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  • Starbucks CEO: If You are Anti-Gay Marriage, ĎYou can Sell Your Sharesí

    03/30/2015 10:18:35 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 52 replies
    TPNN ^ | 3/30/15 | Cara Delvecchio
    At Starbucksí annual shareholderís meeting in Seattle on Wednesday a shareholder complained to Billionaire CEO, Schultz about the fact that Starbucks has lost customers because of its support of gay marriage. Starbucks supported Washingtonís stateís referendum backing gay marriage last year and in response the National Organization for Marriage started a boycott of the company. Tom Stobhar, founder of Corporate Morality Action Center, complained about the companyís support of gay marriage, citing that the companyís support for gay marriage has resulted in boycotts against the company that have cost Starbucks a considerable amount of business. ďIn the first full quarter...
  • Amazon.com moves drone testing to secret Canadian location after U.S. too slow granting permits

    03/30/2015 9:23:41 PM PDT · by Squawk 8888 · 11 replies
    National Post ^ | March 30, 2015 | Tristin Hopper
    VANCOUVER Ė Spurned by U.S. regulators, Amazon.com has turned to the one country where flying delivery robots are still welcome: Canada. On Monday, the U.K.ís Guardian newspaper revealed that the online retail giant is testing its latest prototypes for package-carrying drones at a top-secret site in British Columbia. ďWe are rapidly experimenting and iterating on Amazon Prime Air Ö including outdoors at a rural test site in Canada,Ē wrote Amazon spokesperson Kristen Kish in an email to the National Post. --- Located a mere 600 metres from the U.S. border, the Canadian testing grounds fulfill a lingering threat by Amazon...
  • Freep Idiot Mayor of Indianapolis Greg Ballard (317) 327-3601, FB & Twitter @MayorBallard

    03/30/2015 8:53:15 PM PDT · by Steelers6 · 6 replies
    It's obvious to me that Mayor Ballard cares more about Corporate Cash & the NCAA Final 4 than the 1st Amendment. He's either a progressive or too stupid to not realize that this a phony Democrats Smear Campaign and should support Gov Pence.
  • How Chicago has used financial engineering to paper over its massive budget gap

    03/30/2015 6:15:58 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 19 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | March 30, 2015 | Kristi Culpepper
    This article explains that the City of Chicago has concealed how it has dealt with its budget gap over the past decade. The city failed to cut its recurring expenditures to match its recurring revenues after it blew through its reserve funds. Instead, two administrations have: Used long-term debt to finance everyday expenses and maintenance; Used long-term debt to finance judgments and settlements, including police brutality cases, and retroactive wage increases and pension contributions for its unionized employees; Restructured the cityís existing debt to extend the maturities on its bonds far out into the future in order to avoid having...
  • Wilco cancels Indianapolis show over law protecting religous freedom

    03/30/2015 4:44:10 PM PDT · by bagadonutz · 62 replies
    puffington host ^ | 3/30/2015
    Wilco Cancels Upcoming Show In Indianapolis Because Of Anti-Gay 'Religious Freedom' Law Chicago-based rock band Wilco has canceled a show planned for May 7 in Indianapolis, Indiana, because of the anti-gay "religious freedom" bill signed into law by Gov. Mike Pence (R) last week. The band tweeted Monday that they wouldn't perform in the state, saying the Religious Freedom Restoration Act "feels like thinly disguised legal discrimination": The band is not the first group to speak out against the law, which would allow any individual or corporation to cite its religious beliefs as a defense when sued by a private...
  • Movement to Increase McDonaldís Minimum Wage Broadens Its Tactics

    03/30/2015 4:25:40 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 41 replies
    New York Times ^ | March 30, 2015 | By STEVEN GREENHOUSE
    On a recent Friday, Kwanza Brooks, a $7.25-an-hour McDonaldís worker, climbed into a 14-person van to take a four-hour ride from Charlotte, N.C., to Atlanta. As she and other workers headed south, Ms. Brooks, a short, fiery woman, swapped stories with her companions about unsafe conditions and unfair managers. Upon arriving, they joined more than 400 other people ó including home care aides, Walmart workers, child care workers and adjunct professors. The gathering was a strategy session to plan for the fast-food movementís next big wave of protests, which is now scheduled for April 15. But the meeting was also...
  • Author provides inside look at Argonne National Laboratoryís efforts to build a Ďsuper batteryí

    03/30/2015 4:11:19 PM PDT · by ckilmer · 23 replies
    uchicago.edu ^ | March 27, 2015 | By Laura Alessio
    Author provides inside look at Argonne National Laboratory‚Äôs efforts to build a ‚Äėsuper battery‚Äô By Laura Alessio March 27, 2015 So secretive were efforts to create the first self-sustained nuclear reaction in 1942 that physicist Enrico Fermi and his Manhattan Project team quietly toiled beneath the stands of Stagg Field and communicated with each other in code.That breakthrough ushered in the nuclear age, but also led to the creation of the country‚Äôs first national lab, Argonne National Laboratory. Some 70 years later, with 20 countries racing to achieve another world-changing scientific shift‚ÄĒto design and build a better rechargeable ‚Äúsuper battery‚ÄĚ‚ÄĒArgonne...
  • Obamacare Enrollment Split: Subsidies vs. No Subsidies

    03/30/2015 3:48:38 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 12 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | March 30, 2015 | By CHRIS JACOBS
    Two reports released in the past week demonstrate a potential bifurcation in state insurance exchanges: The insurance marketplaces appear to be attracting a disproportionate share of low-income individuals who qualify for generous federal subsidies, while middle- and higher-income filers have generally eschewed the exchanges. The overall picture presented is one of a bifurcated, or even trifurcated, system of health insurance. Individuals who qualify for very rich insurance subsidies or Medicaid have signed up for coverage, while those who qualify for small or no subsidies have not. It raises two obvious questions: Whether and how the exchanges can succeed long-term with...
  • The NO Mark Levin Show, M-F, 6pm-9pm EDT, WABC-AM, Monday, March 30th, 2015.

    03/30/2015 3:00:19 PM PDT · by carriage_hill · 23 replies
    The Mark Levin Show ^ | Monday, March 30th, 2015 | Mark R. Levin
    The Mark Levin Show is on-the-air: ďConservatism is the antidote to tyranny precisely because its principles are the founding principles.Ē -- Mark Levin in "Liberty and Tyranny". Welcome to ďThe Levin Lounge"... Step in and have a virtual FRink.Taking the country by storm, one radio station at a time Ė and kicking the BUTTS of the competition! Welcome all, to the most FUN LIVE THREAD on FreeRepublic.com! You can call Markís show: 1-877-381-3811.
  • The Gestapo is alive and well in Obamaís America

    03/30/2015 2:57:57 PM PDT · by dvan · 23 replies
    American Action News ^ | March 30, 2015 | Watne Allyn Root
    Press ? for keyboard shortcuts. The Gestapo is alive and well in Obamaís America People me Today at 2:53 PM . Mar 30, 2015 Source: Personal Liberty by: Wayne Allyn Root Hi. Iím Wayne Allyn Root for Personal Liberty. Barack Obama is going rogue. By every metric, the Obama economy is melting down. We are seeing the beginning stages of another recession, at best, or a total economic meltdown, at worst. At the moment, there are no decent-paying jobs in America. Obama has opened the border and given amnesty to at least 5 million illegal aliens already in the country,...
  • Dem bill establishes kids' weekend meals program

    03/30/2015 2:57:03 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 27 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 30, 2015 | By Cristina Marcos
    Rep. Dina Titus (D-Nev.) has unveiled legislation to establish a program, so schools and food banks can offer meals to low-income students on weekends and holidays. Titus's bill would create a five-year pilot program for providing food to students eligible for free or reduced lunch during the week, when school is out. The Nevada Democrat noted the measure comes at the same time as many schools are out for spring break. Students who rely on meals provided during the school day for sustenance consequently might not have enough to eat. "Vacation from school should never mean hunger for children. This...
  • ( WV ) Congressmanís STREAM Act Seeks to Reign in Anti-Coal Mining Agency

    03/30/2015 2:55:19 PM PDT · by george76 · 2 replies
    Townhall ^ | Mar 30, 2015 | Cortney O'Brien
    Coal is pretty important to West Virginia. Coal-fired electric power plants accounted for 95 percent of West Virginia's net electricity generation in 2013 and the state produces about 15 percent of all fossil fuel energy in the US. Whatís more, the Mountain State leads the nation in underground coal mine production. One government agency seems poised to slow these miners down, but not if Rep. Alex Mooney (R-WV) can help it. ďWest Virginia is blessed to be abundant in natural resources," Mooney said. "Unfortunately, the President is intent on destroying coal as a domestic energy source.Ē Rep. Mooney introduced the...
  • [Australia]set to introduce tax on bank deposits

    03/30/2015 9:40:27 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 25 replies
    ABC ^ | 28 March 2015
    The idea of a bank deposit tax was raised by Labor in 2013 and was criticised by Tony Abbott at the time. Assistant Treasurer Josh Frydenberg has indicated an announcement on the new tax could be made before the budget. The Government is heading for a fight with the banking industry, which has warned it will have to pass the cost back onto customers. Mr Frydenberg is a member of the Government's Expenditure Review Committee but has refused to provide any details
  • Ex-Feds Accused Of Pocketing Bitcoins During Investigation

    03/30/2015 2:32:11 PM PDT · by Theoria · 9 replies
    NPR ^ | 30 March 2015 | Krishnadev Calamur
    Two former federal agents accused of stealing bitcoins have been charged with wire fraud, money laundering and related offenses, the U.S. Justice Department said in a statement. Carl Force, a former special agent with the Drug Enforcement Administration, and Shaun Bridges, a former Secret Service special agent, were both part of a Baltimore task force investigating Silk Road, the online marketplace often labeled the eBay of the drug trade. Force was given the task of establishing communications with Ross Ulbricht, aka "Dread Pirate Roberts," the San Francisco man who has been linked to Silk Road. Ulbricht was convicted last month...
  • Obamaís 2010 Economic Estimate For 2014 Off By $1 Trillion

    03/30/2015 1:52:35 PM PDT · by george76 · 4 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 03/30/2015 | Neil Munro
    It highlights the huge gap between Obamaís promise that his progressive, big-government economic policies would jump-start the economy, and the hard reality of Americaís complex society and economy. The failure of Obama-economics was highlighted March 28, when the federal government admitted that the economy grew only 2.2 percent in 2014. ... Since 2009, the U.S. population has grown from 305 million to 321 million, including 11 million illegals. ... Even as he doubles down on his high-regulation, high-immigration policies, Obama insists that his top priority is increasing wages. ... But heís continuing to rapidly add immigrants to the nationís flooded...
  • Sales tax shocker: Rate will hit 10% in some Bay Area cities April 1

    03/30/2015 1:49:21 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 19 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | March 30, 2015 | By Kathleen Pender
    Sales tax rates are going up in parts of California on Wednesday and will, for the first time, hit double digits in some Northern California cities. Shoppers in Albany, Hayward and Union City and San Leandro in Alameda County and El Cerrito in Contra Costa County will pay 10 percent starting next month. If a bill in the state Legislature passes, more areas could be paying that much. The statewide sales tax rate is 7.5 percent. State law allows cities and counties to add up to 2 additional percentage points in local sales and use taxes. The Legislature passed bills...
  • Fact Check.org Rushes to Defend Federal Fracking Regulations, Steps on a Rake

    03/30/2015 1:26:09 PM PDT · by george76 · 6 replies
    Energy in Depth ^ | March 27, 2015 | Katie Brown
    This afternoon, Fact Check.org produced a fact-check that ostensibly criticizes U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK) for his contention that there has never been an instance of ground water contamination caused by hydraulic fracturing. Of course, this piece isnít really about Inhofe at all; but before we get into that, we canít help but wonder why they are fact-checking Inhofe and not former EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson Ö or Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz Ö or Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell ó all of whom have said exactly the same thing. Rather than a ďfact-check,Ē it reads more like an advocacy...
  • Foreclosure to Home Free, as 5-Year Clock Expires

    03/30/2015 12:35:33 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 35 replies
    New York Times ^ | 29 March 2015 | Michael Corkery
    In September, Susan Rodolfi celebrated an unusual anniversary: five years of missed mortgage payments. She is like a ghost of the housing marketís painful past, one of thousands of Americans who have skipped years of mortgage payments and are still living in their homes. Now a legal quirk could bring a surreal ending to her foreclosure case and many others around the country: They may get to keep their homes without ever having to pay another dime. The reason, lawyers for homeowners argue, is that the cases have dragged on too long. There are tens of thousands of homeowners who...
  • Apple CEO Tim Cook Compares Indiana Law to Jim Crow Laws in Scathing Op-Ed

    03/30/2015 12:19:46 PM PDT · by Zhang Fei · 57 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | March 30, 2015 | AFP
    Apple chief Tim Cook slammed what he called a wave of ďdangerousĒ laws in several US states that he said promote discrimination and erode equality, in an editorial published Sunday. Cook ó one of the most prominent chief executives to publicly acknowledge his homosexuality ó wrote in the Washington Post that so-called ďreligious freedomĒ laws passed in several states threaten to undo progress toward greater equality. "Thereís something very dangerous happening in states across the country," Cook wrote in the editorial.
  • Jenny McCarthy Predicts The View Has One Year Left: ĎThe Titanic Might Go Downí

    03/30/2015 10:58:11 AM PDT · by drewh · 35 replies
    Mediaite.com ^ | 12:52 pm, March 30th, 2015 | Matt Wilstein
    Jenny McCarthy and her husband Donnie Wahlberg appeared on Howard SternĎs SiriusXM show Monday and the host asked her point blank what she thinks about the apparent struggles at The View since her departure last year. ďI think they might try one more year and then I think the Titanic might go down,Ē McCarthy predicted, after which Stern pointed out that the ratings for the show have diminished since she left last summer and producers brought back Rosie OíDonnell (who has since left for the second time). McCarthy was hesitant to say so herself, but Wahlberg revealed that the show...
  • Half of U.S. Households Struggle to Save Even a Few Cents

    03/30/2015 10:32:15 AM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 66 replies
    nbcnews.com ^ | March 30, 2015
    Brother, can you spare a nickel? For roughly half of American households they answer is "barely," according to the results of a new survey by Bankrate.com. About half reported they are setting aside no more than 5 percent of their income in savings. One in five said they're not even able to save a penny. The highest savings rates were reported by those in the middle of the income ladder; more than a third of households earnings between $50,000 - 75,000 said they're saving more than 10 percent of their incomes, a higher rate than those in the highest-income bracket....
  • Republicans see Obama as more imminent threat than Putin: Reuters

    03/30/2015 10:08:37 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 61 replies
    Reuters ^ | 3/20/15
    - A third of Republicans believe President Barack Obama poses an imminent threat to the United States, outranking concerns about Russian President Vladimir Putin and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. A Reuters/Ipsos online poll this month asked 2,809 Americans to rate how much of a threat a list of countries, organizations and individuals posed to the United States on a scale of 1 to 5, with one being no threat and 5 being an imminent threat. The poll showed 34 percent of Republicans ranked Obama as an imminent threat, ahead of Putin (25 percent), who has been accused of aggression in...
  • Flashback: Hewlett-Packard Top Executive Ousted (Fiorina)

    03/30/2015 9:32:41 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 22 replies
    AP, via NBCNews.com ^ | 2/9/2005 | AP, via NBCNews.com
    Carly Fiorinaís nearly six-year reign at Hewlett-Packard Co. ended abruptly Wednesday as board members forced her out, disappointed by her inability to transform a plodding technology giant dominated by printer sales into a more nimble innovator. H-Pís stock, which has gone nowhere for two years and is down two-thirds from its peak in 2000, rose almost 7 percent after earlier soaring almost 11 percent on the news of her ouster. Board members said they fired the chief executive ó perhaps corporate Americaís most influential woman ó because Fiorina failed to slash costs and boost revenue as quickly as directors had...
  • Foreclosure to Home Free, as 5-Year Clock Expires

    03/30/2015 9:14:54 AM PDT · by Theoria · 109 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 29 March 2015 | Michael Corkery
    In September, Susan Rodolfi celebrated an unusual anniversary: five years of missed mortgage payments. She is like a ghost of the housing marketís painful past, one of thousands of Americans who have skipped years of mortgage payments and are still living in their homes. Now a legal quirk could bring a surreal ending to her foreclosure case and many others around the country: They may get to keep their homes without ever having to pay another dime. The reason, lawyers for homeowners argue, is that the cases have dragged on too long. There are tens of thousands of homeowners who...
  • Meerkat is dying Ė and itís taking U.S. tech journalism with it

    03/30/2015 9:12:38 AM PDT · by kingu · 13 replies
    BGR ^ | 3/30/2015
    About three days after it received a lavish new funding round, Meerkat died an ugly and embarrassing death. It is hard to decide whether the Great Meerkat Debacle that has unfolded over the past week is a tragedy or a comedy ó probably a bit of both. The mobile streaming app that had whipped U.S. tech journalists into a frenzy announced $14 million in new funding on Thursday. Money poured in from Jared Leto, Greylock Partners and other illustrious sources. On the same day, Twitter launched its rival streaming app called Periscope. Apparently, investors didnít stop to ponder why Meerkat...
  • NBC News Sued For Libel & Slander After Describing Rifle Target Company As Bomb Makers

    03/30/2015 8:45:26 AM PDT · by rktman · 23 replies
    bearingarms.com ^ | 3/30/2015 | Bob Owens
    NBC News and a local affiliate have being slapped with a libel and slander lawsuit for March, 23, 2015 report that aired on Today (also known as The Today Show) entitled, ďBombs for Sale? Popular Stores Sell ĎDangerous Explosives.'Ē
  • Angola joins Venezuela among biggest losers of oil's tumble

    03/30/2015 8:13:03 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 5 replies
    CNBC ^ | 28 March 2015 | Will Duke
    Plunging oil prices have been an economic windfall for U.S. consumers, primarily through greater savings at the pump. In energy-reliant countries around the world like Angola, however, the effect has been far less beneficial. Social and economic turmoil in countries like Venezuela and Russiaólargely because of the swoon in global oil pricesóhas drawn attention away from Angola, an OPEC member that is Africa's second-largest oil producer. The country churns out 1.75 million barrels of oil per day, according to the Energy Information Agency (EIA). The sub-Saharan country is hugely dependent on oil production to generate revenue for its economy, which...
  • Obama Puts Americaís Eggs in Iranís Basket

    03/30/2015 7:21:07 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 30, 2015 | Shawn Mitchell
    Ponder the dire significance of the extraordinary story from MSNBC(!) last Friday, reporting on US ďincoherenceĒ in the Middle East, the exploding chaos there, and the shocking news Arab states like Egypt, the Saudis, and UAE are withholding intelligence and launching attacks without consulting the US. Why? Because they donít trust Obama not to leak information to Iran. In seeking closer ties with Iran, Obama is threatening every other strategic US relationship in the region and candidly committing alliance-cide against Americaís closest ally there, Israel. The president, as chief executive and commander in chief may be the captain of foreign...
  • The Stooges Rule

    03/30/2015 7:00:08 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 30, 2015 | D.W. Wilber
    Never in the history of our nation have we experienced such a frighteningly inept and incompetent presidential administration. One could make a good argument that this would apply in all areas, but itís particularly applicable in the area of foreign policy and national security. Right after Bowe Bergdahlís release in the trade for five senior Taliban commanders, National Security Advisor Susan Rice described the Army deserter as serving with ďdistinction and honorĒ. The very same soldier now charged with Ďdesertion and misbehaviorí by the militaryís Uniform Code of Military Justice. Charges that can send Bergdahl to a military prison for...
  • New hepatitis C drugs cost government $4.5B

    03/30/2015 6:19:38 AM PDT · by C19fan · 7 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 30, 2015 | Sarah Ferris
    he federal government spent a whopping $4.5 billion on costly new drugs to cure hepatitis C among Medicare patients last year, a steep price that is likely to keep growing, federal records show. Spending on the super-selling drugs Ė which can cost $1,000 a day Ė increased more than 15 times compared to the previous year, according to a report Monday by ProPublica.
  • Churchgoers urging higher minimum wage march into Logan Square McDonald's

    03/30/2015 6:04:28 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 39 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | May 29, 2015 | By Meredith Rodriguez
    In commemoration of Palm Sunday, dozens of churchgoers marched into a Logan Square McDonald's singing, chanting and demanding a $15 minimum wage for the workers behind the counter. About 80 congregants had gathered at the Logan Square Monument moments earlier to receive communion and to use the example of Jesus riding into Jerusalem a week before Easter to demand what they called a living wage for all low-wage workers. "Jesus was participating in street theater on Palm Sunday. On that day he was riding in on that donkey. He was saying business as usual will not continue here," said Marilyn...
  • Increases in minimum wage cause problems in UREC budget

    03/30/2015 5:50:54 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 1 replies
    Central Michigan Life (Student Newspaper) ^ | March 28, 2015 | By Conner Emery
    With the recent increases in minimum wage, the Central Michigan University Recreation Department has restricted expenses to remain within its budget. Minimum wage increased from $7.40 per hour in 2013 to $8.15 per hour in 2014-15. While minimum wage has increased, the department's budget hasn't increased to compensate the statewide change. In Michigan, minimum wage is scheduled to increase every January over the next four years. Although the increase in wages has left little room for expenditures, UREC has made no drastic changes to their budget. "There have been no massive cutbacks, just changes to the overall strategy and reprogram,"...
  • 'Gay cake' case: Row could have wider implications for shop owners, court hears

    03/30/2015 4:49:32 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 13 replies
    BBC News - Northern Ireland ^ | March 30, 2015 | By Mark Simpson
    The 'gay cake' controversy could have implications for shop owners with religious beliefs, a court has heard. A barrister for County Antrim firm Ashers Baking Company said if they lost the discrimination case there would be wide-reaching consequences. He said it would mean a Muslim printer could not refuse to print a cartoon of the Prophet Muhammad. The case has been taken by a gay rights activist, Gareth Lee. He placed the order for the cake with Ashers. The barrister for Mr Lee said that businesses needed to make clear in advance what they would and would not do. He...
  • Wisconsinites sue over rail expansion for crude oil

    03/30/2015 1:45:40 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 14 replies
    Wisconsin Gazette ^ | March 26, 2015 | Lisa Neff, Staff writer
    Still, Margolis said, ďthe reality is thereís no way to safely transport the highly volatile crude from the Bakken oil field in North Dakota or the heavy crudes from the Alberta tar sands. Instead, these extreme fossil fuels should be left in the ground.ĒDays after the fiery derailment of an oil train near Galena, Illinois, nine Wisconsin citizens went to court to challenge an expansion of a rail system for oil trains in their community. The train had just passed through Wisconsin before the derailment. Their focus was on the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resourcesí decision to permit the filling...
  • Jeb Bush and Scott Walker Point G.O.P. to Contrary Paths

    03/29/2015 11:25:54 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 47 replies
    New York Times ^ | March 29, 2015 | JONATHAN MARTIN
    "...Mr. Bush, a privileged scion who married a Mexican woman and boasts of being bicultural, reflects his polyglot adopted hometown, Miami, and state. He is telling Republicans, in effect, that they must accept a changing country: that the path to the presidency will be found through appealing to voters who may not look like them, and with a standard-bearer whose state and immediate family resemble tomorrowís America.Mr. Walker, a small-town ministerís son who met his wife, a Milwaukee native, at a Wisconsin barbecue joint, is a product of one of the most politically and racially polarized regions of the country,...
  • O'MALLEY: NO MORE ROYALS

    03/29/2015 10:49:14 PM PDT · by CharlesOConnell · 13 replies
    NYTimes ^ | 3/29/15 | Nick Corasaniti
    Former Gov. Martin OíMalley of Maryland, who has been promoting himself to Democrats as a potential alternative to Hillary Rodham Clinton in the 2016 race for the White House, on Sunday spoke out against the possibility of a dynastic rematch between Mrs. Clinton and Jeb Bush. "The presidency of the United States is not some crown to be passed between two families," Mr. OíMalley said on ABCís "This Week."
  • Tim Cook: Apple Will Oppose Bills Like Indiana's 'Religious Freedom' Law

    03/29/2015 9:23:01 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 264 replies
    NBCNews ^ | March 28, 2015
    Tim Cook: Apple Will Oppose Bills Like Indiana's 'Religious Freedom' Law Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook on Sunday broadened his criticism of a new law in Indiana, which opponents say could be used to discriminate against gay people, to other states that he says have similar laws. Indiana Gov. Mike Pence signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act into law Thursday, sparking an outcry from those, including Cook, who say it could be used to protect businesses that refuse to serve gay people. The law's supporters say it will prevent the government from forcing business owners from providing services that go...
  • Ex-CFO Who Slammed Chick-fil-A Lives on Food Stamps (lost his $200K+ job)

    03/29/2015 9:18:22 PM PDT · by sickoflibs · 79 replies
    newser ^ | Mar 28, 2015 | Neal Colgrass
    (Newser) Ė Things haven't gone too well for the former CFO who criticized Chick-fil-A in a video he posted on YouTube. Unable to find lasting work, 37-year-old Adam Smith is living on food stamps with his wife and four kids in the RV they call home, he tells ABC News. "I think people are scared," Smith says of potential employers. "I think people are scared that it could happen again." Back in the summer of 2012, as thousands of people were opposing Chick-fil-A's stance on gays, Smith rolled into a Chick-fil-A drive-thru for a free glass of water and slammed...
  • USDA Promotes Terrifying Body Exhibit to Fight Childhood Obesity

    03/29/2015 7:46:27 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 34 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | March 27, 2015 | Elizabeth Harrington
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture is promoting a giant full-body exhibit for kids to walk through to promote healthy eating habits.While encouraging schools to apply for nearly $6 million in grants to help them comply with the First Lady Michelle Obama-promoted Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act new lunch standards, the USDA highlighted efforts by the Kansas State Department of Education.ďBody Venture, a traveling health education exhibit sponsored by Kansas State Department of Education travels to schools to teach students about nutrition and physical activity,Ē the USDA said in a blog post Friday.Body Venture is a 45-foot by 50-foot exhibit that starts...
  • Fears of a new global crash as debts and dollarís value rise

    03/29/2015 6:19:27 PM PDT · by 9thLife · 13 replies
    the guardian ^ | Saturday 28 March 2015 12.00 EDT | Heather Stewart
    Greek ministers are spending this weekend, almost five grinding years since Athens was first bailed out, wrangling over the details of the spending cuts and economic reforms they have drawn up to appease their creditors. As the recriminations fly between Europeís capitals, campaigners are warning that the global community has failed to learn the lessons of the Greek debt crisis Ė or even of Argentinaís default in 2001, the consequences of which are still being contested furiously in courts on both sides of the Atlantic. As Janet Yellenís Federal Reserve prepares to raise interest rates, boosting the value of the...
  • Budget 2015: Federal Government set to introduce tax on bank deposits (Australia)

    03/29/2015 5:32:03 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 19 replies
    http://www.abc.net.au/ ^ | 3-29-15 | ABC Australia
    The Federal Government looks set to introduce a tax on bank deposits in the May budget. The idea of a bank deposit tax was raised by Labor in 2013 and was criticised by Tony Abbott at the time. Assistant Treasurer Josh Frydenberg has indicated an announcement on the new tax could be made before the budget. The Government is heading for a fight with the banking industry, which has warned it will have to pass the cost back onto customers. Mr Frydenberg is a member of the Government's Expenditure Review Committee but has refused to provide any details.
  • Gun Talk Radio, Sunday, March 29th, 2015.

    03/29/2015 5:03:06 PM PDT · by carriage_hill · 19 replies
    Gun Talkģ Radio Network ^ | Sunday, March 29th, 2015 | Tom Gresham
    ~~~ Come on in and shoot the breeze! ~~~ Welcome to Tom Gresham's Gun Talkģ Radio Network, the only nationally syndicated radio talk show about firearms, shooting and gun rights. Tune in on Sundays, 08:00-11:00pm EST, and give us a call at 1-866-825-5486.
  • Ted Cruz Signs Up For Obamacare Is Your Short-Sighted Media Fixation Of The Week

    03/29/2015 4:18:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | March 29, 2015 | Jason Linkins
    As you may have heard, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) this week officially joined the 2016 GOP primary scrum (or, if you've a yen for parsing narrow legal definitions, leaped past that scrum), in a fancy to-do at Liberty University -- a fitting venue for Cruz to lay down the foundation of his pitch to the conservative base, in which he adopts the persona of Jesus H. Reagan. Or, if you prefer, Ronald H. Christ -- it's essentially the same concept, and I am not a picky man. But what Cruz did next was very puzzling: He signed up for Obamacare....
  • (Michelle Obama Approved) Flaminí Hot Cheetos Qualify as ĎSmart Snackí Under Federal Guidelines

    03/29/2015 3:13:16 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 29 replies
    NPR ^ | March 28, 2015 | Monica Eng
    Guess What Makes The Cut As A 'Smart Snack' In Schools? Hot Cheetos Flamin' Hot Cheetos might conjure a lot of descriptors: spicy, crunchy, unnaturally fiery red. But it's a good bet that "healthy" didn't exactly spring to mind. Yet it turns out that those fiery Cheetos beloved by school children (some kids even made an epic rap paean to Hot Cheetos a few years ago) actually qualify as a "Smart Snack" under revised federal nutrition guidelines for schools. The Obama administration rolled out the new guidelines last year in a bid to limit the amount of junk food kids...
  • Law firm: Dinosaur cheating tipped workers

    03/29/2015 1:00:29 PM PDT · by Kenny500c · 42 replies
    Albany Times-Union ^ | March 29, 2015 | Lauren Stanforth
    A New York City law firm known for filing class action lawsuits on behalf of chain restaurant workers is going after Dinosaur Bar-B-Que for what it says is the systemic underpayment of tipped workers like servers and bartenders. The law firm of Fitapelli & Schaffer said it has filed a class action lawsuit in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York involving all six New York state Dinosaur Bar-B-Que locations, including the one opened in Troy in 2010. Dinosaur has made tipped workers spend at least 20 percent of their time doing non-tippable work ó like rolling...
  • ( NYC ) City housing agency faces $98M shortfall

    03/29/2015 10:31:11 AM PDT · by george76 · 16 replies
    Crains - New York ^ | March 27, 2015 | Amanda Fung
    The beleaguered New York City Housing Authority said it faces a $98 million budget gap this year that will grow to $400 million by 2025 ... the "financial model for pubic housing is unsustainable." Meanwhile, the Daily News also reported that NYCHA sold off supplies that were needed for repairs and cleanup at its complexes across the city.
  • Obama Golfs With Big Money, Oil Moguls in Florida

    03/29/2015 9:47:01 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 16 replies
    ABC News ^ | March 29, 2015 | By JOSH LEDERMAN
    President Barack Obama is teeing off in Florida with a trio of oil and private equity moguls. Obama was joined for his round of golf Sunday by Jim Crane, who owns the Floridian. Crane is a major Democratic donor who also golfed with Obama and Tiger Woods in 2013. Also in Obama's foursome is Milton Carroll. He's on the board of directors of Halliburton, the oil company closely associated with former Republican Vice President Dick Cheney.
  • Oakland Kids Get A Raise From The New Minimum Wage

    03/29/2015 8:41:47 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 54 replies
    NPR ^ | March 25, 2015 | by SAVANNAH ROBINSON
    Eighteen-year-old Alicia Donaldson works at a busy McDonald's in East Oakland. Her job is more complicated than anyone might think. "When you do the grill and the chicken by yourself, it's not easy," she admits. "You have to put down the meat on the grill, and then put chicken in the grease. People get burned a lot." That's a lot of pain for only $9 an hour. Today it's still hard work, but now Alicia is making $12.25 instead. "When I worked 56 hours my check was about $480," she remembers. This month the highest minimum wage in the nation...
  • Earnings "Beat the Street" Manipulation Underway as Profit Warnings Mount

    03/29/2015 8:30:49 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 29, 2015 | Mike Shedlock
    Of S&P 500 companies providing first-quarter outlooks, MarketWatch reports 84% have been negative as Profit Warnings Pile Up.Ahead of the start of earnings reporting season, which unofficially kicks off when Alcoa Inc., reports results on April 8, about 84% of the companies that have provided first-quarter outlooks gave negative outlooks. Thatís above the 81% that warned Q1 2014, and the five-year average of 68%.< I believe that yellow highlight I added should say Q3. More importantly, it would have been nice for MarketWatch to actually link to FactSet because it contains some interesting charts and analysis.Earnings Insight Let's dive into...
  • Thrift Store Shopper Finds Loaded Gun Inside Used Golf Bag

    03/29/2015 8:22:35 AM PDT · by rktman · 62 replies
    huffingtonpost.com ^ | 3/29/2015 | unknown
    He took the weapon to Bullhead City police, who say it was not registered or reported lost or stolen.