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So That Happened: Obama, Warren Team Up To Save Older America

by The Huffington Post // February 28, 2015 // Updated 12:30 GMT // 0 Comments

So, that happened. This week, the Republican-led House Agriculture Committee began what they termed a “top to bottom” review of the federal food stamp program. In a surprising twist, the committee’s new management struck a soft and empathetic tone toward a government program they’d previously demonized.Sen. Elizabeth Warren and President Obama are teaming up to […]

Former Obama Campaign Aide Now Works to Oust Netanyahu

by The New York Times // February 28, 2015 // Updated 07:12 GMT // 0 Comments

WASHINGTON — Jeremy Bird, the architect of the grass-roots and online organizing efforts that powered President Obama’s presidential campaigns from Chicago, is advising a similar operation in Tel Aviv. But this time it is focused on ousting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel. Jeremy Bird, a former Obama campaign organizer, who is advising an effort […]

House Republicans Call One-Week Timeout On DHS Shutdown Drama

by The Huffington Post // February 28, 2015 // Updated 02:58 GMT // 0 Comments

WASHINGTON — The House of Representatives voted Friday night to avert a shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security, so they can come back and have the same fight in a week.Speaker John Boehner responds to a reporter’s question about the difficulties in advancing a Homeland Security budget bill. | ASSOCIATED PRESS The vote was […]

Pence: ‘Jihadi John’ doesn’t want a job

by CNN // February 28, 2015 // Updated 02:00 GMT // 0 Comments

And he invoked the “Jihadi John” seen on propaganda videos. “Mr. President, ‘Jihadi John’ doesn’t want a job,” Pence said. “He wants to see paradise and I think we should help him get there as quickly as possible.” – RELATED: CPAC 2015: GOP White House contenders unite against Hillary Clinton

Education Department Terminates Contracts With Debt Collectors Accused Of Wrongdoing

by The Huffington Post // February 28, 2015 // Updated 01:58 GMT // 0 Comments

The U.S. Department of Education, under fire for its lackluster oversight of student loan contractors, said Friday it will terminate its relationship with five debt collectors after accusing them of misleading distressed borrowers at “unacceptably high rates.”U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan waits to be introduced prior to speaking to students at School Without Walls Aug. […]

Obama Signs Bill To Fund DHS Through Next Friday

by The Huffington Post // February 28, 2015 // Updated 01:30 GMT // 0 Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has signed a one-week funding bill for the Homeland Security Department, keeping the agency open after a showdown that went right up to the brink.YURI GRIPAS via Getty Images – Obama’s signature also starts the clock on the next deadline. It’s unclear how Congress will seek to fund the […]

Here’s What Will Happen If The DHS Shuts Down

by The Huffington Post // February 28, 2015 // Updated 00:56 GMT // 0 Comments

Feb 27 (Reuters) – The U.S. Congress was scrambling before a deadline at midnight on Friday to pass a $39.7 billion funding bill for the Department of Homeland Security, which is charged with securing U.S. borders, airports and coastal waters.Win McNamee via Getty Images The following is a rundown of what would likely happen if […]

Tulsi Gabbard’s New Chief Of Staff Raises Eyebrows In Hawaii

by The Huffington Post // February 28, 2015 // Updated 00:49 GMT // 0 Comments

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard’s (D-Hawaii) new chief of staff — a business owner with no government experience — is raising eyebrows in the state. Gabbard’s announcement on Tuesday that she had named Kainoa Ramananda Penaroza, 30, to the influential job “baffles political insiders” because of Penaroza’s thin political resume, wrote local political news site Honolulu Civil […]

Why It’s Hard To Predict Who Would Get Blamed For A DHS Shutdown

by The Huffington Post // February 28, 2015 // Updated 00:30 GMT // 0 Comments

On Friday afternoon, House Republicans said no to a funding bill that would have kept the Department of Homeland Security in business for another three weeks. If DHS suffers a shutdown at midnight, does that mean Americans will blame Republicans?House Speaker John Boehner was not able to pass a temporary DHS funding bill on Friday […]

South Dakota Legislator Suggests Common Core Contributed To Kids’ Deaths

by The Huffington Post // February 28, 2015 // Updated 00:06 GMT // 0 Comments

A South Dakota lawmaker thinks that the Common Core State Standards may have contributed to the deaths of Native American kids. The Common Core, a set of education standards that have been adopted in a majority of states, is designed to make sure students around the country are being held to the same benchmarks. The […]

Jeb Bush survives — and thrives — at CPAC

by CNN // February 28, 2015 // Updated 00:06 GMT // 0 Comments

The former Florida governor’s troubled relationship with grassroots conservatives is no secret. He is at odds with much of the Republican base over his backing of immigration reform and national education standards. That made Bush’s appearance one of the most eagerly awaited moments of the Conservative Political Action Conference. Bush strode onto the stage for […]

Obama Condemns ‘Brutal Murder’ Of Boris Nemtsov, Calls For Investigation

by The Huffington Post // February 28, 2015 // Updated 00:01 GMT // 0 Comments

WASHINGTON, Feb 27 (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama has condemned the “brutal murder” of Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov, the White House National Security Council said on Friday on Twitter.One of the opposition leaders, former first deputy prime minister Boris Nemtsov, speaks during an anti-Putin protest in central in Moscow, on September 15, 2012. […]

Janet Yellen meets with conservatives

by CNN // February 27, 2015 // Updated 23:51 GMT // 0 Comments

“Chair Yellen was engaged, gracious and asked key questions,” Steve Lonegan, the director of monetary policy at the American Principles in Action who organized the meeting, told CNN after the conclusion of the meeting. “I would like to hope that what we established with Chair Yellen was respect.” Lonegan and others also emphasized to Yellen […]

Perry to Clinton: ‘Where’s your loyalty?’

by CNN // February 27, 2015 // Updated 23:24 GMT // 0 Comments

Rick Perry says the Hillary Clinton’s namesake family foundation’s acceptance of foreign countries’ contributions while she served as secretary of state poses a huge problem for her expected presidential campaign. – RELATED: Perry pushes ground troops in ISIS fight

Nearly Half Of Republicans Want Their Party To Be More Conservative

by The Huffington Post // February 27, 2015 // Updated 23:13 GMT // 0 Comments

Nearly half of Republicans want their party to move farther to the right, according to a new HuffPost/YouGov poll. Democrats mostly want their party to stay the same. Forty-six percent of Americans who either identify as Republicans or lean toward the party said they’d like the GOP and its candidates to become more conservative, while […]

Congressman Hints He Wants To Prohibit Funding For Ground Troops in Iraq

by The Huffington Post // February 27, 2015 // Updated 23:12 GMT // 0 Comments

WASHINGTON — Rep. John Garamendi (D-Calif.) indicated on Thursday that he may move to prevent President Barack Obama from deploying U.S. ground troops against the Islamic State by introducing a funding bill to limit how the money appropriated for the military campaign can be used.Rep. John Garamendi, D-Calif. (Photo By Bill Clark/Roll Call) | Bill […]

Top Conservatives Are Totally Confused By Marijuana Politics

by The Huffington Post // February 27, 2015 // Updated 23:04 GMT // 0 Comments

When pressed at an annual conference for conservative activists this week about their stances on marijuana legalization, several members of the Republican Party said that although they personally oppose legalizing the drug, they support states’ rights to do so. At the Conservative Political Action Conference in National Harbor, Maryland, Fox News’ Sean Hannity asked former […]

Perry pushes ground troops in ISIS fight

by CNN // February 27, 2015 // Updated 22:59 GMT // 0 Comments

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry says he would send American troops to the Middle East to combat Islamic State fighters who he called “the face of evil.” – RELATED: CPAC 2015: GOP White House contenders unite against Hillary Clinton

As Arkansas Moves To Abolish Death Penalty, Lawmaker Shoots Back With Firing Squad Proposal

by The Huffington Post // February 27, 2015 // Updated 22:46 GMT // 0 Comments

Just days after an Arkansas Senate committee moved to abandon the death penalty, a Republican lawmaker has called for a return of firing squads as an execution method. Acting between the Senate Judiciary Committee’s approval of a bill to abolish the death penalty and the General Assembly’s end-of-February deadline for new legislation, Rep. Rebecca Petty […]

HUFFPOST HILL – TSA Workers To Be Paid In Enjoyment

by The Huffington Post // February 27, 2015 // Updated 22:41 GMT // 0 Comments

Donald Trump’s speech at CPAC makes us wonder why the news cycle gods didn’t bless us with llamas and optical illusion dresses today. Barry Loudermilk allowed the country to mostly unite in its favorite pastime: pissing on other people’s parenting abilities. And the Washington Post is reconsidering its drug testing policy. We should remind our […]

HUFFPOST HILL – TSA Workers To Be Paid In Enjoyment

by The Huffington Post // February 27, 2015 // Updated 22:41 GMT // 0 Comments

Donald Trump’s speech at CPAC makes us wonder why the news cycle gods didn’t bless us with llamas and optical illusion dresses today. Barry Loudermilk allowed the country to mostly unite in its favorite pastime: pissing on other people’s parenting abilities. And the Washington Post is reconsidering its drug testing policy. We should remind our […]

House Can’t Even Agree To Fund DHS For 3 Weeks

by The Huffington Post // February 27, 2015 // Updated 22:19 GMT // 0 Comments

WASHINGTON — A House Republican effort to punt on Department of Homeland Security funding failed on the floor Friday, leaving the GOP leadership in a bind on whether to throw in the towel and pass a budget bill without immigration measures.Speaker John Boehner’s House Republicans declined Friday afternoon to pass three weeks of funding for […]

Here’s What One Member of Congress Says The Obama Administration Is Hiding About Its Trade Deals

by The Huffington Post // February 27, 2015 // Updated 21:50 GMT // 0 Comments

WASHINGTON — A Democratic congressman sent a letter Tuesday that reveals how the Obama administration denied his requests to view closely held U.S. trade deals. Rep. Lloyd Doggett’s (D-Texas) letter, sent to U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Michael Froman and obtained by The Huffington Post, provides insight into an ongoing transparency debate about the Obama administration’s […]

Jeb Bush Reaffirms He Does Not Support Marriage Equality

by The Huffington Post // February 27, 2015 // Updated 21:27 GMT // 0 Comments

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) stood by his opposition to same-sex marriage Friday, despite some speculation in recent days that he may be warming to the idea of marriage equality. If Bush runs for president, some of his closest aides will be individuals who are strong public supporters of legalizing same-sex […]

Barack Obama: ‘I loved Spock’

by CNN // February 27, 2015 // Updated 21:23 GMT // 0 Comments

Obama also referenced the famed Star Trek character during a 2009 press conference responding to a question CNN’s Jake Tapperthen with ABC. Following Tapper’s characterization of Obama’s answers on a question about healthcare as “Spock-like language,” the President had a quick retort. “Was that reference to Spock a crack on my ears?” Tapper quickly

Rand Paul Supporters Walk Out Of Jeb Bush Speech

by The Huffington Post // February 27, 2015 // Updated 21:18 GMT // 0 Comments

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — A determined band of supporters of Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) walked out on former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) on Friday as he spoke at the Conservative Political Action Conference. A few dozen Paul backers — many of whom donned red “Stand With Rand” T-shirts — quietly made their way down […]

Our Condolences, Afghanistan

by The Huffington Post // February 27, 2015 // Updated 21:14 GMT // 0 Comments

How much is a life worth? A decade of war in Afghanistan has left a legacy of death and destruction for the Afghan people, often at the hands of U.S. forces. Read the whole story at The Intercept

Obama Mourns ‘Star Trek’ Icon Leonard Nimoy: ‘I Loved Spock’

by The Huffington Post // February 27, 2015 // Updated 20:53 GMT // 0 Comments

President Barack Obama mourned the death of actor Leonard Nimoy on Friday, praising the “Star Trek” icon for his commitment to the arts and sciences as well as his performance as the “cool, logical, big-eared and level-headed” Mr. Spock. Read Obama’s full statement: – — Ed Markey (@SenMarkey) February 27, 2015 Read more on Nimoy’s […]

Rick Santorum Calls For Ground Troops To Fight Islamic State

by The Huffington Post // February 27, 2015 // Updated 20:49 GMT // 0 Comments

Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum, who is considering another presidential run, called for putting 10,000 U.S. troops on the ground to fight the growth of the extremist group that calls itself the Islamic State. Speaking at the annual Conservative Political Action Committee’s convention in Maryland on Friday afternoon, Santorum accused President Barack Obama of failing […]

For sale: handbags and conservative ideology

by CNN // February 27, 2015 // Updated 20:25 GMT // 0 Comments

But two floors below the Conservative Political Action Conference’s cavernous ballroom, there’s an entirely different show. An eclectic — and sometimes bewildering — mix of more than 120 vendors are peddling everything from handbags and advanced degrees to atheism and books. It’s a mix of unvarnished capitalism and old school political recruiting. But perhaps most […]

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