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New High: 61% Favor Building the Keystone XL Pipeline

Rand Paul to Bob Dole: Lack of experience can sometimes be a good thing

Poll: Independents more likely to favor candidates that oppose Obamacare. 54- to 29

Boots on the ground: US troops arrive in Poland amid Ukraine crisis

Lavrov: Russia will respond in Ukraine if interests “attacked”

Flashback Lavrov: 'We Have Absolutely no intention of, or interest in, crossing Ukraine's borders' 

Toyota sells 2.58 million vehicles, outselling GM

New Home Sales Fall to Slowest Pace Since July 2013

Repo man takes car with a sleeping 4-year-old in backseat

Bill Clinton to endorse Charlie Rangel

Republican Sen. John Boozman of AK recovering from emergency heart surgery

NYP: Obama's lies have led to global mistrust

Breakfast makes up 25% of McDonalds total sales

"You're dead," Minnesota homeowner told teen burglar

Mitt Romney donates $10,000 to Bob McDonnell's legal fund

'Distraction': Lawmaker shelves proposal to name Bible as Louisiana state book


 Only 24% Believe Government Should Assist Those Who Can’t Make Mortgage Payments


South Korean ferry disaster: Hope fades- Divers find no air pockets on key decks



Florida sinkhole reopens after crews filled it with concrete Monday
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Ukraine Defense Ministry: Ukrainian Military aircraft hit by bullets in Slavyansk


Pennsylvania woman claims she's Virgin Mary's cousin 65 times removed



Canada now #1 - American Middle Class No Longer The World's Richest



Protests over President Obama's Asia trip



RNC Chair Reince Priebus blasts Harry Reid: Dirty, Unethical, misusing his office.. 'will stop at nothing to lie to the American people'



CNN covers it: State Dept. Stumped By Question on Hillary Clinton Achievements



New AforP ad hits Democrat Jeanne Shaheen on Obamacare



John Kerry: 'It was easier during the Cold War'



Dick Morris: Clinton made deal with senate Democrats during Lewinsky scandal- They would keep him from being removed from office if he stop working with Republicans completely

Pro-Russian Gumen Hold American Journalist Captive in Eastern Ukraine


Vice News Simon Ostrovsky detained for 'bad activities'

Bad activity = Reporting the truth about what Russian insurgents are doing in Eastern Ukraine and Crimea


ABC News
Pro-Russian gunmen in eastern Ukraine admitted on Wednesday that they are holding an American journalist, saying he was suspected of unspecified "bad activities."

Simon Ostrovsky, a journalist for Vice News, has not been seen since early Tuesday. He has been covering the crisis in Ukraine for weeks and was reporting about groups of masked gunmen seizing government buildings in one eastern Ukrainian city after another.


Pro-Russia insurgents who have been occupying police stations and other public buildings in eastern Ukraine for more than a week are defying the accords that Russia and Ukraine signed last week that urged all parties in Ukraine to lay down their arms and vacate the public offices.

Stella Khorosheva, a spokeswoman for the pro-Russian insurgents in the eastern city of Slovyansk, confirmed Wednesday that Ostrovsky was being held at the local branch of the Ukrainian security service that they seized more than a week ago.

"He's with us. He's fine," Khorosheva told The AP. When asked why Ostrovsky was held captive, Khorosheva said he is "suspected of bad activities," which she refused to explain. She says the insurgents are holding Ostrovsky pending their own investigation.


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IRS Agents Who Didn't Pay Their Taxes Receive Big Bonuses (Video)


 If you don't pay your taxes, the IRS will come after you. Unless you happen to work at the IRS.

A new watchdog report finds more than 1,000 IRS workers (who didn't pay their taxes) received not only cash bonuses but extra time off to the tune of 10,582 hours valued at $250,000. 69 employees got raises. If you're outraged, you're not alone.


The IRS was in damage control mode Tuesday after an audit revealed that it paid bonuses to employees who were in trouble over tax issues themselves.

More than $2.8 million, plus thousands of hours of paid time-off, were doled out over two years to employees who had recently been disciplined for various types of misconduct, according to an audit report. About $1 million of that money was given as bonuses to 1,100 employees who were in trouble over tax related issues. 

The tax problems include willful understatement of tax liabilities, late payments and under-reporting of income, according to the report issued by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration.

The report says that providing awards to employees who fail to pay taxes "appears to create a conflict with the IRS's charge of ensuring the integrity of the system of tax administration."




 

Bob Dole: Rand Paul, Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz Not Ready to Be Prez

'I don't think they've got enough experience' Dole says in an interview

He adds that he hopes he's around in 2016, "If not ... I plan to vote absentee"


politicalticker
Former Republican Sen. Bob Dole argued that some of the men among the younger generation of potential GOP presidential candidates aren't quite ready to take on the White House.

"A number of the younger members, first-termers like Rand Paul, (Marco) Rubio and that extreme-right-wing guy – Ted Cruz? All running for president now," he said in an interview this week with The Wichita Eagle. "I don't think they've got enough experience yet."

The former Republican senator from Kansas and 1996 GOP presidential nominee - who also served as a U.S. congressman as well as the GOP VP nominee in 1976 - is returning to his roots this week for a nine-county tour around Kansas.

Cruz made headlines last month for publicly criticizing Dole, as well as McCain and Romney. Cruz said they were "good" and "decent men" but he suggested that they lacked principle and stood "for nothing," which was why they lost.  Dole told CNN at the time that "Senator Cruz needs to check the record before passing judgment."

In the interview with The Wichita Eagle, Dole joked that his "main concern about (the 2016) elections is that, well, I just hope I'm still around to vote then."

"If not ... I plan to vote absentee," he added, saying he has "no idea how they get the ballots back from up there…But I will check it out. And send it back special delivery."



Dole on Obamacare:  And I don't believe 7 million have signed up

"Obamacare on the roll-out was a disaster," he said of the Affordable Care Act and the initial online health care enrollment. "They say they got 7 million signed up. Well, I don't believe them, that they have 7 million. It was such a mess, I don't believe what they say anymore." Even if they have 7 million, that still leaves millions without health insurance, he said. (About 42 million are without health insurance this year, according to a new Congressional Budget Office report.)

 

McCain: Give The Ukrainians Defensive Weapons, 'Vladimir Putin Understands Peace Through Strength and Nothing Else'

Senator McCain: Putin knows there is no penalty anywhere on the horizon

"It's insane"


WSJ Reported:
Republican Sen. John McCain intensified calls Tuesday for the U.S. to arm the Ukrainian military as Russian forces showed little sign of retreating from the Ukrainian border.

“Please give the Ukrainians defensive weapons,” Mr. McCain said in an interview Tuesday. “It is insane.”

If the Obama administration hopes to defuse the situation it will have to take a stronger approach to deter a further push from Russia into Ukraine, Mr. McCain said. “This administration, I never have seen anything like it in my life,” Mr. McCain said. “It’s passive.”

The Obama administration, wary of inflaming tensions with Russia, plans to send only nonlethal supplies including medical kits and clothing

Even another round of sanctions may not be enough to repel Russian President Vladimir Putin, Mr. McCain said.

“Vladimir Putin understands peace through strength and nothing else. And so far we’ve made a lot of threats and done almost nothing,” Mr. McCain said. “There is no significant penalty anywhere on the horizon.”

The Arizona senator, who has taken to referring to Russia as a “gas station masquerading as a country,” acknowledged additional sanctions could be effective in damaging Russia’s economy. However, he said Mr. Putin’s popularity among the Russian people makes that approach more complicated


 
White House deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes on CNN With Jake Tapper:

Lethal aid 'will not make a difference' in Ukraine right now


Disturbing Video: TSA Gives Pat-Down To 2 Year OId and 6 Year Old



Children allegedly targeted because mother’s name was on a watchlist

Disturbing new video footage shows TSA agents performing full body pat downs on two children aged just 2 and 6 years old, illustrating how the federal agency still targets children despite a partial rollback of the policy.



 

Police: Woman Sold $4,000 in Heroin From Her Hospital Bed in ICU


"They noticed an exorbitant amount of foot traffic happening to a patient's room"

"The woman had multiple cell phones that would ring at all hours of the day"

Visitors to the room were only staying for 2 minutes...


wtae
GREENSBURG, Pa. —A Youngwood woman is accused of selling heroin from her hospital bed while she was in the intensive care unit at a Westmoreland County hospital.

The 38-year-old woman will likely be charged criminally according to Greensburg Police. He said she was a patient at Excela Westmoreland Hospital for an unrelated medical issue when hospital staff noticed unusual behavior in and out of her room.

"What they noticed last week was an exorbitant amount of foot traffic happening to a patient's room. Not patients coming to stay two hours, but patients coming to stay two minutes. They thought that was really odd so they contacted security at Excela Westmoreland Hospital," said Excela Vice President of Marketing, Jennifer Miele.

Zucco said the woman also had multiple cellphones in her room that would ring at all hours. He said visitors to her room also didn't know her last name, which made mediacl staff suspicious. Staff notified police, who conducted surveillance of the room and sent in a confidential informant to perform a buy.

"The informant was able to purchase approximately 30 bags of heroin from her. In a subsequent search of her person and her room, they were able to confiscate 380 bags of heroin, approximately $3,800 street value," Zucco said.

Zucco said police also seized $1,420 in cash. Zucco said she kept the drugs inside her purse and inside drawers in the room.



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'380 bags of heroin and confiscated cash'
All of it from the woman's hospital room.


The woman also put her own heroin in the hospital IV drip
Unbelievable.
Watch the report from WTAE


 

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Atheist Group Sues NJ School District Over 'Under God' in Pledge of Allegiance


"Such a daily exercise portrays atheist and humanist children as second-class citizens"

Yeah, that's what it does...


Fox News/AP
A national humanist group is suing a New Jersey school district on behalf of a family that believes the phrase "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance is discriminatory toward atheist children.

The lawsuit against the Matawan-Aberdeen Regional School District was filed in state court last month and announced Monday by the American Humanist Association, a Washington, D.C.-based advocacy organization.

The group says the phrase, added in 1954, "marginalizes atheist and humanist kids as something less than ideal patriots." The anonymous plaintiffs say those two words violate the state constitution's right to equal protection.

David Niose, an attorney for the American Humanist Association’s Appignani Humanist Legal Center, said public schools should not permit an exercise that "teaches students that patriotism is tied to a belief in God."

“Such a daily exercise portrays atheist and humanist children as second-class citizens, and certainly contributes to anti-atheist prejudices,” Niose said in a statement.

But school district lawyer David Rubin said the district is merely following a state law that requires schools to have a daily recitation of the pledge. He told NorthJersey.com that individual students do not have to participate.

 


 

Video Shows Uniformed Officer Tripping, Shoving HS Students Celebrating Soccer Win

It is hard to believe a police officer would do this. He not only did it once, but twice. The officer injured one student who is seen limping off the field. One Yahoo sports writer calls this, 'pretty much the worst attempt at crowd control in human history'


Austin, Tex. (CBS HOUSTON) – A Georgetown police officer has been placed on administrative leave after he was caught on video kicking, tripping and shoving high school students as they rushed the field to celebrate the soccer team’s first Texas state championship win.

The Georgetown Police Department is investigating the video that parents began emailing the department following Vandegrift High School’s win in the University Interscholastic League Championship game on Saturday, KXAN-TV reports. The department’s move to put Officer George Bermudez on leave stems from video taken from the game broadcast as well as from fans in attendance watching the post-game celebration.

The students were rushing the field following the win, as the uniformed officer can be seen sticking his leg out to trip multiple students as well as shoving people coming onto the field. One student can be seen limping off the field as the officer directs him to keep moving.


**UPDATE**
The officer, George Bermudez has been placed on paid administrative leave
more at The Austin Statesman


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