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  • NASA's Bolden: Mars mission is 'closer than ever'

    04/03/2016 2:17:50 PM PDT · by repentant_pundit · 31 replies
    CNBC ^ | April 2, 2016 | Trent Gillies
    In the movie, "The Martian," Matt Damon was a fictional astronaut stranded on Mars. In reality, the head of NASA says astronauts could set foot on the Red Planet within the next twenty years. "We think we're on the right trajectory to get humans to Mars in the 2030's," NASA Administrator Charles Bolden told CNBC's "On the Money" in an interview this week. He should know: Prior to assuming NASA's top job in 2009, Bolden was himself an astronaut for 14 years, commanding two space shuttle missions during that time. The U.S.'s top space official says he's confident the agency's...
  • Over 93% of EPA Employees Considered 'Non-Essential'

    10/02/2013 6:43:10 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 37 replies
    reuters via Brietbart ^ | 10/1/13 | Tony Lee
    More than nine out of every ten employees at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are considered "non-essential" and have been furloughed in the federal government's shutdown. Reuters obtained an EPA guidance in which the agency said it would "classify 1,069 employees, out of 16,205, as essential,"...
  • Buffett to host high-profile fundraiser for Obama

    08/25/2011 12:32:03 PM PDT · by mojito · 25 replies
    CNN Money ^ | 8/25/2011 | Charles Riley
    Warren Buffett will host a fundraiser for President Obama next month in New York City, the Berkshire Hathaway CEO told CNNMoney on Thursday. With the 2012 election season just around the corner, the campaign to put Obama back in the White House for a second term is well underway -- and it's not unusual for the campaign to boost the president's drawing power by allowing him to share the stage with a well known benefactor. Billed as an "Economic Forum Dinner with Warren Buffett," the fundraiser will be held at the Four Seasons restaurant in New York and moderated by...
  • Editorial: Greece’s Only Cure Is The Free Market

    06/28/2011 5:43:31 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | June 28, 2011 | Staff
    Debt Crises: What a sorry spectacle to watch Greeks rioting in the streets in reaction to austerity measures. As if tantrums can change reality. It's Exhibit A of how socialism infantilizes citizens. The only cure is free markets. As Greece's legislature heads for a vote Wednesday to cut the size of its government by $40 billion in exchange for the last $17 billion of a $156 billion International Monetary Fund bailout on July 3, the world's television screens are flooded with images of young "indignantes" calling a riotous 48 hour-strike in Athens. Steeped in socialism for decades, these Greeks see...
  • More "free" lunches thanks to Michelle's bloated "security" bill

    12/14/2010 6:36:05 PM PST · by Nachum · 27 replies ^ | 12/14/10 | Laura Ingraham
    More than two-thirds of New York City's public school students will begin getting more nutritious free or low-cost school lunches under First Lady Michelle Obama's pet project to get kids to eat well and exercise. President Obama signed into law Sunday the $4.5 billion Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, which expands the free lunch program and requires that schools provide more nutritious lunches. "We've seen the connection between what kids eat and how well they perform in school," he said. Some 680,000 out of 1.1 million New York children participate in the school lunch program - a big chunk of the...
  • Cook County's 'country club' hospital (suburban Chicago)

    05/17/2010 8:59:10 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 9 replies · 653+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | May 17, 2010 | LISA DONOVAN AND ART GOLAB
    Cook County's 'country club' hospital Oak Forest Hospital is virtually empty -- and far overstaffed May 17, 2010 BY LISA DONOVAN AND ART GOLAB Staff Reporters Cook County-owned Oak Forest Hospital is known by doctors and nurses in the public health system as the "country club." They aren't referring just to the 340 rolling acres the hospital sits on, or the pond that beckons geese, ducks and brown-bagging staffers. » Click to enlarge image On a given day, more than two-thirds of Oak Forest Hospital's beds are empty, and about a fifth of its buildings are vacant. An entrance by...
  • Patrick Kennedy leaves note for Ted on gravesite: "Dad, the unfinished business is done."

    03/24/2010 7:51:28 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 171 replies · 2,546+ views
    Washington comPost ^ | March 24, 2010 | Philip Rucker and Eli Saslow
    The political odyssey of health care reform in many ways is the story of Ted Kennedy, and as President Obama signed the historic bill into law Tuesday, Kennedy's gravesite was a place of quiet celebration and poignant reflection. The late senator's widow, Victoria Reggie Kennedy, spent hours Sunday at the simple white cross at Arlington National Cemetery marking where her husband was laid to rest only seven months ago. Ted Kennedy's youngest son, Rep. Patrick J. Kennedy (D-R.I.), visited on Monday morning and left a hand-written note that read: "Dad, the unfinished business is done." And on a dreary...
  • Political parties clash; Is the role of federal government too big (DUHHH)

    07/06/2009 7:28:10 AM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 15 replies · 382+ views
    McCrappy Newspapers-Pioneer Press ^ | 7-6-09 | David Lightman
    WASHINGTON — Whether it's over health care, climate change or most other big Washington battles this year, Congress keeps debating the same underlying issue: Is the federal government getting too big and intrusive? The subject bitterly divides Republicans from Democrats, and the public's mood seems ambivalent. Polls show public majorities think the government's rapidly growing cost is worrisome. Most want better health care and curbs on global warming — but they're wary of giving government too much power to do either.
  • Obama takes axe to bloated government spending

    03/04/2009 6:02:15 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 212 replies · 9,853+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 3/4/09 | AFP
    WASHINGTON (AFP) – President Barack Obama on Wednesday promised to save American taxpayers 40 billion dollars a year by slashing waste in government contracting, with a special eye on bloated spending on defense. "I reject the false choice between securing this nation and wasting billions of taxpayer dollars," Obama said on a day when he signed a presidential memorandum reforming the contracting system across the entire government. "In this time of great challenges, I recognize the real choice between investments that are designed to keep the American people safe and those that are designed to make a defense contractor rich,"...
  • An Inconvenient Truth: Eco-Warrior Al Gore's Bloated Gas And Electric Bills

    02/27/2007 6:00:03 PM PST · by blam · 35 replies · 1,083+ views
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 2-28-2007 | Ed Plinkington
    An inconvenient truth: eco-warrior Al Gore's bloated gas and electricity bills · Household consumption 20 times national average· Supporters claim smear campaign after Oscars win Ed Pilkington in New York Wednesday February 28, 2007 The Guardian (UK) Al Gore knows a thing or two about the vicissitudes of public life. Six years ago he was virtually written off as a has-been vice-president after he won the popular vote only to lose the 2000 race for the White House. On Sunday night his rehabilitation was completed as he was crowned the moral mouthpiece of Hollywood, receiving an Oscar for his global...
  • Heard this one? Walking tall, and out (Dan Quayle Walks out of Mellencamp Concert)

    07/17/2006 11:11:22 AM PDT · by don'tspeak4me · 102 replies · 3,884+ views
    Mercury News ^ | Sunday July 16, 2006 | Mercury News
    Dan Quayle took time out from participating in the American Century Celebrity Golf Championship in Stateline, Nev., on Friday to attend John Mellencamp's concert only to run into a political statement. He then made a statement of his own by walking out during Mellencamp's rendition of ``Walk Tall.'' Before launching into the song, Mellencamp told the Harveys casino crowd, in effect, that it was dedicated to everyone hurt by policies of the current Bush administration.
  • CA: Tax windfall allows governor to boost spending in state budget

    05/11/2006 7:54:36 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies · 245+ views
    AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 5/11/06 | Aaron C. Davis - ap
    A multibillion dollar tax windfall has eased the strain of California's perennial state budget debate and handed Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger a chance to buy off Democrat and Republican critics as he heads into his re-election campaign. Stock gains, home sales, business profits and taxes on rising gas prices are expected to bring in revenue at least $5 billion above forecasts from just two months ago. The money already has allowed the Schwarzenegger administration to pledge that it will give more to public education and appease the state's teachers union, which has been critical of the governor's spending. "It really helps...
  • Microsoft Vista: Not 'People Ready'

    03/22/2006 7:12:32 PM PST · by Bronzewound · 122 replies · 1,913+ views
    Forbes ^ | 3-22-2006 | Daniel Lyons
    Microsoft Vista: Not 'People Ready' Daniel Lyons, 03.22.06, 11:45 AM ET Steve Ballmer Boston - The new version of Microsoft Windows, called Vista, has slipped again. It was originally going to ship in 2003. Then 2005. Then 2006. Now in early 2007. I'm not surprised, having seen a demo of Microsoft's new programs at an "event" for tech buyers in New York last week. The new programs are phenomenally complex, with scores of buttons and pull-down menus and myriad connections among various applications. A Microsoft (nasdaq: MSFT - news - people ) VP zipped through a demo, moving information from...
  • DFU SONG: Teenager in Love (Cape Cod Orca Ted Kennedy's love child)

    01/18/2006 1:00:15 PM PST · by doug from upland · 6 replies · 1,007+ views
    DFU SONGS | 1-2006 | Lyrics, Doug from Upland
    MIDI - TEENAGER IN LOVE It's really not my fault 'cause our parents we can't pick With headlines I've read lately, I am becoming sick I think I'm in a world that's gone mad I'm hoping Cape Cod Orca Ted's not my dad When there's excessive drinking, don't drive your Oldsmobile If you are on a bridge, don't try to cop a feel I think I'm in a world that's gone mad I'm hoping Cape Cod Orca Ted's not my dad That blowhard is scum...he failed lifeguard class And in the Senate, he's really such an *ss When mother...
  • Teacher Group Sues Over School Funding

    01/12/2006 2:56:46 PM PST · by Osage Orange · 15 replies · 326+ views
    The Daily Oklahoman ^ | 01-12-06 | Chris Schutz
    Teacher Group Sues Over School Funding By Chris Schutz The Oklahoman Oklahoma's public schools are underfunded by about $1 billion a year and have about $3 billion of infrastructure needs the state should pay for, the state's largest teacher union charged in a lawsuit filed Wednesday in Oklahoma County District Court. The lawsuit by the Oklahoma Education Association names the state of Oklahoma, Senate President Pro Tempore Mike Morgan and House Speaker Todd Hiett as defendants. Joining the OEA as plaintiffs in the lawsuit are the Western Heights, Jenks and Foyil school districts. The lawsuit was filed "on behalf of...
  • October budget gap shrank to $47.2B

    11/11/2005 1:00:58 PM PST · by RWR8189 · 18 replies · 552+ views
    CNN/Money ^ | November 11, 2005
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The October budget deficit was a smaller-than-expected $47.2 billion, down from $57.3 billion in October 2004, due to strong receipts, a Treasury Department report showed Thursday. Analysts polled by Reuters were expecting a $55 billion budget gap. The Congressional Budget Office last week estimated the deficit at about $50 billion. October receipts were $149 billion, the highest since $157 billion in October 2001, the Treasury Department said in its monthly statement. Outlays were $197 billion, the highest since $205 billion in the same month in 2003. The budget deficit for all of fiscal 2005 came in at...
  • Democrats' New Strategy: Almost Winning (Mark Steyn On The Couch Potato Democrats Alert)

    08/07/2005 5:39:34 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 87 replies · 3,500+ views
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | 08/07/05 | Mark Steyn
    The other day an official with a British teachers' union proposed that the concept of "failing" exams should be abolished. Instead of being given a "failing" grade, she said, the pupil would instead be given a "deferred success." Oh, sure, you can scoff. But evidently the system's already being test-piloted in Howard Dean's Democratic Party. That's why the Dems' Congressional Campaign Committee hailed their electoral failure in last week's Ohio special election as a triumphant "deferred success." As their press release put it: "In nearly the biggest political upset in recent history, Democrat Paul Hackett came within just a few...
  • Our Bloated, Meddlesome Government (Must See Image)

    07/29/2005 10:53:29 AM PDT · by Registered · 22 replies · 1,697+ views
    Our Government (via Registeredmedia) ^ | 07.29.2004 | Registered
  • Official: U.N. not bloated bureaucracy (per Kofi's right hand man and mouthpiece, Mar Malloch Brown)

    05/19/2005 12:39:44 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies · 355+ views
    Monterey Herald ^ | 5/19/05 | Ken Guggenheim - AP
    WASHINGTON - A top aide to U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan told a congressional panel Thursday that a transformation of the United Nations is under way, but denied the U.N. is an out-of-control bureaucracy. "For me, the United Nations is not oversized, over-resourced or under-supervised by its member states," Malloch Brown said in a written statement to the House International Relations Committee. The panel is drafting legislation calling for major changes in the U.N.'s administration. The proposals could tie U.S. funding for the United Nations to reform efforts. U.S. congressional criticism of the United Nations has increased in light of a...
  • Ted K’s big fat tax loophole: Millionaire blames windfall on ‘error’

    05/10/2005 4:16:26 AM PDT · by ninonitti · 23 replies · 1,708+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | Tuesday, May 10, 2005 - | By Noelle Straub
    Updated: 03:24 AM EST Sen. Edward M. Kennedy got hefty tax breaks on his $4.5 million Washington, D.C., mansion for at least two years - even though he never met the basic residency requirement for the deductions. While Kennedy resides in Massachusetts, he received property tax credits in 2003 and 2004 on his home in a tony Washington neighborhood that were meant only for homeowners who call D.C. their principal residence. Of 22 senators who took the deduction, Kennedy stood to save the most money in the coming tax year - about $7,700 off the tax bill for his $4.5...