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  • Wheels coming off... ObamaCare policies will cost more, cover far fewer than promised

    02/11/2013 1:22:11 PM PST · by BulletBobCo · 153 replies
    New York Post ^ | February 10, 2013 | BETSY MCCAUGHEY
    The Affordable Care Act is looking less and less affordable. Start with the IRS’s new estimate for what the cheapest family plan will cost by 2016: $20,000 a year to cover two adults and three kids. And that will only cover 60 percent of medical bills, so add hefty out-of-pocket costs, too. The next surprise is for parents who thought their kids would be covered by an employer. Sloppy wording in the law left that unclear until last week, when the IRS ruled that kids won’t be covered. Starting in 2014, the law will require employers with 50 or more...
  • Obama Lawn Sign Battle Rips Apart Community, Bankrupts Homeowner's Association

    02/11/2013 12:50:46 PM PST · by OKRA2012 · 133 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 2/11/13 | Myles Collier
    A confrontation over a political sign and a community's Home Owners Association has occupied four years and nearly half a million dollars in legal fees.
  • Boy Scouts Must Reconcile Gay Issue

    02/11/2013 12:44:49 PM PST · by MacNaughton · 43 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 2/11/2013 | Michael Reagan
    The bosses of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) surprised everyone this week by postponing their decision on whether to allow gay leaders and gay scouts to join their ranks. If the BSA's long-standing ban on gays is lifted by national officials in May, the choice to admit gays may be left to local Boy Scout chapters — as it should be.
  • Inhofe to ‘Postpone’ Hagel Vote

    02/11/2013 12:27:08 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 30 replies
    National Review ^ | 2-11-2013 | Robert Costa
    February 11, 2013 2:47 PM Inhofe to ‘Postpone’ Hagel Vote By Robert Costa Senator Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma, the ranking Republican on the Armed Services Committee, tells National Review Online that he will “postpone” the nomination of Chuck Hagel, President Obama’s nominee for secretary of defense. “I’ll do that for as long as it takes,” he says, firmly. “I’m going to make sure there is a 60-vote margin.” “Hagel may be passed out of the committee, but it’s going to be a long, long time before he hits the floor,” Inhofe says. “We’re going to need as much time as...
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  • The bizarre stories of the four other popes to have resigned in the last 1,000 years

    02/11/2013 12:13:19 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 02/12/2013 | Max Fisher
    On Feb. 28, Pope Benedict XVI will become the first pope to resign in almost 600 years. That’s not just tradition — it’s dogma. The Washington Post’s Debbi Wilgoren cited a theological expert in explaining, “Most modern popes have felt that resignation is unacceptable except in cases of an incurable or debilitating disease — that paternity, in the words of Paul IV, cannot be resigned.” But Benedict XVI’s resignation is even more curious when compared to the handful of others who have left the powerful office willingly. In the past 1000 years, only four other popes have resigned. Here are...
  • Sources: Obama to issue cybersecurity order on Wednesday

    02/11/2013 12:04:12 PM PST · by illiac · 24 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/11/13 | Jennifer Martinez
    The White House is poised to release a cybersecurity executive order on Wednesday, two people familiar with the matter told The Hill. The highly anticipated directive from President Obama is expected to be released at an event Wednesday morning at the U.S. Department of Commerce, where senior administration officials will provide an update about cybersecurity policy. The White House began crafting the executive order after Congress failed to pass cybersecurity legislation last year. Officials said the threat facing the United States was too great for the administration to ignore.
  • Ted Nugent to be guest at State of the Union

    02/11/2013 12:01:31 PM PST · by GVnana · 72 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 2/11/2013 | Stephen Dinan
    <p>While other members of Congress are hosting gun-control advocates for Tuesday's State of the Union address, Rep. Steve Stockman has given one of his visitor's gallery tickets to Ted Nugent, the conservative gun-rights supporter.</p> <p>"I am excited to have a patriot like Ted Nugent joining me in the House Chamber to hear from President Obama," Mr. Stockman said in a statement announcing the choice. "After the address I'm sure Ted will have plenty to say."</p>
  • Gun Control and the Constitution

    02/11/2013 11:44:24 AM PST · by IndePundit · 25 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | February 10, 2013, 5:01 p.m. ET | David Rivkin & Andrew Grossman
    Could there be a better illustration of the cultural divide over firearms than the White House photograph of our skeet-shooting president? Clay pigeons are launched into the air, but the president's smoking shotgun is level with the ground. This is not a man who is comfortable around guns. And that goes a long way toward explaining his gun-control agenda. Lack of informed presidential leadership aside, there is a gulf between those Americans who view guns as invaluable tools for self-defense, both against private wrongdoers and a potentially tyrannical government, and those who regard that concept as hopelessly archaic and even...
  • EU To Crack Down on Israeli Settlement Products

    02/11/2013 11:35:46 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | February 11, 2013 – 02:43 PM | Christoph Schult
    Israeli settlers living in the Palestinian territories often deceptively give their products a “Made in Israel” label. The European Union wants to move soon to end the practice and appears to be set on a collision course with the country. … The international community has never recognized Israeli sovereignty over these areas, and the Geneva Convention outlaws the establishment of settlements within occupied territories. Nevertheless, successive Israeli governments have allowed colonies to be built up within them and, today, some 650,000 Israeli settlers live in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. …
  • The Vector of American Foreign Policy

    02/11/2013 11:34:19 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 1 replies
    AmericanThinker.com ^ | 2/11/2013 | G. Murphy Donovan
    Brennan...has had the president's ear for four years. He is also the sponsor of a foreign policy where Islamism is the central, yet invisible, nexus of near and distant national security threats. "Invisible" because Mr. Brennan has made his mark as an articulate apologist for, and co- architect of, a policy of stealth appeasement. The pillars of the Brennan doctrine are threefold: high visibility engagement with Islam, low visibility isolation of Israel, and clandestine kinetic containment of "radicals"... Withal, any solo holy warrior, or Muslim organization, that kills in the name of Allah or jihad, or sympathizes with terror tactics,...
  • Jumping on Feinstein-Obama Ban-Wagon

    02/11/2013 11:32:16 AM PST · by EXCH54FE · 15 replies
    Ammo Land ^ | Feb 11, 2013 | Jeff Knox
    Manassas, VA --(Ammoland.com)- Senator Diane Feinstein (D-CA) has published some of the details of her new “assault weapons” ban, and it’s even uglier than anticipated. It is expected was introduced on January 22 2013, the first day the Senate accepts bills for the new session. Meanwhile, on the first day of the new session in the House of Representatives, several legislators introduced - or reintroduced - a variety of anti-rights bills. Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY) has 4 bills: H.R.137 requiring background checks on all firearm transfers, H.R.138 banning possession and transfer of magazines with a capacity over 10 rounds, H.R.141 regulating...
  • Where Was Obama on Night of Benghazi Attack? WH Isn’t Saying

    02/11/2013 11:30:34 AM PST · by chessplayer · 67 replies
    (CNSNews.com) – The White House isn’t saying where President Barack Obama was, what he did or whom he spoke to between 5:30 p.m. Sept. 11, 2012—when he finished a meeting with Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Gen. Martin Dempsey, which took place while the Benghazi terrorist attacks were unfolding—and 11:26 p.m. that night, which is approximately the time former Navy SEALs Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty were killed in the attacks.
  • Giffords: "Too many children are dying" (hypocrite who cast hundreds of votes to murder children)

    02/11/2013 11:29:24 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 18 replies
    http://news.yahoo.com ^ | February 2, 2013 | Yahoo.com
    Former congresswoman and shooting survivor Gabrielle Giffords urged members of congress to "be bold, be courageous" at the first gun violence hearing since the Newtown massacre.
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    02/11/2013 11:24:21 AM PST · by Biggirl · 2 replies
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  • Chris Kyle Memorial - live streaming

    02/11/2013 11:12:15 AM PST · by WestTexasWend · 18 replies
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  • Panetta Extends Some Benefits to Same-Sex Partners

    02/11/2013 11:10:03 AM PST · by xzins · 62 replies
    KPBS ^ | 11 Feb 13 | Beth Ford Ross
    Defense Secretary Leon Panetta announced today he would extend certain benefits to the same-sex partners of U.S military service members. Panetta's statement reads as follows: “Seventeen months ago, the United States military ended the policy of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” We have implemented the repeal of that policy and made clear that discrimination based on sexual orientation has no place in the Department of Defense. “At the time of repeal, I committed to reviewing benefits that had not previously been available to same-sex partners based on existing law and policy. It is a matter of fundamental equity that we...
  • Resurgence of revolt where Arab Spring began

    02/11/2013 10:29:06 AM PST · by JerseyanExile · 7 replies
    BBC ^ | February 7, 2013
    As dozens of riot police fired volleys of tear gas towards crowds of angry youths on Bourghiba Avenue this week, the scene was disturbingly reminiscent of what happened on this very avenue two years ago. Even the chanting was the same: "We want the downfall of the regime!" The target of the crowd's anger may be a different government, but many here feel their efforts in 2011, when they succeeded in removing Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali, may have been for nought. Many outsiders, myself included, always believed the Tunisian "Jasmine" uprising had the best chance of succeeding, of building a...
  • Pope Benedict XVI Says He Will Resign

    02/11/2013 10:28:40 AM PST · by lbryce · 9 replies
    New York Times ^ | February 11, 2013 | RACHEL DONADIO and ALAN COWELL
    Citing advanced years and infirmity, but showing characteristic tough-mindedness and unpredictability, Pope Benedict XVI shocked Roman Catholics on Monday by saying that he would resign on Feb. 28, becoming the first pope to do so in six centuries. Speaking in Latin to a small gathering of cardinals at the Vatican on Monday morning, Benedict said that after examining his conscience “before God, I have come to the certainty that my strengths, due to an advanced age, are no longer suited to an adequate exercise” of leading the world’s one billion Roman Catholics. The statement, soon translated into seven languages, ricocheted...
  • Obama: Job of debt reduction nearly done

    02/11/2013 10:28:02 AM PST · by Lazamataz · 34 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Monday, February 11, 11:29 AM | By Lori Montgomery,
    One thing you won’t hear when President Obama delivers his State of the Union address Tuesday: An ambitious new plan to rein in the debt. In recent days, the White House has pressed the message that, if policymakers can agree on a strategy for replacing across-the-board spending cuts set to hit next month, the president will pretty much have achieved his debt-reduction goals. “Over the last few years, Democrats and Republicans have come together and cut our deficit [over the next decade] by more than $2.5 trillion through a balanced mix of spending cuts and higher tax rates for the...