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  • Several Republican Congressmen Vote For Allen West Over Boehner For House Speaker

    01/03/2013 11:31:26 AM PST · by smoothsailing · 42 replies
    MEDIAite ^ | 1-3-2013 | Andrew Kirell
    January 3, 2013 Several Republican Congressmen Vote For Allen West Over Boehner For House Speaker Andrew Kirell It’s no secret that Speaker of the House John Boehner is currently unpopular with the more conservative elements of his Republican Party. As the new House voted for Speaker, several Republican congressmen made their negative feelings official, casting ballots for anyone but Boehner. While other disgruntled GOPers either held their noses and voted for Boehner, or abstained entirely, several other Republicans cast protest votes in favor of Reps. Justin Amash (R-MI), Eric Cantor (R-MD), Louie Gohmert (R-TX), Raul Labrador (R-ID), former U.S Comptroller...
  • Clinton soars, Palin plummets in most-admired survey

    01/03/2013 11:23:40 AM PST · by massmike · 109 replies
    http://news.yahoo.com ^ | 01/03/2013 | National Constitution Center
    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton sets a record in Gallup’s annual most-admired survey, while Sarah Palin falls farther off the popularity radar. Gallup has run its most-admired man and woman survey since World War II, and in the 2012 edition, Clinton and President Barack Obama kept their top positions among those asked a simple question: “What man that you have heard or read about, living today in any part of the world, do you admire most? And who is your second choice?” Clinton was named as most-admired woman for the 17th time since she became a national figure in 1992....
  • Gore Wanted Current TV Sale Completed in 2012 to Avoid Obama Tax Increases

    01/03/2013 11:13:00 AM PST · by chessplayer · 15 replies
    Al Gore, the man who first introduced the idea of blaming “the wealthiest one percent” for all of America’s ills, is continuing to embarrass himself in the sale of his low-rated Current TV channel to the Al Jazeera. First, we learned that Current’s management believed that the favorite news channel of Islamic fundamentalist terrorists is closer to its own viewpoints than conservative media mogul Glenn Beck; now comes news that the former Democratic presidential candidate was insistent that the sale to the Qatari channel be completed before December 31. That date was important to Gore because he was trying to...
  • Shysters!

    01/03/2013 10:47:17 AM PST · by haffast · 8 replies
    MoneyWeek ^ | Jan 03, 2013 | Bill Bonner
    Dow up more than 300 points yesterday. Why? Because the ‘fiscal cliff’ has been averted. That’s what the papers say. But it just goes to show why it’s a mistake to read the news, except for a cynical guffaw. The real reason markets went up was because investors were reassured: Washington works in the same corrupt, self-serving and zombie-coddling way it always has. The politicians raised taxes, and put off worrying about spending cuts until sometime in the future. In other words, investors realised that they could trust the empty suits not to do anything different! How much of the...
  • [South Texas:]Local police chief says illegal immigration is on the rise

    01/03/2013 10:46:16 AM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 6 replies
    KGBT ^ | 12/26/20012 | Katie Lopez
    The problem is not going away. "Most of them have people here or they're just trying to make it over here so they can start making a better living for themselves," La Joya Police Chief Julian Gutierrez told Action 4 News. No matter how many miles of border fence is erected—it seems nothing will stop the thousands of immigrants, crossing our border illegally, from continuing their journey. "A lot of times we talk to them and ask them why they're coming here,” Gutierrez explained. “They say they're coming for the 'American Dream.' I always tell them that they're here illegally---how...
  • Harry Reid Threw Obama Proposal Into The Fireplace During Fiscal Cliff Negotiations

    01/03/2013 10:25:48 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 13 replies
    Harry Reid Threw Obama Proposal Into The Fireplace During Fiscal Cliff Negotiations by Meenal Vamburkar | 8:36 am, January 3rd, 2013 » 11 comments Today’s installment of “Just How Bad Were Fiscal Cliff Negotiations?” features one Harry Reid. According to a report in the Washington Post, Reid disliked one proposal so much that he tore it up and tossed it into the fireplace. The point of contention, it appears, was Social Security. The Post reports: There were now less than 36 hours until the deadline. “The clock was ticking and we were not moving.” They weren’t moving because Democrats had...
  • Pat Condell: Patronising the Palestinians (by employing liberal racism)

    01/03/2013 10:16:48 AM PST · by EveningStar · 3 replies
    YouTube ^ | January 3, 2013 | Pat Condell
    Because we're racists. "As Muslims, our blood vengeance against the Jews will only subside with their annihilation." This is the kind of insanity Israelis are up against, but the free world shoves fingers in ears and pretends not to hear.
  • Obama signs defense measure he once vowed to veto

    01/03/2013 10:14:34 AM PST · by jazusamo · 31 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 3, 2012 | Dave Boyer
    Backing down on a threatened veto, President Obama has signed into law a $633.3 billion defense bill with an attached a statement in which he serves notice to Congress that he’ll interpret the law as he sees fit on issues ranging from the transfer of terrorism detainees to objections of military chaplains against the new policy on gay service members. Mr. Obama said in a “signing statement” late Wednesday that he agrees with the “vast majority” of provisions in the 680-page law. But he added, “I do not agree with them all.” He earlier had issued a veto threat to...
  • Washington is broke and broken.

    01/03/2013 10:08:50 AM PST · by ADSUM · 21 replies
    Press release email from Sen Ron Johnson WI | 1/3/2013 | Sen Ron Johnson (WI -R)
    As frustrated as you are with Washington, D.C. right now... Multiply it by 1,000 and you'll know how I feel. Washington is broke and broken. What passes for problem-solving in the United States Senate has shattered the trust of the American people. Our nation is facing monumental financial problems that the career politicians from both political parties created over many decades...and now they're busy squabbling and finger-pointing instead of recognizing our problems and buckling down to the hard work of fixing them. Clever sound bites take the place of ideas. Petty partisan attacks take the place of leadership. Brinkmanship -...
  • Nice Moment: Sen. Mark Kirk Returns To Capitol One Year After Stroke

    01/03/2013 9:42:27 AM PST · by iowamark · 7 replies
    NPR ^ | January 03, 2013 | Mark Memmott
    Before lawmakers get back to the business of arguing about taxes, deficits and other issues as they open a new session of Congress today, there was just a nice moment outside the Capitol. Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., who suffered a stroke last Jan. 21, came to the Capitol for the first time since then. And as C-SPAN cameras watched, he made a very public return — slowly walking up the steps of the Capitol with assistance from Vice President Biden and Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W. Va. Kirk, 53, was cheered on by other members of Congress, including his Democratic colleague...
  • EPA head resigns to protest Obama’s support of Keystone XL?

    01/03/2013 9:40:27 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 27 replies
    rt.com ^ | 02 January, 2013, 22:46
    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson.(Reuters / Jonathan Ernst) The head of the US Environmental Protection Agency announced she will step down from that role in the coming weeks, but a new report suggests her resignation may in fact be motivated by a 180 to be expected from President Obama. EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson tells reporters that her decision to walk away as the top environmental regulator in the country after nearly four years comes at a time when she is “ready in my own life for new challenges, time with my family, and new opportunities to make...
  • Hastert says violation of namesake rule threatens GOP's ability to lead

    01/03/2013 9:40:13 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 24 replies
    Hastert says violation of namesake rule threatens GOP's ability to lead By Justin Sink - 01/03/13 11:48 AM ET Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) said Thursday that current Speaker John Boehner's (R-Ohio) decision to pass the "fiscal cliff" compromise bill without a majority Republican support threatened the party's "ability to lead" on future votes. Under the so-called "Hastert Rule," Republican Speakers of the House customarily do not allow a vote on the House floor unless a majority of the GOP majority supports a bill. Tuesday's vote on the fiscal cliff compromise deal passed the House 257-167, but Republicans voted...
  • People are truly good at heart? Sadly, no

    01/03/2013 9:39:58 AM PST · by chessplayer · 26 replies
    ELEVEN YEARS AGO, al-Qaeda terrorist Richard Reid tried to blow up American Airlines Flight 63 with a bomb hidden in his shoes. As a result, air travelers to this day must remove their shoes to pass through security at US airports. In 2006, terrorists plotted to destroy as many as 10 planes flying from London to North America using peroxide-based liquid explosives smuggled in their carry-on luggage. So passengers now must limit any liquids they carry through security checkpoints to minuscule containers sealed in clear plastic bags. It is fundamental to the Judeo-Christian outlook that human beings are not naturally...
  • Pelosi: ‘Many Members of the Republican Caucus Don’t Believe in Government’

    01/03/2013 9:38:15 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 23 replies
    Pelosi: ‘Many Members of the Republican Caucus Don’t Believe in Government’ By Penny Starr January 3, 2013 (CNSNews.com) – In an interview on Thursday with National Public Radio, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said that many Republicans do not “believe in government.” "There are many members in the Republican caucus who do not believe in government,” Pelosi said in an interview with NPR’s Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep. “And bless their hearts, they act upon their beliefs. “So day to day, we vote here on issues that eliminate government initiatives for clean air, clean water, food safety, public safety,...
  • Shakes were spiked, cops say (parents drugged by kids)

    01/03/2013 9:37:19 AM PST · by thefactor · 31 replies
    The Sacremento Bee ^ | 1/3/2013 | Ed Fletcher
    Two Placer County teenage girls were arrested for allegedly using drugged milkshakes to knock out the parents of one of the girls so they could log on to the Internet, Rocklin police said. Internet access at the Rocklin home was routinely shut off at 10 p.m., said Lt. Lon Milka, a department spokesman. Milka said that on Friday evening, a 15-year-old girl – who had a 16-year-old friend from Roseville visiting – offered to pick up milkshakes from a local fast-food restaurant for her parents. The parents drank about a quarter of the milkshakes but didn't finish them, saying they...
  • Obama Rejects ‘Ill-Advised’ Conscience Protections for Military Chaplains

    01/03/2013 9:34:13 AM PST · by chessplayer · 19 replies
    (CNSNews.com) – President Obama issued a statement Wednesday rejecting several provisions of the 2013 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), including a conscience protection for military chaplains that he called “ill-advised”. Section 533 of the NDAA provides legal protections for military chaplains, barring the Defense Department from forcing them to perform services which violate their moral or religious beliefs.
  • Illinois Senate Committee Bans Semiautomatic Assault Weapons and High-Capacity Clips

    01/03/2013 9:24:38 AM PST · by servo1969 · 79 replies
    thegatewaypundit.com ^ | 1-3-2013 | Jim Hoft
    An Illinois Senate Committee banned semiautomatic assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition clips. KMOV reported An Illinois Senate committee, in a party-line vote, has approved restrictions on semiautomatic assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition clips. One measure would ban the sale of semiautomatic handguns and rifles. People who currently own such weapons could keep them, but would have to register them. The second proposal would limit ammunition magazines to 10 or fewer rounds. Sen. Dan Kotowski, the bill’s sponsor, says he wants to concentrate on the high-capacity magazines because they make assault weapons more lethal. Democrats are pushing the gun restrictions in...
  • GOP Congressman: Boehner Will Lead Republicans to 2014 Loss

    01/03/2013 9:20:01 AM PST · by Qbert · 38 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 2 Jan 2013 | REP. JEFF LANDRY (R-LA)
    It’s an embarrassing time to be a Republican Congressman—albeit an outgoing Congressman.  As negotiators, we utterly failed to meet our two objectives: to reduce spending and prevent tax increases. President Obama demanded tax increases with small spending cuts, and that’s exactly what passed. Thanks to the leadership of Speaker John Boehner, the House passed a bill which raises taxes by $620 billion while cutting spending by a mere $15 billion over 10 years. Usually, a compromise is an even trade (one-for-one). In this trade, House and Senate Republicans traded $41 dollars in tax hikes for every $1 dollar in spending...
  • Perils Of The Entitlement State And Our Decadent Democracy

    01/03/2013 9:17:42 AM PST · by jimt · 5 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 1/2/12 | George F. Will
    Connoisseurs of democratic decadence can savor a variety of contemporary dystopias. Because familiarity breeds banality, Greece has become a boring horror. Japan, however, in its second generation of stagnation, is fascinating. Once, Japan bestrode the world, jauntily buying Rockefeller Center and Pebble Beach. Now Japanese buy more adult diapers than those for infants. America has its lowest birth rate since at least 1920 — family formation and workforce participation (which last year hit a 30-year low) have declined in tandem. But it has an energy surplus, the government-produced overhang of housing inventory is shrinking and the average age of Americans'...
  • Update: Six Strikes Program Delayed Until 2013

    01/03/2013 9:10:57 AM PST · by JustSayNoToNannies · 3 replies
    EyeOnIP ^ | December 12, 2012 | Sheldon Mak & Anderson
    The rollout of the Copyright Alert System will be delayed until early 2013, according to the Center for Copyright Information (CCI). The system, also referred to as the “Six Strikes” program, is intended to deter copyright infringement committed through illegal file sharing. CCI indicates that the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy is largely to blame for the delays. "Due to unexpected factors largely stemming from Hurricane Sandy which have seriously affected our final testing schedules, CCI anticipates that the participating ISPs will begin sending alerts under the Copyright Alert System in the early part of 2013, rather than by the...