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  • A look at economic developments around the globe (Socialist Hollande's slogan - "change now")

    05/07/2012 4:00:25 PM PDT · by Libloather · 11 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 5/07/12
    A look at economic developments around the globeBy The Associated Press – 1 hr 35 mins ago A look at economic developments and activity in major stock markets around the world Monday: ___ PARIS — The day after Francois Hollande rode to power in France on a slogan of "change now," the conversation in Europe is already different: Austerity has become a dirty word. **SNIP** MADRID — Spain's prime minister said the government will likely present important bank clean-up measures this week to clear up doubts about the solvency of the sector, a key source of worry over whether Spain...
  • Five (Occupy leaders) suspected in Ohio bombing attempt plead not guilty

    05/07/2012 3:22:49 PM PDT · by Libloather · 37 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 5/07/12 | Kim Palmer
    Five suspected in Ohio bombing attempt plead not guiltyBy Kim Palmer | Reuters – 1 hr 18 mins ago CLEVELAND (Reuters) - Five men charged with trying to blow up a four-lane highway south of Cleveland pleaded not guilty on Monday in a federal court crowded with their supporters. The five, Douglas Wright, Brandon Baxter, Anthony Hayne, Connor Stevens and Joshua Stafford, were arrested last Tuesday after allegedly paying an undercover FBI agent $900 for what they believed to be bombs, but were actually fakes. The men, ranging in age from 20 to 37, had attempted to use the fake...
  • Hill Poll: Voters split, independents say bin Laden death politicized

    05/07/2012 2:50:11 AM PDT · by Libloather · 3 replies
    The Hill ^ | 5/07/12 | Julian Pecquet
    Hill Poll: Voters split, independents say bin Laden death politicizedBy Julian Pecquet - 05/07/12 05:00 AM ET Just about as many likely voters think President Obama over-politicized the anniversary of Osama bin Laden’s death as believe he handled it just right, according to a new poll for The Hill. Forty-five percent of likely voters think Obama over-politicized the anniversary, including 65 percent of Republicans. But 46 percent of likely voters asserted that Obama’s approach was “about right,” including 74 percent of Democrats. Independents however, said by a 52 percent to 36 percent margin that the anniversary was politicized. Republicans have...
  • Stock futures hit after European elections

    05/06/2012 6:29:24 PM PDT · by Libloather · 17 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 5/06/12
    Stock futures hit after European electionsReuters – 1 hr 29 mins ago NEW YORK (Reuters) - Stock index futures fell after Greek voters trounced ruling parties in elections on Sunday, a result that put the country's future in the euro zone at risk, and as Socialist candidate Francois Hollande won the French presidency. S&P 500 futures were down 12.3 points at 1,350.20 at 7:35 p.m. EDT (2335 GMT), suggesting a fall of about 1 percent when the U.S. stock market opens on Monday.
  • France chooses a new president during tough times (Socialist Francois Hollande?)

    05/06/2012 9:00:37 AM PDT · by Libloather · 23 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 5/06/12 | GREG KELLER
    France chooses a new president during tough timesBy GREG KELLER | Associated Press – 4 mins 30 secs ago PARIS (AP) — France voted in a presidential run-off election on Sunday that could see Socialist challenger Francois Hollande defeat incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy by capitalizing on public anger over the government's austerity policies. The election outcome will impact efforts to fight France's debt crisis, how long the nation's troops stay in Afghanistan and how France exercises its military and diplomatic muscle around the world. Hollande voted in his electoral fief of Tulle, in central France. Live television coverage showed the 57-year-old...
  • Bill Clinton records robocall opposing NC anti-gay (pro-family) marriage amendment

    05/06/2012 8:18:39 AM PDT · by Libloather · 7 replies
    The Hill ^ | 5/06/12 | Meghashyam Mali
    Bill Clinton records robocall opposing NC anti-gay marriage amendmentBy Meghashyam Mali - 05/06/12 08:02 AM ET Former President Bill Clinton recorded a new robocall urging North Carolina voters to reject a proposed state constitutional amendment which would define marriage as a union between a man and a woman. The call will be pushed to voters beginning Monday, the Raleigh News & Observer first reported. "I’m calling to urge you to vote against Amendment 1 on Tuesday May 8. If it passes, it won’t change North Carolina’s law on marriage. What it will change is North Carolina’s ability to keep good...
  • Al-Qaida magazine urges terrorists to set wildfires in Montana

    05/06/2012 4:57:45 AM PDT · by Libloather · 26 replies
    Billings Gazette ^ | 5/04/12 | GWEN FLORIO
    Al-Qaida magazine urges terrorists to set wildfires in MontanaMay 04, 2012 5:53 am • By GWEN FLORIO Terrorists who want to strike fear in the hearts of Americans would do well to set wildfires in Montana, al-Qaida advises in the most recent issue of its English-language magazine, Inspire. “It is difficult to choose a better place other than in the valleys of Montana where the population increases rapidly,” Inspire’s “AQ Chef” columnist writes. The magazine disappeared for a while after its founders, Anwar al-Awlaki and Samir Khan, were killed last year in a U.S. missile strike. But it recently reappeared...
  • Obama pleads at rally: ‘I’m asking you to keep believing in me’

    05/05/2012 4:50:06 PM PDT · by Libloather · 89 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 5/05/12 | Olivier Knox
    Obama pleads at rally: ‘I’m asking you to keep believing in me’By Olivier Knox | The Ticket – 4 hrs ago Fighting to recapture the magic of his history-making 2008 campaign, President Barack Obama on Saturday laid out his fullest-yet case for reelection, pleading with struggling Americans to "keep believing in me" and hitting out at presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney. "If people ask you what this campaign is about, you tell them 'it's still about hope.' You tell them 'it's still about change,'" he told a cheering mass of supporters at Ohio State University in Columbus, six months and...
  • Wisconsin Democratic debate focuses on attacking governor ("This state has been at war")

    05/05/2012 4:37:52 PM PDT · by Libloather · 10 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 5/05/12 | Brendan O'Brien
    Wisconsin Democratic debate focuses on attacking governorBy Brendan O'Brien | Reuters – 19 hrs ago MILWAUKEE (Reuters) - Democratic candidates vying for a shot at ousting Governor Scott Walker from office in a June recall election aimed their attacks at the Republican incumbent rather than each other during a debate on Friday. "This state has been at war for the last 16 months," said Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, the frontrunner in the primary to select a Democratic candidate to oppose Walker. "I will end the civil war in the state of Wisconsin," said Barrett. "I will restore trust in the...
  • (Cheating) APS teacher ready to fight for her job

    05/05/2012 4:14:09 PM PDT · by Libloather · 7 replies
    AJC ^ | 5/04/12 | Jaime Sarrio
    APS teacher ready to fight for her jobBy Jaime Sarrio The Atlanta Journal-Constitution 6:31 p.m. Friday, May 4, 2012 An Atlanta teacher accused of cheating says she's ready to defend herself against claims she changed student answers. Camille Neely was a third-grade teacher at Gideons Elementary, where a special state investigation claims widespread cheating took place in 2009 and other years. Atlanta Public Schools is trying to fire Neely for allegedly changing answers on state exams and lying about her involvement to special investigators. **SNIP** Atlanta Public Schools is in the process of holding termination hearings to get some 90...
  • William Jefferson (11-time RAT FELON-La) settles in to federal prison in Beaumont, Texas

    05/05/2012 3:14:39 PM PDT · by Libloather · 6 replies
    NOLA ^ | 5/05/12 | Bruce Alpert
    William Jefferson settles in to federal prison in Beaumont, TexasBy Bruce Alpert, Times-Picayune The Times-Picayune Published: Saturday, May 05, 2012, 9:00 AM Former Democratic Rep. William Jefferson reported Friday to the low-security federal prison in Beaumont, Texas, to begin serving a 13-year sentence, the longest ever for a congressional member. Jefferson, 65, arrived about 40 minutes ahead of the noon deadline set by U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III who presided over Jefferson's 2009 trial for corruption and bribery. **SNIP** His downfall began when a disgruntled investor went to the FBI in 2005, expressing concerns that she was being defrauded...
  • Think tank compares belief in global warming to Charles Manson, Osama Bin Laden, others

    05/05/2012 11:13:25 AM PDT · by Libloather · 10 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 5/04/12 | Caroline May
    Think tank compares belief in global warming to Charles Manson, Osama Bin Laden, othersBy Caroline May | The Daily Caller – Fri, May 4, 2012 A free market think tank is taking its beef with climate change alarmists to the Chicago skies. The Heartland Institute has announced a billboard campaign highlighting the unsavory characters who “still believe in global warming,” including “Unabomber” Ted Kaczynski, mass murderer Charles Manson and dictator Fidel Castro. According to Heartland, terrorist Osama bin Laden and Discovery Channel hostage taker James J. Lee may also occupy a climate change billboard in the near future. “These rogues...
  • California Democrat (Pete Stark) confuses Solyndra with electric car company

    05/05/2012 10:58:53 AM PDT · by Libloather · 6 replies
    The Hill ^ | 5/05/12 | Daniel Strauss
    California Democrat confuses Solyndra with electric car companyBy Daniel Strauss - 05/05/12 12:37 PM ET Rep. Pete Stark (D-Calif.) confused failed solar energy firm Solyndra with the electric car company Tesla. "I wish I had enough expense allowance to get one of those new S's that Solyndra's going to make down there - the electric car," Stark said in a Saturday report by the San Francisco Chronicle, after being asked about the defunct solar energy company. "They run $60,000 to $90,000." Solyndra fell under scrutiny after failing despite recieving a guaranteed $535 million low-interest loan from the Obama administration. House...
  • RNC might block entire Nevada delegation over Ron Paul delegate mischief

    05/04/2012 3:07:15 PM PDT · by Libloather · 45 replies
    The Hill ^ | 5/03/12 | Justin Sink
    RNC might block entire Nevada delegation over Ron Paul delegate mischiefBy Justin Sink - 05/03/12 08:53 AM ET The Republican National Committee is warning the Nevada GOP that if supporters of Ron Paul are allowed to take too many slots for the national convention, the party may opt against seating the state's entire delegation. "I believe it is highly likely that any committee with jurisdiction over the matter would find improper any change to the election, selection, allocation, or binding of delegates, thus jeopardizing the seating of Nevada’s entire delegation to the National Convention," said John R. Phillippe Jr., the...
  • GOP voters want Santorum, Rubio for VP

    05/04/2012 2:56:52 AM PDT · by Libloather · 46 replies
    The Hill ^ | 5/03/12 | Jonathan Easley
    GOP voters want Santorum, Rubio for VPBy Jonathan Easley - 05/03/12 04:32 PM ET Republican voters would like to see Rick Santorum or Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) standing at Mitt Romney's side this fall, a new poll found. A Reuters-Ipsos poll released Thursday found Santorum and Rubio are the top choices among Republican voters to be Romney’s running mate. Republican voters were presented with a list of 19 names, and a plurality, 18 percent, said Rick Santorum would be the best candidate to fill out the GOP ticket, while 17 percent went for Rubio. Rubio was by far the most...
  • Feingold rips Pelosi for willingness to consider entitlement cuts

    05/04/2012 2:52:09 AM PDT · by Libloather · 12 replies
    The Hill ^ | 5/03/12 | Russell Berman
    Feingold rips Pelosi for willingness to consider entitlement cutsBy Russell Berman - 05/03/12 04:24 PM ET A liberal stalwart is making a surprise attack on Nancy Pelosi, accusing the House minority leader of signaling “a disturbing potential willingness” to slash entitlement programs that Democrats consider sacred. Former Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Wis.) on Thursday sent out an email through his Progressives United advocacy group criticizing Pelosi for saying she would support the Simpson-Bowles deficit plan, which called for using cuts to Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security to close the nation’s budget gap. “Recently, Democratic Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has signaled a...
  • Pelosi calls on Obama to respect states’ rights, end medical marijuana raids (Hussein's fault!)

    05/03/2012 7:15:44 PM PDT · by Libloather · 39 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 5/03/12 | Steven Nelson
    Pelosi calls on Obama to respect states’ rights, end medical marijuana raidsBy Steven Nelson | The Daily Caller – 5 hrs ago House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi wants President Barack Obama to lay off the weed. Reacting to an ongoing crackdown on medical marijuana facilities in California, Pelosi said in a Wednesday statement, “I have strong concerns about the recent actions by the federal government that threaten the safe access of medicinal marijuana to alleviate the suffering of patients in California.” The California Democrat said that medical marijuana is “both a medical and a states’ rights issue.” California legalized the...
  • Jefferson (11-time FELON-New Orleans) ordered to report to federal prison in Beaumont, Texas

    05/03/2012 6:51:29 PM PDT · by Libloather · 17 replies
    NOLA ^ | 5/03/12 | Bruce Alpert
    Jefferson ordered to report to federal prison in Beaumont, TexasBy Bruce Alpert, Times-Picayune The Times-Picayune Updated: Thursday, May 03, 2012, 5:29 PM WASHINGTON -- Former Rep. William Jefferson, D-New Orleans, will begin his 13-year prison sentence Friday at the low-security federal prison in Beaumont, Texas, according to two federal law enforcement officials.Judge T.S Ellis III, who revoked Jefferson's $50,000 bail two weeks ago, had given the former nine-term congressman until noon to begin his sentence. Following recommendations from both Jefferson's lawyers and federal prosecutors, Ellis had recommended the former congressman serve his time at a minimum security prison, or prison...
  • 'Crocodile Dundee' star Paul Hogan ends tax battle (only $156 million)

    05/02/2012 4:35:24 PM PDT · by Libloather · 25 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 5/01/12
    'Crocodile Dundee' star Paul Hogan ends tax battleAssociated Press – Tue, May 1, 2012 SYDNEY (AP) — "Crocodile Dundee" star Paul Hogan has resolved his seven-year battle with Australian tax authorities over alleged unpaid taxes dating back to his first international hit movie in the 1980s. Hogan and his friend and producer John Cornell said through their lawyer, Andrew Robinson, on Monday that the pair had reached a settlement with tax authorities to resolve more than 150 million Australian dollars ($156 million) in alleged unpaid taxes and penalties.
  • Cement deal for Whitney (Houston's family to encase body & $800K jewelry in concrete)

    05/02/2012 4:03:43 PM PDT · by Libloather · 58 replies
    NY Post ^ | 5/01/12 | DAVID K. LI
    Cement deal for WhitneyBy DAVID K. LI Last Updated: 10:22 AM, May 1, 2012 Here’s one way to cement Whitney Houston’s legacy: The pop diva’s family plans to encase her body in concrete — so that no one is tempted to rob the grave. The is $800,000 in jewels in Houston’s casket, and the singer’s family can’t afford 24-hour security to guard against ghoulish thieves, according to the newspaper The Daily Star. The British tabloid didn’t say when Houston’s family would dig up Whitney’s New Jersey grave and pour the cement.
  • McConnell turns down Obama invitation to celebrate Kentucky win

    05/01/2012 4:07:12 PM PDT · by Libloather · 4 replies
    The Hill ^ | 5/01/12 | Alexander Bolton
    McConnell turns down Obama invitation to celebrate Kentucky winBy Alexander Bolton - 05/01/12 02:06 PM ET Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is passing on an invitation from President Obama to celebrate the University of Kentucky’s NCAA basketball championship at the White House on Friday. Obama invited the University of Kentucky men’s basketball team to the White House later this week to recognize its victory over Kansas to win the 2012 national championship. The president asked McConnell to join but the Senate leader will be in Kentucky participating in festivities leading up to the Kentucky Derby on Saturday, according to...
  • May Day Eve Quickly Turns Ugly In San Francisco (Freeloaders smash car windows & store fronts)

    05/01/2012 2:39:49 AM PDT · by Libloather · 33 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 5/01/12
    May Day Eve Quickly Turns Ugly In San FranciscoA day that is expected to be filled with anti-establishment protests all around the globe began early last night with a roving band of "anarchists" smashing car windows and store fronts in San Francisco's Mission District. The mini-riot (which was technically on April 30, but still) may have started as a "ruckus street party" organized by Occupy Oakland protesters who invaded their sister city ... The Atlantic Wire via Yahoo! News - 24 minutes ago
  • GOP money floods battlegrounds, threatens Dems' hold on Senate

    05/01/2012 2:33:02 AM PDT · by Libloather · 24 replies
    The Hill ^ | 5/01/12 | Alexander Bolton
    GOP money floods battlegrounds, threatens Dems' hold on SenateBy Alexander Bolton - 05/01/12 05:00 AM ET Third-party groups allied with the Republican Party have vastly outspent Democratic incumbents and their backers in Senate battlegrounds. The disparity in advertising firepower threatens Democratic control of the Senate and could have an impact on the presidential race as well. Sen. Sherrod Brown, a first-term Democrat from Ohio, has been the primary target of outside groups, which have outspent his allies by a ratio of 10-1 this election cycle. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Crossroads GPS and 60Plus Association have funded the bulk of...
  • Obama’s deficit attention disorder (Hussein focused like a laser beam on trivia)

    04/30/2012 3:00:36 AM PDT · by Libloather · 12 replies
    Politico ^ | 4/29/12 | KEITH KOFFLER
    Obama’s deficit attention disorderBy KEITH KOFFLER | 4/29/12 9:17 PM EDT President Barack Obama seems to be governing in some parallel universe — where the United States exists without mortal dangers threatening its economy and the nation’s most pressing exigency is the reelection of its president. But when Obama swore to defend the Constitution, and therefore the nation, he did it in the dimension where the rest of us exist, where the economy appears to be headed toward its annual spring stall and an endless series of massive budget deficits threatens to unleash a financial crisis at any time. While...
  • Reviled by some, Wisconsin's Walker is conservative celebrity

    04/28/2012 8:11:12 PM PDT · by Libloather · 20 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 4/28/12 | Brendan O'Brien
    Reviled by some, Wisconsin's Walker is conservative celebrityBy Brendan O'Brien | Reuters – 9 hrs ago MILWAUKEE (Reuters) - At the National Rifle Association convention in St. Louis earlier this month, a top official rattled off a Who's Who of Republican politicians speaking to the group including Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum and Scott Walker. The loudest applause was for Wisconsin governor Walker, who faces a special election in June that could make him only the third U.S. governor recalled from office. Walker is a celebrity among conservatives wherever he goes thanks to his decision to take on public sector unions...
  • Maine's GOP governor calls state workers (union thugs) 'corrupt'

    04/28/2012 8:04:07 PM PDT · by Libloather · 8 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 4/27/12 | CLARKE CANFIELD
    Maine's GOP governor calls state workers 'corrupt'By CLARKE CANFIELD | Associated Press – Fri, Apr 27, 2012 PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's blunt-speaking governor is again creating a ruckus with his offhanded remarks — this time by calling state government middle managers "about as corrupt as can be." At a town hall-style meeting in Newport on Thursday night, Republican Gov. Paul LePage was asked why there are so many fees associated with getting a cosmetologist license. In response, the governor said state government is too big and too costly and that the state workforce is part of the problem. LePage...
  • Principal at center of APS cheating scandal resigns

    04/28/2012 7:53:32 PM PDT · by Libloather · 10 replies
    AJC ^ | 4/25/12 | Jaime Sarrio
    Principal at center of APS cheating scandal resignsBy Jaime Sarrio The Atlanta Journal-Constitution 8:24 p.m. Wednesday, April 25, 2012 Christopher Waller, a middle school principal accused of coordinating mass test cheating, resigned Tuesday after Atlanta Public Schools issued plans to fire him. Waller emerged as one of the key figures in a 400-plus page state investigative report into test cheating, an example, investigators noted, of the toxic culture they said existed in APS. Waller, according to the investigation, bullied Parks Middle School teachers into copying exams and erasing wrong answers on state achievement tests. All the while, he garnered praise...
  • (RAT) William Jefferson should serve his 13-year sentence in a minimum-security prison, judge says

    04/28/2012 7:38:07 PM PDT · by Libloather · 16 replies
    NOLA ^ | 4/20/12 | Bruce Alpert
    William Jefferson should serve his 13-year sentence in a minimum-security prison, judge saysBy Bruce Alpert, Times-Picayune The Times-Picayune Updated: Friday, April 20, 2012, 10:11 PM Alexandria, Va. -- Former Rep. William Jefferson, D-New Orleans, must report to prison by May 4 to begin serving his 13-year sentence on bribery and public corruption charges, more than two years after he was convicted and almost seven years after news of a federal investigation of his dealings became public. Judge T.S. Ellis III rejected a motion Friday by Jefferson's lawyer, Robert Trout, and supported by lead prosecutor Mark Lytle, that Jefferson be allowed...
  • Mary Pinchot Meyer Book Suggests JFK Did LSD, Assassinated by CIA (along w/ mistress)

    04/28/2012 6:14:14 PM PDT · by Libloather · 40 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 4/23/12 | Brittney R. Villalva
    Mary Pinchot Meyer Book Suggests JFK Did LSD, Assassinated by CIABy Brittney R. Villalva, Christian Post Reporter April 23, 2012|9:22 am The most recent book to come out concerning former president John F. Kennedy revolves mostly around his mistress, Mary Pinchot. The new conspiracy theory suggests that JFK and his mistress were both murdered by the CIA. Mary Pinchot was shot and killed execution style on Oct. 12, 1964 in broad daylight. The man originally suspected of killing her was eventually released due to eyewitness testimony, and the murder has since remained unsolved. In his new book titled "Mary's Mosaic:...
  • Obama fundraises at BET chair’s home ($40,000-a-plate dinner)

    04/28/2012 5:57:40 PM PDT · by Libloather · 13 replies
    Politico ^ | 4/27/12 | LEIGH MUNSIL
    Obama fundraises at BET chair’s homeBy LEIGH MUNSIL | 4/27/12 8:44 PM EDT President Barack Obama attended a fundraiser Friday night at the home of Debra Lee, chairwoman and CEO of BET. About 40 people attended the $40,000-a-plate dinner in D.C.’s Woodley Park neighborhood. During his remarks, the president gave a nod to some of the acrimony toward Washington among the American people. "[T]hings are tough, and they've grown cynical, and they see the mess that goes on in Washington and there's a temptation at a certain point to just say, 'Oh, a plague on both their houses; nothing is...
  • The hunt for Allen West (Communists want him out)

    04/28/2012 5:40:07 PM PDT · by Libloather · 34 replies
    Politico ^ | 4/28/12 | CHARLES MAHTESIAN
    The hunt for Allen WestBy CHARLES MAHTESIAN | 4/28/12 12:40 PM EDT Judging from the volume of emails I get about Allen West, the lightning rod GOP freshman from Florida, Democrats could live without winning back the House if only they could oust West. And that was before his recent speculation that about 80 House Democrats are communists. How badly do his opponents want to take him down? The Palm Beach Post reports that at least three organizations regularly assign video trackers to West events to capture his remarks and a liberal PAC has gone so far as to open...
  • Grumbling grows on left over slow-going in Wall Street crisis investigations (RAT Corzine?)

    04/28/2012 5:24:47 PM PDT · by Libloather · 17 replies
    The Hill ^ | 4/26/12 | Peter Schroeder
    Grumbling grows on left over slow-going in Wall Street crisis investigationsBy Peter Schroeder - 04/26/12 07:30 AM ET Roughly four years after the financial crisis hit, some on the left are wondering when, or even if, the Obama administration plans to pursue criminal prosecutions of the Wall Street figures that played a major role in the meltdown. Top White House officials, including the president himself, have vowed the slow, steady work of investigations is underway, and that those who broke the law on Wall Street will ultimately be held accountable. But despite those promises, there is scant public proof of...
  • For Obama, bin Laden killing becomes campaign tool (not Moochelle's vacations)

    04/27/2012 6:29:25 PM PDT · by Libloather · 12 replies
    AP ^ | 4/27/12 | BEN FELLER
    For Obama, bin Laden killing becomes campaign toolBy BEN FELLER AP White House Correspondent Apr 27, 6:01 PM EDT WASHINGTON (AP) -- The killing of Osama bin Laden, first presented as a moment of national unity by President Barack Obama, has become something else: a political weapon. **SNIP** The broader goal for Obama, whether through campaign web videos or the trappings of the White House, is not to just to remind voters of an enormous victory on his watch. It is to maximize a political narrative that he has the courage to make tough calls that his opponent might not.
  • New Secret Service rules on alcohol, unsavory bars

    04/27/2012 5:27:01 PM PDT · by Libloather · 44 replies
    New Secret Service rules on alcohol, unsavory barsBy ALICIA A. CALDWELL and LAURIE KELLMAN | Associated Press – 20 mins ago WASHINGTON (AP) — Seeking to shake the disgrace of a prostitution scandal, the Secret Service late Friday tightened conduct rules for its agents to prohibit them from drinking excessively, visiting disreputable establishments while traveling or bringing foreigners to their hotel rooms. The new behavior policies apply to Secret Service agents even when they are off duty while traveling, barring them from drinking alcohol within 10 hours of working, according to a memorandum describing the changes obtained by The Associated...
  • House GOP wants to haul EPA official (Al Armendariz) before Congress over 'crucify' comments

    04/27/2012 3:51:05 PM PDT · by Libloather · 25 replies
    The Hill ^ | 4/27/12 | Andrew Restuccia
    House GOP wants to haul EPA official before Congress over 'crucify' commentsBy Andrew Restuccia - 04/27/12 06:12 PM ET House Energy and Commerce Committee Republicans want an Environmental Protection Agency official to testify on his 2010 comments comparing enforcement of air pollution laws to crucifixion. Republicans pounced this week on EPA Region 6 Administrator Al Armendariz’s comments soon after Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) drew attention to them in a Wednesday floor speech. The comments quickly became the subject of a GOP campaign to blast the Obama administration’s environmental policies, with Republicans arguing in a stream of media interview and statements...
  • Reports: DOD (Hussein) deploys F-22 fighters near Iranian border

    04/27/2012 3:39:43 PM PDT · by Libloather · 41 replies
    The Hill ^ | 4/27/12 | Carlo Munoz
    Reports: DOD deploys F-22 fighters near Iranian borderBy Carlo Munoz - 04/27/12 04:00 PM ET As tensions continue to rise between Washington and Tehran, the White House upped the ante this month by sending a squadron of advanced U.S. fighters to Iran's doorstep. The Air Force has reportedly begun rotating a squadron of F-22 Raptors to Al Dhafra Air Base in the United Arab Emirates. UAE is directly to the south of the Iranian coastline, separated by the Straits of Hormuz. Aviation Week first reported the details of the Raptor deployments. Air Force spokesman Capt. Phil Ventura would not confirm...
  • Former Obama adviser (David Cutler): Romney healthcare plan ‘most radical and divisive’ in history

    04/27/2012 3:30:56 PM PDT · by Libloather · 15 replies
    The Hill ^ | 4/27/12 | Sam Baker
    Former Obama adviser: Romney healthcare plan ‘most radical and divisive’ in historyBy Sam Baker - 04/27/12 02:53 PM ET Mitt Romney’s healthcare platform is one of the most regressive proposals in U.S. history, said David Cutler, a prominent healthcare economist and a top adviser to President Obama’s 2008 campaign. In a harshly worded blog post on the Journal of the American Medical Association website, Cutler criticized what he said is the “negativity” of Romney’s platform. “Romney’s plan will heal neither divisions nor sick Americans,” Cutler wrote. “Indeed, Romney’s health care ideas are the most radical and divisive of any candidate...
  • (Bawney) Frank gives Obama high marks on gay issues, rips marriage stance

    04/27/2012 3:23:52 PM PDT · by Libloather · 8 replies
    The Hill ^ | 4/27/12 | Mike Lillis
    Frank gives Obama high marks on gay issues, rips marriage stanceBy Mike Lillis - 04/27/12 05:50 PM ET Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) this week gave President Obama high marks on gay issues, but said it's "a problem" that the administration has declined to endorse gay marriage. Obama this week stirred criticism from the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community when, during a trip to North Carolina, he declined to weigh in on a pending state bill banning civil unions and domestic partnerships. Frank, the first openly gay member of Congress, said Obama's silence was expected but disappointing. "It's not...
  • Protesters at US party conventions could be armed (Freeloaders with guns?)

    04/27/2012 2:56:21 AM PDT · by Libloather · 8 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 4/27/12 | MITCH WEISS, TAMARA LUSH
    Protesters at US party conventions could be armedBy MITCH WEISS and TAMARA LUSH | Associated Press – 44 mins ago TAMPA, Florida (AP) — The thousands of protesters expected at the Democratic and Republican national conventions can come armed with a lot more than signs and slogans: State law in Florida and North Carolina allows concealed weapons, including guns. In Tampa, where the Republicans will hold their festivities this fall, officials are starting to worry about people toting guns in such a politically charged environment. The City Council voted Thursday to ask Republican Gov. Rick Scott to help them temporarily...
  • Lawmaker Replaces Pledge with Poem (Melissa Freitag in Massachusetts)

    04/27/2012 1:37:58 AM PDT · by Libloather · 12 replies
    Fox News ^ | 4/26/12
    Lawmaker Replaces Pledge with PoemApr 26, 2012 A Massachusetts lawmaker is under fire in Falmouth after she opened a town meeting with a poem instead of the traditional recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance. Melissa Freitag, the vice chair for the Falmouth Board of Selectmen, refused to say why she would not allow her fellow lawmakers or residents to recite the pledge. “I would rather not tonight,” she replied when Selectman Kevin Murphy questioned her about the omission. **SNIP** Falmouth resident Brenda Scannell told the newspaper that Freitag’s decision was baffling. “I just don’t get that at all,” she said....
  • Obama vows to fight for climate action, make global warming a key 2012 issue (Inner Weatherman)

    04/25/2012 6:34:06 PM PDT · by Libloather · 32 replies
    The Hill ^ | 4/25/12 | Ben Geman
    Obama vows to fight for climate action, make global warming a key 2012 issueBy Ben Geman - 04/25/12 10:40 AM ET President Obama is vowing to make the case for action on global warming during the 2012 campaign. “I suspect that over the next six months, this is going to be a debate that will become part of the campaign, and I will be very clear in voicing my belief that we're going to have to take further steps to deal with climate change in a serious way,” Obama told Rolling Stone magazine in a newly published interview. Obama’s comments...
  • Report says 40 percent of the public breathes unhealthy air (60% - good to go)

    04/25/2012 6:20:51 PM PDT · by Libloather · 25 replies
    The Hill ^ | 4/25/12 | Andrew Restuccia
    Report says 40 percent of the public breathes unhealthy airBy Andrew Restuccia - 04/25/12 02:53 PM ET More than 40 percent of the public lives in regions with unhealthy levels of air pollution, a new report from the American Lung Association says. The public health group, in its annual State of the Air report, said air quality has dramatically improved in recent decades as a result of the Clean Air Act. But it warned that more action is needed to better protect the public from air pollution like smog or soot. The report finds that more than 127.2 million people,...
  • Rep. West: Obama aiming 'tax weapons of mass destruction' at Americans

    04/25/2012 5:47:08 PM PDT · by Libloather · 10 replies
    The Hill ^ | 4/25/12 | Pete Kasperowicz
    Rep. West: Obama aiming 'tax weapons of mass destruction' at AmericansBy Pete Kasperowicz - 04/25/12 06:43 PM ET Freshman Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) on Wednesday evening likened President Obama's preference for higher tax rates to "tax weapons of mass destruction" that Obama is aiming straight at middle Americans. "Although he has never served our country in uniform, or risked his life to defend its freedoms and liberties on distant shores, it seems President Obama understands a thing or two about weaponry," West said on the House floor. "But in the president's case … the current weapon of choice is tax...
  • Romney fundraiser: Donors 'coming out of the woodwork'

    04/25/2012 5:14:50 PM PDT · by Libloather · 54 replies
    The Hill ^ | 4/25/12 | Cameron Joseph
    Romney fundraiser: Donors 'coming out of the woodwork'By Cameron Joseph - 04/25/12 05:33 PM ET Mitt Romney's fundraising has skyrocketed since he became the de facto nominee, a top Romney fundraiser told The Hill Wednesday evening. "People are coming out of the woodwork," said the fundraiser, who requested not to be named. "A number of my friends who didn't want to get involved in the primary are now coming off the sidelines for the general election." The Romney supporter told The Hill that two recent fundraisers in Florida had netted more than $3 million combined, and said the moment Romney...
  • Social Security Won't Be There, So Why Not Be Rich? (Occupy freeloaders don't get it)

    04/24/2012 6:48:23 PM PDT · by Libloather · 4 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 4/23/12 | Donald Pennington
    Social Security Won't Be There, So Why Not Be Rich?By Donald Pennington | Yahoo! Contributor Network – 8 hrs ago COMMENTARY | How many times has a politician used the fear of losing Social Security as a ploy to persuade voters? More times than I can count. The concept of a safety net for those who lack financial planning skills has been an effective vote-grabber since 1935. And while all wage-earning Americans are required to pay into the program, people my age and younger will likely never see a return. **SNIP** Participants in the recent Occupy Wall Street boondoggle complained...
  • Pelosi joins Democrats' push for Republicans to act on student loan rates (What about Hussein?)

    04/21/2012 10:01:03 PM PDT · by Libloather · 25 replies
    The Hill ^ | 4/21/12 | Mike Lillis
    Pelosi joins Democrats' push for Republicans to act on student loan ratesBy Mike Lillis - 04/21/12 11:11 AM ET The leading House Democrat on Saturday joined President Obama in calling on Republicans to extend low interest rates on student loans. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi warned that allowing rates to jump, as they're scheduled to do this summer, would put college "further out of reach" for middle class families struggling in the still-limping economy. "[I]f Republicans don't act, interest rates are set to double this July, and more than seven million borrowers will find themselves paying more," Pelosi said Saturday...
  • Under sunny skies, Obama hits the links (The rookie Hussein faces tough choices in Syria)

    04/21/2012 9:31:37 PM PDT · by Libloather · 10 replies
    The Hill ^ | 4/21/12 | Mike Lillis
    Under sunny skies, Obama hits the linksBy Mike Lillis - 04/21/12 01:38 PM ET President Obama took advantage of gorgeous weather around Washington on Saturday morning to hit the golf course, his third round this year. The president and his entourage – Vice President Joe Biden, White House staffer Mike Brush and Marvin Nicholson, the trip director – arrived at the Andrews Air Force Base Golf Course a little after 11 a.m., when temperatures were hovering just below 80 degrees. The outing is the latest indication Obama doesn't intend to steer clear of the links in the face of recent...
  • Struggling Obama super-PAC asks Clinton for help (Hillary says no?)

    04/21/2012 9:07:42 PM PDT · by Libloather · 7 replies
    The Hill ^ | 4/21/12 | Cameron Joseph
    Struggling Obama super-PAC asks Clinton for helpBy Cameron Joseph - 04/21/12 10:15 AM ET Priorities USA, a super-PAC focused on reelecting President Obama, has asked former President Bill Clinton to help them pick up the pace on fundraising. Democratic donors have been resistant to giving to the group. This is partly because of liberals' hesitation about super-PACs in general and partly because Sean Sweeney and Bill Burton, the two former White House staffers heading the group, aren't as plugged in to the fundraising world as those helping some of the Republican groups, which include heavy-hitters like Karl Rove and Mississippi...
  • Muppets Revenge: Outraged Homeless Muppets to Converge on Goldman Sachs (Occutard freeloaders)

    04/21/2012 8:39:21 PM PDT · by Libloather · 11 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 4/21/12
    Muppets Revenge: Outraged Homeless Muppets to Converge on Goldman SachsPRWeb – 6 hrs ago At 11:00 a.m., April 23, 2012, artist Joey Skaggs will lead a band of outraged costumed muppets down to Goldman Sachs offices at 200 West Street in NYC. Skaggs will be peddling his Mobile Homeless Homes prototype -- a low cost alternative living space for the millions of upside-down, underwater or foreclosed homeowners who have lost their houses due to the banking crisis that caused the real estate collapse.
  • BP Spill Sickens People; What Thoreau Tells About Global Warming (The planet will kill you - NOW!)

    04/21/2012 6:38:56 PM PDT · by Libloather · 12 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 4/19/12 | Dino Grandoni
    BP Spill Sickens People; What Thoreau Tells About Global WarmingBy Dino Grandoni | The Atlantic Wire – Thu, Apr 19, 2012 **SNIP** USA Today on the EPA's failure with cleaning up smelting sites Oil spills certainly aren't the only way to create a health crisis. USA Today offers an investigation into the government turning a blind eye toward old smelting sites, which can (and do) give folks living nearby lead poisoning. Until the 1970s and 1980s, factories processing lead spewed out plumes of smokes laden with the toxic metal that accumulated in nearby soils. The problem today, according to the...