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  • White House declines to explain drone policy

    02/05/2013 12:22:07 PM PST · by Nachum · 27 replies
    ap news ^ | 2/5/13 | ap
    WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House is declining to explain its criteria for directing drone attacks against American citizens working abroad with terrorists. A newly disclosed Justice Department memo says the administration doesn't need evidence of a pending attack. The document says only that the target must be involved in ongoing plotting against the United States. White House spokesman Jay Carney wouldn't discuss the memo in detail. He said President Barack Obama takes seriously his responsibility to protect the United States and its citizens. Carney said drone strikes are legal and that great care is taken to avoid the loss...
  • Seven million will lose insurance under Obama health law

    02/05/2013 12:16:07 PM PST · by illiac · 39 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 2/5/13 | Steven Dinan
    President Obama's health care law will push 7 million people out of their job-based insurance coverage — nearly twice the previous estimate, according to the latest estimates from the Congressional Budget Office released Tuesday. CBO said that this year's tax cuts have changed the incentives for businesses and made it less attractive to pay for insurance, meaning fewer will decide to do so. Instead, they'll choose to pay a penalty to the government, totaling $13 billion in higher fees over the next decade. But the non-partisan agency also expects fewer people to have to pay individual penalties to the IRS...
  • The 'Base Case' Of Full Sequestration Is A Loss Of One Million Jobs

    02/05/2013 11:58:08 AM PST · by blam · 17 replies
    TBI ^ | 2-5-2013 | Walter Hickey
    The 'Base Case' Of Full Sequestration Is A Loss Of One Million Jobs Walter HickeyFebruary 5,2013 The Bipartisan Policy Center — an independent group with a long track record of accurate prognostication — has confirmed that they expect massive job losses across the board if Congress is unable to avert the sequester. The prediction isn't without immediate evidence, either. The contraction in GDP last week was largely attributed to decrease in government funding allocated to manufacturing in the defense sector, which has seen a substantial cut as a result of the Budget Control Act of 2011 mandatory spending caps and...
  • Gay marriage: Legislation passes [UK] Commons despite Tory opposition

    02/05/2013 11:50:56 AM PST · by LonelyCon · 4 replies
    BBC ^ | 2/5/2013
    MPs have approved legislation for same-sex marriage in England and Wales, despite the opposition of dozens of Conservative MPs. The Commons voted in favour of the The Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill, by 400 to 175, a majority of 225, at the end of a full day's debate on the bill. Prime Minister David Cameron has described the move as "an important step forward" that strengthens society.
  • Colorado second-grader suspended for throwing IMAGINARY grenade during recess

    02/05/2013 11:41:42 AM PST · by tom h · 49 replies
    Fox31 Denver ^ | February 4, 2013 | David Mitchell and Julie Hayden
    KDVR NEWS – A 2nd grader has been suspended from school in Loveland for a make believe game he was playing. The 7-year-old says he was trying to save the world. But school administrators say he broke a key rule during his pretend play. “I was trying to save people and I just can’t believe I got dispended,” says Alex Evans, who doesn’t understand his suspension any better than he can pronounce it. “It’s called ‘rescue the world,’” he says. He was playing a game during recess at Loveland’s Mary Blair Elementary School and threw an imaginary grenade into a...
  • CBO: THE DEFICIT WILL SHRINK MASSIVELY IN COMING YEARS

    02/05/2013 11:07:51 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 57 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 02/05/2013 | Sam Ro
    CBOThe CBO has just published its Budget and Economic Outlook.The big headline: the CBO expects the U.S. budget deficit to fall to $845 billion this year.  This would be the first reading under $1 trillion in five years.They also estimate that the deficit falls to $616 billion in 2014 and as low as $430 billion in 2015.They assume unemployment rates of 8.0 percent in 2013 and 7.6 percent in 2014.  They also assume GDP growth of 1.4 percent in 2013 accelerating to 3.4 percent in 2014.Here are the CBO's long-term budget projections: CBO And here are the economic projections:...
  • Arizona sues EPA over “absurd” coal emission rules

    02/05/2013 11:05:05 AM PST · by Nachum · 9 replies
    hot air ^ | 2/5/13 | Ed Morrissey
    To paraphrase Herman’s Hermits: Second term, same as the first? The latest front in the war on coal has shifted far from the mines which produce the raw materials for energy production, and to a state known for its contentious relationship with the Obama administration. Arizona has filed suit against the EPA over new rules that it calls “absurd,” and which will drive up energy costs for little practical purpose (via The Right Scoop): Arizona challenged in federal court U.S. environmental regulators efforts to force Arizona power companies to spend up to $1 billion to install pollution control equipment at...
  • Sebelius: ObamaCare is the law of the land, so you might as well help us implement it

    02/05/2013 11:01:07 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/05/2013 | Erika Johnsen
    Or, in other words: Just give in already to the power of the all-knowing and all-powerful bureaucracy. Trust us.Last June, the Supreme Court ruled that ObamaCare’s Medicaid mandate (requiring that states expand their programs and provide specified health care to all citizens whose income falls below a certain threshold, or else face losing all prior federal funding) was an unconstitutional “gun to the head” for states’ administrations and budgets, and confirmed their right to opt out without penalty — but that doesn’t mean the Obama administration isn’t applying every type of political pressure and fiscal inducement they can to coerce...
  • Kasich embrace of Obamacare program angers some conservatives

    02/05/2013 10:59:32 AM PST · by Perdogg · 27 replies
    By accepting the provision included in President Barack Obama's health care law expanding federal Medicaid funding, Ohio Gov. John Kasich joined four fellow Republican governors in welcoming part of a program their party has campaigned vehemently against. He also drew the ire of some Republican activists, who had viewed him as a model of small government conservatism and a potential candidate for the 2016 presidential nomination.
  • Obama admin: Drones can target Americans abroad based on one official’s opinion

    02/05/2013 10:57:20 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/05/2013 | Ed Morrissey
    The killing of al-Qaeda leader Anwar al-Awlaki generated a surprising amount of controversy. The US had used drones to kill scores of AQ leaders and followers in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Yemen before Awlaki and afterward. However, Awlaki was a US citizen, and the targeting of an American citizen by the government was considered a new step — and not necessarily a good one. The demand for a controlling procedure began to grow, amplified ironically by Barack Obama himself when the New York Times reported that he tried to rush rules into place for drone use in case Mitt Romney won...
  • Obama plans spring trip to Israel

    02/05/2013 10:57:14 AM PST · by Nachum · 21 replies
    Politico ^ | 2/5/13 | ENNIFER EPSTEIN
    President Obama discussed plans to visit Israel this spring during a recent phone call with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the White House said Tuesday. (PHOTOS: Obama’s 24 international trips) Obama brought up the travel plans during a Jan. 28 call with Netanyahu, National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor said. “The start of the president’s second term and the formation of a new Israeli government offer the opportunity to reaffirm the deep and enduring bonds between the United States and Israel and to discuss the way forward on a broad range of issues of mutual concern, including Iran and Syria," Vietor...
  • California faces backlog of 40,000 weapons in hands of felons, mentally ill

    02/05/2013 10:54:03 AM PST · by ColdOne · 19 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 2/5/13 | Barnini Chakraborty
    According to the state DOJ, that's nearly 40,000 handguns and assault weapons currently in circulation that shouldn't be. As Capitol Hill begins to debate a raft of anti-gun violence measures -- ranging from gun control bills to proposals to improve screening and the mental health system -- California officials are trying to take matters into their own hands. After Lindley testified at a hearing last week that his office lacks enough staff to confiscate weapons from felons and the mentally ill -- which are recorded in the state's Armed Prohibited Persons database -- lawmakers are fast-tracking a bill that would...
  • Michelle Obama’s posterior again the subject of a public rant

    02/05/2013 10:50:19 AM PST · by Biggirl
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/ ^ | February 5,2013 | Krissah Thompson
    They’re at it again. The latest public rant against Michelle Obama’s effort to promote low-calorie school lunches was recently caught on tape in Alabama — the usual protest against the federal government meddling in local business. And then it quickly found its way around to the first lady’s posterior.
  • Sheriff Arpaio's credit-card info used at Chicago grocery store

    02/05/2013 10:37:50 AM PST · by 444Flyer · 11 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 2-5-13 | AP
    It looks like Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio has become a victim of credit card fraud. Sheriff's officials said Monday that Arpaio's credit card information was stolen and used to make a $291 transaction at a Chicago grocery store last weekend.
  • Joe Biden confuses Poland with Portugal in latest embarrassing gaffe for the vice president

    02/05/2013 10:33:20 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 25 replies
    Joe Biden confuses Poland with Portugal in latest embarrassing gaffe for the vice president By Nile Gardiner World Last updated: February 4th, 2013 Joe Biden is in Europe this week, meeting with leaders in Berlin, Paris and London. Tomorrow he drops by Downing Street to see David Cameron, and Nick Clegg is also on the agenda. Over the weekend the US vice president attended the Munich Security Conference where he delivered a speech on the Obama administration’s foreign policy, expressing a willingness to sit down in direct negotiations with the Iranian regime over its nuclear programme, an approach that can...
  • The Corral

    02/05/2013 10:29:24 AM PST · by EXCH54FE · 3 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | Feb 5, 2013 | Sarge
    Beaurat Obama wants universal registration of all firearms in America. He says it’s “common sense” to register all firearms and the “majority” of firearms owners agree with him. He polls his people and tells us we think that way too. The man agglomerates numbers in biased and prejudiced surveys. He twists the findings into complementary terms showing just how perfect his intuition is when adducing the American public’s thinking. He almost never gets plastered for trying to pull the wool over the American people’s eyes. Not ever, since the mid-term elections in his first term, has he admitted the American...
  • Jon Favreau, President Obama's head speechwriter, is departing (Going to work in Hollywood )

    02/05/2013 10:23:06 AM PST · by NoLibZone · 30 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | Feb 5 2013 | By Christi Parsons
    WASHINGTON — Jon Favreau's career took off when, at age 23, he interrupted U.S. Senate candidate Barack Obama during a speech rehearsal to offer some suggestions for improvement. That cheeky move led to a seven-year tour as Obama's lead speechwriter, an assignment that ends March 1 as Favreau considers trying his hand at another form of drama — as a screenwriter, perhaps in Los Angeles. The departure subtracts a vivid personality from the president's operation, defined since the beginning by Obama's spoken words and the team that wrote them. After Favreau landed in the White House four years ago, he...
  • Denmark: Islam critic survives assassination attempt (Lars Hedegaard)

    02/05/2013 9:56:17 AM PST · by knighthawk · 16 replies
    The Copenhagen Post ^ | February 5, 2013
    Assailant’s gun jammed after firing first shot - police now searching for two men wearing ski masks seen climbing into Copenhagen Zoo The renowned anti-Islam journalist and scholar Lars Hedegaard reportedly survived an assassination attempt outside his home on Pelargonieviej in Frederiksberg this morning. According to Ritzau, the assailant fled when his gun jammed after firing the first shot at around 11:20. “A man shot at the victim but he missed and the bullet went over his head,” police commissioner Lars-Christian Borg told Ritzau. “When he tried to fire again, the pistol clicked and the assailant ran away.” While Borg...
  • Coulter to Obama for suggesting gun-rights advocates don’t care about children: ‘Screw you’

    02/05/2013 9:54:06 AM PST · by Nachum · 30 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 2/5/13 | Jeff Poor
    On Fox News Channel’s Monday broadcast of “Hannity,” conservative commentator Ann Coulter blasted President Barack Obama for vilifying gun-rights advocates in the aftermath of the deadly shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, saying the real focus should be on mental health. “I really would like to concentrate on the lies on their side that are being repeated on the op-ed page of The New York Times, in the editorials of The New York Times,” she said. “. … We need the ACLU and the liberals who won’t do anything about the mentally ill to be serious about stopping these shootings....
  • Obama to propose short term package to put off spending cuts [at 1:15 EST]--LIVE THREAD

    02/05/2013 9:47:41 AM PST · by John W · 44 replies
    Reuters via nbcnews.com ^ | February 5, 2013 | Reuters
    President Barack Obama on Tuesday will propose that Congress pass a small package of spending cuts and tax reforms to put off the "harmful consequences'' of huge automatic spending cuts known as the "sequester'' for a few months, a White House official said.
  • Obama to seek another short-term fix to looming defense cuts

    02/05/2013 9:46:12 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 7 replies
    Fox ^ | 2/5/13
    President Obama is urging another short-term fix to avoid automatic spending cuts set to hit March 1, scheduling a public statement at the White House Tuesday where he will call on Congress to come up with tens of billions of dollars in spending cuts and tax revenue. The call is the latest effort to kick the can on a deadline set by Congress in the summer of 2011. As part of the debt-ceiling deal, Congress set in motion more than $1 trillion in defense and other spending cuts unless lawmakers found an alternative that achieved similar deficit reduction. They didn't....
  • What the Despised Rich, Smart Kids, and Fallen Heroes Have in Common

    02/05/2013 9:39:29 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 02/05/2013 | By Chris W. Bell
    What do the despised rich, smart kids, and fallen heroes have in common? They are all victims of the progressive movement. When being rich is finally made synonymous with undeserved privilege, individual achievement in other areas will be targeted. When success is considered unfair, then being unsuccessful will be called unfair and undeserved. And those of means and ability who reject this burden will be demonized. Progressives have turned society against conservatives who are successful through business; they claim that the rich have hoarded the profits that they made on the backs of the public. "Spread the wealth around" and...
  • Passenger 'groped' by drunk captain

    02/05/2013 9:12:30 AM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 19 replies
    Travel. MSN ^ | 02/04/2013
    <p>A British Airways captain has been suspended after allegedly groping a female passenger who was flying first class.</p> <p>The unnamed pilot, who was off duty at the time, was travelling on a London-to-Japan flight to pick up another flight in Tokyo when he approached the woman and allegedly molested her while she was sitting next to her husband, The Sun newspaper reports.</p>
  • Retrograde Lessons: Learning from Afghanistan’s Logistical Nightmare

    02/05/2013 8:55:15 AM PST · by Pan_Yan · 16 replies
    Time ^ | Feb 5, 2013 | Nate Rawlings
    ... One of the first considerations is cost: is it worth the trouble and expense to ship a given item home? A quick trip around the yard reveals hundreds of white four foot by four-foot cardboard containers called “kicker boxes,” each of which costs about $5,000. They are used to ship equipment back to the U.S. As Pagan rummaged through a random box, he pulled out several small pieces of gear worth about $20,000 each. Many of the boxes, he explained, can contain as much as $200,000 worth of equipment. As retrograde has become a larger focus, these sorting operations...
  • Rush Limbaugh Show,M-F,12NOONPM-3PM,EST,WABC AM,February 5,2013

    02/05/2013 8:50:14 AM PST · by Biggirl · 63 replies
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  • Tuesday, 05 February 2013 11:24 Liberty Coalition Forms to Support Sheriffs Fighting Gun Control

    02/05/2013 8:33:41 AM PST · by EXCH54FE · 2 replies
    The New American ^ | Feb 5, 2013 | Alex Newman
    A new coalition of law-enforcement officials and liberty-minded organizations led by former Arizona Sheriff Richard Mack is joining forces to defend freedom, with goals that include supporting the hundreds of constitutional sheriffs across America who promise to defend the rights of their constituents from the Obama administration’s lawless assault on the Constitution. As one of its primary projects, the alliance is sending letters to every sheriff in the United States to find out and publicize where they stand on the Second Amendment. Another key aim of the coalition is to recruit more chief law-enforcement officers — particularly sheriffs, but state...
  • Senate panel sends income tax ban to floor vote

    02/05/2013 8:25:32 AM PST · by EXCH54FE · 7 replies
    Channel 5 News ^ | Feb 5, 2013 | Channel 5 news staff
    <p>NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The Senate Finance Committee has advanced a proposed constitutional amendment to explicitly ban a state income tax to a full floor vote.</p> <p>The panel voted 9-1 on Tuesday to advance the measure sponsored by Republican Sen. Brian Kelsey of Germantown that would also ban a state or local payroll tax.</p>
  • South El Monte High students lose fingers in game of tug-of-war

    02/05/2013 8:25:08 AM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 36 replies
    SGV Tribune ^ | 02/05/2013 | Juliette Funes
    SOUTH EL MONTE - An innocent game of tug-of-war turned tragic Monday afternoon when two South El Monte High School students had their fingers severed. Tug-of-war is a competitive game in which two teams pull, or tug, on a rope in opposite directions in a show of strength. The students, a boy and a girl, were participating in the lunchtime Spirit Week activity celebrating homecoming when they were injured, El Monte Union High School District Assistant Superintendent Edward Zuniga said. Neither he nor other district officials would release the students' names or ages. The girl is a senior and varsity...
  • Flash Mob Mayhem: Violent Groups Of Teens Leave NYC Businesses In Ruins

    02/05/2013 8:06:40 AM PST · by TADSLOS · 167 replies
    CBS New York ^ | Feb 4, 2013 | Staff
      NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Violent, thieving mobs have been making headlines across the country for the past few years, and now they have hit New York City. And Maurice Dubois reported in this CBS 2 investigation, the teen mobs have left neighborhoods worried as businesses take matters into their own hands. Judson Bennett, 78, recently ran into a violent group of teens – often described with the once-benign term “flash mob” – as he made his daily trip to buy a newspaper at his favorite news team. “I’m approaching the newsstand, and then suddenly there is a tremendous force...
  • Chinese Warships Prepared To Fire On The Japanese Navy Twice

    02/05/2013 7:56:12 AM PST · by blam · 19 replies
    TBI ^ | 2-3-2013 | Robert Johnson
    Chinese Warships Prepared To Fire On The Japanese Navy Twice Robert JohnsonFebruary 5, 2013, 6:06 AMThe Type 053H3 frigate is armed with a HQ-7 eight unit SAM launcher and Type 79A twin barrel 100 mm gun Last week a Chinese warship pointed its missile guidance system at a Japanese destroyer in an unmistakable show of aggression, the Japanese Ministry of Defense announced today. The brief report out of Tokyo cites a January 30 event where a type 053 Chinese frigate locked its "sixth fire control radar" onto a Japanese helicopter equipped vessel out of Yokosuka. Japan has two helicopter carriers,...
  • Controversial Donor Melgen Tied to LA Mayor

    02/05/2013 7:42:43 AM PST · by Nachum · 9 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 2/5/13 | Mary Lou Byrd
    A new connection has emerged between Los Angeles Mayor Anthonio Villaraigosa and the eye doctor at the center of controversy surrounding Sen. Bob Menendez (D., NJ). The Washington Free Beacon found Villaraigosa pictured alongside both Menendez and controversial donor Salomon Melgen at a gala honoring the Democratic mayor. The National Association of Latino Electoral and Appointed Officials (NALEO) honored Villaraigosa last February in Washington D.C. A photographer from the doctor’s company, VOXXI, captured photos of Melgen with several prominent Democrats, including Villaraigosa. Melgen is the chairman of the board of VOXXI.
  • The Problem(s) of Women in Combat (part 1)

    02/05/2013 7:24:58 AM PST · by Nachum · 35 replies
    Political Animal Blog ^ | January 25, 2013 The Problem(s) of | Jude Eden, Jane of Trades
    It’s not all about qualification. I’m speaking as a female Marine Iraq war vet who did serve in the combat zone doing entry checkpoint duty in Fallujah, and we worked with the grunts daily for that time. All the branches still have different standards for females and males. Why? Because most women wouldn’t even qualify to be in the military if they didn’t. Men and women are different, but those pushing women into combat don’t want to admit that truth. They huff and puff about how women can do whatever men can do, but it just ain’t so. We’re built...
  • SASC Testimony.VOB

    02/05/2013 7:21:41 AM PST · by Nachum
    youtube ^ | June 1991 | MarineDad981
    General Robert H. Barrow, 27th Commandant of the Marine Corps testimony before the SASC on Women in Combat. June 1991.
  • Man Dressed As Joker Charged With Trespassing At Applebee's

    02/05/2013 7:18:59 AM PST · by Rodamala · 21 replies
    The Post Journal ^ | February 5, 2013 | Eric Tichy
    BUSTI - A Jamestown man dressed as the Joker from the Batman films has been charged following a bizarre incident Sunday at a Lakewood restaurant. The Lakewood-Busti Police Department in a news release said Aaron A. Chase, 24, walked into the Applebee's Restaurant on Fairmount Avenue around 10:45 p.m. Police said Chase was dressed in all black, wearing a green wig and paint on his face similar to the Joker in Batman. Full article here.
  • Minnesota House of Representatives Committee Seeks Public Comment on Gun-Control Measures

    02/05/2013 7:13:21 AM PST · by marktwain · 13 replies
    NSSF.og ^ | 4 February, 2013 | NSSF
    Three days of public hearings will be held before the Public Safety, Finance and Policy of the Minnesota House of Representatives, Feb. 5-7, when testimony will be heard on a range of possible legislation of concern to hunters, target shooters and firearms owners. Chaired by Rep. Michael Paymar (DFL-St. Paul), the committee expects to hear a variety of viewpoints with an eye toward crafting a comprehensive bill that could include any of the following measures: An outright ban on modern sporting rifles, mislabeled as "assault weapons" Magazine capacity restrictions Expanding mandatory background checks for the purchase of handguns and semi-automatic...
  • Property Rights/Zoning Behind Town Board Challenge

    02/05/2013 7:13:08 AM PST · by Sopater · 17 replies
    U.S. & Eau Claire Journal ^ | January 30th, 2013 | Travis Buhler
    When Todd Koeppel moved to the area near Spring Valley, Wisconsin, little did he know the freedoms he had on his own property. Like many people throughout history, knowledge of one's freedom does not come until it is threatened or taken away. This happened last year to St. Croix County's Town of Cady, where Koeppel resides. Last June the Town Board voted to end their long history of property freedom for what Koeppel describes as, "A huge, 184 page, highly restrictive, and intrusive zoning ordinance written by a Dane County attorney." Prior to last year, Cady, like fewer and fewer...
  • North Korean Government Releases YouTube Video Showing American Cities Under Attack

    02/05/2013 6:37:43 AM PST · by Fennie · 20 replies
    The Inquisitr ^ | February 5, 2013
    North Korea still intends to conduct the country's third nuclear test later this month, despite intense pressure from the United States and the international community. Seemingly unconcerned about threats of new sanctions, Kim Jong-un and his Generals stunned most sane human beings by releasing a YouTube Video that shows New York City engulfed in flames after a missile attack. The video was uploaded to YouTube on Saturday by North Korea's official website, Uriminzokkiri, which is responsible for distributing news, information and propaganda for all state run media. While YouTube users shook their heads in astonishment over the video, North Korean...
  • George Zimmerman hearing takes place on birthday of Trayvon Martin

    02/05/2013 6:58:23 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 17 replies
    Fox Orlando ^ | 2/5/13
    Attorneys for George Zimmerman will try to get his murder trial delayed at a hearing on Tuesday, what would have been Trayvon Martin's 18th birthday. It was nearly a year ago when the teenager was shot and killed by George Zimmerman. While the debate continues on what happened that night, Martin's parents plan to celebrate their son's birthday in South Florida. "They wanted to have a birthday party, as opposed to memorializing February 26th. They want to celebrate Trayvon's birth," said family attorney Natalie Jackson. "It's a peace and love walk. The walk is to support and facilitate children thinking...
  • Mark Levin Savages Karl Rove’s ‘Diabolical’ Anti-Tea Party PAC: ‘We’re Being Stabbed In The Back’

    02/05/2013 6:50:39 AM PST · by JohnPDuncan · 75 replies
    Mediaite ^ | Noah Rothman
    Conservative radio host Mark Levin went after former George W. Bush advisor, Karl Rove, during his radio show on Monday after Rove announced the formation of a new PAC that would aid moderate Republican politicians against tea party challengers in primary races. Levin called Rove’s effort ‘diabolical’ and listed the many GOP officeholders who would not be in power but for the tea party insurgency. “We’re being stabbed in the back,” Levin declared. “Here’s a project funded by crony capitalists, funded by corporatists — who are not conservative — funding a group called the Conservative Victory Project,” Levin began. “This...
  • Rail traffic reflects more oil production, less coal-fired electricity generation

    02/05/2013 6:49:47 AM PST · by thackney · 10 replies
    Energy Information Administration ^ | FEBRUARY 5, 2013 | Energy Information Administration
    The record increase in U.S. crude oil production during 2012 and the significant decline in coal use for domestic electricity generation were reflected in the movement of those two commodities by rail last year. Crude oil and petroleum products accounted for the biggest increase in railcar loadings among commodities in 2012, while coal had the largest decline. Notwithstanding these changes, coal remained by far the dominant category of carload shipments, accounting for 41% of total carloads, compared to a 4% share for all petroleum and petroleum products combined. Last year, the amount of crude oil and petroleum products delivered by...
  • America’s Creeping New Normalcy: Sluggish growth and high unemployment are now just accepted

    02/05/2013 6:40:39 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    National Review ^ | 02/04/2013 | James Pethokoukis
    The Japanese have said “Enough.” After a generation of stagnation, they’ve chosen an all-of-the-above policy to boost economic growth. The nation’s new prime minister, Shinzo Abe, is promising a “three arrows” strategy: bold monetary easing, increased public-works spending, and structural changes, such as regulatory reform. He’s throwing the ramen against the shoji and hoping something will stick. Some of those ideas are good ones, some probably aren’t. But it’s clear that Tokyo’s priority is growth, growth, growth. Time to get Nippon moving again. Nations probably never choose decline, at least not consciously. More likely they become victims of a creeping...
  • The Unconventional Ted Cruz: He's doing precisely what he promised on the campaign trail.

    02/05/2013 6:37:33 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 79 replies
    National Review ^ | 02/05/2013 | Andrew Stiles
    Ted Cruz (R., Texas) has been a United States senator for only 34 days, but already he is making his mark on national politics. His conspicuous presence and aggressive tone have thrilled his conservative cheerleaders, while inducing fits of rage in liberal detractors and Joe Scarborough. In the past week alone, Cruz has tangled with veteran Democratic spin-master Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.) on Meet the Press, sent a tongue-in-cheek letter to Mayor Rahm Emanuel of Chicago, introduced legislation to fully repeal Obamacare, and recorded “no” votes on major items, including Hurricane Sandy relief, raising the debt ceiling, filibuster reform, and...
  • Gas prices take bigger bite of Americans' income [Highest in THREE DECADES!]

    02/05/2013 6:27:18 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 43 replies
    CNN ^ | 2/4/13 | Emily Jane Fox
    Americans are pumping about 4% of their incomes into buying gasoline, according to a government report. The Energy Department said on Monday that U.S. households spent an average of $2,912 on gasoline last year, the highest level in four years. The percentage reached similar levels in 2008, when a red-hot global economy and panic over dwindling supplies sent gas prices through the roof. But before then, the percentage hadn't reached these levels in nearly three decades.
  • LIVE: Zimmerman hearing 9 a.m. ET

    02/05/2013 6:09:33 AM PST · by Uncle Chip · 40 replies
    http://www.clickorlando.com ^ | February 5, 2013 | Click Orlando
    9 a.m. ET: Attorneys in the second-degree murder case against George Zimmerman head back to court to argue motions in anticipation of the June 10, 2013, trial.
  • Nugent to Piers Morgan: 'You're the Perfect Poster Boy to Stand Up for Things That Make No Sense'

    02/05/2013 5:33:05 AM PST · by servo1969 · 65 replies
    Newsbusters.org ^ | February 04, 2013 | Noel Sheppard
    CNN's resident gun control advocate Piers Morgan faced off with Ted Nugent Monday, and as was expected, the bullets were flying. By the end of the first segment, Nugent told his arrogant adversary, "You're the perfect poster boy to stand up for the things that make no sense at all to common sense people" (video follows with transcript and absolutely no need for additional commentary): PIERS MORGAN, HOST: I don't understand, and I want you to tell me, in the least inflammatory way possible, why outside of hog hunting, which I get is a problem in Texas, anybody needs one...
  • Anonymous prostitute’s...account recalls sex with Bob Menendez ‘when I was 16 years old’

    02/05/2013 5:31:58 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 31 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 2/5/13 | David Martosko
    In a handwritten statement provided last year to a whistle-blower, a young prostitute detailed allegations that she slept with Democratic New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez beginning “when I was 16 years old.” “During [one] visit of Senator Bob Menendez to the Dominican Republic, I had intimate relations with him on more than one occasion,” the unidentified woman wrote, according to The Daily Caller’s translation. She appears to be a new voice among what are now at least six women purported to have engaged in sex for money with Menendez. Her claim appears in a Spanish-language testimonial collected by Peter Williams,...
  • Obama: Boy Scouts should lift ban on homosexuality

    02/05/2013 5:12:35 AM PST · by IbJensen · 39 replies
    Life Site Times ^ | Feb 04, 2013 | Kirsten Anderson
    WASHINGTON, D.C., February 4, 2013 (LifeSiteNews) – President Barack Obama on Sunday said the Boy Scouts of America should overturn its national ban on homosexual members and leaders, just days before the organization is scheduled to vote on the issue. In a pre-Super Bowl interview with CBS, anchor Scott Pelley asked the president if he believed the Scouts should allow openly gay members and leaders. "Yes," Obama said. Pressed to elaborate, Obama said homosexuals should be able to fully participate in “every institution” that others can. “I think that my attitude is that gays and lesbians should have access and...
  • WashPost Indicts Football Coach, Rush Limbaugh for Racist Insults of Mrs. Obama, Black Womanhood

    02/05/2013 5:02:49 AM PST · by chessplayer · 84 replies
    The Washington Post is suggesting Tuesday that it's somehow national news that a high-school football coach in northern Alabama was caught on tape mocking Michelle Obama for having a "fat butt." Post reporter Krissah Thompson used this mini-story -- football coach secretly recorded by students who apparently want him fired, and he's already been suspended -- to remind people that Rush Limbaugh and Rep. James Sensenbrenner have also mocked the First Lady's rear end, and this means our "country of white people" are "not showing adequate respect for and devaluing the bodies of black women." Unsurprisingly, then the Post connects...
  • Mika Admits: Under Bush, Drone Strike Memo Would Have Caused 'Huge Controversy'

    02/05/2013 4:51:11 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 21 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Unusual candor from Mika Brzezinski and Harold Ford, Jr. on the double standard that exists for Republicans and Democrats. Discussing on today's Morning Joe the Obama administration memo that has been uncovered authorizing the use of drone strikes to kill U.S. citizens abroad, Mika admitted that there would have been a "huge controversy" if such a memo had surfaced during the Bush administration. Ford said that "Democrats have to think now about how they conducted themselves and the questions they raised about Bush administration tactics." Joe Scarborough flatly declared that had the policy come to light under Bush, it would...
  • Republicans question whether Treasury nominee Lew broke federal law

    02/05/2013 4:48:45 AM PST · by SJackson · 5 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 2-5-13
    Treasury secretary nominee Jack Lew is coming under fire from Senate Republicans who question whether he violated federal law by declining to respond to dire warnings from the group that oversees Medicare. Eight Senate Republicans voiced their complaints in a letter Monday to the White House budget office, which Lew ran before being promoted to President Obama's chief of staff. The criticism comes as the president's most controversial Cabinet nominees line up for confirmation hearings before Congress. Chuck Hagel, the nominee for Defense secretary, endured a grilling on Capitol Hill last week. Lew, and also CIA director nominee John Brennan,...