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  • Sen. Ted Cruz Questioning Chuck Hagel in Confirmation Hearing

    01/31/2013 7:18:56 PM PST · by lonestar67 · 21 replies
    Youtube ^ | January 31, 2013 | Ted Cruz
    video at link
  • IRS: Parents Must Pay Federal Fine for Uninsured Kids

    01/31/2013 7:11:08 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 74 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | January 31, 2013 | Matt Cover
    In new, final regulations issued Wednesday, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) said that parents must pay a federal fine under Obamacare if their children or dependent spouses are uninsured for any part of the year. The regulations clarify provisions of Obamacare that seem to say that a parent will be held liable for Obamacare’s individual mandate penalty if they don’t have insurance coverage for their children. In its final regulations, the IRS states that parents will be made to pay the penalty if they can claim an uninsured child or spouse as a dependent, regardless of whether they actually claim...
  • The EPA once again raises its biofuels standards — for biofuels that still do not exist

    01/31/2013 7:06:34 PM PST · by Nachum · 8 replies
    HotAir ^ | 1/31/13 | Erika Johnsen
    The Environmental Protection Agency’s brazen contempt for free-market economics evidently knows no bounds. Less than a week ago, the Environmental Protection Agency received a slap on the wrist from a federal appeals court that ruled that the EPA may not force oil companies to pay for an credits for failing to comply with a rule mandating that they incorporate a certain amount of cellulosic biofuels into their product. The EPA estimated that the industry would produce and make available for purchase 8.7 million gallons of cellulosic biofuels in 2012, but the industry only actually produced less than 21,000 gallons —...
  • Obama Chickens Out, Says A Million EVs By 2015 Not Important

    01/31/2013 6:57:09 PM PST · by nascarnation · 11 replies
    The Truth About Cars ^ | 1/31/2013 | Bertel Schmitt
    Today must be International Backpedaling Day. Obama says: “Never mind a million EVs by 2015.” Under a new strategy announced today, the Department of Energy promised to support research into new battery technologies and manufacturing methods that would lower the cost of lightweight materials and improve vehicles’ fuel-efficiency, Reuters reports. But the DOE backpedals furiously from a goal set out in a 2011 State of the Union speech, where President Barack Obama announced what he called “Apollo projects of our times.” One of them was the goal for the United States to be “the first country to have a million...
  • Suspension of U.S. debt limit wins final congressional approval

    01/31/2013 6:54:19 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Reuters ^ | Thu Jan 31, 2013 6:04pm EST | Thomas Ferraro
    A bill allowing the U.S. government to keep borrowing money for at least a few more months, beyond its record $16.4 trillion debt limit, won final congressional approval on Thursday, clearing the way for President Barack Obama to sign it into law. The Democratic-led Senate passed the bill, 64-34, a week after the Republican-controlled House of Representatives approved it, 285-144. Both votes were bipartisan. The legislation would put off until at least May 19 a showdown over the debt limit between Republicans, who demand more spending cuts to shrink deficits, and Democrats, who favor reducing deficits with a mix of...
  • U.S. on alert over Canadians [Islamists] in Algeria

    01/31/2013 6:53:28 PM PST · by Pan_Yan · 8 replies
    The Globe and Mail ^ | January 31, 2013 8:49 PM EST | Reuters
    Signs that Canadian citizens were involved in the attack by hostage-taking Islamist militants on a remote gas plant in Algeria are of great concern to American authorities, U.S. intelligence officials said on Thursday. While Algerian authorities apparently have not yet provided Western governments with cast-iron proof, a senior U.S. intelligence official said: “We’re taking very seriously the reports of the two Canadians’ involvement.” ... Confirmation that Canadian citizens were involved in the attack on the In Amenas facility in the Algerian desert would raise concerns about a worrying nexus between North America and North African militants. At least 38 plant...
  • 'Gay' dog saved: Animal's euthanasia halted

    01/31/2013 6:53:09 PM PST · by chessplayer · 25 replies
    Luckily, a "gay" dog was saved from euthanasia Thursday after someone launched a Facebook campaign two days earlier. A Tennessee animal shelter said an owner brought the dog in this week and called it "homosexual" after observing it mounting a same-sex dog. However, after a large response from the shelter's social media campaign, the animal was not euthanized.
  • Dems: Staten Island's Malliotakis using 'immigrant children as scapegoats'

    01/31/2013 6:50:21 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 2 replies
    Silive.com ^ | January 30, 2013 at 9:30 PM, updated January 31, 2013 | Tom Wrobleski/Staten Island Advance
    STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- The plight of Hurricane Sandy victims has become a flashpoint in the Albany debate over the DREAM Act. Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R-East Shore/Brooklyn) is taking flak from Democrats for linking taxpayer-funded tuition aid for college-age illegal immigrants with Hurricane Sandy victims. Ms. Malliotakis says that Albany lawmakers should be more focused on helping storm victims than providing taxpayer-funded tuition aid to the children of illegal immigrants. "This should not be the focus of the Assembly or the state Legislature," she said. "There are more pressing issues in the state right now." Among those issues, she said,...
  • Hostage drama drags on after Alabama school bus shooting

    01/31/2013 6:48:02 PM PST · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 61 replies
    The Chicago Tribune ^ | 31 January 2013 | Phil Sears
    MIDLAND CITY, Alabama (Reuters) - A gunman suspected of fatally shooting an Alabama school bus driver before holing up in an underground bunker with a young child is a Vietnam veteran with anti-government views, authorities and an organization that tracks hate groups said on Wednesday. Law enforcement officials from multiple agencies were bivouacked near the bunker in Midland City but offered few details about a standoff with the shooter that stretched into its second day on Wednesday.Authorities said driver Charles Albert Poland Jr., 66, was killed after the gunman boarded a bus ferrying more than 20 children home from school...
  • Obama's jobs council shutting down Thursday

    01/31/2013 6:35:00 PM PST · by george76 · 11 replies
    FoxNews ^ | January 31, 2013 | Molly Henneberg
    As new weekly jobs numbers emerged Thursday showing a jump in unemployment claims and a report released the previous day showed the economy shrinking in late 2012, President Obama is effectively laying off his jobs council. ... To understand the abysmal nature of our economic recovery, look no further than the president's disinterest in learning lessons from actual job creators," spokesman Brendan Buck said. "Whether ignoring the group or rejecting its recommendations, the president treated his Jobs Council as more of a nuisance than a vehicle to spur job creation ... the council's primary purpose was to create the appearance...
  • Leahy Pushes Background Checks, But Little Else

    01/31/2013 6:45:32 PM PST · by marktwain · 7 replies
    nationaljournal.com ^ | 31 January, 2012 | Rebecca Kaplan
    As chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., will oversee any legislation on gun control that makes its way to the Senate floor. At the first in a series of congressional hearings on the issue Wednesday, his line of questioning suggested that expanded background checks and closing the so-called gun show loophole will be top priorities — and perhaps the only ones that stand a chance in the full Senate. Displaying his background as a Vermont prosecutor, Leahy confronted National Rifle Association CEO Wayne LaPierre on whether he had changed his support for mandatory instant criminal background checks...
  • Mark Levin: "The Muslim Brotherhood Has Infiltrated Our Government, It's Called Barack Obama"

    01/31/2013 6:38:27 PM PST · by i88schwartz · 20 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | January 31, 2013 | RealClearPolitics
    MARK LEVIN: What the hell's happening? Now we've backed the Muslim Brotherhood? And then of course, our dear friend Michele Bachmann and Louie Gohmert and three other brave members of the House of Representatives asked questions about the Muslim Brotherhood's infiltration of our own government and they're treated like pariahs. Well, the Muslim Brotherhood has infiltrated our government, it's called Barack Obama. No, he's not a formal member, he's a sympathizer. There, I said it. Prove otherwise. Meanwhile, you want to look into Obama's soul? You want to look into his soul? Well, look at his soul. You want to...
  • Hagel faulted for calling US "world bully" in Al Jazeera interview

    01/31/2013 6:36:20 PM PST · by Nachum · 18 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 1/31/13 | Bill Gertz and Adam Kredo
    Former Sen. Chuck Hagel on Thursday faced a barrage of criticism about his fitness to be the next defense secretary, including his agreement with a controversial statement that the United States is the “world’s bully.” President Barack Obama’s nominee to be defense secretary ran into sharp opposition from Republicans on the Senate Armed Services Committee who questioned Hagel on an array of controversial policies. Senators questioned Hagel about his opposition to tough U.S. policies toward Iran, his calling the successful U.S. military surge in Iraq a “blunder,” and his support for sharp unilateral cuts in U.S. nuclear forces.
  • Witness describes Mali forces 'executing' students

    01/31/2013 6:30:15 PM PST · by Pan_Yan · 9 replies
    BBC ^ | 31 January 2013 Last updated at 15:47 ET | Tim Whewell
    More evidence is emerging of alleged summary executions by Malian forces in the north of the country where French forces are completing their operations. An eyewitness told BBC Newsnight he saw three Islamic students shot dead in a public place because they failed to show identity papers. The Malian government has promised to investigate the allegations. It says there should be no revenge attacks against people suspected of collaborating with the rebels. But there are fears that militia due to be deployed to the north are seeking vengeance against Islamists and Tuareg separatists. The main allegations against the Malian military...
  • Sheriff Joe Arpaio Vows Not to Enforce New Federal Gun Control Laws

    01/31/2013 6:28:46 PM PST · by montag813 · 16 replies
    Stand With Arizona ^ | 01-31-2013 | John Hill
    by John HillStand With ArizonaWashington D.C. politicians and their allies in the mainstream media have frantically been pushing  tough new restrictions on guns and ammo magazines, trying to manipulate public opinion in the wake of the Newtown, CT school massacre. But the Sheriff of the 4th largest county in the United States has a message for them: not in my county. Maricopa County Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio told a local radio host the federal government is “going to have problem” if they expect him to confiscate guns from private citizens. Arpaio told Mike Broomhead of KFYI Radio in Phoenix, Ariz. that...
  • Seattle’s ‘Town Hall’ meeting Monday to discuss ‘gun violence’ as health issue

    01/31/2013 6:26:50 PM PST · by marktwain · 4 replies
    Seattle Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 31 January, 2012 | Dave Workman
    Amid the fireworks following Seattle’s circus-like gun buyback and the antics in Oak Harbor over guns in parks, another front in the cultural war against firearms is being reopened next Monday evening when Town Hall holds a forum on “Gun Violence as a Public Health Crisis.” Already, Seattle-area gun activists are planning to attend the gathering, which begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Great Hall on Eighth Avenue in downtown Seattle. It’s a joint effort by Town Hall and the University of Washington School of Public Health. There is perhaps no surprise in the firearms community that none of the...
  • Hundreds turn out at NH Statehouse to rally for gun rights

    01/31/2013 6:18:58 PM PST · by marktwain · 2 replies
    nashuatelegraph.com ^ | 31 January, 2012 | JAKE BERRY
    CONCORD – Flags, signs and guns filled the Statehouse steps Thursday afternoon as hundreds of residents from across New Hampshire gathered to rally for gun rights. In the wake of last month’s shooting in Newtown, Conn., politics have distracted lawmakers at the state and federal level, helping them to forget about individual liberties and constitutional freedoms, speakers and supporters argued throughout the event. But, with the right to bear arms in jeopardy, gun advocates vowed to remind legislators of their responsibility to the Constitution. “All of us know we are at a crossroads in our country,” event organizer Jack Kimball,...
  • THE SAVAGE NATION!!!!!! 1-31-13

    01/31/2013 6:12:23 PM PST · by dynachrome · 13 replies
    www.michaelsavage.wnd.com ^ | 1-31-13 | Dr. Michael Savage
  • Pfizer disputes suit claiming Zoloft doesn't work

    01/31/2013 6:11:39 PM PST · by neverdem · 18 replies
    Niami Herald ^ | 01.31.13 | LINDA A. JOHNSON
    AP BUSINESS WRITER TRENTON, N.J. -- The maker of Zoloft is being sued in an unusual case alleging the popular antidepressant has no more benefit than a dummy pill and that patients who took it should be reimbursed for their costs. --snip-- He said Pfizer produced two studies showing Zoloft worked better than placebo - the FDA's requirement for approval - but most Zoloft studies showed its effect was the same as a placebo. Dr. Michael Thase, who heads the mood and anxiety disorders program at the University of Pennsylvania's medical school, said research by others using the same unpublished...
  • O'Mara: State unlocked trove of info from Trayvon's cellphone

    01/31/2013 5:44:16 PM PST · by Uncle Chip · 39 replies
    The Orlando Sentinel ^ | January 31, 2013 | Rene Stutzman
    New court paperwork reveals that prosecutors have unlocked a great deal more information from Trayvon Martin's cellphone, including satellite-tracking information that shows where it was in the days leading up to his shooting. But if it also lays out the teenager's movements Feb. 26 — the day Trayvon was shot and killed by George Zimmerman — prosecutors have not released that to defense attorneys. Defense attorney Mark O'Mara disclosed that information Wednesday in a new court filing, one asking for more time to prepare for trial. ....... Information from Trayvon's phone is one example. The Android-powered smartphone was found near...