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  • Napolitano: OK, The Border Is Secure … Can We Have Reform Now?

    02/13/2013 9:49:11 AM PST · by Nachum · 23 replies
    talking points memo ^ | 2/13/12 | Benjy Sarlin
    For years, the Republican base has demanded a more patrolled, better reinforced, and more secure border as a prerequisite to even discussing immigration policy. Janet Napolitano had a message for them at Wednesday’s Senate hearing: Congratulations, you won! “Our borders have, in fact, never been stronger,” Napolitano testified. Boasting of the “unprecedented progress we have made” in border security since the last immigration debate, Napolitano noted that the number of Border Patrol agents had doubled since 2004, border apprehensions had plummeted 78 percent from their 2000 peak, and a variety of new technologies had been deployed to stop illegal crossings....
  • Marco Rubio's "water bottle-gate" moment

    02/13/2013 9:44:17 AM PST · by chessplayer · 36 replies
    In the official GOP rebuttal to President Obama's State of the Union speech Tuesday, Republican Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., made a passionate case for the limited role of government in American society. But the gist of his message was lost on the Twittersphere about 11 minutes in, when the visibly overheated senator broke away for a quick sip of water.
  • Lew Not Familiar With His Investment In What Obama Called Biggest Tax Scam In The World

    02/13/2013 9:43:21 AM PST · by Nachum · 2 replies
    youtube ^ | 2/13/12 | goprapidresponse·
    Jack Lew is not familiar with his investment in the Cayman Islands, which Pres. Obama attacked in 2009 (February 13, 2013).
  • Beppe Grillo: populist who could throw Italy into turmoil at general election

    02/13/2013 9:38:30 AM PST · by Pan_Yan · 1 replies
    Guardian ^ | Sunday 10 February 2013 | John Hooper in Udine
    ... After fading in the polls, Grillo's Five Star Movement (M5S) is surging back, its cause boosted by the scandal at Italy's third-biggest bank, Monte dei Paschi di Siena (MPS). Since MPS was always beholden to the left, the scandal proves to many Italians what Grillo has always claimed – that Italy's politicians are all the same and, in a phrase he used several times at his rally, should be mandati a casa – sent packing. ... No one with a conviction – and that includes Grillo, found guilty of manslaughter after a fatal accident – can be an M5S...
  • Dresden deserves to be remembered

    02/13/2013 9:04:00 AM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 414 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | 02/13/2013 | Tom Chivers
    It's the 68th anniversary of the Dresden bombing. In Britain, we don't think about it as much as, perhaps, we should. The bare facts. More than 1,200 RAF and USAAF bombers attacked the city between the 13th and 15th of February 1945, in four raids. They dropped 3,900 tons of high explosive and incendiary bombs, killing between 22,000 and 25,000 people, almost all civilians. The city's anti-aircraft defences had all been moved to defend the industrial works of the Ruhr valley. The details are chilling.
  • Zimmerman's attorneys: Make Ben Crump sit down and answer questions

    02/13/2013 8:55:39 AM PST · by Uncle Chip · 17 replies
    The Orlando Sentinel ^ | February 13, 2013 | Rene Stutzman
    George Zimmerman's lawyers have asked a judge to require Benjamin Crump, the attorney for Trayvon Martin's family, to answer questions under oath, despite a 15-page affidavit he filed last week, hoping to avoid that face-to-face exchange. In paperwork made public today, defense attorney Donald West asked Circuit Judge Debra S. Nelson to again order Crump to appear for a deposition. In it, Crump gives the names of many of the people who were present when the call was recorded but not all. His affidavit says he already disclosed a complete list of those present to defense attorneys. His affidavit also...
  • McCain Says He Would be “Comfortable” With His Daughter Serving in Combat

    02/13/2013 8:55:32 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 61 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | February 13, 2013 | Patrick Burke
    Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said he would “feel not only comfortable but proud” if he had a daughter serving in a front-line combat position in the U.S. military. … Sen. McCain has seven children, including four sons and three daughters. His son Jimmy served in the Marine Corps and two others—Jack and Doug—are or were Navy pilots. …
  • Gun Violence Talk Organized by Morristown Councilwoman

    02/13/2013 8:52:11 AM PST · by ZULU · 4 replies
    Morristown Patch ^ | February 12, 2013
    A group of elected officials and health and safety professionals will gather this month for a panel discussion on gun violence, mental illness, drug and alcohol addiction and school safety moderated by Kinnelon Mayor Robert Collins. The discussion, which will be held on Feb. 27 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Morris County Library in Whippany, was organized by Morristown Councilwoman Alison Deeb in response to Gov. Chris Christie's taskforce, NJ Safe. NJ Safe must present recommendations to the governor within 60 days of the taskforce's comissioning on Jan. 17.
  • Rush Limbaugh Show,M-F,12NOONPM-3PM,EST,WABC AM,February 13,2013

    02/13/2013 8:43:30 AM PST · by Biggirl · 91 replies
    The EIB Network ^ | February 13, 2013 | Rush Limbaugh
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  • Tehran announces new, faster uranium centrifuges at Natanz

    02/13/2013 8:43:02 AM PST · by Former Fetus · 7 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | 2/13/2013 | GABE FISHER
    Iran announced Wednesday that it had begun to install a new generation of uranium enrichment centrifuges to produce nuclear fuel at its Natanz facility. The announcement coincided with Wednesday’s talks between Iran and senior UN nuclear inspectors seeking to expand probes into suspected weapons-related tests. It also could add pressure to planned negotiations later this month between Iran and world powers in Kazakhstan. The official IRNA news agency quoted Iranian nuclear chief Fereidoun Abbasi as saying that Iran began installing the new, more advanced centrifuges at the Natanz site in central Iran about a month ago. He said they would...
  • POLITICO: Fact-checking Marco Rubio’s State of the Union response (Let's fact-check them back)

    02/13/2013 8:19:46 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    POLITICO ^ | 02/13/2013 | By DARREN SAMUELSOHN and JOANNE KENEN
    Sen. Marco Rubio got a turn on the national stage opposite President Barack Obama Tuesday night, but some of the facts the likely 2016 presidential contender marshaled to make his case played loose with the truth. Here’s POLITICO’s look at some of the Florida senator’s questionable claims during his prime-time debut. * Sequester blame game Rubio: “And tonight, he even criticized us for refusing to raise taxes to delay military cuts — cuts that were his idea in the first place.” Actually, Obama didn’t directly criticize Republicans for not agreeing to raise taxes to offset the across-the-board spending cuts. He...
  • Can Leak Detection End the Pipeline Impasse? (Why Keystone XL will eventually be approved)

    02/13/2013 6:46:36 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Oil Price ^ | 02/13/2013 | James Stafford
    Pipelines used to be things that were just built without blinking. It is said that there are enough pipelines now in the US to encircle the Earth 25 times with enough left over to also tie a bow around it. Today, getting a pipeline built is not so easy - there are too many environmental concerns and the industry has become highly polarized. But here’s one thing that could bring everyone together: pipeline safety technology. And it’s something we all want, especially for those who live along the thousands of miles of aging pipeline routes that carry hazardous liquids. Spawned...
  • Scalia: State of the Union "has turned into a childish spectacle"

    02/13/2013 7:59:45 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 38 replies
    <p>Scalia: State of the Union "has turned into a childish spectacle"</p> <p>WASHINGTON While his colleagues got ready to go to the Capitol, Justice Antonin Scalia sat on a stage across town and held forth about why, for the 16th consecutive year, he would not be joining them for the State of the Union.</p>
  • Firearm Makers Boycott Anti-Gun City and State Governments

    02/13/2013 7:53:40 AM PST · by EXCH54FE · 38 replies
    The New American ^ | Feb 13, 2013 | Alex Newman
    Liberty-minded firearm companies concerned about recent assaults on the gun rights of law-abiding citizens by Obama and others are taking action to defend the Second Amendment even if it means lost revenue, with several major firms announcing that they would no longer be supplying equipment to hostile state and local governments or their police forces. Both New York and California — where out-of-touch politicians continue to trample on citizens’ constitutionally guaranteed right to keep and bear arms — have become primary targets. Activists and the companies are urging others to join the effort against more gun control now. Among the...
  • AP source: Dorner's license found in burned cabin

    02/13/2013 7:45:15 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 65 replies
    AP via WPXI ^ | February 13, 2013 | GILLIAN FLACCUS
    BIG BEAR LAKE, Calif. — As police scoured mountain peaks for days, using everything from bloodhounds to high-tech helicopters, the revenge-seeking ex-cop they wanted was hiding among them, holed up in a vacation cabin across the street from their command post. It was there that Christopher Dorner apparently took refuge last Thursday, four days after beginning a deadly rampage that would claim four lives. --snip-- He never emerged from the ruins and hours later a charred body was found in the basement of the burned cabin along with a wallet and personal items, including a California driver's license with the...
  • Gun Owners Message to the U.S. Senate: Defeat Every Word of Gun Control

    02/13/2013 7:41:13 AM PST · by EXCH54FE · 15 replies
    Ammo Land ^ | Feb 12, 2013 | Ammo Land Staff
    Washington, DC --(Ammoland.com)- Gun Owners of America today submitted testimony at the request of the Ranking Member of the Senate Constitution Subcommittee. GOA took a strong stance against all the gun control legislation on the table and urged the Senate to put forth real solutions to school violence — like letting teachers and principals protect their students. Also, GOA wants to thank all of you who participated in our online poll over the past week. With 20,897 votes cast so far, the poll results indicate that 96% of GOA’s membership OPPOSES “universal background checks” — and, hence, opposes the very...
  • LIVE VIDEO: Senate Hearing on 'Comprehensive Immigration Reform'

    02/13/2013 7:39:55 AM PST · by montag813 · 1 replies
    Stand With Arizona ^ | 02-13-2013 | John Hill
    The Senate is holding hearings on "immigration reform" this morning, following the House last week. As this is the Democrats' domain, the panel favors their positions big time, with only ONE witness representing an anti-amnesty viewpoint - ICE Union head Chris Crane.In an outrageous move, which is hardly surprising, one of the witnesses is himself an illegal alien - Jose Antonio Vargas, the journalist who once used false credentials to gain entry to the White House - a felony which no one seems particularly interested in prosecuting.And of course, no amnesty-pimping hearing would be complete without the head of La Raza, Janet Murguia, who...
  • I drank fracking fluid, says Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper

    02/13/2013 7:34:23 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 02/13/2013 | By Ben Wolfgang
    Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper went to unusually great lengths to learn firsthand the strides the oil and gas industry has made to minimize environmental harm from fracking. The first-term Democrat and former Denver mayor told a Senate committee on Tuesday that he actually drank a glass of fracking fluid produced by oilfield services giant Halliburton. The fluid is made entirely “of ingredients sourced from the food industry,” the company says, making it safe for Mr. Hickenlooper and others to imbibe. “You can drink it. We did drink it around the table, almost rituallike, in a funny way,” he told the...
  • Against the Odds, Gold Slips Again

    02/13/2013 7:33:47 AM PST · by blam · 14 replies
    TBI ^ | 2-13-2013 | Greg Guenthner
    Against the Odds, Gold Slips Again By Greg Guenthner 02/13/13 I’ll cut right to the chase… Gold is set to drop to $1,550. The spot price briefly dipped below $1,640 early yesterday, posting new five-week lows. It rallied back above $1,650 by the end of the day — but the damage is done. After a weaker push last summer that failed to break $1,800, gold has consistently trended lower for more than four months. Yesterday’s brief breakdown is just advance notice that lower prices are in store for gold in the near future… Looking back over the past two years,...
  • Oppose Joe Manchin's Veterans Gun Ban and National Gun Registry

    02/13/2013 7:33:40 AM PST · by EXCH54FE · 18 replies
    Gun Owners of America ^ | Feb 13, 2013 | GOA Staff
    Reports out of Capitol Hill reveal that just-reelected turncoat West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin is about to stick a big knife in the back of American gun owners. And to make matters worse, he's lying about what he’s doing. Both Manchin and House anti-gun crazy Carolyn McCarthy are claiming to be “working with NRA” to enact gun bans and national gun registries. NRA says flatly that Manchin is lying, and we believe he is. (The Hill, 1/24/13) Ironically, Manchin was the “gun owner's best friend” on November 5 -- the day before his reelection to a six-year term let him...