Doing her best impression of Baghdad Bob, obama's State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf gave the Iraqi army props following the fall of Ramadi. Never mind that Iraqi forces cut and ran, surrendering the city to Islamic State militants. “The Iraqi security forces have held their lines on the outside of the city,” lib loon Harf told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer Wednesday.
CNBC ^ | May 21, 2015 | by Dan Mangan
The price is still wrong for too many health insurance customers.
Nearly half of all people with individual health insurance plans this year said it's "very" or "somewhat" difficult for them to afford their monthly premiums.
The vast majority of obamacare exchange customers receive a discount on their monthly premiums as a result of subsidies they are issued.
Despite that, among individuals with both subsidized and nonsubsidized coverage, "You've got a substantial share saying it's not a great value for the money," said Liz Hamel, director of Kaiser's Public Opinion and Survey Research team.
About four in 10 people surveyed said their plans were only a "fair" or "poor" value based on what they pay.
The Teamsters have begun informing retirees and current workers that their pension
benefits may soon be cut, the final ironic twist to a lobbying campaign that saw the union spend its own members’ dollars to win the right to shrink their retirement pay.
The somber notifications began going out from the Teamsters Central States Health and Welfare Pension Fund
this spring, a decision that could ultimately affect 410,000 current pension participants and a total of more than 10 million U.S. workers nationwide. Cuts could begin as early as next year.
Keep in mind lib loons, every stolen dollar is one less dollar for the democrat party.
Transportation Union Treasurer in Houston Pleads Guilty to Theft
Security Officers Union President Charged with Embezzling $300K+
Feds Probe Free-Spending Boilermakers Local in Pittsburgh
Illinois Laborers Local Bookkeeper Indicted for Embezzlement
UTU Financial Secretary in Washington State Pleads Guilty
New York MTA Police Union President Charged in Theft
Laborers Secretary-Treasurer in Oklahoma Charged; Pleads Guilty
aramount Pictures Exec Fired for Embezzling Union Benefits
Washington State Letter Carriers Financial Secretary Pleads Guilty
AFGE Local President in Indiana Pleads Guilty to Theft
Chicago BLET Secretary-Treasurer Sentenced for Records Fraud
BLET Secretary in West Virginia Indicted for Embezzlement
(pay-to-play gets expensive)
Washington Post via MSN ^ | 5/18/15 | Matea Gold, Rosalind S. Helderman, Anu Narayanswamy
Disclosure documents filed by Hillary Clinton last week revealed that the couple have earned about $25 million for delivering 104 paid speeches since January 2014.
While Bill Clinton’s lucrative speaking career since leaving the White House in 2001 has been well documented, the new disclosures offer the first public accounting of Hillary Clinton’s paid addresses since she stepped down as secretary of state. And they illustrate how the Clintons have personally profited by drawing on the same network of supporters who have backed their political campaigns and philanthropic efforts — while those supporters have gained entree to a potential future president.
Silicon Valley is one place where those overlapping interests come together, according to a Washington Post analysis of the new Clinton disclosures.
Out of the $11.7 million that Hillary Clinton has made delivering 51 speeches since January 2014, $3.2 million came from the technology industry, the analysis found. Several of the companies that paid Clinton to address their employees also have senior leaders who have been early and avid supporters of her presidential bid.
as is everything else.
Way to go, obama.
Los Angeles Times ^ | 05/07/2015 | Jim Puzzanghera
Initial jobless claims rose slightly last week from a 15-year low while planned layoffs surged in April to a three-year high, providing mixed signals about the health of the labor market ahead of Friday's jobs report.
About 265,000 people applied for first time unemployment benefits in the week ended Saturday, up from the previous week's 262,000, the Labor Department said Thursday.
Economists had expected claims to rise to 280,000 after hitting the lowest level since 2000 the previous week.
The four-week average, which smooths out some volatility, fell to 279,500 last week. That was the lowest level since May 2000.
Despite that upbeat data, other labor market indicators signal trouble.
Layoffs announced by U.S. companies jumped 68% in April to 61,582, career counseling firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas Inc. said Thursday. That was the highest monthly level since May 2012. (The economy sux and obama doesn't care. Has anyone heard his plan to fix this? Share, please.)
You’ll never hear the obama administration pass on an opportunity to gloat about the miracles they think they’ve managed to pull off over the past seven years to get America’s economy back on track.
The only problem with that is, it’s not remotely true. Somehow, the spin doctors at the White House always manage to cherry pick rare instances of economic improvement and turn them into something much bigger.
If you want a real indication of how obama’s economy is fairing, just look to a recent report that shows a coming “retail apocalypse,” with major retailers across the country planning on shutting the doors of thousands of stores due to a sharp decline in discretionary consumer spending.
hemorrhoids, tooth aches, diarrhea, earth quakes, sewer backups, increases in food stamp usage, and whatever else you care to add to the list.
obama's Depaartment of Justice announced it will send millions of dollars to various community-activist groups to combat urban crime and reduce tensions between racial minorities and the police.
But critics believe such policies will only fuel further unrest by funding many of the so-called “community organizers” responsible for creating anti-police sentiment in American cities.
To spread awareness of the new campaign, U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch toured Cincinnati Tuesday and identified the city as a model for how police departments around the country should operate.
Until recently, Cincinnati operated under a “Collaborative Agreement” after a 2001 police shooting. The agreement allowed various community organizations, including the Cincinnati Black United Front and the American Civil Liberties Union, to work directly with the police through a court-brokered agreement.
New guidelines on how officers were to interact with the public, especially blacks, were often imposed over the objections of police themselves.
109,930,090 Americans participated in overlapping programs. Meanwhile, 40% of the unemployed are not looking for work. It's called obamanomics.
Washington Free Beacon
Marcus D. Wheeler, black, 26 year old male, ex-con, suspect in a September shooting. Other than that, he was a fine young man, preparing to enter the seminary some day, and a community organizer wannabe. He had great intentions with miserable results. The lib loons will miss him on election day.
Omaha Police Chief Todd Schmaderer made the announcement at a news conference Wednesday.
The slain officer was identified as 7-year veteran Kerrie Orozco, 29.
According to Schmaderer, Orozco and other officers with the Metro Area Fugitive Task Force were conducting surveillance on a shooting suspect in the area of Martin Avenue and Read Street just before 1 p.m. Wednesday.
Officers spotted the suspect, identified as Marcus D. Wheeler, in front of a home off nearby Vane Street.
Schmaderer said Wheeler fired several shots at officers and then fled toward a home on Martin Avenue.
When officers confronted Wheeler, police said, gunfire was exchanged between officers and the suspect, leading to Orozco's injuries.
Schmaderer said officers found that Wheeler was also suffering from gunshot wounds and had a semi-automatic handgun with a high-capacity drum magazine lying next to him.
Orozco and Wheeler were taken in extremely critical condition to CHI Health Creighton University Medical Center, where they later died.
A trauma surgeon said doctors did everything they could to save them, but both ultimately succumbed to their injuries.
Blogster ^ | October 20, 2012 | Kris Zane
obama, Hillary Clinton, UN Ambassador Susan Rice, and an army of obama surrogates conducted a media blitz blaming this obscure video no one had seen for the entire Middle East exploding on 9/11, including a “protest turned violent” at the Libyan consulate that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans.
We later learned that there was no protest.
We later learned that intelligence on the ground linked it to a terrorist group within twenty-four hours.
We later learned that the Muslim Brotherhood president of Egypt, Mohammed Morsi, was behind the attack.
We now know it was not initially an attack, but an attempted kidnapping of Ambassador Stevens to use him as a pawn to get their beloved Blind Sheik back.
What is most shocking, however, is that a source within the White House states that it was arranged as an October surprise by obama. obama, in order to make the release of the Blind Sheik more palatable to the American people, and to boost his sagging approval ratings, arranged with the Muslim Brotherhood to kidnap Ambassador Stevens. Then, days before the election, acting the part of the hero, planned to release the Blind Sheik in exchange for Ambassador Stevens. The plan was for security to be minimal at the consulate, protected by only Libyan security guards who would melt away into the night at the appointed time. The plan fell apart as two former SEALs, Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods, fought the kidnappers, leading to a firefight and subsequent fire, killing Stevens, Woods, Doherty, and also Sean Smith, a communications specialist.
obama then had to create a cover-up so massive that it will go down in the history books until the end of time.
Quit looking? That takes them out of the numerator and denominator when calculating the unemployment rate. Put them back in and the rate is much higher than what obama is selling to us.
In a video played this morning on MSNBC, Iowa Democrats were not able to name an accomplishment of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the presumptive Democratic presidential frontrunner
"I really can't name anything off the top of my head," one voter says after letting out a long sigh.
Another asks the interviewer, "Want to give me a minute? Give me two minutes."
Still another Iowa Democrat thinks about the question -- whether she can think of anything that Clinton accomplished as secretary of state -- and finally shakes her head and says, "No."