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  • National guard soldiers told to pay back bonuses years after enlisting

    10/22/2016 7:15:19 PM PDT · by Chode · 71 replies ^ | Saturday 22 October 2016 | Jamiles Lartey
    Thousands in California, many of whom served in Iraq and Afghanistan, called on to return enlistment bonuses amid reported ‘widespread overpayments’ Thousands of soldiers in the California national guard, many of whom served active duty tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, are being asked to pay back large enlistment bonuses they received as much as 12 years ago. The Los Angeles Times reported on Saturday that nearly 10,000 soldiers may be affected by the demands, after audits “revealed widespread overpayments by the California guard at the height of the wars last decade”. Christopher Van Meter, a 42-year-old former army captain and...
  • RNC launches campaign to oppose Obama's Supreme Court pick

    03/14/2016 5:46:46 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar. 14, 2016 6:22 AM EDT | Josh Lederman
    The Republican Party is launching a campaign to try to derail President Barack Obama’s nominee to the Supreme Court, teaming up with a conservative opposition research group to target vulnerable Democrats and impugn whomever Obama picks. A task force housed within the Republican National Committee will orchestrate attack ads, petitions and media outreach to bolster a strategy that Senate Republicans adopted as soon as Justice Antonin Scalia died last month: refusing to consider an Obama nominee out of hopes that the next president will be a Republican. The RNC will contract with America Rising Squared, an outside group targeting Democrats...
  • Cable lobby eyes opening to rewrite Web law

    03/21/2015 11:39:00 PM PDT · by Mad Dawgg · 21 replies
    The Hill ^ | 03/21/15 | Julian Hattem
    Cable and telecom industry lobbyists are launching an effort to convince lawmakers to support new legislation that replaces federal Internet regulations. 
After the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued its new regulations to treat the Web like a public utility, major companies are now sensing an opening to escape what they consider crushing net neutrality regulations. “The 400-page order really is starting, to us, a process on the hill,” said one telecommunications industry lobbyist who was granted anonymity in order to speak freely about the plans. “Our focus and our priority [is] to makes sure everyone understands what the FCC did,...
  • More Americans to buy homes with 3 percent down

    12/10/2014 7:21:18 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 65 replies
    Pioneer Pres/AP ^ | 12-9-14 | Josh Boak
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Some Americans will soon be able to buy a home with a down payment as low as 3 percent, compared with the current minimum of 5 percent, the mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac say. The new lending guidelines announced by the companies Monday are designed to help more low-income and first-time buyers afford homes. Millions of Americans lost their savings or no longer had the income needed to set aside money for a home in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis and the Great Recession. That has held down the sales of houses and...
  • Obama reassures Internet CEOs on tech privacy

    03/21/2014 6:36:16 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar. 21, 2014 7:25 PM EDT | Josh Lederman
    A week before a self-imposed deadline for a review of National Security Agency programs, President Barack Obama sought Friday to assure leading Internet and tech executives that his administration is committed to protecting people’s privacy. CEOs from Facebook, Google, Netflix and others spent more than two hours with Obama in the Oval Office discussing their concerns about NSA spying programs, which have drawn outrage from tech companies whose data have been scooped up by the government. Joining Obama and the CEOs were Obama’s commerce secretary, homeland security adviser, and counselor John Podesta, whom Obama has tasked with leading a review...
  • 4 On Your Side investigates traffic stop nightmare

    11/05/2013 9:31:51 AM PST · by christx30 · 36 replies
    Eckert's attorney, Shannon Kennedy, said in an interview with KOB that after law enforcement asked him to step out of the vehicle, he appeared to be clenching his buttocks. Law enforcement thought that was probable cause to suspect that Eckert was hiding narcotics in his anal cavity. While officers detained Eckert, they secured a search warrant from a judge that allowed for an anal cavity search.
  • AP source: Hillary Clinton group raises $1 million

    07/30/2013 2:23:57 PM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 17 replies
    Assoc. Press ^ | 07/30/2013 | STEVE PEOPLES
    BOSTON (AP) — She's yet to say whether she'll run, but a group working to support Hillary Rodham Clinton's prospective presidential bid raised more than $1 million in June alone. The Ready for Hillary super PAC has accepted donations exceeding $1.25 million since beginning to raise money in earnest this spring, an official with the group confirmed Tuesday. The figure includes more than $1 million last month as the operation begins to ramp up.
  • The one question about immigration reform no one asks

    04/01/2013 7:25:32 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 04/01/2013 | Bruce Johnson
    There are many immigration reform proposals floating about. Many have merits. But whether you agree with the concept or the mechanism, there is one question no one seems to ask. Each and every one of the immigration reforms pushed forward requires one thing. That one requirement is a "sign up" or a "coming forward" by the illegal immigrant to enter the program or to initiate some type of process. The "coming forward" by the illegal immigrant is a convenient assumption, which leads us to the question. IF the illegal immigrant does not come forward, does not enroll in the immigration...
  • Boehner to hold 4 p.m. sequester press conference

    02/25/2013 7:24:37 AM PST · by illiac · 124 replies
    MarketWatch ^ | 2/25/13 | Robert Schroeder
    WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) -- House Speaker John Boehner will hold a press conference at 4 p.m. Eastern to discuss the across-the-board budget cuts known as the sequester, his office said. Without a deal, $85 billion in gradual budget cuts will begin on Friday,
  • Activists push path to citizenship, nothing less

    02/08/2013 1:24:56 PM PST · by BradtotheBone · 13 replies
    Yahoo ^ | February 8, 2013 | ERICA WERNER
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Immigration activists on Friday rejected the idea of granting legal status short of citizenship to illegal immigrants in emerging legislation. The activists said that only citizenship would be acceptable for the nation's 11 million illegal immigrants and that the compromise idea floated by some House Republicans, offering legalization but not citizenship, won't work. Frank Sharry, executive director of America's Voice, said allowing illegal immigrants to legalize their status without the prospect of citizenship would "create an institutionalized group of second-class non-citizens." "When we've said to a whole group of people, 'You're good enough to work here but...
  • Senate’s H-1B visa proposal goes far beyond Microsoft’s

    02/02/2013 5:05:18 PM PST · by Javeth · 20 replies
    Seattle Times ^ | January 29, 2013 | Kyung M. Song
    WASHINGTON — A bipartisan Senate plan to dramatically expand a visa program for highly skilled foreign workers resembles a proposal unveiled by Microsoft last fall, but well exceeds the company’s own goals. Led by Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, five Republicans and five Democrats rolled out the Immigration Innovation Act on Tuesday to lift the annual quota of H-1B visas for those workers from 65,000 to 115,000. That new cap would grow each year if demand outstrips supply, potentially up to 300,000 visas annually.
  • Rubio, Senate ‘Gang of Eight’ unveil bipartisan immigration deal (Amnesty, H-1B Visas DOUBLED!)

    01/28/2013 6:17:14 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 94 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | 1/28/13 | MARC CAPUTO
    A group of eight Democratic and Republicans senators, including Florida’s Marco Rubio, will officially release a wide-ranging immigration plan Monday that could give a pathway to citizenship, tighten border security and increase guest-worker permits. -snip- Most controversially, the proposal would give a pathway to residency — and even citizenship — to many of the estimated 11 million immigrants unlawfully in the United States.
  • Agreement within reach on ‘fiscal cliff’ deal, officials say

    12/28/2012 7:11:54 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 31 replies
    wapo ^ | Friday, December 28, 6:34 PM | Lori Montgomery and Paul Kane,
    President Obama and Senate leaders were on the verge of an agreement Friday that would let taxes rise on the wealthiest households while protecting the vast majority of Americans from historic tax hikes set to hit in January. The development marked a breakthrough after weeks of paralysis. After meeting with Obama at the White House, Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said they would work through the weekend in hopes of drafting a “fiscal cliff” package they could present to their colleagues on Sunday afternoon. As the Senate began haggling over critical details,...
  • A Fiscal Cliff Calculator - How Much MORE Will You Pay in Taxes?

    12/28/2012 7:33:18 AM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 32 replies
    The WWW | 12/28/2012 | R2
    There are a number of Fiscal Cliff Calculators out there that can estimate how many thousands of dollars more per year you will pay if we go over the Fiscal Clif.
  • Senate Republicans open to new cliff deal

    12/27/2012 4:02:58 PM PST · by Hojczyk · 22 replies
    Maket Watch ^ | December 27, 2012 | Robert Schroeder and Greg Robb,
    Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell said late Thursday that Senate Republicans are open to any White House proposal to avert the fiscal cliff. McConnell said he and House Speaker John Boehner spoke with President Barack Obama on Wednesday night as the president prepared to return to Washington from his Christmas vacation in Hawaii. “I told the president I would be happy to look at whatever he proposes,” McConnell said, in a brief statement on the Senate floor. “The action is on the Senate side, and we will see if we can move forward on a bipartisan basis. “We’ll see what...
  • House Dems: Debt Limit Should Be Off the Table

    12/05/2012 5:44:05 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 5, 2012 | Elizabeth Harrington
    The House Democratic leadership said Wednesday that the debt ceiling “ought not be a negotiating item” in Congress, thereby ceding their constitutional authority to borrow money to President Barack Obama. “The debt limit ought not to be held hostage to anything,” said Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) during a press conference on Capitol Hill. “It hurt our economy. We were downgraded for the first time in my career, and I think in history, by one of the rating agencies. The creditworthiness of America ought not to be put at risk,” he said. “It ought not to be a negotiating item.”...
  • After Obama win, U.S. backs new U.N. arms treaty talks

    11/07/2012 4:50:07 PM PST · by Mad Dawgg · 134 replies
    Reuters ^ | Wed Nov 7, 2012 6:48pm EST | Louis Charbonnea
    (Reuters) - Hours after U.S. President Barack Obama was re-elected, the United States backed a U.N. committee's call on Wednesday to renew debate over a draft international treaty to regulate the $70 billion global conventional arms trade. U.N. delegates and gun control activists have complained that talks collapsed in July largely because Obama feared attacks from Republican rival Mitt Romney if his administration was seen as supporting the pact, a charge Washington denies. The month-long talks at U.N. headquarters broke off after the United States - along with Russia and other major arms producers - said it had problems with...
  • Ryan: Romney would protect social safety nets

    10/24/2012 5:04:59 AM PDT · by KantianBurke · 10 replies
    Kansas City Star ^ | October 24th, 2012 | PHILIP ELLIOTT
    AURORA, COLO. -- Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan is planning to tell poor voters they would be better off if he and Mitt Romney win the White House and will urge middle-class and independent voters to consider whether they want another four years like the past ones under President Barack Obama. Ryan, in remarks prepared for delivery Wednesday afternoon at Cleveland State University, was set to promise to Americans most in need that a Romney-Ryan administration would protect safety-net programs for them while overhauling benefits for wealthier Americans who might not necessarily need Social Security in their later years.
  • Walmart Targets Unhappy Bank Customers With New Prepaid Card--Should Big Banks Be Nervous?

    10/09/2012 8:54:11 PM PDT · by TArcher · 83 replies
    Forbes ^ | 08 Oct 2012 | Halah Touryalai
    Walmart wants to be your new banker. Walmart launched Bluebird, an alternative to debit and checking account. Should banks be nervous? Today Walmart announced an alternative to traditional debit and checking accounts in partnership with American Express. The Bluebird accounts target consumers who are fed up with increasing fees from traditional bank accounts. The Bluebird accounts will have no minimum balance requirement and no monthly maintenance, annual or activation fee. Customers can access their money for free using one of 22,000 American Express MoneyPass ATMs, but will be hit with a $2 fee if they are not enrolled in direct...
  • Another Reason Why The End Is Nigh

    07/08/2012 11:23:12 PM PDT · by Absolutely Nobama · 102 replies
    Alan Levy | 7/9/12 | Alan Levy
    From the diseased mind of HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius: (Emphasis added where appropriate. Snarky comments from me are in [brackets].) *** "Every American deserves to have a clean, safe and healthy environment. Today, we understand better than ever before that our health is not only dependent on what happens in the doctor’s office but is determined by the air we breathe, the water we drink and the communities we call home. Over the past two years, the Administration and our agency have taken unprecedented steps to ensure strong protection from environmental and health hazards for all Americans. There’s nothing more...
  • Obamacare - Free Health Insurance for Illegal Aliens

    06/28/2012 8:27:25 AM PDT · by Bronco_Buster_FweetHyagh · 8 replies
    Bronco_Buster BLOG | 6-28-2012 | Self
    The Supreme Court upheld Obamacare. A close read of the actual language reveals that the individual "mandate" applies to any "applicable individual" which is defined as anyone other than...(a) certain religious exemptions, (b) people in jail (they already get free healthcare), or (c) read carefully.... "(3) INDIVIDUALS NOT LAWFULLY PRESENT. Such term shall not include an individual for any month if for the month the individual is not a citizen or national of the United States or an alien lawfully present in the United States." SEE: 26 USC 5000A(d)(3) Meanwhile, Obama just ruled by executive edict that immigration laws would...
  • (Vanity) A Thorn By Any Other Name

    04/10/2012 6:28:31 PM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 10 replies
    grey_whiskers ^ | 04-10-2012 | grey_whiskers
    I wish I had thought of this sooner. But you know, we all ought to start calling Obamacare by a new name, the "Barack Obama Health Insurance Commerce Act". BOHICA. I guess Sarah Palin won't be losing any sleep over this, what with her "Death Panels" tweet and all. Still, every little bit helps.
  • EU, US serious about starting trade deal negotiations

    04/06/2012 3:24:03 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 06 April 2012 | ( with Reuters)
    The European Union and the United States are giving serious thought to starting talks on a free trade agreement covering all business sectors, including agriculture, a traditional source of friction between the two sides, a top US trade official said. "A comprehensive agreement is obviously an important option to consider. It's one that we're taking a very close look at," Deputy US Trade Representative Miriam Sapiro told Reuters. The United States and the 27 countries of the European Union already have the largest economic relationship in the world. Two-way trade was about €490 billion in 2011 and investment by US...
  • Transatlantic trade deal on the horizon?

    03/24/2012 7:54:39 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 23 March 2012
    As pressure on the eurozone eases, Europe and the United States are becoming increasingly convinced that they need to strengthen their partnership in order to maintain a leading competitive edge in the global economy. “The old boys need to say clearly that they are still in business,” said EU Ambassador to Washington João Vale de Almeida, speaking at an event organized by the American Chamber of Commerce to the EU (AmCham EU). The state of the transatlantic economy has suffered the blow of the euro crisis but remains the largest and wealthiest in the world, with over 50% of world...
  • The Tea Party Needs Allies (leaders outside their class and kind)

    02/22/2012 3:32:24 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 56 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | February 22, 2012 | William Tucker
    ......Deference to leaders who do not necessarily share your background or agree with you on everything is in the fiber of representative government. It is enshrined in the Constitution. In fact, there probably never would have been a Constitution if the Americans of 1787 hadn't been willing to defer to the "assembly of demigods" (as Jefferson described them) that convened in Philadelphia, closed the doors to the press, sealed the windows to eavesdroppers, and privately debated the future of the nation. ....What the Tea Party needs to do is look for allies. There are other people in the country who...
  • New Police Drone Near Houston Could Carry Weapons

    10/30/2011 10:06:38 AM PDT · by markomalley · 77 replies
    KPRC ^ | October 29, 2011 | Stephen Dean
    CONROE, Texas -- A Houston area law enforcement agency is prepared to launch an unmanned drone that could someday carry weapons, Local 2 Investigates reported Friday. The Montgomery County Sheriff's Office in Conroe paid $300,000 in federal homeland security grant money and Friday it received the ShadowHawk unmanned helicopter made by Vanguard Defense Industries of Spring. A laptop computer is used to control the 50-pound unmanned chopper, and a game-like console is used to aim and zoom a powerful camera and infrared heat-seeking device mounted on the front. "To be in on the ground floor of this is pretty exciting...
  • Hospitals, Drugmakers Lash Out At Obama Deficit Plan

    09/20/2011 6:29:45 AM PDT · by edpc · 6 replies
    Ruters via Yahoo News ^ | 19 Sept 2011 | David Morgan
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. hospital and drug industries lashed out at provisions of President Barack Obama's deficit reduction plan that would saddle them with more than $200 billion in federal healthcare spending cuts. Lobbyists vowed to fight proposals for Medicare, which covers the elderly, that are aimed at saving $135 billion on prescriptions by requiring drugmakers to provide steeper rebates similar to those for Medicaid, which covers the poor.
  • U.S. May Back Refinance Plan for Mortgages (Insanity)

    08/24/2011 7:56:09 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 54 replies
    ny times ^ | 8/24/2011 | SHAILA DEWAN and LOUISE STORY
    The Obama administration is considering further actions to strengthen the housing market, but the bar is high: plans must help a broad swath of homeowners, stimulate the economy and cost next to nothing. One proposal would allow millions of homeowners with government-backed mortgages to refinance them at today’s lower interest rates, about 4 percent, according to two people briefed on the administration’s discussions who asked not to be identified because they were not allowed to talk about the information. A wave of refinancing could be a strong stimulus to the economy, because it would lower consumers’ mortgage bills right away...
  • Fed forced to consider fresh stimulus

    08/09/2011 8:56:19 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 24 replies ^ | 08-09-2011 | By Robin Harding in Washington
    <p>The US Federal Reserve’s meeting on Tuesday is likely to be one of its most difficult and divisive since, well, last August.</p> <p>Sharply weaker economic data in recent weeks, a new peak in the eurozone debt crisis, and a downgrade to the triple A credit rating of the US have shaken confidence in a way that could spiral towards a new recession. The Fed will be forced to consider fresh stimulus in response.</p>
  • ( Finland ) Tuomioja advocates weapon-free homes

    07/31/2011 10:12:33 PM PDT · by george76 · 33 replies
    Uutispäivä Demari. ^ | 28/07/2011 | YLE
    Foreign Minister Erkki Tuomioja would like weapons to disappear from private homes, reports Social Democratic newspaper Uutispäivä Demari. Tuomioja says there is no need to keep weapons at home, adding that weapons obtained for hobby purposes, like hunting and shooting, can be stored on the premises of monitored clubs. He notes that such hobbies do not require automatic weapons or repeating firearms. According to the minister, the gun law reform that came into force in June was a step in the right direction, but there is still a way to go.
  • Boehner Plan Faces Rebellion

    07/26/2011 11:23:46 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 130 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 07/26/2011 | COREY BOLES And NAFTALI BENDAVID
    <p>The leader of a large group of House conservatives said Tuesday he was "confident" there weren't enough GOP lawmakers to pass a plan by Republican House Speaker John Boehner to increase the debt ceiling and reduce the deficit.</p> <p>Rep. Jim Jordan (R., Ohio), who said the Boehner plan didn't cut spending enough, heads a group that includes 178 of the 240 Republican House lawmakers.</p>
  • As Criminal Laws Proliferate, More Are Ensnared

    07/23/2011 9:13:16 AM PDT · by DManA · 62 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | July 23, 2011 | GARY FIELDS and JOHN R. EMSHWILLER
    As federal criminal statutes have ballooned, it has become increasingly easy for Americans to end up on the wrong side of the law. Many of the new federal laws also set a lower bar for conviction than in the past: Prosecutors don't necessarily need to show that the defendant had criminal intent.
  • Ann Barnhardt: DOUBLE RED ALERT (Soros buying up farmland)

    06/25/2011 9:12:46 AM PDT · by plsjr · 194 replies
    Ann Barnhardt's Capital Management Inc. ^ | 24 Jun 2011 | Ann Barnhardt
    Double Red Alert Posted by Ann Barnhardt - June 24, AD 2011 9:01 AM MST Two HUGE intel leads in my email box this morning from way-back contacts that I've had for years, that are actually somewhat connected concepts. 1. File this one under "Now It All Makes Sense". A Missouri farming and ranching contact just got off a conference call wherein he was informed that the federal government is sending out letters to all of the flooded out farmers in the Missouri River flood plain and bottoms notifying them that the Army Corps of Engineers will offer to BUY...
  • Democrats, Republicans edge closer on debt deal

    05/05/2011 5:22:55 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 17 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 5/5/11 | Alister Bull and Andy Sullivan - Reuters
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The outlines of a deal that would allow the United States to avert a debt default emerged on Thursday as top Republican and Democratic lawmakers held their first meeting aimed at cutting the bloated U.S. deficit. Republicans edged toward a White House plan that would cut some spending now and set long-term deficit reduction targets, but said more difficult decisions on taxes and healthcare spending would have to wait until after the 2012 election. A top Republican lawmaker, Paul Ryan, said there would be no immediate "grand slam" agreement on tackling the budget deficit, expected to reach...
  • Coast Guard Is Investigating A Possible Brand New, Big Oil Spill In The Gulf (update, just sediment)

    03/19/2011 9:48:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 118 replies
    Business Insider ^ | March 19, 2011 | Joe Weisenthal
    On top of everything else, some potentially troublesome environmental news out of the Gulf of Mexico again. The Times Picayune is reporting that the Coast Guard is investigating reports of a brand new deepwater oil spill. Multiple callers have reported that they have seen a huge sheen of oil not far from a deepwater rig....
  • McCain, Napolitano Hint at Joint Benchmarks for Immigration Reform Talks (HURL ALERT)

    02/17/2011 6:36:40 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 33 replies
    ABC News ^ | 2011-02-17 | Devin Dwyer
    Arizona Sen. John McCain and his Republican colleagues have long said they will only join Democrats on a comprehensive immigration reform deal if and when the southwest border is secured. Now McCain says he wants to develop a mutually-agreeable set of benchmarks with Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano for what level of security is sufficient and how to determine when that goal has been met. “We have to agree on certain criteria on what is successful securing of our border,” McCain said today during a Senate Homeland Security Committee hearing. “I think it would be very helpful to all of...
  • Michelle Obama urges Latino community to pressure GOP to back immigration bill

    02/12/2011 2:36:35 PM PST · by Justaham · 45 replies
    The Hill ^ | Andrew Restuccia
    First Lady Michelle Obama called on the Latino community to put pressure on Republicans to support comprehensive immigration legislation. In an interview with Univision, the first lady said President Obama wanted to pass immigration legislation, but could not find enough support among Republicans to move a bill. The DREAM Act, a bill to give undocumented immigrants who came to the country as children and are pursuing higher education an opportunity to become U.S. citizens, had little support among Republicans, she said. The latest attempt to pass the legislation failed in December. “So I urge the Latino community, he needs help,...
  • BREAKING! Arizona Congresswoman +15 bystanders shot at Public Event(Gabrielle Giffords-D, AZ)

    01/08/2011 11:03:01 AM PST · by DCBryan1 · 17 replies · 1+ views
    Fox News ^ | 08 Jan 11 | dcbryan1
    Developing: Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was shot along with three of her aides by a gunman Saturday morning outside a grocery store in Tucson while holding a public event, Fox News has confirmed. Twelve others were shot as well at Giffords' first public event called "Your Corner." The gunman is in custody. Giffords was taken to a hospital but the condition of those shot was not immediately known, a senior congressional aide told Fox News.
  • AZ Congresswoman assassinated, 6 Others, Killed By Gunman [Update, she's alive]

    01/08/2011 11:17:29 AM PST · by DCBryan1 · 70 replies
    NPR ^ | 08 Jan 11 | npr staff
    Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and six others died after a gunman opened fire at a public event on Saturday, the Pima County, Ariz., sheriff's office confirms. The 40-year-old Democrat, who was re-elected to her third term in November, was hosting a "Congress on Your Corner" event at a Safeway in northwest Tucson when a gunman ran up and started shooting, according to Peter Michaels, news director of Arizona Public Media. At least three other people, including members of her staff, were injured. Giffords was transported to University Medical Center in Tucson. Her condition was not immediately known. Giffords was talking to...
  • State plan gives some services to cities, counties {Jerry Brown's secret plan}

    01/05/2011 7:42:43 AM PST · by SmithL · 15 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 1/5/11 | Wyatt Buchanan, Chronicle Sacramento Bureau
    Sacramento -- As California faces a budget deficit that could top $28 billion over the next 18 months, Gov. Jerry Brown and other state leaders are poised to shift the responsibility for providing some services from the state to counties and cities. In one of his first meetings as governor, Brown spoke with county leaders Tuesday about significantly restructuring government. He also attempted to allay the fears of some local officials that the state could pass off duties without providing sufficient means to pay for them."We're going to shift funding to the local level, we're going to make sure there's...
  • 8 Facts about the Obama/GOP tax compromise

    12/14/2010 10:14:23 AM PST · by ssugasl231 · 29 replies · 2+ views
    1 The "cost" of the bill is $857 billion...over 10 years = $85 billion/year 2 $85 billion/year is 2% of spending (proposed to be $3830 billion this year) 3 $721 billion out of $857 billion, or 84% of the bill, are keeping the tax cuts. Is this really "spending" to keep our own $? 4 Extending the estate tax "costs" $68 billion over 10 years, or $6.8 billion/year. That is 0.1% of spending this year. 5 Extending unemployment insurance costs $56 billion over 10 years, or $5.6 billion/year. 6 The payroll tax holiday costs $111 billion over 10 years, or...
  • Hoyer sees 'some room' to amend tax package in House (Dems want to raise estate tax; GOP silent)

    12/13/2010 2:43:09 PM PST · by Qbert · 17 replies · 1+ views
    The Hill ^ | 12/13/2010 | Mike Lillis
    A top House Democrat said Monday there's room to revise the contentious tax-cut package hammered out between the White House and Senate Republicans. Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) predicted the House would ultimately pass a tax-cut bill this month, but not before Democratic critics have had a chance to amend certain language — particularly a 35 percent estate tax provision that exempts the first $5 million of estates. "There certainly seems to me to be some room for a change which may or may not be perceived by some to be significant," Hoyer told reporters at the National Press Club....
  • Richardson may visit North Korea

    12/07/2010 6:25:31 PM PST · by AmericanInTokyo · 37 replies · 1+ views
    NM Politics Blog ^ | Pearl Harbor Day, 2010 | NM Politics
    With the situation in North Korea having gotten pretty dicey in recent months, Gov. Bill Richardson – a favorite of the North Korean government – may be heading back there next week. That’s according to the Washington Post: “Adm. Mike Mullen, the Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman, is off this week to South Korea to tell officials that the United States is standing with them. And there’s talk that outgoing New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson may be off to North Korea next week for a private chat with top officials at the invitation of key people in the nuclear crowd...
  • We're Getting The First Details From The Commission To Reduce The Deficit

    11/10/2010 11:32:06 AM PST · by blam · 35 replies
    The Business Insider ^ | 11-10-2010 | Gregory White
    We're Getting The First Details From The Commission To Reduce The Deficit Gregory White Nov. 10, 2010, 2:04 PM The President's deficit commission has just come through with their proposal for budget cuts, and they total $200 billion by 2015. The cuts are wide ranging and include cuts to defense, social security, and, oddly, taxes. That's right, tax reform is on the menu. From the early comments, it seems like headline taxes are going to be brought down under the plan, though some taxes would actually rise. There will also be significant cuts to federal employees, amounting to 10% of...
  • New immigration bill introduced in Senate(AMNESTY)

    10/11/2010 11:03:23 AM PDT · by AuntB · 12 replies
    Peoples World ^ | Oct. 11, 2010 | Emile Schepers
    On Sept. 29, just before Congress recessed for the midterm elections, Democratic Senators Robert Menendez (New Jersey) and Patrick Leahy (Vermont) introduced a comprehensive immigration reform bill in the Senate. Although to some this seems to be an odd moment to be introducing such a thing, Menendez, Leahy and some immigrant rights activists think there is a chance of getting it passed during the lame duck session, between the election and the inauguration of the new Congress in January 2011. The bill, S 3932, has no cosponsors as yet. It is pitched to the right of the main comprehensive immigration...
  • UPDATE: 100 Days to Go Until The Largest Tax Hikes in History (Cut Taxes Instead.)

    09/23/2010 2:38:41 PM PDT · by Andrea19 · 10 replies
    ATR ^ | 9/23/10 | Ryan Ellis
    ...The major items include: The AMT will ensnare over 28 million families, up from 4 million last year. According to the left-leaning Tax Policy Center, Congress’ failure to index the AMT will lead to an explosion of AMT taxpaying families—rising from 4 million last year to 28.5 million. These families will have to calculate their tax burdens twice, and pay taxes at the higher level. The AMT was created in 1969 to ensnare a handful of taxpayers. Small business expensing will be slashed and 50% expensing will disappear. Small businesses can normally expense (rather than slowly-deduct, or “depreciate”) equipment purchases...
  • US fears Yemen army on verge of collapse

    08/17/2010 3:16:23 AM PDT · by markomalley · 31 replies
    Al Bawaba ^ | 8/17/2010
    General James Mattis who recently took the helm of the US Central Command, or CENTCOM , has warned from the collapse of Yemen's security forces and the army. The US general cast doubt on the ability of the Yemeni forces to manage the war on northern front against the Shiite rebeles and in the south against the separatist movement and Al Qaeda. The new U.S. Central Command chief conveyed the regime of President Ali Abdullah Saleh is struggling to contain the "rebels" in the north and south, and due to the scale of the conflicts he warned of a possible...
  • Amnesty By Executive Fiat

    07/31/2010 4:25:48 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 125 replies · 14+ views
    The American Spectator ^ | 7-30-10 | W. James Antle, III
    The Obama administration is considering it. The idea is to have the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS) just start handing out green cards to illegals. USCIS, a part of the Obama administration, outlines the ideas in a draft memo that includes the possibility of issuing green cards to tens of thousands who entered the country illegally. "In the absence of Comprehensive Immigration Reform, CIS can extend benefits and/or protections to many individuals and groups by issuing new guidance and regulations," the memo advises.
  • Obama's Immigration Speech

    07/01/2010 8:43:06 AM PDT · by antiobamacare · 22 replies
    July 1, 2010 | Brian Woodward
    so let me get this straight -- Obama thinks that illegal immigrants are vital to our economy, but he wants to harshly punish anyone who hires them -- small contradiction there
  • Fox: Obama May Bypass Congress to Let Illegals Stay(Proof of the alien in White House)

    06/25/2010 8:38:57 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 35 replies
    newsmax ^ | 6/25/10
    The Obama administration has been holding behind-the-scenes talks to determine whether the Department of Homeland Security can unilaterally grant legal status on a mass basis to illegal immigrants, according to Fox News. The source for this bombshell – which could ignite a national uproar given that a majority supports tougher laws against illegals – is an unidentified former Bush administration official who spoke with at least three people involved in those talks. The issue was raised publicly by eight Republican senators who wrote to the White House on Monday to complain that they had heard the administration was readying a...