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  • Guns already allowed in schools with little restriction in many states

    01/14/2013 10:47:59 AM PST · by Uncle Chip · 9 replies
    Open Channel NBC News ^ | January 14, 2013 | M. Alex Johnson, staff writer, NBC News
    With the debate over gun violence reshaped by the shooting deaths of 20 children and six adults at a Connecticut elementary school last month, lawmakers across the country are pushing proposals to arm teachers in the classroom. But many of them may be wasting their time. More than a third of the states already allow teachers and other adults to carry guns to school. In most cases, all you need is the equivalent of a note from the principal — you usually don't even need law enforcement approval. NBC News reviewed the firearms and education laws in all 50 states...
  • REPORT: Assad Has Left Syria For A Warship In The Mediterranean

    01/14/2013 10:46:02 AM PST · by blam · 13 replies
    TBI ^ | 1-13-2013 | Robert Johnson
    REPORT: Assad Has Left Syria For A Warship In The Mediterranean Robert JohnsonJanuary 13, 2013 Russian warship sent to Mediterranean in July After nearly two years of conflict and 117,000 displaced Syrians UPI reports Syrian President Bashar Assad and his family have left the country and live aboard a warship manned with Russian security. UPI cites an Al-Watan report claiming Assad's family are somewhere in the Mediterranean Sea and that the semi-deposed president travels back to the country by helicopter for meetings and receptions. From UPI: When he flies to his embattled country, the president lands at undisclosed locations and...
  • Krugman: “Frightening” Lack of “Progressive” Economists in the White House

    01/14/2013 10:44:48 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | January 14, 2013 | Elizabeth Harrington
    New York Times columnist Paul Krugman said it is “frightening” that the Obama administration has never included progressive economists, who have “been right about everything so far.” “I think it’s frightening that at no point in this administration have there been any serious representation of what you might call the progressive economist wing, which is a pretty big part of Obama’s support,” Krugman said Sunday in an appearance on ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos. … Krugman, a Keynesian economist, has long advocated for more stimulus spending, saying the $833-billion stimulus package of 2009 did not spend enough. …
  • MIT’s Noam Chomsky: Obama’s Running a “Global Assassination Campaign”

    01/14/2013 10:34:47 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 28 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | January 14, 2013 | Patrick Burke
    MIT Professor of Linguistics Noam Chomsky, a long-time left-wing writer and activist, told Al-Jazeera that he does not believe President Barack Obama has a “moral center,” and that he is running a “global assassination campaign” using drone warfare. “There’s some nice rhetoric here and there, but you look at the actual policies, they’re pretty shocking,” Chomsky said, speaking of President Obama. “The drone assassination campaign’s a perfectly good example. It’s just a global assassination campaign.” …
  • The Increasingly Execrable Colin Powell

    01/14/2013 10:33:26 AM PST · by Lakeshark · 40 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | 1/14/13 | Quin Hillyer
    Jennifer Rubin does a nice take-down here of the increasingly despicable Colin Powell, who smeared his former party on Meet the Press by accusing Republicans of a “dark vein of intolerance.” Thus says the first black Chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff, the first black Secretary of State, the sometime mentor of the first black woman to serve as Secretary of State… all under Republican sponsorship. Thus says the back-stabbing lout who deliberately let the innocent Scooter Libby twist in the wind, and then get convicted, when one word from Powell would have ended the investigation. Thus says the...
  • Obama: 'I'm a pretty friendly guy, I like a good party'

    01/14/2013 10:22:59 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 35 replies
    Obama: 'I'm a pretty friendly guy, I like a good party' By Justin Sink - 01/14/13 12:54 PM ET President Obama on Monday said his difficulties driving bargains with congressional Republicans had little do with the personal relationships he has with members across the aisle, instead arguing that partisan politics were to blame. "I'm a pretty friendly guy. I like a good party," Obama said during his press conference Monday at the White House. He joked that, "now that my girls are getting older, they don't want to spend that much time with me anyway, so I'll be probably calling...
  • Livery Cabbie Shot Over $8.00

    01/14/2013 10:18:58 AM PST · by Wiggins · 11 replies
    New York Post ^ | January 14th, 2013 | Natasha Velez
    A gunman yesterday prepares to shoot a Bronx livery driver over a measly eight bucks after the victim didn’t understand his demands, cops and the wounded man’s family said. Cabby Raphael Martinez, 54, of the Dominican Republic, was about an hour into his shift when he was attacked in his vehicle at 5:10 a.m. on White Plains Road and Lafayette Avenue in Soundview, a dramatic moment caught by the car’s security cam.
  • Detroit Man Says He Can Reveal Where Jimmy Hoffa Is Buried

    01/14/2013 10:18:22 AM PST · by Zakeet · 39 replies
    NBC News ^ | January 14, 2013 | Marc Santia
    Tony Zerilli, alleged to be the underboss of Detroit's biggest crime family, is breaking his silence on one of the greatest unsolved crimes in American historyA man who federal agents say is a main character in the infamous unsolved mystery about the disappearance of Jimmy Hoffa is breaking his silence after decades of refusing to answer questions. The reputed gangster says the union leader was buried in a field in suburban Detroit -- about 20 miles north of the restaurant where he was last seen. Eighty-five years old and barely able to walk, Tony Zerilli never thought this day would...
  • McCain, vocal with reservations toward Hagel, won’t block nomination

    01/14/2013 10:06:50 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Cable News Network ^ | January 13th, 2013 | 11:09 PM ET | Gregory Wallace
    Sen. John McCain, prominent among the Washington ranks who have questioned former Sen. Chuck Hagel’s suitability for the top Defense Department post, said Sunday he will not exert his power to block Hagel’s nomination. “No,” he told CNN when asked directly whether he would block the nomination in the Senate. “I plan to make a judgment as to whether I think he’s appropriate to be Secretary of Defense or not.” Each senator has the power to prevent a nomination from advancing to the floor, and one of McCain’s close colleagues, Sen. Lindsey Graham, has suggested he would put President Barack...
  • Burglars target homes of gun owners after addresses on weapons permit map published by newspaper

    01/14/2013 9:49:19 AM PST · by autumnraine · 15 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 01/14/2013
    At least two burglars broke into a house in White Plains, New York, on Saturday and headed straight for the gun safe. This address and the owner's name, registered on a permit for legally held firearms, had been published on the controversial gun map published by the Journal News on December 23. The burglars couldn't open the safe and the property owner wasn't home. But this incident has led to speculation that the map is now being used by criminals for targeted gun theft.
  • Sources: (Another) Jackson brother may seek 2nd District seat

    01/14/2013 9:49:08 AM PST · by Zakeet · 6 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 14, 2013 | Mike Flannery
    Jesse Jackson, Jr., resigned from Congress last month and Mrs. Jackson herself confirmed on Tuesday that she will not run to replace him. Attention is now turning to 46-year old Jonathan Jackson, the third-born child of the famous Civil Rights leader. The New York Daily News first speculated last September that Jonathan might seek his brother's 2nd District seat. Sources tell Fox 32 News that Jonathan has discussed a possible campaign with local ministers and community leaders.
  • Obama: Some Gun Control Measures 'I Can Accomplish Through Executive Action'

    01/14/2013 9:45:07 AM PST · by Nachum · 81 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 1/14/13 | Daniel Halper
    "My understanding is the vice president's going to provide a range of steps that we can take to reduce gun violence," said Obama. "Some of them will require legislation, some of them I can accomplish through executive action. And so I will be reviewing those today, and as I said, I will speak in more detail to what we're going to go ahead and propose later in the week.
  • Rheinmetall demos laser that can shoot down drones

    01/14/2013 9:40:41 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    BBC News ^ | 8 January 2013 | Last updated at 06:25 ET
    A laser weapons system that can shoot down two drones at a distance of over a mile has been demonstrated by Rheinmetall Defense. The German defense firm used the high-energy laser equipment to shoot fast-moving drones at a distance. The system, which uses two laser weapons, was also used to cut through a steel girder a kilometer away. …
  • Even Liberals Now Are Standing Up to Unions

    01/14/2013 9:35:35 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Monday, 14 Jan 2013 12:17 PM | Ira Stoll
    America is approaching the point where the government employee unions are so powerful that even the liberals think they're getting out of control. It used to be that taking on public-sector unions was the job of conservative Republicans like President Reagan, who took on the federal air traffic controllers, or Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin, who passed a law curbing the ability of government employee unions in his state to bargain collectively. But it’s gotten to the point where even New York’s Mayor Michael Bloomberg—a mayor who favors tightened government restrictions on guns, tobacco, trans fats, and large bottles of...
  • Jesse Jackson: Assault Weapons Are a Threat to 'Homeland Security'

    01/14/2013 9:35:17 AM PST · by Zakeet · 38 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 14, 2013
    [Snip] “These semi-automatic weapons, these assault weapon, can only kill people and in fact are threats to national security. The young man who did the killing in Aurora, Colorado with the arsenal he had. He was right near the airport, right near the runways near the airport in Denver. He could shoot down airplanes. so this is a matter of homeland security… We need to make manufacturers more accountable for their product.“
  • Obama Dodges Question About His Own Vote Against Raising The Debt Ceiling (video)

    01/14/2013 9:32:14 AM PST · by Nachum · 14 replies
    Youtube ^ | 1/14/13 | GOPICYMI
    Pres. Obama Dodges a question from Major Garrett of CBS news on his own voting against raising the debt ceiling when he was a Senator (January 14, 2013).
  • Rubio Outlines Bold Plan Giving 12 Million Illegals Legal Status

    01/14/2013 9:31:21 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 49 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Sunday, 13 Jan 2013 09:46 PM | Sandy Fitzgerald
    U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio is developing a wide-ranging immigration reform plan—including steps to give more than 12 million illegals currently in the U.S. legal status—in an effort to seize the initiative on a contentious issue that polls show is hurting the Republican Party with the nation’s rapidly growing Hispanic population. Rubio laid out the broad outline of his plan in an interview with the weekend edition of the Wall Street Journal, at the same time President Obama announced he would push a comprehensive immigration plan of his own this March. Surprisingly, both hold similar goals—creating a process in which undocumented...
  • Obama: ‘We need more revenue’ (a.k.a. tax increases)

    01/14/2013 9:24:20 AM PST · by Zakeet · 27 replies
    Washington comPost ^ | January 14, 2013 | Felicia Sonmez
    President Obama kicked off the final news conference of his first term by renewing his call for Congress to approve a “balanced” deficit-reduction package that includes both spending cuts and new revenues. Republican leaders have said repeatedly that the Jan. 1 fiscal cliff agreement ended any discussion of raising new revenue and that in upcoming negotiations they would deal only in spending cuts. Obama made clear that he does not agree. He reiterated that he is “open to making modest adjustments to programs like Medicare.” “The fact is, though, we can’t finish the job of deficit reduction through spending cuts...
  • Is Chicago’s Out-Of-Control Murder Rate Connected to Its Sanctuary City Policies?

    01/14/2013 8:31:17 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 01/14/2013 | Bryan Preston
    There are no gun shops in Chicago, so they say, but murders are on pace to hit 730 for 2013. Guns are usually the weapons that the killers choose to use.Two teenage boys were murdered over the weekend, and guns were the weapons used by the killers. One victim, 14-year-old Rey Dorantes, was reportedly shot while sitting on the front porch of his home. Fifteen-year-old Victor Vega was reportedly walking with another male when they were approached by an armed man who opened fire, killing Vega. In separate incidents, four other people were wounded via gunfire, and all but...
  • BP lays out development plans in Alaska

    01/14/2013 8:13:55 AM PST · by thackney
    Fairbanks Daily News Miner ^ | Jan 11, 2013 | Associated Press
    An executive with BP Alaska says the company plans to add two new rigs on the North Slope this year. But Phil Cochrane says the company won't search for or produce new sources of oil. In prepared remarks to an Alaska Support Industry Alliance conference in Anchorage, Cochrane said the rigs will be used to accelerate production from existing reserves. He said it's a response to a state policy that discourages investment.