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  • S. E. Cupp Withdraws from CPAC in Support of Same-Sex Marriage (video)

    02/26/2013 1:18:27 PM PST · by EveningStar · 202 replies
    National Review ^ | February 26, 2013 | Andrew Johnson
    Following in fellow MSNBC co-host Chris Hayes’s footsteps, the network’s conservative pundit S. E. Cupp has withdrawn from speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference next month over the issue of same-sex marriage and the exclusion of GOProud. Cupp announced her decision to back out on The Cycle earlier this afternoon.
  • PBS’ ‘Makers’ explores the women’s movement (from a liberal perspective, natch)

    02/26/2013 1:18:06 PM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 19 replies
    Daily Herald ^ | February 25, 2013 | Jacqueline Cutler
    For girls born after women were appointed to the Supreme Court, "Makers: Women Who Make America" is a history lesson. The three-hour special that airs at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26, on PBS is naturally not just for younger women. It is for everyone — those who relished victories whenever women won higher office, experienced fury when colleagues made sexual advances or were frustrated when schools allocated money only for boys sports. It's for males and females — those who suffered the indignities and fought to change the world and those for whom the ERA is only a baseball stat....
  • MICHELLE MEYER: Don't Get All Excited About Today's Huge Home Sales Report

    02/26/2013 1:07:12 PM PST · by blam · 7 replies
    TBI ^ | 2-26-2013 | Mamta Badkar
    MICHELLE MEYER: Don't Get All Excited About Today's Huge Home Sales Report Mamta BadkarFebruary 26, 2013 This morning we saw two huge housing data points. Home prices posted their biggest gain since July 2006, while new home sales surged 15.6 percent month-over-month. However, the already tight housing supply is getting even tighter. Bank of America economist Michelle Meyer tells us that while we are seeing an improvement in new home sales, today's data could be revised in coming months and that monthly data should be interpreted with caution since it can be very volatile. She also says that housing supply...
  • Obama Releases ‘Waves’ of Illegal Aliens From Holding Centers

    02/26/2013 12:55:53 PM PST · by Mozilla · 28 replies
    Jammie Wearing Fools ^ | Feb 26, 2013 | Jammie
    The federal government released groups of illegal immigrants from custody across the country Monday at the same time the White House was making its case that impending budget cuts would harm efforts to protect the border and enforce federal immigration laws. Advocates reported “waves” of illegal immigrants being released from at least three detention centers in Texas, Florida and Louisiana. U.S. Immigration Customs and Enforcement confirmed the release of some illegal immigrants Monday night but would not say how many or from which detention centers. Sure, it’s not as if we have the right to know this stuff. Welcome to...
  • Activist re-invited back to Hilo High

    02/26/2013 12:52:19 PM PST · by LeoWindhorse · 8 replies
    Hilo Tribune Herald ^ | February 26, 2013 | TOM CALLIS
    Jim Albertini will be able to speak at Hilo High School after all. The anti-war activist said that Principal Bob Dircks notified his attorney on Friday that he will be allowed to speak to students, reversing a decision made two days prior to cancel the event due to a backlash over his outspoken views of the military. The previous day, Honolulu attorney Eric Seitz[ACLU] representing Albertini, threatened the school with a lawsuit over alleged civil liberties violations if his presentation wasn’t allowed.
  • Shooter of subway fare collector may have been male or female: police

    02/26/2013 12:45:02 PM PST · by Loyalist · 44 replies
    The Globe and Mail ^ | February 26, 2013 | Timothy Appleby
    One year after Toronto subway fare collector William Anderson was shot and badly wounded in a botched robbery at the downtown Dupont station, a $25,000 reward for information leading to the conviction of the masked gunman - or gunwoman - was renewed Tuesday, with a fresh appeal for tips. Now 53, Mr. Anderson remains off the job, still recovering from being shot in the neck and shoulder by his balaclava-clad assailant, who’s believed to have targeted that same station twice before. The description of that person, glimpsed on video, has been revised and the perpetrator may be male or female,...
  • Krauthammer: It’s going to be really embarrassing for the Left if we come out of sequestration alive

    02/26/2013 12:42:12 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/26/2013 | Erika Johnsen
    To hear President Obama and the Cabinet officials he has been steadily trotting out like show ponies tell it, the sequester cuts cannot, must not happen, because we’ll subsequently be hit with all kinds of disasters just short of a plague of locusts. Come on, White House, get it together --- I don't know that the sequester is the best specific way to get this done either, and maybe defense-related spending is getting the short end of the stick, but not even the Department of Interior can manage their devastating, draconian budget cuts, really? It's almost like you're trying to...
  • John Kerry, the Secretary of State (Who Served in Vietnam),

    02/26/2013 12:38:44 PM PST · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | February 26, 2013 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: John Kerry, the secretary of state, is in Berlin, ladies and gentlemen. And while he's there he's probably reminiscing about the good old days of the Cold War wishing that there were an East Berlin that he could visit. You know, hang around with the buddies. You know, go to East Berlin and say, "Hey, you know me? I'm the guy that threw the fake metals from my Vietnam War service over the White House fence. Remember me?" There is no more divided Berlin, but that didn't stop John Kerry. He was speaking with students in Berlin...
  • Obama: 'You Can't Do Things By Yourself'

    02/26/2013 12:38:26 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 19 replies
    Obama: 'You Can't Do Things By Yourself' Daniel Halper February 26, 2013 2:36 PM President Obama said that "you can't do things by yourself" at a speech today in Virginia: "You know, the one thing about being president is, after four years, you get pretty humble. You'd think maybe you wouldn't but actually you become more humble--you realize what you don't know," Obama said. "You realize all the mistakes you made. But you also realize you can't do things by yourself. That's not how our system works. You've got to have the help and the goodwill of Congress, and what...
  • No surprise: Hagel wins cloture vote easily

    02/26/2013 12:36:24 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/26/2013 | AllahPundit
    I told you the yays would be closer to 70 than to 60. Final tally: 71-27. You didn't seriously think these losers would go to the mat to block a nominee just because he's manifestly unqualified, did you?Eighteen Republicans voted yes, according to Fox's Chad Pergram. The roll of glory: R's voting to end debate on Hagel: Alexander, Ayotte, Blunt, Burr, Chambliss, Coburn, Cochran, Collins, Corker, Flake, Graham, Hatch ...— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) February 26, 2013 R’s voting to end debate on Hagel (con’t): Johanns, McCain, Murkowski, Sessions, Shelby and Thune.— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) February 26, 2013 Remember, Maverick has...
  • Illegal immigrants set free from detention centers as sequester approaches

    02/26/2013 12:26:25 PM PST · by yoe · 19 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | February 26, 2013 | Stephen Dinan
    The sequester is officially still three days away, but the Obama administration already is making the first cuts, with officials confirming that the (Homeland Security Department) already has released several hundred illegal immigrants from detention in order to save money. The move is proving controversial. Immigrant-rights groups say it shows the administration was detaining folks it never should have gone after in the first place, while Republicans questioned the decision-making.[snip] While being released from detention, the illegal immigrants are still subject to supervision — either by electronic device or by being required to check in with ICE by phone or...
  • Haley, GOP governors blast Obama after sequester meeting

    02/26/2013 12:14:50 PM PST · by Kaslin · 31 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | February 26, 2013 | ED MORRISSEY
    Barack Obama apparently hoped that a private meeting with GOP governors would help push House Republicans to compromise on the sequester. The meeting backfired in that regard, at least partially. The private meeting so incensed Nikki Haley that she could barely contain herself afterward at the US Chamber of Commerce afterward, and while she expressed frustration with both sides, she delivered a withering shot at Obama for refusing to make even slight cuts in federal spending: “I could not be more frustrated than I am right now,” Haley told reporters after the meeting. She said that when she asked Obama...
  • Woo hoo!! Working on the last $4k!! We can do this!! [FReepathon thread XXVII]

    02/26/2013 12:09:05 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 62 replies
    Woo hoo!! Working on the last $4k!! We can do this!! Click the link above or by mail to Free Republic - PO Box 9771 - Fresno, CA 93794 Let's get'er done!! Thank you all very much!! FReepers are absolutely the greatest!! God bless.
  • Michelle Obama hideous Oscar dress cost tax payers nearly $9,000

    So not only did Michelle Obama hijack the Oscars, she stuck it (again) to the tax payers as-well. You’ll be happy to know that the cost of Michelle Obama’s hideous Oscar dress designed has an estimated price tag of $8,990.
  • Twenty Years after the WTC Bombing

    02/26/2013 11:46:08 AM PST · by rmlew · 19 replies
    National Review ^ | February 26, 2013 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    Today is the 20th anniversary of the World Trade Center bombing. It also marks three weeks since the attempted murder of Lars Hedegaard, the intrepid Danish champion of free speech. These events are not unrelated. Back in 1993, there was a tireless effort to limn the WTC bombers as wanton killers. They were, we were to understand, bereft of any coherent belief system, unrepresentative of any mainstream construction of Islam. In reality, though, they were devout Muslim operatives who belonged to a jihadist cell formed in the New York area by Omar Abdel Rahman — whose notoriety as the shadowy...
  • Call Your Representative: Defund Obamacare Now

    02/26/2013 11:44:49 AM PST · by mtnwmn · 16 replies
    Heritage Foundation ^ | 2/26/13 | Russ Vought
    Your key to winning conservative activism is simple: know, grow, and go. After you learn what’s going on and learn the tools you need, you’re ready to take productive action at the right time. We use emails, our blog, and our activist website to let you know what needs to happen when. Take Action! Your activism dashboard: create a profile on our activist website and use your dashboard to stay up to speed on the latest conservative fights on Capitol Hill. Action Alerts: posts we use to let you know when to take action. Post Your Action Story: send us...
  • 11th Signal Brigade HQ moving to Fort Hood

    02/26/2013 11:40:41 AM PST · by SandRat · 12 replies
    FORT HUACHUCA — For nearly a half century the 11th Signal Brigade headquarters has been associated with this southern Arizona Army post in some form or another, first as the 11th Signal Group which arrived in 1966. But on Feb. 18, the Department approved the relocation of the approximately 100 personnel headquarters to Fort Hood, Texas. The local announcement was made Monday. However, the brigade’s 40th Expeditionary Signal Battalion, consisting of nearly 500 people, will remain on Fort Huachuca, according to the 11th’s public affairs noncommissioned officer Staff Sgt. Kelvin Ringold. The brigade headquarters returned from a deployment to Afghanistan...
  • Hagel the appeaser

    02/26/2013 11:40:06 AM PST · by Ooh-Ah · 4 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 02/26/2013 | Kenneth Timmerman
    At a 2006 conference in Washington, D.C., then-Senator Chuck Hagel laid out an appeasement policy that he claimed was the only sane option for the United States.The conference, hosted by the New America Foundation, was devoted primarily to Iran sanctions, which were coming before the U.S. Senate again the very next day for renewal.Sen. Hagel’s entire presentation was devoted to blasting the notion of sanctions and economic pressure as tools of diplomacy.“Great powers are secure enough to engage,” he said. “We need to engage Iran and Syria, and find those common denominators.”Sen. Hagel claimed that U.S. sanctions on Cuba were...
  • ABC broadcast edits out Michelle Obama claim that Chicago teen was killed by an ‘automatic weapon’

    02/26/2013 11:36:49 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 19 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 2/26/13 | Charlie Spiering
    In an interview with Good Morning America’s Robin Roberts aired this morning, First Lady Michelle Obama recalled the tragic death of 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton who was shot and killed in Chicago after performing during the President’s Inauguration celebration in Washington D.C. “She was caught in the line of fire because some kids had some automatic weapons they didn’t need,” the First Lady explained. “I just don’t want to keep disappointing our kids in this country. I want them to know that we put them first.” Chicago police reported, however, that Pendleton was shot by a man who “opened fire with...
  • Scientists Claim 72 Is the New 30

    02/26/2013 11:31:11 AM PST · by US Navy Vet · 58 replies
    CNBC ^ | 26 Feb 2013
    Human longevity has improved so rapidly over the past century that 72 is the new 30, scientists say. Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research in Rostock, Germany, said progress in lowering the odds of death at all ages has been so rapid since 1900 that life expectancy has risen faster than it did in the previous 200 millennia since modern man began to evolve from hominid species. The pace of increase in life expectancy has left industrialized economies unprepared for the cost of providing retirement income to so many for so long
  • Wave of Immigrants Released Ahead of Automatic Budget Cuts

    02/26/2013 11:25:35 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 15 replies
    New York Times ^ | February 26, 2013 | KIRK SEMPLE
    <p>In a highly unusual move, federal immigration officials have released a wave of detainees from immigration detention centers around the country in an effort to save money as automatic budget cuts loom in Washington, officials said.</p> <p>The government has not dropped the deportation cases against the immigrants, however: The detainees have been freed on supervised release while their cases continue in court, officials said.</p>
  • Obama Releases ‘Waves’ of Illegal Aliens From Holding Centers

    02/26/2013 10:52:29 AM PST · by Nachum · 26 replies
    Jammiewf.com ^ | 2/26/13 | Jammie
    We suppose the “logic” behind this lunacy is the dreaded 2.3% federal budget cut coming our way this Friday. The only surprise is helpful Obama aides weren’t there to sign them up for driver’s licenses and EBT cards. They probably took care of that before releasing this wave of criminal upon unsuspecting Americans. The federal government released groups of illegal immigrants from custody across the country Monday at the same time the White House was making its case that impending budget cuts would harm efforts to protect the border and enforce federal immigration laws. Advocates reported “waves” of illegal immigrants...
  • U.S. Releases “Waves” of Illegal Immigrants from Custody

    02/26/2013 10:49:47 AM PST · by jazusamo · 4 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | February 26, 2013
    Never one to let a crisis go to waste, President Obama is using impending budget cuts to justify releasing “waves” of illegal immigrants from detention centers throughout the country. Groups of illegal aliens have been freed this week from facilities in Texas, Florida and Louisiana, according to a mainstream newspaper story that quotes advocates reporting “waves” being released. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) confirmed the secret liberation program, but wouldn’t say how many illegal immigrants were let go or what facilities they came from. One appreciative illegal immigrant, Manuel Perez, actually issued a statement after getting released from a...
  • Gov. Christie to announce expansion of Medicaid in budget speech, sources say

    02/26/2013 10:46:30 AM PST · by Perdogg · 36 replies
    Gov. Chris Christie will expand the state's Medicaid program to cover 300,000 uninsured New Jersey residents, The Star-Ledger learned today. The governor's new budget, which he plans to unveil at joint session of the Legislature this afternoon, also relies on state revenue growth of 4.9 percent and delays some property tax rebates for local taxpayers, according to three sources with knowledge of the budget plan who spoke on the condition of anonymity.
  • Sequester Means Bad News For Head Start Beneficiaries [Obama Loving Radio Station Fosters Panic]

    02/26/2013 10:45:52 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 34 replies
    WIOD ^ | 2/26/13
    The sequester is scheduled to take effect on Friday, and that means Florida stands to lose hundreds of millions of dollars in federal funding and 80,000 jobs. One program that will likely get slammed is Head Start, which provides early education and health services to tens of thousands of Florida children. About 2,700 of those kids will lose those benefits if the sequester kicks in. Dr. Daniel Armstrong, director of the Mailman Center for Child Development at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, says the sequester could have devastating consequences for the children being booted off the rolls....
  • Romney and the Senate Candidates

    02/26/2013 10:39:08 AM PST · by neverdem · 17 replies
    National Review Online ^ | February 25, 2013 | Ramesh Ponnuru
    This David Weigel post on Friday reminded me that I should use the final election data to check a point I’d talked a fair amount about right after the election: that Romney ran ahead of the Republican Senate candidates in tightly contested races. My AEI colleague Caroline Kitchens went to the official state election-result sites and pulled the numbers, which are better than what we had in mid-November.In Wisconsin, Virginia, and Texas, Romney ran just barely ahead of Tommy Thompson (by 0.03 percent), George Allen (0.3 percent), and Ted Cruz (0.7 percent), respectively.In Nebraska, Ohio, and Arizona, Romney ran...
  • A Presidency Without… Guts

    02/26/2013 10:38:34 AM PST · by smoothsailing · 2 replies
    National Review ^ | 2-26-2013 | Jim Geraghty
    A Presidency Without… Guts By Jim Geraghty February 26, 2013 11:08 A.M. So the secondhand tale of House Speaker John Boehner’s assessment that President Obama “can’t make a decision. He’s got balls made out of marshmallows” … has a certain precedent, as Exurban Jon reminds me:“If Hillary gave him [Obama] one of her balls, they’d both have two,” Democratic strategist James Carville told the Christian Science Monitor at a breakfast on Thursday morning.The editorial board of the Washington Post uses nicer language, but reaches the same conclusion: … why is Mr. Obama not leading the way to a solution? From...
  • Testimony: DHS No Longer Uses Control of Border as Measure of Border Patrol

    02/26/2013 10:36:08 AM PST · by Nachum · 13 replies
    CNS News ^ | 2/26/13 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    (CNSNews.com) - The U.S. Department of Homeland Security no longer uses control of the actual border as a measure of how well the Border Patrol is doing its job, according to written testimony released today by the Government Accountability Office. The GAO said that by the end of fiscal 2010, the Border Patrol had been able secure “operational control” of only 44 percent of the U.S.-Mexico border. Then, with 56 percent of the border not under “operation control,” DHS simply stopped using “operational control” as a measure of the Border Patrol’s performance. Since then, DHS has counted the number of...
  • Marissa Mayer, Who Just Banned Working From Home, Paid To Have A Nursery Built At Her Office

    02/26/2013 10:31:10 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 76 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Feb. 25, 2013 | Nicholas Carlson
    Last Friday, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer banned employees from working remotely. Human resources boss Jackie Reses sent out a memo telling all remote employees that, by June, they needed to be working in Yahoo offices. This upset many employees – mothers in particular. -snip- Mayer – who had a baby last fall – is a working mother, but she's able to bring her kid to work. That's because when Mayer had her son last fall, she paid to have a nursery built in her office.
  • Accused Killers Confessed to Having Sex on the Bodies, Police Reports Reveal

    02/26/2013 10:26:56 AM PST · by Red Badger · 46 replies
    joliet.patch.com ^ | By Joseph Hosey
    Nightmare on Hickory Street, Part 1: After the savage strangling of two young men, two of the accused killers decided to have sex atop the corpses of the victims, police learned. Joshua Miner remembered his teenage girlfriend confiding “years back that she wanted to have sex with a dead guy,” states a police report documenting last month’s double murder on Hickory Street. That's why Miner got the idea to ask girlfriend Alisa Massaro to have sex with him on the corpses of two men he's accused of helping to kill, police said. Massaro “made a smirk on her face” and...
  • Dems pitch Department of Peacebuilding [would also create "Peace Days......]

    02/26/2013 10:24:00 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 29 replies
    Dems pitch Department of Peacebuilding By Pete Kasperowicz - 02/26/13 09:57 AM ET House Democrats led by Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) have introduced legislation that would create a federal Department of Peacebuilding, which would be tasked with everything from finding ways to scale back U.S. military actions to ending bullying at schools. Under her bill, H.R. 808, the new department would be led by a Cabinet-level Secretary of Peacebuilding, who would have a seat on the National Security Council. The department would be "dedicated to peacebuilding, peacemaking, and the study and promotion of conditions conducive to both domestic and international...
  • Kanye West Goes On Mid-Concert Rant Against President Obama, Corporations

    02/26/2013 10:23:52 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 33 replies
    CBS Local ^ | February 25, 2013
    <p>LONDON(CBSDC) – Rapper Kanye West launched into a mid-concert rant against a range of people that included corporate executives, Justin Timberlake and one of his most famous public critics – President Barack Obama.</p> <p>In a performance at London’s Hammersmith Apollo on Saturday, the Chicago-born rapper at one point said: “I don’t give a f–k what the president’s got to say,” to an ecstatic London audience.</p>
  • Republican rep claims Obama backers using fake Twitter accounts in gun-control blitz (Busted!)

    02/26/2013 10:18:09 AM PST · by tobyhill · 9 replies
    fox news ^ | 2/26/2013 | fox news
    President Obama supporters appear to be using fake Twitter accounts to send pro gun-control messages to members of Congress, Texas Republican Rep. Steve Stockman and conservative bloggers who also reviewed the messages said Monday. Bloggers first spotted the trend and said they suspected some social media funny business because the senders had sent no other tweets, had no followers and followed nobody. In addition, blogger Stacy McCain said his review found the majority of the accounts supporting Obama’s gun-control campaign were created less than 48 hours before a member of Congress was contacted. The tweets in question included the #WeDemandAVote...
  • E.J. Dionne: The miracle on guns (Wishing Dionne)

    02/26/2013 10:17:30 AM PST · by Red Steel · 10 replies
    Daily Ledger ^ | Feb. 25, 2013 11:24 am | E.J. Dionne
    GHNS -- A not-so-small miracle is unfolding before our eyes. After nearly two decades in which established opinion insisted that it would never again be possible to pass sensible regulations of firearms, the unthinkable is on the verge of happening. This week, Sen. Patrick Leahy, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, is expected to announce plans to start marking up gun bills to send to the Senate floor, proposals that will include ideas put before the country by President Obama and Vice President Biden. The president’s agenda, in turn, was inspired by advocates and legislators, mayors and police chiefs,...
  • 3D-printing gun site DEFCAD now attracting 3K visitors an hour, 250K downloads since launch

    02/26/2013 10:15:10 AM PST · by marktwain · 22 replies
    venturebeat.com ^ | 19 February, 2013 | Ricardo Bilton
    DEFCAD is a website for 3D printing of guns. It’s bathed in controversy, but that’s not preventing it from growing. Since launching in December, DEFCAD has become home to nearly 90 components, including bullet casings, pistol suppressors, and even grenades. More significant, however, are the traffic numbers. Visitors to DEFCAD have to date downloaded over 250,000 files from the site, creator Defense Distributed announced via Twitter today. One of the two grenade models hosted by DEFCAD. One of the two grenade models hosted by DEFCAD. DEFCAD gets an average of 3,000 visitors per hour, representing roughly 2TB of traffic since...
  • Pet Food Stamps’ Program Launches to Help Low-Income Americans Feed Their Animals

    02/26/2013 10:10:50 AM PST · by Ben Mugged · 15 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Feb. 26, 2013 | Billy Hallowell
    America’s food stamp epidemic is well-documented. At the government level, the focus is obviously on creating programs that help feed humans — but what about pets? What happens to those animals with owners who simply can’t afford to pay for expensive cuisine? Alas, there’s a solution. A new program called Pet Food Stamps has launched, an initiative aimed at using private donations to help those who cannot afford nutrients for their furry friends. The organization assists low-income Americans who are already struggling and potentially relying upon government assistance to put food on their tables. Naturally, many would argue that those...
  • Pro-gun-law forces cancel showdown

    02/26/2013 9:54:14 AM PST · by Nachum · 28 replies
    NY Post ^ | 2/25/13 | FREDRIC U. DICKER
    <p>A Potentially explosive confrontation over Gov. Cuomo’s tough new gun law was avoided over the weekend as 1199 SEIU, the hospital workers union, abruptly canceled a Thursday rally designed to challenge some 10,000 opponents of the governor’s measure, The Post has learned.</p>
  • Court Won't Allow Challenge To Surveillance Law

    02/26/2013 9:54:14 AM PST · by BuckeyeTexan · 35 replies
    AP ^ | 02/26/2013 | Jesse J. Holland
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- A sharply-divided Supreme Court on Tuesday threw out an attempt by U.S. citizens to challenge the expansion of a surveillance law used to monitor conversations of foreign spies and terrorist suspects. With a 5-4 vote, the high court ruled that a group of American lawyers, journalists and organizations can't sue to challenge the 2008 expansion of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) because they can't prove that the government will monitor their conversations along with those of potential foreign terrorist and intelligence targets.
  • Senate ends Hagel filibuster, nomination moves closer to vote

    02/26/2013 9:53:22 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 43 replies
    LA TIMES ^ | 2/26/13 | Michael Memoli
    Chuck Hagel moved a step closer to confirmation as Defense secretary after the Senate voted Tuesday afternoon 71-27 to end a GOP-led filibuster of his controversial nomination. A final vote is expected no later than Wednesday evening. Hagel will likely win final confirmation with fewer votes, however, making him the first successful Pentagon chief to attain the post with more than two dissenting votes in decades. Leon Panetta, the outgoing secretary, was confirmed unanimously in 2011.
  • Newtown shooter motivated by Norway massacre, sources say

    02/26/2013 9:43:11 AM PST · by Moonman62 · 42 replies
    CBS ^ | February 18, 2013 | Bob Orr, Pat Milton
    Law enforcement sources say Adam Lanza was motivated by violent video games and a strong desire to kill more people than another infamous mass murderer. Sources say Lanza saw himself as being in direct competition with Anders Breivik, a Norwegian man who killed 77 people in July 2011. Breivik killed eight with a bombing in downtown Oslo. He then moved to a nearby island where hunted down and fatally shot 69 people, mostly teenagers attending a summer camp. Two officials who have been briefed on the Newtown, Conn., investigation say Lanza wanted to top Breivik's death toll and targeted nearby...
  • Ignoring American History

    02/26/2013 9:41:45 AM PST · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 26, 2013 | Scottie Hughes
    In times of trouble, I always look to those wiser and stronger then I for guidance.  I look to those who, when faced with hardship, found a way to overcome. Benjamin Franklin- “They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” Patrick Henry- “I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death!” "We are endowed by our creator with certain unalienable rights, life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Chickens make me happy---“Jase Robertson- Duck Dynasty The problems that America is...
  • ABC broadcast edits out Michelle Obama claim that Chicago teen was killed by an ‘automatic weapon’

    02/26/2013 9:36:52 AM PST · by AtlasStalled · 30 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 02/26/13 | Charlie Spiering
    In an interview with Good Morning America’s Robin Roberts aired this morning, First Lady Michelle Obama recalled the tragic death of 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton who was shot and killed in Chicago after performing during the President’s Inauguration celebration in Washington D.C. “She was caught in the line of fire because some kids had some automatic weapons they didn’t need,” the First Lady explained. “I just don’t want to keep disappointing our kids in this country. I want them to know that we put them first.” * * * It is extremely unlikely that the murder weapon was an automatic handgun,...
  • Help...is this list current of states rejecting medicaid expansion? (Vanity)

    02/26/2013 9:25:24 AM PST · by txrangerette · 12 replies
    February 26, 2013 | Self
    In trying to keep up with where we stand on Obamacare and the states, seeking FReeper input on those states that belong on the solidly against expanding Medicaid list. Here's what I've cobbled together. Feel free to weigh in with information of your own. Don't mean to exclude any state that belongs on the list, or to include any state that doesn't belong. (Have to be careful, because a much longer list of states than this said they wouldn't set up a state exchange. I'm seeing that maybe some states waffled bigtime and split the difference...rejected a state exchange but...
  • NBC Panelists Blame 'American Public' and Republicans for Sequester

    02/26/2013 9:09:42 AM PST · by chessplayer · 13 replies
    During a panel discussion on Tuesday's NBC Today, co-host Matt Lauer urged the liberal Today's Professionals pundits to assign blame for the upcoming budget sequester: "I want you to complete the following sentence, 'And the blame goes to...' Almost by every analysis people agree this will hurt the economy, hurt the recovery, might even damage national security. And the blame goes to?" [Listen to the audio or watch the video after the jump] Chief medical editor Nancy Snyderman ranted: "The American public for not being invested enough in the terms of what it means and firing every one of these...
  • Wave of Immigrants Released Ahead of Automatic Budget Cuts

    02/26/2013 9:06:13 AM PST · by tje · 59 replies
    New Yawk Times ^ | February 26, 2013 | KIRK SEMPLE
    In a highly unusual move, federal immigration officials have released a wave of detainees from immigration detention centers around the country in an effort to save money as automatic budget cuts loom in Washington, officials said. The government has not dropped the deportation cases against the immigrants, however: The detainees have been freed on supervised release while their cases continue in court, officials said.
  • Dr. Ben Carson Continues His Wisdom Tour

    02/26/2013 9:02:24 AM PST · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 25, 2013 | Armstrong Williams
    Dr. Ben Carson, Presidential Medal of Freedom winner and legendary neurosurgeon, is now in the spotlight for his keynote address to the National Prayer Breakfast on February 7. It’s not brain surgery to figure out why. Most notable was his criticism of Obamacare, one of the worst federal laws in decades, and one which, before its complete implementation, is already destroying our economy on a massive scale. Dr. Carson, relying on decades of medical experience, proposed health savings accounts for every American, which would fix two enormous problems in our system today: (1) regressive intergenerational transfers of wealth, and (2)...
  • Louisiana Forces Homeless Shelter To Destroy $8,000 Worth Of Deer Meat

    02/26/2013 8:56:38 AM PST · by algernon_garnock · 59 replies
    CBS News ^ | 02-25-2013
    SHREVEPORT, La. (CBS Houston) — Louisiana’s State Health Department forced a homeless shelter to destroy $8,000 worth of deer meat because it was donated from a hunter organization. KTBS-TV reports that the Shreveport-Bossier Rescue Mission lost 1,600 pounds of venison because the state’s Health Department doesn’t recognize Hunters for the Hungry, an organization that allows hunters to donate any extra game to charity. “We didn’t find anything wrong with it,” Rev. Henry Martin told KTBS. “It was processed correctly, it was packaged correctly.” The trouble began last month after the Department of Health and Hospitals received a complaint that deer...
  • Student Told to Change Abstinence T-Shirt Because it Violated School’s Dress Code

    02/26/2013 8:53:24 AM PST · by Sopater · 25 replies
    Political Outcast ^ | 2/26/13 | Dave Jolly
    Summer Schreiner of Cocoa, Florida attended the Silver Ring Thing Conference, a Christian event that promotes abstinence only. At the conference, she obtained a t-shirt that read: “Don’t drink and park… accidents cause kids” Summer believed in what the shirt said and was proud to wear it to school the next day. Everything was going well for her at Clearlake Middle School until just after lunch. On her way back to class, the 8th grader was stopped by the vice principal who told her to go to the office and change her shirt because it was inappropriate. She was given...
  • John Boehner: Let Senate get 'off their ass' this time

    02/26/2013 8:50:52 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 64 replies
    John Boehner: Let Senate get 'off their ass' this time By: Jake Sherman February 26, 2013 09:45 AM EST House Speaker John Boehner told Republicans in a closed-door meeting Tuesday that the House doesn’t need to pass a third sequester replacement bill before the “Senate gets off their ass and passes it once.” It’s a familiar refrain from the Ohio Republican, who has consistently criticized the Senate for failing to act to blunt the sequester. The call for the Senate to move legislation came at a meeting at the Capitol Hill club. “It’s time for the Senate to act,” Boehner...
  • Chuck Hagel’s Plan for U.S. Forces in 'Palestine'

    02/26/2013 8:46:48 AM PST · by Nachum · 14 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 2/26/13 | Joseph Klein
    On the eve of a Senate vote to confirm Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defense, a 2009 report co-authored by Hagel has surfaced titled “A Last Chance For A Two-State Israel-Palestine Agreement.” It called for Israel to make “the hard compromises and painful concessions for peace” without asking anything comparable from the Palestinian side. Indeed, the report warned against “the Jewish-American and Christian Zionist groups that feel comfortable amplifying the positions of Israeli politicians hostile to hard compromise and painful concession.” One of Hagel’s principal co-signatories on the report was Zbigniew Brzezinski, who had advised Obama on foreign policy during...