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  • Postal Service to Cut Saturday Mail

    02/06/2013 7:47:33 AM PST · by re_tail20 · 33 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | February 6, 2013 | ABC OTUS
    Apparently trying an end-run around an unaccommodating Congress, the financially struggling U.S. Postal Service says it will stop delivering mail on Saturdays but continue to disburse packages six days a week. In an announcement scheduled for later Wednesday, the service is expected to say the Saturday mail cutback would begin in August and could save $2 billion annually. The move accentuates one of the agency's strong points — package delivery has increased by 14 percent since 2010, officials say, while the delivery of letters and other mail has declined with the increasing use of email and other Internet services. Under...
  • Feds reject AK refuge road pitched to aid patients

    02/06/2013 7:45:19 AM PST · by thackney · 9 replies
    AP via Anchorage Daily News ^ | February 5, 2013 | DAN JOLING
    The federal government said Tuesday it rejected a plan to build a road through a wildlife refuge that would have given a small Aleut village in Alaska better access to medical care. Villagers in remote King Cove had sought the one-lane gravel road for transporting emergency medical patients to an all-weather airport in Cold Bay, but the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said it will choose the "no action" alternative to a proposed land swap for a road corridor bisecting Izembek National Wildlife Refuge. The decision is a victory for environmental groups that submitted thousands of public comments protesting the...
  • Fox News Dumps Dick Morris, Renews Karl Rove

    02/06/2013 7:42:47 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 76 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 02/06/2013 | J. Robert Smith
    Dick Morris is gone from Fox News. Meanwhile, Karl Rove has been given a new multiyear contract. But why? A Fox News spokesman said only that the network chose not to renew Morris' contract. It's not hard to figure out why. Morris was glaringly wrong on the outcome of the 2012 presidential contest, predicting often and loudly that Mitt Romney would win in a romp. Funny thing is that Karl Rove was conspicuously wrong about the presidential results, too. Rove just wasn't as vociferous as Morris, except on Election Night. Even respected conservative elections analyst and commentator Michael Barone called...
  • Alexandria Cops Bust 10-year-old For Bringing Toy Gun to School

    02/06/2013 7:42:40 AM PST · by lbryce · 26 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | February 5 ,2013 | Naomi Jagoda
    The boy, a fifth-grader at Douglas MacArthur Elementary School whose name is not being released, was charged as a juvenile with brandishing a weapon, police said. He was also suspended from school, and Alexandria City Public Schools Superintendent Morton Sherman said further action is being considered, including expulsion. On Monday, the boy showed the plastic gun to at least one other student during a bus ride home from the school. The 10-year-old did not point it at anyone or threaten to shoot it, but he neglected to mention that the weapon was fake, said Alexandria police spokeswoman Ashley Hildebrandt. School...
  • How To Profit From A Potential Doubling In Copper Prices (Dr Copper)

    02/06/2013 7:42:32 AM PST · by blam · 9 replies
    TBI ^ | 2-6-2013 | Daily Wealth
    How To Profit From A Potential Doubling In Copper Prices Commodities / CopperFebruary 06, 2013 - 08:30 AM GMT By: Daily Wealth "I think copper has at least 50% upside from today's price..." legendary analyst Adrian Day told me recently. "I wouldn't be surprised to see the price double by the end of the decade." When Adrian talks commodities, I listen... He's written his Global Analyst newsletter for over 25 years. At one time, it was one of the most popular investment letters in America, with over 60,000 subscribers. And for a decade now, he has focused on commodities for...
  • Top Ten Problems with that Obama Skeet Shooting Picture

    02/06/2013 7:39:22 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 68 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 02/06/2013 | Marion DS Dreyfus
    It was a picture dredged up to prove the assertion the President had made in January to the breezy effect that the President is indeed acquainted with firearms, since, as he stated (roughly paraphrased), We've often shot skeet when we're at Camp David. It took a few days, where conservative media baited the press secretary Jay Carney, for proof, any proof, and where the Democrats either pooh-poohed the need for proof, since the President rarely turns out to have accuracy as his first arrow out of the quiver, or they prayed-uncharacteristically -- that there were, somewhere, please Heaven, something to...
  • Poll Finds a Boost for Obama on Handling Immigration (Path to Citizenship favored by majority)

    02/06/2013 7:35:35 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    ABC News ^ | 02/06/2013 | Greg Holyk
    Public approval of Barack Obama’s handling of immigration has jumped to a career high in the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll, buttressed by majority support for a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants and, much more broadly, endorsement of stricter border control. While the president lacks majority approval on the issue overall, slightly more Americans now approve than disapprove of his approach, by 49 vs. 43 percent. Obama was underwater on the issue – just 38 percent approved, while 52 percent disapproved – as recently as last July. See PDF with full results, charts and tables here. In terms of...
  • Here's The GOP's First Counteroffer To Delay The Sequester

    02/06/2013 7:35:19 AM PST · by 11th_VA · 22 replies
    businessinsider.com ^ | 16 minutes ago (2/6/2013) | Brett LoGiurato
    Congressional Republicans are preparing their first counteroffer to President Barack Obama to avert the across-the-board cuts of the looming sequester, a House GOP aide confirmed this morning. Politico, which first reported the news, said that top Republican members of the House and Senate Armed Services Committees are formulating a proposal that would delay the sequester for a year by slashing the federal workforce by 10 percent. The House GOP aide said this would be done solely through attrition, a gradual reduction in the federal workforce.
  • Obama to Visit Israel as Netanyahu Attempts to Form Coalition

    02/06/2013 7:33:39 AM PST · by Nachum · 11 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 2/5/13 | William Bigelow
    After Benjamin Netanyahu won the Israeli election for Prime Minister in January, he and Obama spoke by phone and discussed the possibility of Obama visiting. Obama will travel to Judea and Samaria (the West Bank) before travelling to Jordan during his time in the region. National Security Council Spokesman Tommy Vietor said: The start of the president's second term and the formation of a new Israeli government offer the opportunity to reaffirm the deep and enduring bonds between the United States and Israel and to discuss the way forward on a broad range of issues of mutual concern, including Iran...
  • No F-16s For Bloodthirsty Anti-Semites

    02/06/2013 7:30:41 AM PST · by yoe · 11 replies
    IBD ^ | February 5, 2013 | Editor
    Mideast: With the discovery of a video of Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi condemning Jews and Israel, Obama should immediately halt shipment of F-16s and tanks to the new regime. We know that Morsi is the Mideast darling of this administration. The Muslim Brotherhood honcho was groomed by the State Department to replace longtime Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak. But his viciously anti-Semitic remarks, recorded on Egyptian TV not long before he took power, should instantly disqualify him from such military aid. During the 2010 broadcast, an English translation of which surfaced last month thanks to the Middle East Media Research Institute,...
  • Study: Earthworms May Contribute to Global Warming [Invasion of the Worms]

    02/06/2013 7:26:28 AM PST · by fight_truth_decay · 36 replies
    DailyCaller ^ | 02/06/2013 | Michael Bastasch
    As environmentalists and politicians fret about man-made Global Warming, they may be ignoring another culprit: earthworms. According to a new study by an international team of researchers, earthworms could be contributing to global warming. The study looked at results from 237 separate experiments from published stories to explore earthworms’ role in affecting global warming. “Our results suggest that although earthworms are largely beneficial to soil fertility, they increase net soil greenhouse-gas emissions,” according to the study’s abstract. Worms affect how much carbon dioxide is produced in the soil and how much escapes into the atmosphere...
  • Some Trader Has Made A Very Big Bet That Something Very Bad Will Happen Within The Next 60 Days

    02/06/2013 7:21:55 AM PST · by blam · 80 replies
    TBI ^ | 2-6-2013 | Sam Ro
    Some Trader Has Made A Very Big Bet That Something Very Bad Will Happen Within The Next 60 Days Sam RoFebruary 6,2013 CNBC Stocks have been rallying relentlessly to post-crisis highs. Meanwhile, the volatility index (aka the VIX, aka the "fear index") is near historic lows. But according to UBS's Art Cashin, some options trader has made an enormous $11.25 million bet that the VIX will explode higher very soon. And a rally in the VIX is usually accompanied by a drop in the stock markets. From this morning's Cashin's Comments (emphasis ours): A Very Big Bet In A...
  • Fight Against Gay Marriage? Not if the Iowa GOP Wants Young Voters

    02/06/2013 7:19:48 AM PST · by fractionated · 105 replies
    Ankeny (IA) Patch ^ | February 4, 2013 | Stephen Schmidt
    Young Republicans in Iowa are still split on the institution of marriage being extended to gay people. But there is a growing consensus among college-aged GOPers that in order to win elections, the party's focus should be elsewhere. Gay and lesbian campus groups and College Republicans haven't exactly been friendly to one another over the years, in Iowa or the rest of the country. But there are signs that with this coming generation the trend could be changing, and for the Republican Party that could be critical. "As a young Republican, I see where the party’s coming from with the...
  • Top GOP voices calling for change (Top FR voices administer the zot)

    02/06/2013 7:19:34 AM PST · by fractionated · 32 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 30, 2013 | Ralph Z. Hallow
    “Change,” long the mantra of Barack Obama and the Democrats, is now clearly the watchword for Republicans such as Bobby Jindal, Rand Paul and Paul Ryan. The need for a Republican reset was repeatedly driven home at the party’s annual winter meeting here last week. The appeal for reform is coming from unexpected quarters within the GOP--including religious conservatives who appear to be moving toward a more libertarian view of the government’s role on same sex-marriage and other divisive social issues.... Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul told a gathering of Ohio Republican officials on Saturday that the GOP needs to be...
  • You Got Your Tax Increase, Dems...Now Show Us the Money

    02/06/2013 7:19:20 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 02/06/2013 | Gene Schwimmer
    The so-called fiscal cliff has been avoided, at least for the time being, and all it cost was a tax rate increase on the nation's most productive taxpayers. Of course, conservatives are disappointed, but one also needs to appreciate that with all the Bush tax rate decreases set to expire automatically, Democrats had Republicans over a barrel. That being the case, Republicans didn't do so badly, considering. The higher rates that would have kicked in at incomes above $250,000 (for marrieds, $200,000 for singles) will instead apply only to incomes above $450,000 (for marrieds, $400,000 for singles). And the formerly...
  • Obama’s ‘Investment’ Non-Strategy: Spending more on education won’t drive economic growth.

    02/06/2013 7:15:05 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    National Review ^ | 02/06/2013 | Jonah Goldberg
    Not long after President Obama proclaimed in his second inaugural that “an economic recovery has begun,” we learned that the U.S. economy actually shrank in the last quarter. Many economists believe this is a temporary setback. This recovery may be the weakest in American history, but the economy isn’t cratering either. Still, you can bet that if the economy continues to contract, Obama will propose the same remedy he always has: more “investments” in education, infrastructure, and various industries of the future. It seems that whatever the ailment, Dr. Obama always writes the same prescription. This is hardly shocking: Building...
  • Thank you, Hillary............. Dear Douglas

    02/06/2013 7:13:24 AM PST · by doug from upland · 3 replies
    SEND A MESSAGE OF THANKS Thank you, Hillary Clinton Foundation Dear Douglas, As we welcome Hillary home, we couldn't be more proud of what she's accomplished or more humbled by her commitment to making our country and our world stronger, safer, and better. Over the past four years, she's traveled to 112 countries, more than any other Secretary of State in our nation's history – and while this sometimes meant we saw her less often than we'd like, we're so grateful for the millions of lives she's touched and the change she's inspired across the globe. So as she...
  • How Not to Learn from Mistakes: Why the CBO’s predictions are consistently unreliable.

    02/06/2013 7:10:11 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 1 replies
    National Review ^ | 02/06/2013 | 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 wrong far too often...
  • Bruce Willis: Don't infringe on Second Amendment

    02/06/2013 7:06:34 AM PST · by Perdogg · 52 replies
    Bruce Willis says he's against new gun control laws that could infringe on Second Amendment rights. The "Die Hard" star also dismisses any link between Hollywood shootouts and real-life gun violence.
  • US Government Wants To Help Manage Your IRA

    02/06/2013 7:06:12 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    The Global Dispatch ^ | 02/06/2013 | Judy Aron
    A recent Bloomberg article stated this: _______________________ The U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is weighing whether it should take on a role in helping Americans manage the $19.4 trillion they have put into retirement savings, a move that would be the agency’s first foray into consumer investments. “That’s one of the things we’ve been exploring and are interested in in terms of whether and what authority we have,” bureau director Richard Cordray said in an interview. He didn’t provide additional details. The bureau’s core concern is that many Americans, notably those from the retiring Baby Boom generation, may fall prey...