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  • How the President Can Aid Immigration Reform (by Tokyo Rove, Amnesty Pimp...)

    02/07/2013 6:46:52 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 12 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 2/7/13 | Karl Rove
    There was rare good news from Washington last week, as eight senators—four from each party—announced a "Bipartisan Framework for Comprehensive Immigration Reform." The so-called Gang of Eight proposed a "tough but fair path" to citizenship for undocumented immigrants that would commence only after the federal government secured the borders and put in place systems to prevent foreigners from overstaying their visas and to help employers verify that any new hires are legal.
  • Marco Rubio to deliver GOP’s State of the Union response, of course

    02/07/2013 6:45:34 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/07/2013 | AllahPundit
    Who else could it have been? Jindal and Paul Ryan have already done it, Rand Paul’s probably still too close to the rEVOLution for Republican leaders to be comfortable with him in a spot like this, and Chris Christie would just end up talking about how terrific Obama’s speech was. Half the reason party leaders are pushing amnesty, I’m convinced, is because Rubio’s that good in front of a mic and this issue gives him access to lots and lots of microphones. If, as McCain bluntly concedes, immigration reform is all about earning goodwill from Latino voters, then of course...
  • Iran rejects U.S. offer for direct talks, says won't be frightened by 'gun threats'

    02/07/2013 6:44:57 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 7 replies
    Iran's supreme leader Thursday strongly rejected proposals for direct talks with the United States, effectively quashing suggestions for a breakthrough one-on-one dialogue on the nuclear standoff and potentially other issues. The statement posted on Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's website echoes previous remarks opposing bilateral talks with Washington in parallel with stop-and-start nuclear negotiations with world powers, including the U.S.,which are scheduled to resume later this month. But the latest comments marked Khamenei's first reaction since the idea of direct talks received a high-profile boost earlier this week from U.S.­ Vice President Joe Biden during a security summit in Munich attended by...
  • Jobless claims fall, trend reading at near five-year low

    02/07/2013 6:42:34 AM PST · by traumer · 51 replies
    Finance Search Thu, Feb 7, 2013, 9:19 AM EST - U.S. Markets open in 11 mins. Advertisement Advertisement Stock Watch Greenlight's Einhorn Sues Apple Over Cash Plans (See Story) Jobless claims fall, trend reading at near five-year low ReutersReuters – 41 minutes ago Email 1 Print Related Content A job seeker (R) meets with a prospective employer at a career fair in New York City, October 24, 2012. REUTERS/Mike SegarView Photo A job seeker (R) meets with a prospective employer at a career fair in New York City, October 24, 2012. REUTERS/Mike Segar WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The number of Americans...
  • Incoherent Immigration Reform (Huge Majority of Latinos Prefer Higher Taxes and Bigger Government)

    02/07/2013 6:37:57 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    National Review ^ | 02/07/2013 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Nothing about illegal immigration quite adds up. Conservative corporate employers still support the idea of imported, cheap, non-union labor — in a strange alliance with liberal activists who want the larger blocs of Latino voters that eventually follow massive influxes from Latin America. Yet how conservative are businesses that in the past flouted federal law — and how liberal are activists who undermined the bargaining power of American minimum-wage, entry-level workers, many of them minorities? The remedies for illegal immigration under discussion are just as incoherent. If the government now plans to offer some foreign nationals a pathway to citizenship,...
  • Broun launches Senate campaign, vows cuts

    02/07/2013 6:34:36 AM PST · by JohnPDuncan · 3 replies
    Politico ^ | JAMES HOHMANN
    Georgia Republican Rep. Paul Broun built his Wednesday Senate campaign rollout around a promise to cut spending. “When I was sworn into the Marine Corps, and then again into the House of Representatives, I swore to defend the Constitution against all enemies both foreign and domestic. Out-of-control spending has become our nation’s enemy,” he said in a statement released after a rally in Atlanta. “I’ll be the only candidate in this race whose first priority is to stop the runaway spending in Washington D.C.” Broun, the first candidate to get in, said he’s “sponsored more legislation to reduce spending than...
  • Gay Controversies Tempered as National Prayer Breakfast Returns [BO pretends to respect religion]

    02/07/2013 6:33:59 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 6 replies
    Time ^ | 2/6/13 | Elizabeth Dias
    Religious and community leaders will gather Thursday in Washington for the 61st annual National Prayer Breakfast, where President Obama will offer his first major remarks to America’s faith community since he announced his support for gay marriage last May. Obama usually shies away from policy at the breakfast — in his first four, he only briefly mentioned health care, immigration and the fiscal crisis. His only mention of sexuality was a quick aside in 2010. But many of the 3,000-plus guests will be wondering if his new position finds its way into his remarks. The National Prayer Breakfast’s organizer, the...
  • Dick Yuengling rips Philadelphia over $6 million lawsuit

    02/07/2013 6:22:27 AM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 27 replies
    Dick Yuengling said he was "probably the happiest guy in the beer business" - until Tuesday. --snip-- The suit claims that Yuengling refused to let the city's Revenue Department audit its books, so the department made an assessment based on a Philly beer distributor's accounts-payable list. The suit has no details of what activities Yuengling conducted in Philadelphia that the city found to be taxable. City officials declined to elaborate. Green said that filing suit may have been the only way to access Yuengling's records. "This lawsuit will allow the Department of Revenue to do the discovery that Yuengling rejected,"...
  • U.S. productivity sinks 2% in fourth quarter

    02/07/2013 6:14:58 AM PST · by John W · 4 replies
    marketwatch.com ^ | February 7, 2013 | Jeffry Bartash
    WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) — U.S. businesses did not produce goods and services as efficiently at the tail end of 2012, the Labor Department said Thursday. Workers put in more time but companies barely increased their output. Productivity fell at a 2.0% annual rate in the October-to-December period, according to the agency’s preliminary assessment. The decline — the sharpest in almost two years — partly reverses a revised 3.2% gain in the third quarter. Economists surveyed by MarketWatch had expected productivity to fall 1.5%, largely because growth in the fourth quarter contracted and hours spent on the job increased.
  • Japan accuses Russia of intrusion, scrambles jets

    02/07/2013 6:10:41 AM PST · by Pan_Yan · 9 replies
    ABC News ^ | February 7, 2013
    Japan says it scrambled its jets last night after two Russian fighter jets briefly entered its airspace near disputed territories and the northern island of Hokkaido. Russia, which is currently holding military exercises around the disputed Kurile islands - or Northern Territories - denied any such intrusion took place. The incident happened on what Japan's "Northern Territories Day", when rallies are traditionally held calling for the return of the disputed islands. Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe had told a rally he was determined to press ahead with negotiations with Russia for the return of the islands.
  • BOC removes ‘firearms’ from ordinance list

    02/07/2013 6:05:31 AM PST · by marktwain · 5 replies
    douglascountysentinel.com ^ | 6 February, 2013 | Winston Jones
    An amendment to remove a reference to firearms from Carroll County’s disaster and emergency ordinance was passed by the Board of Commissioners Tuesday without discussion. The decision to change the ordinance was made to avoid conflicting with Second Amendment issues raised by a Georgia gun rights organization. The action eliminates the word “firearms” from a list of items whose sales could be suspended in case of a local disaster declared by the county commission chairman. The wording was questioned in a Jan. 18 letter, hand-delivered to commission Chairman Marty Smith, by James Camp of Temple, representing GeorgiaCarry.org. Read more: Douglas...
  • DOUG KASS: 'I'm Getting The Summer Of 1987 Feeling' In The Market Right Now

    02/07/2013 6:00:38 AM PST · by blam · 12 replies
    TBI ^ | 2-7-2013 | Matthew Boesler
    DOUG KASS: 'I'm Getting The Summer Of 1987 Feeling' In The Market Right Now Matthew BoeslerFebruary 6, 2013, 6:06 PMSeabreeze Partners portfolio manager Doug Kass has been sounding the alarm bells on the stock market for a while. In his 2013 outlook published on January 9, Kass warned that the market would make its high for 2013 in the first two weeks of January. That, of course, didn't happen, as stocks have continued to grind higher. Now, more and more people are talking about a sell-off than at any point during this rally that started in November, due to increasing...
  • Poll Shows Mitch McConnell Struggling for Support (Will Tokyo Rove's PAC target Mitch?)

    02/07/2013 5:54:35 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 22 replies
    WFPL ^ | 1/28/13 | PHILLIP M. BAILEY
    A new poll shows Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell is struggling to retain support among voters. The Courier-Journal Bluegrass Poll shows that twice as many voters are against McConnell as there are supporting him. It also finds that only one-third of Republicans support him in the 2014 election.
  • Scarborough Gloats Over Fox News 'Trust' Ratings, Ignores MSNBC's Miserable Ones

    02/07/2013 5:47:23 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 6 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    "And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?" Time for Joe Scarborough to brush up on the Sermon on the Mount? On today's Morning Joe, Scarborough gloated at length over survey results indicating that the public's trust in Fox News has declined and that PBS is the only network that more people trust than distrust. But he conveniently failed to mention that Fox News remains the network that more people trust than any other . . . and that his own MSNBC trails way—way!—behind Fox...
  • Karl Rove the 'poster child for crony consultants'

    02/07/2013 5:37:36 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 8 replies
    Examiner ^ | 2/5/13 | JOE NEWBY
    A civil war seems to be brewing within the GOP as Karl Rove has decided to take on the Tea Party with the "Conservative Victory Project," a group designed to take out conservative Tea Party candidates who challenge those supported by the more moderate GOP establishment. In response, Judson Phillips, head of the Tea Party Nation, posted an open letter on Monday in which he calls Rove the "poster child for crony consultants." In his letter to GOP donors, Phillips said they are about to become a political football for the next two years. He added that Rove's project "has...
  • Mark Levin: Obama Defies Federal Courts and Federal Law

    02/07/2013 5:34:49 AM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 7 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | 2/6/2013 | Mark Levin
    Mark Levin says that Obama has now created a constitutional crisis: We have a rogue board call the National Labor Relations Board. … Three people are sitting there unconstitutionally issuing opinions involving business and labor unions. The court ruled that they don’t have any power because Obama didn’t have the power to rule the Senate in recess and to make those appointments. Obama doesn’t have the power to change the welfare statute to eliminate work. Obama doesn’t have all kinds of power that he’s exercising. Neither does his bureaucracy over there at the EPA and so forth.
  • Will Rep. Paul Broun be Karl Rove's first 'unelectable' target? (Tokyo Rove alert)

    02/07/2013 5:29:49 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 6 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | 2/7/13 | Liz Marlantes
    Karl Rove may be trying to quell conservative concerns that his new political group is really an effort to crush the tea party. But actions will speak louder than words – and already, Mr. Rove's group may have a test case on its hands. Rove's Conservative Victory Project has a stated goal of making sure only electable candidates emerge victorious from GOP primaries. But he told Fox News Tuesday: "This is not tea party versus the establishment." So what is it? The campaign of Rep. Paul Broun (R) of Georgia, who on Wednesday filed paperwork to run for the seat...
  • The Assasin in Chief: Now the President operates as if he can kill anybody

    02/07/2013 5:26:51 AM PST · by bestintxas · 18 replies
    am thinker ^ | 2/7/13 | Herbert W. Titus and William J. Olson
    Exercising a power that no prior president ever thought he possessed -- a power that no prior president is known to have exercised
  • Even In Blue Minnesota, Gun Control Seems A Tough Sell

    02/07/2013 5:23:38 AM PST · by marktwain · 10 replies
    kvnf.org ^ | 6 February, 2013 | David Welna
    Minnesota has a Democratic governor, two Democratic senators, and Democrats control both houses of its Legislature. So it may have come as no surprise when President Obama went there earlier this week to rally support for his proposals to reduce gun violence. But even in the politically blue state, there's considerable resistance to placing further restrictions on gun ownership. During his visit to a Minneapolis police facility Monday, Obama urged Minnesotans to find common ground in curbing gun violence. "We don't have to agree on everything to agree it's time to do something," he said. "That's my main message here...
  • MILLER: Obama’s traveling gun show

    02/07/2013 4:44:49 AM PST · by marktwain · 15 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 5 February, 2013 | Emily Miller
    President Obama hit the road Monday on a nationwide gun-grabbing tour. His show doesn’t have many fans inside the Beltway, since being seen favoring gun control can be the kiss of death for senators with rural constituencies. So Mr. Obama is trying to shore up fence-sitting members by bringing his community organizing skills to their districts. His first stop was Minnesota. “I need everybody who’s listening to keep the pressure on your member of Congress to do the right thing,” said Mr. Obama, surrounded by uniformed officers at the Minneapolis Police Department Special Operations Center. “Ask them if they support...