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Mar 28, 2014

1. PINK SLIPS FOR MILITARY BRASS

The Air Force fires nine commanders at a Montana nuclear missile base in an exam-cheating scandal, and dozens of other officers face disciplinary action.

2. OBAMA: 6 MILLION HAVE SIGNED UP FOR HEALTH CARE

The number is still short of the original target of 7 million. And there's no word on how many consumers have sealed the deal by paying their premiums.

3. WEATHER CRIMPS SEARCH FOR MISSING MALAYSIAN PLANE

The extreme remoteness of the area and its frequent high seas also are complicating efforts to locate debris.

4. FEDERAL COURT UPHOLDS TEXAS ABORTION LIMITS

The state's lawmakers last year passed some of the toughest restrictions in the U.S. on when, where and how women may obtain an abortion.

5. WHO'S UKRAINE'S NEWEST HERO

When an overwhelming Russian force demanded his surrender at the Crimean air force base under his command, Col. Yuliy Mamchur retorted: "As an officer with honor, I tell you I will stay."

6. WOMAN WHO PUSHED HUSBAND OFF CLIFF SENTENCED TO 30 YEARS

Jordan Graham was having second thoughts about her eight-day marriage when she allegedly lured her spouse to the precipice in Glacier Park in Montana.

7. WHAT'S A STICKING POINT BETWEEN POPE, PRESIDENT

The Vatican says concerns over Obama's health care law — which mandates contraception coverage — separate the two men.

8. U.S. GOVERNMENT: AUTISM UP 30 PERCENT

Much of the increase is believed due to the fact that doctors are diagnosing autism more frequently, especially in children with milder problems.

9. JAMES SCHLESINGER DIES AT 85

The longtime nuclear strategist held a string of Cabinet and other high-level posts through three U.S. administrations.

10. RUSSELL CROWE DEFENDING HIS NEW MOVIE

"Noah," which opens in U.S. theaters Friday, has been criticized by religious groups that claim the biblical story has been inaccurately portrayed.

Comments

Lanivan

#7a. The Pope shouldn't worry. People who know that contraception is not approved by their religious doctrines simply won't use contraception......right?

#7b. Hobby Lobby has a lawsuit being heard at the Supreme Court that, as a Corporation, it has a right to decline providing insurance to it's employees that covers two forms of contraception - the IUD and the morning after pill - which they claim are abortifcaients (even though the global medical community says they prevent conception, not abort it ). I never knew for-profits could impose their religious beliefs onto their employees. Be very careful if your new job is with a corporation whose owners worship like the Aztecs (human sacrifices and all)...http://www.motherjones.com/mixed...

#11. Deep down, didn't we all really know this right from the get-go?

Darrell Issa Hearing Reveals IRS-Targeted Groups Prefer To Be Political.
"The number of supposed social welfare groups ducking a pledge to do social welfare work highlights the underlying problem that the IRS bungled so terribly in addressing: Many of these groups were abusing the rules, and the vast majority of them were conservative (though liberals are trying to catch up).

According to data compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics, conservative social welfare nonprofits and other non-disclosing groups poured some $260 million into the 2012 elections, compared to $35 million from their liberal counterparts.

According to data compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics, conservative social welfare nonprofits and other non-disclosing groups poured some $260 million into the 2012 elections, compared to $35 million from their liberal counterparts.

Although the IRS inspector general found that those processing tax-exempt applications erred in screening for names of groups that sounded political -- rather than screening for actual political activity -- the ratio of conservative to liberal groups that were flagged for additional scrutiny in 2010, when the scandal began, was probably not too far off the ratio of conservative to liberal independent spending in the last election. While the inspector general found that the IRS flagged 298 groups for added scrutiny overall, about 20 of them were liberal and only about one-third of them were conservative". http://www.huffingtonpost.com/20...

#12. Now that the dust has settled over the Michigan ban on same sex marriage, turns out...." Republicans Are Driving the Momentum for Gay Marriage".
From politicians and donors to the party rank and file, a change of heart in the GOP is a major factor in the issue's increasing public acceptance. http://www.theatlantic.com/polit...

Vladtheimp

#7a. I'm sure the Pope and Catholics can manage their religious beliefs and activities without your advice.

#7b. Since not-for-profit corporations receive the same benefits from incorporating as for-profit corporations, such as limitations of liability and favorable tax treatment, I'm sure you intended your comment to include them as well - Oh yea, almost forgot, Obama exempted not-for-profit corporations from Obamacare - how else to redistribute wealth from the producers to the takers? And don't worry about jobs with Aztec worshipping employers - under Obama there are no jobs, and if an Aztec worshipper happens to pop up, you can bet your glass of merlot they got here thanks to Obama's amnesty program.

#11. Your link itself shows that all of these allegations were made by Obama's new director of the IRS and left wing Democrats on the Committee. It also shows that the IRS FURTHER TARGETED conservative groups by requiring them to "pledge they would confine their political activity to less than 40 percent of their work." Liberal groups weren't required to pledge anything. This, like Benghazi, is an Obama scandal that won't go away because of the regime's stalling and slow walking and re-writing the Freedom of Information Act as part of the massive coverup.

#13. Obamacare Navigators Helping People Enroll At Mexican Consulates

“Whether they’re Mexican nationals or whether they’re United States citizens or whether they’re in transition-- and if they’re there it is our responsibility within all of America to educate on the Affordable Care Act,” Enroll America Field Organizer Jose Medrano told Breitbart News on Wednesday. http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Gov...

#14. California Democrat Pro- Gun Control Senator, candidate for Secretary of State, indicted for gun running

"Leland Yee, a Democratic state senator and candidate for secretary of state in California, has been a longtime champion of gun control. This week he was arrested on numerous charges, including conspiracy to deal firearms without a license and conspiracy to illegally transport firearms. Yee, a prominent foe of assault weapons, allegedly took bribes to set up a meeting between an undercover agent and an international arms dealer to broker the sale of automatic weapons and shoulder-fired missiles. A lengthy FBI affidavit also describes Yee’s ties to a Chinese triad and his desire to help out Islamist militants." http://www.nationalreview.com/ar...

Lanivan

#7a. Advice - I can say without hesitation I would never be qualified to give advice to the Pope or Catholics. I was offering reassurances only.

#7b. There are a few points re: the Hobby Lobby court case I was hoping you would make, but in view of your laxity, I guess I'll have to.

* "It's an incredible devaluing of the insurance that you as an employee work for," Sonfield, who recently published a policy review of the central arguments in the upcoming Supreme Court challenges, pointed out. "This is telling you that you can't use your compensation -- your own benefits that you have earned -- in a way that your boss objects to. And that is a frightening road for us to be going down, as a society." [Think Progress, 3/19/14]

* Hobby Lobby and Conestoga do not directly provide contraception services to their workers. Instead, they offer their employees health insurance that covers a huge array of medical services, including birth control. In addition, any decision to use birth control rests with the employees, not the insurance providers or the companies. [Pew Research, 3/20/14]

* NY Times: Emergency Contraceptives Work To Prevent Ovulation, Not Implantation. The New York Times explained that emergency contraception works to preempt pregnancy. By delaying ovulation, Plan B stops an egg from being released for fertilization. Some emergency contraceptives may also work to thicken cervical mucus to make it more difficult for sperm to swim. Plan B does not stop implantation after fertilization has occurred.

Hobby Lobby is just on a crazy Christian Nationalism kick.

#11. That's correct - the new director of four months, replacing the old director who was in place until 2013, who was a Bush Republican appointee and self-proclaimed conservative. It seems each document requested must be reviewed by legal experts and redacted before signing off to investigators - citizen privacy laws, you know. Certainly you can appreciate less government intrusion into the lives of American citizens without closely following the legal framework.

Perhaps you align yourself with this idiot: "Similarly, Rep. Kerry Bentivolio (R-Mich.) charged that the Constitution is "not very important" to the IRS, and suggested Koskinen was lying about producing documents. "I don't really believe you," Bentivolio said".

#13. Your link itself shows that the purpose of the dozens of Mexican consulate in the US is to educate people on the ACA. As a former educator, what is your problem with this?

#14. Thank goodness you didn't bring up Dr. David Hager and his ex-wife, Linda Carruth Davis. Now THAT would be embarrassing!

Vladtheimp

#7b. I'm sure this will fall on deaf ears, but if you have any interest in a legal expert's look at the Hobby Lobby case instead of Think Progress and Pew, I'll share this with you. You might want to research the bona fides of the author before you erupt and provide more left wing, unhinged, uninformed smoke. (It's almost Spring, and hope springs eternal). http://www.washingtonpost.com/ne...

#13. I guess we should be educating those at the Mexican consulates of the benefits of our welfare system as well, just in case they might want to lie and take advantage of it. You have drunk gallons of the Kool-Aid, apparently.

#14. Hmm - The Hagers, private citizens who were exposed 9 years ago versus a real life contemporary DEMOCRAT politician who was just indicted for gun running while "running" for California Secretary of State while promoting an anti-gun policy? Maybe we should go further back in time and cite Bull Connor for beating Blacks - woops - Bull Connor was a Democrat too.

Lanivan

#7b. Thank you for the link. I read it and the accompanying comment field in it's entirety. The inflammatory language which you employed to present the link was entirely and unnecessarily sarcastic and a wasted effort on your part. Again.

Having read the link, and a few others, I report no change in my beliefs about the Hobby Lobby case. Should SCOTUS rule in favor, I will consider it, along with Citizens United and the Voting Rights Act, to be just another activist, conservative ruling that both nefariously manipulates and perverts the spirit of the Constitution.

#13. Yes - if you suggest that drinking gallons of Kool-Aid is tantamount to looking at the big picture in terms of the many legal citizens who happen to live in states where any information about the ACA is deliberately lacking and thus seek it out in Mexican consulates, then I am drinking gallons of.......whatever.

#14. I chose the Hagers for a very specific reason. Referring to David Hager: both men hold/held/seek political office/appointments, albeit from different political parties. Both men are living lies, and both men are presenting themselves as something they are not to manipulate and cover-up activities lest they diminish or lose entirely power, influence, and control. And in the case of David Hager especially, his actions reveal far more than hypocrisy or the breaking of laws. His crime is not necessarily the act itself, but the highly abusive motivations, methods, and spirit that drove him to his actions, in the name of Christianity, coupled with a concern for women's health and welfare.

No need to reply, if you were so moved. I wish you Happy Trails as you carry the flag of righteous indignation, in the name of conservative ideals of the Constitution, biblical law, and protection against all leftist, racialist, and other duplicitous stuff you rail about and accuse me of promoting. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=...

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