United States government officials have acknowledged that thousands of Americans have "disappeared" for attempting to spoil the ending of "Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens."
In a prepared statement released Monday, the Obama administration admitted to overseeing a joint operation between the CIA, NSA, FBI, and the Department of Education to purge the Star Wars spoiler-ers.
"We believe this was a major matter of national security," pointed out Chief White House Spokesman Ernest P. Worrell, who just went to camp. more >>
GOP presidential candidate Ben Carson has ripped Republican leadership for agreeing to a new $1.1 trillion spending bill, claiming that America's grandchildren will look at it as the week "America failed."
"You need no further proof than what the GOP Leadership did to us in the new spending bill. Billions of new unfunded spending. Mountains of new debt. Not to mention funding to bring Syrian Refugees into our country and to keep funding for Planned Parenthood," Carson told supporters in a Facebook message on Sunday.
"I am angry but no longer shocked. Some of my colleagues running for President talk a big game. They give angry speeches but when the votes were counted none of them even tried to stop this deal. They take their special interest money, collect their paychecks and pensions and give us only rhetoric," he added. more >>
U.S. President Barack Obama recently shared his thoughts on megachurch pastor T.D. Jakes, saying the pastor has touched his life and made him and others "better as individuals."
The Commander-in-Chief made his comments in a recent Variety piece detailing the 20 year anniversary of TDJ Enterprises, an entertainment and media firm helmed by Jakes.
"I am fortunate to count myself among the countless Americans whose lives have been touched by the ministry of Bishop T.D. Jakes," the president told Variety, adding that the pastor has the ability to make Americans "more compassionate, and more loving as a country." more >>
Several Republican presidential candidates had a great opportunity over the last two weeks to take the lead on an issue critical to millions of conservatives — federal control over public education. A couple helped their cause, a couple did not, and one blasted further down into the crater he's been in from the beginning.
On Wednesday, the Senate followed the House in passing the conference report reauthorizing No Child Left Behind. Propaganda for the new bill, called the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), trumpeted that it would return education control to the states, allow them to discard the Common Core national standards, and prohibit the Secretary of Education from dictating standards and assessments.
In fact, ESSA will have pretty much the opposite effect. It lays out particular requirements for state standards and uses code language throughout that gives the federal government the tools to pressure the states to stick with Common Core rather than risking their federal money by adopting something better. It maintains the federally dictated testing regimen and requires states to implement assessments that are expensive, that have been proven to be ineffective and unworkable, and that operate not by assessing students' academic knowledge but rather by measuring their attitudes and dispositions. more >>
While President Barack Obama Saturday hailed the ratification of a universal pact, signed by diplomats from 196 nations in Paris to slow global warming by adopting green energy sources and cutting down on emissions, Republicans responded by saying the United States is not legally bound to the agreement without approval by Congress.
"The Paris agreement establishes the enduring framework the world needs to solve the climate crisis," Obama told reporters, after 196 countries approved the climate accord at the 21st Conference of Parties on Saturday to bring down pollution levels so as to limit the rise in global temperatures to well below 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit above pre-industrial averages and "and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels."
"It creates the mechanism, the architecture, for us to continually tackle this problem in an effective way," Obama said. more >>