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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...