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  • US to soon allow spouse of H-1B visa holder to work in America

    04/08/2014 5:02:52 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 21 replies
    Times of India ^ | 4/8/14 | Times of India
    Aimed at attracting the world's best and brightest, the US will soon come out with a series of policy initiatives and changes in the existing rules including allowing the spouses of H-1B visas to work in America. In a statement, the White House said that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will soon publish several proposed rules that will make the US more attractive to talented foreign entrepreneurs and other high-skill immigrants who will contribute substantially to the US economy, create jobs, and enhance American innovative competitiveness. "These proposed regulations include rules authorizing employment for spouses of certain high-skill workers...
  • Field Poll: Californians like Obama much more than rest of nation does

    04/08/2014 4:55:09 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 64 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | April 8, 2014 | By Josh Richman
    As President Barack Obama's job approval ratings continue to flounder nationwide, he can still look to California for affirmation. A new Field Poll found 53 percent of California voters approve of Obama's job performance while 41 percent disapprove. That's nearly the opposite of the nation as a whole, where an average of major polls now finds a 53 percent disapproval and 43 percent approval -- not his all-time low, but nothing to brag about either. Among California Democrats, 80 percent approve of Obama's job performance and 15 percent disapprove; among Republicans, 80 disapprove and 16 percent approve. Nonpartisans and third-party...
  • Report: Obama To Attend Dem Fundraiser In Texas Same Day As Fort Hood Memorial

    04/08/2014 4:55:02 PM PDT · by Nachum · 35 replies
    memorial service Wednesday at Fort Hood — the site of last week’s shooting rampage. The memorial is also the same day Obama will reportedly attend a Democratic fundraiser in Houston for House and Senate candidates. The Associated Press obtained an invitation to the April 9 event where tickets start at $16,200 a person and go up to $64,800 for a couple. Democratic leaders Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi are also expected to attend. The AP reports that the money raised at the fundraiser will go to
  • U.S. will cut deployed nuke missile force by 50

    04/08/2014 4:54:22 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 21 replies
    Associated Press ^ | ROBERT BURNS
    The resulting launch-ready total of 400 Minuteman 3 intercontinental ballistic missiles would be the lowest deployed ICBM total since the early 1960s. The decisions come after a strong push by members of Congress from the states that host missile bases - North Dakota, Wyoming and Montana - to not eliminate any of the silos from which the missiles would be launched. Fifty silos will be kept in “warm” status - empty of missiles but capable of returning to active use. Sen. John Tester, a Montana Democrat, called the Pentagon’s announcement “a big win for our nation’s security and for Malmstrom...
  • Innocent Man Freed After 25 Years in Prison

    04/08/2014 4:52:27 PM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 28 replies
    NBC ^ | Apr 8, 2014 | Jonathan Dienst and Roseanne Colletti
    An innocent man who spent nearly a quarter century in prison for a murder he did not commit walked out of a Brooklyn courtroom with his freedom and his mother by his side Tuesday. Jonathan Fleming, now 51 years old, was in tears as he hugged his lawyers and family Tuesday after his conviction was thrown out by a judge. "I feel like the time I felt when he was born and the nurse bring him to me," said Patricia Fleming, the mother of the wrongly jailed man. "That's how happy I was." From the start, Fleming proclaimed his innocence...
  • (RAT) Lawmaker Yee Pleads Not Guilty To Federal Charges

    04/08/2014 4:43:22 PM PDT · by Libloather · 7 replies
    CBS Local ^ | 4/08/14
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Suspended state Sen. Leland Yee pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to bribery and gun charges two weeks after he was arrested as part of an FBI sting targeting political corruption and an alleged organized crime syndicate based in San Francisco’s Chinatown. Yee entered his pleas in federal court to one count of conspiracy to traffic in firearms without a license and illegally import firearms; one count of conspiring to defraud citizens of honest services; and six counts of engaging in a scheme to defraud citizens of honest services. The San Francisco Democrat is accused of conspiring...
  • Lois Lerner Should Go To Jail

    04/08/2014 4:43:03 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 56 replies
    Investors.com ^ | April 8, 2014 | IBD Editorial
    Corruption: A House panel votes this week to formally ask the DOJ to pursue criminal charges against former IRS employee Lois Lerner. It is time someone in this administration were held accountable for something. A staff report by House Oversight Committee chairman Darrell Issa reveals testimony by IRS agents that the IRS has not deliberately targeted progressive groups. Now comes word that the House Ways and Means Committee is sending a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder accusing former IRS director of tax-exempt organizations Lois Lerner of committing at least three crimes in the IRS's targeting tea party and other...
  • Obama Moral Compass Changes on Iraq

    04/08/2014 4:39:02 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    Asia Times ^ | 4/7 | Adil E Shamoo
    in a speech in Brussels on March 26, President Barack Obama rejected Vladimir Putin's assertions regarding the wrongs of the United States invasion of Iraq. Rhetoric aside, the Russian president has no moral standing for the invasion and annexation of Crimea. Nevertheless it is important to look at Obama's own moral arguments in justifying an invasion that a majority of US citizens regard as a major US foreign policy disaster. Putin called into question the legitimacy of the coalition behind the Iraq invasion by pointing out that president George W Bush declared, "If you are not with us, you are...
  • Husband of Woman Caught Canoodling With Vance McAllister Says 'He Has Wrecked My Life'; Will Divorce

    04/08/2014 4:38:24 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 52 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | April 8, 2014 | Leonardo Blair
    Heath Peacock, 34, the husband of Melissa Hixon Peacock, 33, who was caught on video canoodling with her boss, Vance McAllister, 40, a GOP congressman from Louisiana who touts his Christian faith, says the incident has "wrecked" his life and he and his wife who has since been fired are now heading for divorce. "I'm just freaking devastated by the whole deal, man. I loved my wife so much. I cannot believe this. I cannot freaking believe it. I feel like I'm going to wake up here in a minute and this is all going to be a bad nightmare,"...
  • Saltz on George W. Bush's Painterly Promise Unfulfilled

    04/08/2014 4:31:23 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | 4/8 | Jerry Saltz
    When I look at the paintings of George W. Bush, it’s like seeing an incubus on America, as freakish and off-putting as his presidency was. Yet the art critic in me has to grant that if I stumbled on three or four of Bush's paintings in a flea market by an anonymous artist, I'd snap them right up. The first batch of his paintings we saw, in 2012, were of landscapes, churches, Bush himself in the bathtub, and other scenes, and I liked them for their sheer weird obliviousness, their zonked-out earnest attempts at figuration, the odd feel for form...
  • Army's ban on dreadlocks, other styles seen as offensive to some African-Americans

    04/08/2014 4:31:07 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 45 replies
    CNN ^ | 8 Apr 2014 | Halimah Abdullah
    Washington (CNN) -- The U.S. Army's new ban on many types of ethnic hairstyles has African-American women who wear their coifs in dreadlocks, braids and cornrows in a twist. The Army's regulations stipulate such guidance as hair "must be of uniform dimension, small in diameter (approximately ¼ inch), show no more than 1/8 (inch) of the scalp between the braids." Dreadlocks "against the scalp or free-hanging" are banned. "Unkempt" or "matted" braids and cornrows are also considered dreadlocks and "are not authorized," according to the regulations that were updated this month. It's that type of language, words like "unkempt" and...
  • US Contractor Greystone Denies Its ‘Mercenaries’ in Ukraine

    04/08/2014 4:29:43 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 27 replies
    ABC News ^ | 4/8/2014 | Kirit Radia, James Gordon Meek, Lee Ferran and Ali Weinberg
    The Russian government today claimed there are more than 100 American 'mercenaries' from a defense contracting company disguised as Ukrainian troops in the embattled former Soviet nation, a claim the American firm and top U.S. officials deny. ... The latest news relesae from Greystone, as posted on a company blog, is from September 2012, titled "New business in Russia" and simply says the company "provided executive protection services in Russia." In April 2012, the company announced it had been awarded a similar contract in the Caucasus region of Eurasia. ...
  • Primary Challenger Airs First Ad Against ‘Liberal’ Boehner Ally (Idaho alert)

    04/08/2014 4:23:49 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 7 replies
    Roll Call ^ | April 8, 2014 | Abby Livingston
    Attorney Bryan Smith went on the air with a new television ad calling his primary rival, Rep. Mike Simpson, R-Idaho, a “liberal.” Smith is challenging Simpson, an eight-term incumbent and top ally of Speaker John A. Boehner, for the 2nd District in one of the cycle’s top primary battles. Smith also boasts the backing of several conservative outside groups, including the Club for Growth and Senate Conservatives Fund. The spot features an edited clip of Simpson saying, “Let me tell you about earmarks. I’ve always been a supporter of earmarks.” The Smith campaign has reserved $25,000 in the Twin Falls...
  • U.S. has not determined legal authority to delay Obamacare mandate

    04/08/2014 4:23:23 PM PDT · by Libloather · 9 replies
    MSN ^ | 4/08/14 | David Morgan
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. administration has not determined whether it has legal authority to delay Obamacare's individual mandate, which requires most Americans to enroll in health insurance or pay a tax penalty, a senior Treasury official said on Tuesday. Mark Iwry, senior adviser to Treasury Secretary Jack Lew, told U.S. lawmakers the administration sees no reason for delay given that the law allows for exemptions and provides financial assistance for those unable to afford health coverage on their own. He said the provision also underpins reforms that protect sick people from discriminatory market practices. "If we don't believe that...
  • Vance McAllister Kissing Video Could Prompt Flood of GOP Challengers

    04/08/2014 4:19:05 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 13 replies
    Roll Call ^ | April 8, 2014 | Emily Cahn
    Freshman Rep. Vance McAllister’s days in Congress could be numbered. No matter whether the Louisiana Republican resigns after asking for forgiveness for an extramarital affair, Republican operatives said at least four members of his own party could look to challenge McAllister this fall. In Louisiana, candidates have until Aug. 22 to file the necessary paperwork for a bid, and all candidates who qualify for the ballot run on Election Day in November. If no candidate receives a majority of the vote, the race kicks to a runoff in December between the two top vote recipients. McAllister, first elected on Nov....
  • Gov. Scott Walker looks to finish his college degree

    04/08/2014 4:07:40 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 65 replies
    CBS News ^ | April 8, 2014 | By LINDSEY BOERMA
    Gov. Scott Walker is going back to school. A spokeswoman for the Wisconsin Republican says Walker is looking to sew up a degree he abandoned 24 years ago when he was a senior at Milwaukee's Marquette University and left to accept a position with the American Red Cross. Walker explained his struggle in finishing up his college education: "I kept thinking I'd go back, got married, had one kid, had another kid, next thing you know," he said, "you're worrying more about paying for your kids' college education than you are for your own."
  • Feds move in on Nevada rancher's herd over illegal grazing

    04/08/2014 4:07:26 PM PDT · by sergeantdave · 55 replies
    FOX news ^ | April 7, 2014 | FOX news
    For 20 years, a tough-as-leather Nevada rancher and the federal government have been locked in a bitter range war over cattle grazing rights. This weekend the confrontation got worse, when the feds hired contract cowboys to start seizing Cliven Bundy's cattle, which have been grazing on public land managed by the Bureau of Land Management. The government officials brought a show of force that included dozens of armed agents in SUVs and helicopters. Bundy, 67, who has been a rancher all his life, accuses BLM of stampeding over on his rights. “This is a lot bigger deal than just my...
  • Bass Pro Shops sued for ‘a worthless class’ on concealed carry

    04/08/2014 4:07:20 PM PDT · by aimhigh · 16 replies
    Southtown Star ^ | 04/08/2014 | George Slefo
    A Joliet man is suing Bass Pro Shops for falsely advertising “a worthless class” that failed to meet the required training hours to obtain an Illinois concealed carry permit, according to a lawsuit filed Monday. Ambrose attended the class after seeing an advertisement in October 2013 inside a Bolingbrook Bass Pro Shops called, “Illinois Concealed Carry Permit Class,” the lawsuit said. The classes were such a failure, however, that the Illinois State Police issued a news release April 1 stating that Andel was no longer approved to train Illinois Concealed Carry Curricula and that all of his 327 applicants were...
  • Russia Claims American Mercenaries Are in Eastern Ukraine

    04/08/2014 4:06:49 PM PDT · by markomalley · 24 replies
    NBC News ^ | 4/8/2014
    Russia claimed Tuesday that 150 specialists from an American private military group are in eastern Ukraine, the region where pro-Russia protesters are clashing with government forces. A woman who identified herself as an employee of the group, the security contracting company Greystone, declined comment. She also declined to provide her name. Greystone, on its website, identifies itself as a “provider of aviation and protective support services and training” formerly part of Xe Services, the security contracting company once known as Blackwater. A statement from the Russian Foreign Ministry said that the Americans were wearing the uniforms of Sokol, a Ukrainian...
  • The less Americans know about Ukraine’s location, the more they want U.S. to intervene

    04/08/2014 4:00:59 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 11 replies
    WashPost ^ | April 7 at 10:18 am | By Kyle Dropp, Joshua D. Kertzer and Thomas Zeitzoff
    Since Russian troops first entered the Crimean peninsula in early March, a series of media polling outlets have asked Americans how they want the U.S. to respond to the ongoing situation. Although two-thirds of Americans have reported following the situation at least “somewhat closely,” most Americans actually know very little about events on the ground — or even where the ground is.