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  • Eric Cantor Endorses Citizenship for DREAMers

    02/05/2013 1:16:36 PM PST · by KantianBurke · 78 replies
    ABC News ^ | February 5th 2013 | Emily Deruy
    House Majority Leader Eric Cantor attempted to project a softer Republican tone on immigration during a speech at the American Enterprise Institute on Tuesday, but indicated there is a ways to go until Republicans and Democrats agree on an overhaul of the nation's immigration laws. Cantor, the second-ranking House Republican, endorsed a path to citizenship for DREAMers, the undocumented young people brought to the United States as children.
  • GUN HEARINGS: Overflowing crowd at Minnesota Capitol on Day 1

    02/05/2013 1:14:04 PM PST · by marktwain · 13 replies
    myfoxtwincities.com ^ | 5 February, 2013 | Tim Blotz
    ST. PAUL, Minn. (KMSP) - Minnesota lawmakers opened debate on a handful of gun control proposals Tuesday at the State Capitol. The House Public Safety Finance and Policy Committee will look at expanding background checks, banning military-style weapons, a limit on magazine capacities and allowing school workers to carry weapons. A huge crowd gathered outside the House hearing room, which forced some spectators into an overflow room. WHAT THEY"RE SAYING... "My father lived the American dream but died the American nightmare." - Sami Rahamim, son of Accent Signage Systems founder Reuven Rahamim "An egregious violation of the Second Amendment." -...
  • Pentagon to extend certain benefits to same-sex spouses

    02/05/2013 1:12:00 PM PST · by NKP_Vet · 5 replies
    http://www.washingtonpost.com ^ | Febuary 5, 2013 | Ernesto Londońo
    The Pentagon has decided to extend certain benefits to the spouses of gay and lesbian personnel, according to officials and people notified about the decision, responding to the increasingly vocal appeals of same-sex couples in the military. The military expects to announce the decision this week.
  • Falklands will be under our control within 20 years, says Argentina

    02/05/2013 1:09:17 PM PST · by LucianOfSamasota · 21 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 5 February 2013 | Patrick Wintour, political editor
    The Falklands Islands will be under Argentinian control within 20 years, the South American country's foreign minister, Héctor Timerman, has said in an interview with the Guardian. Visiting London for the first time, he ruled out a military solution to the 130-year-old sovereignty dispute but claimed the world increasingly recognised that the islands were a product of colonialism. He accused the British government of being motivated by a fanatical desire to hold on to the islands and claimed "the United Kingdom has never missed an opportunity to miss an opportunity to find a solution for the Malvinas". He said: "I...
  • Zing! Piers Morgan whines and Herman Cain responds: ‘Bless your heart’ (tweets at link)

    02/05/2013 12:55:13 PM PST · by Perdogg · 15 replies
    Oh, yes. He did. Herman Cain blasted Musket Morgan with the best insult ever: Bless your heart! Taking a page from Romney’s book? Remember, he slammed Obama with the ultimate “oh, snap” during the campaign. That was called racist, natch.
  • Chung Kim, Texas man, fatally shoots couple in argument over dog feces, report says

    02/05/2013 12:34:34 PM PST · by EveningStar · 34 replies
    CBS News ^ | February 5, 2013 | Crimesider Staff
    Chung Kim, a Texas man, was charged with capital murder Monday after he allegedly shot and killed a couple who lived upstairs from his northwest Dallas apartment in an argument over dog feces.
  • 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.