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  • Senate to introduce gun control bill without assault weapons ban

    02/04/2013 2:49:17 PM PST · by neverdem · 130 replies
    American Thinker ^ | February 4, 2013 | Rick Moran
    If a ban can't pass the Senate, it certainly won't pass in the House. Consider the assault weapons ban a dead issue, while the ammunition limit is alive and well. Wall Street Journal: Senate Democratic leaders expect a gun bill to move to the Senate floor that includes most of the proposals backed by President Barack Obama, with the notable exception of a ban on military-style, semiautomatic weapons, a top aide to Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada said.The bill would likely seek to limit the capacity of ammunition magazines; expand background checks to include sales at gun shows and...
  • Explosion Reported in Lebanese City of Tyre

    02/03/2013 4:12:13 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 46 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 4/2/13 | Elad Benari
    A blast went off in southern Lebanon, near the city of Tyre, late on Sunday night, Al-Arabiya reported, based on local media sources. The blast reportedly occurred after an electronic device exploded in the area. The Lebanese Future TV network said that an “Israeli aircraft might have detonated an electronic transmission device” in the southern area of al-Fawwar. “Hizbullah has cordoned off the area,” Future TV added. The official Lebanese NNA news agency claimed that “Israeli aircraft did not leave the Lebanese airspace over the South all through the day.” Israel’s Channel 2 News, reporting on the explosion, cited a...
  • Super Bowl XLVII, Baltimore Ravens v San Francisco 49ers--LIVE THREAD

    02/03/2013 8:25:08 AM PST · by Perdogg · 840 replies
    Super Bowl XLVII, February 3rd, 2013 New Orleans Mercedes Benz Dome, CBS-TV, Westwood One radio, 630pm EST Baltimore Ravens v San Francisco 49ers (-4.5, O/U 47.5)
  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread...(sort of)

    02/03/2013 8:13:28 AM PST · by ROCKLOBSTER · 145 replies
    ROCKLOBSTER
    OK, somebody has to do it. Where else will we turn?
  • Energy Secretary Steven Chu resigns; led green energy push

    02/01/2013 10:57:25 AM PST · by illiac · 58 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 2/1/13 | AP
    WASHINGTON — Energy Secretary Steven Chu, who won a Nobel Prize in physics but came under questioning for his handling of a solar energy loan, is stepping down. Chu offered his resignation to President Barack Obama in a letter Friday. He said he will stay on at least until the end of February and may stay until a successor is confirmed. Chu’s departure had been widely expected and follows announcements by Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, Environmental Protection Agency chief Lisa Jackson and Jane Lubchenco, head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, that they are leaving.
  • Democrat Senator Supports 2nd Amendment as "Safeguard Against Tyranny" (!)

    02/01/2013 9:45:39 AM PST · by Atlas Sneezed · 43 replies
    Guns (magazine): "Know Your Lawmakers" ^ | February, 1960 | Hubert Humphrey
    "Certainly one of the chief guarantees of freedom under any government, no matter how popular and respected, is the right of citizens to keep and bear arms. This is not to say that firearms should not be very carefully used, and that definite safety rules of precaution should not be taught and enforced. But the right of citizens to bear arms is just one more guarantee against arbitrary government, one more safeguard against tyranny which now appears remote in America, but which historically has proved to be always possible" Senator Hubert H. Humphrey (D) Minn. "Know Your Lawmakers" Guns (magazine),...
  • Obama administration offers faith groups new opt-out of health care birth control mandate

    02/01/2013 9:09:08 AM PST · by reegs · 58 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 2/1/2013 | AP
    WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is announcing a broader opt-out for religious nonprofits that object to providing health insurance that covers birth control. The administration is allowing religious nonprofits to offer coverage that does not include contraception. In such a case, a third-party issuer will handle all business related to providing birth-control coverage for women, according to a source familiar with the changes who spoke only on condition of anonymity.
  • Two reported dead in explosion at US Embassy in Turkish capital Ankara

    02/01/2013 4:36:24 AM PST · by riverrunner · 51 replies
    hurriyetdailynews.com ^ | 1 February, 2013 | NA
    DHA photo A suspected suicide bombing has occurred in front of the U.S. Embassy in Ankara, causing at least two deaths. Two people, including the suspected assailant, as well as a security guard, were killed in the explosion while two others were injured, according to initial reports. The explosion occurred at the entrance used by the embassy personnel and their visitors, CNNTĂĽrk reported. A security guard at the X-ray machine at the entrance was killed in the explosion that occurred as the suspected suicide bomber was passing through the machine, the report said. Bomb experts are at the scene of...
  • Several reportedly injured in blast near U.S. embassy in Turkey

    02/01/2013 4:04:39 AM PST · by nuconvert · 24 replies
    Turkish news reports say an explosion in front of the U.S. Embassy in the Turkish capital Ankara has injured several people.
  • Breaking: Former New York City Mayor Ed Koch Dead at 88

    02/01/2013 3:35:10 AM PST · by Zakeet · 75 replies
    ABC News ^ | February 1, 2013
    Ed Koch, the brash, colorful and often confrontational mayor who helped to lead New York City out of its brush with bankruptcy in the 1970s, launching an astonishing municipal turnaround that continues to this day, has died. He was 88.
  • IRS: Cheapest Obamacare Plan Will Be $20,000 Per Family

    01/31/2013 2:43:47 PM PST · by rhema · 250 replies
    CNS News ^ | January 31, 2013 | Matt Cover
    In a final regulation issued Wednesday, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) assumed that under Obamacare the cheapest health insurance plan available in 2016 for a family will cost $20,000 for the year. Under Obamacare, Americans will be required to buy health insurance or pay a penalty to the IRS. The IRS's assumption that the cheapest plan for family of five will cost $20,000 per year is found in examples the IRS gives to help people understand how to calculate the penalty they will need to pay the government if they do not buy a mandated health plan. “The annual national...
  • Syria says Israeli warplanes hit military site

    01/30/2013 12:32:03 PM PST · by elhombrelibre · 60 replies
    Israel conducted a rare airstrike on a military target inside Syria, foreign officials and Syrian state TV say, amid fears President Bashar al-Assad's regime is providing weapons to the Islamic militant group Hezbollah. A statement from the Syrian military read aloud on state TV confirmed the strike, saying the jets bombed a military research centre in the area of Jamraya, northwest of the capital, Damascus.
  • Massachusetts Gov. Patrick picks ex-aide as interim senator

    01/30/2013 9:48:25 AM PST · by Wisconsinlady · 45 replies
    Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick has selected his former chief-of-staff William "Mo" Cowan to serve as interim U.S. senator until a special election to fill the seat left vacant by Secretary of State designate John Kerry.
  • 10:00 AM ET – WATCH LIVE Senate Judiciary hearing on gun violence

    01/30/2013 7:10:25 AM PST · by blueyon · 125 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | 1/30/2013 | The Right Scoop
    According to CNN, Gabrielle Giffords, Mark Kelly and the NRA’s Wayne LaPierre will testify at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on America’s gun violence crisis. You can watch it below. It begins at 10:00 AM ET.
  • Reagan's home could become a parking lot for Obama's library

    01/30/2013 6:40:42 AM PST · by SueRae · 74 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 1/30/2013 | William Kelly
    CHICAGO, Illinois, January 25, 2013 - A new Cold War is brewing here in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood and it has nothing to do with the frigid temperature. The apartment building at 832 E. 57th Street was once the Chicago home of a boy who would become a President. No, it’s not Barack Obama of Hawaii. It was at the apartment’s first floor window that a young Ronald Reagan looked out upon the world. But some powerful Chicagoans are planning to demolish Reagan’s historic home. Is it politically motivated? Is Mayor Rahm Emanuel behind the move? Reagan as a child....
  • Israel strikes at Syria-Lebanon border, sources say

    01/30/2013 6:20:02 AM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 16 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 1/30/2013 | REUTERS, JPOST.COM STAFF
    A western diplomat and three regional security sources said Wednesday that Israel Air Force warplanes struck a target on the Syrian-Lebanese border overnight, hours after Lebanon reported a series of three overflights by Israel in its airspace. Israel has expressed increasing concern over the fate of Syrian chemical and conventional weapons as the country slides further into chaos after almost two years of civil war.
  • GDP Shows Surprise Drop for U.S. in Fourth Quarter (unexpected alert)

    01/30/2013 5:46:18 AM PST · by Perdogg · 111 replies
    The U.S. economy posted a stunning drop of 0.1 percent in the fourth quarter, defying expectations for slow growth and possibly providing incentive for more Federal Reserve stimulus.
  • Obama Claims Adding 11 Million Low-Skilled Workers Will Strengthen the Middle Class

    01/30/2013 4:10:03 AM PST · by lowbridge · 51 replies
    http://frontpagemag.com ^ | January 28, 2013 | Daniel Greenfield
    They’re not contributing members. They take away jobs from Americans, leech off the social benefits system and commit a number of crimes besides the whole “illegal entry” deal. Jails tend to be full of illegal aliens for a reason. "Every day, like the rest of us, they go out and try to earn a living. Often they do that in a shadow economy — a place where employers may offer them less than the minimum wage or make them work overtime without extra pay. And when that happens, it’s not just bad for them, it’s bad for the entire economy....
  • Suspect in S. Ala. bus shooting said to have child in bunker

    01/29/2013 7:23:38 PM PST · by jodster36 · 23 replies
    WFSA News ^ | 1/29/13 | John Shyrock
    The Dale County Sheriff's Department has established a command post location at the intersection of 231 North and Private Road 1539 in Dale County, Alabama following a shooting Multiple agencies are present assisting with the incident where multiple reports are indicating that a bus driver was shot and a student on-board the bus was taken hostage. The incident started around 3:40pm Tuesday near Destiny Church The Sheriff's Department is confirming that one adult male was shot, though they could not say how serious the person's injuries were. There are no suspects in custody and officials would not confirm a child hostage situation Though there's no confirmed evidence of explosive devices,...
  • “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...