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  • The George Bush You Forgot (The Libertarian George Bush Who Was Against Nation Building)

    11/18/2013 11:36:19 AM PST · by Skeez · 27 replies
    Youtube ^ | Uploaded on Aug 15, 2008 | merrimac290
    Youtube Video link. Short video from 2000 campaign. Unbelievable.
  • Thanksgiving Day: The True Story

    11/21/2012 6:52:30 AM PST · by Skeez · 7 replies
    Reprinted from The Progress Report ^ | November 22, 2004 | Fred Foldvary
    The Thanksgiving Day that millions of Americans celebrate, with turkey and stuffing, is a myth. The true history was forgotten long ago, and even most of the history books have it wrong. The myth goes like this: The Pilgrims landed in 1620 and founded the Colony of New Plymouth. They had a difficult first winter, but survived with the help of the Indians. In the fall of 1621, the grateful Pilgrims held their first Thanksgiving Day and invited the Indians to a big Thanksgiving-Day feast with turkey and pumpkins. There was indeed a big feast in 1621, but it was...
  • Kind of an Awkward Moment for Romney Last Night (Vanity)

    10/17/2012 8:11:36 AM PDT · by Skeez · 33 replies
    Did anyone else raise an eyebrow during Romney's response the following Question? Q: In what new ways do you intend to rectify the inequalities in the workplace, specifically regarding females making only 72 percent of what their male counterparts earn? MR. ROMNEY: And I brought us whole binders full of — of women. I was proud of the fact that after I staffed (I heard "stuffed") my cabinet and my senior staff that the University of New York in Albany did a survey of all 50 states and concluded that mine had more women in senior leadership positions than any...
  • Biden Viewed Unfavorably, Divided Opinions about Ryan

    10/12/2012 6:28:45 AM PDT · by Skeez · 19 replies
    Pew Research Center ^ | October 10, 2012
    OVERVIEW Ahead of Thursday’s vice presidential debate, more voters view Joe Biden unfavorably than favorably, while opinions about Paul Ryan are more evenly divided. Biden’s image is far less positive than it was shortly before his 2008 debate with Sarah Palin; Ryan is viewed less favorably than Palin was just prior to the last vice-presidential debate. The national survey by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press, conducted Oct. 4-7 among 1,511 adults, including 1,201 registered voters, finds that 39% of voters view Biden favorably, while 51% offer an unfavorable impression of the vice president. Just more...
  • D.C. schools set new achievement targets for students by race and income

    09/19/2012 4:58:45 AM PDT · by Skeez · 19 replies
    Washington Post ^ | September 18 | Emma Brown
    Every public school in the United States has aimed for the same goal over the past decade: that all students be proficient in math and reading by 2014. But that noble ambition, educators and experts almost universally agree, was never realistic. Now, in the District and many states, goals over the next five years tend to be lower for black, Hispanic and poor children than they are for white and Asian students, and in the District, they tend to be higher at schools in affluent areas than in poor neighborhoods. It’s a policy shift that strikes some parents as a...
  • Police praise man who drove Hummer into car speeding toward kids in crosswalk (Feel Good Story)

    09/06/2012 6:44:25 AM PDT · by Skeez · 35 replies
    EDMONTON - Darrell Krushelnicki didn’t have much time to think before he jammed down on the gas pedal and drove his Hummer into the path of a speeding car. He was in Edmonton visiting his parents for the weekend and had just dropped off his girlfriend at the Bonnie Doon Mall on Friday afternoon. As he was leaving the parking lot at 84th Avenue and 83rd Street, he spotted a silver Pontiac careening toward four children in a crosswalk. “You just had that feeling where you knew something bad was going to happen. I had to get in front of...
  • Daily Presidential Tracking Poll (Obama plummets to near all time low of -22)

    06/22/2012 7:24:07 AM PDT · by Skeez · 13 replies
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | Friday, June 22, 2012
    The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Friday shows Mitt Romney attracting 48% of the vote, while President Obama earns 43%. Six percent (6%) prefer some other candidate, and another three percent (3%) are undecided. The president picks up support from just 35% of white voters overall. That’s eight points below the 43% of the white vote he won in 2008. Among white Democrats, 17% currently plan to vote for Romney. Just 33% now believe the president is doing a good or excellent job when it comes to the economy. That’s down from 41% at the beginning of May....
  • GOP, Holder open to talks before contempt vote

    06/21/2012 6:12:45 AM PDT · by Skeez · 28 replies
    AP ^ | 6/21/2012 | LARRY MARGASAK
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Both House Republican officials and Attorney General Eric Holder say they're willing to negotiate an end to a potential constitutional confrontation in a dispute related to the botched "Fast and Furious" gun-tracking operation. The conflict turned nastier Wednesday, when a House committee voted to hold the attorney general in contempt and President Barack Obama invoked executive privilege to avoid turning over some documents related to the operation. However, House Republican leaders said they were willing to negotiate if the administration turned over more emails and memos. And Holder said Thursday that resolving the conflict through negotiation was...
  • Most Favor Stricter Regulation of Coal Plant Emissions But Recognize Energy Will Cost More

    04/18/2012 2:12:59 PM PDT · by Skeez · 19 replies ^ | Wednesday, April 18, 2012
    The Obama administration has proposed tighter restrictions on carbon dioxide emissions which critics believe will discourage construction of new coal power plants. Several states that rely heavily on the coal industry are challenging the new rules, but a majority of voters nationwide favor them. Most recognize, however, that the new rules will drive up energy costs. The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of Likely U.S. Voters shows that 53% favor new environmental regulations that place stricter limits on carbon dioxide emissions from new power plants. Twenty-nine percent (29%) oppose the new regulations, and 18% are not sure about them.
  • Santorum Tells Puerto Ricans to Adopt English for Statehood

    03/15/2012 7:52:12 AM PDT · by Skeez · 95 replies
    townhall ^ | 3/15/12 | Kevin Glass
    Campaigning in Puerto Rico today, Rick Santorum said that Puerto Ricans needed to adopt English as their official language if they wanted to make a serious push for U.S. statehood. Santorum is in Puerto Rico making his pitch for the GOP's primary on Sunday. "Like any other state, there has to be compliance with this and any other federal law," Santorum said. "And that is that English has to be the principal language. There are other states with more than one language such as Hawaii but to be a state of the United States, English has to be the principal...
  • Is Sandra Fluke Gay?

    03/05/2012 8:21:37 AM PST · by Skeez · 56 replies
    Macsmind ^ | 3/1 | macranger
    Fluke has been called a slut. Not only for sleeping herself through law school, but for pimping herself off as some kind of “reproductive rights” expert. But today I received an email from someone who claims to be from Georgetown stating that Sandra Fluke really isn’t who she says she is. That is heterosexual, and that she is in fact gay. I have no idea if the email is real or fake. I don’t care if she’s gay or not. Having family members who are gay I’m not homophobic. The email headers check out and it appears legit. The writer...
  • Birth Control Question Booed

    02/23/2012 4:28:25 AM PST · by Skeez · 9 replies
    See video
  • More Voters Than Ever Blame Bush, Not Obama, for Bad Economy

    02/09/2012 7:35:51 AM PST · by Skeez · 43 replies · 1+ views
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | Thursday, February 09, 2012
    Voter confidence in President Obama’s handling of the economy is at its highest level in a year’s time. That’s in line with the recent upticks in overall economic confidence and in Obama’s job approval ratings as measured by the Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll. Forty percent (40%) of Likely U.S. Voters now rate the president’s performance in the economic area as good or excellent, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey. That’s up from 36% a week ago and is the highest positive finding since the first week in February 2011. Obama seldom has cracked the 40%...
  • Victims of military rape deserve justice

    02/09/2012 6:56:44 AM PST · by Skeez · 12 replies · 1+ views
    CNN ^ | 2.8.12 | Jackie Speier
    (CNN) -- Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta has announced new initiatives to curtail what he calls "the epidemic" of rape and sexual assaults in our armed forces. In 2010, an estimated 19,000 service members were raped or sexually assaulted by other service members. Clearly, more resources devoted to counseling for victims and training for prosecutors and judges will help. But the incidence of unpunished rapes will continue and so will the damaging effects these illegal acts have on troop morale and preparedness. This epidemic requires an overhaul of the military justice system. The military's chain of command structure keeps most...
  • State of the Union registers at 8th grade reading level

    01/25/2012 7:55:46 AM PST · by Skeez · 35 replies
    politico ^ | 1/25/12 | BYRON TAU
    President Obama's 2012 State of the Union address again rated at an 8th grade comprehension level, on the Flesch-Kincaid readability test — the third lowest score of any State of the Union address since 1934. The University of Minnesota's Smart Politics conducted an analysis on the last 70 State of the Union addresses and found that President Obama's three addresses have the lowest grade average of any modern president. "Obama's average grade-level score of 8.4 is more than two grades lower than the 10.7 grade average for the other 67 addresses written by his 12 predecessors," they conclude. "The Flesch-Kincaid...
  • {Vanity} Are the admins considering a comment rating system update?

    01/16/2012 6:45:04 AM PST · by Skeez · 56 replies · 1+ views
    Many other forums/comment sections include a variety of rating systems (i.e. macrumors, reddit, yahoo...) I find some of these particularly helpful when navigating different posts. I often find myself scanning comments in an effort to gauge the overall sentiment of the freerepublic users on a particular story as I hold this forum in high esteem and value the opinions of those on this site. I also believe it would be nice to get feedback on our own posts, whether in the form of up-votes, thumbs, stars, etc. Anyone else out there want some sort of simple comment rating system?
  • Penn Camera files for Chapter 11

    01/04/2012 11:06:11 AM PST · by Skeez · 11 replies
    Washington Business Journal ^ | January 4, 2012 | Missy Frederick
    Beltsville-based Penn Camera Exchange Inc. announced on its website Wednesday that it has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The company will immediately close five retail locations: Laurel, Fair Lakes, Springfield, 18th Street NW and Pikesville, Md. The future is unclear for the three remaining stores — in Rockville Federal Plaza, Tysons Corner and 18th Street NW — but those locations will be holding clearance sales. Penn Camera's bankruptcy filing was not immediately available online. Company officials did not return requests for comment. "A dramatic decline in sales performance during the preceding holiday period has precipitated this action," the company's...
  • Missing $4,155? It Went Into Your Gas Tank This Year

    12/20/2011 9:01:07 AM PST · by Skeez · 32 replies ^ | 12.19.2011 | AP
    It's been 30 years since gasoline took such a big bite out of the family budget. When the gifts from Grandma are unloaded and holiday travel is over, the typical American household will have spent $4,155 filling up this year, a record. That is 8.4 percent of what the median family takes in, the highest share since 1981. Gas averaged more than $3.50 a gallon this year, another unfortunate record. And next year isn't likely to bring relief. In the past, high gas prices in the United States have gone hand-in-hand with economic good times, making them less damaging to...
  • Obama: Women can make world more peaceful

    12/19/2011 10:22:30 AM PST · by Skeez · 84 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 12.19.2011 | Dave Boyer
    <p>Two days after ending the war in Iraq, President Obama on Monday issued a “national action plan” aimed at giving women a bigger role in resolving conflicts around the world.</p> <p>“Deadly conflicts can be more effectively avoided, and peace can be best forged and sustained when women become equal partners in all aspects of peace-building and conflict prevention,” the White House said in a 26-page document.</p>
  • Sasha and Malia Obama’s School Opts For Japanese Food (

    12/07/2011 6:24:17 AM PST · by Skeez · 52 replies · 1+ views
    WASHINGTON (WUSA) — What are President Obama’s kids eating at school on Pearl Harbor day? Japanese fare, of course! Sidwell Friends School’s website shows the menu for Wednesday December 7th, 2011, the 70th anniversary of Pearl Harbor Day, as an Asian food day. Pearl Harbor Day is usually a time of remembrance for Americans. On December 7th, 1941, thousands of Americans died in a sneak attack on Pearl Harbor Navy base in Hawaii. An attack that thrust the U.S. into World War II. That was the bloodiest day on U.S. soil until the 2001 September 11th attacks on Washington, New...
  • American Airlines Files for Bankruptcy Protection

    11/29/2011 4:56:06 AM PST · by Skeez · 31 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 29, 201 | Associated Press
    FORT WORTH, Texas – American Airlines and American Eagle's parent companies are filing for bankruptcy protection. AMR Corp. and AMR Eagle Holding Corp. said Tuesday that they filed voluntary petitions to reorganize, saying it's in the best interest of the companies and its shareholders.
  • Detroit cops abandon posts to protest pay cuts

    11/21/2011 1:07:21 PM PST · by Skeez · 53 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 11/20/2011 | Joel Gehrke
    Sixteen Detroit police officers failed to finish their scheduled shifts on Friday. The unannounced work-stoppage was an apparent protest against the Detroit mayor's planned reductions in pay for police, one part of a larger package intended to address the city's financial crisis. The apparent protest was a "concerted effort isolated to one shift at one district," Detroit Police Chief Ralph Godbee Jr. explained in a statement. The police officers left during their 4-8 pm shift on Friday, according to the Detroit News. Earlier in the week, Mayor Dave Bing warned police officers to expect a 10 percent pay cut in...
  • There are more Porsches in Greece than taxpayers declaring 50,000 euro incomes (abridged title)

    11/21/2011 12:57:06 PM PST · by Skeez · 17 replies · 1+ views ^ | 10/31/2011 | Ian Cowie
    Jubilation about the German deal to save the euro could prove short-lived if fresh news of Greek tax evasion gains wider currency. There are more Porsche Cayennes registered in Greece than taxpayers declaring an income of 50,000 euros (£43,800) or more, according to research by Professor Herakles Polemarchakis, former head of the Greek prime minister’s economic department. While German car workers may take pride in this evidence of their export success, German taxpayers may be less keen to bail out a nation whose population appears to take such a cavalier approach to paying its fiscal dues. Never mind all that...
  • Occupy DC by the numbers: Protest cost nears $1 million

    11/21/2011 10:31:40 AM PST · by Skeez · 6 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 12:07 PM ET, 11/21/2011 | Katie Rogers
    Occupy DC has cost taxpayers nearly $1 million over the past two months, Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D) told WJLA-TV last week. These numbers don’t include the cost of a three-hour standoff protesters engaged in with police Saturday night. Officers ultimately arrested 13 protesters who had entered an abandoned historic building in downtown Washington. (Gray said Monday that the building’s redevelopment is a “tier one priority,” according to the Post’s Mike DeBonis.) But Thursday’s Key Bridge protest, which resulted in no arrests, cost the Department of Transportation $4,000. Before the weekend, police staffing had amounted to $870,000 — $22,000 per...
  • Pepper Spray Video at UC Davis and Implication of Violence(Vanity)

    11/21/2011 7:45:51 AM PST · by Skeez · 29 replies
    See the video at the link. Skip to the 6 minute mark. The leader of the occupiers tell the police to leave with their weapons and that the occupiers in exchange will "give them a moment of peace". This is when the police chillingly group and start to back away slowly. The protesters then taunt and cheer their victory. Am I the only one that is outraged by the implication of violence from the protesters against armed policemen? Do you get a chill up your spine like I do when you see the police slowly back away as if they...
  • UC Davis police chief on leave after pepper spraying

    11/21/2011 7:19:52 AM PST · by Skeez · 21 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | 11/21/2011 | Jason Dearen
    he president of the University of California system said he was "appalled" at images of protesters being doused with pepper spray and plans an assessment of law enforcement procedures on all 10 campuses, as two police officers and the police chief were placed on administrative leave. "Free speech is part of the DNA of this university, and non-violent protest has long been central to our history," UC President Mark G. Yudof said in a statement Sunday in response to the spraying of students sitting passively at UC Davis. "It is a value we must protect with vigilance." Yudof said it...
  • Mitt Romney Fundraising With A Solyndra Lobbyist

    10/26/2011 11:31:37 AM PDT · by Skeez · 6 replies
    WSJ ^ | 10.26.2011 | Sam Stein
    <p>WASHINGTON -- Among the well-placed Washington crowd feting former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney on Wednesday is a former lobbyist for Solyndra, the now-defunct solar energy...</p>
  • Too much pink? Why all the focus on Breast Cancer? (Vanity)

    10/09/2011 10:35:55 AM PDT · by Skeez · 81 replies
    Watching football with about every player trimmed out in pink, from their shoe laces to their chin guards, I wonder, "Does prostate cancer have a month?" They do. It's September, but I don't recall any baby blue ribbons or TV adds with celebrities alerting me to that fact. Please don't misunderstand me, I do not mean to take anything away from the commendable efforts by the NFL, other organizations, and common people in their pursuit to rid the world of this devastating disease. However, I did some research and discovered that there didn't appear to be any statistical significance to...
  • Sarah Palin's Role - Her Words [Vanity]

    10/05/2011 4:16:49 PM PDT · by Skeez · 57 replies
    Sarah Palin has announced she will not run for President of the Unitd States. She announced this a few minutes ago on the Mark Levin show. Listening to the show, I've transcribed Sarah Palin own words regarding her role in this upcoming election: Levin: ...I just want to reassure them. You're not going anywhere and you're going to be a voice out there for them. Correct? Palin: That's true, Mark. I'm gonna join you in this mission to help wake up America to what's going on in our country. I believe I can be more effective and I can be...
  • Will Refinancing Stimulate the Economy?

    08/31/2011 6:02:57 AM PDT · by Skeez · 15 replies
    WSJ ^ | Alan Zibel
    It sounds like an easy way to stimulate the economy: The government, working through mortgage finance companies Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, could refinance millions of American homeowners’ loans at today’s rock-bottom interest rates and put more money in Americans’ pockets at a time when the economy is staggering. But doing so is more complicated than it sounds. Some economists have argued that the Obama administration should launch a massive refinance program, benefiting even those who aren’t actually applying. But that option appears to be impractical, analysts say, partly because investors in mortgage-backed securities could challenge the government’s right to...
  • Dow Jones Futures at -250...11,155 (vanity)

    08/07/2011 4:59:57 PM PDT · by Skeez · 51 replies
    I believe it will dip under 11,000, but I don't see it going much farther down than 10,500 next week. I expect it to bounce around a lot while margin calls and shorts covering add some turbulence. If you are on the sidelines, there should be some attractive bargains presenting themselves. If you are holding (as I am) trying to weather the storm may be difficult to do but may be better than letting your shares go too cheap.
  • Poll: Debt deal bad for John Boehner

    08/05/2011 5:44:17 AM PDT · by Skeez · 19 replies
    POLITICO ^ | 8/4/11 8:51 PM EDT | RUSS WALKER
    House Speaker John Boehner boasted this week that he got 98 percent of what he wanted out of the debt and deficit negotiations with the White House and Senate Democrats. But Boehner’s apparent victory may be a Pyrrhic one. A new national poll not only finds record low approval ratings for Congress overall, but it also shows the American public disapproving of how congressional Republicans and the tea party handled the debt talks. Fifty-seven percent of Americans disapprove of the way Boehner is handling his job, according to a New York Times/CBS News survey released Thursday evening. The speaker’s disapproval...
  • Frustrated Lithuanian Mayor Boards Tank, Crushes Car to Send Pro-Bike Message [Video]

    08/03/2011 6:28:49 AM PDT · by Skeez · 10 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 02, 2011
    <p>A Eastern European mayor frustrated over people illegally parking their luxury vehicles in his city's designated bike lanes boarded a tank to make sure his message would be heard "loud and clear."</p> <p>Arturas Zuokas, mayor of Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania, released a video featuring himself at the controls of an eight-wheeled, camouflaged tank running over and crushing an illegally parked Mercedes Benz.</p>
  • Supreme Court blocks states’ global warming suit against power companies

    06/20/2011 7:43:01 AM PDT · by Skeez · 24 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Monday, June 20, 10:14 AM | Associated Press
    WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court has blocked a federal lawsuit by states and conservation groups trying to force cuts in greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. The court said Monday that the authority to seek reductions in emissions rests with the Environmental Protection Agency, not the courts. The ruling was 8-0. EPA says it will decide by next year whether to order utilities to cut emissions of carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas. The lawsuit targeted the five largest emitters of carbon dioxide in the United States, four private companies and the federal Tennessee Valley Authority. The Obama administration sided with...
  • The killing of bin Laden: Was it legal?

    05/05/2011 5:27:14 AM PDT · by Skeez · 48 replies
    cnn ^ | 5/5/2011 | Alan Silverleib
    (CNN) -- Was the killing of Osama bin Laden legal under international law? The administration says yes, absolutely. Experts are unsure. Attorney General Eric Holder told members of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday that the U.S. raid on bin Laden's compound was lawful "as an act of national self-defense." "He was the head of al Qaeda, an organization that had conducted the attacks of September the 11th," Holder said. "It's lawful to target an enemy commander in the field." The raid on Obama's compound "was conducted in a manner fully consistent with the laws of war," White House Press...
  • 61% See President Obama As More Liberal Than They Are

    03/10/2011 8:26:59 AM PST · by Skeez · 24 replies
    Rasmussen Reports. ^ | Wednesday, March 09, 2011
    A majority of voters still believe President Obama is more ideologically liberal than they are. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of Likely U.S. Voters shows that just 24% think the president's ideological views are about the same as theirs. Sixty-one percent (61%) believe the president is more liberal than they are, up four points from 57% in August. Only 11% see him as more conservative. (To see survey question wording, click here.) Among Democrats, 45% say Obama's views generally match their own, while 29% say he is more liberal than they are and 19% say he's more conservative....
  • World’s youngest granny is just 23

    03/07/2011 7:56:42 AM PST · by Skeez · 32 replies ^ | 3/7/2011
    A WIFE told yesterday how she became the world's youngest gran - at just 23. Mum-of-two Rifca Stanescu was 12 when she had her first child Maria. She urged the girl not to follow her example - but Maria gave birth to son Ion while only 11. Rifca had married jewellery seller Ionel Stanescu when she was 11 and he was 13. They eloped because Rifca feared her father wanted her to marry another village lad in Investi, Romania. She was forgiven when she had her daughter - making her mum, also Maria, a great-gran at 40. Son Nicolae was...
  • US Navy commandos capture 4 suspected pirates in raid on tanker

    03/07/2011 4:54:52 AM PST · by Skeez · 13 replies
    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Anti-piracy officials say U.S. commandos have captured four suspected pirates who boarded a Japanese-owned oil tanker off the coast of Oman. A statement by the international anti-piracy task force says the 24 crew members on the MV Guanabara took refuge in a protected part of the vessel after reporting they were under attack Saturday. A special unit from the destroyer USS Bulkeley boarded the tanker Sunday and detained the suspected pirates about 328 nautical miles southeast of Duqm in southern Oman. The statement said no shots were fired and the merchant crew was not harmed....
  • NASA: (Global Warming) Observation satellite fails to reach orbit

    03/04/2011 5:23:14 AM PST · by Skeez · 55 replies
    AP ^ | Mar 4, 7:48 AM EST
    VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AP) -- A rocket that blasted off early Friday carrying an Earth-observation satellite has failed to reach orbit, NASA said. The Taurus XL rocket carrying NASA's Glory satellite lifted off about 2:10 a.m. PST from Vandenberg Air Force Base, officials said . But NASA said in a brief statement that a protective shell or fairing atop the rocket did not separate from the satellite as it should have about three minutes after the launch. That left the Glory spacecraft without the velocity to reach orbit, NASA launch commentator George Diller said. "The flight was going...
  • GM sells just 281 Chevy Volts in February, Nissan only moves 67 Leafs

    03/04/2011 5:03:02 AM PST · by Skeez · 49 replies ^ | Mar 1st 2011 | Sebastian Blanco
    Peruse Chevrolet's February sales release, and you'll notice one number that's blatantly missing: the number of Chevy Volts sold. The number – a very modest 281 – is available in the company's detailed data (PDF), but it certainly isn't something that GM wants to highlight, apparently. Keeping the number quiet is a bit understandable, since it's lower than the 321 that Chevy sold in January. Nissan doesn't have anything to brag about here, either (and it didn't avoiding any mention of the Leaf sales in its press release). Why? Well, back in January, the company sold 87 Leafs. In February?...
  • The FDA and Slower Cures

    The bureaucratic assault on cancer treatments. The White House now claims it is so alarmed about declining private pharmaceutical research that the government must create a new multibillion-dollar R&D center. Perhaps it should consult the Food and Drug Administration, which thinks it is approving too many new drugs, especially for serious diseases like cancer. That's the message of this month's remarkable FDA hearing to grill six major drug makers on the alleged shortcomings of the "accelerated approval" process. Congress created this fast-track for promising drugs for unmet medical needs in 1992, but the FDA bureaucracy thinks it is too friendly...
  • Device Review Slowdown Across FDA Impacting Medical Device Jobs

    02/22/2011 5:40:03 AM PST · by Skeez · 3 replies ^ | 2/22/11 | Chris Taylor
    The California Healthcare Institute (CHI) and The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) have released a report highlighting the critical role of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in today’s biomedical research and innovation ecosystem, and the need for a strong, science-based agency and an efficient, consistent and transparent regulatory process. The report, , titled “Competitiveness and Regulation: The FDA and the Future of America’s Biomedical Industry”, has underlined that an increasingly unpredictable approval process at the FDA has negatively impacted public health, the economy, job creation, American competitiveness and innovation. This report represents the first study to quantify approval timelines...
  • Obama's budget would cut heat subsidies for poor

    02/14/2011 5:50:29 AM PST · by Skeez · 53 replies
    CNN Money ^ | 02/12/2011 | Charles Riley
    <p>NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- President Obama's 2012 budget will propose cutting $2.5 billion from a program that helps low-income people cope with high energy costs in the cold of winter and heat of summer, according to a source familiar with the budget process.</p>
  • New Estate Tax Law Poses Dilemma For The Rich

    02/03/2011 6:20:40 AM PST · by Skeez · 21 replies
    Forbes ^ | Deborah L. Jacobs
    Sometimes I just can't help pitying rich folks. Lately it's because the new tax law gives them yet another high-class quandary: Should they rush to give away everything to their kids during the next two years in order to save future estate tax? That's precisely what some financial pundits are now suggesting they do. Their advice grows out of the estate tax overhaul President Obama signed in December. It raises the tax-free limit on lifetime gifts from $1 million to a hefty $5 million ($10 million for married couples) before a gift tax applies. When it does, the rate is...
  • Senate GOP to try to force health care repeal vote

    02/01/2011 11:32:23 AM PST · by Skeez · 13 replies
    MSNBC ^ | 2/1/11 | Ken Strickland and Kelly O’Donnell
    GOP sources tell NBC News that Republican Leader Mitch McConnell will try to force a Senate vote on the House-passed motion to repeal the health care reform law this week. As early as today, McConnell will offer the repeal as an amendment to an unrelated aviation bill that the Senate is slated to consider this afternoon. McConnell has pledged to use the rules of the Senate to push for a vote on repeal, although Democrats have some procedural tools at their disposal that could be used to prevent a final vote. While it’s unlikely that the GOP will gain the...
  • (Mega Hurl) Obama Vs. Reagan: Who's More Conservative?

    01/27/2011 1:18:50 PM PST · by Skeez · 17 replies
    MSNBC Video on Youtube (Dylan Ratigan)
  • US Auto Dealers Resist White House Plan For Plug-In Tax Credits

    01/27/2011 11:57:13 AM PST · by Skeez · 19 replies
    FOX Business ^ | 01/27/2011 | Josh Mitchell
    WASHINGTON -(Dow Jones)- U.S. auto dealers are resisting a White House proposal that would require them to temporarily cover federal tax credits for consumers who purchase plug-in electric cars. The government currently offers tax credits of up to $7,500 for the purchase of electric vehicles. Consumers claim the credit on their tax returns. The White House proposed this week allowing consumers to receive the rebate at the dealership, with dealers temporarily covering the credit and being reimbursed later by the federal government. The change would lift sales of plug-ins, the White House said. The National Automobile Dealers Association, a trade...
  • Ontario health minister warns doomsaying docs

    01/27/2011 8:42:13 AM PST · by Skeez · 6 replies
    Toronto Sun ^ | 01/27/2011 | JOHN MINER
    LONDON, Ont. - Family doctors warning that Ontario's health system could collapse within a decade should be ready to do some of the heavy lifting, Ontario's health minister says. "It's time family physicians understand that providing after-hours care is something that they should be considering very seriously," Deb Matthews of London, Ont., said Wednesday. Matthews was reacting to a just-released report by the Ontario College of Family Physicians calling for immediate action to save Ontario's system. The report, by the organization that represents 9,300 Ontario family doctors, points to patient reliance on congested emergency departments and walk-in clinics. That reliance...
  • Rep. Ryan Is Republican Point Man

    01/25/2011 6:28:35 AM PST · by Skeez · 16 replies
    Fox News ^ | 01/25/2011
    When Rep. Paul Ryan delivers the Republican response to President Barack Obama's State of the Union address Tuesday, many viewers will get their first look at a man whom GOP leaders are trusting to manage a central policy issue—how to cut the federal budget—that could shape the party's image for years. While unknown to most Americans, Ryan, 40 years old, has established himself as a leading conservative thinker on federal spending, shaped in part by his early work for supply-side icon Jack Kemp. Now, Republicans not only have made Ryan chairman of the House Budget Committee, but on Tuesday the...
  • Top 10 Endangered Places in the Southeast Identified by the SELC

    01/18/2011 6:44:22 AM PST · by Skeez · 3 replies
    pr newswire ^ | 1/18/11
    CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va., Jan. 18, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC), which has used the power of the law to defend the South's natural resources for 25 years, today released its third annual list of the top ten places in the South that face immediate, potentially irreversible damage in 2011. This year's list shows that the nation's most urgent environmental issues are playing out in the Southeast, especially the way we produce and use energy. For more detailed descriptions of each endangered area, SELC's protection efforts, photographs and video, visit "Our region is headed down a path...