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  • Final election count: Right bloc 61, Center-Left 59 seats (Israeli election)

    01/24/2013 8:05:47 AM PST · by Dave346 · 19 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 01/24/2013 14:15 | GIL HOFFMAN, JEREMY SHARON, LAHAV HARKOV
    After the last vote is counted, officials say Ahmad Tibi's party Raam-Taal drops from five seats to four, while Naftali Bennett's party gains one, Kadima party makes it over the threshold with two mandates. The count of the "double envelope" votes came to a close on Thursday afternoon, with Bayit Yehudi finishing at 12 seats, Kadima crossing the threshold with two seats and the Raam-Taal party dropping from five to four seats, officials said. The votes of 200,000 soldiers, plus those of prisoners and people in hospitals, were counted a day later than the regular vote. These ballots are called...
  • BREAKING: EASTERN SPORTS AND OUTDOOR SHOW *POSTPONED*

    01/24/2013 7:54:07 AM PST · by WakeUpAndVote · 231 replies
    http://www.easternsportshow.com/ ^ | 01.24.13 | WakeUpAndVote
    We the people have spoken.
  • North Korea plans nuclear test, more rockets: Defense Commission ("Targeted at the United States")

    01/23/2013 7:42:11 PM PST · by kristinn · 45 replies
    Reuters ^ | Wednesday, January 23, 2013
    SNIP "We are not disguising the fact that the various satellites and long-range rockets that we will fire and the high-level nuclear test we will carry out are targeted at the United States," the country's top military body said.
  • FReepers: We need your continuing support to keep FR on the air!! [FReepathon thread IX]

    01/23/2013 2:15:43 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 443 replies
    Dear FRiends, We need your continuing support to keep FR on the air. FR is funded solely by contributions made by liberty loving people who enjoy and use it. We are beholden to no political party. No outsiders, no sugar daddies, no corporate string pullers. We are self-funded, fiercely independent and enjoy our freedom to speak plainly in the support of liberty. But we cannot exist without you. If you have not yet made your donation, today would be an excellent day to do so. Every donation counts no matter how big or small. If you can donate $5, $10,...
  • Panetta removes military ban on women in combat, opening thousands of front line positions.

    01/23/2013 12:39:15 PM PST · by AnAmericanAbroad · 233 replies
    Associated Press ^ | January 23, 2013 | Staff
    Panetta removes military ban on women in combat, opening thousands of front line positions.
  • Live Thread: Investigation of Benghazi Attack (House Hearings - 2pm)

    01/23/2013 10:40:10 AM PST · by FR_addict · 556 replies
    US House on C-Span3 ^ | 1/23/2013 | US House
    2pm (ET) LIVE: Investigation of Benghazi Attack
  • In graduate thesis, John Brennan argued for government censorship: ‘Too much freedom is possible’

    01/23/2013 9:17:11 AM PST · by Nachum · 39 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 1/23/13 | Charles C. Johnson
    In his 1980 graduate thesis at the University of Texas at Austin, John Brennan denied the existence of “absolute human rights” and argued in favor of censorship on the part of the Egyptian dictatorship. “Since the press can play such an influential role in determining the perceptions of the masses, I am in favor of some degree of government censorship,” Brennan wrote. “Inflamatory [sic] articles can provoke mass opposition and possible violence, especially in developing political systems.” Brennan serves as President Barack Obama’s national security advisor. Obama has nominated him to lead the Central Intelligence Agency.
  • Live Thread: Sec. of State Clinton to Testify on U.S. Consulate Attack in Benghazi

    01/23/2013 5:58:01 AM PST · by kristinn · 411 replies
    C-SPAN ^ | Wednesday, January 23, 2013
    Senate hearing: 9:00a.m. EST. House hearing: 2:00 p.m. ESTWatch live here. Also on C-SPAN 3. In her first testimony since the Benghazi attack, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will participate in a full day of hearings Wednesday about U.S. diplomatic security and the American mission in Libya. Sec. Clinton will appear before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in the morning followed by an afternoon testimony to the House Foreign Affairs Committee. In December, the State Department's highest ranking foreign service officers, William Burns and Thomas Nides, testified before Congressional lawmakers in the Secretary's place. They discussed a new report by...
  • Netanyahu, allies narrowly cling to victory in Israeli election

    01/22/2013 6:40:59 PM PST · by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America · 20 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 22, 2013 | AP
    JERUSALEM – In a stunning setback, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's hard-line bloc fared worse than expected in a parliamentary election Tuesday, exit polls showed, possibly forcing the incumbent Israeli leader to invite surprisingly strong moderate rivals into his government and soften his line toward the Palestinians. TV exit polls showed the hard-liners with about 61 seats in the 120-seat parliament, a bare majority, and the counts could change as actual votes are tallied. The unofficial TV results had Netanyahu winning only 31 seats, though he combined his Likud Party with the far-right Yisrael Beitenu for the voting. Running separately four...
  • Reid to Senate Republicans: Filibuster deal in 36 hours or face nuclear option

    01/22/2013 2:41:23 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 133 replies
    Reid to Senate Republicans: Filibuster deal in 36 hours or face nuclear option By Alexander Bolton - 01/22/13 03:29 PM ET Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) is giving Republican colleagues 36 hours to agree to a deal on filibuster reform or he will move forward with the nuclear option. “I hope in the next 24, 36 hours we can get something we agree on. If not, we’re going to move forward on what I think needs to be done,” Reid told reporters. Reid’s trump card in negotiations with Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) is the threat he will...
  • Shots fired at Lone Star College (Houston, TX)

    01/22/2013 10:55:10 AM PST · by bgill · 162 replies
    KXAN | Jan. 22, 2013 | vanity
    It's being reported on KXAN.com noon news that multiple people shot at on Lone Star College in Houston, TX. It's a tech school.
  • Obama says decade of war ending (Neville Chamberlain II)

    01/21/2013 9:24:12 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 57 replies
    Associate Press ^ | Jan 21, 12:07 PM EST | none stated
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  • 'Numerous' other bodies at Algeria plant (Drudge: All Hostages Dead)

    01/20/2013 6:53:21 AM PST · by PapaBear3625 · 94 replies
    AP ^ | 1/20/2013 | AP
    Algerian bomb squads scouring a gas plant where Islamist militants took dozens of foreign workers hostage found "numerous" new bodies on Sunday as they searched for explosive traps left behind by the attackers, a security official said, a day after a bloody raid ended the four-day siege of the remote desert refinery. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation, said the bodies were badly disfigured and difficult to identify.
  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 20 January 2013

    01/20/2013 5:04:46 AM PST · by Alas Babylon! · 76 replies
    Various driveby media television networks ^ | 20 January 2013 | Various Self-Serving Politicians and Big Media Screaming Faces
    The Talk Shows January 20th, 2013 Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): David Plouffe, adviser to President Barack Obama; Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo. MEET THE PRESS (NBC): Sens. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and Ted Cruz, R-Texas; David Axelrod, adviser to President Barack Obama. FACE THE NATION (CBS): Plouffe; Condoleezza Rice, secretary of state under President George W. Bush; Dee Dee Myers, former press secretary for President Bill Clinton; Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas; Mayor Julian Castro of San Antonio..THIS WEEK (ABC): Plouffe; actress Eva Longoria, co-chairman of the Presidential Inaugural Committee. STATE OF...
  • Obama Seeks "Fuller Understanding" of What Happened in Algeria Siege

    01/19/2013 4:02:40 PM PST · by kristinn · 102 replies
    Reuters ^ | Saturday, January 19, 2013 | Matt Spetalnick
    President Barack Obama offered on Saturday to provide any assistance the Algerian government needs after a deadly hostage siege at a desert gas plant and said the United States was seeking a "fuller understanding" from Algerian authorities of what took place there. "The thoughts and prayers of the American people are with the families of all those who were killed and injured in the terrorist attack in Algeria," Obama said in his first comments on the hostage crisis. Obama's written statement was issued by the White House after the Algerian army carried out a dramatic final assault to end a...
  • Breaking: Journal News Taking Down Gun Map

    01/18/2013 4:27:16 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 76 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 18 January 2013 | Jacob Gershman
    A New York suburban newspaper that came under criticism for publishing the names and addresses of pistol-permit holders has decided to remove the map from its web site, according to a spokesman for the publication. Just before Christmas, in the wake of the Newtown school massacre, the Journal News published a map of the names and addresses of tens of thousands of pistol-permit holders in Rockland and Westchester counties outside of New York City. The newspaper immediately faced a barrage of criticism from gun-owner advocates and some local public-safety officials. Conservative bloggers retaliated against the paper, posting the names and...
  • Second raid underway to free foreign workers at Algerian gas facility

    01/18/2013 12:44:51 PM PST · by JerseyanExile · 29 replies
    Examiner ^ | January 18, 2013 | Joseph Phares
    In an effort to conclude the hostage crisis at the Tigantourine gas facility near In Amenas, Algeria, special forces from the Algerian government have begun a second offensive against the Masked Brigade, the terrorists led by Mokhtar Belmokhtar. Al-Jazeera reported that the renewed rescue effort was launched as the Algerian state media reported that more than 650 hostages were free, but 30 foreigners were still unaccounted for. The Algerian Press Service (APS) reported that the count of foreign hostages prior to the first raid was 132, which conflicted greatly with initial reports of 41. The terrorists threatened to kill the...
  • Court upholds Walker's union limits law in Wis.

    01/18/2013 12:14:25 PM PST · by READINABLUESTATE · 61 replies
    (AP) ^ | January 18, 2013
    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A federal appeals court has upheld Gov. Scott Walker's contentious law stripping most public workers of nearly all of their collective bargaining rights.
  • Former New Orleans mayor charged with bribery, fraud (Updated)

    01/18/2013 10:34:46 AM PST · by jazusamo · 107 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 18, 2013 | Michael Kunzelman - AP
    NEW ORLEANS — Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin has been indicted on 21 corruption charges including wire fraud, bribery and money laundering. The charges announced Friday come from a City Hall corruption investigation that already has resulted in guilty pleas by two former city officials and two businessmen.
  • Obama Campaign to Re-Launch as Tax Exempt Group [You Now Will Pay More for BO's Agenda]

    01/18/2013 3:52:45 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 36 replies
    Politico ^ | 1/18/13 | GLENN THRUSH, REID J. EPSTEIN and BYRON TAU
    President Barack Obama’s remaining campaign apparatus will relaunch Sunday as a tax-exempt group to support his second term agenda, a senior Democrat familiar with the plans confirms to POLITICO. The new organization will be separate from the Democratic National Committee, with Obama’s 2012 campaign manager Jim Messina serving as the national chair of the group. The effort will begin on Sunday, the day the president is formally sworn in to his second term, as Obama campaign staff and volunteers gather at the Washington Hilton for an event dubbed the Obama Legacy Conference. The formation of the group will make Messina...
  • Gregoire on short list for Interior secretary

    01/17/2013 5:47:07 PM PST · by Baynative · 33 replies
    PDN ^ | 1/18/13 | AP
    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, who oversaw a moratorium on offshore drilling after the BP oil spill and promoted alternative energy sources, announced he will step down in March — and on the short list as a possible replacement is outgoing Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire.
  • Thirty hostages reported killed in Algeria assault (12 minutes ago)

    01/17/2013 2:40:39 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 36 replies
    Reuters ^ | January 17, 2013 | By Lamine Chikhi
    (Reuters) - Thirty hostages and at least 11 Islamist militants were killed on Thursday when Algerian forces stormed a desert gas plant in a bid to free many dozens of Western and local captives, an Algerian security source said. Two Japanese, two Britons and a French national were among at least seven foreigners killed, the source told Reuters. Eight of the dead hostages were Algerian. The nationalities of the rest, as well as of perhaps dozens more who escaped, were unclear. Americans, Norwegians, Romanians and an Austrian have also been mentioned by their governments as having been captured. Underlining the...
  • Hostages escape Sahara siege - report Live (Algeria: Dozens reported killed in raid)

    01/17/2013 5:28:09 AM PST · by kristinn · 51 replies
    Reuters ^ | Thursday, January 17, 2013 | Andrew Binet
    BREAKING: 34 HOSTAGES AND 15 KIDNAPPERS KILLED BY AIR STRIKES BY ALGERIAN ARMY - ANI NEWS AGENCY SNIP (Previous) UPDATE - Twenty-five hostages escape Algeria siege - source ALGIERS - Twenty-five foreign hostages, including two Japanese, escaped from the siege of a gas plant deep in the Algerian desert on Thursday, an Algerian security source said.
  • US Confirms Americans Taken After Algeria Attack (SecDef Panetta: "Terrorist Attack"

    01/16/2013 10:47:03 AM PST · by kristinn · 66 replies
    AP via U.S. News ^ | Wednesday, January 16, 2013 | Bradley Klapper
    The Obama administration is condemning an Islamist attack on a natural gas field in southern Algeria and confirming that Americans are among those being held hostage. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told reporters in Italy that Americans were among the hostages and called the incident a "terrorist attack."
  • Preezy Gun Speech Live Thread

    01/16/2013 8:56:59 AM PST · by Old Sarge · 285 replies
    The White Hut ^ | 16 JAN 2013 | Me
    For those of us following The Won's address to his subjects.
  • Did New York State Just Accidentally Outlaw ALL Firearms?

    01/15/2013 8:17:18 PM PST · by kiryandil · 255 replies
    NY Times s2230 pdf ^ | January 15, 2013 | NY legisfools
    Did the New York state legislature just accidentally make it a crime to merely OWN a firearm? See page 22 of the posted bill, s2230: § 41-a. The penal law is amended by adding a new section 265.01-b to 5 read as follows: 6 § 265.01-b Criminal possession of a firearm. 7 A person is guilty of criminal possession of a firearm when he or she: 8 (1) possesses any firearm or; (2) lawfully possesses a firearm prior to 9 the effective date of the chapter of the laws of two thousand thirteen 10 which added this section subject to...
  • Cuomo Signs Gun Legislation Into Law

    01/15/2013 2:43:29 PM PST · by Red Steel · 189 replies
    nyt ^ | January 15, 2013 | THOMAS KAPLAN
    ALBANY — Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo signed into law on Tuesday a sweeping package of gun control measures, significantly expanding a ban on assault weapons and making New York the first state to change its laws in response to the mass shooting at a Connecticut elementary school. Mr. Cuomo signed the bill less than an hour after the State Assembly approved the legislation on a 104-to-43 vote. The State Senate approved the measure, 43 to 18, on Monday night. The expanded ban on assault weapons broadens the definition of such weapons, banning semiautomatic pistols and rifles with detachable magazines and...
  • BREAKING: Active gunman at St Louis St. Patricia College

    01/15/2013 12:36:12 PM PST · by DCBryan1 · 132 replies
    Fox News Alert | 15 JAN 13 | dcbryan1
    Shep Smith just broke in and said that an active shooter situation is breaking at YET ANOTHER SCHOOL....formerly St. Patricia College in St. Louis, MO. Two people are wounded and the police are in an active shooter situation.
  • Wal-Mart pledges to hire 100,000-plus veterans

    01/15/2013 8:39:30 AM PST · by djf · 80 replies
    KING5 ^ | Jan 15, 2012 | AP&KING5
    NEW YORK -- Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the world's largest retailer and the nation's largest private employer, is making a pledge to hire every recently discharged veteran who wants a job. The plan is set to be announced as part of an address delivered in New York on Tuesday at the annual retail industry convention by Bill Simon, president and CEO of Wal-Mart's namesake U.S. business. ...
  • Biden Proposals Include Framework for Gun Registry and Confiscation

    01/15/2013 7:27:03 AM PST · by FR_addict · 92 replies
    email Gun Owners of America ^ | 1/15/2013 | Gun Owners of America
    Up to 50-80% of all guns in circulation could be covered Press reports now make it clear what Vice President Joe Biden’s gun control package will look like. Biden wants to impose: * A Feinstein-like semi-auto ban which, according to experts who have done the counting, could ban up to 50% of all long guns currently in circulation and up to 80% of all handguns. Incidentally, if you wanted to keep the AR-15 you currently have, you would have to have a 6-month FBI background check, be fingerprinted, and get a machine gun-type license. * The framework for national gun...
  • N.Y. Assembly Speaker Silver: ‘We Are Going To Ban Assault Weapons’

    01/14/2013 6:31:50 PM PST · by FR_addict · 207 replies
    CBS New York ^ | 1/14/2013 | CBS
    ALBANY (CBSNewYork) – The New York State Legislature was poised Monday night to pass the first gun control measure following the Newtown school massacre. This as the vice president was set to unveil federal proposals to end gun violence on Tuesday. Albany lawmakers have reportedly ironed out the kinks, allowing them to enact new gun control measures in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School mass shooting. Assuming the new bill passes — it was sent to both house of the Legislature on Monday night — it will turn into the toughest set of gun control laws in the...
  • Biden: W.H. readies 19 executive actions on guns

    01/14/2013 5:10:08 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 483 replies
    Biden: W.H. readies 19 executive actions on guns By: Reid J. Epstein January 14, 2013 06:49 PM EST The White House has identified 19 executive actions for President Barack Obama to move unilaterally on gun control, Vice President Joe Biden told a group of House Democrats on Monday, the administration’s first definitive statements about its response to last month’s mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Later this week, Obama will formally announce his proposals to reduce gun violence, which are expected to include renewal of the assault weapons ban, universal background checks and prohibition of high-capacity magazine clips. But...
  • Americans Buy Enough Guns in Last Two Months to Outfit the Entire Chinese and Indian Armies

    01/14/2013 6:28:42 AM PST · by servo1969 · 174 replies
    Gatewaypundit.com ^ | 1-14-2013 | Jim Hoft
    The Obama Administration is the number one threat to the nation’s gun rights advocates. In the four years since Barack Obama was first elected president in November 2008, an estimated 67 million firearms have been purchased in the United States. In November a record 2 million guns were sold in America. This was followed up by another record in December. 2.7 million guns were sold in America in the last month of 2012. Posted by Jim Hoft on Monday, January 14, 2013, 6:42 AM Honest Americans Bought Enough Guns in November and December to Outfit the Entire Chinese and Indian...
  • Live Thread: Media Worship Obama, Masquerading as "News Conference" at 11:15

    01/14/2013 7:11:23 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 167 replies
    Cable news everywhere
    Obama the Anointed will perform what used to be called a "news conference" today at the house he is currently occupying. Various worshipers of BO will be in attendance, bowing their knees, folding their hands, and obediently repeating every lie he utters.
  • Schumer Calls On WalMart & Other Retailers To Suspend Assault Weapons Sales While Debated In Cong...

    01/13/2013 9:24:59 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 114 replies
    Yeshiva World News ^ | Sunday, January 13th, 2013 | United States Senator Charles E. Schumer
    U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today called on the nation’s largest gun retailers to participate in a temporary moratorium on selling assault-style rifles until Congress has considered legislation to reduce gun violence. >snip A copy of Schumer’s letter can be found below: Michael Duke Chief Executive Officer Wal-Mart Thomas Millner Chief Executive Officer Cabela’s James Hagale Chief Executive Officer Bass Pro Shops David Pratt Chief Executive Officer Gander Mountain Darrell Webb Chief Executive Officer Sports Authority Rodney Faldyn Chief Executive Officer Academy Sports and Outdoors Steven G. Miller Chief Executive Officer Big Five Sports Dear Mr. Duke, Mr. Millner, Mr....
  • BREAKING NEWS: ATTEMPTED GUN BURGLARY TIED TO JOURNAL NEWS GUN MAPS

    01/13/2013 4:36:35 PM PST · by TigerClaws · 147 replies
    nysenate.gov ^ | 1/13/13
    Brewster, N.Y. – 1/13/2013 – Today Senator Greg Ball (Patterson – R, C, I) announced that a burglary has been reported on Davis Ave. in White Plains, New York that evidently ties into The Journal News gun maps. It is reported that the burglar used The Journal News’ interactive gun map to target a home included on the map. Luckily the gun was locked up and no one was hurt.
  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 13 January 2013

    01/13/2013 4:46:01 AM PST · by Alas Babylon! · 132 replies
    Various driveby media television networks ^ | 13 January 2013 | Various Self-Serving Politicians and Big Media Screaming Faces
    The Talk Shows January 13th, 2013 Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): Sens. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., and Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H.; Neera Tanden, president and CEO of the Center for American Progress; Larry Pratt, executive director of Gun Owners of America.MEET THE PRESS (NBC): Former Secretary of State Colin Powell; Mayor Cory Booker of Newark, N.J.; former Gov. Haley Barbour, R-Miss.FACE THE NATION (CBS): Sen Joe Manchin, D-W.Va.; Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.; retired Gen. Stanley McChrystal; Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.THIS WEEK (ABC): Sens. Jack Reed, D-R.I., Bob Corker, R-Tenn., and Manchin;...
  • 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...