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  • The $400 billion ripoff that could destroy the Greek bailout

    11/28/2015 4:51:14 PM PST · by Lorianne · 25 replies
    CNBC ^ | 24 November 2014 | Nasos Koukakis
    As if Greece didn't have enough economic market woes, last week foreign investment funds managed to take control of four of the country's largest banks — Alpha Bank, Eurobank, National Bank of Greece and Piraeus Bank — through $6.42 billion worth of capital increases and a complex set of legal manipulations. As a result, bank shares sold like penny stocks, diluting state ownership in these important institutions that have assets totaling $358 billion. The country's stake in the National Bank of Greece dropped to 24 percent from 57 percent, and in Eurobank it fell to 2.4 percent from 35 percent,...
  • GOP senator calls for more corn cronyism mandated by the EPA

    07/25/2015 7:37:50 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 14 replies
    Against Crony Capitalism ^ | 24 July 2015 | Nick Sorrentino
    Its the same party with 2 wings. The Washington Crony Party. If one can fleece the taxpayer it will be done, Republican, Democrat, whatever, so long as money is funneled to the narrow interests which fund your campaigns. The Republican Party, though it has a free market wing which is young and growing is still dominated by the older big government crony Republicans. How long that generation can hold on, and how much damage they will create to the economy is anyones guess. (From The Surge) "Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) just cant help himself. He is intent on using the...
  • Germany is feasting on the rest of Europe

    07/19/2015 3:08:56 PM PDT · by BlopAndStop · 35 replies
    Business Insider ^ | July 19, 2015 | Corey Stern
    The situation in Athens seems to have calmed down, but former Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke thinks Europe has an even bigger issue to worry about: Germany. In a blog post on Friday, Bernanke wrote that the failure of the eurozone as a whole is very much related to the "highly asymmetric outcomes" among member nations. In other words, Bernanke is attributing Europe's woes to the fact that countries like Germany are benefiting at the expense of the monetary union's weaker members, like Greece, Spain, and Italy. Bernanke points to unemployment rates as a clear sign of the disparity in...
  • Iraq Asks for Immediate Military Support from US to Save Anbar

    05/17/2015 9:43:55 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 34 replies
    BasNews ^ | 5-17-2015 | Diyar Aziz
    The Iraqi government and army officials have sent a plea to United States officials in Baghdad, asking for military support as soon as possible to prevent Ramadi, the largest city in Anbar Province, from falling to Islamic State (IS). At a meeting held in Baghdad on Sunday to discuss the latest advances of IS in Anbar, Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi warned that the jihadists may take the western Iraqi province. The meeting was attended by Iraqi army commanders, the Parliament Speaker, US Ambassador Stuart Jones and a number of Iraqi political leaders. They discussed a plan to repel the IS...
  • U.S. Republicans claim enough votes to pass fast-track trade bill

    05/17/2015 10:17:01 AM PDT · by Mariner · 62 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 17th, 2015 | By Doina Chiacu
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Top Republicans predicted on Sunday that both chambers of Congress would muster the votes to pass the "fast-track" authority sought by President Barack Obama to negotiate major trade deals, despite opposition from Obama's fellow Democrats. "Yes, well pass it. We'll pass it later this week," Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said in an interview with ABC. Republican U.S. Representative Paul Ryan said on CNN's "State of the Union" that he was confident the measure would also pass the House of Representatives. "We will have the votes," said Ryan, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee. "We're...
  • Jeb Bush: I have a 'hard time' disagreeing with my family. Republican on the defensive [tr]

    05/15/2015 10:32:13 AM PDT · by C19fan · 39 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | May 15, 2015 | Francesca Chambers
    Jeb Bush has an explanation for his Iraq war flub - it's that he has a 'hard time' criticizing his family. Bush made the admission on Thursday at the Republican National Committee's spring meeting, held this year in Flagstaff, Arizona, according to ABC News. Acknowledging that 'there's a lot of interest out there' from press in determining how he's different from his ex-president brother George W. Bush, the White House hopeful and son of former president George H.W. Bush said: 'I'm not going to go out of my way to say that, you know, my brother did this wrong or...
  • NOW president: Obama's Warren critique sexist

    05/13/2015 7:24:09 AM PDT · by PROCON · 21 replies
    thehill.com ^ | May 12, 2015 | Kevin Cirilli
    Greg Nash National Organization for Women (NOW) president Terry O'Neill on Wednesday called President Obama's critique of Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) sexist. O'Neill told The Hill she took issue with Obama calling Warren by her first name during an interview with Yahoo News published Saturday. "Yes, I think it is sexist," O'Neill said. "I think the president was trying to build up his own trustworthiness on this issue by convincing us that Senator Warren's concerns are not to be taken seriously. But he did it in a sexist way."
  • Senator suggests gender played into Obama-Warren spat

    05/12/2015 1:57:44 PM PDT · by C19fan · 25 replies
    Politico ^ | May 12, 2015 | Seung Min Kim
    Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown, one of the top Democratic opponents of President Barack Obamas trade agenda, criticized Obama on Tuesday for what the senator saw as disrespectful comments toward Sen. Elizabeth Warren and indicated that Warrens gender may have played a role. I think by just calling her another politician, Brown told reporters Tuesday when asked how Obama was being disrespectful to Warren. Im not going to get into more details. I think referring to her as first name, when he might not have done that for a male senator, perhaps? Ive said enough.
  • Obama: Elizabeth Warren Is 'Wrong' On Trade

    04/22/2015 7:11:45 PM PDT · by Theoria · 28 replies
    NPR ^ | 22 April 2015 | Domenico Montanaro
    A full-fledged Democratic trade war has broken out."I love Elizabeth. We're allies on a whole host of issues, but she's wrong on this," President Obama said Tuesday night in an interview on MSNBC's Hardball with Chris Matthews, referring to liberal Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren.Warren and the progressive left, scarred by trade deals past like the North American Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA, have launched a vocal fight against granting the president so-called "fast-track" authority to negotiate a 12-country Pacific trade deal. "Are you ready to fight?" Warren said at a rally April 15 with labor leaders and Vermont liberal Sen....
  • NOW president: Obamas Warren critique sexist

    05/12/2015 9:57:19 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 12, 2015, 07:04 pm | Kevin Cirilli
    National Organization for Women (NOW) president Terry ONeill on Wednesday called President Obamas critique of Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) sexist. ONeill told The Hill she took issue with Obama calling Warren by her first name during an interview with Yahoo News published Saturday. Yes, I think it is sexist, ONeill said. I think the president was trying to build up his own trustworthiness on this issue by convincing us that Senator Warrens concerns are not to be taken seriously. But he did it in a sexist way.
  • Report: New England Patriots Worried Tom Brady Could Be Suspended 6-8 Games

    05/09/2015 10:23:18 AM PDT · by drewh · 69 replies
    CBS ^ | Fri, 08 May 2015 5:18 PM ET | by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
    The Patriots are concerned that quarterback Tom Brady could face a suspension ranging from six and eight games, according to a report from CSN New England. Any punishment from the NFL would result from the recent Ted Wells report, which stated "it is more probable than not that Tom Brady was at least generally aware" that footballs were deflated below the league's minimum requirement against the Colts in the AFC Championship. Following the AFC Championship and leading up to the Super Bowl, Brady told reporters he was confident that no one in the Patriots organization broke any rules. Footballs must...
  • Joe Scarborough Opens GOP Leadership Summit Day 2 with Series of Awkward Jokes

    04/18/2015 10:41:29 AM PDT · by PROCON · 23 replies
    mediaite ^ | April 18, 2015 | Andrew Kirell
    The second day of the New Hampshire Republican Partys First in the Nation leadership summit kicked off Saturday morning with a speech from MSNBCs Joe Scarborough, a former GOP congressman. As you might expect, the reception was lukewarm at first especially when he tried to land a series of fratboy-ish jokes but became much warmer when he talked actual policy and tried to stir the crowd into rallying around conservative principles for the 2016 election. But lets run through his awkward jokes: Scarborough approached the stage to noticeably tepid applause (though, to be fair, this was the first...
  • Taking Back Thomas Jefferson

    03/13/2015 12:21:52 PM PDT · by don-o · 11 replies
    The Abbeville Review ^ | March 10, 2015 | James Rutledge Roesch
    Jefferson, a member of the gentry of Old Virginia, was always regarded as one of the best and brightest of his generation, a gentleman of the finest intellect, taste, and manners. Although Jefferson loved and was loyal to the Union, he was a Virginian first and an American second; Virginia, Jefferson avowed, was his country. This order of allegiance State over Union, or Society over the State was firmly rooted in the Old South. Accordingly, in the emerging conflict between the North and the South, Jefferson sided with his own country. It is true that we are completely...
  • NASA wastes $350 million

    12/21/2014 8:06:55 AM PST · by Patriot777 · 26 replies
    Liveleak.com ^ | Dec-21-2014 | unknown
    NASA has just finished building a $350 million test facility in Gulfsport, La., despite the program it was designed for having been canceled nearly four years ago.
  • Democrat Pastor Accuses Thad Cochran Campaign of Vote-for-Pay Scheme (Breitbart: FRONTPAGE!)

    06/30/2014 8:50:51 PM PDT · by Viennacon · 74 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 6/30/2014 | Matthew Boyle
    A black Mississippi pastor has emerged to claim Sen. Thad Cochran's (R-MS) campaign paid thousands of Democrats $15 each to vote in the June 24 GOP runoff and that he was part of the scheme. Rev. Stevie Fielder, an associate pastor at First Union Missionary Baptist Church in Meridan, Mississippi, says Cochran's campaign told me to offer blacks $15 each and to vote for Thad. Fielder, who was paid by freelance journalist Charles C. Johnson for the story, provided a new outlet launched by JohnsonGotNews.comwith four text messages from a person purporting to be Cochran campaign staffer Saleem Baird....
  • We are Being Manipulated by the Redefinition of Everything

    06/19/2014 4:21:16 PM PDT · by all the best · 14 replies
    The American Vision ^ | June 17, 2014 | Gary DeMar
    Its hard to believe how much things have changed in less than 20 years. There are several reasons for this. First, many conservatives have dropped out of the fight. Its not hard to understand why. Our two-party system does not give us many options. While there are differences between the Democrats and Republicans, the differences arent great enough. Second, as Lord Acton (18341902) observed, Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men. Consider Republican congressman Peter King from New York. Republicans cant allow the primary defeat of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor...
  • Dont Blame Iraq on Obama Alone

    06/14/2014 7:06:23 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 46 replies
    National Review ^ | 06/14/2014 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    Ive just written Faithless Execution, a book positing that there is such a solid legal case of high crimes and misdemeanors committed by the president that the time is ripe to build a political case for his impeachment. I have argued, moreover, that the presidents policy of appeasing and empowering Islamic supremacists has been a national-security catastrophe, catalyzing a jihadist resurgence across the Middle East. It is pretty safe to say I am no fan of Barack Obamas. But it is just as safe to say that for Beltway Republicans to blame Obama alone for the implosion of Iraq ...
  • John McCain to host Hillary Clinton in Sedona, Arizona

    04/27/2014 5:36:15 AM PDT · by VitacoreVision · 62 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 24, 2014 | Philip Rucker
    In a statement released Thursday, John McCain called Hillary Clinton "my friend" and praised her public service career. ... According to a news release, Clinton is scheduled to "participate in a conversation" with McCain. This year's forum will focus on "Crisis in the Middle East: Values, Strategy and Options," and will include a session on Russia and Ukraine and on combating human trafficking.
  • Study Shows Ethanol Produces Worse 'Global Warming' Pollution Than Gasoline

    04/21/2014 4:21:54 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 59 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 21, 2014 | Katie Pavlich
    Well, this is going to be a heartbreaker for the hysterical global warming crowd. According to a new study, emissions from burning corn are worse for the environment and produce more CO2 or 'global warming' gases than the burning of traditional gasoline. Biofuels made from the leftovers of harvested corn plants are worse than gasoline for global warming in the short term, a study shows, challenging the Obama administration's conclusions that they are a much cleaner oil alternative and will help combat climate change. A $500,000 study paid for by the federal government and released Sunday in the peer-reviewed journal...
  • Democrats and Republicans Are Driving America off the Fiscal Cliff

    04/02/2014 4:21:14 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 10 replies
    breitbart ^ | 4/2/14 | jb martin
    Watching congressional Democrats and Republicans wrestle over the budget is a little like watching Thelma and Louise. Democrats want to stomp on the gas pedal and race to the edge of the cliff at top speed, while Republicans want merely to set the cruise control. Neither approach addresses the fiscal realities of the situation. America has a debt of $17 trillion. Thats more than $54,000 for every man, woman, and child in the United States. It is unsustainable and has to stop. Failure to do so will leave generations of Americans strapped with a crushing load of debt that jeopardizes...
  • House GOP Will Attend a Secret Island Meeting on How to Crush Conservatives

    03/27/2014 8:37:29 AM PDT · by drypowder · 48 replies
    Independent Sentinel ^ | March 27, 2014 | Sara Noble
    Erick Erickson reported that Republicans John Boehner, Eric Cantor, Kevin McCarthy and 25 other Congress members will fly to Amelia Island next weekend to meet with a group dedicated to defeating conservatives in Congress. Main Street Advocacy is hosting the event at the Ritz Carlton only the best for these sorts. Steve LaTourette, liberal Republican and former congressman, is the face of the group and a good friend of Boehners.
  • Oberweis shunned by fellow Republicans

    03/25/2014 4:18:10 AM PDT · by Paul46360 · 32 replies
    WLS-AM ^ | 3-24-14 | Bill Cameron
    In the race for U.S. Senate, Republican challenger Jim Oberweis is getting shunned by two top Republicans - one local, one national. Dick Durbin is such a favorite for reelection that Republican Senator Mark Kirk says hes not even planning to campaign with fellow Republican Oberweis. Im going to be protecting my relationship with Dick and not launching into a partisan jihad that hurts our partnership [in which we] both pull together for Illinois. And at his side at an unrelated news conference was Republican Senate Minority Whip John Cornyn of Texas, in town for a fundraiser, who took a...
  • McCain, Manafort, and The Ukraine (GOPe behind Putin's Ukrainian lackey president?)

    03/07/2014 1:25:56 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    American Thinker ^ | March 7, 2014 | Mark Musser
    In October of 2008, Sarah Palin was mocked as being too far-fetched by foreign policy media elites for predicting that if Obama won the presidency, Putins Russias might indeed invade Ukraine. "Saturday Night Live" had fun with Palin by lampooning her statement when she said one could see Russia from Alaska. Yet late last week, Palin got the last laugh when Putin invaded the Ukrainian Crimea, Yes, I could see this one from Alaska. I'm usually not one to Told-Ya-So, but I did, despite my accurate prediction being derided as an extremely far-fetched scenario by the high-brow Foreign Policy magazine....
  • Kerry Kennedy invokes dads death in drugged-driving defense

    02/27/2014 2:12:03 AM PST · by Libloather · 36 replies
    NY Post ^ | 2/27/14 | Andrea Peyser
    Shes a mom, a human-rights leader oh, and another fatherless Kennedy. Testifying in her own defense at her drugged driving trial Wednesday, Kerry Kennedy wasted little time before playing the Daddy card. Daddy was the attorney general during the civil rights movement and then a senator, the 54-year-old testified, supposedly explaining why she grew up in Virginia, but coyly invoking the memory of her slain father, Sen Robert F. Kennedy.
  • The Math That Predicted The Revolutions Sweeping The Globe

    02/24/2014 10:13:24 PM PST · by JerseyanExile · 47 replies
    Motherboard ^ | February 19, 2014
    It's happening in Ukraine, Venezuela, Thailand, Bosnia, Syria, and beyond. Revolutions, unrest, and riots are sweeping the globe. The near-simultaneous eruption of violent protest can seem random and chaotic; inevitable symptoms of an unstable world. But there's at least one common thread between the disparate nations, cultures, and people in conflict, one element that has demonstrably proven to make these uprisings more likely: high global food prices. Just over a year ago, complex systems theorists at the New England Complex Systems Institute warned us that if food prices continued to climb, so too would the likelihood that there would be...
  • 'Big Bang Theory' actress 'fell in love with the neuron' and hopes other girls will, too

    01/31/2014 7:52:45 PM PST · by Bratch · 37 replies
    Lexington Herald-Leader ^ | January 31, 2014 | Peter Baniak
    MOREHEAD First, I'll admit that I went to see The Big Bang Theory star Mayim Bialik speak at Morehead State primarily because I'm a fan of the show, in all its nerdy glory. But as the actress who plays neurobiologist Amy Farrah Fowler on the CBS comedy spoke to the large, attentive crowd in Morehead's Academic-Athletic Center, I found myself thinking about something other than the popular TV show:I wish my daughter could hear this.Of course, during her lecture, Bialik told the crowd about her experiences in Hollywood, as a child star on the 1990s sitcom Blossom, now as...
  • McCain and Graham Meet With the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt

    08/07/2013 1:09:36 PM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 24 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 8/7/2013 | Katie Pavlich
    Arizona Senator John McCain is in Egypt with South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham just weeks after the new government, run by the Muslim Brotherhood, was overthrown by the military. Former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi was heavily protested by millions of people as he tried to turn the fragile State into a dictatorship under Sharia law. More from The Daily Beast: During their whirlwind tour of Cairo Tuesday, two top GOP senators held the most extensive meeting to date between U.S. officials and senior officials in the embattled Muslim Brotherhood, whose supporters are fighting in the streets to overturn last months...
  • Slave in Jefferson Davis' home gave Union key secrets

    02/20/2009 1:45:46 PM PST · by Non-Sequitur · 67 replies · 1,669+ views
    CNN Online ^ | 2/20/09 | Barbara Starr and Bill Mears
    William Jackson was a slave in the home of Confederate president Jefferson Davis during the Civil War. It turns out he was also a spy for the Union Army, providing key secrets to the North about the Confederacy. William Jackson, a slave, listened closely to Jefferson Davis' conversations and leaked them to the North. Jackson was Davis' house servant and personal coachman. He learned high-level details about Confederate battle plans and movements because Davis saw him as a "piece of furniture" -- not a human, according to Ken Dagler, author of "Black Dispatches," which explores espionage by America's slaves.
  • Perdue Proposes $1 Billion Spending Increase (Republican spending spree)

    01/13/2005 3:38:25 AM PST · by from occupied ga · 60 replies · 963+ views
    wsb radio (Atlanta) ^ | 1/13/05 | wsb radio
    ATLANTA (AP) For the first time in two years, Gov. Sonny Perdue laid out good news to a Georgia Legislature weary of budget cuts, outlining a proposed $1 billion budget increase for next year that will put bulldozers to work on school, road and port construction projects across the state. But even as he outlined his proposed $17.4 billion spending package to a joint legislative session Wednesday night, he cautioned that the ``New Georgia'' he envisions as the first Republican governor since 1870 is one of making government an instrument to help people do more for themselves not to do...
  • Bush Betrayal On Illegals (We Need More Secure Not More Open Borders Alert)

    11/14/2004 11:08:06 PM PST · by goldstategop · 362 replies · 3,289+ views
    Worldnetdaily.com ^ | 11/15/04 | Joseph Farah
    It didn't take long for President Bush to betray those who returned him to office for another four years. The first big insult to his base came this week when he moved to resurrect his ugly plan to relax rules against illegal immigration as if they weren't relaxed enough. Bush reportedly met privately in the Oval Office with Sen. John McCain to discuss re-igniting his badly misguided initiative to grant legal status to millions of immigrants who broke the law to enter the United States. McCain is one of the Senate's most outspoken supporters of expanding guest-worker programs and...