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  • Nixon at 100: A model for GOP?

    01/09/2013 8:07:32 AM PST · by Perdogg · 30 replies
    Wednesday is the 100th anniversary of Richard Nixon's birth. He remains a controversial figure, and not just on the political left. Last year, I was covering the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington when I came across a stall selling old political pins. Unable to resist, I bought one with a picture of Tricky Dick giving his best crocodile smile beneath the classic slogan "Nixon's The One!"
  • U.S. Dividends Shatter Records

    01/09/2013 8:06:54 AM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies ^ | January 9, 2013 | Charles Payne
    Prompted by the desire to avoid higher taxes on dividends as part of President Obama's desired tax hikes on investment income in 2013, a record number of U.S. companies acted to pay out record levels of dividends in the final quarter of 2012 [Excel spreadsheet] . Here is the basic rundown from Standard and Poor's Dividend Action Report [Excel spreadsheet]: 4,002 U.S. companies made announcements regarding their dividend policies in December 2012, a new record. The previous record was 3,716 declarations which was set in December 2011. 483 of these companies announced they would pay an extra, or special, dividend...
  • Kim Jong-un sends out candy to kids on [his] birthday

    01/09/2013 8:06:54 AM PST · by Daffynition · 9 replies ^ | January 9, 2013 | staff reporter
    DPRK leader, Kim Jong-un, has treated the country's children to special candies on the occasion of his birthday. The DPRK Central Broadcasting Station reported that an aircraft had been sent around the country to help deliver the candy to all DPRK school children aged 10 and under, in time for his January 8th birthday.
  • Christie Crushes Lauer's Gotchas

    01/09/2013 8:04:34 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 26 replies
    FOX ^ | Jan. 9, 2013
    <p>New Jersey Governor Chris Christie held his own this morning against a barrage of gotcha questions from NBC's Matt Lauer mostly trying to get him to rip fellow Republicans and support a federal ban on assault weapons.</p> <p>When asked if he was "happy" with direction of the Republican Party due to his recent criticisms of House Republicans, Christie pointed out that his strong reaction was because Hurricane Sandy is "above politics."</p>
  • Chavez' Term Ends Today/Will Not Take New Oath, Violates Constitution: DOES U.S. RECOGNIZE CHAVEZ?

    01/09/2013 7:58:30 AM PST · by AmericanInTokyo · 13 replies
    Dictator Hugo Chavez and friend of Sean Penn and Oliver Stone was mandated to take a sworn presidential oath before the National Assembly in Caracas, Venezuela this morning due to the specifics of their Constitution and that he won the Oct. election (unfortunately) for another six-year term starting today. However Hugo "smells of sulphur", it is reported, and is out of the country and deathly ill in Havana, Cuba of apparently malignant cancer, so he is not exercising his duties in addition to being absent from the country in the first place. There are succession plans in place in Venezuelan...
  • New York Ferry Crash: Up To 50 Injured

    01/09/2013 7:50:33 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 49 replies
    New York Ferry Crash: Up To 50 Injured 3:30pm UK, Wednesday 09 January 2013 A commuter ferry has crashed into the dockside in Lower Manhattan in New York, injuring between 30 and 50 people. The Sea Streak Ferry, which provides daily services from Atlantic Highlands in New Jersey struck Pier 11 in the East River not far from Wall Street at about 8.45am ET (1.45pm GMT). Officials say at least one of the passengers was in a critical condition with head injuries. The vessel apparently had a hard landing as it was trying to dock. "There was a jolt when...
  • Slow Outlook for 2013

    01/09/2013 7:45:42 AM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies ^ | January 9, 2013 | Charles Payne
    Once again the market begins the session under a cloud of doubt but not necessarily panic. Of course yesterday the same scenario saw an indifferent start morph into the wheels coming off early. But the market wasn't afraid, more so frustrated. There is also a dollop of angst always associated with earnings season. What makes this earning season even more compelling is the idea 2013 could actually see slower growth than last year and what that means for stocks. On the other hand Europe will not be worse and the rest of the world is regaining momentum. This continues to...
  • Jack Lew may succeed Timothy Geithner as treasury secretary, sources say

    01/09/2013 7:38:33 AM PST · by Perdogg · 36 replies
    President Barack Obama may choose White House Chief of Staff Jack Lew to replace Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner as soon as this week, according to two people familiar with the matter.
  • 18 dead of flu in Massachusetts

    01/09/2013 7:38:01 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 29 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | January 9, 2013 | Christine McConville
    The Massachusetts Department of Public Health is reporting that 18 Bay Staters have died from the flu so far this season. At least four of these people were from Boston, the Boston Public Health Commission’s Nick Martin told the Herald. “We’re seeing a significant increase in sickness and severity,” Martin said.
  • Petition to outlaw guns around pResident needs 8,571 more signatures

    01/09/2013 7:36:39 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 4 replies
    The Piers Morgan deporation petition is going to be addressed because it passed the threshold of 25,000 votes. There are 13 more days to get the required number of signatures on the petition to establish a gun-free zone around the pResident and send the Secret Service home is in the final stretch. This petition illustrates the insanity of gun-free zones, and the hypocrisy of a politicians surrounding themselves with armed guards while insisting that our children be soft targets. We have to fight the gun-grabbers on every front or they are going to win. This is just another front.
  • Ben Shapiro on Hannity: “We’ve Reached the End of Bipartisanship.We’ve Reached the End of Civility”

    01/09/2013 7:36:13 AM PST · by Nachum · 28 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 1/9/13 | Jim Hoft
    Ben Shapiro was on with Sean Hannity last night to discuss his new book “Bullies: How the Left’s Culture of Fear and Intimidation Silences America” and to list the top five progressive bullies in America today. As a final question, Hannity asked Ben how do conservatives counter the progressive bullies today. Ben answered, “We can’t be civil with them. We can’t. We’ve reached the end of bipartisanship. We’ve reached the end of civility. It’s like the Geneva Conventions. These people are out of uniform. Once they exit the realm of civility they are now fair game. And it’s enough playing...
  • Gun Grabbing Legislation Sweeps Nation

    01/09/2013 7:28:54 AM PST · by Nachum · 58 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 1/9/13 | Ben Shapiro
    Remember when the left pretended they liked the Second Amendment? That’s passé. Today, Democrats around the country are preparing for a big gun grab, the likes of which the Republic has never before seen. In New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who has actually publicly pitched all-out gun confiscation (or alternatively, forced gun buybacks), is now preparing grandiose new legislation designed to strip New Yorkers of “assault weapons,” as well as restrict the size of magazines. In the only provision actually designed to reduce crime, Cuomo will also propose harsher penalties for using a gun in the commission of a crime....
  • Georgia Gun Sales And Permit Applications Soar Post-Newtown

    01/09/2013 7:24:03 AM PST · by Biggirl · 6 replies ^ | January 9,2013 | Katie Leslie
    Gun sales and permit requests have surged across metro Atlanta since the Connecticut school massacre last month, a trend many say will continue as Congress considers tougher gun control measures.
  • A weighty problem: The official kilo is getting heavier

    01/09/2013 7:21:44 AM PST · by null and void · 13 replies
    The Globe and Mail ^ | Jan. 08 2013, 11:41 AM EST | Oliver Moore
    In a vault in suburban Paris sits the official kilo, the 124-year-old standard from which numerous other measurements are derived. Even in the carefully controlled and protected environment, contamination has built up on the surface of the object. The increase in mass is tiny but the effect on science is real. Unfortunately, the layman’s solution of simply washing the cylindrical item isn’t so easily done. So a pair of United Kingdom scientists has come up with an elaborate 30-hour procedure, a combination of rinsing, ultraviolet light and heating that promises to return the kilo to its true mass. Around the...
  • Clinton Publicly Linked Benghazi to Video Before Woods and Doherty Killed

    01/09/2013 7:12:06 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    Townhall ^ | 01/09/2013 | Terry Jeffrey
    <p>On the night of Sept. 11, 2012 -- before former Navy SEALs Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty were killed by a terrorist mortar strike -- Secretary of State Hillary Clinton released a public statement linking the attack against the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, with an anti-Muslim video, which she referred to as "inflammatory material posted on the Internet."</p>
  • Barack the Unmerciful: Obama's Amazingly Stingy Clemency Record

    01/09/2013 7:08:07 AM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies ^ | January 9, 2013 | Jacob Sullum
    Will Barack Obama go down in history as our least merciful president? With less than two weeks to go in his first term, this reputedly progressive and enlightened man has a strong shot at winning that dubious distinction. December, a traditional season for presidential clemency, has come and gone, and still Obama has granted just one commutation (which shortens a prisoner's sentence) and 22 pardons (which clear people's records, typically after they've completed their sentences). Barring a last-minute flurry of clemency actions, his first-term record looks weaker than those of all but a few previous presidents. Which of Obama's predecessors...
  • CIA Nominee John Brennan Has Touted Hezbollah’s “Moderate Elements”

    01/09/2013 7:00:30 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | January 9, 2013 | Patrick Goodenough
    CIA director-designate John Brennan’s stated views on the Lebanese terrorist group Hezbollah at times has appeared to be out of step with others in the Obama administration, which he has served as White House counterterrorism adviser since 2009. Even before President Obama’s election, Brennan—who was Obama’s chief intelligence adviser during the 2008 presidential campaign—was promoting a shift in the U.S. approach to Hezbollah. The Iranian- and Syrian-sponsored Shi’ite group, which also participates in Lebanese parliamentary politics, is blamed for attacks included a series of suicide bombings in Beirut in 1983 which killed more than 300 people, including 241 U.S. servicemen...
  • EIA forecasts loose global oil market through 2014

    01/09/2013 6:56:36 AM PST · by thackney · 2 replies
    Oil & Gas Journal ^ | 01/08/2013 | Conglin Xu
    In its latest Short-Term Energy Outlook, issued Jan. 8, the US Energy Information Administration forecasts a fairly loose oil market in the next 2 years, as higher global consumption will be more than offset by increasing global supply. Also, this STEO is the first to include monthly forecasts for 2014, EIA reported. Worldwide oil supply is expected to increase by 1 million b/d in 2013 and by 1.7 million b/d in 2014 with most of the growth coming from producers outside the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, EIA reported. EIA also forecasts that non-OPEC production will rise by 1.4 million...
  • ESPN Opts Not to Renew Rob Parker's Contract After RGIII Comments

    01/09/2013 6:56:14 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 12 replies
    Bleacher Report ^ | 1/8/13 | TIM KEENEY
    Less than a month after suspending Rob Parker for 30 days, ESPN announced on Tuesday that it was not going to renew the controversial analyst's contract.
  • The Muddle Class

    01/09/2013 6:54:41 AM PST · by Rummyfan · 1 replies
    WSJ - BOTW ^ | 8 Jan 2013 | James Taranto
    Elizabeth Warren turns out to be a special pleader for her own industry... Warren’s example illustrates as well as ours the point about the trouble with defining “middle class” in terms of annual income. But the combination of her two examples illustrates something about her, too. What did Warren do before her recent foray into politics? She was a professor at Harvard. What policy does she suggest to “strengthen America’s middle class”? Pouring more federal money into subsidizing the already heavily subsidized industry where she spent her career. What is her archetypal example of a middle-class American? Someone who both...