▶ British General Election 2015 Opposition Leaders Debate: Full version (16Apr15) – YouTube

▶ GE2015 opposition leaders debate: Full version (16Apr15) – YouTube.

Shuster Admits Romantic Relationship with Lobbyist : Political Wire

House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) “is dating a top lobbyist for the leading U.S. airline trade association, an organization that spends millions of dollars trying to influence his panel,” Politico reports.

“The Pennsylvania Republican is currently at the center of high-stakes negotiations to enact the most sweeping overhaul of the Federal Aviation Administration in decades. The package could include changes to the nation’s air travel system, including the privatization of the air traffic control system. Airlines for America’s members — all of the nation’s largest airlines — have a major interest in the legislation.”

via Shuster Admits Romantic Relationship with Lobbyist : Political Wire.

Documents Reveal Government Agency Quaking Under Threat of Armed Militias » THE DISTRICT SENTINEL news co-op

Internal Bureau of Land Management memos instructed employees during the Bundy Ranch standoff to hide the fact they worked at the agency out of fear they would be targeted by anti-government protestors.

The documents, released after a Freedom of Information Act request was filed by the watchdog group Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, shed light on how BLM dealt with the armed uprising last year.

“At this time I recommend keeping a low profile and not to wear anything that says you work for the BLM,” an April 15, 2014 memo said to all agency staff.

The supervisor also instructed agents to document their specific locations and planned return times, and to “double up” when going out on into the field.

“Due to the recent Cattle Impoundment down in Nevada, we are asking employees to take extra safety precautions out in the field and in our BLM Offices, parks and other facilities,” the memo reads, noting that the incident has “shed a lot of negative attention and misinformation on the BLM.”

As a result, employees were instructed to “not engage with the public” on questions about the ongoing situation at the Bundy Ranch.

Other documents included in the release instructed employees on how to handle and log the high volume of threats they were receiving at the time. Management assured staff that local police were “increasing patrols and checks” at BLM facilities.

Although the records show some degree of concern on behalf of management at BLM for the safety of their employees, they do not give any indication why the agency ultimately decided to back down in the Bundy Ranch standoff. Nor did the cache demonstrate how the agency plans to respond to similar situations in the future—internal deliberations that PEER was hoping to obtain.

via Documents Reveal Government Agency Quaking Under Threat of Armed Militias » THE DISTRICT SENTINEL news co-op.

Taxation Without Representation | Josh Silver

Today, millions of Americans will begrudgingly pay their taxes to a government that does not inspire confidence. With public trust in government at near historic lows, many Americans believe that their elected representatives don’t care what the average citizen thinks.

Unfortunately, they’re right.

For the vast majority of Americans, “taxation without representation” isn’t just a relic of high school social studies — it’s a perfect description of their relationship with a political system that’s been thoroughly corrupted by money.

via Taxation Without Representation | Josh Silver.

House Votes To Repeal Tax On Richest 0.2 Percent Of Americans

WASHINGTON — The House of Representatives voted Thursday to give a tax break worth $269 billion to the richest few thousand estates in the country, and add that cost to the federal debt.

Called the Death Tax Repeal Act of 2015, the bill would end the nearly 100-year-old federal estate tax. All but three Republicans voted in favor, while all but seven Democrats voted against. The legislation passed 239 to 179.

via House Votes To Repeal Tax On Richest 0.2 Percent Of Americans.

ESPN Reporter Britt McHenry Berates A Towing Company Employee [Updates]

A video has popped up on LiveLeak of a woman who appears to be ESPN reporter Britt McHenry dressing down a towing company employee, making fun of the woman’s features, and using the “do you know who I am?” argument.

via ESPN Reporter Britt McHenry Berates A Towing Company Employee [Updates].

Michele Bachmann explains ‘God’s time clock’: Iran nuclear deal makes ‘Christ’s return imminent’

Former Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (R-MN) predicted in a recent interview that President Barack Obama’s handling of the Middle East was a sign of the End Times and that Jesus Christ would soon return to Earth.

“If we actually turn our back on Israel as we have seen Barack Obama do today, if that happens then I think we will see a scale and a level of push back in the United States, negative consequences,” Bachmann told Understanding the Times radio host Jan Markell on Sunday. “I don’t know what they are, but I believe that the Bible is true. And believe what the Bible says is that our nation and the people of our nation will reap a whirlwind, and we could see economic disasters, natural disasters.”

“The United States does not want to be in that position and unfortunately the people put into office Barack Obama,” she opined. “Not only once, but twice. And the people have to rise up against his actions and demand that their leaders take steps accordingly.”

But even though Bachmann lamented that Barack Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran was “pro the goals of Islamic jihad,” she said that the coming End Times were a reason to celebrate.

“These are not fearful times, these are the most exciting days in history,” she insisted. “Talk about what you see in the newspaper. We can talk about God’s time clock and the fact that Jesus Christ’s return is imminent. Is there anything more important to talk about?”

via Michele Bachmann explains ‘God’s time clock’: Iran nuclear deal makes ‘Christ’s return imminent’.