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  • Senate moves forward on sportsmen bill

    07/07/2014 5:19:28 PM PDT · by Second Amendment First · 9 replies
    Politico ^ | July 7, 2014 | SEUNG MIN KIM
    The Senate overwhelmingly advanced a bipartisan hunting and fishing bill on Monday – but not before facing objections from liberals who criticized the chamber for failing to act on gun-control measures. Senators voted 82-12 Monday evening to move forward on the sportsmen’s legislation, which would boost hunters and anglers through an array of provisions such as helping to build shooting ranges and loosening federal regulations on lead fishing tackle and bullets. The package is a political boon to the host of red-state Democrats up for reelection this year including the bill’s chief Democratic sponsor, North Carolina Sen. Kay Hagan. Sen....
  • The 10 most corrupt states in the U.S.

    07/05/2014 7:59:38 PM PDT · by deport · 102 replies
    Fortune.com ^ | June 10, 2014 | Chris Matthews
    New research takes a look at decades of corruption convictions to find the crookedest states in the union. When we think of government corruption (as one tends to do), our biased minds often gravitate to thoughts of military juntas and third world governments. But, of course, corruption is everywhere, in one form or another. And it’s costing U.S. citizens big time. A new study from researchers at the University of Hong Kong and Indiana University estimates that corruption on the state level is costing Americans in the 10 most corrupt states an average of $1,308 per year, or 5.2% of...
  • Does Joe Miller Have Any Hope of Making Up Ground in Alaska Senate Race?

    07/05/2014 7:04:58 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 07/05/2014 | Rod Kackley
    Someone forgot to tell Joe Miller the party’s over, the Alaska GOP Senate primary has already been decided. Miller hasn’t noticed the lights are being turned out, the last of the balloons have fallen from the ceiling and the confetti is being swept up. He’s still partying like there is more than a month to go before Republicans decide Aug. 19 who will run against Sen. Mark Begich (D) in November. Maybe Miller is just having too much fun picking up endorsements from conservatives who also missed the “this party’s over” email, and poking fun at Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell,...
  • PEOPLING OF THE AMERICAS: Late Date for Siberian Site Challenges Bering Pathway

    07/25/2003 6:40:03 PM PDT · by Lessismore · 33 replies · 4,547+ views
    Science Magazine ^ | 2003-07-25 | Richard Stone
    As elusive as the Cheshire Cat, the first people to arrive in the Americas have tended to appear and vanish with each new twist in the archaeological record. The latest disappearing act may be taking place on page 501, where new evidence, some claim, casts another shadow over a once-cherished idea: that Asian big-game hunters crossed the Bering Land Bridge to give rise to the Clovis people, who were considered the first Americans. New dates show that a crucial Siberian site, thought to be a way station along the Bering road, wasn't occupied until after the Clovis had begun killing...
  • Discovery casts doubt on Bering land bridge theory

    08/04/2003 12:50:12 PM PDT · by NukeMan · 55 replies · 4,044+ views
    Contra Costa Times ^ | July 30, 2003 | Allison Heinrichs
    <p>An archaeological site in Siberia, long thought to be the original jumping-off point for crossing the Bering land bridge into North America, is actually much younger than previously believed, shaking the theory that the first Americans migrated overland during the final cold snap of the last great ice age.</p>
  • Russia plans tunnel to link Siberia and Alaska

    04/19/2007 2:10:24 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 24 replies · 981+ views
    International Press Tribune ^ | April 18, 2007 | Andrew E. Kramer
    Russia introduced a plan Wednesday to build a tunnel between Siberia and Alaska under the Bering Strait, saying the $65 billion project could be used to export Russian oil, natural gas and electricity to the United States. While two officials at the Ministry of Economy endorsed the idea, they made clear that the Russian government had not signed off on it, other than to agree to a study on how to bridge the 93 kilometers, or 58 miles, of icy water that divides the Eastern and Western Hemispheres at their closest point. Plans for a land link over the strait...
  • The 15 Most Annoying Expressions in Politics

    06/28/2014 7:43:39 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 75 replies
    RCP ^ | 06/28/2014 | Carl M. Cannon
    Irritating phrases and words are not confined to political circles, or solely to Washington, although here in the nation’s capital they burrow in and proliferate like obsolete, but entrenched, government programs. This is a call to arms to fight them—but only metaphorically.15: “WAR ON [FILL IN THE BLANK]” Syria’s civil war has produced 2.5 million refugees and a death toll of 160,000, a tragedy that has galvanized neither major political party into action. So next time a Democrat brays about the so-called Republican “war on women” or a Republican trumpets the Obama administration’s “war on coal,” tell them you’ve...
  • Inside the jealous feud between the Obamas and ‘Hildebeest’ Clintons

    06/21/2014 4:05:20 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 42 replies
    NY Post ^ | 06/21/2014 | Edward Klein
    Outwardly, they put on a show of unity — but privately, the Obamas and Clintons, the two power couples of the Democrat Party, loathe each other. “I hate that man Obama more than any man I’ve ever met, more than any man who ever lived,” Bill Clinton said to friends on one occasion, adding he would never forgive Obama for suggesting he was a racist during the 2008 campaign. The feeling is mutual. Obama made ­excuses not to talk to Bill, while the first lady privately sniped about Hillary.
  • EPA: Some of Our Emails Have Been Lost as Well

    06/25/2014 1:35:12 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 31 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 25, 2014 | Daniel Doherty
    Apparently this wasn’t just an isolated innocent: a second federal agency is also having trouble finding emails that a congressional committee is demanding in order to fulfill its oversight responsibilities: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the IRS share a problem: officials say they cannot provide the emails a congressional committee has requested because an employee’s hard drive crashed. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy confirmed to the House Oversight Committee Wednesday that her staff is unable to provide lawmakers all of the documents they have requested on the proposed Pebble Mine in Alaska, because of a 2010 computer crash. “We’re having...
  • Scientists ask Obama to protect old growth forest

    06/25/2014 10:25:24 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 23 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | June 25, 2014
    ANCHORAGE, Alaska — More than 75 scientists are appealing to President Barack Obama to create a policy for preserving old-growth forest. The U.S. and Canadian scientists sent a letter to the president on Wednesday urging the U.S. Forest Service to draw up plans to conserve ecosystems distinguished by old trees, accumulations of dead woody material and diversity of plant life. Most are found in the Pacific Northwest or Southeast Alaska. The scientists urge Obama to manage old-growth forest for conservation instead of timber production.
  • Court asked to speed up Canada lynx recovery work ((UN Agenda 21 )

    06/25/2014 7:24:38 AM PDT · by george76 · 14 replies
    ap ^ | June 24, 2014 | MATTHEW BROWN,
    Wildlife advocates want a federal judge to order faster action on a recovery plan for imperiled Canada lynx. ... Officials also say that lynx face a relatively low degree of threat compared to other protected species. The Fish and Wildlife Service was forced to come up with a timeline on the recovery document when Molloy last month expressed frustration with the government's progress. The judge said the "stutter-step" approach by federal officials necessitated court intervention. The lawsuit pending before Molloy was brought by Friends of the Wild Swan, Rocky Mountain Wild, Biodiversity Conservation Alliance and the San Juan Citizens Alliance....
  • USGS Scientist Says Alaska, New Zealand Quakes Might Be Linked

    06/24/2014 5:37:29 AM PDT · by rktman · 30 replies
    sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com ^ | 6/23/2014 | unknown
    With massive quakes striking off the Alaskan and New Zealand coast Monday, a scientist with the U.S. Geological Survey said he is weighing the possibilities that the two might be connected.
  • Tsunami Advisory, Issued After 7.9 Alaska Earthquake, Is Canceled

    06/23/2014 6:11:42 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    A tsunami warning in effect for the coastal areas of Alaska after a 7.9 magnitude earthquake was downgraded to an advisory and then canceled altogether Monday afternoon. Tsunami waves in the Alaskan cities of Unalaska and Saint Paul were expected to be less than a foot tall, the the National Weather Service advisory said. Small waves have already reached other locations in Alaska and none were higher than 0.6 feet, it said. 8.0 Alaska earthquake in Alaska poses no threat for Pacific Coast Soon after the warning was issued, people headed for higher ground in Adak, Alaska, because water was...
  • 8.0 Earthquake Off of Alaska-Local Tsunami warning

    06/23/2014 2:33:34 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 70 replies
    Pacific Tsunami Center ^ | 6-28-2014 | TCRLAF
    TSUNAMI INFORMATION STATEMENT NUMBER 2 NWS PACIFIC TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER EWA BEACH HI 1127 AM HST MON JUN 23 2014 THE EARTHQUAKE MAGNITUDE IS INCREASED FROM 7.1 TO 8.0 IN THIS STATEMENT. DUE THE THE DEPTH OF THE EARTHQUAKE THERE CONTINUES TO BE NO TSUNAMI THREAT TO HAWAII. TO - CIVIL DEFENSE IN THE STATE OF HAWAII SUBJECT - TSUNAMI INFORMATION STATEMENT THIS STATEMENT IS FOR INFORMATION ONLY. NO ACTION REQUIRED. AN EARTHQUAKE HAS OCCURRED WITH THESE PRELIMINARY PARAMETERS ORIGIN TIME - 1053 AM HST 23 JUN 2014 COORDINATES - 51.8 NORTH 178.8 EAST LOCATION - RAT ISLANDS ALEUTIAN ISLANDS...
  • Local tsunami warning issued after quake hits off Alaska's Aleutian Islands

    06/23/2014 3:07:04 PM PDT · by Renfield · 6 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 6-23-2014
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A local tsunami warning was issued after an 8.0 magnitude earthquake struck in the Pacific Ocean west of Alaska's Aleutian Islands on Monday, the U.S. Geological Survey and the National Tsunami Warning Center said. The warning covered coastal areas of Alaska from Nikolski to Attu, the center said, adding the level of tsunami danger was being evaluated for other U.S. and Canadian Pacific coasts....
  • Fresh young Alaska candidate challenges (Don) Young (R)

    06/22/2014 7:38:16 AM PDT · by holymoly · 12 replies
    Seward City News ^ | June 21, 2014 | Heidi Zemach
    Before you sigh and repeat the worn old mantra that Alaska’s lone Congressman Don Young, its longest serving republican is unbeatable in this state, don’t discount the potential power of this energetic, smart, savvy young man with considerable Alaska credentials going for him. Forrest Dunbar, a 29-year-old attorney who calls Cordova home, is running as on the democratic ticket to unseat longtime U.S. Rep. Don Young (R) in the November 4th General Election. Dunbar, who has the endorsement of the state’s Democratic Party, introduced himself to local residents at the Resurrect Arts Coffee Shop and Gallery in Seward Thursday, June...
  • Congressman Yucks It Up On House Floor Amid Naming Of Post Office For Fallen Soldier

    06/21/2014 11:25:21 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 115 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | june 18, 2014 | betsy rothstein
    On Tuesday, The Daily Caller‘s Mirror blog reported that Alaskan Republican Rep. Don Young was clowning around on the House floor during the naming of a post office. He stuck his fingers in his ears and made funny faces, much like Fred Flintstone and Barney Rubble on The Flintstones. Post office namings, as you might imagine, are not terribly exciting legislative moments in Washington. But this one actually meant something. Rep. Scott Garrett (R-N.J.) sponsored the bill to honor a fallen solder.
  • Campaign Contributions Ensnare Udall in IRS’s Missing Emails Scandal ( Colorado )

    06/21/2014 8:11:00 AM PDT · by george76 · 17 replies
    Colorado Observer. ^ | June 19, 2014 | Audrey Hudson
    Top GOP officials are concerned that missing among the IRS’s internal emails are communications with Sen. Mark Udall and a dozen other Democrats who received campaign contributions from the federal agency’s union. The National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) first issued Freedom of Information Act requests to the IRS last year seeking all electronic and written documents between top officials there and the Democrats who received the campaign funding, but the attempts have been repeatedly stonewalled. Udall has accepted $13,000 in donations from the National Treasury Employees Union that represents IRS employees ... This is just another instance of Mark Udall...
  • Reporter: Editor Buried Story on Hillary Defending Child Rapist Because 'It Might Have an Impact'

    06/20/2014 11:18:16 AM PDT · by george76 · 9 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | 16 Jun 2014 | Tony Lee
    mainstream media reporter Glenn Thrush revealed that a former editor of his at Newsday in 2008 delayed and buried his story on Hillary Clinton's defense of a child rapist because "it might have an impact." When Thrush wrote the story on February 24, 2008, Clinton was battling Barack Obama for the Democratic presidential nomination. The more things change, the more they stay the same. ... Newsweek had killed the story to protect its ally Clinton in the White House. ... Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, who has pioneered the use of social media to further level the playing field, said,...
  • The Bakken gets bigger - likely a LOT bigger

    06/19/2014 12:56:00 PM PDT · by george76 · 49 replies
    Oil Voice ^ | June 13, 2014 | Keith Schaefer
    Crescent Point’s Torquay Discovery Reignites Southeast Saskatchewan. Just when you thought The Bakken couldn’t get any better—it does. Oil producers are now “cracking the code” on the Torquay, or Three Forks formation below the Bakken, and coming up with incredible economics—these wells are paying back in only seven months. This news has completely re-invigorated the Canadian side of the Bakken. And on the US side, the Three Forks is causing industry to leap-frog estimates of the amount of recoverable oil available–by about 57%! It’s hard to imagine that the #1 oil play in all of North America could have such...
  • Eni achieves 25 thousand barrels per day production milestone at Nikaitchuq oil field in Alaska

    06/19/2014 2:23:52 PM PDT · by george76 · 3 replies
    Oil Voice ^ | June 19, 2014
    Eni has achieved the important production goal of 25,000 barrels of oil per day at the Nikaitchuq field, in which the company is operator with a 100% interest. The field, located offshore the North Slope of Alaska in a water depth of 3 meters, holds reserves estimated at 200 million barrels of crude oil. Nikaitchuq production, which began in January 2011, is the first operated by Eni in the Arctic. Development of Nikaitchuq includes the drilling of wells and the construction of facilities both on land and on an artificial island built by Eni in the Beaufort Sea. The location's...
  • Military identifies 17 killed in 1952 Alaska crash

    06/18/2014 7:57:49 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 9 replies
    Fairbanks Daily News-Miner ^ | June 18, 2014 | N/A
    ANCHORAGE, Alaska - The remains of about a third of the service members who died when their military transport plane crashed into an Alaska mountain and then was buried for decades in glacier ice have been identified, military officials said Wednesday. The Department of Defense released the identities of 17 people onboard the C-124 Globemaster, which crashed in 1952, and said the remains will be returned to their families for burial with full military honors. The first believed burial is planned Saturday in Caney, Kansas, for Army Pvt. Leonard A. Kittle, said Tonja Anderson-Dell, a Tampa, Florida, woman who has...
  • Opposition to Common Core becoming cornerstone of many campaigns

    06/15/2014 11:48:18 PM PDT · by george76 · 6 replies
    Washington Times ^ | June 15, 2014 | Nikki Krug
    From school board races to Senate primaries, the education reform package known as Common Core is proving uncommonly divisive this campaign season, popping up as an issue in primary elections all over the country. Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, a Republican, cites opposition to Common Core as a key reason for her endorsement of state Rep. Chris McDaniel over incumbent Sen. Thad Cochran in Mississippi’s hotly contested Republican Senate primary. Former Oklahoma state House Speaker T.W. Shannon, a Republican, says Obama administration pressure on states to adopt Common Core “is a prime example of why I’m running for the Senate.”
  • Protege of Sarah Palin and Condi Rice guns for Senate seat in Alaska

    06/15/2014 12:33:53 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Yahoo! News / ABC News' Power Players blog ^ | June 10, 2014 | Shushannah Walshe, Devin Dwyer, Richard Coolidge, and Jordyn Phelps
    Power Players He once worked for Sarah Palin and has been dubbed a “protégé” of Condoleezza Rice. Now Dan Sullivan is fighting to become a high-profile conservative brand name of his own, trying to unseat Democratic Sen. Mark Begich of Alaska in one of the most closely watched political races of the year. Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin appointed Sullivan attorney general in 2009. Before that he worked within President George W. Bush’s inner circle as a senior adviser to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. Now, Sullivan has the task of convincing GOP primary voters that he is Alaskan enough,...
  • Ex-EPA official goes off the grid, dodges lawmakers' inquiry into Alaska mine project

    06/12/2014 2:52:43 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 13 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 12, 2014 | Barnini Chakraborty
    A former EPA official tied to a controversy over allegations of federal overreach at an Alaska mine project has mysteriously gone off the grid, sources tell FoxNews.com, complicating lawmakers' efforts to question him. Emails from Phillip North, a now-retired Environmental Protection Agency employee, recently surfaced that seem to show the Alaska-based biologist tried to get the Pebble Mine project killed as far back as 2008. Those emails -- and memos indicating government officials worked early on with tribal leaders and environmental groups to oppose the venture -- raised questions about the agency's claims that when it ultimately vetoed the gold-and-copper...
  • Sarah Palin sounds off on Eric Cantor’s loss

    06/12/2014 2:39:23 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 60 replies
    Fox News ^ | Jun. 11, 2014 - 7:04 | Fox News
    Former vice presidential candidate discusses the state of the GOP
  • Russian Bombers Fly Within 50 Miles of California Coast

    06/11/2014 7:05:23 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 60 replies
    freebeacon.com ^ | June 11, 2014 | Bill Gertz
    Four Russian strategic bombers triggered U.S. air defense systems while conducting practice bombing runs near Alaska this week, with two of the Tu-95 Bear H aircraft coming within 50 miles of the California coast, the North American Aerospace Defense Command (Norad) confirmed Wednesday.  “The last time we saw anything similar was two years ago on the Fourth of July,” Navy Capt. Jeff Davis, a Norad spokesman, told the Free Beacon. Davis said the latest Bear H incursions began Monday around 4:30 p.m. Pacific time when radar detected the four turbo-prop powered bombers approaching the U.S. air defense zone near the far...
  • Article V Constitution: Mount Vernon Assembly [Live Web Stream Now! Today (6-12) & Tomorrow]

    The Mount Vernon Assembly – Indianapolis FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Skip Brown skip.brown@iga.in.gov 317-232-9521 The Mount Vernon Assembly to Meet at Indiana Statehouse June 12 and 13 INDIANAPOLIS (June 9, 2014) – More than 100 state legislators representing 33 states will meet at the Indiana Statehouse in Indianapolis on June 12 and 13 to continue establishing the rules and procedures needed for a future state-led convention for proposing amendments to the U.S. Constitution, as authorized by Article V of the Constitution. The meeting is a continuation of efforts that began in December 2013 at George Washington’s historic Mount Vernon estate...
  • Big Oil on a spending spree in Alaska – for now

    06/02/2014 5:00:42 AM PDT · by thackney · 3 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | June 1, 2014 | FuelFix.com
    Energy company investments in Alaska could reverse declining oil production in the state. Firms are planning the largest energy project in the state’s history along with a series of moves to rejuvenate Alaska’s biggest oil fields. That is unless, the companies are saying, voters in the state in August dismantle a new oil tax regime that Houston-based ConocoPhillips and others say makes Alaska far more attractive than it was under higher levies imposed in 2007. In a story at HoustonChronicle.com, FuelFix reporter Collin Eaton takes a look at the energy projects that area planned and issues surrounding the tax vote.
  • 45 senators, including vulnerable Dems, are asking the EPA to delay incoming emissions regulations

    05/23/2014 6:48:36 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/23/2014 | Erika Johnsen
    It’s only a small matter of time until the Obama administration finally, rapturously releases what its hopes will be the crown jewel of its rise-of-the-oceans-slowing climate-change agenda: Regulations capping the emissions from existing power plants, a.k.a., stamping out coal plants across the country. This set of regs is going to be even more complicated and controversial than the regulations for only new power plants the administration released last year, and as the AP obliquely explains, we’re likely to start seeing those “necessarily skyrocketing” energy prices Obama once mentioned pretty quickly here: Electricity prices are probably on their way up...
  • Rand Paul tops 2014 campaigns’ wish list

    05/19/2014 2:59:16 PM PDT · by Resettozero · 8 replies
    Politico ^ | May 18, 2014 | Elizabeth Titus
    Challengers see themselves in the Texas senator, even in races where their odds of an upset are considered steeper than Cruz’s surprise victory over a GOP establishment figure two years ago. He’s made endorsements in the Oklahoma and Nebraska Senate races, plus the Nebraska gubernatorial race, and sent almost $26,000 to federal candidates through his leadership PAC. “Ted Cruz would be extremely helpful as an endorser and a fundraiser,” said C. Edmund Wright, a consultant to longshot South Carolina Senate hopeful Lee Bright, in an email. “Rand Paul and Mike Lee would be great also.” But, he said, “the reason...
  • Drones give energy companies high hopes for safer work

    In the Alaskan tundra, inspecting a pipeline isn’t easy. Most pipelines don’t follow what few roads are there, so trucks often aren’t an option. And using low-flying airplanes can be unsafe to pilots in snowy, windy weather. Now, though, the emergence of sophisticated, pilotless aircraft is presenting energy companies with another possibility for keeping an eye on operations in the Arctic and other harsh environments where they often work. Unmanned aerial vehicles flying over pipelines while outfitted with special sensors could detect leaks quickly. And that’s not the only potential application. Energy companies are testing drones to inspect hard-to-reach spaces...
  • Alaska Voters Hold the Key to the North Slope

    05/16/2014 10:07:09 AM PDT · by thackney · 9 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | May 16, 2014 | Brigham McCown
    As political shenanigans continue to delay approval of the Keystone XL pipeline, Alaskan voters hold the key to avoiding a similar fate for what could be North America’s largest pipeline project. At an estimated cost of at least $45 billion, the Alaskan LNG natural gas pipeline project will deliver jobs and provide a boost to the economy in towns and villages all along the 800-mile route stretching from the North Slope to the Kenai Peninsula. After decades of talking about how to tap into the vast gas resources on Alaska’s North Slope, this project is poised to make that reality....
  • Liberal PPP: Begich leads Sullivan by 5 pts in Alaska

    05/14/2014 7:30:09 AM PDT · by ghost of stonewall jackson · 20 replies
    PPP ^ | 5/13/14 | Tom Jensen
    Democratic Sen. Mark Begich leads all of his GOP rivals, according to a new PPP poll; he leads Dan Sullivan, 42 percent to 37 percent; Mead Treadwell, 41 percent to 33 percent; and Joe Miller, 43 percent to 27 percent. Within the GOP primary race, Sullivan leads his rivals with 40 percent supporting him. Treadwell comes in second with 26 percent followed by Miller with 14 percent
  • Sullivan expands advantage in GOP primary, Begich holds small leads

    05/13/2014 4:19:52 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 8 replies
    PPP's newest Alaska poll finds the Republican primary for Senate becoming increasingly less competitive. Dan Sullivan is now out to a 14 point lead with 40% to 26% for Mead Treadwell, 14% for Joe Miller, and 3% for John Jaramillo. The race has been moving more and more in Sullivan's direction in our polling over the last nine months. In July Treadwell led Sullivan 33/25. Since then Sullivan's support has moved from that 25% mark last summer to 30% in February and now 40%. Meanwhile Treadwell dropped from 33% in July to 25% in February and is now pretty much...
  • Is Joni Ernst the Proven Conservative Her TV Ads Make Her Out to Be?

    05/08/2014 1:27:06 AM PDT · by iowamark · 5 replies
    The Iowa Republican ^ | May 7 2014 | Craig Robinson
    Is it possible to be the anti-establishment candidate in a Republican primary for the U.S. Senate and be the choice of the Republican establishment in your state at the same time? By definition, this would seem impossible. Yet, State Senator Joni Ernst has managed to be the establishment backed, anti-establishment candidate in Iowa’s Republican U.S. Senate primary. Iowa’s Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds was an early endorser of Ernst’s campaign, and Governor Terry Branstad has reportedly been helpful behind the scenes, especially in the fundraising department. Ernst has also been backed by national Republican establishment figures like Mitt Romney, Sen. John...
  • Internal Memos Reveal EPA Worked Behind The Scenes To Kill Alaska Mine Project

    05/01/2014 5:51:42 PM PDT · by blam · 27 replies
    Fox News ^ | 5-1-2014 | Fox News
    <p>WASHINGTON – The Environmental Protection Agency came under fire Thursday after new emails surfaced that allegedly show government officials worked in secret with tribal leaders and other environmental groups to preemptively oppose the controversial Pebble Mine project in Alaska before a review was even conducted.</p>
  • Charge: Alaska man, 19, shot troopers from behind

    05/04/2014 11:58:35 AM PDT · by skeptoid · 64 replies
    Anchorage Daily News ^ | May 4, 2014 | RACHEL D'ORO
    As two state troopers struggled to arrest his father, a 19-year-old man armed himself with an assault rifle and shot them seven times, killing them outside his home in a remote Alaska village, authorities said in charges filed Saturday.
  • 19-year-old arrested for killing two troopers in Tanana; 2nd man charged after standoff

    05/02/2014 4:10:08 PM PDT · by KeyLargo · 4 replies
    Anchorage Daily News | May 2, 2014 | SUZANNA CALDWELL and TEGAN HANLON
    19-year-old arrested for killing two troopers in Tanana; 2nd man charged after standoff By SUZANNA CALDWELL and TEGAN HANLON Alaska Dispatch / Anchorage Daily News May 2, 2014 UPDATE 10:30 AM FRIDAY: The Alaska State Troopers say they have taken two men into custody in connection with the shooting deaths of two troopers in Tanana on Thursday. Nathanial Lee Kangas, 19, of Tanana was arrested Thursday for the murders of Sgt. Patrick "Scott" Johnson and Trooper Gabriel "Gabe" Rich, according to a troopers release issued Friday morning. Formal charges are being prepared by the troopers with the help of the...
  • Two Alaska State Troopers killed in Tanana

    05/01/2014 8:06:19 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 30 replies
    Fairbanks Daily News-Miner ^ | May 1, 2014 | Sam Friedman
    FAIRBANKS—Two Alaska State Troopers were killed in Tanana today, according to a troopers news release. One person has been detained in association with the killings. The troopers were in the community following up on a report of someone brandishing a firearm the night before. The circumstances surrounding the deaths is unknown. The trooper news release did not indicate whether gunfire was involved. The Alaska Bureau of Investigation is responding to Tanana to investigate. Troopers are in the process of contacting next of kin of the slain troopers. Shots were fired somewhere in town at 3 p.m., according to resident and...
  • The Sarah Palin Who Might Have Been (Attack of the faux Christian Paleoconservatives)

    05/01/2014 2:13:08 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies
    The American Conservative ^ | May 1, 2014 | Rod Dreher
    Reader Richard sends this comment: I remember corresponding with you when John McCain tapped her as his choice for nominee for Vice-President. As a former Alaskan, I never saw her as the second coming, but like many people (and – I will quickly add – unlike many others)I found the potential story playing itself out of “Mrs. Palin Goes to Washington” to be very appealing. The person whom I had met a couple of times to spend time with in conversation (Alaska being a one-degree-of-separation state) was engaging, grounded, attentive to others and someone who had clearly and sincerely sought...
  • Christopher Swindell: Gun safety debate is B.S.

    06/02/2013 11:32:00 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 50 replies
    The Charleston Gazette (WV) ^ | 5-30-2013 | Christopher Swindell
    Watching the celebration at the NRA convention over the defeat of background checks was the most nauseating experience of the day. I am not a New York gun control liberal, either. I support a shotgun for home defense, a handgun for limited conceal/carry, and an assortment of hunting rifles to balance West Virginia's exploding deer population (as evidenced by hourly collisions with cars). So, I am hardly out of the mainstream. But, the gun safety debate is B.S. This foaming at the mouth, Obamar is coming for the guns, Nanny Bloomberg is a bad billionaire, and most despicable of all,...
  • Meet the journalism professor who says NRA members are treasonous, should be executed

    06/03/2013 6:23:27 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 44 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 6-3-2013 | Eric Owens
    In a bizarre op-ed in The Charleston Gazette last week, journalism professor Christopher Swindell argued that the National Rifle Association “advocates armed rebellion against the duly elected government of the United States of America.” Stirring words, to be sure, but Swindell was hardly done — not even close. He also said that the NRA is guilty of “treason” “worthy of the firing squad.” “To support the new NRA president’s agenda of arming the populace for confrontation with the government is bloody treason,” Swindell charged in his wacky essay. After briefly playing the race card and alluding to the Civil War,...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Memos show EPA officials tried to kill mine project before scientific review

    05/01/2014 6:53:51 AM PDT · by george76 · 7 replies
    Washington Times ^ | April 30, 2014 | Phillip Swarts
    Agency officials coached tribes on how to oppose Alaska’s Pebble Mine. Obama has repeatedly urged that science guide environmental decisions, regulators inside the Environmental Protection Agency secretly worked with tribal and environmental activists to preempt a full review of an Alaskan mine and veto the project before the owners’ permits could be considered, internal memos show. Charged with being neutral arbiters, EPA officials instead began advocating for a preemptive veto of the Pebble Mine project in western Alaska as early as 2008, long before any scientific studies were conducted or the permit applications for the project were even filed, ......
  • Prudhoe Bay Winds Spread Leaking Gas, Oil and Water Across 27 Acres of Tundra

    04/30/2014 6:04:37 AM PDT · by thackney · 28 replies
    KUAC ^ | APRIL 29, 2014 | EMILY SCHWING
    A flowline to a well operated by BP Exploration, Incorporated Prudhoe Bay leaked on Monday. High winds at Prudhoe Bay have resulted in a spray of natural gas, crude oil and water that covers an area larger than 20 football fields. According to the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, operators with BP were working at a well, when a flowline leaking. Ashley Adamczak is an Environmental Program Specialist with DEC. She says 30-mile-an-hour winds on the North Slope sprayed leaking natural gas, water and crude oil across an estimated 27 acres of snow-covered tundra. “What has not been delineated at...
  • (Exempt) Dems don't want to talk O-Care

    04/27/2014 4:58:57 PM PDT · by Libloather · 14 replies
    The Hill ^ | 4/26/14 | Sheila Timmons
    To many Democrats, ObamaCare is a four-letter word. Most Democrats in competitive elections are seeking to avoid the topic, opting not to tout the controversial law on their campaign websites. In a review of battleground races, The Hill found that out of 50 Democratic candidates with active campaign websites, only 11 mention the healthcare law by name, either as "ObamaCare," "Affordable Care Act," or "ACA." Fourteen more mention the law, but not its name, and half the candidates omit it entirely from their websites. President Obama has trumpeted that more than 8 million people have enrolled in ACA-related plans. Meanwhile,...
  • Report: Nevada would benefit from transfer of federal lands

    04/26/2014 12:44:35 PM PDT · by Duke C. · 25 replies
    LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL CAPITAL BUREAU ^ | April 22,2014 | SEAN WHALEY
    A new report analyzing the financial ramifications of a takeover of some of Nevada’s millions of acres of federal lands suggests the state would benefit from such a transfer. A transfer of 4 million acres of U.S. Bureau Land Management land could bring in anywhere from $31 million to $114 million a year, based on a review of four Western states that have significant amounts of trust lands under their control, the report says.
  • Police dog helps catch car theft suspects in bog chase

    04/26/2014 11:12:50 AM PDT · by skeptoid · 2 replies
    Anchorage Daily News ^ | April 25, 2014 | DEVIN KELLY
    An Anchorage police dog was credited with helping catch two suspects in a car theft after they led officers on a chase through a Muldoon park early Thursday morning. About 4:20 a.m., a police officer near Baxter Road and East Northern Lights Boulevard spotted a Toyota 4Runner reported stolen from an East Anchorage home a day earlier,
  • Comparing Andy Biggs to Harry Reid: Palin blasts AZ Senate president on constitutional convention

    04/23/2014 4:10:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    The Arizona Capitol Times ^ | April 22, 2013 | Ben Giles
    Arizona’s Senate president is under fire from an unlikely source within his own political party: Sarah Palin. The former vice presidential candidate took to Facebook on Tuesday to chastise Senate President Andy Biggs as the “only man standing in the way” of a vote on a measure to call an Article V Convention to propose amendments to the U.S. Constitution. Palin notes that similar measures have already been approved in several states. But she said thanks to Biggs, a Gilbert Republican and leader of the GOP in the Senate, Arizona’s opportunities to approve SCR 1016 are rapidly dwindling. Legislatures in...
  • The Pacific’s Salmon Are Back — Thank Human Ingenuity

    04/23/2014 10:08:06 AM PDT · by neverdem · 60 replies
    National Review Online ^ | April 22, 2014 | Robert Zubrin
    Geoengineering could turn our long-barren oceans into a bounty.In 2012, the British Columbia–based Native American Haida tribe launched an effort to restore the salmon fishery that has provided much of their livelihood for centuries. Acting collectively, the Haida voted to form the Haida Salmon Restoration Corporation, financed it with $2.5 million of their own savings, and used it to support the efforts of American scientist-entrepreneur Russ George to demonstrate the feasibility of open-sea mariculture — in this case, the distribution of 120 tons of iron sulfate into the northeast Pacific to stimulate a phytoplankton bloom which in turn would provide...