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  • California positively gets a negative from Tesla on battery factory

    03/20/2014 11:35:25 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 20 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | March 7,2014 | By Jerry Hirsch
    Tesla has already ruled out California for the plant costing as much as $5 billion and employing 6,500 workers. Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico and Texas are in the running. California loves Tesla Motors. The Palo Alto electric car maker's Model S sedan is the state's new eco-luxury status symbol. Californians bought more than a third of Teslas sold globally last year. Residents of the state pack the order list for Tesla's next offering, a sport utility vehicle. California pollution-control policies enable Tesla to rake in tens of millions of dollars each year from selling environmental credits to other automakers —...
  • Michelle Obama, Daughters Make Stylish Arrival in China, Promote Family Time

    03/20/2014 11:33:12 AM PDT · by bkopto · 113 replies
    Latino Post ^ | Mar 20, 2014 | Yara Simon
    Michelle Obama and her daughters, Sasha and Malia, are in China to promote family, a U.S.-China diplomacy, and they are doing it in style. Obama wore a leather-and-suede patchwork Derek Lam dress. She paired it with thigh high boots, and seemed to be dressed for slightly chilly weather. Sasha and Malia were equally as chic. The sisters wore complementary outfits, as they are known to do. Sasha wore a velvet red skirt, a black top and tights. Malia wore a shiny silver pleated skirt and a brown shirt. The Obamas were invited by another stylish lady, Chinese First Lady Peng...
  • U.S. first-time jobless claims up by 5K to 320K

    03/20/2014 11:31:42 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    GANT DAILY ^ | 03/20/2014 | Nathan Andrada
    Washington, DC, United States (4E) – The number of Americans who filed for unemployment benefits for the first time climbed slightly higher last week, signaling stabilization in the labor market. In the week ended March 15, initial unemployment claims — which gauges the layoff trends across the country — jumped by 5,000 to a seasonally adjusted 320,000, according to the Labor Department report released Thursday. The reading is in line with economists’ estimate in a poll by the Dow Jones Newswires. The previous week’s claims figures were unrevised at 315,000. The four-week moving average of claims — a broader figure...
  • The Tea Party is Over: Outside conservative groups are experiencing the limits of their influence.

    03/20/2014 11:25:34 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 79 replies
    National Journal ^ | 03/20/2014 | Josh Kraushaar
    FreedomWorks issued an unusual round of endorsements this week. The conservative group, which won publicity for backing intraparty challenges to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Rep. Mike Simpson, decided to play it safe this time. It endorsed three senators and nine congressmen, none of whom face any serious competition—Republican or Democratic. It stayed out of the contested Oklahoma primary for Sen. Tom Coburn's seat, but endorsed Republican James Inhofe, who doesn't face any GOP opposition. In South Carolina, FreedomWorks is backing Sen. Tim Scott, who's a lock for reelection, but it isn't doing anything against vulnerable Sen. Lindsey Graham,...
  • FDR & Stalin The Subversion of FDR's Govt

    03/20/2014 11:25:33 AM PDT · by ReaganÜberAlles · 5 replies ^ | 2-3-14 |
    Stalin's Secret Agents — The Subversion of Roosevelt's Government was written by two experienced authors and recognized authorities on the Cold War, M. Stanton Evans and Herbert Romerstein. Evans is a veteran journalist and former broadcaster, as well as the author of Blacklisted by History (2009), a biography of Senator Joseph McCarthy, and other momentous books
  • Watch: Rand Paul's Entire Speech at UC Berkeley

    03/20/2014 11:22:40 AM PDT · by Nachum · 72 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 3/20/14 | Breitbart TV
    On Wednesday, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) addressed the University of California, Berkley at an event hosted by the university's Berkeley Forum...
  • Russian troops in the Crimea continue to violate the armistice agreement on 21 March

    03/20/2014 11:06:45 AM PDT · by · 6 replies
    Russian troops in the Crimea continue to violate the armistice agreement on 21 March to carry out provocations against the Ukrainian troops from using weapons. Ukrainian troops stopped provocateurs warning shot According to an UNIAN correspondent, at a briefing, said Deputy Minister of Defence of Ukraine Leonid Polyakov. He cited a few examples. "Yesterday was an attempt to penetrate the administrative territory of the airport" Belbek ". The attack was stopped by the use of weapons: warning shots were made members of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. AND so this try was suspended. There are other ongoing aggressive actions by...
  • Bill Gates' Dream for a Nuclear-Powered Future Is Almost Here

    03/20/2014 10:59:38 AM PDT · by ckilmer · 31 replies ^ | March 4, 2014 | Maxx Chatsko
      Bill Gates' Dream for a Nuclear-Powered Future Is Almost Here By Maxx Chatsko | More Articles | Save For Later March 4, 2014 | Comments (1) Is this the future of clean energy? Source: TerraPower.Things may be different today, but in its heyday, Microsoft was a game-changing company that forever altered the way the world interacted with computers. The creative genius and foresight of Bill Gates has paid off in a significant way: He's the wealthiest person in the world with a net worth of $76 billion, according to Forbes. While Gates still advises Microsoft, he has turned much of his...
  • Inside the Ring: Pentagon goes hypersonic with long-range rapid attack weapon

    03/20/2014 10:58:59 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 25 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 20 Mar 2014 | Bill Gertz
    <p>An experimental scramjet-powered, ultrahigh speed strike vehicle is emerging as the Pentagon’s main choice for a new long-range, rapid attack weapon, a senior Pentagon official says.</p> <p>Alan R. Shaffer, principal deputy assistant defense secretary for research and engineering, told a defense industry conference that prototypes and recent tests proved concepts for hypersonic arms, and several systems are part of a high-priority effort by Pentagon weapons developers, despite the era of sharply-diminished defense spending.</p>
  • Suburban Detroit teacher contract gives hiring preference to non-Christians

    03/20/2014 10:58:33 AM PDT · by TitansAFC · 36 replies
    Cain TV ^ | March 20th, 2014 | Dan Calabrese
    Quite a find yesterday by Michigan Capitol Confidential, which is a publication of the free-market Mackinac Center for Public Policy. In Ferndale, Michigan, which is directly north of Detroit, the contract between the school district and the teachers union contains a clause that gives hiring preference to members of certain groups - mostly ethnic minorities. But the Ferndale school officials and their union have an interesting way of defining a minority, and if you're a Christian, you might want to look elsewhere for a teaching job: Should there be two (2) or more of these applicants with equal qualifications for...
  • Kerry: ‘I Don’t Know Anybody Who Says You Ought to Go to War over Crimea’

    03/20/2014 10:57:02 AM PDT · by Nachum · 40 replies
    cns news ^ | 3/20/14
    ( – In an interview Wednesday with a local Washington, D.C., affiliate, Secretary of State John Kerry said he doesn’t know anyone who wants the U.S. to go to war with Russia over Crimea, an autonomous republic in the southern region of Ukraine before Russia’s military intervention. “I don’t know anybody in America who has suggested to go to war over Crimea. Do you want to go to war over Crimea? I don’t know anybody who says you ought to go to war over Crimea, so therefore, your options are economic and diplomatic and isolation,” Kerry said. As previously...
  • NBC's 'Today' Finds It 'Surprising' Obama Not On List of Greatest Leaders

    03/20/2014 10:53:02 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 63 replies ^ | 3-20-2014 | Kyle Drennen
    On Thursday's NBC Today, co-host Savannah Guthrie touted an exclusive preview of Fortune magazine's list of the world's 50 greatest leaders and wondered about one name that was absent from the ranking: "Bill Clinton comes in at number five and makes the cover. There are a lot of other notable names here. Tell you what, though, there may be some talk about one leader who did not make the list, the leader of the free world, President Obama. Fortune tells us he was not overlooked, he just did not make the cut." [Listen to the audio or watch the video...
  • Soldiers Novoozerne base in Crimea refused to swear allegiance to Russia

    03/20/2014 10:50:45 AM PDT · by · 3 replies
    Soldiers Novoozerne base in Crimea refused to swear allegiance to Russia 20.03.2014 | 16:20 Members of the Southern Naval Base Naval Forces of Ukraine Novoozerne village in the west of the Crimea as a whole refused to move on to serve in the armed forces of Russia and left the military facility . Told the head of the Crimean media center Ministry of Defense of Ukraine Vladislav Seleznev on his page on the social network " Facebook ". This morning, representatives of the Russian Black Sea Fleet nominated personnel of a military unit ultimatum - 12.00 to decide : Do...
  • Atheist Group Makes Legal Threats Against Republican Governor Scott Walker For Tweeting Bible Verse

    03/20/2014 10:49:54 AM PDT · by xzins · 30 replies
    RightWingNews ^ | March 20, 2014 | Tom Tillison
    An atheist group has come unhinged over a tweet posted by Wisconsin Gov.Scott Walker and are demanding that he uphold the “godless” Constitution by deleting it. Walker tweeted “Philippians 4:13” from his official Twitter account Sunday — the Bible verse reads: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” The Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation took exception to the tweet, saying it’s religious in nature and a “misuse of gubernatorial and state of Wisconsin imprimatur,” according to The Christian Post. “This braggadocio verse coming from a public official is rather disturbing,” the group wrote in a letter. “As...
  • Catholic League’s Bill Donohue calls for boycott of Guinness over St. Patrick’s Parade flap

    03/20/2014 10:49:53 AM PDT · by topher · 23 replies | Wed Mar 19, 2014 18:05 EST | by Colin Kerr
    NEW YORK, March 19, 2014 ( – The largest American Catholic civil rights organization is taking on the largest brewer of stout beer in the world. The Catholic League’s Bill Donohue has called for a boycott of Guinness after the beer company pulled its sponsorship of New York’s St. Patrick’s Day parade because organizers barred homosexual activists from marching. Guinness is owned by British liquor giant Diageo.
  • Whistling Past the Graveyard

    03/20/2014 10:47:59 AM PDT · by Sir Napsalot · 2 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 3-19-2014 | Richard Fernandez
    Delusional optimism on Putin's next step from the Obama administrationMichael Crowley at Time asks a rhetorical question: “Could the crisis in Crimea spoil Barack Obama’s nuclear diplomacy with Iran?” He answers it himself: “No.” ..... (snip) Then, Crowley concludes that the Russians are bluffing. They wouldn’t dare test Obama, for two reasons: The good news for Obama is that Russia probably won’t derail an Iran deal. A nuclear Iran isn’t in Russia’s interest. Neither is a potential U.S. military action to prevent it if diplomacy fails. … Reason one is that a nuclear Iran would be bad for Russia as...
  • Scientists say destructive solar blasts narrowly missed Earth in 2012

    03/20/2014 10:46:14 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 27 replies ^ | Thu Mar 20, 2014 10:14am EDT | By Laila Kearney
    Fierce solar blasts that could have badly damaged electrical grids and disabled satellites in space narrowly missed Earth in 2012, U.S. researchers said on Wednesday. The bursts would have wreaked havoc on the Earth's magnetic field, matching the severity of the 1859 Carrington event, the largest solar magnetic storm ever reported on the planet. That blast knocked out the telegraph system across the United States, according to University of California, Berkeley research physicist Janet Luhmann. "Had it hit Earth, it probably would have been like the big one in 1859, but the effect today, with our modern technologies, would have...
  • Gun club blinks on NRA membership (CO)

    03/20/2014 10:44:39 AM PDT · by aimhigh · 16 replies
    The Durango Herald ^ | 03/19/2014 | Chase Olivarius-Mcallister
    Days after being threatened with eviction by the city of Durango, the Durango Gun Club, a nonprofit, is dropping its new requirement that each of its 700 members join the National Rifle Association. Though the Durango Gun Club is private, it has leased its Florida Road indoor shooting range from the city since 1963 – at no charge. Its other facility, an outdoor range near Bodo Industrial Park, is on property leased from La Plata County for $1 a year. . . . . In his letter to the city, Malarsie writes it was never the club’s “intention or purpose...
  • The Stock Market And Pessimistic Press Headlines

    03/20/2014 10:41:13 AM PDT · by blam · 6 replies
    Market Oracle ^ | 3-20-2014 | Doug_Wakefield
    The Stock Market And Pessimistic Press Headlines Stock-Markets / Stock Markets 2014 Mar 20, 2014 - 08:52 AM GMT By: Doug Wakefield Do you remember the following headline from the fall of 2011? "In the Absence of a Credible Plan We Will Have A Global Financial Meltdown in Two or Three Weeks" [states] Dr. Robert Shapiro, Advisor to the IMF, Zero Hedge, October 6, 2011 How about these headlines, from June 2012? [Spanish] Bankia Customers Pull Out Over 1 Billion Euros, Reuters, May 17 '12 Or some of these from December 2012 through December 2013? Ben Bernanke: If We Go...
  • Hillary Clinton spins her record on Israel

    03/20/2014 10:31:43 AM PDT · by Nachum · 17 replies
    WaPo ^ | 3/20/14 | Jennifer Rubin
    Hillary Clinton is trying to impress voters that she’s a true friend of Israel, which is odd given that relations with the Jewish state reached a low point while she was secretary of State. The Post reports: “Hillary Rodham Clinton cast doubt on the interim nuclear agreement with Iran, saying in a muscular policy speech [in New York] Wednesday night that she is ‘personally skeptical’ that Iran’s leaders will follow through on a comprehensive agreement to end their march toward nuclear weapons. Still, the former secretary of state and potential 2016 Democratic presidential candidate told a pro-Israel audience in New...
  • H-P to make 3D printer announcement in June, promises breakthroughs

    03/20/2014 10:29:56 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 45 replies ^ | 3/20/2014
    "We’ll be making a big technology announcement in June around how we are going to approach this," said H-P (HPQ +2.2%) CEO Meg Whitman at yesterday's annual meeting. Whitman argued current 3D printers suffer from speed and substrate quality shortcomings, and insisted her company has "solved both these problems."
  • Obama Judge: Mexican Border Fence May Have “Disparate Impact” on Minorities

    03/20/2014 10:29:32 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 50 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | March 20, 2014
    A Homeland Security initiative to put fencing along the U.S.-Mexico border could discriminate against minorities, according to an Obama-appointed federal judge who’s ruled that the congressionally-approved project may have a “disparate impact on lower-income minority communities.” This of course means that protecting the porous—and increasingly violent—southern border is politically incorrect. At least that’s what the public college professor at the center of the case is working to prove and this month she got help from a sympathetic federal judge. Denise Gilman, a clinical professor at the taxpayer-funded University of Texas-Austin, is researching the “human rights impact” of erecting a barrier...
  • VIDEO: Ellen D: Obamacare 'Doing Very, Very Well...I Think Everyone's Very Grateful You Did This'

    03/20/2014 10:22:31 AM PDT · by Do Not Make Fun Of His Ears · 44 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | 3/20/14 | Tim Graham
    Ellen DeGeneres was a completely slavish toady to President Obama as he appeared on her show to sell Obamacare -- not to young people, but to mothers. The president made his pitch to "especially all the moms out there who may have young people – 26, 27, do not have health insurance, but they think they’re invincible and nothing’s ever going to happen to ‘em – what we’ve said is you never know what life is going to throw at ya." For example, a president who lies about keeping your plan and keeping your doctor. You didn't see that coming!...
  • Lawrence Walsh, Iran-Contra Prosecutor, Has Died

    03/20/2014 10:13:43 AM PDT · by Borges · 35 replies
    ABC News ^ | 3/20/2014 | PETE YOST
    Lawrence E. Walsh, the special prosecutor who spent six years investigating misconduct by President Ronald Reagan administration officials in the Iran-Contra affair, has died. He was 102. He died Wednesday at his home in Oklahoma City following a brief illness, according to his family.
  • American Medical Association: Obamacare sticks doctors with unpaid bills

    03/20/2014 10:11:18 AM PDT · by grundle · 35 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | Mardch 19, 2014 | Sarah Hurtubise
    The American Medical Association is protesting an Obamacare provision it argues will leave doctors with the bill for up to two months of unpaid care. The provision requires insurers to allow patients with federally-subsidized health insurance plans a 90-day grace period to pay their premiums before canceling the coverage. Insurers are on the hook for the first 30 days of care, if the customer never pays up, but doctors will be stuck without payment for any services between 30 and 90 days, until the coverage is canceled.The American Medical Association was a strong supporter of Obamacare.“If a patient is being...
  • Notre Dame of Maryland University names Yam its 14th president

    03/20/2014 9:55:16 AM PDT · by Welchie25 · 10 replies
    Catholic Review ^ | 3/20/14 | Elizabeth Lowe
    Dr. Marylou Yam, who has 30 years of experience in Catholic higher education, was announced as Notre Dame of Maryland University’s 14th president March 20. “To educate leaders who will transform the world is a powerful mission,” Yam told the Catholic Review. “I’ve always been an advocate for women in leadership roles and for empowering women. I believe in women’s colleges, that they offer exceptional leadership opportunities for women. They engage women.” Yam was a pioneer at St. Peter’s University in Jersey City, N.J., where she was the first woman to serve as dean of its College of Arts and...
  • FL-13 Fallout Watch: Two Democratic House candidates drop out this week.

    03/20/2014 9:47:59 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 22 replies ^ | 3/20/14 | Moe Lane
    The two were Mike Parrish in PA-06 (Lean Republican) and Buffie McFadyen in CO-06 (Safe Republican). Of the two, obviously Parrish is the more disappointing news for Democrats… but it’s interesting to note that ‘R+5′ is apparently enough to be effectively out of the realm of possibility for Democrats this cycle anyway. I remember a time when it was not, and that time was 2006 and 2008. I know, I know, it’s vaguely minor news and everything. But if you’re wondering why people are making certain assumptions about the 2014 election cycle, it’s because of stories like these. You look...
  • Reporter: WH Press Secretary Gets Questions from Reporters Before Press Briefing

    03/20/2014 9:42:53 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 41 replies ^ | 3/20/14 | Daniel Halper
    It's just a show. A CBS reporter from Arizona reveals that President Obama's press secretary, Jay Carney, receives questions from the press in advance of his daily press briefing. In fact, she says, the reporters often receive the answers in advance of the briefing, too. According to the reporter, Jay Carney told her this yesterday at the White House: "It was a very busy day. We started here shortly after 8 o'clock with a coffee with press secretary Jay Carney inside his office in the West Wing," says the reporter. "And this was the off-the-record so we were able to...
  • The Liberation of Sharyl Attkisson

    03/20/2014 9:40:11 AM PDT · by smoothsailing · 26 replies
    Right Side News ^ | 3-20-2014 | Roger Aronoff
    The Liberation of Sharyl Attkisson Published on Thursday, 20 March 2014 11:12 Written by Roger Aronof Sharyl Attkisson - True Journalist Sharyl Attkisson has been “liberated” from her post at CBS, finally resigning after months of rumors of a rocky relationship with the broadcast news company. It turns out that she planned on leaving CBS a full year ago, but was persuaded not to at the time. Now the American mainstream media have lost one of the greats of modern journalism. According to her CBS biography, Attkisson received several Emmys for her work at CBS, but not all was well...
  • Mistral manufacturers in France hint that anti-Russian sanctions undesirable (Could Bankrupt NCNS)

    03/20/2014 9:39:27 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 16 replies
    The western countries' sanctions against Russia that the EU and US officials are currently discussing as part of retaliation for Crimea' accession to Russia may threaten the interests of European business companies. Officials of the French companies DCNS and STX have already voiced concern about the likely collapse of the deal to deliver Mistral-class helicopter-carriers to the Russian Federation. Paris may give up the contract for building Mistral-class amphibious assault ships for Russia as part of the western countries' economic sanctions against the Russian Federation, a move that may lay off 600 workers, engaged in the project. Le Figaro also...
  • Russia Bans Entry to US Lawmakers, Officials...(Harry Read, Boehner)...

    03/20/2014 9:37:55 AM PDT · by dragnet2 · 42 replies Speaker John Boehner, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev. Senators John McCain, R-Ariz. The move came minutes after President Barack Obama introduced a new round of U.S. sanctions, including some senior Kremlin officials and lawmakers
  • Rating the Airliner Story

    03/20/2014 9:32:35 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 28 replies ^ | March 20, 2014 | Rich Galen
    A minor food fight has broken out among news anchors over the amount of attention the missing Malaysian airliner is getting on the Cable news programs. There is no question that CNN has glommed onto this story and is not letting go. The other cable nets are often leading with the latest theory, conjecture, or unsourced leak, but then go onto other things like the Russian annexation of Crimea. The other day Fox News Channel's Bill O'Reilly - the master of all he surveys in the ratings - said that, according to, "Watching some of this coverage is painful"...
  • Rahm Repeatedly Insults Chuck Todd: Something Wrong With 'Your Brain'

    03/20/2014 9:30:27 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 33 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Talk about a guy who could pick a fight in a phone booth—if there were phone booths anymore . . . On today's Daily Rundown, in a conversation about charter schools, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel repeatedly insulted host Chuck Todd, suggesting he was ignorant about charter schools, was "backward" looking, and that being in Washington had affected "your brain." Todd generally took it in stride, but after one insult couldn't suppress a "wow" of amazement at Rahm's rudeness. View the video here.
  • Russian mockery sanctions against Obama

    03/20/2014 9:26:38 AM PDT · by pobeda1945 · 20 replies ^ | 20 March 2014
    Our company implements the following sanctaions against US President Barak Obama and US Congress members: Barak Obama is not allowed to use toilet in our office. US Congressmen are not allowed to visit our canteen and our toilet. Barak Obama is not allowed to take bananas from the fridge. Our company implements sanctions against: - Barak Obama - John McCain - John Kerry - Catherine Ashton and Angela Merkel (sorry, dear). They cannot enter our office! SANCTIONS Barak Obama is not allowed to approach me closer than 40 meters
  • Pelosi: Health law is a ‘winner’ for Democrats

    03/20/2014 9:26:31 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 50 replies
    Pelosi: Health law is a ‘winner’ for Democrats By: Paige Winfield Cunningham March 20, 2014 11:22 AM EDT House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said the health care law is a “winner,” when asked whether it’s a winning or losing issue for Democrats in swing districts this year. “You’ll have to ask the member, but I believe it’s a winner,” she told reporters as she marked this Sunday’s fourth anniversary of the law’s passage. Pelosi maintained that the Florida House special election last week, in which Democrat Alex Sink was defeated by a Republican in a race where the health care...
  • Federal State Is Only Solution for Ukraine – Lavrov

    03/20/2014 9:25:14 AM PDT · by Heartlander2 · 25 replies
    RIA Novosti ^ | 3/20/2014 | Andrey Stenin
    MOSCOW, March 20 (RIA Novosti) – Making Ukraine a federal state is the only way to stabilize situation in the country, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Thursday. “We want to understand, who exactly will represent legitimate authorities in Kiev. In this regard we have a proposal: first of all, a constitutional reform should be held, so that interests of all Ukrainian citizens and regions are respected. This is the only basis for forming legitimate authorities, legislative and executive, central and regional,” Lavrov told members of the lower chamber of the Russian parliament. “And we are convinced that the...
  • Pelosi: Health law is a ‘winner’ for Democrats

    03/20/2014 9:25:02 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver
    U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) will appear with former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) and Gov. Bill Haslam (R-TN) Wednesday at an education roundtable discussion sponsored by pro-Common Core Tennessee Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Tennessee Business Roundtable. A press release by the election campaign of Tennessee state Rep. Joe Carr (R), who is challenging Alexander in his reelection bid, announced the fact that Alexander will join Bush and Haslam in support of the Common Core. The roundtable event comes in the midst of a fierce battle waged by Carr and other conservatives in the Tennessee state legislature...
  • TN Sen. Lamar Alexander Joins Jeb Bush in Support of Common Core Standards

    03/20/2014 9:25:01 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 32 replies ^ | 3/19/14 | Susan Berry
    U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) will appear with former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) and Gov. Bill Haslam (R-TN) Wednesday at an education roundtable discussion sponsored by pro-Common Core Tennessee Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Tennessee Business Roundtable. A press release by the election campaign of Tennessee state Rep. Joe Carr (R), who is challenging Alexander in his reelection bid, announced the fact that Alexander will join Bush and Haslam in support of the Common Core. The roundtable event comes in the midst of a fierce battle waged by Carr and other conservatives in the Tennessee state legislature...
  • Obama the Rodney Dangerfield of World Leaders

    03/20/2014 9:25:00 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 26 replies ^ | March 20, 2014 | Matt Towery
    It's a comparison too obvious to pass up. We all remember the late comedian Rodney Dangerfield, best known for exclaiming, "I get no respect," as he tugged at his collar and bulged his eyes to a laughing audience. You know things are, as Rodney would say, "tough" if his comedy has entered a discussion of foreign policy. Over the past few weeks, columnists and commentators have struggled to comprehend President Obama's reaction to the situation in Ukraine as well as the more recent "defection" of Crimea into the Russian camp. But the truth is that no one can make any...
  • Obama Authorizes Sanctions on Russia That 'Could Also Be Disruptive to the Global Economy'

    03/20/2014 9:23:17 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 18 replies ^ | 3/20/14 | Susan Jones
    ( - After Russian officials laughed off the first round of sanctions imposed by the United States -- and amid fears that Russia may encroach further into Ukraine -- President Obama announced on Thursday that he is "now impose additional costs on Russia." Among other steps, Obama said he signed a new executive order on Thursday "that gives us the authority to impose sanctions, not just on individuals, but on key sectors of the Russian economy. This is not our preferred outcome," he said. "These sanctions would not only have a significant impact on the Russian economy but could...
  • Lindsey Graham: More Special Interest Whoring

    03/20/2014 9:22:10 AM PDT · by upchuck · 6 replies
    Fits News ^ | March 20, 2014
    THEY SAY “JUMP …” HE SAYS “HOW HIGH?” Earlier this month, we reported on efforts by liberal U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham to introduce a federal online poker ban.We opposed Graham’s latest infringement on liberty, and said so. “Government has no business criminalizing this behavior – especially when virtually every state government runs its own gambling racket,” we wrote. “In fact that’s precisely what this is about … politicians protecting their ‘turf.’ Like friggin’ gangsters.”Actually it’s even more insidious than that …According to Politico, Graham isn’t just looking out for government’s gambling interests – he’s acting on behalf of casino mogul...
  • Teen sneaks past guard to reach WTC spire

    03/20/2014 9:18:31 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 8 replies ^ | March 20, 2014 | Philip Messing,Frank Rosario,Bruce Golding
    A New Jersey teen captivated by 1 World Trade Center sneaked out of his home in the dead of night, got past the wall of security — and a sleeping guard — making it all the way up to the spire, The Post has learned.
  • Don't Blame Putin; Blame Russia

    03/20/2014 9:18:08 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 33 replies ^ | March 20, 2014 | David Harsanyi
    I'll let the experts churn out opinions on what should be done about Russia's invasion of Ukraine. But it does appear that many of them refuse to accept a number of truths about the world. Take these, for instance: 1) Most people do not shares our values. 2) Most people don't even understand our values. 3) Authoritarianism is often more popular than freedom. 4) Democracy and liberalism are not the same. I argue the latter point — not coincidentally! — in detail in my new book, "The People Have Spoken (And They Are Wrong): The Case Against Democracy." Russian President...
  • John McCain among Americans banned from Russia (Russian Sanctions List Released)

    03/20/2014 9:17:13 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 72 replies
    ITV ^ | 3-20-2014 | ITV News
    Former US presidential candidate Senator John McCain and Speaker of the House of Representatives John Boehner are among the nine Americans banned from Russia under sanctions imposed by Moscow. Russia announced sanctions against US officials in retaliation against US visa bans and asset freezes. White House Correspondent for CQ Roll Call Steven Dennis tweeted the full list of Americans who have been banned by Russia:
  • Rick Scott Welcomes Obama to Florida With Attack on Health-Care Law

    03/20/2014 9:16:08 AM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 11 replies
    Sunshine State News ^ | 3/20/14 | Ken Derby
    With President Barack Obama heading to the Sunshine State on Thursday, he is drawing fire from an old foe in Gov. Rick Scott. Rising to political prominence by opposing Obama’s federal health-care law, Scott went after Obama for taking funds from Medicaid Advantage to fund the law. "Today, President Obama is coming to Florida to raise money and do a campaign-style event,” Scott said. “No one knows specifically what he’s going to talk about, but it’s safe to say he won’t be addressing the 1.3 million Florida seniors who are in danger of losing their health care benefits, doctors and...
  • Coming To A School District Near You?

    03/20/2014 9:15:11 AM PDT · by Maudeen · 4 replies
    Illinois Family Institute ^ | March 20, 2014 | Laura Higgins
  • Sheryl Sandberg, How About Banning Bossy Billionaires?

    03/20/2014 9:09:09 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 20 replies ^ | March 20, 2014 | Debra J. Saunders
    Of course Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg is right to point out that "bossy," the other B-word, is often used to discourage girls -- and later women -- from becoming leaders. "Words like bossy send a message: don't raise your hand or speak up," says the website of her "Ban Bossy" campaign. "By middle school, girls are less interested in leading than boys -- a trend that continues into adulthood. Together we can encourage girls to lead." Still, I wish "Ban Bossy" would just go away -- or at least go the way of Myspace. It's downright irritating when...
  • Ukraine-Related Designations (new Obama Sanctions List Released)

    03/20/2014 9:08:50 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 10 replies
    Treasury.Gov ^ | 3-20-2014 | US Treasury
    OFFICE OF FOREIGN ASSETS CONTROL Specially Designated Nationals List Update -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The following individuals have been added to OFAC's SDN List: BUSHMIN, Evgeni Viktorovich (a.k.a. BUSHMIN, Evgeny; a.k.a. BUSHMIN, Yevgeny); DOB 10 Oct 1958; POB Lopatino, Sergachiisky Region, Russia; Deputy Speaker of the Federation Council of the Russian Federation; Chairman of the Council of the Federation Budget and Financial Markets Committee (individual) [UKRAINE2]. DZHABAROV, Vladimir Michailovich; DOB 29 Sep 1952; First Deputy Chairman of the International Affairs Committee of the Federation Council of the Russian Federation (individual) [UKRAINE2]. FURSENKO, Andrei Alexandrovich (a.k.a. FURSENKO, Andrei; a.k.a. FURSENKO, Andrey); DOB 17 Jul...
  • Obama Snubbed on "World's Greatest Leaders" List

    03/20/2014 9:06:27 AM PDT · by Din Maker · 57 replies ^ | March 20, 2014 | Eun Kyung Kim
    Pope Francis was named the world's greatest leader by Fortune magazine, topping a diverse list released Thursday. Fortune’s first list of the World’s 50 Greatest Leaders includes a Hollywood actress, a baseball superstar, a teenage education advocate and the president of a small California college. It also includes a former American president, but the current one failed to make the cut. Former President Bill Clinton ranks No. 5 on the list, selected for being a “relentless and forceful advocate” in numerous causes, but noticeably absent is one of his successors and the current leader of the free world. "President Obama...
  • Fred Phelps, former head of Westboro Baptist Church, died, family member says

    03/20/2014 9:01:36 AM PDT · by Second Amendment First · 158 replies
    WIBW ^ | Mar 20, 2014
    Fred Phelps Sr., the former head of the Westboro Baptist Church, died late Wednesday night, according to a family member. Phelps' son, Timothy told 13 News that his father died just before midnight. Timothy Pheps works at the Shawnee Co. Jail. Ironically, another son who is a member of the church, attorney Jonathan Phelps told us Thursday morning, "Pastor Phelps is doing just fine." That, of course, could have been a spiritual reference. Over the weekend, we learned that Phelps was reportedly "on the edge of death." In a statement on his Facebook page, Nathan Phelps, who has been estranged...