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  • Obama Will Seek Citizenship Path in One Fast Push (for most illegal aliens)

    01/12/2013 6:40:30 PM PST · by kristinn · 131 replies
    The New York Times ^ | Saturday, January 13, 2013 | JUlia Preston
    WASHINGTON — President Obama plans to push Congress to move quickly in the coming months on an ambitious overhaul of the immigration system that would include a path to citizenship for most of the 11 million illegal immigrants in the country, senior administration officials and lawmakers said last week. Mr. Obama and Senate Democrats will propose the changes in one comprehensive bill, the officials said, resisting efforts by some Republicans to break the overhaul into smaller pieces — separately addressing young illegal immigrants, migrant farmworkers or highly skilled foreigners — which might be easier for reluctant members of their party...
  • Obama, Karzai Call for “Taliban Office” in Afghanistan

    01/11/2013 6:39:51 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 97 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | January 11, 2013 | Fred Lucas
    The Taliban, which harbored al Qaeda in Afghanistan in the lead up to the 9/11 attacks on America in 2001, will have an office in Afghanistan and engage in direct talks with the democratic government there, President Barack Obama and Afghan President Hamid Karzai affirmed at a joint White House news conference Friday. “Ultimately security gains must be matched by political progress, so we’ve recommitted our nations to a reconciliation process between the Afghan government and the Taliban,” Obama said. “President Karzai updated me on the Afghan government’s road map to peace, and today we agreed that this process should...
  • BREAKING NEWS: Reports of shooting at Taft High School [CA]

    01/10/2013 10:06:38 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 117 replies
    WGET ^ | 1/10/13
    At least two people were shot at Taft High School Thursday morning. It happened at about 9 a.m. and as of 9:30, students had been evacuated to the football field and there were reports one person was in custody. Details were still sketchy at 9:45 a.m. but the Sheriff's Department has confirmed a shooter is in custody and at least two people have been wounded. Hall Ambulance dispatched three ambulances and a medevac helicopter.
  • Labor Secretary Hilda Solis Will Resign

    01/09/2013 1:26:50 PM PST · by Perdogg · 33 replies
    I'm told that Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis will step aside soon, making her the five member of the administration to leave the cabinet (or announce her deparature) since the election. Only two of these departures -- Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner -- are white and male. Lisa Jackson, who's leaving the EPA, is African-American, and Solis was the first Hispanic woman to take charge of Labor.
  • White House recruits foundations on gun effort

    01/09/2013 10:31:18 AM PST · by ColdOne · 69 replies
    politico ^ | 1/8/13 | REID J. EPSTEIN
    The White House on Tuesday afternoon reached out to major philanthropic foundations not typically associated with gun control to gauge how much they are willing to get involved in President Obama’s future gun violence prevention efforts, according to a person on the call. The call, which featured Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Jonathan Greenblatt, the director of the White House Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation, and members of Vice President Biden’s staff, was largely a “listening session,” according to the person on the call, who represents a foundation invited to participate. The person said the call...
  • Biden: Obama Can Use "Executive Orders" To Act On Gun Control (video)

    01/09/2013 9:05:36 AM PST · by i88schwartz · 227 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | January 9, 2013 | RealClearPolitics
    Vice President Joe Biden, while addressing representatives of gun safety and gun violence victims' groups, says President Obama could use "executive orders" to enact gun control measures. VICE PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN: "The president is going to act. There are executives orders -- executive action that can be taken. We haven't decided what that is yet. But we're compiling it all with the help of the Attorney General and all the rest of the cabinet members as well as legislative action, we believe is required."
  • Jack Lew may succeed Timothy Geithner as treasury secretary, sources say

    01/09/2013 7:38:33 AM PST · by Perdogg · 36 replies
    President Barack Obama may choose White House Chief of Staff Jack Lew to replace Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner as soon as this week, according to two people familiar with the matter.
  • U.S. may remove all troops from Afghanistan after 2014

    01/08/2013 8:54:28 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 43 replies
    CNN ^ | January 8th, 2013 | Mike Mount
    The Obama administration is considering the possibility of removing all U.S. troops in Afghanistan after the NATO combat mission officially finishes at the end of 2014, White House officials said Tuesday. The comments by Ben Rhodes, the White House's deputy national security adviser, come as the Pentagon and White House mull over the number of troops that could be left in Afghanistan after 2014 to fight insurgents and train Afghan security forces. Afghan President Hamid Karzai and President Obama are scheduled to meet on Friday in Washington. Rhodes said the administration is considering a range of options, with one scenario...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Cuomo Close To Announcing Sweeping New Gun Control Laws

    01/08/2013 3:21:27 PM PST · by library user · 84 replies
    CBS ^ | Jan. 8, 2013 | Staff
    YONKERS, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — A deal to give New York one of the toughest gun control laws in the nation is being negotiated by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who, sources said Tuesday, is hoping to announce the plan Wednesday during his State of the State speech in Albany. Cuomo hopes to jump-start the 2013 legislative session with a big deal that could dramatically alter gun control laws across the state.Highly placed sources told CBS 2’s Marcia Kramer that Cuomo is negotiating with Assembly and Senate leaders for a package of gun control laws that would be a dramatic response to the...
  • Hobby Lobby CEO open letter: “Honoring God is more important than turning a profit”

    01/06/2013 8:26:47 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 90 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/05/2013 | Ed Morrissey
    Normally I'd be inclined to run something like this on a Sunday, when I like to explore more faith-based topics. However, today is Hobby Lobby Appreciation Day, where consumers who support the Christian ownership's stand against the HHS mandate that attempts to impose a highly restrictive definition of religious expression can put their money where their mouths are. Since I don't really have a hobby at the moment, I'll instead offer a passage from the open letter written by Hobby Lobby CEO David Green, who explains why he's decided to spend a lot of money and risk even more to...
  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 6 January 2013

    01/06/2013 4:29:26 AM PST · by Alas Babylon! · 108 replies
    Various driveby media television networks ^ | 6 January 2013 | Various Self-Serving Politicians and Big Media Screaming Faces
    The Talk Shows January 6th, 2013 Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): Reps. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., and Jim Jordan, R-Ohio; Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas.MEET THE PRESS (NBC): Sens. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.; Angus King, a Maine independent; Rep. Xavier Becerra, D-Calif.; Erskine Bowles and Alan Simpson, leaders of President Barack Obama’s now-defunct deficit commission.FACE THE NATION (CBS): Sens. McConnell; Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., and Chris Murphy, D-Conn.; Reps. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., Mike Kelly, R-Pa., Rick Nolan, D-Minn., and Matt Salmon, R-Ariz.THIS WEEK (ABC): Sens. McConnell and Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D.; Reps. Joaquin Castro,...
  • White House Weighs Broad Gun-Control Agenda in Wake of Newtown Shootings

    01/05/2013 3:46:46 PM PST · by kristinn · 142 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | Saturday, January 5, 2013 | Philip Rucker
    SNIP A working group led by Vice President Biden is seriously considering measures backed by key law enforcement leaders that would require universal background checks for firearm buyers, track the movement and sale of weapons through a national database, strengthen mental health checks, and stiffen penalties for carrying guns near schools or giving them to minors, the sources said. To sell such changes, the White House is developing strategies to work around the National Rifle Association that one source said could include rallying support from Wal-Mart and other gun retailers for measures that would benefit their businesses. White House aides...
  • Ed Martin, St. Louis lawyer and GOP activist, elected new chairman of Missouri Republican Party

    01/05/2013 2:14:24 PM PST · by Optimist · 18 replies
    St Louis Beacon ^ | 01/05/2013 | Jo Mannies
    St. Louis lawyer Ed Martin, who lost his GOP bid this fall for Missouri attorney general, came roaring back Saturday by getting elected as the new chairman of the Missouri Republican Party. Martin narrowly defeated current chairman David Cole, 34-32, on the second round of balloting by the 68-member state GOP committee, sources say. Two members apparently were absent during the voting, which took place at a hotel in Columbia, Mo. The third contender for the post, outgoing state Sen. Jane Cunningham of Chesterfield, was out of the running after garnering only seven votes on the first ballot, which saw...
  • BREAKING ALERT – NEXT VOTE ON ILLINOIS SEMI AUTO BAN WILL TAKE PLACE SUNDAY, JANUARY 6

    01/04/2013 11:07:39 PM PST · by Steelers6 · 67 replies
    Illinois State Rifle Association ^ | January 5, 2013 | steelers6
    LATE BREAKING ALERT – NEXT VOTE ON SEMI AUTO BAN WILL TAKE PLACE SUNDAY YOUR IMMEDIATE ACTION REQUIRED After getting nowhere in the Senate, the gun controllers have taken their campaign to destroy your rights to the Illinois House. Earlier today, Amendment #1 to SB2899 was introduced in the Illinois House of Representatives. Sponsored by rabidly anti-gun Rep. Eddie Acevedo, the amendment would do two things to you: 1. It would pick your pocket to pay for the confiscation and destruction of your own guns. 2. It would ban more than 50% of the rifles and more than 80% of...
  • Tea Party announces Congressional Advocacy Team!

    01/04/2013 8:18:47 AM PST · by Baynative · 72 replies
    Tea Party News Network ^ | 1/4/12 | Press release
    Washington D.C. - The nation’s largest Tea Party group announced today the creation of its new advocacy arm — the first of its kind. With over 600,000 members and over 1.3 million supporters on Facebook, TheTeaParty.Net has been a leading opponent of any legislation that increases taxes or raises the debt, including this week’s deal on the fiscal cliff.
  • Bachmann, Garrett, and Blackburn votes re-elect Boehner

    01/03/2013 10:31:45 AM PST · by Perdogg · 245 replies
    What drama: Bachmann, Garrett, Blackburn wait till LAST MIN to cast vote for Boehner, bring the vote from 17 defections down at final second— Robert Costa (@robertcostaNRO) January 3, 2013
  • Hillary Clinton leaves New York hospital with family, aide

    01/02/2013 1:35:35 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 119 replies
    Reuters ^ | 1-2-2012
    Hillary Clinton leaves New York hospital with family, aide NEW YORK | Wed Jan 2, 2013 4:15pm EST Jan 2 (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was driven away from New York-Presbyterian hospital on Wednesday with her husband, Bill, and daughter, Chelsea, and an aide, a Reuters photographer witnessed. The four of them left the building and entered the same vehicle, which drove away. It was unclear where she was going or whether she was discharged from the hospital...
  • BREAKING: Illinois Bill to Ban All Modern Firearms

    01/02/2013 10:55:17 AM PST · by neverdem · 146 replies
    The Truth About Guns ^ | Robert Farago | January 1, 2013
    UPDATE: Click here for the latest details on the gun ban and ammunition magazine registration bill, which includes new regulations for gun ranges.Press release:“The ISRA has learned from a credible source that Illinois Senate President John Cullerton [above] will introduce a so called ‘assault weapons’ ban on Wednesday when the legislature returns for its ‘lame duck’ session. Cullerton hopes to ramrod the bill through and get it to Governor Quinn for signature by Friday. If he is successful at doing so, nearly every gun you currently own will be banned and will be subject to confiscation by the Illinois...
  • Boehner Responds to Reid: 'Go F— Yourself'

    01/02/2013 6:25:35 AM PST · by RummyChick · 139 replies
    weekly standard ^ | 1/2 | weekly standard
    "Go f— yourself," Boehner repeated. Politico reports on the exchange: House Speaker John Boehner couldn’t hold back when he spotted Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in the White House lobby last Friday. It was only a few days before the nation would go over the fiscal cliff, no bipartisan agreement was in sight, and Reid had just publicly accused Boehner of running a “dictatorship” in the House and caring more about holding onto his gavel than striking a deal. “Go f— yourself,” Boehner sniped as he pointed his finger at Reid, according to multiple sources present. Reid, a bit startled,...
  • House passes fiscal cliff deal, tamps down GOP revolt

    01/01/2013 7:47:58 PM PST · by Vince Ferrer · 182 replies
    Yahoo ^ | Dec 31, 2012 | Olivier Knox
  • ‘No ma’am’: Letter from U.S. Marine to Dianne Feinstein goes viral

    01/01/2013 11:46:53 AM PST · by T.O.K. · 347 replies
    BizPacReview.com ^ | January 1, 2013 | Michele Kirk
    <p>The following letter, written by U.S. Marine Joshua Boston and headlined “No ma’am.,” was posted in the CNN iReport on Dec. 27 with the included note from the producer and photo. It has struck a nerve with many and is being circulated around social media venues like Twitter and Facebook.</p>
  • Happy New Year, Everyone!! [2013 Q1 FReepathon]

    01/01/2013 12:32:55 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 536 replies
    Howdy everyone!! Happy New Year!! Out with 2012 and we get to do it all over again in 2013 (I wish)!! It's unbelievable that the Marxist excuse of a president was re-elected. And now we're going over the fiscal cliff, the debt cliff, the unemployment cliff, and the govern by royal decree cliff all at once. Best be gearing up to vote in a majority of tea party conservatives in the House and retake the majority in the Senate in 2014 so we can impeach his royal majesty before the constitution becomes totally null and void!! Woo hoo!! And our...
  • Democratic aide: Fiscal 'cliff' deal reached

    12/31/2012 6:16:05 PM PST · by bd476 · 150 replies
    AP ^ | December 31, 2012 9:03 PM EST | By DAVID ESPO
    WASHINGTON (AP) — A Democratic aide says the White House and congressional Republicans have reached an agreement to avert the so-called fiscal cliff.The measure would extend Bush-era tax cuts for family incomes below $450,000 and briefly avert across-the-board spending cuts set to strike the Pentagon and domestic agencies this week.
  • It's official: U.S. hits debt ceiling

    12/31/2012 3:53:16 PM PST · by quesney · 52 replies
    CNN ^ | CNN
    It's official: U.S. debt will reach its legal borrowing limit on Monday, giving Congress about two months before it must raise the debt ceiling or risk causing the government to default on its bills and financial obligations. "I can confirm we will reach the statutory debt limit today, Dec. 31," a Treasury Department official said.
  • Doctors: Blood clot located in Clinton's head

    12/31/2012 2:40:08 PM PST · by Zakeet · 166 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | December 31, 2012 | Josh Lederman and Matthew Lee
    Doctors treating Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton for a blood clot say the clot formed in her head but they stress that they are confident she will make a full recovery. In an update Monday on Clinton’s condition, her doctors say the blood clot did not result in a stroke, or neurological damage. The clot is located in the vein in the space between the brain and the skull behind the right ear.
  • URGENT: Illinois Legislature to Attempt Passage of Gun Ban THIS WEEK

    12/31/2012 2:02:09 PM PST · by blondee123 · 32 replies
    NRA-ILA ^ | 12/31/2013 | NRA-ILA
    URGENT: Illinois Anti-Gun Legislators That YOU Voted Out of Office to Use Their Last Remaining Days in Legislature Exploiting Lame Duck Session and Holiday Break To Impose a Draconian Gun Ban The NRA-ILA has just learned that anti-gun legislators backed by Governor Quinn are deceptively trying to sneak through a new draconian gun ban as early as Wednesday while the legislature convenes for the Lame Duck Session from January 2 to 9.
  • OBAMA DEMANDS MORE TAX HIKES NEXT YEAR (Drudge)

    12/31/2012 1:44:29 PM PST · by GreaterSwiss · 29 replies
    Link is crashing with too much traffic.
  • Tax Deal Set, But No Agreement on Sequester (How Is This A "Deal?")

    12/31/2012 1:35:27 PM PST · by SkyPilot · 28 replies
    Roll Call ^ | 31 Dec 12 | Alan K. Ota
    Senate leaders appear to have reached a bipartisan agreement to avoid midnight tax increases, embracing a $450,000 earnings threshold for extending existing tax rates. But agreement remained out of reach Monday on how to avert $110 billion in automatic fiscal 2013 spending cuts scheduled to begin Jan. 2. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell suggested that Congress move ahead with tax legislation and “continue to work on the sequester part in the coming months.” “We have reached agreement on all of the tax issues,” McConnell, R-Ky., told the Senate. “Let’s take what has been agreed to and get moving. . ....
  • AP reports Congress will miss deadline to avoid fiscal cliff

    12/31/2012 1:33:09 PM PST · by RummyChick · 28 replies
    sacramento bee ^ | 12/31 | ap news
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress won't meet Monday midnight deadline on voting to avert 'fiscal cliff.' Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2012/12/31/5084967/ap-reports-congress-will-miss.html#storylink=cpy
  • Tax Deal Finalized

    12/31/2012 12:36:48 PM PST · by Ron C. · 79 replies
    NRO ^ | December 31, 2012 | Robert Costa
    Senior Senate Republican aides tell NRO that the tax side of the fiscal-cliff deal has been finalized. Here’s a sketch of the framework: — Current tax rates would be permanently extended for singles making $400,000 or below, and permanently extended for couples making $450,000 or below — For singles, capital gains and dividends of $400,000 or below would be permanently taxed at 15 percent; capital gains and dividends above $400,000 would be permanently taxed at 20 percent
  • AP SOURCES: 'FISCAL CLIFF' DEAL EMERGING

    12/31/2012 10:27:08 AM PST · by Behind Liberal Lines · 114 replies
    AP ^ | Dec. 31 1:08 PM EST | By JULIE PACE and BEN FELLER —
  • Live Thread: Obama Says What Jarrett and Axelrod Write For him...fiscal cliff remarks at 1:30

    12/31/2012 10:05:43 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 150 replies
    12/31/12
    Fox local affiliate came on in Miami, said the Assclown was going to speak at 1:30. So once the teleprompter is loaded, expect him to stumble in at about 2:00.
  • Secretary of State Hillary Clinton admitted to hospital with blood clot following concussion

    12/30/2012 5:04:06 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 331 replies
    AP ^ | Sunday, December 30, 2012
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Hillary Clinton admitted to hospital with blood clot following concussion.
  • Planned Layoffs in US Firms Surge To 3-Month High, And Bloodbath May Not Be Over

    12/30/2012 1:08:11 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 52 replies
    Reuters via AOL ^ | 12/30/2012
    Planned layoffs at U.S. firms rose for the third month in a row in November, partly driven by the bankruptcy of Hostess Brands, a report showed on Thursday. Employers announced 57,081 job cuts last month, the highest level since May and up nearly 20 percent from 47,724 in October, according to the report from consultants Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc. November's job cuts were also up 34.4 percent from the 42,474 seen a year ago. Employers have announced 490,806 cuts in 2012, lower than 2011's total of 606,082 layoffs. The recent surge in layoffs is at least partly attributed to...
  • 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...