[FoxNews.com] The head of the IRS confirmed Wednesday that investigators looking into missing emails from ex-agency official Lois Lerner have found and are reviewing “backup tapes” — despite earlier IRS claims that the tapes had been recycled.
IRS Commissioner John Koskinen, testifying before a House oversight subcommittee, stressed that he does not know “how they found them” or “whether there’s anything on them or not.” But he said the inspector general’s office advised him the investigators are reviewing tapes to see if they contain any “recoverable” material.
The revelation is significant because the IRS claimed, when the agency first told Congress about the missing emails, that backup tapes “no longer exist because they have been recycled.”
It is unclear whether the tapes in IG custody contain any Lerner emails, but Koskinen said investigators are now checking. –Read More…
[HumanEvents.com] Governor Rick Perry (R-TX) is taking matters into his own hands, since the Obama administration has chosen to do nothing about the surge of unaccompanied minors invading our southern border.
Perry announced yesterday that he will (from CBS News): “be activating up to 1,000 National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border as he accuses the federal government of offering ‘lip service’ on border security.”
[LA Times] Perry said the state’s enforcement surge in the Rio Grande Valley has already deterred illegal immigration, with apprehensions down 36% overall during the last month. But it is unclear how much of that decrease can be attributed to a drop in child migrants.
WATCH VIDEOS and –Read More…
[Newsmax.com] Two federal judicial panels on Tuesday delivered conflicting rulings on how the government subsidizes premiums through President Barack Obama’s healthcare law, creating more uncertainty over signature legislation that has been dogged by challenges from Republicans and other conservatives.
The rulings, handed down by appeals court judges in the District of Columbia and Virginia, could lead to a new showdown over Obamacare before the U.S. Supreme Court, which in June 2012 narrowly upheld the Democratic president’s healthcare insurance overhaul.
The cases deal with the federal government’s ability to offer premium tax credits to people who purchase insurance through the federal insurance marketplace that serves the majority of the 8 million consumers who have signed up for private coverage for 2014.
A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled in a 2-1 decision that the Affordable Care Act allows subsidies that help pay for insurance premiums to be offered only to consumers who purchase private health plans through exchanges run by states. –Read More…
[Newsbusters.org] Sunday evening, Noah Pollak at the Weekly Standard noted that “Something important is missing from the New York Times’s coverage of the war in Gaza: photographs of terrorist attacks on Israel, and pictures of Hamas fighters, tunnels, weaponry, and use of human shields.”
That’s because Hamas has demanded that such photographs not be circulated. The Times is clearly complying, and without telling its readers that is coverage has been restricted. Pollak believes that the Times really doesn’t mind the overt censorship…
… It appears the Times is silently but happily complying with a Hamas demand that the only pictures from Gaza are of civilians and never of fighters. The most influential news organization in the world is thus manufacturing an utterly false portrait of the battle—precisely the portrait that Hamas finds most helpful: embattled, victimized Gaza civilians under attack by a cruel Israeli military.
[FoxNews.com] Malaysia Airlines released a full list of passengers and crew on Saturday that were killed when flight MH17 was shot down over Ukraine.
The airline appealed to family and friends of the victims to contact the carrier so it can get a full picture of the next of kin. A spokesman said Malaysia Airlines is assessing security in Ukraine before making a decision about possibly flying next of kin to the country where 298 passengers and crew lost their lives.
The spokesman who declined to be named in line with company policy, said family members are being care for in Amsterdam while a team from the carrier, including security officials, is on the ground in Ukraine. He said the team was trying to travel “500 kilometers (310 miles) through difficult territory” to reach the area where wreckage of the Boeing 777 landed. –Read More…
[Breitbart.com] A Washington Post article addresses ongoing Israel-Hamas hostilities, including reports of Hamas funnelling weapons into a mosque in Gaza.
In paragraph 36, Washington Post reporters on site in Gaza wrote:
During the lull (5-hour humanitarian truce violated by Hamas), a group of men at a mosque in northern Gaza said they had returned to clean up the green glass from windows shattered in the previous day’s bombardment. But they could be seen moving small rockets into the mosque.
[FoxNews.com] A Malaysia Airlines passenger plane with 295 aboard was shot down by a surface-to-air missile in Ukraine near the Russian border a day after a Ukrainian military jet was downed, Fox News has confirmed.
The Boeing 777 bound for Kuala Lumpur from Amsterdam was shot down at cruising altitude, according to Anton Gerashenko, an adviser to Ukraine’s Interior Minister. He said all 280 passengers and 15 crew members were killed. A Reuters correspondent near the scene reported seeing burning wreckage and bodies strewn across a nine-mile debris field. A Ukrainian Emergency official told the news agency body parts and at least 100 bodies were seen in the area.
“It wasn’t the separatists, although Russia will try to blame them, or blame the Ukrainians.”- Retired Army Lt. Col Ralph Peters
[Townhall.com] As the unaccompanied child crisis on the border continues to get worse by the day, many voters now see immigration as one of the biggest problems facing the United States according to new Gallup polling. The percentage of people who believe immigration is a top concern has tripled in the past month.
With thousands of undocumented immigrant minors crossing the nation’s southern border in recent months, the percentage of Americans citing immigration as the top problem has surged to 17% this month, up from 5% in June, and the highest seen since 2006. As a result, immigration now virtually ties “dissatisfaction with government,” at 16%, as the primary issue Americans think of when asked to name the country’s top problem. –Read More…
[Newsmax.com] [A well-known legislator interviewed on Hannity stated that only 2% of the requested funds are going to fund the border crisis: LIBERAL CASH FOR CRISIS]
Republicans will grant only part of the $3.7 billion President Barack Obama requested to address a surge of migrant children at the U.S.-Mexico border, the House Appropriations chairman said.
“We’re trying to sift out of his request those items and dollar numbers that need to be done immediately,” Hal Rogers, a Kentucky Republican, told reporters today in Washington. “The rest of what he’s requested we can consider as we process the regular 2015 appropriations bills.”
To gain enough Republican votes, the measure will be accompanied by policy changes on border security and law revisions to speed the deportation of unaccompanied minors, said Representative Pete Sessions, chairman of the House Rules Committee. He said he expects a fuller Republican plan to be announced tomorrow. –Read More…
[Infowars.com] From undermining the Second Amendment and influencing elections to sponsoring color revolutions in Eastern Europe and the Middle East, the ominous footprint of George Soros is everywhere.
The Hungarian-born billionaire and currency speculator who considers himself a messianic figure was voted “the single most destructive leftist demagogue in the country” by respondents to a poll published by the Human Events newspaper in 2011.
“George Soros is the most dangerous man in the world because, just like the crazy megalomaniacs in old fifties movies, he is deceiving everybody into believing that he is altruistic, when in fact, he is using his Open Society/Shadow Party to undermine the very fabric of American society,” the newspaper explained.
If not for Soros’ immense wealth a sizable number of leftist organizations would be far less influential. He has fed more than $7 billion to the likes of Media Matters, ACORN, La Raza, the Huffington Post, the Southern Poverty Law Center, Planned Parenthood, the Center for American Progress, MoveOn.org and dozens of other organizations pushing a socialist and ultimately globalist agenda on the American people. –Read More…
[Hannity.com] Yesterday we were in Texas, witnessing the chaos unfolding at our border. It’s a trip the president should have done, but instead he has chosen to keep his distance. Meanwhile, the crisis is reaching a tipping point.
Among the more alarming statistics shared with us at yesterday’s briefing was the fact that over 624,000 crimes have been committed by illegal immigrants against Texas citizens in the last seven years. We are talking about crimes including home invasions, murder and rape.
Another report from Terry Jeffrey at CNS News finds that 40% of all federal criminal cases filed in 2013 took place in the five courts on the U.S.-Mexican border: “According to the U.S. Attorneys’ Annual report, immigration was the single largest category of crimes in which U.S. attorneys filed criminal cases in 2013 … In the Western Texas district alone–which saw more federal crime than any other district in the country–more than twice as many federal criminals were convicted in fiscal 2013 as in all four U.S. court districts in New York state combined.” –Read More…
[FOX INSIDER] On Fox and Friends this morning, Pete Hegseth weighed in on the Defense Department’s reported decision to send “pink slips” to some U.S. soldiers still on the battlefield in Afghanistan. The letters reportedly tell the soldiers that their service will no longer be needed when their current deployment ends.
– Here’s more from former Army Capt. Jonathan Hendershott, writing in the New York Post:
In a stunning display of callousness, the Defense Department has announced that thousands of soldiers — many serving as commanding officers in Afghanistan — will be notified in the coming weeks that their service to the country is no longer needed.
Last week, more than 1,100 Army captains — the men and women who know best how to fight this enemy because they have experienced multiple deployments — were told they’ll be retired from the Army. –Read More…
GOP Congressman: ‘We Just Filed a Resolution Directing the Sergeant-at-Arms to Arrest Lois Lerner for Contempt’
[TheBlaze.com] Rep. Steve Stockman (R-Texas) announced on Thursday that he has filed a resolution directing the House sergeant-at-arms to “arrest Lois Lerner for contempt of Congress” over the IRS targeting scandal.
Stockman said in a statement that asking the U.S. Department of Justice to prosecute Lerner for “admittedly illegal activity” is a “joke.” Instead, the Republican said it is up to the U.S. House to “uphold the rule of law and hold accountable those who illegally targeted American citizens for simply having different ideas than the President.”
Under the proposed resolution, Lerner would be held in a Washington, D.C., jail and would be given access to an attorney and all her constitutional rights. –Read More…
[FoxNews.com] ISIS is leaving a path of destroyed churches, shrines and mosques in its wake as it storms across Syria and Iraq, and has even set its sights on Mecca — Islam’s holiest site.
The nihilistic jihadis, led by self-proclaimed descendant of Prophet Muhammad Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, have already bulldozed or blown up some of the most sacred places in Iraq, and seem bent on killing and destroying anyone or anything that does not measure up to their vision of Islam. Experts say the group, which originally stood for Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, but now simply calls itself “Islamic State,” has appointed itself the leading proponent of the Muslim faith.
“They see themselves as the last defenders of Islamic civilization and want to eradicate anything that they see as the enemy of Islam, and any Muslim they perceive as compromising with the West,” Yvonne Haddad, a professor at Georgetown University who specializes in the history of Islam and Christian-Muslim relations, told FoxNews.com. –Read More…
[HumanEvents.com] We have a lot of domestic issues on our plate in the United States, but we should take a moment to monitor what’s happening to our ally Israel – not only because Israel is our ally, but because civilized people should always take interest in a struggle against murderous barbarians. And that is what this is all about. It’s always been what the Israeli struggle against terrorism was about. It’s civilization vs. anti-civilization. There are Palestinians who very much want to take civilization’s side in this struggle, but the barbarians are running the show. Maybe this time they’ll be defeated thoroughly enough for something better to rise in their place.
Last week’s pretense that the murder of those three innocent Israeli students was the work of “rogue operatives” who have nothing to do with Hamas or the Palestinian government are gone, replaced with Hamas spokesmen declaring that “all Israelis have now become legitimate targets.” War has a way of clarifying such matters. Of course, that’s what these guys thought last week, too. They’re just saying it out loud now, in part because now that the Israelis have gone to work on them in earnest, they’re crapping their pants. They don’t have much left except blood-curdling threats. They managed to put rockets further into Israel than they ever have before – there are reports that nearly half of the Israeli population spent the night in bomb shelters – but it’s not going to win the day for them. –Read More…
[Newsmax.com] President Barack Obama is asking Congress to provide $3.7 billion to address the crisis at the border — but Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson says it’s a proposal he can’t support.
“I can’t see how I can support this thing,” Johnson told J.D. Hayworth on “America’s Forum” on Newsmax TV on Wednesday. “Just look at the numbers.”
“I’ve gone online and have taken a look on Orbitz and taken a look at what does it cost to fly people to El Salvador and Guatemala and Honduras,” Johnson, a Republican, said. “You have fares as low as $207. There’s nonstop flights at $450.”
“You take those numbers and it costs somewhere between $11 million and $30 million to return people in a very humane fashion,” Johnson said. –Read More…
[AtlasShrugs.com] ALERT! Today there is a pro-Israel demo in NY at 5:30 in front of the Israeli consulate. Be there. Support Israel. GO! Click, yes, join. Israeli Consulate, 800 2nd Ave, New York, New York 10017, 5:30 pm
We have been seeing an increase in violence against pro-Israel demos across Europe. Violent Muslims and their leftwing lapdogs have been physically attacking peaceful pro-Israel vigils across Europe and beyond.
And now America.
On July 7 in San Francisco, Muslims attacked Jews at a pro-Israel demo. 300 anti-Israel protesters surround and threaten 30 peaceful, pro-Israel demonstrators in San Francisco. They call for another intifada, and the destruction of the Jewish State. Here is one account from Atlas reader Robin: –Read More…
[CWNews] Last night, my wife and I decided to go to a ‘Meet and Greet’ in downtown Prescott. We were very surprised to find a very well qualified and humble candidate in Christine Jones. Ms. Jones has roots in Arizona having helped establish GoDaddy as one of the largest internet service providers for business in the world. We found that she has an extremely good understanding of technology, one of the keys to the success of her campaign, so far.
Christine Jones is just what Arizona needs now to help us continue some of the work Gov. Jan Brewer has begun. While she is married to a military man, she has a solid understanding of business and law with regard to the issues facing Arizona. Jones is an accomplished CPA and Attorney, but moreover, she knows people of our state. She connects with people. She is well versed in the current problems we are facing, especially border security.
Christine Jones does not seem to be the “establishment” type as she has never held public office, but establishment candidates have really pounced on her with ads that are without reason, truth or cause. We feel Christine is a solid candidate to serve the people of Arizona and are hereby endorsing her as a candidate. She will help us tackle the problems we are facing during a very unstable period in our nation.
Here is some of the material from her website that may give you a clearer understanding of her platform, especially regarding the #1 issue of BORDER SECURITY: –Read More…
[CNSNews.com] – According to the 2014 version of a report that the Department of Health and Human Services is required by law to issue annually, the percentage of Americans on welfare in 2011 was the highest yet calculated. The data for 2011 is the most recent in the report.
HHS has calculated the percentage of all persons in the United States who live in families that receive “welfare” going back to fiscal 1993. It has not calculated a percentage for years prior to that.
As defined in the report (“Welfare Indicators and Risk Factors”), a welfare recipient is any person living in a family where someone received benefits from any of just three programs—Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (formerly Aid to Families With Dependent Children), Supplemental Security Income, and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (or food stamps).
Percentage of Americans on Welfare Hit Recorded High… –Read More…
[CNSNews.com] — The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), a federal agency tasked with enforcing workplace discrimination laws, is suing a private American business for firing a group of Hispanic and Asian employees over their inability to speak English at work, claiming that the English-language requirement in a U.S. business constitutes “discrimination.”
Judicial Watch reported Tuesday that the government is accusing Wisconsin Plastics, Inc. of violating Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits discrimination based on “national origin.” The government argues this includes the “linguistic characteristics of a national origin group.”
Irene Garcia, the blog editor and Spanish media liaison for Judicial Watch, called the EEOC’s accusation “ludicrous.” –Read More…
[FoxNews.com] ISIS, the jihadist terrorist group that has seized a huge swath of land stretching from Syria to Iraq, has taken control of Syria’s largest oil field from another terrorist group with ties to Al Qaeda.
The terrorist group which fought side-by-side with Syrian rebels and the Al Nusra Front to topple Syria’s government until the alliance imploded, now controls Al-Omar, in Syria’s eastern Deir Ezzor province, according to the opposition group Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Control of Syria’s most productive oil field could be a potentially valuable resource for funding its terror operations and the Islamic caliphate is claims to have established.
“We took it (the oil field) over without any fighting,” a purported commander of the Islamic States of Iraq and Syria/Levant said on a YouTube video released by ISIS supporters. “They fled like rats.”
Led by an ambitious Iraqi militant Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, ISIS this week unilaterally declared the establishment of an Islamic state, or caliphate, in the lands it has seized in Syria and Iraq. It proclaimed al-Baghdadi the head of its new self-styled state and demanded that all Muslims pledge allegiance to him. –Read More…
[Newsmax.com] Nearly half of voters agree with the Supreme Court’s decision Monday that business owners should not be forced to comply with Obamacare’s contraceptive mandate if it violates their religious beliefs, a new poll has found.
According to a Rasmussen Reports poll conducted June 20 – July 1 of 1,000 likely voters, 49 percent of Americans support a religious exemption to the government’s contraceptive mandate, which was successfully argued for by Hobby Lobby.
By comparison, 39 percent oppose the decision, while 12 percent are undecided.
The poll also found that almost half of voters, or 47 percent, say companies, regardless of their religious position on contraception, should not be required to meet the contraceptive mandate set out in the new healthcare law, though 43 percent disagree and think businesses without religious objections should be required by law to comply. –Read More…
[DailyCaller.com] An Oklahoma Congressman who visited an Army base being used to house illegal immigrant children now wonders what the federal government is hiding after he was denied access to the facility.
“There is no excuse for denying a Federal Representative from Oklahoma access to a federal facility in Oklahoma where unaccompanied children are being held,” Rep. Jim Bridenstine said in a statement following his visit Tuesday to Ft. Sill Army base near Lawton.
The Department of Health and Human Services has set up housing at Ft. Sill and two other military bases – Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio and Ventura County Naval Base in Oxnard, Cali. – to house thousands of unaccompanied alien children, or UACs, who were apprehended at the southern U.S. border. –Read More…
[Media Research Center] The broadcast network morning newscasts came and went on Tuesday with NBC’s Today and ABC’s Good Morning America ignoring President Obama’s latest rant against Republicans. This was despite the fact that both broke their regular scheduling on Monday to cover remarks in full.
For it’s part, CBS This Morning devoted a full 2 minutes and 45 seconds to Obama’s rant against House Republicans for refusing to accept his parameters for immigration reform and bucking their own Speaker on his willingness to take up the matter. In his report, CBS News senior White House correspondent Bill Plante cast Obama in a heroic light, heralding how:
[t]he president went to the Rose Garden and teed off on Republicans and Congress for not allowing a vote on the immigration reform bill even though many members personally supported it. As a result, he says, he will take matters into his own hands. –Read More…