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  • Obama: Gun Lobby "Ginning Up Fear" That Government Will Take Away All Your Guns

    01/14/2013 12:33:07 PM PST · by Nachum · 51 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | 1/14/13 | staff
    PRESIDENT OBAMA: Well, I think, for example, how we are gathering data, for example, on guns that fall into the hands of criminals and how we track that more effectively -- there may be some steps that we can take administratively, as opposed -- through legislation. As far as people lining up and purchasing more guns, you know, I think that we’ve seen for some time now that those who oppose any common-sense gun control or gun safety measures have a pretty effective way of ginning up fear on the part of gun owners that somehow the federal government’s about...
  • Gun Control Down Under (Australia)

    01/14/2013 11:29:41 AM PST · by Mozilla · 46 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | January 14th, 2013 | Jen Kuznicki
    This video was sent to me by an Aussie friend, pleading with me to not allow ourselves to go the way of OZ. It has gotten so crazy there, that legislators are quibbling over the definition of a home invasion, so as not to admit that gun control has made Australians less safe. Check out the video.
  • California could be next oil boom state (That is, if drilling is allowed)

    01/14/2013 12:28:45 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    CNN Money ^ | 01/13/2013 | Steve Hargreaves
    California is sitting on a massive amount of shale oil and could become the next oil boom state. But only if the industry can get the stuff out of the ground without upsetting the state's powerful environmental lobby. Running from Los Angeles to San Francisco, California's Monterey Shale is thought to contain more oil than North Dakota's Bakken and Texas's Eagle Ford -- both scenes of an oil boom that's created thousands of jobs and boosted U.S. oil production to the highest rate in over a decade. In fact, the Monterey is thought to hold over 400 billion barrels of...
  • Leon Leyson dies at 83; youngest survivor on Schindler's List

    01/14/2013 12:27:33 PM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 11 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 01/14/2013 | By Elaine Woo
    Among the 1,100 Jews saved from the Nazis by German industrialist Oskar Schindler was an emaciated 13-year-old boy named Leon Leyson, who had to stand on a box to reach the machinery in the Krakow factory where Schindler sheltered him and his family. The boy Schindler called "Little Leyson" survived the Holocaust to start life over in Los Angeles. He taught high school in Huntington Park for 39 years, rarely mentioning to anyone the pain and perils he experienced during the war that claimed the lives of 6 million Jews. Then came the celebrated 1993 movie "Schindler's List," which ignited...
  • White House to Paul Ryan: Yeah, about that budget deadline… (Sorry, it won't be submitted on time)

    01/14/2013 12:24:14 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/14/2013 | Erika Johnsen
    Every year, the White House is required by law to submit the president's budget plan to Congress by the first Monday in February. While it is common for administrations to miss the date in their first year, the Obama administration has only managed to meet that simple, regular deadline once --- a record for which The Most Transparent Administration, Evah evidently has no plans for improvement.Last week, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan queried the White House on whether they had any intention of getting him a budget proposal in a timely fashion: "Given the critical importance of addressing our...
  • NY Poised to Pass First Gun Bill Since Sandy Hook Shooting

    01/14/2013 12:08:01 PM PST · by Tirian · 47 replies
    NBC NY ^ | Jan 14, 2013 | Michael Gormley
    A key New York Senate leader and the Assembly speaker said they expect the state Legislature to vote Monday to enact what would be the nation's first gun control measure following last month's Connecticut school shooting. "I think when all is said and done, we are going to pass a comprehensive gun bill today," Sen. Jeffrey Klein told reporters Monday morning. "I'm very excited about it. I am very confident we are going to vote on a comprehensive bill that will be agreed on by the governor, the Senate and Assembly." People familiar with closed-door negotiations told The Associated Press...
  • Former President George H.W. Bush released from hospital

    01/14/2013 12:02:23 PM PST · by jazusamo · 14 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 14, 2013 | Douglas Ernst
    Former President George H.W. Bush was released from Methodist Hospital in Houston on Monday after being admitted in November. An illness and complications stemming from a bronchitis-related cough extended his stay. The 88-year-old spent a week in intensive care.
  • Feinstein Gun Ban Just Tip of Iceberg!

    01/14/2013 11:54:47 AM PST · by arthurus · 19 replies
    http://www.nraila.org ^ | Posted on January 11, 2013
    While Senator Feinstein's soon-to-be-introduced bill to ban semi-automatic firearms and standard capacity magazines is garnering the most attention from anti-gun politicians and their media allies, attacks on our Second Amendment rights are by no means limited to this one proposal, nor to just Congress. Based on bills introduced on the first day of the 113th Congress, we clearly face the most serious threat to our fundamental Second Amendment rights in the last 20 years, and law-abiding gun owners need to ACT NOW to ward off an unprecedented onslaught on our rights. Here are just some of the proposals pending in...
  • Rikers Island inmates cost city big $$ with 'frivolous' lawsuits

    01/14/2013 11:46:25 AM PST · by dennisw · 7 replies
    .nypost. ^ | 2:15 AM, January 14, 2013 | By DOUG MONTERO AND DAN MACLEOD
    These jailbirds are proving that crime does pay. Rikers Island inmates are soaking city taxpayers by suing over everything from slippery shower floors to beds they claim are too short, a Post analysis has found. Legal claims against the Department of Correction have resulted in $111.1 million in payouts over the past five years — including settlements of “frivolous” cases that would have cost more to fight in court. Sources said the situation is “out of control,” with a growing network of prisoners sharing the names of lawyers and even scrawling the attorneys’ contact info near the jail’s pay phones....
  • Al Gore Declares Mission Accomplished; Gray Lady Hardest Hit

    01/14/2013 9:45:42 AM PST · by george76 · 14 replies
    pj ^ | January 11th, 2013 | Ed Driscoll
    “Lack of Global Warming Means Cold, Empty Chairs at New York Times Environment Desk,” Jim Lakely writes ... The New York Times will close its environment desk in the next few weeks and assign its seven reporters and two editors to other departments. The positions of environment editor and deputy environment editor are being eliminated. ... Al Gore has just declared Mission Accomplished for environmentalism? He’s got his $100 payout, and the rest of the world is left wondering why we should care about a religion when its chief practitioner has just signed his non-aggression pact with Big Oil. At...
  • Did Ed Koch really say that about Obama?

    01/14/2013 11:33:37 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 13 replies
    http://www.foxnews.com ^ | 1/10/2013 | Michael Goodwin
    Notwithstanding Ed Koch’s reputation for candor, I didn’t believe my eyes when I read that Koch said he knew President Obama would “renege” on his support of Israel. Koch said his only shock was that it happened so soon, citing Obama’s nomination of former Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel to be defense secretary, according to The Algemeiner newspaper. Is it true? Did Koch really say that? “I did say it,” he told me Tuesday, adding he was making a point about why he had endorsed Obama, despite such misgivings. “People don’t really change when you get to his age,” the former...
  • Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas speaks from the bench; libs in a frenzy

    01/14/2013 11:19:28 AM PST · by BuckeyeTexan · 44 replies
    Twitchy ^ | 01/14/2013 | Twitchy Staff
    Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas cracked a joke about Yale law students during oral arguments today. He’s famous for his restraint and reticence on the bench. It’s been nearly seven years since he asked any questions — and every last liberal on Twitter is making sure you know it.
  • Obama: ‘Executive Action’ on Gun Control ‘Within My Authority as President’

    01/14/2013 11:18:53 AM PST · by chessplayer · 117 replies
    (CNSNews.com) – President Barack Obama said Monday he would take executive action pertaining to gun control. Though he wasn’t specific, he said some would have to do with tracing guns.
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    01/14/2013 11:16:03 AM PST · by Biggirl · 1 replies
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  • Reid denies tie to bribery case

    01/14/2013 10:58:10 AM PST · by mdittmar · 15 replies
    UPI ^ | Jan. 14, 2013 | UPI
    U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid denied Sunday knowing anything about an alleged attempt to bribe him to intervene in a Federal Trade Commission case. Jeremy Johnson of Utah told federal investigators he sought to funnel money through an alleged intermediary in hopes of convincing Reid to get the FTC to drop its investigation of him."The truth is the worst thing I think I've done was I paid money knowing it was going to influence Harry Reid," Johnson told The Salt Lake Tribune. "So I've felt all along that I've committed bribery of some sort there."But the Nevada Democrat's office...
  • Two Of The Biggest Problems In The Financial System Will Hit In 2013

    01/14/2013 10:55:48 AM PST · by blam · 14 replies
    TMO ^ | 1-14-2013 | Graham Summers
    Two Of The Biggest Problems In The Financial System Will Hit In 2013 Stock-Markets / Financial Markets 2013Jan 14, 2013 - 03:11 AM By: Graham Summers This week is options expiration week: the week in which various call and put positions will expire. Wall Street is notorious for using these weeks to gun the markets this way and that in order to insure that the greatest number of puts and calls expire worthless. So expect the market to be even more volatile than usual this week. Outside of this, the investment world is slowly emerging from its Central Bank policy...
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    01/14/2013 10:51:47 AM PST · by Jim Robinson · 453 replies
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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. …