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  • Obama urges Supreme Court to strike down federal Defense of Marriage Act

    02/23/2013 8:11:22 PM PST · by RoosterRedux · 59 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 2/23/2013
    The Obama administration is asking the Supreme Court to strike down the federal law defining marriage as a union between only a man and a woman. The request regarding the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act was made Friday in a brief by Solicitor General Donald Verrilli that argues the law is unconstitutional because it violates "the fundamental guarantee of equal protection." The high court is set to hear two cases next month on the issue: the constitutional challenge on Proposition 8, the 2008 California that allowed same-sex marriages in the state that two years later was overturned, and United States...
  • Michelle Obama Does 'The Bump' With Cross-Dressed Jimmy Fallon

    02/23/2013 7:50:43 PM PST · by chessplayer · 31 replies
    Last April, Barack Obama demeaned the office of the presidency by slow jamming the news on NBC's Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. On Friday, Michelle Obama did 'The Bump' with Fallon who was dressed as a woman (video follows with commentary): Announcer Steve Higgins introduced the video as "The Evolution of Mom Dancing." Fallon was initially on stage by himself with a wig on and women's clothing. He was then joined by the first lady, and they proceeded to do a variety of dances including the "Go Shopping and Get Groceries," the "Raise the Roof," and then the "Hip Bump,"...
  • Real Federal Spending Up $822.90 Per American Since 2008

    02/23/2013 6:56:16 PM PST · by NoLibZone · 5 replies
    Inflation-adjusted per capita federal spending went up $822.90 from fiscal 2008 to fiscal 2012, according to official data from the U.S. Treasury and the Census Bureau. Real federal spending also increased $2437.64 per household between 2008 and 2012. In constant 2012 dollars, the federal government spent $3,176,376,470,000 in 2008 and $3,538,446,000,000 in 2012, according to the U.S. Treasury. (The 2008 spending number was adjusted to 2012 dollars using the Bureau of Labor Statistics inflation calculator.) On April 1, 2008 (the midpoint in the federal fiscal year which ends on Sept. 30), there were 303,381,938 people in the United States, according...
  • Iran denies allegations of organizing spy cell in Nigeria

    02/23/2013 6:55:27 PM PST · by Pan_Yan · 8 replies
    Reuters via NBC ^ | 2/22/2013 4:37:59 AM ET | Reporting by Zahra Hosseinian; Editing by Alistair Lyon
    DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran denied on Friday Nigerian allegations that it had trained militants arrested in Nigeria on charges of planning attacks on U.S. and Israeli targets there. Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said such allegations were "made up as the result of the ill will of the enemies of the two countries' good relations", Iranian state television reported. "Iran and Nigeria have friendly and close relations and despite the vast efforts of the two countries' enemies in recent years relations and cooperations have always improved," he said. Nigeria's secret service said on Thursday it had arrested Abdullahi Mustapha Berende...
  • Iran Continues to Edge Closer to Nuclear Weapons

    02/23/2013 6:46:31 PM PST · by LSUfan · 17 replies
    Iran Bulletin ^ | 23 Feb 13 | Unattributed
    There have been two recent developments that should greatly raise the level of concern over the Islamic Republic of Iran’s quest for nuclear weapons. First was the recent North Korean nuclear test. There is no doubt that Iran and North Korea have cooperated for decades on a variety of matters. They have evidently shared ballistic missile technology and there have even been reports from the US Congressional Research Service of North Korean advisers training Hezbollah terrorists in the Bekaa Valley, something that would almost certainly be set up by the Iranian Pasdaran. In the past, when the North Koreans have...
  • Japan’s Economy Has Entered a Terminal Phase

    02/23/2013 6:41:19 PM PST · by kanooga · 57 replies
    Z3news.com ^ | Feb 23, 2013 | James Bailey
    After more than twenty years of economic troubles, Japan now appears to be entering a terminal phase. They are running out of options as they approach a total economic melt-down. Since their recession began with the 1990 collapse of the Nikkei stock market, the Japanese government has tried to stimulate their economy with more government spending. Unfortunately, all they have to show for it is massive sovereign debt. The promised economic recovery never happened. They have become Exhibit A in the case against socialism, proving what free market economists have said all along, government spending cannot drive economic growth. That...
  • Limbaugh ‘Ashamed’ Comment Puts Sequestration in Right Perspective, Author Says

    02/23/2013 6:40:05 PM PST · by TeaPartyJakes · 103 replies
    Official Wire ^ | February 23, 2013 | The Right Frequency
    After more than two decades of espousing patriotism, Rush Limbaugh reached a breaking point this week declaring, “for the first time in my life, I am ashamed of my country.” “I’m into my 25th year,” Limbaugh said on his program Thursday addressing the sequestration debate. “I can’t tell you the number of times this has happened. This hit me yesterday. I’ve said the same things over and over for 25 years. Whether the Clinton presidency or the Obama presidency, whether it’s a Pelosi speakership or Tom Foley, it’s the same stuff. It’s the same threats. It’s the same arguments over...
  • Battle for Syria's Aleppo airport intensifies as regime tries to reverse rebel gains

    02/23/2013 6:19:35 PM PST · by Pan_Yan · 4 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 23, 2013 | AP
    BEIRUT – The battle for Syria's second-largest airport intensified on Saturday as government troops tried to reverse recent strategic gains the rebels have made in the northeast in their quest to topple President Bashar Assad. Assad's troops have been locked in a stalemate with rebels in Aleppo since July when the city, the largest in Syria, became a major battlefield in the 2-year-old conflict the United Nations says has killed at least 70,000 people. Rebels have been trying to capture the international airport for months. Rami Abdul-Rahman, director of the Britain-based activist group Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said the...
  • Labor, business agree to principles on immigration

    02/23/2013 6:15:29 PM PST · by haffast · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Thu, Feb 21, 2013 | ERICA WERNER
    Business and labor groups announced agreement Thursday on the principles of a new system to bring lower-skilled workers to the U.S, a key priority for a comprehensive immigration bill. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the AFL-CIO reached consensus after weeks of closed-doors negotiations they were conducting at the request of Sens. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., two of the senators involved in crafting an immigration deal on Capitol Hill. Ensuring that future workers can come to the U.S. legally is expected to be a central element of the deal, which will also address border security, employer verification...
  • 3 political sisters in Pa. convicted of corruption

    02/23/2013 5:39:55 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 27 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Saturday, February 23, 2013 | Joe Mandak and Peter Jackson
    Pittsburgh (AP) — The story has more irony than a Greek tragedy. Three sisters from a devoutly Catholic family have seen their personal and political careers ruined by a scandal that began with, of all things, a letter to some nuns. Thursday's conviction of suspended Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin along with her aide and sister, Janine Orie, on campaign corruption charges mean they might join a third sister — former state Sen. Jane Orie — in state prison. No sentencing date has been set. The former senator was sentenced last year to 2˝ to 10 years for...
  • Revealed:The SAS secret mission to kill in Iraq BEFORE MPs voted to invade

    02/23/2013 5:34:34 PM PST · by Pan_Yan · 4 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 17:05 EST, 23 February 2013| UPDATED:18:59 EST, 23 February 2013 | Mark Nicol
    The SAS were already fighting in Iraq on the eve of the Commons vote Soldiers were there to prevent a chemical weapons attack on Israel The SAS were involved in fierce fighting inside Iraq the day before the crucial Commons vote in 2003 that approved military action against Saddam Hussein’s regime, The Mail on Sunday can reveal today. As the tenth anniversary of the start of the Iraq War approaches, we have uncovered a trove of documents about the secret mission, including accounts of senior Special Forces personnel. Told here for the first time, this is the story of Operation...
  • Florida doesn't have enough doctors for Medicaid expansion, lobby group says

    02/23/2013 5:14:40 PM PST · by upchuck · 23 replies
    SunSentinel ^ | Friday, February 22, 2013 | Kathleen Haughney
    Brace yourself for longer lines at the doctor's office. Whether you're employed and insured, elderly and on Medicare, or poor and covered by Medicaid, the Florida Medical Association says there's a growing shortage of doctors — especially specialists — available to provide you with medical care. And if the Florida Legislature goes along with Gov. Rick Scott's recommendation to offer Medicaid coverage to an additional 1 million Floridians — part of the Affordable Care Act that takes effect next January — the FMA says that shortage will only get worse. "Florida needs more doctors and it needs more nurses, and...
  • Firearms Companies Restricting Sales To GOVERNMENT Agencies In Areas That Restrict Gun...

    02/23/2013 6:49:09 AM PST · by yoe · 14 replies
    CNSnews ^ | February 22, 2013 | By Gregory Gwyn-Williams, Jr
    A growing number of firearm and firearm-related companies have stated they will no longer sell items to states, counties, cities and municipalities that restrict their citizens' rights to own them. According to The Police Loophole (police loophole) 34 companies have joined in publicly stating that governments who seek to restrict 2nd Amendment rights will themselves be restricted from purchasing the items they seek to limit or ban. Extreme Firepower Inc., located in Inwood, WV has had a longstanding (policy) that states: "The Federal Government and several states have enacted gun control laws that restrict the public from owning and possessing...
  • Bob Woodward: Why is Obama still misleading everyone on the sequester?

    02/23/2013 11:40:10 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 43 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/23/2013 | Ed Morrissey
    Success may have a thousand fathers, and failure be an orphan, but don’t doubt the parentage of the sequester. After yet another week of White House denials of paternity and a new layer of hysteria over the nature of the cuts involved, Bob Woodward reminds us again who came up with the plan in the first place. As he reported in his book The Price of Politics more than a year ago from on-the-record interviews with the players involved, the sequester was proposed by then-Chief of Staff Jack Lew and personally approved by President Barack Obama, before Harry Reid presented...
  • Wildlife Officials Warn Hunters Of Deadly Rabbit Fever

    RALEIGH, N.C. (CBS Charlotte) - Officials with both the North Carolina Division of Public Health and the Wildlife Commission are urging hunters to be wary about rabbit fever after two hunters contracted it this month.
  • Arabs Attack Jews En Route to Megillah Reading

    02/23/2013 3:43:01 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 5 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 23/2/13 | Gil Ronen
    Arabs ambushed and attacked a convoy of cars driven by Jews on the road leading to the demolished outpost of Yad Yair. No one was reported hurt. The Jews are residents of the Dolev-Talmonim bloc in the Binyamin region. They drive to Yad Yair every year on Purim to read the Megillah there. Usually, the pilgrimage is carried out without army approval. Since the road to Yad Yair is blocked by a military checkpoint, the residents usually drive through a roundabout way that passes through three Arab villages. This year, the IDF brigade commander in charge of the region asked...
  • NRA touts internal Justice Dept. memo contesting Obama gun-control measures

    02/23/2013 2:29:17 PM PST · by EXCH54FE · 16 replies
    The hill ^ | Feb 23, 2013 | Julian Pecquet
    The National Rifle Association (NRA) has obtained an internal Justice Department memo that it says shows President Obama's gun-control measures would not be effective without firearms seizures and national gun registration, the Associated Press reports. The gun lobby is citing the nine-page memo in ads running in 15 states, including several swing states with Senate elections next year. In the ad, the NRA says the memo proves that the administration “believes that a gun ban will not work without mandatory gun confiscation” and thinks universal background checks “won't work without requiring national gun registration,” according to the AP. Obama has...
  • Texas Executes Man Who Lit Ex-Girlfriend On Fire

    02/23/2013 1:50:05 PM PST · by zeestephen · 47 replies
    msn.NEWS ^ | 22 February 2013 | Michael Graczyk
    A man convicted of killing his ex-girlfriend by dousing her with gasoline and setting her on fire was executed in Texas on Thursday.
  • Arabs Clash with Jews in Binyamin Region

    02/23/2013 1:33:15 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 2 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 23/2/13 | Gil Ronen
    Violent clashed took place Saturday between Arabs from the village of Kusra and Jews at the community of Esh Kodesh in the Binyamin region north of Jerusalem. The IDF intervened. According to the Bethlehem-based Maan news agency, one young Arab man was badly hurt after being shot in the stomach, and another youth was shot in the leg. The Arabs say the Jewish civilians uprooted their olive trees, and fired at them. The IDF Was called into the fray after Arabs attacked Jews with rocks. Seven Arabs were reportedly hurt from rubber coated bullets fired by the soldiers, and inhaled...
  • Transcript: Great Rush riff on the boot-licking Obama media

    02/23/2013 1:29:20 PM PST · by Amagi · 8 replies
    Rush 24/7 ^ | February 19, 2013 | Rush Limbaugh
    "Delusional Politico Journalists: Obama is Our Puppet Master"
  • NRA-ILA: 2013 Truth About Gun Owners Poll (FReep this polls)

    02/23/2013 1:24:34 PM PST · by ConservativeInPA · 12 replies
    NRA Institute for Legislative Action 2013 Truth About Gun Owners (TAG) Poll Tell Congress Where YOU Stand!
  • Thousands in Spain protest austerity, corruption

    02/23/2013 1:22:34 PM PST · by John W · 8 replies
    Reuters via nbcnews.com ^ | February 23, 2013 | Paul Day
    Tens of thousands of Spaniards marched through cities across the country on Saturday to protest deep austerity, the privatization of public services and political corruption. Gathering under the banner of the "Citizen Tide," students, doctors, unionists, young families and pensioners staged rowdy but non-violent demonstrations as a near five-year economic slump shows no sign of recovery and mass unemployment rises.
  • Historic

    02/23/2013 1:15:43 PM PST · by Perdogg · 21 replies
    Hon Gov Robert Francis "Bob" McDonnell (VA-R)
    Dear Friend, Today, Republicans and Democrats joined together to pass the first new significant sustainable transportation funding and reform bill in Virginia in 27 years. Crafted and led by Republicans, the bill received the votes of over 60% of legislators in both houses. Virginians worked together across party and regional lines to find common ground to solve one of our Commonwealth’s most intractable problems. We got results. And the result is $3.5 billion in new transportation funding over the next 5 years, an estimated 35% reduction in the tax on gas at the pump, a shorter commute for you, and...
  • The Solution To California's Problems Is Beneath Its Feet — But Rich Environmentalists ......

    02/23/2013 1:09:33 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 16 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Feb. 18, 2013, 9:39 AM | The Economist
    SHALE exploitation in North Dakota has lifted incomes and brought unemployment down to 3.2% of the workforce, the lowest level in the country. Californians are rarely found looking longingly towards the Midwest. But the revelation that their state, with unemployment at 9.8% and America’s highest poverty rate, may be sitting on the largest deposit of shale oil in the continental United States has led some to wonder if their salvation lies 10,000 feet (3,000 metres) beneath them.California has been an oil state since 1865. Thanks largely to reserves that can still be tapped by conventional means, it remains the third-largest...
  • Video: The battery that might change everything

    02/23/2013 12:51:19 PM PST · by Para-Ord.45 · 80 replies
    http://hotair.com ^ | february 23 2013 | jazz shaw
    Some of the great scientific breakthroughs of the last century came about entirely by accident. Many of you are probably familiar with the origins of the Post It Note, and how it was invented as a result of a failure when attempting to create a super strong adhesive. Well, there may be another such story taking place in the present day. Scientists working with carbon compounds developed Graphene, a safe substance with a lot of structural strength for very little mass and weight. And then some wise guy discovered that it had another use. The recap: Graphene, a very simple...
  • MIKE MADIGAN READY TO INSULT YOUR INTELLIGENCE ONCE AGAIN

    02/23/2013 12:45:14 PM PST · by Petruchio · 5 replies
    MIKE MADIGAN READY TO INSULT YOUR INTELLIGENCE ONCE AGAIN Mike Madigan is ticked off... Why is Mike Madigan so ticked off? Quite simply, he’s ticked off because the 7th District Court of Appeals has told him plainly that the legislature must bow to constitutional authority – not to the whims of Mike Madigan. And we all know what a control freak Mike Madigan is. No, Mike Madigan is no longer in control of the concealed carry debate. The courts have said once and for all that Illinois will join 49 other states in allowing citizens to carry defensive firearms. The...
  • Department of Defense Press Briefing on Civilian Furlough Planning Efforts from the Pentagon

    02/23/2013 12:28:02 PM PST · by SubMareener · 16 replies
    DoD Transcript site ^ | February 20, 2013 | Robert F. Hale, Jessica Lynn Wright
    Department of Department Press Briefing on Civilian Furlough Planning Efforts from the Pentagon 02/20/2013 04:35 PM CST ________________________________ Presenter: Under Secretary of Defense and Chief Financial Officer Robert F. Hale and Acting Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness Jessica Lynn Wright February 20, 2013 ________________________________ Department of Department Press Briefing on Civilian Furlough Planning Efforts from the Pentagon BRYAN WHITMAN: Good afternoon, and thank you for joining us today and for your interest in the topic today of sequestration, as well as most of you know by now, in accordance with the law, we have notified Congress today...
  • Someone Tell President Obama: American Bridges Aren't "Crumbling"

    02/23/2013 12:09:44 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    Townhall ^ | 02/23/2013 | Kevin Glass
    President Obama has been on a blitz while pushing what seems to be an evergreen priority for Democrats these days: "infrastructure investment." In his State of the Union speech, President Obama spoke of Merica's "deteriorating roads and bridges" and proposed what he called a "Fix-It-First" program that would see the government hire construction workers to work on America's infrastructure. This worry is overblown. The Reason Foundation put out a report this week that found America's infrastructure is in fine shape, though there's certainly work to be done. All 50 states lowered their highway fatality rates from 1989 to 2008...
  • Rapper, 2 in taxi meet violent end in Vegas crash ( Shootout on the Vegas Strip)

    02/23/2013 11:58:46 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 59 replies
    Sfgate ^ | Updated 9:04 am, Saturday, February 23, 2013 | KEN RITTER, Associated Press, By KEN RITTER and MICHELLE RINDELS, Associated Press
    <p>LAS VEGAS (AP) — Kenny Cherry was an aspiring rapper who moved from the Bay Area to Las Vegas to pursue his career. His music videos online show him cruising the Strip in a Maserati.</p> <p>Taxi driver Michael Boldon was a family man who hailed from Michigan; and his passenger, Sandra Sutton-Wasmund, came from a loving Washington state family and was well regarded in her community.</p>
  • Sorry Bears, We're In A Secular Bull Market

    02/23/2013 11:58:09 AM PST · by blam · 22 replies
    Seeking Alpha ^ | 2-22-2013 | Jonathan Verenger
    Sorry Bears, We're In A Secular Bull Market February 22, 2013by: Jonathan Verenger I know some people will view this article as a sure sign that the top is in. Keep in mind, however, that I have been a raging bull since July 2009 when I realized that the market wasn't coming back and was ignoring bad news permanently. In the almost 4 years since, we have had numerous things thrown at the market and yet it has crept higher and higher. The latest negative news are the fears of sequestration, a supposed all time high in bullish sentiment (more...
  • Israel Grants First Golan Heights Oil Drilling License To Powerful US Company

    02/23/2013 11:46:00 AM PST · by haffast · 19 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Feb. 22, 2013, 2:45 PM | Michael Kelley
    Israel has granted a U.S. company the first license to explore for oil and gas in the occupied Golan Heights, John Reed of the Financial Times reports. A local subsidiary of the New York-listed company Genie Energy — which is advised by former vice president Dick Cheney and whose shareholders include Jacob Rothschild and Rupert Murdoch — will now have exclusive rights to a 153-square mile radius in the southern part of the Golan Heights. That geographic location will likely prove controversial. Israel seized the Golan Heights in the Six-Day War in 1967 and annexed the territory in 1981. Its...
  • What If Germany Gets Bogged Down Too? Or Has It Already?

    02/23/2013 11:43:42 AM PST · by blam · 3 replies
    Testosterone Pit ^ | 2-22-2013 | Wolf Richter
    What If Germany Gets Bogged Down Too? Or Has It Already?Wolf RichterFriday, February 22, 2013 at 6:29PM All hopes rest on Germany: its vibrant economy teeming with globalized, ultra-competitive, export-focused companies would drag France and other Eurozone countries out of their economic morass. But then, there’s reality. That France with its double-digit unemployment fiasco is losing its grip was hammered home by the Purchasing Managers Index. After three months of false-hope upticks, it crashed to a low not seen since March 2009, the trough of the financial crisis! Business activity has been skidding for 18 months, and new orders, a...
  • Cuomo Call-Out: '10 Bullets to Kill a Deer' as Legal Advice

    02/23/2013 11:31:48 AM PST · by Winged Hussar · 32 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 2/23/2013 | William A Levinson
    The letter below challenges Governor Cuomo to repeat, in his capacity as an attorney and under color of legal advice, his implication that the Second Amendment applies only to sporting uses of firearms. Remington is advised to leave New York, and take its skilled workers and high-wage manufacturing jobs with it. It will be published by the American Thinker, and sent to Remington and the United Mine Workers, upon delivery to Mr. Cuomo via certified mail. Dear Governor Cuomo, ...Your January State of the Union included the following words: "No one hunts with an assault rifle. No one needs 10...
  • NRA uses Justice memo to accuse Obama on guns

    02/23/2013 11:22:50 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb. 23, 2013 12:03 PM EST | Alan Fram
    The National Rifle Association is using a Justice Department memo it obtained to argue in ads that the Obama administration believes its gun control plans won’t work unless the government seizes firearms and requires national gun registration—ideas the White House has not proposed and does not support. … The memo says requiring background checks for more gun purchases could help, but also could lead to more illicit weapons sales. It says banning assault weapons and high capacity ammunition magazines produced in the future but exempting those already owned by the public, as Obama has proposed, would have limited impact because...
  • Iwo Jima, The Story of Two Flag Raising’s (VIDEO)

    02/23/2013 11:21:46 AM PST · by EXCH54FE · 6 replies
    Guns.com ^ | Feb 23, 2013 | Chris Callahan
    In a September 17, 1947 letter, U.S. Marine Corp. Sgt. Lou Lowery wrote, “You fellows did all the dirty work and the ones who were on Rosenthal’s picture got all the credit.” The letter’s recipient, Pfc. Raymond Jacobs, was among the Marines who raised the first flag atop Iwo Jimo, which Lou Lowery photographed. However, it was a second flag raising that occurred moments later, caught on film by Joe Rosenthal, that would capture the world’s imagination. His Pulitzer Prize winning photograph would become one of the most iconic symbols of the American determination in World War II and immortalize...
  • Woo hoo!! Less than $8k left to go!! This is beginning to look very doable!! [FReepathon thread XXIV

    02/23/2013 11:14:23 AM PST · by Jim Robinson · 342 replies
    Woo hoo!! Now approaching the yellow!! Then it'll be the sprint to the finish line!! Approx $2k per day and we'll be done by the first!! This is beginning to look doable!! We can do this, baby. Click the link above or by mail to Free Republic - PO Box 9771 - Fresno, CA 93794 Thank you all very much!! FReepers are absolutely the greatest!!
  • Psychiatrists to brand grief lasting longer than two weeks a mental illness

    02/23/2013 10:54:26 AM PST · by Drew68 · 160 replies
    news.com.au ^ | 22 Feb 13 | Clifford Fram
    THE grieving process is in danger of being branded a medical condition if a mourner feels sad for more than two weeks and consults a GP, according to an international authority on death and dying. At present, mourners can feel sad for two months before being told they have a mental disorder, says Professor Dale Larson. Decades ago, a diagnosis could be made after a year.In a keynote address at an Australian Psychological Society conference in Melbourne on Saturday, Prof Larson will express his anger about the American Psychiatric Association's new diagnostic manual, DSM 5, which is used in many...
  • Soledad O'Brien says her CNN morning show is understaffed calls her firing a 'win-win'

    02/23/2013 10:49:01 AM PST · by dennisw · 36 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 23 February 2013 | By Daily Mail Reporter
    O'Brien has been with CNN since 2003 when she was anchor of 'American morning.' She's now anchor of CNN's current morning show, 'Starting Point,' - a gig that began in January of 2012. The show runs from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. Soledad O'Brien says losing her job as CNN's morning host is a 'win-win' because her show has been understaffed and essentially ignored by the network. O'Brien's firing is one of many major personnel moves made by the network's new chief, Jeff Zucker, who offiically took the reins in January. She said she knew early on that she wouldn't...
  • Poll to FReep: Should Congress allow automatic spending cuts to take effect <snip>?

    02/23/2013 10:21:28 AM PST · by AZ .44 MAG · 26 replies
    KGUN-TV Tucson ^ | 2-23-2013 | KGUN-TV Tucson
    Full title- Should Congress allow automatic spending cuts to take effect if it cannot reach an agreement for resolving the deficit? Yes, No, Undecided.
  • Board Must Defend Recess Appointments, Court Says

    02/23/2013 9:51:36 AM PST · by EXCH54FE
    Free Beacon ^ | Feb 22, 2013 | Bill McMorris
    A federal appeals court allowed a legal challenge to the National Labor Relations Board to move forward on Friday, casting additional doubt on the legitimacy of the Obama administration’s embattled labor arbiter. A three-judge panel from the D.C. Circuit Court ordered the board to file a written response defending President Barack Obama’s recess appointments. The ruling stems from the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation’s (NRTW) appeal to an NLRB ruling that forced non-union employees to pay for union lobbying costs. National Right to Work attorney Glenn Taubman said the board’s decision violates Beck Rights, which allow employees to...
  • Plano Police Warn Hispanic Men Of Violent Attacks

    02/23/2013 9:47:06 AM PST · by SeminoleCounty · 29 replies
    CBS DFW (CBS Channel 11, Dallas) ^ | February 23, 2013 | Bud Gillett (reporter)
    PLANO (CBS 11 NEWS) – Plano Police and volunteers hit the streets today to alert residents to a string of violent attacks that are targeting Hispanic men. There have been five since October…two of them as late as last week. Neighborhood businesses are participating, posting flyers to raise awareness of the potential danger…while police take a more direct approach. Detective Daniel Caballero and Sergeant Lindy Privett went to Plano markets and bazaars carrying a warning in Spanish….that Hispanic men walking alone have been targeted and violently robbed. Police say there have been five attacks in recent months. A group of...
  • Russia to hand over INS Vikramaditya to India in November

    02/23/2013 9:35:37 AM PST · by JerseyanExile · 6 replies
    Indian Express ^ | February 22, 2013
    Russia will hand over the much-delayed INS Vikramaditya aircraft carrier to India in November, giving the country's navy a strategic advantage in the Indian Ocean region. The Vikramaditya aircraft carrier is to be handed over to the Indian Navy in November, 2013, head of the Russian Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation, Alexander Fomin, said yesterday. "The ship is to be put in a dock in April, go on sea trials in June and July and be officially handed over some time in November," he said. The Vikramaditya was originally built as the Soviet Project 1143.4 class aircraft carrier Admiral Gorshkov....
  • Man charged with felony in Obama mural defacing

    02/23/2013 9:21:46 AM PST · by OKRA2012 · 64 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 2/23/13 | Carol Cristian
    A suspect has been charged in a recent defacing of a mural of President Barack Obama near a popular midtown restaurant.
  • As furloughs loom, unions try to soften sequester blow for federal workers

    02/23/2013 8:52:59 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 24 replies
    Wash Post ^ | 2/22/13 | Lisa Rein
    Federal government labor unions and agency managers are bargaining over how and when to carry out first-of-their-kind furloughs of more than a million employees as deep spending cuts are all but certain to kick in Friday. Union leaders cannot stop the furloughs or determine who in each agency must take them. They say their best option is to soften the pain of unpaid days, which could slash federal pay by up to 20 percent this fiscal year. -snip- This would be the first time that furloughs across the federal government would occur with no chance that lost pay would be...
  • The Minimum Wage and Economic Reality (Why not outlaw high prices to help low income earners?)

    02/23/2013 8:46:09 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Townhall ^ | 02/21/2013 | Steve Chapman
    President Barack Obama and Democrats in Congress want to raise the minimum wage to improve the lot of the working poor. But they've got the wrong idea. The problem is not that these workers earn so little; it's that the things they buy cost so much. I propose instead to outlaw high prices. No one, after all, likes paying too much. So let's put a stop to it. Gas is too expensive? Make it $2 a gallon, max. Bread and meat take a big bite out of the family budget? Poor people could eat better if they had to pay...
  • North Korea warns U.S. forces of "destruction" ahead of war drills

    02/23/2013 8:45:27 AM PST · by HogsBreath · 29 replies
    Reuters ^ | 2-23-2013 | Sung-won Shim
    North Korea on Sunday warned the top U.S. military commander stationed in South Korea that his forces would "meet a miserable destruction" if they go ahead with scheduled military drills with South Korean troops, North Korean state media said. Pak Rim-su, chief delegate of the North Korean military mission to the inter-Korean truce village of Panmunjom, gave the message by phone to Gen. James Thurman, the commander of the U.S. Forces Korea, KCNA news agency said.
  • ACU: Rand Paul, Marco Rubio Have Perfect Voting Records

    02/23/2013 8:30:46 AM PST · by BarnacleCenturion · 46 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 22 Feb 2013 | Matthew Auerbach
    Sens. Rand Paul, R-Ky., and Marco Rubio, R-FL., topped the list of approximately 40 House and Senate Republicans who received a perfect conservative voting score from the American Conservative Union, sponsor of next month’s Conservative Political Action Conference. The ACU released its annual rankings Thursday. In the Senate, Rubio and Paul, who are both seen as possible 2016 presidential contenders, were awarded the Defenders of Liberty designation, receiving a “perfect 100 percent” score on their voting records ... Thirty-four House members were deemed Defenders of Liberty, among them Reps. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn.; Joe Wilson, R-S.C.; and Tom Price, R-Ga. The...
  • The Three Pillars of Propaganda (Saturbray)

    02/23/2013 8:30:07 AM PST · by bray · 5 replies
    www.brayincandy.com ^ | 2/23 | bray
    Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 2 Cor 3:17 Once again we are being propagandized by the Global Warmists. Of course they have changed the catchphrase into Climate Change or as it has been called in the past; weather, they are mining the nuggets of fear many are hoping for. For communists, the main purpose for living is centralizing power and more control in distributing the resources of a country. The Regressives have pretty much taxed every source on the planet so the only thing untaxed is air, Global...
  • Oregon Dems introduce bill banning most modern guns and authorizing warrantless searches of home

    02/23/2013 8:10:26 AM PST · by EXCH54FE · 40 replies
    American Thinker ^ | Feb 23, 2013 | Thomas Lifson
    With the outrage over the Newtown massacre fading, gun-grabbers are hastening their efforts at the state level. The Oregon Firearms Federation (hat tip: Gateway Pundit) reports: Two days after Senate Democrats claimed they would not seek a ban on modern firearms and feeding devices, Democrats in the Oregon House introduced just that. Seven Senators joined with eight House Reps to introduce a sweeping ban on virtually all modern firearms. Among the Senators is, of course, Ginny Burdick, who claimed on Wednesday "that she is backing off an attempt to push through a bill on gun clips that she drafted following...
  • Clearing Away the Rubble...with Black Hawks, Tanks, and Loads of Ammo

    02/23/2013 8:06:15 AM PST · by EXCH54FE · 6 replies
    American Thinker ^ | Feb 23, 2013 | Robert Small
    "We have cleared away the rubble of crisis," President Obama reported in his State of the Union address, "and we can say with renewed confidence that the State of our Union is stronger." He cited troops coming home after a decade of "grinding war," six million jobs created "after years of grueling recession," American car purchases up, foreign oil purchases down, a healing housing market, a rebounding stock market, corporate profits that "have skyrocketed to all-time highs," Republicans and Democrats working together "to reduce the deficit by more than $2.5 trillion," "tens of thousands" of American jobs created by green...