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  • Is a recess appointment to the Court an option?

    02/14/2016 11:12:59 AM PST · by usnadad · 4 replies
    SCOTUS Blog ^ | 2/14/2016 | Lyle Denniston
    The Constitution not only assigns to the president the task of making nominations to the Supreme Court, setting off Senate review that may or may not result in approval, but it also gives the Chief Executive the opportunity to fill a vacancy on the Court temporarily, bypassing the Senate initially, if a nominee languishes in the Senate without final action.
  • Who Would Donald Trump Appoint to the Supreme Court?

    02/14/2016 11:12:21 AM PST · by pilgrim · 4 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | 12.23.15 | Frank Cannon
    <p>Donald Trump says a lot of things. We've become all too used to that now. Some of these things should probably be taken with a grain of salt - "Only Rosie O'Donnell" comes to mind - but some deserve to be analyzed more closely.</p>
  • Sanders Says Making Everything Free Is Key to Efficient Government [semi-satire]

    02/14/2016 11:04:26 AM PST · by John Semmens · 2 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 14 Feb 2016 | John Semmens
    In response to fears that his expansive plans for government will be prohibitively expensive, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (S-Vt) argued that "abolishing money will go a long way toward making government more efficient." "If people would only stop to consider how time-consuming it is to have to keep track of the flow of money they'd understand the tremendous efficiencies that will be achieved once we do away with it," Sanders imagined. "For the individual, all the headaches entailed in managing money—having it on hand, balancing a checkbook, paying bills—will be eliminated. If you need something you'll just go...
  • It Was Never About Oil

    02/14/2016 10:59:07 AM PST · by Lorianne · 4 replies
    Alhambr Investments ^ | 09 February 2016 | Jeffrey P. Snider
    The relationship between money supply growth and economy became truly tenuous during the housing mania of the middle 2000’s. The reason was simply that asset bubbles (inflation) are highly inefficient and so produce great imbalances in the liquidity and monetary structures that link money to economy. Banks were making money in money dealing activities based solely on the premise that the entire system could and would continue expanding on that insane baseline as if permanent; and if it were ever interrupted by recession, as 2001, then that would be a trivial and temporary deviation. This was the outlook of not...
  • Obama plans to go thermonuclear with next appointee

    02/14/2016 10:55:49 AM PST · by doug from upland · 22 replies
    dfu via twitter ^ | 2-14-16 | dfu
  • Donald Trump Dominates Drudge Report Poll

    02/14/2016 10:55:09 AM PST · by VitacoreVision · 11 replies
    Drudge Report ^ | Feb. 14, 2016 | Drudge Report
    TRUMP 54.55% (274,163 votes) CRUZ 21.13% (106,192 votes) RUBIO 13.15% (66,088 votes) KASICH 5.37% (26,999 votes) BUSH 3.21% (16,125 votes) CARSON 2.59% (13,054 votes)
  • Antonin Scalia's Death Could Mark End Of Constitution

    02/14/2016 10:54:34 AM PST · by Biggirl · 11 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | February 14, 2016 | Ben Shapiro
    The death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia doesn’t merely mark a tragedy for Constitutional philosophy – it may mark the death of American Constitutionalism as a whole.
  • Pray for Our American Heroes and Nation

    02/14/2016 10:51:32 AM PST · by Faith · 5 replies
    February 14, 2015 | Faith
    Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation? (Hebrews 1:13) Beloved, let us love one another; for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God, and knows God. (I John 4:7)
  • Senate Democrats in 1960 pass resolution against election-year Supreme Court recess appointments

    02/14/2016 10:51:03 AM PST · by justlittleoleme · 13 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 2/13/16 | David Bernstein
    in August 1960, the Democrat-controlled Senate passed a resolution, S.RES. 334, “Expressing the sense of the Senate that the president should not make recess appointments to the Supreme Court, except to prevent or end a breakdown in the administration of the Court’s business.” Each of President Eisenhower’s SCOTUS appointments had initially been a recess appointment who was later confirmed by the Senate, and the Democrats were apparently concerned that Ike would try to fill any last-minute vacancy that might arise with a recess appointment. Not surprisingly, the Republicans objected, insisting that the Court should have a full complement of Justices...
  • Trump going after Bush in debate was "strategic" [vanity]

    02/14/2016 10:50:41 AM PST · by springwater13 · 16 replies
    Is anybody talking about Ted Cruz this morning? The only thing people remember about Ted at the debate was everyone calling him a liar. The Trump/Bush war has taken all the media oxygen away from Ted. Tomorrow when "W" has his rally with Jeb the media will dissect every word for every perceived slight against Trump. Then Trump will inevitably respond and on and on it goes. 2 or 3 very important days of media cycles taken away from Cruz as he tries to win South Carolina where he is 22 points behind. Trump's support is the most solid. His...
  • Dems Fundraise Off Scalia Death

    02/14/2016 10:44:38 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 9 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 2/13/16 | Daniel Halper
    Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia died today and already the Democratic party is fundraising off his death. In an email sent out by the Democratic National Committee, supporters are asked to chipping in some money for the coming Supreme Court nomination fight.
  • Politically Unapologetic: Republicans lose debate, Kasich last hope

    02/14/2016 10:38:58 AM PST · by Citizen Zed · 17 replies
    The Wilkes Beacon ^ | 2-14-2016 | Eric Casey
    A recent Gallup poll now shows that Independents make up 42% of the electorate. That's bad news for the Democrats and Republicans as now only 29% of Americans identify as Democrat and 26% of Americans identify as Republicans. During the debate there were plenty of unnecessary personal attacks. Especially those between Trump, Bush, and Cruz. Another thing that drove me freaking insane was the bible banging that Pastor Ted Cruz decided to whip out again. I mean, there's only so much preaching you can do during a campaign. These Republicans need to focus on their plans and strategies. What they...
  • Trump says Tea Party is irrelevant

    02/14/2016 10:37:57 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 27 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 02/14/16 | Rolf Yungclas
    For being so smart, as you say you are, Mr. Trump, you sure are ignorant of what's really going on in the political sphere On Thursday, Donald Trump tweeted what amounts to his analysis of the latest five years of the Tea Party movement: “Remember, it was the Republican Party, with the help of Conservatives, that made so many promises to their base, BUT DIDN’T KEEP THEM! Hi DT” (February 11, 2016, 10:14 am) Sorry, Mr. Trump, I don’t remember it that way. It was the Republican leadership in the House and Senate that BLOCKED the efforts of conservatives and...
  • Scalia’s passing brings ravening lib-left wolves to America’s front door

    02/14/2016 10:36:15 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 10 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 02/14/16 | Judi McLeod
    Why do millions of voters, low-information and otherwise, never get it that the Democrats NEVER give up when it comes to the relinquishing of power? They were always out there even though those watching nightly television never heard them. Overnight the wolves have come out of the fields and up over the bluffs into front and back yards where the primal sound of their howling foretells the coming death of Conservatism in America. The spine-chilling howling of the wolves is the Conservative Funeral Requiem of the lib-left, now that Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has passed.
  • Could Someone Please Send President Obama a Necktie?

    02/14/2016 10:28:13 AM PST · by jazusamo · 41 replies
    PJ Media ^ | February 13, 2016 | Claudia Rosett
    In such matters as the death of a great man, respect matters -- especially from our political leaders. Dignity and sober ceremony are called for. These are not trivial requirements, nor are they mere accessories to the event. They are part of the bedrock of enlightened civilization. Surely when America's president appeared before the TV cameras Saturday evening to deliver his scripted remarks about the death of a Supreme Court Justice, the great Antonin Scalia, Obama should have taken the trouble to dress at least as well as your average law student applying for a summer job. Instead, flanked...
  • Islam: The Jinn is out of the bottle

    02/14/2016 10:26:47 AM PST · by amorphous · 7 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 13 Feb 2013 | John Griffing
    Europe is on fire, in a social and financial crisis of its leaders' own making. Its public places are now spectacles of the obscene, and its women are sexual objects for a predatory race of invaders. Its social systems are stretched to the breaking point by belligerent "refugees" who are devouring their host countries at will, while Europe's leaders defend the invaders and blame their own citizens. Western civilization is under attack, and rational citizens are at a loss to understand why their leaders are allowing the destruction of their societies.
  • Jeb Bush: Obama Has 'Every Right' To Submit Nominee To Replace Scalia (RINO/GOPe Surrender Caucus)

    02/14/2016 10:26:37 AM PST · by drewh · 54 replies
    San Jose News ^ | 02/14/2016 09:27:17 AM PST
    Jeb Bush says it doesn't matter to him whether Senate Republicans vote on any Supreme Court nominee President Barack Obama may send to Capitol Hill to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia. Bush tells CNN's "State of the Union" that the decision is up to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell -- who's said there will be no such vote until Obama leaves office in January. The Republican presidential candidate says "it's not important to me" whether there's a vote before then. That sentiment isn't shared by Bush's Republican presidential rivals. Soon after Scalia's death, they were demanding that a prospective Obama...
  • Stricken F-16 pilot saved from landing in ISIS-controlled territory by quick-thinking sky crew

    02/14/2016 10:24:06 AM PST · by traumer · 14 replies
    A US air force pilot was saved from ejecting into dangerous ISIS-held territory thanks to the quick-thinking crew of a nearby refueling plane, saving him from potential capture or death, the US Air Force has revealed. The unnamed pilot, whose F-16 fighter jet was passing over ISIS-held territory, had attempted to refuel with a KC-135 Stratotanker plane when he discovered that his craft had suffered a malfunction that rendered more than 80 percent of its fuel capability useless. Captain Nathanial Beer, 384th Air Refueling Squadron pilot, explained: 'The lead F-16 came up first and then had a pressure disconnect after...
  • NRA: Scalia death puts gun rights in jeopardy

    02/14/2016 10:18:08 AM PST · by snarkpup · 31 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 2/13/16 11:22 PM | Paul Bedard
    Gun rights groups like the National Rifle Association said that conservative Justice Antonin Scalia's death Saturday puts gun rights on the line. "We are one justice away from a Supreme Court that would harm our Second Amendment rights," said the NRA.
  • Black Democrats question Sanders' commitment to Obama

    02/14/2016 10:17:57 AM PST · by artichokegrower · 7 replies
    The Orange County Register ^ | Feb. 13, 2016 | EVAN VUCCI
    Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign enlisted the support of black Democrats on Friday to undermine Bernie Sanders’ push to claim a piece of President Barack Obama’s legacy, arguing she is the rightful heir to the nation’s first black president.
  • [6/16/2015] Donald Trump changed political parties at least five times: report

    02/14/2016 10:13:57 AM PST · by JediJones · 39 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 6/16/2015 | Jessica Chasmar
    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump switched political party affiliations at least five times since the late '80s... ...he left the party as recently as 2011. Mr. Trump registered for the first time in New York as a Republican in July 1987, only to dump the GOP more than a decade later for the Independence Party in October 1999, according to the New York City Board of Elections. In August 2001, the billionaire enrolled as a Democrat. Eight years later, he returned to the Republican Party...After only two years as a registered Republican, Mr. Trump left the party again, and in...
  • Trump: ‘I don’t like’ what Scalia said about affirmative action

    02/14/2016 10:10:13 AM PST · by Maceman · 67 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 13, 2015 | Bradford Richardson
    GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump says he does not agree with comments from Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia questioning the efficacy of affirmative action. "I don't like what he said, no, I don’t like what he said. I heard him, I was like, 'Let me read it again,' because I actually read it in print, and I’m going, I read a lot of stuff, and I’m going, 'Woah,'" Trump said in an interview televised Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union." The billionaire said he thought Scalia's comments were "very tough to the African-American community." Trump, who has supported affirmative...
  • Ronda Rousey Featured On Cover Of Sports Illusrated Swimsuit Issue

    02/14/2016 10:07:03 AM PST · by drewh · 25 replies
    NJ.com ^ | 24 minutes ago | Randy Miller
    <p>Sports Illustrated has released the covers of its latest swimsuit issue, and according to the magazine, this is the first time there has been three different covers. One features UFC fighter Ronda Rousey, who is body-painted.</p> <p>"Ronda Rousey is a cultural phenomenon. She is the perfect combination of beauty, brains, brawn and humility. She possesses a spirit bigger than the space around her, and it is both infectious and inspiring. She's a Phoenix, as fiery and beautiful as any mythical creature ever depicted."</p>
  • Recent rape offers good argument for ‘a gun in hand,’ says Waterville police chief(not pee?)

    02/14/2016 10:04:56 AM PST · by rktman · 2 replies
    pressherald.com ^ | 2/11/2016 | unknown
    Waterville police chief Joe Massey says the assault and rape of a 73-year-old city woman on Sunday makes a good case for why citizens should arm themselves as a defense against crime. "It's one of those cases where you could make a good argument for citizens arming themselves," Massey said Thursday. Someone said, 'A gun in hand is better than someone on the phone telling you police are on their way.' In cases like this, you wish the homeowner had a weapon and was capable of defending themselves.
  • Bill prohibits added requirements for gun permits(AL)

    02/14/2016 9:59:08 AM PST · by rktman · 5 replies
    timesdaily.com ^ | 2/12/2016 | Mary Sell
    The Alabama Senate on Thursday passed legislation to prohibit municipalities and counties from putting additional fees and taxes or purchasing requirements on firearms, ammunition or concealed carry permits. On the Senate floor, Sen. Phil Williams, R-Rainbow City, said he's heard anecdotally about county sheriffs in the state trying to require residents write an essay, or show a high school diploma to get a concealed carry permit. He also cited examples from other states where municipalities had raised taxes on firearms and ammunition. "That's the monkey business we're prohibiting here," Williams said.
  • Valentine's Day

    02/14/2016 9:56:10 AM PST · by stars & stripes forever · 3 replies
    During the first three centuries of Christianity, there were ten major persecutions in which the government threw Christians to the lions, boiled them alive, had their tongues cut out, and worse. Christian writings, scriptures and historical records were destroyed. Because so many records were destroyed, details of Saint Valentine's life are scant. What little is know was passed down and finally printed in the year 1260 in Legenda Sanctorum by Jacobus de Voragine, and in the Nuremberg Chronicle, 1493. Saint Valentine was either a priest in Rome or a bishop in Terni, central Italy. He risked the Emperor's wrath by...
  • Milo Yiannopoulos: ‘Outright Terrifying’ That Facebook Teamed Up with Government to Censor Users

    02/14/2016 9:54:11 AM PST · by Beave Meister · 17 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 2/13/2016 | Ezra Dulis
    Yiannopoulos discussed the current business turmoil at Twitter and how, instead of trying to right the ship, the social platform is trying to flex its political muscle with moves that will marginalize right-wing voices. More disturbingly, he said, is the more financially stable Facebook and its coordination with government censorship: It’s not just Facebook we’re talking about. They own WhatsApp and they own Instagram. And WhatsApp and Instagram are two of the companies that are winning the short messaging war–that are winning the war for Millennial attention and for Millennial users. Twitter lost that war. Twitter only really appeals to...
  • Isis take over civilian homes in Raqqa, shave beards to avoid Russian bombings.

    02/14/2016 9:53:01 AM PST · by DeathBeforeDishonor1 · 8 replies
    Islamic State (ISIS) fighters are feeling the heat from intensified coalition airstrikes to such an extent that they have resorted to shaving their beards and seizing civilian homes in their Syrian stronghold of Raqqa for fear of being targeted by armed drones and other coalition aircraft. The information came from residents who managed to flee Raqqa and fled to the Turkish city of Urfa, NBC News reported. "If your family is in a house, they take your house and they put their family in there," said Abu Baraa, 19, who fled last month from Raqqa to Turkey. "They've started taking...
  • Why Sanders thinks he'll flip Clinton's super delegates

    02/14/2016 9:51:00 AM PST · by Beowulf9 · 28 replies
    http://www.cbsnews.com ^ | February 14, 2016 | REBECCA KAPLAN
    Bernie Sanders said Sunday he thinks he can cut into his rival Hillary Clinton's lead among super delegates in the race for the Democratic nomination - a lead that allowed Clinton to salvage her substantial loss in New Hampshire's Democratic primary last week. "If we continue to do well around the country and if super delegates - whose main interest in life is to make sure that we do not have a Republican in the White House - if they understand that I am the candidate and I believe that I am who is best suited to defeat the Republican...
  • Donald Trump Turned the GOP Debate Into a Cage Match

    02/14/2016 9:48:44 AM PST · by xzins · 96 replies
    Slate ^ | Feb. 14 2016 | Jamelle Bouie
    If you watched Thursday's Democratic presidential debate, you saw a calm, wonky, and civil discussion between two presidential candidates. If you watched Saturday's Republican debate, you saw the opposite. You saw a brawl. And the instigator -the man who turned a debate about leading the country into a cage match - was Donald Trump. If you were watching the Republican debate to get a read on policy and plans, you were disappointed. The entire occasion - all two hours - were consumed by this death match of a presidential debate. With that said, this night of combat wasn't a waste....
  • Do Conservatives remember what Senate Democrats did to Miguel Estrada?

    02/14/2016 9:45:06 AM PST · by Trueblackman · 32 replies
    Vanity | 14 Fubrary 2016 | Trueblackman
    Now Senate Democrats want Barrack Obama to pick a Liberal Justice to remake the USSC with the wake of the death of Justice Scailia. Yet these hypocrites seem to forget they used the filibuster, down right racism to delay and finally deny George w. Bush's nominee Miguel Estrada a seat on the federal bench. Democrats and Leftist Groups labeled Mr. Estrada as "Political Dangerous," because if confirmed they felt that he might ascend to the USSC as the first Hispanic on the high court. For 28 months Democrats and Leftist Groups used every racist tactic in the book to deny...
  • Why Investors Are Nervous About Deutsche Bank’s Solvency

    02/14/2016 9:42:57 AM PST · by Lorianne
    Market Realist ^ | 12 February 2016 | Rebecca Keats
    German-based Deutsche Bank’s (DB) shares have been on a roller coaster ride since the new CEO (chief executive officer) John Cryan took over. Shares of the company have fallen nearly 30% in 2016 so far, and news that the bank was considering a share buyback has failed to soothe investors who are worried about its ability to make debt repayments. On Monday, February 8, 2016, shares of Deutsche Bank fell to fresh lows as the bank’s efforts to reassure investors about its ability to pay coupons on its AT1 bonds failed. The bank has 350 million euros of AT1 coupon...
  • Trump orders campaign to put negative Cruz ad back up

    02/14/2016 9:42:13 AM PST · by springwater13 · 127 replies
    On @FaceTheNation, Trump said he has ordered his campaign to put its anti-Cruz ad back on the air in South Carolina, per a transcript. Trump on anti-Cruz ad in S.C.: "I pulled it down because I wanted to be nice. ... I saw him do a negative ad on me, I said put it back up."
  • Syria conflict: France urges end to Turkish assault on Kurds

    02/14/2016 9:40:58 AM PST · by Nextrush · 3 replies
    BBC News ^ | 2/14/2016 | BBC
    France's foreign ministry has urged Turkey to end its assault on Kurdish fighters in northern Syria. In a statement (in French) it said it was "worried about the continued worsening of the situation." On Saturday, Turkey began shelling the militia, which it says is linked to the banned Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK). The fighters-the YPG militia based in Syria-have rejected Turkey's demand to leave areas it has seized, saying Islamists would return if it left. Turkey's assault is a new thread in an already-complex conflict that has drawn in competing regional powers. A statement on Syria's state news agency also...
  • UK's Big Four Banks To Award £5 [billion] Bonus Pot

    02/14/2016 9:37:39 AM PST · by Lorianne
    Sky News ^ | 13 February 2016 | Mark Kleinman
    Britain's four biggest banks are to award bonus payouts worth almost £5bn in the next few weeks even as the share prices of lenders are being hammered by deepening concerns about economic growth. Sky News can reveal that boardroom pay committees at Barclays, HSBC, Lloyds Banking Group and Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) are finalising plans to announce the bonus pots alongside their annual results. The overall pot will be lower than the £5.2bn aggregate bonuses for the quartet of banks in 2014, insiders said on Friday. The biggest payer will be HSBC, which sources said would award bonuses of...
  • U.S. Victims of Mexican Drug Gangs Sue HSBC Bank Under Anti-Terrorism Act

    02/14/2016 9:31:39 AM PST · by Lorianne · 6 replies
    Insurance Journal ^ | 10 February 2016 | Greg Farrell
    Families of U.S. citizens murdered by drug gangs in Mexico sued HSBC Holdings Plc, claiming the bank can be held responsible for the deaths because it let cartels launder billions of dollars to operate their businesses. The lawsuit brings fresh scrutiny to the Mexican activities of HSBC, which in 2012 paid $1.9 billion to resolve a criminal investigation into whether it violated U.S. sanctions laws and laundered at least $881 million on behalf of drug cartels. HSBC said it would fight the claims in the lawsuit, filed Tuesday in federal court in Brownsville, Texas. The new case recounts a series...
  • Oscar-Winning Actress Emma Thompson’s Diversity Solution: ‘Kill’ All the Old White Men

    02/14/2016 9:29:22 AM PST · by drewh · 70 replies
    Brietbart Big Hollywood ^ | 13 feb 2016 | Kipp Jones
    Two-time Oscar-winning actress Emma Thompson weighed in on the #OscarsSoWhite controversy this week, and suggested the industry’s diversity issues could be remedied by “killing off” the Academy’s many older, white members. “It’s hilarious,” the British actress told the Belfast Telegraph earlier this week in regards to the Oscars nominating controversy. In January, the controversy was renewed after the Academy announced its acting nominations included no people of color for a second straight year. “It’s no change there. It’s not as if it’s ever been awash with people of color. Let’s face it, the Oscar membership is mainly old, white men,”...
  • Poll: Who won the CBS News Republican debate?

    02/14/2016 9:28:00 AM PST · by TBBT · 34 replies
    CBS News ^ | 2/14/16 | Anthony Salvanto, Fred Backus, Jennifer De Pinto, Sarah Dutton
    mmediately after Saturday night's Republican debate, CBS News interviewed a nationally representative sample of debate watchers assembled by GfK's Knowledge Panel who identified themselves as Republicans or independents. Thirty-two percent of these debate watchers say Marco Rubio won the debate, beating out Donald Trump (24 percent) and John Kasich (19 percent), who are ranked second and third, respectively. Further down on the list are Ted Cruz (12 percent), Ben Carson (8 percent), and Jeb Bush (5 percent). The gloves come off in the CBS News Republican debate Republican debate: Donald Trump promises to cut use of profanity Marco Rubio is...
  • Trump/Rubio ticket? (vanity)

    02/14/2016 9:27:16 AM PST · by Signalman · 46 replies
    self | 2/14/2016 | self
    I'm beginning to think that if Trump is the nominee, there is a good chance that he may pick Rubio as his running mate. Naturally, this is just a guess on my part but I have two reasons to speculate on this: 1. While Trump liberally criticizes Cruz, Kasich and Bush, I rarely hear him lambast Rubio. And, conversely, I don't recall Rubio going after Trump. At least not nearly as much as he does some of the other candidates. 2. The Trump campaign team thinking may be that having Rubio on the ticket would draw in more Hispanic votes...
  • Putin, Obama discuss Syria, Ukraine

    02/14/2016 9:25:03 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 14, 2016 11:36 AM EST
    Vladimir Putin and Barack Obama have held a telephone conversation about the Syrian war and the unresolved conflict in Ukraine. A White House statement said the conversation between the Russian and U.S. presidents occurred on Saturday and a Kremlin statement said it took place at Washington's initiative, but didn't specify when it occurred. ...
  • Merkel isolated as allies slam door on refugees.

    02/14/2016 9:20:00 AM PST · by DeathBeforeDishonor1 · 16 replies
    The Local DE ^ | 3/14/16
    Merkel is battling for a deal that will see refugees more evenly spread around the European Union after Germany welcomed 1.1 million asylum seekers last year. But instead, eastern European countries are planning new razor wire fences, and even Paris -- traditionally Berlin's closest EU ally -- has shown little enthusiasm for Merkel's welcome policy. French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said Saturday that the mood in France was "not favourable" to Merkel's call for a permanent quota system. "Europe cannot take in all the migrants from Syria, Iraq or Africa," Valls told German media. "It has to regain control over...
  • State Dems’ ambitious plan to keep fossil fuels in the ground

    02/14/2016 9:18:55 AM PST · by artichokegrower · 7 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | February 13, 2016 | Carolyn Lochhead
    Even as the U.S. Supreme Court dealt a huge setback to President Obama's climate agenda by delaying rules to limit carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants, two California Democrats opened a major new front in the global warming fight in Washington. Their intention is to halt new fossil fuel development on all federally controlled public lands, which is where most of the nation's coal, oil and natural gas is found.
  • CBS Poll: Rubio Won Debate

    02/14/2016 9:16:32 AM PST · by BeadCounter · 68 replies
    NewsMax ^ | 14 Feb 2016 | Greg Richter
    Florida Sen. Marco made up for his poor showing in the New Hampshire presidential debate a week earlier, rating the highest in a CBS News/GfK poll immediately after Saturday's GOP debate in South Carolina. Here's how Republicans and independents who watched the debate responded when asked who won: Marco Rubio: 32 percent Donald Trump: 24 percent John Kasich: 19 percent Ted Cruz: 12 percent Ben Carson: 8 percent Jeb Bush: 5 percent Rubio is the "clear favorite" among respondents identifying themselves as Republicans, while independents are split between Trump, Kasich and Rubio, CBS News reported.
  • Deutsche Bank: Crystallizing Europe's TBTF Problems

    02/14/2016 9:12:54 AM PST · by Lorianne · 6 replies
    Seeking Alpha ^ | 13 February 2016 | Constantin Gurdgiev
    This week was quite a tumultuous one for banks, and especially Europe's champion of the 'best in class' TBTF institutions, Deutsche Bank (NYSE:DB). Here's what happened in a nutshell. Deutsche's 6 percent perpetual bonds, CoCos (more on this below), with expected maturity in 2022, used to yield around 7 percent back in January. Having announced massive losses for fiscal year 2015 (first time full year losses were posted by the DB since 2008), Deutsche was under pressure in the equity markets. Rather gradual sell-off of shares in the bank from the start of 2015 was slowly, but noticeably eroding bank's...
  • Early Written Signs

    02/14/2016 9:12:52 AM PST · by Jandy on Genesis · 3 replies
    Just Genesis ^ | February 13, 2016 | Alice C. Linsley
    George and I have had several meaningful conversations via email. This one might be of interest to other readers and George gave me permission to reproduce the conversation. George: I want to thank you for your blogs. I read them all the time and they have been a BIG help! I've been trying to sell others on the fact that the Hebrew lettering system goes back further than the 4th century millennium BC thanks to your findings of the Ainu/Annu culture and their lettering system in their later homeland of Japan - but with no success. I definitely believe your...
  • Let's Make America Safe Again

    02/14/2016 9:12:00 AM PST · by ShivaFan · 5 replies
    opinion | 14 Feb 2016 | ShivaFan
    The GOPe, the Republican establishment, wants us to worship George Bush. They want the Republican base to worship George Bush, and forget Ronald Reagan. That is the agenda. Their candidate, it appears is still Jeb Bush even while they flirt with Rubio in case Bush, who clearly isn't going to get the nomination, just might get it by way of his benefactors of cheap labor and their clapping and booing and millions of dollars of campaign ads so they can get amnesty for illegal aliens and the cheap labor that affords these benefactors to finance millions of dollars of campaign...
  • Jeb: 'I won't blame Obama for single thing'

    02/14/2016 9:11:47 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 54 replies
    WND ^ | 02/08/16
    Jeb Bush vowed Monday that he will not scapegoat President Obama for any challenges he faces should he be elected president. “My pledge to you: When I’m president I will not blame Barack Obama for a single thing,” he told listeners at the Nashua Country Club in Nashua, N.H. “The day that I’m sworn into office, I’m on watch — whatever it is.” “I am really tired of politicians that blame their predecessors,” the Republican White House hopeful added. “I have a personal kind of feeling about it having watched it for a while.  
  • Obama urges Russia to stop bombing 'moderate' Syria rebels

    02/14/2016 9:08:36 AM PST · by amorphous · 28 replies
    Reuters ^ | 14 Feb 2016 | Tom Perry and Jeff Mason
    President Barack Obama urged Russia on Sunday [Feb. 14, 2016] to stop bombing "moderate" rebels in Syria in support of its ally Bashar al-Assad, a campaign seen in the West as a major obstacle to latest efforts to end the war. Major powers agreed on Friday to a limited cessation of hostilities in Syria but the deal does not take effect until the end of this week and was not signed by any warring parties - the Damascus government and numerous rebel factions fighting it. Russian bombing raids directed at rebel groups are meanwhile helping the Syrian army to achieve...
  • Post Debate Thoughts – RNC Head Reince Priebus Becomes Trump’s Greatest Ally…

    02/14/2016 9:07:26 AM PST · by GilGil · 38 replies
    The Conservative Tree House ^ | 2/14/2016 | Sundance
    When the elephant dust settled, Trump emerged – yet again, victorious. This about sums it up: I am not a Trump supporter but that was a bloodbath. He tied that whole stage and audience into a package and stamped “Washington Bulls–t” on it. Then he set it on fire and walked off. Another summary via Twitter: Tonight, Trump poured gasoline on 30 years of neocon foreign policy thinking and lit the match. It was beautiful. #GOPDebate Or this one: Trump was just Trump tonight — the lone guy fighting all Establishment comers, including that obnoxious audience. And another: Some good,...
  • Deutsche Bank CoCo Holders Learn What Regulators Meant by Risk

    02/14/2016 9:00:32 AM PST · by Lorianne · 10 replies
    Swiss Info ^ | 11 February 2016
    When European regulators created a new type of bank debt, the idea was to transfer risk from taxpayers to investors. Now bondholders are learning what that really means. Yield-starved investors bought $102 billion of the contingent convertible bonds, securities created to help troubled banks hang onto cash in times of stress by skipping coupon payments without defaulting and converting the debt to equity or writing it down. Even though neither of those has yet happened, investors are already feeling the pain, as yields on Deutsche Bank AG’s 4.6 billion euros of CoCos have soared and its shares have plummeted. “CoCos...