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  • Cancer-Stricken Chavez ‘Enters New Phase of Treatment’

    01/20/2013 5:38:56 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 46 replies
    RIA Novosti ^ | January 20, 2013 | none stated
    Venezuela’s cancer-stricken President Hugo Chavez is entering a new phase of treatment after finishing post-operative care, Venezuelan Vice President Nicolas Maduro said Sunday. -- Univision channel said on Friday Chavez was transferred from the intensive care unit to a secret underground bunker-hospital in Havana, which was designed for emergency medical assistance to Fidel Castro.
  • The First Lady on the Launch of Organizing for Action

    01/20/2013 5:31:35 PM PST · by Nachum · 25 replies
    Youtube ^ | 1/18/13 | BarackObamaDotCom
    Say you're in for the next phase of this grassroots
  • We Told You So (Obamacare is making health care less affordable)

    01/20/2013 5:25:15 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    RCM ^ | 01/20/2013 | Robert Tracinski
    As the Affordable Care Act--otherwise known as ObamaCare--begins to be implemented, we are seeing its first big consequence: it is making care less affordable. The New York Times reports that "Health insurance companies across the country are seeking and winning double-digit increases in premiums for some customers, even though one of the biggest objectives of the Obama administration's health care law was to stem the rapid rise in insurance costs for consumers." "Even though"? In fact, Obamacare is simply doing what a lot of people predicted it would. Critics of ObamaCare warned that it would produce precisely the kind of...
  • Bill Clinton on Rural Culture: 'All They’ve Got Is Their Hunting and Their Fishing'

    01/20/2013 5:12:26 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 84 replies
    Bill Clinton on Rural Culture: 'All They’ve Got Is Their Hunting and Their Fishing' By Tom Blumer Created 01/20/2013 - 3:50pm It's hardly news to those who have followed Bill Clinton for the past two decades, and it's probably even more of the same-old, same-old for those who had to endure having him as governor during the 1980s in Arkansas. Nonetheless, something Mr. Clinton said in a speech at "a joint meeting of the Obama National Finance Committee and a group of business leaders," which was captured without even being deemed possibly offensive by Byron Tau at the Politico, should...
  • "A Global Force for Good" [US NAVY Marketing Campaign goes Limp Wristed]

    01/20/2013 5:09:30 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 49 replies
    PrintShare This The strength and status of any nation can be measured in part by the will and might of its navy. That’s not an outdated thought; it’s a modern reality. As the largest, most versatile, most capable naval force on the planet today, America’s Navy epitomizes this idea. And yet, far more impressive is what it does with the distinction. A symbol of power, a force for stability America’s Navy serves as an essential force of stability in an increasingly unstable and interconnected world – as well as a vanguard for positive change. Why is this important? Because what...
  • Gun Talk Radio 1/20/13

    01/20/2013 5:05:30 PM PST · by mylife · 95 replies
    Gun Talk ^ | 1/20/13 | Tom Gresham
    ~~Come on in and shoot the breeze~~ Gun Talk Radio 1/20/13~~07:00 CST Listen to the podcast Here Or the KIDO 580 stream Here
  • Algeria hostage crisis: Most weapons used in attack came from Libya

    01/20/2013 4:53:56 PM PST · by PotatoHeadMick · 21 replies
    The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 20 Jan 2013 | Mélanie Matarese
    Many of the Islamist terrorists shot their way into the In Amenas compound on Thursday using the AK104 model of Kalashnikov, which was typically used by Libyan rebels in the war against Muammar Gaddafi. They brought F5 rockets that also surfaced in the Libyan war, said the security source. The Islamists wore the same type of outfits that Qatar provided to Libyan National Transitional Council rebels by Qatar – yellow flak jackets with brown patches, known as "chocolate chip" camouflage. The garments are copies of ones worn by Americans in the Gulf war. The terrorists also employed 60mm gun-mortars used...
  • ABC News' Barbara Walters hospitalized after fall at inauguration party

    01/20/2013 4:53:41 PM PST · by SMGFan · 45 replies
    Veteran ABC newswoman Barbara Walters has fallen at an inauguration party at an ambassador's home in Washington and has been hospitalized. Walters, 83, fell Saturday night on a step at the residence of Britain's ambassador to the United States, Peter Westmacott, ABC News spokesman Jeffrey Schneider said. The fall left Walters with a cut on her forehead, he said. Walters, out of an abundance of caution, went to a hospital for treatment of the cut and for a full examination, Schneider said on Sunday. She was alert and was "telling everyone what to do, which we all take as a...
  • Judd taking a look at Senate run

    01/20/2013 4:51:34 PM PST · by Bratch · 36 replies
    WAVE3.com ^ | Jan 20, 2013 | Sarah Eisenmenger
    FRANKFORT, KY (WAVE) - Kentucky native Ashley Judd says she is taking a close look at running against Republican Senator Mitch McConnell in 2014. Judd, a Hollywood actress, is in Washington D.C. for President Barack Obama's inauguration. Saturday night, on her way to the Kentucky Society of Washington's Bluegrass Ball she told reporters, "The people of Kentucky need a fighter." Judd would not say whether she has decided to mount a campaign. She has been mentioned as a potential Democratic challenger to McConnell, who is the Senate Minority leader. McConnell did not attend the Bluegrass Ball.
  • Gun rights film project releases powerful trailer

    01/20/2013 4:48:08 PM PST · by marktwain · 7 replies
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 20 January, 2012 | David Codrea
    The producer of a documentary on the civil right to keep and bear arms has posted a trailer in advance of the film’s release that provides a powerful, timely and resonating counter to the ongoing media frenzy pushing for citizen disarmament edicts. Kris Koenig, Emmy award-winning producer and writer, and founder of Dead Patriot Films, Inc., which is producing “Assaulted, Civil Rights under Fire,” has been the driving force behind an effort to provide an all-encompassing look at the individual right recognized by the Second Amendment, both from an historical perspective and as a contemporary societal necessity. “This film will...
  • Despotism in America Exclusive: Rick Santorum lists President Obama's constitutional violations

    01/20/2013 4:35:22 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 25 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 1-20-13 | Rick Santorum
    President Obama’s announcement last week on his plans to make sweeping changes to our nation’s gun laws by presidential executive order is yet another example of his continual disregard for the United States Constitution and the separation of powers it set forth to protect the American people from government by fiat. Putting aside for a moment the misdirected emphasis on gun ownership, as opposed to mental illness and cultural glorification of violence to curb gun crime, President Obama’s actions represent another attempt to circumvent Congress – a Congress elected by the people but controlled by Republicans – to establish public...
  • Mali conflict: France aiming for 'total reconquest'

    01/20/2013 4:16:11 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 29 replies
    BBC News ^ | 20 January 2013
    There are now some 2,000 French troops in Mali France's military aim in Mali is its "total reconquest", French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian has said. "We will not leave any pockets" of resistance, he told French television. France has sent in 2,000 troops to help Malian forces fight Islamist militants who now control the northern half of the country. Mr Le Drian said the former Islamist stronghold of Diabaly had not yet been retaken, even though the militants withdrew from the town two days ago. However, he added that "everything points to a favourable evolution of the situation in...
  • Cabela's Inc. pulls out of next month's large outdoor sports show

    01/20/2013 4:06:43 PM PST · by marktwain · 102 replies
    witf.org ^ | 20 January, 2012 | AP
    (Philadelphia) -- Hunting and fishing retailer Cabela's Inc. says it won't participate in what has been billed as Pennsylvania's largest outdoor sports show next month following the decision to ban display and sale of assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines.
  • Mali takes key town as nations ready more troops

    01/20/2013 4:06:26 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 3 replies
    CNN ^ | Sun January 20, 2013 | Nima Elbagir
    Sevare, Mali (CNN) -- The Malian military has gained control of the central town of Diabaly, Mali, a key advance in the battle against Islamist militants in the north. The country's forces retook the town without ground assistance from French troops, a military spokesman said. The French military confirmed that it provided only air support. French officials later said Malian forces had managed to push the Islamists into the forest beyond Diabaly. But battles in the region continued to rage. Rebel control over Diabaly was one of the chief concerns to Mali and France in trying to stop the Islamists'...
  • Jarrett: Expect more diversity in future Obama Cabinet picks (nothing but old white guys so far)

    01/20/2013 3:53:18 PM PST · by Libloather · 16 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1/20/13 | Meghashyam Mali
    Senior Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett on Sunday predicted more minorities and women would be tapped for positions in the president’s Cabinet. “His cabinet, when he's finished -- and he's far from finished -- will have diversity, including women, including people of color,” said Jarrett in an interview with CNN. “He believes he makes his best decisions when he is surrounded by people who have different perspectives and give him their best ideas,” she continued. “And so, one picture does not speak a thousand words in this instance. I spent a lot of time in the Oval Office, and I'm in...
  • Clinton to Testify on Benghazi Attack (Wednesday)

    01/20/2013 3:24:30 PM PST · by Libloather · 38 replies
    VOA News ^ | 1/19/13 | Michael Bowman
    **SNIP** But Clinton’s testimony before House and Senate panels is likely to be mostly forward looking, said National security expert Rudy deLeon. “What we are expecting to hear, in the secretary’s own voice, is the plan she has to reinvigorate and enhance diplomatic security services," he said. "What we are reminded of is how delicate the security situation is, and how attentively we need to stay focused.” Will the Benghazi attack be a permanent and defining stain on Clinton’s tenure at the State Department? Former U.S. NATO Ambassador Robert Hunter does not think so. “I do not think her image...
  • Albuquerque Shooting Leaves Five Dead, Teenager Charged

    01/20/2013 3:24:32 PM PST · by AlmaKing · 56 replies
    The Inquisitor ^ | 1-20-13 | staff
    An Albuquerque shooting has left five people dead and a teenager charged, with investigators still combing over a home on the outskirts of the New Mexico city for clues as to what happened. In the Albuquerque shooting, a man, a woman, and three children were found killed in a home near the city. The victims were found on Saturday night at a home on the southwestern edge of the city, said Deputy Aaron Williamson, a spokesman for the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Department. Each victim was shot multiple times, and police found several guns at the home including what they termed...
  • Changing America's course: An interview with Stanley Mack

    01/20/2013 2:48:38 PM PST · by SincerelyAmanda · 1 replies
    The Communities at The Washington Times ^ | January 20, 2013 | Amanda Read
    . . . "To this district and anybody who intends it harm, or anybody who wants to allow it to just exist and fester: This is a wake-up call for all conservatives, Republicans. This is a wake-up call for our nation," says Mack. "There is no other reason that we have allowed the issues to go this far, and to continue the dogma and lip service that we’re getting from some of our elected officials." In the midst of a challenging era, Mack won't be an ideologue bound by negative talking points. On the subject of making Alabama's budget more...
  • Obama's Inauguration Day: All That's Missing Is The Queen's Golden Coach

    01/20/2013 2:45:24 PM PST · by Steelfish · 17 replies
    Guardian (UK) ^ | January 20, 2013 | Jonathan Freedland
    Obama's Inauguration Day: All That's Missing Is The Queen's Golden Coach Jonathan Freedland The Guardian, 20 January 2013 Barack Obama was treated to a performance by the cellist Yo-yo Ma at his first inauguration in 2009. America will on Monday witness its quadrennial act of political alchemy. The base metal of a previously partisan candidate is transformed by the incantation of a few, solemn words into gold, becoming not just a head of government but a head of state – the only figure capable of transcending low politics and representing the republic itself. That, at least, is the idea. Inauguration...
  • French troops advance in Mali as Islamists melt away

    01/20/2013 2:37:26 PM PST · by mdittmar · 16 replies
    Reuters ^ | Jan 20, 2013 | Bate Felix
    (Reuters) - French troops advanced cautiously toward northern Mali on Sunday amid fears of ambush by al Qaeda-linked fighters, while its fighter jets pounded the Islamists' strongholds in the desert near Timbuktu. In the central Malian town of Diabaly, seized by Islamist fighters on Monday, the wreckage of the Islamists' charred pick-up trucks lay abandoned among the mud-brick buildings, television images showed.Residents of the town, some 350 km (220 miles) from the capital Bamako, said Islamists had fled into the bush after French airstrikes.The commanders of French and Malian forces, who set up their operations center in the nearby town...
  • How a GOP Governor Walked Arizona into Obamacare's Medicaid Expansion Trap

    01/20/2013 2:27:30 PM PST · by Libloather · 16 replies
    Forbes ^ | 1/19/13 | Avik Roy
    One of the most transformative aspects of Obamacare is that it conscripts state governments for the purpose of providing subsidized health insurance to their residents. Most red states have done their best to refuse, by declining to expand their Medicaid programs, and by passing up the opportunity to set up state-based insurance exchanges, through which Obamacare’s subsidies would flow. But a handful of Republican governors are doing their part to implement Obamacare. Arizona’s Jan Brewer, in particular, is proposing to do so in a way that sheds a lot of light onto the trap that Obamacare has set for state...
  • Algeria crisis: Hostage-takers 'taken alive' at gas plant (Bad news for Obama and Hillary...)

    01/20/2013 2:14:53 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 45 replies
    BBC ^ | 1/20/13 | BBC
    Five suspected members of the Islamist group which held foreign and local workers hostage at an Algerian gas plant have been arrested, reports say. The reports came a day after the Algerian authorities said all 32 hostage-takers had been killed at the In Amenas gas installation.
  • Ex-NYC Mayor Koch hospitalized with fluid buildup

    01/20/2013 2:08:58 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan. 20, 2013 1:36 PM EST
    Former New York Mayor Ed Koch is back in the hospital for the third time in recent months. Spokesman George Arzt says Koch went to the hospital around 10 p.m. Saturday with swollen ankles. He says tests on Sunday showed Koch also has some fluid in his lungs. …
  • New treaty to formalise defence co-operation with Australia

    01/20/2013 2:02:04 PM PST · by Smartisan · 2 replies
    UK MoD ^ | 18.1.13 | UK MoD
    The UK and Australia will strengthen their long-standing relationship today with a new defence treaty to provide a framework for the many strands of co-operation between the 2 countries. The treaty, to be signed in Perth today, Friday 18 January, with the Australian Defence Minister Stephen Smith, will see the 2 countries working together in areas such as cyber security, defence reform, personnel exchange, equipment, and science and technology. Defence Secretary Philip Hammond and the Foreign Secretary William Hague are in Perth attending the annual Australia/UK ministerial summit. Last year the corresponding event was held in London. During their trip,...
  • Indy gun show attracts thousands this weekend (Four Hour Wait!!!!)

    01/20/2013 1:56:45 PM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 17 replies
    The rush on firearms will continue this weekend after thousands showed up to the Indiana State Fairgrounds for the Indy 1500 Gun and Knife Show. The show opened Friday afternoon and thousands of people waited in line for nearly four hours to get in to the first gun show of the year in Indianapolis. The show is the first held just days after the president announced his plan on combating gun violence. Many gun owners fear the president’s plans, announced earlier this week, will ban certain firearms and restrict what’s legal right now. Since the announcement, folks have been hitting...
  • Melting ‘resistance’ on Temple Mount (replica M-75 rocket built from snow & new Gaza perfume)

    01/20/2013 1:46:36 PM PST · by Libloather · 6 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | 1/10/13 | Stuart Winer
    Eschewing the traditional snowman, sculptors utilized Jerusalem’s snowfall to fashion a replica M-75 rocket on the Temple Mount, causing a flurry of activity on the social media network Facebook on Thursday. **SNIP** When Hamas political leader Khaled Mashaal visited the coastal enclave for the first time in December, for instance, he arrived on stage by popping out of a model of the rocket. At the time Hamas was celebrating 25 years since its founding and did so with a cake covered with frosting depicting, yes, an M-75 rocket. There is even an M-75 perfume available in Gaza that was described...
  • Report: Obama Ousting CENTCOM Chief Mattis

    01/20/2013 1:45:32 PM PST · by Nachum · 37 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 1/20/13 | staff
    “Word on the national security street is that General James Mattis is being given the bum’s rush out of his job as commander of Central Command, and is being told to vacate his office several months earlier than planned,” reports veteran national security correspondent Thomas E. Ricks. It now appears likely that Gen. Mattis, a Marine Corps legend, will leave his post as head of America’s most important combatant command in March, several months earlier than planned. Ricks continues: Why the hurry? Pentagon insiders say that he rubbed civilian officials the wrong way — not because he went all “mad...
  • Death toll climbs past 80 at Saharan refinery; Algeria says militants were going to blow it up

    01/20/2013 1:33:07 PM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 7 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | January 20, 2013 | Associated Press
    ALGIERS, Algeria – The death toll from the terrorist siege at a natural gas plant in the Sahara climbed to at least 81 on Sunday as Algerian forces searching the refinery for explosives found dozens more bodies, many so badly disfigured it was unclear whether they were hostages or militants, a security official said. Algerian special forces stormed the plant on Saturday to end the four-day siege, moving in to thwart what government officials said was a plot by the Islamist militants to blow up the complex and kill all their hostages with mines sown throughout the site.
  • The Good Government of Fast and Furious

    01/20/2013 1:30:24 PM PST · by morethanright · 2 replies
    Tea Party Tribune ^ | 2013-01-20 13:14:08 | mrcurmudgeon
    By Mr. Curmudgeon:Back in 2011, when the town fathers of Columbus, New Mexico, announced they were disbanding their police department, giving Luna County sheriffs soul authority to protect and defend Columbus residents, they sighted cost savings as the primary reason. However, the citizens of this small New Mexico border town knew better.A federal indictment accused 12 people of forming a criminal organization that sold weapons to Mexico's notorious Juarez Cartel. Columbus Mayor Eddie Espinoza, Police Chief Angelo Vega and Blas "Woody" Gutierrez, a Columbus village trustee, were among the 12 named in the indictment, accused of aiding the Obama administration...
  • First Term: Americans “Not in Labor Force” Increased 8,332,000

    01/20/2013 1:24:50 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | January 20, 2013 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    The number of Americans age 16 or older who decided not to work or even to seek a job increased by 8,332,000 to a record 88,839,000 in President Barack Obama’s first term, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. At the same time, the number of retired workers collecting Social Security increased by only 4,234,480. The increase in Americans opting out of the labor force during Obama’s first term resulted in a decrease in the labor force participation rate from 65.7 percent in January 2009, the month Obama was first inaugurated, to 63.6 percent in December 2012, the latest month...
  • New £150million combat jet is banned from flying in bad weather because it could EXPLODE

    01/20/2013 1:04:14 PM PST · by spetznaz · 36 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 20 January 2013 | James Rush
    It's considered to be the world's most sophisticated superfighter jet, but Britain's new £150million combat aircraft has been banned from flying in bad weather for fears it could explode. Engineers working on the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter have found the jet's fuel tank could explode if hit by lightning. According to reports, the aircraft, which is hoped to enter service for both the RAF and the Royal Navy in five years' time, has also been made more vulnerable to enemy attack than the aircraft it is set to replace, after its weight was reduced in an attempt to increase fuel...
  • East Windsor gun store raided after man caught stealing rifle (is this an air rifle?)

    01/20/2013 1:02:50 PM PST · by FR_addict · 33 replies
    EyeWitness News 3 ^ | 1/17/2013 (update | WFSB staff
    East Windsor gun store under fire after man caught stealing rifle EAST WINDSOR, CT (WFSB) - A gun store in East Windsor where at least one of the weapons used in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting was sold was raided Thursday night. Adam Lanza had two pistols and the AR-15 when he entered Sandy Hook Elementary School Friday morning, and in just a matter of minutes, he fired multiple rounds, killing 20 children and six adults. Before the school shooting, he shot his mother four times. Riverview Gun Sales is the same store where police believe a different man...
  • Susan Eisenhower Takes Aim at the NRA

    01/20/2013 12:56:21 PM PST · by jazusamo · 46 replies
    American Thinker ^ | January 20, 2013 | Tom Roberson
    Susan Eisenhower recently took umbrage at the NRA's recent ad pointing out the hypocrisy of Obama having armed guards protecting his family while pushing gun control on America. Ms. Eisenhower points out correctly that President Obama's family requires Secret Service protection due to the high profile of his office. In today's world, there is no shortage of terrorists, lunatics, fanatics, and just plain aggrieved who would relish the opportunity to visit evil upon the leader of the free world in pursuit of their twisted priorities. She also points out that, having been the recipient of Secret Service protection as a...
  • Condoleezza Rice joins CBS News as contributor

    01/20/2013 12:56:04 PM PST · by F15Eagle · 25 replies
    Politico via Drudge ^ | 1/20/13 10:37 AM EST | By JENNIFER EPSTEIN
    Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has joined CBS News as a contributor, appearing Sunday on "Face the Nation" to launch her new gig. Host Bob Schieffer made the announcement at the start of a roundtable discussion.
  • Inquirer Editorial: Time to stop playing favorites in Traffic Court (Philadelphia's ticket fixing)

    01/20/2013 12:41:17 PM PST · by Libloather · 5 replies
    Philly ^ | 1/20/13
    Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi has stepped into the leadership void left by a state Supreme Court that seems more concerned with quelling embarrassment than fixing the historically dysfunctional Philadelphia Traffic Court. Pileggi wants to abolish the city's Traffic Court and transfer its authority over moving violations to Municipal Court. The Delaware County Republican's proposal comes in the wake of a scathing report documenting widespread ticket-fixing at Traffic Court for the friends and families of the politically connected. **SNIP** The report was ordered by Supreme Court Justice Ronald D. Castille after the FBI raided judges' homes and the court. It...
  • Woodland Heists: Rising Energy Costs Drive Up Forest Thievery (Germany)

    01/20/2013 12:29:03 PM PST · by Jack Hydrazine · 20 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | 17JAN2013 | Renuka Rayasam
    With energy costs escalating, more Germans are turning to wood burning stoves for heat. That, though, has also led to a rise in tree theft in the country's forests. Woodsmen have become more watchful. With snow blanketing the ground, it's the perfect time of year to snuggle up in front of a fireplace. That, though, makes German foresters nervous. When the mercury falls, the theft of wood in the country's woodlands goes up as people turn to cheaper ways to heat their homes. ----clip---- The problem has been compounded this winter by rising energy costs. The Germany's Renters Association estimates...
  • Senior Democrat says US Senate will finally pass a budget this year

    01/20/2013 12:21:07 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sun Jan 20, 2013 12:03pm EST | Thomas Ferraro
    A senior U.S. lawmaker said on Sunday that he and fellow Senate Democrats, for the first time more than in three years, intend to meet Republican demands to finally pass a U.S. budget. Senator Charles Schumer, the chamber’s No. 3 Democrat, said, however, that the spending plan will include proposed new revenue despite Republican warnings that they won't go along with more any tax hikes. … President Barack Obama’s Democrats control the Senate, but haven’t passed a budget since 2010 amid disagreements within the party over possible spending cuts, particularly in entitlement programs like Medicare and Social Security. This has...
  • Plouffe: President Has Enough Votes to Pass Gun Control

    01/20/2013 12:15:03 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 109 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Sunday, 20 Jan 2013 11:28 AM | Amy Woods
    White House adviser David Plouffe said Sunday that he believes President Barack Obama has sufficient votes in Congress to pass gun-control legislation. … Appearing on CNN’s “State of the Union,” which was televised from the National Mall in Washington D.C., Plouffe said he believes the White House has 60 votes in the Senate and 218 in the House from Democrats and Republicans. … He also predicted that immigration reform will make it through Congress. …
  • Ham Sandwich Nation: Due Process When Everything is a Crime

    01/20/2013 11:57:02 AM PST · by BCrago66 · 18 replies
    Though extensive due process protections apply to the investigation of crimes, and to criminal trials, perhaps the most important part of the criminal process -- the decision whether to charge a defendant, and with what -- is almost entirely discretionary. Given the plethora of criminal laws and regulations in today's society, this due process gap allows prosecutors to charge almost anyone they take a deep interest in. This Essay discusses the problem in the context of recent prosecutorial controversies involving the cases of Aaron Swartz and David Gregory, and offers some suggested remedies, along with a call for further discussion.
  • Did Obama Steal The Election With Hagel’s Help?

    01/20/2013 11:33:16 AM PST · by Hotlanta Mike · 38 replies
    The Western Center for Journalism ^ | January 16, 2013 | Kris Zane
    Chuck Hagel has been tapped by Obama for Secretary of Defense, which has resulted in a slew of push backs over his troubling record: criticism and lack of support for Israel; coddling of Hezbollah, Hamas, and Iran; and his almost immediate appointment after retiring as a senator to Deutsche Bank’s Americas Advisory Board, the mega bank that has been accused of funneling billions of dollars to Iran’s nuclear program. But the most troubling aspect of Chuck Hagel is the fact that he may have stolen both of his senatorial elections. In 1992, Hagel was CEO of Election Systems & Software,...
  • Obama Admin Rebranding Healthcare 'Exchanges' as 'Marketplaces'

    01/20/2013 11:42:42 AM PST · by Nachum · 25 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 1/20/13 | Ben Shapiro
    Democrats understand that when they are losing a political fight, their best move is to change the political lexicon. When progressivism fails, they become liberals; when liberalism fails, they become progressives. Now they’re using that rhetorical trickery to try to save the wildly unpopular centerpiece of President Obama’s first term: Obamacare. Obamacare sets up what were originally termed state health care “exchanges.” These “exchanges” were supposedly set up to pool risk between health care insurance companies. Of course, if the market saw a benefit in such pooling, it would have done so already. In fact, many insurance companies already pool...
  • Ted Cruz talks the Second Amendment, debt ceiling on Meet the Press

    01/20/2013 11:42:42 AM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 23 replies
    The Right Scoop via NBC ^ | 1/20/2013 | The Right Scoop
    Ted Cruz was on Meet the Press this morning to primarily discuss the Second Amendment and the debt ceiling. The downside to this clip is that he’s on with Schmucky Schumer. Watch:
  • ‘Voice of the Pope’ backs Obama gun edicts

    01/20/2013 11:34:19 AM PST · by Nachum · 40 replies
    Examiner ^ | 1/20/13 | David Codrea
    In an editorial aired yesterday on Vatican Radio, Fr. Federico Lombardi, director of the press office of the Holy See, called “initiatives announced by the United States government in view of limiting and controlling the diffusion and use of arms … a step in the right direction. “Forty-seven religious leaders of various confessions and religions have issued a call to American politicians to limit firearms, which ‘are making society pay an unacceptable price in terms of massacres and senseless deaths,’” Lombardi stated in his address. “I’m with them.” While acknowledging “that arms, throughout the world, are also instruments for legitimate...
  • Shock: NBC's Richard Engel Highlights Second Term Obama's "Diminished" Global Influence

    01/20/2013 11:28:25 AM PST · by kristinn · 15 replies
    Sunday, January 20, 2013 | Kristinn
    NBC News Chief Foreign Correspondent Richard Engel spoke about President Barack Obama's "diminished" influence over global affairs this morning on NBC's Meet the Press, saying that "authoritarian" China was being seen as a model for governance by more of the world's youth than the United States.Engel was on a panel hosted by David Gregory that also included Obama campaign honcho David Axelrod, historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, NBC's Tom Brokaw and MSNBC's Joe Scarborough.Engel made his comments toward the end of the first segment of the round table discussion on Obama's second term which started today.Engel faced push back from Scarborough,...
  • The War Against Black Men

    01/20/2013 11:21:03 AM PST · by Hoodat · 40 replies
    NRO ^ | January 17, 2013 4:00 A.M. | Lee Habeeb
    The date was January 12, 2013. You probably didn’t hear about this tragedy involving guns and two teenage boys. But this was the headline in the Chicago Tribune: “Boys, 14 and 15, killed in separate shootings Friday.” You didn’t hear about it because such events aren’t news in Chicago. They’re ordinary daily occurrences. As we continue to hear calls for ever-tightening gun laws from the Obama administration, and from states such as New York, it is worth thinking about those headlines in Chicago. And in inner cities all around America, places where strict gun laws are already in place. Places...
  • FReepers: We need your continuing support to keep FR on the air!! [FReepathon thread VIII]

    01/20/2013 11:17:23 AM PST · by Jim Robinson · 904 replies
    Dear FRiends, We need your continuing support to keep FR on the air. FR is funded solely by contributions made by liberty loving people who enjoy and use it. We are beholden to no political party. No outsiders, no sugar daddies, no corporate string pullers. We are self-funded, fiercely independent and enjoy our freedom to speak plainly in the support of liberty. We cannot exist without you. If you have not yet made your donation, today would be an excellent day to do so. Every donation counts no matter how big or small. If you can donate $5, $10, $20...
  • Oregon To Give Drivers Licenses To Illegal Immigrants

    01/20/2013 10:57:45 AM PST · by lowbridge · 20 replies
    http://5440fight.com ^ | january 19, 2013
    What they fail to mention: in the state of Oregon, one can register to vote on the same form used to apply for a driver’s license, and their citizenship is never checked. Granting drivers licenses to illegals paves the way for MASSIVE voter fraud in the next election (like Oregon wasn’t rife with it already).
  • Bay Fair BART Station shut after slaying

    01/20/2013 10:56:51 AM PST · by thecodont · 5 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle / SFGate.com ^ | Updated 10:42 pm, Saturday, January 19, 2013 | Matthai Kuruvila
    The Bay Fair BART Station in San Leandro was shut down for more than five hours Saturday after a midday shooting killed a man and wounded a woman, authorities said. The deceased victim, described only as a 40-year-old black man, died at the scene of the 12:20 p.m. shooting at the bus stop outside the station, BART officials said. The station was shut down at 12:50 p.m. while authorities collected evidence and searched for suspects. The station did not completely reopen until after 7 p.m. The second shooting victim was rushed to a nearby hospital. Her injuries are not believed...
  • Obama Could Not Pass a Background Check

    01/20/2013 10:47:21 AM PST · by forbushalltheway · 28 replies
    MinuteMenNews.com ^ | 20 January 2013 | Alan Caruba
    President Barack Obama could not pass a background check if he was applying for a gun permit or a job. Why has this man been allowed to remain in office or take the oath for a second time? During the 2008 campaign, it was known that: His official, long form birth records were SEALED. His Occidental College records were SEALED. His Columbia College records were SEALED. His Harvard College records were SEALED. His College thesis – SEALED. His Harvard Law Review articles – SEALED. His Indonesian adoption records – SEALED. His passport file – SEALED. His medical records – Unavailable...
  • Breaking: Five Dead in South Valley Shooting (New Mexico)

    01/20/2013 10:36:20 AM PST · by lowbridge · 65 replies
    http://www.abqjournal.com ^ | january 20, 2013 | Nancy Tipton
    A male juvenile is in custody this morning following a shooting in the South Valley that left five people dead. In an email from Bernalillo County officials, a shooting took place on Long Lane SW Saturday evening. Deputies were dispatched and found an adult male, an adult female and three children dead. All victims appeared to have suffered multiple gunshot wounds. Multiple weapons appeared to have been used including an assault-type rifle