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  • How a discordant Senate band got back together on immigration

    02/03/2013 1:42:44 PM PST · by Bratch · 7 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | February 2, 2013 | Brian Bennett and Lisa Mascaro
    WASHINGTON — On the Saturday morning after 7 in 10 Latino voters helped return President Obama to the White House and deliver a crushing defeat to Mitt Romney, Charles E. Schumer, the Democratic senator from New York, scanned his daily list of phone messages and saw that Lindsey Graham, the Republican senator from South Carolina, had called. Schumer dialed his number. "I saw your name on my call list, and my heart skipped a beat," he said. "We're getting the band back together," Graham replied. "Let's do immigration." [...] It was clear to the senators that one voice could prove...
  • Snafu keeps gun dealers in jail as attorney urges investigation of prosecutors(Reese, NM)

    02/03/2013 1:31:52 PM PST · by marktwain · 16 replies
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 3 February, 2013 | David Codrea
    Despite two orders from an obviously irked New Mexico U.S. District Court judge that the Reese family will be given a new trial and that father Rick and son Reese are to be released on bond, the pair remain behind bars this weekend because monitoring devices required by the order are not on hand, sources close to the case have confirmed to Gun Rights Examiner. “Yes, bail money is good for now,” the source reveled, explaining “relatives, good friends and well-wishers have donated to the defense fund. “They are waiting for the ankle monitors to get in for the release....
  • Mark Kelly On Fox Presses For Background Checks: ‘This Isn’t About The Second Amendment Anymore’

    02/03/2013 1:31:34 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 67 replies
    mediaite.com ^ | February 4, 2013 | Meenal Vamburkar
    Mark Kelly, husband of former Rep. Gabby Giffords, spoke to Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday this week, reiterating his support for universal background checks and responding to the NRA’s anti-gun control arguments. Simply put, Kelly said, less people would die due to gun violence if the legislation were put in place. Wallace looked to the example of Jared Loughner, the gunman who opened fire in Arizona, killing and injuring many, including Giffords. He passed a background check, Wallace noted. Loughner clearly was mentally ill, Kelly said — and if his condition was entered into the background check system, presumably...
  • Panetta: 'Shameful and irresponsible' if Congress allows sequestration

    02/03/2013 1:27:00 PM PST · by SkyPilot · 16 replies
    Politico ^ | 3 Feb 13 | By MACKENZIE WEINGER
    Defense Secretary Leon Panetta says it would “really be a shameful and irresponsible act” for Congress to allow sequestration to happen. “We have to prepare for it, because, you know, there are members up on the Capitol Hill that are saying, ‘Oh no, we're gonna stand back and let sequester happen,’” Panetta said in an interview aired Sunday on NBC’s "Meet the Press." “Let me tell you: If sequester happens, it is gonna badly damage the readiness of the United States of America. We have the most powerful military force on the face of the earth right now.” If sequester...
  • Paul Krugman: NRA Is 'An Insane Organization' (Says The Lunatic)

    02/03/2013 1:22:59 PM PST · by Kaslin · 31 replies
    NewsBusters.org ^ | February 3, 2013 | Noel Sheppard
    New York Times columnist Paul Krugman on Sunday once again perfectly illustrated the intolerance of America's liberal media. Appearing on ABC's This Week, he said the National Rifle Association is - and I quote! - "an insane organization" (video follows with transcript and commentary): Krugman: NRA Is 'An Insane Organization' PAUL KRUGMAN, NEW YORK TIMES: But what really strikes me -- I don't know how this plays, you know, what will happen. What strikes me is we've actually gotten a glimpse into the mindset, though, of the pro-gun people and we've seen certainly Wayne LaPierre and some of these others....
  • CIA ADMITS FULL MONITORING OF FACEBOOK, Google, Youtube and other social networks

    02/03/2013 1:11:49 PM PST · by Lazamataz · 177 replies
    Secrets of the Fed ^ | Unknown | Unknown
    I. Introduction Social media platforms are changing the way organizations are communicating to the public Conversations are happening all the time and everywhere. There is need for the Communications Group to be timely and proactively aware of the reactions and opinions expressed by the general public as it relates to the Federal Reserve and its actions on a variety of subjects. II. Social Listening Platforms Social media listening platforms are solutions that gather data from various social media outlets and news sources. They monitor billions of conversations and generate text analytics based on predefined criteria. They can also determine the...
  • The Freeman's Defence [Excerpt from "Uncle Tom's Cabin", Fits America Today!]

    02/03/2013 1:04:06 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 7 replies
    "Uncle Tom's Cabin" (free ebook) ^ | 1852 | Harriet Beecher Stowe
    [Quoting from escaped slave George to his wife]: "O! Eliza, if these people [slaveholders] only knew what a blessing it is for a man to feel that his wife and child belong to HIM!...Why, I feel rich and strong, though we have nothing but our bare hands. I feel as if I could scarcely ask God for any more.... yet if they will only let me alone now, I will be satisfied--thankful; I will work...As to my old master, he has been paid five times over for all he ever spent for me. I don't owe him anything." [Quoting from...
  • Hillary Clinton was loyal soldier but no great shakes at policy

    02/03/2013 12:50:57 PM PST · by neverdem · 31 replies
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | February 3, 2013 | Trudy Rubin
    When Hillary Clinton took office, much of the world had been alienated from the United States by the policies of the Bush administration. Expectations were high that President Obama's team would change the tone, and Clinton delivered. She put a glamorous, smart, politically astute face on American policy. Yet Clinton produced no diplomatic breakthroughs nor any new strategic doctrine. And when it comes to issues of war and peace - in the Mideast, South Asia, and North Asia - she leaves a minimal legacy.In large part, that's because policy-making was tightly controlled by the White House. It's hard to know...
  • French planes pound Islamist camps in north Mali desert

    02/03/2013 12:45:13 PM PST · by Pan_Yan · 22 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sun Feb 3, 2013 3:11pm EST | Elena Berton and Tiemoko Diallo
    (Reuters) - French warplanes pounded Islamist rebel camps in the far north of Mali on Sunday, military sources said, a day after French President Francois Hollande was hailed as a savior during a visit to the West African country. Thierry Burkhard, spokesman for the French army in Paris, said the overnight raids targeted logistics bases and training camps used by the al Qaeda-linked rebels near the town of Tessalit, close to the Algerian border. ... France says the rebels are also holding hostage in these mountains seven of its citizens, seized in recent years in the Sahara region. Malian military...
  • Dozens of abortions carried out on foetuses with minor imperfections such as cleft lip or club foot

    02/03/2013 12:00:10 PM PST · by Kaslin · 31 replies
    Mail online ^ | February 3, 2013 | Becky Evans
    Foetuses are being aborted for minor and treatable imperfections such as cleft lip and palate or club foot every year in the UK. New research suggests that dozens of abortions are carried out but the reasons are not being officially recorded. Health bosses have admitted there may be 'discrepancies' in their records after European monitoring group Eurocat found the number of abortions for minor abnormalities could be up to three times as high as official statistics show. According to Eurocat, 157 foetuses were aborted in England and Wales between 2006 and 2010 for cleft lip and palate. However, the Sunday...
  • Credit-reporting companies know more than they tell you

    02/03/2013 11:52:41 AM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 55 replies
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | 02/03/2013 | Jeff Gelles
    --snip-- It's the biggest privacy breach in our time, and it's legal and no one knows it's going on," one critic, who runs an employment-background firm, told Sullivan. "It's like a secret CIA." As a frequent critic of the credit-reporting system, I'm heartened when others are shocked at disclosures about the industry's practices. But here's the truly scary thing: If you ask some of the lawyers and privacy advocates who pay even closer attention, the Equifax disclosures don't seem so shocking. "If people are outraged by this, they should be outraged by the whole idea of credit reporting and background...
  • BOND GOD: The World Is Changing, And Bonds Are The Most Overbought I've Seen In My 55 Year Career

    02/03/2013 11:48:10 AM PST · by blam · 24 replies
    TBI ^ | 2-3-2013 | Joe Weisenthal
    BOND GOD: The World Is Changing, And Bonds Are The Most Overbought I've Seen In My 55 Year Career Joe WeisenthalFeb. 3, 2013, 12:05 PMFor years, investors have watched in disbelief as the 30-year bull market in fixed-income assets has raged on, leaving bears in the dust. The bond skeptics are having another moment, as talk grows of a "great rotation" from bonds into equities, as rates finally start to rise, and the economy turns back into the old normal. Dan Fuss of Loomis Sayles is the third bond fund manager to be called a "bond god" (the other two...
  • Kerry, Not Wasting Time, Calls Peres, Abbas

    02/03/2013 11:35:36 AM PST · by Nachum · 33 replies
    inn ^ | 2/3/13 | David Lev
    Newly-installed U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry isn't wasting any time in getting started on his new job. After two full days in office, Kerry spoke to officials in Mexico, Canada, Israel, Turkey, and the Palestinian Authority (PA), his office said Sunday. On Sunday, Kerry called PA chief Mahmoud Abbas. According to an Abbas spokesperson, Kerry told the PA chief that he expected to meet him in the near future in order to discuss restarting negotiations with Israel. Kerry told Abbas that President Barack H. Obama supported such talks, and that he hoped both sides would agree to participate. In...
  • Chris Wallace Skewers NRA’s Wayne LaPierre On Gun Violence: ‘That’s Ridiculous And You Know It, Sir’

    02/03/2013 11:22:18 AM PST · by marktwain · 76 replies
    mediaite.com ^ | 3 February, 2013 | Meenal Vamburkar
    On Fox News Sunday, following the segment featuring Mark Kelly, Chris Wallace interviewed National Rifle Association CEO Wayne LaPierre about various issues surrounding gun control — ranging from background checks to mental health concerns to armed security at schools. Pressing LaPierre on his arguments, Wallace challenged him on some of his opposition to gun control. Wallace began with background checks, citing the 1.7 million people who’ve been denied because of the checks — but LaPierre argued that most of those people weren’t prosecuted, and we can’t say they “were stopped from getting a gun at all.” He further argued against...
  • CBS to interview Obama during Super Bowl pregame show

    02/03/2013 11:21:01 AM PST · by Nachum · 87 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/3/13 | Peter Schroeder
    President Obama will give a live interview to CBS before it airs the Super Bowl on Sunday. At 4:30 pm, Obama will field questions from CBS´s Scott Pelley, continuing a long-standing tradition of providing interviews to the network airing the NFL championship, usually the most-watched television event of the year. Last year, Obama spoke with Matt Lauer before NBC broadcast the big game. Pelley told The New Orleans Times-Picayune that he will talk pigskin with the president, but also has a range of "serious questions" to tackle.
  • Top G.O.P. Donors Seek Greater Say in Senate Races (Tokyo Rove SuperPac to attack Tea Party)

    02/03/2013 11:18:18 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 42 replies
    NY Times ^ | 2/3/13 | JEFF ZELENY
    The biggest donors in the Republican Party are financing a new group to recruit seasoned candidates and protect Senate incumbents from challenges by far-right conservatives and Tea Party enthusiasts who Republican leaders worry could complicate the party’s efforts to win control of the Senate. -snip- The Conservative Victory Project, which is backed by Karl Rove and his allies who built American Crossroads into the largest Republican super PAC of the 2012 election cycle, will start by intensely vetting prospective contenders for Congressional races to try to weed out candidates who are seen as too flawed to win general elections.
  • RightMessage.org

    02/03/2013 11:17:45 AM PST · by NoGrayZone · 2 replies
    RightMessage ^ | 2/3/13 | me
    Anyone on FB who is linked with the EIB should have received this. It is another new way of bringing together conservatives, another think tank (no such thing as too many). I have shared it on my FB, now I would like to share it with my fellow FReepers. I looked at every bit and cranny before signing up. "And Now A Word From Our Readers… (RightMessage Mailbag)"....you sign up and email them your thoughts (if I remember correctly it's 150 words max). They will choose emails, post them and respond, as well as others who are members. This is...
  • New York State Resistance - "... prime for something like that." 1/29/13

    02/03/2013 11:07:12 AM PST · by Upstate NY Guy · 14 replies
    YouTube ^ | February 1, 2013 | AFMTDR
    "Uphold the Constitution!" "What are the penalties?" "Time to form local militias."
  • Buchanan: Senate immigration bill will fail, Rubio ‘will be badly damaged’

    02/03/2013 11:01:57 AM PST · by JohnPDuncan · 35 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | Jeff Poor
    On this weekend’s broadcast of “The McLaughlin Group,” conservative columnist and author of “Suicide of a Superpower: Will America Survive to 2025?” Pat Buchanan said the bipartisan Senate immigration plan drafted by the so-called “gang of eight” will fail, damaging Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio’s chances of winning the White House. “The path to citizenship in my judgment is going to fail,” Buchanan said. “It will certainly be stopped in the House, and I think Marco Rubio, who has gotten himself out front on it, will be badly damaged, because I think there’s going to be a rising populist...
  • Seven Reasons Why it's a Photoshop(Obama's skeet photo)

    02/03/2013 10:51:40 AM PST · by servo1969 · 93 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 2-3-2013 | Michael Harlin
    I'm sure we've all seen by now the "photo op" of President Obama shooting skeet. If he's shooting skeet then I'm Daffy Duck. Now, what's wrong with the president's picture? First the weapon is nearly level to the ground. Can't be skeet shooting, nor likely trap either. Second, it is evident that the President has never shot a shotgun before as his stance is leaning slightly backward. Look at the position of his torso to his legs. Skeet or trap shooters never do this. They lean slightly forward like a boxer in the ring. Third, he doesn't know or was never...