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  • Durbin: Senate immigration plan will be comprehensive, include citizenship path

    01/27/2013 10:00:31 AM PST · by Qbert · 14 replies
    The Hill ^ | 01/27/13 | Jonathan Easley
    Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin (D) on Sunday revealed key details about a bipartisan immigration-reform plan, saying the legislation would be comprehensive and would include a pathway to citizenship. Durbin said the group of six senators was working on a comprehensive approach to the issue, as opposed to moving individual elements piecemeal and was optimistic they were close to their goal. “Sitting in these meetings with three Democrats and three Republicans, working on this immigration issue has been as encouraging as the rules vote on Thursday night,” Durbin said on “Fox News Sunday”, referencing a bipartisan agreement in the Senate last...
  • Holocaust remembrance

    01/27/2013 9:58:59 AM PST · by ColdOne · 3 replies
    politico ^ | 1/27/13 | POLITICO Staff
    The United States, along with the international community, resolves to stand in the way of any tyrant or dictator who commits crimes against humanity, and stay true to the principle of “Never Again.”
  • Obama goes skeet shooting 'all the time'

    01/27/2013 9:49:09 AM PST · by ColdOne · 78 replies
    politico ^ | 1/27/13 | DONOVAN SLACK
    President Barack Obama says he has not only fired a gun, but has done it regularly. "In fact, up at Camp David, we do skeet shooting all the time," the president told The New Republic. "Not the girls, but oftentimes guests of mine go up there. "And I have a profound respect for the traditions of hunting that trace back in this country for generations.. And I think those who dismiss that out of hand make a big mistake."
  • Ex-deputy at jail gets probation for attack

    01/27/2013 9:43:48 AM PST · by logi_cal869 · 4 replies
    Corvallis Gazette-Times ^ | 1/27/2013 | logi_cal869
    These Four WallsA little bird dropped a News item  in my lap the other day; with the cacophony of anti-gun rhetoric driving emotional responses on all sides, I found it impossible to not see the irony juxtaposed with current events. It’s no secret that those who promote obtuse gun control want a range of controls in place to prevent the mentally-ill from acquiring weapons to facilitate violent tendencies; aside from the patently obvious objections to the rhetoric, my objection here is the widening definition of mentally-ill and its application. Suggesting that medical doctors may serve as officers of this encroachment...
  • Secret hearings in case of Chandra Levy slaying

    01/27/2013 9:39:22 AM PST · by AmericanSamurai · 21 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 1/27/13 | Eric Tucker
    WASHINGTON -- A judge has been holding secret hearings in the case of the man convicted in the 2001 killing of Chandra Levy, the latest twist in a high-profile murder that went unsolved for years and captivated the public because of the intern's romantic relationship with a California congressman. The meetings, held sporadically behind closed doors at the courthouse over the last several weeks, raise questions about what comes next in a criminal case that appeared resolved by the 2010 conviction of Ingmar Guandique. The illegal immigrant from El Salvador is now serving a 60-year prison sentence in Levy's death,...
  • McCain to GOP: Accept path to citizenship In immigration-"reform" bill

    01/27/2013 9:37:31 AM PST · by JohnPDuncan · 56 replies
    Yes John, creating millions of new Democrat voters demanding free stuff is absolutely what the GOP needs - Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said that the Republican Party has to accept a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants as part of an immigration-reform package. McCain said on ABC’s “This Week” Sunday that a group of bipartisan senators would be announcing “principles” on immigration reform this week, which he said was similar to a plan unveiled during President George W. Bush’s second term that ultimately failed. McCain said there’s one big reason that his party has to loosen its opposition to providing...
  • India test-fires ballistic missile from underwater platform

    01/27/2013 9:32:59 AM PST · by Jyotishi · 10 replies
    The Times of India ^ | Sunday, January 27, 2013 | Press Trust of India
    Moving a step closer to completing its nuclear triad, India today successfully test-fired a ballistic missile, wit a strike range of around 1500 kilometres, from an underwater platform in Bay of Bengal. "The medium range K-5 ballistic missile was test-fired successfully today from an underwater pontoon and all parameters of the test firing were met," DRDO chief VK Saraswat told PTI from the undisclosed test area. Nuclear triad is the ability to fire nuclear-tipped missiles from land, air and sea. Saraswat said that the development phase of the K-5 missile, which is a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM), was over and...
  • Kissinger: Obama primed to create "New World Order"

    01/27/2013 9:30:37 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 42 replies
    WND ^ | Published: 01/06/2009 at 9:07 PM | Drew Zahn
    Conflicts across the globe and an international respect for Barack Obama have created the perfect setting for establishment of “a New World Order,” according to Henry Kissinger, the Nobel Peace Prize winner and former secretary of state under President Nixon.
  • French, Malians secure Timbuktu in rebel-held north

    01/27/2013 9:26:02 AM PST · by procrustes · 3 replies
    BAMAKO/SEVARE, Mali (Reuters) - French and Malian troops were on Sunday restoring government control over the fabled Saharan trading town of Timbuktu, the latest gain in a fast-moving French-led offensive against al Qaeda-allied fighters occupying northern Mali. The Islamist militant rebels have pulled back northwards to avoid relentless French air strikes that have destroyed their bases, vehicles and weapons, allowing French and Malian troops to advance rapidly with air support and armored vehicles. A Malian military source told Reuters the French and Malian forces reached "the gates of Timbuktu" late on Saturday without meeting resistance from the Islamist insurgents who...
  • Obama suggests Republicans unwilling to compromise in gun control debate

    01/27/2013 9:25:05 AM PST · by Kaslin · 101 replies
    President Obama is suggesting that House Republicans on the issue of gun control appear neither willing to work with him nor listen to the American public on the issue. “The House Republican majority is made up mostly of members who are in sharply gerrymandered districts that are very safely Republican and may not feel compelled to pay attention to broad-based public opinion, because what they're really concerned about is the opinions of their specific Republican constituencies,” the president said in an interview with The New Republic. Obama also said he can get 50 percent of public support for many of...
  • Bank pushes to EVICT 23-year-old squatter [from] $2.5MILLION waterfront mansion

    01/27/2013 9:23:07 AM PST · by Uncle Chip · 20 replies
    The Daily Mail Online ^ | January 26, 2013 | SNEJANA FARBEROV
    Andre Barbosa may soon have to pack up and leave the palatial home he has been occupying in Boca Raton, Florida. The 23-year-old Brazilian national has been squatting at the $2.5million waterfront estate on Golden Harbour Drive since the summer, infuriating all the neighbors in the process. Barbosa, originally from the neighboring Pompano Beach, has been threatening to use an obscure real estate law that allows people to claim a property as their own if they stay there for seven years. No one witnessed Barbosa breaking into the 7,522-squae foot, five-bedroom, six-bathroom waterfront home, so he cannot be arrested. But...
  • Austin Gun Show Sat 1-26

    01/27/2013 9:17:19 AM PST · by woerm · 3 replies
    Was at the Austin Gun Show yesterday, got there at about 1pm there was a line out the door into the parking lot. was in line 30min or so. Lots of AR-AK platforms several folks selling mags (in parking lot). Inside lots of AR-AK deals, Folks were shelling out cash like there was no tomorrow. Ammo was $hocking, I tell you $hocking. I have been to several Austin shows in the last year or so this was the first one where I had to stand in line just to get in. Sorry no pics but it looks like 0(zerotm) is...
  • Law makes 'unlocking' devices to switch carriers punishable by fines and even prison

    01/27/2013 9:08:24 AM PST · by Uncle Chip · 34 replies
    The Daily Mail Online ^ | January 26, 2013 | John Clark
    A new law that makes it illegal to 'unlock' your cell phone and switch carriers goes into effect today and will carry fines between $2,500 and $500,000, and in some cases, prison time. The change made by the U.S. Copyright Office and Library of Congress to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act will make it illegal for consumers to unlock mobile devices without the permission of their carrier. The lock feature on mobile devices essentially allows carriers a way to prevent customers from switching to a new plan with a different company. Unless your phone came unlocked and are grandfathered in...
  • Barack Obama on the media

    01/27/2013 9:05:49 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 9 replies
    Barack Obama on the media By DYLAN BYERS | 1/27/13 12:01 AM EST The New Republic has just lifted the embargo on its wideranging interview with President Obama, in which he talked at length about the role the media can play in breaking Washington's partisan gridlock. "One of the biggest factors is going to be how the media shapes debates," he tells editor Frank Foer and owner and publisher Chris Hughes. "If a Republican member of Congress is not punished on Fox News or by Rush Limbaugh for working with a Democrat on a bill of common interest, then you’ll...
  • Yes, Fellow Bubbas, They’re Coming for Your Guns

    01/27/2013 9:05:33 AM PST · by EXCH54FE · 47 replies
    The New American ^ | Jan 26, 2013 | William F. Jasper
    In the ongoing fevered debate over gun control legislation, registration of firearms is a key flashpoint. “Progressives” insist that nothing could be more reasonable and benign than simply requiring every firearm and firearm owner to be registered with some government entity. Thus, bad guys could be screened out and guns used in crimes could be traced to help catch the criminals. They denounce as paranoid, delusional nonsense the concerns of gun owners that registration would lead to eventual confiscation. In a “Fact Check” at Time.com intended to dismiss “The Gun Registry Red Herring,” Michael Scherer notes that President Obama’s “Now...
  • Four abortion doctors in a resolute spotlight

    01/27/2013 8:56:29 AM PST · by fatima · 14 replies
    Philly.com ^ | January 24, 2013 | Sam Adams
    But at the first public screening Friday of the documentary After Tiller, the familiar specter in the corner of the theater was a uniformed police officer, and ticketholders were scanned by metal detectors on their way in. The reason for the extraordinary security was After Tiller's controversial subject matter, and more important, its subjects: the four doctors in the United States who openly perform third-trimester abortions.
  • Report: Explosion destroys much of underground installation in Iran

    01/27/2013 8:51:39 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 82 replies
    Examiner ^ | January 26, 2013 | Christopher Collins
    An explosion deep within Iran’s Fordow nuclear facility has destroyed much of the installation, trapped about 240 personnel deep underground, according to a former intelligence officer of the Islamic regime, and reported by Reza Kahlili on Thursday. The previously secret nuclear site has become a center for Iran’s nuclear activity because of the 2,700 centrifuges enriching uranium to the 20-percent level. A further enrichment to weapons grade would take only weeks, experts say.“The level of enrichment has been a major concern to Israeli officials, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu repeatedly has warned about the 20-percent enriched stockpile. The explosion occurred...
  • Military Tests Missile System at Vandenberg Air Force Base

    01/27/2013 8:38:55 AM PST · by Libloather · 5 replies
    KTLA ^ | 1/26/13 | Paul Martella
    VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (KTLA) — The 30th Space Wing and the U.S. Missile Defense Agency conducted a flight test of the Ground-Based Mid-course Defense system Saturday. The missile test was designed to demonstrate the latest version of the advanced kill vehicle.
  • ( Muslim ) Convicted felon speaks about city council run (Colorado Springs)

    01/27/2013 8:38:19 AM PST · by george76 · 22 replies
    KRDO. ^ | Jan 03, 2013 | Lindsay Watts
    Gary Flakes, a man convicted in the murders of two teenagers, formally announced Wednesday that he's running for Colorado Springs City Council. ... In 1997, Flakes was convicted of accessory to murder and negligent homicide in the killings of 13-year-old Andy Westbay and 15-year-old Scott Hawrysiak. The boys were gunned down as they were walking in the Cheyenne Meadows area on Valentine's Day. Flakes and his friend Jeron Grant accused each other of pulling the trigger of the shotgun, and neither was convicted of murder, sparking outrage. After spending 12 years in prison, Flakes was released in 2011. ... Scott...
  • Before He Was Overthrown and Killed...Gaddafi Warned Jihadists Would Conquer N. Africa

    01/27/2013 8:37:32 AM PST · by kristinn · 26 replies
    The National Post ^ | Friday, January 25, 2013 | Scott Barber
    Full headline: Before he was overthrown and killed, Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi warned jihadists would conquer northern Africa During the dying days of his four decade rule, Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi cast an ominous prophecy. If his regime fell, jihadists would subjugate northern Africa, inflicting widespread violence and terror. “Al-Qaeda considers all the people to be infidels,” Mr. Gaddafi declared in a speech weeks before NATO began its military intervention in Libya. “They deem all people their enemies. They know nothing but killing.” The Islamists would pour in from Afghanistan, Algeria, and Egypt, he warned, saying, “These are beasts with...