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  • Arab-American groups call Coke Super Bowl ad ''Racist''

    02/01/2013 4:52:47 PM PST · by Bon of Babble · 39 replies
    Reuters ^ | Jan. 31, 2013 | Sue Zeidler
    Arab-American groups have sharply criticized a Coca-Cola Super Bowl ad depicting an Arab walking through the desert with a camel, and one group said it would ask the beverage giant to change it before CBS airs the game on Sunday before an expected audience of more than 100 million U.S. viewers.
  • Menendez’s Replacements

    02/01/2013 4:51:00 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 19 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | 2-1-2013 | Lachlan Markay
    MenendezÂ’s Replacements Three potential interim senators floated to replace troubled Democrat BY: Lachlan Markay February 1, 2013 3:30 pm A small group of New Jersey politicians are being floated as likely replacements for embattled Sen. Bob Menendez (D., N.J.), who is under investigation by the Senate Ethics Committee over his relationship with a donor facing allegations of political corruption and fraud.New JerseyÂ’s constitution gives governors the ability to appoint interim senators. After appointing an interim senator, the governor then has the choice of either calling a special election or waiting until the 2013 general election to fill the seat...
  • Friday Fun: 13-Year-Old Girl Rocks the Range (Great video for shooters)

    02/01/2013 4:49:27 PM PST · by jazusamo · 27 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 1, 2013 | Katie Pavlich
    Meet Katelyn Francis, a 13-year-old shooting expert. She competes in multi-gun competitions all over the country. Watch and learn, boys. 1:17 video at link
  • Police: Bomber at U.S. Embassy in Turkey with leftist group

    02/01/2013 4:46:52 PM PST · by Uncle Miltie · 13 replies
    CNN ^ | 02/01/2013 | Ivan Watson
    Turkish officials say a suicide bomber belonging to a radical leftist organization blew himself up just outside the U.S. Embassy in Ankara on Friday. ...... Istanbul police identified the bomber as Ecevit Shanli, a member of DHKP-C, a Marxist Leninist terror group. .....
  • Network Morning Shows Ignore 10th Anniversary of Space Shuttle Columbia Disaster

    02/01/2013 4:43:08 PM PST · by chessplayer · 3 replies
    On February 1, 2003, seven astronauts on board Space Shuttle Columbia died during re-entry as they returned to Earth from the STS-107 mission. Friday was the 10th anniversary of the disaster, but none of the Big Three networks morning newscasts marked this somber occasion. ABC's Good Morning America, CBS This Morning, and NBC's Today understandably devoted considerable broadcast time to the upcoming Super Bowl on Sunday. However, this coverage contained segments to frivolous, celebrity-driven stories that could have been whittled down to air even a mere brief on the anniversary of the tragedy. Here are examples from each morning show:...
  • New York Resistance (unSAFE Act - Video)

    02/01/2013 4:41:14 PM PST · by FreedFromNY · 26 replies
    Great video. Despite reports to the contrary, not all New Yorkers are liberal. And not all are going to go down without a fight. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=BTdhVxva5KU
  • Israeli airstrikes in Syria targeted multiple sites

    02/01/2013 4:39:47 PM PST · by Uncle Miltie · 12 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 02/02/2013 | JPOST Staff
    'Time' quotes Western officials as saying IAF jets hit several targets in Syria and US has given Israel green light to carry out more raids; Panetta: US supports all steps to prevent weapons from falling into terrorist hands. IAF raids overnight Tuesday struck multiple targets in Syria, Time magazine reported on Friday, citing Western intelligence officials. Syria on Wednesday publicly accused Israel of striking a scientific research center northwest of Damascus, denying reports that the strike had targeted a suspected shipment of anti-aircraft missiles en route to Hezbollah in Lebanon. The description of the military research center that Syria claimed...
  • Not Peace, But a Sword [advice to "Bad Republicans"]

    02/01/2013 4:39:20 PM PST · by rhema · 10 replies
    First Things ^ | February 1, 2013 | Peter J. Leithart
    President Obama is convinced that liberals have won the culture war, and he aims to leverage that victory to force a transformation of the Republican party. In a New Republic interview published earlier this week, he noted that attitudes are changing “in the country as a whole around LGBT issues and same-sex marriage” and that this poses a challenge to Republicans. Some Republicans will “embrace” the change, but “there’s a big chunk of their constituency that is going to be deeply opposed to that.” Unity is the president’s preferred weapon to divide and conquer. As he stated in his inaugural...
  • Cornell 2nd Amendment experts see issue headed for Supreme Court

    02/01/2013 4:37:36 PM PST · by neverdem · 29 replies
    pressconnects.com | Jan 29, 2013 | NA
    Here's the link.
  • Connecticut Teachers Oppose Guns in Schools

    02/01/2013 4:28:42 PM PST · by matt04 · 31 replies
    A large majority of teachers in Connecticut don’t want educators to bring guns into schools and instead want the state to enact tougher gun laws, according to a study by the Connecticut Education Association that was released Monday. The CEA’s poll of 400 of its members statewide also showed that teachers, by an overwhelming majority, want more state funding to improve security in schools, support broader background checks on gun buyers and support bans on assault weapons and on large-capacity gun magazines. The CEA survey comes at a time when state lawmakers are holding hearings on gun control issues in...
  • Chris Matthews Smears John McCain as an 'Angry' Vietnam Vet Having a 'Flashback'

    02/01/2013 4:25:49 PM PST · by chessplayer · 23 replies
    Liberal anchor Chris Matthews on Friday stooped to new low, smearing John McCain as an "angry" Vietnam veteran who is having a "flashback." Resorting to the cheapest of stereotypes, the Hardball host attempted to explain why McCain so aggressively opposed Chuck Hagel's nomination to be Secretary of Defense. Matthews opened the show by sneering, "Why is John McCain so angry? Forty years after the Vietnam POWs came home, the most famous of them is angrier than ever." Regarding Thursday's congressional hearings, the journalist asserted that Vietnam "flashbacks must haunt still the mind and heart of John Sidney McCain." Dredging up...
  • Steve Capus Leaves NBC News Worse Off in Ratings and Journalism

    02/01/2013 4:23:46 PM PST · by kristinn · 3 replies
    The Baltimore Sun ^ | Friday, February 1, 2013 | David Zurawik
    Ending a tenure marked by the costly decline of the 'Today' show, the failure of the newsmagazine 'Rock Center' and an erosion of journalistic values, Steve Capus Friday resigned as president of NBC News after almost eight years on the job. While NBC once had the number one morning and evening news shows on his watch, the last two years have been a story of failure for Capus and the network's news division. SNIP Capus also spent millions on one of the sorriest excuses of a newsmagazine in TV history, Brian Williams' "Rock Center," which has been a rock solid...
  • Keystone pipeline decision to languish until mid-June-US source

    02/01/2013 4:19:34 PM PST · by Nachum · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | 2/1/13 | Timothy Gardner
    WASHINGTON, Jan 31 (Reuters) - The Obama administration's decision on the Keystone XL oil pipeline will not be made until at least June, a U.S. official said, which would delay the project for months and frustrate backers of Canada's oil sands. "We're talking the beginning of summer at the earliest," said the source, who did not want to be identified due to the sensitive nature of the TransCanada Corp project, which has been pending for more than four and a half years. "It's not weeks until the final decision. It's months." A series of steps still have to be taken...
  • Glock, Paper, Scissors: Armed Guard Stops Shooter

    02/01/2013 4:12:23 PM PST · by raptor22 · 25 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | February 1, 2013 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Guns: While DHS seeks 7,000 semiautomatic guns with 30-round clips for self-defense, it makes a video saying you should use scissors to overpower armed predators. Luckily, a school guard in Atlanta thought differently. Vice President Joe Biden criticized, on Jan. 23 during a Google+ Hangout, the suggestion by NRA chief Wayne LaPierre to put armed guards in every school in the nation. "We are not calling for armed guards in schools . .. we think that would be a terrible mistake," the vice president said during the PBS "Fireside Hangout." On Thursday afternoon, a student opened fire at Price Middle...
  • Former First Dog Barney Bush passes away at age 12

    02/01/2013 4:10:55 PM PST · by lowbridge · 80 replies
    http://trailblazersblog.dallasnews.com ^ | february 1, 2013 | Tom Benning
    Former First Dog Barney Bush — a black Scottish terrier known for chasing golf balls and taking America on video tours of the White House — has passed away after a battle with lymphoma. He was 12. Former President George W. Bush announced on Friday the passing of the “little fellow,” saying in a news release that “after twelve and a half years of life, his body could not fight off the illness.” “Barney was by my side during our eight years in the White House,” said Bush, who also released Friday an oil painting he did of Barney. “He...
  • Governor Andrew Cuomo Seizes Your Gun Rights Overnight with Secret Deals, Procedural Shortcuts...

    02/01/2013 4:06:29 PM PST · by neverdem · 49 replies
    NRA-ILA ^ | January 15, 2013 | NA
    Governor Andrew Cuomo Seizes Your Gun Rights Overnight with Secret Deals, Procedural Shortcuts and Midnight Votes in Albany Public Input Prevented on Gun Control Debate to Advance Agenda and Political Career Governor Andrew Cuomo, in stunningly brazen fashion, took a hatchet to gun rights in New York with lightning speed. By cutting secret deals behind closed doors, eliminating public input and circumventing normal legislative processes, the Governor and state Senate passed sweeping anti-gun measures just before the stroke of midnight yesterday. Within 24 hours, Cuomo had his new gun control laws. Cuomo utilized a rarely-used executive trick, a "message of...
  • Minnesota's Snowbird Tax {Governor Mark "Class Envy" Dayton strikes again]

    02/01/2013 3:39:49 PM PST · by rhema · 42 replies
    Spend most of the year in St. Pete, pay the government in St. Paul. You may have heard it can get cold in Minnesota in January, or for that matter in April. Last week the temperature dropped to seven below zero in the Twin Cities, which is one reason many Midwesterners head to Florida or Arizona for the winter. But now Governor Mark Dayton wants to tax the snowbirds even if they are no longer legally state residents. "There is a snowbird tax—absolutely," the Democratic Governor told reporters the other day. . . . Details are sketchy, but the idea...
  • Reid Files Amicus Brief With Supreme Court To Curtail Voter Suppression

    02/01/2013 3:39:41 PM PST · by mdittmar · 11 replies
    United States Senate Democrats ^ | 2/1/2013 | Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid
    Washington, D.C.- Nevada Senator Harry Reid today issued the following statement after filing an amicus brief with the United States Supreme Court in support of upholding Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act (VRA), which provides the legal avenue to challenge measures that discriminate against minority voters. The case, Shelby County, Alabama v. Eric Holder, Jr., Attorney General of the United States, puts Section 5 of the VRA in jeopardy:“Voting is the most fundamental of our rights as Americans, and the Voting Rights Act is one of the most important laws Congress has ever passed.  The Voting Rights Act, and in...
  • Carter On Sequestration Tightrope At DoD (Deputy Defense Secretary Offers to Take 20% paycut)

    02/01/2013 3:38:08 PM PST · by SkyPilot
    Early Bird ^ | 30 Jan 13 | Kate Brannen
    Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter would be exempt from Pentagon furloughs if they happened under sequestration, but he said Wednesday he'd be willing to give back a fifth of his pay each month as a gesture of solidarity with his department's 800,000 civilian workers. --- “I used to be hopeful and optimistic and now I’m hopeful,” Carter told POLITICO in an interview. --- That wouldn’t be an across-the-board problem for the Pentagon like sequestration, Carter said, but it would become a huge problem for the department’s operations and maintenance accounts. Service officials have been spending at a rate that presumed...
  • 'I think they would rather not know. Wouldn't it be better to have a...successful flight and die...'

    02/01/2013 3:18:12 PM PST · by iowamark · 68 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 2/01/2013
    NASA has revealed that the Columbia crew were not told that the shuttle had been damaged and they might not survive re-entry. The seven astronauts who died will be remembered at a public memorial service on the 10th anniversary of the disaster this Friday at Florida's Kennedy Space Center. The shuttle was headed home from a 16-day science mission when it broke apart over Texas on February 1, 2003, because of damage to its left wing. Ten years ago, experts at NASA's mission control faced the terrible decision over whether to let the astronauts know that they may die on...
  • Harry Reid: 'Menendez is my friend'

    02/01/2013 3:17:52 PM PST · by mdittmar · 29 replies
    POLITICO ^ | 1/31/13 | GINGER GIBSON
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid declined to comment when asked about the growing controversy surrounding Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.).“Bob Menendez is my friend, he's an outstanding senator,” Reid said. “Any questions in this regard direct to him. I don't know anything about it.”Menendez has come under increased scrutiny after a Florida doctor who contributed to his campaign had his office raided by the FBI. Menendez reimbursed the doctor for some flights that were taken on a private jet.Reid was also asked about whether Menendez had informed he was making reimbursements.“That's all I'm going to say,” Reid responded, cutting off the...
  • Feds seized nearly 1,500 guns in raid

    02/01/2013 3:16:43 PM PST · by ronnyquest · 48 replies
    KRQE ^ | 31 Jan 2013 | Crystal Gutierrez Crystal Gutierrez
    ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - A federal search warrant affidavit outlines the massive raid that seized nearly 1,500 firearms from the home and business of an Albuquerque man and why the feds were after him. Last week rifles lined the lawn of a northeast Albuquerque home that belonged to Robert Adams. Homeland Security Investigations was also busy loading hundreds of handguns into boxes. It took federal agents days to log every weapon seized into evidence. Four search warrants filed Thursday show the HSI investigators seized nearly 900 firearms from Adams' home. There were 548 handguns and 317 rifles listed in the warrant...
  • Just 157K New Payrolls Added In January, But HUGE Upward Revisions To December And November

    02/01/2013 3:15:39 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 12 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Feb. 1, 2013 | Joe Weisenthal
    The jobs report is out for January, and on the headline it's a slight miss. 157K new jobs is below the consensus estimates of 165K. The unemployment rate ticked up to 7.9%.
  • Latest Obamacare casualty: 100 workers at Smith & Nephew

    02/01/2013 3:13:51 PM PST · by Nachum · 7 replies
    Washington ^ | 2/1/13 | Cheryl K. Chumley
    Global medical technology firm Smith & Nephew announced Thursday the layoff of almost 100 workers at its Tennessee and Massachusetts plants — and placed blame for the drawdown firmly at the feet of Obamacare. The London-based company makes orthopedic reconstruction products. It faces a 2.3 percent tax on its medical devices, due to Obamacare mandates, Fox News reports. In a statement, the company said: “Unfortunately, and in order to absorb this cost burden into or business, this has meant less than 100 positions have been made redundant across various departmental functions in our Tennessee and Massachusetts sites,” according to Fox...
  • And We're Back! Dow 14,000 Fuels a New Wealth Boom

    02/01/2013 3:13:45 PM PST · by Mrs. Frogjerk · 49 replies
    CNBC ^ | Friday, 1 Feb 2013 | Robert Frank
    The next American wealth boom has officially begun. It may not feel like it for many Americans. But with the Dow breaching 14,000, shareholders and investors have recovered the more than $8 trillion in wealth lost during the recession and attained levels of paper wealth they haven't seen since the Roaring Oughts. The stock market has gone from wealth destroyer to the nation's largest manufacturer of new millionaires and billionaires. The market moves are creating a new virtuous cycle of confidence for the wealthy. A new survey from Spectrem Group shows that millionaire confidence in the economy hit the highest...
  • Atlanta middle school shooting victim released from hospital ("School’s armed officer" ended it!)

    02/01/2013 3:05:26 PM PST · by neverdem · 12 replies
    LA Times ^ | January 31, 2013 | Marisa Gerber
    The Atlanta boy who was shot in the back of the head by a fellow middle schooler Thursday afternoon was “conscious and talking” later in the day, authorities said. The victim, a Price Middle School student whose name had not been released, got out of the hospital Thursday night, the Associated Press reported. Earlier, Atlanta Public Schools Supt. Erroll Davis said at a televised press conference that the boy's family had expected his release. After the shooter opened fire in a campus courtyard, the school’s armed officer jumped in, Atlanta Police Chief George Turner said...
  • Congress Fails to Act Against Gore’s Terror TV Deal

    02/01/2013 3:05:17 PM PST · by Nachum · 6 replies
    AIM ^ | 1/31/13 | Cliff Kincaid
    It is fun to watch Big Oil critic Al Gore squirm as he is questioned about selling out to the oil-rich dictatorship in Qatar. But his sale of Current TV to Al Jazeera is not a laughing matter. This transaction is a homeland security threat that violates numerous U.S. laws. To his credit, funnyman David Letterman got close to the truth when he asked the former Democratic vice-president, “Now why do we think of Al Jazeera as something not right going on there in terms of, in terms of the good for Americans? Why do we think that they may...
  • 'IAF conducting mock raids in Lebanese airspace'

    02/01/2013 3:04:39 PM PST · by Pan_Yan · 2 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 02/02/2013 00:30 | JP Staff and Reuters
    IAF warplanes carried out a number of "mock raids" over Lebanese airspace on Friday night, Lebanon's official National News Agency reported. According to the report, beginning at 9:30 p.m. on Friday, the IAF jets flew at low altitude over the towns of Nabatiyeh, Iklim al-Tuffah, Marjayoun and Bint Jbeil. ... Earlier this week, a Lebanese army statement said that four IAF warplanes entered Lebanese air space at 4.30 p.m on Tuesday. ... The statement made no mention of planes entering Syrian airspace but shortly afterward reports emerged that Israeli jets had struck an arms convoy on the Lebanon-Syria border.
  • Americans to Washington: Don’t tread on me

    02/01/2013 3:03:04 PM PST · by Second Amendment First · 16 replies
    Washington Post ^ | February 1, 2013 | Aaron Blake
    Americans have a very special message for the federal government: Don’t tread on me. That’s the takeaway from a new poll from the Pew Research Center in which, for the first time in at least the last two decades, a majority of Americans say Washington actually poses a threat to their “personal rights and freedoms.” And it’s not just tea party supporters, Republicans and gun owners. Nearly two-fifths of Democrats (38 percent) say the government is a threat to them personally, as do 45 percent of non-gun owners. Overall, the percentage of Americans who view the federal government as a...
  • New HHS Mandate Rules Force Hobby Lobby, Any Religious Biz to Comply

    02/01/2013 3:03:00 PM PST · by NYer · 5 replies
    Life News ^ | February 1, 2013 | Steven Ertelt
    The Obama administration released new HHS mandate rules today that attempt to expand the number of religious groups that can opt out of the pro-abortion mandate — but that leaves religiously-run companies like Hobby Lobby out in the cold. Pro-life advocates oppose the mandate because it forces religious groups to pay for birth control and drugs that may cause abortions.Thanks to a number of decisions in court related to lawsuits filed against the mandate by dozens of religious businesses and organizations, the Obama administration is under court order to revise the mandate. But the proposed changes don’t protect everyone who...
  • Assaulted:Civil Rights Under Fire (Finishing Fund Campaign)

    02/01/2013 2:54:43 PM PST · by marktwain · 3 replies
    kickstarter.com ^ | 23 January, 2013 | Kris Koenig
    We're raising funds to finish our film and release it in theaters by March 2013. Assaulted: Civil Rights Under Fire raised $71,140 here on Kickstart last fall - http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/assaulted/assaulted. Since then we completed filming while the issue of guns in America has become the leading political debate due to the tragedy at Newtown. Assaulted - Civil Rights Under Fire When the subject of gun control laws are discussed, rarely are they associated with the civil rights movement and the quest for equal rights for all. This film will compare the historical aspects of gun control targeting the indigenous tribes of...
  • HHS offers minor revisions, clarifications on mandate

    02/01/2013 2:43:04 PM PST · by NYer · 8 replies
    cna ^ | February 1, 2013 | Michelle Bauman
    Pres. Barack Obama with HHS Sec. Kathleen Sebelius announce the contraceptive mandate at the White House, Jan. 12, 2012. Official White House Photo by Pete Souza. Washington D.C., Feb 1, 2013 / 11:59 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Proposed changes to the federal contraception mandate would slightly expand an existing exemption, while defining the terms of an “accommodation” for many non-profit religious groups.  Employees of objecting non-profit religious organizations will receive “no-cost contraceptive coverage through separate individual health insurance policies” issued through insurance companies or a third party administrator, said the Obama administration. Insurance issuers will generally be able to offer...
  • “THE MARK LEVIN SHOW”– Friday, February-1-2013

    02/01/2013 2:30:21 PM PST · by Fudd Fan · 35 replies
    The Mark Levin Show ^ | Mark R. Levin
    The Legacy Lives On! Mark’s Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation “Conservatism is the antidote to tyranny precisely because its principles are the founding principles.” --Mark Levin in Liberty and TyrannyWelcome to “The Levin Lounge”… Step in and have a virtual FRink.Taking the country by storm, one radio station at a time – and kicking the BUTTS of the competition! Welcome all, to the most FUN LIVE THREAD on FreeRepublic.com! You can call Mark’s show: 1-877-381-3811
  • Clinton formally resigns as secretary of state

    02/01/2013 2:28:02 PM PST · by ColdOne · 27 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 2/1/13 | AP
    . Clinton said it had been an honor to be part of his Cabinet and that she remained convinced of the "strength and staying power" of American global leadership.
  • Church Says Wounded Warrior Project Refused Their Money

    02/01/2013 2:21:14 PM PST · by Da Bilge Troll · 44 replies
    FOX News Radio ^ | Feb 1, 2013 | Todd Starnes
    A Christian church and school in Florida are devastated after they said Wounded Warrior Project refused to accept their fund raising effort because it was “religious in nature.” “We were heartbroken,” said Wallace Cooley, pastor of Liberty Baptist Church and Academy in Fort Pierce, Fla. Cooley said they had already paid a $100 registration fee to raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project and were about to launch the campaign when they received an email from the organization. The church had planned on taking up a special offering on the last Sunday in February and students were collecting money from...
  • Report: Secret Service director to resign today

    02/01/2013 2:20:22 PM PST · by illiac · 15 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 2/1/13 | Kristen Walker
    NBC News’ Kristen Welker reported via Twitter Friday afternoon that “Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan will announce his resignation today according to multiple sources.” Sullivan has overseen the Secret Service since 2006 and was its director during the agency’s high-profile prostitution scandal last year. 12 Secret Service agents and several other military personnel were allegedly involved with prostitutes in Cartagena, Colombia in April 2012. Those agents were sent there to set up advance security ahead of a visit by President Obama.
  • Majority Says the Federal Government Threatens Their Personal Rights

    02/01/2013 2:18:07 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    As Barack Obama begins his second term in office, trust in the federal government remains mired near a historic low, while frustration with government remains high. And for the first time, a majority of the public says that the federal government threatens their personal rights and freedoms. The latest national survey by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press, conducted Jan. 9-13 among 1,502 adults, finds that 53% think that the federal government threatens their own personal rights and freedoms while 43% disagree. In March 2010, opinions were divided over whether the government represented a threat to...
  • MarketWatch Lays off Staff: Several longtime staffers let go (Hope and Change Friday!)

    02/01/2013 2:03:07 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 5 replies
    Adweek ^ | 2/1/13 | Lucia Moses
    Add Dow Jones’ MarketWatch to the parade of media companies laying off staff lately, many of them longtime employees. -snip- Many of them were union members and longtime employees -snip- Included in the departures are media columnist Jon Friedman, media reporter David Wilkerson and reporter Steve Gelsi.
  • Washington Post Considers Changing Shop (Dinosaur Media Deathwatch)

    02/01/2013 2:02:51 PM PST · by Timber Rattler · 11 replies
    WMAL.com ^ | February 1, 2013 | WMAL Radio
    WASHINGTON (AP) - The Washington Post is considering selling its 63-year-old downtown headquarters.
  • Sen. Kirk opposes Chuck Hagel as defense nominee

    02/01/2013 2:00:10 PM PST · by Perdogg · 16 replies
    Sen. Mark Kirk announced Friday he will not support the nomination of fellow Republican Chuck Hagel to be secretary of defense, citing instances in which he believes Hagel has not been tough enough on Iran.
  • On Iran, Hagel Muddles the Message

    02/01/2013 1:54:07 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 7 replies
    NY Times ^ | 2/1/13 | DAVID E. SANGER
    -snip- “It’s somewhere between baffling and incomprehensible,” a member of Mr. Obama’s own team of advisers on Iran said on Thursday night when asked about Mr. Hagel’s stumbling performance on the question during the all-day hearing. The worry was evident in the voice of the official, who would not speak on the record while criticizing the performance of the president’s nominee. For those who question whether the no-containment cornerstone of the Obama approach to Tehran is for real, or just diplomatic rhetoric, Mr. Hagel clearly muddled the message, he said.
  • [Missouri] Senator Blunt: “No” On Hagel

    02/01/2013 1:42:22 PM PST · by Da Bilge Troll · 5 replies
    U.S. Senator Blunt of Missouri ^ | Feb 01 2013 | Press release
    WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.), a member of the Committee on Armed Services, released the following statement today regarding former U.S. Senator Chuck Hagel’s (Neb.) nomination to serve as President Barack Obama’s Secretary of Defense: “Senator Hagel’s answers before the committee were simply too inconsistent, particularly as they related to Iran and Israel. The idea that we can contain a nuclear Iran and his view that we should not have unilateral sanctions are just wrong and are too dangerous for us to try. “I admire Senator Hagel’s service to our country, but for this job at this...
  • Clinton's Farewell Marred by Embassy Bombing

    02/01/2013 1:39:37 PM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 36 replies
    CNN ^ | February 1, 2013 | Tom Cohen
    Washington (CNN) -- A final meeting with the president. A farewell address to the State Department staff. A terrorist attack at the U.S. Embassy in Turkey. Hillary Clinton's last day as secretary of state on Friday seemed to be a microcosm of her four globe-trotting years as America's top diplomat. The former first lady had a full schedule, as usual, meeting in private with President Barack Obama at the White House and then attending the send-off ceremony with clapping, cheering workers at the agency she led. Those events were clouded by a suicide bombing earlier in the day in Ankara...
  • Hostess Brands confirms investment firms' $410 million offer is lead bid for Twinkies...

    02/01/2013 1:33:48 PM PST · by Red Badger · 30 replies
    http://www.dallasnews.com ^ | 30 Jan 2013 | Staff
    NEW YORK — Hostess has picked a lead bidder for its famous Twinkies. The bankrupt Irving company said late Wednesday that it has selected a joint offer from two investment firms — C. Dean Metropoulos & Co. and Apollo Global Management LLC — as the lead bid for its Twinkies and other snack cakes. Hostess says the two are offering to pay $410 million for the snack-cake business and five bakeries. The "stalking horse" bid would set the floor for an auction process that lets competitors make better offers. A judge would have to approve any final sale. After years...
  • Age of the Tele-Rat: Trayvon Martin's Missing Cell Phone Data

    02/01/2013 1:32:58 PM PST · by Uncle Chip · 30 replies
    Talkleft ^ | February 1, 2013 | Jeralyn Merritt
    George Zimmerman's attorneys have filed a motion to delay George Zimmerman's trial until November. The motion to continue is here.There is quite a bit of new information in it. I think the biggest revelation is about Trayvon Martin’s cell phone and mysteriously missing data. Even if you have no interest in the George Zimmerman case, you should read this to see the extent to which information stored in your phone is capable of being retrieved and provided to law enforcement (or anyone else who gets their hands on your phone and wants to know what’s on it.) It's a new...
  • Healthy schools: Goodbye candy and greasy snacks

    02/01/2013 1:26:33 PM PST · by EBH · 23 replies
    AP ^ | 2/1/2013 | MARY CLARE JALONICK
    <p>Goodbye candy bars and sugary cookies. Hello baked chips and diet sodas.</p> <p>The government for the first time is proposing broad new standards to make sure all foods sold in schools are more healthful, a change that would ban the sale of almost all candy, high-calorie sports drinks and greasy foods on campus.</p>
  • How much do you know about the Second Amendment? A quiz.

    02/01/2013 1:26:00 PM PST · by shove_it · 63 replies
    CSM via Yahoo ^ | undated | Warren Richey
    After decades of inactivity, the US Supreme Court in 2008 began a major reexamination of the scope of the right to keep and bear arms, an issue that has long ignited passionate debate and prompted powerful political lobbying. How well do you understand this constitutional evolution? Take our quiz to test your knowledge.
  • US nudged India to 'Look East': Hillary Clinton

    02/01/2013 1:21:16 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 4 replies
    The Pioneer ^ | Friday, February 1, 2013 | IANS
    Washington - As Hillary Clinton made her final speech as America's top diplomat, she suggested US had encouraged India's "Look East" policy as an exercise in 'smart power' in its pivot to Asia Pacific. "There are limits to what soft power on its own can achieve," said Secretary of State Clinton Thursday emphasising American leadership, and the need to reshape diplomacy to meet the changing landscape of the world. "And there are limits to what hard power on its own can achieve. That's why, from day one, I've been talking about smart power," she said during a forum at the...
  • Women against Bob Menendez? How about a Democratic woman?

    02/01/2013 1:16:17 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 23 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 1-31-2013 | Michelle Malkin
    January 31, 2013 Women against Bob Menendez? How about a Democratic woman? Michelle Malkin Conservatives are always told they don't do enough to reach across the aisle. We're divisive, obstructionist and hostile to bipartisanship. So in the spirit of unity and comity, I'm announcing the formation of a new social justice group: Ladies Against Senator Sleaze-Bob. Now all I need are some principled Democratic ladies and liberal media lionesses to step up to the plate with me to protest the vulgar, sexist behavior of Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J. Surely, Nancy Pelosi, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Cher, Sandra Fluke, Eva Longoria and...
  • Soda, candy out under USDA's proposed school snack rules

    02/01/2013 1:11:38 PM PST · by illiac · 11 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 practice, the proposed rules would replace traditional potato chips with baked versions and candy with granola. Regular soda is out, though high-schoolers may have access to diet versions. "Although nutrition standards for foods sold at school alone may not be a determining factor in children's overall diets, they are critical to providing children with healthy food options throughout the entire school...