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  • ‘Poor people don’t plan long-term. We’ll just get our hearts broken’

    01/26/2015 12:46:36 AM PST · by CorporateStepsister · 45 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Sunday 21 September 2014 | Linda Tirado
    In the autumn of 2013 I was in my first term of school in a decade. I had two jobs; my husband, Tom, was working full-time; and we were raising our two small girls. It was the first time in years that we felt like maybe things were looking like they’d be OK for a while. After a gruelling shift at work, I was unwinding online when I saw a question from someone on a forum I frequented: Why do poor people do things that seem so self-destructive? I thought I could at least explain what I’d seen and how...
  • Is President Obama Shifting Right, or Being Shifty?

    01/25/2011 5:42:56 AM PST · by DanMiller · 40 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | January 25, 2011 | Dan Miller
    Has President Obama had a miraculous Paul of Tarsus like conversion while traveling his own road to Damascus? A true Obama moment? According to Rasmussen, his favorable vs. unfavorable ratings have been in the positive range. The country is broke and getting broker by the minute, but so what? There were some leg tingles when he announced a forty-five billion dollar trade deal with China during President Hu’s visit. However, very little was actually new business: “It’s largely an amalgamation of agreements that had already been inked, including Boeing’s $19 billion airplane deal.” Oh well. He has also “appointed GE...
  • Obama vows to shift economy into overdrive

    01/21/2011 12:09:43 PM PST · by Nachum · 48 replies
    yahoo ^ | 1/21/11 | afp
    SCHENECTADY, New York (AFP) – President Barack Obama claimed the role of champion of US businesses Friday, vowing to slip the economy into "overdrive" and enlisting corporate America in his crusade to create jobs. Obama named General Electric CEO and Chairman Jeffrey Immelt to head a new Council on Jobs and Competitiveness in his latest conciliatory gesture to the business sector following a Republican mid-term election rout. "The past two years were about pulling our economy back from the brink," Obama said after touring a GE plant in upstate New York, which manufactures hardware for solar, steam and wind power...
  • Recession Accelerates Shift Towards Greater Control of Washington in Health Care

    01/06/2011 12:22:16 PM PST · by Nachum · 7 replies
    heritage.org ^ | 1/6/11 | Nina Owcharenko
    While overall health care spending slowed in 2009, it is the underlying trend that is more troubling: the continuing decline in private coverage and the steady increase in government health care. These trends will only accelerate under Obamacare. According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), total health care spending grew by 4 percent in 2009 to reach $2.5 trillion. This represents a slower rate of growth from 2008, but the slower increase still outpaced spending as an overall percentage of GDP. The 3.2 percent decline in private coverage and the slowing of out-of-pocket spending by consumers are...
  • Sotomayor, Kagan shift Supreme Court debates to the left

    12/25/2010 7:39:05 PM PST · by Nachum · 73 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 12/25/10 | David G. Savage
    Washington —For most of the last two decades, Supreme Court conservatives led by Justice Antonin Scalia dominated the debates during oral arguments. They greeted advocates for liberal causes with sharp and sometimes caustic questions, putting them on the defensive from the opening minute.But the tenor of the debate has changed in recent months, now that President Obama's two appointees to the court, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan, have joined the fray and reenergized the liberal wing.Gone are the mismatches where the Scalia wing overshadowed reserved and soft-spoken liberals like now-retired
  • Policy shift may allow some illegal immigrants to stay

    08/27/2010 2:30:53 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 13 replies · 2+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 8/27 | Tim Gaynor
    PHOENIX (Reuters) – A shake-up in immigration policy may lead to deportation proceedings being dropped for thousands of aliens who entered the United States illegally but are applying to stay in the country, officials said on Friday. They said the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE) seeks to end deportation proceedings against detained illegal immigrants who have applications pending to become legal U.S. residents, if agents determine they have no criminal history and do not present a security threat. The policy shift emerged from an internal memorandum ICE Assistant Secretary John Morton sent last week to the agency's principal legal...
  • Analysis: U.N. rebukes of Israel permitted in U.S. policy shift

    06/08/2010 11:01:19 AM PDT · by Nachum · 7 replies · 36+ views
    reuters ^ | 6/8/10 | reuters
    (Reuters) - Under President Barack Obama, the United States no longer provides Israel with automatic support at the United Nations where the Jewish state faces a constant barrage of criticism and condemnation. The subtle but noticeable shift in the U.S. approach to its Middle East ally comes amid what some analysts describe as one of the most serious crises in U.S.-Israeli relations in years. Under Obama, the United States seeks to reclaim its role as an impartial Middle East peace broker which critics say it lost during the previous administration of George W. Bush. "Israel became used to unconditional support...
  • Obama’s rhetorical shift on health care

    03/25/2010 7:26:44 PM PDT · by Nachum · 8 replies · 424+ views
    washington examiner ^ | 3/25/10 | Mary Katharine Ham
    You’ll be glad to know that, like with the Obama presidency before it, we have now moved from the “everything will miraculously change” portion of the Obama health-care pitch to the “I never said everything would miraculously change” portion. This comes from his speech selling health-care reform in Iowa today: Now, it will take about four years to implement this entire plan – because we need to do it responsibly and we need to get it right. That means that health care costs won’t go down overnight. But we have built into the law all sorts of measures to assure...
  • Analysis: Is there a shift in US military thinking?

    03/22/2010 8:06:16 PM PDT · by Nachum · 10 replies · 575+ views
    jpost.com ^ | 3/22/10 | YAAKOV KATZ
    Defense officials worried that Petraeus’s comments are harbinger of weakened ties While almost a week has passed since Gen. David Petraeus, commander of the United States Military’s Central Command (CENTCOM) testified before the Senate and dropped his bombshell about Israel, concern within the defense establishment has only grown. While the assumption among the top IDF brass is that Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Michael Mullen does not support Petraeus’s widely-reported claim that Israeli intransigence was a problem for the US military in the Middle East and was fomenting conflict, the comments still worry Israel for a number...
  • Gates, Mullen Seek Momentum Shift in Afghanistan

    06/10/2009 4:39:32 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 192+ views
    WASHINGTON, June 10, 2009 – Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said he hopes to see signs that the new strategy in Afghanistan is working over the next year to 18 months as Afghan security forces improve. Speaking to the Senate Appropriations Committee’s defense subcommittee yesterday about benchmarks in Afghanistan, both Gates and Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, expressed hope that momentum would shift away from insurgents within 12 to 18 months. But Gates cautioned that the operation would last beyond that timeline. “This problem will not be over in 18 months. This problem will...
  • Attorney general signals shift in marijuana policy

    03/18/2009 7:28:05 PM PDT · by Nachum · 65 replies · 2,673+ views
    My Way ^ | 3/18/09 | DEVLIN BARRETT
    WASHINGTON (AP) - Attorney General Eric Holder signaled a change on medical marijuana policy Wednesday, saying federal agents will target marijuana distributors only when they violate both federal and state law. That would be a departure from the Bush administration, which targeted medical marijuana dispensaries in California even if they complied with that state's law
  • FBI may shift counterterror agents to anti-fraud

    02/11/2009 4:17:53 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 44 replies · 733+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 2/11/09 | Devlin Barrett - ap
    WASHINGTON – With thousands of fraud investigations under way, the FBI is considering shifting agents away from counterterrorism work to help sort through the wreckage of the financial meltdown. FBI Deputy Director John Pistole told the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday that the bureau may reassign some of the positions that were reallocated to anti-terrorism work after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. Such a move would be a further sign of the government breaking with the Bush administration's priorities, which pledged to assign every available resource to averting another terrorist attack.
  • Bush Announces Iraq Troop Cut

    09/09/2008 4:30:37 PM PDT · by SandRat · 8 replies · 277+ views
    FORT LESLEY J. MCNAIR, D.C., Sept. 9, 2008 – The United States will continue to reduce its troop strength in Iraq, but will increase its footprint in Afghanistan, President Bush said here today. The president accepted the recommendations of military leaders to reduce U.S. troop levels in Iraq by 8,000 through January. If security conditions continue to improve in the country, further reductions will be possible, Bush said at the National Defense University. Bush also announced plans to deploy a Marine battalion to train Afghan National Army troops in November and to send an Army brigade to Afghanistan in January....
  • Shift Happens (Video)

    08/01/2007 11:58:25 AM PDT · by Sen Jack S. Fogbound · 26 replies · 1,817+ views
    This is six minute video that will blow your mind! Link to Shift Happens
  • Captured al Qaeda Documents Detail Shift in Support

    02/10/2008 12:49:37 PM PST · by SandRat · 8 replies · 93+ views
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 10, 2008 – Documents released by U.S. military officials in Iraq detail the deterioration of al Qaeda in Iraq, as hundreds of its fighters have deserted to fight alongside the coalition or have been killed or captured. Navy Rear Adm. Gregory J. Smith, a Multinational Force Iraq spokesman, briefed reporters today on a letter and a diary recovered in raids by coalition forces, both thought to be written by senior leaders of al Qaeda in Iraq. The documents are believed to have been written last year, and detail a shift in support as citizens who formerly supported al...
  • Mosul attack points to insurgent shift

    01/24/2008 2:27:01 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies · 118+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 1/24/08 | Christopher Chester and Steven R. Hurst - ap
    BAGHDAD - The abandoned apartment block known as the Pepsi building vanished in seconds, leaving a 30-foot-deep blast crater and a ring of destruction for a quarter mile in every direction through a shanty district in Mosul. Then on Thursday — even before the final death count was tallied — came more bloodshed: A suicide bomber killed a police chief and two other officers as they toured the devastation from the previous day. Residents with insurgent sympathies taunted the chief moments before the attack. Two deadly days have underscored what some U.S. military commanders fear is ahead for the northern...
  • A Shift Toward Obama Is Seen Among Blacks

    01/20/2008 9:22:03 PM PST · by jdm · 27 replies · 113+ views
    Wash Post ^ | Jan. 21, 2008 | By Krissah Williams
    CHARLESTON, S.C., Jan. 20 -- Three months ago, beauty shop owner Shanaya Hammond was a somewhat reluctant supporter of Sen. Barack Obama. A campaign aide persuaded her to put two Obama posters in the window of her Passion Slice salon and she planned to vote for him, but, she allowed, "I won't be mad if Hillary wins." No more. She is all in for Obama now, having been convinced after the senator from Illinois won the Iowa Democratic caucuses that America is ready to vote for a black man for president. "I was like, okay, it's happening for us," said...
  • Rasmussen: South Carolina Shifts In Both Primaries

    01/14/2008 4:51:26 PM PST · by jdm · 120 replies · 116+ views
    Captain's Quarters ^ | Jan. 14, 2008 | Ed Morrissey
    Two new Rasmussen polls show movement in both the Republican and Democratic primaries. Fred Thompson has begun to ascend, but mostly at the expense of Mike Huckabee after his takedown of the Arkansas governor in the last debate. Hillary Clinton has eaten up half of Barack Obama's previous lead as well, with only eight days to go before the primary: Over the past several days, the only real movement in South Carolina’s Republican Presidential Primary has been a four-point gain for Fred Thompson and a five-point decline for Mike Huckabee. The big winner from that trade-off is John McCain. The...
  • Obama calls for shift in diplomacy

    07/28/2007 11:10:37 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 26 replies · 484+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 7/28/07 | Mike Glover - ap
    DES MOINES, Iowa - Democrat Barack Obama cast himself Saturday as the leader the United States needs for it to stand up to and engage renegade nations such as North Korea. 'We need a president who'll have the strength and courage to go toe to toe with the leaders of rogue nations, because that's what it takes to protect our security," the Illinois senator told Democrats at a rally. "That's what I'll do as your next commander in chief." Obama and rival Hillary Rodham Clinton have had a running argument since clashing in last week's debate over how far the...
  • Lawmakers predict shift in war policy

    05/25/2007 9:55:13 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 17 replies · 844+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 5/25/07 | Anne Flaherty - ap
    WASHINGTON - Republican and Democratic congressional leaders both forecast a change in President Bush's Iraq war policy as the president prepared to sign legislation Friday providing funds for military operations through Sept. 30. "I think the president's policy is going to begin to unravel now," said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (news, bio, voting record), who described the just-passed measure as a disappointment because it did not force an end to U.S. participation in the conflict. At a separate news conference, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (news, bio, voting record) predicted a change, and said Bush would show the way. "I...
  • The Global Warming Debate

    05/21/2007 7:53:25 AM PDT · by libertarianPA · 11 replies · 782+ views
    Captialism Magazine ^ | 5/7/07 | Tom DeWeese
    With great fanfare, in March, Al Gore took Capitol Hill like a conquering hero as he testified on Global Warming before both houses of Congress. Fresh from conquests at the Academy Awards where his adoring Hollywood elites showered him with coveted golden statues for spreading their favorite propaganda, Gore was determined to turn his personal conquest into draconian federal law and ultimate human misery. Gore's words to Congress were predictable. The earth is warming. The polar ice caps are melting. Polar bears are on the run. And it's man's fault. Solution? Ban or control human activities. The mantra of the...
  • Oil Nations May Decide To Shift Petrodollars Away From America

    01/31/2007 5:42:31 AM PST · by shrinkermd · 5 replies · 829+ views
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 31 January 2007 | KIRK SHINKLE
    The petrodollar pipeline that recycles billions from oil producers back to the U.S. economy has turned crude-laden nations from Norway to Iran into the world’s biggest sources of global savings. These nations are also key sources of foreign demand for U.S. assets. Now new research predicts a trend that could affect the U.S. economy nearly as much as swings on crude exchanges: Oil producers might be looking to diversify how they spend and invest their cash. Such changes are worth watching — mainly because the flood of money generated for oil exporters by sustained high crude prices has become a...
  • Gore predicts shift in Bush climate policy

    09/05/2006 9:33:15 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 25 replies · 574+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 9/5/06 | Alister Doyle
    OSLO (Reuters) - Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore predicted on Tuesday that President George W. Bush would shift to do more to fight global warming, under Republican pressure from California to New York. "I think there is a better than 50-50 chance that President Bush will change his policy in the next two years," Gore told an audience in Oslo after showing his documentary "An Inconvenient Truth" about global warming during a tour of Europe. "Many of his strongest supporters are changing their positions and are becoming vocal in asking him to change," Gore told about 300 people including...
  • Schumer and Clinton Pressed To Reappoint Bolton [NY's Dem senators now supporting GW's Bolton?]

    07/26/2006 10:57:44 AM PDT · by summer · 41 replies · 2,043+ views
    The NY Sun ^ | July 26, 2006 | RUSSELL BERMAN
    As the Senate prepares to consider anew the nomination of John Bolton as United Nations ambassador, Senators Schumer and Clinton are facing increasing pressure from pro-Israel groups to renounce another Democratic filibuster in light of the escalating war in the Middle East. The Foreign Relations Committee is set to hold a hearing on the nomination tomorrow, and several Democrats on the panel have voiced their unswerving opposition to Mr. Bolton's nomination. From New York's senators, however, there has been nothing but silence. Mr. Schumer and Mrs. Clinton voted to block Mr. Bolton's confirmation a year ago, but they have not...
  • Commanders to Shift U.S., Iraqi Troops to Baghdad

    07/24/2006 5:29:58 PM PDT · by SandRat · 18 replies · 689+ views
    WASHINGTON, July 24, 2006 – Commanders will shift U.S. forces in Iraq to deal with insurgent threats, but this does not mean more American troops will go into the country, nor that the announced rotation will change. Multinational Force Iraq commander Army Gen. George W. Casey Jr. will shift forces already in Iraq to Baghdad, Army Gen. John P. Abizaid, commander of U.S. Central Command, said in an interview with New York Times reporter Michael Gordon. "There is a very serious effort to make sure that it is not just weighted with additional U.S. capability, but also additional Iraqi capability,"...
  • Global Warming Cited in Wind Shift

    05/03/2006 4:12:39 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 30 replies · 739+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 5/3/06 | Malcolm Ritter - ap
    NEW YORK - An important wind circulation pattern over the Pacific Ocean has begun to weaken because of global warming caused by human activity, something that could alter climate and the marine food chain in the region, new research suggests. It's not clear what climate changes might arise in the area or possibly beyond, but the long-term effect might resemble some aspects of an El Nino event, a study author said. El Ninos boost rainfall in the southern United States and western South America and bring dry weather or even drought to Indonesia, Malaysia and elsewhere in the western Pacific....
  • Rice Signals Shift In Iran Policy

    02/16/2006 4:35:59 PM PST · by blam · 21 replies · 797+ views
    BBC ^ | 2-16-2006
    Rice signals shift in Iran policy Rice says she wants to support the aspirations of Iranians The US secretary of state is seeking new funds for a policy aimed at putting pressure on Iran's government and promoting internal opposition to it. Condoleezza Rice asked Congress for $75m to increase TV and radio broadcasts and fund dissident groups. Correspondents say the move comes amid US fears that the world community will not countenance tough action over Iran's nuclear ambitions. Critics of the US plan say the funds are not enough to make a difference. Former Clinton administration official Martin Indyk told...
  • Earth's magnetic pole shifting; Alaska may lose northern lights

    12/08/2005 9:19:41 PM PST · by rellimpank · 57 replies · 2,169+ views
    SAN FRANCISCO -- Earth's north magnetic pole is drifting from North America at such a clip that it could end up in Siberia in the next 50 years, scientists said Thursday. Despite accelerated movement over the past century, the possibility that Earth's fading magnetic field will collapse or that the magnetic poles will flip is remote. But the shift could mean that Alaska may no longer be able to see the high-altitude shimmering displays of colorful lights called the aurora borealis, or northern lights. Scientists have long known that magnetic poles migrate and in rare cases, swap places. But exactly
  • Will Schiff Shift? Will California Congressman Adam Schiff (D) shift pork to aid Katrina victims?

    09/20/2005 9:09:18 AM PDT · by WayneLusvardi · 10 replies · 658+ views
    The Pasadena Pundit ^ | September 20, 2005 | Wayne Lusvardi
    Will Schiff Shift? "To shift, or not to shift: that is the question." -- Schiffspeare Today Alabama Senator Richard Shelby (Republican) said he would be willing to give up some of his allotted Federal monies for pork projects in his state to help fund recovery efforts from Hurricane Katrina. Which raises the question whether California Congressman Adam Schiff (Democrat-29th District) would be willing to shift funds as well? Do you think Schiff should shift $500,000 from Children's Hospital cancer research to aid children's real-time medical needs in the Gulf? Should he shift $1 million for Griffith Park Observatory for "educational"...
  • ABORTION STAND HALTS SENATOR HILLARY CLINTON'S SHIFT TO MIDDLE

    05/06/2005 5:56:24 AM PDT · by Libloather · 17 replies · 1,398+ views
    NY Post ^ | 5/06/05 | IAN BISHOP
    ABORTION STAND HALTS CLINTON'S SHIFT TO MIDDLE By IAN BISHOP Post Correspondent May 6, 2005 -- WASHINGTON — Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton is putting the brakes on her move to the political middle by opposing legislation that would bar helping underage girls cross state lines for an abortion without their parents' consent. Clinton — despite preaching moderation in recent speeches — will toe the Democratic line in the Senate in an effort to block a GOP-backed bill that just passed the House and makes it illegal for anyone to help a girl get a secret out-of-state abortion. "I don't believe...
  • CA: Arnold scorned by backer over shift on redistricting

    04/29/2005 8:57:57 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies · 383+ views
    LA Daliy News ^ | 4/29/05 | David M. Drucker
    SACRAMENTO -- A day after Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger expressed his willingness to postpone the start of new legislative districts, a major backer of his ballot measure blasted the governor Thursday for retreating from his earlier demand for swift change. Los Angeles businessman Bill Mundell said his committee has gathered 900,000 signatures to place the proposed constitutional amendment on the ballot, and added he is not interested in delaying its implementation past 2006. "We believed the governor when he told us that the timeline was non-negotiable," Mundell said in a prepared statement. "The people want redistricting reform now. The people have...
  • CA: Major shift possible in century-old wildfire suppression policy

    03/07/2005 8:18:28 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 13 replies · 637+ views
    Monterey Herald ^ | 3/7/05 | AP
    RIVERSIDE, Calif. - A major shift in the century-old policy for suppressing the wildfire danger in Southern California's national forests could be coming this summer. Unchecked growth has left the region's woodlands dangerously overgrown and the new plans will be part legacy of 2003's deadly firestorms, part science and part popular opinion. U.S. Forest Service planners have worked three years on the new management guidelines and they are now poring over nearly 11,000 separate concerns contained in more than 3,000 letters and e-mails sent in response to an initial draft released last year. Plans for the San Bernardino, Cleveland, Los...
  • Two county officials make shift to GOP (Howard Dean loses a few more red state votes)

    02/26/2005 6:37:53 AM PST · by Libloather · 37 replies · 1,765+ views
    Huntsville Item ^ | 2/26/05 | Kurt Allen
    2 county officials make shift to GOP By Kurt Allen/Assistant Managing Editor When Robyn Flowers and Barbara Hale were trying to find their place in the world of politics, it was almost a given it would be the Democratic Party. Growing up in the South, Democrats ruled the region, and there was little thought given to being Republican. "I think probably, like most people my age, if you were born and raised in Texas, you've been a Democrat because that's what your family did," said Hale, Walker County's court-at-law judge. How the times do change. Now the South, and Texas...
  • The Future of Judaism

    01/25/2005 11:35:24 AM PST · by stevejackson · 30 replies · 2,433+ views
    netWMD - The War to Mobilize Democracy ^ | January 25, 2005 | Daniel Pipes
    Until the 18th century, there was basically only one kind of Judaism, that which is now called Orthodox. It meant living by the religion's 613 laws, and doing so suffused Jews' lives with their faith. Then, starting with the thinker Baruch Spinoza (1632-77) and moving briskly during the Haskala, or "enlightenment," from the late 18th century, Jews developed a wide variety of alternate interpretations of their religion, most of which diminished the role of faith in their lives and led to a concomitant reduction in Jewish affiliation.These alternatives and other developments, in particular the Holocaust, caused the ranks of the...
  • Where Goes the U.S.-Turkish Relationship?

    12/08/2004 7:23:08 AM PST · by stevejackson · 29 replies · 1,248+ views
    War to Mobilize Democracy ^ | 12/8/2004 | Soner Cagaptay
    Throughout the 1990s, Turkish foreign policy analysts had an easy job. After all, Turkish foreign policy was predictable. Ankara cooperated enthusiastically with Washington, whether in the Middle East or in the Balkans. Turkey aligned itself with Israel and kept at arms length from Middle Eastern neighbors such as Syria and Iran. In Europe, Ankara traded heavily with the European Union (EU) but did not allow the EU to dictate foreign policy. The European Union's frequent allegations and criticism of human rights abuses in Turkey, especially with regard to Turkey's fight against Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK, Partiya Karkaren Kurdistan) terrorists, soured...
  • PLEASE! STOP POSTING SAME MESSAGE ON ALL BOARDS!

    08/16/2002 7:39:49 AM PDT · by Merchant Seaman · 728 replies · 30,137+ views
    Annoyed Reader
    The purpose of FreeRepublic.com's multiple message boards is to limit the topics for each board to particular topics. Posting the same message on all the boards defeats the purpose of multiple-boards for special topics. It is very annoying to see the same message on every bulletin board. PLEASE! DO THE READERS A FAVOR. STOP CROSS-POSTING YOUR MESSAGES!
  • Life After Daschle: Will a 55-seat majority be enough to end ...

    11/05/2004 6:00:51 AM PST · by Zechariah11 · 75 replies · 2,076+ views
    WSJ: Opinion Journal ^ | November 5, 2004 | Kimberly A. Strassel
    Life After Daschle Will a 55-seat majority be enough to end Senate obstructionism? BY KIMBERLEY A. STRASSEL Friday, November 5, 2004 12:01 a.m. EST The pressure builds on those red-state Senators up for election in 2006. Is New Mexico's Jeff Bingaman going to vote down a Miguel Estrada nomination, with a state home to the largest proportion of Hispanics in the country? Look too for Ben Nelson of Nebraska, Bill Nelson of Florida, and Kent Conrad of North Dakota to be heeding the Ghost of Daschle's Past. The GOP's best shot for leveraging this fear of home state voters is...
  • Predicting a President: Slight Shift to Bush on Newspaper Sites' Electoral Maps

    10/22/2004 10:49:38 PM PDT · by cinnathepoet · 20 replies · 913+ views
    NEW YORK For the second day in a row, the Los Angeles Times and USA Today were the only newspaper sites to shift their electoral-college numbers in E&P's exclusive tracking of seven major newspaper Web sites with electoral-college maps. Sen. John Kerry lost votes on both sites. President Bush's vote count remained steady at USA Today and increased at the L.A. Times. Bush now has an average of 199 votes to Kerry's average 188 across the seven sites. At least 270 electoral votes are needed for election. The Los Angeles Times pushed Michigan's 17 electoral votes from Kerry to the...
  • I have noticed a fundamental shift

    10/09/2004 2:49:28 PM PDT · by Blood of Tyrants · 30 replies · 1,453+ views
    10/9/04 | Self
    In the past we became frustrated at Republicans when they tried too hard to make people like them by acting like liberals. Rush called it "trying to outliberal the liberals". But lately I have watched the Democrats, especially the 'Rats who have to run in tough races. The tone has shifted. The 'Rats are now trying to "out-conservative the conservatives"! We have seen about 30 states reverse their concealed carry policies to a more correct one of "shall issue". We have forced a liberal president to sign welfare reform. We have seen three tax cuts in three years. We have...
  • CA: Traffic gets worse as lawmakers shift transportation funds

    09/12/2004 8:38:09 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies · 422+ views
    Sac Bee ^ | 9/12/04 | Dan walters
    The "Inland Empire" region of Southern California - Riverside and San Bernardino counties - achieved a dubious distinction the other day. The Texas Transportation Institute elevated, if that's the word, the region into the list of the nation's five most traffic-congested areas - and it found itself in familiar company. The adjacent Los Angeles region (including portions of Orange and Ventura counties) retained its long-standing title as the nation's most congested, and the San Francisco Bay Area continued in its No. 2 ranking. Understanding California's dominance of the traffic jam sweepstakes doesn't take a degree in astrophysics. Simple arithmetic will...
  • US Secret Shift On West Bank Attacked

    08/22/2004 5:09:51 PM PDT · by blam · 3 replies · 322+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 8-23-2004 | Inigo Gilmore
    US secret shift on West Bank attacked By Inigo Gilmore in Tel Aviv (Filed: 23/08/2004) Ahmed Qureia, the Palestinian prime minister, expressed alarm yesterday at an apparently secret shift in American policy after Washington indicated that it would accept the growth of Jewish settlements in the West Bank. The move could "thwart and destroy" the "road map" peace plan and hopes of negotiations with Israel for a Palestinian state, he said. His comments followed reports in America and Israel that the Bush administration had modified its long-standing policy over the building of settlements in the West Bank to try to...
  • Major shift in the works for military

    08/15/2004 4:22:45 AM PDT · by Happy2BMe · 18 replies · 1,076+ views
    WASHINGTON - President Bush is to announce on Monday that the United States will withdraw up to 70,000 troops from Europe and Asia in the most significant rearrangement of the American military since the end of the Cold War, an administration official said Saturday.   Bush will also announce in a speech on Monday that the withdrawal will affect an additional 100,000 military support staff and family members, who will leave the regions as well.    Bush's plan, first reported by the Financial Times of London, comes at a time when the Army is stretched thin by large deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan,...
  • Test could lead to time travel

    03/22/2004 4:20:21 PM PST · by Momaw Nadon · 135 replies · 1,060+ views
    The Miami Herald ^ | Sunday, March 21, 2004 | BY RAFAEL SANGIOVANNI
    A physics professor will try to turn back time in an experiment at the Miami Museum of Science. It's back to the future all over again -- at least, that's what Carlos Dolz has in mind. The Florida International University physics professor plans to take time to task at 10 a.m. Wednesday, when he presents an experiment that involves using acceleration to speed up a digital clock by four seconds. Dolz's experiment -- which takes six hours to finish -- will become part of Playing With Time, the current exhibit at the Miami Museum of Science. Dolz, who has been...
  • Scientists Find Another PLANET in our solar system!

    03/16/2004 6:57:47 PM PST · by vannrox · 44 replies · 4,930+ views
    Space DOT com - Breaking News ^ | posted: 03:51 pm ET 15 March 2004 | By Robert Roy Britt Senior Science Writer
    Scientists Find Another Huge Mini-World in Outer Solar System The most distant object ever seen orbiting the Sun is nearly as large as Pluto, expanding astronomers notions of how the solar system formed and what resides in its outskirts. The round world is currently three times farther away than Pluto from the Sun, a distance that expands even further on its 10,000-year orbit. It sits in a part of the solar system that some astronomers had thought empty. It is redder and brighter than anything astronomers have seen in the outer solar system, and scientists don't know why. The object...
  • A Stroll Through the Lyman-Alpha Forest!

    02/19/2004 1:54:19 PM PST · by vannrox · 19 replies · 5,272+ views
    Alternate View Column AV-116 ^ | 08/06/2002 | by John G. Cramer
     As the author of these columns describing cutting edge physics and astronomy, I get quite a few letters and E-mail from readers who are more interested in ?over-the-edge physics and astronomy?.  One recurring theme is various alternatives to the standard model of Big Bang cosmology.  Perhaps the universe is not expanding; it?s just that light ?gets tired? on its path from far away and loses some of its energy.  Perhaps quasars are closer than we think, particularly since some of them appear to be linked to closer galaxies.  Perhaps relativity is wrong, and it?s the speed of light that is...
  • House committee passes broad nuke policy shift

    05/16/2003 10:32:33 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 322+ views
    Mercury News ^ | 5/16/03 | Andrea Widener - Contra Costa Times
    <p>WASHINGTON - The Bush Administration's push for wholesale change in U.S. nuclear weapons policy was put into motion Thursday, after the House Armed Services Committee passed a sweeping set of policies that move toward development and testing of nuclear weapons.</p>
  • How Bush Reordered the Muslim World

    04/21/2003 4:49:20 PM PDT · by LS · 18 replies · 295+ views
    History News Network ^ | 4/20/03 | LS
    In 1904, geographer Sir Halford John Mackinder unveiled his famous thesis entitled the "Geographical Pivot of History," in which he argued there existed a pivotal area "in the closed heart-land of Euro-Asia" that was isolated from sea power, and thus immune from the influences of oceanic states. In Mackinder's famous three-point summation: Who rules East Europe commands the Heartland; Who rules the heartland commands the World Island; Who rules the World Island commands the World. Mackinder envisioned a struggle between Germany and Russia for the "heartland," essentially dismissing the effects of sea power, which already had been touted by the...
  • Burping Moon may solve magnetism mystery

    02/19/2003 12:55:20 PM PST · by vannrox · 1 replies · 333+ views
    News in Science ^ | Jan 16 2003 | Abbie Thomas - ABC Science Online
    Moon model: a superplume from inside the Moon when it was just 500 million years old might explain a lot - and not just about the Moon (Pic: University of California).  A mighty 'burp' early in the Moon's life may explain something that has puzzled scientists ever since Apollo astronauts brought back rock samples; why are there so many ancient magnetised rocks lying on the surface? Research published in the journal Nature this week from the University of California at Berkeley, in the United States, suggests that an expunged column of hot rock - like a blob rising to...
  • AP Analysis: Billions in federal spending shifted to GOP districts after 1994 House takeover

    08/05/2002 11:40:55 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 16 replies · 284+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 8-5-02 | DAVID PACE
    <p>WASHINGTON (AP) -- The 1994 revolution that gave Republicans control of the House of Representatives produced a seismic shift in federal spending, moving tens of billions of dollars from Democratic to GOP districts, an Associated Press analysis shows.</p> <p>Rather than pork barrel projects for new GOP districts, the change was driven mostly by Republican policies that moved spending from poor rural and urban areas to the more affluent suburbs and GOP-leaning farm country, the computer analysis showed.</p>
  • Internet Sites Reveal Al Qaeda Strategy Shift

    06/12/2002 7:44:53 AM PDT · by codebreaker · 6 replies · 307+ views
    Geostrategy Direct.com ^ | Week of June 19, 2002 | Bill Gertz-Military Reporter Washington Times
    Al Qeada appears to have shifted its strategy away from the United States and against Israel, a report said.The shift in Al Qaeda policy was first detected in April.Al Qaeda members have made intensive use of the Internet and launched electronic journals in response to criticism by Egypt that Saudi fugitive Osama Bin Laden has ignored the Palestinians.Focus on Al Qaeda-Many Al Qaeda relocating in North Africa: Algeria May Become New Base.Backgrounder Column: Ukraine Arrests Smuggler Attempting to Send Missile Guidance Components to IranPutin Orders Arms Sales SecretEgyptian Ministers Warns of New Al Qaeda AttacksTerror Alert in Nothern EuropePakistan Ready...