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  • Obama the Party Animal

    01/16/2013 4:37:09 PM PST · by kristinn · 7 replies
    ABC News ^ | Wednesday, January 16, 2013 | Mary K. Bruce
    President Obama pushed back against criticism earlier this week that he is too insular and not social enough in Washington. He said simply, “I like a good party.” Today, he reinforced the message. Leaving a farewell reception at the Treasury Department for Secretary Timothy Geithner, Obama was asked “So, you like a good party?” “They didn’t serve any alcohol,” Obama responded with a big grin, as he appeared to munch on something.
  • Rep. Denham: Not 'one more penny' for Calif. high-speed railway

    01/16/2013 4:32:11 PM PST · by jazusamo · 31 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 16, 2013 | Keith Laing
    The House lawmaker responsible for oversight of the nation's railways promised Wednesday to use his new position to put the brakes on a controversial high-speed railway in his state. California Rep. Jeff Denham (R) was appointed chairman of the House Transportation Committee's Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials subcommittee Wednesday. Denham has sought previously to deny federal funding for the proposed California high-speed railway, and he said Wednesday afternoon in an interview with The Hill that he would use his new perch to keep the up roadblock. "I've obviously taken a very storing position about California high-speed rail and I'm going...
  • Police shoot and kill soldier in Waikiki

    01/16/2013 4:28:45 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 17 replies
    The Maui News ^ | January 16, 2013 | AP
    Honolulu (AP) - A Schofield Barracks soldier was shot and killed by police early Tuesday after he repeatedly rammed multiple police cars with his truck in Waikiki. Several police officers were injured in the incident. The 25th Infantry Division said in a statement that it's cooperating with the Honolulu Police Department as officers investigate. The unit won't release the soldier's name until his family members are notified. "This is an incredibly tragic incident, and we offer our condolences to the soldier's family and to the officers injured," Lt. Col. Derrick Cheng, spokesman for the 25th Infantry Division, said in a...
  • Panetta Vows 'Proper' Response to Algeria Hostage-Taking

    01/16/2013 4:14:36 PM PST · by kristinn · 35 replies
    Voice of America ^ | Wednesday, January 16, 2013 | Al Pessin
    U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has condemned the taking of as many as 41 foreign hostages at a natural gas facility in Algeria, a move apparently linked to the French military operation in neighboring Mali. Secretary Panetta says the United States will take “all necessary and proper steps” in response to the hostage crisis at the facility, run by British, Norwegian and Algerian companies. “The United States strongly condemns these kinds of terrorist acts. It is a very serious matter when Americans are taken hostage, along with others," he said. Speaking in Rome, Panetta said he did not know how...
  • Katherine Webb will cover Super Bowl for “Inside Edition”

    01/16/2013 4:12:19 PM PST · by jakerobins · 22 replies
    Katherine Webb came off as pretty sharp after her fame blew up during the BCS Championship Game, and she's smartly taking advantage of her instant celebrity. Webb, Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron's girlfriend and Miss Alabama, announced on Twitter that she will be covering the Super Bowl for "Inside Edition." Maybe she wants a television career (she came off well during her "Today" show interview, for what it's worth), or maybe she wants to have some fun and get a free trip to New Orleans. Either way, good for her.
  • Sahara Islamists take hostages, spreading Mali war

    01/16/2013 3:52:21 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 9 replies
    Reuters ^ | Wed Jan 16, 2013 6:24pm EST | By Lamine Chikhi and Bate Felix ALGIERS/BAMAKO
    (Reuters) - Islamist fighters seized dozens of Western and Algerian hostages in a dawn raid on a natural gas facility deep in the Sahara on Wednesday and demanded France halt a new offensive against rebels in neighboring Mali. Three people, among them one British and one French, were reported killed, but details were sketchy and numbers of those held at Tigantourine ranged from 41 foreigners - including perhaps seven Americans as well as Japanese and Europeans - to over 100 local staff, held separately and less closely watched.   What is clear is that with a dramatic counterpunch to this...
  • White House slams NRA ad using Obama daughters to criticize new gun laws

    01/16/2013 3:50:33 PM PST · by tobyhill · 60 replies
    yahoo ^ | 1/16/2013 | By Olivier Knox
    The White House on Wednesday blasted a web ad released by the National Rifle Association using President Barack Obama’s daughters to criticize the president on gun control as “repugnant and cowardly." The NRA released the ad Tuesday, a day before Obama announced a package of proposals aimed at curbing gun violence in the wake of a mass shooting in Newtown, Conn., last month. In strikingly personal terms, the ad calls Obama an "elitist hypocrite" for allowing Secret Service protection for daughters even as he calls for tighter gun laws. "Why is [Obama] skeptical about putting armed security in schools when...
  • FAA grounds Boeing's 787 Dreamliner jets

    01/16/2013 3:49:40 PM PST · by AnAmericanAbroad · 18 replies
    MSN News ^ | January 16, 2013 | Staff
    The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration says it is requiring airlines to temporarily stop flying Boeing's 787 Dreamliner. The Federal Aviation Administration on Wednesday ordered U.S. airlines to temporarily stop flying Boeing's 787 Dreamliner following a series of mishaps. The agency said the decision to ground Boeing 787s was prompted by a second incident involving lithium ion battery failure. Earlier Wednesday, Japan's two leading airlines grounded their fleets of Boeing 787s after one of the Dreamliner passenger jets made an emergency landing.
  • Almost there: Eliminate armed guards for the President, Vice-President, and their families...

    01/16/2013 3:46:14 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 16 replies
    Only 755 more signatures needed with 6 days to spare! It will reach 25,000 tonight. Time to start flooding The Drudge Report with tips to link to the petition. The goal is 100,000 signatures before the petition closes. If Drudge links to it, it will happen.
  • Obama Gun Proposal to Look Beyond Mass Shootings

    01/16/2013 3:44:34 PM PST · by lbryce · 9 replies
    New York times ^ | January 15, 2013 | MICHAEL COOPER, MICHAEL LUO and MICHAEL D. SHEAR
    A new federal assault weapons ban and background checks of all gun buyers, which President Obama is expected to propose on Wednesday, might have done little to prevent the massacre in Newtown, Conn., last month. The semiautomatic rifle that Adam Lanza used to shoot 20 schoolchildren and 6 adults complied with Connecticut’s assault weapons ban, the police said, and he did not buy the gun himself. But another proposal that Mr. Obama is expected to make could well have slowed Mr. Lanza’s rampage: banning high-capacity magazines, like the 30-round magazines that the police said Mr. Lanza used, which have been...
  • Petition Urging Repeal of New York's Gun Law Gets 40,000 Signatures In One Day

    01/16/2013 3:35:25 PM PST · by rustyweiss74 · 11 replies
    Yesterday we reported on only two Republican state Senators here in New York having the courage to stand up against Governor Cuomo's political gun grab legislation. One of those Senators, Kathy Marchione, had started a petition on her website in an attempt to demonstrate "strong public support for preserving our Constitutional freedoms". The support is indeed strong, with reports indicating that signatures are being placed on the petition at a clip of over 1,300 per hour. Since yesterday, the petition - found here - has received over 40,000 signatures in total. Marchione posted this on Facebook earlier this afternoon: "40,402....
  • Pelosi: More Gun Control Needed Because ‘We Took an Oath to Protect and Defend’ (WRONG)

    01/16/2013 3:21:52 PM PST · by jazusamo · 38 replies
    CNSNews ^ | January 16, 2012 | Elizabeth Harrington
    (CNSNews.com) – House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said action must be taken in the aftermath of the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School because members of Congress took an oath to “protect and defend,” although the actual oath says to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States ….” Pelosi held a House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee hearing on "Gun Violence Prevention: A Call to Action,” where she endorsed the gun control proposals President Barack Obama unveiled today. “Earlier this month, shortly after Newtown, all members of Congress took an oath to protect and defend the...
  • Lena Dunham Won’t Get Married Until Gay Marriage Is Legalized (Obama Virgin Voter Girl)

    01/16/2013 3:19:40 PM PST · by drewh · 50 replies
    Discover Inquisitr With Your Friends Explore news, videos, and much more based on what your friends are reading and watching. Publish your own activity and retain full control. To get started, first Login With FB Lena Dunham Won’t Get Married Until Gay Marriage Is Legalized Posted: January 14, 2013 Girls Looks like Lena Dunham is on her way to being a huge advocate to the LGBT community, or at least get major props for what she had to say last night at the Golden Globes. It was a huge night for the series creator, writer, actress, and executive producer of...
  • Chrysler Looks to Restart Jeep Production in China

    01/16/2013 3:08:05 PM PST · by tobyhill · 18 replies
    wall street journal ^ | 1/16/2013 | CHRISTINA ROGERS
    Chrysler Group LLC majority owner Fiat SpA F.MI -2.03% has struck a deal with Guangzhou Automobile Group 2238.HK -5.10% to restart Jeep production in China, a major step toward expanding the brand in the world's largest auto market. The Jeep was first launched in China in 1983, and although production there ended in 2009 when Chrysler filed for bankruptcy, the brand remains well recognized. Today, Jeep sells three models in China—the Grand Cherokee, Wrangler and Compass—all imported. Fiat said Tuesday it had signed a "framework agreement" to expand its partnership with Guangzhou to build more Fiat models, as well as...
  • Al Qaeda-linked group claims credit for kidnappings in Algeria

    01/16/2013 3:06:31 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 4 replies
    longwarjournal ^ | January 16, 2013 | By Thomas Joscelyn & Bill Roggio
    A notorious al Qaeda commander named Mokhtar Belmokhtar has claimed credit for the kidnapping of 41 foreign nations at an BP oil field in eastern Algeria, according to multiple press reports. A Frenchman, a Briton, and an Algeria security guard are reported to have beed killed in the initial attack. Seven Americans, five Japanese citizens, and several Europeans are said to be among those who are being held hostage. According to Reuters, BP said that armed men still occupy the "facilities at the gas field, which produces 9 billion cubic meters of gas a year (160,000 barrels of oil...
  • Manti Te'o's Dead Girlfriend Never Existed

    01/16/2013 3:05:31 PM PST · by LibertyJihad · 57 replies
    Deadspin ^ | January 16, 2013
    Notre Dame's Manti Te'o, the stories said, played this season under a terrible burden. A Mormon linebacker who led his Catholic school's football program back to glory, Te'o was whipsawed between personal tragedies along the way. In the span of six hours in September, as Sports Illustrated told it, Te'o learned first of the death of his grandmother, Annette Santiago, and then of the death of his girlfriend, Lennay Kekua. Kekua, 22 years old, had been in a serious car accident in California, and then had been diagnosed with leukemia. SI's Pete Thamel described how Te'o would phone her in...
  • Inaugural Party seeks people (Obomb--inaug tickets hawked at fire sale prices)

    01/16/2013 3:00:12 PM PST · by Liz · 43 replies
    NY POST ^ | 1/15/13 | CINDY ADAMS
    Monday’s inaug is no sellout....Some DEM party officials are skipping the whole thing. DC hotels and events are offering discounts, rebates, twofers. Benefactors Brunch is a $5,000 fire sale price. VIP access to the Inaugural Ball is listed as “an amazing deal.” General admission is $500. To squat in the Parade’s VIP section---$150.....in the everybody’s-a-peasant section, it’s possible the Oval Office is so desperate, they may pay you a few dollars to fill the embarrassing void.
  • Michigan State of the State 2013

    01/16/2013 2:59:17 PM PST · by garyb · 8 replies
    WKAR-TV ^ | 01/16/2013 | Governor Snyder
    The Michigan State of the State airs live on most Michigan public television and radio stations and many commercial stations. Web stream live at http://wkar.org Program starts at 7:00PM Archive copy will be available tomorrow (01/17) at: http://video.wkar.org
  • Nick Kristof’s Piggishness NYT columnist retweets message comparing pro-Israel group to pigs

    01/16/2013 2:55:40 PM PST · by Nachum · 3 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 1/16/13 | Adam Kredo
    New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof is facing criticism after retweeting a controversial message that referred to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee and the National Rifle Association as “the 2 most pig like lobbies” in America. Longtime Israel critic M.J. Rosenberg, who was dumped by the liberal Media Matters for America for his use of borderline anti-Semitic language, authored the controversial tweet Wednesday afternoon. It called to mind recently unearthed statements by Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi that referred to Jews as “pigs.” “OBAMA told the 2 most pig like lobbies, AIPAC & NRA, to drop dead in same month....
  • Mark Levin Show,M-F,6PM-9PM,EST,WABC AM,January 16,2013

    01/16/2013 2:53:26 PM PST · by Biggirl · 55 replies
    Mark Levin Show ^ | January 16,2013 | Mark Levin
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