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  • New Speaker Vows to Share Power - a Tricky Proposition (with the RATS? Uh, oh.)

    01/04/2011 6:19:02 AM PST · by Libloather · 362 replies
    WSJ ^ | 1/04/11 | NAFTALI BENDAVID And PATRICK O'CONNOR
    New Speaker Vows to Share Power—a Tricky PropositionJANUARY 4, 2011 By NAFTALI BENDAVID And PATRICK O'CONNOR When John Boehner takes over one of the most powerful jobs in Washington this week, he says his first order of business is to make himself less powerful. On Wednesday the new speaker of the House of Representatives plans to offer a package of rule changes that, he says, will give minority-party members more of a say and decentralize power. In short, Ohio Republican Mr. Boehner is promising he'll be a different figure from many speakers throughout history—from Republican Joseph Cannon a century ago...
  • Taxes trigger a Texodus in New York

    12/27/2010 9:54:13 AM PST · by Nachum · 124 replies · 13+ views
    New York Post ^ | 12/27/10 | Jennifer Fermino
    The Lone Star State is scooping up more than just our congressional seats -- some $846 million in personal income shifted from New York to Texas in an eight-year period during the last decade, according to an analysis of IRS tax returns. Texas, which has no state or local income taxes and an enviably low cost of living, has been steadily poaching New Yorkers since the '90s, according to data from the Tax Foundation, a nonpartisan tax research organization based in Washington. From 2000 to 2008, more than $846 million in personal income moved from New York to Texas --...
  • New York Times Editor BillKeller is a registered Democrat

    12/16/2010 6:36:51 PM PST · by Nachum · 9 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 12/16/10 | Steven Nelson
    According to voter registration records, New York Times Editor Bill Keller is a registered Democrat. Keller has been registered as a Democrat since 1998 with his Manhattan apartment listed on forms as his address.The New York Times has long been criticized by conservatives as politically biased in favor of Democrats. In 2007 a Rasmussen poll found that 40% of Americans believe the paper has a liberal bias.Bob Christie, senior vice president for corporate communications of The Times Company, told The Daily Caller, “in terms of Bill’s affiliations, the fact that he votes is a matter of public record and
  • The New START Treaty: President Obama is pushing for a monumental surrender to Russia

    12/14/2010 10:24:31 AM PST · by Nachum · 16 replies
    Telegraph [UK] ^ | 12/14/10 | Nile Gardiner
    The Obama administration has an impeccable track record of caving in to Russian demands, as part of its controversial “reset” policy. Last year, it threw key US allies Poland and the Czech Republic under the bus, ditching plans for Third Site missile defences in deference to Russian opposition. It is now planning another surrender to Moscow, by pressing for Senate ratification of the new START Treaty in the lame duck session of Congress. Instead of allowing the newly elected Congress to vote on the treaty, the Obama administration is trying to ram New START through without proper debate. No major...
  • Department of Transportation new rules will make cars more expensive

    12/07/2010 9:36:26 PM PST · by Nachum · 38 replies · 2+ views
    daily caller ^ | 12/7/10 | Jeff Winkler
    Thought that new car was expensive now? Wait till the Department of Transportation implements its latest plan to protect Americans from themselves. Last week, the department announced regulations that would require all new vehicles to install video cameras on their back bumpers. The idea is to make backing up safer, and it’s not optional. “To meet the requirements of the proposed rule,” reads a DOT release, “10 percent of new vehicles must comply by Sept. 2012, 40 percent by Sept. 2013 and 100 percent by Sept. 2014.” Three years ago, Congress passed the Cameron Gulbransen Kids Transportation Safety Act, named...
  • Anyone know when TNT posts newest Eps of The Closer?

    12/07/2010 12:56:27 PM PST · by DGHoodini · 6 replies
    12/07/10 | DGHoodini
    Missed the return ep last night, just went to TNT but it's not posted. Do they wait longer than the next day to post new episodes?
  • New FCC plan to oversee Internet draws GOP fire

    12/01/2010 9:47:09 PM PST · by Nachum · 19 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 12/1/10 | David Eldridge
    Attracting immediate fire from congressional Republicans, the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday outlined a modified "net neutrality" plan that would expand the federal government's power to regulate traffic over the Internet. FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, President Obama's pick to head the agency, said he was pushing for an FCC board vote later this month on his proposal - before the next Congress is seated with a GOP majority in the House and an expanded Republican minority in the Senate. The chairman's modified proposal was seen as decidedly more friendly to business interests than a proposal he outlined...
  • Hunt for a Suspect: New Clues Emerge in Publicist Ronni Chasen's Slaying

    12/01/2010 7:17:43 PM PST · by Nachum · 12 replies
    ABC News ^ | 12/1/10 | Mike Von Fremd and Leezel Tanglao
    Investigators still have no motive, witnesses or suspects in the slaying of a powerhouse Hollywood publicist Ronni Chasen but details in an initial coroner's report reveal that the shooter appears to be an expert marksman. Chasen, 64, who represented A-list movie stars and promoted some of Hollywood's top films, was driving home Nov. 16 after attending the premiere party for the movie "Burlesque" when she was gunned down. According to the preliminary coroner's report, which is now under security hold, "there were three apparent gunshot wounds to the right side breast/chest area.
  • Deliberate or Accidental, a New Korean War Would be Devastating

    11/23/2010 7:29:21 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 156 replies
    Politics Daily ^ | 11/23/2010 | David Wood
    Deliberate or Accidental, a New Korean War Would be Devastating The soaring modern glass towers of downtown Seoul are magnificent -- and to a North Korean artillery officer squinting through his sights from just 32 miles away, a delicious set of targets. The glistening South Korean capital is a city of glass, almost literally in the shadow of some 500 long-range heavy artillery guns from which North Korea can fire half a million artillery shells an hour, for several hours. A war on the Korean peninsula could explode almost without warning, senior U.S. military officers say. North Korea's immediate, if...
  • New Mall Planned for Gaza

    11/04/2010 4:34:01 PM PDT · by Nachum · 11 replies
    inn ^ | 11/4/10 | Elad Benari
    Hamas has announced that a new mall will be built in the Gaza Strip. Yusuf Mansi, Minister of Housing and Public Works of the Hamas government in the Gaza Strip, told Gaza-based news agency Safa on Thursday that his office is currently on a plan to build a new mall. The 44-acre mall will be located in Gaza City and will be the largest shopping center in the Strip, said Mansi. The mall will be built on land that was established in 1929 by the British Mandate as the region’s military headquarters, and as of 1948 served as the headquarters...
  • R.I.P., G.O.P

    11/01/2010 12:01:09 AM PDT · by Ronbo1948 · 37 replies
    American Thinker ^ | November 1, 2010 | By Bill Markin
    The Grand Old Party, known to many as simply the "G.O.P.," passed away during the recent election season. Despite having once been known for such luminaries as Lincoln and Reagan, in recent years the party had slipped into a near-comatose state of minorityhood and, under the leadership of a continuing parade of elder statesmen, had demonstrated an unfailing ability to reach across the aisle and compromise principles in the name of "getting things done." It is survived by a group of aging professional politicians whose primary interest has been their own political careers and assuring the blessings of continual reelection...
  • New GOP star on track to defeat Dem legend Russ Feingold

    10/31/2010 12:50:56 PM PDT · by Nachum · 15 replies · 1+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | 10/31/10 | Byron York
    Neenah, Wisconsin - While much of the political world has been obsessing over the troubles of Delaware Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell, or the sparring over Rand Paul and "Aqua-Buddha" in Kentucky, or the controversies surrounding Sharron Angle in Nevada, another Republican newcomer has been running a quiet, direct, and devastatingly effective campaign. Here in Wisconsin, Ron Johnson, a businessman who has never before run for public office, appears poised to pick up a Senate seat for Republicans, defeating Democratic legend Russell Feingold and becoming the first GOP senator elected from the state since 1986.
  • Will New ObamaCare Regulation Reduce Insurance Competition?

    10/22/2010 9:00:32 AM PDT · by Nachum · 8 replies · 1+ views
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 10/22/10 | David Hogberg
    The National Association of Insurance Commissioners today finally released its final set of regulations on the “Medical Loss Ratios” established under ObamaCare. The NAIC regulations are widely considered to be the ones that the Department of Health and Human Services will adopt. Bottom line: The proposed rules don’t bode well for the long-term health of private health insurance. They would give insurers perverse incentives to neither control costs nor root out fraud.
  • New CPR is spelled C-A-B

    10/18/2010 11:47:18 AM PDT · by Nachum · 13 replies
    cnn ^ | 10/18/10 | Caleb Hellerman,
    (CNN) -- It was 5:16 a.m. when the call came in to a 911 dispatcher in Madison, Wisconsin. The story, from Cathy Silver, came out staccato: Cathy's husband, Jim, was gagging, gasping for air. A nurse at the University of Wisconsin Hospital, Cathy could see that her husband, the father of four grown children, was in cardiac arrest. Though trained in CPR, Cathy was flustered. "I can't do the breaths!" she shouted. Nevermind, said the dispatcher. Get over him, press on his the chest, circulate the blood. Help would be there soon. Four minutes later, a Madison police officer arrived...
  • Over half of all new jobs created in the last year were created in Texas

    10/18/2010 9:39:11 AM PDT · by Nachum · 31 replies
    Washington Examiner [DC] ^ | 10/18/10 | Mark Hemingway
    Via Glenn Reynolds, Rich Lowry drops this amazing statistic into his column today: According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 214,000 net new jobs were created in the United States from August 2009 to August 2010. Texas created 119,000 jobs during the same period. If every state in the country had performed as well, we’d have created about 1.5 million jobs nationally during the past year, and maybe “stimulus” wouldn’t be such a dirty word. What does Austin know that Washington doesn’t? At its simplest: Don’t overtax and -spend, keep regulations to a minimum, avoid letting unions and trial lawyers
  • Week Two for Parker-Spitzer begins with New Low; Worst Ratings for Larry King in 10 Years

    10/12/2010 6:09:28 PM PDT · by John W · 23 replies
    TVNEWSER ^ | October 12, 2010 | Chris Ariens
    Last night’s “Parker-Spitzer” saw the lowest numbers yet for the program and the show did little to help the one that followed on the schedule — “Larry King Live” which had its worst numbers in more than 10 years. In its sixth outing, “Parker-Spitzer” drew 311,000 Total Viewers and 86,000 A25-54 viewers. That’s lower than the previous low for the time period set by Campbell Brown earlier this year. (332,000 / 87,000). Last week, Parker-Spitzer finished fourth in the time period averaging 465,000 Total Viewers and 124,000 A25-54. At 9pmET, “Larry King Live” put up its lowest A25-54 demo viewership...
  • NASA discovers brand new force of nature

    09/19/2010 9:51:52 PM PDT · by Nachum · 38 replies
    9 news ^ | 9/20/10 | staff
    NASA scientists say they may have discovered a new force of nature, after research showed two of their deep space probes were being inexplicably pulled off course. Pioneer 10 and Pioneer 11, which have been in space for over 40 years, are being steadily pulled towards the sun by an unknown power, according to London’s Telegraph newspaper The scientists said it could not be gravity or solar radiation, as they decreased over distance.
  • New Medicare chief speaks out against rationing

    09/14/2010 2:13:42 PM PDT · by Nachum · 10 replies
    WaPo ^ | 9/14/10 | RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR
    WASHINGTON -- The nation's health system can't be transformed by rationing medical care, President Barack Obama's new Medicare chief said Monday in his first major speech. Dr. Donald Berwick's appointment earlier this summer without Senate confirmation was contentious because some Republicans accused him of being willing to deny care to save on costs. Since then, the administration has kept Berwick out of the limelight, turning the otherwise well-known medical innovation guru into something of a mystery man in Washington. Berwick broke his silence Monday, telling an audience of health insurance industry representatives that pushing back against unsustainable costs cannot and...
  • President Obama's new Oval Office at White House has distinct NY accent

    09/02/2010 10:11:47 AM PDT · by Nachum · 53 replies
    new york daily news ^ | 9/1/10 | Kenneth R. Bazinet
    WASHINGTON - President Obama's Oval Office has had a face-lift with a New York accent. The office has undergone a top-to-bottom makeover, highlighted by handmade striped wallpaper from Amagansett in the Hamptons. The President's brown leather desk chair, coffee table made of American walnut and mica, custom-made couches and two new table lamps with blue ceramic bases were all crafted by New York manufacturers. The White House treated the identities of the Empire State companies who produced the furnishings like state secrets, declining to further identify them. The price tag for the redo also was not disclosed, but interior design...
  • Cash-strapped NY starts enforcing sales tax on sliced bagels

    Have you noticed bagel shops tacking on a few more cents to your beloved pumpernickel and cream cheese? Blame Albany. Bagels – however you slice them – most likely haven't been subject to tax at your favorite neighborhood shop. But, desperate for cash, Albany began enforcing a little known clause in its sales tax code that calls for a tax on sliced bagels or whole bagels consumed at the place of purchase, according to The Wall Street Journal.