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  • Obama channels his inner third-grader

    04/18/2014 10:16:11 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 23 replies ^ | 4/18/14 | S.A. Miller
    President Obama put on his silliest face Thursday for a woman snapping a smartphone photo of him at the White House.
  • Chelsea Clinton on Producing Her First Film ‘Of Many’

    04/17/2014 11:44:00 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 31 replies ^ | 4/16/14 | Ramin Setoodeh
    “I learned (that filmmaking) was a much longer process than what I originally imagined,” Clinton told Variety in her first sit-down interview about the documentary, alongside its director, Linda G. Mills, and its two stars. “I’m not sure what I had originally imagined, but I would not have put my money on it being a two-year process.”
  • Climate change causing fish to lose their minds, researchers say

    04/16/2014 10:42:02 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 39 replies ^ | 4/16/14 | Cheryl K. Chumley
    Climate change’s latest casualty appears to be fish — or more specifically, fish brains — as researchers say the carbon dioxide that’s being absorbed into the ocean is causing the scaly creatures to lose their survival instincts. In other words, the fish are losing their minds, The Daily Mail reported. The acid from atmospheric carbon dioxide seeps into sea waters, dissolves and ultimately lowers the pH balance, researchers said. The acidic waters then hamper the fishes’ sensory systems, so they’re not able to distinguish between smells any longer, the scientists went on.
  • Police say accused California serial killers wore GPS trackers while committing crimes

    04/15/2014 11:35:45 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 9 replies ^ | 4/15/14 | fox/ap/LAT
    The two paroled sex offenders who authorities in Southern California believe raped and killed four women allegedly wore GPS trackers while committing their crimes, and investigators believe there may be more victims. Anaheim police Chief Raul Quezada said Monday that Franc Cano, 27, and Steven Dean Gordon, 45, were wearing ankle tracking bracelets when the women were assaulted and killed last fall and earlier this year. The chief added that data from the devices "was one of the investigative tools we used to put the case together." Authorities at the news conference did not explain how Cano and Gordon allegedly...
  • IRS to revise regulations limiting activities of tax-exempt groups after outcry

    04/15/2014 7:23:28 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 8 replies ^ | 4/15/14 | ap/foxnews
    The Internal Revenue Service plans to rewrite proposed regulations limiting the political activities of the same type of tax-exempt groups the agency was accused of targeting after backlash from GOP lawmakers and politically active nonprofit groups. IRS Commissioner John Koskinen told USA Today on Monday that the agency will likely "re-propose a redefined rule and ask for more public comment." He expects the process will take "until the end of the year and beyond" to complete. Koskinen said the revised rule will take into account criticism from conservative groups concerned the regulations will put free speech rights at risk. Some...
  • Utah woman arrested after 7 dead babies found inside home

    04/14/2014 7:09:32 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 15 replies ^ | 4/14/14 | ap/saltlaketrib/foxnews
    Police arrested a Utah woman Sunday after discovering seven dead babies in her former home. Investigators believe that Meagan Huntsman, 39, who lived in the Pleasant Grove home until 2011, gave birth to the babies before killing them at various times between 1996 and 2006. The Salt Lake Tribune reported that police were called to the house Saturday by Huntsman's ex-husband, who had discovered the body of a newborn infant who appeared to be at full term. Police obtained a search warrant for the house and discovered the bodies of six more babies packed in boxes in the garage. Police...
  • Death by solar farms: 71 species of birds killed, ‘entire food chains’ disrupted

    04/11/2014 2:26:30 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 31 replies ^ | 4/11/14 | Douglas Ernst
    A new report by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service finds that solar facilities in California are acting like “mega traps” that kill and injure birds. As a result, “entire food chains” are being disrupted. USFWS’s National Fish and Wildlife Forensics Laboratory studied three solar farms in Southern California: Desert Sunlight, Genesis Solar and Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System (ISEGS). Two-hundred and thirty-three different birds from 71 species were found over the course of a two-year study. The three main causes of death were: 1. Solar flux: Exposure to temperatures over 800 degrees F. 2. Impact (or blunt force) trauma:...
  • White House: No visa for Iran's UN ambassador pick

    04/11/2014 12:46:51 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 6 replies
    ap/ ^ | 4/11/14 | Eric Shawn / ap
    ambassador pick Published April 11, 2014 Facebook0 Twitter0 Gplus7 The White House announced Friday that the U.S. will not issue a visa to Iran's choice for U.N. ambassador, over concerns about his involvement in the 1979 U.S. Embassy hostage crisis in Tehran. The decision comes after Congress earlier this week approved a bill that would bar Hamid Abutalebi from stepping on U.S. soil. White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said the White House is reviewing that legislation but announced that Abutalebi would be barred anyway. "We have informed the United Nations and Iran that we will not issue a...
  • Reggie Love on life after White House: ‘Like a drug to be out of there’

    04/11/2014 8:29:43 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 34 replies ^ | 4/10/14 | Betsy Rothstein
    Soaking up the finally pleasant weather, the conversation eventually turned to Love’s time at the White House, which sounded a lot less pleasant. Love compared working inside the White House to being on a sinking ship. “I had this great journey, but I was just a passenger,” he told his dining companion. ”I was by no means steering the ship. I was bailing out the water.” The restaurant’s employees seemed well-acquainted with Love. He made small talk with them about his golf game. Occasionally, he let out a loud, delightful laugh in the warm, spring air. Getting luckier by the...
  • 'Shoe' Thrown at Hillary Clinton During Speech

    04/10/2014 4:07:35 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 67 replies ^ | 4/10/14 | KEN RITTER /ap
    A woman was taken into custody after throwing what she described as a shoe at Hillary Clinton during a Las Vegas speech. The incident happened moments after Clinton took the stage Thursday at an Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries meeting at the Mandalay Bay hotel-casino. Clinton ducked but did not appear to be hit by the object, and then joked about it. "Is that somebody throwing something at me? Is that part of Cirque de Soleil?" Clinton quipped. She added: "My goodness, I didn't know that solid waste management was so controversial. Thank goodness she didn't play softball like I...
  • Spy Jonathan Pollard to be Released by US as Israel and Palestine Extend Peace Talks

    04/10/2014 10:33:49 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 50 replies ^ | 4/10/14 | Jack Moore
    A deal has been reached between Israeli and Palestinian negotiators to extend US-brokered peace talks, according to Middle Eastern news outlet Al-Arabiya. As part of the deal, Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard is to be freed from his 27-year detention in the US while the contentious fourth set of Palestinian prisoners are to be released.
  • Navy warship reaches sailboat with sick toddler on board

    04/06/2014 5:37:57 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 57 replies ^ | 4/6/14 | ap
    SAN DIEGO – A U.S. Navy warship reached a crippled sailboat hundreds of miles off the Mexican coast and was preparing Sunday to complete the rescue of a sick 1-year-old girl. The transfer of the child from the 36-foot boat to the ship was expected to start around dawn, Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Barry Bena said Sunday. "Sometime this morning as soon as they get some light they are going to take the child off the boat and bring her aboard the naval vessel," Bena told The Associated Press.
  • White House in a tizzy over Samsung’s use of Obama-Ortiz selfie

    04/03/2014 12:12:38 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 21 replies ^ | 4/3/14 | Cheryl K. Chumley
    The White House is in a tiff over Samsung’s use of a selfie shot taken Thursday of the president and Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz as a quick and easy marketing ploy. “As a rule, the White House objects to attempts to use the president’s likeness for commercial purposes,” White House press secretary Jay Carney said, The Hill reported. At the same time, Mr. Carney refused to say whether attorneys for the administration were calling Samsung to get the company to stop using the snapshot, the media outlet said.
  • Michael Moore: General Motors 'criminals' deserve death

    04/01/2014 8:59:38 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 57 replies ^ | 4/1/14 | Charlie Spiering
    Liberal filmmaker Michael Moore believes that whoever was responsible at General Motors for failing to recall a faulty ignition switch deserves death. "I am opposed to the death penalty, but to every rule there is usually an exception, and in this case I hope the criminals at General Motors will be arrested and made to pay for their pre-meditated decision to take human lives for a lousy ten bucks," he wrote. Moore blamed former President George W. Bush's transportation Department for ignoring the problem in 2007 and praised new GM CEO Mary Barra for telling the truth about the problem.
  • L.A. Times Cooks the Books as Obamacare Deadline Hits

    03/31/2014 8:26:09 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 13 replies ^ | 3/31/14 | Joel B. Pollak
    The Los Angeles Times greeted the Obamacare enrollment data on Monday with a striking headline, claiming that "at least 9.5 million previously uninsured people have gained coverage," which is 3 million people more than the Obama administration itself claimed last week (a number that was itself highly questionable, since it did not exclude those who had not paid for their new insurance). The Times' analysis, however, is laughable. The data reported by Noam. N. Levey are not actual counts of enrollees, but a hodgepodge of "state and federal enrollment reports, surveys and interviews with insurance executives and government officials nationwide."...
  • Reid Denies Making Videotaped Claim that Obamacare Horror Stories Are 'Lies'

    03/28/2014 8:58:13 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 55 replies ^ | 3/28/14 | Barbara Boland
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Wednesday that, "I have never come to the floor, to my recollection, I've never said a word about examples that Republicans have given regarding ObamaCare and how it's not very good." "Mr. President, the junior senator from Wyoming has come to the floor several times recently talking about the fact that examples that he and others Republicans have given dealing with ObamaCare, examples that are bad, I've called lies. Mr. President, that is simply untrue," Reid said.
  • Obama Tells Vatican:‘Most Religious Organizations Are Entirely Exempt’ from Obamacare

    03/28/2014 8:54:40 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 56 replies ^ | 3/27/14 | Patrick Goodenough
    When he met with Vatican secretary of state Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the president said, “I explained to him that most religious organizations are entirely exempt [from the contraceptive mandate]. Religiously-affiliated hospitals or universities or NGOs simply have to attest that they have a religious objection, in which case they are not required to provide contraception, although that employees of theirs who choose are able to obtain it through the insurance company.” “And I pledged to continue to dialogue with the U.S. Conference of Bishops to make sure that we can strike the right balance, making sure that not only everybody...
  • Holder says feds will recognize Michigan same-sex marriages despite governor's decision

    03/28/2014 7:30:19 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 47 replies ^ | 3/28/13 | ap
    ttorney General Eric Holder said Friday that the federal government will recognize about 300 same-sex marriages performed in Michigan before a federal appeals court halted them, despite a decision by Michigan's governor not to recognize those unions. The decision means federal benefits will be extended to those couples -- including the ability to file taxes jointly, get Social Security benefits for spouses and request legal immigration status for partners. "These families will be eligible for all relevant federal benefits on the same terms as other same-sex marriages," Holder said in a statement.
  • Newlywed gets 30 years in husband murder case

    03/27/2014 1:21:58 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 20 replies ^ | 3/27/14 | ap
    <p>Graham said she decided to confront her husband about her marriage doubts, but she did not know how he would take it. She said the couple climbed down a treacherous slope below a popular spot in the park called The Loop and spoke on a narrow ledge, hundreds of feet above a ravine.</p>
  • Condi Rice Blasts Obama on Weakness, Leadership

    03/27/2014 12:57:31 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 27 replies ^ | 3/27/14 | STEPHEN F. HAYES
    Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice accused Barack Obama of dramatically weakening the United States' position in the world, drawing a straight line between Obama’s ever-yielding foreign policy and the increasing troubles around the world. Rice “Right now, there’s a vacuum,” she told a crowd of more than two thousand attending the National Republican Congressional Committee’s annual dinner last night in Washington, D.C. “There’s a vacuum because we’ve decided to lower our voice. We’ve decided to step back. We’ve decided that if we step back and lower our voice, others will lead, other things will fill that vacuum.” Citing Bashar...
  • Son of Malaysian Airlines captain breaks silence about father

    03/27/2014 12:10:09 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 16 replies ^ | 3/27/14 | Mike Krumboltz
    Ahmad Seth, the 26-year-old son of Malaysian Airlines flight 370 Capt. Zaharie Ahmad Shah, broke his family's silence about the speculation concerning his father. Seth told New Straits Times that his father is not a "political fanatic." He said, "I've read everything online, but I've ignored all the speculation. I know my father better." “We may not be as close as he travels so much, but I understand him,” he told New Straits Times. Like many others, Seth is still hoping that there will be survivors from the ill-fated flight. Earlier this week, the Malaysian government concluded that the 239...
  • Obama Makes Two Major Foreign Policy Gaffes on Europe Trip

    03/27/2014 11:53:13 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 46 replies ^ | 3/27/14 | Raheem Kassam and Andre Walker
    Speaking at the press conference after the EU-US summit yesterday the US President wrongly suggested that Georgia "is not currently on a path to NATO membership". In fact the country has been on the path to membership since 2008. At the North Atlantic Council in Bucharest that year the attending Heads of State and Government agreed the following statement: "NATO welcomes Georgia’s Euro-Atlantic aspirations for membership in NATO. We agreed today that they will become members of NATO." Former Georgian Ambassador to London Giorgi Badridze, told Breitbart London: "President Obama's remarks could hardly have come at a worse time –...
  • Federal Task Force Blocked Investigation, Retaliated Against Agents

    03/27/2014 11:47:59 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 4 replies ^ | 3/26/14 | CJ Ciaramella
    A federal anti-drug task force obstructed an internal investigation and retaliated against agents who cooperated with investigators, the Justice Department Inspector General said in a report issued Wednesday. The Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces Program (OCDETF), a multi-agency task force within the Department of Justice, put in place protocols to limit what the department’s inspector general could learn. Agents were told to answer investigators’ questions but not elaborate. They were also told by superiors that information given to the Inspector General could be tracked back to agents, and all documents released to the IG were required to be reviewed...
  • Obama rallies European allies against 'darker forces of the past'

    03/26/2014 1:19:44 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 22 replies ^ | 3/26/14 | Justin Sink
    President Obama looked to rally European allies to intensify the international isolation of Russia in a sweeping speech Wednesday afternoon, casting the crisis in Crimea as the latest iteration of a decades-old battle with the "darker forces of the past." "I come here today to insist that we must never take for granted the progress that has been won here in Europe and advanced around the world, because the contest of ideas continues for your generation," Obama told an audience at the Palais Des Beaux Arts in Belgium. Obama declared that Russia's leadership was "challenging truths that only a few...
  • Corn dog crash in Louisiana closes interstate Tuesday morning

    03/25/2014 12:24:39 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 33 replies ^ | 3/25/14 | Evan Bleier
    March 25 (UPI) -- Crews in Louisiana are still working to clean up the mess that was left when an 18-wheeler carrying corn dogs bound for California overturned on the section of I-220 that connects to LA 3132. During the crash outside Shreveport, more than half of the 76,800 corn dogs on the truck ended up on the side of the road.
  • Programs help immigrants understand kitchens in US

    03/24/2014 3:47:18 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 34 replies ^ | 3/23/14 | ap
    SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - The problems refugees face after relocating in Sioux Falls are relatively mundane compared to what they faced at home. But an unfamiliarity with household appliances and cleaners, for example, is a real hurdle. A new housing orientation program by one of the city’s largest property management companies is explaining these everyday necessities. More refugees are coming to Sioux Falls every year, and with them come different cultures. “We’ve got to embrace it,” said Tannen Loge, vice president of property management for Lloyd Cos., which has more than 3,000 apartments in Sioux Falls. “It’s very important...
  • Michelle Obama’s hotel in China was deemed too expensive for Joe Biden

    03/24/2014 9:24:34 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 40 replies ^ | 3/24/14 | Caroline May
    While there have been disapproving murmurs about the potential cost of first lady Michelle Obama’s trip to China, the actual cost to taxpayers has remained mere speculation. New documents, however, reveal that the accommodations the first lady, her daughters and her mother are enjoying were too expensive for even Vice President Joe Biden back in December. The first family and their staff of about 70 have been staying at the Westin Chaoyang Hotel, in the presidential suite, which USA Today reports costs about $8,400 a night. According to the documents released last week by the government contracting website Federal Business...
  • Michelle Obama: It's very rare that I have the chance to travel outside of the United States

    03/21/2014 8:36:49 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 111 replies ^ | 3/21/14 | Charlie Spiering
    During her visit to China, first lady Michelle Obama pointed out that the ability to travel outside of the United States was "rare" but that she chose China for a reason. "It’s very rare that I have the opportunity to travel outside of the United States, and it’s even more rare to have the opportunity to travel with three generations — with my daughters, and with my mother," she said. "And it is no accident that one of our first trips as a family is here to China." Obama made her remarks while visiting a school in Beijing, with the...
  • Obama's brackets may have violated ethics rules banning NCAA betting at work

    03/20/2014 1:17:11 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 33 replies ^ | 3/19/14 | Paul Bedard
    President Obama's NCAA bracket, distributed by the White House, and his comments to ESPN that he would buy the first lady some shoes if he won, may have crossed strict ethics lines barring federal workers from doing their own brackets while on duty. Officials in several federal offices have told Secrets that they have been ordered to stay off their work computers when drawing up their gambling brackets for the annual March Madness basketball tournaments. A federal memo that different agencies have rewritten to fit their workforce, this one from the Air Force, reads: It's that time of year again,...
  • Obama Authorizes Sanctions on Russia That 'Could Also Be Disruptive to the Global Economy'

    03/20/2014 9:23:17 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 18 replies ^ | 3/20/14 | Susan Jones
    ( - After Russian officials laughed off the first round of sanctions imposed by the United States -- and amid fears that Russia may encroach further into Ukraine -- President Obama announced on Thursday that he is "now impose additional costs on Russia." Among other steps, Obama said he signed a new executive order on Thursday "that gives us the authority to impose sanctions, not just on individuals, but on key sectors of the Russian economy. This is not our preferred outcome," he said. "These sanctions would not only have a significant impact on the Russian economy but could...
  • Obama imposes new sanctions on Russian officials, signs order authorizing broader measures

    03/20/2014 8:36:11 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 74 replies ^ | 3/20/14 | AP
    President Obama announced Thursday that he is imposing sanctions on additional senior Russian officials and others over the country's annexation of Crimea, warning that broader economic sanctions could be in store if Russia does not stand down. The president, speaking on the South Lawn of the White House, voiced concern that Russian military positioning could point to "further incursions" into southern and eastern Ukraine. He also issued an executive order giving the U.S. authority to impose sanctions on "key sectors of the Russian economy."
  • Fashion Designer L'Wren Scott Found Dead in Apparent Suicide in NYC

    03/17/2014 10:05:15 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 76 replies ^ | 3/17/14 | Good Morning America
    Fashion designer L'Wren Scott was found dead today in her Manhattan apartment of an apparent suicide, according to New York police. She was 47 years old. According to authorities, police were called to her Chelsea apartment at 10:05 a.m. and found her body. A medical examiner will determine the cause of death. Scott was a renowned stylist and fashion designer whose clothes have been worn by A-listers including Nicole Kidman, Angelina Jolie and Penelope Cruz. In February, she announced that she had canceled her London Fashion Week show.
  • Iranian Nuke Sites Hit with ‘Sabotage'

    03/17/2014 9:23:37 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 10 replies ^ | 3/17/14 | Adam Kredo
    Iranian officials revealed on Monday that several “new acts of sabotage” had taken place at its controversial Arak nuclear reactor facility and that other so-called “enemy plots” had been carried out at separate key nuclear sites. Iranian security forces told the country’s state-run press early Monday that these “new acts of sabotage” had been discovered at the Arak heavy water reactor, which has been jointly built with aid from Russia. Iran accused foreign forces of carrying out the act of sabotage, but did not immediately name any one nation it believes to be responsible for the supposed tampering at Arak....
  • Russian soldiers attack Ukrainian military base in Crimea

    03/07/2014 12:28:52 PM PST · by ColdOne · 41 replies
    haaretz ^ | 3/7/14 | Anshel Pfeffer, Reuters and The Associated Press
    Russian troops on Friday attacked a Ukranian military base 5 kilometers from the Ukranian city Sevastopol, located on the Black Sea coast of the Crimean peninsula. According to early reports, members of a pro-Russia militia used a truck to break though the gate of the base. The truck got stuck at the gate, and Russia soldiers climbed over it. Some 70 Ukrainian troops were said to still be holding out in the bunkers. Russians troops who broke through the perimeter demanded the Ukrainian soldiers surrender. There were no reports of shots being fired.
  • Obama approves sanctions on individuals 'destabilizing Ukraine'

    03/06/2014 11:18:19 AM PST · by ColdOne · 13 replies ^ | 3/6/14 | Meghashyam Mali
    President Obama on Thursday signed an executive order readying sanctions and visa restrictions on individuals the administration said were responsible for “destabilizing Ukraine.” “The President has signed an Executive Order that authorizes sanctions on individuals and entities threatening the peace, security, stability, sovereignty, or territorial integrity of Ukraine; contributing to the misappropriation of state assets of Ukraine; or purporting to assert governmental authority over any part of Ukraine without authorization from the Ukrainian government in Kyiv,” said the White House in a statement.
  • Obama Promises Illegals: Obamacare Sign Up Info Won't Be Used for Deportation

    03/06/2014 10:14:25 AM PST · by ColdOne · 23 replies ^ | 3/6/14 | DANIEL HALPER
    "Will we hear from you a pledge, a personal promise, that the information provided in the registration process will not be used for deportation purposes in this country?" "Absolutely," Obama said, putting his hand down for emphasis. SNIP Obama blamed Congress for deportations. And he said he has already stretched his "administrative capacity very far" by taking immigration actions using "prosecutorial discretion," but that he was "very confident that was the right thing to do."
  • US to bolster military support to Poland, Baltic

    03/05/2014 11:42:32 AM PST · by ColdOne · 9 replies ^ | 3/5/14 | afp
    Washington (AFP) - The United States plans to expand military cooperation with Poland and Baltic states to show "support" for its allies after Russia's intervention in Ukraine, Pentagon chief Chuck Hagel said Wednesday.
  • Obama: Senate's failure to confirm DOJ nominee is a 'travesty'

    03/05/2014 11:11:45 AM PST · by ColdOne · 60 replies ^ | 3/5/14 | Meghashyam Mali
    President Obama on Wednesday called it a “travesty” that the Senate had failed to confirm Debo Adegbile, his nominee to lead the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division. “The Senate’s failure to confirm Debo Adegbile to lead the Civil Rights Division at the Department of Justice is a travesty based on wildly unfair character attacks against a good and qualified public servant,” said Obama in a written statement. “Mr. Adegbile’s qualifications are impeccable,” he continued. “He represents the best of the legal profession, with wide-ranging experience,
  • CNN To Test Legal Show ‘Making The Case’ In Primetime

    03/04/2014 1:17:32 PM PST · by ColdOne · 4 replies ^ | 3/4/14 | Brian Steinberg
    “Making The Case” is slated to air between 10:30 p.m. and 11 p.m., this person said, and will be anchored by Mark Geragos, a California criminal-defense attorney who has represented Michael Jackson, Chris Brown and politician Gary Condit, among others and Sunny Hostin, a former assistant U.S. attorney who has contributed to CNN in the past.
  • Putin: No Need to Use Military Force in Ukraine for Now

    03/04/2014 9:35:09 AM PST · by ColdOne · 28 replies ^ | 3/4/14 | REUTERS
    President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday that Russia saw no need to use military force in the Crimea region of Ukraine for now, in remarks apparently intended to ease East-West tension over fears of war in the former Soviet republic. The use of force by Russia in Ukraine would be a choice of last resort, Putin said, and sanctions being considered against Moscow by the West would be counter-productive.
  • Shutdown cost national parks at least $414M

    03/04/2014 8:47:05 AM PST · by ColdOne · 31 replies ^ | 3/4/14 | MATTHEW DALY-ap
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration says the government shutdown last fall resulted in nearly 8 million fewer visitors to national parks, costing the parks and surrounding communities an estimated $414 million in lost visitor spending. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said the shutdown was a striking reminder that national parks are a powerful economic engine for local economies across the country. The report released Monday said five states, including California and Arizona, lost more than $20 million during the 16-day shutdown.
  • Obama administration preparing sanctions vs. Russia

    03/03/2014 11:48:47 AM PST · by ColdOne · 24 replies ^ | 3/3/14 | Julian Pecquet
    The Obama administration is preparing sanctions to punish Russia for its intervention in Ukraine and is “likely” to impose them, the State Department declared Monday. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said that planning for sanctions has gone into overdrive following stepped up Russian interference in the Crimea region, including unconfirmed reports that Russia has given Ukrainian troops in the Crimea until 10 p.m. EST to surrender. ADVERTISEMENT “At this point we're not just considering sanctions; given the actions Russia has taken it is likely that we will put those in place," Psaki said. "And we are preparing that right now.”...
  • Michelle Obama set for China visit focusing on education

    03/03/2014 10:49:53 AM PST · by ColdOne · 24 replies ^ | 3/3/14 | Dave Boyer
    The White House said that, as with Mrs. Obama’s previous trips to Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America, she “will be focusing on the power and importance of education, both in her own life and in the lives of young people in both countries.” Mrs. Obama also will visit important historical and cultural sites in China, and will share with students in the U.S. the stories of the students she meets in China, “as well as interesting facts about China’s history and culture – emphasizing the importance of students learning from one another globally,” the White House said.
  • Spring Break: Mrs. Obama Visiting China With Daughters and Mother

    03/03/2014 10:02:25 AM PST · by ColdOne · 40 replies ^ | 3/3/14 | DARLENE SUPERVILLE/ ap
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Michelle Obama plans a weeklong solo visit to China this month that includes meetings with China's first lady and high school and university students. It will be her first visit to the Asian economic powerhouse. In an announcement Monday on the White House blog, the first lady says a China visit is important because it is the most populous country in the world, with more than 1.3 billion people, and plays an important role on the world stage.
  • Supreme Court denies appeal from German family seeking asylum to home-school kids

    03/03/2014 8:23:57 AM PST · by ColdOne · 91 replies ^ | 3/3/14 | ap
    The Supreme Court has declined to hear an appeal from a German family seeking asylum in the United States because their home country does not allow home-schooling. The justices rejected an appeal from Uwe and Hannelore Romeike, who claim the German government is persecuting them because they want to raise their children in accordance with their Christian beliefs.
  • Lerner's attorney says she won't testify, Issa wrong

    03/02/2014 11:36:36 AM PST · by ColdOne · 57 replies ^ | 3/2/14 | REID J. EPSTEIN
    Rep. Darrell Issa doesn’t know what he’s talking about, the attorney for former IRS official Lois Lerner said Sunday. Issa, the California Republican who chairs the House Oversight and Reform Committee, told “Fox News Sunday” that Lerner, the former head of the IRS tax-exempt division, would testify before his committee Wednesday, which he said he had been told by her attorney. That attorney, William W. Taylor, said Issa is wrong.
  • Ted Nugent vows no more name calling — then calls Obama ‘liar’

    02/25/2014 11:01:00 AM PST · by ColdOne · 59 replies ^ | 2/25/14 | Cheryl K. Chumley
    Rocker Ted Nugent, who just made media waves with a printed reference of President Obama as a “subhuman mongrel,” now says he’s going stop calling people names — but apparently not the name “liar.” Mr. Nugent said in CNN: “Instead of using terms like ‘subhuman mongrel,’ I’m going to get right to the meat of the matter where our president is a liar. He lies about you can keep your doctor, period. Over and over again, he lies about Benghazi. He’s lying about the IRS.”
  • FDA weighs risks of 3-person embryo fertilization

    02/25/2014 9:03:57 AM PST · by ColdOne · 33 replies ^ | 2/25/14 | MATTHEW PERRONE/ AP
    WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal health regulators will consider this week whether to green light a provocative new fertilization technique that could eventually create babies from the DNA of three people, with the goal of preventing mothers from passing on debilitating genetic diseases to their children. The Food and Drug Administration has framed its two-day meeting as a "scientific, technologic and clinical" discussion about how to test the approach in humans. But the technique itself raises a number of ethical questions, including whether the government should sanction the creation of genetically modified humans.
  • Obama tells Pentagon to prepare for possibility of leaving no troops in Afghanistan

    02/25/2014 9:02:10 AM PST · by ColdOne · 40 replies ^ | 2/25/14 | Steve Holland and Jeff Mason/Reuters
    (Reuters) - President Barack Obama has told the Pentagon to prepare for the possibility that the United States will not leave behind any troops in Afghanistan after its troop drawdown at the end of this year, the White House said on Tuesday. Obama conveyed the message in a phone call to Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai, who has been balking at signing a bilateral security agreement that the United States insists it must have before agreeing to leave a contingent of troops behind for counter-terrorism operations and training.
  • Holder gives nod to state AGs to drop defense of gay marriage bans amid court challenges

    02/25/2014 8:08:13 AM PST · by ColdOne · 43 replies ^ | 2/25/14 | foxnews
    Attorney General Eric Holder has given the nod to his state counterparts that they do not have to defend laws they consider discriminatory -- effectively giving the green light for states to stop defending bans on gay marriage. Holder addressed the issue during a gathering of state attorneys general on Tuesday, after detailing his position in a New York Times interview. Speaking to the National Association of Attorneys General, Holder said that any decision not to defend individual laws must be "exceedingly rare" and reserved for "exceptional circumstances." He indicated that legal challenges to gay marriage bans would qualify as...