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  • Kerry Calls for ‘Economic Patriotism’ for Better Standing in World

    01/24/2013 11:47:53 AM PST · by ColdOne · 18 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | 1/24/13 | Fred Lucas
    “More than ever, foreign policy is economic policy,” Kerry continued. “The world is competing for resources and global markets. Every day that goes by where America is uncertain about engaging in that arena or unwilling to put our best foot forward and win, unwilling to demonstrate our resolve to lead, is a day in which we weaken our nation itself. Kerry did not explain “economic patriotism,” but it was frequently a term used in the 2012 campaign by both President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden as a means for raising taxes.
  • Feinstein Goes For Broke With New Gun-Ban Bill To Disarm America

    01/24/2013 11:45:11 AM PST · by EXCH54FE · 25 replies
    Ammoland ^ | Jan 24, 2013 | Ammoland staff
    •Requires owners of existing “assault weapons” to register them with the federal government under the National Firearms Act (NFA). The NFA imposes a $200 tax per firearm, and requires an owner to submit photographs and fingerprints to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE), to inform the BATFE of the address where the firearm will be kept, and to obtain the BATFE’s permission to transport the firearm across state lines. •Prohibits the transfer of “assault weapons.” Owners of other firearms, including those covered by the NFA, are permitted to sell them or pass them to heirs. However, under...
  • Immigration fallout from saying no to 'Obamacare' (Brewer opts in for Medicaid expansion in Arizona)

    01/24/2013 11:25:07 AM PST · by Wolfie · 7 replies
    AP ^ | Jan. 23, 2013
    Immigration fallout from saying no to 'Obamacare' WASHINGTON (AP) — Governors who reject health insurance for the poor under the federal health care overhaul could wind up in a politically awkward position on immigration: A quirk in the law means some U.S. citizens would be forced to go without coverage, while legal immigrants residing in the same state could still get it. It's an unintended consequence of how last year's Supreme Court decision changed the Medicaid provisions of President Barack Obama's health care law. The overhaul expanded the federal-state program for low-income and disabled people. The Supreme Court made the...
  • Up to 233 billion barrels of oil discovered in southern Australia

    01/24/2013 11:24:52 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 30 replies
    Watts Up With That? ^ | January 24, 2013 | Anthony Watts
    From the Telegraph:The discovery in central Australia was reported by Linc Energy to the stock exchange and was based on two consultants reports, though it is not yet known how commercially viable it will be to access the oil. The reports estimated the company’s 16 million acres of land in the Arckaringa Basin in South Australia contain between 133 billion and 233 billion barrels of shale oil trapped in the region’s rocks. The find was likened to the Bakken and Eagle Ford shale oil projects in the US, which have resulted in massive outflows and have led to predictions that...
  • Bill proposed in Oregon would make cigarettes prescription-only drugs

    01/24/2013 11:19:29 AM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 63 replies
    KPTV ^ | 01/23/2013 | FOX 12 Webstaff
    SALEM, OR (KPTV) - If you're a regular smoker, you may want to keep an eye on a new bill in the Oregon Legislature. Rep. Mitch Greenlick, from Portland, is sponsoring a bill that makes cigarettes a Schedule III controlled substance, meaning it would be illegal to possess or distribute cigarettes without a doctor's prescription. Under the proposal, offenders would face maximum punishments of one year in prison, a $6,250 fine or both. Other drugs and substances that are considered Schedule III controlled substances are ketamine, lysergic acid and anabolic steroids. "The State Board of Pharmacy may adopt rules placing...
  • Details of assault weapons ban bill

    01/24/2013 11:15:53 AM PST · by MacNaughton · 77 replies
    Jamie Dupree's Washington Insider ^ | 1/24/2013 | Jamie Dupree
    Assault Weapons Ban of 2013 The legislation bans the sale, transfer, manufacturing and importation of: 1. All semiautomatic rifles that can accept a detachable magazine and have at least one military feature: pistol grip; forward grip; folding, telescoping, or detachable stock; grenade launcher or rocket launcher; barrel shroud; or threaded barrel. 2. All semiautomatic pistols that can accept a detachable magazine and have at least one military feature: threaded barrel; second pistol grip; barrel shroud; capacity to accept a detachable magazine at some location outside of the pistol grip; or semiautomatic version of an automatic firearm. 3. All semiautomatic rifles...
  • How Green Was My Bankruptcy? U. S. Army Edition.

    01/24/2013 11:09:07 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 10 replies
    Watts Up With That? ^ | January 24, 2013 | David Middleton
    Guest Post by David MiddletonGreat News! Siemens will generate an 18% return on a project that will have a negative return on investment (-9%)… All at the taxpayers’ expense!At first glance, this looked too good to be true… White Sands breaks ground on Army’s largest solar arrayApril 26, 2012By Ms Miriam U Rodriguez (ATEC)White Sands Missile Range leaders came out to break ground and to commemorate the start of a renewable energy project at the site of the new Solar Photo Voltaic Array Project, the Army’s largest solar array, April 19 on WSMR.A 42-acre tract of land located about...
  • Texas Women Sue X-Rated Revenge Website

    01/24/2013 11:06:04 AM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 71 replies
    CBS local ^ | 01/23/2013 | J.D. Miles & Angela Martin
    FORT WORTH (CBS 11 NEWS) – Sexy pictures, taken for private purposes, are finding their way online. The website, described as a revenge porn site, is posting explicit photos submitted by men seeking revenge on their ex-girlfriends. But a group of Texas women may get the last laugh, after filing a lawsuit against the site. Hollie Toups, 32, says she “stopped breathing for awhile” when she found semi-nude pictures of herself on the site. Toups went from being a modest teacher’s aide in Beaumont to an unintended porn star, after an ex-boyfriend posted explicit photos along with personal information. “I...
  • 3 Incredibly Outrageous Evasions by Hillary Clinton About Benghazi

    01/24/2013 11:04:57 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    Reason ^ | 01/24/2013 | Nick Gillsepie
    During a long day of testifying before House and Senate panels, outgoing Secretary of State - and presumptive Democratic Party candidate for the presidency in 2016 - Hillary Clinton batted away contentious questions from Republicans like Ted Williams at a Little League game. She also soaked up extreme adulation from Democrats (including a a not-so-coded call to run for president by Sen. Barbara Boxer, who said, "You will be missed, but I for one hope for not too long").The scene reminded me of nothing so much as Oliver North's appearance before a joint Congressional committee investigating Iran-Contra back in the...
  • Spiegel’s stunning 8 part series – Climate Catastrophe: A Superstorm for Global Warming Research

    01/24/2013 10:59:54 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 5 replies
    Watts Up With That? ^ | January 23, 2013 | Anthony Watts
    If you have not read this yet, now is the time. Given what president Obama recently said about skeptics in his inauguration address, I thought this 2010 article would be worth revisiting. In Germany, there’s a revolution going on. That revolution is that they are backing away from the global warming issue, and taking on much more pragmatic outlook on it an many things “green”. For example, they are going big on coal power. Below is one excerpt from the series, describing the David and Goliath story of Steve McIntyre. Links to all eight articles of the series follow. I...
  • Balanced budget in 10 years: “Mission Impossible”? (That’s the plan announced by Boehner this week)

    01/24/2013 10:59:32 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/24/2013 | Ed Morrissey
    That's the plan announced by John Boehner this week, as House Republicans broke huddle and the RNC went into another. The previous House budget plans balanced the federal budget on a much longer time frame, at some point in the third decade out, and it triggered grumbling from the fiscal conservatives in the Tea Party movement, who want an end to escalating debt and looming disasters in unfunded entitlement liabilities. It's a tall order, and so far more aspirational than concrete: House Speaker John Boehner's promise on Wednesday to balance the federal budget "over the next 10 years" was aimed...
  • Janet Napolitano: Internet users need to practice good 'cyber-hygiene'

    01/24/2013 10:55:40 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 26 replies
    washington examiner ^ | January 24, 2013 | 10:52 am | Modified: January 24, 2013 at 11:00 am | Charlie Spiering
    Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano warned internet users at the Wilson Center this morning that cyberspace was becoming more dangerous as more and more Americans go online. “Every individual on the net is vulner – is a potential, uh, opening,” Napolitano stated, adding that the internet was a “great thing.” “We just want to make sure that everyone remains safe and free,” she continued. “So that requires everyone to take some responsibility, have good cyber-habits, make sure we use the phrase ‘Stop, think, connect.’”
  • Salon: Yeah, abortion takes a human life. So what?

    01/24/2013 10:55:31 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/24/2013 | MARY KATHARINE HAM
    I had an odd moment today reading this Salon piece because within it is a paragraph or two I could have written and probably have said a dozen times: I have friends who have referred to their abortions in terms of “scraping out a bunch of cells” and then a few years later were exultant over the pregnancies that they unhesitatingly described in terms of “the baby” and “this kid.” I know women who have been relieved at their abortions and grieved over their miscarriages. Why can’t we agree that how they felt about their pregnancies was vastly different, but...
  • FORMER GOLDMAN BANKER: I Miss The Great Recession Already

    01/24/2013 10:54:52 AM PST · by blam · 5 replies
    TBI ^ | 1-24-2013 | Michael, Bankers Anonymous
    FORMER GOLDMAN BANKER: I Miss The Great Recession Already Michael, Bankers AnonymousJanuary 24, 2013 I’m just going to come out and say it, ok? I miss the Great Recession already. I miss it for two reasons: first as an investor and second as a human. The Investment Side of the Great Recession As an investor, the Great Recession represented the good times, now past.[1] Recessions – or at least their financial unfolding via changes in asset prices – cause not only wealth destruction, but also wealth creation. For investors[2] in particular, a recession is often necessary in order to deploy...
  • In malpractice case, Catholic hospital argues fetuses aren’t people

    01/24/2013 10:53:50 AM PST · by LonelyCon · 27 replies
    Colorado Independent ^ | John Tomasic
    Lori Stodghill was 31-years old, seven-months pregnant with twin boys and feeling sick when she arrived at St. Thomas More hospital in Cańon City on New Year’s Day 2006. She was vomiting and short of breath and she passed out as she was being wheeled into an examination room. Medical staff tried to resuscitate her but, as became clear only later, a main artery feeding her lungs was clogged and the clog led to a massive heart attack. Stodghill’s obstetrician, Dr. Pelham Staples, who also happened to be the obstetrician on call for emergencies that night, never answered a page....
  • Joe Manchin backpedals on gun control after constitutents confront him

    01/24/2013 10:51:29 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/24/2013 | Ed Morrissey
    Remember the summer of 2009? Members of Congress came home to hold town-hall meetings as usual in August, part of their annual listening-tour strategy to keep incumbents in favor back in home states and districts. When voters started showing up in droves to berate these Senators and Representatives over ObamaCare, however, the town-hall meetings started getting canceled, and those that did continue made for great moments on YouTube --- especially the declaration from former US Representative Baron Hill (D-IN), who declared that no one could tape the meeting because he didn't want it to end up on YouTube [update: video...
  • McConnell, Reid agree on rules reform package (filibusters 'mostly' intact)

    01/24/2013 10:46:56 AM PST · by Sir Napsalot · 11 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 1-24-2013 | Ed Morrissey
    Get ready for plenty of liberal howling over this outcome, because Harry Reid made the mistake of overpromising and underdelivering. Reid’s vow to use the nuclear option to get rid of the filibuster turned into only a limitation on how many filibusters the minority can stage on one issue. The filibuster otherwise lives — even for judicial appointments, although somewhat restricted: ..... Yes, but the filibuster still applies, and the post-cloture debate was moot anyway. The only really significant changes to the filibuster itself is that it can no longer be applied to a motion to proceed, but only to...
  • Bipartisan senators to Obama: Come on with the Keystone pipeline already

    01/24/2013 10:42:06 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 7 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 11:31 am on January 24, 2013 | Erika Johnsen
    Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman signed off on TransCanada’s revised route through his state earlier this week, effectively clearing what the Obama administration has cited as a major hurdle to green-lighting the entire Keystone XL pipeline. Having already been through years of multiple State Department reviews, and with the southern portion of the project already under construction, it appears that bipartisan members Congress in fact can agree on at least one thing: The administration’s level of well-orchestrated stalling on this thing is starting to get downright ridiculous. A letter signed by 53 senators said Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman’s approval of a...
  • Republicans threaten ‘formal action’ over EPA head’s ‘Richard Windsor’ emails

    01/24/2013 10:40:24 AM PST · by jazusamo · 10 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 24, 2013 | Ben Geman
    House Republicans are threatening “formal action” against the Environmental Protection Agency unless the agency hands over records about Administrator Lisa Jackson’s use of a secondary government email account. Republicans allege that Jackson’s use of an internal account under the alias “Richard Windsor” undercuts the agency’s transparency. Top Republicans on the Science, Space and Technology Committee sent the EPA a letter Thursday that says the agency has failed to comply properly with prior requests for records about use of “dual, secondary and non-public” email accounts by EPA officials. The letter suggests a subpoena could be in the offing if lawmakers don’t...
  • The purpose is to dry up the supply of these weapons over time

    01/24/2013 10:38:02 AM PST · by EXCH54FE · 49 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | Jan 24, 2013 | Washington Free Beacon Staff
    Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D., Calif.) laid out the conditions of her proposed assault weapons ban Thursday, saying it would prohibit 158 specifically named military-style firearms. “The purpose is to dry up the supply of these weapons over time,” Feinstein said. “Therefore, there is no sunset on this bill.” Feinstein said the bill prohibits the sale, transfer, manufacture and importation of assault weapons and large capacity ammunition feeding devices that can accept more than ten rounds, but said it would not affect hunting or sporting firearms. “Instead, the bill protects hunters and sportsmen by protecting 2,200 specifically-named weapons used for hunting...