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  • GOP struggles to recruit black voters, candidates

    06/09/2014 2:29:09 PM PDT · by DJ MacWoW · 39 replies
    AP ^ | Jun 9, 2014 3:32 AM (ET) | JESSE J. HOLLAND
    SMYRNA, Ga. (AP) — Like an eager date, Leo Smith showed up at Mount Zion First Baptist Church with a bouquet of flowers in hand. He wasn't seeking romance. He was seeking voters. As the minority engagement director for the Georgia Republican Party, Smith is helping to lead an effort to recruit African-American voters in pivotal states, a priority for a heavily white party staring with uncertainty at a country that is fast becoming more brown.
  • Auto industry gets serious about lighter materials

    06/09/2014 1:10:56 PM PDT · by DJ MacWoW · 98 replies
    AP ^ | Jun 9, 2014 1:55 PM (ET) | DEE-ANN DURBIN
    DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — Roofs made of carbon fiber. Plastic windshields. Bumpers fashioned out of aluminum foam. What sounds like a science experiment could be your next car. While hybrids and electrics may grab the headlines, the real frontier in fuel economy is the switch to lighter materials. Automakers have been experimenting for decades with lightweighting, as the practice is known, but the effort is gaining urgency with the adoption of tougher gas mileage standards. To meet the government's goal of nearly doubling average fuel economy to 45 mpg by 2025, cars need to lose some serious pounds.
  • God's Not Dead' Crashes Box Office Top 5, 'Muppets' Bombs

    03/23/2014 6:12:12 PM PDT · by DJ MacWoW · 35 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 23 Mar 2014, 9:00 AM PDT | Christian Toto
    God's Not Dead didn't have a massive marketing budget, a liberal A-list star above the title or even the same number of screens most mainstream movies receive. The film is still on pace to snare the fourth spot in the weekend's box office chart in a very competitive frame. What it had in its corner--a popular actor known for his work on TV's Hercules, the presence of one of Duck Dynasty's key stars and an unabashedly pro-faith message.
  • Box Office: ‘God’s Not Dead’ Soaring to $8.2 Million Opening in Limited Release

    03/22/2014 5:29:25 PM PDT · by DJ MacWoW · 67 replies
    Variety ^ | March 21, 2014 | 08:02PM PT | Variety Staff
    Talk about a box office diversion. Shailene Woodley’s “Divergent” might be the No. 1 film in America but faith-based audiences are once again proving to be anything but conservative at the U.S. box office. Christian drama “God’s Not Dead,” opening in fewer than 800 theaters, is on track for an impressive $8.2 million this weekend. That’s a per-screen average of over $10,400 from 782 locations.
  • In Bible epic revival, 'Noah' finds rough seas

    03/21/2014 11:04:51 AM PDT · by DJ MacWoW · 211 replies
    AP ^ | Mar 21, 2014 10:59 AM (ET) | JAKE COYLE
    NEW YORK (AP) - In the beginning of their work together on "Noah," director Darren Aronofsky made Russell Crowe a promise: "I'll never shoot you on a houseboat in a robe and sandals with two giraffes popping up behind you." Decades after Cecil B. DeMille's "The Ten Commandments" and "Ben-Hur," Aronofsky has renewed the tradition of the studio-made, mass-audience Bible epic, albeit as a distinctly darker parable about sin, justice and mercy. While much of his "Noah" is true to Scripture, it's nothing like the picture-book version many encounter as children.
  • Sony to close two-thirds of US stores

    02/27/2014 5:52:12 AM PST · by DJ MacWoW · 28 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 26, 2014 2:17 PM (ET) | None
    LOS ANGELES (AP) - Sony Corp. says it is closing about two-thirds of its U.S. Sony Stores is part of a wide-ranging company restructuring it announced earlier this month. It also said that 1,000 of the previously announced 5,000 job cuts would come from its Sony Electronics unit, mainly in the U.S. and Mexico. The cuts are to take place before March 2015.
  • Hey! There's This Site Called Free Republic! - NMD FReepathon

    01/24/2014 8:50:45 AM PST · by DJ MacWoW · 106 replies
    Free Republic ^ | January 24, 2014 | DJMacWoW
    Have you heard Of Free Republic? It's Donor supported and they're looking for New Monthly Donors. Free Republic is a Conservative, God loving, America supporting site that believes in the Constitution as the Founding Fathers wrote it. FR is also a grassroots activist site that exposes socialism and shines a light on government corruption. But Free Republic has no rich sponsors or advertising. Those who use it pay it's bills. We need everyone to pitch in and donate. Ideally, we need faithful monthly donors. Free Republic has 12 New Monthly Donors this quarter. There are generous FReepers sponsoring monthly donors...
  • Poll: Uninsured rate drops as health law rolls out

    01/23/2014 1:26:52 PM PST · by DJ MacWoW · 44 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 23, 2014 3:54 PM (ET) | RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR
    It may just be the start of a new trend. The uninsured rate dropped modestly this month as expanded coverage rolled out under President Barack Obama's health care law, a major survey released Thursday has found. The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index found that the uninsured rate for U.S. adults dropped by 1.2 percentage points in January, to 16.1 percent. That would translate to roughly 2 million to 3 million people gaining coverage.
  • Va. gay marriage decision draws praise, scorn

    01/23/2014 5:20:38 AM PST · by DJ MacWoW · 33 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 23, 2014 8:08 AM (ET) | STEVE SZKOTAK
    The decision by Virginia's attorney general to join challenges of the state's constitutional ban on gay marriage is drawing sharply divided responses. Attorneys representing couples challenging the ban are celebrating the decision by Attorney General Mark Herring, calling it an historic day for Virginia. One attorney said "it's a nice day to be an American."
  • Surgeon general urges new resolve to end smoking

    01/17/2014 7:10:52 AM PST · by DJ MacWoW · 73 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 17, 2014 3:43 AM (ET) | LAURAN NEERGAARD
    It's no secret that smoking causes lung cancer. But what about diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, erectile dysfunction? Fifty years into the war on smoking, scientists still are adding diseases to the long list of cigarettes' harms - even as the government struggles to get more people to kick the habit. A new report from the U.S. Surgeon General's office says the nation is at a crossroads, celebrating decades of progress against the chief preventable killer but not yet poised to finish the job.
  • Ohio killer's execution takes almost 25 minutes

    01/16/2014 7:20:41 PM PST · by DJ MacWoW · 128 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 16, 2014 9:32 PM (ET) | ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS
    A condemned man appeared to gasp several times and took an unusually long time to die - more than 20 minutes - in an execution carried out Thursday with a combination of drugs never before tried in the U.S. Dennis McGuire's attorney Allen Bohnert called the convicted killer's death "a failed, agonizing experiment" and added: "The people of the state of Ohio should be appalled at what was done here today in their names."
  • Southwest flight lands at wrong Missouri airport

    01/13/2014 9:00:53 AM PST · by DJ MacWoW · 64 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 13, 2014 11:35 AM (ET) | JIM SALTER
    Federal officials are investigating why a Southwest Airlines flight that was supposed to land at Branson Airport in southwest Missouri instead landed at another airport about 7 miles away that only had about half as much runway. Southwest Airlines Flight 4013, carrying 124 passengers and five crew members, was scheduled to go from Chicago's Midway International Airport to Branson Airport, airline spokesman Brad Hawkins said Sunday in a statement. But the Boeing 737-700 landed at Taney County Airport, which also is known as M. Graham Clark Downtown Airport.
  • Messages link NJ governor's aide to lane closures

    01/08/2014 11:01:01 AM PST · by DJ MacWoW · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 8, 2014 1:01 PM (ET) | ANGELA DELLI SANTI
    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - Emails and text messages released Wednesday link a top aide to Gov. Chris Christie to traffic jams in a New Jersey town in September that appear to have been engineered as political payback against its mayor. "Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee," Christie aide Bridget Anne Kelly wrote in August to David Wildstein, a top appointee of the governor's to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
  • Justice delays health law's birth control mandate

    12/31/2013 9:33:18 PM PST · by DJ MacWoW · 41 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 1, 2014 12:18 AM (ET) | By JESSE J. HOLLAND
    WASHINGTON (AP) - Only hours before the law was to take effect, a Supreme Court justice on Tuesday blocked implementation of part of President Barack Obama's health care law that would have forced some religion-affiliated organizations to provide health insurance for employees that includes birth control. Justice Sonia Sotomayor's decision came after a flurry of efforts by Catholic-affiliated groups from around the nation. Those groups had rushed to the federal courts to stop Wednesday's start of portions of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.
  • Bye bye, bile? Websites try to nix nasty comments

    12/26/2013 8:38:09 AM PST · by DJ MacWoW · 140 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 26, 2013 10:34 AM (ET) | BARBARA ORTUTAY
    NEW YORK (AP) - Mix blatant bigotry with poor spelling. Add a dash of ALL CAPS. Top it off with a violent threat. And there you have it: A recipe for the worst of online comments, scourge of the Internet. Blame anonymity, blame politicians, blame human nature. But a growing number of websites are reining in the Wild West of online commentary. Companies including Google and the Huffington Post are trying everything from deploying moderators to forcing people to use their real names in order to restore civil discourse. Some sites, such as Popular Science, are banning comments altogether.
  • Judge allows gay marriage in Utah to continue

    12/23/2013 10:32:16 AM PST · by DJ MacWoW · 73 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 23, 2013 1:21 PM (ET) | By BRADY McCOMBS and PAUL FOY
    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A federal judge has allowed gay marriage in Utah to continue. Judge Richard Shelby on Monday denied a request by the state that sought to halt gay marriage until the appeals process plays out. The same judge overturned Utah's ban on same-sex marriage Friday, ruling it is unconstitutional.
  • Utah's same-sex marriage ban back in court

    12/23/2013 8:19:48 AM PST · by DJ MacWoW · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 23, 2013 7:02 AM (ET) | By BRADY McCOMBS and PAUL FOY
    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A federal judge on Monday is set to consider a request from the state of Utah to block gay weddings that have been taking place since Friday, when the state's same-sex marriage ban was overturned. U.S. District Judge Robert J. Shelby ruled that Utah's law passed violates gay and lesbian couples' rights under the 14th Amendment.
  • NY school all-in on trend of all-digital textbooks

    12/22/2013 7:15:22 PM PST · by DJ MacWoW · 47 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 22, 2013 11:25 AM (ET) | By JIM FITZGERALD
    WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) - At Archbishop Stepinac High School, the backpacks got a whole lot lighter this year because nearly every book - from freshman biology to senior calculus - is now digital, accessible on students' laptops and tablets. "The last couple of years, this would have been like 30 pounds," says sophomore Brandon Cabaleiro, whose load nowadays includes just his iPad, his lunch and a jacket. snip The online history books, for example, include videos on subjects ranging from Woodrow Wilson to Malcolm X. The science books show scientific processes in motion. The English books grade an essay...
  • Notebook: Obamas, Bushes in close quarters (Barf Alert)

    12/10/2013 7:03:14 PM PST · by DJ MacWoW · 96 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 10, 2013 8:57 PM (ET) | JULIE PACE
    ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE (AP) - A joint wave from the Air Force One, a shared dinner, and a long flight home. President Barack Obama and former President George W. Bush shared quality time Tuesday as they returned from Nelson Mandela's memorial service in South Africa. Reconciliation was in the air. Bush and his wife, former first lady Laura Bush, had round-trip passage with Obama and first lady Michelle Obama for the service, an international "who's who" of current and former international political leaders.
  • For Any Van Damme Fans

    11/15/2013 6:40:21 PM PST · by DJ MacWoW · 85 replies
    Youtube ^ | November 14, 2013 | Volvo
    This is a Volvo truck commercial with Jean Claude Van Damme. I find it amazing. Volvo Trucks - The Epic Split feat. Van Damme (Live Test 6)
  • Strongest typhoon of the year slams Philippines

    11/07/2013 4:51:27 PM PST · by DJ MacWoW · 28 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 7, 2013 6:32 PM (ET) | By JIM GOMEZ
    MANILA, Philippines (AP) - One of the most powerful typhoons ever recorded slammed into the Philippines early Friday, and one weather expert warned, "There will be catastrophic damage." The U.S. Navy's Joint Typhoon Warning Center shortly before Typhoon Haiyan's landfall said its maximum sustained winds were 314 kilometers per hour (195 mph), with gusts up to 379 kilometers per hour (235 mph).
  • Anxiety as stimulus hike in food stamps set to end

    10/10/2013 8:07:14 AM PDT · by DJ MacWoW · 95 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 10, 2013 6:21 AM (ET) | RIK STEVENS
    CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - A temporary increase in food stamps expires Oct. 31, meaning for millions of Americans, the benefits that help put food on the table won't stretch as far as they have for the past four years. Food stamps - actually the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program - go to 47 million Americans a month, almost half of them children and teenagers.
  • House GOP leaders seek short-term debt extension

    10/10/2013 8:03:09 AM PDT · by DJ MacWoW · 30 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 10, 2013 10:33 AM (ET) | ANDREW TAYLOR
    WASHINGTON (AP) - House Speaker John Boehner planned to ask fractious Republican lawmakers on Thursday to support a six-week extension of the government's ability to borrow money, even as Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew warned Congress of "irrevocable damage" that an unprecedented federal default would risk. Boehner, R-0hio, was expected to broach the plan at a private morning meeting of GOP House legislators, just hours before he and other Republican leaders were traveling to the White House to discuss their budget battle with President Barack Obama.
  • Prospect for quick end to shutdown is remote

    10/04/2013 5:12:04 PM PDT · by DJ MacWoW · 18 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 4, 2013 6:23 PM (ET) | DAVID ESPO
    At the very end of the lengthy article: Ironically, Boehner and the leadership more than two weeks ago outlined a strategy that envisioned avoiding a shutdown and instead using the debt limit bill as the arena for a showdown with Obama. Their hope was to win concessions from the White House in exchange for raising the debt limit and agreeing to changes in two rounds of across the board cuts, one that took place in the budget year that ended on Sept. 30 and the other in the 12 months that began the following day. The strategy was foiled by...
  • Government powers down; blame trading in capital

    10/01/2013 3:30:05 PM PDT · by DJ MacWoW · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 1, 2013 5:33 PM (ET) | DAVID ESPO and DONNA CASSATA
    Late Tuesday, House Republicans sought swift passage of legislation aimed at reopening small slices of the federal establishment. The bills covered the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Park Service and a portion of the Washington, D.C., government funded with local tax revenue. Senate Democrats announced their opposition, saying Republicans shouldn't be permitted to choose which agencies should open and which remain shut.
  • Congress misses deadline for averting shutdown

    09/30/2013 9:14:34 PM PDT · by DJ MacWoW · 40 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 1, 2013 12:02 AM (ET)
    WASHINGTON (AP) - Congress has missed the deadline for averting the first partial government shutdown in 17 years. As the clock struck midnight Monday, House Republicans were demanding that the Senate negotiate their demand for a one-year delay in making millions of people buy health insurance under President Barack Obama's 2010 health care law. Minutes before midnight, the White House ordered a shutdown.
  • Shutdown imminent; GOP unity frays but still holds

    09/30/2013 8:25:28 PM PDT · by DJ MacWoW · 68 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 30, 2013 9:54 PM (ET) | DAVID ESPO
    As lawmakers squabbled, President Barack Obama spoke bluntly about House Republicans. "You don't get to extract a ransom for doing your job, for doing what you're supposed to be doing anyway, or just because there's a law there that you don't like," he said. Speaking of the health care law that undergoes a major expansion on Tuesday, he said emphatically, "That funding is already in place. You can't shut it down."
  • Under fire, 'Obamacare' going live _ with glitches

    09/30/2013 5:47:53 PM PDT · by DJ MacWoW · 22 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 30, 2013 5:21 PM (ET) | RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR
    WASHINGTON (AP) - Contentious from its conception, President Barack Obama's health care law has survived the Supreme Court, a battle for the White House and rounds of budget brinkmanship. Now comes the ultimate test: the verdict of the American people. A government shutdown could dampen the rollout Tuesday as insurance markets open around the country. But it won't stop the main components of "Obamacare" from going live as scheduled, glitches and all. The biggest expansion of society's safety net since Medicare will be in the hands of consumers, and most of their concerns don't revolve around ideology and policy details.
  • Countdown: GOP unity frays as shutdown grows near

    09/30/2013 5:44:20 PM PDT · by DJ MacWoW · 33 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 30, 2013 6:47 PM (ET) | DAVID ESPO
    WASHINGTON (AP) - Their unity fraying, House Republicans bent but did not blink Monday in their demand for changes to the nation's health care overhaul as the price for preventing the first partial government shutdown in 17 years. "We're at the brink," said Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., moments after the Senate voted to reject the latest GOP attempt to tie government financing to delays in "Obamacare."
  • Rick Perry: Shutting down government to defund Obamacare not a good option

    09/25/2013 6:44:18 AM PDT · by DJ MacWoW · 93 replies
    Yahoo ^ | September 25, 2013 | Jeff Zeleny, Richard Coolidge, and Jordyn Phelps
    With a potential government shutdown looming in less than a week, Gov. Rick Perry of Texas said it would be “nonsensical” for his fellow Republicans to support any effort to bring government to a halt over the health care law. “I don't think it's a good option,” Perry told “The Fine Print.” “There's still time to sit down and try to fix Obamacare.”
  • Teen convicted of killing baby gets life in prison

    09/12/2013 4:53:46 PM PDT · by DJ MacWoW · 60 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 12, 2013 7:26 PM (ET) | RUSS BYNUM
    BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) - A Georgia teen convicted of fatally shooting a baby in a stroller was sentenced Thursday to spend the rest of his life in prison with no chance of parole after the grieving mother asked a judge to punish the gunman for taking "the love of my life." De'Marquise Elkins, 18, stood silent and showed no emotion as he was sentenced in a courtroom less than two weeks after a jury found him guilty of murder in the slaying of 13-month-old Antonio Santiago during a robbery attempt.
  • Donilon to resign, Rice to take over

    06/05/2013 6:07:23 AM PDT · by DJ MacWoW · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 5, 2013 8:49 AM (ET) | JULIE PACE
    WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama's top national security adviser Tom Donilon is resigning and will be replaced by Susan Rice, the U.S. ambassador to the U.N. who has been a lightning rod for Republican criticism over faulty explanations for the attack that killed four Americans in Benghazi, Libya. Donilon has been a key foreign policy adviser to President Barack Obama. But the 58-year-old had been expected to depart sometime this year, with Rice seen as the likely candidate to replace him. Her selection is sure to anger congressional Republicans, who have accused the administration of inconsistency and a cover-up...
  • Judge orders Google to give customer data to FBI

    05/31/2013 8:25:01 PM PDT · by DJ MacWoW · 44 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 31, 2013 11:07 PM (ET) | PAUL ELIAS
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal judge has ruled that Google Inc. must comply with the FBI's warrantless demands for customer data, rejecting the company's argument that the government's practice of issuing so-called national security letters to telecommunication companies, Internet service providers and banks and others was unconstitutional and unnecessary. FBI counter-terrorism agents began issuing the secret letters, which don't require a judge's approval, after Congress passed the USA Patriot Act in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.
  • Key figures in racial profiling lawsuit in Ariz

    05/24/2013 7:04:07 PM PDT · by DJ MacWoW · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 24, 2013 8:39 PM (ET)
    PHOENIX (AP) - Key figures in a lawsuit that alleges that an Arizona sheriff's office has racially profiled Latinos in its immigration patrols. A judge ruled Friday that Arpaio's office systematically racially profiles Latinos:
  • Obama balances threats against Americans' rights

    05/24/2013 8:12:25 AM PDT · by DJ MacWoW · 33 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 24, 2013 3:39 AM (ET) | LARA JAKES and JULIE PACE
    WASHINGTON (AP) - Forecasting the changing nature of threats against the U.S. for years to come, President Barack Obama says "America is at a crossroads." And so, too, is his presidency's counterterrorism policy, which has long struggled to balance protecting the nation from terror attacks while upholding Americans' rights. The Obama administration this week acknowledged that four Americans have been killed - three of whom were not specifically targeted - in secretive overseas drone strikes against al-Qaida extremists since 2009. And in a wide-ranging speech Thursday, Obama warned that Americans must be vigilant against increasing homegrown threats from within, including...
  • UK-bound Pakistan plane diverted, 2 men arrested

    05/24/2013 8:05:57 AM PDT · by DJ MacWoW · 19 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 24, 2013 10:52 AM (ET) | CASSANDRA VINOGRAD and DANICA KIRKA
    LONDON (AP) - Two men have been arrested on suspicion of endangering an aircraft after a plane carrying more than 300 people from Pakistan to Britain was diverted from its original course Friday, officials said. The incident further rattled the U.K. just days after a British soldier was brutally killed on a London street in a suspected terror attack. A British security official said the situation involving the Pakistan International Airlines flight did not appear to be related to terrorism, but that police were still investigating. He requested anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the investigation.
  • Conn. governor signs sweeping gun limits into law

    04/04/2013 1:59:46 PM PDT · by DJ MacWoW · 64 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 4, 2013 1:32 PM (ET) | SUSAN HAIGH
    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, who four months ago broke the news to shocked parents that their children had been slaughtered in a Connecticut elementary school, signed into law Thursday sweeping new restrictions on weapons and large capacity ammunition magazines similar to the ones used by the man who gunned down 20 child and six educators in the massacre. Alongside family members of some of the victims of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Malloy signed the bill hours after the General Assembly approved the measure to give the state some of the toughest gun laws...
  • SC's ex-Gov. Sanford clears hurdle in comeback bid

    04/02/2013 8:57:34 PM PDT · by DJ MacWoW · 173 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 2, 2013 10:58 PM (ET) | BRUCE SMITH
    "I want to thank my God," Sanford said. "I used to cringe when somebody would say I want to thank my God because at that point I would think this is getting uncomfortable. But once you really receive God's grace and (have) seen it reflected in others you stop and acknowledge that grace and the difference He has made in my life and in so many lives across this state and across this nation."
  • SC's Sanford wins GOP primary for old House seat

    04/02/2013 7:53:31 PM PDT · by DJ MacWoW · 47 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 2, 2013 8:47 PM (ET) | BRUCE SMITH
    The former three-term congressman and two-term governor saw his political career sidelined four years ago when he disappeared from the state only to return and confess to an extramarital affair with an Argentine woman to whom he is now engaged.
  • Too early for 2016? Not for Hillary Clinton's fans

    04/02/2013 7:21:53 PM PDT · by DJ MacWoW · 35 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 2, 20139:38 PM (ET) | CHARLES BABINGTON
    WASHINGTON (AP) - Hillary Rodham Clinton stayed on safe political ground Tuesday, advocating women's rights globally in a 12-minute speech, but that was enough to excite fans imploring the former first lady, senator and secretary of state to run again for president three years from now. Clinton, perhaps as popular as ever in her 22 years in national politics, said she has "unwavering faith in the untapped potential of women and girls." She spoke at the Vital Voices Global Leadership Awards, at Washington's Kennedy Center. The event, highlighting efforts such as expanding education for girls and fighting domestic violence worldwide,...
  • Court could avoid ruling on gay marriage ban

    03/26/2013 9:44:11 AM PDT · by DJ MacWoW · 24 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 26, 2013 12:27 PM (ET) | MARK SHERMAN
    WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court suggested Tuesday it could find a way out of the case over California's ban on same-sex marriage without issuing a major national ruling on whether gays have a right to marry, an issue one justice described as newer than cellphones and the Internet. Several justices, including some liberals who seemed open to gay marriage, raised doubts during a riveting 80-minute argument that the case was properly before them. And Justice Anthony Kennedy, the potentially decisive vote on a closely divided court, suggested that the court could dismiss the case with no ruling at all.
  • US household wealth regains pre-recession peak (includes caveats, of course)

    03/08/2013 7:46:10 AM PST · by DJ MacWoW · 13 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 8,2013 12:02 AM (ET) | CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER
    WASHINGTON (AP) - It took 5 1/2 years. Surging stock prices and steady home-price increases have finally allowed Americans to regain the $16 trillion in wealth they lost to the Great Recession. The gains are helping support the economy and could lead to further spending and growth. The recovered wealth - most of it from higher stock prices - has been flowing mainly to richer Americans. By contrast, middle class wealth is mostly in the form of home equity, which has risen much less.
  • Gun ban would protect more than 2,200 firearms

    02/16/2013 4:49:19 PM PST · by DJ MacWoW · 80 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 16, 2013 6:29 PM (ET) | EILEEN SULLIVAN
    WASHINGTON (AP) - Congress' latest crack at a new assault weapons ban would protect more than 2,200 specific firearms, including a semi-automatic rifle that is nearly identical to one of the guns used in the bloodiest shootout in FBI history. One model of that firearm, the Ruger .223 caliber Mini-14, is on the proposed list to be banned, while a different model of the same gun is on a list of exempted firearms in legislation the Senate is considering. The gun that would be protected from the ban has fixed physical features and can't be folded to be more compact....
  • Experts find remains of England's King Richard III

    02/04/2013 9:16:46 AM PST · by DJ MacWoW · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 4, 2013 11:13 AM (ET) | By JILL LAWLESS
    LEICESTER, England (AP) - He wore the English crown, but he ended up defeated, humiliated and reviled. Now things are looking up for King Richard III. Scientists announced Monday that they had found the monarch's 528-year-old remains under a parking lot in the city of Leicester - a discovery that will move him from a pauper's grave to a royal tomb and that fans say could potentially restore the reputation of a much-maligned king.
  • White House releases photo of Obama firing gun

    02/02/2013 9:25:35 AM PST · by DJ MacWoW · 142 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 2, 2013 11:41 AM (ET) | AP
    WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House has released a photo of President Barack Obama firing a gun, two days before he heads to Minnesota to discuss gun control. In a recent interview with The New Republic magazine, Obama said "yes" when asked if he has ever fired a gun. He said "we do skeet shooting all the time," except for his daughters, at Camp David, the presidential retreat in Maryland.
  • New rules aim to get rid of junk foods in schools

    02/02/2013 6:29:43 AM PST · by DJ MacWoW · 46 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 2, 2013 3:15 AM (ET) | By MARY CLARE JALONICK
    WASHINGTON (AP) - Most candy, high-calorie drinks and greasy meals could soon be on a food blacklist in the nation's schools. For the first time, the government is proposing broad new standards to make sure all foods sold in schools are more healthful. Under the new rules the Agriculture Department proposed Friday, foods like fatty chips, snack cakes, nachos and mozzarella sticks would be taken out of lunch lines and vending machines. In their place would be foods like baked chips, trail mix, diet sodas, lower-calorie sports drinks and low-fat hamburgers.
  • Man at center of Te'o hoax says he was in love

    01/31/2013 8:01:00 AM PST · by DJ MacWoW · 34 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 31, 2012 9:59 AM (ET) | By PAT EATON-ROBB
    A California man said he created the hoax involving former Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o and a fake girlfriend because he was in love with the football player. Ronaiah Tuiasosopo spoke publicly for the first time in an interview with Dr. Phil McGraw for the "Dr. Phil Show," the first part of which aired Thursday.
  • US family pleas for couple missing in Afghanistan

    12/30/2012 2:08:29 PM PST · by DJ MacWoW · 71 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 30, 2012 4:43 PM (ET) | DENIS D. GRAY and ERIC TUCKER
    KABUL (AP) - The family of an ailing, pregnant American woman missing in Afghanistan with her Canadian husband has broken months of silence over the mysterious case, making public appeals for the couple's safe return. James Coleman, the father of 27-year-old Caitlan Coleman, told The Associated Press over the weekend that she was due to deliver in January and needed urgent medical attention for a liver ailment that required regular checkups. He said he and his wife, Lyn, last heard from their son-in-law Josh on Oct. 8 from an Internet cafe in what he described as an "unsafe" part of...
  • Landfill Harmonic Orchestra (children play instruments made from garbage FANTASTIC video!)

    12/16/2012 10:40:46 AM PST · by DJ MacWoW · 60 replies
    youtube ^ | Nov 17, 2012 | landfillharmonic
    This is Cateura, Paraguy. These kids live on a landfill. All their instruments were made from things found in the landfill. These kids are worth the few minutes spent watching the video.
  • Michigan Legislature sends governor right-to-work

    12/11/2012 2:43:48 PM PST · by DJ MacWoW · 36 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 11, 2013 5:03 PM (ET) | JOHN FLESHER and JEFF KAROUB
    LANSING, Mich. (AP) - The Michigan Legislature gave final approval Tuesday to a bitterly contested right-to-work plan limiting the power of unions, a devastating and once unthinkable defeat for organized labor in a state considered a cradle of the movement. Unswayed by Democrats' pleas and thousands of protesters inside and outside the state Capitol, the House approved two final bills, sending them on to Republican Gov. Rick Snyder. One dealt with private sector workers, the other with government employees. Both measures cleared the Senate last week.