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  • Oregon Court System Braces For Additional Layoffs

    04/23/2012 8:16:32 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 4 replies
    ktvz.com ^ | 3:52 pm PDT April 22, 2012
    PORTLAND, Ore. -- The equivalent of 95 full-time positions in the Oregon court system will be eliminated by May 1 and administrators worry about the effects on people who want swift resolution to legal problems. The Oregonian reports the layoffs will mean fewer employees to accept payments for tickets, answer questions, pull files from archives and staff courtrooms. The latest staff cutbacks will mean the loss of 296 positions since 2009, a 17 percent decrease. Multnomah County trial court administrator Doug Bray says the cutbacks are the worst he's seen since the state started funding circuit courts in 1983. He...
  • Could Newt pull off a Delaware upset?

    04/23/2012 8:08:32 PM PDT · by true believer forever · 10 replies
    The Politico ^ | April 23, 2012 | Ginger Gibson
    Newt Gingrich has got a new hope: the tiny but dangerous state of Delaware. With Mitt Romney and the national press corps now focused on the general election, Gingrich is hoping to become the Christine O’Donnell of the 2012 race — rallying the state’s conservatives to pull off an upset victory over the more moderate candidate who never saw it coming. While Romney has ignored it, Gingrich has spent most of his time recently in Delaware, a state with only 17 delegates that will be awarded on a winner-take-all basis in Tuesday night’s primary races, which also include Pennsylvania, Connecticut,...
  • Freshmen seek earmark type despite ban

    04/23/2012 8:08:10 PM PDT · by vmivol00 · 11 replies
    Politico ^ | 4-23-12 | Jake Sherman and Jonathan Allen
    Hypocrisy alert: House Republican freshmen are begging their leaders to bring back a certain type of earmark so that they can help companies back home in an election year. In a letter to Speaker John Boehner and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, 65 House Republican freshmen — or roughly three-quarters of the class — asked that the House consider a miscellaneous tariff bill jampacked with special provisions to suspend duties on various foreign goods, even though it runs counter to the earmark ban Republicans campaigned on in 2010 and instituted when they took power. Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0412/75506.html#ixzz1svJRmu65
  • Could Newt Gingrich win the Delaware primary?

    04/23/2012 8:05:09 PM PDT · by VinL · 5 replies
    CSM ^ | 4-23-12 | Feldman
    There’s a chance Newt Gingrich could win the Republican primary Tuesday in Delaware, according to political observers in the state. Yes, the former House speaker is still running for president and has been quietly (at least to the national media) spending a lot of time in the First State, racking up endorsements while Mitt Romney all but ignores the state. And on Monday afternoon, the state’s Republican national committeewoman, Priscilla Rakestraw, switched her endorsement from Mr. Romney to Mr. Gingrich. The endorsement took place on the Rick Jensen Show on WDEL-AM, a news-talk radio station in Wilmington, Del..... And in...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-24-12. Opt Mem. St. Fidelis of Sigmaringen, Priest, Martyr

    04/23/2012 7:59:11 PM PDT · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 04-24-12 | Revised New American Bible
    April 24, 2012 Tuesday of the Third Week of Easter   Reading 1 Acts 7:51-8:1a Stephen said to the people, the elders, and the scribes:"You stiff-necked people, uncircumcised in heart and ears,you always oppose the Holy Spirit;you are just like your ancestors.Which of the prophets did your ancestors not persecute?They put to death those who foretold the coming of the righteous one,whose betrayers and murderers you have now become.You received the law as transmitted by angels,but you did not observe it." When they heard this, they were infuriated,and they ground their teeth at him.But Stephen, filled with the Holy Spirit,looked...
  • At CPUSA conference, delegates look to the future

    04/23/2012 7:58:32 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 5 replies
    peoplesworld.org ^ | April 23, 2012 | Blake Deppe
    "We are gathered at a truly crucial moment in today's history," said Lisa Bergmann, the National Coordinator for the Young Communist League, at the second annual Communist Party USA national conference. "Let's fight together, let's win together." Various Communists from all over the country gathered in solidarity to discuss the matters of the upcoming election and the sociopolitical implications of the current capitalist stronghold on this country. Matters such as racism, attacks on women, attacks on the LGBT community, and attacks on the environment were discussed, led by a powerful opening speech by CPUSA Chair Sam Webb. After hearing Webb...
  • Could Newt pull off a Delaware upset?

    04/23/2012 7:57:20 PM PDT · by vmivol00 · 16 replies
    Politico ^ | 4-23-12 | Ginger Gibson
    Newt Gingrich has got a new hope: the tiny but dangerous state of Delaware. With Mitt Romney and the national press corps now focused on the general election, Gingrich is hoping to become the Christine O’Donnell of the 2012 race — rallying the state’s conservatives to pull off an upset victory over the more moderate candidate who never saw it coming. Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0412/75510.html#ixzz1svHPVwwt
  • California’s Shameless, Anti-Gun Political Theater Opens Again

    04/23/2012 7:56:10 PM PDT · by marktwain · 3 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 23 April, 2012 | CRPA
    Sacramento, CA --(Ammoland.com)- Once again the shameless attacks against your Second Amendment right continue at the political theater known as the California State Capitol. The 2012 curtain is up and the anti-gun tragedy is playing out in the form of NINE ANTI-GUN BILLS. One of the worst is AB 1527 (Portantino) which is an attempt to ban the open carry of rifles and shotguns. DON’T SIT AND WATCH THE ANTI-GUN SPECTACLE PLAY OUT! Help CRPA bring the curtain down on bad-acting politicians and the relentless attacks on your Second Amendment right. Please don’t leave it to others to take action....
  • Social Security is slipping closer to insolvency (Welcome to Greece)

    04/23/2012 7:52:01 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 25 replies
    LA Times ^ | 4/23/2012 | Noam N. Levey
    The nation's Social Security and Medicare programs are sliding closer to insolvency, the federal government warned in a new report underscoring the fiscal challenges facing the two mammoth retirement programs as baby boomers begin to retire. Medicare, which will provide health insurance to more than 50 million elderly and disabled Americans this year, is expected to start operating in the red in its largest fund in 2024, according to the annual assessment by the trustees charged with overseeing the programs. That's unchanged from last year. And the Social Security trust fund, which will provide assistance to more than 45 million...
  • Not Much Suspense Likely in New York G.O.P. Primary

    04/23/2012 7:47:53 PM PDT · by neverdem · 12 replies
    NY Times ^ | April 23, 2012 | THOMAS KAPLAN
    Three weeks ago, Republican officials in New York imagined presidential candidates barnstorming across the state, voters turning out for the state’s primary in droves, and people across the country waiting in suspense for the results. But it was not meant to be. With Rick Santorum’s exit from the race, and Mitt Romney’s ascension to the status of presumptive nominee, New York’s presidential primary on Tuesday has been reduced to what many had always expected it would be — an electoral footnote... --snip-- New York was not without any preprimary action: Newt Gingrich attended the state party’s annual dinner in Manhattan...
  • Utah’s Love looking to be first black Republican woman in House

    04/23/2012 7:44:18 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 50 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 23 Apr 2012 | Valerie Richardson
    Sooner or later, a black Republican woman was bound to run for Congress. It’s just that nobody expected her to hail from Utah. Mia Love won the GOP nomination for the 4th Congressional District race Saturday at the Utah Republican Convention, scoring a major upset after wowing the crowd with a roof-raising speech at the South Towne Expo Center in Sandy. The daughter of Haitian immigrants, Mrs. Love took 70.4 percent of the delegate vote, well in excess of the 60 percent required to avoid a primary runoff under Utah’s unique rules. She defeated former state legislator Carl Wimmer, who...
  • Concealed gun survey 'bought and paid for by a radical gun-control group'(MI)

    04/23/2012 7:44:07 PM PDT · by marktwain · 8 replies
    mlive.com ^ | 23 April, 2012 | John Barnes
    A poll that found Michigan voters oppose allowing concealed handguns in schools and other places where they are now banned is “suspicious,” said the spokesman for a lawmaker pushing the change. “In poll after poll, Michiganders strongly support the rights of law-abiding gun owners to protect themselves wherever they have a legal right to be,” said Ryan Mitchell, communication director for state Sen. Mike Green, R-Mayville. “This particular survey was bought and paid for by a radical gun-control group and so its results are suspicious.” But the pollster who conducted the survey defended the findings and said Green’s efforts run...
  • Real Barbie girl

    04/23/2012 7:42:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    The Islamabad Nation ^ | April 24, 2012
    MOST little girls grow up playing with Barbie dolls. Some even want to look like them. One 21-year-old has become one, or so she says. Valeria Lukyanova has become an internet sensation in her home country of Russia, claiming on her blog to be the most famed woman on the Russian-language internet. Her doll-like features, long blonde hair and ‘perfect’ body make her look like a real life Barbie. In fact, with her tiny waist, she bears such a resemblance to the famed plastic doll that cynical web users have been speculating about whether or not she is real. In...
  • Historic wave of Mexican immigration at a standstill, report says

    04/23/2012 7:42:24 PM PDT · by South40 · 25 replies
    LATimes ^ | 4/23/2012
    The number of Mexican migrants to the United States dropped significantly while the number of those returning home increased, bringing net migration from Mexico to a statistical standstill, according to a report published Monday.
  • Gingrich hints he may drop from race this week (No, he didn't)

    04/23/2012 7:38:13 PM PDT · by VinL · 35 replies
    NBC ^ | 4-23-12 | Moe
    Newt Gingrich hinted he may withdraw from the presidential race if he has a poor showing in the Delaware primary Tuesday – "I think we need to take a deep look at what we are doing...We will be in North Carolina tomorrow night and we will look and see what the results are." "This has been a good opportunity for us, we have been here seeing a lot of people,” Gingrich said. “We have got really positive responses and I would hope we would do well here – either carry it or come very, very close." ..."Romney is clearly the...
  • VP-1 Assists in Taiwanese Fishing Vessel Rescue

    04/23/2012 7:34:45 PM PDT · by Excuse_My_Bellicosity · 8 replies
    Navy.mil ^ | 4/21/2012 | Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet Public Affairs
    USS BLUE RIDGE, At Sea (NNS) -- A P-3 Orion from Patrol Squadron (VP) 1, in conjunction with the U.S. Coast Guard's District 14, assisted in the rescue of 10 Taiwanese fishermen April 21, 700 miles off the west coast of Guam. At approximately 4:30 p.m., local time, Coast Guard Sector Guam received an initial alert from an Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon from the Hsin Man Chun, the 70-foot Taiwanese fishing vessel. After a request for assistance from the Coast Guard, VP-1's P-3 located 10 crew members from the fishing vessel that was reported to be on fire. VP-1...
  • Can Obama Safely Embrace Islamists? (State Dept: Obama made world safe for "legitimate Islamism")

    04/23/2012 7:34:31 PM PDT · by kristinn · 24 replies
    The National Journal ^ | Monday, April 23, 2012 | Michael Hirsch
    In an article in the current National Journal called "The Post Al Qaida Era," I write that the Obama administration is taking a new view of Islamist radicalism. The president realizes he has no choice but to cultivate the Muslim Brotherhood and other relatively "moderate" Islamist groups emerging as lead political players out of the Arab Spring in Egypt, Tunisia and elsewhere. (The Muslim Brotherhood officially renounced violence decades ago, leading then-dissident radicals such as Ayman al-Zawahiri to join al Qaida.) It is no longer the case, in other words, that every Islamist is seen as a potential accessory to...
  • Rio+20: Earth talks ‘in need of vision and direction’

    04/23/2012 7:30:37 PM PDT · by wheresmyusa · 5 replies
    FT.com ^ | 4/23/2012 | Pilita Clark
    There is no reason to suppose that yet another global conference will solve the world’s environmental woes. But for three days in June, the UN is to hold a meeting in Rio de Janeiro where more than 100 leaders are expected to go at least some way towards doing that. So far, the signs are not encouraging for Rio+20, the UN Conference on Sustainable Development being held 20 years after the 1992 UN Rio earth summit that helped push the environmental movement into the mainstream. High quality global journalism requires investment. Please share this article with others using the link...
  • Chevy Volt a charged issue

    04/23/2012 7:25:12 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 24 replies
    Politico ^ | April 22,2012 | Darren Samuelsohn
    The Chevy Volt — manufactured by bailout recipient General Motors, championed by President Barack Obama and touted as a solution to global warming. No wonder it’s become an election-year punching bag for conservatives. From Rush Limbaugh to Mitt Romney, critics on the right have tried to turn the electric-gasoline plug-in hybrid car into a synonym for Big Government overreach. Fox News business anchor Neil Cavuto recently called it a “Fred Flintstone car” and the “dumbest thing I’ve ever seen.” “It’s going to lead to a lot of divorces,” Cavuto said, theorizing that spouses will fight over who forgot to charge...
  • Missouri county jail to allow Muslim headscarves

    04/23/2012 7:22:31 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 22 replies
    Associated Press ^ | April 23, 2012
    CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) - The St. Louis County jail has adopted a new policy that will let spare Muslim women from having religious headscarves removed in front of male inmates and staff. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the policy emerged from a meeting Monday of jail officials and members of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.