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  • First lawsuit filed in N.Y.S. against new gun laws.

    01/29/2013 3:47:01 PM PST · by GlockThe Vote · 20 replies
    NYSRPA ^ | 01/29/2013 | NYSRPA
    http://www.nysrpa.org/files/SAFENoticeOfClaim.pdf Here is is - filed today.
  • Scouts Consider Breaking Camp with Tradition

    01/29/2013 3:46:14 PM PST · by fwdude · 45 replies
    Family Research Council ^ | January 29, 2013 | Family Research Council
    January 29, 2013 - Tuesday For 103 years, the mission of the Boy Scouts has been "to prepare young people to make ethical choices." Unfortunately, the organization's leadership seems less inclined to make those same choices themselves, as rumors swirl that the Board is on the verge of reversing its longtime policy on homosexuality. To most parents, the news that the Scouts were even considering a change is a shock. After all, it was just seven months ago that the same spokesman told reporters that, after a two-year review, a special committee had unanimously recommended keeping the ban. "The vast...
  • Henson Ong at Gun Violence Prevention Public Hearing - Hartford, CT - 1/28/2013 (must see video)

    01/29/2013 3:38:03 PM PST · by lowbridge · 8 replies
    youtube ^ | January 28, 2013
    “A free people can only afford to make this mistake once!”~Henson Ong http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NyYYgLzF6zU
  • John Williams Forecasts U.S. Dollar Hyperinflation Before End Of 2014

    01/29/2013 3:37:58 PM PST · by blam · 23 replies
    TMO ^ | 1-29-2013 | Greg Hunter
    John Williams Forecasts U.S. Dollar Hyperinflation Before End Of 2014 Economics / HyperInflationJanuary 29, 2013 - 12:46 PM GMT Anybody who thinks the U.S. is in a so-called recovery isn’t listening to economist John Williams. He contends, “We haven’t had a recovery and we’re not about to have one, and it’s getting worse.” Williams says it’s because, “The consumer is in very serious trouble. . . . The average guy is not making it. His income is not keeping up with inflation.” As far as Congress getting the budget and debt ceiling under control, Williams says, “Both sides are faced...
  • Scholar accused of killing daughter ordered to pay diya

    01/29/2013 3:34:50 PM PST · by SJackson · 10 replies
    emirates247 ^ | January 29, 2013
    A Saudi court ordered a well-known local scholar to pay diya (blood money) after he was convicted of torturing his five-year old daughter to death. His wife quickly reacted by saying she would appeal to demand her husband’s death. Newspapers in the Gulf Kingdom said the unnamed scholar is still in jail until he pays diya to his wife over the death of his daughter. The woman said she had not appointed a lawyer during the trial to demand execution of her husband on the grounds she is “ignorant in the law.” “The body of my daughter has been in...
  • Zimbabwe has $217 in the bank: finance minister

    01/29/2013 3:33:05 PM PST · by dynachrome · 49 replies
    Star Africa ^ | 1-29-13 | Jekesai Njikizana
    HARARE (AFP) After paying public workers’ salaries last week, the balance in cash-strapped Zimbabwe’s government public account stood at just $217, Finance Minister Tendai Biti said Tuesday. “Last week when we paid civil servants there was $217 (left) in government coffers,” Biti told journalists in the capital Harare, claiming some of them had healthier bank balances than the state. “The government finances are in paralysis state at the present moment. We are failing to meet our targets.” Zimbabwe’s economy went into free-fall at the turn of the millennium, after President Robert Mugabe began seizing white-owned farms. The move demolished investor...
  • More Heads to Roll at CNN [Obama sycophant O'Brian out]

    01/29/2013 3:32:40 PM PST · by Perdogg · 18 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | Jan 29, 2013 | Lloyd Grove
    Well, maybe not “shock,” since the new president of CNN Worldwide has made no secret of his intention to shake up the ratings-challenged cable network from top to bottom.
  • Vitter, Issa demand records regarding top EPA official’s use of private email account

    01/29/2013 3:14:26 PM PST · by Nachum · 12 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 1/29/13 | Michael Bastasch
    Louisiana Republican Sen. David Vitter and California Republican Rep. Darrell Issa sent a joint letter on Tuesday demanding emails from the private accounts an Environmental Protection Agency official who the lawmakers say may be trying to sidestep federal transparency laws. The official is EPA Region 8 Administrator James Martin. “This administration took office promising to be the ‘most transparent’ in history, but repeated actions have undermined this ambitious goal,” said Issa. “Investigations have revealed widespread disregard for transparency and record-keeping laws in multiple agencies and even in the White House.”
  • “THE MARK LEVIN SHOW”– Tuesday, January-29-2013

    01/29/2013 2:29:13 PM PST · by Fudd Fan · 85 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
  • N. Korea likely to test fusion-boosted fission bomb able to reach U.S.

    01/29/2013 2:15:42 PM PST · by Strategerist · 32 replies
    Asahi Shimbun ^ | January 25, 2013 | YOSHIHIRO MAKINO
    North Korea's next nuclear test could enable it to use a smaller, more sophisticated bomb mounted on a long-range ballistic missile to strike the U.S. mainland, Japanese government sources said. Pyongyang will likely experiment with a fusion-boosted fission bomb in a "high-level" nuclear test it said would target the United States, according to the sources. A fusion-boosted fission bomb induces nuclear fusion with slight nuclear fission, enabling more efficient nuclear fission. A fusion-boosted fission bomb can therefore be made about one-fourth the size of an ordinary nuclear bomb. Either uranium or plutonium can be used to develop the bomb. North...
  • Activists Destroy Pro-Life Memorial to Remember Unborn Babies

    01/29/2013 2:07:00 PM PST · by lowbridge · 10 replies
    http://www.lifenews.com ^ | January 29, 2013 | Steven Ertelt
    Pro-abortion activists have destroyed a memorial of crosses set up in a field to remember the 55 million unborn children who have been killed in abortions since Roe v. Wade in 1973. On Saturday, January 26th, the Rachel’s Park Memorial, was desecrated, according to an email from Rev. Rusty Lee Thomas of Elijah Ministries to LifeNews. Thomas, who is the founder and director of the memorial, said a report was filed with the Waco Police Department at 11:09 am, by an employee of a neighboring business. Rachel’s Park Memorial is located at 4720 N. 19th Street in Waco. The park...
  • Senate confirms Kerry for State in 94-3 vote

    01/29/2013 2:05:27 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 102 replies
    Senate confirms Kerry for State in 94-3 vote By Julian Pecquet and Ramsey Cox - 01/29/13 04:32 PM ET The Senate approved one of its own to become President Obama's second secretary of State in a near-unanimous vote on Tuesday. Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) sailed through the chamber in a 94-to-3 vote, with Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) and Texas Sens. Ted Cruz (R) and John Cornyn (R) casting the only “no” votes. Kerry's approval to replace Hillary Clinton was a foregone conclusion after Republicans urged Obama to nominate him in lieu of his ambassador to the United Nations, Susan Rice....
  • Chick-fil-A keeps growing despite uproar

    01/29/2013 2:04:24 PM PST · by madprof98 · 11 replies
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | 1/29/13 | Leon Stafford
    Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy’s controversial comments on “biblical” marriage last summer and the uproar that followed didn’t dampen the Atlanta company’s annual sales. The fast food giant, the nation’s second-largest chicken chain, ended 2012 with $4.6 billion in sales — up 14 percent from $4.1 billion a year earlier. The company also opened 96 news stores, four more than the year before. ***** Advocates of a boycott and business experts said numbers don’t show the full picture. The unseen damage, they said, was to the company’s reputation and, potentially, to its ability to grow in cities with large gay populations...
  • Obama admin approves sale of sensitive military technology to China

    01/29/2013 2:00:55 PM PST · by lowbridge · 18 replies
    human events ^ | January 29, 2013 | Audrey Hudson
    A Chinese company will take charge of sensitive military and battery technology following the Treasury Department’s decision on Tuesday to permit the sale of a U.S. company that was bankrolled with tax dollars to the Shanghai-based Wanxiang firm. The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) approved the $256 million sale of A123 Systems’ operation, despite warnings from military insiders and lawmakers on Capitol Hill that the sale presents a danger to national security. A123 Systems, which went bankrupt despite the Obama administrations’ $249 million in green energy funding to produce advanced lithium ion batteries, controls 91 patents...
  • Baptist Leaders Predict 'Mass Exodus' From Scouts Over Gay Leader Decision

    01/29/2013 1:57:50 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 57 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 01/29/2013 | By Alex Murashko
    The Southern Baptist Convention expressed extreme disappointment Monday to news that the Boy Scouts of America will likely approve admission of professed homosexuals as scout leaders, with officials close to the SBC predicting a mass exodus out of Scouting by Baptist churches. A vote on the matter by BSA is planned during an executive meeting in Irving, Texas, the first week of February. "This is a catastrophic decision for the Boy Scouts of America. In order to placate their East and West Coast appendages, they are tearing out the heart of their Midwest and Southern support. This decision will lead...
  • 300 Colorado Teachers Take Firearms Class

    01/29/2013 1:57:01 PM PST · by EXCH54FE · 12 replies
    weekly Standard ^ | Jan 29, 2013 | DANIEL HALPER
    A press release from gun-rights group Rocky Mountain Gun Owners announces that last night it gave a firearms class to 300 teachers in Colorado. There was no cost for admission. "Rocky Mountain Gun Owners, Colorado's largest grassroots gun rights organization, provided a free firearms training course for 300 Colorado teachers," the group says. "The 300 men and women braved snow and inclement weather to attend the four hour course focusing on firearms safety and handling, and Colorado gun laws." In a statement, the executive director of the group, Dudley Brown, says, "Colorado teachers have been beating down our doors to...
  • Reid declines to endorse Feinstein's assault-weapons legislation

    01/29/2013 1:50:57 PM PST · by jazusamo · 36 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 29, 2013 | Alexander Bolton
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Tuesday declined to voice support for Democratic legislation that would ban assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition clips. Reid said he would bring gun-violence legislation to the floor and open it to a lengthy amendment process. But he declined to endorse the assault weapons ban introduced last week by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), which has the support of the 2nd- and 3rd-ranking Senate Democratic leaders. “She’s talked to me about her assault weapons. The new one. She believes in it fervently and I admire her for that. I’ll take a look at that,” he...
  • 4.7% Mexican Unemployment: uided sympathy for illegals harming Mexico, costing American jobs

    01/29/2013 1:50:02 PM PST · by Moseley · 7 replies
    BIZ PAC REVIEW (Palm Beach, Florida) ^ | January 29, 2013 | Jonathon Moseley
    Mexico’s unemployment rate dropped to 4.7% of the working age population in September 2012, according to the Financial Times, October 19, 2012. Yet misguided sympathy is causing the loss of U.S. jobs. The emotional appeal that illegal aliens would suffer if sent home is the central driving force of the illegal immigration debate. Make no mistake: Illegal aliens will go home. The only question is whether they will go home only after the United States Government has gone bankrupt, the economy has collapsed, and there are no more jobs or whether the U.S. will come to its senses. In fact,...
  • New Clashes in Tahrir Square

    01/29/2013 1:48:22 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 4 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 29/1/13
    Clashes broke out in Cairo’s Tahrir Square on Tuesday evening, Reshet Bet reports. Twelve people were arrested, including a young man and woman accused of trying to ignite a government building. Protesters and police have clashed several times in recent days, leading to over 40 deaths and several hundred injuries. The demonstrations were sparked by a court’s decision to hand down death penalties to 21 people convicted of sparking a stampede ...
  • 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...