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  • US defence secretary nominee backs Pakistan against India

    02/26/2013 5:06:48 PM PST · by ravager · 17 replies
    The Times of India ^ | Feb 27, 2013, 01.06 AM IST | Chidanand Rajghatta
    WASHINGTON: American conservatives trying to torpedo the confirmation of Senator Chuck Hagel, President Obama's nominee for US defence secretary, have pulled out an "India card". Hagel has been accused of fingering India for its alleged disruptive role against Pakistan in Afghanistan. A shocked New Delhi, which sees Hagel as a friend, angrily denied any suggestion that India is a troublemaker in the region. The provocative remark, in which Senator Hagel accuses New Delhi of "financing problems" for Pakistan in Afghanistan, was dredged out by a conservative publication on the eve of his confirmation hearing which his former Republican colleagues have...
  • 7 things that must be at the top of Hagel's 'to do' list

    02/26/2013 4:59:52 PM PST · by US Navy Vet · 8 replies
    Foxnews.com ^ | February 26, 2013 | By Lt. Col. Tony Shaffer (ret.)
    It’s official. Former Nebraska Senator Chuck Hagel is our new Secretary of Defense. What challenges does he face as he takes over the Defense Department? Here's the truth: a broken Pentagon is in desperate need of an overhaul. Let’s start with the draconian budget reductions facing DoD as the “sequester” looms. If the sequester happens this week it will, for better or worse, have a direct impact on a full spectrum of Pentagon operations. For starters, the sequester will cut about $1 trillion dollars out of the Pentagon budget. That money will disappear without any considerations regarding either national security...
  • Alabama City Considering Ordinance to Disarm Citizens During Natural Disasters (VIDEO)

    02/26/2013 4:59:38 PM PST · by EXCH54FE · 30 replies
    Guns. com ^ | Feb 26, 2013 | S.H. Blannelberry
    An Alabama city is considering an ordinance that would allow law enforcement to disarm citizens who appear to be acting “unruly” during a natural disaster or statewide crisis. Guntersville Mayor Leigh Dollar spoke to local news affiliate ABC 31 about the impetus behind what’s been described as the ‘emergency powers resolution.’ “We are not trying to infringe upon anyone constitutional rights whatsoever. It’s just to protect the workers working out there in a disaster,” Dollar said. In April of 2011, the city was hit by tornadoes causing lawmakers to rethink the way in which power is delegated during a state...
  • Democrats, specifically Maxine Waters slips admitting socialism

    02/26/2013 4:59:11 PM PST · by Capt.Michaels · 6 replies
    You Tube poster ^ | Apr 9, 2010 | CornerTalker
    Democrats describe their worldview and plans In Their Own Words
  • Warming climate could mean bigger blizzards, less snow

    02/26/2013 4:56:52 PM PST · by tobyhill · 44 replies
    cnn ^ | 2/26/2013 | Matt Smith and Brandon Miller
    OK, go ahead and get the "Where's my global warming?" jokes out of your system. With the U.S. Midwest trudging through its second blizzard in a week, we understand. But while it may seem contradictory at first, scientists say bigger blizzards fit the pattern they expect to see from a changing climate. The immediate meteorological cause of the back-to-back snowstorms is a colder-than-normal mass of air that's been hovering over the central United States, combined with an amped-up jet stream that's been dipping south from Canada. That makes conditions ripe for major snowstorms after a warmer-than-normal January for most of...
  • EPA Increases Mandates For Fuels That Don't Exist

    02/26/2013 4:56:20 PM PST · by raptor22 · 13 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | February 26, 2013 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Energy: In yet another green folly, the lawless Environmental Protection Agency continues to fine gasoline producers for not using cellulosic biofuels in quantities that don't exist, making only more pain at the pump. Last month, a federal court dealt a serious blow to the Environmental Protection Agency's renewable fuels push by ruling that the agency exceeded its authority by mandating refiners use cellulosic biofuels, which aren't commercially available. The EPA's lawless response in a lawless administration was to raise its requirements. In 2005 and 2007, Congress twice amended the Clean Air Act to establish a renewable fuel standard (RFS) that...
  • British Government Seeks to Limit Disclosure in Litvinenko Case

    02/26/2013 4:33:57 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    New York Times ^ | February 26, 2013 | Alan Cowell
    The British government sought on Tuesday to limit the information it would disclose at a planned inquest into the death of Alexander V. Litvinenko, a former officer in the K.G.B. who succumbed to radiation poisoning in London more than six years ago. The coroner hearing the case said that it may now be postponed. “Due to the complexity of the investigation which necessarily precedes the hearings,” the coroner, Sir Robert Owen, said, “it may not be possible to adhere” to the planned May 1 start date for the hearings. The inquest would be the first — and probably the only...
  • 9-year old rapper's adult-themed videos prompt state probe

    02/26/2013 4:27:46 PM PST · by Bon of Babble · 11 replies
    CNN ^ | Feb 26, 2013 | Dominique Debucquoy-Dodley
    (CNN) -- A 9-year-old rapper's adult-themed music videos are finding some new viewers -- Massachusetts child welfare authorities. The child, Luie Rivera Jr., whose stage name is "Lil Poopy," is seen in videos posted online, including on YouTube, smacking a woman's backside, flashing wads of cash, riding in a Ferrari and rapping about how "coke is not a bad word."
  • Chicago cops' 'racist' brochure depicts African Americans as junkie character Tyrone Biggums

    02/26/2013 4:16:45 PM PST · by Bon of Babble · 12 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | Feb. 26, 2013 | Associated Press Reporter
    The North Chicago Police Department has been accused of racism after it published an academy brochure apparently peppered with stereotypes of African-Americans - including a picture of comedian Dave Chapelle's junkie alter-ego Tyrone Biggums. There is even a page with a picture of Chappelle appearing as the stumbling drug addict he created for his Comedy Central show, with another man portrayed as bug-eyed and slack-jawed in a mug shot.
  • Post-Pew Poll: Nobody knows anything about sequestration

    02/26/2013 4:16:09 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/26/2013 | Mary Katherine Ham
    Americans aren't really sure what's going on, but they're pretty sure it's a big deal. Not only are most people paying very little attention to the sequester, they also have only the faintest sense of what it would do. Less than one in five (18 percent) in the Post-Pew poll say they understand “very well” what would happen if the sequester went into effect.Those remarkably low numbers come despite the fact that the debate over the sequester has dominated Washington for much of the last month and, in the past week or so, President Obama has cranked up the direness...
  • Obama’s first sequester move: Releasing “waves” of illegal immigrants from detention centers

    02/26/2013 4:10:54 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/26/2013 | AllahPundit
    C’mon. What's his next move, ordering the Border Patrol to stand down because he supposedly can't afford to pay them? Oh, right. That is his next move.This makes me more enthusiastic about the sequester, just because now I'm curious to see how derelict he's willing to be in his duties to in the name of putting political pressure on the GOP. Next up: Suspending TSA checkpoints at America's airports, maybe? Where else is he going to find two percent savings in three-plus trillion in spending? In a highly unusual move, federal immigration officials have released hundreds of detainees from immigration...
  • Saudis Step Up Help for Rebels in Syria With Croatian Arms

    02/26/2013 3:47:52 PM PST · by Seizethecarp · 12 replies
    New York Times ^ | February 25, 2013 | C. J. CHIVERS and ERIC SCHMITT
    Saudi Arabia has financed a large purchase of infantry weapons from Croatia and quietly funneled them to antigovernment fighters in Syria in a drive to break the bloody stalemate that has allowed President Bashar al-Assad to cling to power, according to American and Western officials familiar with the purchases. The weapons began reaching rebels in December via shipments shuttled through Jordan, officials said, and have been a factor in the rebels’ small tactical gains this winter against the army and militias loyal to Mr. Assad. Washington’s role in the shipments, if any, is not clear. Officials in Europe and the...
  • Detained immigrants released; officials cite sequester cuts (Sequester hasn't even happened yet)

    02/26/2013 3:45:06 PM PST · by tobyhill · 8 replies
    la times ^ | 2/26/2013 | Kathleen Hennessey
    Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials have released “several hundred” immigrants from deportation centers across the country, saying the move is an effort to cut costs ahead of budget cuts due to hit later this week. Announcing the news Tuesday, ICE officials said that the immigrants were released under supervision and continue to face deportation. After reviewing hundreds of cases, those released were considered low-risk and “noncriminal,” officials said. The releases took place over the last week and were an effort “to ensure detention levels stay within ICE's current budget,” said ICE spokeswoman Gillian Christiansen, citing uncertainty caused by a budget...
  • Black Chamber of Commerce CEO on Obama: ‘I had hopes because he was black, shame on me’ [VIDEO]

    02/26/2013 3:44:26 PM PST · by lowbridge · 36 replies
    http://dailycaller.com ^ | february 25, 2013 | Nicholas Ballasy
    National Black Chamber of Commerce president and CEO Harry C. Alford told The Daily Caller that he ”ignored” President Obama’s “spread the wealth” comment in 2008 and “had hopes” for him “because he was black.” “I don’t really support him too well and he knows it and that’s a badge of honor. He’s bad. He’s bad and I supported him. I voted for him the first time around. I had hopes because he was black. Shame on me,” Alford told TheDC at the National Press Club after an anti-gun control news conference. “Then when he started doing all these executive...
  • Obama: U.S. now has the defense secretary it needs

    02/26/2013 3:38:15 PM PST · by Nachum · 51 replies
    Politico ^ | 2/26/13 | DONOVAN SLACK
    President Barack Obama said Tuesday that the nation will now have the defense secretary it needs. "With the bipartisan confirmation of Chuck Hagel as our next Secretary of Defense, we will have the defense secretary our nation needs and the leader our troops deserve," he said in a statement. "From the moment he volunteered for military service in Vietnam, Chuck has devoted his life to keeping America secure and our armed forces strong. An American patriot who fought and bled for our country, he understands our sacred obligations to our service members, military families and veterans.
  • Republicans to Obama: Quit campaigning, spending cuts 'are going to happen'

    02/26/2013 3:36:07 PM PST · by tobyhill · 9 replies
    fox news ^ | 2/26/2013 | fox news
    President Obama took his campaign to warn about looming spending cuts on the road Tuesday, using a Virginia shipyard as a backdrop to his message that Congress' failure to act will cost jobs. But back in Washington, Republicans said the president's theatrics aren't doing any good -- and that the American people would be better served if Obama worked with Congress on a viable alternative. "The spending cuts are going to happen and the option now for the president is, do you want to work for a different way for these savings to be achieved?" Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., said....
  • Biden to address AIPAC conference

    02/26/2013 3:31:17 PM PST · by Nachum · 3 replies
    Jpost.com ^ | 2/26/13 | By HILARY LEILA KRIEGER, JPOST CORRESPONDENT
    WASHINGTON -- US Vice President Joe Biden will address the American Israel Public Affairs Committee's annual conference opening this weekend, according to AIPAC officials. Biden will be the highest-ranking representative of the government to participate in the three-day convention, but several other legislative leaders are also slated to address the gathering, including House Majority Leader Eric Cantor and House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, who is still working on forming a governing coalition and will be receiving US President Barack Obama in Israel later in the month, will not be in attendance. But he will address the...
  • Rand Paul Explains His Surprise Vote For Chuck Hagel (1 of only 4 Republicans to vote for)

    02/26/2013 3:29:41 PM PST · by Corporate Democrat · 124 replies
    Buzzfeed ^ | Feb 26, 2013 | Rosie Gray
    WASHINGTON — Kentucky Senator Rand Paul said his support for a filibuster against Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel never meant that he would vote against Hagel's confirmation. "I voted no because I wanted more information and I think that part of what the Senate does is try to get information about the nominees," Paul told reporters in the basement of the Capitol after Hagel's confirmation Tuesday. "I've said all along that I give the president some prerogative in choosing his political appointees." "There are many things I disagree with Chuck Hagel on, there are many things I disagree with John Kerry...
  • An Oscar for sneering at the British...

    02/26/2013 3:22:08 PM PST · by the scotsman · 38 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 26th February 2013 | Guy Walters
    'What does Hollywood have against the British? Once again on Oscar night, Tinsel Town gave warmly to us with one hand — while cynically taking away with the other. The good news is that at least nine Britons will fly back across the Atlantic with coveted golden statues. But the bad news is that Argo — the movie that won Best Film — is yet another piece of Hollywood’s Brit-bashing junk history that casts us in a poor light.'
  • From Wonky to Walkies! Abandoned puppy enjoys new 'leash' of life after physiotherapy

    02/26/2013 3:19:57 PM PST · by the scotsman · 10 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 26th February 2013 | Nick Enoch
    'When the world was first introduced to Wonky the puppy earlier this month, she cut a pitiful figure. The little Staffordshire Bull Terrier cross was given the unusual name because of severe problems with her malformed front legs, which failed to develop after she was separated from her mother. But now, after intense physiotherapy, the 12-week-old has quickly made a fantastic recovery. Where once she walked awkwardly on bent joints, she can now bound along normally, her tail wagging as she goes.'
  • Humanitarian Malfeasance (UN is responsible for killing more than 8,000 Haitians since 2010.)

    02/26/2013 3:18:06 PM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 7 replies
    Salon ^ | 02/25/2013 | Jonathan M. Katz
    International affairs can be complicated, but sometimes a case comes along that’s so simple it’s almost absurd. In 2010, the United Nations made a horrendous mistake that, so far, has claimed more than 8,000 lives. Its officials tried to cover it up. When the evidence came out anyway, lawyers for victims’ families petitioned the U.N. to end the crisis, pay damages, and apologize. For a year and a half, the world’s leading humanitarian organization said nothing. Then, last week, it threw out the case, saying, “The claims are not receivable.” The background should be well-known by now. But despite the...
  • Senate approves Hagel as new secretary of defense

    02/26/2013 3:08:11 PM PST · by NoLibZone · 36 replies
    Reuters ^ | 2-26-13 | Reuters
    By Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON | Tue Feb 26, 2013 5:47pm EST (Reuters) - The Senate on Tuesday confirmed Chuck Hagel as President Barack Obama's new secretary of defense, ending an unusually acrimonious confirmation fight. The Senate voted 58-41 to confirm the former Republican senator as the civilian leader of the Pentagon in a largely party line vote. Just four Republicans joined the Democrats and independents in support of Hagel's nomination. The Senate had voted earlier on Tuesday to end debate and move forward, almost two weeks after Republicans launched a filibuster to block Hagel's nomination. It was the first time...
  • Challenge: $25 to Keep it ALIVE and to GIT-R-DONE! FReepathon Thread XXVIII

    02/26/2013 3:06:43 PM PST · by onyx · 239 replies
    $25 - Keep it ALIVE to GIT-R-DONE! Ideally, FR needs Every Regular User and Member to Contribute. Please Don't let the Same Loyal Members Carry Everyone! If you haven't yet Contributed, Please Don't Delay!!!
  • Hagel wins confirmation to lead Pentagon (Cochran, Johanns Shelby, Paul voted YES)

    02/26/2013 2:49:51 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 98 replies
    Wash Post ^ | 2/26/13 | Paul Kane
    Chuck Hagel won confirmation Tuesday to become defense secretary over objections to his views on Middle East security and the administration’s handling of an attack on a U.S. consulate in Libya. On a 58 to 41 vote, the Senate confirmed the former GOP senator as four Republicans joined 54 Democrats in approving Hagel, ending a nearly two-month battle that included an unprecedented filibuster against the nominee. The four Republican senators voting in favor were Thad Cochran (Miss.), Mike Johanns (Neb.), Richard C. Shelby (Ala.) and Rand Paul (Ky.). All 41 no votes came from Republicans. The vote marked a foreign...
  • Report: Nasrallah Taken for Cancer Treatment in Iran

    02/26/2013 2:48:02 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 11 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 26/2/13 | Elad Benari
    Hizbullah chief Hassan Nasrallah has been transferred to Iran to receive medical treatment due to cancer, a Lebanese website associated with the opposition to Hizbullah reported on Monday, according to Israel’s Channel 2 News. According to the report on the Sawt Beirut International website, Nasrallah’s condition recently deteriorated and he was evacuated to Tehran by an airplane sent on behalf of the Islamic Republic and which took off from the Rafiq al-Hariri International Airport in Beirut. The report, however, has not been confirmed by any other source and its reliability is unclear. Channel 2 News reported that while similar reports...
  • Knesset Member: Bring Obama to Hevron

    02/26/2013 2:32:04 PM PST · by Former Fetus · 5 replies
    In her first speech as a Knesset member Tuesday, MK Orit Strook (Jewish Home) insisted that U.S. President Barack H. Obama be brought to Hevron when he visits Israel next month. Only then, Strook said, would Obama be able to appreciate what the Land of Israel means to the Jewish people. "It would be a good idea to take President Obama not just to Mount Herzl and Yad Vashem, but also - actually, mainly - to the Machpelah Cave in Hevron," Strook said. "We would explain to him that the Land of Israel is not just a refuge for Holocaust...
  • Private Insurance but Government Control

    02/26/2013 2:28:16 PM PST · by jazusamo · 17 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | February 27, 2013 | Betsy McCaughey/Liberty Belle
    If you think the Obama health law won't affect you because you have private insurance, keep reading. The Department of Health and Human Services announced final rules for private insurance last week. The federal government will have control over your care. Sec. 1311 of the law empowers the Secretary of Health and Human Services to dictate how doctors treat privately insured patients and what questions patients must be asked. Your doctor will enter your information into an electronic database; your doctor's decisions will be monitored for compliance with federal guidelines, and your doctor may have to choose between what is...
  • World Powers to Present Iran with 'Good' Offer

    02/26/2013 2:23:57 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 12 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 26/2/13 | Elad Benari
    World powers will present Iran with an updated and "good" offer at talks this week on its nuclear program, an EU official said Monday, although hopes for a breakthrough appear slim, AFP reports. Talks aimed at curbing Tehran's nuclear drive start Tuesday in Kazakhstan, with the so-called P5+1 represented by the European Union sitting down with an Iranian team led by negotiator Saeed Jalili. "We have prepared a good and updated offer for the talks, which we believe is balanced and a fair basis for constructive talks," said the spokesman for EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, according to AFP....
  • “THE MARK LEVIN SHOW”– Tuesday, February-26-2013

    02/26/2013 2:23:49 PM PST · by Fudd Fan · 49 replies
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  • Sandy buyout offer: 169 on Staten Island say ye$!

    02/26/2013 2:22:18 PM PST · by Revel · 16 replies
    NY Post ^ | 2/26/13 | KATE KOWSH in New York and BETH DEFALCO in Albany
    Gov. Cuomo said yesterday that 169 of 192 residents of Staten Island’s storm devastated Oakwood Beach have taken him up on his offer to buy out their Sandy-ravaged homes. The people who live in the battered neighborhood have been enticed by a deal that will pay them 100 percent of their damaged home’s prestorm market value — plus 5 percent if the homeowners stay on Staten Island, Cuomo said. The feds will pick up 75 percent of the tab. “Let’s build back smarter than before, and let’s do it right,” Cuomo said during a visit Monday to the College of...
  • Obama Says He Has Become More Humble

    02/26/2013 2:19:28 PM PST · by mbarker12474 · 86 replies
    Obama in NewPort News Virginia via the Weekly Standard ^ | 26 Feb 2013 | The Obamessiah via Weekly Standard
    http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/obama-ive-become-more-humble_704715.html Obama: I've 'Become More Humble' 2:08 PM, Feb 26, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER President Barack Obama admitted today in a Virginia speech that he's "become more humble": "But in order for us to make that happen I'm going to need you. 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," said Obama.
  • Once 'inconceivable,' Republican leaders sign pro-gay marriage brief

    02/26/2013 2:05:58 PM PST · by detective · 19 replies
    NBC News ^ | 02/27/2013 | Miranda Leitsinger
    Supporters of same-sex marriage hope for a boost this week when dozens of high-profile Republicans, many no longer in office, submit their legal argument to the Supreme Court on why gays and lesbians should be allowed to wed, bucking their party's platform in a move that one who had a change of heart on the issue said would “strengthen our nation as a whole.” More than 80 Republicans have signed the brief to be filed in the case of Proposition 8, a California law banning same-sex marriage, according to the American Foundation for Equal Rights, which is waging the legal...
  • Gov. Christie to announce expansion of Medicaid in budget speech, sources say

    02/26/2013 1:54:21 PM PST · by Mozilla · 21 replies
    The Star-Ledger ^ | February 26, 2013 | Salvador Rizzo/The Star-Ledger
    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. The governor's revenue forecast this year is a much smaller jump than the optimistic 8 percent growth of last year, a goal he has not met. The sources...
  • Tribune Aims to Sell Newspaper Business

    02/26/2013 1:53:01 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 57 replies
    WSJ ^ | Updated February 26, 2013, 3:36 p.m. ET | y SHARON TERLEP And MERISSA MARR
    Tribune Co. has enlisted investment banks to help sell its newspaper business, including the Los Angeles Times and the Chicago Tribune, people familiar with the matter said Tuesday.
  • OUTRAGE: DHS Releases 'Thousands' of Illegal Aliens from Prison - Citing 'Budget Cuts'

    02/26/2013 1:37:41 PM PST · by montag813 · 67 replies
    Stand With Arizona ^ | 02-26-2013 | John Hill
    "Big Sis" betrayed her fellow Arizonans - and all Americans - today by releasing criminal aliens into communities from coast-to-coast-by John HillStand With Arizona Despite potential budget cuts being 4 days away and Congress and the Administration have been negotiating to avoid them, the Department of Homeland Security has already started releasing hundreds of illegal aliens held in local jails in anticipation of automatic "sequestration" cuts - out of a planned total of more than 10,000 aliens to be released. Sources tell Stand With Arizona that DHS has "34,000 beds" for illegal aliens, meaning that Secretary Janet Napolitano is releasing...
  • Once 'Inconceivable,' Republican Leaders Sign Pro-Gay Marriage Brief

    02/26/2013 1:33:35 PM PST · by zeestephen · 88 replies
    NBCNews.com ^ | 26 February 2013 | Miranda Leitsinger
    Meg Whitman, Jon Huntsman, Christine Todd Whitman, Carlos Gutierrez, Ted Olson, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, and members of the Mitt Romney and Sen. John McCain presidential campaigns.
  • Bernanke says Fed stimulus benefits clear, downplays risks

    02/26/2013 1:25:39 PM PST · by LucianOfSamasota · 2 replies
    Reuters ^ | February 26th, 2013 | Pedro da Costa and Alister Bull
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke strongly defended the U.S. central bank's monetary stimulus before Congress on Tuesday, easing financial market worries over a possible early retreat from bond buys. The Fed chairman also urged lawmakers to avoid sharp spending cuts set to go into effect on Friday, which he warned could combine with earlier tax increases to create a "significant headwind" for the modest economic recovery. Bernanke said Fed policymakers are cognizant of potential risks from their extraordinary support for the economy, including the possibility that it might fuel unwanted inflation or stoke asset bubbles. But, in...
  • 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.