Before getting to the story, check out this video. The newly released documents detail the role Ben Rhodes played in the Benghazi talking points, it just happens to be that his brother David is the President of CBS News, obviously part of the mainstream news media which was up to STUFF LIKE THIS and THIS during the 2012 election. I’m sure the news media will be too busy covering class warfare stories to widely report on these newly released Benghazi documents, informing the public is not their job afterall…
(Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch announced today that on April 18, 2014, it obtained 41 new Benghazi-related State Department documents. They include a newly declassified email showing then-White House Deputy Strategic Communications Adviser Ben Rhodes and other Obama administration public relations officials attempting to orchestrate a campaign to “reinforce” President Obama and to portray the Benghazi consulate terrorist attack as being “rooted in an Internet video, and not a failure of policy.” Other documents show that State Department officials initially described the incident as an “attack” and a possible kidnap attempt.
The documents were released Friday as result of a June 21, 2013, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit filed against the Department of State (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of State (No. 1:13-cv-00951)) to gain access to documents about the controversial talking points used by then-UN Ambassador Susan Rice for a series of appearances on television Sunday news programs on September 16, 2012. Judicial Watch had been seeking these documents since October 18, 2012.
The Rhodes email was sent on sent on Friday, September 14, 2012, at 8:09 p.m. with the subject line: “RE: PREP CALL with Susan, Saturday at 4:00 pm ET.” The documents show that the “prep” was for Amb. Rice’s Sunday news show appearances to discuss the Benghazi attack.
The document lists as a “Goal”: “To underscore that these protests are rooted in and Internet video, and not a broader failure or policy.”
By Mark Johanson
Want your child to become a U.S. citizen? It’s simple: Become a “birth tourist,” your quick and easy short cut to the American Dream.
Hundreds (if not thousands) are in on the trick, booking monthlong stays at the so-called “maternity hotels” popping up with great frequency in the Los Angeles suburbs.
It’s a trend that, thus far, has flourished right under the nose of the law. But there’s a battle brewing in suburbia as outraged residents press Los Angeles County to take action and prevent their quiet streets from turning into maternity wards.
Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe called on the Board of Supervisors this week to crack down on the “hotels,” which are increasingly prevalent in the San Gabriel Valley.
“Across the United States, the recent trend in ‘birthing tourism’ has led to money-making schemes that put the health and safety of mothers and babies in jeopardy,” Knabe said. “We have had an increase in complaints from neighboring residents, concerned about the well-being of those in these homes, as well as concern about the quality of life in residential neighborhoods when these facilities are allowed to operate.”
Read the Rest @ Birth Tourism: LA’s ‘Maternity Hotels’ Enrage Residents, But Are They Illegal?.
By Tyler Durden
Democratic strategists have made a blunt declaration in an election-year memo, according to AP, “Don’t talk about the economic recovery. It’s a political loser.” Stan Greenberg, James Carville and others wrote that in head-to-head polling tests the mere mention of the word “recovery” is trumped by a Republican assertion that the Obama administration has had six years to get the economy moving and its policies haven’t worked. But, but, but… stocks are at all-time highs?
Read the Rest @ Democrats Told “Don’t Mention ‘Economic Recovery’ – It’s A Political Loser” | Zero Hedge.
By Tyler Durden
In the days before the Geneva “de-escalation” conference (and coincidentally, days after the secret visit of CIA director Brennan to Kiev), the top story across western media was the “undisputed” proof that east-Ukraine, populated by “terrorist separatists”, is preparing to unleash a neo-nazi wave against local jews, when a leaflet was unveiled, beckoning the Jewish population to register and declare their assets. The USA Today promptly reported (joined by CBS and CNN): “Jews emerging from a synagogue say they were handed leaflets that ordered the city’s Jews to provide a list of property they own and pay a registration fee “or else have their citizenship revoked, face deportation and see their assets confiscated,” reported Ynet News, Israel’s largest news website, and Ukraine’s Donbass news agency.”
Odd because as the same USA Today further reported, “Olga Reznikova, 32, a Jewish resident of Donetsk, told Ynet she never experienced anti-Semitism in the city until she saw this leaflet.” Perversely, even the local Jewish community issued a statement saying the leaflet distribution “smells like a provocation.” The chief rabbi of nearby Dnipropetrovsk, Shmuel Kaminezki said, “Everything must be done to catch them.”
So the bottom line, namely that this was merely a provocation designed to generate a kneejerk emotional response from the west and paint the pro-Russia militia as neo-nazis and generally, as fascists (even though it was the ultra nationalist Right Sector that was instrumental in the overthrow of the Yanukovich government) was clear to most – even the population that was seemingly being targeted. But not to John Kerry. “Secretary of State John Kerry said the language of the leaflets “is beyond unacceptable” and condemned whomever is responsible.”
Read the Rest @ Donetsk “Letter To Jews” Found To Be A Forgery
Texas Rep. Joe Barton grills an ObamaCare Contractor during a House Hearing on why hidden source code on the ObamaCare Website says “Users have no reasonable expectation of privacy” on information they enter.
Roger Kimball (born 1953), a notable American art critic and social commentator, is the Editor and Publisher of The New Criterion and the Publisher of Encounter Books. He was educated at Cheverus High School, a Jesuit institution in South Portland, Maine, and then at Bennington College, where he received his B.A. in philosophy and classical Greek, and at Yale University. He first gained prominence in the early 1990s with the publication of his book, Tenured Radicals: How Politics Has Corrupted Higher Education. He currently serves on the board of the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research, the board of Transaction Publishers and as a Visitor of Ralston College, a start-up liberal arts college based in Savannah, Georgia. He also served on the Board of Visitors of St. John’s College (Annapolis and Santa Fe). His latest book, The Fortunes of Permanence: Culture and Anarchy in an Age of Amnesia, was published by St. Augustine’s Press in June of 2012.
article by Liz Peek
Eric Holder stirred up a hornet’s nest the other day, whining to a mostly black crowd about the ill treatment he received from a Congressional Committee. Holder seemed to imply that he and President Obama have come in for rough treatment because they are black.
It was a stunning comment. This is, after all, Eric Holder, the Attorney General of the United States. The same Holder who grew up with two middle class parents, graduated from the elite Stuyvesant High School, went to Columbia Law School and has notched up a notable list of achievements since. His road would appear – in contrast to millions of other Americans – to have been remarkably smooth.
Note to Holder: get over it. You received no better and no worse treatment from Congress than Kathleen Sibelius, Hillary Clinton, or ex-CIA boss Mike Morrell. You got off light compared with poor Edward Liddy, who volunteered to manage a bankrupt AIG through the financial crisis for a salary of $1 a year, and received not only a mauling from the Hill for his trouble, but death threats as well. Your self-pitying (“What attorney general has ever had to deal with that kind of treatment?”) is embarrassing.
By Adi Robertson
The presentation of Polk Award for national security reporting, which Poitras and Greenwald accepted alongside The Guardian’s Ewen MacAskill and The Washington Post’s Barton Gellman, marked the pair’s first visit to the United States since the initial leaks from Edward Snowden were published nearly a year ago. Immediately after the leaks, Rep. Peter King (R-NY) called for Greenwald’s arrest and prosecution, and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper obliquely referred to journalists who helped Snowden as “accomplices” during a Senate hearing in January. But the mood has calmed, and Greenwald now views the practical risk of returning as low, he told reporters in a press conference after the awards luncheon. Despite this, he says officials “deliberately created an environment where they wanted us to think there was a risk,” refusing to tell Greenwald’s lawyers whether he might be indicted…
As the Obama administration plans to phase out its phone records database, Greenwald is skeptical. “I would like to see the debate be about not whether the US should be collecting metadata under a specific provision of the Patriot Act, Section 215, but the broader question of whether we want to empower the government to monitor and surveil people who are suspected of absolutely no wrongdoing,” he says. And he’s unsurprised that Obama opted to renew the program in its current form while waiting for changes. “President Obama likes to parade around as some sort of King Solomon figure in between the excesses of the NSA and those who are raising concerns about it,” he says. “The reality is that he presided over this out of control system for five years … I think he is one of the obstacles to reform, not a vehicle for it.”
Read the Rest @ Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras return to US, blame government for climate of fear | The Verge.
By Kyle Drennen
On Tuesday’s CBS This Morning, White House correspondent Major Garrett completely dismantled President Obama’s left-wing talking points on the supposed gender pay gap of women making 77 cents on the dollar compared to men, reporting: “The White House is getting…roughed up by hits own pay equity rhetoric.” [Listen to the audio or watch the video after the jump]
Garrett used the administration’s hypocrisy on the issue to fact check the false claims: “An analysis of White House salaries, which nobody here disputes, shows that the median income of female staffers is 88% of that of male staffers….Now, the White House said it’s gender pay gap is tied to job experience, education, and hours worked, among other factors. This matters because those explanations, according to the Labor Department, explain a good deal of the gender pay gap nationally.”
Garrett went after the selective nature of Obama’s nationwide campaign on the topic: “The big difference in these stories, when President Obama discusses this issue nationally he doesn’t mention those other work variables, only the broad figure that 77 cents per dollar is what women earn compared to men in median wages.”
Landing the final blow to the liberal pet issue, Garrett observed: “When the factors that the White House used to defend its gender pay gap are used nationally, the Labor Department says the difference in median wages between men and women shrinks to about 5 cents to 7 cents on the dollar.”