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  • Reid will postpone filibuster reform

    01/03/2013 1:11:29 PM PST · by Jean S · 21 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1/2/13 | Alexander Bolton
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) will postpone filibuster reform until later this month, giving him time to negotiate a deal with Republicans, say Democratic lawmakers and aides. A group of liberal Democrats had been pushing Reid to trigger the so-called "nuclear option" on Thursday, the first day of the 113th Congress, to make it more difficult for the minority to stall legislation and nominees. A senior Democratic aide said Reid will instead recess the chamber at the end of Thursday’s proceedings to extend the legislative day until later this month. This would preserve his ability to amend the Senate’s...
  • Cops kicked out of Denny's for having guns; chief bans Denny's

    01/03/2013 1:11:15 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 64 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | January 3, 2013 | Matt Pearce
    Are you a cop? Do you carry a gun? Don't go to the Denny's in Belleville, Ill. You are not allowed, the police chief says. Not after what happened Tuesday. The flapjacks -- sorry, the flap -- began when several on-duty detectives with the Belleville Police Department dropped in to Denny's for some on-duty noshing, according to local media.
  • Man With a Gun Tries To Enter Mamaroneck, NY Middle School

    01/03/2013 1:10:27 PM PST · by MWestMom · 29 replies
    Fox News
    A Westchester school was locked down this morning when a middle-aged man tried to enter with a gun on his waist.
  • Another Fiscal Flop

    01/03/2013 12:58:56 PM PST · by iowamark · 17 replies
    NY Times ^ | December 31, 2012 | DAVID BROOKS
    Over the course of the 20th century, America built its welfare state. It was, by and large, a great achievement, expanding opportunity and security for millions. Unfortunately, as the population aged and health care costs surged, it became unaffordable. Public debt as a percentage of gross domestic product was around 38 percent in 1965. It is around 74 percent now. Debt could approach a ruinous 90 percent of G.D.P. in a decade... By 2025, entitlement spending and debt payments are projected to suck up all federal revenue... Ultimately, we should blame the American voters. The average Medicare couple pays $109,000...
  • The Greens’ Attack on Mariculture - They fear human involvement with nature.

    01/03/2013 12:54:21 PM PST · by neverdem · 8 replies
    National Review Online ^ | January 3, 2013 | Robert Zubrin
    Over the past several months, while most of the political world has been focused on the election and the ensuing struggle over the fiscal cliff, a little story appeared that is worthy of much more attention.It concerns the efforts of the British Columbia–based Haida native-American tribe to restore the salmon fishery that has provided much of their livelihood for centuries. Acting collectively, the Haida voted to form the Haida Salmon Restoration Corporation, financed it with $2.5 million of their own savings, and used it to support the efforts of American scientist-entrepreneur Russ George to demonstrate the feasibility of open-sea...
  • Harry Reid's filibuster plan and the Supreme Court (Reid to make good his threats)

    01/03/2013 12:53:20 PM PST · by pabianice · 28 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 1/3/13 | Duffield
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., has announced he will begin the new Congress today by violating Senate rules and forcing through a set of procedural changes that will undermine Senate conservatives' ability to influence legislation. But the "Reid Plan" will have its most dramatic impact on presidential nominations, especially for the Supreme Court. The Senate is a unique legislative body that protects the rights of individual senators both to debate and to amend. These rights are valued so highly that it takes a supermajority -- today, 60 votes -- to deny fellow senators those rights. This higher vote threshold...
  • Oil Rig’s Owner Settles Gulf Spill Case for $1.4 Billion

    01/03/2013 12:51:29 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 11 replies
    New York Times ^ | Jan. 3, 2013 | By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Justice Department reached a $1.4 billion settlement Thursday with Transocean Ltd., the owner of the drilling rig that sank after an explosion killed 11 workers and spawned the massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The proposed settlement resolves the department's civil and criminal probes of Transocean's role in the Deepwater Horizon rig disaster. It requires the Switzerland-based company to pay $1 billion in civil penalties and $400 million in criminal penalties and plead guilty to a misdemeanor charge of violating the Clean Water Act, according to a court filing. . .
  • Viewpoint: Pro-Life and Feminism Aren’t Mutually Exclusive

    01/03/2013 12:45:12 PM PST · by Jean S · 6 replies
    Time Magazine ^ | 1/3/12 | Emily Buchanan
    From its early beginnings, feminism was a young women’s movement. Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Alice Paul, Charlotte Lozier and so many others began their suffragist work in their 20s. These women — the original feminists — understood that the rights of women cannot be built on the broken backs of unborn children. Anthony called abortion “child murder.” Paul, author of the original 1923 Equal Rights Amendment, said that “abortion is the ultimate exploitation of women.” So the pro-life movement hasn’t changed the meaning of feminism, as has been suggested. It was the neo-feminists of the 1960s and ’70s...
  • TIMOTHY GEITHNER LEAVING BEFORE DEBT CEILING DEAL IS DONE BECAUSE HE NEVER REALLY CARED ANYWAYS

    01/03/2013 12:39:37 PM PST · by Fred · 9 replies
    ScrapeTv ^ | 010313 | Edward Bastil, Political Correspondent
    Washington, D.C. – It is possible, possible, that the massive shuffling of Cabinet positions for president Obama will have a positive effect on his next four years in office. With so many people leaving the make-up of the team that led to a lot of mediocrity and divisiveness will be fundamentally altered.timothy geithner leaving obama administration Some of those changes, say Secretary of State, clearly trade one strong player for another but in other places the changeover will not be as smooth or as clearly good. There is, perhaps, no position more important in all of this than the change...
  • Obama: We raised taxes, but the rich still aren’t paying their fair share

    01/03/2013 12:36:28 PM PST · by Hoodat · 50 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | January 2, 2013 | 7:27 pm | Modified: January 3, 2013 at 11:45 am | Joel Gehrke
    President Obama cut a video, distributed by his reelection, to reiterate his belief that the wealthiest Americans still aren’t paying their “fair share” of taxes and to outline a second-term agenda ranging from environmental policy to gun control. Obama started by celebrating the tax increases — “making our tax code more progressive than it’s been in decades,” he said — that will take place because of the fiscal cliff deal. “Obviously, there is still more to do when it comes to reducing our debt,” Obama said in the video. “And I’m willing to do more, as long as we do...
  • Fed minutes show some concerns on bond purchases

    01/03/2013 12:31:05 PM PST · by John W · 1 replies
    AP ^ | January 3, 2012 | Martin Crutsinger
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve policymakers expressed broad support last month for the Fed's plan to buy bonds to support the U.S. economy. But they differed over how long to keep buying bonds to drive down long-term interest rates. Minutes of the Fed's December policy meeting show that some of the 12 voting members thought the bond purchases would be warranted through the end of this year. Others felt the purchases should be slowed or stopped altogether before the end of 2013. This group was concerned that too much bond buying by the Fed might destabilize the economy.
  • Drudge tweets: ‘There will be over 3,500 killed in USA today from abortion…no presidents crying’

    01/03/2013 12:27:29 PM PST · by NYer · 29 replies
    Life Site News ^ | January 2, 2013 | JOHN JALSEVAC
    Matt Drudge is the proprieter of the world’s #1 news aggregator site, the Drudge Report, which receives tens of millions of visits every day. On his personal Twitter account he has over 160,000 followers. He is also pro-life. This is the amazing message that his followers were greeted with this morning: There will be over 3,500 killed in USA today from abortion. No flags lowered, no presidents crying. No media hyperventilating. Normal day. The post is a bold move for Drudge. His reference to “presidents crying” appears to be a pretty direct reference to President Obama’s reaction to the...
  • Peter Orszag: Yeah, the White House has less leverage in the spending fight now

    01/03/2013 12:19:28 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/03/2013 | Ed Morrissey
    As I wrote earlier this week, the fiscal-cliff deal was mostly a win for Barack Obama, but only a temporary victory fought on one issue. By delinking the tax debate from the spending debate and keeping the debt limit out of the fiscal-cliff deal, Republicans at least allowed themselves the chance to fight another day for spending cuts and entitlement reform. Whether they can successfully negotiate real reform is another question, of course, but even Obama's former OMB director acknowledges that the White House now has significantly less leverage to prevent budget reform now that taxes are off the table....
  • Surprise: Obamacare-wary employers not hiring, cutting hours

    01/03/2013 12:15:14 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/03/2013 | Guy Benson
    The real knife twist in this USA Today piece is the money quote from Mark Zandi, The One’s go-to "independent" economist: Many businesses plan to bring on more part-time workers next year, trim the hours of full-time employees or curtail hiring because of the new health care law, human resource firms say. Their actions could further dampen job growth, which already is threatened by possible federal budget cutbacks resulting from the tax increases and spending cuts known as the fiscal cliff. "It will have a negative impact on job creation" in 2013, says Mark Zandi, chief economist of Moody's Analytics…The...
  • Shocking Time Magazine Cover: After 40 Years, Abortion Activists Losing

    01/03/2013 12:11:05 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 36 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 1/3/13 | Steven Ertelt
    The mainstream media will get around to covering abortion this month as the nation marks 40 years of legalized abortion for any reason throughout pregnancy via Roe v Wade. Time magazine has released its issue, which comes to a shocking conclusion... The article makes the pro-abortion case that, while abortion is still legal, it is increasingly difficult to access thanks to the closing of so many abortion clinics and pro-life laws that help women by giving them additional information and alternatives. The magazine also contains an article from Emily Buchanan of the pro-life women’s group Susan B. Anthony List that...
  • Lapid: I won't Sit in Right-Wing Government

    01/03/2013 12:10:23 PM PST · by Eleutheria5
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 3/1/13 | Gil Ronen
    Yair Lapid, head of the Yesh Atid (Future) party, announced Thursday evening that his party would not join a nationalist government headed by Likud – Yisrael Beytenu. "To all those who asked," he wrote on his Facebook page, "Of course we will not sit as a fifth wheel in a government of Shas and the extreme right." "On the other hand – if we have enough Knesset seats, maybe we can establish a completely different government," Lapid added. "A moderate, centrist government in which we will be able to pass a law for an equal share of the burden, which...
  • The culture war is over, and conservatives lost (Face it, Americans no longer agree with us)

    01/03/2013 12:09:45 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 228 replies
    The Week ^ | 01/03/2013 | Matt K. Lewis
    Late last year, I criticized the notion that Barack Obama won re-election by buying off voters with "gifts."  In case you've forgotten, many conservatives had sought to explain away Mitt Romney's loss by reasoning that we had finally reached a tipping point where Americans were voting for candidates who supported the welfare state, based solely on their own pecuniary interests. And I argued that voters do want to be given something by Republican politicians: Hope, optimism, and vision.But while I dismissed that premise, there may be an even larger fundamental problem that should alarm conservatives even more: Too many Americans...
  • Quebecer fined for arranging Catholic Mass in rented building

    01/03/2013 12:05:08 PM PST · by massmike · 9 replies
    lifesitenews.com ^ | 01/03/2013 | THADDEUS BAKLINSKI
    A Montreal prosecutor told a Quebec court recently that holding a religious ceremony in a building not zoned as a place of worship, even if it is a private home, is illegal. The statement came during a trial in the case of Paula Celani, who was fined for holding a gathering of her Catholic group in a building rented from the municipality. The group, Fondation En Route, had rented the facility, the Maison du Brasseur in the Montreal borough of Lachine, twice before for a Mass, a potluck lunch, hymn singing and to show a religious video. The group also...
  • Business leaders say ‘cliff’ deal won’t ease economic uncertainty

    01/03/2013 11:51:46 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 01/03/2013 | Jim Tankersley
    A day after Congress managed to avert the fiscal cliff, business leaders warned that the agreement will hurt sales and hiring, won’t unlock investment and leaves the economy riddled with congressionally imposed land mines for months to come. Markets responded much more favorably, relieved that the worst of the potential crisis had passed. The Standard & Poor’s 500-stock index rose 2.5 percent on Wednesday, its best single-day gain since last summer, after the House approved a compromise bill to avert most of the tax increases and spending cuts that were scheduled to begin taking effect in the new year. But...
  • Coming soon: The Hillary Is Totally Awesome Movie?

    01/03/2013 11:46:06 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/03/2013 | Ed Morrissey
    Even before Barack Obama won re-election in November, speculation had begun over the Democratic primaries for the 2016 presidential cycle. Hillary Clinton has received most of the mention and a majority of support so far, but her relatively thin resume combined with the debacle at State she oversaw might make it difficult for her to gain enough credibility, let alone the questions over her age and health that the past few weeks have produced. What Hillary needs is a narrative changer that will focus on her highlights and overlook her actual performance, something on a grand enough scale to actually...
  • BREAKING: NRA Cautiously Optimistic on Defeating Illinois Gun Ban Bill

    01/03/2013 11:45:37 AM PST · by neverdem · 21 replies
    The Truth About Guns ^ | January 3, 2013 | Robert Farago
    “I’ve never seen a piece of legislation that tramples on so many court decisions,” Todd Vandermyde told foxnews.com. The NRA’s man-on-the-spot told TTAG he was “cautiously optimistic” that enough State Senators would vote against HB1263 and HB815 to defeat the profoundly unconstitutional legislation, should the bills make it to the floor. “Gun owners have answered the clarion call,” Todd said. “I’ve got irate secretaries who can’t get anything done because the phone’s ringing off the hook.” Vandermyde advises gun owners to keep up the pressure. The bills are in Executive Committee this morning for more amendments. “The Senate adjourns...
  • Our 1st quarter FReepathon is underway!! [Thread II]

    01/03/2013 11:43:52 AM PST · by Jim Robinson · 1,114 replies
    Woo hoo!! And our first quarter 2013 FReepathon is now officially underway!! Please keep those cards and letters coming in folks. Your loyal support makes Free Republic possible. And your continuing participation makes FR the number one reader funded, independent, pro-life, pro-family, pro-small government, pro-defense grassroots conservative forum on the Net!! And we're going to need FR now more than ever to combat the current crop of Marxists and progressives who have infested our government and institutions and who are dead set on destroying our constitution and our liberty!! Click the link above to Donate via secure server or by...
  • Several Republican Congressmen Vote For Allen West Over Boehner For House Speaker

    01/03/2013 11:31:26 AM PST · by smoothsailing · 42 replies
    MEDIAite ^ | 1-3-2013 | Andrew Kirell
    January 3, 2013 Several Republican Congressmen Vote For Allen West Over Boehner For House Speaker Andrew Kirell It’s no secret that Speaker of the House John Boehner is currently unpopular with the more conservative elements of his Republican Party. As the new House voted for Speaker, several Republican congressmen made their negative feelings official, casting ballots for anyone but Boehner. While other disgruntled GOPers either held their noses and voted for Boehner, or abstained entirely, several other Republicans cast protest votes in favor of Reps. Justin Amash (R-MI), Eric Cantor (R-MD), Louie Gohmert (R-TX), Raul Labrador (R-ID), former U.S Comptroller...
  • The News Low-Information America Wants to Hear About: Kim Kardashian is Pregnant! (Who cares?)

    01/03/2013 11:28:22 AM PST · by Kaslin · 31 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | January 3, 2012 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Kim Kardashian is pregnant. Did you see that? Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are gonna have a baby. It's a beautiful thing. Isn't it wonderful? And then there's this story: "Study Suggests Lower Mortality Risk for People Deemed to Be Overweight." That means the heavier you are, up to a point, the less likely you are to die. Thin people are more likely to die than people who are overweight. It doesn't surprise me. I remember when I was a kid, I'd always been a chunky kid. I was always made fun of as a chunky kid....
  • Clinton soars, Palin plummets in most-admired survey

    01/03/2013 11:23:40 AM PST · by massmike · 109 replies
    http://news.yahoo.com ^ | 01/03/2013 | National Constitution Center
    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton sets a record in Gallup’s annual most-admired survey, while Sarah Palin falls farther off the popularity radar. Gallup has run its most-admired man and woman survey since World War II, and in the 2012 edition, Clinton and President Barack Obama kept their top positions among those asked a simple question: “What man that you have heard or read about, living today in any part of the world, do you admire most? And who is your second choice?” Clinton was named as most-admired woman for the 17th time since she became a national figure in 1992....
  • I like Guns (Video)

    01/03/2013 11:18:17 AM PST · by Chuckster · 6 replies
    YouTube ^ | December 11 2009 | Steve Lee
    I Like Guns music video.
  • Teenage girl shot by Taliban receives international peace award (Excellent choice)

    01/03/2013 11:14:57 AM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Fox News.com ^ | January 3, 2013 | Sib Kaifee
    Malala Yousafzai, the 15-year-old Pakistani school girl who was shot last October by Taliban thugs, has won the Tipperary 2012 International Peace Award. Recognizing her struggle for girls’ education in Pakistan’s troubled northwest region, the Tipperary Peace Convention said Yousafzai was chosen for her courage, determination and perseverance, along with the impact she has had on so many across the world. Among this year’s five nominees for the award were Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Indian Congress Leader Sonia Gandhi, according to a statement issued by Pakistan Foreign Office.
  • Gore Wanted Current TV Sale Completed in 2012 to Avoid Obama Tax Increases

    01/03/2013 11:13:00 AM PST · by chessplayer · 15 replies
    Al Gore, the man who first introduced the idea of blaming “the wealthiest one percent” for all of America’s ills, is continuing to embarrass himself in the sale of his low-rated Current TV channel to the Al Jazeera. First, we learned that Current’s management believed that the favorite news channel of Islamic fundamentalist terrorists is closer to its own viewpoints than conservative media mogul Glenn Beck; now comes news that the former Democratic presidential candidate was insistent that the sale to the Qatari channel be completed before December 31. That date was important to Gore because he was trying to...
  • Shysters!

    01/03/2013 10:47:17 AM PST · by haffast · 8 replies
    MoneyWeek ^ | Jan 03, 2013 | Bill Bonner
    Dow up more than 300 points yesterday. Why? Because the ‘fiscal cliff’ has been averted. That’s what the papers say. But it just goes to show why it’s a mistake to read the news, except for a cynical guffaw. The real reason markets went up was because investors were reassured: Washington works in the same corrupt, self-serving and zombie-coddling way it always has. The politicians raised taxes, and put off worrying about spending cuts until sometime in the future. In other words, investors realised that they could trust the empty suits not to do anything different! How much of the...
  • [South Texas:]Local police chief says illegal immigration is on the rise

    01/03/2013 10:46:16 AM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 6 replies
    KGBT ^ | 12/26/20012 | Katie Lopez
    The problem is not going away. "Most of them have people here or they're just trying to make it over here so they can start making a better living for themselves," La Joya Police Chief Julian Gutierrez told Action 4 News. No matter how many miles of border fence is erected—it seems nothing will stop the thousands of immigrants, crossing our border illegally, from continuing their journey. "A lot of times we talk to them and ask them why they're coming here,” Gutierrez explained. “They say they're coming for the 'American Dream.' I always tell them that they're here illegally---how...
  • Bachmann, Garrett, and Blackburn votes re-elect Boehner

    01/03/2013 10:31:45 AM PST · by Perdogg · 245 replies
    What drama: Bachmann, Garrett, Blackburn wait till LAST MIN to cast vote for Boehner, bring the vote from 17 defections down at final second— Robert Costa (@robertcostaNRO) January 3, 2013
  • Harry Reid Threw Obama Proposal Into The Fireplace During Fiscal Cliff Negotiations

    01/03/2013 10:25:48 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 13 replies
    Harry Reid Threw Obama Proposal Into The Fireplace During Fiscal Cliff Negotiations by Meenal Vamburkar | 8:36 am, January 3rd, 2013 » 11 comments Today’s installment of “Just How Bad Were Fiscal Cliff Negotiations?” features one Harry Reid. According to a report in the Washington Post, Reid disliked one proposal so much that he tore it up and tossed it into the fireplace. The point of contention, it appears, was Social Security. The Post reports: There were now less than 36 hours until the deadline. “The clock was ticking and we were not moving.” They weren’t moving because Democrats had...
  • Pat Condell: Patronising the Palestinians (by employing liberal racism)

    01/03/2013 10:16:48 AM PST · by EveningStar · 3 replies
    YouTube ^ | January 3, 2013 | Pat Condell
    Because we're racists. "As Muslims, our blood vengeance against the Jews will only subside with their annihilation." This is the kind of insanity Israelis are up against, but the free world shoves fingers in ears and pretends not to hear.
  • Obama signs defense measure he once vowed to veto

    01/03/2013 10:14:34 AM PST · by jazusamo · 31 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 3, 2012 | Dave Boyer
    Backing down on a threatened veto, President Obama has signed into law a $633.3 billion defense bill with an attached a statement in which he serves notice to Congress that he’ll interpret the law as he sees fit on issues ranging from the transfer of terrorism detainees to objections of military chaplains against the new policy on gay service members. Mr. Obama said in a “signing statement” late Wednesday that he agrees with the “vast majority” of provisions in the 680-page law. But he added, “I do not agree with them all.” He earlier had issued a veto threat to...
  • Washington is broke and broken.

    01/03/2013 10:08:50 AM PST · by ADSUM · 21 replies
    Press release email from Sen Ron Johnson WI | 1/3/2013 | Sen Ron Johnson (WI -R)
    As frustrated as you are with Washington, D.C. right now... Multiply it by 1,000 and you'll know how I feel. Washington is broke and broken. What passes for problem-solving in the United States Senate has shattered the trust of the American people. Our nation is facing monumental financial problems that the career politicians from both political parties created over many decades...and now they're busy squabbling and finger-pointing instead of recognizing our problems and buckling down to the hard work of fixing them. Clever sound bites take the place of ideas. Petty partisan attacks take the place of leadership. Brinkmanship -...
  • Indian Jewellers expect gold demand to rise 15% as farmers hope for a better harvest

    01/03/2013 10:01:16 AM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 3 replies
    Economic Times ^ | 3 Jan, 2013, 07.10AM IST | Sutanuka Ghosal,ET Bureau
    KOLKATA: Farmers are flocking to jewellery shops to buy gold, boosting rural demand that accounts for about 70% of the precious metal sold in India and starting 2013 on a glittering note for the bullion trade after a slump last year. Farmers are buying gold as prices have ebbed from record levels, and on prospects of a bumper harvest and better prices from the winter-sown crop, after a lean period when erratic monsoon rains had hurt kharif output and rural incomes. Dinesh Chouhan, a 48-year-old farmer from Rajasthan's Alwar district, says he has just bought a 10 gm gold chain...
  • Objet's Largest 3D Printer Doesn't Lose Precision

    01/03/2013 9:48:23 AM PST · by null and void · 27 replies
    Design News ^ | 1/2/2013 | Cabe Atwell
    The Objet1000 is Objet Ltd.'s largest printer to date and features a 1,000mm x 800mm x 500mm build envelope along with the company's renowned Connex multi-material capability. This printer, which was displayed at Euromold 2012, is big and means business; it's not your average hobbyist printer that you would find in your neighbor's garage. Measuring about the size of a compact car, the Objet1000 was designed to be used within industries such as automotive, defense, medical, or any other sector that may benefit from large, industrial size, 1:1 precise prototypes. It uses the effective and efficient technology previously used by...
  • Nice Moment: Sen. Mark Kirk Returns To Capitol One Year After Stroke

    01/03/2013 9:42:27 AM PST · by iowamark · 7 replies
    NPR ^ | January 03, 2013 | Mark Memmott
    Before lawmakers get back to the business of arguing about taxes, deficits and other issues as they open a new session of Congress today, there was just a nice moment outside the Capitol. Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., who suffered a stroke last Jan. 21, came to the Capitol for the first time since then. And as C-SPAN cameras watched, he made a very public return — slowly walking up the steps of the Capitol with assistance from Vice President Biden and Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W. Va. Kirk, 53, was cheered on by other members of Congress, including his Democratic colleague...
  • EPA head resigns to protest Obama’s support of Keystone XL?

    01/03/2013 9:40:27 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 27 replies
    rt.com ^ | 02 January, 2013, 22:46
    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson.(Reuters / Jonathan Ernst) The head of the US Environmental Protection Agency announced she will step down from that role in the coming weeks, but a new report suggests her resignation may in fact be motivated by a 180 to be expected from President Obama. EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson tells reporters that her decision to walk away as the top environmental regulator in the country after nearly four years comes at a time when she is “ready in my own life for new challenges, time with my family, and new opportunities to make...
  • Hastert says violation of namesake rule threatens GOP's ability to lead

    01/03/2013 9:40:13 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 24 replies
    Hastert says violation of namesake rule threatens GOP's ability to lead By Justin Sink - 01/03/13 11:48 AM ET Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) said Thursday that current Speaker John Boehner's (R-Ohio) decision to pass the "fiscal cliff" compromise bill without a majority Republican support threatened the party's "ability to lead" on future votes. Under the so-called "Hastert Rule," Republican Speakers of the House customarily do not allow a vote on the House floor unless a majority of the GOP majority supports a bill. Tuesday's vote on the fiscal cliff compromise deal passed the House 257-167, but Republicans voted...
  • Barack Obama set to give Egypt 10 fighter jets, 200 tanks

    01/03/2013 9:39:59 AM PST · by Baynative · 58 replies
    examiner.com ^ | 1/2/12 | Larry Clifton
    With Benghazi still burning in the rear-view mirror of its wobbly foreign policy, the Obama administration is set to ship the Islamic Brotherhood government of Egypt 10 F16 fighter jets and 200 Abrams tanks and charge it to U.S. taxpayers... ...the Islamic Brotherhood is not a U.S. ally. Nevertheless, the Obama administration is prepared to arm them to the teeth with cutting-edge tanks and planes
  • People are truly good at heart? Sadly, no

    01/03/2013 9:39:58 AM PST · by chessplayer · 26 replies
    ELEVEN YEARS AGO, al-Qaeda terrorist Richard Reid tried to blow up American Airlines Flight 63 with a bomb hidden in his shoes. As a result, air travelers to this day must remove their shoes to pass through security at US airports. In 2006, terrorists plotted to destroy as many as 10 planes flying from London to North America using peroxide-based liquid explosives smuggled in their carry-on luggage. So passengers now must limit any liquids they carry through security checkpoints to minuscule containers sealed in clear plastic bags. It is fundamental to the Judeo-Christian outlook that human beings are not naturally...
  • Pelosi: ‘Many Members of the Republican Caucus Don’t Believe in Government’

    01/03/2013 9:38:15 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 23 replies
    Pelosi: ‘Many Members of the Republican Caucus Don’t Believe in Government’ By Penny Starr January 3, 2013 (CNSNews.com) – In an interview on Thursday with National Public Radio, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said that many Republicans do not “believe in government.” "There are many members in the Republican caucus who do not believe in government,” Pelosi said in an interview with NPR’s Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep. “And bless their hearts, they act upon their beliefs. “So day to day, we vote here on issues that eliminate government initiatives for clean air, clean water, food safety, public safety,...
  • Shakes were spiked, cops say (parents drugged by kids)

    01/03/2013 9:37:19 AM PST · by thefactor · 31 replies
    The Sacremento Bee ^ | 1/3/2013 | Ed Fletcher
    Two Placer County teenage girls were arrested for allegedly using drugged milkshakes to knock out the parents of one of the girls so they could log on to the Internet, Rocklin police said. Internet access at the Rocklin home was routinely shut off at 10 p.m., said Lt. Lon Milka, a department spokesman. Milka said that on Friday evening, a 15-year-old girl – who had a 16-year-old friend from Roseville visiting – offered to pick up milkshakes from a local fast-food restaurant for her parents. The parents drank about a quarter of the milkshakes but didn't finish them, saying they...
  • Thinking about school safety

    01/03/2013 9:37:01 AM PST · by pabianice · 3 replies
    The Community Advocate ^ | 12/3/13 | Sherman
    Guns are again the topic of conversation across the nation in the aftermath of the Connecticut school mass shooting. Opinions range from banning all but flint-lock rifles to having the federal government ensure a police office on duty in every school. Unfortunately, neither of these ideas can work. Banning private firearms violates the Constitution, the most recent Supreme Court decisions, and public sentiment. On the other hand, a police officer at each school would be too expensive to afford when our government representatives refuse to cut any spending at all, even if it is to spend two million dollars to...
  • Obama Rejects ‘Ill-Advised’ Conscience Protections for Military Chaplains

    01/03/2013 9:34:13 AM PST · by chessplayer · 19 replies
    (CNSNews.com) – President Obama issued a statement Wednesday rejecting several provisions of the 2013 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), including a conscience protection for military chaplains that he called “ill-advised”. Section 533 of the NDAA provides legal protections for military chaplains, barring the Defense Department from forcing them to perform services which violate their moral or religious beliefs.
  • (Vanity) Flipping channels between C-Span waiting for the Republicans to keep Boehner as Speaker

    01/03/2013 9:31:18 AM PST · by jakerobins · 70 replies
    John Boehner looks too calm and resolved. The other Republicans don't appear to be coming together trying to get a group to vote against "Cry baby" Boehner. I think the Fix is in folks we are about to be "Lead" by the Doormat until he can hand the gavel over to Pelosi......
  • Why the Tea Party Lives On

    01/03/2013 9:26:05 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    National Journal ^ | January 3, 2013 | Michael Hirsh
    Crazies. Cliff divers. Nihilists. Nutjobs. Those are just a few of the descriptions being applied to the 151 House Republicans who broke with Speaker John Boehner—they included his own supposed wing men, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor and Whip Kevin McCarthy—to vote against the fiscal cliff deal Tuesday night. In truth, what the fine print of the bill demonstrates is that the Republicans who refused to vote for the fiscal compromise had every right to be disgusted by it—that is, if you expect legislators to hold true at all to the beliefs that inspired them to run for office in...
  • Illinois Senate Committee Bans Semiautomatic Assault Weapons and High-Capacity Clips

    01/03/2013 9:24:38 AM PST · by servo1969 · 79 replies
    thegatewaypundit.com ^ | 1-3-2013 | Jim Hoft
    An Illinois Senate Committee banned semiautomatic assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition clips. KMOV reported An Illinois Senate committee, in a party-line vote, has approved restrictions on semiautomatic assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition clips. One measure would ban the sale of semiautomatic handguns and rifles. People who currently own such weapons could keep them, but would have to register them. The second proposal would limit ammunition magazines to 10 or fewer rounds. Sen. Dan Kotowski, the bill’s sponsor, says he wants to concentrate on the high-capacity magazines because they make assault weapons more lethal. Democrats are pushing the gun restrictions in...
  • GOP Congressman: Boehner Will Lead Republicans to 2014 Loss

    01/03/2013 9:20:01 AM PST · by Qbert · 38 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 2 Jan 2013 | REP. JEFF LANDRY (R-LA)
    It’s an embarrassing time to be a Republican Congressman—albeit an outgoing Congressman.  As negotiators, we utterly failed to meet our two objectives: to reduce spending and prevent tax increases. President Obama demanded tax increases with small spending cuts, and that’s exactly what passed. Thanks to the leadership of Speaker John Boehner, the House passed a bill which raises taxes by $620 billion while cutting spending by a mere $15 billion over 10 years. Usually, a compromise is an even trade (one-for-one). In this trade, House and Senate Republicans traded $41 dollars in tax hikes for every $1 dollar in spending...