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McConnell Campaign Manager Out Amid Controversy

Aug 29, 2014 6:30 PM PT

In a story initially and doggedly pursued by former Breitbart News reporter Lee Stranahan, Jesse Benton has resigned as Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s campaign manager, "citing potential distractions over renewed attention to a scandal from the Iowa 2012 caucuses."

At issue is Benton's possible involvement in a vote buying scandal dating back to the 2012 Iowa Caucus during which Benton, a long-time Paul family associate, ran Ron Paul's campaign. Days ago, former Iowa GOP state lawmaker Kent Sorenson "pleaded guilty to charges of accepting money to change his endorsement in 2012 from Michele Bachmann to Ron Paul."

In the Iowa case, then-state Sen. Kent Sorenson, who was a paid operative on Bachmann’s campaign, accepted tens of thousands of dollars from people connected to the elder Paul’s campaign — payments that were not disclosed to the Federal Election Commission.

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Crime

VIDEO: De Blasio Blasts NYC Sergeants Police Union On Crime Stats

Aug 29, 2014 2:05 PM PT

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio defended the city's crime statistics at a presser in Brooklyn on Thursday afternoon telling Breitbart New Police Commissioner Bill Bratton and his team "are literally the most advanced in the nation on crime statistics." :

This is the man that brought us Com Stat. I was in a Com Stat meeting a week ago and it is an extraordinary example of advanced intelligent public sector leaders figuring out what’s going on and acting on it. And as anyone knows who has seen Com Stat or talked about it, it’s rigorous. It’s challenging. In fact, the leadership of the department challenges the precinct commanders to look under the hood of what’s going on and see if there’s even more there. It’s actually, and I understand there’s a concern you’re raising, because in some police departments around the country, there have been allegations of crime that have been undercounted. But under Bill Bratton, there’s a relentless search that we’ve got every crime classified properly and that we’re doing all the follow up we need.

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ObamaCare

Obamacare's Glitchy Website Hinders Thousands Asked to Verify Citizenship

Aug 29, 2014 12:09 PM PT

Three hundred thousand people who enrolled in Obamacare have been asked to submit proof of citizenship or risk losing their insurance. Many who have tried to comply are finding the healthcare.gov website to be more of an obstacle than a convenience.

The problems with citizenship verification were reported by USA Today Thursday. The paper reports that 310,000 notices were sent out earlier this month requesting proof of citizenship. In order to respond by the deadline next week, individuals need to be able to upload the requested documents on to healthcare.gov.

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Politics

Brown Hits Shaheen, Obama on Foreign Policy

Aug 29, 2014 9:41 AM PT

Amid reports that as many as 300 Americans are fighting along ISIS in Iraq and Syria and citing his own record of having introduced two bills while serving in the Senate that would have stripped U.S. citizenship from those “providing material support or resources to a foreign terrorist organization” or “actively engaging” in hostilities against the U.S. or allies, Scott Brown is out with a new video hitting Jeanne Shaheen and Obama on their weak foreign policy, while also urging Congress to take action.

The minutelong Web video, titled “Reestablish America,” features clips from Scott’s recent foreign policy town hall with Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and news footage of foreign hot spots, including Iraq, Israel and Ukraine.

"There are so many issues on the table right now that are affecting our foreign policy,” he says in the video, slamming Obama for an "incoherent" foreign policy.

Brown, a former senator from Massachusetts, is challenging Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (N.H.). A recent poll showed Brown closing the gap in the race.

His new video comes as fears grow that militants from ISIS with Western passports could target the U.S. or Europe.

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Technology

Latest world power to have a top-secret drone program: Google

Aug 29, 2014 9:32 AM PT

There was some pretty wild talk coming out of Amazon a while back about using unmanned aerial vehicles to deliver packages.  It turns out Google wants to play too, and is already has a drone test program well under way.  The existence of this top-secret program was officially announced on Thursday.  From USA Today:

Dubbed Project Wing, the three-year mission successfully completed its first delivery Aug. 13, a bundle of Cherry Ripe chocolate bars. Over subsequent days, the team from GoogleX — the Mountain View, Calif.-based search company's exploratory technology arm — air-dropped a range of other farmer-friendly goods, from medicines to first-aid kits.

The flights were a direct response to GoogleX lead and Google co-founder Sergey Brin, who challenged his team to make a delivery to a real person via drone.

"We selected these items based on several conversations with local people about how aerial delivery might help them in their jobs," GoogleX said in a release Thursday. "Over the course of the week, the team ran more than 30 successful delivery flights. We are now back in California reviewing what we've learned."

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Entertainment

Why a TV Network Would Cancel Its Highest-Rated Drama

Aug 29, 2014 7:56 AM PT

A&E's "Longmire," which recently wrapped up its third season, is the second highest-rated program on the network (second only to "Duck Dynasty") and the most popular original dramatic production the network has ever aired.  It's an unassuming police procedural that breathes new life into cop and mystery cliches with a unique setting, the big sky country of Wyoming, and a terrific lead character, gruff old cowboy sheriff Walt Longmire.  Indian characters and the local reservation add some interesting twists as well.  The cast has an easy chemistry that makes watching the show like catching up with old friends at a weekly poker game.

So of course, A&E just canceled "Longmire," after a cliffhanger season ending that teased big reveals in the stories of the main characters, and left the survival of one in doubt.

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Foreign Affairs

With 'Torture' Disclosures, Obama, Holder Gave Islamists Media Ammunition

Aug 29, 2014 7:42 AM PT

One of the major conservative criticisms of President Barack Obama's decision, early in his presidency, to release secret memoranda about interrogation techniques used against terrorists was that the president--and Attorney General Eric Holder, who threatened prosecutions of intelligence officials--were giving America's enemies crucial information that would allow them to prepare themselves to resist questioning in the future.

Now we see another risk: that a terror group like ISIS would use American interrogation techniques against western hostages, not to produce intelligence but to create a false moral equivalency with the U.S. and undermine American morale. Here, for example, is how the Huffington Post reports the torture of James Foley, the journalist beheaded by ISIS: "James Foley Was Tortured by ISIS Militants Using CIA Techniques."

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Immigration

A Unilateral Immigration Move By Obama Helps Marco Rubio [Video]

Aug 29, 2014 5:55 AM PT

Appearing on Newsmax TV’s America’s Forum, I squared off with Ellis Henican, from Newsday to discuss Senator Rubio’s recent letter to President Obama regarding immigration.

In that letter, Marco asked the president not to take unilateral action through executive order and instead allow for the legislature to be able to make progress on this issue.

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Politics

FL Democrats Party Boots Conservative "Blogger" From Charlie Crist Event [Video]

Aug 29, 2014 5:32 AM PT

Unlike the Charlie Crist for Governor campaign, it seems as if the Florida Democrat Party lacks the stones, or is simply afraid to have me, your lovable little fuzz ball of a reporter, cover one of their events.

At the recent Florida Democrat "unity rally" in Fort Lauderdale, Florida-which featuring Charlie Crist and Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz- the party's Political Director Christian Culvert booted me from the event on orders from Press Secretary, Max Steele.

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