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  • Obama to sign highway bill

    05/31/2015 2:13:47 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 10 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 29, 2015 | Jordan Fabian
    President Obama on Friday will sign a two-month extension of highway funding into law, the White House said. The measure prevents a sudden halt in infrastructure funding that was slated to begin May 31. But White House press secretary Josh Earnest criticized the stopgap bill as a punt and urged Congress to pass a long-term measure to fund road projects. “It’s the president’s view that the era of short-term patches ... must come to an end,” Earnest told reporters. Earnest noted it was the 33rd temporary fix for highway funding since 2008. The uncertainty caused by that approach has led...
  • Rouhani Hails Extension of Talks as 'Victory'

    11/24/2014 5:53:11 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 9 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 25/11/14 | Ben Ariel
    Iran’s President, Hassan Rouhani, on Monday welcomed the extension of talks between his country and six world powers, and hailed it as “victorious” for Iranians. “We have neither compromised over Iran’s nuclear rights, nor will ever do so, and there is no doubt that the Iranian nuclear technology will remain functioning,” he said, according to the IRNA news agency. Rouhani once again repeated the slogan he used during his presidential campaign that the centrifuges will never cease rotating, while the wheels of the people’s lives, too, will rotate more smoothly. "Our nation has emerged victorious and will be victorious," emphasized...
  • Pelosi: Extending Unemployment ‘One of Best Ways to Grow the Economy’

    12/07/2013 2:07:40 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 43 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 6, 2013 - 6:10 AM | Susan Jones
    Almost 11 million people couldn’t find a job in November, and for those who don't earn a paycheck, unemployment benefits work for the economy, too, a leading Democrat says. “Economists agree that unemployment benefits remain one of the best ways to grow the economy in a very immediate way,” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (R-Calif.) said at a news conference on Thursday. She spoke after Democrats held a hearing on the impending expiration of unemployment benefits—an “essential lifeline that millions of Americans and their families depend on,” Pelosi said. …
  • Obama's Flip-Flopping In Shambles As California Rejects Proposed One-Year Plan Extension

    11/21/2013 4:44:52 PM PST · by Zakeet · 11 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | November 21, 2013
    When Barack Obama, floundering in the endless humiliation from the disastrous rollout of Obamacare, gave the country's insurance companies the "put option" to reject the one-year "cancellation" extension fix stemming from the whole "if you like your plan, you can keep it, period" fiasco, he committed a cardinal sin - he lost control of the situation, because from that point onward the decision was no longer in his court. Furthermore, due to the syndicate nature of insurance companies and state insurance commissioners implementing Obamacare, suddenly the decision was subject to game theoretical facets including cooperation and defection, or rather just...
  • White House grants extension on health law sign-up

    10/28/2013 5:13:06 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 40 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 10/28/13 | Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar - AP
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Obama administration says it's granting a six-week extension until March 31 for Americans to sign up for coverage next year and avoid new tax penalties under the president's health care overhaul law. Monday's move had been expected since White House spokesman Jay Carney promised quick action last week to resolve a "disconnect" in the implementation of the law. ...
  • Netanyahu granted extension to form government

    03/02/2013 3:44:21 PM PST · by Dave346 · 9 replies
    Ynetnews ^ | 03.02.13, 20:28 | Moran Azulay
    President Peres gives PM 14-day negotiation extension. Netanyahu, in thinly veiled criticism of Yesh Atid-Habayit Hayehudi pact, says delay is due to 'some parties boycotting others' Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with President Shimon Peres on Saturday evening and officially asked him for an extension in order to form the new government. Peres granted the request. In a short press conference held in the President's Residence following the meeting, Netanyahu criticized what he called the "boycott" imposed by certain parties on others. "The main reason I have not been able to finish forming the coalition until now is – and...
  • Wind credit proponents prepare for 'fiscal-cliff' agreement without extension

    12/30/2012 7:28:56 AM PST · by Libloather · 4 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/29/12 | Zack Colman
    An energy security group told The Hill on Friday that it does not expect the one-year wind credit extension it has supported to make it into a “fiscal cliff” deal. The Truman National Security Project's Operation Free campaign is preparing to fight for a retroactive extension to the credit next Congress. Michael Wu, the group’s advocacy policy director, said the extension would likely be left out of a short-term agreement to avoid automatic spending cuts and tax increases set to take effect Jan. 1. “Everything in a stopgap package would be geared toward keeping taxes from jumping on the middle...
  • VTA light-rail extension to Los Gatos: $175 million for 200 new riders

    11/28/2012 4:20:01 PM PST · by Lonely Bull · 24 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 11/28/2012 | Mike Rosenberg
    Just how many new riders would jump on a train to one of Silicon Valley's most desired destinations? About 200, it turns out -- and it would cost taxpayers up to $175 million to build the rail line to Los Gatos. The new projections come from the Valley Transportation Authority's updated forecast for a long-envisioned light-rail extension. Still years from reality, the Los Gatos line would be one of the least-used light-rail extensions planned in the nation -- and would reduce South Bay vehicle traffic by a mere 0.01 percent.
  • The Taxman Cometh...Extension information

    04/15/2012 5:35:27 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 1 replies
    Just thought I'd pass along some information I heard about just recently. For anyone who owes money to the IRS for 2011, & has been unemployed for at least 30days in 2011 or in these past few months of 2012, there is a special Extension form that will allow you to postpone paying for 6 months. It's form #1127-A, and it's called "Application for Extension of Time for Payment of Income Tax for 2011 Due to Undue Hardship". This is different from a normal extension, in that you don't have to pay anything up front. The late payment fee is...
  • Uncle Sam spending his way to financial disaster

    01/21/2012 6:05:33 AM PST · by cap10mike · 6 replies ^ | January 20, 2012 | Michael Dorstewitz
    Sam’s a profligate spender. No matter how much he earns, it’s never enough, and his mounting credit card debt is proof. Ironically, Sam is concerned about his retirement, so he takes a second, part-time job and deposits all those earnings into an IRA. While Sam’s personal finances are teetering on the edge, his retirement account is firmly planted on solid ground. Sam repeatedly raises the limit on his credit cards, but it doesn’t keep up with his lifestyle. His accountant is always on Sam’s case to follow a budget, but Sam hasn’t even prepared one. To ease some of the...
  • Obama tries to turn the tables on GOP with call for tax cut extension

    08/14/2011 7:32:12 PM PDT · by Libloather · 65 replies
    The Hill ^ | 8/14/11 | Russell Berman and Bernie Becker
    Obama tries to turn the tables on GOP with call for tax cut extensionBy Russell Berman and Bernie Becker 08/14/11 06:00 PM ET President Obama’s call for an extension of a payroll tax cut could upend the political dynamics in Congress heading into the fall, as Democrats adopt a trademark Republican tactic: warning against a looming tax hike. With the economic recovery stalled, the Obama administration is pushing aggressively to keep in place the payroll tax holiday that was enacted as part of the bipartisan tax deal Congress passed in December. Republican leaders have resisted that idea, preferring instead to...
  • Trump stalls TV contract while mulling campaign

    04/17/2011 3:28:50 AM PDT · by Scanian · 44 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 16, 2011 | Matt Sedensky
    PALM BEACH, Florida (AP) — Donald Trump says he has put off agreeing to an extension of his “Celebrity Apprentice” reality show while he weighs a presidential bid. The real estate mogul and potential Republican contender says he told NBC on Friday he could not commit to a three-year contract extension for the series until he decides whether he’s running. Trump spoke at an event at his Mar-a-Lago estate on Palm Beach. He offered familiar messages questioning President Barack Obama’s birthplace. He also said the U.S. should be entitled to Iraqi oil and praised the ultraconservative tea party. Trump says...
  • Brown seeks 5-year extension of California taxes (Moonbeam Rising III)

    01/10/2011 10:40:59 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 21 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 1/10/11 | Juliet Williams - Associated Press
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Gov. Jerry Brown is proposing to slash funding for most areas of state government and maintain a series of tax increases for five years to close California's huge budget deficit. ... He is calling for $12.5 billion in spending cuts, including reductions in welfare, social services, health care for the poor and higher education.
  • Highlights of the tax package passed by Congress [Good read]

    12/17/2010 7:20:31 AM PST · by upchuck · 13 replies
    Anderson Independent ^ | December 17, 2010
    Highlights of the tax package passed by Congress late Thursday and sent to President Barack Obama. It would cost about $858 billion; most provisions, which were to expire Jan. 1, would be extended for two years, unless noted. The package extends: —Lower rates for taxpayers at every income level. The top rate, on taxable income above $379,150, would stay at 35 percent, instead of increasing to 39.6 percent. The bottom rate, on taxable income below $8,500 for individuals and $17,000 for married couples, would stay at 10 percent, instead of increasing to 15 percent. Cost: $186.8 billion. —More generous itemized...
  • Revolt: Republicans Angry About Spending Bill Decry 'Total Mess'

    12/14/2010 11:37:26 AM PST · by ColdOne · 40 replies ^ | December 14, 2010 | Bret Baier and Jim Angle
    Republicans poring over a 1,924-page spending bill proposed by Democrats to cover the rest of the fiscal year are threatening to ground the legislation to a halt, citing hidden earmarks and massive spending that would be enacted into law without a review process.
  • George W. Bush: Stop Calling Them "Bush Tax Cuts"

    12/14/2010 10:00:01 AM PST · by Libloather · 21 replies
    CBS News ^ | 12/14/10 | Mary Dooe
    George W. Bush: Stop Calling Them "Bush Tax Cuts"Posted by Mary Dooe December 14, 2010 10:59 AM George W. Bush suggested in a radio interview on Monday that the debate over extending tax cuts in Washington might be made easier by using a phrase other than "Bush tax cuts." In the interview, conservative talk radio host Scott Hennen said that three of the most used words in politics in the last few months have been "Bush tax cuts." That's because of the debate raging over whether and how to extend the cuts, which were established in 2001 and 2003 and...
  • Tea Party ramps up efforts against tax deal

    12/13/2010 4:00:24 PM PST · by MontaniSemperLiberi · 41 replies · 1+ views ^ | Michael O'Brien
    Conservatives aligned with the Tea Party ramped up pressure Monday on Republicans to vote down the tax deal before Congress. A Tea Party umbrella group circulated a petition in opposition to President Obama's tax deal with Republicans, while another high-profile GOP lawmaker aligned with the grassroots movement said he's inclined to vote against it. "The idea that this massive tax and spend bill has not yet even been written but may be voted on by the Senate this weekend is appalling, and has rightfully drawn the anger of the and other Tea Party activists, an anger that will not...
  • Obama praises Senate Vote on Tax Cuts, Urges House to 'Act Quickly'

    12/13/2010 3:55:58 PM PST · by Red Steel · 19 replies
    abc ^ | December 13, 2010 6:10 PM | Sunlen Miller
    Speaking before the Senate vote was officially called, yet after the 68 votes needed to advance the bill, the president praised the Senate for moving forward on the package of tax cuts in the procedural vote this evening. “I am pleased to announce at this hour the United States Senate is moving forward on a package of tax cuts that has strong bipartisan support,” Obama said in a surprise statement from the Brady Briefing Room of the White House, “And this proves that both parties can in fact work together to grow our economy and look out for the American...
  • Breaking: Tax Cut Bill Advances in Senate

    12/13/2010 1:55:29 PM PST · by rightistight · 17 replies · 1+ views
    Pundit Press ^ | 12/13/10 | Aurelius
    The tax cut compromise reached by President Obama and Republicans has passed its first hurdle in the Senate. According to breaking news, the tax deal has gained the 60 votes it needed to advance in the Senate. This would pave the way for the bill's passing in only a day or two. Despite the fact that the bill has now passed its first test, it has been met with some resistance by both Democrats and Republicans. Some Democrats argue that there should be no extension of tax cuts, while many Republicans believe that the extra spending in the bill would...
  • A note on the unemployment extension (It's NOT the case that the unemployed get more than 99 weeks)

    12/13/2010 9:53:17 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/13/2010 | Ed Morrissey
    There seems to be some continuing confusion over exactly what form the unemployment extension takes in the Obama-GOP tax deal. On every occasion where I have discussed this, people have understood it to mean that unemployment benefits are being extended past the 99-week limit, allowing people to collect another 13 months of unemployment checks. That’s not actually the case, which I have stated in two earlier posts this week but not as a standalone point.The extension in this case applies to the entire program, not individual benefits. Both Gabriel Malor and Calculated Risk have noted the difference. The emergency federal...
  • Boehner faces historic decision on 2010 tax-cut Christmas tree

    12/13/2010 8:37:36 AM PST · by Hojczyk · 37 replies
    Washington ^ | December 12,1012 | Hugh Hewitt
    Boehner is a tough, wily and underestimated son of Ohio, one of 12 children, a product of Catholic schools, a Bishop Moeller Crusader through and through. He is said to be loyal to his friends and to the traditions of the House, and last week he promoted three long-serving Republicans to the leadership of three committees where various sets of reformers had hoped to see new faces for a new era. Tea Party activists are outraged and, worse by far, the Pledge to America that Boehner and his colleagues promulgated on a House Web site as binding on the Republicans...
  • House refuses to take-up Tax Bill in present form

    12/09/2010 8:44:22 AM PST · by pabianice · 66 replies
    CNN | 12/9/10
    Repubs promised no tax bill, no other bills. Dems refuse to let it come to a vote in Senate.
  • Unemployment benefits extension introduced in House

    NEW YORK ( -- The House will vote Thursday on whether or not to give the unemployed three more months to file for extended jobless benefits. The legislation would extend the deadline to file for federal unemployment benefits to Feb. 28, sparing 4 million people from falling off the rolls. The deadline is now Nov. 30. "Terminating this emergency unemployment assistance will not only devastate families, but it also will hurt the entire economy by depressing consumer confidence and demand," said Rep. Sander Levin, a Michigan Democrat., the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee.
  • Pelosi's false tax choice

    09/19/2010 3:18:50 AM PDT · by Scanian · 5 replies
    NY Post ^ | September 19, 2010 | MICHAEL D. TANNER
    Stop the presses: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has discovered fiscal discipline. On Thursday, she said she opposed the extension of the Bush tax cuts for higher income brackets, because she “can see no justification for going into debt to a foreign country to underwrite and subsidize tax cuts for the wealthiest people in America.” Pelosi is right in at least this much: Our expected $1.3 trillion budget deficit and $13.4 trillion national debt pose a fundamental threat to the US economy and our way of life. But she is wrong in her belief that the deficit is due to low...
  • The unkindest cuts

    08/22/2010 3:32:41 AM PDT · by Scanian · 8 replies
    NY Post ^ | August 22, 2010 | GERALD PRANTE
    Perhaps the biggest issue going into the fall’s midterm elections is the elimination, extension or modification of the so-called Bush tax cuts. It affects our wallets, of course, but also our nation’s financial future, as government debt continues to expand to immense proportions While the argument is sometimes framed as tax cuts for the rich, the truth is if Congress does nothing before January, virtually all Americans’ paychecks would shrink. The tax cuts passed under the Bush administration, mostly enacted in 2001 and 2003, substantially lowered what every taxpayer, poor and rich, owes each year. Among the dozen major tax...
  • Obama Proposes One-Year Extension of Payroll Tax Credit (tax cut launched by President Bush 8-o )

    02/01/2010 10:49:05 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 682+ views
    CQPolitics on Yahoo ^ | 2/1/10 | CQPolitics
    After years of debate about whether to extend the tax cuts launched by President Bush, the Obama administration now wants to extend a tax cut of its own. Among the major tax provisions in the administration's fiscal 2011 budget is a one-year extension of the "Making Work Pay" tax credit, which was a critical part of President Obama's campaign platform and the 2009 stimulus law. The payroll tax credit is set to lapse at the end of 2010; extending it for a year would cost $61.2 billion. Obama has touted the tax cut's breadth, emphasizing at last week's State of...
  • Some Troops in Iraq May Face Deployment Extension

    10/01/2009 5:41:27 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 282+ views
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 1, 2009 – The deployments of about 1,600 U.S. troops in Iraq could be extended in the weeks following the national election slated to occur in January, Pentagon officials said today. Some 1,000 soldiers from the Army’s 1st Cavalry Headquarters in Baghdad could be asked to stay up to 23 days longer and some 600 Marines from the II Marine Expeditionary Force in Anbar province could be extended up to 79 days, according to defense officials. Gen. Raymond Odierno said current military thinking is to maintain force levels between 110,000 and 120,000 troops for the two months after...
  • Top Democrat predicts extension of 'cash for clunkers' plan (Just think healthcare)

    08/05/2009 3:35:27 PM PDT · by Libloather · 16 replies · 738+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 8/04/09
    Top Democrat predicts extension of 'cash for clunkers' planTue Aug 4, 4:22 PM WASHINGTON (AFP) - The Democratic leader of the US Senate Harry Reid on Tuesday predicted that Congress would this week extend a wildly popular plan to entice Americans to trade in gas guzzling cars. The "Cash for Clunkers" plan, which offers drivers up to 4,500 dollars to replace obsolete autos with more fuel efficient models, exhausted its one billion dollar budget in a weeklong spree which boosted depressed car sales. Senate Majority leader Reid said after a meeting with President Barack Obama that despite congressional wrangling over...
  • Presidential Panel Eyes Shuttle Extension

    07/29/2009 11:50:32 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 18 replies · 1,098+ views on Yahoo ^ | 7/29/09 | Clara Moskowitz
    NASA will likely have to continue flying its aging space shuttle fleet beyond its planned 2010 retirement date in order to complete construction of the International Space Station, a presidential panel said Tuesday. Former astronaut Sally Ride, a member of the Review of U.S. Human Space Flight Plans Committee, said that it was unlikely NASA could meet the current deadline of retiring the space shuttle by next year, as is currently planned. The first operational flights of the agency's replacement for the shuttle, the Orion spacecraft, may also be delayed a year or so beyond its 2015 target, she added....
  • Microsoft Extends Windows XP Cutoff Date

    12/22/2008 10:22:39 AM PST · by A_Tradition_Continues · 108 replies · 3,335+ views
    InformationWeek ^ | 12/22/2008 | Paul McDougall
    Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT) is extending the deadline for making its supposedly retired Windows XP operating system available to custom PC builders. Under the plan, system builders will be allowed to take delivery of XP licenses and media through May 30. Previously, Microsoft had announced a Jan. 31 XP cutoff date for system builders, which are typically smaller, build-to-order vendors. The news was first reported Friday by sister site ChannelWeb.
  • Lufkin mayor supports I-69 — if it follows current U.S. 59

    04/13/2008 5:44:54 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 52 replies · 1,404+ views
    The Lufkin Daily News ^ | April 12, 2008 | Brittony Lund
    Despite the uproar over the state's proposal to build Trans-Texas Corridor 69 through East Texas, Lufkin's mayor says he supports the highway — as long as it follows the path of the current U.S. Highway 59. The Trans Texas Corridor/I-69 project is a statewide network of transportation routes in Texas that will incorporate existing and new highways, railways and utility right-of-ways. Anyone wishing to comment on the proposed road can go online to TxDOT has expanded its public comment period for TTC-69 to Friday, April 18. Gov. Rick Perry appointed Gorden, along with 17 other Texans, to an I-69...
  • McLennan County awaiting plans for Trans Texas Corridor

    04/09/2008 5:10:22 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 13 replies · 420+ views
    The Lariat Online (Baylor University) ^ | April 9, 2008 | Victoria Mgbemena
    As the state's population continues to grow in its urban centers, expansion plans for the highway system continue to be the focus for transportation improvements. The Trans Texas Corridor proposal is aimed to alleviate traffic congestion, improve air quality and provide safer traveling for drivers, among other goals. In 2002, Texas Governor Rick Perry released the plan to create the passageway, which spans northeast from Laredo to Oklahoma and is set to total 4,000 miles in the next 50 years. The $140 billion project calls for the incorporation of new toll roads, commuter railways, power lines and gas pipelines, while...
  • Corridor comment period extended to April 18

    04/02/2008 6:15:47 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 7 replies · 150+ views
    The Fort Bend Herald and Texas Coaster ^ | April 1, 2008 | Stephen Palkot
    Thanks to an extended comment deadline, almost three weeks remain for people to let their feelings be known about the Trans-Texas Corridor. The most recent study of the proposal, which includes a stretch in Fort Bend County, must be approved by the federal government for the Texas Department of Transportation to proceed with planning and, eventually, construction. TxDOT and the Federal Highway Administration have extended their formal comment period through April 18. During this time, individuals are encouraged to submit written comments on either the project itself or what is called the Draft Environmental Impact Study (DEIS), which is a...
  • Gorden named to I-69/TTC advisory committee

    04/01/2008 5:50:42 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 2 replies · 239+ views
    The Lufkin Daily News ^ | April 1, 2008 | Gary Willmon
    Lufkin Mayor Jack Gorden has been selected by the Texas Transportation Committee to serve on a citizens' advisory committee for putting together information regarding the proposed Interstate 69/Trans-Texas Corridor. According to Texas Department of Transportation officials, advisory committee members represent a cross-section of community and business leaders, landowners, local transportation experts and others. "Our goal is to enhance the public dialogue and meaningfully involve more Texans in transportation decisions," said Texas Transportation Commission Chair Hope Andrade. "These committees will have an important seat at the table as we work together to shape the future of transportation for our state." Gorden...
  • Officials: 'Trans-Texas Corridor' a taboo, but need real

    03/28/2008 5:55:47 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 18 replies · 758+ views
    The Fort Worth Star-Telegram ^ | March 28, 2008 | Gordon Dickson
    FORT WORTH -- The Trans-Texas Corridor is now so controversial, merely uttering the words in most political circles is taboo. "We're calling it a 'regional loop' because you can't say 'Trans-Texas Corridor' in the state of Texas anymore," said Michael Morris, transportation director for the North Central Texas Council of Governments. "The Trans-Texas Corridor is a lightning rod," he told visiting state representatives this week while explaining how the corridor would connect to regional highways by 2030. Opposition to the proposed construction of a $184 billion network of toll roads during the next 50 years is so strong statewide that...
  • McReynolds to TxDOT: 'Drop I-69/TTC absurdity'

    03/26/2008 5:37:17 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 29 replies · 671+ views
    The Lufkin Daily News ^ | March 25, 2008 | Gary Willmon
    State Rep. Jim McReynolds has sent a letter to the Texas Department of Transportation saying he thinks TxDOT should drop the idea of tying the Trans-Texas Corridor in with plans for routing Interstate 69 through East Texas. McReynolds says tremendous negative outcry from his constituents and other East Texas residents has made it clear to him no one wants infrastructure that massive and disruptive to the quality of life to be built, taking big swaths out of the Pineywoods countryside. "Within the past several weeks, I have personally attended every TxDOT hearing held in my district regarding this proposed corridor,"...
  • TxDOT gets 30-day extension on public comments for Interstate-69/Trans-Texas Corridor

    03/25/2008 6:27:33 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 14 replies · 462+ views
    Pegasus News ^ | March 25, 2008 | Pegasus News Wire
    The Texas Department of Transportation's request for a 30-day extension of the public comment period for the Interstate-69/Trans-Texas Corridor Tier One Draft Environmental Impact Statement has been granted. The request was approved by the Federal Highway Administration which oversees the environmental review process for transportation projects. TxDOT has held over 500 meetings on the Trans-Texas Corridor including 254 county meetings, 95 environmental meetings and hearings on I-69/TTC, 171 environmental meetings and hearings on TTC-35, and 12 town hall meetings. The public comment period opened in December, and an extension through April 18th allows more citizens the opportunity to express their...
  • Sadr To Extend Cease-Fire?

    02/21/2008 9:37:41 AM PST · by jdm · 18 replies · 83+ views
    Captain's Quarters ^ | Feb. 21, 2008 | by Ed Morrissey
    The six-month cease-fire ordered by Moqtada al-Sadr for his Mahdi Army soons expires, and many wondered what Sadr might do. Reuters reports that Sadr has decided to keep his militants sidelined for at least another few months. Sealed envelopes have gone to key Shi'ite mosques, with instructions to open them only in time for Friday prayers (via Hot Air): Powerful Iraqi Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr is expected to extend a six-month ceasefire by his Mehdi Army militia, two senior officials in his movement confirmed for the first time on Thursday. They said Sadr had issued a declaration to preachers to...
  • N. Korean leader asks Roh to extend Pyongyang visit by one day (go for extra inning?)

    10/03/2007 12:23:29 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 1 replies · 124+ views
    Yonhap News ^ | 10/03/07
    (LEAD) N. Korean leader asks Roh to extend Pyongyang visit by one day SEOUL, Oct. 3 (Yonhap) -- North Korean leader Kim Jong-il on Wednesday asked South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun to extend his North Korea visit by one day and stay in Pyongyang until Friday, Roh's public information secretary announced here. "North Korean leader Kim made a proposal for Roh to extend his stay in Pyongyang. The South's government officials and the presidential aides will positively consider the proposal," Yoon Seung-yong said in a media briefing. Roh was originally scheduled to return to Seoul on Thursday. According to pool...
  • DoD Announces Afghanistan Unit Extension

    01/25/2007 3:36:50 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 176+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Sgt. Sara Wood, USA
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 25, 2007 – Some 3,200 soldiers of the 3rd Brigade, 10th Mountain Division, will have their tour in Afghanistan extended for up to 120 additional days, Defense Department officials announced today. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates approved the extension was based on the recommendations of commanders on the ground, whom Gates visited last week, Bryan Whitman, a DoD spokesman, said. The extension will provide military capability for NATO to build on the success achieved in promoting stability and security in Afghanistan while denying safe haven for the Taliban, he said. “What is certain is that Secretary Gates...
  • Court: Ex-Ill. Gov. (George Ryan) Free During Appeal

    11/29/2006 10:58:11 AM PST · by Zakeet · 9 replies · 477+ views
    Washington Post ^ | November 29, 2006 | Associated Press
    CHICAGO -- Former Gov. George Ryan can remain free while he appeals his racketeering and fraud conviction, a federal appeals court has ruled. The decision by the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals was issued without explanation Tuesday. Ryan, 72, was convicted in April of steering lucrative state contracts and leases to lobbyists and friends and using state employees and tax dollars to operate his political campaigns. He was sentenced in September to 6 1/2 years in federal prison. U.S. District Judge Rebecca L. Pallmeyer had refused to grant bail to Ryan. But the appeals court overruled her and said...
  • Tiger Team attacks 172nd SBCT extension challenges (True or False?)

    08/21/2006 4:15:53 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 375+ views
    ARNEWS ^ | Aug 18, 2006 | Spc. Dale Sweetnam
    FT WAINWRIGHT (Army News Service, Aug. 18, 2006) -- When the extension of the 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team to Iraq was announced, the Department of the Army responded by deploying a Tiger Team to Fort Wainwright to begin working Soldier and family issues. The Tiger team got down to business Aug. 4 and worked long hours before leaving last weekend. While at Fort Wainwright, the Tiger Team confronted a variety of issues affecting deployed Soldiers and their families. “This is the top priority of the Army’s leadership,” Col. Dennis Dingle, chief of the DA Tiger Team said. “We are...
  • Gainey: Stryker Brigade Extension Offers Lessons to All Commanders

    08/17/2006 5:40:53 PM PDT · by SandRat · 7 replies · 390+ views
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 17, 2006 – The most important thing military leaders can offer their people is an up-front assessment of what they’re facing, as exemplified by the way the 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team’s leaders informed the troops about their extension in Iraq, DoD’s top enlisted adviser told American Forces Press Service. Army Command Sgt. Maj. William J. Gainey, senior enlisted adviser to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, shared his thoughts after returning from Alaska, home of the “Arctic Wolves.” The Defense Department announced July 27 that the brigade, which was in the midst of wrapping up...
  • Rumsfeld extends tours of 3,500 troops

    07/27/2006 5:54:38 PM PDT · by Aussie Dasher · 5 replies · 543+ views
    The Pentagon has extended the tours of about 3,500 US troops in Iraq for 120 days in a move that dashed hopes of a reduction in the US force this year in the face of surging sectarian violence. The Pentagon also identified four other brigades with 25,000 troops for deployment to Iraq late this year and early next, enough to maintain the US force at about 130,000 troops for a year. "Additionally, the Secretary of Defence approved a request by the commander of Multi-National Forces-Iraq (MNF-I) to extend the deployment of the 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team operating in Iraq...
  • Trojan Spoofs Firefox Extension, Steals IDs

    07/26/2006 7:26:07 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 71 replies · 2,001+ views
    TechWeb ^ | 25 July 2006 | Gregg Keizer
    An identity-stealing keylogger that disguises itself as a Firefox extension and installs silently in the background was discovered Tuesday by security vendor McAfee. According to the Santa Clara, Calif.-based company, the "FormSpy" Trojan horse monitors mouse movements and key presses to steal online banking or credit card usernames and passwords, other login information, and URLs typed into Firefox, the popular open-source browser. Another component of the Trojan sniffs out passwords from ICQ and FTP sessions, and IMAP and POP3 traffic, said McAfee. All collected information is sent to an IP address hard-coded into the Trojan. The scam starts with spam...
  • Senate Blocks Extension of Patriot Act (and the left and Al Qaeda cheered in unison)

    12/16/2005 9:47:11 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 257 replies · 4,764+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 12/16/05 | Jesse J. Holland - ap
    WASHINGTON - The Senate on Friday rejected attempts to reauthorize several provisions of the USA Patriot Act as infringing too much on Americans' privacy, dealing a major defeat to President Bush and Republican leaders. In a crucial vote Friday morning as Congress raced toward adjournment, the bill's Senate supporters were not able to garner the 60 votes necessary to overcome a threatened filibuster by Sens. Russ Feingold, D-Wis., and Larry Craig, R-Idaho, and their allies. The final vote was 52-47 Bush, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and GOP congressional leaders had lobbied fiercely to make most of the expiring Patriot Act...
  • Google Adds Blogger Comments To Web-Page Viewing in Firefox (2 FF Extensions from Google)

    12/15/2005 8:45:37 PM PST · by Eagle9 · 4 replies · 457+ views
    TechWeb News ^ | December 15, 2005 | Antone Gonsalves
    Google Inc. is testing a Firefox extension that displays blogger comments on the Web page being viewed. The Blogger Web Comments for Firefox, released in beta this week, shows a display panel on the bottom right of the browser that lists bloggers' comments. Clicking on an item launches a new tab for viewing the blog. For people subscribing to Google's blogging service, called Blogger, they can use an "add comment" link on the display panel to post their own comment on their blog. Google will automatically add to the blog a link to the page being viewed. The extension is...
  • Sic Transit Gloria Mundi (Here, kitties! Live chow, a grad student no less).

    01/31/2005 9:08:09 AM PST · by dmitry_chernikov · 302 replies · 10,922+ views
    1/31/2005 | Dmitry Chernikov
    I think that it has been well established that "conservatives" or whatever it is they call themselves these days (e.g., storm troopers) in matters concerning politics value little more than the state's power in which they imagine themselves to participate and the supposed glory that war and domestic national securitism brings to them. Now strictly speaking this is a delusion, because their only access to power lies in the accidental agreement of their opinions with those of the managers of the state. This access will evaporate as soon as the state does something that displeases our conservatives. It is always...
  • Do You Want to Live Forever?

    01/19/2005 6:04:41 PM PST · by snarks_when_bored · 103 replies · 3,163+ views ^ | February 2005 issue | Sherwin Nuland
    Do You Want to Live Forever? By Sherwin Nuland Febuary 2005 Wandering through the quadrangles and medieval bastions of learning at the University of Cambridge one overcast Sunday afternoon a few months ago, I found myself ruminating on how this venerable place had been a crucible for the scientific revolution that changed humankind’s perceptions of itself and of the world. The notion of Cambridge as a source of grand transformative concepts was very much on my mind that day, because I had traveled to England to meet a contemporary Cantabrigian who aspires to a historical role similar to those...
  • 10,000 Troops Get Iraq Extension Into Next Year

    12/06/2004 8:02:26 PM PST · by Happy2BMe · 111 replies · 3,925+ views
    10,000 Troops Get Iraq Extension Associated Press December 2, 2004 WASHINGTON - With the insurgency still a threat to Iraq's planned elections, the U.S. force is about to expand to its highest level of the war - even higher than the initial invading force in March 2003. The force will grow from 138,000 today to about 150,000 by mid-January, the Pentagon said Wednesday. Extra troops are needed to bolster security before the national elections scheduled for Jan. 30. The increase in troop strength also underscores the fact that, despite enormous effort and cost, American commanders have yet to train...