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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.