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  • Apple CEO (1%er) to sit with Michelle Obama during State of the Union

    02/11/2013 3:39:51 PM PST · by Libloather · 23 replies
    LA Times ^ | 2/11/13 | Chris O'Brien
    Apple CEO Tim Cook will sit with First Lady Michelle Obama during President Obama's State of the Union address on Tuesday night. It marks the second year in a row the invitation has been extended to the Apple family. Last year, Laurene Powell Jobs, widow of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, joined Michelle Obama in the coveted spot. During an appearance on CNBC, White House economic advisor Gene Sperling confirmed Cook's participation. "Apple is a great American company, and it stands for our sense of innovation, invention, entrepreneurship, and risk taking and I think that's quite an appropriate person to be...
  • Biden on Philly visit decries ´Sandy Hook-plus´ of daily shootings

    02/11/2013 3:14:38 PM PST · by Nachum · 11 replies
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | 2/11/13 | Michael Matza
    Accumulated gun violence in America produces "a Sandy Hook-plus" of deaths every day, Vice President Biden said Monday following a meeting with regional law enforcement and elected officials in Philadelphia. He was referring to the 26 children and teachers killed in the shooting rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. Monday´s breaking news about a fatal shooting at a courthouse in Wilmington in Biden´s home state of Delaware only underscored "the urgency" of the need for "common sense" restrictions on gun sales, he said. The vice president said there is "zero conflict" between White House proposals
  • Police Raid San Bernardino Apartment After Dorner Call

    02/11/2013 2:51:46 PM PST · by Colorado Doug · 49 replies
    http://ktla.com ^ | 02/11/2013 | Sarah Welch
    SAN BERNARDINO (KTLA) — Police evacuated an apartment complex in San Bernardino early Sunday after a report that fugitive Christopher Dorner was hiding there. Tenants awoke to a swarm of armed cops circling Eureka Manor in San Bernardino. It all happened around 1:30 a.m. on Sunday at 1525 E. Eureka Street. The raid was captured on cell phone video obtained exclusively by KTLA. SWAT officers stormed a corner apartment as helicopters flew overhead. As a precaution, police ordered residents out through back windows. The Dorner sighting turned out to be a false alarm — prompted by an apparent prank call....
  • States and Cities Step Up and Resist Drone Surveillance

    02/11/2013 2:51:13 PM PST · by EXCH54FE · 3 replies
    the New American ^ | Feb 11, 2013 | Joe Wolverton, II, J.D.
    We live in a country where the president has assumed the power to kill American citizens without due process and the Justice Department produces memos supporting the legality of it. Fortunately, we also live in a country where concerned citizens and their local lawmakers are waking up and defending civil liberties and the Constitution that protects them. For example, on February 4 the city of Charlottesville, Virginia, passed a measure declaring the use of drones in the United States to be “a serious threat to the privacy and constitutional rights of the American people. The resolution (passed by a vote...
  • Menendez Backed Donor on Port Security Plan

    02/11/2013 2:48:59 PM PST · by Libloather · 1 replies
    NY Times ^ | 2/10/13 | ERIC LIPTON, WILLIAM K. RASHBAUM
    WASHINGTON — Senator Robert Menendez sought to discourage any plan by the United States government to donate port security equipment to the Dominican Republic, citing concern that the advanced screening gear might undermine efforts by a private company — run by a major campaign contributor and friend of his — to do the work. **SNIP** But the questions about the port security contract are potentially more troubling for Mr. Menendez, who is already facing questions over his fitness for the Foreign Relations Committee chairmanship, because the contract involved a foreign policy concern: curbing the flow of cocaine to the United...
  • Undocumented immigrant from Las Vegas to attend State of Union

    02/11/2013 2:40:20 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 56 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | Feb. 11, 2013 | Karoun Demirjian
    WASHINGTON — Every year, a hand-picked set of special guests sits with the first lady as the president delivers the State of the Union address. This year, President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama have selected a young, undocumented immigrant from Las Vegas to be in one of their seats of honor.
  • “THE MARK LEVIN SHOW”– Monday, February-11-2013

    02/11/2013 2:35:22 PM PST · by Fudd Fan · 40 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
  • After bludgeoning Romney, Dems oddly silent on Jack Lew’s Cayman Islands investments

    02/11/2013 2:30:44 PM PST · by what's up · 8 replies
    Hotair ^ | Feb 11, 2013 | Guy Benson
    There are myriad reasons for conservatives to oppose Jack Lew’s nomination for Treasury Secretary. The fact that Lew recently held a substantial, and entirely legal, investment based in the Cayman Islands is not one of them. But shouldn’t liberals be livid? Last year, the Obama campaign and its surrogates furiously accused Mitt Romney of “betting against America” through his financial portfolio, which included foreign holdings — including some in the Cayman Islands. This ad painting the Republican nominee as an unpatriotic hypocrite was memorably unsparing in its demagoguery:
  • Krugman: Corporations "Making So Much Money They Don't Know What To Do With It"

    02/11/2013 2:24:50 PM PST · by Sir Napsalot · 33 replies
    RCP Video ^ | 2-10-2013
    ...... "..... there is a global savings glut and a lot of it is corporations are saving. It's a lot of retained earnings just sitting there. Not quite sure why except that maybe they're making so much money they don't know what to do with it," economist and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman said on ... MSNBC's weekend show "Up with Chris Hayes."
  • Felons for Gun Control

    02/11/2013 2:08:30 PM PST · by Winged Hussar · 6 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 2/11/13 | William A Levinson
    Convicted Felons for Gun Control Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, who was convicted of trying to sell Barack Obama's Senate seat, advocated a ban on all semiautomatic firearms along with a prohibitive gun owner registration fee. Blagojevich also promoted a ban on so-called "pocket rockets," or easily concealable high-caliber handguns. With regard to the latter, many states' concealed carry laws require the firearm to remain exactly that: concealed. Even if it is not illegal to expose or "flash" the weapon, it is generally poor judgment to advertise the fact that you have a weapon. When one deals with liars like...
  • Israel on Alert Israel appears to be readying for conflict with Lebanon

    02/11/2013 1:54:37 PM PST · by Nachum · 15 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 2/11/13 | Adam Kredo
    Senior Israeli officials have indicated that the Jewish state is gearing up for a major “war with Lebanon,” according to sources close to the Israeli government. The Israeli military has reportedly deployed missile defense systems to the northern part of the country, which sits near Lebanon, and has ordered all civilian aircraft to evacuate Haifa airport, the Jewish state’s northernmost air hub. Senior Israeli officials have warned of an impending conflict in closed-door meetings in Washington, D.C., sources said. The “world needs to be prepared for the next war with Lebanon,” a senior military adviser to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu...
  • 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...
  • Woo hoo!! Less than $22k to go!! We can do this!! [FReepathon thread XIX]

    02/11/2013 12:23:36 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 343 replies
    <p>Still lagging a bit off the pace from last quarter, but we're getting there. Please keep those donations coming in, folks, so we can end this thing soon. If we can raise a minimum of 10% per week, we can be done within the next three weeks!!</p>
  • 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...