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  • Boehner appears safe--for now

    01/02/2013 11:07:36 AM PST · by Qbert · 24 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | January 2, 2013 | Paul Bedard
    The absence of a House conservative publicly campaigning to challenge House Speaker John Boehner in Thursday's leadership elections has even his harshest critics, still angered with the "fiscal cliff" deal, expecting the Ohio Republican to keep his post, according to multiple sources. "If there's a coup in the works, no one has seen fit to tell me about it," said a key conservative leadership aide. The split vote for the fiscal cliff deal, however, has drawn fire from outside critics and even led to a poll on the Drudge Report showing opposition to Boehner beating support, 85 percent to 15...
  • Sean Hannity Show,M-F,3PM-6PM,EST,WABC AM,January 2-4,2012

    01/02/2013 11:06:51 AM PST · by Biggirl · 5 replies
    Sean Hannity Show ^ | January 2-4,2013 | Sean Hannity
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  • White House eases path to residency for some illegal immigrants

    01/02/2013 11:03:59 AM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 17 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | January 2, 2013 | Brian Bennett
    WASHINGTON — The Obama administration eased the way Wednesday for illegal immigrants who are immediate relatives of American citizens to apply for permanent residency, a change that could affect as many as 1 million of the estimated 11 million immigrants unlawfully in the U.S. A new rule issued by the Department of Homeland Security aims to reduce the time illegal immigrants are separated from their American families while seeking legal status, immigration officials said.
  • India paying welfare directly, aiming to end fraud

    01/02/2013 10:51:37 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 40 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 1, 2013 7:51 PM EST | Muneeza Naqvi
    India will pay billions of dollars in social welfare money directly to its poor under a new program that aims to cut out the middlemen blamed for the massive fraud that plagues the system. Previously, officials only handed out cash to the poor after taking a cut—if they didn't keep all of it for themselves—and were known to enroll fake recipients or register unqualified people. The program inaugurated Tuesday would see welfare money directly deposited into recipients’ bank accounts and require them to prove their identity with biometric data, such as fingerprints or retina scans. … The program is loosely...
  • Firearm Sales Jump 39% In December, 19% In 2012

    01/02/2013 10:50:40 AM PST · by CNSNews.com · 12 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | January 2, 2013 | Gregory Gwyn-Williams Jr.
    Background checks for individuals purchasing firearms increased in every state in December - and in 48 of the 50 states and in Washington, D.C. for full-year 2012 - according to data compiled by the FBI. Compared to the total number of background checks completed from January through December of 2011 all but two states saw net increases in gun sales in 2012. Utah reported a decline of 77.4%, and Iowa a decline of 17.9%. Nationally, background checks were up 19.1% for 2012. Washington D.C. saw the largest year-to-year increase with sales jumping 49.7%. Wisconsin followed with 45.4%, then New Jersey...
  • Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez in a coma 'only kept alive by life support' after cancer surgery

    01/02/2013 10:50:19 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 43 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 01/02/2013 | By ANTHONY BOND
    Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez is in an induced coma being kept alive by life support following complications during cancer surgery, it was claimed today. Sources at the hospital in Cuba where he is being treated told a Spanish newspaper he was showing 'very weak' vital signs, adding that doctors could decide to switch off the machines 'at any moment'. With rumours swirling that Chavez had taken a turn for the worse, Venezuela's Vice President Nicolas Maduro said the ailing president's condition remains 'delicate' three weeks after his cancer surgery. He did not provide further information about the president's condition and...
  • ‘Fiscal Cliff’ Deal Also Doles Out Millions for Hollywood, Railroads, Rum Producers

    01/02/2013 10:47:02 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    ABC News ^ | 01/02/2013
    The “fiscal cliff” compromise has been heralded as a saving grace for middle class taxpayers, their families and the unemployed. But buried in the fine print of the 150-page deal are also some lesser-known New Year’s gifts to some of Washington’s favorite industries. SNIP The nonpartisan Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget listed the so-called “tax extenders” as a “bad” part of the fiscal cliff deal because their cost is not offset, “setting a bad precedent for future extensions.” The mix of tax perks covering the next year, but with budget implications for the next two years includes everything from...
  • Gallup: 50% Believe America’s Best Years Are Behind Us

    01/02/2013 10:40:35 AM PST · by chessplayer · 30 replies
    (CNSNews.com) – Fifty percent of Americans now believe the country’s best years are past, according to Gallup, while 47 percent still say America’s best years are still to come.
  • David Headley, Rana sentencing rescheduled by US court

    01/02/2013 10:31:41 AM PST · by Jyotishi
    Daily News & Analysis ^ | Wednesday, January 2, 2013 | Press Trust of India
    Chicago: A US court on Wednesday rescheduled the sentencing of Pakistani American LeT terrorist David Headley, accused of involvement in 26/11 Mumbai attacks, from January 17 to January 24, while that of his accomplice Tahawwur Rana has been rescheduled for a second time to January 17. Headley, who conducted reconnaissance of the targets of the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks for Lashker-e-Taiba, had entered a plea bargain with the FBI, saving him from a possible death penalty or extradition to India or Denmark. Rana, on the other hand, was acquitted of involvement in the Mumbai attacks but was held guilty on...
  • New California regs forcing trucks off the road

    01/02/2013 10:19:17 AM PST · by lward99 · 39 replies
    Times 247 ^ | Jan. 1, 2013 | Katherine Timpf
    California rang in the New Year by placing certain truck engines, trailers, tires and even entire vehicles on its environmental out list — requiring motor carriers to spend tens of thousands of dollars on new equipment that may never meet the state's ambitious objectives. The new rules apply to trucks registered in other states — and even other countries. “The state is forcing certain trucking companies and operators to make investments that are going to add cost with no return with regard to fuel efficiency, and therefore no impact on their desired policy operative,” said Steve Laskowski, senior vice president...
  • Indiana hospital fires 8 workers who refused flu shot

    01/02/2013 10:00:43 AM PST · by Sopater · 32 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 01, 2013
    GOSHEN, Ind. – A northern Indiana hospital has fired eight employees who refused to get flu shots under a new policy intended to protect patients from the potentially deadly illness. IU Health Goshen Hospital officials told its staff in September that flu shots would no longer be optional for staff, affiliated physicians, volunteers and vendors. Hospital spokeswoman Melanie McDonald told The Elkhart Truth for a Monday story that the new requirements came as a recommendation from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American Medical Association and other major health agencies. McDonald said patients with compromised immune systems...
  • Florida first state to reach 1 million gun permits

    01/02/2013 9:58:54 AM PST · by SmileRight · 55 replies
    BIZPACReview.com ^ | 1/02/2012 | Cheryl Carpenter Klimek
    It’s official: Florida has passed the one million mark in issuing concealed carry gun permits – the most of any other state. In mid-December, Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam released a statement announcing the upcoming milestone and sharing information about the Florida Concealed Weapon and Firearm License Program. “In 1987, Florida issued its first statewide concealed weapon license after the Florida Legislature established standardized and uniform requirements for the issuance of a concealed weapon license,” said Commissoner Putnam. “Twenty-five years later,...
  • Paper hires armed guards after mapping gun permits

    01/02/2013 9:52:00 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 16 replies
    Paper hires armed guards after mapping gun permits A newspaper just north of New York City that published maps on its website showing the names and addresses of pistol-permit holders in its coverage area has reportedly hired armed guards at one of its offices. The Journal News, a Gannett Co. Inc. publication based in White Plains, N.Y., hired the armed security guards days after posting the maps in the wake of last month's deadly rampage at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., the Rockland County Times reported. According to police reports obtained by the Times, The Journal News' Rockland editor,...
  • Ryan, Ribble join Wis. Dems in supporting fiscal cliff bill (Paul Ryan = RINO Fraudster)

    01/02/2013 9:47:30 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 57 replies
    WiscPolitics ^ | 1/2/13 | WiscPolitics
    GOP U.S. Reps. Paul Ryan and Reid Ribble joined all three Dems in the state’s House delegation to support legislation to avoid the fiscal cliff. Republicans Sean Duffy, Tom Petri and Jim Sensenbrenner voted against the deal, which passed the House 257-167.
  • 62% Claim They Favor Across-the-Board Spending Cuts (But they don't really mean it)

    01/02/2013 9:35:41 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 01/02/2013 | Bryan Preston
    If this Rasmussen poll reflected reality, our politics would be entirely rearranged. 62% Favor Across-the-Board Spending Cuts, But 57% Think They’re Unlikely That's the headline. Here's some of the write-up. Even as official Washington signs off on a “fiscal cliff” deal with $1 in spending cuts to every $41 in new taxes, most voters continue to favor across-the-board spending cuts but doubt they are likely to happen. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that only 39% of Likely U.S. Voters think it is even somewhat likely that government spending will be significantly reduced over the next few...
  • Pennsylvania's Governor Is Suing The NCAA Over Its Sanctions Against Penn State

    01/02/2013 9:25:06 AM PST · by Uncle Chip · 38 replies
    Business Insider ^ | January 2, 2013 | Peter Jackson, Associated Press
    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Gov. Tom Corbett scheduled a news conference for Wednesday to announce the filing of a federal lawsuit against the NCAA over stiff sanctions imposed against Penn State in the aftermath of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal. ................. A person associated with the university and knowledgeable about the matter told The Associated Press that it is an antitrust action. .................... In announcing the news conference, Corbett, a Republican, did not indicate whether his office coordinated its legal strategy with state Attorney General-elect Kathleen Kane, who is scheduled to be sworn in Jan. 15. Kane, a...
  • BREAKING NEWS: Call now. Call right now.(IL)

    01/02/2013 9:20:07 AM PST · by marktwain · 7 replies
    gunssavelife.com ^ | 2 January, 2012 | GSL
    And call again in a few hours. Melt the phone lines. Do it now. It’s URGENT. It’s a very dynamic time in the Illinois General Assembly and the dynamic is swinging against gun owners’ rights. This is why you MUST call right now on these new bills which would ban modern firearms, magazines and regulate shooting ranges out of existence. The NRA’s point-man in Springfield, Todd Vandermyde says it may be as high as a 50-50 chance that one or more of these anti-gun bills may be rammed through. Senator John Cullerton, the president of the Illinois Senate, feels the...
  • The American Revolution against British Gun Control

    01/02/2013 9:13:50 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 23 replies
    davekopel.org ^ | Summer 2012 | David B. Kopel
    This Article reviews the British gun control program that precipitated the American Revolution: the 1774 import ban on firearms and gunpowder; the 1774-75 confiscations of firearms and gunpowder; and the use of violence to effectuate the confiscations. It was these events that changed a situation of political tension into a shooting war. Each of these British abuses provides insights into the scope of the modern Second Amendment. Furious at the December 1773 Boston Tea Party, Parliament in 1774 passed the Coercive Acts. The particular provisions of the Coercive Acts were offensive to Americans, but it was the possibility that the...
  • Why your paycheck is getting smaller, no matter what

    01/02/2013 9:12:14 AM PST · by scott0347 · 23 replies
    CNN.com ^ | January 2, 2013 | Emily Jane Fox
    For middle class Americans, there will be no escaping higher taxes in 2013. Congress was able to pass legislation to keep broader middle class income taxes from rising. But workers will still have to pay at least 2% more in payroll taxes. That's because the government had temporarily lowered the payroll tax rate in 2011 to 4.2% from 6.2%, in an effort to keep more cash in the pockets of Americans and provide a boost to the economy. The tax cut, which applies on the first $113,700 in annual earnings, expired on Monday.
  • Obama goes back on vacation without signing cliff bill

    01/02/2013 9:11:22 AM PST · by ConservativeMan55 · 27 replies
    After spending months telling Americans that the fiscal cliff deal was the most important thing facing their nation, Barack Obama has gone back to his vacation. Within a few hours of the bill's passage last night, he was enjoying the comforts of Air Force One, en route to Hawaii. Heaven forbid he’s forced to sacrifice any more of his multi-million dollar getaway.