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  • USA considers war scenario with China

    01/28/2013 9:28:00 AM PST · by mgist · 15 replies
    Pravda ^ | 1/28/13 | Pravda
    The fact that the relations between China and the U.S. have been slipping into a confrontation similar to the Cold War has been discussed by media for two years, but for the first time these allegations began to take practical shape. Obama called China a "rival" and instructed to study the degree of nuclear threat posed by the country. The U.S. began redeploying its fleet in the Pacific Rim. The reasons behind the confrontation are both economic and political. China is the world's only country capable of leaving the U.S. behind in terms of GDP in the near future (according...
  • Arsonist gets death for Calif. fire that killed 5

    01/28/2013 4:26:28 PM PST · by jazusamo · 9 replies
    The Washington Times/AP ^ | January 28, 2013 | AP
    SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. — An arsonist was sentenced to death on Monday for killing five men who died of heart attacks during a wildfire that ripped through the hills east of Los Angeles a decade ago. Superior Court Judge Michael Smith had the option of sentencing Rickie Lee Fowler, 31, to the harshest penalty or life in prison without the possibility of parole.
  • Murdoch apologizes for “offensive” Netanyahu cartoon

    01/28/2013 4:20:51 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | Mon Jan 28, 2013 5:02pm EST | Tim Castle
    Rupert Murdoch apologized on Monday for a “grotesque” cartoon in his London-based Sunday Times newspaper depicting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu building a bloody wall trapping the bodies of Palestinians, after complaints from Jewish groups. The image, which shows Netanyahu holding a trowel dripping blood, was published on Holocaust Memorial Day and carried the caption “Israeli elections. Will cementing peace continue?” The Board of Deputies of British Jews said the cartoon was “shockingly reminiscent of the blood libel imagery more usually found in parts of the virulently anti-Semitic Arab press”. The so-called “blood libel”—accusations that Jewish peoples murder children and...
  • Krauthammer: We have ‘a Statue of Liberty — it’s not a Statue of Equality’

    01/28/2013 4:04:26 PM PST · by EveningStar · 12 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | January 28, 2013 | Jeff Poor
    Over the weekend, Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer spoke at the National Review Institute Summit in Washington, D.C. During a question-and-answer session, he was asked if he thought President Barack Obama would attempt to hand-pick his successor in order to help guide the country down a path to “socialism.” ... Krauthammer said it was less important whether Obama chose his successesor and more crucial what kind of groundwork he would lay for him or her ... Krauthammer urged conservatives to make a case for liberty and its benefits in order to defeat the President’s agenda ...
  • Russia calls in big guns to boost investment (Goldman Sachs)

    01/28/2013 3:54:44 PM PST · by Pan_Yan · 4 replies
    Voice of Russia ^ | Jan 28, 2013 14:19 Moscow Time
    The Russian government says it aims to raise its sovereign credit rating this year to an A, where top countries are rated AAA and the lowest are D, and has called in Goldman Sachs to help improve its image to investors around the world. ... "Russia is an open country, safe, we are part of the global economy and global political processes," Medvedev said.
  • U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz Statement on Immigration Reform Proposal

    01/28/2013 3:39:16 PM PST · by kristinn · 46 replies
    U.S. Senate ^ | Monday, January 28, 2013 | Sen. Ted Cruz
    WASHINGTON, DC -- U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) issued the following statement regarding today’s bipartisan immigration reform proposal: I appreciate the good work that senators in both parties have put into trying to fix our broken immigration system. There are some good elements in this proposal, especially increasing the resources and manpower to secure our border and also improving and streamlining legal immigration. However, I have deep concerns with the proposed path to citizenship. To allow those who came here illegally to be placed on such a path is both inconsistent with rule of law and profoundly unfair to the...
  • France 'totally bankrupt', says labour minister Michel Sapin

    01/28/2013 3:35:29 PM PST · by dynachrome · 12 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 1-28-13 | Graham Ruddick
    Michel Sapin made the gaffe in a radio interview, which left French President Francois Hollande battling to undo the potential reputational damage. “There is a state but it is a totally bankrupt state,” Mr Sapin said. “That is why we had to put a deficit reduction plan in place, and nothing should make us turn away from that objective.” The comments came as President Hollande attempts to improve the image of the French economy after pledging to reduce the country’s deficit by cutting spending by €60bn (Ł51.5bn) over the next five years and increasing taxes by €20bn.
  • Nazis Would Be Proud of Sunday Times Racist, Anti-Semitic Israel Cartoon

    01/28/2013 3:33:37 PM PST · by IsraelBeach · 29 replies
    Israel News Agency / Google News ^ | January 28, 2013 | Joel Leyden
    Nazis Would Be Proud of Sunday Times Racist, Anti-Semitic Israel Cartoon(photo) The Sunday Times runs Nazi style cartoons attacking Jews. By Joel Leyden Israel News AgencyJerusalem --- January 28, 2013 … One has to ask The Sunday Times in London just one question. Which Arab state paid you to bash Israel? To take a punch at the Jews? Why would any newspaper in any free democracy take a racist shot at Israel, at every Jew around the world? As over 60,000 civilians are murdered in Syria, as Iran declares its intention to build nuclear weapons for use against the Infidels...
  • Deputies: Man fatally shot after clinging to top of car for 10-miles

    01/28/2013 3:22:00 PM PST · by marktwain · 23 replies
    sun-sentinel.com ^ | 28 January, 2013 | Barbara Hijek
    Nikki Y. McNeil, 33, was trying to leave an Ocala residence Saturday evening when Lamark D. Tucker Sr., 36, her ex-boyfriend -- and father of her three children -- took away both McNeil’s car keys and cell phone, according to a news release from the Marion County Sheriff's Office. McNeil then used spare keys to leave, but as McNeil pulled away, Lamark jumped onto the hood of the car and held on while continually threatening McNeil as she drove nearly ten miles, the release stated. McNeil, deputies said, stopped at least twice asking people for help.
  • UN Asks for Money to Deal with Crisis in Syria

    01/28/2013 3:19:02 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 9 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 28/1/13
    The UN appealed to the international community for money to help the millions of Syrian devastated by the violent civil war engulfing the country. With the goal of raising $1.5 billion, the organization appealed for donations at an aid conference in Kuwait, saying it has raised just 3 percent of that...
  • White House Condemns Wave of Violence in Egypt

    01/28/2013 3:15:40 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 27 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 28/1/13
    The White House strongly condemned the wave of violence... President Barack Obama called on Egypt's leaders to declare that violence is totally unacceptable. White House spokesman Jay Carney said Washington welcomed the call of President Mohammed Morsi to hold a national dialogue.
  • Why Romney Lost

    01/28/2013 3:13:10 PM PST · by LucianOfSamasota · 41 replies
    American Thinker ^ | January 28, 2013 | Dr. Charles T. Kenny
    Conservatives instinctively ground all of their ideas and policies in time-tested philosophies of man and of government. Most successful Republican candidates also paint a picture of what they can do and how their ideas are better than their opponents. This is why people evoke the memory of Ronald Reagan so often; because he is the last Republican candidate for president to conduct his campaign explicitly and consistently within this framework. During the presidential campaign, Romney did talk about what he could do and what he would do as president, but he never presented his ideas and policies in the context...
  • Ralph Reed: Americans Back “Common-Sense” Abortion Restrictions

    01/28/2013 3:11:54 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Monday, 28 Jan 2013 03:45 PM | Todd Beamon and Kathleen Walter
    Ralph Reed, chairman of the Faith and Freedom Coalition, told Newsmax TV over the weekend that “when it comes to common-sense restrictions on abortion, the American people are with us.” “When you talk about common-sense restrictions on abortion—parental consent and notification, waiting periods, bans on partial-birth abortion, bans on late-term abortions, women’s right-to-know laws—those are all overwhelmingly popular,” Reed told Newsmax on Saturday at the National Review Summit in Washington. “In fact, about 80 percent of voters who identify themselves as pro-choice oppose abortion in late periods of pregnancy and oppose abortion after the child can survive outside the womb....
  • San Diego Police Chief: We Can Disarm Americans Within a Generation

    01/28/2013 3:08:57 PM PST · by Nachum · 96 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 1/28/13 | AWR Hawkins
    San Diego Police Chief William Lansdowne is fully supportive of the Obama/Feinstein gun grab, and says if lawmakers play it right Americans can be completely disarmed within "a generation." Lansdowne has gone on record saying: "I could not be more supportive of the president for taking the position he has. I think it's courageous with the politics involved in this process. [And] I think it's going to eventually make the country safer." He made it clear that it may take "a generation," but new laws could eventually take all guns off the streets. This is quite a departure from other...
  • Egyptian Protesers Defy Morsi's Imposed Curfew

    01/28/2013 3:06:56 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 1 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 28/1/13
    Hundreds of protesters flooded the streets of Port Said, Ismailia and Suez Monday night, defying Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi's imposed curfew as part of the state of emergency he declared... The anti-government crowds chanted "Down with Mohamed Morsi, down with the state of emergency."
  • Iran Denies Reports of Explosion at Underground Nuclear Facility

    01/28/2013 3:03:06 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 7 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 28/1/13 | Elad Benari
    Iran has denied reports that surfaced over the weekend about an explosion at its at its underground Fordow nuclear plant. According to a report in the Iranian IRNA news agency, the deputy head of the Iranian Atomic Energy Organization, Seyyed Shamseddin Barbroudi, said on Sunday that that there has been no explosion whatsoever in the Fordow nuclear facility. The chairman of the Iranian parliament’s Committee for Foreign Policy and National Security, Alaeddin Boroujerdi, said that the reports of the blast were nothing but “Western-made propaganda,” according to IRNA. On Friday, the American WND website reported that an explosion had occurred...
  • Leonardo da Vinci’s Groundbreaking Drawings of the Unborn

    01/28/2013 2:59:58 PM PST · by NYer · 23 replies
    First Things ^ | January 28, 2013 | Matthew Schmitz
    Between 15010 and 1512, Leonardo da Vinci drew the human fetus with startling and unprecedented accuracy.According to Arizona State Univeristy’s Embryo Project Encyclopedia, Leonardo is regarded as “the very first in history to correctly depict the human fetus in its proper position within the womb. He was also the first to expertly draw the uterine artery and the vascular system of the cervix and vagina.”Scientific advances, beginning with Leonardo and culminating in the ultrasound, have played no small part in helping us recognize the fetus’ human face. These chalk and ink images, then, should be seen as a minor milestone...
  • Grandmother gets 50 years in fatal stabbing she claims to not recall (Chicago)

    01/28/2013 2:53:08 PM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 7 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | January 28, 2013 | RUMMANA HUSSAIN
    A South Side grandmother was sentenced to 50 years in prison Monday for murdering her next-door neighbor in frenzied stabbing she said she doesn’t remember. Phyllis Hart Carpenter attacked Benjamin Cole in the most “brutal and violent” manner by slashing him 59 times, Cook County Judge Arthur Hill said. And even if Cole, 60, had tried to sexually assault her in his apartment as Carpenter claims, “How many stab wounds [does she need] to defend herself? When does that cross the line to rage and revenge?” the judge asked. Assistant public defenders Julie Koehler and Sandra Parris argued during Carpenter’s...
  • Grief grips neighborhood

    01/28/2013 2:45:28 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 8 replies
    San Antonio Express-News ^ | January 26, 2013 | Ana Ley
    A day after watching a 6-year-old neighborhood boy fly through the air when he was fatally struck by a teenage driver suspected of being intoxicated, Jane Withers refused to leave the spot where the boy's mother tried in vain to save him. Overcome by the magnitude of the tragedy that left Brandon Abrams' family grieving and a 17-year-old jailed on intoxication manslaughter charges, Withers helped set up a makeshift memorial soon after the incident at 6 p.m. Thursday in her Northwest Side neighborhood. Brandon was waiting on the sidewalk for an ice cream truck when he was struck. According to...
  • STATEMENT BY SENATOR JOHN McCAIN ON THE BIPARTISAN FRAMEWORK FOR COMPREHENSIVE IMMIGRATION REFORM

    01/28/2013 2:34:37 PM PST · by mdittmar · 33 replies
    Senator John McCain ^ | January 28, 2013 | Senator John McCain
    Washington, D.C. ­– U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) today delivered the following statement on the bipartisan framework for comprehensive immigration reform released today with Senators Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Bob Menendez (D-NJ):  “The introduction of these principles is the first step in what will be a very difficult, but achievable, reform to our immigration system.  “No one here needs reminding that the last major attempt at immigration reform was over six years ago. Now we will again attempt to commit the remaining resources needed to secure the border, modernize and streamline...
  • “THE MARK LEVIN SHOW”– Monday, January-28-2013

    01/28/2013 2:30:47 PM PST · by Fudd Fan · 49 replies
    The Mark Levin Show ^ | Mark R. Levin
    The Legacy Lives On! Mark’s Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation “Conservatism is the antidote to tyranny precisely because its principles are the founding principles.” --Mark Levin in Liberty and TyrannyWelcome to “The Levin Lounge”… Step in and have a virtual FRink.Taking the country by storm, one radio station at a time – and kicking the BUTTS of the competition! Welcome all, to the most FUN LIVE THREAD on FreeRepublic.com! You can call Mark’s show: 1-877-381-3811
  • Kirstin Powers: '60 Minutes' Interview 'Was Something You'd Expect From State-Run Media'

    01/28/2013 11:33:11 AM PST · by george76 · 30 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 28 Jan 2013 | Kirstin Powers
    Liberal Fox News Contributor and Daily Beast columnist Kirstin Powers on the Obama-Hillary Clinton "60 Minutes” interview: “It really was something you’d expect from the state-run media. It was that kind of level of propaganda… This was a joke. You look at it and just not challenging basic things…”
  • HS2: “Rushed” plans will drive high speed rail link through heart of rural England, say Tory MPs

    01/28/2013 2:16:43 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 3:09PM GMT 28 Jan 2013 | Peter Dominiczak
    The Department for Transport has unveiled its plans for the northern section of the controversial HS2 railway, but has faced anger from Tories representing constituencies along the route who say it will destroy large swathes of the countryside and “blight” lives. The 225-mph trains will link London with Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds by 2033. It emerged that plans to connect the Ł32-billion ($50 billion) train line directly to Heathrow have been put on hold until the Davies Commission on airport capacity has reported. …
  • Gun background checks surged in last 6 weeks

    01/28/2013 2:13:30 PM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 5 replies
    Gun sales soared at the end of last year, and the trend has continued into 2013. Since 1998, eight of the 10 highest days for gun background checks have taken place since the school shooting in Newtown, Conn., on Dec. 14, according to the FBI. Background checks are the most reliable way to track the number of gun sales, and data from the National Instant Criminal Background Check System show that over the last 6 weeks, these checks have reached their highest levels in fifteen years.
  • Conservatives Have Messaging, Not Message Problem, Leaders Say

    01/28/2013 2:11:34 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 01/28/2013 | By Napp Nazworth
    WASHINGTON – A central message heard from many of the speakers at this weekend's National Review Summit, "The Future of Conservatism," was that conservatives do not need to change their message, but need to do a better job at communicating their message. "I believe that conservative values, they're the right values. We don't need to change them, we need to change the way we message them," said Mia Love, mayor of Saratoga Springs, Utah. Former Congressman Artur Davis, who recently switched from the Democratic to the Republican Party, agreed that conservatives have done a poor job at communicating their message....
  • Fact check: Did Obama end hot breakfasts for troops in Afghanistan?

    01/28/2013 1:58:55 PM PST · by blueyon · 14 replies
    Michelle Malkin's Twitchy ^ | 1/28/2013 | Twitchy Staff
    Fact check: Did Obama end hot breakfasts for troops in Afghanistan?..........
  • Iran Launches Monkey Into Space

    01/28/2013 1:57:44 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 30 replies
    ABC News ^ | Jan. 28, 2013 | Randy Kreider
    Iran has successfully launched a rocket carrying a monkey into space, according to Iranian state media, in what Iranian officials call a "prelude to sending humans into space." The monkey was sent in an "indigenous bio-capsule" called Pishgam, which is Farsi for "Pioneer," according to Iran's Press TV. Pishgam reached an altitude of more than 75 miles and made a successful return, according to Iranian news agency Fars. The head of Iran's space agency, Hamid Fazeli, said that Iran decided to send a monkey "because of biological similarities between humans and monkeys," according to Press TV. Iran's space agency had...
  • Politico: Obama Team Coordinated Gun Control Efforts With Mayor Bloomberg

    01/28/2013 1:54:53 PM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 10 replies
    The Blaze via Politico ^ | 1/28/2013 | Erica Ritz
    Do you ever feel like matters become top-priority political issues practically overnight, with politicians across the country utilizing the same phrases, stories, and themes to drive their points home? In the case of gun control, there seems to be a new narrative that hunting is an activity protected by the U.S. Constitution, but that guns deemed too big or threatening for hunters will be banned. In the case of linguistic synchronization, the phrase “gun control” appears to be falling from favor in left-leaning circles, only to be replaced by “reducing gun violence.” It’s hardly a secret that top politicians meet...
  • Hillary's Strange Testimony

    01/28/2013 1:54:31 PM PST · by Servant of the Cross · 15 replies
    WND ^ | 1/27/2013 | Pam Geller
    Exclusive: Pamela Geller blasts 'sorry end to pathetic stint as secretary of state' History will remember Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s performance before senators and House members at the congressional Benghazi hearings as a stunning indictment of her profound failures and those of Obama administration.
  • ‘The Problem Is Not Gun Laws’: Watch the Emotional Speech

    01/28/2013 1:47:16 PM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 7 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 1/28/2013 | Billy Hallowell
    Parents of children killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School appeared before a subcommittee of the Connecticut Legislature on Monday to speak about gun control. While some used the platform to promote stricter firearms legislation, at least one parent became passionate, claiming that there are more than enough laws on the books, that current regulations simply need to be enforced and that the nation needs to embrace personal responsibility.
  • Taco Bell pulls ad that mocked veggies

    01/28/2013 1:37:29 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 14 replies
    Miami Heral ^ | THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
    Taco Bell is pulling a TV ad after receiving complaints that it discouraged people from eating vegetables. -snip- The Center for Science in the Public Interest, a health advocacy group, this weekend urged people to tweet their complaints about the ad and the chain quickly made the decision to pull it.
  • Appeals court to EPA: ... being a little overly optimistic with the biofuels, there?

    01/28/2013 1:37:03 PM PST · by rusty millet · 7 replies
    Hot Air ^ | January 28, 2013 | Erika Johnsen
    The Environmental Protection Agency is getting taken to court left and right for their many overzealous regulations and intrusions into private industry, with varying results– but on Friday, U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit ruled that, why no, the EPA may not punish the oil industry for their noncompliance with the EPA’s lofty Renewable Fuels Standard mandates in failing to blend a certain amount of cellulosic biofuels into their product, seeing as how those biofuels are not actually available.
  • David Cameron’s wife Samantha is the “driving force” behind gay marriage (per cabinet minister)

    01/28/2013 1:34:14 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 7:30AM GMT 26 Jan 2013 | Tim Walker
    Mandrake reported on Friday that David Cameron’s mother, Mary, had been asked why the Prime Minister was pressing ahead with plans to change the law in favor of same-sex marriage when it was alienating so many of the Conservative Party’s natural supporters. “I know, but David just won’t be told,” the retired Justice of the Peace replied. The answer may be close to hand: a cabinet minister points to Samantha Cameron’s influence on her husband. “Samantha is the driving force behind the policy,” claims the minister. The baronet’s daughter, who is a creative consultant at Smythson, the Mayfair luxury goods...
  • Churchgoers robbed at gunpoint in East St. Louis [Illinois: The Gun Free State]

    01/28/2013 1:30:35 PM PST · by Da Bilge Troll · 18 replies
    STL Today.com (St. Louis Post Dispatch) ^ | 1/28/2013 | FROM STAFF REPORTS
    EAST ST. LOUIS • About 100 people were attending a musical event at a small church here when several masked gunmen burst into the church and demanded money and valuables, members and attendees said Monday. The attendees, who did not give their names for fear of retaliation, said at least three robbers ordered people at the music event to the floor and took cash from them in the holdup about 5:30 p.m. Sunday at IRA Grove Free Will Baptist Church, 1701 Belmont Avenue. The gunmen were wearing bandanas over their faces, according to police and witnesses. Witnesses did not get...
  • Army, Police To Trace Status Of Missile Launcher At Gun Buyback

    01/28/2013 1:21:08 PM PST · by zeestephen · 14 replies
    KOMOnews.com ^ | 28 January 2013
    Seattle - The item, a single-use device that had already been used, is a launch tube assembly for a Stinger portable surface-to-air missile.
  • Barbara Walters Has Chickenpox, Remains Hospitalized

    01/28/2013 1:21:13 PM PST · by SMGFan · 59 replies
    Barbara Walters has been in the hospital for more than a week after she fell and hit her head during pre-Inauguration festivities in Washington, D.C. — and now the View co-host has contracted the chickenpox. While doctors were monitoring Walters after her fall, they noticed her fever was not subsiding and eventually determined that it was due to chickenpox, according to The Associated Press.
  • Conservative media watchdogs push back on Obama's Fox News attack

    01/28/2013 1:20:08 PM PST · by walford · 8 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 28, 2013 | Fox News
    "...If a Republican member of Congress is not punished on Fox News or by Rush Limbaugh for working with a Democrat on a bill of common interest, then you'll see more of them doing it," [President Obama] said.
  • Journalist Accosted by Security over Mayor Bloomberg Gun Control Question

    01/28/2013 1:18:09 PM PST · by libstripper · 22 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | Jan. 28, 2013 | Wynton Hall
    In an explosive exchange outside the U.S. Conference of Mayors meeting in Washington, D.C., security guards for billionaire New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg accosted senior Talk Radio Network investigative reporter Jason Mattera when he asked the mayor about his strong support for gun control. In the video, Bloomberg is seen surrounded by security. Mattera approaches Bloomberg and asks, “In the spirit of gun control, will you disarm your entire security team?” Bloomberg’s reply: “Uh, you, we’ll get right back to you.” “Why can you defend yourself but not the majority of Americans?” Mattera asks as the mayor walks away....
  • Don’t Gut Our Military: $150 Billion in Commonsense Proposals to Prevent Sequestration

    01/28/2013 1:06:01 PM PST · by SkyPilot · 30 replies
    The Foundry - Heritage Foundation ^ | 28 Jan 13 | T. Elliot Gaiser
    Unless Congress acts, March 1 will trigger a $55 billion-per-year ($45 billion in 2013, as the fiscal cliff deal delayed the cuts for two months) cut in national defense, known as sequestration, which will weaken the United States’s ability to defend itself. But this does not have to happen; Congress should cut other spending to prevent the debilitating cuts to defense. National defense, unlike most other discretionary programs, is a central constitutional duty and today represents only 17 percent of the budget. Yet nearly half of the Congress-mandated sequestration cuts—$492 billion—would come from defense. These across-the-board cuts threaten our...
  • Obama's secret skeet shooting

    01/28/2013 12:51:24 PM PST · by ColdOne · 35 replies
    politico44 ^ | 1/28/13 | DONOVAN SLACK
    "When he goes to Camp David, he goes to spend time with his family and friends to relax, not to produce photographs," White House press secretary Jay Carney told reporters Monday. He said he had never seen any pictures of Obama skeet shooting. ~~SNIP~~ "He does go to Camp David with some regularity, but I'm not sure how often he’s done that." According to CBS News' Mark Knoller, who keeps statistics on the president's movements, Obama has visited Camp David 29 times, spending a total of 72 days there since taking office.
  • Reid Remarks On Common-Sense Immigration Reform

    01/28/2013 12:48:09 PM PST · by mdittmar · 11 replies
    United States Senate Democrats ^ | 1/28/2013 | Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid
    I applaud [the bipartisan group of eight] Senators for setting partisanship aside to tackle a crucial issue facing our nation. This is a positive first step.”“I pledge that I will do everything in my power as Majority Leader to get a bill across the finish line.”“With bipartisan support building in both houses of Congress and a President who is eager to solve this problem, there is no reason we should not pass comprehensive immigration reform immediately.”Washington, D.C. – Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid spoke on the Senate floor today about immigration reform. Below are his remarks as prepared for delivery.Last...
  • Amnesty Plan Equals 'Unlimited Future Illegal Immigration'

    01/28/2013 12:47:51 PM PST · by EXCH54FE · 23 replies
    NewsMax ^ | Jan 28, 2013 | David Yonkman
    An agreement over sweeping overhaul of immigration law reached by a bipartisan group of leading senators has quickly drawn its critics. The outline of the plan covers border security, guest workers and employer verification, as well as a path to citizenship for the 11 million illegal immigrants already in this country. The deal, expected to be announced later this afternoon, has a long wayto go before the thorny details are worked out. But the development heralds the start of what could be the most significant effort in years toward overhauling the nation's inefficient patchwork of immigration laws. It is already...
  • Jay Carney has never seen a photo of Obama skeet-shooting

    01/28/2013 12:33:15 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 54 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | 1-28-2013 | Joel Gerhke
    January 28, 2013 Jay Carney has never seen a photo of Obama skeet-shooting Joel Gerhke President Obama said that he “goes skeet-shooting all the time,” a comment that apparently has the White House press corps a little suspicious. A reporter today asked White House Press Secretary Jay Carney how often Obama goes shooting and why hasn’t the press corps heard about this before? Carney simply referred her to Obama’s statement. Is there a photo of the president shooting? “There may be, but I haven’t seen it,” Carney replied. He didn’t mention if he had personally seen Obama go shooting.
  • Obama Calls, Congratulates Netanyahu- President calls Netanyahu, almost a week after he came in

    01/28/2013 12:22:25 PM PST · by Nachum · 7 replies
    inn ^ | 1/28/13 | Gil Ronen
    The White House says President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu spoke by telephone on Monday, almost a week after Netanyahu's ticket won the most seats in Israel's parliamentary election. Obama reportedly called and congratulated Netanyahu on his success in the election. He said that he looked forward to working with Israel's next government, and affirmed his commitment to a strong U.S. relationship with Israel and to promoting regional peace and security. Relations between Obama and Netanyahu were strained during Obama's first term. Supporters of Obama accused Netanyahu of interfering in the U.S. election in favor of Obama's...
  • Boy Scouts of America considering dropping its ban on gay members

    01/28/2013 12:21:34 PM PST · by Ron C. · 238 replies
    Fox News ^ | 1/28/2013 | Greg Norman
    <p>The Boy Scouts of America is considering dropping a longtime ban on gay members, according to a spokesman.</p> <p>“The BSA is discussing potentially removing the national membership restriction regarding sexual orientation,'' spokesman Deron Smith said in a statement obtained by FoxNews.com. "This would mean there would no longer be any national policy regarding sexual orientation, but that the chartered organizations that oversee and deliver Scouting would accept membership and select leaders consistent with their organization’s mission, principles or religious beliefs."</p>
  • White House takes credit on immigration deal

    01/28/2013 11:58:29 AM PST · by Nachum · 18 replies
    Politico ^ | 1/28/13 | DONOVAN SLACK
    White House press secretary Jay Carney on Monday welcomed an immigration deal reached by a bipartisan group of senators and gave credit to President Obama for pressing the issue. "I think it's important before we let the moment pass to acknowledge that the progress we're seeing embodied in the priniciples put forward by this bipartisan group is happening for a reason: I think it's happening because consensus is developing in the country, a bipartisan consensus, and it's happening because the president has demonstrated significant leadership on this issue," Carney said. He said that when immigration reform failed in 2010, Obama...
  • Up to a third of Barnes & Noble stores to close, report says

    01/28/2013 11:51:11 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 42 replies
    LA Times ^ | 1/28/13 | Tiffany Hsu
    Barnes & Noble will shut up to a third of its brick-and-mortar bookstores over the next decade as reading habits change and digital publications evolve, according to a new report. The chain will end up with 450 to 500 stores in 10 years, down from the 689 physical stores it has now, according to Mitchell Klipper, chief executive of Barnes & Noble's retail group. That evens out to about 20 stores shuttered yearly over the period, Klipper said in an interview with the Wall Street Journal.
  • (Jeb) Bush Attacks Rubio Plan as He Eyes 2016

    01/28/2013 11:50:47 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 44 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Monday, 28 Jan 2013 01:02 PM | Lisa Barron
    Neither former Gov. Jeb Bush, R-Fla., nor Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla. have announced their plans to run for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination, but both are already speaking and acting like contenders, going head to head on issues such as immigration and education reform. Bush said in a Wall Street Journal op-ed last week that efforts to tackle immigration reform on a piecemeal basis are “short-sighted and self-defeating.” …
  • What did Republicans win in the immigration deal? (No guarantee on border security!!)

    01/28/2013 11:46:05 AM PST · by Bigtigermike · 57 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Monday January 28, 2013 | Greg Sargent
    It’s has been widely assumed this morning by some immigration advocates (and by yours truly, too) that the new immigration reform plan’s process of citizenship for the country’s 11 million undocumented immigrants is contingent on a commission of Southwestern officials declaring the border secure. Not true. I’ve now got clarification from Senate staff working on the bill, and it turns out that the enforcement commission’s judgments will only be advisory, and are entirely nonbinding. Congress’ actions will not be dictated by what this commission concludes; neither will actions taken by the Department of Homeland Security. The citizenship process will be...
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    01/28/2013 11:40:06 AM PST · by Biggirl · 3 replies
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