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  • FCC Redefines Broadband Internet To At Least 25 Mbps, Faster Than National Average

    01/31/2015 3:22:34 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 2 replies
    CBS 5KPIX CBS SF Bay Area ^ | January 30, 2015 12:05 PM | CBS 5KPIX CBS SF Bay Area
    WASHINGTON (CBS SF) – The Federal Communications Commission voted Thursday to change the definition of what constitutes high-speed internet, adopting a standard 2.5 times the current national average.
  • Jeffrey Epstein: The Sex Offender Who Mixes With Princes and Premiers (& Bill Clinton)

    01/31/2015 3:22:06 AM PST · by Libloather
    Newsweek ^ | 1/29/15 | Catherine Ostler
    **SNIP** An American woman called Virginia Roberts – now a married, 31-year-old mother of three – has filed an affidavit in a Florida federal court in which she swears in gruesome detail that the late press baron and pension fiddler Robert Maxwell’s daughter Ghislaine recruited her to satisfy the sexual needs of billionaire financier Jeffrey Epstein and his friends. Those friends, according to Roberts, included the Duke of York, now fifth in line to the throne, and celebrity lawyer Alan Dershowitz (best known for getting Claus von Bulow’s conviction for murdering his wife overturned). Buckingham Palace have denied everything more...
  • PG&E Releases Thousands Of Emails With CPUC Amid State Investigation

    01/31/2015 3:13:20 AM PST · by WhiskeyX
    CBS 5KPIX CBS SF Bay Area ^ | January 30, 2015 6:15 PM | CBS 5KPIX CBS SF Bay Area
    SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — The California Public Utilities Commission Friday released roughly 65,000 email messages exchanged between PG&E Co. and agency officials between 2010 and 2014 as ordered because of a “judge shopping” scandal with PG&E, CPUC officials said.
  • 7 Percent Of LGBT Community Opposes Same-Sex Marriage, Survey Finds

    01/31/2015 3:07:42 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 1 replies
    CBS 5KPIX CBS SF Bay Area ^ | January 29, 2015 12:29 PM | CBS 5KPIX CBS SF Bay Area
    SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – Those who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual or Transgender aren’t universal in their support of their own right to marry, according to a survey from the Pew Research Center. The survey found that, while support is overwhelming in all segments of the community, seven percent of a nationally-representative sample said they oppose same-sex marriage.
  • Birth certificates ask parents if ‘woman giving birth’ is female [NY City's TransWorldAirHeads]

    01/30/2015 10:11:27 PM PST · by Colofornian · 15 replies
    NYPost.com ^ | Jan. 30, 2015 | Leonard Greene
    No, that’s not a typo. A city Health Department form for new parents requesting birth certificates asks the “woman giving birth” if she’s male or female. Along with routine questions — mother’s maiden name, mother’s legal name, mother’s Social Security number — is a gender question that has raised a few eyebrows. And just in case the inquiry is not clear, the birth-certificate request provides a convenient check box and asks the question in capital letters. “What is your DATE OF BIRTH, current AGE and SEX?” the form asks in the section clearly marked “Mother/Parent (Woman Giving Birth).” “To be...
  • Rand Paul slams Bush 'hypocrisy' on pot

    01/30/2015 9:50:27 PM PST · by Plummz · 29 replies
    The Hill ^ | 01/30/15 07:09 PM EST | Alexander Bolton
    DALLAS — Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) accused Jeb Bush of hypocrisy after The Boston Globe reported the former Florida governor was a heavy marijuana smoker while at an elite prep school. Bush opposed a Florida medical marijuana ballot initiative last year even though he partook liberally of the herb while in high school. “You would think he’d have a little more understanding then,” Paul told The Hill while en route to a political event in Texas. “He was even opposed to medical marijuana,” Paul said of Bush, a potential rival in the 2016 Republican presidential primary. “This is a guy...
  • Front National’s Le Pen Consolidates Lead in First Presidential Poll Since Charlie Hebdo

    01/30/2015 8:50:30 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    Breitbart London ^ | January 30, 2015 | Oliver Lane
    A new poll commissioned by French magazine Marianne reveals that if presidential elections happened today, Le Pen would gather the most votes and France’s unpopular incumbent President Hollande would be knocked out in the first round. It’s the first opinion poll on voting intentions this year, and the solid advantage enjoyed by Le Pen and her traditional-conservative Front National (FN) party appears to have been confirmed in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo shootings in Paris earlier this month. Front National is the only mainstream French political movement that shows willing to tackle the problem of rising Islamism, and this...
  • Help stop Planned Parenthood from writing its own regulations in North Carolina

    01/30/2015 8:37:22 PM PST · by Morgana
    liveactionnews.org ^ | Jan 30, 2015 | John Jansen
    Legislators in North Carolina did the right thing in July 2013 when they voted to raise the quality standards for abortion clinics in the state. The hand-wringing response from the abortion industry was entirely predictable, with Planned Parenthood’s vice president for public affairs, Melissa Reed, calling it “the most restrictive access to safe and legal abortions this state has ever seen.” That was then. Inviting the Fox to Guard the Henhouse But now, more than a year an a half later, the North Carolina abortion industry is perfectly fine with the proposed regulations, which were submitted by the state’s Department...
  • Israeli Officials: Obama has Already Given Iran 80% of What they Want in Nuke Negotiations

    01/30/2015 8:31:05 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The PJ Tatler ^ | January 30, 2015 | Rick Moran
    Considering that he has given our enemy Iran 80% of what they want in negotiations that were supposed to curtail their nuclear enrichment program, you bet I would. The guy is a pushover and if I played my cards right, I might end up walking off the lot with a free car. According to Channel 10 in Israel, Israeli officials believe that the American president is so desperate for a deal, he will give away the store — and American and Israeli security — in his quest to “make history” with the Iranians. Jerusalem Post: Israeli officials told Channel 10...
  • Meet Loretta Lynch – Obama’s Attorney General Nominee Who Might Be Even Worse than Eric Holder

    01/30/2015 8:15:44 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 01/30/2015 | Mike Krieger via Liberty Blitzkrieg blog
    On matters of policy, Ms. Lynch called capital punishment “an effective penalty” and said she disagreed with Mr. Obama’s statements that marijuana was no more harmful than alcohol. She called the National Security Agency’s collection of American phone records “certainly constitutional, and effective.” – From the New York Times article: Criticism of Holder Dominates Hearing on Loretta Lynch, Attorney General’s Possible Successor Eric Holder made a career out of protecting and coddling financial oligarchs (his 1999 memo essentially invented “Too Big to Jail”). This was such a lucrative decision for Mr. Holder, that it allowed him to climb all the way to...
  • Five reasons Netanyahu should not address Congress

    01/30/2015 7:42:19 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 68 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 01/30/2015 | Robert Kagan
    Here are five reasons Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu should politely decline House Speaker John BoehnerÂ’s invitation to address a joint session of Congress: â—Ź ItÂ’s inappropriate. It doesnÂ’t matter what good allies the United States and Israel are, and it doesnÂ’t matter how bad relations may be between Netanyahu and President Obama. Allies donÂ’t go big-footing around in each otherÂ’s politics. It also doesnÂ’t matter how worthy the cause. In 1793, when Citizen GenĂŞt traveled through the United States, drumming up support for revolutionary France (and overtly violating President George WashingtonÂ’s policy of U.S. neutrality), he no doubt thought...
  • Why Mike Huckabee’s Cornpone Politics Drives Me Crazy — And Will Never Work

    01/30/2015 7:31:19 PM PST · by Vendome · 45 replies
    National Review ^ | 1/28/2015 | Charles W. Cooke
    Huckabee is essentially attempting to become to the Right what the likes of Neil deGrasse Tyson have become to the Left: namely, a proxy figure who can be used as shorthand by the lazy and the lost to signify their allegiance to a set of cherished cultural values
  • Democrats Just Got A Big Fat Hug From The Head Of A Radical Group Whose Backing They May Regret

    01/30/2015 7:17:49 PM PST · by Impala64ssa · 19 replies
    Western Journalism ^ | 1/30/15 | NORVELL ROSE
    He declares that Democrats offer the “most realistic electoral vehicle” in the fight against greedy Wall Street capitalists, the Tea Party, white supremacists and right-wing evangelicals. “He” is the chairman of the Communist Party USA, John Bachtell, who says that American Communists are ready to align with the Democrat Party to achieve their goals. As writer Eric Owens points out in a piece for The Daily Caller, Bachtell wrote a 2,000-word essay detailing his reasons for embracing the Democrats. It was a manifesto of sorts published at People’s World — a “daily news website of, for and by the 99%...
  • House agenda skips abortion, border bills

    01/30/2015 6:47:44 PM PST · by Morgana · 2 replies
    hill.com ^ | January 29, 2015, | Cristina Marcos
    The House vote next week to repeal ObamaCare in full will include a critical difference this time: instructions for committees to develop a GOP healthcare reform alternative. The announcement came as part of a February memo from House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) to Republicans outlining the next month's agenda. Absent from the list are contentious bills on abortion and immigration. [Read the memo below.] Next week's ObamaCare vote will be the fourth stand-alone, full-scale repeal vote in the last four years. The vote will serve as an opportunity for the new House GOP freshmen who pledged to repeal the...
  • Richard Richards, Republican Party icon, dies at age 82

    01/30/2015 6:30:34 PM PST · by seacapn · 10 replies
    The Salt Lake Tribune ^ | Friday, January 30, 2015 | PAUL ROLLY
    Richard Richards, a key player in Utah Republican politics for three decades, was the first GOP chairman to endorse Ronald Reagan for president and was instrumental in Reagan's successful presidential campaign in 1980. An Ogden native who rose to become chairman of the National Republican Committee in Reagan's first term, Richards died at his home Friday. He was 82... Richards' work on Reagan's campaign earned him the chairmanship of the National Republican Committee in 1981-82.
  • Safety in Numbers: Can Obama entrench his executive actions before he leaves office?

    01/30/2015 6:09:46 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    National Journal ^ | January 24, 2015 | Ronald Brownstein
    One inescapable conclusion from President Obama's confrontational State of the Union address this week is that he expects to reach few legislative agreements with the Republican Congress. There's probably a better chance of Republicans designating an "Affordable Care Act Appreciation Month" than of passing legislation to raise capital-gains taxes or to provide tuition-free community college, as the president proposed. This suggests that while Obama is hoping to frame a broader debate with his new proposals, he anticipates that he will make his greatest "fourth quarter" impact through executive actions that bypass Congress. He's already signaled that intention in recent months...
  • Snyder’s Road Tax Reforms is a Bad Path for Michigan

    01/30/2015 6:09:31 PM PST · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 30,2015 | Gannon LeBlanc
    After the 2014 midterm elections, a lame-duck session of lawmakers got together to strike one final blow against the citizens of Michigan who voted them out. They are pushing for a new tax reform that would tie Michigan for having the second-highest state sales tax in the country at 7 percent. The lawmakers claim that the revenue is needed to fund government services like and local schools and roads despite the fact that it would also double Michigan’s fuel tax, making it the highest in the country. For the sake of the Great Lake State’s economy, Michiganders should reject such...
  • Globalism Wins as Israel Plans "Free Trade" With Putin, Beijing

    01/30/2015 6:05:47 PM PST · by VitacoreVision · 8 replies
    The New American ^ | 30 January 2015 | Alex Newman
    Israel is working to create "free trade zones" with Communist China and the Eurasian Union, as the world is being divided into geographic "regions" for the eventual New World Order. Globalism Wins as Israel Plans "Free Trade" With Putin, Beijing The New American 30 January 2015 As the world is increasingly divided up into geographic “regions” under regional regimes cobbled together under the guise of pseudo-“free trade,” Israeli authorities are now quietly working to create what they call “free trade zones” with both the Communist Chinese regime and the Kremlin-dominated Eurasian Economic Union (member countries shown in green). The...
  • In Praise of Ted Cruz

    01/30/2015 5:54:34 PM PST · by SoConPubbie · 29 replies
    Commentary Magazine ^ | 01.30.2015 - 9:10 AM | Peter Wehner
    In the past I’ve been critical of Texas Senator Ted Cruz, but in his questioning of President Obama’s choice for attorney general, Loretta Lynch–which occurred during her confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee–was not just skillful but superb.Senator Cruz’s tone was respectful but firm. He stayed away from theatrics and polemics. He didn’t personalize the line of inquiry. In doing so, he kept the focus right where it needed to be.But more than that, Senator Cruz exposed the lawlessness that is at the core of President Obama’s executive amnesty, and he did so in a logical, step-by-step manner. Senator...
  • Bill O'Reilly Poll - Who do you want to run for president on the Republican side?

    01/30/2015 5:47:27 PM PST · by SoConPubbie · 60 replies
    BillOReilly.com ^ | January 30, 2015
    Who do you want to run for president on the Republican side? Poll is on middle of page right-hand side.
  • Obama Attorney General Nominee Loretta Lynch Started Sorority With Holder’s Wife

    01/30/2015 5:46:07 PM PST · by george76 · 23 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 01/27/2015 | Patrick Howley
    resident Obama’s Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch was a charter member of an all-black Harvard sorority — and so was Eric Holder’s wife. ... can Lynch as an investigator really be objective when it comes to her predecessor, who is currently in contempt of Congress over Fast and Furious scandal document obstruction and would probably warrant investigation from an unbiased successor? After all, Lynch goes way back with Holder’s wife. “The Xi Tau Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority,
  • SHOULD WOMEN BE NAVY SEALS?

    01/30/2015 5:43:27 PM PST · by NKP_Vet · 76 replies
    http://warrior.scout.com ^ | January 11, 2015 | Ray "Cash" Care
    As the Department of Defense considers the question, former Navy SEAL Ray “Cash” Care says he has an answer: Hell no. A few weeks ago, it was reported in Navy Times that the Department of Defense will make a decision on opening the SEAL and SWCC ranks to women in January of 2016. If the DoD decides in favor of allowing women, the Navy would then notify Congress by July 1, and Congress would then have 30 working days to respond with any concerns. I'd like to jump ahead of Congress, save them some trouble and tell them right here,...
  • Gov. Scott Walker: Time for ‘new’ approach to governing

    01/30/2015 5:24:10 PM PST · by T Ruth · 25 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Friday, January 30, 2015 | Seth McLaughlin
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker said Friday that ordinary Americans are tired of the heavy hand of Washington and are yearning for elected leaders to take a “fresh” bottom-up approach to governance that empowers states and localities. Mr. Walker’s message coincided with the news that Mitt Romney was taking a pass on a third White House bid — setting the stage for a royal rumble over the fundraisers and high-dollar donors who had been waiting to see what the former Massachusetts governor would do. *** “To transform America, we really need to transfer power from our nation’s capital here in Washington...
  • Obama precision medicine plan would create huge U.S. genetic biobank

    01/30/2015 4:43:52 PM PST · by 9thLife · 18 replies
    Science Magazine ^ | 29 January 2015 3:00 am | Jocelyn Kaiser
    The precision medicine initiative proposed by President Barack Obama last week would center on a huge new biobank containing medical records and genetic information for perhaps a million Americans. It would not be created from scratch by enrolling new volunteers, however, but would instead pull together existing studies into one giant database. That’s according to several scientists familiar with the broad outlines of the project who spoke on background with ScienceInsider. The biobank would be used for studies ranging from finding new disease-gene associations to working out how to use genomic and other molecular information in routine medical care. On...
  • Democrats in Congress suggest postponing Netanyahu's address

    01/30/2015 4:38:12 PM PST · by PROCON · 52 replies
    jpost.com ^ | Jan. 29, 2015 | MICHAEL WILNER
    US lawmakers propose PM move speech to joint session of Congress until after Israel election on March 17.WASHINGTON – Democrats in the House of Representatives are suggesting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu postpone his speech to a joint session of Congress until after the Israeli election on March 17. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-California) said it was “not appropriate” for Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) to invite Netanyahu without first notifying the White House – a move that angered the Obama administration.Netanyahu is expected to advocate for a different policy on Iran that the president has thus far pursued. “Such...
  • Antisemitic British Baroness Jenny Tonge Pressures UK Jews to Condemn Israel

    01/30/2015 4:24:14 PM PST · by robowombat · 11 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | JANUARY 30, 2015 11:50 AM | Ben Cohen
    Antisemitic British Baroness Jenny Tonge Pressures UK Jews to Condemn Israel JANUARY 30, 2015 11:50 AM Ben Cohen Baroness Jenny Tonge, a member of Britain’s House of Lords with a long record of inflammatory, often antisemitic, statements against both Israel and the British Jewish leadership, has again been pressuring British Jews to collectively condemn Israel. Earlier this week, Tonge tabled a written question in the House of Lords in which she asked “Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to encourage Jewish faith leaders in the United Kingdom publicly to condemn settlement building by Israel and to make clear their support...
  • Texas Governor Declares ‘Chris Kyle Day’

    01/30/2015 3:54:15 PM PST · by PROCON · 12 replies
    breitbart ^ | Jan. 30, 2015 | Bob Price
    Texas Governor Greg Abbott declared February 2nd to be “Chris Kyle Day” to honor the Texan who became known the most lethal sniper in American history. Kyle was also recently immortalized in the blockbuster film “American Sniper.” Kyle was credited with 150 sniper kills during his four tours of duty in Iraq as a Navy Seal. He was tragically shot and killed on February 2, 2013, while trying to help a fellow veteran who was allegedly suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Taya Kyle, the widow of Chris Kyle, was recently honored by the organization AmericanSnipers.org with a donation of $62,000....
  • The Tea Party's 5 biggest 2016 problems

    01/30/2015 3:46:14 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    Vox ^ | January 30, 2015 | Andrew Prokop
    As the 2016 GOP presidential primaries get closer, many conservatives have been growing increasingly hopeful that this will be finally the year they determine their party's nominee. It's a tall order. The Tea Party has shown it can push GOP politicians to the right and win one-off Senate primaries. But taking on the establishment in an expensive, months-long slog of primaries and caucuses across the country is a more difficult proposition. Even when Mitt Romney looked weak in 2012, the Tea Party didn't manage to coalesce around a viable alternative. This time, things feel different — candidates like Scott Walker...
  • Senate rejects pay raise for lawmakers, statewide officials and judges (MO)

    01/30/2015 3:35:40 PM PST · by Optimist · 5 replies
    Columbia Daily Tribune ^ | January 30, 2015 | RUDI KELLER
    JEFFERSON CITY — The Missouri Senate voted 31-3 Thursday to reject an 11.1 percent pay raise for lawmakers and a 16.6 percent raise for statewide elected officials after an opponent of the raises threatened to invoke a rarely used rule to force the vote. On Wednesday, lawmakers supporting the raises blocked the resolution sponsored in the Senate by Sen. Rob Schaaf, R-St. Joseph, which would reject the raise recommended by the Missouri Citizens’ Commission on Compensation for Elected Officials. That seemed to put the matter to rest until Schaaf announced he was looking for four other members to sign a...
  • Illegal immigrants released from custody committed 1,000 new crimes

    01/30/2015 3:34:16 PM PST · by jazusamo · 18 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 30, 2015 | Stephen Dinan
    One thousand of the 36,000 illegal immigrant criminals the government released in 2013 have gone on to commit other crimes, including child sex abuse, hit-and-run and child cruelty, according to new data released Friday evening by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles E. Grassley. The information, which the Homeland Security Department provided to Mr. Grassley, details all 1,000 convictions including dozens of drunk-driving convictions, drug offenses and weapons convictions. But the more serious crimes include domestic abuse, carjacking and aggravated assault. One of the illegal immigrants, identified as No. 960, was subsequently convicted of inflicting injury on a domestic partner; child...
  • Mississippi Rep. Alan Nunnelee moved to hospice

    01/30/2015 3:07:02 PM PST · by DoodleDawg · 11 replies
    Politico ^ | 1/30/15 | Lauren French
    Republican Rep. Alan Nunnelee has been moved to hospice care following a seven-month fight with cancer. Morgan Baldwin, a consultant for the Mississippi Republican, said in a statement that doctors found a new tumor in Nunnelee and that “no further medical treatment is possible.” “After seven months of bravely fighting brain cancer and a stroke, Congressman Alan Nunnelee was informed last Friday that a new tumor has developed and no further medical treatment is possible,” Baldwin said. “On Monday of this week, Alan came home and is resting comfortably with family. The family continues to ask for your prayers and...
  • U.S. plan would keep highways,federal buildings away from flood areas

    01/30/2015 2:51:50 PM PST · by mdittmar · 36 replies
    Reuters ^ | Jan 30, 2015 | Reuters
    (Reuters) - Government buildings and federal highways planned in the future will be constructed safe distances away from flood areas that are expected to worsen due to climate change, the White House announced on Friday. More than $1 trillion of property and structures are at risk of inundation from sea level rise of two feet above current sea level, the White House said in a statement, and that level could be reached as early as 2050.
  • Details of aid to Afghan army now secret: US

    01/30/2015 2:35:38 PM PST · by thetallguy24 · 4 replies
    AFP ^ | 01/30/15 | Dan De Luce
    Washington (AFP) - The US military will no longer divulge facts and figures about its costly effort to assist Afghan security forces, declaring the information top secret, officials said Thursday. The move marks an about-face for the Pentagon, which for the past six years has reported a range of data about the $65 billion program to build up the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF). The information included how US taxpayers' money has been spent and the state of the troubled country's police and army. John Sopko, special inspector general for Afghanistan reconstruction (SIGAR), voiced disappointment with the change and said...
  • Senate GOP demands Obama turn over all communications with IRS

    01/30/2015 1:51:23 PM PST · by Libloather · 39 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 1/29/15 | Stephen Dinan
    Senate Republicans on Thursday asked President Obama to turn over all communications he and his aides have had with the IRS since 2010, hoping to find out whether the tax collection agency shared private taxpayer information with political operatives at the White House. The request, made in a letter obtained by The Washington Times, is signed by Senate Finance Chairman Orrin G. Hatch and all 13 other Republicans on the committee, and is addressed specifically to Mr. Obama, saying they want to see if his employees broke the law by acquiring or sharing private information.
  • Obama amnesty would actually save Feds $7.5 billion: CBO study

    01/30/2015 1:45:57 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 64 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 01/30/2015 | By Stephen Dinan
    Halting President Obama’s deportation amnesty will end up hurting Uncle Sam’s bottom line, the Congressional Budget Office said Thursday in a new report that is bound to cause more problems for Republicans trying to block the White House’s executive action. While keeping illegal immigrants in the shadows would save the government billions on spending, it would also mean billions in taxes that never get paid, leaving the federal budget a total of $7.5 billion worse over the next decade than it would be if Mr. Obama’s amnesties take effect as scheduled, the CBO said. House Republicans have passed a bill...
  • Nuclear Regulatory Commission: Yucca Mountain Safe to Store Nuclear Waste

    01/30/2015 1:37:41 PM PST · by jazusamo · 15 replies
    CNSNews ^ | January 30, 2015 | Barbara Hollingsworth
    Yucca Mountain, located about 90 miles north of Las Vegas, Nev. (Nuclear Regulatory Commission) (CNSNews.com) – The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has released the final two volumes of a five-volume safety report that concludes that Nevada’s Yucca Mountain meets all of its technical and safety requirements for the disposal of highly radioactive nuclear waste. “With reasonable assurance, subject to proposed conditions, DOE’s [Department of Energy] application meets the NRC’s regulatory requirements” for the disposal of “high-level nuclear waste,” the regulatory agency announced Thursday. However, “completion of the safety evaluation report does not represent an agency decision on whether to...
  • Head of Communist Party USA announces plan to work with Democratic Party

    01/30/2015 12:29:38 PM PST · by Reverend Saltine · 43 replies
    AmericanThinker.com ^ | January 30, 2015 | Thomas Lifson
    John Bachtell, chairman of the National Committee of the Communist Party USA, has penned a 2,000-plus-word essay explaining to his True Believers why the party has chosen to use the Democrats as its vehicle. Eric Owens of the Daily Caller noticed and excerpted some of the gems from the cant-laden prose, but let me offer my own summary.
  • PPP Poll: Hillary falls within MOE of top GOP candidates

    01/30/2015 12:28:50 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/30/2015 | Ed Morrissey
    Mitt Romney’s not running for President again, telling supporters that it’s time for the Republican Party to look to other leaders for its future. Democrats may wonder whether they have to tell Hillary Clinton the same thing. In a PPP poll taken this week, Hillary Clinton can’t get to 50% against any Republican challenger paired against her, even Romney: The automated poll of nearly 900 registered voters, conducted last week by Public Policy Polling, found that 48 percent of respondents had an unfavorable opinion of Clinton, compared to 43 percent who viewed the former secretary of State favorably.While Clinton...
  • Republican Congressman in Hospice Care

    01/30/2015 12:16:31 PM PST · by Kevin C · 16 replies
    Roll Call ^ | 1/30/2015 | Emily Cahn
    Rep. Alan Nunnelee, who has been absent from Capitol Hill for the majority of the past year after being diagnosed with a brain tumor in the spring, was moved to home hospice care in Tupelo, Miss., on Monday, according to a source with knowledge of the Republican’s condition. A local consultant issued a statement from the family Friday confirming the grim news.
  • State Legislators Renew Battle Against Same-sex Marriage Decrees

    01/30/2015 12:08:11 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 27 replies
    The New American ^ | January 30, 2015 | Jack Kenny
    In what has been described as a new front in the battle over same-sex marriage, legislators in several states under judicial orders to confer marital status on same-sex couples have introduced bills to forbid state or local officials from issuing marriage licenses to couples of the same gender. The bills would also strip the salaries of employees who issued the licenses, the New York Times reported Thursday.The bills have been introduced in the legislatures of Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Texas, with South Carolina also considering a bill that would allow officials to opt out of issuing such licenses if it...
  • Chinese Approaching Arms Dominance, Pentagon Warns

    01/30/2015 10:55:57 AM PST · by raptor22 · 46 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | January 30 2015 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Arms Buildup: A senior weapons developer tells Congress that Beijing's massive defense buildup, emphasizing precision-guided and other advanced weapons, has placed the U.S. and its shrinking military at serious risk. 'I am very concerned about the increasing risk of loss of U.S. military technological superiority," Frank Kendall, deputy undersecretary for acquisition, said Wednesday. "We're at risk, and the situation is getting worse." He was testifying before the House Armed Services Committee at a hearing on the subject of defense and technological change. The Chinese were paying attention to U.S. military dominance in the early 1990s after we won the arms...
  • WOMAN GRABS MIC AT MUSLIM EVENT, SCREAMS ‘ISLAM WILL NEVER DOMINATE’

    01/30/2015 10:02:04 AM PST · by Reverend Saltine · 59 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | January 30, 2015 | AWR Hawkins
    On January 29, a female protester at a Council on Islamic-American Relations (CAIR) event in Texas grabbed the mic and screamed, “Islam will never dominate the United States.” The incident took place in Austin, Texas, during the 11th Texas Muslim Capitol Day. In a video posted by The Texas Tribune, the woman can be seen grabbing the mic and denouncing the “false prophet Muhammed.” And even as Muslim organizers by the podium asked for help in silencing her, the woman continued: “Islam will never dominate the United States. And by the grace of God, it will not dominate Texas.”
  • 2nd Amendment threatened in Obama's trade plans

    01/30/2015 9:26:21 AM PST · by yoe · 11 replies
    WND ^ | January 29, 2015 | Curtis Ellis
    UNITED NATIONS – Giving President Obama fast-track authority to conclude an international trade agreement is like playing Russian roulette with six bullets in the chamber, says one of America’s leading gun rights organizations. Gun Owners of America is blasting a congressional proposal that empowers Obama to unilaterally negotiate international agreements as “a ‘bait and switch’ scheme that could seriously impact the Second Amendment.” House and Senate committees are currently preparing to hand Obama so-called “fast-track” trade promotion authority. It would enable the president to unilaterally negotiate the TransPacific Partnership, a trade and global governance agreement with the U.S. and 11...
  • Seattle cop pepper sprays teacher walking home from MLK Day rally

    01/30/2015 9:16:46 AM PST · by Leaning Right · 70 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | January 29, 2015 | Meg Wagner
    A Seattle history teacher who was pepper sprayed during a peaceful Martin Luther King Day Jr. rally is suing the cops who allegedly attacked him. Newly released video showed a Seattle police officer pepper spraying Jesse Hagopian as he walked home from the Jan. 19 rally, his lawyer said. Hagopian, who teaches history at Seattle's Garfield High School, spoke at the event and was on the phone with his mom when the spray hit his eyes. He was on his way to his 2-year-old son's birthday party, he said.
  • Exploding Air Bag May Have Killed Texas Man

    01/30/2015 9:08:20 AM PST · by smokingfrog · 41 replies
    CBS DFW ^ | 1-29-15 | AP story
    HOUSTON (AP) — Federal safety regulators are looking into the death of a Texas man who may be the latest victim of exploding automobile air bags made by Takata Corp. of Japan. The man, identified by authorities as Carlos Solis, 35, died in a low-speed crash in the Houston area when an air bag inflated and sent shrapnel into his neck, U.S. Senator Bill Nelson, D-Fla., said Thursday on the Senate floor.
  • Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement

    01/30/2015 9:08:07 AM PST · by yoe · 2 replies
    EFF ^ | January 2015
    What Is the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP)? The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a secretive, multinational trade agreement that threatens to extend restrictive intellectual property (IP) laws across the globe and rewrite international rules on its enforcement. The main problems are two-fold: (1) Intellectual Property Chapter: Leaked draft texts of the agreement show that the IP chapter would have extensive negative ramifications for users’ freedom of speech, right to privacy and due process, and hinder peoples' abilities to innovate. (2) Lack of Transparency: The entire process has shut out multi-stakeholder participation and is shrouded in secrecy.
  • Obama's Cuba initiative backfires big-time

    01/30/2015 9:07:35 AM PST · by jazusamo · 26 replies
    American Thinker ^ | January 30, 2015 | Thomas Lifson
    Raúl Castro knows a sucker when he sees one. Having watched Barack Obama, the world’s worst negotiator, hand concession after concession to the mullahs of Iran, he is going for a big score in the current negotiations over resumption of diplomatic relations, at President Obama’s initiative. Far from being grateful that he has been handed huge plums, he is making ridiculous demands. (And given Obama’s track record, you can’t call them unrealistic.) Alastair Jamieson reports for NBC News: Cuban President Raul Castro has demanded that the United States hand back its Guantanamo Bay military base - an apparent bargaining tool...
  • Sign the Petition: Army Denied Clemency for Clint Lorance

    01/30/2015 8:49:45 AM PST · by kindred · 10 replies
    http://www.hannity.com/articles/news ^ | January 5th 2015 | unknown-Posted by Lauren
    Bookmark and Share RSS Permalink Read more: http://www.hannity.com/articles/news-476261/sign-the-petition-army-denied-clemency-13117287/#ixzz3QKA7xj4o This New Year’s Eve, while many Americans were gearing up for a night of drinking and partying, Anna Lorance was gearing up to tell her son, 1LT. Clint Lorance that the Army had denied his clemency petition and that he would be facing 17 more years in prison. That’s right. Of all the days the United States Army could have chosen to inform Lorance that he had been denied the clemency many Americans feel he so rightly deserves, they chose a day when they thought no one would be paying attention. The...
  • Pennsylvania officials stop rare bourbon sale, saying it's illegal

    01/30/2015 8:45:18 AM PST · by RBW in PA · 39 replies
    Pocono Record ^ | January 30, 2015 | N/A
    <p>PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pennsylvania liquor regulators say they've stopped the illegal sale of a bottle of rare bourbon at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh.</p>
  • Birth Pangs Of The Coming Great Depression

    01/30/2015 8:42:18 AM PST · by HomerBohn · 21 replies
    Christian Patriots ^ | 1/30/2015 | Michael Snyder
    The signs of the times are everywhere – all you have to do is open up your eyes and look at them. When a pregnant woman first goes into labor, the birth pangs are usually fairly moderate and are not that close together. But as the time for delivery approaches, they become much more frequent and much more intense. Economically, what we are experiencing right now are birth pangs of the coming Great Depression. As we get closer to the crisis that is looming on the horizon, they will become even more powerful. This week, we learned that the Baltic...