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  • EPA Closure of Last Lead Smelting Plant to Impact Ammunition Production (06 November 2013)

    04/23/2014 4:42:27 PM PDT · by Jean S · 47 replies
    New American ^ | Wednesday, 06 November 2013 08:00 | Joe Wolverton, II, J.D.
    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is not content to infringe on property rights; recent actions taken against the country's last lead smelting facility will affect the right to keep and bear arms, as well, by substantially impacting the production of ammunition. As of December 31, 2013, the lead refining plant will close for good.The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports:About 145 employees of the Doe Run lead smelter [in Herculaneum, Missouri] learned they will lose their jobs at the end of December because of the plant’s closure, the Doe Run Co. said Wednesday. An additional 73 contractor jobs also will be eliminated....
  • New Common Core Kid’s Book Depicts White Racists Who Wouldn’t Vote For Obama

    04/14/2014 3:19:10 PM PDT · by Jean S · 53 replies
    The Libertarian Republic ^ | 4/14/14 | Austin Petersen
    A children’s book that is part of the Common Core curriculum portrays white voters as racists who would never vote for Obama for president. The book called, “Barack Obama,” says: “Some people said Americans weren’t ready for that much change. Sure Barack was a nice fellow, they said. But white voters would never vote for a black president,” the book reads. This is in spite of the fact that millions of whites voted for the sitting president. Follow TLR on Google+ Common Core’s implementation has gotten off to a rocky start. States like Indiana have opted out of the unified...
  • New Gal - HHS - OMB Leadership Sylvia Mathews Burwell, Director

    04/10/2014 4:09:19 PM PDT · by Jean S · 18 replies
    OMB Leadership Sylvia Mathews Burwell, Director Sylvia Mathews Burwell is the Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). She was confirmed by the Senate on April 24, 2013. Burwell previously served as President of the Walmart Foundation. Before joining the Foundation in 2012, she was President of the Global Development Program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where she worked for 10 years and was also the first Chief Operating Officer. During the Clinton Administration she served as Deputy Director of OMB, Deputy Chief of Staff to the President, Chief of Staff to the Secretary of the...
  • Healthcare.gov crashes on day of deadline for enrollment under Affordable Care Act

    03/31/2014 4:26:44 PM PDT · by Jean S · 48 replies
    blog.al.com ^ | 3/31/14 | Debbie M. Lord
    Healthcare.gov, the troubled website set up to help Americans choose and enroll in a health care policy, crashed early Monday morning, on the final day to begin the process to apply for health insurance. According to a CNBC story, the website crashed around 3:20 a.m. (ET) Monday. It was  still down as of 7:40 a.m.Monday is the deadline to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act -- commonly called Obamacare -- before facing a fine.According to the White House, more than 6 million people have signed up since the enrollment period began on Oct. 1. According to...
  • White House: Readout of the President’s Call with President Putin

    03/28/2014 5:05:38 PM PDT · by Jean S · 23 replies
    White House ^ | 3/28/14 | The White House Office of the Press Secretary
    For Immediate Release March 28, 2014 Readout of the President’s Call with President Putin President Putin called President Obama today to discuss the U.S. proposal for a diplomatic resolution to the crisis in Ukraine, which Secretary Kerry had again presented to Foreign Minister Lavrov at the meeting at the Hague earlier this week, and which we developed following U.S. consultations with our Ukrainian and European partners.  President Obama suggested that Russia put a concrete response in writing and the presidents agreed that Kerry and Lavrov would meet to discuss next steps.President Obama noted that the Ukrainian government continues to...
  • Obama wants overtime pay for more salaried workers

    03/12/2014 4:39:44 PM PDT · by Jean S · 77 replies
    AP ^ | 48 minutes ago | JIM KUHNHENN
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Bypassing Congress, President Barack Obama intends to order changes in overtime rules so employers would be required to pay millions more workers for the extra time they put in on the job. The rules, which would not likely take effect until 2015, are aimed at workers currently designated as supervisory employees but who are exempt from overtime because they get paid a salary of more than $455 a week. Obama plans to order his Labor Department to recommend regulations that would increase that salary threshold and change the definition of what constitutes a supervisor. Obama's attention to...
  • Palin on Ukraine: I told you so

    02/28/2014 3:15:45 PM PST · by Jean S · 36 replies
    CNN ^ | February 28th, 2014 05:36 PM ET
    (CNN) - Sarah Palin may be having a bragging rights moment. In 2008, when she was the GOP vice presidential nominee, Palin questioned in a speech whether then-Sen. Barack Obama would have the foreign policy credentials to handle a scenario in which Russian President Vladimir Putin invaded Ukraine.Follow @politicalticker"After the Russian army invaded the nation of Georgia, Senator Obama's reaction was one of indecision and moral equivalence – the kind of response that would only encourage Russia's Putin to invade Ukraine next," she said in Reno, Nevada on October 21, 2008. The former Alaska governor was happy to highlight her...
  • FAA Grounds Valentine’s Flower Delivery Drone

    02/14/2014 2:45:46 PM PST · by Jean S · 4 replies
    CBS Detroit ^ | 2/13/14 | Matt Roush
    COMMERCE TWP. (WWJ) – A Commerce Township floral delivery company says the Federal Aviation Administration has grounded its experiment in delivering flowers by unmanned mini-helicopter. FlowerDeliveryExpress.com said the FAA has informed them that commercial drone use is only allowed on a pre-authorized, case-by-case basis — and told the company to knock it off.“Cupid’s wings have been clipped,” said the company’s CEO, Wesley Berry.But at least the FAA was nice about it, Berry said. “The FAA was extremely professional and polite,” he said. “I couldn’t have been chastised in a nicer way.”Berry said he agreed with the FAA’s characterization of delivery...
  • Ingraham Battles George Will, Fox Panel: GOP ‘Elites’ Pushing Immigration Reform

    02/09/2014 12:40:22 PM PST · by Jean S · 101 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 2/9/14 | Evan McMurry
    Conservative radio host Laura Ingraham battled the rest of the Fox News Sunday panel over immigration, arguing that immigration reform and current enforcement of immigration laws were weakening the American workforce, even as her fellow panelists countered that reform would bolster the economy. “I think what we’re seeing here is a split inside the Republican Party between two staunch conservatives,” host Chris Wallace said, going on to ply Ingraham with a Wall Street Journal editorial that called flinching on reform “de facto amnesty.” “As far as I can tell, the Wall Street Journal is on the side of Nancy Pelosi,...
  • The 17 Most Ridiculous Photos From The Nightmare Sochi Olympic Hotels

    02/06/2014 10:17:50 AM PST · by Jean S · 61 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 2/5/14 | Tony Manfred
    Julian Finney/Getty ImagesConstruction in the Gorky Gorod 540 Hotel in Sochi. Sochi officials say that the city's hotels are 97% complete on the eve of the Olympics.But given the nightmare travel stories rolling in from reporters in Sochi, that 3% difference goes a long, long way.There are reports of rooms without light bulbs or doorknobs. There are stories about unfinished hotels without lobbies or working elevators or running water. There are anecdotes from people who've checked into their rooms, only to find them occupied by stray dogs or construction workers napping in between shifts.The venues and Olympic Village all look...
  • Bill de Blasio Sick of All This ‘Obnoxious’ Snow

    02/04/2014 9:12:07 AM PST · by Jean S · 34 replies
    Politicker ^ | 2/4/14 | Colin Campbell
    Bill de Blasio is now visibly annoyed at the constant blizzards bombarding New York.Speaking at a press conference this morning, the new mayor repeatedly sighed and expressed his exasperation at Mother Nature, which is set to deliver the fourth significant snowstorm of his tenure later today, with yet more bad weather forecast for later week.“The snowstorm situation is reaaaally getting a little too common,” began Mr. de Blasio as he began update on tonight’s approaching storm.“So,” he added, pausing for a breath, “let’s talk about tonight!”“The next snowstorm,” he continued, again pausing a beat, “will start roughly … between 12...
  • Treasury to pick manager for Obama myRA retirement program

    01/29/2014 1:30:10 PM PST · by Jean S · 59 replies
    Reuters ^ | 1/29/14 | Patrick Temple-West and Ross Kerber
    WASHINGTON/BOSTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama's new "myRA" retirement savings program will be run by a private-sector money management firm chosen by the U.S. Treasury Department from a field of up to 30 firms, a senior administration official said on Wednesday. In a competitive bidding process to begin in the next few weeks, the Treasury Department will select a firm with experience in handling Roth individual retirement accounts (IRAs), the official said on a conference call with reporters. The time frame was not clear, with the official saying only that selection would take place in months ahead. With millions of...
  • U.S. to Expand Rules Limiting Use of Profiling by Federal Agents

    01/15/2014 6:23:41 PM PST · by Jean S · 20 replies
    New York Times ^ | 1/15/14 | MATT APUZZO
    The Justice Department will significantly expand its definition of racial profiling to prohibit federal agents from considering religion, national origin, gender and sexual orientation in their investigations, a government official said Wednesday.The move addresses a decade of criticism from civil rights groups that say federal authorities have in particular singled out Muslims in counterterrorism investigations and Latinos for immigration investigations.The Bush administration banned profiling in 2003, but with two caveats: It did not apply to national security cases, and it covered only race, not religion, ancestry or other factors. Since taking office, Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. has been...
  • The Pope Is Selling His Harley. Yep, He’s Got a Harley

    01/14/2014 4:39:12 PM PST · by Jean S · 38 replies
    ABC news ^ | 1/14/14 | Russell Goldman
    Pope Francis is selling his Harley Davidson motorcycle. The pope, known for riding through Buenos Aires on a bus and taking to the streets of Rome in a modest Ford Focus, plans to see the chopper auctioned off next month with the proceeds going to charity, according to the auction house.
  • Obama takes selfie at Mandela memorial. Inappropriate?

    12/10/2013 4:20:21 PM PST · by Jean S · 161 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | 12/10/12 | Peter Grier
    President Obama took a selfie with British Prime Minister David Cameron and Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt while seated in the audience at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service in South Africa on Tuesday.
  • U.S. Flags Lowered For Mandela, A Rare Honor For Foreign Leaders

    12/06/2013 2:44:02 PM PST · by Jean S · 41 replies
    NPR ^ | 12/6/13 | Emily Siner
    After the death of Nelson Mandela, President Obama ordered that U.S. flags on government buildings be flown at half-staff until Monday evening — a symbolic gesture of a nation in mourning.It's a tradition observed by countries around the world, one that began as early as the 17th century. Mental Floss reports: "The oldest commonly accepted reference to a half-staff flag dates back to 1612, when the captain of the British ship Heart's Ease died on a journey to Canada. When the ship returned to London, it was flying its flag at half-mast to honor the departed captain." Some scholars say...
  • Wal-Mart Black Friday fight for TV 2013

    11/29/2013 1:08:26 PM PST · by Jean S · 40 replies
    Video at link.
  • Gov. Scott Walker rebuffs questions on John Doe probe

    11/18/2013 12:02:31 PM PST · by Jean S · 14 replies
    Milwaukee Journal-Sentinal ^ | 11/17/13 | Daniel Bice
    Gov. Scott Walker won't say whether he, his attorneys or any staff members have been contacted in a growing, secret criminal investigation into a variety of state issues. Pressed three times on the matter, Walker said Monday that he wouldn't be distracted by questions on the John Doe investigation, which he called a "sidebar issue.""In terms of a lot of the questions regarding that issue, I really don't have a lot to say," Walker said during a visit to Beechwood Sales and Service in New Berlin. "I'm going to stay focused, as I am today, on helping the people of...
  • A Russian GPS Using U.S. Soil Stirs Spy Fears

    11/16/2013 5:42:38 PM PST · by Jean S · 11 replies
    New York Times ^ | 11/16/13 | MICHAEL S. SCHMIDT and ERIC SCHMITT
    WASHINGTON — In the view of America’s spy services, the next potential national security threat from Russia may not come from a nefarious cyberweapon or intelligence gleaned from the files of Edward J. Snowden, the former security contractor now in Moscow. Instead, this menace may come in the form of a seemingly innocuous dome-topped antenna perched atop an electronics-packed building surrounded by a security fence somewhere in the United States. In recent months, the Central Intelligence Agency and the Pentagon have been quietly waging a campaign to stop the State Department from allowing Roscosmos, the Russian space agency, to build...
  • Madison police say man with shotgun in street was just a hunter

    11/16/2013 1:10:26 PM PST · by Jean S · 40 replies
    Milwaukee Journal-Sentinal ^ | 11/16/13 | Erin Richards
    A man in camouflage who alarmed Madison neighbors when he walked down a street with an uncased shotgun Saturday morning turned out to be a hunter thwarted by city parking. The Madison Police Department said in a statement that the man, a University of Wisconsin student, had been hunting outside the city and was unable to find parking close to his residence. He decided to walk home from his parked vehicle with an uncased shotgun, police said.
  • Wisconsin Political Speech Raid

    11/16/2013 11:23:20 AM PST · by Jean S · 63 replies
    Subpoenas hit allies of Scott Walker as his re-election campaign looms. Americans learned in the IRS political targeting scandal that government enforcement power can be used to stifle political speech. Something similar may be unfolding in Wisconsin, where a special prosecutor is targeting conservative groups that participated in the battle over Governor Scott Walker's union reforms. In recent weeks, special prosecutor Francis Schmitz has hit dozens of conservative groups with subpoenas demanding documents related to the 2011 and 2012 campaigns to recall Governor Walker and state legislative leaders. Copies of two subpoenas we've seen demand "all memoranda, email . ....
  • It’s Official: Obamacare Enrollment Is Super Low (106,185 total, fewer than 27,000 through healthca

    11/13/2013 2:26:36 PM PST · by Jean S · 59 replies
    National Journal ^ | 11/13/13 | Sam Baker
    The Health and Human Services Department said 106,185 people have successfully applied for and chosen private insurance through the health care law's new marketplaces. That total is only about 20 percent of the administration's initial enrollment target for October, the first month in which consumers were able to sign up for coverage.Officials have long acknowledged they would fall short of that target because of the problems surrounding HealthCare.gov, the problem-plagued website that handles enrollment for 36 states.HealthCare.gov has performed even worse than expected. Fewer than 27,000 people selected a plan through the website, compared with roughly 79,000 who picked a...
  • Unintimidated: A Governor's Story and a Nation's Challenge

    11/04/2013 9:18:45 AM PST · by Jean S · 8 replies
    Amazon ^ | Scott Walker
    “Today, we can sound like conservatives and act like conservatives—and still win elections. Those who say we can’t don’t see what I see in Wisconsin and what my fellow governors in states all across America see. We don’t need to change our principles. What we need is more courage.” In 2011, Wisconsin governor Scott Walker’s chances of staying in office looked bleak. Angry protesters—furious about his collective bargaining proposal—swarmed Madison, camped in the capitol, and attempted to block the passage of the governor’s reform legislation. Teachers unions accused him of sabotaging education. His approval numbers fell to the basement, and with the national media’s descent on Wisconsin, liberals denounced “Dead Man Walker.” He found himself fighting...
  • Congress governs self under 'Obamacare'

    11/01/2013 11:06:27 AM PDT · by Jean S · 6 replies
    AP via Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel ^ | 11/1/13 | Laurie Kellman, The Associated Press
    WASHINGTON (AP) Think you're confused by "Obamacare"? It's roiling Capitol Hill behind the scenes, too.Members of Congress are governing themselves under President Barack Obama's signature law, which means they have great leeway in how to apply it to their own staffs.For House members and senators, it's about a section of the law that may or may not require lawmakers to toss some staffers off their federal health insurance and into the Affordable Care Act's exchanges. The verdict from congressional officers is ultimately that lawmakers, as employers, have discretion over who among their staffs gets ejected, and who stays. And they...
  • Beware Insurance Pitches Disguised As Obamacare

    10/25/2013 1:42:10 PM PDT · by Jean S · 3 replies
    CBS ^ | 10/25/13
    CBS) – Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan says she is looking into what appears to be a bogus campaign to sign people up for federal health care coverage under the Affordable Care Act. Don’t be tricked. You may think you’re signing up for affordable health care, but experts say it could be a scheme to get you to enroll in something else.CBS 2’s Mike Parker reports posters and flyers are popping up in hopes of enticing people who need health insurance.
  • Obama Rejects G.O.P. Offer of Short-Term Debt Limit Plan

    10/10/2013 3:52:52 PM PDT · by Jean S · 8 replies
    New York Times ^ | 10/10/13 | JACKIE CALMES and ASHLEY PARKER
    WASHINGTON — President Obama and House Republicans failed to reach agreement on a six-week extension of the nation’s borrowing authority during a meeting Thursday at the White House, but both sides agreed to keep talking and the Republican offer was seen as a first step toward ending the budget standoff. Twenty Republicans, led by Speaker John A. Boehner, went to the White House at Mr. Obama’s invitation after a day of fine-tuning their offer to increase the Treasury Department’s authority to borrow money to pay existing obligations through Nov. 22. In exchange, they sought the president’s commitment to negotiate a...
  • US employers slashing worker hours to avoid Obamacare insurance mandate

    09/30/2013 5:06:31 PM PDT · by Jean S · 11 replies
    Guardian ^ | 9/30/13 | Karen McVeigh in New York
    Trend sparks fears among low-paid workers that they will be hit twice: by having earnings cut and paying more for healthcareAvita Samuels has worked at the Mall of America in Minneapolis for the last four years, juggling a sales job with her studies in political science and law at the University of Minnesota. The 24-year-old has been the top sales associate for the last three years and works between 29 and 35 hours a week. But over the past few months, she said, she has watched as friends working in stores around her have their hours and benefits slashed –...
  • Walker says Wisconsin can do better than Common Core

    09/24/2013 1:42:11 PM PDT · by Jean S · 17 replies
    Wisconsin Reporter ^ | 9/24/13 | Ryan Ekvall
    MADISON – We can do it better than you.That was the message from Gov. Scott Walker Tuesday, as he called for Wisconsin lawmakers to hold public hearings on Common Core State Standards.Walker thinks the state can replace those national standards with its own set of stronger standards.“I’d like the Legislature to hold those hearings,” Walker said in a response to Wisconsin Reporter’s question on Common Core. “And in the larger context I’d like us to be in the position where we can identify our own unique standards that I think in many ways will be higher and more aggressive than the...
  • Ten G20 nations back United States over Syria

    09/06/2013 2:55:13 PM PDT · by Jean S · 17 replies
    breakingnews.ie ^ | 06/09/2013 - 16:32:05
    Ten members of the G20 have joined the United States in accusing the Syrian government of carrying out a chemical weapons attack on civilians last month and called for a strong international response.A joint statement by the 10 countries and the United States stopped short of explicitly calling for military action against the regime of Syrian president Bashar Assad, as Barack Obama is advocating.But the tough language aligned half of the G20 members with the US president, who worked the sidelines of the summit in St Petersburg to build international support for a limited US military response. The 10 countries...
  • First dog Bo is airlifted to Obama holiday home

    08/11/2013 4:55:36 PM PDT · by Jean S · 127 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 8/11/13 | Nick Allen
    Bo, the president's Portuguese Water Dog, arrived separately on one of two MV-22 Ospreys, a hybrid aircraft which takes off like a helicopter but flies like a plane.
  • Wisconsin: Membership in public worker unions takes a hit under Act 10

    07/21/2013 1:28:11 PM PDT · by Jean S · 17 replies
    Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel ^ | 7/21/13 | Daniel Bice
    Some unions' finances also suffer after Scott Walker curtails powers Gov. Scott Walker's signature plan to slash collective bargaining has set off a Darwinian struggle for survival among Wisconsin's public employee unions. In the two years since Walker's plan became law, tens of thousands of teachers and state and local workers have dropped out of their unions, according to a Journal Sentinel analysis of little-used federal financial records. No labor group has been hit harder than the one representing Milwaukee city and county workers. In 2010 — the year that Walker was elected governor — the American Federation of State,...
  • Wisconsin Supreme Court upholds surrogate mother agreements

    07/12/2013 4:52:24 PM PDT · by Jean S · 4 replies
    ap ^ | 7/11/13 | SCOTT BAUER
    MADISON, Wis.—Surrogacy agreements allowing for a woman to carry the child of another who is unable to get pregnant are valid contracts, the Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled Thursday, drawing praise from those who are working to make it easier for such deals to occur. Wisconsin has no law governing surrogacy, or parentage, agreements, a fact noted by the Supreme Court in its unanimous opinion urging the Legislature to take action. In the meantime, the court ruled that the agreements are valid and able to be enforced, unless they are contrary to the best interests of the child. However, the court...
  • AKC and VVMA Express Outrage at PETA Approach to Euthanasia in Animal Shelter

    07/10/2013 1:37:00 PM PDT · by Jean S · 28 replies
    Dear Dog Lover, The American Kennel Club® (AKC) and the Virginia Veterinary Medical Association (VVMA) have today issued statements to highlight their vehement disapproval of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)’s apparent policy of euthanizing animals frequently at its shelter in Norfolk, VA. Furthermore, the AKC has called for the PETA shelter to take steps towards balancing its adoption and euthanasia rates for dogs and cats in its shelter. “While most shelters strive for a 90% re-homing rate, PETA is apparently proud of their 99% killing rate and callously boasts that the animals it rescues are ‘better off...
  • (Federal) Judge delays enforcement of Wisconsin abortion law

    07/08/2013 4:52:51 PM PDT · by Jean S · 34 replies
    Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel ^ | /8/13 | Jason Stein
    Groups sought temporary restraining order pending action in lawsuit filed by abortion providers
  • Liz Cheney's Senate ambition causes grief for Wyoming GOP

    07/07/2013 3:42:13 PM PDT · by Jean S · 54 replies
    CBS News ^ | 7/7/13 | Jake Miller
    Liz Cheney, daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, is eyeing a Senate seat in Wyoming, a state her father once represented in the House of Representatives.There's only one problem: The seat Cheney covets is already held by a Republican, Sen. Mike Enzi, a friend and former fly-fishing partner of her father's. And as her designs on the seat become increasingly apparent, the state's Republican establishment is growing concerned that her ambition may tear the Wyoming GOP apart, the New York Times reports.Cheney, who grew up in Virginia due to her father's rotating roles in public service but moved to...
  • Lawmakers aim to rein in administration on data-collection 'dragnet,' change law

    06/07/2013 2:40:42 PM PDT · by Jean S · 25 replies
    FoxNews ^ | 6/7/13
    Republican and Democratic lawmakers already are plotting ways to rein in the Obama administration's mass collection of phone and Internet data, after a rapid-fire series of disclosures about the program set off privacy alarms.  "This is a dragnet," Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, R-Wis., told Fox News on Friday.  The latest development, as reported by The Guardian newspaper, is that the British government has also been secretly gathering intelligence from U.S. Internet companies via the U.S. National Security Agency data-mining project. That project, along with reports about a secret court order allowing the government to collect phone records for millions of Verizon...
  • MICHELLE O MEETS THE HECKLERS: LISTEN, OR I'M LEAVING!

    06/04/2013 4:16:08 PM PDT · by Jean S · 51 replies
    Drudge Report ^ | 6/4/13 | Drudge
    FLOTUS Pool Report #2 Pool was ushered in as FLOTUS began speaking at 6:07 under a white tent in the backyard of the residence of Karen Dixon and Nan Schaffer in NW DC. FLOTUS was introduced by Dixon. Debbie Wasserman Schultz also in attendance. FLOTUS was wearing a dark blue sleeveless shirt dress, with a black belt and pumps. Most notable part of the event was an interruption from a protester about 12 minutes into the 20-minute speech. A pro-LGBT rights individual standing at the front began shouting for an executive order on gay rights. (Pool did not hear exactly...
  • Exclusive: Here Is Nancy Pelosi’s Plan To Sell ObamaCare (78 pages)

    05/30/2013 5:36:09 PM PDT · by Jean S · 9 replies
    Buzzfeed ^ | 5/28/13
    Democratic leaders handed this 78-page packet out to members of Congress heading home this summer to face questions about the health-care overhaul. Some advice: Target young people, seniors, and women; and work with Planned Parenthood.
  • House Republicans express "great concern" about possible Holder perjury

    05/29/2013 11:36:09 AM PDT · by Jean S · 71 replies
    CBS News ^ | 5/29/13 | Jake Miller, Jill Jackson, Stephanie Lambidakis
    Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder on Wednesday expressing "great concern" about the possibility that Holder lied under oath during his testimony earlier this month on the Justice Department's seizing of journalists' records, CBS News has learned. On May 15, Holder told the committee he wasn't involved in "the potential prosecution" of a member of the press under the Espionage Act for disclosing classified information. "This is not something I've ever been involved in, heard of, or would think would be wise policy," he said.
  • Report: Job training rule for food stamps would trim rolls by half

    05/20/2013 11:09:15 AM PDT · by Jean S · 31 replies
    Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel ^ | 5/20/12 | Jason Stein
    Madison — Requiring basic job training from able-bodied participants in the state's food stamp program would cause about half of them to drop out of the program — a total of tens of thousands of people statewide and 14,500 in just Milwaukee. The new projections come from the Legislature's nonpartisan budget office, which last week released its analysis of Gov. Scott Walker's plan to require 62,700 able-bodied adults without children in Wisconsin FoodShare to attend bare-bones job training. The Legislative Fiscal Bureau puts the total cost for that at $35.8 million over two years, including $16.8 million for state payers.The...
  • Issa sparks #ObamaCareInThreeWords Twitter fight with White House

    05/16/2013 4:02:47 PM PDT · by Jean S · 33 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 5/16/13 | Rachel Weiner
    The White House and congressional Republicans are finally talking to each other. Or at least fighting on Twitter.As House Republicans gear up for a 37th vote to repeal all or part of the Affordable Care Act, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) put out a call for pithy descriptions of the law: Hey folks, #ObamaCareInThreeWords — go!— Darrell Issa (@DarrellIssa) May 16, 2013 Both conservatives and liberals weighed in. Then the White House got involved: It’s. The. Law. #ObamaCareInThreeWords, twitter.com/whitehouse/sta…
  • Ralph Reed: No Change of Position on Boy Scouts

    05/14/2013 3:29:38 PM PDT · by Jean S · 20 replies
    NewsMax ^ | 5/14/13 | Jim Meyers
    Faith and Freedom Coalition founder Ralph Reed is vigorously refuting a published report that he sought to help the Boy Scouts of America persuade Christian leaders to back a proposal to allow gays to become scouts. Current BSA policy is to bar membership to "open or avowed homosexuals." But a proposal to be voted on this month, supported by some leading BSA officials, would permit gays to become members while maintaining a ban on gay adult volunteers. "Most conservative Christians oppose the proposal, so the Boy Scouts of America have engaged a high-profile advisor to help them make their case:...
  • Hillary Clinton Will Speak In Beverly Hills Tonight (to accept award honoring her public service)

    05/08/2013 11:11:16 AM PDT · by Jean S · 46 replies
    Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will be in Beverly Hills tonight to accept an award honoring her public service while a group holds a rally nearby to urge her to make another White House run.Clinton will receive the inaugural Warren Christopher Public Service Award from the Pacific Council on International Policy at a gala at the Beverly Wilshire hotel.The award will be presented hours after a hearing in Washington, D.C., of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, which is scheduled to hear testimony from State Department official Gregory Hicks regarding the Sept. 11, 2012, attack on the...
  • Get Ready To Be Taxed on Internet Purchases

    04/23/2013 1:54:01 PM PDT · by Jean S · 148 replies
    National Journal via Yahoo ^ | 4/23/13 | Nancy Cook
    Proposed Internet sales-tax legislation received a huge boost on Monday when the White House officially backed the bill, saying it would level the playing field among online and retail stores by ensuring that both pay sales taxes. “Today, while local small-business retailers follow the law and collect sales taxes from customers who make purchases in their stores, many big-business online and catalogue retailers do not collect the same taxes,” White House press secretary Jay Carney. “This puts local, neighborhood-based small businesses at a disadvantage to big, out-of-state, online companies.”Now, the Senate is scheduled to debate the Internet sales-tax legislation for...
  • FBI to release marathon bombing video of interest

    04/18/2013 2:11:44 PM PDT · by Jean S · 52 replies
    FoxNews ^ | 4/18/13
    DEVELOPING: The FBI will release key video from the Boston Marathon bombing at a 5 p.m. news conference in Boston, Fox News has learned. The video, believed to be of the crowd around the finish line of Monday's race where two bombs exploded, killing three and injuring 176, could provide clues or even show the culprit. Earlier, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said investigators were seeking individuals seen in footage or photos. Napolitano stopped short of calling the individuals suspects or describing them or their demeanor in her remarks, made to the House Homeland Security Committee on Thursday. Napolitano...
  • Saudi national no longer ‘person of interest’ in Boston bombings, no other suspects

    04/16/2013 4:44:56 PM PDT · by Jean S · 67 replies
    FP via Drudge ^ | 4/16/13 | Josh Rogin
    The Saudi national injured during the bomb attacks at the Boston Marathon Monday has been cleared and is no longer even a person of interest, intelligence officials told lawmakers Tuesday. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper briefed members of the Senate Intelligence Committee behind closed doors in a pre-scheduled hearing that was supposed to focus on the budget, but Clapper began with an update of the bombings. Ranking Republican Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) emerged from the briefing and said he was told the 22-year old Saudi student who was injured during the bombings and remains in the care of a local...
  • Boston Marathon explosions force officials to shut down cell phone service

    04/15/2013 2:19:34 PM PDT · by Jean S · 39 replies
    AP ^ | 4/15/13
    A law enforcement official says cellphone service has been shut down in the Boston area to prevent any potential remote detonations of explosives.
  • Medicare Advantage patients could see bills rise next year

    04/01/2013 4:08:26 PM PDT · by Jean S · 17 replies
    CNN ^ | 4/1/13 | Jen Christensen,
    (CNN) -- Millions of Americans who get their health insurance through the Medicare Advantage plan could soon be paying more for coverage, according to an announcement expected Monday. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will announce on Monday the final Medicare Advantage rates for 2014, which are expected to be cut, saving the government money -- but potentially costing the public more.CMS had initially proposed a 2.3% reduction in what the government pays the insurance companies that provide the plans. Upset by that scenario, the insurance companies have spent the public comment period time lobbying legislators and running...
  • Senator Ron Johnson: Victims of Government

    03/31/2013 3:05:09 PM PDT · by Jean S · 7 replies
    The Cost of Excess Government The Small Business Administration Office of Advocacy estimates that it costs Americans $1.75 trillion to comply with federal regulations each year.  To put $1.75 trillion into perspective, that amount is larger than all but eight economies in the world.  It also means that over 10% of the U.S. economy is spent on trying to satisfy rules issued by Washington bureaucrats. That doesn't even include federal, state, and local taxes. This heavy regulatory burden diverts resources from innovation to compliance, discourages business investment, and chills job creation. It is no accident that as Washington adds new regulations,...
  • Chaos in crisis-hit Cyprus as thousands of savers rush to withdraw cash

    03/28/2013 12:34:05 PM PDT · by Jean S · 108 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 3/28/13 | Simon Tomlinson
    Chaos in crisis-hit Cyprus as thousands of savers rush to withdraw cash from banks which have opened for first time in two weeks Ten of thousands of Cypriots scrambled to get hold of what savings they could today after the island's banks opened for the first time in two weeks amid tight restrictions on withdrawals. There were chaotic scenes outside some banks, with one branch manager in the capital Nicosia forced to placate angry customers clamouring to get in ahead of opening.Staff had turned up for work early as cash was delivered by armoured trucks, while armed police and hundreds...