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  • Pentagon Cuts Military Raises And Benefits, Spends $150 Per Gallon In Green Jet Fuel

    05/08/2014 10:54:24 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 10:57 PM 05/07/2014 | Michael Bastasch
    The Department of Defense was put in the awkward position of having to defend cuts to military pay raises and housing allowances as well as increasing health care fees just one day before a report saying the Pentagon spent $150 a gallon on green jet fuels. Defense officials spent $150 on jet fuel made from algae that is approved for civilian and military use, according to a report released Wednesday by the Government Accountability Office. […] HEFA, or Hydroprocessed Esters and Fatty Acids, comes from “renewable oil (e.g., vegetable oils, animal fat, waste grease, and algae oil) … processed using...
  • Metra union members in line for 20 percent pay hikes over 6 years

    11/03/2013 6:51:49 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 7 replies
    chicago tribune ^ | Nov 2, 2013 | By Richard Wronski
    Metra union members in line for 20 percent pay hikes over 6 years By Richard Wronski, Chicago Tribune reporter 6:03 p.m. CDT, November 2, 2013 Members of one of Metra's biggest labor unions could get raises worth more than 20 percent over the next six years and a $3,000 "signing bonus", according to a proposed contract negotiated between the commuter rail agency and the union. The proposed pact, awaiting approval from about 337 clerical workers and ticket agents belonging to the Transportation Communications Union, was announced last week and comes as Metra continues to negotiate with 12 other unions, including...
  • It started with a cough: Deadly China bird flu outbreak raises fears of pandemic

    04/14/2013 4:41:05 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 28 replies
    NBC News ^ | Sun Apr 14, 2013 12:47 PM EDT | Li Le and Ian Johnston, NBC News
    Around the world, scientists are now beginning to examine samples of the virus with a significant question in mind: Could this strain of the disease cause a global pandemic? This international network of scientists keeps constant watch for good reason. In 1918 and 1919, a flu pandemic killed between 20 million and 40 million people, more than the total death toll of World War I, more in a year than the Black Death of 1347 to 1351. More recently, an H1N1 swine flu pandemic was blamed for more than 284,500 human deaths worldwide between April 2009 and August 2010. So...
  • Romney raises nearly $112 million in 17 days

    10/25/2012 8:56:02 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 10/25/12 | Holly Bailey -The Ticket
    CINCINNATI—Mitt Romney raised nearly $112 million for his presidential campaign and the Republican National Committee in the first half of October—putting him on pace for a potentially record-breaking fundraising month for his campaign. Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul announced the number in a message on Twitter. The total included cash raised between Oct. 1 and Oct. 17, according to the campaign. No further details were offered, such as the breakdown of how much money went to the Romney campaign versus the Romney Victory Fund, a joint committee formed between his campaign and the RNC. According to the campaign, the Romney effort...
  • Gibbs Scolds Perry, Raises Issue of Texas Secession Comments -- with Video

    08/16/2011 12:34:51 PM PDT · by Nachum · 19 replies
    Sara Sorcher ^ | 8/16/11 | National Journal
    Former White House press secretary Robert Gibbs lashed out against Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Tuesday, saying it was a “remarkable turnaround” for the Republican presidential candidate to say he was passionate about America just a few years after he was talking about the possibility of Texas seceding from the U.S. The current White House spokesman, Jay Carney, also took issue with comments Perry made on Monday, warning that political candidates have to be careful about what they say.
  • Jesse White gives raises while other Illinois agencies freeze pay

    07/18/2011 7:14:46 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 7 replies
    Chicago Business ^ | Jul 18, 2011 | Greg Hinz
    Jesse White gives raises while other Illinois agencies freeze pay By: Greg Hinz July 18, 2011 Pay hikes in Jesse White's office amount to an extra $78,000 a month in salary costs. At a time when pay raises are a distant memory and unpaid leave a reality for many area government workers, Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White has handed out pay hikes exceeding 6% to his entire executive staff. According to payroll data obtained under the Freedom of Information Act by the Better Government Assn., Mr. White in the 12-month period ended May 31 gave 4% and then 2%...
  • Netflix raises rates, irks subscribers

    07/13/2011 6:55:27 AM PDT · by Dacula · 109 replies
    ap ^ | July 13, 2011 | MICHAEL LIEDTKE
    <p>SAN FRANCISCO — Netflix has provoked the ire of some of its 23 million subscribers by raising its prices by as much as 60 percent for those who want to rent DVDs by mail and watch video on the Internet.</p>
  • Bell officials defended huge raises to CalPERS (Corruption and wolves in henhouse , nothing new)

    08/06/2010 8:57:20 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies
    AP on SFGate.com ^ | 8/6/10 | AP
    Los Angeles, CA (AP) -- Newly released documents show that Bell officials defended enormous salary increases to the California pension system, which decided not to challenge them. The California Public Employees' Retirement System released documents Thursday noting that its 2006 audit found the City Manager, Robert Rizzo, had received a 47-percent salary increase in one year. But the assistant city manager wrote CalPERS that the raise reflected Rizzo's contributions to the small Los Angeles suburb, including helping it resolve a multimillion-dollar debt. She also defended pay increases for herself and the City Council. CalPERS then ruled the city had provided...
  • White House Report on Sestak Job Offer Raises More Legal Questions, Critics Say

    05/30/2010 1:28:25 AM PDT · by Libloather · 21 replies · 1,127+ views
    Fox News ^ | 5/28/10
    <p>Instead of quelling a growing outcry for more information on an alleged political bargain, the White House has raised more questions and calls for an investigation after its shocking revelation on Friday that it recruited former President Bill Clinton to pitch a possible administration role to Rep. Joe Sestak if he would sit out the Pennsylvania Democratic Senate primary.</p>
  • Pandemic' bill raises ire, constitutional questions

    09/10/2009 4:58:39 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 12 replies · 1,155+ views
    One News Now ^ | 9/10/2009 | Pete Chagnon
    Could the swine flu usher in martial law? An emergency physician from Fort Hood, Texas, weighs in on that possibility. Lawmakers in Massachusetts are considering Senate Bill 2028, a pandemic response bill that will give public health officials and law enforcement complete control over citizens of the Commonwealth. Under the bill, should a pandemic be declared, the aforementioned officials will have authority to quarantine and forcibly immunize citizens. Any citizens resisting will face stiff fines and up to 30 days in prison. The bill also gives authorities the right to seize private property and supplies and redistribute them as they...
  • Miami-Dade mayor feels backlash over raises (Not one mention he is a Democrat)

    08/25/2009 3:48:01 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 5 replies · 568+ views
    Miami Herald ^ | 08/22/09 | M. Haggman
    Several Miami-Dade commissioners are demanding drastic cuts to Mayor Carlos Alvarez's budget amid revelations he gave generous raises to favored staffers while pushing for unprecedented job and salary cuts throughout the rest of County Hall.
  • Perry raises possibility of states' rights showdown with White House over healthcare

    07/27/2009 11:35:53 AM PDT · by Nachum · 19 replies · 761+ views
    star-telegram ^ | 7/27/09 | DAVE MONTGOMERY
    AUSTIN — Gov. Rick Perry, raising the specter of a showdown with the Obama administration, suggested Thursday that he would consider invoking states’ rights protections under the 10th Amendment to resist the president’s healthcare plan, which he said would be "disastrous" for Texas. Interviewed by conservative talk show host Mark Davis of Dallas’ WBAP/820 AM, Perry said his first hope is that Congress will defeat the plan, which both Perry and Davis described as "Obama Care." But should it pass, Perry predicted that Texas and a "number" of states might resist the federal health mandate.
  • Report: Ethanol raises cost of nutrition programs

    04/10/2009 10:23:57 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 376+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 4/10/09 | Mary Clare Jalonick - ap
    WASHINGTON – The increased use of ethanol could cost the government up to $900 million for food stamps and child nutrition programs, a congressional report says. Higher use of the corn-based fuel additive accounted for about 10 percent to 15 percent of the rise in food prices between April 2007 and April 2008 .. The CBO said other factors, such as skyrocketing energy costs, had an even greater impact than ethanol on food prices during that period. .. Ethanol's impact on future food prices is uncertain, the report says, because an increased supply of corn has the potential to eventually...
  • Dixon defends salary increase

    12/10/2008 5:01:02 PM PST · by stevecmd · 1 replies · 195+ views
    The Baltimore Sun ^ | 12/10/08 | Annie Linskey
    Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon said today that she intends to keep a $3,700 pay increase quietly granted last month by a powerful city spending panel on which she serves. Dixon said that she, City Comptroller Joan M. Pratt, City Council President Stephanie C. Rawlings-Blake and other members of the City Council all deserved increases because city employee union members this year also got pay hikes.
  • CA: Big raises for CSU, UC executives prompt bill (High-earning state employees' pay may be frozen)

    12/04/2008 11:09:34 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 356+ views
    San Diego Union-Tribune ^ | 12/4/08 | James P. Sweeney
    SACRAMENTO — – Fed up with large pay raises for executives of California's public universities, the chairman of the Assembly's higher-education committee introduced legislation yesterday that would freeze salaries of state employees who make more than $150,000 a year. The measure specifically includes executives and other high-paid officials at the California State University system. It urges the University of California system – which enjoys constitutional autonomy – to impose the same restraints. “I've been pretty outraged by CSU's and UC's continued executive-compensation practices during a time of, first, budget uncertainty and now full-blown crisis,” said committee Chairman Anthony Portantino, D-Pasadena....
  • CA: Legislative analyst recommends rejecting prison guard raises

    02/08/2008 1:07:53 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 189+ views
    The Legislature's nonpartisan fiscal watchdog says prison guards already earn enough money and don't need a 5 percent pay raise proposed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. Legislative Analyst Elizabeth Hill says the state can't afford raises for 30,000 prison guards as it battles a widening budget gap. Veteran guards draw nearly $74,000 in salaries - not counting overtime and annual benefits worth $16,000. Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez, D-Los Angeles, welcomes the analysis. The California Correctional Peace Officers Association spent $2 million to defeat Nunez' proposal on Tuesday's ballot for term limit changes that would have let Nunez and Senate leader Don...
  • CA: Budgets are bare, but pols still get raises

    12/05/2007 10:31:41 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 14 replies · 98+ views
    LA Daily News ^ | 12/5/07 | Editorial
    It's starting to seem like a tradition in the Golden State: pay raises for the highest-paid elected officials in the country while their budgets go bare. This week, Sacramento's legislators got a boost to their paychecks. They were already the best-paid legislators in the country, but still they got a $3,111 a year raise, to $116,208 with only a few declining the increase. That's on top of their generous per diems, state cars, and large office staffs. And what have these pols done to earn this boost? Let's see: redistricting legislation? Nope. Health care reform? Nope. Solved the budget problems?...
  • America Supports You: Former Soldier Draws on Past to Raise Awareness

    06/29/2007 4:42:58 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 213+ views
    America Supports You ^ | Samantha L. Quigley
    WASHINGTON, June 29, 2007 – As the nation’s servicemembers continue to fight the global war on terrorism, a group is working to make sure the Americans they’re defending are aware of their sacrifices. “The Greer Foundation raises public awareness of the sacrifices of serving the nation through outreach and commentary on the war on terror,” said Steve Greer, the group’s founder. His experiences as an Army command sergeant major in Kosovo and other places that give him the knowledge base for this endeavor, he added. Greer retired from the Army in January 2003, and started the foundation that same...
  • Putin objects to U.S. missle shield

    04/28/2007 8:14:38 AM PDT · by cougar_mccxxi · 10 replies · 307+ views
    Ocala.com ^ | Apr. 28, 2007 | STEVE GUTTERMAN AND PAUL AMES
    MOSCOW - Russian President Vladimir Putin said Friday that a planned U.S. missile shield in Central Europe was unacceptable because it would extend American control deep into Russian airspace, not deter Iran as Washington claims. NATO officials called for calm in the dispute, which escalated when Putin threatened on Thursday to pull out of a key European arms-control treaty if no agreement was reached.
  • Border Patrol boost raises concerns

    04/21/2007 7:02:40 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 535+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 4/21/07 | Jacques Billeaud - ap
    ARTESIA, N.M. - The U.S. Border Patrol's push to expand the number of agents on the lookout for illegal crossings has some current and former agents worried that the pressure will lead to corner cutting and will jeopardize public safety. Raising the Border Patrol's numbers from about 12,000 to 18,000 by the end of 2008 is a key element of President Bush's plan to improve security along the border, crossed by tens of thousands of illegal immigrants each year. The sprawling Border Patrol Academy here in southeastern New Mexico recently started launching two 50-student classes each week, compared to one...
  • CA: Governor's aides may get big raises (Susan Kennedy and others to get MEGA-raises)

    04/07/2007 9:38:27 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies · 478+ views
    LA Times ^ | 4/7/07 | Peter Nicholas
    SACRAMENTO — The top aide to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger could earn a state salary exceeding $200,000 a year as part of a round of raises the governor is preparing to award his senior deputies. The raises could lift some salaries among the 185 people working in the governor's office to $169,500 in certain cases, with the governor's chief of staff, Susan P. Kennedy, eligible for up to $225,000. Kennedy now collects a state salary of $143,000, and the most senior aides beneath her earn about $134,000. The pay hikes were set in motion last year, when the governor signed a...
  • CA: Governor's idea of belt-tightening (state running deficits, offers big raises to gubt big shots)

    03/29/2007 6:39:48 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 178+ views
    OC Register ^ | 3/29/07 | Editorial
    Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger once claimed to be a market advocate like Nobel Prize-winning economist Milton Friedman. The governor's not going to win any economics prizes. First, he submitted a $143 billion state budget, reflecting a 9.1 percent spending increase, which the state Legislative Analyst criticized for its overly optimistic assumptions. Next the governor proposed that the overextended state government issue billions of dollars of additional debt on top of $42 billion that voters approved only last November. Then after promising no new taxes, he proposed billions of dollars in new "fees" on businesses, doctors and hospitals to pay for health...
  • Schwarzenegger to give state officials hefty raises

    03/27/2007 8:23:20 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 466+ views
    Mercury News ^ | 3/27/07 | Mike Zapler and Kate Folmar
    SACRAMENTO - Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's administration is expected to announce today pay raises of up to 27 percent for more than 50 top officials, saying the state must boost salaries to remain competitive with local governments that pay more. The new salaries taking effect April 1 won't cost taxpayers more, at least initially, but they will force state departments to make cuts or otherwise absorb the raises within existing personnel budgets. The hefty raises - 10 agency heads, for example, would see their annual salaries grow to $175,000, a 23 percent increase - come as Schwarzenegger is preaching the need...
  • Schwarzenegger campaign workers get state jobs, big raises

    03/05/2007 9:50:02 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies · 328+ views
    LA Times ^ | 3/5/07 | Jordan Rau
    SACRAMENTO — Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, once a critic of patronage in government, has rewarded 29 aides from his reelection campaign with state jobs, promotions and hefty raises. Jeffrey Wyly left the state labor agency last spring to work for the governor's reelection. After Schwarzenegger won, Wyly returned to the agency with a promotion and a $20,304 raise. At 26, Wyly is now paid $75,000 a year — a 37% bump — to help enact Schwarzenegger's labor agenda. Administration staffers from the governor's first term who were employed by Californians for Schwarzenegger in 2006 today earn an average 27% more than...
  • Cola Raises Women's Osteoporosis Risk

    10/06/2006 2:57:49 PM PDT · by blam · 19 replies · 1,266+ views
    Forbes.com ^ | 10-6-2006
    Cola Raises Women's Osteoporosis Risk 10.06.06, 12:00 AM ET FRIDAY, Oct. 6 (HealthDay News) -- Cola may not be so sweet for women's bones, according to new research that suggests the beverage boosts osteoporosis risk. "Among women, cola beverages were associated with lower bone mineral density," said lead researcher Katherine Tucker, director of the Epidemiology and Dietary Assessment Program at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University. There was a pretty clear dose-response, Tucker added. "Women who drink cola daily had lower bone mineral density than those who drink it only once a week,"...
  • Delhi Raises Dengue Fever Alert

    10/02/2006 4:11:46 PM PDT · by blam · 1 replies · 330+ views
    BBC ^ | 10-2-2006 | Sanjoy Majumder
    Delhi raises dengue fever alert By Sanjoy Majumder BBC correspondent, Delhi Diseases such as dengue and malaria are common in the monsoon Indian health officials have launched a massive drive to contain an outbreak of dengue fever in the capital, Delhi. Thousands of workers fanned out across the city spraying pesticides as part of a door-to-door campaign on Monday. The mosquito-borne disease has claimed 11 lives over the past two weeks and more than 400 people have been affected in and around the capital. Dengue fever can lead to high fever, with flu-like symptoms, and even to brain haemorrhage. Hospital...
  • CA: Bosses could get big raises - Governor says law's only beneficiary may be the prisons chief

    09/14/2006 10:19:48 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 15 replies · 330+ views
    Sac Bee ^ | 9/14/06 | John Hill
    Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a bill Wednesday that includes a provision added in the waning days of the legislative session allowing his administration to nearly double the pay of 50 top state bosses. Under Assembly Bill 2936, the workers -- mostly heads of agencies and departments -- could get as much as 125 percent of the governor's salary, although the governor says he intends to extend the raise to only one or two officials. Schwarzenegger doesn't take his pay. But in 2007, the salary assigned to his office is scheduled to increase to $206,500. That would mean the top administrators...
  • CA: Child Molester Raises $$ for Garamendi: Put that in your pipe and smoke it

    08/09/2006 10:00:00 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 1 replies · 615+ views
    FlashReport ^ | 8/8/06 | Karen Hanretty
    The San Francisco Chronicle Blog "broke" the story and the Associated Press is now running with it: Mel Gibson wrote a fundraising letter for Tom McClintock. Gasp! And McClintock stopped using it earlier this year. Uh, gasp? No gasp? Nothing? Meaningless? Well, if Gibson writing a fundraising letter for McClintock carries any weight or significance, then surely it is significant to point out that John Garamendi, McClintock's opponent in the race for Lt. Governor, benefited from a fundraising letter written by Peter Yarrow, of Peter, Paul and Mary fame. Yarrow, you may or (probably) may not recall, was convicted of...
  • CA: Easy spending (UC System approved large raises for top executives last week)

    07/28/2006 8:46:42 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 352+ views
    Riverside Press-Enterprise ^ | 7/28/06 | Editorial
    The University of California's Board of Regents should show more respect for the taxpayers. The UC system is embroiled in a scandal over secret compensation deals and lavish perks. So what do the regents do last week? Approve large raises for top executives. Few of us would begrudge UC employees a modest raise to cover the rising cost of living. But the regents last week approved $770,000 in raises for 71 UC executives, some getting pay hikes of as much as 15 percent. "They have the greatest disparity to the comparable positions elsewhere," Judith Hopkinson, chairman of the regents' compensation...
  • Schwarzenegger adviser's role with AT&T raises questions - Matthew Dowd

    07/18/2006 9:37:36 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies · 276+ views
    Mercury News ^ | 7/18/06 | Marc Lifsher
    Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's top campaign adviser is being paid to provide marketing strategy to AT&T at a time when the governor's office is involved in negotiations on legislation potentially worth billions of dollars to the telecommunications giant. Political consultant Matthew Dowd's involvement with the governor and AT&T at the same time presents, at minimum, the appearance of a conflict of interest, government watchdogs warned. Dowd and his consulting firm are currently assisting San Antonio-based AT&T with the rollout of its U-verse service in Texas. The product is designed to compete with cable TV by sending TV programming and a bundle...
  • Gala Raises Money for Wounded Troops

    06/15/2006 6:00:01 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 212+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Steven Donald Smith
    WASHINGTON, June 15, 2006 – Covered in blood and only able to stagger a few feet before collapsing in a heap, Army Sgt. Nicholas Beintema was one of the lucky ones. Many of his fellow soldiers did not survive the blast that ripped through his convoy near Tal Afar, Iraq, last year. Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England examines a pocketknife that was part of an Armed Forces Foundation auction at its 2nd Annual Congressional Gala in Washington, June 14. At the gala, England received the foundation's Patriot Award, which he said that America's servicemembers truly deserve such accolades. Photo...
  • Iran's Place At Summit Raises Fears Of Anti-West Alliance

    06/14/2006 5:54:52 PM PDT · by blam · 3 replies · 280+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 6-15-2006 | Richard Spencer
    Iran's place at summit raises fears of anti-West alliance By Richard Spencer in Beijing (Filed: 15/06/2006) Iran's hard-line president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, arrived in China last night for a summit of Asian states and Russia that Washington fears is forming a new anti-western alliance. Mr Ahmadinejad will seek support for his country's nuclear programme, fuelling US concern that Iran is being protected by its growing friendship with Russia and China, who both sit on the UN Security Council. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad arrives in China for the summit He is also believed to be pushing to join the Shanghai Co-operation Organisation, which...
  • Iraqi raises questions on al-Zarqawi death

    06/10/2006 8:57:01 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 174 replies · 3,840+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 6/10/06 | Patrick Quinn - ap
    BAGHDAD, Iraq - U.S. officials have altered their account of the death of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, saying he was alive and partly conscious after bombs destroyed his hideout, and an Iraqi man raised fresh questions Saturday about the events surrounding the end of Iraq's most-wanted militant. The man, who lived near the scene of the bombing, claimed in an interview with AP Television News to have seen U.S. soldiers beating an injured man resembling al-Zarqawi until blood flowed from the man's nose. When asked about the man's allegations, military spokesman Maj. Gen. William Caldwell said he would check. In Washington,...
  • Putin Raises Spectre Of Cold War With Threat Of Arms Race

    05/10/2006 5:59:16 PM PDT · by blam · 15 replies · 493+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 5-11-2006 | Nick Allen - Alec Russell
    Putin raises spectre of Cold War with threat of arms race By Nick Allen in Moscow and Alec Russell in Washington (Filed: 11/05/2006) Vladimir Putin, the Russian president, raised the spectre of the Cold War yesterday, likening the United States to a voracious wolf and declaring that the arms race was not yet over. Vladimir Putin: the arms race ‘is rising to a new technological level’ With relations between Moscow and Washington at their most strained in many years, Mr Putin used his annual state of the nation speech to revive Russia's military rivalry with the United States. "It is...
  • Iran Raises Tension With 30million pound Gift To Hamas

    04/16/2006 7:01:20 PM PDT · by blam · 8 replies · 428+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 4-17-2006 | Tim Butcher
    Iran raises tension with £30m gift to Hamas By Tim Butcher in Jerusalem (Filed: 17/04/2006) Iran defied America and Europe yesterday when it pledged to give almost £30 million to the new Hamas-led Palestinian government. The one-off payment from Teheran, which was announced by Manouchehr Mottaki, the Iranian foreign minister, will go some way to plugging the gap in Palestinian finances caused by the recent loss of western aid. Israel vowed to stop the money getting through - a viable proposition given how heavily Palestinian financial institutions rely on Israel. Mr Mottaki appeared to relish announcing the donation, which will...
  • Claim Raises Speculation About al-Zarqawi (changing tactics?)

    04/03/2006 10:53:46 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 23 replies · 1,180+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 4/3/06 | Sally Buzbee - ap
    CAIRO, Egypt - Terror leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi has sharply lowered his profile in recent months, halting his group's Internet claims as the number of big suicide bombings in Iraq — his infamous signature form of attack — has fallen. Now, a man with close ties to Iraqi insurgent groups claims al-Zarqawi was shunted aside as political leader of a recently formed coalition of militants because they were angry at his propaganda efforts and embarrassed by his group's deadly attack on hotels in Jordan. But others caution that the claim is hard to verify — and that perhaps the insurgents...
  • Iran Raises The Nuclear Stakes After Being Reported To UN

    02/04/2006 5:48:25 PM PST · by blam · 100 replies · 1,543+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 2-5-2006 | Philip Sherwell
    Iran raises the nuclear stakes after being reported to UN By Philip Sherwell in Washington and Kim Willsher in Paris (Filed: 05/02/2006) Iran escalated its nuclear showdown with the West last night by ending international inspections of its atomic sites and preparing to restart uranium enrichment. Hours after Iran was reported to the United Nations Security Council for its nuclear programme, its officials were taking the first steps towards carrying out their threat to produce the material - which Western intelligence believes will be used for atomic weapons. Maryam Rajavi: 'Either the UN acts or the mullahs will have the...
  • Governor's Building Plan Raises Concerns

    01/24/2006 10:07:29 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 1 replies · 145+ views
    LA Times ^ | 1/24/06 | Jordan Rau
    SACRAMENTO — A power struggle is emerging over Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's $222-billion public works package. Democratic leaders say legislators and local governments would be required to cede too much influence in deciding how to remake California's roads, jails and waterways. --snip-- Democratic leaders, who suggested months before Schwarzenegger that a large investment needed to be made in the state's physical foundations, agreed that lawmakers should not select every project. But under the governor's plan, enormous multibillion-dollar ventures — such as deciding how to move goods more quickly through California's ports and setting fees on water users — would be determined...
  • CA: No raises for state's rank and file included (in 2006-2007 budget proposal)

    01/11/2006 12:06:23 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies · 221+ views
    Sac Bee ^ | 1/11/06 | Andy Furillo
    Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's new budget unveiled Tuesday contains no pay raises for the 156,000 rank-and-file state employees whose contracts have expired or are scheduled to run their course this year. Finance Director Mike Genest said the administration didn't include money for raises because "we don't want to presage what we plan to do at the negotiating table" with the nine unions representing 18 bargaining units that are already at the table or are about to take their seats across from the state's representatives. Genest said "it's not uncommon" for the state to refrain from putting money in the budget for...
  • Gov.'s Aide Raises Ire in the GOP

    12/02/2005 10:02:39 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 18 replies · 611+ views
    LA Times ^ | 12/2/05 | Jordan Rau
    SACRAMENTO — Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's effort to reposition his administration after his special election defeat — culminating with this week's appointment of a Democratic activist as his chief of staff — has disheartened some prominent California Republicans and reinvigorated talk of finding a conservative primary challenger next year. "I'm getting more e-mails off of this than I do for Viagra," said Mike Spence, president of the California Republican Assembly, a grass-roots group, referring to Schwarzenegger's appointment of Susan Kennedy. "Since the special election, where we were very loyal, all we've heard about was a $50-billion bond and looking at clemency...
  • Questions Raised about Tim Russert's Story

    11/03/2005 5:46:38 PM PST · by crosslink · 78 replies · 3,484+ views
    News Max.com ^ | 11-03-05 | Carl Limbacher
    Thursday, Nov. 3, 2005 10:17 a.m. EST Questions Raised about Tim Russert's Story NBC Washington bureau chief Tim Russert told Leakgate probers that he had no idea Joe Wilson's wife Valerie Plame was a CIA employee before her name surfaced in Robert Novak's fateful July 14, 2003 column, and that he was stunned upon learning that Lewis "Scooter" Libby claimed he got that information from him. But an account by senior NBC correspondent Andrea Mitchell raises questions about whether Mr. Russert may have known about Plame's employment well before the Novak column. On Oct. 3, 2003, Mitchell was a guest...
  • Meeting raises possibility that Nagin may have political future

    10/30/2005 8:59:39 AM PST · by Libloather · 19 replies · 693+ views
    NOLA ^ | 10/30/05 | KEVIN McGILL
    Meeting raises possibility that Nagin may have political future 10/30/2005, 9:58 a.m. CT By KEVIN McGILL The Associated Press NEW ORLEANS (AP) — There were fewer than 300 seats and more than 500 people jammed into the hotel for a town hall meeting. It was overcrowded and under-air conditioned (nothing new in post-Katrina New Orleans), dozens of unhappy people lined up behind a single microphone and the scene appeared set for an ugly political inquisition as Mayor Ray Nagin entered the room — 30 minutes late. Nagin made an opening statement on housing, then turned it over to the audience....
  • Marine supports mom, raises breast cancer awareness by flying flag (Grab the tissues!)

    10/12/2005 6:50:53 PM PDT · by SandRat · 7 replies · 496+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Oct 12, 2005 | Cpl. James D. Hamel
    AL ASAD, Iraq (Oct. 10, 2005) -- You take the flag, march it to the flag pole, call the commands and fly the colors. A member of the color guard for Marine Light Attack Squadron 167, Lance Cpl. Nick R. Baham, a Denver native, has done it a hundred times. However, on Oct. 10, it was different. The flag that Baham flew that morning would not fly again the next day. On Oct. 10, Baham flew the flag as a gift to his biological mother, who is suffering from breast cancer. After flying in the Iraqi desert for a day,...
  • Woman single-handedly raises over $2,500

    09/07/2005 8:47:37 PM PDT · by SandRat · 153+ views
    Sierra Vista Herald, Sierra Vista Arizona ^ | Sep 7, 2005 | Amanda Baillie
    SIERRA VISTA - Like many people who watched the events of Hurricane Katrina unfold on television, Irene Thiele was left in tears by the tragic scenes. The 64-year-old was so moved by the plight of Katrina's victims, she decided she must do something to help. Being on a fixed income, she could not afford to donate much money, so she asked the American Red Cross if she could collect it instead. Her generous offer was readily accepted and last weekend during the Oktoberfest festivities. Thiele camped out at a table, with some homemade posters and hoped for a generous response....
  • U.S. raises Myanmar's detentions at U.N. (but Russia and China vote to keep it off council's agenda)

    06/24/2005 6:35:18 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 252+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 6/24/05 | Edith M. Lederer - AP
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) - The United States raised the plight of Myanmar's detained pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi and 1,300 other political prisoners on Friday, but Russia and China blocked U.N. Security Council discussion of actions by the country's ruling military junta. Deputy U.S. Ambassador Gerald Scott said the Bush administration felt it was important to remind the international community that the situation continues to decline. When Scott raised the issue, diplomats said several nations echoed U.S. concerns but Russia and China objected to putting Myanmar on the council's agenda. Unless an issue is on the council's agenda, it...
  • Reuters: Memo raises questions on Annan role in UN contract

    06/14/2005 7:00:27 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies · 571+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 6/14/05 | Irwin Arieff - Reuters
    UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - A newly disclosed memo appeared to cast doubt on U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan's insistence he was unaware of a bid by a Swiss firm that employed his son for a lucrative contract under the scandal-tainted U.N. oil-for-food program. U.N.-appointed investigators were "urgently reviewing" the memo, Michael Holtzman, a spokesman for the Independent Inquiry Committee led by former U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker, said on Tuesday. The memo described a late-November 1998 Paris meeting of Annan with officials of Cotecna Inspection Services, just weeks before the Geneva-based company won the contract. The contract has become a...
  • CA: Lawmaker raises not sitting well

    05/31/2005 8:40:06 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies · 444+ views
    Oakland Tribune ^ | 5/31/05 | David M. Drucker
    SACRAMENTO — Approval of a 12 percent pay hike that will elevate the salaries of California legislators — already the nation's highest-paid state lawmakers — to $110,880 annually has set off a new annual salary since taking office in November 2003, was disappointed with the commission's vote, believing the state's fiscal condition — though improving — does not justify a pay raise. "What have they accomplished since 1998 (the last time legislators received a raise)?" he asked. "Because that's what we do in the private sector, we will now analyze what have they accomplished: They have chased businesses out of...
  • CA: Commissioner hints at more raises for Legislature in future

    05/25/2005 5:26:10 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies · 284+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 5/25/05 | Steve Lawrence - AP
    SACRAMENTO (AP) - A member of the state commission that boosted lawmakers' pay this week said Wednesday that the commission should consider another raise next year to keep the Legislature from becoming a place just for the "rich and famous." "I want to make sure that the salary remains attractive enough to get good-quality citizens to run for office," said Thomas Dominguez, an Orange County sheriff's investigator who originally was appointed to the Citizens Compensation Commission by former Gov. Pete Wilson. He was reappointed by former Gov. Gray Davis. The commission voted 5-0 on Monday to approve a 12 percent...
  • Anti-Semitism Raises its Head in Serbia

    03/05/2005 7:51:47 PM PST · by Nachum · 5 replies · 858+ views
    institute for war and peace reporting ^ | 04-Mar-05 | Dragana Nikolic-Solomon, Ljubisa Ivanovic
    Though very small in number, Serbia’s Jewish community is being increasingly targeted by an array of ultra-nationalist groups. The slogans hint at a future settling of accounts. "Juden Raus", "Achtung Juden", "Jews out of Serbia" and "Death to Jews and Gipsies", they proclaim, the words providing a chilling echo of the Holocaust that decimated European Jewry more than half a century ago. But few Jews actually see these slogans in Serbia today. Providing ample proof of the claim that anti-Semitism doesn't need Jews to flourish, the latest wave of anti-Semitism in Serbia has broken over a community that is a...
  • CA: Doris Matsui raises nearly $700,000 in race for late husband's seat (over 6 week period)

    02/24/2005 8:12:06 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 14 replies · 394+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 2/24/05 | Jim Wasserman - AP
    SACRAMENTO (AP) - Doris Matsui, widow of the late Rep. Robert Matsui, reported Thursday that she raised nearly $700,000 in six weeks for the March 8 special primary election to replace her husband in Congress. In fund-raisers held in Washington, D.C., and Sacramento since her husband's Jan. 1 death, Matsui tapped $691,867, including donations from congressional Democrats, political action committees and former Clinton administration officials. The totals greatly overshadowed Matsui's opponents in the heavily Democratic 5th Congressional District race for the seat held for 26 years by her late husband, also a Sacramento Democrat. Fellow Democrat Julie Padilla, a Sacramento...