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  • John Boehner Shares His Secret Turkey Recipe

    11/26/2014 4:00:44 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 31 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | November 26, 2014 | By Amanda Gutterman
    Just in time for Thanksgiving, House Speaker John Boehner has revealed his secret turkey recipe that he calls the "Boehner brine." "I decided a number of years ago that I would try to brine a turkey. I found a recipe somewhere online and tinkered with it over a period of about five years, until I settled in on my current brine," he said. Although Boehner's method doesn't quite meet USDA safety standards for internal temperature, those who know their way around a turkey confirm that Boehner has the right idea. "In terms of the cooking process, he basically nails every...
  • Mary Landrieu is the clear choice for Senate: Editorial

    11/26/2014 3:38:19 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 99 replies
    The Times-Picayune ^ | November 26, 2014 | By The Editorial Board
    Mary Landrieu is dedicated to the well being of Louisiana residents. Even her vote for the Affordable Care Act, which is being used to attack her, reflects concern for the hundreds of thousands of her constituents who lack health insurance. Seniority matters in the Senate. Although Democrats lost control of the chamber in the midterm elections, Sen. Landrieu would be one of the highest-ranking members of the minority party in the next Congress. Her track record demonstrates her ability to work successfully with Republicans on a variety of matters. Louisiana needs Sen. Landrieu's knowledge, energy and influence in Washington as...
  • Berkeley prepares new cell phone radiation safety law

    11/26/2014 3:25:35 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 23 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | November 26, 2014 | By Emilie Raguso
    The city of Berkeley is considering whether to require local retailers to give out radiation-related safety sheets to cell phone customers who make a purchase. Customers could be advised not to hold or carry the phone near the body while using the device, and directed to consult the manual to learn the “recommended separation distance” between the phone and one’s body.
  • Footballer Sol Campbell tackles Labour MP over 'mansion tax'

    11/26/2014 11:31:37 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 8 replies
    BBC News ^ | November 26, 2014
    Former England footballer Sol Campbell has clashed with Labour MP Owen Smith over the party's proposed "mansion tax" on properties worth over £2m. Mr Campbell owned a £25m house in London and a "country pile" in Northumberland. But Owen Smith said his party was only asking people like Mr Campbell "to pay your fair share". He also told Daily Politics people who were "struggling" under this government would have "zero sympathy" for people who complained about having to pay the tax. Mr Owen said there was a "gross inequality between those who've got the most, like Sol", and those at...
  • Obama to Introduce Sweeping New Controls on Ozone Emissions

    11/26/2014 6:55:54 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 18 replies
    New York Times ^ | November 25, 2014 | By CORAL DAVENPORT
    The Obama administration is expected to release on Wednesday a contentious and long-delayed environmental regulation to curb emissions of ozone, a smog-causing pollutant linked to asthma, heart disease and premature death. The sweeping regulation, which would aim at smog from power plants and factories across the country, particularly in the Midwest, would be the latest in a series of Environmental Protection Agency controls on air pollution that wafts from smokestacks and tailpipes. Such regulations, released under the authority of the Clean Air Act, have become a hallmark of President Obama’s administration. Environmentalists and public health advocates have praised the E.P.A....
  • Obama touts immigration action in speech frequently interrupted by hecklers

    11/26/2014 6:29:18 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 22 replies
    FOX News ^ | November 25, 2014
    President Obama traveled to Chicago on Tuesday to sell his executive action on immigration in a speech at a community center in a predominantly Polish-American neighborhood, although his remarks were frequently interrupted by hecklers. Obama listened and asked them to stop yelling. Then when it appeared he'd had enough, the former lawyer and constitutional law professor set about deconstructing their arguments. "What you're not paying attention to is the fact that I just took an action to change the law, so that's point No. 1," Obama said. "Point No. 2, the way the change in the law works is that...
  • Geo-engineering: Climate fixes 'could harm billions'

    11/26/2014 3:07:17 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 22 replies
    BBC News ^ | November 25, 2014 | By David Shukman, Science editor
    Schemes to tackle climate change could prove disastrous for billions of people, but might be required for the good of the planet, scientists say. That is the conclusion of a new set of studies into what's become known as geo-engineering. This is the so far unproven science of intervening in the climate to bring down temperatures. These projects work by, for example, shading the Earth from the Sun or soaking up carbon dioxide. Ideas include aircraft spraying out sulphur particles at high altitude to mimic the cooling effect of volcanoes or using artificial "trees" to absorb CO2. Despite the risk...
  • How many K-12 students are illegal immigrants?

    11/25/2014 3:05:22 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 14 replies
    Washington Post ^ | November 21, 2014 | By Valerie Strauss
    According to the Pew Research Center’s Hispanic Trends Project, 6.9 percent of K-12 students had parents of illegal immigrants in 2012, while far less — 1.4 percent — of all students were illegal immigrants themselves. Nevada had the biggest percentage of students with parents who were illegal immigrants, followed by California, at 13.2 percent; Texas, at 13.1 percent; and Arizona, at 11 percent. The figures come from a new report that says there were an estimated 11.2 million illegal immigrants in the United States in 2012 (the latest year for which there is data), the same as in 2009. (The...
  • Exclusive: George Stephanopoulos Interviews Police Officer Darren Wilson

    11/25/2014 1:44:17 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 24 replies
    ABC News ^ | November 25, 2014 | By MEGHAN KENEALLY
    In an exclusive interview with ABC News' George Stephanopoulos, police officer Darren Wilson breaks his silence about the shooting of Michael Brown. Wilson told ABC News that he did not execute Brown on August 9 but was in fear for his life and was just doing his job. Wilson told ABC News that Brown reached into his car and grabbed his gun. He described how Brown charged toward him and he felt that he had to shoot Michael Brown. Tune into World News Tonight at 6:30 p.m. EST to see Wilson's first public remarks about the fatal shooting.
  • Expected California Supreme Court nominee Leondra Kruger a 'mind blower'

    11/24/2014 3:53:35 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 33 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | November 24, 2014 | By MAURA DOLAN
    Gov. Jerry Brown announced Monday that he would nominate Leondra R. Kruger, a federal government lawyer, to the California Supreme Court. Kruger, 38, who grew up in Pasadena, was admitted to the State Bar of California in 2002 but has not practiced law in the state since 2009, according to bar records. She has worked primarily in Washington, D.C., where she has represented the federal government in cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. She would be the only African American on the court. Kruger is a deputy assistant attorney general at the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Legal Counsel....
  • Peña Nieto and other Central America Leaders hail Obama’s Immigration Actions

    11/24/2014 2:59:46 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 11 replies
    The Yucatan Times ^ | November 24, 2014
    US President Barack Obama’s immigration plan, unveiled on Thursday November 20th, eases the threat of deportation for some 4.7 million immigrants, many of them Mexican, who are in the United States without legal documents. “I want to publicly recognize the President of the United States for yesterday’s announcement,” Peña Nieto told a conference in Mexico. “These measures bring relief to principally Mexican immigrants.” Peña Nieto said he had instructed Mexico’s consular service to help those Mexicans who wish to take advantage of the reform. “This temporary relief is a great step in the right direction from the United States to...
  • School kids are blaming Michelle Obama for their “gross” school lunches

    11/24/2014 2:35:36 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 48 replies
    Washington Post ^ | November 24, 2014 | By Roberto A. Ferdman
    School kids around the country are tweeting rather unfortunate pictures of the meals they're being served at lunchtime, and thanking first lady and healthy school food advocate Michelle Obama for their bowls of mush and mystery proteins. The tweets, which have carried the not-so-subtle #ThanksMichelleObama hashtag, were being sent out at a rate of 40 per minute late last week, but started to gain momentum some 10 days back and are still continuing to be posted as of this morning. "We've seen the photos being tweeted," said Sam Kass, executive director of Let's Move! and senior policy advisor for Nutrition."But...
  • With immigration action, Obama calls his opponents’ bluff

    11/24/2014 2:27:52 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 23 replies
    Washington Post ^ | November 24, 2014 | By E.J. Dionne Jr.
    Stay wide awake in the coming weeks. This is a historic moment when all of the divisions, misunderstandings and hatreds of President Obama’s time in office have come to a head. We are in a different place than we were. We are also in a place we were bound to get to eventually. Obama’s decision to back away from our government’s policy of ripping apart the families of undocumented immigrants has called forth utterly contradictory responses from Republicans and Democrats, conservatives and progressives. It should now be clear that the two sides don’t see the facts, the law or history...
  • Climate change could shift buckeyes’ habitat to Michigan

    11/24/2014 2:03:47 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 64 replies
    The Columbus Dispatch ^ | November 24, 2014 | By Laura Arenschield
    There is a lot we could lose if we don’t get a handle on climate change. Clean air. Manageable storms. A variety of animals and plants and a few islands. But buckeyes? The state trees of Ohio? To Michigan? “Dread the thought,” said Roger Williams, an associate professor of forest management at Ohio State University. But that could happen if the world keeps warming, Williams said yesterday during a climate-change-oriented tour of the Ohio State University campus. The tour was sponsored by the Environment Ohio Research and Policy Center, an environmental advocacy organization.
  • Rev. Al Sharpton to respond to Ferguson grand jury verdict during press conference Monday night

    11/24/2014 1:55:46 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 38 replies
    SILive.com ^ | November 24, 2014 | By Eddie DAnna
    Rev. Al Sharpton will hold a press conference Monday night to respond to the grand jury decision in the police shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. Sharpton's press conference will be held 9:15 p.m. at his National Action Network's headquarters in Harlem.
  • Kids ‘thank’ Michelle Obama for ‘mystery mush’ school lunches

    11/24/2014 7:47:50 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 46 replies
    NY Post ^ | November 23, 2014
    School kids are giving thanks to first lady Michelle Obama just in time for the holiday – with a sarcastic Twitter hashtag about unappealing school lunches. Along with photos of unsavory-looking school meals, the hashtag #ThanksMichelleObama was among the top trends on Twitter within the United States for a time on Friday. While many schools have put the standards in place successfully, others have said some of the new foods end up in the trash can. The White House didn’t have an immediate response, but an Agriculture Department spokesman said most meals aren’t as bad as the photos depict. USDA...
  • John McCain ‘Strongly Encouraging’ Lindsey Graham To Consider 2016 Run

    11/24/2014 7:25:42 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 81 replies
    ABC News ^ | November 24, 2014 | by Arlette Saenz & Jeff Zeleny
    Sen. John McCain is prodding one of his closest allies in the Senate to consider a run for the White House – Sen. Lindsey Graham. “I think he is looking at it, and I am strongly encouraging him to take a look at it,” McCain, R-Ariz., told ABC News. “I know of no one who is better versed and more important on national security policy and defense than Lindsey Graham, and I don’t think these challenges to our security are going away.” “He is eminently qualified,” McCain added.
  • Flood of illegal immigrants pour into NYC public schools

    11/23/2014 6:40:15 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 23 replies
    NY Post ^ | November 23, 2014 | By Susan Edelman and Isabel Vincent
    New York has sent a warning to its schools: Expect more illegal immigrants. The city Department of Education has told principals it plans this year to enroll 2,350 migrant children from Central America who crossed into the United States unaccompanied — with many more to come. “It is expected that children will continue to arrive in large numbers in the coming years,” says a DOE memo to principals obtained by The Post. The notice comes as the city rolls out a $50 million red carpet for 1,662 minors who crossed the border this summer to escape ­violence and gangs in...
  • US Citizens Warned To Stay Away From Acapulco

    11/23/2014 6:28:57 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 41 replies
    Sky News ^ | November 23, 2014
    US citizens have been warned to stay away from the Mexican resort of Acapulco because of the threat from protests over the suspected murder of a group of student teachers. The American Embassy in Mexico City issued the security message which it said applied to its own staff and all US citizens. A statement released by the embassy said its personnel "have been instructed to defer non-essential travel to Acapulco, by air or land," and added that it "cautions US citizens to follow the same guidelines". The alert added that "protests and violent incidents continue in Guerrero state in response...
  • FACT SHEET: The Economic Benefits of Fixing Our Broken Immigration System

    11/21/2014 3:27:35 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 31 replies
    The White House ^ | November 21, 2014 | Barack Hussein Obama
    The President’s Immigration Accountability Executive actions will help secure the border, hold nearly 5 million undocumented immigrants accountable and ensure that everyone plays by the same rules. Acting within his legal authority, the President is taking an important step to fix our broken immigration system. These executive actions crack down on illegal immigration at the border, prioritize deporting felons not families, and require certain undocumented immigrants to pass a criminal background check and pay their fair share of taxes as they register to temporarily stay in the US without fear of deportation. These are commonsense steps, but only Congress can...
  • Modernizing and Streamlining the U.S. Immigrant Visa System for the 21st Century

    11/21/2014 3:20:02 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 13 replies
    The White House ^ | November 21, 2014 | Barack Hussein Obama
    MEMORANDUM FOR THE HEADS OF EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENTS AND AGENCIES SUBJECT: Modernizing and Streamlining the U.S. Immigrant Visa System for the 21st Century Throughout our Nation's history, immigrants have helped the United States build the world's strongest economy. Immigrants represent the majority of our PhDs in math, computer science, and engineering, and over one quarter of all U.S.-based Nobel laureates over the past 50 years were foreign-born. Immigrants are also more than twice as likely as native-born Americans to start a business in the United States. They have started one of every four American small businesses and high-tech startups, and more...
  • Creating Welcoming Communities and Fully Integrating Immigrants and Refugees

    11/21/2014 3:19:58 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 33 replies
    The White House ^ | November 21, 2014 | Barack Hussein Obama
    MEMORANDUM FOR THE HEADS OF EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENTS AND AGENCIES SUBJECT: Creating Welcoming Communities and Fully Integrating Immigrants and Refugees Our country has long been a beacon of hope and opportunity for people from around the world. Nearly 40 million foreign-born residents nationwide contribute to their communities every day, including 3 million refugees who have resettled here since 1975. These new Americans significantly improve our economy. They make up 13 percent of the population, but are over 16 percent of the labor force and start 28 percent of all new businesses. Moreover, immigrants or their children have founded more than 40...
  • Oops! Administration Erred on Health Law Sign-Ups

    11/20/2014 1:26:28 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 12 replies
    ABC News ^ | November 20, 2014 | By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR
    The Obama administration acknowledged Thursday it has been over-reporting the number of people signed up under the health care law, a discrepancy that congressional Republicans seeking to repeal the program say they uncovered. Administration spokesman Aaron Albright said that the overcount involved about 400,000 people. Those consumers have separate dental coverage in addition to a medical plan, and were double-counted by mistake, said Albright. They had purchased both the medical and dental plans through HealthCare.gov and state insurance markets created under the law. That means the correct number of people enrolled for medical coverage as of Oct. 15 is about...
  • Venezuela increases luxury taxes to bolster state coffers

    11/20/2014 10:52:18 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 18 replies
    Reuters ^ | November 19, 2014 | by Brian Ellsworth
    Venezuela will increase taxes on luxury goods, alcohol and tobacco to help shore up the government's finances, the top tax official said, as falling oil prices threaten the OPEC member's coffers. Buyers of luxury goods, including cars worth more than $30,000, will pay an excise tax of 15 percent, up from 10 percent, tax chief Jose David Cabello said late Tuesday during a televised ceremony with President Nicolas Maduro. The measures, part of a package of 28 laws Maduro decreed to bolster the country's economy, increase tax rates on products such as wine and cigarettes while eliminating some tax benefits...
  • NOAA: Globe Sets 5th Hottest-Month Record of 2014

    11/20/2014 10:31:56 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 44 replies
    ABC News ^ | November 20, 2014 | By SETH BORENSTEIN AP Science Writer
    Despite a bitter U.S. cold snap, the globe is rushing hell-bent toward its warmest year on record with last month setting the fifth monthly heat record of year. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Thursday that last month was the hottest October on record worldwide. "It is becoming pretty clear that 2014 will end up as the warmest year on record," said Deke Arndt, climate monitoring chief for NOAA. "The remaining question is: How much?" He said this year's heat is what scientists expect from man-made global warming. Scientists say the burning of coal, oil and gas traps heats,...
  • Health insurance costs have nowhere to go but up

    11/20/2014 10:22:46 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 15 replies
    CBS News ^ | November 20, 2014 | By RAY MARTIN
    Folks are used to the fact that health insurance costs always seem to go up. They've done so for the last 14 years, with the highest annual increase of about 14 percent and the lowest at about 3 percent. But the increases for 2015 are staggering, ranging from 20 percent to over 60 percent. And consumers need to plan for more rate hikes over the next several years, especially those who have coverage through their employer. One of the biggest causes behind these increases is the Affordable Care Act (ACA), so called because it was supposed to provide more affordable...
  • No, Reagan Did Not Offer An Amnesty By Lawless Executive Order

    11/20/2014 6:49:41 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 8 replies
    The Federalist ^ | November 20, 2014 | By Gabriel Malor
    Today is the big day, and the Progressive media is in full spin to mitigate the anger Americans are expressing about President ObamaÂ’s decision to offer legal status to millions of people who broke the law. That spin has taken many forms, including the novel arguments that the executive branch is empowered to act whenever the legislative branch declines and that the executive branchÂ’s enforcement discretion includes the affirmative grant of benefits not otherwise authorized by law. Most recently, however, Progressive columnists have settled on an old favorite tactic: justify Democratic misbehavior by claiming (falsely, as you will see) that...
  • Why Nancy Pelosi Missed Obama’s All-Democrat Meeting on Immigration

    11/20/2014 6:42:24 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 20 replies
    The Blaze ^ | November 20, 2014 | by Fred Lucas
    President Barack Obama briefed 18 congressional Democrats at the White House Wednesday night about his coming executive action on immigration – but House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi wasn’t one of them. Pelosi instead opted to attend a Billy Joel concert, the Hill reported.
  • Iran not to allow "special" nuclear inspections: atomic chief

    11/20/2014 6:12:23 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 2 replies
    Xinhua News (China) ^ | November 20, 2014 | by Xuxin
    TEHRAN -- The head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran has said Tehran will not allow any "special" inspections into the country's nuclear facilities, state IRIB TV reported on Thursday. "We will not accept any special inspections" by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) that are exclusively planned for Iran's nuclear facilities, Ali-Akbar Salehi said. There is no room for "special regulations" to be set for Iran, which is a signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and observes all nuclear regulations, Salehi said.
  • Utah's Concealed Carry Permits Popular Around US

    11/19/2014 4:09:18 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 21 replies
    ABC News ^ | November 19, 2014 | By BRADY McCOMBS
    Tens of thousands of gun owners from around the country are taking advantage of Utah's concealed firearm permits each year often taking a required class given by instructors licensed by Utah but who live in other states. About two-thirds of the nearly 577,000 permits Utah has issued in the last two decades have gone to residents from other states. More than 81,000 out-of-staters obtained permits from Utah in fiscal year 2014, accounting for 80 percent of the cards issued, shows a new state report issued this week. Utah's permit is attractive to out-of-state residents because it's recognized in 35 states...
  • World Isn't Even Close to Stopping Global Warming: U.N.

    11/19/2014 11:44:01 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 40 replies
    NBC News ^ | November 19, 2014
    The world still isn't close to preventing a dangerous level of man-made warming, a new United Nations report says. That's despite some countries’ recent pledges to cut back on carbon dioxide emissions. The report looks at the gap between what countries promise to do about carbon pollution and what scientists say needs to be done to prevent temperatures rising another two degrees — the goal world leaders set in 2009. To meet it, the world has to hit a peak of carbon dioxide, methane and other greenhouse gases before 2030, said the report's chief scientific editor, Joseph Alcamo-Gruber.
  • Al Sharpton on 'High Alert' About Ferguson Decision

    11/19/2014 10:36:50 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 55 replies
    ABC News ^ | November 19, 2014 | By MEGHAN KENEALLY
    Al Sharpton said today that he is "on high alert" for the grand jury decision in the case of Michael Brown, the unarmed black teenager who was shot and killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri. Sharpton said that his civil rights group have been planning for "vigils and non-violent demonstrations" when the Ferguson grand jury hands down its ruling. "I have pledged to the mother and father of Michael Brown that I will be there with them when the decision is announced," Sharpton said at a press conference today.
  • 450,000 illegal immigrants in US are from India: Report

    11/19/2014 6:23:27 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 26 replies
    Economic Times ^ | November 19, 2014
    Indians constitute four per cent of the total illegal immigrants living in the US, a country where the overall unauthorised immigrant population has remained unchanged since 2009, a latest report has said. According to a report by Pew Research, more than 450,000 unauthorised Indian immigrants live in the US, constituting four per cent of the total illegal immigrants in the country. Indian are the largest unauthorised immigrants in New Hampshire.
  • Students Aren't Eating Healthy School Lunches, Despite Availability

    11/18/2014 11:38:54 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 50 replies
    Medical Daily ^ | November 18, 2014 | By Samantha Olson
    Getting fresh fruits and vegetables onto lunch trays in public schools was only half the battle, because it turns out most kids still aren’t eating them. Researchers from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, studied students’ eating habits and found nearly six out of 10 won’t even touch a healthy food option on their plate. "We have been thinking that if young children choose healthy food, they will eat it," said the study’s co-author Dr. Susan M. Gross, a research associate at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, in a press release. "But our research shows that...
  • Russia says in talks with Venezuela over countering oil price falls

    11/18/2014 11:19:28 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 11 replies
    Reuters ^ | November 18, 2014 | by Denis Dyomkin
    Russia and Venezuela discussed joint action to combat falling oil prices, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said on Tuesday after holding talks with Venezuela's Foreign Minister Rafael Ramírez the day before. Asked if the two discussed joint moves to counteract the oil price falls, Novak told reporters: "Yes, there is such an initiative. We discussed this theme and now we are working out those proposals on our side."
  • Unauthorized Immigrant Totals Rise in 7 States, Fall in 14

    11/18/2014 10:22:33 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 15 replies
    Pew Research Center ^ | November 18, 2014 | BY JEFFREY S. PASSEL AND D’VERA COHN
    The U.S. unauthorized immigrant population has leveled off nationally after the Great Recession, but state trends have been more volatile. From 2009 to 2012, according to new Pew Research Center estimates, the population of unauthorized immigrants rose in seven states and fell in 14. Five East Coast states were among those where the number of unauthorized immigrants grew from 2009 to 2012—Florida, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Virginia. Numbers also rose in Idaho and Nebraska, according to the center’s estimates. Six Western states are among those with declines in unauthorized immigrant populations from 2009 to 2012—Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New...
  • Study: Minnesota's population of illegal immigrants stayed relatively flat in recent years

    11/18/2014 9:47:22 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 8 replies
    Minneapolis Star-Tribune ^ | November 18, 2014 | by: MILA KOUMPILOVA
    The number of illegal immigrants in Minnesota has remained stable in recent years as the national numbers dipped in the aftermath of the recession. That’s according to a new study from the Pew Research Center that placed the state’s population of illegal residents at 95,000. The estimate is up 5,000 residents since 2009, but the study has a range of error of plus or minus 10,000 people. Minnesotans who lack legal immigration status make up 2.5 percent of the state’s workforce. Nationally, an estimated 11.2 million undocumented immigrants account for 5.1 percent of the workforce, the study says. In Minnesota,...
  • NTSB: Gov't Aircraft Regulations Apply to Drones

    11/18/2014 9:36:58 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 8 replies
    ABC News ^ | November 18, 2014 | By JOAN LOWY
    The government has the power to hold drone operators accountable when they operate the remote-control aircraft recklessly, a federal safety board ruled Tuesday in a setback to small drone operators chafing under Federal Aviation Administration restrictions. The National Transportation safety Board, which hears appeals of Federal Aviation Administration enforcement actions, ruled that small drones are a type of aircraft and fall under existing FAA rules. "An 'aircraft' is any 'device' 'used for flight in the air.' This definition includes any aircraft, manned or unmanned, large or small," the board said. The decision strengthens the FAA's position as the agency tries...
  • Bernie Sanders: Republicans Are Getting Very Nervous About Obamacare’s Success

    11/18/2014 8:28:08 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 65 replies
    PoliticusUSA ^ | November 17, 2014 | By: Jason Easley
    Sen. Sanders was asked about the new ACA sign up numbers on MSNBC’s The Ed Show. Sen. Sanders (I-VT) said, “It tells us that you have a program that is working well. That they have overcome the problems that they initially had. It tells me that about seventy-five percent of the people on the exchanges think that the healthcare they are getting is good, and I think this is making our Republican colleagues very nervous.” Sanders summed up the entire Republican philosophy, “What these guys want to do is to tell the American people,’Hey you think government can do something...
  • Steve Rattner: Jonathan Gruber was 'the man' on Obamacare

    11/18/2014 8:19:34 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 29 replies
    Politico ^ | November 18, 2014 | By KENDALL BREITMAN
    Jonathan Gruber was “the man” behind Obamacare, according to a former adviser to President Barack Obama. “The problem is not that Gruber helped them put Obamacare together, because he was the man,” Steve Rattner, who worked as Obama’s lead adviser in 2009 for the Presidential Task Force on the Auto Industry, said Tuesday on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” “The problem is what he said in the last two weeks and how the White House has handled it,” Rattner added. Rattner said his influence was enormous. “Jonathan Gruber was, back in the day in 2009, the guru on health care,” said Rattner,...
  • Darren Wilson Supporters Crowdfund ‘#PantsUpDontLOOT’ Ferguson Billboard

    11/18/2014 7:15:47 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 15 replies
    CBS News Local ^ | November 18, 2014
    FERGUSON, Mo. (CBS ST. Louis) - Supporters of Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson successfully crowd-sourced the funds to put up a #PantsUPDontLOOT billboard in Ferguson. Don Alexander of Brentwood, Tenn., raised the over $3,000 to place the billboard in the Ferguson area amid months of racial tensions vandalism from riots following the Aug. 9 shooting death of unarmed teenager Michael Brown.
  • EXCLUSIVE: 3000 Unaccompanied Minors in Houston Schools

    11/18/2014 6:36:35 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 32 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | November 18, 2014 | by BOB PRICE
    A report obtained by Breitbart Texas from the Houston Independent School District (HISD) revealed the influx of unaccompanied minors over the summer from Central America lead to an increased enrollment of 3,000 students. The total student population for HISD is over 215,000 which represents the largest total enrollment for HISD since the 1970’s. Honduras, Mexico and El Salvador lead the list of 43 nations from around the globe with immigrant students enrolled in HISD. This immigrant enrollment includes legal and illegal immigrants and includes the 3,000 unaccompanied minors listed above according to Graves. The unaccompanied minors enrolling in HISD this...
  • Obama Stakes Final 2 Years on Climate Change

    11/18/2014 6:21:39 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 57 replies
    ABC News ^ | November 18, 2014 | By JOSH LEDERMAN
    With limited time still in power, President Barack Obama is staking his final two years on climate change, pushing the issue to the front of his agenda as he seeks to leave an imprint on the world that will endure after he's gone. It's a strategy rooted not only in Obama's long-stated concern about global warming, but also in political reality. The emphasis on climate isn't all by choice. Although Obama has long sought to rally action against climate change, White House aides say the issue has become even more attractive after the election because it's one where Obama has...
  • Obama in Winter

    11/18/2014 5:59:36 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 18 replies
    New York Times ^ | November 17, 2014 | by David Brooks
    They say failure can be a good teacher, but, so far, the Obama administration is opting out of the course. The post-midterm period has been one of the most bizarre of the Obama presidency. I’m not sure why the Obama administration has been behaving so strangely since the midterms. Maybe various people in the White House are angry in defeat and want to show that they can be as obstructionist as anyone. Maybe, in moments of stress, they are only really sensitive to criticism from the left flank. Maybe it’s Gruberism: the belief that everybody else is slightly dumber and...
  • FBI Warns Ferguson Decision ‘Will Likely’ Lead To Violence By Extremist Protesters

    11/17/2014 4:08:12 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 16 replies
    ABC News ^ | November 17, 2014 | By MIKE LEVINE, PIERRE THOMAS, JACK DATE and JACK CLOHERTY
    As the nation waits to hear whether a Missouri police officer will face charges for killing unarmed teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., the FBI is warning law enforcement agencies across the country that the decision “will likely” lead some extremist protesters to threaten and even attack police officers or federal agents. Peaceful protesters could be caught in the middle, and electrical facilities or water treatment plants could also become targets. In addition, so-called “hacktivists” like the group “Anonymous” could try to launch cyber-attacks against authorities. “The announcement of the grand jury’s decision … will likely be exploited by some...
  • FCC official warns Obama-backed net neutrality plan would bring 'immediate' Internet tax

    11/17/2014 2:16:02 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 16 replies
    FOX News ^ | November 17, 2014
    Internet users would be forced to pay a new federal tax on their monthly bills if the government approves regulations recently endorsed by President Obama, a member of the Federal Communications Commission predicts. Commissioner Mike O'Reilly addressed what's known as "net neutrality" at a Washington seminar on Friday. That law requires telecommunications companies to pay into the FCC’s “Universal Service Fund” -- and would likely require the same of Internet companies. But O'Reilly says history clearly shows that the fees would quickly be “passed off” to customers, just like they are now on monthly phone bills. “Consumers of these services...
  • Reporter’s Gruber question prompts Obamacare flack’s eyeroll

    11/17/2014 1:50:48 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 12 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | November 17, 2014 | By: Chris Cassidy
    A Massachusetts Health Connector spokeswoman rolled her eyes when asked if the Patrick administration stands by embattled board member Jonathan Gruber, insisting state officials aren’t paying attention to the national firestorm. “Some of your colleagues saw me roll my eyes,” spokeswoman Kim Haberlin told a Herald reporter who asked about Gruber during a press event. Haberlin said there are no plans for Gruber to leave the board. “No, not at this time,” she said. “We’re focused on the next person getting into coverage.” Obamacare czar Maydad Cohen, Health Connector Executive Director Jean Yang and Secretary of Health and Human Services...
  • In Ferguson, Tactics Set for Grand Jury Decision in Michael Brown Case

    11/17/2014 1:04:33 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 51 replies
    New York Times ^ | November 17, 2014 | By JOHN ELIGON, JULIE BOSMAN and MONICA DAVEY
    Since August, a disparate array of demonstrators — some from longstanding organizations, others from new groups with names like Hands Up United and Lost Voices — has been drawn here to protest not just the shooting of Mr. Brown, but also the broader issues of racial profiling and police conduct. Now, with the grand jury’s decision expected in the coming days, the groups are preparing with intricate precision to protest the no-indictment vote most consider inevitable. Organizers are outlining “rules of engagement” for dealing with the police, circulating long lists of equipment, including bandages and shatterproof goggles, and establishing “safe...
  • Gruber was ‘some adviser,’ indeed

    11/17/2014 10:09:39 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 42 replies
    FOX News ^ | November 17, 2014 | By Chris Stirewalt
    President Obama on Sunday called Jonathan Gruber “some adviser who never worked on our staff.” Obama told Chief White House Correspondent Ed Henrythat he had “just heard about” the multiple times Gruber was caught on camera bragging about helping the White House exploit “the stupidity of the American voter” to pass the health law.President Obama’s re-election campaign featured the now-infamous MIT economist Jonathan Gruber in a video, in which Team Obama highlighted Gruber’s role in crafting ObamaCare to attack claims made by former Massachusetts Governor and 2012 Republican Presidential nomineeMitt Romney. Watch here.
  • Confrontations Await Obama After Productive Trip

    11/16/2014 8:21:44 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 27 replies
    ABC News ^ | November 16, 2014 | By JULIE PACE AP White House Correspondent
    After a productive trip abroad, President Barack Obama headed home Sunday on a collision course with Republicans on immigration and an oil pipeline project, showdowns that threaten prospects for cooperation over his remaining two years in office. Given his faltering political support in the U.S. and his party's recent election losses, his trip to China, Myanmar and Australia appeared to offer respite. The president, who was due to arrive in Washington late Sunday, basked in policy breakthroughs with China and warm welcomes in Myanmar and Australia. "I intend to build on that momentum when I return home," Obama said at...