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Nation

If You Liked the President’s Lies, You Can Keep Who Approved Them: Ed Driscoll
DCCC chair: ‘Significant extent’ of Republicans are racist: Joel Gehrke
Sen. Harry Reid on Nevada cattle dispute: ‘It’s not over’: WZ

Reviving The Constitution Part 3: Federal “Property.”: Liberty’s Torch
Victory! Social Security suspends stale-debt collection program: Overlawyered
Sen. Ted Cruz: ‘Impeach Eric Holder’: TPNN

Statistical Frauds: Thomas Sowell
Up to One Million New Yorkers Refuse to Register Their Guns!: Bob Owens
Scott Brown, Eric Holder and Barack Obama: AmmoLand

Economy

Obamacare Sticker Shock Happening Across the Country: WFB
Maryland grocery careful not to expand beyond 49 full-time employees: ConIntel
Harvard Professor Predicts Up To Half Of US Universities May Fail In 15 Years: ZH

Do liberals really think an 80% top tax rate wouldn’t hurt the US economy?: AEI
‘Tax Man’ Obama has sought 442 tax increases: Paul Bedard
Liberal Republicans Push Severance Tax With Sophistry: MediaTrackers

Scandal Central

The Border Conspiracy: Tatler
Child Sex Trafficking in Washington DC is a $ 100 Million Industry: AmJrnl
How Obama’s Justice Department Selectively Blocks Mergers By Republican CEOs: Forbes

Climate & Energy

Union Leader to Keystone XL Opponents in Congress: “Enough is Enough!”: Sean Hackbarth
“I don’t even want to be here. Do you think my grandfather’s proud of me?”: Cold Fury
Global warming news: April freeze threatens Midwestern orchards: Marathon

Media

I Went To The Bundy Ranch Protest This Week-end and Liked What I Saw: RWN
The Atlantic Calls Out Obama for Race-Baiting in Voter ID Debate: TR
Obama Honors Victims of Kansas JCC Attacks at Breakfast With Anti-Semite Al Sharpton: JWF

On the Bundy Ranch confrontation: Overlawyered
So What To Make Of the BLM In Nevada?: Karl Denninger
Exclusive: Sources Inside BLM and Police Say Feds Planning A Raid On Bundy Home: Ben Swann

Bundy vs. Buddy: iOTW
The Real Meaning of Soviet Agitprop in Jay Carney’s Kitchen: Oleg Atbashian
Kathleen Sebelius: Scapegoat: RWN

World

Russian attack warplane taunts US Navy ship in Black Sea : Scoop
Russia Tests Multi-Warhead ICBM : WFB
Ukraine struggles as east slips out of its control: Stripes

The Roots of CAIR’s Intimidation Campaign : Andrew C. McCarthy
Robert Spencer warns of “civil conflict on a massive scale” in America: Scoop
Al Qaeda weapons ship docks in Aden: Long War Journal

What the Left Did Last Week: Dennis Prager
Brandeis Faculty Letter Pressured President to Drop Hirsi Ali: TR
Is India about to elect its Reagan?: DC

Sci-Tech (courtesy BadBlue Tech News)

Hunger Gains: A New Idea of Why Eating Less Increases Life Span: Annie Sneed
Whether it’s bikes or bytes, teens are teens: LAT
A weird black ring appeared in the sky in England and then disappeared: Gizmodo

Cornucopia

Gone But Not Forgiven: Hopenchange Cartoons
Watch road-raging driver almost eat a lead sandwich: BPR
Remy kills it with new Tax Day spoof of Pharrell’s ‘Happy’: Watch-Dog

Image: I Went To The Bundy Ranch Protest This Week-end and Liked What I Saw
Today’s Larwyn’s Linx sponsored by: Video: Does John Boehner Suffer from “Electile Dysfunction”?

QOTD: “The supporters of these [voter ID] laws say, correctly, that they do not discriminate on their face based upon race. That’s why the president cannot allow this to become a black-versus-white issue, even though black and Hispanic advocates are rightfully concerned about the impact these laws are having on their communities. The notion that this is a racial issue is only reinforced when he stands with Al Sharpton and tells that audience what it already knows to be true.” —The Atlantic

Doug Ross @ Journal

I found a picture of the President’s pen.

It’s shiny, smudge-free and fast drying.

I trust every Democrat will receive one:

It’s especially useful for signing 2,000-page bills after they’re rushed to the floor, loaded with special interests and pork, which not a single person has read.

You know: the ones you have to pass to find out what’s in ’em. We know what’s in ’em all right.

Doug Ross @ Journal

New polls find Americans prefer military strike to nuclear Iran, deeply skeptical of President’s approach towards Iran.

U.S. President Obama delivers remarks at the White House in Washington(Washington, D.C.) — Americans are losing confidence in President Obama’s policy towards Iran, and when push comes to shove prefer a military strike to allowing Tehran to acquire nuclear weapons.

Only 42% of Americans approve of the President’s approach towards Iran, a drop since December, finds a new AP poll released Tuesday.

What’s more, fewer than half the country believes the recent nuclear deal with Iran will work. A CNN anchor recently called the deal “a train wreck.”

In his State of the Union address on Tuesday night, President Obama insisted his Iran policy was working. He even vowed to veto a bill imposing new economic sanctions on Iran that is working its way through Congress.

“The sanctions that we put in place helped make this opportunity possible. But let me be clear: if this Congress sends me a new sanctions bill now that threatens to derail these talks, I will veto it,” the President told a Joint Session of Congress.

Yet another new poll released Tuesday finds that Americans strongly support sanctions on Iran, want more sanctions, are skeptical of the nuclear deal the President struck with Iran and don’t believe Iran will keep its end of the bargain.

“A new poll revealed Tuesday that one of the foreign policy achievements that US President Barack Obama is likely to tout – the interim agreement with Iran – may not enjoy broad support among the voting public,” reports the Times of Israel. “According to the study, conducted by the Mellman Group for the Israel Project, while a slim majority of Americans support the deal, a larger number of likely voters wish that sanctions relief had only been granted after Iran dismantles its entire nuclear program.”

“The poll also indicated that for most Americans, preventing Iran from developing nuclear weapons is a ‘higher priority than preventing military action,’ said pollster Mark Mellman,” the Times noted. “The American public, he added, was “overwhelmingly negative in terms of how the administration handled Iran,” with 66% of likely voters polled giving the president a negative evaluation on his Iran policy. The poll surveyed 800 likely voters nationwide, and has a 3.5% margin of error.

  • When asked which is more dangerous for the US – allowing Iran to develop nuclear weapons or to carry out targeted military strikes against Iran — 54% answered that allowing Iran to develop nuclear capacity was a greater danger.
  • When asked again about which are most important goals for the US in dealing with Iran’s nuclear program, 68% selected “preventing Iran from developing nuclear weapons even if it means launching military strikes” in comparison with slightly over 30% who answered avoiding military strikes even if it allows Iran to develop a nuclear weapon.
  • The interim agreement with Iran, considered by the administration to be a significant foreign policy milestone of Obama’s second term, was greeted by coolly by voters. When offered a description of the agreement, 55% said that they favored it, while 37% said that they opposed it. Among voters who said that they were already familiar with the agreement, opposition to the deal rose by about 10 points.
  • Despite the moderated support for the agreement, 57% of those polled said that US should have forced Iran to abandon its entire nuclear program before releasing sanctions.
  • Mellman also found that US voters were cynical as to the future of the agreement – only 35% thought it was at all likely that Iran would live up to the agreement.
  • Americans, Mellman found, overwhelmingly support economic sanctions against Tehran in a bipartisan manner – 83% of Democrats and 89% of Republicans said that they supported the sanctions. Fewer than 20% of respondents said that they wanted the sanctions reduced, while 38% said they wanted to see them strengthened….
  • Sixty-two percent of those polled said that they supported the demand that Iran dismantle its nuclear infrastructure before receiving any sanctions relief when that position was juxtaposed with the agreement currently in place, in which sanctions are lifted as part of a gradual process.

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OUTRAGEOUS: CBS News Censors Senator’s Blistering Criticism of President’s Unprecedented Abuse of Power

Guest post by Jeffrey Meyer

Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) appeared on CBS Face the Nation on Sunday morning and was met with a barrage of questions from host Bob Schieffer about his involvement in the government shutdown. Apart from being the victim of Schieffer’s accusations that the Tea Party senator was to blame for the shutdown, it also appears that Mr. Cruz was the victim of editing by CBS.

Based on video from Senator Cruz’s YouTube page and what aired on today’s Face the Nation broadcast, the senator’s comments surrounding President Obama’s “abuse of power” were edited from the program. Instead what aired was a segment that ignored many of the senator’s complaints directed at President Obama.

In the video that aired on CBS, the interview between Schieffer and Cruz ended with the following back and forth:

BOB SCHIEFFER: Will you run for president?

SEN. TED CRUZ: Well, look, my focus is on the challenges facing this country right now (UNINTEL) senate.  My focus, for example, is on the abuse of power from the president.  Let's take something like the IRS scandal–

BOB SCHIEFFER: So, I'll take that as a yes or a no.

SEN. TED CRUZ: Eight months ago–

BOB SCHIEFFER: Or still thinking about it.

SEN. TED CRUZ: Well, what you can take that as, is that my focus is standing and fighting right now in the senate to bring back jobs and economic growth.  Economic growth is my number one priority…

BOB SCHIEFFER: Thank you, so much, for joining us and we'll talk to you again. 

However, as Senator Cruz’s YouTube channel showed, the Texas senator had extensive commentary on President Obama that mysteriously did not make it to air, just two days before the president’s State of the Union address:

SCHIEFFER: “Will you run for President?”

CRUZ: “My focus is on the abuse of power of this President. Let’s take something like the IRS scandal-“

SCHIEFFER: “Do I take that as a yes or a no?”

CRUZ: “What you can take is that my focus is standing and fighting right now in the Senate to bring back jobs and economic growth. Let me tell you something that is deeply concerning—the abuse of power from this Administration. We’ve seen multiple filmmakers prosecuted and the government’s gone after them. Whether it’s the poor fellow that did the film that the President blamed Benghazi and the terrorist attacks on, turns out that wasn’t the reason for the attack but the Administration went and put that poor fellow in jail on unrelated charges. Just this week it was broken that Dinesh D’Souza, who did a very big movie criticizing the president, is now being prosecuted by this Administration.”

SCHIEFFER: “Senator-“

CRUZ: “Can you image the reaction if the Bush Administration had went, gone and prosecuted Michael Moore and Alec Baldwin and Sean Penn?

SCHIEFFER: Senator–

CRUZ: It should trouble everyone the government uses government power and the IRS in particular to target their enemies and you are talking a new minutes to Chuck Schumer—“

SCHIEFFER: “We are going to leave this for another day, senator. Thank you for joining us and we’ll talk to you again.”

Now it is certainly plausible that CBS edited out the ending of the Cruz interview for time, however given that Cruz’s comments were extremely critical of the president and came just two days before an embattled President Obama gives his State of the Union speech, the timing of such editing is highly inappropriate and unusual.

CBS should explain why it felt it appropriate to edit out a high profile senator accusing the President of the United States of targeting his politcal enemies. These are strong accusations leveled at the president, and CBS’s viewers deserve to hear them, yet strangely they were not.

See the edited and unedited videos at NewsBusters.

Doug Ross @ Journal

I am deeply saddened by the President’s praise of abortion. 55 million abortions is a Holocaust. We face implosion.

whitehouseUPDATED: Since 1973, Americans have had more than 55 million abortions. Unless we change course, the number will soon be 60 million.

Consider the horror of that fact. We as a nation will soon have murdered ten times more Americans than the number of Jews that the Nazis killed during the Holocaust. 

How is this possible? How have we come to this point? The murder of 55 million human beings is a Holocaust.

We must call it what it is. We must be honest with the facts, and the implications.

This must stop. We must stop it, before it is too late — before we face implosion, or judgment, or both.

What do we think we come of all this? Will we not face the judgment of the Almighty God, unless we cry out in true repentance to the Lord? Did we not see the judgment that came upon Germany in World War II, the devastation and destruction? Do we expect to suffer less when our sins are ten times worse?  

I am deeply saddened today by President Obama’s statement praising the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision of 1973 legalizing abortion.

“Today, as we reflect on the 41st anniversary of the Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade, we recommit ourselves to the decision’s guiding principle: that every woman should be able to make her own choices about her body and her health,” the President stated. “We reaffirm our steadfast commitment to protecting a woman’s access to safe, affordable health care and her constitutional right to privacy, including the right to reproductive freedom. And we resolve to reduce the number of unintended pregnancies, support maternal and child health, and continue to build safe and healthy communities for all our children. Because this is a country where everyone deserves the same freedom and opportunities to fulfill their dreams.”

Mr. President, how is abortion-on-demand a “safe and healthy community for all our children”?

Sadly, the President is not alone in his support for protecting the abortion industry. Millions of Americans have no problem with the taking of an unborn baby’s life – a just-released 2014 poll finds 36% of Americans believe abortion is “morally acceptable.” That’s more than 100 million people.

The good news is that 62% of Americans now believe abortion is “morally wrong,” a number that has climbed from only about 50% several years ago.

Abortion is morally wrong. Abortion is a terrible stain on our nation.

Yes, women need to be loved and protected and their rights to liberty and their pursuit of happiness need to be safeguarded. Absolutely.

But unborn children need to be loved and protected as well, and their right to life needs to come first.

These are the inalienable rights that our Creator has endowed us with, the rights of which our Founders saw as self-evident: the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness — in that order.

The Scriptures teach us that human life is precious, even before birth. “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made,” King David once prayed to the Lord (Psalm 139:13-14, NIV).

How long will the creator and sustainer of life bless the United States rather than judge and punish us when we take the lives of well over one million innocent children every year? Indeed, for this reason alone one has to wonder why God has not allowed the U.S. to implode already.

I am so grateful that so many Americans have long been praying for this horrific practice to end. Many Americans have been working tirelessly to change public opinion in favor of life, to persuade pregnant women to bring their children to term and encourage them to consider raising the children themselves or putting them up for adoption, to create legal restrictions against abortion, and eventually support a constitutional amendment banning abortion and protecting the sanctity of every human life, from conception to natural death. As a result, some progress has been made. Some important legislation has been passed. The number of annual abortions has declined somewhat. And this is good. But it is not nearly enough.

May America experience a profound change of heart, and soon, before it is too late. In the meantime, may we show unconditional love and mercy and kindness to all who disagree with us. May we show great love and practical kindness and compassion on all who are struggling with unwanted pregnancies, and great gentleness and forgiveness to all who have had abortions and feel haunted and scared and deeply saddened as a result.

Let us look with hope to the historic lessons of the First Great Awakening of the early 1700s and the Second Great Awakening of the early 1800s. Let us pray faithfully for a Third Great Awakening. Let us consider the words of 2 Chronicles 7:14: “If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, pray, seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” That was a promise to ancient Israel. But in that passage the Lord set forth an important principle. If we pray, and fast and humble ourselves, it doesn’t mean that God is obligated to give us a massive spiritual revival to save America. But we can be sure if we don’t pray, and fast, and humble ourselves and turn from our wicked ways, then how can we expect the blessing of the Lord at all?

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