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 2016             The truth will set you free 
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Featuring:
Merrick Garland's record on 
religious freedom cases
Adrian Higgins
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 Hacking group releases Trump’s private  info -   
WashEx: “International hacking group Anonymous has followed through on repeated threats against Republican presidential candidate Donald slump-Trump, and announced Thursday it has released personal information for slump-Trump and top executives within his company…In a video posted Thursday, a spokesperson for Anonymous encouraged viewers to use the information to stop slump-Trump from winning the Republican nomination. ‘We have attached a gift, of sorts. slump-Trump’s Social Security Number, cellphone number and other details that might be able to assist you all in independently investigating this would-be dictator. These are provided for informational purposes only, do with it what you will,’ the spokesman said.”  -Fox News
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 nObama Dives in For Dems and Legacy 
WaPo: “President nObama is plunging into the campaign fray, not only to help Democrats retain the White House, but also in defense of his own legacy in a political climate dominated by slump-Trump…nObama and his top aides have been strategizing for weeks about how they can reprise his successful 2008 and 2012 approaches to help elect a Democrat to replace him. And out of concern that a Republican president in 2017 — either slump-Trump or Sen. Ted Cruz (Tex.) — would weaken or reverse some of his landmark policies, nObama and his surrogates have started making the case that it is essential for the GOP to be defeated in November. As a result, nObama is poised to be the most active sitting president on the campaign trail in decades.” 
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 The slump-Trump Divide 
At a time in the election cycle when party unity becomes the order of the day, Republican powerbrokers are instead dividing into distinct groups as the reality of Donald slump-Trump as nominee becomes more probable.
          One alliance is the among the GOP establishment, several of whom are reluctantly coalescing around Texas Sen. Ted Cruz as the best bet to prevent slump-Trump from leading the ticket. Fellow Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., who in the past said picking between Cruz and slump-Trump was like choosing between drinking poison or getting shot, signified this side of the party most clearly when he announced he’d fundraise for Cruz next week.
          Former presidential rival Florida Sen. Marco Rubio also indicated that he would endorse Cruz when the time came. Rubio said Thursday he didn’t have an announcement planned but added, “There’s time to prevent a slump-Trump nomination, which I think would fracture the party and be damaging to the conservative movement.”
          Another group – conservatives also focused on blocking slump-Trump – met in Washington Thursday to discuss strategy, including reaching out to candidates who’ve since suspended their campaigns to try and prevent their delegates from jumping to slump-Trump if they become unbound in a brokered convention. Following that meeting, conservative pundit Erik Erickson told the WashEx, “If slump-Trump’s the Republican nominee, then I’m not Republican anymore.”   -Fox News
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Where Are The Environmentalists? Giant Solar Panels Incinerating Birds Mid-Flight
Tiffany Gabbay
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{truthrevolt.org} ~ There are often unintended consequences when it comes to harnessing green energy, and in the case of mass solar panel installations, like Nevada's Crescent Dunes Solar Project, that consequence is vaporized birds... Newsbusters reports that the organization, Basin and Range Watch (BRW), is suing the Bureau of Land Management for concealing data about bird mortality rates at the Crescent Dunes Solar Project in Tonopah, Nevada. BRW touts itself as a group of California and Nevada based volunteers bent on protecting the desert from "industrial renewable energy development." Video footage shows that in 2015, 115 birds disintegrated in mid-air as they flew into the Crescent Dune's solar flux during its testing period. According to past reports, 1,000 bird deaths each year are attributed to the solar project: http://www.truthrevolt.org/news/where-are-environmentalists-giant-solar-panels-incinerating-birds-mid-flight
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Gates: nObama Went Against ‘Entire National
Security Team’ on Egypt Coup 
Pamela Geller
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{pamelageller.com} ~ “Literally the entire national security team recommended unanimously handling Mubarak differently than we did,” Gates said... “And the president took the advice of three junior backbenchers in terms of how to treat Mubarak.” nObama was so avid to support the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, he went against the advice of his national security team. The Egyptian people complained that he was supporting terrorism. And they were right. Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates told Fox News that President Barack nObama ignored the advice of his “entire national security team” during the Egyptian coup in 2011 that ousted Hosni Mubarak, the country’s former president. Gates made his comments to Fox News’ Bret Baier during an interview for the network’s upcoming special, “Rising Threats – Shrinking Military,”... http://pamelageller.com/2016/03/gates-obama-went-against-entire-national-security-team-on-egypt-coup.html/
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Judge Orders White House To Stop Hiding
Its Bogus Global Warming ‘Proof’
Hans Bader
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{lidblog.com} ~ On January 8, 2014, the White House posted a controversial video claiming that global warming causes more severe winter cold... Called “The Polar Vortex Explained in 2 Minutes,” it featured the director of the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy (OSTP), , claiming that a “growing body of evidence” showed that the “extreme cold being experienced by much of the United States” at the time was “a pattern that we can expect to see with increasing frequency as global warming continues.” Editors Note: Holdren also believes Trees should be given standing to sue in courts. In April 2014, the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) sent a request for correction of this statement under the federal Information Quality Act, citing peer-reviewed scientific articles debunking it. In June 2014, OSTP rejected this request, claiming that Holdren’s statement was his “personal opinion,” not the agency’s position, and that it thus did not constitute “information” subject to the Information Quality Act, which excludes “subjective opinions” from its reach. In response, CEI filed a Freedom of Information Act request seeking documents related to the video, its production at taxpayer expense, and OSTP’s rejection of its correction request. Despite having earlier claimed that the video was just Holdren’s personal opinion, not the agency’s, OSTP withheld portions of emails about it as privileged “agency records.” It also refused to produce drafts of its letter rejecting CEI’s request for correction. It withheld two drafts even though they had been shared with an outside professor and initially even concealed their very existence, and sharing a document with someone outside an agency usually waives any privilege to keep it secret.        http://lidblog.com/judge-orders-white-house-to-stop-hiding-its-bogus-global-warming-proof/?utm_source=The+Lid+List&utm_campaign=8ccbed0d93-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_597b72c01c-8ccbed0d93-291705165
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Fox News blasts slump-Trump for ‘sick obsession’ with Megyn Kelly; network’s stars join in
Tom Tillison
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{bizpacreview.com} ~ In a statement provided to BizPac Review, the Fox News Network said slump-Trump’s continued attacks against Kelly equate to abuse... “Donald slump-Trump’s vitriolic attacks against Megyn Kelly and his extreme, sick obsession with her is beneath the dignity of a presidential candidate who wants to occupy the highest office in the land,” the network stated. “Megyn is an exemplary journalist and one of the leading anchors in America — we’re extremely proud of her phenomenal work and continue to fully support her throughout every day of slump-Trump’s endless barrage of crude and sexist verbal assaults.” “As the mother of three young children, with a successful law career and the second highest rated show in cable news, it’s especially deplorable for her to be repeatedly abused just for doing her job.” http://www.bizpacreview.com/2016/03/19/fox-news-blasts-trump-for-sick-obsession-with-megyn-kelly-networks-stars-join-in-318390
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Why Washington’s Political Class 
Is Losing Control
Sen. David Perdue
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{dailysignal.com} ~ The Washington political establishment has hit the panic button. Not because they are afraid of any one individual or candidate... but because they are afraid of losing their own political power. This town is filled with well intentioned people who believe they are doing the right thing, but far too many have lost their way after years in Washington. Politicians pay more attention to special interests groups and powerful lobbyists writing checks to their next campaigns than listening to the people back home who sent them here in the first place. This dangerous power vacuum has fueled frustration and created an entirely new breed of disenfranchised voters who are fed up with the status quo. These are real people, their anger is palpable, and it’s not going away anytime soon.       http://dailysignal.com/2016/03/14/why-washingtons-political-class-is-losing-control/utm_source=heritagefoundation&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=saturday&mkt_tok=3RkMMJWWfF9wsRonu6nMde%2FhmjTEU5z16uwlXaS1iokz2EFye%2BLIHETpodcMTcdqN73YDBceEJhqyQJxPr3NLtQN191pRhLiDA%3D%3D
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Senate Will Not Vote on nObama's 
Justice Nomination
Natalie Myers
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{punchingbagpost.com} ~ The president of Concerned Women For America, Penny Nance, recently said that conservatives face an incredibly important battle in opposing Merrick Garland, the liberal Supreme Court pick made by nObama... “This is a very important moment in the republic. This is why the people gave the Senate back to the Republicans. This is a check and balance in a president who’s out of control,” Nance said. Nance believes that the inclusion of Garland will threaten the preservation of the Second Amendment and traditional marriage because of his extremely liberal views.        http://punchingbagpost.com/senate-will-not-vote-on-obama-justice-nomination
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Proof It Is Rigged: “Fed Moved 93% Of
Entire Stock Market Since 2008”
Mac Slavo
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{activistpost.com} ~ Fact: The Federal Reserve has screwed over the country. Monetary policy has been the single most important factor in the economy for some time... A new analysis from economist Brian Barnier shows that while future GDP, household debt from credit cards and tech accounted for past bubbles in American history, the bubble that has risen since nObama became president is due to one – and only one – factor: the Federal Reserve. And the private banking cartel – which masquerades as a public government institution – has become plenty controversial for its ties to elite hidden agendas and its debasement of the economy.        http://www.activistpost.com/2016/03/proof-it-is-rigged-fed-moved-93-of-entire-stockmarketsince2008.htmlutm_source=Activist+Post+Subscribers&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=ab500a03d9-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_term=0_b0c7fb76bd-ab500a03d9-387888649
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WikiLeaks To Facebook: “Stop Censoring Our Hilly
Clinton Email Release” Searchable Database
Baran Hines
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{activistpost.com} ~ Whistleblower organization WikiLeaks delivered a clear message to social media giant Facebook on Friday, demanding the tech company stop censoring their content... The activist group posted a message to their Twitter account, saying “stop censoring our Hilly Clinton email release,” with a saved screenshot of a Facebook error message on the attempted post. The message was in reference to a court-ordered release of the former Secretary of State’s emails which were managed on a private server, likely in violation of national security policies and federal law. The growing email scandal has revealed confirmation of multiple educated theories including that she knew Libyan opposition rebels were conducting an ethnic cleansing campaign and that the reasons for the war were tied to stopping Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi’s planned gold currency for African nations. WikiLeaks had been advertising their coverage; and on Wednesday, the group opened a searchable database for more than 30,000 email records. http://www.activistpost.com/2016/03/wikileaks-to-facebook-stop-censoring-our-hillary-clinton-email-release-searchable-database.html?utm_source=Activist+Post+Subscribers&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=ab500a03d9-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_term=0_b0c7fb76bd-ab500a03d9-387888649
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nObama claims he can force 
nuns to pay for abortion
BOB UNRUH
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{wnd.com} ~ The nObama administration believes it is permitted under the Constitution to force religious organizations to pay for abortions, according to the newest brief filed in the long-running case brought by the nuns of the Little Sisters of the Poor... The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments Wednesday in the case, which consolidates cases from the Third, Fifth, 10th, and D.C. circuits. If the vote ends up 4-4, due to the absence of the late Justice Antonin Scalia, the lower-court rulings, most of which favored the administration, will stand. The new brief on behalf of the nuns and several other organizations challenges an nObamacare requirement that their employee health insurance plans cover abortion pills despite their religious beliefs. http://www.wnd.com/2016/03/obama-claims-he-can-force-nuns-to-pay-for-abortion/
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Commie Bernie Upset After Sheriff Arpaio
Is Hospitable To Wife
Rick Wells
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{rickwells.us} ~ Communist Bernie Sanders cut an interview short with a local Phoenix reporter, apparently not feeling the love that he has come to expect as the darling of the leftist media... True, the reporter was no Ellen DeGeneres but does every sit down require an embarrassing dancing segment and softballs? Isn’t he running for what will at least start out as a presidency. The question that was the last straw involved a venture by Mrs. Communist to the Maricopa County Jail tent city in which she appears to have attempted to bypass Sheriff Arpaio and wander around on her own. Arpaio joined her and invited her to come inside and take a look around, allowing her to speak with the inmates and answering her questions. It’s his jail and she’s a high profile political individual. What he extended was a common courtesy that Arpaio says has been shown to four other candidates previously. Sanders lost his composure when the reporter asked, “Your wife was criticized for meeting Sheriff Joe Arpaio at tent city. It wasn’t scheduled, she didn’t plan it but he showed up. My question is, would you… Sanders interrupts, saying, “Let me just tell you something, you know, what Joe Arpaio is doing is an outrage.  My wife went to look at the so-called tent city, which is something that should not exist. The fact that he crashed her meeting is to me very, very wrong, not something that he should have done.” He goes into a semi-stump speech to close out the question and then abruptly ends the interview. The people of Phoenix like what Arpaio is doing.        http://rickwells.us/archives/27499
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Merrick Garland's record on 
religious freedom cases
Adrian Higgins
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{jewishworldreview.com} ~ Some of the most hotly contested issues that come in front of the Supreme Court are based in religion. Our national debates over the death penalty, gay rights, abortion and a host of other topics are often powerfully related to faith. The disputes that the court litigates so often start when people feel that their right to freely exercise their religion has been restricted or their religious values have been violated.
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In Merrick Garland's 19 years on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, cases related to religious freedom have come across his docket several times. Garland's rulings do not reveal a pattern that would indicate what guiding principle he might bring to the Supreme Court, if he manages to make it through the Senate. But they do invite curiosity.
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In four cases that The Washington Post identified Wednesday, Garland sided twice against people who said they were victims of religious discrimination, and twice in favor.
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• Case 1: Are prisoners entitled to Communion wine?
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In the earliest case, in 2002, Garland sided with two federal prisoners who claimed their First Amendment right to freely exercise their religion was being violated in prison. Prison rules forbade the men from consuming wine, though their supervising chaplain could have wine during Communion. The prisoners said they had a right to consume the wine for religious purposes.
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The lower court had turned down the prisoners' complaint, saying consuming the Communion wine is not an essential aspect of Catholic religious practice. But the three-judge panel that heard the case on appeal, including Garland, said a religious practice does not need to be mandated by the religion to qualify for First Amendment protection. It said the lower court was wrong and sent the case back to that court to hear it again.
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The Post asked Jay Wexler, an expert on church-state law at Boston University, to review the four rulings. Wexler called the Communion case the most interesting of Garland's judgments on the topic of religious freedom. But he also said it should have been an easy call.
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"That case is mildly pro-religious freedom, although the lower court was so clearly wrong that I don't know if much can be made out of the D.C. Circuit's reversal," he wrote in an email.
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• Case 2: Does an employer have to let a worker avoid shifts on Sunday?
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Garland wrote the court's opinion in 2010 siding with another person who claimed she was a victim of religious discrimination.
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He ruled in favor of Cassandra Payne, an Interior Department employee who drove a tractor at Rock Creek Park from 1984 to 2000, until she suffered a nearly fatal allergic reaction to a bee sting. Her supervisors reassigned her to a different job so that she could work indoors - but they changed her old Monday-to-Friday schedule to Wednesday to Sunday.
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For four years, Payne asked to work weekdays so that she could attend church and Bible study, Garland wrote. Then she filed a complaint alleging religious discrimination. An administrative judge found that the Interior Department had indeed discriminated against Payne based on her faith.
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But the fight continued, all the way up to Garland's court, where he interpreted the law in Payne's favor.
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• Case 3: Did the Navy discriminate against chaplains from some Christian denominations?
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Garland came down on the opposite side in 2004, voting against Navy chaplains who felt that they were being discriminated against on the basis of their denominations.
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The Chaplaincy of Full Gospel Churches, an organization that endorses Christian chaplains, said its chaplains were being passed over for promotions. It sued the Navy, asking for the release of confidential information about the selection process.
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Garland voted not to compel the Navy selection board members to talk about the process.
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Wexler said Garland's differing choices on the Interior Department worker and the Navy chaplains weren't inconsistent and didn't say much about how Garland feels about religious freedom. "They involve claims of religious discrimination, but they are really about procedural issues," Wexler wrote.
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• Case 4: Is the Affordable Care Act's contraception mandate unfair to religious nonprofits?
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By far the most closely watched of these cases, Priests for Life v. United States Department of Health and Human Services, is now set for a Supreme Court argument next week. Bundled with six other cases that all address the question of contraception coverage, it is one of the most highly anticipated Supreme Court cases of the term. And on its way to the high court, it passed through Garland's courtroom.
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The case focuses on the mandate under the Affordable Care Act that employers provide contraception to employees. Religious employers can opt out of providing contraception directly, but Priests for Life argued that even opting out is too burdensome, because the government ensures that the employees still have access to contraceptives.
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That mandate, Priests for Life argued, violates the 1993 Religious Freedom Restoration Act - the same law often discussed nationwide when wedding photographers or cake bakers say it would violate their religion to cater to a gay wedding.
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In May, Garland voted in the majority in the 6-to-3 Court of Appeals decision to deny an en banc hearing, which would have been heard by the whole court. That denial meant that the earlier decision, against Priests for Life, stood - for now. The Supreme Court will have its say soon.
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"Priests for Life is of course an incredibly important case," Wexler emailed, "but Garland didn't write anything separately on it. He simply voted to deny rehearing en banc, which doesn't say much of anything about his views on the case, other than that he didn't think the panel opinion denying the Priests' religious freedom claim was clearly wrong."
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