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Immigration’s False-Fact Think Tank

A new report from the Center for Immigraiton Studies says the Obama Administration released 36,000 undocumented criminals from detention last year. Scary numbers, but there’s more to the story.


Newark's fiery new mayor inspires both hope and concern

By Victoria Cavaliere NEWARK, New Jersey (Reuters) - Newark's new mayor Ras Baraka has pledged to bring New Jersey's largest city out of a vicious cycle of poverty and crime, but critics fear he may undo the efforts of his pro-business, celebrity predecessor. Baraka, 44, targeted his \"Take Back Newark\" campaign at Wall Street investors, New Jersey's powerful political bosses and the state leadership, which has controlled the city's schools for two decades and is mulling a takeover of its finances for 2014. \"Today, we told them that the people of Newark are not for sale,\" Baraka said in his victory speech on Tuesday, after defeating fellow Democrat, former state assistant attorney general Shavar Jeffries, with 54 percent of the vote. \"We told them that people outweigh money in a democracy.\" His message has resonated in Newark, a city of about 277,000 people located 12 miles from New York City.


U.S. House panel subpoenas Kerry again over Benghazi

A U.S. Republican lawmaker on Thursday issued a second subpoena for Secretary of State John Kerry to testify before Congress this month about the 2012 attacks on U.S. facilities in Benghazi in which four Americans were killed. The State Department reacted angrily, saying it was the second time Kerry had been subpoenaed while on foreign travel, and noted the announcement had been made via Twitter. \"This is not the way legitimate and responsible oversight is conducted,\" said State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf. House of Representatives Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa had earlier issued a subpoena for Kerry to appear on May 21, but lifted that request after the State Department said it would conflict with Kerry's travel schedule.


Goodbye To A War Reporting Legend

Veteran Newsweek reporter and Daily Beast writer Ron Moreau was one of the last great foreign correspondents of a great generation.


More than half of Americans approve of Hillary Clinton: Reuters/Ipsos Poll

By Gabriel Debenedetti WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Most Americans have a favorable view of former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and think she will win the 2016 presidential election, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Thursday. Fifty-seven percent of Americans who were aware of Clinton hold a favorable opinion of her, compared to 43 percent who see her negatively, according to the online survey. Nearly one-quarter of Republicans said they had a favorable view of Clinton, a Democrat. While Clinton has not yet declared her candidacy for the White House, she is widely viewed as the front-runner if she does run.


Obama lists assets worth up to $7.15 million

President Barack Obama lists assets worth between $1.95 million and $7.15 million, of which $1 million to $5 million were in Treasury notes, according to financial disclosure forms released on Thursday. Obama and his wife, Michelle, in April reported income of $503,183 last year. As president, Obama is entitled to a $400,000 salary. In financial disclosure forms released on Thursday, the president reported outside income of between about $180,000 and $482,000 from book royalties and investments.


Chelsea Clinton's In-Law Marjorie Margolies Skips Own Fundraiser With Hillary

Tonight’s campaign fundraiser for Pennsylvania’s 13th Congressional District hopeful Marjorie Margolies is just like any campaign fundraiser featuring an appearance by Hillary Clinton. Except the candidate, who happens to be Chelsea Clinton’s mother-in-law, won’t be there. Margolies’ absence from her own fundraiser might surprise those...


One big obstacle to #BringBackOurGirls? Nigeria’s government

“Brutal tactics.” “Record of atrocities.” “Gross violations of human rights.” Top U.S. government officials spoke those words Thursday at a Senate hearing about Boko Haram’s abduction of more than 200 schoolgirls. But they said them about Nigeria’s government and military, not the Islamic terrorist group that burst into international consciousness with its actions last month.


Hillary Rewrites Her Record on Iran

The former Secretary of State claimed Wednesday she was responsible for tough sanctions on Iran. But while they were being crafted, her State Department opposed them again and again.


U.S. senators press Shinseki on delay in care for military veterans

By David Lawder WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki on Thursday vowed \"timely action\" to deal with allegations that some VA medical centers covered up long waiting times for chronically-ill veterans seeking care but said he saw no evidence the practice was widespread. Shinseki, appearing before the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, said allegations that 40 veterans died while waiting for appointments in Phoenix while months-long waiting times were kept under wraps made him \"mad as hell.\" VA doctors in Phoenix have alleged that managers ordered them to hold patients on a secret waiting list until appointments opened up on an official list that met the agency's waiting time goals. Asked if the practice of \"cooking the books\" was widespread among VA centers, Shinseki said: \"I'm not aware, other than a number of isolated cases, where there is evidence of that.\" The former four-star Army general said the VA's Office of the Inspector General would get to the bottom of the Phoenix allegations, and a system-wide review of appointment scheduling practices would address any complaints at facilities elsewhere.

GOP chairman revives Benghazi subpoena of Kerry

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican chairman of the House Oversight panel has reissued his subpoena demanding that Secretary of State John Kerry testify about documents provided to Congress about the deadly 2012 attack in Benghazi, Libya.


Kerry: US set to levy more sanctions on Russia

LONDON (AP) — The U.S. hopes Russia will play a constructive role in the May 25 presidential election in Ukraine, but if Moscow or its proxies disrupt it, the U.S. and European Union will move to impose heavier economic sanctions, Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday.


Reid opposes Obama court pick

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, one of the Obama administration's staunchest allies in Congress, announced his opposition Thursday to Michael Boggs' nomination to the federal bench, dealing a strong if not fatal blow to the former Georgia state lawmaker's confirmation hopes.


CIA seeks time on response to interrogation report

WASHINGTON (AP) — The CIA is asking a federal judge in Washington for more time to declassify its still-secret response to a Senate intelligence report on harsh interrogation techniques and a separate review ordered by former agency director Leon Panetta.

The Historic 11-Host ‘View’ Reunion

Rosie, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, and all the former co-hosts of ‘The View’ reunited to pay tribute to Barbara Walters. And they were all, for better or worse, on their best behavior.


Kerry: Syrian president election a 'farce'

LONDON (AP) — Syria's planned presidential election next month is a "farce," and the U.S. and its partners are prepared to quickly redouble efforts to support opposition forces in the county, Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday.


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