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5.5.2015 4:00 AM

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5.4.2015 4:00 AM

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5.3.2015 4:00 AM

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F.E.C. Can’t Curb 2016 Election Abuse, Commission Chief Says

WASHINGTON — The leader of the Federal Election Commission, the agency charged with regulating the way political money is raised and spent, says she has largely given up hope of reining in abuses in the 2016 presidential campaign, which could generate a record $10 billion in spending.

“The likelihood of the laws being enforced is slim,” Ann M. Ravel, the chairwoman, said in an interview. “I never want to give up, but I’m not under any illusions. People think the F.E.C. is dysfunctional. It’s worse than dysfunctional.”

Her unusually frank assessment reflects a worsening stalemate among the agency’s six commissioners. They are perpetually locked in 3-to-3 ties along party lines on key votes because of a fundamental disagreement over the mandate of the commission, which was created 40 years ago in response to the political corruption of Watergate.

Nigeria: More Rescues From Boko Haram Reported

Nigeria’s military rescued 234 more girls and women from a Boko Haram forest stronghold in the country’s northeast, according to a message posted Saturday on the official Twitter account of the Nigerian Defense Headquarters, raising the number of captives declared rescued in the past week to more than 677. It is not known how many people Boko Haram has kidnapped during its nearly six-year-old rebellion. Nigeria’s army has reported rescuing only women and girls. It is also not known yet whether any of those rescued include the girls kidnapped from a school in Chibok a year ago

NYPD cop critically injured after being shot in the head

A city cop was critically wounded by a brazen gunman who blasted two bullets into his head on a Queens street Saturday evening — the fifth NYPD officer to be shot in as many months.

Plainclothes officer Brian Moore, 25, was in a medically induced coma after surgery to relieve pressure on the brain, law-enforcement sources told The Post. The suspected gunman was in custody Saturday night. “He’s far from out of the woods,” one law-enforcement source said of Moore, who remained in surgery for more than four hours.

Moore, the son of a retired cop and a four-year NYPD veteran assigned to the 105th Precinct in Queens Village, had been sitting in the driver’s seat of an unmarked car at 212th Street and 104th Avenue when he was shot at around 6:10 p.m.

Our Lost Constitution: The Willful Subversion of America’s Founding Document

In Our Lost Constitution, Senator Mike Lee tells the dramatic, little-known stories behind six of the Constitution’s most indispensable provisions. He shows their rise. He shows their fall. And he makes vividly clear how nearly every abuse of federal power today is rooted in neglect of this Lost Constitution. Examined are the Origination Clause, the Legislative Powers Clause, the Establishment Clause, the Balance of Powers and the Second and Fourth Amendments. Each has been used at some time in our Nation’s history by shortsighted opportunists to defy the Constitution’s safeguards to liberty.


5.2.2015 9:00 PM

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5.2.2015 4:00 AM

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Iraqi nun blocked on U.S. trip to describe persecution

An Iraqi Dominican nun known for her advocacy of religious minorities in the Middle East won’t be telling her story in Washington about terror and persecution under the Islamic State after the State Department denied her visa application to join a delegation to describe the situation in her home country.

Sister Diana Momeka was the only Christian in the delegation and the only member blocked from the trip, leading some of her American supporters to question why she was singled out.

The sister was told Tuesday by the U.S. consulate in Erbil that her application for a nonimmigrant visa had been rejected on the grounds that she was “not able to demonstrate that [her] activities in the United States would be consistent with the classification of the visa,” according to her denial letter. Sister Diana planned to speak with other representatives of persecuted minority groups in the region, including Yazidis and Turkmen Shia Muslims, at various venues in Washington for a period of about a week in mid-May.

Her application was rejected despite having two formal letters of invitation from her sponsors, the 21st Century Wilberforce Initiative and the Institute for Global Engagement, and a letter of endorsement from Rep. Anna G. Eshoo, the California Democrat who co-chairs the congressional Caucus on Religious Minorities in the Middle East.

“We were shocked and disappointed when we found out,” said Elyse Anderson, 21st Century Wilberforce Initiative’s senior adviser and director of special projects.

According to sources close to the situation, the Dominican sister’s paperwork wasn’t even reviewed due to the fact that she is currently considered an internally displaced person (IDP), forced to leave her home because of the Islamic State. Sister Diana was told that as long as she was an IDP, she would not be able to receive a U.S. visa. But her supporters were able to point to several recent delegations of persecuted minorities, including IDPs, who were all granted visas to travel to the U.S.

Obama Admin. Won’t Let States Ask for Proof of Citizenship … On Voter Registration Form!

Non-citizens are voting in American elections, and the federal government refuses to do anything to stop it.

Worse, the current administration seems to be doing everything they can to prevent the states from trying to stop it. First, they sued states that asked people to present ID before voting. Now, the administration will not let states even ask people to establish they are citizens when they register to vote.

That’s the underlying plot in the latest major case in election law that has just been presented to the Supreme Court. Federal law says that states must accept and use a federal form for registering voters. But the federal form doesn’t require any proof that the person submitting the form is a citizen.

The form just asks the registrant to check a box.

Meanwhile, federal law mandates that voter registration forms be made available and pushed everywhere from licensing branches to welfare offices.

From personal experience as an immigrant, I had a driver’s license, a Social Security number, and lived in this country for several years before I became a citizen. I had plenty of opportunities to fill out the federal voter registration form. I never did, of course — but what if I didn’t know any better?

Or what if I thought the form was being offered to me because I was allowed to register?

Or that, surely, I wouldn’t be added to the voter rolls if I checked the box claiming I was not a citizen?

But that’s not what’s been happening. Noncitizens are offered the voter registration forms all over the country and are filling them out, and they are being added to the rolls regardless of which box they check.

In an amicus brief, the American Civil Rights Union has submitted evidence and arguments to the Supreme Court showing that this is exactly what has been happening: the federal form is failing to keep non-citizens off the rolls. In fact, left to itself, the federal voter registration form is causing the problem.

Some states have tried to prevent this problem from continuing. Kansas and Arizona, while accepting and using the federal form, require registrants to provide some kind of proof of citizenship in order to register. But when they asked the Election Assistance Commission to add these state law instructions to their version of the federal form, the EAC flatly refused.

Now, the EAC is fighting all the way to the Supreme Court to not let Kansas and Arizona ask for proof of citizenship.

So what’s the issue?

When we consider all US ‘chief executives,’ the ‘CEO-to-worker pay ratio’ falls from 331:1 to below 4:1

We can get a more accurate and complete picture of CEO compensation in the US by looking at wage data released recently by the Bureau of Labor Statistics in its annual report on Occupational Employment and Wages for 2014. The BLS report provides “employment and wage estimates by area and by industry for wage and salary workers in 22 major occupational groups, 94 minor occupational groups, 458 broad occupations, and 821 detailed occupations,” including the occupational category “chief executives.” In 2014, the BLS reports that the average pay for America’s 246,240 chief executives was only $180,700. The CEOs of the 300-350 S&P 500 firms that supposedly represent typical CEO compensation represent only one out of about every 820 firms in the country (or 1/7 of 1%) that have a CEO at the head. The larger sample of almost a quarter-million CEOs reported by the BLS gives us a much better understanding of “average CEO compensation.”

For the larger sample of CEOs reported by the BLS, their average pay of $180,700 last year was an increase of only 1.3% from the average CEO pay of $178,400 in 2013. In contrast, the BLS reports that the average pay of all workers increased by 1.7% last year to $47,230 from $46,440 in 2013. That’s right, the average worker last year saw an increase in their pay that was more than 30% greater than the increase in pay for the average US CEO.

And the “CEO-to-worker pay ratio” for the average CEO compared to the average worker was only 3.81 times last year (see chart above), nowhere close to the pay ratio of 331X reported by the AFL-CIO using the 350 highest-paid CEOs in the country. Call it a “statistical falsehood-to-truth ratio” of 87-to-1 for the AFL-CIO’s exaggerated, bogus ratio. The chart above also shows that the real CEO-to-worker pay ratio has not been increasing as is frequently reported, but instead has been remarkably constant over the last 13 years, averaging 3.8-to-1 in a tight range between a maximum of 3.89-to-1 in 2004 and a minimum of 3.69-to-1 in both 2005 and 2006. The ratio of 3.81-to-1 in the most recent year (2014) was actually the lowest CEO-to-worker ratio in six years, since 2008



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