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Nation

Sen. Manchin (D-WV): Obama’s Hateful Rhetoric Helped Kill Equal Pay Bill: TR
Oversight committee votes to hold Lois Lerner in contempt of Congress: DC
Meet the 2016 Republican Nominee: Daren Jonescu

Catherine Engelbrecht hammers Elijah Cummings over new emails: Scoop
Obama’s Politicized, Lawless Executive Branch: David Limbaugh
Pat Roberts: did he ever live in Kansas?: Milton Wolf

35 “Acts of Love”: Breitbart
Holder has Rare Moment of Honesty: Hannity
Open Letter from Rep. Matt Shea: SSI

Economy

Common Core Lesson Teaches that America is a Racist Nation: TPNN
The US Consumer Is So Strong, Family Dollar Is Closing 370 Stores: ZH
LA Commission Studies Pension Crisis, Recommends New Commission: Mish

Scandal Central

1,576,263 veterans and their claims are “…NOT RELEVANT…”!!!: VetWarriors
Revolution Now In Nevada – What You Can Do To Fight Back: Susan Duclos
Holder’s Gun Tracking Proposal is De Facto Gun Registration: FreePost

Sessions: Immigration Laws Have Collapsed and it’s Deliberate: Nice Deb
Dem. Elijah Cummings tries to defend coordination with IRS effort to target True the Vote: BPR
Coalition of Western Legislators, Sheriffs, Veterans Stand Vigil in Support of Embattled Rancher: SSI

Media

Obamacare: Still Very Unpopular, and No Prog “Unskewing” of the Polls Can Change That: Ace
Klein, Krugman offer biased views of confirmation bias: Jonah Goldberg
Thought police on patrol: Krauthammer

“‘Dan Snyder is trying to buy the right to be racist.’ – Jesse Ventura”: Protein Wisdom
My Back Pages: Ed Driscoll
Casinos shudder over possible federal requirement to divulge source of high rollers’ gambling funds: RJ

Sharyl Attkisson: CBS Moved On From ‘Fast and Furious’–’Barely Begun to Scratch the Surface’: NB
Leftist Academia Publishes “Guide” For Journalists: How to Whitewash Islam In Reporting: WZ
Colbert’s Act Won’t Work On The Late Show: Glob

World

The Legacy of Obama’s Illegal Alien Aunt: Michelle Malkin
Army goes to war with National Guard, seizes Apache attack helicopters: Times
Putin Sends Letter to 18 Countries Threatening to Cut Supply of Gas: Mish

Sci-Tech (courtesy BadBlue Tech News)

CNNx Empowering Digital, Second Screen Viewers to Customize Experience: LostRemote
From quark soup to ordinary matter: Karen McNulty, Symmetry
Good News: Windows XP Alive & Well in ICS/SCADA Networks: Dark Reading

Cornucopia

Up to 5,000 Armed Militia Members Will Be Arriving in Bunkerville, Nevada Today: SHTFplan
Michelle’s Exciting New Exercise Program: Ladies, Get Your Guns!: MOTUS
Great Depression II: David Zuniga

Image: At least 9 dead as bus, truck crash in California
Today’s Larwyn’s Linx sponsored by: Matt Bevin for Senate — Help Fire Mitch McConnell

QOTD: “As defenders of Brendan Eich’s defenestration from Mozilla are right to note, the government didn’t force him out. The company merely exercised its rights in a free society. The same goes for Brandeis University, which rescinded Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s invitation for an honorary degree because she’s considered politically incorrect for her criticism of Islam.

But the liberal tribe seems to champion such freedoms only when they line up with its own worldview. You can have all the freedom and autonomy you want, so long as it yields progressive ends. But if you don’t want to bake a wedding cake for a gay wedding, or if you’re a nun who doesn’t want to pay for something you don’t need and are morally opposed to, that’s too bad. The right to be wrong, in liberals’ eyes, is a right only liberals should have, even if, like Paul Krugman, you never need to exercise it. And, all too often, when you are wrong, that’s when liberals bring out their hammers.” –Jonah Goldberg

Doug Ross @ Journal

SUPER: Holder DOJ helped organize threat of race riots to prevent Zimmerman acquittal

I can only interpret this report as follows: the Obama-Holder Justice Department helped to foment race riots ahead of the prosecution (and probable acquittal) of an innocent man. And for the race-obsessed Leftists reading along, that man just happens to be part Hispanic, part White and part Black.

Judicial Watch announced today that it has obtained documents in response to local, state, and federal records requests revealing that a little-known unit of the Department of Justice (DOJ), the Community Relations Service (CRS), was deployed to Sanford, FL, following the Trayvon Martin shooting to help organize and manage rallies and protests against George Zimmerman…

…Set up under the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the DOJ’s CRS, the employees of which are required by law to “conduct their activities in confidence,” reportedly has greatly expanded its role under President Barack Obama. Though the agency claims to use “impartial mediation practices and conflict resolution procedures,” press reports along with the documents obtained by Judicial Watch suggest that the unit deployed to Sanford, FL, took an active role in working with those demanding the prosecution of Zimmerman.

Recall that President Obama also weighed in on the case on the side of Martin well before any guilt or innocence could have been established.

That murder charges were filed anyway is probably at least in part due to the incalculably irresponsible decision by Obama to involve himself in a local murder case. After the local police chief said there was no reason to doubt Zimmerman’s version of events and murder charges weren’t filed, protests erupted, the Justice Department decided to launch its own investigation, and Obama testily asserted, ”If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon.”

Soon after, a special prosecutor charged Zimmerman with second degree murder.

Obama, supposed Constitutional scholar, is apparently not aware that justice must be color blind. The moment Zimmerman is declared innocent, Obama must be ready to take to the same Rose Garden where he made his earlier Trayvon and me statement and recommit himself to the notion that we live in a nation where due process, and not lynch mobs, are the rule. He should ask for calm, declare that justice has been done, and be prepared to back up local efforts to stem riots in Sanford – and, God forbid, around the country – with a forceful federal law enforcement response.

Recall that during the time the Holder DOJ was fomenting unrest on your dime, the professional cadre of rabble-rousing race hustlers were also doing their own damage.

“We live in the middle of an American paradox,” Rev. Al Sharpton, attending the rally, told the crowd. “We can put a black man in the White House but we cannot walk a black child through a gated neighborhood. We are not selling out, bowing out or backing down until there is justice for Trayvon.” … Sharpton has vowed to call for an escalation of civil disobedience of Zimmerman is not arrested.

The Obama-Holder Justice Department is a disgrace. And the Republicans who helped confirm Holder, who now call for his resignation after a series of epic scandals, are doubly disgraceful.

Doug Ross @ Journal

“Iron Lady” Thatcher was first British Prime Minister to visit Israel. A tremendous leader who helped bring down the Evil Empire.

Crackpot Preppers

The Iron Lady meeting with Israeli PM Netanyahu.

UPDATED: A great lady will be missed.

Margaret Thatcher, the middle class daughter of a grocer, rose through the male-dominated political world in the U.K. to become the first — and only woman — Prime Minister in the history of Great Britain. By the force of her will and the conviction of her deeply-held principles about the virtue of freedom and liberty, Thatcher emerged as one of the most important and influential world leaders of the 20th century.

Like Churchill, Thatcher understood the nature and threat of evil and bravely led the British people during times of great peril. The U.S.-British alliance was at its peak strength and impact when Reagan and Thatcher led the Free World to bring down the Evil Empire of the Soviet Union.

Thatcher was the first serving British premier to visit Israel. This was no insignificant decision given that the fact that the British empire controlled Palestine during the “Mandate” period and the British Foreign Office was deeply committed to the Arab side and quite hostile to the Jews who wanted to return to and reestablish their Biblical homeland after the Holocaust.

“Margaret Thatcher who died of a stroke at 87 on Monday, was the first serving British prime minister ever to visit Israel,” reported the Israeli daily, Haaretz, today. “During her landmark visit in 1986, she was asked why Queen Elizabeth has never found the time to tour the Holy Land, to which she answered, ‘but I’m here.’ Of course, when one reviews the ‘firsts’ and other achievements by Thatcher over her long career, the fact that she was the first British prime minister to stare down the Arabists of the Foreign Office and visit Jerusalem is way down on the list.”

Her list of accomplishments is long and sweeping and while she made many allies and fans — winning three terms as PM — she also had many critics and detractors.

My wife, Lynn, and I had the honor of attending a black tie dinner for Lady Thatcher that was organized by The Heritage Foundation in September 1991, when I worked for Heritage. We had long been admirers of the “Iron Lady” but this was the first time we had every seen her and heard her speak in person. We were deeply impressed by her passion for setting people free from the tyranny of oppressive, suffocating government taxation and regulation. [To read her speech, please click here.]

A few years later, when I was working as a senior advisor for Steve Forbes, I had the opportunity to learn even more about the woman who saved Great Britain from socialism, at least for a season. Steve was close to Thatcher. They spoke frequently on key policy issues. Their families vacationed together. Thatcher even appeared with Steve in Iowa at a political fund-raiser. She didn’t exactly endorse Steve’s campaign for the presidency, but she came as close as she felt comfortable as a retired foreign leader. They were, after all, kindred spirits on the virtues of cutting taxes and encouraging entrepreneurship and innovation.

“Thatcher knew the deadweight on the economy of excessive taxation,” Steve noted in a column about her today. “She cut the top income tax rate from 98% to 40%. She cut the corporate income tax rate from 52% to 35%.”

“Along with Ronald Reagan and Pope John Paul II, Margaret Thatcher was a giant of our era and, indeed, of history,” Steve wrote. “These three leaders brought about the fall of Soviet communism and the resurgence of political and economic liberty around the world.  Like Reagan, Thatcher was one of those rare individuals who was both a movement leader and an effective political leader.  It is one thing to have firm ideas, quite another to have the skills to bring them into being and for them to endure after you leave office.  The current economic crisis has put Margaret Thatcher’s ideas and ideals under siege even though this disaster resulted from ignoring her and Reagan’s fundamental free market principles.”

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