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  • Obama wants gun violence measures passed in 2013

    12/30/2012 12:25:10 PM PST · by yoe · 22 replies
    My Way News ^ | December 30, 2012 | JIM KUHNHENN
    Recalling the shooting of 20 first graders as the worst day of his presidency, President Barack Obama on Sunday pledged to put his "full weight" behind a legislative package next year aimed at containing gun violence. In an interview with NBC's "Meet the Press," Obama voiced skepticism about proposals to place armed guards at schools in the aftermath of the Dec. 14 deadly assault at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. In his boldest terms yet, he vowed to rally the American people around an agenda to limit gun violence and said he still supports increased background checks and...
  • Obama Urges Illinois Lawmakers To Legalize Gay Marriage

    12/30/2012 12:20:45 PM PST · by Nachum · 19 replies
    mediaite ^ | 12/30/12 | Anjali Sareen
    President Obama issued a statement Saturday urging the Illinois General Assembly to legalize gay marriage as state lawmakers prepare to take up the issue this week. White House spokesman Shin Inouye highlighted the rare nature of the president’s move, telling the Chicago Sun-Times the while the president “does not weigh in on every measure being considered by state legislatures, he believes in treating everyone fairly and equally, with dignity and respect.” He went on, “As he has said, his personal view is that it’s wrong to prevent couples who are in loving, committed relationships, and want to marry, from doing...
  • Sen. Reid To GOP: "At This Stage We're Not Able To Make A Counteroffer"

    12/30/2012 12:08:20 PM PST · by Hojczyk · 57 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | December 30, 2012
    SEN. MITCH MCCONNELL (R-KENTUCKY): My office submitted our latest offer to the Majority Leader last night at 7:10 p.m. and offered to work through the night to find common ground. The Majority Leader's staff informed us they would be getting back to us this morning at 10:00 a.m., despite the obvious time crunch we all have. It's now 2:00 p.m., and we have yet to receive a response to our good-faith offer. Now, I'm concerned about the lack of urgency here. I think we all know we're running out of time. This is far too much at stake for political...
  • FDIC Unlimited Insurance to expire after January 1, 2013

    12/30/2012 11:59:07 AM PST · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 12 replies
    FDIC website and bank letter ^ | 29 December 2012 | Government
    Got a letter from our bank which basically says: Beginning January 1, 2013, noninterest-bearing transaction accounts will no longer be insured separately from depositors’ other accounts at the same IDI. Instead, noninterest-bearing transaction accounts will be added to any of a depositor’s other accounts in the applicable ownership category, and the aggregate balance insured up to at least the Standard Maximum Deposit Insurance Amount (SMDIA) of $250,000, per depositor, at each separately chartered IDI. For example, if after the expiration of the Dodd-Frank Deposit Insurance Provision a depositor under the single ownership category has $500,000 deposited in a noninterest-bearing transaction...
  • About Those 500 Chicago Murders (The stats behind the number)

    12/30/2012 11:50:01 AM PST · by usconservative · 23 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 12/30/2012 | Self
    Here are some interesting statistics from today's Chicago Tribune regarding the 500 murders that have happened in Chicago: As of this past Thursday, 500 people were murdered in the city of Chicago. 83% of those murdered in Chicago last year had criminal records. Many of them FELONS who'd served prison time. (415.) 60% of those murdered in Chicago had known gang affiliations and multiple arrests and convictions. (300) 2% of those murdered in Chicago were kids under 10 years of age. (10 kids.) Is this the "Chicago" that Obama referred to last week when he said the city represents the...
  • Seventh Circuit Blocks HHS Mandate for Private Business (Disses 10th Circuit "Hobby Lobby" Decision)

    12/30/2012 11:00:34 AM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 22 replies
    NROnline/ The Corner ^ | December 29, 2012 | David French
    Late yesterday afternoon, the Seventh Circuit granted an emergency injunction against the HHS mandate — preventing its enforcement against an Illinois business and its owners. My colleagues at the ACLJ represent Korte & Luitjohan Contractors, Inc., a family-owned, full-service construction contractor. The company is located in Highland, Ill., and employs about 90 workers. The brief opinion is worth a read in its entirety, but two parts stand out. First, the court disagreed with the Tenth Circuit’s recent decision rejecting Hobby Lobby’s request for a similar injunction. In a key paragraph the court stated: The government also argues that any burden...
  • The Year in Review 2012: Deadly legacy of "Fast and Furious" lives on (guns)

    12/30/2012 10:59:05 AM PST · by Libloather · 5 replies
    UPI ^ | 12/28/12
    **SNIP** U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley said two guns linked to the operation were found last month after a gun battle between Sinaloa drug cartel members and the Mexican military. Grassley said one of the weapons was lost by federal agents during "Fast and Furious" and the other was originally purchased by George Gillett, who served as Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives field office in Phoenix during the "Fast and Furious" scandal. Grassley, who has asked Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz to investigate the findings, said firearms records suggest Gillett was...
  • Don’t Renters Have Fourth Amendment Rights?

    12/30/2012 10:41:47 AM PST · by redreno · 31 replies
    Cato Institute ^ | 12/26/2012 | By Ilya Shapiro
    A person’s home is his castle and thus affords certain protections and immunities—including the right to exclude unwanted visitors—that apply whether you own or rent. Unfortunately, ordinances authorizing general administrative searches of rental properties have been increasingly adopted by local authorities with little protection for property rights or privacy interests. These inspections cover the whole of the buildings and all of the activity that occurs within, opening every aspect of people’s lives to the government: political and religious affiliations, intimate relationships, and even all those Justin Bieber posters and Fifty Shades of Gray books you hide when people come over....
  • David Gregory to Obama: 'Is This Your Lincoln Moment?'

    12/30/2012 10:38:51 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 84 replies
    David Gregory to Obama: 'Is This Your Lincoln Moment?' Obama: "I never compare myself to Lincoln." Daniel Halper December 30, 2012 11:06 AM NBC host David Gregory asked President Barack Obama this morning, "Is this your Lincoln moment?" The question came up after Obama invoked the movie Lincoln when talking about Republicans and Democrats coming together to work out a deal on the "fiscal cliff. "Well, no," Obama said in response to Gregory's question. "Look, a) I never compare myself to Lincoln. And b) obviously the magnitude of the issues is quite different from the Civil War and slavery. The...
  • Who are the Republican traitors that will sign the discharge petition.?

    12/30/2012 10:36:41 AM PST · by willowdean · 15 replies
    vanity | vanity
    Of Course McConnell will cave. There is hope in my mind that Senator Rand Paul will filibuster but if not this capitulation will go to the House. There the socialist have this plan. It is called "discharge petition" It was filed by Pelosi on December 4th and is ready for this scenario!! The McConnell deal will be pathetic.
  • Explosion at Coptic church in Misrata kills one

    12/30/2012 10:36:31 AM PST · by BlackVeil · 6 replies
    Libya Herald ^ | 30 Dec 2012 | By Maha Ellawati
    An explosion near the Coptic Orthodox Church in Misrata late yesterday evening killed one Egyptian man and left another three injured. The explosion, reported to have been caused by a bomb, targeted a services building connected to the church in the city of Misrata, killing the Egyptian national and wounding three others at the same time. News broke this morning when the Egyptian embassy in Tripoli received a call from Bishop Timotheus Bishara Adla, head of the church in the Libyan captital, informing them that the church building in Misrata had been targeted by an explosion, Foreign Ministry spokesman Amru...
  • Pentagon Readying 800,000 for Rolling Layoffs

    12/30/2012 10:27:43 AM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 120 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | December 30, 2012 | DION NISSENBAUM And DAMIAN PALETTA
    WASHINGTON—The Pentagon is preparing to notify its entire civilian workforce to prepare for furloughs if Congress and President Barack Obama are unable to reach a deal before Jan. 2 to avert automatic spending cuts. A senior defense official said Sunday that the Pentagon would notify 800,000 civilian workers to brace for furloughs in the new year, meaning the workers would be ordered to take mandatory leave without pay for a certain period. The warning is much gloomier than the agency recently offered employees, as it had said there wouldn't be an immediate impact on personnel or operations if a deal...
  • David Gregory Asks Obama 'Is This Your Lincoln Moment?'

    12/30/2012 10:24:59 AM PST · by chessplayer · 28 replies
    Of all the gushing, fawning, sycophantic things uttered by Obama-loving media members in 2012, David Gregory's fiscal cliff question posed to the President on Sunday's Meet the Press has to be on the list of the year's top ten. "Is this your Lincoln moment?" (video follows with transcript and commentary):
  • A little radiation is good for mice - Low doses of radioactivity led to healthier pups

    12/30/2012 10:15:02 AM PST · by neverdem · 16 replies
    ScienceNews ^ | November 6, 2012 | Tina Hesman Saey
    X-rays may not heal broken bones, but low doses of ionizing radiation may spark other health benefits, a new study of mice suggests. Radiation in high doses has well-known harmful effects. Scientists had thought low doses would do less extensive damage but could add up to big problems later. But radiation acts differently at low doses, producing health benefits for mice with an unusual genetic makeup, Randy Jirtle of the University of Wisconsin–Madison and colleagues report online November 1 in the FASEB Journal. Antioxidant vitamins, such as vitamins C and E, erased those health gains. “What goes on at high...
  • David Brooks: 'Sometimes Obama Governs Like a Visitor From a Morally Superior Civilization'

    12/30/2012 10:14:56 AM PST · by chessplayer · 61 replies
    New York Times columnist David Brooks made an astonishing observation about President Obama on NBC's Meet the Press Sunday. "Sometimes he governs like a visitor from a morally superior civilization" (video follows with transcript and commentary):
  • NY Plaintiff: Gay Benefits 'Bigger Than Marriage'

    12/30/2012 10:08:46 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 16 replies
    AP ^ | December 30, 2012
    At age 83, Edith Windsor gets plenty of compliments for her courage to take on the federal government in a landmark case that has put attitudes about gay America squarely before the Supreme Court. But the Philadelphia-born former IBM executive scoffs at how much gumption was necessary to go to court at a time when society seems to be getting more conscious that a closed-minded approach to differences in sexuality appears to do more harm than good.
  • George W. Bush continues to destroy privacy rights

    12/30/2012 10:01:02 AM PST · by chessplayer · 24 replies
    One of the sad, lasting legacies of the previous administration was the destruction of personal liberty and privacy which followed in the wake of the 9/11 attacks. Washington began treating everyone as a suspect, prying into private phone conversations and recording your every move. Unfortunately, though he’s been out of office for more than four years and working with injured veterans on a remote Texas ranch, George W. Bush continues to hold America under his intrusive thumb. Congress approved a measure Friday that would renew expansive U.S. surveillance authority for five more years, rejecting objections from senators who are concerned...
  • MILLER: David Gregory’s legal jeopardy (under investigation yet got into the White House?)

    12/30/2012 9:54:46 AM PST · by Libloather · 23 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 12/29/12 | Emily Miller
    President Obama wants more gun-control laws, but perhaps he should care more about enforcing the ones already on the books. He granted an exclusive interview to NBC’s David Gregory on Saturday, even though the “Meet the Press” anchor is under investigation by the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) for possession of an unregistered “high capacity” magazine in the District. It is also unclear how Mr. Gregory passed the Secret Service background check to enter the White House while under criminal investigation. **SNIP** Chief Lanier is stuck between a rock and a hard place. If she does not charge Mr. Gregory with...
  • Fiscal Cliff In Plain English

    12/30/2012 9:53:09 AM PST · by Wuli · 7 replies
    Wuli | December 30, 2012 | Wuli
    “Fiscal Cliff” in plain English Lesson # 1: * U.S. Tax revenue: $2,170,000,000,000 * Fed budget: $3,820,000,000,000 * New debt: $1,650,000,000,000 * National debt: $14,271,000,000,000 * Recent budget cuts: $38,500,000,000 Now, let's remove 8 zeros and pretend it's a household budget: * Annual family income: $21,700.00 * Money the family spent: $38,200.00 * New debt on the credit card: $16,500.00 * Balance on the credit card: $142,710.00 * Total budget cuts so far: $38.50 Got It ? ..... OK now,,,,,,,,,,,, ------------------------------------------------------------------ Lesson # 2: Here's another way to look at the "Debt Ceiling": Let's say, you come home from work...
  • Udall says he has 51 votes for filibuster reform (You want nuclear option? Just stay tuned in Texas)

    12/30/2012 9:48:49 AM PST · by bestintxas · 15 replies
    am thinker ^ | 12/30/12 | r moran
    This is not good news for Republicans - or for future minority parties in the US Senate. The Hill: Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), a leading proponent of filibuster reform, said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (Nev.) has the 51 votes he needs to change Senate rules with the "nuclear option." The maneuver would be controversial, however, and could heighten partisan tensions at the start of the 113th Congress in January. Republicans say using 51 votes to change Senate procedures - and to prevent the minority party in the Senate from blocking a majority-vote - amounts to breaking the rules to...