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  • Obama credits Chu with designing cap for Gulf oil spill

    02/01/2013 12:47:02 PM PST · by ColdOne · 52 replies
    politico44 ^ | 2/1/13 | DONOVAN SLACK
    over the past four years working on a whole range of energy issues but also designing a cap to plug a hole in the middle of the Gulf of Mexico when nobody else could figure it out," the president said. "And that’s typical of the incredible contributions that he's made to this country.
  • Runaway mom who sued adult children for support ... NOT entitled to money: judge

    02/01/2013 12:40:40 PM PST · by Squawk 8888 · 10 replies
    National Post ^ | February 1, 2013
    A B.C. Supreme Court justice says three adults who were left to fend for themselves as teenagers decades ago do not have to pay support to their estranged mother. Justice Bruce Butler ruled in a decision posted online Thursday that while Shirley Marie Anderson is financially dependent, her children, Donna Dobko, 53, Keith Anderson, 51, and Kenneth Anderson, 48, do not have the money to support her. And even if they did, Butler said he’d make no such order favouring the 74-year-old mother. “The childhood experiences of Donna and Kenneth and the lengthy estrangement which resulted from the claimant’s failure...
  • Obama offers faith groups new birth control rule

    02/01/2013 12:39:57 PM PST · by illiac · 18 replies
    MSN News ^ | 2/1/13 | Rachel Zoll and Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar
    Religious nonprofits and secular for-profit businesses have filed more than 40 lawsuits, claiming the mandate violates their religious beliefs. WASHINGTON — The Obama administration on Friday proposed a work-around for religious nonprofits that object to providing health insurance that covers birth control. The government's new regulation attempts to create a barrier between religious groups and contraception coverage, through insurers or a third party, that would still give women free access to contraception. It wasn't immediately clear whether religious leaders would accept the new approach, or whether it would stem the tide of lawsuits by Roman Catholic charities and other faith-affiliated...
  • Hillary's State Dept. Farewell Speech Features Muslim Woman Wearing Burqa

    02/01/2013 12:36:29 PM PST · by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America · 22 replies
    February 01, 2013 | Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America
    During Hillary Clinton's farewell speech before all employees of the State Department today, it was impossible not to notice the 'burqa lady' employee deliberately positioned behind her:
  • Students of teacher, 23, who called a teen 'jail bait' launch Twitter page supporting her

    02/01/2013 12:35:07 PM PST · by drewh · 40 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 05:28 EST, 1 February 2013 | By Leon Watson
    Students have come out in support of a teacher who was suspended from her job after she posted half-naked photos of herself on Twitter and joked about teenager being 'jail bait'. Carly McKinney, a math teacher at Overland High School in Aurora, Colorado, was placed on paid administrative leave on Tuesday after admitting to a local TV station that she created the Twitter account with the help of a friend. Since then a campaign using the hashtag #freecrunkbear has started on Twitter to have her reinstated. Support: Students have backed Carly McKinney who was suspended from her job after she...
  • Clinton: Benghazi Won’t Affect Whether I Run For President

    02/01/2013 12:32:57 PM PST · by yoe · 40 replies
    CBS ^ | Feburay 1, 2013 | Staff
    Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is leaving office with a slap at critics of the Obama administration’s handling of the September attack on a U.S. diplomatic mission in Libya. She told The Associated Press that critics of the administration’s handling of the attack don’t live in an “evidence-based world” and their refusal to “accept the facts” is unfortunate and regrettable for the political system. In her last one-on-one interview before she steps down on Friday, Clinton told the AP that the attack in Benghazi was the low point of her time as America’s top diplomat. But she suggested that...
  • Nine current and former Philadelphia Traffic Court judges charged in probe

    02/01/2013 12:28:08 PM PST · by AtlasStalled · 8 replies
    Nine current and former Philadelphia Traffic Court judges were charged with conspiracy and fraud Thursday, capping a three-year FBI probe into what authorities said was rampant ticket-fixing and pervasive corruption on the bench.
  • Huge Credit Suisse Report Declares: THE GOLD ERA IS COMING TO AN END

    02/01/2013 12:27:32 PM PST · by blam · 37 replies
    TBI ^ | 2-1-2013 | Joe Weisenthal
    Huge Credit Suisse Report Declares: THE GOLD ERA IS COMING TO AN END Joe WeisenthalFebruary 1, 2013, 10:44 AM The anti-gold bandwagon is getting more and more crowded. Analysts Tom Kendall and Ric Deverell of Credit Suisse is out with a bombshell report this morning titled: Gold: The Beginning Of The End Of An Era. The article argues that the 2011 peak of $1921 was the top, and that now the run of the cult metal is coming to an end. The argument essentially boils down to two arguments, which are related. The first is that we're seeing rate normalization....
  • No-money-down mortgages are back

    02/01/2013 12:24:30 PM PST · by grundle · 7 replies
    Market Watch ^ | February 1, 2013 | AnnaMaria Andriotis
    It’s 100% financing—the same strategy that pushed many homeowners into foreclosure during the housing bust. Banks say these loans are safer: They’re almost exclusively being offered to clients with sizable assets, and they often require two forms of collateral—the house and a portion of the client’s investment portfolio in lieu of a traditional cash down payment. In most cases, borrowers end up with one loan and one monthly payment. Depending on the lender and the borrower, roughly 60% to 80% of the loan can be pegged to the home’s value while the remaining 20% to 40% can be secured by...
  • 8.5 Million Americans Left Labor Force In Obama's First Term

    02/01/2013 12:21:27 PM PST · by grundle · 9 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | February 1, 2013 | Noel Sheppard
    The Bureau of Labor Statistics released jobs numbers for January Friday showing that nonfarm payroll employment increased by 157,000 and the unemployment rate rose to 7.9 percent. Lost in these headline numbers was another rise in the number of people not in the labor force. This number now stands at a staggering 89 million, up from 80.5 million when President Obama took office. This means that there are currently 8.5 million more Americans not in the labor force than just four years ago. Forget all the other numbers. This continued explosion of people not in the labor force should be...
  • President Steve Capus leaving NBC News

    02/01/2013 12:21:12 PM PST · by Red Badger · 9 replies
    Politico ^ | Dylan Byers
    NBC News president Steve Capus announced today that he is leaving the network. "It has been a privilege to have spent two decades here, but it is now time to head in a new direction," he wrote in a memo to staff, obtained by POLITICO. "I have informed Pat Fili-Krushel that I will be leaving NBC News in the coming weeks." "It is impossible to fully express how much I respect the people of NBC News," he wrote. "To call everyone "colleagues" has been a true honor ... but to call so many of you dear friends has been a...
  • Biden concedes new laws won't totally end gun massacres

    02/01/2013 12:19:04 PM PST · by Red Steel · 10 replies
    cnn ^ | February 1st, 2013 11:02 AM ET | Kevin Liptak
    Washington (CNN) – Vice President Joe Biden, who spearheaded the White House's effort to find ways of reducing gun violence, admitted to reporters Thursday that any measures passed by Congress would fail in totally eliminating gun deaths. Biden was speaking on Capitol Hill after meeting with Democratic lawmakers to build support for gun control legislation currently making its way through Congress. While he said no law could ever eliminate gun deaths, the vice president stressed that attempts must be made to prevent gun violence, particularly as Americans are demanding an answer from the government on how to end tragedies like...
  • NBC News President Capus to leave network (Matt Lauer's days are numbered now...)

    02/01/2013 12:18:42 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 11 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 2/1/13 | Liana B. Baker
    NBC News President Steve Capus will be leaving the network in the coming weeks after struggles at the unit including lower ratings for its flagship morning show "Today." Capus had been the president of NBC News since 2005. No replacement has been named, according to a company memo obtained by Reuters. In a statement, Capus said it was "now time to head in a new direction."
  • Scouting's Suicide

    02/01/2013 12:13:16 PM PST · by The King of Elflands Daughter · 23 replies
    New York Post ^ | 1/31/2013 | Edward Whelan
    Imagine that a group of girls is going on a long camping trip, supervised by adult volunteers who are young men you barely know. Would you let your 15-year-old daughter go? Nearly every parent, I think, would recognize the folly, even though the men might well be models of good behavior. Why should our common-sense response be any different if the 15-year-old is a boy and the possible, even if not-likely-to-be-acted-on, sexual attraction of the adult supervisors is homosexual rather than heterosexual?
  • Dow hits 14,000 for 1st time since October 2007

    02/01/2013 12:10:36 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | 02/01/2013 | Christina Rexrode
    NEW YORK -- The Dow stock market index flirted with the 14,000 line Friday, bringing reminders of the last time it hit that mark — almost a different era, before the financial crisis rocked the world economy. Propelled by reports on U.S. jobs and auto sales, the Dow Jones industrial average crossed the line and kept its ground through the early afternoon, after flitting back and forth throughout the morning. The other major stock indexes also rose. "There's a newfound enthusiasm for the equity market," said Jim Russell, regional investment director at U.S. Bank Wealth Management in Minneapolis. But market...
  • Most conservative state in America? It's Alabama, by a country mile

    02/01/2013 12:04:57 PM PST · by FReepaholic · 31 replies ^ | 2/1/2013 | George Talbot
    Alabama was the most conservative state in the union in 2012, with more than half of state residents describing themselves as politically conservative, according to a new survey released today by Gallup.
  • Shootout reported across from Falcon State Park[South Texas]

    02/01/2013 12:02:16 PM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 5 replies
    KGBT ^ | February 1, 2013 | Staff
    Authorities are on alert after a shootout was reported across the border from Falcon State Park. It all started with reports of a gunfire coming from Nueva Ciudad Guerrero just after 9 a.m. Friday. Mexican authorities have not released any information but Border Patrol, sheriff's deputies, customs officers and others are on alert. The law enforcement agencies have increased patrols on the American side of the border. Falcon State Park Manager Carlos Rivas told Action 4 News that there is heightened security at the park but it remains open.
  • Energy Secretary Chu steps down, blasts climate-change skeptics

    02/01/2013 11:54:58 AM PST · by CedarDave · 37 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | February 1, 2013 | Olivier Knox, Yahoo! News
    Energy Secretary Steven Chu, a Nobel Prize-winning physicist frequently the target of Republican criticism, announced Friday that he was stepping down in the latest shake-up of President Barack Obama's Cabinet. Chu, who disclosed his decision in a letter to Energy Department staff, frequently clashed with GOP lawmakers over gas prices as well as government backing for green-energy companies like the failed firm Solyndra. In his letter, Chu took aim directly at his critics, saying the clean-energy efforts were a success—and blasted climate-change skeptics as trapped in "the Stone Age." He also scolded climate-change skeptics and urged a shift from fossil-fuels...
  • Soda, candy out under USDA's proposed school snack rules [The Clown Dictates What Your Kid Eats]

    02/01/2013 11:54:05 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 21 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/1/13 | Elise Viebeck
    The Obama administration proposed regulations Friday that would prohibit U.S. schools from selling unhealthy snacks. The 160-page regulation from the Department of Agriculture (USDA) would enact nutrition standards for "competitive" foods not included in the official school meal. In effect, the proposed rules would replace traditional potato chips with baked versions, candy with granola, and regular soda with diet — but only for high schoolers.
  • Harriet Hagel - We thought Chuck Hagel was wrong. Now we know he’s unqualified, too.

    02/01/2013 11:47:33 AM PST · by neverdem · 36 replies
    National Review Online ^ | February 1, 2013 | Daniel Foster
    ‘Shaky.” “Struggling.” “Awkward.” “Not impressed.” “Unresponsive and bumbling.” “Disaster.” These are some of the words used by observers left, right, and middle to describe Chuck Hagel’s appearance before the United States Senate yesterday.They might be underselling it. Hagel attempted to contextualize his comments about the intimidating “Jewish lobby” by noting that that was only time he used those words “on the record.” Later, in response to a challenge from Senator Graham to name one person or one “dumb” government policy negatively influenced by Jewish intimidation, Hagel drew a blank. When asked if he stood by an Al Jazeera interview...