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  • Obama intends to go over heads of Congress in gun-control fight

    01/18/2013 2:31:46 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 21 replies
    LA TIMES ^ | 1/16/13 | Paul West
    A somber President Obama, launching a public campaign Wednesday for a package of gun-control measures that is likely to face very tough opposition in Congress, signaled that he was prepared to go over the heads of lawmakers to push for his proposals... Obama’s proposal includes a requirement for universal background checks for all firearms purchases. “This is common sense, and an overwhelming majority of Americans agree with us,” the president said, citing a survey that he said indicated that 70 percent of National Rifle Assn. members support such a move. The NRA has repeatedly blocked past efforts to require universal...
  • Chicago Alderman Sandi Jackson (Jesse Jr. 's wife) says she will dictate who replaces her

    01/18/2013 1:49:58 AM PST · by VideoPaul · 10 replies
    The Chicago Sun-Times ^ | 1/18/2013 | Mary Mitchell
    Although Mayor Rahm Emanuel has promised that his first aldermanic appointment would be based on a transparent community process, Jackson all but declared her chief of staff, Keiana Barrett, as her successor.
  • Tea Party Sends Message to Governor Palin; Update: Post Receives 100,000 Likes and Growing

    01/17/2013 11:55:31 PM PST · by Bratch · 58 replies
    Conservatives4Palin ^ | January 17 2013 | Steve Flesher
    Via Facebook, the Tea Party Sent the Following Message to Governor Palin: Dear Sarah:We’ve missed you. We know you spend a lot of time with your family now and are on Fox News a lot, but we think it is time for “Momma Grizzly” to make an appearance again. Who better than you who grew up with all kinds of firearms to get involved again and lead a movement to protect the 2nd Amendment. Since many republicans in Congress are too weak-kneed to stand up to a tyrannical Constitution breaking President, maybe it’s high time for you to come...
  • West Point center cites dangers of ‘far right’ in U.S. (West Point infiltrated by far left)

    01/17/2013 11:49:52 PM PST · by CaptainKrunch · 39 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 17, 2013 | Rowan Scarborough
    A West Point think tank has issued a paper warning America about “far right” groups such as the “anti-federalist” movement, which supports “civil activism, individual freedoms and self-government.”The report issued this week by the Combating Terrorism Center at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., is titled “Challengers from the Sidelines: Understanding America’s Violent Far-Right.”The center — part of the institution where men and women are molded into Army officers — posted the report Tuesday. It lumps limited government activists with three movements it identifies as “a racist/white supremacy movement, an anti-federalist movement and a fundamentalist movement.”The West Point...
  • US minesweeper runs aground in Philippines

    01/17/2013 11:35:25 PM PST · by JerseyanExile · 23 replies
    AFP ^ | January 17, 2013
    A US Navy minesweeper has run aground in a protected marine sanctuary in the Philippines, the US embassy in Manila said Thursday. The USS Guardian ran aground on the Tubattaha Reef on Wednesday night "during normal transit", it said. The extent of the damage to the ship and the cause of the accident was still not known, it added. "The government of the Philippines was promptly informed of the incident and offered to assist the US Navy," it said. The US Navy said on its website that the 224-foot (68-metre) vessel is based in Sasebo, southern Japan but it was...
  • Model plane hobbyists know the risks of lithium-ion batteries

    01/17/2013 10:52:34 PM PST · by Seizethecarp · 23 replies
    Washington Post ^ | January 17, 2013 | Craig Timberg
    A scale model of a Reaper drone rumbled down the runway and lifted into the gray Canadian sky, powered by a plastic propeller and a lithium-ion battery. When the tiny plane crashed back to earth a few seconds later, white smoke began rising from the wreckage. “Why is it on fire?” one of the hobbyists asked the other, moments before bright orange flames began shooting from the crash site. The weary reply, captured on video, was: “Battery.” Small, potent lithium-ion power packs have transformed the world of radio-controlled model aircraft, much as they have allowed smartphones to get thinner, power...
  • Sex slave aged 11 'branded with initial of her abuser': Child trafficker 'used a heated hair pin

    01/17/2013 10:48:46 PM PST · by george76 · 33 replies
    the Daily Mail ^ | 17 January 2013 | Arthur Martin
    A girl of 11 was sold to a child trafficker who branded her with his initial, a court heard yesterday. Mohammed Karrar, 38, also loaned her to abusers around the country for £600 an hour, it was alleged. Over five years she was repeatedly raped by large groups of men in what she described as ‘torture sex’, the jury was told. Seven men of Pakistani origin and two from North Africa are accused of 79 offences against six vulnerable white British girls. The charges include child rape, sexual trafficking and child prostitution. Noel Lucas QC, prosecuting, said Karrar – known...
  • Biden: Gun Control 'Is About Civility in Society'"This is about the coarsening of our culture."

    01/17/2013 10:18:54 PM PST · by Nachum · 41 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 1/17/13 | DANIEL HALPER
    Joe Biden explained President Barack Obama's gun control measures by saying that "It is about civility in society," according to the Huffington Post. "This is about the coarsening of our culture." Biden, who delivered remarks to a group of American mayors, joked, "As one hunter told me, if you got 12 rounds, it means you already missed the deer 11 times. ... You should pack the sucker in. You don't deserve a gun, period, if you're that bad." Biden said he's ready to fight for the gun control measures. "We, you, the citizens can change the nation," he said, according...
  • Seeking To Harness Obama's Campaign Resources For A Second Term [Obama Campaign Legacy!]

    01/17/2013 10:14:58 PM PST · by Steelfish · 2 replies
    LATimes ^ | January 17, 2013 | Matea Gold
    Seeking To Harness Obama's Campaign Resources For A Second Term An ambitious new political organization is being built out of the machine that propelled him back into office, with the hope of supporting his policy objectives. By Matea Gold January 17, 2013 WASHINGTON — As he launches his second term, President Obama may get help from an ambitious new political organization being built out of his reelection campaign, a group that could reshape how future presidents harness supporters to press their White House agendas. Run by former Obama campaign officials, the advocacy group will seek to leverage the campaign's sophisticated...
  • Biden to NRA: We 'don’t have the time' to prosecute people who lie on background checks

    01/17/2013 10:05:22 PM PST · by Nachum · 39 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 1/18/13 | Caroline May
    During the National Rifle Association’s meeting with Vice President Joe Biden and the White House gun violence task force, the vice president said that the administration did not have the time to prosecute existing gun laws. Jim Baker, the NRA representative present at the meeting, recalled the vice president’s words to The Daily Caller: “And to your point, Mr. Baker, regarding the lack of prosecutions on lying on Form 4473s, we simply don’t have the time or manpower to prosecute everybody who lies on a form, that checks a wrong box, that answers a question inaccurately.” Submitting false information on...
  • At Least 100 Killed in New Syria Massacre

    01/17/2013 10:01:08 PM PST · by Nachum · 3 replies
    inn ^ | 1/17/13 | Elad Benari
    More than 100 civilians have been killed in a new “massacre” in Syria, a watchdog said Thursday, according to AFP. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the deaths came on Tuesday, when the army swept through farmlands north of Homs city, where it said around 1,000 people had sought refuge from fighting in the central Syria metropolis. “The Syrian regime carried out a new massacre on Tuesday claiming 106 victims, including women and children,” the Britain-based watchdog, which relies on a network of activists and medics on the ground, told AFP. Witnesses said several members of the same family...
  • Statistics Show Jewish Birthrate Up, Muslim Birthrate Down in Israel

    01/17/2013 9:30:20 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 5 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | 14 January 2013
    Jewish women in Israel are having more children, while Muslim women are having less, a new report issued by Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics has revealed. According to the report, Jewish women give birth on average to 3 children, up from 2.53 in 1995. Muslim women give birth to 3.51 children on average, down considerably from last decade, when the number reached 4.74. Druze women have seen a considerable decrease in fertility rate, though the time period included in the report was much more significant. In 1965 Druze women were having on average 7.61 children. In 2012 that number was...
  • Do You Want To Scare A Baby Boomer?

    01/17/2013 9:02:32 PM PST · by blam · 168 replies
    TEC ^ | 1-17-2013 | Michael Snyder
    Do You Want To Scare A Baby Boomer? By Michael Snyder January 17th, 2013 If you want to frighten Baby Boomers, just show them the list of statistics in this article. The United States is headed for a retirement crisis of unprecedented magnitude, and we are woefully unprepared for it. At this point, more than 10,000 Baby Boomers are reaching the age of 65 every single day, and this will continue to happen for almost the next 20 years. The number of senior citizens in America is projected to more than double during the first half of this century, and...
  • L.A. Mayor Villaraigosa: Keep ‘Non-Serious Criminal’ Aliens in U.S. to Make Us ‘Safer’

    01/17/2013 8:42:58 PM PST · by montag813 · 14 replies
    Stand With Arizona ^ | 01-18-2013 | John Hill
    by John HillStand With Arizona No, this is not an episode of the Twilight Zone, nor an escaped mental patient ranting on camera before being taken away in a straight jacket. This is the sitting mayor of America's 2nd largest city, and a predicted Democrat Presidential candidate for 2016. But that doesn't make it any less crazy. Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa yesterday urged this much at a National Press Club appearance by supporters of illegal alien amnesty: "It is time to put an end to the practice of deporting non-serious criminals," said Villaraigosa. "Our neighborhoods will be safer and our...
  • Burglars steal two guns from home featured on weapons permit map published by newspaper, just

    01/17/2013 8:36:21 PM PST · by Nachum · 25 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 1/17/13 | staff
    Thieves ransacked a house that features on the gun map published by the Journal News, just days after another home on the list was also targeted. Burglars broke into the house in New City, New York, on Wednesday and pried open two safes, before leaving with another one. The criminals escaped with two handguns, two pistol permits, cash, savings bonds and jewelry. The firearms were in the stolen safe. Burglars also broke into a house in White Plains, New York, on Saturday and headed straight for the gun safe.
  • Oh, by the way: New York forgot to exempt cops from its new ban on high-capacity magazines (Ooops)

    01/17/2013 8:15:18 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/17/2013 | AllahPundit
    Via Mark Levin, here's what happens when Doing Something is more important than knowing what you're doing. You've got a governor here who's facing reelection in 2014 and may well end up being the national frontrunner for his party's nomination in 2016 if Hillary doesn't run. He's feeling political pressure not just from above, in the form of a president who's vowed to drum up Do Something fever among Democrats nationally, but from below in the form of a rich, high-profile nanny-state mayor for whom this is a pet issue. One of his top national rivals is also scrambling to...
  • (Blame Canada!) Canadians Produce More Garbage Than Anyone Else

    01/17/2013 8:13:14 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 23 replies
    CBC News ^ | Jan 17, 2013 | CBC News
    Canadians produce more garbage than anyone else Conference Board calls Canada an 'environmental laggard' Canadians use far too much energy and water, and they produce more garbage per capita than any other country on earth, a report from an influential think-tank says. The Conference Board of Canada gave Canada a C grade on Thursday and ranked it in 15th place among 17 developed nations studied across a host of environmental-efficiency metrics. "Our large land mass, cold climate and resource-intensive economy make us less likely to rank highly on some indicators of environmental sustainability, but many of our poor results are...
  • American still missing after Algeria raids gas plant to rescue hostages from terrorists

    01/17/2013 8:12:56 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 9 replies
    Foxnews ^ | January 17, 2013
    An American from Texas remains missing after an Algerian military raid on an Al Qaeda-linked group reportedly ended a hostage standoff at a remote gas plant in the Saharan Desert. Two Americans escaped unharmed Thursday from the hostage standoff, a senior U.S. defense officials told Fox News, and five other Americans who had been at the vast Ain Amenas complex were able to avoid being taken captive when the terrorists first attacked early Wednesday. The Associated Press reports at least six people, and perhaps many more, were killed -- Britons, Filipinos and Algerians -- in the Algerians special forces' rescue...
  • Boycott the Televised Illegal Inauguration of Obama

    01/17/2013 7:57:30 PM PST · by Sioux-san · 23 replies
    The Manning Report ^ | 12/10/2012 | David Manning
    Boycott the televised illegal Inauguration of Barack Hussein (The Long Legged Mack Daddy) Obama. Recorded on 10 December 2012. This is a the video of Pastor Manning imploring all of us to not watch the inauguration of the PINO, Usurper in Chief. He lays it all out very well, and calls out Fox -- don't watch them either. Secret, oops, I mean Private swearing in is on Sunday, Jan.20th. The peasants get another show on Monday, Jan.21 - Let the Boycott of all things Obama start this Sunday.
  • Guns, abortion, and tyrants

    01/17/2013 7:57:18 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 2 replies
    World Magazine ^ | 1-16-13 | La Shawn Barber
    Guns and abortion. One is an enumerated, constitutional right, and the other is not. The Second Amendment guarantees the right of the people of the United States to keep and bear arms. It’s not a government-given right; it’s a natural right—the right to defend yourself, your family, and your freedom. In rare circumstances, abortion might be necessary to preserve the mother’s life. But there is no right to kill unborn babies in the U.S. Constitution. But 40 years ago next week the U.S. Supreme Court contended that abortion is an implied “right of privacy,” one that previously had lain hidden...
  • West Point center cites dangers of ‘far right’ in U.S

    01/17/2013 7:44:48 PM PST · by Jahoohio · 51 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Thursday, January 17, 2013 | Rowan Scarborough
    A West Point think tank has issued a paper warning America about “far right” groups such as the “anti-federalist” movement, which supports “civil activism, individual freedoms and self-government.” The report issued this week by the Combating Terrorism Center at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., is titled “Challengers from the Sidelines: Understanding America’s Violent Far-Right.” The center — part of the institution where men and women are molded into Army officers — posted the report Tuesday. It lumps limited government activists with three movements it identifies as “a racist/white supremacy movement, an anti-federalist movement and a fundamentalist movement.”...
  • Chomsky and the Terror Masters

    01/17/2013 7:34:38 PM PST · by Nachum · 3 replies
    algemeiner.com ^ | 1/17/13 | Paul Bogdanor
    As a defamer of his fellow Jews, Noam Chomsky is in a class of his own. “Hitler’s conceptions,” he once wrote, “have struck a responsive chord in current Zionist commentary.” Israel, he added, is guilty of planning a “final solution” for humanity, an apocalypse from which “few will escape.” The world-famous MIT professor and far-left intellectual guru has described the PLO as “heroic,” while vilifying America’s Jewish community as “deeply totalitarian.” He has collaborated with Holocaust deniers, allowing them to publish and distribute his books, and he gave his endorsement to an antisemitic author (the late Israel Shahak) who alleged...
  • Direct deposit to replace U.S. checks

    01/17/2013 7:22:00 PM PST · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 40 replies
    Kiplinger Report ^ | 29 April 2011
    Paper checks will be abolished for all federal benefits, including Social Security, eventually, but people who currently receive checks will have some extra time to adjust to the new rules. Individuals who apply for Social Security, Veterans Affairs or other federal benefits on or after May 1, 2011, will have to select an electronic payment method -- either a debit card that will be reloaded each month or direct deposit to a bank account. The direct deposit option, which is safer than a check and involves no fees, is the best option for most people. But current beneficiaries who receive...
  • Curtis Bostic for Congress.

    01/17/2013 7:16:11 PM PST · by Big Steve · 2 replies
    YouTube ^ | January 17, 2013
    My fellow Freepers, I want you to take a look at the man who will be seeking the 1st Congressional Seat in South Carolina. His name is Curtis Bostic, a former Marine and now an attorney. He will be seeking the seat vacated by Tim Scott, who was appointed to fill the US Senate seat of Jim DeMint. This is a good man, and a solid conservative. This man used to be my neighbor 20 years ago before attending law school. This is a wide open race, and it includes former Congressman and Governor Mark Sanford, and Teddy Turner, son...
  • Agreeing with "Anonymous"?

    01/17/2013 7:08:53 PM PST · by rktman · 21 replies
    PJ Tatler ^ | 1/17/13 | Bridget Johnson
    The international hacktivist group Anonymous today warned of “insurrection in America” as the government controls and twists the narrative on gun-related incidents.
  • Can Vt. afford health insurance for undocumented immigrants?

    01/17/2013 6:57:05 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 11 replies
    WCAX-TV 3 CBS ^ | Jan 17, 2013 | Kyle Midura
    MONTPELIER, Vt. - Vermont officials overseeing the state's transition to a single-payer health care system say providing health insurance to undocumented immigrants would not likely cost taxpayers much money. Lawmakers asked the Green Mountain Care Board to examine the costs of coverage for people who are here illegally. But officials say it's difficult to nail down a price tag because there are no firm numbers of how many undocumented people live in Vermont. It's estimated to be between 1,500 and 3,000. "But we did learn, I think, enough kind of useful facts about the demographics of the population and some...
  • Homeland Security Releases Binder Detailing Internet Monitoring

    01/17/2013 6:51:34 PM PST · by libstripper · 49 replies
    Townhall ^ | Jan. 1u, 2013 | Katie Pavlich
    The Department of Homeland Security has released their 2011 "Analysts Desktop Binder," detailing how the department has been monitoring activity on the internet and social networks. The binder includes an extensive list of key words and search terms carefully watched by analysts in multiple agencies including the Directorate for National Protection and Programs, Directorate for Science and Technology, Office of Health Affairs, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and others. Many monitored search terms are basic and used on a regular basis by every day American citizens and journalists. DHS is capable of identifying personal...
  • Matthews: Pro-Gun Conservatives Are Segregationists

    01/17/2013 6:46:10 PM PST · by chessplayer · 39 replies
    Perhaps, it would be easier to ask Chris Matthews what isn't like being an old segregationist? Two weeks ago, the Hardball host compared anti-tax conservatives to "being the most segregationist guy in the south." On Thursday, Matthews suggested it was pro-Second Amendment conservatives who fit the description.
  • No one Protecting American masses against ‘The Revenge of Obama’

    01/17/2013 6:29:18 PM PST · by Sioux-san · 15 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 1/17/2013 | Judi McLeod
    ....Rapidly accelerating a process that began during his campaign, Obama since November has confidently picked fights with Republicans—and challenged the most conservative members of his own party—on a broad range of foreign-policy and domestic social issues. Besides gun control these include immigration, the pace of withdrawal from Afghanistan and the nomination of Republican senator Chuck Hagel as Defense secretary, a red flag for the GOP’s neo-conservative wing.” “Picking fights with Republicans”, “challenging the most conservative members of his own party” is not Barack Hussein Obama at his worst. It’s how his unchecked policies are dismantling the USA that is the...
  • Lance Armstrong Confession Interview *Live Thread

    01/17/2013 6:23:58 PM PST · by Vision · 104 replies
    1/17/13 | Vision
    Lance Armstrong's confession interview is on the Oprah channel now... He's trying to be honest but is still lying. He's already said he didn't do a lot of EPO and that is simply ridiculous.
  • Obama dropping original ATF nominee from Denver (Andrew Traver)

    01/17/2013 6:15:25 PM PST · by Red Steel · 2 replies
    koaa ^ | Jan 17, 2013 1:53 PM | Juice Godfrey
    DENVER (AP) - President Barack Obama is dropping his original nominee to head the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. In announcing his gun control proposals on Wednesday, Obama said he intends to nominate the U.S. Attorney for Minnesota, Todd Jones, to lead the ATF. The agency hasn't had a permanent director since 2006.
  • Russian court turns down Pussy Riot appeal

    01/17/2013 6:09:28 PM PST · by Navy Patriot · 17 replies
    San Mateo Daily Journal ^ | January 17, 2012 | AP
    BEREZNIKI, Russia — A Russian court on Wednesday turned down an attempt by an imprisoned Pussy Riot band member to defer serving her sentence for hooliganism until her preschool son becomes a teenager. Maria Alekhina asked the court in Berezniki, a Urals Mountain city near her prison, to let her serve the rest of her two-year sentence after her 5-year-old son turns 14. She argued that separation from her young child now would do irreparable psychological damage to him. Alekhina and two other female members of the punk band were convicted last year of hooliganism motivated by religious hatred for...
  • THE SAVAGE NATION!!!!!!1-17-13

    01/17/2013 6:01:56 PM PST · by dynachrome · 14 replies
    www.michaelsavage.wnd.com ^ | 1-17-13 | Dr. Michael Savage
  • Cruz: Obama 'High on His Own Power'

    01/17/2013 5:57:24 PM PST · by RoosterRedux · 25 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 1/17/2013 | MICHAEL WARREN
    Republican senator Ted Cruz of Texas said Thursday that Barack Obama is "high on his own power" with regard to the president's announced efforts on gun control. Speaking on Laura Ingraham's radio talk show, Cruz, who was just elected to the Senate last November, said "this is a president who has drunk the Kool-Aid." "He is feeling right now high on his own power, and he is pushing on every front, on guns," Cruz said. "And I think it's really sad to see the president of the United States exploiting the murder of children and using it to push his...
  • Reverend Jesse Jackson claims assault weapons can “shoot down airplanes”

    01/17/2013 5:57:07 PM PST · by Red Steel · 60 replies
    Red Alert Politics ^ | /// January 17, 2013 | Erin Brown
    “Bang! Bang! Bang!” Hear that? It’s the sound of an assault weapon in the hands of a rogue individual, taking down an airplane flying overhead. At least, that’s what the Reverend Jesse Jackson thinks assault weapons can do. The Reverend’s misinformed assertion that assault weapons are capable of shooting down airplanes came during a Fox News appearance yesterday. “These semi-automatic weapons, these assault weapons, can only kill people, and in fact, they are threats to national security … the young man who did the killing in Aurora, Colorado … he could shoot down airplanes, so this is a matter of...
  • Additions to be made to gun laws for law enforcement

    01/17/2013 5:57:02 PM PST · by PilotDave · 18 replies
    WABC ^ | 17 jan 2013 | Jim Hoffer
    A troubling oversight has been found within New York State's sweeping new gun laws. The ban on having high-capacity magazines, as it's written, would also include law enforcement officers. Magazines with more than seven rounds will be illegal under the new law when that part takes effect in March. As the statute is currently written, it does not exempt law enforcement officers.
  • 'There is no plan': Looming defense cuts already have contractors shedding jobs

    01/17/2013 5:50:42 PM PST · by RoosterRedux · 2 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 1/17/2013
    With a March 1 deadline looming for Congress to once again strike a deal in order to avoid $1.2 trillion in automatic spending cuts -- including $500 billion at the Pentagon -- some companies that rely on the defense industry are already bracing for the worst by canceling contracts and laying off workers. Kathleen Volandt, president of Auroros, Inc., told Fox News that the constant uncertainty in Washington reduced her total revenues by 56 percent last year. A disabled veteran who employs three full-time staffers and 31 contractors at her Raleigh, N.C.-based information technology company, Volandt said each passing deadline...
  • Gregoire on short list for Interior secretary

    01/17/2013 5:47:07 PM PST · by Baynative · 33 replies
    PDN ^ | 1/18/13 | AP
    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, who oversaw a moratorium on offshore drilling after the BP oil spill and promoted alternative energy sources, announced he will step down in March — and on the short list as a possible replacement is outgoing Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire.
  • Financially Unstable GAO Report highlights skyrocketing costs of entitlements, Obamacare’s

    01/17/2013 5:37:13 PM PST · by Nachum · 11 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 1/17/13 | Andrew Evans
    The Government Accountability Office (GAO)’s annual audit of the government, released Thursday, raises serious concerns about the federal government’s long-term financial stability and the effectiveness of the Affordable Care Act’s cost-curbing measures. The report found “that—absent policy changes—the federal government continues to face an unsustainable fiscal path.” The GAO, which is an “independent, nonpartisan” government agency, released its annual report as Congress braces for a fight with President Barack Obama over the debt ceiling. Republicans are calling for spending cuts in exchange for raising the debt ceiling. The president has vowed not to negotiate with Congress. The report notes that...
  • Republicans should execute 'Maneuver X'

    01/17/2013 5:33:54 PM PST · by upchuck · 11 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | Wednesday, January 16, 2013 | Phillip Klien
    ... Over the past two years, Republicans have ... viewed every potential crisis -- a possible government shutdown, the threat of a debt ceiling breach and the prospect of the nation sailing over the "fiscal cliff" -- as an opportunity to corner Obama into agreeing to tackle the nation's mounting debt problem. This strategy has created a dynamic in which Obama has successfully portrayed Republicans as reckless, incapable of governance and willing to put the economy at risk to make a political statement. He's been able to deflect questions about his own lack of action on deficits by blaming Republican...
  • Mali conflict: French 'fighting Islamists in Diabaly'

    01/17/2013 5:33:53 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 7 replies
    BBC News ^ | 16 January 2013
    French troops have been fighting Mali's Islamist rebels in street battles in the town of Diabaly, Malian and French sources say. In the first major ground operation in the conflict, French special forces were fighting alongside Malian troops. Diabaly, 350km (220 miles) north of the capital Bamako, was captured by the rebels on Monday. France intervened in Mali last Friday to try to halt the Islamists' push southwards towards the capital. In a separate development, the chief prosecutor for the International Criminal Court opened a war crimes investigation, focusing on acts committed since January 2012 in some northern regions of...
  • ATF urges background checks in private gun sales (from the people who brought you F&F!)

    01/17/2013 5:10:12 PM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 30 replies
    The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is encouraging licensed gun dealers to help private gun sellers run federal background checks. In an open letter to the country's federally licensed gun dealers, the ATF says they can "enhance public safety and assist law enforcement" by facilitating private sales through their businesses and running federal background checks on prospective gun buyers.
  • Fast And Furious Scandal: Man Claims To Have Shot U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry

    01/17/2013 5:08:41 PM PST · by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America · 17 replies
    ABC News / Univision ^ | January 17, 2012 | JORDAN FABIAN
    A Mexican national claims to be the man who shot and killed U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, whose death is tied to the "Fast and Furious" gun-walking scandal. Gustavo Cruz-Lozano, who says he killed Terry, turned himself in on Wednesday on charges related to a separate incident: threatening to kill Hidalgo County, Texas Sheriff Lupe Treviño. But before he surrendered himself, Cruz-Lozano said in an exclusive interview with Univision News' daily news magazine show "Primer Impacto" that he murdered Terry during a firefight on Dec. 14, 2010, while the agent was on patrol near the U.S.-Mexico border in Arizona....
  • Holder Begs Court to Stop Document Release on Fast and Furious

    01/17/2013 4:59:33 PM PST · by Nachum · 26 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 1/17/13 | Matthew Boyle
    Attorney General Eric Holder and his Department of Justice have asked a federal court to indefinitely delay a lawsuit brought by watchdog group Judicial Watch. The lawsuit seeks the enforcement of open records requests relating to Operation Fast and Furious, as required by law. Judicial Watch had filed, on June 22, 2012, a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request seeking all documents relating to Operation Fast and Furious and “specifically [a]ll records subject to the claim of executive privilege invoked by President Barack Obama on or about June 20, 2012.” The administration has refused to comply with Judicial Watch’s FOIA...
  • Asia's Airlines Find Being First Comes With Risks

    01/17/2013 4:49:52 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 2 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | January 17, 2013 | JEFFREY NG
    HONG KONG—Asia's premium airlines have over the past two decades signed on as high-profile launch customers for many new commercial jetliners, such as the Airbus A380 and Boeing Co. BA +1.24% 787, aiming to raise their global profile while renewing an aging fleet. The key driver behind these moves was a push over the past two decades by the region's airlines to launch newer, more fuel-efficient aircraft amid a strengthening regional economy and a boom in demand for air travel across Asia. But the latest problems facing the 787 Dreamliner—which Japan's two main carriers were the first to fly—highlight the...
  • Biden reveals brush with gun massacre

    01/17/2013 4:46:08 PM PST · by ColdOne · 48 replies
    washington times ^ | 1/17/13 | Dave Boyer
    Mr. Biden told a U.S. Conference of Mayors meeting in Washington that it was “pure coincidence” that he was in Lancaster County, Pa., on Oct. 2, 2006, when a deranged gunman was killing students nearby at a tiny Amish school. “I happened to be literally — probably, it turned out, to be a quarter of a mile [away] at an outing when I heard gunshots in the woods,” Mr. Biden recounted. “We didn’t know. … We thought they were hunters.”
  • Will Obama's order lead to surge in gun research?(Admistration Propaganda)

    01/17/2013 4:33:08 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 12 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 1-17-13 | MARILYNN MARCHIONE
    MILWAUKEE—Nearly as many Americans die from guns as from car crashes each year. We know plenty about the second problem and far less about the first. A scarcity of research on how to prevent gun violence has left policymakers shooting in the dark as they craft gun control measures without much evidence of what works. That could change with President Barack Obama's order Wednesday to ease research restrictions pushed through long ago by the gun lobby. The White House declared that a 1996 law banning use of money to "advocate or promote gun control" should not keep the Centers for...
  • Christie calls NRA ad ´reprehensible,´ announces violence task force

    01/17/2013 4:10:04 PM PST · by Nachum · 39 replies
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | 1/17/13 | Matt Katz
    TRENTON – Gov. Christie blasted the NRA’s new ad focusing on President Obama’s daughters – he called it “reprehensible” – but he wouldn’t given an opinion about a proposed federal assault weapons ban. Christie’s extensive comments on the issues of guns and violence came during a news conference this afternoon at the Statehouse in which Christie announced the creation of a task force to examine “violence control” measures in the wake of the shooting massacre in Sandy Hook. Led by two former state attorneys general, one Republican and one Democrat, and made up of
  • Duncan: Hard to teach kids scared of being killed

    01/17/2013 4:05:42 PM PST · by ColdOne · 6 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 1//17/13 | AP
    "By far, the toughest part of my job was going to those funerals, going to those homes and going to those classrooms," he told a conference of the nation's mayors who met with Duncan earlier in the day to discuss education.
  • Muslim Cleric 'Shocked' Terror Charges Against Him Were Dismissed

    01/17/2013 4:05:06 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 2 replies
    NBC Miami ^ | Thursday, Jan 17, 2013 | Christina Hernandez and Juan Ortega
    Izhar Khan, 26, the imam of a mosque in Margate, is a free man after U.S. District Judge Robert Scola issued a verdict of acquittalHours after a federal judge dismissed terrorism support and conspiracy charges against him, a young Muslim cleric on Thursday said he hopes his father similarly is cleared of such charges. “I'm hoping he will get released soon,” said Izhar Khan, 26, an imam at a mosque in suburban Margate north of Fort Lauderdale. “Justice will be served. Only time will tell.” Thursday, U.S. District Judge Robert Scola issued a verdict of acquittal for the younger Khan,...