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  • Supreme Court: Health providers can't sue for more Medicaid money

    04/01/2015 2:26:11 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 3 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | March 31, 2015 | Paige Winfield Cunningham
    Healthcare providers can't sue states for keeping Medicaid reimbursements low, the Supreme Court ruled Tuesday. In a split 5-4 decision, the justices said five private companies serving Idaho Medicaid patients can't ask courts to force the state to pay them higher reimbursements. The case Armstrong v. Exceptional Child Center was brought by five private companies providing Medicaid patients with in-home healthcare and other services. The firms said Idaho unfairly kept reimbursement rates at 2006 levels, even though care continued to grow more expensive.....
  • Scientists Say New Study Is A ĎDeath Blowí To Global Warming Hysteria

    04/01/2015 1:49:51 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 17 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | March 31, 2015 | Michael Bastasch
    A new study out of Germany casts further doubt on the so-called global warming ďconsensusĒ by suggesting the atmosphere may be less sensitive to increases in carbon dioxide emissions than most scientists think. A study by scientists at Germanyís Max Planck Institute for Meteorology found that man-made aerosols had a much smaller cooling effect on the atmosphere during the 20th Century than was previously thought. Why is this big news? It means increases in carbon dioxide emissions likely cause less warming than most climate models suggest. What do aerosols have to do with anything? Well, aerosols are created from human...
  • Engineer wants to turn dumb pavement into a smart I70

    03/31/2015 10:13:24 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 19 replies
    The Ledger-Enquirer ^ | March 22, 2015 | Rick Montgomery (Kansas City Star)
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. ó The following is about infrastructure. Don't nod off just yet. To be specific, it's about pavement ó basic, boring road surface. In the six decades since Interstate 70 began to creep across Missouri, how we view pavement hasn't changed much. Now meet Tim Sylvester, 33. He sees pavement as an electronic tablet with a concrete touch screen, The Kansas City Star (http://bit.ly/1MWYIxn) reports.
  • What Makes Indiana's Religious-Freedom Law Different?

    03/31/2015 9:02:13 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 21 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | March 30, 2015 | Garrett Epps
    No one, I think, would ever have denied that Maurice Bessinger was a man of faith. And he wasnít particularly a ďstill, small voiceĒ man either; he wanted everybody in earshot to know that slavery had been Godís will, that desegregation was Satanís work, and the federal government was the Antichrist. God wanted only whites to eat at Bessingerís six Piggie Park barbecue joints; so His servant Maurice took that fight all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, which in 1968 decided that his religious freedom argument was ďpatently frivolous.Ē Until the day he died, however, Bessinger insisted that...
  • H-1B visa program needs reform

    03/31/2015 8:05:36 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 15 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 31 March 2015 | Debra J. Saunders
    Last month, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, held a congressional hearing on the H-1B visa program that eliminated any doubt that some corporations are gaming the system to the severe disadvantage of skilled workers. Last year, the Center for Investigative Reporting reported on abuses of so-called ďbody shopsĒ ó labor brokers who enlist foreign workers abroad, press them into exploitative contracts and cut them undersized checks as they do contract work for established tech concerns that may want to avert the bad publicity. Howard University public policy Professor Ron Hira testified that Washington ďinadvertently created a highly profitable...
  • Cheaper Than Coal? Fusion Concept Aims to Bridge Energy Gap

    03/31/2015 7:32:03 PM PDT · by ckilmer · 12 replies
    nbcnews.com ^ | October 10th 2014, 5:07 pm | Alan Boyle
    ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† Derek Sutherland / University of WashingtonOct 10 Cheaper Than Coal? Fusion Concept Aims to Bridge Energy Gap By¬†Alan Boyle ¬† Researchers say they've developed a concept for a fusion reactor that could be built for less money than an equivalent coal-fired plant ‚ÄĒ but they acknowledge that they still have some questions to answer. For example, will the concept really work?The design concept, known as the "dynomak," is the subject of a detailed economic analysis as well as a presentation to be made next week in Russia at the International Atomic Energy Agency's 25th Fusion...
  • The lost nuclear fusion reactor design? Robert Bussard, claimed he'd cracked the problem

    03/31/2015 7:16:11 PM PDT · by ckilmer · 70 replies
    wattsupwiththat.com ^ | March 31, 2015
    The lost nuclear fusion reactor design? Guest Blogger / 3 hours ago March 31, 2015 Robert Bussard, one of the giants of the field, claimed to his dying day he had cracked the problemAbove: a homemade version of the Polywell nuclear fusion reactorGuest essay by Eric WorrallNot many people have heard of Robert Bussard, but he was one of the giants of nuclear fusion research. But if an engineering solution for viable small, household size nuclear fusion reactors is ever discovered, they will almost certainly be largely based on Bussard’s work.Bussard’s focus was on a field of Nuclear fusion research...
  • Gay Athletes Planning Protests Over Indiana Law Around Final Four

    03/31/2015 5:00:19 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 23 replies
    ABC News ^ | March 31, 2015 | By Rick Klein
    Several prominent, openly gay athletes will be among those protesting the new Indiana religious freedom law this week, despite Gov. Mike Penceís promise to "fix" the law before the Final Four begins on Saturday, according to local activists. Olympic diving legend Greg Louganis and former NBA player Jason Collins are among those coming to the state this week for press conferences or other public events. The effort to keep attention on the law around the college basketball showcase in Indianapolis. Rick Sutton, a veteran LGBT organizer and activist based in Indiana, said those who are upset by the new law...
  • Obama Offers Major Blueprint on Climate Change

    03/31/2015 3:47:33 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 20 replies
    New York Times ^ | March 31, 2015 | By CORAL DAVENPORT
    The White House on Tuesday introduced President Obamaís blueprint for cutting greenhouse gas emissions in the United States by nearly a third over the next decade. Mr. Obamaís plan, part of a formal written submission to the United Nations ahead of efforts to forge a global climate change accord in Paris in December. But the planís reliance on executive authority is an acknowledgment that any proposal to pass climate change legislation would be blocked by the Republican-controlled Congress. At the heart of the plan are ambitious but politically contentious Environmental Protection Agency regulations meant to drastically cut planet-warming carbon dioxide...
  • Taiwan to join China-led regional bank, Japan says not now

    03/31/2015 2:41:52 PM PDT · by Olog-hai
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 31, 2015 5:24 PM EDT | Elaine Kurtenbach
    Japan is not planning to join the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, its government spokesman said Tuesday, while Taiwan announced it would apply for membership, joining dozens of countries in signing up to an initiative opposed by Washington. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told reporters that Japan, the worldís No. 3 economy, is still seeking answers about how the regional financing institution would be governed. ďAs of today, Japan will not join AIIB and a clear explanation has not been received from China,Ē Suga said. The U.S. has found itself isolated in its resistance to the bank, with more than...
  • House Dem calls for tax on sugary drinks

    03/31/2015 2:13:05 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 51 replies
    The Hill ^ | Mach 31, 2015 | Christina Marcos
    Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) has introduced legislation to tax caloric sweeteners in beverages as a means of reducing obesity and other health conditions among Americans. DeLauro's bill would impose a tax of one cent per teaspoon of sweeteners like sugars and high fructose corn syrup. Beverages made from 100 percent fruit juice, nutritional therapies and infant formula would be exempted from the tax. Milk, including rice and soy, would also not qualify. The revenue would go toward federal research on diabetes, obesity, tooth decay and other dietary health conditions. DeLauro, who serves as the top Democrat on the House Appropriations...
  • Hillary Clinton replied to drone crash email with furniture inquiry: ĎSorry!í

    03/31/2015 1:27:32 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 24 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 3-31-15 | Douglas Ernst
    Hillary Rodham Clintonís mixture of personal and work email once resulted in a reply to a crashed drone story with inquiries about home decorations. Files obtained by The Associated Press show that Mrs. Clinton accidentally sent adviser Huma Abedin questions about the attractiveness of shelving units in response to a drone crash in Pakistan. ďI like the idea of these. How high are they? What would the bench be made of? And Iíd prefer two shelves or attractive boxes/baskets/ conmtainers (sic) on one. What do you think?Ē Mrs. Clinton wrote, AP reported Tuesday. When Mrs. Abedin then asked if she...
  • Hil on the grill: Gowdy demands Clinton face questions on emails by May 1

    03/31/2015 1:18:54 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 26 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 3-31-15 | Stephen Dinan
    The Benghazi investigative committee on Tuesday formally requested former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton give a transcribed interview detailing her decision-making in determining which emails she turned over to the government and why she wiped her email server clean. Chairman Trey Gowdy said Mrs. Clintonís ďunique arrangement with herselfĒ ó in which she claimed complete control of government business emails ó needs to be explained, and nobody other than Mrs. Clinton can do that. The interview would be behind closed doors, but would be part of the committee investigationís record. A public hearing would follow eventually, once the select...
  • Hil on the grill: Gowdy demands Clinton face questions on emails by May 1

    03/31/2015 1:18:54 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 9 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 3-31-15 | Stephen Dinan
    The Benghazi investigative committee on Tuesday formally requested former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton give a transcribed interview detailing her decision-making in determining which emails she turned over to the government and why she wiped her email server clean. Chairman Trey Gowdy said Mrs. Clintonís ďunique arrangement with herselfĒ ó in which she claimed complete control of government business emails ó needs to be explained, and nobody other than Mrs. Clinton can do that. The interview would be behind closed doors, but would be part of the committee investigationís record. A public hearing would follow eventually, once the select...
  • Former CFO now unemployed and on food stamps after his rant against Chick-fil-A went viral

    03/31/2015 12:11:39 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 91 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 03/31/2015 | Hayley Peterson
    A former executive of a medical device company says a video of him bullying a Chick-fil-A employee has destroyed his career. Adam Smith once earned more than $200,000 a year as the chief financial officer of Tuscon-based Vante. The married father of four is now unemployed and living on food stamps three years after his videotaped rant went viral online. In the video, Smith berates a Chick-fil-A employee for working at a company that supports anti-gay organizations. "Chick-Fil-A is a hateful corporation," Smith said. "I don't know how you live with yourself and work here. I don't understand it. This...
  • Five Things About Hillary Clinton You Probably Didnít Know (Safe for Work)

    03/31/2015 12:05:36 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 27 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March, 31, 2015 | Michael Schaus
    1 ¬Ė She¬ís actually a Bond villain. While this specific fact has not yet been verified by independent sources, it is becoming a more widely-accepted belief in wake of recent events. From her private email server to her use of unofficial clandestine spy rings in Libya, Hillary has repeatedly proven that she has a penchant for scheming that would make Ernst Stavro Blofeld blush. As soon as someone tracks down her secret underground lair, I¬íll bring you more details.2 ¬Ė She is the world¬ís most gifted commodity trader. In fact, it¬ís a little stunning this prodigy of Wall Street decided...
  • New York Dairy farmers bemoan lack of illegal aliens

    03/31/2015 12:02:12 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 53 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/31/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    This immigration story takes place far from the southern border and actually hits rather close to home for me, since it‚Äôs set in upstate New York. What‚Äôs that you say? We don‚Äôt have an illegal immigrant problem in the northeast? Think again. Apparently the use of illegal farm labor is still all the rage up here, but it just doesn‚Äôt get the same sort of press coverage. Particularly hard hit by a lack of ‚Äúcomprehensive immigration reform‚ÄĚ are the dairy farmers. When Mike McMahon‚Äôs Latino employees need to go to the bank, the pharmacy or the grocery store, he...
  • Wishful Thinking: "Strong Growth" to Propel Housing Read

    03/31/2015 11:59:22 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 31, 2015 | Mike Shedlock
    CoreLogic chief economist Dr. Frank Nothaft says Strong Economic Growth To Propel US Housing Market in 2015. The U.S. economy is poised to grow by close to 3 percent in 2015, generating a 3- to 3.5-million-person gain in employment. This job growth, coupled with very low mortgage interest rates and some easing in credit access, is expected to propel both owner-occupant and rental housing activity this year. This heightened level of housing demand should translate to the best home sales market in eight years, a projected rise of about 5-6 percent in the national CoreLogic Home Price Index (HPI) and...
  • Who Reads International Liberty?

    03/31/2015 11:16:26 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March, 31, 2015 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    This is the 6th Anniversary of my first post on International Liberty. In honor of this moment (or at least to recognize a modest amount of endurance), letís review some data on readership. According to WordPress, there have been more than 8.7 million page views in that six-year period. I donít know if thatís good or bad, so letís look at some data thatís more interesting. Thereís a site called Flag Counter that monitors the location of readers. I didnít add it until the end of 2010, and it counts daily viewers rather than total page views, but thatís still...
  • Four TBTF Banks Threaten To Withhold Funds To Democrats Over Elizabeth Warren's Wall Street Rants

    03/31/2015 10:51:03 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 10 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | 3-31-2015 | Durden
    Having already proven that their institutions are above the law in the aftermath of the financial crisis, executives at the ďToo Big to Fail and JailĒ banks have decided itís time to teach Senate Democrats a lesson. Not being content with trillions in taxpayer backed bailouts to protect and further consolidate virtually all wealth within their oligarch fiefdoms, these bankers are irate at the notion that a commoner would dare criticize their unassailable crony privilege. However, the worst part of this story, is that while Warren is harsher than most of her completely bought and paid for colleagues, she is...
  • Apple Bashes Indiana Ė But Promotes Business in Countries That Execute Gays

    03/31/2015 10:35:44 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 35 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 03/30/2015 | Jim Hoft
    Apple CEO Tim Cook attacked Indiana this weekend for passing a religious freedom bill. Cook said, ‚ÄúThere‚Äôs something very dangerous happening in states across the country.‚ÄĚ Cook may believe Indiana‚Äôs new law is very dangerous towards gays‚ĶBut it‚Äôs not as dangerous as the several countries Apple does business with where they execute gays. Four of the ten countries where they kill gays are on this Apple list:‚Äď Uganda‚Äď Nigeria‚Äď Qatar‚Äď Saudi ArabiaIf Tim Cook really wanted to help gays, he might want to focus on the Apple customers who execute them.
  • Dividends Provide a Safe Haven in Volatile Markets

    03/31/2015 10:40:17 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March, 31, 2015 | Brian Perry
    Downbeat U.S. data has weighed on cyclical stocks during the past week. With the exception of the labor market data, most data has been consistently soft. U.S. economic data have been falling short of expectations by the largest margin since 2009. The latest reports to disappoint were Durable Goods for February, down 1.4% versus a consensus projected gain of 0.4%. And the Commerce Department reduced its third and final revision for fourth quarter gross domestic product (GDP) to 2.2%, worse than consensus expectations of 2.4%. Since energy prices were sharply lower in Q4, it seems clear that the domestic economy...
  • Pence Buckles Under Powerful Gay/Media Blitzkrieg

    03/31/2015 10:04:47 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 117 replies
    Breitbart ^ | March 30, 2015 | Austin Ruse
    Governor Mike Pence of Indiana seems to have caved into enormous pressure and will ask the state legislature for new legislation to make it clear that Christian florists and bakers could be forced to participate in weddings that violate their religious beliefs.Last week, Indiana joined 19 other states and the federal government by enacting a law to protect religious believers from governmental encroachment on religious freedom. Such legislation was cited in the recent Supreme Court Hobby Lobby decision that determined religious employers could not be forced to supply abortion drugs to employees under ObamaCare.In a packed press conference this morning,...
  • Obama Offers Major Blueprint on Climate Change

    03/31/2015 9:50:49 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 63 replies
    NYT ^ | March 31, 2015 | By CORAL DAVENPORT
    WASHINGTON ó The White House on Tuesday morning unveiled President Obamaís blueprint for cutting United States greenhouse gas pollution by nearly a third over the next decade. Mr. Obamaís plan, part of a formal submission to the United Nations ahead of efforts to forge a climate change accord in Paris in December, detailed the United States side of an ambitious joint climate change pledge the president made in November in Beijing with the Chinese president Xi Jinping. In an effort to spur other countries to enact their own domestic climate change plans leading to the Paris accord, the leaders of...
  • Ted Cruz Canít Do What Glenn Beck Says

    03/31/2015 7:46:03 AM PDT · by ConservingFreedom · 39 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 03/26/2015 | W. James Antle III
    Less than a week after leaving the Republican Party, Glenn Beck had something to say about how Ted Cruz should approach the primaries. Leave Scott Walker and Rand Paul alone. Otherwise, Beck warned, ďweíre just going to end up with Jeb Bush.Ē (Bill OíReilly was skeptical about Beckís whole GOP-leaving business.) Cruz professed his admiration for Paul and Cruz, but didnít quite commit to refrain from criticizing them. Thatís because he canít. The Republican presidential race can be split into the conservative primary and the establishment primary. Beck isnít wrong that a divided conservative vote could benefit Bush, but there...
  • Expert: Billions in Chicago Bonds Pay for Literally Nothing

    03/31/2015 7:40:04 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 30, 2015 | John Ransom
    In masterful article by Kristi Culpepper, a muni-bond expert who works for the state of Kentucky, Chicago¬ís bond financing scheme is exposed as a house of cards that postpone debt payments in return for higher interest payments over time. Amongst the questionable strategies exposed by Culpepper include using long-term financing to cover day-to-day expenses, using bonds to pay pension obligations and misappropriating returns from the interest rate swap portfolio as an ¬ďATM¬Ē for the city. And the winners are: Chicago city employees‚ÄĒunion employees, for whose paychecks and benefit the scheme of providing short term-cash in return for high interest payments...
  • Brady Center Loses Lawsuit Targeting Online Ammo Sellers

    03/31/2015 6:46:12 AM PDT · by rktman · 4 replies
    firearmspolicy.org ^ | 3/26/2015 | unknown
    Adding to the sting of losing the case, the Court also held that ďdefendants Lucky Gunner and the Sportsmanís Guide are entitled to an award of reasonable attorney fees and costs.Ē
  • Feds refusing to show cards in McDonald's case

    03/31/2015 6:17:15 AM PDT · by Zhang Fei · 24 replies
    WashTimes ^ | March 31, 2015 | 5:00 am | Sean Higgins
    The federal government has said in a major, closely watched lawsuit that McDonald's Corp. violated workers' union rights at its individual franchise restaurants. What officials haven't said is exactly how the corporation did this since it didn't actually employ the workers, the franchise owners did. To win the case, the government will have to prove that McDonald's is a "joint employer" of the workers with the franchises ó a concept that runs counter to very understanding of what a franchise is: a legally separate entity that merely rents out the parent corporation's trademarks. The actual charging documents by National Labor...
  • Starbucks CEO: If You are Anti-Gay Marriage, ĎYou can Sell Your Sharesí

    03/30/2015 10:18:35 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 98 replies
    TPNN ^ | 3/30/15 | Cara Delvecchio
    At Starbucksí annual shareholderís meeting in Seattle on Wednesday a shareholder complained to Billionaire CEO, Schultz about the fact that Starbucks has lost customers because of its support of gay marriage. Starbucks supported Washingtonís stateís referendum backing gay marriage last year and in response the National Organization for Marriage started a boycott of the company. Tom Stobhar, founder of Corporate Morality Action Center, complained about the companyís support of gay marriage, citing that the companyís support for gay marriage has resulted in boycotts against the company that have cost Starbucks a considerable amount of business. ďIn the first full quarter...
  • Amazon.com moves drone testing to secret Canadian location after U.S. too slow granting permits

    03/30/2015 9:23:41 PM PDT · by Squawk 8888 · 19 replies
    National Post ^ | March 30, 2015 | Tristin Hopper
    VANCOUVER Ė Spurned by U.S. regulators, Amazon.com has turned to the one country where flying delivery robots are still welcome: Canada. On Monday, the U.K.ís Guardian newspaper revealed that the online retail giant is testing its latest prototypes for package-carrying drones at a top-secret site in British Columbia. ďWe are rapidly experimenting and iterating on Amazon Prime Air Ö including outdoors at a rural test site in Canada,Ē wrote Amazon spokesperson Kristen Kish in an email to the National Post. --- Located a mere 600 metres from the U.S. border, the Canadian testing grounds fulfill a lingering threat by Amazon...
  • How Chicago has used financial engineering to paper over its massive budget gap

    03/30/2015 6:15:58 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 27 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | March 30, 2015 | Kristi Culpepper
    This article explains that the City of Chicago has concealed how it has dealt with its budget gap over the past decade. The city failed to cut its recurring expenditures to match its recurring revenues after it blew through its reserve funds. Instead, two administrations have: Used long-term debt to finance everyday expenses and maintenance; Used long-term debt to finance judgments and settlements, including police brutality cases, and retroactive wage increases and pension contributions for its unionized employees; Restructured the cityís existing debt to extend the maturities on its bonds far out into the future in order to avoid having...
  • Wilco cancels Indianapolis show over law protecting religous freedom

    03/30/2015 4:44:10 PM PDT · by bagadonutz · 81 replies
    puffington host ^ | 3/30/2015
    Wilco Cancels Upcoming Show In Indianapolis Because Of Anti-Gay 'Religious Freedom' Law Chicago-based rock band Wilco has canceled a show planned for May 7 in Indianapolis, Indiana, because of the anti-gay "religious freedom" bill signed into law by Gov. Mike Pence (R) last week. The band tweeted Monday that they wouldn't perform in the state, saying the Religious Freedom Restoration Act "feels like thinly disguised legal discrimination": The band is not the first group to speak out against the law, which would allow any individual or corporation to cite its religious beliefs as a defense when sued by a private...
  • Movement to Increase McDonaldís Minimum Wage Broadens Its Tactics

    03/30/2015 4:25:40 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 44 replies
    New York Times ^ | March 30, 2015 | By STEVEN GREENHOUSE
    On a recent Friday, Kwanza Brooks, a $7.25-an-hour McDonaldís worker, climbed into a 14-person van to take a four-hour ride from Charlotte, N.C., to Atlanta. As she and other workers headed south, Ms. Brooks, a short, fiery woman, swapped stories with her companions about unsafe conditions and unfair managers. Upon arriving, they joined more than 400 other people ó including home care aides, Walmart workers, child care workers and adjunct professors. The gathering was a strategy session to plan for the fast-food movementís next big wave of protests, which is now scheduled for April 15. But the meeting was also...
  • Author provides inside look at Argonne National Laboratoryís efforts to build a Ďsuper batteryí

    03/30/2015 4:11:19 PM PDT · by ckilmer · 27 replies
    uchicago.edu ^ | March 27, 2015 | By Laura Alessio
    Author provides inside look at Argonne National Laboratory‚Äôs efforts to build a ‚Äėsuper battery‚Äô By Laura Alessio March 27, 2015 So secretive were efforts to create the first self-sustained nuclear reaction in 1942 that physicist Enrico Fermi and his Manhattan Project team quietly toiled beneath the stands of Stagg Field and communicated with each other in code.That breakthrough ushered in the nuclear age, but also led to the creation of the country‚Äôs first national lab, Argonne National Laboratory. Some 70 years later, with 20 countries racing to achieve another world-changing scientific shift‚ÄĒto design and build a better rechargeable ‚Äúsuper battery‚ÄĚ‚ÄĒArgonne...
  • Obamacare Enrollment Split: Subsidies vs. No Subsidies

    03/30/2015 3:48:38 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 12 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | March 30, 2015 | By CHRIS JACOBS
    Two reports released in the past week demonstrate a potential bifurcation in state insurance exchanges: The insurance marketplaces appear to be attracting a disproportionate share of low-income individuals who qualify for generous federal subsidies, while middle- and higher-income filers have generally eschewed the exchanges. The overall picture presented is one of a bifurcated, or even trifurcated, system of health insurance. Individuals who qualify for very rich insurance subsidies or Medicaid have signed up for coverage, while those who qualify for small or no subsidies have not. It raises two obvious questions: Whether and how the exchanges can succeed long-term with...
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    03/30/2015 3:00:19 PM PDT · by carriage_hill · 23 replies
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  • The Gestapo is alive and well in Obamaís America

    03/30/2015 2:57:57 PM PDT · by dvan · 23 replies
    American Action News ^ | March 30, 2015 | Watne Allyn Root
    Press ? for keyboard shortcuts. The Gestapo is alive and well in Obamaís America People me Today at 2:53 PM . Mar 30, 2015 Source: Personal Liberty by: Wayne Allyn Root Hi. Iím Wayne Allyn Root for Personal Liberty. Barack Obama is going rogue. By every metric, the Obama economy is melting down. We are seeing the beginning stages of another recession, at best, or a total economic meltdown, at worst. At the moment, there are no decent-paying jobs in America. Obama has opened the border and given amnesty to at least 5 million illegal aliens already in the country,...
  • Dem bill establishes kids' weekend meals program

    03/30/2015 2:57:03 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 29 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 30, 2015 | By Cristina Marcos
    Rep. Dina Titus (D-Nev.) has unveiled legislation to establish a program, so schools and food banks can offer meals to low-income students on weekends and holidays. Titus's bill would create a five-year pilot program for providing food to students eligible for free or reduced lunch during the week, when school is out. The Nevada Democrat noted the measure comes at the same time as many schools are out for spring break. Students who rely on meals provided during the school day for sustenance consequently might not have enough to eat. "Vacation from school should never mean hunger for children. This...
  • ( WV ) Congressmanís STREAM Act Seeks to Reign in Anti-Coal Mining Agency

    03/30/2015 2:55:19 PM PDT · by george76 · 2 replies
    Townhall ^ | Mar 30, 2015 | Cortney O'Brien
    Coal is pretty important to West Virginia. Coal-fired electric power plants accounted for 95 percent of West Virginia's net electricity generation in 2013 and the state produces about 15 percent of all fossil fuel energy in the US. Whatís more, the Mountain State leads the nation in underground coal mine production. One government agency seems poised to slow these miners down, but not if Rep. Alex Mooney (R-WV) can help it. ďWest Virginia is blessed to be abundant in natural resources," Mooney said. "Unfortunately, the President is intent on destroying coal as a domestic energy source.Ē Rep. Mooney introduced the...
  • [Australia]set to introduce tax on bank deposits

    03/30/2015 9:40:27 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 26 replies
    ABC ^ | 28 March 2015
    The idea of a bank deposit tax was raised by Labor in 2013 and was criticised by Tony Abbott at the time. Assistant Treasurer Josh Frydenberg has indicated an announcement on the new tax could be made before the budget. The Government is heading for a fight with the banking industry, which has warned it will have to pass the cost back onto customers. Mr Frydenberg is a member of the Government's Expenditure Review Committee but has refused to provide any details
  • Ex-Feds Accused Of Pocketing Bitcoins During Investigation

    03/30/2015 2:32:11 PM PDT · by Theoria · 9 replies
    NPR ^ | 30 March 2015 | Krishnadev Calamur
    Two former federal agents accused of stealing bitcoins have been charged with wire fraud, money laundering and related offenses, the U.S. Justice Department said in a statement. Carl Force, a former special agent with the Drug Enforcement Administration, and Shaun Bridges, a former Secret Service special agent, were both part of a Baltimore task force investigating Silk Road, the online marketplace often labeled the eBay of the drug trade. Force was given the task of establishing communications with Ross Ulbricht, aka "Dread Pirate Roberts," the San Francisco man who has been linked to Silk Road. Ulbricht was convicted last month...
  • Obamaís 2010 Economic Estimate For 2014 Off By $1 Trillion

    03/30/2015 1:52:35 PM PDT · by george76 · 4 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 03/30/2015 | Neil Munro
    It highlights the huge gap between Obamaís promise that his progressive, big-government economic policies would jump-start the economy, and the hard reality of Americaís complex society and economy. The failure of Obama-economics was highlighted March 28, when the federal government admitted that the economy grew only 2.2 percent in 2014. ... Since 2009, the U.S. population has grown from 305 million to 321 million, including 11 million illegals. ... Even as he doubles down on his high-regulation, high-immigration policies, Obama insists that his top priority is increasing wages. ... But heís continuing to rapidly add immigrants to the nationís flooded...
  • Sales tax shocker: Rate will hit 10% in some Bay Area cities April 1

    03/30/2015 1:49:21 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 19 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | March 30, 2015 | By Kathleen Pender
    Sales tax rates are going up in parts of California on Wednesday and will, for the first time, hit double digits in some Northern California cities. Shoppers in Albany, Hayward and Union City and San Leandro in Alameda County and El Cerrito in Contra Costa County will pay 10 percent starting next month. If a bill in the state Legislature passes, more areas could be paying that much. The statewide sales tax rate is 7.5 percent. State law allows cities and counties to add up to 2 additional percentage points in local sales and use taxes. The Legislature passed bills...
  • Fact Check.org Rushes to Defend Federal Fracking Regulations, Steps on a Rake

    03/30/2015 1:26:09 PM PDT · by george76 · 8 replies
    Energy in Depth ^ | March 27, 2015 | Katie Brown
    This afternoon, Fact Check.org produced a fact-check that ostensibly criticizes U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK) for his contention that there has never been an instance of ground water contamination caused by hydraulic fracturing. Of course, this piece isnít really about Inhofe at all; but before we get into that, we canít help but wonder why they are fact-checking Inhofe and not former EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson Ö or Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz Ö or Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell ó all of whom have said exactly the same thing. Rather than a ďfact-check,Ē it reads more like an advocacy...
  • Foreclosure to Home Free, as 5-Year Clock Expires

    03/30/2015 12:35:33 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 41 replies
    New York Times ^ | 29 March 2015 | Michael Corkery
    In September, Susan Rodolfi celebrated an unusual anniversary: five years of missed mortgage payments. She is like a ghost of the housing marketís painful past, one of thousands of Americans who have skipped years of mortgage payments and are still living in their homes. Now a legal quirk could bring a surreal ending to her foreclosure case and many others around the country: They may get to keep their homes without ever having to pay another dime. The reason, lawyers for homeowners argue, is that the cases have dragged on too long. There are tens of thousands of homeowners who...
  • Apple CEO Tim Cook Compares Indiana Law to Jim Crow Laws in Scathing Op-Ed

    03/30/2015 12:19:46 PM PDT · by Zhang Fei · 65 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | March 30, 2015 | AFP
    Apple chief Tim Cook slammed what he called a wave of ďdangerousĒ laws in several US states that he said promote discrimination and erode equality, in an editorial published Sunday. Cook ó one of the most prominent chief executives to publicly acknowledge his homosexuality ó wrote in the Washington Post that so-called ďreligious freedomĒ laws passed in several states threaten to undo progress toward greater equality. "Thereís something very dangerous happening in states across the country," Cook wrote in the editorial.
  • Jenny McCarthy Predicts The View Has One Year Left: ĎThe Titanic Might Go Downí

    03/30/2015 10:58:11 AM PDT · by drewh · 38 replies
    Mediaite.com ^ | 12:52 pm, March 30th, 2015 | Matt Wilstein
    Jenny McCarthy and her husband Donnie Wahlberg appeared on Howard SternĎs SiriusXM show Monday and the host asked her point blank what she thinks about the apparent struggles at The View since her departure last year. ďI think they might try one more year and then I think the Titanic might go down,Ē McCarthy predicted, after which Stern pointed out that the ratings for the show have diminished since she left last summer and producers brought back Rosie OíDonnell (who has since left for the second time). McCarthy was hesitant to say so herself, but Wahlberg revealed that the show...
  • Half of U.S. Households Struggle to Save Even a Few Cents

    03/30/2015 10:32:15 AM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 66 replies
    nbcnews.com ^ | March 30, 2015
    Brother, can you spare a nickel? For roughly half of American households they answer is "barely," according to the results of a new survey by Bankrate.com. About half reported they are setting aside no more than 5 percent of their income in savings. One in five said they're not even able to save a penny. The highest savings rates were reported by those in the middle of the income ladder; more than a third of households earnings between $50,000 - 75,000 said they're saving more than 10 percent of their incomes, a higher rate than those in the highest-income bracket....
  • Republicans see Obama as more imminent threat than Putin: Reuters

    03/30/2015 10:08:37 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 61 replies
    Reuters ^ | 3/20/15
    - A third of Republicans believe President Barack Obama poses an imminent threat to the United States, outranking concerns about Russian President Vladimir Putin and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. A Reuters/Ipsos online poll this month asked 2,809 Americans to rate how much of a threat a list of countries, organizations and individuals posed to the United States on a scale of 1 to 5, with one being no threat and 5 being an imminent threat. The poll showed 34 percent of Republicans ranked Obama as an imminent threat, ahead of Putin (25 percent), who has been accused of aggression in...
  • Flashback: Hewlett-Packard Top Executive Ousted (Fiorina)

    03/30/2015 9:32:41 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 22 replies
    AP, via NBCNews.com ^ | 2/9/2005 | AP, via NBCNews.com
    Carly Fiorinaís nearly six-year reign at Hewlett-Packard Co. ended abruptly Wednesday as board members forced her out, disappointed by her inability to transform a plodding technology giant dominated by printer sales into a more nimble innovator. H-Pís stock, which has gone nowhere for two years and is down two-thirds from its peak in 2000, rose almost 7 percent after earlier soaring almost 11 percent on the news of her ouster. Board members said they fired the chief executive ó perhaps corporate Americaís most influential woman ó because Fiorina failed to slash costs and boost revenue as quickly as directors had...