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  • Donors line up behind Kasich Super PAC planning Trump attack

    11/23/2015 5:33:08 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    Reuters ^ | November 22, 2015 | Emily Flitter
    Nearly a dozen big Republican donors backing different presidential candidates are coming together to help fund an advertising campaign attacking front-runner Donald Trump, who faced sharp criticism from rivals this week for his inflammatory comments about Muslims. Matt David, spokesman for the group planning the attack, a Super PAC called New Day for America, which is supporting Ohio Governor John Kasich's presidential bid, said 10 new donors had pledged money in the two days since Politico reported Thursday evening the group's plans to attack Trump in New Hampshire....
  • 22 Times Obama Admin Declared Climate Change a Greater Threat than Terrorism

    11/15/2015 5:08:55 AM PST · by HomerBohn · 28 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 11/14/2015 | Jerome Hudson
    (watch video at link) ISIS has taken responsibility for the horrifying attacks in Paris that have left more than 150 dead and hundreds wounded. French President Francois Hollande is calling for the closure of his country's borders. President Barack Obama didn't condemn Islamic radicals for the attacks, but he did call them "an outrageous attempt to terrorize innocent civilians" and "an attack on all of humanity and the universal values we share." Friday's deadly attacks thwarted Al Gore's long-planned Paris webcast and star-studded concert to promote climate change awareness. "Out of solidarity with the French people and the City...
  • Obama Lines Up Crony Capitalist Support for Climate Pact

    11/14/2015 8:10:56 AM PST · by HomerBohn · 18 replies
    The New American ^ | 11/13/2015 | William F. Jasper
    With many analysts predicting that the upcoming United Nations Climate Summit in Paris will fail to produce an ambitious, binding global agreement, President Obama is hoping to come to the rescue. He does not want a repeat of the 2009 UN confab in Copenhagen, where he was roundly dissed by his green supporters for "failing to seal the deal." The president has loads of friends on Wall Street. As the grand sugar daddy handing out corporate welfare, Obama has taken the White House pay-to-play game to new stratospheric levels, as even many of his media allies and erstwhile supporters...
  • Why Millionaires Like Hillary Clinton: Here's why the Democrats are the Real Party of the Rich

    11/10/2015 8:40:21 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 11/10/2015 | Tyler O'Neil
    Photo courtesy AP Images Hillary Clinton has one key part of the electorate already in the tank for her candidacy — millionaires and CEOs. In Congress, Democrats represent the richest and most unequal districts in America. While liberal pundits attack the GOP as the party of the rich, the real plutocrats are on the other side of the aisle.How can this be? The Democrats rail against the abuses of the "one percent" and run on a platform of reducing income inequality, but the rich continue to support them. Liberals attack unregulated markets, call for unrealistic "green energy" proposals, and...
  • Was That Bernie Blasting Corporate Welfare? Nope. Koch.

    11/03/2015 7:03:35 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 8 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Who said it? "Get rid of all this corporatism, this corporate welfare . . . I would love to have the government stop this corporate welfare--that's what I want . . . This is a huge racket that's wrecking the country." Did you guess Bernie Sanders? Probably not because you read the headline. Yet no one could be blamed for thinking it was Sanders. But indeed, it was Charles Koch, who said it in an interview with Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski that aired on today's Morning Joe. Charles Koch--one of the infamous Koch brothers that the MSM and Dems...
  • Did GM Get Sweetheart Deal on Homeland Security Vehicles?

    11/02/2015 9:58:45 AM PST · by jazusamo · 18 replies
    NLPC ^ | November 2, 2015 | Mark Modica
    A report by the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) for the Department of Homeland Security has found that the Department’s Federal Protective Service (FPS) division wasted about $2.5 million of taxpayer money in 2014 on an extravagant fleet vehicle program. It is not surprising that images show that the vehicles in question appear to be manufactured by crony company , General Motors. A House of Representatives Subcommittee on Oversight and Management Efficiency, headed by Rep. Scott Perry (R-PA), requested the audit on the FPS’ fleet operation. The report unveils a fleet of 1,169 vehicles which were leased at...
  • ‘We Need an Energy Miracle’ Bill Gates

    11/01/2015 6:39:50 PM PST · by BeauBo · 82 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | Nov 2015 | James Bennet
    "On why the free market won’t develop new forms of energy fast enough: ...Without a substantial carbon tax, there’s no incentive for innovators or plant buyers to switch."
  • Report Traces Jeb Bushs Ties to Companies That Had Business With Florida

    10/21/2015 4:21:59 PM PDT · by Amntn · 3 replies
    NY Times ^ | 10/21/15 | MATT FLEGENHEIMER and STEVE EDER
    Since announcing his presidential candidacy in June, Jeb Bush has made clear his distaste for officials who trade on their connections. He has assailed the revolving-door culture of Washington, calling for a little bit of a recession there to thin the ranks of the permanent political class. He has proposed a strict six-year ban on lobbying for departing members of the House and the Senate.Snip...Yet a review of Mr. Bushs finances shows that he has built his personal wealth with the help of companies that had business interests with Florida while he was governor, and that singled out his political...
  • 81 Major Corporations [] Sign WH Pledge to Back Global Climate Change Deal (truncated)

    10/20/2015 10:08:22 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 40 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | October 20, 2015 | 5:21 PM EDT | Mairad McArdle
    Eighty-one major corporations with operations in the U.S.including Google, Facebook, Apple, Coca Cola and General Motorshave taken a White House pledge to demonstrate their support for action on climate change and the conclusion of a climate change agreement in Paris that takes a strong step forward toward a low-carbon, sustainable future. Signing the White Houses American Business Act on Climate Change Pledge shows a continuing commitment to action preventing global warming and is intended to set an example for other companies to pursue similar policies, according to a statement released by the White House. It also shows the signatories support...
  • TPP would gut US border controls, Constitution (ISDS)-- Obama's backdoor open-borders amnesty

    10/10/2015 3:33:10 PM PDT · by Javeth · 58 replies
    For Effective Government ^ | 6/3/2015 | Scott Klinger
    The TPP, like many treaties before it, embraces the Investor-State Dispute Settlement process (ISDS), which allows corporate actors to sue sovereign nations to seek compensation for rules or regulations that impede the corporations ability to maximize profits. Unlike national courts that commonly allow corporations to sue to recoup actual investments, ISDS insists that corporations be compensated for expected profits, sometimes profits they anticipate decades into the future. The ISDS process is one-sided and undemocratic. Corporate claims against sovereign states are heard in special courts overseen by a handful of judges, most of whom are corporate lawyers. Once the ISDS panel...
  • Congressman Stephen Fincher: From Tea Partier to corporate welfare champion (Ex-IM Bank)

    10/10/2015 12:38:33 PM PDT · by VinL · 24 replies
    WashExaminer ^ | 10/2/15 | Tim Carney
    Washington corrupts, and Congressman Stephen Fincher is proof... It would be an understatement to say Fincher has come to terms with boondoggles and special interests. Fincher, once an opponent of the Export-Import Bank a federal agency that subsidizes foreign buyers of U.S.-made goods now is trying to undermine his party's leadership by teaming up with Nancy Pelosi and her party in order to reauthorize Ex-Im Bank.... Fincher has raised a quarter-million for his re-election, according to his most recent campaign finance filing...... More than 99 percent of the money powering Fincher's re-election bid comes from political action committees (almost...
  • Obama Unilaterally Rewrites Immigration Law --- Again

    Last week Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Chuck Grassley hit back against Obamas Department of Homeland Security (DHS) after the agency pushed through, during a congressional recess, a major immigration item that has long been on the technology lobbys wish list. According to a new policy memorandum, Obamas immigration authorities will now be redefining the term specialized knowledge as it applies to the L-1B visa, a program previously aimed at bringing over highly sought-after intracompany transferees from American firms affiliated companies abroad. No doubt burned by Congresss stubborn refusal to raise the cap on annual cap on H-1B visas (which are...
  • Obama using business CEOs meeting to apply budget pressure

    09/16/2015 1:52:12 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep. 16, 2015 4:44 PM EDT | Kevin Freking
    President Barack Obama urged Congress on Wednesday to avoid another contentious budget showdown and warned that the economy would take a hit if the government shuts down again. Obama blamed Republicans for the shutdown two years ago and made clear he would so again if it comes to that. Youll recall two years ago Republicans shut down the government because they didnt like Obamacare. Today, some are suggesting the government should be shut down because they dont like Planned Parenthood, Obama said. Thats not good sense, and its not good business. A partial shutdown will occur Oct. 1 unless lawmakers...
  • Justice Dept. encourages prosecutions of corporate execs

    09/09/2015 7:27:13 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 9, 2015 9:34 PM EDT | Eric Tucker
    The Justice Department issued new guidance to its prosecutors on Wednesday, aimed at encouraging more white-collar criminal cases against corporate executives. The new policies come amid persistent criticism that the Justice Department, even while negotiating multi-billion-dollar settlements with large banks, has not been aggressive in prosecuting individuals for financial misconductincluding after the mortgage crisis that devastated the U.S. economy. The policy changes were outlined in a memo issued to Justice Department attorneys and to the FBI, and Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates was expected to discuss the issue in a speech Thursday at New York Universitys law school. Though its...

    09/07/2015 12:45:22 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 93 replies
    Breitbart ^ | September 7, 2015 | by PAM KEY
    167 Monday at an AFL-CIO Labor Day event in Pittsburgh, Vice President Joe Biden ranted about the economy as it pertains to the American labor force. Biden said, We cant let the changes that have taken place and crept in for the last twenty years but they have been devastating for workers. I hope everybody in America has a chance to become millionaire and we need billionaires. But let me tell you something, man, The tax codes not fair. Its simply not fair. The wealthy arent paying their fair share. It used to be one America everybody was in on...
  • Obamas attack on Koch brothers is personal

    08/31/2015 8:36:12 PM PDT · by MtnClimber · 18 replies
    The Boston Globe ^ | August 28, 2016 | John E. Sununu
    Charles Koch is no Ben Franklin. But he has a right to speak, write, and purchase advertising that espouses his views. If the president cant accept and champion that concept, hes running afoul of 240 years of American history. And if he wants to live in a country that doesnt allow it, theres always Russia. They dont do that in Russia.

    08/29/2015 2:24:06 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 131 replies
    Breitbart ^ | August 29,2015 | by MICHAEL PATRICK LEAHY
    In an exclusive interview with Breitbart News, GOP front runner Donald Trump is firing back at the Club for Growth. Theyre a pack of thieves, Trump told Breitbart News as he was leaving Nashvilles Rocketown facility. He had just finished delivering a high-energy speech to an overflow crowd of more than 1,000 people. Trump was attending the annual convention of the National Federation of Republican Assemblies, which describes itself as the grassroots Republican wing of the Republican Party. They [the Club for Growth] came to my office looking for money. I turned them down. Thats why theyre after me, Trump...
  • Pesticides in paradise: Hawaii's spike in birth defects puts focus on GM crops

    08/23/2015 7:40:52 PM PDT · by RushingWater · 17 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 8/23/2015 | Christopher Pala
    Local doctors are in the eye of a storm swirling for the past three years over whether corn thats been genetically modified to resist pesticides is a source of prosperity, as companies claim, or of birth defects and illnesses Pediatrician Carla Nelson remembers catching sight of the unusually pale newborn, then hearing an abnormal heartbeat through the stethoscope and thinking that something was terribly wrong. The baby was born minutes before with a severe heart malformation that would require complex surgery. What worried her as she waited for the ambulance plane to take the infant from Waimea, on the island...
  • Election 2016: Jeb Bush Got $1.3M Job At Lehman After Florida Shifted Pension Cash To Bank

    08/21/2015 2:34:07 AM PDT · by markomalley · 30 replies
    International Business Times ^ | 8/20/15 | Matthew Cunningham-Cook, David Sirota, Andrew Perez
    For Florida taxpayers, the move by the administration of then-Gov. Jeb Bush to forge a relationship with Lehman Brothers would ultimately prove disastrous. Transactions in 2005 and 2006 put the Wall Street investment bank in charge of some $250 million worth of pension funds for Florida cops, teachers and firefighters. Lehman would capture more than $5 million in fees on these deals, while gaining additional contracts to manage another $1.2 billion of Florida's money. Then, in the fall of 2008, Lehman collapsed into bankruptcy, leaving Florida facing up to $1 billion in losses.But for Jeb Bush personally, his enduring relationship...
  • Fiorina's a Liberal; Don't be deceived

    08/09/2015 11:35:53 AM PDT · by spacejunkie2001 · 70 replies
    me | 8/9/15 | Vanity
    For those that are thinking Fiorina is a good choice to get behind, that she is a good debater, goes hard after hitlery, etc., it's incumbent on all of us to know who she REALLY is: A few tidbits: When the police in Baltimore were arrested she said 'we all breathed a sigh of relief' (all over the interwebs) In 2008, Fiorina supported the Wall Street Bailout known as TARP and even advocated that it was insufficient. (Fox News) Fiorina supported portions of the Obama stimulus, particularly broadband subsidies. ....(Information Week) Fiorina called on more government intervention into the housing...
  • Carly Fiorina is open to legal status for adult illegal immigrants, citizenship for their kids

    08/09/2015 2:33:05 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 48 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 6/15/15 | Seth McLaughlin
    Former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina said Monday that adult illegal immigrants should not receive a path to citizenship under an immigration fix, but said she is open to giving their children citizenship. Mrs. Fiorina, who is running for the GOP presidential nomination, also said she could support giving those who have come here illegally and stayed here illegally legal status. I think legal status is a possibility for sure, Mrs. Fiorina said on MSNBCs Morning Joe. I think their children maybe can become citizens.
  • Tesla Mounts A Self-Serving Push For Tougher Fuel Economy Standards

    08/07/2015 5:31:52 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 33 replies
    Investors.com ^ | August 7, 2015 | IBD Editorial
    Crony Capitalism: Not content with the billions it gets in government help, Tesla Motors now wants tougher fuel economy standards that would cripple its competitors. Is this what passes for entrepreneurship today? In 2012, President Obama announced a new "Corporate Average Fuel Economy" standard that will require all the cars each automaker sells to get an average 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025. Given the lead time that automakers need to design and test new cars, they now have only a few years to figure out how to achieve that goal. And since there are only a couple non-plug-in cars...
  • Boeing, GE cut off donations to Ex-Im foes

    08/05/2015 8:45:59 PM PDT · by entropy12 · 22 replies
    Politico ^ | 8/5/15 | ANNA PALMER and JEREMY HERB
    When House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy headlined a fundraiser in early June the room was packed with defense industry lobbyists, but reps from one megacontractor were missing Boeing. Not only was Boeing absent at that fundraiser, the contractor has cut off all political contributions to the No. 2 House Republican over his support for killing the Export-Import Bank, which facilitates billions of dollars in low-interest loans to U.S. exporters like Boeing. General Electric, also a major supporter of renewing Ex-Im and a benefactor of the agency, has followed suit and has not contributed to the California Republican this year....
  • They Live, We Sleep: A Dictatorship Disguised as a Democracy

    08/05/2015 8:06:23 AM PDT · by RedMominBlueState · 27 replies
    The Rutherford Institute ^ | August 4, 2015 | John Whitehead
    ...A 2014 study conducted by Princeton and Northwestern University concluded that the U.S. government does not represent the majority of American citizens. Instead, the study found that the government is ruled by the rich and powerful, or the so-called economic elite. Moreover, the researchers concluded that policies enacted by this governmental elite nearly always favor special interests and lobbying groups. In other words, we are being ruled by an oligarchy disguised as a democracy, and arguably on our way towards fascisma form of government where private corporate interests rule, money calls the shots, and the people are seen as mere...
  • With Republicans Like These

    07/31/2015 5:33:48 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 31, 2016 | Erick Erickson
    The Export-Import Bank is the height of crony capitalism. The bank uses taxpayer subsidies to make it possible for some American companies to sell their manufactured wares overseas at a lower price. It leads to absurd results like Boeing being able to sell its planes to foreign airliners at a cheaper rate than American aviation companies can buy them. There have been indictments and charges of corruption galore related to the Export-Import Bank. It disrupts the free market, wastes taxpayer dollars and is overwhelmingly unpopular with Republicans and even some Democrats. But Washington lobbyists love it, and they have been...
  • Sen. Cruz: Corrupt Ex-Im Deal Proves We Have Government Of, By, and For the Lobbyists

    07/28/2015 10:42:14 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 10 replies
    Cruz.Senate.Gov ^ | 07/24/2015 | Senator Ted Cruz
    Senate leadership colludes with Washington Cartel of big business and career politicians against the American taxpayer WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today gave a powerful floor speech shining a light on the corrupt deal struck by Senate Republican leadership to allow the reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank.Some key quotes are below, followed by a complete transcript and of Sen. Cruz’s remarks. Video above.“There is a profound disappointment among the American people because we keep winning elections and then we keep getting leaders who don't do anything they promised...”“We've had a Republican majority in both houses of Congress now for about six months. What has that...
  • Senate Resurrection of Export-Import Bank Goes to Divided House

    07/26/2015 2:34:42 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 23 replies
    NY Times ^ | 7/26/15 | JONATHAN WEISMAN
    In a rare and fiery weekend session, the Senate voted on Sunday to resurrect the federal Export-Import Bank, handing the Republican Partys most conservative wing a major defeat and setting up a showdown this week with House leaders divided over the moribund export credit agency. The bipartisan vote 67 to 26 broke a filibuster and allowed supporters to attach a measure to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank to a three-year highway and infrastructure bill, which is expected to pass the Senate early this week. The agencys authorization expired June 30, halting all new loan guarantees and other assistance to...
  • Microsoft Lays Off Thousands While Demanding More H1-B Visas

    07/08/2015 6:31:51 PM PDT · by markomalley · 28 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 7/8/15 | Blake Neff
    Tech giant Microsoft announced Wednesday that it will be laying off approximately 7,800 employees worldwide, bringing a denunciation from a federal lawmaker who says the firings expose the companys calls for more immigration.The firings, which will eliminate about 7 percent of the companys workforce, are concentrated in Microsofts troubled mobile phone business, and will eliminate most of the remaining employees from its purchase of Nokias phone operation in 2013. Only some of the layoffs are in the U.S., with Finland being hit especially hard with over 2,ooo jobs lost. The firings follow up on the 18,000 layoffs the company made...
  • Donald Trump: I didn't expect business backlash to be "quite this severe"

    07/04/2015 8:23:49 PM PDT · by Mariner · 112 replies
    CBS News ^ | July 4th, 2015 | By Reena Flores
    On the heels of several major corporations distancing themselves from Donald Trump's various business interests, the Republican presidential candidate admitted Saturday that he didn't think the corporate backlash to his inflammatory comments about Mexican immigrants would be "quite this severe." "I knew it was going to be bad because I was told this. All my life I have been told this: If you are successful, you don't run for office," Trump said in an interview on Fox News, addressing the recent spate of businesses that have severed their relationships with his brand. "I didn't know it was going to be...
  • Hack the vote: Cyber experts say ballot machines easy targets

    06/11/2015 3:19:00 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 9 replies
    FOX News ^ | June 11, 2015 | By Malia Zimmerman
    The recent cyber theft of millions of personnel records from the federal government was sophisticated and potentially crippling, but hackers with just rudimentary skills could easily do even more damage by targeting voting machines, according to security experts. In many cases, even the electronic ballots could be manipulated remotely, according to a new report. The report found that the AVS WINVote machines Virginia has used since 2002 have such flimsy security that an amateur hacker could change votes from outside a polling location. This means anyone could have broken into the machines from the parking lot, said Cris Thomas, a...
  • Life in Ameritopia

    06/14/2015 5:50:13 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 4 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 06/14/15 | Sandy Stringfellow
    The country in which we live today is not the “pioneering spirit of free associations and entrepreneurial creativity born in personal liberty” America of the Founders and Framers: it is Ameritopia Senator Ted Cruz was interviewed by Jeff Kuhner during his radio program on Friday, June 12th, 2015; the day of the vote in which the Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) – part of the prescribed legislative pathway to passage of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) – was smacked down in the House by Nancy Pelosi’s Democrats working along side 34 Republicans against King Barry and the Progressive RINO Establishment: led by...
  • Ted Cruz ,Pit of Vipers and the Council on Foreign Relations member in his family

    06/14/2015 6:37:02 AM PDT · by ncalburt · 333 replies
    Wing Right News ^ | May 28 2012 | B Nuchols
  • Going for the Golden Climate Change Dollars - "Bootlegger and Baptist"

    06/11/2015 9:12:44 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 6 replies
    E21 - Economic Policies ^ | William O'Keefe
    In 1848, the discovery of gold in California lead to one of the most dramatic population shifts in US history. People hoping to strike it rich migrated from all over the country, South America, and even as far as China. The non-native American population of California went from under 1,000 to over 100,000 in a little over one year. Today, there is another gold rush taking place in Washington D.C. as political entrepreneurs seek to strike it rich by mining the climate change mother lode. According to the 2013 Federal Climate Change Expenditures Report to Congress, the Federal Government is...
  • Tesla loses its shot at direct car sales in Texas

    06/02/2015 9:00:27 AM PDT · by Conscience of a Conservative · 23 replies
    Engadget ^ | May 31, 2015 | Jon Fingas
    If you want to buy a Model S in Texas, you're going to have to jump through some hoops for at least the next couple of years. Bills that would let Tesla sell cars directly to customers aren't going to get a vote before the state's legislative session wraps up on June 1st, leaving the electric vehicle maker high and dry until the next session kicks off in 2017. This doesn't mean that you're completely out of luck if you want Tesla-made transportation in Austin (see above for proof), but you can't simply pick one up. The setback isn't completely...
  • The Congressional Board of Exchange

    05/24/2015 6:44:28 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/24/15 | Sandy Stringfellow
    Congress is forgetting its duty: to improve jobs and wages for Americans We are living in a political world of the UniParty; its sort of like the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, a historic commodity and in these modern times financial derivative exchange based in Chicago. Naturally, the UniParty isnt quite as obvious as the Chicago floor traders standing in a trading pit, calling out orders, prices, and quantities of particular commodities while dressed in color-coded jackets indicating their function on the trading floor; nor are those in the Senate usually observed gesticulating with complex hand signals to communicate the...
  • You Cant Read the TPP, But These Huge Corporations Can

    05/15/2015 11:49:40 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 12 replies
    Intercept, the ^ | 12 May 2015 | Alleen Brown
    The Senate today is holding a key procedural vote that would allow the Trans-Pacific Partnership to be fast-tracked. So who can read the text of the TPP? Not you, its classified. Even members of Congress can only look at it one section at a time in the Capitols basement, without most of their staff or the ability to keep notes. But theres an exception: if youre part of one of 28 U.S. government-appointed trade advisory committees providing advice to the U.S. negotiators. The committees with the most access to whats going on in the negotiations are 16 Industry Trade Advisory...
  • Obama Signs Disaster Declaration for January Blizzard

    04/13/2015 4:32:18 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 18 replies
    ABC News ^ | April 13, 2015
    President Obama signed a disaster declaration on Monday for Massachusetts and ordered federal aid to help the state recover from the blizzard that hit the region from Jan. 26-28. The state's costs total about $400 million. The aid is available to state, tribal and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations. It also covers state and local government snow-removal costs for a continuous 48-hour period during or after the storm and the costs of related hazard mitigation.
  • Senators seek probe of claims US workers fired, forced to train foreign replacements

    04/12/2015 8:29:39 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 50 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 10, 2015 | (Judson Berger/AP)
    A popular visa program allegedly is being misused by U.S. companies to lay off thousands of American workers and replace them with foreign labor. And, adding insult to injury, many of the laid-off workers allegedly have been forced to train their replacements, in what one anonymous whistleblower called a humiliating experience. The allegations have caught the attention of a bipartisan group of senators -- including immigration hawk Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., and the No. 2 Senate Democrat, Illinois Dick Durbin -- who are calling for a federal probe. A letter sent by 10 senators urging an investigation specifically cited reports...
  • Demand for electric vehicles in Western Pennsylvania still low

    04/08/2015 2:05:29 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 44 replies
    Pittsburg Tribune-Review ^ | April 7, 2015 | David Conti
    Jake Pultorak chuckles at the mention of range anxiety, the fear among some electric vehicle owners that their car's battery will run out of juice before the driver can find a charger. I had that as a gas-car driver, but the anxiety was over how much I had to pay to get where I was going, said Pultorak, 44, of Franklin Park, who has owned an all-electric Tesla Model S for about two years. Worries at the gas pumps have diminished over the past nine months as the global crash in oil prices brought the cost of gasoline to its...
  • Professor: Indiana RFRA Fix Could Send Christians to Jail

    04/02/2015 11:01:19 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 56 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 04/02/2015 | Austin Ruse
    The greatly anticipated fix to the Indiana religious freedom law has been released by the Indiana legislative committee, and it is far worse than conservatives feared. According to law professor Mark Rienzi, the new fix will allow the state to prosecute Christians criminally for denying gay weddings their professional affirmation.Rienzi, of the Becket Fund and Catholic University School of Law and who was lead attorney in the Hobby Lobby Supreme Court case that upheld a claim under the federal religious freedom law, said this would criminalize religious objectors.

    04/01/2015 4:38:54 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 42 replies
    4/1/2015 | Self
    Just as surely as Marshal Petain capitulated to Naziism in France in 1940, Governor Mike Pence and the Republican legislative leaders of Indiana have capitulated to Corporatism in 2015. Big Business and professional sports organizations backed by the corporate elites attacked the religious freedom bill in Indiana and the Republicans caved, more evidence of a Uniparty system where corporate elites dictate policy, This adds to other issues like Amnesty and Common Core, where Big Business drives the agenda and the politicians march in lockstep. The House in Arkansas has now passed a similar religious freedom bill, but the business elites...
  • (Michelle Obama Approved) Flamin Hot Cheetos Qualify as Smart Snack Under Federal Guidelines

    03/29/2015 3:13:16 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 29 replies
    NPR ^ | March 28, 2015 | Monica Eng
    Guess What Makes The Cut As A 'Smart Snack' In Schools? Hot Cheetos Flamin' Hot Cheetos might conjure a lot of descriptors: spicy, crunchy, unnaturally fiery red. But it's a good bet that "healthy" didn't exactly spring to mind. Yet it turns out that those fiery Cheetos beloved by school children (some kids even made an epic rap paean to Hot Cheetos a few years ago) actually qualify as a "Smart Snack" under revised federal nutrition guidelines for schools. The Obama administration rolled out the new guidelines last year in a bid to limit the amount of junk food kids...
  • GOP Candidates Continue to Toss Money Down Cornhole

    03/24/2015 9:44:39 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 5 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 03/24/15 | Michael Shannon
    Until Republicans can stop pleasin crony capitalists with subsidies at the expense of the public, taxpayers will continue to be subject to regular squeezin. The really big difference between Republican and Democrat handout recipients is their ability to be sympathetically photogenic. When pressed, the average Democrat welfare recipient can hide the flatscreen TV, stash the cellphone in a drawer and refrain from cigarette smoking. And its not too much trouble to pretend to fill out the job application or limp convincingly to prove the bad back disability claim as long as photographers and media are around. The Republican dependency class...
  • Chamber Of Commerce CEO: Ted Cruz Hasnt Proven He Can Actually Get Anything Done [10/21/2013]

    03/21/2015 1:18:25 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 45 replies
    BuzzFeed ^ | Oct. 21, 2013
    “I think of him as a tennis player. You know, if you’re going to rush the net all the time you better have a lot of motion to the left and the right. And he hasn’t proven that to me yet,” Chamber CEO Tom Donahue said. He also remains bullish on immigration reform. WASHINGTON — U.S. Chamber of Commerce CEO Tom Donohue Monday criticized Sen. Ted Cruz, who led the quixotic campaign to defund Obamacare that ended up shutting down the government, saying he has yet to prove he is capable of legislating. “Well I don’t know Sen. Cruz,”...
  • Utah Passes White-Collar Felon Registry

    03/13/2015 2:50:48 PM PDT · by Theoria · 21 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 11 March 2015 | Ben Protess
    With just a point and a click, you can browse a face book of felons, a new government website that will warn of the danger these criminals pose to society.Only these are not the faces of sex offenders and serial killers. These criminals are mortgage schemers and inside traders, most likely armed with nothing more than an M.B.A. or a law degree.Their faces will soon appear online courtesy of the Utah Legislature, which on Wednesday approved a measure to build the nations first white-collar offender registry, appending a scarlet letter of sorts on the states financial felons. The registry ...
  • Reid helped steer tax dollars to well-connected green energy operators

    03/09/2015 12:10:41 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 22 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 03/09/2015 | Sarah Westwood
    Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid helped steer billions of federal tax dollars to companies supporting a green energy group run by two of his former staff members and a current campaign operative.The Nevada Democrat pushed for millions of dollars in grants and billions more in federal loan guarantees for corporations that donated to the Clean Energy Project, a nonprofit founded by a pair of former staffers with close ties to both Reid and to a major Democratic PAC associated with the senator, Lachlan Markay of the Washington Free Beacon reported.One such company, California-based Fulcrum Bioenergy, received a hefty federal grant...
  • Iowa Ag Summit Applauds Ted Cruz Even When He Opposes Their Interests

    03/07/2015 1:59:13 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The National Review's The Corner ^ | March 7, 2015 | Joel Gehrke
    Senator Ted Cruz (R., Texas) managed to turn a disagreement with a crowd of Iowa businesses and farmers into an applause line at the Iowa Agriculture Summit. Cruz reiterated his opposition to the Renewable Fuels Standard, a popular policy in Iowa that presents a thorny problem for many Republicans who campaign against crony capitalism but want to win the GOP presidential nomination. I recognize that this is a gathering of a lot of folks where the answer youd like me to give is Im for the RFS, darnit; thatd be the easy thing to do, he said. But Ill tell...
  • President Grover Cleveland on federal welfare/entitlements

    02/24/2015 2:44:05 PM PST · by ctdonath2 · 8 replies
    Wait But Why ^ | Around 1886, retold February 2015 | Grover Cleveland
    ...when there was a Texas drought that hurt the crops of farmers there, Congress allotted $10,000 to buy seed grain to help them recover. But [President Grover] Cleveland vetoed the expenditure and explained why like this:I can find no warrant for such an appropriation in the Constitution, and I do not believe that the power and duty of the general government ought to be extended to the relief of individual suffering which is in no manner properly related to the public service or benefit. A prevalent tendency to disregard the limited mission of this power and duty should, I think,...
  • Al Sharpton: Accidental Anti-Tax Crusader (Cough Cough, Ahem)

    02/06/2015 1:21:30 PM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 6, 2015 | Michael Schaus
    Al Capone, America’s “favorite” gangster, went to prison because he failed to pay $215,000 in taxes from his gambling profits. Al Sharpton, on the other hand, is still romping around screaming about racism despite the fact that he owes roughly $4 million to Federal and State revenuers. I guess the IRS is just too busy harassing conservatives to care about some uppity liberal who’s a few million dollars behind on his taxes.The gaffable (is that a word?) Al Sharpton personally faces Federal tax liens for more than $3 million in back taxes. He has over $770,000 in state tax liens. Two...
  • Peer-reviewed pocket-calculator climate model exposes serious errors in complex computer models

    01/26/2015 1:26:22 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 9 replies
    Physics Organization News ^ | January 21, 2015
    Near-term global warming projections (brick-red region) on[0.13, 0.50] K decade-1, compared with observations (green region)that fall on [0.0, 0.11] K decade-1, and the simple model's 21stcentury warming projections (yellow arrow), falling on 0.09 [0.06,0.12] K decade-1. Credit: Science China PressA major peer-reviewed climate physics paper in the first issue (January 2015: vol. 60 no. 1) of the prestigious Science Bulletin (formerly Chinese Science Bulletin), the journal of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, exposes elementary but serious errors in the general-circulation models relied on by the UN's climate panel, the IPCC. The errors were the reason for concern about Man's effect...