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Lord Hill, the government’s nomination of European commissioner, showed whose side he would be on as he faced MEPs today in Brussels.

As members of the economic and monetary affairs committee asked questions to the nominee for the portfolio of financial services Lord Hill, the former leader of the House of Lords, said that it was not his role to protect the interests of The City from EU regulation.

“It is my job to work in the general interest. I did not come here to promote the interests of particular groups” He said.

All Commissioners take an oath of loyalty to the EU and its institutions:

“To be completely independent in carrying out responsibilities in the general interests of the union… [neither] to seek nor to take instruction from any government or from any other institution, body, office or entity. “

But there is no doubting that the Conservatives were hoping his appointment  – particularly with the role overseeing the city of London – hope to show the UK still had clout to bring about change in the EU.

Steven Woolfe, who worked in a number of firms in The City, asked Lord Hill about the role he will play in initiating legislation affecting the UK’s most important sector, was told “that the City of London will work best in an EU regulatory framework.”

“Most of the city’s business is outside of the EU,” said Mr Woolfe, “and so all The City has to bear the cost of the regulations. As there is no power to change the regulations and those regulations are increasing it is incredulous to think they work best for our financial services industry.”

In a further blow to Lord Hill, UKIP leader Nigel Farage called on the current Privy Councillor to resign from his position advising The Queen.

Speaking exclusively to Breitbart London Mr Farage said: “The two are utterly irreconcilable” referring to the oath to the Sovereign all Privy Councillors take including to “defend her jurisdiction”.

“He cannot serve two masters” Mr Farage added.




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Somewhere around 13,500 citizens from the West African nations of Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea currently hold visas to enter the United States as they wish, according to official government statistics.

But the stats don’t account for how many people are already currently in the United States, Neil Munro of the Daily Caller reports.

Jessica Vaughan of the Center for Immigration Studies commented on the government statistics. She said: “It would be reasonable [for the president] to designate Ebola as a communicable disease of public health significant. That would enable the State Department to impose tighter restrictions on visitors” from Ebola-stricken countries.

The Daily Caller reports that current US government policy entails that only those with easily recognizable Ebola symptoms are to be forbidden access into the United States. However, someone infected with the virus may not show any symptoms whatsoever for three weeks.

President Obama has decided recently to send some 3,000 soldiers to west Africa with hopes to stop the spread of the disease. Many have warned that the president’s executive action has put our troops in grave danger of being overly exposed to the deadly virus.

According to State Department statistics, some 3,673 Liberians were given US visas in 2013. Liberia has been the hardest hit by Ebola, with more than half of the cases coming from the west African state.

On Tuesday, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) confirmed the first case of Ebola on American soil. CDC Director Thomas Frieden said confidently: “There is no doubt in my mind that we will stop it here.”




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White House Places No Ebola Travel Restrictions

by Breitbart Feed on October 2, 2014

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Despite his recent proclamation that the Ebola virus presents a “growing threat to regional and global security,” the Obama administration is not recommending any travel restrictions to areas affected by the virus.

Appearing before African leaders at the United Nations in New York on September 26, the president said, “There’s still a significant gap between where we are and where we need to be.”

“Stopping Ebola is a priority for the United States,” Obama continued. “We will continue to lead and do our part. But this must also be a priority for the world.”

But as the President prepares his response to the growing threat, it appears that travel restrictions to infected areas are not in his plans.

Claiming that chances of a US epidemic of the virus are “incredibly low,” presidential spokesman Josh Earnest said that careful medical screening in West African airports is enough to safeguard America from Ebola.

“The reason for that is that it is not possible to transmit Ebola through the air… The only way that an individual can contract Ebola is by coming into contact with the bodily fluids of someone who is exhibiting symptoms,” Earnest told the media.

These plans were announced even as the country was shocked to find that Ebola had officially reached American shores with a case identified in Texas.

But one immigration expert is already saying that the administration is directly responsible for allowing Ebola to get into the USA.

Follow Warner Todd Huston on Twitter @warnerthuston or email the author at igcolonel@hotmail.com




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FBI: More People Murdered with Fire Than in Mass Shootings

by Breitbart Feed on October 2, 2014

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According to FBI crime statistics and the bureau’s recent study on “active shooter” incidents (ACIs) in the US, far more people are murdered with fire than are killed in mass shootings. 

Moreover, the number of people killed each year with “personal weapons,” such as “feet” and “fists,” nearly eclipses the number of people killed in mass shootings.

On September 24, the FBI released their study on ACIs showing 418 deaths in mass shootings–or “mass killings”–from 2000 to 2013. On paper, that works out to an average of 29.8 murders in mass shootings each year for those 14 years. But FBI crime stats for murder by other means show that the gap between those killed in mass shootings and those killed with more rudimentary weapons is staggering.

For example, the stats show 580 murders committed with fire from 2006 through 2011 alone. That’s 162 more murders by fire in six years than the total number of murders via mass shooters for the 14-year period studied by the FBI.

Moreover, there were 4,873 murders committed with “personal weapons” like “feet” and “fists” and 10,769 murders committed with “knives and cutting instruments” from 2006 through 2011 alone. That is an average of 812 persons killed each of those years with weapons like “feet” and “fists” and an average of 1,794.8 stabbed to death annually during that same period. 

But The New York Times’ headline on September 24 read: “FBI Confirms Sharp Rise in Mass Shootings Since 2000.”

Follow AWR Hawkins on Twitter @AWRHawkins   Reach him directly at awrhawkins@breitbart.com.




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In what might be the last ever #GameJournoPros email thread, games journalists can be seen mocking readers who considered the list to be an unhealthy component in the video games journalism industry’s echo chamber. These emails have not previously been seen. 

The emails, dated 17 September – the day Breitbart London broke the story that games journalists, widely considered to be too close to one another and their subjects, had a private mailing list on which they discussed stories – show an unrepentant games journalism community scoffing at the thought of readers being concerned. 

In the thread, journalists complain that they were not contacted for comment, despite the inherent hypocrisy of an industry in the throes of widespread ethical failures bleating about right of reply. I continue to digest other archives sent to me by previous members of the list; further stories will likely be forthcoming on the basis of that material. [click to continue…]

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Death statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) coupled with crime statistics from the FBI show that bicycle and falling deaths far exceed deaths from “mass shootings.”

For example, on September 24 the FBI released a study showing there were 64 incidents of “mass killings” (mass shootings) for the years 2000 through 2013. The gunmen in these incidents took the lives of 418 people.

Breitbart News reported that The New York Times and AP jumped all over the study, producing headlines about how “mass shootings” are on the rise and crafting stories that revolved around the attacks at Sandy Hook Elementary and the Aurora movie theater. 

The 418 people who were killed over a 14-year period works out to an average of 29.8 persons a year. 

To be clear, no one wants to see even one life lost to tragedy, but the mainstream media’s focus on “mass shootings” to the detriment of other news where hundreds or even thousands more lives were lost is telling. 

For example, the CDC bicycle-related injury report for 2010 shows that almost twice as many people died on bicycles in that one year than were killed in “mass shootings” during the 14 years studied by the FBI. Thus, while there were 418 deaths in “mass shootings” from 2000 to 2013, there were 800 deaths by bicycle in 2010 alone.

Moreover, there “were an estimated 515,000 emergency department visits” due to bicycle accidents.

And CDC death statistics for 2010 show there were 26,009 deaths from “falling” for that year alone. That’s right–26,009 deaths in one year from falls from ladders, counters, roofs, mountains, etc. 

There were an average of 29.8 deaths a year for 14 years from “mass shootings.”

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Any nominee to replace Attorney General Eric Holder must oppose the president’s planned executive amnesty, or risk not being confirmed into the position, Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) said in a written statement exclusive to Breitbart News.

“By announcing his plans to move forward on executive amnesty, the president is signaling to the country that the laws don’t matter and the voices of the American people don’t matter.  But I hope that those things do matter to our next chief law enforcement officer,” Lee said. “The American people deserve an Attorney General who is committed to our Constitution and will faithfully follow and enforce the law. I don’t see how someone who shares those values could also support executive amnesty that ignores our laws and the democratic process the President must use if he wants to change them. This issue will be one of the leading factors in determining my support for the nominee, so I hope he or she is prepared to answer questions on this topic.”

Lee’s decision to back this play comes in the wake of last week Senate Budget Committee ranking member Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) saying that no senator should support the president’s nominee to succeed Holder if that nominee doesn’t explicitly and publicly oppose the president’s planned executive amnesty.

In the wake of Sessions’ call for a line in the sand, Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX), Rand Paul (R-KY) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell similarly backed the play.




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“I hereby grant you unconditional permission to play on the third Eleven,” Theodore Roosevelt wrote his namesake wishing to continue to compete on the Groton gridiron after breaking his collar bone. “Now do not break your neck unless you esteem it really necessary. About arms and legs I am less particular, although on the whole I prefer that even they should be kept reasonably whole.”

The pixelated hero of Ken Burns’s documentary airing as though on a loop for the last few weeks on PBS played cowboy in the Badlands after the death of his mother and wife on Valentine’s Day in 1884. He charged up Kettle Hill during the Spanish-American War. He killed 512 animals with son Kermit while on safari in Africa. He delivered a speech with a wannabe assassin’s bullet lodged in his chest. He partook in a deadly expedition of the unexplored River of Doubt in South America that gave him malaria and endless stories.

Unsurprisingly, a man such as this loved football.

“Of all the games I personally like foot ball the best,” Roosevelt wrote football founding father Walter Camp in 1895, “and I would rather see my boys play it than see them play any other.” Football, the 26th president believed, played as one of those crucial passage rites prodding boys into manhood. So when the game came under attack during a brutal 1905 season that witnessed 18 player deaths, the president used his office to save the sport he so admired.

“I want to talk over certain football matters with you,” Roosevelt wrote Yale gridiron guru Walter Camp 109 years ago today. The White House summit called by the president served as the most high-profile in a series of events that ultimately established the forward pass, created the neutral zone, banned forward motion, and, perhaps most importantly, prevented pigskin powerhouse Harvard from inducing a follow-the-leader phenomenon by taking their ball and going home after that deadly 1905 season. The rough sport, as it had in the 29 years since Roosevelt watched his Harvard classmates fall to Camp’s Yale team in a fifteen-on-fifteen game strangely won by a field goal to two touchdowns, again changed dramatically.

The latest challenge to the sport comes strangely from the violent activities of players off the field rather than on it. “The NFL has an obligation not only to their fans but to the American people to properly discipline anyone involved in domestic violence or child abuse and more broadly, gain control of the situation,” an official in the present administration recently told CBS News. “Many of these professional athletes are marketed as role models to young people and so their behavior does have the potential to influence these young people, and it’s one of the many reasons it’s important that the league get a handle on this and have a zero tolerance.” The remarks, ignoring an NFL arrest rate just 13 percent of the peer group’s societal average, follow interviews over the last two years in which the president expressed reluctance about allowing a hypothetical son to play football and compared the sport to boxing.

Roosevelt took a different approach to the crisis threatening America’s Game long before it had really become America’s Game. Adopting the “speak softly and carry a big stick” approach he articulated but didn’t always adhere to, the 26th president worked stealthily behind the scenes to ensure reform and his alma mater’s commitment to football during a period when Stanford, Columbia, and other schools declared “game over” on the sport. He held up a recalcitrant rulemaker’s promotion at the Naval Academy and met privately with Harvard’s coach in an effort to outmaneuver school president Charles Eliot’s push to abandon the game.

Obama and Roosevelt, unlike Dwight Eisenhower, Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan, and John F. Kennedy, never really played football. Alike in that one way, the pair approached the crises facing the game from wildly divergent perspectives. The Rough Rider didn’t talk. He did. He didn’t grandstand. He worked behind the scenes for results rather than credit. Most significantly, Roosevelt did this because he had a deep passion for the game; his twenty-first-century successor does not do all this because he prefers golf, basketball, and much else.

The differing passions may be partly explained by the different progenies and parentages. Obama, who raises two beautiful daughters, spent a few weeks of his life with his father. Roosevelt, who raised the most remarkable presidential brood in American history, called his dad “the best man I ever knew.” He wanted to pass on greatness, which he knew didn’t necessarily run biologically in families.  

Roosevelt, as active a father as he was a president, wished for his sons to grow up to be men rather than mere males. His example set a nerve-wrackingly difficult standard to attain. But the lives of his two girls and four boys left a legacy as family patriarch more impressive than his legacy as political patriarch. The man on Mount Rushmore was a better father than a president.  

His letters sent to his son more than a century ago but read today by strangers in the Library of Congress convey this. “I believe in rough, manly sports,” he wrote son Ted. “But I do not believe in them if they degenerate into the sole end of one’s existence.” Sports served as preparation for life rather than life itself. “Athletic proficiency is a mighty good servant,” he explained, “and like so many other good servants, a mighty bad master.”

Roosevelt didn’t buy into the propaganda surrounding football in 1905 in part because he fielded his own spy on the gridiron who contradicted the sensationalistic media reports. “All that talk about the Yale boys laying for me was a lie,” freshman son Ted, who had just played in his last football game, wrote to his dad in the White House. “They played a clean, straight game and played no favorites. I met a good many of them whom I knew after the game and we had a friendly drink together. They beat us simply by outplaying us.”

Son Theodore played the rough game; later, in Europe during the World Wars, he played a rougher game. Gassed and shot during the Great War, a limping Ted landed a quarter-century later on Utah Beach with his son, the only father-son duo to invade on D-Day. Before exhibiting courage under fire as the oldest man to storm the beach on June 6, 1944, Ted Jr. learned physical courage as an undersized boy lining up against bigger boys at Groton and Harvard. Sports, as his father counseled, weren’t his life. They served as a good preparation for it.

Life plays rougher than football. Boys like Ted Jr. accustomed to getting up after getting knocked down on the football field tend to do so on the battlefield, in the workplace, in relationships, and much else. President Roosevelt, on his back as a sickly child, as grieving husband and son on Valentine’s Day, and in the South American jungle, understood the importance of fighting after falling. He grasped the lesson of football.   

Daniel J. Flynn, the author of The War on Football: Saving America’s Game (Regnery, 2013), edits Breitbart Sports.




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Former Vermont Governor Howard Dean (D) argued that criticizing President Obama for a report that he missed the majority of his intelligence briefings was tantamount to saying the president was born in Kenya and has “no credibility whatsoever” on Wednesday’s “Morning Joe” on MSNBC.

“This rises to the level of ‘Obama was born in Kenya and he’s Muslim.’ I mean, this is just right-wing blather with lots of money behind it.  I saw Crossroads did this, this has no credibility whatsoever. Look, presidents, and leaders, and governors do things differently, and I just think this is ridiculous. I can’t even believe we are talking about this. This is just silly. This is a partisan political ad designed to win elections for somebody in the Senate some place. It has nothing to do with reality” he declared

Dean further added “the idea that President Obama isn’t working hard enough is just silly. The idea that President Obama doesn’t care what ISIS says is just silly. This is part of the Republican attack line.”

(h/t PJ Media)

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Priebus To Address Immigration In Major Policy Speech

by Breitbart Feed on October 1, 2014

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Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus will outline a broad policy platform for the GOP in a speech Wednesday, according to documents obtained by Breitbart News and excerpts of the speech provided by the RNC.

Titled “Principles for American Renewal,” the speech addresses 11 topics from the economy to the constitution to debt and budget issues to healthcare. “This speech will highlight the principles that unite Republicans and what we support-not just what we oppose-in this election and for the future,” a talking points document says.

Priebus will also address the hot-button topic of immigration, saying that, while “border security must come first,” Congress should “fix” to America’s “broken immigration system.”

“We need an immigration system that secures our borders, upholds the law, and boosts our economy,” the talking points say.

“The president’s plan to overlook the border crisis and act unilaterally to rewrite our immigration laws is unacceptable and most likely unconstitutional,” he will say in the speech, according to the excerpts the RNC provided Breitbart News. “His plan to make further changes to the system after the election will only make any fix harder.”

“As a nation of immigrants, we must fix our broken immigration system,” Priebus will say. “We can’t reward those who break the laws and punish those who lawfully wait in line.”

While Priebus’ words include many caveats, it’s notable that he is address up the topic, given that it has starkly divided the GOP, so close to the election.

The Wisconsin Republican’s rhetoric on the topic is ambiguous, perhaps deliberately so, given the speech is a pre-election unity speech.

Rhetoric about immigration reform “boost[ing] our economy” is similar to a recent remarks from House Speaker John Boehner—a major champion of a bipartisan immigration deal who backed legal status for millions of illegal aliens earlier this year.

“Immigration reform will help our economy, but you’ve got to secure the border first,” Boehner said at the American Enterprise Institute recently. “We’ve got a mess and everyone knows we’ve got a mess.”

Priebus’ words include additional caveats and leave more room for interpretation and could encompass a wide swath of immigration policy.

For instance, top proponents of “Gang of Eight”-type legislation say their favored policies would help the economy by increasing the size of the labor force. The populist wing of the GOP, led by Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), has argued for limits on immigration levels to increase the wages of American workers – another form of boosting the economy.

The speech comes as several Republican candidates-like Terri Lynn Land in Michigan and Scott Brown in New Hampshire, as well as the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC), have attacked Democratic candidates on immigration with apparent success.

It also comes after on the campaign trail last week in Iowa, Priebus was forcefully and aggressively public against Obama’s planned executive amnesty. Priebus said it was “unconstitutional” and demanded Obama back off.

“Here’s the problem: the president’s promised to follow through with his illegal activity,” Priebus said on the trail for Ernst in Iowa. “So I think the bigger issue for us, too, besides pointing out the hypocrisy and the lies, is to also point out to people – which we should do more of – is that he’s promising to follow through with an unconstitutional illegal act. So they’re intending to do this anyway, at least that’s what he’s saying.”

The RNC also provided Breitbart News with quotes from three Republican leaders in Congress backing Priebus’ larger principles that he’ll lay out in the full speech on Thursday-from House Majority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) and from Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Mike Lee (R-UT).

“Through hundreds of pieces of passed legislation – and through the leadership of Chairman Priebus – the Republican Party is standing up for Americans who value the importance of family, life, and hard work,” Scalise said. “The hard-working taxpayers in southeast Louisiana are hungry for leadership and want the president to be focused on jobs, energy security, and an environment conducive to growing small businesses. While President Obama has failed to provided leadership on these critical issues, I am proud to say that the GOP is fighting for those values and priorities that are important to American families.”

“Reince Priebus is right,” Cruz said. “The path we’re on isn’t working, and Americans deserve a better economy, better healthcare system, better education, and policies that will lift those who are struggling into a lifetime of opportunity. President Obama and the Senate Democrats who follow in lockstep behind him are causing far too many Americans to lose hope in the American Dream. Together, with a Republican majority, we must work to instill confidence in America again by bringing back jobs and restoring America’s leadership role in the world. I particularly appreciate that Reince is highlighting my energy plan–the American Energy Renaissance Act–that will help the private sector create millions of high-paying jobs and, at the same time, make America less dependent on foreign oil.”

“Chairman Priebus has laid out the case for how Republicans should succeed this fall,” Lee added. “We have a broad agenda to address Americans’ economic and national security concerns, while the Democrats are forced to run on their failed record of Obamacare, unemployment, and debt. The choice couldn’t be more clear and it’s up to the American people to decide the course we take.




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