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  • Washington's Toyota U-Turn

    02/20/2010 6:08:00 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 42 replies · 1,779+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | February 19, 2010 | Kimberley Strassel
    That vague screeching noise you hear in D.C., the slight odor of burning rubber? That's the government trying to brake its anti-Toyota campaign. It may be a little late. The Toyota spectacle has become slightly surreal, as a few uncertain questions about "sudden acceleration" morphed into a media and political firestorm over the safety of its entire fleet. It is also proving an interesting case study in the treacherous politics that accompany government ownership of U.S. industry. Washington's initial enthusiasm in bashing Toyota is beginning to backfire. There's no question that in the first, heady days of recall, at least...
  • Conoco, BP, Caterpillar Drop Out Of Cap-And-Trade Alliance

    02/16/2010 11:49:38 AM PST · by Slyscribe · 43 replies · 1,054+ views
    IBD's Capital Hill ^ | 2/16/2010 | Ed Carson
    Here's another sign of the shifting political winds on global warming: ConocoPhillips (COP), BP (BP) and Caterpillar (CAT) have decided not to renew their membership in the U.S. Climate Action Partnership, a broad alliance of corporations and environmentalists supporting cap-and-trade legislation. “House climate legislation and Senate proposals to date have disadvantaged the transportation sector and its consumers, left domestic refineries unfairly penalized versus international competition, and ignored the critical role that natural gas can play
  • Jakarta Obama Statue Taken Down

    02/14/2010 8:30:49 PM PST · by Brugmansian · 20 replies · 1,178+ views
    Jakarta Globe ^ | February 15, 2010 | staff
    The two-metre bronze was removed from Menteng Park and taken to nearby Menteng One primary school, which Obama attended in the late 1960s, vice-principal Akhmad Solikhin told AFP. “Workers hired by the school, local government and alumni spent an hour removing the statue with electric equipment,” he added. “We’ll need another two to three days to place the statue at the compound near the school gate so the public can see it when they pass by,” Solikhin added. The decision to move the statue comes after more than 57,000 people joined a page on social networking website Facebook calling for...
  • School District Cancels Offer of Taxpayer-Funded iPods for Parents

    02/12/2010 5:27:45 AM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 13 replies · 542+ views
    Foxnews ^ | 2/12/2010 | Staff
    A Florida school district has canceled its plans to spend $350,000 in taxpayer money to buy thousands of iPods for parents of special-needs students after it was erroneously reported that federal stimulus funds were covering the costs. Officials in Polk County announced Tuesday their intention to distribute free iPod Nanos to the parents of children with disabilities if they completed a 10-minute survey of just 26 multiple-choice questions about school and teacher quality. But those plans barely lasted a nanosecond, school officials told FoxNews.com. "[W]e're going to be pulling the whole thing," said Nancy Woolcock, assistant superintendent of learning support...
  • Obama: "I may have to reneg on my pledge not to raise taxes on middle class"

    02/11/2010 1:03:25 PM PST · by pabianice · 217 replies · 6,649+ views
    Fox News Channel | 2/9/10
    Per Fox, Obama just said that "All ideas are on the table" regarding taxing the middle class/people making less than $200K a year. Developing...
  • Senate Dems ax bipartisan jobs bill

    02/12/2010 7:15:15 AM PST · by Cheap_Hessian · 21 replies · 791+ views
    My Way News (AP) ^ | February 12, 2010 | Andrew Taylor and Stephen Ohlemacher
    WASHINGTON (AP) - Senate Democrats scrapped a bipartisan jobs bill in favor of one they say is leaner and focused solely on putting Americans back to work, and they're all but daring Republicans to vote against it. The new, stripped-down proposal followed criticism that the bipartisan version wouldn't create many jobs. The switch brought sharp accusations of reneging from Republicans who thought they had a deal, jeopardizing a brief attempt at bipartisan lawmaking. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's latest bill focuses on several popular provisions aimed at boosting job creation, including a new tax break negotiated with Republicans for companies...
  • Tea Party Jab to Be Zapped From Captain America Comic, Writer Says

    02/10/2010 9:38:16 AM PST · by markomalley · 54 replies · 1,402+ views
    Fox News ^ | 2/9/2010 | Joshua Rhett Miller
    A "tea bag" reference in a recent Captain America comic book that has angered the Tea Party movement will be removed by Marvel Comics in future editions, the story's writer told FoxNews.com. In issue No. 602 of Captain America, "Two Americas, Part One," the title hero and The Falcon, a black superhero from New York City, stumble upon a protest rally in Boise, Idaho. They see scores of protesters carrying signs that say "Stop the Socialists!" and "Tea Bag The Libs Before They Tea Bag YOU!" Captain America says the protest appears to be an "anti-tax thing," and The Falcon...
  • Dubai skyscraper Burj Khalifa closes to public (ultimate bubble symbol closed indefinitely)

    02/08/2010 3:58:47 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 36 replies · 1,285+ views
    Telegraph ^ | 02/08/10 | Richard Spencer
    Dubai skyscraper Burj Khalifa closes to public The world's tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, has closed to the public due to technical problems just a month after it was formally opened. By Richard Spencer in Dubai Published: 6:10PM GMT 08 Feb 2010 The observation deck on the Dubai building's 124th floor, which had been open since the building was formally named on Jan 4, has been closed indefinitely because of unspecified technical problems. At 2,716 feet tall, the tower contains a hotel, apartments and offices. The first occupants of the apartments were due to move in later this month. But...
  • World's tallest tower closed a month after opening

    02/08/2010 8:44:24 AM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 66 replies · 2,537+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Feb. 8, 2010 | ADAM SCHRECK
    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) - The world's tallest skyscraper has unexpectedly closed to the public a month after its lavish opening, disappointing tourists headed for the observation deck and casting doubt over plans to welcome its first permanent occupants in the coming weeks. Electrical problems are at least partly to blame for the closure of the Burj Khalifa's viewing platform—the only part of the half-mile high tower open yet. But a lack of information from the spire's owner left it unclear whether the rest of the largely empty building—including dozens of elevators meant to whisk visitors to the tower's...
  • Indonesia to remove Obama statue from public park

    02/05/2010 6:32:53 AM PST · by Zakeet · 32 replies · 859+ views
    AFP ^ | February 5, 2010
    A statue of US President Barack Obama as a boy will be removed from a park in the Indonesian capital due to public opposition, officials said Friday, just weeks before Obama visits his old hometown. The Jakarta governor's office confirmed that the two-metre (six-foot) bronze would be removed from Menteng Park and placed at the nearby Menteng One primary school where Obama spent part of his childhood in the late 1960s. The decision comes after 56,500 people joined a page on social networking website Facebook calling for the statue to be removed and replaced by a memorial to an...
  • Obama Retreats From Goal of Cap-Trade Bill

    02/03/2010 2:48:46 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 31 replies · 1,007+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | February 3, 2010 | Elizabeth Williamson
    NASHUA, N.H.—President Barack Obama said for the first time Tuesday that legislation that would require industries to pay for emissions of greenhouse gases may need to be separated from a more popular "green jobs" bill in the Senate, a maneuver that could kill what once had been one of the administration's top policy priorities. Answering a participant in a town-hall meeting in Nashua who asked about green jobs—those connected to renewable energy—and so-called cap-and-trade legislation, Mr. Obama said, "The only thing I would say about it is this: We may be able to separate these things out. And it's possible...
  • O'Donnell: (Health Care) Reform is dead

    “We’re absolutely in full fake cheerleading mode. I think Nancy Pelosi has absolutely no moves left. I think she knows that now. I think Harry Reid knows that. And that’s why they don’t bring it up,” he said. “They had a Senate leadership press conference (Thursday) and it was as if (reporters) were asking about World War I” when they asked about reform. O’Donnell attributes the theatrics to the need to deal with a liberal base that will go bonkers if Democrats quit on reform. And the cue cards are nothing new. He pointed to Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer’s statements...
  • Once Exposed/Obama Cancels No Bid Contract Given To His Buddy

    01/31/2010 4:03:48 PM PST · by Shellybenoit · 4 replies · 649+ views
    The Lid/Fox News ^ | 1/31/10 | The Lid
    On Monday we learned the Obama administration awarded a $25 million federal contract for work in Afghanistan to Checchi & Company, owned by Vincent V. Checchi a prominent Democratic campaign contributor. The Contract was awarded without entertaining competitive bids. Despite President Obama's long history of criticizing the Bush administration for "sweetheart deals" with favored contractors, the Obama administration this month awarded a $25 million federal contract for work in Afghanistan to a company owned by a Democratic campaign contributor without entertaining competitive bids The contract, awarded on Jan. 4 to Checchi & Company Consulting, Inc., a Washington- based firm owned...
  • Democrats Put Lower Priority on Health Bill

    01/26/2010 8:09:33 PM PST · by Justaham · 6 replies · 330+ views
    The New York Times ^ | 1-26-10 | DAVID M. HERSZENHORN and ROBERT PEAR
    WASHINGTON — With no clear path forward on major health care legislation, Democratic leaders in Congress effectively slammed the brakes on President Obama’s top domestic priority on Tuesday, saying they no longer felt pressure to move quickly on a health bill after eight months of setting deadlines and missing them. The Senate majority leader, Harry Reid, Democrat of Nevada, deflected questions about health care. “We’re not on health care now,” Mr. Reid said. “We’ve talked a lot about it in the past.” He added, “There is no rush,” and noted that Congress still had most of this year to work...
  • Indonesia mulls tearing down Obama statue

    01/26/2010 12:46:01 PM PST · by ColdOne · 24 replies · 640+ views
    AFP ^ | January 25,2010 | AFP
    JAKARTA — Indonesian authorities said Monday they are considering a petition to tear down a statue of US President Barack Obama as a boy, only a month after the bronze was unveiled in Jakarta. The statue of "Little Barry" -- as Obama was known when he lived in the capital in the late 1960s -- stands in central Jakarta's Menteng Park, a short walk from the US president's former elementary school. Critics say the site should have been used to honour an Indonesian and 55,000 people have joined a page on social networking website Facebook calling for the statue to...
  • WaPo retracts support for Obama's treatment of Christmas Bomber as a criminal case

    01/24/2010 7:47:33 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 77 replies · 3,414+ views
    Powerline ^ | 01/24/2010 | Scott Johnson
    The Washington Post supported the Obama administration's treatment of Christmas day bomber Umar Abdulmuttalab as a criminal rather than as an enemy combatant. In an editorial published yesterday, It has nevertheless retracted its support. The Post writes that it "originally supported the administration's decision in the Abdulmutallab case, assuming that it had been made after due consideration. But the decision to try Mr. Abdulmutallab turns out to have resulted not from a deliberative process but as a knee-jerk default to a crime-and-punishment model." The Obama administration's treatment of Abdulmutallab as a criminal accorded the constitutional rights of an American citizen...
  • Colorado Governor Ritter Reportedly Ending Re-Election Bid

    01/05/2010 6:28:48 PM PST · by Galactic Overlord-In-Chief · 114 replies · 5,790+ views
    Political Wire ^ | January 05, 2010
    A source tells Political Wire that Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter (D) is ending his re-election campaign. A fundraiser scheduled for tonight was canceled and all campaign staff was sent home in the middle of the day. The decision does not appear to be fundraising related which has reportedly gone better than expected. Emails to campaign staff have not been answered. Update: Marc Ambinder also reports Ritter is dropping bid.
  • TSA backs off subpoenas in search for leaker of widely known security directive

    12/31/2009 6:18:23 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 16 replies · 1,103+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Dec.31, 2009 | LARRY MARGASAK
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Transportation Security Administration on Thursday dropped its subpoenas it had issued to two Internet writers in its effort to find the leaker of an airline security directive. The subpoenas were criticized by a leading journalism organization. The TSA said the investigation is "nearing a successful conclusion and the subpoenas are no longer in effect."
  • TSA Subpoena Lifted (Against Bloggers)

    12/31/2009 6:06:38 PM PST · by Beaten Valve · 20 replies · 1,191+ views
    Politico.com ^ | Dec. 31, 2009 | Josh Gerstein
    The TSA announced Thursday evening that subpoenas issued against bloggers for information they published are no longer in effect. From the TSA: "TSA takes any breach in security very seriously. In light of the posting of sensitive security information on the web, TSA sought to identify where the information came from. The investigation is nearing a successful conclusion and the subpoenas are no longer in effect." Earlier: A Florida based travel-writer, Chris Elliott, is readying a legal challenge to the Transportation Security Administration's efforts to force him to disclose his source for a TSA directive he published on his blog....
  • Kwanzaa celebrations continue, but boom is over

    12/26/2009 6:21:04 AM PST · by Vigilanteman · 51 replies · 2,179+ views
    Independent Mail (Anderson, SC) ^ | 26 December 2009 | Charmaine Smith-Miles
    ANDERSON — Romando James, a professor emeritus at Clemson University, understands the traditions and purpose of Kwanzaa. He also knows he is among a minority of people who know what the cultural celebration is about. “We celebrate the first fruits, responsibility to community,” James said. “But when the mass of television and radios and even hip hop artists see there’s no big returns coming in, it just doesn’t happen.” In essence, because of the lack of understanding and the ability to make money of it, the celebration is losing some if its popularity, James said. Take Evita Broughton. Four years...