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Obama Quietly Grants 12 Pardons and 8 Commutations

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Written by Daniel Halper

President Barack Obama quietly issued 12 pardons and 8 commutations late Wednesday afternoon, which happened to be one of the busiest news days of the year.

Here are the dozen folks pardoned:

The President granted pardons to the following twelve individuals:

  • Roy Norman Auvil – Bartonville, IL

Offense:  Possession of an unregistered distilling apparatus; working a distillery on which the required sign is not placed (District of South Carolina)

Sentence:  Five years’ probation (Nov. 16, 1964)

  • Bernard Bryan Bulcourf – McIntosh, FL

Offense:  Counterfeiting Federal Reserve notes (Southern District of Florida)

Sentence:  90 days’ confinement in a community treatment center, followed by three years’ probation (Nov. 18, 1988)

  • Steve Charlie Calamars – San Antonio, TX

Offense:  Possession of phenyl-2-propanone with intent to manufacture a quantity of methamphetamine (Western District of Texas)

Sentence:  57 months’ imprisonment; three years’ supervised release (May 31, 1989; as amended Apr.

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How Harry Reid’s Last Act as Majority Leader Directly Benefited His State

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Written by Melissa Quinn

In his final move as majority leader, U.S. Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) ushered through a series of tax breaks that directly benefit residents of his home state of Nevada.

Called tax extenders, the package retroactively renews expired tax breaks, including a state sales tax deduction and the Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act.

The U.S. Senate passed the tax bill 76-16 earlier this week—the last legislation it would vote on before the end of the 113th Congress and Reid’s tenure as majority leader.

The inclusion of two provisions were beneficial to both Reid’s home state and Florida, states without a state income tax and where residents were hit hard by the housing market crash.

The state sales tax deduction allows Nevada residents to deduct state and local taxes.… Continue Reading

Hillary Clinton’s “People” Magazine Cover Flops

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Written by Don Irvine

It’s been a rough year for Hillary Clinton on the sales front. First it was her book “Hard Choices” that failed to sell despite a massive P.R. campaign, and now, as Adweek reports, the June 16 issue of People Magazine, featuring Clinton on the cover, was the worst selling issue of the year.

The Clinton cover sold just 503,890 copies, which is well below the magazine’s average of 700,000-plus. The best-selling issue was a tribute to the late Robin Williams on August 25, which sold over one million copies.


This article was originally posted at the Accuracy In Media website.

 

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Harvard Study Ranks Illinois Among Most Corrupt States

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The state’s entrenched culture of cronyism is blindingly clear,
especially to those who report on it for a living.

Written by Brian Costin

As if Illinois’ illegal corruption problem wasn’t bad enough, a new Harvard University study ranks the state among the worst for “legal corruption” as well.

The study defines legal corruption as “the political gains in the form of campaign contributions or endorsements by a government official, in exchange for providing specific benefits to private individuals or groups, be it by explicit or implicit understanding.”

Illinois is one of only seven states ranking in the top quartile in both corruption categories – illegal and legal. There are seven states ranking in the least corrupt quartile for both categories, including neighboring Michigan.

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The study required reporters to score the three branches of their state government on a 1-to-5 scale, with 1 meaning corruption is “not common at all” and 5 meaning corruption is “extremely common.” Here’s how Illinois reporters scored the three branches of Illinois’ state government:

Illinois’ illegal-corruption scores by branch

Executive: 3 – moderately common

Legislative: 4 – very common

Judicial: 2 – slightly common

Illinois legal-corruption scores by branch

Executive: 4 – very common

Legislative: 5 – extremely common

Judicial: 3 – moderately common

Interestingly, Illinois reporters believe the state has a worse legal-corruption problem than an illegal-corruption problem.… Continue Reading

If White Racism Causes Inequality, Why Do Whites Lag?

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Written by Michael Medved

If white racism counts as the primary cause for the painful problems of people of color then why do white people themselves lag behind some other racial groups in every measure of success and health?

Census figures show that “non-Hispanic whites” still comprise a big majority of the American population – some 63% according to the latest numbers. But there’s no statistical indication that this numerical advantage has resulted in a corresponding edge in achievement or well-being.

Take, for instance, the most fundamental measure of them all: life expectancy at birth. Census numbers from 2010 show that whites can expect to live 78.9 years. But Latinos enjoy much longer lives – with a life expectancy of 82.8. Asian Americans live longest of all – an impressive 86.5 years.… Continue Reading

Final Election Results

Written by David E. Smith
The Illinois State Board of Elections recently released the certified election results.  Here are the numbers:

  
  
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Governor-elect Bruce Rauner (R) won a slim majority of the total votes and by 142,284 votes over incumbent Patrick Quinn (D).  Voter turnout was 49 percent, and compared to the 2010 gubernatorial election was down two percent, or 112,353 less voters in the 2014 election.

Incumbent Democratic Attorney General Lisa Madigan won decisively with 59 percent of the total vote, beating Republican challenger Paul Schimpf who received little support from the Republican establishment in Illinois.

Liberal Republican Judy Baar-Topinka won the Comptroller race over Democratic Lt. Governor Sheila Simon with a plurality of the total votes but significantly below her 52.6 percent from her state-wide race four years ago.
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Global Warming Alarmism

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Unpublished Letters Reveal Close Hillary-Alinsky Link

 

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Written by Chad Groening

An author and political activist says the Democratic Party is clearly controlled by far left-wing radicals who want to create a one-party state.

Recently The Washington Free Beacon obtained some unpublished correspondence between Hillary Clinton and 1960s-era left-wing radical Saul Alinsky. The letters revealed a close relationship between Clinton and Alinsky, who wrote Rules for Radicals, a controversial guide to the ends-justifies-means approach to power and wealth redistribution through community activism.

David Horowitz is a former member of the communist party who has now become a conservative and is the founder and CEO of the David Horowitz Freedom Center.

“The aim of Democrats is to create a one-party state,” he says. “These are totalitarians. They think they know what’s good for everybody and they’re going to force you to follow their plan – and their means are deceptive.… Continue Reading

Loch Ness Socialism

By Bill Whittle

The Loch Ness Monster is a “cryptid” — something rumored to exist but without actual proof. The Socialist Utopia of the progressives is a cryptid too. In his latest Firewall, Bill Whittle shows why Good Socialism, like the Loch Ness Monster, is a giant, air-breathing creature that (conveniently!) NEVER COMES UP FOR AIR.


 

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Federal Judge Envisions ‘Rape License’ for ‘Right to Rape’

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Written by Matt Barber

Judge Richard Posner, a federal judge with the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, recently become a hero to the pro-”gay marriage” left when, by way of a “legal analysis” free from the troublesome constraints of logic, case precedent, biology, tradition and reality in general, he managed to somehow divine a long-hidden constitutional “right” for two dudes to get “married.” “How can tradition be a reason for anything?” an incredulous Posner demanded last month of attorneys defending marriage protection amendments in both Wisconsin and Indiana.

It would seem that Posner’s contempt for tradition extends to all things sexual, up to and including the puritanical presupposition that it’s always wrong for a man to rape a woman. This idea, according to Posner in his 2011 book “Economic Analysis of the Law” (8th edition), is evidently an equally archaic tradition that, like the institution of natural marriage, needs a significant overhaul.… Continue Reading

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