Corruption

EXCLUSIVE: Confidential U.S. assessments show Afghanistan not ready to govern on own

Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Confidential U.S. assessments, which the State Department tried to hide from the public, show nearly all Afghan Cabinet ministries are woefully ill-prepared to govern after the U.S. withdraws its troops, often describing the gaps in knowledge, capability and safeguards as “critical” and describing an infrastructure in danger of collapsing if left to its own accord. ... WashingtonTimes.com

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Conservative Thought

The Rule of the Lawless

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Armed federal agents defend turtle habitat but fail to secure our national borders. ... NationalReview.com

Why Conservatives Win Elections and Lose the War

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
On April 1, 2014, President Barack Obama triumphantly announced that 7.1 million Americans had selected a health insurance plan through Obamacare. In doing so, he nastily labeled his political opposition uncaring and unfeeling. "Why are folks working so hard for people not to have health insurance?" Obama asked. "Why are they so mad about the idea of people having health insurance?" ... TownHall.com

Holder's Race Card

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Last week, the president's lap dog blew his dog whistle.

In case you didn't know, in politics a "dog whistle" is coded language that has a superficial meaning for everybody, but also a special resonance for certain constituencies. Using dog whistles lets politicians deny they meant to say anything nasty, bigoted or controversial. ... TownHall.com

George Will Promotes Plan to Grant President Legislative Powers

Tuesday, April 15, 2014
In an April 9 opinion piece published in the Washington Post, commentator George Will praises the Goldwater Institute’s Compact for America and its component calling for an Article V constitutional convention. ... TheNewAmerican.com

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
China's economy grew at its slowest pace in 18 months at the start of 2014, but did a touch better than expected and showed some improvement in March, suggesting Beijing will not rush to follow up recent steps to support activity. ... Reuters.com

North Korea

North Korean officials complain about UK salon owner's poster mocking Kim Jong-un's hairstyle

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
A hairdresser in west London was confronted by two men claiming to be officials from the North Korean embassy earlier this month after putting up a promotional poster making light of dictator Kim Jong-un's distinctive coiffure. ... FoxNews.com

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
South Korean officials said Wednesday that nearly 300 people were still missing several hours after a passenger ferry sank off that country's southern coast, leaving at least two dead and seven injured. ... FoxNews.com

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Several hundred people remain unaccounted for after a ferry carrying 476 people capsized and sank off South Korea. ... BBC.co.uk

Iraq

CPJ: Iraq Remains World Leader in Unsolved Murders of Journalists

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
A press freedom group says Iraq continues to lead the world in unsolved murders of journalists. ... VOANews.com

Tuesday, April 15, 2014
HAIFA, Israel – Israelis are concerned by growing tension caused by the collapsing peace talks and by renewed calls from some in the international community to boycott their country. But many people appear significantly more troubled by last week’s shocking attack by a community of right-wing Jewish settlers in the West Bank on an army outpost that was there to protect them. ... FoxNews.com

NATO

NATO Builds Plan as Violence Increases in Ukraine

Tuesday, April 15, 2014
After several false starts, Ukrainian troops began moving Tuesday against pro-Moscow separatists in eastern Ukraine as NATO considered shoring up defenses against Russia in eastern Europe. ... Military.com

Tuesday, April 15, 2014
The Obama administration reportedly is withholding even non-lethal military aid to Ukraine for fear it could further inflame tensions -- despite already intensifying clashes between the country's government and pro-Russia militiamen. ... FoxNews.com

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Ukrainian troops sent to reclaim locations seized by pro-Russian militia in recent days, have been seen in the centre of Kramatorsk. ... BBC.co.uk

Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Inside a brewing insurgency as Ukraine sends in the tanks to quell unrest in its chaotic East. ... www.ForeignPolicy.com

Syria

Horror of Syria's war displayed at UN

Tuesday, April 15, 2014
WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGES Horrific images of corpses from Syria’s civil war, including shriveled bodies of detainees starved to death and others with their eyes gouged out, were among some 55,000 photographs smuggled out of Syria and presented at the United Nations Tuesday. ... FoxNews.com

Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Detroit snow record: A spring storm broke Detroit's 133-year-old record for snowfall totals: This winter, Detroit got 94.8 inches of snow, topping the previous record from 1880-1881 by more than an inch. ... CSMonitor.com

BLM

‘Not over’? Feds coy over next move in Nevada rancher standoff

Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Tensions simmered Tuesday in the standoff between federal land managers and a Nevada rancher -- but the feds are being coy about how far they'll go to pursue Cliven Bundy as both sides regroup for their next move. ... FoxNews.com

Tuesday, April 15, 2014
A public employees union is fighting a bipartisan effort in Congress to force the Internal Revenue Service to hire private contractors to collect some delinquent taxes. ... FoxNews.com

US Government

Overlap in Govt. Programs Blasted: 10 HHS Offices to Help Minorities With AIDS

Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Here’s a shocker; countless programs operated by the bloated U.S. government overlap or are needlessly duplicated across a number of federal agencies, translating into huge losses of American taxpayer dollars. ... JudicialWatch.org

Tuesday, April 15, 2014
The Pentagon is laying out a road map for the future of its drone fleet, which includes unmanned planes with fuel-filled wings that can fly more sophisticated weapons systems to more isolated hot spots and smaller drones capable of operating in unison to swarm an enemy. ... WashingtonTimes.com

Affordable Care Act

White House Census Changes Mask Obamacare Impact

Tuesday, April 15, 2014
The Republican chairman of a House panel that oversees the U.S. Census Bureau slammed the Obama administration on Tuesday over reports that extensive changes to the agency's annual survey will make it virtually impossible to track how Obamacare has affected Americans. ... NewsMax.com

Tuesday, April 15, 2014
The American Legion says it is opposed to trying to tie immigration into the annual defense policy debate, calling it an unacceptable “amnesty” and dealing a serious blow to Republicans desperate to pass some sort of legalization of illegal immigrants ahead of November’s elections. ... WashingtonTimes.com

Joe Biden

Bidens Earned $400,009 in 2013 – 5% Went to Charity

Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Jill, reported an adjusted gross income of $407,009 in 2013, from which they contributed 5% to charity, or a total of $20,523, according to their 2013 income tax return, which was released by the White House on Friday. ... CNSNews.com

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
It's remarkable that the US economy looks to be picking up steam even as rising stars like China, India, Turkey, and Brazil wrestle with slowing growth and the risk of unrest. Improving US fundamentals, a steadily recovering jobs market, and revolution in energy production remind us that Americans aren’t waiting on Washington to kickstart growth. Yet, even as America strengthens at home, its influence abroad continues to wane. ... NationalInterest.org

President Obama

Obama to Reassure Asian Allies

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama begins a weeklong trip to Asia next Tuesday, in a bid to reassure allies in the region. Obama will travel to Japan, South Korea, Malaysia and the Philippines. ... VOANews.com

Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Conservative sage Dr. Ben Carson is claiming the White House was offended by his now-famous keynote address at the 2013 National Prayer Breakfast and asked at the time for an apology call to President Obama -- which he didn’t make. ... FoxNews.com

Religion

Are ‘Blood Moons’ a Biblical Sign From God That Something Earth-Shattering Is About to Happen?

Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Are specific celestial events, including Tuesday’s “blood moon,” really evidence that the end times are upon us or that, at the least, something profound is on the horizon concerning Israel? ... TheBlaze.com

Tuesday, April 15, 2014
RUSH: I am the only voice, I am the only person not going nuts wild and crazy over Colbert getting Letterman's show. I take a caller who said, "You know, Rush, I --" and I didn't see it, I admit that I didn't see it. I said, "You know, you may have a good idea." I told the caller, I was being polite, "You may have a good idea," and it gets attributed to me. ... RushLimbaugh.com

Tuesday, April 15, 2014
RUSH: I'm gonna tell you something, folks, this program gets action. It was just last week that we had a call from a woman -- wait a minute. Was it a call or was it a -- no. It was call and we found corresponding news stories. We had a call from a -- no, no, no, take it back. It was a story first, then we got a call. ... RushLimbaugh.com

Tuesday, April 15, 2014
RUSH: Bubba Watson won the Masters on Sunday. After all the hullabaloo at the course, at the club, after winning, there's the green jacket, champions dinner, at about 12:30, one o'clock in the morning on Monday he took his family to his favorite place, the Waffle House. The left is livid. They are enraged that he would take young kids to the Waffle House and feed them poison. I am not kidding! They are enraged. The left is outraged over this, some of them are, that Bubba Watson has so much attention focused on him and would use that to set such a poor example by taking his kids to the Waffle House. ... RushLimbaugh.com

al Qaeda

Unsettling video shows large al Qaeda meeting in Yemen

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
A new video shows what looks like the largest and most dangerous gathering of al Qaeda in years. And the CIA and the Pentagon either didn't know about it or couldn't get a drone there in time to strike. ... CNN.com

Tuesday, April 15, 2014
The New York Police Department announced Tuesday, the first anniversary of the Boston Marathon jihad attack, that it was disbanding a special unit that had been dedicated to watching for jihad terror threats in Muslim communities. ... Breitbart.com

Tyranny

War on the West: Why More Bundy Standoffs Are Coming

Tuesday, April 15, 2014
The federal government’s over-the-top police action against the Bundy family ranch is an ominous portent of more to come, as rogue agencies and their corporate/NGO partners attempt to “cleanse” the West of ranchers, farmers, miners, loggers, and other determined property owners. ... TheNewAmerican.com

‘Culture of intimidation’ seen in Nevada ranch standoff

Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Sending scores of armed agents along with helicopters and dogs to confront an elderly Nevada rancher over grazing fees may seem like overkill, but critics say it’s not inconsistent with the federal government’s recent approach to environmental enforcement. ... WashingtonTimes.com

Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Classrooms at some Catholic schools are undergoing a transformation, as decades-old traditions are being updated with Common Core state standards. ... FoxNews.com

Taxes

Gallup: 52% of Americans Say Federal Income Taxes Too High

Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Just in time for tax deadline day, a new Gallup poll finds that a majority of Americans -- 52 percent -- say they pay too much federal income tax, while 42 percent say they amount they pay is "about right." Three percent said their federal taxes are "too low." ... CNSNews.com

How much will ObamaCare cost you in taxes?

Tuesday, April 15, 2014
On this April 15, filers and accountants alike are finding a new array of taxes resulting from the president’s health care legislation. These include at least 20 ObamaCare-related tax increases totaling $409 billion over the next ten years, according to the Joint Committee on Taxation. ... FoxNews.com

Tax Revenues Hit Record for First Half of FY 2014

Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Inflation-adjusted federal tax revenues hit a record $1,320,793,000,000 in the first half of fiscal 2014, but the federal government still ran a $413,264,000,000 deficit during that time, according to the Monthly Treasury Statement for March. ... CNSNews.com

Overtaxed and Underpaid

Tuesday, April 15, 2014
There’s nothing like April 15 to remind Americans that they’re overtaxed and underpaid. And President Obama and the Congressional Democrats are hard at work to make sure it stays that way. ... TownHall.com

Tuesday, April 15, 2014
RORY REID, SON OF SEN. HARRY REID: We believe in a country in which we are subject to laws and you can’t just ignore the laws we don’t like. I think clearly if state and local prosecutors look at this more closely, they’re going to find that he broke the law and he should be prosecuted. ... HotAir.com

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