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  • Gingrich to Newsmax: Time for GOP to Be the “Party of Ideas”

    01/29/2013 1:23:14 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Tuesday, 29 Jan 2013 03:31 PM | Jim Meyers and John Bachman
    Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich tells Newsmax that Republicans need to be the “party of ideas,” offering real solutions instead of playing “bumper sticker politics.” Gingrich also says the GOP’s stance on immigration during the presidential campaign was “devastatingly destructive,” but he’s hopeful that reform can be implemented thanks to Sen. Marco Rubio’s “very important leadership” on the immigration issue. … In an exclusive interview with Newsmax TV, Gingrich discloses how he reacted to Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal’s recent pronouncement that the GOP should “stop being the stupid party.” “I broke out laughing because when I was first running for...
  • Obama's immigration principles

    01/29/2013 1:22:44 PM PST · by ColdOne · 6 replies
    politico44 ^ | 1/29/13 | DONOVAN SLACK
    The White House provides summaries of four key principles that President Obama wants included in comprehensive immigration reform: ~~SNIP~~ • Streamlining Legal Immigration: Our immigration system should reward anyone who is willing to work hard and play by the rules. For the sake of our economy and our security, legal immigration should be simple and efficient. The President’s proposal attracts the best minds to America by providing visas to foreign entrepreneurs looking to start businesses here and helping the most promising foreign graduate students in science and math stay in this country after graduation, rather than take their skills to...
  • Arrest numbers signal 9 percent jump in illegal immigration in 2012 [Obama says border "fortified"]

    01/29/2013 10:30:32 AM PST · by traumer · 10 replies
    Even as President Obama travels to Las Vegas Tuesday to call for legalizing illegal immigrants, the latest numbers from the U.S. Border Patrol suggest that the flow across the nation’s southwest border jumped by 9 percent up last year. The Border Patrol made 356,873 arrests along the U.S.-Mexico border in fiscal year 2012, up from 327,577 in 2011, according to figures obtained by the Associated Press and confirmed by The Washington Times. Border Patrol officials estimate that apprehensions are a good proxy for illegal crossings, so when the numbers go up, it means that the flow of illegal immigrants is...
  • Statement Regarding Immigration Reform Proposal

    01/29/2013 1:04:08 PM PST · by Kimberly GG · 8 replies
    via JanPac email | 1/29/13 | Jan Brewer
    Dear Friends, I have been in contact with Senator McCain regarding the now released immigration reform ideas presented by his working group of Senators. I am pleased that there is expressed recognition of what we have been saying in Arizona: immigration reform will not succeed unless and until we have achieved effective border security. If this occurs, it would be a triumph for the rule of law and a testament to the united voices of Americans from across our country who have been clear in their call for the federal government to uphold its duty to secure the border. Our...
  • House, Holder may near deal on Fast and Furious contempt

    01/29/2013 12:54:34 PM PST · by ColdOne · 13 replies
    politico ^ | 1/29/13 | JOSH GERSTEIN
    hear arguments on the Justice Department's claim that the lawsuit should be thrown out because the issue is a fundamentally political one that must be sorted out between the legislative and executive branches.
  • SI soldier after double-arm transplant: It feels amazing (incredible story w/ video)

    01/29/2013 12:50:04 PM PST · by dead · 10 replies
    NY Post ^ | 29 Jan 2013 | S.A. MILLER
    BALTIMORE — A brave Staten Island GI, who underwent a stunning double-arm transplant, beamed with optimism today as he showed off his new limbs. In an amazing scene of triumph over tragedy, 26-year-old Brendan Marrocco pushed his own wheelchair into a room at Johns Hopkins Hospital and told reporters he has a new lease on life. “It’s a life changing thing,” said the smiling Marrocco. “It feels amazing. It’s something I was waiting for for a long time.” Marrocco received the rare transplant on Dec. 18. For now, Marrocco can’t use his new hands because it’ll take months for nerves...
  • Report: E15 causes some cars’ fuel systems to fail

    01/29/2013 12:45:54 PM PST · by thackney · 28 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | January 29, 2013 | Jennifer A. Dlouhy
    Automobile manufacturers and the oil industry on Tuesday released the results of laboratory tests showing that gasoline containing 15 percent ethanol caused fuel pumps and parts to fail, raising the specter of faulty check engine light readings and more frequent breakdowns for cars that use the blend. The American Petroleum Institute cast the report by the non-profit Coordinating Research Council as fresh evidence that the Environmental Protection Agency should rescind its 2010 decision to approve the sale of the so-called “E15″ blend for 2001 and newer automobiles. A previous study by the Coordinating Research Council, which counts API as a...
  • Obama vs. Fox News -- behind the White House strategy to delegitimize a news organization

    01/29/2013 12:44:05 PM PST · by Jonah Vark · 26 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | January 29, 2013 | Kirsten Powers
    There is no war on terror for the Obama White House, but there is one on Fox News. In a recent interview with The New Republic, President Obama was back to his grousing about the one television news outlet in America that won’t fall in line and treat him as emperor. Discussing breaking Washington's partisan gridlock, the president told TNR,"If a Republican member of Congress is not punished on Fox News...for working with a Democrat on a bill of common interest, then you’ll see more of them doing it." Alas, the president loves to whine about the media meanies at...
  • Wayne LaPierre: NRA Won’t Accept "Blame" For Criminals

    01/29/2013 12:32:43 PM PST · by Biggirl · 12 replies
    http://www.politico.com/ ^ | January 29,2013 | John Bresnahan
    Wayne LaPierre, CEO of the powerful National Rifle Association, will tell a Senate panel on Wednesday that the federal government should not enact any new gun-control laws. “Law-abiding gun owners will not accept blame for the acts of violent or deranged criminals,” LaPierre is scheduled to tell the Senate Judiciary Committee.
  • Lindsey Graham: Hillary Clinton ‘got away with murder’

    01/29/2013 12:24:04 PM PST · by Nachum · 24 replies
    Politico ^ | 1/29/13 | BREANNA EDWARDS
    Sen. Lindsey Graham wasn’t impressed with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s testimony at the Benghazi congressional hearing, telling Fox News that she “got away with murder.” “Hillary Clinton got away with murder in my view. She said they had a clear-eyed view of the threats. How could you have a clear-eyed view of the threats in Benghazi when you didn’t know about the ambassador’s cable coming back from Libya?” the South Carolina Republican told host Greta Van Susteren Monday on “On The Record”.
  • Clinton: Benghazi was my greatest regret as secretary of state

    01/29/2013 12:18:52 PM PST · by bestintxas · 20 replies
    the cable ^ | 1/29/13 | j rogin
    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, when asked Tuesday to name her most lasting regret from her time as secretary of state, referred to the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi. "My biggest question to you was, firstly, are you planning on writing your memoirs already? And if you are, following in the footsteps of Madeleine Albright in hers -- where she says that her lasting regret was in Rwanda -- what would you say was your lasting regret?," Clinton was asked by a British Pakistani student during her Tuesday morning "Townterview," one of a number of farewell...
  • The next generation of surveillance. (Video)

    01/29/2013 12:14:52 PM PST · by servo1969 · 2 replies
    dump.com ^ | 1-23-2013 | PBS
    A clip from the episode of NOVA entitled "Rise of the Drones." The full episode can be viewed here: http://video.pbs.org/video/2326108547
  • Sorry about the truncating pages and missing sidebars problem

    01/29/2013 12:11:57 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 37 replies
    Sorry that the truncating pages and missing sidebars problem is back again. I'm trying to reach John so he can fix it. No luck so far. Hope he checks his messages soon. I've also asked him what causes this, but he hasn't answered. Hoping we can get a permanent fix soon. Meanwhile, the work around is to set the number of results and items per page to 20 each. Look for the "My Preferences" link under "Account" at the top of any of the latest posts index pages. Thanks
  • Treasury Department approves A123 sale to Chinese firm despite security concerns

    01/29/2013 12:11:06 PM PST · by Nachum · 11 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 1/29/13 | FoxNews
    The U.S. government has approved the sale of U.S. taxpayer-backed A123 Systems to a Chinese company, despite security and economic concerns about sensitive technology changing hands. A representative with A123 Systems confirmed Tuesday to FoxNews.com that Wanxiang America Corp. has gotten approval from a Treasury Department agency to take over "substantially all" of the non-government business assets of the lithium ion battery manufacturer. "We're pleased the government has completed its review and provided us with the go-ahead to finalize this transaction," Pin Ni, president of Wanxiang America, said in a written statement. A representative with the Treasury Department's Committee on...
  • Study: 37 Percent of Employed College Graduates Didn’t Even Need Their Education

    01/29/2013 12:03:09 PM PST · by drewh · 28 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 2:55 AM 01/29/2013 | Robby Soave
    With record numbers of college graduates underemployed in jobs that don’t actually require degrees, economists are joking that even aspiring janitors may soon have to get master’s degrees to compete for jobs. A study released Monday by the Center for College Affordability and Productivity found that 37 percent of employed graduates didn’t need to attend college at all to successfully perform their current jobs. The study was co-authored by Dr. Richard Vedder, an economics professor at Ohio University and director of CCAP; Jonathan Robe, a CCAP researcher; and Christopher Denhart, an economics student at the university. “Just as a bachelor’s...
  • Marco Rubio Evolved on Immigration Reform

    01/29/2013 11:57:32 AM PST · by Bigtigermike · 14 replies
    Yahoo ^ | Tuesday January 29, 2013
    Arizona Sen. John McCain partnered with liberal Democrat Ted Kennedy in 2005 to offer illegal immigrants a pathway to citizenship, then allied with border security hardliners during a tough 2010 Republican primary. "Complete the danged fence," McCain cracked in a widely publicized television spot. Less well known is the equally dramatic pivot by Marco Rubio, from 2010 candidate who dismissed McCain’s proposal as “amnesty,” to U.S. senator who on Monday championed reforms McCain said had “very little difference” from his previous plan, which became the blueprint for failed legislation in 2006 and 2007. During a March 28, 2010 Fox News...
  • News in Brief: Gene variant makes flu particularly dangerous

    01/29/2013 11:57:18 AM PST · by neverdem · 6 replies
    Science News ^ | January 29, 2013 | Tina Hesman Saey
    People with one form of IFITM3 more likely to develop pneumonia Chinese people carrying a particular version of an immune system gene are up to six times more likely to develop severe influenza than those lacking the variant. In a previous study involving mostly people of European descent, scientists found that a few individuals carried a particular form of a gene known as IFITM3 and got hit especially hard by the flu. In China, the variant is much more common...
  • 'Shotgunner' Obama Hates Camp David (because it has no golf course)

    01/29/2013 11:54:03 AM PST · by drewh · 20 replies
    Washingtion Examiner ^ | Modified: January 29, 2013 at 11:55 am | Washington Secrets
    Did anyone else raise an eyebrow when President Obama over the weekend told The New Republic that he likes to shoot skeet at Camp David? "Yes, in fact, up at Camp David, we do skeet shooting all the time," he told the magazine. His comments seemed remarkable for two reasons: His fondness for shotguns has never been revealed before. But his disdain for Camp David has. "He hates it," said New York Times White House reporter Helene Cooper last May on the Chris Matthews show. "Obama doesn't like going there," she added. The reason: It doesn't have a golf course,...
  • Kroger Gun Stunt Sparks 2nd Amendment Debate

    01/29/2013 11:46:30 AM PST · by 1912comeback · 71 replies
    NBC28 ^ | 1/28/2013 | Amy Vu
    Charlottesville police say the man who showed up at a Kroger grocery store with a loaded gun wanted to make a point. On Sunday, an unidentified 22-year-old man carried a loaded AR-15 into the Kroger store on Emmet Street and Hydraulic Road, sparking not only a scare for customers and employees but also a 2nd Amendment debate.
  • Obama Will Include Same-Sex Couples In Immigration Plan

    01/29/2013 11:42:36 AM PST · by drewh · 11 replies
    Buzz Feed ^ | January 28, 2013 at 10:38pm ES | Chris Geidner
    — Same-sex couples will be a part of the proposal for addressing immigration reform that President Obama is scheduled to unveil Tuesday in Las Vegas, BuzzFeed has confirmed with multiple sources familiar with the White House plan. A Democratic source said: "Same-sex couples will be part of his proposal." A second source confirmed that, unlike the Senate framework released Monday, same-sex bi-national couples — those with one American and one foreign partner — will be included in the White House principles. The decision by Obama seeks to remedy what advocates for same-sex couples view as one of the most searing...
  • [It's] The End of the University as We Know It

    01/29/2013 11:41:33 AM PST · by Jeff Winston · 42 replies
    The American Interest ^ | January 2013 | Nathan Harden
    In fifty years, if not much sooner, half of the roughly 4,500 colleges and universities now operating in the United States will have ceased to exist. The technology driving this change is already at work, and nothing can stop it. The future looks like this: Access to college-level education will be free for everyone; the residential college campus will become largely obsolete; tens of thousands of professors will lose their jobs; the bachelor’s degree will become increasingly irrelevant; and ten years from now Harvard will enroll ten million students.
  • Texas oil output hits highest level in two decades

    01/29/2013 11:28:28 AM PST · by thackney · 9 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | January 29, 2013 | Jeannie Kever
    Texas oil production rose by almost 100 million barrels in 2012 over the previous year, to the highest level in two decades. It was the fifth consecutive year with an increase. Despite a drop in oil prices last spring, economist Karr Ingham predicts production will rise again in 2013. Ingham offered a look at the state’s energy industry Monday as he presented the Texas Petro Index, the snapshot he developed to track trends for the Texas Alliance of Energy Producers almost 10 years ago. The 3,300-member alliance receives monthly updates from Ingham, covering rig counts, drilling permits, well completions, industry...
  • Marco Rubio wins big praise from Rush Limbaugh

    01/29/2013 11:28:29 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 60 replies
    Marco Rubio wins big praise from Rush Limbaugh By: Kevin Cirilli January 29, 2013 01:55 PM EST Sen. Marco Rubio went into Rush Limbaugh’s lion’s den on Tuesday and came out with a rousing praise and support from the conservative radio show host for the Florida Republican’s effort to reform the country’s immigration system. “What you are doing is admirable and noteworthy. You are recognizing reality. You are trumpeting it. You are shouting it,” Limbaugh said on his radio program during a 15-minute phone interview with Rubio. “My concern is the president wants to change the reality.” Limbaugh added: “You’re...
  • Rubio Shockingly Convinced Rush Limbaugh That His Immigration Plan Was 'Admirable And Noteworthy'

    01/29/2013 11:20:10 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 60 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 01/29/2013 | Brett LoGiurato
    Republican Sen. Marco Rubio — one of the bipartisan group of eight Senators proposing an overhaul of the nation's immigration system — managed to make a believer of conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh. On his radio show Monday, Limbaugh dismissed the plan as blanket amnesty and said it was "up to me and Fox News" to stop it. But Limbaugh took a different tone on Tuesday when speaking with Rubio directly. Limbaugh opened the segment by asking Rubio, "Why are we doing this now?" "The key is this was going to be an issue," Rubio said. "I thought it was...
  • Paul Krugman: Yes, We Have To Fix The Deficit Eventually–But Not Now

    01/29/2013 11:12:09 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Daily Ticker ^ | 01/29/2013 | Henry Blodget
    Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman has argued clearly and consistently over the past five years that U.S. government spending is critical to our economic recovery and that cutting spending now to reduce the deficit would be a disastrous mistake. For taking this position, Krugman has been castigated by those who blame the depression on fiscal irresponsibility and runaway government spending. The way to fix the economy, those folks argue, is to immediately slash government spending, reduce the deficit, and restore "confidence" among the country's business leaders. In the early years of the recovery, there was widespread support for the latter...
  • Conservative Hispanic group tells GOP to avoid ‘amnesty’ label

    01/29/2013 11:11:39 AM PST · by posterchild · 22 replies
    news.yahoo.com ^ | Liz Goodwin
    A conservative pro-immigration reform group has issued talking points to Republican lawmakers, telling them to avoid referring to the children of illegal immigrants as "anchor babies" or calling for the construction of an "electric fence" on the border, among other things. The talking points, published by BuzzFeed, went out to Republican lawmakers on the Hill as momentum builds for an immigration bill that would legalize most of the country's 11 million illegal immigrants. The memo urges lawmakers to call illegal immigrants "undocumented immigrants" and to avoid terms such as "aliens" or "illegals." Another phrase to avoid? "Send them all back."...
  • Cats Killing Billions of Animals In The US (your tax dollars at work)

    01/29/2013 11:04:19 AM PST · by drewh · 88 replies
    BBC News ^ | 29 January 2013 Last updated at 11:25 ET | By Rebecca Morelle
    <p>Cats are one of the top threats to US wildlife, killing billions of animals each year, a study suggests.</p> <p>The authors estimate they are responsible for the deaths of between 1.4 and 3.7 billion birds and 6.9-20.7 billion mammals annually.</p>
  • Sunstein: Obama Wants 'Second Bill of Rights' (modeled after 1944 FDR State of the Union speech)

    01/29/2013 10:48:42 AM PST · by drewh · 65 replies
    Big Government ^ | 28 Jan 2013 | by Breitbart News
    Former Obama administration regulatory czar Cass Sunstein has published an op-ed: that the president wants a "second Bill of Rights" alongside the existing one. Sunstein located the source of Obama's inspiration in Franklin Delano Roosevelt's 1944 State of the Union address, rather than the South African constitution--though the American academics whose writings inspired South Africa's ambitious Bill of Rights could well have taken Roosevelt's proposals as their foundation. Roosevelt's Second Bill of Rights--not a list of constitutional amendments, but policy goals--was as follows: In our day these economic truths have become accepted as self-evident. We have accepted, so to speak,...
  • Jewish Students Threatened at UC Davis

    01/29/2013 10:48:32 AM PST · by Nachum · 9 replies
    Front Page ^ | 1/29/13 | Leila Beckwith and Tammi Rossman-Benjamin
    Editor’s note: The following is the text of a letter written by Leila Beckwith and Tammi Rossman-Benjamin, co-founders of the AMCHA Initiative, to UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi regarding the university’s silence and inaction in the face of anti-Jewish hostility during a recent student protest. As you know, we are faculty members at the University of California, who have been investigating and documenting anti-Jewish bigotry on California public university campuses for the last several years. We are writing to you now to express our serious concern regarding an incident that occurred during a student protest on November 19, 2012, during...
  • CNN Cuts James Carville & Mary Matalin: Report

    01/29/2013 10:45:24 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 16 replies
    Deadline ^ | 1/29/13 | DOMINIC PATTEN
    Things are moving fast and furiously at Jeff Zucker’s CNN. Longtime political contributors James Carville and Mary Matalin are leaving the news network, Politico reports.
  • Michelle Obama Drops "Let's Move" Campaign (new massive community organizing project coming)

    01/29/2013 10:40:56 AM PST · by drewh · 24 replies
    Townhall ^ | Jan 29, 2013 11:44 AM EST | Katie Pavlich
    New term, new project. First Lady Michelle Obama has quietly dropped her "Let's Move" campaign, the healthy eating push she took on for schools all over the country during her husband's first term. First Lady Michelle Obama appears to have abandoned, at least for now, her oft-criticized “Let’s Move” initiative to promote exercise and healthy eating among the nation’s youth, halting public appearances and statements related to the program. Mrs. Obama does not appear to have done anything much to personally publicize the initiative in more than four months – since she released a video in early September welcoming children...
  • Sen. Rubio: The only way to incentivize border enforcement is to hold up the green-card process

    01/29/2013 10:40:34 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/29/2013 | Ed Morrissey
    While confusion continues to reign over the border-enforcement mechanisms in the Gang of Eight immigration-reform proposal, its most critical proponent continued to insist yesterday that a lack of a robust trigger on border security was a deal killer. Marco Rubio took his case to Sean Hannity, who asked (as I did yesterday) whether Rubio would oppose his own compromise plan if the commission-certification trigger was watered down or removed. Rubio committed again to opposition by saying that it would "absolutely" be a deal-killer:CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE VIDEO Rubio: “That’s why the details are so important of how you write...
  • Why immigration is a political landmine for the GOP

    01/29/2013 10:36:56 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 01/29/2013 | Rick Moran
    Changing sentiment toward illegal aliens is making GOP opposition to immigration reform even more difficult politically. It isn't just Hispanics who care about immigration reform. Most Americans want to see some kind of reform also. A new CBS poll sheds some light on the dilemma for Republicans. From Politico: ________________ "Fifty-one percent think illegal immigrants should be able to remain in the country and apply for citizenship, while an additional 20 percent think they should stay as guest workers. Twenty-four percent say they should have to leave the country, according to a CBS News poll released Monday night. The latest...
  • 35% Is Way Too High For Corporate Taxes

    01/29/2013 10:31:59 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    RCM ^ | 01/29/2013 | Robert Pozen
    If there's one policy agreement between Republicans and Democrats, it's that the 35% corporate tax rate in the United States should be reduced to 28% or 25%. The current rate, highest in the advanced industrial world, disincentivizes investment and encourages corporations to relocate overseas. Unfortunately, the deficit is a major hurdle facing any proposal to reduce the corporate tax rate. Because of the fiscal pressures facing the government, most politicians recognize that any corporate tax rate cut must be paid for by eliminating tax preferences and "loopholes." But few politicians have identified enough revenue-raising measures to offset the cost of...
  • Mag Pushes Fake Picture of Obama Skeet Shooting

    Mag Pushes Fake Picture of Obama Skeet Shooting Then deletes it.
  • Father of Newtown victim heckled at hearing (misleading headline by Norwalk paper)

    01/29/2013 10:25:22 AM PST · by DTogo · 18 replies
    The Norwalk Citizen ^ | Tuesday, January 29, 2013 | Ken Dixon
    HARTFORD — Some came dressed in camouflage and others in suits. Some wore National Rifle Association hats, casual clothing or bright power ties and sat next to each other, but on starkly different sides of the raging national argument on gun control. Both groups, totaling about 1,500 people, were frisked upon entering the Capitol complex Monday, then applauded their supporters during daylong hearings on the aftermath of the Newtown massacre. As members of a General Assembly task force took hours of testimony, Newtown Police Chief Michael Kehoe joined a dozen local law enforcement executives from throughout the country at the...
  • US Senate Committee Approves Kerry Nomination

    01/29/2013 10:18:55 AM PST · by Nachum · 17 replies
    inn ^ | 1/29/13 | Rachel Hirshfeld
    United States Senator John Kerry easily overcame the first hurdle of his confirmation as the next secretary of state Tuesday with a unanimous vote of approval by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Kerry, President Barack Obama's pick to replace Hillary Clinton as the nation's top diplomat, must still be confirmed by a vote of the full Senate later in the day, which he is expected to receive without contention. The five-term Massachusetts Democrat, who has been a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee for 28 years and led it for the past four, said he was "humbled" and gratified...
  • Environmental Extremists + ATF = Total Ammunition Ban

    01/29/2013 10:13:33 AM PST · by EXCH54FE · 12 replies
    AmmoLand ^ | Jan 29, 2013 | Ammo Land Staff
    There are two more regulatory storm fronts moving in that may make it difficult or impossible to get the ammunition that firearm owners need to defend themselves and their families, and to engage in the shooting sports. The uncoordinated attacks come separately from neo-enviro groups and from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. But taken together, these two separate proposals from these two separate groups create a perfect storm that could potentially result in an absolute ban on almost all ammunition. How? The extremist environmental groups are trying to ban lead ammunition. Federal law already bans the use...
  • Sen. Cruz to Chicago Mayor: Keep gun control efforts "north of the Red River"

    01/29/2013 10:11:49 AM PST · by kristinn · 17 replies
    KETK ^ | Tuesday, January 29, 2013
    Texas Senator Ted Cruz (R) sent a letter to gunmakers, banks, and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Thursday, after Emanuel reportedly sent letters to banks asking that they stop doing business with certain firearm manufacturers. In the letter, Cruz urged the mayor to keep his attacks on the Second Amendment to his own city, and informed gunmakers that their companies and business would be welcome in the state of Texas. Here is how the letter reads: To the CEOs of Bank of America and TD Bank Group: It has recently been reported that Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel sent each of...
  • No Deal - Obama: No Border Security Before Path to Citizenship

    01/29/2013 10:07:29 AM PST · by Nachum · 35 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 1/29/13 | Joel B. Pollak
    President Barack Obama is set to reject the key compromise at the heart of a bipartisan deal on immigration reform announced by eight Senators yesterday. The president, who will deliver an address later today in Las Vegas, NV outlining his own immigration ideas, is reported to oppose linking a “path to citizenship” for illegal immigrants, a Democrat demand, to stronger law enforcement and better border security, a Republican demand. The president will apparently argue that the administration has met reasonable goals on enforcing current immigration legislation, and that additional security will merely create new obstacles to legalizing the roughly 12...
  • Public servant, my aching b___!

    01/29/2013 9:55:53 AM PST · by EXCH54FE · 4 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | Jan 29, 2013 | A.J. Cameron
    Many individuals in government refer to themselves as ‘public servants’. When you think of someone being a servant, isn’t he/she supposed to be subservient to the wishes of his/her employer? Isn’t the American public the employer for those in government? With how those in government conduct themselves, how could any one of them consider himself/herself a public servant? Public servant, my aching b___! Federal politicians have bastardized the term ‘public servant’ and it is time that ‘we, the people’ demand our rightful position as our politicians’ employer. What changes might we make that would lead us to genuine representative government...
  • [Ed Rendell says] Never Let a Dead Child Go to Waste

    01/29/2013 9:50:51 AM PST · by Winged Hussar · 4 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 1/29/12 | William A Levinson
    Barack Obama, Dianne Feinstein, Michael Bloomberg, Andrew Cuomo, and their cohorts followed Rahm Emanuel's advice to "never let a good crisis go to waste" when they used the Sandy Hook shooting to renew their assault on the Bill of Rights. Former Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell added, in effect, that one should never let a dead child go to waste if one can exploit him or her for political gain. "...the GOOD THING about Newtown is, it was so HORRIFIC that I think it galvanized Americans to a point where the intensity on our side is going to match the intensity...
  • Brian Williams and Jimmy Fallon 'Slow Jam' Sexually-Charged Attacks on Republicans

    01/29/2013 9:42:16 AM PST · by chessplayer · 18 replies
    NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams joined Jimmy Fallon Monday in another "Slow Jam the News" segment on NBC's Late Night. This time the subject was the fight over the debt ceiling with the target of course being Republicans who were repeatedly hit with sexually-charged attacks (video follows with transcript and commentary): BRIAN WILLIAMS: Hello, I'm Brian Williams of NBC Nightly News and host of NBC's Rock Center, and I too, would like to slow jam this news. JIMMY FALLON, HOST: Hit me three times! WILLIAMS: Less than a month after signing a fiscal cliff deal and narrowly averting a...
  • France to deport 'radical foreign imams'

    01/29/2013 9:40:58 AM PST · by Pan_Yan · 16 replies
    Al Jazeera ^ | 29 Jan 2013 16:32
    French Interior Minister Manuel Valls has said that Paris is set to deport a string of radical religious imams as part of a fight against "global jihadism". "Several radical foreign preachers will be expelled in the coming days," Valls told a Brussels conference called to tackle extremism in Europe on Tuesday, without identifying any of the individuals concerned. "I don't confuse this radical Islam with the Islam of France but there is a religious environment, there are Salafist groupings, who are involved in a political process, whose aim is to monopolise cultural associations, the schooling system," he added. "We will...
  • New York Times Blames GOP for Making Obama Violate Constitution:

    01/29/2013 9:32:51 AM PST · by chessplayer · 15 replies
    What gall. A Saturday New York Times editorial actually managed to blamed the Republican Party for forcing Obama to violate the constitution: "A Court Upholds Republican Chicanery."
  • Doctor shot dead by patient during exam

    01/29/2013 9:31:02 AM PST · by grumpygresh · 35 replies
    AP ^ | January 29, 2013 | SHAYA TAYEFE MOHAJER
    <p>NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) -- A doctor was fatally shot in an examination room of an Orange County medical office, and the man who police believe shot him was taken into custody in the same room without a struggle, authorities said.</p>
  • Obama Czar Rattner Decries 'Climate-Change Deniers'—But Flies Big Private Jet

    01/29/2013 9:07:15 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 16 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    I hate to criticize a fellow pilot, but when one engages in such sky-high hypocrisy, well . . . On Morning Joe today, former Obama car czar Steve Rattner, a very successful hedge fund manager, decried "climate-change denier[s]." This is the same Rattner who, at last report, owned a "15,000-square-foot mansion on Martha’s Vineyard, to which [he] flies regularly on a Dassault Falcon 2000 jet [see file photo] he pilots himself." Rattner wrung his hands over the fact that we're "putting millions of tons of carbon into the atmosphere every day." But just earlier this week, the New York Times...
  • New details surface on Iran nuclear explosion

    01/29/2013 8:49:57 AM PST · by LucianOfSamasota · 52 replies
    WND ^ | January 29, 2013 | Reza Kahlili
    Sixteen North Koreans, including 14 technicians and two top military officers, are among those trapped after a Jan. 21 explosion destroyed much of Iran’s Fordow nuclear site, a source reveals. The source who provided the initial information on the explosion at one of Iran’s most important nuclear sites has now provided details about the degree of the destruction. The report, published exclusively by WND Jan. 24, is being covered internationally by major media, with independent intelligence sources confirming the explosion for the Times of London and the German Die Welt. But White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters Monday: “We...
  • LA County plans move on immigrant birthing hotels

    01/29/2013 8:42:35 AM PST · by Nachum · 16 replies
    MSN ^ | 1/29/13 | ap
    LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles County is planning a crackdown on makeshift maternity wards where mothers from other countries stay while giving birth so their children will be U.S. citizens. The county has received 60 complaints about such facilities in the past month, according to a report by the Planning Department submitted to the Board of Supervisors, the Los Angeles Times reported. That compared with just 15 complaints in the previous five years. The surge might be due to publicity over the closure of a house in Chino Hills that authorities contended had been used to house as many as...
  • Rubio blasts Obama for resistance to border security provision in immigration plan

    01/29/2013 8:18:51 AM PST · by tobyhill · 49 replies
    fox news ^ | 1/29/2013 | fox news
    Hours before President Obama is set to deliver a major immigration speech, a key Republican senator blasted the president for reportedly opposing a requirement to shore up border security before legalizing up to 11 million illegal immigrants. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., one of four Republican senators involved in a bipartisan effort to craft immigration reform legislation, warned the president Tuesday against taking such a position. It was the first sign since the senators unveiled their guidelines a day earlier of friction between the two efforts. "I think that would be a terrible mistake," Rubio told Fox News. "We have a...