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  • Pentagon Readying 800,000 for Rolling Layoffs

    12/30/2012 10:27:43 AM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 120 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | December 30, 2012 | DION NISSENBAUM And DAMIAN PALETTA
    WASHINGTON—The Pentagon is preparing to notify its entire civilian workforce to prepare for furloughs if Congress and President Barack Obama are unable to reach a deal before Jan. 2 to avert automatic spending cuts. A senior defense official said Sunday that the Pentagon would notify 800,000 civilian workers to brace for furloughs in the new year, meaning the workers would be ordered to take mandatory leave without pay for a certain period. The warning is much gloomier than the agency recently offered employees, as it had said there wouldn't be an immediate impact on personnel or operations if a deal...
  • Obama hopes to enact new gun-control measures in 2013

    12/30/2012 7:50:26 AM PST · by Obadiah · 178 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/30/2012 | Meghashyam Mali
    President Obama on Sunday said he would make gun control a priority in his new term, pledging to put his “full weight” behind passing new restrictions on firearms in 2013. “I'm going to be putting forward a package and I'm going to be putting my full weight behind it,” said Obama in an interview aired on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “I'm going to be making an argument to the American people about why this is important and why we have to do everything we can to make sure that something like what happened at Sandy Hook Elementary does not happen...
  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 30 December 2012

    12/30/2012 4:25:17 AM PST · by Alas Babylon! · 179 replies
    Various driveby media sources ^ | 30 December 2012 | Various Self-Serving Politicians and Big Media Screaming Faces
    The Talk Shows December 30th, 2012 Guests to be interviewed on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.; Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.MEET THE PRESS (NBC): President Barack Obama.FACE THE NATION (CBS): Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill.; Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla.THIS WEEK (ABC): Sen. Chuck U. Schumer, D-N.Y.; Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz.; Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md.; Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Idaho.STATE OF THE UNION (CNN): Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo.; Rep. Darrel Issa, R-Calif.; Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich.; Rep. Donna Edwards, D-Md.; Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.
  • Breaking: Obama to make a statement at 5:45 PM EST following fiscal cliff meeting-Live Thread[12-28]

    12/28/2012 2:45:39 PM PST · by John W · 167 replies
    nbcnews.com ^ | December 28, 2012 | NBC News and wire services
    The highly-anticipated meeting came and went without any immediate clue from congressional lawmakers as to whether they had made any progress toward resolving the impending onset of automatic tax hikes and spending cuts set to take effect on Jan. 1. But the president is scheduled to deliver a statement from the White House at 5:45 p.m. ET. A protracted stalemate between Obama-led Democrats and congressional Republicans had prompted Friday's last-ditch meeting.
  • Federal Workers Want Pay Raise in Obama's Second Term

    11/09/2012 11:22:20 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 77 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | November 9, 2012 | Michael Patrick Leahy
    With President Obama safely re-elected to a second term, federal workers feel comfortable to make their demands known. As debate rages over lowering the federal deficit, they want a pay raise. As CNN's Money magazine reports: [Union president Colleen M.] Kelley said her No. 1 issue right now is getting federal worker salaries unfrozen on Jan. 1, even if that means working out a deal later in the year and making pay hikes retroactive to Jan. 1. In the midst of that, federal workers are also nervous about the fiscal cliff , which includes $1.2 trillion worth of spending cuts...
  • Obama Orders Pay Raise for Federal Employees

    12/28/2012 1:26:26 PM PST · by House Atreides · 122 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 12/28/2012 | Daniel Halper
    President Barack Obama issued an executive order to end the pay freeze on federal employees, in effect giving some federal workers a raise. One federal worker now to receive a pay increase is Vice President Joe Biden.
  • Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf, coalition forces leader during Persian Gulf War, dies

    12/27/2012 4:31:56 PM PST · by Wisconsinlady · 265 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 27, 2012
  • Stopping the spread of deadly assault weapons--summary of Feinstein Bill, incl. registry requirement

    12/27/2012 7:50:24 AM PST · by driftdiver · 338 replies
    United States Senate ^ | 12/27/2012 | Dianne Feinstein
    In January, Senator Feinstein will introduce a bill to stop the sale, transfer, importation and manufacturing of military-style assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition feeding devises. Following is a summary of the 2013 legislation: Bans the sale, transfer, importation, or manufacturing of: -120 specifically-named firearms -Certain other semiautomatic rifles, handguns, shotguns that can accept a detachable magazine and have one military characteristic -Semiautomatic rifles and handguns with a fixed magazine that can accept more than 10 rounds
  • EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson Stepping Down After Tumultuous Term

    12/27/2012 9:08:01 AM PST · by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America · 60 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 27, 2012 | Associated Press
    <p>The Obama administration's chief environmental watchdog, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, is stepping down after a nearly four-year tenure marked by high-profile brawls over global warming pollution, the Keystone XL oil pipeline, new controls on coal-fired plants and several other hot-button issues that affect the nation's economy and people's health.</p>
  • US: Consumer Confidence scares at 65.1 in November

    12/27/2012 7:18:37 AM PST · by John W · 19 replies
    fxstreet.com ^ | December 27, 2012 | fxstreet.com
    FXstreet.com (Barcelona) - A fall of 6.4 points in November was registered by the Consumer Confidence indicator released by the Conference Board. Data fell from 75.1 (revised from 73.7) to 65.1, coming much lower than the expected 70.3.
  • Jobless claims fall to lowest in almost 4-1/2 years

    12/27/2012 7:09:02 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 56 replies
    NBC News ^ | 12/27/2012
    The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment aid fell last week to nearly its lowest level in 4 1/2 years, a sign that the labor market is healing. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits dropped 12,000 to a seasonally adjusted 350,000, the Labor Department said on Thursday. The prior week's figure was revised to show 1,000 more applications than previously reported. After spiking in the wake of Superstorm Sandy, which ravaged the East Coast in late October, the weekly levels of new claims have now dropped to their lowest levels since the early days of the 2007-09 recession....
  • 'Stubborn' fever that kept George H.W. Bush, 88, in the hospital over Christmas

    12/26/2012 10:02:17 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 56 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 26 December 2012
    <p>A persistent fever that kept former President George H.W. Bush in a hospital over Christmas has gotten worse, and doctors have put him on a liquids-only diet, his spokesman said Wednesday.</p> <p>Jim McGrath, Bush's spokesman in Houston, had said earlier in the day that the fever had gone away, but he later corrected himself.</p>
  • Secretary Geithner Sends Debt Limit Letter to Congress

    12/26/2012 9:34:07 PM PST · by Celerity · 29 replies
    Treasury Department ^ | December 26, 2012 | Matt Anderson
    Today, Secretary Geithner sent the following letter to Congress regarding the debt limit. *** December 26, 2012 The Honorable Harry Reid Majority Leader United States Senate Washington, DC 20510 Dear Mr. Leader: I am writing to inform you that the statutory debt limit will be reached on December 31, 2012, and to notify you that the Treasury Department will shortly begin taking certain extraordinary measures authorized by law to temporarily postpone the date that the United States would otherwise default on its legal obligations. These extraordinary measures, which are explained in detail in an appendix​ to this letter, can create...
  • Cops told NBC not to use gun clip

    12/26/2012 11:29:20 AM PST · by ConservativeMan55 · 103 replies
    NBC was told by the Washington, D.C., police that it was “not permissible” to show a high-capacity gun magazine on air before Sunday’s “Meet the Press,” according to a statement Wednesday from the cops.
  • 'MEET THE PRESS' Got Green Light For Magazine Demo

    12/26/2012 12:26:47 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 77 replies
    TMZ ^ | 12/26/12 | TMZ
    An official from the D.C. police told a member of the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives that David Gregory COULD display a high capacity magazine on "Meet the Press" Sunday ... TMZ has learned.
  • Obama to Return to Washington as Fiscal Cliff Looms [Ignores For MONTHS, Suddenly Wants To Work]

    12/26/2012 1:49:56 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 80 replies
    Voice of America ^ | December 26, 2012
    ... Obama is cutting short his vacation in the Pacific state of Hawaii and will return to Washington to resume talks with congressional leaders aimed at reaching agreement on a deficit reduction package before the year ends. The White House says Obama will leave Wednesday and is expected to arrive back in Washington early Thursday. Early last week,the president said he and Republican House Speaker John Boehner were relatively close to an agreement on a compromise to avert what is being called a "fiscal cliff" -- $500 billion in mandated spending cuts and tax increases that would affect almost all...
  • Sen. Feinstein suggests national buyback of guns

    12/24/2012 8:40:00 PM PST · by neverdem · 302 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | December 21, 2012 | Joel Gehrke
    Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., said that she and other gun control advocates are considering a law that would create a program to purchase weapons from gun owners, a proposal that could be compulsory. “We are also looking at a buy-back program,” Feinstein said today in a press conference. “Now, again, this is a work in progress so these are ideas in the development.”Gov. Andrew Cuomo, D-N.Y., already discussed the possibility of a buy-back law for his state, but he made clear it would be a forced buyback.“Confiscation could be an option,” Cuomo told The New York Times yesterday when discussing...
  • 2012: The Reason for the Season

    12/24/2012 9:06:22 PM PST · by jimjohn · 29 replies
    The Holy Bible | As it is Written
    Luke 2:1-21 And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed. (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.) And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:) To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child. And so it was,...
  • School Obama's Daughters Attend Has 11 Armed Guards

    12/24/2012 7:29:16 AM PST · by Nachum · 65 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 12/24/12 | AWR Hawkins
    Some interesting news has broken in the wake of the latest push for gun control by President Obama and Senate Democrats: Obama sends his kids to a school where armed guards are used as a matter of fact. The school, Sidwell Friends School in Washington, DC, has 11 security officers and is seeking to hire a new police officer as we speak. If you dismiss this by saying, "Of course they have armed guards -- they get Secret Service protection," then you've missed the larger point. The larger point is that this is standard operating procedure for the school, period....
  • BREAKING People (firefighters) Shot at Scene of Webster (NY) Fire

    12/24/2012 5:17:08 AM PST · by Revelation 911 · 159 replies
    WHAM13 ^ | 12/24/12 | WHAM13
    Webster, N.Y. -- 13WHAM News has learned several people have been shot at the scene of a fire on Lake Road in Webster. The fire is at 191 Lake Road near Bay Road. A source tells 13WHAM News that at that scene, an unknown gunman opened fire on fire crews on the scene. The victims have been taken by Mercy Flight to area hospitals. The fire has now spread to a second house. 13WHAM has several crews converging on the scene and will provide updates at they're available.