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  • Gov. Brown launches effort to push gas prices down

    10/07/2012 4:38:01 PM PDT · by umgud · 54 replies
    Bakersfield Californian/AP ^ | Sunday, Oct 07 2012 03:29 PM | Christopher Weber
    Gov. Jerry Brown ordered state smog regulators Sunday to allow winter-blend gasoline to be sold in California earlier than usual to help drive prices down. Winter-blend gas typically isn’t sold until after October 31. Few refineries outside the state are currently making summer-blend gas, putting the pressure on already-taxed California manufacturers. In some locations, fuming motorists paid $5 or more per gallon while station owners had to shut down pumps in others.
  • Wasserman Schultz, Harrington face final month of campaign ('No-debate Deb' - too glam?)

    10/07/2012 5:09:59 PM PDT · by Libloather · 25 replies
    Sun-Sentinal ^ | 10/07/12 | Kathleen Haughney
    Wasserman Schultz, Harrington face final month of campaignBy Kathleen Haughney, Tallahassee Bureau October 7, 2012 TALLAHASSEE - So what may lie ahead for South Florida's most visible woman politician? Four-term U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz has been talked about as a future House Speaker, a future governor, even a potential member of the Obama administration if it wins re-election. But, first the 46-year-old Weston resident must get past a determined restaurateur from Davie who is hoping to be the Republican who pierces the Democratic National Committee chair's armor. Karen Harrington, 48, who lost to Wasserman Schultz in 2010, is hoping...

    10/07/2012 5:02:04 PM PDT · by Snuph · 24 replies
    Big Government ^ | 7 Oct 2012 | TONY LEE
    Bill Clinton, President Barack Obama, and liberal think tanks have claimed Mitt Romney's plan to cut tax rates across the board by 20 percent is bad arithmetic, but a Princeton economics professor, Harvey Rosen, examined Romney's proposals in a paper and concluded Romney's plan would work.
  • David Cameron 'would veto' EU budget

    10/07/2012 4:55:21 PM PDT · by Olog-hai
    BBC News ^ | 7 October 2012 | Last updated at 06:53 ET
    Prime Minister David Cameron has said he would veto a new European Union budget "if necessary". The EU is beginning negotiations on its next budget for 2014 to 2020. Mr. Cameron also told the BBC that in the longer term, the EU should have two different budgets—one for countries in the eurozone and one for those outside the single currency. Last year, Mr. Cameron vetoed an EU-wide treaty to coordinate budget policies and impose penalties on rule-breakers. …
  • France boosts security at Jewish sites

    10/07/2012 4:48:50 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    BBC News ^ | 7 October 2012 | Last updated at 08:19 ET
    The French president has promised the Jewish community a major increase in security after police shot dead a man suspected of targeting a kosher shop. François Hollande said there would be "total mobilization of the state to fight all terrorist threats". A suspected radical Islamist, believed to have thrown a grenade at a kosher grocery in Paris last month, died in a raid in Strasbourg on Saturday. Hours later, blank bullets were fired outside a Paris synagogue. …
  • Charts of the Day: Deficits and spending (Pay attention to government estimates vs reality)

    10/07/2012 4:31:57 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Hotair ^ | 10/07/2012 | Ed Morrissey
    Via Instapundit, this is the chart to keep in mind when it comes to deficits and campaign promises. It's pretty self-explanatory, but pay close attention to the huge jump in deficit spending between FY2008 and FY2009 --- and the very large gap between White House and even CBO estimates and reality (in gray) in FY2010-12:A few things to bear in mind: As Glenn Reynolds notes, the war spending began in FY2002 for Afghanistan and FY2003 for Iraq. Also, the Bush-era tax rate reductions were fully implemented in FY2003, but probably had their full impact in FY2004. The combination pushed deficits...
  • Black mob violence blamed on white kids drinking

    10/07/2012 4:16:39 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 39 replies ^ | October 5, 2012 | Colin Flaherty
    The mayor, police chief and media have figured out what is behind a wave of black-mob violence in Columbia, S.C: White kids drink too much. And race has nothing to do with the assailants. But a growing number of residents are wondering why public officials are focusing their attention on arresting potential victims. They say city officials are ignoring the black mobs that are “loitering,” threatening, beating, shooting and robbing people by the dozens in this popular entertainment district called Five Points near the University of South Carolina. And it has never been worse. The latest attacks came a few...
  • Obama (blame game) camp: Ryan budget would have cut embassy security

    10/07/2012 4:03:46 PM PDT · by Libloather · 30 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/07/12 | Julian Pecquet
    Obama camp: Ryan budget would have cut embassy securityBy Julian Pecquet - 10/07/12 05:09 PM ET Democrats are hitting Mitt Romney over the House GOP budget's potential cuts to embassy security as the Republican candidate and his allies on Capitol Hill seek to make inadequate protection in Libya a campaign issue. Romney's running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), put forward a budget blueprint this year that would have cut non-defense discretionary spending by 19 percent by 2014. While the blueprint doesn't specify cuts to embassy security, applying that figure across-the-board would yield a $300 million reduction in State Department funding...
  • Libya's parliament votes to remove PM from post

    10/07/2012 3:41:44 PM PDT · by EBH · 9 replies
    AP ^ | 10/7/2012 | ESAM MOHAMED
    Libya's parliament ousted the country's new prime minister in a no-confidence vote on Sunday, the latest blow to hopes that political factions could agree on a government charged with restoring stability after last year's civil war. Mustafa Abushagur was the first prime minister to be elected after the 2011 overthrow of dictator Moammar Gadhafi. He represented an offshoot of the country's oldest anti-Gadhafi opposition movement,... But his proposed Cabinet was struck down by a legislature representing dozens of divided tribes, towns, and regions across the country, many of whom feel they are owed the spoils of victory over Gadhafi. He...
  • ICE Decides Not To Detain Jose Antonio Vargas

    10/07/2012 3:05:19 PM PDT · by Lmo56 · 2 replies
    Politico ^ | 10/7/12 | Katie Glueck
    Jose Antonio Vargas, the writer and activist who went public last year with his status as an undocumented immigrant, was arrested for a driving infraction in Minnesota on Friday, but federal immigration authorities did not detain him or take any other action, officials said Saturday.
  • EPA Celebrates ‘Children Health Month,’ Recruiting Students for ‘Energy Patrols’ at School

    10/07/2012 3:00:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    CNS News ^ | October 5, 2012 | Penny Starr
    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is celebrating Children’s Health Month this October by providing information and health tips on its website, including the importance of energy efficiency in schools. On the website page is a link to a 26-page EPA report entitled, “Sensible Steps to Healthier School Environment.” In the report’s chapter on Energy Efficiency, the EPA presents a box with items to help establish “Energy Efficiency Opportunities for Schools.” One of the items in the box reads, “Educate students and staff about how their behaviors affect energy use. Some schools have created student energy patrols to monitor and inform...
  • Rampant recycling fraud is draining California cash [They built it]

    10/07/2012 1:56:25 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 51 replies
    Las Angeles Times ^ | October 7, 2012 | Jessica Garrison
    Just over 8.5 billion recyclable cans were sold in California last year. The number redeemed for a nickel under California's recycling law: 8.3 billion. That's a return rate of nearly 100%. That kind of success isn't just impressive, it's unbelievable. But the recycling rate for certain plastic containers was even higher: 104%. California's generous recycling redemption program has led to rampant fraud. Crafty entrepreneurs are driving semi-trailers full of cans from Nevada or Arizona, which don't have deposit laws, across the border and transforming their cargo into truckfuls of nickels. In addition, recyclers inside the state are claiming redemptions for...
  • Russia marks Putin's 60th birthday

    10/07/2012 1:47:01 PM PDT · by ConradofMontferrat · 7 replies
    Google News ^ | 10/07/2012 | By by Maria Antonova
    MOSCOW — Russia's President Vladimir Putin turned 60 on Sunday, the official retirement age in the country he has dominated for the past 12 years, as critics snickered that his image of an energetic, young macho leader no longer corresponds with his age.... ...A survey by independent pollster Levada this week showed that despite his age, Putin was still popular with the ladies, with 20 percent of Russian women saying they would like to marry him.
  • Romney and G.O.P. Make Inroads in Silicon Valley

    10/07/2012 1:20:17 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 10 replies
    New York Times ^ | October 7, 2012 | SOMINI SENGUPTA
    SAN FRANCISCO — When President Obama makes his latest foray into Silicon Valley on Monday, he will face a technology industry more engaged than ever in the wheeling and dealing of Washington, and much more forthcoming with its political contributions — including, generously, to his rival, Mitt Romney. The two candidates, and their parties, have raised more money from technology executives and investors than they did in 2008. Altogether, Mr. Obama and Mr. Romney have campaigned here numerous times in the last year. And as the stakes for the industry have grown higher in Washington, both candidates have at least...
  • Latest polls: Romney's uphill fight not as steep

    10/07/2012 1:00:58 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 28 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | October 7, 2012 | Brad Knickerbocker,
    Public opinion polls are moving things in Mitt Romney's direction, with one expert suggesting that Romney 'has peeled off some of Mr. Obama’s softer support in addition to gaining ground among undecided voters.' A Rasmussen national survey out at week’s end shows a shift from Obama 49-47 to Romney 49-47. “This is a small shift that’s significant in a close race,” pollster Scott Rasmussen told the New York Post. “Both candidates have a stable base, and the race is close. Barring something that happens in the real world, it’s likely to remain close.” “Bounces are called bounces because they don’t...
  • Report: Obama Heading to L.A. to ‘Reassure’ Hollywood Donors After Debate Performance

    10/07/2012 11:39:39 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 34 replies
    The Blaze ^ | October 7, 2012 | Madeleine Morgenstern
    President Barack Obama’s fundraising trip to Los Angeles this weekend will provide a boost to his campaign coffers — and also an opportunity to soothe his Hollywood supporters left shaken after his widely-panned debate performance against Republican rival Mitt Romney. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Sunday night’s star-studded concert and $25,000-per-plate dinner will now have Obama “reassuring” his donors that he’s still committed to victory and ready for Romney in round two. As the Reporter noted, the entertainment industry has been a lucrative fountain for the president to tap this campaign cycle, but there is “no doubt” the Hollywood crowd...
  • Enter At Your Own Risk: Police Union Says ‘War-Like’ Detroit Is Unsafe For Visitors

    10/07/2012 11:28:09 AM PDT · by Snuph · 42 replies
    Detroit.CBS Local ^ | October 6, 2012
    The men and women of the Detroit Police Department believe the city is too dangerous to enter, and they want citizens to know it. Detroit Police Officer Association (DPOA) Attorney Donato Iorio said officers are holding the “Enter At Your Own Risk” rally at 3:30 p.m. Saturday in front of Comerica Park to remind the public that the officers are overworked, understaffed, and at times, fearful for their lives.
  • The UNDECIDED (profiles of six voters in swing states)

    10/07/2012 11:26:17 AM PDT · by TigerClaws · 10 replies
    They represent a sliver of the electorate, yet their choices on Election Day could make a difference. Click on the photos to read about the lives of these undecided voters; roll over their artifacts to examine possessions and mementos that reveal identity. You might recognize yourself — even if the vote you'll cast is already decided.
  • Ad idea: Big Bird the 1%er

    10/07/2012 11:05:34 AM PDT · by Feline_AIDS · 12 replies
    First, I don't know where to even send a suggestion like this. Any ideas? The ad: Big Bird walks past people protesting Romney's claim that PBS funding should be cut. Signs argue that without public funding, American children wouldn't experience Sesame Street. He goes into a parking deck, where he gets in a red Ferrari. As the engine roars, titles overlaying the screen would read: "Sesame Street receives [however much funding] a year from the federal government. In that same time, Sesame Street makes more than $50 million in toys and consumer sales." They could add a guy working in...
  • MA Republican mailer – “Elizabeth Warren: The Native American Scandal”

    10/07/2012 10:33:07 AM PDT · by Libloather · 4 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | 10/07/12 | William A. Jacobson
    MA Republican mailer – “Elizabeth Warren: The Native American Scandal”Posted by William A. Jacobson Sunday, October 7, 2012 at 8:30am The Massachusetts Republican State Committee has sent out a mailer, forwarded to me be a reader, which hits Elizabeth Warren very hard on her false claim to be Cherokee. The mailer is very well done because it presents a lot of facts, including a timeline of Warren’s changing self-identifications as White and then Native American, as well as her initial denials.