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  • Who Are We? ... Mark Steyn

    02/01/2013 4:32:52 AM PST · by Rummyfan · 4 replies
    Steyn Online ^ | 31 Jan 2013 | Mark Steyn
    In my last column, I argued that culture trumps politics, since when many readers have demanded to know what exactly I meant. Well, look no further than the very first post-election issue Republicans were told they needed to address: getting on the right side of Hispanics by neutralizing the illegal-immigrant issue. A population perhaps the size of Australia's or four mid-sized EU nations' strolled into America and decided to stay. In doing so, they broke the law. Literally. That's to say, some of the most basic laws of the nation lie shattered and discarded. Municipally, we have "sanctuary cities." At...
  • Despite court ruling, EPA raises biofuel estimate

    02/01/2013 4:22:21 AM PST · by tobyhill · 3 replies
    fox news ^ | 1/31/2013 | ap
    Days after a federal appeals court said the Obama administration is setting overly optimistic production quotas for the struggling biofuels industry, the government issued new standards Thursday that raise production estimates for 2013. New standards announced by the Environmental Protection Agency require production of 14 million gallons of so-called cellulosic biofuels made from grasses and woody material. That's up from an 8.7 million-gallon requirement in 2012 -- when actual production was near zero. An oil industry representative said the Obama administration was thumbing its nose at a ruling last week by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of...
  • Economy Shrinking, Debt Soaring, And Obama's Talking..."God, Guns and Gays?"

    02/01/2013 4:10:45 AM PST · by suspects · 17 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | February 1, 2013 | Michael Graham
    Our weak economy is stumbling yet again. America’s GDP actually shrank during the last three months of 2012, after three years of Obama’s “recovery.” Jobless claims jumped last week “unexpectedly.” And a new report says our national debt will soon be 200 percent of our entire national output — or twice as high as that of Greece. Since the inauguration, what have President Obama and the White House been talking about? Jobs, the economy and debt? Nope. It’s been gun control, same-sex marriage, women in combat and illegal immigration. I’m so old I remember when campaigning on divisive wedge issues...
  • Several reportedly injured in blast near U.S. embassy in Turkey

    02/01/2013 4:04:39 AM PST · by nuconvert · 24 replies
    Turkish news reports say an explosion in front of the U.S. Embassy in the Turkish capital Ankara has injured several people.
  • Another shake-up at CNN... Will veteran John King be pushed out for political dynamo Jake Tapper?

    02/01/2013 3:54:52 AM PST · by nuconvert · 16 replies
    CNN chief national correspondent John King could be ousted from the network in favour of new Chief Washington correspondent Jake Tapper, MailOnline can reveal. King, 49, has already moved out of his office to make way for Tapper, 43, who was poached by new CNN boss Jeff Zucker from ABC. And now sources have revealed that King has not signed a new contract - and has instead signed an extension to his existing deal, leaving his future at the network unclear.
  • U.S. vice president will meet Syrian opposition leader in Europe: White House

    02/01/2013 3:38:17 AM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 6 replies
    Alarabiya.net English ^ | February 1, 2013 | By Al Arabiya with Reuters
    U.S. Vice President Joe Biden is set to meet with Syrian opposition leader Mouaz Al-Khatib during a European trip in coming days and will discuss U.S. concerns about the Syrian conflict with Russia as well, White House officials said on Thursday. It would be the highest-level U.S. meeting with the Syrian opposition, which is fighting to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad in a 22-month-old war that has killed more than 60,000 people and forced more than 700,000 to flee Syria, according to the United Nations. Biden is due to meet khatib on Saturday in Munich on the margins of a security...
  • Breaking: Former New York City Mayor Ed Koch Dead at 88

    02/01/2013 3:35:10 AM PST · by Zakeet · 75 replies
    ABC News ^ | February 1, 2013
    Ed Koch, the brash, colorful and often confrontational mayor who helped to lead New York City out of its brush with bankruptcy in the 1970s, launching an astonishing municipal turnaround that continues to this day, has died. He was 88.
  • Global medical company lays off 100 in US, blames ObamaCare

    02/01/2013 3:25:27 AM PST · by tobyhill · 5 replies
    fox news ^ | 2/1/2013 | fox news
    A global medical technology company has laid off nearly 100 employees at its offices in Tennessee and Massachusetts and is blaming the layoffs on the medical device tax tied to ObamaCare. London-based Smith & Nephew said Thursday it laid off fewer than 100 employees between the two offices, which operate as the company's advanced surgical devices unit, according to The Commercial Appeal. The company specializes in developing orthopedic reconstruction products, has nearly 11,000 employees and operates in over 90 countries, according to its website. The Affordable Care Act includes a 2.3 percent tax on medical devices, which is expected to...
  • Quinn & Rose - America’s Morning Show - February 1, 2013

    02/01/2013 2:53:06 AM PST · by sneakers · 9 replies
    Listen to the Quinn & Rose Morning Show from 6:00 to 9:00 Eastern on: www.wpgb.com (104.7 Pittsburgh, Pa) http://wysl1040.com/ (Rochester, NY) http://www.talkradio560.com/ (Frostburg, MD) http://wicofm.com/ (Salisbury/Ocean City, MD WOBX - Outer banks NC httphttp://www.wncoam.com/main.html (Ashland, OH) ://tunein.com/radio/The-War-Room-with-Quinn--Rose-p34761/ for archived shows And now on 166 XM
  • Labor Unions Finally Read Obamacare Fine Print, Realize Costs Set To Spike, "Turn Sour" On Obama

    02/01/2013 2:48:30 AM PST · by Prov1322 · 38 replies
    ZeroHedge ^ | 01.31.2013 | Tyler Durden
    It is a well-known fact that nobody in Congress ever reads, or even skims, any law, and especially not the fine print, it passes until long after it has been enacted into law. It appears the same is just as true for the biggest pillar of support for the Obama administration: America's labor unions, whose liberal vote every election is instrumental to preserving the outflow side of America's welfare state. As it turns out, it was the same labor unions who enthusiastically supported the primary accomplishment of the Obama administration in the past 4 years, Obamacare, only to realize, long...
  • CNN Cancels Soledad O’Brien Show, Says It Wasn’t Due to ‘Ethnic’ Viewership

    02/01/2013 2:13:43 AM PST · by SMGFan · 41 replies
    The tumult at CNN that has seen several contributors leave the cable news network continued on Wednesday, when Soledad O'Brien's morning show, “Starting Point,” was canceled because her program's small audience was “too ethnic, based on the high concentration of minority viewers.” Despite ending O'Brien's morning show, a CNN spokesman told Politico on Thursday that "Soledad is very important to the network, and we're discussing various options with her.”
  • Suzanna Gratia Hupp explains the 2nd Amendment at the gut level

    02/01/2013 1:59:28 AM PST · by plsjr · 8 replies
    YouTube ^ | various | Dr. Hupp
    Suzanna Gratia-Hupp at GOCRA Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, and tells Congress why the 2nd Amendment Exists
  • Ariz. Senate Panel Passes Bill Barring Enforcement Of Federal Gun Measures

    02/01/2013 1:45:14 AM PST · by stevie_d_64 · 14 replies
    WNEW ^ | January 31, 2013
    PHOENIX — A Republican-sponsored bill barring enforcement of new federal guns laws sparked passionate debate in an Arizona Senate committee that ultimately passed the bill Wednesday. The party-line vote moved the first of several anti-gun control bills introduced in the Legislature to the floor on the same day the U.S. Congress heard a plea from former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords to pass new gun control laws. The bill co-sponsored by state Sen. Don Shooter, four other senators and several members of the House of Representatives would bar enforcement of new federal laws affecting semi-automatic firearms or high-capacity magazines. It also...
  • THE OBOEHNER TAX INCREASES AND MORE

    02/01/2013 1:17:34 AM PST · by Nextrush · 15 replies
    2/1/2013 | Self
    I heard something the other day that needs correction. Rush Limbaugh talked about the "Obama tax increases" and if he was talking about Obamacare tax hikes he's right on the money because Barack Obama owns them. The GOP didn't support it. But I got the impression El Rushbo was talking about the deal agreed to at the beginning of this year that restored 2 percent to the Social Security tax and raised taxes on "the rich." John Boehner is co-owner of those tax increases with Barack Obama. And just like the Obamacare taxes, they are economically destructive. It looks like...
  • Prayer request for Gonzo's brother-in-law

    01/31/2013 10:48:55 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 69 replies
    Gonzo
    Received a request from Gonzo. He says his brother-in-law, Noel Nightingale, is in the hospital and is close to expiring. God bless his soul, he's a good man. A Canadian navy veteran who fought for the United States. Please address your replies to Gonzo.
  • MSNBC Airs Un-Edited Sandy Hook Father's Testimony After Critics Complain [about MSNBC's editing]

    01/31/2013 10:27:17 PM PST · by grundle · 20 replies
    Hollywood Reporter ^ | 1/30/2013 | Paul Bond
    Conservatives said the edited footage made it appear as though Neil Heslin was shouted down by Second Amendment advocates at a hearing in Connecticut, and rival network anchor Anderson Cooper agreed.NBC News has re-aired a video its critics say was selectively edited after finding itself embroiled in another controversy about edited video. It's not the first time a controversy over editing has plagued the cable talker. NBC aired doctored versions of a 911 call in the Trayvon Martin case, which led to an apology and several people losing their jobs in April. On Monday, MSNBC aired a video that seemed...
  • Ski masks, a fashion accessory to crime in D.C., may soon be illegal

    01/31/2013 10:20:18 PM PST · by grundle · 35 replies
    Washington Times ^ | January 30, 2013 | Andrea Noble
    Buying a ski mask isn’t illegal, but could restricting their sale help prevent crime? The notion is stirring debate among some Northwest Washington residents after reports of robberies committed by men wearing ski masks. The frequency of the robberies also has caught attention of police, who say one neighborhood crew is frequently purchasing masks at a local sports store for the express purpose of committing robberies. “They clearly are a problem. Otherwise, we wouldn’t see it being mentioned in all the reports,” said Faith Wheeler, an Advisory Neighborhood Commission member from the Takoma neighborhood in Northwest. And while police from...
  • NATO chief: EU must spend more on military

    01/31/2013 10:01:14 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 31.01.13 @ 19:00 | Andrew Rettman
    NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen has urged EU countries to spend more on defense despite the economic crisis or risk losing US solidarity. He said in a foreword to the alliance’s report on 2012, out on Thursday (31 January), that: “If current defense spending trends were to continue, that would limit the practical ability of NATO’s European nations to work together with their North American allies. But it would also risk weakening the political support for our alliance in the United States.” He added NATO is still “the most important military power in the world.” But he also warned: “The...
  • Hot Reporter Owns Videobomber (nicely done in New Orleans - STD mention)

    01/31/2013 10:01:09 PM PST · by doug from upland · 22 replies
    youtube ^ | 1-31-13
    You might enjoy how a reporter handles a drunk *itch from San Francisco who is interrupting her TV report.
  • The gun-show loophole myth - FBI checks have to be fixed; new laws not needed on private gun sales

    01/31/2013 9:27:25 PM PST · by neverdem · 23 replies
    Washington Times ^ | January 30, 2013 | Emily Miller
    For the first time in 14 years, the CEO of the National Rifle Association (NRA), will testify on Capitol Hill. Wayne LaPierre’s appearance Wednesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee underscores how seriously the nation’s largest gun-owners organization takes the latest assault on the Second Amendment.Committee Chairman Patrick J. Leahy, Vermont Democrat, invited former Rep. Gabrielle Gifford’s husband, Mark Kelly, among others, to testify for the other side. In his prepared remarks, Mr. LaPierre will say, “When it comes to the issue of background checks, let’s be honest: Background checks will never be ‘universal’ because criminals will never submit to them.”(This...
  • COMBAT VETERAN ARRESTED! [accused of possessing high-capacity magazines for an assault rifle]

    01/31/2013 9:15:57 PM PST · by Rig4Dive · 96 replies
    The Right Perspective ^ | January 31, 2013
    Nathan Haddad, a decorated combat veteran with multiples deployments to Afghanistan, who has spent spent 12 years serving his Country in the United States Army, is now under Arrest!
  • FDA to college: Carry on with morning-after pill vending machines

    01/31/2013 9:01:24 PM PST · by Slings and Arrows · 28 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 1/30/13 | Jessica Chasmar
    Controversy has surrounded Shippensburg University, in Pennsylvania, ever since it decided to provide Plan B, commonly referred to as the “morning-after pill,” in a college campus vending machine along with condoms and other forms of birth control. The Food and Drug Administration said last week that it had looked into the validity of the machine and will take no action against it.
  • 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...
  • 'Gay' dog saved: Animal's euthanasia halted

    01/31/2013 6:53:09 PM PST · by chessplayer · 25 replies
    Luckily, a "gay" dog was saved from euthanasia Thursday after someone launched a Facebook campaign two days earlier. A Tennessee animal shelter said an owner brought the dog in this week and called it "homosexual" after observing it mounting a same-sex dog. However, after a large response from the shelter's social media campaign, the animal was not euthanized.
  • Dems: Staten Island's Malliotakis using 'immigrant children as scapegoats'

    01/31/2013 6:50:21 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 2 replies
    Silive.com ^ | January 30, 2013 at 9:30 PM, updated January 31, 2013 | Tom Wrobleski/Staten Island Advance
    STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- The plight of Hurricane Sandy victims has become a flashpoint in the Albany debate over the DREAM Act. Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R-East Shore/Brooklyn) is taking flak from Democrats for linking taxpayer-funded tuition aid for college-age illegal immigrants with Hurricane Sandy victims. Ms. Malliotakis says that Albany lawmakers should be more focused on helping storm victims than providing taxpayer-funded tuition aid to the children of illegal immigrants. "This should not be the focus of the Assembly or the state Legislature," she said. "There are more pressing issues in the state right now." Among those issues, she said,...
  • Hostage drama drags on after Alabama school bus shooting

    01/31/2013 6:48:02 PM PST · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 61 replies
    The Chicago Tribune ^ | 31 January 2013 | Phil Sears
    MIDLAND CITY, Alabama (Reuters) - A gunman suspected of fatally shooting an Alabama school bus driver before holing up in an underground bunker with a young child is a Vietnam veteran with anti-government views, authorities and an organization that tracks hate groups said on Wednesday. Law enforcement officials from multiple agencies were bivouacked near the bunker in Midland City but offered few details about a standoff with the shooter that stretched into its second day on Wednesday.Authorities said driver Charles Albert Poland Jr., 66, was killed after the gunman boarded a bus ferrying more than 20 children home from school...
  • Leahy Pushes Background Checks, But Little Else

    01/31/2013 6:45:32 PM PST · by marktwain · 7 replies
    nationaljournal.com ^ | 31 January, 2012 | Rebecca Kaplan
    As chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., will oversee any legislation on gun control that makes its way to the Senate floor. At the first in a series of congressional hearings on the issue Wednesday, his line of questioning suggested that expanded background checks and closing the so-called gun show loophole will be top priorities — and perhaps the only ones that stand a chance in the full Senate. Displaying his background as a Vermont prosecutor, Leahy confronted National Rifle Association CEO Wayne LaPierre on whether he had changed his support for mandatory instant criminal background checks...
  • Mark Levin: "The Muslim Brotherhood Has Infiltrated Our Government, It's Called Barack Obama"

    01/31/2013 6:38:27 PM PST · by i88schwartz · 20 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | January 31, 2013 | RealClearPolitics
    MARK LEVIN: What the hell's happening? Now we've backed the Muslim Brotherhood? And then of course, our dear friend Michele Bachmann and Louie Gohmert and three other brave members of the House of Representatives asked questions about the Muslim Brotherhood's infiltration of our own government and they're treated like pariahs. Well, the Muslim Brotherhood has infiltrated our government, it's called Barack Obama. No, he's not a formal member, he's a sympathizer. There, I said it. Prove otherwise. Meanwhile, you want to look into Obama's soul? You want to look into his soul? Well, look at his soul. You want to...
  • For up to $250 a pop, Essex County officials aim to curb violence with gun buyback program

    01/31/2013 6:37:41 PM PST · by SMGFan · 11 replies
    The number of firearms turned in for the state-sponsored gun buyback programs held recently in Camden and Trenton broke records. In fact, they almost broke the bank. But state Attorney General Jeffrey Chiesa promised that the cash-for-guns program announced today for Essex County would turn away no one empty handed. "This time I plan to have enough cash," he said. Joined by Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn Murray, Chiesa today touted the success of the Camden and Mercer County gun amnesty programs and announced that Essex County's program will be held in five towns in mid-February. So far about $550,000...
  • Hagel faulted for calling US "world bully" in Al Jazeera interview

    01/31/2013 6:36:20 PM PST · by Nachum · 18 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 1/31/13 | Bill Gertz and Adam Kredo
    Former Sen. Chuck Hagel on Thursday faced a barrage of criticism about his fitness to be the next defense secretary, including his agreement with a controversial statement that the United States is the “world’s bully.” President Barack Obama’s nominee to be defense secretary ran into sharp opposition from Republicans on the Senate Armed Services Committee who questioned Hagel on an array of controversial policies. Senators questioned Hagel about his opposition to tough U.S. policies toward Iran, his calling the successful U.S. military surge in Iraq a “blunder,” and his support for sharp unilateral cuts in U.S. nuclear forces.
  • Obama's jobs council shutting down Thursday

    01/31/2013 6:35:00 PM PST · by george76 · 11 replies
    FoxNews ^ | January 31, 2013 | Molly Henneberg
    As new weekly jobs numbers emerged Thursday showing a jump in unemployment claims and a report released the previous day showed the economy shrinking in late 2012, President Obama is effectively laying off his jobs council. ... To understand the abysmal nature of our economic recovery, look no further than the president's disinterest in learning lessons from actual job creators," spokesman Brendan Buck said. "Whether ignoring the group or rejecting its recommendations, the president treated his Jobs Council as more of a nuisance than a vehicle to spur job creation ... the council's primary purpose was to create the appearance...