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  • Is Obama overplaying sequester hand?

    02/22/2013 2:56:54 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 35 replies
    politico ^ | 2/22/13 | CARRIE BUDOFF BROWN and JAKE SHERMAN
    ...Obama’s greatest adversary in the latest budget battle isn’t the Republican leadership in Congress — it’s his confidence in his own ability to force a win. He has been so certain of his campaign skills that he didn’t open a line of communication with House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell until Thursday, a week before the spending ax hits. And when they did finally hear from Obama, the calls were perfunctory, with no request to step up negotiations or invitations to the White House. ...In the last two days alone, he’s courted local TV anchors, called...
  • US denied direct access to Benghazi suspect held in Egypt

    02/22/2013 2:19:32 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 21, 2013 | Catherine Herridge
    The U.S. has been denied direct access to the only publicly known suspect in custody in connection with the Benghazi terror attack, Fox News has learned, with U.S. interrogators still unable to sit in the same room as the Egypt-held prisoner to ask questions. Abu Ahmed, also known as Mohammed Jamal, is suspected of establishing Islamist training camps in Eastern Libya where militants who took part in the Sept. 11 Benghazi terrorist attack were able to train. Ahmed is not suspected of directly taking part in the attack which left four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens, dead. But this is...
  • Ending long break, White House and Republicans renew budget talks

    02/22/2013 1:36:59 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Reuters ^ | Thu Feb 21, 2013 7:04pm EST | Mark Felsenthal
    After weeks without talks on the U.S. budget crisis, President Barack Obama called Republican leaders on Thursday to discuss the harsh “sequestration” cuts to government spending due to begin in just over a week. In what might be just the start of long negotiations to prevent the $85 billion in cuts, Obama spoke to House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. The conversations were “good,” White House spokesman Jay Carney said, but he declined to provide details. A McConnell spokesman said it was the first outreach from Obama since the New Year’s Eve “fiscal cliff”...
  • US, Chinese Plans for Rail Links with Central Asia Reducing Russia’s Influence

    02/22/2013 12:43:42 AM PST · by bruinbirdman · 9 replies
    United States plans to link the countries of Central Asia by new rail lines with Afghanistan. At the same time, Washington opposes neither the construction of a railway corridor from Central Asia through Iran, nor Chinese extensions of its national rail system into the area. Nevertheless, according to analysts at the Moscow Strategic Culture Foundation, these overlapping transportation development projects threaten to spark a new “railroad war” in the Central Asian region—one that in the absence of counter-efforts by the Russian Federation is likely to result in a sharp reduction of Moscow’s influence over the countries there. Washington’s plan is...
  • What Free Republic, and All Americans are up against.

    02/21/2013 8:32:43 PM PST · by jongaltsr · 20 replies
    <p>This section of DiscoverTheNetworks examines the immensely wealthy charitable foundations that provide financial backing for leftist groups and causes. These foundations -- sometimes called endowments or charitable trusts -- are nongovernmental, nonprofit entities whose assets are provided by donors and managed by their (the foundations') own officials, who earmark portions of their assets each year for what they consider to be socially useful purposes. Most of these foundations can be classified under the following categories: Community Foundations, which build their endowments through contributions from many donors within a given geographic region, and typically focus on local needs Corporate Foundations, which are private foundations established by for-profit corporations but legally separate from the parent corporations 

Family Foundations, in which the original donor or the donor's family plays a significant role in governing the foundation 

Independent Foundations, which are private foundations, usually endowed by one source such as an individual's bequest

 Operating Foundations, which are private foundations that use most of their income to provide charitable services or programs of their own, rather than making grants to outside organizations 

Public Foundations, which are public charities that operate significant grantmaking programs The DiscoverTheNetworks database currently identifies and profiles more than 125 major foundations whose political and philanthropic orientations are generally leftist, and whose combined assets exceed $100 billion. Some of the foundations described in this section are so large that they have single-handedly shaped entire cultural and political movements. (See, for example, the Ford Foundation's role in underwriting The Open Borders Lobby.</p>
  • The Gun Control Movement's Dangerous Incompetence

    02/21/2013 11:20:27 PM PST · by Winged Hussar · 4 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 2/20/13 | William A Levinson
    "Dangerous incompetence" means exactly that: ignorance, negligence, and/or dereliction of duty that endangers human life and safety. A medical quack who prescribes medications for patients he has never seen, or without going to medical school and passing a licensing examination, is a prime example. Equally dangerous incompetence, of the kind that can kill people, pervades the gun control movement. Dangerous Incompetence Regarding Armed Self-Defense Senator Dianne Feinstein and Governor Andrew Cuomo, like any medical quack who prescribes drugs for real or imaginary illnesses, think they know how many bullets a person might reasonably need for self-defense against one or more...
  • Jerusalem preparing Obama ice sculpture

    02/21/2013 10:55:35 PM PST · by Ezekiel · 51 replies
    Israel News (Ynetnews.com) ^ | Published: 02.20.13, 13:54 | Itamar Eichner
    >>> An initiative by Jerusalem's Mayor Nir Barkat intends to take advantage of the wide coverage to unleash a public relations barrage and to present to them "Jerusalem's other side." According to the plan, journalists will be taken on tours around Jerusalem and will visit the main historical sites, such as City of David and the Western Wall Tunnel. They will also be taken to an Israel Museum's exhibition about King Herod and to the Ice City, where they will see a custom built ice sculptor in Obama's image. <<<
  • IRAQI SUNNIS INSPIRED BY ARAB SPRING

    02/21/2013 10:45:18 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 4 replies
    AFPC Eurasia Security Watch ^ | 2/14/2013 | Jeff Smith & Sirena Dib
    Sunni protesters in Iraq are taking to the streets by the tens of thousands in weekly protests that have so far remained peaceful, but carry the risk of deteriorating into violence at any time. The protests began in the Sunni-dominated town of Fallujah, a hotbed of insurgency during the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003. Protesters have demanded the resignation of Shi’ite Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. When the U.S. forces withdrew from Iraq over a year ago, Iraq’s Sunnis were disenchanted with what they saw as an inequitable distribution of power in Baghdad in favor of the country’s Shi’ite majority,...
  • Biden warns anti-gun control lawmakers will pay a price

    02/21/2013 10:41:59 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 27 replies
    AFP ^ | February 21, 2013
    Just miles from the site of the Newtown school massacre, Vice President Joe Biden warned Thursday that US politicians would pay a price if they refuse to back measures to stem gun violence. Biden said in Danbury, Connecticut that there had been a change in American politics which made it less risky for lawmakers to back the kind of legislation the White House is pushing Congress to pass. "What I say to my colleagues who will watch this and listen to this, I say to you if you're concerned about your political survival, you should be concerned about the survival...
  • Organizing for Action targets GOP lawmakers in first ad buy

    02/21/2013 10:29:55 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 4 replies
    latimes.com ^ | February 21, 2013 | Matea Gold
    WASHINGTON -- Four California Republican House members are among 16 GOP legislators being targeted by a pro-Obama advocacy group in a new online ad campaign urging them to back a more robust background check system for gun sales. Reps. Jeff Denham, Howard P. “Buck” McKeon, Gary G. Miller and David Valadao are among those featured in the banner ads, which begin running Friday on the websites of local news outlets such as the Modesto Bee and Santa Clarita Valley Signal. The ads, tailored with the photos and Twitter handle of each member of Congress, call on them to support universal...
  • Russia: Corruption’s staggering cost

    02/21/2013 10:21:29 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 8 replies
    American Foreign Policy Council ^ | 2/18/2013 | Amanda Pitrof, ed.
    Corruption cost Russia an estimated $211.5 billion between 1994 and 2011, according to a report released by Global Financial Integrity, a U.S.-based research and advocacy organization. Even more staggering is the $552.9 billion that flowed illegally into the Russian economy in the same 18-year span. The report goes on to estimate the size of the country’s underground economy at nearly 46% of GDP annually over the same period. According to World Bank experts, this statistic makes Russia’s underground economy 3.5 times larger than corresponding G-7 economies like the U.S., France, and Canada. For every 1% increase in the size of...
  • 57 Terrible Consequences Of The Sequester

    02/21/2013 10:20:31 PM PST · by blam · 19 replies
    Go.com ^ | Chris Good
    57 Terrible Consequences Of The Sequester By CHRIS GOOD (@c_good) February 21, 2013 If the heads of 20 federal agencies are to be believed, disastrous consequences await if President Obama and Congress fail to reach a budget deal, triggering the automatic, across-the-board cuts known as "sequestration." Those cuts are slated to begin March 1, and earlier this month, the Senate Appropriations Committee asked agency heads to explain what would happen in such a scenario. In separate letters to Committee Chairwoman Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., they warned of terrible things: Greater risk of wildfires, fewer OSHA inspections and a risk of more...
  • Cutting The Iran-China Connection

    02/21/2013 10:11:37 PM PST · by bruinbirdman
    American Foreign Policy Council ^ | 2/14/2013 | Ilan Berman
    Cutting The Iran-China ConnectionBy Ilan BermanThe American February 14, 2013 Just what will it take to bring Iran’s nuclear ambitions to heel? The past year has seen a dramatic expansion of economic pressure against the Iranian regime by the United States and Europe, all with a single-minded purpose: to ratchet up the costs to Iran of its stubborn atomic endeavor.Yet Iran’s economy, though undeniably ailing, remains afloat. True, Iranian officials have admitted that their country’s energy trade has constricted by nearly half as a result of U.S. and European sanctions, costing the Islamic Republic around $100 million daily. But...
  • GOP Rep. Louie Gohmert: Guns Are Necessary To Protect Against Sharia Law

    02/21/2013 10:02:02 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 23 replies
    mediaite.com ^ | February 21, 2013 | Andrew Kirell
    Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) told a conservative radio host this afternoon that he believes Americans must be allowed to own firearms to protect against the growing threat of “sharia law.” Appearing on web-radio show The Voice of Freedom, Gohmert argued that Congress ought to vote down any restrictive new gun regulations because American gun-owners need their firearms as a defense against Muslims who want to subvert the United States Constitution with the Islamic moral/political code. “[The Second Amendment] is for our protection and the Founders’ quotes make that very, very clear. Including against a government that would run amuck,” he...
  • Gun-Hating Martin Bashir Praises Man Who Defends Obama Murals With An AR-15

    02/21/2013 9:56:46 PM PST · by chessplayer · 8 replies
    Marcus Davis, a Houston, Texas-based restaurant owner, defends murals of Barack Obama painted on the exterior of his establishment with an AR-15. Even though he is aware of this, Martin Bashir - one of MSNBC's most vocal gun control advocates - praised the proprietor of The Breakfast Klub during a lengthy interview Thursday (video follows with transcribed highlights and commentary): As Bashir predictably praised his guest - even comparing the defacement of these murals to Obama's struggles with his political detractors! - he eventually said, "But thinking of your willingness to protect this mural, Mr. Davis, we also know that...
  • High school teacher 'refused to mark students' assignments because they mentioned guns (Texas)

    02/21/2013 9:42:57 PM PST · by lowbridge · 29 replies
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk ^ | february 21, 2013
    A high school English teacher has refused to grade two students' papers because they mentioned guns. Marshall Williams and Alex Wright, seniors at Denton High School in Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas, said the teacher, Dewey Christian, set an assignment to write a report about anything they wanted. Williams referenced a trip he had taken to the Fort Worth gun show, while Wright recounted a hunting trip, but both said the papers did not describe shooting guns. 'I said, "Me and my mum went to buy a gun" and as soon as he heard the word gun he told me to sit...
  • ACU ANNOUNCES 2012 RATINGS OF CONGRESS

    02/21/2013 9:29:12 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 12 replies
    American Conservative Union ^ | 2-21-2013 | Press Release
    ACU Announces 2012 Ratings of Congress Published: February 21, 2013Contact: Laura Rigas, (202) 347-9388, WASHINGTON, D.C. – The American Conservative Union (ACU) Chairman Al Cardenas today announced the 2012 ACU Ratings of Congress, the 42nd edition of the conservative ratings guide. Since 1971, the nation’s oldest and largest grassroots conservative organization has annually graded Members of Congress based on their votes on key conservative issues. The full 2012 ACU Ratings of Congress guide is now available online at conservative.org.“For the past 42 years, through the Congressional and now the State Ratings, the American Conservative Union has set the standard...
  • Obama Says 75% of the American People Agree With Him

    02/21/2013 9:17:38 PM PST · by Nachum · 50 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 2/21/13 | Debra Heine
    In response to Obama: Cuts that Hurt the Economy are GOP's Raison D'etre: Several outlets are noting Obama's comments on Al Sharpton's radio show, but the Free Beacon was kind enough to put it on You Tube... (Trying to wrap my head around the fact that the President of the United States went on that ridiculous race hustler's radio show...ugh...so mortifying.) But just listen to Obama. He says 75% of the American people agree with him, that the way to reduce our deficit sensibly is through his combination of spending cuts and tax revenue (but mostly tax revenue), as if...
  • 3D Printing Revolution: the Complex Reality

    02/21/2013 8:45:17 PM PST · by JerseyanExile · 39 replies
    Make ^ | February 14, 2013 | Michal Zalewski
    This miniature, high-precision assembly started with a CAD model and not much more. It cost about $10 to make it at home – with no 3D printer required.In the past couple of years, the concept of low-cost 3D printing has captured the hearts and minds of millions of geeks. The allure of an upcoming manufacturing revolution has seeped into the mainstream, too: take The Economist, which ran about two dozen articles about this technology within the last year alone. Something must be in the air! The charm of 3D printing is easy to understand, especially as it coincides with the...
  • AP Caves Into Gay PC: 'His Husband' and 'Her Wife' Are Now Accepted Stylebook Terms

    02/21/2013 8:44:50 PM PST · by Nachum · 14 replies
    newsbusters ^ | 2/21/13 | Tim Graham
    After overwrought pressure from the usual gay "anti-defamation" lobbyists, the Associated Press has caved in and made another new statement approving the use of "his husband" and "her wife" in news stories. as if they've taken a stand for neutrality, instead of rewriting the gender dictionary. "Victory!" was the headline on several gay websites as AP issued a new entry in its AP Stylebook Online, and is scheduled to appear in the 2013 print and mobile additions: husband, wife Regardless of sexual orientation, husband or wife is acceptable in all references to individuals in any legally recognized marriage. Spouse or...