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  • Girl 'leukemia free' after being treated with HIV

    01/26/2013 9:15:32 PM PST · by chessplayer · 12 replies
    Emma Brooke-Whitehead had undergone extended chemotherapy without success when doctors at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia decided to try the groundbreaking new treatment about eight months ago. "This treatment was really her only chance," pediatric oncologist Stephen Grupp told ABC News. The treatment works by using a disabled version of HIV to retrain a patient's disease-fighting white blood cells to kill cancer cells.
  • California lawmaker threatening Microsoft over … loss of Sacramento Kings?

    01/26/2013 9:03:12 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/26/2013 | Ed Morrissey
    Last weekend, Phil Mickelson threatened to move out of California over the onerous tax hikes imposed by Jerry Brown and the Democratic supermajority in Sacramento. Mickelson later apologized for his outburst, although I'm not sure why; he has just as much right to complain as anyone else. CNN Money later attempted to correct Mickelson, saying that his total tax rate was somewhere around 53%, not 62%, but I'm not sure that was much comfort, nor an effective rebuttal to Mickelson's point.As it turns out, Mickelson's not the only sports entity looking at a Golden Gate exit. Forbes noted that one...
  • FDA: Better food labeling could stem obesity

    01/26/2013 8:47:05 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 49 replies
    FOX News ^ | January 25, 2013 | Elizabeth Palermo (BusinessNewsDaily)
    Can improved labeling on food products help consumers make healthier choices? A new study by the Food and Drug Administration shows that it can. The FDA is in the process of updating the 20-year-old nutrition facts label that appears on all food and beverage products in the U.S. The organization’s researchers believe that improved labels may assist consumers in making healthier decisions about the food they buy. The FDA commissioned the study as part of the action plan for its Obesity Working Group. The researchers' goal was to determine whether modifying the key elements of the nutrition facts label might...
  • Police Continue Investigation Of School Shootings

    01/26/2013 8:44:56 PM PST · by Uncle Chip · 19 replies
    The Newtown Bee ^ | January 24, 2013 | Andrew Gorosko
    Police this week continued their investigation into the December 14 mass shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in seeking to document exactly what happened and learn the motive of the gunman who shot and killed 20 first-graders and six educators at the Dickinson Drive building. State police spokesman Lieutenant J. Paul Vance said that state police had a private meeting with members of the families of the deceased on January 15 to update them on the progress of the probe and to answer questions. Lt Vance declined to provide details on that 90-minute meeting. "We're doing our best to keep...
  • Phil Mickelson isn’t the only future former Californian

    01/26/2013 8:36:49 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | January 23, 2013 | Fmr. California State Assemblyman Chuck DeVore
    California voters approved a $50 billion tax hike in November, bestowing the highest marginal income tax rate in the nation on California taxpayers — 13.3 percent. Now professional golfer Phil Mickelson is thinking of leaving the state. He’s fortunate. He can practice his chosen profession in any region where snow doesn’t cover the ground for too long, and if he moves to Texas or Florida, his state income tax will drop to zero. Mickelson won’t be the first pro golfer to leave California. Tiger Woods, who used to live in my old Orange County legislative district, moved to Florida in...
  • Holy Cow! Tyranny at The Dairy

    01/26/2013 8:22:20 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 20 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | January 26, 2013 | Rhett Kelley
    This morning I watched yet another video of something that disturbs me greatly: the events leading up to the “legal” theft of several tons of cheese produced on a small family farm in Missouri. This, after the cheese had been embargoed for over 2 years and thus was no longer fit for consumption anyway. All of this was done in the name and at the expense of the taxpayers of Missouri, under the guise of “food safety.”
  • Ada County Sheriff Gary Raney: I uphold all of the Constitution, not just part of it

    01/26/2013 8:21:09 PM PST · by PotatoGun · 9 replies
    Idaho Statesman ^ | January 25, 2013 | Gary Raney
    As an elected official and a sheriff, I have the great honor to take an oath of office. Very few occupations include the special pride that comes with the trust inherent in an oath of office, but mine does. In that oath, I swore to uphold the Constitution and laws that we live under in this great nation. Those words were my promise that I would not use my own personal interests to decide what is right and wrong. I swore to work within our system of law and justice to fairly enforce what you, through your elected representatives in...
  • Attack On Family In Compton Latest Incident In Wave of Anti-Black Violence [Blacks Driven Out!]

    01/26/2013 7:57:56 PM PST · by Steelfish · 66 replies
    LATimes ^ | January 26, 2013 | Sam Quinones, Richard Winton and Joe Mozingo
    Attack On Family In Compton Latest Incident In Wave of Anti-Black Violence A Latino gang is intimidating blacks into leaving the city that was once an African American enclave. It's part of a violent trend seen in other parts of the L.A. area. The steeple of the Greater Holy Faith Baptist Church on 155th Street in Compton, a reminder of a time not long ago when African Americans predominated. By Sam Quinones, Richard Winton and Joe Mozingo January 25, 2013 The trouble began soon after they arrived. The black family—a mother, three teenage children and a 10-year-old boy—moved into a...
  • How Much Will Tar Sands Oil Add to Global Warming?

    01/26/2013 7:51:06 PM PST · by upchuck · 28 replies
    Yahoo/Scientific American ^ | Wednesday, January 23,2013 | David Biello
    [snip] In addition to a groundswell of opposition to the 2,700-kilometer-long Keystone pipeline, 17 of his [James Hansen] fellow climate scientists joined him in signing a letter urging Pres. Barack Obama to reject the project last week. Simply put, building the pipeline—and enabling more tar sands production—runs "counter to both national and planetary interests," the researchers wrote. "The year of review that you asked for on the project made it clear exactly how pressing the climate issue really is." Obama seemed to agree in his second inaugural address this week, noting "we will respond to the threat of climate change,...
  • French Forces Advance in Mali

    01/26/2013 7:42:16 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 10 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | January 26, 2013 | DREW HINSHAW
    KONNA, Mali—French special forces edged up to the largest city in Mali's north, entering the airport outside Gao and setting the stage for a battle for a city al Qaeda-backed militants have fortified since April. French and Malian troops on Saturday took control of the airport, as well as the bridge over the Niger River that leads into town, France's Defense Ministry said. A small number of the French forces, said one French spokesman, is leading an attempt to reclaim the 800-year-old city of 90,000, seized last year by al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb and the insurgency's local allies.
  • Of course: Feinstein’s assault weapons ban exempts government officials

    01/26/2013 7:27:36 PM PST · by chessplayer · 33 replies
    Hey, they’ve gotta have someone who can sell high-powered firearms to Mexican drug cartels, amirite? You’ve heard about the 158 weapons you’ll no longer be able to use. But what about the exemptions? "Not everyone will have to abide by Senator Dianne Feinstein’s gun control bill. If the proposed legislation becomes law, government officials and others will be exempt." “Mrs. Feinstein’s measure would exempt more than 2,200 types of hunting and sporting rifles; guns manually operated by bolt, pump, lever or slide action; and weapons used by government officials, law enforcement and retired law enforcement personnel,” the Washington Times reports.
  • Roadmap Back to Power

    01/26/2013 7:17:31 PM PST · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    The Washington Beacon ^ | January 26, 2013 | Andrew Evans
    Paul Ryan urges unity, prudence among conservative ranks at National Review conference Paul Ryan laid out his vision for the Republican Party’s next four years in a morning address to the National Review Institute Summit on the future of conservatism in America. Ryan argued that Republicans should lay out their plans with even more detail now that they are the entrenched opposition. Republicans will have to oppose “big government in practice” and not just in theory, he predicted. Obamacare is no longer just a 2,000 page bill, but 12,000 pages of regulations, he said to illustrate his point. “We will...
  • Melissa Harris-Perry Admits: U.S. Military 'Despised By Many Progressives'

    01/26/2013 7:15:45 PM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 21 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    It's hardly a secret. After all, in a letter to a senior officer, no less than a young Bill Clinton openly admitted that many of his cohort to "loath[ed] the military." Still, it's stunning to hear a modern-day liberal make a similar admission. On her MSNBC show today, Melissa Harris-Perry stated that the U.S. military is "despised as an engine of war by many progressives." View the video here.
  • Letter to Editor - Newtown Bee

    01/26/2013 7:11:30 PM PST · by dontreadthis · 48 replies
    To the Editor: This letter was forwarded to Barack Obama, John Boehner, Chris Murphy, Dick Blumenthal, Elizabeth Esty, and Harry Reid I live in Sandy Hook, CT. My family and close friends weren't harmed on December 14. That day impacted 26 families with an indescribable, staggering pain and anguish. For most of Sandy Hook, it merely affected us with an inescapable intensity of sadness and grief. Gun control has long been a focus of many in this country. Though I'm not knowledgeable of all the nuances of the Second Amendment, based on the Founding Fathers' circumstances, it had far more...
  • Championing the Poor

    01/26/2013 6:57:00 PM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | January 26, 2013 | Andrew Evans
    Sen. Ted Cruz says the GOP should focus on opportunity for lower classes Freshman Senator Ted Cruz challenged the Republican Party to return to championing growth and opportunity for the lower and working classes during a lunchtime address at the National Review Institute Conference Saturday afternoon. Speaking without a lectern or notes, Cruz moved easily around the stage as he presented his vision for the Republican Party’s future to the audience at the conference. “The policies of the Obama administration have fundamentally failed the communities struggling to climb the economic ladder,” Cruz said. Cruz contrasted the Republican vision of opportunity...
  • Boehner full of regret over 'fiscal-cliff' moves

    01/26/2013 6:52:47 PM PST · by RummyChick · 76 replies
    the hill ^ | 1/26 | berman
    Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) is sharing his regrets about his "fiscal-cliff" strategy, less than a month after the House bitterly swallowed a last-minute deal hatched in the Senate. In a private speech to the Ripon Society on Tuesday, Boehner said that he should have taken a different course after the November election by immediately demanding that the Senate produce a bill to avert the worst parts of a combination of tax increases and spending cuts that were due to hit on Jan. 1. Instead, Boehner delivered a formal speech at the Capitol on the day after President Obama won a...
  • IRAN OFFICIAL: ATTACK ON SYRIA IS ATTACK ON IRAN

    01/26/2013 6:48:42 PM PST · by Former Fetus · 27 replies
    AP ^ | 1/26/2013 | BASSEM MROUE AND ALI AKBAR DAREINI
    Issuing Tehran's strongest warning to date, a top Iranian official said Saturday that any attack on Syria would be deemed an attack on Iran, a sign that it will do all it can to protect embattled Syrian President Bashar Assad. Ali Akbar Velayati, an aide to Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, made his comments as Syrian troops conducted offensive air raids against rebels and discovered a trio of tunnels they were using to smuggle weapons in their fight to topple Assad. The world has been grappling over how to deal with Syria ever since an uprising against Assad's regime...
  • Obama Continues to Violate His Own ‘Stimulus’ Law by Not Releasing Quarterly Reports

    01/26/2013 6:42:17 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 8 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | Jan 26, 2013 | JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
    Have you heard much about President Obama’s $787,000,000,000 economic “stimulus” (now estimated to cost $831,000,000,000) lately?  In its last report, published in 2011, the president’s own Council of Economic Advisors released an estimate showing that, for every $317,000 in “stimulus” spending that had by then gone out the door, only one job had been created or saved.  Even in Washington, that’s not considered good bang for the buck. Moreover, that was the fifth consecutive “stimulus” report that showed this number getting progressively worse.Alas, that was the last report we’ve seen.  Never mind that Section 1513 of the “stimulus” legislation, which...
  • Pentagon laying off 46,000 employees

    01/26/2013 6:33:25 PM PST · by FreeAtlanta · 63 replies
    cnn ^ | January 25, 2013 | Barbara Starr,
    Washington (CNN) -- The Pentagon has begun laying off 46,000 contract and temporary civilian employees in an effort to cut back on military spending, the No. 2 Pentagon official said on Friday. Full time civilian employees, which number in the hundreds of thousands, also will be furloughed for one day a week for 22 weeks, Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter said in an interview with wire service reporters. His comments were confirmed by a Pentagon spokesman.
  • A gun show without guns? Essentially (Chicago)

    01/26/2013 6:28:04 PM PST · by dynachrome · 12 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 1-27-13 | Dahleen Glanton
    There was an 1854 Lefaucheux pinfire pistol carbine on display, as well as an 1876 .22-caliber derringer in a glass box. But neither was for sale. It wouldn't have mattered if they were. The gun enthusiasts who showed up in Rosemont on Friday for what was billed as the first-ever Chicagoland Gun Show didn't seem interested in gawking at antique pistols. Some wanted to buy high-powered rifles, semi-automatic handguns and high-capacity magazines. But there wasn't a single gun dealer at the show, only a Chicago collector who said he was there to show off his collection. "I've been to a...