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As if the Obama administration could not be more blatant than gagging reporters from live-tweets during one of Vice President Joe Biden’s speeches or demanding White House reporters get approval and even correction for their stories before going to press, they called for an off-the-record meeting with handpicked members of the press on Friday to discuss how to help cover-up Benghazi. Wait, sorry that was my imagination getting away from me there. They merely wanted to discuss Benghazi with a few reporters.
Some try to cover for Press Secretary and Obama mouthpiece Jay Carney.
Some have even gone so far as to blame the “far right” for the reason that the media is not any harder on the Obama administration. Cookie (perhaps we should change her name to Kookie now) Roberts appeared on Morning Joe with Joe Scarborough and this is what followed:
All of this is background noise though because more S is about to HTF (Hit the fan) according to Stephen Hayes:
However, Hayes has begun to name names. He’s fingered officials in both the State Department and the White House. He writes:
With more whistleblowers coming forward, as Hayes’ indicates, it seems the Obama administration is shaking in their boots. Meanwhile, the White House continues their lies as Carney denies that the White House was involved in scrubbing terrorism from Benghazi talking points.
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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (TheBlaze/AP) — Astronauts making a rare, hastily planned spacewalk replaced a pump outside the International Space Station on Saturday in hopes of plugging a serious ammonia leak.
The prospects of success grew as the minutes passed and no frozen flecks of ammonia appeared. Mission Control said it appeared as though the leak may have been plugged, although additional monitoring over the coming days, if not weeks, will be needed before declaring a victory.
“No evidence of any ammonia leakage whatsoever. We have an airtight system – at the moment,” Mission Control reported.
Christopher Cassidy and Thomas Marshburn installed the new pump after removing the old one suspected of spewing flakes of frozen ammonia coolant two days earlier. They uncovered “no smoking guns” responsible for the leak and consequently kept a sharp lookout for any icy flecks that might appear from the massive frame that holds the solar panels on the left side.
“Let us know if you see anything,” Mission Control urged as the fresh pump was cranked up. Thirty minutes later, all was still well. “No snow,” the astronauts radioed.
“We have our eyes on it and haven’t seen a thing,” Marshburn said.
Watch video of the unscheduled spacewalk below:
The space agency has never before staged such a fast, impromptu spacewalk for a station crew. Even during the shuttle days, unplanned spacewalks were uncommon. NASA said the leak, while significant, never jeopardized crew safety. But managers wanted to deal with the trouble before it becomes an issue.
The ammonia pump was the chief suspect going into Saturday’s spacewalk. So it was disheartening for NASA, at first, as Cassidy and Marshburn reported nothing amiss on or around the old pump.
“All the pipes look shiny clean, no crud,” Cassidy said as he used a long, dentist-like mirror to peer into tight, deep openings.
“I can’t give you any good data other than nominal, unfortunately. No smoking guns.”
Engineers determined there was nothing to lose by installing a new pump, despite the lack of visible damage to the old one. The entire team – weary and stressed by the frantic pace of the past two days – gained more and more confidence as the 5 1/2-hour spacewalk drew to a close with no flecks of ammonia popping up.
“Gloved fingers crossed,” space station commander Chris Hadfield said in a tweet from inside. “No leaks!” he wrote a half-hour later.
Flight controllers in Houston worked furiously to get ready for Saturday’s operation, completing all the required preparation in under 48 hours. The astronauts trained for just such an emergency scenario before they rocketed into orbit; the repair job is among NASA’s so-called Big 12.
This area on the space station is prone to leaks.
The ammonia coursing through the plumbing is used to cool the space station’s electronic equipment. There are eight of these power channels, and all seven others were operating normally. As a result, life for the six space station residents was pretty much unaffected, aside from the drama unfolding Saturday 255 miles above the planet. The loss of two power channels, however, could threaten science experiments and backup equipment.
“To pull off what this team did yesterday and today, working practically 48 straight hours, it was a remarkable effort on everybody’s behalf,” Cassidy said.
NASA’s space station program manager Mike Suffredini said it’s a mystery as to why the leak erupted. Possibilities include a micrometeorite strike or a flawed seal. Ammonia already had been seeping ever so slightly from the location, but the flow increased dramatically Thursday.
Marshburn has been on the space station since December and is set to return to Earth late Monday. Cassidy is a new arrival, on board for just 1 1/2 months.
By coincidence, the two performed a spacewalk at this troublesome spot before, during a shuttle visit in 2009.
“This type of event is what the years of training were for,” Hadfield said in a tweet Friday. “A happy, busy crew, working hard, loving life in space.”
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Conservative radio talk-show host Rush Limbaugh declared that President Barack Obama will ultimately be held responsible for the Sept. 11, 2012, attack at the U.S. post in Libya — not former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
CBS News anchor Scott Pelley on Friday scolded the news media for what he said has been “a bad few months for journalism.”
“Our house is on fire,” Pelley told an audience at Quinnipiac University in Connecticut. “These have been a bad few months for journalism. We’re getting the big stories wrong over and over again.”
“Let me take the first arrow,” he continued. “During our coverage of Newtown, I sat on my set and I reported that Nancy Lanza was a teacher at the school. And that her son had attacked her classroom. It’s a hell of a story, but it was dead wrong. Now I was the managing editor, I made the decision to go ahead with that and I did, and that’s what I said, and I was absolutely wrong. So let me just take the first arrow here.”
Pelley was accepting the university’s Fred Friendly First Amendment Award, named after the former CBS News president. He said that in an age where more information is available to more people than ever before, “never has more bad information been available” either.
He called last month’s Boston terror attack a particularly low point for many in the industry.
“Our nation was attacked by terrorists,” Pelley said. “I cannot think of a time when the public that we serve needs accurate, timely information more than in those moments when our country is under attack.”
CNN was widely maligned for being the first to incorrectly report that authorities had a suspect in custody, as was The New York Post for publishing photos of two men it incorrectly said were being sought by police.
“That fire that started on the Internet spread to our more established newsrooms,” Pelley said. “In a world where everyone is a publisher, no one is an editor. And that is the danger we face today.”
Watch Pelley’s full remarks below, starting at the 10:15 mark.
(h/t Weekly Standard)
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You can tell a lot about a politician’s character when they don’t realize that the microphone has been left on. A few air-headed New Jersey State Senators proved that claim on Thursday when they had their own unknown “open-mic” moment. Though this may never compare to King Obama’s intimate moment with Medvedev, it has to rank as one of the top ten open-mic moments in the history of communist America.
The Examiner Reports:
Interesting lines allegedly coming from Weinberg, Cunningham, Greenstein and company include the following:
I personally don’t care about personal attacks toward gun owners and pro-2nd amendment Senators. Sticks and stones, as they say…
What should concern the people of the great State of New Jersey and Americans all across the land is this “confiscate, confiscate, confiscate” garbage.
It is unclear which of the Senators uttered these remarks but I have a message for her and all of her sexually retarded, emotionally immature friends.
Come on. You didn’t think I would throw those insults without a solid psychological basis for doing so. Did you? I’m no Sigmund Freud but when she repeats the word three times I feel like she must be triply-troubled. We had better get her on that confiscation list for the mentally unstable as soon as possible. She might be a left-wing terrorist in the making. Just saying.
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(Wall Street Journal) Russia withheld a crucial piece of information from the U.S. before the Boston bombings, U.S. officials say, bolstering a concern that distrust between the two governments erased an opportunity to avert the disaster.
In 2011, Russia sent an alert to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about alleged bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev, prompted in part by text messages between his mother and a Russian relative. The texts suggested Tsarnaev was interested in joining militant groups that Russia blames for attacks in the Caucasus region, according to U.S. officials briefed on the investigations.
U.S. officials call these text messages the most important in a series of missed signals between the two countries. One U.S. official characterized at least one of the text messages as generally discussing jihad, but without any specific mention of terrorism plans.
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Former CIA Director Petraeus Was Frustrated With Removal Of Jihadist Involvement From Benghazi Talking Points
Is it any wonder that Petreaus’s private life suddenly exploded?
The Weekly Standard reported new details today describing how then-CIA Director David Petraeus voiced surprise when he learned the Saturday after the attack that officials had deleted all prior references to Al Qaeda and jihadists, leaving only the word “extremists.” US. Ambassador to the U.N. Susan Rice would use the final version of the talking points to say on several Sunday shows that the attack was triggered by protests over an anti-Islam film. The maker of that film is the person arrested and currently serving time for events surrounding the jihadi attack on the US consulate and the slaughter of our countrymen.
Greg Hicks, former deputy chief of mission in Libya, said the anti-Islam film was actually a “nonevent” in Libya, and his “jaw dropped” when he heard Rice’s comments.
What a coincidence: almost immediately after this, Petraeus’ private life exploded all over the headlines, and he had to resign as director of the CIA. Surely Barack Obama wouldn’t have been trying to get him out of the way for what he knew about jihadist involvement in the Benghazi massacres, and Obama’s coverup of that involvement — Barack Obama wouldn’t stoop so low, now, would he?
“The Benghazi Scandal Grows,” by Stephen F. Hayes for the Weekly Standard, May 20 (thanks to Anne Crockett):
Cody Wilson, 25, a law student at the University of Texas and founder of the non-profit group Defense Distributed, had produced a 3-D printed handgun made entirely of ABS plastic with only a metal firing pin has had the information, on how to build the gun, removed from public access at the request of the United States Department of Defense Trade Controls According to Wilson, they have seized control of the information.
I first reported that 3-D guns were for real back in July of 2012, when an internet gunsmith by the name of “Have Blue” produced an AR style pistol that fired both .22 and .223 caliber bullets.
On the heels of that, Wilson had set up to manufacture his own weapon and then make the CAD blueprints of it available to the public so people could produce their own. However, once he leased a 3-D printer and it arrived, the company immediately picked it back up, claiming that Wilson’s company, DefenseDistributed.com, were violating the law in what they were doing.
Clearly they were not violating the law, as they were able to secure another means of 3-D printing, an $8,000 Stratasys Dimension SST 3-D printer, and not only produced the gun, but tested it. It passed.
Wilson aptly named the gun the “Liberator.
Once the gun was tested and passed, the blueprints were made available on his site, DefCAD.org. However, on May 9, 2013, Defense Distributed tweet out the following:
The top of the website communicated a similar, though more ominous message.
The United States government claims control of the information? Huh? Did they create it? Do they do that with other gun manufacturers? I don’t think so. They are scared and as Defense Distributed’s tweet indicates, it seems that Secretary of State John Kerry is the one to blame.
Gun control freaks like New York Senator Chuck Schumer believes 3-D guns should be banned. “Guns are made out of plastic, so they would not be detectable by a metal detector at any airport or sporting event,” said Schumer. “Only metal part of the gun is the little firing pin and that is too small to be detected by metal detectors, for instance, when you go through an airport.”
Wilson has 9mm and .22 barrels in the works, but it looks like he may have to fight some legal battles to implement his project. How the United States government can claim control of this is beyond me. While Wilson did not have a federal firearm manufacturer’s license at the beginning of their project, they did obtain one after the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) sought him out. See what government regulation on a matter they have no constitutional authority in gets you?
UPDATE: You can get the entire package of instructions and blueprints by downloading here.
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WASHINGTON (TheBlaze/AP) — Senior Internal Revenue Service officials knew agents were targeting Tea Party groups as early as 2011, according to a draft of an inspector general’s report obtained by The Associated Press that contradicts public statements by the IRS commissioner.
On Friday, the IRS apologized for the “inappropriate” targeting of conservative political groups during the 2012 election, singling out about 75 organizations that included the words ‘‘Tea Party’’ or ‘‘patriot’’ in their exemption applications.
Lois Lerner, who heads the IRS division that oversees tax-exempt groups, said the practice was initiated by “low-level” workers in Cincinnati and that no high-level officials were aware. She also said it was not motivated by political bias.
But the report claims that Lerner was aware of the targeting as early as June 29, 2011, where she was told at a meeting that groups with “Tea Party,” “Patriot” or “9/12 Project” in their names were being flagged for additional and often burdensome scrutiny. The government agency even sought information about their family members, details of their postings on social media, and the identities of their donors.
Lerner instructed agents to change the criteria for flagging groups “immediately,” the report adds.
On Jan, 25, 2012, the criteria for flagging suspect groups was changed to “political action type organizations involved in limiting/expanding Government, educating on the Constitution and Bill of Rights, social economic reform/movement,” the report says.
The new disclosure also contradicts public statements by former IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman, who repeatedly and unequivocally assured Congress that conservative groups were not being targeted.
‘‘There’s absolutely no targeting. This is the kind of back and forth that happens to people’’ who apply for tax-exempt status, he told a House Ways and Means subcommittee in March.
The report does not specify whether Shulman was informed of the targeting, but it is standard procedure for agency heads to consult with staff before responding to congressional inquiries.
Shulman’s 6-year term ended in November, and President Barack Obama has yet to nominate a successor. The agency is now run by an acting commissioner, Steven Miller.
The IRS released a statement Saturday saying the report’s timeline is correct, but that it doesn’t contradict the commissioner’s testimony.
“IRS senior leadership was not aware of this level of specific details at the time of the March 2012 hearing,” the statement explains. “The timeline does not contradict the commissioner’s testimony. While exempt organizations officials knew of the situation earlier, the timeline reflects that IRS senior leadership did not have this level of detail.”
Lerner’s position is three levels below the commissioner.
“The timeline supports what the IRS acknowledged on Friday that mistakes were made,” the statement continues. “There were not partisan reasons behind this.”
The Treasury Department’s inspector general for tax administration is expected to release the results of a nearly yearlong investigation in the coming week. The AP obtained part of the draft report, which has been shared with congressional aides.
The IRS is an independent agency within the Treasury Department that enforces the nation’s tax laws. Revelations that the agency was targeting political groups because they were affiliated with a movement that is critical of President Barack Obama will likely become a new headache for the White House.
Rep. Charles Boustany, R-La., chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee’s oversight subcommittee, said the report “raises serious questions as to who at IRS, Treasury and in the administration knew about this, why this practice was allowed to continue for as long as it did, and how widespread it was.”
“This timeline reveals at least two extremely unethical actions by the IRS. One, as early as 2010, they targeted groups for political purposes. Two, they willfully and knowingly lied to Congress for years despite being aware that Congress was investigating this practice,” Boustany said.
“This is an outrageous abuse of power. Going after organizations for referencing the Bill of Rights or expressing the intent to make this country a better place is repugnant,” Boustany added. “There is no excuse for this behavior.”
This post has been updated to include the IRS’ response.
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Authorities have developed “mounting evidence,” from “forensic hits,” that may tie Tamerlan Tsarnaev and his younger brother Dzhokhar in a gruesome, unsolved triple homicide in Massachusetts in 2011, law-enforcement officials said this week.
The amount of climate-warming carbon dioxide in the atmosphere topped 400 parts per million at a key observing station in Hawaii for the first time since measurement began in 1958, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said on Friday. Earth's atmosphere hasn't had this much carbon dioxide in it for at least 800,000 years, and possibly for as long as 5 million years. During the last 800,000 years, the level of atmospheric carbon dioxide fluctuated between 180 ppm and 280 ppm.
Though federal law makes it illegal for gun shops to sell or give a firearm to anyone who "has been adjudicated as a mental defective or has been committed to any mental institution," incomplete data in the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NCIS) sometimes allows mentally ill people to pass the check. Most states fail to pass on mental health records to the federal system, allowing the mentally ill to easily buy guns. As of October 2011, 23 states had submitted fewer than 100 mental health care records, 17 states fewer than 10 and four states not a single record to the federal background check system, according to a Government Accountability Office investigation.
Deceased Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s burial in Virginia “appears to be legal,” officials in Caroline County said on Saturday.
I told you yesterday that CBS’ Sharyl Attkisson has been receiving a lot of pushback from the Obama White House. She has been one of the few that have been pursuing the Benghazi story as a real journalist, seeking to get the truth of the story out. I have speculated that White House deputy national security advisor Ben Rhodes may be the culprit in coming up with the story that would be the attempt to cover-up the Benghazi story, namely that a YouTube video brought about protests which led to the attack in Benghazi, Libya on September 11, 2012. However, now there is a serious question about the ties between the White House and CBS. Sources have confirmed that CBS President David Rhodes is the brother of Ben Rhodes.
The Daily Caller made the connection:
Consider that Attkisson can’t even get some of her stories on the air and feels marginalized because of it. According to Politico:
Dangerously close to advocacy? Seriously? Perhaps it’s dangerously close to the truth about Benghazi. I’d say CBS is dangerously close, no wait, they have crossed the line as far as having a serious conflict of interest here.
Rhodes was the one who seems to have orchestrated the talking points for his colleagues in the Obama administration. “We must make sure that the talking points reflect all agency equities, including those of the State Department, and we don’t want to undermine the FBI investigation. We thus will work through the talking points tomorrow morning at the Deputies Committee meeting.”
This is not necessarily new information, as the New York Times put out a piece back in March about Rhodes, which indicated that David was his brother. However, now that Attkisson is being sidelined and her stories are being buried by CBS, perhaps it’s time we know what really is going on behind the scenes between the CBS propaganda machine and the White House. If Ms. Attkisson happens to read this, we’ll be happy to put out the stories you have that CBS doesn’t want to divulge.
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‘Remember Separation of Church & State, Joe?’: Blaze Readers React to Biden Telling Faith Leaders to Say Passing Gun Control Is the Moral Thing to Do
Vice President Joe Biden met with faith leaders this week and asked them to tell their congregations that passing gun control is the moral thing to do.
Here’s what some of you had to say about it:
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Private-sector workers entitled to overtime pay could choose comp time instead under legislation passed by the House on a party-line 223-204 vote Wednesday. House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D) labeled the bill the "Pay Working Families Less" bill. "There will be those who will volunteer who can afford to do comp time. Others will not," he said. "So they will not be able to earn overtime, because the employer ... will invariably go to the person that will in fact do it for free. I understand it's comp time, but they won't get paid."
Congressional Republicans are using their Benghazi investigation to distract from other issues, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Saturday in an MSNBC interview. "The obsession that some of my Republican colleagues have in the House doesn't look like it's on the path to really finding a solution, but just to keeping an issue alive," she said. "We want to find out what did happen, but ... then it becomes an issue that is subterfuge: 'Let's talk about Benghazi forever, so we don't have to talk about what the American people want us to talk about,' They want us to talk about jobs, they want us to talk about economic security, economic growth."
Nancy Pelosi Slams GOP ‘Obsession’ With Benghazi: ‘Cannot Let It Soak Up All of the Congressional Attention’
House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi on Saturday blasted the Republican “obsession” with Benghazi, accusing the GOP of exploiting the attack to avoid talking about anything else.
“The obsession that some of my Republican colleagues have in the House doesn’t look like it’s on the path to really finding a solution, but just to keeping an issue alive,” Pelosi (D-Calif.) told MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry.
She dismissed the ABC News report about the CIA’s now-discredited talking points being edited 12 times, saying it’s an opportunity for critics to merely “wrangle about some wording” when it was really the “intelligence consensus” process coming together.
“It was a terrible tragedy in Benghazi…we want to find out what did happen,” Pelosi said. Noting that the State Department already instituted its own investigation into the Sept. 2012 assault, she said pressing the issue becomes “subterfuge.”
“It becomes an issue that is subterfuge: ‘let’s talk about Benghazi forever so that we don’t have to talk about really what the American people want us to talk about,’” Pelosi said. “They want us to talk about jobs, they want to talk about economic security, economic growth, they want to talk about the education of their children, they want to talk about their future.”
“We certainly have to give the full attention that Benghazi deserves, but we cannot let it soak up all of the congressional attention,” she said. “What would be the purpose of that?”
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Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) is promoting a right-wing Sept. 11 National Day of Prayer and Fasting, telling an audience at a Capitol Hill event Thursday that such actions are necessary because "judgment" had been passed down by God on that day in both 2001 and 2012. "Our nation has seen judgment not once but twice on September 11 and that's why we're going to have '9-11 Pray' on that day," she said, according to Right Wing Watch. "Is there anything better that we can do on that day rather than to humble ourselves and to pray to an almighty God?"
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said Friday that the Republican Party needs to reach out to minority voters to have any hope of keeping up with an increasingly diverse electorate.
In an unmistakeable sign that he’s already gearing up for the 2016 presidential race, Paul told attendees at the Iowa Republican Party’s annual Lincoln Day dinner that the GOP needs to broaden its appeal, particularly to black and Latino voters.
“As a party we need to grow bigger and…attract the Latino vote,” Paul said. “This is a very practical thing and I’m not ashamed to admit it. We need to attract the Latino vote, we need to attract the African-American vote. It is somewhat of a gateway issue and we have to change the way we are talking about it and who we are if we are going to attract the Latino vote.”
Paul, who has previously spoken about the need for immigration reform, said he could potentially vote for the current pending legislation as long as stronger border security was added.
He said illegal immigrants already living in the U.S. have “de-facto amnesty” anyway, and that Republicans “need to treat immigrants with dignity and respect.”
“Their kids will be voting and if their kids think we’re hostile, they’re never going to vote for us,” Paul said.
He added, “We’re an increasingly diverse nation and I think we do need to reach out to other people that don’t look like us, don’t wear the same clothes, that aren’t exactly who we are. We need to reach out, we’re going to have to do something.”
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