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  • BREAKING: Obama to hand over drone documents ahead of Brennan hearing

    02/06/2013 5:11:09 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 42 replies
    CNN ^ | 2-6-2013 | Lesa Jamsen
    BREAKING: Obama to hand over drone documents ahead of Hagel hearing Posted by CNN White House Producer Lesa Jansen Washington (CNN) - Amid new controversy over his administration's targeted killing of American citizens, President Barack Obama has yielded to demands from Congress to turn over to them classified Justice Department legal advice justifying the policy. The president's move comes on the eve of confirmation hearings Thursday for his CIA director-nominee John Brennan, and complaints from senators - including several Democrats - about secrecy surrounding the drone policy.
  • PSA: The guy at Broad and Vine dressed in a KKK robe is not in the KKK (Philly)

    02/06/2013 5:10:30 PM PST · by dirtboy · 20 replies
    Philly Metro ^ | 2/6/2013
    Those who may have noticed during their morning commute a man standing on the median of North Broad and Vine streets decked out in a white robe and pointed hood can rest assured – he's in no way a member of the Ku Klux Klan. "I'm protesting black-on-black murder," said Sixx King, who is himself black. [snip] "I'm making a stance that the number of African Americans killed have surpassed the number of victims in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars," he said. "And African Americans have killed more of their own people than the KKK." He waved a sign emblazoned...
  • 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