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  • Consul: Illegal Immigrant Children Complaining Burritos, Eggs They Are Being Fed Making Them Sick

    06/09/2014 5:41:20 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 72 replies
    AP houston.cbslocal ^ | June 9, 2014 | T.S. Romney
    NOGALES, Ariz. (CBS Houston/AP) — Officials are working to improve conditions at a makeshift holding center in southern Arizona
  • LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling mentally unfit, can't stop sale

    05/30/2014 5:28:17 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 46 replies ^ | 5/30/14 | Joyce Lupiani
    ..., Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling has been ruled mentally unfit and cannot stop the sale of his NBA team. It was announced late Thursday night that Donald's wife Shelly had reached a deal with former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer to sell the Clippers for a record $2 billion. According to ESPN, the papers were signed shortly before midnight.
  • Minn. teen gets 10 years for fatal "knock-out game" punch

    02/07/2014 3:27:30 PM PST · by gooblah · 37 replies
    CBSnews ^ | February 7, 2014, 5:06 PM
    ST. CLOUD, Minn. -- After 17 months of waiting, a family finally learned how much time the man who killed their son will be in prison, reports CBS Minnesota.
  • Criminal Charges Not Expected in IRS Probe (Tea Party)

    01/13/2014 3:22:57 PM PST · by kristinn · 64 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Monday, January 13, 2014 | Devlin Barrett
    The Federal Bureau of Investigation doesn't plan to file criminal charges over the Internal Revenue Service's heightened scrutiny of conservative groups, according to law-enforcement officials, a move that likely will only intensify debate over the politically charged scandal. The officials said investigators didn't find the kind of political bias or "enemy hunting" that would amount to a violation of criminal law. Instead, what emerged during the probe was evidence of a mismanaged bureaucracy...
  • IRS Off the Hook: No Criminal Charges Over Tea Party Targeting

    01/14/2014 3:56:13 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 29 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 1-13-14 | Reuters
    The FBI is not planning to file criminal charges involving the Internal Revenue Service's extra scrutiny of the Tea Party and other conservative groups, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday, citing law enforcement officials. The newspaper quoted officials as saying that investigators probing the IRS actions, which unleashed a political furor in Washington, did not uncover the type of political bias or "enemy hunting" that would constitute a criminal violation. The evidence showed a mismanaged agency enforcing rules it did not understand on applications for tax exemptions, the Journal reported. The case is still under investigation, but criminal charges...
  • The FBI's IRS Outrage Can law enforcers investigate a crime without interviewing any witnesses?

    01/14/2014 4:46:48 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 19 replies
    WSJ ^ | 1-14-14 | James Freeman
    The Journal reports that the Federal Bureau of Investigation is unlikely to file any criminal charges in the targeting of conservative political organizations by the Internal Revenue Service. Yet Cleta Mitchell, an attorney who represents many of the targets, says that the FBI has never contacted any of her clients to discuss their treatment at the hands of the IRS. "Shouldn't law enforcement talk to the victims in an investigation?," she asks in an email. "That's like investigating a burglary without interviewing the burgled," notes a Journal editorial. The press corps suddenly cares a great deal about cancelled meetings in...
  • Georgia Couple Shocked Over Racial Slur on Valet Ticket

    01/05/2014 8:49:58 AM PST · by TexasCajun · 73 replies
    ABC News ^ | Jan 4, 2014 | Gillian Mohney
    A Georgia couple was shocked and disgusted to find a racial slur scrawled on a valet ticket after a night out at a local restaurant. After Candea and Sam Aarons had dinner at the Spondivits restaurant in East Point, Ga., on New Year’s Day, they found that the valet tag still affixed to their key chain had the phrase “jungle fever” written on one side. The phrase is a racial slur for an interracial couple.
  • Interpreter at Mandela Event Was Hallucinating, Saw Angels

    12/12/2013 9:50:53 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    ABC News / The Associated Press ^ | December 12, 2013 | ALAN CLENDENNING & JUERGEN BAETZ
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)The man accused of faking sign interpretation while standing alongside world leaders like U.S. President Barack Obama at Nelson Mandela's memorial service said Thursday he hallucinated that angels were entering the stadium, has schizophrenia and has been violent in the past. Thamsanqa Jantjie said in a 45-minute interview with The Associated Press that his hallucinations began while he was interpreting and that he tried not to panic because there were "armed policemen around me." He added that he was once hospitalized in a mental health facility for more than one and a half years.....
  • Half of Ryan-Murray Budget Cuts Don't Happen Until 2022

    12/11/2013 11:21:14 AM PST · by bestintxas · 48 replies
    breitbart ^ | 12/11/13 | m flynn
    The budget deal announced Tuesday by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) would boost federal spending by around $65 billion over the next two years. This new spending is offset by increasing user fees, boosting pension contributions by federal employees and the military, and other minor changes. Ryan and Murray also say that the deal will reduce the deficit by $23 billion over the next 10 years. This reduction, however, doesn't start until 2022. According to a 4-page summary document of the deal obtained by Breitbart News, "[t]he budget proposal saves $28 billion over ten years by...
  • Obama Nurtures His Faith Away From the Spotlight (Thou Shalt Barf Alert)

    10/19/2013 9:57:37 AM PDT · by kristinn · 67 replies
    AP via ABC News ^ | Saturday, October 19, 2013 | Josh Lederman
    President Barack Obama is not an overtly religious man. He and his family rarely attend church, and he almost never elaborates in public about his own relationship to his Christian faith. But away from the public eye, advisers say, the president has carefully nurtured a sense of spirituality that has served as a grounding mechanism during turbulent times, when the obstacles to governing a deeply divided nation seem nearly insurmountable. Every year on Aug. 4, the president's birthday, Obama convenes a group of pastors by phone to receive their prayers for him for the year to come. During the most...
  • Clintons mad as Hill over Huma tactic

    07/29/2013 12:35:35 AM PDT · by bryan999 · 45 replies
    Bill and Hillary Clinton are angry with efforts by mayoral hopeful Anthony Weiner and his campaign to compare his Internet sexcapades — and his wife Huma Abedin’s incredible forgiveness — to the Clintons’ notorious White House saga, The Post has learned. “The Clintons are upset with the comparisons that the Weiners seem to be encouraging — that Huma is ‘standing by her man’ the way Hillary did with Bill, which is not what she in fact did,’’ said a top state Democrat. Weiner and his campaign aides have explicitly referred to the Clintons as they privately seek to convince skeptical...
  • Gutierrez: Boehner a 'Friend and Ally' in Immigration Reform Fight (Weasel Alert!)

    06/26/2013 4:27:24 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 29 replies ^ | June 26, 2013 | Kerry Picket
    “I think Speaker Boehner wants comprehensive immigration reform. He wants a solution to the problem. I think he's for comprehensive immigration reform,” said Gutierrez, a long time amnesty advocate. “He's for a complete package, I believe. That's what he has said. My meeting with him last week leads me to no other conclusion but to affirm that.” Speaker Boehner told his Republican conference he would not move any immigration bill to the floor without the majority support of his party. Congressman Tim Huelskamp (R – KS) told Brietbart News on Tuesday that the Speaker would be “going back on his...
  • Immigration reform bill: Full text

    06/22/2013 9:00:13 PM PDT · by OddLane · 17 replies
    Politico ^ | June 21, 2013 | Politico Staff
    Full text of S.744 at the link.
  • Santorum Revealed as Romney's Stalking Horse in Brenham (The Meeting That Won’t Change The World)

    01/15/2012 1:59:24 PM PST · by shield · 52 replies · 1+ views
    Rick Perry Report ^ | 15th January 2012 | Dr. Jack Wheeler
    At least it was cordial. But the 150 or so "movement conservatives" gathered at Paul Pressler's this weekend (1/13-14) were a fractured lot. Maybe 10% were for Perry. Almost all of them were against Romney. Well, sort of. Caveat below. There was an official Romney guy there who explained that "You'll either work with us now or work with us later, but you'll all have to get on Mitt's train, because we have the money and the organization, so there's no stopping us." This did not go over well. It just made everyone more determined than ever to do whatever...
  • Pilots win 'sham-divorce' case against Continental

    07/20/2011 6:26:31 AM PDT · by rawhide · 26 replies ^ | 7-19-11 | DAVID KOENIG
    DALLAS — In a case involving Continental Airlines, a federal appeals court says benefit administrators don't have the power to decide whether employees' divorces are real or fake. Continental sued nine of its pilots, claiming that they got "sham" divorces so their ex-spouses could tap their lump-sum pensions while they still worked for the airline — then remarried the same partners. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday upheld a lower-court ruling that employers can't consider or investigate why employees get divorced or whether the divorce is genuine. The appeals court dismissed Continental's 2009 lawsuit, which was filed...
  • CNN Poll: Giuliani Leads GOP Pack (Soros Alert)

    05/28/2011 8:57:19 AM PDT · by yoe · 22 replies
    News Max ^ | May 27, 2011 | Jim Meyers
    Back in early May, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani said he “can probably be talked into” running for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012. A new poll has done some “talking.” The CNN/(Opinion Research Corporation) survey released on Friday found Giuliani leading the pack of potential GOP candidates with 16 percent of the vote among Republicans and independents who lean toward the GOP. Mitt Romney is second with 15 percent, followed by Sarah Palin (13 percent), Ron Paul (12 percent), and Herman Cain (10 percent). The other potential candidates had single-digit percentages. “Call it a sign of how...
  • Obama To Freeze Government Salaries At All Time High (This will make you mad Alert)

    11/29/2010 11:41:38 AM PST · by Zakeet · 52 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | November 29, 2010 | Tyler Durden
    In 10 minutes the teleprompter in chief will announce that he is about to freeze government salaries for two years. Of course, government workers thank him, as this means federal salaries which have exploded in the past 5 years will be stuck at all time highs for at least two years, even as nominal salaries for everyone else (except FIRE workers of course) continue to decline. As we suggested a few days ago, in order to promote some vaguely credible idea of austerity, instead of freezing salaries, Obama needs to be cutting. Why? One look at the chart below explains...
  • Obama: No shame over shovel-ready sham

    10/17/2010 1:08:31 AM PDT · by ransomnote · 46 replies
    The Boston Herald (online) ^ | Sunday, October 17, 2010 | Jonah Goldberg
    Back in early 2009, President-elect Barack Obama was asked on “Meet the Press” how quickly he could create jobs. Oh, very fast, he said. He’d already consulted with a gaggle of governors, and “all of them have projects that are shovel-ready.” When Obama revealed the members of his energy team, he explained that they were part of his effort to get started on “shovel-ready projects all across the country.” When he unveiled his education secretary, he assured everyone that he was going to get started “helping states and local governments with shovel-ready projects.” In interviews, job summits and press conferences,...
  • Actors recruited for Obama MTV townhall meeting

    10/11/2010 7:03:23 AM PDT · by submarinerswife · 21 replies
    PRESIDENT OBAMA TOWN HALL, DC MTV, BET, and CMT (prods.) are casting the audience for a town hall meeting with President Obama. Shooting Oct. 14 at 4 p.m. in Washington, DC. Seeking—Audience Members: males and females, 18+. To apply, email and put "Town Hall" in the subject line. To ensure that the audience represents diverse interests and political views, include your name, phone number, hometown, school attending, your job and what issues, if any, you are ...
  • 17 charged in Navy marriage scam

    05/06/2010 5:55:38 AM PDT · by markomalley · 91 replies · 1,778+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | 5/6/2010 | Freeman Klopott
    Seventeen people have been accused of taking part in a scheme that paired Russian woman and U.S. Navy personnel in bogus marriages, federal prosecutors in Virginia said. All of the defendants charged in the 28-count indictment have been arrested. The indictment is the "result of our ongoing effort to crack down on allegations of sham marriages in the Navy," said U.S. Attorney Neil H. MacBride. The 17 indicted Wednesday are among 80 who have been charged in similar schemes, MacBride said. The Russian women charged in the scheme obtained U.S citizenship because they married U.S. citizens. The Navy personnel in...
  • President Obama Breaks Faith with Women [Statement of NOW President Terry O'Neill.....]

    03/21/2010 5:45:58 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 37 replies · 911+ views
    President Obama Breaks Faith with Women Statement of NOW President Terry O'Neill March 21, 2010 The National Organization for Women is incensed that President Barack Obama agreed today to issue an executive order designed to appease a handful of anti-choice Democrats who have held up health care reform in an effort to restrict women's access to abortion. Through this order, the president has announced he will lend the weight of his office and the entire executive branch to the anti-abortion measures included in the Senate bill, which the House is now prepared to pass. President Obama campaigned as a pro-choice...
  • Stupak holdout was a sham all along

    03/21/2010 2:52:45 PM PDT · by libh8er · 47 replies · 922+ views
    Vanity | 3.21.10
    B.S. was always going to vote for the bill. He knew better than to be on the wrong side of the party machine. All he needed was cover so as not to alienate his base. And once he got cover from the African muslim in the form of a sham executive order, which could be rescinded tomorrow, he was good to go. It's up to his voters now. If they have an ounce of conviction in their beliefs, they will dump his salt and pepper rear end into the street in November.
  • US 'climategate' scientist all but cleared of misconduct (Michael Mann)

    02/03/2010 3:06:38 PM PST · by neverdem · 52 replies · 1,213+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 03 February 2010 | Catherine Brahic
    A prominent US climate scientist at the centre of the "climategate" leaked email controversy has been virtually cleared of professional misconduct by an internal university enquiry. Michael Mann, of Penn State University, featured regularly in the more than 1000 emails that were hacked from the University of East Anglia in the UK last November. His emails and comments have since then featured in countless blogs and news articles. Some have claimed the emails reveal that mainstream climate scientists have massaged data in order to demonstrate that climate change is caused by human activities. The scientists in the emails, including Mann,...
  • Pastor Rick Warren Asks Faithful For Nearly $1 Million -- And Gets it!!!

    01/02/2010 10:42:48 AM PST · by troy McClure · 142 replies · 3,558+ views
    1-2-10 | troy McClure
    WELCOME TO 2010! Dear Saddleback Family, You won't want to miss this weekend at Saddleback! It will be history-making and also the first service of our Decade of Destiny. I can't wait to share with you what happened this week. It speaks volumes about YOU, the depth of commitment in this fellowship, and where God is taking us in 2010 - our 30th Anniversary year. I'm simply calling this week's message "The Miracle". In spite of a media culture that thrives on bad news and is typically clueless about how churches actually work, and in spite of hatefulness and insults...
  • Democrats Furious at Lieberman as They Huddle on Health Care

    12/14/2009 6:21:47 PM PST · by EagleUSA · 18 replies · 1,341+ views
    Fox News ^ | 12/11/2009 | Trish Turner
    The entire Democratic Senate caucus is headed to the White House on Tuesday afternoon to talk health care with President Obama, just as the administration urges Majority Leader Harry Reid to cut a deal with Sen. Joe Lieberman, who is emerging as the skunk at the party for supporters of the massive package to create a new entitlement. Lieberman opposes a proposal that would expand Medicare for people between the age of 55-64. Lieberman has also said he would oppose a government-run insurance option and on Sunday said that Senate leaders need to scale back the bill, removing both provisions...
  • U.N. Bodies Want Up to $60 Billion to Monitor ... Everything

    12/10/2009 4:49:54 PM PST · by EagleUSA · 10 replies · 517+ views
    Fox News ^ | 12/10/2009 | George Russel
    An organization representing the grandest ambitions of climate scientists wants Western nations to spend at least $2.1 billion a year for the next five years — and as much as $60 billion overall during that period — to glean huge troves of still undiscovered climate information from the world's land, air and seas. The information system aims to measure literally everything environmental, from the full amount of plant leaf material in the world's ecosystems to the differences in saltiness throughout the world's oceans to the discharge from every one of the world's major rivers, to the monitoring of water vapor...
  • UK climate scientist to temporarily step down

    12/01/2009 11:37:49 AM PST · by StACase · 117 replies · 3,456+ views
    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | December 1, 2009 | Associated Press
    <p>LONDON — Britain's University of East Anglia says the director of its prestigious Climatic Research Unit is stepping down pending an investigation into allegations that he overstated the case for man-made climate change.</p> <p>The university says Phil Jones will relinquish his position until the completion of an independent review into allegations that he worked to alter the way in which global temperature data was presented.</p>
  • Pentagon, Senate Launch Dueling Fort Hood Investigations

    11/19/2009 4:20:35 PM PST · by La Enchiladita · 12 replies · 450+ views
    ABC News ^ | Nov. 19, 2009 | Mark Schone
    Lieberman Blasts Defense Department Probe of the Shooting as Backward-Looking Defense Secretary Robert Gates is putting a former chief of naval operations and former Army secretary in charge of a Pentagon inquiry into the Fort Hood shootings. "It is prudent to determine immediately whether there are internal weaknesses or procedural shortcomings in the department that could make us vulnerable in the future," said Gates, who spoke at a press conference at the Pentagon on Thursday afternoon. Hours earlier, the Senate Homeland Security Committee, led by Sen. Joseph Lieberman (D-Conn.) opened its own probe into the shooting. Lieberman characterized the investigation...
  • AP source: Ex-official to head Fort Hood review

    11/18/2009 4:54:26 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 16 replies · 596+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Nov. 18, 2009 | LOLITA C. BALDOR
    WASHINGTON (AP) - Defense Secretary Robert Gates has tapped a former senior defense official to lead a broad Pentagon review of the circumstances surrounding the Fort Hood shootings, The Associated Press has learned. Defense Secretary Robert Gates will announce Thursday that the unified review will involve a number of components, and will call for a quick, short-term report, followed by a longer, more extensive study, according to an administration official. Components of the wide-ranging probe could include self-examinations by the Army and the military's medical community, and likely look at personnel policies and the availability of mental health services for...
  • Democrats Face Electoral Backlash After Health Care Vote, Top Republican Warns

    11/08/2009 5:15:52 PM PST · by EagleUSA · 29 replies · 1,915+ views
    Fox News ^ | 11/08/2009 | AP/Fox News
    Democrats will pay at the polls for their vote in favor of a sweeping health care reform package Saturday night, a top House Republican warned, while Democrats cheered the bill's narrow approval as a historic achievement. Rep. Mike Pence, R-Ind., chairman of the House Republican Conference, told "Fox News Sunday" that the vote proved Democrats have not listened to American concerns about over-spending, bailouts and government takeovers. "The message from last night is that the Democrats didn't get the message in August or last Tuesday," Pence said, referring to the town hall meetings over the summer where members of the...

    10/12/2009 10:37:01 AM PDT · by shortstop · 48 replies · 1,907+ views ^ | 10/12/09 | Bob Lonsberry
    I kind of feel sorry for Obama. The Nobel committee ripped him off. As is always the case when something is given undeserved and unearned, he has lost the opportunity to prove himself. The Nobel Peace Prize is probably something Barack Obama has daydreamed about. His astounding sense of entitlement and self no doubt had led him to believe that one day he would receive the Nobel prize. And who knows, maybe someday he would have earned it. He certainly has a global view of himself, as a leader whose abilities and charms know no limit. And maybe after a...
  • Romney on Obama: "Bet You Never Dreamed You'd Look at Jimmy Carter as the Good Old Days" - Video

    09/19/2009 9:02:29 PM PDT · by Federalist Patriot · 23 replies · 1,075+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | September 19, 2009 | BrianinMO
    Here is a video montage from the Values Voters Summit in Washington this weekend, of Gov. Mitt Romney and House Minority Leader John Boehner speaking there. Romney told the crowd about Obama's leadership as President - "I'll bet you never dreamed you would look back at Jimmy Carter as the good old days." . . . (VIDEO)
  • Obama says he's expecting 'good health care bill'

    09/13/2009 7:11:34 PM PDT · by EagleUSA · 11 replies · 862+ views
    Yahoo / AP ^ | 8/13/2009 | STEVEN R. HURST
    WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama said he is confident Congress will pass "a good health care bill," as months of rancor over reforming the nation's health care system seemed to be easing Sunday, with the White House playing down an immediate role for a government insurance option. At the same time, Obama was critical of Republican opponents who he said were trying to block an overhaul of the nation's heath care system for political gain. "I believe that we will have enough votes to pass not just any health care bill, but a good health care bill that helps the...
  • Cancer-stricken Sen. Kennedy asks state leaders for speedy process to replace him in Congress

    08/20/2009 2:24:37 AM PDT · by prisoner6 · 310 replies · 11,212+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 08/20/2009 | GLEN JOHNSON
    Cancer-stricken Sen. Kennedy asks state leaders for speedy process to replace him in Congress BOSTON (AP) — A cancer-stricken Sen. Edward M. Kennedy has written a poignant letter to Massachusetts leaders asking that they change state law to allow a speedy replacement of him in Congress. The note to Gov. Deval Patrick and the state's Senate president and House speaker acknowledges the state changed its succession law in 2004 to require a special election to fill any vacancy. At the time, legislative Democrats were concerned Republican Gov. Mitt Romney would be able to fill any vacancy created as Sen. John...
  • Global Warming Bill Would Cut U.S. Economic Growth, Study Says (DUH Alert)

    08/14/2009 6:14:36 AM PDT · by PROCON · 11 replies · 846+ views ^ | Aug. 14, 2009 | Edwin Mora - The bill meant to combat global warming that passed the U.S. House of Representatives in June would decrease the Gross Domestic Product of the United States by $2 trillion to $3 trillion between 2012 and 2030, a study shows. The study on the economic impact of the American Clean Energy and Security Act was commissioned by the American Council for Capitol Formation (ACCF), a non-profit that examines tax and environmental policy, and the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), the nation’s largest manufacturing trade organization.
  • Built in Incentive for Employers to get Employees on to Gov't care. (My title)

    07/23/2009 5:34:40 AM PDT · by Fawn · 3 replies · 242+ views
    Todd Schnitt. Schnittshow ^ | July 22, 2009 | Mike Rogers-michigan Congressman
    Congressman Mike Rogers on Fox News counters Obama, that you will not be able to keep your plan as is under the proposed Obamacare.
  • Obama shifts into campaign mode on health care

    07/15/2009 3:51:19 PM PDT · by EagleUSA · 10 replies · 1,114+ views
    Yahoo News / AP ^ | 07/15/2009 | RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR and BEN FELLER
    WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama's health care overhaul cleared its first hurdle in Congress on a partisan vote Wednesday as his campaign organization rolled out television ads to build support for his top domestic priority. Obama met with Republicans at the White House in search of an elusive bipartisan compromise on his call to expand coverage to the nearly 50 million uninsured Americans as well as restrain spending increases in health care. But the 13-10 party-line vote in the Senate health committee signaled a deepening rift in Congress. While Democrats respond to Obama's call for action with renewed determination, Republicans...
  • Sotomayor faces friendly jury as hearings begin

    07/12/2009 7:27:25 PM PDT · by EagleUSA · 9 replies · 951+ views
    Yahoo / AP ^ | 07/12/2009 | MARK SHERMAN
    WASHINGTON – Sonia Sotomayor has decided advantages as she begins the most important trial of her long legal career, a nationally televised consideration of her nomination to be the first Hispanic and just the third woman on the Supreme Court. Beginning Monday, she will tell her compelling up-from-poverty personal story to a jury tilted strongly in her favor — Democrats hold a comfortable majority on the Senate Judiciary Committee and a filibuster-resistant 60 votes in the Senate. Still, Republicans signaled that they will press the 55-year-old New Yorker and veteran federal judge to explain past rulings involving discrimination complaints and...
  • CEO vows better performance as GM exits bankruptcy

    07/10/2009 1:40:23 PM PDT · by EagleUSA · 41 replies · 2,292+ views
    Yahoo / AP ^ | 07/10/2009 | TOM KRISHER and KEN THOMAS
    DETROIT – General Motors completed an unusually quick exit from bankruptcy protection on Friday with ambitions of making money and building cars people are eager to buy. Once the world's largest and most powerful automaker, new GM is now leaner, cleansed of massive debt and burdensome contracts that would have sunk it without federal loans. But GM, whose 40 days under court supervision was far shorter than anyone predicted, faces the worst auto sales slump in a quarter-century. At a news conference, CEO Fritz Henderson said the revamped automaker will be faster and more responsive to customers than the old...
  • Obama uses DNC volunteer to emphasize need for health care

    07/02/2009 10:11:26 AM PDT · by bamahead · 48 replies · 1,930+ views
    ANNANDALE, Va. (AP) -- President Barack Obama wanted to put a human face on his plans to overhaul health care, and a Virginia supporter did just that Wednesday. Fighting back tears, Debby Smith, 53, told Obama of her kidney cancer and her inability to obtain health insurance or hold a job. The president hugged her -- she's a volunteer for his political operation -- and called her "exhibit A" in an unsustainable system that is too expensive and complex for millions of Americans. Smith, of Appalachia, Va., is a volunteer for Organizing for America, Obama's political operation within the Democratic...
  • Obama implores Senate to pass climate bill

    06/27/2009 10:42:23 AM PDT · by EagleUSA · 52 replies · 2,052+ views
    Yahoo / AP ^ | 06/27/2009 | CHARLES BABINGTON
    WASHINGTON – Hours after the House passed landmark legislation meant to curb greenhouse gas emissions and create an energy-efficient economy, President Barack Obama on Saturday urged senators to show courage and follow suit. The sharply debated bill's fate is unclear in the Senate, and Obama used his weekly radio and Internet address to ratchet up pressure on the 100-seat chamber. "My call to every senator, as well as to every American, is this," he said. "We cannot be afraid of the future. And we must not be prisoners of the past. Don't believe the misinformation out there that suggests there...
  • Historic Climate Change Bill Heads for House Showdown Vote

    06/26/2009 3:27:30 PM PDT · by EagleUSA · 9 replies · 815+ views
    Fox News / Politics ^ | 06/26/2009 | Unknown
    The House churned toward a showdown vote Friday on historic legislation to reduce pollution linked to global warming and power the nation with cleaner but more expensive energy. Democrats struggled to solidify a fragile coalition needed to pass the bill -- firmly opposed by Republicans who called the measure a "job killer" that would push families' energy bills higher and drive businesses overseas. The White House and congressional Democrats argued the bill would create millions of "green jobs" as the nation shifts to greater reliance on renewable energy sources such as wind and solar and development of more fuel efficient...
  • Obama's Doctor Says "ObamaCare A Crock"

    06/19/2009 1:14:14 PM PDT · by Chicago Satirist · 3 replies · 480+ views
    Chicago Ray Report / ^ | 6-19-09 | Chicago Satirist
    One doesn't have to look much further than that to see that this is nothing but another ObamaBoondoggle that we cannot afford and do not need. There is NOTHING, I repeat "NOTHING" in our constitution or the bible for that matter that says anyone anywhere is entitled to health insurance, especially FREE health insurance for people who smoke all day and night, slop up next to bars day in and day out, shove fast food down their fat gullets everyday of the week and refuse to take care of themselves as most of America does or has done. Like this...
  • Disaster looms with rising sea levels: islands

    05/12/2009 2:01:46 PM PDT · by EagleUSA · 37 replies · 1,036+ views
    Yahoo! Green ^ | 5/12/2009 | Unknown
    MANADO, Indonesia (AFP) - Rising sea levels that could wipe whole nations off the map and displace scores of millions of people are being overlooked in global climate change talks, island countries said Tuesday. Major emitters are pushing for greenhouse gas emissions cuts that are too low to prevent devastating sea rises, representatives said at the World Ocean Conference in Indonesia's Manado city. "Dealing with environmental refugees will have a much more serious impact on the global economy and global security in fact than what wars have ever done to this planet," said Rolph Payet, a presidential adviser from the...
  • Obama Tries to Rally World to Cope With Crisis

    04/01/2009 11:37:43 AM PDT · by EagleUSA · 4 replies · 424+ views
    Fox News / Politics ^ | 04/01/2009 | EagleUSA
    LONDON -- On the eve of a global economic summit, President Barack Obama promised world leaders he would listen, not lecture, as they seek a common fix to the financial crisis. "We can only meet this challenge together," he said Wednesday as the U.S. and Russia spoke on the summit sidelines about nuclear warhead reduction. The flurry of diplomacy came as Obama stepped on the world stage for the first time as president, aiming to shore up both America's economy and its reputation across the globe. He met with British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and Chinese...
  • Shamwow hawker Vince Shlomi involved in violent altercation with hooker

    03/28/2009 12:02:27 PM PDT · by lainie · 42 replies · 3,342+ views
    SMExaminer ^ | 3-28-2009
    Vince Shlomi, an infomercial salesman with a penchant for slanging in the vain of Ginsu, The Clapper, Life Alert and other such time and money (or life) saving multi-purpose device slicksters was involved in an incident involving a hooker he courted at a nightclub in Florida, February 7th. The Smoking Gun was first to report this story March 27th. Best known for his sales pitch for the Shamwow, the product which claims to be able extract large quantities of liquid spills created by common accidents around the home (or wherever accidental spills occur), Shlomi has created a dubious reputation promoting...
  • Obama details plan to aid small businesses

    03/16/2009 12:58:30 PM PDT · by EagleUSA · 14 replies · 659+ views
    Yahoo / AP ^ | 03/16/2009 | EagleUSA
    WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama on Monday offered a fresh package of aid to small businesses — "the heart of the American economy" — in an aggressive push to get big banks that got federal bailout money to do more lending to these struggling entrepreneurs. "You deserve a chance. America needs you to have that chance," Obama told small business owners gathered in the White House East Room as the administration detailed various steps to get credit flowing to small businesses. With Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner by his side, Obama said the nation has small businesses to thank for many...
  • At Dem Retreat, a Partisan love fest

    02/06/2009 9:54:10 AM PST · by EagleUSA · 9 replies · 600+ views
    Yahoo / POLITICO ^ | 02/06/2009 | EagleUSA
    WILLIAMSBURG, Va. — A fired-up Barack Obama ditched his TelePrompter to rally House Democrats and rip Republican opponents of his recovery package Thursday night – at one point openly mocking the GOP for failing to follow through on promises of bipartisanship. In what was the most pointedly partisan speech of his young presidency, Obama rejected Republican arguments that massive spending in the $819 billion stimulus bill that passed the House should be replaced by a new round of massive tax cuts. “I welcome this debate, but we are not going to get relief by turning back to the same policies...
  • Sen. DeMint: Democrats’ Stimulus Is a Sham

    02/03/2009 3:25:48 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 30 replies · 1,087+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 2009-02-03 | Ronald Kessler
    The Democrats’ stimulus bill is a “sham” that could pass unless enough angry voters besiege Congress with calls and e-mails, Sen. Jim DeMint, chairman of the Senate Steering Committee, tells Newsmax. Citing a new Gallup poll showing that three out of four Americans oppose the stimulus in its present form, the South Carolina Republican says Americans are beginning to understand what the stimulus bill is: a grab bag of spending measures that Democrats lusted after for years and will do little to stimulate the economy. “When people see bike trails and hiking trails and golf courses, they know this is...
  • Will $700B bailout work? We may never know

    01/30/2009 1:55:26 PM PST · by EagleUSA · 8 replies · 316+ views
    Yahoo / AP ^ | 01/30/2009 | EagleUSA
    WASHINGTON – We may never know whether the government's $700 billion bailout of the financial industry worked, according to a new report from congressional auditors. That's because it will be impossible to sort out which of the government's spending and other tinkering has made a difference, according to the report released Friday by the Government Accountability Office. The report covers Treasury's administration of the bailout, called the Troubled Asset Relief Program, through Jan. 23. Nearly $294 billion had been released by that date — almost $200 billion of it through a program to inject capital directly into financial institutions. The...