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The President began his day with an address at the National Academy of Sciences. The President took the opportunity to assure the American people that the outbreak of swine flu was not a reason for alarm. He also stated that the national goal for R&D would be 3%. He announced the creation of a special fund for high risk high reward research. Remarks

The President then received his daily economic and security briefings. He also spoke to John Brennan the head of the Center for Disease Control to receive an update on Swine Flu outbreak

In the afternoon the President recieved the University of Conneticut Women's Basketball Team.

In the evening the President hosted a reception for foreing ecnonomic, finance and enviromental ministers.

The Obama Morning News || August 14, 2013

Another idiot who doesn’t know the role of a president. It’s the president’s administration, and the people under him take their marching orders from him.

Another marcher in the parade of victims? Or someone looking not to get back in the Administration’s sites?

I don’t know what his motivation is.

He’s out after having served the remainder of his probation.

But acc to CNN he’s in some safe house being “protected” or something for a month…

and stay out of the reach of Eric Holder.

Let’s call this one point missed.

“Obama sidesteps Congress yet again.”
Just goes to show that even with all the ruling class on their lavish summer vacations and Washington, D.C. is a virtual ghost town, the leviathan never sleeps. Its tentacles are always stalking us – suffocating our freedoms and tightening the circle of liberty around us all…

Spot on, Susan. The devil’s workshop is never closed. Obama probably has a research team devoted only to what he can do without the interference of Congress. This time it’s ‘Connect-Ed’ – expanding high speed internet access for the little kiddies to the tune of BILLIONS by taxing mobile phone users.
The hidden federal, state and local fees/taxes on my Verizon bill already total a whopping 22%. Same with the cable co. We are living in a kleptocracy.

My son’s school is wired, and all the students have iPads, but it’s a private school. The kids do their classwork and homework on them.

What I want to know is what will happen if a future student sells his iPad, or if it’s stolen. Who will pay to replace it? How many parents of students in the average public school have about $800.00 to replace it? Will the taxpayers be on the hook for a new one?

And, those evil, puppy-killing Conservatives who oppose it will be chastised because it’s for the chiilllllldrrrrennnnnnn! Just $12.00 per cellphone use over three years? Yeah, right. How many government programs come in at cost?

But, even if this one does, the fact of the matter is that this is yet another usurpation of congressional power.

I hope FCMABBHO’s nominees to the FCC are voted down.

I would bet that every morning some “important” person receives a summary of recenr internet activity so that the most important deterent plan against the most popular headline can be instituted.

SarahPalin, again. For someone the left ridicules as stupid or worse, she lives, not just in their minds for free, but factors in every political conversation.

Imagine MrsPalin at the podium, her smile and easy charm promoting a conservative agenda, and on the other side of the platform, MrsClinton railing against racists, rich people, pro-lifers and promoting more government intervention in everything.
Won’t ever happen, IMO. MrsPalin seems to be content to be king-maker, but wouldn’t it be fun?

Yes, it would be fun, srdem. I still hope Sarah Palin runs for office, but have accepted that she may be happy where she is. I do know that Sarah Palin would make mincemeat out of Hillary in that imaginary one-on-one debate you mentioned.

Would love to see a debate between Mrs.DemocraticTalkingPoints and Mrs.ILiveInTheRealWorld :D

I guess I am in the minority here–but the thought of that makes me bilious.

I was fortunate to read the take down of the Clinton Foundation early because now it’s difficult to call the NYT up. Very interesting piece but long–four pages–if you can find it. I wonder whatever got into the Times.

That was fast! Just finished reading the first page when it was taken down. Listening to Rush – he has it.
Hillary is moving her operation into the offices of the Foundation. Hillary now has her own slush fund “Bill, Hillary and Chelsea’. All in the family!

I listened to Rush while mowing the lawn and caught this part too. Interesting he wonders why the NYT is doing this now…..and their site was hacked !? I bet it comes back up without the article, heh. Maybe the IRS should look into this too…….nah, not gonna happen.

I take it as a sign of how close Sarah Palin came to toppling the left’s hold on the narrative. I mean, a vice presidential candidate on a losing ticket FIVE YEARS ago, and they still feel they have to attack her at every opportunity? Five years is an eternity in politics.

Empty jobs plague Obama administration . . . Politico

The opinion piece on the “empty jobs” raises the question of who’s in charge, if anyone, at the WhiteHouse to see that top jobs have at the least a possible candidate to hold those positions.
Some of the top positions remain “empty” because the WhiteHouse has proposed individuals with dubious backgrounds that give Congress a good reason to delay their appointment.

Speaking of lost jobs, this Rodeo Clown story is getting out of hand now that the NAACP was to press federal charges against him ……

Opportunity for the lawyers to drag out every example of what was done when Bush was in Office. Burning effigies, assassination fantasies…I’d say they would have exhibits A through ZZZ.

Heard something about everyone involved being forced to undergo ‘sensitivity training’. This is just the beginning. By the end of the racist Obama/Holder tag team finish their second term, don’t be surprised if gulag-style interrment camps start sprouting up across the country. Obama is a curse on this country!

And do blacks who call us crackers have to undergo sensitivity training also?

What’s the National Association for the Advancement of Rodeo Clowns position on this? Seems like they should be equally offended, since this is as much an insult to Obama’s “Clown” half as it is to his “Black” half…

Seriously, though, this just puts me in the mind of Emperor Tiberius’ treason trials. Will Obama be writing an Executive Order forbidding blasphemy against the emper – oops, I mean “President” next? “An Attack Against Us Ourselves Is An Attack Against The State”!

Or maybe an example from America’s OWN history
“Alien and Sedition Acts

Signed into law by President John Adams in 1798, the Alien and Sedition Acts consisted of four laws passed by the Federalist-controlled Congress as America prepared for war with France. These acts increased the residency requirement for American citizenship from five to fourteen years, authorized the president to imprison or deport aliens considered “dangerous to the peace and safety of the United States” and restricted speech critical of the government. These laws were designed to silence and weaken the Democratic-Republican Party.”

Take out the part involving, ahem, non-“US Persons”, and it would work pretty well for Obama!

FACT SHEET: A Record of Serving Our Veterans

Over the past seven and a half years, the President has maintained a steadfast commitment to serve our nation’s veterans. In his speech to the 95th Disabled American Veterans (DAV) National Convention, the President will make clear that this commitment is a national responsibility and a promise that cannot be broken, and that the U.S. government and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) have a vital role to play. This is not a responsibility that can be shirked by offering empty words belied by policies that would leave veterans to fend for themselves.

The President will review the hard, persistent work that the Administration has done to keep this promise. From delivering more health care than ever before, to providing veterans the benefits they have earned in a timely way, to expanding cutting edge research in areas like Post-Traumatic Stress (PTS) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), to helping veterans get the education and jobs they need to succeed, the Administration has an indisputable record of support for our veterans.

In his speech, the President will also announce two major new milestones in this effort:

  • Since launching a nationwide strategy to prevent and end homelessness in 2010, the Administration has worked with state and local partners to cut veteran homelessness nearly in half.
  • As part of the President’s Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI), 500,000 veterans have voluntarily donated their health data to the future of science and medicine through the VA’s Million Veteran Program (MVP), marking a critical halfway point to the goal of signing up one million veterans.

Moving forward, the President and the entire Administration will keep fighting in five core areas of service to our nation’s veterans.

I. Health Care – Making sure veterans have timely and high-quality access to care

An essential part of this commitment is ensuring veterans receive the health care they need, when they need it. VA continues to make progress in this effort, increasing access to care and ensuring veterans are satisfied with their care. Over the past year, VA has served a historic number of veterans, completing nearly 58 million appointments, almost 5 million more than the year before. Even as more veterans are coming to VA for more care, nearly 97% of those appointments are completed within 30 days of the veteran’s preferred date or the date that is clinically appropriate. And 90% of veterans surveyed are either “satisfied” or “completely satisfied” with the timeliness of their care.

But there is still more work to be done, and VA continues to execute on a number of strategies to increase access to care:

  • Expanding care in the community – VA continues to increase options for care for veterans, authorizing 3.2 million instances of care in the community from June 2015 through May 2016, 7% more than the prior year. In addition, VA put forward a comprehensive plan last October to rationalize its various care in the community programs, creating a single program that is easy to understand, simple to administer, and meets the needs of veterans, community providers, and VA staff.
  • Increasing clinic hours – Over the last 2 years, VA has increased total clinical work by 10%, which translates into roughly 20 million more hours of care for veterans.
  • Getting veterans off wait lists – VA has hosted two National Access Stand Down events at all VA Medical Centers, with the goal of addressing urgent health care needs and getting veterans off of waiting lists.
  • Making enrollment easier – In June 2016, VA released a new digital health care application, making it easier for veterans to enroll in VA health care.
  • Leading in telehealth – VA conducted over 2 million telehealth visits in Fiscal Year 2015, reaching more than 677,000 veterans. And it is developing 4 regional Telemental Health Hubs to improve access to telemental health care for veterans.
  • Improving care for women veterans – Women are the fastest growing subgroup of veterans, and to ensure the proper resources and support, the VA has now trained over 2,400 providers in women’s health to ensure that every women veteran has the opportunity to receive her primary care from a Designated Women’s Health Provider. 100% of VA Medical Clinics and 94% of Community Based Outpatient Clinics now have at least one Designated Women’s Health Provider.
  • Expanding space and facilities – VA activated over 2.2 million square feet in VA facilities last fiscal year for clinical, mental health, and long-term care.

The Administration has also prioritized steps to improve mental health care for veterans. Building on an Executive Order issued in 2012, a series of additional actions announced by the President in 2014, and the signing of the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act, we have made significant progress in this effort. Since the President took office, funding for veterans’ mental health care has increased by 76%. The number of veterans accessing mental health care from VA has increased by 80% over the past decade to over 1.6 million veterans. But our work is not done. The VA recently announced a new commitment to provide same-day services for all veterans with urgent mental health care needs by the end of this year.

At the same time that we are caring for veterans today, we continue to invest in research to develop the next generation of medical care. Central to this is the Million Veteran Program (MVP), a cornerstone of the President’s Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI) which is helping make tailored treatments a reality for all Americans. MVP is a longitudinal research program powered by the continued service of our nation’s veterans. By enrolling in MVP, participants donate their health information to help researchers and health professionals better understand health and disease and pave the way for future discoveries that will benefit us all. Tomorrow, the President will announce that 500,000 veterans have now enrolled in MVP, bringing us halfway to our goal of a million veterans.

II. Benefits – Tackling the backlog of claims and modernizing the appeals process

We have taken dramatic steps to make sure that veterans get an answer on their disability compensation claims in a timely and efficient manner and get the benefits they deserve and have earned. Three and a half years ago, nearly 610,000 disability claims were stuck in a backlog waiting for longer than 125 days, and the VA did not have the capacity to keep up with an increasing number of claims. Veterans were left languishing for far too long. But by transforming internal processes and putting in place a new electronic system to move beyond the archaic paper-based system that was in place, VA has made extraordinary progress. Today, that backlog of disability claims is less than 80,000, a nearly 90% reduction from its peak in 2013. Last year, VA set a new record high by processing 1.4 million benefits claims for veterans, and has already processed over 1 million claims this fiscal year – the 7th year in a row that milestone has been met. And veterans with a pending claim are waiting less than a third as long as they used to for a decision – 90 days today, down from 282 days in March 2013.

At the same time, as the VA continues to process more initial disability compensation claims, a greater number of veterans are getting stuck in a broken appeals process. When veterans appeal their claim decision, they should be able to get an answer back – with a clear and direct path forward to resolution – within a year. Unfortunately, the broken process that exists today – created by decades of overlapping laws, court cases, and regulations – doesn’t allow for that. Currently, more than 450,000 appeals are pending at some point in the current process, and veterans are waiting an average of 3 years for a decision (and an average of 5 years for those appeals that go all the way through the process and reach the Board of Veterans Appeals). This state of affairs is unacceptable and is failing veterans.

The VA has taken what steps it can to improve the current process, including introducing a new tool to improve internal processing. But what is needed is broad reform, and the problem is only going to get worse until Congress acts. That is why the President is reiterating his call for comprehensive legislative modernization of the appeals process. The Administration has worked closely with Veteran Service Organizations to submit a proposal to Congress that accomplishes this goal. Congress should act on this legislation without delay – our veterans cannot afford to wait any longer.

III. Homelessness – Working to prevent and end veteran homelessness

Ending veteran homelessness is a national imperative. And beginning in 2010 with the release of Opening Doors, the nation’s first-ever strategic plan to prevent and end homelessness, the Administration has dedicated itself to this goal. The First Lady and Dr. Biden launched the Mayors Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness, and over 880 city and county officials have now pledged to end veteran homelessness. From New Orleans to Houston, Philadelphia to San Antonio, and Virginia to Connecticut, cities and states across the country have already announced that they have done just that. In total, 27 communities and 2 states have announced they have ended veteran homelessness to-date.

Tomorrow, the President will announce a major national milestone in this ongoing effort. Based on results of the 2016 Point-in-Time Count of homelessness across the country conducted in January, veteran homelessness declined by 17% last year to under 40,000 individuals. This means that we have cut overall veteran homeless nearly in half – by 47% - since 2010. And the progress is even more pronounced for those veterans that had been living on the street and without a place to stay, as unsheltered veteran homelessness declined by 20% last year and has declined by 56% since 2010.

The Administration is also announcing that, later this fall, the First Lady will be holding an event with local officials, non-profits, Federal partners, private sector partners, advocates, and veterans to celebrate this extraordinary progress, announce additional milestones in the fight to end veteran homelessness, and underscore the Federal, state and local partnerships that have been essential to our success, as a blueprint for this critical work to continue in coming years.

IV. Economic Opportunity – Fighting to give veterans every chance to enjoy the American Dream

When veterans return home from their service to our country, we must ensure they have the opportunities and resources they need to succeed. Our veterans gain immense skills during their time in service that employers can leverage to help build our economy. The Administration continues to work to make sure veterans are provided opportunities to fulfill the American dream.

We continue to see significant progress in employment for veterans. The unemployment rate for veterans has been cut by more than half, falling from a high of 9.9% in January 2011 to 4.2% in June 2016, lower than the national average. Progress is similarly encouraging for Post-9/11 veterans, where the unemployment rate is 4.4% today, decreasing from a high of 15.2% in January 2011. To build on this progress, businesses across the country are coming together and answering the call of the President and the entire Administration to hire veterans. Since the launch of the First Lady and Dr. Jill Biden’s Joining Forces initiative, more than 1.2 million veterans and military spouses have been hired or trained. In May, the First Lady announced more than 170,000 new veteran and military spouse hiring and training commitments from over 50 companies in the telecommunications, aerospace, and technology sectors over the next 5 years. This is a joint effort to provide veterans and military spouses with meaningful employment and opportunities to gain new skills for our workforce. And the Federal government continues to play a leading role in the drive to hire veterans, increasing the percentage of veterans hired by the Executive Branch from 24 percent when the President took office to 32 percent last year, and hiring a total of roughly 475,000 veterans during that time.

The President has also made it a priority to ensure veterans and their families have access to the high-quality education they need to succeed. And that starts with the Post-9/11 GI Bill. Since its inception in 2009, the Post-9/11 GI Bill has provided $65.2 billion in education benefits to over 1.6 million individuals. Today, in response to legislation the President signed into law, all 50 states, Washington D.C., and the 5 U.S. Territories are providing recently transitioning veterans and their dependents with in-state tuition rates at public institutions of higher learning. And we have taken important steps to expand veterans’ awareness of their education options, expanding the GI Bill Comparison Tool and redesigning the Transition Assistance Program (TAP) to expand technical training and equip veterans with the skills they need.

V. Resources and Transformation at the VA – Making sure VA is serving every veteran

This Administration has made historic investments in serving our veterans, increasing access to health care, expanding benefits, and investing in VA research and facilities. The President’s 2017 Budget continues this record of robust support, providing $75 billion in discretionary funding for the VA, an increase of $3.6 billion over the 2016 enacted level. These resources will support priorities such as additional processing capacity for disability claims appeals and strong support for veteran homelessness programs. The Budget also includes a 2018 advance appropriations request for discretionary Medical Care of $66.4 billion, an increase of $1.4 billion over the 2017 request, to ensure that VA has the funding certainty it needs to provide health care for veterans. The level of overall funding requested in the President’s 2017 Budget represents an over 85% increase in funding for the VA compared to when the President took office.

A quick FiresShot Screen capture with The Pardu notations of the DIJA since January 01, 2001. Notice the Bush Sub-Prime and war economy prior to the 2008 collapse.


US Misery Index Dot US (US Unemployment plus US Inflation)

Misery Index (7.56) equals Unemployment rate (5.9) plus Inflation rate (1.66)

Year MI Bar Graph President
2000 7.35 Clinton
2001 7.57 Bush, G.W.
2002 7.37
2003 8.26
2004 8.22
2005 8.48
2006 7.85
2007 7.47
2008 9.65
2009 8.94 Obama
2010 11.27
2011 12.11
2012 10.15
2013 8.86 – U.S. consumer confidence improved to the highest level in seven years in October, fuelling optimism over the health of the economy, industry data showed on Tuesday.

In a report, the Conference Board, a market research group said its index of consumer confidence rose to 94.5 this month from a reading of 89.0 in September, whose figure was revised up from a previously reported 86.0.

Retail sales of building materials and supplies are rising as well, and at an annualized level of $264 billion are 5.4% ahead of last year, having surpassed a five-year high. The housing market and consumer activity are key drivers here. Both housing starts and existing home sales have started to move horizontally for now as a result of higher prices, higher interest rates and tighter mortgage credit. Expect the difficulties in the housing market to increase later this year and extend into 2015. Industry participants should be particularly aware of cash needs as the market slows.

Expect a slowdown in retail sales to last through the middle of 2015.

Housing Starts
Daily Business News

Analyzing data released by the U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), total U.S. housing starts in July advanced at the rate Seasonally Adjusted Annual Rate (SAAR) of 1.093 million units. ReedConstructionData noted to MHProNews that this is the second highest level since November 2007 (1.197 million), with November 2013 SAAR hitting 1.105 million starts.
Single-family starts in June were raised by 31,000 units multiple-family starts by 21,000.

While the media may fawn over the tiny house movement , housing market data demonstrates that single family house sizes continue to rise. Dominated by wealthier buyers, the average sized house in 2013 was 2,598 square feet, the highest ever.

No Ma’am: Pentagon down to just handful of women appointees, spotlighting history of inequality

WASHINGTON — When Elaine McCusker, Kathryn Wheelbarger and Lisa Porter announced their resignations from the Department of Defense within a week of each other, it represented more than just the opening up of more empty seats in the Pentagon.

McCusker, the acting comptroller, and Wheelbarger, the acting assistant secretary for international security affairs, were two of the highest-powered women in a building where gender balance in top roles has historically been a foreign concept. And their exits, so close together and under similar circumstances, led to talk in national security circles about the number of women left in top jobs at the department.

That issue only jumped in visibility on June 23, when Porter, the No. 2 at the department’s research and engineering office, submitted a joint resignation with her boss, Mike Griffin.

There are 60 spots in the Pentagon that require Senate confirmation, according to the DoD. And once the departures of McCusker, Wheelbarger and Porter are complete by July 10, only three of those spots will be filled by women who were appointed by the Trump administration.

Overall, there are 43 Senate-confirmed appointees currently working in the department. Of the announced nominees awaiting confirmation, seven are men and one is a woman.

In addition, of the nine spots with a non-confirmed official acting in the full role, the sole woman is Virginia Penrod, the acting assistant secretary for manpower and reserve affairs. (The Pentagon has yet to say who will become the acting officials for McCusker, Wheelbarger, Griffin or Porter once they officially depart.)

Wait, where are all the women?

Not including our own editorial team, we have only three women participating in the Defense News Conference. Candidly, that’s pretty unacceptable.

The women currently in office are Lisa Hershman, the department’s chief management officer Ellen Lord, undersecretary for acquisition and sustainment and Air Force Secretary Barbara Barrett. In addition, there is Susan Gibson, the National Reconnaissance Office’s inspector general however, Gibson was appointed and confirmed at the tail end of the Obama administration. And finally, Michele Pearce, the nominee to be general counsel of the Army, is awaiting a hearing in front of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

In addition to the women currently serving, there have been four others who were appointed and have since resigned during the administration: Heather Wilson, the Air Force secretary and the first confirmed appointee in the building after then-Defense Secretary Jim Mattis Kari Bingen, principle deputy undersecretary for intelligence Veronica Daigle, assistant secretary of defense for readiness and Phyllis Bayer, assistant secretary of the Navy for energy, installations and environment.

There have been other notable women appointed to national security roles in the Trump administration — such as Lisa Gordon-Hagerty, who oversees the National Nuclear Security Agency, and Andrea Thompson, who spent a little over a year as the undersecretary of state for arms control and international security affairs.

But all told, through three and a half years of the Trump administration, there have been nine women confirmed to Pentagon jobs, with a tenth pending.

Barbara M. Barrett is the current Secretary of the Air Force, the third straight woman to hold that title. (Staff Sgt. Alex Fox Echols III/Air Force)

Certainly, the women in place now hold high-profile jobs. Hershman is technically the No. 3 official in the department, although she does not have a hand in broad national security issues, while Barrett is the top civilian in the Air Force, the third woman in a row to hold that job. Lord, one of the longest-serving political appointees in the building, oversees billions of dollars of acquisition contracts.

But high-profile roles are not a substitute for quantity, said Kori Schake, a former national security official who is now director of foreign and defense policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute.

“I don’t think that women in some top jobs substitutes for equality,” Schake said. “Margaret Thatcher was prime minister — does that mean Britain wouldn’t benefit from any other female contributions? And often that’s the dynamic that develops: If we appoint one woman to a senior position, we excuse ourselves from fixing the system.”

At the appointee levels, the numbers look somewhat better: 18 of 94 Senior Executive Service positions on the DoD staff are filled by women, as are 47 of 115 appointed General Schedule positions, according to a Pentagon spokesman.

But across the national security field, numbers lag where they should be regardless of administration, according to advocates such as Maggie Feldman-Piltch, founder and CEO of the consultancy group #NatSecGirlSquad.

A November 2019 survey by #NatSecGirlSquad found that 56 percent of respondents do not see the national security career field as welcoming to women. Fifty-nine percent of women said they had faced discrimination in their jobs, and 87 percent of respondents said they wished for more opportunities to assist women and people from other underrepresented groups applying for jobs in the national security field.

“Do I think [the administration isn’t] offering women positions? Yes,” Feldman-Piltch said. But “for generations, talented patriots have been overlooked, under-considered, and explicitly and implicitly excluded from contributing to that team — and it’s shameful, regardless of who the commander in chief is.”

The exits of McCusker and Wheelbarger the same week that Defense Secretary Mark Esper announced a new initiative to foster diversity and inclusion in the armed forces. Included in that effort is the creation of a “Defense Board on Diversity and Inclusion in the Military,” an internal group of uniformed and civilian personnel who will have six months to make recommendations to Esper on what the DoD can do to tackle inequality within its organizations.

While that effort is targeted at racial issues, Feldman-Piltch said any effort at broadening the military needs to be intersectional. “Diversity, equity and inclusion can’t be siloed to be race-focused, gender-focused — it’s all or nothing,” she said.

Added Schake: “Secretary Esper should be challenged to explain how his senior appointments meet the standard he set out in his video today, encouraged to have his fast-action proposals address the problem.”

But the history of female political appointees at the Pentagon is not a particularly robust one. A database collated by Ray DuBois, a former defense official with a number of jobs, shows that there were 70 women appointed to political roles in the department through the end of the Obama administration.

The first appointee was Anna Rosenberg, who was named assistant secretary of defense for manpower and personnel in 1950 and exited alongside the rest of the Truman administration at the start of 1953. After that, there were no women appointed to DoD jobs until 1977 — the length of the Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon and Ford administrations.

Ellen Lord is the longest serving senate-confirmed appointee at the Pentagon. (DoD photo by Army Sgt. Amber I. Smith)

Three women were appointed to jobs during the four-year Carter administration. Under eight years of Reagan, six women were appointed to jobs — five of which came in the last two years of the administration. The George H. W. Bush administration appointed six women.

The numbers jump into double digits during the Clinton administration, with 15 women appointed, 11 in the first term. Notably this included the first female service secretary, Sheila Widnall, who led the Air Force from 1993 to 1997.

President George W. Bush appointed 10 women to the Pentagon, seven in the first term, including Susan Livingstone as the No. 2 at the Department of the Navy.

The Obama administration saw a record 31 women in appointed positions — 43 percent of all female appointees in the Defense Department’s history — 18 of which came in the first term. These included Michèle Flournoy as undersecretary of defense for policy. She is now seen as the front-runner to become the first female secretary of defense, should Democrats retake the White House in November.

They also included Christine Fox as director of the Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation office. She was promoted to acting deputy secretary of defense for several months, making her the highest-ranking woman in the Defense Department’s history.

What does this historical context show? The Trump administration is actually ahead of the George W. Bush administration in terms of female appointees at the Pentagon in its first term, but lags behind both the Clinton and Obama administrations.

Lisa Hershman is the Pentagon's chief management officer, technically third in line at the department. (Lisa Ferdinando/U.S. Defense Department)

“I think that what you’re finding is the department is pretty behind, but that’s especially the case in the Republican defense community,” said Mara Karlin, who worked at the Pentagon under both the George W. Bush and Obama administrations.

Karlin is now the director of strategic studies at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. She noted that with jobs at the deputy assistant secretary level — which are not confirmed by the Senate but are traditionally filled by political appointees — on up, the Trump administration has drawn much more heavily than previous administrations on former military members to fill jobs. That could lead to fewer opportunities for women overall, given the gender imbalance among retired officers.

Similarly, a reliance on military veterans could lead to limited opportunities for women in top jobs, according to the final report from the National Commission on Military, National, and Public Service.

Veteran’s preference “undermines the merit system and severely limits nonveterans’ ability to serve in Government. Veterans’ preference is not just a tiebreaker— many preference-eligible veterans are automatically categorized as highest qualified or best qualified, even if they were originally assessed as minimally qualified,” the report found.

“Agency officials and public service experts alike agree that this policy damages the hiring process and frequently results in highly qualified nonveterans having little chance of Federal employment, while also contributing to a lack of diversity at some agencies,” the authors concluded.

Congress, meanwhile, is paying attention to who is going in, and out, of the department.

“The president’s purge of competent female DoD executives continues with the departures of international security affairs chief Kathryn Wheelbarger and comptroller Elaine McCusker,” Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Calif., chair of the House Military Personnel Subcommittee, told Defense News. “Actions speak louder than Secretary Esper’s recent speech on diversity. When is the Pentagon going to get a clue?”

To Eradicate AIDS, Dems Can Learn a Lot from Republican Presidents

Tim Rice • June 19, 2021 5:00 am

Anthony Fauci thinks we can end the AIDS epidemic by 2030. If history is a guide, he may have a better chance of meeting that goal under a Republican president.

Republican presidents have overseen the creation of federal programs, the development of drugs, and the allocation of funds that have helped fight AIDS around the world. Still, activists fault them for using the "wrong" language to describe the crisis and failing to implement progressive sex education.

This historical misconception could complicate future efforts to end the AIDS crisis. Democrats may scoff at the more hands-off, research-driven approach championed by their Republican counterparts. But fighting and curing AIDS is a Herculean task. Doing so in a decade will require them to consider every possible strategy.

President Barack Obama summed up the Democratic approach to fighting AIDS when he unveiled the National HIV/AIDS Strategy in 2010. In his remarks, Obama stressed the need for more than new drugs. The former president claimed defeating AIDS will require education, organizing, and "a broader effort to make life more just and equitable."

Jeffrey Crowley, who served as director of the Office of National AIDS Policy from 2009-2011, says that Democrats have a more "holistic" approach to fighting AIDS than Republicans.

"I think the parties are equally committed to health care that involves pharmaceuticals," Crowley told the Washington Free Beacon. "But as Democrats, I think we're interested in rounding it out." Crowley stressed the importance of education and community engagement, as well as insurance expansion under Obamacare.

But according to Tevi Troy, a presidential historian who served as deputy secretary of health and human services under President George W. Bush, these "non-pharmaceutical interventions," while helpful, pale in comparison to medical advancements.

"Cures are the number one thing we can do," Troy told the Free Beacon. Drugs have "made it so HIV/AIDS is no longer a death sentence."

Obama's National HIV/AIDS Strategy can also be seen as a subtle rebuke of his Republican predecessors going back to Ronald Reagan. The common charge against Reagan is that he ignored the AIDS crisis and never even spoke about it publicly.

In fact, Reagan first mentioned AIDS at a press conference in 1985. If he didn't say much else, it's because, as the late Manhattan Institute scholar Peter Huber has argued, he left the epidemic to experts who "could be relied on to make sound decisions based on apolitical facts and solid science" and frame those decisions "in ways that would not result in politically polarizing efforts."

Two of those officials—FDA commissioners Arthur Hayes and Frank Young—rolled back or otherwise brushed past outdated regulations that slowed drug development. Like Operation Warp Speed, the Reagan FDA's attempt to speed the drug approval process encouraged pharmaceutical companies to bring forth potential treatments for the then-mysterious disease.

One of the drugs was AZT, the first antiretroviral treatment used to treat HIV. The Reagan FDA approved it in 1987. Since then, antiretrovirals have become the standard treatment for HIV/AIDS. From 1990 to 2016, drugs like AZT have saved more than a million lives.

Reagan also increased what the federal government spent on AIDS. The Department of Health and Human Services had more than $900 million set aside for AIDS research, treatment, and prevention in 1988—a 94 percent increase from the previous year.

So began the trend of federal AIDS budgets increasing under Republican presidents. George H.W. Bush oversaw multiple double-digit increases in federal AIDS spending. In 1990, he signed the Ryan White Care Act, which created the largest federally funded program for people with AIDS.

One expert told the Free Beacon that the Ryan White Program is the federal government's second most important contribution to the fight against AIDS. The most important was enacted by the second President Bush.

The President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, which took effect in 2003, partners with African governments to help them screen and treat their populations in order to prevent new AIDS infections.

As of September 2019, the program had saved more than 18 million lives worldwide and supported antiretroviral treatment for 15.7 million people. PEPFAR has invested more than $90 billion in the global war on the AIDS epidemic.

It was also the last major investment in federal AIDS spending, which, adjusted for inflation, began decreasing in 2010. Federal programs dedicated to AIDS didn't get a boost until 2019, when President Donald Trump requested $291 million for domestic AIDS programs. Trump also established the Ready, Set, PrEP program, which provides free HIV-prevention medication to Americans in need.

As with much of Trump's policy proposals, his AIDS budget was a mixed bag. The former president also tried, albeit unsuccessfully, to cut global HIV prevention funding by $1.7 billion. But the Trump administration also facilitated one of the most important moments in drug development since the Reagan FDA-approved AZT.

Still, Crowley says the Trump administration's AIDS strategy was "inspiring."

"They set a bold goal, proposed big, new money, and said they would work toward meeting the goal," Crowley told the Free Beacon, calling the Trump administration's plan "the next iteration" in decades of national AIDS policy.

Ultimately, Operation Warp Speed may stand as the Trump administration's greatest contribution to the war on AIDS. Medical experts believe that the mRNA technology harnessed in COVID vaccines could be the key to the long-awaited HIV vaccine. But the model Operation Warp Speed provides could prove just as important as the vaccines it yielded.

Like AZT, the vaccines created under Operation Warp Speed represent both a regulatory and scientific triumph. Given the sluggishness of the FDA approval process, the fact that these vaccines were approved may be more impressive than the fact that they were developed.

Troy, the former deputy HHS secretary, told the Free Beacon that policymakers who want to end the AIDS crisis should look to Operation Warp Speed as a model of how to quickly develop safe and effective vaccines.

"As we saw with COVID, this kind of health crisis won't get solved until we have some kind of medical intervention."

Judiciary Chair Claims Internal Docs Reveal Obama DOJ 'Slush Fund'

House Judiciary Committee Chair Bob Goodlatte, R-VA, says the Department of Justice steered . [+] settlement funds to allies under President Barack Obama. Republicans have now approved a bill that would end that alleged practice in the future. (JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)

Internal U.S. Department of Justice documents confirm the existence of a department “slush fund” under the Obama Administration and that DOJ officials “went out of their way” to exclude conservative groups, the head of the House Judiciary Committee told fellow lawmakers Tuesday.

House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-VA, made the claim just ahead of a vote by the U.S. House of Representatives on a bill that would prohibit government officials, most notably the DOJ, from entering into or enforcing a settlement agreement on behalf of the United States that provides for a payment or a loan to any person or entity other than the United States, with some exceptions.

On Tuesday evening -- after hours of discussion -- the House voted mostly along party lines, 238-183 in favor of the bill. Of the “yes” votes, 231 were Republican and seven were Democrat. Democrats made up all 183 “no” votes. Eleven members did not vote.

U.S. Rep. Doug Collins, R-GA, who introduced the Sunshine for Regulations and Regulatory Decrees and Settlements Act of 2017, or H.R. 469, in January, said during debate Tuesday that it is simply unacceptable to “shortchange victims.”

Similarly to Goodlatte’s legislation, the sunshine bill inhibits the ability of federal agencies to participate in back-door sue-and-settle arrangements with special interest groups, which circumvent established regulatory processes.

“It’s a problem we’ve seen grow,” Collins said of the settlement agreements, adding that it’s a “scenario that should concern everyone.”

But U.S. Rep. Alcee Hastings, D-FL, told fellow lawmakers both bills were “deficient in process and substance.”

Hastings criticized Republicans for putting forth such “pointless and partisan” legislation, given that Barack Obama is no longer in office and that other, more important issues demand the attention of federal lawmakers.

He also argued that a House Judiciary Committee investigation “yielded no credible evidence.”

But Goodlatte, who introduced H.R. 732, said new internal DOJ documents “tell a different story.”

Goodlatte has said the need for the legislation arose after an extended judiciary committee investigation found that the DOJ had engaged in a pattern or practice of systematically subverting Congress’ budget authority by using settlements from financial institutions to funnel money to what he describes as “left-wing activist groups.”

The House Judiciary Committee held two hearings, in February 2015 and May 2015, to question DOJ officials regarding the settlement practices.

Both the House Judiciary and Financial Services committees also sent multiple oversight letters, including two to the DOJ, seeking documents and answers.

The probe by the two committees revealed that, in approximately the last two years, the DOJ used mandatory donations to direct nearly $1 billion to such groups.

In January, the judiciary panel also sent a letter to the DOJ requesting it preserve all documents related to the department’s settlement practices.

“It is not every day in Congressional investigations that we find a smoking gun,” Goodlatte told fellow lawmakers Tuesday, pointing to the documents. “Here, we have it.”

The internal documents show that a deputy for former Associate Attorney General Tony West -- who now serves as executive vice president of government affairs, general counsel and corporate secretary for PepsiCo Inc. -- asked colleagues about settlements in negotiation.

“Can you explain to Tony the best way to allocate some money to an organization of our choosing?” the deputy wrote in a November 2013 email.

West’s team also went out of its way to exclude conservative groups, the internal DOJ documents show.

In a July 2014 email, a senior official explained that the DOJ reworded a draft mandatory donation provision to achieve the aim of “not allowing Citi to pick a statewide intermediary like the Pacific Legal Foundation [PLF],” which the official explained “does conservative property-rights free legal services.”

The documents also show outside groups lobbied the DOJ directly to obtain such incentives.

In particular, activist leaders met with a senior official from West’s office in March 2014 to “make the case” that, in settling mortgage-lending cases, the DOJ should make donations “mandatory in all future settlements.”

This follows a letter requesting that the DOJ offer banks “enhanced credit” for making donations.

A few months later, the department announced major bank settlements requiring mandatory donations to community groups and offering enhanced credit for these donations.

In an August 2014 email, recipient organizations then discuss how they can “thank” West for the money.

One organization, in the correspondence released, suggested a resolution and a formal plaque -- and even threw out the idea of having a statue of West built so they could “bow down to this statue each day after we get our $200,000+.”

The documents are contrary to the DOJ’s sworn testimony.

Geoffrey Graber, former deputy associate attorney general and director of the Residential Mortgage-Backed Securities, or RMBS, Working Group at the DOJ, had told Congress in February 2015 that the department “did not want to be in the business of picking and choosing which organization may or may not receive any funding under the agreement.”

Graber now serves as a partner at Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC and is a member of the firm’s consumer protection practice group.

“This legislation, however, remains necessary because history shows that we cannot rely on the current DOJ policy remaining in place,” Goodlatte said.

His bill provides exceptions to allow payments or loans that: (1) remedy actual harm (including to the environment) caused by the party making the payment or loan, or (2) constitute a payment for services rendered in connection with the case or a payment that a court may order for restitution to victims in certain criminal cases or other persons in plea agreements.

Under H.R. 732, government officials or agents who violate this prohibition may be removed from office or required to forfeit to the government any money they hold for such purposes “to which they may otherwise be entitled.”

Also under the bill, federal agencies must report annually for seven years to the Congressional Budget Office about the parties, funding sources and distribution of funds for their settlement agreements permitted by the exceptions in this bill.

In addition, agency inspectors general must report annually to Congress about any of their agency's settlement agreements that violate this bill.

The legislation previously passed the House Judiciary Committee by a vote of 17-8.

An identical bill -- the Stop Settlement Slush Funds Act, or H.R. 5063 -- passed the House in the last Congress by a vote of 241-174, but then stalled.

In June, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a memo to all DOJ components and 94 U.S. Attorney’s Offices prohibiting them from entering into any third party settlements.

“When the federal government settles a case against a corporate wrongdoer, any settlement funds should go first to the victims and then to the American people -- not to bankroll third-party special interest groups or the political friends of whoever is in power,” Sessions said. “Unfortunately, in recent years the Department of Justice has sometimes required or encouraged defendants to make these payments to third parties as a condition of settlement.

“With this directive, we are ending this practice and ensuring that settlement funds are only used to compensate victims, redress harm, and punish and deter unlawful conduct.”

Goodlatte praised Sessions for his decision.

“The practice is wrong no matter which party is in power,” he said at the time. “Attorney General Session’s integrity stands in stark contrast to the behavior of Obama Administration officials who used their position to funnel billions of settlement dollars to their political allies.”

He echoed that statement following his bill’s passage Tuesday.

“Regardless of which party is in the White House, subverting Congress to funnel money to outside organizations is unacceptable and unconstitutional,” Goodlatte said.

“I applaud the passage of this bipartisan bill that bans settlement payments to non-victim third parties permanently for future administrations. There should be no excuse or justification for this banned behavior, and I urge my colleagues in the Senate to defend Congress’s constitutional interests and support H.R. 732.”

Americans for Limited Government, a Fairfax, VA-based conservative nonprofit, commended Goodlatte for his release of the internal DOJ documents.

"The Justice Department emails released by Goodlatte show that only approved left-wing groups were eligible for the banks to make payouts to as part of their settlements, overtly excluding deemed to be too conservative,” President Rick Manning said in a statement. “What's worse, is that the settlements often gave the banks double credit if they gave money to the left-wing groups rather than paying the government. Meaning, every $10 million to left-wing groups was counted the same as $20 million to the government.

Manning said Goodlatte was right to seek to defund such third-party settlements, calling them “nothing more than political payola” to radical, left-wing groups.

“Goodlatte’s disclosures show once again that there wasn’t single area of government that Obama did not corrupt into being a part of a left-wing funding machine,” he said. “Obama's Justice Department effectively appropriated federal funds to these third-party groups without Congressional approval, violating Article I of the Constitution as this was a revenue stream to the government that was then illegally diverted to political ends.

“The actors who signed off on those political allocations should be subjected to the full weight of the law, including loss of pension and at the very least significant fines.”

Here Are 13 Other Repugnant Comments Ted Nugent Should Apologize For

National Rifle Association board member Ted Nugent has offered a disingenuous and tepid apology after being condemned across partisan lines for his description of President Obama as a “subhuman mongrel.” The apology only came after Nugent attacked his critics on Twitter and elsewhere, at one point comparing CNN to a top Nazi propagandist.

But while Nugent has taken some measure of responsibility for his “subhuman mongrel” remark, the comment is just a drop in the bucket compared to his long history of racism, sexism, homophobia, Islamophobia, animus towards immigrants, and propensity to use violence-tinged language.

Nugent's racist characterization of the president received widespread attention and created problems for the campaign of Republican Texas gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott after Abbott tapped Nugent to participate in campaign events.

Appearing on The Ben Ferguson Show, Nugent apologized, though “not necessarily to the president” for his “subhuman mongrel” comment, then attacked the president as a lying, law-breaking racist who engages in Nazi tactics.

Nugent said he “did cross the line” and “I do apologize, not necessarily to the president, but on behalf of much better men than myself” such as Gov. Rick Perry, Greg Abbott, Rep. Louie Gohmert, Texas Republican Sid Miller, and Sen. Ted Cruz. Nugent added: “I apologize for using the street fighter terminology of 'subhuman mongrel' instead of just using more understandable language such as 'violator of his oath to the Constitution,' the liar that he is.” Nugent continued to attack Obama, claiming that the president -- as evidenced by the “Trayvon Martin situation” -- “judges by color of skin instead of content of character.”

Ferguson later asked Nugent if he was offering “a real apology” to the president. Nugent simply responded, “yes,” and then moved on to claiming Obama is violating “so many laws” and has an “anti-American” agenda.

Nugent also connected his opponents to the Nazis, claiming that the left is “such masters of smoke and mirrors, and deception and fraud and the Saul Alinsky, Joseph Goebbels, you know, propaganda ministry.”

Regardless of the sincerity of his apology for the “subhuman mongrel” remark, here are just a few examples of the worst comments that Nugent has yet to answer for:

1. Nugent On Then-First Lady Hillary Clinton: “You Probably Can't Use The Term 'Toxic Cunt' In Your Magazine, But That's What She Is.” From a 1994 interview with Denver, CO music magazine Westword:

About Hillary Clinton: “You probably can't use the term `toxic cunt' in your magazine, but that's what she is. Her very existence insults the spirit of individualism in this country. This bitch is nothing but a two-bit whore for Fidel Castro.” [Westword, 7/27/94]

2. Nugent: “Piece Of Shit” Obama Should “Suck On My Machine Gun.” From a 2007 concert where an assault-rifle-wielding Nugent also referred to then-Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton as “a worthless bitch”:

Obama, he's a piece of shit, and I told him to suck on my machine gun. Let's hear it for him. And then I was in New York. I said, “Hey, Hillary, you might want to ride one of these into the sunset, you worthless bitch. Since I'm in California, how about [Senator] Barbara Boxer [D-CA], she might want to suck on my machine gun. And [Senator] Dianne Feinstein [D-CA], ride one of these you worthless whore. Any questions? [Ted Nugent via, accessed 10/1/12]

3. Nugent: Deceased Florida Teenager Travyon Martin Was A “Dope Smoking, Racist Gangsta Wannabe.” [Rare, 7/14/13]

4. Nugent's Reprehensible Commentary On The African American Community. During a 2013 appearance on conspiracy theorist Alex Jones radio show, Nugent claimed that African-Americans could fix “the black problem” if they just put their “heart and soul into being honest, law-abiding, [and] delivering excellence at every move in your life.” [Genesis Communication Network, The Alex Jones Show, 7/16/13, via Media Matters]

5. More Inexcusable Commentary From Nugent On The African-American Community. In a WND column, Nugent wrote that his claim Travyon Martin was a violent person was evidence of “the same mindless tendency to violence we see in black communities across America.” [WND, 7/24/13]

6. Nugent Compares Obama To A Nazi. During a March 2013 appearance on 9-11 truther Pete Santilli's radio show, Nugent compared Obama to a Nazi who kills his Jewish neighbors, stating the president is like “a German in 1938 pretending to respect the Jews and then going home and putting on his brown shirt and forcing his neighbors onto a train to be burned to death.” [Media Matters, 3/22/13]

7. Nugent: Civil Rights Leaders Jackson And Sharpton Speak In “Ebonic Mumbo-Jumbo.” In a column for birther website WND, Nugent claimed that if a Republican president had the same drone policy as the Obama administration, “Jesse Jackson and Al Not-So-Sharpton would be lisping their ebonic mumbo-jumbo that the policy and the president are racist and bigoted.” [Media Matters, 2/11/13]

8. Nugent: “I'm Beginning To Wonder If It Would Have Been Best Had The South Won The Civil War.” From a column for The Washington Times:

Because our legislative, judicial and executive branches of government hold the 10th Amendment in contempt, I'm beginning to wonder if it would have been best had the South won the Civil War. Our Founding Fathers' concept of limited government is dead. [The Washington Times, 7/6/12]

9. Nugent: Real Americans Are “Working Hard, Playing Hard, White Motherfucking Shit Kickers Who Are Independent.” From a 1995 interview with Bob Mack of Grand Royal magazine:

NUGENT: You know how many times I've watched MTV? Once in my fucking life.

BOB MACK: You got to be on top of these things.

NUGENT: I don't have to. You know what I'm on top of? I'm on top of a real America with working hard, playing hard, white motherfucking shit kickers, who are independent and get up in the morning.

MACK: Aren't there any blacks?

NUGENT: Show me one. Show me one. [Grand Royal magazine via YouTube, accessed 2/21/14]

10. Nugent: African-American Rappers Appearing On MTV Are “Big Uneducated Greasy Black Mongrels.” From a recording posted on YouTube, supposedly “from his radio show [in] 1994”:

NUGENT: MTV is a liberal lump of hippy snot. They are embarrassing. Those big uneducated greasy black mongrels on there, they call themselves rap artists. Excuse me? During a bad bloody case of diarrhea, I got more soul than those guys do at the peak of their life. That's not music. What do you slap some electronic noisemaker and then grunt to it? And this is like soul? No, excuse me, you want to know what soul is? No wonder James Brown went to prison, no wonder Wilson Pickett went to jail, no wonder Chuck Barry went to jail. They're embarrassed by their black brothers. That's not soul. That's not cool. That's stupid. [Ted Nugent via YouTube, accessed 2/21/14]

11. Nugent: “If Islam Is A Religion Of Peace, Then I'm A Malnourished, Tofu-Eating Anti-Hunter.” From a 2010 Washington Times column addressing controversy over the planned construction of an Islamic community center near Ground Zero in New York City:

Killing more Muslim terror punks would make the world a more peaceful place to live -- and safer for more Muslims -- and we all know Islam is the religion of peace.

Yeah, right.

Let's call a spade a spade here. If Islam is the religion of peace, then I'm a malnourished, tofu-eating anti-hunter. [The Washington Times, 8/19/10]

12. Nugent On Homosexuality: “How Can We Offend Guys That Actually Have Anal Sex?” During a 2000 interview on Fox News' Hannity and Colmes:

I got to tell you, guys that have sex with each other's anal cavities -- how can we offend guys that actually have anal sex? Don't you think that might offend some of us who think that's despicable?" [Hannity and Colmes via Nexis, 6/29/00]

13. Ted Nugent On Suspected Undocumented Immigrants: “I'd Like To Shoot Them Dead.” From a 2008 appearance on Fox News' Hannity and Colmes:

ALAN COLMES, CO-HOST: You want to kill on sight anybody who illegally comes into the country. Just shoot them, right?

NUGENT: If they're armed, and they're attacking our country, yes.

COLMES: Well, they wouldn't be attacking. You don't know if someone coming over the border -- would you just shoot anybody coming over the border who you suspect of being illegal?

NUGENT: In an unauthorized entry, armed, like they are right now, invading our country, I'd like to shoot them dead.

COLMES: Just shoot them dead. All right. [Hannity and Colmes via Nexis, 10/13/08]

158 Documented Lies from America's Prevaricator-in-Chief

157 Obama claims he is bipartisan Congressional Quarterly shows he voted with his party 97% of the time

156 Obama's dirty lie scares seniors: falsely claims McCain plans to cut $880 billion from Medicare: liar liar liar says Annenberg Factcheck

155 Obama lies about his mother turning to food stamps AND still sending him to top schools his grandmother paid for education

154 Obama lied about being asked to wear dead soldier's bracelet: family had asked Obama to stop wearing it

153 Obama claimed all new spending is economic plan was self-funding short by $3.5 Trillion says nonpartisan Tax Policy Center

152 Obama denied Admiral Mike Mullen had called Obama's Iraqi troop plan "dangerous" Mullen made comment on Fox in July 2008 according to WaPo

151 Obama lied about Kissinger's views of diplomacy during first debate Kissinger confirms the lie

150 During Debate 1 Obama denied voting to tax some people making
$42000 a year: Annenburg Factcheck,org confirms Obama is lying

149 After Debate 1, Team Obama denied Obama ever said, "Iran's not a threat": Video proves Obama DID say "Iran is NOT a threat."

148 Obama claims under McCain employers would be taxed on the health care benefits it grants to workers he's lying

147 Obama refers to an Iraqi surplus of $79 billion and says US should have it its $60 billion and dwindling

146 Obama claims only 5% of Americans would see tax increase he's grossly understating the number of people effected

145 Obama accuses McCain of lying about Biden being against clean coal video proves Obama is lying

144 Obama claims McCain is opposed to abortion in cases of rape or incest McCain has never held that position.

143 Obama accuses McCain of making an ad about Obama's vote to approve leaving babies who survive abortion procedures to die McCain did not
make the ad

142 Obama's ad on abortion claims BHO always supported medical care to protect infants text of the Bill he supported shows he wanted babies born alive after abortions to be left to die

141 Obama's ad on abortion uses quotes by journalists who made negative comments about a McCain ad but Obama is misleading because both journalists have been proven to be incorrect

140 Obama's lying when he says McCain's ad misstated BHO's Sex Ed for Kindergartners Bill: McCain's ad was accurate here's the Sex Ed Bill text

139 Obama and Biden both truncate McCain's comments on the strength of the economy's fundamentals: deliberate distortion

138 Biden claims McCain tried to hurt our veterans by denying them educational benefits NewsWeek confirms Biden is lying

137 Obama claims under McCain, Elderly would have had Social Security tied up in the Stock market Newsweek cries BS

136 Obama claims his opponent will cut social security in half: NOT true Obama guilty of scare-mongering aimed at Seniors

135 Biden claims McCain wouldn't help small borrowers hurt by housing crisis this is untrue according to Newsweek

134 Obama claimed during the primary he had more Ex President Clinton Foreign Policy advisers than Sen. Clinton she had 70% more

133 Obama claimed his father served in World War 2: his Kenyan-born father never served

132 Obama grossly misquoted Sen.Clinton about her vote on a banking bill BHO used the false quote to show why voters don't trust

131 Obama claimed employers are more likely to be struck by lightning than be prosecuted for employing illegals Gov stats prove he's lying

130 Pushing his Green agenda Obama claimed Japanese Car average 45 mpg fuel efficiency its actually around 29 mph

129 Obama disparaged the President saying he hadn't met with auto makers until the sixth year of his presidency GWB met automakers in
April 2003

128 Obama disparaged the efficiency of our healthcare system saying
the U.S. spends twice per capita than other countries: WaPo proves he's lying

127 Obama claims President Clinton's Labor Secretary said BHO's healthcare plan, "Does more than anybody to reduce costs" Robert Reich did NOT say it

126 Obama falsely claimed he won the Michigan Democrat primary: he was not on the ballot

125 Obama's Spanish language ad lies about McCain's position on immigration tries to stir race-war: lies debunked by ABC

124 Obama lies about his interference in Iraqi negotiations but his campaign admits his treachery

123 Obama took credit for the economic stimulus package passed in Feb 08 BHO's colleagues on Capitol Hill cry BS

122 Obama claims Big Oil is ignoring 68 million acres of oil fields they could be drilling most fields are being worked

121 Obama claims never questions his opponent's patriotism asks of McCain "WHICH country first?": ABC says he's questioning McCain's

120 Obama claims personal savings rates are lowest since the Great
Depression currently higher than under President Clinton

119 Obama claims on this video that he doesn't switch positions list of 31 flip flops show he's lying

118 In the Primaries Obama puffed his resume claiming he was a "Professor" State Senate bio shows he was not he now agrees

117 When Obama ran for US Senate his web site claimed "5 years as a community organizer" he admits it was only 3 years

116 Obama's attack ad in Michigan claims McCain doesn't support loan guarantees for auto-industry. McCain DOES support them

115 Obama says "if we're STILL in recession when he takes office. etc" the economy is NOT in recession

114 Obama claims he signed up for Selective Service when he graduated from High School records show he did NOT until he'd been at college 1 year

113 Attacking Palin, Obama has the audacity to claim,"Words mean something you can't just make things up " BHO makes stuff up

112 Biden claims McCain will increase taxes for workers & Obama will only increase taxes on those making $435k: he's lying

111 Biden claims Obama drew the Nation's attention to problems at Walter Reed Army Hospital it was two WaPo reporters that reported the issues to the Nation

110 to make Obama seems more American/less exotic, Biden tells Scranton crowd Obama grew up in Kansas BHO grew up in Hawaii and Indonesia

109 Obama lies yet again to disparage Gov. Palin ignores her executive experience as Governor of Alaska

108 Obama says the US economy has failed under Bush World Bank stats proves Obama's been lying US a world leader in growth, employment, incomes

107 Obama claims if you are born into poverty in America you are on your own: there are many government programs

106 Obama claims he's bi-partisan: voting records prove Obama is #11 most partisan

105 Claimed Hillary would be on anyone's short-list Hillary wasn't on Obama's short-list

104 Obama claims abortion rates have not gone down under the Bush Administration stats show they have gone down

103 Obama dismissed Bomber Bill Ayers as "some guy who lives in the neighborhood"they had a close working relationship

102 Obama claims there's no charge to attend his acceptance speech: CBS 4 in Denver proves he's lying some tickets cost $1000

101 Obama used being a first-time-buyer to justify consulting with Rezko before he bought his house BHO had already purchased a residence

100 Obama lies about his support for infanticide campaign concedes in 03 he opposed a bill stopping the killing of kids born alive after abortions

99 Obama overstates Oil Industry's contributions to McCain ignores cash the Oil industry gave BHO Newsweek debunks

98 To belittle America,Obama exaggerated the growth in Debt under the current Administration debunked by WaPo

97 Obama claims President George W Bush had not left the country before he became President WaPo confirms he's lying

96 To promote "green", Obama claimed he drove a vehicle that uses ethanol GM confirmed the model was NOT ethanol-ready

95 Obama claims he's taking his family for a week's rest in Hawaii with no campaigning schedules a rally for first day

94: Obama claims "properly inflating tires" will save as much energy as we could drill offshore analysis shows not even close

93 Obama denies accusing McCain of using race against him ABC, NYT confirm Obama did accuse McCain of making racial attacks

92 Obama claims he's not being political when he's flip-flopping timing & direction of major flip-flops show he's lying

91: Obama INVENTS a wall between Christians and Jews deceptively omits the major religious wall is caused by a "fatwah" to kill American Christians and Jews

90 Obama claims he made a substantive call for Germany to help in Iraq Berlin speech transcript proves he's lying

89: Obama admits he underestimated the decline in violence from the Surge falsely claims McCain made same mistake

88 Obama turned a disappointing crowd of 20,000 into media reports of 200,000

87 Obama lied about his father's religious upbringing! half-brother confirms Obama's father was "RAISED Muslim"

86 Obama claimed we only made one fundraising trip to Florida during the Primary Florida papers proved he lied

85 Claims reducing obesity to 80's levels would save Medicaid ONE TRILLION DOLLARS not even close

84 To make Iraq/Afghan Wars look bad, Obama claimed demands on Nat Guard personnel hurt flood relief Guards prove lying

83 Claimed due to overseas commitments, too few helecopters were available to help with Midwest flood relief now concedes not true

82 Starting in Iowa, Obama claimed Clinton's healthcare plan would "punish families that couldn't afford healthcare" NYT calls BS

81 Obama claims McCain's tax plan will do nothing to help the middle-class: The Tax Policy Center proves he's lying

80 claims the use of an Email with a big red DONATE button is NOT a fundraising solicitation

79 Obama claims his trip to Europe was non-political: uses video of Berlin speech to raise money within hours

78 Tells NBC that during the debate on the Surge he said the Surge would work in Baghdad video proves during the debate he said the opposite

77 Obama's "Changing World" ad claims he'll fast-track alternatives to oil to stop us buying from hostile nations "fast track" is totally misleading

76 Obama tells Israeli media that he's a member of the Senate Banking Committee CNN confirms he's delusional

75 Obama claims Lou Dobbs caused hate crimes against Latinos to double the FBI and CNN confirm Obama is lying

74 Obama claims the military brass think like he does top US commanders say his plan for Iraq is unworkable

73: Obama promised to filibust FISA later Obama voted for FISA and now denies changing his position

72 Obama belittles Americans claiming we can't speak European languages he's talking merde mierda Scheiße

71 Obama denied he accused President Bush of starting the War for political reasons Russert transcript proves Obama made that false claim

70 Obama claims there has been substantial job losses from NAFTA Independent studies show its at least" job neutral"

69 Claimed in Feb 08 he got 90% of funds from donors giving $25, $50 fed filings show he got only about a third from donors below $200

68 Obama rewrites history about what specifically he had said during his October 2002 anti-war speech

67 Obama claimed in 04 that he had never supported bringing troops out of Iraq rare video of 03 Teamsters rally shows he's lying

66 Obama lied about the softness of the Stock Market to support his false claim the War was being used to distract the public

65 To justify move to private funds, Obama claims McCain's campaign is" fuelled" by PACs and Lobbyists its less than 2% of McCain's money

64 Obama's "Dignity" ad claims he "worked his way" thru college and law school campaign admits only two summer jobs

63 Obama's "Dignity" ad gives him credit for reducing Welfare rolls by 80%: he's deceptive as he was opposed to Fed Welfare Reform in '96

62 In Obama's The Country I love ad, he takes credit for passing a healthcare bill he did NOT vote for

61 Claims he first ran in Chicago as an unendorsed candidate his '96 election questionnaire proves he had several

60 Obama claims he wants a vigorous and open debate on the issues: then goes out of his way to avoid it

59 Obama omits key details about a false rumor re video of Michelle's "whitey" rant to justify breaking his public funding promise

58 Obama tries to deceive about why he voted "present" more than 100 times in the Illinois Senate Chicago paper reveals the truth

57 Trying to claim patriotism Obama says his grandad signed up the day after Pearl Harbor army records disagree

56 Claims race and party not important to how people vote as they put America first 93% block vote disproves

55 On June 5, Obama stated that Israel must remain undivided June 6 on CNN he reversed his position, but denied he had done so

54 To further his own agenda, Obama grossly overstates the number of potential African-American votes in MS, GA, SC

53 Promise of $2500 reduction in Healthcare premiums needs billions in Admin cost savings by 2012: not possible

52 Obama omits to mention his 3 week trip to the Islamic Republic of Pakistan until it slips out trying to out-do Clinton

51 Obama claims McCain wants to wage a lengthy war in Iraq: Video proves Obama's lying

50 Obama claimed he never prayed in a mosque his campaign had to retract that statement

49 Obama dishonestly used endorsements in ads to pump up his healthcare plan

48 Claims he never discussed politics with Pastor rebutted by photo of Obama with team of lobbyists led by Wright

47 Obama, an expert at parsing words, claimed he wasn't familiar with the word "Clintonian" then changed his story

46 Despite reeking of cigarettes, Obama denied smoking to ABC now admits smoking on MSNBC

45 Obama said he'd meet unconditionally with Leader of Iran: now claims he "didn't have Ahmadinejad in mind"

44 Obama claims he is using public financing to avoid special interests: WSJ nails his switcheroo

43 Obama's rhetoric claims more young black men in jail than college: BoJ Stats disprove

42 Claims he never said he was a proponent of single-payer universal healthcare Video proves he did

41 Obama claims remarks to industrialists were greeted with silence, shows he can deliver tough message: video of ovation

40 Obamas claim you dont rip opponents & leave on roadside:he did to Alice Palmer

39 Obama denies saying Indiana could be tie-breaker: he did

38 Obama omits that Pastor Wright led divestiture campaign from Israel

37 Obama claims Church not controversial he knew it was controversial since 86

36 Lied about intention of taking US out of NAFTA

35 Obamas claim poverty growing up: both distort reality

34 Obama denies meeting Saddam's Auchi sworn Fed. witness places
Obama at undisclosed party for Auchi at Rezkos

33 Obama lies about not attacking Clinton over her Bosnia lies

32 Obama claims he passed ethics reform ABC News shows he lied

31 Obama says he's consistently opposed NAFTA in October 2007 he supported expansion to Peru

30 Obama claims he's above dirty political tricks Clinton proves he lies

29 Obama claims his "bitter" remarks were mangled then repeats attacks on guns religion and angry people

28 Obama claims never said he wouldn't wear US flag-pin video shows he did

27 Obama says he did no favors for Rezkountrue he lobbied for him

26 Changes story repeatedly re Rezko's help in buying mansion

25 Obama claims he never supported a ban on handguns he has twice

24 Obama claims stays at UCC as Pastor acknowledged comments were inappropriate Wright never made this statement

23 Campaign is beholden to "only the people" as unlike McCain/Clinton he does not take lobbyist /PAC money LIES!

22 Claims campaign never called Canada to say Obama not truthful re wanting leave NAFTA smoking gun memo proves lied

21 Mrs Obama admits she's never been proud of America Video disproves Sen. Obama's later claim she was misquoted

20 Claimed would not run for President, as he would not be qualified by 2008: confirmed 3 times to Tim Russert in one 2006 interview

19 Claims famous in Il. for not letting lobbyists even buy him lunch took from teachers, trial lawyers, hospital admins

18 Claims his parents met at Selma civil rights march Washington Post noted it occurred 4 yrs after Obama's birth

17 BO claims courageously opposed war in 2002 during US Senate campaign He did not announce his senate bid until 2003

16 Claims he passes tough Nuclear Law NYT uncovers he took Nuclear Industry pay-off and watered down the bill

15 Claimed he didn't know Rezko was corrupt when did a real estate deal with him Chicago papers prove he lied

14 Claims does not accept money from Big Oil: Real Clear Politics proves he lied

13 Denies using his Hopefund PAC to influence endorsers but the Washington Post reviewed the record and disagreed

12 Claims his State Chair is not a drug company lobbyist Time magazine cries [email protected]#$%

11 Lies about how much he received in campaign funds from Rezko forced to significantly increase the amount twice

10 Claims he did not fill out the 1996 candidate questionaire Politico proves he lied

9 Took credit for achievement of others in Chicago resume puffing exposed by LA Times

8 Claims he kept no State Senate records now he changes his story

7 Denies doubling wife's salary was due to becoming US Senator omits within months he earmarked $1 million for hospital

6 Denied meeting Saddam bagman Auchi now admits he was at his dinner but does not remember talking to him

5 Denies using his church for politics: IRS disagree

4 Claims he was unaware of Pastor Wrights 911 comments: NYT proves he lied

U.S. Attorney Who Refused To Resign Has Been Fired

Leah wrote about how U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara refused to resign his position that some saw as a setup for a legal showdown with the Trump White House. Bharara was one of the 46 U.S. Attorneys that were asked to resign on Friday by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. After Bharara refused, he was fired. There’s some intrigue with this incident since The Washington Post noted that Bharara was reportedly asked by the president to remain onboard. It should also be noted that requests for U.S. Attorneys that were appointed by a previous administration to resign is not uncommon (via WaPo):

I did not resign. Moments ago I was fired. Being the US Attorney in SDNY will forever be the greatest honor of my professional life.

&mdash Preet Bharara (@PreetBharara) March 11, 2017