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  • Think Only the Rich Will Pay More Taxes After Fiscal Cliff Agreement? You're Wrong

    01/11/2013 1:28:40 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    CNBC ^ | 01/11/2013 | Eamon Javers
    You followed all of the debate over the fiscal cliff and were relieved to hear that taxes were only going up for the rich this year. Well, you were wrong. Because neither party wanted to defend it, the temporary payroll tax cut enacted under Obama died at the end of 2012, which means that everyone in the country will see a bigger tax bite out of their paychecks this year. So when you get your first check of the year, look at the amount charged under "FICA" – you're going to be paying more than you did in December. How...
  • Senate Leaders Urge President Obama To Consider “Any Lawful Steps” To Avoid Default

    01/11/2013 1:19:24 PM PST · by mdittmar · 38 replies
    United States Senate Democrats ^ | January 11, 2013 | United States Senate Democrats
    Washington, D.C. – Senate Democratic Leaders sent a letter to President Obama today urging him to consider taking unilateral action to protect America’s economy in the face of continued intransigence and obstruction from Republicans.“In the event that Republicans make good on their threat by failing to act, or by moving unilaterally to pass a debt limit extension only as part of unbalanced or unreasonable legislation, we believe you must be willing to take any lawful steps to ensure that America does not break its promises and trigger a global economic crisis — without Congressional approval, if necessary,” the leaders write.Senate...
  • Texas Lt. Gov. calls for gun training for teachers

    01/11/2013 1:19:13 PM PST · by xzins · 32 replies
    KHOU ^ | January 11, 2013 | JIM VERTUNO
    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst has called for state-funded specialized firearms training for teachers and administrators to guard against school shootings. Dewhurst said school districts would nominate who they wanted to carry weapons on campus. The training would be more extensive than what is currently required for Texas concealed handgun license and include how to react technically and emotionally in an active shooter situation on a school campus. Dewhurst offered no other details of his plan, and said the amount of state funding needed would depend on the number of school districts that participate and how...
  • Woman walked into Philly high school with gun in a diaper bag, police say

    01/11/2013 1:09:57 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 38 replies
    Associated Press ^ | January 10, 2013
    A woman is behind bars after police say she tried to walk inside a Philadelphia high school with a loaded gun in a diaper bag. A school district spokesman says the adult woman, identified as 21-year-old Kelly Jones, was entering South Philadelphia High School on Thursday to register for evening classes when school police at the X-ray machine spotted the .40 caliber Smith & Wesson semi-automatic handgun.
  • China Warns Citizens To 'Prepare For The Worst' As It Sends Fighters To East China Sea

    01/11/2013 12:51:10 PM PST · by LucianOfSamasota · 31 replies
    Business Insider ^ | January 11, 2013 | Robert Johnson
    After repeatedly flying surveillance aircraft into disputed airspace with Japan, and Tokyo scrambling F-15s in response, China's now sending fighters of its own on "routine flights" into the East China Sea. China Daily: A Foreign Ministry spokesman said Friday that Chinese military planes were on"routine flights" in relevant airspace over the East China Sea. Spokesman Hong Lei made the remarks at a press briefing in response to media reports that Japan sent fighter jets to head off a number of Chinese military planes spotted in Japan's "air defense identification zone" over the East China Sea on Thursday. "China firmly opposes...
  • Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on Resignation of Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis

    01/11/2013 12:37:00 PM PST · by mdittmar · 15 replies
    AFL-CIO ^ | January 9, 2013 | AFL-CIO
    Labor Secretary Hilda Solis brought urgently needed change to the Department of Labor, putting the U.S. government firmly on the side of working families. Under Secretary Solis, the Labor Department became a place of safety and support for workers. Secretary Solis’s Department of Labor talks tough and acts tough on enforcement, workplace safety, wage and hour violations and so many other vital services. Secretary Solis never lost sight of her own working-class roots, and she always put the values of working families at the center of everything she did. We hope that her successor will continue to be a powerful...
  • Israel Is OK with Hagel as Secretary of Defense

    01/11/2013 12:29:15 PM PST · by OKRA2012 · 16 replies
    Atlantic Wire ^ | 1/11/13 | Connor Simpson
    Republicans trying to raise a case against confirming Chuck Hagel have cited not so kind remarks about Israel -- or "the Jews," as he's been quoted calling them -- as a reason not to confirm, but that could be a hard sell when Israel's departing Deputy Foreign Minister thinks Hagel is an alright guy.
  • (America's Leadership) Washington, D.C., Residents Watch More Porn Than The Rest Of America: Study

    01/11/2013 12:11:36 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 15 replies
    NYDN ^ | Thursday, January 10, 2013 | Adam Edelman
    Washington, D.C., residents watch more porn than the rest of America: study • Research from PornHub.com says residents of the nation’s capital watch 14.18 online videos per person in a year. Hawaii is second, with 7.57 per year. Politics has always been dirty, but a new study takes the expression to a level so stimulating that it’s hard to believe. Residents of Washington, D.C., watch nearly twice as much online pornography as people in any of the 50 states, according to a study published by XXX site PornHub.com. Horndogs in the nation’s capital consumed online pornography at a rate of...
  • 6 Provocative Predictions for 2013… and Beyond

    01/11/2013 12:14:59 PM PST · by blam · 2 replies
    The Daily Reckoning ^ | 1-10-2013 | Addison Wiggin
    6 Provocative Predictions for 2013… and Beyond By Addison Wiggin 01/10/13 Someday, someone will fund an academic study identifying the crevice in the human brain that craves year-end predictions for the coming 12 months. Wherever it resides, it is undeniably strong and far more prevalent among the populace than the craving for news about, say, the “fiscal cliff” or the New York Jets’ quarterback saga. Within the finance sector, such predictions abound. “Macro surprises” from Morgan Stanley, “13 outliers for ’13” from Deutsche Bank, and the ever popular “outrageous predictions” from Denmark’s Saxo Bank. And you know what? These institutions...
  • COMPLETE: Ben Shapiro CUTS Piers Morgan DOWN (youtube video--great stuff!)

    01/11/2013 12:12:12 PM PST · by RoosterRedux · 43 replies
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  • Obama: U.S. Has Fallen 'Short of the Ideal' in Afghanistan

    01/11/2013 12:10:16 PM PST · by Nachum · 5 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 1/11/13 | DANIEL HALPER
    "So, you know, I think that, have we achieved everything that some might have imagined us achieving in the best of scenarios? Probably not. You know, there's a human enterprise, and you know, you fall short of the ideal," said Obama. The president went on to say that America has achieved some measure of success in Afghanistan, however. "Did we achieve our central goal? And have we been able, I think, to shape a strong relationship with a responsible Afghan government that is willing to cooperate with us to make sure that it is not a launching pad for future...
  • Obama: U.S. Has Fallen 'Short of the Ideal' in Afghanistan

    01/11/2013 12:08:20 PM PST · by ColdOne · 30 replies
    weeklystandard.com ^ | 1/11/13 | DANIEL HALPER
    So, you know, I think that, have we achieved everything that some might have imagined us achieving in the best of scenarios? Probably not. You know, there's a human enterprise, and you know, you fall short of the ideal," said Obama. The president went on to say that America has achieved some measure of success in Afghanistan, however. "Did we achieve our central goal? And have we been able, I think, to shape a strong
  • The US Deficit Almost Completely Disappeared In December

    01/11/2013 11:55:59 AM PST · by blam · 24 replies
    TBI ^ | 1-11-2013 | Sam Ro
    The US Deficit Almost Completely Disappeared In DecemberSam RoJanuary 11, 2013 The U.S. December budget deficit was just $260 million. This is according to the latest Monthly Treasury Statement from the Financial Management Service. Economists were forecasting a deficit of closer to $1 billion. The December deficit was also the lowest December number since 2007, reports Bloomberg. It's worth noting that monthly numbers are noisy, and that seasonal factors tend to be considerable in December. Regardless, this is an encouraging sign. Receipts were $269.5 billion while the spending was $269.7 billion. This is important to remember, because budget deficits and...
  • WaPo: Yeah, Morgan got pwned last night

    01/11/2013 11:47:30 AM PST · by chessplayer · 28 replies
    Normally I’d be tempted to just add this as an update to the previous post, but it’s just too delicious not to highlight on its own. As Duane wrote in his GR post, Piers Morgan went from his embarrassing display in his interview with Ben Shapiro to lamenting about Shapiro’s “intransigent” performance with Mark Kelly afterward. Eric Wemple at the Washington Post confirms that Shapiro wasn’t intransigent — he was just a lot smarter than Morgan and beat him at his own game: Wemple then excerpts Shapiro’s challenge to Morgan on handguns. Murders by rifle are relatively rare, more rare...
  • The Southern States PBA official stand on gun control in America

    01/11/2013 11:33:24 AM PST · by Jgerald · 17 replies
    SSPBA ^ | 01/10/2013 | Chris Skinner
    "As president of Southern States PBA, a professional law enforcement association with over 30,000 members from federal, state, county and municipal agencies, I would like to express our support for the 2nd Amendment of the Constitution and for law abiding citizens to purchase and own firearms. From hunting to shooting sports, firearms are a part of the American culture that are passed from generation to generation. Rank and file law enforcement officers realize that gun ownership from law abiding citizens poses no threat to the law enforcement community or to the public. New legislation aimed at reducing or restricting law...
  • Bullied on the President’s Stage

    01/11/2013 11:31:56 AM PST · by cblue55 · 5 replies
    Q Ideas ^ | Gabe Lyons
    January 21, 2013 may go down in history, as the day Americans lost their most important freedom—their freedom of conscience. I’m no fear monger and realize in the middle of the current gun restriction debate, Americans can hardly stand another story on lost liberties. But pay attention, lest you become distracted by deliberations over the Second Amendment, and lose sight of the First ...
  • Overflow Santa Rosa crowd divided over adding gun controls

    01/11/2013 11:25:01 AM PST · by marktwain · 8 replies
    The Press Democrat ^ | 10 January, 2013 | GUY KOVNER
    Madeleine Melo of Fort Bragg, widow of the North Coast's most prominent recent victim of gun violence, spoke out Thursday night in defense of gun ownership at a public forum convened by Rep. Mike Thompson. "I strongly support our right to own and use guns," Melo told Thompson and six other public officials before an overflow crowd in the Sonoma County supervisors chambers in Santa Rosa. In her next sentence, Melo, whose husband Jere Melo was murdered in the Mendocino County woods in 2011, said the "unchecked acts of violent criminals take away the rights of others to live a...
  • Republican senator: 'Jack Lew must never be secretary of Treasury' (Wall ST. Gambler?)

    01/11/2013 11:00:29 AM PST · by yoe · 8 replies
    Fox News ^ | Jamuary 9, 2013 | Kara Rowland
    A key Republican has vowed to block the expected promotion of White House Chief of Staff Jacob "Jack" Lew, saying he "must never be secretary of Treasury." [snip] A strongly worded statement by Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala. -- prepared in anticipation of that nomination and obtained by Fox News -- signals the bumpy ride Lew could face during the Senate confirmation process. Sessions, the top Republican on the Senate Budget Committee, says Lew misled Congress about the White House's budget proposals and argues that should disqualify him from being put in charge of the government's finances. "Lew, as the president's...
  • France Confirms Mali Intervention (France Sends Troops To Ex-Colony)

    01/11/2013 10:59:37 AM PST · by goldstategop · 21 replies
    BBC News ^ | 01/11/2013 | BBC News
    President Francois Hollande says French troops are taking part in operations against Islamists in northern Mali. French troops "have brought support this afternoon to Malian units to fight against terrorist elements", he said. Armed groups, some linked to al-Qaeda, took control of northern Mali in April. Mr Hollande said the intervention complied with international law, and had been agreed with Malian President Dioncounda Traore. A state of emergency has been declared across the country. The militants said on Thursday that they had advanced further into government-controlled territory, taking the strategic central town of Konna. Mr Hollande said French military action...
  • A large segment of Obama-Biden's base more than likely could not legally purchase a firearm

    01/11/2013 10:56:15 AM PST · by WyCoKsRepublican · 26 replies
    There are lots of reasons Obama and VP "Goofball" Biden want to take your guns. Just food for thought. I firmly believe that a large part of their base could not legally buy a firearm due to criminal history, mental illness or just plain stupidity. Of course, his goons and voter base will obtain firearms of all kinds illegally. The NRA needs to continue to lead the fight and increase its ranks in the wake of this constitutional showdown.