The Southern Poverty Law Center, which has labeled several Washington, D.C.-based family organizations as "hate groups" for favoring traditional marriage, has been dumped as a "resource" by the FBI, a significant rejection of the influential legal group.
The elimination of the center — and the Anti-Defamation League — from the FBI hate crime resource web page was not announced, but followed a demand from 15 family groups that the Justice Department stop steering people to the SPLC.
"We commend the FBI for removing website links to the Southern Poverty Law Center, an organization that not only dispenses erroneous data but has been linked to domestic terrorism in federal court,” Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, told Secrets.
The SPLC has called FRC a hate group for opposing same sex marriage. In August 2012, a Washington area man, guided by the SPLC's "hate map,” entered the FRC's headquarters and shot a security guard. The guard survived and the shooter, a volunteer with a gay group, pleaded guilty to domestic terrorism.
Neither the FBI nor SPLC had any comment. The Anti-Defamation League, however, told Secrets that it was "shocked" by the FBI's move. Its work with the FBI has not been questioned.
While the FBI removed links to the groups, it did not scrub mentions the ADL and SPLC from a page describing those that have helped the agency fight hate crimes.
OBAMACARE 30-HOUR WORK WEEK UNDER FIRE
The House GOP effort to change Obamacare’s definition of a full-time job from 30 hours to the traditional 40 hours takes center stage this week, aided by new federal regulations that muddle and confuse the issue.
A Republican bill with some Democratic support is expected to pass as early as Thursday. It would require employers to offer health care only to people who work 40 hours, not the 30 set out in the Affordable Care Act.
GOP sources said the administration is unwittingly helping their effort by issuing confusing regulations that sometimes rely on the traditional 40-hour week — or even a 35-hour week — when providing guidance to employers facing a maze of requirements.
“At best, this is evidence of how clunky and confusing this portion of the law is when even administration folks are using multiple definitions; at worst, this is evidence that the administration is trying to transition away from a 40-hour work week,” said a key House aide.
GOP POLLSTER: HILLARY'S RISE HELPS JEB BUSH
Hillary Clinton is good for Jeb Bush, according to an influential GOP political pollster.
Ed Goeas, the go-to pollster for top Republican candidates, said that Clinton's dominance among likely 2016 Democratic contenders should change Bush’s mind that the nation has enough Bushes in the White House.
“I think that would change the dynamics, actually open the door for him more than not," he said. "I actually think the fact that Hillary is doing well actually increases the chances for Bush to make a positive decision about running, because all of a sudden it’s no longer 'Too many Bushes,' ” he told Secrets.
Instead, he said, the race “becomes two very powerful political families going up against each other.”
NEARLY $12M FOR TWO OBAMA HAWAII BREAKS
Some Hawaiian vacations are getting pricy. Just ask the American taxpayer.
With inflation increasing the cost of flying Air Force One, the price of President Obama's 17-day family vacation to Hawaii last Christmas was $7,781,361.30 — and that doesn't include rent, rooms for staff, security, and the use of cars, helicopters and communications equipment.
Taxpayer watchdog Judicial Watch, which has charted the first family’s travel, calculated the Air Force One costs alone of the last two Obama Hawaiian Christmas vacations at just under $12 million.
“Beyond the pale,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton.
WHITE MAJORITY ENDS WITH NEXT GENERATION
For the first time, non-whites will make up half or more of the next generation and, like millennials, will favor big government, according to a top polling outfit.
And to win them now and in the future, Pew Research Vice President Michael Dimock told the moderate Republican Ripon Society that the GOP should tone down the anti-government rhetoric.
“This is a generation that is 41 percent non-white; the generation behind it is likely to be close to 50 if not more than 50 percent non-white, and the anti-government kind of tone is one that really doesn’t resonate with that non-white sector,” said Dimock.
Paul Bedard, the Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.