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  • Chris Christie Still Loves President Obama [barf alert]

    02/01/2013 6:33:18 PM PST · by BlueStateRightist · 15 replies
    BuzzFeed ^ | January 31, 2013 | Ruby Cramer
    Gov. Chris Christie paid tribute Thursday night to President Barack Obama, thanking him for his help in successfully passing the Hurricane Sandy aid bill in January, and continuing the unlikely public alliance between the Republican and Democrat.
  • According To ECRI's Lakshman Achuthan, We Are 8 Months Into A Recession

    02/01/2013 6:30:31 PM PST · by blam · 8 replies
    TBI - Advisor Perspectives ^ | 2-1-2013 | Doug short
    According To ECRI's Lakshman Achuthan, We Are 8 Months Into A Recession Doug Short, Advisor PerspectivesFebruary 1, 2013, 6:33 PM The Weekly Leading Index (WLI) of the Economic Cycle Research Institute (ECRI) slipped in the latest public data. It is now at 129.7 versus the previous week's upwardly revised 130.7 (previously 130.6). See the WLI chart in the Appendix below. However, the WLI annualized growth indicator (WLIg) rose, now at 8.3, up from last week's 7.2. WLIg has been in expansion territory since August 10th of last year, and it is at its highest level since May of 2010. ECRI...
  • Must Read Book: How the Media Ignored the Real News to Get Obama Re-Elected

    02/01/2013 6:25:54 PM PST · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 1, 2013 | Katie Pavlich
    It's been a week full of liberal media bias examples, but after all, every week is full of them. We saw NBC news purposely edit another video clip smearing Second Amendment supporters in order to push a gun control agenda. This is the same agenda President Obama just happens to be pushing as he continues to single out the NRA and its members as enemy number one. The move by NBC impacted public opinion for a few hours until luckily new media, the team over at Twitchy.com precisely, debunked the entire thing. Although this was a case of editing to...
  • Caption time

    02/01/2013 6:23:43 PM PST · by crosshairs · 47 replies
  • Bob Menendez ducks out of NJ Chamber of Commerce event, ditches reporters at elevator

    02/01/2013 6:10:04 PM PST · by randita · 38 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 2/1/13 | David Martosko
    Bob Menendez ducks out of NJ Chamber of Commerce event, ditches reporters at elevator Posted By David Martosko On 9:11 AM 02/01/2013 @ 9:11 AM Bob Menendez, the combative New Jersey senator beset by allegations that he had sex with at least one underage prostitute in the Dominican Republic, hurried out of a Marriott ballroom in Washington, D.C. after a speech Thursday night, out-dashing a gaggle of reporters and ignoring questions all the way to a welcome elevator. The senator was speaking to an annual gathering of the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce, but members of the media weren’t interested...
  • FReeper Canteen - Tunes for Our Troops - 2 Feb 2013

    02/01/2013 6:09:58 PM PST · by AZamericonnie · 209 replies
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  • Sandra Fluke: Opposing the Contraception Mandate Is Just Like Opposing Leukemia Coverage

    02/01/2013 6:08:35 PM PST · by Kaslin · 61 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 1, 2013 | Kate Hicks
    On MSNBC this afternoon, Sandra Fluke truly outdid herself, attempting to argue that the people who disagree with the contraception mandate on religious freedom grounds are in the same category as people who oppose insurance coverage for leukemia. Just...watch: Sandra Fluke: Opponents to Contraception Mandate Have 'Very Extreme Ideas About What's important to note is that some of the folks who are continuing to object to this policy are actually worried about employers who are private companies, not religiously affiliated employers in any way, but the boss has a particular religious concern, and they want to be able to deny...
  • NBC: Chicago Gun Restrictions Ineffective Because of Gun Rights Elsewhere

    02/01/2013 6:02:23 PM PST · by chessplayer · 47 replies
    In a report at the top of Thursday's NBC Nightly News, correspondent Kevin Tibbles fretted that "Despite bylaws that prohibit gun shops within city limits...Chicago appears to be awash in guns." A sentiment that echoed ABC World News anchor Diane Sawyer, who on Wednesday announced to viewers that the whole nation was "awash in guns." The declaration from Tibbles teed up gun control advocate and UCLA law professor Adam Winkler to claim that problem with Chicago's gun restrictions was that they were not universal: "Chicago certainly has strict gun control laws. But the difficulty is that outlying areas outside of...
  • Menendez drained more than 1/3 of bank accounts in January to pay for past Dominican Republic travel

    02/01/2013 6:01:36 PM PST · by randita · 8 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 2/1/13 | David Martosko
    Menendez drained more than 1/3 of bank accounts in January to pay for past Dominican Republic travel Posted By David Martosko On 4:21 AM 02/01/2013 @ 4:21 AM A check that Democratic New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez wrote to his longtime campaign donor Dr. Salomon Melgen on Jan. 4 to cover private jet travel to the Dominican Republic represented more than one-third of his cash-on-hand — and perhaps as much as 90 percent — according to an analysis of his most recent U.S. Senate financial disclosure report. Dan O’Brien, Menendez’s chief of staff, told WNBC-TV4 in New York on Tuesday...
  • THE SAVAGE NATION!!!!!! 2-1-13

    02/01/2013 6:00:19 PM PST · by dynachrome · 18 replies
    www.michaelsavage.wnd.com ^ | 2-1-13 | Dr. Michael Savage
  • Geraldo Rivera declares himself a 'moderate Republican' as he eyes U.S. Senate run

    02/01/2013 5:49:11 PM PST · by randita · 80 replies
    Geraldo Rivera declares himself a 'moderate Republican' as he eyes U.S. Senate run By Brent Johnson/The Star-Ledger on February 01, 2013 at 12:55 PM, updated February 01, 2013 at 5:08 PM TRENTON — It looks like Geraldo Rivera is already prepping his platform. One day after announcing on his radio show that he is "truly considering" running in 2014 for the U.S. Senate seat now held by New Jersey's Frank Lautenberg, Rivera amped up his message today in a television interview and a column on the Fox News Latino website. The longtime media personality portrayed himself as a moderate Republican...
  • HHS Mandate "Fix" Fails Again

    02/01/2013 5:49:01 PM PST · by NKP_Vet · 2 replies
    http://catholicvote.org ^ | February 1, 2013 | Brian Burch
    President Obama and Kathleen Sebelius are back at it. Conscience-minded business owners with more than 50 employees will continue to be forced to pay for coverage for contraceptives, abortion-inducing drugs, and sterilization procedures. This includes Michigan businessman John Kennedy and Missouri businessman Frank O’Brien, both of whom are represented and defended by our CatholicVote.org Legal Defense Fund. Pro-life organizations, schools or charities which are not explicitly religious will still be forced to pay for abortion inducing drugs if they have more than 50 employees. The new rules provide NO options for private individuals who seek insurance coverage that respects their...
  • Russian Zenit rocket with US satellite fails at launch

    02/01/2013 5:45:03 PM PST · by chessplayer · 9 replies
    A Russian rocket carrying a US-made communications satellite has plunged into the Pacific Ocean shortly after its launch, Russian media report.
  • The new Hillary Clinton (Exactly What Has She Accomplished?)

    02/01/2013 5:44:15 PM PST · by what's up · 16 replies
    Politico ^ | Feb 1, 2013 | Glenn Thrush
    Hillary Clinton has logged about a million diplomatic miles in the past four years, but her political odometer has been reset to factory zero as she exits the State Department Friday with the highest approval rating of any potential 2016 contender. Even as Clinton concluded her victory lap on her way out of office this week, there were signs that the 65-year-old former first lady is still afflicted by the same problem that hampered her during the up-and-down 2008 campaign: an inability to clearly define her leadership or governing philosophy. An instinctive team player who spent two decades working at...
  • 2nd Oval Office Readied In White House Rehab Project

    02/01/2013 5:36:05 PM PST · by Biggirl · 30 replies
    http://realclearpolitics.com/ ^ | February 1,2013 | Alexis Simendinger
    In preparation for a major, two-year renovation of the West Wing, the government is undertaking extensive work to complete a new executive office for President Obama at the south end of the adjacent Eisenhower Executive Office Building, RCP has learned.
  • UN backs Iran's denial of Fordo blast

    02/01/2013 5:23:47 PM PST · by BlackVeil · 10 replies
    Ynet News ^ | 29 Jan 2013 | anon
    The UN atomic watchdog made clear on Tuesday it had seen no sign of any explosion at one of Iran's most sensitive nuclear plants, backing up Tehran's denial that such an incident had taken place last week. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), in an unusual move, made a brief statement following media reports at the weekend of significant damage at the underground Fordo uranium enrichment site. ....
  • Panetta: Iranian Threat Spreads [Calling Captain Obvious....]

    02/01/2013 5:15:19 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 11 replies
    Panetta: Iranian Threat Spreads By JULIAN E. BARNES and ADAM ENTOUS In an exclusive interview with the Wall Street Journal Thursday, outgoing Defense Secretary Leon Panetta sited illicit arms trafficking by Iran for what he called a "dangerous escalation" of tensions. WSJ's Julian Barnes shares his take-aways from the exit interview. WASHINGTON—Defense Secretary Leon Panetta accused Iran's paramilitary force of an intensified campaign to destabilize the Middle East by smuggling antiaircraft weapons to its militant allies. Iran's export of so-called manpads—antiaircraft missiles that can be carried by a single person—represent what Mr. Panetta called a dangerous escalation. "There is no...
  • Sylvester Stallone supports assault weapon ban

    02/01/2013 5:13:37 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 64 replies
    BEVERLY HILLS, Calif.—Sylvester Stallone says that despite his "Rambo" image and new shoot-em-up film "Bullet to the Head," he's in favor of new national gun control legislation. Stallone supported the 1994 "Brady bill" that included a now-expired ban on assault weapons, and hopes that ban can be reinstated. "I know people get (upset) and go, 'They're going to take away the assault weapon.' Who ... needs an assault weapon? Like really, unless you're carrying out an assault. ... You can't hunt with it. ... Who's going to attack your house, a (expletive) army?"
  • Boise pastor held captive in Iran (Where is HILLARY on this?)

    02/01/2013 4:58:17 PM PST · by yoe · 5 replies
    KTVB ^ | DECEMBER 19, 2012 | Stephanie Zepelin
    A pastor from Boise is being held in prison in Iran for the second time in less than five years. His lawyer said it's because of his Christian beliefs. The American Center for Law and Justice is representing Saeed Abedini's family here in the United States. ACLJ is also launching a campaign to get the United Nations, US State Department, and Congress to demand Abedini's release. KTVB took video of Abedini and his family in 2009, when he got back from another incident in the Middle East. In 2009, he was held in Tehran for about two months and threatened...
  • U.S. Sales: This Was A VERY Strong January (auto sales)

    02/01/2013 4:56:09 PM PST · by nascarnation · 45 replies
    The Truth About Cars ^ | 2/1/2013 | Bertel Schmitt
    The U.S. new car market was up strongly in January. GM and Ford surprised analysts with double digit sales rates. Toyota, up 26.6 percent also surprised. GM is up 16 percent on very strong sales of the Equinox and its Silverado and Sierra pickups. Ford prints a 22 percent increase, powered by the Fusion. Lincoln sales are down 18 percent while customers wait for the MKZ to arrive in quantity at their dealers. Chrysler was up 16 percent, but jaded analysts expected more. Detroit OEMs and analysts expect the SAAR to be in the mid 15 million range
  • Congress's Policies Steal Our Freedoms While Rewarding Irresponsibility

    02/01/2013 4:54:16 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 1 replies
    forbes ^ | 1-29-13 | bill flax
    Families provide the sure foundation undergirding Western Civilization. No laws or economic remedy can arrest social breakdown if the family structure fractures. Yet, progressives have commandeered the political realm to overhaul culture. Marriage withers under easy divorce, subsidized illegitimacy, and the desire among progressives to make it anything and everything. The only liberties the Left touts grant license to repudiate traditional morality. Economics writer Warren Brookes foresaw, “So the continuing, ever-mounting assault on traditional family values may well be more destructive to our economic well-being as a nation than any of our faulty fiscal or monetary policies.” An effete or...
  • 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...