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  • North Dakota Senate approves bill to lower oil extraction tax

    02/28/2013 6:41:07 AM PST · by thackney · 13 replies
    Grand Forks Herald ^ | February 28, 2013 | Mike Nowatzki
    As lawmakers debate whether North Dakota’s oil taxes need tweaking, a recent study suggests the state sits in the middle of major oil-producing states when it comes to oil taxation. The Republican-controlled Senate on Tuesday approved a bill that would reduce the state’s oil extraction tax rate from 6.5 to 4.5 percent, despite strong objections from Democrats who argue the tax cut is unnecessary. The lower rate approved in Senate Bill 2336 would take effect for new oil wells drilled starting in 2017, or if the average statewide daily production exceeds 1 million barrels per day for three consecutive months,...
  • Gov. Cuomo says Hollywood exempt from strict New York gun control law

    02/28/2013 6:33:07 AM PST · by cyn · 38 replies ^ | February 28, 2013 | AP
    New York sought to combat violence by rushing the nation's toughest gun control measure into law after the Connecticut school shootings that killed 26 people, but the state is now carving out an exemption to make sure movie and TV producers can stage running gun battles on Manhattan streets. ... Hollywood is also a major campaign fundraising stop for New York politicians. ... He said movies and TV may use fake guns that wouldn't be subject to the new law but the industry wants "certainty." The revised law would allow them to use real weapons without real ammunition. "There's no...
  • What Rush Limbaugh Didn't Say

    02/28/2013 6:30:29 AM PST · by Lakeshark · 22 replies
    The Irish Examiner ^ | 2/26/13 | Alicia Colon
    Rush Limbaugh said that for the first time he was ashamed of his country and his words made the top Drudge headline and generated a ton of comments from talking heads in Washington. 'Ashamed' isn't the word I'd use but I share Limbaugh's frustration with the endless lies told by members of both parties so that nothing ever changes but I believe he's being disingenuous. We've never been fooled by the lies the politicians throw at us. Rush is just too polite to say is that he's confounded by the stupidity of the American people who do fall for them....
  • Under Fire: Gov McDonnell Uses Reagan To Defend His Transportation Tax Bill (RINO reeling)

    02/28/2013 6:29:02 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 14 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | February 27, 2013 | Larry O'Connor
    This morning on "Mornings on the Mall" on WMAL-FM in Washington DC, Gov. Bob McDonnell (R-VA) used the memory of Ronald Reagan to give himself cover for a tax increase he helped engineer. Once considered a strong contender for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016, McDonnell has found himself under increasing scrutiny from allies on the right for a tax-laden transportation bill that was approved by Virginia's legislature this weekend, despite opposition from many Republicans, including the presumptive GOP nominee to succeed McDonnell, tea-party favorite Ken Cuccinelli.
  • Pizza shop offers 15 percent off for gun owners

    02/28/2013 6:28:31 AM PST · by expat1000 · 3 replies
    Your Jewish News ^ | John Roberts
    A pizza shop owner had a strong desire to show his support for the first amendment even if it means losing out on profit. A Virginia Beach, Virginia, pizza shop owner, is showing support for the rights to carry firearms by giving gun owners a discount of 15 percent on their order. Jay Laze, who is the owner of All Around Pizzas and Deli, has received media attention for his novel idea. In order to get the discount, customers have to either bring their weapon or they can present their permit to carry concealed weapons at the time of purchase.

    02/28/2013 6:26:50 AM PST · by shortstop · 6 replies ^ | 02/28/13 | Bob Lonsberry
    Thousands of gun owners will crowd the grounds of the New York state Capitol today, most of them participating in the first public demonstration of their lives. They will be protesting the Cuomo gun ban, a dramatic rollback of gun-owner rights foisted on the people of New York by an aspiring governor and a servile legislature. There will be speeches and signs and a seething anger. And an unspoken criminal conspiracy. On the grounds of the state Capitol, in a crowd dominated by middle-class and middle-aged white men, a disproportionately high percentage of whom are military veterans, thousands will be...
  • WMAL EXCLUSIVE: Fmr. Clinton Aide Davis Says He Received White House Threat (audio at link)

    02/28/2013 6:25:09 AM PST · by SilvieWaldorfMD · 73 replies
    630 WMAL, Washington, DC ^ | 2/28/13 | WMAL Staff
    WASHINGTON -- Bob Woodward isn't the only person who's received threats for airing the Obama administration's dirty laundry. It seems anyone is a potential target of the White House these days - even former senior members of the Clinton administration. A day after Woodward's claim that a senior White House official had told him he would "regret" writing a column criticizing President Obama's stance on the sequester, Lanny Davis, a longtime close advisor to President Bill Clinton, told WMAL's Mornings on the Mall Thursday he had received similar threats for newspaper columns he had written about Obama in the Washington...
  • Mika Mocks Woodward Over White House Threat: 'Is He Really Afraid Of A Little Aide?'

    02/28/2013 6:25:01 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 32 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Using her most sarcastic scared-little-child voice, Mika Brzezinski has mocked Bob Woodward for saying the White House threatened him over his reporting on the sequester. On today's Morning Joe, Mika said "is he really afraid of a little aide who said that to him? Really?" View the video here.
  • Extended Claims Jump 8.5% As Initial Claims Continue Sideways Crawl

    02/28/2013 6:14:14 AM PST · by Perdogg · 2 replies
    Initial claims beat expectations but remain in a narrow 'flat' range for the last year. Non-seasonally-adjusted claims dropped notably to their lowest in 5 months. Since January we have seen multiple estimated states and a lot of choppy noise in the initial claims data. Almost perfectly offsetting this choppiness in the main headline data is the swings in Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) benefits which rose 8.5% or 187k this week. One thing is for sure, the last two months have seen an unprecedented amount of noise in the claims data that we can only put down to seasonally-affected-disorder (or statistical...
  • U.S. Economy Expands at Weakest Pace Since 2011

    02/28/2013 6:12:55 AM PST · by mykroar · 4 replies ^ | 2/28/2013 | Reuters
    The U.S. economy barely grew in the fourth quarter although a slightly better performance in exports and fewer imports led the government to scratch an earlier estimate that showed an economic contraction. Gross domestic product expanded at a 0.1 percent annual rate, the Commerce Department said on Thursday, missing the 0.5 percent gain forecast by analysts in a Reuters poll. The growth rate was the slowest since the first quarter of 2011 and far from what is needed to fuel a faster drop in the unemployment rate. However, much of the weakness came from a slowdown in inventory accumulation and...
  • Grand Old Parity

    02/28/2013 6:12:33 AM PST · by ksen · 12 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 2/26/13 | Sheila Bair
    I am a capitalist and a lifelong Republican. I believe that, in a meritocracy, some level of income inequality is both inevitable and desirable, as encouragement to those who contribute most to our economic prosperity. But I fear that government actions, not merit, have fueled these extremes in income distribution through taxpayer bailouts, central-bank-engineered financial asset bubbles and unjustified tax breaks that favor the rich. This is not a situation that any freethinking Republican should accept. Skewing income toward the upper, upper class hurts our economy because the rich tend to sit on their money — unlike lower- and middle-income...
  • Weekly Jobless Claims Fall More Than Expected

    02/28/2013 6:08:49 AM PST · by mykroar · 24 replies ^ | 2/28/2013 | Reuters
    The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits fell more than expected last week, suggesting some traction in the labor market recovery. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits dropped 22,000 to a seasonally adjusted 344,000, the Labor Department said on Thursday. The prior week's claims figure was revised to show 4,000 more applications received than previously reported. Economists polled by Reuters had expected first-time applications to fall to 360,000. Claims have seen large swings in recent months because of difficulties smoothing the data for seasonal fluctuations, making it hard to get a clear pulse of the labor market's...
  • Discord and Disarray Won't Help Obama Legacy

    02/28/2013 6:07:50 AM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies ^ | February 28, 2013 | Michael Barone
    Barack Obama is said to believe that he can win the political fight over the sequester. That's certainly the conventional wisdom. And there is some evidence to support it. When you ask voters who will be to blame if the sequester occurs, Obama or "congressional Republicans," they're much more likely to say they'll blame the latter. Obama also comes out on top when you ask whether they will blame "Obama and congressional Democrats" or "congressional Republicans." There's reason to wonder, however, whether reaction after something happens will be the same as what people predict before it does. Voters are not...

    02/28/2013 6:07:00 AM PST · by pawpawrick · 1 replies
    youtube ^ | 2/28/2013 | pawpawrick
    Jim Sacia,state rep. from Pecatonica,Il. lets Chicago democrats have it over dictating how the rest of the state must comform to the Chicago 'warm and fuzzies'. You'll love his castration analogy.
  • U.S. to give $60M in additional aid to Syria opposition

    02/28/2013 6:05:04 AM PST · by opentalk · 8 replies
    CNN ^ | February 28, 2013 | Jill Dougherty
    The United States will provide an additional $60 million in assistance to the Syrian opposition over the coming months, Secretary of State John Kerry announced Thursday. ... This $60 million is in addition to the $50 million in nonlethal support the United States is providing to the opposition coalition. Additionally, CNN reported Wednesday, the Obama administration is considering providing more nonlethal military equipment
  • A 1-Percenter for Tax Hike

    02/28/2013 6:00:51 AM PST · by artichokegrower · 15 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 2-27-13 | Anna Winham
    This is a ridiculous situation, only I'm not laughing. Cuts to Medicare and Medicaid, which help the most economically disadvantaged Americans, instead of raising taxes on the wealthiest Americans, who haven't experienced substantial tax increases since Word War II? We need to be expanding social programs, not cutting them, which means raising taxes on the wealthiest. We have enough resources to ensure everyone's basic human rights to food, shelter, education, and health care; we just have a drastically uneven distribution of resources.
  • White House denies staffer threatened Watergate journalist Woodward

    02/28/2013 5:57:19 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 55 replies
    The White House is denying reports an adviser threatened famed Watergate journalist Bob Woodward after the Washington Post reporter challenged President Obama's version of events on the looming sequester. Woodward claimed Wednesday night that a White House aide sent him an email saying he would "regret" his comments. The aide was not identified, but an official familiar with the exchange told Fox News it was National Economic Council Director Gene Sperling. That was after Woodward wrote a column this past weekend claiming Obama was trying to re-write history -- regarding not only whose idea the sequester was, but also how...
  • MASSIVE TURNOUT at Hudson Council Meeting After Lib Alderman Slams “Psychotard” Gun Owners

    02/28/2013 5:52:20 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 34 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | February 28, 2013 | Jim Hoft
    When Hudson Alderman David Marstan responded with a torrent of foul and abusive language to an email from NYS Organizer for Guns Across America Joanna Johnson-Smith urging him to reject the city’s proposed gun ban on city property, including for permit-holders, it’s unlikely he anticipated the backlash headed his way.
  • Fiscal Cliff Didn’t Hold Back Business Spending

    02/28/2013 5:49:08 AM PST · by ksen · 3 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 1/30/13 | Neil Shah
    Corporate executives warned Washington late last year they were delaying investment plans amid rising uncertainty over the fiscal cliff, raising risks for the economy. Turns out they did nothing of the sort. In its first analysis of U.S. gross domestic product in the fourth quarter of 2012, out today, the government said the economy surprisingly shrank at an annualized rate of 0.1% between October and December, partly due to a massive one-time drop in defense spending. However, details reveal a bright spot: Business investment in equipment and software — seen as a proxy for corporate spending — soared 12.4% in...
  • The Big O Goes for the Big Zero Again

    02/28/2013 5:48:17 AM PST · by Kaslin · 1 replies ^ | February 28, 2013 | John Ransom
    As the president resumes his “It’s-not-my-fault” presidency-cum-campaign, I’d like to point out to everyone that it’s been 1,401 days since the Democrat-Controlled Senate passed a budget. I say this because when the Mayan financial calendar runs out on the country this Friday, we’ll be awash in illegal immigrants, downed airliners, out-of-work teachers, Russian missile strikes, Chinese hackers and Aryan Nation terrorists.And, oh, come on now: We all know that the only real terrorists the White House is worried about are the white supremacists at places like the Family Research Council.There’s nothing so dangerous to America today as an organization that...