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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
    Welcome To The Sean Hannity Show Thread! All Posters And Lurkers Are WELCOME! The Show Thread Between EL Rushbo And TGO'S Lounge. Be The First To Post And Win A Sean Hannity Show Thread High Power Blender. Listen To Sean Do Comentary, Talk To Guests And Take Calls From YOU! :)=^..^=
  • 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.
  • The Massacre Was Not at the Rod and Gun Club

    01/02/2013 8:59:47 AM PST · by IbJensen · 24 replies
    Right Side News ^ | 29 December 2012 | Charles G. Mills
    GLEN COVE, NY - Of course there are no massacres at the Rod and Gun Club. Two-thirds of the worst American massacres of our generation have been at public universities, high schools, and elementary schools. There are both supernatural and natural reasons for this. The Aztecs and the Carthaginians sacrificed babies. The Romans discarded them. Our contemporaries kill them in the womb. Chesterton said that the killing of babies is a sign of the presence of the devil. Public schools are the most obvious place where American society has completely excluded God. We should not be surprised if this leaves...
  • Peter King calls for donation cut-off to fellow Republicans over stalled Sandy aid bill

    01/02/2013 8:42:18 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    Fox News ^ | 01/02/2013
    <p>A top House Republican lashed out at party leaders Wednesday over a decision to end the session without a vote on aid for Superstorm Sandy victims, going so far as to urge constituents to stop donating to congressional Republicans.</p> <p>"I'm saying anyone from New York and New Jersey who contributes one penny to congressional Republicans is out of their minds," Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., told Fox News. "What they did last night was put a knife in the back of New Yorkers and New Jerseyans."</p>
  • OBAMA: FISCAL CLIFF DEAL IS 'JUST ONE STEP,' VOWS NOT TO DEBATE DEBT CEILING

    01/02/2013 8:39:33 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 42 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 01/02/2013 | Grace Wyler
    Appearing shortly after the House voted to pass a fiscal cliff deal Tuesday night, President Barack Obama called the bill a "first step" toward deficit reduction, but warned that he will not go through the same battle with Republicans over the debt ceiling. "Thanks to the votes of Democrats and Republicans in Congress I will sign a law that raises taxes on the wealthiest 2% of Americans," Obama said. "Tonight’s agreement further reduces the deficit by raising $620 billion in revenue from the wealthiest households." But, he added, "the fact is, the deficit is still too high." "I believe there's...
  • Krauthammer: Fiscal-Cliff Bill Represents ‘Rout’ for Democrats (Video at link)

    01/02/2013 8:37:48 AM PST · by tsowellfan · 31 replies
    Democrats came out on top big-time in the fiscal-cliff bill approved by the House Tuesday, says conservative commentator Charles Krauthammer. Congress agreed to increase taxes on individuals with annual income of $400,000 in exchange for little in the way of spending cuts. “It’s a complete rout by the Democrats,” Krauthammer told Fox News. “Tonight is one of the low points that Republicans have had...
  • Fiscal Cliff Deal FAQ: What Just Happened and What It Means For You (LOL @ Derek Thompson)

    01/02/2013 8:20:56 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 11 replies
    atlantic ^ | 1-2-13 | Derek Thompson
    Last night, the House of Representatives signed off on a deal to avert the massive tax hikes and spending cuts known, nearly posthumously, as the "fiscal cliff." Today we are a presidential signature away from the official end of this absurd national nightmare. But did the president make a bad deal? Did he make a secretly ingenious deal? What's in it, anyway? Those are questions. These are our answers ... What's in the fiscal cliff deal? The Tweet-length version of this deal is: No more payroll tax holiday, higher taxes for the super-rich, and we'll figure out the rest later....
  • The "NO" Rush Limbaugh Show,M-F,12NOONPM-3PM,EST,WABC AM,January 2, 2013

    01/02/2013 8:19:06 AM PST · by Biggirl · 61 replies
    The EIB Network ^ | January 2,2013 | Rush Limbaugh
    Good Morning/Afternoon, Today Is The Last Day Of The Rush Subs. Do Not Know Who Will Sub Today. Rush WILL Return Tomorrow. Enjoy Today's Sub. Happy New Year 2013!:)=^..^=
  • House votes to block salary hike for federal workers, members of Congress

    01/02/2013 7:54:05 AM PST · by yoe · 14 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 1, 2013 | Pete Kasperowicz
    The House approved legislation on Tuesday that would block a pay increase for federal workers and members of Congress scheduled to take place in March. Members voted 287-129 in favor of the bill from Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.). Just two Republicans opposed the legislation, and 55 Democrats supported it. Republicans brought the bill up under a suspension of the rules in order to allow for quicker consideration, although that move also required a two-thirds majority vote. The bill is a response to an (executive order) last Friday from President Obama that would end the two-year federal worker pay freeze, and...
  • Newspaper hires ARMED guards to patrol its headquarters - days after listing names of nearby gun

    01/02/2013 7:48:22 AM PST · by Nachum · 15 replies
    The New York newspaper that sparked controversy after publishing the names and addresses of nearby gun permit owners is now taking up arms in an apparent response to threats. The Journal News has reportedly hired a team of armed guards to patrol the paper's headquarters in West Nyack. The paper caused a stir on December 23 when it listed thousands of pistol permit holders in suburban Westchester and Rockland counties just north of New York City in an interactive map on its website. The Rockland County Times reported on Tuesday that Journal News editor Caryn A. McBride hired gun-toting security...
  • Media Taunts Begin: Ryan 'Strong Candidate for President... as Democrat'

    01/02/2013 7:39:27 AM PST · by RummyChick · 20 replies
    breitbart ^ | 1/2 | O'connor
    Scarborough himself lamented the mismanagement of the Republican leaders and proclaimed himself "bitter" over the botched negotiations. Then Time magazine's Mark Halperin ripped Paul Ryan in the cruelest way possible saying he “Could be a strong candidate for president in 2016 as a Democrat.”
  • Fiscal cliff bill includes favors for Hollywood and green energy

    01/02/2013 7:33:35 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 2 replies
    biz pac review ^ | 1-2-13 | Michael Dorstewitz
    One item within the bill that was hurriedly passed in the wee hours — presumedly without reading it — was a one-year extension of a tax credit for wind energy. For new installations, it gives the industry a 2.2-cent credit per kilowatt-hour of energy produced for the first 10 years the installation is in operation. In a related story, Breitbart.com reported an extension of a tax incentive favoring the film industry. Section 317 of the freshly approved legislation includes an extension for “special expensing rules for certain film and television productions.” Congress first enacted production tax incentives favorable to the...
  • Group wants to move bitumen by rail to Alaska

    01/02/2013 7:32:03 AM PST · by thackney · 10 replies
    EDMONTON JOURNAL ^ | JANUARY 2, 2013 | KAREN KLEISS
    Alison Redford’s cabinet is expected to decide in January whether the government will spend $10 million to study the idea of building a rail line to ship oilsands products from northern Alberta to a port in Alaska. The money would help pay for a $40-million study that will investigate the feasibility of a proposed 2,400-kilometre rail line to carry landlocked oilsands products from Fort McMurray to Delta Junction, Alaska. From there, Alberta’s oil would flow through the Trans-Alaska Pipeline system to the Valdez Marine Terminal, and on to booming Asian markets. The proposal has been in the works for more...
  • LAPD endangers selves and public with gun safety violation at ‘buyback’

    01/02/2013 7:21:20 AM PST · by Nachum · 12 replies
    The Examiner ^ | 1/2/13 | David Codrea
    The Los Angeles Police Department held a so-called gun “buyback” the day after Christmas, reportedly taking in over 2,000 firearms at two locations. Disregarding for a moment that Chief Charlie Beck once more trotted out an inert tube and presented it as an active rocket launcher to awe the “Authorized Journalists” who don’t know any better (and it still hasn’t been established if it’s the same one he trotted out at a previous photo op), disregarding that Beck himself is armed and men under his command routinely deploy with firearms he describes as “weapons of war, weapons of death [that]...
  • The Conservative Response to Outing Legal Gun Owners

    01/02/2013 7:13:47 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 01/02/2013 | Elise Cooper
    As Christmas was approaching, one newspaper, the Journal News of White Plains, New York, decided to take on Scrooge's personality of mean-spiritedness. They printed an interactive map that included the names and addresses of pistol permit holders in Westchester and Rockland counties. Each red dot represented an individual gun owner. They were able to obtain this information because New York state law allows it to be part of the public record. American Thinker was able to interview a few of these gun owners about how they felt about being "outed" by this newspaper. In clicking randomly on the red dots,...
  • George W. Bush Reconsidered (Some perspective on the much-derided 43rd president)

    01/02/2013 7:10:28 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 96 replies
    National Review ^ | 01/02/2013 | Victor Davis Hanson
    George W. Bush left office in January 2009 with one of the lowest job-approval ratings for a president (34 percent) since Gallup started compiling them — as compared to Harry Truman’s low of 32 percent, Richard Nixon’s of 24 percent, and Jimmy Carter’s of 34 percent — and to the general derision of the media. At times the venom accorded Bush in popular culture reached absurd — and even sick — levels. Alfred A. Knopf, for example, infamously published Nicholson Baker’s Checkpoint, a pathetic riff on shooting Bush. Gabriel Range’s unhinged 2006 “docudrama,” The Death of a President, focused on...
  • Obama’s Tax Evaders of the Year. They support soaking the rich but find ways to stay dry themselves.

    01/02/2013 7:05:54 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    National Review ^ | 01/02/2013 | Michelle Malkin
    President Obama will kick off the new year the same way that he kicked off the old year: by demanding that the wealthy pay their “fair share” in taxes. But while millions of small-business owners, struggling entrepreneurs, inventors, and investors brace for a double whammy of fiscal-cliff tax hikes and new Obamacare taxes, the class-warrior-in-chief’s richest pals are getting a pass.It’s a golden pass for liberal millionaires and billionaires who support higher Obama taxes for everyone but themselves. Meet the Democratic tax evaders of the year.Google. The left-wing Internet giant provided Silicon Valley’s biggest campaign-finance boost to Obama, with...
  • Newspaper Hires Armed Guards After It Enraged The Community By Publishing Info On Local Gun Owners

    01/02/2013 6:51:21 AM PST · by blam · 37 replies
    TBI ^ | 1-2-2013 | Abby Rogers
    Newspaper Hires Armed Guards After It Enraged The Community By Publishing Info On Local Gun Owners Abby RogersJanuary 2, 2013Caryn McBride, Journal News Rockland Editor A New York state newspaper is taking drastic steps to protect its staff after it enraged gun owners in two counties. The Journal News, a Gannett-owned newspaper in Westchester, N.Y., published a map showing the names and addresses of licensed gun owners in Westchester and Rockland counties. The Journal News tried to do the same for Putnam County, but the newspaper's request for records was denied because of the outrage the map had already caused...
  • It is Time to Choose! (braying)

    01/02/2013 6:47:29 AM PST · by bray · 11 replies
    www.brayincandy.com ^ | 1/2/13 | bray
    The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, Luke 4:18 What if everything the Republican Party knows about elections is false? Our little group out in Oregon has been doing everything against the established methods and finding our methods win elections. In a Blue Tide which swept the Dems back into power in the state we not only won elections but won them in bigger margins than...
  • Next Comes The US Downgrade

    01/02/2013 6:30:31 AM PST · by Perdogg · 19 replies
    From SocGen: The scaled-down deal passed in the Senate addressed the fiscal cliff but did nothing to address longer term fiscal health of the nation. This puts the US rating at risk for a downgrade. However, credit rating agencies may decide to wait and see what emerges from the subsequent talks. There is an implicit new cliff at the end of February related to the sequester and to the expected exhaustion of extraordinary measures related to the debt ceiling. This date is expected to be used by Republicans as leverage for spending cuts. President Obama has already signaled that a...
  • Sources: Enough Republicans Willing to Unseat Speaker Boehner

    01/02/2013 6:27:52 AM PST · by RummyChick · 89 replies
    breitbart ^ | 1/1 | boyle
    “At least 20 House Republican members have gotten together, discussed this and want to unseat Speaker Boehner--and are willing to do what it takes to do it,” Meyer said. “That’s more than enough to get the job done, but the one problem these guys face is they need a leader to coalesce behind.” Meyer said the conservatives have considered House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) to take the helm after Boehner is knocked out. His opposition from the right to the Senate fiscal cliff deal that Vice President Joe Biden cut with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is a sign...
  • Boehner Responds to Reid: 'Go F— Yourself'

    01/02/2013 6:25:35 AM PST · by RummyChick · 139 replies
    weekly standard ^ | 1/2 | weekly standard
    "Go f— yourself," Boehner repeated. Politico reports on the exchange: House Speaker John Boehner couldn’t hold back when he spotted Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in the White House lobby last Friday. It was only a few days before the nation would go over the fiscal cliff, no bipartisan agreement was in sight, and Reid had just publicly accused Boehner of running a “dictatorship” in the House and caring more about holding onto his gavel than striking a deal. “Go f— yourself,” Boehner sniped as he pointed his finger at Reid, according to multiple sources present. Reid, a bit startled,...
  • Congress tightens belt, trims spy budget for 2013

    01/02/2013 6:17:10 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan. 1, 2013 3:23 AM EST | Kimberly Dozier
    Congress has drastically trimmed the budget for U.S. spies and satellites for 2013, though not quite as deeply as the White House wanted. In one of the last votes of the year, House lawmakers voted Monday 373-29 in favor of a Senate-passed bill to slightly boost the president’s $72 billion budget request for intelligence agencies including the CIA, adding extra cash for the counterterrorism fight against al-Qaida, and the counterintelligence fight against foreign governments trying to spy on the U.S. … The bill was stripped of several measures meant to block the leaking of classified information, including a provision that...
  • Hugo Chavez 'only kept alive by life support' after cancer surgery

    01/02/2013 6:15:59 AM PST · by COUNTrecount · 34 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | January 2, 2013 | 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...
  • Japan plans 'nationalisation' of factories to save industry

    01/02/2013 6:04:09 AM PST · by dynachrome · 38 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 1-1-13 | Ambrose Evans–Pritchard
    Japan's government is to take the unprecedented step of buying factories and machinery directly with taxpayer funds, the latest in a series of radical steps to lift the country out of its deep slump. Premier Shenzo Abe is to spend up to one trillion yen (Ł7.1bn) buying plant in the electronics, equipment, and carbon fibre industries to force the pace of investment, according to Nikkei news. The disclosure came just a day after Mr Abe vowed to revive Japan's nuclear industry with a fresh generation of reactors, insisting that they would be "completely different" from the Fukishima Daiichi technology.
  • 2013: Welcome to Very, Very Scary Times ... Victor Davis Hanson

    01/02/2013 6:03:54 AM PST · by Rummyfan · 23 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 2 Jan 2013 | Victor Davis Hanson
    On the One Hand… These should not be foreboding years. The U.S. is in the midst of a veritable energy revolution. There is a godsend of new gas and oil discoveries that will help to curtail our fiscal and foreign policy vulnerabilities — an energy bonanza despite, not because of, the present administration. Demographically, our rivals — the EU, China, Russia, and Japan — are both shrinking and aging at rates far in excess of our own. In terms of farming, the United States is exporting more produce than ever before at record prices. Americans eat the safest and cheapest...
  • FINAL VOTE RESULTS FOR ROLL CALL 659 FINAL VOTE RESULTS FOR ROLL CALL 659

    01/02/2013 5:58:03 AM PST · by ZULU · 38 replies
    THOMAS ^ | January 1, 2013 | Library of Congress
    The roll call that gave Obama a Triumph. Check out the other GOP Traitors who voted with Boner to screw the American Public and give Obama a victory.
  • How to Cut Federal Spending: The Real Country-Killer in 2013

    01/02/2013 5:44:50 AM PST · by Moseley · 24 replies
    American Thinker ^ | January 2, 2013 | Jonathon Moseley
    Never mind the "fiscal cliff." America went bankrupt, technically, at midnight on December 31, 2012. We hit the debt ceiling of $16.394 trillion. Yet the U.S. government needs to borrow more money than is legally allowed. So Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner is now juggling federal accounts via questionable extraordinary measures to squeeze out perhaps two more months. Uncle Sam has maxed out his credit cards. More than ever before, America now faces national ruin unless political leaders cut federal spending. However, Washington no longer understands what budget cuts are. Simply trim a few percent from every program -- here a...
  • Nothing Is Certain Except More Debt and Taxes

    01/02/2013 5:40:49 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 01/02/2013 | David Malpass
    Whatever ultimately emerges from the fiscal-cliff negotiations over the past 48 hours, the country will survive. But the damage can't be undone. Taxes are going up for all working Americans. And so is the size of government. Businesses have been waiting to see whether a second Obama administration will encourage the economy. During the fiscal-cliff negotiations, however, the president made clear that his goal isn't to get business going again but instead to expand government and redistribute income. He offered no real spending cuts and instead used the year-end deadline to divide America into classes—to the point of campaigning on...
  • Despite deal, taxes to rise for most Americans

    01/02/2013 5:33:33 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 2, 2013 7:49 AM EST | Stephen Olemacher
    While the tax package that Congress passed New Year’s Day will protect 99 percent of Americans from an income tax increase, most of them will still end up paying more federal taxes in 2013. That’s because the legislation did nothing to prevent a temporary reduction in the Social Security payroll tax from expiring. In 2012, that 2-percentage-point cut in the payroll tax was worth about $1,000 to a worker making $50,000 a year. The Tax Policy Center, a nonpartisan Washington research group, estimates that 77 percent of American households will face higher federal taxes in 2013 under the agreement negotiated...
  • Sheriffs called out to fight the law (resisting gun confiscation)

    01/02/2013 5:19:46 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 18 replies
    WND ^ | 1/2/2013 | Michael Carl
    A high-profile former sheriff who once sued the U.S. government over its gun regulations – and won – says it’s the local sheriff who will have to defend Americans when and if the feds start banning and confiscating guns. Richard Mack, a former sheriff in Graham County, Ariz., joined with then-Ravalli County Sheriff Jay Printz in a lawsuit against Washington when Bill Clinton demanded sheriffs enforce provisions of the Brady Bill gun-control law. He won. And since then he’s been at the front of a movement that highlights the responsibility of local sheriffs. Now, as Washington gears up to consider...
  • Experts: Clinton's Condition Could Have Been Serious

    01/02/2013 5:17:03 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 27 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 2/1/13 | Elad Benari
    U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was lucky that, being the top U.S. diplomat, her medical team had thought to do a follow-up MRI after her concussion last month, medical experts told ABC News on Tuesday. The doctors said that Clinton's latest health update -- cerebral venous thrombosis -- is a rare and potentially "life-threatening" condition, but one from which the globe-trotting secretary of state is likely to recover from. In an update from her doctors, Clinton's brain scans revealed a clot had formed in the right transverse venous sinus, and she was being successfully treated with anticoagulants. "She is...