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NEWS THAT MAKES YOU THINK… 07.10.14
Texas Gov. Rick Perry said Wednesday on “Hannity” that President Obama needs to act now to stop the surge in illegal immigrants flooding across his state’s border, calling it “a humanitarian crisis that he has the ability to stop.”
The Republican governor spoke out after meeting with Obama in Texas Wednesday afternoon. Both sides called the meeting “constructive” and said they agreed philosophically. However, Perry said he is concerned that Obama did not indicate he will take the immediate action he requested: to use his power as commander-in-chief to send the National Guard to secure the border.
“You know, I was like, Mr. President, you can deal with this. You can unilaterally direct the Department of Defense to put those troops on the border…” he said, later adding, “The president needs to understand that the single most important thing that he can do is put the National Guard on the border to coordinate with local law enforcement, with state law enforcement, with the border patrol…”
Obama said Wednesday that he is open to the National Guard suggestion, but that he believed it would only be a temporary fix.
Lois Lerner just got smoked on the floor of Congress by Congressman Jim Jordan in front of the smug IRS head John Koskinen.
Emails recovered on the IRS official who plead the Fifth (before giving up her right to remain silent) and then “lost” her hard drive show that she was wanting to make sure that the IRS’ internal messaging system was set-up to make sure her info was not traceable, trackable or storeable. The phrasing could not be more “perfect.”
Lois Lerner sent the following to Maria Hooke, the Director of Business Systems Planning for Tax Exempt & Government Entities, and copied Nanette Downing, theDirector of Exempt Organizations Examinations:
A man who claims he was beaten to a bloody pulp by NYPD officers on a Bronx sidewalk last month is planning on suing the city for $50 million.
Handyman Raul Garcia will file a lawsuit against the city and the NYPD Thursday, alleging that he was wrongfully arrested and beaten until he lost consciousness after a June 3 fire at his girlfriend’s apartment building.
The 39-year-old Melrose resident says the trouble started when cops from the 40th Precinct began investigating an arson fire in the Jackson-Melrose Houses on Courtlandt Ave.
Garcia said that Jonathan Ogando, 25, who was later arrested and charged with arson, initially blamed the blaze on him. Police then turned their attention to Garcia, he said.
There are few things in the world that can’t be improved by coating them in chocolate. Twinkies are no different. Now, Hostess brands is bringing back an old favorite that is really nothing more than creme-filled soft yellow sponge cakes encased in chocolate, but is probably amazing nonetheless. Say hello (again) to the Chocodile.
Previously only available on the West Coast since the late 1990s, these miniature Boston Creams are now being released nationwide in original, chocolate creme, strawberry creme, and banana creme flavors. Unfortunately, they’ll only come in “fun size” wrappers, we figure that’s just another excuse to buy an extra box.
Israeli forces have dramatically escalated the number of airstrikes on targets in the Gaza Strip on the third day of an offensive against militants inside the Hamas-controlled territory.
Israeli military spokesman Lt. Col. Peter Lerner told The Associated Press that Israel struck more than 300 Hamas targets overnight, focusing on underground tunnel networks and rocket launching sites. That brought the total number of targets hit to 750. The military said it struck a car in Gaza carrying three Islamic Jihad militants involved in firing rockets, raising the Palestinian death toll to at least 75. The Palestinian health ministry has reported that at least 20 of those deaths have been civilians, but the exact number is not known.
WASHINGTON (July 9, 2014) — A U.S. Supreme Court justice has rejected a Pennsylvania county clerk’s bid to stop gay marriages in the state while she tries to get standing in a legal case to stop them permanently.
Without comment, Justice Samuel Alito on Wednesday rejected an appeal by Schuylkill County Orphans’ Court Clerk Theresa Santai-Gaffney. The clerk can appeal to another justice, however.
Same-sex marriage became legal in Pennsylvania on May 20 when U.S. District Judge John E. Jones III struck down a state ban against the practice. Gov. Tom Corbett’s administration decided not to appeal the decision.
The county clerk, however, then tried to intervene. The federal judge and a federal appellate court rebuffed her attempts, prompting her appeal to the Supreme Court.
A Queens man who had his stolen car returned to him by the NYPD was pulled over and surrounded by gun-waving cops just months later because they forgot to remove the vehicle from their database, according to a new lawsuit.
In his Brooklyn federal suit, Clinton Pittman claims that his 1999 Honda Civic was stolen in September 2011 in Jamaica, Queens and that he reported the theft to police.
The vehicle was located by cops the next day and Pittman picked it up from the 48th Precinct stationhouse in The Bronx, the suit states.
Pittman claims that he was driving the same car along the Van Wyck Service Road with his then 11-year-old son two months later when an unmarked NYPD vehicle suddenly cut him off at an intersection.
A pair of Nassau County police cruisers and a marked NYPD car arrived at the scene and surrounded the stunned father and son.
Want to know why Broadway ticket sales are slumping? Blame Cookie Monster!
Aggressive costumed characters who pose for pictures to drum up dollars in the Theater District are driving away customers from one of the city’s biggest draws, industry leaders said Wednesday.
“We are actually seeing a decline in local theatergoers and they tell us that it’s because they are accosted, they are overwhelmed,” said Charlotte St. Martin, executive director of the Broadway League.
“They’re telling us this is beginning to make them not want to come to the theater.”