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The Face of Evil: Surveying the ISIS Killing Fields in Northern Iraq

SINJAR, Iraq—Evil doesn’t always reveal itself through goose-stepping armies or skyscrapers collapsing on a clear autumn day. Sometimes, it’s only a sun-bleached bone in a field. This was the place the old peshmerga colonel wanted to show me. It wasn’t anything special by the look of it. Certainly, this plot of brown grass on a hillside in northern Iraq was less impressive than Sinjar’s endless rows of pulverized buildings, blasted to bits by Islamic State bombs and U.S. airstrikes. But here on this plot of land, so easily overlooked, a few white bones and some tattered clothes melded into the earth. All that remained of 24 people. Men, women, and children. Civilians. Murdered by ISIS. Their bodies left in the open to rot; their bones picked clean by wild animals … Read entire article »

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Why Steph Curry’s Faith Matters

Whatever happens in the NBA finals, Steph Curry should be on every box of Wheaties. His example is just the antidote to many of the ills currently holding America back. In an age of vulgarity, he’s humble; in a season of cynicism, he’s a religious family man; in a time of grievance mongering, he peddles grace. In an age of vulgarity, he’s humble; in a season of cynicism, he’s a religious family man; in a time of grievance mongering, he peddles grace. Of course, it is first and foremost his prowess on the court that has earned Curry accolades. Just this week, he scored 36 points in game seven of the conference finals to finally put away Oklahoma City, a team to which Curry’s Golden State Warriors had fallen down 3-1. Without the fact … Read entire article »

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Documents Reveal Operation Fast and Furious Firearms Used Extensively by Mexican Drug Cartels

Five years after America first learned of the Operation Fast and Furious federal gunwalking program, new information about the extent of the scandal continues to bubble to the surface. According to Justice Department documents obtained by conservative watchdog Judicial Watch, Fast and Furious weapons have seen wide use in Mexican drug cartels, with reports suggesting the guns are tied to at least 69 killings. Originally conceived by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in 2009, Operation Fast and Furious was created to deliberately sell guns to illegal buyers near the Mexican border, which the ATF hoped to trace back to Mexican cartels. The operation passed approximately 2,000 guns into the hands of illegal buyers while achieving minimal law enforcement ends. The Justice Department documents recorded only 94 Fast and Furious firearms … Read entire article »

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DOJ Resists Court Order to Provide Ethics Training for Its Lawyers and Wants to Hide the Names of Illegal Aliens Granted Amnesty

The Justice Department is resisting a judge’s order to provide ethics training for its lawyers and is objecting to turning over to the court the names of illegal aliens who were granted what amounts to administrative amnesty (“deferrals”) in stark violation of an injunction issued by the court. On May 19, Judge Andrew Hanen of the of the Southern District of Texas issued an order imposing sanctions on the Justice Department and its lawyers for unethical conduct, which included repeatedly lying to him in court. U.S. v. Texas is the immigration lawsuit filed by 26 states against the Obama administration over its plan to provide deferrals, work permits, and other government benefits to almost 5 million illegal aliens. Hanen issued a preliminary injunction in February 2015 preventing implementation of the plan. His decision was upheld … Read entire article »

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Why Young Americans Are Now More Likely to Live With Their Parents

For the first time in over 130 years, more young adults lived with their parents than any other living situation. According to the analysis by the Pew Research Center, 32.6 percent of adults ages 18 to 34 lived with their parents; 31.6 lived with a spouse or romantic partner; 14 percent lived without other adults (either on their own or as a head of household); and the remaining 22 percent lived in “other living arrangements” such as with a friend or relative. Living at home is even more common for young men than women: 35 percent of young men live with their parents, compared to 29 percent of young women. Education and ethnicity also play a role, with lower-educated, black, and Hispanic adults more likely to live at home. When isolated by demographics, … Read entire article »

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The Problems With CNN Poll Showing Opposition to North Carolina’s Bathroom Law

Between North Carolina’s bathroom law and President Barack Obama’s recent school bathroom mandate, bathroom use has suddenly burst on the scene of public opinion. Now pollsters and politicians alike are scrambling to figure out what Americans really think about bathrooms and privacy. CNN quickly released a poll with the headline proclaiming that “6-in-10 Oppose Bills Like the North Carolina Transgender Bathroom Law,” a bill intended to maintain gender-specific restrooms until a transgender person takes steps to change his or her sex on his or her birth certificate. But other polls found very different results on the same topic. Both Gallup and New York Times/CBS News polls found that the majority of people thought transgender individuals should use the bathroom corresponding to their birth gender. So what happened? Did America change its mind in … Read entire article »

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Income Hasn’t Fallen Like Federal Labor Statistics Show, Experts Argue

Data published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows American workers’ share of income continually falling. Although some pundits looked at these numbers and concluded the economy has shifted against workers, labor economist James Sherk says a deeper look at the data reveals that in fact many workers take home about what their counterparts did in 1948. “Every dollar earned or spent ultimately goes to labor or capital,” Sherk, a research fellow in labor economics at The Heritage Foundation, wrote in a recent report. “For example, the money that drivers spend on gas goes toward paying the employees who drilled, refined, and transported that oil or the shareholders of the companies they work for. Economists call the proportion of income going to employees the ‘labor share of income.’” Sherk, who spoke about the issue … Read entire article »

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Obama Administration Keeps House Republicans Waiting on Transgender Bathroom Order

House Republicans asked the departments of Education and Justice to clarify their transgender bathroom directive for public schools, but the Obama administration isn’t answering. Now, a congressman from North Carolina is rebuking the White House for pulling “a political stunt.” Seventy-three House Republicans, led by Rep. Mark Walker, R-N.C., signed a May 23 letter pushing the administration to detail how, and on what authority, it plans to enforce the guidelines. A week later, the administration has not responded. Walker described the silence as “concerning” and accused the administration of lawlessness. “It shows once again,” Walker said in a prepared statement Wednesday, “that President Obama uses the federal bureaucracy to enforce his political agenda with total disregard for the law.” The release from Walker’s office calls Obama’s action “a political stunt.” The White House caught Republicans by … Read entire article »

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The EPA’s Green Parachutes: $25,000 Buyout Bonuses for Agents Retiring Early

The Environmental Protection Agency has been sending employees off into early retirement with buyout bonuses of up to $25,000. The practice is often used as a cost-saving measure, but because of the way the agency replaced the retirees, the bonuses may actually put a larger financial burden on taxpayers. Pointing to a 2015 report by the EPA inspector general, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., charges that the agency may have inappropriately spent $1.4 million to pay about 60 employees for early retirement. The agency paid nearly $12 million in buyout bonuses to encourage roughly 500 employees to retire that year, according to the EPA inspector general. But rather than modify or eliminate the jobs as required to cut costs, the agency simply refilled 12 percent of the positions. But an EPA spokesman, Dan Abrams, … Read entire article »

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Your Money Is Going to Planned Parenthood Whether You Like It or Not

Whether you’re a painter, pastor, lawyer, or laborer (pro-life or pro-abortion), you work for Planned Parenthood. A portion of every paycheck goes to the world’s leading abortion business through the federal and state taxes allocated by your elected representatives and the unelected bureaucrats they empower. For the fiscal year ending in June 2015 (just before the Center for Medical Progress videos were released), over $550 million of your hard-earned tax dollars went to Planned Parenthood. But the states are taking the lead to end this forced partnership with “Big Abortion” and redirecting those funds to providers that better serve women and families. Since the authenticated Center for Medical Progress videos were released showing Planned Parenthood officials bartering over the prices of baby body parts, 15 states have taken action to end or limit its … Read entire article »

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Inside RNC's stealth push for talk radio to save GOP

Ryan Lovelace The Republican National Committee has wooed Rush Limbaugh, Mark Levin, Glenn Beck and other prominent conservative talk radio hosts to prevent the party breaking apart. It has failed so far to win over any high-profile converts from the anti-Trump and Never Trump Republican factions, but party bosses still hope their efforts can build a winning infrastructure by the general election, in November. The party began reaching out to powerful conservative voices months ago, when the prospect of a contested convention, and grassroots confusion and anger about the primary process, became a gathering storm over Republican chances of… examinerpolitics.com … Read entire article »

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Former defense official: Clinton is the real 'danger'

Anna Giaritelli Former Defense Intelligence Agency Director retired Lt. Gen Michael Flynn faulted Hillary Clinton’s foreign policy experiences, classifying all of them as failures during a Thursday night interview on Fox News. Flynn said he would describe presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump as a “more secure” commander in chief because Clinton, the likely Democratic nominee, has a record of lying to the public. “She talked about people who are dangerous. examinerpolitics.com … Read entire article »

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Trump gives Clinton a new nickname

Anna Giaritelli Donald Trump has repurposed the infamous “lyin’ Ted” nickname he had used for the Texas senator. The presumptive Republican presidential nominee said Thursday during a rally in San Diego, Calif., it would only be appropriate to divert that “lyin'” name to the next relevant politician: Hillary Clinton. “Ted Cruz is no longer a liar. examinerpolitics.com … Read entire article »

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Clinton: I'm to the right of Trump on foreign policy

David M. Drucker Hillary Clinton has effectively declared herself more conservative than Donald Trump on foreign policy. In a full frontal attack on her Republican rival’s fitness for office, the Democratic front-runner, called for aggressive American world leadership. In a foreign policy speech in San Diego on Thursday, just days before California primary, Clinton advocated for stronger ties to traditional allies and a recommitment to Western alliances, such as the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, that Trump has suggested is obsolete. Echoing Republican attacks on President Obama, whom she served as secretary of state, Clinton… examinerpolitics.com … Read entire article »

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Earnest: Deletion of Iran briefing video wouldn't happen at White House

Susan Crabtree White House press secretary Josh Earnest said a decision at the State Department to selectively edit out a portion of the press briefing dealing with the Iran nuclear deal would never happen on his watch. “I feel quite confident in saying that no one would make a decision like that about a briefing that I was involved in without telling me,” Earnest said to a group of reporters traveling with the president back from Colorado Thursday evening. examinerpolitics.com … Read entire article »

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Chaffetz demands names of State employees who altered video from Kerry

Anna Giaritelli House Oversight Chairman Jason Chaffetz has asked Secretary of State John Kerry for the names of the government employees who deleted video footage from the agency’s website of a 2013 press briefing about the Iran nuclear deal, according to an email obtained by the Washington Examiner. Chaffetz has asked Kerry to supply five documents that explain the events surrounding the deletion of the videos. State Department spokesman John Kirby said Wednesday that the deletion of two exchanges in 2013 between Fox News correspondent James Rosen and two State spokespersons was the result of “a deliberate request” and “wasn’t a… examinerpolitics.com … Read entire article »

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Possible VP pick Rick Scott to visit Trump Tower

Anna Giaritelli Florida Gov. Rick Scott will meet with Donald Trump on Monday at the New York businessman’s Manhattan office, according to an email from an aide to the Florida governor. “Governor Scott looks forward to meeting with Mr. examinerpolitics.com … Read entire article »

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Blue Angels fatal crash is first in nearly a decade

Anna Giaritelli Nearly a decade has passed since the last time a U.S. service member died in a military air show outside Beaufort, S.C., in April 2007. examinerpolitics.com … Read entire article »

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Trump: Judge has 'absolute conflict' because of 'Mexican heritage'

Anna Giaritelli Donald Trump claimed the judge presiding over his civil fraud lawsuit is incapable of delivering a fair verdict in his legal battle over Trump University because of his Mexican roots. The presumptive Republican presidential nominee told the Wall Street Journal that U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel had an “absolute conflict” overseeing the case Trump was served because “of Mexican heritage” and his membership to a Latino lawyers’ association. It’s the raciest attack Trump has hurled at the judge and it could hurt the New York businessman’s standing with Latinos, among whom he already polls poorly. Trump reasoned… examinerpolitics.com … Read entire article »

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Sneak preview: Gazette exclusive interview with President Obama

Megan Schrader, Colorado Springs Gazette This is an excerpt from an exclusive interview granted to the Gazette by President Barack Obama. examinerpolitics.com … Read entire article »

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