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  • France to start pulling troops from Mali in March

    02/05/2013 3:25:30 PM PST · by Pan_Yan
    CNN ^ | February 5, 2013 -- Updated 2302 GMT (0702 HKT) | CNN Staff
    (CNN) -- France expects to begin pulling its troops out of Mali in March, the French foreign minister told the Metro newspaper. French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said troops will continue operations in northern Mali, where he said "some terrorist havens remain." ... France has 2,150 soldiers in Mali and 1,000 more troops supporting the operation from elsewhere.
  • New York's 'SAFE' Act: The 'Rape' of the Second Amendment

    02/05/2013 3:08:09 PM PST · by EXCH54FE · 16 replies
    American Thinker ^ | Feb 5, 2013 | Michael Filozof
    In January, the New York State Legislature passed the Orwellian-sounding "SAFE" (Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement) Act. The act was debated in closed session without committee hearings, and Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed it into law within an hour of its passage -- after waiving the required three-day public comment period. Cuomo bragged that New York now has the "toughest assault weapons ban" in the country but claimed that the law respects the Second Amendment and preserves the rights of "hunters and sportsmen." The former is true; the latter is a bald-faced lie. Even if you do not live in New...
  • Ohio to expand Medicaid, despite Gov. John Kasich's opposition to Obamacare

    02/05/2013 2:54:23 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 18 replies
    Cleveland.com ^ | 2/4/13 | Sarah Jane Tribble, The Plain Dealer
    Gov. John Kasich today joined the growing ranks of Republican governors who will expand Medicaid... However, the brief also said that Ohio would "reverse this decision" if the federal government failed to cover nearly all of the cost of expansion, as it has said it would. The expansion of Medicaid fulfills an option under the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to provide coverage to adults living at up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level. Last year, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that states have the ability to opt in or out of the program, but they...
  • GOP Establishment Invites Its Own Extinction by Declaring War on Tea Party

    02/05/2013 2:53:32 PM PST · by Evil Slayer · 35 replies
    RushLimbaugh.com ^ | 2/5/13 | Rush Limbaugh
    Title shortened to meet FR guidlines. Full title... GOP Establishment Invites Its Own Extinction by Declaring War on Tea Party and Seeking Compromise with Democrats BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Eric Cantor is out saying the Republicans have to change. The Republican Party has to change. The Republican Party has to show that we want to help people. The Republican Party has to reach across the aisle. Karl Rove and his PAC. What is it, American Crossroads? Is that the name of his PAC? There was a New York Times story a couple of days ago that basically said they are gonna...
  • “Obama skeet shooting action figure” now for sale

    02/05/2013 2:52:07 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 17 replies
    Red Alert Politics ^ | 2-5-2013 | Laura Byrne
    February 5, 2013 “Obama skeet shooting action figure” now for sale Laura Byrne Move over G.I. Joe. The “Obama Skeet Shooting Action Figure” is in town.The makers of the “Tanorexic Doll” and the “Anthony Weiner Action Figure” are now presenting their latest creation: a figurine of the POTUS skeet shooting. Hunting gun included.The doll is President Barack Obama’s likeness donning a white muscle tee with the words “Clay Pigeons” written across it in red writing. Did we mention he is holding a gun?The toy maker Herobuilders must have been inspired after the White House finally released a photo of President...
  • 'They're breaking my flow'

    02/05/2013 2:48:37 PM PST · by ColdOne · 22 replies
    politico44 ^ | 2/5/13 | DONOVAN SLACK
    President Obama is none too pleased with the cameramen who film his White House addresses. Just as he launched into an explanation Tuesday of how his deficit reduction plan stacks up to the Simpson-Bowles Commission, he was thrown off mid-sentence by the loud sound coming from one cameraman's radio. "Heh, what's up cameramen," the president said. "C'mon guys," he admonished, before complaining, "They're breaking my flow all the time."
  • Obama to honor teachers, administrators slain at Sandy Hook

    02/05/2013 2:45:52 PM PST · by ColdOne · 15 replies
    politico44 ^ | 2/5/13 | DONOVAN SLACK
    President Obama will award posthumous Presidential Citizens Medals to the teachers and administrators killed at Sandy Hook Elementary. ~~SNIP~~ The medals are the second highest civilian honor bestowed by the U.S. government and are given to “citizens of the United States of America who have performed exemplary deeds of service for their country or their fellow citizens.”
  • Resistance to Obama Has Melted Away

    02/05/2013 2:44:45 PM PST · by Evil Slayer · 26 replies
    RushLimbaugh.com ^ | 2/5/13 | Rush Limgaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Look, folks, I really don't like being a "see, I told you so." I mean, I know I do it a lot 'cause it happens a lot, and I used to even have a little jingle with it. "Nah-nah-nah-nah-nah-nah! See, I Told You So," because it used to be somewhat unique. Now it's not difficult at all. It is important, however. I do, when relevant, like to remind you of things that you've heard in the past on this program that you may have forgotten, things that I've said. Here's a story that leads into my point....
  • ObamaCare Exchange Subsidy Cost Hiked By $233 Billion

    02/05/2013 2:39:44 PM PST · by Nachum · 5 replies
    Investor´s Business Daily ^ | 2/5/13 | John Merline
    The Congressional Budget Office on Tuesday quietly raised the 10-year cost of ObamaCare´s insurance subsidies offered via the health law´s exchanges by $233 billion, according to a Congressional Budget Office review of its latest spending forecast. The CBO´s new baseline estimate shows that ObamaCare subsidies offered through the insurance exchanges — which are supposed to be up and running by next January — will total more than $1 trillion through 2022, up from $814 billion over those same years in its budget forecast made a year ago. That´s an increase of nearly 29%.
  • “THE MARK LEVIN SHOW”– Tuesday, February-5-2013

    02/05/2013 2:35:50 PM PST · by Fudd Fan · 38 replies
    The Mark Levin Show ^ | Mark R. Levin
    The Legacy Lives On! Mark’s Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation “Conservatism is the antidote to tyranny precisely because its principles are the founding principles.” --Mark Levin in Liberty and TyrannyWelcome to “The Levin Lounge”… Step in and have a virtual FRink.Taking the country by storm, one radio station at a time – and kicking the BUTTS of the competition! Welcome all, to the most FUN LIVE THREAD on FreeRepublic.com! You can call Mark’s show: 1-877-381-3811
  • White House Responds To Drones Memo: Strikes Are 'Legal,' 'Ethical' And ‘Wise'

    02/05/2013 2:30:57 PM PST · by Nachum · 37 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 2/5/13 | Matt Wilstein
    It’s no surprise that among the first questions White House Press Secretary Jay Carney received at today’s press briefing was one that concerned a recently-leaked Justice Department memo that offered justification for killing U.S. citizens abroad in predator drone attacks. Carney began by clarifying that the memo in question was an “unclassified document” prepared for members of Congress. “The president takes his responsibilities very seriously,” Carney said. “And first and foremost that’s his responsibility to protect the United States.” He continued by saying that the president is dedicated to
  • Sandy Hook Father Absolutely Owns Guns Violence Hearing

    02/05/2013 2:26:09 PM PST · by NoGrayZone · 47 replies
    IJ Review ^ | 2/5/13 | IJ Review
    A Sandy Hook father telling it like it is, slamming his fist down on the table, and walking out like a boss. You HAVE to see this incredible anti-gun control argument...
  • Top Democrat Warns Others Not to Use Term “Illegal Immigrants”, Calls Them “Citizens” (Conyers)

    02/05/2013 2:25:25 PM PST · by montag813 · 31 replies
    Stand With Arizona ^ | 02-05-2013 | John Hill
    by John HillStand With ArizonaPerhaps the most visible argument in favor of term limits in Congress, Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) - who has served in Congress since 1965 - and known for uttering bizarre and offensive statements, has done it yet again. The Ranking Member on the House Judiciary Immigration subcommittee, Conyers before today's hearing on potential "reform" legislation scolded other members in advance for calling illegal aliens "illegal immigrants" - calling them "out of  status". Perhaps even more bizarrely, Conyers - twice - refers to illegals as "citizens": “I hope no one uses the term ‘illegal immigrants’ here today”,...
  • Obamacare Punishes Smokers: Why not the Promiscuous? (Commiecare™ to cover HIV/AIDS?)

    02/05/2013 2:19:17 PM PST · by Libloather · 15 replies
    National Review ^ | 1/26/13 | Wesley J. Smith
    Obamacare outlawed underwriting by health insurance companies. In other words, if we are diagnosed with cancer, run 10Ks, have diabetes or a family history of heart attacks, we all pay the same price. Fine. But there is one big exception. Smokers, who can be charged a huge insurance surcharge for their unhealthy habit. **SNIP** This financial stick is entirely political. Notice we never hear experts wanting to “punish” the promiscuous for the cost burden they inflict on the health care system. Yet people who sleep around, like smokers and the obese, cost the rest of us plenty–what with promiscuity leading...
  • City in Virginia Becomes First to Pass Anti-Drone Legislation

    02/05/2013 2:18:08 PM PST · by Nachum · 14 replies
    US News and World Report ^ | 2/5/13 | Jason Koebler
    Charlottesville, Va., has become the first city in the United States to formally pass an anti-drone resolution. The resolution, passed Monday, "calls on the United States Congress and the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Virginia to adopt legislation prohibiting information obtained from the domestic use of drones from being introduced into a Federal or State court," and "pledges to abstain from similar uses with city-owned, leased, or borrowed drones." The resolution passed by a 3-2 vote and was brought to the city council by activist David Swanson and the Rutherford Institute, a progressive civil liberties group based ACA premium...
  • Radical Islam’s Global Reaction: The Push for Blasphemy Laws

    02/05/2013 2:10:32 PM PST · by lbryce · 5 replies
    World Affairs Journal ^ | February 5, 2013 | Michael J Totten
    “I have sworn upon the altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.” —Thomas Jefferson Free speech is under attack in the West, and it’s under attack from abroad. For years radical Islamists have targeted embassies abroad and individuals at home for “insulting” the Prophet Muhammad. And now diplomats and heads of state from Islamist countries are using international oganizations to pressure the West to criminalize blasphemy and are even lobbying for a global censorship regime. The most recent assault began in Cairo on September 11, 2012, when a deranged mob attacked the...
  • Cerabino: Florida sheriffs edge closer to law interpreting than law enforcing

    02/05/2013 2:04:59 PM PST · by marktwain · 29 replies
    palmbeachpost.co ^ | 5 February, 2013 | Frank Cerabino
    I know it’s illegal to impersonate a law-enforcement officer. But what happens when a law-enforcement officer impersonates a judge? I’m talking about the recent proclamation from the Florida Sheriff’s Association announcing that its members “will not not assist, support, or condone any unconstitutional infringement” of the Second Amendment’s right to bear arms. The timing of the proclamation coincided with efforts by President Barack Obama and some members of Congress to advocate for gun regulations that ban the sale of military-style assault weapons, limit rounds of ammunition in clips, and eliminate loopholes in background checks for gun sales. If those measures,...
  • Feds: Philly woman key in ‘massive’ $200M international scam

    02/05/2013 1:58:27 PM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 4 replies
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | 02/05/2013 | Frank Kummer
    A Philadelphia woman was arrested today along with 12 others in what federal authorities call "one of the largest" credit card fraud schemes ever. --snip-- Essentially, the enterprise worked like this, according to the complaint: Members of the group would create false identities through a series of documents, then create a false profile for the major credit bureaus. Next, the group would, "pump up" the credit by providing false information to the credit bureaus from fake companies. The sham companies existed only to make it appear that the fictional people had excellent credit. Finally, members of the group would run...
  • AP sources: Pentagon extending benefits for gays [Back door homosexual "marriage" ?]

    02/05/2013 1:41:47 PM PST · by Absolutely Nobama · 91 replies
    Miami Herald--Associated Depressed ^ | 2/5/13 | Lolita C. Baldor
    WASHINGTON -- U.S. officials say Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is poised to extend some benefits to the same-sex partners of military members. The policy change would come about 16 months after the Pentagon repealed its ban on openly gay service. Officials say Panetta has not made a final decision on which benefits will be included, but the Pentagon is likely to allow same-sex partners to have access to the on-base commissary and other military subsidized stores, as well as health and welfare programs.
  • Gov. John Kasich's Medicaid flip: Are conservatives embracing ObamaCare?

    02/05/2013 1:35:36 PM PST · by Jean S · 30 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 2/5/13 | Peter Weber
    Why did the Tea Party–backed governor of Ohio just say yes to a key part of President Obama's health care law? Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) is the latest governor to accept the hefty Medicaid expansion authorized by President Obama's health care overhaul. He's not the first Republican to do so — Brian Sandoval (Nev.), Susana Martinez (N.M.), Jack Dalrymple (N.D.), and Jan Brewer (Ariz.) have, too — but Kasich's opt-in is a bigger deal. As House Budget Committee chairman during the Newt Gingrich years, the "fiercely conservative" Kasich "built his political identity arguing for smaller government," says David Nather...