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  • New UK reports back EU powers, enrage euroskeptics

    02/13/2014 4:23:40 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 13.02.14 @ 18:23 | Benjamin Fox
    EU policies ranging from the single market and trade, to culture and transport, are good for the UK, according to a series of government reports on the balance of power between London and Brussels. The findings are contained in eight reports published on Thursday (13 February), which form the second batch of the UKís ďBalance of CompetencesĒ review, comprising more than 30 separate studies by a range of government departments. [Ö] Euroskeptics are already unhappy the reports published so far have all offered qualified support for the way that Brussels is using its powers. ďThe whole review has been commandeered...
  • U.S. senator drops bombshell during VW plant union vote (Tennessee)

    02/13/2014 4:12:16 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    Reuters ^ | February 13, 2014 | Bernie Woodall
    U.S. Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee said on Wednesday he has been "assured" that if workers at the Volkswagen AG plant in his hometown of Chattanooga reject United Auto Worker representation, the company will reward the plant with a new product to build. Corker's bombshell, which runs counter to public statements by Volkswagen, was dropped on the first of a three-day secret ballot election of blue-collar workers at the Chattanooga plant whether to allow the UAW to represent them. Corker has long been an opponent of the union which he says hurts economic and job growth in Tennessee, a charge...
  • Liberal Media Schizophrenic Over Wendy Davis's Virtual Flip-Flop on Abortion

    02/13/2014 4:03:10 PM PST · by Kaslin · 19 replies ^ | February 13, 2014 | Tom Blumer
    The latest evidence that Texas Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis can't stay true to her convictions or doesn't have any (take your pick) is her position modification on abortion. Steve Ertelt at Life News relays an underlying Dallas News item, telling his readers that "Davis said she would back a 20-week abortion ban as long as it had two exceptions, to kill disabled babies and a health exception rendering any ban meaningless." Point taken, Steven but the idea that Davis would support anything described as a 20-week ban is a significant change from the position which supposedly drove her to...
  • Christian Programming Is Being Blocked From Your TV Lineup

    02/13/2014 3:57:34 PM PST · by lowbridge · 40 replies ^ | february 13, 2014 | B. Christopher Agee
    DirecTV recently announced it will drop the Inspiration Network from its lineup, leaving its stable of profane and worldly channels untouched. Incredibly,†reports indicate†the provider also misrepresented the development by suggesting the network initiated the split. In reality, it appears the decision was wholly that of the provider. Perhaps the most baffling aspect of the decision lies in the fact that DirecTV did not gain anything Ė or save any money Ė by dropping the network. Unlike the majority of channels carried by the company, the Inspiration Network does not charge a license fee to providers. Many failing networks cost carriers...
  • Survey: U.S. press freedom plunges under Obama to 46th in world, after Romania

    02/13/2014 3:54:10 PM PST · by markomalley · 27 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 2/11/2014 | Meghan Drake
    The Obama administrationís handling of whistleblower Edward Snowden, the National Security Agency leaks and the investigation of a string of leaks produced a plunge in the countryís rating on press freedoms and government openness, according to a global survey released Tuesday. The U.S. under President Obama, who once promised to run the ďmost transparentĒ administration in the countryís history, fell from 32nd to 46th in the 2014 World Press Freedom Index, a drop of 13 slots. The index, compiled by the press advocacy group Reporters Without Borders, analyzes 180 countries on criteria such as official abuse, media independence and infrastructure...
  • 17 News Special Report: Crude by rail a game changer?

    02/13/2014 3:54:09 PM PST · by umgud · 4 replies
    You may not know it living in the oil fields of Kern County but half of California's crude comes from overseas. But two proposed projects plan to lessen the state's dependence on foreign sources possibly lowering gas prices statewide. Most of the oil that goes to our refineries comes through the ports of Los Angeles, Long Beach, and the Bay Area by ship. This foreign oil comes from Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Russia and Ecuador. If these projects become operational, we'll still need some of that foreign oil but far less than before. If you sit and watch the trains through...
  • HuffPost Blogger Rips GOP For Opposing Debt Limit Hike;

    02/13/2014 3:42:54 PM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies ^ | February 13, 2014 | Paul Bremmer
    There was some huffing at the Huffington Post¬†on Wednesday¬†over House Republicans‚Äô reluctance to pass a clean debt limit increase. Contributing writer Mitchell Bard was glad that the increase was passed, but he was incensed that the vast majority of GOP congressmen (201 of 229) voted against it. He took out his frustrations in a post titled, ‚ÄúLesson From the House Debt Ceiling Vote: The GOP Is the Tea Party.‚ÄĚ Bard railed against those 201 Republicans: ‚ÄúVoting against the debt ceiling isn't ‚Äėconservative‚Äô; it's reckless, ideological, irresponsible and not something anyone charged with governing the nation should consider.‚ÄĚ Following that logic,...
  • Schumer Backs Tactic to Bring Immigration Overhaul to a Vote (Needs 12 GOP House Votes to Pass)

    02/13/2014 3:42:17 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 17 replies
    NY Times ^ | 2/13/14 | ASHLEY PARKER and JONATHAN WEISMAN
    Senator Charles E. Schumer, one of the architects of broad immigration legislation that passed the Senate in June, on Thursday embraced the idea of using a procedural maneuver known as a discharge petition to circumvent the Republican majority in the House and bring sweeping immigration legislation to a vote before the end of the year. ¬ďThe idea that¬ís begun circulating, to do a discharge petition on immigration reform in the House, is a good one and I would urge House Democrats to take it up,¬Ē Mr. Schumer, Democrat of New York, said in an email statement. ¬ďIt¬ís clear a majority...
  • New head of Senate Energy Committee (exempt Landrieu) has environmentalists seeing red

    02/13/2014 3:40:09 PM PST · by Libloather · 8 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 2/12/14 | Steven Mufson
    **SNIP** Landrieu favors building the Keystone XL pipeline, protecting tax breaks or incentives for oil drilling, and placing limits on the power of federal agencies to set mercury or carbon dioxide guidelines for coal-fired power plants. Wyden takes the opposite position on all those issues. Landrieu supports giving oil companies the right to export crude oil as well as natural gas, while Wyden, who before becoming chairman introduced a bill to block natural gas exports, does not have a public position on crude oil exports. The Louisiana Democrat helps maintain the Democratsí majority in the Senate, but she is closer...
  • Democrats hint at petition drive to force immigration debate

    02/13/2014 3:25:11 PM PST · by jazusamo · 21 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | February 13, 2014 | Stephen Dinan
    House Democrats said Thursday theyíll soon launch an official petition drive to try to force Republicans to vote on Democratsí immigration bill ó but said even before that, theyíll try to force a vote on a minimum wage increase. Emerging from a day of meetings at their policy retreat in Maryland, Democratic leaders said the minimum wage will come first because itís the most central to their efforts to try to paint Republicans into a corner on income inequality. But, under fire from immigrant-rights advocates, Democrats said immigration will come soon after that. The petition drives, known as ďdischarge petitions,Ē...
  • Obamacare Court Ruling in Halbig a Major Blow to Opt-Out States

    02/13/2014 3:17:29 PM PST · by Ben Mugged · 29 replies
    Open Market ^ | January 15, 2014 | Sam Kazman
    The courtís ruling today in Halbig v. Sebelius delivers a major blow to the states that chose not to participate in the Obamacare insurance exchange program. It is also a blow to the small businesses, employees and individuals who live in those states as well. In upholding this IRS regulation that is contrary to the law enacted by Congress, this decision guts the choice made by a majority of the states to stay out of the exchange program. It imposes Obamacare penalties on employers and on many individuals in those states, penalties that Congress never authorized, putting their livelihoods and...
  • Congressional Probe of Cover Oregon

    02/13/2014 3:16:59 PM PST · by goodnesswins · 6 replies
    Oregon Live ^ | 2/13/2014 | Nick Budnick
    Influential members of Congress have asked its investigative arm to probe the beleaguered Cover Oregon health insurance exchange, Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., announced Thursday in Medford. Walden joined with Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Chairman Tim Murphy (R-Penn), Health Subcommittee Chairman Joe Pitts (R-Penn), and House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich) to sign a Feb. 12 letter requesting an investigation to Gene Dodaro, the U.S. Comptroller General who oversees the Government Accountability Office.
  • Wendy Davis accused of ďbetrayalĒ on abortion

    02/13/2014 3:05:56 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | February 13, 2014 | Professor William A. Jacobson
    The reaction to Wendy Davisí statement that she could support a ban on late-term abortion if there were more deference given to patients and physicians has caused angst in a Democratic base already upset over Davisí support of Open Carry laws. Amanda Marcotte at called it a betrayal (emphasis added): "Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis made her name and kick-started her campaign for governor by filibustering an anti-abortion omnibus bill, standing and talking for 11 hours straight in support of abortion rights. So it comes as a surprise ó and frankly, a betrayal ó to learn that Davis told...
  • The Mark Levin Show, Thursday, February 13th, 2014, 6-9pm EST.

    02/13/2014 2:59:50 PM PST · by carriage_hill · 51 replies
    The Mark levin Show ^ | 2/13/2014 | Mark R. Levin
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  • Here's The One Sentence That Has Every Comcast And Time Warner Cable Employee Terrified

    02/13/2014 2:48:31 PM PST · by lbryce · 66 replies
    Business Insider ^ | FEbruary 14, 2014 | Staff
    Earlier today, Comcast Cable announced that it agreed to acquire Time Warner Cable in a $45 billion mega-deal. What's in it for Comcast Cable shareholders? "This combination creates a company that delivers maximum value for our shareholders," said Comcast CEO Brian Roberts. How are they going to do that? The company explains in one sentence that probably has every Comcast and Time Warner Cable employee nervous. "The transaction will generate approximately $1.5 billion in operating efficiencies and will be accretive to Comcastís free cash flow per share while preserving balance sheet strength." "Operating efficiencies" usually means the closing and combining...
  • 2008 Obama: ĎI Intend to Reverseí Using Executive Orders

    02/13/2014 2:39:14 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 35 replies
    February 13, 2014 5:24 PM 2008 Obama: 'I Intend to Reverse' Using Executive Orders By Andrew Johnson Candidate Barack Obama might take issue serious issue with President Obamaís use of executive power. Citing his time as a constitutional-law professor lecturer, the then-senator emphasized the importance of the separation of powers while on the campaign trail. ďThe biggest problems weíre facing right now have to do with George Bush trying to bring more and more power in to the executive branch, and not go through Congress at all,Ē he told an Iowa audience. ďThatís what I intend to reverse when Iím...
  • AIG boosts dividend, to cut workforce by 3%

    02/13/2014 2:37:48 PM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 3 replies
    Market Watch ^ | 02/13/2014 | Leslie Scism
    American International Group Inc. boosted its common-stock dividend and share-repurchase target in the latest sign of the insurerís improved fortunes since a government bailout, as it swung to a fourth-quarter profit in the absence of major catastrophes. --snip-- In 2008, AIG was at the center of a crisis that nearly toppled the financial system with bad bets on the housing market and received one of the governmentís biggest bailout packages, since fully repaid. The company is roughly half the size it was before the crisis following a large number of divestitures, but remains one of the worldís largest property-and-casualty insurers,...
  • U.S. Senate Candidate Ken Cope Blasts Republican 'Capitulation' on Debt Vote (Cornyn Opponent)

    02/13/2014 2:33:56 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 3 replies
    Ken Cope for US Senate/PR Web ^ | 2/13/14 | Kristine Tanzillo
    U.S. Senate candidate Ken Cope harshly criticized Republicans in Washington who made no attempt to gain concessions of any kind in connection with the latest debt ceiling increase. Ken Cope, candidate for U.S. Senate, today blasted the House and Senate Republicans who collaborated with Democrats in raising the U.S. debt ceiling without any conditions. Cope called that "capitulation" and emphasized that he opposes any further debt ceiling increases. "We are well past the point where the U.S. can afford to raise the debt limit," Cope said. "We need to reduce spending and eliminate the need to borrow more. That's what...
  • Ninth Circuit: The Second Amendment guarantees the right to carry a gun in public

    02/13/2014 2:27:31 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 108 replies
    Hot Air ^ | February 13, 2014 | Allahpundit
    Via Gabe Malor, whoís already found the tastiest chestnuts in the opinion. The novelty here isnít the ruling itself but the court issuing it. Itís the Ninth Circuit, which has jurisdiction over the west coast and typically leans left thanks to liberal all-stars like Stephen Reinhardt. (He wasnít part of the panel that heard this one, thankfully.) With todayís ruling, the Ninth joins the Seventh in holding that the Second Amendment, just as it says, includes a right to ďbearĒ arms. States can regulate that right but they canít ban it altogether. Three other federal appellate courts have ruled the...
  • Cuomo aide (laser pointer guy) caught breaking gun law, quickly receives waiver

    02/13/2014 2:27:24 PM PST · by Libloather · 17 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 2/13/14 | Will Rahn
    Jerome Hauer, a top aide to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, appears to have regularly carried a firearm to work in violation of state law. Hauer runs New Yorkís Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services. Cuomo, an advocate of ultra-strict gun control laws, appointed him to the job in 2011. Hauerís 9-millimeter Glock first came to the attention of local newspapers when he used the gunís laser sighting attachment as a pointer during a meeting with a Swedish delegation. That event occurred last October at a State Police bunker, and was first reported by the Albany Times Union in...