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  • Immigration Reform: Rupert Murdoch and the Fox News Factor

    02/02/2013 8:25:40 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 6 replies
    Chicago WLS AM ^ | Feb 2, 2013
    Immigration Reform: Rupert Murdoch and the Fox News Factor 9:37AM Saturday February 2, 2013 (WASHINGTON) -- In the brewing battle over a path to citizenship for the nation's 11 million undocumented immigrants, Fox News Channel is uniquely positioned to play a make-or-break role. The question is, will it? Advocates on both sides of a proposed U.S. immigration overhaul are closely eyeing the nation's most-watched cable news network -- and megaphone -- for politically-conservative causes as it joins a rapidly escalating national debate. Will the network and its high-profile opinionators fan the flames of opposition to a comprehensive reform plan, or...
  • Dozens of students withdraw in Harvard cheating scandal

    02/02/2013 8:23:23 AM PST · by daniel1212 · 61 replies
    Reuters ^ | Feb 1, 2013 | Svea Herbst-Bayliss
    As many as 60 students have been forced to withdraw from Harvard University after cheating on a final exam last year in what has become the largest academic scandal to hit the Ivy League school in recent memory. Michael Smith, Harvard's Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, sent an email on Friday saying that more than half of the students who faced the school's Administrative Board have been suspended for a time. Roughly 125 undergraduates were involved in the scandal, which came to light at the end of the spring semester after a professor noticed similarities on a...
  • Obama Claims to Aim at Skeet, but Some Wonder if He’s a Straight Shooter [SKEET PHOTO!]

    02/02/2013 8:17:00 AM PST · by varyouga · 119 replies
    NY TIMES ^ | 2/2/2013 | PETER BAKER
    WASHINGTON — President Obama has taken on N.B.A. stars on the White House basketball court, golfed at the air base that houses Air Force One and even tried to polish his legendarily woeful bowling at the presidential lanes. But now it turns out that he has picked up a new hobby: skeet shooting at Camp David. At least that is the way he tells it. In an interview published last week, Mr. Obama said that he and his guests shot clay pigeons “all the time” at the retreat in the Maryland mountains, a revelation that surprised many and drew a...
  • W.H. Releases Photo of Obama Shooting a Gun

    02/02/2013 8:09:57 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 156 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | Feb 2, 2013 | DANIEL HALPER
    This morning, the White House released a photo of President Obama shooting a gun: http://www.weeklystandard.com/sites/all/files/images/8436110735_5ec05750a2_b.preview.jpg "President Barack Obama shoots clay targets on the range at Camp David, Md., Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)," the caption reads.
  • Presidential Determination with respect to the Child Soldiers Prevention Act of 2008.

    02/02/2013 8:09:42 AM PST · by YankeeReb · 2 replies
    whitehouse.gov ^ | September 28, 2012 | Office of the Press Secretary
    MEMORANDUM FOR THE SECRETARY OF STATE SUBJECT: Determination with Respect to the Child Soldiers Prevention Act of 2008 Pursuant to section 404 of the Child Soldiers Prevention Act of 2008 (CSPA) (title IV, Public Law 110-457), I hereby determine that it is in the national interest of the United States to waive the application of the prohibition in section 404(a) of the CSPA with respect to Libya, South Sudan, and Yemen; and further determine that it is in the national interest of the United States to waive in part the application of the prohibition in section 404(a) of the CSPA...
  • ***The Economy Blame Goes To Bama's Gas Prices. Period***

    02/02/2013 8:07:29 AM PST · by The Wizard · 10 replies
    Stardate:1302.2
    Let's be both honest and clear: it's the price of foreign fuel from all sources that is killing the economy.... You authorize the pipeline, drill and control the EPA and it's out of control regulations, free up the coal industry and gas drops to $2/gal. Gas prices effect everything in America....trucking, food prices, energy prices etc. And all the propaganda about electric cars....all BS...they act like the electricity will be free......not happening....so instead of the oil companies, it will be your local electric company.... Bama is an out of control and over his head president who is doing everything he...
  • Why I am not having kids (Addle-brained Lefty Alert)

    02/02/2013 8:03:59 AM PST · by tom h · 61 replies
    Seattle Times ^ | January 30, 2013 | Sharon Pian Chan
    My husband and I choose to be childless in Seattle, writes editorial columnist Sharon Pian Chan My husband and I just ended our debate about having children. To breed or not to breed, this was the question... We have decided we have other things to give to the world. We won’t be having kids. We choose to be childless in Seattle. ... Feminism empowered women to talk about motherhood as a pursuit that deserves as much attention as men’s work. In the past 20 years, women have bravely spoken about struggles to conceive, which helped educate a generation about fertility....
  • West Papua, The Forgotten Jihad

    02/02/2013 8:00:23 AM PST · by CharlesMartelsGhost · 2 replies
    Winds of Jihad ^ | January 31, 2013 | Sheik Yermami
    It is rare that we get any news from the godforsaken West Papua. Here, the Indonesian colonisers are trying hard and in the nastiest ways possible to Islamise the natives. The conflict is long, fuggly and bloody. This report is from al Jizz, so don’t expect unbiased reporting; just bear in mind that some news is better than nothing at all. People & Power investigates one of the world’s most forgotten conflicts – the West Papuan struggle for independence. When the Dutch decolonised their East Indies empire after the Second World War they handed it all to the emergent country...
  • High School To Collect Students’ Hair For Mandatory Drug Testing

    02/02/2013 7:59:46 AM PST · by Mozilla · 22 replies
    KMOX ^ | January 30, 2013 | Staff
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (CBS St. Louis) — A Kansas City high school will begin collecting hair from students to conduct mandatory drug tests. KSHB-TV reports that Rockhurst High School will start the random drug testing during the 2013-14 school year. “Our point is, if we do encounter a student who has made some bad decisions with drugs or alcohol, we will be able to intervene, get the parents involved, get him help if necessary, and then help him get back on a path of better decision making, healthier choices for his life,” Rockhurst Principal Greg Harkness told KSHB-TV. The school...
  • Gallup: Here Are the Most ‘Conservative’ & ‘Liberal’ States

    02/02/2013 7:50:14 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 27 replies
    http://www.theblaze.com ^ | February 1, 2013 | Becket Adams
    Alabama is the most “conservative” state in the U.S., with roughly 50 percent of its residents “identifying their ideology as conservative,” trailed closely by North Dakota and Wyoming (both 48.6 percent), according to a recent survey by Gallup.
  • Muslim Brotherhood infiltration? "It's Obama himself!"

    02/02/2013 7:49:23 AM PST · by wesagain · 9 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | Feb 2, 2013 | Mark Levin
    "Mark Levin asks what kind of commander-in-chief would nominate Hagel?"If lawmakers are serious about investigating whether or not Washington has been infiltrated by the Muslim Brotherhood, they need look no further than Barack Obama himself, charged talk-show host Mark Levin. Levin noted the scorn congressional colleagues directed at Reps. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, and three other House members who asked for an examination of evidence that the parent organization of jihadist groups such as al-Qaida and Hama were wielding influence on U.S. policy from within. The lawmakers were “treated like pariahs,” Levin recalled. The talk host contended Obama’s...
  • Poll: Alabama Most Conservative State in the Union, Massachusetts Most Liberal

    02/02/2013 7:45:37 AM PST · by daniel1212 · 17 replies
    TIME Magazine ^ | Feb. 01, 2013 | Alex Rogers
    Alabama has taken the crown previously held by Mississippi as the most conservative state in the union, according to a new Gallup poll. Last year the top four were Mississippi, Utah, and Wyoming, with Alabama coming in fourth. Overall, Americans in 2012 remained more likely to identify as conservative (38%) than as moderate (36%) or as liberal (23%), although liberals have gained 2 percentage points compared to 2011. On the liberal side, the medalists have gotten stronger. Washington DC, Massachusetts, and Oregon, the 2011 liberal top three, retain their titles...Residents of Washington DC are more liberal
  • Big brother to log your drinking habits and waist size.....

    02/02/2013 7:42:49 AM PST · by originalbuckeye · 12 replies
    daily mail online ^ | 2/2/13 | Jack Doyle
    Data grab: Doctors will be forced to hand over sensitive information about patients as part of a new programme called Everyone Counts but campaigners have criticised the move The data includes weight, cholesterol levels, body mass index, pulse rate, family health history, alcohol consumption and smoking status. Diagnosis of everything from cancer to heart disease to mental illness would be covered. Family doctors will have to pass on dates of birth, postcodes and NHS numbers. . . .
  • Big brother to log your drinking habits and waist size (UK NHS)

    02/02/2013 7:40:28 AM PST · by Mozilla · 11 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | 1 February 2013 | Jack Doyle
    GPs are to be forced to hand over confidential records on all their patients’ drinking habits, waist sizes and illnesses.The files will be stored in a giant information bank that privacy campaigners say represents the ‘biggest data grab in NHS history’. They warned the move would end patient confidentiality and hand personal information to third parties. The data includes weight, cholesterol levels, body mass index, pulse rate, family health history, alcohol consumption and smoking status. Diagnosis of everything from cancer to heart disease to mental illness would be covered. Family doctors will have to pass on dates of birth, postcodes...
  • House freshman calls NAACP chief 'racist' in email

    02/02/2013 7:36:47 AM PST · by Altura Ct. · 26 replies
    WRAL ^ | 2/1/2013
    A Republican House freshman will be in the spotlight Friday at an NAACP press conference for an email he sent to the state organization, calling the group and its leader "racist" and "race-opportunists." Rep. Michael Speciale, R-Craven, along with all other state lawmakers, received an emailed version of a statement last week by NAACP state president William Barber on proposed voter ID legislation. In the statement, Barber calls voter ID initiatives "national propaganda efforts by the far-right to justify the obvious tactic to suppress the votes of minorities, youth, disabled and the elderly," and urges Republican legislative leaders to abandon...
  • Slate: How Chuck Hagel could advance gun control (barf alert)

    02/02/2013 7:35:27 AM PST · by rellimpank · 3 replies
    Chicago Tribune--Slate ^ | 02 feb 2013 | Sam Kleiner
    In 2005, Congress passed the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act, a bill that made gun distributors and manufacturers immune from lawsuits. While no other industry enjoys this kind of special government protection, the National Rifle Association had pushed the law for years as its top priority. It hailed the act as "the most significant piece of pro-gun legislation in twenty years." They were right. The bill wiped out a series of lawsuits brought by mayors across the country to hold the gun industry responsible for the carnage in America's cities. The NRA finally scored this legislative victory because...
  • ATF begins internal review of Milwaukee sting operation

    02/02/2013 7:27:29 AM PST · by rellimpank · 13 replies
    Milwaukee J-S ^ | 02 feb 2013
    The U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has launched an internal investigation into a flawed storefront sting in Milwaukee marred by a series of missteps and failures. The review was launched this week after a Journal Sentinel investigation exposed a 10-month federal operation during which an agent's Colt M-4 machine gun was stolen and burglars ripped off $35,000 in merchandise from the agency's phony store. U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) on Friday joined a chorus of public officials from both parties demanding accountability from the ATF. Two other congressional letters were sent to the agency Thursday, including one...
  • Japan Lets Its New Defense Budget Do The Talking Over Island Dispute

    02/02/2013 7:25:20 AM PST · by blam · 22 replies
    TBI ^ | 2-2-2013 | Robert Johnson
    Japan Lets Its New Defense Budget Do The Talking Over Island Dispute Robert JohnsonFebruary 2, 2013, 5:11 AMJapan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) escort ship "Kurama" leads other vessels during a fleet review in water off Sagami Bay, south of Tokyo Japan's prime minister announced his country will vigorously defend itself against all Chinese threats following a series of confrontations over the disputed Senkaku/Diaoyu island chain. Purchased by Japan, the islands' ownership is hotly contested by China, which for several months has sent ships, reconnaissance planes, and fighter jets to the area to face off against Japanese forces. It has become...
  • New Law Puts Power in the Hands of Your Phone Company

    02/02/2013 7:16:37 AM PST · by EXCH54FE · 16 replies
    Fox17 News ^ | Feb 2, 2013 | Kristine Frazao
    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Just because you own your smart phone doesn't mean you have complete control over the device. No matter where you live or work or attend school, lots of people communicating on smart phones is pretty standard. "If you spend money on a phone you should be able to use the phone however you please as long as it's within the boundaries of the law," says GW law student CJ Hancock. Those boundaries have just gotten a little smaller, at least for anyone who bought a phone after January 26. Now, exemptions laid out in the Digital Millenium...
  • Why Are American Voters So Uninformed?

    02/02/2013 7:16:07 AM PST · by Mozilla · 36 replies
    .zerohedge ^ | January 29, 2013 | Tyler Durden
    The sad fact is that it appears completely rational to be ignorant about politics. The cost of being an 'informed' voter - as opposed to a bigotted closed-minded ignoramus - is high, from the time spent following (and interpreting) the news in the paper, online, and on the television. As the following clip notes, "becoming an informed voter is competing with a lot of other needs in your life," from American Idol watching to eating Cheetos in the bath. Of course, the sad truth is that it has never been more important to be 'informed' and so the 'bread-and-circuses' will...