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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: www.wpgb.com (104.7 Pittsburgh, Pa) http://wysl1040.com/ (Rochester, NY) http://www.wncoam.com/main.html (Ashland, OH) http://www.talkradio560.com/ (Frostburg, MD) http://wicofm.com/ (Salisbury/Ocean City, MD WOBX - Outer banks NC http://tunein.com/radio/The-War-Room-with-Quinn--Rose-p34761/ 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. DailyKos.com (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
    revomodo.com ^ | 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
    NewsBusters.org ^ | 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 / SFGate.com ^ | 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
    kvor.com ^ | 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...
  • Residents Angry Over Poway Schools Loan

    08/22/2012 6:16:21 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 19 replies
    NBC San Diego ^ | 21 Aug 2012 | Rory Devine and R. Stickney
    Poway residents want to know how a financing plan for school construction could end up costing almost nine times what was borrowed. Poway Unified School District board members listened Monday night as residents voiced their concerns about the $105 million loan that could take taxpayers close to a billion dollars to repay. The loan is part of Proposition C, a bond measure passed by voters in 2008 to complete renovations and repairs to 24 aging school that began in 2002 under Proposition U. The district promised the property tax rate would not go up again but with property values in...
  • Texas Judge Warns Of ‘Civil War' If Obama Wins

    08/22/2012 6:13:26 PM PDT · by hope · 41 replies
    Fox Nation ^ | 8/22/12
    Lubbock County Judge Tom Head explained why it is necessary to raise the tax rate by 1.7 cents the next fiscal year, one reason being that the sheriff needs to expand his staff. Judge Head said he and the county must be prepared for many contingencies, one that he particularly fears, is if President Obama is reelected. “He's going to try to hand over the sovereignty of the United States to the UN, and what is going to happen when that happens?,” Head asked. “I'm thinking the worst. Civil unrest, civil disobedience, civil war maybe. And we're not just talking...
  • NIRP: The Financial System’s Death Knell?

    08/22/2012 6:10:02 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 6 replies
    zero hedge ^ | 08/22/2012 17:49 -0400 | Eric Sprott
    On July 18th, 2012, the German government sold US$5.13 billion worth of 2-year bonds at an average yield of -0.06%. Please note the negative symbol in front of that yield number. What this means is that the German government was able to borrow money for less than nothing. When those specific bonds expire in two years’ time, the German government will pay back the original $5.13 billion minus 0.06%. Expressed another way, investors knowingly and willingly bid the German government $5.13 billion in exchange for bonds that will pay no interest and are guaranteed to lose them money on expiration.1...
  • Capital murder trial begins in McAllen child's 2008 death

    08/22/2012 6:08:20 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 4 replies
    The Monitor ^ | August 21, 2012 | Naxiely Lopez
    EDINBURG — A capital murder trial for an illegal immigrant accused of kicking her 2-year-old son to death began here Tuesday morning — more than four years after the child died. Maria Almaguer, 34, stood before Judge Rudy Delgado and pleaded not guilty to the four counts against her, including capital murder, in the 93rd State District Court. The Mexican national is accused of killing her 2-year-old son Isaias Ismael Alvarez more than four years ago — on June 14, 2008 — just a week before his third birthday. “Isaias didn’t know his birth mother,” Assistant District Attorney Cregg Thompson...
  • TMI: Biden: ‘I’ve known 8 presidents, 3 of them intimately’

    08/22/2012 6:05:10 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 44 replies
    twitchy.com ^ | August. 22, 2012 | Twitchy Staff
    Carrie Dann @CarrieNBCNews Sentences VP says: "I can tell you, and I've known eight presidents, three of them intimately..." 22 Aug 12 Oh, my! That’s what she said. And what Biden said, evidently, when speaking at an event in Detroit today: ”I can tell you, and I’ve known eight presidents, three of them intimately…” Three, Biden! Sheesh, you sure get around! Vice President Biden is on a gaffe-tastic roll, providing much-needed comic relief. This latest rambling is no exception; the giggles cannot be controlled.
  • Academic model: Romney will take 52.9% of the vote, 320 electoral votes

    08/22/2012 6:01:28 PM PDT · by nhwingut · 83 replies
    HotAir ^ | 08/22/2012 | Allahpundit
    Three reasons why: Economy, economy, economy. Supposedly, the model’s been accurate to within 20 or so electoral votes in every election since 1980. Dude? Using a state-by-state analysis of unemployment and per-capita income, academics Kenneth Bickers and Michael Berry of the University of Colorado project that Romney will win 52.9% of the popular vote and 320 electoral votes. The political scientists discuss their findings here. Their forecast suggests that President Obama will lose in almost all of the swing states, including North Carolina, Virginia, New Hampshire, Colorado, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Florida… Bickers said much of the polling thus...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Remembering Our Troops! ~ 23 August 2012

    08/22/2012 6:00:34 PM PDT · by Kathy in Alaska · 91 replies
    Serving The Best Troops and Veterans In The World !! | The Canteen Crew
    ~ The FReeper Canteen Presents ~ ~ Remembering Our Troops!! ~ RANGER FACE A soldier transforms 7-year-old Kayiah into a camouflaged Army Ranger at the 6th Ranger Training Battalion’s annual open house on Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., May 12, 2012. The event enabled the public to learn how Rangers train and operate, showing dive equipment, weapons, a reptile zoo and zodiac boats. U.S. Air Force photo by Samuel King Jr. Canteen Mission Statement Showing support and boosting the morale ofour military and our allies' militaryand family members of the above.Honoring those who have served before. HELICOPTER HOIST An...
  • University of Colorado model predicts Romney win in November

    08/22/2012 5:53:53 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 15 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 22 Aug 2012 | Valerie Richardson
    DENVER — A University of Colorado economic model that has correctly predicted the last eight presidential elections shows Mitt Romney emerging as the victor in 2012. Ken Bickers, professor of political science at the University of Colorado Boulder, and Michael Berry, political science professor at the University of Colorado Denver, announced Wednesday that their state-by-state analysis shows the Republican capturing a majority of electoral votes. "Based on our forecasting model, it becomes clear that the president is in electoral trouble," said Mr. Bickers, who also serves as director of the CU in DC Internship Program. The results show President Obama...
  • Democrats make Akin rape remarks an issue in CA House race

    08/22/2012 5:52:51 PM PDT · by SmithL · 33 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 8/22/12 | Torey Van Oot
    Democrats are working to make a Missouri congressman's controversial comment about rape an issue in the heated 7th Congressional District race. Republican Rep. Todd Akin has come under fire from politicians on both sides of the aisle for saying in a televised interview that a woman's body has the ability to block pregnancy in cases of what he called "legitimate rape." He has apologized for the remarks, but rejected calls from Republican leaders and politicians, including presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, to drop his U.S. Senate campaign against Missouri Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill. Rep. Dan Lungren, R-Gold River, denounced...
  • TSA ‘Reaches’ Out at Paul Ryan Event

    08/22/2012 5:48:25 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 33 replies
    The Shark Tank ^ | August. 22, 2012 | Javier Manjarres
    Upon arriving at Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan’s first Florida stop in The Villages, Florida, we could help but notice that alongside Secret Service and the local Sumter County Sheriff’s Office, were members of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) checking people’s belongings. A big WTF is in order here.
  • Alabama’s harassment of immigrants receives a setback

    08/22/2012 5:45:16 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 11 replies
    The Washington Post. ^ | August 22,2012 | Editorial Board
    THE GOAL of attrition through law enforcement for illegal immigrants — or, to use the term Mitt Romney favors, “self-deportation” — has suffered a series of setbacks. The latest came Monday when a federal appeals court blocked major parts of Alabama’s draconian immigration law, including one that required public schools to collect information on pupils’ immigration status. It is increasingly clear that Republican state lawmakers and governors have gone too far in their campaign to harass and bully the nation’s 11 million illegal immigrants in the hope that they will simply disappear. Alabama has the distinction of having enacted the nation’s...
  • Obama mocks Akin, says Akin missed science class

    08/22/2012 5:44:33 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 73 replies
    Associated Press ^ | August. 22, 2012
    NEW YORK (AP) -- President Barack Obama is mocking Senate candidate Todd Akin of Missouri for his remarks about a woman's body being able to avoid pregnancy during what Akin called a "legitimate rape." Obama tells a group of donors in New York that the Republican congressman from Missouri "somehow missed science class" even though he sits on the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology.
  • Cousins get 2 days in jail for starting Arizona's largest fire

    08/22/2012 5:42:01 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | August. 22, 2012 | David Schwartz
    (Reuters) - Two cousins who admitted to accidentally starting the largest wildfire in Arizona history by leaving a still-smoldering campfire unattended were each sentenced to 48 hours in jail on Wednesday and ordered to perform 200 hours of community service. Caleb Malboeuf, 27, and David Malboeuf, 25, were also placed on five years' probation by U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark Aspey in Flagstaff, Arizona, for the raging wildfire that torched 840 square miles (2,178 square km) in eastern Arizona and New Mexico last summer, according to assistant U.S. attorney Patrick Schneider.
  • "Padlock" in 1,250 companies in Thessaloniki since the beginning of the year (Greece)

    08/22/2012 5:29:03 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 7 replies
    Protothema ^ | 8-22-12 | unattributed
    One thousand two hundred and fifty companies of Thessaloniki put "padlock" from the beginning of the year until the end of August, according to a statement of the Crafts Chamber of VETH city. Individual companies seem to be the most "weak link", and 998 of them have ceased to operate in the specified period of 2012. The picture shows the craft community is a continuation of 2011, when during the same period (January 1 to August 22) removed from the register of companies VETH 1269. (mangled thru google translator)
  • Frenzied Media Give Four Times More Coverage to Akin Flap Than Biden's 'Chains' Smear

    08/22/2012 5:25:31 PM PDT · by chessplayer · 16 replies
    A week after giving relatively light coverage to Joe Biden's "chains" smear, the broadcast networks eagerly dove into the Todd Akin controversy, giving over four times more coverage to an uproar involving a statewide (conservative) politician than a controversy involving a national (liberal) politician. NBC, CBS and ABC's evening and morning shows have devoted an astonishing 88 minutes (or 40 segments) of coverage to Congressman Akin's "legitimate rape" remark. Over a similar three day period, the networks allowed a scant 19 minutes (or ten segments) to a racially charged gaffe by the Vice President of the United States.
  • Feds warn anarchists could blockade roads, use acid-filled eggs to protest conventions

    08/22/2012 5:16:18 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 74 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 22, 2012 | Mike Levine
    Federal authorities are urging law enforcement agencies across the country to watch out for signs that extremists might be planning to wreak havoc at the upcoming political conventions -- by blocking roads, shutting down transit systems and even employing what were described as acid-filled eggs. The warning came in a joint FBI-Department of Homeland Security bulletin issued Wednesday. The bulletin specifically warned about a group of anarchists from New York City who could be planning to travel to the convention sites to disrupt the events by blockading bridges. Anarchists "see both parties as the problem," so both conventions are prime...
  • Vice President Joe Biden: ‘Detroit’s Getting Back Up’

    08/22/2012 5:11:56 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 41 replies
    Vice President Joe Biden: ‘Detroit’s Getting Back Up’ DETROIT – Revving up a crowd at a Detroit high school, Vice President Joe Biden offered up one of his father’s old adages to illustrate the tenacity the people of Detroit possess as their city works to recover from the crisis in the auto industry. “My dad used to say you measure a man or woman – it wasn’t whether they got knocked down, but how quickly they got up. And guess what? Detroit’s getting back up,” Biden told an estimated crowd of 1,100 packed into a narrow hallway at Renaissance High...
  • Biden: Republicans have 'discovered the middle class'

    08/22/2012 5:09:41 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 19 replies
    Biden: Republicans have 'discovered the middle class' Posted by CNN Political Reporter Shannon Travis Detroit (CNN) – In front of a friendly audience, Vice President Joe Biden repeated a crowd-pleasing political attack against Republicans on Wednesday – with a new level of sarcasm. "It's amazing, they discovered the middle class," the vice president said mockingly against his rivals. "And they care about it. They're running to save the middle class." Biden began the swipe by referencing the tough economic conditions the Obama administration inherited when it took office – a situation brought on by Republican policies, Biden claimed. It was...
  • Akin: Face the Wrath of the GOP Convention (NRO Akin Pile on continues)

    08/22/2012 5:07:38 PM PDT · by Windy City Conservative · 84 replies
    Around the clock, Democratic candidates, spokesmen, commercials, and the party’s foot soldiers in the news media will labor sedulously to transform the party of Lincoln and Reagan into the party of Akin. By Election Day, Akin will be more famous, ubiquitous, and inescapable than Kim Kardashian. His twisted comments on rape will be played again and again, with spooky music, scary edits, and every instrument in the campaign consultant’s tool box applied to amplify this message. By November 6, the only woman who will vote for Mitt Romney will be Ann Romney — maybe. With women (and many men) terrified...
  • Biden: It Won’t Cost Gov’t a Penny to Help More Homeowners If GOP Would ‘Just Get Out of the Way’

    08/22/2012 5:04:34 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 16 replies
    Biden: It Won’t Cost Gov’t a Penny to Help More Homeowners If GOP Would ‘Just Get Out of the Way’ By Melanie Hunter August 22, 2012 (CNSNews.com) – Vice President Joe Biden, speaking at a high school in Detroit Wednesday, said “it won’t cost the government a penny” to help more homeowners stay in their homes, “if the Republicans would just get out of the way.” Biden took credit for cutting taxes for the middle class “every year we’ve been in office,” adding that federal taxes for the middle class are “nearly at their lowest levels since the Eisenhower administration.”...
  • The Reverend Jesse Jackson - Romney’s agenda: Class warfare

    08/22/2012 5:03:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    The Chicago Sun-Times ^ | August 20, 2012 | Rev. Jesse Jackson
    Raise taxes on the rich? “Class war­fare” the Republicans rail. Any dis­cussion of inequality, says Mitt Romney, should be held privately “in quiet rooms.” Yet the Romney agenda for the country opens a new offensive in class warfare — only on the side of the few, not the many. America’s inequality has already reached extremes not seen since 1929 before the Great Depression. In 2010, the richest 1 percent captured an obscene 93 percent of the nation’s income growth. The top 1 percent now has as much wealth as 90 percent of Americans. As Warren Buffett, one of America’s richest...
  • Grim Report on Economy Gives Mitt Romney an Opening to Shift Back to Economic Message

    08/22/2012 4:54:07 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 4 replies
    ABC News ^ | 22 Aug 2012 | Emily Friedman
    BETTENDORF, Iowa – Mitt Romney bounded into the battleground state of Iowa today, aided by a new, non-partisan government report that painted a grim picture of the state of the economy, using the new data to return his campaign’s narrative to his favorite catch phrase: the Obama economy isn’t working. For Romney, it’s just the topic he’d hoped to return to following days that have been focused on contentious comments by Rep. Todd Akin, R-Mo., about abortion that have forced Romney and his running mate, Paul Ryan, to step into the fray and comment on the controversy. The government report,...
  • Illegal immigrants could reap more than $7B in tax credits this year, senator says

    08/22/2012 4:53:47 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 24 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | August 22, 2012 | unattributed
    Illegal immigrants could receive more than $7 billion this year in federal tax credits, according to one estimate, thanks to a loophole in the law that allows people not authorized to work to reap the government payments with no questions asked. Sen. Jeff Sessions' office calculated that, based on recent trends, illegal immigrants could receive roughly $7.4 billion through a provision known as the Additional Child Tax Credit. That's more than quadruple what the payout was four years ago, but the payments have been steadily increasing over the past decade. Though illegal immigrants are prohibited from receiving similar tax credits,...
  • Backers of gay marriage watch, wait

    08/22/2012 4:40:55 PM PDT · by scottjewell · 13 replies
    The Columbian ^ | Aug 22 2012 | Lornett Turnbull
    Effort to overturn law expected to shift into high gear soon On paper, it has every appearance of a mismatched fight: The campaign to legalize same-sex marriage in Washington state has out-raised its opponents by about 13 to 1. Washington United for Marriage, which is seeking to affirm the state's same-sex marriage law through approval of Referendum 74, has nearly $6 million in a campaign war chest -- more than half of it from a few prominent local donors with deep pockets. Its opponent, meanwhile, Preserve Marriage Washington, has so far raised $438,000, about 10 percent of its campaign goal...
  • Ex-Navy SEAL defends group's Obama attacks, condemns Obama's bin Laden ad

    08/22/2012 4:40:43 PM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 18 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 8/22/2012 | Justin Fishel
    OPSEC, a group of former military and intelligence operatives and creators of a long-form political ad that blames President Obama for a series of national security leaks, is firing back against criticisms from the nation's highest ranking military officer. Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey on Tuesday told Fox News he was "disappointed" by the political use of the military uniform. "If someone uses the uniform, whatever uniform, for partisan politics, I am disappointed because I think it does erode that bond of trust we have with the American people,” Dempsey said in an interview with Fox News while flying...
  • Robbers disguised as white cops caught...[sent] thank-you to company that made their latex masks

    08/22/2012 4:34:26 PM PDT · by Albion Wilde · 25 replies
    DailyMail online (UK) ^ | 22 August 2012 | EMILY ANNE EPSTEIN
    Officials say Edward Byam, 24, and Akeem Monsalvatge, 37, of Queens, dressed in NYPD gear and wearing high-end masks, robbed a Pay-O-Matic in Rosedale on Valentine's Day. After getting away with the heist, Byam wrote a short thank you note to Composite Effects, the makers of the mask, to show his gratitude for the 'realism' of the disguise. They identified themselves as detectives at the store, wearing dark blue jackets with NYPD logos and police-type shields hanging around their necks, before making off with the contents of an unlocked safe. Police say the two men stole $200,000 from the store....
  • Minn. Lawmaker Involved in Sex Scandal Says He Won't Seek Re-Election

    08/22/2012 4:33:12 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 31 replies
    KSTP-TV ^ | 08/22/2012 6:15 PM | Leslie Rolander
    Hours after releasing a statement saying he will seek re-election, a Minnesota state lawmaker who police say had a rest-stop liaison with a 17-year-old boy, told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS he has reconsidered his position and will not be running again. He also says he will not be at the upcoming special session to discuss flood relief for the area he represents. He says he does not want to be a distraction. In his original statement released Wednesday afternoon, 56-year-old Rep. Kerry Gauthier said, the scandal "has been an obvious tragic embarrassment to me. I am sorry for the hurt this...
  • Same-sex couples shun civil unions law in Rhode Island

    08/22/2012 4:31:24 PM PDT · by scottjewell · 11 replies
    Wisconsin Gazette.com ^ | Aug 22 2012 | Associated Press
    Just 68 same-sex couples obtained licenses for civil unions in Rhode Island in the first year the option was available to them. Gay-marriage supporters said the number, announced by the American Civil Liberties Union this week, shows that gay and lesbian couples in Rhode Island are shunning civil unions and holding out for marriage. “A year’s worth of data make it abundantly clear that gay and lesbian couples have emphatically said ‘I don’t!’ to the civil union law,” RI ACLU executive director Steven Brown said in a statement. Civil union laws in other states with populations similar to Rhode Island’s,...
  • More than 1,000 out-of-state officers, nearly 500 security cameras on deck for DNC (road closures)

    08/22/2012 4:30:48 PM PDT · by Libloather · 8 replies
    Charlotte Observer ^ | 8/21/12 | April Bethea
    More than 1,000 out-of-state officers, nearly 500 security cameras on deck for DNCAdded resources will be in place as part of ‘massive undertaking’ to help Charlotte police manage DNC security By April Bethea The Charlotte Observer Posted: Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2012 **SNIP** Earlier this month, federal and local authorities rolled out a 19-page plan detailing planned road closures, checkpoints and other security measures. In the coming days, Monroe said, additional road closures could be announced related to where President Barack Obama will stay during the DNC. The convention is expected to draw thousands of protesters. They’ll be among the estimated...
  • Egypt’s moves in Sinai alarm Israel

    08/22/2012 4:25:00 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 4 replies
    FT.com ^ | August 22, 2012 6:00 pm
    Cairo was reported this week to be deploying troops and tanks in Sinai for the first time since the two countries fought a war in 1973. High quality global journalism requires investment. Please share this article with others using the link below, do not cut & paste the article. See our Ts&Cs and Copyright Policy for more detail. Email ftsales.support@ft.com to buy additional rights. http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/1f405ec4-ec71-11e1-8e4a-00144feab49a.html#ixzz24JvFhWIM The Egyptian move in Sinai – which the peace agreement says must remain largely demilitarised, with any changes co-ordinated between the two sides – appeared aimed at Islamist militants blamed for killing 16 Egyptian border...