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  • Judge rules Wisconsin public union members must opt in on dues

    05/19/2012 4:37:34 PM PDT · by Jean S · 20 replies
    JSOnline via twincities.com ^ | 5/18/12 | Patrick Marley
    MADISON, Wis. -- State unions were dealt a setback Friday when a federal judge said they would have to get their members to opt in, rather than opt out, to having the state deduct union dues from their paychecks. What's more, the judge did not rule on dues deductions for unions that he earlier found the state improperly decertified. The state's largest unions were decertified, and the ruling -- at least for now -- will make it harder for them to get money from dues. But U.S. District Court Judge William Conley gave unions one beneficial ruling by saying that...
  • 200-year-old shipwreck found in Gulf of Mexico

    05/19/2012 3:52:18 PM PDT · by Ron C. · 28 replies
    FoxNews ^ | May 19, 22012 | NA
    NEW ORLEANS – An oil company exploration crew's chance discovery of a 200-year-old shipwreck in a little-charted stretch of the Gulf of Mexico is yielding a trove of new information to scientists who say it's one of the most well-preserved old wrecks ever found in the Gulf. "When we saw it we were all just astonished because it was beautifully preserved, and by that I mean for a 200-year-old shipwreck," said Jack Irion, maritime archaeologist with the Department of the Interior's Bureau of Ocean Energy Management in New Orleans. Video shows muskets and gin bottles littering the Gulf bottom, along...
  • Romney Is Wrong on Wright

    05/19/2012 12:29:28 PM PDT · by Bigtigermike · 47 replies
    American Thinker ^ | Saturday May 19, 2012 | Karin McQuillan
    According to the Times, the Romney team has decided not to assail Obama's "likability," for fear personal attacks will backfire with independents. Message to the Republican establishment:  do not muzzle those of us who want to focus on Obama's troubling history with angry Marxists, black and white, including Reverend Wright and Bill Ayers.   This is not about race.  It is about knowing who Obama is, understanding what he has already done to our country, and what he is capable of doing.  The issue of Rev erend Wright is not peripheral, it is central.  It gets to the heart of the...
  • Detained protesters accused of Chicago terror plot

    05/19/2012 11:13:47 AM PDT · by SmithL · 27 replies
    AP via SacBee ^ | 5/19/12
    CHICAGO -- Prosecutors say three men arrested in a raid on a Chicago apartment had planned to attack President Barack Obama's campaign headquarters, Mayor Rahm Emanuel's home and other targets, including police stations and police cars.
  • G-8 leaders hope Greece remains in eurozone

    05/19/2012 10:53:57 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 19, 2012
    The United States and other members of the Group of Eight industrial nations expressed hope Saturday that Greece will remain in the Eurozone, anxious to keep its economic troubles from spreading around the world. The leaders said all of the nations have an interest in the success of efforts to strengthen the eurozone and help Europe's economy grow. President Barack Obama said the leaders agreed that Europe's financial crisis must be addressed with a mix of growth and austerity measures, as they huddled for a shirt-sleeve discussion that also covered world concerns about ups and downs in oil prices. The...
  • Hawaii to Ariz.: Prove need to verify Obama birth

    05/19/2012 9:35:37 AM PDT · by Elderberry · 216 replies
    My Fox Phoenix.Com ^ | 5/19/2012 | Joshua Wisch
    OBAMA-ARIZONA BALLOT Hawaii to Ariz.: Prove need to verify Obama birth PHOENIX (AP) - The attorney general's office in Hawaii is telling Arizona's secretary of state that if he wants confirmation of President Barack Obama's birth records, he'll have to prove he legitimately needs it. Special Assistant Joshua Wisch said late Friday that Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett hasn't done that despite numerous email and phone exchanges between their offices. Wisch says Hawaii state laws require Bennett to show legal authority that this office needs the records to update its official lists as part of its ordinary work. Wisch...
  • Half of Florida high school students fail reading test

    05/19/2012 8:57:48 AM PDT · by yoe · 44 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | May 18, 2012 | Staff
    Nearly half of Florida high school students failed the reading portion of the state's new toughened standardized test, education officials said on Friday. Results this year from the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test showed 52 percent of freshman students and 50 percent of sophomores scored at their grade levels. Students in the 10th grade must pass the exam in order to eventually graduate but can retake it if they fail. The results came days after the Florida State Board of Education voted to lower the standards needed to pass the writing part of the test, known as FCAT. The test is...
  • Mitt Romney holds fundraiser with manufacturer of the Morning After Pill

    05/19/2012 7:15:24 AM PDT · by EternalVigilance · 415 replies
    LifeSiteNews.com ^ | May 18, 2012 | Ben Johnson
    MIAMI, FLORIDA – Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney scheduled a $50,000-a-plate fundraiser at the home of Phil Frost, the executive of the company that makes the Morning After Pill, on Wednesday night. Plan B One-Step is produced by Teva Pharmaceuticals, Frost’s company.
  • Brazil Stimulus Fails to Raise Growth

    05/19/2012 6:31:11 AM PDT · by Son House · 7 replies
    Financial Times ^ | May 18, 2012 | Joe Leahy
    Brazil’s economic output shrank in March, defying government stimulus measures and surprising economists who had predicted that Latin America’s biggest economy would begin to recover from a prolonged slowdown. The 0.35 per cent contraction, compared with February, makes Brazil’s growth the second slowest in Latin America in real terms, after Argentina. The news comes as Asia’s major emerging market economies, China and India, are also decelerating. “The weak … conditions are likely to encourage the authorities to add more fiscal and monetary stimulus to the economy and to remain activist on the foreign exchange front,” said Alberto Ramos of Goldman...
  • Hepatitis C tests urged for all baby boomers

    05/19/2012 3:19:05 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 81 replies
    The federal government Friday called for all baby boomers to be tested for hepatitis C, which kills more Americans each year than AIDS and is the leading reason for liver transplants. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention made the recommendation to find hundreds of thousands of people who don't realize that they have the infection, which greatly increases their chances of developing cirrhosis and liver cancer. The hepatitis C virus is transmitted by blood, usually through intravenous drug use or transfusions. A blood test for it became widely available in 1992. Extremely small amounts of the virus are able...
  • Romney Faces a "Blue Wall" -- But Is It Solid?

    05/18/2012 7:55:36 PM PDT · by neverdem · 48 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | May 18, 2012 | Sean Trende
    Last week, I wrote a piece suggesting that Mitt Romney's path to the presidency wasn't necessarily narrow. Rather, the breadth of that path will depend on "environmental" factors that could ultimately push him well past the 286 electoral vote ceiling that has seemingly been imposed upon the Republican party since 1992. On the other hand, Ron Brownstein suggests that this ceiling is an outgrowth of demography and changing coalitions, and is largely etched into our electoral map. This has created a “blue wall” consisting of “the 11 states from Maryland to Maine (except New Hampshire); the three West Coast states;...
  • Media Works To Suppress Obama 'Born in Kenya' Bio

    05/18/2012 7:40:02 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 66 replies
    Breitbart ^ | May 18, 2012 | Ben Shapiro
    While the internet buzzed with Breitbart News’ release of a booklet from President Obama’s literary agency circa 1991 describing him as being “born in Kenya,” the mainstream media still refuses to report the story, or plays defense for Obama. Never mind that the agency used the “born in Kenya” biography until 2007. Never mind that authors who have worked with the agency state that the agency asks that authors pen their own biographies. Never mind that Obama has routinely padded his biographical details to appeal to particular audiences. Nothing to see here. Michael Shear, at the New York Times, was...
  • Protestors interrupt Kathleen Sebelius speech at Georgetown

    05/18/2012 8:39:28 AM PDT · by theruleshavechanged · 46 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | Friday May 18, 2012 | Charlie Spiering
    Anti-abortion protestors interrupted HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius' commencement speech at Georgetown University this morning.
  • John Cornyn wants to know if ICE agent was victim of ‘Texas-based operation similar to Fast and...'

    05/18/2012 3:24:00 PM PDT · by neverdem · 23 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | May 17, 2012 | Richard Dunham
    John Cornyn wants to know if ICE agent was victim of ‘Texas-based operation similar to Fast and Furious’ Texas Sen. John Cornyn said Wednesday that he wants to know whether murdered Immigrations & Customs Enforcement agent Jaime Zapata “was a victim of a second Texas-based gun-walking operation similar to Fast and Furious.” Julian Zapata Espinoza, known as “El Piolin” or “Tweety Bird,” was extradited from Mexico and is being held in the United States to face murder charges. Operation Fast and Furious is the ill-fated Obama administration gun-sales sting that is the target of congressional hearings. Border Patrol agent Brian...
  • Could the mob have been wrong on Trayvon Martin?

    05/18/2012 12:40:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 101 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | May 18, 2012 | Jennifer Rubin
    <p>A medical report by George Zimmerman’s doctor has disclosed that Zimmerman had a fractured nose, two black eyes, two lacerations on the back of his head and a back injury on the day after the fatal shooting. If this evidence turns out to be valid, the prosecutor will have no choice but to drop the second-degree murder charge against Zimmerman — if she wants to act ethically, lawfully and professionally.</p>
  • G8 summit: David Cameron to hold talks with Barack Obama about tapping into emergency oil reserves

    05/18/2012 12:03:27 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 16 replies
    David Cameron will hold talks with Barack Obama and other world leaders about tapping into emergency oil reserves in an effort to drive down petrol prices. The Prime Minister will arrive today at a G8 summit in the US promising to help families "struggling with the impact of oil prices." The summit, at the Camp David presidential retreat, will tomorrow discuss a US call for developed economies to release oil from their strategic reserves to try to bring down world oil prices.
  • Breaking News: Liberal Politicians and Now Judges Continue Attacks on Bachmann

    05/18/2012 9:51:41 AM PDT · by Syncro · 25 replies
    bachmann.house.gov ^ | 5/18/2012 | Michele Bachmann
    Dear Fellow Conservative, I'm reaching out to you today because I need your support to continue fighting in the U.S. House of Representatives against President Obama's big government agenda. A major development has just occurred in my race for the U.S. House of Representatives and I'm asking for your immediate help... ...You see, in retaliation for repeatedly standing up to President Obama on the national stage, liberal judges have redrawn the lines of my Minnesota Congressional District to try and wipe me off of the political map once and for all. Their bias was so obvious they even gerrymandered...
  • Gallup Analysis: Obama’s Chance of a Loss Greater Than a Win

    05/18/2012 8:28:55 AM PDT · by RobinMasters · 69 replies
    Newsmax ^ | MAY 17, 2012 | Henry J. Reske
    With an approval rating stuck below 50 percent, a sour national mood, and polls showing him tied or trailing rival Mitt Romney, President Barack Obama's re-election bid faces an uncertain future. Gallup polls show that Obama’s job approval rating in the first week of May averaged just 47 percent and a May 3-6 Gallup poll found only 24 percent of Americans were satisfied with the way things are going. A poll released Thursday in the battleground state of North Carolina showed Romney leading the president, and the same day another poll showed Wisconsin — which Obama won handily in 2008...
  • Hate Groups Grow as Racial Tipping Point Changes Demographics

    05/18/2012 7:51:33 AM PDT · by stevie_d_64 · 84 replies
    ABC ^ | May 18, 2012 | COLLEEN CURRY
    The number of radical hate groups and militias has exploded in recent years in reaction to the changing makeup of America, and new census figures showing the majority of babies born in 2011 were non-white could fuel those simmering tensions, experts who track hate groups warned. "White supremacist groups have been having a meltdown since the census bureau predicted that non-Hispanic whites would lose the majority by 2050," said Mark Potok, spokesman for the Southern Poverty Law Center, which monitors hate groups. "The demographic change in this country is the single most important driver in the growth of hate groups...
  • Neb. Senate stunner: Fischer wins

    05/17/2012 5:55:20 PM PDT · by neverdem · 19 replies
    Politico ^ | May 15, 2012 | David Catanese
    Nebraska state Sen. Deb Fischer wrested the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate from Attorney General Jon Bruning Tuesday night, riding a burst of late momentum to pull off an unexpected victory.Her stunning come-from-behind performance amounts to a warning flare about the volatility of the primary season and the unintended impact of outside groups.Fischer, a rancher and little-known state lawmaker, maintained a positive, above-the-fray tone while Bruning and state Treasurer Don Stenberg consistently traded blistering barbs. But she also benefited from a flurry of outside spending against Bruning, the front-running establishment favorite for more than a year who watched his polling...