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  • Gore Turned Down Glenn Beck For Qatar

    01/03/2013 2:07:17 PM PST · by zeestephen · 24 replies
    Commentary Magazine ^ | 03 January 2013 | Alana Goodman
    Glen Beck was too "right wing" - So Gore sold to "an authoritarian-Islamist government that has criminalized homosexuality, discriminates against non-Muslims, prosecutes journalists, and has a “Not Free” rating from Freedom House."
  • FINAL VOTE RESULTS FOR ROLL CALL 2 (Speaker Vote)

    01/03/2013 2:02:26 PM PST · by ZULU · 11 replies
    THOMAS ^ | January 3, 2013 | THOMAS
    FINAL VOTE RESULTS FOR ROLL CALL 2 (Republicans in roman; Democrats in italic; Independents underlined) YEA-AND-NAY 3-Jan-2013 1:38 PM QUESTION: Election of the Speaker
  • Caption Slow Joe

    01/03/2013 1:59:07 PM PST · by crosshairs · 17 replies
  • Boehner re-elected House speaker (after threatening his caucus)

    01/03/2013 1:36:50 PM PST · by Timber Rattler · 86 replies
    Human Events ^ | January 3, 2013 | Audrey Hudson
    House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) was reelected on a 220 to 192 vote by his colleagues Thursday despite last minute grumblings that opposition from within his own party would derail the embattled politician as retribution for his leadership on controversial issues including the recent fiscal cliff deal. (snip) Boehner ran unopposed within his own party, contrary to speculation that House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) might challenge him for the position. Just prior to the vote, Cantor told CNN that Boehner would “absolutely” be reelected. Cantor voted against the fiscal cliff deal, which raised taxes on a majority of Americans,...
  • Private Sector Added 215,000 Jobs Last Month, ADP Says

    01/03/2013 1:30:16 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 17 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | January 3, 2013
    A strong report on private-sector hiring in December overshadowed rising jobless claims last week, lifting some economists' expectations for the federal employment snapshot due out Friday. Private-sector jobs in the U.S. increased by 215,000 last month, according to a report Thursday by payroll processor Automatic Data Processing Inc. ADP +0.39% and forecasting firm Moody's Analytics.
  • Illinois Democrats Pull Plug on Gun /Ammo Bans

  • Illinois gun makers ponder weapons ban response

    01/03/2013 1:22:38 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 19 replies
    WANE.com ^ | Jan. 1, 2013 | Associated Press
    <p>CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois gun manufacturers are developing a strategy to address calls for a state assault weapons ban.</p> <p>The owner of Geneseo-based ArmaLite tells Lee Enterprises newspapers in Illinois (http://bit.ly/YFvFb7) that the gun makers are considering possible action.</p> <p>ArmaLite's Mark Westrom says there shouldn't be a rush to judgment following the shooting deaths of 20 children and six adults at a Connecticut elementary school. And he says the issue of semi-automatic weapons might better be addressed at the federal level than by Illinois lawmakers.</p>
  • FBI: More People Killed with Hammers, Clubs Each Year than Rifles

    01/03/2013 1:20:02 PM PST · by hiredhand · 37 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 3 Jan 2013, 6:13 AM PDT | AWR Hawkins
    According to the FBI annual crime statistics, the number of murders committed annually with hammers and clubs far outnumbers the number of murders committed with a rifle.
  • Best of Biden, swearing-in edition: ‘Spread your legs — you’re going to be frisked’

    01/03/2013 1:16:03 PM PST · by Nachum · 28 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 1/3/13 | Alexis Levinson Political Reporter
    WASHINGTON — Vice President Joe Biden was in rare form Thursday morning as he held a mock swearing-in session for the senators of the 113th Congress. In case you missed this hour of must-see TV, we’ve recapped Biden’s best comments. 1) “Spread your legs — your going to be frisked,” Biden said to North Dakota newest senator, Democratic Heidi Heitkamp, and her family, after the photographer suggested they “drop your hands to the side.” “You say that to somebody from North Dakota, they think it’s a frisk,” Biden told the photographer.
  • SAS Joins National Coalition Against Gun Ban

    01/03/2013 1:15:19 PM PST · by 2nd amendment mama · 18 replies
    Second Amendment Sisters ^ | 1/3/2013 | Second Amendment Sisters
    SAS has joined with 27 other pro-2A groups in order to present a unified message to the US Congress that we will not compromise when it comes to our Second Amendment Rights! The National Coalition to Stop the Gun Ban has sent the document below to Congress and we ask that you contact your legislators and do the same. Let them know that you are NOT WILLING to compromise away your Second Amendment Rights. Click on the image to open a pdf document that you can save and print out. We encourage you to give copies to your friends and...
  • 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...