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  • Obama supports Senate rule change to curb filibusters (What if they nuked the Constitution, Daddy? )

    11/21/2013 12:16:38 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 18 replies
    BBC News ^ | 11/21/13 | BBC
    US President Barack Obama has supported a motion passed by Senate Democrats which weakens Republicans' ability to block White House nominations. The measure, known as the "nuclear option", curbs the power of the upper chamber's minority party to use a blocking tactic known as a filibuster. Mr Obama said the practice had gone too far, and was "not normal". Republicans vowed they would use the new rule against Democrats if they won back the Senate in the next election. Correspondents said Thursday's motion, which passed 52-48, will make American politics even more acrimonious. 'Power grab' At the White House on...
  • Australian camels could be shot to curb methane

    06/09/2011 6:16:22 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 70 replies
    madison.com ^ | 09 june 2011
    Kill a camel, earn cash for cutting greenhouse gases: That offer may be coming soon in Australia, where vast numbers of the nonnative, methane-belching animals have been trampling the Outback for more than a century. The government has proposed that killing camels be officially registered as a means of reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Australia has the world's largest population of wild camels _ an estimated 1.2 million _ and considers them to be a growing environmental problem. The proposal, released for public comment this week, would allow sharpshooters to earn so-called carbon credits for slaughtering camels. Industrial polluters around the...
  • Targeted deaths curb al-Qaida's expansion

    09/18/2009 6:00:02 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 21 replies · 902+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 9/18/09 | Paisley Dodds - ap
    LONDON – Recent targeted attacks that killed militants in Somalia, Indonesia and Pakistan have chipped away at al-Qaida's power base, sapping the terror network of key leaders and experienced operatives who train recruits and wage attacks. Intelligence officials said Friday that the military strikes have reduced al-Qaida's core leadership to only a handful of men and diminished its ability to train fighters. This, they said, has forced al-Qaida to turn to its global affiliates for survival. The killings of Saleh Ali Saleh Nabhan in Somalia, Noordin Muhammed Top in Indonesia and Baitullah Mehsud in Pakistan — all in recent weeks...
  • White House seeks ways to curb malpractice suits

    09/17/2009 9:57:44 AM PDT · by Nachum · 38 replies · 628+ views
    Breitbart ^ | 9/17/09 | ap
    WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration is announcing $25 million in grants to states and health care systems to launch a national experiment on alternatives to medical malpractice lawsuits. The grants will be up to $3 million each for three years. They can be used to examine a broad range of ideas, including programs in which doctors and hospitals quickly acknowledge a mistake, offer an apology and restitution, and pledge to take corrective action.
  • UK Muslims call to curb anti-Semitism

    01/15/2009 10:18:41 PM PST · by Nachum · 14 replies · 437+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 1/15/09 | JONNY PAUL
    More than 20 prominent British Muslim leaders have signed a letter denouncing the rise in anti-Semitic attacks resulting from Operation Cast Lead and calling on Muslims to help prevent attacks on Jews in the UK. The Community Security Trust (CST) has reported a sharp rise in anti-Semitic incidents in recent weeks, with more than 150 reported attacks on Jews, Jewish-owned property and even an arson attempt on a London synagogue. "We are deeply saddened to hear about anti-Semitic assaults on British Jews, and a recent arson attack on a London synagogue. Although the perpetrators are yet unknown, we unreservedly condemn...
  • Agreement reached on greenhouse gas curb

    08/31/2007 7:28:15 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 17 replies · 418+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 8/31/07 | William J. Kole - ap
    VIENNA, Austria - Negotiators from 158 countries reached basic agreement Friday on rough targets aimed at getting some of the world's biggest polluters to reduce emissions of the greenhouse gases blamed for global warming. A weeklong U.N. climate conference concluded that industrialized countries should strive to cut emissions by 25 percent to 40 percent of their 1990 levels by 2020. Experts said that target would serve as a loose guide for a major international climate summit to be held in December in Bali, Indonesia. "We have reached broad agreement on the main issues," said Leon Charles, a negotiator from Grenada...
  • U.N. official praises bid to curb greenhouse gases - AB 32 ("the move will have great influence")

    09/16/2006 10:32:16 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies · 271+ views
    LA Daily News ^ | 9/16/06 | Betsy Mason
    SACRAMENTO - California's recent passage of a bill to curb emissions of carbon dioxide drew praise from the head of the United Nations' climate change assessment panel, who said the move will have great influence. "Clearly this will have a profound effect on the position of the federal government," said Rajendra Pachauri, director of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. "And I would say even before that, perhaps it will have an effect on other states in the U.S. I wouldn't be surprised if in the next year or two you see other states following similar actions. "And it will...
  • CA: Bill to curb greenhouse gases poses dilemma for Schwarzenegger - AB32

    08/06/2006 3:55:15 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 23 replies · 1,224+ views
    ap on Riverside Press Enterprise ^ | 8/6/06 | Samantha Young - ap
    SACRAMENTO Over the past year, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has sought to position himself as a leader on climate change issues. He outlined a broad program to reduce air pollution during a speech at a United Nations summit a year ago and last week reached a publicity-generating agreement with British Prime Minister Tony Blair. The Republican governor now faces a dilemma that threatens to undermine his environmental credentials at the same time he is trying appeal to moderate voters as he seeks re-election. This month, the Democrats who hold a majority in California's Legislature plan to send Schwarzenegger a bill that...
  • Bush Refuses To Curb Israeli Assault

    07/14/2006 7:07:26 PM PDT · by blam · 36 replies · 1,112+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 7-15-2006 | Alec Russell - Tim Butcher
    Bush refuses to curb Israeli assault By Alec Russell in St Petersburg and Tim Butcher in Beirut (Filed: 15/07/2006)(go to the site to use the links below) Audio: Con Coughlin on Hizbollah's motives Audio: Tim Butcher reports from Beirut In pictures: Beirut under siege Your view: are Israel's tactics justified? President George W Bush refused last night to rein in Israel as its close ally brought international condemnation by stepping up its offensive in Lebanon. For the second day running Israeli aircraft bombed southern Beirut, hitting the headquarters of Hizbollah, the Iranian-backed militant Islamic group, and the residence of its...
  • Judge Says FEC Failed to Curb Soft Money

    03/30/2006 10:19:00 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 30 replies · 822+ views
    AP Yahoo ^ | 3/30/06 | Toni Locy - ap
    WASHINGTON - The Federal Election Commission failed to give a good reason for refusing to rein in nonprofit political groups that spent huge sums in the 2004 presidential elections, a judge has ruled in a case brought by President Bush's campaign and lawmakers. In a 34-page opinion, U.S. District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan said the FEC failed to give "a reasoned explanation" for its decision not to issues rules to require so-called "527" groups to register as federal political action committees and face the same strict fundraising, spending and disclosure rules PACs do. But Sullivan stopped short of saying the...
  • Diplomatic Push Is Planned To Curb Iran's Nuclear Ambition

    03/27/2006 5:45:09 PM PST · by blam · 1 replies · 189+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 3-28-2006 | Anton La Guardia
    Diplomatic push is planned to curb Iran's nuclear ambition By Anton La Guardia, Diplomatic Editor (Filed: 28/03/2006) The world's key powers will seek this week to reach agreement on a strategy that will build up pressure on Iran. This could lead to sanctions being imposed by the summer unless Teheran halts the most dangerous parts of its nuclear programme. Jack Straw, the Foreign Secretary, along with foreign ministers from the United States, France, Germany, Russia, and China will meet in Berlin on Thursday at a gathering designed to finalise a United Nations call on Iran to comply with international demands,...
  • Operation Aims to Curb Violence as Iraq's Government Takes Shape

    03/16/2006 4:25:56 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 214+ views
    WASHINGTON, March 16, 2006 – Iraqi and coalition forces have boosted their presence in Baghdad in response to a surge in attacks against Iraqis that officials link to today's seating of the country's new parliament, a Multinational Force Iraq spokesman told reporters. "Operation Scales of Justice" was launched to enhance security in Iraq's capital city as the parliament begins selecting the country's new government, Army Maj. Gen. Rick Lynch said today in Baghdad. The 275-member body met briefly today to begin the difficult process of electing a president, two vice presidents and a prime minister. Lynch called the seating of...
  • Dublin Repeals English Laws Designed To Curb The Irish

    03/12/2006 6:10:22 PM PST · by blam · 51 replies · 1,131+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 3-13-2006 | Tom Peterkin
    Dublin repeals English laws designed to curb the Irish By Tom Peterkin, Ireland Correspondent (Filed: 13/03/2006) The draconian laws the English imposed on Ireland to keep the natives at bay are to be repealed hundreds of years after they were first put on the Statute Book. Bertie Ahern, the Irish prime minister, has finally got round to dealing with more than 2,000 pieces of legislation drawn up by colonial parliaments following the 12th century, Norman invasion of his country. The revision programme will see the removal of ancient acts banning the Gaelic language, prohibiting the English from fraternising with the...
  • U.S. To Iraq: Curb Use Of Shiite Militias

    11/17/2005 4:04:18 PM PST · by blam · 1 replies · 218+ views
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 11-17-2005 | Robert H. Reid
    U.S. to Iraq: Curb Use of Shiite Militias Thursday November 17, 2005 11:46 PM By ROBERT H. REID Associated Press Writer BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - The Iraqi government has promised to investigate detention facilities across the country to ensure prisoners are not tortured, the United States said Thursday, sharply warning Iraqi officials against allowing Shiite militias a role in the security services following allegations of torture of Sunni Arabs. The Interior Minister, who is in charge of the facilities and security forces, said torture claims were exaggerated. Sectarian rhetoric sharpened four days after U.S. troops found up to 173 malnourished...
  • Blair To Curb Human Rights In War On Terror

    08/05/2005 5:53:22 PM PDT · by blam · 21 replies · 516+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 8-6-2005 | Geoege Jones
    Blair to curb human rights in war on terror By George Jones (Filed: 06/08/2005) Tony Blair served notice yesterday that he was ready to renounce parts of the European convention on human rights if British and European judges continued to block the deportation of Islamic extremists in the wake of the London bombings. In a significant shift away from the human rights policies championed by Labour since 1997, Mr Blair indicated that he was no longer prepared to allow Britain to be a haven for Muslim extremists whose presence in London has resulted in its being dubbed "Londonistan". Tony Blair...
  • House Panel Seeks to Curb Some Fundraising (527s)

    06/29/2005 3:54:00 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 287+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 6/29/05 | AP - Washington, DC
    WASHINGTON - Upset by the millions of dollars that outside groups spent in the 2004 election, a House panel on Wednesday took a step toward limiting such organizations. The House Administration Committee, on a 5-3 vote, sent a bill to the full House that would place tax-exempt partisan groups under the same fundraising and spending limits that apply to political action committees. The House is expected to act on the legislation sponsored by Reps. Christopher Shays, R-Conn., and Martin Meehan, D-Mass., next month. In the last election, the groups, commonly known as 527s for the section of the tax law...
  • Shootings May Lead To (Private) Security Guard Curb (Iraq)

    06/10/2005 6:17:50 PM PDT · by blam · 56 replies · 2,264+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 6-11-2005 | Adrian Blomfield
    Shootings may lead to security guard curb By Adrian Blomfield in Baghdad (Filed: 11/06/2005) Iraq's interior ministry said yesterday it wanted to impose legal boundaries on the private security business after American contractors twice opened fire on US marines. The move may be supported by the US military, whose patience with the contractors has been tested. They were angered by an incident late last month in Fallujah, the former insurgent stronghold recaptured by US forces last year. The marines say one of their combat teams came under fire from guards in a convoy of four-wheel-drives belonging to Zapata Engineering, a...
  • Hey, Big Spender - (time for President Bush to rein in appetite of Congress for too much pork!)

    06/01/2005 1:04:21 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 12 replies · 465+ views
    INSTITUTE FOR POLICY INNOVATION.ORG ^ | MAY 31, 2005 | Editors
    President Bush strongly suggested Congress pass a highway bill that does not exceed $284 billion. The House complied. The Senate? It approved a $295 billion bill on May 17. What’s the extra $11 billion for anyway? Hasn’t Sen. Robert Byrd been able to pave West Virginia yet? Actually, it’s the Republicans who were largely behind the added dollars, with the Democrats urging them on. The approval margin was overwhelming: 89-11. But if the GOP isn’t going to demonstrate a little fiscal restraint, then who is? The media and the political pundits get all warm and fuzzy over bipartisan bills. They...
  • Study: Herb Helps Curb Binge Drinking (Kudzu may increase blood-alcohol levels)

    05/18/2005 4:51:18 AM PDT · by Libloather · 13 replies · 699+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 5/17/05 | MICHAEL KUNZELMAN
    Study: Herb Helps Curb Binge Drinking By MICHAEL KUNZELMAN, Associated Press Writer Tue May 17, 8:25 PM ET BOSTON - A group of 20-something drinkers seemed to lose the urge to binge-drink when they took pills made from kudzu, that ubiquitous vine that blankets the South, researchers reported. The finding, described as groundbreaking by one expert, might one day lead to a way to attack the binge-drinking problem. Researcher Scott Lukas, with Harvard-affiliated McLean Hospital, had no trouble finding volunteers for the study, which required them to hang out in an "apartment," complete with television, recliner and fridge stocked with...
  • Daniels signs bill designed to curb methamphetamine

    05/10/2005 10:31:27 AM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 31 replies · 1,024+ views
    south bend tribune ^ | 5 10 09 | MIKE SMITH
    TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — Gov. Mitch Daniels visited Vigo County, where the production of methamphetamine has been prolific, to sign legislation Tuesday that will restrict the sale of cold medicines containing ingredients used to make the drug. The law is similar to a Vigo County ordinance that has been in effect since January. State police reported that authorities found 166 meth labs in the county last year, the most among Indiana's 92 counties. The county also topped the state list in 2002 and 2003. The new law, enacted unanimously by the General Assembly last month, places restrictions on the sale...
  • US In Border Battle To Curb Iraq Insurgency

    05/09/2005 5:47:12 PM PDT · by blam · 9 replies · 530+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 5-10-2005 | Oliver Poole
    US in border battle to curb Iraq insurgency By Oliver Poole, Iraq Correspondent (Filed: 10/05/2005) American forces were engaged in fierce battles near the Syrian border last night in an attempt to stop infiltration by foreigners who are increasingly seen by the US military as forming the backbone of the insurgency. US intelligence has noted a rise in the number of fighters coming into the country and believes that they have taken the lead from Ba'athists loyal to Saddam Hussein. The US operation was the largest since the battle for Fallujah Supported by jets and attack helicopters, a 1,000-strong force...
  • CA: Schwarzenegger striving to curb rising costs of medical care for the poor

    03/06/2005 8:27:13 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 16 replies · 550+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 3/6/05 | Jim Wasserman - AP
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - For all the deadly foes he vanquished on the silver screen, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger may be finally meeting his match - the growing medical bills of poor people. In his rookie year, Schwarzenegger tried simply to slash the state's costs by $900 million, then backed down after roars of protest. Now he's back with a new attack, one of many experiments proposed by U.S. governors to cut states' soaring medical costs. Schwarzenegger would limit a poor Californian's dental work to $1,000 a year, steer nearly 1 million more people into managed care networks and make families...
  • Hoffman says "c- word" can be "term of endearment"

    06/15/2004 10:11:04 AM PDT · by rface · 191 replies · 1,206+ views
    9news - DRUDGE ^ | 6/15/2004 | Adam Schrager
    In a sworn statement to be made public Tuesday, University of Colorado President Elizabeth Hoffman said a four-letter word used toward women can sometimes be used as a "term of endearment." The comment comes from Hoffman's latest sworn testimony in connection with a federal lawsuit against the university. The suit was filed by women who say they were sexually assaulted by CU football players and recruits. A lawyer for one of the women asked Hoffman about former CU kicker Katie Hnida being called the "c- word" by a teammate. That player was later disciplined by coach Gary Barnett for making...
  • 'Curb' Helps Man Charged With Murder

    06/02/2004 11:22:10 AM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 19 replies · 162+ views
    aolnews ^ | 6 1 04 | GREG RISLING, AP
    LOS ANGELES (June 1) - "Curb Your Enthusiasm," an HBO show known for its acerbic wit, accidentally helped deliver a happy ending to a man who had been charged with murder. Juan Catalan spent 5 1/2 months in jail on murder charges before his attorney found video footage taken by the show at Dodger Stadium that backs up his client's claims of innocence. Police arrested Catalan in August, alleging he killed Martha Puebla, 16, in the San Fernando Valley on May 12, 2003, because she had testified against his brother in another case. Catalan insisted he and his 6-year-old daughter...
  • France to curb anti-Jewish Arab TV b'casts

    02/01/2004 7:41:00 PM PST · by Nachum · 19 replies · 165+ views
    Reuters ^ | 01 Feb 2004 00:46:43 GMT | Tom Heneghan
    PARIS, Jan 31 (Reuters) - France will soon pass a law to curb anti-Semitic television broadcasts coming from the Middle East and fine satellite operators who distribute anti-Jewish programmes, Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin said on Saturday. Raffarin told the annual dinner of the Representative Council of French Jewish Institutions (CRIF) that he and several cabinet ministers had seen some of these broadcasts and found them "unbearable to watch (and) revolting". This followed an appeal by CRIF President Roger Cukierman to block anti-Semitic broadcasts from the Middle East, which officials here say encourage Muslim youths in France to attack Jews to...
  • A Changed Climate in Turkey

    08/04/2003 2:11:55 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 6 replies · 269+ views
    The votes by Turkey's Parliament last week to curb the political power of the military and increase freedom of expression are a significant step away from army domination of Turkish politics. The challenge now for the government, dominated by moderate Islamists of the Justice and Development Party, is to ensure that the new measures are carried out. Not long ago, Turkey's military would have responded to such initiatives by seizing power — the armed forces removed four governments in the last four decades. That is less likely today because of broad support in Turkey for democratic rule, but these reforms...
  • Kneel! It's the King of Rude -- Larry David -- A Hero For Our Time

    05/30/2003 12:45:20 PM PDT · by Mister Magoo · 9 replies · 395+ views
    Fort Worth Star-Telegram ^ | May 30, 2003 | Douglas Perry
    Posted on Fri, May. 30, 2003 Kneel! It's the King of Rude Larry David's vulgar. He's cranky. And he can't change a tire. Finally, a hero for our time! By Douglas Perry Star-Telegram Staff Writer Larry David is a man who sticks to his principles, regardless of the bizarre outcome. I want to be Larry David. Yes, that's right, the annoying guy on HBO. Sure, David is bald and schlubby. True, few people like him -- and a lot of people downright can't stand him. But it's worth all that. And not because the Seinfeld co-creator is worth about a...
  • Taiwan Closes Borders To Curb Spread Of Infection (SARS)

    04/27/2003 4:08:17 PM PDT · by blam · 12 replies · 356+ views
    Independent (UK) ^ | 4-28-2003 | Jeremy Laurance
    Taiwan closes borders to curb spread of infection By Jeremy Laurance, Health Editor 28 April 2003 Taiwan became the first country yesterday to close its borders to visitors from areas affected by Sars as it recorded its first death from the disease. Authorities said visitors from China, Hong Kong, Singapore and Canada would be barred in a drastic attempt to curb the spread of the infection. China has also attempted to slow the spread of the disease by closing cinemas, theatres, internet cafés and other public venues. Canada was offered some hope by the World Health Organisation, which said it...
  • Feinstein targets bill to curb gun suits

    04/21/2003 10:36:51 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies · 189+ views
    Sac Bee ^ | 4/21/03 | Lawrence M. O'Rourke
    <p>WASHINGTON -- Legislation that would block most lawsuits against the gun industry for harm caused by misuse by others of firearms or ammunition has passed the U.S. House with healthy prospects for approval in the Senate.</p> <p>Many Senate Democrats, led by California's Sen. Dianne Feinstein, are vowing a spirited campaign to scuttle the legislation, saying it would give the gun industry unparalleled protection from lawsuits.</p>
  • Ecstacy Found To 'Curb Parkinston's Shaking'

    11/06/2002 3:49:47 PM PST · by blam · 33 replies · 740+ views
    Ananova ^ | 11-06-2002
    Ecstasy found to 'curb Parkinson's disease shaking'Ecstasy is being hailed by scientists as the key to a breakthrough for Parkinson's sufferers. Researchers testing the drug on monkeys have found it can dramatically curb the uncontrollable movements associated with the neurological disease, New Scientist magazine reports. Parkinson's experts at the University of Manchester conducted the tests following a Panorama documentary that researched the dramatic effects of the drug on former stuntman Tim Lawrence. His story won the attention of the nation after television pictures showed ecstasy (MDMA) enabling him to win control of his violent shaking for hours at a time,...