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Rick Perry Is Coming for Your Job

Rick Perry Is Coming for Your Job

No more talk of Texas seceding or ‘oops’ moments—the governor is relaunching his image and luring businesses to the Lone Star State.

“I don’t argue the fact that New York has as vibrant a cultural arts scene as there is in the country,” he said. “I will give you that. California has beautiful weather, and Napa Valley is hard to compete with when it comes to wine. But the fact is, you can’t sustain your life just on Broadway. There are other things that are really more important, like being able to keep more of your money.”

 
Darrell Issa seeks answers about Justice Department's role in IRS targeting

Darrell Issa seeks answers about Justice Department's role in IRS targeting

By Susan Crabtree

Rep. Darrell Issa wants more answers from the administration about a previously unreleased email between a DOJ official and former IRS official Lois Lerner about potential prosecutions of conservative groups that had applied for tax-exempt status.

 
LATimes Editorial Board: The U.S. can't let Cliven Bundy win his range war

Nevada cattle rancher Cliven Bundy

The U.S. can't let Cliven Bundy win his range war

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The Nevada cattle rancher is not a man of principle but a bad loser. He should be made to pay grazing fees.

Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy is being portrayed by some as a man of principle, an iconoclast who should be admired for his willingness to stand up to the federal government. But in fact he's a petty scofflaw who seems to think that he has the right to pick and choose which rules must be obeyed.

Bundy is the cattleman who grazes his herd on federal land operated by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, but unlike more than 15,000 other ranchers, he refuses to pay the associated grazing fees. After 20 years of disagreements and court battles, the U.S. government began rounding up his cattle this month. The rancher and a group of armed supporters confronted the federal authorities, leading to a standoff; the authorities withdrew.

Bundy justifies his stingy and illegal behavior with a variety of claims. One is that this is a states' rights issue and that he doesn't "recognize" the federal government. Another is that his family grazed the land long before it came under the jurisdiction of the BLM.

Actually, more than 70% of the land in Nevada is federally owned, including the land in question; the state Constitution recognized that ownership years before Bundy's ancestors arrived, despite his assertion otherwise. (Various reports also have cast serious doubt on whether his family was grazing cattle on the land as long ago as he claims.) For that matter, if prior use of land were all that was needed to avoid paying a landlord, the land would revert back not to Bundy but to the control of Native Americans, who were on the Nevada land long before any white settlement of the area.

 
George F. Will: Barack Obama, the adolescent president

The adolescent president

The adolescent president

George F. Will

Obama defends the health-care law using rhetorical tactics of teenagers.

Recently, Barack Obama — a Demosthenes determined to elevate our politics from coarseness to elegance; a Pericles sent to ameliorate our rhetorical impoverishment — spoke at the University of Michigan. He came to that very friendly venue — in 2012, he received 67 percent of the vote in Ann Arbor’s county — after visiting a local sandwich shop, where a muse must have whispered in the presidential ear. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) had recently released his budget, so Obama expressed his disapproval by calling it, for the benefit of his academic audience, a “meanwich” and a “stinkburger.”

 
‘Fire Harry Reid’ becomes GOP rallying cry heading into 2014 elections

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev. makes a cutting gesture across his neck, referencing House Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., who caused an uproar last week when he made the same gesture to order microphones cut as the top Democrat on his panel was trying to speak about the Internal Revenue Service scandal over targeting of conservative political groups,  Tuesday, March 11, 2014, during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 11, 2014. Reid said that he thought the accusations of IRS misdeeds deserved answers. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

‘Fire Harry Reid’ becomes GOP rallying cry heading into 2014 elections

By Seth McLaughlin - The Washington Times

Republicans are casting the midterm elections as a golden opportunity to fire Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who has served as lead blocker for President Obama’s liberal agenda on Capitol Hill and chief opponent of GOP legislation.

“We’re going to continue engaging voters who want nothing more than to stop Obama’s big government overreach and fire Harry Reid from his post as Senate majority leader after Senate Democrats paved the way for ObamaCare and stalled dozens of jobs bills sent over from the Republican House,” Mr. Priebus said.

 
Tech CEO Gurbaksh Chahal,charged with 45 felony counts, gets community service.

Self-made: Indian-born Chahal, pictured with president Obama, had made $340million by the time he was 25 after selling his two internet advertising start-ups

Multi-millionaire Gurbaksh Chahal, 31, charged with 45 felony counts

Millionaire Tech CEO filmed hitting and kicking his girlfriend 117 times in brutal 30-minute attack sentenced to 25 hours community service

However, as the court case proceeded, a judge ruled the video inadmissible as the San Francisco Police Department had obtained it without a warrant. Chahal’s girlfriend also withdrew her testimony and refused to cooperate.

In the end, on April 16, Chahal pleaded guilty to one charge of domestic violence battery and one charge of battery and was sentenced to just 25 hours of community service, three years’ probation and a 52-week domestic violence training course.

Despite the incident in August, the recent court case and guilty plea, Chahal remains in charge of RadiumOne, working as a motivational speaker and lecturer and continues to publish 'inspirational posts' on his social media channels.

 
Libertarian Hero Cliven Bundy Shockingly Turns Out to Be Gigantic Racist

Rancher Cliven Bundy poses for a photo outside his ranch house on April 11, 2014 west of Mesquite, Nevada. Bureau of Land Management officials are rounding up Cliven Bundy's cattle, he has been locked in a dispute with the BLM for a couple of decades over grazing rights.

Libertarian Hero Cliven Bundy Shockingly Turns Out to Be Gigantic Racist

By Jonathan Chait

According to J.D. Tuccille of the libertarian magazine Reason, the Cliven Bundy standoff is about something larger and grander than mere grazing rights. It is about freedom-loving individuals fighting back against distant, bureaucratic government. “They see little reason,” he writes, “to leave their fate in the hands of a stumbling federal government that can't balance its books.”

Now Cliven Bundy, the deadbeat rancher embraced by Rand Paul and other freedom lovers, has added some thoughts of his own. In an interview with the New York Times, Bundy — introducing the topic with the brace-yourself-for-awkwardness segue “I want to tell you one more thing I know about the Negro” — expounds:

"They abort their young children, they put their young men in jail, because they never learned how to pick cotton. And I’ve often wondered, are they better off as slaves, picking cotton and having a family life and doing things, or are they better off under government subsidy? They didn’t get no more freedom. They got less freedom."

So apparently there’s more to Bundy’s cause than the existence of the federal budget deficit. Or, at least, his views on land rights and individual freedom come attached to a large side order of racism.

 
How to Tell When Someone Is Lying

How to Tell When Someone Is Lying

Over time, the psychologist Paul Ekman has found that one particular characteristic can prove useful in detecting liars.

People lie all the time. According to the psychologist Robert Feldman, who has spent more than four decades studying the phenomenon, we lie, on average, three times during a routine ten-minute conversation with a stranger or casual acquaintance. Hardly anyone refrains from lying altogether, and some people report lying up to twelve times within that time span. I might open a conversation, for instance, by saying how nice it is to meet someone—when I’m really not at all happy about it. 

 
A Defiant Rancher Savors His Supporters

 

Cliven Bundy, flanked by supporters, has become a celebrity, drawing hundreds of sympathizers.

A Defiant Rancher Savors His Supporters

For now, Cliven Bundy appears to have won his standoff with the federal government over cattle grazing in Nevada. But if the authorities have moved on, Mr. Bundy has not.

Cliven Bundy stood by the Virgin River up the road from the armed checkpoint at the driveway of his ranch, signing autographs and posing for pictures. For 55 minutes, Mr. Bundy held forth to a clutch of supporters about his views on the troubled state of America — the overreaching federal government, the harassment of Western ranchers, the societal upheaval caused by abortion, even musing about whether slavery was so bad.

Most of all, Mr. Bundy, 67, who was wearing a broad-brimmed white cowboy hat against the hot afternoon sun, recounted the success of “we the people” — gesturing to the 50 supporters, some armed with handguns and rifles, standing in a semicircle before him — at chasing away Bureau of Land Management rangers who, acting on a court order, tried to confiscate 500 cattle owned by Mr. Bundy, who has been illegally grazing his herd on public land since 1993.

“They don’t have the guts enough to try to start that again for a few years”
 
Recognizing danger, GOP engages with Democrats in battle for women voters

Recognizing danger, GOP engages with Democrats in battle for women voters

By David M. Drucker

As the Democratic Party implements its "War on Women" campaign against the Republicans in the hopes of mobilizing female voters and heading off a midterm elections defeat, the GOP is fighting back.

The television ad launched this week by the presumptive Republican Senate nominee in Michigan, Terri Lynn Land, is the most blatant example of the GOP's admission of its vulnerable position with female voters, a key voting bloc that pulls the lever in greater percentages than men, who still generally favor conservatives. Land's ad suggests that it's the height of ridiculousness for her male opponent, Rep. Gary Peters, D-Mich., to paint her as waging a “war on women.”

 
Texas AG warns feds eyeing Lone Star State land

FILE - In this April 12, 2014, file photo, the Bundy family and their supporters fly the American flag as their cattle is released by the Bureau of Land Management back onto public land outside of Bunkerville, Nev.  The federal Bureau of Land Management says six cattle died in the roundup of animals it says rancher Cliven Bundy allowed to graze illegally on public land outside his southern Nevada property. The BLM said Tuesday, April 22, 2014, that two of four animals that were euthanized bore Bundy brands. (AP Photo/Las Vegas Review-Journal, Jason Bean, File) LOCAL TV OUT; LOCAL INTERNET OUT; LAS VEGAS SUN OUT

Texas is next! AG warns feds eyeing Lone Star State land post-Bundy ranch standoff

By Cheryl K. Chumley - The Washington Times

The attorney general of Texas has a stark warning for state residents, on the heels of the federal government’s armed standoff at the Cliven Bundy cattle ranch: The BLM may be headed to our neck of the woods next, with intent to take over 90,000 acres of prime Red River property.

“I am deeply concerned about reports that the Bureau of Land Management is considering taking property in the state of Texas and that it now claims belongs to the federal government,” Fox News reported. “As attorney general of Texas, I am deeply troubled by reports from BLM field hearings that the federal government may claim — for the first time — that 90,000 acres of territory along the Red River now belong to the federal government.”

 
Poll Shows Tight Senate Races in 4 Southern States

Poll Shows Tight Senate Races in 4 Southern States

By JONATHAN MARTIN and MEGAN THEE-BRENAN 

Although Republicans enjoy more voter intensity, there are factors in each state that offer advantages for Democrats.

Four Senate races in the South that will most likely determine control of Congress appear very close, with Republicans benefiting from more partisan intensity but a Democratic incumbent, once seen as highly vulnerable, holding a surprising edge, according to a New York Times Upshot/Kaiser Family Foundation poll.

The survey underscores a favorable political environment over all for Republicans in Kentucky, North Carolina, Louisiana and Arkansas — states President Obama lost in 2012 and where his disapproval rating runs as high as 60 percent. But it also shows how circumstances in each state are keeping them in play for the Democrats a little more than six months before the midterm elections.

 
Is the Rising Democratic Majority Doomed?

Oooh, I know! I know! It's "no," right?

Is the Rising Democratic Majority Doomed?

By Jonathan Chait

 The slow, increasingly Democratic cast of the American electorate would seem to be a cardinal fact of American politics. The electorate is firmly polarized, with few voters actually liable to change their minds. The proportion of nonwhite voters has risen by about two percentage points every four years, a rate that seems likely to persist indefinitely as the population grows steadily more diverse. The youngest voting cohort has decidedly more liberal views, and more Democratic voting habits, than its elders, and partisan loyalty tends to stick throughout a voter’s lifetime. And yet the phenomenon continues to be met with an unduly wide, deep array of skepticism.

The most popular new grounds for skepticism hold that the browning of America will provoke a backlash among whites — as the proportion of Latinos and Asians rises, threatened whites will grow increasingly conservative. Versions of this hypothesis have reverberated not only among conservatives like Trende and Barone, but also among liberals like Jamelle Bouie. And this theory does have at least some suggestive evidence that it may be true.

A recent psychological study found that, when researchers read a news story reporting the rising share of minorities in the United States to a group of white subjects, the subjects grew more Republican. The study has attracted widespread attention, confirming the liberal fear, and the conservative hope, that the growth of Asian and Latino voters will produce an offsetting shift to the right among whites. “The changing American polity may come to look more like Texas than like the multicultural Democratic stronghold of California,” concludes political scientist Larry Bartels. “In an increasingly diverse America, identity politics will continue to cut both ways.”

 
Liberals’ Red State Death Wish

Control of the Senate is at stake, but can liberals stomach backing four Democratic senators from Red States for re-election this year who have strayed from the party’s progressive base on issues such as gun control, climate change, and Social Security?

The dichotomy is putting left-leaning interest groups in a bind—do they forgive and forget the moderate senators’ offending votes in a broader effort to keep the Senate in Democratic hands, or do they hold back their support and risk a Republican-controlled Senate that would make their future agendas DOA?

 
Inside the World of Hillary Superfans

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Inside the World of Hillary Superfans

They’re ready to do more than just volunteer if Clinton runs in 2016. A Hillary tattoo? Her face on their car? That’s just the tip of the iceberg.

Surely every political figure has fans. In parts of Brooklyn, the Obama campaign seemed to create whole new subcategories of hipster. But save for Ron Paul, perhaps, no political figure who has been on the scene for as long as Hillary Clinton has has been able to generate quite the same kind of gaga, starry-eyed devotion of Clinton’s fans. And, her devotees acknowledge, it is not because of any kind of bold policy program that Clinton puts forward. She seems, if anything, to symbolize an even more incremental progressivism than President Obama. Rather, it is something about her, and about her story.

The constant Republican carping. The humiliation of Bill Clinton’s White House affair. The crashing and burning of her last presidential campaign to the unknown, young upstart.

“I think everybody in the world knows that Hillary Clinton has been through some rough times, sometimes very publicly,” said Darr. “But she is Rocky Balboa. She gets knocked down and gets right back up again, she keeps going and going. She taught me that if someone tells you you can’t do something, you get right up and prove that you can.”

 
Should Courts Stay Out of the Race Business?

Should Courts Stay Out of the Race Business?

Garrett Epps

Based on their opinion in yesterday's affirmative action case, three Supreme Court justices seem to think that minority rights should be left in the hands of voters.
 
Monsanto GM Soy Is Scarier Than You Think

Soybeans are the second-largest US crop after corn, covering about a quarter of US farmland. We grow more soybeans than any other country except  Brazil. According to the US Department of Agriculture, more than 90 percent of the soybeans churned out on US farms each year are genetically engineered to withstand herbicides, nearly all of them involving one called Roundup. Organic production, by contrast, is marginal—it accounts for less than 1 percent of total US acreage devoted to soy. (The remaining 9 percent or so of soybeans are conventionally grown, but not genetically modified.)

Americans don't eat much of these lime-green legumes directly, but that doesn't mean we're not exposed to them. After harvest, the great bulk of soybeans are crushed and divided into two parts: meal, which mainly goes into feed for animals that become our meat; and fat, most of which ends up being used as cooking oil or in food products. According to the US Soy Board, soy accounts for 61 percent of American's vegetable oil consumption.

Given soy's centrality to our food and agriculture systems, the findings of a new study published in the peer-reviewed journal Food Chemistry are worth pondering. The authors found that Monsanto's ubiquitous Roundup Ready soybeans, engineered to withstand its own blockbuster herbicide, contain more herbicide residues than their non-GMO counterparts. The team also found that the GM beans are nutritionally inferior.

 
Wynn, Clooney exchange barbs over heated dinner conversation over Obama.

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Wynn, Clooney exchange barbs over heated dinner conversation

By NORM CLARKE

Hotel-casino developer Steve Wynn and actor George Clooney offered vastly different accounts Tuesday of a dinner that ended in verbal fireworks.

Wynn said Clooney “got drunk” from downing tequila shots and stormed off after delivering an F-bomb.

The two-time Oscar winner issued the following statement in an email sent through his publicist: “There were nine people at that table ... so you can ask them. ... Steve likes to go on rants.

“He called the president an asshole ... that is a fact ... I said the President was my longtime friend and then he said ‘your friend is an asshole.’ ... At that point I told Steve that HE was an asshole and I wasn’t going to sit at his table while he was being such a jackass.

“And I walked out. There were obviously quite a few more adjectives and adverbs used by both of us. Those are all the facts. It had nothing to do with politics and everything to do with character.”

The incident occurred two weeks ago at Botero restaurant, inside Wynn’s Encore hotel.

“When he’s drinking, he considers himself a close personal buddy of the president.

 
Amid Politics, Obama Drifted From Kin

Malik Obama, a half brother of President Obama, outside the funeral home where a wake was held for Zeituni Onyango.

Amid Politics, Obama Drifted From Kin

By JASON HOROWITZ

The death of President Obama’s aunt has highlighted his complicated ties to his father’s side of the family. “He leads his life, and I lead my life,” said Malik Obama, a half brother.

After Zeituni Onyango, the woman President Obama once called Auntie, died in a South Boston nursing home this month, her closest relatives gathered her belongings at her nearby apartment. There, framed photographs of her with the president covered the wall.

Weeping before a polished wood coffin at her wake this past Saturday, they described Ms. Onyango, the half sister of the president’s father, as “the spirit of the Obama family” and talked about raising money to send her body back to Kenya. Mr. Obama helped pay funeral expenses and sent a condolence note, Ms. Onyango’s family members said, but the president did not attend, as he was golfing.

 

As president, Mr. Obama has kept his distance from, and even failed to acknowledge, members of this eclectic clan. In the time-honored tradition of eccentric presidential relatives, the assorted Obamas have faced deportation and drunken-driving charges, started Obama-branded foundations and written memoirs.

 
Immigration report irks some Hill Republicans

Immigration report irks some Hill Republicans

By Betsy Woodruff

A report arguing for the need for more low-skilled immigrants has irked some Republican congressmen. At issue is a paper released last month called “A crucial piece of the puzzle: Demographic change and why immigrants are needed to fill America's less-skilled labor gap.”

"Without industries like agriculture being fully staffed -- by immigrants or natives -- valuable growth opportunities are lost,” the report reads. “The same could be said for a variety of other industries -- from theme parks to landscaping."

“Their function is to make a profit,” Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Ala., said of businesses pushing for comprehensive immigration reform in the model of the Senate Gang of Eight plan. "If they can skew the labor markets by artificially importing large numbers of legal and illegal foreign workers, then they will do it, because they're profit-driven.”

 
Aaron Sorkin apologizes for 'The Newsroom'

Aaron Sorkin apologizes for 'The Newsroom'

Aaron Sorkin apologizes for 'The Newsroom'

Aaron Sorkin's HBO drama "The Newsroom" has one more season, but before it leaves the air, the show's creator wanted to clear the air with his fans. And he took a moment during an event at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York on Monday to do just that.

"I think you and I got off on the wrong foot with 'The Newsroom' and I apologize and I'd like to start over," told his fans, according to Buzzfeed. At the time, Sorkin was on stage being interviewed by Jon Favreau, former speechwriter for President Obama (not the "Iron Man" director).

Sorkin talk fest is no fun

The series, set at the fictional cable news outlet ACN, follows a hard-charging anchor, played by Jeff Daniels, and his squad of producers who seek to uncover the hard news underneath the media noise that the series suggests many news organizations fall victim to.

"I think that there’s been a terrible misunderstanding," he told the audience. "I did not set the show in the recent past in order to show the pros how it should have been done. That was and remains the furthest thing from my mind. I set the show in the recent past because I didn't want to make up fake news. It was going to be weird if the world that these people were living in did not in any way resemble the world that you were living in, so I didn’t want to make up fake news, and also, I wanted the option of having a terrific dynamic that you can get when the audience knows more than the characters do .... So, I wasn't trying to and I'm not capable of teaching a professional journalist a lesson. That wasn't my intent, and it's never my intent to teach you a lesson or to try to persuade you of anything."

 
The Shrinking of David Gregory

The Shrinking of David Gregory

A report that NBC employed a ‘psychological consultant’ to interrogate the Meet the Press moderator’s wife and friends about how he connected with viewers has been met with incredulity and amusement.  

Gregory’s wife, Washington attorney Beth Wilkinson, a partner in the blue-chip law firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton and Garrison, declined to comment on her encounter with the consultant, saying, “No thanks…I’ll leave it to the pros.” 

A source at NBC News said New York-based Elastic Strategy, a boutique firm run by former advertising executive Audrey Francis, is the “brand consultant” which conducted the interviews with Gregory’s wife and friends a year ago—several months before the August 2013 arrival from Great Britain’s ITV News of NBC’s latest news division president, Deborah Turness.

“Our purpose is to strengthen your brand and propel it to lasting success,” the consulting firm’s web site says. “We do this by working with you to design a specific strategy to guide the development of your brand. This strategy will define how your brand will stand out, lead, and thrive in the evolving marketplace. It will impact every interaction anyone has with your brand.”

 
Washington Post hires ultra-liberal former union bully

Washington Post hires ultra-liberal former union bully and nobody bats an eye

On Monday, The Washington Post announced it had hired Philip Bump, a journalist currently at Atlantic magazine’s The Wire, to cover politics for their daily blog The Fix.

But lost in the media love fest was Bump’s partisan past — a history left unspoken in either the Post’s official announcement or any of the Twitter applause. Not only does Bump’s archive at The Wire betray a palpable bias in favor of progressivism; his career as a journalist began when he headed a vicious pro-labor blog which published the names and addresses of opponents later targeted by unions.

But what were these political campaigns? According to the political blog San Jose Inside, in 2009 Bump worked for the South Bay Labor Council (SBLC), a Silicon Valley-based union group with a penchant for making the political personal. Cindy Chavez, the group’s former chief executive, frequently targeted political opponents and local journalists who dared to stray from her preferred storyline.

Bump, for his part, was SBLC’s political director and administrator of “San Jose Revealed,” a pro-union website which published vitriolic hit pieces against the Council’s perceived enemies. Although the website was run anonymously, San Jose Inside discovered Bump’s connection through an examination of electronic evidence and two sources who alleged the SBLC made payments to him.

Under his direction, “San Jose Revealed” published the personal address — obtained under spurious circumstances — of a frequent target of pro-union groups. This individual’s home was later vandalized, with property destroyed and defiled with swastika graffiti

 
Cliven Bundy and the Tyranny Around Us

Cliven Bundy and the Tyranny Around Us

 Ta-Nehisi Coates

How would the Nevada standoff be different if the rancher were black? American history has already answered that question.
 
Jimmy Fallon mocks Hillary Clinton for dressing like a man

Jamie Weinstein

Jimmy Fallon

“I want to say congrats to Chelsea Clinton. Last week she announced that she is expecting her first child,” Fallon said, setting up the joke. “That’s great. That’s great for her. If it is a girl, it will get some of Chelsea’s old hands-me-downs.”

“And if it is a boy,” he continued, “it will get some of Hillary’s.”

 
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