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  • Nurses protest hospital closings

    02/18/2013 9:18:38 AM PST · by george76 · 16 replies
    Times Union ^ | February 16, 2013 | Kristen V. Brown
    Members of the New York State Nurses Association gathered at the Capitol on Saturday to protest the closure of community hospitals. The group also opposes a plan for an "experimental" for-profit hospital pilot program laid out in Gov. Andrew Cuomo's budget proposal. The protest, in front of the state Department of Health headquarters in the Corning Tower, comes on the heels of a vote earlier this month to close Brooklyn's cash-strapped Long Island College Hospital, which is run by SUNY Downstate Medical Center, and the news that Brooklyn's bankrupt Interfaith Medical Center will merge with another hospital. ... New York...
  • Mexican economy grew by 3.8% in 2012

    02/18/2013 9:14:01 AM PST · by GlockThe Vote · 14 replies
    Reuters ^ | 2/18/2013 | Staff
    MEXICO CITY, Feb 18 (Reuters) - Mexico's growth picked up in the final months of last year as strength in consumer spending buoyed Latin America's no. 2 economy but a fall in industrial activity backed bets on lower interest rates ahead. Mexico's economy grew 0.8 percent in the fourth quarter compared to the third, double the previous quarter's downwardly revised 0.38 percent rate, the national statistics agency said on Monday. Economists in a Reuters poll had projected a 0.6 percent expansion in the fourth quarter.
  • ALEC BALDWIN Allegedly Threatens Reporter, Hurls Racial Slur at Photog (Capital One must be proud!)

    02/18/2013 9:13:50 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 16 replies
    TMZ ^ | 2/19/13 | TMZ
    Alec Baldwin was involved in another confrontation with the media ... after he allegedly threatened to choke a reporter to death and hurled a racial slur at a photographer. -snip- Baldwin then turned the Post's photographer -- who they say is black and a retired detective with the NYPD's Organized Crime Control Bureau -- and allegedly called him "a coon," "crackhead" and "drug dealer."
  • Women in Combat: Felony Stupid

    02/18/2013 9:11:08 AM PST · by jimluke01 · 53 replies ^ | Matt Barber
    The term “moronic” is defined as “notably stupid or lacking in good judgment.” It is frequently used as an insult. The Obama administration is moronic. This is not an insult. President Obama’s latest “notably stupid” stoke of America’s calculated slow burn is the decision to lift the ban on women in direct combat. Along with the move a few years back to turn the Officers’ Club into the Blue Oyster Bar, this most recent social experiment with national security represents one small step for the “progressive” agenda and one giant prance toward the pansification of the greatest military in world...
  • Oklahoma: Legislative Update: Week of February 17

    02/18/2013 9:05:01 AM PST · by aragorn · 7 replies
    Oklahoma Second Amendment Association ^ | February 18, 2013 | Tim Gillespie
    Legislative Update: Week of February 17 The following bills are expected to be heard in committee this week.  Please take time to email or call committee members and ask them to support them.House Rules Committee (Tuesday at 3:00 pm in Room 432A):HB1558 (Rep Wesselhoft) - will allow SDA permit holders to carry on a bus. HB2221 (Rep Newell) - provides immunity from liability for businesses who allow open and concealed carry.Rules Committee members: Chair: Representative Todd Russ - 405-557-7312 - Vice Chair: Representive Marian Cooksey - 405-557-7342 - Representative Joe Dorman - 405-557-7342 - Representative Weldon Watson...
  • Dorner Tried to Hitch Boat Ride to Mexico: Sources

    02/18/2013 8:56:18 AM PST · by Uncle Chip · 16 replies
    NBC Los Angeles ^ | February 18, 2013 | Chris Chan and Wendy Fry
    Ex-LAPD officer-turned-fugitive Christopher Dorner, who went on a deadly shooting rampage and then died after a shootout and fire last week, first tried to charm fishermen in San Diego’s Driscoll Wharf into giving him a ride to Mexico, sources told NBC 7. Authorities searched for Dorner all over Southern California -- from Irvine to National City -- and led extensive checkpoints at the San Ysidro border, believing Dorner was trying to flee into Mexico. Fishermen at Driscoll Wharf told NBC 7 exclusively that Dorner was on the pier near Nimitz and Harbor Island Drive on Feb. 5 trying to charm...
  • Nebraska Republican Senator to Retire (Mike Johanns)

    02/18/2013 8:55:46 AM PST · by kristinn · 19 replies
    NBC News ^ | Monday, February 18, 2013 | Kasie Hunt
    Nebraska Republican Sen. Mike Johnanns has informed Republicans in his home state that he will retire at the end of his current Senate term, GOP sources tell NBC News. The first-term senator has informed Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman that he won't run for reelection in 2014, a Republican official said.
  • Supporter of Iranian Dictatorship Brought Chuck Hagel to Rutgers University for 2007 Speech

    02/18/2013 8:47:41 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 1 replies
    Supporter of Iranian Dictatorship Brought Chuck Hagel to Rutgers University for 2007 Speech By Charles C. Johnson, The Daily Caller A pro-Hezbollah, pro-Hamas candidate for the Iranian presidency, a man linked to Iranian-controlled front groups, brought former Republican Nebraska Senator Chuck Hagel to speak at Rutgers University in 2007, according to another professor on campus. Hooshang Amirahmadi, who led Rutgers’ Center for Middle Eastern Studies when Hagel came to campus, is the founder and president of the American-Iranian Council. He arranged for Hagel’s speech on March 2, 2007, the faculty source told The Daily Caller. Iran’s Guardian Council cleared Amirahmadi...
  • Star Parker: Ben Carson Owes No Apologies

    02/18/2013 8:45:49 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 13 replies
    http://www.gopusa.con ^ | February 18, 2013 | Star Parker
    According to Cal Thomas, well-known nationally syndicated columnist, Dr. Ben Carson owes President Obama an apology. Dr. Carson spoke this past week at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington -- a bipartisan annual event held since 1953, attended by members of Congress and usually the president. President and Mrs. Obama were present this year, and Thomas feels that Dr. Carson was out of line for including in his remarks areas considered public policy -- our national debt, our tax system, our publics schools, our health care. According to Thomas: "Our politics have become so polarized and corrupted that a president...
  • Pelosi: ‘Enough with the Public Nudity. Please. We Have Our Standards’

    02/18/2013 8:29:32 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 46 replies
    Pelosi: ‘Enough with the Public Nudity. Please. We Have Our Standards’ February 18, 2013 By Elizabeth Harrington ( – House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said, “Enough” with public nudity in San Francisco, adding, “Please. We have our standards.” She also encouraged people to attend the city’s Gay Pride Parade, remarking, “It’s fabulous, you’ll love it.” San Francisco’s ban on public nudity went into effect on Feb. 1, but not without protests as four naked people were arrested on the steps of City Hall. “Enough with the public nudity,” Pelosi said in an interview with The Huffington Post on Feb....
  • Rush Limbaugh Show,M-F,12NOONPM-3PM,EST,WABC AM,February 18, 2013

    02/18/2013 8:27:47 AM PST · by Biggirl · 41 replies
    The EIB Network ^ | February 18, 2013 | Rush Limbaugh
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  • Canada leads U.S. on cutting back the use of dirty coal, Baird says

    02/18/2013 8:25:21 AM PST · by thackney · 3 replies
    Calgary Herald ^ | FEBRUARY 18, 2013 | MIKE BLANCHFIELD
    Canada can teach the United States some lessons on reducing greenhouse gas emissions, Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird said Sunday in a blunt rejoinder to recent chiding by the Obama administration on climate change. Baird told The Canadian Press that the U.S. should actually be following Canada's lead on working to cut back on the use of coal-fired electricity generation. Baird was responding to U.S. Ambassador David Jacobson who told The Canadian Press separately last week that President Barack Obama's State of the Union address calling for swift action on climate change should also be interpreted as a challenge to...
  • Register reporter tries hand at NRA pistol safety course

    02/18/2013 8:22:34 AM PST · by billorites · 42 replies
    New Haven Register ^ | February 17, 2012 | Michael Bellmore
    MERIDEN — When I pulled into the parking lot of 35 Pleasant Street, it looked like any other suburban office building — the kind of place where podiatrists look at feet and optometrists look at eyes. What removed it from the ordinary was a laminated sign in the lobby directing me to my destination. It depicted the white silhouette of handgun on a red background. Underneath was written “,” with an arrow pointed to the elevator. On the third floor, Michael Pear, an NRA certified pistol, rifle and shotgun instructor, was preparing to teach the NRA basic pistol safety course...
  • Prosecutors drop charges in Kingman shooting death

    02/18/2013 8:08:05 AM PST · by marktwain · 3 replies ^ | 17 February, 2012 | Ahron Sherman
    Mohave County prosecutors have dropped the second-degree murder charge against a north Kingman man who shot and killed his neighbor late Jan. 22 outside of a triplex on Dove Lane. James Clifton Craft, 70, called 911 a little after 10 p.m. Jan. 22 and told dispatchers that he had just shot someone outside of his door. The man he shot, 27 year-old Matthew James Paulson, was declared dead at the scene. "I shot him in self defense," Craft said. Craft said he was in his residence that night when he heard a series of loud bangs, which sounded as if...
  • FITTON: Don’t Be Fooled By ‘Bipartisan’ Approach to Amnesty

    02/18/2013 7:59:18 AM PST · by kristinn · 11 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Monday, February 18, 2013 | Tom Fitton
    More than a few Republicans in the United States Senate seem to have contracted a severe case of what Harry Truman called “Potomac Fever” (wanting to go along to get along in Washington). Apparently still trembling from the recent election debacle, they have cobbled together a deceptive and destructive “bipartisan” compromise on illegal alien amnesty. Now, of course, the Senate Republicans aren’t calling their legislative legerdemain “instant legalization” as conservative journalist Charles Krauthammer properly characterized it. They know (as Judicial Watch demonstrated in its Election Day poll) that most Americans, including a good number of Hispanics, want the immigration laws...
  • BBC journalists go on strike over job cuts

    02/18/2013 7:47:11 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 18, 2013 6:28 AM EST
    BBC journalists walked off the job Monday in a 24-hour strike to protest job cuts at the broadcaster. Staff mounted picket lines outside of the BBC’s studios in central London and around the country. Programs went on, but many shows were canceled, including the flagship morning news radio program “Today.” … The BBC is funded mainly by a mandatory £145.50 ($228) annual levy on all households with color TVs. Britain’s government froze the fee in 2010, and the corporation has been forced to make cuts. …
  • Israel to award Obama prestigious medal in visit

    02/18/2013 7:37:27 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 61 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 18, 2013 10:16 AM EST
    Israel will award President Barack Obama the country’s Presidential Medal of Distinction during his upcoming visit. Israeli President Shimon Peres’ office said Monday that Obama will be recognized for his “unique and significant contribution to strengthening the State of Israel and the security of its citizens.” …
  • Hagel supporters stay positive after confirmation vote falls short

    02/18/2013 7:36:19 AM PST · by haffast · 6 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 17, 2013 | Lisa Daftari
    As opponents and media outlets were scouring to locate two or perhaps more of former Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel’s undisclosed speech videos, which they believe can undermine his nomination for Defense secretary, Hagel’s supporters believe the videos won’t harm his confirmation in late February.snip While they may fall outside the post-2008 time frame, the IPT has compiled evidence that Hagel delivered a number of questionable talks in 2007 as well. That year, Hagel delivered a speech at Rutgers University in New Jersey hosted by the university’s Center for Middle East Studies and the American Iranian Council in which he called...
  • EU lawmakers threaten to veto tightened budget

    02/18/2013 7:34:37 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 18, 2013 9:43 AM EST
    The leaders of the European Parliament are threatening to veto the bloc’s multi-annual budget because of its deep cuts. The Christian Democratic EPP, the largest group in the legislature, said the 7-year budget worth €960 billion ($1.28 trillion) must be revised to realistically reflect the EU’s growing competences and responsibilities. …
  • 3 planes breach no-fly zone over Obama vacation

    02/18/2013 7:30:03 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb. 18, 2013 9:08 AM EST
    Federal Aviation Administration officials say they’re investigating three more apparent breaches of the no-fly zone above President Barack Obama’s vacation spot along Florida’s Atlantic coastline. …