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  • Appeals Court: Obama Violating Law on Nuke Site

    08/14/2013 1:32:42 AM PDT · by newzjunkey · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | WASHINGTON August 13, 2013 | MATTHEW DALY
    n a rebuke to the Obama administration, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission has been violating federal law by delaying a decision on a proposed nuclear waste dump in Nevada. By a 2-1 vote, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ordered the commission to complete the licensing process and approve or reject the Energy Department's application for a never-completed waste storage site at Nevada's Yucca Mountain. In a sharply worded opinion, the court said the nuclear agency was "simply flouting the law" when it allowed the Obama administration to continue plans...
  • Study finds fracking chemicals didn't pollute water

    07/19/2013 10:28:12 PM PDT · by newzjunkey · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | July 19, 2013, 5:41 AM
    A landmark federal study on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, shows no evidence that chemicals from the natural gas drilling process moved up to contaminate drinking water aquifers at a western Pennsylvania drilling site, the Department of Energy told The Associated Press. After a year of monitoring, the researchers found that the chemical-laced fluids used to free gas trapped deep below the surface stayed thousands of feet below the shallower areas that supply drinking water, geologist Richard Hammack said... The DOE team will start to publish full results of the tests over the next few months, said Hammack, who called the...
  • Prayers for friend's mom (cancer, ending treatment)

    11/01/2012 9:22:09 PM PDT · by newzjunkey · 29 replies
    11/2/12 | newzjunkey
    My good friend's 53 year old mother has been battling cancer for two years. She has decided to end treatment (chemo) to manage pain and nausea. Doctors have given her 2-6 mo. They're asking for prayers. Her first name is Margaret.
  • Free digital textbooks offered as Gov. Jerry Brown signs bills

    09/28/2012 6:01:22 PM PDT · by newzjunkey · 15 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | September 27, 2012 | 3:10 pm | Patrick McGreevy
    California college students hit with tuition increases in recent years will get a little financial help after Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Thursday to create a website on which popular textbooks can be downloaded for free. Twin bills by Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) will give students free digital access to 50 core textbooks for lower-division courses offered by the University of California, California State University and California Community College systems. Hard copies of the texts would cost $20...
  • San Diego Mayor’s Race Sees A Mayor Endorsement And New Poll (Bad News)

    09/26/2012 9:16:30 PM PDT · by newzjunkey · 9 replies
    KPBS ^ | Wednesday, September 26, 2012 | Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane, Peggy Pico
    Mayor Jerry Sanders created some surprising news Tuesday when he endorsed City Councilman Carl DeMaio to be his mayoral successor. His opponent, Congressman Bob Filner, widened his lead in the mayoral race in a poll released the same day ... The relationship between Sanders and DeMaio has been notoriously frosty. Sanders said they don’t talk much and haven’t always gotten along. But Sanders said Tuesday he cared about the city too much to "sit out" the endorsement. ... A 10News and SurveyUSA poll of likely voters out Tuesday put Filner up 12 points over DeMaio, 50 percent to 38 percent....
  • Democrats likely to retain Senate as four critical races shift in their favor

    09/24/2012 7:06:24 PM PDT · by newzjunkey · 45 replies
    Yahoo News | The Signal ^ | 9/24/2012 | David Rothschild
    After weeks in which the fate of the Senate simmered at nearly even odds of flipping for Republicans or remaining in Democrats' control, the outlook has shifted dramatically in the Democrats' favor. The incumbent party now has an 80 percent chance of retaining its majority, according to the Signal's prediction model. The break is largely due to critical races in Missouri, Wisconsin, Massachusetts and Virginia, all of which have favored the Republican at some point in the past month and now favor the Democratic candidate. ...
  • Federal judge says no constitutional right to secret ballot in Boulder case

    09/22/2012 10:41:52 PM PDT · by newzjunkey · 22 replies
    The Denver Post ^ | 11:29:23 PM, Sep 21, 2012 | Tim Hoover
    Saying there is no fundamental right to a secret ballot, a federal judge Friday dismissed a lawsuit filed by elections integrity activists that challenged whether counties can print ballots with identifying numbers that critics say can be traced back to individual voters easily. ... [Judge] Arguello said activists had not shown the plaintiffs had suffered or would suffer any specific injury that could be remedied by a federal court. She said that even if a ballot could be traced back to a specific voter, it doesn't show that a person's voting rights were violated, saying there was no "fundamental right"...
  • Feds: Sebelius violated federal law by campaigning for Obama

    09/12/2012 7:07:06 PM PDT · by newzjunkey · 16 replies
    Fox News ^ | Sept 12, 2012
    Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius violated federal law when she campaigned this winter for President Obama, federal investigators announced Wednesday. Sebelius broke the law by making “extemporaneous partisan remarks” during a speech in February at a Human Rights Campaign Event in Charlotte, N.C., according to the Office of Special Counsel (OSC). She made the comments in the city that would later host the Democratic National Convention. ... The agency said Sebelius’ comments violated the Hatch Act, which prohibits public officials from campaigning in an official capacity. The agency said the Department of Health and Human Services after the...
  • Consumer credit falls unexpectedly in July

    09/10/2012 5:09:56 PM PDT · by newzjunkey · 25 replies
    Reuters ^ | Mon Sep 10, 2012 6:37pm EDT | Reporting by Jason Lange; Editing by Andrea Ricci and Leslie Gevirtz
    Consumer credit fell in July for the first time in nearly a year as Americans reduced credit card debt, a worrisome sign for an economy that has struggled to create jobs. Consumer credit shrank by $3.28 billion in July, the Federal Reserve said on Monday. That was well below the $9.1 billion advance Wall Street economists had forecast in a Reuters poll. ... "(The data) looks consistent with the lackluster gains in consumer spending reported elsewhere," JPMorgan economist David Silver said in a note to clients. ... Consumer credit flows -- a relatively new data series that the Fed says...
  • Look-Alike Sites Funnel Big Money to Mystery PAC (targets GOP donors)

    Noam Neusner, a former White House speechwriter for President George W. Bush, thought he had given $250 to Ohio GOP Senate candidate Josh Mandel. He hadn't. Instead, Neusner was one of nearly 3,000 donors who stumbled onto a network of look-alike campaign websites that have netted more than $570,000 this year in what some are calling a sophisticated political phishing scheme. The websites have the trappings of official campaign pages: smiling candidate photos and videos, issue pages, and a large red "donate" button at the top. Except that proceeds from the shadow sites go not to the candidates pictured, but...
  • New school nutrition standards a recipe for problems? (lesson in why local control is best)

    09/08/2012 10:48:08 PM PDT · by newzjunkey · 29 replies
    Reading Eagle ^ | 9/9/12 | Reading Eagle
    In his gut, Kurt Myers knows when a student arrives at school on an empty stomach. He can see it on a cold Monday morning in the coat that remains zipped and the hat that stays pulled down, in the rush to eat school breakfast as if it's the student's first meal in days. And in the Reading School District, where 92 percent of students received free or reduced-price meals in 2011-12, Myers knows it doesn't take a food services director such as himself to realize that "when a student looks like he hasn't eaten all weekend, he probably hasn't...
  • (Live Thread) Day 4 Republican National Convention

    08/30/2012 4:31:56 PM PDT · by newzjunkey · 1,851 replies
    RNC ^ | 30 Aug 2012
    THURSDAY — 7 p.m. Call to order Introduction of Colors US Central Command Joint Forces Color Guard Team Pledge of Allegiance by Dylan Nonaka National Anthem sung by SEVEN Invocation by Ken and Priscilla Hutchins Remarks by Republican Senate candidate and U.S. Rep. Connie Mack, R-Fla. Reagan Legacy Video Remarks by former House Speaker and GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich and wife Callista Gingrich Remarks by Craig Romney — 8 p.m. Remarks by former Gov. Jeb Bush, R-Fla. Remarks by Bob White, chairman of Romney for President campaign Remarks by Grant Bennett Remarks by Tom Stemberg — 9 p.m. Remarks...
  • Some illegals get Ga. driver licenses

    08/23/2012 12:42:28 PM PDT · by newzjunkey · 7 replies
    Associated Press (via The Augusta Chronicle) ^ | Aug 23, 2012 | Kate Brumback
    ATLANTA — Illegal immigrants who are granted permission to stay in the country under an Obama administration policy announced in June will be eligible for driver’s licenses in Georgia, the state’s attorney general wrote in a letter to the governor. “While I do not agree with the actions of the President in issuing the directive, it has been implemented by the Department of Homeland Security, USCIS, and state law recognizes the approval of deferred action status as a basis for issuing a temporary driver’s license,” Attorney General Sam Olens, a Republican, wrote in a letter obtained Thursday by The Associated...
  • Mexico chalks up success in health-care reforms

    08/22/2012 1:12:08 AM PDT · by newzjunkey · 14 replies
    Nature ^ | 17 August 2012 | Erik Vance
    A revamp of Mexico’s beleaguered health-care system is proving to be a runaway success and offers a model for other nations seeking to reform their own systems, according to a review published this week in The Lancet1. The key to the scheme’s success is the way in which it has modified its reforms in response to scientific assessments of their effectiveness, the authors say. Launched in a law in 2003, the Mexican scheme was designed to sort out widespread inefficiencies and inconsistencies in the country's health-care system. Some 50 million Mexicans — nearly half the country’s population — who previously...
  • G.O.P. Trying to Oust Akin From Race for Rape Remarks

    08/20/2012 8:36:45 PM PDT · by newzjunkey · 22 replies
    The New York Times ^ | August 20, 2012 | JONATHAN WEISMAN and JOHN ELIGON
    WASHINGTON — Fearing that a seat crucial to winning a Senate majority could slip away, the national Republican establishment on Monday unleashed a furious campaign to drive Representative Todd Akin, the party’s newly selected nominee, out of the race against Missouri’s Democratic senator.Amid an uproar over provocative comments on rape and abortion that Mr. Akin made in an interview broadcast on Sunday, the National Republican Senatorial Committee declared that it would withdraw financial and organizational support for Mr. Akin, including $5 million in advertising already reserved for the fall. ...Crossroads GPS, a Republican advocacy group that had already spent more...
  • AP IMPACT: CO2 emissions in US drop to 20-year low

    08/18/2012 5:10:50 PM PDT · by newzjunkey · 32 replies
    The Associated Press (AP) ^ | 17 Aug 2012 | KEVIN BEGOS
    PITTSBURGH (AP) — In a surprising turnaround, the amount of carbon dioxide being released into the atmosphere in the U.S. has fallen dramatically to its lowest level in 20 years, and government officials say the biggest reason is that cheap and plentiful natural gas has led many power plant operators to switch from dirtier-burning coal. Many of the world's leading climate scientists didn't see the drop coming, in large part because it happened as a result of market forces rather than direct government action against carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas that traps heat in the atmosphere. Michael Mann, director of...
  • Jesse Jackson Jr. undergoing treatment for bipolar disorder, Mayo Clinic says

    08/13/2012 4:12:30 PM PDT · by newzjunkey · 37 replies
    Associated Press ^ | MONDAY, AUGUST 13, 2012, 6:30 PM | AP
    CHICAGO — U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., a Chicago Democrat who took a hushed medical leave two months ago, is being treated for bipolar disorder, the Mayo Clinic announced Monday. The Rochester, Minn.-based clinic specified his condition as Bipolar II, which is defined as periodic episodes of depression and hypomania. Hypomania is a less serious form of mania. "Congressman Jackson is responding well to the treatment and regaining his strength," the clinic said in a statement...
  • Is Your Neighbor a Democrat? Obama Has an App for That

    08/05/2012 11:00:52 PM PDT · by newzjunkey · 16 replies
    ProPublica ^ | Aug. 3, 2012, 3:52 p.m. | Lois Beckett
    Is Your Neighbor a Democrat? Obama Has an App for That by Lois Beckett ProPublica, Aug. 3, 2012, 3:52 p.m. Curious how many Democrats live on your block? Just download the Obama campaign's new mobile app. The app, released last week, includes a Google map for canvassers that recognizes your current location and marks nearby Democratic households with small blue flags. For each targeted address, the app displays the first name, age and gender of the voter or voters who live there: "Lori C., 58 F, Democrat." All this is public information, which campaigns have long given to volunteers. But...
  • FDA’s claims over stem cells upheld

    07/30/2012 11:17:45 AM PDT · by newzjunkey · 5 replies
    Nature ^ | 27 July 2012 | David Cyranoski
    A court decision on 23 July could help to tame the largely unregulated field of adult stem-cell treatments. The US District Court in Washington DC affirmed the right of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to regulate therapies made from a patient’s own processed stem cells. The case hinged on whether the court agreed with the FDA that such stem cells are drugs. The judge concurred, upholding an injunction brought by the FDA against Regenerative Sciences, based in Broomfield, Colorado...
  • Former Rutgers student gets 30-day jail sentence in hate crime case

    05/21/2012 10:10:23 AM PDT · by newzjunkey · 39 replies
    The Lookout / Yahoo ^ | 21 May 2012 | Ron Recinto
    A New Jersey judge sentenced a former Rutgers student to 30 days in jail for using a webcam to spy on his roommate... Dharun Ravi, 20, was convicted on two second-degree bias intimidation charges in a case that garnered national headlines because his roommate, Tyler Clementi, committed suicide after the spying... The lead prosecutor in the case had asked for "a period of imprisonment" in her sentencing brief but according to Reuters did not seek the maximum 10-year sentence. The prosecution team wrote that Ravi "has failed to accept any degree of responsibility for the numerous criminal acts he committed,...
  • Live Thread: GOP Primary election results (WI, MD, DC)

    04/03/2012 5:24:56 PM PDT · by newzjunkey · 317 replies
    April 3, 2012
    Fox News & CNN are projecting Romney wins MD in their banners. Santorum wasn't on the DC ballot. Wisconsin polls close at 8pm CDT/9pm EDT.
  • Live Thread: GOP Candidates at Huckabee Forum (FoxNews 8pm EDT)

    03/03/2012 5:22:29 PM PST · by newzjunkey · 20 replies
    March 3, 2012
    @govmikehuckabee and the #huckforum. Tune in tonight to FoxNews from 8pm-10pm EST.
  • 351-year-old will sparks bitter dispute in Mass.

    02/25/2012 12:31:00 PM PST · by newzjunkey · 10 replies
    AP ^ | Feb 24, 2012 | RODRIQUE NGOWI
    BOSTON (AP) — With only eight days to live, a wealthy, ailing Massachusetts merchant wrote in his will 351 years ago that he was leaving a spectacular 35-acre seafront property for the benefit of public school children, decreeing the land should never be sold or wasted. The dying wish of William Payne, one of the state's earliest settlers, created the nation's oldest charitable trust and eventually led tenants to build 167 cottages — most of them used by summer vacationers — on the land he left for the seaside city of Ipswich. The rent money has generated some $2.4 million...
  • 80 is the new 65 when it comes to retirement, survey says

    11/16/2011 7:45:49 PM PST · by newzjunkey · 72 replies
    Reuters ^ | Karin Matz
    When it comes to retirement, many middle class Americans said 80 is the new 65 and plan to delay retirement because of worries over money, according to a new survey. Wells Fargo bank asked 1,500 Americans who earned between $25,000 and $99,999 and ranged in age from 20 into their 70s questions about retirement, savings and Social Security for its seventh annual retirement survey... On average, Americans have saved only seven percent of their desired retirement nest egg, with a median of $25,000 saved versus a median retirement goal of $350,000..."We did find a bright spot among middle class Americans...
  • Five Rescued from Sewage Pipe (US-Mex border)

    11/02/2011 9:25:29 AM PDT · by newzjunkey · 4 replies
    KOGO ^ | Wednesday, November 2, 2011 | KOGO
    Personnel from San Diego Fire rescue found the men and women around 1 a.m. three feet underground and about 10 feet from the end of a sewer pipe on Via De La Amistad, which is just east of the Port of Entry. Rescuers worked for over an hour to free the adults. The five people had to crawl through mud and sewage to get out of the pipe. Crews had the individuals remove their clothing so they could be washed down with a hose after they crawled out of the pipe. They were given blankets and taken to a local...
  • Top Cain aide has checkered past

    10/28/2011 8:47:45 PM PDT · by newzjunkey · 47 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 28, 7:15 AM EDT | RYAN J. FOLEY and SHANNON McCAFFREY
    ... Meet Mark Block, Cain's unorthodox campaign manager. Perhaps no one is more responsible for the Georgia businessman's meteoric rise in the presidential polls than Block, a Republican strategist and tea party leader who's left a trail of questionable campaign work behind him. Block has been accused of voter suppression and was banned from running Wisconsin political campaigns for three years to settle accusations he coordinated a judge's re-election campaign with a special interest group. Records show Block has faced foreclosure on his home, a tax warrant by the Internal Revenue Service and a lawsuit for an unpaid bill. He...
  • Strong Words From Newt At Iowa Faith and Freedom: 'After 8 Years, We Will Leave Iraq in Defeat...'

    10/23/2011 4:37:34 AM PDT · by newzjunkey · 54 replies
    Full title: Strong Words From Newt At Iowa Faith and Freedom: 'After 8 Years, We Will Leave Iraq in Defeat, Don't Kid Yourselves, It Is Defeat' Newt Gingrich at the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition Dinner tonight gives some straight talk on Obama's decision (yesterday) to withdraw all American troopsVideo Gingrich: "We lost the 3rd Iraq war. This may or may not be popular to say but as a historian I think it needs to be said. We won the first Iraq war in 1991 driving Iraq out of Kuwait in 4 days. We won the second Iraq war to...
  • Pakistan to charge doctor who helped U.S. find bin Laden with treason

    10/06/2011 10:03:38 PM PDT · by newzjunkey · 9 replies · 1+ views
    CNN ^ | Oct 6, 2011 02:20 PM ET | CNN
    ... doctor accused of ... fake vaccination campaign to ... acquire DNA samples that ... led ... to Osama bin Laden will be charged with treason, Pakistan's Information Ministry said...
  • Feds to design health insurance for the masses

    10/06/2011 8:51:26 PM PDT · by newzjunkey · 32 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 6, 7:09 PM EDT | RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR
    The federal government is taking on a crucial new role in the nation's health care, designing a basic benefits package for millions of privately insured Americans. A framework for the Obama administration was released Thursday. The report by independent experts from the Institute of Medicine lays out guidelines for deciding what to include in the new "essential benefits package," how to keep it affordable for small businesses and taxpayers, and also scientifically up to date. About 68 million Americans, many of them currently insured, ultimately would be affected by the new benefits package. That's bigger than the number of seniors...
  • Pelosi Says Unemployment Rate Would Have Hit 14.5% Without 2009 Stimulus

    10/06/2011 8:40:03 PM PDT · by newzjunkey · 24 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 7:28 PM, OCT 6, 2011 | JOHN MCCORMACK
    Nancy Pelosi refuses to use the word "stimulus" to describe the president's "American Jobs Act." But when asked today to name significant differences between the Jobs Act and the 2009 stimulus package, Pelosi didn't identify any... "Without the Recovery Act and accompanying federal interventions, whether from the Fed, or Cash for Clunkers, or other initiatives, the unemployment rate last year at the time of the election would have been fourteen and a half percent, not nine and a half percent," said Minority Leader Pelosi. ....
  • Bernanke Warns Recovery 'Close to Faltering'

    10/04/2011 4:08:36 PM PDT · by newzjunkey · 20 replies
    AP ^ | October 4, 2011 | CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER and MARTIN CRUTSINGER AP Economics Writers
    ... Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke bluntly warned Congress on Tuesday of what most of America has sensed for some time: The economic recovery, such as it is, "is close to faltering." ... Bernanke's exchange with lawmakers seemed to capture the growing belief that no one is prepared to help the global economy in any meaningful way anytime soon. Speaking in unusually frank terms, he also captured the nation's sour economic mood. ... Bernanke told Congress there was little the Fed could do about Europe's problems. ... Bernanke said he believes the Fed's latest move to help the economy would...
  • Rick Perry was right on binational health insurance

    09/25/2011 12:37:10 AM PDT · by newzjunkey · 68 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 01:00 PM ET, 09/01/2011 | Sarah Kliff
    Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s endorsement of a “binational health insurance” program with Mexico has drawn increasing attention this week. Most of it points to a 2001 plan, where Perry lauded an “an important study that will look at the feasibility of binational health insurance” that could “treat maladies unique to this region.” “Binational health insurance” with the United States and Mexico doesn’t exactly make for a great sound bite in the Republican primaries. But the policy Perry discussed in that speech was actually a really good, conservative one that Texas would have been smart to implement. To clarify, what Perry...
  • (Live Thread) Republican Presidential Debate #6 - Sep. 22, 2011 - Orlando, FL. (9pm ET FOXNEWS)

    09/22/2011 2:55:26 PM PDT · by newzjunkey · 2,111 replies · 1+ views
    Broadcast on: FOXNEWS Broadcast time: 9pm EDT/6pm PDT The NINE(!) Candidates: Michele Bachmann Bachmann is serving her 3rd full term in the U.S. House. Founder of the House Tea Party Caucus, worked as a tax attorney, and was a foster mother for 23 teenagers. She is a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. Herman Cain Cain is the former chief executive of Godfather's Pizza and former chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. He lost the Georgia Republican primary for a U.S. Senate seat in 2004. He was recently the host of Atlanta-based radio show....
  • Rising food prices hit consumers at grocery checkout

    09/19/2011 4:12:08 PM PDT · by newzjunkey · 67 replies
    The Palm Beach Post ^ | 12:00 a.m. EDT, September 19, 2011 | Susan Salisbury
    … Beef, veal, pork, eggs and such dairy products as butter, milk and cheese have seen the biggest increases in the past year, said Richard Volpe, an economist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The price of groceries rose 5.4 percent from July 2010 to this July, according to the USDA's latest report. ... Now the rising cost of energy, the weaker dollar and growing global food demand are driving the price. Beef and veal prices are expected to increase as much as 8 percent this year, with pork projected to go up as much as 7.5 percent. Beef prices...
  • Tentative Deal Reached In Grocery Strike Negotiations

    09/19/2011 12:39:27 PM PDT · by newzjunkey · 8 replies
    10News ^ | 12:23 pm PDT September 19, 2011 | 10News
    A tentative deal has been struck in the negotiations between representatives from three supermarket chains and the union representing 62,000 Southland grocery store workers, the president of the workers union confirmed. ... Details of the agreement have not yet been made public. Any tentative agreement struck at the negotiation table will still have to be voted on by union members before it is approved. The agreement will be presented to union members for ratification later this week. Albertsons, Ralphs and Vons issued the following joint statement: "We are pleased to have reached a tentative settlement agreement with the union that...
  • TSA fires 28 over improper luggage screening at Honolulu airport

    09/18/2011 6:56:58 PM PDT · by newzjunkey · 14 replies
    CNN ^ | 4:44 PM EST, Sun September 18, 2011 | CNN Wire Staff
    The Transportation Security Administration fired 28 of its employees -- in addition to three that resigned or retired -- following a probe that revealed bags were allowed onto planes at Hawaii's Honolulu International Airport without being properly screened, the agency said Sunday. Another 15 people were suspended, the TSA reported in a statement. The moves come after the agency "completed the adjudication process" it had announced in June, months after the allegations first surfaced. ... In March, Honolulu's KITV 4 News reported that TSA officers assigned to a morning shift regularly allowed checked bags to be loaded onto flights on...
  • No Breakthroughs In Grocery Union Negotiations (SoCA, 7:10pm deadline)

    09/18/2011 6:14:11 PM PDT · by newzjunkey · 40 replies · 1+ views
    KFI News ^ | Sunday, September 18, 2011 | Rob Archer
    No breakthroughs were reported as round-the-clock negotiations approached a 7:10 p.m. strike deadline set by the union representing 62,000 grocery store clerks in Southern California. Albertsons, Ralphs and Vons officials continued to meet with the workers' representatives at an undisclosed location, while union stewards spent the day passing out picket signs. No grocery chain official would comment, but a union spokesman said no progress had been made today. Clerks at a pair of Ralphs and Vons supermarkets in Santa Monica today said both chains had not reduced their deliveries of fresh baked goods, produce, milk and meat to the stores....
  • 72-hour warning for grocery strike issued

    09/16/2011 7:50:27 AM PDT · by newzjunkey · 37 replies
    CNS ^ | Sept. 15, 2011 11:07 PM PDT
    The union representing Southland grocery workers issued a 72-hour notice Thursday night canceling the grocery contract extension, paving the way for a strike. "We returned to the bargaining table ready to compromise and make a deal that keeps our employers profitable but protects the jobs of our members," said a statement from the United Food and Commercial Workers, which represents workers at Ralphs, Vons and Albertsons. "Instead, we got more of the same stonewalling from management. They are unwilling to compromise and are more concerned about hoarding their billions in profits than reaching a fair deal for their employees. We...
  • Kiss of death: Jimmy Carter says he’d be “very pleased” to see Romney as GOP nominee

    09/15/2011 5:15:55 PM PDT · by newzjunkey · 15 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 8:03 PM ON SEPTEMBER 15, 2011 | ALLAHPUNDIT
    “I’m not taking a position, but I would be very pleased to see him win the Republican nomination,” Carter said on an interview on MSNBC set to air Thursday night. Carter also said he appreciated that Rep. Bachmann (R-Minn.) worked on Carter’s presidential campaign in 1976. Bachmann has mentioned how she was a Democrat during college but switched parties after because she disagreed with certain foreign and domestic policies of the left. “I know, and I appreciate that she helped me out!,” Carter said. Carter expressed confidence that Obama would be reelected. … Back in May, he also had high...
  • (LIVE THREAD!) Republican Presidential Debate #5 - Sep. 12, 2011 8pm/5pm: Tampa, FL (CNN)

    09/12/2011 7:14:30 AM PDT · by newzjunkey · 2,228 replies
    2012 Election Central ^ | Sept. 12, 2011 | CNN/Tea Party Express
    Broadcast on: CNN Broadcast time: 8pm EDT/5pm PDT The Candidates: Michele Bachmann Bachmann is serving her 3rd full term in the U.S. House. Founder of the House Tea Party Caucus, she earned a Master of Laws degree, worked as a tax attorney, and was a foster mother for 23 teenagers. She is a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. Herman Cain Cain is the former chief executive of Godfather's Pizza and former chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. He lost the Georgia Republican primary for a U.S. Senate seat in 2004. He was recently...
  • Tim Pawlenty endorses Romney

    09/12/2011 5:29:47 AM PDT · by newzjunkey · 35 replies
    Pawlenty Endorses Romney for President ^ | September 12, 2011 | Kristin Brown
    He may have dropped out of the running for the presidency, but Tim Pawlenty isn't sitting on the sidelines - the former presidential candidate has endorsed Mitt Romney for president... "There's one candidate in this race who's unmatched in his skills and experience and talent when it comes to turning around this economy and growing jobs, and that's Mitt Romney," Pawlenty said. "I believe he's going to be our party's nominee, and I think he's going to be a transformational and great president for this country." Romney's private sector experience, Pawlenty said, was a deciding factor in his endorsement, along...
  • Employers Say Jobs Plan Won’t Lead to Hiring Spur

    09/10/2011 1:57:53 PM PDT · by newzjunkey · 19 replies
    New York Times (via CNBC) ^ | Saturday, 10 Sep 2011 | 2:20 AM ET | Motoko Rich
    The dismal state of the economy is the main reason many companies are reluctant to hire workers, and few executives are saying that President Obama’s jobs plan — while welcomed — will change their minds any time soon. ... As President Obama faced an uphill battle in Congress to win support even for portions of the plan, many employers dismissed the notion that any particular tax break or incentive would be persuasive. Instead, they said they tended to hire more workers or expand when the economy improved. Companies are focused on jittery consumer confidence, an unstable stock market, perceived obstacles...
  • (San Diego) Boil Water Order Issued

    09/09/2011 2:14:26 PM PDT · by newzjunkey · 15 replies
    KOGO ^ | Friday, September 9, 2011 | Mike Hancock
    San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders issued the order after a sewage spill dumped over 3 million gallons of sewage into the Los Penasquitos Lagoon and the Sweetwater River. Precautionary boil-water orders were issued for the following areas: Otay Mesa, Redwood Village(in College area), Tierrasanta, San Carlos, La Jolla, Bernardo Heights and Scripps Ranch. Reduced water pressure in those areas was caused by the lack of backup generators at several water pump stations. Due to the power outage on September 8, 2011, the City of San Diego Public Utilities Department, in conjunction with the California Department of Public Health, are advising...
  • (LIVE THREAD!) Republican Presidential Debate #4 - Sep. 7, 2011 8pm/5pm: Reagan Library, CA (MSNBC)

    09/07/2011 1:53:42 PM PDT · by newzjunkey · 2,108 replies · 1+ views
    Broadcast on: MSNBC Broadcast time: 8pm EDT/5pm PDT The Candidates: Michele Bachmann Bachmann is serving her 3rd full term in the U.S. House. Founder of the House Tea Party Caucus, she earned a Master of Laws degree, worked as a tax attorney, and was a foster mother for 23 teenagers. She is a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. Herman Cain Cain is the former chief executive of Godfather's Pizza and former chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. He lost the Georgia Republican primary for a U.S. Senate seat in 2004. He was recently...
  • Hot Air Candidate Survey: September Results (Palin 2nd)

    09/06/2011 6:59:00 AM PDT · by newzjunkey · 13 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 8:45 AM ON SEPTEMBER 2, 2011 | PATRICK ISHMAEL
  • (Palin) Welcome, Union Brothers and Sisters

    09/06/2011 3:20:53 AM PDT · by newzjunkey · 105 replies
    Sarah Palin Facebook page ^ | Tuesday, September 6, 2011 at 2:50am | Sarah Palin
    In my speech on Saturday in Iowa, I said: “Between bailouts for Wall Street cronies and stimulus projects for union bosses’ security and ‘green energy’ giveaways, [Barack Obama] took care of his friends. And now they’re on course to raise a billion dollars for his re-election bid so that they can do it all over again.” This was shamefully on display yesterday at President Obama’s taxpayer-funded campaign rally in Detroit. In introducing the President, Teamsters President James Hoffa represented precisely what I was talking about as he declared war on concerned independent Americans and on the freshman members we sent...
  • Did Obama Administration Cut Corners For a Green Energy Company? (Solyndra)

    09/02/2011 6:34:54 AM PDT · by newzjunkey · 11 replies
    ABC News & iWatch ^ | May 24, 2011 | By MATTHEW MOSK and RONNIE GREENE
    The Obama administration bypassed procedural steps meant to protect taxpayers as it hurried to approve an energy loan guarantee to a politically-connected California solar power startup, ABC News and the Center for Public Integrity's iWatch News have learned …The Energy Department in March 2009 announced its intention to award Solyndra Inc. a $535 million loan guarantee before receiving final copies of outside reviews typically used to vet such deals. ...The loan guarantee, the administration's first for a clean energy project, benefited a company whose prime financial backers include Oklahoma oil billionaire George Kaiser, a "bundler" of campaign donations. Kaiser raised...
  • U.S. files to block AT&T bid for T-Mobile: source

    08/31/2011 8:04:59 AM PDT · by newzjunkey · 1 replies
    Reuters ^ | Wed Aug 31, 2011 10:59am EDT | Reuters
    The Obama administration on Wednesday filed to block AT&T's proposed acquisition of wireless rival T-Mobile USA ...
  • Rep. Carson: Tea party wants to see African Americans ‘hanging on a tree’

    08/31/2011 12:25:56 AM PDT · by newzjunkey · 72 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 10:06 PM ET, 08/30/2011 | Felicia Sonmez
    A leading member of the Congressional Black Caucus is standing by incendiary language he used at a recent town hall when he charged that tea-party aligned members of Congress view African Americans as “second-class citizens” and would like to see them “hanging on a tree.” Rep. Andre Carson’s (D-Ind.) office confirmed that the lawmaker made the remarks at an Aug. 22 CBC Job Tour event in Miami and said that the comments were “prompted in response to frustration voiced by many in Miami and in his home district in Indianapolis regarding Congress’ inability to bolster the economy.” …
  • Gov. Rick Perry Signs NOM Marriage Pledge

    08/26/2011 10:37:32 PM PDT · by newzjunkey · 154 replies
    National Organization For Marriage ^ | AUGUST 26, 2011 – 12:36 PM | NOM
    WASHINGTON – The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) released the following statement today announcing that Gov. Rick Perry has signed their marriage pledge: "Kudos to Gov. Rick Perry for making it clear: he's a marriage champion!," said Brian Brown, president of NOM. "The purpose of NOM's Marriage Pledge is to move from vague values statements to concrete actions to protect marriage. Gov. Perry joins Michele Bachmann, Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum as a signer of NOM Marriage Pledge. By doing so, Perry makes crystal clear that, contrary to the conventional wisdom, gay marriage is going to be a bigger issue...