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  • Senator Rubio Makes His Case

    01/30/2013 8:24:25 AM PST · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | January 29, 2013 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: We welcome to the program Florida Senator Marco Rubio. Senator, great to have you here on the EIB Network. I think it's your second or third time here. It's always great. RUBIO: Yeah, it is, being on the program. I've been listening to it for a while. I don't want to tell you how long because then you'll feel older than you really are. RUSH: No, the longer the better. RUBIO: I remember the TV program. Do you remember your TV program? RUSH: That's way back. (laughing) That's twenty years. Anyway, I know your time is limited...
  • Obama Will Include Same-Sex Couples In Immigration Plan [Sodomy Forced on USA]

    01/30/2013 8:21:55 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 10 replies
    Buzzfeed ^ | 1/28/13 | Geidner and Miller
    Same-sex couples will be a part of the proposal for addressing immigration reform that President Obama is scheduled to unveil Tuesday in Las Vegas, BuzzFeed has confirmed with multiple sources familiar with the White House plan. A Democratic source said: "Same-sex couples will be part of his proposal." A second source confirmed that, unlike the Senate framework released Monday, same-sex bi-national couples — those with one American and one foreign partner — will be included in the White House principles. The decision by Obama seeks to remedy what advocates for same-sex couples view as one of the most searing inequalities...
  • Hillary Clinton ‘not inclined’ to run for president in 2016

    01/30/2013 8:21:46 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 40 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 01/30/2013 | Anne Gearan
    Hillary Rodham Clinton said Tuesday that she is “not inclined” to run for president in 2016 but left the door open for what is widely considered her likely return to politics after she steps down as secretary of state. “I’m not thinking about anything like that right now,” Clinton smilingly told a questioner. “I am looking forward to finishing up my tenure as secretary of state and then catching up on about 20 years of sleep deprivation.” Clinton, who steps down Friday as one of the best-known secretaries of state, is also among the world’s most admired women and the...
  • NRA Pushing Concealed Carry Measure In Springfield

    01/30/2013 8:20:38 AM PST · by marktwain · 6 replies
    chicago.cbslocal.com ^ | 29 January, 2013 | Jay Levine
    CHICAGO (CBS) – In Springfield Tuesday afternoon, the first step was taken toward allowing gun owners to carry concealed weapons on the streets of Illinois. State Rep. Brandon Phelps (D-Harrisburg) has introduced proposed concealed carry legislation – written with the help of the National Rifle Association – in the Illinois House. The proposal would require background checks gun owners already have to pass to get a Firearm Owner’s Identification card, as well as still-to-be-determined safety course provided by licensed instructors before a person could carry a concealed firearm. Don Mastrianni, the owner of Illinois Gun Works in Elmwood Park, took...
  • Reliving Horror and Faint Hope at Massacre Site (sandy Hook First Responders)

    01/30/2013 8:20:05 AM PST · by RummyChick · 108 replies
    NYTIMES ^ | 1/28 | ray rivera
    NEWTOWN, Conn. — The gunfire ended; it was so quiet they could hear the broken glass and bullet casings scraping under their boots. The smell of gunpowder filled the air. The officers turned down their radios; they did not want to give away their positions if there was still a gunman present.
  • Israel to give Palestinians $100 million in withheld funds

    01/30/2013 8:17:41 AM PST · by Pan_Yan
    Reuters ^ | Wed Jan 30, 2013 1:51pm GMT | Dan Williams
    (Reuters) - Israel will give Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas's administration around $100 million (63 million pounds) in tax revenues that had been withheld in retaliation for his statehood bid in the United Nations, Israeli officials said on Wednesday. The sum is roughly a third of the funds Israel is meant to have transferred to the Palestinian Authority (PA) since November under interim peace accords, but has instead kept. ... PA tax authority official Ahmed al-Helou told Reuters that Israel spent the October levies to help pay off $200 million it says the Palestinians owe the Israel Electric Corporation. Israel said...
  • Commentary: George P. Bush could be the answer to GOP’s Latino vote troubles(again?)

    01/30/2013 8:15:44 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 26 replies
    Chron ^ | January 27, 2013
    Commentary: George P. Bush could be the answer to GOP’s Latino vote troubles Sunday, January 27, 2013 George P. See. I don’t even have to use the last name and many of you know who this is, though his tio, W, has him beat on name abbreviation. Many calculate that P is a future governor, attorney general, land commissioner or, apparently, holder of whatever statewide office presents itself first in Texas. And someday? You didn’t hear it here first — President P.
  • Same-sex marriage can help save the institution

    01/30/2013 8:14:51 AM PST · by Belteshazzar · 28 replies
    Wall Street Journal Opinion ^ | January 29, 2013 | Kathleen Parker
    More than perhaps anyone else in America, David Blankenhorn personifies the struggle so many have experienced over same-sex marriage. First he was agnostic, then he was against it, now he’s for it. 306 Comments Weigh InCorrections? Personal Post Kathleen Parker Parker writes a twice-weekly column on politics and culture. Archive FacebookE-mailRSS You may also like... Michael Gerson Does Obama want an immigration deal? Jennifer Rubin One more like that and it's a 'recession' This is to say that Blankenhorn — a long-standing opponent of same-sex marriage — has shifted his energies to saving the institution of marriage, regardless of whom...
  • Damage Widespread Across Mid-State, Power Outages Reported

    01/30/2013 8:12:14 AM PST · by EXCH54FE · 1 replies
    News Channel 5 ^ | Jan 30, 2013 | Channel 5 staff
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Reports of damage and power outages were widespread across Middle Tennessee and Kentucky after a wave of severe weather and possible tornadoes moved through the area. The National Weather Service confirmed an EF-2 tornado touched down in Mt. Juliet overnight. A warehouse and an automotive business suffered major damage, along with moderate to minor damage at other businesses and homes. A semi truck was blown onto its side on Lebanon Road near the Hardee's in Mt. Juliet. The driver was sleeping in the cab when it happened, but fortunately was not hurt. Sergeant Tyler Chandler with the...
  • Economy contracts in 4th quarter by 0.1%

    01/30/2013 8:06:42 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 01/30/2013 | Rick Moran
    Apparently, the shrikage is largely the result of a big hit in defense spending. Other one time factors also played a role. From Associated Press: _____________________ The Commerce Department said Wednesday that the economy contracted at an annual rate of 0.1 percent in the fourth quarter. That's a sharp slowdown from the 3.1 percent growth rate in the July-September quarter and the first contraction since the second quarter of 2009. Economists said the surprise decrease in the nation's gross domestic product wasn't as bad as it looked. The weakness was primarily the result of one-time factors. Government spending cuts and...
  • White House blames ‘fiscal cliff’ fight, Sandy for GDP decline

    01/30/2013 8:05:45 AM PST · by COBOL2Java · 24 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 30 January 2013 | Dave Boyer
    The White House on Wednesday blamed a surprising economic decline in the fourth quarter of 2012 on the uncertainty of the ‘fiscal cliff’ feud with Congress and the effects of Superstorm Sandy. Alan Krueger, chairman of the president’s Council of Economic Advisers, said the first contraction of the GDP in 3˝ years was partly because “federal defense spending declined precipitously, likely due to uncertainty stemming from the sequester” — deep automatic defense and non-defense spending cuts that were narrowly avoided at the end of last year. He also said Sandy, which struck the East Coast in late October, “disrupted economic...
  • U.S. GDP Contracts for First Time Since 2009

    01/30/2013 8:04:57 AM PST · by Mr. K · 7 replies
    Reuters ^ | Published January 30, 2013 | Reuters
    The U.S. economy unexpectedly contracted in the fourth quarter, suffering its first decline since the 2007-09 recession as businesses scaled back on restocking and government spending plunged. Gross domestic product fell at a 0.1 percent annual rate after growing at a 3.1 percent clip in the third quarter, the Commerce Department said on Wednesday. That was the worst performance since the second quarter of 2009, when the recession ended, and showed the economy entering the new year with no momentum. The contraction, coming against a backdrop of tightening fiscal policy, could spur fears of a new recession and create an...
  • Chicago NPR station issues bizarre plea: 'Go make babies today

    01/30/2013 8:03:42 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 01/30/2013 | Thomas Lifson
    Is the pro-abortion left beginning to have second thoughts? Could that be the impulse behind a campaign being conducted by Chicago NPR affiliate WBEZ?  Anne Sorock of Legal Insurrection highlights the curious appearance of this Facebook-based ad:One of the principal features of life in the richest countries is the collapse of natality. Simply put, when people get rich, they tend to focus on themselves, and lose interest in having babies, which are expensive, and require a focus on something other than personal pleasure. The ready availability of contraception and abortion certainly keeps birthrates down, and the rising numbers of...
  • Hospital Video Mocks Patient Care Under Health Reform

    01/30/2013 8:00:25 AM PST · by Mr. K · 15 replies
    FOXBusiness ^ | January 30, 2013 | Elizabeth MacDonald
    A video leaked to FOX Business mocks how health reform can make more money for doctors and hospitals by preventing patients from being readmitted to hospitals. The video, made by Morristown Medical Center in Morristown, N.J., a member of the Atlantic Health System, is meant to recruit doctors and medical staffers to join health reform’s new “Accountable Care Organizations,” (ACOs), key to cost savings in the health-reform law. The video shows doctors barring the doors of the hospital to stop patients from being readmitted for more care, dollar bills exchanging hands between doctors and staffers, as well as workers getting...
  • Whatever Happened to Private Sex? (Pop culture and university system are making sex public)

    01/30/2013 8:00:25 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 01/30/2013 | Sally Zelikovsky
    "I heart female orgasm" is a public event taking place at the University of Minnesota to teach young women and girls enrolled in the school how to achieve and improve their orgasms. Yes, you heard me right. "Sex Week" at Yale and now this. There is only one way to combat this insanity. Minnesota parents need to threaten to withhold their tuition payments until this ceases. Do college students really need this class? Women have been having orgasms since time immemorial and learned it all on their own without the aid of university classes. If someone has problems in this...
  • Angry Gun Control Debate Does Collateral Damage

    01/30/2013 7:59:19 AM PST · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 30, 2013 | Michael Medved
    The Great Gun Debate shows American political discourse at its irrational worst; with both left and right promoting panic and hysteria that distracts attention from the nation’s truly menacing problems. Instead of addressing crushing deficits, economic stagnation, political gridlock, and the erosion of middle-class security, politicians and pundits obsess over gun violence—one of the few challenges where the United States has made dramatic progress in recent years. How can the president and his supporters work themselves into a self-righteous lather over minor regulatory adjustments that have been tried before with no measurable impact on the rate of firearms crime? And...
  • Canadian troops drawn into Mali’s war, despite what Prime Minister Stephen Harper says: Walkom

    01/30/2013 7:57:59 AM PST · by Pan_Yan · 12 replies
    The Star ^ | Tue Jan 29 2013 | Thomas Walkom
    ... The Star’s report Tuesday came from anonymous sources in the Defence Department. The CBC had to find out from French television that Canadian special forces are also operating in Niger, which borders on Mali. But then everything about Canada’s role in Mali is treated by Ottawa as a state secret. Canadians learned of the initial C-17 deployment only after Mali’s president tweeted the information on the internet. When that initial, one-week deployment was extended, we were first told not by our own government but by Mali’s ambassador to Canada. ... Meanwhile, who exactly are we fighting in Mali? The...
  • Gallup: Blue states outnumber red states

    01/30/2013 7:56:52 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 8 replies
    UPI ^ | January 30, 2013
    PRINCETON, N.J., Jan. 30 (UPI) -- The number of blue states outnumbered the number of red states in the United States last year, 20 to 12, results of a Gallup poll released Wednesday indicated. After the District of Columbia, the most Democratic-leaning states in 2012 were Hawaii, Maryland, Rhode Island, New York, and Massachusetts, where Democrats held at least 20-percentage-point advantages in party identification, results indicated. Republicans held a similarly lopsided advantage in Utah, Wyoming and Idaho, the Princeton, N.J., polling agency said.
  • Why IT pros may soon pick India over Silicon Valley

    01/30/2013 7:55:42 AM PST · by James C. Bennett · 8 replies
    The Times of India ^ | Jan 30, 2013 | Sujit John & Shilpa Phadnis
    Suresh Sambandam of OrangeScape, Krishna Mehra of Capillary Technologies, Jaspreet Singh of Druva, Balaji Sreenivasan of Aurigo, Vivek Ravisankar of InterviewStreet - all have something in common, other than that they have been featured here for their accomplishments. They are all technology entrepreneurs who started their ventures in India over the past few years, built them to a significant level of success, and now they have all relocated to the US, or are in the process of relocating (themselves, not the companies). We have mentioned just five names. But there are more. And the one common reason for the move...
  • Book Review:Al Gore Dreams of Electric Jeeps

    01/30/2013 7:54:58 AM PST · by lbryce · 9 replies
    Wall Street Jiournal ^ | January 29, 2013 | GLENN HARLAN REYNOLDS
    There have always been two Al Gores. There is techno-enthusiast Al, who, during his 2000 run for president, proposed that an online network ("G-Bay") be used to auction off surplus government property. I found techno-enthusiast Al beguiling when I was researching manned Mars missions for his 1988 presidential campaign. But there is also Savonarola Al, who loudly denounces the excesses of modern capitalist society and demands repentance—though, given Mr. Gore's lucrative commercial dalliances (most recently, the sale of his Current TV network to the repressive, oil-rich Qatari regime), perhaps Jimmy Swaggart would be a closer clerical model than Savonarola. Each...
  • Sen. John Cornyn: The Case against Chuck Hagel

    01/30/2013 7:53:22 AM PST · by SeekAndFind
    National Review ^ | 09/30/2012 | John Cornyn (R., Texas)
    Whether or not Chuck Hagel is confirmed as our next defense secretary, his nomination has already done serious damage to U.S. credibility on Iran, thereby emboldening the most dangerous regime in the Middle East. To limit the damage, President Obama should choose someone else to lead the Pentagon. After all, the former Nebraska senator is the same person who has consistently opposed sanctions against Iran. He is the same person who wanted Washington to support Iranian membership in the World Trade Organization. The same person who voted against designating the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as a terrorist group (at...
  • Molon Labe, the Code of Those Born Fighting

    01/30/2013 7:48:09 AM PST · by EXCH54FE · 43 replies
    American Thinker ^ | Jan 30, 2013 | Russ Vaughn
    If you are a reader of comments here at American Thinker then you have probably noticed an increasing use of the term molon labe. For those of you unfamiliar with the term and too busy (or too lazy) to look it up, I've done it for you. It is a Greek expression first attributed to King Leonidas of Sparta when the Persian invader Xerxes I, prior to the Battle of Thermopylae, demanded that the Spartans lay down their arms and submit to him. Its essential meaning was, "Up yours, pal: come do your worst." In so many words, it is...
  • Hillary and Your Family

    01/30/2013 7:41:02 AM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 30, 2013 | Ken Blackwell
    And the Hillary press corps that exclaimed: “Memorable!” “A vivid impression!’” “A riveting performance”? They can gush. They can’t blush. Maybe she’ll reprise it as a one-woman show on Broadway. Already, they are talking her up for 2016. Why not? With her incredible lightness of being, what could stop her? Recall that famous political ad she ran in 2008. It’s the spot they called “3 AM.” It shows a red telephone ringing urgently. The announcer talks about the call that might come into the White House at that hour. You and your family need to have a tested leader...
  • Law-Abiders Under the Bus : Standing in line to be a legal immigrant? You’re a chump!

    01/30/2013 7:39:35 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    National Review ^ | 01/30/2013 | Michelle Malkin
    President Obama and the bipartisan Gang of Eight in Washington who want to create a “pathway to citizenship” for millions of illegal aliens have sent a message loud and clear to those who follow the rules: You’re chumps! Have you patiently waited for months and years for the State Department and Department of Homeland Security to slog through your application? You’re chumps! Have you paid thousands of dollars in travel, legal, and medical fees to abide by the thicket of entry, employment, health, and processing regulations? You’re chumps! Have you studied for your naturalization test, taken the oath of allegiance...
  • Israeli jets reportedly attack convoy on Lebanon-Syria border

    01/30/2013 7:38:50 AM PST · by Former Fetus · 6 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | 1/30/2013 | GABE FISHER
    Israeli warplanes attacked a target on the Lebanese-Syrian border overnight Tuesday, foreign media reported on Wednesday. While some reports said the purported strike was carried out on the Syrian side of the border, according to one source the target was a weapons convoy that had crossed from Syria into Lebanon. The reports come amid rising concern in Israel and the West regarding the sizable chemical weapons stockpile in the hands of an increasingly embattled Syrian regime. Lebanese officials said a dozen Israeli warplanes violated Lebanese airspace on Tuesday and overnight into Wednesday, flying close to the ground in several sorties...
  • The Debt Deniers’ Fantasy: Prominent liberals are now insisting that we face no debt problem at all

    01/30/2013 7:37:10 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    National Review ^ | 01/30/2013 | Michael Tanner
    It’s not quite on a par with 9/11 truthers or Obama birthers, but recently a number of liberal commentators have descended into the fever swamps of denialism by rejecting the most basic facts about our debt and deficit. Mind you, they are not arguing about the best policies to reduce the debt — taxe hikes vs. spending cuts — but actually denying that the problem exists at all. Paul Krugman, for example, pronounces the debt problem “mostly solved.” Matt Yglesias of Slate asks, “What sovereign debt crisis? There certainly isn’t one in the United States.” Bruce Bartlett, every liberal economist’s...
  • Why Ashley Judd's Breakup Is Bad News for Mitch McConnell

    Actress Ashley Judd and Indy Car driver Dario Franchitti are ending their marriage after 11 years, and, yes, the news impacts Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. Judd is weighing whether to jump into politics and challenge McConnell in Kentucky in 2014. She was in Washington for the inauguration and attended an event at EMILY's List, the group that backs pro-choice Democratic women running for governor or Congress. Judd even carpooled with Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri, who demonstrated she knows how to win in a red state after defeating the self-injurious Todd Akin.
  • Who Knew? The Leading Cause Of Gun Death Is Suicide

    01/30/2013 7:28:34 AM PST · by I still care · 35 replies
    Forbes.com ^ | Jan 22, 2013 | Rpger Kay
    A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a column about how the gun-death data showed a very weak correlation with gun-law strictness. I used data from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Department of Justice (DoJ) to derive a gun-homicide rate. In the comments section, a reader pointed me toward more-detailed data from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), which captures death-certificate data from all the states. Despite interference by the National Rifle Association (NRA), the CDC has kept up the basic data, if not research into the details of who, how, and why. But what we can...
  • Rubio's Folly

    01/30/2013 7:27:56 AM PST · by AJFavish · 11 replies
    American Thinker ^ | January 30, 2013 | Allan J. Favish
    The "Bipartisan Framework for Comprehensive Immigration Reform" released on January 28, 2013 by Senators Charles Schumer (D-NY), John McCain (R-AZ), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Lindsay Graham (R-FL), Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Michael Bennet (R-UT), and Jeff Flake (R-AZ) , gives legal status to illegal aliens before controlling the border.
  • Author Of Book On 2012 Election: ‘Without Media Bias, America Would Vote Like Texas Or Kentucky’

    01/30/2013 7:27:10 AM PST · by Lakeshark · 15 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 1/29/13 | Noah Rothman
    On Tuesday, David Freddoso, author of Spin Masters, How the Media Ignored the Real News and Helped Reelect Barack Obama, joined the hosts of Fox & Friends to discuss pro-Democratic media bias in 2012 and beyond. The author detailed the case against the media in this interview and in a recent column for the New York Post in which he quotes a political scientist who attributes much of the nation’s support for Democratic politicians to the pro-Democratic coverage of politics in the mainstream media. Without that biased media, the author and the political scientist say, the nation’s voting patterns would...
  • Money Matters: Boston Scientific job cuts (1,000 job cuts due to Obamacare medical device tax, etc.)

    01/30/2013 7:24:12 AM PST · by Qbert · 4 replies
    NECN.com ^ | 1/30/2013 | NECN/AP
    (NECN/AP) - Here's a rundown of the morning's developing business stories, which may impact stock performance: - Boston Scientific cutting 1,000 jobs Boston Scientific is cutting up to 1,000 more jobs as it deals with a new medical device tax from the U.S. health care overhaul, limited growth prospects in certain markets and pressure to cut prices on its products in other countries.
  • Assad: ‘I will win, even if Damascus is destroyed’

    01/30/2013 7:24:06 AM PST · by Former Fetus · 12 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | 1/23/2013 | ELHANAN MILLER
    The Israeli elections, President Obama’s inauguration speech and the violence in Syria all feature prominently in Arab news Tuesday. >>SNIP<< Quoting French sources, A-Sharq Al-Awsat quotes an exchange between Syrian President Bashar Assad and the international envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi. According to the daily, Brahimi told Assad that he could not remain in power and that the opposition could defeat him, but the cost may be the complete destruction of Damascus. To that, Assad reportedly answered “I will win the war, even if Damascus is destroyed.”
  • IS .22 AMMO THE NEW GOLD STANDARD?

    01/30/2013 7:16:50 AM PST · by BO Stinkss · 30 replies
    http://angrywhitedude.com/ ^ | January 29, 2013 | AWD
    If youÂ’re like AWD, youÂ’ve been perusing stores looking for ammo. ItÂ’s very difficult to find these days. And, if you can find it, it has astronomical prices. It seems Americans are buying up anything and everything gun related fearing Obama and his big-government statist friendÂ’s aims to destroy the Second Amendment. Ammo isnÂ’t the only thing flying off the shelves. Go to a Cabelas or any other gun store and youÂ’re likely to see empty shelves and crowded counters. Obama is the greatest gun salesman in the history of the world. There is nothing to be found! In Texas,...
  • Green Berets Sign Letter Supporting 2nd Amendment

    01/30/2013 7:12:12 AM PST · by Perseverando · 16 replies
    SOFREP.com ^ | January 29, 2013 | Blake Miles
    The following letter was disseminated and signed by over 1,000 current and former Army Special Forces soldiers (Green Berets) in support of the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms, specifically as a defensive measure against tyranny. The letter was compiled through the joint efforts of current and former Special Forces personnel over at www.ProfessionalSoldiers.com , and quietly disseminated for signatures among secure, vetted circles.Protecting the Second Amendment – Why all Americans Should Be Concerned We are current or former Army Reserve, National Guard, and active duty US Army Special Forces soldiers (Green Berets). We have all taken an...
  • 10:00 AM ET – WATCH LIVE Senate Judiciary hearing on gun violence

    01/30/2013 7:10:25 AM PST · by blueyon · 125 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | 1/30/2013 | The Right Scoop
    According to CNN, Gabrielle Giffords, Mark Kelly and the NRA’s Wayne LaPierre will testify at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on America’s gun violence crisis. You can watch it below. It begins at 10:00 AM ET.
  • Obama's power grab on gun control

    With all this talk out there about gun control, it's hard to know who actually has power. This video with David Rivkin does a good job breaking down what Obama can ACTUALLY do. Maybe Obama will finally realize he needs to keep his hands off our guns and let Congress keep the second amendment alive.
  • January homicide count worst since 2002

    01/30/2013 7:00:50 AM PST · by rellimpank · 14 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 30 jan 2013 | Jeremy Gorner and Jennifer Delgado
    When Kimberly Common visited her mother in the hospital Monday, the two spoke of how much they missed Common's son, Antonio, who was slain 15 months ago at the age of 23. By Tuesday afternoon, the family's tragedy deepened as Common's older son, Devin, 27, was fatally shot near their home in the Park Manor neighborhood a little past noon. As she stood on a sidewalk by her son's sheet-covered body, Common recalled his last words to her: "I'll be back. I'm going to the store." "That's the same thing" Antonio said before he was killed in October 2011, the...
  • There Certainly Is a Difference Between Pink Unicorns and Spending Cuts

    01/30/2013 6:56:52 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    RCM ^ | 01/30/2013 | Michael Strain
    House Republicans were wise to suspend the debt ceiling until the middle of May, effectively resequencing the series of upcoming fights over the federal budget. They are now poised to make their stand in March, using pressure points provided by the sequester - the across-the-board cuts to defense and non-defense discretionary spending - and the expiration of the stopgap measure currently used to fund the government. Both fights are much preferable to a battle over the debt ceiling - the House Republicans would have erred in using the threat of government default as leverage to enact spending cuts. But the...
  • The State Tax Reformers (More Governors look to repeal their income taxes)

    01/30/2013 6:53:37 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Washington may be a tax reform wasteland, but out in the states the action is hot and heavy. Nine states—including such fast-growing places as Florida, Tennessee and Texas—currently have no income tax, and the race is on to see which will be the tenth, and perhaps the 11th and 12th. Oklahoma and Kansas have lowered their income-tax rates in the last two years with an aim toward eliminating the tax altogether. North Carolina's newly elected Republican Governor Pat McCrory has prioritized tax reform this year and wants to reduce the income tax. Ditto for another newcomer, Mike Pence of Indiana,...
  • Atlas 5/TDRS-K Launch TODAY 8:48PM EST (5:48

    01/30/2013 6:47:02 AM PST · by Jack Hydrazine · 5 replies
    SpaceFlightNow.com ^ | 30JAN2013 | Unknown
    Rocket: Atlas 5 Variant: AV-401 Payload: TDRS K Date: Jan. 30, 2013 Window: 8:48-9:28 p.m. EST/5:48-6:28 p.m. PST (0148-0328 GMT) Site: SLC-41, Cape Canaveral, Florida Feed: NASA Television On the pad! Completing the first third-of-a-mile on the trek to orbit, the Atlas 5 rocket has arrived at the Complex 41 pad for Wednesday evening's ascent to deploy a NASA communications spacecraft. The Tracking and Data Relay Satellite K (TDRS K) is bound for geosynchronous orbit to replenish the existing space network to transmit information between low-Earth-orbit craft and mission controllers. Users depending on the system include the space station, Hubble...
  • Reagan's home could become a parking lot for Obama's library

    01/30/2013 6:40:42 AM PST · by SueRae · 74 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 1/30/2013 | William Kelly
    CHICAGO, Illinois, January 25, 2013 - A new Cold War is brewing here in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood and it has nothing to do with the frigid temperature. The apartment building at 832 E. 57th Street was once the Chicago home of a boy who would become a President. No, it’s not Barack Obama of Hawaii. It was at the apartment’s first floor window that a young Ronald Reagan looked out upon the world. But some powerful Chicagoans are planning to demolish Reagan’s historic home. Is it politically motivated? Is Mayor Rahm Emanuel behind the move? Reagan as a child....
  • Newtown voices to be heard

    01/30/2013 6:38:40 AM PST · by DTogo · 10 replies
    Ctpost.com ^ | Wednesday, January 30, 2013 | Dirk Perrefort
    NEWTOWN -- Local residents still reeling from the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings can voice their opinions Wednesday to state lawmakers looking to prevent similar tragedies. Hundreds are expected to attend the 6 p.m. public hearing at Newtown High School held by the Bipartisan Task Force on Gun Violence and Children's Safety. ...Registration for the hearing is scheduled to begin at Newtown High School at 4:30 p.m. Organizers said Tuesday that anyone who comes early will be turned away, as the school building and parking lot are needed for regular school activities.The hearing will be held from 6 p.m. to...
  • Soldier Girl Blues

    01/30/2013 6:30:57 AM PST · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 30, 2013 | Jonah Goldberg
    What if, during the presidential campaign, Mitt Romney had accused President Obama of wanting to let servicewomen serve in combat? After all, Obama had hinted as much in 2008. What would Obama's response have been? My hunch is that he would have accused Romney of practicing the "politics of division" or some such and denied it. In any case, wouldn't an open debate have been better than putting women into combat by fiat? You'd think the folks who are always clamoring for a "national conversation" on this, that and the other thing would prefer to make a sweeping change after,...
  • Strict Gun Laws in Chicago Can’t Stem Fatal Shots

    01/30/2013 6:27:17 AM PST · by Second Amendment First · 24 replies
    New York Times ^ | January 29, 2013 | MONICA DAVEY
    CHICAGO — Not a single gun shop can be found in this city because they are outlawed. Handguns were banned in Chicago for decades, too, until 2010, when the United States Supreme Court ruled that was going too far, leading city leaders to settle for restrictions some describe as the closest they could get legally to a ban without a ban. Despite a continuing legal fight, Illinois remains the only state in the nation with no provision to let private citizens carry guns in public. And yet Chicago, a city with no civilian gun ranges and bans on both assault...
  • Israel strikes at Syria-Lebanon border, sources say

    01/30/2013 6:20:02 AM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 16 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 1/30/2013 | REUTERS, JPOST.COM STAFF
    A western diplomat and three regional security sources said Wednesday that Israel Air Force warplanes struck a target on the Syrian-Lebanese border overnight, hours after Lebanon reported a series of three overflights by Israel in its airspace. Israel has expressed increasing concern over the fate of Syrian chemical and conventional weapons as the country slides further into chaos after almost two years of civil war.
  • 15-Year-Old Girl Shot And Killed In Kenwood Neighborhood Park

    01/30/2013 6:14:22 AM PST · by Biggirl · 24 replies
    http://chicago.cbslocal.com/ ^ | January 30,2013 | CBS Chicago
    CHICAGO (CBS) – A teenage girl–an honor student who had just performed at President Obama’s inaugural–was gunned down Tuesday afternoon in the Kenwood neighborhood, just blocks from the high school she attended.
  • OWS is exposed: Rich, white, educated and working

    01/30/2013 6:08:00 AM PST · by PJ-Comix · 31 replies
    New York Post ^ | January 29, 2013 | BETH DEFALCO
    It seems those Occupy Wall Streeters were a lot closer to the 1 percent than they would like to admit.A new study of the OWS movement in New York found that many of the protesters were highly educated and not nearly as down on their luck as they portrayed. A third of protesters in the Occupy Wall Street movement in New York lived in households earning more than $100,000 and more than two- thirds were employed professionals, according to the study from CUNY’s Joseph A. Murphy Institute for Worker Education and Labor Studies.The study also showed the movement was mostly...
  • The Doctor's Office as Union Shop

    01/30/2013 6:00:18 AM PST · by Second Amendment First · 8 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | January 29, 2013 | DAVID J. LEFFELL
    As the country moves toward the effective start date of the Affordable Care Act in 2014, the operational and economic elements of this vast legislation are becoming clearer. Yet one likely outcome of the act that will directly affect the quality of patient care, and could affect its cost, has gone virtually unnoticed and unreported: the increasing trend for physicians to become employees, rather than self-employed. This development represents a potentially radical factor in the transformation of health care—the doctor as union worker. Physicians have historically practiced either in small groups or alone. Unlike hospitals, which operate under the rubric...
  • Morning Joe: 'Ignore' Rubio's Remarks To Rush—Just Taking Care of Base, Saving Face

    01/30/2013 5:57:40 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 73 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Marco Rubio's tough talk to Rush Limbaugh yesterday about no immigration deal being done unless certain language on border security, etc. is included? Ignore it. Just Rubio taking care of his conservative base—and saving face. In the end, Rubio will likely give Obama his vote on immigration reform. It's all about finding an out for Republicans when it comes to winning back a decent share of the Latino vote. And conservatives will be willing to take the deal. Such was the collective wisdom of Morning Joe today, as enunciated by Jon Meacham and seconded by Joe Scarborough. View the video...
  • No 'Playing Gotcha' With Obama

    01/30/2013 5:57:35 AM PST · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 30, 2013 | Brent Bozell
    Did you see that hard-hitting report on "60 Minutes" Sunday, the one that charged that one of our nation's most famous leaders and role models is a shameless liar, a ruthless intimidator and even "incinerator" of enemies, a man who operates like the Mafia? No, that wasn't the interview with Barack Obama alongside Hillary Clinton. It was an interview later in the same show about the drug-enhanced bicyclist Lance Armstrong. That's CBS News for you -- a guy who pedals a bike through France is hammered as if he is the most powerful man in the world, while the most...