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  • EU threatens to punish Norway for breaching EEA agreement

    01/30/2013 12:18:45 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 30 January 2013 | Henriette Jacobsen
    Norway is failing to live up to its obligations as a member of the European Economic Area (EEA), including imposing extra taxes on EU products and not implementing more than 400 directives, according to an EU report to be published later this year. … Moreover, the EU also dislikes the fact that Norway has rejected several directives coming from Brussels. The Norwegian government has for example warned it won’t implement the EU’s postal directive about competitiveness for letter mail weighing less than 50 grams. … (Denmark MEP Bendt) Bendtsen said the problems in the EU-Norway relations could eventually affect the...
  • What's an Assault Weapon?

    01/30/2013 12:12:47 PM PST · by Kaslin · 31 replies ^ | January 30, 2013 | Jacob Sullum
    Last week, Sen. Dianne Feinstein introduced a new, supposedly improved version of the federal "assault weapon" ban that expired in 2004. But like that earlier law, which the California Democrat also sponsored, Feinstein's bill prohibits the manufacture and sale of guns based on characteristics that have little or nothing to do with the danger they pose. Although arbitrary distinctions are a defining characteristic of "assault weapon" bans, recent polls indicate that most Americans support them. New survey data suggest one possible explanation: Most Americans don't know what "assault weapons" are. Feinstein's bill would ban "157 dangerous military-style assault weapons" by...
  • President Obama’s popularity surges to three-year high (From Washington Post)

    01/30/2013 12:09:15 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 01/30/2013 | Scott Clement and Aaron Blake
    President Obama is riding a wave of personal popularity into his second term, with his highest favorability ratings since his first year in office, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.Fully 60 percent of Americans have a favorable impression of Obama in the new poll, up slightly from October but a clear shift in opinion from an election year in which his ratings hovered in the mid-to-low 50s. And by 39 percent to 26 percent, the president now has more “strongly” positive ratings than strongly negative reviews, breaking a two-year stretch in which intense opposition was on par...
  • Australian PM schedules elections for Yom Kippur

    01/30/2013 12:09:12 PM PST · by Dave346 · 10 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | January 30, 2013, 11:49 am | Gabe Fisher
    Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard surprised voters on Wednesday by announcing that national elections will be held September 14, in a country where governments have traditionally given the opposition little more than a month’s notice to keep a strategic advantage. September 14, 2013, falls on Yom Kippur, leading former opposition leader Malcolm Turnbull to post on Twitter that he was “deeply disappointed that Julia Gillard chose to hold the election on Yom Kippur — the most solemn and sacred day of the Jewish year.”
  • ADP: 192K private-sector jobs added in January

    01/30/2013 12:06:21 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/30/2013 | Ed Morrissey
    Originally, I planned to add this to the GDP announcement --- but that was before the BEA laid an egg, and a red egg at that. Instead, let's look at the early indicator from ADP of Friday's upcoming BLS jobs report, which is a lot sunnier than Q4 GDP would suggest: Private sector employment increased by 192,000 jobs from December to January, according to the January ADP National Employment Report, which is produced by ADP, a leading provider of human capital management services, in collaboration with MoodyÂ’s Analytics. The report, which is derived from ADPÂ’s actual payroll data, measures the...
  • Rally Not Ready to Withdraw Into Solitude

    01/30/2013 11:49:56 AM PST · by Kaslin ^ | January 30, 2013 | Charles Payne
    se•ques•ter[si-kwes-ter] Show IPAverb (used with object) 1. to remove or withdraw into solitude or retirement; seclude.2. to remove or separate.3.Law. to remove (property) temporarily from the possession of the owner; seize and hold, as theproperty and income of a debtor, until legal claims are satisfied.4. International Law. to requisition, hold, and control (enemy property). It was an odd and somewhat uneventful session that saw an okay durable goods report offset a slight disappointment in pending home sales and Caterpillar (CAT) rally higher mostly on the words of a confident CEO while offsetting what on the surfaced seemed to be really...
  • Fed Keeps Stimulus In Place As Economy "Paused" (BARF)

    01/30/2013 11:48:42 AM PST · by Biggirl · 1 replies ^ | January 30,2013 | Allster Bull And Pedro da Costa
    (Reuters) - The Federal Reserve on Wednesday left in place its monthly $85 billion bond-buying stimulus plan, saying economic growth had stalled but indicating the pullback was likely temporary.
  • ATF's Milwaukee sting operation marred by mistakes, failures

    01/30/2013 11:47:13 AM PST · by rellimpank · 21 replies
    Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel ^ | 30 jan 2013 | John Diedrich and Raquel Rutledge
    . A store calling itself Fearless Distributing opened early last year on an out-of-the-way street in Milwaukee's Riverwest neighborhood, offering designer clothes, athletic shoes, jewelry and drug paraphernalia. Those working behind the counter, however, weren't interested in selling anything. They were undercover agents from the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives running a storefront sting aimed at busting criminal operations in the city by purchasing drugs and guns from felons. But the effort to date has not snared any major dealers or taken down a gang. Instead, it resulted in a string of mistakes and failures, including an...
  • Hillary Clinton warns GOP lawmakers not to act like North Africa terrorists

    01/30/2013 11:43:47 AM PST · by MissesBush · 47 replies
    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, while lamenting the partisanship of congressional Republicans who grilled her about the Benghazi attack, encouraged Republicans not to imitate the unwillingness to compromise evinced by terrorists in North Africa. “It has been increasingly partisan,” Clinton said today at the Newseum when asked to comment on the questioning she faced from Republicans last week. “You can be partisan, you can have a strong sense of the rightness of your position, but democracy and certainly legislative bodies require compromise. And you can’t let compromise become a dirty word because then you veer toward fanaticism.” “I mean, we...
  • Berlin man charged with murder after shooting man in stomach with arrow

    01/30/2013 11:37:46 AM PST · by SMGFan · 20 replies
    A 25-year-old Berlin man has been charged with shooting another man in the stomach with an arrow, killing him on Monday night, according to the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office. Timothy Canfield, of the first block of North Brill Avenue in Berlin, is charged with the murder of Kereti Paulsen, of Cape May Court House. Authorities allege that the victim, Paulsen, got into a fistfight with another resident of the Brill Avenue home some time between 10 p.m. and 10:45 p.m. Monday night. That argument broke up and everyone but Paulsen went back into the house, according to witness statements provided...
  • Israeli airstrike hits truck convoy in Syria

    01/30/2013 11:37:42 AM PST · by nuconvert · 11 replies
    Israel conducted a rare airstrike inside Syria near the border with Lebanon, hitting a convoy of trucks, foreign officials said Wednesday, amid fears President Bashar Assad's regime is providing weapons to the Islamic militant group Hezbollah.
  • Why There's No Real Inflation - Yet

    01/30/2013 11:35:47 AM PST · by blam · 46 replies
    TMO - Money Morning ^ | 1-30-2013 | Martin Hutchinson
    Why There's No Real Inflation - Yet Economics / InflationJan 30, 2013 - 01:16 PM GMT By: Money Morning Martin Hutchinson writes: According to Milton Friedman, "inflation is always and everywhere a monetary phenomenon." If that is true, then you have to wonder where the heck all of the inflation is. Every central bank in the Western world is holding interest rates down, and almost all of them are printing money like it's going out of style. Five years ago, nearly every economist in the world would have told you this would cause inflation to skyrocket, and the big deficits...
  • Syrian TV says Israeli warplanes attacked research center

    01/30/2013 11:30:40 AM PST · by ConservativeMan55 · 33 replies
    Syrian TV says Israeli warplanes attacked research center in Damascus province at dawn on Wednesday.
  • 3 people shot at office complex in Phoenix, Arizona; shooter may be on the loose

    01/30/2013 11:28:36 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 17 replies ^ | 1/30/2013
    Phoenix police said someone shot three people at an office complex Wednesday morning and the shooter's whereabouts were unknown. Officer James Holmes said the victims were taken to hospitals. He did not know if their injuries were life-threatening. Holmes said police so far believe there was only one shooter but don't know his whereabouts. "We have no motive. It is right now a really fluid scene," Holmes said. He said police were given conflicting information about the suspect leaving the scene. The building was evacuated and police are looking for a suspect or any additional victims. Vannessa Brogan, who works...
  • Teen girl who performed at Obama inauguration killed in Chicago shooting

    01/30/2013 11:27:38 AM PST · by South40 · 67 replies ^ | January 30, 2013
    A teenage girl who attended presidential inauguration activities in Washington earlier this month was shot to death at a Chicago park. Police say 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton was shot in the back Tuesday and later died at University of Chicago Comer Children's Hospital. An unidentified boy was shot in the leg and is being treated at the hospital. No arrests have been made. Hadiya was a majorette with the King College Prep High School band, which performed at several inaugural events. CBS Chicago affiliate WBBM-TV reports she was also an honor student and volleyball player.
  • Now MSNBC is “reviewing” how that tape was edited to make Newtown residents look like

    01/30/2013 11:26:42 AM PST · by marktwain · 46 replies ^ | 30 January, 2013 | Jim Treacher has been all over the story of NBC’s latest… I was about to say “latest ethical lapse,” but that would imply they have any ethics to begin with. Let’s just call it the latest example of NBC lying so egregiously, even a few other liberal media outlets are calling them out on it. Twitchy deserves our thanks for catching the lie and presenting the truth. And now the cover-up begins at NBC. Erik Wemple at WaPo has the latest: MSNBC is reviewing its portrayal of the testimony of Neil Heslin, the father of a Sandy Hook victim, at a...
  • 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 ^ | 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
    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...

    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?
  • 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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...

    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 ^ | 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...

    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
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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...