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  • Gallup: Smoking rate in U.S. falls, ties all-time low

    08/22/2012 7:54:22 PM PDT · by Drango · 49 replies
    Deseret News ^ | 8/22/12 | Rachel Lowry
    PRINCETON, N.J. — The number of Americans who smoke has fallen to 20 percent, tying the all-time low first recorded in 2009, according to a new poll by Gallup. The decline is sharpest among young adults, a signal the overall rate may continue to fall after years of plateauing. "This is all very good news," said Randall Burt, professor of medicine at the University of Utah and senior director of prevention and outreach and clinical services at the Huntsman Cancer Institute. "Ultimately, less smoking will result in fewer cancer deaths, as well as a lower risk of cardiovascular disease and...
  • Minnesota lawmaker urged to step aside after rest-stop liaison with 17-year-old boy (Democrat)

    08/22/2012 7:51:34 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 17 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 8/21/2012
    A Minnesota state lawmaker who authorities say admitted having a liaison with a 17-year-old boy at a rest stop faced calls from party leaders on Monday to give up his re-election bid. Rep. Kerry Gauthier, 56, hasn't been charged in the July incident, and authorities said he wouldn't be because the boy was older than 16, the legal age of consent, and no money was exchanged. Police say the teenager responded to the lawmaker's Craigslist ad for "no strings attached" sex. Gauthier admitted to the liaison, according to police reports made public late last week. The teen told police the...
  • At basketball fundraiser, Obama says opponents play "dirty"

    08/22/2012 7:43:04 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 32 replies
    Reuters ^ | August. 22, 2012
    (Reuters) - With a nod to his basketball star host, Michael Jordan, President Barack Obama used a sports analogy at a fundraiser in New York on Wednesday to describe the election campaign and his opponents, who he said played "dirty." "I can't resist a basketball analogy. We are in the fourth quarter, we're up by a few points, but the other side is coming strong and they play a little dirty," Obama told a group of supporters, saying his team was ahead but had some injuries. "I'd say there's about seven minutes to go in the game. And Michael's competitiveness...
  • Race Rating Change: North Dakota Moves in Dems’ Direction (US Senate)

    08/22/2012 7:40:23 PM PDT · by randita · 15 replies
    Roll Call ^ | 8/22/12 | Shira Toeplitz
    Race Rating Change: North Dakota Moves in Dems’ Direction By Shira Toeplitz Posted at 7:41 p.m. on Aug. 22 Republican Rep. Rick Berg is running for Senate in North Dakota. (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo) This week proves what a difference a strong candidate can make, even in partisan states. In the wake of the implosion of Rep. Todd Akin (Mo.), Republicans quietly bemoaned their hands-off recruitment strategy. They need look no further than North Dakota to see that candidate recruitment matters. At the start of the cycle, Republicans believed this seat would be an easy pickup. But former...
  • The Solution to the Missouri Mess... David Limbaugh...

    08/22/2012 7:36:41 PM PDT · by taildragger · 43 replies
    8/22/2012 | taildragger
    Freepers...I have been thinking and need your feedback.Assume Mssr Akin exits the stage so to speak., The laws do not allow Steelman etc to fill in or do a write in vote.So the State GOP'ers can pick a candidate to fill his shoes.Doesn't Rush's Brother still live in Missouri?Why not Run this Brilliant Attorney and a man that would have to debate with half his brain tied behind his back..:-)A penny for your thoughts...
  • PICKET: (video)Pro-life attorney conceived in rape debates pro-choice attorney Gloria Allred

    08/22/2012 7:25:15 PM PDT · by paltz · 17 replies
    Washington Times Water Cooler ^ | 8/22/12 | Kerry Picket
    CNN's Piers Morgan invited pro-choice attorney Gloria Allred and pro-life attorney Rebecca Kiessling on his program Tuesday night. Allred, who had become pregnant through a rape and decided to have an abortion, debated Kiessling whose biological mother was raped at knife-point and almost decided to abort Kiessling via back-alley abortion. Both Allred and Kiessling's mother made their decisions at a time when abortion was illegal in their respective states. Below is the full video debate.
  • Todd Akin on the Issues

    08/22/2012 7:17:40 PM PDT · by so_real · 92 replies
    Todd Akin on ... Life begins at conception; support Constitutional Amendment. (Apr 2012) Voted YES on banning federal health coverage that includes abortion. (May 2011) Ban abortions for sex selection or race selection. (Dec 2011) Prohibiting forced abortions by UN Population Fund. (May 2011) Voted NO on $192B additional anti-recession stimulus spending.Voted NO on additional $825 billion for economic recovery package.Voted NO on $15B bailout for GM and Chrysler.Voted NO on $60B stimulus package for jobs, infrastructure, & energy.Balanced Budget Amendment with 3/5 vote to override.Proposing a balanced budget amendment to the US Constitution.Disapprove of increasing the debt limit.Voted...
  • Quinn & Rose - America’s Morning Show - August 23, 2012 - Glen Meakem guest hosts

    08/22/2012 7:08:00 PM PDT · by sneakers · 8 replies
    Before yunz head dahntahn to work, or start to red up the house n‘at, join us every morning for coffee (or whatever gets yinz started) and maybe some serious discussion of the issues (or not!) Listen to the Quinn & Rose Morning Show from 6:00 to 9:00 Eastern on: (104.7 Pittsburgh, Pa) (Rochester, NY) (Ashland, OH) (Frostburg, MD) (Salisbury/Ocean City, MD WOBX - Outer banks NC for archived shows And now on 166 XM
  • Who Will Stick With Todd Akin

    08/22/2012 7:00:46 PM PDT · by Tau Food · 144 replies
    The purse strings have tightened as Rep. Todd Akin has defied top Republicans, staying in the Missouri Senate race amid controversy over his views on rape and abortion. The Senate campaign committee has revoked the $5 million it designated for Representative Akin, and key fundraising events have been canceled. Republican operators like Karl Rove have withdrawn support from Akin’s campaign. So who will stick with him? In a bid to steer his campaign back on course, Akin has begun appealing to social conservatives, religious pro-family groups, and high-profile politicos (even if publicly, they’re steering clear of him right now). A...
  • 'My Son Trained Somebody to Murder Him' (Afghan)

    08/22/2012 6:58:26 PM PDT · by TigerClaws · 20 replies
    The grief-stricken father of a slain Marine lashed out at the U.S. training policies with the Afghan National Security Forces. His son’s death became one of many recent insider attacks leading to high-level meetings between U.S. and Afghan leader to re-evaluate their training methods. “At the end of the day, what happened is my son trained somebody to murder him,” Greg Buckley Sr. said at the funeral Saturday for Lance Cpl. Gregory T. Buckley, 21, of Oceanside, N.Y., according to a CBS report. The Afghan recruits “come in, they say, ‘We want to be police officers,’ and we hand them...
  • Hannity And Coulter Blast ‘Selfish Swine’ Todd Akin For ‘Hurting The Republican Party’

    08/22/2012 6:48:39 PM PDT · by StevenFlorida · 77 replies
    Wednesday night on Hannity, conservative columnist Ann Coulter and host Sean Hannity strongly expressed their mutual disappointment in GOP Senate candidate Todd Akin‘s refusal to step aside in the wake of his controversial comments on rape and pregnancy. “This selfish swine, Todd Akin, is going to hurt the Republican Party,” Coulter bluntly said.
  • U.S. says surprised by Navy SEAL's book on bin Laden raid

    08/22/2012 6:37:41 PM PDT · by Bulwinkle · 30 replies
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. government was surprised by the news that a Navy SEAL who participated in the raid on Osama bin Laden's compound in Pakistan has written a book about the operation in which the al Qaeda leader was killed, U.S. officials said on Wednesday. "No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission that Killed Osama Bin Laden" was written by a Navy SEAL under the pseudonym Mark Owen with co-author Kevin Maurer and is to be released next month on the anniversary of the September 11 attacks.... snip... "We learned about this book today from press...
  • Who Were The Most Accurate Presidential Pollsters? (2008)

    08/22/2012 6:37:34 PM PDT · by IllumiNaughtyByNature · 6 replies
    Political Vindication ^ | Nov. 5th, 2008 | Shane
    1T. Rasmussen (11/1-3)** 1T. Pew (10/29-11/1)** 3. YouGov/Polimetrix (10/18-11/1) 4. Harris Interactive (10/20-27) 5. GWU (Lake/Tarrance) (11/2-3)* 6T. Diageo/Hotline (10/31-11/2)* 6T. ARG (10/25-27)*8T. CNN (10/30-11/1) 8T. Ipsos/McClatchy (10/30-11/1) 10. (D)/Research 2000 (11/1-3) 11. AP/Yahoo/KN (10/17-27) 12. Democracy Corps (D) (10/30-11/2) 13. FOX (11/1-2) 14. Economist/YouGov (10/25-27) 15. IBD/TIPP (11/1-3) 16. NBC/WSJ (11/1-2) 17. ABC/Post (10/30-11/2) 18. Marist College (11/3) 19. CBS (10/31-11/2) 20. Gallup (10/31-11/2)21. Reuters/ C-SPAN/ Zogby (10/31-11/3) 22. CBS/Times (10/25-29) 23. Newsweek (10/22-23)
  • Researchers Studying ‘Cloud Brightening’ To Curb Global Warming

    08/22/2012 6:37:19 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 24 replies ^ | 21 Aug 2012 | David Quilty
    While many scientists have some dire warnings against us trying to geoengineer our way out of the climate crisis, others don’t necessarily see it that way and are working on new methods to solve the problem. Researchers at the University of Washington’s College of the Environment Institute are studying the idea of cloud brightening, utilizing ships to shoot salt water high into the atmosphere over the oceans in order to create long-lasting cloud cover. The additional clouds reflect more sunlight back into space, resulting in a cooling effect on the planet. In order to encourage discussion amongst other climate scientists,...
  • Leno Mocks Obama Controlling Media: Jake Tapper Reads Question From Cue Cards President's Holding

    08/22/2012 6:29:56 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 20 replies ^ | August 22, 2012 | Noel Sheppard
    NewsBusters reported Tuesday Barack Obama is now telling reporters what questions to ask of him. NBC's Jay Leno must have seen this news for the Tonight Show aired a mock video of ABC's Jake Tapper reading a question at Monday's press conference from cue cards held by the President (video follows with transcribed highlights and commentary): Leno Mocks Obama Controlling Media: Jake Tapper Reads Question From Cue Cards President's Holding In the middle of his opening monologue, Leno asked, "Hey, have you heard this? There are accusations now that the White House has been feeding questions to reporters." "Again, see,...
  • EDITORIAL: Holder’s severe mental deficiency

    08/22/2012 6:28:26 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 25 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 22, 2012 | Editorial
    Justice Department takes affirmative action to crazy extremesYou don’t have to have a severe intellectual disability to work at the Justice Department. But it helps. According to a July 31 policy memo titled “Hiring of persons with targeted disabilities,” otherwise problematic mental deficiencies are no barrier to jump-starting a career at Justice. The memo lists a number of “targeted disabilities” that trigger special hiring privileges in compliance with President Obama’s Executive Order 13548. Among them are people with “severe intellectual disability,” “psychiatric disability” or other undefined “current severe physical, intellectual or mental conditions.” Most employers would balk at even minor...
  • "Legitimate rape" [Another email from nobama]

    08/22/2012 6:27:54 PM PDT · by upchuck · 24 replies
    email | August 22, 2012 | Sandra Fluke
    Friend -- In a recent statement that was both factually inaccurate and horribly offensive, Republican Missouri Senate candidate Rep. Todd Akin said that victims of "legitimate rape" don't get pregnant because "the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down." Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan tried to distance themselves from the remark -- but the fact is they're in lockstep with Akin on the major women's health issues of our time. Just this morning, the Republican Party voted to include the "Human Life Amendment" in their platform, calling for a constitutional ban on abortions nationwide, even...
  • Texas official warns of Obama civil war

    08/22/2012 6:26:43 PM PDT · by thecodont · 37 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle / ^ | Updated 4:33 p.m., Wednesday, August 22, 2012 | Compiled by Chronicle Staff
    A Lubbock County, Texas, judge is asking for a tax increase to hire deputies for the inevitable civil war he believes would follow President Obama's re-election. The way he puts it, Judge Tom Head wants to prepare for the "worst", which to him means "civil unrest, civil disobedience" and possible "civil war", according to a report from Fox 34 Lubbock Judge Tom Head and Commissioner Mark Heinrich told the station this week that a 1.7 cent tax increase for the next fiscal year was necessary to prepare for many contingencies, including Obama's re-election. He also mentioned to the station that...
  • Ailing Egypt seeks $4.8 billion IMF loan

    08/22/2012 6:22:26 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 26 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 8/22/12 | Maggie Michael - ap
    CAIRO (AP) — Egypt formally asked the International Monetary Fund for a $4.8 billion loan on Wednesday, seeking a desperately needed rescue package for its faltering economy but raising the possibility of painful restructuring in a country still reeling since its revolution more than 18 months ago. The loan deal, which Egypt says it will reach by the end of the year, presents a major test to the Muslim Brotherhood-rooted president, Mohammed Morsi, the country's first ever freely elected leader, brought to power after the fall of Hosni Mubarak. The IMF has avoided making specific conditions for a loan but...
  • DNC Set to Feature Sandra Fluke, Pro-Abortion Rights Activists

    08/22/2012 6:18:16 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 38 replies ^ | August. 22, 2012
    (CHARLOTTE, N.C.) -- Democrats Wednesday unveiled a list of 10 new activists and politicians -- all women -- scheduled to speak at the party’s grand gathering in Charlotte, N.C., next month, while Republicans grapple with defiant Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin and questions about the party’s decision to renew a push in its convention platform for an abortion ban that makes no exception in cases of rape or incest. Headlining the Democrats’ group is Georgetown Law grad Sandra Fluke, the woman Rush Limbaugh called a “slut” on his radio show in March after she testified before Congress about the strains...