Obama Just Announced A BIG Change To An Important American Location, And He’s Paying The Price

North America’s tallest mountain — its peak soaring more than 20,000 feet into the sky above Alaska — has just been renamed by order of President Barack Obama. Mount McKinley is no more — no longer does the mountain bear the name of the nation’s 25th president, a Republican from Ohio. Siding with lawmakers in the 49th state as well as Alaska’s indigenous peoples, the president has officially restored “Denali” as the name of the majestic mountain in all federal records.

Denali means “the great one” in the Athabaskan languages of the Alaska Natives living around the mountain.

The move comes as Obama starts a three-day presidential trip to the state where voters haven’t been too kind to Democrats in recent years. The focus of Obama’s trek to the north is his climate-change agenda, which he hopes will be boosted by his ending a 40-year battle over the name. Fox News reports that the state of Alaska has tried for decades to get the name change officially enacted.

But those efforts and legislation in Congress have been stymied by members of Ohio’s congressional delegation. Even when Mount McKinley National Park was renamed Denali National Park in 1980, the federal government retained Mount McKinley as the name of the actual peak….

Members of the congressional delegation from Ohio — President William McKinley’s home state — have vigorously protested the president’s order to change the mountain’s name. They claim that Obama has once again overstepped his constitutional authority, since it was an act of Congress that, nearly 100 years ago, named the mountain for the president from The Buckeye State.

Rep. Bob Gibbs, R-Ohio, released a statement slamming the presidential name change, according to Fox News:

“This political stunt is insulting to all Ohioans, and I will be working with the House Committee on Natural Resources to determine what can be done to prevent this action,” Gibbs said.

The Ohio delegation’s disappointment at the decision cut across party lines.

“We must retain this national landmark’s name in order to honor the legacy of this great American president and patriot,” Democratic Rep. Tim Ryan, whose district includes McKinley’s hometown of Niles, in eastern Ohio.

Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio also lit into Obama for his unilateral move to delete the name Mount McKinley from federal records. Even House Speaker John Boehner said he is “deeply disappointed in this decision,” reports Fox News.

In the state of Alaska itself — where Obama is slated to tour a receding glacier and meet people in remote communities supposedly threatened by rising ocean levels — GOP lawmakers say they’re appreciative of the president’s putting an end to the long-running conflict over the mountain’s official name.

Reuters reports: “The move elicited praise from Alaska Governor Bill Walker, a Republican turned independent, and Republican elected officials, who more typically are critical of an administration they see as hostile to the oil and gas interests of their state.”

For Obama critics who remain deeply cynical about the president’s every move, the changing of the tallest North American mountain’s name to a word that means “the great one” just might be seen as a self-serving testament to Barack Obama’s opinion of himself.

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Watch: Father Sees His Young Daughter’s Killer In Court, Then Things EXPLODE

A Michigan man convicted of involuntary manslaughter in July for the beating death of a 3-year-old girl was in a Detroit courtroom to hear a victim impact statement from the dead toddler’s father. That’s when the courtroom erupted into a brief scene of chaos and confusion late last week, as the father — who was walking toward the witness stand — sucker-punched the convicted killer, Clifford Thomas, one of two people found guilty in the death of Jamila Smith.

The girl’s mother, Jasmine Gordon — the other person convicted of killing the young girl — was also in the Wayne County Circuit Court and began screaming when the man with whom she had the child suddenly hit Clifford Thomas in the back of the head.

The Detroit Free Press reported that “Gordon’s daughter…died of multiple blunt force injuries in September 2014, and her death was ruled a homicide, according to a spokesman with the Wayne County Medical Examiner’s Office.”

Despite his violent outburst, the dead girl’s father, Dwayne Smith, was not charged in the abrupt attack, nor was he held in contempt of court by the judge. After order was returned to the courtroom, both of the convicted killers were sentenced to up to 15 years in prison.

By clicking on the video above, which was shot by WDIV-TV, you can see the moment the angry and distraught father lashed out at the man convicted of ending the life of his young daughter.

h/t: TheBlaze

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A Terror Suspect On The No Fly List Was Just Granted A Shocking Privilege By One State

He cannot legally fly on a commercial aircraft because the Department of Homeland Security says he’s a terror threat, but now a Minnesota man has just been given his Class A commercial driver’s license. That means he can get behind the wheel of a cargo-hauling big rig — he might even be allowed to drive a school bus full of kids.

His name is Amir Meshal, long known to law enforcement investigators for allegedly trying to radicalize young Muslims who would be invited to travel to Syria for training in terrorist camps. Fox 9 in St. Paul, Minn., reports that Meshal, a U.S. citizen of Egyptian descent, was arrested by the FBI in Kenya in 2007, “suspected of leaving a terror training camp in Somalia.”

The ACLU has been representing Meshal in his efforts to get his name removed from the No Fly List. When questioned about Meshal being able to obtain a commercial driver’s license — and using taxpayer money to acquire it — an ACLU spokesperson provided a statement to Fox 9, which read in part:

Mr. Meshal has never been charged with a crime and has sued the government to obtain a fair process to challenge his wrongful inclusion on the No Fly List. Like many other unemployed Americans, he’s trying to obtain credentials for a job so he can build a life for his family, including a baby. Any suggestion that Mr. Meshal’s efforts to get a job somehow present a concern is shameful.

By clicking on the video above, you can watch the Fox 9 investigative report out of Minnesota that reveals how the terror suspect is now legally able to drive a semi-truck–even though he cannot fly on a passenger plane.

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BREAKING: Ben Carson Just Got Some Gigantic News That Could Strike Fear Into Trump’s Heart

They’re both considered “anti-establishment” candidates, favored by folks who don’t like, and want to send a powerful message to, the “political class.” But the fiery and flamboyant Donald Trump is very different in style, and frequently in substance, from the generally calm and soft-spoken Ben Carson, whose prospects in the early-causus state of Iowa just got a huge boost.

Monmouth University has just released the results of a new poll showing that Carson has climbed into a head-to-head tie with Trump for the top spot in the opinion of Republicans in The Hawkeye State. A release from the polling organization points out that this is the first time in more than a month that “a poll in any of the first four nominating states has not shown Trump with a nominal lead.”

“When Iowa Republicans are asked who they would support in their local caucus, Ben Carson (23%) and Donald Trump (23%) tie for the top spot,” according to Monmouth pollsters.

This marks a significant shake-up in the race for the Republican nomination for president. “In mid-July, [Scott] Walker was the front runner in Iowa, with Trump and Carson following behind. Since then, Walker’s support has dropped by 15 points, while Carson’s has increased by 15 points and Trump’s by 10 points. Support has also increased for [Carly] Fiorina by 7 points since Monmouth’s last Iowa poll.”

This stunning news for Ben Carson comes only days after another voter survey found him moving up substantially in the eyes of likely GOP caucus-goers in Iowa.

The Des Moines Register reported that its new poll, conducted in conjunction with Bloomberg Politics, showed that the retired neurosurgeon has made impressive gains among Iowa voters and is now within easy striking distance of the pack-leading billionaire businessman.

A new Des Moines Register/Bloomberg Politics Iowa Poll finds that Trump, the flamboyant real estate entrepreneur, has 23 percent support here. But Ben Carson…has been a submarine, quietly cruising into second with 18 percent, just 5 percentage points from the front-runner.

One of the more impressive aspects of the new polling that puts Carson at the 18-percent level with likely GOP caucus-goers in Iowa is his favorability rating. As the new voter survey notes: “Carson has the highest favorability rating of the 17 Republican candidates, with 79 percent who view him positively. Only 8 percent have negative feelings about him.”

This puts the political outsider Carson in sharp contrast to the bombastic boat-rocker Trump, who has nonetheless improved his favorability among Republicans, as pointed out by Bloomberg Politics: “The real estate mogul is rated favorably by 61 percent and unfavorably by 35 percent, an almost complete reversal since the Iowa Poll in May.”

Bloomberg reporter John McCormick also takes note of Carson’s slow but steady efforts to put together the kind of ground game in Iowa that would be needed to grow the stature and sustainability of his campaign: “Although he isn’t generating the headlines enjoyed by Trump, Carson has quietly built a dedicated network of supporters in Iowa. During the past month, he also aired more ads than any other presidential candidate in Iowa.”

Another big plus for Ben Carson is his appeal to Christian conservatives looking for a non-politician, but not an unpredictable wild card like Donald Trump. The article by McCormick underscores Carson’s high favorability among Iowa Republicans as a kind of shield against potential attacks from his rivals for the GOP presidential nomination.

Christian conservatives, who represent nearly 40 percent of likely caucus participants in the poll, may be starting to coalesce around the former director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins.

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Fox News Just Called ‘Black Lives Matter’ 2 Words That Have People Freaking Out

“President Obama has breathed life into this ugly movement,” Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke charged during a Fox and Friends interview on Monday morning, adding, “We now have to counter this slime, this filth coming out of these cop haters.”

The outspoken Wisconsin lawman was referring to the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement which he had, only a couple of days ago on the Fox News show Justice with Judge Jeanine, criticized as “black slime” that “needs to be eradicated from American society.”

Speaking with Brian Kilmeade on Monday, Sheriff Clarke said that anti-cop BLM protesters aren’t really pushing for social justice as much as a weakening of law enforcement. “This is nothing more than an attempt to weaken the institution of policing. If there’s anything that needs to be straightened out in this country, it is the subculture that has risen out of the underclass in the American ghetto.”

During much of the Fox and Friends segment featuring Sheriff Clarke, Fox News put two words on the screen that got the attention of the far-left organization Media Matters for America, a frequent critic of the cable network. Those two words describing the BLM movement that caused a freak out among commenters on the Media Matters website were “‘Murder’ Movement.”

Image Credit: Fox and Friends

Image Credit: Fox and Friends

Among the comments about the “‘Murder’ Movement” clip left by visitors to the Media Matters website are the following:

Blak Jezuz: “Are we surprised? Fox is full of bigots, full or insecure ppl who like to degrade minorities.And this punk pig is just a paid UNCLE TOM… I seen this same fraud on MSNBC, prior to his fox gig, speaking just the opposite.. those pay checks must be nice at fox”

Jimijams: “Anyone no matter their skin color, calling for the murder of police is a D bag in my book. Dylan Roof is getting EXACTLY what he wanted, and people on both sides are happy to oblige, but that certainly isn’t the point of this story.”

indgreg: “I’m sure when protesters were chanting, ‘Pigs in a blanket, fry em like bacon’, they weren’t referring to to cops. And just the other day, a white cop was shot in the back of the head by a black man while he was getting gas. I’m sure that was just a random act, not spurred on by any of this black lives matter stuff. Maybe the graphic wasn’t as far off as some think.”

Batman in Arkham: “Uncle Tom, get back in your cabin.”

Ced: “What a pathetic statement. When any black person voices their opinion against an openly violent and racist movement you call them an uncle tom. When any black person speaks out against the current cancer running through the black community you call them an uncle Tom. You are in fact Mr. Jim Crow himself. You are racist and your dumb ass can’t even realize.”

Obviously upset by the cop-targeting rhetoric spewed by Black Lives Matter protesters, Sheriff Clarke vowed to Brian Kilmeade: “I’m not going to stop speaking out on this, and I’m not going to stop putting the emphasis where it needs to be in terms of all this violence that we see, a growing violence across these great American cities.”

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