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  • Charlie Baker rules out U.S. Senate run

    01/31/2013 8:59:42 PM PST · by massmike · 2 replies
    http://bostonherald.com ^ | 01/31/2013 | Hillary Chabot
    Former GOP gubernatorial candidate Charlie Baker flatly ruled out a run for the special Senate election, saying he doesn’t “really think of myself as a senator,”but he urged his former boss and former Gov. William Weld to jump into the fray should Scott Brown decide to stay out of the race. The Swampscott Republican has kept out of the media limelight since losing his 2010 bid for governor. Both U.S. representatives Edward J. Markey and Stephen F. Lynch have entered the race on the Democratic side, but so far Brown, who just lost to U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren last fall,...
  • Tawana Brawley served with court order to pay man she accused of rape in 1987

    01/31/2013 8:51:15 PM PST · by 50sDad · 21 replies
    New York Post ^ | 01/31/13 | 50sDad
    “For at least 25 years, she has been living a major lie,” said former Dutchess County prosecutor Steven Pagones, who was falsely accused of raping Brawley in 1987 and finally tracked her down, thanks to The Post. “To me, this has always been about responsibility and accountability,’’ added the former ADA, who won the $190,000 defamation lawsuit against Brawley, 40, now a nurse in Virginia, more than a decade ago.
  • Gun group attacks gun control lobbyist who fired assault rifle(In CO Working for Bloomberg)

    01/31/2013 8:47:02 PM PST · by Red Steel · 5 replies
    kdvr ^ | 1:18 pm, January 31, 2013 | Eli Stokols
    DENVER — In the brewing battle over guns and gun laws, even the lobbyists are fair game. Dudley Brown, who directs Rocky Mountain Gun Owners, Colorado’s most strident defenders of gun rights, opposes any and all efforts to expand background checks or ban weapons. And, in a Facebook post published on the group’s site Wednesday, Brown is calling one of the Capitol lobbyists spearheading the charge for gun control a “hypocrite”. Adam Eichberg, who along with Headwaters Strategies partner Will Coyne has signed a contract to represent “Mayors Against Illegal Guns”, the group led by New York City Mayor Michael...
  • Officials: Agents Raided Office of Menendez Friend After Document Shredding Truck Spotted

    01/31/2013 8:38:18 PM PST · by Steelfish · 9 replies
    ABCNews ^ | January 31, 2013 | RHONDA SCHWARTZ
    Officials: Agents Raided Office of Menendez Friend After Document Shredding Truck Spotted FBI agents and other law enforcement officials investigate the medical-office complex of Dr. Salomon Melgen who has possible ties to U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) on January 30, 2013 in West Palm Beach, Fla. By RHONDA SCHWARTZ Jan. 31, 2013 Federal agents raided the West Palm Beach eye clinic of a longtime friend and political supporter of Sen. Robert Menendez earlier this week after a document shredding truck was observed at the building, following attempts by FBI agents to question Dr. Salomon Melgen about his relationship with the...
  • Columbia Shuttle Crew Not Told of Possible Problem With Reentry

    01/31/2013 8:35:29 PM PST · by chessplayer · 94 replies
    What would you tell seven astronauts if you knew their space shuttle was crippled on orbit? It was a question that faced NASA's Mission Control considered after initial suspicions that something might be wrong with the shuttle Columbia as it was making its doomed reentry in 2003. Wayne Hale, who later became space shuttle program manager, struggled with this question after the deaths of the Columbia crew 10 years ago. Recently he wrote about the debate in his blog, recalling a meeting to discuss the dilemma: "After one of the MMTs (Mission Management Team) when possible damage to the orbiter...
  • California's Hispanic Population Projected To Outnumber White In 2014 [The Takeover Is Complete!]

    01/31/2013 8:31:55 PM PST · by Steelfish · 45 replies
    YahooNews ^ | January 31, 2013 | Alex Dobuzinskis
    California's Hispanic Population Projected To Outnumber White In 2014 By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - California's Hispanic population will equal that of whites this year before becoming the state's largest demographic group in 2014 for the first time since statehood in 1850, a government report showed on Thursday. That change in the most populous U.S. state will make it the third where whites do not comprise a plurality of the population, after New Mexico and Hawaii. The shift is occurring alongside nationwide growth in the Hispanic population, which grew to 16.7 percent of the total in 2011 from 12.5...
  • Lee Rodgers, Rest In Peace (KSFO, KGO conservative talk show host)

    01/31/2013 8:24:36 PM PST · by CounterCounterCulture · 50 replies
    Melanie Morgan ^ | Melanie Morgan
    Lee Rodgers, Rest in Peace Written by Melanie Morgan I really don't want to write about this, I don't want to think about this, and I don't want it to be true. Lee Rodgers, friend and mentor, is dead. I owe everything that I have in my professional life to Lee Rodgers, who took me under his wing back in 1988 in the halycon days of KGO Radio. Lee was a nighttime talk show host, a former rock and roll DJ, hired by my husband Jack Swanson. He hired him twice, in fact. "Lee Rodgers was a real radio guy....
  • Space Shuttle Columbia: What Happened 10 Years Ago (RIP)

    01/31/2013 8:17:22 PM PST · by Pyro7480 · 17 replies
    Ten years ago Friday, the space shuttle Columbia was destroyed and its seven astronauts killed during the final minutes of its flight. NASA will mark the 10th anniversary of the accident at Florida's Kennedy Space Center, and take part in an observance at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia, where three of the astronauts are buried. Other commemorations Friday include events at a 2-year-old Columbia museum in Hemphill, Texas, where shuttle debris fell. PBS is also airing a new documentary about Ilan Ramon, the Israeli astronaut on Columbia. The wife of the shuttle's commander, Evelyn Husband Thompson, said she has seen...
  • Pentagon Lobbies for Hagel to Be Boss

    01/31/2013 8:09:21 PM PST · by chessplayer · 17 replies
    Today, the Senate Armed Services Committee begins its consideration of the nomination of Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defense. The former Republican Senator from Nebraska is a combat veteran, but has little other experience in America's national security infrastructure. His nomination faces strong resistance, due largely to past positions he has taken with respect to Israel and Iran. In response to this criticism, the Pentagon has undertaken an unprecedented lobbying campaign in support of Hagel.
  • DC v. Heller Attorney: NY Gun Law “Clearly Unconstitutional”

    01/31/2013 7:59:51 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | January 31, 2013 | Patrick Burke
    Attorney Alan Gura, who successfully represented plaintiff Dick Heller in the Supreme Court case DC v Heller, which struck down a ban on handguns as unconstitutional, said the new gun control law in New York signed by Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo is “clearly unconstitutional.” Speaking at a discussion on Jan. 29 at Cornell University Law School, Gura specifically mentioned the law’s seven-round bullet limit for gun magazines as unconstitutional. … Gura added that plaintiff Dick Heller’s gun—which was illegal under the unconstitutional handgun ban in the District of Columbia—would also have been illegal under the New York law because of...
  • LIVE: Thousands Of Companies Around The World Reveal The Truth About The Economy

    01/31/2013 7:55:25 PM PST · by blam · 5 replies
    TBI ^ | Sam Ro
    LIVE: Thousands Of Companies Around The World Reveal The Truth About The Economy Sam RoJanuary 31, 2013HEADS UP! The world's biggest economies are releasing their January manufacturing PMI reports. This is our live scorecard. Once again, the world will want to see if the emerging Asian economies are continuing the improvement they saw in their recent PMI reports. And they'll also want to see if Europe's manufacturing downturn is slowing. People will also want to know what's up with Japan. A political dispute with China has been a serious problem for exports. Meanwhile, new leadership has been explicit about their...
  • Chinese Businessman Sells Canned Air to Smog-Choked Citizens (Beijing)

    01/31/2013 7:27:57 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 29 replies
    DVICE ^ | Wednesday, January 30, 2013 | Adario Strange
    Chinese businessman sells canned air to smog-choked citizens Recently, we told you about the horrendous air pollution problems in Beijing that have forced the Chinese government to advise citizens to stay indoors and has residents wearing facemasks in an attempt to protect their lungs from the smog. In the true spirit of Chinese entrepreneurialism, a Chinese businessman has decided to cash in on the "airpocalypse" by selling his own brand of canned air. Chen Guangbiao, a local entrepreneur known for his publicity stunts, claims he's selling the cans of air in part as a way to bring attention to the...
  • US Senate Shoots Down Bid to Halt Sales of F-16s, Tanks to Egypt

    01/31/2013 7:20:51 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 55 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | January 31, 2013 | Patrick Goodenough
    The U.S. Senate Thursday defeated an amendment that aimed to prevent the Obama administration from transferring F-16 fighter aircraft and Abrams tanks to an Egypt in disarray. A vote to block the measure proposed by Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.)—an amendment to the debt limit bill—passed by a 79–19 vote. In a strong-worded floor statement Paul questioned the wisdom of providing the sophisticated weaponry at a time when “many see Egypt descending into chaos.” … “I think this is particularly unwise since Egypt is currently governed by a religious zealot, a religious zealot who said recently that Jews were ‘bloodsuckers’ and...
  • Sen. Ted Cruz Questioning Chuck Hagel in Confirmation Hearing

    01/31/2013 7:18:56 PM PST · by lonestar67 · 21 replies
    Youtube ^ | January 31, 2013 | Ted Cruz
    video at link
  • State Budget Outlook Better but Not as Good as Before

    01/31/2013 7:16:01 PM PST · by PieterCasparzen · 3 replies
    The Council of State Governments ^ | January 2013 | Mary Branham, CSG Managing Editor
    When legislators return to their statehouses, the usual suspects of concern will be waiting for them—and some new areas that have been waiting in the wings will rear their heads as well. States face looming fiscal problems in Medicaid, public pensions and budget gaps, as well as unemployment issues—both in the number of unemployed people who won’t receive benefits after federal extensions end and continued unemployment trust fund insolvency. That doesn’t even touch the problems of funding the everyday services constituents have come to expect. “A lot of state budget officers are concerned that we will have growth, which is...
  • IRS: Parents Must Pay Federal Fine for Uninsured Kids

    01/31/2013 7:11:08 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 74 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | January 31, 2013 | Matt Cover
    In new, final regulations issued Wednesday, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) said that parents must pay a federal fine under Obamacare if their children or dependent spouses are uninsured for any part of the year. The regulations clarify provisions of Obamacare that seem to say that a parent will be held liable for Obamacare’s individual mandate penalty if they don’t have insurance coverage for their children. In its final regulations, the IRS states that parents will be made to pay the penalty if they can claim an uninsured child or spouse as a dependent, regardless of whether they actually claim...
  • The EPA once again raises its biofuels standards — for biofuels that still do not exist

    01/31/2013 7:06:34 PM PST · by Nachum · 8 replies
    HotAir ^ | 1/31/13 | Erika Johnsen
    The Environmental Protection Agency’s brazen contempt for free-market economics evidently knows no bounds. Less than a week ago, the Environmental Protection Agency received a slap on the wrist from a federal appeals court that ruled that the EPA may not force oil companies to pay for an credits for failing to comply with a rule mandating that they incorporate a certain amount of cellulosic biofuels into their product. The EPA estimated that the industry would produce and make available for purchase 8.7 million gallons of cellulosic biofuels in 2012, but the industry only actually produced less than 21,000 gallons —...
  • Obama Chickens Out, Says A Million EVs By 2015 Not Important

    01/31/2013 6:57:09 PM PST · by nascarnation · 11 replies
    The Truth About Cars ^ | 1/31/2013 | Bertel Schmitt
    Today must be International Backpedaling Day. Obama says: “Never mind a million EVs by 2015.” Under a new strategy announced today, the Department of Energy promised to support research into new battery technologies and manufacturing methods that would lower the cost of lightweight materials and improve vehicles’ fuel-efficiency, Reuters reports. But the DOE backpedals furiously from a goal set out in a 2011 State of the Union speech, where President Barack Obama announced what he called “Apollo projects of our times.” One of them was the goal for the United States to be “the first country to have a million...
  • Suspension of U.S. debt limit wins final congressional approval

    01/31/2013 6:54:19 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Reuters ^ | Thu Jan 31, 2013 6:04pm EST | Thomas Ferraro
    A bill allowing the U.S. government to keep borrowing money for at least a few more months, beyond its record $16.4 trillion debt limit, won final congressional approval on Thursday, clearing the way for President Barack Obama to sign it into law. The Democratic-led Senate passed the bill, 64-34, a week after the Republican-controlled House of Representatives approved it, 285-144. Both votes were bipartisan. The legislation would put off until at least May 19 a showdown over the debt limit between Republicans, who demand more spending cuts to shrink deficits, and Democrats, who favor reducing deficits with a mix of...
  • U.S. on alert over Canadians [Islamists] in Algeria

    01/31/2013 6:53:28 PM PST · by Pan_Yan · 8 replies
    The Globe and Mail ^ | January 31, 2013 8:49 PM EST | Reuters
    Signs that Canadian citizens were involved in the attack by hostage-taking Islamist militants on a remote gas plant in Algeria are of great concern to American authorities, U.S. intelligence officials said on Thursday. While Algerian authorities apparently have not yet provided Western governments with cast-iron proof, a senior U.S. intelligence official said: “We’re taking very seriously the reports of the two Canadians’ involvement.” ... Confirmation that Canadian citizens were involved in the attack on the In Amenas facility in the Algerian desert would raise concerns about a worrying nexus between North America and North African militants. At least 38 plant...