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  • Janet Napolitano: A woman to watch for 2016

    02/04/2013 2:51:46 PM PST · by Cheerio · 71 replies
    WaPo ^ | February 4, 2013 | Karen Tumulty
    So, what happens if Hillary Clinton doesn’t run in 2016? It is hard to imagine the presidential field without a woman contender, and here’s one to keep your eye on: Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano. Napolitano is quietly making it known that she is considering the race, and there is reason to take her seriously.
  • Senate to introduce gun control bill without assault weapons ban

    02/04/2013 2:49:17 PM PST · by neverdem · 130 replies
    American Thinker ^ | February 4, 2013 | Rick Moran
    If a ban can't pass the Senate, it certainly won't pass in the House. Consider the assault weapons ban a dead issue, while the ammunition limit is alive and well. Wall Street Journal: Senate Democratic leaders expect a gun bill to move to the Senate floor that includes most of the proposals backed by President Barack Obama, with the notable exception of a ban on military-style, semiautomatic weapons, a top aide to Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada said.The bill would likely seek to limit the capacity of ammunition magazines; expand background checks to include sales at gun shows and...
  • Obama still backs new gun ban; top senator less certain

    02/04/2013 2:43:47 PM PST · by Evil Slayer · 13 replies
    cnn ^ | 2/4/13 | Tom Cohen
    (CNN) -- President Barack Obama on Monday reiterated his call for a comprehensive package of steps against gun violence as the focus on possible Senate legislation appeared to narrow to expanded background checks and limited ammunition magazines, rather than a ban on semi-automatic rifles that mimic assault weapons. Obama took part in a discussion with Minneapolis officials before telling police officers and others that an increase in gun violence nationwide, including the Connecticut school massacre in December, made it vital to address the issue now. "No law or set of laws can keep our children completely safe," Obama said in...
  • Panetta, Dempsey to testify on Libya attack

    02/04/2013 2:32:59 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 21 replies
    AP ^ | Feb 4, 10:24 AM EST
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Senate Armed Services Committee says Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, will testify on Thursday about the deadly assault on the U.S. Consulate in Libya last September.
  • Why an American ‘manufacturing renaissance’ wouldn’t create many manufacturing jobs

    02/04/2013 2:28:44 PM PST · by neverdem · 57 replies
    American Enterprise Institute ^ | February 1, 2013 | James Pethokoukis
    Get ready to hear a lot more about technological unemployment. The theory holds that automation, especially of the digital variety, is happening more quickly than entrepreneurs and human capital can adjust. And it’s why, says Andrew McAfee, co-author of Race Against the Machines, a boom in US manufacturing wouldn’t bring a boom in job creation: – Manufacturing employment has been on a steady downward trend in the U.S. since 1980 (it increased some after the end of the Great Recession, but this boost appears to be leveling out).– Manufacturing jobs have also been trending downward in Japan and Germany since...
  • “THE MARK LEVIN SHOW”– Monday, February-4-2013

    02/04/2013 2:25:08 PM PST · by Fudd Fan · 38 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
  • Gunman dead and boy hostage ALIVE as hostage standoff in Alabama bunker ends after seven days

    02/04/2013 2:23:16 PM PST · by ColdOne · 43 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | 2/4/13 | Thomas Durante and Laura Collins In Midland City, Alabama Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/n
    The 'survivalist killer' who allegedly gunned down a bus driver before taking a boy hostage in an underground bunker is now dead as the dramatic ordeal has ended after seven days. The five-year-old boy hostage, known only as Ethan, was taken away from the scene and is believed to be in fine condition. Multiple news outlets have reported that the gunman, 65-year-old Jimmy Lee Dykes, is deceased, but the cause of his death was not immediately known.
  • Boy in center of Alabama hostage standoff released, source says

    02/04/2013 2:13:23 PM PST · by Justaham · 37 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 2/4/13
    DEVELOPING: A five-year-old boy who was being held hostage in an underground bunker in Alabama for nearly a week has been released, a law enforcement source, citing reports, told Fox News. Authorities say 65-year-old Jimmy Lee Dykes shot and killed a bus driver last week in Midland City and then abducted the boy. Dykes is now dead, the source says, and it is unclear what the boy's current condition is.
  • Devastating Explosion At Key Iranian Nuclear Facility Confirmed By London Times

    02/04/2013 2:04:58 PM PST · by EBH · 55 replies
    The Inquisitir ^ | 1/29/2013
    According to the London Times, the arch Conservatives at World Net Daily finally got one right. On Friday, WND reported the destruction of Iran’s top secret uranium enrichment facility at the Fordow nuclear installation. Fordow, buried deep under ground, is reported to have completely collapsed in a massive explosion, trapping 200 workers in the ruins of the facility. WND published a report on the explosion written by a former Iranian Revolutionary Guard officer and CIA agent named Reza Kahlili, An author of several alarmist books and dozens of articles, Kahlili claims Iran intends to bring about a nuclear apocalypse in...
  • Rowdy Fans Pack The Streets After Ravens Win The Super Bowl

    02/04/2013 1:57:47 PM PST · by Biggirl · 25 replies
    http://baltimore.cbslocal.com/ ^ | February 4,2013 | CBS Baltimore
    BALTIMORE (WJZ)—Baltimore City police had their hands full managing the huge crowds of celebrating Ravens fans who took to the streets after Sunday night’s victory. In Fells Point, thousands of people danced in the streets.
  • Russia does not fit standards of Western democracy (Soros retailiates after they reject homo)

    02/04/2013 1:51:04 PM PST · by mgist · 33 replies
    pravda ^ | 2/4/13 | Kullikov
    Russia does not fit standards of Western democracy again 04.02.2013 Last week, Human Rights Watch presented World Report 2013. The report focused on the human rights situations in more than 90 countries of the world in 2012. Of 665 pages of the report, ten are devoted to Russia. An attempt to find at last something positive about our country on those ten pages will suffer a rapid fiasco. Human Rights Watch Director for Europe and Central Asia, Hugh Williamson, gave the following assessment: "Last year was the worst one in terms of the situation with human rights in Russia in...
  • Nearly Half Of American Families Live On The Edge Of Financial Ruin

    02/04/2013 1:37:40 PM PST · by blam · 44 replies
    TBI ^ | 2-3-2013 | Mandi Woodruff
    Nearly Half Of American Families Live On The Edge Of Financial Ruin Mandi WoodruffFebruary 4, 2013, 1:19 PM In the past few years, Americans have learned a thing or two about how quickly disaster can strike. And with each Hurricane Sandy, housing crisis, and stock market crash that rocks our world, we're faced with the realization that many of us simply aren't prepared for the worst. A sobering new report by the Corporation for Enterprise Development shows nearly half of U.S. households (132.1 million people) don't have enough savings to weather emergencies, or finance long-term needs like college tuition, health...
  • CBS Host Says Singer 'Blew the Electric' Twice During Rehearsals

    02/04/2013 1:28:17 PM PST · by drewh · 35 replies
    Big Hollywood ^ | 4 Feb 2013, 12:07 PM EDT
    Boomer Esiason, the former Cincinnati Bengals quarterback and co-host "The NFL Today" on CBS, said Beyonce's halftime performance may have been responsible for the 34-minute blackout during Sunday's Super Bowl between Baltimore and San Francisco. “Beyonce blew the electric in the Superdome twice, I’m told, during her rehearsals during the week," Esiason said on Monday on his radio show. Esiason recalled there was a buzzing sound in the Superdome shortly after Beyonce's halftime show. On his "Boomer & Carton" radio show, Esiason said about "five or six minutes prior to" the "the breaker going," Kevin Harlan, a CBS announcer who...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Anderson Cooper's 10pm show to be axed

    02/04/2013 1:28:07 PM PST · by Perdogg · 64 replies
    Anderson Cooper's 10pm show is set to be slashed by CNN chief Jeff Zucker to make room for a big new hire, network sources have revealed. The TV favourite, 45, hosts Anderson Cooper 360° at 8pm every weekday and the show is repeated at 10pm, with Brit Piers Morgan sandwiched in between. However, as part of a huge raft of changes at the network, Zucker plans to axe the 10pm segment, paving the way for a news star to anchor another show.
  • Treasury nominee Jack Lew accused of breaking Medicare law by Republicans

    02/04/2013 1:24:32 PM PST · by PJ-Comix · 2 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | February 4, 2013 | Stephen Dinan
    Senate Republicans are sending a letter Monday to the White House budget office arguing that President Obama’s nominee to be treasury secretary, Jacob “Jack” Lew, was complicit in breaking a Medicare budget law. The letter comes the same day that Mr. Obama officially missed another deadline in the budget law by failing to submit his blueprint on the first Monday in February. The president has only met that deadline once in his tenure. On the Medicare funding issue, federal law requires that if the program’s funding becomes imbalanced, its trustees are required to issue a warning, and the president is...
  • Smith & Nephew Reduces Workforce

    02/04/2013 1:24:16 PM PST · by Sopater · 2 replies
    Memphis Daily News ^ | Thursday, January 31, 2013 | MICHAEL WADDELL
    Smith & Nephew eliminated nearly 100 jobs in Memphis and Andover, Mass., on Thursday, Jan. 31, as the medical device company cuts expenses in an effort to offset tax hikes included in the Affordable Care Act. The Affordable Care Act includes a 2.3 percent medical device tax, which took effect Jan. 1. The London-based company, which employs about 1,800 people in Memphis, said the new tax will cost the industry about $30 billion over 10 years. “(The tax) has impacted a number of companies across the U.S.,” said Joe Metzger, senior vice president of corporate communications. “Smith & Nephew is...
  • S&P says U.S. to file civil lawsuit over ratings

    02/04/2013 1:21:35 PM PST · by LucianOfSamasota · 20 replies
    Reuters ^ | February 4, 2013 | Staff
    (Reuters) - Standard & Poor's on Monday said it expects to be the target of a U.S. Department of Justice civil lawsuit over its ratings of mortgage bonds prior to the recent financial crisis. The lawsuit against the McGraw-Hill Cos (MHP.N) unit focuses on its ratings in 2007 of various U.S. collateralized debt obligations (CDO), S&P said. It would be the first federal enforcement action against a credit rating agency over alleged illegal behavior tied to the financial crisis. "A DOJ lawsuit would be entirely without factual or legal merit," S&P said in a statement. "The DOJ would be wrong...
  • Obama tries to undercut NRA in gun control debate

    02/04/2013 1:15:34 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 41 replies
    Fox News ^ | 2/4/13
    ...Obama on Monday tried to undercut National Rifle Association leaders and appeal directly to their membership, claiming gun owners support the "common-sense" gun control measures he's proposed -- and urging those supporters to "keep the pressure" on Congress. ....spoke in Minnesota, in his first campaign-style stop as part of a second-term push for new firearms laws... Without once mentioning the NRA by name, Obama on Monday said gun control supporters should tell their members of Congress that "there's no legislation to eliminate all guns." Despite opposition not only from the NRA but a number of Republican lawmakers, Obama tried to...
  • Sowell: Prophets and Losses

    02/04/2013 1:14:21 PM PST · by jazusamo · 8 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | February 5, 2013 | Thomas Sowell
    Now that the federal government is playing an ever larger role in the economy, a look at Washington's track record seems to be long overdue. The recent release of the Federal Reserve Board's transcripts of its deliberations back in 2007 shows that their economic prophecies were way off. How much faith should we put in their prophecies today — or the policies based on those prophecies? Even after the housing market began its collapse in 2006, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said in 2007, "The impact on the broader economy and financial markets of the problems in the subprime market...
  • Sowell: Prophets and Losses: Part II

    02/04/2013 1:13:06 PM PST · by jazusamo · 5 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | February 5, 2013 | Thomas Sowell
    People on both sides of tax issues often speak of such things as a "$300 billion tax increase" or a "$500 billion tax decrease." That is fine if they are looking back at something that has already happened. But it can be sheer nonsense if they are talking about a proposed increase or decrease in the tax rate. The government can only raise or lower the tax rate. Whether the actual tax revenues that the government will collect as a result will go up or down is a matter of prophecy. And these prophecies have been far too wrong far...