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Dedicated to uncovering the stories that the professional left hopes will never see the light of day, the Free Beacon produces in-depth and investigative reporting on a wide range of issues, including public policy, government affairs, international security, and media criticism. Whether it’s exposing cronyism, dissecting the relationship between the progressive movement and the mainstream media, finding out just who is shaping our domestic and foreign policy and why, or highlighting the threats to American security and peace in a dangerous world, the Free Beacon is committed to serving the public interest by reporting news and information that currently is not being fully covered by other news organizations.

The Washington Free Beacon, a project of the 501(c)4 Center for American Freedom, is a nonprofit online newspaper that began publication on February 7, 2012.
  • November 5, 2012 10:12 am

    Victoria’s ‘Secret’: Angels Turn on Power

    (2011 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. Credit: AP.)

    When the New York Army National Guard’s 69th Infantry Regiment found itself in the midst of a hurricane without power, it turned to an unlikely source to save the day: lingerie purveyor Victoria’s Secret.

    As they had done for the last three years running, the lingerie company was holding its annual television event at the Regiment’s historic armory, located at 25th street and Lexington Avenue in Manhattan. For the show, the producers had hauled in eight massive 500 kilowatt generators. Of course, the producers said, we’d be happy to help. Hours later, the lights flashed back on.

    “We were dead in the water until Victoria’s Secret showed up,” says Capt. Brendan Gendron, the Regiment’s operations officer.

    The 69th asked the designer to come to its aid in delivering food to devastated New Yorkers, a service the company was happy to perform:

    The troops also needed help distributing food. The Federal Emergency Management Agency had begun bringing tractor-trailers’ worth of emergency provisions to the armory. It was up to the troops to break up the pallets, load them in military trucks, and bring them to the seven distribution centers in Manhattan where the Salvation Army would hand out meals to Hurricane victims. One problem: the 69th didn’t have a fork lift. So again, they turned to the Victoria’s Secret crew.

    We repeat: It was the 69th. 

  • November 5, 2012 10:10 am
  • November 5, 2012 9:30 am

    Sen. John McCain challenged the New Yorker’s Ryan Lizza and CNN’s Roland Martin over what veterans care about and the important of Benghazi in the election on Monday’s “Starting Point.”

    "I don’t expect Mr. Martin and Mr. Lizza to understand our veterans," McCain said.

  • November 5, 2012 5:00 am

    Among the Ruins

    (Credit: AP)

    FEMA, Red Cross, Bloomberg ignoring Staten Island as city recovers from Hurricane Sandy, borough residents tell WFB

    By Mary Lou Byrd

    The death toll from Hurricane Sandy continued to climb in New York as more bodies were recovered in Staten Island over the weekend amid complaints that the federal government and emergency agencies are doing little or nothing to help storm victims.

    Some residents are even saying they are the “forgotten borough” of New York City.

    New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg had planned to hold the NYC Marathon on Sunday, the starting line of which is in Staten Island. However, after widespread outrage from residents, local officials, and even the media, Bloomberg announced late Friday the marathon would be cancelled.

    Bloomberg tried to avoid questions about the marathon during a press conference Saturday night, but finally said it “became a source of dissension and we don’t need that right now. … When it became a divisive issue, I just made the decision that it should not go on.”

    While Bloomberg claimed earlier in the week that no resources would be diverted to the marathon from hurricane victims, he said at Saturday night’s press conference that 600 medical blankets and 10,000 cases of water from the marathon would now be sent to Midland Beach in Staten Island.

    Bloomberg’s decision to hold the marathon, according to Staten Island resident Vince Accetta, “was an absolute disgrace.” After hearing the mayor cancelled it, he said, “Thank God he did. We need police presence here. There’s no power, no traffic signs, and a lot of looting going on.”

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  • November 5, 2012 4:59 am

    Tea Party in the Streets

    Conservative groundwork could push Republicans to victory in 2012

    By Andrew Evans

    The Determinators, a new documentary produced by the Tea Party Patriots, is hitting voters’ mailboxes in a sign of the vigorous and sophisticated grassroots organizing presence of outside conservative groups.

    The Tea Party affiliate sent out 360,000 copies of The Determinators to “undecided households in key states,” according to the Patriots’ website, along with a copy of the Constitution.

    “We wanted to make sure that people in the country understand why we are concerned about the healthcare law and the choices that our country has this election as far as the future of our country goes,” Jenny Beth Martin, Tea Party Patriots cofounder, told the Free Beacon.

    The Patriots followed up on the documentary by calling those households, Martin said.

    The documentary is part of a larger effort by the Tea Party Patriots and many other conservative groups to increase voter turnout.

    Martin explained that the Patriots have more than 3,500 local groups. The central Patriots organization serves as the support organization for these local groups.

    Jackie Bodnar, press secretary for FreedomWorks, said that the “bottom up-structure” of the conservative grassroots movement distinguishes it from liberal organizing efforts.

    “We have volunteers,” she said. The left has more of a “top-down” structure, she added, that often relies on paying union members to attend events and do the groundwork for campaigns.

    This “fundamentally different” structure changes the dynamic of volunteer interactions with voters.

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  • November 5, 2012 4:59 am

    Down and Out in Obama’s America

    Millennial Americans hit hardest by job slump, unemployment data show

    By Tyler O’Neil

    The jobs report for the month of October released on Friday reveals a bleak outlook and lack of opportunity for younger workers in the Obama economy.

    As CNN Money blog reported, the liberal Center for American Progress hailed the employment numbers while businessmen emphasized their inadequacy.

    "The broader economy is still just limping along," Bill Dunkelberg, chief economist for the National Federation of Independent Business, told CNN. "We don’t really see any major pickup in job growth."

    Generation Opportunity, a nonpartisan youth polling organization, reinforced Dunkelberg’s statement in its own report on the jobs numbers.

    Generation Opportunity highlighted the figures for youth (18 to 29) unemployment, which stands at 12 percent.

    Certain demographics are suffering even more. Youth unemployment for African Americans rose to 21.4 percent in October. Hispanic youth unemployment rose to 13.4 percent.

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  • November 3, 2012 6:43 pm

    Senators Call for Select Committee

    (Credit: AP)

    Three Senate Republicans are calling for the creation of a select committee to investigate the Obama White House’s failure to stop the attack on the American consulate in Benghazi that left four Americans, including the ambassador to Libya, dead.

    Sens. John McCain (R., Ariz.), Lindsey Graham (R., S.C.), and Kelly Ayotte (R., N.H.) sent a letter to Democratic Majority Leader Harry Reid (Nev.) calling for the establishment of a temporary select committee in order to answer the questions still swirling around the assault. The trio is calling for the creation of a temporary committee due to the complexity of the issue and its relevance to a variety of congressional committees.

    “This tragedy has raised many important questions that affect the national security of the United States and the safety of those Americans who serve our country abroad,” the letter states. “We believe that the complexity and gravity of this matter warrants the establishment of a temporary Select Committee that can conduct an integrated review of the many national security issues involved, which cut across multiple executive agencies and legislative committees—including Foreign Relations, Intelligence, Armed Services, and Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.”

    The Republican senators listed a host of issues they would like to see addressed: 

    Among the issues we believe a Select Committee would need to examine are the following: the intelligence and other threat reporting that preceded the attack, the security measures and manpower decisions taken to protect our people in Benghazi prior to the attack, the military force posture in the region at the time of the attack and the resulting ability of our Armed Forces to respond in the event of a crisis, the response of U.S. government officials once the attack began, the public characterization of the attack in Benghazi in the days and weeks that followed, the adequacy of intelligence and intelligence-sharing during the attack, as well as other important issues. In addition, the Select Committee should make recommendations to guide executive and legislative action, as necessary, to affect changes to policy elsewhere in the world in light of lessons learned in this tragedy.

    Earlier in the week, McCain, Graham, and Ayotte coauthored an op-ed in the Washington Times along with Sen. Ron Johnson (R., Wisc.) asking five key questions about the Benghazi attack: why was security inadequate; why were armed forces not prepped to respond to a terrorist attack on the anniversary of 9/11; why did the Obama administration initially blame the violence on a YouTube video; did the administration deny aid to the besieged consulate in real time; and whether or not the administration believes the tide of war is actually “receding” in the face of renewed violence.

    Pressure on the administration is mounting, as other media outlets have joined Fox News Channel in airing the conflicting reports emanating from sources with knowledge of the government response to the attacks. The Washington Post offered up an editorial slamming the president for putting politics ahead of national security.

    “[The] White House appears determined to put off any serious discussion of Benghazi until after the election,” the Post wrote. “Sooner or later, however, the administration must answer questions about what increasingly looks like a major security failure—and about the policies that led to it.”

    The Wall Street Journal, meanwhile, wondered how the administration could leave such a volatile area so lightly defended:

    Over the summer, the Red Cross and the U.K. closed their offices in Benghazi after attempted terrorist attacks and assassinations. A bomb went off outside the U.S. mission on June 6 but hurt no one. Ambassador Chris Stevens told his superiors in an August cable about a “security vacuum” in Benghazi. A different classified State cable sent in August, and obtained by Fox News this week, noted the growth of al Qaeda training camps and expressed concern about the Benghazi mission’s ability to defend against a coordinated attack. It said it would ask for “additional physical security upgrades and staffing.”

  • November 3, 2012 1:58 pm

    500 Admirals, Generals to Endorse Romney

    (Credit: AP)

    Nearly 500 former military admirals and generals are poised to endorse Mitt Romney, the Washington Free Beacon has learned.

    The group will post a full page ad in the Washington Times on Monday. The advertisement will have the headline, “We, the undersigned, proudly support Governor Mitt Romney as our nation’s next President and Commander-in-Chief,” followed by the names of the former military commanders.

    A spokesman for the group emphasized its independence from the official campaign. The Romney campaign has not sanctioned this ad buy, a spokesman said, and the members of the group are paying the fee themselves.

    The spokesman added that 389 of the individuals on the list are on the Romney Military Advisory Council, too. The Romney campaign has already announced these individuals’ endorsement.

    “They have 389 on their list,” the spokesman said, while “we have almost 500.”

    The list comes as a Military Times survey revealed that active duty, National Guard, and military reserve members support Romney over Obama by a two to one margin.

  • November 2, 2012 10:03 pm
    Between 18,000 and 30,000 people rallied for Romney tonight in West Chester, Ohio, according to pool reports. (Photo: Associated Press) View high resolution

    Between 18,000 and 30,000 people rallied for Romney tonight in West Chester, Ohio, according to pool reports. (Photo: Associated Press)

  • November 2, 2012 9:05 pm

    Campaigning tonight in West Chester, Ohio, Republican nominee Mitt Romney told supporters, “Did you see what President Obama said today? He asked his supporters to vote for revenge—for revenge. Instead, I ask the American people to vote for love of country.”