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  • Hamas Wartime Rockets Missed US Anti-Iranian Missile Radar Near Beersheba (Iran Attack Orders)

    01/26/2009 12:41:19 PM PST · by lewisglad · 2 replies · 673+ views
    Debkafiles ^ | January 26, 2009, 6:05 PM (GMT+02:00)
    Following orders from Tehran, the Palestinian Hamas used the cover of the 22-day Gaza conflict to aim rockets at the American Forward-Based X-band Transportable (FBX-T) anti-missile radar system lodged at Israel's big Nevatim air base east of the Negev capital Beersheba. Destruction of the FBX-T, which was installed last November to intercept incoming Iranian Shehab-3 ballistic missiles, would have crowned Hamas' offensive with success. Jan. 18, two days before joining Israel's unilateral ceasefire, Hamas tried to hit the American facility with a salvo of 3 Grad rockets. They missed their aim, landing on empty ground west of Beersheba, without triggering...
  • A Question of Torture

    01/22/2009 11:55:46 AM PST · by bs9021 · 1 replies · 301+ views
    Campus Report ^ | January 22, 2009 | Bethany Stotts
    A Question of Torture by: Bethany Stotts, January 22, 2009 Barack Obama’s recent nominations to the Department of Justice's Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) and other pressures have led some media organizations to question whether an executive order against torture may be one of the new president’s initial policies. The National Religious Campaign Against Torture (NRCAT) launched a campaign to pressure President Obama to issue an executive order (EO) to countermand George W. Bush’s EO 13440 by January 20th; with no EO, the coalition is now counting the days until it’s issued. And the Obama team is paying attention. As...
  • Caption this

    01/21/2009 3:51:46 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 13 replies · 1,070+ views
  • Barack Obama inauguration: this Emperor has no clothes, it will all end in tears

    01/21/2009 4:04:03 AM PST · by GVnana · 69 replies · 3,914+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 1/20/2009 | Gerald Warner
    This will end in tears. The Obama hysteria is not merely embarrassing to witness, it is itself contributory to the scale of the disaster that is coming. What we are experiencing, in the deepening days of a global depression, is the desperate suspension of disbelief by people of intelligence - la trahison des clercs - in a pathetic effort to hypnotise themselves into the delusion that it will be all right on the night. It will not be all right. We have been here before. In the spring of 1997, to be precise, when a charismatic, young prime minister entered...
  • Regulators Ordered to Leave Work Unfinished

    01/21/2009 1:05:33 AM PST · by malkee · 5 replies · 964+ views
    Washington Post ^ | Wednesday, January 21, 2009; Page A02 | Amy Goldstein
    In its first hours, the Obama administration took an initial step to put its imprint on the government, ordering work halted on all federal regulations left unfinished at the end of the Bush era until they can be reviewed by the new president's team. White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel dispatched a memo yesterday afternoon to federal agencies and departments, directing them to stop pending rules until the new administration has time to conduct a "legal and policy review" of each one. The directive has become a first-day tradition among presidents, dating to Ronald Reagan in 1981, helping incoming...
  • A record crowd for inauguration? Hard to say

    01/21/2009 12:28:51 AM PST · by malkee · 22 replies · 1,619+ views
    L A Times ^ | Jan 20, 2009 | Noam N. Levey
    Reporting from Washington -- More than 1 million spectators convened on the National Mall to watch Barack Obama take the oath of office Tuesday, but it was unclear if the crowd surpassed the record thought to have been set at Lyndon B. Johnson's 1965 inauguration. Though early estimates ranged as high as 2 million people, satellite images of Obama's swearing-in suggested the crowd was probably about half that, said Clark McPhail, who has been analyzing crowds on the National Mall since the 1960s.
  • Baucus introduces SCHIP bill, sets markup

    01/13/2009 12:00:09 PM PST · by Badabing Badablonde · 6 replies · 607+ views
    The Hill ^ | 1/13/09 | Jeffrey Young
    The Senate Finance Committee will consider legislation to extend and expand the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) on Thursday, Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) announced Tuesday. Congressional action on the popular SCHIP measure, which passed Congress with bipartisan votes twice in 2007 but died under President Bush’s veto pen, would give the incoming Obama administration a quick victory on healthcare, one of its major priorities. Passing an SCHIP expansion also would stand as a down payment on the comprehensive health reform effort promised by President-elect Obama. Baucus said he expects the measure to be debated on the Senate floor before...
  • Senators Raise Questions About Geithner's Nomination at Treasury (housekeeper, taxes)

    01/13/2009 11:54:52 AM PST · by abb · 43 replies · 2,269+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | January 13, 2009 | JONATHAN WEISMAN
    <p>Sen. Charles E. Grassley, ranking Republican on the Senate Finance Committee, is raising questions about a housekeeper that worked briefly for Treasury Secretary-nominee Timothy Geithner without proper immigration papers, and multiple years when Mr. Geithner didn't pay Social Security and Medicare taxes for himself.</p>
  • Obama to help Mexico cut drug violence

    01/13/2009 11:00:00 AM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 38 replies · 1,063+ views
    San Antonio Express-News ^ | 01/13/2009 | Dudley Althaus
    WASHINGTON — President-elect Barack Obama promised visiting Mexican President Felipe Calderón during a 90-minute summit Monday that the incoming administration would take stronger action to stem the flow of assault-style weapons smuggled from Texas to drug lords in Mexico. Obama, outlining his plans for U.S.-Mexico relations in detail for the first time, vowed to find ways to collaborate more effectively with Mexico to reduce drug-related violence, including weapons bought in U.S. cities used to cut down Mexican troops and police, said his press secretary, Robert Gibbs. Obama applauded the steps taken by Calderón to improve security in Mexico, Gibbs said,...
  • Ossama hair salon changes name to Obama

    01/13/2009 10:26:44 AM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 13 replies · 613+ views
    Associated Press ^ | January 12, 2009
    CHICAGO (AP) - Thanks to a well-placed letter B, things are looking up for the Chicago hair salon formerly known as Ossama's. Owner Mike Elsheikh said he's already seen business improve in the two weeks since he unveiled the name change from Ossama's Hair Design to Obama's Hair Design.
  • How Conservatives Should Celebrate the Inauguration

    01/20/2009 9:07:26 PM PST · by Jacob Kell · 82 replies · 1,680+ views
    FrontPagemagazine.com ^ | Tuesday, January 20, 2009 | David Horowitz
    "If there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is a place where all things are possible; who still wonders if the dream of our founders is alive in our time; who still questions the power of our democracy, tonight is your answer." - Barack Obama, Victory Speech, November 4, 2008 Yesterday was Martin Luther King's birthday, which is America's only national holiday to honor an American citizen. The day before, which was Sunday, the incoming Obama administration staged an Inauguration Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial around the theme "We Are One," which was also the theme of...
  • Bernanke: Obama stimulus would lift economy (but other steps needed to stabilize financial system)

    01/13/2009 9:04:02 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 20 replies · 934+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 1/13/09 | Jeannine Aversa and Jane Wardell - ap
    LONDON – Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said Tuesday the stimulus package being crafted by President-elect Barack Obama and Congress could provide a "significant boost" to the sinking economy. But he warned that such a recovery won't last unless other steps are taken to stabilize the shaky financial system. Although Bernanke has previously endorsed the notion for a fresh round of government stimulus to lift the country out of a recession, it marked the first time the Fed chief has referenced the roughly $800 billion recovery plan now being worked on by Obama, who takes office next week. Obama envisions...
  • Bambi in the Spotlight: Decides not to Decide

    01/13/2009 7:50:34 AM PST · by clyde_m · 5 replies · 549+ views
    Patriot Room ^ | January 13, 2009 | Clyde Middleton
    This article on approving troop increases in Afghanistan gives insight consistent with Bambi's career: Make a decision that leaves every possible option open. In the past, his voting "present" is matched in number only by his statements that begin with "I was the first to say" or "I've been saying for [insert feel-good number] months" followed by any topic which feeds his a fraction of his base. His history is one of avoiding action on the difficult issues while saying the words people want to hear. His voting record shows very little imagination or defiance against the party line.
  • Alan Keys Speaks on the Obama Birth Certificate Issue

    01/13/2009 7:34:09 AM PST · by Sorry screen name in use · 61 replies · 5,683+ views
    The Daily Digest ^ | 1/12/09 | Allan Keys
    Alan Keys Speaks on the Obama Birth Certificate Issue..
  • Obama learns fast that Dems are hard to herd

    01/13/2009 7:27:34 AM PST · by thecodont · 41 replies · 1,504+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle / SFGate.com ^ | Tuesday, January 13, 2009 | Zachary Coile, Chronicle Washington Bureau
    (01-13) 04:00 PST Washington -- Even before Barack Obama is sworn in as president, some cracks are appearing in the alliance between the incoming administration and its Democratic allies in Congress. Top lawmakers are questioning details of the president-elect's nearly $1 trillion economic stimulus plan. And while Obama wants Congress to release the second half of the $700 billion financial rescue program, House Democrats are insisting on voting on legislation this week setting restrictions on how his administration can use the money. Behind the scenes, Obama's aides and congressional leaders are coordinating their moves closely. But publicly, lawmakers are seeking...
  • Democrats Rush Holder Confirmation

    01/13/2009 6:56:10 AM PST · by 2nd amendment mama · 71 replies · 2,101+ views
    HumanEvents.com ^ | 1/13/2009 | Connie Hair
    In two days, Sen. Pat Leahy (D-Vt.) will begin the Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing on Eric Holder, former Clinton deputy attorney general who is President-elect Barack Obama’s highly controversial nominee to the office of Attorney General. Holder, best known for playing a major role in the Clinton pardon of fugitive financier Marc Rich, will face skeptical Republicans, including ranking Republican Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.). Specter has run into a Leahy roadblock in his attempts to get some of the background documents on the nomination. Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy has refused to sign off on document requests by Republicans...
  • Why Obama's "make work" projects will be cheered by illegal aliens

    01/13/2009 5:31:43 AM PST · by jmaroneps37 · 22 replies · 1,086+ views
    The Collins Report ^ | Jan. 13, 2009 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    Last November Barack Obama outlined his “back to the thirties” major infrastructure plan. He talked about a two year program of rebuilding “crumbling roads and bridges, modernizing schools building wind farms and so on. You get the picture. That sounds nice but what’s Obama really going to accomplish? This ridiculous boondoggle will cost ONE TRILLION DOLLARS! We’ve already spent half of the seven hundred billion dollars of the so-called bailout fund, and have virtually NOTHING to show for it. We don’t even know where the money has gone! What could possibly make Obama think plunging America deeper into debt by...
  • Radical Islamic Networks in America--And what the Obama administration has to do about them.

    01/13/2009 5:22:04 AM PST · by SJackson · 6 replies · 796+ views
    Radical Islamic Networks in America   By Jamie GlazovFrontPageMagazine.com | Tuesday, January 13, 2009 Frontpage Interview’s guest today is Ryan Mauro, the founder of WorldThreats.com. He is currently a national security researcher for the Christian Action Network and a researcher for the Reform Party of Syria. A  frequent guest on radio and TV programs, he is the author of Death to America: The Unreported Battle of Iraq. He can be contacted at TDCAnalyst@aol.com. FP: Ryan Mauro, welcome to Frontpage Interview.Mauro: Thank you.FP: I’d like to talk to you today about radical Islamic networks that exist in the U.S. Tell us...
  • Obama discusses energy, climate change with president of Mexico

    01/13/2009 5:06:12 AM PST · by thackney · 8 replies · 597+ views
    Platts ^ | 12 Jan 09 | Brian Hansen
    US President-elect Barack Obama met privately Monday with Mexico President Felipe Calderon to discuss energy policy, global climate change and a host of other issues. Speaking to reporters after the closed-door meeting at the Mexican Cultural Institute in Washington, Obama praised Calderon for the "leadership" he has shown on energy issues. He did not elaborate. Obama also sounded a somewhat dire warning about the need to reduce industrial greenhouse gas emissions, saying, "I believe that the future of the economy is going to rest on how we're able to adapt to a potential crisis with climate change." He has called...
  • Quit Digging

    01/13/2009 4:56:08 AM PST · by Kaslin · 30 replies · 1,183+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | January 13, 2009 | Mona Charen
    My city, Washington, D.C., is going bonkers for Obama. So is yours no doubt. Shopping for party favors, I came across -- in addition to key chains and light-up necklaces -- T-shirts and coffee mugs emblazoned with the Anointed One's photograph. Jan. 12's Washington Post carries a story about Obama attorney Greg Craig. He took the job imagining he'd be confronting knotty separation of powers issues. And he may. But for now, he's "charged with stopping the commercial exploitation of his client's image -- the Obama can openers, Obama chocolate chip cookies, Obama chocolate bars and the like now on...
  • Obama Shelves Jobs-Credit Proposal

    01/13/2009 4:20:46 AM PST · by Virginia Ridgerunner · 10 replies · 812+ views
    Washington Post ^ | January 13, 2009 | Shailagh Murray
    Bowing to widespread Democratic skepticism, President-elect Barack Obama will drop his bid to include a business tax break he once touted in the economic stimulus bill now taking shape on Capitol Hill, aides said last night. Obama suggested the $3,000-per-job credit last week as one of five individual and business tax incentives aimed at winning Republican support. He proposed $300 billion in tax relief in a bill that could reach $775 billion, and he resurrected the jobs-credit proposal from the campaign trail as one of his main provisions. (snip) "We've always said we're open to other ideas. This was never...
  • Sun-Times: Journalists Being Shut Out by Obama

    According to Sun-Times columnist and long-time Chicago journalist, Carol Marin, journalists at Barack Obama news conferences have come to realize that Obama has pre-picked those journalists whom he will allow to ask him questions at the conference and many of them now "don't even bother raising" their hands to be called upon.
  • The Cult of...Obama

    01/12/2009 9:10:25 PM PST · by bloodmeridian · 4 replies · 704+ views
    Feed Your ADHD ^ | 1/13/2009 | Dr. Dave
    One of these day's I'll have to find other subject matter to write about, but stupidity isn't particular. Here we have "larger than life art," according to our giddy narrator, from Chicago elementary school kids, bringing this sky-view image of Barack Obama to life. See video here:
  • Opinion: Chambers: It's time to broadband the economy

    01/12/2009 9:05:42 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 5 replies · 532+ views
    siliconvalley.com ^ | 01/10/2009 | John T. Chambers
    President-elect Barack Obama's ambitious economic recovery plan has a goal to create 3 million American jobs in the next two years. Broadband is a part of the answer. Broadband has the potential to transform our country. It will create jobs in the growth sectors of our economy — jobs that are driving the collaboration and interaction economy. Obama deserves our full support as he looks to revitalize our economy. An economic stimulus package that focuses on infrastructure must put America's broadband infrastructure at the head of the list. We have the opportunity to bring broadband to those who do not...
  • Caption Rahm Emanuel making a fool of himself

    01/20/2009 9:55:50 AM PST · by Crazieman · 43 replies · 5,840+ views
  • Immigration Advocates Call On Obama For Reform

    01/12/2009 8:19:25 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 21 replies · 1,024+ views
    ny1.com ^ | January 11, 2009 | Grace Rauh
    They lined up at the polls, helping propel President-elect Obama to victory. Now immigrants are calling on him to act quickly and issue an executive order stopping immigration raids and the deportation of illegal immigrants. "This is the moment. He has to show leadership in a very courageous way," said Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez (D-Brooklyn, Manhattan). The message was loud and clear at the Harlem church, where elected officials, clergy and immigrants filled the pews.
  • Wal-mart Ammo Stock Dwindling

    01/12/2009 8:04:08 PM PST · by George from New England · 104 replies · 7,600+ views
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    Wal-mart Ammo Stock is not being replenished from their warehouse. Is seems that corporate Wal-mart does not want to have it's warehouse stocked with new ammunition merchandise after Obama takes office. If Obama issues an executive order halting, restricting, or banning ammo sales, wal-mart and other retailers maybe left with stock they cannot sell at retail or return to their supplier.
  • Gerberding’s CDC legacy debated

    01/12/2009 8:01:38 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 3 replies · 391+ views
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | Sunday, January 11, 2009 | Craig Schneider, Jeffry Scott
    Director draws praise, criticism from observersSince President-elect Barack Obama accepted the resignation of the head of the nation’s leading public health agency last week, her admirers and detractors have been arguing about her legacy and the future of the Atlanta-based research facility. During Dr. Julie Gerberding’s six years directing the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, critics lambasted her, accusing her of sacrificing science for politics and carrying the Bush agenda on global warming and other issues into the world of scientific research. Her defenders countered that she kept the agency above political concerns and expanded its mission to include...
  • Emancipation Proclamation for the Unborn

    01/12/2009 7:54:37 PM PST · by Keli Kilohana · 13 replies · 846+ views
    Vanity | 1/12/09 | Pastor Terry Hagedorn
    To the Editor: Soon, Barack Hussein Obama, the first black American President, will be inaugurated as the President of the USA. This will be done as he takes the oath of office on the day after Martin Luther King Day by placing his hand on the Bible used at Abraham Lincoln's inauguration! The only thing that could make this historic event more momentous would be for Mr. Obama to issue an Emancipation Proclamation for the Unborn. The unborn are the last minority group of people in America who are treated as subhuman chattel to be murdered in evil ways that...
  • Obama: 9-11 happened because al-Qaida lacks 'empathy' Senator lectures U.S. military

    01/12/2009 7:47:45 PM PST · by Steelfish · 62 replies · 1,851+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | January 13, 2009
    Obama: 9-11 happened because al-Qaida lacks 'empathy' Senator lectures U.S. military, blames terror on 'poverty, ignorance, despair' By Aaron Klein © 2009 WorldNetDaily JERUSALEM – The 9-11 attacks were carried out because of a lack of "empathy" for others' suffering on the part of al-Qaida, whose terrorist ideology "grows out of a climate of poverty and ignorance, helplessness and despair," Sen. Barack Obama explained in largely unreported comments eight days after the mega-terror attacks that rocked the nation. Obama went on to imply the September 11th attacks were in part a result of U.S. policy, lecturing the American military to...
  • Obama 'Collector's Vault' Is a Scrapbook of the 44th President's Life and Campaign (crazy)

    01/12/2009 7:24:43 PM PST · by FreeAtlanta · 11 replies · 1,293+ views
    ATLANTA, Jan. 12 /PRNewswire/ --Whitman Publishing, LLC, has released a hands-on "Collector's Vault" honoring Barack Obama's life and historic presidential campaign. The 144-page coffee table book is a combination history, scrapbook, and photo album, packed with souvenir replicas such as buttons, posters, campaign staff passes, and tickets. (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20090112/CLM078 ) The Obama Collector's Vault debuts nationwide at Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, Costco, Sam's Club, Wal-Mart and other book outlets Tuesday, January 13. It is also available at www.WhitmanBooks.com, or by calling 1-800-546-2995. Written by political veteran Avery Krut, the $49.95 book covers every aspect of Barack Obama's life and historic...
  • Obama and the Second Amendment (like oil and water)

    01/12/2009 6:50:19 PM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 49 replies · 2,692+ views
    Fox ^ | 1/12/2009 | John R. Lott, Jr.
    But Holder’s nomination raises other questions about what President-elect Barack Obama claimed he believed during the campaign. Numerous times he promised that he supported an individual’s right to own guns and that he wouldn’t do anything to take away people’s guns. Just last year in a brief to the Supreme Court, Holder argued that “the Second Amendment did not protect an individual right to keep and bear arms,” that it only protected government militias’ rights to guns. He claimed that the Second Amendment posed no obstacle to implementing gun bans. I can’t find even one gun control law that Holder...
  • The Arsenal Of Democracy

    01/12/2009 6:48:07 PM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies · 710+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | January 12, 2009
    Defense: President-elect Obama wants to jump-start the economy by spending on infrastructure. How about spending more on our military and ships like the USS George H. W. Bush?The nation's latest and last of 10 Nimitz-class nuclear-powered aircraft carriers joined the fleet on Saturday, 95,000 tons of aluminum and steel. The planes that will fly off her 4.5-acre flight deck will give future presidents options other than retreat. She will defend America and be the most effective instrument of foreign policy devised by man. She's a fine ship, but she is only one ship. We no longer have President Reagan's 600-ship...
  • Spider-Man celebrates Obama as "nerd-in-chief"

    01/12/2009 6:41:52 PM PST · by GSP.FAN · 3 replies · 483+ views
    Reuters ^ | Fri Jan 9, 1:21 pm | Claudia Parsons and Karina Huber Claudia Parsons And Karina Huber
    NEW YORK (Reuters) – Barack Obama will be "nerd-in-chief" when he takes office as U.S. president this month, according to Marvel Comics, which is putting him on the cover of its next "Spider-Man" comic.
  • Obama to sign order next week to close Guantanamo prison

    01/12/2009 6:17:54 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 45 replies · 1,834+ views
    McClatchy Newspapers ^ | January 12, 2009 | Jonathan S. Landay
    WASHINGTON — President-elect Barack Obama will sign an executive order in his first week in office that sets in motion the closure of the Guantanamo Bay military prison, the highest-profile symbol of the Bush administration's detention policies, two individuals familiar with Obama's thinking said on Monday. They declined to say precisely when he'd sign the directive, but they said it could be within hours of his Jan. 20 inauguration. The order would set out the procedures for shutting the prison at the U.S. Naval base in Cuba , a process that's likely to take a considerable period of time, the...
  • Barack's Unspoken Legacy -- Millions Who Can't Fight Back(Vanity)

    01/19/2009 11:12:59 PM PST · by malkee · 7 replies · 508+ views
    Vanity | Jan. 20, 2009 | malkee
    Here we are on the eve of the inauguration and we face an important question. Just how important is our pro-life stance to the nation and the world? Tomorrow or Wednesday, Mr. Obama is going to sign the "Freedom of Choice Act" -- which is going to mean abortions are going to be more plentiful and easier to obtain the world over. Does your heart weep for all those tiny souls? I know some on Free Republic are probably pro-choice, but I am reminded of comparisons between abortion and the other "life and death" issue that rent the nation during...
  • Yes, We Can

    01/12/2009 5:17:38 AM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies · 787+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | January 12, 2009 | Harry R. Jackson , Jr
    President-elect Obama's presentation of his economic stimulus plan last Thursday was thoughtful, clear, and excellently delivered. Despite its charismatic delivery, the speech concerned me. First, the soon-to-be-president sought to lower the expectations of the American public concerning his first term, create a sense of unity, and to communicate a huge number of details about his economic plan. This was too much territory to cover in one short speech. Unfortunately, his comments may have the unintended consequence of taking away the very confidence he wanted to give to the nation. I was shocked that the “Yes we can!” presidential candidate sounded...
  • Make the New New Deal A Success -- Spend More! (NY Times)

    01/12/2009 5:06:17 AM PST · by publius1 · 11 replies · 724+ views
    The New York Times ^ | Jan 11, 2009 | ADAM COHEN
    ....But today, the new focus is Mr. Obama’s stimulus package. If F.D.R.’s New Deal spending made things worse, it follows that the Obama administration should not make the same mistake. The anti-New Deal line is wrong as a matter of economics. F.D.R.’s spending programs did help the economy and created millions of new jobs. The problem, we now know, is not that F.D.R. spent too much priming the pump, but rather that he spent too little. It was his decision to cut back on spending on New Deal programs that brought about a nasty recession in 1937-38. The second problem...
  • Obama Plans to Keep Estate Tax

    01/12/2009 4:50:56 AM PST · by docbnj · 39 replies · 1,543+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 12 Jan 2009 | Jonathan Weisman
    The Senate Finance Committee will move within weeks on legislation to reverse that law, and Mr. Obama is expected to detail his estate-tax preservation proposal in his budget next month, congressional tax writers said. Under the Obama plan detailed during the campaign, the estate tax would be locked in permanently at the rate and exemption levels that took effect this year. That would exempt estates of $3.5 million -- $7 million for couples -- from any taxation. The value of estates above that would be taxed at 45%.
  • There is a better stimulus plan out there

    01/12/2009 4:28:58 AM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies · 904+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | January 12, 2009 | Neal Boortz
    We now have the benefit of PEBO’s* general position on a plan to stimulate our economy. Government shall be our savior. We shall not want. More specifically, government spending. About $800 billion (probably more) will be created out of thin air and then spent by politicians and their cronies in an effort to get our economy moving. Some of PEBO’s spending ideas included “investing” in government schools and modernizing various federal government buildings in Washington and elsewhere. The “investing in education” bit gives you your first real clue of just what Obama is proposing here. He is proposing to use...
  • Push on Immigration Crimes Is Said to Shift Focus

    01/12/2009 3:47:49 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 7 replies · 566+ views
    New York Times ^ | January 11, 2009 | Solomon Moore
    ... Federal prosecutions of immigration crimes nearly doubled in the last fiscal year, reaching more than 70,000 immigration cases in the 2008 fiscal year, according to federal data compiled by a Syracuse University research group. The emphasis, many federal judges and prosecutors say, has siphoned resources from other crimes, eroded morale among federal lawyers and overloaded the federal court system. Many of those other crimes, including gun trafficking, organized crime and the increasingly violent drug trade, are now routinely referred to state and county officials, who say they often lack the finances or authority to prosecute them effectively. Bush administration...
  • Obama's big idea: Digital health records (Where is the ACLU and "privacy rights" groups now?)

    01/12/2009 3:42:07 AM PST · by tobyhill · 64 replies · 1,666+ views
    cnn ^ | 1/12/2009 | David Goldman
    President-elect Barack Obama, as part of the effort to revive the economy, has proposed a massive effort to modernize health care by making all health records standardized and electronic. Here's the audacious plan: Computerize all health records within five years. The quality of health care for all Americans gets a big boost, and costs decline. Sounds good. But it won't be easy. In fact, many hurdles stand in the way. Only about 8% of the nation's 5,000 hospitals and 17% of its 800,000 physicians currently use the kind of common computerized record-keeping systems that Obama envisions for the whole nation....
  • Obama shuns broad Bush probe

    01/12/2009 3:24:47 AM PST · by NCDragon · 14 replies · 992+ views
    New York Slimes Via Raleigh News & Obstructor ^ | January 12, 2009 | David Johnston and Charlie Savage
    WASHINGTON -- President-elect Barack Obama signaled in an interview broadcast Sunday that he was unlikely to authorize any broad inquiry into Bush administration programs like domestic eavesdropping or the possible torture of terror suspects. Obama did not rule out the possibility of case-by-case prosecutions if the Justice Department found evidence that laws had been broken. As a candidate, Obama broadly condemned some of the counterterrorism tactics of the Bush administration and its claim that the measures were justified under executive powers. But his incoming administration faces competing demands, including pressure from liberals who want wide-ranging criminal investigations and the need...
  • GOP rolls out welcome mat for Hillary Clinton [Barf Alert]

    01/12/2009 1:44:11 AM PST · by indcons · 13 replies · 857+ views
    LA Times ^ | January 12, 2009 | Paul Richter
    Long considered one of the nation's most polarizing figures, Hillary Rodham Clinton steps into her new role as America's chief diplomat this week with a Senate confirmation hearing that is likely to look more like a tribute than an examination of a controversial politician. Clinton has fanned political passions as first lady, as New York's junior senator and as a presidential candidate. Yet she is collecting rhetorical bouquets from Republicans as she prepares for the Tuesday committee appearance that will open the way for her fourth public incarnation -- as secretary of State. "Very knowledgeable," Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) said...
  • Democrats Look for Ways to Undo Late Bush Administration Rules

    01/12/2009 1:05:45 AM PST · by indcons · 7 replies · 1,174+ views
    NYT ^ | January 12, 2009 | CHARLIE SAVAGE
    Democrats are hoping to roll back a series of regulations issued late in the Bush administration that weaken environmental protections and other restrictions. Potential targets include regulations allowing concealed weapons in some national parks and forbidding medical facilities that get federal money from discriminating against doctors and nurses who refuse, on religious grounds, to assist with abortions. "Congress is going to have to roll up its sleeves and review these midnight regulations," Senator Ron Wyden, Democrat of Oregon, said in an interview, "because it's clear that they are part of a desire for the administration, as it heads out the...
  • Obama Signals His Reluctance to Look Into Bush Policies

    01/11/2009 10:34:53 PM PST · by Justaham · 17 replies · 876+ views
    The New York Times ^ | 1-11-09 | DAVID JOHNSTON and CHARLIE SAVAGE
    WASHINGTON — President-elect Barack Obama signaled in an interview broadcast Sunday that he was unlikely to authorize a broad inquiry into Bush administration programs like domestic eavesdropping or the treatment of terrorism suspects. But Mr. Obama also said prosecutions would proceed if the Justice Department found evidence that laws had been broken. As a candidate, Mr. Obama broadly condemned some counterterrorism tactics of the Bush administration and its claim that the measures were justified under executive powers. But his administration will face competing demands: pressure from liberals who want wide-ranging criminal investigations, and the need to establish trust among the...
  • Top questions Barack Obama did not answer

    01/11/2009 10:32:53 PM PST · by Red Steel · 13 replies · 1,906+ views
    Enter Stage Right ^ | January 12, 2009 | Mark Alexander
    Perhaps you've noticed an abundance of "Top Ten" lists in recent weeks. As usual, the mainstream media has churned out a variety of year-in-review pieces of late. Two events vied for top billing on all those lists -- the financial meltdown and the presidential election. At present, it isn't clear which of those debacles presents the greater threat to our nation. The factors leading up to the economic collapse in the last two quarters are clear (see Economics 101). What is not clear, however, is whether we can limit the damage to a mere recession. On the other hand, we...
  • Power to Modify Mortgages Sits Well With Judges

    01/11/2009 10:19:21 PM PST · by Fred · 53 replies · 1,522+ views
    WSJ ^ | 011209 | AMIR EFRATI and JENNIFER S. FORSYTH
    Federal bankruptcy judges say they are eager to have the power to restructure mortgages for struggling debtors because it could save hundreds of thousands of homeowners from foreclosure. Top Senate Democrats are advancing legislation to let bankruptcy-court judges approve new repayment terms on first mortgages for primary residences for homeowners who have sought protection in a Chapter 13 filing. The proposal allowing so-called mortgage cramdowns, in which the principal amount of the loan is reduced, is one of several efforts Democrats are pushing to give homeowners relief as they wrestle with increasing debt levels and plummeting home values. Judges overseeing...
  • MLK DAY v. Inauguration Day

    01/19/2009 1:16:16 PM PST · by malkee · 19 replies · 621+ views
    Jan. 19 2009 | malkee
    I am curious. Today is MLK Jr. Day. What do you think Dr. King would make of our president-select?(No, I am NOT a troll, just wondering about the comparison)
  • Obama has already topped Bush in media relations (BARF alert)

    01/18/2009 11:35:44 PM PST · by Justaham · 19 replies · 783+ views
    MarketWatch ^ | 1-19-09 | John Friedman
    NEW YORK (MarketWatch) - Good riddance, Dubya. The most telling aspect of President George W. Bush's treatment of the media is that his incoming successor, Barack Obama, has already eclipsed the nation's 43rd chief executive in relations with journalists. Obama has (smartly) reached across the media divide to listen to conservative journalists and show them some measure of respect. It's hard to imagine that Obama would truly embrace the views of Bill Kristol, the journalist who was an early champion of Sarah Palin and has espoused classic right-wing views. But Obama is, at least, giving an audience to his critics,...