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  • Building Engulfed by Deadly Oakland Fire Had Pending Habitability Complaints

    Sheriff's investigators at the scene of the Oakland fire on Saturday. At least nine people are confirmed dead and several dozen are missing after a fire ripped through the the "Ghost Ship" warehouse in Oakland... As many as 100 people were crowded inside the warehouse for a party when the blaze erupted. They struggled to escape the flames and smoke. Officials fear dozens could have been killed. City records show that there were habitability complaints made against the property's owner as recently as November 14 regarding an "illegal interior building structure." City inspectors appear to have visited the building on...
  • Donald Trump Won’t Push for Investigations of Hillary Clinton, Aide Says

    11/22/2016 9:28:33 AM PST · by Brilliant · 118 replies
    WSJ ^ | 11/22/2016 | Damian Paletta and Byron Tau
    President-elect Donald Trump won’t push for prosecutors to investigate Hillary Clinton for her email practices or the operations of the Clinton Foundation, a top aide said Tuesday. “I think when the president-elect, who’s also the head of your party, tells you before he’s even inaugurated that he doesn’t wish to pursue these charges, it sends a very strong message, tone and content” to others, Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway said on MSNBC. Mr. Trump, during one of three debates with his Democratic rival, had said he would direct the attorney general to launch an investigation of Mrs. Clinton, whom he regularly...
  • Harry Reid and the Horse He Rode In On

    11/14/2016 7:50:57 AM PST · by Brilliant · 31 replies
    WSJ ^ | 11/14/2016 | WSJ
    Harry Reid...[t]he soon-to-be-former Democratic Senate leader issued a statement Friday... “The election of Donald Trump has emboldened the forces of hate and bigotry in America... White nationalists, Vladimir Putin and ISIS are celebrating Donald Trump’s victory, while innocent, law-abiding Americans are wracked with fear—especially African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Muslim Americans, LGBT Americans and Asian Americans. Watching white nationalists celebrate while innocent Americans cry tears of fear does not feel like America.” Crazy Harry went downhill from there, and Democratic Senator Joe Manchin... was appalled enough to issue a public rebuke: “Senator Harry Reid’s statement wrong! It is an absolute...
  • (VANITY) What do we say to Californians who want to secede?

    11/13/2016 8:27:56 AM PST · by Brilliant · 122 replies
    What do we say to Californians who want to secede? Most often, I hear, "Good. Do it," or some variant thereof. But that is way too flippant, and there are much better potential responses. Another appropriate response might be, "That wasn't the deal. The deal was that you would move to Canada." But even that misses the major lesson that should be learned from this election. The truth is that the people who elected Donald Trump as President spent the last 8 years suffering through Obama. There was little talk of secession, and certainly no organized effort to secede by...
  • The Costs of Clinton

    11/03/2016 5:49:30 PM PDT · by Brilliant · 5 replies
    WSJ ^ | Nov 3, 2016 | WSJ
    Americans go to the polls next week facing what millions believe is the worst presidential choice of their lifetimes... But one of them will be the next President, so in the next two days we’ll try to summarize the risks... with Mrs. Clinton... she would continue President Obama’s progressive march to a French-style welfare and regulatory state... She wants higher taxes, more spending on entitlements that are already unaffordable, more subsidies...more regulations on businesses of all kinds, more limits on political speech, more enforcement of liberal cultural values on schools and churches. The greatest cost of this would be more...
  • California petitions to become first state to offer ObamaCare to illegal immigrants

    11/02/2016 11:14:52 AM PDT · by Brilliant · 26 replies
    Foxnews ^ | October 04, 2016 | Adam Shaw and Lee Ross
    California’s health care exchange is requesting that it be allowed a waiver from ObamaCare regulations in order to allow illegal immigrants to buy insurance... In a Sept. 30 letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell, Covered California’s Executive Director Peter Lee said that the Affordable Care Act has been “tremendously successful”... and has cut the rate of uninsured in half. “While millions of Californians have benefitted from coverage purchased through the Covered California marketplace, certain individuals are prohibited from buying insurance...due to their immigration status,” Lee wrote... The Affordable Care Act technically bars illegal immigrants from insurance exchanges,...
  • Spike In Immigrants Illegally Crossing Into US Ahead Of Election

    10/28/2016 8:17:39 AM PDT · by Brilliant · 6 replies
    CBS ^ | Oct 25, 2016 | CBS
    There has been a surge of immigrants illegally crossing into the United States leading up to next month’s presidential election. CBS News reports dozens of immigrants have been streaming through the streets of McAllen, Texas, on a daily basis. They have been taken to a migrant center at Sacred Heart Catholic Church where they were released by Border Patrol, with ankle monitors, while they file for asylum. Agent Chris Cabrera told CBS News that they’ve been seeing a spike in immigrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico border illegally, thanks in part to the election. “The smugglers are telling them if Hillary [Clinton]...
  • Latino voters are showing up in 'unprecedented' numbers in Florida early voting

    10/25/2016 8:36:45 AM PDT · by Brilliant · 73 replies
    Nordic Business Insider ^ | Oct 25, 2016 | Chris Sanchez
    Hillary Clinton's campaign just got some very good news from Florida. The Clinton campaign is reporting an "unprecedented" 133,000 Latinos have cast early ballots ahead of the November 8 election - a 99 percent increase in Latino voters compared to 2012, BuzzFeed News reported. The 133,000 votes consist of vote-by-mail and absentee ballots. Early voting in Florida began Monday. The Clinton campaign calls it a promising sign for the Democratic nominee as Latinos comprise 17% of the electorate in the swing state. A survey taken the week of Oct. 17 to Oct. 24 by the National Association of Latino Elected...
  • Ford To Idle Four Factories Due To Slowing Car Demand, Rising Inventories

    10/18/2016 8:56:53 AM PDT · by Brilliant · 72 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | October 17, 2016 | Tyler Durden
    [The] US car industry history...suddenly appears to be bombarded with a barrage of bad news: starting with Ford's disastrous August sales when the company admitted "sales have reached a plateau" would almost think that a respite from the bad news was in order. One would be wrong. As a result of slowing demand and declining US auto sales coupled with growing inventory, Ford Motor is halting one of two plants that builds its top-selling F-150 pickup as it idles four factories this month amid slowing U.S. auto sales. Ford is shutting its Louisville, Kentucky, factory building the Escape and Lincoln...
  • Ford idles Mustang plant amid slow sales

    10/11/2016 10:09:56 AM PDT · by Brilliant · 107 replies ^ | October 11, 2016 | David Muller
    Ford Motor Co. is idling its Flat Rock Assembly Plant, where the Dearborn automaker builds the Ford Mustang and the revived Lincoln Continental. The site will be idled for one week, Ford spokeswoman Kelli Felker said in an email. "We continue to match production with demand," Felker said in response to a query about whether the idling was due to slower Mustang sales. "Mustang remains the top seller in its segment in total and retail sales..." Sales of all Ford-brand cars fell by double-digits in the U.S. in September, as Americans continue to gravitate toward crossovers and SUVs, but the...
  • Gun-Show Customers’ License Plates Come Under Scrutiny

    10/03/2016 5:57:25 AM PDT · by Brilliant · 18 replies
    WSJ ^ | October 2, 2016 | Devlin Barrett
    Federal agents have persuaded police officers to scan license plates to gather information about gun-show customers, government emails show, raising questions about how officials monitor constitutionally protected activity. Emails reviewed by The Wall Street Journal show agents with the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency crafted a plan in 2010 to use license-plate readers—devices that record the plate numbers of all passing cars—at gun shows in Southern California, including one in Del Mar, not far from the Mexican border. Agents then compared that information to cars that crossed the border, hoping to find gun smugglers, according to the documents and interviews...
  • Tim Kaine calls for immigration fairness at Orlando roundtable

    10/01/2016 2:24:09 PM PDT · by Brilliant · 27 replies
    The Orlando Sentinel ^ | Sept 26, 2016 | Steven Lemongello
    Democratic vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine stressed the importance of Hispanic voters and fair immigration policies in Orlando on Monday, part of a multi-day campaign swing through Florida. The Virginia senator appeared at a roundtable discussion with Latino religious leaders at the Hispanic evangelical church...where he said the U.S. should not be a "deportation nation." "We should be a nation of immigrants and a nation of laws," Kaine said. "Our focus shouldn't be on deportation en masse, it should be on people who pose serious safety challenges." Kaine was introduced by Claudia Contreras, a 23-year-old undocumented immigrant... Contreras is one...
  • Harry Reid’s Mayhem Project

    09/27/2016 5:55:29 AM PDT · by Brilliant · 4 replies
    WSJ ^ | Sept. 26, 2016 | WSJ
    Retaking the Senate no longer seems like the cinch that Democrats imagined...and now they’re responding with budget obstructionism that could end with a government shutdown. If they can’t win on the merits, they can attempt to provoke a fake crisis. The last budget deal runs out...and the Senate will vote Tuesday on a “clean” continuing resolution... The bill also includes $1.1 billion to fight the Zika virus... funding for the recent heroin and addiction bill; and $500 million in disaster aid for Louisiana... This is exactly what Democrats...said they wanted. “If they want to get out of here,” Democratic leader...
  • If Not Trump, Who Will Cure the Rot?

    09/24/2016 6:54:33 AM PDT · by Brilliant · 34 replies
    WSJ ^ | Sept 23, 2016 | Holman W. Jenkins Jr.
    One of the brothers charged in the August shooting death of mother-of-four Nykea Aldridge in Chicago, which prompted a controversial tweet from Donald Trump appealing for black support (“VOTE TRUMP!”), was released only two weeks earlier on a firearms violation... Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson last month explained reality to the Chicago Tribune: Of the 1,400 people on the city’s “Strategic Subject List” of those believed responsible for its gun violence, most have been arrested and released multiple times on gun charges. By one count (that of the Chicago Sun-Times) 75% of those booked on gun violations in the first...
  • After Bombings, Clinton Calls for Vigilance, Trump for Tightening Immigration

    09/19/2016 11:19:49 AM PDT · by Brilliant · 22 replies
    WSJ ^ | Sept. 19, 2016 | Byron Tau and Allison Kite
    Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump tangled over how to best protect the country from terrorist threats, after a series of weekend bombings and bomb scares in New York and New Jersey returned security issues to the forefront of the presidential campaign. Speaking to reporters before boarding her campaign plane... Mrs. Clinton called for calm vigilance and accused Mr. Trump of sowing division and playing into the hands of terrorists. Mr. Trump renewed his warning about the dangers of unchecked immigration and called for allowing police more latitude in profiling suspects, including by race. He also criticized Mrs. Clinton’s...
  • Democrats’ Deplorable Emails

    09/16/2016 6:03:40 AM PDT · by Brilliant · 6 replies
    WSJ ^ | Sept. 15, 2016 | Kimberley A. Strassel
    If the 2016 election is remembered for will be...the Democratic email dump... These emails provide...unfiltered evidence of what top politicians do and think... For years, Democrats have steadfastly portrayed Republicans as elitist fat cats who buy elections, as backroom bosses who rig the laws in their favor, as brass-knuckle lobbyists and operators who get special access. It turns out that this is the precise description of the Democratic Party... The latest hack of the DNC...shows that Mrs. Clinton wasn’t alone in steering favors to big donors. Among the documents leaked is one that lists the party’s largest fundraisers/donors as...
  • Team Clinton’s Pathetic Excuses

    09/01/2016 7:16:50 AM PDT · by Brilliant · 18 replies
    WSJ ^ | Aug. 31, 2016 | Karl Rove
    The emergence of nearly 15,000 more deleted emails and evidence of shady dealings by her family’s foundation have put Hillary Clinton back on the defensive... Team Clinton is offering excuses... But the unconvincing explanations being offered create more problems than they solve...and bring Mrs. Clinton’s credibility collapse. CNN’s Dana Bash asked Mrs. Clinton’s campaign manager, Robby Mook, if giving special treatment to Clinton Foundation donors was “the kind of back-scratching that has Americans just turned off.” Mr. Mook demurred: “There was no quid pro quo or anything like that.” But there was... Mook claimed that “Secretary Clinton wasn’t the...
  • Hillary Clinton’s KKK Smear

    08/30/2016 7:57:06 AM PDT · by Brilliant · 31 replies
    WSJ ^ | 8/29/2016 | William McGurn
    Let’s get this straight. Calling Hillary Clinton a “bigot” has reporters asking every Republican in sight if Donald Trump has gone too far. But the Clinton campaign releases a video saying Mr. Trump is the candidate of the Ku Klux Klan and it’s all okey-dokey?... Mr. Trump has already been likened to Hitler, Mussolini and Stalin. Small wonder there’s a collective ho-hum when Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine says Mr. Trump is peddling “KKK values.” This is what Democrats do. It didn’t start with Mr. Trump... For years Democrats have portrayed the GOP as one giant hate group... This...
  • Burden of Health-Care Costs Moves to the Middle Class

    08/25/2016 8:06:38 PM PDT · by Brilliant · 17 replies
    WSJ ^ | Aug 25, 2016 | Anna Louie Sussman
    Growth in overall health-care spending is slowing, but middle-class families’ share of the tab is getting larger, squeezing households already feeling stretched financially. Overall, health-care spending across the economy reached 18.2% of gross domestic product as of June, up from 13.3% in 2000, according to Altarum Institute, a health research group. However, the mix of who pays has evolved. The government has taken on a larger share in recent years as more people age into Medicare, and the Affordable Care Act expanded Medicaid and provided subsidies for low-income people buying insurance on state exchanges. Middle-class households are finding more of...
  • In Miami, Recently Arrived Venezuelans Face Desperate Times

    08/25/2016 8:26:30 AM PDT · by Brilliant · 10 replies
    NBC News ^ | Aug 24 2016 | Carmen Sesin
    With no job, just 50 cents...having run out of acquaintances with whom to stay, 26-year-old Carlos is facing the grim reality that he may have to sleep on the street... Since he arrived to Miami... he has only managed to find a couple of temporary jobs... "I have been eating one meal a day," Carlos said... Like many Venezuelans, Carlos said he could no longer live in a country where the collapsed economy, soaring inflation, food shortages and rampant crime have erased the middle class life he and his family once had. In the past couple of years an increasing...
  • Colin Powell Says Hillary Clinton's 'People Have Been Trying to Pin' Email Scandal on Him

    08/22/2016 9:57:06 AM PDT · by Brilliant · 52 replies
    People Magazine ^ | 08/21/2016 | Sara Nathan and Jeff Nelson
    Hillary Clinton's email scandal continues. On Friday, the New York Times reported that Clinton told FBI officials former Secretary of State Colin Powell had advised her to use a personal email account while she held the Secretary of State office herself. "Her people have been trying to pin it on me," Powell, 79, told PEOPLE... "The truth is, she was using [the private email server] for a year before I sent her a memo telling her what I did," Powell added. Why does the former diplomat believe this to be the case? "Why do you think?" he said. "It doesn't...
  • Fed Survey: Obamacare Causing Companies to Cut Jobs

    08/17/2016 1:56:24 PM PDT · by Brilliant · 15 replies
    WSJ ^ | Aug 16, 2016 | Vipal Monga
    Many companies are cutting jobs in response to rising health care costs spurred by the Affordable Care Act, according to a new survey by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Roughly one-fifth of service sector and manufacturing company executives said they are reducing the number of workers in response to provisions in the healthcare law... The New York fed surveyed about 100 executives in the manufacturing sector and roughly 150 executives in the services sector located in New York State, Northern New Jersey and Fairfield County, Connecticut... The results add to a bevy of bad news related to the...
  • Trump to begin TV ads in Florida as campaign staff gets a jolt

    08/17/2016 10:46:25 AM PDT · by Brilliant · 20 replies
    The Tampa Bay Times ^ | August 17, 2016 | Alex Leary
    Donald Trump’s campaign got another shakeup this morning, part of a reset that includes the first TV advertising in Florida and other battlegrounds. Trump has brought on Breitbart News’ Stephen Bannon as CEO, a man the campaign heralded for his combative style, and elevated Kellyanne Conway to campaign manager. Paul Manafort will remain as chairman. Conway is a former pollster for the Tampa Bay Times. “I have known Steve and Kellyanne both for many years. They are extremely capable, highly qualified people who love to win and know how to win,” Trump said in a statement. “I believe we’re adding...
  • Clinton taps inequality expert Boushey as her transition team’s chief economist

    08/16/2016 1:10:30 PM PDT · by Brilliant · 27 replies
    Marketwatch ^ | Aug 16, 2016 | Robert Schroeder
    <p>Inequality expert Heather Boushey has been named the chief economist of Hillary Clinton’s transition team, the Clinton campaign said Tuesday.</p> <p>Boushey is currently the executive director and chief economist at the Washington Center for Equitable Growth, as well as a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress. According to the Washington Center for Equitable Growth, Boushey researches economic inequality and public policy, employment and social policy, and family economic well-being...</p>
  • Economists React to Second-Quarter Growth: ‘Very Weak’

    07/29/2016 7:24:19 AM PDT · by Brilliant · 11 replies
    WSJ ^ | Jul 29, 2016 | Anna Louie Sussman
    “Growth is up only 1.2% year over year. This report was very weak, and this report supports our forecast of a coming U.S. recession. Industrial production data convey that we are in a recession right now. We still expect a slowing of U.S. growth in the second half of the year as lower oil prices affect oil and gas credit and financial players. At the same time, we also expect light-vehicle sales are likely to slow, due to oversized used lease fleets crowding out new vehicle sales, as well as a reduction in new issuance of subprime auto loans. We...
  • U.S. to Admit More Central American Refugees

    07/27/2016 9:31:30 AM PDT · by Brilliant · 14 replies
    NY Times ^ | JULY 26, 2016 | JULIE HIRSCHFELD DAVIS
    The White House on Tuesday announced a substantial expansion of a program to admit Central American refugees to the United States, conceding that its efforts to protect migrants fleeing dangerous conditions had left too many people with no recourse. The administration said it would broaden an initiative that currently lets unaccompanied Central American children enter the United States as refugees, allowing their entire families to qualify, including siblings older than 21, parents and other relatives who act as caregivers. It is unclear how many refugees might be eligible, but during its two years, the program for children has drawn 9,500...
  • Student Debt Helps, Not Harms, the U.S. Economy, White House Says

    07/19/2016 12:02:51 PM PDT · by Brilliant · 34 replies
    WSJ ^ | July 19, 2016 | Josh Mitchell
    The White House just released a big report on student debt that contains all the familiar horrors about for-profit schools, indebted dropouts and students defaulting on their loans. But it has an interesting conclusion: That growing stack of $1.3 trillion in student debt is helping, not hurting, the U.S. economy. That conclusion is sure to rankle the many student advocates and special-interest groups—from real-estate agents to employers seeking new tax breaks for their young workers—that argue student debt is a big “drag” on the economy. (Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have each decried the rise in student debt.) But the...
  • Which Way Florida Goes Hinges On Puerto Rican Voters

    07/18/2016 7:38:26 AM PDT · by Brilliant · 10 replies
    KUNC ^ | Jul 16, 2016 | Greg Allen
    With a population of more than 20 million, Florida is the country's largest swing state. And its population is changing — thanks to Puerto Rico. Puerto Rico's stagnant economy has brought tens of thousands of Puerto Ricans to Florida each year over the last decade. Large numbers have settled in the area near Orlando. A popular gathering spot for Puerto Ricans and Latinos in Orlando is the café and lunch counter in Sedano's market. "It's where you get retirees," says Jimmy Torres, who's been in Orlando for three years. "People like me." Torres still has one foot in Puerto Rico....
  • Clinton campaign manager promises major Florida effort, warns that Trump could win state

    07/10/2016 2:40:54 PM PDT · by Brilliant · 69 replies
    The Orlando Sentinel ^ | July 10, 2016 | Anthony Man
    Hillary Clinton's campaign manager had a warning Saturday for any Florida Democrats who might be tempted to relax, figuring their party's presidential candidate is sure to cruise to an easy victory over Donald Trump: Anyone who thinks Trump can't win is wrong. "Donald Trump can win Florida. Donald Trump can win the presidential election...," said Robby Mook, Clinton's national campaign manager. "So everyone needs to do everything they can..." Floridians can expect to see "a lot..." of Clinton between now and Election Day, Mook said... He said the Clinton effort would include an enormous ground operation that might ultimately surpass...
  • Will Donald Trump drive Miami Cuban Americans from GOP? New poll says yes

    05/03/2016 6:49:46 AM PDT · by Brilliant · 40 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | PATRICIA MAZZEI
    Donald Trump is the catalyst who could force a decisive break between Miami-Dade County’s influential Cuban-American voters and the Republican Party, a new poll has found. Local Cuban Americans dislike Trump so much — and are increasingly so accepting of renewed U.S.-Cuba ties pushed by Democratic President Barack Obama — that Trump’s likely presidential nomination might accentuate the voters’ political shift away from the GOP, according to the survey shared with the Miami Herald and conducted by Dario Moreno, a Coral Gables pollster and a Florida International University associate politics professor...
  • Florida Poll: Republican 'Brand Damage' Bolsters Clinton

    05/02/2016 7:52:44 AM PDT · by Brilliant · 26 replies
    Capital New York ^ | May 2, 2016 | Matt Dixon and Marc Caputo
    Whether it’s Donald Trump or Ted Cruz, the Republican presidential nominee looks like a sure loser to Hillary Clinton in Florida because of the Republicans’ lack of popularity with crucial voting blocs in the state, according to a poll conducted last week by the business lobby Associated Industries of Florida. Clinton would wallop Trump by 49-36 percent if the election were held today and she’d best Cruz 48-39 percent, according to the poll of 604 likely Florida voters...
  • The Electoral College: The Only Thing That Matters

    03/31/2016 5:42:07 AM PDT · by Brilliant · 40 replies
    Sabato's Crystal Ball ^ | March 31st, 2016 | Larry J. Sabato, Kyle Kondik and Geoffrey Skelley
    The new map, as you will see, does not show a close and competitive general election. The Republicans now find themselves in a deep hole. Yes, more than seven long months remain until the election, and all kinds of unexpected twists and turns can occur. Sure, we don’t know the shape of the economy or terrorism, or the precise job approval rating of President Obama in the autumn, or the gaffes and scandals that may yet unfold on our way to the ballot box. But goshdarnit, there’s finally a pause in the non-stop primary calendar, and we’re going to take...
  • Christian Belief Cost Kelvin Cochran His Job

    11/11/2015 10:26:44 AM PST · by Brilliant · 22 replies
    WSJ ^ | 11/10/2015 | Jason L. Riley
    Kelvin Cochran...was born into a poor family in Shreveport... that became even poorer after his father walked out and left his mother to raise six children... Mr. Cochran aspired to be a firefighter... and he eventually was appointed Shreveport's first black fire chief... In 2008 he became the fire chief of Atlanta... But a year ago, Mr. Cochran was suspended... Mr. Cochran's fireable offense... was publishing a book in violation of the city's ethics code... The reality... is that Mr. Cochran no longer has his $172,000-a-year job because of what's in the book. The suit accuses the city of firing...
  • John Heilemann: Clinton-Trump Phone Call "Ringing In My Ears," Is Bill "Making A Little Mischief?"

    08/11/2015 12:59:23 PM PDT · by Brilliant · 20 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | August 6, 2015 | John Heilemann
    As Republican presidential hopefuls prepare to face off Thursday in the first debates of 2016 campaigns, Bloomberg Politics managing editor John Heilemann joins “CBS This Morning” to discuss the revelation that Bill Clinton might have been instrumental in encouraging Donald Trump to run!
  • Man shot dead during Melbourne break-in, police say

    12/15/2013 3:54:05 PM PST · by Brilliant · 31 replies
    WESH TV ^ | 12/15/2013 | WESH TV
    MELBOURNE, Fla. —A man who allegedly broke into a Melbourne home was killed Sunday morning when the homeowner shot him, police said. The man was shot around 2:13 a.m. at a home in the 1100 block of Mathers Street. He was pronounced dead at Holmes Regional Medical Center. His name was not released. The man was released from state prison less than a month ago and had a lengthy criminal history, said Sgt. Michael Casey of the Melbourne police. Police are investigating and have not determined if any charges should be filed, Casey said. No residents were injured. Read more:...

    05/01/2012 5:31:06 PM PDT · by Brilliant · 48 replies ^ | Carrie Jones
    With electric vehicle technology becoming more desirable to the average consumer, Ford applied its innovative design sense to the two-wheel market and created the E-Bike concept vehicle. Unveiled at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show, this sleek, cross-gender bike is powered not with gas, but by a lithium-ion battery. The drive system is subtly embedded in the 5.5-pound aluminium-and-carbon construction frame for a cool, minimalist look—perfect for the energy (and image) conscious city commuter. Why now? More than 30 million motorized bicycles were sold globally in 2010, with an increasing market share in Europe. Because the E-Bike can also be ridden...
  • White House Distances Itself From Hilary Rosen

    04/12/2012 4:40:18 PM PDT · by Brilliant · 26 replies
    ABC News ^ | Apr 12, 2012 | Mary Bruce
    The Obama administration today tried to distance itself from Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen’s controversial comments about Ann Romney, pushing back against reports that Rosen is a frequent visitor to the White House. “I don’t know how to assess her overall relationship with people here in the White House, but … I have not seen her here very frequently,” White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters... Carney refuted reports that Rosen has visited the White House 35 times, saying, “I know three, personally, women named Hilary Rosen, so I’m not sure that those represent the person we’re talking about necessarily....
  • Email Ties Corzine to Missing Funds

    03/24/2012 8:20:03 AM PDT · by Brilliant · 25 replies · 1+ views
    <p>Jon S. Corzine gave "direct instructions" to move $200 million from an MF Global Holdings Ltd. account containing customer funds three days before the securities firm collapsed, according to an employee email reviewed by congressional investigators.</p> <p>The Oct. 28 email was disclosed in a five-page memo released Friday afternoon by a House Financial Services subcommittee. The panel is investigating what caused an estimated $1.6 billion shortfall in customer funds at MF Global, which collapsed into bankruptcy Oct. 31.</p>
  • Rolex airport thief nabbed wearing stolen watch, BSO says

    02/17/2012 4:59:38 PM PST · by Brilliant · 10 replies · 1+ views
    Palm Beach Post News ^ | 2/17/12 | Sun Sentinel
    A Sunny Isles man apparently had no idea he was the subject of news reports across the country when Broward Sheriff's detectives arrested him Friday wearing a $6,500 Rolex watch that investigators say was stolen last month from a passenger at an airport security checkpoint. Igor Adrian Ramos, 37, was charged with grand theft and was being questioned Friday afternoon at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport by Broward Sheriff's detectives who are based there. "Crime Stoppers tips confirmed what detectives were finding at the same time," Broward Sheriff's Spokesman Jim Leljedal said. "Through the investigation, they had narrowed it down to...
  • Fuel Arrives, but Deep Freeze Endures

    01/14/2012 9:13:18 AM PST · by Brilliant · 10 replies
    WSJ ^ | JANUARY 14, 2012 | JIM CARLTON
    The ice-bound town of Nome will likely get its emergency fuel supply this weekend from a Russian tanker that has taken three weeks to get there, as Alaska continues to be battered by one of the state's harshest winters in decades. The tanker Renda arrived just offshore from Nome on Friday with its cargo of fuel for the town, which was cut off from oceangoing supplies by waters that froze earlier than expected. The Russian-flagged tanker vessel Renda followed a trail cut through the ice by the Coast Guard Cutter Healy in the Bering Sea Thursday as it headed to...
  • Featured Workers Call Bain Film Inaccurate

    01/14/2012 8:16:36 AM PST · by Brilliant · 96 replies
    Three former factory workers featured in a film about layoffs at companies bought by Mitt Romney's Bain Capital say they weren't laid off by Bain, as the film implied, but got promotions and raises after Bain bought the plant they worked in... Mike Baxley and Tracy and Tommy Jones worked at UniMac, a washing-machine plant in Marianna, Fla., that Bain purchased in 1998. They are three of the seven workers named in the film and the only ones mentioned in the Marianna segment. The film presents the workers as saying that after Bain bought the plant, the company cut costs...
  • Just another Bam scandal [No bid contract for Dem fundraiser and SEIU union official]

    12/10/2011 8:05:41 AM PST · by Brilliant · 13 replies
    NY Post ^ | December 6, 2011 | NY Post
    <p>Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) has officially called on the Department of Health and Human Services’ inspector general to investigate a suspicious $433 million no-bid contract for a dubious smallpox vaccine.</p> <p>Frankly, just about everything connected with this one smells.</p> <p>The contract was awarded to Siga Technologies, a New York-based company whose principal investor is megabillionaire — and key Democratic moneyman — Ron Perelman.</p>
  • Police Move In on 'Occupy Portland' Campsite [Liberal Establishment moves to crush OWS dissent]

    11/13/2011 4:26:10 PM PST · by Brilliant · 22 replies
    Foxnews ^ | November 13, 2011 | Foxnews
    Police began moving in on a downtown park Sunday, where a few hundred Occupy Portland demonstrators have remained in defiance of an eviction order. Police on loudspeakers warned that anyone who resisted risks arrest and "may also be subject to chemical agents and impact weapons." Demonstrators chanted "we are a peaceful protest." Mayor Sam Adams had ordered the camp shut down last night, citing unhealthy conditions and the encampment's attraction of drug users and thieves. The anti-Wall Street protesters and their supporters had flooded a city park area in Portland early Sunday in defiance of an eviction order while authorities...
  • Lynx has high hopes for solar-powered trash bins [bought with $1 million in stimulus money]

    11/02/2011 5:05:56 PM PDT · by Brilliant · 15 replies
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | July 23, 2010 | Dan Tracy
    It sits there in the sun, looking like the covered trash can that it is. But this receptacle is more than it seems. Costing $5,500, the "BigBelly" is a computerized, solar-powered compactor that, supporters say, can dramatically reduce garbage-collection costs. And that's the hope of Lynx, the bus service that serves Orange, Seminole and Osceola counties. Lynx has purchased four of the devices and is in the midst of a three-month test to see how well they work. The $22,000 bill was paid with federal-stimulus dollars. One month into the trial, Lynx officials say they like what they see. Doug...
  • A Dissident's Mysterious Death in Havana

    10/24/2011 3:47:15 PM PDT · by Brilliant · 3 replies
    WSJ ^ | October 24, 2011 | MARY ANASTASIA O'GRADY
    For more than eight years, the Castro regime tried silence Ladies in White leader Laura Pollán. Ten days ago Pollán did fall silent. She passed away, after a brief illness, in a Havana hospital. Hospital officials initially said that she died of cardiac and respiratory arrest... Since there was no independent medical care available to her ...we are unlikely ever to find out what killed Pollán... she had been healthy only weeks before her death... We also know that the longer she remained under state care, the sicker she got... ...suspicious deaths (most commonly heart attacks) of otherwise healthy...
  • Economists Quake as Argentina Votes

    10/22/2011 7:01:21 AM PDT · by Brilliant · 16 replies
    WSJ ^ | October 22, 2011 | MATT MOFFETT
    BUENOS AIRES—As Cristina Kirchner heads for an expected landslide re-election in Sunday's presidential voting, few Argentines are resting more uneasily than 12 economic consultants who face sanctions from her government for contradicting its calculation of the inflation rate. In a bitter showdown, the 12 consultants are fending off government investigations, accompanied in most cases with fines of 500,000 pesos ($119,000) under an obscure consumer-protection statute called the "commercial loyalty law." Three of the most outspoken consultants have been singled out for additional criminal charges under a financial-speculation law. Their offense, in the eyes of the government, is insisting in press...
  • Perry Stands By In-State Tuition for Children of Illegal Immigrants! ("have a heart")

    09/23/2011 3:23:36 PM PDT · by Brilliant · 38 replies
    Youtube ^ | 9/22/11 | GOP Debates
  • Florida Officials: EPA is Putting State Through Water Torture

    09/18/2011 3:33:05 PM PDT · by Brilliant · 18 replies
    Sunshine State News ^ | August 9, 2011 | Kenric Ward
    State and regional water officials poured criticism on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Tuesday, calling the EPA's proposed pollution standards heavy-handed, overly expensive and indefensibly "poor science." Appearing at a congressional hearing conducted by U.S. Rep. Cliff Stearns, R-Ocala, a cavalcade of water experts disputed the EPA's tactics and questioned its motives. Paul Steinbrecher, president of the Florida Water Environment Association Utility Council, said the EPA's numeric nutrient criteria are "rooted in poor science." "It was done to settle a lawsuit, not to meet an environmental need. Setting criteria for the entire state in an unrealistic time frame, they found...
  • Law enforcement raids home of former Scott Walker aide; worked for Scott Walker as County Executive

    09/16/2011 3:20:11 PM PDT · by Brilliant · 15 replies
    WITI-TV ^ | September 14, 2011 | Mike Lowe
    A published report says a dozen law enforcement officers, including FBI agents, raided the home of former Scott Walker aide Cynthia Archer. Archer worked for the Governor when he was the Milwaukee County Executive. It's a special investigation, and anyone who knows anything about it isn't talking. It looks like this raid will be part of an ongoing John Doe investigation. Attorney John Birdsall says, "A John Doe investigation in instituted by a request of a district attorney when he has reason to believe a crime has been committed. When that happens the judge has to start a John Doe...
  • Gov't shines on Solyndra with $535M loan guarantee

    09/14/2011 7:20:19 PM PDT · by Brilliant · 6 replies · 1+ views
    GreenBeat ^ | September 4, 2009 | Camille Ricketts
    Vice president Joe Biden and Department of Energy Secretary Stephen Chu joined forces this morning to officially bestow the $535 million loan guarantee on Fremont, Calif.-based Solyndra, one of the leading makers of cylindrical solar panels. The company plans to build a photovoltaic equipment plant large enough to employ 1,000 people permanently. Talk of the guarantee isn’t new — in fact, the DOE extended it to the company back in March and then waited for it to raise a requisite amount of funding. The loan is expected to cover 73 percent of the cost of the plant, which is slated...