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  • How will he pay for it? Fiscal realities put Obama agenda in question [Random Act of Journalism?]

    02/11/2013 4:29:34 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 5 replies
    NBC ^ | 2/11/13 | Tom Curry
    Less than one month into his second term, President Barack Obama looks to complete the outlines of an ambitious agenda in his State of the Union address Tuesday night. In his inaugural speech, the president telegraphed several initiatives he wants Congress to pursue and pass this year: gun control legislation, a bill to create a legalization process for many of the nation’s illegal immigrants, subsidiesfor renewable energy technologies and legislation to respond to climate change. Obama will likely return to those topics Tuesday night, but the White House has signaled that this speech will focusmore on the themes that dominated...
  • Enemy in the Wire! – Staff Sgt. Clinton Romesha Medal of Honor Recipient

    02/11/2013 4:24:06 AM PST · by Doogle · 17 replies
    DODlive ^ | 2/08/13 | Glenn Selby
    Former Army Staff Sgt. Clint Romesha was a section leader during the Oct. 3, 2009, attack on Combat Outpost Keating in eastern Afghanistan, one of the deadliest attacks against coalition forces in Afghanistan. Eight American soldiers were killed and two dozen others wounded. This harrowing battle was marked by the heroism of many, including Romesha who fought to save his life and those of his fellow soldiers. On Monday, February 11, President Barack Obama will award Staff Sgt. Clint Romesha the Medal of Honor. In honor of his award, the Army has produced a three-part series highlighting Romesha from the...
  • Carnival cruise ship adrift off of Mexico after fire in engine room

    02/11/2013 3:57:42 AM PST · by Doogle · 34 replies
    FOX NEWS ^ | 02/11/13 | FOX
    <p>The Coast Guard says it is maintaining communication with a Carnival cruise ship that is adrift off of Mexico after a fire in an engine room.</p> <p>The Coast Guard said in a news release personnel aboard the Carnival Triumph extinguished the fire and no one was injured. The ship is now operating on emergency power about 150 miles off southern Mexico's Yucatan peninsula.</p>
  • Pope speaks on Creation, Original Sin at Wednesday audience [Five Days Ago]

    02/11/2013 3:32:22 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper
    Creation provides “the place in which to know God’s omnipotence and goodness,” Pope Benedict XVI told his weekly public audience. Continuing a series of Wednesday talks on the Creed, the Pope dedicated his February 6 audience to the phrase identifying God as “Creator of heaven and earth.” He explained that God is “the source of all things, and the beauty of creation reveals the omnipotence of the loving Father.” Turning then to the account of Creation in the book of Genesis, the Pope said: “In the light of faith, human intelligence can find the key to understanding the world In...
  • Pelosi: "False Argument To Say We Have A Spending Problem"

    02/11/2013 3:14:30 AM PST · by sr4402 · 23 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | Feb. 11 2013 | Real Clear Politics
    Link on Real Clear Politics. No Spending Problem in Washington?
  • Pope Benedict XVI 'is to resign'

    02/11/2013 3:11:37 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 486 replies
    Pope Benedict XVI 'is to resign' Breaking news The Pope is to resign at the end of this month in an entirely unexpected development, reports from the Vatican say.
  • Reports: Former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm in running for Obama cabinet position (again)

    02/11/2013 3:09:43 AM PST · by equaviator · 12 replies
    http://www.mlive.com ^ | 1/7/13 | Jonathan Oosting
    LANSING, MI -- Former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm, who burst onto the national stage in September with a rousing speech at the Democratic National Convention, may soon be back in the spotlight. CNN and Politco report that Granholm is being considered for a cabinet post in the Obama administration. The president recently nominated Sen. John Kerry to serve as secretary of state, and word broke this weekend that he plans to address two looming vacancies by nominating former Sen. Chuck Hagel for secretary of defense and counterterrorism advisor John Brennan to head the Central Intelligence Agency. More vacancies may pop...
  • Quinn & Rose - America’s Morning Show - February 11, 2013

    02/11/2013 3:03:20 AM PST · by sneakers · 8 replies
    Before yunz head dahntahn to work, or start to red up the house n‘at, join us every morning for coffee (or whatever gets yinz started) and maybe some serious discussion of the issues (or not!) Listen to the Quinn & Rose Morning Show from 6:00 to 9:00 Eastern on: www.wpgb.com (104.7 Pittsburgh, Pa) http://wysl1040.com/ (Rochester, NY) http://www.talkradio560.com/ (Frostburg, MD) http://wicofm.com/ (Salisbury/Ocean City, MD WOBX - Outer banks NC http://www.wncoam.com/main.html (Ashland, OH) ://tunein.com/radio/The-War-Room-with-Quinn--Rose-p34761/ for archived shows And now on 166 XM
  • Trayvon Martin walk attracts large crowds [Racist Jamie Foxx Shows Up]

    02/11/2013 3:00:32 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 30 replies
    St. Augustine Record ^ | 2/10/13 | INA PAIVA CORDLE
    Saturday was a day of remembrance for Trayvon Martin, as about a thousand people —including actor Jamie Foxx —united with the late teen’s family to march, pray, listen to music and hear inspirational messages, while pressing for justice in his killing. The Trayvon Martin Foundation sponsored the “I am Trayvon Day of Remembrance Community Peace Walk,” to honor the unarmed, Miami Gardens teen fatally shot in Sanford on Feb. 26 of last year by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman. “We’re here to let the community, and particularly teenagers, know that they have the right to walk in peace without being...
  • Solar industry grapples with hazardous wastes

    02/11/2013 2:45:33 AM PST · by lowbridge · 19 replies
    ap/yahoo ^ | february 10, 2013 | JASON DEAREN
    Homeowners on the hunt for sparkling solar panels are lured by ads filled with images of pristine landscapes and bright sunshine, and words about the technology's benefits for the environment — and the wallet. What customers may not know is that there's a dirtier side. While solar is a far less polluting energy source than coal or natural gas, many panel makers are nevertheless grappling with a hazardous waste problem. Fueled partly by billions in government incentives, the industry is creating millions of solar panels each year and, in the process, millions of pounds of polluted sludge and contaminated water....
  • Cantor: children of illegal immigrants should get U.S. citizenship

    02/11/2013 1:33:20 AM PST · by DangerZone · 98 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sun Feb 10, 2013 4:04pm EST | Andy Sullivan
    A top U.S. Republican lawmaker said on Sunday he would support granting citizenship to children who are in the country illegally in a sign that conservatives who oppose immigration amnesty will be playing defense as Congress takes on immigration reform in the coming months. Representative Eric Cantor, the No. 2 Republican in the House of Representatives, said Congress could make quick progress on immigration if lawmakers agreed to give citizenship to children - an idea he opposed when it came up for a vote in 2010 as the DREAM Act. "The best place to begin, I think, is with the...
  • Dorner morphing into an anti-hero?

    02/10/2013 10:33:12 PM PST · by chessplayer · 89 replies
    I have, at times, been accused of being somewhat naive when it comes to modern culture, both by family members and readers alike. Perhaps you’re all on to something there, because I certainly never saw this coming. As the search continues for alleged cop killer Christopher Dorner, there is an emerging theme – at least on the West Coast – that perhaps Dorner is some sort of Robin Hood, standing up for the little guy and taking it to the corrupt LA police force. "Support Growing For Former L.A. Officer Accused Of Killing Spree Dorner lost his job with the...
  • Lawmaker: Cyberattacks against US getting worse

    02/10/2013 10:32:22 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 10, 2013 2:12 PM EST
    The U.S. is vulnerable to cyberattacks that could shut down financial services or destroy information that companies need for daily operations, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee said Sunday. Rep. Mike Rogers says 95 percent of private sector networks are vulnerable and most have already been hit. … Rogers tells CBS’ Face the Nation that the U.S. government has, essentially “set up lawn chairs, told the burglars where the silver is … and opened the case of beer and watched them do it.” …
  • Israeli troops detain AP photographer

    02/10/2013 10:27:32 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 10, 2013 4:10 PM EST | Josef Federman
    Israeli troops detained an Associated Press photographer during West Bank unrest over the weekend, handcuffing him and forcing him to sit on the ground without food or water or access to a bathroom for roughly five hours, according to eyewitness accounts. The photographer, Nasser Shiyoukhi, was released without charge after Saturday's incident. Footage of the incident shows Shiyoukhi, 46, snapping pictures a short distance from Israeli security forces who were scuffling with a protester in the town of Yatta. Protesters had erected a small tent camp on what they say is Palestinian land occupied by Israelis. …
  • Obama to Renew Drive for Cuts in Nuclear Arms (ours)

    02/10/2013 9:28:13 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 14 replies
    NY Times ^ | February 10, 2013 | DAVID E. SANGER
    President Obama will use his State of the Union speech on Tuesday to reinvigorate one of his signature national security objectives — drastically reducing nuclear arsenals around the world — after securing agreement in recent months with the United States military that the American nuclear force can be cut in size by roughly a third. -snip But Mr. Obama, according to an official who was involved in the deliberations, “believes that we can make pretty radical reductions — and save a lot of money — without compromising American security in the second term. And the Joint Chiefs have signed off...
  • NJ Shotgun Ban! Ammo Ban! Magazine Grabs! – Gun Owners Mobilize Now!

    02/10/2013 8:24:45 PM PST · by NewJerseyJoe · 19 replies
    Ammoland.com ^ | 2/10/13 | Ammoland.com
    Published on Sunday, February 10, 2013 UPCOMING ASSEMBLY BILLS, BAN POPULAR SHOTGUNS, MOST RIFLE AMMUNITION, REDUCE MAGAZINE, CAPACITY TO TEN ROUNDS, AND MORE…Trenton, NJ —(Ammoland.com)- Keep flooding legislators with calls, faxes, and emails And then come pack the Committee hearing room on Wednesday! This is the worst threat to NJ gun rights in history Your efforts matter most right now! Buses to Trenton on Wednesday are being planned, But you must register immediately so Arrangements can be finalized. As reported in our last alert, the New Jersey Assembly Law & Public Safety Committee is scheduled to hold hearings on a...
  • Chris Christie's waistline, Marco Rubio's hairline, and our raging obsession with superficiality

    02/10/2013 7:53:51 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    The Week ^ | 02/10/2013 | Matt K. Lewis
    I t's time to talk about the way our politicians look. Maybe such superficialities shouldn't matter. But fact is, they do. In the modern era, it's pretty clear that when it comes to the White House, we don't elect bald men, short men, men with beards, men with glasses, or (since Taft) fat men. This is unfair, but it's also reality. And it's something to consider when we examine potential 2016 contenders. Let's start with Chris Christie, who has been in the news this week for his weight. It all started when a doctor publicly expressed fears that Christie, whom...
  • Perry Swoops Down From Texas on California Business, and Jerry Brown Is Not Impressed

    02/10/2013 7:49:09 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    New York Times ^ | 02/10/2013 | ROSS RAMSEY
    What could be more fun than a throwdown between Governor Goodhair and Governor Moonbeam? Rick Perry is on a four-day “business recruitment trip” to California, escalating his raids on Jerry Brown’s economy and getting enough attention to, maybe, get some businesses to think about moving. With new taxes that were imposed by California and Congress at the end of 2012, Californians — including decision-making executives — are among those who pay the highest taxes in the country. Mr. Perry recently spent a pittance — $24,000 for a radio advertisement in a state like California has a smaller audience than a...
  • Some teachers at odds with CSCOPE (Texas, very scary stuff)

    02/10/2013 7:43:33 PM PST · by BobL · 51 replies
    Times Record News (Wichita Falls, TX) ^ | Dec. 16th, 2012 | Ann Work
    Stan Hartzler has been a math teacher for a long time. The 40-year teacher has written textbooks, taught college math, and given hundreds of presentations on how to teach his subject. So when he was hired in August 2012 to launch a robust attack on Luling Independent School District's failing math scores, he brought a solid understanding of what his students needed. But Hartzler would soon become a casualty in a growing state controversy when, shortly after his hire, his superintendent adopted a new teaching system called CSCOPE. It organized each day's classroom topics — minute to minute — and...
  • Deportation's forgotten children

    02/10/2013 7:25:57 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 19 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | February 11, 2013 | Karen Bass and Lucille Roybal-Allard
    As Congress looks toward meaningful immigration reform, we must take care not to neglect one of the most heartbreaking problems within the current, broken system: what happens to children when their parents or guardians are deported. Currently, according to the Applied Research Center's report "Shattered Families," at least 5,000 children of immigrants live in U.S. foster care because their parents were detained or deported. If the current trends hold, the center estimates, 15,000 more children over the next five years will be ripped away from their mothers and fathers as a result of federal immigration enforcement actions. In the wake...