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  • Gunbattle rocks Gao after rebels surprise French, Malians

    02/10/2013 1:46:43 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 13 replies
    Islamist insurgents launched a surprise raid in the heart of the Malian town of Gao on Sunday, battling French and local troops in a blow to efforts to secure Mali's recaptured north. ... French helicopters clattered overhead and fired on al Qaeda-allied rebels armed with AK-47s and rocket-propelled grenades who had infiltrated the central market area and holed up in a police station, Malian and French officers said. The fighting inside Gao was certain to raise fears that pockets of determined Islamists who have escaped the lightning four-week-old French intervention in Mali will strike back with guerrilla attacks and suicide...
  • Obama to lay out economic growth plan in State of Union speech

    02/10/2013 1:15:09 PM PST · by YankeeReb · 78 replies
    Reuters ^ | Feb 10, 2013 | Jeff Mason and Mark Felsenthal
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama will describe his plan for spurring the economy in his State of the Union address on Tuesday, offering proposals for investments in infrastructure, manufacturing, clean energy and education, a senior administration official said on Saturday. In the annual presidential address to Congress, Obama plans to show he has not lost sight of the economic woes of middle-class Americans - issues that dominated the 2012 election campaign but have been overshadowed recently by efforts to cut the deficit, overhaul immigration laws and curb gun violence. "The potential success of his second term is hugely dependent...
  • Politico’s Credibility Problem

    02/10/2013 1:13:46 PM PST · by Bratch · 16 replies
    Conservatives4Palin ^ | February 10 2013 | Stacy Drake
    Last week, Politico’s Jim Vandehei and Mike Allen sat down to talk about the recent changes over at Fox News. As anyone could guess, these two individuals used the topic of the day to trash Governor Palin and others they decided to lump into the narrative.Posted on Politico’s website under the video of the two talking, they wrote (emphasis): Republicans and Fox News are moving to purge the controversial political creatures they created. Interesting choice of words but when you’re getting ready to marginalize someone, “creature” is a good way to start. They go on (emphasis): Both were damaged badly...
  • GOP hopes for better ties with Hispanics, blacks

    02/10/2013 1:07:55 PM PST · by mdittmar · 36 replies
    Yahoo ^ | Feb 9, 2013 | CHARLES BABINGTON | Associated Press
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican Party's problems with minority voters have preoccupied strategists since November, and it's possible those difficulties will persist or worsen. But an opening for marked improvements in GOP-minority relations may be at hand, or at least close by.Republican leaders would have to make some timely decisions and get a few breaks, which campaign consultants don't rule out.The party desperately needs to draw more support from Latinos, a fast-growing sector that gave President Barack Obama 71 percent of its vote last fall. Two big opportunities now present themselves.If Republican lawmakers allow far-reaching immigration changes to become law,...
  • George W, Bush Takes the Art World by Storm

    02/10/2013 1:03:09 PM PST · by Marcus · 29 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | Feb. 10, 2013 | Mark R. Whittington
    The art world has been set ablaze about the advent of a stunning new talent in the medium of painting. Thanks to some hacked emails, the first works by a certain former president named George W. Bush have been revealed for all to admire.
  • Victoria Cross hero Ben Roberts-Smith is leaving the army

    02/10/2013 12:39:29 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 8 replies ^ | 11th February 2013 | Ian McPhedran
    SAS soldier and Victoria Cross hero Ben Roberts-Smith is leaving the army to pursue a business career as the "post-Afghanistan" exodus of elite soldiers hits alarming levels. The most high profile departure yet of a special-forces operator comes as the military prepares to award the SAS Number 2 Squadron the Unit Citation for Gallantry for its work in the Battle of Tizak, where Corporal Roberts-Smith earned his VC for conspicuous gallantry. The elite warrior, who received the second Victoria Cross for Australia in January 2011, is joining a long line of highly skilled soldiers resigning from the Special Air Service...
  • I'd love to Change the World.

    02/10/2013 12:05:11 PM PST · by Zeneta · 90 replies
    Me | 02/10/13 | Me
    I'd love to Change the World. But I don't know what to do. And I leave it up to you. Common Sense 2.0 (Thomas Paine, for those who have been sleeping) I have an idea that I'd like to vet out here.
  • America Is Doomed Unless Women Start Having More Babies. How Convenient.

    02/10/2013 12:03:55 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 72 replies
    The Slate ^ | Monday, Feb. 4, 2013 | Amanda Marcotte
    Ever since it became less socially acceptable to argue openly that women—at least white, middle-class women—owe it to men to curtail our professional ambitions in favor of a life as our husbands' support staff, conservatives started to panic about declining birth rates. If women don't start making more babies, they dimly warn, the country is headed for catastrophe as the workplace empties out of workers and retirees suck up all the money and people stop caring about the future. (Because we can't care about the children we do have unless we have more of them, for some reason.) To save...
  • Chinese vessels begin circling Senkakus again

    02/10/2013 11:53:12 AM PST · by traumer · 17 replies
    NAHA, OKINAWA PREF. – Chinese surveillance ships were spotted near the Senkaku Islands on Sunday, the coast guard reported, showing that China isn’t backing down from Japan’s allegations of radar-lock provocations in the East China Sea. Four Chinese surveillance vessels entered the contiguous zone adjacent to Japan’s territorial waters around the Senkakus from around 7 a.m., said the 11th Regional Coast Guard Headquarters in Naha, Okinawa Prefecture. Their return to the Senkakus came just after Onodera said Chinese movements around the islet chain had “calmed” in the wake of Tuesday’s announcement. On Tuesday, the Defense Ministry said that a Chinese...
  • Gaffe: Pelosi: "We Avow The First Amendment," "People Have A Right To Have A Gun" (video)

    02/10/2013 11:30:58 AM PST · by i88schwartz · 40 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | February 10, 2013 | RealClearPolitics
    <p>House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Cali.) confuses the first amendment and the second amendment in an interview with Chris Wallace on FOX News Sunday today.</p> <p>HOUSE MINORITY LEADER NANCY PELOSI: I think that you took one piece of it. We're talking about no further sales of assault weapons. What is the justification for an assault weapon? No further sales of those, no further sales of the increased capacity, 30 rounds in a gun. We're re talking about background checks which is very popular, even among gun owners, and, hunters.</p>
  • Dorner manhunt: $1-million reward expected to be offered

    02/10/2013 11:21:51 AM PST · by TaxPayer2000 · 76 replies
    L.A. Times ^ | February 10, 2013
    <p>Elected officials and law enforcement authorities on Sunday are expected to offer a $1-million reward for information leading to the arrest and capture of fugitive ex-cop Christopher Jordan Dorner.</p> <p>A massive manhunt for Dorner began last week after the 33-year-old former Los Angeles police officer and Navy veteran allegedly began a deadly campaign that has left three people dead and two others injured. Dorner is believed to be upset over his firing from the department in 2009.</p>
  • The Number One Reason To Invest In Gold… [There is a] One hundred percent [chance of inflation].

    02/10/2013 11:06:39 AM PST · by blam · 61 replies
    SHTF Plan ^ | 2-10-2013 | Mac Slavo
    The Number One Reason To Invest In Gold… Mac Slavo February 10th, 2013 With the the U.S. economy having once again dropped into negative recessionary growth, currency wars around the world heating up through direct and indirect devaluations, and trillion dollar fiscal deficits piling on, how is it possible that the stock market, a key measure of economic health for many Americans, is touching near all time highs? Marin Katusa, Chief Strategist at Casey Research, suggests that this effect can be traced to monetary machinations that are happening behind the scenes, where few people are willing to look. “Because they’re...
  • Hidden Hagel 2008 Speech Surfaces: No Attack on Iran Even if Israel Threatened

    02/10/2013 10:54:19 AM PST · by Nachum · 24 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 2/10/13 | Joel B. Pollak
    New footage of a speech by Chuck Hagel in 2008 has surfaced, in which the former Senator mocked the idea of continuing the U.S. policy of confronting Iran and supporting Israel. "When I hear the talk about--well you can’t talk with Iran, you can’t talk with Syria and we’re, we should stay where we are and support Israel, and so on, well you miss the point," he told the laughing audience at an event for his book, America: Our Next Chapter. Hagel added that the U.S. "shouldn't even be thinking about the options of bombing Iran," even in the event...
  • John Williams: How To Survive the Illusion Of Economic Recovery

    02/10/2013 10:45:05 AM PST · by blam · 13 replies
    TMO ^ | 2-10-2013 | John Williams
    John Williams: How To Survive the Illusion Of Economic Recovery Economics / Great Depression IIFebruary 09, 2013 - 01:40 PM GMT By: The Gold ReportJohn Williams There is no economic recovery, and there are no signs that a recovery is coming, says author John Williams. In this Gold Report interview, he blames mal-adjusted inflation statistics for creating an alternate reality that overestimates economic activity in a way that is unsustainable. Williams warns that eventually the painful truth will be so difficult that even government manipulation won't be able to deny it and that is when hyperinflation will take its...
  • Officials: Obama coming to Israel to prevent strike on Iran

    02/10/2013 10:37:11 AM PST · by Nachum · 40 replies ^ | 2/10/13 | staff
    The main purpose of US President Barack Obama's visit to Israel in the spring is to warn Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu against attacking Iran, unnamed officials told Army Radio on Sunday. According to the officials, the urgency of the trip is because in his speech to the United Nations in September, Netanyahu had flagged the spring of 2013 as a significant time in the context of the Iranian nuclear threat.
  • Cobra Special Forces?- national add campaign, actively recruiting!

    02/10/2013 10:35:49 AM PST · by foundedonpurpose · 40 replies
  • Fox News Claims Solar Won't Work in America Because It's Not Sunny Like Germany

    02/10/2013 10:29:22 AM PST · by OKRA2012 · 57 replies
    Slate ^ | 2/8/13 | Will Ooremus
    Thanks to Fox News and its expert commentators, millions of Americans now understand the real, hidden reason why Germany's solar-energy industry is so much further along than ours. Turns out it has nothing to do with the fact that Germany's government has long supported the industry far more generously, with policies like feed-in tariffs that stimulate investment in green technologies. No, the real reason is much simpler, explained a trio of journalists on Fox & Friends: It's always sunny in Germany!
  • The Fed Is Beginning To Remove The Punchbowl… Are You Ready For What’s Coming?

    02/10/2013 10:26:58 AM PST · by blam · 28 replies
    TMO ^ | 2-10-2013 | Graham Summers
    <p>The Fed Is Beginning To Remove The Punchbowl… Are You Ready For What’s Coming?</p> <p>Consider its recent FOMC minutes released on January 3 2013.</p> <p>With regard to the possible costs and risks of purchases, a number of participants expressed the concern that additional purchases could complicate the Committee’s efforts to eventually withdraw monetary policy accommodation, for example, by potentially causing inflation expectations to rise or by impairing the future implementation of monetary policy.</p>
  • Dick Durbin Admits the Obama Sequestration Was “Designed as a Budget Threat, Not a Budget Strategy”

    02/10/2013 10:26:47 AM PST · by Nachum · 22 replies
    Gatewaty Pundit ^ | 2/10/13 | Jim Hoft
    Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) admitted to David Gregory on Meet the Press today that the Obama sequestration plan was just a political game and was never intended to move forward. “David, sequestration was designed as a budget threat, not as a budget strategy. And, I think all of us understand that if it goes forward in less than three weeks it’s going to have a dramatic negative impact on several agencies.”
  • Mormon 101, X-rated sex details collide at Arias trial

    02/10/2013 10:20:46 AM PST · by Colofornian · 181 replies
    Fox News ^ | Feb. 6, 2013
    Woman accused of brutally murdering boyfriend describes religious conversion and sexual relationship...