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  • From the Citi to the Caymans (Jack Lew rehabilitates what Obama once called a 'tax scam.')

    02/13/2013 6:42:11 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    No matter how Jack Lew performs at his Senate confirmation hearing on Wednesday, his nomination to be Treasury Secretary has already produced one big winner: the Cayman Islands. The Caribbean low-tax haven is getting a political rehabilitation thanks to Mr. Lew's participation in a Cayman-based fund he invested in while working at Citigroup C +0.16% from 2006-2008. For years Democrats have denounced the Caymans, which has no corporate income tax, as a refuge for tax cheats. In 2012 President Obama ripped Mitt Romney for investments based there. But now an Obama spokesman suggests that Mr. Lew's Caymans investment, a Citigroup...
  • Texas vs California: Who's messing with whose jobs?

    02/13/2013 6:38:05 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 02/13/2013 | Michael Hiltzik
    Gov. Jerry Brown ought to cut his Texas brother, Rick Perry, a little slack. Texas Gov. Perry arrived in the Golden State this week trolling for California businesses he could poach and carry home with him in his saddlebags. His trip here comes on the heels of a Texas radio come-on, which aired statewide, and which Brown memorably dismissed as "barely a fart." But there are reasons why Perry's efforts deserve more serious scrutiny. One is that the campaign exposes an important shortcoming of Texas' job-development program: It focuses on using incentives to steal jobs from other states because it's...
  • Taking Guns to Holy Ground (Mex City Gun Buy-Back)

    02/13/2013 6:37:06 AM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 4 replies
    New York Times ^ | February 12, 2013 | Elisabeth Malkin
    MEXICO CITY — A young woman cradling a large crucifix left Mexico’s holiest shrine, the Basilica of St. Mary of Guadalupe, on a recent afternoon and stopped at a tent outside, where soldiers were piling up pistols and rifles on a table, part of a citywide cash-for-guns program. -0- They are sending social workers door to door to remind residents that it is illegal to have a gun without a permit and that a gun at home does not guarantee protection. The workers have been spreading the word about the exchange and compiling an informal census on attitudes about guns....
  • A Real State of the Union

    02/13/2013 6:29:43 AM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 13, 2013 | John Stossel
    We've heard another State of the Union speech, and my president said grand things like: "Think about ... a future where we're in control of our own energy ... I will not cede the wind or solar or battery industry to China ... I will not back down from protecting our kids from mercury poisoning ..." Actually, he said that in 2012. I write before this year's speech, but he says basically the same thing every year: With more spending, government can fix everything. But I have this dream -- one where my president walks to the podium, and he...
  • Pelosi stands up for video game makers

    02/13/2013 6:15:58 AM PST · by artichokegrower · 23 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | February 11, 2013 | Benny Evangelista
    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi probably picked up some votes among avid video gamers by shooting down an attempt by Chris Wallace of Fox News to link gun deaths with violence in video games. On "Fox News Sunday With Chris Wallace," the host asked Pelosi about proposals to study the connection between popular culture and violence just as viewers saw action video clips from "Call of Duty: Black Ops II" and "Grand Theft Auto." "We don't need another study, respectfully," Wallace said. "I mean, we know that these video games where people have their heads splattered, these movies, these TV...
  • Endgame: Susan Collins to vote yes on Hagel?

    02/13/2013 6:14:28 AM PST · by chessplayer · 21 replies
    Major news from Major “Shirty Business” Garrett: Major Garrett ✔ @MajorCBS I am reliably informed Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, will soon announce backing Chuck Hage. WH and Hagel backers believe they have 60 votes. Remember, to date, not a single Senate Democrat has said he/she will oppose Hagel. That’s 55 votes in the bank. Thad Cochran is 56 and Collins would be 57. Murkowski’s a safe bet in situations like this to err on the side of bipartisanship, so that’s 58. All O needs is two more to bust the filibuster and he’s got a variety of centrist Republicans who...
  • Obama Seeks 29 New Programs: ‘Nothing I’m Proposing Should Increase Deficit by Single Dime’

    02/13/2013 5:57:56 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 37 replies
    Obama Seeks 29 New Programs: ‘Nothing I’m Proposing Should Increase Deficit by Single Dime’ February 13, 2013 By Terence P. Jeffrey (CNSNews.com) - President Barack Obama said in his State of the Union Address on Tuesday night that nothing he was proposing in the speech would “increase our deficit by a single dime.” He then proposed at least 29 new government programs. “Tonight, I’ll lay out additional proposals that are fully paid for and fully consistent with the budget framework both parties agreed to just 18 months ago,” said Obama. “Let me repeat: Nothing I’m proposing tonight should increase our...
  • Thai Army Urges Curfew after Insurgents Attack Base (16 Muslim rebels dead)

    02/13/2013 5:56:56 AM PST · by Pan_Yan · 7 replies
    VOA News ^ | February 13, 2013 | Daniel Schearf
    BANGKOK — The Thai military is urging people in its troubled south to stay indoors after soldiers repelled a large-scale attack on a base by scores of armed militants. At least 16 of the attackers were killed in one of the biggest death tolls in the nearly 10-year insurgency by Malay Muslims seeking autonomy from Buddhist Thailand. The Thai army says at least 60 heavily-armed insurgents, dressed in military-style fatigues, attacked a base early Wednesday in southern Narathiwat province. The military says it was tipped off to the planned attack, was ready and suffered no casualties in the exchange of...
  • President Obama Gets It: Fracking Is Awesome

    02/13/2013 5:56:43 AM PST · by thackney · 20 replies
    Forbes ^ | 2/12/2013 | Christopher Helman
    In his State of the Union address tonight President Obama said: “After years of talking about it, we are finally poised to control our own energy future. We produce more oil at home than we have in 15 years. We have doubled the distance our cars will go on a gallon of gas, and the amount of renewable energy we generate from sources like wind and solar – with tens of thousands of good, American jobs to show for it. We produce more natural gas than ever before – and nearly everyone’s energy bill is lower because of it.” Yes...
  • Retail sales growth pauses as higher taxes kick in

    02/13/2013 5:48:14 AM PST · by John W · 16 replies
    Reuters ^ | February 13, 2013 | Reuters
    Retail sales barely rose in January as tax increases and higher gasoline prices restrained spending, suggesting a slowdown in the pace of consumer spending early in the first quarter. The Commerce Department said on Wednesday retail sales edged up 0.1 percent after an unrevised 0.5 percent rise in December. The modest gain, which was in line with economist's expectations, suggested that households were responding to the expiration of a two percent payroll tax cut on January 1. Taxes also went up for wealthy Americans.
  • Obama’s Most Dishonest State of the Union Address

    02/13/2013 5:48:13 AM PST · by SJackson · 23 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | February 13, 2013 | Daniel Greenfield
    In 1986, at the closing session of the Communist Party shindig in the Karl Marx Theater in Havana, Castro had declared, “Let no one think that what I have here is a lengthy speech; it is the party’s program.” He then went on to speak for 7 hours and 10 minutes. Obama’s ridiculous 6600-word marathon is also not a lengthy speech; it is the party’s program. The professional flatterers and fawners in the media have long since given up describing the teleprompter-in-chief as a talented speaker. These days Obama gives speeches that not only sound like they were read from...
  • Double-Voting for Obama

    02/13/2013 5:47:05 AM PST · by SJackson · 21 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | February 13, 2013 | Matthew Vadum
    After publicly boasting that she voted twice for President Obama in November, a left-wing Ohio activist associated with a George Soros-funded group claims she did nothing wrong by double-voting. “There’s absolutely no intent on my part to commit voter fraud,” said Melowese Richardson, a longtime Cincinnati poll worker and Democratic activist whose unlawfully cast ballot canceled out a lawful ballot and thereby deprived another citizen of his or her right to vote. Voter fraud, also known as vote fraud, election fraud, and electoral fraud, refers to the specific offenses of fraudulent voting, impersonation, perjury, voter registration fraud, forgery, counterfeiting, bribery,...
  • College Health Plans Respond as Transgender Students Gain Visibility

    02/13/2013 5:45:41 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 2 replies
    New York Times ^ | February 12, 2013 | RICHARD PÉREZ-PEŃA
    Over the last decade, as activists started pushing colleges to accommodate transgender students, they first raised only basic issues, like recognizing a name change or deciding who could use which bathrooms. But the front lines have shifted fast, particularly at the nation’s elite colleges, and a growing number are now offering students health insurance plans with coverage for gender reassignment surgery. No college or university offered such treatment just six years ago, but when Brown University said last week that its student health plan would be extended to cover sex-change surgery beginning in August, advocates for transgender students said Brown...
  • Ex-Seal Announces GOP run for MA Senate Seat

    02/13/2013 5:44:40 AM PST · by SueRae · 23 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 2/12/2013 | Mike Flynn
    Former Navy Seal Gabriel Gomez has announced his intention to run in the special election to fill the vacancy left by John Kerry. A private-equity investor, Gomez now has until the end of the month to collect the 10,000 signatures necessary to get on the ballot. If successful, we would face state Rep. Dan Winslow, a former Romney staffer, in the primary April 30th. “As I look at Washington," Gomez said in a public statement, "I see a lot of unproductive noise and bickering, and I see two parties attacking each other at all times over every issue. I see...
  • Who Failed Chicago?

    02/13/2013 5:40:38 AM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 13, 2013 | Michelle Malkin
    On Tuesday, President Obama and the first lady used the State of the Union spotlight to pay tribute to an innocent teenage girl shot and killed by Chicago gang thugs. On Friday, Obama will travel to the Windy City to decry violence and crusade for more gun laws in the town with the strictest gun laws and bloodiest gun-related death tolls in America. Does the White House really want to open up a national conversation about the state of Chicago? OK, let's talk. Obama, his wife, his campaign strategists, his closest cronies and his biggest bundlers all hail from Chicago....
  • Lars Hedegaard, Defender of Freedom ... Mark Steyn

    02/13/2013 5:36:05 AM PST · by Rummyfan · 8 replies
    Steyn Online ^ | 10 Feb 2013 | Mark Steyn
    A few days ago, a man tried to assassinate Lars Hedegaard in Copenhagen - an event Mark wrote about here and here, but about which the broader western media has been shamefully silent. Last summer, Mark had the honour of presenting Lars with a Defender of Freedom award at the European Parliament. Here is some of what Mark had to say: Thank you. I don't spend a lot of time in the European Parliament or in Brussels, and one of the few things that could persuade me to set foot here is the opportunity to say a word for the...
  • Scarborough SOTU Response Rips Obama's Failed Economic Record

    02/13/2013 5:33:26 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 4 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    In just 58 seconds, Joe Scarborough has rendered an imagined response to last night's SOTU demolishing President Obama's failed economic record. Delivered on today's Morning Joe, Scarborough scalded PBO's pitiful performance on the economy. Highlights from the Hall of Shame: four million more Americans out of work today than when Barack Obama became President; average income down 5% since the end of the recession. View the video here.
  • Hagel will need 60 votes to get confirmed as defense secretary

    02/13/2013 5:29:10 AM PST · by Servant of the Cross · 9 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | 2/13/2013 | Josh Rogin
    The Senate Armed Services Committee was set to approve the nomination of Chuck Hagel for secretary of defense Tuesday, but several Republican senators told The Cable they will insist he receive 60 votes on the Senate floor before he is confirmed. The committee debated the Hagel nomination in anticipation of a Tuesday afternoon vote that is expected to fall along party lines, with all committee Republicans voting against the nomination. After the committee acts, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) is expected to call for a final floor vote on Thursday, just before the Senate goes on vacation. Several GOP...
  • Coca-Cola addiction contributed to mother's death [malnutrition, caffeine overdose]

    02/13/2013 5:27:42 AM PST · by grundle · 19 replies
    telegraph.co.uk ^ | 12 Feb 2013 | Paul Chapman
    Natasha Harris, a mother of eight, drank up to 10 litres of Coke a day, equivalent to more than twice the 400mg recommended safe limit of caffeine, an inquest into her death was told. Releasing his decision on Tuesday, coroner David Crerar found that she died of cardiac arrhythmia caused by the effects of caffeine, as well as poor nutrition. Christopher Hodgkinson, her de facto partner, had told the inquest that Ms Harris was addicted to Coca-Cola. "The first thing she would do in the morning was have a drink of Coke, and the last thing she would do in...
  • Obama Peddles a Dangerous Fantasy About the Debt Crisis

    02/13/2013 5:24:32 AM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 5 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 02/12/2013 | IBD Staff
    Fiscal Policy: President Obama now says the deficit problem is all but fixed, so we can stop all this unpleasant talk about spending cuts and get on with government spending. Maybe this is good politics, but it's reckless policy. In the run-up to his State of the Union speech, Obama was running around telling everyone how we've already "cut our deficit by more than $2.5 trillion," and are now "more than halfway towards the $4 trillion in deficit reduction that economists . .. say we need to stabilize our debt." Clearly Obama wants all the dreary talk of deficits off...