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  • Detroit student joins BAMN to lead protest against U-M admissions office

    04/16/2014 9:48:33 AM PDT · by Darren McCarty · 7 replies
    Fox 2 Detroit ^ | 4-16-2014
    ANN ARBOR, Mich. (WJBK) -- Detroit high school student Brooke Kimbrough, along with the pro-affirmative action group By Any Means Necessary, staged a protest Tuesday to demand more diversity at the University of Michigan. BAMN is demanding an immediate appeal on behalf of Kimbrough and Birmingham Seaholm student Daisha Martin. Both applied to the university school and were denied admission. Kimbrough, who is black, says she carries a 3.6 GPA, scored a 23 (out of 36) on the ACT test and is a leader of University Prep High School's winning debate team. Martin's is president of Seaholm's Black Student Union,...
  • Obama: "Where I Can Act On My Own Without Congress, I'm Going To Do So"

    01/15/2014 6:23:22 PM PST · by Nachum · 39 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | 1/15/14 | Ian Schwartz
    PRESIDENT OBAMA: North Carolina still has a higher than average unemployment rate so this is important to this state. Folks aren't looking for a handout, they're not looking for special treatment. There are a lot of people who are sending out resumes every single day, but the market, the job market is still tough in pockets around the country. And people need support, a little help so they can look after their families while they're looking for a new job. So Congress should do the right thing and extend this vital lifeline for millions of Americans. Of course, that's just...
  • Sen. Ron Johnson to Introduce the ‘If You Like Your Health Plan, You Can Keep it Act’

    10/25/2013 7:19:51 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 41 replies
    National Review Online ^ | 10-25-13 | Alec Torres
    Senator Ron Johnson (R., Wis.) announced today that next week he will file legislation that will allow Americans to keep their previous health-insurance plans, as President Obama promised. The proposed bill, entitled the “If you Like Your Health Plan, You Can Keep It Act,” would, according to Johnson’s statement amend the Affordable Care Act “to make Obamacare live up to the promises of the politicians who sold the plan to the American public.” From the press release: One of the most important promises made by President Obama and Democrat congressional leadership to promote the Affordable Care Act was that Americans...
  • Patriot Act Author Calls For Clapper's Prosecution And Rein In NSA Abuses

    10/12/2013 11:07:56 PM PDT · by Nachum · 7 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 10/12/13 | Submitted by Michael Krieger of Liberty Blitzkrieg blog
    In an interesting twist of irony, one of the Congressman most instrumental in the destruction of civil liberties in these United States due to his authorship of the Patriot Act, Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wisc.), is now leading the charge to rein in NSA abuses. His disgust with the NSA became clear back in early June when he wrote an impassioned letter to Attorney General Eric Holder criticizing the illegal NSA activity happening behind the scenes. The key point here is that Mr. Sensenbrenner strongly believes that these guys are misinterpreting the legislation he wrote to justify everything they are doing. As...
  • ACT to Roll Out Career and College Readiness Tests for 3rd-10th Grades

    10/04/2013 5:50:29 PM PDT · by Southern by Grace · 4 replies
    Education Week ^ | July 2, 2012 | Caralee Adams
    ACT Inc. announced today that it is developing a new series of assessments for every grade level, from 3rd through 10th, to measure skills needed in college and careers. The tests, which would be administered digitally and provide instant feedback to teachers, will be piloted in states this fall and scheduled to be launched in 2014, says Jon Erickson, the president of education for ACT, the Iowa City, Iowa-based nonprofit testing company. The "next generation" assessment will be pegged to the Common Core State Standards and cover the four areas now on the ACT: English, reading, math, and science. "It...
  • U.S. would only act on Syria with international community: Hagel

    08/26/2013 5:30:33 AM PDT · by don-o · 13 replies
    Reuters ^ | August 26, 2013
    Reuters) - The United States would only take action on Syria in concert with the international community and with legal justification in response to the alleged chemical weapons attacks in Damascus, U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said on Monday. snip "We are analyzing the intelligence. And we will get the facts. And if there is any action taken, it will be concert with the international community and within the framework of legal justification."
  • Supreme Court voids key part of voting law, sets up standoff between feds and states

    06/25/2013 11:57:46 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 16 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 6-25-2013 | Associated Press
    A landmark Supreme Court ruling that struck down a key part of the Voting Rights Act has set up a stand-off between Republican-led states and the Obama administration over controversial voting laws that until now had been stalled. The 5-4 ruling on Tuesday addressed a 1960s-era provision that largely singled out states and districts in the South -- those with a history of discrimination -- and required them to seek federal permission to change their voting laws. The court ruled that the formula determining which states are affected was unconstitutional. ********************** Attorney General Eric Holder warned states against going too...
  • Attorney General Eric Holder on Voting Rights Act Decision

    06/25/2013 10:31:57 AM PDT · by Nachum · 26 replies
    C-Span ^ | 6/25/13 | Department of Justice
    Attorney General Eric Holder spoke to reporters following the Supreme Court decision in Shelby County v. Holder in which the court ruled that the preclearance provisions of the Voting Rights Act could not be enforced until Congress established new guidelines for review.
  • Per Drudge - FLASH: Section 4 of Voting Rights Act unconstitutional...

    06/25/2013 7:15:58 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 85 replies
    Per Drudge - FLASH: Section 4 of Voting Rights Act unconstitutional...
  • FBI sharply increases use of Patriot Act provision to collect US citizens' records

    06/11/2013 5:53:12 PM PDT · by Nachum · 33 replies
    NBC News ^ | 6/11/13 | Michael Isikoff
    The FBI has dramatically increased its use of a controversial provision of the Patriot Act to secretly obtain a vast store of business records of U.S. citizens under President Barack Obama, according to recent Justice Department reports to Congress. The bureau filed 212 requests for such data to a national security court last year – a 1,000-percent increase from the number of such requests four years earlier, the reports show. The FBI’s increased use of the Patriot Act’s “business records” provision — and the wide ranging scope of its requests -- is getting new
  • ACT data: 31 percent of (Illinois) state's Class of '12 not college-ready

    08/22/2012 8:47:23 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 31 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | August 22, 2012 | Diane Rado
    Almost a third of Illinois' high school Class of 2012 scored too low on the ACT college-entrance exam to be considered ready for key college classes, according to data released Wednesday. Despite some improvements, the results were troubling to some educators, while others considered the information a flawed method for judging how well students will fare if they go to college. [Snip] Former state schools Superintendent Glenn "Max" McGee, now president of the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy in Aurora, is troubled by the low college-readiness figures, particularly in science and math. Only 30 percent of Illinois' 2012 graduates met...
  • Poll Americans may approve legislative power being exercised by president (immigration policy).

    06/23/2012 9:11:21 AM PDT · by JOHN W K · 24 replies
    6-23-12 | johnwk
    This is very scary! It appears that Americans approve by a 2 to 1 majority to allow the president to enforce his own law regarding immigration policy! See: Poll Shows 2-1 Support of Immigration Policy “By more than a 2-to-1 ratio, Americans favor the Obama administration’s new immigration policy, according to a Bloomberg poll released on Tuesday.” But Article VI of our Constitution states This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof… shall be the supreme Law of the Land … The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of the...
  • Obama on DREAM Act: Can't "just change the laws unilaterally" Transcript (Flashback Sept. 28, 2011)

    06/15/2012 9:03:24 AM PDT · by Nachum · 7 replies
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | Sept. 28, 2011 | Lynn Sweet
    Obama on the DREAM Act: "I just have to continue to say this notion that somehow I can just change the laws unilaterally is just not true. We are doing everything we can administratively. But the fact of the matter is there are laws on the books that I have to enforce. And I think there's been a great disservice done to the cause of getting the DREAM Act passed and getting comprehensive immigration passed by perpetrating the notion that somehow, by myself, I can go and do these things. It's just not true." THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the...
  • Sen. Rand Paul Testifies on The FOCUS Act At The House Natural Resources Committee - 05/08/12

    05/09/2012 5:44:10 PM PDT · by Nachum · 5 replies
    Youtube ^ | 5/9/12 | Cspan
    Focus Act testimony of Rand Paul on the Gibson Guitar raid.
  • Is The New Photo ID Requirement For College Entrance Exams A Form Of Student Suppression?

    03/28/2012 9:40:49 AM PDT · by rhema · 34 replies
    CNS News ^ | March 28, 2012 | Bill Hobbs
    The companies that administer two key college entrance exams have adopted new measures arguably designed to decrease participation in the tests - and, ultimately, enrollment in colleges in university - by minority and elderly students. The two companies that administer the tests, the College Board and ACT Inc., which administer the SAT and ACT tests, have announced that students taking the tests will be required to present photo IDs. The new requirement is being called a "key security upgrade" and comes in response to an alleged cheating scandal in which students allegedly paid someone else to take the tests for...
  • Voting Rights Act under siege (RATS don't like 'intensifying conservative legal assault')

    02/19/2012 2:30:12 PM PST · by Libloather · 50 replies
    Politico ^ | 2/19/12 | JOSH GERSTEIN
    Voting Rights Act under siegeBy JOSH GERSTEIN | 2/19/12 7:06 AM EST In a political system where even the most trivial issues trigger partisan rancor, the Voting Rights Act has stood for several decades as a rare point of bipartisan consensus. Until now. An intensifying conservative legal assault on the Voting Rights Act could precipitate what many civil rights advocates regard as the nuclear option: a court ruling striking down one of the core elements of the landmark 1965 law guaranteeing African Americans and other minorities access to the ballot box. At the same time, the view that states should...
  • Stolen valor act @ it's worst!!! (Veterans Day fun?)

    11/15/2011 10:01:36 AM PST · by OL Hickory · 50 replies
    you tube ^ | nov 13 2011 | johnnyb34435
    Uploaded by johnnyb34435 on Nov 13, 2011 I decided to have the usual Place year fun whenever veterans day or memorial day comes around I dress up in my best military costume go to the bar and get all the drinks I want for absolutely nothing it seems that the American sheeple will buy anyone all the drinks they want as long as they feel that they're paying back for the so call freedom they never lost.
  • National Right To Carry Reciprocity Act. HR 822

    10/14/2011 3:29:32 PM PDT · by GunPkrBkr · 6 replies
    http://judiciary.house.gov/hearings/mark_10132011.html
  • GOP lawmakers seek answers from Sebelius regarding CLASS Act

    09/22/2011 9:08:08 AM PDT · by Nachum · 3 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 9/22/11 | Tina Korbe
    Last week, a report from a Republican working group revealed that administration officials, in the rush to pass Obamacare, ignored internal warnings from government experts about the fiscal sustainability of a long-term care insurance entitlement program included in the health reform law. Throughout the health care debate, officials within the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, as well as the Health and Human Services Department, repeatedly warned that the CLASS Act would be a fiscal disaster. Yet, the final version of Obamacare not only included the CLASS Act; it even counted CLASS as a cost-saving measure. Now, the Republicans behind...
  • Full Text of the American Jobs Act

    09/12/2011 4:58:43 PM PDT · by huskerdan · 24 replies
    I could not find a full text link anywhere on FR. If this has been posted already, please delete.
  • American Jobs Act Point By Point

    09/08/2011 7:47:58 PM PDT · by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! · 61 replies · 1+ views
    guardian.co.uk ^ | 9/8/2011 | guardian.co.uk
    Here is Obama's plan.I did a search looking for this and I am not kidding the American alphabet media were having thrills posting only news headlines and articles on how great it is. The UK paper posted it.It was embargoed until after his speech. Click below to read the PDF easier reading version. American Jobs Act
  • ACT Study: Scores show students aren’t ready for college (1 in 4 unprepared for higher education)

    08/17/2011 12:12:44 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 08/17/2011 | Ben Wolfgang
    For many students, getting a high school diploma doesn’t mark the end of a high school education. Three out of four graduates aren’t fully prepared for college and likely need to take at least one remedial class, according to the latest annual survey from the nonprofit testing organization ACT, which measured half of the nation’s high school seniors in English, math, reading and science proficiency. Only 25 percent cleared all of ACT’s college preparedness benchmarks, while 75 percent likely will spend part of their freshman year brushing up on high-school-level course work. The 2011 class is best prepared for college-level...
  • The Latest Health Care Court Case [from whitehouse.gov]

    08/12/2011 3:45:47 PM PDT · by upchuck · 17 replies
    The White House Blog ^ | August 12, 2011 | Stephanie Cutter
    There has been no shortage of court cases regarding the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act. Before today, four courts, including the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, examined the health reform law and found it constitutional. Today, a different court ruled against the Affordable Care Act’s individual responsibility provision. We strongly disagree with this decision and we are confident it will not stand. The individual responsibility provision – the main part of the law at issue in these cases – is constitutional. Those who claim this provision exceeds Congress’ power to regulate interstate commerce are incorrect. Individuals who choose to...
  • Redistricting maps roll out

    06/18/2011 7:35:18 AM PDT · by BelegStrongbow · 19 replies
    WRAL-TV ^ | 6/17/2011 | Laura Leslie
    The maps released this afternoon show “VRA” or “Voting Rights Act” districts – state House and Senate districts designed to have at least “50% plus one” minority population. VRAs are required by a 1965 federal statute aimed at guaranteeing legislative representation for minorities.
  • Cyber Combat: Act of War

    05/31/2011 4:25:05 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 3 replies
    WSJ ^ | 5/31/11 | SIOBHAN GORMAN And JULIAN E. BARNES
    Pentagon Sets Stage for U.S. to Respond to Computer Sabotage With Military ForceWASHINGTON—The Pentagon has concluded that computer sabotage coming from another country can constitute an act of war, a finding that for the first time opens the door for the U.S. to respond using traditional military force. The Pentagon's first formal cyber strategy, unclassified portions of which are expected to become public next month, represents an early attempt to grapple with a changing world in which a hacker could pose as significant a threat to U.S. nuclear reactors, subways or pipelines as a hostile country's military. In part, the...
  • Obama's disappearing act with the press

    05/19/2011 10:21:13 AM PDT · by Nachum · 8 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 5/19/11 | Rick Moran
    Don't look now but the last time President Obama allowed questions from the press was on April 5 during the budget battle. So far, the press doesn't seem to mind very much. They meekly accept the PR handouts offered by the White House press office and bombard press secretary Jay Carney with questions he couldn't possibly answer anyway. But some in the 4th Estate are noticing. President Obama today met King Abdullah of Jordan in the Oval Office -- statements, no questions. Still, it was better than last week's meeting with the NATO leader:
  • The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act: Public Sector Jobs Saved, Private Sector Jobs

    05/15/2011 8:59:36 PM PDT · by Nachum · 18 replies
    Econ.Ohio-State.edu ^ | May 12, 2011 | Timothy Conleyyand Bill Duporz
    This paper uses variation across states to estimate the number of jobs created/saved as a result of the spending component of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). The key sources of identi cation are ARRA highway funding and the intensity of state sales tax usage. We estimate the Act created/saved 450 thousand government-sector jobs and destroyed/forestalled one million private sector jobs. State and local government jobs were saved because ARRA funds were largely used to o set state revenue shortfalls and Medicaid increases (Fig. A) rather than boost private sector employment (e.g. Fig. B). The majority of destroyed/forestalled jobs were...
  • SFPD officers working with FBI...gather intelligence

    04/06/2011 3:12:30 PM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 4 replies
    San Francisco Examiner ^ | April 6, 2011 | Brent Begin
    A recently unearthed agreement between the FBI and the San Francisco Police Department allows city cops assigned to a task force designed to combat terrorist attacks to gather intelligence on individuals even if they aren’t suspected of a crime, according to groups that have been in a legal fight with the SFPD over the agreement for months. The Asian Law Caucus and the American Civil Liberties Union obtained a copy of the March 2007 agreement signed by then-Police Chief Heather Fong this week after filing a freedom of information request in November. Under a policy established in 1990, the SFPD...
  • Where can I find the 1,000 companies and unions given waivers from ObamaCare?

    03/07/2011 11:19:57 AM PST · by ReleaseTheHounds · 14 replies
    March 7, 2011 | ReleaseTheHounds (Vanity)
    VANITY: I tried doing a search to find the list of the 1,000+ companies/unions/etc. that have been granted waivers from the "Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act." Needless to say, it is not a featured link on the HHS.gov website. I'm sure there are some great Freeper sleuths who know where we should be able to find this -- Google and Bing don't seem to want to help. Maybe HHS doesn't want people to know who is being granted waivers... Maybe HHS doesn't want people asking the question. I think it should be a FAQ on the HHS website because...
  • EPA: Clean Air Act will save 230K lives and add $2 trillion to economy

    03/01/2011 11:26:49 AM PST · by Nachum · 78 replies
    The Hill ^ | 3/1/11 | Andrew Restuccia
    In 2020, the Clean Air Act will prevent 230,000 premature deaths and result in $2 trillion in economic benefits, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reported on Tuesday. The EPA report, required by law, assesses the costs and benefits of the 1990 Clean Air Act amendments, which overhauled the country’s premier air-pollution law and included restrictions on ozone and a range of toxic air pollutants. “The Clean Air Act’s decades-long track record of success has helped millions of Americans live healthier, safer and more productive lives,” EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson said in a statement.
  • Court orders Obama to act on drilling permits

    02/18/2011 1:21:14 PM PST · by Nachum · 35 replies
    CNN/Money ^ | 2/18/11 | Steve Hargreaves
    New York - A federal court ordered the Obama administration Thursday to act on five deep water drilling permits in the Gulf of Mexico within 30 days, calling the delays in issuing new decisions "unreasonable, unacceptable, and unjustified." In a case brought by the drilling company Ensco, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana Judge Martin Feldmen ruled that the four to nine months the company has waited for a decision on the permits it has a stake in is simply too long. (Snip) A spokeswoman for the agency said it is reviewing the court's decision.
  • Zions First National Bank of Utah Penalized under Bank Secrecy Act and USA Patriot Act

    02/11/2011 3:22:52 PM PST · by ExxonPatrolUs · 6 replies
    Office of the Comptroller of the Currency ^ | February 11, 2011 | Jennifer Kelly, Kevin M. Mukri
    #2011-009 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY COMPTROLLER OF THE CURRENCY In the Matter of: Zions First National Bank Salt Lake City, Utah AA-EC-11-04 CONSENT ORDER The Comptroller of the Currency of the United States of America ("Comptroller"), through his national bank examiners and other staff of the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency ("OCC"), conducted an examination of Zions First National Bank, Salt Lake City, Utah ("Bank"), specifically of the Bank's former foreign correspondent business, including its transactions with Casa de Cambio ("CDC") money service business customers located in Mexico. The OCC identified deficiencies in the...
  • Republicans block youth immigration bill (Completely Biased News)

    12/18/2010 12:36:10 PM PST · by VeniVidiVici · 31 replies
    crAP ^ | 12/18/10 | None
    Republicans block youth immigration bill AP WASHINGTON – Senate Republicans on Saturday doomed an effort that would have given hundreds of thousands of young illegal immigrants a path to legal status if they enrolled in college or joined the military. Sponsors of the Dream Act fell five votes short of the 60 they needed to break through largely GOP opposition and win its enactment before Republicans take over the House and narrow Democrats' majority in the Senate next month.
  • Reid: “DREAM Act Is Not a Symbolic Vote,” Will Return This Year

    12/12/2010 11:24:05 AM PST · by ChicagoConservative27 · 27 replies
    The DREAM Act got a last-minute reprieve on the Senate floor last night as Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid pulled the bill and gave its advocates more time to whip up the votes it still needs to break a Republican filibuster. The moment involved a bit of the Senate’s signature procedural drama. A motion to end debate—which requires 60 votes that haven’t yet materialized—was scheduled to take place just hours after the House made history Wednesday night, passing the decade-old DREAM Act for the first time in either chamber. But 15 minutes after the 11 a.m. “cloture” vote was supposed...
  • Senate Democrats cancel vote on DREAM Act

    12/09/2010 10:24:45 AM PST · by jessduntno · 58 replies
    Email News | 5 Mins Ago | CNN
    CNN -- Senate Democrats cancel vote on DREAM Act, meaning the immigration measure is likely dead for the year.
  • Pelosi Equates DREAM Act To Founding Fathers Winning Independence

    12/08/2010 8:15:36 PM PST · by ChicagoConservative27 · 42 replies
    Outgoing Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi says the DREAM Act represents the new "American dream." "In coming here, these new comers, from that time a couple hundred years ago and to this day, by coming with that optimism and hope and commitment to a better future for the next generation, they made America more American. So tonight, we have an opportunity to identify with the aspirations of our founders," Pelosi said on the House floor prior to the vote.
  • White House Steps up DREAM Pressure; Focuses on Key Republican Senators

    12/05/2010 8:04:40 AM PST · by ChicagoConservative27 · 22 replies
    The White House is reaching out to fence-sitting Republican Senators trying to earn their vote on the DREAM Act. A new report from the National Journal says that members of the President's cabinet are targeting Sens. Collins and Snowe from Maine, Sen. LeMieux of Florida, and Sen. Hutchison of Texas. Call the Capitol Switchboard NOW and urge these Senators and your Members of Congress to oppose the DREAM Act Amnesty -- 202-224-3121.
  • Reid promises DREAM Act vote in lame duck

    10/31/2010 11:22:05 AM PDT · by Nachum · 25 replies
    The Hill [Washington, DC] ^ | 10/31/10 | Bridget Johnson
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) vowed on Spanish-language television to bring the DREAM Act back for a vote in the lame-duck session. On the Univision program "Al Punto," Reid was repeatedly hammered by host Jorge Ramos on whether the vote would happen, win or lose on Tuesday. "The answer is yes," Reid said. (Snip) Of the lack of Republican support he's received on the DREAM Act or comprehensive immigration reform, Reid said, "They want to keep talking about this issue, and I say it's demagoguery in its worst fashion and is unfair to the Hispanic community."
  • Reid: DREAM Act vote after midterms (more RAT lame duck damage)

    10/29/2010 4:18:09 PM PDT · by Libloather · 34 replies
    Politico ^ | 10/29/10 | SIMMI AUJLA
    Reid: DREAM Act vote after midtermsBy SIMMI AUJLA | 10/29/10 6:39 PM EDT Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) is promising a vote on immigration legislation in the lame-duck session after the Nov. 2 midterms. He told Univision's Jorge Ramos in an interview scheduled to air Sunday morning on the network's "Al Punto" show that he will bring the bill to the floor during the session. Ramos wrote on Twitter that “Harry Reid told me that, win or lose, he will present again the Dream Act in the Senate after the elections.” The DREAM act would allow students in the...
  • Discovery Channel Celebrates Child Hanging Eco-Ad

    10/06/2010 1:57:17 PM PDT · by blog.Eyeblast.tv · 5 replies
    It’s been less than a week and we have another example of violent imagery involving children from leftist environmentalists. This time its from a newly resurfaced slide show over at Treehugger.com (h/t Adam Baldwin), which is owned by Discovery, that rates environmental ads by how cool they are. Apparently hanging children is cool:
  • Environmentalist Wackos Depict Child in Noose, Ready to Die if Icecaps Melt

    10/06/2010 2:01:05 PM PDT · by rightistight · 20 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 10/6/10 | Aurelius
    You would think that after the awful and failed commercial that liberal environmentalists released recently, that they would have learned their lesson about advertising the death of children... Here is a new ad by ACT, an environmental group that pleads with people to cut their carbon and green house emissions:
  • Girl, 15, aces ACT on first try

    09/15/2010 2:53:28 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 32 replies
    woodtv ^ | 15 Sep 2010
    JENKS, Okla. (CNN/KOTV) - It was supposed to be just a practice. But an Oklahoma high school freshman managed to ace one the nation's toughest exams on her first try. Jolee Potts, only 15 years old, earned a perfect score on the ACT. "I just took it as practice my freshman year and I figured I'd take it again junior or senior year, so... I don't have to now," said Potts. Her freshman schedule is packed with four AP classes, Latin and orchestra where she plays the viola. She also makes award-winning documentaries. Potts says going into her first college...
  • FDIC's New Power to Dissolve Companies Raises Concerns

    09/06/2010 8:58:42 PM PDT · by Rabin · 19 replies
    The National Law Journal ^ | September 07, 2010 | Jenna Greene
    FDIC's expanded authority is part of the 2,300-page Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act signed into law on July 21. The new regime for dissolving megacompanies -- one with almost no judicial oversight and in which creditors' rights are few. A company has essentially no choice about the FDIC taking over as receiver. "It may be difficult to try to draw a box around what that is," said Renée Dailey
  • ACT scores dip, but more students college-ready

    08/18/2010 5:42:19 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 18 replies
    Associated Press ^ | August 18, 2010 | ERIC GORSKI
    Average scores on the ACT college entrance exam inched downward this year, yet slightly more students who took the test proved to be prepared for college, according to a report released Wednesday. The findings sound contradictory. But the exam's authors point to a growing and more diverse group of test-takers — many are likely scoring lower overall, but more are also meeting benchmarks used to measure college readiness. Last spring's high-school seniors averaged a composite score of 21.0 on the test's scale of 1 to 36, down slightly from 21.1 last year and the lowest score of the last five...
  • (Exposing the real Imam) Feisal Abdul Rauf -An investigative report prepared for ACT! for America

    08/17/2010 9:10:06 AM PDT · by Nachum · 2 replies · 1+ views
    ACT! for america ^ | 8/17/10 | Alyssa Lappen
    Feisal Abdul Rauf, born in Kuwait in 1948, boasts of his issue from an “Egyptian family steeped in religious scholarship.” 1 He presents himself as a Muslim moderate.2 Yet Feisal Rauf's Muslim Brotherhood provenance, radical by definition, is as authentic as it gets. Evidence of family, and direct Rauf Muslim Brotherhood connections * Rauf's father Dr. Muhammad Abdul Rauf (1917-2004), was an Egyptian contemporary of Muslim Brotherhood (MB) founder Hassan al-Banna. * Rauf's father studied and taught at Islam's closest equivalent to the Vatican --- Al-Azhar University --- beside Hassan al-Banna, perpetuating the pious family tradition of radicalism. * In...
  • Jones Act: Someone Is Lying About Gulf Oil Spill

    07/02/2010 5:27:59 AM PDT · by publiusF27 · 22 replies
    Deepwater Horizon Response ^ | June 25, 2010 | Admiral Allen
    Q: Sir, about the Jones Act, has this been waived? And if so, where are the foreign vessels? ADMIRAL ALLEN: Oh, there are a lot of foreign vessels operating offshore, Carol. The Jones Act—we have had no request for Jones Act waivers. If the vessels are operating outside state waters, which is three miles and beyond, they don't require a waiver. All that we require is an Affirmation of Reciprocity, so if there ever was a spill in those countries and we want to send skimming equipment, that we would be allowed to do that, as well, and that hasn't...
  • In Washington, 'Disclose' Means Stifle

    06/29/2010 5:59:56 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies · 2+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | June 29, 2010 | Debra J. Saunders
    Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed HR5175, also known as the Disclose Act, by a 219-206 vote. "Disclose," you see, is an acronym for "Democracy Is Strengthened by Casting Light on Spending in Elections." The measure's author, Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., also happens to chair the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee -- so you know that the bill has nothing to do with helping Democrats retain their seats. (Just kidding.) Two Republicans voted for the measure; 36 Democrats voted against it. The bill now goes to the Senate, where it deserves to molder. This bill may have passed...
  • Labor Unions and Jones Act Continue to Block Oil Spill Cleanup

    06/12/2010 8:55:08 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 14 replies · 535+ views
    Flopping Aces ^ | 06-11-10 | Mike's America
    Day 53 of the Gulf oil disaster and no end in sight!On Day 52, I asked: "Does Obama Care More About Protecting Unions Than Cleaning Up Oil Spill? Why hasn't he accepted cleanup help from friends overseas?" Today, we have another report on the Jones Act. Pay special attention to the words of James Carafano from the Heritage Foundation: [VIDEO AT SITE] Jones Act Slowing Oil Spill Cleanup? by: Brian Wilson Fox News June 10, 2010 ...After 50 plus days of oil flowing freely into the gulf, the question could be asked: Why do effective and proven foreign clean up...
  • Obama White House cavalier toward technology policies aimed at preventing abuses of Presidential

    06/11/2010 8:50:45 AM PDT · by Nachum · 5 replies · 397+ views
    the daily caller ^ | 6/11/10 | Jonathan Strong
    When the administration slapped the wrist of one of its top technology officials this spring for violating Barack Obama’s ethics pledge, a spokesman claimed the breaches were isolated incidents. But a Daily Caller investigation reveals a cavalier attitude at the Obama White House toward longstanding safeguards designed to prevent abuses of the Presidential Records Act and other laws – including acts that carry serious legal implications. Two sources say a top White House technology official, Chief Information Officer Brook Colangelo, routinely asked technology vendors for special deals based on his position as a public official.
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    05/21/2010 1:32:31 PM PDT · by Starman417 · 5 replies · 678+ views
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