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  • Wells Fargo ad to feature a lesbian couple

    05/05/2015 3:51:10 PM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 27 replies
    wyff4.com ^ | April 23, 2015
    As several small businesses have made headlines recently by rejecting lesbian and gay customers, Wells Fargo is trying to publicly embrace the LGBT community and attract their business. On Monday, the bank will release nine different TV commercials in markets across the country, featuring a diverse range of people. One of the ads will show a lesbian couple learning sign language because they're adopting a hearing-impaired child. The ad is the first of its kind for the banking industry. "The notion of all of these ads is really telling stories to create a sense of togetherness," said Jamie Moldafsky, chief...
  • With all eyes on Senate, Assembly passes bill to increase minimum wage (updated) (new york)

    05/05/2015 3:24:26 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 8 replies
    timesunion.com ^ | may 4, 2015 | matthew hamilton
    Members of the Assembly discussed into the late evening Monday a proposal that would increase the minimum wage across the state by the end of 2016 and raise the wage even higher in New York City and its suburbs. It eventually passed 94-43 just after 7:45 p.m. -snip The proposal would raise the statewide minimum wage to $10.50 by Dec. 31, 2016. The minimum wage in New York City and Nassau, Suffolk, and Westchester counties would simultaneously rise to $12.50. Another increase to $11.55 statewide and $13.75 in the New York metro area would come by the end of 2017, and yet...
  • Obama administration approves first ferry service to Cuba

    05/05/2015 2:54:03 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 5, 2015 5:46 PM EDT | Michael Weissenstein
    The Obama administration approved the first ferry service in decades between the United States and Cuba on Tuesday, potentially opening a new path for the hundreds of thousands of people and hundreds of millions of dollars in goods that travel between Florida and Havana each year. Baja Ferries, which operates passenger service in Mexico, said it had received a license from the Treasury Department. Robert Muse, an attorney for Baja Ferries, said he believed that other ferry service petitions had also been approved. The Treasury Department said it could not immediately confirm that, but Florida-based Havana Ferry Partners told the...
  • Obama eyes big change to rules on overtime pay

    05/05/2015 1:49:30 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 32 replies
    CBS News ^ | May 5, 2015 | ByARDEN FARHI
    Under current law, employers are required to pay time-and-a-half wages to employees working more than 40 hours a week only if they earn less than $23,660 annually. The Obama administration is intent on increasing - and likely more than doubling - that salary threshold, according to people briefed on the administration's plans. That change is likely to have significant impact on workers in retail and the food services industry, like a restaurant manger who earns $30,000 a year but works 60 hours a week. "We need a national wage floor that that rises each year, so that its purchasing power...
  • Feds Will Regulate Christmas Lights

    05/05/2015 4:28:33 AM PDT · by markomalley · 24 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 5/5/2015 | Elizabeth Harrington
    The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued a regulation for Christmas lights on Monday, deeming some holiday decorations a “substantial product hazard.”“The Consumer Product Safety Commission … is issuing a final rule to specify that seasonal and decorative lighting products that do not contain any one of three readily observable characteristics (minimum wire size, sufficient strain relief, or overcurrent protection), as addressed in a voluntary standard, are deemed a substantial product hazard under the Consumer Product Safety Act (“CPSA”),” the final rule said.The ruling applies to a variety of Christmas decorations, including “stars, wreathes, candles without shades, light sculptures, blow-molded...
  • To All Innocent Fifth Columnists: A Call to Action

    05/05/2015 11:43:33 AM PDT · by Noumenon · 7 replies
    1941 | Ayn Rand
    To All Innocent Fifth Columnists Ayn Rand - 1941 You who read this represent the greatest danger to America. No matter what the outcome of the war in Europe may be, Totalitarianism has already won a complete victory in many American minds and conquered all of our intellectual life. You have helped it to win. Perhaps it is your right to destroy civilization and bring dictatorship to America, but not unless you understand fully what you are doing. If that is what you want to do, say so openly, at least to your own conscience, and we who believe in...
  • Wells Fargo charged with opening accounts without permission

    05/05/2015 11:36:54 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 16 replies
    CNN, via WCYB.com ^ | May 5, 2015 | Chris Isidore
    Wells Fargo is accused of opening up accounts and credit cards in customers' names without their authorization. The complaint charges that bank employees opened new accounts for existing customers without their authorization, in order to meet sales quotas. The employees also allegedly transferred money from customers' authorized accounts to pay fees on the unauthorized accounts. When fees on unauthorized accounts went unpaid, some customers were placed into collection. Others had negative information placed on their credit reports as a result.
  • The New York Times: Pink Politics and Red Ink

    05/05/2015 11:08:48 AM PDT · by all the best · 5 replies
    The Tea Party Economist ^ | May 2, 2015 | Gary North
    The New York Times, along with all other print-based city newspapers, is slowly going bankrupt. Specifically, Craigslist is killing them. Generally, the Web is killing them. They are all doomed. There are no exceptions. They are like mastodons caught in the tar pit. Some of them are sinking faster than others, but all of them are sinking. What is killing them is the loss of advertising revenue in print editions. That is where the money is. That is where the money has always been. To make profits, they have to sell ad space on large pieces of paper — newsprint....
  • E.P.A. Carbon Emissions Plan Could Save Thousands of Lives, Study Finds

    05/05/2015 10:35:12 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 24 replies
    New York Times ^ | May 5, 2015 | By SABRINA TAVERNISE and CORAL DAVENPORT
    New carbon emissions standards that were proposed last year for coal-fired power plants in the United States would substantially improve human health and prevent more than 3,000 premature deaths per year, according to a new study. The study, led by researchers at Syracuse and Harvard Universities, used modeling to predict the effect on human health of changes to national carbon standards for power plants. Researchers calculated that the changes in the E.P.A. rule could prevent 3,500 premature deaths a year and more than 1,000 heart attacks and hospitalizations from air-pollution-related illness. Charles T. Driscoll, a professor of environmental systems engineering...
  • Extreme secrecy eroding support for Obama's trade pact

    05/05/2015 9:41:56 AM PDT · by Scutter · 17 replies
    Politico ^ | 5/4/15 | Edward-Isaac Dovere
    If you want to hear the details of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal the Obama administration is hoping to pass, you’ve got to be a member of Congress, and you’ve got to go to classified briefings and leave your staff and cellphone at the door.
  • Garfield County officials: BLM sage-grouse plans take turn for worse ( Colorado and )

    05/05/2015 9:34:50 AM PDT · by george76 · 7 replies
    Grand Junction Sentinel ^ | May 4, 2015 | Dennis Webb
    Garfield County officials said Monday the Bureau of Land Management is considering even-stricter measures to protect greater sage-grouse than previously contemplated, rather than listening to concerns the county and others have raised. As a cooperating agency, the county got an advance look Friday at the revised proposal the agency is now considering. “It is very dramatic in terms of the changes (from a draft BLM proposal) that are being proposed,” Fred Jarman, the county’s community development director, told county commissioners Monday. Jarman and Garfield Commissioner Tom Jankovsky said the proposed measures are the result of directives coming from Washington, D.C....
  • How Many Times Has The Dow Crossed the 18,000 Mark?

    05/05/2015 8:43:08 AM PDT · by MosesKnows · 34 replies
    May 5, 2015 | MosesKnows
    Dow at 18,000 How many times has the Dow crossed the 18,000 mark? It seems that the Dow goes below 18,000 and then above 18,000 once or twice a week. I was curious if this many threshold crossings were normal as a market creates a direction.
  • Seattle $15 Minimum Wage Killing Jobs, Hurting Students

    05/05/2015 8:39:36 AM PDT · by rktman · 52 replies
    pjmedia.com ^ | 5/5/2015 | Walter Hudson
    Students at the University of Washington in Tacoma are getting an object lesson in the value of a dollar. As economic dominoes fall in the wake of a municipal minimum wage hike to $15 per hour in Seattle, university students find themselves digging deeper into their pockets to cover higher prices resulting from the mandate
  • Tobacco tax initiative proposed for California

    05/05/2015 8:33:31 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 7 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | May 4, 2015 | by PATRICK MCGREEVY
    Stepping up pressure on the California Legislature to raise the tobacco tax, a coalition of health groups said Monday it will begin circulating petitions to put an initiative on the November 2016 ballot to hike the levy on cigarettes. The initiatives would raise the tobacco tax by $2 per pack of cigarettes to raise $1.5 billion annually for smoking prevention and smoking-related medical costs now borne by taxpayers through Medi-Cal, the state's healthcare program for the poor. The filing is by the group Save Lives California Coalition, which includes the American Heart Assn., American Lung Assn. in California, American Cancer...
  • What you may not know about refugee resettlement in the USA

    05/05/2015 7:40:42 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 34 replies
    You Tube ^ | 5-5-15 | Ann Corcoran
    4 minutes that may change your attitude. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6PzT8vEvYPg&feature=share
  • Climate Hypocrites and the Media That Love Them

    05/05/2015 7:27:52 AM PDT · by rktman · 12 replies
    newsbusters.org ^ | 5/5/2015 | Mike Ciandella
    Journalists help promote Hollywood celebrities while condemning average Americans for causing climate change. The same media go out of their way to ignore or excuse the hypocrisy of celebrity “environmentalists” who fly their private jets around the world, rent mega-yachts and live in massive mansions. Avatar Director James Cameron warned of a future “world that’s in shambles” because of climate change, and said he believes “in ecoterrorism” yet, he owns an impressive private collection of motorcycles, cars, dirt bikes, a yacht, a helicopter, a Humvee fire truck and a $32-million submarine. ABC and CBS even praised Cameron for his submarine...
  • Actually, the US economy just shrank [Negative growth]

    05/05/2015 7:22:27 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 05/05/2015 | AKIN OYEDELE
    It turns out the US economy may have contracted in the first quarter. Last week, we learned that gross domestic product grew by just 0.2% in the first quarter, far below the 1% economists had expected. Then on Tuesday, the Commerce Department reported that the trade deficit in March exploded to a six-year high, $51.4 billion. The surge in the deficit — the gap between imports and exports — has been largely blamed on the nine-month slowdown at West Coast ports, which has been resolved. The slowdown and strike over a labor dispute limited the flow of goods through some...
  • 500 groups urge repeal of ObamaCare cost-cutting panel

    05/05/2015 7:11:15 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 10 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 5, 2015 | By Peter Sullivan
    Over 500 organizations are calling on Congress to repeal a Medicare cost-cutting board that is part of ObamaCare. The panel at issue is called the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), and is charged with coming up with ways to cut Medicare spending. Legislation to repeal the board sponsored by Reps. Phil Roe (R-Tenn.) and Linda Sanchez (D-Calif.) has 222 co-sponsors, including 19 Democrats. While some opponents of ObamaCare have called the IPAB a “death panel,” the board is banned by law from recommending changes that would ration care or require seniors to pay a higher share of costs. Its reforms...
  • Hillary Clinton Dogged By Trust Issues: Poll

    05/05/2015 4:44:38 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 23 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 05/04/2015 | John Merline
    More than half the public says Hillary Clinton is not trustworthy, one of several problems that could hamper her bid for the presidency, the May IBD/TIPP poll finds.
  • Gov. Scott Walker walks away from the public on immigration

    05/05/2015 1:33:19 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 52 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | May 4, 2015 | Craig Kafura, research associate, coordinates public opinion work,Chicago Council on Global Affairs
    Republican presidential hopeful Gov. Scott Walker teased a new stance on immigration on Glenn Beck's radio show recently: Now, he wants to decrease legal immigration into the United States. Walker's shift brings up several questions about how Americans — in particular, Republicans — think about immigration. Given the more pro-immigration positions of Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio, Walker's move is a likely strategic play for the anti-immigration portion of the party. But public opinion polling data from The Chicago Council on Global Affairs shows that it is unlikely to benefit him politically in the long run. Overall, we find that...
  • Albuquerque police say women who stole credit card quickly made fake ID, enabling purchases

    05/05/2015 12:27:57 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 3 replies
    SNIP ...the women stole a purse from a dance studio on Wednesday and then within 30 minutes made a false New Mexico driver's license. Surveillance video showed the women using the stolen credit card to make purchases at drug store and a grocery store. Police said the operation is new to them and that it's surprising the women were able to produce a fake driver's license so quickly. SNIP
  • 'Wounded Warrior’ Charity Unleashes Hell—On Other Veteran Groups

    05/04/2015 4:12:12 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 47 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 5-4-15 | Tim Mak
    What happens when a non-profit that was started to help veterans becomes the neighborhood bully? For a charity supposedly devoted to helping veterans, the Wounded Warrior Project spends an enormous amount of time suing or threatening to sue small non-profits—spending resources on litigation that could otherwise be spent on the vets they profess to serve. At issue is the Wounded Warrior Project’s brand: the charity has become particularly litigious over the use of the phrase ‘wounded warrior’ or logos that involve silhouetted soldiers. At least seven such charities have discussed their legal problems with The Daily Beast. The Wounded Warrior...
  • Qatar Airways' plans to boost US flights upset airlines

    05/04/2015 4:05:34 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 5, 2015
    [NEW YORK] Qatar Airways on Monday said it plans to expand its services to the United States, in a move that rankled US airlines which accuse it of competing unfairly through state subsidies. The Gulf carrier announced its first direct flights to Los Angeles, Boston and Atlanta from its Doha hub and its second daily flight to New York.
  • 20.7% of Jobs in Baltimore Are Government Jobs

    05/04/2015 3:47:35 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | May 4, 2015 | 4:04 PM EDT | Terence P. Jeffrey
    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 20.7 percent of the nonfarm jobs in the City of Baltimore in March were government jobs. Nationally, 15.5 percent of all jobs are government jobs. Within the borders of Baltimore City in March, according to BLS, there were 364,200 total “employees.” These employees included both people who lived in the city as well as people who lived outside the city but worked within its limits. Singular individuals who were employed in two different jobs at the same time are counted as two employees in the BLS survey. Of the 364,200 total jobs in...
  • Danish Bus Ads on Israeli Settlements Brought to a Halt

    05/04/2015 3:22:04 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 27 replies
    El Arabiya ^ | Monday, 4 May 2015
    A Danish group on Monday vowed to expand an advertising campaign urging people to boycott products from Israeli settlements after the ads were dropped from Copenhagen buses. “It’s a clear attempt to deny us our freedom of speech,” Fathi El-Abed, chairman of the Danish Palestinian Friendship Association, told AFP after bus operator Movia last week pulled the campaign. “There is nothing whatsoever about this campaign that is harmful, discriminatory or hateful in any way,” he added.
  • Long Island Woman Who Ran Cancer Scam Gets Prison After Failing Rehab

    05/04/2015 3:18:27 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 4 replies
    Prosecutors accused the woman of soliciting money from friends, neighbors and businesses in her communityNewsday reports a judge sentenced her Monday to up to three years in prison after learning she had failed out of the court-mandated drug program. Her attorney, George Duncan, says she got a violation in the program for smoking a cigarette.
  • Satanic Temple in Missouri Raises Funds for Woman to Have Abortion

    05/04/2015 3:01:06 PM PDT · by NYer · 11 replies
    Life Site News ^ | May 4, 2015 | CAROLE NOVIELLI
    We know satanists believe abortion is sacred as we have documented several times. Now, a St Louis, Missouri Satanic Temple is raising funds to get a woman an abortion. According to sources, the Satanic Temple has raised enough money via the GoFundMe crowdsourcing website to pay for a southwest Missouri woman to travel to St. Louis for an abortion. The GoFundMe site has since been removed. The elusive “Mary” for which the fund was created, has, with the help of the Satanists created a “Satanic Religious exemption form” which reads in part: My body is inviolable and subject to...
  • G.O.P. Expands Labor Battle to Laws Setting State Construction Wages

    05/04/2015 2:55:28 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 1 replies
    New York Times ^ | MAY 2, 2015 | MONICA DAVEY
    A bill that would end prescribed wages on public construction projects in Indiana awaits the signature of Gov. Mike Pence. ... Indiana’s Republican-held legislature narrowly voted in April to repeal the state’s so-called common construction wage, a provision that had been around in various forms for 80 years and that sets pay standards for workers on publicly financed projects. The debate over the change, which Mr. Pence has said he supports, was muted compared with two decades ago, when tens of thousands of union workers turned up at the State Capitol and held off repeal. “It’s just a different era...
  • Contrary to goals, ER visits rise under Obamacare

    05/04/2015 2:35:00 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 9 replies
    USA Today | May 4, 2015 | by Laura Ungar and Jayne O'Donnell
    LINK ONLY:  Contrary to goals, ER visits rise under Obamacare
  • Hillary Clinton Declines Request For Two Benghazi Committee Appearances – Will Only Attend Once….

    05/04/2015 2:24:58 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 47 replies
    A letter from Hillary Clinton’s legal team (embed below)to the House Committee On Benghazi. The attorney’s agree to one appearance, but refuse a second. Originally committee chairman, Trey Gowdy, wanted Secretary Clinton to appear first to address the email and communication issues to gain a better understanding of what documentation issues surround her tenure as Secretary of state; and a second appearance to address the structural questions about Benghazi as they relate to the issues not yet reconciled:
  • Mediaite: New management at MSNBC may drop the axe on 3 shows

    05/04/2015 1:12:53 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 45 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/04/2015 | Ed Morrissey
    Has MSNBC finally had enough of leaning forward into a full-tilt decline in ratings? Despite some suggestions that the cable channel’s carriage fees immunizes it from the ratings issue, it’s apparently not enough for the new president of NBC News. Poor ratings may spell the end of three shows, two of which appear in the channel’s ailing prime-time lineup, according to Mediaite’s Andrew Kirell: Mediaite has learned that Lack is now beginning to take an active role in the herculean task of trying to right that left-leaning ship: Specifically, Lack is now often attending MSNBC chief Phil Griffin‘s 11:30...
  • Populist opposites: On Bernie Sanders and Ted Cruz

    05/04/2015 11:36:29 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    The Austin American Statesman ^ | May 4, 2015 | Jonathan Tilove
    Good morning Austin: Today’s question. Who is more populist – Bernie Sanders or Ted Cruz? Bernie, right?I mean his campaign is all about – all about – wealth and income inequality and breaking up the incredible concentration of American wealth in the hands of a tiny few. He’s so far left in the Democratic Party that he’s not even actually a member of the Democratic Party. At a time when Democrats are afraid of being called “liberal,” he’s proud to call himself a socialist. He’s running against the Koch Brothers and Cruz is a creature of the Kochs. So, no...
  • The Myth That Mortgage Credit Is Really Tight

    05/04/2015 11:19:04 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 17 replies
    Real Clear Markets ^ | 29 April 2015 | Stephen Oliner
    The claim that mortgage credit is very tight for all but pristine borrowers has been repeated so often by respected policymakers and economists that it is now taken as fact. This characterization of today's mortgage market, however, is misleading. The truth is that most people with a steady job and an average (or worse) credit score can get a mortgage. Many borrowers taking out home purchase loans these days have less than perfect credit. The federal government has been more than willing to guarantee higher-risk mortgages, and it's been doing a lot of business with lenders that originate the loans...
  • A new housing bubble?

    05/04/2015 11:07:03 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 3 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 23 April 2015 | Edward J. Pinto, Stephen D. Oliner
    Contrary to the prevailing view that only borrowers with pristine credit records can get a mortgage these days, many risky loans are still being made. A new index published by the International Center on Housing Risk at the American Enterprise Institute measures this risk month by month, based on about three-quarters of all home-purchase loans extended across the country. And the index clearly shows that many of today's mortgages would not perform well under stressful conditions. This conclusion holds for the nation as a whole and for nearly every state individually, California included. Here's why. In recent months, fully half...
  • Ouch! CarlyFiorina.org shows her layoffs at HP

    05/04/2015 10:48:43 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 63 replies
    CNN Money ^ | 05/04/2015
    If you're going to run for president, buy every website domain with your name. On Monday morning, former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina announced she's running for U.S. president. But if you head to CarlyFiorina.org, you'll find a message that criticizes her for firing tens of thousands of workers at HP (HPCQ). It shows 30,000 sad faces -- one for every employee that was laid off while Fiorina was chief executive from 1999 to 2005. The accusation that she outsourced so many American jobs is a major thorn in Fiorina's side -- and one reason she lost her bid for U.S....
  • Venezuela to nationalize food distribution

    05/04/2015 10:47:30 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 29 replies
    Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has promised to nationalize food distribution in the South American nation beset with record shortages of basic goods, runaway inflation and an escalating economic crisis. During a rally Friday, on International Workers' Day, the socialist leader allowed a union activist to ask for the nationalization of food and essential-item distribution.
  • PHOTO: School serves burned burritos covered with melted plastic for ‘healthy’ lunch

    05/04/2015 10:41:09 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 43 replies
    eagnews.org ^ | May 4, 2015 | Kyle Olson
    Contributors ‘Uncomfortable’ students call for ban on Bibles by The Christian Institute Franklin Graham speaks out on transgender restroom proposal by Billy Graham Evangelistic Association Students excel when they decide where to attend school by Jana Benscoter Homeschooling children can go at an unhurried pace by Durenda Wilson Common Core boosters trying to scare states into keeping national standards by The Independent Institute Planned Parenthood clinic builds concrete wall to block pro-life protesters by Life Dynamics White House logs show abortion leaders visit president, advisors often by Carole Novielli PHOTO: School serves burned burritos covered with melted plastic for ‘healthy’...
  • Venezuela can now barely keep the lights on

    05/04/2015 10:41:01 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 33 replies
    Business Inside via Yahoo Finance ^ | 5/4/15 | Christopher Woody
    Already buffeted by widespread violence, crippling shortages, and skyrocketing inflation, Venezuelans will be confronted with a new burden in the coming weeks: nationwide electricity rationing. The government of President Nicolas Maduro said last week that a plan to ration and otherwise adjust energy usage would go into effect to address increasing demand, which has been spurred on in part by a recent rise in temperatures in the Caribbean country. The measures of the rationing plan include reducing workday length for some public officials to six hours, requesting that private firms increase their electrical efficiency, and the inspecting of factories and...
  • Why Is America Richer than Kazakhstan, and Why Has Estonia Surpassed Croatia?

    05/04/2015 9:12:26 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 4, 2015 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    Even small differences in economic growth make a big difference to living standards over time. I frequently share this chart, which highlights how long it takes to double economic output based on different growth rates. I also use real-world examples to show how some nations become much richer than other nations within just a few decades because of better policy and faster growth.HereÂ’s another way to approach the issue. LetÂ’s use a hypothetical example to reinforce the importance of growth. If we went back to 1870 and assumed our economyÂ’s nominal growth rate was one percentage point slower than it...
  • US businessmen lining up to do business with Iran

    05/04/2015 7:54:22 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 05/04/2015 | Rick Moran
    Capitalism is a wonderful thing - except when it isn't. Several US businessmen - oil execs for instance - are eagerly waiting for the day when "normalizing" relations with Iran would lead to exploiting the business opportunities offered by the mullahs. The Hill: Leaders from the United States’ oil industry are traveling to Iran this week to discuss potential investment opportunities, Iran’s government said. The delegation of oil company leaders and investors are visiting Iran in anticipation of sanctions being loosened against Tehran, Iran’s state-owned Mehr News Agency reported Monday. “It is forecast that by the visit of [the] American delegation...
  • Not enough money? Baltimore got $1.8 billion from Obama Stimulus

    05/04/2015 7:51:13 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 05/04/2015 | Thomas Lifson
    Last Tuesday, President Obama blamed the GOP-controlled Congress for its failure to fund the “massive investment in urban communities” that could “make a difference.” Well, how does $1.8 billion for the 622,000 people of Baltimore sound? Pretty massive, actually just about $290 for every man, woman, child, and baby of the entire City of Baltimore. But that’s the total amount of Obama Stimulus money sent to Charm City, according to an analysis by The Free Beacon:  The city of Baltimore received over $1.8 billion from President Barack Obama’s stimulus law, including $467.1 million to invest in education and $26.5...
  • EPA Regulates Without Science

    05/04/2015 7:10:18 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 7 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | May 3, 2015 | Malcolm A. Kline
    When academic studies back up Obama Administration policies, you will never hear the end of them. When they don’t, you will never hear the beginning of them. Take, for example, the recent study by Johns Hopkins University examining the science behind new EPA regulations. “A new study authored by a research team led by Dr. Corrine Keet of John’s Hopkins Children’s Center has found no link between outdoor air pollution and childhood asthma,” Alyssa Carducci writes in Environment & Climate News. “Dr. Keet’s team followed 23,000 U.S. children and found no statistically significant difference in asthma rates between those who...
  • ‘Wounded Warrior’ Charity Unleashes Hell—On Other Veteran Groups

    05/04/2015 7:05:53 AM PDT · by pabianice · 28 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 5/4/15 | Mak`
    What happens when a non-profit that was started to help veterans becomes the neighborhood bully? For a charity supposedly devoted to helping veterans, the Wounded Warrior Project spends an enormous amount of time suing or threatening to sue small non-profits—spending resources on litigation that could otherwise be spent on the vets they profess to serve. At issue is the Wounded Warrior Project’s brand: the charity has become particularly litigious over the use of the phrase ‘wounded warrior’ or logos that involve silhouetted soldiers. At least seven such charities have discussed their legal problems with The Daily Beast. The Wounded Warrior...
  • Ten-engine electric plane prototype takes off [NASA]

    05/04/2015 6:56:04 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 36 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | 05/04/2015 | by Kathy Barnstorff & Provided by NASA
    Credit: NASA Langley/David C. Bowman A team at NASA's Langley Research Center is developing a concept of a battery-powered plane that has 10 engines and can take off like a helicopter and fly efficiently like an aircraft. The prototype, called Greased Lightning or GL-10, is currently in the design and testing phase. The initial thought was to develop a 20-foot wingspan (6.1 meters) aircraft powered by hybrid diesel/electric engines, but the team started with smaller versions for testing, built by rapid prototyping. Imagine a battery-powered plane that has 10 engines and can take off like a helicopter and fly...
  • Boyz II Men co-founder launches campaign to help homeless Capitol worker

    05/04/2015 6:08:37 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 7 replies
    CNN ^ | 4/27/15 | Dana Bash
    ...After seeing CNN's story Friday on Charles Gladden -- a man who works in the Senate cafeteria but lives on the streets -- Nathan Morris, the co-founder of musical group Boyz II Men, started an online call to arms to help. Using a crowd-funding site "Go Fund Me," Morris urged people to make a donation to help Gladden find housing.... ...Gladden, 63, makes about $11 an hour, and takes home about $360 a week. But he said he gives a lot of it to his children and grandchildren, who have their own financial troubles. "I take care of them," he...
  • Baltimore Received $1.8 Billion from Obama’s Stimulus Law City burned despite ‘massive investment’

    05/04/2015 5:20:00 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 17 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | May 4, 2015 | Elizabeth Harrington
    Baltimore Received $1.8 Billion from Obama’s Stimulus Law City burned despite ‘massive investment’ implemented by president BY: Elizabeth Harrington May 4, 2015 5:00 am The city of Baltimore received over $1.8 billion from President Barack Obama’s stimulus law, including $467.1 million to invest in education and $26.5 million for crime prevention. President Obama claimed last Tuesday that if the Republican-controlled Congress would implement his policies to make “massive investments in urban communities,” they could “make a difference right now” in the city, currently in upheaval following the death of Freddie Gray. However, a Washington Free Beacon analysis found that the...
  • Unions Donate to Sharpton’s Nonprofit and Win Airtime on Sharpton’s MSNBC Show

    05/04/2015 4:14:04 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 9 replies
    National Review ^ | May 4, 2015 | Jillian Kay Melchior
    Since Politics Nation debuted on MSNBC on August 29, 2011, Al Sharpton’s nonprofit National Action Network has collected more than $2.38 million in contributions from unions, according to Department of Labor records. Meanwhile, Sharpton has often used his show to promote pro-labor viewpoints, also inviting union leadership on as guests. National Action Network ... has apparently remained in financial trouble. A 2013 filing with the Internal Revenue Service showed the nonprofit had ended the year with negative assets of $1.33 million. Nonprofit experts have told National Review that the Sharpton’s six-figure salary from National Action Network, as well as the...
  • Wisconsin FoodShare fraud crackdown questioned (12-fold increase under Gov. Scott Walker)

    05/04/2015 2:26:35 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 26 replies
    LaCrosse Tribune ^ | May 4, 2015 | Bill Lueders Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism
    MADISON—Under Republican Gov. Scott Walker, Wisconsin has seen a nearly 12-fold increase in the number of people suspended annually from the state’s food stamp program for fraud.The suspensions for “intentionally violating program rules” are part of a larger get-tough approach to people receiving federally funded nutrition assistance, called FoodShare in Wisconsin. Walker has also introduced new work rules for some FoodShare recipients, and proposes to seek a federal waiver to begin requiring all adult participants of the program to undergo drug testing.In 2011, Walker’s first year as governor, 102 people were suspended from the FoodShare program for violating program rules,...
  • A Closer Look at Scott Walker’s Record on Jobs

    05/04/2015 1:42:04 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 2 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | May 3, 2015 | Andy Puzder
    Wisconsin ranks 40th in the nation for job growth, or so says a recent Bureau of Labor Statistics report. Many in the media and political circles pounced on the release as evidence that the policies of Republican Gov. Scott Walker, a potential presidential candidate, have left the Badger State trailing much of the nation. But the report failed to give sufficient context to Wisconsin’s job growth. The BLS, along with other reports touting similar results, ranked states based on how much private employment increased over a year. Why might Wisconsin’s employment increase seem modest? One reason could be that more...
  • Scott Walker Is Making MASSIVE Changes To Welfare – Will Impact Freeloaders Harshly

    05/04/2015 12:17:52 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 60 replies
    US Herald ^ | May 3, 2015 | Ryan Brown
    Under Governor Scott Walker's leadership, Wisconsin will join eleven other states as the newest state to require welfare recipients to pass a drug test before they can receive state welfare funds. While some liberals and liberal-minded religious groups have called out Walker for "targeting" the poor and those with addictions, Walker's response has been spot on: if they're receiving funds from the state, the state should be able to make rules for these people to live by before they can receive a dime. But Walker's drug test isn't simply a play to restrict the number of people who will be...