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  • Baton Rouge Reporter Arrested After Run-In with Police

    05/29/2015 10:00:20 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 14 replies
    adweek.com ^ | 5/29/15 | Kevin Eck
    WBRZ reporter Brett Buffington was arrested after a run-in with officers at the scene of a burglary investigation Thursday morning. According to The Advocate, the Baton Rouge, La. ABC affiliate’s reporter was booked on counts of interfering with an officer and intimidating a public official. Police placed Buffington in the back of a police unit until the area was made safe, the report says. Buffington was then issued a criminal summons and told he was free to leave, to which he told an officer, “Hope you enjoy the rest of your career.” The report says the officer took the comment...
  • iCarly and the RNC Pseudo-candidates

    05/28/2015 11:18:46 AM PDT · by ifinnegan · 66 replies
    May, 28, 2015 | Self
    iCarly and the RNC Pseudo-candidates I hope people realize iCarly is full on GOPe RNC and her role is to aid GOPe candidates.  As RNC talent, she is better than most. She is articulate,  concise, intelligent.  But don't think we can trust her long term any more than we can trust Prince Rebus, Boner or Mitchie-poo.  iCarly is not the only strategic pseudo-candidate.  Why would Huckabee run other than to dilute support for Ted Cruz.  It's win win win for GOPe, Huckabee and Fox  Huckabee gets to help Cruz lose and then gets to go back to Fox as a...
  • NORTH CAROLINA GOP GOV.GOES MARIO CUOMO ON GAY MARRIAGE AND A CHALLENGE TO RELIGIOUS CONSERVATIVES

    05/29/2015 4:57:59 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 12 replies
    Vanity | 5/29/2015 | Self
    The words of the former New York Governor and Democrat icon Mario Cuomo rang out loud and clear some 30 years ago. "I am personally opposed to abortion but" would pretty much sum up Cuomo's message. Yesterday that message was echoed on the issue of gay marriage by the Republican governor of North Carolina in a statement entitled "Governor McCrory defends Constitution". Governor Pat McCrory noted his own 'sincerely held religious beliefs that marriage is between a man and a woman'. But then we got this: "Whether it is the president, governor, mayor, a law enforcement officer, or magistrate, no...
  • Obama to warn that climate change means more intense hurricanes

    05/28/2015 7:38:05 AM PDT · by BerniesFriend · 57 replies
    AP ^ | 05/28/2015
    <p>MIAMI — President Barack Obama is using his annual hurricane briefing to warn that climate change will make these storms more intense and damaging.</p> <p>Obama is getting the briefing on the hurricane season during a visit Thursday (May 28) to the National Hurricane Center in Miami.</p>
  • Mark Levin – We Don’t Need A Governor As President – We Need A Conservative Visionary Leader

    Mark Levin addresses the talk about the type of candidate that the United States needs if we are going to have any chance of extricating ourselves from the overwhelming destruction of the Obama regime. He says it doesn’t really matter to him what the current employment of the individual that would assume the office of President of the United States. What matters are that person’s values, their vision and their leadership ability.He sees an agenda to restore the Republic, respect for the American people, stop ruling by the administrative state and regulation and the infamous pen and phone. He notes...
  • Did GOP create ISIS? Why Rand Paul says so

    05/27/2015 12:00:44 PM PDT · by TangledUpInBlue · 28 replies
    CSM ^ | Husna Haq
    Sen. Rand Paul (R) of Kentucky, who is a candidate for his party's 2016 presidential nomination, has created a national brand as a man unafraid of challenging party orthodoxy. That was on display Wednesday when Senator Paul credited the rise of the Islamic State terrorist group to hawks within his own party. "ISIS exists and grew stronger because of the hawks in our party who gave arms indiscriminately, and most of those arms were snatched up by ISIS," Paul said in an interview with MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough that aired Wednesday on “Morning Joe.” "They’ve created these people."
  • Gallup Signals the GOP: Abandon the Bitter Clingers in Your Backwards Base

    05/27/2015 1:40:00 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 27 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | May 27, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: A new Gallup poll out. Headline: "Americans Continue to Shift Left on Key Moral Issues." Now, before you go off getting depressed about this, let me tell you what the reason for this is, after we give you the details. "Americans are more likely now than in the early 2000s to find a variety of behaviors morally acceptable, including gay and lesbian relations, having a baby outside of marriage and sex between an unmarried man and woman. Moral acceptability of many of these issues is now at a record-high level." It's a subtle message to the Republican Party, and...
  • Gov. Jindal: Rand Paul “unsuited to be Commander in Chief”

    05/27/2015 12:18:19 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/27/2015 | Ed Morrisey
    It didn’t take long for a return salvo to be fired over Rand Paul’s contention this morning that Republican hawks “created” ISIS. Bobby Jindal blasted Paul as “unsuited to be Commander in Chief,” accusing him of “taking the “weakest Democratic position” while Americans are fighting ISIS. Jindal slammed Paul as a superficial, “cocktail party” thinker, and that the real origin of ISIS is the metastasizing cancer of radical Islam: “This is a perfect example of why Senator Paul is unsuited to be Commander-in-Chief,” Jindal said in a statement. “We have men and women in the military who are in...
  • In Epps Analysis of Executive Order

    05/27/2015 11:04:09 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | May 25, 2015 | Tony Perkins.
    Editor’s Note: University of Baltimore Law Professor Garrett Epps Strikes Out Again Governor Jindal’s attempt to protect individual rights from government intrusion has received the now all-too-familiar slander and cranky response from those who don’t like anything that stops marriage from steamrolling all individual liberties in its path. After the legislature refused to act on the Marriage and Conscience Act — not because of legitimate policy reasons, but simply because of “perceptions” about the bill — Governor Jindal took the step that is within his power, issuing an Executive Order to protect the rights of those who dissent from the...
  • Gov. Jindal Makes Louisiana Ground Zero for ‘Marriage and Conscience’ Fight

    05/27/2015 8:36:57 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 05/27/2015 | Rod Kackley
    Stephen Handwerk, the executive director of the Louisiana Democratic Party, may believe Gov. Bobby Jindal’s executive order on religious freedom was nothing but a political stunt, but he should not have been surprised.If Handwerk didn’t see this coming, he needs to start reading the New York Times.Jindal vowed in a New York Times op-ed in April he would not be scared off by the “large corporations” that had joined with “left-wing activists to bully elected officials into backing away from strong protections for religious liberty” in Indiana and Arkansas.Turns out the Republican wasn’t bullied by the Louisiana Legislature, either....
  • Mary Landrieu takes job at Washington lobbying firm

    05/26/2015 12:33:52 PM PDT · by BerniesFriend · 27 replies
    NOLA.com (Times Picayune) ^ | 05/26/2015 | Bruce Alpert
    WASHINGTON -- Former Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., is joining the Washington lobbying firm Van Ness Feldman, the firm will announce later Tuesday (May 26). Landrieu said she will join Van Ness Feldman as a senior policy advisor, working closely with another recent hire, former Rep. Norm Dicks, D-Wash., the former top Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee. Former senators are barred from lobbying their former colleagues for two years after the end of their congressional careers. For Landrieu, that means she can't lobby colleagues until January, 2017. But she can lobby members of the executive branch, and is free to...
  • Prominent Democratic Donor Called Scott Walker a ‘Dumb (bleep)' for Something 60% of Americans Share

    05/26/2015 6:50:35 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 87 replies
    IJReview ^ | May 26, 2015 | Joe Perticone
    Hillary Clinton is heading to the Sunshine State this week to spend time with one of Florida’s most influential Democratic donors, trial lawyer John Morgan. Morgan is not just praising Clinton’s candidacy, but actively bashing her potential Republican rivals. In an interview with The Daily Beast, Morgan took shots at Wisconsin Governor and prospective 2016 candidate, Scott Walker: “Walker would be the first president with a GED.”The Democratic donor attempted to insult Walker for not obtaining a college degree, which he opted out of in order to get started with his career. Morgan continued, calling Walker cruel names in an...
  • New Orleans Cop Shot Dead in Cruiser

    05/24/2015 2:50:17 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 36 replies
    ABC7Chicago.com ^ | May 24, 2015 | EMILY SHAPIRO
    A New Orleans police officer was found shot dead in his marked patrol car this morning, city officials said. The shooting was reported around 7 a.m., the New Orleans Police Department said in a news release. The victim's car rolled forward and struck a curb after the shooting. The officer's name has not been released, but the New Orleans police identified the victim as a 45-year-old man who worked as a Housing Authority police officer.
  • New Orleans Cop Shot Dead in Cruiser

    05/24/2015 6:52:06 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 62 replies
    ABC ^ | 5/24/15
    A New Orleans police officer was found shot dead in his marked patrol car this morning, city officials said. The shooting was reported around 7 a.m., the New Orleans Police Department said in a news release. The victim's car rolled forward and struck a curb after the shooting. The officer's name has not been released, but the New Orleans police identified the victim as a 45-year-old man who worked as a Housing Authority police officer.
  • HANO officer shot, killed while patrolling Central City construction site, NOPD says

    05/24/2015 3:45:35 PM PDT · by BBell · 14 replies
    NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune ^ | 5/24/15 | Michelle Hunter
    An officer with the Housing Authority of New Orleans was fatally shot in his patrol car while working a security detail at the construction site of the Guste Homes public housing complex, according to New Orleans police officials Sunday (May 24). Authorities have not yet identified the male officer, who had been with the HANO department for about two years, HANO Police Chief Robert Anderson said. "It is truly a sad day for our department," Anderson said. "We've never had an on-duty death in the department's history."HANO police found the officer's body about 7:10 a.m. Sunday in his patrol car,...
  • Decade After Katrina, Pointing Finger More Firmly at Army Corps

    05/24/2015 11:17:19 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 35 replies
    New York Times ^ | May 23, 2015 | By CAMPBELL ROBERTSON and JOHN SCHWARTZ
    NEW ORLEANS — Nearly 10 years on, one might assume that the case of Hurricane Katrina is closed. That the catastrophic flooding of this city was caused not merely by a powerful storm but primarily by fatal engineering flaws in the city’s flood protection system has been proved by experts, acknowledged by the United States Army Corps of Engineers and underscored by residents here to anyone who might suggest otherwise. But the efforts to establish responsibility with ever more precision — to ascertain just how many of those flaws were due to engineering, politics or money — have not stopped....
  • Wells Fargo Commercial: Learning Sign Language (lesbians adopt a deaf child)

    05/23/2015 10:07:49 AM PDT · by Salman · 8 replies
    Wells Fargo verified YouTube account ^ | Apr 23, 2015 | Wells Fargo verified YouTube account
    A couple learns a new language to welcome a new addition to their family. See how Wells Fargo is always there to help you prepare financially for life’s biggest moments.
  • NY lawmakers ask Gov. Cuomo to ban nonessential travel to Louisiana after Jindal executive order

    05/21/2015 8:11:31 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    CNN ^ | 05/21/2015 | Eric Bradner
    Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal issued new protections for businesses that refuse to serve same-sex marriages, embracing the "religious freedom" cause dear to conservative Christians even though it's stung other Republican politicians. Jindal, a prospect for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, issued an executive order on Tuesday after saying he was disappointed that a Statehouse committee had earlier in the day voted down a bill that would have accomplished the same goal. That panel's concern: that Louisiana would look much like Indiana, where concerns that a new "religious freedom" law would lead to discrimination against gays and lesbians triggered such a...
  • Bobby Jindal signs 'religious freedom' order protecting same-sex marriage opponents

    05/20/2015 2:06:01 PM PDT · by mojito · 25 replies
    CNN ^ | 5/20/2015 | Eric Bradner
    Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal issued new protections for businesses that refuse to serve same-sex marriages, embracing the "religious freedom" cause dear to conservative Christians even though it's stung other Republican politicians. Jindal, a prospect for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, issued an executive order on Tuesday after saying he was disappointed that a Statehouse committee had earlier in the day voted down a bill that would have accomplished the same goal. That panel's concern: that Louisiana would look much like Indiana, where concerns that a new "religious freedom" law would lead to discrimination against gays and lesbians triggered such a...
  • 'Clinton Cash’ Author: ‘We’re Finding Some Interesting, Compelling Things’ on Jeb

    05/18/2015 8:00:50 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 20 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 5/12/15 | Ian Hanchett
    “Clinton Cash” author Peter Schweizer said that he is ” finding some interesting, compelling things” in his investigation of Jeb Bush on Tuesday’s “Hugh Hewitt Show.” Schweizer reported, “We’re about four months into the research project, obviously not as global in scope as the Clintons, but you know, as governor of the state of Florida, you have a lot of things that you can do. So we’re following the money. We’re looking at land deals. We’re looking at an airport deal. We are looking at some of the educational reforms that were instituted, and some of the big corporate winners...
  • Louisiana Democrats' best hope to beat David Vitter? Vote Republican

    05/20/2015 4:55:19 AM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 11 replies
    nola.com ^ | May 16, 2015 | Robert Mann
    Last week, I argued that Sen. David Vitter – the undisputed leader in this year's governor's race – should be nervous because of our electorate's long history of punishing frontrunners and promoting also-rans. (SNIP) Democrats have a clear choice: send Edwards into a runoff that he almost certainly cannot win – or back a moderate Republican, who could defeat Vitter. If Democrats have any power left in Louisiana politics, it is electing moderate Republicans. That's not a goal that will launch Democratic activists out of bed each morning but it's about all the power the party has left (in statewide...
  • Bobby Jindal plans to issue an executive order enforcing intent of religious freedom bill

    05/19/2015 2:12:41 PM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 32 replies
    nola.com ^ | 05/19/2015 | Emily Lane
    Gov. Bobby Jindal issued a statement Tuesday (May 19) saying he plans to issue an executive order to enforce the intent of a religious freedom bill that effectively died about two hours earlier, in the House Civil Law and Procedure Committee. Read the full statement below: "We are disappointed by the committee's action to return the Louisiana Marriage and Conscience Act to the calendar. We will be issuing an Executive Order shortly that will accomplish the intent of HB 707 to prevent the state from discriminating against persons or entities with deeply held religious beliefs that marriage is between one...
  • Louisiana's religious freedom bill essentially defeated in committee

    05/19/2015 11:09:50 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 26 replies
    nola.com ^ | 05/19/2015 | Emily Lane
    A Louisiana House panel has effectively defeated religious freedom legislation that drew staunch opponents to it based on criticism – either real or perceived – that it authorizes discrimination against LGBT people. The bill (HB 707) is designed to block the government from pulling licenses, tax benefits, and the like from a company because of the owner's view of same-sex marriage. But LGBT advocates and a few legal experts have said it would also allow businesses of any size to refuse to recognize and sanction discrimination against married same-sex couples, should same-sex marriage become legal in Louisiana.
  • Pushy door-to-door salesman arrested in Marrero (LA), authorities say

    05/19/2015 10:56:16 AM PDT · by BerniesFriend · 35 replies
    Times Picayune (New Orleans) ^ | 05/18/2015 | Michelle Hunter
    An aggressive door-to-door salesman found himself in handcuffs after a Marrero resident said he forced his way into her home to talk about burglar alarms, according to authorities. Jens Petersen, 20, of Washington, Utah, was arrested and booked with unauthorized entry of an inhabited dwelling and peddling with no permit, a Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office arrest report said.
  • Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal to form exploratory committee

    05/18/2015 9:33:47 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 58 replies
    CNN ^ | 05/18/2015 | Mark Preston
    Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal will announce Monday that he is taking a major step toward seeking the Republican presidential nomination by establishing a committee to formally explore a White House bid, CNN has learned. The creation of an exploratory committee will allow Jindal to raise money to pay for activities such as political travel as he considers whether to join a crowded GOP presidential primary field. Jindal's campaign is expected to officially announce the creation of the committee early Monday afternoon, but has already launched a website promoting the Louisiana governor's possible candidacy. "If I run, my candidacy will be...
  • Parental rights in Louisiana

    05/17/2015 9:22:31 AM PDT · by Pikachu_Dad · 11 replies
    The renumbering and reshuffling of the law makes it very difficult to follow what SB134 is doing. The new law seems much weaker than the old law. The rights are being limited to only married parents. Under the old law, they were enjoyed by all legitimate children. Perhaps they were also enjoyed by all illegitimate children, but I did not read that section for this issue yet. The law for illegitimate children is completely deleted. Footnotes state to use the tutor laws for all children of single, and divorced parents. I have not found a similar section in the tutor...
  • Louisiana marijuana law changes endorsed by House, headed to Senate

    05/15/2015 2:00:47 PM PDT · by BBell · 7 replies
    NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune ^ | 5/14/15 | Emily Lane
    A proposal to reduce marijuana penalties for those convicted multiple times of possessing pot cleared the House floor Wednesday (May 13) in the Louisiana Legislature. Current law allows for someone to be sentenced up to 20 years in prison for getting convicted three or more times with as little as one joint. Among the changes proposed in the legislation, sponsored by state Rep. Austin Badon, D-New Orleans, is a reduction of the maximum penalty from 20 years to eight. "It starts chipping away at Louisiana being the incarceration capital of the world," Badon said from the House floor, after his...
  • Equal pay bill passes Louisiana Senate, despite concern it would cause frivolous lawsuits

    05/13/2015 1:19:53 PM PDT · by justlittleoleme · 9 replies
    The Republic ^ | May 12, 2015 - 7:44 pm EDT | MELINDA DESLATTE Associated Press
    Louisiana's state senators chose anti-discrimination arguments over concerns about frivolous lawsuits Tuesday, narrowly backing an equal pay proposal in what has become an annual fight in the Legislature. With a 21-16 vote, senators sent the measure by Sen. Ed Murray, D-New Orleans, to the House for consideration. But it is expected to run into problems there. The House labor committee killed two similar equal pay bills last month. Murray's bill describes the state's policy as "all employees shall be compensated equally for work that is the same in kind and quality," with no distinction made because of a person's gender....
  • Mark Levin: Rand Paul has some explaining to do

    05/07/2015 9:07:33 PM PDT · by Nachum · 23 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | 5/7/15 | The Right Scoop
    Mark Levin believes blackmail or something may be going behind the scenes in the Senate. Here’s why: NATIONAL REVIEW – The rumors began trickling in about a week before the scheduled vote on April 23: Republican leadership was quietly pushing senators to pull support for subpoenaing Congress’s fraudulent application to the District of Columbia’s health exchange — the document that facilitated Congress’s “exemption” from Obamacare by allowing lawmakers and staffers to keep their employer subsidies. The application said Congress employed just 45 people. Names were faked; one employee was listed as “First Last,” another simply as “Congress.” To Small Business...
  • How Five Republicans Let Congress Keep Its Fraudulent Obamacare Subsidies

    05/07/2015 8:21:42 PM PDT · by Mariner · 35 replies
    National Review ^ | May 7, 2015 1:26 PM | by Brendan Bordelon
    The rumors began trickling in about a week before the scheduled vote on April 23: Republican leadership was quietly pushing senators to pull support for subpoenaing Congress’s fraudulent application to the District of Columbia’s health exchange — the document that facilitated Congress’s “exemption” from Obamacare by allowing lawmakers and staffers to keep their employer subsidies. The application said Congress employed just 45 people. Names were faked; one employee was listed as “First Last,” another simply as “Congress.” To Small Business Committee chairman David Vitter, who has fought for years against the Obamacare exemption, it was clear that someone in Congress...
  • Redemption for 'Bountygate' wasn't happening with 'Deflategate' penalties

    05/12/2015 7:04:40 AM PDT · by BerniesFriend · 7 replies
    Times Picayune (New Orleans) ^ | 05/11/2015 | Larry Holder
    Nothing short of suspending Tom Brady and Bill Belichick for the 2015 NFL season would satisfy many New Orleans Saints fans for the New England Patriots' involvement in Deflategate. The NFL announced Monday a four-game suspension for Brady and several other sanctions for the Patriots for the intentional use of deflated footballs last season. Some penalties levied on the Patriots organization were harsher than what the Saints received in the bounty scandal.
  • Rand Paul, Scott Walker tied atop 2016 Republican field in New Hampshire

    05/11/2015 8:48:38 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 19 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 05/11/2015 | David Sherfinski
    Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker are tied atop a crowded 2016 GOP primary field in the early state of New Hampshire, with former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush slipping into a tie for third with Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, who picked up some support since a separate poll was released in February. Mr. Paul and Mr. Walker were the first choice of 12 percent of GOP primary voters, followed by Mr. Bush and Mr. Rubio at 11 percent apiece and businessman Donald Trump at 8 percent, according to the Bloomberg Politics/Saint Anselm poll. Next were...
  • Cruz lands prime SRLC speaking slot [May 21-23, 2015]

    05/07/2015 12:14:35 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 14 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 13, 2015, 11:33 am | Ben Kamisar
    Presidential hopeful Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) will keynote the Southern Republican Leadership Conference (SRLC) in May, where he’ll appear alongside a number of his potential opponents."Sen. Cruz's recent announcement for president has created quite a buzz among Republican voters. We're excited he'll be joining us for the SRLC, as I know primary voters will want to hear what he has to say,” SRLC Chairman Dave Weston said in a statement.“With the future of Obamacare increasingly in doubt, many have looked to Cruz as the point of the spear in Republican efforts to defeat the president's signature policy."Cruz kicked off...
  • Pizza delivery driver stabbed, robbed; still makes delivery

    05/06/2015 12:37:33 AM PDT · by Mount Athos · 11 replies
    <p>A pizza delivery driver who was carjacked, robbed and stabbed still managed to get the pizza delivered, calling the restaurant for a fresh pie while he was being treated in the hospital emergency room that ordered the food.</p> <p>The Courier-Journal reports 19-year-old Josh Lewis is in stable condition and recovering from a collapsed lung at the University of Louisville Hospital. Police say Lewis was delivering a pizza from Spinelli’s Pizzeria when a man stabbed him in the back, robbed him and stole his black Jeep Cherokee on Sunday.</p>
  • Termination of Parental Authority upon divorce passes Louisiana Senate 37-0

    05/05/2015 8:41:21 PM PDT · by Pikachu_Dad · 51 replies
    LaDads ^ | May 5th 2015 | self
    1) We lost the Senate vote 37-0. Let's dust ourselves off and get back in the game. This is not over. We can win this. We will win this. Right is on our side. God is on our side. Our kids are on our side. Link to vote 2) Now the bill heads to the House. So please start contacting your Louisiana House Representative 3) Civil Law and Procedure Most likely the Bill will be heard by the Civil Law and Procedure Committee. 4) Counter Example "The price of a successful defense is an alternative" Need an example of a...
  • Parenting Rights under attack in Louisiana

    05/02/2015 6:57:07 PM PDT · by Pikachu_Dad · 43 replies
    Louisiana Senate ^ | May 2 2014 | Self
    Should Parental authority be terminated (for both parents) when they divorce? In a forty page bill, sponsored by the Louisiana State Law Institute - effort led by retired family law professor Spaht. The law is difficult to read to see what has changed because she is erasing all of the existing law and rewriting and reorganizing it. So all the text is marked as new, even the parts that are existing. This is long standing law that has not been revised in decades. Of all rhe bad parts of the bill, the one change I am highlighting is this. Under...
  • GOP prepares list of demands if justices rule against ObamaCare

    05/01/2015 5:12:58 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 57 replies
    The Hill ^ | 05/01/2015 | Sarah Ferris
    Republicans believe a Supreme Court ruling against ObamaCare this summer would give them leverage to force President Obama to scrap the healthcare law's central pillars. Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), who is leading the Senate GOP’s response to King v. Burwell, said Republicans will be willing to strike a deal with Obama to ensure that the 7.5 million people who stand to lose their subsidies are protected, at least until the 2016 elections. But in return, they would demand that Obama to do something he has long resisted: nix the employer and individual mandates for insurance coverage. “Is the president going...
  • How Microbes Helped Clean BP's Oil Spill

    04/29/2015 10:54:20 AM PDT · by thackney · 29 replies
    Scientific American ^ | April 28, 2015 | David Biello
    Like cars, some microbes use oil as fuel. Such microorganisms are a big reason why BP's 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico was not far worse. "The microbes did a spectacular job of eating a lot of the natural gas," says biogeochemist Chris Reddy of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. The relatively small hydrocarbon molecules in natural gas are the easiest for microorganisms to eat. "The rate and capacity is a mind-boggling testament to microbes," he adds. As Reddy suggests, the microbes got help from the nature of the oil spilled—so-called Louisiana light, sweet crude mixed with natural...
  • Medicaid expansion up for consideration by lawmakers [LA]

    04/29/2015 4:33:07 AM PDT · by markomalley
    WBRZ ^ | 4/29/15
    Lawmakers are again considering proposals to expand Louisiana's Medicaid program, to give government-funded health insurance to the working poor. The House and Senate health committees have scheduled Wednesday hearings on the coverage expansion legislation. Both panels have rejected the idea in previous years amid strong opposition to Medicaid expansion and the federal health care overhaul from Gov. Bobby Jindal and other Republican leaders.
  • White House Teams Up With Soros for Disturbing 2016 Plan

    04/27/2015 9:26:30 AM PDT · by george76 · 34 replies
    wj ^ | April 24, 2015 | Ben Marquis
    Last year, as part of his Imperial decree of amnesty for illegal immigrants, resident Barack Obama created the White House Task Force on New Americans, whose goal is to vastly increase the numbers and rates at which immigrants were naturalized and granted citizenship. This Task Force works hand-in-hand with the George Soros-funded, open borders-promoting Migration Policy Institute, as well as the openly racist group La Raza, a Mexican nationalist organization that has called for the mass murder of white Americans and a return of the western states to Mexico. The Task Force is headed up by one Cecilia Munoz, Obama’s...
  • Metairie double-murder suspect carjacked woman in St. Roch, tried to run over U.S. Marshal: NOPD

    04/27/2015 3:01:29 PM PDT · by BBell · 6 replies
    NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune ^ | 4/27/15 | Jonathan Bullington
    The 17-year-old New Orleans teen Jefferson Parish authorities have accused of killing David Pence and his son, Nicholas, in Metairie last week faces charges out of Orleans Parish ranging from carjacking to the attempted second-degree murder of a U.S. Marshal's deputy, court records show. New Orleans police say the same day Dexter Allen murdered the Pences, he carjacked a Metairie woman at gunpoint as she picked up her son in St. Roch. Two days later, he led U.S. Marshals on a chase along Interstate 10 that ended with him trying to run down a deputy and then jumped into the...
  • Storm updates: Latest tornado warnings, damage reports for metro New Orleans

    04/27/2015 10:57:10 AM PDT · by boycott · 40 replies
    NOLA.com ^ | 4-27-2015
    12:40 p.m.: Remarkable, on-the-spot video from WGNO-TV of the train falling off the track at Huey P. Long Bridge embedded below; see our report here.
  • Father & Son Shot Dead ‘Execution-Style’ by Black Teens in New Orleans (VIDEO)

    04/27/2015 8:33:42 AM PDT · by upbeat5 · 47 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | April 26, 2915 | Jim Hoft
    Two teen car burglars were arrested this weekend after shooting David Pence and his son Nicholas at their home. The two black teens invaded the Pence home after a dinner party on Wednesday night.The father and son were shot dead in an execution-style murder moments after party guests left their home.
  • Teen car burglars responsible for father-son murder in Metairie, sheriff says

    04/26/2015 2:54:18 PM PDT · by BBell · 37 replies
    NOLA.com | Times-Picayune ^ | 4/26/15 | Andy Grimm
    Jefferson Parish Sheriff's deputies have arrested a pair of New Orleans teens for the shotgun murder of David Pence and his son, Nicholas, in Metairie. Dexter Allen, 17, and Haraquon Degruy, 18, were arrested in New Orleans Friday (April 24) after a brief car chase, Sheriff Newell Normand announced at a press conference Saturday.
  • Job Killing GOP Governors Have Resumes That Should Disqualify Them From Being President

    04/26/2015 10:55:16 AM PDT · by lbryce · 38 replies
    Political USA ^ | April 24, 2015 | Keith Brekhus
    Three sitting Republican Governors interested in seeking a promotion to become U.S. President, represent states that have posted well-below average job growth over the past four years. From 2011 to 2015, the United States experienced 8.21 percent job growth. The states governed by Republican presidential hopefuls Scott Walker (WI), Bobby Jindal (LA), and Chris Christie (NJ), saw much lower rates of job growth over the same time period. Using figures provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics from January 2011 to January 2015, Paul Rosenburg at Salon, noted that Wisconsin, Louisiana, and New Jersey, all experienced very sluggish job...
  • Jindal warns corporate America at Iowa faith event ["don't side with the leftists"]

    04/25/2015 7:37:48 PM PDT · by markomalley · 19 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 4/25/15 | Sean Higgins
    Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal warned "corporate America" Saturday that it needed to "be careful" and not ally itself with liberals on cultural issues. Jindal, a 2016 Republican presidential hopeful, issued the warning in a speech at a multi-candidate event in West Des Moines, Iowa.While many at the event argued that the Christian faith was being antagonized from both the cultural left and government entities, Jindal added a third entity that is usually seen as being on the side of conservatives, big business. He cited the recent controversies in Indiana and other states over adoption of religious freedom bills liberals opposed...
  • Looking Back: The Doomsayers Were Wrong about the BP Oil Spill; Mother Nature Heals Itself

    04/23/2015 7:08:29 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/23/2015 | by STEPHEN MOORE & JOEL GRIFFITH Read more at: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/417345/doomsay
    Five years ago this week, a blowout of BPÂ’s Deepwater Horizon oil rig 40 miles from the Gulf Coast tragically claimed eleven lives and spilled 3 million barrels of oil from the damaged wellhead into the Gulf. ItÂ’s hard to forget the video images of thick oil gushing, day after day, into the regionÂ’s waters. It was a horrific accident that caused substantial damage to the ecology and commerce of the region. Gulf-area wildlife, portions of the shoreline, tourism, fishers and shrimpers, and energy-sector workers suffered large losses in the aftermath of the spill. BP has paid close to $27...
  • Big Hit For U.S. Oil Production In January

    04/24/2015 5:51:32 AM PDT · by thackney · 11 replies
    Oil Price ^ | 23 April 2015 | Arthur Berman
    U.S. crude oil production fell at least 135,000 barrels of oil per day in January 2015 compared to December 2014 according to the EIA (Figure 1). Bakken Shale production fell the most of any play or jurisdiction losing 37,000 barrels per day in North Dakota and 4,000 barrels per day in Montana for a total of 41,000 barrels of oil per day (Figure 2). Production in California, the offshore Gulf of Mexico, Alaska and Wyoming also declined significantly. Figure 3 shows Bakken production based on DrillingInfo data. The 42,000 barrels of oil per day drop in January production is completely...
  • Louisiana: no justice for vet persecuted by police

    04/24/2015 10:13:13 AM PDT · by robowombat · 10 replies
    Spero News ^ | MARCH 01, 2015 | MARTIN BARILLAS
    Louisiana: no justice for vet persecuted by police Police and prosecutors allegedly orchestrated a series of lies and false statements to implicate a disabled veteran of witness intimidation and battery that would have put him in prison for 80 years. SUNDAY, MARCH 01, 2015 BY MARTIN BARILLAS Disabled veteran Douglas Dendinger (47) might have been serving time in a Louisiana prison if not for the foresight of his wife to record an incident after which he was falsely accused of battery and witness intimidation by Louisiana law officers and prosecutors. It was on August 20, 2012 when Dendinger served a...
  • Murder of Metairie father and son puzzles friends, neighbors and detectives

    04/24/2015 2:57:25 AM PDT · by Oliviaforever · 2 replies
    Nola ^ | 4/23/15 | Michelle Hunter
    Who used a shotgun to "brutally murder" David and Nicholas Pence in the living room of their Metairie home late Wednesday, and why were the beloved father and son targeted?