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  • FBI raids West Palm Beach office of doctor tied to U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez

    01/30/2013 11:26:41 AM PST · by MissesBush · 12 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | 01/30/13 | Marc Caputo, Jay Weaver and Scott Hiaasen
    FBI agents late Tuesday night raided the West Palm Beach business of an eye doctor suspected of providing free trips and even underage Dominican Republic prostitutes to U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J. — who has denied what he calls the “fallacious allegations.” Agents gathered at the medical-office complex of Dr. Salomon Melgen, a contributor to Menendez and other prominent politicians, to start hauling away potential evidence in several vans. The investigation is believed to be focusing on Melgen’s finances and the allegations about Menendez’s trips and contact with prostitutes. A spokesman for Menendez could not be reached for comment, nor...
  • Is the Eagle Ford for real?

    01/30/2013 11:26:26 AM PST · by thackney · 15 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | January 30, 2013 | Jennifer Hiller
    That’s the question that keeps dogging the South Texas oil and gas field. Even as thousands of workers and major oil and gas companies flood into the region, investors have been reluctant to invest in houses, apartments and other permanent infrastructure. A when-will-it-bust mentality hangs over the region. But participants in the San Antonio Clean Technology Forum’s Eagle Ford Forum II event Tuesday said the oil and gas development appears to be here to stay, and that it’s time for the region to figure out how to manage everything from water issues to roads. Lance Robertson, vice president of Eagle...
  • The Gathering Red Storm

    01/30/2013 11:25:05 AM PST · by arthurus · 12 replies
    Right Side News ^ | 30 January 2013 | Terresa Monroe-Hamilton
    It’s difficult to not look at world events these days and feel as though we are sitting on a ticking time bomb. Things are heating up even more and the clock is now at about 30 seconds to midnight. One wonders where all this will lead… Well, if the current course is kept, straight into hell, probably. That is by design and has been planned on for a very long time.
  • DA: Framingham man hacked and slashed teen wife to death (man is avowed communist)

    01/30/2013 11:20:09 AM PST · by ruralvoter · 23 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | 1/30/13 | Laurel J. Sweet
    A Framingham man enraged to learn the baby girl who was born July 23, 2010, was the product of an extramarital affair stabbed his unfaithful teenage wife to death and then lived in their apartment for days with her decaying corpse and their older child before fleeing solo to Mexico, prosecutors said today. Heather Alleyne, 19, just two weeks after delivering her daughter Neveah — heaven spellled backward — and one day after she gave up custody of the infant to the baby’s biological father to save her marriage, “suffered a brutal and excruciating death,” Assistant Middlesex District Attorney Joseph...
  • PNAS Study: Population Growth Will be Constrained by the Limits of Trading Virtual Water (Food)

    01/30/2013 11:19:33 AM PST · by JerseyHighlander · 6 replies
    Big Picture Agriculture ^ | January 29th, 2013 | K. McDonald
    This is an Excerpt... PNAS Study: Population Growth Will be Constrained by the Limits of Trading Virtual Water (Food) A new study has been released by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), which calls into question the unsustainable global food export system based upon unsustainable export volumes of virtual water.The first sentence sums it up: Population growth is in general constrained by food production, which in turn depends on the access to water resources. … Most of the water we use is to produce the food we eat. With the world’s population that has doubled every 40...
  • Mr. President, Your Ideology is Showing

    01/30/2013 11:15:32 AM PST · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 30, 2013 | Bob Beauprez
    On Jan. 21, the very day America learned that three of its citizens had been killed in a hostage-taking at a Saharan natural gas facility, President Obama was sworn in for another four years and delivered a speech that said nothing about terrorism. In fact, his inaugural speech failed to address many of the most pressing issues confronting America today. Rather than pay respects to the families of the Americans lost in Algeria or at the Benghazi consulate, he talked about “hope,” “engagement,” and turning “sworn enemies into the surest of friends.” The president made no mention of the more...
  • Rush To Safety: Americans Buy Nearly Half a Billion Dollars Of Gold and Silver In January

    01/30/2013 11:06:54 AM PST · by blam · 23 replies
    SHTF Plan ^ | 1-30-2013 | Mac Slavo
    Rush To Safety: Americans Buy Nearly Half a Billion Dollars Of Gold and Silver In January Mac Slavo January 30th, 2013 While public officials may be ignoring the continued deterioration of our economy, job losses to the tune of hundreds of thousands of people weekly, and the unprecedented demand for government emergency support services like unemployment insurance and food assistance, Americans who sense uncertainty in the air are flocking to the safety of physical resources. Our first point of interest is a recent report from the Federal Reserve that indicates some $114 billion dollars in cash was withdrawn from the...
  • Sen. David Vitter: Marco Rubio ‘nuts’ on immigration

    01/30/2013 10:42:47 AM PST · by JohnPDuncan · 86 replies
    POLITICO ^ | MACKENZIE WEINGER
    Sen. David Vitter on Wednesday called Florida Sen. Marco Rubio “amazingly naďve” and “nuts” on the issue of immigration and slammed the new bipartisan reform proposal as “ridiculous.” The Louisiana Republican told “The Laura Ingraham Show” that the blueprint unveiled by a group of eight senators is a plan that mirrors the “same old” failed immigration reform of 1986. Rubio’s belief that enforcement mechanisms will work this time around is “just amazingly naďve,” Vitter said. “I love and respect Marco. I think he’s just amazingly naďve on this issue,” Vitter said. “This is the same old formula that we’ve dealt...
  • MF Global’s Bankruptcy Nears a Happy Conclusion (lol)

    01/30/2013 10:36:12 AM PST · by rpierce · 26 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 1/29/2013 | BEN PROTESS
    MF Global’s Bankruptcy Nears a Happy ConclusionWhen Mahesh Desai checked his MF Global account 15 months ago, his $580,000 nest egg was gone. Like thousands of investors and farmers who had their savings with MF Global, Mr. Desai lost his money in the brokerage firm’s chaotic final days. Regulators discovered that $1.6 billion was trapped in a web of improper wire transfers, a stunning breach that sent federal investigators scrambling to build a case. On Thursday, a bankruptcy court will review a proposal that would return 93 percent of the missing money to customers like Mr. Desai...
  • White House: GOP responsible for shrinking economy

    01/30/2013 10:35:56 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 27 replies
    White House: GOP responsible for shrinking economy By Justin Sink - 01/30/13 01:11 PM ET White House press secretary Jay Carney laid the blame for a surprise economic contraction squarely at the feet of congressional Republicans Wednesday, saying economic threats during the "fiscal cliff" negotiations had prevented important defense spending. "Our economy is facing a major headwinds, and that's Republicans in Congress," Carney said. The Commerce Department projected Wednesday the nation's gross domestic product (GDP) shrank by 0.1 percent in the fourth quarter of 2012. Carney said that was partially attributable to the threat of sequestration, which would implement across-the-board...
  • SHERIFF DAVID CLARKE vs PIERS MORGAN

    01/30/2013 10:32:44 AM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 11 replies
    YOUTUBE ^ | Jan 30 2013 | youtube
    Milwaukee County Sheriff Clarke defends RKBA.
  • Online Poll: US Congress SC-01 (Tim Scott's Seat) Who do you support? Mark Sanford or someone else?

    01/30/2013 10:31:08 AM PST · by daniel885 · 11 replies
    RLCSC ^ | 1/27/2013 | RLCSC
    Are you a Mark Sanford supporter? Would you like to see him in Congress or would you like someone else? My favorites... Mark Sanford & John Kuhn -- Both fiscal hawks. Kuhn has a record of fighting against GOP against big-spending in the state Senate. Larry Grooms -- State Senator with a good voting record. A good "well-rounded" candidate. Curtis Bostic -- Social conservative but strong fiscal conservative reputation too Ray Nash -- A former Sheriff who is very conservative. Chip Limehouse -- A state representative with a lot of establishment ties and big money backing. Not such a hot...
  • Donors pledge over $1.5bn to help Syrians

    01/30/2013 10:19:59 AM PST · by bert · 2 replies
    Al Jazeera ^ | January 30, 2013 | staff
    Donor countries have pledged more than $1.5 billion for Syrians displaced by nearly two years of fighting, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said, after a donor conference in Kuwait. Ban told the final session of the one-day conference that the meeting has "reached its target" of $1 billion of aid for Syria's neighbours hosting refugees and another $500 million to fund humanitarian work for 4 million Syrians afflicted by the civil war inside the country. But the funds are only expected to cover the coming months, highlighting the massive burden to cope with needs from Syria's civil war and its...
  • Pervert MP Cyril Smith was pals with satanic child sex monster

    01/30/2013 10:17:44 AM PST · by Renfield · 16 replies
    Daily Mirror (UK) ^ | 1-19-2013 | Patrick Hill
    Paedophile MP Cyril Smith was in league with another appalling child sex abuser who set up satanic rituals and raped children as young as TWO, the Sunday People has discovered. Victim Michael Roberts, 40, today bravely puts aside his right to ­anonymity to tell for the first time how he was only six when he was sexually abused by 29-stone politician Smith. And shockingly he has revealed his devil-worshipping stepdad Michael Horgan organised the horrendous ordeal. Horgan made a deal with the man who went on to be knighted after years as a ­respected Member of Parliament...
  • CONSERVATIVE COLUMNIST: Spending Cuts Are Pushing Us Towards A Recession

    01/30/2013 10:10:13 AM PST · by blam · 32 replies
    CONSERVATIVE COLUMNIST: Spending Cuts Are Pushing Us Towards A Recession Brett LoGiuratoJanuary 30, 2013 Washington Post conservative columnist Jennifer Rubin has joined the voice of many conservatives lamenting the surprising drop in GDP last quarter. In her post, Rubin argues that spending cuts and Obama's regulations are pushing us toward a recession. The big reason for the surprise drop in fourth-quarter GDP was because of a drop in government spending, particularly a stunning fall in defense and military spending. Rubin writes: "I don’t know why they say the drop is unexpected. We are preparing to decimate national security, at a...
  • Do You Support a Path to Citizenship for Illegal Immigrants?

    01/30/2013 10:06:37 AM PST · by george76 · 58 replies
    Flathead ^ | Jan. 30, 2013 | - Montana
    Vote. Do You Support a Path to Citizenship for Illegal Immigrants? http://www.flatheadbeacon.com/
  • Pinhead Bureaucrats Threaten Family with Possible Prison Sentence for Rescuing a Baby Deer

    01/30/2013 9:58:42 AM PST · by Kaslin · 30 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 30, 2013 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    As a public finance economist, I normally focus on big-picture arguments against excessive government. If the public sector is too large, for instance, that undermines economic growth by diverting resources from the productive sector of the economy. The damage is then compounded by a needlessly destructive and punitive tax system. But I’ve also discovered that it helps to personalize the analysis by pointing out examples of ridiculous and wasteful behavior by government. From England: The world’s most useless sign That’s one of the reasons I share horror stories as part of the U.S. vs U.K. government stupidity contest. Some actions...
  • Poll to FReep

    01/30/2013 9:49:44 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 23 replies
    CNN.com ^ | Right now
    Should the Boy Scouts of America end its policy against allowing openly gay members?
  • Massachusetts Gov. Patrick picks ex-aide as interim senator

    01/30/2013 9:48:25 AM PST · by Wisconsinlady · 45 replies
    Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick has selected his former chief-of-staff William "Mo" Cowan to serve as interim U.S. senator until a special election to fill the seat left vacant by Secretary of State designate John Kerry.
  • Open letter to Chief James Johnson Baltimore County Maryland PD

    01/30/2013 9:44:52 AM PST · by Cap'n Crunch · 13 replies
    jan. 30th 2013 | Cap'n Crunch
    Chief, I was down at the station working out this morning, running on the tread mill. While I was running I was watching you testifying to the committee regarding gun control. I got so angry I decided to write you a letter. Since I couldn't find an e-mail address for you I decided to vent a little frustration here in hopes my thoughts will be viewed by someone who can forward them to you. As I watched your admiring glances and fawning praise of Sen. Feinstein, I couldn't help but immediately notice how much you two resemble one another. If...
  • Mali: Timbuktu Locals Saved Some of City’s Ancient Manuscripts from Islamists

    01/30/2013 9:34:16 AM PST · by JerseyanExile · 10 replies
    Time ^ | January 28, 2013 | Vivienne Walt
    The preservationists of Timbuktu’s centuries-old artifacts have been holding their breath for weeks, waiting for the moment when the French military would seize back Mali’s ancient northern capital from the Islamic militants who have occupied it for 10 months. At stake were the city’s most precious treasures: tens of thousands of centuries-old, priceless calligraphed manuscripts, whose fate under the jihadists’ rule was deeply uncertain. In interviews with TIME on Monday, preservationists said that in a large-scale rescue operation early last year, shortly before the militants seized control of Timbuktu, thousands of manuscripts were hauled out of the Ahmed Baba Institute...
  • FBI RAIDS OFFICE OF SEN. MENENDEZ CAMPAIGN DONOR. ACCUSED OF FACILITATING UNDERAGE ‘SEX PARTIES’

    01/30/2013 9:33:04 AM PST · by OzarkSailor · 17 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 30JAN13 | Erica Ritz
    FBI agents late Tuesday night raided the West Palm Beach business of an eye doctor suspected of providing free trips and even underage Dominican Republic prostitutes to U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J. — who has denied what he calls the “fallacious allegations.” Agents gathered at the medical-office complex of Dr. Salomon Melgen, a contributor to Menendez and other prominent politicians, to start hauling away potential evidence in several vans. The investigation is believed to be focusing on Melgen’s finances and the allegations about Menendez’s trips and contact with prostitutes. A spokesman for Menendez could not be reached for comment, nor...
  • FReepers: Never give up your guns!! [FReepathon thread XIII]

    01/30/2013 9:32:05 AM PST · by Jim Robinson · 770 replies
    Obama and his socialist-fascist regime now wants to take our guns. Like hell you say. America answers by buying guns in record numbers. Americans will never allow themselves to be disarmed. The founding fathers intended American citizens to be armed to defend themselves from just such runaway tyrannical government. America's response to Obama's attempted gun grab: FUBO!! You want my gun? Come and take it!! Never surrender!! Never retreat!! Never give up your guns!! Free Republic stands for God and country!! We defend Life, Family, Constitution, Liberty!! And we defend our God-given, constitutionally guaranteed right to keep and bear arms!!...
  • Australian Election Scheduled For Yom Kippur

    01/30/2013 9:31:36 AM PST · by Nachum · 3 replies
    inn ^ | 1//30/13 | Rachel Hirshfeld
    Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard stunned constituents on Wednesday by announcing that national elections will be held on September 14. Gillard, who holds power by a narrow margin and is trailing in the polls behind the conservative opposition, broke from the country’s tradition of revealing election dates only a few weeks in advance. While Gillard’s surprising announcement aimed at ending political uncertainty surrounding her struggling minority government, she sparked outrage within the Jewish community, as September 14 falls out on Yom Kippur—the holiest day on the Jewish calendar.
  • Man kills Alabama bus driver, holds child hostage underground

    01/30/2013 9:29:49 AM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 62 replies
    CNN ^ | 01/30/2013 | Lateef Mungin, CNN
    (CNN) -- A gunman boarded a school bus in Alabama, took a 6-year-old boy hostage and killed the driver who tried to save him, police said Wednesday. The incident occurred Tuesday and continued into Wednesday morning, with authorities still desperately trying to free the young child, who was being held by the gunman in an underground bunker. "We will continue to work diligently through the night in an effort to bring closure to this incident as quickly as possible," the Dale County Sheriff's Department said late Tuesday. Authorities identified the slain bus driver as 66-year-old Charles Albert Poland Jr. Late...
  • Russia Terminates Anti-Crime Cooperation Agreement With U.S. [Obama and Hillary FAIL]

    01/30/2013 9:21:28 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 9 replies
    Russia is terminating the agreement on cooperation with the United States in the fields of law and drug enforcement, the Russian government said Wednesday, Jan 30, according to RIA Novosti. Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has signed a relevant order to terminate the deal, the government said in a statement on its website. “The order was initiated by the Russian Foreign Ministry, as the above agreement is out of line with today’s realities and has exhausted its potential,” the statement said. The agreement was signed on September 25, 2002. As part of the deal, the United States provided financial assistance to...
  • Republicans' Bench Strength Waits in State Capitols

    01/30/2013 9:21:06 AM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 30, 2013 | Donald Lambro
    WASHINGTON -- Ever since President Obama won re-election, the news media and their pundits want us to think the Republican Party is in steep decline. But nothing could be further from the truth. Obama won only 51.1 percent of the popular vote, hardly a strong vote of confidence in his presidency -- though he managed to turn out just enough voters in a handful of swing states to win 332 electoral votes. But dig a little deeper into last year's elections and the nation's electoral infrastructure, and a far different political reality emerges: Republicans are much stronger than they are...
  • FRIDAY HEARING ON DATA-SHARING | OBAMA'S EXCHANGE (MN)

    01/30/2013 9:17:51 AM PST · by TurboZamboni
    email/CCHF ^ | 1-30-13 | twila brase
    Section 7 of House File 5 reads: Sec. 7. [62V.06] DATA. (a) The definitions in section 13.02 apply to this section. (b) Government data of the Minnesota Insurance Marketplace on individuals, employees of employers, and employers using the Minnesota Insurance Marketplace are private data on individuals or nonpublic data. The Minnesota Insurance Marketplace may share not public data with state and federal agencies and other entities if the exchange of the data is reasonably necessary to carry out the functions of the Minnesota Insurance Marketplace. State agencies shall share not public data with the Minnesota Insurance Marketplace if the exchange...
  • North Korean parents 'eating their own children'

    01/30/2013 9:15:44 AM PST · by nuconvert · 33 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | Jan. 27, 2013
    North Korean parents 'eating their own children' after being driven mad by hunger in famine-hit pariah state A starving man in North Korea has been executed after murdering his two children for food, reports from inside the secretive state claim. A 'hidden famine' in the farming provinces of North and South Hwanghae is believed to have killed up to 10,000 people and there are fears that incidents of cannibalism have risen. The grim story is just one to emerge as residents battle starvation after a drought hit farms and shortages were compounded by party officials confiscating food. Undercover reporters from...
  • Time Inc. 'restructuring' begins: 500 axed (More Hope & Change!)

    01/30/2013 9:12:29 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 23 replies
    Politico ^ | 1/30/13 | DYLAN BYERS
    Time Inc. has started its long-anticipated "restructuring" of staff and will eliminate an estimated 500 jobs today, or roughly 6 percent of its workforce.
  • Senate Judiciary chair rejects Dianne Feinstein's assault weapons ban

    01/30/2013 9:10:05 AM PST · by Nachum · 33 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 1//30/13 | Carolyn Lochhead
    The Democratic chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee did not endorse colleague Dianne Feinstein’s assault weapons ban at a packed Capitol Hill hearing on guns Wednesday in the wake of the Newtown, Conn., shooting. Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., called for “common sense reform,” that closes loopholes in current gun laws and enforces background checks. Buthe did not endorse Feinstein’s tougher ban. “I know gun store owners in Vermont,” Leahy said. “They follow the law and conduct background checks…why should we not try to plug the loopholes in the law that allow (criminals and the mentally ill)
  • Rush Limbaugh Show,M-F,12NOONPM-3PM,EST,WABC AM, January 30,2013

    01/30/2013 9:04:00 AM PST · by Biggirl · 79 replies
    The EIB Network ^ | January 30,2013 | Rush Limbaugh
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  • Reid: Small steps on sequester (Proposes Replacing Sequester)

    01/30/2013 8:57:55 AM PST · by SkyPilot · 10 replies
    Politico ^ | 29 Jan 13 | JENNIFER HABERKORN
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said today that he prefers to deal with sequestration in a series of steps. "What we think would be a better effort would be to move forward and, on short increments, to pay for the sequestration," Reid told reporters in the Capitol. “There are many low-hanging pieces of fruit out there that Republicans have said they agreed on previously. I'm not going to go into detail, but one of them, of course, is to deal with oil companies," he said, adding that he wants any sequester-avoidance deal to include revenue.
  • India, Japan make common cause to thwart China's maritime moves

    01/30/2013 8:54:19 AM PST · by James C. Bennett · 4 replies
    The Times of India ^ | Jan 29, 2013 | The Times of India
    NEW DELHI: Faced with a China that is aggressively pursuing its territorial interests in the South and East China Seas, Japan and India on Tuesday decided to coordinate moves and exercises in the first ever maritime dialogue held here. The India-Japan maritime dialogue was decided during a meeting of foreign ministers last April. Interestingly, India decided to hold a maritime dialogue with China over a month before the India-Japan decision. The Indian move to start talks with Japan ahead of the dialogue with Beijing points to a stress on New Delhi's security priorities. The Indian side was led by D...
  • A Less Obvious Reason Why GOP Should Cave on Obama’s Immigration Plan: It’s Conservative

    01/30/2013 8:51:39 AM PST · by Army Air Corps · 40 replies
    National Journal ^ | 30 January 2013 | Ron Fournier
    For all the talk about President Obama’s liberalism, his immigration agenda is the last thing you might expect: conservative. His enemies might deny it. His staff might not recognize it. But the argument Obama presented Tuesday for a path to citizenship for 11 million illegal immigrants is rooted in economic and social conservatism. First, in a Las Vegas address that included the words “economy” or “economic” 10 times, Obama argued that immigration fuels corporate innovation. “It keeps our workforce young. It keeps our country on the cutting edge,” he said. “And it’s helped build the greatest economic engine the world...
  • Rick Santelli Responds to Negative GDP Report: ´We Are Now Europe´

    01/30/2013 8:50:03 AM PST · by Nachum · 12 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | 1//30/13 | Noel Sheppard
    Rick Santelli made a stunning observation Wednesday about the shocking report that the economy actually shrunk in the fourth quarter last year. "We are now Europe," he declared on CNBC´s Squawk Box. "Hey Joe," Santelli said, "when you act like Europe, you get growth rates like Europe, and our discussions with economists sounds like we´re in Europe. They have the same discussions constantly." "They’re always doing the right thing," he continued. "They’re always thinking they know better. And this is the kind of growth. We have become Europe. We are now Europe."
  • Obama Demagogues Immigration

    01/30/2013 8:46:46 AM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 30, 2013 | Ben Shapiro
    President Obama is a uniquely gifted demagogue. An orator of unparalleled skill supported by a gushing media, Obama has yet to present a major policy proposal geared toward solving specific problems. But he has won elections. And he has done so by implying -- over and over and over again -- that his opponents are morally deficient. It is truly astonishing just how thin President Barack Obama's playbook is. Since his re-election, Obama has boiled down that playbook to one play, which he runs with the regularity of a team quarterbacked by Mark Sanchez. It usually involves children. It always...
  • WATCH: Media caught falsely claiming gun activists heckled father who lost son in Newtown

    01/30/2013 8:40:39 AM PST · by marktwain · 38 replies
    politics.kfyi.com ^ | 29 January, 2013 | NA
    This morning, many in the media went all in with a sanctimonious attack against gun-rights supporters who they accused of heckling Neil Heslin, the parent of a 6-year old boy murdered in the Sandy Hook massacre. The only problem is that it was all a lie. Mr. Heslin was not heckled. If you look at the full, unedited tape (which was first obtained by Twitchy), you'll see that after 15 minutes of the audience remaining respectfully silent as Mr. Heslin spoke out against assault weapons, he then turns to ask the audience a direct question: I ask if there’s anybody...
  • Cowan once donated to governor ... Romney

    01/30/2013 8:35:07 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 9 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | January 30, 2013 | Joe Battenfeld
    Gov. Deval Patrick's pick for interim U.S. senator, William "Mo" Cowan, has been a loyal donor to Patrick and other Democrats with one exception -- a Republican Democrats love to hate: Mitt Romney. Cowan, then an attorney at Mintz Levin, contributed at least $200 to Romney's 2002 gubernatorial campaign, according to Massachusetts campaign finance records. Cowan did not give money to Romney's Democratic opponent, Shannon O'Brien, records show.
  • Economy Contracts for First Time in 3˝ Years on Defense-Spending Cuts

    01/30/2013 8:33:09 AM PST · by SkyPilot · 23 replies
    NewsMax ^ | 30 Jan 13 | None listed
    The U.S. economy unexpectedly shrank from October through December for the first time since 2009, hurt by the biggest cut in defense spending in 40 years, fewer exports and sluggish growth in company stockpiles. The drop occurred despite stronger consumer spending and business investment. The Commerce Department said Wednesday that the economy contracted at an annual rate of 0.1 percent in the fourth quarter. That was a sharp slowdown from the 3.1 percent growth rate in the July-September quarter. Economists said the drop in gross domestic product wasn't as bleak as it looked. The weakness was mainly the result of...
  • Obama’s America looks a lot like the EU

    01/30/2013 8:32:05 AM PST · by COBOL2Java · 3 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 29 January 2012 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Almost a decade ago, Europeans and many progressive Americans were lamenting how the United States was going to miss out on the 21st-century paradigm symbolized by the robust European Union. Neanderthal Americans were importing ever more oil while waging a costly “war on terror” and fighting conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Our budget deficit in 2003 hit $374 billion. The European Union avoided foreign conflicts and embraced soft power. Its declining military budgets and centralized transnational government ensured that it could address climate change and fund ever-expanding entitlements. Even the poorer Mediterranean nations reached new heights of prosperity. The Greek...
  • When the 49ers Played at Kezar

    01/30/2013 8:31:48 AM PST · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 30, 2013 | Terry Jeffrey
    When I was a boy in the 1960s, my father had nine season tickets to the San Francisco 49ers, and on Sundays in the fall would often bring as many as seven of his 11 children to see the team play at Kezar Stadium. Kezar was at the southeast corner of Golden Gate Park, adjacent to the Haight-Ashbury District. In 1967, there was probably no greater side-by-side contrast of the diverging trends in American culture than between the people inside that stadium, watching a game played on grass, and the people outside the stadium, smoking grass. At the age...
  • MILLER: GOP senators blocked from bringing guns to hearing

    01/30/2013 8:29:37 AM PST · by marktwain · 13 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 29 January, 2013 | Emily Miller
    There is a showdown over guns coming to the Senate Wednesday, but no firearms are allowed. In advance of the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Wednesday morning, two of the committee’s Republican members sent a complaint that they were refused permission to bring guns to the hearing. Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas sent a letter Tuesday night to Chairman Patrick Leahy, Vermont Democrat, that the purpose of bringing the firearms was to educate fellow Senators and “shatter the mistaken belief that guns in the hands of law-abiding citizens are a danger to society.” However,...
  • 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.