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  • CBO Quietly Drops Forecast That Obamacare Will Cut the Deficit

    06/05/2014 12:20:32 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 16 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | 6/5/14 | Eric Pianin - The Fiscal Times
    One of the Obama administration's major selling points in passing the Affordable Care Act in 2010 was a Congressional Budget Office forecast that the controversial legislation would reduce the deficit by more than $120 billion over the coming decade. The CBO has consistently projected that President Obama's overhaul will reduce the deficit, and the agency estimated that the Republicans’ 2011 effort to repeal the legislation would increase deficits by $210 billion from 2010 to 2021. In April, the agency quietly signaled that it can no longer make that projection; that the law had been changed and delayed so much that...
  • Daley Drops Out Of Race For Illinois Governor

    09/17/2013 1:03:29 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 24 replies
    NPR ^ | September 17, 2013
    Former White House chief of staff William Daley abruptly dropped out of the race for Illinois governor Monday, signaling he wasn't sure he wanted to devote time to a long, hard campaign followed by at least four years in office. The decision leaves Gov. Pat Quinn without a prominent challenger in the Democratic primary next March, unless another candidate makes a late entry into the race. Daley spokesman Peter Giangreco confirmed that the son of late Mayor Richard J. Daley and brother of former Mayor Richard M. Daley was ending what many had believed would be a serious challenge to...
  • Hughes Drops Jews

    01/29/2013 8:40:29 AM PST · by Nachum · 30 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | January 28, 2013 | staff
    The New Republic has quietly dropped at least five prominent Jewish writers from its masthead in a move that may signal the publication’s continued drift away from a staunchly pro-Israel standpoint. The magazine has launched an aggressive new editorial direction under the ownership of wealthy socialite Chris Hughes, who is best known for sharing a room with Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg at Harvard University. The names of several prominent Jewish writers from both the left and right of the political spectrum were dropped from TNR’s masthead in the latest issue. They include: Daily Beast reporter Eli Lake, longtime TNR columnist...
  • Bright House Networks drops Current TV

    01/04/2013 9:19:16 AM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 16 replies
    The Orlando Sentinel ^ | 1/4/2013 | halboedeker
    The low-rated Current TV is off Bright House Networks after the announcement that the channel was being sold to Al Jazeera. “Our agreement with Current TV has been terminated and we will no longer be carrying the service,” Bright House spokesman Donald Forbes said Friday. He added that the service ended Wednesday and that Bright House has not yet replaced Current TV on Channel 156.
  • Tea Party Drops Hardcore Ad Starring 'Obama Phone' Lady

    10/15/2012 10:02:09 PM PDT · by Nachum · 23 replies
    fox ^ | 10/15/12 | staff
    Super PAC Tea Party Victory Fund is using the "Obama Phone" lady in a new Ohio swing-state aimed ad. The pitch for the video, which asks donors for help in spreading the video in the state, is written by the Fund's chairman Ken Blackwell, Ohio's former secretary of state, via SLATE: This is it-- this is the October surprise. We just need to get this ad on television today. Will you help us? This commercial is a microcosm of the difference between Republicans and Democrats. Republicans want to create an environment where free people make their own choices and pursue...
  • Unemployment Drops to 5.1 Percent— For Government Workers; Lowest Among All Industries

    09/07/2012 2:05:43 PM PDT · by Nachum · 21 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | 9/7/12 | Susan Jones &Terence P. Jeffrey
    There was good news for American workers in August—if government was their employer. The unemployment rate for government wage and salaries workers dropped from 5.7 percent in July to 5.1 percent in August. At the same time, the number of government wage and salary workers counted as unemployed dropped by 123,000 people from 1,182,000 in July to 1,059,000 in August. The overall national unemployment rate was 8.1 percent in August. A year ago, in August 2011, there were 1,271,000 unemployed government wage and salary workers. So, the number of unemployed government workers has dropped by 212,000 since then.
  • Video: Syria Drops New ‘Barrel Bomb’ on Aleppo

    09/01/2012 10:57:01 PM PDT · by Nachum · 22 replies
    INN ^ | 9/1/12 | Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
    Syria killed Aleppo residents with a new Russian-made “barrel bomb,” large old drums stuffed with explosives, oil and pieces steel that maim, kill and terrorize, the London Telegraph reported Sunday morning. The homemade bomb spread devastation across a wide swath of the commercial hub, as seen in a video published by the London newspaper. "The sound was like nothing else I've ever heard. It was an almighty whoosh," rebel fighter Mohammed Ibrahim told the Telegraph. The blast perforated his eardrums, but others, including his cousin, were killed by the bomb, which was dropped by low-flying helicopters. Rebels are desperately trying...
  • Embattled Stephanie Cutter Drops ABC "This Week" Appearance

    08/09/2012 8:52:00 PM PDT · by Nachum · 28 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 8/9/12 | Dana Loesch
    President Obama's embattled deputy campaign manager, Stephanie Cutter, was scheduled to appear on ABC's "This Week" yet seems to now have changed her mind as call for her firing intensifies. Cutter took to the press this week to claim that she and the campaign were unfamiliar with Joe Soptic and his story. This turned out to be false: not only was the Obama campaign familiar with Soptic, they hosted him on an OFA conference call and previously used him for a campaign ad.
  • U.S. homeownership rate drops to 15-year low in Q1 (a 'Corporate' Big Gubamint Obama success story)

    04/30/2012 11:50:02 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 4/30/12 | Reuters
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The share of privately owned U.S. homes fell to a 15-year low in the first quarter, government data showed on Monday, suggesting that falling house prices are discouraging Americans from owning homes.
  • DOJ drops case against Florida pro-life sidewalk counselor, pays her $120G

    04/02/2012 10:08:58 PM PDT · by topher · 6 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | April 2, 2012
    The Department of Justice has given up its bid to prosecute a pro-life counselor and agreed to pay her $120,000 in a case a judge said never should have been brought. Mary Susan Pine, who stands outside abortion clinics and advises women not to have the procedure, was accused of blocking a car from entering a Florida abortion clinic in 2009. In December, a judge threw out the case, in which the government sought $10,000 in fines and a permanent injunction barring Pine from counseling women outside the Presidential Women's Center in West Palm Beach, Fla. The government had been...
  • Two-year Treasury yield drops to a record low

    08/04/2011 6:03:53 PM PDT · by Nachum · 24 replies
    ap ^ | 8/4/11 | STAN CHOE AP Business Writer
    NEW YORK (AP) -- Prices for Treasury securities jumped Thursday, sending the yield on the two-year note to a record low, as investors rushed to U.S. government debt in search of safety. Stocks tumbled around the world on worries that the U.S. economy is weakening and that Europe's debt problems are getting worse. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 513 points, its biggest drop since December 2008. The yield on the two-year Treasury note fell to 0.26 percent, a record low. Late Wednesday it was 0.34 percent. Bond yields fall when demand for them increases. That means traders are willing...
  • Comex Physical Silver Drops To Fresh All Time Low Of 28.8 Million Ounces, 3% Drop Overnight

    06/06/2011 4:54:51 PM PDT · by Nachum · 10 replies
    zero hedge ^ | Tyler Durden
    When we first started paying attention to the physical ("Registered") silver held in COMEX warehouses on April 20 following the explosion in the silver price, the total amounted to just over 41 million ounces. As of today, a short 6 weeks later, the total physical silver held throughout the entire Comex complex, has dropped by 30% over that period. As of close today, the total amount of Registered silver is now 28,773,375 ounces, a decline of 2.9% overnight from 29,636,513. This is due to a withdrawal of physical from both Brinks and Scotia Mocatta, as well as the ongoing reclassification...
  • Breitbart drops the hammer, calls out Jeffrey Toobin on ‘Weinergate’

    05/31/2011 9:36:43 PM PDT · by Nachum · 31 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 5/31/11 | Jeff Poor
    If a conservative politician does something or is alleged to have done something ill-advised of the sexual nature, chances are it will be on the radar of the mainstream media. But what about liberals – like New York Democratic Rep. Anthony Weiner? According Andrew Breitbart, there’s a double standard not only in the mainstream media, but among members of Congress as well. On Tuesday’s “Follow the Money” on the Fox Business Network, Breitbart went right after those politicians. However, he also had a few words for CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin, who attacked Breitbart earlier in the day. “Look, there’s...
  • Great news: Working population percentage drops to three-decade low

    04/14/2011 9:30:25 AM PDT · by Nachum · 14 replies
    hot air ^ | 4/14/11 | Ed Morrissey
    Maybe we can call this Generation U — for unemployed. Three decades ago, the US experienced a dramatic shift in culture and economics as women entered the workforce in record numbers, and our economy expanded to meet the labor supply. As USA Today reports, we have now returned to the same working percentage of the population as we had at the beginning of the expansion, an astonishing decline that doesn’t appear to be slowing much: The share of the population that is working fell to its lowest level last year since women started entering the workforce in large numbers three...
  • Facebook drops uprising page after Israel protest

    03/29/2011 10:16:24 AM PDT · by Nachum · 7 replies
    yahoo ^ | 3/29/11 | ap
    JERUSALEM – A Facebook page calling on Palestinians to take up arms against Israel has been removed from the social-networking site after a high-profile Israeli appeal. Entitled "Third Palestinian Intifada," the page had more than 350,000 fans before it was taken down. Facebook didn't comment the removal on Tuesday. Israeli Cabinet Minister Yuli Edelstein said in a letter to Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg that the page included calls to kill Jews and for "liberating" Jerusalem through violence.
  • Justice drops defense of Donald Rumsfeld, Paul Wolfowitz

    02/22/2011 9:44:39 PM PST · by Nachum · 60 replies
    politico ^ | 2/22/11 | JOSH GERSTEIN
    The Justice Department under President Barack Obama has quietly dropped its legal representation of more than a dozen Bush-era Pentagon and administration officials - including former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and aide Paul Wolfowitz - in a lawsuit by Al Qaeda operative Jose Padilla, who spent years behind bars without charges in conditions his lawyers compare to torture. Charles Miller, a Justice Department spokesman, confirmed Tuesday that the government has agreed to retain private lawyers for the officials, at a cost of up to $200 per hour. Miller said “conflicts concerns” prompted the decision. He did not elaborate. One private...
  • Obama Drops "S-Bomb" At Presser On Budget (Fruedian...)

    02/15/2011 9:23:38 AM PST · by Nachum · 11 replies
    real clear politics ^ | 12/15/11 | staff
    President Obama flubs "lowest sh**" when he meant to say "lowest share." OBAMA: ".. bring annual domestic spending to its lowest sh** -- lowest share to the economy since Dwight Eisenhower."
  • US drops Amritsar from Obama itinerary over headgear worries

    10/19/2010 8:03:30 PM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 76 replies
    Times of India ^ | 20 October 2010 | Times of India, New Delhi, India
    NEW DELHI: US President Barack Obama will not visit Amritsar during his stay in India next month. While there was no official confirmation from the government, sources said the proposal to visit Amritsar had been dropped owing to reservations of US officials over the kind of scarf Obama would have to wear to visit the Golden Temple. The decision was yet to be communicated to the government till late on Tuesday. However, sources said Obama, who will arrive in Mumbai on November 6, will directly come to Delhi now after a day's stay in the country's commercial capital. Earlier, he...
  • Oregon revenue drops sharply, rips $563 million hole in state budget (raise taxes, lose revenue)

    05/28/2010 7:56:10 AM PDT · by Ravi · 50 replies · 1,044+ views
    OR Live ^ | 5/25/10 | esteve
    SALEM -- Oregon’s stubbornly bad economy has left a huge hole in the state budget, distressed lawmakers learned today -- $563 million that must be cut from schools and other programs over the next year unless more money comes in. The figure was reported during the quarterly economic and revenue forecast, delivered minutes ago to a somber gathering of House and Senate revenue committees. The bad financial news means that either Gov. Ted Kulongoski or the Legislature must take steps to balance the current two-year budget, which
  • White House drops Christian dating for Jewish proclamation

    05/03/2010 7:56:38 PM PDT · by Nachum · 13 replies · 740+ views
    Politico ^ | 5/3/10 | Ben Smith
    The White House, in the midst of an intense charm offensive aimed at the Jewish and pro-Israel communities, has dropped an archaic phrase that has, in the past, rankled Jewish groups. The use of the proclamation boilerplate "in the year of our Lord" for a celebration of Jewish Heritage Month had struck a slightly off-key note for Jewish groups in Obama's last proclamation, as in those of Bill Clinton and George W. Bush.
  • MSNBC drops daytime opinion format

    12/29/2009 5:24:36 AM PST · by reaganrevolutionin2010 · 10 replies · 1,006+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 12/29/09 | David Bauder
    Opinionated talk is big business on cable news networks when the sun goes down. During the day, though, it's the opposite. MSNBC is shuffling its daytime lineup early next year because its strategy of spreading personality-driven programming throughout the schedule isn't working. The new approach will emphasize a fast-paced review of the day's big stories as they break.
  • Gatorade Drops Tiger Woods Drink

    12/08/2009 12:48:39 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 95 replies · 2,701+ views
    TheStreet.com ^ | 12/8/09 | Andrea Tse
    NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Gatorade has become the first sponsor to drop a Tiger Woods product since his scandal began. On Tuesday afternoon, the PepsiCo(PEP Quote) company told CNBC that the "Gatorade Tiger Focus" will be phased out.
  • Kohls Drops Minnesota Governor Bid (GOP)

    11/02/2009 8:10:57 AM PST · by markomalley · 1 replies · 432+ views
    CQ Politics ^ | 10/30/2009 | Emily Cadai
    State Rep. Paul Kohls became an early casualty of the crowded race for Minnesota governor, dropping out Thursday because of a lack of support from GOP constituencies. "I've come to the conclusion that I don't have sufficient support from the delegates to keep going," Kohls told reporters. Kohls, who has been in the state House since 2002, was not among the top finishers in the state Republican party's straw poll earlier this month. The poll was won by House Minority Leader Marty Seifert, one of the first and most prominent Republicans to join the race after incumbent Tim Pawlenty, a...
  • J Street branch drops pro-Israel slogan

    10/26/2009 4:59:03 PM PDT · by Nachum · 9 replies · 445+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 10/26/09 | HILARY LEILA KRIEGER, JPOST CORRESPONDENT IN WASHINGTON
    J Street's university arm has dropped the "pro-Israel" part of the left-wing US lobby's "pro-Israel, pro-peace" slogan to avoid alienating students. That decision was part of the message conveyed to young activists who attended a special weekend program for students ahead of J Street's first annual conference, which began on Sunday. Students are seen as a key component of the 18-month-old organization's constituency base and the conference itself. The multi-day event has incorporated new technology and interactive forums to harness their energy and garner feedback from the audience, which swelled to 1,500 on Monday and created overflow plenary and breakout...
  • Public Confidence in Obama Drops, Poll Says

    08/20/2009 10:04:14 PM PDT · by ex-Texan · 39 replies · 2,691+ views
    Los Ageles Times ^ | 8/22/20098 | Dan Balz and Jon Cohen
    Fifty-five percent see the nation heading on the wrong track, up from 48% in April. Opposition against a public healthcare option is also up. Reporting from Washington - Public confidence in President Obama's leadership has declined sharply over the summer, amid intensifying opposition to a healthcare overhaul that threatens to undercut his attempt to change the system, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll. * * * Among all Americans surveyed, 49% express confidence that Obama will make the right decisions for the country, down from 60% at the 100-day mark in his presidency. Forty-nine percent say they think...
  • Obama throws 'car czar" idea under the bus

    02/16/2009 2:18:51 AM PST · by Askwhy5times · 7 replies · 430+ views
    The Intellectual Redneck ^ | February 16, 2009 | The Intellectual Redneck
    Barack Obama has dropped the 'car czar' idea for saving the U.S. auto industry. He plans to replace the car czar with a government task force. This sounds like another bureaucratic committee. It has been said a camel is a horse designed by committee. This is another step backwards for saving the American auto industry. They need a strong powerful overseer who can step in and force a deal. If GM and Chrysler can not get the UAW and their creditors to give major concessions, they are headed towards bankruptcy.
  • CA: L.A. filmmaking drops to record low

    01/14/2009 9:01:28 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 21 replies · 680+ views
    LA Daily News ^ | 1/14/09 | Gregory J. Wilcox
    Runaway production costs pushed the number of feature film shoots in metropolitan Los Angeles to a record low in 2008 as studios sought cheaper locations out of state, an industry tracker said Tuesday. The report from FilmL.A., which coordinates location permits in the region, said feature filming for the year tumbled 15 percent from 2007. The fall was especially steep in the last half of the year - down an annual 38 percent in the third quarter and 47 percent in the fourth quarter. There were 7,043 feature production days last year, the fewest since the nonprofit FilmL.A. began to...
  • Oil drops 7 percent on U.S. stock build, slowing demand (crude for Dec. delivery fell $5 to $67.18)

    10/22/2008 10:59:14 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 33 replies · 836+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 10/22/08 | Chris Baldwin
    NEW YORK (Reuters) – Oil dropped nearly 7 percent to a new 16-month low on Wednesday, as rising U.S. fuel inventories added to signs an economic slowdown has dragged down demand in the world's biggest energy consumer. Gloom about the global economic outlook could limit the impact of any oil supply cuts OPEC might agree at a meeting on Friday. U.S. crude for December delivery fell $5 to $67.18 by 12:47 EST (1637 GMT), touching its lowest since June 2007. London Brent crude traded down $4.52 at $65.20. U.S. crude oil inventories rose 3.2 million barrels in the week to...
  • Oil drops 6 percent to below $88 on demand concerns

    10/06/2008 1:55:41 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 30 replies · 993+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 10/6/08 | Matthew Robinson
    NEW YORK (Reuters) – Oil dropped more than 6 percent to below $88 a barrel on Monday as a global market rout churned concerns that faltering fuel demand could slow further. U.S. stocks tumbled 6 percent to the lowest level in nearly five years as part of an international sell-off on fears the global economy was heading into recession. U.S. crude settled down $6.07 at $87.81 a barrel after hitting an eight-month low of $87.56. London Brent crude fell $6.57 to settle at $83.68 a barrel. Crude prices have plummeted from a peak over $147 a barrel set on July...
  • Money sent home by Mexicans in US drops 12 percent

    10/01/2008 9:01:50 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 15 replies · 667+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 10/1/08 | Traci Carl - ap
    MEXICO CITY - Mexicans living in the U.S. sent home 12 percent less money in August, the largest drop on record since the Bank of Mexico began tracking remittances 12 years ago, the central bank reported on Wednesday. Remittances began dropping early this year, economically stranding many small towns and neighborhoods that live off the stipends. The Bank of Mexico said remittances will likely continue to fall in the coming months because of the "difficult problems the U.S. economy faces." The bank said remittances in August dropped 12 percent to US$1.9 billion. That compares to US$2.2 billion in August 2007.
  • Legal immigration drops (17 percent last year, largely because of administrative problems)

    04/04/2008 9:19:53 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies · 621+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 4/4/08 | Suzanne Gamboa - ap
    WASHINGTON - The number of people who legally immigrated to the U.S. dropped 17 percent last year, largely because of administrative problems, according to a Homeland Security Department report. A total of 1.05 million people became legal permanent residents in 2007, falling from 1.27 million a year earlier, according to the report by the department's Office of Immigration Statistics. Citizenship and Immigration Services has been under fire after processing times grew because immigrants flooded the agency with applications filed last year in advance of a dramatic increases in filing fees. The delays will keep some people from becoming citizens in...
  • Face of Defense: Air Force Recruit Drops 128 Pounds to Enlist

    03/25/2008 4:49:02 PM PDT · by SandRat · 17 replies · 690+ views
    Face of Defence ^ | Kendahl Johnson
    ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga., March 25, 2008 – When Will Sims entered basic training yesterday as one of the Air Force's newest recruits, it culminated an effort to overcome an obstacle that might keep others with less determination and resolve out of the military. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Damon Andrews, a recruiter attached to 367th Recruiting Group at Robins Air Force Base, Ga., stands with Will Sims, who lost more than 125 pounds in eight months to fulfill his goal to enlist in the Air Force. Photo by Sue Sapp   (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. When...
  • 101st Drops Iron Hammer on Insurgents

    11/24/2007 9:14:37 AM PST · by SandRat · 35 replies · 110+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Spc. Rick Rzepka, 101st Airborne Division
    FORWARD OPERATING BASE SUMMERALL — 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division troops recently completed their first major offensive operation in the Salah Ad-Din province, since their arrival in theater in early October. Operation Bulldog Hammer, part of the larger Operation Iron Hammer, was designed to stifle al Qaida insurgents in cities like Bayji and Suniyah and to promote the continuing reconciliation effort here. Various elements of the storied "Bastogne" Brigade along with their counterparts from the 4th Iraqi Army Division and Iraqi Police, conducted a series of simultaneous, combined operations, to disrupt terrorist activities in the largely Sunni area...
  • Number of Deadly Explosively Formed Projectiles in Iraq Drops

    11/01/2007 4:42:07 PM PDT · by SandRat · 7 replies · 159+ views
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 1, 2007 – The number of explosively formed penetrators, a particularly deadly form of improvised explosive device, is down in Iraq, a top coalition commander said today. However, it is unclear whether Iran has slowed shipments of the deadly weapons into Iraq or not, Army Lt. Gen. Raymond T. Odierno said from his headquarters of Multinational Corps Iraq in Baghdad. In October, coalition forces encountered 53 explosively formed projectiles: 30 explosions and 23 found before they exploded. In September, the number was 52, while coalition forces encountered 78 projectiles in August. In July, forces encountered 99 of the...
  • Iraq Violence Drops as Economy Revives, Officials Say

    09/05/2007 4:41:37 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 263+ views
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 5, 2007 – The surge of U.S. forces has contributed to a marked decrease in sectarian attacks and other violence across Iraq, while a bevy of programs is breathing life into the country’s battered infrastructure and economy, U.S. officials told reporters today. “Together with our Iraqi partners, we are making progress in securing the people of Iraq,” coalition spokesman Army Maj. Gen. Kevin Bergner told reporters in Baghdad. “In the coming months, coalition and Iraqi forces will keep the pressure on the enemy, while also supporting important economic and reconstruction efforts in areas where we have already secured...
  • RIAA Drops Another Case After Lawyer Points Out How Weak The Evidence Is

    03/29/2007 9:26:22 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 27 replies · 376+ views
    Techdirt ^ | 3/28/07
    For years, the RIAA has been bullying all sorts of people with lawsuits over file sharing -- but the evidence they use has always been weak, at best. In the early years, before most people recognized this, they were forced to settle. But, more recently, lawyers have realized that pointing out how weak the evidence is will often make the RIAA turn and drop the case. They usually try to get out of paying legal fees, but even that's becoming more difficult. In the latest case (as usual, pointed out by Ray Beckerman) a strong letter pointing out all the...
  • Security Plan Working as Violence Drops in Northwest Baghdad

    03/16/2007 4:45:39 PM PDT · by SandRat · 6 replies · 301+ views
    WASHINGTON, March 16, 2007 – Moving coalition forces out of big forward operating bases and into smaller community-based combat outposts as part of the Baghdad Security Plan has reduced violence and helped to stabilize northwestern Baghdad, a senior Army officer serving there said today. Murders are down by more than half since January in the densely populated 93-square-kilometer area controlled by the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, said its commander, Army Col. J.B. Burton. His troops have found only 10 planted improvised explosive devices this month. That’s down from 36 in January, when 89 IEDs were detonated....
  • Hicks drops Islamic faith

    02/28/2007 7:21:23 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 13 replies · 918+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 2/28/07 | Mark Dunn
    DAVID Hicks has renounced Islam, his American military lawyer confirmed yesterday.Major Michael Mori declined to say why Hicks was no longer a Muslim, saying it was a personal issue for the suspected terrorist. Hicks adopted the name Dawood when he converted to Islam in Adelaide in the late 1990s. He was captured in Afghanistan in 2002 and has spent five years in the high-security US military prison at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba. A former Guantanamo inmate has claimed Hicks was denounced by Muslim prisoners for his change of faith.
  • Euro breaks $1.30 for first time since April 2005

    11/24/2006 4:34:32 AM PST · by shrinkermd · 55 replies · 1,120+ views
    MarketWatch ^ | 24 November 2006 | Steve Goldstein
    LONDON (MarketWatch) -- The euro broke through the $1.30 level on Friday for the first time since April 2005, as the dollar's rapid decline since Wednesday continued. The euro rose to $1.3019 from $1.1948, and the dollar fell to 115.86 yen from 116.27 yen.
  • Violence in Iraq Drops in Weeks After Ramadan

    11/20/2006 3:35:50 PM PST · by SandRat · 32 replies · 850+ views
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 20, 2006 -- As expected, violence in Iraq has dropped following the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, a coalition spokesman said in Baghdad today. Army Maj. Gen. William Caldwell said civilian and Iraqi security force casualties were at the lowest levels since the government was formed in May. So far this month, the civilian casualty count is well below the casualty count in October and below the six-month average. The security force casualties reduced 21 percent over the past four weeks, and are at the lowest level in 25 weeks, he said. “In Baghdad, there was a...
  • Harvard Drops 'Early Action' Admissions

    09/12/2006 10:58:55 AM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 41 replies · 1,203+ views
    http://www.comcast.net/ ^ | 9 12 06 | JUSTIN POPE
    BOSTON - In a change certain to shake up college admissions, Harvard University will ditch its "early action" round of applications on the grounds that it favors wealthier students over minorities and the poor. It called on other universities to follow suit. Starting next year, Harvard will eliminate its early round of admissions that allows high school students to apply by Nov. 1 of their senior year and receive a decision _ accept, reject or defer _ by Dec. 15. Applicants hoping to enter in the fall of 2008 will face a common application due date of Jan. 1. "The...
  • Barry Bonds drops lawsuit against SF Chronicle reporters

    06/10/2006 10:43:55 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 1 replies · 308+ views
    Barry Bonds dropped his lawsuit against two San Francisco Chronicle reporters who published a book claiming the San Francisco Giants slugger used steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs. Bonds requested that San Francisco County Superior Court dismiss the lawsuit June 2, according to court records reviewed by the San Jose Mercury News. The suit was dismissed without prejudice, meaning he retains the right to refile it. In March, Bonds sued Chronicle reporters Mark Fainaru-Wada and Lance Williams, publisher Gotham books, the Chronicle and Sports Illustrated, which published an excerpt of the book, "Game of Shadows." Bonds' lawyers, suing under California's unfair...
  • Congress Drops 'Buy America For (Air) Tankers

    01/03/2006 2:48:30 PM PST · by blam · 16 replies · 687+ views
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 1-3-2006 | Matthew Daly
    Congress Drops 'Buy America' for Tankers Tuesday January 3, 2006 9:47 PM By MATTHEW DALY Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) - A defense bill approved by Congress would allow open competition for a multibillion-dollar contract to supply refueling tankers for the Air Force. President Bush is expected to sign the measure, squelching an earlier House-approved bill that would have helped The Boeing Co. by keeping the Pentagon from buying military equipment from the parent company of European jet maker Airbus SAS. Boeing lost the lucrative tanker contract in 2004 amid an ethics scandal. ``Buy America'' language had been inserted by...
  • Schwarzenegger drops legal fight over nurse staffing ratios

    11/11/2005 11:12:35 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 316+ views
    ap on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 11/11/05 | ap - Sacramento
    SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has dropped the fight against one of his most vocal critics, deciding to stop battling the California Nurses Association over hospital staffing ratios. Attorney General Bill Lockyer filed a motion late Thursday on behalf of the governor's office that withdrew the state's appeal of an earlier court ruling. In June, a Sacramento County Superior Court judge ruled that the administration erred when it issued an emergency order a year ago seeking to delay a first-in-the-nation law requiring hospitals to provide more nurses. The governor's office filed an appeal shortly after with the state 3rd...
  • ‘Steel Curtain’ drops on terrorists near Syrian border

    11/08/2005 3:12:40 PM PST · by SandRat · 16 replies · 925+ views
    ARNEWS ^ | Nov 8, 2005
    AR RAMADI, Iraq (Army News Service, Nov. 8, 2005) -- Iraqi and U.S. Soldiers are fighting alongside Marines near the Iraq-Syria border in Operation Steel Curtain, which began over the weekend. Thirty-six terrorists have been confirmed killed so far in the operation, near the town of Hasaybah. The objectives of Operation al Hajip Elfulathi (Steel Curtain) are to restore Iraqi sovereign control along the border and destroy the al Qaeda operating throughout the region, officials said. Terrorists masqueraded as women Iraqi troops killed three foreign fighters dressed in women’s clothing. The trio brandished weapons as they neared the checkpoint that...
  • Judge drops groping charges against actor Christian Slater

    09/19/2005 5:57:35 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 16 replies · 689+ views
    Court TV on Yahoo ^ | 9/19/05 | Samantha Murphy - Court TV
    NEW YORK (Court TV) — Actor Christian Slater cheerfully skipped out of a Manhattan courthouse Monday after a judge dismissed charges against him for allegedly groping a woman outside a deli in May. Clad in a black suit and striped tie, the 36-year-old actor clasped his hands and smiled widely when Judge Shawndiya Simpson announced that misdemeanor sexual abuse and forcible touching charges against him would be dropped. "We are relieved," Slater told Courttv.com. "It was just a whole big misunderstanding." Slater was arrested May 31, 2005, just before 2 a.m. for allegedly "grabbing the buttocks" of a woman on...
  • School drops probe of professor's heritage (Dip'Wadd' Churchill Update)

    08/23/2005 8:47:51 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 38 replies · 1,076+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 8/23/05 | AP - Denver
    DENVER (AP) - The University of Colorado has dropped its investigation into the American Indian heritage of the professor who came under fire for likening Sept. 11 victims to an infamous Nazi, the professor himself says. A letter from the university dated Friday said a faculty panel decided to drop the matter, Ward Churchill said Monday. "There's no basis to proceed," Churchill quoted the letter as saying, later adding: "It should have never been an issue". "It can be taken as that 'we're not functioning as boards of racial purity with a board of white guys that sit around and...
  • CA: Teachers' union drops bid for tax hike on business properties

    08/04/2005 3:49:48 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 462+ views
    AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 8/4/05 | Jennifer Coleman - AP
    SACRAMENTO (AP) - The state's largest teachers union has dropped an initiative that would have poured billions of dollars into schools by raising property taxes on businesses, union officials said Thursday. Instead, the California Teachers Association will work with the opponents of the "Tax Fairness Act" to craft long-term solutions to school funding in the state, CTA president Barbara Kerr said. The CTA had gathered enough signatures - more than 900,000 - to qualify the initiative for the June 2006 ballot, Kerr said. It would have exempted California commercial and business properties from Proposition 13's rule that property value, upon...
  • CA: Schwarzenegger drops consolidation plans

    02/17/2005 6:42:46 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 225+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 2/17/05 | Tom Chorneau - AP
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has dropped a plan to eliminate or consolidate 88 state boards and commissions - a major setback to his reorganization of a bureaucracy that he's called a "mastodon frozen in time." The plan "will benefit from further review" and more consultation with state lawmakers, Schwarzenegger said Thursday in a letter to an agency that reviews state operations. The nonpartisan Little Hoover Commission was scheduled to review the plan next week. Last year, after comparing the state's executive branch to a huge, extinct animal, Schwarzenegger launched the California Performance Review, which resulted in more...
  • Arnold Drops a Nuke on Teacher Unions

    01/07/2005 8:25:59 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 132 replies · 3,736+ views
    CaliforniaRepublic.org ^ | 1/7/05 | Lance T. Izumi - Pacific Research Institute
    Arnold Schwarzenegger is proving that he is truly the reformer that Californians hoped he would be when they elected him governor. While his rumored budget reforms got the most buzz before his state of the state address, his proposal to overturn teacher tenure and link teacher pay to merit and performance epitomizes his willingness to take on the powerful special interests that control Sacramento. In California, after completing a two-year probationary period, teachers receive “permanent status” or tenure. Once tenured, it is virtually impossible to fire a teacher, regardless of poor performance. According to a Pacific Research Institute study of...