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  • Man kills Alabama bus driver, holds child hostage underground

    01/30/2013 9:29:49 AM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 62 replies
    CNN ^ | 01/30/2013 | Lateef Mungin, CNN
    (CNN) -- A gunman boarded a school bus in Alabama, took a 6-year-old boy hostage and killed the driver who tried to save him, police said Wednesday. The incident occurred Tuesday and continued into Wednesday morning, with authorities still desperately trying to free the young child, who was being held by the gunman in an underground bunker. "We will continue to work diligently through the night in an effort to bring closure to this incident as quickly as possible," the Dale County Sheriff's Department said late Tuesday. Authorities identified the slain bus driver as 66-year-old Charles Albert Poland Jr. Late...
  • Russia Terminates Anti-Crime Cooperation Agreement With U.S. [Obama and Hillary FAIL]

    01/30/2013 9:21:28 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 9 replies
    Russia is terminating the agreement on cooperation with the United States in the fields of law and drug enforcement, the Russian government said Wednesday, Jan 30, according to RIA Novosti. Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has signed a relevant order to terminate the deal, the government said in a statement on its website. “The order was initiated by the Russian Foreign Ministry, as the above agreement is out of line with today’s realities and has exhausted its potential,” the statement said. The agreement was signed on September 25, 2002. As part of the deal, the United States provided financial assistance to...
  • North Korean parents 'eating their own children'

    01/30/2013 9:15:44 AM PST · by nuconvert · 33 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | Jan. 27, 2013
    North Korean parents 'eating their own children' after being driven mad by hunger in famine-hit pariah state A starving man in North Korea has been executed after murdering his two children for food, reports from inside the secretive state claim. A 'hidden famine' in the farming provinces of North and South Hwanghae is believed to have killed up to 10,000 people and there are fears that incidents of cannibalism have risen. The grim story is just one to emerge as residents battle starvation after a drought hit farms and shortages were compounded by party officials confiscating food. Undercover reporters from...
  • Time Inc. 'restructuring' begins: 500 axed (More Hope & Change!)

    01/30/2013 9:12:29 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 23 replies
    Politico ^ | 1/30/13 | DYLAN BYERS
    Time Inc. has started its long-anticipated "restructuring" of staff and will eliminate an estimated 500 jobs today, or roughly 6 percent of its workforce.
  • Senate Judiciary chair rejects Dianne Feinstein's assault weapons ban

    01/30/2013 9:10:05 AM PST · by Nachum · 33 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 1//30/13 | Carolyn Lochhead
    The Democratic chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee did not endorse colleague Dianne Feinstein’s assault weapons ban at a packed Capitol Hill hearing on guns Wednesday in the wake of the Newtown, Conn., shooting. Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., called for “common sense reform,” that closes loopholes in current gun laws and enforces background checks. Buthe did not endorse Feinstein’s tougher ban. “I know gun store owners in Vermont,” Leahy said. “They follow the law and conduct background checks…why should we not try to plug the loopholes in the law that allow (criminals and the mentally ill)
  • Rush Limbaugh Show,M-F,12NOONPM-3PM,EST,WABC AM, January 30,2013

    01/30/2013 9:04:00 AM PST · by Biggirl · 79 replies
    The EIB Network ^ | January 30,2013 | Rush Limbaugh
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  • Reid: Small steps on sequester (Proposes Replacing Sequester)

    01/30/2013 8:57:55 AM PST · by SkyPilot · 10 replies
    Politico ^ | 29 Jan 13 | JENNIFER HABERKORN
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said today that he prefers to deal with sequestration in a series of steps. "What we think would be a better effort would be to move forward and, on short increments, to pay for the sequestration," Reid told reporters in the Capitol. “There are many low-hanging pieces of fruit out there that Republicans have said they agreed on previously. I'm not going to go into detail, but one of them, of course, is to deal with oil companies," he said, adding that he wants any sequester-avoidance deal to include revenue.
  • India, Japan make common cause to thwart China's maritime moves

    01/30/2013 8:54:19 AM PST · by James C. Bennett · 4 replies
    The Times of India ^ | Jan 29, 2013 | The Times of India
    NEW DELHI: Faced with a China that is aggressively pursuing its territorial interests in the South and East China Seas, Japan and India on Tuesday decided to coordinate moves and exercises in the first ever maritime dialogue held here. The India-Japan maritime dialogue was decided during a meeting of foreign ministers last April. Interestingly, India decided to hold a maritime dialogue with China over a month before the India-Japan decision. The Indian move to start talks with Japan ahead of the dialogue with Beijing points to a stress on New Delhi's security priorities. The Indian side was led by D...
  • A Less Obvious Reason Why GOP Should Cave on Obama’s Immigration Plan: It’s Conservative

    01/30/2013 8:51:39 AM PST · by Army Air Corps · 40 replies
    National Journal ^ | 30 January 2013 | Ron Fournier
    For all the talk about President Obama’s liberalism, his immigration agenda is the last thing you might expect: conservative. His enemies might deny it. His staff might not recognize it. But the argument Obama presented Tuesday for a path to citizenship for 11 million illegal immigrants is rooted in economic and social conservatism. First, in a Las Vegas address that included the words “economy” or “economic” 10 times, Obama argued that immigration fuels corporate innovation. “It keeps our workforce young. It keeps our country on the cutting edge,” he said. “And it’s helped build the greatest economic engine the world...
  • Rick Santelli Responds to Negative GDP Report: ´We Are Now Europe´

    01/30/2013 8:50:03 AM PST · by Nachum · 12 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | 1//30/13 | Noel Sheppard
    Rick Santelli made a stunning observation Wednesday about the shocking report that the economy actually shrunk in the fourth quarter last year. "We are now Europe," he declared on CNBC´s Squawk Box. "Hey Joe," Santelli said, "when you act like Europe, you get growth rates like Europe, and our discussions with economists sounds like we´re in Europe. They have the same discussions constantly." "They’re always doing the right thing," he continued. "They’re always thinking they know better. And this is the kind of growth. We have become Europe. We are now Europe."
  • WATCH: Media caught falsely claiming gun activists heckled father who lost son in Newtown

    01/30/2013 8:40:39 AM PST · by marktwain · 38 replies
    politics.kfyi.com ^ | 29 January, 2013 | NA
    This morning, many in the media went all in with a sanctimonious attack against gun-rights supporters who they accused of heckling Neil Heslin, the parent of a 6-year old boy murdered in the Sandy Hook massacre. The only problem is that it was all a lie. Mr. Heslin was not heckled. If you look at the full, unedited tape (which was first obtained by Twitchy), you'll see that after 15 minutes of the audience remaining respectfully silent as Mr. Heslin spoke out against assault weapons, he then turns to ask the audience a direct question: I ask if there’s anybody...
  • Economy Contracts for First Time in 3½ Years on Defense-Spending Cuts

    01/30/2013 8:33:09 AM PST · by SkyPilot · 23 replies
    NewsMax ^ | 30 Jan 13 | None listed
    The U.S. economy unexpectedly shrank from October through December for the first time since 2009, hurt by the biggest cut in defense spending in 40 years, fewer exports and sluggish growth in company stockpiles. The drop occurred despite stronger consumer spending and business investment. The Commerce Department said Wednesday that the economy contracted at an annual rate of 0.1 percent in the fourth quarter. That was a sharp slowdown from the 3.1 percent growth rate in the July-September quarter. Economists said the drop in gross domestic product wasn't as bleak as it looked. The weakness was mainly the result of...
  • MILLER: GOP senators blocked from bringing guns to hearing

    01/30/2013 8:29:37 AM PST · by marktwain · 13 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 29 January, 2013 | Emily Miller
    There is a showdown over guns coming to the Senate Wednesday, but no firearms are allowed. In advance of the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Wednesday morning, two of the committee’s Republican members sent a complaint that they were refused permission to bring guns to the hearing. Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas sent a letter Tuesday night to Chairman Patrick Leahy, Vermont Democrat, that the purpose of bringing the firearms was to educate fellow Senators and “shatter the mistaken belief that guns in the hands of law-abiding citizens are a danger to society.” However,...
  • Obama Will Include Same-Sex Couples In Immigration Plan [Sodomy Forced on USA]

    01/30/2013 8:21:55 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 10 replies
    Buzzfeed ^ | 1/28/13 | Geidner and Miller
    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 inequalities...
  • NRA Pushing Concealed Carry Measure In Springfield

    01/30/2013 8:20:38 AM PST · by marktwain · 6 replies
    chicago.cbslocal.com ^ | 29 January, 2013 | Jay Levine
    CHICAGO (CBS) – In Springfield Tuesday afternoon, the first step was taken toward allowing gun owners to carry concealed weapons on the streets of Illinois. State Rep. Brandon Phelps (D-Harrisburg) has introduced proposed concealed carry legislation – written with the help of the National Rifle Association – in the Illinois House. The proposal would require background checks gun owners already have to pass to get a Firearm Owner’s Identification card, as well as still-to-be-determined safety course provided by licensed instructors before a person could carry a concealed firearm. Don Mastrianni, the owner of Illinois Gun Works in Elmwood Park, took...
  • Reliving Horror and Faint Hope at Massacre Site (sandy Hook First Responders)

    01/30/2013 8:20:05 AM PST · by RummyChick · 108 replies
    NYTIMES ^ | 1/28 | ray rivera
    NEWTOWN, Conn. — The gunfire ended; it was so quiet they could hear the broken glass and bullet casings scraping under their boots. The smell of gunpowder filled the air. The officers turned down their radios; they did not want to give away their positions if there was still a gunman present.
  • Israel to give Palestinians $100 million in withheld funds

    01/30/2013 8:17:41 AM PST · by Pan_Yan
    Reuters ^ | Wed Jan 30, 2013 1:51pm GMT | Dan Williams
    (Reuters) - Israel will give Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas's administration around $100 million (63 million pounds) in tax revenues that had been withheld in retaliation for his statehood bid in the United Nations, Israeli officials said on Wednesday. The sum is roughly a third of the funds Israel is meant to have transferred to the Palestinian Authority (PA) since November under interim peace accords, but has instead kept. ... PA tax authority official Ahmed al-Helou told Reuters that Israel spent the October levies to help pay off $200 million it says the Palestinians owe the Israel Electric Corporation. Israel said...
  • Commentary: George P. Bush could be the answer to GOP’s Latino vote troubles(again?)

    01/30/2013 8:15:44 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 26 replies
    Chron ^ | January 27, 2013
    Commentary: George P. Bush could be the answer to GOP’s Latino vote troubles Sunday, January 27, 2013 George P. See. I don’t even have to use the last name and many of you know who this is, though his tio, W, has him beat on name abbreviation. Many calculate that P is a future governor, attorney general, land commissioner or, apparently, holder of whatever statewide office presents itself first in Texas. And someday? You didn’t hear it here first — President P.
  • Same-sex marriage can help save the institution

    01/30/2013 8:14:51 AM PST · by Belteshazzar · 28 replies
    Wall Street Journal Opinion ^ | January 29, 2013 | Kathleen Parker
    More than perhaps anyone else in America, David Blankenhorn personifies the struggle so many have experienced over same-sex marriage. First he was agnostic, then he was against it, now he’s for it. 306 Comments Weigh InCorrections? Personal Post Kathleen Parker Parker writes a twice-weekly column on politics and culture. Archive FacebookE-mailRSS You may also like... Michael Gerson Does Obama want an immigration deal? Jennifer Rubin One more like that and it's a 'recession' This is to say that Blankenhorn — a long-standing opponent of same-sex marriage — has shifted his energies to saving the institution of marriage, regardless of whom...
  • Damage Widespread Across Mid-State, Power Outages Reported

    01/30/2013 8:12:14 AM PST · by EXCH54FE · 1 replies
    News Channel 5 ^ | Jan 30, 2013 | Channel 5 staff
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Reports of damage and power outages were widespread across Middle Tennessee and Kentucky after a wave of severe weather and possible tornadoes moved through the area. The National Weather Service confirmed an EF-2 tornado touched down in Mt. Juliet overnight. A warehouse and an automotive business suffered major damage, along with moderate to minor damage at other businesses and homes. A semi truck was blown onto its side on Lebanon Road near the Hardee's in Mt. Juliet. The driver was sleeping in the cab when it happened, but fortunately was not hurt. Sergeant Tyler Chandler with the...