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  • As GDP Falls, President Obama Runs Out of Excuses

    01/31/2013 6:40:18 AM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 24 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 01/30/2013 | IBD Staff
    Obamanomics: The economy shrank last quarter, the deficit topped $1 trillion last year, U.S. debt shot up $5 trillion in the past four, and joblessness is at 7.8%. Boy, President Obama sure inherited an economic mess, didn't he? According to the Bureau of Economic Analysis, the economy "unexpectedly" declined 0.1% in last three months of 2012, the first decline since early 2009. The Obama administration, naturally, tried to look for scapegoats, this time settling on Hurricane Sandy and Republican-induced uncertainty over the "fiscal cliff" outcome. But if that were the case, why was the administration running around late last year...
  • Why This Is Not 1986 : Reagan tried this already, But it may indeed be different this time.

    01/31/2013 6:39:08 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    National Review ^ | 01/31/2013 | Michael Barone
    Yesterday, as Barack Obama called for a bipartisan immigration bill in Las Vegas and Senator Marco Rubio called for one on Rush Limbaughís program, the chances for passage looked surprisingly good. But from some quarters ó mostly from the right, but also from liberals such as blogger Mickey Kaus ó comes a complaint that deserves to be addressed. We tried this once already, they say, in the 1986 immigration act. We were told that in return for the legalization of illegal immigrants we would get tough border control and strict enforcement against employers who hired illegals. We got the amnesty,...
  • Israel must remove all Jewish settlers from occupied West Bank

    01/31/2013 6:35:10 AM PST · by haffast · 27 replies
    Digital Journal ^ | 1-31-2013 | Anne Sewell
    A report emanating from a UN human rights inquiry has called on Israel to remove all Jewish settlers from the West Bank and to immediately cease expansion. According to the report, the settlements violate international law and are merely an attempt to drive out Palestinians through intimidation. The report comes from an inquiry led by French judge Christine Chanet and was based on interviews with 50 Palestinians, describing land grabs, violence, and damages to livelihood, and reads, "Israel must, in compliance with article 49 of the Fourth Geneva Convention, cease all settlement activities without preconditions.Ē The report further states that...
  • The Spending Sequester Will Grow the Private Economy - Don't Back Off

    01/31/2013 6:34:37 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    RCM ^ | 01/31/2013 | Larry Kudlow
    Today's report of a 0.1 percent GDP decline for the fourth quarter came as a surprise to most forecasters. But it actually masks considerable strength in the private economy. Namely, housing investment in the fourth quarter jumped 15.3 percent annually, business equipment and software spiked 12.4 percent, and real private final sales rose 2.6 percent. All in, the domestic private sector of the economy increased 3.4 percent annually -- a very respectable gain. And here's one for the record books: Working ahead of year-end tax hikes, individuals shifted so much money to the fourth quarter at the 35 percent top...
  • Members of Congress seek inquiry of faulty ATF operation in Milwaukee

    01/31/2013 6:34:04 AM PST · by rellimpank · 8 replies
    Milwaukee J-S ^ | 31 jan 2013
    Members of Congress from both parties Wednesday called for an investigation into the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives' storefront sting in Milwaukee, an operation plagued by problems such as an agent's machine gun being stolen
  • Arab-American groups call Coke Super Bowl ad "racist"

    01/31/2013 6:28:43 AM PST · by mykroar · 38 replies
    Reuters.com ^ | 1/30/2013 | Reuters
    (Reuters) - Arab-American groups have sharply criticized a Coca-Cola Super Bowl ad depicting an Arab walking through the desert with a camel, and one group said it would ask the beverage giant to change it before CBS airs the game on Sunday before an expected audience of more than 100 million U.S. viewers. "Why is it that Arabs are always shown as either oil-rich sheiks, terrorists, or belly dancers?" said Warren David, president of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, or ADC. Coca-Cola released an online teaser of the commercial last week, showing the Arab walking through a desert. He soon sees...
  • No, the negative fourth-quarter GDP report doesnít prove Ďausterityí is killing the US economy

    01/31/2013 6:24:44 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    American Enterprise Institute ^ | 01/31/2013 | James Pethokoukis
    US economic output fell at a 0.1% annualized rate in the fourth quarter, adjusted for inflation. Blame spending cuts, say the Democrats. Blame Republican ‚Äúausterity.‚ÄĚ And one more thing: Stop the sequester. As the Center for American Progress put it: ‚ÄúThe economy most certainly would have grown at a faster rate were it not for the ongoing political brinksmanship over the debt ceiling and the risk of sharp fiscal contraction in the form of the pending automatic ‚Äėsequestration‚Äô budget cuts.‚ÄĚIf you break down the GDP report, you begin to see the problem with this line of argument. Private-sector GDP...
  • Syria Warns Of 'Surprise' Response To Israeli Strike

    01/31/2013 6:24:00 AM PST · by edpc · 4 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 31 Jan 2013 | Yaakov Lappin & JPost Staff
    BEIRUT - Syria's ambassador to Lebanon said on Thursday that Damascus had the option of a "surprise decision" to respond to what it said was an Israeli air strike on a research center on the outskirts of the Syrian capital on Wednesday. Syria could take "a surprise decision to respond to the aggression of the Israeli warplanes," Ali Abdul Karim Ali was quoted as telling a Hezbollah-run news website.
  • Weekly Jobless Claims Rise More Than Expected

    01/31/2013 6:23:14 AM PST · by mykroar · 8 replies
    FoxBusiness.com ^ | 01/31/2013 | Reuters
    The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits bounced off five-year lows last week, pulling them back to levels consistent with modest job growth. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits increased 38,000 to a seasonally adjusted 368,000, the Labor Department said on Thursday. The prior week's claims figure was unrevised. Economists polled by Reuters had expected claims to increase to 350,000. Read more: http://www.foxbusiness.com/economy/2013/01/31/weekly-jobless-claims-rise-more-than-expected/#ixzz2JYwXRXIp
  • Standoff with Alabama man who killed bus driver, holding boy hostage enters day 2

    01/31/2013 6:16:38 AM PST · by WCH · 41 replies
    Jacksonville.com ^ | 1.31.2013
    MIDLAND CITY, Ala. (AP) ó Jimmy Lee Dykes moved to a rural Alabama neighborhood on a rutted red clay road more than a year ago. It didn't take long before he had developed a frightening reputation as a volatile man who threatened his neighbors at gunpoint and was viciously violent to wandering pets. Multiple neighbors said Dykes, a 65-year-old retired truck driver, was the man suspected of boarding a school bus full of children near his home, killing the driver and taking one 5-year-old boy hostage to open a standoff that entered its second full day Thursday. The neighborhood near...
  • Study: New E15 gas can ruin auto engines.

    01/31/2013 6:08:17 AM PST · by selfdefense · 46 replies
    This week's warm Washington temperatures had some thinking about rolling the Lawn-Boy out of the garage for the first cut of the year. And we all know what that means: Difficult starts due to E10 gas that gels when it sits. Now, according to a new study, cars and truck may face the same fate thanks to President Obama's demand for a higher ethanol in the new E15 gas.
  • The Idiocy of Sequestration

    01/31/2013 6:06:42 AM PST · by SkyPilot · 16 replies
    Slate ^ | 30 Jan 13 | Matthew Yglesias
    With all feel-good talk about immigration reform, fans of conflict and dysfunction may fear the arrival of genuine bipartisanship in Washington. Not to worry! Another budget crisis is almost upon us! This time itís not the dread fiscal cliff or the debt ceiling, but rather the ďsequesterĒóthe extremely crude cutting mechanism that essentially nobody favors but that seems likely to happen anyway. Itíll drag down the economy, impair the functioning of the government across the board, and do nothing to improve Americaís fiscal sustainability over the long run. Hereís what you need to know. What is it? Sequestration is broad,...
  • UN: Israel Must Withdraw From Judea, Samaria

    01/31/2013 6:01:15 AM PST · by Biggirl · 16 replies
    http://www.israelnationalnews.com/ ^ | January 31,2013 | Chana Ya'ar
    The United Nations says Israel must withdraw all of its citizens from the regions of Judea and Samaria. The recommendation came in a report issued Thursday by the U.N. Human Rights Council, which has a history of passing numerous biased resolutions condemning Israel for various alleged Ďcrimesí each year.
  • Will Syria Bleed Hezbollah Dry?

    01/31/2013 5:58:01 AM PST · by Pan_Yan · 11 replies
    New York Times ^ | January 30, 2013 | DANIEL NISMAN and DANIEL BRODE
    ďTHE conventional army loses if it does not win. The guerrilla wins if he does not lose.Ē Henry Kissingerís observation, made during the Vietnam War, should be haunting Hezbollah, the Middle Eastís most capable guerrilla force, as it becomes embroiled in an increasingly costly effort to save the Assad regime. ... Hezbollahís military commitment in Syria is no less obvious. Since the conflictís outset, Hezbollah commanders have joined their counterparts in the Iranian Revolutionary Guards in advising the Syrian military in its crackdown on opposition strongholds, in addition to training a reported 60,000-member militia to protect Alawite communities in Syriaís...
  • House bill could raise ICC speed limit to 70 (Maryland)

    01/31/2013 5:54:51 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 16 replies
    The Gazette ^ | January 28, 2013 | Sylvia Carignan
    This story was corrected on Jan. 29, 2013. An explanation follows the story. The speed limit on the Intercounty Connector could reach 70 miles per hour if a bill, introduced during the General Assembly's current session, passes. Del. Aruna Miller (D-Dist. 15) of Darnestown and Del. Neil Parrott (R-Dist. 2B) of Hagerstown are co-sponsoring the bill that would raise the maximum speed limit on interstates and expressways statewide from 65 to 70 miles per hour. The speed limit on the ICC would automatically increase from 55 to 70 miles per hour if the bill is passed. The Maryland Transportation Authority...
  • Zimmerman wants to delay trial for Martin shooting

    01/31/2013 5:48:14 AM PST · by Uncle Chip · 26 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | January 31, 2013 | Mike Schneider
    <p>ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) ó Attorneys for the former neighborhood watch volunteer charged with shooting Trayvon Martin to death on Wednesday asked for more time to prepare his case, saying prosecutors had been slow to turn over evidence.</p> <p>At the same time, Zimmerman's lead attorney, Mark O'Mara, renewed his request for donations to George Zimmerman's legal defense, which he said could cost up to $1 million. "The state has virtually unlimited resources to prosecute George," O'Mara said on Zimmerman's defense fund website.</p>
  • Iran Threatens "Serious Consequences" For Tel Aviv

    01/31/2013 5:46:04 AM PST · by Biggirl · 6 replies
    http://www.jpost.com/ ^ | January 31,2013 | Yaakov Lappin, JPost Com Staff
    In the wake of reported Israeli air strike on a Syrian weapons center, Iran issued a threat to Israel on Thursday. The Iranian regime's English language mouthpiece, Press TV, quoted a deputy foreign minister as saying that the "strike on Syria will have serious consequences for Tel Aviv." The official did not elaborate.
  • Kinder makes shale grab with $4 billion deal

    01/31/2013 5:38:25 AM PST · by thackney · 2 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | January 29, 2013 | Laura Goldberg
    Kinder Morgan Energy Partners has advanced its position in the North American shale race adding another 6,900 miles of pipelines and nine processing plants to its empire. Kinderís deal to purchase Copano Energy for $3.9 billion, announced late Tuesday, will expand its its 46,000-mile pipeline network and, perhaps more important, will give it processing capabilities in key shales plays including the Eagle Ford in South Texas. ďCopano gives us a great platform in the Eagle Ford,Ē partnership President Park Shaper said Wednesday. The pipeline giant announced late Tuesday night that it would buy midstream natural gas company Copano Energy for...
  • FBI agents raid office of North Palm Beach doctor accused of providing prostitutes to U.S. senator

    01/31/2013 5:29:04 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 11 replies
    Palm Beach Post ^ | 1/30/13 | George Bennett, Sonja Isger
    FBI agents on Wednesday removed dozens of boxes from the office of an eye doctor and Democratic donor with close ties to new Senate Foreign Relations chairman Robert Menendez, D-N.J. Menendez denied allegations that he had sex with underage prostitutes while visiting a home of the donor, Dr. Salomon Melgen, in the Dominican Republic. It was not clear if the raid on Melgenís office was related to Menendez. Agents arrived Melgenís Vitreo-Retinal Consultants Eye Center near 45th Street and Village Boulevard on Tuesday night and on Wednesday afternoon loaded at least 63 cardboard boxes onto vans. Personnel from the Office...
  • Eastern Syrian town lives under al Qaeda rules

    01/31/2013 5:25:56 AM PST · by Pan_Yan · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | Wed Jan 30, 2013 10:20am EST | Name Withheld
    (Reuters) - In a small town in Syria's east, Islamist militants have taken unclothed mannequins they see as sexually enticing out of the shops. ... Of all the hundreds of rebel units, al-Nusra is considered the most effective. Its fighters, who seek out death in battle as a form of martyrdom, have achieved victories in attacks on several military bases across the country. They still represent a small fraction of the armed anti-Assad groups fighting in Syria but are growing in size and influence. ... Al-Nusra have been shrewd. They took control of the nearby al-Ward oil and gas field...