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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 · 87 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,...