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Del Beccaro Joins Race for Boxer’s Seat

Former California Republican Party chair Thomas Del Beccaro announced Sunday that he will seek the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by incumbent liberal Democrat Barbara Boxer upon her retirement in 2017. Del Beccaro is the second major Republican running for the seat, which is also being contested by Assemblymember Rocky Chavez (R-Oceanside).
Ted Cruz

Republican Jewish Coalition Ready to Fight in 2016

LAS VEGAS --The Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC) wrapped up its spring meeting in this weekend on an enthusiastic note. Several presidential contenders, declared and potential, addressed the meeting in on-the-record sessions. Former President George W. Bush addressed the gala dinner Saturday, in a rare (and off the record) public appearance.
Clinton Stephanopoulos (Eric Draper / White House Photo Office)

Former Clinton Aide Stephanopoulos Defends Clinton

Journalists are supposed to ask tough questions. On Sunday morning's edition of ABC News' This Week, however, host George Stephanopoulos pursued Clinton Cash author (and Breitbart News editor) Peter Schweizer with a vehemence that suggested he had reverted to his 1990s incarnation as a spokesman for the Clinton administration. Stephanopoulos looked past the Clintons' glaring conflicts of interest and focused narrowly on whether the book met a criminal standard of proof.
AP Photo/Mohammad Hannon

ISIS Threat Reported in California; Official Denies Threat to LAX

Federal law enforcement and homeland security officials are reportedly stepping up security due to an ISIS-related terror threat, according to CNN. The boosted security was reportedly prompted by "intercepted chatter and other intelligence information" that suggested parts of the state could be in danger.
Amtrak (Joel Pollak / Breitbart News)

Low-Speed Rail: California’s Other Option

California's controversial high-speed rail project is barely under way, but it's already been beaten by other options. Under the best of assumptions, the (subsidized) cost of a trip from San Francisco to Los Angeles when the bullet train is complete will be $86, plus "last mile" costs of traveling to and from the train station. The journey, door to door, will take about four hours--that is, if the high-speed rail makes the journey in under three hours as originally advertised, which it will not.
Adelson Republican Jewish Coalition (AP)

GOP Contenders Gather at ‘Sheldon Adelson Primary’ in Vegas

This weekend, leaders of the Republican Jewish Coalition hold their annual spring meeting in Las Vegas--and, as in prior years, many Republican presidential hopefuls will be in attendance. The conference is hosted by Sheldon Adelson, casino magnate, philanthropist and Republican mega-donor.
Blue State Blues (Breitbart)

Blue State Blues: Jerry Brown, A Blue Nation Turns to You

With Hillary Clinton reeling from a major ethics scandal, true-blue Democrats are looking for alternatives to their party's presumptive presidential nominee. The bench is rather weak. There's Martin O'Malley, the former Maryland governor who couldn't build an Obamacare exchange and provoked a Republican sweep. There's Elizabeth Warren, the fake Indian and genuine real estate speculator who has learned to parrot the "progressive" talking points. And then there's Jerry Brown.
AP/Charlie Neibergall

Rare Agreement Between NYT, WSJ: ‘Clinton Cash’ Is a Real Scandal

On Friday, the lead editorial in the Wall Street Journal--often a mainstream conservative bellwether--castigated Hillary Clinton for the conflicts of interest exposed by Breitbart editor Peter Schweizer's forthcoming book, Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich. And, in a moment of rare bipartisan unity, the lead editorial of the New York Times--a liberal mouthpiece--largely agreed.
Thomas Friedman, NYT (Peter Schneider / AP)

Tom Friedman Skeptical of Iran Deal

In the run-up to the Iraq War in 2003, New York Times columnist began to reconsider his support for the military option, as he became convinced that the Bush administration was going to mishandle the war and its aftermath. Fast-forward 12 years, and Friedman is making similar moves ahead of the final talks on a nuclear deal with Iran. In his Apr. 23 column, Friedman says that while a nuclear deal is desirable, the structure and context of the deal means "it will not be easy."
Andrew Breitbart at Occupy LA (Joel Pollak / Breitbart News)

Andrew Breitbart, 2011: MSNBC Doesn’t Pay Taxes

The revelation that four left-wing MSNBC hosts have failed to pay their taxes (Al Sharpton, plus Melissa Harris-Perry, Joy-Add Reid, and Touré Nesbitt) recalls an episode in 2011, when Andrew Breitbart raised the issue of MSNBC's tax-dodging.
AP Photo/Matt Rourke

The Hypocrisy of Net Neutrality: Who Needs Transparency?

TechCrunch's Kat Zakrzewski has an odd argument against Republican bills to curb the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) recent decision to impose Net Neutrality: we don't really need transparency, after all. Zakrzewski's stance shows how far Silicon Valley's "progressive" activists have come after years of pushing for the maximum transparency possible in public affairs. When the feds are doing what they want, the public is better off in the dark.
Covered-California

Whistleblowers: Covered California Avoided ‘Paper Trail’

Sharyl Atkisson of the Daily Signal reports that Covered California deliberately tried to hide its operations from public scrutiny, including the number of enrollees, the close ties of many contractors to executive director Peter Lee, and general mismanagement. Her investigative report, based on whistleblower accounts, is the second in a two-part series on Covered California, which has been touted by Obamacare supporters as the model for how other states should run their programs.
Saud bin Faisal bin Abdulaziz Al Saud

Arab States Snub Obama’s D.C. Summit as Iran Mocks Obama

As the U.S.S. Theodore Roosevelt heads to Yemen to confront a convoy of Iranian ships, including destroyers, it is worth asking why President Barack Obama is still talking to the Iranian regime about its nuclear program. The Iranians, who used the Houthi militia to knock over the American-aligned Yemeni government, clearly has no fear that Obama will suspend negotiations. If anything, Iranian tactics are winning more concessions.
Covered California

Atkisson: Covered California Rife with Fraud, Chaos

Investigative reporter Sharly Atkisson, who uncovered key details of Operation Fast and Furious and the Benghazi scandal, now reports at the Daily Signal that Covered California, the Obamacare health care exchange established by the State of California, is not the success story that boosters claim, but is rather rife with fraud, chaos, and failure.
dempsey

Iraq Surge Remains the Dividing Line in U.S. Foreign Policy

President Barack Obama's decision to abandon Iraq remains the most significant strategic blunder in a generation. Putting politics ahead of strategy, Obama sought to win an argument with history rather than to win the struggle against terror and tyranny in the Middle East. His presidential ambitions depended on his opposition to the Iraq War--which, he decided, also meant opposing the "surge." He could barely admit the surge worked--and, in office, reversed it as soon as possible.
AP Photo/Brendan Smialowski

Iran’s Foreign Minister Publishes Op-ed in NYTimes

Continuing its tradition of providing a propaganda platform for America's enemies, the New York Times has published an op-ed by Iranian foreign minister Javad Zarif in which he demands that the United States choose "between cooperation and confrontation, between negotiations and grandstanding, and between agreement and coercion." Enjoying the freedom of expression his government denies to its opponents, Zarif argues that the West should work with it toward regional peace.
420 California (Credit: Joel Pollak / Breitbart News)

Happy 4/20: California Celebrates Marijuana Day–Sort of

For some in California, April 20th marks the 35th anniversary of Earth Day, a day to celebrate the environment and raise ecological awareness. For others. 4/20 is simply a day to get high on pot. The date--which is said to originate from a tradition among high school students in San Rafael of smoking marijuana at 4:20 in the afternoon-- marks an unofficial day of appreciation for all things marijuana- and hemp-related--and a day of activism for legalization of the drug.
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Boko Haram Threatens to Execute South Africans over Xenophobia

Boko Haram, the Islamist terrorist organization, has threatened to kill all South Africans in Nigeria, Niger, Chad and the surrounding region, according to media reports based on a video allegedly released by the group. The threat came as a response to a wave of xenophobic attacks in South Africa, in which ordinary South Africans, primarily blacks, have killed, maimed, abused and expelled other Africans throughout the country, killing seven thus far and displacing thousands.
Jerry Brown (Rich Pedroncelli : Associated Press)

Kotkin: Jerry Brown is a Disaster–and California Business Elite Won’t Stop Him

Joel Kotkin, the noted liberal critic of California's far-left government, says that Gov. Jerry Brown is leading California to ruin--and that the state's business leaders share the blame by failing to speak out. In a new essay at the Daily Beast that summarizes much of his recent criticism, Kotkin says that while Brown's father Pat brought the state progress and prosperity as governor (1959-1967), Jerry Brown "has waged a kind of Oedipal struggle against his father’s legacy."
AP Photo/Vahid Salemi

3 New Dangers That Should Sink Iran Deal–But Won’t

Three new dangers have emerged in the last few days alone that should scuttle any nuclear deal with the Iranian regime. If President Barack Obama were truly concerned about American security, he would have ended negotiations, told Congress to pass new sanctions, and prepared the armed forces for military action as a last resort. Instead, out of narcissism and a fear of war at all costs, he is pursuing a peace at any price--one that guarantees war in the future on unfavorable terms.
Charles Meyer Desalination Facility (City of Santa Barbara)

Desalinization Debate Forces Environmentalists to Face Reality

Desalinization has emerged as an answer to the state's chronic water shortages. As the Orange County Register notes, desalinization would provide a near-infinite supply of water at only twice the price. The main objection of environmentalists is that desalinization uses up to 50% more electricity, meaning more fossil fuels might be burned to make water, setting back efforts to fight climate change. It is an objection that is looking less and less serious.
Adm. Mike Mullen (AFP)

Adm. Mullen Hopes Iran Deal Will Lead to Regime Change or Reform

Adm. Mike Mullen, former Chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has offered what he admits is a rather weak defense of the Iran deal: he hopes it will lead to regime change by strengthening reformists within the Tehran government. In an op-ed for Politico Magazine, Mullen claims that "Iranian reformists...support a nuclear deal because it would be a first step in the evolution they would like to see." He also rules out a military option and says that Obama's deal is the best deal possible.
Blue State Blues (Breitbart)

Blue State Blues: The Left Bullies Gays Who Like Traditional Marriage

I can't pretend to have read all 64 of the amicus briefs filed by outside parties in Obergefell v. Hodges, the Supreme Court's upcoming case on whether there is a federal constitutional right to same-sex marriage. But I have read one brief closely--the one filed by "same-sex attracted men and their wives" against federalizing gay marriage. The logic is compelling, the stories riveting--and that is why the left is terrified of it, calling it "the worst" of "terrible" arguments against gay marriage.

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