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  • White House OKs Drone Strikes On American Suspects Abroad

    02/06/2013 5:08:21 PM PST · by raptor22 · 16 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | February 6, 2013 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Drone Wars: A government memo concludes the U.S. can order the killing of American citizens believed to be tied to al-Qaida, with the White House acting as judge, jury and executioner. Gee, what about due process? Those of us who remember the condemnation and scorn heaped on President George W. Bush by liberals and civil libertarians for his post-9/11 security measures are bemused by the Obama administration's official declaration of the right to kill Americans abroad through the use of drone strikes. And it's based on the idea that a single White House official can decide whether the individual in...
  • North Korea Video Shows US City in Flames After Missile Attack

    02/06/2013 5:03:18 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    Guardian ^ | Tuesday 5 February 2013 | Justin McCurry
    YouTube video shows city ablaze in scenes reminiscent of 9/11, as South Korea claims nuclear test imminent in PyongyangIt begins benignly enough, with an image of a sleeping young North Korean man, and a genteel piano version of the US feel-good pop anthem We Are the World providing the musical backdrop. But the YouTube video recently posted by Uriminzokkiri, North Korea's official website, quickly takes a more sinister turn as the man's dream continues into the realms of Stalinist fantasy. Within seconds he is aboard a space shuttle, launched into orbit by the same type of rocket the North successfully...
  • Op-Ed: Europe, Stop Supporting Israeli Extremists!

    02/06/2013 5:01:35 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 4 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 6/2/13 | Ron Torossian
    When the world isn’t killing the Jews, it spends way too much time worrying about the State of Israel. The latest news comes courtesy of a new report by NGO Monitor which published a report titled "NGO Reports to the Israeli Registrar of Non-Profits in 2012". It is simply flabbergasting to read and discover that European foreign governments are so involved in funding the far-left in Israel. At least thirteen political advocacy non-governmental organizations were funded by Norway, Denmark, Switzerland, and the Netherlands at a total tune of 21,671,115 NIS! The money was received primarily by organizations who are very...
  • House...Board finds “substantial reason...” Rep. Owens (D-NY21 ) illegally accepted foreign gifts

    02/06/2013 4:57:29 PM PST · by Behind Liberal Lines · 8 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | Wednesday, February 6, 2013 at 6:04pm | Posted by William A. Jacobson  
    The Board of the Office of Congressional Ethics  just released findings (with extensive evidentiary supporting documents) that there is “substantial reason to believe” Rep. Bill Owens (D-NY21) violated federal law and House Rules in connection with a trip to Taiwan (emphasis added): NATURE OF THE ALLEGED VIOLATIONS: Representative Bill Owens may have accepted payment of travel expenses for an officially connected trip to Taiwan from an impermissible source, resulting in an impermissible gift, in violation of federal law and House Rules. Representative Owens may have accepted payment of travel expenses for an officially connected trip to Taiwan, when that trip was in some part planned,...
  • Gold-digging microbe - By spitting out a molecule, a bacterium draws solid gold out of solution

    02/06/2013 4:57:23 PM PST · by neverdem · 11 replies
    Science News ^ | February 1, 2013 | Rachel Ehrenberg
    Forget ancient maps and metal detectors. Those seeking hidden gold might do well to add bacteria to their toolbox. The bacterium Delftia acidovorans secretes a molecule that binds to dissolved gold and turns it into shiny, solid gold, scientists have discovered. The bacterium — and perhaps others like it — might one day process gold at mining sites or create gold nanoparticles with desirable properties, says geomicrobiologist Frank Reith, a research fellow at the University of Adelaide in Australia. In 2006 Reith and his colleagues reported finding biofilms of bacteria growing on solid gold grains in soil. Some of these...
  • Fleeing Californians Ponder Which State to Ruin Next

    02/06/2013 4:55:13 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 52 replies
    ClashDaily.com ^ | February 5, 2013 | Nick Taxia
    Tuesday, January 29th, 2013, (Santa Monica, CA) — It has been 34 years of marriage, three children, two grandchildren, two homes and three jobs, and Mary and Joseph Peterson have had enough. The two Sacramento natives and college sweethearts have lived in California their entire lives. Now their lifelong stay in the Sunshine state is sadly coming to an end. Mary Peterson, 56, and husband Joseph, 57, lament being only an estimated 250,000 people who are now leaving California annually, in comparison to the hordes more that are storming in (mainly illegally). They also lament not having fully experienced the...
  • Why Dick Morris is out at Fox, but Karl Rove survives

    02/06/2013 4:54:01 PM PST · by Mozilla · 11 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | February 6, 2013 | By Linda Feldmann, Staff writer
    Dick Morris is out at Fox News, but Karl Rove is in. The future of the republic does not hinge on this development, but the divergence in the conservative commentators’ fates is nevertheless telling. Both, after all, had issued spectacularly wrong predictions on who would win last November’s presidential race. (Mitt Romney in a landslide!) Both were adamant, night after night, that their data were rock solid. On election night, Mr. Rove went so far as to challenge Fox News’ decision to call Ohio for President Obama, which effectively called the election. In the most entertaining bit of TV all...
  • Christie launches attack on feds' flood insurance program (MSM buries the story)

    02/06/2013 4:53:23 PM PST · by dirtboy · 11 replies
    Philadelphia Inquirer / Philly.com ^ | 2/5/13 (2/6/13 print edition) | Matt Katz
    Sandy-related salvo against the Obama administration, Gov. Christie slammed the National Flood Insurance Program today, saying that the pace of its payouts to victims of Sandy has "stunk." During a news conference in this small community on the Raritan Bay that was ravaged by Sandy, Christie said that 30 percent of flood insurance claims, which are paid by the federal government, have been resolved, compared to 85 percent of homeowners' insurance claims, which are paid directly by insurance companies. "I've been as patient as I'm going to be...and now I'm going to turn my special brand of love and affection...
  • All Hail: Sharpton's Creepy Obama Image

    02/06/2013 4:52:50 PM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 24 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Have a look at the image of President Obama that Al Sharpton repeatedly displayed during a segment on his MSNBC show this evening on the theme that the Obama agenda on immigration and gun control is gaining traction. It shows a stern-faced President Obama superimposed on a background of a massive crowd. At one point, Sharpton displayed a graphic reading "Taking Control." More here.
  • Rand Paul seeks distance from Ron Paul’s foreign policy — in tone, at least

    02/06/2013 4:48:32 PM PST · by Mozilla · 8 replies
    Washington Post ^ | /2/6/13 | Aaron Blake
    Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul, who looks more and more like he will pick up where his father left off and run for president in 2016, tried to create some separation between himself and his famous dad in a speech Wednesday. “I am a realist, not a neoconservative, nor an isolationist,” Paul began in his opening remarks at the Heritage Foundation. Paul called for a balanced approach to foreign policy that includes both significant action against radical Islam but also shunned the neoconservative and interventionist strains that dominated the Republican Party for the past decade and which his father, Ron...
  • American Crossroads Vetting Rep. Steve King For Senate Seat

    02/06/2013 4:41:57 PM PST · by Mozilla · 20 replies
    Kmeg ^ | Feb 06, 2013 | Heather Leigh, Reporter
    Karl Rove versus Steve King. Rove was one of President Bush's top advisors, but now Iowa's open Senate seat has one of America's top Republican operatives gearing up to fight one of his own, vetting candidates who have a history of saying the wrong thing at the wrong time. And, that apparently includes Congressman Steve King. Steven Law, the CEO of American Crossroads, told the New York Times: "We're concerned about Steve King's Todd Akin problem....All of the things he's said are going to be hung around his neck," says Law. Law is apparently referring to comments King made to...
  • Syracuse law would restrict employers' use of criminal background checks

    02/06/2013 4:39:43 PM PST · by Behind Liberal Lines · 17 replies
    Post Standard ^ | 2.6.13 | Tim Knauss
    SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Two city councilors today proposed legislation that would make it illegal for any Syracuse employer to ask a job applicant whether he or she has been convicted of a crime -- unless the employer is ready to offer that applicant a job.... By deferring questions about past crimes until after a conditional job offer has been made, the law would give ex-convicts a better chance to impress potential employers, Bey said. “What we’re saying is, allow them an opportunity to demonstrate their talent,’’ he said.... Under the proposed law, an employee from the city’s department of neighborhood...
  • Ethiopia: Geo-thermal Power Expansion to Begin At Aluto-Langano

    02/06/2013 4:38:24 PM PST · by JerseyanExile · 2 replies
    All Africa ^ | Febuary 3, 2013 | Yetneberk Tadele
    Expansion work is to begin at the Aluto-Langano Geo-thermal Power Plant, in February, with the delivery of equipment to the site. The project, estimated to cost 35 million dollars, has already had 17 containers of materials delivered, with 10 more currently at the dry port, according to Miskir Negash, public relations officer of the Ethiopian Electric Power Corporation (EEPCo). The Corporation will also import 400tn of international standard cement over the coming few weeks, Miskir said. The expansion includes the digging of four wells, up to 2,500m deep, boosting Aluto-Langano's geo-thermal capacity to 70Mw; the total potential for the country...
  • Tough times for Hezbollah in fast changing region

    02/06/2013 4:35:16 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 2 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 2/6/13 | Zeina Karam - ap
    BEIRUT (AP) — These are tough times for Hezbollah. The Shiite militant group's uncompromising support for Syrian President Bashar Assad and allegations that it attacked Israeli tourists in Bulgaria are both unpopular in Lebanon, where it is increasingly accused of putting the interests of longtime patrons Iran and Syria over those of its home country. For many in the deeply polarized and war-weary nation, Hezbollah's involvement in last year's bus attack that killed five Israelis, if confirmed, constitutes further proof that the group is willing to compromise the country's security for external agendas. "Hezbollah uses the Lebanese people like sandbags,...
  • Obama Tells NARAL: We Celebrate Roe, 55 Million Abortions

    02/06/2013 4:34:52 PM PST · by NYer · 21 replies
    Life News ^ | February 6, 2013 | Steven Ertelt
    In a videotaped address to the NARAL pro-abortion group last night, President Barack Obama told the organization that he celebrates the Roe v. Wade decision, that has resulted in well over 55 million abortions.“Tonight we celebrate the historic Roe v. Wade decision handed down 40 years ago, but we also gather to recommit ourselves to the decision’s guiding principle: that women should be able to make their own choices about their bodies and their health care,” Obama said in the videotaped message.“Tonight we celebrate the historic Roe v. Wade decision handed down 40 years ago, but we also gather to...
  • Rubio To Deliver GOP Response to Obama's State of the Union (in English and Spanish)

    02/06/2013 4:31:21 PM PST · by drewh · 35 replies
    The Hill ^ | 02/06/13 03:40 PM E | By Daniel Strauss
    Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) will deliver the Republican response to President Obama's State of the Union address on Feb. 12. Rubio's response will be delivered in both English and Spanish, according to Speaker John Boehner's (R-Ohio) office. "Marco Rubio is one of our party’s most dynamic and inspiring leaders. He carries our party’s banner of freedom, opportunity and prosperity in a way few others can. His family’s story is a testament to the promise and greatness of America," Boehner said in a statement on Wednesday. "He’ll deliver a GOP address that speaks from the heart to the hopes and dreams...
  • No, Karl Rove, It’s A Leadership Problem

    02/06/2013 4:28:06 PM PST · by Mozilla · 16 replies
    The Missouri senate race was shaped by the inaction and lack of leadership from the state party. Period. I’ve spoken to many party insiders who agree. The establishment didn’t want Akin — those who claim otherwise embarrass themselves with their lack of knowledge about my home state’s politics. The moderate faction of the GOP wanted Akin gone. His rejection of TARP was unconscionable, his bad-mouthing of NCLB intolerable, and he spoke too much about Jesus. snip The problem with this race, as I’ve written infinity-times before, began before the general election. It wasn’t the fault of the candidates, it was...
  • Kerry Sends 'Lunar New Year' Greetings

    02/06/2013 4:19:31 PM PST · by ColdOne · 19 replies
    weeklystandard.com ^ | 2/6/13 | DANIEL HALPER
    This afternoon, Secretary of State John Kerry issued a statement of good wishes for those celebrating the "Lunar New Year." "On behalf of the American people, I am delighted to send my heartfelt wishes for good health, good fortune, happiness, and prosperity to all those around the world celebrating the arrival of the Lunar New Year this February 10," says Kerry in a statement. "This week, millions of people will make the journey – some across great distances – to reunite with their loved ones to mark the Lunar New Year. Here in the United States, many families will likewise
  • Karl Lagerfeld Calls Michelle Obama’s Fringe ‘Bad Idea’ (Moochelle looks like a News Anchorette)

    02/06/2013 4:16:39 PM PST · by drewh · 15 replies
    World Beauty News ^ | Feb 05, 2013 01:58 AM EST
    The world is busy raving about first lady Michelle Obama's fringe but Chanel's creative director Karl Lagerfeld begs to differ. After taking digs at Pippa Middleton, Adele, Heidi Klum and Russian men, next in line is the first lady. "I don't understand the change of hair ... Frankly, the fringe was a bad idea. It's not good," quoted the designer. Lagerfeld went on to say that Obama now looks like a news anchor. The criticism comes as a surprise as Lagerfeld had once admitted that he adores Obama. He had even called the first lady's face "magical" while talking to...
  • Black Conservatives To Protest MSNBC’s Touré Speech At Catholic University

    02/06/2013 4:16:39 PM PST · by Mozilla · 6 replies
    http://danaloeschradio.com/ ^ | 2/6/13 | dana Loesch
    Move-On-Up.org, an organization of black conservatives from around the St. Louis area, are organizing a protest of MSNBC host Touré Neblett, who is scheduled to speak at the Catholic St. Louis University this month. The group objects to his support of abortion and notes the contradiction of a pro-abortion advocate at a Catholic university. Says the news release from organizer Stephanie Rubach: Pro-lifers of this region are outraged at the appearance of Touré Neblett, (co-host of The Cycle on MSNBC) after his out spoken stance glorifying his personal experience of abortion. Toure’ will be the keynote lecturer for the 2013...
  • GOP Divided on Sequestration

    02/06/2013 4:15:02 PM PST · by SkyPilot · 35 replies
    US News ^ | 6 Feb 13 | Lauren Fox
    With less than a month left to replace the $1.2 trillion in automatic budget cuts scheduled for March. Republicans revealed Wednesday their party is divided over what is more important: protecting the Department of Defense or pushing spending cuts no matter the cost. Republican Sens. Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma, Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and John McCain of Arizona continue to speak out about how devastating across-the-board spending cuts would be to the Pentagon, while their GOP colleagues in the House say sequestration, no matter the cost, may be the only way to force...
  • Unlikely Alliance in Hevron's 'War of Graffiti'

    02/06/2013 4:13:41 PM PST · by Eleutheria5
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 6/2/13 | Rachel Hirshfeld
    ...... In the proceeding years, graffiti, against Jews and Muslims alike, has come to conceal the beauty and allure of the ancient city and area surrounding the Cave of the Patriarchs. Most of the graffiti appears on David Hamelech Street, the main street in Hevron adjacent to the Jewish community. Among the slogans appearing on almost every wall or storefront are “Death to the Jews,” “Stop the Occupation,” and various expletives in both Arabic and English. However, ten months ago, when Barak Arusi was appointed to lead the police unit in charge of the area surrounding the Jewish holy site,...
  • $110 million for embassy ... in Suriname?

    02/06/2013 4:12:51 PM PST · by Steve Peacock · 17 replies
    WND ^ | Feb. 6, 2013 | Steve Peacock
    Tiny nation rich in oil, gold led by alleged killer, drug-traffickerThe Obama administration will pump upwards of $110 million into a new U.S. Embassy compound in Suriname, a South American nation whose population of 580,000 is equivalent to that of Wyoming, the least-populated U.S. state. Jay Anania, U.S. ambassador to Suriname, said last year during his Senate confirmation hearing, “It is very much in the United States’ interest that Suriname remains a stable democratic partner.”
  • Former Rep. Walsh forming super-PAC to counter Rove

    02/06/2013 4:07:54 PM PST · by Mozilla · 28 replies
    The Hill ^ | 02/05/13 | Daniel Strauss
    Former Rep. Joe Walsh (R-Ill.) is starting his own super-PAC to counter a group conservatives fear will protect establishment candidates from primary challenges. The tweet by Walsh, the outspoken former congressman, is in response to the creation of the Conservative Victory Project, a super-PAC being launched by Karl Rove, formerly a top adviser to President George W. Bush. The founders of the Rove super-PAC intend to engage in GOP primary races and back the most electable candidate. The group argues that a number of untested conservative candidates made it through 2012 primaries, only to lose in the general election. The...
  • House bill could create new 'national nurse' public health position

    02/06/2013 4:05:46 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 24 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 5, 2013 | Pete Kasperowicz
    Reps. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Texas), Pete King (R-N.Y.) and more than two dozen Democrats have introduced legislation that would create a national nurse to work alongside the surgeon general. The National Nurse Act, H.R. 485, would designate the chief nurse officer of the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) as the "National Nurse for Public Health." The bill would have the national nurse work alongside the surgeon general and "focus on health promotion, improving healthcare literacy, and reducing health disparities." "As the first registered nurse in Congress, I know from experience how nurses play a critical role in health promotion and...
  • Rove Aide Calls Bozell 'Hater' with 'Weird Axes to Grind'

    02/06/2013 4:03:51 PM PST · by Timber Rattler · 23 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | February 6, 2013 | Larry O'Connor
    When given the opportunity to rebut the sharp criticism leveled Tuesday by Brent Bozell directed at Karl Rove, Jonathan Collegio of Rove's American Crossroads might have made things worse, if not personal. "Bozell is a hater and he also has a long sordid history hating Karl Rove. He has weird personal axes to grind," said the spokesman for Rove's influential Super PAC.
  • Is the Republican Party headed toward civil war?

    02/06/2013 4:01:44 PM PST · by Mozilla · 44 replies
    CBS ^ | 2/6/13 | Lindsey Boerma
    For anyone who sees Mitt Romney's loss in the November presidential election as a harbinger of GOP decline, conservatives have a message - make that two, tellingly conflicting, messages. One, embodied by the Conservative Victory Project (CVP) - a group backed by Karl Rove's "super PAC" seeking to curb influence from far-right organizations - and spelled out Tuesday by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va.: Our olive branch is ripe, Democrats, and with the right legislation, we're willing to compromise. The other, perhaps best summarized in paperwork filed today by ousted Rep. Joe Walsh, R-Ill., to create a "super PAC"...
  • Jason Kenney suggests ... strip citizenship of dual nationals involved in terrorism

    02/06/2013 3:57:07 PM PST · by Squawk 8888 · 6 replies
    National Post ^ | February 6, 2013 | Stewart Bell
    With Canadians being blamed for recent terrorist attacks in Bulgaria and Algeria, Citizenship and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney has suggested new legislation may be needed to revoke the citizenship of dual nationals who commit terrorism. Mr. Kenney told reporters Wednesday he wanted to discuss the issue with Conservative MP Devinder Shory, who has tabled a private member’s bill proposing that Canadians who commit acts of war against Canada should lose their citizenship. The minister said he wanted to look into broadening the scope of Mr. Shory’s bill to include Canadians who commit acts of terrorism. The bill, C-425, applies only...
  • Govs Call for $10G Bachelor's Degree [ Liberals Unions always oppose online offerings ]

    The $10,000 bachelor's degree could be coming to a campus near you. What began as a challenge from billionaire Microsoft founder Bill Gates to make college more affordable is now catching on with governors eager to stem spiraling tuition costs and mounting student debt. Florida Gov. Rick Scott announced recently that 23 state-run higher education institutions will soon offer the four-year degree programs for $10,000, following similar calls by Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. At least one lawmaker in California is calling for that state's vaunted university system to embrace the idea, too. The bargain baccalaureate...
  • California Judge Does The Unthinkable: Reinstates Obama Eligibility Lawsuit

    Kathleen O’Leary, Presiding Judge of the 4th District Court of Appeal reinstated the Appeal Taitz v Obama et al filed by the candidate for the U.S. Senate Attorney Orly Taitz. Appeal at hand involves Senator Diane Feinstein and Barack Obama as a candidate for the U.S. Presidency.
  • New audio: Hagel tells Arab audience U.S. must 'reverse optics' on Israel, 2007

    02/06/2013 3:53:40 PM PST · by Nachum · 4 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 2/6/13 | http://www.breitbart.com/InstaBlog/2013/02/06/New-audio-Hagel-tells-Arab-audience-U-S-must-reverse-o
    Former Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-NE) is not providing the Senate any more information about past speeches or funders. Luckily, a few of his former audiences are only too proud to share his remarks with the world. The National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations recently published a recording of a speech Hagel gave to its conference in 2007. In addition to calling for unconditional talks with the Iranian regime, Hagel said that the U.S. had to "reverse optics" in its relationship with Israel in order to restore its credibility as an honest broker between Israelis and Palestinians, and to boost its diplomacy...
  • Obama: Salazar's family 'did not cross the border, the border crossed them'

    02/06/2013 3:46:35 PM PST · by Nachum · 27 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 2/6/13 | Charlie Spiering
    Speaking about outgoing Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, President Obama reminded reporters that the family of the former U.S. Senator from Colorado was of Spanish descendent – dating back to the 16th century. “His ancestors were living here before the Mayflower set sail,” Obama said. “As he explains it — and relevant, as we are working to get immigration reform passed — his family did not cross the border, the border crossed them. And that’s why, when I needed somebody to lead Interior, I didn’t have to look very far.”
  • Chicago police no longer responding to all 911 calls

    02/06/2013 3:45:16 PM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 28 replies
    Chicago police are no longer responding in person to 911 calls reporting vehicle theft, garage burglary or simple assault in a change aimed at freeing up officers to deal with more serious crimes. According to a report in the Chicago Sun-Times, the change came into effect on Sunday and also covers crime where the victim is "safe, secure and not in need of medical attention" and the offender is "not on the scene and not expected to return immediately." Chicago authorities are hoping the change frees up more officers to attend to the most serious crimes, such as serious assaults...
  • Oppose Joe Manchin’s Veterans Gun Ban & National Gun Registry

    02/06/2013 3:33:01 PM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 17 replies
    Washington, DC --(Ammoland.com)- Reports out of Capitol Hill reveal that just-reelected turncoat West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin is about to stick a big knife in the back of American gun owners. And to make matters worse, he’s lying about what he’s doing. Both Manchin and House anti-gun crazy Carolyn McCarthy are claiming to be “working with NRA” to enact gun bans and national gun registries. NRA says flatly that Manchin is lying, and we believe he is. (The Hill, 1/24/13) Ironically, Manchin was the “gun owner’s best friend” on November 5 2012 — the day before his reelection to a...
  • Norquist: Immigration is good for the GOP

    02/06/2013 3:31:57 PM PST · by AuntB · 44 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 2/4/2013 | Neil Munro
    Americans for Tax Reform head Grover Norquist says that large-scale immigration is good for America and the Republican Party — and that critics of easy immigration should get out of the way. “There are a whole bunch of people who are listening to loud voices, some of whom claim to be Republican … talking about [employers] who didn’t fill out the paperwork, about going after [an immigrant's] aunt,” said Norquist, whose opposition to tax increases has made him popular among Republicans and a hate-figure among progressives. Once advocates for tighter immigration are sidelined, the GOP will be able to win...
  • Unlikely Alliance in Hevron's 'War of Graffiti' Jewish and Arab residents of Hevron

    02/06/2013 3:28:03 PM PST · by Nachum
    inn ^ | 2/6/13 | Rachel Hirshfeld
    In a joint effort and rare demonstration of unity, Jewish and Arab residents of Hevron are beginning to repaint the city walls that have been desecrated and profaned with derogatory graffiti for over a decade. Jewish residents, Israeli police and local Arabs are coming together in this highly contentious area in an effort to restore and repair the city to its undefiled state, before anti-Semitic and anti-Muslim graffiti came to be one of its most notable traits, Israel’s Hebrew daily Maariv reported. Following the barrage of Arab attacks in 2001, which reached its peak when an Arab sniper killed 10-month-old...
  • ‘Current policy repels foreign talent’

    02/06/2013 3:26:52 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 13 replies
    The Pioneer ^ | Wednesday, February 6, 2013 | S. Rajagopalan
    Wahington - As the US Congress kicked off hearings on comprehensive immigration reforms, two well-known Indian-American experts made a compelling case for urgent steps to reverse its existing policies that “chase away” foreign talents graduating from American universities instead of capitalising on them. “We need the world’s best and brightest more than ever before. Yet, as the research of my team at Stanford, Duke and UC-Berkeley has shown, our visa policies are doing the opposite: chasing away this talent,” said Vivek Wadhwa, Director of Research at Duke University’s Pratt School of Engineering. While Wadhwa and Puneet Arora, Vice-President of Immigration...
  • Scott Brown in talks with Fox News

    02/06/2013 3:24:40 PM PST · by GQuagmire · 21 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | Wednesday, February 6, 2013 - Updated 06:08 PM | Hillary Chabot / Boston Herald
    Former U.S. Sen. Scott Brown is in talks with the Fox New Channel to join the network, a Fox spokeswoman has confirmed. She declined to say what role Brown would play at the cable network. The network recently cut ties with former GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin and former Clinton presidential advisor Dick Morris. Brown, who lost his Senate seat to Democrat Elizabeth Warren in November, announced last Friday he would not be running in the special Senate election to fill the seat being vacated by Secretary of State John F. Kerry. Meanwhile, Kadant Inc. of Westford, a paper...
  • Obama's pick to head Dept of Interior gets the nod from environmentalists

    02/06/2013 3:13:47 PM PST · by Nachum · 11 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 2/6/13 | Michael Bastasch
    Environmentalists have cheered the decision by the Obama administration to tap Recreational Equipment Inc. CEO Sally Jewell as secretary of the interior, a position to be vacated by Ken Salazar. “In Jewell, President Obama chose a leader with a demonstrated commitment to preserving the higher purposes public lands hold for all Americans – recreation, adventure, and enjoyment,” Sierra Club executive director Michael Brune said in a statement. “Jewell’s unique experience and her love of America’s outdoors will be invaluable to the stewardship of the waters, lands and wildlife we’ve been entrusted to protect for our children,” said Frances Beinecke, president...
  • Judge Brim wants job back after insanity acquittal

    02/06/2013 3:13:21 PM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 19 replies
    ABC Local ^ | February 5, 2013 | Paul Meincke
    February 5, 2013 (CHICAGO) (WLS) -- In Chicago, Judge Cynthia Brim wants to return to the bench. The Cook County judge was found not guilty by reason of insanity in connection with a shoving incident a involving a sheriff's deputy. Five times in the last 19 years, Cynthia Brim was hospitalized for treatment of a bipolar-related mental illness, including one instance in which paramedics had to remove her from her Markham courtroom. It's unclear to what extent her superiors were aware of her mental health needs. The altercation took place at the Daley Center last year, and shortly after that...
  • Jerry Brown to Rick Perry: That "come-on-down-to-Texas" ad is “barely a fart”

    02/06/2013 2:53:44 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 50 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/06/2013 | Erika Johnsen
    I love federalism. Which is to say, really, that I love competition. When states, like businesses, compete for their desired goals in a free-market scenario, everybody wins in the long run, because the policies that really work and appeal to the most people will come out on top.Texas and California are often compared as polar opposites in terms of their business-friendly policies; i.e., Texas is reliably ranked number one and California usually comes in around dead last. There are plenty of traditional and cultural factors that keep California an attractive place for venture capital investment, but an incoming raft of...
  • The GOP Civil War Has Begun

    02/06/2013 2:53:37 PM PST · by JohnPDuncan · 60 replies
    Breitbart ^ | David Bossie
    When a person amasses too much power, they often believe they are indestructible. What Karl Rove and company did last week in the New York Times, claiming that their new “Conservative Victory Project” would cure the ills of a disappointing campaign cycle, is laughable. The so-called “Conservative Victory Project” is nothing more than an attempt by establishment Republicans to cull the conservative movement. Why does Rove think he has a monopoly on wanting to win? At least Karl Rove and company are finally out front with their disdain for the conservative movement, and I am thankful for it. The battle...
  • Pentagon delays deployment of carrier to Mideast over budget woes

    02/06/2013 2:53:37 PM PST · by mdittmar · 23 replies
    Reuters ^ | Feb 6, 2013 | David Alexander
    (Reuters) - Defense Secretary Leon Panetta delayed deployment of an aircraft carrier strike group to the Middle East due to budget uncertainty on Wednesday, hours after warning that financial concerns were a threat to U.S. security. The outgoing Pentagon chief delayed the deployment of the USS Harry S. Truman aircraft carrier and the USS Gettysburg guided missile cruiser, which were due to leave Virginia later this week, because of uncertainty over the department's finances, Pentagon spokesman George Little said."Facing budget uncertainty ... the U.S. Navy made this request to the secretary and he approved," Little said in a statement. "This...
  • Sen. Menendez Denial on Permuy is 'Howler of the Day'

    02/06/2013 2:38:38 PM PST · by jazusamo · 9 replies
    NLPC ^ | February 6, 2013 | Peter Flaherty
    Yesterday, NLPC Chairman Ken Boehm questioned Senator Robert Menendez' veracity after his office claimed that he did not know that his ex-aide Pedro Pablo Permuy (in photo) was involved with ICCSI, a company partly owned by his mega-donor Salomon Melgen. Menendez sought to pressure administration officials to support a contract for port security in the Dominican Republic that would have provided a windfall for Melgen. In a Miami Herald story today , Marc Caputo reports: Sen. Bob Menendez's ties to a former Miami aide who could benefit from a controversial overseas port contract, which the Democrat pushed for, extend to...
  • Hagel Vote Postponed

    02/06/2013 2:31:17 PM PST · by Tex-Con-Man · 27 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | February 6, 2013 | Adam Kredo
    The Senate Armed Services Committee will not hold a vote Thursday on the confirmation of secretary of defense nominee Chuck Hagel, according to reports. “Hagel vote won’t be tomorrow in Armed Services,” Politico’s Manu Raju tweeted Wednesday afternoon. “Levin: “The committee’s review of the nomination is not yet complete.’” Foreign Policy’s Josh Rogin also confirmed the delay. Hagel’s murky financial entanglements are a major concern in the delay, according to sources close to the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC). Also of concern is a committee investigation into how Hagel and his Senate office handled a 2007 sexual harassment allegation made...
  • “THE MARK LEVIN SHOW”– Wednesday, February-6-2013

    02/06/2013 2:30:34 PM PST · by Fudd Fan · 51 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
  • Tuberculosis May Lurk in Bone Marrow Stem Cells of Infected Patients

    02/06/2013 2:29:08 PM PST · by neverdem · 4 replies
    ScienceDaily ^ | Jan. 30, 2013 | NA
    Tuberculosis is a devastating disease that kills nearly 2 million people worldwide each year. Although antibiotics exist that can ameliorate the symptoms, the courses of therapy last for months and don't completely eradicate the disease, which frequently recurs years or decades after the initial treatment. Now, in a classic case of bench-to-bedside research, scientists at the Stanford University School of Medicine have discovered a possible reason for the disease's resistance: The ability of the tuberculosis bacteria to infiltrate and settle down in a particular class of stem cell in the bone marrow. By doing so, the bacteria take advantage of...
  • Bureaucrats “Giddy” With “Newly Minted Power”

    02/06/2013 2:20:52 PM PST · by mgist · 30 replies
    New American ^ | 1/13 | W. Jasper
    Bureaucrats “Giddy” With “Newly Minted Power” Black-clad federal SWAT teams could soon be descending upon your farm, ranch, home, school, or place of business. Case in point: Iowa farms. On November 29, 2012, Chuck Gipp, director of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR), told a budget committee his department needed $1.3 million for hiring 11 new agents to inspect the state’s livestock facilities, pursuant to federal regulations. The federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) had given the Iowa DNR 60 days to implement EPA-ordered inspections. EPA is threatening to take over enforcement if Iowa does not satisfactorily comply with its...
  • Oppose Joe Manchin's Veterans Gun Ban and National Gun Registry

    02/06/2013 2:11:28 PM PST · by EXCH54FE · 11 replies
    Gun Owners ^ | Feb 6, 2013 | Gun Owners Staff
    Reports out of Capitol Hill reveal that just-reelected turncoat West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin is about to stick a big knife in the back of American gun owners. And to make matters worse, he's lying about what he’s doing. Both Manchin and House anti-gun crazy Carolyn McCarthy are claiming to be “working with NRA” to enact gun bans and national gun registries. NRA says flatly that Manchin is lying, and we believe he is. (The Hill, 1/24/13) Ironically, Manchin was the “gun owner's best friend” on November 5 -- the day before his reelection to a six-year term let him...
  • It's Only February and I'm Already One of HuffPo's Worst People of 2013

    02/06/2013 2:06:55 PM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | February 6, 2013 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: I was told; I had not seen the story -- that I have made the Worst People in America list at the Huffing and Puffington Post. I didn't know who else was on it and I didn't know where I was. Well, I knew I was number ten. So naturally somebody on the staff went and looked it up and sent me the others on the list. Now, I'm number ten. Wayne LaPierre is number one. I just saw something else. Look at all these celebrities joining the gun control fight now. Tony Bennett and Chris Rock...