The Los Angeles teachers’ union, United Teachers Los Angeles, defeated a combined effort by several other labor unions, including the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and other public sector unions, in the city’s mayoral election Tuesday. The final tally of votes means that Eric Garcetti, a Rhodes scholar and city councilman, will take office as the first Jewish major of Los Angeles, replacing Antonio Villaraigosa on July 1. The mayoral runoff was an ugly one, as Democrat-aligned unions clashed for control of the city’s highest office. As citizens grumbled over the negative campaigning and the poor quality of the candidates–”They both stink,” one told the Los Angeles Times , in a typical comment–the media fretted over the massive cost of the contest, as unions and outside groups poured millions of dollars into a race with low turnout and little public interest. Garcetti received 54% of the vote and declared victory in the wee hours of Wednesday morning. The last Republican in the race was defeated in an earlier round of voting, leaving the final contest a strictly blue-vs.-blue affair. The teachers’ union managed to capitalize on frustration after years of struggle with outgoing major Villaraigosa, whose enduring achievement will be suppressing a vote at the 2012 Democratic National Convention.
In Orlando on Wednesday, an FBI agent shot and killed Ibragim Todashev, a man who had been interviewed with regard to the Boston Marathon bombing. “We are currently responding to a shooting incident involving an FBI special agent,” explained FBI Special Agent Dave Couvertier to NBC News. “The incident occurred in Orlando, Florida. The agent encountered the suspect while conducting official duties. We do not have any further details at this time. We expect to have more information later this morning.” Widespread reports during the initial Boston bombing investigation suggested that the perpetrators, Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, acted alone.
As more information about the IRS scandal trickles out daily, the White House’s involvement is becoming clearer. Those of us who’ve been warning about the demise of freedom with Barack Obama’s efforts to “fundamentally transform” our great nation are about to witness some sad vindication. Will awakened Americans finally join us in saying “enough is enough”? The president would like us to believe that he only learned about the IRS corruption from watching the news. But we recently learned that the White House was actively working with the IRS on how to roll out the story of this scandal. So, Mr. President, how can you have your staff work on the roll out of the biggest controversy since Watergate, and yet claim that you only heard about it by watching the news with the rest of us? For the president to deny any knowledge of what was brewing and to claim to know nothing about the Benghazi cover-up or anything about anything White House-related lately, he’s either a liar or a hugely incompetent CEO. You decide. Yesterday, we also learned that the top IRS official involved in the targeting scandal is planning on pleading the Fifth during her Congressional hearings. That’s keen – she’ll be able to enjoy her Fifth Amendment rights in a hearing about how her intimidating organization denied Americans the ability to fully exercise their First Amendment rights. Keep in mind that the IRS considers you guilty until proven innocent when they audit you.
After his public fall from grace, Former U.S. Representative Anthony Weiner has gotten back up and entered the race for
Pro-life advocacy organization Live Action led a “Stop the Killing Rally” Monday in front of the office of late-term abortionist LeRoy Carhart in Germantown, Maryland to protest the unsafe practices women face in such clinics.
The US Attorney for the District of Columbia, Ronald C. Machen – the man responsible for the aggressive surveillance and phone record scrutiny at Fox News – is also a big donor to the Obama Campaigns. At the time of his appointment, the Washington Post wrote a profile on Machen including this tidbit :
Upon the passage of the “Gang of Eight” immigration bill out of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) said the bill will make America’s broken immigration system even worse. Cruz said he wants real immigration reform, not this bill. “I want common sense immigration reform to pass,” Cruz said. “Our immigration system is broken and I think there are large bipartisan majorities that want it to pass, but this bill has two major problems.”
Senate Judiciary Committee ranking member Sen. Chuck Grassley said Tuesday night that the “Gang of Eight” immigration bill is far from a real solution to the nation’s immigration woes. “Coming into the debate, my position was clear,” Grassley said in a statement as the Senate Judiciary Committee wrapped up its markup of the bill.
Nationally-syndicated conservative radio host Mark Levin, one of the signers of the Tea Party coalition letter calling on lawmakers to prevent the “Gang of Eight” immigration bill from reaching the Senate floor, told Breitbart News Mitch McConnell is the one pulling the strings behind the bill. “It is obvious McConnell has been orchestrating this from the shadows,” Levin said in an email. “From encouraging Marco Rubio to join this silly ‘Gang’ to smoothing the way for a vote for this monstrous bill, McConnell’s pushing it. Make no mistake, the ruling class wants to ram this down our throats, and that includes the GOP so-called leaders.” On Tuesday, McConnell said he would not block the bill from reaching the Senate floor. McConnell also praised the Gang of Eight. “With regard to getting started on the bill, it’s my intention — if there is a motion to proceed required — to vote for the motion to proceed so we can get on the bill and see if it we’re able to pass a bill that actually moves the ball in the right direction,” McConnell said. “The Gang of Eight has made a substantial contribution to moving the issue forward,” McConnell added. “So far, I’m told that the Judiciary Committee has not in any fundamental way undone the agreement reached by the eight senators so I’m hopeful we’ll be able to get a bill we can pass here in the Senate.” What McConnell said he will do is the opposite of what Tea Partiers who signed that letter, like Levin are calling on lawmakers to do. “We urge you to vote against it and against any cloture vote to bring up the bill,” the Tea Party coalition wrote. “Only then can a constructive, measured debate take place on how to improve America’s immigration policy.” In his email to Breitbart News, Levin also compared this bill to big government hallmarks of the past few years in Washington. “Obamacare, Dodd-Frank, bailouts, tax increases, debt ceiling increases, amnesty, and on and on,” Levin said. “Republicans either refuse to take effective steps to stop this collective disaster or flat out support it. They obviously like big government despite their protestations. It is infuriating.”