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  • Secret Service Agent Arrested After Being Found Passed Out In Miami

    10/12/2012 9:42:03 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 21 replies
    CBS Miami ^ | October 12, 2012 | Jim DeFede
    MIAMI – U.S. Secret Service agent Aaron Francis Engler was found early Friday morning passed out on the sidewalk near the intersection of Brickell Avenue and 7th after the president had left the area. According to the arrest report, officers were in the area on an unrelated call when they noticed Engler passed out. When the officers checked on the man he grew combative and started to fight with officers, according to the police report.
  • In a first, U.S. labels MS-13 street gang 'criminal organization'

    10/12/2012 7:21:36 AM PDT · by george76 · 20 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | October 11, 2012 | Sam Quinones and Andrew Blankstein
    Federal authorities Thursday designated the notorious Mara Salvatrucha MS-13 as a “transnational criminal organization,” giving federal authorities more tools to fight the street gang that has its roots in Los Angeles. Under the designation, federal officials said they can now seize assets of gang members found within the United States jurisdiction. The designation is the first for a U.S. street gang. Among the organizations similarly designated are Japan’s Yakuza and Mexico’s Zetas, whose leader, Heriberto Lazcano, was killed by Mexican Marines on Sunday. An armed gang later stole his body from a funeral parlor. ... MS-13 began among El Salvadoran...
  • Steve Wynn On Obama: "I'll Be Damned If I Want To Have Him Lecture Me" (video)

    10/09/2012 7:24:43 PM PDT · by i88schwartz · 15 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | October 9, 2012 | RealClearPolitics
    On the Tuesday broadcast of the nightly Nevada political program "Ralston Reports," Steve Wynn, CEO of Wynn Resorts sat down with host Jon Ralston to discuss the presidential election. Wynn, an outspoken critic of President Obama, didn't hold back in his latest criticism of the incumbent president seeking a second term. "I'll be damned if I want to have him lecture me about small business and jobs. I'm a job creator. Guys like me are job creators and we don't like having a bull's-eye painted on our back," Wynn said about Obama to Ralston. An excerpt of the interview is...
  • Today is Obama Voter Freak Out Day

    10/09/2012 5:02:01 PM PDT · by drewh · 4 replies
    Slate ^ | Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012, at 1:49 PM | By David Weigel
    The long holiday weekend delayed the impact and soul-killing implications of Mitt Romney's poll bounce. Look! There's the Gallup tracking poll, which gives Romney a 49-47 lead! Look! There's the RCP average, which gives Romney his first lead since the summer! Look, there's the CNN Poll of Polls, which sounds legit, even though it includes the all-over-the-map American Research Group. Nate Cohn heads to the front of the parade route and tells us that alllll is wellllll: While a persistent likely-registered voter gap isn't good for the president's chances, it's worth remembering that this is about the same difference that...
  • Round Of Polls Shows Tight Race After Obama-Romney Debate

    10/09/2012 6:04:24 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 4 replies ^ | October 9, 2012 | Stephen Dinan
    Powered by his widely-acclaimed debate performance last week, Mitt Romney has closed a 9 percentage-point gap and is once again tied with President Obama in the latest The Washington Times/Zogby Poll conducted by Zogby Analytics, released Monday.
  • About Those Polls

    10/08/2012 10:49:56 PM PDT · by neverdem · 14 replies
    The New Criterion ^ | Oct 05, 2012 | James Bowman
    Karl Rove in yesterday’s Wall Street Journal is the latest of those of the Romneyite persuasion to call into question the remarkably consistent polling data showing President Obama with a small but significant lead over their man. Obviously, this is something one has to be careful about. I am old enough to remember when certain vocal partisans of Barry Goldwater and of George McGovern, different as they no doubt were in so many other ways, were of one mind in thinking that people must be lying to the pollsters about their voting intentions. Mr Rove is wise enough not to go...
  • Lehman's brokerage, Europe units settle $38 billion of claims

    10/07/2012 10:44:32 AM PDT · by george76 · 2 replies
    Reuters ^ | 5 Oct, 2012 | Jonathan Stempel
    The U.S. brokerage unit and a European unit of the former Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc said they settled litigation over $38 billion of asset claims, a major step toward customers and creditors recovering money. ... Lehman emerged from bankruptcy in March, and has paid out or plans to pay out $33 billion of an expected $65 billion to creditors, recovering an average of 21 cents on the dollar
  • Pennsylvania lawmakers eye tighter oversight of local debt

    10/07/2012 8:33:38 AM PDT · by george76 · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | Oct 4, 2012 | Mark Shade
    Pennsylvania legislators, grappling with capital city Harrisburg's $340 million of debt, set out on Thursday to tighten the state law that governs how cities and towns win approval for complex, taxpayer-funded projects. In a day-long hearing, members of Pennsylvania's Senate Local Government Committee questioned former local officials publicly for the first time about how Harrisburg could have racked up so much debt tied to renovations of its ill-fated trash incinerator. ... A handful of other U.S. municipalities - in particular, Alabama's Jefferson County, which filed the country's largest Chapter 9 bankruptcy last November - were also undone largely by debt...
  • Voter Registration Deadlines (NY)

    10/06/2012 3:11:16 PM PDT · by neverdem · 5 replies
    November 6, 2012 General Election Deadlines MAIL REGISTRATION (N.Y. Election Law Section 5-210(3)) Applications must be postmarked no later than October 12th and received by a board of elections no later than October 17th to be eligible to vote in the General Election. IN PERSON REGISTRATION (N.Y. Election Law Sections 5-210, 5-211, 5-212) You may register at your local board of elections or any state agency participating in the National Voter Registration Act, on any business day throughout the year but, to be eligible to vote in the November General Election, your application must be received no later than October...
  • Mitt Romney in Newport News, VA on Mon Oct. 8, 5 pm

    10/06/2012 11:58:04 AM PDT · by Gopher Broke · 4 replies
    From email
    You’re invited to a Victory Rally with Mitt Romney and the Republican Team Monday, October 8, 2012 Doors Open 3:00 PM | Event Begins 5:00 PM Victory Landing Park, 23rd Street in Newport News, VA 23607 All attendees will go through airport-like security and should bring as few personal items as possible. No bags, sharp objects, umbrellas, liquids, or signs will be allowed in the venue. Cameras are permitted. For questions, contact us at: | (757) 279-8253 For Important Campaign Updates: Text (VA) to GOMITT (466488) PAID FOR BY ROMNEY FOR PRESIDENT, INC. WWW.MITTROMNEY.COM
  • Judge: DC Metro must allow anti-jihad ads

    10/06/2012 8:53:49 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct. 5, 2012 6:09 PM ET | Eric Tucker
    The D.C. transit system must allow a pro-Israel ad that equates Muslim radicals with savages, a federal judge ruled Friday. A spokesman for the Metro system said it would comply with the judge's decision and that the advertisements would go up over the weekend. "The result is absolutely correct," said David Yerushalmi, a lawyer representing the American Freedom Defense Initiative, the organization behind the advertisements. "There simply was no way under the First Amendment jurisprudence that we have today that this ad should not have gone up when contracted." …
  • Ann Coulter On Debate: Obama Looked Depressed, Could See ‘Michelle Wanted To Go Home With Mitt’

    10/04/2012 1:41:17 PM PDT · by drewh · 61 replies ^ | 8:41 October 4th, 2012 | by Alex Alvarez
    Author and pundit Ann Coulter visited the Fox & Friends set on Wednesday, where she began her analysis of the previous night’s debate by saying that Barack Obama was essentially telling the American people that he didn’t really want the job of president and would “rather be golfing.” Host Gretchen Carlson cut to the chase by responding that “he wants the job, ok. So what’s your real analysis of what the performance was?” Coulter, a longtime Romney supporter, thought her candidate had done a magnificent job, adding that he has done so consistently. “Proportionally,” asked Brian Kilmeade, “how much do...

    10/03/2012 2:22:48 PM PDT · by neverdem · 18 replies
    Human Events ^ | 10/3/2012 | John Hayward
    Over at Patterico’s Pontifications, another controversial Obama video has been unearthed. This one covers a 2002 speech Obama delivered at a church on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. As Patterico sums it up, “by and large it is a nice speech by a rising politician,” but “there are a few times when the mask slips, a little.” Here is the passage that has been raising eyebrows today: The philosophy of nonviolence only makes sense if the powerful can be made to recognize themselves in the powerless...
  • Did Lockheed Martin Just Win Virginia for Obama?

    10/01/2012 10:27:39 PM PDT · by george76 · 56 replies
    The Atlantic Wire ^ | October 01, 2012 | John Hudson
    It's difficult to understate the importance of Lockheed Martin's latest announcement on the race for the White House: the defense contractor said on Monday it will not be issuing employee layoff notices to 123,000 workers on Nov. 2—just four days before the presidential election. Amidst all of the super PACs and campaign ads, the threat of telling a sizable chunk of voters in key areas of the country that they could lose their jobs if the election didn't go Lockheed's way was one of the most potent examples of corporate electioneering. But the layoff threat was largely unreported outside of...
  • Change: ObamaCare To Cause DC Hospitals To Lose Millions In Medicare

    10/01/2012 2:07:45 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 9 replies ^ | october 1, 2012 | Duane Lester
    The readmission penalty, authorized by the 2010 health-care law, is one of the first examples of the incentives Medicare, the single largest payer of hospital services, is using to try to lower costs and improve care. Some of the hardest-hit facilities are inner-city hospitals that tend to treat sicker, poorer patients. These patients sometimes end up being readmitted because they have a harder time getting medication and follow-up doctors’ appointments, often because they lack transportation, hospital officials said. “Not only do we have the very sick patients, they also have very significant social needs,” said Kamaljit Sethi, who heads quality...
  • Miller gets her award for series on D.C. gun regulations

    10/01/2012 8:52:24 AM PDT · by marktwain · 3 replies
    Seattle Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 30 September, 2012 | Dave Workman
    Washington Times Senior Editor Emily Miller received the "Journalist of the Year" award from Alan Gottlieb at the annual Gun Rights Policy Conference Saturday in Orlando. Credits: Dave Workman Emily Miller, the determined senior editor for opinions and editorials at the Washington Times who took readers through the confusing maze of District of Columbia gun laws, was honored Saturday by the Second Amendment Foundation during the annual Gun Rights Policy Conference in Orlando, Fla. The SAF “Journalist of the Year” award was presented by SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan Gottlieb during the conference’s awards luncheon. Miller’s series “Emily...
  • Attn D.C. Area FReepers: Ann Coulter Book Party This Friday 10/5/12

    10/01/2012 6:53:23 AM PDT · by kristinn · 83 replies
    WMAL ^ | Wednesday, September 26, 2012
    Join Best Selling Author Ann Coulter for a Book Party Happy Hour Highlighting Mugged: Racial Demagoguery from the Seventies to Obama Hosted by Grover Norquist with Americans for Tax Reform, Brent Bozell, Human Events, Penguin Publishing USA and WMAL Friday, October 5th, 2012 4:00-6:00 pm American for Tax Reform 722 12th Street, NW, 6th Floor, Washington, DC RSVP is required. To RSVP, e-mail
  • D.C. sniper 10 years later: ‘I was a monster’

    09/30/2012 3:57:59 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 63 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 9/30/2012 | Dylan Stableford
    Lee Boyd Malvo, who was convicted along with John Allen Muhammad in the 2002 D.C. sniper shootings that left 10 dead and three wounded, says he remembers the killings vividly but can't explain why he did what he did. "I was a monster," Malvo told the Washington Post in a recent interview from a Virginia prison where he's serving six consecutive life sentences without the possibility of parole. "If you look up the definition, that's what a monster is. I was a ghoul. I was a thief. I stole people's lives. I did someone else's bidding just because they said...
  • Amtrak workers failing drug tests more often

    09/28/2012 12:39:31 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 6 replies
    Assoicated Press ^ | September 28, 2012 | JOSH LEDERMAN
    <p>A government watchdog says Amtrak's train operators are testing positive for drugs and alcohol more and more frequently over the last six years.</p>
  • Vote ‘President by Proxy’ Valerie Jarrett out of office on Nov. 6

    09/29/2012 4:20:59 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 20 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 9/29/12 | Judi McLeod
    Put a skirt on Barack Hussein Obama and parade him before the world. Call him President Valerie Jarrett. That, more than anything else, is who and what Barack Obama really is. With full apologies to the awesome, who called Valerie Jarrett “Obama’s Rasputin”, Rasputin’s got nothing on Jarrett. At least the mad monk came out of the dark, front and center into the palace, whereas Jarrett gets to hide on the taxpayers’ tab in the deepest of shadows. In the sewer of Chicago politics, the Iranian-born Jarrett has never faced a court of law as one of the city’s...