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  • “What Should America Do About Gun Violence?”(Senate Hearing)

    01/29/2013 5:58:46 PM PST · by FR_addict · 40 replies
    Senate WebSite ^ | 1/23/2013 | Senate Judiciary Committee
    Senate Judiciary Committee Full Committee DATE: January 30, 2013 TIME: 10:00 AM ROOM: Hart 216 OFFICIAL HEARING NOTICE / WITNESS LIST: January 23, 2013 NOTICE OF COMMITTEE HEARING The Senate Committee on the Judiciary has scheduled a hearing entitled “What Should America Do About Gun Violence?” for Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 10:00 a.m., in Room 216 of the Hart Senate Office Building. By order of the Chairman. UPDATED Witness List Hearing before the Senate Committee on the Judiciary “What Should America Do About Gun Violence?” Wednesday, January 30, 2013 Hart Senate Office Building, Room 216 10:00 a.m. Captain Mark...
  • Arrest numbers signal 9 percent jump in illegal immigration in 2012 [Obama says border "fortified"]

    01/29/2013 10:30:32 AM PST · by traumer · 10 replies
    Even as President Obama travels to Las Vegas Tuesday to call for legalizing illegal immigrants, the latest numbers from the U.S. Border Patrol suggest that the flow across the nation’s southwest border jumped by 9 percent up last year. The Border Patrol made 356,873 arrests along the U.S.-Mexico border in fiscal year 2012, up from 327,577 in 2011, according to figures obtained by the Associated Press and confirmed by The Washington Times. Border Patrol officials estimate that apprehensions are a good proxy for illegal crossings, so when the numbers go up, it means that the flow of illegal immigrants is...
  • US: Consumer Confidence falls to 58.6 in January

    01/29/2013 7:28:01 AM PST · by John W · 17 replies
    FXstreet.com ^ | January 29, 2013 | FXstreet.com
    FXstreet.com (Barcelona) - The most awaited piece of data for today surprised investors negatively, as Consumer Confidence in the US fell from 65.1 to 58.6 in January. Actual data came in much lower than the 64.0 expected.
  • Obama to announce his immigration reform plan, said to be more liberal than Senate effort

    01/29/2013 5:29:25 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 58 replies
    Wash Post ^ | 1/29/13 | David Nakamura and Rosalind S. Helderman
    The Obama administration has developed its own proposals for immigration reform that are more liberal than a separate bipartisan effort in the Senate, including a quicker path to citizenship for illegal immigrants, people with knowledge of the proposals said.
  • Boy Scouts of America considering dropping its ban on gay members

    01/28/2013 12:21:34 PM PST · by Ron C. · 238 replies
    Fox News ^ | 1/28/2013 | Greg Norman
    <p>The Boy Scouts of America is considering dropping a longtime ban on gay members, according to a spokesman.</p> <p>“The BSA is discussing potentially removing the national membership restriction regarding sexual orientation,'' spokesman Deron Smith said in a statement obtained by FoxNews.com. "This would mean there would no longer be any national policy regarding sexual orientation, but that the chartered organizations that oversee and deliver Scouting would accept membership and select leaders consistent with their organization’s mission, principles or religious beliefs."</p>
  • FReepers: Never give up your guns!! [FReepathon thread XII]

    01/28/2013 11:27:09 AM PST · by Jim Robinson · 568 replies
    Obama and his socialist-fascist regime now wants to take our guns. Like hell you say. America answers by buying guns in record numbers. Americans will never allow themselves to be disarmed. The founding fathers intended American citizens to be armed to defend themselves from just such runaway tyrannical government. America's response to Obama's attempted gun grab: FUBO!! You want my gun? Come and take it!! Never surrender!! Never retreat!! Never give up your guns!! Free Republic stands for God and country!! We defend Life, Family, Constitution, Liberty!! And we defend our God-given, constitutionally guaranteed right to keep and bear arms!!...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Journalist Accosted by Security over Mayor Bloomberg Gun Control Question

    01/28/2013 9:55:38 AM PST · by AtlasStalled · 65 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 01/28/13 | Wynton Hall
    In an explosive exchange outside the U.S. Conference of Mayors meeting in Washington, D.C., security guards for billionaire New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg accosted senior Talk Radio Network investigative reporter Jason Mattera when he asked the mayor about his strong support for gun control.
  • NBC Exclusive: Boy Scouts Close to Ending Ban on Gay Members, Leaders

    01/28/2013 10:15:05 AM PST · by kristinn · 174 replies
    NBC News ^ | Monday, January 28, 2013 | Pete Williams
    The Boy Scouts of America, one of the nation’s largest private youth organizations, is actively considering an end to its decades-long policy of banning gay scouts or scout leaders, according to scouting officials and outsiders familiar with internal discussions. If adopted by the organization’s board of directors, it would represent a profound change on an issue that has been highly controversial -- one that even went to the US Supreme Court. The new policy, now under discussion, would eliminate the ban from the national organization’s rules, leaving local sponsoring organizations free to decide for themselves whether to admit gay scouts....
  • (NY) State Officials To Visit The Adirondacks, Southern Tier And Western New York About NY SAFE Act

    Albany, NY – Teams made up of members of the New York State Police and Division of Criminal Justice Services to visit communities across the state starting this week. The teams will be available to meet local law enforcement and answer questions from New Yorkers regarding NY SAFE Act.Tuesday, January 2912:00 PM Mike Green, Executive Deputy Commissioner, Division of Criminal Justice Services and Steve Hogan, First Deputy Counsel, New York State Police present the NY SAFE Act in Erie County Clarence Public Library 3 Town Place Clarence, New York OPEN PRESS12:00 PM First Deputy Superintendent Kevin Gagan, New York State...
  • Barack Obama To Shut Down Southern Air Defense Systems

    01/28/2013 8:17:09 AM PST · by 11th_VA · 126 replies
    Market Daily News ^ | January 23rd, 2013 | Mack Slavo
    As the U.S. government continues to expand surveillance and monitoring systems to the tune of hundreds of billions of dollars within the borders of the United States, a recent announcement regarding the country’s southern air defense systems is raising eyebrows. Our southern border is, in part, protected by the Tethered Aerostat Radar System (TARS), which utilizes moored balloons hovering at about 15,000 feet to identify low flying aircraft and missiles that may penetrate the border and cross into U.S. airspace. The system is utilized by the U.S. Air Force, North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), and U.S. Customs and Border...
  • Morsi Declares State of Emergency in Three Cities [Egypt]

    01/27/2013 2:18:12 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 39 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 27/1/13 | Staff
    Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi declared a 30-day state of emergency, Sunday night, in the cities of Port Said, Suez and Ismailiya, in response to violent anti-government demonstrations around the country. The state of emergency includes a curfew... Morsi said, "The attacks we have been seeing for the last few days are unacceptable actions against Egypt and the revolution, and I will fight the attackers with utmost power and determination."
  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 27 January 2013

    01/27/2013 5:02:48 AM PST · by Alas Babylon! · 217 replies
    Various driveby media television networks ^ | 27 January 2013 | Various Self-Serving Politicians and Big Media Screaming Faces
    The Talk Shows January 27th, 2013 Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): Sens. Dick Durbin, D-IL., and Bob Corker, R-TN.; retired Air Force Col. Martha McSally; retired Army Lt. Gen. Jerry Boykin, executive vice president of the Family Research Council. MEET THE PRESS (NBC): Rep. Paul Ryan, R-WI.; Jim DeMint, president-elect of the Heritage Foundation; Ben Jealous, president and CEO of the NAACP.FACE THE NATION (CBS): Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-CA; New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly; Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-TN; former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.THIS WEEK (ABC): Sens. Robert Menendez,...
  • Gun Owners Refuse to Register Under New York Law

    01/26/2013 8:06:51 AM PST · by EXCH54FE · 199 replies
    New American ^ | Jan 25, 2013 | Alex Newman
    After Democrats in New York rammed a sweeping assault on the right to keep and bear arms through the legislature that failed to exempt police officers from the draconian restrictions, gun owners and even some lawmakers are planning what has been dubbed potentially the largest act of civil disobedience in state history. According to news reports, gun rights activists are urging everyone to defy far-left Governor Andrew Cuomo’s new registration mandate while daring authorities to “come and take it.” Analysts say the legislation, passed in a frenzy last week in the wake of the Newtown shooting, represents the most brazen...
  • Iowa's Sen. Harkin [D] to retire: Won't seek re-election

    01/26/2013 8:46:09 AM PST · by fieldmarshaldj · 89 replies
    KWWL.com ^ | 1-26-2013 | Dan Schillinger
    <p>CUMMING (AP) - Iowa Senator Tom Harkin said he will not seek re-election in 2014.</p> <p>The 73-year-old told The Associated Press in an interview, "It's just time to step aside."</p> <p>By the time Harkin would finish a sixth term, he would be 81 years old.</p>
  • NLRB: We will continue to act despite the Appeals Court decision

    01/25/2013 2:11:01 PM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 119 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 1-25-2013 | Sean Higgins
    Mark Gaston Pearce, chairman of the National Labor Relations Board, issued the following statement in reaction to today’s DC Appeals Court decision that President Obama use of recess appointments to install three people on the NLRB last year was unconstitutional. The action renders the board without a quorum to act and potentially invalidates a year’s worth of actions and rulings by it. Pearce indicated that the NLRB will attempt to continue on regardless:
  • Gingrich Schools Gun-Grabbing Piers Morgan: 'Isn't Your Real View That You Would Ban Pistols?'

    01/25/2013 12:46:39 PM PST · by Kaslin · 99 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 25, 2013 | Scott Whitlock
    Newt Gingrich on Thursday night interrogated the gun-grabbing Piers Morgan, pushing the CNN host as to what his real motives are. An aggressive Gingrich insisted, "So, why don't you share your real view?...Isn't your real view that you would ban pistols if you could?" [See video below. MP3 audio here.] The Republican also told the British anchor why the Founding Fathers were able to defeat "your army." Morgan swore that his concern was "the high-powered guns of any variety which can fire 30 or 40 or more rounds in less than a minute." He added, "...That would be my primary...
  • Holder begins gun-control push

    01/25/2013 10:28:34 AM PST · by xtinct · 57 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1/25/2013 | Megan R. Wilson
    The Justice Department is taking the first steps toward carrying out President Obama’s executive actions on gun control. Attorney General Eric Holder on Friday released three proposals to strengthen the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), which was one of the 23 actions ordered by Obama last week to tackle gun violence. The proposed regulations would give local law-enforcement agencies access to the gun-sale database that is maintained by the FBI. The rules would also preserve records of denied weapons sales indefinitely. Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/regwatch/pending-regs/279345-holder-begins-gun-control-push#ixzz2J0rAP551 Follow us: @thehill on Twitter | TheHill on Facebook
  • Feinstein: We cannot allow the rights of a few to override safety...

    01/25/2013 8:55:11 AM PST · by kiryandil · 118 replies
    The Congressional Record ^ | January 24, 2013 | D. Feinstein D(CA)
    <p>It will be an uphill battle--all the way. I know this.</p> <p>Do we let the gun industry take over and dictate policy to this country? Do we let those who profit from increasing sales of these military style-weapons prevent us from taking commonsense steps to stop the carnage?</p>
  • Federal appeals court rules Obama recess appointments to labor board are unconstitutional

    01/25/2013 8:03:48 AM PST · by green iguana · 66 replies
    WaPo ^ | 01.25.13 | A.P.
    A federal appeals court has ruled that President Barack Obama violated the Constitution when he bypassed the Senate to fill vacancies on a labor relations panel. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit says Obama did not have the power to make recess appointments earlier this year to the National Labor Relations Board.
  • Feinstein Gun Control Bill to Exempt Government Officials

    01/25/2013 5:27:23 AM PST · by Perdogg · 110 replies
    Not everyone will have to abide by Senator Dianne Feinstein's gun control bill. If the proposed legislation becomes law, government officials and others will be exempt. "Mrs. Feinstein's measure would exempt more than 2,200 types of hunting and sporting rifles; guns manually operated by bolt, pump, lever or slide action; and weapons used by government officials, law enforcement and retired law enforcement personnel," the Washington Times reports.
  • Emails show FBI investigating Sen. Bob Menendez for sleeping with underage Dominican prostitutes

    01/25/2013 12:32:40 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | January 25, 2013 | David Martosko, executive editor
    Documents published online for the first time Thursday indicate that the FBI opened an inquiry into New Jersey Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez on August 1, 2012, focusing on repeated trips he took to the Dominican Republic with longtime campaign contributor and Miami eye doctor Salomon Melgen. TheDC reported in November that Menendez purchased the service of prostitutes in that Caribbean nation at a series of alcohol-fueled sex parties. The documents, which The Daily Caller had obtained hours earlier from an anonymous source, also indicate that Carrie Levine, research director at Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), was alerted...
  • Communists Cheer On Obama's Gun Grab

    01/24/2013 6:26:35 PM PST · by VitacoreVision · 54 replies
    The New American ^ | 24 January 2013 | William F. Jasper
    No surprise that the Communist Party USA, plus official voices from Communist China and Russia, endorse Obama's latest attacks on the 2nd Amendment. Communists Cheer On Obama’s Gun Grab The New American 24 January 2013 It should come as no surprise that the Communist Party USA is on board with President Obama’s plan to attack Americans’ right to keep and bear arms as a means to “end gun violence.” A cardinal feature of communist regimes, like all dictatorships, is the prohibition of private ownership of arms, creating a monopoly of force in the hands of the State. In a...
  • Rhode Island House easily passes gay marriage bill

    01/24/2013 5:36:59 PM PST · by Alter Kaker · 48 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 24, 2013 | Fox News
    PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Rhode Island House of Representatives on Thursday overwhelmingly passed legislation to allow gays and lesbians to marry in the only New England state where they can't. The House voted 51-19 after an often emotional debate that touched on civil rights, religion and the nature of marriage. The bill now moves to the Senate, where both supporters and opponents of gay marriage say it is difficult to predict the bill's fate. "This has been a long journey," said House Speaker Gordon Fox, who is gay and supported same-sex legislation when it was first introduced in 1997. "Today...
  • 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
    Link only
  • '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...