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  • Bernanke says Fed stimulus benefits clear, downplays risks

    02/26/2013 1:25:39 PM PST · by LucianOfSamasota · 2 replies
    Reuters ^ | February 26th, 2013 | Pedro da Costa and Alister Bull
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke strongly defended the U.S. central bank's monetary stimulus before Congress on Tuesday, easing financial market worries over a possible early retreat from bond buys. The Fed chairman also urged lawmakers to avoid sharp spending cuts set to go into effect on Friday, which he warned could combine with earlier tax increases to create a "significant headwind" for the modest economic recovery. Bernanke said Fed policymakers are cognizant of potential risks from their extraordinary support for the economy, including the possibility that it might fuel unwanted inflation or stoke asset bubbles. But, in...
  • S. E. Cupp Withdraws from CPAC in Support of Same-Sex Marriage (video)

    02/26/2013 1:18:27 PM PST · by EveningStar · 202 replies
    National Review ^ | February 26, 2013 | Andrew Johnson
    Following in fellow MSNBC co-host Chris Hayes’s footsteps, the network’s conservative pundit S. E. Cupp has withdrawn from speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference next month over the issue of same-sex marriage and the exclusion of GOProud. Cupp announced her decision to back out on The Cycle earlier this afternoon.
  • MICHELLE MEYER: Don't Get All Excited About Today's Huge Home Sales Report

    02/26/2013 1:07:12 PM PST · by blam · 7 replies
    TBI ^ | 2-26-2013 | Mamta Badkar
    MICHELLE MEYER: Don't Get All Excited About Today's Huge Home Sales Report Mamta BadkarFebruary 26, 2013 This morning we saw two huge housing data points. Home prices posted their biggest gain since July 2006, while new home sales surged 15.6 percent month-over-month. However, the already tight housing supply is getting even tighter. Bank of America economist Michelle Meyer tells us that while we are seeing an improvement in new home sales, today's data could be revised in coming months and that monthly data should be interpreted with caution since it can be very volatile. She also says that housing supply...
  • Activist re-invited back to Hilo High

    02/26/2013 12:52:19 PM PST · by LeoWindhorse · 8 replies
    Hilo Tribune Herald ^ | February 26, 2013 | TOM CALLIS
    Jim Albertini will be able to speak at Hilo High School after all. The anti-war activist said that Principal Bob Dircks notified his attorney on Friday that he will be allowed to speak to students, reversing a decision made two days prior to cancel the event due to a backlash over his outspoken views of the military. The previous day, Honolulu attorney Eric Seitz[ACLU] representing Albertini, threatened the school with a lawsuit over alleged civil liberties violations if his presentation wasn’t allowed.
  • Krauthammer: It’s going to be really embarrassing for the Left if we come out of sequestration alive

    02/26/2013 12:42:12 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/26/2013 | Erika Johnsen
    To hear President Obama and the Cabinet officials he has been steadily trotting out like show ponies tell it, the sequester cuts cannot, must not happen, because we’ll subsequently be hit with all kinds of disasters just short of a plague of locusts. Come on, White House, get it together --- I don't know that the sequester is the best specific way to get this done either, and maybe defense-related spending is getting the short end of the stick, but not even the Department of Interior can manage their devastating, draconian budget cuts, really? It's almost like you're trying to...
  • Obama: 'You Can't Do Things By Yourself'

    02/26/2013 12:38:26 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 19 replies
    Obama: 'You Can't Do Things By Yourself' Daniel Halper February 26, 2013 2:36 PM President Obama said that "you can't do things by yourself" at a speech today in Virginia: "You know, the one thing about being president is, after four years, you get pretty humble. You'd think maybe you wouldn't but actually you become more humble--you realize what you don't know," Obama said. "You realize all the mistakes you made. But you also realize you can't do things by yourself. That's not how our system works. You've got to have the help and the goodwill of Congress, and what...
  • Illegal immigrants set free from detention centers as sequester approaches

    02/26/2013 12:26:25 PM PST · by yoe · 19 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | February 26, 2013 | Stephen Dinan
    The sequester is officially still three days away, but the Obama administration already is making the first cuts, with officials confirming that the (Homeland Security Department) already has released several hundred illegal immigrants from detention in order to save money. The move is proving controversial. Immigrant-rights groups say it shows the administration was detaining folks it never should have gone after in the first place, while Republicans questioned the decision-making.[snip] While being released from detention, the illegal immigrants are still subject to supervision — either by electronic device or by being required to check in with ICE by phone or...
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  • Twenty Years after the WTC Bombing

    02/26/2013 11:46:08 AM PST · by rmlew · 19 replies
    National Review ^ | February 26, 2013 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    Today is the 20th anniversary of the World Trade Center bombing. It also marks three weeks since the attempted murder of Lars Hedegaard, the intrepid Danish champion of free speech. These events are not unrelated. Back in 1993, there was a tireless effort to limn the WTC bombers as wanton killers. They were, we were to understand, bereft of any coherent belief system, unrepresentative of any mainstream construction of Islam. In reality, though, they were devout Muslim operatives who belonged to a jihadist cell formed in the New York area by Omar Abdel Rahman — whose notoriety as the shadowy...
  • Michelle Obama hideous Oscar dress cost tax payers nearly $9,000

    So not only did Michelle Obama hijack the Oscars, she stuck it (again) to the tax payers as-well. You’ll be happy to know that the cost of Michelle Obama’s hideous Oscar dress designed has an estimated price tag of $8,990.
  • Hagel the appeaser

    02/26/2013 11:40:06 AM PST · by Ooh-Ah · 4 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 02/26/2013 | Kenneth Timmerman
    At a 2006 conference in Washington, D.C., then-Senator Chuck Hagel laid out an appeasement policy that he claimed was the only sane option for the United States.The conference, hosted by the New America Foundation, was devoted primarily to Iran sanctions, which were coming before the U.S. Senate again the very next day for renewal.Sen. Hagel’s entire presentation was devoted to blasting the notion of sanctions and economic pressure as tools of diplomacy.“Great powers are secure enough to engage,” he said. “We need to engage Iran and Syria, and find those common denominators.”Sen. Hagel claimed that U.S. sanctions on Cuba were...
  • ABC broadcast edits out Michelle Obama claim that Chicago teen was killed by an ‘automatic weapon’

    02/26/2013 11:36:49 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 19 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 2/26/13 | Charlie Spiering
    In an interview with Good Morning America’s Robin Roberts aired this morning, First Lady Michelle Obama recalled the tragic death of 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton who was shot and killed in Chicago after performing during the President’s Inauguration celebration in Washington D.C. “She was caught in the line of fire because some kids had some automatic weapons they didn’t need,” the First Lady explained. “I just don’t want to keep disappointing our kids in this country. I want them to know that we put them first.” Chicago police reported, however, that Pendleton was shot by a man who “opened fire with...
  • Obama Releases ‘Waves’ of Illegal Aliens From Holding Centers

    02/26/2013 10:52:29 AM PST · by Nachum · 26 replies ^ | 2/26/13 | Jammie
    We suppose the “logic” behind this lunacy is the dreaded 2.3% federal budget cut coming our way this Friday. The only surprise is helpful Obama aides weren’t there to sign them up for driver’s licenses and EBT cards. They probably took care of that before releasing this wave of criminal upon unsuspecting Americans. The federal government released groups of illegal immigrants from custody across the country Monday at the same time the White House was making its case that impending budget cuts would harm efforts to protect the border and enforce federal immigration laws. Advocates reported “waves” of illegal immigrants...
  • U.S. Releases “Waves” of Illegal Immigrants from Custody

    02/26/2013 10:49:47 AM PST · by jazusamo · 4 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | February 26, 2013
    Never one to let a crisis go to waste, President Obama is using impending budget cuts to justify releasing “waves” of illegal immigrants from detention centers throughout the country. Groups of illegal aliens have been freed this week from facilities in Texas, Florida and Louisiana, according to a mainstream newspaper story that quotes advocates reporting “waves” being released. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) confirmed the secret liberation program, but wouldn’t say how many illegal immigrants were let go or what facilities they came from. One appreciative illegal immigrant, Manuel Perez, actually issued a statement after getting released from a...
  • Gov. Christie to announce expansion of Medicaid in budget speech, sources say

    02/26/2013 10:46:30 AM PST · by Perdogg · 36 replies
    Gov. Chris Christie will expand the state's Medicaid program to cover 300,000 uninsured New Jersey residents, The Star-Ledger learned today. The governor's new budget, which he plans to unveil at joint session of the Legislature this afternoon, also relies on state revenue growth of 4.9 percent and delays some property tax rebates for local taxpayers, according to three sources with knowledge of the budget plan who spoke on the condition of anonymity.
  • Sequester Means Bad News For Head Start Beneficiaries [Obama Loving Radio Station Fosters Panic]

    02/26/2013 10:45:52 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 34 replies
    WIOD ^ | 2/26/13
    The sequester is scheduled to take effect on Friday, and that means Florida stands to lose hundreds of millions of dollars in federal funding and 80,000 jobs. One program that will likely get slammed is Head Start, which provides early education and health services to tens of thousands of Florida children. About 2,700 of those kids will lose those benefits if the sequester kicks in. Dr. Daniel Armstrong, director of the Mailman Center for Child Development at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, says the sequester could have devastating consequences for the children being booted off the rolls....
  • A Presidency Without… Guts

    02/26/2013 10:38:34 AM PST · by smoothsailing · 2 replies
    National Review ^ | 2-26-2013 | Jim Geraghty
    A Presidency Without… Guts By Jim Geraghty February 26, 2013 11:08 A.M. So the secondhand tale of House Speaker John Boehner’s assessment that President Obama “can’t make a decision. He’s got balls made out of marshmallows” … has a certain precedent, as Exurban Jon reminds me:“If Hillary gave him [Obama] one of her balls, they’d both have two,” Democratic strategist James Carville told the Christian Science Monitor at a breakfast on Thursday morning.The editorial board of the Washington Post uses nicer language, but reaches the same conclusion: … why is Mr. Obama not leading the way to a solution? From...
  • Testimony: DHS No Longer Uses Control of Border as Measure of Border Patrol

    02/26/2013 10:36:08 AM PST · by Nachum · 13 replies
    CNS News ^ | 2/26/13 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    ( - The U.S. Department of Homeland Security no longer uses control of the actual border as a measure of how well the Border Patrol is doing its job, according to written testimony released today by the Government Accountability Office. The GAO said that by the end of fiscal 2010, the Border Patrol had been able secure “operational control” of only 44 percent of the U.S.-Mexico border. Then, with 56 percent of the border not under “operation control,” DHS simply stopped using “operational control” as a measure of the Border Patrol’s performance. Since then, DHS has counted the number of...
  • Marissa Mayer, Who Just Banned Working From Home, Paid To Have A Nursery Built At Her Office

    02/26/2013 10:31:10 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 76 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Feb. 25, 2013 | Nicholas Carlson
    Last Friday, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer banned employees from working remotely. Human resources boss Jackie Reses sent out a memo telling all remote employees that, by June, they needed to be working in Yahoo offices. This upset many employees – mothers in particular. -snip- Mayer – who had a baby last fall – is a working mother, but she's able to bring her kid to work. That's because when Mayer had her son last fall, she paid to have a nursery built in her office.
  • 'Obama To Tell Netanyahu US Gearing Up For Iran Strike'

    02/26/2013 7:48:41 AM PST · by Fennie · 37 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | February 25, 2013 | By Yifa Yaakov
    When he visits Israel next month, US President Barack Obama will tell Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that a "window of opportunity" for a military strike on Iran will open in June, according to an Israeli TV report Monday evening. Obama will come bearing the message that if diplomatic efforts and sanctions don't bear fruit, Israel should "sit tight" and let Washington take the stage, even if that means remaining on the sidelines during a US military operation, Channel 10 reported. Netanyahu will be asked to refrain from any military action and keep a low profile, avoiding even the mention of...