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  • Filibuster Deal Restricts Senators’ Rights to Debate Judicial Nominees

    01/25/2013 5:56:45 AM PST · by LucianOfSamasota · 11 replies
    The Heritage Foundation ^ | January 24, 2013 | Todd Gaziano and Andrew Kloster
    This afternoon, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced a potential filibuster deal that, among other problematic provisions, limits post-cloture debate on federal district court nominees (and non-Cabinet-level officials). Senators currently have up to 30 hours of post-cloture debate on the merits of a district court nominee; the new rule would permit only two hours. This proposal would seriously undermine the rights of sitting senators to call attention to problematic district court nominees and, as a consequence, would enable the President to make more philosophically questionable and professionally unqualified nominations in the future....
  • GOP Leaders May Finally Be Catching On

    01/25/2013 5:51:51 AM PST · by Kaslin · 39 replies ^ | January 25, 2013 | Matt Towery
    Speaker John Boehner finally declared this week that President Obama's goal over the next few years is to "annihilate" the GOP. Wow, he finally figured that out. And to reporters about his ticket's defeat in November, Rep. Paul Ryan stated that there was a failure to turn potential Republican voters out -- again, another "ah ha" moment. What is really going on is that the more old-time Republican Establishment is starting to realize that simply playing the same old game against a new, brilliant and Democratic political juggernaut led by their symbol of success, President Obama, will likely yield the...
  • Howie Carr: Memo to D.C.: Take Kerry, he’s all yours

    01/25/2013 5:39:30 AM PST · by Zakeet · 16 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | January 25, 2013 | Howie Carr
    None of his fellow solons was impolite enough yesterday to ask U.S. Sen. John Forbes Kerry the only question anybody really wants him to answer. “Senator, are you really worth $193 million?” [Snip Nobody questioned Kerry about his famous initial 1971 appearance before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, recounting the stories of other Vietnam veterans (which he’d been told, he made sure to say) “of times that they personally raped, cut off ears, cut off heads, taped wires from portable radios to human genitals, cut off limbs, blew up bodies, randomly shot at civilians, razed villages in fashion reminiscent of...
  • Secret hearings in case of Chandra Levy slaying

    01/25/2013 5:38:13 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 15 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 1-25-13 | ap
    A judge is holding secret hearings in the case of the man convicted in the 2001 killing of Washington intern Chandra Levy. Neither prosecutors nor defense lawyers have revealed the purpose of the hearings, which have been taking place in Washington behind closed doors. Several media organizations, including The Associated Press, are petitioning to open the proceedings. The next hearing takes place on February 7. Ingmar Guandique was convicted in 2010 of killing Levy, whose body was found in Washington's Rock Creek Park. The case captured the nation's attention because of Levy's relationship with California congressman Gary Condit. Condit was...
  • Bill To Set Limit For Driving While Stoned Has A Good Chance

    01/25/2013 5:34:36 AM PST · by wolfman23601 · 40 replies
    A plan is in the works to set a limit for people driving while under the influence of marijuana, and this time lawmakers say they’ll get it done. There’s a lot of pressure on lawmakers after legalizing pot. As the number of users grows, there is growing concern the number of people driving under the influence will as well. In 2011, the most recent data available, 13 percent of deadly crashes in Colorado involved pot.
  • Tricky Times target (18 editors to be laid off at the NY Times!)

    01/25/2013 5:28:22 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 23 replies
    NY Post ^ | 1/25/13 | Keith Kelly
    The deadline for New York Times newsroom managers to take voluntary buyouts came and went yesterday — without reaching the target of 30 takers. Now, insiders are worried that involuntary cuts — layoffs — will start. Jill Abramson, the executive editor overseeing the process, declined to comment yesterday as the deadline passed but several insiders worried that as few as a dozen raised their hands and volunteered — meaning up to 18 heads must roll.
  • Politico: Kerry Appointment Shows Obama Seeks To 'Save The World' With Climate-Change Deals

    01/25/2013 5:27:38 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 13 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Gee, maybe one day we'll look back and realize that the advent of Barack Obama was the day "when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal." Politico, at least, apparently thinks so. In an item today, Politico claimed that "Obama’s choice of John Kerry as the nation’s top diplomat is the strongest signal to the international community — and the smart set in Washington’s political class — that the president is truly committed to striking deals designed to save the world."
  • Feinstein Gun Control Bill to Exempt Government Officials

    01/25/2013 5:27:23 AM PST · by Perdogg · 110 replies
    Not everyone will have to abide by Senator Dianne Feinstein's gun control bill. If the proposed legislation becomes law, government officials and others will be exempt. "Mrs. Feinstein's measure would exempt more than 2,200 types of hunting and sporting rifles; guns manually operated by bolt, pump, lever or slide action; and weapons used by government officials, law enforcement and retired law enforcement personnel," the Washington Times reports.
  • Man arrested in connection with terror offences in Syria

    IS THIS THE FUTURE OF AMERICA? IMMIGRANTS HELPING TERRORISTS? - A 31-year-old man has been arrested in London on suspicion of terror offences in Syria, Scotland Yard has said. The unnamed man will be charged with the "preparation of terrorist acts" contrary to section five of the Terrorism Act 2006. He was arrested by counter terrorism (SO15) officers investigating people travelling to Syria to support terrorist activities. He will appear at Westminster Magistrates Court in London on Friday.
  • Meet the 23-year-old squatter who's moved into palatial $2.5MILLION waterfront mansion in Florida

    01/25/2013 5:27:04 AM PST · by Uncle Chip · 20 replies
    The Daily Mail Online ^ | January 25 2013 | SNEJANA FARBEROV
    Andre Barbosa can safely say that he has one of the nicest homes on the block in Boca Raton, Florida. But the 23-year-old Brazilian national does not own or even rent the palatial $2.5million estate legally - he is a squatter. Barbosa, originally from the neighboring Pompano Beach, moved into 580 Golden Harbour Drive in July Now he is threatening to use an obscure real estate law that allows people to claim a property as their own if they stay there for seven years. No one witnessed Barbosa breaking into the 7,522-squae foot, five-bedroom, six-bathroom waterfront home, so he cannot...
  • Does Hillary have double vision after blood clot scare? Close up shot shows 'Fresnel prism' lenses

    01/25/2013 5:26:42 AM PST · by Zakeet · 41 replies
    (UK) Daily Mail ^ | January 25, 2013 | Kerry McDermott
    Complete Headline: Does Hillary have double vision after blood clot scare? Close up shot shows 'Fresnel prism' lenses in Clinton’s glasses Hillary Clinton's glasses appeared to have a Fresnel prism on the lens when she appeared before the Senate this week The stick-on prisms are used to assist people experiencing double vision Doctors discovered a blood clot close to Clinton's brain after she suffered a fall and concussion last month Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has wasted no time in getting back to business since returning to work following treatment for a blood clot. But tiny lines visible on the...
  • Word for the Day, FRiday, January 25, 2013- Hebetude

    01/25/2013 5:26:42 AM PST · by tioga · 92 replies
    FRee Dictionary ^ | FRiday | FRiday's Sub
    In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of “Word for the Day”. HebitudeNoun Dullness of mind; mental lethargy. Rules: Everyone must leave a post using the Word for the Day in a sentence. The sentence must, in some way, relate to the news of the day. The Review threads are linked for your edification. ;-) Practice makes on.... Review Threads: Review Thread One: Word For The Day, Thursday 11/14/02: Raffish (Be SURE to check out posts #92 and #111 on this thread!) Review Thread...
  • Ohio man banned from having children

    01/25/2013 5:06:28 AM PST · by JoeProBono · 17 replies
    upi ^ | Jan. 24, 2013
    ELYRIA, Ohio, - An Ohio judge ordered an admitted deadbeat dad not to have any more children until he proves he can support the four he already has. Asim Taylor, 35, of Elyria was ordered not to procreate during the 5-year probation he was given by Lorain County Judge James Walther after pleading guilty to nearly $79,000 in unpaid child support going back to 2009. The Elyria Morning Journal said Walther wrote his order is in the "interests of doing justice, rehabilitating the offender." Walther's order can be lifted if Taylor proves he has the wherewithal to support another child...
  • (RINO) Kirk working on bipartisan gun control bill

    01/25/2013 5:02:34 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 29 replies
    Daily Herald ^ | January 25, 2013 | Kerry Lester
    U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk, newly returned to Congress after suffering a stroke, is becoming a central figure in the Senate's gun control debate. An aide in Kirk's office has confirmed that the Highland Park Republican is working with two Democrats to draft bipartisan gun control legislation. One of those is Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, of New York, with whom Kirk is working on legislation to crack down on gun trafficking. "Proud to partner w/@Senator Kirk to introduce the Gun Trafficking Prevention Act next week — common sense, bipartisan gun safety reform," Gillibrand, of New Brunswick, tweeted Thursday.

    01/25/2013 5:01:49 AM PST · by Lucky9teen · 123 replies
    Today is "Opposite Day" When : Always January 25th Opposite Day is a topsy, turvy day when everything you say, do, see, and hear are the opposite. If you say go left, you mean go right. If you say look up, it means look down. If you see your left it really your right?  Although for most in Washington, EVERY day is Opposite Day... Yesiree, Bob. Opposite Day can be a whole lot of fun. It can also be very, very confusing. This special day is celebrated primarily among school children. Sponge Bob Square Pants even got into...
  • Schools asking students for suggestions on security

    01/25/2013 5:01:11 AM PST · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 8 replies
    Child in school | 25 January 2013 | Mene Mene Tekel Upharsin
    Schools in the area are asking students about suggestions on security at the same time schools are putting in place valid measures for control of access to the school. One must show ID and wear badges to be able to enter the school. All of that is fine. However, when students brought up the fact that almost ALL of the doors providing entry to the school are glass, the teacher told them one must also consider cost.
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem (1/25/13)[Prayer]

    01/25/2013 4:57:24 AM PST · by left that other site · 20 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem A New Journey…The Names of God in The Scriptures YAHPsalm 68:4 Sing to God, sing praises to His name; Extol Him who rides on the clouds, By His name YAH, And rejoice before Him.
  • Bobby Jindal - GOP Needs To Stop Being The Stupid Party

    01/25/2013 4:57:01 AM PST · by LD Jackson · 32 replies
    Political Realities ^ | 01/25/13 | LD Jackson
    I'm sure by now that most everyone has heard about Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal and his remarks at the Republican National Committee's winter meeting in Charlotte, North Carolina. Before I get to the bulk of my post, let me preface it by saying I am not endorsing or disregarding Governor Jindal's remarks. I do, however, believe they merit a discussion. To do anything less is to be naive about the condition of the Republican Party. Changes, you say? Yes, I said the changes the Republican Party needs to make. If we do not, we may as well resign our party...
  • The NLRB Makes the Case Against Itself

    01/25/2013 4:52:59 AM PST · by Kaslin · 2 replies ^ | January 25, 2013 | Fred Wszolek
    The National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) Summary of Operations for fiscal year 2012, released last week, shows an agency that is significantly over-funded. In 2010, the Obama Administration increased the agency’s budget even though it previously operated with a fiscal year-end surplus. Now, the operating report reveals that the agency’s business continues to erode with the decline of unionization in the private sector making its increased appropriation even more unnecessary than it was in 2010. According to the report, issued by Acting General Counsel Lafe Solomon, total case intake decreased by three percent; unfair labor practice case intake decreased by...
  • Scarborough: Blood Will Be On Pentagon's Hands If It Lowers Standards For Women

    01/25/2013 4:52:55 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 21 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Joe Scarborough was a voice in the politically-correct wilderness this morning on the subject of women in combat. On today's Morning Joe, as other panelists voiced unerring if occasionally cautious support for the Pentagon's decision to permit women in combat, Scarborough sounded a stern warning note. "I'll be damned; if we find out that the Pentagon is lowering standards for politically-correct reasons, then you know what? Then the blood of dead Americans in future battles will be on their hands." View the video here.