Thursday, July 24, 2014

The Secret Government Rulebook That Could Label You a Terrorist-166 Page Here

The "March 2013 Watchlisting Guidance" was produced with the input of 19 agencies, including the CIA, Pentagon, NSA and FBI, and is officially unclassified. 
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But as The Intercept's Jeremy Scahill reports, Attorney General Eric Holder has warned it is a "'clear roadmap' to the government's terrorist-tracking apparatus, adding: 'The Watchlisting Guidance, although unclassified, contains national security information that, if disclosed ... could cause significant harm to national security.'" The Intercept decided to publish the guidance despite the government's warning of threats to national security because the "system makes a mockery of the idea of due process," and that the public has a right to know about "what amounts to a shadow legal system." Said: Jeremy Scahill
You could Be a Terrorist According To Watchlisting Guidance Rulebook by Barbara Espinosa

In order to make the watchlist, neither "concrete facts" nor "irrefutable evidence" are required, and a wide loophole exists that allows a single White House official to add entire "categories" of people unilaterally. Once a person is on the list, government agents are required to collect detailed information from them during encounters at the airport or elsewhere:
In addition to data like fingerprints, travel itineraries, identification documents and gun licenses, the rules encourage screeners to acquire health insurance information, drug prescriptions, "any cards with an electronic strip on it (hotel cards, grocery cards, gift cards, frequent flyer cards)," multiple cellphones, email addresses, binoculars, peroxide, bank account numbers, pay stubs, academic transcripts, parking and speeding tickets, and want ads. The digital information singled out for collection includes social media accounts, cell phone lists, speed dial numbers, laptop images, thumb drives, iPods, Kindles, and cameras. All of the information is then uploaded to the TIDE database.
Screeners are also instructed to collect any "pocket litter," scuba gear, EZ Passes, library cards, and the titles of any books, along with information about their condition -- "e.g., new, dog-eared, annotated, unopened." Business cards and conference materials are also targeted, as well as "anything with an account number" and information about any gold or jewelry worn by the watchlisted individual. Even "animal information" -- data about pets from veterinarians or tracking chips -- is requested. The rulebook also encourages the collection of biometric or biographical data about the travel partners of watchlisted individuals.
The Obama administration has quietly approved a substantial expansion of the terrorist watchlist system, authorizing a secret process that requires neither “concrete facts” nor “irrefutable evidence” to designate an American or foreigner as a terrorist, according to a key government document obtained by The Intercept.
The new guidelines allow individuals to be designated as representatives of terror organizations without any evidence they are actually connected to such organizations, and it gives a single White House official the unilateral authority to place “entire categories” of people the government is tracking onto the no fly and selectee lists. It broadens the authority of government officials to “nominate” people to the watchlists based on what is vaguely described as “fragmentary information.” It also allows for dead people to be watchlisted.

AZ Candidate Hugh Hallman Gets It Right On Commonality's Between Tom Cruise, Randy Pullen and Jeff Dewit

Tom Cruise, Randy Pullen and Jeff DeWit are public figures,handsome goodlooking well dressed men. All three also have articles,ads, written about them that are not true and circulated rumors that have not been validated by facts. "Risky Business" was a movie and does not reflect the character of Tom Cruise, Randy Pullen or Jeff DeWit in real life.Before making a broad-brush statement on "Risky Business" contact them and ask questions or check their records all three have been very successful in their field. be
What do Tom Cruise and State Treasurer Candidates
Jeff DeWit and Randy Pullen have in common?

Too much...RISKY BUSINESS.

The Arizona State Treasurer's Office is responsible for handling and protecting billions in taxpayer dollars. So it's critical that we have a State Treasurer we can trust. But Jeff DeWit and Randy Pullen have shown they're not right for such an important job. 
DeWit's primary experience was running what was essentially a risky day trading website. Pullen left the Arizona Republican Party $100,000 in debt and has a string of questionable business dealings. 
Fortunately, we have a better choice: Conservative Republican Hugh Hallman.  The Arizona Republic says that "Hugh Hallman has the perfect temperament and experience to take charge of the state's pocketbook."
Visit www.RiskyBusinessForAZ.com to find out why 

Jeff DeWit and Randy Pullen are too risky for the State Treasurer's Office.

Click the image above to view our new "Risky Business" television spot!
For more information on Hugh Hallman's campaign, visit www.HughHallman.com

AZ Rep Matt Salmon Statement on House Border Crisis Group Recommendations


Washington, D.C.— Rep. Matt Salmon (AZ-05) today released the following statement at the completion of the Border Crisis Working Group’s assessment of the humanitarian situation at our southern border and the release of their recommendations to Congress:
“Since I first learned of the crisis on our southern border, I've been working day and night to find solutions that can safely and quickly return these children to their families in their home countries, sending a clear message, through our actions, that our immigration laws will be enforced and there is no policy of blanket amnesty or de facto citizenship.
“The tried-and-true Washington method of problem solving won’t work here; we simply can’t write the president a check for billions of dollars and expect that our borders will be more secure and these children will be safely returned to their families. What we need is decisive action and innovative solutions that are both compassionate and strong. I believe the Working Group’s recommendations released today accomplish these objectives.
“My proposal to correct the 2008 law that prevents children from Central America being treated the same as those from Mexico and Canada and allows them to be quickly repatriated has become a key component of our recommendations.  With the release of the Working Group's recommendations, the House is proposing a number of new solutions that will quickly and effectively stem the tide of illegal immigration, secure our border, and provide a humanitarian response to this difficult situation.
“The House will now take up these recommendations so that we can quickly send them to the Senate for a vote and to the President for implementation. I expect that whatever proposal we pass will remain fiscally responsible and not add to our deficit.
“What we need now is quick, bipartisan action on the part of the Senate and the President.  Let's get these solutions deployed and secure our border.”
Recommendations and Solutions

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Congress 5 Bills on Agenda For July 24, 2014

Majority Leader Eric Cantor
THURSDAY, JULY 24TH 
On Thursday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business. First votes expected: 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Last votes expected: 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

One Minute Speeches
H.R. 4984 - Empowering Students Through Enhanced Counseling Act, Rules Committee Print (Structured Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Brett Guthrie / Education and the Workforce Committee)
The Rule provides for one hour of general debate and makes in order the following amendments:
Reps. Kline / Miller (CA) Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
Rep. Derek Kilmer et al Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
Rep. Patrick Murphy Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
Rep. Loretta Sanchez Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
Rep. Steve Cohen Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
Rep. Janice Hahn Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
Rep. Gary Peters Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
H.R. 3393 - Student and Family Tax Simplification Act (Closed Rule, One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Diane Black / Ways & Means Committee)
Postponed Suspension Votes:
1) H.R. 5081 - Strengthening Child Welfare Response to Trafficking Act of 2014 (Sponsored by Rep. Karen Bass / Education & the Workforce Committee)

2) H.R. 5111 - To improve the response to victims of child sex trafficking, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Joyce Beatty / Education & the Workforce Committee)
Democrat Motion to Instruct Conferees on H.R. 3230 - Veterans’ Access to Care through Choices, Accountability, and Transparency Act of 2014 (Offered by Rep. Julia Brownley)
Special Order Speeches

COMMITTEE ACTIVITY OF THE DAY
Judiciary Committee Hearing on "Constitutional Solution to Our Escalating National Debt: Examining Balanced Budget Amendments” (Thursday, July 24th, at 10:00 a.m.)

Is Russell Pearce Behind "Dr. Heap's Attack Ads onAZ Senate Candidate Bob Worsley

The attack ads are paid for by Arizona Taxpayer Action Committe, which Pearce's wallet is a big supporter.Read Back Story Behind Attack Ads (Signs) Against Republicans by Republicans
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Master and apprentice: Recalled former state
Senator Russell Pearce talks with Ralph Heap (right),
Pearce's revenge candidate in LD 25,
 in this photo Heap deleted from his Facebook page





Ralph Heap, "Dr. Hypocrisy," Campaigns Against Medicaid Expansion, But Took $130K in Medicaid Cash
 
Tall with a buzz cut and a toothy grin, Dr. Ralph Heap is a banjo-pickin' orthopedic surgeon with a handsome family and enough charisma to worry incumbent Bob Worsley in the GOP primary for state senator from deeply red Legislative District 25.
Heap also is a colossal hypocrite -- and the cat's paw of powerful politicians eager to see Worsley ousted for their own ends. But let's address the hypocrisy first.
The centerpiece of Heap's appeal to voters is his opposition to Medicaid expansion, passed in 2013, pushed by Governor Jan Brewer, and despised for ideological reasons by most GOPers in the Legislature.
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AHCCCS statement showing Heap's take from the government program he opposes
Worsley was one of five Republicans in the state Senate to break ranks and vote in favor of Brewer's version of the expansion, part of President Obama's Affordable Care Act, widely known as Obamacare.
In doing so, more than 300,000 Arizonans gained access to healthcare, and the dividends already have been felt locally, with the Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association reporting a dip of more than 30 percent in uncompensated hospital care as a result.
Forgoing the expansion would have meant losing an estimated $8 billion injection of cash into the economy, not to mention all the folks who would not have had access to medical care.
Hospitals are kicking in money in the form of fees to meet the state's share of the costs, and Brewer's plan does not allow passing this on to consumers. Arizona can opt out if the feds fail to meet their part of the deal. So what's not to like?
But for GOPers in the Obama age, the gub'mint always is bad, and Heap seems to be of the same mind, judging by his rhetoric.
On his campaign website, he warns, "One of the biggest problems we face today is the takeover by the federal government of our healthcare system."
Heap calls Medicaid expansion "the precursor to single-payer socialized medicine" in one piece he authored for the Sonoran Alliance website, deriding the "poor quality of care in Medicaid."
I doubt Heap was referring to the care he provides. Yet according to the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System, Heap has been paid more than $130,000 in Medicaid funds from 2010 to 2013.
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Back Story Behind Attack Ads (Signs) Against Republicans by Republicans

Heap IE sign
Laurie Roberts Column
Bob Worsley ... a liberal? Who knew?
To see the signs, one would think that Sen. Bob Worsley is a flaming a liberal. A baby killing, Obama loving, tax raising rogue who supports public welfare for all and especially for "illegals." Worsley, that would be, the conservative, Mormon, entrepreneur, Eagle Scout who defeated Russell Pearce in 2012. "The Russell Pearce machine is really in gear and they are using all the tactics they've used in the past to win races," Worsley told me.
From American Freedom by Barbara research department. Now let's get to the nitty gritty of who is behind the attack ads..Russell Pearce in it up to his eyeballs.
Arizona Taxpayers Action Committee is behind attack ads on Republicans who voted for Medicaid expansion. Like a rubber band they stretch the truth and they don’t care.
This sign is a bald face lie. US Congress voted for the affordable care act aka Obamacare and NOT ONE Republican voted for it. Nor did any AZ Legislature they don't vote on national bills. Russell Pearce turns on former colleagues. Fundraiser for AZ Taxpayer Action Committee. Russell Pearce the Former Senate President has teamed up with Tom Husband former executive officer of Maricopa County Republican Committee along with Colette Rosati to raise money to oust incumbent Republicans who voted for the Medicaid expansion.
Russell Pearce the Former Senate President has teamed up with Tom Husband former executive officer of Maricopa County Republican Committee along with Colette Rosati to raise money to oust incumbent Republicans who voted for the Medicaid expansion. AZ Republicans Their Enemies From Within Tom Husband and Shane Wikfors.
Republicans opposition is not just Democrats but Republicans that take every step to undermine other Republicans.
Tom Husband is the Chairman: 
SHANE Wikford is the Treasurer who is the former communications director for the AZ GOP
5520 E San Miguel Ave 
Paradise Valley AZ 85253
Phone: (602) 952-1790

Check out the contributors..Donations to Arizona Taxpayer Action Committee
Tom Husband $625.00
Russell Pearce $4,288.64
Tom Jenny $200.00 Americans For Prosperity Former employee Goldwater Institute
Royce Flora Deputy Treasurer Maricopa Treasurers Office

America’s Victory Pac $5,000.00-PO Box 31987, Mesa, AZ 85275 Could Not find in SOS Data Bank as a registered pac. Member Information - Arizona State Legislature
The address matches Russell Pearce info
www.azleg.gov/MembersPage.asp?...
Arizona State Legislature
Home City: Mesa Occupation: Member Since: January 2001. Name: Russell K. Pearce Address: P.O. Box 31987, Mesa, AZ 85275. Phone: 602-926-5760

AZ LD 16 Republican Committee $2,505.00

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

AZ Rep. Paul Gosar Issues Statement on Court Gutting Obamacare Subsidies


“This ruling identifies just another example in a long list of fundamental failures plaguing President Obama’s signature legislation”
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Congressman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04) released the following statement after a D.C. Circuit court ruled in Halbig v. Burwell that Obamacare’s premium subsidies are invalid in nearly three-quarters of states across the country:

“Today's decision by the appellate court reflects a studied approach of judicial review. The court construed the actual language of the statute which clearly applies only to state exchanges. It appropriately rejected arguments about intentions, feelings or excuses about sloppy drafting. That is what courts are meant to do.
“This ruling identifies just another example in a long list of fundamental failures plaguing President Obama’s signature legislation. This continues a disturbing trend of unconstitutional and lawless actions from this administration and I am encouraged by the courts actions.”
Background:

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) attempts to make health insurance more affordable by granting tax subsidies to certain individuals who purchase their insurance in an “exchange established by the State under Section 1311” of the ACA. This provision was intended to encourage states to create their own Exchanges. However, 36 States elected not to establish a State Exchange but instead to utilize an Exchange established and administered by the federal government.

In May 2012 the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued a rule to interpret the ACA in a manner which would allow for tax subsidies to be available to eligible individuals who purchase insurance through an Exchange regardless of whether it was established by a State or the federal government.

On February 5, 2014, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee released a report finding that IRS and Treasury officials were concerned regarding the authority to interpret federal exchanges as an “Exchange established by the State" which is required to expand federal subsidies.

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Congress The Leader's Daily Schedule - 7/23/14

Majority Leader Eric Cantor
WEDNESDAY, JULY 23RD
On Wednesday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business. First votes expected: 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Last votes expected: 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
One Minute Speeches
H.R. 3136 - Advancing Competency-Based Education Demonstration Project Act of 2013, Rules Committee Print (Structured Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Matt Salmon / Education and the Workforce Committee)
The Rule provides for one hour of general debate and makes in order the following amendments:
Reps. Kline / Miller (CA) Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
Rep. Tim Walberg Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
Rep. Jerry McNerney Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
Rep. Bradley Byrne Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
Reps. Langevin / Thompson (PA) Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
Rep. Sean Duffy Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
Reps. Gowdy / Welch Amendment #8 (10 minutes of debate)
Rep. Grace Meng Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
Reps. Gowdy / Welch Amendment #10 (10 minutes of debate)
Rep. Alan Grayson Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules:
1) H.R. 4983 - Strengthening Transparency in Higher Education Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Virginia Foxx / Education & the Workforce Committee)

2) H.R. 5134 - NACIQI and Advisory Committee for Student Financial Assistance (Sponsored by Rep. Virginia Foxx / Education & the Workforce Committee)

3) H.R. 5076 - Enhancing Services for Runaway and Homeless Victims of Youth Trafficking Act of 2014 (Sponsored by Rep. Joe Heck / Education & the Workforce Committee)
4) H.R. 5111 - To improve the response to victims of child sex trafficking (Sponsored by Rep. Joyce Beatty / Education & the Workforce Committee)

5) H.R. 5081 - Strengthening Child Welfare Response to Trafficking Act of 2014 (Sponsored by Rep. Karen Bass / Education & the Workforce Committee)

6) H.R. 4980 - The Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act (Sponsored by Rep. Dave Camp / Ways & Means Committee)

7) H.R. 5135 - The Human Trafficking Prevention, Intervention, and Recovery Act of 2014 (Sponsored by Rep. Kristi Noem / Judiciary Committee)

8) H.R. 5116 - To direct the Secretary of Homeland Security to train Department of Homeland Security personnel how to effectively deter, detect, disrupt, and prevent human trafficking during the course of their primary roles and responsibilities, and for other purposes (Sponsored by Rep. Mark Meadows / Homeland Security Committee)

9) H.R. 4449 - To amend the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 to expand the training for Federal Government personnel related to trafficking in persons, and for other purposes (Sponsored by Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney / Foreign Affairs Committee)

10) H.R. 2283 - Human Trafficking Prioritization Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Chris Smith / Foreign Affairs Committee)
Democrat Motion to Instruct Conferees on H.R. 3230 - Veterans’ Access to Care through Choices, Accountability, and Transparency Act of 2014 (Offered by Rep. Scott Peters)
COMMITTEE ACTIVITY OF THE DAY
Oversight & Government Reform Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Job Creations and Regulatory Affairs hearing on “An Update on the IRS Response to Its Targeting Scandal
(Wednesday, July 23rd, at 10:00 a.m.)

Croc To Close 70-100 Stores Layoff Up 5,000 Employees

Twelve years after Crocs - the company that makes those brightly colored foam clogs everyone loves to hate - was founded, the footwear is finally falling out of fashion.
Decline: In October 2007, the company was at its peak with a $6billion market value. But on Monday, shares closed at $14.84, with Crocs company valued at about $1.3billion
Decline: In October 2007, the company was at its peak with a $6billion market value. But on Monday, shares closed at $14.84, with Crocs company valued at about $1.3billion
According to the Wall Street Journal, the shoemaker plans to close between 75 and 100 stores and lay off up to 5,000 employees in the coming years.
It's also set to cut back on the number of shoe styles it sells and focus on casual shoes in a bid to boost sales. The company expects the cutbacks to result in savings of $14million by 2015, reports the website.
The announcement that Crocs is downsizing comes almost exactly a year after the company launched several new shoe styles including colorful wedges, kitten heels, leopard print ballet flats and docksiders.
Designed under the new tagline 'A shoe for every you,' then-CEO John McCarvel said at the time that he expected the new styles to double sales of Crocs within five years.
But the move did not go according to plan. According to Crocs president Andrew Rees, the new diversity of styles was 'too big a reach for the brand'.
The upcoming layoffs will include 70 jobs at the Crocs headquarters in Niwot, Colorado.