Saturday, May 16, 2015
◼ A SECURITY RESEARCHER kicked off a United Airlines flight last month after tweeting about security vulnerabilities in its system had previously taken control of an airplane and caused it to briefly fly sideways, according to an application for a search warrant filed by an FBI agent. - Wired via Drudge
Chris Roberts, a security researcher with One World Labs, told the FBI agent during an interview in February that he had hacked the in-flight entertainment system, or IFE, on an airplane and overwrote code on the plane’s Thrust Management Computer while aboard the flight. He was able to issue a climb command and make the plane briefly change course, the document states.
He told WIRED that he did access in-flight networks about 15 times during various flights but had not done anything beyond explore the networks and observe data traffic crossing them. According to the FBI affidavit, however, when he mentioned this to agents last February he told them that he also had briefly commandeered a plane during one of those flights.
He told the FBI that the period in which he accessed the in-flight networks more than a dozen times occurred between 2011 and 2014. The affidavit, however, does not indicate exactly which flight he allegedly caused to turn to fly to the side.
He obtained physical access to the networks through the Seat Electronic Box, or SEB. These are installed two to a row, on each side of the aisle under passenger seats, on certain planes. After removing the cover to the SEB by “wiggling and Squeezing the box,” Roberts told agents he attached a Cat6 ethernet cable, with a modified connector, to the box and to his laptop and then used default IDs and passwords to gain access to the inflight entertainment system. Once on that network, he was able to gain access to other systems on the planes.
Reaction in the security community to the new revelations in the affidavit have been harsh.
“I think Jeb is a reluctant warrior,” real estate mogul and potential Republican primary candidate Donald Trump said on Thursday.
PAPER: Does Jeb really want to be president? http://t.co/O8IPRnZSXZ— DRUDGE REPORT (@DRUDGE_REPORT) May 17, 2015
◼ Does Jeb Bush even really want to be US president? Or does he feel, as a Bush, obliged to run, much like Ted Kennedy in 1979? - Matt K Lewis/The Telegraph
Thank you! pic.twitter.com/Gctjeuvwtp— Jon Fleischman (@FlashReport) May 16, 2015
Friday, May 15, 2015
"ISIS Fighters Seize Government Headquarters in Ramadi, Iraq" by TIM ARANGO via NYT http://t.co/gwLU554PBT— Adinda Zacharias (@dindazach) May 15, 2015
Antiquities like Palmyra survived under Islam for centuries. Science flourished too. That was then. What went wrong? http://t.co/KjxA9ZBTAT— Richard Dawkins (@RichardDawkins) May 15, 2015
Isis routs Iraqi troops from most of Ramadi http://t.co/AOIw96d8q0— Guardian news (@guardiannews) May 15, 2015
Last week, news outlets uncovered more secret foreign donations to the Clinton Foundation—1,100 hidden donations to be exact. The identities, financial dealings, and levels of interaction with Mrs. and Mr. Clinton are as yet unknown.
One of the last vestiges of broad-based bipartisan agreement in American politics is the belief that foreign money should not influence U.S. political leaders and their decisions. The Supreme Court has unanimously upheld the ban on foreign political money, and President Barack Obama and Republicans have echoed similar themes.
We now know that the Clinton Foundation served as a conduit for the flow of hundreds of millions of dollars from foreign individuals, entities, and governments....
The Federal Communication Commission has spent $110 million on the system, and are now trying to figure out why it hadn't been turned on
- NTSB said the commuter service was travelling at twice the speed limit
- Engineer Brandon Bostian hit the emergency brakes - but it was too late
- Train came off tracks - killing eight people and injuring more than 200
- Has been claimed 'Positive Train Control' was in place on stretch of track
- The system - used to slow the train down - was not turned on at the time
- There have been installation delays because of problems with radios
The most amazing thing about this article is zero mention that Citizens United was about Hillary The Movie.
The most amazing thing about this article is zero mention that Citizens United was about Hillary The Movie. http://t.co/Rmssu67Evj— Phil Kerpen (@kerpen) May 15, 2015
In June 2014, the most recent Gallup survey, 57% of Americans said it was a “mistake” going to war in Iraq, while 39% disagreed and supported the war.
Democrats discover Obama can be a jerk -- and can't handle it. http://t.co/uJe4jnQQue— Jonah Goldberg (@JonahNRO) May 15, 2015
Consider the Washington Post’s Dana Milbank. For the last six years, he’s spent much of his time rolling his eyes and sneering at Republicans....
“Let’s suppose you are trying to bring a friend around to your point of view,” Milbank writes. “Would you tell her she’s emotional, illogical, outdated, and not very smart? Would you complain that he’s being dishonest, fabricating falsehoods and denying reality with his knee-jerk response?” “Such a method of a persuasion is likelier to get you a black eye than a convert,” Milbank notes. “Yet this is how President Obama treats his fellow Democrats on trade . . .” Yes, well, true enough. But lost on Milbank is the fact that this is precisely how Obama treats everyone who disagrees with him. When Obama — who ran for office touting his ability to work with Republicans and vowing to cure the partisan dysfunction in Washington — treated Republicans in a far ruder and shabbier way, Milbank celebrated....
All that has changed is that he’s doing the exact same thing to Democrats, and it’s making them sad. Specifically, he’s accused Senator Elizabeth Warren of not having her facts straight. He says she’s just a politician following her partisan self-interest.
But here’s the hilarious part: Liberals can’t take it. The president of NOW, Terry O’Neill, accused Obama of being sexist. O’Neill sniped that Obama’s “clear subtext is that the little lady just doesn’t know what she’s talking about.” She added, “I think it was disrespectful.” Both O’Neill and Senator Sherrod Brown also sniff sexism in the fact that Obama referred to Warren as “Elizabeth.”
Thursday, May 14, 2015
Marco Rubio proved he can hang with the big hawks in his first foreign policy speech since he declared his run for president.
The student has now become the teacher.
Sen. Marco Rubio, once viewed as a protege of presidential competitor Jeb Bush, schooled the former Florida governor Wednesday evening in the first national security address of his national campaign.
As compared to Jeb Bush, who fumbled and stumbled through his first major national security address, Marco Rubio delivered a master class on foreign policy that spoke to the soul of the right’s hawkish neoconservatives.
In New York City, before the Council of Foreign Relations and their foreign policy experts, Rubio showed himself to be a peer.
In an hour before the Council, he spoke about everything from Filipino typhoon survivors to keeping South China Sea transit ways accessible—and at one point corrected longtime broadcaster and forum moderator Charlie Rose about the extent to which there are Iranian fighters in Iraq.
And he got into the details: he condemned Iranian efforts to develop a long-range ballistic missile capability, a specific gripe of hawkish Iranian experts that doesn’t get much attention. He said the conditions don’t exist for a two-state solution; that the VA system needs to be reformed; that he’s open to Ukraine joining NATO.... ◼ KEEP READING
Marco Rubio Says America’s Physical Strength Has ‘Deteriorated’ Under Obama http://t.co/7EqGHRleuZ— Observer Politics (@ObserverPols) May 13, 2015
"Have you seen Marco Rubio? Marco Rubio is lighting it up." -Rush Limbaugh http://t.co/LWZbrBK81l— Robert Costa (@costareports) May 15, 2015
Ben Carson in FIRST PLACE in new 2016 poll http://t.co/0V8P68wYhC— Right Scoop (@trscoop) May 14, 2015
The House cleared legislation that would require President Obama to submit any nuclear deal with Iran to Congress for review, but require a supermajority to keep it from being implemented.
The vote was 400-25, with most of the opposition coming from conservative Republicans who felt it was too weak.
The bill would give Congress 30 days to review a deal and decide whether to vote on a resolution of disapproval. If one is adopted, the bill allows another 22-day period during which Obama can veto the resolution and Congress could try to override his veto.
During that period, Obama may not waive any sanctions written into U.S. law. But if the disapproval resolution is not adopted over his expected veto, that restriction is lifted, clearing the way for an agreement to be implemented.
The Ongoing Clinton Protection Racket at @ABCNews Included the Burying of a $40 Million Investment -
FLASHBACK: TO PROTECT CLINTONS, ABC CENSORED AND BURIED ‘PATH TO 9/11′ MINISERIES
Notable: @Olbermann suspended at MSNBC for $7,200 in campaign contribs. ABC taking no action re: Stephanopoulos $50k to Clinton Foundation.— Dylan Byers (@DylanByers) May 14, 2015
Geraldo: ABC Fired Me for $200 Donation, Why Not the Same for Stephanopoulos? He's boytoy 4 Clinton while you search dead gangster vaults— Wayne DuPree ★彡 (@WayneDupreeShow) May 15, 2015
The Hired Liars of Liberal Media http://t.co/CAhpJxDAJW— Mind-Numbed Robot (@mnrobot) May 14, 2015
shot/chaser pic.twitter.com/78fORdABdy— Lachlan Markay (@lachlan) May 14, 2015
You have Free Beacon to thank for the Stephanopoulos scoop, NOT POLITICO http://t.co/qTh2XT6rDY— Right Scoop (@trscoop) May 14, 2015
◼ UPDATE: Clinton Camp Mgr Mook Interned for Stephanopoulos - Washington Free Beacon
◼ ABCNEWS anchor discloses $50,000 contribution to Foundation - New York Times
◼ Leaks to POLITICO after FREEBEACON inquiry - Washington Free Beacon
◼ Grilled 'Cash' author Schweitzer - Washington Times
◼ Out as debate moderator - AP
◼ CRUZ: HE'S A 'PARTISAN DEMOCRAT' - Matthew Borly/Breitbart
◼ FLASHBACK: ABC ASSURED WOULDN'T REPORT NEWS - Byron York/Washington Examiner @ByronYork
◼ GORGEOUS GEORGE - The Daily Beast
RAND VISITS SECRET ROOM TO READ OBAMATRADE... http://t.co/F67dHYfsJV— DRUDGE REPORT (@DRUDGE_REPORT) May 13, 2015
When asked for some of the details that are inside the TPP agreement, Paul said he’s not allowed to tell us that. But he did say the secret trade deal that his Kentucky colleague, Senate Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY)54%
, wants to rush through the Senate is about 800 pages long. He added he plans to seek additional information from the U.S. Trade Representative’s office—including a briefing from them—and suspects that the text he read isn’t even the final version of the deal.
“I think I am not supposed to reveal the details of it, but I can tell you it was about 800 pages long,” Paul said.
I think while we’ve gotten at least some headway in understanding what’s in it, I think it raises more questions that will require more research to fully understand what’s in it. We’re going to pursue that with someone from the U.S. Trade Representative—we’re going to pursue more information from them. Some of the questions are whether we’re seeing the final agreement or this is in the interim agreement before the final agreement. That’s a question we still have. I have a feeling that what we’re seeing is a work product, not a final.Paul said he thinks the “secretive” process hurts the “cause” of TPA and TPP advocates, and is calling on the Obama administration to publicly release the deal’s details before future votes on the matter in the U.S. Senate.
'He has access to information'...
'She is an adversary of Internet freedom'...
Guess what Stephanopoulos didn’t declare — his own financial contributions to an organization that Sunlight Foundation official Bill Allison said operates like “a slush fund for the Clintons.”
whoopsie pic.twitter.com/c9feW5rJbD— Andrew Stiles (@AndrewStilesUSA) May 14, 2015
By "discloses" you mean "was busted by Free Beacon and tried to get ahead of the scandal," right? https://t.co/PUQipVNoLj— Instapundit.com (@instapundit) May 14, 2015
George Stephanopoulos discloses $50,000 contribution to Clinton Foundation http://t.co/43jv9f8Bg8 not disclosed when reporting on it— Andrew Kaczynski (@BuzzFeedAndrew) May 14, 2015
Shouldn't the $50K disclosure have at least come before this? http://t.co/o9bPeBgz2G— Matt Lewis (@mattklewis) May 14, 2015
◼ Stephanopoulos gave $50,000 to Clinton Foundation, didn’t disclose during coverage of scandal; ABC News: “Honest mistake”; Update: Other coverage without disclosure from 2013, 2014; Update: Two weeks ago, too - Ed Morrissey/HotAir
Remember when George Stephanopoulos declared during an interview with Clinton Cash author Peter Schweizer that the book had found no “smoking gun” against the Clinton Foundation and the Clintons themselves?
...Let’s recall the exchange between Stephanopoulos and Schweizer:
STEPHANOPOULOS: As you know, the Clinton campaign says you haven’t produced a shred of evidence that there was any official action as secretary that — that supported the interests of donors.Gee, maybe that would have been a good time to add, “Just to be clear, I’ve donated $50,000 to the Clinton Foundation,” for the sake of honesty.
STEPHANOPOULOS: We’ve done investigative work here at ABC News, found no proof of any kind of direct action. And an independent government ethics expert, Bill Allison, of the Sunline Foundation (ph), wrote this. He said, “There’s no smoking gun, no evidence that she changed the policy based on donations to the foundation.”
No smoking gun.
Is there a smoking gun?
SCHWEIZER: Yes. The smoking gun is in the pattern of behavior. And here’s the analogy I would give you. It’s a little bit like insider trading. I wrote a book on Congressional insider trading a couple of years ago and talked with prosecutors.
Most people that engage in criminal insider trading don’t send an e-mail that says I’ve got inside information, buy this stock.
The way they look at it, they look at a pattern of stock trades. If the person has access to that information and they do a series of well-timed trades, that warrants investigation.
I think the same thing applies here.
By the way, what’s important to note is it was confirmed on Thursday, both by “The New York Times” and “The Wall Street Journal,” that there were multi-million dollar, non-disclosed donations that were made to the Clinton Foundation that were never disclosed by the Clintons.
This is a direct breach of an agreement they signed with the White House.
STEPHANOPOULOS: That — that is an issue for them, but it’s not a criminal — it’s nothing that would warrant a criminal investigation.
Peter Schweizer “stunned” Stephanopoulos didn't disclose Clinton Foundation donations during interview: http://t.co/yngyVRXgQ7— Michael Calderone (@mlcalderone) May 14, 2015
He honestly thought no one would find out. https://t.co/lP7waIUFI6— Instapundit.com (@instapundit) May 14, 2015
Cortney O'Brien - Even George Stephanopoulos Can’t Ignore Clinton Donor Scandal http://t.co/9AX1JtH1ms— Ian Cone (@conens46) May 1, 2015
Why risk your career to hide your donation? Were you under duress? Coming clean is the best way to deal with blackmail. @GStephanopoulos— Film Ladd (@FilmLadd) May 14, 2015
Last point is what gets me: Have Clinton beat reporters not looked into foundation donors? Or did they just not care about Stephanopoulos?— T. Becket Adams (@BecketAdams) May 14, 2015
Like the Clinton tapes, all credit goes to @FreeBeacon for the Stephanopoulos find. No one else even looked. All others are copying.— T. Becket Adams (@BecketAdams) May 14, 2015
BREAKING: House passes bill to end NSA collection of US phone records, setting stage for Senate fight.
The House just passed the USA Freedom Act, which would effectively shut down part of NSA's domestic spying program http://t.co/rSNzUq1pjf— emily dreyfuss (@EmilyDreyfuss) May 13, 2015
BREAKING: House passes bill to end NSA collection of US phone records, setting stage for Senate fight.— The Associated Press (@AP) May 13, 2015
As many as 17 million women under age 50 may no longer be covered for mammograms under potential new guidance from a federal advisory panel, according to a new study.
...The backlash toward the draft recommendation has been fierce. The debate has pitted groups like the American Cancer Society against Breast Cancer Action, which penned an op-ed in the Washington Post on Tuesday entitled, "Stop routine breast cancer screenings.
Similar guidance was also issued in 2009, which received similarly strong opposition and was essentially shelved.
The rule also drew criticism on Wednesday from Chris Jacobs, the policy director at Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal's think tank America Next.
He argued that the advisory panel's previous guidance had no impact, though ObamaCare has since given it the power to tell insurance companies which services to cover.
"Obamacare moved that debate from the clinical realm into the policy world by giving the task force jurisdiction over which preventive services insurers must cover," he wrote in a blog for the Wall Street Journal.
The House passed a bill banning abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, but it's unlikely to become law: http://t.co/q7XaoAIHSU— Wall Street Journal (@WSJ) May 13, 2015
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
One example is the $1 billion ocean-water desalination plant Israel’s IDE Technologies is building to provide 50 million gallons of water daily in the San Diego area starting in November.
But that’s just a trickle compared to the flood of joint projects that could get flowing in the coming dry years.
...Both Israel and California have strong agricultural sectors. Four-fifths of all water used in California goes to agriculture.
Israel has developed a system for recycling, purifying, storing and conveying treated wastewater when and where farms need it, along with world-renowned drip-irrigation innovations to use the precious liquid most efficiently.
The revolutionary idea of using purified wastewater for farming was pioneered in the 1980s, when Israel’s natural water resources could no longer support its burgeoning agriculture.
Using advanced filtration technologies developed in Israel, treatment facilities remove contaminants to national and international standards. The water then flows to a buffer of 230 reservoirs built by the Water Authority and Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael-Jewish National Fund (KKL-JNF), from which it is pumped to farmers for irrigation.
65% of Californians self-identify as center-right politically. Did anybody report that in the media?
The fact is, California is really not as liberal as the politicians it continues to elect. According to a little reported March, 2015 poll conducted by the Public Policy Institute of California (“PPIC”), a respected bi-partisan organization, an eye-popping plurality of 35% of Californians consider themselves to be “conservative”, while 34% consider themselves to be “liberal”, and 30% identify themselves as “middle-of-the-road.”
Looked at another way, a huge majority of 65% of Californians identify themselves as center or right!
Without, of course, any evidence the crash had anything to do with Amtrak's budget. But narrative! https://t.co/3TK5ErV8l3— Varad Mehta (@varadmehta) May 13, 2015
Josh Earnest reminds everyone that Obama made a “historic” investment in infrastructure - pointing out that GOP opposed— Charlie Spiering (@charliespiering) May 13, 2015
Lies, damned lies, and Amtrak advocacy http://t.co/ePpQUp0Xbf— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) May 13, 2015
The State of CA has injected itself into the doctor-parent relationship; lawmakers can’t see how creepy this is.
The State of CA has injected itself into the doctor-parent relationship; lawmakers can’t see how creepy this is. http://t.co/emYvyv6t5J— Katy Grimes (@KATYSaccitizen) May 13, 2015
...The unspeakable issue at the root of Pan’s 2012 bill was and still is the influx of children from other countries into California’s public schools, who bring with them new strains of measles, mumps, chicken pox and flu bugs, among other communicable diseases. Children who have recently traveled out of the country also bring home infectious diseases.
But it’s not politically correct to address that problem. Instead the Legislature wants everyone else to get vaccinated....
Erick Erickson Has a Great Idea for Presidential Debates http://t.co/Y3jw89nYnZ— Ron Fournier (@ron_fournier) May 13, 2015
Erick Erickson, the RedState.com editor who The Atlantic called "the most powerful conservative in America," has a brilliant idea. For his annual RedState Gathering in Atlanta, he issued strict instructions to GOP presidential candidates addressing the group.
I have asked each of the 2016 candidates to focus on one thing: If they become president, their reelection would be in 2020. I'd like them to present their 2020 vision for what the nation should look like after their first four years. We do not need Obama-bashing. We need to know what they would do differently and how they would shape the nation. They should be elected not on their ability to bash the opposition, but their ability to sell a vision for the future that resonates with the base and the nation as a whole.It's a great concept—and organizers of the general election debates should steal it.
Mark Levin CASTIGATES Obama and his dime-store Marxism about the rich http://t.co/LcaAMvc1Hh— The Right Scoop (@TheRightScoop) May 13, 2015
...Supporters of Common Core are right to lament a broken system that produces mediocre results on average, and acts as a slaughterhouse of dreams at worse. But they have misdiagnosed the problem, and therefore propose the wrong solution. The problem isn’t that 50 states had 50 different sets of standards, but rather that a government-run schooling system lacks the ability to engage in the experimentation, end-user evaluation, and consumer-driven evolution that have produced great advances and increased productivity in other sectors. The solution, therefore, is not to grant more power to bureaucrats to remake our education system from the top down, but to support polices that empower parents to remake it from the bottom up.
Tuesday, May 12, 2015
Has Hillary been asked about her vote on the Iraq war?'#p2— Sister Toldjah (@sistertoldjah) May 13, 2015
A number of foreign donors pledged new support for Clinton Foundation efforts during a conference in Marrakech last week, raising questions about the strength of Hillary Clinton's campaign promise to cut off foreign donations to her family philanthropy while she runs for president.
The Kingdom of Morocco was among the foreign entities that committed to new projects at the Clinton Global Initiative event, which drew dozens of big-ticket donors to the country for a three-day meeting headlined by Bill Clinton. Hillary was slated to attend the Marrakech conference before her name was quietly removed from the schedule earlier this year amid criticism of the foundation's foreign activities.
The Clinton Global Initiative is an arm of the Clinton Foundation that acts a broker between donors and entities that are interested in completing charitable projects. Under the memorandum of understanding that guided the foundation's activities while Hillary Clinton was in office, the Clinton Global Initiative was not allowed to hold major events overseas....
While the State Department spoke out against the Moroccan government in 2011, when Hillary was serving as the nation's top diplomat, her foundation touted Morocco's economic vitality when it announced plans to host the Middle East and North Africa summit in the country.
Hillary's State Department criticized the "lack of citizens' right to change the constitutional provisions establishing the country's monarchical form of government" in 2011 despite the fact that the event was largely funded by a firm owned by the same monarch.
The Clinton Global Initiative conference highlighted a shift in Hillary Clinton's public stance on Morocco, a country whose government she criticized while in office but praised as a "vital hub for economic and cultural exchange" when announcing the event.
Hillary Clinton takes her hypocrisy on money in politics to new heights: http://t.co/K33lcWtBuP— Reince Priebus (@Reince) May 13, 2015
CRUZ: Often the people who get left behind in the immigration debate are legal immigrants— Amanda Carpenter (@amandacarpenter) May 13, 2015
CRUZ: There are many candidates who have supported amnesty or who have gone back and forth on it. I am against it.— Amanda Carpenter (@amandacarpenter) May 13, 2015
He cowrote an op-ed with Paul Ryan in the WSJ about it a few weeks ago— Amanda Carpenter (@amandacarpenter) May 13, 2015
CRUZ: I give Jeb credit for consistency..there will be a clear straight up debate about the future of the Republican Party— Amanda Carpenter (@amandacarpenter) May 13, 2015
CRUZ: The entire predicate of the war against Iraq was that they had WMDs..we now know the intelligence was false— Amanda Carpenter (@amandacarpenter) May 13, 2015
Amanda Carpenter: CRUZ: Foreign policy ought to be dictated by vital national security interests..we should be reluctant to use military force... But if we do use military force we ought to use overwhelming force and get the heck out
Megyn Kelly: I asked @tedcruz if he would have authorized the war in #Iraq. His response: “Of course not.” #KellyFile
“I think foreign policy ought to be dictated by the vital national security interests of the United States.” #KellyFile
“It is not the job of our soldiers and sailors and airmen and Marines to transform foreign nations into democratic utopias.”
Watching Ted Cruz. This man sticks by what he says & doesn't flip flop. Even Megan Kelly says that. Classy guy. #CRUZ2016— Lisa Toler (@lisa_toler) May 13, 2015
Ted Cruz ROCKS his interview with Megyn Kelly on Jeb Bush, Iraq, Common Core, and MORE http://t.co/IuGeW7noBx— The Right Scoop (@TheRightScoop) May 13, 2015
Cruz: No, I Wouldn't Have Gone Into Iraq http://t.co/eJDfeWEPgg— The Weekly Standard (@weeklystandard) May 13, 2015
Study: Obama regulations cost businesses $80 billion a year, $1.88 trillion, $14,976 'hidden tax' per house
Conflict of Interest: Majority of @HillaryClinton's early fundraisers are being hosted by @ClintonFdn donors.
A $14M advance for recycled speeches/congressional testimony? Not bad work, if you can find it. http://t.co/3gnqXUBB4D— Sonny Bunch (@SonnyBunch) May 12, 2015
Who is Alice Miller and what’s she wanted for? She is a Washington bureaucrat and, no, she is not wanted for breaking a federal statute. Rather, she misinterpreted a regulation and, in the process, nullified the laws of two states.
She used the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 (passed by Congress and signed by then-President Clinton), which requires state governments to allow a person to automatically register to vote when applying for a driver’s license or social services.
The law requires states to use a registration form designed by a federal office called the Election Assistance Commission; however, states may petition the commission to revise the form to include state qualification laws. Laws in both Kansas and Arizona require registrants to show that they are U.S. citizens in order to qualify to vote. The Obama administration does not like voter qualifications and, presumably, Alice Miller doesn’t either. Her title is “Acting Director” of the Election Assistance Commission. She refused to reprint the forms for Kansas and Arizona to conform to state law, as both had requested.
Alice Miller’s action would have gone unnoticed had it not been for an item published in PJ Media by J. Christian Adams. No doubt she would have preferred anonymity.
Was she even authorized to take such an action? Probably not. She was named “Acting Director” in a “line of succession” document written by the commission’s general counsel who was, at the time, himself, the Acting Director. His “line of succession” document was never voted on by the members of the commission, thus lacked authority. Hence Ms. Miller’s action became an unprecedented policy decision supported by Attorney General Eric Holder’s Department of Justice.
Prior to her role as “Acting Director,” Ms. Miller was a garden-variety bureaucrat at the commission. Before joining it she had been the staff lawyer for the District of Columbia’s Board of Elections and Ethics. That office oversaw D.C. elections. In that job, she once said that elections should be run with a more “‘holistic’ approach to ensuring that elections are usable, secure and reliable.” “Holistic” is a made-up word meaning, “relating to or concerned with wholes.” In this case, her refusal to adjust the forms for Kansas and Arizona means those forms definitely are not “holistic.” So much for consistency.
The two states promptly sued. A federal court sided with them, ordering the EAC to reprint the forms with the corrections in them. The Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, however, reversed this and held that Alice Miller did have the power to deny new forms to the two states.
Now, the states have asked the Supreme Court to take the case. The Public Interest Legal Foundation and the American Civil Rights Union (not to be confused with the American Civil Liberties Union) have filed an amicus brief in support of the Kansas and Arizona case.
An underlying problem here is that Congress passes laws without many specifics, leaving it to federal bureaucrats to write (and enforce) regulations that activate the laws. The Federal Code of Regulations now comprises 175,000 pages. As Charles Murray puts it in his new book By the People: Rebuilding Liberty Without Permission, “let’s withhold compliance with regulations that are pointless, stupid and tyrannical.” Good idea. Alas, it won’t work in this case, where it is a tyrannical bureaucrat, not the regulation, that has caused an unnecessary problem.
Peter Hannaford was closely associated with the late President Reagan for a number of years. He is a member of the board of the Committee on the Present Danger. His latest book is ◼ “Presidential Retreats.”
Disturbingly, they have recently been using a spiked, metal device known as “The Biter” to inflict harsh punishments on local women deemed to have shown too much skin — and women who breastfeed in public are not exempt....
Recently, one 24-year-old woman in the ISIS stronghold of Raqqa, Syria was recently accosted by the Al-Khansa brigade for breastfeeding her baby in public.
Her account of the resulting punishment is hair-raising.
“[T]hey took me to the ‘Hesba’ headquarters in the city, and escorted me to the torture chamber, then they asked me to choose between a whip or a ‘biter’,” the woman told anti-ISIS group A-Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently.
“I did not know what a ‘biter’ was and I thought it is a reduced sentence,” she added. “I was afraid of whipping, so I choose the ‘biter.’”
“They brought a sharp object that has a lot of teeth and held me, placing it on my chest and pressing it strongly,” the young woman, nicknamed Batol to protect her identity, said.
“I screamed from pain and I was badly injured. They later took me to the hospital… I felt then that my femininity has been destroyed completely.”
Hawaii's Obamacare insurance exchange closing down at cost to taxpayers of $205 million http://t.co/2pa2yfPPIQ— Tammy Bruce (@HeyTammyBruce) May 12, 2015
...,so far, state Attorney General Kamala Harris (D) is the only big-name Democrat to announce plans to run.
Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D), largely seen as Harris’ initial rival, turned down the chance to run a month after Harris announced her intentions.
Initially, many experts predicted that the race could be historically expensive, thanks to the state's population, the presence of multiple top media markets, and the "jungle" primary system that pits candidates from both parties against each other in the primary election.
Other names initially floated as potential candidates, including Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) and billionaire Tom Steyer — decided against running.
Harris may still see competition. Democratic Reps. Xavier Becerra, Loretta Sanchez and Jackie Speier are among those considering jumping in.
REPUBLICAN TOME DEL BECCARO IS RUNNING:
Budget reconciliation is a powerful tool because the Senate cannot filibuster bills with this designation, which means they can pass with a simple majority of 51 votes, instead of the usual 60. In practical terms, this means Republicans do not need Democratic support to send a reconciliation bill to the president.
Over the years, reconciliation has been used to pass many significant pieces of economic and budgetary legislation, including welfare reform in 1996 and President Bush’s tax cuts in 2001 and 2003.
Congressional Republicans are agreed that reconciliation should be available for a legislative response if the Supreme Court sides with the plaintiffs in the King v. Burwell case. Such a decision would puncture a large hole in the health-care law by invalidating insurance subsidies in 37 states. Although the ensuing disruption in insurance markets would be entirely the administration’s fault, Republicans are right to prep a serious legislative response that would help people who are losing subsidies and that also would move away from Obamacare’s heavy-handed strictures.
Congress is FINALLY back to work and it's all because of Republicans: https://t.co/vbPMxQH1NI— NRSC Republicans (@NRSC) May 12, 2015