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  • Bruce Braley on Chuck Grassley: A ‘farmer’ with no law degree

    03/25/2014 6:15:51 PM PDT · by La Lydia · 32 replies
    Politico ^ | March 25, 2014 | By EMILY SCHULTHEIS
    Iowa Rep. Bruce Braley, a Democrat running for Senate, was caught on videotape disparaging fellow Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley as “a farmer from Iowa who never went to law school” — comments that later drew an apology from the candidate. The video, posted online Tuesday afternoon by GOP opposition research firm America Rising, shows Braley speaking to what the group described as a group of lawyers at a fundraiser in Texas. “If you help me win this race, you may have someone with your background, your experience, your voice — someone who’s been literally fighting tort reform for 30 years...
  • Internet administration to shift from U.S. to global stage

    03/14/2014 6:48:25 PM PDT · by La Lydia · 24 replies
    Politico ^ | March 14, 2014 | ERIN MERSHON and JESSICA MEYERS
    The U.S. Commerce Department is relinquishing its hold over the group that manages the Internet’s architecture amid pressure to globalize its functions in the wake of reports about NSA surveillance. The National Telecommunications & Information Administration, a Commerce Department agency, said Friday it is transitioning the function to the “global Internet community.” The decision marks a dramatic change. Since the Internet’s inception, the United States has played a leading role in the management of critical back-end Web work, including management of .com and other domain names. The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has performed those functions under...
  • NY Judge Rules for Chevron in Ecuador Case

    03/06/2014 4:50:29 AM PST · by La Lydia · 3 replies
    ABC News ^ | March 4, 2014 | Larry Nieumeister
    A federal judge on Tuesday blocked U.S. courts from being used to collect a $9 billion Ecuadorean judgment against Chevron for rainforest damage, saying lawyers poisoned an honorable quest with their illegal and wrongful conduct. "Justice is not served by inflicting injustice. The ends do not justify the means," U.S. District Judge Lewis A. Kaplan wrote. The judge said it was a sad outcome to have to rule that the Ecuadorean court judgment "was obtained by corrupt means," because it will likely never be known whether there was a case to be made against the San Ramon, Calif.-based oil company…....
  • Navy Commander Who Interrogated 9/11 Terrorist Mastermind KSM Found Murdered

    03/03/2014 4:21:26 AM PST · by La Lydia · 86 replies
    Conservative refocus ^ | March 3, 2013 | Barry Secrest
    ORANGE PARK, FLA. — The death of a Navy commander found in a room at the Astoria Hotel on Feb. 12 was ruled a homicide, the Orange Park Police Department announced Wednesday. The Jacksonville Medical Examiner's Office made the ruling on Feb. 13 in the death of Cmdr. Alphonso Doss, 44, of Pensacola, according to the release from the OPPD. Doss' manner of death is not being released at this time while the OPPD and the Clay County Sheriff's Office investigate. Doss reported to Naval Education and Training Command in Nov. 2011, according to the Navy. While in Jacksonville, he...
  • Billionaire Steyer Puts Money Toward Climate, Energy Issues

    02/25/2014 5:38:21 PM PST · by La Lydia · 28 replies
    NPR ^ | February 24, 2014 | David Greene
    DAVID GREENE, HOST: … wealthy donors like Tom Steyer are putting a pistol to someone's head, forcing their pet issues on candidates. Steyer himself sees things very differently. He quit his hedge fund with $1.5 billion and now in his view he's fighting as hard as he can with money and passion to do something very noble - save the planet. .. With plans to pour $100 million into key elections this year, Steyer joins this elite group of wealthy individuals trying to influence politicians and voters. Steyer says he doesn't agree with the growing influence of money in politics...
  • The end of the beginning

    12/21/2013 10:11:35 AM PST · by La Lydia · 12 replies
    Moonbattery ^ | December 21, 2013 | Bill Wittle
    Video at link: Bill Whittle explains why the liberal media that created it will no longer be able to prop up the farcical presidency of Barack Hussein Obama thanks to ObamaCare ...Who Obama really is and what he is doing to our country are so obvious by now that our destiny is no longer in the hands of the leftist propagandists who drive the herd by controlling television programming. It’s in our own hands. But we don’t have long to act before the situation deteriorates to the point that like once prosperous Argentina before it, America can no longer be...
  • Senator wrestles heirs over nine-figure Texas fortune

    12/21/2013 9:32:51 AM PST · by La Lydia · 61 replies
    Watchdog.org Texas bureau ^ | December 17, 2013 | Jon Cassiday
    LAREDO, Texas — Out behind the nursing home where Josefina Alexander Gonzalez turned 99 Saturday, there’s a dilapidated green ranch house, its porch cover still held up by rough-hewn tree trunks. To the southeast, you see a lot of tall brush and honey mesquite, a view that hasn’t changed much since the 1940s, when her parents bought a 1,000-acre ranch … any other direction, and you’ll see new construction on her property, as developers cash in on the last large tract of open space inside of Loop 20 in north Laredo, now worth as much as $150 million. But if...
  • Can Samantha Power wage a war on atrocities in Central African Republic

    12/19/2013 4:30:47 AM PST · by La Lydia · 17 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | December 19, 2013 | Colum Lynch
    Samantha Power, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, is making an unannounced visit to the killing fields of the Central African Republic today to drive home the point that the United States has a moral obligation to use a portion of its power and financial resources to help stem mass atrocities in a distant land with no U.S. embassy and few clear national security interests. In telephone remarks from Abuja, Nigeria, Power told reporters that President Barack Obama and U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry were "deeply disturbed by ongoing reports of brutality in the Central African Republic...
  • After Disasters, DNA Science Is Helpful, But Often Too Pricey

    09/22/2013 10:36:42 AM PDT · by La Lydia · 3 replies
    NPR ^ | September 13 2013 | Christopher Joyce
    ... forensic scientists who use DNA say the technology isn't always available where it's most needed, like in poor countries, or in war zones like Syria. The technology is often too expensive, and where there are large numbers of unknown dead, you need far more than just DNA profiling equipment. You also need sophisticated computer programs to match DNA samples from numerous family members, as well as experts to read the samples properly. Alex John London, a medical ethicist at Carnegie Mellon University, says that while there are numerous groups that do DNA identification worldwide, and the process is often...
  • More Bad News Coming from Obamacare Exchanges: Government Software Edition

    09/20/2013 6:13:41 PM PDT · by La Lydia · 19 replies
    National Review The Corner ^ | 9 20 13 | By Veronique de Rugy
    We are two weeks away from the lauch of the Obamacare exchanges. Yet, as Christopher Weaver, Timothy Martin, and Jeniffer Corbett Dooren report over at the Wall Street Journal, at this point the government’s $88 billion software used to determine how much people will need to pay for coverage and how much subsidies they are eligible for is suffering from a glitch. This is a pretty big deal since, as the Journal explains: At their front end, the exchanges are essentially websites that consumers use to compare health plans and enroll in coverage. These websites link to data from other...
  • That was a Samantha Power speech

    09/11/2013 7:42:28 PM PDT · by La Lydia · 16 replies
    National Review The Corner ^ | 9 10 13 | Stanley Kurtz
    ... This speech was a close reflection of Power’s views. The overwhelming emphasis was on humanitarian goals, with a brief, secondary, and noticeably weak effort to buttress that case with talk about threats to our interests. Power’s core argument is that American foreign policy has historically “refused to take risks” for humanitarian ends. Power chastises American leaders for declining to “invest the military, financial, diplomatic, or domestic political capital” necessary to prevent massacres. U.S. officials, she complains, consistently “play up the futility, perversity, and jeopardy of any proposed intervention.” Well, drawing a humanitarian red line in conformity with Power’s goals...
  • Collapse of American Influence Recalls Disintegration of Soviet Union, Fall of France

    09/09/2013 6:40:00 PM PDT · by La Lydia · 10 replies
    New York Sun ^ | September 7, 2013 | Conrad Black
    Not since the disintegration of the Soviet Union in 1991, and prior to that the fall of France in 1940, has there been so swift an erosion of the world influence of a Great Power as we are witnessing with the United States. The Soviet Union crumbled jurisdictionally: In 1990-1991, one country became the 16 formerly constituent republics of that country... The cataclysmic decline of France, of course, was the result of being overrun by Nazi Germany in 1940...What we are witnessing now in the United States, by contrast, is just the backwash of inept policy-making in Washington, and nothing...
  • NPR, Ombudsman Differ On S. Dakota Indian Foster Care Series

    08/12/2013 7:28:53 PM PDT · by La Lydia · 6 replies
    NPR ^ | August 12, 2013 | David Folkenflik
    After an extensive investigation lasting well over a year, NPR's ombudsman has concluded the network's series on South Dakota's efforts to put Native American in foster care was fundamentally flawed. The network and the ombudsman, Edward Schumacher-Matos, who is paid to critique NPR's news coverage, have split sharply over his findings. The series, which appeared in October 2011 on All Things Considered, alleged that the state of South Dakota took Native American children and separated them from their families and tribes at an alarming rate. The series won national awards and helped inspire federal and state reviews of such policies....
  • WH creates ‘Behavior Insights Team’ to nudge you into obedience

    07/30/2013 4:54:40 PM PDT · by La Lydia · 50 replies
    BizPac ^ | July 30, 2013 | Joe Saunders
    According to Fox News, the Obama administration is building a team of experts in psychology to come up with ways to subtly persuade Americans to change their behavior in ways the government approves of – kind of like lab rats, Pavlov’s dogs or teachers unions. The “Behavior Insights Team” team is only in its formative stages, but its goals are all ambitious, according to a recruiting letter Fox said it obtained from a university professor who was identified for membership: “Behavioral sciences can be used to help design public policies that work better, cost less, and help people to achieve...
  • Concord: Half of Affordable Care Act call center jobs will be part-time

    07/26/2013 7:59:36 PM PDT · by La Lydia · 9 replies
    Contra Costa Times ^ | July 25, 2013 | Matthias Gafni
    CONCORD -- Earlier this year, Contra Costa County won the right to run a health care call center, where workers will answer questions to help implement the president's Affordable Care Act. Area politicians called the 200-plus jobs it would bring to the region an economic coup. Now, with two months to go before the Concord operation opens to serve the public, information has surfaced that about half the jobs are part-time, with no health benefits ... The Contra Costa County supervisor whose district includes the call center called the whole hiring process -- which attracted about 7,000 applicants -- a...
  • U.S. immigration overhaul may wall off pathway from Africa, Caribbean

    07/05/2013 7:02:49 PM PDT · by La Lydia · 9 replies
    The State - South Carolina ^ | July 5, 2013 | Ali Watkins
    WASHINGTON — Francis Nkam was happy in Cameroon. He had gone to college, had gotten his bachelor’s degree in education and was teaching high school. But greater opportunity called in America, and rather than spend the money on a visa application, Nkam entered the visa lottery...On his seventh try, Nkam won a visa, and he immigrated to the U.S. in 2003... Supporters of the Diversity Visa Program say it opens up pathways for people such as Nkam from underrepresented countries in sub-Saharan Africa and the Caribbean countries. Critics, though, say it’s rampant with fraud in the application process. Now the...
  • Remember the guy who got on a plane with a bomb built into his shoe and tried to light it?

    06/22/2013 6:19:59 AM PDT · by La Lydia · 40 replies
    Facebook feed ^ | June 22, 2013 | Gary Hufstetler
    Remember the guy who got on a plane with a bomb built into his shoe and tried to light it? Did you know his trial is over? Did you know he was sentenced? Did you see/hear any of the judge's comments on TV or Radio? Didn't think so.!!! Everyone should hear what the judge had to say. Ruling by Judge William Young, US District Court. Prior to sentencing, the Judge asked the defendant if he had anything to say His response: After admitting his guilt to the court for the record, Reid also admitted his 'allegiance to Osama bin Laden,...
  • KCK police investigate protest on Kris Kobach's doorstep

    06/17/2013 6:37:54 PM PDT · by La Lydia · 28 replies
    kctv 5 ^ | June 17, 2013 | DeAnn Smith
    KANSAS CITY, KS - Police are investigating a protest at Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach's home as he said Monday he is prepared to use lethal force if necessary.The KCK Police Department issued a statement Monday afternoon about the protest on Saturday at Kobach's home. "We are reviewing (sic) matter to determine if protestors violated any laws or ordinances," according to the brief news release... "I was just appalled," he said. "They have a right to protect at my office or at my public places, that's fine. But they don't have the right to enter someone's private property and...
  • A Little Context for John Kerry’s Generous Gift of Our Money to Our Islamic Enemies

    06/08/2013 5:50:54 AM PDT · by La Lydia · 14 replies
    Moonbattery ^ | June 7, 2013
    If this story has you scratching your head in confusion: Secretary of State John Kerry quietly acted last month to give Egypt $1.3 billion in U.S. military aid, deciding that this was in the national interest despite Egypt’s failure to meet democracy standards. http://news.yahoo.com/u-quietly-allows-military-aid-egypt-despite-rights-063310258.html;_ylt=A2KJ2PZbvrFRxWgA7YHQtDMD Kerry made the decision well before an Egyptian court this week convicted 43 democracy workers, including 16 Americans, in what the United States regards as a politically motivated case against pro-democracy non-governmental organizations. Rights groups believe Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi is retreating from democratic freedoms, notably in a new civil society law and in proposals for...
  • Maternity Coverage Sought For Young Women On Parent's Plan

    06/05/2013 5:11:02 AM PDT · by La Lydia · 15 replies
    NPR ^ | June 4, 2013 | Julie Rovner
    Young women covered by a parent's health insurance don't necessarily get maternity coverage. The National Women's Law Center thinks it may have found a way to get them benefits. The group has filed sex discrimination complaints against five large publicly funded employers, using a little-noticed provision of the Affordable Care Act that bars discrimination in health benefits on the basis of gender. The provision, Section 1557, prohibits discrimination "in any health program or activity" that receives any sort of federal funding or "financial assistance." The complaints, filed with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office for Civil Rights,...
  • You Know That “Fair” Thing Liberals Are Always Screaming About?

    05/21/2013 4:33:25 PM PDT · by La Lydia · 14 replies
    Chicks on the Right ^ | May 21, 2013 | Daisy
    Remember that Fort Hood murdering psychopath Major Nidal Hasan who killed 13 people and left 32 injured back in November 2009?Since that day, Terrorist McWackjob has received more than $278,000. Yep. WHILE IN PRISON, no less. Because our government has deemed his rampage “combat-related” rather than what it really was – a freaking terrorist attack. Calling it a terrorist attack would be mean and raaaaaaaaaaaaaacist and all. You know... “The Army said under Military Code of Justice, Hasan’s salary cannot be suspended unless he is proven guilty.” Keep in mind that if “Hasan had been a civilian defense department employee,...
  • Immigrant faces sentencing in marriage fraud

    12/03/2012 6:21:54 AM PST · by La Lydia · 6 replies
    Topeka Capital Journal ^ | December 3, 2012 | Associated Press
    WICHITA — A Jamaican woman faces sentencing for entering into a sham marriage with a Fort Riley soldier to get legal immigration status. Shannakay Hunter now lives in New York City. U.S. District Judge Monti Belot gave her permission to participate by phone in her sentencing Monday, rather than traveling to Wichita for the proceeding. Hunter was convicted in August of conspiracy to commit marriage fraud, marriage fraud and lying to the government. She faces up to five years on each count but is likely to get far less prison time — if any — under federal guidelines. The man...
  • Softbank to Buy 70 Percent Stake in Sprint: Sources

    10/15/2012 5:14:48 PM PDT · by La Lydia · 6 replies
    CNBC ^ | October 15, 2012 | David Faber
    Softbank and Sprint have reached a deal under which Softbank will pay $20 billion for a 70 percent stake in the wireless telecom operator, according to people close to the situation. Japan-listed shares of Softbank slid 6.3 percent on Monday and were the most heavily traded share by turnover on the main board. The deal is expected to be announced at 0800 GMT Monday, Reuters reported. The transaction calls for Softbank to buy $8 billion worth of shares directly from Sprint [S 5.69 -0.04 (-0.7%) ]at a price of $5.25 each and tender for another $12 billion worth of the...
  • Rural America Fatter Than Urban America

    09/14/2012 7:39:18 PM PDT · by La Lydia · 50 replies
    ABC News ^ | September 14, 2012 | DR. JULIELYNN WONG
    City slickers are slimmer than their country counterparts, according to a new study that suggests rural obesity is a bigger problem than we realized. A national study in the Journal of Rural Health of over 8,800 Americans showed that country folks were nearly one-fifth more likely to be obese compared to those living in cities. In other words, the findings suggest, where you live is important in obesity. "The rates of obesity were much higher than previously reported based on self-report, with 39 percent of rural Americans being obese compared to 33 percent of urban Americans," said study lead author...
  • Hispanic News You Can Use from the EPA

    09/13/2012 5:06:46 PM PDT · by La Lydia · 13 replies
    National Review The Corner ^ | September 13, 2012 | NRO STAFF from EPA
    The Environmental Protection Agency sent an internal e-mail to staff today celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month — featuring a picture of Che Guevara: From: Susie Goldring/DC/USEPA/US Subject: Hispanic Heritage Month Hispanic news you can use! Hispanic Heritage Month begins on September 15, the anniversary of independence for five Latin American countries—Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico declared its independence on September 16, and Chile on September 18. Over the past decades, the Hispanic population in the USA has shown tremendous rise. For the uninitiated, Hispanics are people who have origins related to the country Spain....
  • Korean Families Chase Their Dreams In The U.S.

    07/11/2012 4:21:26 PM PDT · by La Lydia · 6 replies
    NPR ^ | July 11, 2012 | Martin Kaste
    Eleven-year-old Woosuk Kim sees his mother only three or four times a year...Woosuk's father brought him and his little brother to America two years ago to attend Hancock Park Elementary, a public school in Los Angeles. The boys' mother stayed in South Korea to keep working. Goose families prefer to migrate to English-speaking countries. ...And in the U.S., one of the favorite "port of entry" schools is Hancock Park. "I would say that we have a very significant Korean population," says Principal Ashley Parker. "They start first grade, second grade — we have new fifth-graders coming from Korea." A generation...
  • Program On Ariz. Immigration Part News, Advocacy

    06/20/2012 8:08:43 PM PDT · by La Lydia · 5 replies
    NPR ^ | June 20, 2012 | Mandelit del Barco
    The U.S. Supreme Court is getting ready to rule on Arizona's controversial immigration law and a lot of people in that state are watching closely. Tonight, nearly two dozen Spanish language radio and TV stations in Arizona are scheduled to run the same program about the immigration law. As NPR's Mandalit del Barco reports, they're walking a fine line between journalism and advocacy. The show looks at the history of anti-immigration laws and their impact on families. Journalists from the regular news programs interview a civil rights lawyer and Latino Arizonans... BARCO: The hatred and terror against us is increasing,...
  • Rate of deported Guatemalans on the rise

    04/17/2012 7:52:15 PM PDT · by La Lydia · 1 replies
    San Diego Red ^ | April 12, 2012 | EFE
    The immigration authorities from Mexico and the United States have deported 21.056 undocumented Guatemalans in 2012, informed an official source. According to statistics from the General Direction of Immigration (DGM) that were publicized yesterday on the office's internet site, Mexico has deported by land, 11.261 undocumented Guatemalans that were looking to achieve the so called "American Dream". In 2011, the Mexican authorities deported a total of 31.427 undocumented Guatemalans, a higher number than the 28.090 of 2010. On the other hand, in 2012, the United States have deported 9.795 illegal immigrants coming from this Central American country, according to official...
  • Sunland Park’s Daniel Salinas facing yet more charges

    04/16/2012 7:52:35 PM PDT · by La Lydia · 6 replies
    New Mexico Watchdog ^ | April 6, 2012 | Rob Nikolewski
    It’s official: The situation in Sunland Park has gotten crazier than the last two seasons of “Lost.” On Friday, Daniel Salinas was arrested again, this time charged with 18 new felony charges, including receiving and soliciting illegal kickbacks, fraud and ethics violations. Salinas is the man who: *as the border town’s mayor pro tem got drunk with then-mayor Martin Resendiz during a meeting at a restaurant with officials from a California firm during which Resendiz said he got so inebriated he signed city contracts [4]while not realizing their import *has been accused of trying to blackmail rival mayoral candidate Gerardo...
  • U. S. Legislative Immigration Update April 2, 2012

    04/05/2012 6:36:39 PM PDT · by La Lydia · 1 replies
    Obama Administration Expands Backdoor Amnesty | USCIS Proposes Rule to Circumvent Federal Laws on Admission | Court Will Drop DUI Charges for Obama's Illegal Alien Uncle | California Sides with Illegal Aliens before the Supreme Court | Republicans Draft DREAM Act Alternatives in Advance of Elections
  • DEA: An Established ‘Nexus’ Between Drug Traffickers and Terrorism Exists

    03/16/2012 6:48:01 PM PDT · by La Lydia · 4 replies · 2+ views
    CNS News ^ | March 16, 2012 | Edwin Mora
    The DEA has informed Congress that an established nexus exists between drug traffickers and terrorism. As an example, the agency, which is a component of the U.S. Department of Justice, mentioned its work in thwarting the scheme to murder the Saudi Ambassador to the United States. The plot involved Middle Eastern criminals who believed they were dealing with a member of a violent Mexican cartel. “The nexus that exists between terrorism and drug trafficking organizations necessitates that DEA engage in proactive enforcement and intelligence gathering operations with its host nation law enforcement counterparts by targeting the command and control structure...
  • The World’s ‘Murder Capital,’ Transformed

    03/04/2012 6:47:19 AM PST · by La Lydia · 9 replies · 1+ views
    The Crime Report ^ | March 4, 2012
    Juarez, the Mexican border city once notoriously dubbed the “Murder Capital of the World,” is taking a cue from Big Apple-style policing. Twenty years after New York City became one of the early pioneers of policing strategies such as Compstat and “Broken Windows,” Juarez has begun applying a version of those strategies in its own battle against drug violence and street crime—with similar success. At a time when many regions of Mexico continue to be riddled with almost daily shootings, the number of reported murders in Juarez has dropped 38 percent between 2010 and 2011, from 3,011 to 1,904, according...
  • Kan. lawmakers want to review food stamps change

    01/29/2012 8:01:50 AM PST · by La Lydia · 10 replies · 1+ views
    San Antonio Express News ^ | January 25, 2012 | AP
    TOPEKA, Kan. - Some legislators said Wednesday they plan to review a state policy that has reduced or cut off food stamp benefits to hundreds of U.S.-born children of illegal immigrants...lawmakers acknowledged that they're sympathetic to Gov. Sam Brownback's administration trying to ensure that families with illegal immigrants aren't being treated more generously than families whose members are all legal residents. The administration said the change means all Kansas families are treated the same. ...lawmakers worry that the effect will be felt by children whose families were eligible for food stamps under the old standard but have since lost the...
  • Richard Rubin Sentenced to Ten Months in Federal Prison

    01/18/2012 7:20:16 PM PST · by La Lydia · 7 replies
    The Pulp ^ | January 18, 2012
    ​Richard Rubin -- husband of former Broward County Commissioner Diana Wasserman-Rubin, who still faces seven felony charges of her own -- was sentenced this morning to ten months in federal prison. Rubin, 66, pleaded guilty in April to federal tax evasion after failing to report $100,000 in fees he received from the town of Davie for a land deal he brokered in 2004. With attorney David Bogenschutz at his side, Rubin managed to get only ten months up the river...much less than the maximum penalty of five years. Rubin had said in court that he and the wife faced financial...
  • Chavez says his government will close consulate in Miami over diplomat’s expulsion

    01/13/2012 8:34:56 PM PST · by La Lydia · 15 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | January 13, 2012
    CARACAS, Venezuela — Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said Friday that his government will close its consulate in Miami after the U.S. government expelled a diplomat. Chavez said he decided the consulate will shut its doors in response to what he called an unfair action by the U.S. State Department...Livia Acosta Noguera, Venezuela’s consul general in Miami, was ordered out of the U.S. last weekend followed an FBI investigation into allegations that she discussed a possible cyber-attack on the U.S. government while she was assigned to the Venezuelan Embassy in Mexico. The allegations were detailed in a documentary aired by the...
  • U.S. Weighs Releasing Taliban Commander From Gitmo as Part of Peace Talks

    12/30/2011 6:59:42 PM PST · by La Lydia · 21 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 30, 2011
    The U.S. is considering a proposal to transfer a top Taliban commander out of the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay as part of a potential step toward peace talks with the Taliban insurgency in Afghanistan. A senior U.S. official confirmed to Fox News that Mullah Mohammed Fazl is among the prisoners being considered for release. Held at Guantanamo Bay since 2002, Fazl was suspected in sectarian killings of Shiite Muslims before the U.S. invasion that toppled the Taliban government in Afghanistan in 2001. The U.S. alleges he was a top Taliban official who at one point commanded thousands of troops...WikiLeaks...
  • Newspaper job cuts surged 30% in 2011

    12/23/2011 6:13:59 PM PST · by La Lydia · 21 replies
    Newsosaur ^ | December 19, 2011 | Newsosaur
    The number of jobs eliminated in the newspaper industry rose by nearly 30% in 2011 from the prior year, according to the blog that has been tracking the human toll on the industry for the last five years. Meanwhile, a separate analysis confirms what most of us already suspected: The proportion of cutbacks was higher in newsrooms than it was for the industry as a whole ... First, let’s take a look at the surprising surge of job cuts in 2011, a year that many newspaper people had hoped would be a time of relative stability after five years of...
  • U.S. authorities probing alleged cyberattack plot by Venezuela, Iran

    12/14/2011 4:07:31 PM PST · by La Lydia · 6 replies
    Washington Times ^ | December 13, 2011 | Shaun Waterman
    U.S. officials are investigating reports that Iranian and Venezuelan diplomats in Mexico were involved in planned cyberattacks against U.S. targets, including nuclear power plants. Allegations about the cyberplot were aired last week in a documentary on the Spanish-language network Univision, which included secretly recorded footage of Iranian and Venezuelan diplomats being briefed on the planned attacks and promising to pass information to their governments. A former computer instructor at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (said) he was recruited by a professor there in 2006 to organize a group of student hackers to carry out cyberattacks against the United States,...
  • Documentary on Iran Ties to Latin America, Threat That Poses To Air on Univision

    12/07/2011 6:12:45 PM PST · by La Lydia · 10 replies
    Hispanic Business News ^ | December 7, 2011
    "The Iranian Threat" ("La Amenaza Irani"), a documentary that looks at Iran's growing political, economic and military ties in Latin American, will premiere Dec. 8 on the Univision Network ... the documentary also looks at the threat Iran's ties pose to the Latin American regions and the United States.The documentary, which was produced in collaboration with Univision News' Investigative unit, reveals exclusive findings, including secret video and audio recordings that provide a rare window into an alleges Iranian-back cyber attack against the United States from Mexico ... also features unseen video footage from extremists linked to Iran and an interview...
  • Cuccinelli says he will run

    12/03/2011 7:34:20 AM PST · by La Lydia · 15 replies
    Richmond Times Dispatch ^ | December 2, 2011
    Ending months of speculation, Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli said Thursday that he will run for governor in 2013. The decision — unveiled in an email to employees of his office and confirmed by top deputies — sets up a potential contested GOP gubernatorial primary battle with Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling, who stepped aside and ran for a second term in 2009 to make way for then-Attorney General Bob McDonnell's successful run for governor. "Although I originally expected to serve as attorney general for another term, my job is that of public servant, and I feel that two years from...
  • 2 Pakistani natives plead guilty to fraud

    12/03/2011 6:54:55 AM PST · by La Lydia · 6 replies
    Topeka Capital Journal ^ | December 2, 2011
    Two Pakistani natives pleaded guilty to conspiring to defraud Topeka banks of more than $400,000, U.S. Attorney for Kansas Barry Grissom said Thursday. Maqsood Baloch, 31, and Junaid Iqbal, 30, have agreed to pay restitution, give up their American citizenship and be deported. The two Topeka residents pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit bank fraud, wire fraud and Social Security fraud. The pair operated a check kiting scheme from 2004 to 2011, Grissom said By doing business under various names, Baloch and Iqbal conspired to defraud multiple banks and businesses by depositing and using insufficient funds checks...
  • Community groups criticize new state food stamp policy

    11/28/2011 5:41:57 PM PST · by La Lydia · 15 replies
    KHI News Service ^ | November 28, 2011 | Dave Ranney
    DODGE CITY — Advocates for children and the poor say a new state welfare policy is denying or reducing federal food aid to hundreds, perhaps thousands, of Kansas children. “This is making an already difficult situation even more difficult,” said Debbie Snapp, who runs the Catholic Social Services office in Dodge City...But officials with the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services say the new policy, enacted in October, is fairer than the one it replaced because it equalizes benefits for children of illegal immigrants with those for children whose parents are confirmed U.S. citizens. “We’re not hurting anybody and...
  • TSA lapses raise doubts on foreign pilot screenings

    11/22/2011 5:33:00 PM PST · by La Lydia · 5 replies · 1+ views
    Watchdog ^ | November 22, 2011 | Bill McMorris | Virginia Statehouse News
    ALEXANDRIA — Holiday travelers may receive enhanced pat-downs at the hands of Transportation Security Administration agents in the next few days, but TSA failed to enforce a key foreign pilot screening process that could have prevented the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. For several months in 2010, TSA and Department of Defense contractor Mantech International Corp. failed to enforce the Alien Flight Student Program, which performs threat assessments and background checks on more than 38,000 non-citizens learning to fly every year. "This hasn't come back to bite us yet, but it only has to be one time," said one source with...
  • States retool food stamp, benefits systems

    10/27/2011 5:43:44 PM PDT · by La Lydia · 7 replies
    Stateline.org ^ | October 27, 2011 | Pamela Prah
    WASHINGTON -- A number of states used to make food stamp recipients pass a fingerprint test. Now all but one has stopped, to save on staff time and ease the burden on the clients. Food stamp applicants in California and Texas no longer have to be fingerprinted, a change both states hope will save money and improve the process of distribution.... The changes in California and Texas reflect a larger movement at the state level, spurred on by the recession and a record number of Americans getting food stamps and other public assistance: States are trying to make it easier...
  • NPR’s Michele Norris steps down, husband Broderick Johnson gets Obama job

    10/24/2011 5:33:30 PM PDT · by La Lydia · 6 replies
    Washington Post ^ | October 24, 2011 | By Nia-Malika Henderson
    National Public Radio’s Michele Norris will step away from her hosting duties as host of All Things Considered after her husband took a job with the Obama campaign.n a note posted on NPR’s web site (h/t PostPolitics producer Matt DeLong), Norris said that her husband, Broderick Johnson, will join the Obama team as a senior adviser. Norris will continue working at NPR “producing signature segments and features and working on new reporting projects.” Johnson was also a senior 2008 adviser to the Obama campaign. Before that, he was a senior advisor for congressional affairs in the Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.)...
  • Half of Obamacare's deficit reduction wiped out

    10/14/2011 6:36:47 PM PDT · by La Lydia · 17 replies
    The Examiner ^ | October 14, 2011 | Phil Klein
    Nearly half of the deficit reduction that Democrats claimed when President Obama signed the national health care law would be wiped away by the administration's recomendation against implementing a doomed long-term care program. As Obamacare's critics noted at the time, Democrats' deficit reduction claims were based on a series of accounting gimmicks. One of the most obvious was the inclusion of the Community Living Assistance and Support Services Act, a program that was slated to collect five years of premiums before paying out any benefits. Though it was unsustainable over time, on paper it produced surpluses during the Congressional Budget...
  • Danish committee approves government’s controversial border control plans

    07/08/2011 8:38:35 AM PDT · by La Lydia · 1 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 8, 2011
    COPENHAGEN, Denmark — Denmark on Friday approved a decision to re-establish permanent customs checkpoints at its borders, removing the last hurdle to a plan aimed at stopping crime and illegal immigration but which has been strongly criticized in Europe as violating visa-free travel rules. The 17-member parliamentary Finance Committee announced the approval after lawmakers voted to reject an opposition motion to abandon it. Germany and the European Union say border checkpoints violate EU rules on unrestricted travel in the Schengen zone and regulations on free movement within the bloc. In Denmark, opponents say it is a sop to nationalists, business...
  • Electric Crisis And The Chavez Government: From “Who Me?” To “It’s All Your Fault”

    06/16/2011 6:07:48 PM PDT · by La Lydia · 7 replies · 1+ views
    The Devil's Excrement ^ | June 16, 2011 | Miguel Octavio
    The Venezuelan Government continued its attitude of not accepting responsibility for any of the problems of the country, but this time it went from the “Who me?” attitude of most problems to simply saying “It’s your fault!”, blaming the electric crisis on excess consumption and not on the inability and incapacity of the Chavez administration to tackle the problems. The electric problem is not new. Last year the Government blamed El Niño for the crisis, but it quickly became clear that there was more to it, as it became evident that between the lack of maintenance, improvisation and bad decisions,...
  • 'Chairman's E-Verify Bill' A Giant Increase Over States-Only Approach In Moving Illegal Aliens Out

    06/16/2011 5:18:45 PM PDT · by La Lydia · 16 replies · 1+ views
    NumbersUSA ^ | June 16, 2011 | Roy Beck
    Ever since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of Arizona's mandatory E-Verify law, we at NumbersUSA have heard a modest but steady stream of comments from people questioning if it wouldn't be better to skip having a national E-Verify law and stick with state laws to push illegal aliens out of U.S. jobs. Certainly, we have to acknowledge that we would not right now have the possibility of a national E-Verify law passing if it weren't for the valiant efforts of many state legislators across the nation who -- often with the help of attorney, and now Kansas Secretary...
  • U.S. Funding of the United Nations Reaches All-Time High

    06/16/2011 11:48:45 AM PDT · by La Lydia · 5 replies · 1+ views
    Heritage Foundation ^ | June 16, 2011 | Brett Schaefer
    The source and amounts of all U.S. funding to the myriad number of organizations affiliated with the United Nations are difficult to track accurately. This difficulty prompted Congress to pass legislation requiring the Administration to report annually on U.S. contributions to the U.N. A recent report to Congress by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) on all U.S. funding to the U.N. system revealed that U.S. contributions to the U.N. system reached record levels in fiscal year (FY) 2009. Considering budget trends, U.S. contributions will continue to rise. Having an accurate account of U.S. contributions to the U.N. is...