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  • Seconds from disaster... Moment tourists took to sky in Egypt hot air balloon before explosion

    02/26/2013 10:46:49 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 15 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | UPDATED: 20:55 EST, 26 February 2013 | By Martin Robinson, Jill Reilly, Anna Edwards and Christian Gysin
    Wednesday, Feb 27 2013 6AM  53°F 9AM 50°F 5-Day Forecast Seconds from disaster... Moment tourists took to sky in Egypt hot air balloon before explosion sent them plunging to earth, killing 19: First pictures of Brits on board fateful tour Incident was outside Luxor, close to the famous Valley of the KingsWitnesses heard an explosion, saw smoke and then it fell from the skyBritish artist Joe Bampton, his girlfriend Suzanna Gyetvai died in tragedyHospital receptionist Yvonne Rennie, from Scotland, also killed in blazeCasualties: British, French, Japanese and Chinese nationalsWitness: 'People were jumping from the height of a seven-storey building'The...
  • Republicans Supporting Gay Marriage Write Supreme Court Amicus Brief

    02/26/2013 10:32:14 PM PST · by Steelfish · 18 replies
    ABCNews ^ | February 26, 2013 | SHUSHANNAH WALSHE
    Republicans Supporting Gay Marriage Write Supreme Court Amicus Brief BY SHUSHANNAH WALSHE Feb. 26, 2013 The issue of same sex marriage is dividing the Republican Party as a group of more than 80 prominent members of the GOP ranging from Dick Cheney's daughter to four former governors have signed an amicus brief before the Supreme Court advocating for the legalization of gay marriage. One of the signers confirmed for ABC News the existence of the brief signed by the Republicans and said it would be submitted to the United States Supreme Court this week. The deadline to submit briefs is...
  • Rep. Ellison Calls Hannity 'Worst Excuse For a Journalist I've Ever Seen'

    02/26/2013 9:58:45 PM PST · by chessplayer · 72 replies
    Congressman Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) had an amazingly heated discussion with Fox News's Sean Hannity Tuesday evening. At the beginning of the six-minute slugfest, Ellison called his host "the worst excuse for a journalist I've ever seen" leading to a truly ugly encounter that culminated in Hannity ending the interview by saying to his guest, "You are a total waste of time"
  • REICH: Obama Needs To Confront The GOP's Bald-Faced Lies

    02/26/2013 9:51:27 PM PST · by blam · 38 replies
    TBI ^ | 2-26-2013 | Robert Reich
    REICH: Obama Needs To Confront The GOP's Bald-Faced Lies Robert Reich, ContributorFebruary 26, 2013, 7:20 PMPete Souza (Official White House Photograph) The White House apparently believes the best way to strengthen its hand in the upcoming “sequester” showdown with Republicans is to tell Americans how awful the spending cuts will be, and blame Republicans for them. It won’t work. These tactical messages are getting in the way of the larger truth, which the President must hammer home: The Republicans’ austerity economics and trickle-down economics are dangerous, bald-faced lies. Yes, the pending spending cuts will hurt. But even if some Americans...
  • Complaint filed in case of 6-year-old transgender girl

    02/26/2013 9:45:41 PM PST · by Washi · 111 replies
    Colorado Springs Gazette ^ | February 26, 2013 | Carol McGraw
    Six-year-old Coy Mathis explains her predicament in the simplest of terms: “I want to go to school. We play games at recess,” the first grader said Tuesday. But the transgender girl is being home schooled this semester because she has been denied access to the girls’ bathroom at Eagleside Elementary School in Fountain-Fort Carson School District 8, her parents say. New York-based Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund attorneys said they filed a complaint with the Colorado Civil Rights Division on behalf of her parents Kathryn and Jeremy Mathis, saying Coy has been discriminated against. Forcing Coy to use a...
  • First lady of publicity? Outcry over Michelle Obama´s FIVE television appearances in past two

    02/26/2013 9:26:55 PM PST · by Nachum · 44 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 2/26/13 | Beth Stebner
    The first lady has come under criticism for her recent media blitz, with some lambasting her for her unprecedented number of appearances on entertainment and programs. Michelle Obama has certainly made the rounds in the past week, from promoting an anti-obesity campaign with late night host Jimmy Fallon to her surprise Oscars appearance announcing the Best Picture winner. Critics complain that Mrs Obama is overstepping her reach and risks losing favor with the public for being overexposed.
  • Oakland Neighbors Policing Their Own Streets As They Lose Faith In Cops

    02/26/2013 9:10:45 PM PST · by 444Flyer · 25 replies
    CBS SF Bay Area ^ | 2-26-13 | Staff
    OAKLAND (KPIX 5) – Oakland’s crime problems have gotten so bad that some people aren’t even bothering to call the cops anymore; instead, they’re trying to solve and prevent crimes themselves. KPIX 5 cameras caught up with a half dozen neighbors in East Oakland’s Arcadia Park neighborhood Monday as they walked the streets on the lookout for crime. The vigilance has never seemed more necessary than now; 25 homes in the neighborhood have been burglarized over the last two months alone. In a neighborhood that has started to feel like the wild west, people have even started posting “wanted” signs.
  • J.P. Morgan Pulls Belt Tight- Biggest U.S. Bank by Assets Plans to Cut 17,000 Jobs as Trend

    02/26/2013 9:01:14 PM PST · by Nachum · 16 replies
    wsj ^ | 2/26/13 | DAN FITZPATRICK
    J.P. Morgan Chase JPM -0.21% & Co. stepped up the pace of bank cost cutting, setting plans to eliminate 17,000 jobs by the end of next year and reduce expenses by at least $1 billion annually. The move announced Tuesday by the New York company, the nation's most profitable bank in 2012 and the biggest U.S. lender by assets, will reduce its staff by 6.5% in one of the most aggressive reductions to date amid widespread financial-industry cutbacks.
  • Beer drinkers sue Anheuser-Busch InBev for watering down their beer

    02/26/2013 8:38:54 PM PST · by hoagy62 · 47 replies
    BBC Online ^ | 2/26/13 | BBC
    Beer drinkers in the US have filed a $5m lawsuit accusing Anheuser-Busch of watering down its beer. The lawsuits, filed in Pennsylvania, California and other states, claim consumers have been cheated out of the alcohol content stated on beer labels. The suit involves 10 Anheuser-Busch beers including Budweiser and Michelob. Anheuser-Busch InBev have called the claims "completely false", and said in a statement "our beers are in full compliance with labelling laws". The lawsuits are based on information from former employees at breweries owned by the multinational. "Our information comes from former employees at Anheuser-Busch, who have informed us that,...
  • Napolitano: These sequester cuts will make it tougher to secure the border and fight terrorism

    02/26/2013 7:38:44 PM PST · by chessplayer · 64 replies
    And there it is: The ultimate panic-inducing cherry on top of the sequester-scaremongering sundae. Apart from the devastating, eviscerating, meat-cleaving threats of flight delays, park closures, and whooping cough, the existential threat that is the dreaded sequesteration is going to make it much more difficult for the Department of Homeland Security to perform one of its primary functions: Thwarting terrorism. Via WaPo: Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano warned Monday that her agency would be forced to furlough 5,000 border control agents under mandatory spending cuts, likely allowing more illegal immigrants into the country and potentially compromising national security. Napolitano said...
  • Progressive Group Mounts Racist Attack Against Mitch McConnell’s Wife

    02/26/2013 7:28:56 PM PST · by Republican Wildcat · 19 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Feb. 26, 2013 | Mytheos Holt
    Liberals may often accuse conservatives of being racist for making particular criticisms of Obama, but at least one liberal group appears to be more than willing to delve into actual racism when it comes to opposing a prominent Republican. The hitch? They’re not attacking the politician himself in this case. They’re attacking his wife. The politician in question is Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who happens to be married to former Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao. Chao, who is ethnically Chinese, but was born in Thaiwan, has been a fairly quiet figure relative to McConnell and hasn’t been known...
  • Black Chamber Of Commerce President: Obama Doesn't Feel Our Pain, He Issues It (video)

    02/26/2013 7:26:50 PM PST · by i88schwartz · 10 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | February 26, 2013 | RealClearPolitics
    HANNITY: When you look at demographics, probably we spend too much time breaking things down demographically, we're all Americans, but, you look at the African-American community voted for him 95 plus percent, huge numbers. When you look and breakdown demographics, it's the young people in this country that voted for him in a majority of numbers. African-Americans, minorities, [seem] to be hurt the most by his policies. Why then would they vote for him? ALFORD: And they even know it. Ben Jealous of the NAACP admitted it on Meet the Press. We all know this misery, but it's something like,...
  • Sequester Slashes Spending by Nearly a Third, Warns Panicky Ed Schultz

    02/26/2013 7:26:13 PM PST · by chessplayer · 28 replies
    Fresh on the heels of his delusional claim that a tax hike isn't actually a tax hike, Schultz on his radio show yesterday insisted that sequestration due to start March 1 will gut federal spending by "damn near a third" when in fact the impact is around ... 2 percent.
  • Catholic Diocese of Phoenix opposes so-called 'Bathroom Bill'

    02/26/2013 7:19:48 PM PST · by originalbuckeye · 8 replies
    ABC15.com ^ | 2/25/13 | Stephanie Hockridge
    PHOENIX - A bill in front of the city council would change the non-discrimination law in Phoenix, protecting Gay, Lesbian, Bi-sexual and Transgender people. Essentially, the proposal prohibits discrimination in housing, employment and public accommodations, such as restaurants and hotels. But, opponents have dubbed it, the "Bathroom Bill", because, if approved, a man could follow a woman into the bathroom by claiming to be transgender. Supporters say they despise the nickname, claiming it's a fear-mongering lie created by critics of the bill. “They can swing this, that's why they do this because they know if they can get people to...
  • Mayor Bloomberg Goes Crazy

    02/26/2013 7:05:57 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 21 replies
    Last Resistance ^ | February 25, 2013 | Frank Camp
    Hunger is a force to be reckoned with; it is a motion that cannot be stopped unless it is quenched. But once hunger is sated, it comes again, often more urgently than before. This applies to hunger, in the typical sense, but also the hunger for life, money, faith and power. Once a taste is in your mouth, more is needed to fulfill you the following round. Mayor of New York City, Michael Bloomberg, has such a hunger. He has a complex need for power that doesn’t ever seem to be sated. This power hunger has reared it’s ugly head...
  • River Blindness Revealed in Urine

    02/26/2013 6:56:54 PM PST · by neverdem · 22 replies
    ScienceNOW ^ | 26 February 2013 | Kai Kupferschmidt
    Enlarge Image Blind spot. The parasitic worm Onchocerca volvulus (inset) can move to the eyes and cause blindness as in these two patients in Guinea-Bissau. Onchocerciasis is considered a neglected tropical disease. Credit: Harry Anenden/WHO; (inset) CDC A small parasitic worm is one of the leading causes of blindness in the world. But now researchers have discovered a molecule in the urine of African patients that could help diagnose those infected with the parasite and help eliminate the devastating disease known as river blindness. The illness, scientifically known as onchocerciasis, is caused by the parasitic worm Onchocerca volvulus. Black...
  • “…if that’s what you believe, then all of this talk of revolution suddenly doesn’t seem so crazy,

    02/26/2013 6:53:41 PM PST · by marktwain · 58 replies
    bob-owens.com ^ | 26 February, 2013 | Bob Owens
    For some reason, I just don’t get juiced by the idea of listening to an hour long podcast from an economist, but I’m glad that Ed Driscoll did. He transcribed the part where Glenn Reynolds, law professor at the University of Tennessee and blogger of Instapundit fame, dropped the boom on the socialist supporters of Georgetown law professor Louis Michael Seidman, who advocates giving up on the constitution. REYNOLDS: Here’s the problem with public officials — because that’s really [Seidman’s] audience — deciding to ignore the Constitution: If you’re the president, if you’re a member of Congress, if you are...
  • Bong Shop Sells Bath Salts to Dad's Son ... Watertown Father Smashes Up Shop, Pleads Guilty

    02/26/2013 6:53:39 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 23 replies
    Syracuse.com ^ | February 25, 2013 | John O'Brien
    Watertown father admits guilt for smashing up head shop Watertown, NY -- A Watertown man has pleaded guilty to a criminal charge for smashing up a head shop after his adult son overdosed on bath salts from the store. Dan Avery, 49, pleaded guilty Friday in Jefferson County Court to a misdemeanor charge of fourth-degree criminal mischief. He was sentenced to a one-year conditional discharge and ordered to pay $638 in restitution for the damage he did to Tebb's Headshop in Watertown. Avery was charged in July with a felony count of third-degree criminal mischief and criminal possession of a...
  • Help crash the offices of Graham and McCain

    02/26/2013 6:42:38 PM PST · by Baynative · 11 replies
    Today I heard the news that Lindsey Graham and John McCain had a private meeting with Barack Obama on immigration policy. I think everyone with a pulse knows that Obama sees this issue as a democrat voter registration drive. I'm asking your help! (see below)
  • WashPo’s Sally Quinn Admits Michelle Obama’s Oscar Appearance Was Propaganda

    02/26/2013 6:41:41 PM PST · by chessplayer · 5 replies
    The liberal media’s love affair with the Obamas appears to have reached a new climax following the first lady's appearance via satellite on the Academy Awards on February 24. Speaking on the O’Reilly Factor on February 25, the Washington Post’s Sally Quinn admitted that Michelle Obama’s Oscar appearance was, in Bill O’Reilly’s words, “Hollywood Left boosterism,” but gushed that it was a “brilliant idea.”
  • Jews of France flee to the U.K to escape anti Semitic attacks

    02/26/2013 6:32:38 PM PST · by Nachum · 24 replies
    Your Jewish News ^ | 2/26/13 | Shifra Unger
    The number of new faces seen every Shabbat in the synagogues of England, rose sharply in 2012, as French Jews are escaping a surge of anti Jewish attacks, according to press reports in the United Kingdom. The number of French Jews crossing the Channel to find a safe haven in the U.K. has increased as figures released this week showed a 58 percent increase in anti-Semitic incidents in France for 2012. Last week, the Chief Rabbi of the U.K., Lord Sacks, warned: "the position of the Jews in Europe today is very difficult. There are threats now to ritual circumcision...
  • Hagel Approved for Defense in Sharply Split Senate Vote

    02/26/2013 6:28:54 PM PST · by South40 · 65 replies
    NYTimes ^ | 2/26/2013 | JEREMY W. PETERS
    WASHINGTON — The Senate confirmed Chuck Hagel as defense secretary on Tuesday after he survived a bruising struggle with Republicans, while President Obama’s nominee to be Treasury secretary moved closer to approval with bipartisan support. The votes suggested that the Republican blockade against the administration’s second-term nominees was beginning to ease.
  • Muslims Behead Another Christian Pastor

    02/26/2013 6:27:11 PM PST · by Nachum · 12 replies
    Frontpage ^ | 2/26/13 | Raymond Ibrahim
    A Christian pastor was recently slaughtered in the Muslim-majority African nation of Tanzania. While butchering Christian minorities is becoming increasingly common in that part of the Muslim world, the context for this latest slaughter is somewhat different than the usual forms of Christian persecution under Islam—such as allegations of “blaspheming” the name of Muslim prophet Muhammad. And yet, as in most forms of modern-day Muslim attacks on Christians, it too fits patterns and precedents. On February 11, Pastor Mathayo Kachili of the Tanzania Assemblies of God Church was beheaded by Muslims. According to the report, a spokesperson from the local...
  • MILLER: ABC insists edit of Michelle Obama gun gaffe was 'for time'

    02/26/2013 6:21:46 PM PST · by marktwain · 15 replies
    washingtontimes.com ^ | 26 February, 2013 | Emily Miller
    ABC News edited out First Lady Michelle Obama saying that a Chicago teenager was killed with an “automatic weapon.” Hadiya Pendleton was allegedly shot by a gang member on probation for a weapons charge with a handgun, not a rifle, which would be semi-automatic (unless it was a revolver.) Robin Roberts got the first interview with Mrs. Obama since the inauguration in January, which she used to ask about gun-control efforts by President Obama. A spokesman for ABC News, Heather Riley, emailed me that, “The full story was posted to our website in advance of the interview being broadcast. The...
  • ABC defends editing Michelle Obama’s ‘automatic weapon’ claim

    02/26/2013 6:11:23 PM PST · by Nachum · 23 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 2/26/13 | Michal Conger
    ABC is defending its decision to edit out an apparently erroneous claim by Michelle Obama in its broadcast of the first lady’s interview on Good Morning America today, saying it made the changes “solely” for the sake of time. As The Washington Examiner reported this morning, the first lady claimed during an interview with Good Morning America’s Robin Roberts that 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton, who was killed in Chicago shortly after performing during the President’s Inauguration, was shot because “some kids had some automatic weapons they didn’t need.” In fact, Chicago Police reported Pendleton was shot by a man who “opened...
  • THE SAVAGE NATION!!!!!! 2-26-13

    02/26/2013 5:46:18 PM PST · by dynachrome · 8 replies
    www.michaelsavage.wnd.com ^ | 2-26-13 | Dr. Michael Savage
  • Charge dropped against 10-year-old who carried toy gun on school bus

    02/26/2013 5:33:32 PM PST · by eagleye85 · 18 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | February 26, 2013 | Donna St. George and Allison Klein
    Three weeks after a 10-year-old Alexandria boy was arrested for showing a toy gun to another student on a school bus, prosecutors dropped charges against the child Tuesday and his record was scrubbed clean. “We did not feel it was appropriate or productive to proceed with criminal prosecution and believe the matter can be best handled administratively within the school system,” said Alexandria Commonwealth’s Attorney S. Randolph Sengel. The child’s mother, Nakicha Gilbert, said that she was glad her son’s courtroom travails had ended but that “it should’ve never happened” in the first place. The fifth-grader at Douglas MacArthur Elementary...
  • India financed problems for Pakistan in Afghanistan, says US Defence Secretary nominee Chuck Hage

    02/26/2013 5:18:13 PM PST · by ravager · 9 replies
    NDTV ^ | February 27, 2013 00:03 IST | Mala Das
    New Delhi/Washington: India has sharply rejected that it "financed problems" in Afghanistan to create trouble for Pakistan, as alleged by Chuck Hagel, President Barack Obama's Defence Secretary nominee. Despite the controversy, the US Senate on Tuesday cleared the way for confirmation of Mr Hagel to be the US' next Defense Secretary. The confirmation is expected later in the day. "Senator Hagel's remarks are in sharp contrast to the viewpoint of the Obama Administration that has always been in praise of India's developmental role in Afghanistan and in fact has been pressing New Delhi to do more in Afghanistan," a statement...
  • Sure, the economy is creating jobs; guess where?

    02/26/2013 5:08:10 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/26/2013 | Erika Johnsen
    California Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration yucked it up when Texas Gov. Rick Perry offered an open invitation to California companies to come on down and check out the Lone Star state's business climate, chiding that maybe Texas should devote a little more of their time and resources to fixing their own domestic troubles and claiming that California is doing just fine in terms of job creation.But in Forbes' latest survey of The Best Cities for Good Jobs, Texas totally spanked California, snagging the top four spots and five out of the top six, while only San Francisco managed to take...
  • US defence secretary nominee backs Pakistan against India

    02/26/2013 5:06:48 PM PST · by ravager · 17 replies
    The Times of India ^ | Feb 27, 2013, 01.06 AM IST | Chidanand Rajghatta
    WASHINGTON: American conservatives trying to torpedo the confirmation of Senator Chuck Hagel, President Obama's nominee for US defence secretary, have pulled out an "India card". Hagel has been accused of fingering India for its alleged disruptive role against Pakistan in Afghanistan. A shocked New Delhi, which sees Hagel as a friend, angrily denied any suggestion that India is a troublemaker in the region. The provocative remark, in which Senator Hagel accuses New Delhi of "financing problems" for Pakistan in Afghanistan, was dredged out by a conservative publication on the eve of his confirmation hearing which his former Republican colleagues have...
  • Alabama City Considering Ordinance to Disarm Citizens During Natural Disasters (VIDEO)

    02/26/2013 4:59:38 PM PST · by EXCH54FE · 30 replies
    Guns. com ^ | Feb 26, 2013 | S.H. Blannelberry
    An Alabama city is considering an ordinance that would allow law enforcement to disarm citizens who appear to be acting “unruly” during a natural disaster or statewide crisis. Guntersville Mayor Leigh Dollar spoke to local news affiliate ABC 31 about the impetus behind what’s been described as the ‘emergency powers resolution.’ “We are not trying to infringe upon anyone constitutional rights whatsoever. It’s just to protect the workers working out there in a disaster,” Dollar said. In April of 2011, the city was hit by tornadoes causing lawmakers to rethink the way in which power is delegated during a state...
  • Warming climate could mean bigger blizzards, less snow

    02/26/2013 4:56:52 PM PST · by tobyhill · 44 replies
    cnn ^ | 2/26/2013 | Matt Smith and Brandon Miller
    OK, go ahead and get the "Where's my global warming?" jokes out of your system. With the U.S. Midwest trudging through its second blizzard in a week, we understand. But while it may seem contradictory at first, scientists say bigger blizzards fit the pattern they expect to see from a changing climate. The immediate meteorological cause of the back-to-back snowstorms is a colder-than-normal mass of air that's been hovering over the central United States, combined with an amped-up jet stream that's been dipping south from Canada. That makes conditions ripe for major snowstorms after a warmer-than-normal January for most of...
  • 9-year old rapper's adult-themed videos prompt state probe

    02/26/2013 4:27:46 PM PST · by Bon of Babble · 11 replies
    CNN ^ | Feb 26, 2013 | Dominique Debucquoy-Dodley
    (CNN) -- A 9-year-old rapper's adult-themed music videos are finding some new viewers -- Massachusetts child welfare authorities. The child, Luie Rivera Jr., whose stage name is "Lil Poopy," is seen in videos posted online, including on YouTube, smacking a woman's backside, flashing wads of cash, riding in a Ferrari and rapping about how "coke is not a bad word."
  • Italy election: Europe jitters over result deadlock

    02/26/2013 6:28:16 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    BBC ^ | 02/26/2013
    European politicians and markets have reacted anxiously after Italy's general election produced a stalemate between centre-right and centre-left blocs. France and Germany urged continued reform, while Spain described the result as a "jump to nowhere". Italian markets fell sharply while others in Europe and around the world opened down. Centre-right leader Silvio Berlusconi said fresh elections should be avoided, and called for a period of reflection. The BBC's Alan Johnston in Rome says he was hinting at the possibility of considering what would be a very awkward alliance with his opponents on the centre-left. With all domestic votes counted, Pier...
  • Chicago cops' 'racist' brochure depicts African Americans as junkie character Tyrone Biggums

    02/26/2013 4:16:45 PM PST · by Bon of Babble · 12 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | Feb. 26, 2013 | Associated Press Reporter
    The North Chicago Police Department has been accused of racism after it published an academy brochure apparently peppered with stereotypes of African-Americans - including a picture of comedian Dave Chapelle's junkie alter-ego Tyrone Biggums. There is even a page with a picture of Chappelle appearing as the stumbling drug addict he created for his Comedy Central show, with another man portrayed as bug-eyed and slack-jawed in a mug shot.
  • Post-Pew Poll: Nobody knows anything about sequestration

    02/26/2013 4:16:09 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/26/2013 | Mary Katherine Ham
    Americans aren't really sure what's going on, but they're pretty sure it's a big deal. Not only are most people paying very little attention to the sequester, they also have only the faintest sense of what it would do. Less than one in five (18 percent) in the Post-Pew poll say they understand “very well” what would happen if the sequester went into effect.Those remarkably low numbers come despite the fact that the debate over the sequester has dominated Washington for much of the last month and, in the past week or so, President Obama has cranked up the direness...
  • Obama’s first sequester move: Releasing “waves” of illegal immigrants from detention centers

    02/26/2013 4:10:54 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/26/2013 | AllahPundit
    C’mon. What's his next move, ordering the Border Patrol to stand down because he supposedly can't afford to pay them? Oh, right. That is his next move.This makes me more enthusiastic about the sequester, just because now I'm curious to see how derelict he's willing to be in his duties to in the name of putting political pressure on the GOP. Next up: Suspending TSA checkpoints at America's airports, maybe? Where else is he going to find two percent savings in three-plus trillion in spending? In a highly unusual move, federal immigration officials have released hundreds of detainees from immigration...
  • Detained immigrants released; officials cite sequester cuts (Sequester hasn't even happened yet)

    02/26/2013 3:45:06 PM PST · by tobyhill · 8 replies
    la times ^ | 2/26/2013 | Kathleen Hennessey
    Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials have released “several hundred” immigrants from deportation centers across the country, saying the move is an effort to cut costs ahead of budget cuts due to hit later this week. Announcing the news Tuesday, ICE officials said that the immigrants were released under supervision and continue to face deportation. After reviewing hundreds of cases, those released were considered low-risk and “noncriminal,” officials said. The releases took place over the last week and were an effort “to ensure detention levels stay within ICE's current budget,” said ICE spokeswoman Gillian Christiansen, citing uncertainty caused by a budget...
  • Black Chamber of Commerce CEO on Obama: ‘I had hopes because he was black, shame on me’ [VIDEO]

    02/26/2013 3:44:26 PM PST · by lowbridge · 36 replies
    http://dailycaller.com ^ | february 25, 2013 | Nicholas Ballasy
    National Black Chamber of Commerce president and CEO Harry C. Alford told The Daily Caller that he ”ignored” President Obama’s “spread the wealth” comment in 2008 and “had hopes” for him “because he was black.” “I don’t really support him too well and he knows it and that’s a badge of honor. He’s bad. He’s bad and I supported him. I voted for him the first time around. I had hopes because he was black. Shame on me,” Alford told TheDC at the National Press Club after an anti-gun control news conference. “Then when he started doing all these executive...
  • Obama: U.S. now has the defense secretary it needs

    02/26/2013 3:38:15 PM PST · by Nachum · 51 replies
    Politico ^ | 2/26/13 | DONOVAN SLACK
    President Barack Obama said Tuesday that the nation will now have the defense secretary it needs. "With the bipartisan confirmation of Chuck Hagel as our next Secretary of Defense, we will have the defense secretary our nation needs and the leader our troops deserve," he said in a statement. "From the moment he volunteered for military service in Vietnam, Chuck has devoted his life to keeping America secure and our armed forces strong. An American patriot who fought and bled for our country, he understands our sacred obligations to our service members, military families and veterans.
  • Republicans to Obama: Quit campaigning, spending cuts 'are going to happen'

    02/26/2013 3:36:07 PM PST · by tobyhill · 9 replies
    fox news ^ | 2/26/2013 | fox news
    President Obama took his campaign to warn about looming spending cuts on the road Tuesday, using a Virginia shipyard as a backdrop to his message that Congress' failure to act will cost jobs. But back in Washington, Republicans said the president's theatrics aren't doing any good -- and that the American people would be better served if Obama worked with Congress on a viable alternative. "The spending cuts are going to happen and the option now for the president is, do you want to work for a different way for these savings to be achieved?" Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., said....
  • Biden to address AIPAC conference

    02/26/2013 3:31:17 PM PST · by Nachum · 3 replies
    Jpost.com ^ | 2/26/13 | By HILARY LEILA KRIEGER, JPOST CORRESPONDENT
    WASHINGTON -- US Vice President Joe Biden will address the American Israel Public Affairs Committee's annual conference opening this weekend, according to AIPAC officials. Biden will be the highest-ranking representative of the government to participate in the three-day convention, but several other legislative leaders are also slated to address the gathering, including House Majority Leader Eric Cantor and House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, who is still working on forming a governing coalition and will be receiving US President Barack Obama in Israel later in the month, will not be in attendance. But he will address the...
  • Rand Paul Explains His Surprise Vote For Chuck Hagel (1 of only 4 Republicans to vote for)

    02/26/2013 3:29:41 PM PST · by Corporate Democrat · 124 replies
    Buzzfeed ^ | Feb 26, 2013 | Rosie Gray
    WASHINGTON — Kentucky Senator Rand Paul said his support for a filibuster against Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel never meant that he would vote against Hagel's confirmation. "I voted no because I wanted more information and I think that part of what the Senate does is try to get information about the nominees," Paul told reporters in the basement of the Capitol after Hagel's confirmation Tuesday. "I've said all along that I give the president some prerogative in choosing his political appointees." "There are many things I disagree with Chuck Hagel on, there are many things I disagree with John Kerry...
  • Challenge: $25 to Keep it ALIVE and to GIT-R-DONE! FReepathon Thread XXVIII

    02/26/2013 3:06:43 PM PST · by onyx · 239 replies
    $25 - Keep it ALIVE to GIT-R-DONE! Ideally, FR needs Every Regular User and Member to Contribute. Please Don't let the Same Loyal Members Carry Everyone! If you haven't yet Contributed, Please Don't Delay!!!
  • Humanitarian Malfeasance (UN is responsible for killing more than 8,000 Haitians since 2010.)

    02/26/2013 3:18:06 PM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 7 replies
    Salon ^ | 02/25/2013 | Jonathan M. Katz
    International affairs can be complicated, but sometimes a case comes along that’s so simple it’s almost absurd. In 2010, the United Nations made a horrendous mistake that, so far, has claimed more than 8,000 lives. Its officials tried to cover it up. When the evidence came out anyway, lawyers for victims’ families petitioned the U.N. to end the crisis, pay damages, and apologize. For a year and a half, the world’s leading humanitarian organization said nothing. Then, last week, it threw out the case, saying, “The claims are not receivable.” The background should be well-known by now. But despite the...
  • Senate approves Hagel as new secretary of defense

    02/26/2013 3:08:11 PM PST · by NoLibZone · 36 replies
    Reuters ^ | 2-26-13 | Reuters
    By Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON | Tue Feb 26, 2013 5:47pm EST (Reuters) - The Senate on Tuesday confirmed Chuck Hagel as President Barack Obama's new secretary of defense, ending an unusually acrimonious confirmation fight. The Senate voted 58-41 to confirm the former Republican senator as the civilian leader of the Pentagon in a largely party line vote. Just four Republicans joined the Democrats and independents in support of Hagel's nomination. The Senate had voted earlier on Tuesday to end debate and move forward, almost two weeks after Republicans launched a filibuster to block Hagel's nomination. It was the first time...
  • Hagel wins confirmation to lead Pentagon (Cochran, Johanns Shelby, Paul voted YES)

    02/26/2013 2:49:51 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 98 replies
    Wash Post ^ | 2/26/13 | Paul Kane
    Chuck Hagel won confirmation Tuesday to become defense secretary over objections to his views on Middle East security and the administration’s handling of an attack on a U.S. consulate in Libya. On a 58 to 41 vote, the Senate confirmed the former GOP senator as four Republicans joined 54 Democrats in approving Hagel, ending a nearly two-month battle that included an unprecedented filibuster against the nominee. The four Republican senators voting in favor were Thad Cochran (Miss.), Mike Johanns (Neb.), Richard C. Shelby (Ala.) and Rand Paul (Ky.). All 41 no votes came from Republicans. The vote marked a foreign...
  • Knesset Member: Bring Obama to Hevron

    02/26/2013 2:32:04 PM PST · by Former Fetus · 5 replies
    In her first speech as a Knesset member Tuesday, MK Orit Strook (Jewish Home) insisted that U.S. President Barack H. Obama be brought to Hevron when he visits Israel next month. Only then, Strook said, would Obama be able to appreciate what the Land of Israel means to the Jewish people. "It would be a good idea to take President Obama not just to Mount Herzl and Yad Vashem, but also - actually, mainly - to the Machpelah Cave in Hevron," Strook said. "We would explain to him that the Land of Israel is not just a refuge for Holocaust...
  • Private Insurance but Government Control

    02/26/2013 2:28:16 PM PST · by jazusamo · 17 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | February 27, 2013 | Betsy McCaughey/Liberty Belle
    If you think the Obama health law won't affect you because you have private insurance, keep reading. The Department of Health and Human Services announced final rules for private insurance last week. The federal government will have control over your care. Sec. 1311 of the law empowers the Secretary of Health and Human Services to dictate how doctors treat privately insured patients and what questions patients must be asked. Your doctor will enter your information into an electronic database; your doctor's decisions will be monitored for compliance with federal guidelines, and your doctor may have to choose between what is...
  • World Powers to Present Iran with 'Good' Offer

    02/26/2013 2:23:57 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 12 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 26/2/13 | Elad Benari
    World powers will present Iran with an updated and "good" offer at talks this week on its nuclear program, an EU official said Monday, although hopes for a breakthrough appear slim, AFP reports. Talks aimed at curbing Tehran's nuclear drive start Tuesday in Kazakhstan, with the so-called P5+1 represented by the European Union sitting down with an Iranian team led by negotiator Saeed Jalili. "We have prepared a good and updated offer for the talks, which we believe is balanced and a fair basis for constructive talks," said the spokesman for EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, according to AFP....