing is legal or not, they can have that vote. I will veto that vote, because I’m absolutely confident that what we’re doing is the right thing to do.”

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Boehner Makes Super Awkward Kissy Faces At Reporter During Briefing…

This is pretty…creepy.

MoJo’s David Corn: My Family Is Worried About My Safety Because Of Bill O’Reilly’s “Violent” Rhetoric…

Break out the plastic sheets, David’s about to wet the bed!

Yet Another Record: Price Of Ground Beef Climbs To $4.235 Per Pound…

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Vegetarians rejoice…

Via CNS News:

The average price of a pound of ground beef climbed to another record high — $4.235 per pound — in the United States in January, according to data released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).
In August 2014, the average price for a pound of all types of ground beef topped $4 for the first time, hitting $4.013, according to the BLS. In September, the average price jumped to $4.096 per pound; in October, the average price climbed to $4.154 per pound; and in November, the average price climbed to $4.201 per pound. In December, the price declined slightly to $4.156 per pound. But in January 2015,ground beef hit the highest price ever recorded at $4.235 per pound.

A year ago, in January 2014, the average price for a pound of ground beef was $3.467 per pound. Since then, the average price has increased 22.2 percent in one year.

Five years ago, in January 2010, the average price of a pound of ground beef was $2.279, according to the BLS. The price has since climbed by $1.956 per pound, or 85.8 percent.

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Llamas Escape In Phoenix Arizona, Productivity At Newsrooms Grinds To A Halt

…sigh

Black Media Exec: Obama Uses Sharpton To Control Blacks…

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This guy is going on their blacklist…

Via Daily Caller:

Legendary TV talk show host Byron Allen is taking on Al Sharpton, President Obama, and the most powerful media corporations in the world in a battle to spotlight the crisis at the heart of American race relations. It’s a daunting mission. But for some reason he doesn’t sound scared.

Allen told The Daily Caller that top media interests are actively freezing out and in some cases destroying black-owned media companies — and they’re paying Reverend-turned-MSNBC host Al Sharpton to give them racial cover to do it.

As for Washington politicians like Obama? According to Allen, they’re bought out by the very same interests, and they’re playing a part.

Allen, 53, is the chairman and CEO of the production company Entertainment Studios, which joined with the National Association of African-American Owned Media to file a $20 billion racial discrimination lawsuit this week against Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Sharpton’s National Action Network, the NAACP, the Urban League, and former FCC commissioner Meredith Attwell Baker. Allen and his fellow plaintiff also filed a $10 billion suit against AT&T and DirectTV.

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Carly Fiorina To Hillary Clinton: Name An Accomplishment

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Florin may have to wait a long time for an answer…

Via Washington Examiner:

What has Hillary Clinton actually accomplished? She’s held many titles — first lady, senator, secretary of state — but what has she actually accomplished in any of those roles?

That’s what former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, a prospective 2016 presidential candidate, wants to know.

“Mrs. Clinton, name an accomplishment,” Fiorina said while addressing attendees at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference.

Fiorina, who is considered a long-shot for the Republican nomination, has tried to break out from pack in early speeches by projecting the image of a strong and accomplished woman who can take the fight to Hillary Clinton.

“And in the meantime, please explain why we should accept that the millions and millions of dollars that have flowed into the Clinton Global Initiative from foreign governments doesn’t represent a conflict of interest,” she added.

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Gowdy To Dems Pushing Amnesty: “There Will Come A Day When You Cry Out For Enforcement Of The Law”

Oh for the day, except it will mean bad for everyone. Always love Gowdy in high gear.

Via Daily Caller:

In his opening statement during a House Judiciary Committee hearing on “The Unconstitutionality of Obama’s Executive Actions on Immigration,” Rep. Trey Gowdy warned Democrats against the perils of disregarding “enforcement of the law.”

With little more than 48 hours before funding for the Department of Homeland Security expires, Gowdy told Democrats that “there will come a day where you will cry out” for the law to enforced.

REP. TREY GOWDY: I’m going to say this for those who benefit from the president’s polices. You may be willing to allow the end to justify the means in this case. You may well like the fact that the president has abused prosecutorial discretion and conferred benefits in an unprecedented way. You may benefit from from the president’s failure to enforce the law. Today, I will make you this promise: There will come a day where you will cry out for the enforcement of the law. There will come a day where you will long for the law to be the foundation of this Republic. So, you be careful what you do with the law today. Because if you weaken it today, you weaken it, forever. With that I would yield back.

Pakistani Minister Praises Obama As “Courageous” For Omitting Any Reference To Islam From “Violent Extremism” Summit…

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Also claims biggest obstacle to defeating jihadists is “Islamophobia.”

LONDON: Minister for Interior and Narcotics Control Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on Tuesday said the biggest hurdle in efforts against terrorism was growing Islamophobia.

Addressing a press conference in London, he said there was no Islam bashing at the summit in Washington on countering violent extremism and it was welcoming that nobody made a connection between Islam and terrorism.

“Islamophobia is an insult to the sacrifices made by thousands of Muslims,” he added.

The minister was interacting with members of the press after meetings with US and British government officials in Washington and London respectively.

He said Pakistan and Britain were few of the countries that made key note speeches at the summit attended by ministerial level representatives.

US President Barack Obama also made a courageous speech, Nisar said, adding he met the American president, Secretary of State John Kerry and National Security Adviser Susan Rice.

The conference was disappointment for those elements who were trying for many years to correlate Islam and terrorism, the minister noted adding economies of Islamic countries suffered immense losses in the fight against terrorism.

“Extremists were trying to create divisions on religious lines and the vested interests accentuate these tendencies.” He said Pakistan had lost 50,000 of its citizens and more than 99 per cent of them were Muslims. It cannot be called Islamic terrorism when Muslims are the target, he added.

The minister said vested interests and a section of society had criticised Islam and Islamic personalities.

Hillary Trying To Humanize Herself: I’m Overweight And I Hoard Things

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And those are her most attractive qualities…

Via Daily Mail:

Hillary Clinton, who has in past had trouble talking about her wealth and life experiences, is intensifying an effort to humanize herself to likely voters.

Clinton has increasingly made mention of her roles as both a mother and grandmother in remarks, framing her public policies in the context of the hardships she dealt with while raising only child Chelsea and the hopes and fears she has about the world her granddaughter Charlotte will inhabit.

During a Tuesday speech in Silicon Valley, her first in the U.S. this year, Clinton indulged in self-deprecating humor. She casually joked about being overweight at the conference targeting women and teased that she might have a hoarding problem.

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Harry Reid: Obama “Has The Right To Determine Who Is Deported”…

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He does?

Via CNS News:

“The President has the right to determine who is to be deported” when it comes to illegal aliens currently living in the United States, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) statedduring debate on the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) funding bill on Monday.

“The President has the right to determine who is to be deported, and the families of these DREAMERS are way down the list,” Reid declared.

“DREAMers” refer to illegal aliens who were brought to the United States as children and are currently being granted temporary amnesty under President Obama’s 2012 executive action.

Reid also accused Republicans of “attacking families” that “pose no security risk” to the United States by not funding Obama’s amnesty programs, a plan Reid said is “destined to fail.”

ISIS Preparing To Declare Islamic Emirate In Lebanon

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How easy it would have been to bomb the heck out of them last June.

Via Daily Star:

ISIS is preparing military plans to declare an Islamic emirate in Lebanon very soon to serve as a geographical extension of the so-called “Islamic State” announced by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in Iraq last year, security sources said.

ISIS fighters have demanded support from the militant group in northern Syria to achieve this goal, the sources said.

They added that the ISIS command has begun preparations to set up a military organizational committee tasked with running Lebanese affairs and considering Lebanon as part of its state.

However, ISIS is facing difficulties in choosing a Lebanese commander for this mission. The reported appointment of the fugitive preacher Ahmad al-Assir for this post was merely a trial balloon, the sources said.

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Obama: We”ll Protect Illegal Aliens From Being Deported

So the federal court just granted an injunction preventing Obama from ignoring the law and going ahead with amnesty, but he personally is guaranteeing that his regime will skirt the law in place, as well as flouting the judge’s recent ruling.

Via NY Post:

President Obama was grilled Wednesday by anxious immigrants concerned about the fate of their undocumented relatives after a court ruling and a clash with Congress have left them in the lurch.

Fielding questions at a town hall meeting in Miami, Obama reassured a young veteran wounded in Afghanistan who was worried that his mom would get deported.

“I’m confident that your mother qualified under the executive action I have put forward [not to be deported],” Obama told the vet, Eric Naravayas.

“There has to be some kinda gray area for a situation like this ‘cause I — I put in a lot of time and I love this country,” Naravayas said.

Immigration activist Erica Andiola, whose mom could be deported, asked, “What’s going to happen to my family? Given the fact that immigration reform, it’s not going to happen anytime soon and we know that because of the politics in Congress. What’s gonna happen in the meantime when my mom — and my family if immigration enforcement comes to my house once again?”

Obama said, “We’re still going to make sure your mom is not prioritized for enforcement. She should feel confident about that. I want her to feel confident about that short-term. Long-term, we need to get a path to citizenship.”

Obama issued executive actions to stop deportations of an estimated 4 million illegal immigrants after failing to get a bill through the GOP House.

Unbelievable: ‘Human Rights Group’ Says MI5 Is Reason For Jihadi John Beheadings Because They ‘Alienated’ ‘Beautiful, Gentle Young Man’

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Asim Quareshi, above, is research director for CAGE which is described as a ‘human rights group’ but defines themselves as “campaigning AGAINST the war on terror for more than a decade”. Their purpose? To help the poor folks like Mohammed Emwazi who are being investigated.

Via Daily Mail

The group who helped name Mohammed Emwazi as ISIS executioner Jihadi John caused outrage today after blaming MI5 for pushing him towards his killing spree in Syria.

Asim Qureshi, research director at the rights group CAGE, described the world’s most wanted man as ‘extremely kind, extremely gentle and the most humble young person that I ever knew’.

At a press conference today Mr Qureshi was close to tears as he said Emwazi, who is linked to a string of executions of ISIS prisoners, ‘was such a beautiful man’.

Mr Qureshi said he was radicalised after the security services harassed him and alienated him because ‘the man I knew would never hurt a single person.’

He said: ‘When are we going to finally learn that when we treat people as if they’re outsiders, they are going to feel like outsiders and they will look for belonging elsewhere.’

Mr Qureshi was asked if he had failed to report him to the authorities if had suspicions that Emwazi was Jihadi John, but he said he had no idea until approached by journalists.

The assertion that MI5 ‘alienated’ Emwazi caused fury online, accusing CAGE of being apologists for ‘barbarism’.

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Well said, Brits!

BREAKING: FCC Approves Net Neutrality…

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Wonderful.

Via Politico:

The Federal Communications Commission voted along party lines Thursday to approve sweeping changes to how it regulates the Internet, capping more than a year of noisy debate that sparked millions of public comments and drew the attention of President Barack Obama and congressional leaders.

The agency’s three Democrats voted to approve Chairman Tom Wheeler’s net neutrality order, which would treat broadband like a utility to ensure all Web traffic is treated equally. The commission’s two GOP members, Republican lawmakers and the nation’s telecom giants oppose the rules, saying they will dampen innovation and investment. AT&T has already threatened a legal challenge.

“The Internet is the most powerful and pervasive platform on the planet. It’s simply too important to be left without rules and without a referee on the field,” Wheeler said at Thursday’s FCC’s meeting. “Today is a red-letter day for Internet freedom, for consumers who want to use the Internet on their terms, for innovators who want to reach consumers without the control of gatekeepers.”

In a separate decision Thursday, the FCC’s Democratic majority voted to override state laws that prevent community-run broadband networks in Chattanooga, Tennessee and Wilson, North Carolina from expanding their geographic reach. The move will help such locally managed networks compete with incumbent cable and telecom companies.