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  • North could use uranium for test; tunnel site located(tunnel spec photo)

    02/04/2013 5:33:08 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 11 replies
    JoongAng Ilbo ^ | 02/05/2013 | Kim Hee-jin
    North could use uranium for test; tunnel site located Feb 05,2013 South Korea’s Defense Ministry released a tunnel map from captured footage by the North’s official Korean Central Television. The Defense Ministry analyzed the map, which shows the tunnel on the western side of the nuclear test site, where they think the second test was carried out. Provided by the Defense Ministry While the international community waits for Pyongyang to press the button for its third nuclear test, South Korean Foreign Minister Kim Sung-hwan said the regime could use uranium fuel this time. Kim attended a meeting of the National...
  • Church Says Wounded Warrior Project Refused Their Money

    02/04/2013 5:30:34 PM PST · by lqcincinnatus · 16 replies
    Fox News ^ | 02/01/2013 | 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...
  • Church Says Wounded Warrior Project Refused Their Money

    02/04/2013 5:30:34 PM PST · by lqcincinnatus · 48 replies
    Fox News ^ | 02/01/2013 | 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...
  • John Kasich Accepts Obamacare’s Medicaid Expansion

    02/04/2013 5:26:40 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    TPM ^ | 02/04/2013 | Sahil Kapur
    Ohio Gov. John Kasich announced Monday that he will accept the Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act, becoming the fifth Republican governor to embrace the provision of the health care reform law that the Supreme Court made optional. The governor unveiled the decision as part of his budget proposal. “We are going to extend Medicaid for the working poor and for those who are jobless trying to find work,” Kasich said at a press conference in Columbus. “It makes great sense for the state of Ohio because it will allow us to provide greater care with our own dollars.”...
  • Armed Forces Foundation team draw attention to war’s mental wounds

    02/04/2013 5:20:26 PM PST · by GrootheWanderer · 1 replies
    The (Dalton, Georgia) Daily Citizen ^ | February 4, 2013 | Charles Oliver
    Jeff and Paige McDonald and their youngest daughter Brooke stood on the stage of the giant Barrett-Jackson auction in January, watching as bidding began on a custom 1969 Ford Bronco. Funds raised by the auction would help the Armed Forces Foundation, a group that provides services to veterans, particularly those suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Paige McDonald recalls the moment as “bittersweet.” She says she was pleased that so many were showing such strong support for America’s veterans. But she says she couldn’t stop thinking of the reason her family had come to Scottsdale, Ariz., for the auction: her...
  • Colorado: Senate President Morse Steps On Dem Gun Control Message (Dem)

    02/04/2013 5:11:42 PM PST · by Red Steel · 18 replies
    nra-ila ^ | January 23, 2013
    In an interview with CBS4last week, Senate President John Morse (D-Colo. Springs) proclaimed his belief that additional background checks and a ban on high capacity magazines would do little to limit gun violence, stepping on a key message coming from supporters of gun control in his own party. Read More: The Colorado Observer.com
  • Outgoing EPA chief regrets lack of dialogue with rural America

    02/04/2013 5:10:49 PM PST · by Nachum · 37 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/4/13 | Zack Colman
    Departing Departing Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa Jackson said she wished she had communicated better during her tenure with rural regions that felt victimized by the agency’s pollution rules. “If I were starting again, I would from day one make a much stronger effort to do personal outreach in rural America," Jackson said in a wide-ranging interview with Reuters published Monday. Clashes with rural GOP lawmakers characterized much of Jackson’s time in Obama administration, but Jackson has lamented what she says are inaccurate claims about the scope of EPA’s agenda.
  • Again: Obama Misses Another Budget Deadline

    02/04/2013 5:07:27 PM PST · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 4, 2013 | Guy Benson
    We've known this failure was forthcoming for some time, but it's still worth flagging for several reasons, which we'll get to momentarily.  First, the basics:   Monday marked the deadline set in law for President Obama to submit a budget, but he missed it — making this the fourth time in his five years in office that he's failed to submit the blueprint on time. That makes his record equal to the three previous presidents combined, who spanned 20 years in office. This year, Mr. Obama blamed the late passage of his tax increase deal early last month. "Because these issues were not...
  • Revealed: Marine who 'killed' famous sniper threatened to 'blow his brains out and kill his family

    02/04/2013 5:04:06 PM PST · by Nachum · 39 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 2/4/13 | Daily Mail Reporter
    Police now say that the former marine accused of killing the country’s best sniper and another man at a shooting range now says that he threatened to kill himself and his family back in September and he was hospitalized. A police report from the September 2 incident states they were alerted to the threat when they received a call about 25-year-old Eddie Ray Routh, who is now in jail on two murder counts for allegedly killing Chris Kyle and Chad Littlefield. ‘Eddie stated he was hurting and that his family does not understand what he has been through,’ the police...
  • Hillary Clinton team has new website

    02/04/2013 5:01:29 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 27 replies
    Hillary Clinton team has new website By: Kevin Robillard February 4, 2013 06:50 PM EST Hillary Clinton has found her post-State Department home on the World Wide Web. HillaryClintonOffice.com is bare-bones so-far, sporting only a picture of the former Secretary of State and a contact form. According to registration data, the site was created Jan. 31, and was last edited Sunday. The URL was registered through GoDaddy.com. Clinton’s 2008 campaign site, HillaryClinton.com, now links to HillaryClintonOffice.com. Clinton has remained coy about her post-Cabinet plans, but has said she plans to continue to advocate for women and girls...........
  • School turnarounds prompt community backlash

    02/04/2013 4:53:50 PM PST · by posterchild · 23 replies
    AP via news.yahoo.com ^ | Mon Feb 4, 2013 | Christina Hoag
    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The federal government's push for drastic reforms at chronically low achieving schools has led to takeovers by charter operators, overhauls of staff and curriculum, and even school shutdowns across the country. It's also generated a growing backlash among the mostly low-income, minority communities where some see the reforms as not only disruptive in struggling neighborhoods, but also as civil rights violations since turnaround efforts primarily affect black and Latino students. "Our concern is that these reforms have further destabilized our communities," said Jitu Brown, education organizer of Chicago's Kenwood-Oakwood Community Organization. "It's clear there's a different...
  • Emails Expose Southern Poverty Law Center Collaboration with DOJ

    02/04/2013 4:47:20 PM PST · by Nachum · 15 replies
    Bretibart ^ | 2/4/13 | Kerry Picket
    Judicial Watch (JW), a Washington D.C. based non-partisan educational foundation, released some two dozen pages of emails it obtained on Tuesday revealing connections between the Department of Justice Civil Rights and Tax divisions and the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). According to JW, the e-mails reveal “questionable behavior by agency personnel while negotiating for Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) co-founder Morris Dees to appear as the featured speaker at a July 31, 2012, “Diversity Training Event.” Judicial Watch obtained the records pursuant to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) submitted to the DOJ on September 10, 2012: The Judicial Watch...
  • Guns don't kill black people, other blacks do

    02/04/2013 4:41:03 PM PST · by grundle · 40 replies
    Salon ^ | Aug 16, 1999 | David Horowitz
    The NAACP's ludicrous idea to sue gun manufacturers is yet another attempt by the left to avoid personal responsibility for some individuals' bad behavior. When the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People announced plans recently to file an injunctive class-action suit “to force [gun manufacturers] to distribute their product responsibly,” the NAACP president, Kweisi Mfume, noted that gun violence takes a disproportionately high toll among young black males.According to an NAACP press release, African-American males between the ages of 15 and 24 are almost five times more likely to be injured by firearms than are white males in...
  • U.S. Gun Owners Outnumbered Hunters by 5 to 1 in 2011

    02/04/2013 4:32:13 PM PST · by EXCH54FE · 24 replies
    cns news ^ | Feb 4, 2013 | Patrick Burke
    In 2011, gun owners in the United States outnumbered hunters by 5 to 1. There were 13.7 million hunters in the United States over age 16 -- 12.7 million of whom used rifles, shotguns or handguns for hunting, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. That means hunters constituted only 15.9 to 18.1 percent of the estimated 70-80 million gun owners in the U.S. in 2011 -- the latest year for which statistics are available. In a Dec. 28 national report, USF&W said 13.7 million individuals over age 16 self-identified as hunters, and that 12.7 million used guns (shotguns,...
  • THE SAVAGE NATION!!!!!! 2-4-13

    02/04/2013 4:29:17 PM PST · by dynachrome · 16 replies
    www.michaelsavage.wnd.com ^ | 2-4-13 | Dr. Michael Savage
  • Iran's president wishes to visit Gaza

    02/04/2013 4:27:21 PM PST · by Pan_Yan · 11 replies
    Reuters ^ | Mon Feb 4, 2013 5:20pm EST | Mariam Karouny
    Asked in an interview on the Al Mayadeen news channel whether he would visit Gaza while in Cairo next week or before his term as president expires in June, he replied: "My wish is bigger than this. I wish to pray in Jerusalem after complete liberation." Iran does not recognize Israel. "If they allow it, I would go to Gaza to visit the people," he said, without saying whose authority he would seek.
  • Americans Make Hard Choices on Social Security, Prefer to Raise Payroll Taxes and Increase Benefits

    02/04/2013 4:26:52 PM PST · by kabar · 17 replies
    The National Academy of Social Insurance website ^ | January 31, 2013 | The National Academy of Social Insurance
    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Americans support Social Security and are willing to pay more to preserve and even improve benefits, according to a new survey released today by the nonpartisan National Academy of Social Insurance (NASI). The new study, Strengthening Social Security: What Do Americans Want?, finds a sharp contrast between what Americans say they want and changes being discussed in Washington, such as cutting benefits by using a “chained” Consumer Price Index to determine Social Security’s cost-of-living adjustment (COLA). Large majorities of Americans, both Republicans and Democrats, agree on ways to strengthen Social Security — without cutting benefits. Fully 74%...
  • Elephant Lessons: Real Men Leading Boys to Manhood [males raised by single mothers turn violent]

    02/04/2013 4:25:08 PM PST · by grundle · 10 replies
    Violence and bizarre aggressive behaviors among young male elephants has increased dramatically over the course of a few decades. A team of researchers, trauma experts and neuropsychologists among them, studied the causes and found a way to resolve the elephant violence. Their findings can help us understand why we need mature men leading boys to manhood and to guide for those coming into renewed manhood following the overthrow of repressive regimes. The lessons require connecting three dots. 1. The social development systems of male elephants. 2. The abuse of women in oppressive regimes. 3. Boy Gangs – A poor substitute...
  • Gun shops, instructors see increase in demand

    02/04/2013 4:11:02 PM PST · by mdittmar · 3 replies
    Yakima Herald-Republic ^ | February 4, 2013 | Phil Ferolito
    YAKIMA, Wash. — Within the past two years, Steve Simon said he’s had to chase unwanted people from his West Valley home on two occasions. The first time, a group of teens pounded on his door late at night, saying they were looking for someone. A car’s headlights were beaming into his front door, Simon recalled. Another time, his wife caught a man inexplicably walking around in their home. When she told him to leave, Simon said, the intruder said he was interested in buying the house.“This home invasion thing and people wandering around at night, we’ve had people looking...
  • Sniper Murder Suspect ‘Traded Soul For a New Truck,’Affidavit Says

    02/04/2013 4:05:48 PM PST · by kristinn · 48 replies
    WFAA-TV ^ | Monday, February 4, 2013 | Jason Whitley
    Eddie Routh, the double murder suspect who allegedly killed retired Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle and his friend Chad Littlefield, might have committed the crimes to steal Kyle’s truck, according to an arrest affidavit obtained by News 8. Routh confessed to his sister and her husband about the crime on Saturday night, the document says. When they asked whose black truck he was driving, Routh told them “he traded his soul for a new truck,” according to the affidavit. Arrest affidavit page one.Page two.Page three.
  • Iranian Blogger Publishes EXCL Interview With Iran's 1st Space Monkey[I Thank My Brother Ahmadinejad

    02/04/2013 3:59:26 PM PST · by fight_truth_decay · 2 replies
    Middle East Media Research Institute ^ | February 4, 2013 | MEMRI
    *snip "[Share] one memory with our readers. "Aftab the monkey: My most vivid memory has to do with the time I had doubts about carrying out religious duties in space. Because, as it is written in the Koran and in the precepts of Islam, these tasks are for performing on earth, and a human was designated as the Messenger of Allah on earth; I, as a space monkey, do not belong, and am not obligated by this. This threw me into a spiritual crisis. Via chat, the brothers......"
  • We Are All Going To Die From Inflation Says Bill Gross

    02/04/2013 3:56:29 PM PST · by lbryce · 16 replies
    Points and Figures ^ | February 3, 2013 | Jeff Carter
    They say that time is money. What they don’t say is that money may be running out of time. There may be a natural evolution to our fractionally reserved credit system that characterizes modern global finance. Much like the universe, which began with a big bang nearly 14 billion years ago, but is expanding so rapidly that scientists predict it will all end in a “big freeze” trillions of years from now, our current monetary system seems to require perpetual expansion to maintain its existence. And too, the advancing entropy in the physical universe may in fact portend a similar...
  • Rev. Jesse Jackson Calls on President Obama to Stop Chicago Violence

    02/04/2013 3:44:49 PM PST · by drewh · 36 replies
    Rush Limbaugh ^ | February 04, 2013
    Rev. Jackson Calls on Obama to Stop Chicago Violence February 04, 2013 Windows Media RUSH: The Reverend Jackson, in Chicago. The Reverend Jackson and other relatives of victims of fatal shootings, in Chicago. Do you know, the lawlessness in Chicago, the gun violence in Chicago is now greater than when Al Capone's gang ran the town? Did you know that, Rachel? You want to know something else? There was no gun control when Al Capone was running around running things. Back during the glory days of Chicago, no gun control. Now they've got some of the strictest gun control laws...
  • Yeah - Hebron has an MK!

    02/04/2013 3:26:03 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 4 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 25/1/13 | David Wilder
    Well, the election is history. The results weren’t exactly what we’d have prayed for, nor were they what we expected. The polls showed slightly different results. On the other hand, despite errors similar to those made in 1992, the left-wing dream of a ’mahapach,’ that is a ’revolution,’ a changing of the guard, a total defeat of the ruling prime minister, didn’t happen. The new coalition might not be as ’right’ as the present government, but it won’t be Rabin-Peres – 1992. However, this time around, history was made. For the first time, Hebron has a representative in the Knesset....
  • Too Big to Nail: The Biggest Scandals...

    02/04/2013 3:17:30 PM PST · by a5478 · 4 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 02/02/2013 | Virgil
    In other words, inside the Beltway, if the dollar numbers associated with shenanigans are big enough, they don’t call it a “crime,” they simply call it “policy.” That is, past a certain point, the money amounts are so huge that the whole system is implicated in the corruption. And nobody in DC wants to see that, lest the taxpayers out in flyover country start to wonder if there’s something systemically wrong with Washington. And so, through the power of spin, and with the complicity of the MSM, massively awful actions--the bank bailouts being the most spectacular example--are declared to be...
  • New York City schools handed out 12,721 doses of Plan B last year without parental consent

    02/04/2013 3:09:53 PM PST · by NYer · 36 replies
    Life Site News ^ | January 4, 2013 | BEN JOHNSON
    NEW YORK, February 4, 2013, (LifeSiteNews.com) – New York City schools distributed 12,721 doses of the “Morning-After Pill” to students last year, according to documents obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request. The 40 school-based “health centers” also performed thousands of injections of long-term contraception and implanted intrauterine devices (IUDs). Under state law, schools do not need to obtain parental consent to dispense the drugs. The $2.7 million program has provided contraceptives to 22,400 teens as young as 14. Last September, the district announced that the city Department of Health had distributed Plan B to 567 teenage girls, and...
  • Alabama hostage boy safe, captor dead: Official

    02/04/2013 2:57:57 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 54 replies
    NBC News ^ | February 4, 2013 | Erin McClam and Gabe Gutierrez
    A 5-year-old boy held captive for seven days in an underground bunker in southern Alabama is alive and his kidnapper is dead, a law enforcement official told NBC News on Monday afternoon. Jimmy Lee Dykes, a 65-year-old man described by his neighbors as a paranoid survivalist, grabbed the boy from a school bus last Tuesday afternoon. …
  • 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...
  • Dodge Ram's Paul Harvey ('So God Made a Farmer' 1978 FFA Speech) Wins ADBOWL XLVII

    02/04/2013 1:11:11 PM PST · by drewh · 59 replies
    Radio & Broadcasting ^ | Feb, 4 2013 | By Carl Marcucci
    An iconic radio voice took the cake, as Dodge Ram’s “So God Made a Farmer” spot with Paul Harvey as the voice over was the highest-rated commercial during Super Bowl XLVII according to ADBOWL, the original advertising ranking website for consumers developed in 2002 by McKee Wallwork & Company. It wasn’t flashy or filled with special effects, but Dodge Ram’s Super Bowl spot featuring the late radio broadcaster Paul Harvey’s tribute to U.S. farmers won the hearts and minds of viewers Sunday night. The two-minute spot featured a series of stark photos of farmers at work. Along with a montage...
  • Epigenetics: How Our Experiences Affect Our Offspring

    02/04/2013 1:10:36 PM PST · by blam · 23 replies
    The Week Magazine ^ | 1-20-2013 | The Week Staff
    Epigenetics: How Our Experiences Affect Our Offspring New research suggests that people's experiences, not just their genes, can affect the biological legacy of their offspring By The Week Staff January 20, 2013 Isn't our genetic legacy hardwired? From Mendel and Darwin in the 19th century to Watson and Crick in the 20th, scientists have shown that chromosomes passed from parent to child form a genetic blueprint for development. But in a quiet scientific revolution, researchers have in recent years come to realize that genes aren't a fixed, predetermined program simply passed from one generation to the next. Instead, genes can...
  • Assault Weapons Ban Has Rough Road Ahead, Grassley Says

    02/04/2013 1:00:13 PM PST · by neverdem · 21 replies
    Roll Call ^ | Feb. 1, 2013 | Humberto Sanchez
    Sen. Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, said vulnerable Senate Democratic incumbents could be the key to preventing an assault weapons ban from passing this year. In an interview on C-SPAN’s “Newsmakers”set to air Sunday, Grassley acknowledged that support for such a ban remains strong in some quarters of the Democratic Party, but he said he believes the electoral politics make it a difficult prospect at best.“I feel that an outright ban would have a difficult time passing the [Republican run] House of Representatives, so that would keep it from becoming law,” Grassley said. “But when you have five, six, maybe even...