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  • 'Thirty-five hostages killed in Algerian helicopter attack on BP gas plant siege': Two Brits feared

    01/17/2013 9:18:16 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 33 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | Thursday, Jan 17 2013 3PM | Simon Tomlinson and Nabila Ramdani And Peter Allen
    'Thirty-five hostages killed in Algerian helicopter attack on BP gas plant siege': Two Brits feared dead, but some captives including Americans and Irish have escaped Helicopters 'began strafing' complex, also killing 15 militants, claim rebelsMilitants had earlier threatened to blow up the hostages if they intervened Al-Qaeda group also demand safe passage out of facility with the hostagesTwo British nationals and Algerian are believed to have been killed in siegeBritain will allow Algeria to 'take the lead', but will consider request for helpPM Cameron: 'Extent of attack suggests considerable degree of planning'Attack was planned by 'one-eyed Islamist known as...
  • What's Happening in Williamsburg: The GOP "Retreats"

    01/17/2013 9:16:38 AM PST · by Bratch · 12 replies ^ | January 16, 2013 | Hugh Hewitt
    The welcoming remarks of an unidentified member of the senior GOP House leadership to the assembled Republican conference gathering for a "retreat" in Williamsburg have leaked: Welcome to Williamsburg, Members of the House Republican Conference. We hope you enjoy your retreat. Perhaps we should begin with that age old tradition: Look to your left. Now look to your right. Either you or one of those two people won’t be here in two years. Perhaps two of the three will be gone. If you are sitting in the wrong row, all three of you could be looking for work with the...
  • The Office of Congressional Ethics survives to judge another Congress

    01/17/2013 9:13:22 AM PST · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Hot ^ | January 17, 2013 | MARY KATHERINE HAM
    We could have a debate about which matters least, I suppose— the signature threshold on the “We the People” petitions or the survival of the Office of Congressional Ethics. Oh, I kid. The Office of Congressional Ethics, despite its creation at the hands of Rep. Nancy Pelosi and the oxymoronic ring to its name, is not without merit. It’s independent of the actual Congress, it ticks off entrenched Republicans and Democrats alike, and has been unfairly accused of racism for holding members accountable regardless of skin color— all signals it can and has unearthed real issues. In December, the board...
  • Rush Limbaugh Show,M-F,12NOONPM-3PM,EST,WABC AM,January 17,2013

    01/17/2013 9:04:03 AM PST · by Biggirl · 61 replies
    The EIB Network ^ | January 16,2013 | Rush Limbaugh
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  • Sen. Rand Paul: Build Iron Dome Over White House, Capitol, Key Cities

    01/17/2013 8:59:46 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 37 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Thursday, 17 Jan 2013 10:18 AM | Bill Hoffmann
    Sen. Rand Paul says The White House, Capitol buildings, and key U.S. cities should build their own versions of Israel's Iron Dome to defend them from missile attacks, BuzzFeed reports. “I saw presentations of the Iron Dome and it was very impressive … [I am] absolutely in favor of it,” Paul told reporters in a conference call after touring Israel and Jordan. …
  • Obama, Clinton Silent on Hostage Crisis

    01/17/2013 8:59:06 AM PST · by yoe · 18 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | January 17, 2013 | Daniel harper
    At least two American hostages are being held hostage at a gas plant in Algeria, but there's been no word on unfolding the situation from either President Barack Obama or Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. In fact, the only official word to come from the Obama administration is confirmation from the State Department that indeed Americans are being held hostage there. "[W]e condemn in strongest terms the terrorist attack on British Petroleum personnel and facilities at In Amenas, Algeria earlier today. We are obviously closely monitoring the situation. We’re in contact with Algerian authorities and our diplomatic counterparts in Algiers,...
  • Electronic pulltabs for new Vikings stadium still are not taking off

    01/17/2013 8:59:00 AM PST · by Colonel_Flagg · 30 replies
    Minneapolis Star Tribune ^ | January 16, 2013 | Jean Hopfensberger
    The electronic pulltab sales slated to help fund the Vikings stadium are nowhere near their projected target, even after the state lowered that target last month, a House committee learned Wednesday. (snip) The sale of electronic pulltabs, run by Minnesota charities, was supposed to generate $348 million in taxes to underwrite the state's share of the cost of a new Vikings stadium. But the electronic pulltab games, introduced in September, have pulled in just $4.2 million in gross receipts -- and $635,000 in net receipts after prizes were paid.
  • Te'o Hoax = 120 mil Google refs (how about Te'o death certificate vs Obama birth certificate?)

    01/17/2013 8:57:05 AM PST · by doug from upland · 24 replies
    google (dfu comments) ^ | 1-2013 | google; dfu comments
    GOOGLE SEARCH: "Te'o Hoax" results in 120,000,000 references. GOOGLE SEARCH: "Obama fake birth certificate" results in 1,750,000 references Notre Dame star linebacker Manti Te'o's fake girlfriend story is trending around the world. It is a firestorm. We do not know exactly where this is going, but one of my first observations is marveling at the reporter feeding frenzy - both sports and regular news journalists. From what I understand, this is a good kid, from a good family, who is an Eagle Scout. He may have been really immature in relationships with the opposite sex, let a story get out...
  • People do not need assault weapons: defense secretary

    01/17/2013 8:55:16 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 100 replies
    Reuters ^ | Thu Jan 17, 2013 9:12am EST | David Alexander
    Defense Secretary Leon Panetta joined the gun control debate on Thursday when he told troops at a military base in Italy that only soldiers needed armor-piercing bullets or assault weapons. Asked by a soldier what President Barack Obama would do to protect school children from gun violence without infringing Americans’ right to own guns, Panetta said action was needed after the attack on a Connecticut school in December in which a gunman killed 20 children and six adults. He told members of the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team at Vicenza (Italy) that there were areas where steps could be taken....
  • Tinkering With CPI Won't Erase Social Security's Insolvency

    01/17/2013 8:52:39 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    Real Clear Markets ^ | 01/17/2013 | Victor Nava
    2031 is likely the next 2012. No, the Mayan calendar hasn't been reinterpreted -- but the Social Security Administration's statistical projections have, and it's not looking good. A new study by professors Gary King of Harvard University and Samir Soneji of Dartmouth College finds that the Social Security Administration's (SSA) $2.7 trillion trust fund that is supposed to fund the retirement of baby boomers, will be exhausted in 2031 -- two years earlier than the SSA's original projection. Indeed, 2010 was the first time in more than 25 years that Social Security ran a deficit; spending $49 billion more in...
  • Texas A Model State For Dynamic Job And Economic Growth

    01/17/2013 8:49:46 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    IBD ^ | 01/17/2013 | WENDELL COX
    The American economy has had little to cheer about since the 2008 financial meltdown and the resulting recession. Recovery has been feeble, and many states continue to struggle. One bright spot in the general gloom, however, is Texas, which began shining long before 2008. Not only has Texas created jobs at a stunning rate; it has also — pace critics such as the New York Times' Paul Krugman — created lots of good jobs. Indeed, the rest of the nation could turn to the Lone Star State as a model for dynamic growth. Texan job creation has far outpaced the...
  • Marco Rubio: Obama Isn't a Believer in the Second Amendment

    01/17/2013 8:39:31 AM PST · by Kaslin · 50 replies ^ | January 17, 2013 | Katie Pavlich
    Appearing on The O'Reilly Factor last night, Florida Senator Marco Rubio said President Obama "doesn't have the guts" to admit that he doesn't believe in the Second Amendment and that his new push for gun control is something he's been wanting to do for his entire political career. “I actually believe the president doesn’t have the guts to admit he doesn’t believe in the Second Amendment although he states that he is. The Second Amendment is in the Constitution. I didn’t write the Constitution, neither did you, neither did he. If he doesn’t want the Second Amendment to be in...
  • Greater Media CEO: WTKK's ratings plunge prompted him to drop talk format

    01/17/2013 8:36:59 AM PST · by raccoonradio · 30 replies
    Boston Business Journal ^ | 1/17/13 | John Chesto
    As CEO of Braintree-based Greater Media, Peter Smyth is always reluctant to change a radio station’s format. It can be upsetting to fans, frustrating to workers and expensive to pull off. But it was hard to argue with the numbers. Smyth tells me the that plunge in ratings for WTKK over recent years prompted him to start seriously considering dropping the station’s talk format as long ago as last spring. Those discussions eventually led to the Braintree company’s decision to switch from talk to a rhythmic adult contemporary music format earlier this month, branding it as Hot 96.9. “We couldn’t...
  • Upcoming Pipeline Capacity Additions ...Continued Growth in Crude Oil... from Midwest to Gulf Coast

    01/17/2013 8:36:23 AM PST · by thackney · 2 replies
    Energy Information Administration ^ | January 16, 2013 | Energy Information Administration
    Full Title: Upcoming Pipeline Capacity Additions Will Facilitate Continued Growth in Crude Oil Shipments from Midwest to Gulf Coast This Week in Petroleum Continuing growth in U.S. crude oil production is causing significant changes in the way crude oil moves within the United States. The Midwest (PADD 2) has been one of the major sources of this production growth, especially from the Bakken formation in North Dakota. Pipeline flows from PADD 2 to PADD 3 will increase over the next two years as several major pipeline projects, starting with the Seaway Pipeline's current capacity expansion, are completed. As PADD 2...
  • Michael Barone: Ivory-tower Obama can't abide views he doesn't share

    01/17/2013 8:36:05 AM PST · by greyfoxx39 · 11 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | January 14, 2013 | Michael Barone
    To judge from his surly demeanor and defiant words at his press conference Monday, Barack Obama begins his second term with a strategy to defeat and humiliate Republicans rather than a strategy to govern.-SNIP-The push for gun control is more a symbolic gesture than a serious attempt at governing.Something better can be said about Obama's call for immigration law changes. The need for some change is clear.That was also true in Obama's first two years, when he did nothing to advance legislation on the subject when Democrats had a solid majorities in Congress.The question is whether Obama wants legislation or...
  • MRCOLIONNOIR: President Obamas Executive Order Signing Speech

    01/17/2013 8:35:39 AM PST · by real saxophonist · 2 replies
    YouTube ^ | 16 Jan 2013 | MrColionNoir
  • US jobless aid applications fall to 5-year low

    01/17/2013 8:33:31 AM PST · by traumer · 9 replies
    <p>WASHINGTON (AP) -- The number of Americans seeking unemployment aid plummeted to a five-year low last week, a hopeful sign the job market may be improving. But much of the decline reflects seasonal volatility in the data.</p> <p>Weekly unemployment benefit applications fell 37,000 to a seasonally adjusted 335,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. That's the lowest level since January 2008, just after the recession began. The four-week average, a less volatile measure, fell to 359,250.</p>
  • Obama names 8 citizens to highlight his successes (All hail to King Narcissistic!)

    01/17/2013 8:32:51 AM PST · by AngelesCrestHighway · 12 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 01/17/13 | NEDRA PICKLER
    President Barack Obama is featuring eight Americans as "citizen co-chairs" of his inauguration, a new role created to highlight his first-term accomplishments with examples of lives that have either been improved by his actions or inspired his presidency. Inaugural planners say the honorees include a woman with a brain tumor who no longer is denied health care for a pre-existing condition; an autoworker who got her job back after the General Motors bailout; and a gay pilot-in-training kicked out of the Air Force before the president repealed the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy. Inauguration officials said Wednesday that the...
  • The Best and Worst Run Cities in America

    01/17/2013 8:31:48 AM PST · by Jeff Chandler · 13 replies
    247 Wall St. ^ | January 5, 2012 at 6:15 am
    9. Chandler, Ariz. > Violent crime per 1,000 people: 2.86 (14th lowest) > Poverty rate: 8.2% (6th lowest) > Adult population graduated from high school: 91.5% (13th highest) > Credit rating: Aaa (stable outlook) > Population: 236,775 Chandler is one of the newest large cities in the U.S. The city was incorporated in 1951, but the population did not truly expand until very recently. In 1980, Chandler, which is located within the greater Phoenix metropolitan area, had a population of 30,000. Now, it has a population of 247,000. There are countless examples of cities that experienced this level of growth,...

    01/17/2013 8:29:47 AM PST · by McGruff · 27 replies
    Drudge Report ^ | 01/17/98 | Matt Drudge
    BLOCKBUSTER REPORT: 23-YEAR OLD, FORMER WHITE HOUSE INTERN, SEX RELATIONSHIP WITH PRESIDENT **World Exclusive** **Must Credit the DRUDGE REPORT** At the last minute, at 6 p.m. on Saturday evening, NEWSWEEK magazine killed a story that was destined to shake official Washington to its foundation: A White House intern carried on a sexual affair with the President of the United States! The DRUDGE REPORT has learned that reporter Michael Isikoff developed the story of his career, only to have it spiked by top NEWSWEEK suits hours before publication. A young woman, 23, sexually involved with the love of her life, the...