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  • Algeria reportedly completes hostages rescue, after 2 Americans escape

    01/17/2013 2:42:02 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 12 replies
    Foxnews ^ | January 17, 2013
    Two Americans escaped unharmed Thursday from a hostage standoff with an Al Qaeda-linked group as Algeria's state news agency reports special forces have completed a rescue operation to free the remaining foreign hostages, but casualties have been reported. Algerian state television said that four captives, two Britons and two Filipinos have died. But the militants said at least 35 hostages had died in the state's rescue attempt. There was no way to independently verify the toll in the remote location, 800 miles from Algiers. The two Americans who managed to escape the Ain Amenas gas plant where they were being...
  • Redlined Carney: White House can't rule out chemical weapons use in Syria

    01/17/2013 2:33:54 PM PST · by Nachum · 12 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 1/17/13 | Adam Kredo
    The White House on Thursday again evaded direct questions about whether chemical weapons have been deployed in Syria. White House press secretary Jay Carney would not deny definitively that chemical weapons were used in the city of Homs, despite claims made in a recent classified State Department cable that such weapons had been used. Carney referred to the information in the cable as “anecdotal” and said that the State Department could not independently corroborate the information in the cable, which originated from a third-party source on the ground in Syria.
  • Fox News signs Karl Rove for 4 more years

    01/17/2013 2:25:06 PM PST · by elephant · 49 replies
    Yahoo news/Associated Press ^ | 1/17/2012 | Associated Press
    Karl Rove enlivened Fox News Channel's election coverage last year by questioning the network's declaration that Barack Obama had been re-elected. It hasn't affected Fox's desire to keep him on the air. The network announced Thursday that it had signed Rove to a new contract as a contributor. The deal runs through the 2016 election.
  • Police spies court case suggests sexual relations with activists were routine

    01/17/2013 2:18:58 PM PST · by posterchild · 13 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Thur Jan 17, 2013 | Paul Lewis and Rob Evens
    Hundreds of political activists were bedding down in a field near the Drax power station in North Yorkshire. It was August 2006 and eco-activists had erected tents beside the UK's single biggest carbon emitter. As night fell on the inaugural Climate Camp protest the campaigners near the coal-fired station had no idea that their camp had been infiltrated by three undercover police officers. Mark Kennedy, now the most famous of police spies, and, it now seems, a woman constable known as Lynn Watson – were that night inside tents sleeping with activists. The third, an officer using the alias Mark...
  • GOP pollster: Stop talking about rape

    01/17/2013 2:12:48 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 55 replies
    Politico ^ | 01/17/2013 | JAKE SHERMAN and JOHN BRESNAHAN |
    WILLIAMSBURG, Va. — It’s way past time: House Republicans need to stop talking about rape. That’s the message GOP lawmakers got here Wednesday evening from Kellyanne Conway, a top GOP pollster. Conway dispensed the stern advice as part of a polling presentation she made alongside fellow GOP pollsters David Winston — an adviser to House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) — and Dave Sackett. The comment was described by several sources in the room. Conway said rape is a “four-letter word,” and Republicans simply need to stop talking about it in their races for office. Several GOP candidates got themselves in...
  • Ex-Police Commissioner’s son surrenders in house-stealing scheme

    01/17/2013 1:39:23 PM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 6 replies
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | 01/17/2013 | Sam Wood
    The son of former Philadelphia Police Commissioner Sylvester M. Johnson surrendered to authorities today a week after being charged in a house-stealing scheme. Steven Johnson, 49, a former SEPTA police lieutenant, was arrested at the District Attorney's office this morning and charged with criminal conspiracy, theft by unlawful taking, theft by deception, forgery, tampering with records and related counts. A three-year investigation uncovered 22 cases of forged deeds recorded with the city that were used to transfer uninhabited properties. The properties often were sold to innocent purchasers without the knowledge of the lawful owners, said a spokeswoman for the District...
  • Panetta: People Don’t ‘Need’ Assault Rifles

    01/17/2013 1:34:01 PM PST · by Sir Napsalot · 87 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 1-17-2013 | Rick Moran
    Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told troops at a military base in Italy that only soldiers needed assault weapons. From Reuters: Asked by a soldier what President Barack Obama would do to protect school children from gun violence without infringing Americans’ right to own guns, Panetta said action was needed after the attack on a Connecticut school in December in which a gunman killed 20 children and six adults. He told members of the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team at Vicenza that there were areas where steps could be taken, “I mean who the hell needs armor-piercing bullets except you guys...
  • Obama Recess Appointment Ruling Coming Soon

    01/17/2013 1:30:43 PM PST · by jazusamo · 17 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | January 17, 2013 | Bill McMorris
    Labor insiders expect a federal appeals court to rule in the near future on a landmark case challenging President Barack Obama’s controversial recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board. The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral arguments in December in Noel Canning v. NLRB. At issue is the legitimacy of three NLRB board members appointed by Obama while the Senate remained in pro-forma session in an attempt to block the president from making a recess appointments. Insiders expect the court to expedite the proceedings. “Given the importance of this case, the decision should come out in the next...
  • Biden on guns: 'We're going to go around the country.'

    01/17/2013 1:25:18 PM PST · by ColdOne · 57 replies
    politico ^ | 1/17/13 | REID J. EPSTEIN
    but Biden’s remarks at the Capitol Hilton mark the first declaration that the White House plans to barnstorm to build support for its gun proposals. “We’re going to take this fight to the halls of Congress, Biden said. “We’re going to take it beyond that. We’re going to take it to the American people. We’re going to go around the country making our case and we’re going to let the voices, the voices of the American people be
  • Obama gun order triples Cabinet agencies required to track guns

    01/17/2013 1:02:36 PM PST · by TLI · 45 replies
    washingtonexaminer.com ^ | January 16, 2013 | Paul Bedard
    President Obama is tripling the number of Cabinet agencies with gun control law enforcement responsibilities in his new bid to track guns, adding six agencies to the three typically included--Justice, Homeland Security and Defense. Section 1.e of his executive order released Wednesday adds State, Treasury, Interior, Agriculture, Energy, and Veterans Affairs. It reads: "For purposes of this memorandum, 'Federal law enforcement agencies' means the Departments of State, the Treasury, Defense, Justice, the Interior, Agriculture, Energy, Veterans Affairs, and Homeland Security, and such other agencies and offices that regularly recover firearms in the course of their criminal investigations as the President...
  • Scarborough Warns: GOP ‘Better Tread Lightly,’ Obama Gun Proposals Enjoy ‘Overwhelming Support’

    01/17/2013 12:49:03 PM PST · by ColdOne · 59 replies
    mediate.com ^ | 1/17/13 | Andrew Kirell
    After reviewing President Obama‘s 23 “executive actions” signed into law yesterday, Joe Scarborough said Thursday morning that his Republican Party had better proceed with caution, seeing as how he believes the policy proposals have the “overwhelming” support of the American people. The president’s plan included universal background checks on gun purchases, which Scarborough said has the support of at least “85% of Americans.” The president’s call for a
  • U.S. Embassy in Algeria Posts ... 'Rubik’s Cubes Portrait of Martin Luther King Jr.'

    01/17/2013 12:44:06 PM PST · by ColdOne · 2 replies
    weeklystandard.com ^ | 1/17/13 | DANIEL HALPER
    With Americans being held hostage in Algeria, the U.S. embassy in that country is posting Facebook photos of ... "Rubik’s Cubes Portrait of Martin Luther King Jr." Here's a screen grab:
  • How Gun Culture Won Over Liberals

    01/17/2013 11:55:53 AM PST · by lbryce · 17 replies
    BuzzFeed ^ | January 17, 2013 | McKay Coppins, CJ Lotz
    On a Sunday morning a couple years ago, Brooklyn journalist Foster Kamer and a few of his "particularly liberal" blogger friends decided to skip brunch and hit the shooting range instead. "We said, hey, let's do something ridiculous," he recalled. "Let's go shoot guns." They chose the nearest site they found, a range that operated out of a basement in midtown Manhattan. "The first thing that happened when we got there was we heard some guy hammering away at a target with what sounded like a cannon. It was just in such tight quarters. It kind of freaked us out."...
  • The U.S. Constitution: 'A Mere Thing of Wax'

    01/17/2013 11:54:37 AM PST · by morethanright · 11 replies
    Tea Party Tribune ^ | 2013-01-17 12:28:27 | mrcurmudgeon
     "The Congress, whenever two thirds of both Houses shall deem it necessary, shall propose Amendments to this Constitution, or, on the Application of the Legislatures of two thirds of the several States, shall call a Convention for proposing Amendments, which, in either Case, shall be valid to all Intents and Purposes, as Part of this Constitution ..."~Article V, United States Constitution.By Mr. Curmudgeon:The cry uttered by many a small-government advocate is, "Take our country back!" And so, they work tirelessly to elect small-government representatives to Congress. The assumption, especially among members of the Tea Party, is that these representatives can...
  • Risk Management Advice to Physicians and their Insurers: Don’t Borrow Trouble

    01/17/2013 11:23:11 AM PST · by Stanwood_Dave · 8 replies
    2000 | Joe Horn
    Since retiring and leaving Law Enforcement, I have been active in Risk Management consulting, a field that has grown rapidly throughout every industry over the past 20 years. Some of the companies I have consulted to for risk management include IBM, Gates Lear jet, National Semiconductor, and Pinkerton International Protection Services.
  • W.H. 'seeking clarity' in Algeria, Al Qaeda role unconfirmed

    01/17/2013 11:20:52 AM PST · by ColdOne · 40 replies
    politico ^ | 1/17/13 | JENNIFER EPSTEIN
    The U.S. hasn't confirmed an Al Qaeda-affliliated group's claim that it perpetrated the attack. "We certainly heard reports of people taking responsibility, making claims of responsibility for this terrorist attacks but we have not been able to thus far confirm those claims," Carney said. SNIP Carney said. "I wouldn't want to say anything that turned out not to be true."
  • Obama's school advertizing to fill armed guard positions.

    01/17/2013 11:16:19 AM PST · by Another Kansan · 12 replies
    Sidwell Friends School ^ | August 10, 2012 | Sidwell Friends School
    White House Press Secretary Jay Carney says the NRA's ad is "repugnant and cowardly." Setting aside the irony of a Quaker school with armed guards, do you suppose Jay thinks it is "repugnant and cowardly" for Sidwell Friends School to be advertizing to fill a vacancy for armed guards? Armed guards are a routine part of exclusive high dollar private schools in big cities like Washington. And the elite demand nothing less. But don't you dare protect your kids! For those outside the beltway, Sidwell Freinds is fameously where the Clintons sent, and Obamas send, their children to school. Tuition...
  • Alaska Bill exempts state from Federal firearms bans, criminalizes attempts at enforcement

    01/17/2013 10:45:32 AM PST · by SENTINEL · 45 replies
    http://legiscan.com/AK/text/HB69 ^ | 16 Jan 13 | Justin Giles
    HOUSE BILL NO. 69 IN THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA TWENTY-EIGHTH LEGISLATURE - FIRST SESSION BY REPRESENTATIVES CHENAULT, Millett, Johnson, Tammie Wilson Introduced: 1/16/13 Referred: A BILL FOR AN ACT ENTITLED 1 "An Act exempting certain firearms and firearm accessories in this state from federal 2 regulation; providing criminal penalties for federal officials who enforce or attempt to 3 enforce a federal law, regulation, rule, or order regulating certain firearms and firearm 4 accessories in this state; and providing for an effective date." 5 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA: 6 * Section...
  • Journal News map-listed guns, permits stolen from New City home, cops say

    01/17/2013 11:11:22 AM PST · by bryan999 · 21 replies
    Two handguns and two pistol permits were stolen from the New City home of a man whose name and address are listed on the website of a local newspaper as possessing gun permits, police said. The thieves ransacked the house Wednesday night, breaking into two safes on the home's third floor and stealing a third safe. The guns were in the stolen safe, police said. Clarkstown police said they had no evidence the burglary was connected to the controversial map.
  • Courts cast skeptical eye on Obamacare contraception mandate

    01/17/2013 11:06:58 AM PST · by jazusamo · 6 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 17, 2013 | Tom Howell Jr.
    President Obama’s mandate that most private companies provide health insurance plans that include free contraceptives has met with considerable headwinds in the legal system, where nine of the 14 federal courts to rule so far have sided with employers who say the mandate violates their beliefs and infringes on their religious liberties. While the broad scope of the president’s health law survived Supreme Court scrutiny last year, the challenges to the contraception mandate remain a major legal hurdle for the Obama administration, and the deep skepticism shown by a number of judges makes it likely the high court will be...